Olajumoke Orisaguna: The Nigerian Cinderella By Reuben Abati

About three weeks ago, 27-year old Olajumoke Orisaguna was a complete unknown on the streets of Lagos, hawking bread. A loaf of bread is about N100, and even with a full tray such as she carried in her first public embrace of fame, her
whole ware for a day may not be more than N3,000, with daily profit between N300-N700. She had trained as a hair stylist, got married but had to leave her husband and a
daughter back home in Ire, Osun state, to “hustle” as it were in Lagos.

The life of a bread seller in Lagos is
easily imaginable: exposure to the
elements, to sundry abuse, including
the possibility of being raped by
unruly artisans and bachelors, who
will offer to buy bread and
something else along with it, if the
hawker is willing. This was
Olajumoke Orisaguna’s reality until
she ran into TY Bello and Tinie
Tempah and her life changed. Today,
she has been enrolled as a model.
Her story has appeared in all
newspapers, on CNN, Huffington
Post, and virtually everywhere online.
Two companies: StanbicIBTC
and PayPorte have made her their
brand ambassador. The former even
awarded her two daughters
scholarships up to university level.
Her face has appeared on the cover
of magazines. She is now a student
at Poise Finishing School, an intern
with two beauty salons, and a
motivational speaker, even if she
reportedly can’t speak English. When
she went to the office of the
National Identity Management
Commission to get an identity card,
NIMC also cashed in on her new
found fame to use her to promote
the agency: “Olajumoke knows she
needs to NIMC. She walked into a
NIMC centre yesterday unsolicited.
Olajumoke is smart. Be like
her.” This must be the most
saccharine endorsement of
Olajumoke so far.
To crown it all, a construction
company has given her a luxury
apartment in Lagos. From hawking
bread in Agege, she is now within
weeks, the darling of corporate
Nigeria, the poster girl for corporate
social responsibility, a landlady, and
a role model. She had probably
never seen the inside of an aircraft,
but a few days ago, she was on a
flight to Abuja to give a speech!
Mrs Orisaguna is Nigeria’s
Cinderella. Hers is a sudden,
unplanned, unexpected, unprepared
for grass to grace, rags to riches
story, a kind of I–just-dey-waka-my-
own-jeje-luck-come-jam-me-tale. It
doesn’t happen everyday. It is the
kind of accident that many Nigerians
seek: accidental fame and fortune. It
is perhaps the magical, miraculous, I-
don’t believe-it-but-it-is-true quality
of this story that has captured the
public imagination.
Olajumoke was hawking her
bread innocently in Sabo, when she
stumbled upon a photo session by
that gifted mother of twins, artist
and photographer, TY Bello, working
on a series of shots for the
international hip hop star, Tinie
Tempah. We have been told that
Olajumoke Orisaguna
“photobombed” herself into the
activity. I guess she just happened
to walk by trying to sell bread, and
TY Bello who is a spirit in action
when she is at work, had a brain
wave and took her picture.
Enormously creative, T Y Bello thinks
on her feet. When she has that her
big camera in her hands, she is an
agile, inventive artist.
Her camera is a weapon for
interpreting space and reality, and
for discovering new meanings. It
must have occurred to her that
asking the international musician to
pose with a bread seller would give
the picture a much deeper meaning,
inherent in the open contrasts and
auto-suggestions. It is that split
second decision that has turned
Jumoke Orisaguna into a superstar.
The shot was brilliant, the result was
impressive with people asking: “Who
is that girl? She will make a good
model.” TY Bello took on the
challenge, and became Olajumoke
Orisaguna’s promoter, mentor,
adviser, godmother, and supporter,
taking her to new heights within
three weeks. Nobody is talking
about Tempah, the main subject of
the photo shoot; the focus is on the
wanderer who walked onto the set,
the bread seller who has taken the
bread of the show, the waka-pass
who became the star. I understand
Tempah is quite happy; don’t be
surprised then if he composes a
special song soon, titled “The Bread
Seller!” or “Photobombed” or simply
“Olajumoke.”
The Olajumoke Orisaguna story
is a perfect demonstration of the
witchcraft quality of photography
and that single shot that has
changed a life may well be one of
TY Bello’s most remarkable efforts in
her chosen genre. But I find around
Olajumoke’s sudden transformation
from person to brand, too much
capitalist hypocrisy and
opportunism. The brand is selling like
hot cake, but the person needs
protection. I feel for her. I fear for
her. There is a sense in which she is a
potential victim. The brand experts
now taking her from place to place
probably would not have even
