The FiT Score, Africa’s urban health and wellness index is available in Nigeria

Accra, Ghana – KASI insight, an award-winning research and advisory firm that provides reliable data and actionable insights from Africa, today announced the launch of the FiT Score (Nigeria), Africa’s first health and wellness index. According to the World Health Organization, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) will kill more than 40 million people per year by 2020 with an increasing proportion of the deaths in Africa. NCDs are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors. The main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes. Modifiable lifestyle behaviours, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol, all increase the risk of NCDs.

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Rhonda is the co-lead health advisory at KASI Insight

“With the rise of middle class and increased urbanization, Africa will face new health challenges especially around noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and high blood pressure. The WHO estimated that 4 million people will die from NCDs related diseases in Africa by 2020. The FiT score provides data and intelligence regarding lifestyle behaviors and the prevalence of risk factors for NCDs.” said Rhonda Boateng, Health researcher and co-lead health advisory group at KASI Insight.

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Dr Udemezue Ezekwesili believes the report captures the growing impact of Non-Communicable Diseases in Africa 

“Overall, the report is wonderful and insightful particularly with regard to the growing impact of NCDs in Africa and the relative financial constraints in the continent to fund the usually long haul of management of these class of diseases.” said Dr Ezekwesili Udemezue Samuel from Nigeria.

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Prepared and released every semester, the FiT Score covers each country’s results. Detailed country analysis and data will be available upon request.

KEY FINDINGS (NIGERIA)

Amongst the 7 (Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania and Cameroon) countries, Ghana ranks first with a score of 64 and Cameroon ranks last with a score of 46.

  • On rating their health, 40 percent of respondents rank their health as excellent but 23 percent expect their health to get much worse.

  • On unhealthy habits, 26 percent of respondents smoke at least one cigarette per day, 38 percent consume alcoholic drinks (mostly once per month) and 2 percent consumer between 6 to 9 alcoholic drinks per day.

  • On healthy habits, only 5 percent of respondents get the recommended fruit servings per day (4 + servings), 5.1 percent eat the recommended vegetable servings per day and 1/3 of respondents exercise moderately at least 4 days per week.

  • On medical care, 69 percent of respondents had a doctor visit and recommended medical tests over the past 6 months and most popular medical tests are Diabetes, Blood pressure and Blood.

As a leading provider of consumer insights and related data products for emerging markets especially Africa, KASI Insight is dedicated to the ongoing development of insights into the health of Africans, and how the right lifestyle choices can prevent or reduce the severity and the impact of illness and disease. The FiT score provides supplementary evidence to help inform public health policy.

The first KASI Health Wellness index is based on findings of a KASI Insight survey conducted between February 17th and 27th, 2017. A sample of 3,500 urban dwellers in Africa from 18 to 65 years of age. After data cleaning and validation, the final sample was 3,369.

 CREDITS: This article is culled from https://www.kasiinsight.com/single-post/2017/11/30/The-FiT-Score-Africas-urban-health-and-wellness-index-is-available-in-Nigeria

TO VIEW THE NIGERIA REPORT, CLICK HERE.

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African Music Superstars Battle for AFRIMA 2017

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The All Africa Music Awards is set to reward the best of African artistes
from the continent. This has led to a massive voting campaigns by
nominated artistes of different countries who rely on the love from music
lovers at home and in diaspora to win the 23.9 Carat plaited gold AFRIMA
trophy. The AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony is scheduled to hold on 12th
November 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos by 4PM.
The nominated artistes are pulling up their sleeves to slug it out with
their regional and continental music contemporaries and legends at the
event.
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Southern African female nominess have some scores to settle at the 2017
AFRIMA Awards. Amanda Black and Babes Woduno started a fresh beef at the
South Africa Music Awards23, when Amanda Black beat Babes Woduno to SA’s
Best Female Artiste of the Year awards 2017.  She might get her rep back
if she sweeps all contestants to win the Best Female Artiste in Southern
Africa at AFRIMA 2017.

