Sunday

MUST WATCH: 'The Minions' Are Back For 'The Rise of Gru' | Watch Trailer


Yipeeee How excited are you about this news? 

Checkout the official trailer is out for the upcoming sequel to Despicable Me by Studio Universal. We are definitely in for a great time as we are guaranteed to see Gru's dream to become the world's greatest Super Villain.

The movie will be out later this June. Meanwhile, watch the official trailer here

Wednesday

Nigeria Launches New Visa Policy | See What It Means

Great news as the Presidency announces the launch of a new visa policy in the country, broadening visa classes and allowing new practices.

The Personal Assistant to the president’s on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, took to his Twitter handle to break the news on the development. He wrote;
“President Buhari has officially presented Nigeria’s Visa Policy today, at the State House, Abuja”.
Confirming the update, Tolu Ogunlesi, who is the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, explained that the new policy allows for new short term visa classes, and visa on arrival. Here's what he wrote.
Nigeria today launched special Short Visa classes (single entry) for the following categories of people: Journalists Clerics Sportspeople Artists/Entertainers/Musicians Religious Tourists Humanitarian Workers Etc @nigimmigration promising speedy processing.
If you’re a Nigerian by birth but have had to give up your citizenship because your new country doesn’t allow dual citizenship (China, Isreal, India etc), you are now eligible to get a multi-year, multiple entry visa that allows you to visit Nigeria easily.
“There is no room to entertain any fears at all. Our security is guaranteed and our territorial integrity is not compromised.” — Minister of Interior @raufaregbesola. Nigeria’s new biometric Immigration System (MIDAS), launched 2019, is linked to INTERPOL & domestic watchlists.
Nigeria has now launched an “Investor Visa” Class: 5 categories: N3A, N3B, N3C, N3D, N3E
[Israelis by birth can acquire dual citizenships but people acquiring Israeli citizenship by naturalization — which is what would apply to a Nigerian who acquires Israeli citizenship — must first renounce their original citizenship]
Did you all know that until this new Visa Policy, Nigeria had ONLY ONE class of Visa – BUSINESS – for Students, Journalists, Academic Exchange, Artists, Musicians, Entertainers, etc. Now there are specific visa classes for all of these & NIS promises more efficient processing.

Tuesday

JUST IN: China Addresses Alleged Visa Ban on Nigeria


Yesterday, news making the rounds alleged that the Chinese Government had placed a Visa restriction on Nigeria. Well we have confirmations as officials have debunked the reports of China placing visa ban on Nigerians, pending when the Coronavirus will be contained.

The Embassy's Press Officer, Sun Saixiong, addressed the misinformation on Tuesday stating that the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian had only cautioned those who wished to travel to China “not to be in a rush if the trip was not urgent”. He added that the government had reached out to about 60 Nigerians living in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, on Monday, disclosed that China had found a possible cure for the ongoing epidemic, adding that 475 persons had been discharged from the hospital after recovery. He also said that the coronavirus infection had risen to 17,205 from 14,380 confirmed cases while 361 persons had died from the disease which originated from Wuhan in China.

About 21,558 individuals were also suspected of being infected with the virus in the Chinese mainland. He revealed that Chinese scientists are working to develop a vaccine for the virus which the World Health Organisation has declared as an international emergency.

Culled from: Independent NG

Sunday

MUSIC: Jeen - Mad


Jeen has turned up the heat with his first track of the year 2020 which he titles 'Mad'. The beat was produced by Benzima and was mixed and mastered by Surgeon.

This song will get you grooving on your dancing shoes. Download, listen, share and enjoy. 

Friday

The Presidency Addresses Trump’s Visa Restriction on Nigeria


Earlier this Monday, US President, Donald Trump announced seven (7) countries to be added to the US travel ban list and Nigeria was shortlisted.

Following this news speculations of the proposed  plan to impose visa restriction on some countries with Nigeria on the list, the Presidency has  urged  citizens to disregard the speculations as the Presidency is working on a new policy which will hopefully see to the end of corruption in Nigeria.

Responding to the development, the presidency through its spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, issued a statement which described the development as a mere speculation.

He wrote thus;
Yes, we have read the news that the Trump administration is planning to add a host of African, Asian and Eastern European countries to its travel restrictions list as reported by the U.S. media. We are not going to react to speculations. We urge you to wait for us to see what unfolds under the new policy, its scope, its reach, the implications and its consequences before we react.

