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5 Amazing Tech Gadgets to Spice Up Your Office

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Having a conducive work and office environment is essential in getting employees to deliver results while on the job and spicing up your office with amazing tech gadgets can get them produce results faster and better on a day-to-day basis. This will make your office not only comfortable and attractive, it also send a clear message to your clients your business is techie one!

Jumia Travel, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares five amazing tech gadgets for your office.

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Laser projection keyboard

The laser projection keyboard is an input device that allows the image of a virtual keyboard to be projected onto a surface for use. This means that instead of typing with a physical keyboard, all keystrokes will be made via the virtual keyboard onto the computer screen. This device also has the unique benefit of being flexible as it connects directly with Bluetooth devices.

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Kikkerland USB Battleship

The Kikkerland USB Battleship is perfect for offices where flash drives or external hard disks are regularly used. You can insert as many as five USB ports at the same time. This will prevent cases where you need to replace one flash drive with another. Today’s PC comes with 3 USB ports which probably is not enough.

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USB air purifier and fan

You can now cool off while in the office with the Satechi USB air purifier and fan. The  fact it is powered by USB makes it attractive to users as the device gets rid of odours, and smells from your workspace.

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Multi-sync Keyboard

Ever imagine using a single keyboard for different devices? Well, technology has gotten to that level where you can do this. You can use this multi-sync keyboard to type at different times on various Apple devices.

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USB Desktop Aquarium

This USB desktop aquarium simply beautifies your office and when connected to the USB port of your PC. It displays the time/date, week/temperature, and countdown timer.

Rahma, the Nigerian teen who lives in a plastic bowl, dreams of running her own business

Rahma Haruna's limbs stopped developing when she was a baby.
Rahma Haruna’s limbs stopped developing when she was a baby. Credit: Sani Maikatanga / Barcroft Image

When Rahma Haruna was six months old, her arms and legs stopped developing.

Now 19, she lives with her family in the village of Lahadin Makole, close to Kano in Nigeria.

Contending with chronic pain, she is practically immobile and spends most of her waking hours in a plastic bowl, which her family transport her around in.

Rahma being fed in her bowl on June 21 2016
Rahma being fed in her bowl on June 21 2016. Credit: Sani Maikatanga / Barcroft Image

Her mother Fadi said: “From six months when she learnt how to sit that was when it began. She didn’t learn how to crawl.

“She started with a fever and that was it. Then stomach pains. Then her body parts like hands and legs. She cannot use any if the ache strikes.”

For much of her life Rahma’s family would carry her in her bowl, with her brother Fahad taking her into Kano each day to beg for handouts. However, last year a journalist, Ibrahim Jirgi, gave the family a wheelchair.

 

The Haruna family also experienced an upturn in their fortunes when local freelance photographer Sani Maikatanga shared images of Rahma on social media, which prompted an inundation of requests from strangers who wanted to help in any way they could.

 

The family are now hoping to be offered some kind of medical support. Although Rahma has received some consultations, her condition has never been professionally diagnosed.

Fahad told reporters that he takes particular care of his sister: “I help her in many ways. Bathing her is another thing I do, and taking her out every day.

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Rahma and Fahad. Credit: Sani Maikatanga / Barcroft Image

“I feel happy whenever I see people helping her. I like taking her to our relatives. She feels happy when we visit them.”

Despite her severe disability, Rahma has entrepreneurial ambitions: “I want to start a business,” she said. “A grocery store and anything people buy, that is what I want.”

Key things prospective college students should know about Nigeria

Nigeria may not be considered a first world country, but the quality of education offered within the state is quite high and as such, students from outside the country visit for full-time study or exchange programs in the local colleges and universities.

College in Nigeria, like it is in any part of the world, can be an exciting adventure:moving away from home, meeting new people and finally getting a true taste of independence. There are however a few things these college students who intend to visit Nigeria for education should first know about the state.

Here are 5 important tips to help them make the most of their experience.

