Twitter Thread: 10 Lessons Nigeria Can Learn From Rwanda To Increase Tourism by @FunmiOyatogun

I want to share some ‘secrets’ about Rwanda. How can a country rise from a bloody past and become an emerging powerhouse in business, tourism, tech and environment…all in less than 25 years? This is the story of why everyone deserves a FIELD TRIP to Rwanda!

1a. Rwanda is incredibly focused on Rwanda.

It sounds like something that every country should do but the truth is many countries are more loyal to their greed or their corruption. So, after the Genocide of 1994, Rwanda buckled up and took the bull by the horns. Here’s how:

1b. Rwanda has built a national identity (RWANDAN) 

Rwandans gradually evolved from tribal classifications of Hutu, Tusti, Twa or whatever artificial classification divided them in the first place. In Rwanda, everyone is RWANDAN first!

2a. Rwanda took something they had, multiplied it and sold it to the world!

Can you guess what it is? Yup…GORILLAS! Many people heard that Ellen DeGeneres ) visited Rwanda but most don’t know that she visited for the gorillas. How can sell Gorillas? It is quite simple…

2b.Rwanda is Deep into Animal Tourism

In other countries, elephants and gorillas are killed unscrupulously. In Rwanda, they are protected. The cheapest ticket to visit the gorillas is $800 – $1000 per person. That’s the CHEAPEST! People travel from around the world to hike the hills to visit the amazing beasts.

3a.Rwanda Documented Her “Ugly” History

Rwanda took their sad history, documented it and created a plan to move forward. In other countries, *cough cough*, we don’t teach our children the truth of our civil wars without tribal sentiments. In Rwanda, the world comes to learn about the GENOCIDE and the RECOVERY.

4. Rwanda Attracts Global Companies
Rwanda is no longer the ugly duckling / poor step-cousin of East Africa. The country is looking in new, amazing directions. In the last year, some top companies have moved to Rwanda including & . Now, the tech revolution of Africa is expanding into Rwanda.
5a. President Paul Kagame is on a roll
President Paul Kagame is on a roll and Rwanda is all the better for it. Whether or not you agree with his politics, his policies have done amazing things for Rwanda. He talks the talk and walks the walk. Some of his best quotes are hilarious and inspiring at the same time…
5b. Some quotes from President Kagame:
“We have been in the positions of horses; we must change that and be riders of horses & donkeys.” “Success built on internally-generated ideas breeds confidence & fosters dignity.”
“We recognize that trade and investment, and not aid, are pillars of development.” “God has done what He needs to do—given us life and the positions of leadership and now the question is what we can do with that.”
6. Experience Rwanda
If you’re looking for an affordable country to relax, explore, soak in nature and uncover culture / history, you should visit Rwanda. Apart from the fact that Kigali is voted the cleanest city in Africa, the rest of the country is just mind-blowing. THIS IS RWANDA.
7a. Rwanda has a ‘national carrier’
Rwanda has a ‘national carrier’ that works. Okay, without dabbling into the back and forth argument, can we give a shout out to ? My Lord! In a world of stiff competition with older more established airlines, RwandAir is changing the market shape.
7b. It makes sense to have a national carrier that will bring people into your country, when you’ve done the ground work to improve tourism services and attract investments. Against all odds, RwandAir is the most affordable African airline of quality. FACT!
8.Rwanda is the Place to be
Rwanda has set itself up as the meeting hot spot in Africa. Wonder why many conferences go to Rwanda? Kigali is serviced by major airlines, visa on arrival for $30, the city is clean, facilities work and the people are warm! This is how to build a country’s tourism footfall.
9.Rwanda Understands Regional Collaboration
There is strength in unity! Kenya and Uganda have overshadowed Rwanda in the East for a long time. Instead of fighting this, Rwanda signed on to the East African Tourist Visa that allows access to all 3 countries. So if you go to Kenya, you can easily dash into Rwanda!
10. Rwanda is safe!
I took a motor (bike) at 1am from my hotel to the airport because I wanted to catch a super early flight out of Kigali. I never felt unsafe for one minute, moving around. There’s fun, safety, activities, art, history, culture, tech and nature! In one country.

