Friday, January 19, 2018

Rahma Haruna: Remember the little girl who lived in a bowl?

Rahma Haruna’s family struggled to meet financial obligations to her. Over a million Naira was invested in curing her but she died. Do you remember the touching story of a Kano-based girl, Rahma Haruna, who lived in a bowl?The physically impaired one-time viral attraction, who died on Sunday, December 25, 2016, stirred up emotion due to her unique condition.She was born with a rare deformity which caused both her legs and arms to experience stunted growth or no growth all. As a result, her family had to saddle the responsibility of tending to all her needs, which included mobility and other domestic activities.In a bid to find a cure to her unique physical impairment, Haruna’s parents who are Hausa, one of the major tribes in Nigeria, toiled endlessly to provide an improved living condition for their daughter. Her father estimated that he spent over a million Naira to help facilitate this goal but this did not materialize in the direction they had hoped.Through an act of kindness shown by random strangers on a visit to a shopping mall, the family was able to handle some financial obligations to the little girl who despite her impediment nurtured an ambition to own a full-capacity grocery store.ALSO READ: This physically challenged woman killed her newborn baby [Video]Her inspiring determination to succeed in the face of her challenges told a story of one who has refused to be limited by her physique.Unfortunately, her hope of living a bright and long life was cut short by the cold hands of death.

Pulse Opinion: Nigerian comedians deserve much more credit than we give them

Comedians like Akproro are berated for lacking imagination but like many of his peers, he also delivers scathing commentary on social issues without fear. Today, stand-up comedy in Nigeria is a multi-million naira industry. The most famous of the bunch, individuals like Ayo Makun, I Go Dye and Seyi Law headline packed shows where the best of their peers, as well as notable entertainers, grace the same stage. Nights like these show that the extent of the influence that these comedians enjoy.Their success is built on the work done by fore-bearers like Ali Baba and a generation of comedians who found an audience on the small screen before stand-up became a thing.However, one of the biggest criticisms that this generation faces regards the tone and subject of their comedy.ALSO READ: A popular version of Family Feud is in the worksComedians like Akpororo have made a living off playing to popular stereotypes about various tribes or in cases, the Nigerian people as a whole. We’ve heard it all before, or have we?In other cases, the subject is usually a facet of Nigerian society, such as the desire to seek greener pastures in a foreign country. Either that or another commonly explored topic; religion. One of Seyi Law’s most memorable routines features a bit about a Yoruba Muslim who sells bread and other edibles. While he says his daily prayers, he struggles to attend to customers. But, according to the joke, like the Yoruba man that he is, he ends up insulting the customer loudly while asking God to punish his detractors.Such jokes are perceived as the fulcrum of Nigerian stand-up comedy. Which is why most critics of the art form berate it for the lack of range.In some way, this perspective is valid. ALSO READ: Here’s a list of the most viral Youtube videos of the yearFor the most part, however, it fails to consider the context in which the jokes are delivered and the vital role that Nigerian comedians play in wielding their influence and using the ability to bring humour to the most gloomy situations.When Laughter is more than just medicineNigerians love to laugh, for the most part, we do so with an unreserved passion as we do everything else. In daily life, however, this passion and the energy directed towards making things happen does not always bear fruit. Which is why the extent of our appreciation of local comedy and its performers can seem like a desperate shot at escapism.When Nigerians want to forget their worries, they laugh,This puts the comedians in a precarious position. How do you keep things original yet amuse an audience that is in constant proximity to their biggest woes?Nigerian comedians do this, not by avoiding the problem, but by referencing the issues and drawing more attention to them.Obviously, it helps when the audience sees the humour.ALSO READ: Meet Ike Nwala, the Nigerian who is one of the most famous comedians in NigeriaMost of their jokes may come off as lazy and stereotypical. However, by making light of these situations, Nigerian comedians call attention to social issues and deliver scathing social commentary in a tone that says don’t worry, we’ll figure this out.A good, if not so recent example was Ali Baba’s comedy skits broadcast on radio in the run-up to his headline show.  In one of these skits, Baba draws attention to the forced market re-capitalisation order by the Nigerian Central Bank. In the skit, the father of a bride-to-be orders her spouse to acknowledge her worth by recapitalising and increasing the value of his interest in her.ALSO READ: Ali Baba urges Nigerians with British nationality to voteOne stand-up comedian who has acquired a mastery of this is the well-loved Bovi. Fiercely confident and not afraid to touch on the most sensitive issues, Bovi’s seminal Man On Fire show has witnessed jokes on matters of genuine national interest. Talking truth to powerIn a particularly amusing incident, he told a pungent joke about Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while the gentleman was seated directly in front of him.This ability is important because it uses a medium that the people love to address issues that they would rather ignore. As such, it makes sense that a few of the more versatile of these performers have made the jump to late night television.An important case in point is Okey Bakassi and his show, “The Other News” produced in tandem, with Channels Television, widely seen as the most authoritative news channel in the country.  ALSO READ: Watch Okey Bakassi’s funny moments at Glo Laffta festOn the show, written with help from famed comedy television writer, Ned Rice, Okey delivers a no-holds-barred version of the news that addresses trending issues and lampoons the insolent behaviour that we have come to expect from Nigerian politicians and public personalities.  Already, Okey’s show enjoys a massive audience, both on terrestrial television and on YouTube where episodes can also be streamed.  It has also attracted the attention of foreign news media, who attribute his work with “using comedy to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy”.It would only be fair that a lot of peers enjoy that same praise, only in the sense that they have strengthened a people’s resolve, steadfastness, alertness and resilience in the face of worsening circumstances.Nigerian comedians deserve a lot of credit. There’s much in those tummy-tossing jokes beyond the laughter.

Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye: Meet the Nigerian Doctor who delivered a baby twice

Dr. Olutoye took LynLee Boemer out of her mother’s stomach at 23 weeks, returned the fetus and delivered her again at 9 months. If you’ve ever used a Nigerian hospital or been served by a physician with a Nigerian name, you will know that Nigerian doctors are usually the butt of jokes about their incompetence. Nigerian Doctor, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye is one who has, perhaps unwittingly, put a chink in that perception with one of the most unlikely feats in childbirth.He will be remembered as the physician who won for a hopeful family, the team and for his profession after he successfully delivered the same baby on two separate occassions in good health.ALSO READ: Candido Da Rocha is the Nigerian millionaire who was the son of a returnee slaveA small chance at lifeMargaret Boemer, the mother of the child, went for a routine ultrasound checkup at the Texas Children’s Hospital 16 weeks into her pregnancy “They saw something on the scan, and the doctor came in and told us that there was something seriously wrong with our baby and that she had a sacrococcygeal teratoma,” the mom said in an interview shared by Texas Children’s Hospital. “And it was very shocking and scary, because we didn’t know what that long word meant or what diagnosis that would bring.”A large tumor was stealing the child’s blood supply and many doctors advised the mother to terminate the pregjnancy. When it seemed they had no options, Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye and his partner surgeon, Dr. Darrell Cass concluded that the baby should be delivered for an emergency surgery.ALSO READ: How the exodus of Nigerians has helped western countriesWith small chance of success, the baby was taken out 23 weeks in to her mother’s preganancy. The procedure was performed on her and she was returned into her mother’s womb.Miracles do happenUnder the watchful eye of Dr. Olutoye, Mrs. Boemer was kept under bed rest for the remainder of her pregancy. After 12 weeks had passed and she had reached her full term, it was time again for the Nigerian-born physician to work his magic. This time, the baby, named LynLee for her grandmothers, was delivered safely to an expectant mother.Dr. Olutoye has since been shown appreciation by various tiers of society and the Nigerian government.His feat reminds us that Nigerians, wherever they are in the world, are capable of life-changing feats.LynLee Boemer will forever owe her life to Dr. Olutoye. As the good doctor must know, there is no greater gift than giving life to another.At home, the gap for such gifted physicians is still very present. But that is another conversation. Until that gap is filled, it is only natural that we hope Nigerians like these are celebrated as much as they deserve.

#ThrowbackThursday: Remember Rahma Haruna, a girl who lived in a bowl?

Rahma Haruna’s family struggled to meet financial obligations to her. Over a million Naira was invested in curing her but she died. Do you remember the touching story of a Kano-based girl, Rahma Haruna, who lived in a bowl?The physically impaired one-time viral attraction, who died on Sunday, December 25, 2016, stirred up emotion due to her unique condition.She was born with a rare deformity which caused both her legs and arms to experience stunted growth or no growth all. As a result, her family had to saddle the responsibility of tending to all her needs, which included mobility and other domestic activities.In a bid to find a cure to her unique physical impairment, Haruna’s parents who are Hausa, one of the major tribes in Nigeria, toiled endlessly to provide an improved living condition for their daughter. Her father estimated that he spent over a million Naira to help facilitate this goal but this did not materialize in the direction they had hoped.Through an act of kindness shown by random strangers on a visit to a shopping mall, the family was able to handle some financial obligations to the little girl who despite her impediment nurtured an ambition to own a full-capacity grocery store.ALSO READ: This physically challenged woman killed her newborn baby [Video]Her inspiring determination to succeed in the face of her challenges told a story of one who has refused to be limited by her physique.Unfortunately, her hope of living a bright and long life was cut short by the cold hands of death.

