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African Union unveils AFRIMA 2016 calendar in Gambia

The African Union has unveiled the calendar of events of the 2016 All Africa Music Awards tagged AFRIMA 3.0 at the AUC-AFRIMA Joint Conference in Banjul, Gambia.

The AUC-AFRIMA Conference was attended by officials of the African Union, AFRIMA 2015 winners, and stakeholders in the creative/ entertainment industry in Africa, media executives, and musical artistes.

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L-R: AFRIMA 2015 Best African Rock Artiste, Paulo Albuquerque of M’vula, Lil’ Jorge of M’vula (Angola); Winner, Revelation of the African Continent, Adekunle Gold (Nigeria) and Chief Brand Strategist, PRM Africa and President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada at the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar unveiling ceremony recently held in Banjul, The Gambia.

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Head of Culture Department, African Union Commission (AUC) and member of the AFRIMA Jury, Ms. Angela Martins at the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar unveiling ceremony recently held in Banjul, The Gambia.

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Vice President, The Gambia, H.E, Ms. Isatou Njie-Saidy during the Banjul +10 in Banjul, The Gambia.

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L-R: Chief Brand Strategist, PRM Africa and President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada; AFRIMA 2015 Best Male Artiste in Central Africa, Stanley Enow (Cameroon); Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa, Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) and Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall, Stonebwoy (Ghana) at the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar unveiling ceremony recently held in Banjul, The Gambia.

Formally declaring the activities of AFRIMA 2016 opened at the event, the Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Ms. Angela Martins posited that The African Union was pushing forward its developmental agenda and policies through the AFRIMA platform.

The calendar of AFRIMA 3.0 was announced with a take-off date for submissions of entries for AFRIMA 2016 via the online platform on www.afrima.org. The submission of entries for the 2016 edition of the awards starts on Monday, May 30 and closes Saturday, July 30, 2016.

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Cross section of participants at the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar unveiling ceremony recently held in Banjul, The Gambia.

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Cross section of participants at the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar unveiling ceremony recently held in Banjul, The Gambia.

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L-R: AFRIMA 2015 Winner, Revelation of the African Continent, Adekunle Gold (Nigeria); Best Male Artiste in Central Africa, Stanley Enow (Cameroon); Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa, Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) and Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall, Stonebwoy (Ghana) at the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar unveiling ceremony recently held in Banjul, The Gambia.

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L-R: AFRIMA 2015 Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall, Stonebwoy (Ghana); AFRIMA Associate Co-producer, Hadja Kobele Keita and Best Male Artiste in Central Africa, Stanley Enow (Cameroon) at the AFRIMA 3.0 calendar unveiling ceremony recently held in Banjul, The Gambia.

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Iheanyi Igboko’s Blog is 3 Today

Our Official Iheanyi Igboko’s Blog began exactly THREE YEARS AGO today!

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http://www.iheanyiigboko.wordpress.com, Nigeria’s one-stop hotspot for tourism, culture and entertainment was established in April 2013, but published its first post on May 28, 2013.

Since we started, we’ve made 1046 posts and averaged 250 daily views and 500 views after posts.

We are now viewed from 132 countries with Nigeria, US, Norway, UK, South Africa, Ghana, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil and India – being the top of the packs.

We are grateful to our major partners – http://www.afrima.org http://www.jovago.com and jiji.ng Lagos Inland Revenue Services, among others – we will continue to rely on your patronage.

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Above all, we want to give our readers A BIG THANK YOU! We couldn’t do it without your support and encouragement.Let us know if there is any specific content you would like to see. Happy Anniversary to us

Essential rules for raising Nigerian kids in a technology world

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Everyone is catching the technology fever, including kids. Today many children are addicted to technology in a manner which has many parents worried. They request their parents purchase the latest tech gadget for them despite the fact the parents know little or nothing about these devices. For many parents who are looking for strategies to raise their children right since they cannot shield them from technology, Jovago.com, Africa’s no.1 hotel booking portal rolls out some tips.

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Technology should not be discouraged in your home

Technology is ubiquitous. You cannot say that because you are a luddite so you discourage your children from embracing technology. Technology is the future and you will be losing if you  prevent them from accessing it. It is better to welcome this new way of life into your home so that they will not be tech illiterates in the future. In blue chip companies today, the knowledge of technology is essential.

Restrict access to social media and other websites

If your kids are not old enough to buy their gadgets themselves, you should either buy a phone that doesn’t give browse or block access to social media-Facebook, twitter, Instagram and other indecent websites.

