FOUR INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT ABEOKUTA

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Abeokuta, the state capital of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, is one of Nigeria’s most industrious cities. It’s a large city which lies below the Olumo Rock and is home to several caves. There are several interesting things about the bustling city.

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  1. Alake’s Palace

This palace is the home of the custodian of the culture and traditions of the Egba people, the Alake of Egba Land. It’s a unique and culturally rich destination that houses many statues, busts and figures that represent the deities, gods and different culturally relevant historical figures.

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Olumo Rock

This is one of the Abeokuta’s most popular attractions and one of Nigeria’s major tourist attractions.  The rock was used as a fortress for the Egba people during intertribal wars in the 19th century. The stairs of the rock are actually man-made and were carved into the rock by the Egba people to enable them climb the rock. On the journey to the top of the rock, you can see sights of carvings in the rock, cowrie-studded statues and the ancient abode of the priestesses who live in huts on the rock. On your back down, the beautiful sight of the Ogun river can be admired.

 

Abeokuta Museum

Yes Abeokuta indeed has a museum. The museum houses artifacts that tell of the town and its people’s ancient history. Lovers of archeology will find a lot to learn from this place as the museum is indeed a repository of the culture and tradition of the town and its people. The museum also houses the handcrafts and ancient weapons used by the early settlers of the town and its environs. It also displays the culture and heritage of the people in a revealing and educative way.

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Hilltop Golf Resort

This resort has a large, beautiful and technical golf course that has hosted a number of national golf tournaments. The resort is a relaxing leisure spot and a safe location with breathtaking scenery and a luscious green landscape. It’s a delightful sight. The resort has a prestigious and highly sought club, the Abeokuta Golf Club, which you would have to be a member of to enjoy the resort’s golfing facilities. The club is one of the most prestigious and highly sought clubs in Abeokuta.

 

FOUR ATTRACTIONS YOU PROBABLY HAD NO IDEA WERE IN ENUGU

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Enugu, the coal city state, is an industrious state located in the southeastern part of Nigeria. The city name is derived from two Igbo names which when translated mean “hill top”. This was done because of the state’s hilly geography (it indeed has a lot of hills). There are a number of geographic and cultural attractions Enugu has to offer that are unfortunately unknown to a reasonable number of people.

We share 4 attractions you probably had no idea were in Enugu.

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  1. Silicon Hill

America has ‘Silicon Valley’ and Nigeria has a ‘Silicon Hill’. The Silicon Hill is a stunning natural attraction in Enugu state that gives a breath taking view of the state from the hill’s summit. It’s one of Enugu’s major tourist attractions, which sees tourists, fun seekers and even students exploring the site to experience its natural beauty. You may or may not climb to the top of hill, it depends on you. The site also has a lovely background for taking beautiful pictures. It’s located near the Nkpologu campus of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.

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2. Ngwo Cave and Waterfall

Adventure seekers will very likely have a field day at this interesting natural attraction also located just outside Enugu state. To get to the cave, one would have to go through a cluster of Pine Forests and this is where a tour guide is essential, because the path to the cave is not well defined and one can get lost (but that won’t happen if you can simply get a tour guide). The cave itself is built of solid limestone and offers a stunning view of said limestone and a waterfall dripping from above the cave, which forms a beautiful plunge pool. Lovers of adventure and nature are sure to enjoy this site.

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3. Milken Hills

This is a famous tourist attraction in Enugu state. You should scold yourself if you never knew this attraction existed and was in Enugu state. The attraction is located in Ngwo Vilage of Enugu State. There is a 4.8km long road constructed along the road surrounding the hill which makes it accessible. The hills are great for mountaineering, boasts of stunning panoramic views of the city’s metropolis and is a beautiful natural sight to behold.

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4. Ani Ozalla Lake and Shrine

Nigeria’s very own crocodile habitation. It’s a natural lake located at Ozalla in Nkanu West LGA near Enugu. There’s also a shrine there and it’s believed that the crocodiles there are goddesses who appear from the lake at the command of the chief priest to take offering from supplicants.

