The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) gave the government till 11:59 Tuesday to revert back to the old fuel prices following the government’s decision to increase fuel prices by 67%. The NLC threatened to force another nationwide strike – something every Nigerian is all too familiar with.
Given the same precursor, this strike was supposed to be as huge as the 2012 #OccupyNigeria movement which saw the nation shut down for weeks following former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s decision on the 1st of January 2012 to remove the subsidy on petroleum products but when Wednesday came, we were shocked to see that public schools, banks, markets and many government offices resumed work in various parts of the country even in the nation’s capital.
How did Lagos take the strike?
Lagos is undoubtedly Nigeria’s powerhouse and home to some of the most hardworking people in Africa. There’s hardly ever any time to rest in Lagos and once anything bad befalls Nigeria, Lagosians are the first to feel its impact. This has been the tale for over 5 months now as Lagosians have been bearing the brunt of Nigeria’s petroleum and power crisis. You definitely cannot catch a break here in Lagos and with prices of commodities and standard of living increasing virtually every day, Lagosians have been clamouring for any form of rest to keep their minds away from the horrible reality you are exposed to on the streets of Lagos.
So how did Lagos take the strike? Banks were packed, with workers reportedly resuming work as early as 7am. Customers not sure of the situation arrived just around the same time to make sure they get their transactions done before the NLC showed up at the scene.
Activities in Ojuelegba, Mushin and Ikorodu road remained as normal as can be and although later in the day there were reports of protests breaking out in Ikeja, Yaba and Ikorodu, the business situation in Lagos didn’t change much.
We can understand Nigerians’ hesitation to take part in the strike as the government termed the strike action “illegal” and vowed to invoke the “no work, no pay” action on those involved if caught.
If you use a 16gb iPhone then you’re probably familiar with this popup. Annoying as it gets, there’s really nothing you can do about it; you love those beautiful selfies and God knows you’re not taking down TLOP for some stupid extra megabytes. You’ve probably sworn countless times to get a larger capacity iPhone but when the time comes, they’re just too pricey.
Thankfully, an editor at Reddit found out a hack that frees up as much as 2/3gb on your Apple device without you having to delete any App, song or photo. Isn’t that something?
First, check how much space you have left on your device. You can do this by clicking "Settings" --> "General" --> "Storage & iCloud Usage".
Here’s where the trick starts.
Go to the movies section of the iTunes store , if you can't find this section just at the bottom of your screen, you will have to change your store location to the United States'. After that, pick a big file to rent – one that's bigger than the amount of space you have left on your phone. Don't worry, you won't have to pay for it (so long as the file is actually big enough).
Click on "Rent" and you will get a notification telling you there isn't enough space on your device to download the film. You'll get a choice to then press "OK" or "Settings".
Click on "Settings" to view your available storage again, and lo and behold, you'll see it's increased.
That's because your iPhone has automatically cleared superfluous junk like cookies, histories and other data from your apps in an attempt to make space for the film. Think of it like a spring clean for your phone.
We tried the trick on an iPhone 6 with Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (a 6GB file), and watched the available storage increase from 130MB to 830MB the first time around. After a second sweep the capacity was beefed up again to 1.5GB.
Waiting for a bit longer before hitting "Settings" on the prompt also appears to result in a more thorough clean.
You can do this multiple times to free up more space... So there you have it, you don’t need to delete those jams after all.
We’ve seen GPRS become EDGE, we’ve seen EDGE become 3G, we’ve seen 4G and 4G LTE but is the world ready for 5G?
Ericsson-LG showed the world what 5G could be like in Korea last Thursday. It was the first time the network equipment manufacturers showcased their network in Korea and boy did they showcase their network. The 5G network equipment used for the demonstration offered a peak download speed of 26 gigabit per second, around 350 times faster than the current Long-Term Evolution network.
“I feel proud of the Ericsson-LG researchers at the Anyang R&D center who are contributing to achieving technical innovation for both Korean and global customers,” said Patrick Johansson, the chief executive of Ericsson-LG in Anyang City where the demonstration was held.
He also added that the company would work together with Korean telecom firms for further promoting the 5G network.
“Ericsson, which marks the 140th anniversary of its foundation this year and introduced the first magneto telephone switch and a telephone in 1896 in Korea, has been playing a leading role in the Korean telecom market,” said the CEO.