Stand-Up Comedy: Nigerian performers deserve much more credit than we give them

Comedians like Akproro are berated for lacking imagination but like many of his peers, he also delivers scathing commentary on social issues without fear. Today, stand-up comedy in Nigeria is a multi-million naira industry. The most famous of the bunch, individuals like Ayo Makun, I Go Dye and Seyi Law headline packed shows where the best of their peers, as well as notable entertainers, grace the same stage. Nights like these show that the extent of the influence that these comedians enjoy.Their success is built on the work done by fore-bearers like Ali Baba and a generation of comedians who found an audience on the small screen before stand-up became a thing.However, one of the biggest criticisms that this generation faces regards the tone and subject of their comedy.ALSO READ: A popular version of Family Feud is in the worksComedians like Akpororo have made a living off playing to popular stereotypes about various tribes or in cases, the Nigerian people as a whole. We’ve heard it all before, or have we?In other cases, the subject is usually a facet of Nigerian society, such as the desire to seek greener pastures in a foreign country. Either that or another commonly explored topic; religion. One of Seyi Law’s most memorable routines features a bit about a Yoruba Muslim who sells bread and other edibles. While he says his daily prayers, he struggles to attend to customers. But, according to the joke, like the Yoruba man that he is, he ends up insulting the customer loudly while asking God to punish his detractors.Such jokes are perceived as the fulcrum of Nigerian stand-up comedy. Which is why most critics of the art form berate it for the lack of range.In some way, this perspective is valid. ALSO READ: Here’s a list of the most viral Youtube videos of the yearFor the most part, however, it fails to consider the context in which the jokes are delivered and the vital role that Nigerian comedians play in wielding their influence and using the ability to bring humour to the most gloomy situations.When Laughter is more than just medicineNigerians love to laugh, for the most part, we do so with an unreserved passion as we do everything else. In daily life, however, this passion and the energy directed towards making things happen does not always bear fruit. Which is why the extent of our appreciation of local comedy and its performers can seem like a desperate shot at escapism.When Nigerians want to forget their worries, they laugh,This puts the comedians in a precarious position. How do you keep things original yet amuse an audience that is in constant proximity to their biggest woes?Nigerian comedians do this, not by avoiding the problem, but by referencing the issues and drawing more attention to them.Obviously, it helps when the audience sees the humour.ALSO READ: Meet Ike Nwala, the Nigerian who is one of the most famous comedians in NigeriaMost of their jokes may come off as lazy and stereotypical. However, by making light of these situations, Nigerian comedians call attention to social issues and deliver scathing social commentary in a tone that says don’t worry, we’ll figure this out.A good, if not so recent example was Ali Baba’s comedy skits broadcast on radio in the run-up to his headline show.  In one of these skits, Baba draws attention to the forced market re-capitalisation order by the Nigerian Central Bank. In the skit, the father of a bride-to-be orders her spouse to acknowledge her worth by recapitalising and increasing the value of his interest in her.ALSO READ: Ali Baba urges Nigerians with British nationality to voteOne stand-up comedian who has acquired a mastery of this is the well-loved Bovi. Fiercely confident and not afraid to touch on the most sensitive issues, Bovi’s seminal Man On Fire show has witnessed jokes on matters of genuine national interest. Talking truth to powerIn a particularly amusing incident, he told a pungent joke about Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while the gentleman was seated directly in front of him.This ability is important because it uses a medium that the people love to address issues that they would rather ignore. As such, it makes sense that a few of the more versatile of these performers have made the jump to late night television.An important case in point is Okey Bakassi and his show, “The Other News” produced in tandem, with Channels Television, widely seen as the most authoritative news channel in the country.ALSO READ: Watch Okey Bakassi’s funny moments at Glo Laffta festOn the show, written with help from famed comedy television writer, Ned Rice, Okey delivers a no-holds-barred version of the news that addresses trending issues and lampoons the insolent behaviour that we have come to expect from Nigerian politicians and public personalities.Already, Okey’s show enjoys a massive audience, both on terrestrial television and on Youtube where episodes can also be streamed.  It has also attracted the attention of foreign news media, who attribute his work with “using comedy to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy”.It would only be fair that a lot of peers enjoy that same praise, only in the sense that they have strengthened a people’s resolve, steadfastness, alertness and resilience in the face of worsening circumstances.Nigerian comedians deserve a lot of credit. There’s much in those tummy-tossing jokes beyond the laughter.

Reign Ended: Deadly Akwa Ibom kidnapper killed days after police captured his native doctor

