31 Dec 2013

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30 Dec 2013

WHO WANTS TO BE A YOUTUBE MILLIONAIRE? PART 3: PAST WINNERS, THE MILLIONAIRES



By Segun Sobulo & Akinwale Akinyoade,, 9JEducation
Monday, December 30 2013




Perhaps the cheapest way to get hits is to make a fool of yourself online, everybody loves a good laugh. Tre Melvin’s ThisIsACommentary with over 130 million views is a good channel to watch for an example of youtube foolishness. Outside of the graphic intros to the videos, the average Nigerian teenager should be able to turn on a camera and upload similar content to youtube. The question is, how many see value in trying?

Below are examples of Nigerians that have been successful at getting millions of view on youtube by being funny:

Funny/Comical Videos 
  • T Boy - He runs the Don’t Jealous Me Videos and has about 107,794 subscribers and  31,371,883 views
  • Naija Boyz - They run the African Remix channel making remixes of popular music videos and have 37,298 subscribers and 25,104,007 views
  • LaughorYawn - They have 2,771 subscribers and 951,219 views
A video of Nigerian kids dancing that has raked in almost 3 million views. The channel that uploaded the video, globaldjnetwork, has about 5.5 million views in total. These kids have contributed to more than half the views of the channels, yet its unlikely they’ll receive any of the earnings if the channel is monetized. Point being, if you don’t see youtube as a business opportunity, someone else just might cash in on your earning potential online. Professional acts like BasketMouth are learning not to ignore their presence online as well. He opened a channel recently, September 2013, and currently has 520,000 views.

29 Dec 2013

WHO WANTS TO BE A YOUTUBE MILLONAIRE? PART 2: PLAY THE GAME

By Segun Sobulo & Akinwale Akinyoade,, 9JEducation
Sunday, December 29 2013


Lifeline 1: 50/50, A level playing field

In the first part of this series, we projected an average payout of 300k - 500k naira for a million views on YouTube after Google takes its 50% cut. Thus your target figure to become a millionaire simply off YouTube ad revenue is about 2 million views.

Fair play doesn't just extend to revenue split as well though, one of the advantages of YouTube is that they don't distinguish between major/professional video publishers and amateurs. E.g. lets assume you upload a video and Marvin Records uploads a video as well, if professional publishers got preferential treatment then a leading telephone network company like MTN could pay Google to display their ads only on channels of major music studios such as Marvin records. However since Google gives everyone an equal opportunity, so long as your videos are being viewed those same MTN ads will get displayed on your channel as well.

Consider the challenge if you had to walk up to MTN on your own and convince them to sponsor your video? Would you even know which of their branches/offices to visit and whom to approach there? With YouTube this isn't a concern, you can simply focus on creating interesting content that will attract viewers on your channel. Google will provide you with the sponsors for your program.

28 Dec 2013

CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM: A POLYTECHNIC STUDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Odeyemi Olakunle,
Saturday, December 28, 2013

 
It’s amazing how the most beautiful things happen in ways we least expect, being a student of the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, is one of the most beautiful things that has happened to me in recent time, so I want to use this opportunity to tender my unreserved appreciation to everybody and ”everything” that made it possible for me to be a student of such a great citadel of learning to acquire knowledge, to achieve success and also be a part of elite that made history.
Going back in time, as far as 2009 when I was first introduced to the college by my Dad (I just found out that I wouldn’t be returning back to University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, for my second year of the two year degree programme [Foundation Science Programme] I was running because, I was unable to secure a credit pass in Chemistry at ‘O’ level), I  rejected every possibility of ever been a student of the College. I just couldn’t  imagine how bad I had sinned that my Dad would have wanted me to live life on a campus that was massively unknown, possesses a name that is as long as a verse from the Bible, has no form of social life (although, I later found out that it’s not that bad), and it is also situated at a location (MOOR PLANTATION) that sounds like a sugar cane plantation from the slave trade era.

WHAT STRIKE? I WAS HAVING FUN!

