Month: July 2013

“No Re-negotiating 2009 Agreement”-ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday rejected the Federal Government’s new offer of enhanced academic allowances, insisting that government should first implement in full the 2009 agreement before any other negotiation could take place.
National President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge, who disclosed this to Vanguard, said after consultations with branch chairmen of the union on the new government offer, members rejected it, saying accepting the offer meant starting negotiations afresh.
Dr. Fagge said: “They wanted to make an offer on one of the issues in dispute. They said they are more interested in the earned academic allowances, so they said they want to make an offer just like they did in the first instance.
We told them that the issue is not making offers on any item in the agreement. The issue is implementing the agreement. We have consulted our principal (branch chairmen) and our principal is of the opinion that the agreement should just be implemented. If we say we are going to start talking about offers and rejections and acceptance, it means that we are going back to re-negotiation. That is the situation and of course, they asked whether we will still attend tomorrow’s meeting where they will discuss implementation of the needs assessment report, we told them that we will be there.”
The ASUU boss, who said it seemed the Federal Government wanted to reduce the whole agreement to earned academic allowances, stated “for us, the agreement has many other things that are very vital for revitalizing university system in this country.”
He said the branch chairmen who were contacted on the development rejected any move that would end up in government abandoning an agreement that was willingly signed and that the union did not want a development where a component of the agreement would be singled out by government.
“They said (branch leaders) that are not interested in re-negotiating the agreement for now, when you implement the agreement then we will talk about re-negotiation,” he said. So I guess, the rumours of the ASUU strike being called off by Thursday, August 1st was greatly exaggerated.

Karen Igho to star in Reality TV show “Knowing Karen”

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A little over 2 years after winning Big Brother Africa, Karen is set to launch the next phase of her celebrity evolutionary journey; “Knowing Karen” which will primarily feature the Diva and radio personality engaging in the different activities that sum up her celebrity status. These range from the following:
1. Before, during and after work related activities like photo and video shoots. Including special events etc.
2. Several classes have been planned for the series like policing/ custom officing / waitressing for the day to meet her surprised fans at the grassroots.
3. To show her readiness and willingness to work
with high profile corporate brands, she is taking etiquette lessons and so on.
4. The additional acting lessons she went to get in London, will also be displayed through monologues that will be recorded with fans.
So watch out people!

Who wore it better: Monalisa Chinda vs Kim Kardashian?

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Nigerian Actress Monalisa Chinda and Reality Star Kim Kardashian in elegant black lace long gown. Who rocked it better (truthfully o)?

MTN’s App Developer Challenge

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Goodnews to all Naija software app gurus. MTN Nigeria, in partnership with Co-creation hub, has launched an App Developer Challenge for Nigerian
Developers. Because of the difficulty Nigerian developers face in selling their apps on popular app stores like Google Play Store, MTN is giving them
the opportunity to sell apps to consumers on the MTN app store.
From now until October 24, 2013, MTN is calling on all developers (individuals or teams) to participate in the challenge. Winners will be announced by December 13, 2013.
The submitted apps will be analysed by well qualified judges, among whom are Chika Nwobi, founder and managing partner at L5Labs,
and Emmanuel Oluwatosin, Business Manager for Nokia Life West Africa. Things they would look out for when judging are: originality of concept,
relevance of concept to the market, best user experience and commercial viability.
Developers are expected to submit applications into any of the following entry categories:
1. Entertainment and Lifestyle
2. Productivity
3. Games
4. Education
5. Health and wellness
6. Special category for student submissions (undergraduates)
The top four apps will then be short-listed from each category based on number of customer downloads.
Once you have submitted your app, send an email with the app(s) name and your developer account name to mtndeveloperchallenge@nexva.com and you may be on your way to win a great prize. Some of the prizes to be won are: Hyundai IX 35, N1million and Samsung S4.
You can visit cp.nexva.com/r/mtn or
mtnonline.com/challenge to apply and/or find more info on the challenge.