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Religious tourists and fun seekers might not particularly find this place appealing, though they can choose to ignore the shrine and enjoy the natural beauty and sights of the lake. It’s a natural lake with numerous crocodiles so be careful to adhere to all your tour guide says and only go to places permitted by your tour guide. Overall, it’s a safe and naturally beautiful site.

Seven Things You Should Never Do This Upcoming Eid

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The celebration of the end of the Holy month of Ramadan is drawing near. It is called Eid Al-Fitr. A day where all Muslims troop to the praying ground in different parts of the world including Nigeria to offer prayers. On this day, there are certain things you are not expected to do on the day so that you will get the utmost reward.

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  1. Taking too many Selfies

There is nothing wrong with taking selfies. However, do not overdo it by taking pictures every minute and splashing it on your social media pages. Eid celebrates the end of Ramadan, reflect and ensure you do not return to the bad habits you have dropped.

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2. Food bingeing

Granted, you have the tendency to food binge at the end of Ramadan especially in the morning of going to the prayer ground. Just eating Date is enough and then after you return you can eat. In summary, do not over eat.

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3. Appearing dishevelled

You are supposed to wear your best attires on the day of Eid and men are allowed to use perfume. This will reflect the fact that you are celebrating. However, dressing shabbily and looking dirty is not really encouraged.

4. Returning to your bad habits

Some persons are just waiting for the morning of Eid to return to their bad habits. They take and do all sorts of things that are prohibited in Islam. So what is the essence of your abstinence from all these things during Ramadan?

5. Fasting on the day of Eid

You are not allowed to fast on the day of Ramadan. It is highly prohibited and not permissible. If it is just water, you should drink.

6. Sleeping during Eid

Eid is all about celebrating the festival with your family, relatives, and friends. Instead of spending it by sleeping and doing nothing, go out, to visit your relatives and spread the joy of Eid. For those whose family and relatives live quite far away, they can lodge in a hotel where they get an extra 50% off on all hotels with code EIDNG50 if they book on Jumia Travel.

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7. Forgetting to give Zakat al-Fitr

Zakat is a payment made annually under Islamic law on certain kinds of property and used for charitable and religious purposes, one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Zakat al-Fitr is money, food, or similar items given to the poor as a charitable act to celebrate the end of Ramadan. The purpose of the Zakat al-Fitr is to prevent people from begging during the celebration. It must be given on behalf of all Muslims, young and old, male and female. It is also obligatory to give it before the Eid prayer, and not permissible to delay it until after the Eid prayer.

‘Hallelujah Challenge’ – Why Nathaniel Bassey’s online praise session matters for Nigerian music

Imagine a daily 30-minute show by Psquare for an hour on Instagram or Facebook for one month.

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Nathaniel Bassey

Imagine 50,000 people in a space, singing and screaming their hearts out. They are led by one singer, who is in charge of proceedings. That’s what is happening every night in Nigeria now.

Gospel singer Nathaniel Bassey is killing it. He is doing what no other Nigerian musician has done at his level of success with his trending Hallelujah Challenge.

The Hallelujah Challenge, a 30-day prayer and praise time from 12 am to 1 am throughout the month of June 2017. It is led by Nigerian gospel artiste, Nathaniel Bassey.

It is a live Instagram session where followers tune in to worship God in fellowship. #HallelujahChallenge is currently the most widely circulated praise and worship movement on social media.

In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.

In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.

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What started as a speculative and inventive way to utilize social media for praising God via music, has become a growing movement changing the face of worship. Starting off at less than 5k people, the event has grown rapidly. In 10 days, it racked up an impressive 32,000 participants who logged in for the one-hour session.

The Challenge is a mandate from God, and I am just a vessel,” said Nathaniel Bassey, convener of the Session during a Live Brief. “Beyond all the miracles and testimonies, God is doing something eternal – something that will outlive generations.”

On June 11, 2017, the Hallelujah Challenge recorded its highest numbers. Over 50,000 people came together to make it a reality and give Nigeria its largest online praise worship session. That’s outstanding.

