Interesting Reasons To Still Buy A Tablet

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Many people would have you believe that you don’t need a tablet anymore, that everything you use a tablet for can be done just as well or better with another device. So, if you have a tablet and have stopped using it, or you never bought one, we highlight some reasons why you may want to reconsider and/or start using one.

Perfect for movies and music

Sure your laptop can play your music and movies; however, tablets just do it better.  There’s nothing better than entertaining yourself on a long trip than with a tablet loaded with your favourite music and movies and it is easy to take with you.

Longer battery life

Laptop batteries are improving, but how many people really get 8 to 10 hours of life out of your laptop?  Not very many. Tablets, however, will last much longer than many laptops without needing a charge. This gives you much more time to use them before they will have to stop and plug them in.

Good for meetings and classes

Tablets make the perfect piece of technology to take to a meeting and classes. Today’s tablets make it easy for you to take notes while you are listening to the presenter and, if you happen to be presenting, you can even run your presentation straight from your tablet instead of having to carry with you a laptop.

Better internet browsing

Internet browsing on a tablet is a mixed experience; it draws the line between mobile and desktop web pages. As websites vary from different publications, having the middle ground is wonderful. The text is more readable and browsing is as smooth as you’d expect from a mobile-optimized site.

Tablets are cheaper than a new laptop

A tablet works as well as a laptop. However, many persons do not use it even though it is cheaper and affordable than a laptop.

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7 Ways to Grow Your Blog

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Over the past few weeks, I have been inundated with enquiries on how to grow a blog.  As a blogger, I have made lots of mistakes, learned tons of lessons from them, and worked my little tail feathers off the whole time. While I’ve found plenty of things that didn’t work, I’ve also discovered some strategies that are lit-rally the bomb.dot.com.

This blog will mark its fifth year anniversary on May 28, 2018. Today, I’m sharing some of the ways that I’ve been able to grow my blog over the years. I hope they help you, too!

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1. Respond to comments.

This is one of the most important things you should be doing. Acknowledge your readers. Don’t just say “thanks.” Be thoughtful. Try to build a conversation and a friendship. If you always see a similar name in your comment section, try visiting their own blog and leaving a comment. If you can build a community in your comments section, people will continue to come back and say hello. And the only way to build that community is to engage with your readers.

Also, I understand that once you reach a certain point, it’s not possible to stay sane and respond to every comment. But until then, I think it should be a priority. Plus, it’s one of my favorite parts about blogging!

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2. Get your butt on Twitter.

I used to never really understand the point of Twitter. Like, really, really didn’t get it. When I first started my blog, I would read articles that told me that if I wanted to grow my readership, I needed to use TwitterThat’s nice, I thought, but how in the hell do I use it effectively? It took me awhile to figure that out. I’d promote my posts once a day to my scant 14 or so followers and constantly feel like I must be doing something wrong because Twitter is just not the business.

But then I started following some of my favorite bloggers. And if they posted something on Twitter that resonated with me, I’d respond, even if I’d never spoken to them before. Eventually, I started getting into the groove. I posted things besides just links to my posts. I began having conversations with other bloggers and turned them into friends. And voila. The wonderful world of Twitter was born.

How to use it effectively:

Start by following your favorite bloggers (their Twitter username should be on their blog). If they tweet something you like, respondGet the conversation started. And if you come across a blog post that you really like, share it and tag that blogger’s username. Not only are you doing them a favor that they will remember, you’re also giving your followers something new to read.

Remember, in order to create a successful blog, you pretty much need to create friendships and connections with other bloggers. If you don’t have any blog friends, take the first step and make those friendships yourself. Lastly, you should definitely use Twitter to promote your posts. Find out how below.

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3. Schedule your social media posts.

Someone once asked me if I ever sleep because it appears that I’m always on social media. Yep, I sleep, though not plenty. My secret weapon? I schedule some of my posts. There are tons of free and paid programs that can help you do this, such as Buffer, Hootsuite, and CoSchedule. Therefore, I can schedule shout outs to be sent to Facebook and Twitter when I’d otherwise be sleeping or at work.

