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6 Ways to Make the Nigerian League Attractive to Football Fans

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When football fans discuss soccer, a non-partisan or disinterested person will be amazed by the passion and gusto with which the fans argue. The fan try as much as possible to defend their team reeling out incredible match statistics, trophies won and names of  players. You will think they are being paid but alas, it is a platform for purgation from stress and escape from their daily routine.

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As a result, bars, hotels and viewing centres in different parts of Benin are filled to the brim with fans at the edge of their seats hoping that their team will win as is usually the case when the English Premiership, Spanish La Liga, French League, and German Bundesliga are in season.

While the love for sports should be celebrated, the religious fanatism for foreign leagues has been said to contribute to the detriment of the Nigerian league which struggles for recognition and acceptance among teeming fans.  Jovago.com Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares 6 ways to make the tournament more attractive to football fans.

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Media coverage

On radio, television and sports pages of newspaper, reporters prefer to report foreign leagues. Surprisingly, on radio sports show, many so-called sports analyst do not have information about the Nigerian tournaments compared to the unlimited statistics at their fingertips on European leagues.

There are only a handful of journalists who can mention 10 players, and the highest goal scorer of the Nigerian League. Without effective media coverage, the league will continue to decline. If the media can give as much attention as they give to European leagues, it will go a long way in developing the league.

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More Sponsorship

The Nigerian Premier League’s official title sponsors is Glo, a telco in Nigeria. It signed a three-year partnership totalling N1.89 billion dollars with the League Management Company (LMC) Limited which will expire this year according to Supersport.com. The deal was signed in 2013.

Although this is good, the impact has not been felt in the league as many of the teams are owing salaries, cannot pay sign on fees and some of the league games are poorly organized.

The marketing department of the league needs to get more sponsors rather than relying on a single one. There are many corporate bodies out there willing to sponsor the league if they are guaranteed judicious and transparent use of the money.

Improved Stadium

A good stadia attracts good football. This is a reason why European football is attractive. Despite the fact the League Management Company (LMC) Limited has placed bans on some stadiums, this has not led to the improvement of stadiums.

Many of these stadiums are in a state of disrepair while the natural grass is not well nurtured thus, the television video coverage is not up to scratch.  The LMC should support the clubs to upgrade these stadiums to make television complaint.

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Increase online presence

The LMC and clubs like Heartland, Lobi Stars, Sunshine Stars, Enyimba, Shooting Stars and Warri Wolves among others must be commended for their concerted efforts in increasing their online presence especially providing real-time tweets of match proceedings on twitter.

But, more efforts are still required so that sports journalists can access information to write their stories. They can start by launching an active website.

Safety and security of fans

Football fans will always put their safety and security ahead of their passion for football. This is because there have been reports that fans being attacked, referees and coaches of opposing teams beaten to a pop. Meanwhile, the LMC hands out punishment in an attempt to end this menace.

Despite this, it is yet to boost the confidence of fans as they decide to stay at home rather than go to the stadium. If the security of fans and journalists are guaranteed, they will visit stadiums to watch their favourite teams.

End government club ownership

Out of the 20 club competing in the Nigerian Premiership only Giwa FC and FC Ifeanyinubah are privately owned. The remaining 18 are at the mercy of the state government. The players are often owed salaries due to government bureaucracy. Aside from this, the government have other state responsibilities. Thus, owning a sports club may be a distraction. If the league wants to be attractive, the government have to hands-off owning these football clubs. They should either be quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange or privately owned. This will bring about effective management and structure.

4 reasons Nigerians love shopping

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The saying that Nigerians like to shop is almost cliché as numerous comedians and even musicians have hinted at the idea. While it seems like a stereotype, there appears to be an atom of truth in it. Nigeria in general is a very commercial country.

Its many streets and boulevards are lined with malls, shops, stores, markets and boutiques; online stores as well are bursting at their seams with sales items and services to be rendered, as E-commerce is becoming one of the fastest growing trend in the business sector; yet, during the holiday and peak sales periods abroad, droves of Nigerians travel out to shop! It gets one to wonder: What do Nigerians do with all the stuff they buy? And what is their obsession with shopping anyways?