patronized her. They don’t eat the
kind of bread that she sold.
Many of them don’t even know
what part of Lagos is called Sabo.
They don’t buy their bread from
hawkers; they would rather go to
supermarkets or confectionery
stores. Before luck smiled on this
young lady, many of those now
posing for photos with her would
never have noticed her presence.
There are definitely many of her
type, still hawking bread, or some
other items, some even sitting in
front of the bank, with a baby
strapped to the back, but they may
never be noticed or helped. The
same companies that are using
Olajumoke to talk about corporate
social responsibility, are actually
joking, they know that this is not
CSR; it is brand exploitation!
And it may not last. There is
nothing in Olajumoke’s background
or exposure that has prepared her
for the life of glitz being imposed on
her. The skills she has acquired as a
bread seller and hair stylist may not
carry her far in the cruel world of
modeling. When this blitz is over,
she will need to compete for jobs
and attention, if she must remain a
model. She will have to learn sooner
or later, to survive on her own. She
will have to maintain the luxury
apartment that she has been given.
She has been taught fancy dressing,
including the magic of make up and
those magical colours that change a
dull face into a phallus-teasing one
do not come cheap.
She is at best an art work that
other people have created: she has
been made up into a siren, her
hitherto dull skin now glows, in one
photo, her hair had a queenly allure,
they have given her new clothes,
jazzing her up, to look feminine and
sensual, and they have taught her
how to smile in a tempting manner.
Wow. That smile! The sorry part of it
all is that her narrative is quite
innocent and hauntingly brief, as is
the case with all overnight
sensations. The capitalist hypocrites
will soon find something else to
excite them, just as the media will
find a new story. It probably would
have been much better to help
Olajumoke Orisaguna set up a small-
scale business, to take her off the
street-life of hawking, rather than
this world of sharks into which she
has been thrown. Perhaps the best
that has been done for her is
sending her on internship at beauty
salons. She could at least set up a
beauty salon of her own and live
happily thereafter.
In a normal society, no young
woman should be on the streets
hawking bread in order to survive.
In a normal society, Olajumoke
Orisaguna would have been given
the opportunity to go to school,
and have a proper career. She is
being given, all within three weeks,
the kind of empowerment that
society has denied her and many like
her, but how about all the other
Olajumokes who may never
“photobomb” their way to luck? Her
new life is a reminder of what she
could have been but which she
could not become because of the
kind of society in which she has
found herself. She should never have
had to hawk bread to support her
husband and children.
Her husband! Yes,
Mr. Sunday Orisaguna. I have seen
him in the photographs, either
carrying their baby, or just putting
up appearance. He looks lost,
confused, overwhelmed, harassed
and uncertain. He must be
wondering what has happened or is
happening to the woman he married.
There is a clear difference between
Olajumoke, the wife and bread seller,
and Olajumoke, the model and
celebrity. While Olajumoke is
beginning to wear designer clothes,
her humble husband is still managing
his one-day-me-too-go-jam-
luck attires. His wife has been sent
to finishing school. By the time she
finishes, I hope her new persona will
not finish her marriage.
Olajumoke is now learning to
speak English, but her husband is a
humble, sliding door installer who
probably speaks only Yoruba. In our
kind of society, given the social level
and cultural background of the
parties involved, it won’t be long
before the demons will begin to
crawl out of the woods, from in-
laws who may begin to psycho-
analyse Olajumoke, to family
members who will scrutinize her
every gesture, and friends with
whom she hawked bread and has
now left behind.
Lack of clarity over role
interpretation and the new persona
could also confuse the young
mother. She needs a different set of
skills to manage new relationships,
especially the new friends coming
her way, including those lecherous
uncles who may show up and seek
to exploit her innocence. The people
turning her into a sex symbol should
also tarry a while, and remember
that she is a married mother of two.
She needs counseling. And her
sliding door installer husband, who
has featured in her fairytale so far as
a hanger-on, no matter what
happens, should not be made to
slide away. Sunday Orisaguna should
also be counseled, given new
clothes, taught English and sent to
finishing school. He should not be
left behind.

