The Winners of the UNICAF Nigeria Essay Competition Receive Their Prizes

The three winners of the UNICAF essay competition  ‘Higher Education of international quality shaping the leaders of tomorrow in Nigeria and in Africa’, received their prizes andmet with media representatives at the award ceremony, held on January 9, at the UNICAF offices in Lagos.

Out of around 500 entries submitted to the competition, the essays of Folashade Shodipo, Chekwube Okeke and Emmanuel Famokun won the first, second and third prize respectively.

Folashade Shodipo, a diction and phonetics teacher from Iyana-Ipaja highlighted in her essay the need to use modern technology in order to share new knowledge globally, and has won a full scholarship to pursue a Master’s of Business Administration with Unicaf University, plus a monetary reward of N100,000 in cash.

First runner up, Chekwube Okeke, a college teacher from Lagos, called in his essay for technological advances and innovations from around the world to be used in finding effective solutions to the long standing problems faced in Africa. He has won a full scholarship to pursue a Professional Development Short Course with Unicaf University, plus N50,000 in cash.

Second runner-up, Emmanuel Famokun, a Communications Consultant in Lagos, presented in his essay the reasons that make higher education of international quality an effective training ground for inspirational leaders of the future in Nigeria and in Africa.  He has won a full scholarship to pursue a Professional Development Short Course with Unicaf University. UNICAF congratulates the three winners and all participants in the competition, and promises to continue to contribute, in any way possible, to the advancement of higher education in Nigeria and in Africa.

On Whose Watch?: Court Orders Confiscation of Obasanjo’s New Book

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has been found guilty of contempt for publishing his memoirs, in his new book, My Watch. The court’s interim order was given by Valentine Ashi, a justice of the Abuja High Court On the 5th of Decmber. The court ordered the police, Department of State Service (DSS), and Nigeria Customs Service to confiscate the book, while also restraining media houses from publishing excerpts.

Justice Ashi stated that, “The fact that the book was published in November is irrelevant. As long as the substantive suit is not yet determined, no party is entitled to publish or comment on material facts that are yet to be decided on by the court,” he said. Ashi also gave the former president 21 days to explain why he should not be punished. “I hold the defendant, not only in contempt of the court, but to show cause why he should not be punished for contempt and ordered to undo what he has wrongly done,” he added.

Amongst the personalities accusing the former president for libel and scathing remarks are Buruji Kashamu, Buruji Kashamu, leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) mobilisation committee in the south-west, and Nigeria’s president, President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to a review on the book done by Sahara Repoters,

On President Jonathan’s character:

Jonathan is lacking in broad vision, knowledge, confidence, understanding, concentration, capacity, sense of security, courage, moral and ethical principles, character and passion to move the nation forward on a fast trajectory. Although he might wish to do well, he does not know how nor does he have the capacity to. To compound his problem he has not surrounded himself with aides sufficiently imbued with the qualities and abilities to help him out. Most of them are greedy hangers-on or hungry lacklustre characters interested only in their mouths and their pockets…

On the Boko Haram insurgency, the insecurity crisis, and #BringBackOurGirls:

I was in Sierra Leone on the day Boko Haram [bombed] the UN building in Abuja. As soon as I returned to Nigeria I called the inspector-general of police to hear his views on the issue. I was not impressed with his explanation. I also talked to the then national security adviser and his explanation was substantially blank. I went to Jonathan, the president, on the same issue. His reaction, and his view that Boko Haram were ‘a bunch of riffraffs’ left me even colder.

The one incident that overtly and graphically exposed the ineptitude, ineffectiveness, inefficiency, carelessness, cluelessness, callousness, insensitivity and selfishness of Goodluck Jonathan was the abduction of about 276 school girls from Chibok in Borno State by Boko Haram. The reaction and attitude of our president and his household was non-belief, to the extent that 18 days passed before he grudgingly concede to accept the reality of the abduction. If serious action had been taken within 48 hours, the story could have been different.

I was not surprised that the president went dancing twenty-four hours after the Nyanya explosion that took seventy-five lives. I also found believable the statement allegedly credited to the president after both the Nyanya explosion and the Chibok school girls abduction to the effect that since some people in the North had said that they would make Nigerian ungovernable, they could keep on killing and abducting each other….

