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Nigerian Leaders’ Ineptitude Has Reached The Point of Insanity

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A few days ago, precisely, January 28, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released a damning report on Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) in West Africa. The report claims these people especially in Nigeria and Ghana are stealing their countries’ money to send their children abroad to study. Unfortunately, despite the sweeping indictment of Nigerian politicians and civil servants, the report is yet to attract the attention of the Nigerian public. Aside the few mentions in the media, it hasn’t really been an issue of public discourse. Perhaps we are too overwhelmed by too many problems. That’s quite understandable. Nigeria at the moment is in a mess! Advertisement That notwithstanding, I think we should still look at some of the highlights of this report, which is an expose on our corrupt politicians and civil servants. Authored by Mathew Page, the report, titled, “West African elite spending on UK schools and Universities: A Closer Look,” describes how Nigerian

Four Easy Ways to Get Over Heartbreak

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There is little worse than heartbreak. When it happens, it can be one of the most difficult experiences one may have to pull through. Breakups are never easy. We find ourselves in a state of mind unlike any other, unable to concentrate on anything else, an absolute obsession over the other party, and an utter feeling of hopelessness and despair that can hang over one for months. Have you ever felt this way? Below are four easy ways that you can get over heartbreak Accept the break-up and live in the reality of it The worse treatment a person can give herself while dealing with heartbreak is to live in denial of it. That the other party will come back and the relationship continues only happens in very rear cases. Face the heartbreak, don’t lie to yourself or anyone else that you are fine because you are not. Do not suppress the feeling of sadness, let it flow, and gradually get over it. Cry, it’s important that you don’t bottle feeling up: It’s okay to feel sad, it’s okay to cry

VIDEO: Thomas Sankara, An Upright Man In A Sinful World

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According to Answerwiki.net, Thomas Sankara is best referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara”. Sankara, of blessed memory, was a Burkinabe military captain, Marxist radical, pan-Africanist and President of Burkina Faso whose leadership began in 1983 and ended in 1987 when his government was toppled by Blaise Campaore (His second in command) in a coup d'etat. He was an authentic and disciplined African leader whose attention had been his home country,  Burkina Faso. He took over power in a bloodless coup on the 4th of August 1983 at the age of 33.

VIDEO: The Rise And Fall Of Mobutu Sese Seko, One Of Africa's Most Brutal Dictators

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Mobutu Sese Seko was one of Africa's most brutal dictators, his rise from obscurity to the helm of affairs in Congo is well documented in this video, take a look.

REPORTER’S DIARY: I Went To Cross River, Pretended To Have COVID-19 Symptoms And This Happened...

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To check how serious Cross River state was about screening for COVID-19, especially as the state is the only one in the federation without a single case, Taiwo Adebulu disguises as a patient with a risky travel history and suspicious symptoms. He narrates his experience with the doctors, nurses and the test team in this undercover adventure. Crossing Itu bridge, which marks the boundary between Cross River and Akwa Ibom states, is like a camel passing through the eye of a needle. Vehicles from Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, don’t go beyond the bridge. All passengers have to alight before the military checkpoint and pay their way through. While Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, claimed he spends nights at the state’s borders as part of efforts to prevent COVID-19 from entering the state, the same location becomes a flourishing industry during daytime as security operatives and thugs cash out at the expense of travellers. “So, why didn’t you stay in your state when you know you don’t h

Nine Ways To Relax At Work When Stressed

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Much of adult stress tends to stem from the place they spend the most time at – work. No matter what field you’re in or where you’re employed, stress on the job is pretty much inevitable. Whether you’ve got a big report to finish for a deadline or a major pitch to present in front of many people, there are ways to ease your anxiety in the meantime. Here are nine tips for balancing yourself when you’re at the office. 1. Listen to calming music Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, put on your headphones, and turn on meditation music. It may sound silly, but the breathy notes of a pan flute or the soft taps of a piano chord instantly slow your heart rate. A relaxing playlist can also do the trick. 2. Snack on stress-reducing foods Certain foods are great for de-stressing, including avocado, oatmeal, almonds, and oranges. Snack on a few throughout the day, particularly when you need a break. 3. Go for a walk If you feel like you’re on the verge of screaming, let your boss know yo

VIDEO: An Honest Explanation of The Nigerian Civil War | The Biafran Story

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May 30th 2020 marks the 53rd anniversary of the declaration of the state of Biafra, a breakaway state in the South-East of Nigeria whose government was led by the late General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. The effort to create a new state out of Nigeria was a failed attempt, but this documentary takes a deep look at the problems that led to the declaration of Biafra and the war that followed.

