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Why America Needs Nigeria

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American has an abundance of capital; Nigeria has an abundance of human and natural resources. According to a statement by President Felipe of Mexico, “you need labor and capital to generate economic activity”

Therefore it makes sense for America to extend its huge capital to the people of Nigeria, because Nigeria’s 1 million barrels of oil sent to the U.S. daily helps create an economic engine that generates American capital. With American capital and knowhow, Nigeria can become a developed country and therefore will be able to afford more American made goods just like the people of South Korea and Western Europe.

However, when Obama became the president of the U.S., his first snob was to the people of Nigeria. The Nigerian 2007 election was believed to have been rigged by the Yar’Adua administration, so Obama decided to visit Ghana as his first outing to Africa.

Most Nigerians were conflicted…

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The talking drum "gangan" and "bata".The roots of these drums can be traced to south-western nigerian, typical of the Yorubas.

The talking drum “gangan” and “bata”.The roots of these drums can be traced to south-western nigerian, typical of the Yorubas.

Growing up as as an African, i have discovered that there’s so much to live for, so much i owe my land! I can’t imagine myself  coming in a different colour other than black, in fact, if life were to be a human being, i’m quite sure its skin colour would be black  because ‘Life itself is not fair’. As an african, imagine how you had so much fun while growing up; the tales by moonlight (is that possible on a winter night when the temperature is below zero degrees? definitely not!) #JustSaying

Africa is not a place riddled with disease and pandemonium and crisis as it is widely believed, if you have not been here i’ll advise you book a ticket and hop on a plane. A reader posted this on my blog :

“Great photographs! I went to Africa for the first time a couple of months ago and I hope it wasn’t the last!” View full article »

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Two weeks ago, I paid a visit to Dubai for the very first time. 

Dubai is everything Lagos is not.  Dubai works: Lagos does not.  Dubai is spotlessly clean: Lagos is filthy.  Dubai is bathed in gleaming electricity.  Lagos is shrouded in darkness.  Dubai is organized.  Lagos is disorganized.  After a few days in Dubai, I longed to be back in Lagos.

What is the attraction of Lagos relative to a city like Dubai?  The answer is actually very simple.  Lagos is the very best city in Nigeria; the very best country in the world.  I have traveled all over the world.  I have been to the Far East, to the Middle East, to North and Latin America and to Europe.  I have been to over 30 African countries.  This qualifies me to make this assessment.  Nigeria is the very best country in the whole wide world.

Made-in-Nigeria

There are too many things that make Nigeria exceptional and without equal.  If Nigeria were not so wonderful, there would not have been 170 million Nigerians.  Because Nigeria is such a great country, we are determined to give birth to as many children as possible so that View full article »

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These are some of the Pictures i took when i started out (of course some are recent). You can notice the changes in the signature *smiles* … I can probably tell which of these pictures you think is the best..Yes! that one! You couldn’t have guessed that i took that picture with a Kodak Easyshare!! (point and Shoot) Though i use a DSLR now. Well That’s to tell you that the equipment you use doesn’t matter as long as you have an eye for detail and are ready to explore your creative ability. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get the latest Canon or Nikon on ebay!

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This was taken from senate building of The Federal University of Technology, Akure. Nigeria. I hope you’ll like it…

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from left to right: Kunle, Emmanuel. Elijah and Victor

I love these pictures! i hope you do too.

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There is a saying that in life, “There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for you.” Those who know Lillian Moremi will surely agree that the 27 year old pint-sized young lady is a go-getter, ambitious and an outgoing young Botswana woman who would go an extra mile into the world and search for what she really wants. Oozing with passion for education and leadership, Lillian is on a personal quest to encourage and inspire young people particularly young women to take up leadership roles. Youthhub-Africa’s Correspondent for Botswana – Eric Paulo caught up with Lillian, to chat about her 14 days excursion to the Antarctica. She left Botswana February 22, 2013 and returned home on March 15, 2013. She told Youthhub-Africa that the purpose of the International Antarctica Expedition, led by Robert Swan (the first man to walk to both the North and the South Pole) and his team from his company 2041, was to inspire change by engaging young people globally on environmental issues and leadership enhancement.

Lillian was representing the Ducere Foundation and Botswana together with about 76 young people from 26 nations who also took part in the 2013 Antarctica expedition. Her participation was meant to enable her to get a global perspective of Leadership, to inspire other young Batswana to be catalysts of positive change in their communities.

According to worldatlas.com, the Antarctica is Earth‘s southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. It is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere.                    On average, the Antarctica is said to be the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents.

Lillian is Botswana’s first female to go to the Antarctica. Her expedition through the Antarctica was from February 28 to March 12, 2013, and this is what she had to say

Q: Briefly give us a brief background about yourself.

