Allbum Review: Nas' NASIR album is a loud return of the Godson

Nas is both the OG of rap and the street poet as he hits a consistent level of above par performance on NASIR.

Nas is God's son, the one who rained hell with Ether and it would be near impossible for one to forget the classic called Illmatic, but this is 2018 and Nas remains the boxer with sharp reflexes on Nasir.

After years of silence, 6 long ones actually, since his last album, Life Is Good in 2012, Nas has gifted his fans with a new body of work, his 11th studio album entitled, Nasir, which is solely produced by Kanye West.

This is not the first time that the duo have worked together, as Kanye featured Nas on We Major in 2005, while he also produced and got featured on the latter's eight studio album, Hip-Hop Is Dead a year later, but this is the very first time they will be combining forces on a full project.

 

The fourth in the series of Kanye's epic 5 album – 7 tracks experiment, that has seen the fierce Daytona by Pusha T, the divisive Ye by Kanye, the comforting Kids See Ghost by Kanye and Kid Cudi while Teyana Taylor's album stays due for next Friday, June 22.

Grown-up, confident and refreshing in tone, Nasir is about content, addressing issues and themed around politics, but more importantly, Nas just wants to remind y'all that he really can still hold his own down, even as a 44 year old emcee.

 

Album opener, Not For Radio is the 'Round One' knockout that every boxer dreams of but almost never manages to pull off, and rightly so, Nas declares 'Escobar Season begins', delivering a blast of punches on his opponent, who comes in form of a Kanye West's monster beat.

With features from Puff Daddy and 070 Shake, (who is becoming one of the jewels from these album series), Nas rhymes, ''Fear will make you reveal who you really are… and who y'all comparing me to is nonsense, show gratitude in the presence of dominance.

This is not just a rap song, it is actually a rap tutorial that touches on the state of America, fear and historical references, did I mention that this beat bangs? and Puff Daddy's speaking brings back memories of when the duo combined on the monster single 'Hate Me Now'.

 

Cops Shot The Kid is the Nas you expect, as touching on social issues is familiar territory for Nasir Jones! Wait. Pause. Stop Press, Call the police or something, I was not prepared for the intro to this beat as Nas addresses gun violence, while Kanye also delivers a solid verse.

With White Label, Kanye is the motivating force with his insane production, while Nas layers the artwork with polished strokes of gritty lyrics. 

The next set of tracks parade guests as Nas leaves the hooks and melody which have never been his strengths to others who do justice to it with, Bonjour featuring Tony Williams, Everything and Adam and Eve with The Dream.

 

Simple Things gives the album the finest closing moments, stripped off the distractions of a featured artiste or wanting to artistically please an audience, Nas just goes in bar for bar, as he on one hands admits to his past mistakes of caring less about the production and focusing solely on the message but his ego surfaces, reminding critics that his fans agrees with his music.

''Never sold a record for the beat, its my verses they purchase, without production I'm worthless, but I'm more than the surface, Want me to sound like every song on the Top 40, I'm not for you, you not for me, you bore me''.

If the cover art wasn't a visual pre-warning of the album content, then I don't know what else, with black kids lined up like criminals waiting to be identified and holding guns under a 'No Trespassing' sign, betraying the emotionality and direction of Nas on this project.

Working alongside Kanye West on this is a niche move, as Nas benefits from quality instrumentals that breath life into his lyrics and delivery, while the production on this coupled with the samples makes this not just a typical Nas bar fest but a brilliant musical execution.

Being seven tracks doesn't leave room for much faltering or album fillers as every track hits a punch, this is 2018 and Nas is not just current with his message but he is also the O.G whose talent is impossible to ignore and bags lyrics, that stay sharp and weighty.

NASIR may not be another Illmatic but this is a masterpiece engineered by a strange collaboration that have found a common ground making dope music.

Rating: 4/5

Ratings

1-Dull
2-Boring
2.5-Average
3-Worth Checking Out
3.5-Hot
4-Smoking Hot
4.5-Amazing
5-Perfection

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Boko Haram: Shekau leads terrorists in prayer to celebrate Eid

Shekau's mother says he was an almajiri boy before joining Boko Haram

He led his faction in prayer in an open field believed to be located between the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, led scores of Boko Haram terrorists in special prayers presumably for Eid el-Fitr which was celebrated around the country this weekend.