Ten Foods That Can Boost Your Immune System

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The coronavirus pandemic has somewhat turned the world ’s attention to the immune system, the body ’s defence mechanism against disease - causing bacteria, viruses and other organisms that we touch, ingest and inhale every day. Several studies have stressed the importance of a strong immune system to the human body. According to the Heart Foundation, New Zealand, when a foreign microbe gets into the body, the body puts up a defence. Although the immune system is not always successful in preventing microbes from entering the body, it can help to quickly recover from the illness. According to medical scientists, one of the best ways to stay healthy and boost the immune system is to eat healthy because what one eats is the major factor that determines how healthy one will be. Eating healthy, antioxidant-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is an important part of maintaining good immune system and health to ward off infection and illness. The foll

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus – WHO

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Nigeria on Friday confirmed the first case of Coronavirus, code-named COVID-19, by the World Health Organisation, in the country. The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, on February 25, 2020. He was confirmed by the virology laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the laboratory network at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Here are tips from the WHO on how to protect yourself and others against the virus: Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand. Rub or wash them with soap and water. Maintain social distancing Maintain at least one metre (three feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the dise

Chief Daniel Okezie (Mezie Abia) Bags Continental Award

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The Award recipient surrounded by LEADS Africa members Chief Daniel Chimezie Okeke, has been conferred with the LEADS Africa's Patriotic Personality Award of Excellence in recognition of his exemplary commitment to corporate business investments, employment creations, local content and economic development in Africa. Similarly, he also received a Corporate Mandate Award on behalf of Management and Staff of Swiss Spirit Hotels/ Express Concern Limited for their corporate commitment to delivering on the mandate of the firm towards Africa's Quest for development. In his presentation, the leader of the delegation said that from information made available to them by a Special Envoy of Enquiry that visited Nigeria few months ago, it was revealed that the recipient, who is a holder of the prestigious traditional Chieftaincy title of ' _Omereoha 1 of Ututu'_ has done well in establishing business institutions that create jobs, engaged in community development and char

Covid - 19; 80,000 African Students in China, A Call For Continent Wide Approach

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We have followed with keen interest and empathy, the quagmire of hundreds of thousands of African students in China, especially those in Wuhan, have hitherto been facing in the past weeks. A prominent proportion of them are studying either in University of Wuhan, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Central China University, and others withing Wuhan (the epicentre of the global outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus). While expressing our genuine solidarity to the peoples of China at this difficult time that presents a historic litmus-test on their healthcare capacity, amidst socioeconomic challenges, we must also identify the best decisive and proactive step Africa must take. Whereas some nationals wish to be evacuated, others seem reluctant and countries like Ghana and Kenya, already taking pragmatic steps at bringing home their students/nationals after having facilitated medical and humanitarian relief for them. The question is, what must Africa do in concert, put

As The Supreme Court Reviews Its Decision On Imo State Governorship Election. By Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

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When it sits on Tuesday, 18 February 2020, to consider the application to review its judgment of 14 January in the matter of the petition on the outcome of the March 2019 governorship election in Imo State, Nigeria’s Supreme Court will find itself presented with a signal moment to re-set the balance in the monumental enterprise of election dispute resolution in Nigeria, a balance upset increasingly by an appearance of decision making un-moored to law or principles. It is an opportunity that the Court should embrace with clarity and an eye on posterity. Imo State is counted as one of three governorship elections, whose outcomes have been altered by judicial intervention from the 2019 cycle of elections, but in reality, it is unique. In May 2019, the same Supreme Court voided the outcome of the governorship election in Zamfara State, clearly won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), because the party did not conduct a lawful primary prior to candidate selection, a

Financial Responsibility: Preparing Your Teens to Make the Best Financial Decision

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Growing up, I never fully understood the concept of financial responsibility or how my parents managed their finances. I had no appreciation for the naira note nor how to be a thrifty shopper. I was ill-prepared to manage a budget or make wise money choices as a college graduate. As I got older and more financially conscious, I realized that if it wasn’t for my minimalist parents, their wise decision to  open a kiddies account  for I and my siblings as well as generous relatives with deep pockets, I couldn’t have imagined where we would be today, financially speaking. Several life lessons opened my eyes to the importance of financial responsibility which is why I think it’s incredibly important to teach young children how money works and how to wisely use it. If you asked most teens or kids in their pre-teens what it means to be financially responsible or if they have a  teens account , I am sure you will get a lot of remarks masked in confusion. This is why I wi