I loved Rwanda and I cannot wait to visit again. I know how fascinating this experience was for me and even though I enjoyed every bit of Rwanda, I was also inspired by such a tiny country.

What do you think about Rwanda?

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THE DAYS OF SMALL BEGINNINGS by Dike Chukwumerije

 

In January 2016, on my way to Nnewi, I stopped to see the Radio Nigeria South East Zonal Director in Enugu. Ken Ike Okere had an idea, to replicate the sort of literary society he had helped nurture in Abuja, and wanted to know if I was game. And so began a love affair with the Coal City, flying in to attend the monthly Enugu Literary Society meetings, till the whirlwind of MADE IN NIGERIA struck. And, still, Enugu was my 2nd stop. I tell you. Not till Maiduguri, a year later, did I find an audience as embracing as the one I found in 042.

So, in 2017, when I bumped into Patrick Okigbo III in Abuja, and he told me about this thing he was doing in Enugu – this Centre for Memories, conjuring images of ghostly figures striding out of the harmattan mist on a cold December morning – I told him, if there’s anything I can do to help, let me know.

And he did – after he’d run a rousing campaign for Osita Chidoka in Anambra, and Nnanna Ude had called to ask me to speak for 10 minutes at the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, and he and Nnanna Ude had started a Guest Speaker Series, ‘Nkata Umu Ibe’, in Enugu –  after all this, Patrick Okigbo III called to know if I would be their 4th ‘distinguished speaker’.

Me? True. This is not an easy path to follow, you know? After Professor Okey Ndibe, and Professor Chidi Odinkalu, and Dr. Okey Ikechukwu, and knowing Chief John Nnia Nwodo would be 5th, me?? So, I went first – as every child in troubled times is guided by our culture – to my mother’s hut. And she put a few words in my mouth and said, Speak from the heart. And then I went to Enugu. To Enugu Sports Club, to be exact, where the history etched into the timber columns and the high ceilings had me staring. You see? Ben Etiaba, Chairman of the Club, gave me the tour himself. Stopping on the way to introduce Stan Okoronkwo, ex-Enugu Rangers from the legendary ‘70s squad, and Professor and Professor Okonkwo, the pleasant parents of Ndidi Nwuneli. And I thought again – me??

Because there to listen, in a hall quickly filling up, was Dr Joe Nworgu, former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. To his far right was an old friend of my mother’s, and former FRCN boss, Chief Kelvin Ejiofor. And to his immediate left was an old friend of my father’s, and former DG of the National Orientation Agency, Professor Elo Amucheazi. You see? I am as I am. The jeans I feel most comfortable in, and the shirt with sleeves rolled up to the elbows. I am often awkward in Nigerian social circles because I am not great at protocol and so can offend without meaning to. You understand? But Professor Amucheazi sat me close, even before the lecture, and said, ‘I am very proud of you’. And this is the confidence Love gives – to validate first.

So, I went to the lectern, where the speaker stands alone. From there I saw the amazing Igbo poet, Amarachi Atama, who had come from the screening of her latest documentary, ‘Biafuru’ to be present. Further back, Osinayah Prince Agu, who I knew had come all the way from Aba. From there, I remembered the warnings of Nnanna Udeh and Patrick Okigbo III, to expect an expectant crowd, for the hall had erupted in spontaneous applause when they were told I was coming, how Nnanna then laughed at the look on my face and added, ‘No pressure!’ And so, I gripped the lectern with two hands, took a deep breath – thought of my mother and the grey that charges like smouldering fire through her hair – and began to speak.