If these thoughts are going through your head and you can’t seem to find a suitable answer, we have 5 reasons Nigerian love to shop:

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They love a good bargain

Everyone loves a good discount and would certainly take special offers and patronize a store on clearance sales, however, with Nigerians, it is almost an addiction. Simple phrases like 50% OFF, ‘buy one, get one free’ bring some sort of special meaning to their lives and they find it hard to resist the lure of shopping as most times, they believe the opportunity may never come again. That is why you find Nigerians buying tickets to travel abroad for special sales in various countries, and local shops in Nigeria now becoming the first ones in Africa to adopt the American tradition of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as the British tradition of Boxing Day sales.

Nigerians are happy and generous people

Despite the state of the economy, Nigerians still seem drawn to shopping and commercialism is still on the rise. Not because they like to live out of their means, but because they are happy people who are not willing to remain perturbed by the economic downturn and scarcity. Rather, the markets are filled to the brim daily with buyers who happily make purchases of things they needs as well as gift items for others including Christmas hampers etc. Those who cannot afford to make actual purchases resort to window shopping, feasting their eye on the things they hope to one day own or purchase in future.
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A strong sense of fashion and a love for trends

Nigerians generally love fashion and so they love to keep up with trends from around the world. To keep up with these trends however usually involves a lot of shopping and at frequent intervals as style continuously evolves at a speedy pace. And what’s more, a plethora websites like Kaymu and Jumia act as the catalyst, abating their shopping needs by making the process much easier and convenient. They do not have to travel or spend time scouting through long racks of clothes to know what is in vogue or to get their sizes.

Societal pressure

Nigerians are very social and with that comes with a lot of pressure. From the need to measure up to peers in the area of dressing and appearance to conceding to expectations dictated by traditions, customs and beliefs, Nigerians find themselves always shopping for the items they need to meet these pressures. A child who has just gotten admission into a school needs a new wardrobe so he does not appear “poor”, a young girl whose friend is getting married has to shop for the right Asoebi and shoes, A family who has a cause to celebrate has to host a party and that involves a whole lot of grocery shopping and accessory shopping for decoration

4 kinds of people you will meet at a Lagos party

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Lagos is a hilarious comedy zone. Its people have the most peculiar mannerisms and as you drive or walk through the street, there is always something to make you laugh.

One place to find the most-queer lot are at Lagos parties. Nigerians love to party. This is why on Saturdays’, at almost every nook and cranny of the bubbly city, giant loudspeakers and grand canopies litter around with people sauntering to and fro in dapper costumes as they clamour for a good time. Read on as Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal identifies some of them.

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The uninvited guests

It is normal practice that only persons with an invitation card should be granted entry into a party. But, in a populated city like Lagos, you will always find someone that makes it their life-goal to gatecrash a party. In light of this, the organizers often ensure adequate security at the venue to curtail the excesses of uninvited guests…but they somehow still find their way through.

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The third party friend

They are not familiar with the host of the party but they have a good rapport with a ‘big shot’ who can get them into the loudest beanfeast in Lagos.

At these parties, the third-party-friend flanks the influential individual like a bodyguard and expect to be given the same VIP treatment. In addition, they brag and over hype themselves but, if you do a thorough background check on them, they are simply opportunists.

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The glutton

Refreshment is each glutton’s primary concern. Every other thing is secondary. He positions himself where he can receive everything that is being distributed – food, soft drink, water and alcohol. His appetite is insatiable as he voraciously munches all day long on the streets without a care as to who’s watching him! This is your typical Lagos hustler and in this city, he’s always around the corners.

The praise singers

Nigerians love being praised and this is why you will often find these lot at parties. Their aim is to extract money from you by singing rhythmic songs accompanied by deft beats from a talking drum. If you are not careful, you will spend all your money on them as they can compliment you to high-heavens. To keep your wallet safe, it is either you ignore them or offer them a generous token.