9 Senators Facing Criminal Cases

At least 9 out of 109 members of the Nigerian Senate are enmeshed in criminal cases, with nine of the cases at various stages of trials in courts, while one is still being investigated.

 The number of the lawmakers represents 10 per cent of the members of the upper legislative chamber, one of the bodies responsible for making laws for the country.
Majority of the cases are related to allegations of corruption, running into billions of naira that the senators are accused of misappropriating.

About six of the lawmakers have been docked at various courts for trial on fraud charges, most of them former governors.
Two of the senators, however, are facing charges of forgery and drug offences, respectively, while the last one has been interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged fraud.
Among the lawmakers, are the leadership of the Red Chamber, chairs and deputy chairs of sensitive Senate committees.

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Saraki
Topping the list of the senators facing corruption charges is the Senate President, Bukola Saraki (APC, Kwara central). Saraki is a two-term governor of Kwara State (2003 to 2011) and on completion of his tenure he got elected to the Red Chamber. At the moment, he is a 2-term senator and the number one lawmaker in the country.
Saraki as the Senate President is the chairman of the National Assembly, piloting the affairs of the legislative arm of government; he sets the tone and direction for the arm.
He is facing a 13-count charge at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) bordering on false assets declaration while he was the governor of his home state and his spouse, Mrs. Toyin Saraki has a file at the EFCC over alleged squandering of Kwara State funds.
He has denied the allegations, describing them as politically motivated
His bid to stop the trial at the CCT suffered a setback at the Supreme Court last week, when the court dismissed his appeal and upheld an earlier decision by the Court of Appeal, ordering him to face trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
His colleagues, under the auspices of the Unity Forum, led by Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central) had asked him to resign and face the charges. But the Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume and his supporters in the Like Minds group said he would resign only if he is found guilty after trial.
The CCT has fixed March 10, for continuation of Saraki’s trial.

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Yarima
Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima is a three-term senator and former governor of Zamfara State. He represents Zamfara West Senatorial District in the Senate.
Yarima is the Chairman of Senate Committee on Marine Transport and member of other committees, including Interior that oversees the police, prisons, immigration and the fire service.
In January, he was docked on a 19-count charge of corruption by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) at the Zamfara State High Court in Gusau.
The commission accused him of diverting part of the N1 billion project funds for the repair of collapsed Gusau Dam and resettlement of the victims of flood to other purposes.
The alleged offences were committed in 2006 and mainly in October and November of that year, according to ICPC.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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Goje
Danjuma Goje was the governor of Gombe State from 2003 to 2011. He is presently representing Gombe Central Senatorial District.
Goje is a second termer at the Upper Chamber representing Gombe Central. Aside from chairing the Senate Committee on Appropriations, he is the chairman of the North-East caucus of the National Assembly, making him to wield enormous powers at both chambers.
The senator, along with four others, is facing an 18- count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraud to N25bn instituted by the EFCC.
The case was transferred to Jos from Gombe in 2015 on the instruction of the Chief Justice of the Federation over security concerns.  Hearing in the case was adjourned to April 12 this year.

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Abdullahi Adamu
Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu was the governor of Nasarawa State from 1999 to 2007. He represents Nasarawa West Senatorial District and is the Chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture.
In Feb 2010, the EFCC arrested the lawmaker for allegedly misappropriating N15billion alongside 18 others.
He was subsequently arraigned on a 149-count charge of fraud to the tune of N15 billion, before Justice Ibrahim Buba, who was later replaced on the case by Justice Marcel Awokulehin.
The lawmaker and his co-accused denied all the charges and challenged the jurisdiction of the court to try the case, arguing that the money in question belong to the people of Nasarawa State and therefore does not fall under the purview of the Federal Government and the EFCC to investigate and prosecute.
The court, however, ruled against the accused persons and ordered them to face trial. The lawmaker and his co-accused subsequently appealed the ruling to the Court of Appeal sitting in Markudi, Benue State.
The case is yet to be conclusive