“We must, even in the face of excessive provocation, maintain our demand for a more meritocratic society where people are judged not by their tribe or religion but by their competence and ability. Because it is only this that can release the potential of this nation and all of its constituent parts. That is why Meritocracy is an Ideal worth fighting for. That is why it is an Ideal worth dying for. That is why we cannot give up on it simply because of the odds stacked against it, or because other people are acting differently and succeeding thereby. No. It is in times like these, in the face of frustration and overwhelming resistance, that we must remember proverbs like ‘mberede ka e ji a ma dike’. Because if apartheid could end in South Africa, if segregation could end in America, then meritocracy is possible in Nigeria. But in the pursuit of that Ideal there will be many days when we will be tempted to give up on our innermost convictions and give in to what is most convenient. It is on those days that we must remember the weight and import of that hallowed command, ‘Jide Ofo!’ For if we do, if we hold on to our Ideals and refuse to let go no matter what this world does to us, then there is, and will always be, hope for the better parts of our collective humanity.”

 

This is what I said. And Professor Elo Amucheazi rose to his feet. And Ben Etiaba brought out a fresh bottle of Hennessy, tipped a little to the concrete floor, and said, ‘You have done me great honour’. It is true, I tell you, that there is never a time the truth should not be spoken. But, know this too, every truth has its time to be heard. So, if your heart stirs consistently in a certain direction, rugged and rough, persevere in what it asks you to say. For, my brother, you can never tell by looking at the turbulence around you in which Times you live. True. This is what we mean when we say, ‘Jide Ofo’. It is how to walk through the darkness…

042 I thank you for the love.

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(1) Nkata Ume Ibe – the distinguished Guest Speaker Series of the Centre for Memories – holds on the First Fridays of every month at Enugu Sports Club, Enugu.

 

(2) Enugu Literary Society holds its meeting on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Radio House, Enugu.

 

For did you not know? There is no tsunami that does not begin with a wave.

Twitter Thread: Top 20 Books on Nigerian History by‏ @chrisngwodo

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I have been asked to recommend books on Nigerian history.

So here’s a list of books that will enhance your understanding of Nigeria’s past (and very likely its present).

The list is by no means exhaustive and there are many good books not on this list. So here goes:

1.Just Before Dawn – Kole Omotosho

Kole Omotoso’s brilliant reconstruction of Nigerian history from the colonial era to the 1980s is the foremost example of Nigerian “faction” writing. A very good read.

2. Dare Babarinsa – House of War

Babarinsa’s tour de force is probably the best treatment of the travails of Obafemi Awolowo and his political movement during the Second Republic. It is also an objective take on the opposition politics of the Second Republic as essayed by the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

3. Richard A. Joseph – The Rise and Fall of the Second Republic

Richard Joseph, like the recently departed Anthony Kirk-Green, is one of the keenest scholars of Nigeria. In this indepth study, he shows how prebendalism led to the collapse of the Second Republic and continues to haunt Nigerian governance.

4. Toyin Falola – The Violence in Nigeria (The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies)

Toyin Falola offers a masterly, detailed and rigorously researched history of religious violence in Nigeria during the period spanning the late 1970s and the late 1980s.

5. Africa in Ebullition – Honourable Adegoke Adelabu

Apart from Nnamdi Azikiwe’s Renascent Africa, Adelabu offers the best insight into the idealism that animated the anti colonial movement. Written in an inimitable and distinctively extravagant prose style.

6. Instability and Political Order – Billy Dudley

Billy Dudley belongs in the pantheon of Nigeria’s greatest political scientists along with Claude Ake and Bala Usman. Here’s his authoritative take on the crises that defined Nigeria’s early years and which led to the implosion of the First Republic.

7. Ethnic Politics in Nigeria – Okwudiba Nnoli

The foremost examination of the history and construction of ethnic identity and identity politics in Nigeria by a scholar who must be in his 80s now but is still going strong.
A classic.

8. Reflections on the Nigerian Civil War: Facing The Future – Raph Uwechue

Arguably the most nuanced take on the complex dynamics of the civil war by a participant observer. Raph Uwechue’s reflections on the subject are studied, rigorously thought through and well considered.

