Friday

WhatsApp Will Deactivate Your Account If You Don't Agree To Share Data With Facebook


WhatsApp has issued a statement in a new update to its Privacy Policy, saying it will disable your account if you do not agree to share your user data with Facebook.

WhatsApp, the messaging platform owned by Facebook, has announced it will be implementing the new Privacy Policy globally by February 8, 2021.

The Facebook-owned instant messaging service is saying that WhatsApp will now be sharing user data with other Facebook companies.

Some of the data WhatsApp says it will collect from you and share with third parties include; your interactions on the platform, account registration information, transaction data, phone model, OS, IP address, mobile network, ISP, location data, battery level, signal strength, browser, language, time zone and not leaving out IMEI and other data collected based on users' consent.
“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings.”
WhatsApp users who refuse to accept the new Terms of service and Privacy Policy by February 8, 2021 will be barred from using the service and their profiles deactivated. After 120 days of inactivity, WhatsApp will permanently delete the accounts as part of its efforts to "maintain security, limit data retention, and protect the privacy of our users."

While most of us would all probably bid goodbye to end to end encryption on the messaging service, WhatsApp users in the European Union are however exempted from the revised terms of service and privacy policy. Due to tighter privacy legislation better known as GDPR, the WhatsApp users in 27 European countries will not have their data shared with third parties.

Meanwhile, millions of WhatsApp users including prominent celebrities worldwide are already ditching the app for other secure instant messaging apps such as Signal.

The Signal messenger provides the same robust encryption engine with a much more transparent privacy policy and terms of service. Besides the encrypted chats it provides, Signal also offers encrypted audio and video calls.

Elon Musk who recently surpassed Jeff Bezos to become the richest man in the world, earlier showed a strong support for Signal, when he tweeted his followers and enjoined them to boycott WhatsApp by using Signal.

Tuesday

ALBUM: Prodi - A Stitch In Time

Prodi - A Stitch In Time (ACE SAID SO)

Prodi is a budding rap-inclined performing artiste with years of recording credit on the music scene. He came to limelight in 2015 soaring on the wings of his debut EP dubbed "Scars". 

Born Kunle Kazeem Kareem on July 13, this prolific rap artiste has proven to be limitless with his knowledge and versatility in hip-hop. His quota to the game have been of the essence.

The Lagos born rapper who has been off the music scene for a while has rekindled his zest for making music and is here with a new EP titled "A Stitch In Time"

The EP can be described as 5-track body of therapeutic sensual work, so called for the beauty in its simplicity and the lucid imagery it paints of a body to be with and of a place to be in. The EP showcases musical talent, vocal coordination and lyrical ingenuity. Each track houses within the project has a unique vibe and classic sound. 

Support Prodi by spreading his sounds. Download, listen, share and enjoy.

Saturday

How To Make A Perfect Roast Chicken With Sisi Jemimah's Recipe | VLOG


In this new vlog, watch Sisi Jemimah as she dishes out her recipe for a perfect roast chicken. The result is mouth watering and worth savoring. 

You don't have to wait till it's Christmas to try this out. Check out the key ingredients for the recipe below;
Whole Chicken (2.5kg)
Veg or Olive Oil
2 tbs Garlic Powder
2 tbsp Onion Powder
2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tbsp Ginger Powder
1 tbsp Rosemary
1 tbsp Dried Thyme
2 tbs Onion Powder
2 tbsp Chicken seasoning
Or 2 Stock cubes (I used Knorr Chicken Bouillon cubes)
Salt to taste
Catch a glimpse of the vlog below:

Check Out These Premium December Events Happening This Weekend

We are definitely happy to bring you hand-picked premium events happening across major cities in Nigeria and Ghana.

Be sure to catch up on all the beach parties, comedy shows, art exhibitions, mini-concerts, sip and paints and a whole lot more. Of cause, all safety measures have been put in place so you can hangout and party safely. 

Now, here's the best part. Some of these events would also hold virtually so you can be sure to learn new skills, participate in group activities, party with your friends, and practically have your desired December without heading outdoor.

Scroll through our event list for this weekend and make your pick. Do tell us which you'd be catching up with right here in the comment section below.