By Akinwale Akinyoade,
Saturday, December 28, 2013
I heaved a mighty sigh of relief as I crossed my last ‘t’ and dotted the last ‘i’ before handing over my answer booklet to one of the invigilators in the examination hall. As I stepped out of the hall, I joined in on the celebration outside, we had just written our last exam on a course titled ‘Investigative and Interpretative Reporting’ and everyone was excited, that was the end of our National Diploma (ND) course as students of Mass Communication, Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech). It wasn’t just Yaba College of Technology for us but a ‘Yaba College of Tension’, and this was the end of a two-year journey.
Autographs were being signed on T-shirts and nobody seemed to care about the damage that was being caused. It was smiles and hugs all the way and I remember one girl in particular, Bridget, who brought out her lipstick and dabbed on a bright shade of red before proceeding to plant a kiss on all the guys’ shirts.

26 Dec 2013

REPOST: Beyond The ASUU Strike By Modiu Olaguro

                “Its high time ASUU starts being the change it wants to see in the nation.”


I’m writing this piece in anticipation of the call-off to the industrial action by the academic staff union of universities which is evident due to the memorandum of understanding that was signed between the union and the federal government on the 11th of December 2013.

The several months’ old strike like any other that has plagued the country was met with diverse reaction from stakeholders across the country. The lecturers on their part reaffirmed their position on the rationale for the strike as one that was needed to revitalize the ailing education sector. The government was quick to point out that the demands of ASUU if met would only signal the end of the country’s economy.

The interesting aspect of the strike was that the students who have been the direct victim of the “chalk-down” were divided in opinions as a number of us supported ASUU while others, probably due to the extension of stay in school or the presumed benefit they get from it especially the leadership of the National association of Nigerian students (NANS) decided to take sides with the reneged party that signed an agreement, but failed to honor it.

ENHANCING READING CULTURE: THE ROLE OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES

By Poisefreak,
Thursday, December 26, 2013


While in school I had been quite addicted to reading, I majored in History and so it was imperative that I dedicated at least two hours of my day to reading something new. The hostels were very rowdy most of the time, and reading in class was out of the question, so the next best place I sought comfort was the Library. I spent a good number of my University days at the Library, after a while I worked there, so the affinity was one that lasted till my final year.

Libraries have always been a “treasure house” of some sort to me, and in my opinion, a well-equipped and stocked library is as good as Santa being real and delivering gifts to my doorstep. The essence of a Library is in its ability to meet the need of the adventurous reader who would want to broaden his/her knowledge but has no personal access to a wide range of books. A good library should not only serve as a conducive environment to study, but should also be a place where up-to-date referrals can be found to aid learning. There are about 11 public libraries in Lagos state, but a majority of these Libraries offer merely a conducive atmosphere to study. After paying visits to one or two of these libraries, and speaking to a few people, one can readily conclude that the development of national treasures as libraries has taken the back burner on the agenda of the state. The State Public Library at Shagari Estate, Ipaja is a forlorn looking building with no sign of life upon entering its gates, inside you find a lone security guard at an old looking table who upon noticing you are “new” asks you if you would like to register to be a member of the library, or just read.

21 Dec 2013

JUST ONE CHRISTMAS WISH

By Akinwale Akinyoade,
Saturday, December 21, 2013



“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
Gloria Steinem



I already know that if wishes were horses, beggars will ride but still it doesn’t stop me from having dreams and wishes after all it cost nothing to dream. I may never have been to UK for a summer trip, had a one on one encounter with my favorite celebrity or clinch the Pulitzer  doesn’t mean I can’t dream about them from the comfort of my home. It takes nothing to dream and it was during one of my sojourn into dreamland, imagining things I would like for Christmas that I thought about Santa Claus.  

We may not believe in Santa Claus in Nigeria but we have seen enough cartoons and movies of Santa for us to create our own Nigerian version, Father Christmas. Father Christmas unlike Santa doesn’t fly with reindeer and sleighs in the air to land through the chimney (well Nigerian houses don’t use chimneys anyway) to drop a gift in your socks while you are asleep.

