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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Marriage Is A Mysterious trip Of Soul Binding And Creation: Actress Joju

April Joju

Written by April Muse Joju, one of Nigeria's best actresses. She has this to say about marriage. Its lesson filled, I guess.

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When going on a journey with another in the same vehicle, you have to be on the same pace to enjoy the journey. Each individual has different attractive distractions that makes their journey interesting. 

The ability to communicate and view distractions together,with the patience and open mindedness of eachother, makes the journey even more enjoyable and worth it regardless of how long it lasts,or who drops first.

How far are you willing to go with a total stranger to an unknown destination?

Marriage is a mysterious trip of soul binding and creation. If you're not with a soul tribe member, you're toiling on a wrong soil.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

DOWNLOAD Music: Jubal – Toya



Jubal's Toya is a spirit inspired track that seeks to give all praise and worship to God for His faithfulness, love and blessings.

This song of appreciation,'Toya', meaning 'Praise Him' in Igbo Language, according to Jubal...

"depicts the depth of my heart towards the kindness of God and the longsuffering of his son Jesus Christ. So Praise him and put the devil to shame. Praise him and lightening up your world. Praise him and allow him make ways for you and be your light in the darkest darkness"



The artiste went ahead to state that there are several circumstances in life that would have either taken our lives or would have caused us a great deal of damage but God is always there to pull us out.

"His grace has always been sufficient and it has never been predicated on will, strength, power, or how well we run our races.

"God has been the pillar of my life and he’s the foundation of my joy. His faithfulness touches down from the heavens and it’s wider than the ocean. My appreciation to him inspires this beautiful track titled Toya"

So, for all God has being doing for us, all he requests is a simple appreciation. Praise Him today!

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Sing along with Jubal!

See Lyrics, BELOW!

I never believed I could have a life..

Never thought I could make it right.

But you’ve been faithful..

Even when it seems am gon’ loose my life..

You came in your glory just to make things right..


Lord am so grateful…

And for everything you’ve done for me..

Lord I will stand and give you praise..

Say na only you be God..

Nara ekele, nara otito..

For everything you’ve done for me..

It’s all because of your love..


Toya ka’nyi toonu chukwu onye na eme mma….

Anytime I wake I will praise the lord..

Na him make me sleep..

Na him wake me up..


Lord am so grateful…

Even when I fall down you raise me up..

Then I was broke noe you filled my cup..

Lord you’ve been faithful…


And for everything you’ve…………..

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About Jubal

Jubal is a Nigerian born contemporary gospel artist who was born on the 23rd of September. He hails from Anambra state the eastern part of Nigeria. He’s from a family of eight and he’s a talented gospel artiste who started his career at the age of ten the moment he started playing the guitar…his hit single “Toya” was inspired by God through his life experiences.




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Sunday, 22 October 2017

UNILORIN Best Graduating Student Dies 5 Days To Her Convocation


Oloriegbe Taofeeqah, the best graduating Engineering student of UNILORIN, has died after suddenly falling ill, 5 days to her convocation!



Oloriegbe was to be the best graduating student from her Department on Saturday 21, October 2017. Meanwhile, her friends have taken to social media to mourn her.




May her soul rest in peace.


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Friday, 20 October 2017

Flavour & Sandra Okagbue Celebrate Gabrielle, Their Daughter's 3rd Birthday


Nigerian's Chinedu Okoli popularly known as  Flavour and his baby mama, Sandra Okagbue who welcomed their daughter, Gabrielle, in 2014, took to their respective IG pages to celebrate her with loving word as she clocks 3 today.





Sharing Gabrielle's photos, Flavour wrote;
"Happy birthday to u my angel. I love u so so much my twin.#adaijele #munachi #princessnabania"

And her mum wrote;
"Words cannot express how happy I am that my daughter is celebrating her 3rd birthday today.. Three years ago God gave me the best gift.Happy birthday my beloved! Munachi nwam "







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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Unsafe Abortion Is Dangerous And Costly


Abortion is referred to an operation or any other intervention carried out in order to end a pregnancy or to remove an embryo from the womb. Basically, abortion is permitted to save the life of the woman, to preserve physical health, and to preserve mental health.

All over the world, abortion has been a controversial issue especially as it relates to laws governing its practice. Countries of the world in a desperate effort to regulate abortion rate and also the moral attachments to abortion, have initiated laws which guide the procedures for abortion. These laws equally outline reasons, when, why and the persons who are eligible to carry out abortion. The laws have not also left out medical personnel and practitioners who are qualified to carry out abortion either surgically or through the administration of drugs.

In Nigeria there are two abortion laws: one for the northern states and one for the southern states. Both laws specifically allow abortions to be performed to save the life of the woman. In addition, in the southern states, the holding of Rex v. Bourne is applied, which allows abortions to be performed for physical and mental health reasons.

