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Retweets Are The New Currency

Retweets is the new online currency and people are already cashing out.

If you’ve been on Twitter for the past two days you already know what I’m talking about, so this post is mainly for those people who live under rocks and only come out to check our website.

People asking for retweets in exchange for something isn’t a new thing on Twitter, we have all seen people asking you to retweet a tweet so they can take someone who is supposedly out of their league to prom and we have seen giveaways of products to the person who could pull the highest number of retweets.

It’s all cute and nice right? Well this last few days have seen these sort of tweets increase exponentially and they range from the cute to the funny to the downright ridiculous

First one we check out

just look at the camaraderie

 

And celebreties got in on the act also 

 

Then there was this

 

 

Nothing Could go wrong with that. we're all having fun right?

Yes, there is always that person 

 

So people, spend your retweets wisely, they come at a premium now. 

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Guidelines To Wearing Suits With Trainers

Not so long ago, I noticed this new trend which obviously received a lot of critique, as most people are not inclined to accept change with open arms but being the conservative yet fashion-forward individual I am (yes, I like to call myself that), I decided to take a second look at it and analyse it carefully and I thought to share it with guys who are just as stylish as I am, or who at least aspire to it. *wink*

There are those who may probably think that tailoring with trainers is as stylish and trendy as sandals with socks. Well, you’re not alone. I mean, it was once reserved for guys who valued comfort over style, but it is now in vogue, after quite a lot of people discovered that being comfortable can actually look pretty stylish.

But while the socks-and-sliders thing is left to rail-thin models and young university undergrads, suits and sneakers is much easier to pull off while maintaining that classy and mature look.

I guess it’s safe to say if you follow these guidelines, you will look quite stylish and less like that guy in the office who switches to gym shoes for the journey home.

The street style goons have spoken, trainers and tailoring are now sartorial, not scruffy. Here’s your guidelines for bossing the look.

Do Keep Things Classic

 …and by classic, I mean simple. You are already making a statement with your shoes, so your suit shouldn’t. This is no time to be revealing that banana-coloured three-piece or that custard yellow double-breasted jacket.

Start with a slim-cut, navy suit and white trainers – the more minimalist, the better. Make sure your trousers are slim –or skinny fit; flared or boot cut will simply not work. With trainers, or, frankly, anything else.

 

Don’t Cheap Out

As with your regular brogue or oxford shoes, quality counts. Premium materials, traditional construction techniques and details such as hand-stitching allow you a little more aesthetic wiggle and confidence than rolling in some kicks you’ve had for years.

 

Link Your Look With Colour

The more links you can create between top and toe, the more these seemingly disparate fashion elements gel. Colour is an easy way to pull your trainers into the rest of your look, but please keep it subtle; if your suit is black or navy, a pop of the same in the logo or the lace is better than an all-black or blue trainer.

More subtle is pulling out a shade from your sneakers in your shirt or tie, or even choosing to echo a suede trainer’s soft nap with cashmere around your neck. That would definitely leave a lasting stylish impression.

 

Don't Embrace The Raindow

To the previous point, there’s a limit. Neon trainers are tough to wear if you’re in all-black sportswear. With a suit they just look like your proper shoes got coped at the gym.

As a rule of thumb, it shouldn’t even be an option to exercise in the kind of trainers you wear to work and vice versa.

 

Do Show Off Your Sneakers

With formal shoes, your trousers should hit your lace with a little bit of crease in the fabric in front of your shin. But that’s because people aren’t eyeballing which brogues you’ve copped in the same way they do with trainers.

Take some length out of your trousers, so the hem lands just above the tongue; a roll, turn-up or tack pin is handy here if you’d rather not visit your tailor for a permanent alteration.

 

Don’t Get Technical

We’ve got a lot of love for an ‘ugly’ trainer. But while Raf Simons’ Ozweegos are like on-feet spaceships that we’d normally recommend anywhere, they don’t quite work with your suit.

The aim of the sneakers and suits look is to take some of the formality away from your tailoring, switching up silhouettes and fabrics to make your outfit appear more relaxed. Technical shoes are too sporty; instead of relaxed, you look like you’re about to start calisthenics in the conference room.

