31 Dec 2013

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30 Dec 2013


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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;


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


By Ezim Osai,
Tuesday December 3, 2013.

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

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.