THE TWO ABORTION LAWS IN NIGERIA


Abortion in Nigeria like I mentioned above is governed by two different laws. In the predominantly Muslim states of Northern Nigeria, which contain about half the population of the country, the Penal Code, Law No. 18 of 1959, is in effect. In the southern part of the country, which is largely Christian in religion, the Criminal Code of 1916 is in effect. While both Codes generally prohibit the performance of abortions, differences in the wording of the Codes, as well as in their interpretation, that have resulted in two slightly different treatments of the offence of abortion.

Under the Penal Code an abortion may be legally performed only to save the life of the pregnant woman. Except for this purpose, a person who voluntarily causes a woman with child to miscarry is subject to up to fourteen years’ imprisonment and/or payment of a fine. A woman who causes her own miscarriage is subject to the same penalty. Harsher penalties are applied if the woman dies as a result of the miscarriage.

Section 297 provides that “a person is not criminally responsible for performing in good faith and with reasonable care and skill a surgical operation...upon an unborn child for the preservation of the mother’s life if the performance of the operation is reasonable, having regard to the patient’s state at the time and all the circumstances of the case”. Any person who, with intent to procure the miscarriage of a woman, unlawfully administers to her any noxious thing or uses any other means is subject to fourteen years’ imprisonment. A woman who undertakes the same act with respect to herself or consents to it is subject to seven years’ imprisonment. Any person who supplies anything knowing that it is intended to be unlawfully used to procure a miscarriage is subject to three years’ imprisonment.

THE ABORTION SAGA IN NIGERIA


For reasons best known to him, the present Governor of Imo State in collaboration with the State’s House of Assembly had proposed a law allowing abortion in the state under some conditions. But the Church, especially the Catholic Church saw it as an express permission to commit murder, consequently without reserve, opposed the move.

Determined to steer away from any controversy that could strengthen his political opponents, the Governor bowed to pressure from the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna over the abortion law.

The governor, who retraced his stance when he addressed members of the State House of Assembly, appealed to the lawmakers to immediately commence the processes of expunging the offending sections of the law.

The above excerpt goes a long way to explaining to you how controversial abortion has come to be. Some schools of thought opine that an individual for other purposes apart from a threatened life or mental health should have the right to terminate a pregnancy. But on the other hand, others think that expressly ruling on such sensitive and delicate matter, will not only create jobs for quacks, but will put at risk, the lives of young girls who might patronize them. They didn’t also rule out the moral and biblical consequences of such a law especially in the Southern part of the country that is dominated by Christians.

UNSAFE ABORTIONS IN NIGERIA


Unsafe abortion is one of the most significant and preventable causes of maternal death and injury in Nigeria. Abortion is illegal except to save the life of the woman, and procedures are often inaccessible even for women who meet these requirements, forcing women to seek out clandestine procedures.

In spite of Nigeria’s highly restrictive abortion law, an estimated 1.25 million induced abortions occurred in 2012. The number doubled from an estimated 610,000 in 1996 because of both population growth and an increase in the rate of abortion.

UNSAFE ABORTION IS DANGEROUS AND COSTLY

• Complications of unsafe abortion range from pain and bleeding to more serious conditions, including sepsis (systemic infection), pelvic infections and injury from instruments—and even death. About 40% of women undergoing abortion experience complications serious enough to require medical treatment.

• Among women treated in Nigerian secondary and tertiary hospitals in 2012 for complications of pregnancy or delivery, almost 10% of “near-miss events”—cases in which women would have died had the health system not intervened— were estimated to be due to unsafe abortion.

• In 2012, 212,000 women were treated in health facilities for complications of induced abortion. In addition, an estimated 285,000 women had complications from unsafe abortion serious enough to require treatment in health facilities, but did not obtain the care they needed.

• Unsafe abortion places a serious burden on the nation’s health system as well on the health and well-being of women and their families. The economic burden is substantial: A Guttmacher study found that in 2005, post-abortion care in Nigerian hospitals cost US$132 per patient, of which US$95 was paid by families.


IMPLICATIONS AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS


• Most abortions result from unintended pregnancy. Levels of both unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion could be reduced if the Nigerian government and its local and international partners increased efforts to expand and promote family planning programs as well as sexuality and family life education throughout the country. Programs should offer high-quality care that includes counseling on a wide range of contraceptive methods and the ability to easily switch methods when needed.

• Even with improved contraceptive care, some women will still have unintended pregnancies and thus seek unsafe abortions. Expansion of post-abortion care services must continue to help these women avoid disability and death. Efforts should focus on providing modern and less invasive methods of post-abortion care, such as manual vacuum aspiration and misoprostol, along with training of health personnel to provide prompt care for women suffering from complications of unsafe procedures.