20 Dec 2013

#WTTR: BEAUTY OR BRAINS?

By KemmieOla,
Friday, December 20, 2013

Before I start, I'd like to say; monkey no fine but him mama like am. There, glad I got that out of the way; we can start now. Earlier today, I was discussing with my brother on female behavior in general and somehow, the issue came up that pretty girls are generally dumb. I disagreed of course and then we got to arguing about how behavior had nothing to do with looks. Eventually we settled, but I thought I should bring it on here.

While arguing, we got three points defined;- Pretty girls are usually dumb and prideful. - Intelligent girls are usually friendly, hard to fool and occasionally proud. - Intelligent girls who are pretty are a lot of work and VERY proud. - Ugly girls have no place in this world.

18 Dec 2013

HOW TO BE A BAD BOY

By KemmieOla,
Friday, December 27, 2013



From ancient times until now, all over the world; one fact is established in the relationship factor of all living things; a bad guy is a boss. In animal world, they are referred to as alphas; in human world, they're sometimes referred to as jerks, but we'll stick with the term 'bad guy'.

The attraction to a bad guy isn't something that is deliberate, its just that females in every specie are genetically wired to be pulled in by the charisma of the bad boy. This is why the good guys almost always get no love yo. So today, I'm going share some of the knowledge I ganered while trying to be a bad guy (thank me later). You can be a (pseudo) bad guy to the girl instead of looking like  some wimp who's dyin' for some lovin'.

Here goes;- Try to be mysterious. Don't let the entirety of your feelings show; don't go spouting poetry or singing songs like your life depends on it. Sure, tell her how much you're interested, but don't necessarily show her. Mystery on your part will incite her curiosity and keep her interested. - Confidence and charisma are two things you must possess.

16 Dec 2013

TEN CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TIPS GUARANTEED TO SAVE YOU MONEY

By Akinwale Akinyoade,
Monday, December 16, 2013


The Christmas season is fast approaching once again and everyone is preparing for the festive period. Many gifts to give and receive, so many decorations and preparations to be done and a lot of buying to be done. Why waste money unnecessarily when you can follow these simple ten Christmas shopping tips and you will be guaranteed that you will save money?


Plan Early: Making plans for Christmas can never be too early and you can start making yours immediately we hit the Ember months to avoid rushing. Christmas shopping is never too early as it helps you to budget accordingly.

14 Dec 2013

THE TRUE EDUCATION

By Ezim Osai,
Saturday, December 14, 2013



“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world”
                                      - Nelson Mandela



Education [is] but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn 1.
[A weapon] is something used to gain advantage 2.
Education in my words is simply a learning process. We learn from our teachers, families, friends, colleagues, songs, movies, books, and mistakes. It is in learning that we know what we previously were ignorant of and thus act upon. Without learning, progress would be a foreign word and without education, learning would be a myth.


In the world we live in, we were born to challenges; health, security, finance, religion, you name it. These are problems that require solutions, but how do we solve these problems? We solve them by analyzing and then proffering solutions to experts who act on them. We complain about problems and challenges in our world when really, without problems we would never grow, think or learn.

10 Dec 2013

WOULD YOU RATHER SEE MOVIES AT HOME OR AT THE CINEMA?

By Akinyoade Akinwale,
Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Watching movies is an amazing activity to relax for many people nowadays. After a day of hard work, what can be more satisfying than watching films and concentrating with amusement on the plots? With the theater culture in Nigeria seemingly non-existent again having faded out with time and the new cinema culture gradually being embraced by the youths, I always thought that most people would appreciate what the cinemas have to offer but boy was I wrong when I came under verbal attack by a couple of my friends recently for having ‘squandered’ money to be one of the first people to watch Thor: The Dark World at the cinema.

They were horrified that I had been in such haste that I had parted with some thousands of naira just to watch the movie although for me the three thousand naira that had been charged at Silverbird Galleria had been worth every penny. For them the whole paparazzi of getting to have a red carpet, the free drinks by Guiness not to talk of the small chops that were available not to forget the popcorn and soft drinks.

