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Top 4 Nigerian Traditional Games to Try


Nigerians have their way of relaxing and pleasure can be derived through old traditional games.

These sports have evolved from being a mere feature in festivals, marriages and communal events to becoming a competitive sports where participants are awarded and rewarded.

In addition, the games are an opportunity to attract visitors and promote sports tourism across the world. Owing to its popularity,, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares 4 traditional games to play while around Nigeria.



This is the most popular traditional board game in Nigeria. It is called Ayo in Yoruba. Despite the nomenclature, its popularity cut across the country and Africa. It is played by two dexterous individual who attempts to get more seeds to emerge the winner.

The game is made up of 12 holes with 6 on each side of the board and every hole contains 4 seeds making it a total of 48 seeds. The board is 0.8m to 1.2m. A player is declared the winner if he is able to garner more than his opponent. The game is played in an anticlockwise format while each player is allowed to play for 30 secs.

Traditional Wrestling

Kokawa (traditional wrestling)

In the past, when eligible men sought to marry a belle, a wrestling competition was organized to select the strongest amongst them and the winner automatically had the right to marry the lady.

Today, kokawa has become a feature of festivals in Benue. Kokawa is truly an indigenous games where fighters compete for honours wrestling each other in a sand filled circle of about six metres in diameter. There are 3 rounds and the wrestling match is fought in different weight categories between 45kg and 100kg.


Abula is almost similar with volleyball. It involves 8 players with 4 on either side while 4 players wait on the bench to be substituted. Unlike volleyball where players hit the ball with their hands, Abula is played with a wooden bat. The winner with the highest point wins in a 16 points game.


Dambe (Traditional Boxing)

Dambe or traditional boxing is a well-known sport in northern cities like Sokoto. It is almost similar with Kokawa but there are minute differences. The players in traditional boxing usually have one of their fists wrapped with a bandage while the other fist is free. It is a combative sport that is fought within a sand-filled circle and players will be disqualified if they step out of the circle.

Apps that can make long distance relationships work


Long distance relationships are dating adventures that many Nigerians try as much as possible to avoid. However, with technology shrinking the gap between couples, more people are taking the risk and venturing into long distance relationships., shares apps that can enhance the bond between couples caught in this love nest.


Avocado allows you share and send  online hugs to one another by holding the phone to your chest. Importantly, it allows you know if your significant other’s battery is flat and by this you do not  need to be concerned about unanswered texts anymore.


TheIceBreak app helps lovers test the knowledge they have about their partners thereby, keeping them in their heart as often as possible despite being apart. This test comes in the form of a quiz or questions.


Couple helps lovers observe what their partner is doing at a specific  location. This app is applicable  for persons who are prone to stalk their partners especially when there are trust issues in the relationship.


We-Connect bridge the long-distance gap. The We-Vibe adult toy gives partners the chance to ‘play’ with their other half.


Wickr is a reliable platform for sending secure messages. The implication of this is that not just anyone will be able to access your messages, videos and other sent files. Even when you delete messages, it is permanently deleted on Wickr without being saved in other files or apps. This is an effective way to interact with your partners through messages in a very secured platform.

5 Nigerian Musical Talents That Rocked the 70s’


Before the arrival of Nigerian musicians like WizKid, 2Face and Banky W, there were others that rocked the musical scene in the years before and after Nigeria’s colonial emancipation from Britain. Interestingly, the songs they render are evergreen and continue to resonate in the minds of many both at home and abroad., Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal identifies 5 musicians who made their mark in the 70s’. On a visit to Nigeria,you should look out for these songs to appreciate original African music.


Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe

The tunes of Osadebe are highly influenced by the sounds of rich Igbo traditional culture.

His stage performances of highlife music are a spectacle to watch as the audience stayed hooked at the night clubs he performed around the world. His most popular hit Osondi Owendi, which means “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”, was produced in 1984.

Sir Victor Uwaifo

Popularly called the Guitar Boy, the Benin-born artists cut his teeth in the music scene by singing about his encounter will a certain mermaid in the song Mami water (mermaid). Most notable  is the widely received classic, Joromi.

Surprisingly, the 74-year-old musician, writer and sculptor is not tired of churning out good tunes as he recently featured 2Face Idibia in the song Tupepe.


Christie Essien Igbokwe

Christie Igbokwe was one of the few women that both entertained and thought life lessons with their music. Though born in Akwa Ibom, she was flawless in her ability to communicate fluently in English, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and Ibibio.