NextSpeel.com now makes it possible to watch Nigerian Soap Operas and TV series online

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Before now, getting full episodes of soap operas long after they have been shown on TV seems quite an arduous task. With the launching of
Nextspeel.com, watching Nigeria Soap opera TV series online has now being made easy.
For the first time in an organised manner in Africa Nextspeel.com is making it possible for Soap Operas and TV series to be accessed online. The
website which has been launched in Nigeria with the hope of spreading to other African countries features full episodes of soap operas that made
waves on traditional TV and cable available for watching and downloads.
Nextspeel promises to deliver a promising experience in online TV.
According to the founder of NextSpeel Larry Oti, other productions would be available on demand with more recent episodes added occassionally.
He said to DIB “We currently host a number of series on our platform, they include House Apart, Extended Family, My Mum and I and Soul Sistas.
Larry explained to us how Nextspeel works on mobile devices. He said “visiting nextspeel.com on mobile phones would take you to the mobile
version of the website that would provide a better experience for your screen size. Just in case that
doesn’t happen, there is a link to switch to the mobile version at the bottom of the page” he said.
He further explained that it is hard to watch videos on NextSpeel with mobile phones, however mobile phones will enable one to browse and do almost
everything else a PC user can.
For those with Tablet PC’s, Larry said “Tablets are set to show a version
almost similar to what you get on a
PC. If you are served a mobile version, you can always switch by using the
link on the menu area” Nextspeel.com website can be browsed without
logging in but you would require an account to actually watch a video. Registrations on Nextspeel are easy, just your username and email are
required. This is how to watch a video on this amazing platform:
1) When you play a video, the system detects your internet speed and plays a video rendition that suits your connection so videos don’t have to buffer and your experience is not disrupted.
2) You can perform all regular functions on the video; Play, pause and select a specific time.
3) Best orientation use case for tablets is Landscape mode.
There is no doubt that Nextspeel is taking over internet television in Africa. Watch out for the full interview with Larry Oti, founder of Nextspeel.com
on this site.

#NokiaLumia: Leaked photo reveals first look at Nokia’s 6-inch Lumia phablet

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If something gets rumored enough chances are it’s going to eventually come true. That is exactly what’s happening with the Nokia’s alleged Lumia phablet. We’ve heard many
rumors about Nokia making a phablet (phone + tablet, usually over 5-inches), but we’ve never seen anything to back it up. If the Pic below is any indication, its gonna be one hell of a hit in the Nigerian market.

#ASUUStrike Update: Positive Results From Discussions Between ASUU & FG (Moving Forward)

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are reaching a consensus with the federal government (FG) of Nigerian through a 19-man committee representing the government; headed by Governor Gabriel Suswam.
Governor Suswam disclosed that it has resolved many outstanding issues with ASUU in a meeting which began yesterday 26th July, 2013. Among the 9 demands of ASUU, only 2 are pending and they shall be tackled next week says Suswam.
Governor Suswam said the committee will work tirelessly to wipe out all the issues that has led to strikes for several decades as well the enhancement of internally generated revenue base of all public universities in the country.
@ this point, news like this is infact good news….. ijkmfc (I’m just keeping my fingers crossed)

“I Can’t Date A Man That Doesn’t Have Money” says Chindima the Winner of Mtn Project Fame’s 3rd Season

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Mtn Project Fame West Africa Season 3 Winner Chidinma Ekile a.k.a “Miss Kedike” when asked the type of man she would love to marry said she wants a man that can take care of her needs and not the one she would feed.
According to her: “I can’t date a man that doesn’t have money, I can’t feed a man.”
The singer also disclosed that she was not in a hurry to get married and that she was not in a relationship
at the moment. What are your tots about the significance of money in present day relationships and marriages?

Wizkid Shows His Respect for Veteran Musician King Sunny Ade by Prostrating on Stage (PHOTO)

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Star-Boy Wizkid may be on top of his game now but has shown that he knows how to respect those he should. (21st century youngsters should most probably learn from him…..ijs)
The young singer Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid was given the opportunity to perform on stage with the veteran singer King Sunny Ade at the Ebony TV
launch.
Right before the performance commenced, Wizkid surprised everyone as he lay down – arms stretched out (“dobale”), to pay homage to his elder as it is done in the Yoruba land.
As the Yorubas will say, omo rere (good child)!