So keep the globular trainers for after-hours.

 

Do Tread Carefully At Work

Even if your dress code is lenient, and you can get away with wearing kicks to work, the trainer is meant to lend a louche air to something more often seen as stuffy. So your tailoring should lean more towards relaxed than stiff. Even the sleekest sneakers won’t sit right if you’re rocking a waistcoat, pocket square and lapel pin.

Equally, avoid anything seen on trading floors: pinstripes, wide lapels and padded shoulders. The less structure your jacket has, the more your trainers look like they belong with your tailoring.

I mean, you don’t want the HR lady summoning you to her office …if you’re not the boss of yourself.

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Is Your Coffee Killing You?

From the cultivation of the first grain of coffee bean in Ethiopia in the 11th century, its most common product; coffee - a brewed drink prepared from its roasted form- has grown to become the world’s seventh largest legal agricultural export by value (according to reports in 2005). With consumption rate standing at 141.6 million bags of beans this year, this value is expected to rise by 25% over the next five years because of the westernization of societies in India, China and Latin America according to International Coffee Organization (ICO) Director, Roberio Silva.

Besides being a beverage used to deduce if a society is westernized, it’s become a habit for countless people worldwide as they cannot help but start the day with a jolt of caffeine (Coffee’s most popular constituent). A habit that is still being debated if to be classified as good or bad due to the fact that caffeine albeit “Generally recognized as safe” by the food and drug administration has been discovered to have negative effects coupled with its constant medical and performance enhancing uses. It can be used medically to prevent Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, type 2 diabetes and in the treatment of ADHD, obesity and low blood pressure. A central nervous system stimulant, caffeine reduces physical fatigue, prevents drowsiness, increases focus and can delay sleep.

Negative side effects of coffee consumption include:

Caffeinism

Somewhat related to the addiction, this effect occurs in adults who consume more than six cups daily making them totally dependent on coffee consumption along with symptoms such as anxiety and agitation.

Digestion

Consumption of coffee on an empty stomach leads to the production of Hydrochloric acid which is an essential part of the digestion process. Its early production due to coffee consumption may reduce the amount produced when a meal is consumed thereby delaying food digestion.

Mineral Absorption

Coffee may affect the kidneys ability to retain calcium, zinc, magnesium and other important minerals therefore making it difficult for heavy coffee drinkers to get enough materials from their food and even supplement.

Acrylamide

A potential carcinogenic substance formed when coffee beans are roasted at high temperature, acrylamide has been shown to be a product of coffee. Its level is dependent on how dark the roast it

Tension and Stress

Although drinking coffee can make us productive, lots of it will increase the release of stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine in the body. Chemicals that increase the body’s heart rate, blood pressure, tension level and have long term health implications.

Most of the aforementioned side effects of coffee are results of excessive consumption. It is therefore advised that for long term productivity, coffee consumption should be at most four Cups daily.

 

 

 

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Africa Needs To Stop Ruining Good Hollywood Movies

There is no doubt Africa’s movie scene has seen some great improvements over the last decade... At least that is what recent popular movies will suggest. I’m here to tell you not to believe the hype... or do, but not too much. In the midst of all the said improvements we are making in our movie sector, there are some movie makers who have really taken it upon themselves to bring down the glory of the continent by releasing unspeakable evil in form of movies. Whoever said the Godfather needed a reboot?

All of the African movies that end up doing really well on charts are movies of original concepts and although resources are limited here, we make do with what we have and more often than not, we produce good movies. But when a movie producer from Uganda thinks he has the right to continue the Terminator series by taking Skynet on a cross continent jump, you can only assume the end result will be far from pleasing.

I can’t say how bad, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

 

Godfather

How do you take an award winning movie adaptation of an award winning book then turn it into this? I’m so glad this isn’t a Nollywood movie.

Spider Girl

I don’t know who said it was a good idea for us to have our own Spider Girl, but whoever did this, i’m not forgiving him.