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Old rivalries in SA might rear its head at the Awards as AKA gets nominated in the same category as Nasty C and Emtee.
Other stars battling for recognition and rep are SA Jah Prayzah, Legend
Jazzist, Hugh Masekela, and Nduduzo Makhatini.

The Cameroonians divas claim to run the show in the Central Africa region,
as five nominated music divas bring to battle their different musical
styles to win the 23.9 carat gold award. The Gabonese Popstar, Bussine and
the Angolan pop queen, Nsoki is in the game to burst their bubble and win
the award for their home countries. Meanwhile the King of Central Africa
will emerge when Angola’s star RnB Sensation, Anselmo Ralph and Hip Hop
star, Big Nelo while charges against DRC Makossa star, Fally Ipupa and RnB
International Ke Black and Pop Star, Maitre Gims and the Cameroonians Pop
artistes, Jovi and romantic RnB singer, Mr Locko.

Four Tanzanian divas are gunning for the awards for the Eastern region,
Vanessa Mdee, who won the 2014 AFRIMA awards in the same Best Female
Artiste in Eastern Africa category. She is pitched against Tanzanian love
singers Feza, Lady Jaydee, and Nandy. Uganda’s Juliana Kanyomozi is a
music big fish who will clash Kenya’s Victoria Kimani despite her West
African and East African base. The singer and TV celeb, Chess Nthussi is
also nominated alongside Ethiopian Grammy nominee, Wayna Wondwossen.  The
rest is up against Diamond Platnumz who might add another AFRIMA award to
his shelf this year? The multiple AFRIMA winner is up against his fellow
Tanzanian arch rival, Ali Kiba. The Kenyan DJ and Pop star, Mura KE, and
Hip Hop star, Octopizzo are also going to challenge the Tanzanian. Other
stars in this category are Kibrom Birhane, Sinishaw Legesse and Henok &
Mehari Brothers from Ethiopia and Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo.

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West Africa boasts of a huge media presence, crisp videos and ecletic
sounds. The Nigerian music divas on the list, Aramide, Seyi Shay, Tiwa
Savage, and Yemi Alade will contend with Ghanaian pop-star, Becca, Malian
Grammy Award winner, Oumo Sangare and Senegalese Pop-singer, Viviane
Chidid, to prove which star has the most dynamic voice to win the gold
trophy.  Nigerian Arch-rivals, Wizkid and Davido may have yet another
face-off at AFRIMA. Other stars ready to upturn the game are Cote
D’ivoire’s DJ Arafat, Guinea’s MHD, Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Runtown, Tekno
and YCEE.

The Female and Male music stars from Northern Africa may have the
advantage of votes from their rave ratings on Youtube. These northern
artistes trump their regional counterparts with popularity as huge as
Algerian singer, Cheba Maria’s 4 million views to French Montana’s
487million views.

The awards ceremony is a world-class event that hold annually with live
performances from star-studded artistes and television broadcast to 84
countries around the world. Tickets can be purchased on the AFRIMA
website, nairabox.com, and ariyatickets.com.

Jumia Travel, Jumia Food to Reward Customers Big at Black Friday Concert

Nigeria’s leading online travel agency, Jumia Travel and Nigeria’s number 1 online food ordering website, Jumia Food have revealed plans to reward both their new and returning customers with fantastic giveaways and deals at the upcoming Jumia Black Friday concert scheduled for November 18, 2017 at the King’s College, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The companies made the announcement through their Head of Public Relations, Olukayode Kolawole while addressing journalists in Lagos on the expectations from this year’s Black Friday festival which will kick off November 13th and end December 13th, 2017. “This year’s Black Friday will be the biggest sales event ever experienced in the country as there are as high as 80% discounts across all the Jumia platforms: Jumia Mall, Jumia Travel, and Jumia Food,” Kolawole said.

The exclusive 2-in-1 concert and shopping event will feature Nigeria’s finest artistes including Simi, Falz, Wande Coal, 9ice, Mayorkun, Niniola, Sound Sultan, Skales, Lil Kesh, Pencil, Jimmie DJ Consequence, DJ Cuppy, Nedu to thrill attendees to exclusive app flash sales and lots of exciting giveaways including a N500,000 shopping voucher.