And if you have an event for us, do well to mail us via anyanwuace@gmail.com

The Johnny Drille and Ladipoe Muud

Lagos!! The Johnny Drille and Ladipoe Muud is here! Join your favs Johnny Drille and Ladipoe for an amazing experience at Muud that includes a live music showcase, meet and greet, and an open bar. Note: All COVID-19 Protocols would be duly observed.
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020.
Time: 5 & 8 PM.
Venue: Terra Kulture Victoria Island Lagos
RSVP: HERE

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Pop-Up Shop

Cancel your plans. Clear your schedule. Come shop some awesome products from your favourite brands. It’s going to be FUN! Expect good music, food, drinks, Up to 50% discounts.
Date: Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, December 20, 2020.
Time: 12 PM.
Venue: 30, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere. Lagos
RSVP: HERE

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Silent Wave

Picture this: Silent Disco at the Beach, in your bikini/beach shorts, sipping Margarita by the poolside, listening to your favourite songs, while watching the waves. How cool is that?
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020.
Time: 3 PM
Venue: Wave Beach, Elegushi Beach, Ikate Lekki.
RSVP: 08173636363

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Paint & Chill Saturday

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020.
Time: 4 PM.
Venue: Cafe Jade, Lekki 1, Lagos.
RSVP: info@theartroomng.com | +234(0)7038680025

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Glow In The Dark: Face Mask Party

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020.
Time: 1 PM.
Venue: 1004, 0pposite Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos.
RSVP: Ariiyatickets.com | 09086787099/08182658462

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Gold Block Party Accra

Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020.
Time: 3 PM.
Venue: Utopia Land, Untamed Empire, Accra, Ghana.
RSVP: HERE

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Livespot Xclusive

What’s a December without your faves in one concert? Livespot is hosting an exciting and extraordinary concert with your Simi, Wizkid, Rema, DJ Spinall, Reekado Banks and many others. Don’t miss this for anything!
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020.
Time: 8 PM.
Venue: Eko Continental, Victoria Island, Lagos.
RSVP: info@livespotnation.com

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Beer & Grill

It’s a “Beer & Grill” type of Sunday at LIVE! Lounge. You get a complimentary bottle of Heineken when you order any item off the specially curated grill menu. This December LiVE! has been packed with back-to-back fun experiences, with more still in tow. Come enjoy a finger-licking Sunday with tasty Ram Suya, Flame Grilled Chicken, Goat Meat Kebabs, Grilled Fish, and more.
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Time: 2 PM.
Venue: LiVE! Lounge, 15 Idejo Street, Victoria Island.
RSVP: 09021106225

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Tuesday

The Recycle Option: A Call To Action


I often catch myself feeling so much concern for the saturated market of product selling. Everyone is engrossed with selling one thing or the other, and people are of course buying the much their money can pay for. 

But how many of we the consumers, producers and marketers ever think of effective ways to dispose of, or recycle refuse and other waste materials, which if fully explored, could be another way of making money. This however would be of more benefit to our natural habitat than it would be to our yearning pockets. 

Plastic wastes are oversaturated and they are causing havoc on the streets. We find them inside oceans, drainages, and so on and we feel it doesn't concern us, yet un-ironically, we complain of flood, famine and polluted water. 

To solve this, I rather people started looking at recycling and waste management as money making consideration of that will drive their interest.


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Written By: Jennifer Okoro
Photo: Anete Lusina from Pexels.com

Jennifer Okoro Writes 'Taming And Dining With Your Demons' | INSPIRATIONAL


The fact that you are often flighty, sometimes loved, often selfish, brutally blunt, a little off the hook and plentifully scared does not and should not diminish your worth. Even the creator of humans saw all of this and in his wisdom, the best gift to us was His unconditional love. He knows that a love with condition will not earn a place in this life. In His compassion the only way we can relate with ourselves is to love one another just as He who is spotless has loved us. 

My uncle once told me that you cannot conquer your demons, you can only learn to live with them - highly debatable, but the maxim from it is that, we cannot wish our flaws away, they will always come up every now and then, most times when we don't expect. But we can do well by taming them and never hide our beautiful traits. 

I'll leave us with Nikita Gill's quote which rings thus; 
"I hope you summon your courage and you invite your demons to tea, and you'll learn to listen to all their stories".


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Written By: Jennifer Okoro
Photo: Dids from Pexels.com

Monday

ACE TV | Watch The First Episode of Basketmouth’s Web Comedy Series 'Papa Benji'


Renowned Nigerian ace comedy export Bright Okpocha, who we popularly know as Basketmouth, has finally released the first episode of his much-anticipated web comedy series titled 'Papa Benji'.