In the video released by the terrorist group on Monday, June 18, 2018, and published by SaharaReporters, the Boko Haram leader led his faction in prayer in an open field believed to be located between the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

The praying group was surrounded by armed men who stood to protect them from any anticipated attacks on all sides.

One of the terrorists could also be seen in the video hoisting the group's flag while prayers were going on.

 

ALSO READ: Shekau's mother says he was an almajiri boy before joining Boko Haram

Boko Haram kills 31 during Eid celebrations

The group has been notorious for its numerous attacks over the past few months and has been blamed for the death of 31 people in a twin suicide bomb attack that ripped through the town of Damboa in Borno State on Saturday, June 16.

The victims were reported to be returning from celebrating the Eid el-Fitr holiday when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in Shuwari and nearby Abachari neighbourhoods in the town around 10:45 pm.

Most of the casualties died from rocket-propelled grenades fired by jihadists into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the initial attacks.

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Psquare Wannabe: After smoking too much crack, man attempts the moonwalk but fails

A man attempted his version of moonwalk after taking too much crack.

It was not clear if a man was trying to walk or dance in a curious video which revealed him making an uncoordinated movement.

A man experienced the negative effect of drug abuse when he failed in attempt to do a moonwalk or his personal type of dance.

This happened on the Lagos Island as captured in an Instablog9ja IG post.

In a clip showed the intoxicated drug user as he struggled to complete a Michael Jackson-like move.

 

The footage was recorded by a profile "Forster" whose words of caution concerning the hazard of hard drugs gained relevance on the day.

ALSO READ: SARS trio abandon guns to smoke weed in snitch video

Man struggles to walk after taking too much Tramadol

A Ghanaian man has found difficulty in moving after having an overdose of Tramadol.

 

This was captured in a footage shared by Instablog9ja on Friday, May 18, 2018.

In the video showed a male drug user who seemed to have lost the ability to walk smartly.

A sluggish movement highlighted the impact an overconsumption of the intoxicant has had on the man.

 

The well-being of individuals like him proved to be one of the things worthy of attention in recent BBC documentary, "Sweet Sweet Codeine".

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World Cup 2018: Granqvist the hero as Penalty gives Sweden win over South Korea

Andreas Granqvist scored a penalty to give Sweden a 1-0 win over South Korea in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, group F opener on Monday, June 18.

Here are the reactions as Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Andreas Granqvist scored a penalty to give Sweden a 1-0 win over South Korea in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, group F opener on Monday, June 18.

The game started at a slow pace and there was no shot on target until the 20th minute, both sides went into the break goalless.

Sweden however took the lead when captain Granqvist converted a penalty in the 65th minute, brought down Viktor Claesson in the box.

 

 

Andreas Granqvist penalty gives Sweden 1-0 win over South Korea

Andreas Granqvist was the hero as his penalty was the difference between Sweden and South Korea

 

 

 

Cho Hyun-Woo among the trends as Sweden beat South Korea

Despite South Korea losing to Sweden Cho Hyun-woo was hailed on Twitter for his outstanding saves and reflexes during the game.

Reactions to his performance, "Cho Hyun-woo is such a good goalkeeper, he has quick reflexes, stability, and is flexible."

 

 

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Like Offa Robbers: SARS take illegal raid to hostel of university students in 4 am break in

SARS take illegal raid to hostel of university students in 4 am break in

Policemen reportedly took away some university students after ensuring an early morning break in at their hostel.

Serious minded SARS operatives have staged a 4 am break in at a hostel occupied by students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State (AAU).

In a footage shared on Instagram, a group of men believed to be policemen were seen as they forcibly entered the apartment of the undergraduates.

Their figures as they took turns to enter the residence of the students were obvious despite the early morning darkness.

 

In one of the rooms located in bungalow-shaped home, ruins from a no-nonsense search was laid bare in the open.

According to the IG post, the students who had just had a party were beaten for refusing to open the door.

A report also confirmed that the undergraduates had suspected a robbery, a reason why they were reluctant to grant access to the policemen.

It was gathered that some students who failed to offer bribe to the policemen were taken away.

ALSO READ: Party guests enjoying weed and codeine disappear at the arrival of police

Nursing mum mercilessly beaten by policeman she scolded

For scolding a bribe-seeking policeman, a nursing mother reportedly took a beating from the officer while her baby was tied to her back.