And seeing how much people are hyped about it, it can only grow. Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in. D’banj in complete D’banj fashion registered his presence with a comment which read: “Suddenly”.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

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There is a lesson in there for Nigerian musicians. The main attraction here is spirituality. Nigerians are gathering to join an online worship praise session for God. Gospel music is the leading tool here and forms the medium with which the people offer up these praises.

Secular artists can learn from this. They have enough star-power, influence and fan base to make this a thing. Social media continues to provide more tools for endless connections between fans and their idols. These tools are underutilized by mainstream Nigerian artist.

Imagine a daily 30-minute show by Psquare for an hour on Instagram or Facebook for one month. The Okoye twins show up, choose one song from their catalogue, talk about the entire song, sample opinions and get people to comment. If well-organized, the brothers will successfully inject new life into their profile.

It’s simple.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

Popular Nigerian celebrities joined in, as musicians and actors including Funke Akindele, Kcee, Don Jazzy, Chioma Akpotha and many more joined in the Hallelujah Challenge.

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With the advent of live streams on social media, the possibilities of fan interaction just got broadened. There’s a spectrum of activities and activations that can happen. Our artists need to employ people to generate inventive ways to utilize them for profit.

What’s next? The first live stream-only mega concert on Facebook?

 

 

Source: http://www.pulse.ng

Four Delicious Soups to Relish While in Edo

Edo, the heart of Nigeria, is not only home to a number of national tourist attractions within its locales, but it’s also home to some of the best and most delicious local soups.

It’s safe to say that the Edo people are known for their soups. Aside the state’s rich history and dazzling festivals, its widely recognized indigenous soups should be relished when visiting its locales.

We share four delicious soups the Edo people are known for:

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1.Black Soup (Omoebe)

This is a popular delicious Edo soup made from the combination of three basic leaves (bitter leaves, scent leaves and uziza leaves) which are ground together with the native edo grinding stone. It’s the grounded leaves that give off a very dark colour and coupled with the fact that palm fruit sauce rather than palm oil is used, the combination gives the soup it’s black colour. Asides being tasty the soup is also very nutritious because of the herbs used in making it. It’s best served with pounded yam, Eba or starch.

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2.Omi Ukpoka (Corn Soup)

This is another delicious Edo soup with a unique aroma. The various spices added to the soup is what gives the soup its unique aroma. The soup is mainly made with ground dry corn (the type used for Ogi) and blended with smoked fish. The soup is mainly from the northern part of the state, and common to the Afemai people. The texture of the soup is much like Ofe Nsala or light Egusi Soup. Because of it’s high carbohydrate content, the soup is not recommended for those on a diet. It is mostly served with pounded yam, Eba, Fufu or semo-vita.

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Omisagwe (Groundnut Soup)

This is a very popular soup in Edo state and considered as one of the tastiest Edo meals. The soup is a perfect, sweet and savoury blend of groundnuts (peanuts), tomatoes and onions, with local seasonings, leaf vegetables and either chicken, beef or fish to add extra flavour to the dish. The soup is popular with the Etsakor people, one the three major ethnic groups in Edo state. The soup is usually served with either pounded yam or starch.

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Bini Owo Soup

This is one of the oldest dishes prepared and eaten by the Edo people. Unlike most Nigerian soups, the Owo soup is usually thick and bare. One of the main ingredients of the soup is potash (akanwu or kan) and it is best prepared with smoked fish, prawns or bush meat and eja sawa. Most people who have tasted this soup consider it as a ‘stew baptized as soup’. The soup is mainly eaten with carbohydrates such as boiled yams, boiled plantains, sweet potatoes, boiled green bananas etc. Some also use the soup to eat boiled rice and beans.

Five Reasons Nigerian Children Are Not Speaking Their Mother tongue

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In the past children spoke Nigeria’s indigenous languages namely Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa fluently and unashamedly. However, today, the complete opposite is the case. Kids can barely communicate in Efik or Idoma without adding a bit of English.

The consequences of this are that many of these languages are facing extinction while some of them have gone extinct. A research that is cited by those concerned to lend credence to the import of indigenous languages is that of former Minister of education, Prof. Babs Fafunwa.