On corruption:

In the area of corruption, we have been going back steadily from the inception of Yar’Adua’s administration when the ‘hunter’ became the ‘hunted’. But under Jonathan we seem to have gone from frying pan to fire. If in the past corruption was in the corridors of power, it would seem now to be in the sitting room, dining room and bedroom of power.

If what is called ‘corruption’ is stealing, under the watch of Goodluck Jonathan, then government has become legalised and protected robbery…

Move Over Kim Kardashian: Rosetta’s Photos Broke the Internet

 

The surface of the comet
The surface of the comet

 

If you think photos of Kim Kardashian’s butt sat all over the internet and broke it; Rosetta’s photos made an even greater bombshell entrance on the internet.

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft successfully landed a probe onto the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko earlier this week, marking the first time ever a man-made device was successfully put onto a comet.

When it comes to photography equipment, both the Rosetta and the Philae probe are well stocked with the tools they need to snap image

According to the Wall Street Journal, scientists managing to land a spacecraft on a moving comet for the first time won in terms of social conversation. The Journal counted up all the tweets with the hashtag #cometlanding and tweets that contained the word comet, then compared that to the number of #breaktheinternet and Kardashian mentions. 

 

The comet won by over 100 thousand tweets.  The comet tweets also had a much more positive reaction than Kim’s photo stunt. The Wall Street Journal used a service called Topsy that analyzes the tone of tweets. The comet landing score a 64 (in a scale where 50 is neutral) and Kim registered a 43.

 

This is a sign that even going completely nude isn’t enough to get Kim the attention she expects anymore.

Plus, Kim Kardashian’s nudity shouldn’t really be news (Not forgetting that she’s famous mostly because of a sex tape) — but landing a spaceship on a comet? That’s pretty phenomenal. Go science! 

5 Skills You Need To Live The Life of Your Dreams

Getting a college degree is great and very important in achieving your dreams but a college education rarely teaches you life-building skills you  need to survive adulthood. Here are five essential life skills you need to live the life of your dreams.

1. The Ability to fight fears and challenges

It doesn’t matter how many options you have to choose from. I’ve realized that there are only two things to choose between: the future and the past. If you choose the easier option that doesn’t imply risk, challenge or something unknown, you choose the past. Obviously, it’s safe and comfortable, but you will never achieve something bigger unless you challenge yourself. That’s why you should learn to choose the difficult path, the unbeaten path. Everything that scares you should be your target. The ability to overcome fears will open thousands of new opportunities for you and will make you a more confident person. Push forward when you want to give up, continue when others surrender and believe in yourself when nobody does. This is the first essential skill you should learn to improve your life.

2. Goal Setting  Skills

I wish I had acquired this skill when I was a student. Every person should set at least one big goal in life. Whether you try to get a promotion at work or you want to lose a few pounds, the first thing you should do is to set a goal. Learn to break long-term goals down into intermediate and short-term goals; this will enable you to distribute your time and energy resources more efficiently.

They say that people who plan their life are usually more successful than those who don’t plan their future. I don’t mean that you should create a detailed life plan, but you should certainly draw an approximate blueprint for the next 5 years. When you see the direction and the ultimate goal, you will hardly veer off course or lose motivation. You must have heard the popular saying, ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’, right? I became a more self-disciplined and cheerful person due to the ability of goal setting.

Those who cannot manage their money are less likely make a fortune. I’ve learned to manage my finance when I got my first job and started sharing a room with my dormmate. Sure, I squandered my first earnings and got into debt, but then I became more careful with my expenditures. My scholarship was always insufficient. When I got a job, my salary also turned out to be insufficient. I’ve realized that it doesn’t always matter how much you make, but it’s important to learn how to budget your money wisely. Money management skills enable me to enjoy a good life on a tight budget.

First of all, you should define the essential expenditure items like rent, bills and food. Then add minor categories like clothes, petty cash, and leisure. Remember that you can save a particular amount of money monthly, regardless of your earnings. Develop a habit of saving at least 20 percent of your income and you’ll soon have a pretty good savings.

3. Public Speaking Skills

This was one of the things I hated at school and college, but this was also one of the essential skills I needed to acquire to improve my life. The statistics show that the fear of speaking in front of a big audience is even stronger than the fear of death. Anyway, public speaking skills are critical if you want to achieve confidence and self-esteem and meet new professional and social contacts.

