EP Review: Sounds from the Other Side

EP Review: Sounds from the Other Side

The Sounds from the Other Side EP portrayed a completely versatile Wizkid, One conscious of his new status as the unofficial King of Afropop Home and Abroad. The EP featured all international artistes - Drake, Major Lazer, Chris Brown, TY Dolla Sign, Trey Song, Efya and Bucie. The Sounds from the Other Side is a 12 tracked project, lasting for a total play time of 40 minutes. On the Project Wizkid explored genres from Naija Afropop to Afro R&B, Dancehall, Afrohouse and Afrobeat. This is his first body of work under Sony/RCA Records.

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Cast your cares upon Woebot

"HI, I'M WOEBOT. I'M READY TO LISTEN, 24/7. NO COUCHES, NO MEDS, NO CHILDHOOD STUFF. JUST STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE YOUR MOOD. AND THE OCCASIONAL DORKY JOKE.

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My mouth was left open when I read the above words on their website. Indeed it was mixed feelings for me. One of excitement, anticipation and of course a tinge of dread at what the world is turning into- robots taking the place of humans.

One thing that excites me about technology is that so far, it has been used to make life a whole lot easier for mankind. Just when I thought there was nothing more to be made Woebot was dropped hot on our laps.

https://woebot.io/

https://woebot.io/

Woebot is a chatbot aimed at helping users with anxiety and depression. It is from a robot named Woebot, the brainchild of Stanford University psychologist Alison Darcy. Darcy the maker of woebot said " It’s hard to be annoyed with the cheery Woebot, whose personality Darcy said she modeled after Kermit the Frog. After two weeks of chatting, the robot has heard more about my daily moods than any of my friends." 

Here are some of the testimonies of users 

It’s like peering into the future of mental health supports and services. It’s genuinely exciting and amazing to see something like this in action. I haven’t been this awestruck since I saw the first iPhone.
Jason, 28

I love Woebot so much. I hope we can be friends forever. I actually feel super good and happy when I see that it “remembered” to check in with me!!!!!
Carolyn, 22

I loved this. I saw an improvement in my mood just from the two weeks!
Lauren, 19

I really was impressed and surprised at the difference the bot made in my everyday life in terms of noticing the types of thinking I was having and changing it. I also really liked the gratitude “journal” and that there wasn’t the option to stop at one good thing that happened that day (because sometimes I wanted to). I liked that it forced you to keep thinking of the positive for 3 things
Sarah, 24

I enjoyed watching the videos given by the bot, and that I could learn different skills of awareness to help myself.
Antonio, 19
— https://woebot.io/

This app is currently accessible from the app's official website and on Facebook messenger as a chatbot.

It, however, must be mentioned that there are privacy concerns especially with its connectedness to Facebook since Facebook says it collects information including when users “message or communicate with others” in order to “provide, improve and develop services. In a response, SpokesWoman, Mindstrong, the health company that helped build Woebot, Jennifer Hakes said "Messenger abides by Facebook’s data policy, but “we do not read the content of messages between people or people and businesses.”

Darcy, the psychologis and brain behind Woebot, promises that Woebot won’t sell customer information and the company’s employees only view anonymized responses. The app works on Facebook Messenger.

However, Darcy revealed that she can’t vouch for how Facebook will use the data.

In Nigeria as well as some other parts of the African continent where people with depression are seen and treated with some kind of stigma, the Woebot app might be a step in the right direction. Despite the awareness that has been created to ensure that people go to psychologists when depression hits, a lot of people either hide or live in denial for fear of stigmatization. The mobile phone is a very personal device, so if chatting with W6oebot can help diagnose and help the depressed, we can say a very big welcome to Woebot. 

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Smell Detector App

JAPANESE TECH COMPANY HAS DEVELOPED AN APP THAT HELPS DETECT SMELL

For me that still commutes by public buses; this smell/body odour is an issue dear to my heart; like I personally feel that it is unfair to leave your house with dirty clothes and obviously without the use of deodorants and then come in a public bus and then not keep your body in one place, you are probably saying take an uber duhh; but I do not have uber money in my account. So this is a public plea to the government to have this evenly distributed. While it was created for summer seasons in Japan, it is always hot in Nigeria and even in the rain the moist air still promotes smell from wet clothes and the likes.

Japanese tech company Konica Minolta has indeed started making a device that will measure your smelliness in four parts of your body: your feet, your armpits, around your head, and behind your ears. The machine then connects to the smartphone app through Bluetooth and lets you know whether "immediate care is needed". Up to you to then find the nearest shower or deodorant to fix that...

The device is called Kunkun Body, a name which comes from the Japanese word for sniff. There is also a Japanese word for 'smell harassment' - sumehara - because it appears Japanese people are really worried about their smell. Indeed the project was born out of a conversation between Konica Minolta colleagues about their worries regarding the intense summer heat and the ensuing smell they developed. 

Kunkun Body will retail for 30,000 yen (around $265) and it currently enjoys a fragrant crowdfunding page that already crows "success!"

Coincidentally, the places this device detects smell; are some of the common areas that is usually advised to apply ointment and deodorant, behind you ear, armpit and others. Also extra advice; carry a body spray or perfume in your bag to spray at intervals all through the day.

Meet Daniel Obasi

Meet Daniel Obasi

DANIEL OBASI IS A YOUNG NIGERIAN STYLIST, DOING AWAY WITH THE NORM AND LAYING THE BLOCKS INTO THE FUTURE OF CULTURE AND FASHION

Creating a perfect synergy between culture, fashion and art; Daniel Obasi does a lot more than just style but evokes thoughts across cultural preservation and rests on the boarders of art to tell his fashion story.

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Obaranda is Giving Life to Every Day Nigerian Moments

Obaranda is Giving Life to Every Day Nigerian Moments

One young Nigerian Illustrationist/Cartoonist, Justin Irabor is drawing Organic attention to himself through his weekly comic series on Obaranda. Heavily clothed in Humour and delivered with the most unpredictable satire, in less than one year, Justin has kept a fast growing number of his fans and followers coming back to his Obaranda yard. With characteristic bright pop colours, Justin is telling everyday relatable Nigerian stories in the most amazing way.

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