As we all know the famous Nigerian artiste, Tiwa Savage has been going through a hard time with her husband and family matters. The truth of the entire situation is vulnerable to different people’s inputs and perspectives on the issue. As l listened to the interview Tiwa savage had, I picked up something I feel is affecting people and our society in a negative way. Tiwa mentioned that she admitted that she created a false reality in order to please the public. She did not want people to think of her in a negative manner. She wanted to create a perfect marriage, family, and career, but this was not what was going on. As opposed to the pretty pictures of Tiwa on social media, she has not been living a life that reflected the happiness that showed on her pictures. In order not to let the public know about the crisis she was facing, she decided to cover up for the gaps that could have been seen by the public as a disappointment. Just like Tiwa, a lot of us are more concerned about other people’s opinions of us than about our own happiness. We always feel there is always something we must offer the public to display perfect lives, but this is an impossible task. We should realize that it is okay to be imperfect because in Christ Jesus we have perfection.
We live in a world where basic things have been neglected because we feel that as we advance in life, we need to drop some things we used to do. Just as children, we need to maintain certain habits in order to get through with life. Unfortunately, society has emphasized otherwise and made us feel that it is not acceptable to do things like children who have no worries do. It is written in the bible, “unless you change and become like little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3). This is not only limited to spirituality but also includes our lifestyle. We are made to believe that certain things we used to do are no longer important and this has affected us in various ways. We fail to realize that practicing these basic things does not make us go backward in life, but they remind us of where we are from and help us know how to handle situations when we face challenges.
As you go through life I want you all to remember some of the basic actions that have been neglected by our society which could make a huge difference in our lives if embraced once again.
– It is okay to cry.
– It is okay to share your feelings with people.
– It is okay to be unique and stand out.
– It is okay to fail. What matters is the act carried out after failing.
– It is okay not to be perfect.
– It is okay not to be a doctor, lawyer, and engineer.
– It is okay to pursue your passion over society’s view of the best careers. Just be the best in whatever you do.
– It is okay to pray to the Almighty. I mean, you can’t do it on your own.
– It is okay to be humble.
– It is okay to ask questions about everything.
– It is okay to persevere through difficult times.
– It is okay to spend time with friends and family.
– It is okay to live and live smiling every day.
Society places priority on a college degree than on the passion of individuals. As a child who grew up in Nigeria, academics had to come first even before my sleep time. Every time I struggled to make the best grades because I had been taught that my grades defined it all. As l strived to be the best, I realized that experiences and the true essence of learning were the opportunity costs of focusing on the best grades. I began to focus on the grades rather than on the unmeasured knowledge that could be acquired along with the grades. After graduation from high school, I discovered that passion is beyond grades and certificates. Passion lives inside of everyone and it takes doing what we love to make passion expose itself. I found out that society had not emphasized passion and this had placed detrimental marks on young people, especially teenagers. The differences between passion and grades are so clear that I began to realize a lot of benefits I had missed because of my focus on the wrong thing. Some of these differences include:
Society needs to shift its focus from grades and college degrees to passion because passion burns faster than a college degree. A lot of people go through a higher institution in bondage because they are forced by their family and society to pursue in degrees that bring back the highest paycheck. This idea is destructive and makes many people living deads because they are going through a process without passion and interest. Passion can never be paid for because it is worth more than money can buy. With passion, money should not be a problem because people who follow their passion produce excellent results. Families and society should emphasize passion in order to ensure that people in different professions and fields are not dead from suppression by grades, but alive by the burning fire of passion.
Today, people complain that society is full of problems and is in a critical condition. We keep criticizing and blaming our government for the dysfunctional state our society has fallen into. One thing we fail to realize is that these leaders come from families. The family has been neglected and pushed aside. Good family living seems to be a thing of the past, but ironically, it is the major cause of the critical issues that are present in our societies.
We need to realize that families, which erupt from marriages, are the greatest gift from God because it comes with blessings. On the contrary, we have families that reflect curses rather than blessings. Divorce and broken homes are so rampant that it seems abnormal to have a peaceful family. A good family is the building block for a good and peaceful society. In order to eliminate societal unrest and discord, the family, which is the root of society’s problems, needs to be worked on.