• Although only a small number of women are eligible for legal abortion under current law (to save their life), an efficient process should be established that will give these women access to safe abortion services as early as possible in the pregnancy, so that they can benefit from the use of modern, less invasive methods.

• As more women and couples in Nigeria choose to have small families, they will use a combination of means to achieve their goals. Additional efforts are therefore needed to prevent unwanted pregnancy and to reduce levels of unsafe abortion and its attendant health, economic and social consequences. While greater access to family planning and abortion care as allowed by current law is needed, the facts point to the additional need for informed debate on legal reforms that would expand access to comprehensive abortion care for Nigerian women.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

''There's More To Tagbo's Death, And We Will Reveal Evidence Soon''- Family Releases Official Statement


Recall that ace Nigerian musician Davido was invited severally by the Police over his allegedly involvement in the death of one Tagbo.

Meanwhile, the Late Tagbo's family has released an Official statement regarding the deceased. According the deceased elder sister, Mrs Araka, there's more to his death, and that when investigations is complete, they will expose it all.


The statement reads:

“We, the family of Tagbo Ifeatuchukwu Umeike, received the shocking news of the passing of our brother on October 3 at about 8:55p.m., several hours after his demise.

Since his passing, there have been several stories making the rounds, especially on social media, regarding Tagbo’s personality and the circumstances concerning his death.

For a family that is trying to come to terms with the passing of their loved one, some disparaging and unfounded comments and statements about his personality and life, especially from individuals who did not even know Tagbo, have been received with a lot of sadness.
“Tagbo looked out for everyone and had a big heart; he was a friend to all and loved by many. Evidence received so far suggests that there is more to his death and we, as a family, will ensure that the truth regarding the circumstances of his passing will be brought to light.

At this point, we will like to thank the Lagos State Police Force, led by Acting Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, for their diligence and professionalism in carrying out their investigation. We are pleased to say that we now have a clearer picture of the events leading up to Tagbo’s untimely demise.
As it is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to disclose any further information, but suffice to say the truth will come out! We would like to kindly ask that the print media and blogs covering this story refrain from printing hearsay and fabrications and stick to the facts, while respecting that the family is grieving.” he said


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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Enugu Records First Case Of Monkey Pox (Photo)




The first case of Monkey Pox has reportedly been recorded in Enugu State.

Amanda Chisom, a Nigerian blogger, who shared photo of a female victim,  further disclosed that the patient is currently undergoing treatment at UNTH.

This is coming after Lagos State recorded first two cases of the viral disease. 

From every indication, its fast spreading to other parts of the country. Hence the need for everyone to take precaution.

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Monkeypox Symptoms, Signs, And Transmission



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Facts About Monkey Pox

Monkeypox is a viral disease that produces pox lesions on the skin and is closely related to smallpox but is not nearly as deadly as smallpox was.

Monkeypox virus causes monkeypox. The majority of cases are transmitted from animals (rodents) to humans by direct contact. Person-to-person transfer, probably by droplets, can occur infrequently.

Risk factors for monkeypox include close association with African animals (usually rodents) that have the disease or caring for a patient who has monkeypox.

During the first few days, symptoms are nonspecific and include fever, nausea, and malaise. After about four to seven days, lesions (pustules, papules) develop on the face and trunk that ulcerate, crust over, and begin to clear up after about 14-21 days, and lymph nodes enlarge. There may be some scarring.

Treatment may consist of immediate vaccination with smallpox vaccine because monkeypox is so closely related to smallpox. Treatment with an antiviral drug or human immune globulin has been done.


In general, the prognosis for monkeypox is good to excellent as most patients recover. The prognosis may decrease in immunocompromised patients, and patients with other problems such as malnutrition or lung disease may have a poorer prognosis.

Monkeypox is preventable as long as people avoid direct contact with infected animals and people. Vaccination against smallpox seems to afford about an 85% chance of avoiding the infection. There is no commercially available vaccine specifically for monkeypox.


Research is ongoing to study antivirals, genetics, and rapid tests for monkeypox.

Monkeypox Symptoms, Signs, and Transmission

What are the clinical features of monkeypox?

In humans, monkeypox is similar to smallpox, although it is often milder. Unlike smallpox, monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy). The incubation period for monkeypox is about 12 days (range 7 to 17 days). The illness begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, a general feeling of discomfort, and exhaustion. Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a papular rash (i.e., raised bumps), often first on the face but sometimes initially on other parts of the body. The lesions usually develop through several stages before crusting and falling off.


How long does monkeypox last?
The illness typically lasts for 2 to 4 weeks.

How do people get monkeypox?

