4 TOP CARS IN 2018 THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE ASSURANCE YOU NEED

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Buying a car is one of the biggest decisions you can make because it takes a financial toll on many except you are Davido and you want to spoil bae with a N45m Porsche. But one thing you can all agree on is the need to buy a car that will actually give you the assurance that you’re getting value for your hard-earned money. Whether you’re heading to the dealership or buying from a private seller, arming yourself with knowledge and resources will help you make the most informed decision.

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Here are top 5 cars in 2018 that will absolutely give you assurance for years to come.

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Porsche Cayenne: With a dynamic design and efficient turbocharged engines. With outstanding digital connectivity that brings the whole world into the cockpit. With versatility, quality and cutting-edge assistance systems, offering both driver and passengers extraordinary comfort.

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BMW X3: The X3 tops its class. This luxury compact SUV combines driving enjoyment, comfort, slick technology, and utility in one appealing machine. Its power is smooth and nearly immediate when you press the gas pedal, even with the base turbo four-cylinder engine. Sharp, sporty handling encourages drivers to seek curvy roads. The firm suspension makes you feel safe and confident, and yet the X3 does a good job soaking up ruts and bumps. Because it’s extremely quiet, richly appointed, and offers supportive seats and an easy-to-use infotainment system, the X3 is certain to delight those looking for an upscale SUV that is polished and fun to drive.

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Ford Expedition: For the brave. The spirited. The ones who are always unstoppable.The New Generation Expedition delivers all the power, capability and space your adventure demands.

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Jaguar XJ: Shaped with “the discipline of simplicity”, technologically advanced and luxuriously appointed, the Jaguar XJ is the pinnacle of the Jaguar sports sedans. Select between the sport-infused XJ, redesigned with high performance in mind, or the XJL where quilted seats and an available rear seat entertainment system prove decadence can be extremely tasteful.

 

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“I am Inspired by Love” Meet Africa’s Rising Pop Star: Ric Hassani

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Ikechukwu Eric Ahiauzu, is a singer and songwriter better known by his stage name Ric Hassani. The 27-year-old has been fully immersed in the music industry for over a year now and has managed to make his stand in the music industry as an unsigned artist. Ric currently has two award nominations for the 2016 Headies: ‘Best Vocal Performance’ alongside the likes of Brymo, Darey, Shaydee and Wande Coal as well as ‘Best Alternative Song’ both for his 2015 single, ‘Gentleman’.

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Ric is inspired by the works of Boyz II Men, Craig David, Chris Brown, Sam Smith and Justin Bieber. He is slowly rising into the ranks of Timi Dakolo, Darey Art Alade and Praiz. At the moment, Ric is one of Africa’s emerging stars and has garnered the attention of the masses in a short time with his smooth vocals and intriguing fashion which is a blend of Western attire in Africa print.

Guess you’re wondering how he came by the stage name – Ric Hassani? Eric chose a nickname Hassani from TV series Fresh Prince.

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How did your career as a musician begin? 

I am the last born of five and all my elder sisters were in the church choir, a classical choir. They rehearsed for hours after the church services. The choir was mostly adults, and I was about eight or nine years old at the time. I grew up in an Anglican church so the choir was very ceremonial and respected.

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During their rehearsals, there were meat pies and as a kid all I wanted was to have some. So, I forced my way into the choir and just became ‘the kid everyone liked’ and the best part? – Because I was the youngest, I now became the one they delegated to go from pew to pew sharing the meat pies!!! My life was complete.

I became a part of the choir, I rehearsed with them for months singing soprano, but never joined them on the main services, only rehearsals. Then one day, the choirmaster called me aside after I had just shared out the last batch of meat pies, gave me a new piece to sing, sat by the organ and said: Oya, as I de play, just start de sing make I hear“. And I sang the whole thing, solfa notations and all. He then said, “Come Sunday morning, pick a robe and join us”. That’s how my career started.

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Why did you choose the alternative genre?

I would not say I am alternative. I think that most times, people tend to call a new or different sound that they aren’t used to alternative, but I best define myself as a pop artist.

You’ve become widely popular very quickly. How have you been taking that? 

I must say it is humbling. The more known I get just makes me want to work harder because it means that more people are watching and I cannot disappoint them. So, it makes me want to put my head down and work harder.

How do you feel about your nomination for the Headies

Headies is a platform that I have dreamt about. It feels very surreal that I am now nominated. And again, for an independent artist as myself who isn’t signed to any record label it is really a big deal. I am really thankful to God for that. I’m thankful to God for a lot, it’s a very good feeling.