9. For The liberation of Nigeria – Yusufu Bala Usman

Bala Usman, one of Nigeria’s greatest ideological thinkers delivers a searing critique of Nigerian foreign policy in the 1970s&an examination of Nigeria’s place in the world.

10. Soldiers of Fortune (Nigerian Politics from Buhari to Babangida) 1983 – 1993 –
Max Siollun

For those that missed the military era of the 1980s and 1990s, delivers the best rendition of the events of that period in living colour and with uncommon nuance.

11. June 12 1993: Annulment – Abraham Oshoko

Abraham Oshoko’s Graphic historical trilogy of books about the June 12 crisis is one of the best treatments of the subject there is. A bold creative take on history backed up with solid research.

12. The Trouble With Nigeria – Chinua Achebe

Written in 1983, Achebe’s classic critique of the Nigerian condition possesses a currency that makes it both disturbing and prophetic. It’s still essential reading.

13. The Manipulation of Religion in Nigeria (1977 -1987) – Yusufu Bala Usman

Bala Usman exposes the sordid underbelly of religious populism essayed by religious and political charlatans in the Second Republic. Nigerian Politicians have been manipulating religious sensibilities for a long time. This is an early diagnostic of their nefarious methods.

14. Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture (1966 -1976)
– Max Siollun

again delivers a sobering and nuanced portrayal of a turbulent and bloody period of Nigerian history. Clinical, incisive and even tempered without the histrionics that often undermines other treatments of the subject.

15. Religion, Politics and Power in Northern Nigeria – Matthew Hassan Kukah

A fascinating exploration of the power dynamics of Northern Nigeria by one of Nigeria’s foremost public intellectuals.

16. The Misrepresentation of Nigeria – Yusufu Bala Usman

A brilliant polemic by Bala Usman and Alkasum Abba that deconstructs ethnic (and religious) irredentism in Nigeria and exposes the political opportunism of identity entrepreneurs.

17. One Nigeria: The Birth and Evolution of an Idea – Dike-Ogu Chukwumerije

A clinical and dispassionate examination of the roots of Nigerian nationalism and the national question by . A top top read.

18. The Northern Elements Progressive Union and the Politics of Radical Nationalism in Nigeria (1938 – 1960) – Alkasum Abba

The compelling and dramatic history of one of the greatest political movements in Nigeria.

19. History of West Africa since 1800 – Elizabeth Isichei

Elizabeth Isichei is in the exalted league of historians including JF Ade-Ajayi, Kenneth Dike, Peter Ekeh and Obaro Ikime (who’s Groundwork of Nigerian History is also recommended). Her sweeping portrait of two centuries of change in West Africa is a worthwhile read.

20. Writing the Wrong – Chidi Amuta

Along with Stanley Macebuh, Nosa Osaigbovo and Adebayo Williams, Chidi Amuta belongs to a tradition of excellent essayists and op-Ed columnists. This 1000-page tome is a collection of his essays spanning nearly three decades and brimming with insight on various topical issues over the years.

THE END.

PS: For now. As I said, this isn’t an exhaustive list and there are many great books that aren’t on it. I personally recommend these. The key is to read widely, broadly and deeply. History, like all human experience is many-sided. Truth is often the golden mean.
Happy reading.

CREDIT: This thread is developed by Chris Ngwodo, an Analyst, Thinker, Writer, Public Speaker and Consultant. You can follow him on Twitter via

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Karim Waris Olamilekan – The 11-year-old Nigerian artist who moved President Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, walks on stage at the New Africa Shrine in Lagos with 11-year-old, Kareem Waris Olamilekan, a young Nigerian artist who drew his portrait.
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, walks on stage at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos with 11-year-old, Kareem Waris Olamilekan, a young Nigerian artist who drew his portrait.

French President Emmanuel Macron has praised the skills of an 11-year-old Nigerian artist who drew a stunning portrait of him in just two hours.