Monkeypox can spread to humans from an infected animal through an animal bite or direct contact with the animal?s lesions or body fluids. The disease also can be spread from person to person, although it is much less infectious than smallpox. The virus is thought to be transmitted by respiratory droplets during direct and prolonged face-to-face contact. In addition, it is possible monkeypox can be spread by direct contact with body fluids of an infected person or with virus-contaminated objects, such as bedding or clothing.

SOURCE: CDC

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a relatively rare disease that was first detected in monkeys in Africa in 1958 and resembles smallpox in terms of the skin lesions (pox) seen in humans as part of the physical findings and also because the cause is a virus that is closely related to the smallpox (variola) virus. Monkeypox, smallpox, cowpox, and vaccinia viruses all belong to the same family of viruses, the Poxviridae. Monkeypox belongs to same genus (Orthopoxvirus) as smallpox. The disease is different from smallpox. Monkeypox may be transferred from animals to people (or person to person) and has far less mortality (death rate) than smallpox had. Monkeypox virus is endemic in rodent populations in Africa. Smallpox did not infect any endemic animal population. The press and bloggers have occasionally tried to link monkeypox to other diseases such as mad cow disease, Ebola, leprosy, yellow fever, and other viral and immunological diseases, but there is no scientific evidence for this.

What is the history of monkeypox?


Monkeypox has a relatively recent history. It was first discovered in monkeys in 1958, although a "vesicular disease in monkeys" was described in the1860s. The disease, and eventually the causative virus, was named monkeypox because the lesions (pox) seen in monkeys developed like other known pox-forming diseases (pustules that eventually break open, ulcerate, crust over, and some pox form scars in the skin). 

Later studies showed the "monkeypox" virus was actually sustained endemically in African rodents. It was not until 1970 in Africa (Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo), when a 9-year-old boy (who developed smallpox-like lesions) was the first person to eventually be diagnosed with monkeypox. This situation initially caused concern that smallpox may also have an animal reservoir or endemic population that would make eradication of smallpox impossible. 

Fortunately, this was not the case because monkeypox was found to be a different species of pox virus, and smallpox was eradicated from the human population by vaccinations in 1979 (currently, only a few research labs have access to smallpox viruses). Monkeypox is now the major Orthopoxvirus that infects humans and fortunately, not frequently. However, vigilance is warranted as there have been several outbreaks of monkeypox since the 1970s. 

Although most have occurred in Africa (mainly western and central Africa), there was an outbreak in the U.S. in 2003. This apparently happened when an animal distributor either housed or transported monkeypox-infected African rodents (Gambian rats) with prairie dogs that were later purchased as pets, became "sick," and transmitted the disease to their owners.


What causes monkeypox? How is monkeypox transmitted?
Monkeypox is caused by an Orthopoxvirus named monkeypox. The viruses are oval brick-shaped viruses that have a lipoprotein layer with tubules or filaments that cover the viral DNA. There are many members of this viral genus, including such species as variola (smallpox), cowpox, buffalopox, camelpox, rabbitpox, and others. Most species infect a particular animal species but occasionally may infect other mammals.


Transmission of monkeypox is usually by direct contact with infected animals or possibly by eating poorly cooked meat from an infected rodent or monkey. Cutaneous or mucosal lesions on the infected animals are a likely source of transmission to humans, especially when the human skin is broken due to bites, scratches, or other trauma -- are a likely source for virus infection. 

Person-to-person transfer, probably by infected respiratory droplets, is possible but is not often documented. One study suggested that only about 8%-15% of infections were transmitted person to person among close family members.

What are risk factors for monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a relatively uncommon disease. Risk factors include animal bites and scratches from infected animals (mainly African rodents or monkeys) or from other rodents (like prairie dogs) that have had contact with African animals infected with the virus. People should avoid eating any meat from such animals is advised. 

Recent studies have shown that several species of mammals can be infected with monkeypox, even though the species had never been associated with the virus in their normal environment. Person-to-person transfer, although infrequent, can be reduced or prevented by avoiding direct physical contact with the patient and having the patient's caregivers wear gloves and face masks.

What are monkeypox symptoms and signs?
The first symptoms that occur are nonspecific -- fever, sweating, malaise, and some patients may develop a cough, nausea, and shortness of breath. About two to four days after fever develops, a rash with papules and pustules develops most often on the face and chest, but other body areas may eventually be affected, including mucus membranes inside the nose and mouth. These skin and mucus membrane pox lesions can ulcerate, crust over, and then begin to heal in about 14-21 days. In addition, lymph nodes usually swell during this time. Some pox lesions may become necrotic and destroy sebaceous glands, leaving a depression or pox scar that, with monkeypox, may gradually become less pronounced over a few years. The toxemia that was seen with smallpox is not seen with monkeypox.