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Abdulaziz Nyako
Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako is the son of former Governor Murtala Nyako. He represents Adamawa Central Senatorial District in the Senate.
He is a first timer in the Red Chamber and he chairs the Committee on Special Duties, which oversees the general affairs of the Senate President, Ecological Fund, among others.
In July last year, the EFCC docked Abdulaziz and his father, the former governor of Adamawa State, at a Federal High Court in Abuja cases of alleged corruption.
They were arraigned before Justice E. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a 37-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and money laundering.
Also charged with them, were Abubakar Aliyu and Zulkifikk Abba. They were accused of using five companies to siphon over N15billion at various times, between 2011 and 2013, from Adamawa State coffers.
They all pleaded not guilty

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 Dariye
Joshua Chibi Dariye is the senator representing Plateau Central. He was the governor of Plateau State from 1999 to 2003 and was reelected in 2003, before he was impeached in 2006.
He is the chairman Senate Committee on Solid Minerals.
Dariye has been standing trial since 2007 on 23-count charge bordering on money laundering, abuse of office and corruption. He was accused of embezzling over N1.2billion ecological funds.
He has denied all the charges.

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Ekweremadu
Next to Saraki at the Upper Chamber is Senator Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu West) who rode on the division in the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Senate to emerge as the Deputy Senate President on June 9 last year, when the 8th Senate was inaugurated.
Ekweremadu, who has been occupying the position since the era of Senator David Mark in 2007, is facing a forgery case at the Federal High Court.
His colleagues, namely Senator Abu Ibrahim, Kabiru Marafa, Robert Boroffice, Gbenga Ashafa and Suleiman Hunkuyi, dragged him and others to the court over alleged forgery of the Senate standing orders, the document used for the conduct of the Senate elections.
Shortly after the inauguration of the 8thAssembly, he was grilled alongside the Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasau and others by operatives of the Nigerian Police over the forgery case.
The Federal High has reserved date for judgement in the case.
Early this year, Ekweremadu cried out that he cannot get justice from Justice Ademola, alleging that the judge is romancing with the national leader of the APC, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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Kashamu
Senator Kashamu Buruji is representing Ogun East. His clash with the former President Olusegun Obasanjo popularized his alleged drug peddling case.
He is facing threat of extradition from the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), acting on request from the United States.
In May, 2015 a Federal High Court in Lagos stopped the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Attorney General of the Federation(AGF) and nine others from arresting the senator for  extradition to the United States over alleged drug-related offences.
Justice Okon Abang gave the restraining order in his verdict in a suit filed by Kashamu.
He based his order on an existing judgement of the court that was delivered on January 6, 2014, in which he restrained the IGP, SSS, NDLEA, NCS and the AGF from taking any step from arresting Kashamu on the strength of a petition linking him to a drug offence.
Buruji, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Governments raised alarm last week over fresh plot to ferry him to the United States of America (USA) by the the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He got a reprieve from the Senate as the Minister of justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and NDLEA have been asked to suspend further action on him.
His lawyer, Barrister Ajibola Oluyede had petitioned the Senate over a plot to abduct his client and extradite him to USA where he is facing charges bordering on drug peddling.

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Akpabio
Widely known as uncommon governor when he held sway in Akwa-Ibom State for eight years, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio (PDP, Akwa-Ibom North-West) is being investigated for corruption.
By virtue of his position as the Minority leader, Akpabio is one of the most powerful senators presently in the Upper Chamber. He has firm control of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Red Chamber.
Akpabio, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, was twice invited by the EFCC last year, over allegation of N108bn fraud.
The invitation was in connection to a petition by an Abuja-based lawyer and activist, Leo Ekpenyong, who accused the senator of looting the said amount belonging to the Akwa-Ibom government and called for his probe.
The Minority Leader has, however, described the allegation as a falsehood bandied about by people with no idea about the workings of government.DAILYTRUST

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PDP POWER CABALS HIJACKED THE POWER SECTOR AND NOT PRIVATIZED, PMB MUST ACT FAST