7 Dec 2013

ALL THINGS THEATER: THESPIAN FAMILY THEATER BRINGS IT

By Akinyoade Akinwale,
Saturday December 7, 2013

So we now live in the jet age where everything is computerized or has been modernized. Gone are the days when theaters where the places visited to have a good time out or watch a good stage play. Not many people understand the technicalities involved in bringing together a good stage play.  I have to confess though that I am a part of this guilty group as I did not have much interest in the theater of stage plays until I had to offer it as a course.

The average Nigerian student would look down on a fellow student studying creative arts or as in some cases it is referred to as performing or theater arts in universities. We all collectively as a whole see them as a bunch of jobless people with nothing better to do or those that have been frustrated by the admission system in Nigeria to have had no other choice than to settle for such a course. Well, I have to say that I now have a rethink as I now have a better understanding of the situation.

The culture of stage play and performances has to be encouraged especially among the youths in order to revive this essential dying culture.

6 Dec 2013

WHY YOU SHOULD LIKE THE FRIENDZONE

By KemmieOla,
Friday December 6, 2013

I'll just go straight to the point on this one; no need for an introduction or whatsoever. Question; why do males hate the friendzone so much?

I mean, if we are being totally honest, the friendzone isn't such a bad place to be in.

Compared to every other zone in the history of zones, I'd say the friendzone is the very best. But the males have refused to realise this fact, and this is why they carry last suffer. Before the stones start flying, let me explain. There are certain priviledges being a friend will get you that being a significant other won't. Let's not waste any time, let's just have a PROs and CONs list;

ON ASUU STRIKES AND STYMIED GROWTH

By Ranti Olaose,
Friday, December 6 2013




On July 1, 2013, I had a test. I had spent the day before studying and although I wasn’t as prepared as I would like, I wasn’t completely clueless. So when the morning of that day came around and I heard ASUU was going on strike, I felt some sliver of relief. It didn’t seem like much, exams were only 4 weeks away, I was pretty confident it would only last a week or so at most. It’s been 3 months.
They began the strike after a few months of warning due to the failure of the government to resolve 8 out of 10 issues agreed on in 2009 (You can find a comprehensive report on these issues here). Since then there’s been no shortage of name calling, finger pointing, endless meetings and condemnations, all to no avail. The Federal Government claims to be unable to uphold their end of the deal, and have called on ASUU to renegotiate the terms of the agreement. ASUU is standing their ground and insisting on the terms of the 2009 agreement being met. Apparently, this will be the strike to end them all. The proverbial elephants are tussling, and the Nigerian student is the grass.

3 Dec 2013

TEXTESE AND THE NIGERIAN YOUTH

By Ezim Osai,
Tuesday December 3, 2013.




The person who does not make mistakes is unlikely to make anything else in life
-Anonymous

Textese is a texting/social media patois among Nigerian (and other English-speaking countries of the world) youths where words are shortened unrealistically for no apparent reason. The origin of Textese as far as I know is really obscure. I believe it began during the text message era when costs of SMS messages were still high and in order to reduce cost, teens and youths truncated their multi-paged messages into one page (140 characters).

While Textese is sometimes ‘cute’ (although never to me), it causes some serious problems in the academic and educational sector. The use of this patois has so inebriated some youths that they are unable to flip the mental switch between Textese and proper grammar when they are writing professionally or for academic purposes.

27 Nov 2013

DEMYSTIFYING FAILURE

By Ezim Osai ,
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
  
                                             "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again."
                                                                                                   - Mrs Helen Odume

Failure is your friend. The world is designed in such a way that people tend to be afraid of failure and avoid it at all costs and ignore the reality of things. Failure is inherently neutral; like money it is neither good nor bad but can be interpreted and used anyway one chooses to, based on his temperament, beliefs and frame of mind.