Moderate use

Children are wired to be imaginative and inquisitive. It is when you stop them from accessing technology that they become curious. They want to know why you want to stop them using. It is better to allow them to use it but moderately. To prevent overuse restriction internet access to certain times of the day can help. Even when you are not home, they will abide by this timeline.

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Remember technology is to solve problems

Technology is meant to solve problems not worsen it by getting kids addicted to it. Rather than calling or sending them text messages to your children, you can chat with them via instant messaging apps like WhatsApp, BBM, and Facebook messengers. It has helped you cut the cost of buying airtime. But still, you have to find a balance. Do not over do it. There should be a period you temporarily collect the gadgets from them so that they will not be addicted.

Use apps to monitor your kid’s activities  

There are android apps you can now use to monitor the phone or online activities of your children. With these apps, you have control over what they are exposed to. Examples of these downloadable monitoring apps include Kids place, Secure Teen Parental Control, Screen time Parental control and Norton Family Parental Control.

4 noteworthy facts about Nigeria’s Democracy day 2016

While October 1st (1963) is the day Nigeria became a republic after her first democratic process, May 29th is the official date for celebrating democracy as it is the day that military ruler Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar handed over power to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, marking the end of almost 30 years of military rule since 1966 – with a brief stint of democracy between 1979 and 1983 – and heralding a new democratic government.

As expected, Nigerians will celebrate this day that marks the return to civil rule after a protracted military regime that almost ruined the nation, with glee. And in a bid to contribute to this year’s celebration of the momentous time, we share 4 noteworthy facts about Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

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The holiday will be celebrated on 30th of May instead

This year, May 29th fell on a Sunday , and while this is already a work-free day for most of the country’s citizens, the Federal Government has declared Monday, May 30, 2016 as a public holiday to mark the 2016 Democracy Day instead. The declaration of which was done by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, on behalf of the Federal Government is sure to bring joy to the hearts of the many people resident within the Nation as it would ensure a long weekend for everyone.

The day will mark 17 years of democracy in Nigeria

The first Democracy Day also was held on 29th of May 1999 and as such, this year’s celebration will mark 17 years of uninterrupted democracy. This is a great feat as the first democratic government which commenced after Nigeria became a republic on 1 October 1963 lasted only about 3 years and the second time, which was a brief stint of democracy between 1979 and 1983 with Alh. Shehu Shagari, lasted just about 3 and half years as well. There is the confidence now that democracy has come to stay.

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The celebration will coincide with the Biafra declaration day

Originally, the date May 29th date was opposed by some Nigerians who were concerned that the date was too close to the date Chukwuemeka O. Ojukwu declared the ‘Secession and Declaration of the Sovereign State of Biafra’ and the day ‘On Aburi We Stand’ speech was made; on the 30th of May, 1967 and 1969 respectively. This year, as the celebration has been moved to the next day, the 30th of May, it would actually coincide with the Biafra declaration day.

The day will mark 1 year in office of President Muhammadu Buhari

The current Head of state of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, was sworn into seat during the Democracy Day celebration on May 29th, 2015, after winning one of the most intense elections ever held in the country.  And so, this year, Nigerians will not only be commemorating the restoration of democracy in Nigeria, they will also celebrate one year in office of the President as well as his sustained effort in building a peaceful, enduring and democratic legacy.

6 things Nigerian kids want on Children’s Day weekend

Yes! It is another May 27th, a day set aside for children to celebrate. On this day, although kids will be away from school, very few of them expect to be at home throughout the day.

The minds of children are very imaginative and there are certain activities you can engage in to bring them joy. With this in mind, we share 5 of the things Nigerian kids want on Children’s Day.

Take them to any amusement park fun factory in Lekki

Fun Factory in Lekki Phase 1 will be filled with the cries of excited children. Your kids should be among them. They offer games, toys, bouncy castles, train rides, carousels, swimming pools and other creative and interactive games for children. If your kids are between the ages of 1 to 10, it is the perfect place to go.

Spend valuable time with them

Present economic realities demand that both parents are economically engaged. They rarely have time for their children since they leave home very early in the morning and return late at night. In between, the children are left with a house help or family member. However, for Children’s day they want you to spend valuable time with them because it is a long children’s day.

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Buy them boxes of chocolates

Children love chocolates. If you have never bought chocolate for your kids before, you should surprise them with a box. Make it more interesting by having a despatch rider deliver it to them. They will be animated and show it off to their friends. The welcome they will give when you return from work will nearly bring tears to your eyes.