Except Fashola is a shareholder among the so called fake investors, he should kindly and as a matter of urgency advice PMB/FG to reverse the privatization immediately so that the government can carry out a holistic plans to improves on electricity supply in Nigeria.
The tariff hike is wrong and meaningless because the main problems of this sector has not been addressed.
The apparent buyers of the PHCN are mainly PDP card carrying members, friends, associates and loyalists who were told that PDP would ruled Nigeria for good 60 years, hence PDP/FG would continue to fund the sector in the name of intervention. That was why the last government gave them without asking for their financial strenght and investment plans.
Take Telecommunication for example, we all know where MTN came from, their financial strength and vast knowledge in that sector. They came with money and invested seriously and they made no profits at that early stage but continue investing and building the network all round.
What has DISCOs and GENCOs done so far since they handed over the sector to them for the past three years apart from what government has on ground before they came? NOTHING!
We should all know that for distribution, DISCOs owns 60% and Government 40%. Generation, GENCOs has 80% and government 20%.
Mathematically, for direct investment where government spend N40bn on distribution, DISCOs are expected to spend N60bn. On generation, where government spend N20bn, GENCOs are expected to spend N80bn. But they are telling us now that they will source this money from customers who are owing them already and refused to pay because the debts are not real and genuine base on power availability.
If the debtors refused to pay before, is it now that the tariff is hiked they will pay? NO.
Have they done anything on their billing systems, the mode of revenue collection where 50% of such monies goes to the private pockets presently.
Has Fashola asked for the master plan of the distribution network in Nigeria with details of all what they needs for expansion and upgrade? If yes, what is the cost implication?
As electricity is in Nigeria today, we must not look at it as money making venture NOW but social services that must be deliver to Nigerian people. When availability is stable and guaranteed, then the stakeholders can device a means to collect their revenue in an organized, social and transparent manner.
Such simple way of bringing transparency and confidence into the billing system is to renegotiates the existing debts because they were not genuine, then make pre-paid meters available and compulsory everywhere in Nigeria just like phones in telecom.
If the government is watching the investors (PDP-Associates) threatening Nigerians with blackout, they are secretly blackmailing the government, and we should know that they are tactically instigating the people against the government because time will come that Nigerians won’t care to know who owns the sector, but they will gladly hold the government responsible.

Heinz Ketchup Banned (And Why You Should Avoid It)

Israel has recently banned Heinz ketchup due to its low tomato content. However, this is not the only problem with this product. Namely, it contains a number of chemicals and GMO compounds which seriously affect your health. Also, it has no nutritional value.

1 – IT CONTAINS HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

Heinz ketchup contains high amounts of fructose corn syrup which is a toxic chemical made from genetically modified corn. When ingested, this ingredient leads to a sudden sharp peak of blood sugar level and can even damage the liver.

Moreover, frequent consumption of this chemical is associated with the incidence of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, according to numerous studies.  Also, it can weaken your immunity.

Recently, it has been discovered that high fructose corn syrup is loaded with mercury. As it is commonly known, mercury is a heavy metal which has extremely toxic properties. Therefore, a number of medical experts recommend that people should avoid consumption of any food that contains high fructose corn syrup.

2 – IT CONTAINS DISTILLED VINEGAR AND SUGAR

Heinz ketchup contains sugar and distilled vinegar as well. Each serving contains about 4 grams of sugar, one serving is about one tablespoon. Therefore, only one small tablespoon will provide you with unhealthy amount of sugar in just one meal.

Distilled vinegar also comes from genetically modified corn which is treated with toxic chemicals and pesticides. Also, it contains high amounts of sugar which is also GMO.

Hugh sugar consumption without any other nutrients or fiber can lead to drastic peak of blood sugar levels. This is associated with pancreas and liver damage.

3 – HEINZ KETCHUP HAS NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE

The final and very important reason why you should avoid consuming Heinz ketchup is that it does not contain any single nutrient. It lacks proteins, fiber or any other vitamin and mineral. It contains just a small amount of tomato paste which has almost insignificant amount of cooked lycopene.

Heinz ketchup is chiefly made of chemicals, sugar and GMO`s. Also, you should avoid any food that has the similar ingredients. Try to substitute Heinz ketchup with natural ingredients.