This happened on Thursday, June 14, 2018, around Adamasigba Stadium located in Ibadan, Oyo State.

 

The policeman, Kehinde Agbede from the Mokola Police Division was angry for being cautioned by the mother against causing an accident in a bid to collect a N50 bribe.

A report gathered on Instagram confirmed that the victim bore scars of painful slaps when the officer laid hands on her.

The new incident is one in a list of police brutality aiding in creating a wider gap between the force and the Nigerian people who are keen about seeing an end to the violence.

ALSO READ: SARS officers bite more than they can chew after slapping soldier

It appears the trademark of officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) who are unrelenting in the alleged abuse on civilians.

 

Police chief Ibrahim Idris's interest in upholding the United Nation's position on human rights has seen many threats and this has inspired the youths to taking private actions but together.

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Photos: Man, his wife and two sons perish in fatal accident in Kano

Four members of a family die in fatal accident in KanoA man, his wife and two sons were killed in a fatal accident in Kano state today June 18th. The family members had gone out to celebrate the Sallah holiday when they met their death. Their bodies have been deposited at the state morgue. May their souls rest in peace, Amen. The post Photos: Man, his wife and two sons perish in fatal accident in Kano appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Adamawa Governor’s Chief of Staff, Abdulrahman Jimeta, dies at 59

The Chief of Staff to the Adamawa state governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, Abdulrahman Jimeta, has died. He was 59 years old.A statement released by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, said that Abba-Jimeta passed away in the early hours of today June 18th after a brief illness in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where he went to perform the lesser Hajj (Umrah).Sajoh said the state governor has declared a three-day mourning which is to commence from today.“The Executive Governor has declared three days mourning in Adamawa State starting from Monday, June 18, 2018. The governor calls on the people of the state to pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of the late Chief of Staff,’’ the commissioner said in a statement.May his soul rest in peace, Amen. The post Adamawa Governors Chief of Staff, Abdulrahman Jimeta, dies at 59 appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Meet the Chicago rapper who lives with his three Babymamas and kids in his house. (Photos/Video)

 Ahunna Stacks is an American rapper from Chicago and he lives with his three Babymamas and his kids with them in his house.Stacks who dated the three women at different times accepted full responsibility for all of his kids and moved them all into his home.Last month, the rapper and his babymamas sat down on WGCI Morning Takeover Love'em Or Leave"em Edition to discuss living together in one house.See more photos and watch the video below. The post Meet the Chicago rapper who lives with his three Babymamas and kids in his house. (Photos/Video) appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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‘We did not demand N12million for presidential aspirants to pick up forms’ – PDP

PDP denies demanding N12m from presidential aspirants to pick up nomination formsPeoples Democratic Party has said its guidelines for 2019 presidential primary election is not yet ready and it did not demand N12million for presidential aspirants to pick up forms.   The party disclosed this in a statement signed by its National Organising Secretary, Austin Akobundu saying  that the clarification became necessary following a publication by a national newspaper titled ‘PDP list guidelines for presidential aspirants, demands N12m for forms.“We wish to state categorically that the Party is still in the process of drawing up the guidelines for its presidential primary election. It is therefore misleading to claim that the party has ‘listed its guidelines’ not to talk of the cost of nomination forms.At the appropriate time, the proposals will be presented to NEC of the Party which will approve as it deems fit. Only then can one say that it has the guidelines for the 2018 presidential primary election” Akobundu saidHe further added that the National Working Committee of the PDP, under the leadership of Uche Secondus, is committed to adhering strictly to the PDP Constitution and the constitution which grants NEC the power to formulate the guidelines for aspirants in any of its Party Primaries, the presidential primary inclusive.   He noted that the authentic guidelines for PDP presidential primary election will be released as soon as they are considered by the organs of the Party.The post ‘We did not demand N12million for presidential aspirants to pick up forms’ – PDP appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Needles & Thread launches Laser Cut Ankara, Laser Cut Aso-Oke and other laser cut products/accessories