How is monkeypox diagnosed?
The history (especially association with rodents or other animals) and physical exam (present of pox lesions) is presumptive evidence for a diagnosis of monkeypox. Caution is advised. Infectious-disease consultants and CDC personnel should be notified because this infection may represent two additional problems. First, in the U.S. or other countries, it may likely indicate an outbreak of monkeypox, and informed health authorities may help to identify the source of the infection and prevent its spread. 


The second problem is unlikely but far more serious; the early symptoms may represent a biological warfare or terrorist attack with smallpox that is mistakenly identified as monkeypox. Consequently, definitive diagnosis of this viral disease, outside of Africa, and especially in developed countries where monkeypox is not endemic, is urged. Most laboratories do not have the reagents to do this testing, so state labs or the CDC will need to process the samples to establish a definitive diagnosis. 

These tests are based on detecting antigenic structures (usually from skin or pox samples or occasionally serum) specific to either monkeypox virus or immunoglobulin that reacts with the virus. PCR (polymerase chain reaction), ELISA techniques (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), or Western blotting tests (immunoblotting) are the main tests used.



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Monday, 9 October 2017

Guide Your Children Towards A Drug-Free Life, Ashafa Urges Parents

Sen. Gbenga Ashafa
Gbenga Ashafa, senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, has urged youths to shun the rising menace of drug abuse in the country.

Ashafa, while delivering a speech yesterday at the Indomie Heroes Awards 2017, held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Ikoyi Lagos said he has a mission to set children on a mission to battle against the growing incidence of drug abuse among young people in Nigeria.

See also: “I Will Die Without Tramadol For One Day” - Drug Addict

Congratulating all the young ones who were recognised as heroes at the event, took out time to explain to the children and young ones the dangers of drug abuse and reminded them that being heroes of our time and the future of tomorrow, they have a responsibility to avoid anything such as drugs that can derail them from achieving their dreams.


In his words “There’s a very important mission that I need to recruit smart superheroes for. I have been told that only heroes like you can solve this mission. Let me also tell you that there’s a great reward when you conquer this mission…The mission is a battle against the growing incidence of drug abuse among young people like you.”

He went further to advice their parents to adopt a “catch them young” approach in guiding their children towards a drug-free life.

See also: NDLEA Arrests About 13 Suspected Drug Pushers, Including SAHCOL And NAHCO Officials

“Dear parents, in helping your kids say no to drugs, the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) advises as follows: that you set rules for your children early, Have a plan with your children on how to avoid drugs early, Talk to your children about potential drug/alcohol situations and encourage them to tell you about experiences they or their friends have had and how they’ve resolved them.


While acknowledging that the menace of drug abuse is a national issue, he said one of the easy ways of tackling the problem is to adopt a community based approach .

It will be recalled that the senator has sponsored a motion at the floor of the Senate titled “Nig



(Source: Independent.ng)
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Woman In Transit Delivers Baby On Highway

FRSC officials at the scene of an accident (punch)/Image for illustration
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Thursday said that it had taken safe delivery of a baby girl whose mother was in transit along Lagos /Ibadan Expressway.

The Public Education Officer of the Corps in Ogun, Mrs Florence Okpe, said in a statement in Abeokuta that the FRSC Accident and Emergency Clinic in Sagamu took safe delivery of the baby around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

She said :
“A commercial vehicle with registration number XF 365 MKD on transit along the Lagos /Ibadan expressway drove into the FRSC Command premises.
“The driver reported that one middle-aged woman by name, Ajoke Ahmed, a passenger in the vehicle, had gone into deep labour.
“The FRSC medical team at the Sagamu Accident and Emergency Clinic immediately examined her, but since the clinic is not equipped to take delivery, the ambulance was prepared to transport her to the nearest hospital.
“ Within this process the pregnant woman gave birth to a baby girl at about 1p.m. inside the command’s clinic.
“A medical examination by the medical doctor confirmed the baby and mother to be in good condition”.
Florence Okpe said that the FRSC Accident and Emergency Clinic in Sagamu took safe delivery of the baby around 1 p.m.
She also added that the family of the mother had been contacted.


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13-Year-Old Girl Admitted Into University Of Technology Becomes Youngest Student To Ever Be Admitted


Thirteen year old Ruth Ama Gyan-Darkwa, a student of Space Workers College, has become the youngest candidate ever to be admitted to The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (KNUST), to to pursue a bachelor of science (Bsc) degree in mathematics.

KNUST is one of Ghana’s most prestigious government universities.


Ruth Darkwa was born on May 29, 2004 to Mr. and Mrs. Kwadwo Gyan-Darkwa. She hails from the town of Berekum, in the Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana.