Akaninyene Jumbo, was killed in a gun shoot-out against Nigeria’s military team and the Nigeria police. The combined efforts of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Nigerian Army has ensured the death of a deadly Akwa Ibom kidnapper, Akaninyene Jumbo, who was killed days after his native doctor was captured.Jumbo, who was notorious for criminal activities such as kidnappings, robbery, cultism and politically-motivated killings, was shot dead in Rivers State, during a gun battle with security operatives on Monday, January 15, 2018, according to reports. His death is expected to offer some relief to residents of the Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government areas, who have longed endured his reign of terror. The Nation News reported that his corpse was exhibited at a military checkpoint at Iwukem junction and then to Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, where his hometown of Ikot Ibekwe, is located.ALSO READ: Herbalist who prepares ‘juju’ for killer cult group captured by police [Photos]The assault team which facilitated his death was put together by Ibrahim Idris, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police.  Jumbo’s neutralization is one in a list of success stories recorded by the NPF who are on the ascendancy in the battle against criminal groups for example the Badoo cult known for terrorizing the residents of Ikorodu in Lagos.Meet Chibuzor Igwe, a young member of Badoo18-year-old Chibuzor Igwe, who was paraded on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the Lagos State Police Command’s headquarter in Ikeja, revealed how he was lured into the Badoo cult.According to Punch News, the youngster who was earlier seeking for a job got introduced by one Obamoyegun Omotayo, alleged to be the leader of the terror group. In his statement, the teenager revealed that he contacted the head who owns a number of cars because he wanted to be his driver.“I am a Badoo member. Around November, I told Obamoyegun (Omotayo) that I wanted to be his driver because I saw him with new cars. He told me that it would take some time before he would give me the job,” Igwe told Punch before Edgal Imohimi, the state police commissioner ordered that he and some other suspects be taken away.The commissioner mentioned that Chibuzor Igwe was apprehended during their last strike.ALSO READ: ‘I am not a Badoo sponsor, the police just want to frame me’ – BusinessmanHe was arrested while trying to flee from the law at a location described as Alabo Street, Abule Osorun, Ibeshe, Ikorodu. This was where a family of three was attacked on Saturday, December 30, 2017.Others also paraded by the police include Uche Igwe; a welder, believed to be the youth’s elder brother,  Samuel Akaeze, a.k.a Samito; his wife, Gift Akaeze who provides information to gang members concerning where to attack; and a herbalist, Fatai Adebayo, a.k.a Adaripon. The latter who reportedly prepares ‘juju’ for members of the notorious cult group was captured earlier in the week. He was apprehended at his shrine in Imosan village, located around Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.The arrest was confirmed in a press statement forwarded to Punch News by the Lagos police.It detailed the activities of SP Chike Oti, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the aftermath of the arrest.Some representatives of the gang who were taken into custody over the weekend told law enforcement officers about the involvement of the herbalist.According to the police, the Badoo agents don’t go for a killing without first consulting him. He reportedly administers an oath for the cultists.

Kemi Olunloyo: Amidst tears, controversial commentator claims Pastor Ibiyeomie has led her to Christ

Miss Olunloyo had earlier been detained after she accused Pastor Ibiyieomie of having sex with an unnamed actress. Months after her run-in with Salvation Army’s Pastor David Ibiyeomie, controversial blogger Kemi Olunloyo claims that Pastor David Ibiyeomie has led her to Jesus Christ.The controversial social media commentator made the claims amidst tears at Pastor Ibiyeomie’s church in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, amidst tears, in the presence of hundreds of worshippers.You may remember that the blogger, who is known as a vehement critic of Nigerian pastors, got embroiled in a lawsuit after she made accusations directed at Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the General Overseer of the Salvation Ministries. Accusations and ClaimsChief among her claims was that Pastor Ibiyeomie had been involved in sexual affairs with an unnamed actress.This led to her arrest on March 14, 2017, in Ibadan where she resides.ALSO READ: Kemi Olunloyo thinks Nigerians are illiterate for calling her an ex-convictOlunloyo was however granted bail by Chief Magistrate, Alatuwo Elkanah Fubara, but was later sent back to prison due to her inability to meet conditions set for her release.Since her eventual release on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Miss Olunloyo had kept a relatively low profile. That is, until she showed up in Port Harcourt.Speaking in front of the congregation at Salvation Army, the controversial blogger claimed that Pastor Ibiyeomie had led her to God after their well-publicised run-in.”Pastor Ibiyeomie ministered to me, privately in his office”, she told the audience, “He blessed me, and led me to Christ”.Taking it all backThe controversial blogger backtracked on her claims and allegations made against Pastor Ibiyeomie, stating that she had ulterior motives. “I told him that the devil used Eve, the snake. Somebody used me to genuinely destroy men of God”, she continued.She also said that it was unfair and wrong that the allegations she made about Pastor Ibiyeomie were blown out of proportion considering her claim was “something that didn’t even happen, something that wasn’t even there” With hand raised, she declared that whoever was responsible for it would be dealt with mercilessly by God.Rounding off, Miss Olunloyo added, “Thank you everybody. I’m part of you now”.ALSO READ: Kemi Olunloyo claims she got married and found Christ in jailThe controversial figure then stepped down the podium to kneel before Pastor Ibiyeomie’s wife and then embrace the pastor himself.This will come as a shock to persons who are more than familiar with the no-holds-barred, ruthless personality that Miss Olunloyo has become infamous for.