Federal Government Endorses Amotekun On These Terms

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with the governors of the region over the establishment of the indigenous security group within the zone in a meeting between the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the South West Governors, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

VP Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, twitted the approval. He wrote:
The meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward. Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.
It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.
This comes days after the Attorney-General of the Federation declared the vigilante group illegal, thereby drawing an uproar from indigenes of the zones.

Wednesday

Microsoft To End Support For Windows 7 This January | Here's What To Do

This is probably a sad news for all users and lovers of Windows 7. Microsoft has announced that it will on the 14th of January 2020, end support for it's most beloved version of Windows.

So, if you're still using Windows 7, it's time for you to move on as the much-loved 2009 version of Windows gets its last security update on Jan. 14, 2020. But there might be an exception if your company pays for extended support. Also the free Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus program will (probably) no longer be supported either. 

As we go further into 2020, devices running Windows 7 will be more likely to become infected by malware, and any deep-rooted flaws in the operating system that arise almost certainly won't be fixed. 

That's not good for the roughly 28% of Windows users who still use Windows 7. If you're among them, you should upgrade to Windows 10. Your Windows 7 PC will almost certainly support Windows 10, though you may have to ditch some programs. 

SOLUTION 
The best way out is to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. You can do so for free provided your Windows 7 license key is valid. Simply upgrade your Windows 7 machine to Windows 10 for free by downloading and running Microsoft's own Windows 10 installation tool. Checkout instructions on how to upgrade on Microsoft's user forums.

WANT TO CONTINUE WITH WINDOWS 7?
If you decide you want to keep working with Windows 7 after Jan. 14, you'll need to take these mandatory precautions. 
  1. Update everything in the Jan. 14 Microsoft Patch Tuesday release. It'll be your last chance to make sure Windows and other Microsoft software are as secure as possible.
  2. Install one of the best antivirus programs. Microsoft is killing its own antivirus software for Windows 7, so you'll need something else.
  3. Uninstall the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. It's a huge security hole. Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox instead.
  4. Ditch Microsoft Office and any of its components, such as Word, Excel or Outlook. Switch to Google's office suite or to LibreOffice. For an email client to replace Outlook, try Gmail or Thunderbird.
  5. Turn off Java in your browsers. Here's how.
  6. Turn off Adobe Flash Player in your browsers. Here's how.
  7. Create a limited user account for yourself and use that for day-to-day computer tasks instead of the administrator account you originally created. Limited accounts limit malware infections.

Culled from Tom's Guide

VIDEO: Sarkodie feat. Maleek Berry – Feelings


Sarkodie has released the musical video for his track 'Feelings' in which he featured Maleek Berry. The song comes off his latest album, Black Love.

The 'Feelings' video tells a story of one who is wrapped up in their feelings for their love interest and what could happen if you don’t summon the courage to speak out. The video was directed by George Guise.

Check out the video below.

Book Recommendation: Check Out 5 Easy & Great Books To Start The Year With | ACE SAID SO


The long awaited year 2020 has arrived and we are happy we made it alongside you our esteemed reader. We are most grateful to the Supreme God for preserving us all through the highs and lows of the year past. We are optimistic that this New Year and new decade will be the beginning of better beginnings in your life and all your endeavours.

Now is not a time to whine or be complacent over what could have been. Now is a time to face squarely what can be and grab this fresh opportunity firmly and passionately. 

Recover what you can, let go of what was lost and move on with your life. Be the good. Be the better. Be the best of what you truly strive to be.

This year make resolutions to build yourself to the best level you can. Embrace your personal and spiritual self-development. Dream big but don’t make vague unrealistic resolutions. It’s a step at a time.

Make efforts to read books – not just comics to entertain you temporarily, find books that guide you on behavior, financial freedom, self-discipline. Read books related to your niche, make efforts to attend workshops and seminars – also take advantage of free training and upgrade your skills set and knowledge base to the best version of you there can ever be. Find a life coach if you can. These things sound ambiguous but they are far much easier than they seem.

While it might not be easy to meet all the goals you set, don’t be too hard on yourself. Catch fun once in a while but be disciplined about it so you don’t get whisked away in it. We altogether wish you the best going forward.

Here’s a few starter books from my personal collection you might need to get the year started with







Thursday

WhatsApp To Grant Nigerian Government Access To Users Calls and Chats


Reactions are trailing a current speculation that WhatsApp is granting the Nigerian government access to Nigerian users' data.