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Speaking on some of the special offers on Jumia Travel, Omolara Adagunodo, Managing Director of Jumia Travel said there will be up to 80% discount on hotel & flight bookings; over 20 holiday packages to choose from (local & international) and lots of fantastic deals. “There will also be lots of giveaways at the concert, such as a free night stay at a 4-star hotel in Lagos, a free return ticket from Lagos to Accra and many more,”Adagunodo added.

On the other hand, Jumia Food Managing Director, Olamide Bada described the deals that will be available on Jumia Food as mouth watering. “We have a long list of vendors on our platform who have offered us amazing discounts and giveaways in the spirit of the Black Friday festival. While many of our customers will have direct and face-to-face interactions with us at the concert, others who might not be able to attend can still benefit from these offers. For instance, we will be offering a buy-one-get-one-free on Sharwama & Co between 11th  November through Dec 12th; 30% off the entire menu at Beleful; and many more.”

“There will also be lots of offers on Jumia Party. For instance, you can buy one Martell Blue Swift and get 24 Apparel Hat with Purchase; Martell XO – Free Holiday Bag with purchase; Chivas Extra – Free TT Dalk Wallet or card holder with purchase,” Bada added.

 

Niniola’s ‘This is Me’ Debuts

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Coming on the heels of her debut album ‘This is Me’, singer, songwriter and performer Niniola has signed with Kobalt Music Group, an independent rights management and publishing company. Her manager Michael Ndika made the announcement during a media parley to celebrate the launch of her new album.

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“Niniola is a very talented artiste who has achieved a lot within three years that most people don’t know about. She got signed on to Kobalt music in July ​for publishing which is a deal that will make her write music for international artistes. Kobalt is about third or fourth biggest publishing company in the world. So in the next couple of years will see Niniola writing songs for international acts.”

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Niniola rose to fame in 2013 when she emerged the third runner-up on MTN Project Fame season 6. Her debut album according to the artiste is a snippet of what she can do as she sampled different styles of music while staying true to her unique afro-house genre.  It is a 13-track album that features dancehall reggae king, Patoranking,  hip-hop Apala musician, Terry Apala, Devin Di Dakta and Charmant.

Her ingenuity has not gone unnoticed as she was a nominee of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards as well as the upcoming All Africa Music Awards where she will also perform.

The 30-year old singer is the sixth child of her parents.

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​Niniola is currently signed to Drumroll Records”

AKON AND SOPHY AIIDA TO HOST AFRIMA 2017 IN LAGOS

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Multi-award winning African-American music star, Akon, has been unveiled as host of the 4th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) scheduled to hold on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

According to a statement by the African Union Commission and the International Committee of AFRIMA made available to the media on Tuesday, October 31, the Senegal-born superstar will handle the event proceedings of the live broadcast award show scheduled to air live on over 80 television stations and online platforms across the world with support from the co-host, Ms. Sophy Aiida, a Cameroonian-French entertainment broadcaster.

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With a track record of outstanding success in the global music industry that has brought immense recognition to Africa’s creative energy and originality, Akon, a multi-Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, has put his name in the Guinness Book of World Record as the number one selling artiste for master ringtones in the world.

Ranked the fifth most powerful celebrity in Forbes’s Africa list of 40, Akon is also a business man and philanthropist who is passionate about the African continent. He provides electricity for 15 African countries through his “Light Africa Project” and supports underprivileged African youngsters through his Konfidence Initiative. He runs music labels, Konvict Music and Kon Live Republic successfully.
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Co-host Sophy Aiida is a prolific broadcaster who is known on radio as Cameroon’s biggest-girl-next-door. Sophy was born in Paris, moved to New York where she spent 15 years before returning to Cameroon to contribute to her homeland. The multilingual and multi-talented woman is regarded as one of Central Africa’s biggest show host. Sophy has also acted in rave African French-speaking movies and has also dropped a debut single.  Sophy Aiida is the co-founder of the Nakande Project, an initiative that supports the emergence of great young women through its education, empowerment and mentorship programmes. She has hosted various annuals show and events in Africa.

