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Diary Of A Tomato Seller

I guess we have all heard of the tomato madness in town, sadly that’s the reality we have to face. With tomatoes being sold at one for a hundred naira, one can’t help but think of how tomato sellers fend for themselves and their families.

I recently had the opportunity to interview a tomato seller, Mrs Abiodun. She is a tomato seller at Adaranijo market, Pedro area of Lagos State. I will be the first to admit that being a journalist is not as easy as it seems, I honestly had my hopes high about interviewing a particular woman who is our regular customer however she was reluctant. She said she didn’t want me to take her pictures or record her voice. Luckily for me she wasn’t the only tomato seller in Lagos, so I had to go all the way to Pedro from Anthony.

Mrs Abiodun who was one of the main tomato sellers at the aforementioned market gave me accurate answers to all my questions and I was so excited about her willing to allow me interview her, although she doesn’t really like smiling. Please enjoy the interview:

 

 

Titideyeri: Please can you introduce yourself.

Tomato seller: My name is Mrs Abiodun.

Titideyeri: Have you heard about the tomatoes Ebola and is it the cause of the tomato scarcity?

Tomato seller: Yes I have heard. But it is not the tomato Ebola that is causing it. There is one insect that eats the farm product before it can germinate. You know when they grow the tomato it needs some rain before it can germinate, so when there is no rain you know there has not been enough rain this year. That is what is causing the insect to come out because there is not enough water for them to spread out. It is not Ebola that is causing it.

Titideyeri: Are you feeling the impact of this tomato scarcity?

Tomato seller: Yes, very well.

Titideyeri: Are your customers still coming to buy like before?

Tomato seller: There are buying, but not like before. We are selling the way we are buying unlike before when you buy a basket of tomatoes for three thousand naira you can see three thousand naira gain. But now we buy a basket of tomatoes for twenty thousand naira, before we can see gain of one thousand naira it is hard. We are selling at a loss.

Titideyeri: How has the current tomato scarcity affected your business, is it good or bad?

Tomato seller: It is very bad, because we have spent all our saving into this business. Because there is no way you will not spend extra money.

 

 

Titideyeri: How do you want the government to help everybody involved in the tomato business one way or another?

Tomato seller: They should give the farmers money and facilities, so that this kind of situation will not happen again.

Titideyeri: Do you do any other business apart from tomato selling?

Tomato seller: Yes, I do make hair for people.

Titideyeri:  What do you think us as individuals can also do to help with this tomato scarcity?

Tomato seller: We should encourage ourselves in going for farming, because it is only in the North that they do farm tomatoes. The one we grow here in the south is not as good in the north, so we should encourage our students to know how they plant their tomatoes in the North. So they can bring it down here for we in South can also learn from them.

Titideyeri: Thank you so much ma, for your time.

Tomato seller: We thank God.

So there you have it, no one ever said a three minutes interview could be so enlightening. Please feel free to share your own views about the tomato crisis in the comments section.

 

WITH LOVE

 TITIDEYERI

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Nigerian Football Legend Stephen Keshi Dies At 54

It would seem death is on a rampage for the famous this year.

Days after the death of Muhammad Ali, Nigeria loses one of her most cherished football icons. Both as a football player and as a coach, Stephen Keshi or "Big Boss" as players fondly call him has reached the heights of African football by taking Nigeria all the way to winning the CAF trophy.

He also managed Togo and Mali, and his playing career included some time at Anderlecht in Belgium.

Reports say he suffered a heart attack which led to his death.

As a player, Keshi was part of the Super Eagles team that won the Nations Cup in 1994 and narrowly missed out on a World Cup quarter-final place the same year.

And as coach, he coached the national side over three spells, famously leading Nigeria to the 2013 Nations Cup title in South Africa and the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

 

 

Although his contract was not renewed after the World Cup, he later returned on a match-by-match deal following the team's failure to reach the 2015 Nations Cup finals.

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Game Of Thrones: Arya Stark's Fate, Three Equally Terrifying Theories

Warning: this post contains spoilers from the sixth season of this Tv show.