Actress Mercy Johnson Goes Back To Secondary School In New Movie(PHOTOS)

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Actress Mercy Johnson a.k.a Mama Purity posted thess pictures with the
caption “on the set of Dumebi goes to school” its a sequel of the movie
dumebi the dirty girl…. Personally, I absolutely adore Mercy but if this sequel is anything like the prequel, I am so gonna hate the movie. *ijs*

Rapper Olamide On MyStreetz Magazine Cover

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Things seem to be going well for yoruba rapper Olamide, if buying a brand new 2013 Range Rover Sport just days ago (his tweet and tweet pic below) and featuring on the cover of fast growing MyStreetz Magazine’s July edition is any indication. Note that his musical journey from obscurity to Rap sensation is a gist for another day *winks*

Tonto Dikey- ”Senators Are Fools aka Olodo, Mumu”

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Other celebrities have been speaking up concerning the underage marriage signed by senators; Omotola has spoken , Stella Damascus has spoken, now its Tonto Dikeh’s turn and believe it when I say she didn’t mince words but called Nigerian senators fools (olodo and mumu).
Check out what she had to say below:

British Royal Baby’s Name Revealed

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The bookies were right: He Who
Had Not Been Named is now Prince George; His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, to be exact.
On Wednesday, that regal name was bestowed on Britain’s 2-day-old royal baby by his parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton. Although
the thoroughly modern royal couple chose a thoroughly modern way to distribute the news — via Twitter — “Prince George” is as old-school as
it gets. No fewer than six British kings have borne the name “George”; in addition, its personal symbolism for William made it an obvious pick for
months in betting pools across the country. The last King George was George VI, William’s great- grandfather, whose valiant battle with a speech impediment when he inherited the throne after his
brother’s abdication was dramatized in the Oscar- winning film “The King’s Speech.”
It took Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, a good week to name William. So the wait for the newest heir’s name — Prince George, if you haven’t heard, was born Monday — was comparatively short. In Britain, the naming of heirs is
a serious matter, with the monikers of British kings and queens defining entire eras as well as periods of fashion, writing and architecture; think
Elizabethan literature and Victorian houses.
Not everyone appeared immediately thrilled with the name “George.” Its popularity in betting pools meant that gambling houses across Britain were
on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars. “We’ve been left with a royal flush,” said Rory Scott, a spokesman for bookmaker Paddy Power.
“We always get stung when favorites come good.” However, he added, George was the front-runner from day one for good reason. “It’s a modern name. It ticks lots of boxes,” he
said. “William and Kate wanted a modern name, but they have 1,000 years of history to respect. I
think the queen would probably approve of ‘George,’ (her fathers name) don’t you?”

Blogger Linda Ikeji and Ice Prince [PHOTO]

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Blogger Extraordinaire Linda Ikeji and Musician Ice Prince met up in the US (where the blogger had reportedly been for a few weeks now) and they rocked this pose together looking
all-smiley and friendly charming.
Ice Prince captions this on Instagram;
“So I met @lindaikeji earlier and that was my starstruck face… She’s super cool yo!”
Don’t they just look so cute together?

NLC Threatens To Join ASUU Strike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has
threatened to join the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in solidarity strike if the Federal Government fails to address ASUU’s demands.
NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar, made the threat at the opening ceremony of the “2013 Rain School”
in Uyo. “We call on the Federal Government to have meaningful dialogue with ASUU with a view to
implementing the agreement. The state governments should equally obey the law and pay minimum wage to teachers and the local government workers as well as the 27.5 per cent
teacher’s enhanced salaries. Should these strikes persist, workers of Nigeria will hnot hesitate to join them in solidarity,” he stressed.
Omar said the modules of the rain school were designed to train members of affiliate unions and state councils of the NLC.
“This is in order to equip them with necessary skills to empower and protect their rights at workplace.”
He said that the theme of the 2013 Rain School was imperative due to the obvious violation of workers’ rights in the workplace and in the larger society.
The Akwa Ibom Chairman of NLC, Mr Unyime Usoro, commended the leadership of the congress for
keeping to its promise on making Uyo the permanent host of the school.
“On our own part, we intend to ensure that the standards set five years ago that led to the permanent hosting right is not lowered. It is significant to note that the government of Akwa Ibom has graciously approved the building of
the permanent block for Rain Schools here in Uyo to gather for the training needs of the union leaders
across the nation,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the theme of the occasion was: “Strengthening the trade Union for Defence of Workers’ Rights.”