3 weird things couples do in Yoruba traditional weddings

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Among the over 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria, the Yorubas in South-west Nigeria will easily win the award for being avid socialites. They cherish celebrating moments as they adorn resplendent traditional attires popularly called Ashoebi.

If it’s a colourful event with local music, dance, food, and drinks, you will find them there. And their weddings are just as comical as the people. If you are experiencing a Yoruba wedding for the first time, do not be startled when you observe any of these things Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal has listed below.

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Dancing to rake in money

Dancing in a Yoruba marriage is an opportunity for the couple to make some money. The bride and groom usually take to the dance floor while they are circled by friends, family and well-wishers who spray cash on their heads. At the end of the wedding ceremony, the money accrued will be used to settle some minor debts incurred while planning the wedding and cover some expenses like paying for canopies, cake, and drinks among other strange things.

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Carry the Bride

To ‘carry the bride’ is literarily translated Igbeyawo. This may not be a serious part of a Yoruba nuptial agreement but it is done for its significance. The ability of the groom to haul his wife automatically signifies that he has the strength to take care of her. It is something that every groom should anticipate. But what if he cannot…?

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Prostrate

A widely known fact about Yorubas across Southwest states like Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo, is that they value respect. In every sphere of life, courtesy is important to them. Therefore, the act of prostration during a wedding ceremony should not come as a surprise to one who finds himself in this situation. The groom and his friends are expected to lie down flat in their glossy regalia to show appreciation to the bride’s parents. This may be comical but it is an important part of any Yoruba marriage.

6 Weird Things Men do Before Valentine

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February is the month of Love! Everyone should be excited and look forward to making it a special and unforgettable day for their spouses. However, for some people, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. These individuals evolve different tactics to ensure that they avoid taking their spouse shopping or giving them a luxurious treat at a five-star hotel in Lagos.

If you are a lady with your heart setting on celebrating Valentine’s Day but aren’t sure whether your man is cut out for it, Jovago.com, Africa’s N1 hotel booking portal shines the light on  some signs to watch out for.

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Finds fault in everything you do

He compliments your cooking, tells you how beautiful you are, allows you to pass the night at the weekend and doesn’t mind where you keep your things. If however, he abruptly turns the corner and make you feel like a stranger, your sixth sense should tell you that he wants to get rid of you before that special day.

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Stops calling you

On a daily basis, he could call you as many times as possible. He doesn’t miss that opportunity to blow you a good night kiss. But, a few days to Val, you wait forever for the kiss but it never comes. In the morning, you call him but he struggles to pick or he laments about you interrupting his sleep and unexpectedly ends the call. Honey, your valentine treat is hanging in the balance.

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Does not give you money anymore

Whenever you are ‘broke’, you can confidently put a call through to him and within a few hours, you receive an alert. He is very reliable that you have converted him into your ‘ATM’. This does not deny the fact that you love him, it just means he takes care of you. But, if you send him a message that you need money this love month, and get no alert, you should be worried. Yes, he may not have it at that moment but if it becomes a regular phenomenon, it’s a sign.

Busy Busy busy

According to relationship experts, no one is too busy to find time for people they care about. If he apparently gives you excuses for not doing something he promised because he is busy, it may be an underlying tactic to avoid valentine’s day expenses.

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Valentine is a myth

Some people genuinely do not believe in valentine. True. But there are others who claim that they do not celebrate Vals day, not because they do not recognize the significance but due to the financial burden it will bestow on them. Their mantra throughout February will be ‘I hate valentine or I don’t believe in valentine’. If you do not, at least, your woman does and if you want to keep her after valentine, give her something special. As a lady, make this point clear before he runs!

I need a break

If since you both started dating, he was the type who looked forward to shopping and eating out with you, but as valentine approaches, he suddenly gets bored or depressed when you are around and doesn’t seem interested in anything…do not mind him, stick around and get your due! .If he says, “Sweetheart, I need a break”, not to worry, you can give him the break after February 14th!

5 fun ideas for Valentine in Port Harcourt

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and…hate it or love it, you should be on the love train. Good thing is that whether you want to declare your love, wow your secret crush, or just have a memorable time in Port Harcourt City, River State, there are plenty of opportunities to do so.