Meanwhile, Africans on the continent and in the diaspora are in eager anticipation for the AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony and the AFRIMA Music Village scheduled to hold on Friday, November 10. The Music Village is an evening of non-stop open music festival of live performances from African stars and nominees, with an audience of 40,000 people. It will also be broadcast live and produced by a prominent experiential marketing/production agency in Africa, Backstage Pro.

The annual All Africa Music Awards in partnership with the African Union Commission, is a celebration of Africa by rewarding the creativity and originality of African artistes and songwriters with the resplendent 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy. The 2017 Main Awards Ceremony, in association with Lagos State of Nigeria, the Official Host City, will be a colourful, performance-packed event graced by music stars, industry legends, captains of industries, diplomats, government officials, music lovers across the continent. The event will be broadcast live across 84 countries in Africa.

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Also lined up for the weekend of AFRIMA 2017 is Africa Music Business Roundtable in Association with TRACE with the theme,/ DIGITAL TAKEOVER: SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN MUSIC /(November 10). AMBR is a platform created by AFRIMA for engagement on music, money, media and evolving global business practices as they affect the creative industries in Africa.

#MBGN At 30: Miss Kebbi, Ugochi Ihezue wins Most Beautiful Girl In Nigeria 2017

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Miss Kebbi, Ugochi Ihezue has been crowned the 30th Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2017 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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From traditional wears to bikinis and to their gorgeous evening wears, in a keenly contested battle, 36 beauties strutted the runway like the Queen that they crave to be.

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The outgoing Queen Miss Anyadike Unoaku poses with the MBGN 2017 contestants

This year’s edition had 37 beautiful ladies vying for the coveted MBGN crown and a chance to represent Nigeria at the Miss World pageant. They are mostly from the Southern part of the country representing all the states of the nation before Miss Delta pulled out for ‘personal’ reasons.

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Ik Osakioduwa and Victoria Pepple  were the hosts of this prestigious event that combined glitz, glam, and of course beauty!

The theme for this year’s pageant is Gender Based Violence – The Plight of the Nigerian Woman.  The outgoing MBGN, Unoaku Anyadike made a passionate appeal to government at all levels to take the fight against gender based violence more seriously. Unoaku, in a very moving speech said, “It is sobering to realise that behind the closed doors of homes everywhere, in the place where women have the right to feel most safe, horrific abuse is a daily reality.” Unoaku, like many other campaigners before her, is shocked by the statistics which show that nearly 50 per cent of all sexual assaults worldwide are against girls 15 years or younger.”

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Stunning renowned actress Stephanie Linus was one of the Judges of the MBGN 2017. The other Judges were Her Excellency Olufunsho Amosun, Producer of Banana Ghost Biola Alabi, Gozie Ochuba, Ogechukwu Ochaba

Miss Amity nominated by all the contestants; Miss Yobe!

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Miss Photogenic award goes to Miss Anambra!

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The award for the Model of the Year – Miss Kebbi

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Miss Sokoto wins the Best Traditional Costume of the night

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The Best Evening Wear award and the Fourth Runner-Up position – Miss Bayelsa

Third Runner-Up/Miss ECOWAS – Miss Oyo

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Second Runner-Up/Miss Tourism – Miss Plateau

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First Runner-Up/MBGN Universe – Miss Sokoto

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Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2017 – Miss Kebbi!!

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Miss Ugochi will be representing Nigeria at the Miss World Pageant holding in November in China

PHOTOS: The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) 2017 Contestants slay in evening gowns

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Thirty-six young women on Friday vied for the crown of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) pageant. 

The finalists who competed at the EKO Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, have gone through boot camp, training with professionals, amongst others in preparation for tonight’s event.

One beauty queen would win the MBGN World crown but there are also other crowns to win, such as MBGN Ambassador, MBGN Tourism, and more.

The pageant, which is organised by Silverbird Entertainment, is in its 30th edition.

Miss Delta, Precious Omovo, recently announced her withdrawal from the competition.

See photos of the contestants in lovely evening gowns.

