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Mr. President Finally Declares

Mr President finally declared!!! The declaration to re-run for second term was welcome by lots and lots of Nigerians as was seen in the large turn-out at the arena, on Tuesday, the 11th of November 2014. I mean the traffic in the Federal Capital Territory heightened, hotels were fully...

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Why I Believe GEJ Deserves another Term

  Time, they say, flies very fast. It feels like it was yesterday when tens of millions of Nigerians trooped out to vote and a majority gave then acting President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan their mandate to administer the affairs of the country for four years. From the day he...

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The Agricultural Transformation Agenda – An Overview

  The rebasing of Nigeria’s economy earlier this year provided insights into what is the true situation with the Nigeria’s economy and the sectors that contribute to it. One of the facts revealed is that the contribution of the oil and gas industry has been on a steady decline...

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Choose Kindness

Attachment to being right creates suffering. When you have a choice to be right, or to be kind, choose kind and watch your suffering disappear. ~ Dr Wayne Dyer I am selfish, naturally. You are selfish also. We all are selfish. It’s so easy to want what you want...

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Final List of Shortlisted Candidates

  Good morning, After all the huddles of reading through hundreds of submissions, we can finally present you with the final list of shortlisted candidates. We’ll make their poems and essays available for voting over the weekend and you all can get a feel of why we chose them....

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Who Is Akinlabi ”Gerald” Adegoke?

1. Who Is Akinlabi ”Gerald” Adegoke? He is the Founder and Chair Board of directors, 360° POSH Limited, a brand content push and project management firm in Lagos Nigeria. First of three children and born in the early 90’s, Akinlabi is fondly called Akin Posh by Colleagues and Associates....

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THE VERY UNIQUE FULANI’S PEOPLE OF NIGERIA

The Fulani people are recognized throughout Africa and many parts of the world for their rich and complex traditions, from intricate, colorful marriage to heavy, golden hoop earrings, facial tattoos, face piecing long curly hair and beautiful round beads. They are different from the way they speak to the...

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SOMETIME IN 1960

It is a familiar year, you need not be lectured on what happened, but sometime in that year, something unforgettable happened. Let us take a stroll through memory lane…… She used to be a black hole, not a black star She was exploited to say the least, She was...

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Love your body. Love Yourself

Today’s post is dedicated to every woman, young lady, lady, babe, Bae, chic, Omalicha, Yarinya… however you choose to be referred to, who either loves, hates, is indifferent about, or currently working on her body. Once upon a time in Nigeria, it was trendy for the “African woman” to...

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OHA SOUP

Oha soup is native to the Igbo people of Nigeria. It is similar to bitterleaf soup but instead of bitterleaf, oha leaves are used. Some Igbo dialects call it “ora”. INGREDIENTS 1. Oha leaves 2. 8 small cocoyams or achi powder (thickener) 3. Palm Oil (3 cooking spoons) 4....

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Personality of the Week: Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai

I’m not sure why many people hate this man. I simply adore him, his love for order, excellence… and the fact that he more or less doesn’t seem to stop to rethink whose feet he is stepping on when he is doing his job. He simply does his job....

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Nigerians are sooooo….

A lot of times, I read about how people living outside Nigeria view Nigerians and we already know that for a long time, our world view hasn’t exactly been one to willingly identify with. What’s funny though, is that a lot of what makes up this world view are...

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Train System

Let’s imagine for a minute. Shall we? Just imagine I was coordinating an informal meet for people that “live” in Abuja. Imagine how the conversation will go. Do you live in Abuja? No? Yes? I hear loud yeses. I see that attitude. I read you. You are a big...

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That the money might flow

There is a recurring complaint one will always hear from those who have ever tried starting a business, have run a business or are running one right now – getting access to capital in Nigeria is many times harder than the proverbial camel passing through the eye of a...

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Where is He

Where is HE!!!!

I should have tied his hands a bit tighter is the sole thought in my head as his arms collide with my abdomen. The pain instructs me to readjust my position as I carry on my task. His body keeps wiggling in all sorts of ways, pretty embarrassing if...

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HOPE IS A WINDOW

Hope is a window…Hope is a window…Hope is a window? Really? A window? I kept repeating those four words hoping they would make sense to me. That beautiful day, I stumbled upon the statement on a new contact’s BlackBerry Messenger’s (bbm) profile. I wanted to know what he meant...

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Nigerian Delicacies: WHITE SOUP

This soup is a Naija delicacy eaten by almost all the ethnic groups. I cannot say if this soup is native of the Igbos or Efiks/Ibibios but I know that they cook it VERY WELL…y’know what I mean? *wink* The Igbos call it “Ofe Nsala” while the Efiks/Ibibios/Annangs call...

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Naija Delicacies: BOILED YAM AND EGG SAUCE

Boiled yam is an easy and fast yam meal. Preparing this is as easy as boiling white rice or boiling water. Lol. Because it is prepared without any special ingredients, it gives you a wide range of sauces and stews to eat it with. Boiled yam could be eaten...

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Nigeria music, sounds of Nigeria

AwaNaija top 20 best Nigerian songs of all time

I believe it’s not enough to express dissatisfaction over things you don’t like; if you think it should’ve been done differently, do it differently. I wasn’t pleased with the MTV’s top 20 Nigerian songs of all time so i decided to publish my list. Whoever compiled that list was...

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A Quick one on our Project Video

With the new vibe of patriotism feeling the air i can’t help but repost our project video… If you missed it before, you can view it now.