According to a report by The Chronicle, teenage Ruth Darkwa lives in Prempeh College, in Kumasi, where her father is currently a senior tutor for the school. Prior to her record breaking admission into KNUST, Ruth is said to have attended the Christ Our Hope International school.

She later went on to attend junior high at Abraham Lincoln International School, where she ended up taking (and passing) the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) held at the Justice International School Asuafua, in the Ashanti Region.

Ruth’s father, Mr. Kwadwo Gyan-Darkwa, disclosed that his daughter received admission into St. Louis Senior High at the tender age of 10, having been offered General Science. He said she went on to complete her senior high school studies at the age of 12. It’s reported that 13 year old Ruth will be pursuing a bachelor of science in mathematics.

Congrats to Ruth!


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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Dstv, Startimes, Others Question FG Tax Relief To Tstv Africa


With the launch of latest Pay TV operator in Nigeria, TStv Africa, DStv, StarTimes and other existing service providers are unsettled by the immediate response of the Federal Government in granting a three-year tax relief to the newly inaugurated Pay TV operator in the country as well as tax-free dividends to all investors in the company.

The development has already triggered panic among old operators who have been competing for market shares in the face of harsh economic environment in the country.

Their fear is not unconnected to the belief that the new operator would before long break the strength of monopoly they have been riding on over the years.

A reliable source from one of the Pay TV service providers, who preferred anonymity, told INDEPENDENT that steps are being taken by the existing operators to request for a better deal from the Federal Government.

According to him, “You don’t expect those who have laboured hard in the country for people to enjoy this unique service to just be ignored like that. It will not be a fair deal if significant relief is given to a new entrant into the market without the same or better consideration extended to us who have the taken the industry’s heat over the years.”

On Sunday night, at a dinner to mark the official unveiling of TStv Africa in Abuja, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, announced the three-year tax relief for the new company.

During the official unveiling of the new company and its products which promises to operate on Pay-As-You-Consume model, the minister said the tax reliefs were in line with the pioneer status recently granted to the creative industry by the government.

He congratulated the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Bright Echefu, and his team for liberalising and breaking the monopoly of Pay TV in the country.


The minister said: “The important thing about what Echefu has done today is that he has redefined the pay per view television industry; and from today, that industry will never remain the same again. What he has done is to democratise the media and entertainment industry and make it possible for even a peasant farmer to have access to the best entertainment and news in the world.

“It is a great opportunity for me to be the one to unveil TStv, because, just like a Nigerian made history by crashing the cost of telephony in Nigeria, I am glad that another Nigerian is now coming forward to crash the cost of Pay TV,” he said.

Wholly Nigerian-owned, the frenzy about the Pay TV has been spreading in the last few days before the official launch because of the anticipated refined offerings of novel unclassified Pay Per View subscription and complimentary internet services the operator is promising potential customers across the country.

With the commercial launch, industry watchers have posited that it would win over a lot of customers who have been itching for a pay-as-you-watch subscription plan from the likes of DStv, StarTimes, Consat and others in the past years without a positive response.

When INDEPENDENT contacted the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) spokesperson, Maimuna Jimada, if other Pay TV operators would be considered for the relief measure, she said the commission cannot comment on the development.

“It is the minister of information and culture that made the announcement. He is the one that can explain better,” she quipped.

Mohammed commended the courage of the investor for coming from the Diaspora to invest in his country and for believing in the government’s seriousness about diversifying the economy.

He said the company had also demonstrated that government alone could not do all things but needed the participation and synergy of the private sector.

The minister also stated that the government was aware of the huge contributions of the creative industry to the nation’s economy and would continue to support the sector.

“I want to assure that this administration will continue to assist you and other investors in creating the enabling environment for businesses to grow,” he added.

In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Bright Echefu, disclosed that TStv Africa, which had gone through a lot of challenges, was birth to liberalise Pay TV in the country, make it affordable to every Nigerian with added values.

Echefu said for the first time, Nigerians could now enjoy Pay Per View because with TStv, “subscription runs as you watch and it has the facility to pause your subscription when you travel”.


He said that TStv for a start has 70 premium channels model with the cheapest pay TV in Africa with maximum subscription fee of N3,000 only. The Pay TV has a model that accommodate subscription as low as N200 and N500 for a period of time.

Echefu said that once a customer subscribes to TStv, he or she will also get complimentary internet service, enabled Wi-Fi, as well as video calls and video conferencing services.

TStv has an array of amazing TV channels with premium entertainment, educative programmes that cut across all genres which include news, music, general entertainment, documentary, movies, religious, sports, health, kids, fashion and lifestyle that better define the uniqueness of Nigeria’s diverse culture and traditional values.