Ranging from spontaneous, to romantic or just simple, Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking site offers 5 fun things to do in Port Harcourt for Valentine. Even better, some of these ideas are not just for Valentine’s Day, they are also appropriate for each day of the year.


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Weekend getaway at Le Meridien Ogeyi Place

Good news for all lovers of Valentine’s Day, the holiday for 2016 falls on Sunday, so this is the perfect excuse for a long romantic weekend. Whether you already live in Port Harcourt or are making a trip to the city from another location, a stay at Best Western Premier Hotel , would certainly spice up your relationship with your partner this holiday.

The hotel which is listed on Jovago.com, has a special valentine package from NGN30, 250 which includes 2 nights stay at the hotel, buffet breakfast at the Ororo restaurant, complimentary access to gym & Pool, complimentary Internet, raffle draw entry to win great prizes and more.

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Set out on a pedestrian adventure

This is not the conventional way to spend valentine, but it’s sure a means to kill two birds with one stone as you not only spend quality time with your partner, but you also learn so much about the city when you walk through it.

Take your Valentine to a popular but safe neighborhood like Abuloma or Rumola and explore the environs, taking pictures and making memories along the way.  You could actually keep things spontaneous and set out for an unknown destination. It would be such a rewarding experience when you finally get to the desired spot, perhaps a local restaurant or road side pub.

Sunday lunch buffet at hotel presidential

If you are not cut out for a long weekend stay in a fabulous hotel, you can at least settle for an exquisite lunch buffet at Hotel Presidential Hotel. An elegant location in the heart Port Harcourt, Sunday lunch buffet is offered at one of the hotel’s onsite restaurants, the Rivers Restaurant, every Sunday from 12:00pm till 3:00pm.

Spend quality time with your ‘boo’ enjoying the local foods of the city and savoring a taste of River State’s culinary culture. The hotel usually has special events as well as special offers which you can benefit from as long as you make early reservations.

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Order in and have a takeout feast

Sometimes, spending intimate and quality time with your partner on Valentine’s Day is all you need. Waive the parties, buffets and outings and settle for an in-house feast of take outs. Make food orders from several different restaurants and assemble a palatable spread from all of the delivery spots- including local and foreign dishes. Indulge yourselves. Just ensure you know to avoid foods that you or your partner may be allergic to…and keep things interesting.

Record a love song together at a studio

Music according to Shakespeare is the food of love. Rather than just listen to music, it would be a romantic idea to go create one of your own. You do not necessarily need to know how to sing or have a sonorous voice to pull it off. Book some time in the studio and work with the resident producer, you will be surprised the outcome at the end of the day.

While you may not end up releasing the track, the song could become a symbol of your love and it can be played as the theme song for your wedding or anniversary, plus you can also share the story and love song with children in future.

 

4 valentine’s day gifts for your techie sweetheart

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Valentine is significant because it is hinged on sharing gifts with that person you care about so much. But, if you are some of the lucky few dating a tech geek, you may probably have a hard time deciding what to buy for them as the expect to get the most stylish gadgets. In line with this, we identify four great gifts for your techie sweetheart.

Smart Jewelry

Innovation has led to the production of different smart devices from smart watches to smart homes and smartphones. Now, there is smart jewelry.

Women love to look good but they will even be happier if they are made to look and work better by the gifts their men give them. You can’t miss with a smart jewelry on Valentine’s Day. Buy her ‘Mica’, which is a gem-encrusted jewelry and features a curved sapphire touchscreen. It  can help  check emails, and text messages. Get her this, she will be wowed.

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Red Beats By Dre Phill

If your lover is a music addict, then it is time to replace his or her music boombox with the Red Beats By Dre Phill speakers. Why Beats by Dre speakers? It is steeped in quality and is a definition of sophistication. It features a rechargeable battery that can last up to seven hours and is a perfect valentine gift.

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Customized iPhone Case

If your man just ordered an iPhone recently but it does not have a protective case, you can buy one for him. The difference with the one you buy is that you can customize it to suit your taste. For example, you can ingrain both your pictures when customizing the case. He will be pleasantly surprised at the effort.