Kareem Waris Olamilekan drew a portrait of President Macron during his visit to Fela Kuti’s New Africa Shrine in Lagos Tuesday.
Macron was on a two-day visit to Nigeria and attended a cultural showcase at the venue to announce the launch of the Season of African Cultural Season, scheduled to hold in France in 2020.
11-year old Nigerian hyperrealist artist, Kareem Olamilekan draws portrait of French President's Macron at the African shrine on July 3, 2018.
11-year old Nigerian hyperrealist artist, Kareem Olamilekan draws portrait of French President’s Macron at the African shrine on July 3, 2018.
While waiting for the President to arrive, Olamilekan got to work and created a portrait of Macron, which was presented to him by the event’s host, Nigerian singer, Banky W.
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A visibly moved Macron touched heads with Olamilekan and later took to Twitter to appreciate his work.
He posted a short video of the moment, with the caption, “Very touched. Congrats to this young boy.”
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Olamilekan is one of the youngest members of a growing community of artists in Lagos creating hyper-realistic charcoal and pencil paintings.
Hyperrealism is a genre of art that produces hand-drawn images resembling high-resolution photos.
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Other young Nigerian creatives, like Arinze Stanley and Oscar Ukonu, are using their art to mirror real life.
It’s an aesthetic growing in popularity, amongst both the local art community and an avid global audience.

During the event organized by TRACE media, President Macron was treated to a display from top contemporary Nigerian visual artists Ndidi Emefiele, Abraham Onoriode Oghobase and Victor Ehikhamenor, curated by ArtX Lagos fair founder, Tokini Peterside.

Abayi records first TEDx event in Abia State

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The first independent TEDx event in Abia State Nigeria was successfully held recently in Abayi on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Eldorado Event Center in the industrial capital of Abia State with the initial theme “Build The Future”.

The novel event attracted Students, youths, entrepreneurs, academia and technocrats.

Some of the distinguished personalities who spoke at the event included Clinton Tochukwu Chukwueke, Inventor and change agent; Grace Ihejiamaizu, Founder Opportunity Desk; Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli, Content Strategist and Medical Laboratory Scientist; Laiza Elizabeth Kalu, Founder MANIFEST Network; Akudinobi Tony George Chidi, Visual Thinker and Founder Hammerhead Group; Emeka Nobis, Thought leader, writer and coach.

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The speakers in line with the theme discussed Narrative Medicine: The power of storytelling and the future of healthcare; Erasing limitations: Building the future with your voice and influence; Changing the future through building ideological movements; Build the future: objects of African Heartsong; amongst others.

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Abayi  has joined major cities in the likes of Owerri, Marrakech, Euston, Paris, Silicon Valley, Oxford, Lagos and 1600 other places that have held TEDx conferences, all organized by passionate volunteers.

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TEDxAbayi is licensed by TED, a US-based not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of ideas worth spreading. It celebrates and spreads locally-driven ideas in technology, science, entertainment, design and business, through conferences in more than 100 languages across the world. In January 2017, Omotayo Olorunfemi was licensed to host TEDxAbayi as a standard TEDx event for Abia.

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes and lives. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively shaping our world. But a TED conference is broader still, showcasing important ideas from any discipline, and exploring how they all connect.

 

TWITTER THREAD: LESSONS FROM UBUNTU CULTURE BY @Sunil_Sawhney

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I read a very nice story about the #UbuntuCulture in #Africa and the motivation behind it. Found it #TooGoodNotToShare . An Anthropologist proposed a game to the African tribal children. He placed a basket of sweets near a tree and made the children stand 100 metres away.

He then announced that whoever reaches first would get all the sweets in the basket and said ‘ready steady go!’ Do you know what these children did? They all held each other’s hands, ran together towards the tree, divided the sweets equally among themselves and enjoyed the sweets.

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When the Anthropologist asked them why they did so, they answered #Ubuntu Which means – How can one be happy when the others are sad? Ubuntu in their language means ‘I am because we are’.