Only True Federalism will Naturally Guarantee Sustainable Diversification of Nigeria Economy

You don’t diversify this economy on this wrong structure. You will still fall back to ‘square one’ in a short time. The real problem of this system is that it doesn’t allow for diversification of any kind. Taking the oil proceeds to open up agric farms, set up other investment like industries etc is going to end up the way it ended in the past. That is not self sustainable. The proceeds from all those investments will not be commensurate to the invested capital and in the end you get failed sectors like before. We keep repeating the same mistake. People will only earn salaries for a while and then it will fold. Everything is wrong about this structure. It doesn’t help the people’s attitude and business managerial competence. We need a Truly federal System so that people become true owner and managers of what they generate as wealth and become really responsible for their investments. That’s is how to give power to the people. But But do they want that?
Nobody will allow you loot wealth that he created by himself (corruption check). Nobody will be treated with religious or tribal sentiment in your locality if your survival depends on his ingenuity and ability to create wealth ( national integration). When an entity realises that she would not be getting some oil allocation as federal allocation, They would have no choice but to think and create wealth from what they have in their locality, whether with material or human resources (enhancing productivity). Certain Laws would be amended by each entity to enable them the flexibility required to survive in their own ways and if you don’t feel comfortable with the law in a location, you can relocate to another state and survive better. There will be healthy competition between states. Community policing will take root while the federal police supervises the activities of such police. Borders will be respected. Everybody will eventually get to work and the centre will become less juicy to die over as the real power will (as in true democracy) come from the entities.
The question many ignorant people always ask with greed is “but why must we allow all the oil to such small number of states”. I had expected them to ask if the oil money actually get to the people and places that matter where they are expected on paper to go. Do you really get anything? Doesn’t the oil allocations end up in pockets of a few privileged elites who buy properties abroad? Has the cities been developed? Has Nigeria Agricultural sector finally been able to sustain food production from all the oil money sunk in so far without depending on more allocations? Do you realise that we would have gone far beyond our current status if we didn’t rely on such allocations but continued with the pace of the 60s and early 70s? What happened to cocoa, groundnut pyramids, palm produce bumper harvests of the past? There are so many questions we should answer to understand how we shortchanged ourselves with greed. Someone else may say, but that is why Buhari is necessary to fight corruption so that the stealing can stop and the wealth get to those who deserve them. But that itself is shallow thinking. Who actually deserves them? It is who creates them that deserves them. Did you create the oil money allocated monthly? No. This is why you don’t get proper accountability for how they use it. If it’s your real property, they won’t get away with the stealing. Societies where much of the wealth are really generated majorly by its very citizens are more stable because, by implication, almost everyone takes responsibility in the governance.
Now on Buhari’s anticorruption fight, so far you have seen the challenges in the fight and of course the cost involved. The cost of extending the anticorruption war to states, local governments, private and public organisations (where it really has its root) is far more than the wealth being protected from the thieves. It’s all going to be a failure in the end. A programmed society isn’t designed to be strong because a strong man leads. No! A programmed society is designed to check itself. A truly federal system checks itself against corruption at minimal cost, against discrimination (whether religious or tribal) at minimal cost, against poor productivity at minimal cost, etc. But we want to keep having it the analog way because we choose to be limited to a shallow reasoning box of the times of the emperors where a superman or hero ruled other humans. This is 21st century. Go ask Ghana if that truly worked for them after Rawlings cleaned up Ghana. Every achievement of Jerry Rawlings is now in the past. All the boasting about power supply , strong economy, stable society are rubbish today. Go to Ghana and you stay in blackout for days. I used to take live interviews on some of the their radio programmes and respond to callers on air. The stories you were told about Ghana being a growing paradise were lies. I have been there lately. You don’t visit the centre of Abuja and claim to have seen the real Nigeria. Those men who Rawlings murdered probably died for nothing if you look at their today. It didn’t give Ghana a sustainable change but a very temporary one. What we need is a sustainable change. There is nothing wrong with Nigerians but there is everything wrong with the kind of structure we have. When we travel to organised societies, we soar, but not here. It has to be truely federal for a multinationality and multcultural society as ours. Clamour for as truly federal system. The people should be bold to go autonomous and manage her resources as truely federal entities and start living life instead of this hydra headed sham that you can’t give a name. Awo, Enahoro, etc died trying to sell this idea but could succeed. How many more generation will suffer for not listening. Buhari doesn’t belong to the innovative generation. I thought Goodluck was one but he was also a disgrace. Só far, no leader has been sincere. BUHARI had True Federalism as the first promise on page 6 of his manifesto during campaign but today he has dumped that idea. …all because he didn’t believe in it but needed to sell the to convince the very analytical minds. ..And here we are too day struggling cluelessly.
However oil greed won’t allow it. Buhari also has that disease. Greed has always been the darkest shade against sight. Things should get worse. It is only at the collapse of everything that Africans reason. We need what we are getting. After we strike the bottom in this fall, we shall rise much higher than we ever thought.