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Top Events To Attend These Long Eid Holidays

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It is Friday! And we are sure that many Nigerians are excited and they have already activated the holiday mood. You have Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday all to yourself. By the way, the holiday is for Muslim faithful to celebrate the end of Ramadan. There are so many events coming up in this period and we share some of the ones you can attend. Get out there and enjoy! For our followers of Islam, we should not forget or ditch the lessons learned from Ramadan!

iBeauty Eid-il-Fitr Family Funfair

iBeautyTV and Fun Factory are organising an Eid-il-Fitr Family Funfair for Muslims. This year’s edition will be hosted in 3 cities Lagos, Ibadan, and Abeokuta. It features entertainment, rides and slides, bouncing castles, kiddies swimming pool, exciting family competitions Including sack race, tug of war, gele and hijab tying contest, sausage eating, arms wrestling competition and the yummy Honeywell cooking competitions for moms.  The Lagos edition will take place at Fun Factory, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1 on 26th June 2017 at 11 am. Regular tickets cost N1,500.

Quiloz Adventures June end of Ramadan special offer

If you love adventures and looking for a proper way to unwind these holidays, then you should go with Quiloz Adventures to explore tourists destinations including Ikogosi warm springs (Ekiti), Idanre Hills (Ondo) and Erin Ijesa Waterfalls (Osun). The tour will start on the 24th  and end on 27th June 2017. The ticket covers feeding, transportation, and accommodation (double occupancy). It cost 35,000 per person.

Akpororo Vs. Akpororo

Akpororo is a popular Nigerian comedian and if you want to be entertained by him and your other favourite comedians and acts, then do not miss Akpororo Vs. Akpororo from RORO House. It features Funke Akindele, AY, Seyi Law, Osama, Acapella, Kenny Blaq, Woli Arole, Adviser, Laff Doctor, Ovie, E Don Do, Kefas, and Xplicipt among others. It will be held at Eko Hotel and Suites on Sunday, June 25th. It starts at 6 pm. 5,000 for regular tickets.

Itan (The Story)

Directed by Ayo Jaiyesimi, Itan (the Story) is staged by Thespian Family Theatre & Productions. Itan is based on cross-generational conflicts prevalent in our modern day world. It is an exciting and enthralling play that concocts both cultural and contemporary dance and music thus presenting a wonderful and thrilling rendition. It will be staged at Terra Kulture on 24th of June 2017 (Time: 3 pm & 6 pm ), 25th of June 2017 (Time: 3 pm & 6 pm ) and 26th of June 2017 (Time: 1pm, 4 pm & 7 pm ). Regular ticket is N5,000. So, if you love stage plays, then Itan is the place to be.

Unstable

This is another play that attempts to answer the question is it true that “Love bears its burden on Unstable Waters? Get answers at The Unstable stage play produced by MYL Nigeria Ltd Production. The play is written by Dickson Ekhaguere & Directed by Ben Tomoloju. It stars Ropo Ewenla, Tina Mba, Bassey Okon, Segun Dada, Olu Okekanye, Inna Erizia, Iquo Dianabasi Eke, William Ekpo and Friday Francis among others. It will be held at the Agip Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Saturday 24th at 3 pm & 6 pm. Regular ticket is N5,000.

‘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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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

Nine Undeniable Facts About Working in a Nigerian Office

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If you work in a Nigerian office, there are certain things you know to be true about the way things work in the system. It is an open secret that most outsiders fail to see. So, when you come across a young person aspiring to complete tertiary education, move on to the NYSC programme and eventually gain a position in the same Nigerian office you have been coping with, you just shake your head and pray that they survive as you have. Basically, what other option is there, really? The country is hard and gaining employment in the first place is a blessing…so, half bread is better than puff-puff.

The thing, though, is that with typical Nigerian offices, it is actually a different ball game. You come in with the impression that you would be given sensible responsibilities, which you can to carry out with assistance from colleagues who have fully matured and outgrown their puerile proclivities. You also assume that there’s a monthly salary attached for maintaining a decent lifestyle and standard of living…you may be in for a huge surprise. In fact, you better change your mindset.
No doubt, some offices in the country operate differently, especially the ones with a high percentage of expats. Things are normal and even sweet over there; but, it would be of benefit to you to acquaint yourself with some of the many annoying things you will certainly face in a typical Nigerian office environment. This way you are not surprised.