The new web comedy series features known faces the like of Broda Shaggi, Senator, Nedu Wazobia, Buchi and of course, Basketmouth the comedy lord.

Papa Benji comedy series trails the life and adventures of Papa Benji, an industrious Igbo man who took a loan to start his pepper soup joint, which attends to many other interesting characters that come into the joint.

The comedy series comes off Basketmouth's The Zing Network production company. This is not a series you can afford to miss. Catch a glimpse of the first episode below

Media Room Hub Features Laycon ‘The Icon President’, As Cover Star For December 2020 Edition

Media Room Hub is flaunting our very own singer, songwriter and rapper and most importantly, the number 1 finalist and winner of the 2020 edition of the Big Brother Naija lockdown season. He is no other person than Olamilekan Agbeleshe, the Icons’ universal president, who is best known as Laycon.

Here’s how Media Room Hub (MRH) introduced Laycon in their opening log:
If you watched the show, you probably won’t be surprised at the end results seeing how bright the 27-year-old was. Perhaps, why he was also loved and voted for the most. Being one of the most sought-after stars ideals for all sorts of endorsements, the rap act has achieved quite a lot for himself already.

… The Icons’ president was named the ambassador for youth in Ogun State, awarded a cash prize of 5 million naira and an apartment by the State governor. Also, he is the first BBNaija star to become an Oppo Nigeria brand ambassador.
Laycon didn’t stop there as he also signed endorsement deals with Origin Nigeria, GOTV Nigeria and Mentos Nigeria amongst others. At the moment, Laycon is shooting his first originals on showmax titled, “I AM LAYCON.”

Safe to say BBNaija has opened more doors for young Nigerians to thrive in their various endeavours in recent years than their government.
In the full interview with MRH, Laycon talks about his creative music enterprise, intended collaborations with Vee and co, his most memorable moments as a performing artiste alongside life in the Big Brother Naija lockdown house.

Laycon also talks about his relationship status, present and future plan and gives us his perspective on the aftermath of the peaceful EndSARS protest.

When quizzed on the story behind his hit single “Fierce”, Laycon had this to say:
“Fierce” was created courtesy of the record label that I’m signed to, Fierce Nation. While making the song, it was what I had at the fore. The song entails going for what you want regardless of whatever odds, ensuring that you have a goal and pursuing that goal with all energy, aggressiveness. That was really what I had in mind while creating the record. That’s about my kind of mentality which I want to extend to people. When I sang sho re pe bayi, shey wan bami soro…, I was implying that you can’t come at me just anyhow because I’ve got people around that’ll go all the way out for me and as people have seen, the people in my corner, team etc. It also feels like a prophecy because now I have fans who have my back, who’ll go all out for me.
Check out the full feature at www.mediaroomhub.com or watch the interview below.




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Culled from BellaNaija 
Photography: @Oluwatobbie


Here's Why Men Are So Obsessed With Achievement

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If you've ever wondered why men endlessly strive to be successful, then this post is will provide a universal answer to your question about men.

A Tweep gave this shocking revelation about men and why they are soo obsessed with achievements. Take a read of the abridged version below.


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The reason men are so obsessed with achievement is because nobody cares about men - including the majority of men. The closest thing you can get as a man to being cared about, is being cared about because you're useful - implicit to the role of provider; which is not being loved for who you are, but what you can do.

True love is very rare. Most people are just using each other out of practicality. Many people don't even believe in true love. 

Some of my male followers would give me adverse criticism for saying there's no such thing as true love because it's some kind of myth or Disney fairytale. But I don't care. I do believe people can like one another deeply for impractical reasons. It's just improbable. 

Men have no inherent value. Women and children are valued simply for existing. This is why boyhood to manhood is an especially rough transition for males. Because they're no longer loved simply for existing. Their worthiness must be proved, or they're nothing. 

Women preserve their value, men create it. This is why the average woman is more valuable than the average man, especially in a society which favours women over men. This is why the feminist arguments that focus on inequality are trash. They only focus on the winners. Women, in their infinite desire to upgrade, are blind to the men beneath them, and obsessed with the men above them.

This translates politically as demanding special privileges for women in general, because a minority of men dominate the majority of positions of power. It's idiotic!

Those 'few' men earned their position and so when even the remotest inkling of compassion is linked to one's competence, you will literally breathe to succeed, obsessing over achievement.