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Top ten myths about introverts

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Top ten myths about introverts

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

This list was inspired by the book The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Laney.

Chinese farmer spends ten years building his own seven-storey house out of stones, wood and earth with space for his brothers to move in – even though they’ve been dead for a decade

This is the bizarre house that was built out of stones, wood and earth by a Chinese farmer over the course of ten years.

Hu Guangzhou, 55, said the building is for his brothers to move into when they come back – but they have been dead for ten years, according to local papers.

The structure’s gait has been compared to the popular building in the Japanese animated film Howl’s Moving Castle, scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Hu Guangzhou, 55, said the building is for his brothers to move into when they come back - but they have been dead for ten years, according to local papers.

The structure's gait has been compared to the popular building in the Japanese animated film Howl's Moving Castle, scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Hu, who is described in Chinese media reports as having ‘a biased personality’, built the base of the home in Linqu County, Shandong, in five years. It took him three years to add the storeys.

He even caught a sickness after completing the second story which put him out of action for months, before he decided to add more stories and then put the roof.

His building materials were primarily clay and stone blocks he collected with a small wheelbarrow.

Authorities have remonstrated with Hu for years but have not had the guts to tear down the building.

Hu’s brothers died over a decade ago but he insists they are still alive and will come back one day to live with him in the house he’s building.

The farmer makes repairs and strengthens the structure in his spare time.

The man gets subsidies from the government every three months, along with complimentary steam buns he entitled to at the local bun store.

Hu, who is described in Chinese media reports as having 'a biased personality', built the base of the home in Linqu County, Shandong, in five years

His building materials were primarily clay and stone blocks he collected with a small wheelbarrow

Hu’s invention attracted a lot of attention on Weibo, China’s most popular microblogging site.

‘Is this mental illness? This is the IQ of a master—normal people don’t get it,’ some people commented, according to the Epoch Times.

‘Those who want to tear the building down better consider facing off against his certificate of mental illness and kitchen knife!,’ said another.

‘This is a real life version of Howl’s Moving Castle!’ 

-Mail Online

MY DEAR NIGERIAN YOUTHS

“I am very angry and that is why I am addressing you. You are the source of my anger and I want to vent my spleen- maybe not at you directly- but at the arrogance of your ignorance.
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You sit in front of a computer and rant all day through social media but with every click, you make money – not for yourself – but for Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).
With every megabyte of data you spend complaining and maligning, you make stupendous bucks for Etisalat, Glo,Airtel & Mtn.
Over the next two years, the number of Nigerian millionaires will jump by 47% but most likely you will not be among because you are too busy whining and complaining. And yet about 60% of Nigeria’s 170m population are below 35 years. Oh, what a waste! By the way, Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he started Facebook.
Africa’s youngest billionaire, Ashish Thakkar, is 31. He escaped from the Rwandan genocide and relocated to Uganda where he started an IT business. Collin Thornton, who made his millions by fixing bad computers and setting up Dial-a-Nerd, is 35.
Adam Horowitz, an 18-year-old entrepreneur, started 30 websites in 3 years before he became successful. The only thing you have ever started is an online petition.
Have you heard of Jason Njoku?
He’s 33 and the founder of Iroko TV. He received $8m investment into his company just a few years ago. What he does? Sharing the same Nollywood films that you spend hours to watch online. He didn’t just hang around waiting for Buhari to make something happen or blaming Jonathan for not making anything
happen.
Kamal Budhabhatti was deported from Kenya but while on the flight, he thought of the opportunities in Kenya. He found his way back after 6 months and today his company is valued at $30m. He’s 36.
Have you heard of Chinedu Echeruo? Apple just paid $1b for his app. He’s a Nigerian like you and all he did was attempt to fix a problem. But for you, the only thing you attempt to fix are your nails- and your hairdo! Chinedu moved to New York in 1995 and found it difficult to navigate the city with ease so he developed HopStop to fix the problem. Stop listing all the problems – we know them already but what are you doing about them?
-Awolowo was 37, Akintola was 36, Ahmadu Bello was 36, Tafawa Balewa was 34, Okotie-Eboh was 27 and Enahoro was 27 at the time of independence of Nigeria.
In 1966, the first coup was led by Kaduna Nzeogwu (29) and stopped by Murtala Mohammed (28), TY Danjuma (28),
IBB (25), Sanni Abacha (23) and Shehu Yar’adua (23).
It brought in Yakubu Gowon as Head of State at 32 and Olusegun Obasanjo at 29.
You are in your 40s and you still sag your trousers. Of course, you know Linda Ikeji. You’ve spent hundreds of hours on her blog laughing and commenting while she smiles her way to the bank. She’s just built a house for her father in the village- just by you clicking on her gossip and sharing.
Your day is not complete without a stop by at her blog. She was as broke as you are but she turned a hobby into a business. Are you
that void of understanding?
You think those politicians have any regard for you?
That is why I referred to the arrogance of your ignorance at the beginning of this diatribe.
-You have a false estimation of yourself. You have an over bloated ego. -You are only as good as an election ticket – pure and simple.-You are only good to be used and discarded like a used ballot paper. Who keeps a used ballot paper anyway?
That is why they only remember you every four years. You are like a menstrual pad that is only useful during the menstrual period.
A food for thought…
Start doing something today for better tomorrow.”