 

If you thought season five signalled the ending of funeral arrangements in the Stark family, think again. The last episode of the tv show saw Arya (Maisie Williams) brutally stabbed by the waif after the nameless girl snuck up on her disguised as an old woman. Arya did manage an escape by throwing herself helplessly over the side of the bridge and staying totally submerged under water till the waif presumed her dead and left. With several stab wounds, she managed to drag herself back into the streets of Braavos where a couple of things could happen to her.

A couple theories have sprung from nowhere as regards this issue as some believe Arya’s actions before the incident suggested she saw it coming and played her cards beforehand. Reddit user iPlayNL wrote

“We are led to believe Arya got stabbed, however there are some problems with what happened on this episode, First off, Arya seemed different from the start. Her scene with the merchant, her walk all seemed very confident, which is unusual after the events this season. … Also, where did she get the money from? Why was she not carrying Needle [her sword] with her? How come after all she knew about the faceless man she just stood there on a bridge not paying any attention?”

Expanding on this postulate, another Redditor gave us Arya’s interaction with Lady Crane as an indication that she planned it all along with the help of the actress to pull off an escape believable enough to fool the waif.

“So I believe she has 1 or more pigs blood pouches around her body. She knows where and how to do this because last episode… she saved the actress. The actress then provided her help to make the scene on the bridge large and realistic. … She then leaves the water and leaves a trail of blood…. to lead her [enemies] to her. Expecting an unarmed (because she choose not to show needle during the fight scene) and injured girl; they will instead walk down a dark alley and be met with an uninjured girl who knows how to fight in the dark and carrying a sword.” Passingwisdom wrote.

Now here is another “Angu”

Some believe the person stabbed wasn’t even Arya but rather Jaqen H’ghar to begin with. Pointing to the obvious fact that Arya must have been with her sword, froschkonig wrote “She wasn’t aware that [Jaqen] said not to make her suffer, so making a big show of her suffering doesn’t make sense. It was [Jaqen] testing the waif, and by stabbing her in the stomach and not just slashing the throat, she disobeyed orders just like arya did. [Jaqen] is gonna lay some faceless justice down.”

Now these are just theories but whatever the case turns out to be, episode eight is going to be grand.

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Muhammad Ali: Death Wins This Round But Legends Never Die

There isn't a way i can accurately express the pain i felt when i logged into my twitter and saw Muhammad Ali tributes on my "Incase you missed it". I didn't know what to feel, could it be that the great Ali had taken a hit he couldn't recover from?

It took me some time to learn to appreciate this great man but alas, my dad made sure I accorded Muhammad Ali the respect due before he met the same inevitable fate as Ali. I almost immediately remembered the witty quotes... the trash talking... the Rope-a-dope... everything that made Ali a boxer unlike any other.

 

He wasn't only good with his fists, his words hurt equally also.

Here are my best 18 quotes from the greatest.

 

1. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't.

2. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."

3. "I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat."

4. "Don’t count the days; make the days count."

5. “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it."

6. “It's hard to be humble when you're as great as I am."

7. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

8. “If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.”

9. “Braggin' is when a person says something and can’t do it. I do what I say.”

10. "I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."

11. "Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."

12. "I'm so mean, I make medicine sick."

13. "I should be a postage stamp. That's the only way I'll ever get licked."

14. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

15. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

16. "A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

17. “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.”

18. "I shook up the world. Me! Whee!"

 

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., Muhammad Ali fought against a lot of things; men, the government, racism and more recently, Parkinson.If a life was a movie then it certainly is this man's life. From winning the  heavyweight title to going against the government to being stripped of his boxing titles and been denied of a boxing licence, an ordinary man would quit... an ordinary man, but this man wasn't one.

He got up and with his return even more glorious winning the world heavyweight title two more times and till today, remains the only professional boxer to do so three times.

His notable fights include: "Fight of the Century", "Super Fight II" and the "Thrilla in Manila" versus his rival Joe Frazier, the first Liston fight, and "The Rumble in the Jungle" versus George Foreman.

I'll leave you with 10 of his best knockouts, not knockdowns, knockouts cause when Ali sends you down, you stay down.

 

 

Rest well, Ali.

Rest well, Legend.