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The Nigerian culture is different from yours

The way of life in Nigeria will certainly be different from that which is the norm wherever you are coming from. Rather than shy away from the new Nigerian lifestyle, embrace it. College is the perfect time to get out of your comfort zone, try a lot of new things and meet all different kinds of people. Do not just hang with other international students, get involved in as many things as you can, make sure you meet both international and Nigerian students as that is the best way to experience, learn and adopt the Nigerian life.

Do not believe everything you see on the news

Just because you saw a recent article saying that Niger Delta militants are invading Lagos and it is the start of another civil war doesn’t make it true. In an age where everyone tweets his or her opinions, it is hard to discern the real news from a skewed fabrication. While it is important you stay current on the local news, be sure to ask yourself: What evidence did the reporter provide? Is that source named, authoritative, independent and credible? Sifting the news you get is a good way to ensure you never get a heart attack by some of the headlines that newspapers around the country carry.

There Are Opportunities for Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid

The general idea is that Nigeria is a poor country and so there are no opportunities for students, especially international students to gain any form of scholarship, grant or financial aid. This is not true. Some universities offer partial to full scholarships for international students. Also, there are many organizations and foundations that offer grants and financial aid, you just need to be able to research properly, ask your school’s admission office and show all requirements.

Grades are NOT everything

This may sound like Greek to you right now as your needed admission was based on grades, scores in the JAMB, WAEC or GSCE. You, however, need to realize that when you get into the Nigerian college, it is a different ball game. Key thing is to find a balance between fun and work, because after you graduate, your grades may not be entire all that qualifies you for a job and even more. When you look back at your years in college, you probably will not remember if you got an A or a C in ENG 101, but you will remember the awesome memories with your friends and colleagues as well as other experiences you garnered. Keep in mind that Grades, while important, are not everything.

5 Tricks to Get Cheap Flights in this Current Economic Condition

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Most budding travellers have shelved their plans for leisure or business trips because of the current economic situation in Nigeria which has seen a significant rise in airfares both on local and international routes. The fact is there are some who cannot do without flying due to their work.  So, whether you are arranging for a future trip or planning for a last-minute getaway, you can take advantage of these booking tricks to help get cheap flights. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shows you don’t have to break the bank before you travel.

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Don’t buy round-trip tickets if you can

To reduce stress, travellers prefer to buy round-trip tickets from the same airline rather than purchasing it from different airlines. But, if you are travelling on a budget and factoring in the increase in flight cost, you should buy your round-trip tickets from separate airlines. The rule of thumb should be to search for the cheapest flight both ways.

Bargain your hotel stay

Travel agencies also offer auxiliary services like hotel, and airport pickups. The cost of these services, if you want them, will be added to your bill. The next time you are booking your flights alongside a hotel, you should not hesitate to negotiate your hotels. This simple negotiation can help you save cash.

Delete your browser’s cookies

For travellers who book their flights online, they should always delete their browser’s history. This is because booking websites deploy browser cookies that watch the shopping pattern visitors. As a result, you notice that the price may increase whenever you refresh the page. To stop this indiscriminate hike, you should clear your cookies and browse in private mode.

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Mobile device can influence search results

The mobile phone you use can influence your search results by offering you costlier options. Whether you are using android, Blackberry or Apple phones, you should always filter your search results by price. This will give you the best search results. You can call your booking agency to buy your ticket (s).

Avoid buying tickets in bulk

Tickets bought in bulk can be expensive. You can purchase the ones you need now. The smart way to avoid buying it in bulk is to check the difference between bulk and individual tickets.

6 rules for wedding guests in Nigeria

Wedding ceremonies in Nigeria are great, especially ones organized in the western parts of the country. While a lot of the celebrants are expected to observe certain traditions and follow certain rules, the guests are not spared either, as there are certain etiquette rules they too have to abide by while attending the occasion.

If you are visiting Nigeria and planning on attending a wedding, you are going to want to put your best foot forward. And that means getting well acquainted with what the rule book says. To give you a head start, Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking portal, shares 6 rules for wedding guests in Nigeria

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Do not wear any shade of white

The general idea is that the brides wear white or shades of the colour, including ivory, cream e.t.c. You are not allowed to try and upstage the bride by wearing anything that is primarily white or a dress in a hue that is really close to white. You can however wear something with a touch of white, as long as the white does not dominate the ensemble. Actually, you are also not allowed to wear anything that will keep all attention on you rather than the bride. Stay away from plunging necklines, and thigh high slits. It is her day and it is important she has all the attention.