The renowned Nigerian fashion brand, Needles and Thread, recently launched Ankara-cut, an innovative range of laser cut Ankara fabrics and accessories. Ankara-cut is a revolutionary transformation of the popular Ankara fabric, giving it a new exciting lacy look. This offers creative fashion designers a new perspective into how Ankara outfits can be designed.  Beyond the new lacy Ankara fabric, needles and thread has innovated the production of Ankara accessories such as Ankara necklines, Ankara appliques, Ankara hemlines, Ankara fringes, petals, etc. These accessories are produced complete with iron-on backing for ease of application. These fashion accessories are also produced using other fabrics such as Cotton, Velvet, Taffeta and can be applied creatively on various outfits as well as on T-shirts. Fashion designers and other end-users can bring their fabrics for customised laser cut designs and accessories. Also available are Laser cut rhinestone templates (stencils) and Iron-on T-shirt patches made from Ankara/other fabrics. These can also be produced to specifications for customers to facilitate ease of fabric embellishment.   Need to purchase an outfit off-the-shelf, Needles and thread has got you covered. The company stocks an exotic range of ready-to-wear gowns, skirts, blouses, leather fringed belts, leather fringe skirts, Ankara branded T-shirts, etc. These outfits are creatively designed using Ankara-cut/other top quality laser cut fabrics and are available at affordable prices. In addition to its normal range of Aso-oke outfits, Needles and Thread now offers Laser Cut Aso-oke outfits in several exciting designs. This expands the Aso-oke outfit options available for customers to choose from. Still available are embroidered Aso-oke, stoned Aso-oke and other traditional Aso-oke designs. Aso-oke vendors are welcome to enjoy the Aso-oke laser cutting services offered by Needles and Thread. To learn more about Needles and Thread or to purchase their unique products, please reach them via the contact details highlighted below: Instagram: @needlesandthreadnigeria@needlesandthreadfashionhubFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Needles-And-Thread-Fashion-Hub-976931122477853/?ref=bookmarkshttps://www.facebook.com/needlesandthread09098959862/?ref=bookmarks Stores: – Shops 5-6, opposite House 38, Modupe Johnson Crescent, off Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere Lagos.3rd Avenue, opposite ‘O’ Close, Festac Town Lagos Tel: 08034311865, 08022236748 (Calls, SMS, WhatsApp) Email: needlesandthreads@yahoo.com  The post Needles & Thread launches Laser Cut Ankara, Laser Cut Aso-Oke and other laser cut products/accessories appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Jay-Z & Beyonce fire multiple shots at Kanye West, Drake and Kim K was called a ‘Thot’ in their new joint album ‘Everything Is Love’

Jay-Z & Beyonce fire multiple shots at Kanye West, Drake and Kim Kardashian was called a 'Thot' in their new joint album 'Everything Is Love'On Friday, Jay-Z and Beyonce released their first-ever joint album 'Everything Is Love' during their On the Run II tour.In the album, the power couple fired multiple shots at several people including Jay-Z's former close friend, Kanye West, his wife Kim Kardashian and Drake.Here are the shots he took against Kanye and Kim (Jay Z, "Friends")I ain't going to nobody nothing when me and my wife beefingI don't care if the house on fire, I'm dying, n*gga, I ain't leaving Ty Ty take care of my kids, after he done grieving If y'all don't understand that, we ain't meant to be friends (Jay-Z & Beyonce, "Lovehappy')In a glass house still throwing stones Hova, Beysus, watch the thrones Shot fired at Kim Kardashian (Beyonce, Ape Shit)She a thot you claim, can't be toppin' my reign Shots he took against The Grammys: (Jay Z, Ape Shit)Tell the Grammy's fuck that 0 for 8 shit Have you ever seen the crowd goin' apeshit?Shots against the NFL: (Jay Z, Ape Shit)I said no to the Superbowl You need me, I don't need you Every night we in the endzone Tell the NFL we in stadiums too Shots he fired against Drake: (Jay Z, "Boss")Niggas rather work for the man than to work with me Just so they can pretend they on my level, that shit is irkin' to me Shots against Spotify: (Beyonce, NICE)If I gave two fucks – two fucks about streaming numbersWould have put Lemonade up on SpotifyFuck you, fuck youYou’re cool, fuck you The post Jay-Z & Beyonce fire multiple shots at Kanye West, Drake and Kim K was called a ‘Thot’ in their new joint album ‘Everything Is Love’ appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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Hoping To Live: Survival of female corps member in doubt after 15 men raped her at lodge

Survival of female corps member in doubt after 15 men raped her at lodge

A female corps member has been confined to an Intensive Care Unit after a 15-man robbery gang raped her in Bayelsa.

In Bayelsa State, Nigeria, the survival of a female corps member is in doubt after she was raped by a gang of robbers numbering up to 15.