How to use it effectively:

Schedule your posts so that they are sent through your social media outlets at varying times, several times a day. Why? Because your readers are all very different. Perhaps they live in different time zones or work at night as opposed to in the morning. You want to make sure that you have enough tweets spread out throughout the day so that no matter who your readers are, they won’t miss the fact that you just posted something new.

When doing this, I recommend changing up your tweets. Don’t copy and paste the same thing over and over because it will bore and irritate your followers. Remember, you are marketing your blog posts. Try to keep your tweets interesting and pull people in so they’ll want to click through to your blog post.

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4. Looks aren’t everything, but they’re definitely something.

Your blog design is important. It’s like the cover of your book. If it’s boring, an obvious template, or cluttered, it will drive some people away even if your content is great. You could either hire a blog designer to create something customized for you, or you could purchase a premium theme to help you stand out online.

5. How are you writing your posts?

When I first started my blog, I honestly didn’t know what direction I wanted it to go in or what my “blogging voice” was. I wrote a few posts and asked a good friend, who works in marketing, for feedback. Something he told me that stayed with me is that if I want to grow my blog, I need to think about my writing from a marketing perspective. The posts I had written would probably be appreciated by friends from home or people who knew me, but for anyone else on the internet? They were probably a little boring, wordy, and hard to relate to.

You might have great things you’re saying on your blog, but also consider the way you say them. Do you talk as if you’re having a conversation and try to keep people interested and engaged? Or do you basically write a diary that’s not very personable? I’m not saying the latter is a bad thing to do as a hobby, but it will be hard to grow your blog if people cannot relate to your posts.

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6. Be consistent.

I recommend using the same picture for your social media profiles. People may not remember you or put two and two together if they see 5 different pictures of you around the internet. But if you use a similar design all over the place, people WILL notice and eventually they’ll be curious about who the hell you are.

Additionally, keep the pages on your blog and your social media profiles up to date. It just looks unprofessional when things are incorrect or out of date. For example, if it’s October, edit your “about” page so it doesn’t still say, “I’m looking forward to getting married in August!” Leaving overdue details will just show your readers that you’re unorganized.

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7. Comment on other blogs.

I’m not going to go in depth on this since you’ve probably already heard it before. But you should definitely be doing this. And for the love of God please be sincere. And if you’re going to include your blog’s URL, write more than a sentence. And guess what? If you’re really sweet and motivating, OTHER readers from that person’s blog will click over to view your blog, too. I’ve gotten plenty of traffic from people who clicked over to my blog simply because I left a long, engaging comment on someone else’s post. Being kind and encouraging will get you far. Don’t forget that.

8. Join linkups and leave comments on the other linked up blogs.

Remember, successful blogging is about building relationships. You could certainly just link up your blog and be done, but you’re missing out on the community building aspect of link-ups. If you comment on other people’s blogs, they’re bound to come say hi on yours, too. Also, don’t underestimate smaller linkups. Those are often the best because it’s much easier to meet real people who will stick around.

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9. Put effort into SEO.

Almost 40% of Iheanyi Igboko Blog’s visitors arrive here from a search engine. If you’re not properly SEO-ing the crap out of your posts, you’re missing out on tons of potential readers.

How to use it effectively: Name your photos something that pertains to your post instead of using a name like “J2596.JPG.” Also, add a keyword to your post and try using it in your post’s title, content, meta description, etc. Use relevant tags, and add a meta description (the description that shows up under your post title in a search engine). I use a plug-in called Yoast WordPress SEO that is easy to use and extremely helpful.

Also, if there are certain articles that consistently get hits from search engines, then consider revamping or updating those pages. Some of my popular search engine posts are from when I first started my blog. This is the first impression a random person on the internet has of you, so make sure it’s a good one. It may take a month or so to really see progress from your SEO, but trust me, it’s worth the effort!

I hope these tips gave you some solid ideas for how to grow your blog! I honestly think that if you do all of these things well, you will definitely grow your readership. Also, keep in mind that blogging takes a LOT of time. You will need to spend several hours a week updating posts, staying active on social media, and replying to comments in order to really grow your blog and readership.