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Ensure you follow the couple’s photography and social media rules

There are so many visual platforms now and users are always keen to upload photos of “awwh-worthy” moments to their social media platforms. While most couples will allow you to do just that at the wedding, ensure you do not trump either the bride or the groom in the photo. In other words, do not post a less-than-flattering photo of the bride even if you happen to look really cute. Again, remember to include the couples’ hashtags on all the wedding photos. If you aren’t sure what they want, just do not post anything. Also, try not to get in the way of the professional photographer who has actually been paid by the groom to take official photos of the wedding.

Do not bring a Plus One on your discretion

Unless there is a crystal-clear ‘plus one’ addendum on the invitation, please do not come with anyone else including your boyfriend, girlfriend, bestie or child. The couple makes their budget and plan according to the invitations sent out and affirmed, and so, bringing extra people just makes things a lot more difficult as regards seating and catering.

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Take a gift to the wedding

The norm for Nigerians is to go to the wedding, dance eat and go home. Unless they are related to the bride or groom, they hardly attend with a gift. A few , especially those in Lagos, justify not gifting the bride and groom with the excuse that they paid for Asoebi or they will spray cash on the dance floor, but should that suffice? Unless the invitation specifies “no gifts”, it is important that you take a gift in honor of your invitation. Great thing is that you have up to about 6 months to give the bride/groom a wedding present, so if you miss your chance at the wedding itself, you can still send them something.

Go easy on Souvenirs

Souvenir time is always a bit chaotic in Nigerian weddings. No matter how negligible the package or empty the goodie bag, wedding guests tend to see it as a gold medal and go extra lengths to secure even more than one for themselves. Some people even now take some part of the decoration, like a floral arrangement or centerpiece on the table, home. It is important to note that weddings are not a grab and go opportunity. Wait for your turn when souvenirs are being distributed and if you see something on the table you want to take home, ensure you ask the bride or groom or wedding planner first.

Attend every second of the wedding ceremony

The norm in Nigeria is that wedding guests skip the church ceremony and just go to the reception event as they never want to sit through that long religious ceremony. This is not an acceptable practice though, as the couple who sent you an invitation expect you to join them for the full experience. A ceremony and reception go hand in hand. You may think the bride and groom will not notice, but the truth is that they remember who shows up and who does not…and remember those who leave early too.

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ENTRIES FLOOD IN FOR AFRIMA 3.0

…As AFRIMA maintains July 30 Deadline for Entries Submission
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AFRIMA 2015 Best Artiste in African Hip Hop Winner, Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

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AFRIMA 2015 Artiste of the year, Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Going by the enthusiastic response of African music artistes, music professionals and journalists who have flooded the AFRIMA website with entries from across the continent and from Africans in the Diaspora for the 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA tagged “AFRIMA 3.0”, the International Committee of AFRIMA is appealing to other music professionals yet to submit their works that there will be no extension after the deadline for submission on July 30, 2016.

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AFRIMA 2015 Best African Collaboration Winner, AKA (South Africa)

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AFRIMA 2015 Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall Winner, Stonebwoy (Ghana)

Explaining further, Project Director, Kemi Ashefon, said: “I must say we are impressed by the level of participation by African artistes, on the continent and in the Diaspora, in the on-going AFRIMA 3.0 entries submission process so far. This is an encouraging success marker for us considering the fact that we have surpassed the 1500 mark before the close of entries in two weeks’ time.”

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AFRIMA 23.9 Carat Gold Plated Trophy.

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AFRIMA 2015 Album of the Year Winner, Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon)

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AFRIMA3.0 Entry Submission is on-going, Click HERE to submit.