Failure is relative as well. It does not mean the same thing to two people. If Individual A plans to score 70% or higher in an examination and another Individual B plans to score at least 40% in the same examination, their bases of failure are different. Therefore, if A scores 65% he would not have met his target which is a failure of sorts, while B who may have scored 42% will be very pleased with himself for having met his target. Although the score of Individual A is higher than the score of Individual B and the world may look at Individual B as a failure, Individual B would probably be more pleased with himself than A would as he met and passed his own target. This is what failure and success is and not what we sometimes go about forcing ourselves to believe.

22 Nov 2013

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: FOR THE LOVE OF THE SIDE CHICK

By KemmieOla ,
Friday, November 22, 2013


The phenomenon that is the side chick has existed for as long as possible. I'm talking about early BC's here; I could take us all the way back to the creation story itself, but in the words of the great Madam Sweet Brown; Ain't nobody got time fo' dat.

A side chick is like the icing on the cake, the salad in your fried rice, the crayfish in your draw soup and so on (I know I like to use weird analogies; I'm sorry). She is that little extra that you don't really need, but you still want anyway just because you can. Now, the side chick is feared the world over by all main chicks and Olivia Pope haters alike for reasons ranging from the fact of their simple existence to the thought of the things they are doing and will do to have/keep the men.

20 Nov 2013

ISSUES IN THE EDUCATION OF THE FEMALE IN NIGERIA

By Ezim Osai ,
Wednesday, November 20, 2013



Whatever a man can do, a woman can do better…
-General saying


I was talking with a colleague of mine about her project a while back and along the line we got talking about the education of the female child in Nigeria. This colleague of mine is a 400-level student of Botany at the University of Ibadan. I asked her “What are the challenges of female education in Nigeria?” and her reply was almost instantaneous. It was “Inferiority complex”; as a result I proceeded to ask a number of female colleagues of mine the same question; here are their answers:

11 Nov 2013

LEADERSHIP IN NIGERIA: CRITICISM IS NOT ENOUGH

By Ezim Osai,
Monday, November 11 2013

Take care of your thoughts,
Then, actions will take care of themselves…..
You sow your character and reap your destiny,
Therefore, your destiny is in your hands.
-Sathya Sai Baba






Nigeria has always been called the Giant of Africa from time immemorial; densely populated and very diverse, boasting of over two hundred and fifty ethnic groups. Pride of the west and loudest voice in ECOWAS; we have sat on the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member four times since our independence. Truly, we are a great nation despite all that has happened in recent times.

On the NTA Network News a while ago, our President used an adage I loved and I will paraphrase it here: “If you want to take over a house, you do not set dynamites and bring it down first”. What this means is that even when we do not like something or someone, we should try to criticize constructively and not slander and crucify the person when we covet their position. This is something we youths are very guilty of; we badmouth our government and insult our country on social media and multinational platforms. As my friend’s dad would say “People buy what they see”; if we keep on making our nation seem like it is at war with itself or that our government is totally useless, in ten or twenty years when we are in the same office how can we hope to change the minds of those people that our very own words poisoned? As we approach Independence Day, we should reflect, not on what Nigeria has done for us but for what we have done for her.

4 Nov 2013

In service to the Nation.

By Ezim Osai, for 9jeducation
Monday, November 4 2013

Ezim talking to Students
"People will not always believe in you, people will not always help you. All you have to do is to believe in yourself and your cause"
                                                        -Anonymous


On the 14th of October, 2013, a particular thought crossed my mind; my thought was on how I could do more for Nigeria that has done so much for me with the little that I have. After much analysing and thinking, I decided to do something that I have always loved and which drew from part of my skillset: I decided to teach.

Deciding to teach was just the beginning, the questions of who to teach, what to teach, when to teach, how to teach and where to teach were still unanswered. After much analysing and thinking once again, I decided to teach senior secondary students and I decided to focus on Choosing Courses, Careers and Institutions, ICT and Social Media and also on Character Development. Knowledge on these topics was something I believed was lacking in a number of our undergraduates today and also lack of knowledge of these topics was the reason a number of JAMBITES did not get admission into their desired institutions or admission to study their course of choice. Knowing what I wanted to teach and how I wanted to teach it was one thing, the next was how to convince principals and administrators to give me some time to talk to their students and for this, I sought help from my personal bank of knowledge and experience: my mother. My mother explained to me the approach to take, things to say, what to wear, and the schools to go to. She went further to even help me prepare the building blocks of my lecture and really saved me a lot of time in doing so.