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Are your parents supportive about your career choice? Ric

Right now, they are more supportive than ever and it makes me happy. I think the bottom line is our parents just want to see us happy and fulfilled and comfortable.  It is not so much about what we do; because as parents they have invested so much into us children and they just want to see that all that energy and sacrifice they have made is worth something. My Dad is the most excited especially when I am travelling out to another country to perform and then my mum is the most excited about awards, she will be the first to tell all her friends at work and at church, and she will send the most broadcast messages on WhatsApp to her contacts forcing all of them to vote [laughs]. That they are happy about what I am doing means the world to me and it gives me a kind of; joy and affirmation.

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What inspires you? 

Love. I am really inspired by love. I watch a lot of marriage proposals on YouTube and it really inspires me to write really nice and honest love music.

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What are your plans for the future? 

I plan to continue to do more work like I always have. Fashion is also something that I would like to delve into but I would only do that when the time is right. I have also been working on my debut album “The African Gentleman” for a while now so hopefully I get to release it soon, but all in God’s time.

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Words you live by. 

A big shot is only a small shot that kept on shooting.

 

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Creative Team

Creative Director: Chidera Muoka 

Photographer: Niyi Okeowo

Assistant Photographer: Idris Dawodu 

Makeup Artist: Jumoke Tychus for Eyesome Beauty

Stylist: Henry Uduku 

4 Surprising Places Nigerians Can Travel to Without a Visa

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Some might find this surprising, but there are actually lovely countries that Nigerians can travel to without a visa.

We share 4 of these surprising countries that Nigerians can travel to without a visa.

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1.Barbados

Barbados, the birth country of Rihanna, welcomes Nigerians past their borders for a 6-month visa free stay. The country is 100 kilometers east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea and is also in the western area of the North Atlantic.

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It’s official language is English (which is great since that of Nigeria is also English) and it boasts of about 60 amazing beaches, a myriad of restaurants with mouthwatering dishes and shopping centers (particularly in Bridgetown, its capital city), where you can source for stunning jewelry and gorgeous clothes.

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2. Cambodia

This southeast Asian nation offers Nigerians a 30-day visa on arrival in major airports like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as at major border crossings.

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Cambodia boasts of picturesque beaches that offer visitors a chance to enjoy some solitude, as well as a chance to explore other tourist attractions like the Banteay Srei and Tonle Sap. The people of Cambodia are also known to be kind, benevolent and welcoming.

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3. Cape Verde

This former Portuguese colony is another country that offers Nigerians visa-free entry. Cape Verde, an island country, can be found on the West African coast. Its weather is welcoming with nearly year-round sun because of its surrounding seas and it also boasts of stunning beaches, is quite easily accessible, has lively music and an incredible volcanic landscape.

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It is no wonder that tourism has been flourishing in Cape Verde and that it is one of the major centers of tourist attraction. Cape Verde’s official language is Portuguese while it’s national language is Kriolu. It is also one of the safer destinations for solo female travelers with loads of fresh fruits for tourists and guests to enjoy.

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4. Maldives

With over a thousand coral islands, Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean. It is known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs, and Nigerians can enjoy a stay in this beautiful nation visa-free for 30 days on arrival.

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Most of the islands in the Maldives are used mainly for tourism and agriculture, as the country can indeed be said to have a ‘rich and fresh bouquet of tourist attractions’ just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

Fun Things About Northern Nigeria

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Quite a number of Nigerians have a negative perception about Nigerians from the Northern region. Nevertheless, there are some things that they do not know about these people.

Today, we round up some fun things about Northern Nigeria.

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1.They have wonderful tourist attractions

From the Palace of the Emir of Kano to the Kano City, Kajuru Castle, the Chappal Waddi in Taraba, and Yankari Games Reserve and much more, Northern Nigeria is blessed with so many exciting tourist destinations. In fact, if you want the perfect getaway, we recommend Northern Nigeria.

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2. Enlightened

When you see a Northern Nigerian man, he is always with his transistor radio. With this radio, he keeps up with the latest news development. Hence, if you still think the Hausa man in your neighbourhood is an information illiterate, you better shelve that thought.