Any leader or successful manager will tell you that the power of words is immense. The initial function of public speaking is to share your ideas with others. However, the ability to deliver your thoughts in front of a big group of people will also help you to influence and control others, sell anything from a product to idea and get a professional advancement. I’ve realized that I can apply public speaking skills to almost every situation in day-to-day life, from discussions during family gatherings to delivering a speech in front of my colleagues.

4. The Art of Relaxation

It sounds weird since most people think they can relax and enjoy their spare time. However, many hard-working people and workaholics find it difficult to relax and stop thinking about their business. For a long time I couldn’t distract my mind from my work even at weekends, even when I was miles away from my office and my city. The abstention from checking my e-mail or reading my post didn’t prevent me from thinking about my job. No wonder it led to poor thinking, bad health and decision making.

I’ve understood that there is time to work and time to enjoy the results of my work. Working yourself to death isn’t actually a success, it’s just an obsession. I’ve started practicing yoga and various breathing techniques. They really help to gain clarity of thoughts, sense of purpose and balance. The ability to combat stress and keep calm helps me to face life troubles with confidence and zeal.

5. Constant Learning

Elbert Einstein once said, ‘Learning is not the product of schooling, but the lifelong attempt to acquire it’. A lot of people mistakenly believe that the process of learning ends the moment they get a diploma. But the truth is that the moment you stop learning you stop evolving and developing yourself. Life-long learning skills are beneficial to your personal and professional advancement.

Learning is hard and it took me an immense amount of time to cultivate the habit of learning something new daily. However, I’m sure that I achieved most of my goals thanks to self-education. Purposeful learning beyond the traditional schooling is often more effective and fruitful.

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Myles Munroe: Investigation Begins Into Crash That Killed Renowned Preacher

Site of the crash
Site of the crash

 

 

 

 

After the shocking news on the death of the renowned preacher, Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife and seven member crew, a full investigation has began into the cause of the crash of the private Lear Jet that occured near the Grand Bahama International Airport.

 According to a statement posted on Munroe’s Facebook page, The group was travelling to Bahamas to attend a Global Leadership Forum which was put together by Munroe. The event will continue will nonetheless continue.

It was also reported that Ambassador Andrews Young was scheduled to be on board but decided against it due to projected bad weather.

The jet was carrying Dr Myles Munroe, Ruth, his wife and his Senior Vice President and pastor Richard Cinder and seven others including two pilot. All nine passengers reportedly died in the crash.

Munroe, 60 was a Pastor, motivational speaker and writer. He survived by daughter and son and members of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI)

The cause of the crash is currently unknown.

 

BBM finally hit the windows phone store

Blackberry finally hit the windows phone store, for as many that are windows phone user most especially the Lumia series users and also sequel to the last post that pre-announced it and that have long await the windows version of the app can know breath a fresh air and feel among because they were already waiting for this moment they tends to feel exempted.

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The blackberry messenger officially hit the site without side-loading the app and also not to delay as many that awaits the app, the company therefore release the beta version in other to keep teaming customer mind at rest.
Beta version will simply means that there is tendency that it crashes and to be fully prepare for such and while they are enjoying it, the company will be working underground to further improve the application.

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Another things to notice is that, the company will also seize that opportunity to gather customer relationship with the app which will later be of more effective to the launching of the full and stable version. So, for as many that download at this stage simply mean that they will be able to join the second stage/batch for further testing are those that first download the beta version.

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So far you have download it and what is your experience so far regarding BBM on the window phone platform. What are the things that work aside those ones reported before. Who share your experience with us.

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Instagram new mobile app: Bolt

Instagram the mobile image sharing social app from Facebook is on it way to launch another mobile app which hopefully will be having or adding voice to it new app, though the app developer is not happy with the Instagram naming the app bolt. Though it is hope to launch this weekend but due to the fact that the developer is not happy with the approach of the parent company Facebook, towards that and also because both Instagram and the new app almost share the same colour and partially the logo too might be sharing common thing in nature. Over the week we discover a confusion like and kind of confused either it is as an ads or another product entirely as to the fact that it was flash across Instagram within the week. From the look of things, it can be discovered that Facebook he’s done something like this in the past with paper which though is a name of a mobile app from FiftyThree which is a drawing app in it aim while Facebook though still go ahead and use that name but with different aim and purpose, paper from Facebook is telling story from Facebook as a platform and Bolt is although aim to be a voice app while the Instagram is meant to be a photo sharing app. We keep our dinner crossed to note the changes and how things move with this ideas, is it ideal for Facebook doing this?