Thus, it was not surprising to many Nigerians that the songs that won her public acclaim, Seun Rere, was voiced in Yoruba language. Her acceptance broke the cultural and ethnic barriers; a rarity for Nigerian artistes. She was the first female Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and won a handful of awards in her lifetime.

King Sunny Adeniyi (KSA)

His prowess in his genre of music earned him the title ‘King of Juju’ and ‘Minister of Enjoyment’. The Osogbo born musician is known for his energetic dance steps and proverbial lyrics which has endeared him to many music lovers.

Most of his songs are rendered in Yoruba language and he has collaborated with A-list artists like Manu Dibango, Stevie Wonder and Youssou N’Dour. His album Synchro System brought him one of his greatest achievements by being nominated in the Grammy awards in the folk/ethnic category.


Fela Kuti (Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti)

Everybody knows Fela. However, what many people think about his personality vary.

His struggles with the government distinguished him from other Nigerian artistes as he was in and out of prison due to his unconventional and uncompromising lifestyle. Interestingly, Fela did not call people to flood the streets of Lagos to protest rather, he condemned the government with his hard hitting music whose lyrics appalled state authorities.

As his Afrobeat music was being suppressed in Nigeria, he gained international publicity while Nigerians continued to appreciate his music. His musical escapades even took the life of his mother, but this did not deter the carefree Fela.

Today, his music lives on as many themes he sang about are becoming a reality as a result, he his tagged a prophet by some Nigerians. Some of his songs include Zombie, Expensive shit, Water no get enemy and Sorrow, Tears and Blood amongst others. Fela is indeed an Afrobeat legend.

How to schedule messages on WhatsApp


WhatsApp is a popular messaging application for mobile phones. Rather than sending paid short messages to your contact, you can use WhatsApp to send the messages as long as you have internet access. This is cheap and cost effective means of getting your message across.

Situations may arise where you may forgot to send an important message due of your busy routine. To prevent this, you can schedule the message way ahead of the time with WhatsApp. offers steps on how you can do this.

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  1. Download WhatsApp scheduler

WhatsApp does not have an app for scheduling messages. Hence, if you want to schedule messages, you will download the WhatsApp scheduler.

  1. Install and launch the App. The application may not work if your android phone is not rooted. A rooted android phone gives you access to all the files on your device. If your phone is rooted, you can proceed to the next step.

  2. After the App is launched, a menu will pop up on your phone screen. In the recipient’s bar, type the name of the recipient of the message and then you can send the message to a person or a group.

  3. The next step is to set the time and date you want to send the message. Make sure you set the right date and time and factor in the time difference depending on the location you are sending it to.

  4. By clicking send, the message is sent to a network and schedule for sending on the assigned date.

Ahmed Musa is Nigeria’s new captain

Ahmed Musa

Nigeria head coach, Sunday Oliseh, has picked CSKA Moscow striker, Ahmed Musa, as captain of the Super Eagles.

The 41-year-old Nigerian coach explained that he opted for Musa on the grounds that the former Kano Pillars’ man at 22 will have “several years” to feature for the country’s national team as a captain.

He further pointed out that Musa “did a great job for us (as captain) in Tanzania.” Oliseh also believes he has named “a very responsible player” as leader of the Super Eagles.

Oliseh also played down the talk of a tussle for the team’s captaincy, which will see Lille OSC goalkeeper being stripped of the armband which he has wore since Joseph Yobo’s departure.

“Well there is no captain tussle. When you have a new government like our honourable president just came in, he’s picked his ministers. And you have your philosophy and you have your way of working.

“As a coach I have looked at the team and I have looked at Nigeria going forward. We need a captain who will think of staying with Nigeria for several years to come, who is regularly in the front. And Ahmed Musa did a great job for us in Tanzania under very difficult circumstance. He is a very responsible player and he is the captain of the team. So he is the captain of the team, there is no question of a tussle.

“The fact that I would like to have somebody (as captain) who is thinking of playing now and not somebody who is preparing for retirement or thinking of after-football. And I think it’s time we had peace and quiet around the Super Eagles. That is why I am glad that most of the players here are finding ways to work as a team because I get the feeling now that they are aware that they are representing 170 million people,” the Nigerian trainer told Brila FM.

However, Oliseh also had a stern warning for players who are not ready to “conform to my guidelines.”