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3. Hardworking

On the streets of major Nigerian cities, it is the Hausa man that is willing to do ‘anything’ to survive as far as it is legal. They are the cobblers, they own small kiosk to complement their jobs as a security guard and are ready to do menial jobs in a bid to continue existing. In fact, they are the unofficial Bureau De Change of many Nigerians. In addition, they offer the best Kilishi and Suya.

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4. They are not Boko Haram members

Many Hausas have been tagged Boko Haram members even though they do not have any link with the militant organization.

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5. They are very hospitable

Northerners are naturally hospitable and friendly. They welcome you with open arms and of course, they can house and feed you for free. In fact, life in the North is very peaceful unlike what we read and hear.

Introducing Jumia One App: An All-in-One Mobile App to Facilitate One-Stop Shopping For Online Transactions

Lagos, Nigeria, 22 March 2018: Africa’s largest e-commerce company Jumia, has announced the launch of Jumia One, a new Android all-in-one lifestyle App that allows customers to conduct all online transactions – such as, Airtime recharge, DSTV & Electricity payments, and access all Jumia services – on just a single App.

While making the announcement in Lagos, the new company’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Midy said, “Our mission is to bring every online service in one place and make them easier, more secure and more affordable to everyone.” Jumia One is in line with Jumia’s mission of improving people’s lives through the internet. “We have built a one-stop shop for Africa where people could fulfil their daily needs or payments online on a single  App,” added Midy.

Similarly, the managing director of Jumia One Nigeria, Kushal Dutta noted that small-scale businesses and full-fledged companies can use the App to attract more customers, as it provides them with a free opportunity to download (for customers) and install  (for businesses).

Dutta stated, “The new App is useful to both customers and entrepreneurs looking to sell everyday goods and services. You can sell or buy airtime, make payments across different banks, pay your church offerings, pay for your betting games or favourite sports, book Uber, pay for internet data, and most importantly, access all Jumia services, be it shopping for grocery or buying gadgets; ordering food online; or booking flights or a hotels.”

The icing on the cake, Dutta added, is the fact that customers who purchase airtime on Jumia One App will get instant 5% cash back, and those who choose to make payments through Jumia Pay will get 10% cashback. Commenting on Jumia’s long-term goal for the continent, Midy said, “Hundred of thousands of local African companies are doing businesses on the Jumia platform daily. We are taking the entire economy online and enabling small, medium, and large African companies to find new customers and serve them in a new way.”

The new lifestyle App enables customers to meet all their daily needs or payments online on just a single App

5 Exciting Nigerian Honeymoon Destinations

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You just got married or about to wed. Expectedly, you may be in search of honeymoon destinations in Nigeria where you can enjoy the best of getaways with your spouse. From the expensive to the most affordable, you have them across the country. Here are 5 affordable as well as exquisite honeymoon destinations in Nigeria.

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1.The Whispering Palms Resort

Located in Badagry, the Whispering Palms Resort is truly an exciting beach with palms everywhere to give newlyweds a resplendent sense of an amazing hideaway. There is a mini zoo and an artworks centre at this resort. You will get a wonderful treat and you do not need to break the bank.

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2. The Obudu Cattle Ranch

The Obudu Mountain Resort is a natural expanse of forests filled with rare animals extending from Nigeria into the Cameroons. The Obudu Cattle Ranch features natural springs, wild animals, traditional chalets. It is a perfect place for newlyweds to escape.

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3. Epe Resort and Spa

The Epe Resort and Spa is located in Epe, Lagos State. You can enjoy a quiet time beside the pool with a wide array of Nigerian and foreign delicacies. It is a place that every intending honeymooner should consider to have their honeymoon.

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4. La Champagne Tropicana Beach Resort

Located in Lagos, the La Champagne Tropicana Beach Resort is a romantic getaway situated between the tropical Lagos forest and extending to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, offering an unhindered view of the lagoon. At this beach resort, you can enjoy the day swimming, fishing, strolling on the beach and bird watching.

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5. Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort

The Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort sits in Akwa Ibom State. It is the place to be for newlyweds that desire to stay away from city life. This is a pleasant hub where many new couples spend their honeymoons.

Must-see Historical Buildings When You Travel Around Nigeria

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Many people rarely consider adding visits to historical buildings to their itinerary when they travel. Such visits can help them expand their knowledge and can also be a great way to reinforce lessons. Some of these historical buildings have hands-on exhibits and tours which add to the visitors’ experience. This said, Nigeria has no shortage of these historic buildings, sites and landmark.

