Nigeria on course for recession as economy collapse

Nigeria draws close to recession, as official figures from Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the economy contracted by 0.36% between January and March 2016

The largest cities in Nigeria: ranked 1 to 10.

List of largest cities in Nigeria is different from the list of most loved cities in Nigeria

Ankara Dresses, Prints, Latest Fashion Trends

It started as a movement in Africa, Ankara, the African prints has become the latest fashion trends in the globe. Ankara Inspired by the locals and designers in Africa has become the next big thing. Osas eye brings you a collection of the best Ankara dresses

Who will bring back Nigeria’s lost girls?

If Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan can free the missing girls, he would have done it before now. He can't. He failed

African Clothing, Traditional Men's Fashion Styles

African wear continues to rock the fashion trend. From Nigeria to South Africa, Osas eye gives you look at some of the jaw dropping traditional wear by African designers for men

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nigeria recession: 'I've never seen anything like this'


Nigeria continues in recession. No food. No job. Companies moving out from Nigeria. The current administration blames past administration for this mess.  Able Nigerians are fleeing the country to other African countries or overseas. Nigeria's recession shows no sign of recovery. I have never seen anything like this before.

The country was last in a recession, for less than a year, in 1991 but experienced a prolonged recession from 1982 until 1984. How long will this current recession last?

Nigeria is facing its worst economic crisis triggered by a slump in crude prices, naira devaluation and dollar shortages.

The NBS reported that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product contracted by 2.06 per cent, marking the first major recession in 29 years for Africa’s largest economy. Nigerians are suffering and the cost of living is on a daily rise. Nigeria's finance minister stressed that Nigeria should turn to industries other than oil to help pull itself out of recession "We have to grow our non-oil economy" she said.

Nigeria's President Buhari called on Nigerian youths to be upright as they have a critical role to play in uniting the nation.

“We are a nation of great human and natural resources, especially the youth. Please, sit down and reflect and remember what I said 30 years ago. We have no other nation like Nigeria. We must all remain and salvage it together”.

“I assure you we are going to get out of our economic doldrums. We are almost out of our insecurity problems and we are going to make Nigeria great again. We are going to be very proud of our country ‎once again and our resources will not be for nothing; we will continue to be”, he said.

Monday, September 5, 2016

2016 UN Report reveals horrifying testimony of Nigeria

UN Report reveals horrifying testimony of Nigeria

A new UN report has exposed the "terrible conditions" in Nigeria. The report states that:

“Nigeria, with a population of over 75 million, is the most populous nation in Africa and the seventh most populous in the world. Her population will be approximately 200 million by 2019 and over 400 million by 2050, becoming one of the top five populous countries in the world.

“Nigeria is one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the world, with over 80 million or 64% of her population living below poverty line. The situation has not changed over the decades, but is increasing. Poverty and hunger have remained high in rural areas, remote communities and among female –headed households and these cut across the six geo-political zones, with prevalence ranging from approximately 46.9 percent in the South West to 74.3 percent in North West and North East.

“In Nigeria, 37% of children under five years old were stunted, 18 percent wasted, 29% underweight and overall, only 10% of children aged 6-23 months are fed appropriately based on recommended infant and young children feeding practices.

“Youth unemployment which is 42% in 2016 is very high, creating poverty, helplessness, despair and easy target for crime and terrorism. Over 10 million children of school age are out of schools with no knowledge and skills.

“Nigeria’s economy is currently in a recession and it is estimated that government revenues have fallen by as much as 33 percent, which has further resulted in the contraction of the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, by 0.36 percent in the first three months of 2016.

“The vulnerable macroeconomic environment in Nigeria is affecting investors’ confidence in the domestic economy.”

“Despite the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to a number of protocols on sustainable and renewable environment, the country had, over the decades, failed to protect the environment, ecosystem and natural resources. Over-exploitation of natural resources and pollution of the environment, desertification are exposing the population to vulnerability and risks caused by climate change, among others.

“Nigeria is well-endowed with forest resources, accounting for 2.5% of GDP. But Nigeria has one of the highest rates of forest loss in the world. Between 1990 and 2000, Nigeria lost an average of 409,700 hectares of forest per year on average deforestation rate of 3.5% per annum.

“Increase in population, human activities like farming, construction and cutting of trees, use of wood and effect of climate change lead to environmental destruction across Nigeria.

“This in turn leads to unpredictable weather, drought and floods. The implication of destruction of the environment includes reduced agricultural productivity, destruction of property and loss of lives.

“Nigeria faces humanitarian and emergency crises of considerable proportions fueled by a combination of factors including climate change, inter-communal conflicts and violence, insurgency, recurring floods, heavy handed tactics of security forces in combating crime and insurgency. The overall consequence is the situation of systematic and chronic internal displacement that has given rise to different humanitarian crises that include the most egregious and dehumanizing human rights abuses.

“Over 80 million Nigerians live in poverty and are affected in one way or the other by the current humanitarian crisis. Available reports indicate that there are over 3.3 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, which is Africa’s largest, ranking behind Syria and Columbia on a global scale.