The minister has, however, identified contents and the lack of objective audience measurement as major challenges that had retarded the growth of TV and advertising industries in the country.



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Friday, 29 September 2017

Shocked Nigerian Shares Picture Of A New Born Baby With Teeth (Photos)


One Facebook user, Akpan Mfon has shared these shocking photos of a lovely new born baby with teeth.
Note that babies are not born with teeth as it takes them months, if not a year to begin to grow teeth. In fact, in some parts of Nigeria, it is always celebrated when a tooth appears on a baby's gum.


But according to the photos shared by Akpan, God decided to give this lovely baby a set of teeth right from 'Heaven'


Check it out below:




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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Factors That Affect Mood And Mental Disposition


This is a continuation of our last publication of 24th August 2017 titled "Types Of Moods And Music As A Source Of Good Mood" as published on Michael Doo's "Taking Charge Of Your Daily Moods"

 Most of us at one time or the other, have suffered mood swings. Although so many factors influence our minds and body everyday, it’s still possible for you to control and take charge of your mood.

Ever woken up in a bad mood and you don’t know why? It has happened ATLEAST 10 times to almost everyone! And any day you wake up in a bad mood, you end up over-stressing yourself and at the end going back home weak and angry.

I have researched and got you some, out of the many factors that influence our moods on a daily basis. Some of these factors are made up of our actions and engagements everyday of our lives. So, this means that we are partly responsible for how we feel and react to stimuli outside our environment. Now our reactions produce a response from the outside which again affect our emotions and mood either negatively or positively. It’s like cyclic in nature!


1. Spending Time With Negative People

Did you know that negative moods are very contagious? It attaches to you anytime you spend so much time with another negative person. Spending time with someone who is depressed, angry and even disgruntled might get you slipping to a negative mood.

The best option is to avoid negative people altogether. But in reality, you might find it difficult or even impossible especially when you work in the same office, study in the same class or even live together under same roof. When you can’t avoid people laden with negativity, the best thing to do is to infuse positivity into any situation you find yourselves. This deliberate act will prevent you from slipping into negativity yourself!

2. Keeping Late Nights

In our contemporary society, it is no longer a surprise that after a hard day’s work, some people still go partying and clubbing till very late in the night and expect to perform optimally at work the next day.

According to an article on Psychiatry and Neuroscience, those who consistently stay up late into the night are three times more likely top develop depression, fatigue and lack of focus than those who get to bed at a decent hour.

Therefore, for you to fix this, it is advised that you create a new habit that helps you get to bed at a decent hour every night. That extra energy will help give you a boost of energy throughout the next day.



3. Food And Diet
Some of the foods we eat are responsible for a wide range of physical conditions such as abdominal pains, nausea, etc. Some of them give riseto irritability, lack of focus, moodswings, aggression or even hyperactivity. So if you suffer from regular mood swings, try keeping a record of the type of food you eat and the accompanying changes in your body. If you identify a link, work on them.

4. The Junk Foods You Eat

Also, it has become really worrisome, the extent of junk and unhealthy foods consumed by people everyday.

With the high concentration of unhealthy fried and most times Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)/foods, the brain is being negatively affected including the general health of the individual. Remember that most of these junk foods and GMOs are the major causes of Cancer and other terminal diseases.

Coming up Next...Drug Use, Abuse And Addiction


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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Beautiful Corps Member Dies Two Months To Her POP (Photos)




A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Happiness Chinenye Emmanuel,

passed away recently, just two months to her POP.

She was laid to rest in her hometown on Thursday, September 21.


Her brother Kelechi Augustine Sunday, who announced her sad passing, didn’t mention what led to her death. He shared the photos and wrote;
“Loosing some1 so special is d most painful tin ever dat can hapen to any1…chai death y,so I wunt see u again
I wunt see u display dose bow legs,Hausa language and ur smile 4 me again..jst two mnths to complete ur NYSC…hmm I will forever miss u beautiful sister
R.I.P my lovely Happiness”




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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Man Dedicates Lovely Poem To Nigerian Unity And Peace - 'I See Myself In My Neighbour'


Nigeria is one big, strong and prosperous family. Nigeria is our home and we see ourselves as brothers, not as people from different ethnic groups and languages.

Our future is bright. The future of Nigeria scare other nations of the world. Our tomorrow send cold shivers down the spines of our enemies, hence the underground fight to divide and make us powerless.

We have so soon forgotten how strong we could be despite our various ethnic diversities and cultural differences. In fact, these make us unique, unique in the world!


Haven seen these beautiful potentials, people like Nnamdi Kanu and his fellow separatist agitators, who are being used by our enemies to perpetrate crimes, incite brothers against brothers, and bring about a state of lawlessness, have delved into action; but this Nigerian intellectual, Sampson Okafor thinks we should be reminded who we are.