1. Office hierarchy is reflected in everything

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There is no denying it. The concept of “seniority” is a big deal in Nigeria. From as early as primary school to secondary schools and even some universities (no names shall be mentioned), seniors – either someone who is older in age or higher in rank /level of experience – are better regarded. Thus, they get away with anything, including maltreating the juniors. You basically have to do their bidding just because.
Is it any wonder this attitude is taken to Nigerian offices? Agreed, every office operates on a system of hierarchies, however, in Nigerian offices, it is taken to another level.

You must ensure you greet all your senior colleagues before you settle in, otherwise you may get a query or even suspension; if you have booked a room for a meeting and somehow your senior colleague decides to have an impromptu meeting at the time in the same room, you will have to cancel your own meeting oh, because respect if reciprocal…whatever that means.
If there has been an office party, you must make sure your senior colleagues are fed before you help yourself to the bounty; and if your direct “oga” is not in the office when the food is being shared, you must hustle for him and keep his share.
The most ridiculous is when the office cleaner expects you to great her and call her “aunty” or “Ma” and even run some errands for her, just because she is old enough to be your mother and she has been working with the company since it started. The worst is during a brainstorming session when an older colleague shares a rubbish idea and you counter it. The others look at you as though “how dare you, who do you think you are?” You find yourself wondering why you were employed in the first place.

2. You will never be able to eat your food in peace

One would think that in a corporate environment, every staff would plan and make a budget for their meals per day, and in the case where they are not equipped for lunch time, they are able to remain professional about their appetite… but no… not in a Nigerian office.
It is amazing how humble colleagues in a Nigerian office can become when they accost you for “just a spoon of rice” or a sip of coke. They will so praise you! “Njideka , the hottest babe. What are you eating? Share the love na.”
You literally cannot eat your food in peace, unless you leave the office for a restaurant. Even at that, you may find some of your co-workers at the restaurant who will beg you to pay for their food.
It is worse in offices with microwaves because the minute you start warming your food and the aroma fills the air, you will have people trooping in to ask you what kind of food it is and how you made it.
It could also be on the negative where you bring something with a unique or awful smell like Ofada sauce made with locust beans. The news will spread around the office and a lot of people will complain. Side comments like “Biko, who is warming dead body in that microwave?” or “Why put us through this now, must you eat this? Hep us to hep you na” may even shame you into discarding your food.

3. Donating money and signing cards becomes part of your job

In Nigerian offices, especially in Local government and federal offices, the welfare department (where there is one) is just for show. The staff is still expected to chip in to support colleagues who have either lost a parent or spouse, just put to bed, are getting married, recovering from an illness or leaving the company (send-forth). There is always something to donate money to and even sign a card for; so much that you find you have to make a monthly budget for it. Refusing to donate money to any of the cause will most likely have you pegged as a wicked and stingy person. Also, the gossip will be epic.
God forbid that something now happens to you, they will gang up and make a mockery of donating to your situation. It is just best to give what you can really per time.

4. You will “fap” and be “fapped”

Fapping is the order of the day. It is never intentional. You will fap, your colleagues fap from you…everybody is happy. You cannot make noise about it really. From as simple as losing your food or drink (carefully labeled and placed in the office refrigerator) to the “real owners”, to having personal belongings such as your pen, your stapler, your air freshener, or even loose change lying on your table nicked by ghost colleagues, fapping is basically a norm.
Occasionally, there are serious cases of theft which are investigated, but nobody complains about these little ones. You cannot possibly kick up a fuss about a missing stapler.
The sharp comments from colleagues who take offense, are enough to make you endure your loss in peace. Again, you do not want to be marked as the one who always cries wolf – so that when you actually do lose something really important, you can be taken seriously.
There are a few Nigerian offices where discipline is a strong core value and even the security cameras installed in most offices are enough to deter such irresponsible behavior. These kinds of offices, which are the exception are very few in number.
When working in a Nigerian office it is important you stay sharp, observant and cautious rather than complain. Complaining is better when you have evidence.