“The major challenges Nigeria is currently facing that constrain her economic growth and social development are lack of good governance, general increased insecurity across geo-political zones in North East, Niger Delta and Lake Chad region in particular. The situation is exacerbated by the existence of systematic accountability challenges, limited capacities of independent institutions/ commissions and limited accountability at the federal, states and local government levels.

“Nigeria is a deeply divided society considering the plurality of ethnic, religious and regional identities that define her political existence. Since independence in 1960, Nigeria has struggled to build and sustain national integration. For decades, different segments of Nigeria’s population had, at different times, expressed feelings of marginalization, of being short-changed, dominated, oppressed, threatened, or even targeted for elimination.”


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart's Lavish French Wedding Photos

Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart's Wedding Photos
Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart tied the knot in Santa Barbara, California. on Saturday, August 13, 2014 Eniko chose a soft white sheer plunging V-neck lace and silk crepe mermaid gown with hand embroidered French Chantilly lace appliqués, luxurious French tulle skirt and silk covered bridal button accents. Kevin wore a black French Tuxedo made by designers Musika Frere and Davidson Petit-Frère .
 Kevin Hart's Lavish French Wedding Photos

Hart, 37, and Parrish, 31, officially threw a lavish wedding dinner in front of family and friends in Santa Barbara, California on Saturday.

Boko Haram release new video of captured 50 Chibok girls

 new video of captured 50 Chibok girls

A video released by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram contains footage of 50 Chibok girls that were kidnapped from Nigeria. Boko Haram seized 276 girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria two years ago.

The new video has been sent out showing 50 Nigerian girls wearing headscarves behind a Boko Haram militant. A militant speaking in the video claims five of the girls were killed by Nigerian jets in an airstrike on the group's base. The Militant are demanding the release of fighters in return for the safe release of 50 schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok in 2014

He adds: "They should know that their children are still in our hands."

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Thumb sucking and nail biting protects against allergies

Thumb Suckers and Nail Biters Develop Fewer Allergies

Thumb sucking and nail biting protects against allergies, researchers say. Research scientists from New Zealand Otago University published data from a completed longitudinal study in the American journal Paediatrics The researchers examined 1,000 children aged five to eleven years. The Otago University study found children who sucked their thumb or bit their nails were much less likely to develop allergies in later life.
thumb-sucking and nail-biting as a young child may reduce their risk of allergies.

The result was surprising: They tested whether the children who were reported to bite their nails or suck their thumbs when they were between the ages of 5 and 11, were at greater risk of developing allergies by the age of 13. The group were tested for skin allergies at the age of 13 and again at 32 years.

About a third of the group sucked their thumb between the ages of 5 and 11, another third bit their nails and a smaller group did both.

"What we found was that the children who bit their nails or sucked their thumb had about a 30 to 40 percent lower risk of having an allergy at the age of 13, and what's more this persisted right up until the age of 32."

Children in a group who did both had the lowest risk of developing allergies. The result support the "hygiene hypothesis", that earlier contact with dirt and germs reduces the risk of allergies. Study author Malcolm Sears.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

United States of Africa Single Passport

Single electronic African Passport

ONE PASSPORT FOR 54 AFRICAN COUNTRIES. The road to an Africa that is integrated and united was agreed upon in 2014 and an electronic passport (e-Passport) will be launched by the African Union (AU) during the 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, on July 10-18, 2016.

The AU e-Passport is an electronic document that permits any AU e-passport holder to enter any of the 54 African Member States, without requiring a visa.

The first group of beneficiaries of the single e-passport will include: African Heads of State and Government; Ministers of Foreign Affairs; and the Permanent Representatives of AU Member States based at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The AU e-Passports will be issued to them in July 2016, at the 27th AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

The second beneficiaries of the single e-passport includes all African citizens. The plan is to roll it out to all AU citizens by 2020.

In order for all the recipients to acquire the passports, they are strongly encouraged to comply with the needed paper work required to accelerate the processing lead time.

The concept of unrestricted movement of persons, goods and services across regions and the continent is not new; it has been outlined in documents like the Lagos Plan of Action and the Abuja Treaty - an indication that the unhampered movement of citizens is critical for Africa’s development.

Countries such as Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda, and Ghana have taken the lead in ensuring easier intra-Africa travel by relaxing visa restrictions and in some cases lifting visa requirements altogether. The scene seems to be set to realize the dream of visa-free travel for African citizens within their own continent by 2020.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Britain, Nigeria On Brink Of Divide

Britain, Nigeria On Brink Of Divide

There are warning signs regarding Britain's future following Brexit polls. Britain voted by a margin of 52% to 48% to leave the EU. The Brexit poll result reveals how deeply divided Britain is: with Scotland voting 62 per cent to Remain, Northern Ireland 56 per cent. England – which voted overwhelmingly for Brexit – itself is deeply torn, with the North, the countryside, older people, and those who did not attend university, determined to leave, with only the cities, parts of the South East, the young and graduates favouring remaining in the EU.