Jugunnu

This is the Yoruba kingdom’s take on the Kung-fu movie Drunken Master... Not a Hollywood movie but a classic nonetheless. Just watch it for yourself.

Terminator

Forget skynet and realistic cyborgs, this is the real deal.

Typical Ugandan Action Movie

At this point, you really cannot blame us for trying with our little resources. Come to think of it, an exhaust pipe and a frying pan makes a good machine gun.

B14

This is the last in our dear collection... You’ll see why.

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Independence: Nigeria’s Imaginary Achievement

It is Nigeria’s Independence Day and I am currently not in the country. I will definitely represent my country today by highlighting any of the national colors on my attire for today. I am happy and proud to claim Nigeria despite the present unimaginable tragedy and economic situation. I love the people and greatly appreciate the strength Nigerians portray in all kinds of situations. Nigerians are great. We are Special. We are Kings and Queens. We are intelligent. We are Innovative. We are Valuable. We are the World’s Greatest Story Told. We are all these positive things but one thing we are not is INDEPENDENT.

Our slavery began during the colonial periods when Nigeria was formed and its people began to adopt Western culture. Even after our supposed independence on October 1st, 1960, we still struggle with our understanding of freedom and independence. It seems like that freedom exists but every situation paints the picture of slavery and total dependence. We are dependent on policies that do not foster progress in our land, dependent on people who only utter words and neglect the deeds. We are enslaved by bribery and corruption. We are enslaved by people who destroy lives because they do not know the value of lives. We are a nation richly blessed but poorly managed. We are yet to take off the blinders of slavery and step into freedom.

Even though we are still bound by our enslaved policies and principles, let us celebrate this day because of the undying hope Nigerians have grown to adopt. We are a great nation and hopefully today marks the day when the blinders in the eyes of all Nigerians from the East, West, South, and North gradually begin to come off.

Happy 56th Independence Day Nigeria!

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Yoga, Its Benefits And Where To Find Yoga Classes In Nigeria

Yoga has been around for more than 5000 years, with more than 100 different yoga forms. Yoga has been described as "the union of mind, body, and spirit," which addresses physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions towards an overall harmonious state of being. The First Lady, Aisha Buhari described it as ‘’A gift from India to the world’’ encouraging Nigerians to practice in order to enhance their well being. With the hustle and bustle of Nigeria, the benefits of adopting yoga seem even more attractive, imagine that annoying Bus Driver shouting over your head and having the will power to block him out. Yes! Yoga does that and many more.

A few of the benefits of yoga are:

  • Improves your flexibility
  • Builds muscle strength
  • Perfects your posture
  • Betters your bone health
  • Increases blood flow
  • Drops your blood pressure
  • Makes you happier
  • Improves your balance
  • Helps you sleep deeper
  • Peace of mind
  • Form of meditation

Encourages self care and the list goes on

So this is where we come in. How can you practice Yoga at your own leisure, at your own pace?

Check out the Nigerian Yoga Foundation to see for yourself just how yoga is making its presence felt in Nigeria.

If you live in Lagos, have you heard of Chi’s Yoga Classes? Chi’s Yoga was born of the idea of procuring space for healing in Lagos, Nigeria. They offer single and small group morning sessions in the comfort of private homes, hotels and health centres for beginners as well as advanced yoga practitioners. Other places include Spa and Fitness at Four Points by Sheraton, Yoga with Stacy at Garden Pearls, 1 Vanni close off Universal road, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja and Proflex Fitness Center at 20-24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos.

 

In Abuja you have The Yoga Room and can join them on Facebook to participate in classes, even better call them on 08168054715.  You also have the Cevenés Spa on Obafemi Awolowo Way (0809 971 3501), and for those closer to the Airport Oasis Stayfit Gym at Gwarimpa will do the trick (0803 600 0283).

 

If you find the centre’s too expensive and have mildly fast internet at home, learn online at Do Yoga With Me, all you have to do is register and follow for free yoga tutorials. Learn on YouTube with Yoga Vidya and yes, even Wikihow has Yoga training for beginners.