And following the heightened tension in the country, especially in the South eastern part of the country, the poem below is meant to calm nerves and bring us back to our senses before it’s late

Please read below:

I See Myself In My Neighbour

I look around me

I see myself

I see myself in my neighbour

I see no Hausa

I see no Igbo

I see no Yoruba

I see no Ibibio

I see no Anang

I see no Fulani

I look around me

I see myself in my neighbour

I love myself in my neighbour

I care for myself in my neighbour

I protect myself in my neighbour

I am protected only when my neighbour is protected

I am wealthy only when my neighbour is wealthy

I prosper only when my neighbour prospers

I live only when my neighbour lives

I worry when my neighbour worries

I suffer when my neighbour suffers

I secure myself only when I secure my neighbour

I look around me

I only see my neighbour 



Credit: Sampson Okafor, (17/09/2017)


What do you think about this...?


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Kevin Hart Apologizes To Pregnant Wife After Video Of Him ‘Cheating’ Leaks (WATCH)


Ace US comedian Kevin Hart has profusely apologized to his pregnant wife, Eniko Parrish, and his kids after an unidentified person allegedly tried to extort money from him over a video that looks like he’s cheating.

Hart — who is expecting a child with wife Eniko Parrish — posted an emotional apology video on his Instagram on Saturday night and admitted he recently made some mistakes he deeply regrets.


Sources told TMZ a woman has allegedly demanded money from Kevin after shooting a video with him in which Kevin and the woman are engaged in “sexually suggestive” conduct. TMZ reports:

Sources who have seen the video tell TMZ there are several clips. The first appears to show a woman and Kevin in a club getting cozy.

The tape then cuts to a bed, where you don’t see the people in the bed … but hear it creaking and someone getting slapped.

You never see Kevin in the 2nd clip. The 3rd clip shows 2 people milling around a room, one of them looks vaguely like Kevin.

We’re told the person allegedly extorting Kevin has demanded payment from him to avoid the tape’s release.

We are told it is NOT a s*x tape, but looks like it is a prelude to s*x. We’re told that at a point in the tape when the action is the heaviest, you cannot actually see Kevin.

A rep for Kevin tells us … “Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation.”

In the apology video, 38-year-old Kevin Hart confessed to a “bad error of judgement” and apologized to his wife, Eniko Parrish, and his two children from a previous marriage saying he put himself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did.

Watch Video Here


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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Hollywood Actor, Harry Dean Stanton Dies At 91




Nollywood actor, Harry Dean Stanton, whose face had its own unique character, has died at the age of 91.

His agent, John S. Kelly, revealed that this beloved long time actor had passed away on Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Stanton appeared in more than 100 films and 50 television shows, including the films "Alien" and "Repo Man" and the series "Big Love" and the recent version of "Twin Peaks."

Stanton never married but is survived by his close friends and family.


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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

VIDEO: Housemaid Confess She Uses Rats To Cook Jollof Rice For Her Madam!




Its quite unimaginable, but hearing those evil words from the mouth of this young girl is enough to make you believe her madam has been enjoying ‘rat delicacies’ for months, or even years as the case may be! Lol!!

This young girl (pictured) has been using rats to cook jollof rice for her employer and her confession video is currently going viral.

According to the girl who spoke in Yoruba, she killed two rats and used them to cook the meal in their home. And has been killing in the past!!

Watch video Here:





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Ooni Of Ife Declares Ex-Wife Olori Wuraola Free To Remarry After Elders Return Her Brideprice


Former wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola can now remarry if she wishes as the customary bride price paid by the Ooni has been returned fully to him by the elders of her family in Benin City, Nigeria.

According to BossNewspapers, a source in Benin said the Ooni was initially reluctant to collect the bride price, but was persuaded by the Elders as a way of closing the controversial marriage and separation.
“She’s free now, she’s free…,” the Ooni was quoted to have exclaimed afterwards.


The Elders had sued for amicable settlement instead of a rough separation. Both families appeared relieved about this final foreclosure of the marriage that lasted less than two years.

It will be recalled that earlier in August, news went viral about the break of the marriage between the revered kingdoms of Ife and Benin, where the paramount ruler of Ife Kingdom, and first among the list of Yoruba Obas, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi took Queen Zynab to wife.

The marriage which was contracted in March 2016 in elaborate ceremonies held in Benin and Ife hit the rocks over alleged infidelity.

According to a Yoruba source, it was imperative that the bride price be returned even as it is just a token, adding that it holds significant value and meaningful according to tradition.

“When a bride price is returned, the man no longer have ties or right over the woman in question, and they can only see themselves afterwards as friends if they so desire,” the Yoruba source said.


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