For more info. contact;
Email: info@afrima.org or iyere.ikhide@afrima.org
Phone: +2348037666055, +2348176713709

6 Reasons Lagos Drivers Cannot Stop Honking

Lagos is known globally for its notorious traffic and residents of the metropolitan city have come to accept the dire gridlock. For the drivers, they need to have a snail-like patience to successfully navigate Lagos roads without honking or getting infuriated. Even with the introduction of the ‘No-horn Day’ by the Lagos state government in 2014 and the seeming effects of noise pollution like hypertension, rise in stress levels, ear loss; many Lagosians could not get their hands off their horn. In line with this, we share 5 reasons Lagos drivers cannot stop honking.

The driver ‘shopping’ on the highway

It is possible to shop on Lagos roads without necessarily going to the market. This is because you can get all you want on the road. Many drivers take advantage of this and they just park their car right in the middle of the road trying to buy Lacasera and Gala. They don’t even care about other road users. Hence, the other drivers have no choice than to horn. Afterwards, a shouting match will unavoidably ensue.

The Strolling pedestrian

It is arguably only in Lagos where you find a pedestrian strolling on a very busy highway while there is a pedestrian bridge just a stone’s throw away. Instead of the pedestrians to quicken their steps, they stroll. In other cases, you find some pedestrians engrossed in the music they are listening to. In other not to knock some of these carefree pedestrians, you have to honk so that they can get off the road. There have been reports of pedestrians been knocked down. The horn has saved many lives.

The Danfos picking commuters

The yellow painted commercial buses are one of the key contributors to Lagos traffic. They act as if they own the road. They drive recklessly and stop indiscriminately. They stop at unauthorised stops for passengers to alight and do same when they pick passengers. The annoying thing is that they do this in the centre of a busy road. Despite the fact that the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) officials have made painstaking efforts to clamp down on them without any significant changes.

Stop and search policemen

Policemen are meant to ensure security and contribute in no small measure to guarantee free-flowing traffic. This is not the case with the policemen because they mount illegal checkpoints that slow traffic. Many drivers believe that the checkpoints cause unnecessary delays. To make them move faster, drivers have to honk.

The dulling driver

The sluggish or dulling driver will be ‘chased’ off the road by the  honking of exceedingly impatient drivers. If the driver is unlucky to be close to a truck, the deafening honk of the truck will confuse, frighten and destabilise such a driver.

More traffic, more honking

Except something drastic is done about the traffic about the traffic, Lagos drivers will continue to honk. For some drivers, honking is a habit as they honk every minute even if there is no reason for honking.

10 ways to say ‘hello’ to a Nigerian

It is amazing how easily the word “Hello” is disregarded, yet it is one of the most frequently used and meaningful word in our lives. The moment we pick up the phone, to the moment we meet someone for the first time and even when starting a conversation…it is the first words we use. It doesn’t matter how we say it or in what form or language we say it with, it generally helps us build courage and confidence in new environments.

You might know two or three ways to say “Hello” to someone, but in Nigeria there are actually dozens of different expressions. With a lot of local dialects and slangs, we present 10 ways to say Hello, Nigerian style:

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Kedu
This is the Igbo translation of “Hello”. It literally translates as “how are you”, and is by far the most commonly used greeting by the Igbo ethnicity. It is an informal greeting that can be used any time of day in any kind of situation.

Bawo ni!
If you have visited any Yoruba speaking area, you may have heard this phrase used repeatedly. It is the standard greeting which is used in the morning until about noon. It can be used in both formal and informal situations.

Kóyo
This is used in Benin and neighboring communities. It is a way  of saying “hello” or “how are you”.  It’s an informal greeting that can be used any time of day in any kind of situation. When you are not sure how to greet somebody, it is always appropriate to say “Kóyo ”.

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Mesiere
Mesiere is the Efik/Ibibio way of greeting. Many argue that the phrases “ Idem mfo? “ or “ Abadie” are better interpretations, but Mesiere is a more common greeting. It is an everyday, complimentary greeting used between all people.

Sannu!
This is the formal way to greet somebody and say: “hello”  in the Northern region dominated by locals from the Hausa tribe. It is a very common and respectful form of greeting wherever Hausa is spoken

Abole
A traditional Nigerian greeting used by the Idoma in Benue State area, Abole translates roughly as “How are you?” or simply “Hello”.