The late Prof made a case for the mother tongue as the medium of education for the first 12 years of the child’s life. Through an organized mother-tongue education program, they discovered children taught in the Yoruba language performed better. Regardless, it has not changed the fortunes of these languages because kids have refused to communicate.

In line with this, we share five reasons children are not speaking their mother tongue.

1.Parents don’t speak the languages to them

Parents don’t speak their mother tongue to their children anymore. In fact, some of these parents when they go for attending events one of the best hotels in Lagos, they order their children not to speak the language. How can such a child learn the language? Parents should speak more to their kids in their mother tongue.

2.It is tagged vernacular

In some schools today, Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo among other languages are banned because they are considered vernacular. A child who speaks his or her mother tongue would be penalized. So from the formative years of these children, they already have the perception that speaking their mother tongue is bad.

3.They are uncivilized

Many people believe that you are uncivilized or local if you speak your mother tongue. So, in other to join the bandwagon and be accepted, they ditch Ibibio for English. This is all in the name of being civilized. Children have also been caught in this web

4.It is not compulsory in primary and secondary schools

While English is compulsory in secondary schools today, the indigenous languages are not even though a child must study one of these languages. Children will think the languages are a joke. Hence, they won’t bother to learn or speak it.

5.Technology

The engagement or interaction of children with technology is entirely in English. Their smartphone, video games, laptop and other tech gadgets are in English. So since many of them spend so much time with these gadgets, they don’t have anything to do with the languages. This is a challenge to Nigerian developers to design tech gadgets in the indigenous languages.

Made In Aba Fair: 4th Edition Kicks off in Abuja

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The fourth edition of Made-in-Aba trade fair in Abuja kicked off on Monday 6th of March 2017 at the  Art & Craft village opposite Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The fair will hold from 6th-10th of March 2017. The fair which is organized to showcase locally manufactured goods in the country is an annual event put together by the made in Aba group and the small and medium enterprises development agency.

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The senate president, Bukola Saraki in his remark during the opening event, commended the effort of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for his commitment in hosting the trade fair.
Saraki assured that the National Assembly will continue to do everything within its powers to provide enabling environments for domestic  manufacturers and service providers to thrive
Here is his full remark;
It gives me great pleasure to be here today to declare open this session of the Made in Aba Trade Fair.

 “I would like to congratulate, my friend, and colleague, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, for his foresight and devotion for continuing this renowned event. The dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba Fair from being a local event, to being a National event of worthy recognition. It is my hope that soon, Made in Nigeria, and Made in Aba, will become internationally recognized and respected.

“Many of you will recall, that last year, when I visited this same Trade Fair with my Distinguished Colleagues from the 8th Senate, we promised that the Senate would continue to do everything in our power to ensure that Nigerian businesses and manufacturers begin to enjoy more patronage from the Federal Government.

“This is precisely what we have done. With the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, which has passed final reading in the Senate, and is making its way through the House of Representatives. We are in the process of making it easier for manufacturers and entrepreneurs around the country to benefit from the over N2 trillion in government procurement contracts.

“Additionally, my Office, has launched the Made in Nigeria Challenge, which is aimed at showcasing the innovative ideas of Nigerian businesses. Through this challenge, which is still ongoing, we hope to identify goods, services and other products that can be matched with investors and government agencies, to further the plight of our homegrown businessmen and women.

Today, as I see the various goods on display, I stand here reassured that ‘Made in Nigeria’ can truly and fully drive us towards the path of economic sustainability and prosperity. 

On our part, we in the Nigerian Senate, and the National Assembly as a whole, will continue to do everything within our mandate and powers to ensure that our domestic manufacturers and service providers have the enabling environment that they need to thrive. Working with the Federal Government, we will push for improved infrastructure, financial investment and technology to boost our domestic manufacturing value chain.

 “We are partners in this process; we will continue to be partnersI believe in Made in Nigeria, I believe in Made in Aba. The possibilities ahead of us are endless.

God bless you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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He says the goods produced in Aba and by extension Nigeria are capable of competing with those produced anywhere in the world. Goods of various kinds including clothes, shoes, beads and other domestic product are in display.

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Dignitaries including Service Chiefs, members of the National Assembly and members of the diplomatic corps are all on hand to grace the event.