Nigeria like Britain is facing security threats on multiple fronts: Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, Biafran separatists in the southeast, Niger Delta militants in the south and Fulani herdsmen in the central states. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday pleaded with militants in a statement that "We are now concentrating on the militants to know how many of them (there are) in terms of groupings, leadership and plead with them to try to give Nigeria a chance. I assure them (the militants) that when we were very junior officers, we were told by our leaders, by the head of state which was General Gowon, that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done. We never thought of oil. What we were after is one Nigeria. Please, pass the message to the militants that one Nigeria is not negotiable. And I pray they better accept it."

Britain and Nigeria are on the brink of becoming a permanently divided nations. Brexit is irreversible but Biafraexit or Nigexit will be terrible for Nigeria.

Oscar Pistorius and Lionel Messi sentenced to prison

Oscar Pistorius gets 6 years and Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in prison

South African ParaOlympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, 29, shot Reeva Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door in February 2013.

It comes after his initial five-year conviction for manslaughter was changed to murder last December on appeal.

He was taken immediately to jail. Both the prosecution and defence can appeal, but his lawyers say they will not.

Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi was on Wednesday sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud in Spain. Messi is a five time winner of FIFA World Player of the Year.

The court ordered Messi to pay a fine of around £1.7m and his father to pay £1.27m for defrauding Spain's tax authority of £3.19m from 2007-09.

Messi and his father, Jorge, received the same sentence but under Spanish law a jail sentence under two years for a first-time non-violent crime can be served on probation, meaning they are unlikely to be imprisoned.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) 2016 Shows, Reviews, Schedules

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) 2016 Shows, Reviews, Schedules
The dates for AFWN will be as follows: Africa Fashion Week Nigeria July 1st - 3rd 2016. Over 60 African designers to showcase their work in Lagos, Nigeria.


Venue - Eko Hotel & Suites,
Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, 
PMB 12724, 
Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria

Friday 1st July 2016

Conference - 9am….Positioning Nigeria As a Production Hub – FREE ENTRY

Saturday 2nd July 2016


1st show- 1PM – N3000 entry

2nd show- 4PM – N3000 entry

3rd show- 8PM – N3000 entry

Sunday 3rd July

1st Show – Nigeria’s Next Top Designer Grand Finale -1 pm - FREE ENTRY

2nd Show – AFWN Fashion Gala Night – 6 pm - VIP TICKETS & VIP TABLES ONLY

Email for details

The AFWN launched in 2014 in partnership with Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) was founded by Ronke Ademiluyi, to project Africa and her creativity to the world.

AFWN 2016 themed 'Connecting Africa' aims to boost job creation in the Nigerian fashion industry as well as redefine textile and garment production processes in Nigeria.

Confirmed speakers at the conference include Mrs. Aisha Abubakar, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment; Dr. Mustapha Abiodun Akinkunmi, Commissioner for Finance, Lagos State; Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund; Mrs Folake Oyemade, Managing Director of Sam and Sara and Mr. Dapo Adelegan, President, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce.

Other confirmed speakers at the conference includeMr. H. A. Kwajaffa, Director General, Nigeria Textile Garment and Tailoring Employers Association; Ms. Jennifer Anoyika, Director General, Nigerian-German Business Association; Miss Doris Onwugamba Managing Director, Manufacturing Resource Centre, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); Dr. Peter Kondricz, Commercial Diplomat/First Secretary, Embassy of Hungary; Dr. Johannes Flosbach, Head of Performance Management Group, TGI Group, and Chioma Nwagboso, Advisor on Public Private Partnerships for GIZ (German International Cooperation).

Monday, June 6, 2016

Abuja and Lagos shows highest interest in brazilian butt lifts in Nigeria

Abuja and Lagos shows highest interest in brazilian butt lifts

Nigerians loves bringing up the rear like the Brazilians. Abuja and Lagos has the highest interest
in “Brazilian butt lifts'' in Nigeria beating out all other Nigerian cities. Dr. Stanley Okoro, an American Society of Plastic Surgeon who practice butt-lifts in Atlanta, Georgia and Lagos, Nigeria conducts four to six buff lifts in a week. Each buff lift surgery takes six to eight hours.

That’s more than three times as many as Los Angeles, Miami and Atlanta.

Patients attributed the gap to a shift in the idea of beauty among New Yorkers.

2015 was called “the year of the rear” by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

“In some social circles it’s like, ‘You haven’t had your butt done? What’s wrong with you?'”, explained Dr. Okoro

“The pressure to look good is what’s driving people,” said Okoro. He said in Nigeria, the massive film industry, commonly referred to as Nollywood, has driven the demand for the perfect butt.

The number of trained and certified plastic surgeons in Nigeria has grown in the last five years, says Ebune, from 70 plastic surgeons five years ago to around 100 now.

“The prosperity of patients is starting to increase. In a few years, it [cosmetic surgery] will be a mainstay in Nigeria and parts of Africa,” said Ebune, adding that the demand mostly comes from more cosmopolitan cities such as Lagos and Abuja.