The New Telegraph gathered that she was sexually violated on Sunday, June 17, 2018, when the group visited her lodge located at Yenizue Gene.

 

According to the news outlet, the robbers entered her residence around 3 am on the day. The victim who seemed to have been targeted was raped in turns says residents who spoke to The New Telegraph.

The arrival of policemen had failed to save the corps member who is reportedly receiving treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Tonye, a vigilante explained in a report published by The New Telegraph that the law enforcement officers were worried about an ambush by the suspected robbers due to a thick darkness noticed in the early hours of the day.

ALSO READ: 5 men raped by gay baboon admitted in hospital

Man bites baby girl he was trying to rape just to deceive mum

Dare, an 18-year-old man who attempted to rape a baby decided to bite the infant when its mother walked in on him.

This happened in Alagbado, Lagos, where the suspect was tortured by a mob.

 

The group forced a confession from Dare whose movement was hindered because he was tied with a rope.

A post published via Instagram today confirmed that he has been handed over to the police.

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DIY: How to make Ji Mmanu (Palm oil yam)

How to make Ji Mmanu (Palm oil yam)

People who like variety can add some pepper and ukpaka.

Ji Mmanu is an Igbo dish made with boiled yam and palm oil. People who like variety can add some pepper and ukpaka.

Ingredients

Yam

Salted butter

Green leafy vegetable (Spinach)

Onion

Habanero or scotch bonnet pepper

Palm oil

Salt (optional)

ALSO READ: 10 mouthwatering West African dishes you need to try

Preparation

1. Cut, wash and boil your yam in small quantity of water.

2. Add some onions and salted butter.

3. After about 20 minutes, remove the chunks of onion, turn off the heat and set the pot aside for the yam to cool down.

4. Mash the yam but do not mash it into a smooth paste like pounded yam.

5. Do not add more water. You want the yam mashed but it should still have the texture of a boiled piece of yam.

6. When the dough becomes smooth, use an ice cream spoon to make balls of the dough.

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7. Place the yam on a bed of spinach or garden egg leaves.

8. Sprinkle the pepper and pour the palm oil over the balls of yam.

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Finance: This fintech startup disbursed N1 billion loans to 100,000 Nigerians, this how you can get one too

Fintech startup disbursed N1B loans to 100,000 Nigerians

The CEO also said the company has no restrictions on the usage of the loans as customers are given the independence to make their own financial decisions.

 

  • The fintech startup, Branch International, has over 200, 000 users, issued over 100,000 loans and disbursed about N1 billion to users of the financial app.

  • Flannery said the company has no restrictions on the usage of the loans as customers are given the independence to make their own financial decisions.


A startup financial technology company, Branch International has boasted about disbursing N1 billion worth of loans to 100,000 Nigerians.

Barely one year after after it kicked off operations in Nigeria – having operated in Kenya, Tanzania, India and Mexico – Branch international’s Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Flannery confirmed that the Nigerian arm of the financial institution has over 200, 000 users, issued over 100,000 loans and disbursed about N1 billion to users of the financial app.

Flannery said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working in Nigeria with Branch. The startup community is incredibly dynamic, and the country is poised for a FinTech explosion.

“The early response from our customers shows that there is a massive need for a product like Branch. We hope to play a significant role in increasing access to modern financial services in Nigeria over the next decade.

ALSO READ: Fintech startup secures $6.9m funding to expand loan across Africa

How to get a loan now

Explaining its operations, Flannery said that the of the Fintech startup offers a unique proposition to the average citizen while providing users with access to instant loans on their mobile devices.

Flannery also noted that smartphone users can receive loans between N3,000 to N150,000 without regular requirements such as face-to-face meetings, lengthy application processes, collateral or paperwork.

Explaining further, Flannery said as customers repay their loan, they unlock access to larger loan amounts and more flexible terms.

The CEO also said the company has no restrictions on the usage of the loans as customers are given the independence to make their own financial decisions.

The company also stressed that more than 75 percent of customers use loans to help start or grow their business or meet financial obligations.

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Pulse Blogger: Consistency: The paycheck

Virtually, everyone wishes to attain heights above the normal way.

The much more factor inserted into your drive will drive you to achieving success as your paycheck.