There have been a loud outburst of reactions as regards the speculations. While some argue that there is no possibility that Nigerian government would be able to access Users' personal data including chats and call as the Social network offers end to end encryption, others pointed out that the Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, once sold out millions of users data as revealed in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Amid the growing concern, neither WhatsApp nor the Nigerian government have either confirmed or denied the speculations.

Checkout the tweets on the speculations below.









Let us know what you think about this development in the comment section of this post below.

Wednesday

JOS: ClicKulture: The Party Yard | Event Schedule


All is now set for ClicKulture's The Party Yard by Kizzy Entertainment, organizers of The Jos Link Up

ClicKulture is a here with a mega outdoor party which will hold next Thursday, the 26th of December, at the Tamarald Event Centre, Jos (opposite Chillers Portakabin, Old Airport Road Jos). Event starts 3pm

You don't want to miss the electrifying party atmosphere with crazy games and 'adult games', giveaways, drinks and chops.

Follow Kizzy Entertainment on Instagram for the build up

Monday

Network With Developers Of All Kinds At 'Developers Party' | Abuja



Are you a developer out there seeking to connect with other developers and grow your circle? The this is one networking party you must attend. 

Developers Party is a fuse of social and business gathering for all developers across platforms. Whether you're an app or software developer or business developer at startup or medium scale or large enterprise level, kindly make this coordinated event a priority.

Come hangout and network with industry creatives and grow and expand your business network at no cost.

Developers Party is scheduled as follows

DATE: Friday the 20th Of December.
TIME: 03:30pm - till dawn
VENUE: The Protocol Lounge (Plot 176, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja

TICKETS
REGULAR #1000 (get 10% off the ticket buying for two or more for REGULAR only)
VIP #3000 (get 25% off the ticket buying for two or more for VIP only)



Developers Party is proudly sponsored and supported by AIRTEL and JEGIQ






Sunday

President Buhari Mourns Reinhard Bonnke ❤ | Calls It A Great Loss For Nigeria


President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the demise of renowned evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke who died in the early hours of Saturday as revealed by his wife, Anni.

Buhari in a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, described Bonnke’s transition as a great loss to Nigeria, Africa and entire world.

The statement read:
The President condoles with government and people of Germany, family and friends of the great preacher and teacher of the Bible, and all his co-labourers in the vineyard, praying that the good Lord will comfort all those that mourn him.
President Buhari affirms that Bonnke’s crusades in Nigeria, across Africa and the globe strongly accentuated the message of Jesus Christ, and his vision and zeal for the salvation of souls clearly helped the world in understanding the power of love and kindness as universal language.
The President prays that the Almighty God will accept the soul of the departed preacher, believing that his legendary contributions to the body of Christ in teaching and writing will always be remembered by posterity.

JOS: ClicKulture: The Party Yard | Everything You Need To Know


It's the parte after parte season and Kizzy Entertainment the organizer of The Jos Link Up that brought Fireboy DML to perform for the first time in Jos - are back with another mega party - the ClicKulture: The Party Yard

ClicKulture is an outdoor party which will hence hold every December. It is aimed at creating unification and promises to be electrifying with loads of fun. 

Of course there would be crazy games and 'adult games'. Be sure to be a winner during their giveaways.

For the best part, there'd be loads of drinks and chops. Also catch all your favourite DJs on deck with amazing freestyle dance performances from your favourite dance crews and that is not all.

Details of the event coming up shortly Do follow @kizzyentertainment_ on Instgram for the build up

Tuesday

Bill Recognising Male Rape in Nigeria Scales Second Reading at the Senate

Senator Oluremi Tinubu
I guess we all know that if you’re a man in Nigeria and you’re raped, there’s nothing you can do about it considering that our laws do not recognize male rape as a thing. But here is some good news for the men as it is all about to change.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who sponsored a bill that seeks to redress sections of the criminal code act, 2004, that address rape has landed the bill to the second reading stage.

Senator Tinubu representing Lagos central, is seeking the removal of gender restrictions on rape offences as well as a proposal of stiffer penalties for kidnapping.

In her lead debate on the bill, she argued that “there are incidents of non-consensual sex perpetrated against the male gender,” and described the code’s definition of rape as something that happens to women as “grievous.” Stating also that it perpetrates the socio-cultural belief that men do not need to consent to sexual acts.

After the debate on the bill, Senate President Ahmad Lawan referred it to the senate committee on judiciary, human rights, and legal matters for further legislative work.


Culled from The Cable