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Mavo
Literally translated as “how are you?”, Mavo is the way the Urhobo’s say “hello”. It can be used in formal situations, or in cases where you are more relaxed with acquaintances.

How far?
Usually pronounced “har fa”. “How far?” is the most common way to say “hello”  in Nigerian pidgin. It is obviously used in informal setting and more amongst family, friend and acquaintances. Even though it looks like a question, it doesn’t need to be answered, especially if the person carries on with the conversation anyways.

Hey
Although “hey” is commonly considered rude when used in reference with people who you do not  know well. It is also applied among friends, especially teenagers and millennials. It sounds casual and cool, but can sometimes be confusing.

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This is commonly used in Warri pidgin. It is a very popular way of saying “hello” in the region. Other forms of hello in Warri pidgin include: “I greet your ministry”, “what’s the level?”, “how your side?”

10 Things you should not forget to do Before Leaving For Vacation

It is summer and most Nigerians, especially families with children on holidays like to spend some time away from home; visiting locations in other parts of the country or outside the continent. Sure, everyone knows to pack all they will need and lock up their house before they leave for the trip, but there are a few other important things too that people tend to forget to do.

Before you lock the door and say bon voyage, read our list of things people often forget to do before bidding adieu to their homes to make sure you are ready for your next trip!

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Make a checklist of things you need and double check it

Before you start packing, it is important to make a list of all the things you need for the trip so you can check them out as you pack them in. The list should include things like passport, tickets, confirmation numbers, money, emergency contact numbers, prescriptions, itinerary, e.t.c. Take time (like a few days or even a week before the trip) to build up the list; that way you can remember all items needed.

Pay off your bills and schedule payments

You do not want to come back from the trip to a house without electricity, water, or even find a notice on your door. Ensure that you pay for any bills that may be due, that way you don’t have to worry about it while you are away. From Rent to Car loan Payments, Insurance, Internet Services and various other utilities, ensure you pay ahead or visit your bank to schedule automated payment.

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Make copies of important items

Even if you have a digital copy of your credentials, be sure to have paper copies of your passport and credit cards with you, in case you lose them on your trip or there is a need for you to leave your documents for some reason.

Alert your bank or credit card provider

Most people overlook this. It is important you call and inform your bank or credit card provider of your trip, especially if you will be travelling out of the country; so that they expect to see some international charges and they monitor your account and alert you when they see unusual activities.

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Clean out Your Wallet

Don’t just pack your wallet into your bag like that. Ensure you look through it, empty it and sort out the contents. Be sure to take out any extra credit cards, reward cards and cash you will be needing for the trip. That way, your wallet is nice and light and you also do not lose anything you did not even need to use during the trip in the first place, if you lose your wallet.

Create an automated email response

This is very important for those who own businesses. Do not forget to create an automated email response or even a personalized voicemail telling people that you are out of town and even offering them an alternative means to reach you. Even if you plan on keeping up with correspondence, it is important you still set this response as it relieves you of the pressure to answer quickly and reduce the number of emails you get.

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Unplug and switch off all electronics

This is very important. You cannot trust PHCN when it comes to power surge. To reduce the risk of any electrical accident, remember to turn everything off or even better, unplug them, to conserve energy and money.

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Clean out your fridge and dust bin

You really do not want to come back to a maggot infested dust bean or spoilt food in the fridge as you cannot be sure of power supply to the fridge while away. Depending on how long you are away, clean out every perishables from the fridge and empty your dustbin. Do not just tie it in nylon and leave it at the gate, ensure the waste management company picks the dirt bag up before you travel.

Turn off all water supply

Make sure you turn off every water supply to your washing machines, kitchen taps, showers and toilets; that way you avoid possibilities of flooding while you are away.

Arrange a neighbor to keep an eye

No matter how well you lock your house and follow all safety measures, it is essential that you inform your neighbours you will be away and if possible, ask one of them to keep an eye on your property; either to help you take care of your pets and plants, to move cars in event of fire or other emergencies or to check doors, rear of the house occasionally to see if any unexpected packages or door hashtags were left.

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