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Photo| Essay| Poetry competition

We are happy to kick start our photo and writing competition aimed at promoting the good image of our dear country and encourage a true sense of patriotism among her citizens. The competition comprises of a writing challenge and a photo challenge; both of which present competitors with an...

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VICTORY FOR NIGERIA

The past few months have been quite rough for Nigeria in its fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East of the country. Not only has there been territorial loss (the first since the end of the civil war in 1970), its armed forces has suffered embarrassing losses,...

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Celebrating Nigeria at 54

Its been 54 years and all i can think of is CELEBRATION Celebrating Togetherness Celebrating Beauty Celebrating the Gift of Independence, Freedom Celebrating YOU Celebrating ME WE ARE NIGERIA Do not forget to always say a Prayer for Nigeria, Start Today!!!

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A SALUTE TO THAT BLACK SOLDIER

  And when the call came, refusal wasn’t an option, wrapped in a warm embrace from her family, amidst tears, she walked briskly forward and accepted the call. For sure she knew what the call was about. It was a call to save to serve and to protect. Did...

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Nigerin lovers

TRIBUTE TO THE TYPICAL NIGERIAN LOVER

  He lives each day trying to please his woman, he may have other girls but he places no one above her, his wish, above all things is peace, a month, a week, or even a day without her ‘nags’. He keeps up with her PMS secretly praying for...

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THE BLACK CHILD

light, tunnel, ligree He has dreams, built on hopes and hard work, He is that special child, cant you find him? Look closely among the children and there he is. He is always going to be a special black child Who knows what he wants and how to get...

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Sins of my Father.

  In less than ten minutes, I will be the first person to be publicly executed for charges of bribery and corruption since the senate amended the constitution and declared that corrupt public officers would be treated the same way convicted murderers and terrorists are treated-with no mercy. It...

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THE NIGERIA YOU WANT

  Hey guys… Today I am featuring my friend Ike Ononiwu’s latest thoughts. He had such sound words of wisdom and I figured it’d be nice to share… “THE NIGERIA YOU WANT Nigeria will never be a great nation and truly live up to its absolute potential, not because...

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THE WATCH WORD

Poverty came knocking, it stared us in our face and whispered to us things we didn’t understand. we thought it was hungry  and homeless so we let it in. it dealt with us, made us walk miles in search of work it exchanged the peacefulness of our home into...

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The Nigerian Way

Ask me again if I never get tired of singing the Nigeria song and my reply is NO.. Why should I get tired when the only song on my lip is the Nigeria song, the only air I breathe and the only people that have accepted me are the...

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Nigerian Delicacies

Nigerian Delicacies: BOILED YAM WITH GARDEN EGG SAUCE

Garden eggs are vegetables rich in vitamins E, C, and B6 and minerals such as Calcium, Phosphorous, Copper, Zinc and Iron. They come in two main colours: yellow, white or green colours. Some come in a combination of two colours: green and white or yellow and green. Garden eggs...

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pidgin

WETIN DEY HAPPEN NA, HOW UNA DEY?

Forgive me if I am not perfect or fluent in the pidgin language, but I am one of those Nigerians who is ready to learn… yes! Although it hasn’t found its way into the school syllabus, it is still a language we value in this part of the world....

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ALICE, BUT THIS IS NO WONDERLAND

I watched the movies I read the books Had tears in my eyes And a dream in my mind I wanted this! Fairy tales are what I want or should I say what I wanted That cuddle from the night time till morning in the movies Or that kiss...

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THE HOME COMING

The day I made the life changing decision to return to Nigeria had started out just like most other Tuesdays in New York, an endless stretch of hours completely occupied with boring routine activities. I was seated at the dining table in my two bedroom apartment, sipping from a...

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As you go around your routines think about this: Routines are what you have created to suit the kind of life that feels comfortable, Safe, Secure, In some cases, the routine allows you achieve, make progress etc. Routines also tell a lot about who you are Whether or not...

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Attention!!! Ladies!

So… I am angry. Yes. Why? Why shouldn’t I be? I have two brothers and friends who have overtime become brothers to me and Lord knows I’ll pull the wig off any lady that turns those guys into fathers, SDs (sugar daddies), banks and Atms. What happened to the...

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Nigeria Beyond The Surface Level: Adamawa State

Did you know that Adamawa State…? – is the land of beauty? – Capital is Yola? – established 27th of August, 1991? – has twenty-one local government areas? Namely: Fufore, Ganye, Gombi, Guyuk, Hong, Jada, Shelleng, Demsa, Madagali, Maiha, Mayo-Belwa, Michika, Mubi North, Numan, Song, Mubi South, Yola North...

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When Things Go Right

In recent times, the region of West Africa has become synonymous with the spread of the Ebola viral disease which has claimed victims in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and to a much lesser extent, Nigeria. Even before Patrick Sawyer had gotten on a plane and flew to Lagos bringing...

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LEBOKU NEW YAM FESTIVAL

I can safely assume that a lot of us had no idea people celebrate New yam festival, talk more of celebrating in a colorful way but today it is what I introduce to you THE LEBOKU FESTIVAL. Don’t rush, Leboku is a feast observed yearly in the peoples paradise...

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Personality of the week: TY Bello

Two songs come to mind when I think of the amazing TY Bello. Greenland and The Future. I know that my renewed love for Nigeria was birthed the first time I listened to TY Bello’s ‘Green land’. Already a lover of her unique voice when she was still a...

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