Welcome BBM to WindowsPhone

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Blackberry is about to load up the serving database that serves its blackberry messenger fondly referred to BBM. If you remember you will recall the experience while coming to Android devices and the Apple iPhone. The entry though was not that smooth and also looking at the Nigeria smartphone market their is a big problem for the product in it entry because in Nigeria alone the market for smartphone is high not to now talk about the Africa market in terms of number of devices been sold like each day, although, I gathered that the app is already out to as many that already sign up to have the BBM app ahead of others as a beta tester and according to a good source it is clear that over 10,000 beta tester Storm the portal once declared and the slot was fully absorbed in less than 24hours of its announcement, then if you are a windows phone user the wait might actually be over since in less than 2-3weeks away from now you will have the app in the windows phone market (aka windows phone store) but at the moment some finishing touch might be the stage at which the App is undergoing as to some past of the app not rendering the way it should and also some emoticon too but while we keep our finger crossed.

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How easy is it going to be? The question that border my mind and also hope the company has learned from the experience gather during it deployment on Android and the iPhone market?

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And finally if you are conversant with this page, you will discover that this post is slightly coming to reality because quite number of users will be in need of data to enjoy this and the cost of data is still that friendly in this part of the world and also the quality of service needs to be worked on for any Telco to remain in the market and a move from voice to data is then xing to stay and like I previously say I’m one of the past report that I sense a crash in the cost of data and subscription, so what I can only way is that hold on a little longer for a better and quality service with good tariff.

All awaits the launch of Mozilla Firefox OS

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Mozilla the open source people, that fight for people’s right to own there privacy while on the internet and using the web, without anybody spying on whoever is using the internet or simply put the web this is to further place value on individuals privacy and ensure that the web is a safe place for all and also having the initiative of making the web good for all to participate and use.

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Mozilla as a whole is a group of kind hearted individuals contributing there codes for people safety and used has come of age with different version of there browser ranging from Firefox 1.0 to the latest version 30.0 and these has experience so many changes with diverse improvement so far, there by making this group of people oriented fellow to organised several event from making the web good for as many that are afraid and panic on using the web to come out of there comfort to explore what the web has to offer and also bring the tech savvy individuals together to put forward a mobile driven operating system that will be pocket friendly fire all and that is suitable to do every web task and bring the same experience to all with there smart devices in there pocket since mobile is the way forward in these current era.

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As of this moment there has as being a prototype of the mobile device that will the long awaited Firefox operating system but in it kind of beta stage and it’s meant for developer as of the moment in other start building for that platform, the device is in it developer preview mode because no way you are going to talk about the operating system without the device as of the moment and after passing through series of testing and satisfy with it acceptation by all.
Though, the device as announced by the Country representative of Mozilla in Nigeria, Mr. Omotayo Fagbohun that the device will go in the range of the $30-$35 in its cost since the organisation is a not for profit organisation and by so doing break all barrier and excuses ranging from expensive and exorbitant in terms of price and internet experience in term of quality of service with data management.
Furthermore, it’s was projected that hopeful but the end of third quarter to early or later this year ending the devices will hit the market for all to enjoy and have a different experience.
The device is targeted toward developer that puts together mobile application that are web driven, by that I mean mobile application built with HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript and hopefully other open source project might be welcome in nearest future but at least to start with, more kudos to the fellows for these kind gesture and there support for random hack of kindness (RoHK).
All hands are on desk awaiting the launch of the device while developers awaits the access to the developer preview of the device in other to understudy it structure and help to pose therm for people development of application that are very relevant to all.