Consent: This app wants you to sign a contract before you have sex

LegalFling allows you determine what will be on the menu before parties get involved in sexuakl behaviour. In recent times, new light has been shed on the importance of consent in sex, with a slew of women coming out to name men who went too far with them. Legalfling is an app designed to help you avoid getting caught pants-down, literally, without stating expressly what it is you want to do.How does it do this?By making you sign a contract.LegalFling is created by the Dutch firm, LegalThings. The software is designed to make sure that explicit consent is given before people engage in sexual behaviour. The app also makes allowances for many of the peripherals associated with sexual intercourse.It provides options such as approval for photos and videos to be made, whether a condom should be used, a guarantee that prospective partners are STD-free and whether you are comfortable with the use of explicit language and bondage and sadomasochism.How does it work?Users send a request for consensual sex to the person of their choice through the app.The request, apart from offering sex, also contains proposals on various subjects that may come up during and after intercourse.ALSO READ: A step-by-step guide to how Instagram models sell sex onlineAfter the do’s and don’t’s are sorted out, the user may then accept or reject the offer with a simple tap of the phone.Presently, the app is just a concept. It is not even in beta phase yet but the creators hope that it will gain enough traction to become a real thing.How does this apply here?While the first point of use that comes to mind would obviously be flings (imagine this coupled with Tinder), the app is also useful for long-term relationships. In the sense, it brings to mind the many blurred areas that exist within sexual relationships such as the matter of when either partner is interested and how far they are willing to go.This is very important.Let’s paint a scenario.Two young people decide to have a fling. During intercourse, one tries to exert an unnecessary amount of force and get physical, something which the other does not agree to.After their sex abruptly comes to an end, the pained party pulls out a camera hidden in a corner of the room, and after thinking how the girl did him wrong, uploads the video to the internet.The conversation about sex at present hovers mainly around two subjects; consent and revenge porn, to a lesser degree.Whether by nature or nurture, what passes for acceptable conduct during sex is usually very subjective.For men, for the most part, forceful persuasion is seen as a tact, rather than a problem and it often leads to less-than-ideal sexual encounters.In our scenario, a LegalFling agreement helps both parties know what is on the table, how far either person is willing to go and provide a clear agreement that can be enforced.Yup. You can take a LegalFling contract to court. While the app’s existence is one thing, its practicability is another issue entirely, especially here at home.ALSO READ: Here’s what Nigerian millenials were up to in 2017There’s still a stigma associated with the use of apps and software in regards to sex.One should also understand why few people would be willing to sacrifice actual conversation for an app that makes sex appear like you’re building a bitmoji for Snapchat.There’s also the contract. As much as it is healthy and necessary to set boundaries, bringing fragments of the legal world into sexual behaviour is something that may appear a bit too contrived.Still, it doesn’t take away from the makers’ good intentions.In a statement on the firm’s website, a spokesman said: “Sex should be fun and safe, but nowadays a lot of things can go wrong.” ‘Think of unwanted videos, withholding information about STDs and offensive porn reenactment.ALSO READ: Why Nigerian women hate sex dolls and men are talking about them‘While you’re protected by law, litigating any offenses through court is nearly impossible in reality.‘LegalFling creates a legally binding agreement, which means any offense is a breach of contract.We feel you, bro.As consent and boundaries become more important, as they should, we should expect to see some more inventions like this.Nigerian men could use more than a little help with their conduct. If a software is what we need to make it happen, then so be it.

Crime in Lagos: 5 places in this city where your phone could get snatched

5 people tell us stories about how their phones got snatched in Lagos and where it happened. Although it is one aspect we’d rather ignore, crime in the bustling city of Lagos is something every resident learns to come to terms with.Phone snatching, burglary, petty theft and instant scams; these threats follow you around the city. Getting by safely usually involves recognising the signs and subtle cues that you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.Because the city moves at a breakneck pace, most small crimes occur in a near-instant. The most frequent of these, understandably, is phone snatching. In the course of making their daily commute or going about their activities, many Lagosians lay their claim to living in a mobile world, standing or walking with mobile phones, relaying messages or catching a bit of news.ALSO READ: Here are 5 gangs that have terrorised NigeriansThe mode by which this happens varies. Sometimes, a motorcycle zooms past and grabs the phone out of their hands. Other times, a random arm dips through the car window and grabs the phone. As much as this can occur almost anywhere, certain locations in the city have the conditions that make this sort of activity easier than they would be elsewhere. We got 5 people to tell us how their phones got snatched in Lagos and where it happened.1. Mile 2 — Owode Road Chris had his phone snatched on his way to work“It happened in the morning. I was on my way to work at 5.30 sitting in the front seat. I was listening to music but the driver’s music was louder than mine. “So I dropped my phone. I got bored so I decided to use my phone. The bus was at Mile 2 on the way to Owode.” ALSO READ: The rise and fall of the romantic armed robber, Ishola Oyenusi in the 1970s”All I saw as a hand and my phone was out of my hands. I came down and chased the guy but I couldn’t catch up”2. Ajah Roundabout  It should have been a bump-and-run, but Inem accosted the thief and got her phone back. “I was walking home from work, at Ajah. It was bit rowdy so when the guy bumped into me, it wasn’t particularly unusual.”ALSO READ: Even love won’t take people to the mainland”But then some instinct spurred me to check for my phone and I didn’t find it. So I walked to the man who had just bumped into me and asked for my phone back. He handed it to me almost immediately”A miracle.3. Stadium Bus-Stop One minute, Tobe was holding his phone. The next minute, he was watching a motorcycle zoom by.“I had just gotten off a bike from home. It was a Saturday morning so the roads were pretty clear. I was standing at Stadium Bus-Stop waiting to catch a bus.”ALSO READ: How Olamide shut down Teslim Balogn Stadium in grand style”If a bus had passed, I’d most likely have missed it. My head was buried in my phone as it almost always is. The guys must have noticed this.””The last thing I remember is I was trying to open a WhatsApp message. I clicked on it, and my phone was in someone else’s hands, in the backseat of a motorcycle speeding down Ikorodu Road.”4. Carter Bridge Nike learned not to leave her car window open“I can’t really remember what happened to be honest. I was driving down Carter Bridge. The sun was hot and there was traffic so I turned the windows down.” ALSO READ: Mainland vs. Island: A senseless battle over nothing”My daughter was in the back seat and I was on the phone with my husband on and off. Somehow I dropped my phone on the passenger seat in front absentmindedly. After a few minutes, some guy walked up to my side mirror and tried to talk to me about a flat tire.””As I tried to pay attention to him, I saw someone grab at the other seat. I looked, saw and found the seat empty. Both the guys were gone.”5. Mile 12 Solomon went there to buy groceries and left his phone behind“I don’t like to talk about it. I went to the market with my mother on a random Friday. She was haggling with a tomato seller. That’s when I think it happened.”ALSO READ: These are West Africa’s 5 must-visit destinations”There were a lot of people brushing past us so I don’t know who did it in particular. I just felt some pressure on my pocket.