Men need love too. Success isn't a lifestyle choice for men - it's a matter of life and death. But for women, it's a lifestyle choice.

A woman who fails in academia or business can just give up and become a mother. She will still be wanted for who she is - a woman.

Who is interested in a loser man? Absolutely nobody!

So of course men will always outdo women at the high end of society because they have to.

But the flip side to that is men who don't make it aren't even assigned a base level of compassion or human decency. They are an invisible underclass who end up being mocked by the society.


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Culled from original post written by TellYourSonThis



BREAKING: More Than 300 People Hospitalized In India Over Unidentified Disease Outbreak

No fewer than 300 persons have been left hospitalized after an unidentified illness broke out in southeastern India where at least 1 person has been confirmed dead by local authorities who are currently investigating the outbreak.

CNN reports that the patients in the city of Eluru, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, had filed reports a range of symptoms which included seizures, loss of consciousness and nausea over the weekend.

The outbreak of this strange illness comes even as India continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, with the world’s second-highest number of infections.

Reports have claimed that Covid-19 wasn’t the cause of the mass hospitalizations over the weekend.

Dolla Joshi Roy, the district surveillance officer of Eluru’s West Godavari District said;
“All (300) patients have tested negative for Covid-19. About 180 patients have now been discharged, while the rest are stable. The patient who died had reported similar symptoms to the others, but then had a fatal but unrelated cardiac arrest”.
Andhra Pradesh’s Health Department said it had conducted initial blood tests and did not find any evidence of a viral infection, such as dengue or chikungunya, which are both caused by mosquito bites.

Authorities have since begun testing water samples in Eluru for contamination, after all the patients were found to receive their water from a common source. Water samples have so far been collected from 57,863 households and sent to a forensic laboratory for investigation.

Specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a neurologist have been brought in to conduct further neurotoxic tests, and are waiting for the results.
“The cause is still unknown but still we are doing all kinds of testing, including testing food and milk,” said Roy.

Sunday

Headies Awards 2020: Full List of Nominees


Check out the full list of nominees for the 14th edition of the Headies Awards, as put together by the organizers.

The list was compiled after the call for submission of entries into the various categories for the awards. The call for entries covered musical works which were released between July 2019 and September 2020.

Checkout the list below and share your thoughts in the comment section below. Who are you voting and for what category?

NEXT RATED
OMAH LAY
BELLA SHMURDA
OXLADE
TEMS

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
PHEELZ – ‘BILLIONAIRE’ BY TENI
SPAX – ‘AWAY’ BY OXLADE
KEL P – ‘PULL UP’ BY BURNA BOY
SARZ – ‘MAD’ BY SARZ & WURLD

BEST RAP ALBUM
GOD’S ENGINEERING – AQ
ILLY CHAPO X – ILLBLISS
YPSZN2 – PSYCHO YP
CULT! – PAYBAC IBORO
THE ERIGMA II – ERIGGA

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM
YELLOW – BRYMO
LUCID – ASA
THE LIGHT – BEZ
PIONEERS – DRB LASGIDI
ROOTS – THE CAVEMEN

BEST POP ALBUM
APOLLO – FIREBOY DML
AFRICAN GIANT – BURNA BOY
A GOOD TIME – DAVIDO
WOMAN OF STEEL – YEMI ALADE
AFRO POP VOL. 1 – ADEKUNLE GOLD

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
OZYMANDIAS – BRYMO
SMILE – WIZKID FEAT. HER
WONDERFUL – BURNA BOY
DREAMER – FIREBOY DML
GHOST TOWN – WURLD

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
ELI – FIREBOY BY CLARENCE PETERS
1 MILLI – DAVIDO BY DIRECTOR K
SMILE – WIZKID BY MEJI ALABI
BILLIONAIRE – TENI BY TG OMORI
SHEKERE – YEMI ALADE BY OVIE ETSEYATSE

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION
MASTER KG
KUAMI EUGENE
SAUTI SOL
SHAATA WALE
STONEBWOY

BEST COLLABORATION
KNOW YOU – LADIPOE FEAT. SIMI
NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI
SWEET IN THE MIDDLE – DAVIDO FEAT. NAIRA MARLEY, ZLATAN & WURLD
DON’T CALL ME BACK – JOEBOY FEAT. MAYORKUN
TOTORI – ID CABASA FEAT. WIZKID & OLAMIDE
GET THE INFO – PHYNO FT PHENOM AND FALZ