If your commitment is at an all time high, why not download the apps?

-Yoga Studio at just £2.99

-Daily Yoga- Lose Weight, Get Relief for free (but I warn with in-app purchases)

-5 Minute Yoga for those in a haste And

-Simply Yoga Free for the most passionate but broke of us.

Yoga has undergone much scientific study, with various psychological and physical theories suggested. In human research, yoga has been shown to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, increase breath holding time and lung capacity, improve muscle relaxation and body composition, cause weight loss, and increase overall physical endurance. Yoga may positively affect levels of brain or blood chemicals, such as monoamines, melatonin and stress hormones. Changes in several mental functions, including perception, attention, cognition, processing of sensory information, and visual perception, are described in human research.It is proposed that health may be affected by mind-body interactions that occur through techniques such as yoga, and that daily practice of yoga may help to maintain wellness.

So although you might not have a yoga centre near you, the benefits of trying on your own seem too attractive to pass by.

Written for NG by Aisha V Hashim

 

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Blackbird: A Short Poem

Blackbird

Why you wanna fly Blackbird, You aint ever gonna fly Blackbird

No place big enough for holding, all the tears you’re gonna cry

‘Cause your mama’s name was ‘lonely’, And your daddy’s name was ‘pain’

And they call you little sorrow, cos you never loved again

 

So why you wanna fly Blackbird you ain’t ever gonna fly

You ain’t got no one to hold you, you aint got no one to care

If you’d only understand dear, nobody wants you anywhere

So why you wanna fly Blackbird, you ain’t ever gonna fly

 

Blackbird – The Amazing Nina Simone

I watched a movie during the weekend, ‘Beyond the lights’, a black American movie, I’m not going to do review for it other than to say it’s a thoroughly enjoyable movie. What stuck with me from the movie till now is the lead actress doing a cover of the Blackbird song, twice, both as a kid and as a star. The song in itself is great but what left a lasting impression on me were the lyrics, which I’ve written above.

It’s a pessimistic view of the future of the black man, which in itself is astonishing seeing as those views still ring true even decades after she wrote this song. Just like the movie, I won’t be talking about the black man in general, a lot of people are doing that, I’m just here to appreciate the black women in all our lives.

This goes out to all the black women out there, you are beautiful, yes you are and I see what you go through.

It’s a poem in which I reworked the lyrics of Blackbird to give it a positive spin, I know Nina Simone’s version is perfect and I have no right to touch it so I apologize in advance.

 

PS: If you think the poem sucks, it’s because I suck at writing poems among other things.

 

 

Do you wanna fly Blackbird

Do you wanna touch the sky Blackbird

‘Cause your mother’s name was hope

And her mother’s name was dream

So they both strove to give you wings

 

Even if you never get to fly Blackbird

And you never did touch the sky

Make sure you strive to make your daughters fly

So spread your wings and fly Blackbird

And don’t stop till you touch the sky, Blackbird

 

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Photos From King Sunny Ade At 70

When you talk about music icons in Nigeria, you wouldn’t be wrong to put Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade in the same class. Last week Thursday, a Nigerian music icon clocked 70.

Sunday Adeniyi or KSA as you know him as was born on the 22nd of September 1946 and the self acclaimed King of fuji who is better known as the minister of enjoyment did his bit in ensuring the music scene can become what it is today.

King Sunny Ade has spent the better part of 5 decades doing what he loves best which is singing and dancing. As part of the celebrations, there was a party last Saturday just for the celebration of the Nigerian legend who the president saluted by saying “King Sunny Ade’s love for humanity, especially the less privileged, by setting up a foundation that caters for the needs of others.’’

Chief Tony Okoroji, the Chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), described him as a trail-blazer in the Nigerian music industry and The COSON chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that even at 70, Sunny Ade remains “an icon“, whose success should spur parents to support their children interested in making a career in music.

More praise followed on Saturday where Sunny Ade was celebrated and present that day was fellow music icon Ebenezer Obey. And at the scene of the crime, Mayowa for NG.

 

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