Success isn't birthed a day. Even though luck smiles on people, the preparation they've made prior to that time is what will distinguish them among folks and that preparation is an embodiment of consistency, for what is worth doing at all is worth doing much more well.

Success, Wishes and Destination.

Someone said it’s not a destination, another confirms it being an adventure yet, either way it’s been described, success isn’t a factor of sycophancy neither is it a product of nepotism; when it’s a success, it’s success. You don’t arrive at the destination of success in a day, you push forward daily to get there for uneasy they say, lies the head that wears the crown.

Virtually, everyone wishes to attain heights above the normal way, reach for the skies, claim innumerable awards and stand tall on the altar of accolades to give speech to fellow colleagues on an auspicious event of reckoning where all the giant strides they’ve taken  to attain  the new height is poured.

Hmmn, it seems a good thing to just sit down in the confines of your dark room and start wishing what you can or could have become in life yet, wishers only end up losers, for their continuity in the pool of wishes will only get them drowned whereby making their chances of survival out of the ocean they’ve gotten themselves into become a myth.

Myth, yea, a myth or should I call it an illusion? Illusions that will make you travel into the dreamland of hope and lust with jealousy where miracle is all you keep waiting for as if magic wand can get you your success story.

 

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Many of our colleagues while in tertiary institution prefers to enjoy themselves; partying all day, act like gangsters, miss lectures and waste away their precious time to youthful exuberance. Exam date lashes at them on the face, making them look weird among their peers; running helter-skelter to swallow the whole content of book pages into their brain in less than 24 hours to exam day. Of course, we know how some of them buy their ways with lecturers by doing the unthinkable but regret were begotten as the offspring at the face of job interviews.

Be wise with your vision.

Knowing what to do isn’t the main thing, doing it won’t even put bread on you table, it’s your ability to continually and consistently engage in it that will birth a giant in YOU. I don’t care about what you’ve been through in life, neither does your age have any role to play in this stance, my deal with you is the consistent role you keep playing  in order to mount the top hill.

Coupled with the fact that a vision of your destination is key to success in life, it doesn’t end there. The knowledge of your destination remains a pest without the practical application of wisdom to secure your place in life. Wisdom compels you to be consistent in your chosen path of career/ passion for you to become a superstar, recognised for prowess in that field.

Know your WHY.

Friends, the only shortcut and way to becoming a pro In graphics designs is to keep designing daily even if it requires doing it 3 times round the clock; in as much as you know where you’re going, boredom shouldn’t catch up with you on your way to success.

 

Of a truth, you’d get tired, you’d feel like giving up, it will even look as if you’ve made a mistake choosing that career path but don’t be dismayed; all you need do is sit down, relax your subconscious man, take a good glass of water and remember why you started this race. Remembrance of what got you into this tournament will raise a striking consciousness that will prevent you from giving up at that point in time.

You’d need to keep confessing mighty words of positive declaration, consistently to yourself like; I can make it and I will. If Bill Gate could, then I will succeed more valiantly. I’m a global figure and nothing can stop me from what I’ve bargained for. You see, all these words would keep you going till you attain the point where people will start recognising you for your difference and impact, till they have exhausted all reasonable doubt in acknowledging your ability and capability in the field.

Ever wonder how it feels when an employee receives his first paycheck after working for a month? The smile and excitement that greets his face won’t be capable of expressing the real inner feeling of joy. So also will be your testimony when your success comes ringing.

Consider a ladder mounted on a house building as your roadmap to success. The more you keep climbing and looking higher, the more buoyant you become of reaching there nevertheless, the more distractions come steering all around at you, lurking to bring you down. Your keen interest of that higher spot will spur you to take necessary actions to get there.

Build Resilience.

Forget not that there are so many people that won’t want you to get there; either friends or competitors. They want to pour cold water on your heart and discourage the hell out of you. If you concede to their watery advices, you’d be left alone to feast on your weep and none of them will be available to comfort you, for their mission is to make you a laughing stock.

The only thing you can do to shut them down, to make them congratulate you at all cost is to keep grinding, keep pushing, consistently working, aiming for perfection until you make it  your lifestyle. Your lifestyle will become part of you, something you cannot do without and then, it won’t look stressful to get anymore.

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So, what now? Develop your mind, heart, strength, will power that you become resilient to continue doing it until you’re recognised for your impact and distinctiveness. One day, the world will celebrate you if you stagger not.

Loathe Procrastination.