Twitter Thread: We Can Build Resilient Communities that are not Shrouded in Secrecy – @Asemota

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Going to school in the UK after living in Africa fundamentally transformed me, I learned that the lecturer was not a god. They were people who were trying to make a case to you in class and encouraged you to challenge their hypothesis. In Nigeria, we were not taught that way.

Challenging a lecturer in Nigeria meant that you were doomed. We not only brought cultural pedagogy into our educational institutions, we brought feudalism along with it as well. The teacher who asks for sex or money to give marks is another feudal lord.

Feudalism was not the best part of our larger local culture. Community was the engine that sustained us. Feudal lords may be praised and idolized….Oduduwa….Usman Dan Fodio etc… but it was a resilient community structure that made us survive their dominance.

The Yorubas developed the Ogboni society and others to keep the monarchy in check but it had to be secret and its ways it developed of keeping the monarchy in check secret for it to survive and be resilient against those monarchies.

I read a book on West African secret societies while in school and the researcher was most intrigued by the Ogboni society. He claimed that they had found a poison that they could administer and will kill a person on the exact day they say it would. A major scientific secret.

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These secrets in Africa may never be discovered as they are still being hidden to protect the remaining fabric of our culture. Problem is that, in hiding them, they help perpetuate the worst parts of those cultures. The worst parts are those that bring conflict with new ways.

Imagine knowing what that poison is that could lie in the body and remain dormant for years until it is activated. Imagine what it means for understanding human physiology and maybe help cure disease?

Wande Abimbola was the only Nigerian Professor I know who took time to explain Ifa Divination and I began to see its association with Mathematics and statistical probability. Most other professors are busy looking for sex.

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There are other parts of building a resilient community that are not shrouded in secrecy. The Igbo trader’s Imu Ahia for instance. It is the most comprehensive and well thought out entrepreneurship play that I have seen. Imu Ahia had elements of “UBI” in it already.

I recently did a series of tweets on how I now changed my thinking on Universal Basic Income after I realized that you can’t be innovative on an empty stomach. I didn’t realize that our societies had implemented this in some form for centuries. We always helped ourselves.

Our safety nets had to exist because we had lived through a lot of uncertainty then as well. We have the same level of uncertainty now but the community safety nets have been destroyed. I believe solving for a better future will need understanding secrets of our past.

Maybe we need to incorporate the Ogboni (or a variant) back into our political structure or Imu Ahia into business curriculum and Ubuntu into technology as Mark Shuttleworth has done. I think I now know the name to give a new product that I am considering.

Another thing. Fraternities in schools are open in America but forced into hiding in Nigeria. Instead of fixing the feudal problems that plagued them, we banned them. I believe that open fraternities/sororities in schools would have helped us and checked our feudal lecturers.

My family members for centuries “forbid” cocoyam. I only recently understood why. I have a cocoyam allergy.

My first philosophy lecturer in UNIBEN was a rebel Edo Prince. Prof Iro-Eweka. He made me question everything and I became an atheist for 2 years. It was in that period of discovery that I read the book on West African Secret Societies. It was the period I first started to learn

Professor Iro-Eweka came from probably one of the oldest and most traditional institutions on Earth which is the Edo monarchy. There was something he learned being born into it that made him think differently and get almost half a dozen PhDs. Mysteries he needed to understand.

Prof also understood the role of dogma in simplifying human existence. He understood why absolute faith was sometimes necessary but it didn’t mean we should not be curious about the basis of our faith. Two years later, my curiosity led me back to faith. I appreciated complexity.

I appreciated my weakness and my role in the cosmos. My role was to keep understanding and pushing boundaries of knowledge. Infinity cannot be comprehended because it is incomprehensible by the finite unless we understand that we are also infinite.

Yesterday, I realized that the common thing we all share and which does not really change is “Time”. Time passes through all of us. We do not pass through time.

CREDITS: This Thread was shared by Victor Asemota on Twitter. You can follow him via @asemota

Opinion Sunday: Take Initiative by @TheSafetyChic

Over the past few weeks, I have had to join WhatsApp groups with young Nigerians and young Africans as a way of getting to know one another before our physical meeting. It was necessary to introduce ourselves and talk about the work we were doing either in business, civic leadership or public management.