Have them join the March parade

March parade is the most prominent event on Children’s day. Smart looking and well-dressed children, gather at an open ground where they show-off their marching skills to the admiration of a government dignitary – local government chairman, government or any other government representatives. The parade is for the children to have fun.

Don’t scold them 

Kids are restless. Parents have to be extremely patient with them whether it is Children’s Day or not. There is every tendency for you to scold them due to their restlessness. Since it’s children’s day, you  can grant them a bit of freedom and overlook some of their shortcomings.

Allow them to watch cartoons

Cartoon is one of the favourite programmes children prefer to watch on television.  They know the particular time these cartoons commences. They will really feel bad if you stop them from watching their preferred cartoons, especially on Children’s Day.

5 Tips to Improve the Quality of your Skype Calls

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Skype is fast becoming an integral part of a business. Users can make free and cheap calls as far as they are both registered on Skype. Besides business, it is bridging the gap between couples who are in long distance relationship. If you are heavily reliant on Skype, the quality of your Skype calls must be top notch.

We share 5 tips to improve the quality of Skype calls.

Internet connection 

The quality of your Skype is largely influenced by your internet connection. The better your network, the better your calls and vice versa. If you cannot use the voice call function due to network, you can revert to sending instant messaging.

Pause all downloads 

To enjoy your Skype calls, it is advisable to temporarily suspend all downloads because it can disrupt your calls. It is better for your internet connection to be focused on the call rather than being shared with music, video or picture you are downloading. So, whenever you are making a Skype call, pause all your downloads.

Check your volume setting

aside from making calls in a quiet environment, it is also important to check your volume setting to make such it is working properly. In addition  to this, you should ensure that your microphone is working. If the sound is not poor, your voice call on Skype will be traumatic.

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Use a good headset

You can use any earphone for skyping. However, with a very good headset, there will be no problem with hearing your callers. Whichever headset you choose must be sound proofed.

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Wireless connection can be unstable or unreliable sometimes. It can disappoint you when you need it most. But, if you have access to a wired connection, it is worthwhile to stick with that. There will be no question of disruption from other wireless devices like phone, watch, camera, laptop and other digital gadgets if you use a wired connection.

5 Selfies every Nigerian has taken

Nigerians love taking selfies. While some use selfies to share  personal feats, fond memories, where they are vacationing or even what they had for lunch; some others employ selfies as a tool to send important messages.

 

We drafted a list of 7 Selfies every Nigerian has taken at some point in time.

The Shoprite Selfie

For some reason, Nigerians cannot resist taking pictures at malls around the country, and most of the Selfies do not show them buying groceries at all. They just take a pose while leaning on one of the shelves, hold up one of the items on display and make a duck face or they just take group Selfies with friends. The girls most times make their way to the toilets in the malls and take pictures there, as apparently, there is no better backdrop than the place you do your business.

The “omo baba l’owo” selfie a.k.a #Wealthie

8 out of 10 times you see a Selfie of someone posing with a large sum of money on the internet – either lying on a bed of cash, eating a plate of cash bundles or just lying next to a pile of money; they are Nigerian. The money does not have to be Naira to affirm their place of origin. Nigerians like to show off their possession even while they know it could put them as it most likely sets them out as targets for marauders!  From Celebrities to dignitaries, young adults, and regular people, this kind of selfie is a regular on the social media.

The “I-made-this-meal” selfie

Now this selfies sometimes, do not include the person’s entire face, just the person’s hand or finger holding up the plate of food, or sometimes, it is just the meal. Nigerians love food and they love people to think that they make exotic dishes, even if they actually look regular or just gross. Other times, they take selfies of themselves eating fancy food in fancy restaurants, just to show that they too, indulge in fine dining.

The collage selfie

One selfie at a time is not enough for the typical Nigerian, and so, to ensure that you do no get tried of scrolling through different shots of the same look, they now just  merge three pictures in a collage to show different angles or highlight certain aspects at once. Thanks to Picmix and other photo editing apps available to Nigerians, the Selfie has transcended from a normal picture to what can be described as a “craft” or a “project”.

The car selfie/ #carfies

A majority of Nigerian are now guilty of driving while under the influence of the Selfie! Most people in traffic while away time and even entertain themselves by posing for the camera. Some even take Selfies while in motion and on speed with the air in their weave for effect…and somehow, the light is always perfect and the pictures even better.