See, procrastination is an enemy of progress, it would sting you from behind and lure you into the realm of giving up; be careful, for your paycheck won’t come until you’ve been ascertained a faithful worker who has proven himself and has been proved beyond reasonable doubt.

I give no damn about the 48hours you spend doing it only to forget about it till next month. Your consistent 1 hour daily will prove the difference. Therefore,keep doing it,don’t stop working it. In no time you’d be celebrated. Congratulations to you, dear friend!

Written by Adekunle Adewunmi.

Adekunle Adewunmi is a young writer. A serving corps member in Kogi State, he blogs with PulseNG. Visit his personal blog @ adekunleadewunmi.wordpress.com . He lives on Fb as Adekunle Israel Adewunmi and Tweets @Adekunlewrites.

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Relationship Advice: 3 types of jokes your partner will never find funny

It's frustrating for most men to see women treat sex as a favour to the man.

It is important to realise that partners are meant to laugh more with each other, not at each other.

Every great relationship thrives on laughter, jokes, happy moments and good humour.

While the above is 100% true, there is still need to define the kind of laughter that is right and acceptable.

When we say relationships thrive on laughter, we refer to shared laughter and not the derisory type.

For the laughter and humour in your relationship to be considered suitable, it has to be shared. It has to be the type of humour that you both appreciate.

When your partner feels some type of way about a particular issue or matter, building your humour on those things, [and finding them funny alone] does not reflect on you as a good partner.

Here are the types of humour you need to totally avoid for the good of your relationship.

1. Insulting humour

Have you ever poked fun at something and your partner didn't find it funny? That, right there is your cue to stop joking about it.

ALSO READ: 5 things that happen when you date a boring person

Many people do not enjoy having their family joked about. Regardless of their relationship with the person poking fun at them, they never take it lightly when their family or their family issue is the issue being laughed about.

2. Cocky humour

If your humour is usually used in a way that exalts you and belittles your partner, you are doing it wrong.

You're preparing for a date and your partner asks “how do I look?” and your response goes, “you’re with me, you definitely look good!”

While this could draw laughter from them at first, if you keep repeating this kind of cocky humour, it won't be long before they start rolling their eyes in annoyance. [For more on cocky humour, google the name Zlatan Ibrahimovic.]

3. Humour that picks on your partner

When you join other people in extensively teasing your partner, it may feel like fun to you, but it may make your partner feel weak, lonely and miserable.

If you must join friends in poking fun at your partner, make it light and be the first to note when he or she no longer finds it funny.

That way, you can catch fun and still have their back at the same time.

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Nigerian BDC operators want a share of the Naira-Yuan agreement for their customers

Nigerian BDC operators want a share of the Naira-Yuan agreement for their customers

The BDC operators applauded the currency swap agreement between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), saying the deal will promote naira’s sovereignty in Africa.

  • The BDC operators said the Naira-Yuan agreement would open a new business opportunity for forex operators in the country.

  • Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, ABCON president, said the naira would benefit hugely from the deal given the rising influence of the Chinese Yuan in the international market.

  • The naira currently trades at N361/$ at the parallel market, Chinese Yuan is trading at 0.16 RMB to a dollar just as about N55.97 is equals to a Yuan.


The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to include its operating members in the $2.5 billion currency swap agreement to meet the critical needs of their numerous clients travelling to China for personal and business purposes.

This is coming as the BDC operators applauded the currency swap agreement between the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), saying the deal will promote naira’s sovereignty in Africa.

Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, ABCON president, in a statement over the weekend said the naira would benefit hugely from the deal given the rising influence of the Chinese Yuan in the international market.

He argued that the admittance of Yuan into the basket of International Monetary Fund (IMF) currencies and the naira/yuan swap deal would actualise the dream of naira sovereignty in Africa.

Gwadabe disclosed that the currency swap deal was part of the CBN’s plan to keep the naira stable and protect the foreign reserves domiciled in dollars.

He said the deal would provide adequate local currency liquidity for Nigerian and Chinese industrialists and reduce difficulties they face in searching for the greenback.

“The deal will expand the BDCs capacity to handle new business transactions in Yuan. Besides, BDCs in both countries will have their transaction base expanded, including new opportunity to transact higher volume of Naira/Yuan in the export/import of equipment, raw materials and finished goods,” he said.

The ABCON said his members would equally benefit from the bilateral currency deal, given that a stable and strong naira was good for the economy and operators.