A: I have a degree in Accounting from the University of Cape Town. I am the founder of Botswana Student Network Society which is mandated to bridge the gap between students, corporates and government and to drive leadership, social responsibility and career advancement. I am also the Coordinator of D?cere Foundation. It is an advancing School Improvement Programs in partnership with the Botswana Ministry of Education and Skills Development. Lastly, I am also View full article »

Mugabe Again!!!

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe

It means something: Mugabe’s inauguration as the President of Zimbabwe on 22 August after his sweeping victory in last month’s harmonised elections. It means five more years of all that Mugabe is well known for. It also means that the past 33 years did not give Zimbabweans enough of him…

As I watched our President taking the oath for the fifth time (the other two times were as the prime minister back in the 1980s), I could not help thinking about how this was not new ground for him. Robert Mugabe has been there for six terms – 33 years – at the helm of the administration that minds the affairs of Zimbabwe. And throughout this time, his and his party’s record has not been very impressive. So, what can Zimbabweans expect? I waited for his speech to get an idea…

The shock of non-change
As I waited, I dearly hoped that the speech would not be littered with the inevitable polemic excesses. I also reflected on the ‘humour’ that characterised the elections. During the run-up to the polls, many Zimbabweans thought that the era of Mugabe was inevitably coming to an end. The need and hunger for change seemed to have gripped the country.

Considering that Mugabe still had a lot of diehard and genuine followers, the general consensus was that people were simply tired of the rhetoric and wanted a break from all the history seminars and sermons he delivered at every national, provincial and district event.

But alas! Zimbabweans had a surprise in store for themselves! They still wanted Mugabe in office! Forgive the shock on all their faces after the election results were announced. They still wanted him! That alone must mean something…

History lessons continue
The speech came. The inevitable vocal whip lashed out at the unrepentant Western allies who had the audacity to scorn Zimbabwe’s electoral outcome and are still bent on destroying the gains of our independence through sanctions and their regime change agenda. (What a picture the word ‘regime’ creates!) View full article »

The Oranmiyan Staff (ancient obelisk)

Oranmiyan was one of the seven sons of Okanbi, the only child of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba.

The legend, Oranmiyan, despite being the grandson of Oduduwa was the pioneer Alaafin of Oyo. He was famed as a strong enigmatic leader who led his people into a path of greatness that lasted several centuries, leaving a heritage that lasts till today.

After establishing Oyo, he left and conquered the Benin people and again founded the Benin Kingdom. After several wars and conquests, Oranmiyan returned to Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba and was the sixth Ooni of Ife.

He later joined his ancestors. The place where the staff of Oranmiyan lies in Ile-Ife, Osun State is now a centre of tourist attraction. This great legend that has continued to shape the destiny of a race deserves to be celebrated as a unifying force for the Yoruba people. Oranmiyan is a unique name that has occupied a column of Yoruba history as a warrior, conqueror and legend.

An organization committed to the development of Tourism in Nigeria, FLABSY Travels & Tours has received the approval of the Ooni of Ife, Alaiyeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, to organize a festival which would bring all Ife indigenes and the entire Yoruba at home and in diaspora like Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba, United States of America etc. together and use the platform of the festival to identify and bring to the fore a unique and binding tradition for the Yoruba people, utilise the platform to propagate Oranmiyan as a central figure in Yorubaland and explore all creative means to ensure that through the festival celebrations, Oranmiyan staff becomes a tourist haven, ensure that the festival is enlisted in the calendar of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and the World Tourism Calendar, achieve a top-of-the-mind festival event for Odun Oranmiyan and create awareness for Ife indigenes at home and abroad use the platform to drive investment opportunity to Ile-Ife.

The Ooni of Ife

The festival event would be devoid of Political affiliations or leanings such that every Yoruba man would be eager to attend yearly and attract corporate organizations that may use the festival opportunity to showcase their brands as well as compete for sponshorship of the festival to achieve optimum mileage and revenue generation.

The significance of Odun Oranmiyan cannot be over-emphasized, as it is the festival that will unites the people together. It is also a celebration of a deity and warrior of the Yoruba. Therefore, FLABSY Travels & Tours is determined to celebrate Odun Oranmiyan 2013 in August 2013 so well that people will want to be associated with the annual festival not just as Ife people but as citizens of Osun and Yoruba in general. Oranmiyan is arguably the most deified of the whole Yoruba deities. He was only the Yoruba King that was confirmed to have established other towns, like Oyo and Benin, became their King and later returned to his abode and also became a King before his eventual transformation as denoted in the Oranmiyan Cenotaph.

The Oranmiyan Cenotaph is a renowned tourist centre that has drawn million of visitors to Ile-Ife and has continued to do same. The name has appeared in many cultural and historical books. Oranmiyan is a religion to many in Yoruba land as it is being worshiped while they visit the Cenotaph to pay homage and reverence to the deity.

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