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Instagram’s New Algorithm Is Finally Here, And Yes It Ruins Your Feed

Okay so remember when your Instagram timeline went nuts somewhere around this year’s Easter season: with posts like “Instagram is about to change its algorithm, change your profile setting to continue viewing feeds from me…. Blah blah blah.”  Yup we hated that too.

Earlier this year, Instagram began testing a new feed sorted by an algorithm, and announced it was going to change the order in which feeds appeared in users’ timeline showing images and videos  ” best suited” for users. In other words, no more chronological feeds.

 

YOU'RE FLOODING THE WEB WITH WAY TOO MUCH DATA

In a lot of ways, the switch makes sense.  Instagram continues to top the image sharing platforms, and with its user base growing daily, it becomes harder to keep up with your followers and their posts. With over 400 million monthly users posting more and more photos and videos daily, the company explains that on an average, 70 percent of feeds are missed by users, and it's goal is to crunch those numbers.

 

NO, NO! YOU CAN’T DISABLE IT

Instagram says there is no way users can disable it. At least for now. That’s such a bummer for users who like getting a timeline view in their feed - like me.  However, you can still get a chronological view of a user’s account when you tap on their name.

 

NOT TOTALLY A BAD IDEA

According to Instagram, this new algorithm ensures you never miss a post from your best friend or favourite celebrity, no matter how many accounts you follow. A more personalized feed based on what Instagram thinks you will enjoy is created for you. The new feed algorithm will presumably work like Facebook’s . the more attention a post gets, the more likely it is you see it. This means some posts will “vanish” almost immediately – sorry!

 

Instagram will roll out the changes to the feed over the next month

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The Guy Codes Every Guy Must Be Familiar With

According to Urban Dictionary, the bro code or guy code as I’d rather call it is a sacred code held between Bros. It doesn’t answer to logic or reasoning and isn’t open to any form of re-evaluation, it just is what it is... You follow it because it says so, not because you think it’s the right thing to do.

The code provides Bros with the necessary information on how to behave properly with your homies and to break this code with any of your Bros is considered Bro Treason and its consequences dire.

 

The Guy code

  • If a girl inquires about another bro’s sexual history, a bro shall honour her request by playing dumb – The code of silence.
  • A bro never lets his bro get a tattoo of a girl’s name.
  • A bro never wears pink.
  • Unless a bro is married with kids, a bro is never to be seen wearing his phone on a belt clip.
  • A bro never brings more than two other bros to a party.
  • A bro automatically enhances another bro’s job description when introducing him to a female.
  • No sleeping with your bro’s ex.
  • Even in a fight to the death, a bro never hits another bro in the groin.
  • If a bro for whatever reason becomes aware of another bro’s anniversary with a chick, he shall endeavour to make that information available to his bro to save him from lady drama.
  • When using the urinal, a bro is only allowed to look at the wall, avoid small talk, and keep at least one urinal gap.
  • The bond between a man and a man is stronger than the bond between a man and a woman because on the average, men are stronger than women – That’s just science.
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The Philosopher’s Muse: An Alternate Art Exhibition

Last Easter was an exciting one for art lovers in Lagos with the recently concluded art exhibition “The Philosopher’s Muse: An alternative Art Exhibition” which opened on Saturday, 26th march 2016 and closed on the 2nd of April 2016 last weekend. The opening brought in roughly 200 to 300 art lovers from across Lagos to “The Gallery” @ Blue Mahogany, an initiative by Blue Mahogany to showcase the artists in the growing contemporary arts scene in Nigeria.

The event drew 53 extra which came to cover the event to interview some of the artists and had a mix of veteran exhibition attendees and a few who are new to the art and design scene.