“You Are The CSS to my HTML Mug”

CSS and HTML are vocabularies used in coding. If both of you are into coding, order the “You are the CSS to my HTML mug”. This is another way to tell your partner that “You complete me”. Of course, the mud will always remind them of you.

5 reasons why twitter should not ‘ditch’ its 140 characters

Twitter is arguably the most influential social network website in the world. It has more than 302 million active users, and over 300 million tweets per day.

Remarkably, twitter’s 140 characters have been used for breaking news, promoting a brand, mobilizing people for a cause and as a platform for freedom of expression. In light of this, imagine the uproar when Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter hinted recently that the 140 characters limit could end. According to reports, it will be increased to 10,000.

Following this announcement, Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal highlight five reasons why twitter should retain the 140 characters.

140 characters make twitter unique

Twitter is the only new media that is limited to 140 characters. This feature stands this platform out from other new media like Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

Far-reaching impact

The internet space cannot be controlled by anyone. Twitter users have adequately taken advantage of this to mobilize people against the government of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt; used it for social media campaigns while organizations and governments have adopted it to monitor conversations on various trending topics.

Easy to read and understand

The reading culture has declined in Nigeria. Very few people want to read lengthy articles in the world of online media. A tweet with 140 characters is easy to read and understand unlike the 10,000 characters twitter is planning to introduce.

Inspires creativity and brevity

Verbosity and twitter are enemies. You only have 140 characters to express your thoughts and ideas, unlike other social networks. This, in no small way, helps the individual’s creativity and writing skills.

They may lose their users

Many people on twitter have Facebook accounts. If twitter goes ahead and introduces the 10,000 characters, it will not be different from facebook. In addition, Facebook has more than 1.5 billion users compared to twitter’s  500 million users. So, if this unique feature is removed, twitter will may lose their users to facebook.

4 reasons Nigerians should be excited about Netflix

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On January 6th, Netflix announced that its service can now be accessed in 130 countries except China. This expansion has long been expected by movie lovers as its service was restricted to the United States. Netflix, founded in 1997 is an online on-demand internet streaming media. In Nigeria, online video streaming sites like Iroko Tv and Ibakatv were concerned about the entry of the video-streaming platform. We gather 4 reasons why Nigerians should be excited about Netflix.

 

Access latest movies

Movie freaks are in for an idyllic movie ride. With Netflix, you do not need to wait for your favourite movie to be premiered in Nigeria especially when you have watched an exciting trailer. By subscribing to Netflix, you stay up-to-date with the latest films from Hollywood. This is a game changer!

 

Affordable subscription

N1,591.85 ($7.99) for the basic account will give you the right of entry to watch any film genre of your choice from television shows to animation, action, romance, cartoon and scary movies. To encourage you to subscribe, you will get one month free after subscribing. Other plans are standard and premium.

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Safe for Kids

According to Netflix, parents do not need to worry too much about how their kids use the  video streaming site. It is safe and friendly for kids. There are tons of exciting cartoons to watch for the children.

 

You can watch Nollywood movies

If you are not a fan of Hollywood, then you can subscribe to Nollywood movies to watch your most glamorous Nigerian actor and actress.

 

Piracy

This is the biggest problem facing the Nigerian movie industry. Many movies have been illegally pirated after the producers spent billions shooting the film. However, with a viable and global platform like Netflix, producers can give Netflix the right to stream the movies live. This will largely curtail the damaging impact of piracy and ensure that producers accrue their monies before the movie is pirated.

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4 reasons Nigerians should be excited about Netflix

On January 6th, Netflix announced that its service can now be accessed in 130 countries except China. This expansion has long been expected by movie lovers as its service was restricted to the United States. Netflix, founded in 1997 is an online on-demand internet streaming media. In Nigeria, online video streaming sites like Iroko Tv and Ibakatv were concerned about the entry of the video-streaming platform. Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal gathers 4 reasons why Nigerians should be excited about Netflix.