How Nigeria Can reinvest Recovered $9.1 billion (N2.05 trillion) of Stolen Money

Nigeria Can reinvest Recovered $9.1 billion (N2.05 trillion) of Stolen Money

Nigeria’s government has recovered $9.1 billion in stolen money and assets. That is 6 billion pounds. And at the official Dollar to Naira conversion rate of N199 per dollar, equals N2.05 trillion. That is alot of money in cash and/or assets. In a statement, Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed said cash and assets recovered between May 29, 2015 and May 30, 2016 totaled $9.1 billion.

“All these are monies recovered from individuals and entities who had either hidden, stolen, diverted or were in possession of monies belonging to the nation,” the minister’s special adviser, Segun Adeyemi, told Reuters.

“These recovered funds include monies withheld by past government officials, monies kept in private accounts, monies diverted to private pockets and monies in possession of government officials not disclosed after leaving government.”

The information minister told Reuters he could not name any individuals from whom money had been recovered for legal reasons. He said some of the money came after companies that had failed to pay taxes were forced to do so retrospectively.

The government has said it plans to generate 3.38 trillion naira ($17 billion) this year from non-oil sources to help fund the $30.6 billion budget signed into law by president Muhammadu Buhari last month. 

Nigeria can reinvest the recovered 9.1 billion dollars into the power sector. In March, president Buhari said he would increase power generation by 2,000 megawatts this year and raise it by 2019 to 10,000 megawatts.

The privatization of electricity to 17 power companies three years ago was meant to attract investment needed to expand power supply in Nigeria. That initiative has failed. Private investors blame increasing debt owed by government and an inability to obtain foreign exchange to import equipment and, now, militant attacks on key installations as key issues for the failure.

“If the vandalism is not addressed urgently and comprehensively, electricity will continue to deteriorate and the government’s aspiration to significantly increase power generation by 2019 would be a mirage,” said Desmond Ogba, managing counsel and head of energy projects at Lagos-based law firm Templars

With Africa’s biggest gas reserves of more than 180 trillion cubic feet, gas-generated power was touted as the obvious solution by a succession of governments to end daily blackouts that cost the economy at least 2 percent of gross domestic product growth annually, according to the Ministry of Finance. Gas-fired power plants provide about 80 percent of Nigeria’s electricity supply, according to Pabina Yinkere, head of research at Lagos-based Vetiva Capital Management Ltd.

With current power output the lowest in a decade, millions of Nigerians either do without electricity or are forced to buy fuel for their own generators. Even when output reached its 5,000-megawatt peak, most of the country are still in darkness.

$9.1billion is a lot of money. That money can be reinvested towards power generation in Nigeria.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Top 2016 Governors in Nigeria| Lagos| |Ogun|| Cross Rivers|| Anambra|

Top 2016 Governors in Nigeria| Lagos| |Ogun|| Cross Rivers|| Anambra|

The Center for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS) based on a comparative analysis of state governors’ performance ranks Lagos, Edo and Cross Rivers State's governor's as the top performing governors in Nigeria in 2015/2016. According to CIAPS Lagos state and its governor came first with 74%, while Edo and Cross River states took second and third positions respectively with 70% and 65%.

However, multiple unofficial polls in Nigeria ranks Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade, Ogun State governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and Anambia State governor Willie Obiano as the top best performing governors in 2016.

Lagos State governor Ambode has done extremely well to improve on the governance and history left by predecessor Fashola. There is a general consensus that he is a role model for other governors in Nigeria. ''If we have six of Ambode’s out of 36 state governors, Nigerians would be smiling'' said the founder of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC). Dr. Frederick Fasehun

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nigeria on course for recession as economy collapse

Nigeria on course for recession

Nigeria draws close to recession, as official figures from Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the economy contracted by 0.36% between January and March 2016. This decline in growth compared to the 2.11 percent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 3.69 percent in the first quarter of 2015 show Nigeria is on course for recession.

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil exporter and has been affected by a slump in global crude prices which accounts for about 70 percent of the country’s income.

Investments have also fallen in Nigeria as investors expect a devaluation of the country's currency 'naira' due to the slump in oil revenues.

Africa analyst at Capital Economics, John Ashbourne told Reuters: “This is probably the economy’s worst performance since the mid-1990s”, in relation to the GDP figures.

Speculation has been rife that the naira may soon be devalued after the country’s vice president said last week that currency policies needed to changed to encourage investment.

The central bank has imposed currency restrictions but maintained the naira’s peg against the dollar and President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected calls by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a more flexible exchange rate. The naira has been officially set at 199 to the dollar since March 2015.

The governor of Nigeria’s central bank on Tuesday said Africa’s largest economy is headed into an imminent recession, adding that he would partially loosen the local currency’s peg to the dollar, a policy he said had helped bring about the hardship. “Options are very limited,” said the governor. “To avoid complicating conditions, the committee decided on the least risky option.”

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nigerian Chibok teen rescued after 2 years

Chibok teen rescued after 2years
Amina Ali Nkeki, a Chibok teen who was rescued 2 years after Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped her along with 276 schoolgirls more than two years ago, met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday.