Here are some of the historical buildings you should visit:

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1.Mary Slessor House, Calabar

Built in the late 19th century, the Mary Slessor House once housed the iconic Scottish missionary Mary Slessor who was best known for stopping the killing of twins in Calabar. Rather than reside among her colleagues in the missionary quarters, she decided to stay among the Calabar people. The result of that decision is the Mary Slessor House in Ekenge, Calabar, which stands till today as a testament to her selfless service and courage.

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2. First Presbyterian Church, Calabar

Calabar is an important tourist hub because of its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean attracted attention from foreigners especially European missionaries and colonialists. The First Presbyterian Church in Nigeria was founded by Rev. Hope Masterton Waddell as early as 1846 and has endured as a lasting legacy of missionary work in Nigeria. It is also a wonderful place to visit.

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3. Oba of Benin Palace, Edo

This ancient building was first constructed around the 13th century by Oba Ewedo of Benin and later rebuilt by his successor, Oba Eweka II in the 20th. This building is a symbol of the enduring legacies of one of the most powerful traditional kingdoms in Nigeria and indeed West Africa.

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4. First Storey Building in Nigeria, Badagry

Widely reputed to be the first-storey building erected by foreigners in Nigeria, this building was once used as a primary school by the Methodist Church. Its foundations were laid by the famous missionary Henry Townsend in 1842 and completed in 1845 by Rev. Bernard Freeman and other notable missionaries. This historic building would later house the first African C.M.S (Church Missionary Society) bishop, Samuel Ajayi Crowther who translated the Bible from English to Yoruba.

Jury Appointed for the Nigeria Travel Awards

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Lagos, Nigeria, January 25, 2018— The organising committee of the Nigeria Travel Awards, organised by Jumia Travel, has announced the appointment of Folorunsho Coker, DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) as a jury member for the 2nd edition of the Awards. Others include Michael Balogun, CEO Tour2Nigeria; Babatunde Onibudo, MD Pearlwort Hotel; and Omolara Adagunodo, MD, Jumia Travel.

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Folorunsho Coker, DG, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)

The jury’s decision will contribute 50% of the outcome, while the other 50% will be from the public through a voting process.

Meanwhile, the award ceremony which was slated to hold today January 25th has been postponed to Thursday, February 1st, 2018. According to the Head of PR & Marketing for Jumia Travel, Olukayode Kolawole the change of date will provide ample time for more people to vote.

There 7 categories to be awarded include: Customers’ Favourite Hotel 2017, Customers’ Favourite International Airline Company 2017, Best Destination Website 2017, Jumia Travel’s Booking Award 2017, Traveler’s Choice Hotel 2017, Best Leisure Hotel in Nigeria 2017, and Best Business Hotel in Nigeria 2017

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The nominees for the Customers Favourite Awards are: Ibis Hotel Ikeja; Golden Tulip Festac; Federal Palace Hotel & Casino; Southern Sun Hotel & Towers; Owu Crown Hotels; Greatwood Hotels LTD; Newland Luxury Apartments; Citiheight Hotels; Pearlwort Hotel & Suites; Southern Sun Ikoyi; and Park Inn by Radisson.

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The nominees for the Customers’ Favourite International Airline are: British Airways; Turkish Airlines; Ethiopian Airlines; Air France; Etihad; Emirates; Egypt Air; & Rwandair.

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The nominees for the Customers’ Favourite Local Airline are: Medview Airlines; Dana Airline; Arik Air; Air Peace; Azman Air; Overland Air; and Aero.

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The nominees for the Best Travel Blog/Website are: TVP Adventures; Unravelling Nigeria; Travel With A Pen; EatTechTravel; Social Prefect; Irinajo; Naija Adventures; Khalid, The Workaholic; and Naijanomads.

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The nominees for the Best Business Hotel are: Ibis Lagos Airport; Pearlwort Hotel; Eko Hotel; Radisson Blu Anchorage; Rockview Hotel Classic Abuja; Presken Hotel & Resorts; Ibis Lagos Ikeja; Hampton Suites; Hotel Seventeen; and Tahir Guest Palace.

The awards aim at promoting Nigeria’s tourism sector, and responds to the need of encouraging hoteliers to improve the quality of their services for further advancement of their respective destinations.

In Nigeria, vote here.

Follow the Awards conversation on social networks: #JumiaTravelAwards2018

FASHIONS FINEST AFRICA SET TO RETURN IN MAY!

The Fashions Finest team is here again with The EPIC Show which is bigger, better and more packed.