Access latest movies

Movie freaks are in for an idyllic movie ride. With Netflix, you do not need to wait for your favourite movie to be premiered in Nigeria especially when you have watched an exciting trailer. By subscribing to Netflix, you stay up-to-date with the latest films from Hollywood. This is a game changer!

Affordable subscription

N1,591.85 ($7.99) for the basic account will give you the right of entry to watch any film genre of your choice from television shows to animation, action, romance, cartoon and scary movies. To encourage you to subscribe, you will get one month free after subscribing. Other plans are standard and premium.

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Safe for Kids

According to Netflix, parents do not need to worry too much about how their kids use the  video streaming site. It is safe and friendly for kids. There are tons of exciting cartoons to watch for the children.

You can watch Nollywood movies

If you are not a fan of Hollywood, then you can subscribe to Nollywood movies to watch your most glamorous Nigerian actor and actress.

Piracy

This is the biggest problem facing the Nigerian movie industry. Many movies have been illegally pirated after the producers spent billions shooting the film. However, with a viable and global platform like Netflix, producers can give Netflix the right to stream the movies live. This will largely curtail the damaging impact of piracy and ensure that producers accrue their monies before the movie is pirated.

5 ridiculous things that can only happen in Aba

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Aba, one of the largest cities in Abia State and is quite popular for the level of commercial activities that goes on in the city.

While its contribution to the nation’s economy has earned it a measure of recognition, there are certain quirks that also mark it out as a unique place to live in. These quirks, although numerous can only be experienced and not told as they are most times totally incomprehensible to visitors.

If you are heading to Aba and looking to get clued-in, we share insights on some of the most unusual things Aba is known for.

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  1.  “Aba na anya”

If you have lived in or visited Aba, you probably already understand the popular phrase “Aba na anya” translated as “Aba and eyes”. The people in Aba are curious people and as such, are well-known spectators. They do not only notice everything that goes on around them, they make a point of staring at anything new or weird so much that the perpetrator is aware they have been noticed. Sometimes they call friends to join in on the beholding with phrases like : “Umu Aba lele oh!”  translated as “Aba children, come and see”.

For instance, a tourist in heel boots who visits Aba park will not only be stared at, but will most likely be accosted and asked questions on why they are dressed different. This can be considered as a level of friendliness, but there are times they can go overboard.

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2. Music Re-mix

The people in Aba are known to be very creative and carefree. It is only in Aba that you will hear a local re-mix of a new song released in the US or UK, blasting on the streets and copies of the remix been sold in place of the original track. From Rock, Blues, R&B and reggae, there is nothing the people of Aba cannot re-mix. Usually these songs are changed to reflect Jesus or Christian morals, as they people of the city are highly religious.

A popular track by “Michael Learns to Rock” known as “Sleeping Child” is officially Known as “Jesus Christ” and you hear locals belting out the lyrics with such zest: “Oh my Jesus Christ, I love you lord…” rather than “ Oh my sleeping child, the world is so wide…

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3. Made by Tomny Hilfinger

Aba is one of the largest commercial Centre in Eastern Nigeria and boasts of several markets as well as businesses. The traders and marketers are also very creative.  In the city, you will find copies of clothes shoes, perfumes, and even electronics originally designed by international fashion labels sold at very cheap prices. If you are not sharp, you might not even know that the items are clones and not original. Most times, they use a label that is very close to the original designs label. For instance, the copy of a shirt by Tommy Hilfiger will carry the tag “tommy Hilfinger”, adidas will be “abibas’ or An Armani Perfume will be labeled : Gorgio Amarnu. The funny thing though is that some of the locals still claim they are wearing the real brand.

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4. Igbo language for all

In Aba, speaking Igbo language rules the day. On the street, in the markets, in buses and taxis, restuarants and even in local schools, Igbo is the language of communication. So basically, whether you are a tourist, a visitor or you just cannot speak the language, you are bound to have some problem with communication , especially in public places. Even when you try to reply in English, they continue in igbo and even go as far as shunning you when you insist you do not understand them. While visiting the city, it is best to have an interpreter or guide; and if you cannot afford that, get an Igbo language handbook. Look on the bright side, you end up learning a new local Nigerian language
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