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How to get the best from a “Mamaput” in Lagos

Mamaput” a word used by most locals in Lagos city in reference to small scale restaurants or roadside kiosks that offer food, has since been polarized around the state and country. Visitors, as well as locals on the prowl for budget meals, are huge patrons of these food vending stations, as not only do they offer affordable meals, they also are the best place to have an authentic taste of the city’s indigenous cuisines.

Like it is with proper restaurants, visitors to any Mamaput need to behave in certain ways and follow certain rules in order to get the best service. A number of first-time visitors who try out Mamaputs, complain of the service and so, to aid first-time visitors to the city, we offer a few insider tips to getting great Mamaput service.

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Be clear about what you want

Most Mamaputs do not present the visitors with menu upon arrival. Usually, an attendant approaches you and gives you a verbal list of what they have to offer and you make a choice which they serve you.  It is important that you clearly state what you want, that way there is no mix-up or misunderstanding in future. Asking the attendant’s opinion between two choices is perfectly acceptable, but if you can, ask for everything you need at once.

Be polite

Even though the Mamaput is not a proper restaurant and standards are not as high, it is important that you remain polite all through the time you spend in it. Remember to say please and thank you and also on, acknowledge when your server is speaking to you. Ensure you refer to your server by the name they use to introduce themselves and do not whistle or snap at them.

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Be patient

It is important to remain patient all through the period you are being served. Do not make loud and rude remarks if you are not served as soon as you expect as that could upset not just the owner of the Mamaput, but also others eating in the same venue. Keep in mind that serving a dish or requesting a substitution may take some time.

Don’t get personal

It might be a plus if you find you can converse with the attendant in a mutual local dialect, but refrain from asking inappropriate questions, flirting with the staff or acting too familiar with the staff. This will make things not just uncomfortable for them, but for you as well and it may create opportunities for you to be taken advantage of or berated.

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Mikel targets Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

John Mikel Obi says winning bronze in Rio has given him the lift and hunger to target the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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John Mikel Obi wants to play in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Credit: Getty Images

After winning bronze with Dream Team VI at Rio 2016 Games, John Mikel Obi is targeting another Olympics with Nigeria.

Mikel Obi was part of Dream Team VI squad that participated and won Bronze at Rio 2016 and is his already looking forward to another Olympics.

Writing about his experience in Rio, the midfielder says the winning Bronze has given him the hunger to participate again in Tokyo 2020.

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Mikel says winning bronze in Rio has given him the hunger to compete in 2020 Olympics (Getty Images )

This experience has given me the hunger to do it again at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. I will be only 33 then and my game will still be at a high level,” the 29-year-old writes in his column for Standards Sports.

“I enjoyed every minute of being in Brazil and I have been talking to the other guys about playing in another Olympics. I’m already looking forward to it and the countdown is on!”

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Mikel says he has been discussing with his teammates about playing in another Olympics. Credit: Getty Images

Although Mikel’s place at Chelsea is under doubt due to the presence of N’golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, the midfielder says winning bronze in Rio has also given him a lift as he returns to the club.

I will go back to see the manager [Antonio Conte] and see what his plans are for me,” he writes.

I want to get back into training and prove myself. I want to play and help the team to win games.

John Obi Mikel John Mikel Obi is ready to fight for a place in Chelsea (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

I know it will be difficult because I have missed most of pre-season and the coach has a new way of playing.

But it is a positive thing for me that I have been playing well out here in Brazil and I’m in good shape.”

Mikel Obi has also been included in Super Eagles’ list to face Tanzania in a dead rubber African Cup of Nations qualifier.

2016 Rio Olympics: Bronze winning Dream Team VI returns to Nigeria

The Nigeria U-23 team on Monday, August 22 arrived back in the country after winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The contingent was welcomed by an excited crowd who was eager to see their bronze-winning Olympic heroes.

The Dream Team VI beat Honduras on Saturday, August 20 3-2 in the third-place match to win bronze –Team Nigeria’s only medal at Rio 2016.

Led by Coach Samson Siasia, the players and officials of the Dream Team VI arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 8:30pm of Monday.

The contingent was welcomed by an excited crowd who was eager to see their bronze-winning Olympic heroes.

Several members of the team like John Mikel Obi and William Troost-Ekong had travelled straight to their bases in Europe from Brazil.

12 players and seven officials of the Dream Team arrived Lagos and are lodged at the Sheraton Hotel.

The Dream Team VI played six matches in Rio 2016, winning four and losing two.