Due to the Eid break, I was only able to go to the chosen schools from Thursday the 15th of October. Following my mother’s advice, the first school I visited was my Alma Mater, DPPS High School, Ogwashi Uku, which was in a neighbouring town. After pleasantries and greetings I explained to the principal the purpose of my visit and the enthusiasm which he greeted it with was a real confidence booster. When I left his office about ten minutes later for my next school, I was very confident in my abilities and I was positive every other school would be a piece of cake (of course I was wrong). The next school I visited was West End Mixed Secondary School, Asaba where things did not go as smoothly. After waiting for over two hours by the corridor, I was finally ushered in to discuss with the principal and administrative staff. When they had heard my proposal, the principal referred me to the guidance counsellors saying that they were in the best position to listen to and make sense of my proposal (in less pleasant words).

Choosing a Course of Study, Career, and Institution.

By Ezim Osai,
Monday, November 4 2013

A man who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, but one who does not is a fool for a lifetime
-Abraham Lincoln




It is common knowledge that a number of secondary school students choose subjects/courses impulsively and most times, their decisions are very influenced by peers. It is also common knowledge that some secondary school students decide to be science-students because they believe that ‘that is where the money is’ or that it is more significant to the global economy. Some of us who go into arts sometimes are just running away from Mathematics and some difficult science courses while some of us who go into commerce are enticed by what we see in banks and financial institutions.
Choosing subjects/courses with that mentality has proved to be often to the detriment of a number of students who were misplaced and are performing poorly because they are in places they are not cut out for. Before one chooses a course, there must be a critical examination of oneself and there are four steps which I have outlined that I believe can help in making the right decision.

25 Oct 2013

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: INTER-FAITH ROMANCES; YAY OR NAY?

By KemmieOla,
Friday, October 25 2013


Hello #WTTR readers! I am so glad to be back after what seemed like a long time away from writing! Today’s  topic although somewhat sensitive, doesn’t need a lengthy introduction because we can all relate to it. Also, like most issues concerning relationships, I would implore you to and would appreciate it if you have an open mind on this.
Before going into a relationship, there is a lot to consider. Especially for those people thinking serious relationship, might-lead-to-marriage and forever. Those things include behavioral patterns, compatibility, shared beliefs, and so on.

"MENTORSHIP"

By Ezim Osai ,
Friday, October 25, 2013


“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world”
-Nelson Mandela

Hello dear reader, today I want to talk about some areas or aspects of our education that need more light, particularly in our tertiary institutions for youths and teens.
The first area I would like to talk about is Mentorship; who is a mentor and what is mentorship?
A mentor is an experienced adviser and supporter: somebody, usually older and more experienced, who advises and guides a younger, less experienced person.

Therefore, mentorship is the act/process of mentoring an individual. 

22 Oct 2013

PHCN: Is Privatization indeed the way forward?

By Ezim Osai,
Tuesday, October 22 2013


If I remember my SS3 Economics correctly, privatization means the handing over of the day-to-day running, management and maintenance of public utilities to private individuals. Privatization itself is not an end, but a means to an end; the end being the growth of the sector and the economy.
At the beginning of October, several individuals and/or corporations bought over the Power Holding Company of Nigeria commonly referred to as NEPA. In this article, we will look at some challenges they may face and talk about a solution or two and we will also talk about the consequence of privatization in Nigeria.
A number of people greeted the idea of privatizing NEPA with skepticism since the last notable act of privatization was in Public eyes not much of a success (Privatization of NITEL); the question some of us are asking now is how they hope to change the system after living with it for a lifetime and how they hope to bring about this change.