Also READ: Nigeria relaxes tax policies to reduce burden on citizens

He added that increased use of Yuan in trade deals would also open a new business opportunity for BDC operators.

Naira-Yuan FX market

The Nigerian naira has maintained stability at both the official and parallel markets, as the CBN continues its weekly dollar interventions.

The naira currently trades at N361/$, while the rate at the official market remains N305.9/$, Chinese Yuan is currently trading at 0.16 RMB to a dollar just as about N55.97 is equals to a Yuan.

Naira-Yuan trading

Recently, Nigeria's central bank released guidelines for the bilateral currency swap agreement between the country and Republic of China. The regulator said it will conduct bi-weekly trading sessions to ensure liquidity for trade and direct investment between the two countries.

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Sports: Why Phil Mickelson was not disqualified from the US Open and why other pros are not happy about it

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Phil Mickelson committed a bizarre penalty at the US Open when he putted a ball again before the first putt had stopped. The US Golf Association cited one rule as having precedence over a second rule that could have DQ'd Mickelson.

  • Phil Mickelson committed a bizarre penalty at the US Open on Saturday when he putted a ball a second time before the ball had stopped moving.
  • The infraction earned Mickelson a two-stroke penalty, but many believe he should have been disqualified.
  • Mickelson later acknowledged that the move was calculated because he didn't want the ball to roll off the green.
  • The US Golf Association cited one rule as having precedence over a second rule that could have DQ'd Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson started the final round of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills 14 strokes behind the leaders, but he had become the story of the tournament thanks to a bizarre penalty and a ruling from the US Golf Association that many disagreed with.

The incident came on the 13th hole of the third round on Saturday when Mickelson hit his bogey putt well past the hole and it appeared destined to roll off the green. Rather than wait to see where the ball might end up, Mickelson ran after the ball and hit it again as it was still moving.

The Fox announcer Joe Buck was stunned and momentarily speechless.

After the putt, the golf commentator Curtis Strange may have summed it up best as Mickelson was walking off the green with a big smile on his face.

"I've never seen anything like that from a world-class player in my life," Strange said.

Mickelson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for the infraction as the US Golf Association cited Rule 14-5.

Rule 14-5 appears to be written for cases in which a player accidentally hits a moving ball. Here is how it is written (note the final line):

But in citing Rule 14-5, the USGA superseded Rule 1-2. Again, note that the last line in Rule 14-5 says Rule 1-2 becomes the law of the land if the ball is purposely deflected or stopped.

Mickelson did later acknowledge that he intentionally hit the moving ball because he didn't want it to roll off the green.

"I know it's a two-shot penalty, and at that time I just didn't feel like going back and forth and hitting the same shot over," Mickelson told Fox. "I took the two-shot penalty and moved on. It's my understanding of the rules. I have had multiple times where I've wanted to do that. I just finally did … I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display."

The difference in rules is significant.

Rule 1-2 comes with a provision that would have allowed Mickelson to be disqualified if the action were deemed to have gained him a "significant advantage."

Here is how Rule 1-2 is written (emphasis ours):

Mickelson's comments seem to suggest he was attempting to gain an advantage. Still, "advantage" is subjective, and it is up for debate how "significant" it was if he still scored a 10 on the hole and was 21 strokes behind the leader (at the time).

Even if Rule 1-2 had been enforced, there is no guarantee it would have resulted in a DQ. But we never got to find out because the USGA used Rule 14-5.

According to the golf writer Jason Sobel, the USGA used Rule 14-5 because it had determined the ball was not "deflected or stopped" by Mickelson.

"USGA's John Bodenhamer says Phil Mickelson was assessed a penalty for violating Rule 14-5, but not Rule 1-2, because, 'He didn't purposely stop or deflect the ball,'" Sobel wrote on Twitter. "Yes, you read that correctly. If Mickelson had 'stopped' or 'deflected' the ball, he would have been disqualified. But since he merely continued to hit a moving ball, the USGA has deemed that only worthy of a two-stroke penalty."

Many in the golf world, including other pro golfers, disagreed with the decision.

Stuart Appleby disagreed with the decision to use Rule 14-5 because, he said, it would require a player to be addressing the ball from a normal shot stance.

Fellow golfer Edoardo Molinari also said it should have been a DQ.

Some other reactions from the golf world:

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