The Epic Show would be a three-day event running from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May 2018; it will be three days of non stop fashion with a lot of activities for those in the business of fashion and for lovers of fashion.

Fashions Finest Africa debuted in Nigeria on Sunday 27th August, 2017 at The Guest House Ikoyi, Lagos, it was tagged Renaissance and it featured four amazing emerging designers SGTC Clothing, 1407, Sally Bawa and Nkadz. The fashion show was talked about for weeks in the fashion sphere as it surpassed all expectations.

The fashion extravaganza will kick off on Friday at noon with a Fashion conference where those who matter in the fashion industry will take on panel sessions. We will also play hosts to Exhibitors and our marketplace vendors giving the opportunity to fashion lovers to shop till you drop. The fashion show will continue on Saturday and Sunday featuring Student designers, New and Emerging designers and established designers out of Africa.

Fashions Finest Africa EPIC Show 2018 is set to take place at The Balmoral, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Nigeria.

Opinion: 10 Steps to Being A Successful Baby Boy By Dr. Joe Abbah

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When you hear the phrase “baby boy,” what comes to your mind? Being a man means not only that you carry yourself in a masculine way but also that you’re willing to work hard, control your emotions, and take responsibility for your actions. Learn the traits of a real man, and how to rise above your circumstances when needed from.

Let me address my fellow men this afternoon. As the “King of Boys”, let me tell you how to be a Baby Boy. This is the . This Baby Boy life is not easy. You will have more foes than enemies. It’s a mixture of admiration and envy, but you’ll be a happy man. Here are the 10 steps to being a successful Baby Boy:

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1. A BABY BOY WORKS HARD:
In case you didn’t know, a Baby Boy works hard. Damn hard! He also works smart. He is strategic and doesn’t waste effort on unproductive activities. You need to work really really hard if you want to be a Baby Boy.

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2. A BABY BOY TREATS HIS WOMAN GOOD:

Real good. Don’t go and join those yeye people that want to treat women like trash. The women will end up treating you like trash. Trust me. A Baby Boy treats his woman with respect. He notices her new hairdo and constantly complements her.

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3. A BABY BOY IS A HAPPY GUY:

 A Baby Boy is generally a happy guy. He laughs a lot and enjoys life. He notices the wonders of nature. The beauty of the rose, the melody of the nightingale, the beauty of the women folk. Don’t go and join “Angry Twitter” o. It’s for frustrated people, not Baby Boys like us.
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4. A BABY BOY KEEPS HIS BODY IN SHAPE:

A good Baby Boy will be fit and keep his body in top top shape. At all times, you chest should protrude more than your stomach. A Baby Boy doesn’t eat everything he sees, just because he can. He exercises his body because he needs a fully functional body for both work and play

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5. A BABY BOY IS IMPECCABLY MANNERED:

You cannot be a good Baby Boy if you are a dullard. Baby Boys are sharp, well read and impeccably mannered. You need to read. You need to be able to take in the opinions of others and respect them, while being firm in your principles and convictions.

6. A BABY BOY IS WELL-GROOMED:

Grooming is VERY important in a Baby Boy’s life. Visit the barber often. NO DIRTY FINGERNAILS! Scrub your feet, abeg, if you can’t afford pedicures. Don’t have hairs sticking out of your nose and ears. NO BODY ODOUR! Good antiperspirant and subtle cologne. NO RAZOR BUMPS!

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7. A BABY BOY IS WELL-DRESSED:

A Baby Boy dresses well, in an understated way. Being fit, he looks like he was born in a suit. DON’T leave the label of your suit on its sleeve. Don’t be a bush man! No white shoes. No rainbow coloured fisherman pants. No loud jewellery. Nice watch. Nice belt. Nice shoes.

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8. A BABY BOY PRAYS TOO:

A Baby Boy exercises his body by working out; he exercises his brain by reading; and he exercises his spirit by praying. Pray hard. Don’t be one of those bitter people that are angry with God. A Baby Boy knows he needs God. He needs the peace and hope that belief in God brings

He treats his female children like princesses and his male children like princes. He finds time to do homework with them. Quarrels with their mother NEVER extends to the kids. He also disciplines & guides them & gives them self belief.
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10. A BABY HAS A GOOD HEART:

Finally, a Baby Boy has a good heart. He gives of his time & money to help others. He derives joy in the happiness of others. No inferiority complex. He is respectful of elders & treats the youth with respect. He protects the weak/vulnerable and fights injustice.