14 Oct 2013

ON STRIKING UNIONS AND BUSINESS IDEAS

By KemmieOla,
Monday, October 14, 2013


The discord between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities is still ongoing as the latter claims that it's demands must be met or no student in a federal tertiary institution can get an education. With both sides refusing to budge, we can realistically say we don't see an end to the strike which is affecting most students in universities. Most students are now working as junior staff in different organizations or going into business by themselves as there seems to be nothing else to do during this strike period. 

I recently had an encounter with a student entrepreneur, Feyisola Ogunseye, a 400L student of Botany in the University of Lagos who happens to be one of the many students who have been inspired by the strike to start her own business.

53 YEARS OF POLITICAL FREEDOM: A CALL FOR SELF-EVALUATION

By Ezim Osai,
Monday, October 14, 2013


Be the change you want to see in the world
-Mahatma Gandhi

As a nation we celebrated our 53rd year of Independence only  while ago, and many of us ask if there is anything worth celebrating, whether we were better off when we were under colonial rule, whether independence is a curse…Truly our nation is in perilous times; the memories of the Eagles’ Square bombing of 2010 still lingers in our minds. We are unable to rest easy when we see our government spending billions on celebrations when there are so many poor, hungry and unemployed youths. The question that I ask is “what are we doing about it?”
We all write about it, talk about it, gist about it, make noise about it, but a lot of us do nothing about it. The problems in Nigeria are numerous but the major problem amongst us youths is our myopia and "self-centredness" and hypocrisy.

1 Oct 2013

Monster Feeding 101
A Short Scare


[Editor's note: a bit dark and graphic for some of our tastes, but it's halloween (ok we're a day late) and the author felt the need to feed someone to an animal. FYI Dare claims it's still halloween by NYC eastern time]


Every year there’s a Halloween party in Lagos.
You might think, isn’t it the Lagos in Nigeria? Where no one celebrates any holidays unless they involve generous bloodshed and week-long parties?
Well, you’re wrong. Every year there is a Halloween party in Lagos.
This little party holds in a little cream house, five right turns off the Ajah Expressway, and it involves some really strange people who hardly bother with costumes because the night masks their true faces in shadow.
There’s a man with cold skin black as coal whose eyes dance with flame whenever he runs his hands down the curves of a sexy devil, swinging plastic tail and all. There’s the angel sheathed in white silk, her mouth dark with blood-red lipstick, as she dances and puts onlookers into a feverish trance before she kisses them limp. There are tree spirits and somber ghosts, cursed men and magic women. There are na├»ve humans who know nothing about the things with which they brush shoulders, the very things that have brought them here with golden charisma and white lies.
There is silent sacrifice and cold war. Spilled blood and raised hackles.
Then there’s Ada, standing in the dark corner - a ghastly ghost with sunken eyeshadow eyes, dank stringy hair and a bloodstained chemise.

30 Sep 2013

August-September Cover

The First Issue


YOUNG MONEY: WIZKID AND OLAMIDE

By Akinwale,
Monday, September 30, 2013
Music is a universal language that everybody can connect to. While we may not all necessarily share the same taste in music, it is safe to say that everybody loves music. You don’t have to necessarily understand the language of a song before you can appreciate the melodies.  The Nigerian music industry has come a long way from what it used to be having broken into the international community, with songs by Nigerian artistes appreciated by the foreign community. Talented musicians have been nominated and won international awards in recognition of their outstanding talent while top-notch musicians have held sold out concerts within and outside the country.

#CHILDNOTBRIDE : RESEARCH - NOT - RANT (PART 2)

By KemmieOla. Monday, September 30 2013

Recently, there has been a nationwide uproar as a result of the legalization of child marriage in Nigeria. Reactions varied from shock to anger to outright wrath and had the people from all over the republic protesting, signing petitions and coming up with some quite creative slogans. We all know how that ended, everything has boiled over and people are calm now.