LegalFling: This app wants you to sign a contract before you have sex

LegalFling allows you determine what will be on the menu before parties get involved in sexuakl behaviour. In recent times, new light has been shed on the importance of consent in sex, with a slew of women coming out to name men who went too far with them. Legalfling is an app designed to help you avoid getting caught pants-down, literally, without stating expressly what it is you want to do.How does it do this?By making you sign a contract.LegalFling is created by the Dutch firm, LegalThings. The software is designed to make sure that explicit consent is given before people engage in sexual behaviour. The app also makes allowances for many of the peripherals associated with sexual intercourse. It provides options such as approval for photos and videos to be made, whether a condom should be used, a guarantee that prospective partners are STD-free and whether you are comfortable with the use of explicit language and bondage and sadomasochism. How does it work?Users send a request for consensual sex to the person of their choice through the app.The request, apart from offering sex, also contains proposals on various subjects that may come up during and after intercourse.ALSO READ: A step-by-step guide to how Instagram models sell sex onlineAfter the do’s and dont’s are sorted out, the user may then accept or reject the offer with a simple tap of the phone.Presently, the app is just a concept. It is not even in beta phase yet but the creators hope that it will gain enough traction to become a real thing.How does this apply here?While the first point of use that comes to mind would obviously be flings (imagine this coupled with Tinder), the app is also useful for long-term relationships. In the sense, it brings to mind the many blurred areas that exist within sexual relationships such as the matter of when either partner is interested and how far they are willing to go.This is very important.Let’s paint a scenario.Two young people decide to have a fling. During intercourse, one tries to exert an unnecessary amount of force and get physical, something which the other does not agree to.After their sex abruptly comes to an end, the pained party pulls out a camera hidden in a corner of the room, and after thinking how the girl did him wrong, uploads the video to the internet.The conversation about sex at present hovers mainly around two subjects; consent and revenge porn, to a lesser degree.Whether by nature or nurture, what passes for acceptable conduct during sex is usually very subjective. For men, for the most part, forceful persuasion is seen as a tact, rather than a problem and it often leads to less-than-ideal sexual encounters.In our scenario, a LegalFling agreement helps both parties know what is on the table, how far either person is willing to go and provide a clear agreement that can be enforced.Yup. You can take a LegalFling contract to court. While the app’s existence is one thing, its practicability is another issue entirely, especially here at home.ALSO READ: Here’s what Nigerian millenials were up to in 2017There’s still a stigma associated with the use of apps and software in regards to sex.One should also understand why few people would be willing to sacrifice actual conversation for an app that makes sex appear like you’re building a bitmoji for Snapchat.There’s also the contract. As much as it is healthy and necessary to set boundaries, bringing fragments of the legal world into sexual behaviour is something that may appear a bit too contrived.Still, it doesn’t take away from the makers’ good intentions. In a statement on the firm’s website, a spokesman said: “Sex should be fun and safe, but nowadays a lot of things can go wrong.‘Think of unwanted videos, withholding information about STDs and offensive porn reenactment.ALSO READ: Why Nigerian women hate sex dolls and men are talking about them‘While you’re protected by law, litigating any offenses through court is nearly impossible in reality.‘LegalFling creates a legally binding agreement, which means any offense is a breach of contract.We feel you, bro.As consent and boundaries become more important, as they should, we should expect to see some more inventions like these.Nigerian men could use a little help with their conduct. If a software is what we need to make it happen, then so be it.