“There is no question of conforming or not. If you don’t conform you go home. As far as I am concerned we are not here to build stars, we are here to build a national team. I’ve been there and I know what it is like to be a captain. As a captain you lead by example. And when a coach comes and picks a captain, everybody has to follow it. If you don’t conform to my guidelines; how I want us to play, how I want us to behave and how I want us to carry Nigeria forward then we will be friends but from afar,” said Oliseh.

Musa will now begin his tenure as Super Eagles captain when the team play an international friendly match against DR Congo on Thursday and follow up with another game with Cameroon on Sunday. Both games hold in Belgium.

Celebrating Nigeria at 55

Nigeria at 55

WHEN Nigeria achieved political emancipation in 1960, it evinced the tendencies and potentialities of a country that would become great, economically, technologically, and politically. Are such natural resourc­es as gold, tin ore, bauxite and crude oil not buried beneath our soil? And, Nigeria had colourful politicians like Chief Awolowo, who was a political sage and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the doyen of journalism in West Africa, then.

But the departing British imperi­alists left the egregious political legacy of the imposition of leaders on the populace for us. It led to the emergence of politicians, who were not prepared for the challenges of political leadership.

Nigeria’s current economic woes and technological underdevelop­ment are not unconnected to past political maladministration and military dictatorships, which beset our country in the past. Our politi­cal leaders and the military stalled our national development with their bumbling, inept, corrupt, visionless, and rudderless leaderships.


The ascetic leader teetotaler swept to power on the coat tail of his political antecedents and reputa­tion. He is believed to be the mes­siah that will right the wrongs in our political polity, turn around our ailing economy, and take Nigeria to a great technological height. But, President Buhari’s tardiness and po­litical missteps have caused some people to become skeptical and cynical regarding his electioneering promises.

Nigerians are patiently waiting for him to offer us purposeful and people-oriented leadership that will transform Nigeria. Our current un­satisfactory level of national de­velopment is a consequence of bad successive political regimes that pillaged our economic resources. But it takes a detribalized political leader with probity and leadership qualities to re-make a country. Sin­gapore and Malaysia had leaders who transformed those countries. Singapore and Malaysia’s leader­ship models should be adopted and emulated by our leaders.

But no country can grow above the visions and dreams of its leader. Thankfully, our President is sur­rounded by egg-heads, technocrats and visionaries who can offer him advice and roadmaps regarding how to make Nigeria a great country.

President Buhari should set about his presidential duties with ear­nestness and fealty. It is high time our national leader diversified our mono-economy that is based and sustained on oil revenue as a dip in global oil prices will spell doom for our country.

For all its human and material resources, Nigeria imports simple house–hold items. It is a proof that our educational system is dysfunc­tional.

Education is the bedrock of na­tional development. No country with dysfunctional educational sys­tem can make progress. So, it is im­perative for our political leaders to revamp our educational system in order that those who pass through our educational institutions are not found wanting in learning and char­acter. Only skilled and knowledge­able citizens can drive the develop­mental initiatives in a country.

More so, people who are well-educated are imbued with positive morality. They are not vulnerable and susceptible to being indoctrinat­ed with dangerous religious teach­ings. The activities of the Boko haram group have loss of lives and of property. The government should tackle the insurgency.The survival as well as the progress of Nigeria is based on national unity. No country in political stasis can achieve na­tional development. National unity is an incentive for national develop­ment. Citizens of countries in politi­cal crisis cannot achieve great tech­nological feats while living in their home countries. So, I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from engaging in acts that will deepen our ethnic and religious fissures, and make some people from a sec­tion of the country feel alienated.

CREDITS: This article was published on Daily Sun, and it was written by Uche Chinedu Okoye  from Anambra State

Jidenna to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence day in ‘classic’ African style


Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, commonly known as Jidenna may finally be able to ward off  the recent backlash from Nigerians after his controversial interview with urban news channel VladTV.

Starring Jessica Chibueze and  Jidenna who are both Nigerians, the  All Things Ankara Site – a platform founded by Nikki Billie Jean has produced an editorial in honor of their  “Nigerian Renaissance” theme. The “All Things Ankara Ball” which is in commemoration with Nigeria’s 55th independence day celebration on October 1st, marks its first ever official inaugural.

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The campaign images feature a combination of French Renaissance, Nigerian and other African aesthetics. Also featured is a pair, along with a few guards, flower bearers and ladies-in-waiting, with a setting which bears a close resemblance to the famous Chateau de Versailles.