BREAKING NEWS: FIRST LADY OF NIGERIA LOSES MUM IN GHASTLY CAR ACCIDENT

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There was anxiety in Port Harcourt on Monday as news of the death of Mrs. Iwari-Oba, the mother of the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience,
spread in the Rivers State capital.
The mother of the first lady was said to have been involved in a ghastly motor accident along Elele Road in Rivers State.
It was gathered that the woman, who is from Okrika Local Government Area, was on her way to Bayelsa State when the accident occured.
Unconfirmed report indicated that her corpse was taken to Kpaiyama Mortuary by a team of policemen and a member representing Ogu Bolo
State Constituency, Mr. Evans Bipi, who is a relative to the deceased.
Though, the police and the Federal Road Safety Commission in the state could not confirm the incident, an aide to Bipi said the First Lady’s mother
died in a road accident, which occurred at about 4pm. Bipi’s aide, Mr. Fred Itobo, told The PUNCH “Yes! She was involved in an accident and she died.
Her body has been taken to a mortuary”. When contacted, the State Director of FRSC, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, declined comment on the matter,
saying, “I cannot say anything on this matter now until I get full details.”
Though effort to get reactions from the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Angela Agabe, proved futile, she had already told a journalist on the
telephone that she had not been briefed on such crash.
First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and the entourage, who were in Geneva on official assignment are back to the country following the orders given
by the distraught First Lady who could not attend to scheduled engagements.
May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

Meet the Royal Baby: Kate Middleton and Prince William introduce the new Prince to the world [PHOTOS]

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their first public steps since the birth of their son on the afternoon of July 22nd. A crowd of press and
well wishers surrounded the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in an attempt to get a glimpse of the baby.
The young family looked picture perfect as they posed outside the hospital and answered questions from the press. When asked of how the baby is doing so far, Prince William said,
“He’s got a good pair of lungs on him that’s for sure, he’s a big boy, he’s quite heavy. But we’re still working on a name so we’ll have that as soon as we can. It’s the first time we’ve seen
him really so we are having a proper chance to catch up.”
Kate who was looking radiant also said, “It’s very emotional. It’s such a special time, I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like.”
“Very special”
William acknowledged how much of a frenzy the baby had caused and how long the public had been waiting for the arrival of his son by saying, “Hopefully the hospital and you guys
can all go back to normal now and we can look after him” (Normal, I seriously doubt that).
He also teased, “He’s got her looks thankfully”.
The couple revealed that Prince William has already changed the first nappy before going back into the hospital to prepare to leave. Prince William fixed the car seat in the back of the car and wiped his forehead in relief before
waving a final goodbye to the crowd and driving home with his wife and son intact. Below are photos which I promised (courtesy of 360nobs). #RoyalBabyBoy.

Lagbaja’s Daughter Weds

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The first daughter of masked Afrobeat musician and Legend, Abisade Ologunde, popularly known as Lagbaja, Moyosade Ologunde married her longtime beau, Olamide Obilana, at Motherlan in Opebi recently.
Moyosade attended Pennsylvania State University School of Management where she bagged a Masters in business administration and now works as a change management specialist at a US firm.
Word on the blogosphere is that during the wedding, guests were forbidden to take photos so as not to unmask the
father of the bride, Lagbaja, who came without his mask.

PHOTO: Davido Acquires 20 Million Naira Mercedes Jeep

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While on tour in the United States, Nigerian Music Sensation, Davido acquired a Mercedes Benz G- Class G55 AMG. Little wonder why he is called “Omo Baba Olowo” (Son of a rich Dad).

Nokia Lumia 625 Launches in September for 49 thousand Naira (only)

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Nokia has cranked out another cheap Lumia phone, but this one has a few superpowers snuck up its sleeves — it’s massive, and has 4G capabilities although i doubt there is any 4G
network in Nigeria to make use ofthis beauty.
While it looks a lot like Nokia’s previous Lumia efforts, this is actually the biggest Windows Phone ever made by Nokia. It has a 4.7-inch display, guaranteed to stretch your palms to
exciting new proportions.
The display resolution isn’t quite as enticing as the size however — that panel packs 480×800 pixels, which isn’t a particularly high resolution.
That could mean that photos, video and web pages don’t look as pin-sharp as they will on competing mobiles; that drop in resolution will be keeping the price down, however. Also expect to see Nokia’s usual line-up of own-brand maps software and other Windows-flavoured treats.
The camera in ‘normal’ mode will be a 5MP snapper with a front-facing VGA option plus the other lenses seen on Nokia phones, such as Cinemagraph and Panorama modes.
There’s only 8GB of internal user memory, but continuing in the confusing style of Windows Phone handsets there’s a microSD slot available for up to 64GB of storage Battery life is taken care of with the 2000mAh power pack on the
rear.
Are you impressed with the Lumia 625 specs and design? Will you be getting one when it’s launched in Nigeria? Feel free to share your views in the comment section….