We had someone creating sanitary pads from natural materials to help girls in underserved communities, another working on the ills of bleaching to our skin, another creating animated content that teaches children indigenous languages, another was creating jobs by training young people on installing solar power, another invented a tool to help jaundiced babies in rural communities. Yet another was helping rural women by providing clean cooking stoves while the doctors were providing dental and medical assistance in underserved communities. The young ones working in different Federal parastatals were also using their platform to create needed change. We also had the entrepreneurs who were creating unique product lines.

If I wanted to mention every single project, this platform would not be enough. However, the key similarity between all their stories was they took initiative. They saw a problem and without waiting for anyone to chase them with a cane, they started acting. As @olakunleSoriyan will say, you cannot fight the world but you can start influencing it from your own corner. A lot of times as young people we want things to “fall on us”. Oh well, it doesn’t always happen that way. Again, some of us only want to do something if it fetches awards, recognition, funding etc. Again, it also doesn’t always work that way. There are people who did “little” and got celebrated a lot while there are those who have done so much and no one hears their stories. If you do things for the wrong reasons, you will get frustrated when your expectations are not met.

We need to begin to do things just because it makes life meaningful for one other person other than ourselves. So you might be thinking, it cost so much money or it is too big or the system is already wired in a certain way so my actions won’t count (This one is the reason a lot of young people are reluctant about the political space). Remember, little drops of water make an ocean.

Start from your corner.
Start from your sphere of influence.
Start small, think big, grow fast.
Take the initiative to solve a problem.

Have a beautiful new week.

CREDITS: This article is written by Ugochi Obidiegwu. You can follow her across social media via @TheSafetyChic or visit her website http://www.thesafetychic.com

Five Must-See Statues In Lagos

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A statue is a sculpture, representing one or more people. In Lagos, there are a number of statues of illustrious personalities dotted in different parts of the state.

In this article, we identify the locations of some of these statues which you can visit.

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1.Gani Fawehinmi Statue

The new, sparkling and towering statue of the late human rights lawyer, activist and sage, Gani Fawehinmi SAN is located at the Liberty Park in Ojota. The 44-feet tall statue was recently unveiled by the Lagos State Government.

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2. Fela Anikulapo Statue

Fela Anikulapo Kuti is unarguably one of the popular and greatest musicians not only in Nigeria but across the world. Hence, it does not come as a surprise that he is honoured by a statue. Tagged the Liberation Statue, it is located at Allen Roundabout in Ikeja. The unveiling of the Liberation Statue was part of activities marking Fela’s 79th posthumous birthday and the 20th anniversary of his demise. The interesting or unique thing about the statue is that it is headless.

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3. Herbert Macaulay Statue

Herbert Macaulay is perhaps the only one that has two statues to his credit in Lagos. The one in Yaba in front of the bookshop house. He is often referred to as the father of Nationalism in Nigeria. He is the grandson of Bishop Ajayi Crowther (the first African Bishop). Herbert Macaulay was a politician, an engineer, a journalist and most importantly a Nigerian Nationalist.

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4. Obafemi Awolowo Statue

Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement. He was the first premier of the Western Region. The statue is located on Obafemi Awolowo Way by the Lagos Television (LTV) junction in Ikeja.
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Arometa Statue

Sculpted by Biodun Shodeinde in 1991, the three white cap chiefs was originally positioned at the point of entry to Lagos to welcome visitors to the centre of excellence. However, due to some superstitious belief and the statue being burnt down, it was moved to its present location in Epe. Even though the statue was previously meant to welcome people to Lagos, the sculpture is rich in meaning. The three chiefs represent the three kinds of traditional greetings in Lagos Island. This monument is 12 ft tall.

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.