5 Things That Will Happen to Your Body If You Quit Alcohol

Nigerians love their alcohol. It is an important part of our daily lives. This is why after work or during weekends, you see them at a hotel’s lounge chatting away with friends while downing bottles of alcoholic beverages. For those who don’t take alcohol, they find it difficult to blend in socially. This is because it will be awkward for them to down non-alcoholic drinks amidst bottles of branded alcoholic drink. Hence, it will be difficult for many to stop drinking alcohol.

For those finding it difficult to stop, Jumia Travel, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal points you to five things that may happen to your body when you stop drinking alcohol. At least if you cannot stop, you can take a break from drinking alcohol even if it’s for a couple of weeks.

You will lose weight

Alcohol-beer, wine, and cocktail drinks have a significant amount of calories. These calories have next to nothing effect on the body. If you cut down drinking alcohol, you will begin to lose weight effortlessly without necessarily making any lifestyle changes.

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You will sleep better

Booze can make you sleep but not possible for you to sleep soundly. Hence, avoid drinking alcohol before going to bed so that you can get quality sleep for you to perform 100% the following day.

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You will stop over-eating

According to research, a big driver of eating too much is alcohol because it heightens your senses. As a result, you may eat beyond what your stomach can accommodate.

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You will save money

No matter the cost price of alcohol, Nigerians will always buy. Crates of different alcoholic drinks are always available in parties, clubs, and homes. If you want to save a good amount of money, cut your alcoholic intake. If you can, you can calculate the amount you spend on alcoholic every weekend.

You will be healthier

Alcohol increases your blood pressure, can damage the heart muscle and potentially plays an important role in different stages of cancer. Abstaining from alcoholic will make you healthy.

Five (5) Slangs That Make You a Confirmed Lagosian

Lagos is Nigeria’s melting pot. It’s the dream destination for most people who reside in nearby cities and rural communities. Everyone believes Lagos is a city where dreams come true, regardless of your means of livelihood. That’s why you find almost everyone in this great cosmopolitan city that is home to over 20 million people, according to recent statistics. In fact, it was estimated that Lagos might become over-populated because of the high influx of migrants from other states, and/or neighbouring countries. This may be the reason why some Nigerians refer to it as a no-man’s land, because it has become a convergence point for all and sundry.

The journey to becoming a confirmed (true) Lagosian is filled with many road bumps. Once you’re strong-willed enough to cross, you will earn yourself the title of a true Lagosian – a title so lofty in glory. Some of these road bumps might include your ability to survive the hustle, the street food, the street life as well as having an up-to-date understanding of the contemporary slangs.

These slangs are essential because it is the way most people communicate in the city, and being able to decode and dialogue in these slangs will make anyone a confirmed Lagosian. So, whether you live on the Island or mainland, you should be conversant with these slangs. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares five (5) of these contemporary slangs that might earn you the confirmed Lagosian title:

Owambe

Owambe simply means social events held on weekends, such as weddings. Lagosians love to attend ‘owambes’ because it provides a unique opportunity to mingle especially if you’re single; you get to show off your colourful Aso Ebi, and spend quality time with friends and family. Interestingly, Owambe has outgrown its original Yoruba connotation to become a cliche for describing weekend social events among Lagosians.

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  source: owambe.com

Okrika

Okrika is an Igbo phrase which is widely used to describe  cheap second-hand items sold at open spaces. Okrika may include clothes, shoes, bags, electronic devices and phones. A good number of Lagosians patronise these items because they are mostly affordable.

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Shine your eyes

Because of the high number of residents, minus frequent commuters who come into the city for business functions, it is not surprising to find the good, the bad, and the ugly cohabitating. Hence, you have to constantly be on the alert  if you don’t want to experience the sneaky hands of the bad eggs, because these hands strike faster than lightning and thunder. So shine your eyes while driving, standing at the bus stop, or when engaging in any transactions.

source: thelowdownblog.com

Johnny Just Come (JJC)

Who is Johnny? Of course, Johnny is somebody’s name. But it means something completely different if you are addressed by that in Lagos. JJC is someone that arrived recently in Lagos and perhaps cannot navigate the city without a guide. If your demeanour gives evidence of a JJC, bus conductors are usually excited about the prospect of taking advantage of you by hiking the transport fare, or perhaps you may be driven beyond your bus stop. There are some people who can still be tagged Johnny even though they’ve lived for years in the city. In any case, do not act like a JJC if you want to be a confirmed Lagosian.