BEST RAP SINGLE
OGB4IG – REMINISCE
SHUT UP – BLAQBONEZ
COUNTRY – ILLBLISS
GET THE INFO – PHYNO, FALZ & PHENOM
BOP DADDY – FALZ FEAT. MS. BANKS

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (Male)
WURLD – GHOST TOWN
CHIKE – FORGIVE
PRAIZ – UNDER THE SKY
COHBAMS – PLENTI
NONSO AMADI – WHAT MAKES YOU SURE
JOHNNY DRILLE – COUNT ON YOU

SONG OF THE YEAR
DAVIDO – FEM
WIZKID – JORO
NAIRA MARLEY – MAFO
SIMI – DUDUKE
DJ NEPTUNE, JOEBOY & MR EAZI – NOBODY

BEST R&B ALBUM
FIREBOY DML – LTG
PRAIZ – KING
CHIKE – BOO OF THE BOOLESS
TIWA SAVAGE – CELIA
SARZ & WURLD – ILGWT

BEST R&B SINGLE
SIMI – DUDUKE
SARZ & WURLD – MAD
OMAH LAY – BAD INFLUENCE
TIWA SAVAGE – DANGEROUS LOVE
FIREBOY DML – TATTOO
PRAIZ – UNDER THE SKY

HEADIES REVELATION
VICTOR AD
FIREBOY DML
JOEBOY
TENI
REMA
CHIKE

HEADIES VIEWERS CHOICE
BURNA BOY
FALZ
FIREBOY DML
MAYORKUN
DJ NEPTUNE
WIZKID

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
AQ – EUNICE
BLAQBONEZ – DEFINE 2
M.I ABAGA – THE TRINITY
ILLBLISS – COUNTRY
PHENOM – GET THE INFO
PHYNO – SPEAK LIFE

BEST STREET HOP ARTISTES
NAIRA MARLEY & YOUNG JOHN – MAFO
MAYORKUN – GENG
REMINISCE – INSTAGRAM
RUDEBOY – AUDIO MONEY
IVD ft ZLATAN – BOLANLE
OLAMIDE – PAWON

BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG
LADY DONLI – CORNER
MOELOGO – I WONDER
DEENA ADE – BITTER
THE CAVEMEN – ANITA
GBASKY – MONEY DEVOTION
OLU – GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
BURNA BOY – AFRICAN GIANT
FIREBOY DML – APOLLO
ADEKUNLE GOLD – AFROPOP VOL 1
BRYMO – YELLOW
CHIKE – BOO OF THE BOOLESS

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
OLAKIRA
ALPHA P
JAMOPYPER
ZINOLEESKY
BAD BOY TIMZ

SONG WRITER OF THE YEAR
SIMI – DUDUKE
FIREBOY DML – DREAMER
BURNA BOY – WAY TOO BIG
OMAH LAY – BAD INFLUENCE
WURLD – GHOST TOWN
ADEKUNLE GOLD – 1 MILLI

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
EEDRIS ABDULKAREEM & TIMAYA

HALL OF FAME
KING SUNNY ADE


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Monday

RELATIONSHIPS: When You Find A New Heart ❤️

This is truly from my heart, and this is why I won't get tired of saying it.

When you meet a new heart and you discover you are in love with it, what wise people do is to take a careful look at that heart and see how things are arranged. If there is nothing you are bringing into that heart to make it better, gently leave it the way you met it. 

While you are at that, allow her to equally look through your heart and make the same decision as you did. Don't expect her to love you simply because you think you love her. If your love is genuine, she will see it. No one sees a genuine love and not reciprocate even if it may not be the way you expect it to be reciprocated. 

You have worked so hard to make enough money. We all love money. But in matters of the heart, do not think money is heart and heart is money. Some people have turned down a multi-Billionaire for a man earning 50k per week. Some have turn down a man earning 50k per week for a billionaire. The difference is not counted in money but in choice, and no one's choice is better. Every choice has its own challenges. 

As funny as it may seem, one of the toughest decisions a man would make is choosing a wife. On the flip side, one of the easiest decision is choosing a girlfriend. The way men think when asking a girl to be their girlfriend is not the way they think when asking a girl to be their wives. This is why the women most men end up marrying, may look nothing close to the women they once dated. 