 

JUMIA EXTENDS FREE DELIVERY SERVICE TO MORE CITIES: ABUJA, PH, IBADAN & ABEOKUTA

  • Free delivery only applicable to orders from N10,000 and above

  • Large items such as Air Conditioning, Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer etc. do not apply

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In response to customers’ unrelenting demands for free delivery service to be replicated in other cities within the country, Nigeria’s leading eCommerce company, Jumia has announced the extension of its free delivery service via Jumia Express to more cities. The newly added cities are: Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Abeokuta. Until now, the free delivery service only applied to orders above N15,000 within Lagos.

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However, large items such as Air Conditioning, Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, Fitness machines, Home furniture, Mirror, Rug, Musical instrument, Television, etc. are not eligible for free shipping. But, customers can still expect to receive their orders within the stipulated timeline.

 

Orders placed within Lagos before 12pm will be delivered within 1 business day, while orders placed before 12pm in Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja & Abeokuta will be delivered within 2 business days. Other cities will have their orders delivered within 5 business days.

 

The decision to extend free delivery to more cities and reduce the value of orders qualified for free delivery to N10,000 was deliberate because of Jumia’s culture of putting the customers first.

 

This culture can be seen in almost all the various touch points where Jumia interacts with its customers, for instance in the area of Payment on Delivery (PoD). Even though a lot of other players in the eCommerce sector have removed the PoD option by compelling customers to pay online, Jumia has taken a more customer-focused route which is evident in the millions of orders the company processes daily via cash on delivery, or pay on delivery.

 

Jumia remains committed to creating a convenient shopping experience for all its customers.

 

YALI Enugu Activates Monthly Sanitation Intervention Programme

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The YALI Face2Face Network Enugu chapter has activated a monthly sanitation intervention programme to address the challenge of refuse littering in the state, to educate the populace and partner with the waste management agency to ensure a cleaner Enugu State.

The sanitation intervention programme, established in line with Sustainable Development Goals 6 target 6b – which is to support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management, held its first-ever exercise in partnership with the Junior Chambers International (JCI) Enugu Chapter, Agents of Communication and Development (A-CODE), the Enugu State Waste Management Agency (ESWAMA) and the local media on Saturday, 28th April, 2018 at the Obiagu Council Roundabout, New Layout, Enugu.

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This month’s edition is in commemoration of the World Earth Day and the World Malaria Day.


This exercise promises to enhance the aesthetics of the state. As the ultimate beneficiaries of the new system, residents have been urged to cooperate by cleaning their surroundings and desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorised places and guard their environment.

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Explaining the essence of the sanitation programme, the YALI Face2Face Network Enugu Coordinator, Mrs Adaora Uche-Ugwonna, said: “We are determined in our pursuit of clean, sustainable and livable environment as this holds the key to the wellbeing of the people.”

 

5 FEATURES OF THE NOKIA 7 PLUS THAT WILL MAKE YOU DITCH YOUR PHONE

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Not many mobile phones can genuinely be described as “iconic”. Nokia’s apparent indestructibility and simplicity is as close as gadgets get! The Nokia 7! Forged from a solid-feeling aluminium frame, sculpted with a smooth back and laced with the hallmark of a sleek design.

We will spot features of the Nokia 7 plus and will also let you know why it is the perfect phone you can rely on:

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Display- The 6″ full-HD+ display will quickly become your go-to screen around the house. Want to watch and chat? With a gentle tap, split the screen and open two 1:1 windows. It’s multitasking done right.

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Beauty in its strength- Machined from a solid block of 6000 series aluminium, Nokia 7 plus is a phone that can take what life throws at you and look good while doing it. Its subtle curves and ceramic-feel coating bring the best of both worlds: a great grip and a clean look.

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Leave the lag behind & get going faster- No need to get frustrated waiting for your phone to respond. Nokia 7 plus packs a Qualcomm Snagdragon 660 mobile platform and a 4GB of RAM that provides all you need. Charge up to 50% in 30 minutes with USB type-C charging outstanding 3,800 mAh to guarantee a 2-day battery life.

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Camera- Pictures live large on colours even in poor conditions. The 12 MP and 13 MP sensors with ZEISS optics and 2 x optical zoom deliver vivid colours that bring your photos to life. On the other side, the 16 MP front camera with ZEISS optics and great low-light performance takes picture-perfect selfies, day or night.