5. You work extra hours for free

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It is the norm to spend extra hours working in a Nigerian office without extra/overtime pay, no matter what your contract states. Basically, having a strict 9-5 work schedule is a myth. Your line manager, most times, will assign tasks a few minutes to the end of the day with a deadline that ensures you put in extra hours after the stipulated work hours. You cannot even argue with your boss over this, otherwise, he will lecture you on the number of people who are lining up to take over your job if you keep being difficult.
Some people resort to such tactics as calling in sick or losing a family member… to skip work. In fact, even leave may not be granted as it should. But how many times do you want to call really?
In the end, you probably may just have to resign yourself to suffering and smiling, until you find another job.

6. Office flirtation and romance is the norm

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Thanks to bureaucracy, the basic Nigerian office is a boring place… and as expected, most of the workers look for ways to entertain themselves. Since they get to spend a lot of time with each other, colleagues start to find their colleagues – even the ones they normally would not give the time of the day – attractive.
They flirt around and this flirtation sometimes develops into full blown romance and drama. Even some married workers forget their marriage vows while at the office and chase after office interns – with hope to spice up their office life despite the risk of a scandal.
The worst is when a boss starts to make life miserable for a lower staff because they would not sleep with them. Some would even go as far as stripping the staff of their job.
Some Nigerian offices actually have a functional system that allows for maltreated workers to report sexual harassment, but due to the stigma, most now take it into their own hands.
Some have given in, only to record the sexual escapade and use it against these heartless bosses. There has even been a case where the victim set up a meeting with the boss in a hotel, only to arrive with two hefty men who beat the man to a pulp.

7. Your co-workers are your worst enemies

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Office politics is a key aspect of your relationship with your colleagues in Nigerian offices and no matter what you do, you know, without a doubt, that you cannot really trust anyone.
It appears everyone is power hungry and so there is too much ass-licking to get to the top. Due to this, your co-workers -who you probably spend more time with than your family and friends- sometimes, become your worst enemies. The worst kinds are the ones who seems nice and friendly, but secretly believe they are in competition with you and as so they start to plot your downfall without you doing anything to offend them. They closely observe you in order to gain the ammunition they can use against you should the need arise.

Fortunately, there are also a few co-workers who turn out to be god-sent; despite the general idea that they are your worst enemies, they help you grow in the system. Some even provide you with opportunities that you would not have had access to, otherwise.

8. Men almost always rule the day

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Thanks to the feminist movement, women are more empowered now than they were in the past. There are actually female bosses, female CEOs and female managers in Nigerian offices now. There are even female ministers and senators in the government as well. Despite this improvement, women with these positions still have to grapple with the traditional idea that men are superior in Nigerian offices. There seems to be this undying notion that it is “a man’s world”, and as such, subservient roles are still to relegated to women. For instance, in a team of men and women, the women will be expected to organize refreshments, or a female will be expected to serve the tea at the board meeting. Even the lowest staff would feel such roles are beneath him and a senior colleague will have to do it, just because she is female. True, women empowerment is on the rise and things are changing. In some offices, especially female dominated offices, these changes as a result of women empowerment are noticeable; but overall, the effects of these changes are minimal.

9. The salary is never enough

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Have you ever noticed how almost every Nigerian office worker has a side hustle? They are always on the search for a second source of income? This is because they are never paid enough to meet up with the basic lifestyle of a civil servant. Again, discriminatory pay practices are the norm, and as such people are milked to the barest minimum. They are hardly paid based on a general salary schedule.
Even more, bonuses and raises also do not come easily to everyone. The few offices that try to extend benefits to all their staff regulate it and make it a form of competition for the entire staff.

Working in a Nigerian office is something almost every Nigerian would have to experience at one point or the other and while the truths listed above leaves very little for prospective workers to look forward to, it is important to keep them at the back of the mind.

Is there something else you would like to add to this list? Let us know in the comment section!

CREDITS: This article is written by Nkem Ndem.