Sagay slams S’ Court, SANs over election petition, anti-corruption war •Says Wike, others climbed on dead bodies, human blood •Accuses SANs of siding with treasury looters

The Head of Presidential Anti-Corruption Committee, Prof Itse Sagay, yesterday raised fresh concern over recent rulings of the Supreme Court on election petitions, particularly those of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

Sagay, who spoke with journalists at the Palace of the Olu of Warri, Delta State, warned that the rulings, which gave victory to candidates regardless of copious evidence of irregularities and heavy human and material casualties, constituted a dangerous precedence in the history of elections.

He said; “the judgements are very perverse, particularly relating to Akwa Ibom and Rivers. Everybody knows that there were no elections in those two states.

“Everybody knows that people like Wike climbed into the governorship seat over dead bodies and over blood of human beings. There were no elections, they wrote the results; the evidence is there.

“So, what the Supreme Court has done is to set the clock of electoral excellence and fairness and credibility back by, I do not want to say a thousand years, but certainly it is taking us back to where we were before Jega came in and sanitised the system. “We are going to have primitive and barbaric electoral culture; ‘kill as much as you can, destroy as much as you can, create as much catastrophe, but if you can find yourself on that seat, you are confirmed, regardless of the means by which you got there’.

“That is a very major setback to democracy and the rule of law,” he stressed,

Comparing the present Justices of the apex court to the past era, he said: “I remember 15, 20 years ago we had a Supreme Court that was the best in the world – better than the one you have in the US.

“That was when you had Justices (Kayode) Eso, (Andrew) Obaseki, (Adolphous) Karibe-Whyte, Bello (Muhammed) and so on. Those people brought a culture to the Supreme Court and most of us thought when they left the culture would remain but it hasn’t.

“New people have come, much younger people, and they have different approach to life because I don’t understand why you would have law, which is in conflict with justice and you prefer to apply that law – technical law, which is in conflict with justice, as we have seen in the case of Akwa Ibom and Rivers and a few other cases.

“So, I think their orientations are different. I think the older ones who are gone believed that justice was number one. In such a case, you ask where does justice lie? They now interpreted the law in line with justice.

“But now what we have is a group of people in the Supreme Court, who do not care where their legal interpretation is leading them. Once you have a divorce between law and justice, the whole legal system will break down and that is what has happened.”

Meanwhile, Prof Sagay has also called for disciplinary actions against Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) and other senior lawyers found to be encouraging corrupt politicians and looters of the nation’s treasury.

He said: “There are some senior lawyers who have totally departed from anything that the calling of the law profession requires. They have thrown in their lot with the looters and have become, I won’t call them fellow looters, but definitely, they have started enjoying and sharing in the proceeds of crimes of these looters and because of that they are absolutely now against the anti-corruption law.

“There is need to have these Senior Advocates thoroughly disciplined and if they would not accept discipline, they need to be removed from the profession before they bring more disgrace to the profession and at the same time drag this country down economically.”