Now, while most people of the federation rejected the idea in every way possible with or without total knowledge of the Nigerian constitution or its many varied sections, some others felt the law wasn’t so bad and one of my colleagues on this here blog stated that appropriate research would show that the legalization of child marriage was religion based. I wouldn’t claim to be a political science major, but I believe there is something called the separation of church and state. The concept of this separation between the church and state basically says that religion shouldn’t affect how a state is governed. Therefore, the fact that a child is a muslim doesn’t mean marrying them is right.

20 Sep 2013

FYI: 2013 Batch 'C' Winding-up/Passing-out Programme of Activities

By Admin,
Friday,September 20, 2013

So its that time of the year again when serving corp members under the NYSC scheme prepare to bow out after a strenuous year of service to their fatherland! Below is the programme of events to wind up the 2012/2013 Batch "C" service year:

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: CHEMISTRY

By KemmieOla,
Friday, September 20 2013

Hello #WTTR readers, how have you been? As a Nigerian student enrolled in a public University, it is no doubt that the ongoing strike action has availed me with enough spare time to think. The topic of discussion today on Walking the Tightrope is somewhat sensitive, but before I start, I’d like to know; how many of you really love science, anybody? Raise your hands please. I see hands, lots and lots of hands. We are safe then, let us proceed.
The topic of discussion today has to do with this thing called Chemistry. No, not the one you studied in school. The one that makes you drawn to some member of the opposite sex for reasons you can’t even explain.

18 Sep 2013

KEEP BUSY!

By Ezim Osai,
Wednesday, September 18 2013

An idle mind is the devil’s workshop
-My mommy

 

Today I want to write on a couple of things we can do with our free time during this “compulsory” holiday ASUU/FG has sent majority of us on. I know this article is a bit late but better late than never, right?
The first thing I advise and which I did myself is to learn a new language. There are a handful of government and privately owned language schools across the country and they do offer streamlined courses. If you cannot afford to enrol at a language school, there are resources on the internet you can use.  Personally, I am using MIT streamlined open freeware for Mandarin Chinese which is expected to run for around 4-8 months. It would be wise to learn international languages like Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish or even Dutch and German.

10 Sep 2013

YOU ARE NOT TOO "YOUNG" TO BUILD YOUR C.V

By Poisefreak, 9jeducation
Tuesday, September 10 2013

A good number of undergraduates in Nigeria complete a good part of their University education without knowing what a C.V looks like. The vast majority, no doubt, have heard of the "document" and the functions it plays, but at the same time, a good number of students do not believe it "concerns" them "yet", and as such pay no attention to building one for themselves.

A C.V (Curriculum Vitae), as its popularly referred to in this part of the world is a document that basically covers the extent of a person's working experience as well as their personal information. This document is often used as a yardstick for recruitment, and as such, a lot of people put in a lot of effort to making certain that they have the "right" or "winning" C.V. Going by the above a good number of students that might read this would think, "why should I have a CV, I am not working yet" or "why should I prepare a CV?

WORK-STUDY: LENDING A HAND, INFLUENCING STUDENT DEVELOPMENT

By Poisefreak,
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The average Nigerian student is wrought with different challenges in the bid to get an education. Most of the times, these challenges are more financial than intellectual. There have been cases of students who were bright and passed through public school with flying colors, but could not afford to purchase Jamb forms. You find most times that the lady selling recharge cards at the junction, or the boy who is a conductor on a molue was forced to do what they do because they needed to make enough money to go back to school. Not every child is from a wealthy background, and so the education which some treat with so much levity is a prized possession worth fighting for to some.

6 Sep 2013

WALKING THE TIGHTROPE: THE GREEN EYED MONSTER

By KemmieOla,
Friday, September 6, 2013


“You’re too close to that girl.” “You won’t stop talking about your boss’ son” “You stare for too long when that guy walks by” “Why are you still friends with your ex?”
At one point or the other in our relationship(s), we have heard or spoken one or all of the sentences above, which led to either minor quarrels or great big arguments that did or didn’t lead to something worse. Jealousy can be a major cause of separation among even the most loving couples, and this is because as much as it can be endearing, it can also be frustrating and nerve racking for both partners.