Nigerian Chibok teen rescued

"Like all Nigerians and many others around the world, I am delighted that Amina Ali is free, but it is tinged with deep sorrow with what she had to go through," President Buhari said.

"She is receiving high-level medical attention and the best doctors in the state are attending to her. The governor ordered for her release from the military as he wanted to make sure she and her baby daughter received urgent medical and psychological attention," he said.

Amina was said to have been discovered by Nigerian vigilantes fighting the terror group Boko Haram which abducted the girls two years ago. She was found wandering on the edge of the Sambisa Forest with her baby and a man thought to be a fighter for the group. Officials separated the 19-year-old from the man and that man is currently in military detention being interrogated.

American Presidency: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin by a street artist

This photo of  Donald Trump presidency has gone viral. American's most hated couples: Trump vs. Putin. Is that Palin working off? He’s just not that into you. That would appear to be the upshot of a kiss shared by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as imagined by a street artist in Lithuania last week. Photos of the lip-locking mural featuring the Russian President and the Republican front runner for the White House have gone viral over the past few days.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin by a street artist
 At first glance, the image (which sprawls across the back of a BBQ restaurant in the Baltic capital Vilnius) lampoons the curiously flattering relationship that has emerged between Putin and Trump, following complimentary remarks that each has made about the other in recent months.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Obahiagbon Tributes at his best ''Oba a Royal Salamander''

Obahiagbon tributes to the late Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba Erediauwa

Hon Patrick Obahiagbon paid his tribute to the late Oba of Benin in one of his best speech. A must read for everyone.

He said: “You cannot gloss over the fact that Omo N’ Oba Erediauwa, Oba of Benin, was a man of impeccable and unimpeachable integrity with the resilience of a Royal salamander. In him you found a coruscating display of that apothegm which holds that noblesse oblige.

“This sui generis quintessential quality of his came under bold relief especially during the locust and philistine years of the military militocracy. He was practically the only triton among the minnows of Royal hierarchs that resisted and stood up to the military rascality and apacheism that characterized the Abacha era. He stood at all times with the people, eyeballing political and military demagogues and damning their treacherous hooey and blarneys. It won’t be erroneous and superfluous therefore to pontificate that his integrity was altruistically integrious if you permit me that neologism.

“Omo N’ Oba EREDIAUWA,Oba of Benin was a cornucopious emblematization of the rich heritage of the Benin culture both in his modus vivendi and modus operandi. He left no one in doubt that he was the spiritual and traditional agglutinating anodyne that offers a centripetal canopy for the Benin ethnic nationality into one harmonious and synchronized armada and of particular interest to me here was how he was able to bring this about especially against the backdrop of modernism and attenuating cum corrosive forces of religious petulancy and perfervidism.

“Its in his cosmopolitan and cerebral mien that is situated the Alladins lamp that gave him the enablement in striking a delicate equipoise and hence at a meeting of the ‘Benin Anglican Dioscesan Synod on June 3,1980,the revered monarch posited thus ….’The conflict between traditional religion and Christian religion is not supported by scriptural teaching. But must Christian religion condemn and push out the traditional? Must traditional worship and Christian worship not be seen as complimentary?’

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Failure is what Nigeria's Proof Of Life Video teaches Us

Nigeria's Proof Of Life Video teaches Us

A video obtained by CNN International has sparked appears failure, tears, anger and hope in some corners of Nigeria. It is not a coincidence that CNN decides to publish the proof of life video on the eve of the two years anniversary of over 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls who were taken by Boko Haram from a school in the Nigeria’s northeastern region. It’s the first video evidence that 15 of the kidnapped girls may still be alive since their abduction from the town of Chibok.

“I am speaking on 25 December 2015, on behalf of all the Chibok girls and we are all well,” one of the girls says into the camera.

Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in April 2014, and the two-minute video claims to show 15 of those girls still alive. Someone close to the negotiations for their rescue handed the video to CNN, the broadcaster reported, and its digital marking reportedly dates it to last Christmas. The video shows the girls in two lines against beige-painted cement wall, their bodies covered entirely with black hijabs except for their faces. A voice off camera asks them their names, and from where they were taken.

The Nigerian government has failed thus far in its rescue effort. It is also true that the U.S and  international society has failed in its intelligence and rescue effort of the kidnapped girls.  Why the U.S intelligence withdrew its effort to locate the Nigerian girls remains a mystery. Nigeria’s Minister of Information,Lai Mohammed, told CNN the government had concerns the girls seemed too young, and that they’d not aged as much as expected, given their two years in captivity.
Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago A VIDEO released by Nigerian Islamist group Boko

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

#BringBackOurGirls 2 Years of Failure: Nigerian Stolen Girls Still Missing

#BringBackOurGirls 2 Years of Failure
2 years after #BringBackOurGirls failure, Nigerian stolen girls are still no where to be found. On April 14, 2014, two years ago , terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the village of Chibok, kidnapping hundreds of girls, shooting residents and burning homes.