The official slogan for the All Things Ankara Ball is a phrase derived from Fear & Fancy (a social club co-founded by Jidenna), “Come Dry, Leave Wet”. It simply means going to a party dressed to the nines;“to perfection in the most fashionable attire” (Come Dry) but having a good time, dancing and sweating out your clothing (Leave Wet). This event also gives Jidenna, who loves to incorporate African prints into his ‘classic’ style, an opportunity to justify himself as someone who is in fact proud of his Nigerian heritage.

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During his infamous interview with VladTV, the rapper shared his experience of burying his faher years prior, “Our family was light. Therefore when we go to our village… and when I actually buried my father, I had to bring a lot of AK47s. Because when you’re light skinned, you’re heavier target for being kidnapped. Because you’re seen as more valuable. For me being light skinned in Nigeria, in my family, it was difficult. It was always challenging. We were hounded. We were robbed.”

However, his comments – specifically those related to his skin tone sparked a controversy on Twitter Nigeria, providing a base for momentary national bonding. As a blogger puts it, his comments “FINALLY led to a unified Nigeria for the first time since the election started and ended.”

The All Things Ankara Ball will take place, Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at Adele H. Stamp Student Union Grand Ballroom at The University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.


Nigeria at 55: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nigeria

Nigeria will be 55 tomorrow and we are wishing everyone out there a happy and fulfilling Independence Day celebration.


Nigeria is without doubt a great nation. Here are amazing facts you probably didn’t know about Nigeria.

  1. Nigeria is home to seven percent (7%) of the total languages spoken on earth. Taraba state alone has more languages than 30 African countries.

2.  Sarki Muhammad Kanta The Great of Kebbi, was the only ruler who resisted control by Songhai, West Africa’s greatest empire at that time. He founded and ruled the Hausa city-state of Kebbi around 1600 A.D and built Surame its capital, a planned city which was almost impossible to penetrate during war.

3. The Walls of Benin (800-1400AD), in present day Edo State, are the longest ancient earthworks in the world.

4. The Yoruba tribe has the highest rate of twin births in the world. Igbo-Ora, a little town in Oyo state, has been nicknamed Twin capital of the World because of its unusually high rate of twins that is put as high as 158 twins per 1000 births.

5. According to the World Resources Institute, Nigeria is home to 4,715 different types of plant species, and over 550 species of breeding birds and mammals, making it one of the most ecologically vibrant places of the planet.

6. Ile-Ife, in present day Osun State, was paved as early as 1000AD, with decorations that originated from Ancient America suggesting there might have been contact between the Yoruba’s and the Ancient Americans half a millennium before Columbus ‘discovered’ America.

7. The Jos Plateau Indigobird, a small reddish-brown bird, is found nowhere else on the planet but Plateau state, Nigeria.

8. The Niger Delta (which is the second largest delta on the planet), has the highest concentration of monotypic fish families in the world, and is also home to sixty percent of Nigeria’s mangrove forests.

9. Sungbo’s Eredo, a 160 km rampart equipped with guard houses and moats, is reputed to be the largest single pre-colonial monument in Africa. It is located in present-day Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State and when it was built a millennium ago.

10. The Anambra waxbill, a small bird of many beautiful colours, is found only in Southern Nigeria and nowhere else on earth.


Culled from naij,com

AfroBasket Women 2015: Nigeria down Algeria

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The Nigerian women’s basketball team, D’Tigress continued their winning streak yesterday with a 79-49 victory over Algeria in the ongoing AfroBasket Women 2015 championship in Cameroon.
After their opening loss to Angola  they have won four in a row moving into the Final
Phase. Algeria played an encouraging first-half, but could not avoid defeat against Nigeria.
Three Nigerians scored ten points or more, while Algeria’s Sarah Nemmouchi finished with a team-high 13 points.
After trailing for the entire opening quarter, Nemmouchi gave Algeria a 18-16 lead, but Nigeria’s Olayinka Sanni made sure to get her team back in front to close the half leading 30-21.
There could not be  a bigger indication of Nigeria’s dominance in the painted area than their 57-32 rebounding advantage as three Nigerian players grabbed ten or more boards.
Nigeria coach Scott Nnaji used all twelve players at his disposal as they head into the last eight with four-game winning streak
Algeria’s Nemmouchi tried to swim against the tied for most of the contest, but the North Africans struggled to keep the moment going in the second quarter.
At some point of the game, Nigeria appeared to have control of the game, especially as Algeria made 15 points from beyond arc, exposing Nigeria’s fragile perimeter defense. But, Nigeria regrouped in time to clinch their fourth straight win.
On Monday, D’Tigress made a serious statement of their aims at the tournament, beating continental rivals Senegal 75-64.

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