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Agbero

Agbero is a Yoruba word for bus conductors who hail passengers. However, the name has abandoned its original meaning and has submitted itself to being used to describe thugs who collect money from commercial motorists for picking passengers at the bus stops, and may resort to assault if the money is being withheld by the drivers. Refusal to pay this levy may lead to heated argument, harassment or unnecessary delays. In fact, passengers always encourage drivers to settle these Agberos to avoid unnecessary confrontations.

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 source:africanexaminer.com

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2016 Rio Olympics: 8 Nigerians who competed for other countries

At the Rio Olympics 2016, there are about 11,550 athletes participating, from 207 nations. It is clear that some countries have athletes competing for them who are from other nations originally. Nigeria is especially affected, as the treatment of athletes by the country needs to be greatly improved. Here are 8 Nigerians who competed for other countries at the Rio Olympics 2016.
1. Femi Ogunode – Qatar
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Femi Seun Ogunode was born on 15 May 1991 in Ondo state, western Nigeria. He ran for University of Ibadan and qualified for the 2007 All-Africa Games and the 2008 Summer Olympics. However, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria left him off of the final rosters for both events for undisclosed reasons. Following these, Ogunode accepted an offer to compete internationally for Qatar. His personal best of 9.91 at 100 m makes him the current holder of the Asian 100m record. He has been running for Qatar since 2010 and has won awards in 2011 and 2014. He competed at the Men’s 200 metres race.
2. Oluwakemi Adekoya – Bahrain
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Oluwakemi Adekoya was born on January 16, 1993. She originally ran for Nigerian since 2011, but due to dissatisfaction with how the country treated athletes Kemi defected to Bahrain. Adekoya’s first race in 2014 for her new country was a surprise to everyone. She defeated the entire elite 400 m hurdles field in a surprise win. Her time of 54.59 seconds was a world-leading one, and also displayed a banner saying “I ♥ Bahrain” after her victory.
3. Ezinne Okparaebo – Norway
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Ezinne Okparaebo was born on March 3, 1988 in Imo state, Nigeria. She is a Norwegian track and field sprint athlete. She has been living in Norway since the age of nine, and identifies as Norwegian. She has been representing Norway since 2008. This 2016 Olympics she won no medals, completing the women 100m event in 11.43s.
4. Keturah Orji – USA
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Keturah Orji was born on March 5, 1996. Apart from the name Orji, which is commonly used by Igbo people in Abia state, Nigeria, we have no other connections linking her to Nigeria. She is an American track and field athlete specializing in the triple jump. Orji grew up in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and graduated from Mount Olive High School in 2014. She placed fourth in the triple jump at this year’s Olympics.
5. Ayomide Folorunso – Italy
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Ayomide Folorunso was born October 17, 1996. She is from Abeokuta, in Ogun state, Nigeria. She now has Italian nationality and runs in the 400 metres hurdles race for Italy. She competed in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and has made it to the Semi finals at this year’s Rio Olympics after coming 9th.
6. Barbara Nwaba – United States
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Nwaba was born January 18, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, to Nigerian parents Theodore & Blessing Nwaba. The family is from Mbaitoli local government area of Imo state, Nigeria. Her grandfather is the king of their home village; Eziama Obiato. She is the oldest of 6 children and a 2007 graduate of University High School. Nwaba is an American track and field athlete, known for multi-event participation, she participates in the hepthalon, which includes javelin throw, long jump and five other events. She is yet to win any medal in 2016.
7. Morolake Akinosun – USA
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Morolake Akinosun, born May 17, 1994 in Lagos, Nigeria is no small athlete. She is an American track runner who is currently participating in this year’s Olympics. She won gold at the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto in 4 x 100 meter with team mates Barbara Pierre, LaKeisha Lawson, Kaylin Whitney. She is only the second woman ever to score in four events at an NCAA Outdoor Championships in consecutive seasons. She is a four time NCAA 4 x 400 champion.
8. Paola Ogechi Egonu – Italy
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Paola Ogechi Egonu was born on 18 December 1998 in Veneto, Italy to Nigerian parents. She is an Italian female volleyball player. She is part of the Italy women’s national volleyball team and she was awarded ‘best outside Spiker’ at the 2016 Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament . Her team beat Puerto Rico 3- 0 in their last match.

AFRIMA JURY ARRIVES LAGOS

Ahead of the nominee announcement which comes up on August 22, 2016, members of the Jury for the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, arrived in Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday, August 17,2016 and have commenced the adjudication exercise.

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The screening/nominee selection is scheduled to hold in Lagos State just as the city was last Monday August 15, declared the host city for AFRIMA 2016 by the African Union.