The latest fear is that these missing girls are now brainwashed to carry out suicide attacks in Nigeria. One of every five suicide bombings that the group has staged or inspired over the last two years has been executed by children, usually young girls. My 7-year-old child was among the children kidnapped,” a government official in a Maiduguri camp said in a phone interview. “The Boko Haram abductors struck nine days after I enrolled my child in the school.”
Nigerian Stolen Girls Still Missing
There has been no news despite rescue effort by the Nigerian government since 2014.

Two years after Chibok, 219 of the kidnapped girls are still missing, a small fraction of the thousands of women, girls and boys reported to have been abducted since. Amnesty International last month reported that Boko Haram in 2015 and 2016 had abducted at least 2,000 women alone. A UNICEF report released Tuesday said many of the missing children, some as young as 8, were forced to carry out “suicide” bombings.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

African Nations Cup:Nigeria Fails again to Qualify

African Nations Cup:Nigeria Fails to Qualify Second Time

AFCON 2017: Nigeria fail to qualify for the second successive year after defeat by Egypt.

With just one game remaining and only the group winners to qualify, Nigeria cannot make up their five-point deficit to table-toppers Egypt.

Ramadan Sobhy's 65th-minute winner puts Egypt on the verge of qualification.

Egypt face Tanzania in June and will book their place in Gabon with any result better than a 3-0 defeat.

Hosts Egypt created the better chances in the first half but Nigeria also had their moments during a goalless first half at a packed Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Nigeria played with a lot of confidence and dictated the tempo of the game for a good period of the first 45 minutes.

Defending Champions Nigeria fail to qualify

Monday, March 28, 2016

Enroll or Not In Nigerian N500Million Naira Grant

Enroll or Not In Nigerian N500Million Naira Grant

Over 1000 Nigerians in 2016 are eligible for N500Million Naira Grant seed capital set aside for young Nigerian entrepreneurs and students. To enroll or apply for the YESGrant, you must be:
  1. A member of the Nigeria Young Professional Forum (NYPF). 
  2. Male or Female Nigerian between the ages of 18 and 40.
  3. Nigerian University students final year students and NYSC members. T

Eligible entrepreneurs will receive N500Million Naira Grant to develop and execute their business ideas. This will lead to accelerated job creation in Nigeria and encourage the culture of self-reliance. The programme will support both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs through a platform that showcases their business concepts, skills and aspirations to business leaders, investors and mentors all around the world.

YESGrant will give tuition fee support to University students and also create a support system that finances Science and Technology related projects from final year students and NYSC members. This category of YESGrant will motivate Nigerian students and encourage them to achieve their academic pursuits.

Selection will be through a rigorous, multi-step process. Applicants will be screened in order to identify those with the best talents, needs for support and potentials for positive economic impact to the Nigerian economy. No favorism.
Nigerians N500Million Naira YESGrant

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fashion: Uju's Meena links Nigeria-Cameroon roots

Fashion: Uju's Meena links Nigeria-Cameroon roots

Nigeria's fashion designer, Uju Offiah launched her 2016 spring/summer collections under the label Meena. She has simply called the custom-made prints ‘Ochiagha’, their first venture into custom-made prints.

“The symbols were arranged in clusters to tell a story of victory, resilience, love and hate, peace and unity of a Nigerian,” Offiah says. “Details are influenced by strips (ropes) to create a bound effect of unity and peace amidst the challenges and insurgencies (in the Northern part of Nigeria) we are faced with as a nation. Further details are flap layerings of shapes - trapeziums, triangles and rhombus. Hand embroidered Nsibidi symbols also run through the collection. Architectonic undertones which is our core is visible in origami details and sophisticated cuts.”

Friday, March 18, 2016

Why Nigerian Senate rejected Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill

Nigerian Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill
In Nigeria, there are 109 senators. 7 out of 109 senators are women. The Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill entitled, “A bill for an Act to Incorporate and enforce certain provisions of the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the rights of women in Africa, and other matters connected therewith, 2016 (SB. 116)'' was sponsored by the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South). In a session exclusively males, the bill failed in first reading. Here are the top reasons the gender equality bill failed to pass:

 The Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill by the Nigerian Senate. The Bill would have addressed:
  1. Discriminatory practices against women: The bill set out equality for women in marriage and divorce and inheritance rights for girls and widows - stating that they should not face "inhuman, humiliating or degrading treatment".
  2. Religious and cultural sensitivities: The bill defied sharia law, which is recognized by the constitution in Nigeria. 
  3. Participation in governance: The rejected bill also called for women to be able to participate in politics without any restrictions or barriers 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

#TellTheTruth: 2 years, still no trace of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

#TellTheTruth: 2 years, still no trace of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (flight MH370) with 239 passengers on board remains a mystery. The team of international investigators published its annual progress report to mark two years of the missing Malaysia airlines flight MH370.

"To date, the wreckage of MH370 has not been found despite continuing research in the Indian Ocean south of," notes the brief report.

"Ongoing research operations should be completed later this year, and we remain hopeful that the MH370 will be found," said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in a statement.