And if you are a woman and you think all your mates are getting married leaving you behind and immediately you conclude that you have a spiritual problem, that may just be the beginning of the real spiritual problem because you will soon see yourself jumping from one pastor to the other over nothing... And looking so unkept due to all the fasting, prayers and vigils you have been given to do. That alone is enough spiritual problem. 

At the end, as hard as it is to accept, not all women will find husbands, and not all men will find wives. Again, not all married men and women will remain married till death, and not all those who remained married till death may find true happiness. 

Finally, this life is not about what my mates are doing or not doing, this life is about you and God. The more you keep comparing yourself with another, the more your "spiritual problems" keep increasing. 

Don't be desperate for anything except if that thing is to show more love, genuinely.


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Photo Credit: Uche Asogwa MLGV

Friday

MUSIC: Muze Inspiration - Talk Your Own | @muzeinspiration


Muze Inspiration (Muse Inspiration) is an Afrovibes recording songster who hails from Delta State, Nigeria. Muze perfected his sound over the years after his first track release in 2015. 

The song 'Talk Your Own' is a smooth and melodic sonic tune he conjured and it's a perfect tune to get your day started.

Preferring to vibe, explore sounds and drive rhythm, this perspective gives Muze Inspiration's sound a uniqueness of its own. 

Connect with him on Twitter 

Thursday

Full Transcript Of The National Address By President Muhammadu Buhari, On The EndSARS Protests

Fellow Nigerians,

It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

2. I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well - intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

5. As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

6. On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.
 
7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

8. The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

9. All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

10. The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

12. Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society.  These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is: 

a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small - and medium - enterprises,
b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,
c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and
d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

 
13. These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;
a. Farmermoni,
b. Tradermoni,
c. Marketmoni,
d. N-Power,
e. N-Tech and
f. N-Agro.

 

14. No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.

15. With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

16. In order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, this administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for our teachers.

17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country. 

18. We will continue to improve good governance and our democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected.

20. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence. 

21. To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements. 

22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

23. For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

26. I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

 27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Friday

The Perks of being a Pringle

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From the endless teasing on social media, to tons of novels and series being about finding love, lets face it singletons have it hard.
“ Wahala dey for the person who no get boyfriend/girlfriend"
“ Valentine’s is coming, where is your boo?”
“Even screenshots get taken, but not you”
“ You mean say nobody dey send you good morning/goodnight texts? Not even how was your day?”
I mean when you see comments like these almost on a daily, it makes you want to believe that something may be wrong with you for being single ( aka a Pringle).

These comments may start as jokes, but if you let them, like play play they can become a great source of discontent and misery in our lives.

Truth is, there’ll always be someone or something out there, trying to “pepper" you, (i.e making you long /try to do everything in your power, to change your single status) if you’ll allow it.

If you’ve been feeling kinda down, or just plain sick of being a pringle, I gatchu! If you’ve been looking for a sign to keep on happily pringling(if that’s even a word), then this one’s for you. Folks, here’s why being a pringle rocks!

  • Pure, undiluted freedom

You’re free to do whatever the hell you want, where you want, how and with who you want. The freedom to try cool new things, meet new people, spend your time and money however you please, without having to fulfill “partner” roles, sounds like a mighty perk to me.

  • Flirting without fear

This is hands down my favorite reason to keep pringling. * Grins. Being able to hit on people freely (with sense of course) and having tons of crushes, appeals to me very much. No worries about getting a partner all worked up, because guess what? We’re free!

  • Peace of mind

According to bestselling author, Susan Winters, “relationships are mentally expensive and take up a lot of space in our minds”. Many people inevitably worry about the wellbeing of their partners and while this is kinda sweet, it could become an added source of stress to our lives.

Plus, in this day and age where someone can just come on Twitter and claim your boo as theirs, the single life is the surest bet to avoid embarrassment.

  • Decision making is less complicated

You’d love to see a movie on a whim, or try out a new restaurant alone, or even travel but you’ve got to factor in your partner. As a pringle, you can easily make decisions that make you happy, without having to compromise.

  • You get to make YOU a priority

Getting to know yourself, your likes, dislikes, and areas of your life that need improvement is an opportunity you might not get, while in a relationship. Prioritizing you and learning to love your own company is a liberating experience, one that frees you from the need to chase others.




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This post was culled from Medium and was written by Tosin Olawoyin