5 Ways to Make Cool Cash from your Photographs

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If you have good pictures lying fallow in your camera or phone, it is perhaps time for you to make money from it. There are a number of websites where you can display your pictures, and if it gets selected, you will receive bank alert on your phone. This is just another exciting way to make some bucks even if you are an amateur photographer.

Just make sure that the pictures are crisp and good for publication. We share some websites where you can hawk your pictures and make money.

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Etsy

Etsy is another way to get your photos noticed. However, all the promotional and pricing will be   carried out by you. Etsy will take $0.20 for each item listed and a 3.5% slice of every sale. If you can make it work, it can be very profitable.

500px.com

500px Prime lets you buy or sell premium royalty-free stock photos taken by the portal’s members. 70% of sales go to the photographer. If you want, you can continue to license your content photos on other platforms. But if you decide to give 500px the sole right for your pictures, your pay will be higher. There are over 65 million photos and 7 million top photographers. Hence, it is important to upload sterling pictures.

DepositPhotos.com

Depositphotos is a free mobile app that allows photographers to quickly sell pictures you take with your phone. If you picture is sold, you will get between 44% and 52% in return. Importantly, your pictures will have to be properly scrutinized before it’s accepted. It has millions of high-quality royalty-free stock photo. It features millions of high-quality royalty-free stock images.

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RedBubble

With RedBubble, artists can sell their artworks because the website is all about art. Before you are allowed to sell any photos, you will pay a base fee for managing the transactions. Afterwards, you will fix your own price as well as the profit. In fact, you will promote your artworks yourself and build up your own audience.

Scoopshot.com

On Scoopshot, you do not only sell and buy photos, you can also hire a photographer. Thus, you can register as a photographer. Royalties are somewhat complicated. If your shot is used in an advert, you get a cut of the advertising revenue rather than a flat fee.

Tourist Destinations in Ibadan

A city in the south-western part of Nigeria, Ibadan is the capital city of Oyo State and the third largest metropolitan area, by population, in Nigeria, after Lagos and Kano. Better known in Yoruba as Ẹ̀bá-Ọ̀dàn, meaning ‘the city at the edge of the savannah’, it is also the largest and most populous city in the country and the third in Africa after Cairo and Johannesburg.

Ibadan is very old as it was the centre of administration of the old Western Region since the days of the British colonial rule. The city has stood the test of time and while it has developed into a metropolitan city today which is home to about 3.5 Million people, it shows more than just scars of history. It has got a strong combination of tradition and sophistication, and is still driven by its ancient heart. Its location and persistence has made the city a nexus of culture and Jovago.com, Africa’s largest hotel booking portal shares all the details.

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Bower’s tower

An over 60 feet tall tower located on the hill top of Oke Are in Igbo Agala (Agala forest) area of Ibadan,the Bower’s tower is the highest hilltop in the city and it has about 47 spiral staircases. It is not only ancient but unique as it offers a panoramic view of the whole city from the top .

Mapo Hall

A remarkable structure commissioned during the colonial era by Captain Ross in 1929, Mapo hall is located right beside Bere Market in Ibadan and is a symbol of the ancient’s key roles in Nigeria politics.

Agodi gardens

The most popular of the city’s six parks, Agodi Garden is a lovely park which  spreads over 13 acres of land is a lovely park right at the center of Ibadan city. Most tourist flood the location for different forms of entertainment and recreation.

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LODGING

Ibadan is quite metropolitan and as such, most of its hotels can compete with hotels in cities like Abuja and Lagos. Visitors can choose from over 300 hotels within the city via Jovago.com.  From ultra-chic and luxurious to, quaint and charming or affordable and basic, No matter your preference and even budget, there is a perfect match for you. For budget travellers, there are decent midrange options on the ground.

SHOPPING

Like true Nigerians, the people in Ibadan love to buy and sell.  Shopping is taken seriously around the city and visitors who visit find a lot of options. There are several major areas to go shopping in Ibadan- from the local and bespoke to the mega shopping center. There are also many craft, books and souvenir shops in the Old City. Most visitors love to buy the adire – “tie-dye” cloth dyed locally in large pots of indigo is popular in the city- as souvenirs.

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DINING

People in Ibadan love to eat. A lot. And there are plenty of terrific restaurants in and around the city. One of the first places locals will take you is to a get amala, ewedu or efo — basically, their most favorite local meal. The local foods are best gotten in market areas and bukka around town. There are also opportunities for fine dining either at the top hotels including Owu crown hotel and Premier hotel.

FUN FACT

Located at the hub of Ibadan’s commercial centre, Cocoa House is the first skyscraper in Nigeria.

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