The event was opened by AyoolaGbolahan and featured budding young contemporary artists to more experienced creatives. A few notable pieces which appeared to be attendees favorites were the graphic fashion illustrative style of Francis Sule who produced two works titled Drug, Sex and Alcohol an illustration of the dangers of the fashion world in a style that is both dangerous edgy and full of raw sexual magnetism and a portrait of the Lagos based Photographer Yagamezi titled Yagazi. Twin Paintings by OlajumokeLateef were also one of the crowd favorites, being noted that Olajumoke has been featured in numerous exhibitions across Africa as well as in the art TwentyOne gallery. Other artitsts who exhibited were Sadiq Williams, YacoubAdeleke, AzubuikeOnonye of the “cardiac series”, Stacey Okparavvero, Morountodun Obaigbo, YadichinmaUkoha-Kalu, OlufemiArogundade, OlusayoAjetumobi, AdeboroOdunlami, Namang Blackie, Marcia Mar, Crystal Deroche, and Metal Designer Sam Ukweku.

Some notable figures at the exhibition were Jeffery Akoh, OmonMordi, Ada Umeofia and a few regulars at everyone’s favorite underground hipster scene Stranger Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the day, the event felt upbeat and exciting and all the attendees seemed to have a good time and experienced an art exhibition in a vibey alternative way. The major goal behind the event in many ways was to say, art exhibitions can be fun and exciting.

The exhibition was an initiative of Morountodun Obaigbo and Sadiq Williams, who got the opportunity from Blue Mahogany to use the space and used this opportunity to add to the budding contemporary art scene in the form of this exhibition. “If you get an opportunity to do something significant, why shouldn’t you share that opportunity with the world.”

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Can We Talk About How BrymO’s Klĭtôrĭs Touches The Right Places?

Klitoris? Klitoris? “What in the name....” those were the exact words i blurted out when I found out via his twitter page that was going to be the name of his third studio album. Klĭtôrĭs – A title so striking you are guaranteed to listen to the album when it finally hits the streets or at least keep tabs on it.

Being a lover of quality music, Olawale Ashimi has shown us once again how far he has come from the guy who practically singlehandedly resuscitated Ice prince’s already dying career with his feature on Oleku. It would seem a lifetime ago when he released Ara.

Soul snatching, absolutely riveting and all round beautiful to the ears, Klĭtôrĭs could as well be up there with Asa’s Bed of stone.

 “The greatness of the naked Klitoris lies in the contents as it was in its unique way able to stretch beyond the soul/ballad like genre parameters. This album in all its greatness is totally beautiful.” – Tooxclusive.

An album dedicated entirely to a woman, Klitoris makes its way from Naked, a song which indicated Olawale could be facing some personal issue he was trying to sort out while constantly reminding us how feeble and ultimately worthless the things of the world is “After all, we came into the world naked”. 

Dem de go, my personal favourite of the Klitoris album is a thought provoking song open to various degrees of interpretation all surrounding a dispute of some sort, hopefully not about the current state of the nation.

Happy Memories saw BrymO return to a theme he continually experiments with in all of his albums – love. He talks about a love that is way past its time and all he had to show for it – memories.

Ko S’aya mi is a song about a girl so beautiful Olawale just had to ask her to be his wife. The song started out with heavy praise on how God tastefully crafted Anjola then all which followed was Mr. Ashimi asking for her hand in marriage.

Alajo Shomolu almost Fela reincarnated, BrymO tried to bring back Fela with this brilliant mid-tempo Afro Beat track made to remind struggling people that hard work pays off. Just like he did on the following track Something Good Is Happening, BrymO really does well with these two, modulating his voice in an almost Fela way but modern and with more finesse.

Billion Naira Dream as heart warming as a track can be, what caught my attention was the title... Billion “Naira” dream... now, you would think “what’s in the title?” well, if it wasn’t BrymO who sang this song, you probably would be seeing the dollar take the place of the Naira here. This shows us again what type of artiste BrymO is; a true Nigerian passionate about making a difference here.

Let’s make love couldn’t have been made any clearer by the track title.

Mirage This ballad emphasizes on the versatility of the artiste as he gives us a taste from the other side displaying incredible vocal strength. The Way The Cookie Crumbles electro - Caribbean fusion guaranteed to get you off your feet and swaying.

The Girl From New York BrymO talks about a girl he met in New York who tried to “guage” him and how much money he had, being 1:13 minutes, Olawale couldn’t have picked a subtler way to end this project.

Klĭtôrĭs emphasizes the artiste’s growth over the years, his versatility as he took a tour round a couple of genres, and his ability to tell a good story without getting lost in the music.

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