Australia, who heads the research - the largest and most expensive in history - is expected to conclude by July at its operations concentrated in the Indian Ocean depths over a large area of ​​120 000 km square, the equivalent of three times the area of ​​Switzerland.

"Research will continue in the days and months ahead on the remaining 30,000 square kilometers, and Australia, Malaysia and China are hopeful that the plane will be found," said a news Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester.

"We are suffering day and night"

"Finding the airplane would provide answers to everyone, especially to families who have lost loved ones," he added.

In Beijing, more than a dozen victims' family members gathered at a Buddhist temple to pray, read a statement calling not to interrupt the search.

"Since the disappearance of MH370, we of families are suffering day and night, every day passing as a year. What we feel for those on board the plane that are dear to us is growing every day, "says the statement of the family.

The second anniversary is also the time limit for filing a complaint against an airline after an accident.

Many relatives of victims and parents and lodged appeals against Malaysia Airlines in recent days in the US, Malaysia, China, Australia and elsewhere, while others agreed transaction amicably, according to lawyers. A number of relatives of victims devastated by this loss accuse the airline and the Malaysian government to hide information about what happened and treat bluntly, that the dispute concerned.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The 45 Countries Nigerians Can Visit Visa-Free

The 45 Countries Nigerians Can Visit Visa-Free

German citizens can travel to 177 countries without a visa  according to the 2016 Visa Restrictions Index. The United States, which ranked first in 2014 and 2015, has now dropped to fourth place in the 2016 ranking. What about Nigeria? Nigeria is ranked 92 in the visa restrictions index and tied with Angola, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. 

As a Nigerian citizen, you can visit 45 countries in the world without a visa. These countries are: Barbados,Benin Republic,Burkina Faso,Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican,Fiji Island, Gambia,Ghana, Guinea,Guinea Bissau,Haiti, Liberia, Mali, Mauritius, Micronesia,Niger Republic, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Vanuatu.

The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index was created with visa regulations effective on 1 January 2016, including any temporary visa regulations applicable on that date. The Index contains the following assumptions: 
• All passports evaluated are assumed to be biometric (ICAO 9303 compliant) • There are 219 destination countries (territories) in total. The maximum attainable score is 218 (points are not assigned for a national traveling to their own country) 
• The amount of nationalities (passports) evaluated is 199. These are the 193 Member States of the United Nations, Taiwan, Kosovo, Palestinian Territory, Vatican City, Hong Kong (SAR China), Macao (SAR China) 
• E-visas are treated in the same way as visas on arrival. Where the conditions for obtaining an e-visa are straightforward (fee, return ticket, hotel reservation), a point was assigned. Where there are additional conditions (e.g. invitation letter, consular approval), a point was not assigned
 • Countries that do not enforce their own visa restrictions are considered as a nationality, but not as a destination: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Palestinian Territory, San Marino, Vatican City 
• Countries that enforce their own visa restrictions but issue passports under the authority of a governing country are considered as a destination, but not as a nationality: Aruba, Anguilla, Bermuda, Bonaire and St. Eustatius and Saba, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Cook Islands, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Gibraltar, Guam, Mayotte, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Samoa (American), St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (US)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Top 10 Best & Worst 2016 Grammy Performances

Top 10 Best & Worst Grammy Performance
Ranking the Top 10 Best & Worst Grammy Performance Grammys performances. The worst performance even called . If you missed the Grammy performances, Kendrick Lamar's 2016 Grammys performance is the only one worth watching. Here is the top 10 from best to worst.

1. Kendrick Lamar, the winner of five awards stated off with a prison scene, with Lamar at the front of the chain gang as he sang “The Blacker the Berry,” before gliding seamlessly into the #BlackLivesMatter anthem “Alright” with a fiery bonfire as the backdrop. Black lights, quick-cut editing, the words “Compton” lighted up over a map of Africa — this performance had it all.
2. Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie, who died last month of cancer, wasn’t a tribute. It wasn’t a series of cover songs. Lady Gaga donned an orange wig and raced through a series of tunes to be the embodiment of Bowie. The opening moments of her performance teased out this idea, as the images projected onto her face melted and transformed, and transformed Gaga in the process.

3. Alexander Hamilton performing the hugely successful musical“Hamilton”

4. Lady Gaga’s tribute

5. Sam Hunt “Take Your Time”

6. Stevie Wonder jokes had the audience grooving

7. Taylor Swift kicked things off in a sparkly black jumpsuit for “Out of the Woods,” her latest single from “1989.”

8. Justin Bieber “Love Yourself”

9. John Legend “Easy,”

10. Adele ''Hello"

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Lent from Pope Francis

Happy Lent from Pope Francis

Today is Ash Wednesday for the Catholic Church. It begins Lent and Pope Francis send his message using WhatsApp. He said:

"Dear young people - the Pope said in his voice message - Jesus told his disciples, 'Be careful not to practice your righteousness before men to be seen by them' ... 'When you give alms do not sound a trumpet before to you '...' your Father who sees in secret will reward you '. the word of God gives us the proper orientation for living Lent well. "