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Now this is a wonderfully Strong message for all generations. Let all of us always have this attitude and spread happiness wherever we go. Let’s have an #Ubuntu Life. What a great message on coexistence. I AM BECAUSE WE ARE Please help me spread it.. #IAmBecauseWeAre.

 

CREDIT: Sunil Sawhney is an ex CEO/MD Pepsi Nigeria

Interesting Reasons You Should Visit the Millennium Park, Abuja

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The Millennium park is considered the largest public park in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. It was inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom on the 4th of December 2003. The park is such an alluring and stunning location, beautifully conceived and designed by the Italian architect Manfredi Nicoletti. It is no surprise that it has quickly become one of the main attractions in Abuja and one of the must-see places in Nigeria.

Here are 4 interesting reasons you should visit the Millennium park this season.

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1. Take Advantage of the Spectacular View for Photo Shoot Sessions

The park has some of the best views that you could ever imagine. Its landscape is made up of a lush green field with corridors and walkways and fountains bubbling beautifully at virtually every corner. In addition to this, the park also has a very traditional and rigid Italian Style Garden Layout with a rectilinear path as its entrance that is completely paved with Roman white travertine. The path layout is based on a trident geometry separated by huge polygonal pools, and the roads are crossed by a series of multi-coloured bushes going from yellow to red with a very particular wave-like course. Amazing right? And it’s even better when all that is captured by a camera or in a photograph. It provides a perfect setting to liven your photos and photo shoot sessions.

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2. Admire the Park’s Vegetation and Wildlife

The Millennium Park is the largest park in Abuja that covers an area of 32 hectares. A section of the park, which is reserved, is made up of beautiful untouched nature and stunning vegetation and wildlife. There you can find a system of terraces at different levels containing some of Nigeria’s mountain vegetation, savanna, deciduous forest, rainforest and brushwood as well as greenhouses for butterflies and tropical birds. It is such a great setting to admire and relax in by yourself or with friends and family.

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3. Explore the Greenhouses for Butterflies and Tropical Birds

The side of the park with the greenhouses for butterflies and tropical birds is perfectly open for visitors to explore and admire the butterflies and different bird species available at the park. If you’re a nature lover, it’s even all the more better for you.

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4. Enjoy Picnic Dates and Events with Family and Friends

With all the stunning landscape, luscious vegetation and beautiful wildlife to explore and admire, the millennium park is a great destination for picnic dates with family and friends. It provides a beautiful, suitable setting for such dates, it has swings, slides and obstacles, and is such ideal location for children to play and lovers to have some alone time.

Meet the first in the world hand-woven car that was made by Ojo Obaniyi, a Nigerian artisan

Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!
Ojo Obaniyi, a 40-year-old resident of Ibadan has applied his skill in weaving in an unusually creative way to advertise his business – raffia palm cane weaving services.
Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!

Obaniyi has covered the interior and exterior of his Volkswagen pickup with raffia palm cane, including the entire car body, the wheel caps, chairs, steering wheel and dashboard.
Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!
Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors! Before creating hand-woven car he has practiced the craft for 20 years. Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!

“I wanted to prove a point that it is not only the educated elite that can make positive changes in society. We, the artisans, also have talents to effect a change and make a positive impact in the society,” Obaniyi says.

Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!

“That is why I decided that I too must do something that will make people to recognize me and to know me across the whole world.”

Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!

“I decided prove to the world that African and indeed the entire black race have very talented people.”

Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!

Ibadan (where Obaniyi is from) is the capital city of Oyo State and the third largest metropolitan area by population in Nigeria.
Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!
Here there are a lot of raffia palm cane weavers. But only Ojo Obaniyi due to his car has managed to attract the global attention of the whole Internet.
Ojo Obaniyi is one of the most talented Nigerian inventors!

Source: https://www.naija.ng/642896-one-of-nigerian-inventors.html#642896

TRENDY SUITS FOR MEN ABOUT TO MAKE A BOLD MOVE

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Every man should have at least one good suit. The first thing to do before you drop what could be hundreds or thousands of dollars on a well-made suit is to consider what you need the suit for.