Paddy Adenuga: Billionaire’s son wants nothing to do with wigs

Twitter users have denounced their wigs over a tweet by Paddy Adenuga. Mike Adenuga’s son, Paddy Adenuga, has said that he can have nothing to do with a woman who wears wigs or lace fronts.He tweeted on Wednesday, January 17 : “I can’t date you if you wear wigs or lace front.. never! I have standards and I refuse to compromise?”ALSO READ: Billionaire’s son says he has had two broken engagementsTwitter has responded.Fans immediately started to deny their wigs, while trying to gain his attention.Some even denied ever seeing wigs.

LASEMA: Response unit rescues woman stuck in mud

Photos show members of the LASEMA Response Unit helping the yet-to-be-identifed woman. Thanks to the rapid response of the LASEMA Response Unit, a woman’s life has been saved.Instablog9ja reported that a woman who was stuck in the mud underneath the third mainland bridge was rescued by the unit on Wednesday, January 17.ALSO READ: LASEMA reportedly recovers Oluseyi Adekunle’s body  Photos show the victim being pulled out of the mud and hosed down. The identity of the woman remained unknown as of the time of the report.

Marijuana: What does it mean to decriminalize weed?

As ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo calls for Nigeria to decriminalize marijuana, here’s what it would mean if it happens. As countries around the world chage their stance on the legal status of marijuana, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has brought the conversation to home turf by asking for the decriminalization of weed in Nigeria.Speaking with BBC NewsDay, the former military ruler said, ““It is essentially a call for what we call decriminalization. If a young man tries to experiment with a wrap of marijuana for instance & because of that we put him in jail” , he said.“I was in prison as a political prisoner & I interacted with these people, some of them just for being caught with a wrap of Marijuana, they’re put in jail. They came out of jail more hardened, more hardened criminals than when they went in. Whereas, if they have been treated as they should be treated & if they need attention, they’ll be given attention.”, he added. “They will be looked after, given a clean needle like it’s been done in some parts of Africa already. Harm reduction & safe places where they can listen to people, they can get attention, they can get counsel. This is the sort of thing we are talking about.” , Obasanjo continued.ALSO READ: Greece is set to legalise marijuana useThe ex-president is the chairman of the West Africa Drugs Commission. In his position, he is also a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a group of eminent world leaders and decision makers.In recent times, the commission has called for a rethink on drugs policy. In many ways, it makes perfect sense that Obasanjo is taking this position because around the world, nations are changing their stance on the legal status of what was once viewed as one of the most dangerous recreational drugs.It’s a global trendMost persons may remember the Netherlands and particularly Amsterdam when they think about places where marijuana is legal. However, in recent times, countries have taken a relaxed stance on how marijuana use and possession is treated and the punishment metted to persons who have been found withbthese drugs.This new stance has been mostly motivated by research, especially in the United States where medical marijuana is legal in over 13 states and counting.  In other parts, it is driven by economic motivations. Marijuana is a heavily consumed commodity and the potential to make foreign exchange has convinced some countries to decriminalise the cultivation, sale and use of the drug.Take, Lesotho, for instance.The South African nation became the first in Africa to grant a marijuana license in September 2017. In a nation of over 2 million citizens with soil rich in iron, the economic implications of lifting the restrictions on the country’s most important cash crop are immense.Decriminalization is not legalizationIf it happens in Nigeria, it will be for a mix of different reasons. On the one hand however, it is important to know what ex-President Obsanjo suggested. The decriminalisation of marijuana is not the same thing as legalising it.ALSO READ: A deadly form of marijuana is slowly wreaking havoc in Nigeria’s streetsAs it stands, marijuana possession and use is illegal according to the nation’s laws. The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act which establishes the NDLEA empowers the agency to make arrest and prosecute persons found using, cultivating and selling the drug in whatever quantity. Prison terms vary, and depending on the circumstance, they could be as severe as a couple of years for walking around at the wrong time of day with a blunt in one’s pocket. If marijuana is decriminalised, it would mean relaxing or entirely lifting the heavy sanctions placed on the use of the drug by our nation’s laws. This would mean that a bill for change the existing drug laws would go through the National Assembly. Among the provisions that would be made, it would need to outline that drug use and cultivation is certain circumstances would be allowed.ALSO READ: Can weed be legalized in Nigeria?It is important that these circumstances are expressly stated, because while they are open to interp[retation, to totally lift the sanctions on marijuana use would mean that the drug would be used every and any where. Let’s borrow a leaf from the Netherlands. While drug use is not exactly legal in the country, it is allowed in certain places and possession is allowed to certain degrees. People ae allowed to use drugs in outdoor areas, at parties or festivals. However, there is still a strict age restriction. A similar arrangement would work if implemented in Nigeria.What is there to gain?Decriminalising marijuana in Nigeria would mean that fewer people would go to jail for crimes related to the drug. Possession in small quantities and use would no longer be crimes. However, large scale dealers of the drug, as well as the famed farmers who cultivate in hidden forests are likely to get the short end of the stick.The only recourse would be that licences are given, as the case is in Lesotho and the United States.This is where the good sides come in.ALSO READ: Tramadol is at the centre of Nigeria’s drug problemIn January 2017, the UNODC suggested that 14.3% of Nigeria’s population smokes cannabis making it the third highest consumption rate in the world. Iceland and the United States of America were ranked first and second respectively.Cultivating marijuana in large quantities will open up massive economic opportunities for thousands of people. Beyond mere farming, entire industries would rise in its wake. Consider the market for weed-infused drinks, cakes, marijuana-flavoured accessories like condoms, candles, and oils. The biggest market, however, would be the culture of leisure that it will inspire. Already, marijuana use among young Nigerians is at an all-time high. Spots like the beaches on Lagos and Victoria Islands and the famed Afrika Shrine are favoured spots because marijuana use is allowed or at worst, condoned there.If marijuana is decriminalized, marijuana bars, themed clubs and hubs would show up almost immediately. There’s also the potential for another sub-industry of head shops which cater to other products that are used in the consumption of marijuana.ALSO READ: Marijuana is the favorite drug of young NigeriansThat’s not counting the implications on the people who will use them. Already, drug use is already a major topic in popular conversation. If decriminalised, the youth, already with a voracious appetite, will most likely use it to their fill.While this makes perfect economic sense, the government would do well to manage the societal effects of decrimanlising marijuana in a country where order and moderation are not our strongest points.