"When we do something good, we are sometimes tempted to be appreciated and to have a reward: the human glory. But this is a false reward because it projected towards what others think of us. Jesus  asks us to do good because it is good. He asks us to feel always under the gaze of our heavenly Father and to live in union with him, not in relation to the judgment of others, to live in the presence of the Father is a much deeper joy of glory worldly. Our attitude in this Lent is thus to live in secret where the Father sees us, he loves us, waiting for us. of course, external things are important, but we must always choose and live in the presence of God. "

"Let us in prayer, mortification, and in fraternal charity, we can humbly before God. So we will be worthy of the reward of God the Father. Happy Lent, Our Lady of Pompeii and accompany you, please pray for me" the Pope concluded.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kenyans, Ethiopians win Lagos Marathon

Kenyans, Ethiopians win Lagos Marathon
Kenyans and Ethiopians prevailed in the Lagos marathon. Kenya’s Abraham Kiptom, emerged winner completing the 42.1 km marathon in 2hrs 21 mins, 20 secs ahead of his fellow countryman, Hosea Kipkembe. Abraham was short of the current world record of 2 hours, 3 minutes.

Also, Debebe Toise of Ethiopia came third behind the Kenyans.

The Lagos marathon began at the National Stadium Surulere Lagos on Saturday at 7.10 a. m., with no fewer than 20,000 marathoners from African and international countries.

The race started at National Stadium in Surulele, went through the Ikorodu road to link Oworonsoki and pass through third mainland bridge linking the Victoria Island and ended at the Eko Atlantic City Island.

Emmanuel Gyan, was the first Nigerian to arrive the finish line, he came in 7th place. Halima Hussein of Ethiopia was the first female to cross the finish line, while Chineme Okpeta emerged the first Nigerian female to cross the finish line.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Poll: 95 Percent Agree ''Nigerians are Better Together''

New York Times ''Nigerians are Better Together''

TOLU OGUNLESI is a Nigerian Journalist, Poet, Photographer and writer. He is also the author of toluogunlesi wordress account. His latest op-ed ''Nigerians are Better Together'' talks about peace and harmonization of Nigeria and Biafra into a united Nigeria.

The article published in New York Times recounts the events that span post Nigerian Civil war 1967-1970. It is now over Forty-six years since the Biafran war came to an end with the surrender of the secessionist Republic of Biafra. The two and a half years of fighting took some two million lives, but when the bitter conflict ended the triumphant Nigerian government proclaimed, “No Victor, No Vanquished.” Nevertheless, the discontent of the ethnic Igbo people of southeast Nigeria lingers on.

In 1999, a group known as the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra emerged, seeking through protests and political agitation to re-establish an independent nation. In recent years it has been overshadowed by another group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, which also calls for independence, by violence if necessary.

Led by Nnamdi Kanu, a Nigerian who was living in Britain until last October, it has demonstrated greater sophistication than Massob. Its main publicity tool is Radio Biafra, an online station that spreads the call for “liberation” and “self-emancipation” from the “zoo” called Nigeria. These activities have annoyed President Muhammadu Buhari, who has publicly backed Mr. Kanu’s ongoing trial for treason. Read the full article on New York Times website at

Monday, January 25, 2016

PlowNewarkPetitions - Tell Baraka,Christie


Resident of Newark are still snowedin. No plow trucks. No resident streets plowed. Newarkers called the city's emergency management number given out by NJ12 news but nothing has happened. The Newark residents has now decided to file a petitions to PlowNewark to publicly tell Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and NJ governor Chris Christie that Newark needs to be cleaned.

This frustration that Newark and other cities in New Jersey has been neglected may cost NJ governor Chris Christie in the presidential election. His handling of the situation has been poor. Newark, the brick city is the largest city in NJ. The mayor of New Jersey's largest city has apologized to residents who remain stuck in their homes due to unplowed streets.

Speaking Monday at a news conference, Ras Baraka said the city was "working around the clock" to remedy the problem. He said all roads in the city should be cleared by Tuesday morning.

The storm dumped nearly 30 inches on the city over the weekend. And residents say numerous side streets had not been cleared as of early Monday night.

Baraka said some of the snow removal delays were caused by people going out during the storm and abandoning cars in the streets.
He also cited the storm's intensity and Newark having to compete with other municipalities for resources.
There are also reports of neighbouring cities in NJ unplowed.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The largest cities in Nigeria: ranked 1 to 10

The largest cities in Nigeria: ranked 1 to 10
Lagos, Largest city in Nigeria
 List of largest cities in Nigeria is different from the list of most loved cities in Nigeria. Abuja remains the most of these cities and towns are known across the country for its fascinating attractions, beautiful scenery, natural resources and cultural heritage. However, Abuja, the capital city is ranked 4th in the largest cities in Nigeria.
most populated cities in Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria

City; State

Lagos, Lagos State

Kano, Kano State

Ibadan, Oyo State

Abuja, FCT

Port Harcourt, Rivers

Kaduna, Kaduna State

Ogbomoso, Oyo State

Benin, Edo State

Aba, Abia State

Maiduguri, Borno State