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Whether it’s a crucial job interview, a nightlife odyssey with old friends or the day you bid farewell to bachelorhood forever, looking good instills confidence.

Here are a few tips:

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1.Pinstriped Suit or Professional suit

This one’s our pick for the fashionable entrepreneur, an uptight banker or an employee who knows his style. A pin-striped suit is similar to a linen one, darker than the stripe one and should be worn with a shirt and matching tie. This suit is perfect for a business meeting or anything to do with the word ‘professional’.

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We also believe that your dress code in the office influences the power you have over your colleagues/employees. A pinstriped suit will ensure that this influence is at its highest.

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2. Dinner Jacket

The dinner jacket, commonly known as a tuxedo, is perfect for a sophisticated evening meal or meeting her parents for dinner for the very first time. This means that a dinner jacket creates a lasting impression if you want to look charismatic, stylish and classy, cultured and refined. Tuxedos can be avoided for business meetings but at the same time can be a great option for a business party.

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3. Velvet Jacket

A well-cut, good quality velvet jacket is versatile and can be worn elegantly for many occasions. But mainly, it’s perfect for a night out at a posh club or dinner and drinks with your friends. It is comfortable to wear and gives you a sharp look. Wear your velvet jacket with dark jeans for contrasting, dressy and stylish attire.

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4. Vintage Suits

A vintage suit is a traditional three-piece suit comprising of trousers, vest and a jacket made up of the same two fabrics namely polyester and wool. This can be worn in a retro-classic style for business outings or can be played around with colours and styles for a young look. Each suit can be worn in four universal styles: The Italian suits that are the most famous; the American style which is more youthful and fun; the British style places emphasis on elegance, class and sophistication; and the Mandarin style which reflects its oriental culture.

 

Top 5 Nigerian Destinations For The Wildlife Lovers

 

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Nigeria, the giant of Africa is not only blessed with the best rainforest, flora, it also has exciting wildlife sanctuaries and preservation centres that are located in different parts of the country. So, if you are a wildlife lover, you do not need to visit South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania to see the wild. There are lovely and beautiful wildlife destinations in Nigeria.

Here are some of them.

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1.Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience the amazing wildlife at Afi mountain sanctuary.

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The wildlife reserve is a preservation centre for chimpanzees, gorillas, drill monkeys and many other endangered primates. It is also home to large migratory roosts in Africa.

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It is located in Cross River State.

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2. Yankari Games Reserve

The Yankari Games Reserve will always top the list of Parks to visit in Nigeria. The Park was established in 1956 and opened to the public in 1962. It is located around Gagi River, South East of Bauchi Town. The reserve covers 2,058 sq. km. of savanna woodland and is inhabited by elephants, baboons, waterbucks, bushbucks, oribi, crocodile, hippopotamus, roan antelope, buffalo and various types of monkeys.

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3. Ogba Zoo and Nature Park

The Ogba Zoo covers about 750 acres and was established in 1966 and sits comfortably on Airport Road in the ancient Benin Kingdom. You will see the King of animals – lions, chimpanzees, giant tortoises, rock python, peafowls and many more.

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4. Gashaka Gumti National Park

The Gashaka Gumti National Park holds the title of the largest National Park in Nigeria covering about 6,402 Km and it is situated in-between Taraba (Gashaka and Adamawa (Gumti). This natural habitat is home to a wide range of plant and animal life from the leopard to elephants, lions, wild dogs, antelope, forest hogs, golden cats, birdlife, insects, reptiles and aquatic life. The mountain is a stone throw from the Chappal Waddi, which is Nigeria’s highest mountain.

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Jos Wildlife Park

The Jos Wild park attracts inter- and intra-visitors yearly. The park is located in the Rantya area of Jos. It is home to species of rare animals like elephants, lions, hyenas, birds, chimpanzees, baboons and monkeys. You are guaranteed a swell time in Jos as the park is only one of many tourist destinations in the state