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The 13-person International Jury of AFRIMA, which represents the five regions of Africa, the Diaspora and AUC, are: Kawesa Richard (Eastern Africa-Uganda), Delani Makhalima (Southern Africa-Zimbabwe), Christian Syren (Southern Africa-Southern Africa), Rita Ray (Diaspora-UK), Kiki Toure(Central Africa – Equatorial Guinea), Rab Bakari (Diaspora -USA), Oscar Kidjo (Western Africa-Benin Republic), Laolu Akintobi (Western Africa-Nigeria), Tabu Osusa (Eastern Africa-Kenya), Robert E. Ekukole (Central Africa-Cameroon), Angela Martins (African Union Rep.) promises to uphold the AFRIMA’s value of FACE IT (Fairness, Authenticity, Creativity, Excellence, Integrity, Transparency).

The entry submission process that was opened to artistes, music professionals and other stakeholders living on the continent and in the Diaspora, commenced on Monday May 30 and closed on July 30, 2016.

Realizing a total score of over 2,714 entries from music practitioners across the continent for this year’s edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA. Hence, the call for the commencement of the proper documentation of the nominees to emerge for the consideration for AFRIMA 2016 awards.

The purpose for this 7-day screening exercise and nominee selection is to provide for well-deserving artistes and music professionals to emerge as winners ranging from the regional categories to the continental categories. This brings for a crucial responsibility of screening, categorizing, assessing and selecting nominees from the body of works submitted for award consideration. Following this, the adjudication process will be concluded by the final announcement of the nominees’ list in all 34 categories.

Following this, the adjudication process will be concluded by final announcement of the nominees’ list in all 34 categories. The 2016 edition of the award will take place on 4-6 November,2016.

 

Rio Olympics: Nigeria women 4x100m set to rescue medal

All the Nigeria’s women 4x100m quartet have to do is push harder and they might just clinch a medal for the country in track and field.
Going into the final billed for 2.15am Saturday, the team featuring, Gloria Asumnu, Blessing Okagbare, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa posted 42.55 seconds a season’s best and the fifth fastest time in the semi-final heats yesterday.
Gloria Asumnu, Blessing Okagbare, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa posted 42.55 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce anchored the Jamaicans to victory in the first heat in 41.79, opening the door for Elaine Thompson to sweep the sprint medals at the Rio Olympics.
Thompson won the women’s 200 metres on Wednesday to add to the 100 title she took from Fraser-Pryce earlier in the week and allowing her a shot at matching Usain Bolt’s feat in the last two Olympics.
The Jamaicans needed Fraser-Pryce’s blistering finish to hold off Britain, who were second fastest on the time sheets in 41.93 ahead of Germany, who won the second heat in 42.18 once the Americans had effectively eliminated themselves.
Ukraine finished third in the first heat in 42.49 with Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and China also going through to the final. The USA had to wait to confirm their place in the final. The Americans, who alleged that Brazil impeded them on the way around.

Rio Olympics: Nigeria will face Honduras with bronze medal on the line

Honduras and Nigeria will meet in the bronze medal match of the Olympic men’s soccer tournament

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Honduras and Nigeria will play for Olympic bronze in Belo Horizonte.

Honduras, a country that has never won an Olympic medal, was not expected to make it to the medal rounds of the men’s soccer tournament.

Led by a strong attacking trio of Antony Lozano, Alberth Ellis and Romell Quioto, Honduras has earned some impressive results at the 2016 Olympics, including a 1-1 draw against Argentina in group play and a 1-0 victory over South Korea in the quarterfinals.

Unfortunately for Honduras, it run into a juggernaut in the semifinals as it was trounced by Brazil 6-0. The team will have to recover from that disappointing result to have a chance against a very talented Nigeria team.

Nigeria has been one of the most exciting teams at the Rio Games, both on and off the field. The travel issues of the team are well-documented at this point as the team arrived in Brazil just hours before its first group stage match.

The Nigerian players seemed to rally around the chaos as they won Group B and defeated Denmark in the quarterfinals.

Similar to Honduras, it ran into a team firing on all cylinders in the semifinals as it fell to Germany 2-0.

Both Honduras and Nigeria have found success on the offensive side of the ball, but were shutout in the semifinals. Nigeria has scored eight goals at the 2016 Olympics, while Honduras is not far behind with six goals.

One player who could play a key role in the matchup is Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel. The midfielder will be the most experienced player on the field for either side and has had a strong tournament directing Nigeria’s offense.

The bronze medal match will be played on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 12:00 p.m. ET (5pm Nigerian Time) . The match will be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com.

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