5 best way Android is far better than Windows Phone

Windows is a product of Microsoft and despite living for a while in the block and almost the very first if nite the first in computing has eat the company a milestone another wonderful milestone reached when company announces its intention to have windows operating system runs on mobile devices with the fact that mobile devices is the way forward. Despite their experienced in this field, the company lack a general view of the common man and day-to -day usage of mobile phone.
Android, the new guy in the building with less number of year and from the stable of Google with the thinker and foresight duos of Larry Page and Sergey Brin that are the thinker and with quality team and a moonshot ideas and believing that its achievable, with this in mind, launching the idea, that will another report entirely.

1. Bluetooth
Name one thing that is recurring from device to device and that makes those device smartphone is Bluetooth and hardly will OEM’s forget to build it into their devicesand aside that, ensuring that it function and carry out the basic function that general user needs it floor like sharing and pairing with orders and with audio devices in terms of wireless headphone and hand-free burg the masker basic function of this inbuilt is to share images, pictures and audio files from movies to mp3. The Android devices makes and OEM’s realise this and ensure that it comes as an inbuilt without needing a third party app that will runs it or makes it to function like its discover in Lumia devices, as I first taught, but later I discover that its all the windows devices that does it. They ensure that Bluetooth is within the system of the device by lacking sharing with others and denying them of their picture you took them with your device simply because they like the quality of image your device give but the fact remain that Android gives better image and don’t deny any one of their live for image, audio, movie sharing between each other.
Android device make this easily accessible for general use and also makes it possible to secure your device but giving you time to stay connected for a specific tune in case you forget to turn it off after you finish sharing with friend.

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2. Ease of use
Android device and the magical hands behind it make consider the human pattern of device usage, therefore, the device and evening about it is built with this in minds and therefore the devices requires no extra lesson or tutorial before it usage, because consumer want to get going with their devices on the go and most time without consulting the manual while this is the situation, windows phone doesn’t consider this in any way, if you are a consumer and own a windows phone regardless of the OEM, you will requires an extra moral class or tutorial before adapting to the usage of your device and like two weeks after, you will be discovering new stuff your device can do, but this alone, you end of discovering that Android has done its homework before putting the device together at all.

3. Availability of file manager
The device that are regards as smartphone will never forget to equip themselves with file manager. First thing to discover in any windowa phone is the file manager that is missing, simply because you want check a friend pictures and kind of music Tylor friend listen to and even some more package person, ski arrange their variety of songs according to genre and also according to artist, File manager which is to be the hub of media within a smartphone devices and some other thinga very crucial too individuals and the smartphone device itself but its missing, this is not so in the case of a Android devices, though HTC first set of Android smartphone almost lack this but the company quickly take a U-turn in making it available as fast and that settles it. The good aspect of this is that Google has never want to add devices to it line of focus and business which though the company had enough manpower to tackle that and churn out better devices with their amazing moonshot team, so windows please kindly do a very huge correction if this matter because I still in doubt that it is the OEM issue or the operating system standard that the OEM need to meet in other to build device for the windows mobile platform.
4. Interconnectivity:
With exception of Apple products that can only communicates with only Apple Computers so also other smartphone series need to be unique in there connectivity with other devices and mobile Laptops too and simply because they needs not to have a laptop of there own brand before they could be able to share media and stuff with others, but like what Apple as a company do to their range of devices from mobile phones, to laptop series, so also is what windows wanting to do with their series of windows driven mobile phones which though, makes it a bit different to what Apple is doing and the fact that its not devices but kind of operating system version orientedwhich therefore means that Youth can not attached your windows device to the Computer and makes it connect like a memory stick such that you can media and other stuffs via cord connectivity (I mean USB cord buy that). Your laptop will recognised it as a windows phone but you won’t get access to transfer or copy from your phone to the system and at time from laptop to your smartphone might be tedious or nothing is happening at all.
5. Battery management/user experience
From within the family of smartphones, the hierarchical order of battery management are as follows (personal opinion): the iFamily, follows by Androids (except some China make but with that, all Android devices and apps are built to managed battery, follows by Windows phones, (Though, if you are going to experience Battery management you must upgrade Windows Phone 8.1, do a little settings within the device) and if you are a frequent user, it will look like it is a formality, then Blackberry and any other follow (lol, If there are any other by operating system and not based on OEM. User Experience is another thing and mostly almost all smartphone use rely on it. No matter how powerful the smartphone is, the consumer will stay away from such device. Note: on first use you can save contacts but accessing your contact will take you like two days to adapt,