In UK: Theresa May appoints Tracey Crouch as minister of loneliness

The appointment was announced following the death of Jo Cox, a former UK parliament memberkilled at an EU referendum The United Kingdom’s prime minister, Theresa May, has appointed Tracey Crouch as Britain’s first Minister of Loneliness.This is aimed at tackling problems associated with the mental health and social health issues experienced by people living in the UK.  The new role which was announced on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, was facilitated by the late Jo Cox, a former member of Britain’s parliament who was killed at an European Union referendum.”Jo Cox recognised the scale of loneliness across the country and dedicated herself to doing all she could to help those affected,” May mentioned in a statement according to the BBC News. The appointee, Crouch who is 42 years old, hopes to use her position to address the problems of isolation encountered by nine million occupants of the UK. This will be done “across political parties,” says the BBC.  In Nigeria, it was a totally opposite reaction when Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, appointed his sister, Ogechi Ololo as the Commissioner for Happiness & Couples’ Fulfillment. In their reaction, the citizens questioned the seriousness of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party member who had previously erected a statue of South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, in Owerri, the state capital.ALSO READ: Nigerians roast Gov. for appointing sister Commissioner”Ololo’s appointment was perceived as a pointer to the fact that individuals occupying positions of authority in government favour relationships over competence in their attempt to appoint personnel for specific roles. Governor Okorocha in particular has a reputation for inviting members of his family to assume positions in his administration. An Owerri-based blogger, Cyril Njoku, who attended the investiture ceremony of new Imo State servicemen agreed with this assertion in a chat with the Premium Times News.“His Son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, is the Chief of Staff. His wife, Nkechi Rochas Okorocha, is the Chairman of Imo Amnesty Committee with a huge budget.“His father-in-law and the current Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka, was the former Secretary to Imo State Government,” he said.Modernisation in Nigeria, often regarded as the Giant of Africa, has only reached the corridors of technology and social awareness but not in the government which is characterized by policies considered backward and a slow reaction to major issues. The citizens of the country consider the building of a statue of South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, in Imo State an example of initiatives that have failed to reflect the purpose of having a representative in government.One will expect the focus of the elected to be a desire to serve the electorates by making decisions expected to bring them nice privileges as opposed to wasting their resources.

Sugar Mummy: Twitter user shares half-naked picture of sugar mummy

Trigg received commendation from his Twitter followers who encouraged him to get as much as he can from his sugar mummy. Shock, excitement, and jealousy are reactions that have trailed a black male Twitter user, Trigg, who posted a half-naked picture of his sugar mummy while she was in a bathroom.His followers encouraged him to get enough money from the white older woman who only tied a picture in the post, and invest it on a younger partner, preferably an African young lady.  The exciting responses were contained in various tweets where a majority of his Twitter friends now turned admirers asked him to link them with a similar opportunity. See some of the comments below:   ALSO READ: Nigerian men are in the pursuit of old women with moneyTrigg, who seem to be enjoying a great run of comfort also bragged about his good fortune which he managed to attribute to his ability to please women. Sugar mummies and their desire for younger menIn most societies, sugar mummies often represent a source of income for young men who feel they can satisfy their desires which includes sexual needs. In Nigeria, this is no different.Most women in this category are influential with a great amount of wealth at their disposal. ALSO READ: I need a sugar mummy as rich as Diezani Alison-Madueke Their interest in dating a younger man is mainly borne out of loneliness or basically promiscuity, but don’t rule out fetish dealings out of a list of reasons.There have been rumours that some cougars use the destiny of their young lovers to replenish their wealth. This is not hard to consider based on the reputation of the African continent when it concerns ‘juju’.