Other Features- From a whisper 6″ 18:9 IPS LCD full HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to a wall of sound. Wherever you are and whatever the decibel level is, the three high-quality microphones capture every sonic nuance with Nokia spatial audio.

 

Online Betting: Could this be the Achilles heel of mobile money transactions in Africa?

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Young people in Africa are getting addicted to online betting through their mobile phones.
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The growth in mobile money services has created new opportunities for merchants to sell their products and services. One of these is the fast-growing sports betting sector which has taken a number of African countries by storm.

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What’s further spurred the growth is rapid internet penetration. Consumers now have easy access to online sports betting services even in remote areas. Countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania are seeing a huge expansion in sports betting and other forms of gambling.

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Betting on major European soccer leagues, as well as local and national teams, has become a multimillion-dollar industry. Much of this betting is done on mobile phones with studies showing that mobile platforms are quickly becoming the preferred means of gambling.

The combined size of the gambling industry in Kenya, Nigeria, and South African is projected to be worth USD$37 billion in 2018. In Kenya alone, a 2017 study found that an estimated 2 million individuals engage in mobile-based sports betting.

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The proliferation of betting is one of the unintended consequences of the growth in mobile money services which have taken off on the back of a drive for financial inclusion. Since 2014 mobile phone platforms have been fronted as the key to improving financial inclusion on the continent. But these eventualities were never what were envisaged. Yet financial inclusion remains an action point because the majority of adult Africans are unbanked.

But it’s time that government’s recognise the scale of the problem that’s been created.

Young gamblers

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Supporters of mobile-based sports betting in Africa will tell you how good it’s been for the continent. They list off a number of gambling benefits including increased employment opportunities, easy money for low-income earners, tax revenue for government, and general economic growth.

What they don’t talk about is the devastating effect betting has on many of those who participate in it, more than half of whom are below the age of 35.

This is particularly problematic in Africa because the continent has the youngest population in the world. Over 420 million Africans are aged between 15 and 35. On top of this unemployment is extremely high. About 35% of Africa’s young people are unemployed. Only one out of six African youths are in gainful wage employment.

These unemployed and underemployed youths are easily stimulated by sports which is a major craze on the continent. And betting appears to offer a way out of poverty.

In this kind of environment, it’s easy to see how the value proposition of mobile-based sports betting is so attractive to young people given that bets as small as USD$1 can deliver a win of USD$500.

In Nigeria, 60 million people aged between 18 and 40 spend up to USD$5 million on sports betting daily. The majority are unemployed or underemployed young people who stake an average of USD$8.40 daily.

Consequences of mobile-based betting

The Kenya study showed that most people who engaged in mobile-based betting did so in spite of the inherent dangers.

One of the dangers is that low-earning young people often borrow money for betting. This places them in a cycle of perpetual debt. Rising debt levels compound an already dire situation – 40% of people in Africa live on less than USD$1.90 a day.

Despite the crushing implications of sports betting through mobile phone platforms, the practice has become an intolerable addiction across the continent. This is worrying given that betting has been recognised as a gambling disorder.

Unintended consequence

Two decades ago financial inclusion – the notion that individuals and businesses should have access to banks, credit unions and financial institutions – was heralded as the much awaited trigger for Africa’s economic growth.

Cellular phone technology enabled low-income earners, many of whom live in economically fragile and conflict-affected countries, to access financial services. And a young and highly mobile-literate populace, plus the availability of affordable mobile telephones has led to the phenomenal growth of mobile money services in countries with otherwise low bank penetration.

While this has had a positive effect on economies across the African continent, it has also had undesired effects on poor people. These run the risk of being ignored because financial inclusion is still backed by multilateral organisations, governments, central banks, and private-sector actors. It also features in seven of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.The ConversationGovernments need to recognise that, while, for the most part, financial inclusion through mobile money has had a positive impact, there have also been down sides. The exponential growth of mobile telephony has contributed to a higher betting prevalence and the rise of gambling addiction in Africa.

Victor Odundo Owuor, Senior Research Associate, University of Colorado

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.