EbiraLand: Nowhere else is Arsenal so celebrated

"AS AN ARSENAL FAN YOU LEARN HOW TO TOLERATE."- ARSENAL FAN CLUB EBIRALAND

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It has been discovered that for a decade and one,  five local government areas in Kogi state, Nigeria gather to celebrate amidst fanfare arsenal Day, a two-day celebration of Arsenal football club EbiraLand.

According to Ilyas Abdulsalam, the helms man of Arsenal fans club Ebiraland, "Our reason to mark Arsenal Day is to celebrate the English club and its players."

Despite the trophy Premier League Trophy drought that the Gunners have been experiencing since 2004, these group of fans has not ceased to hold this celebratory event on a yearly basis since then. Organisers of the event revealed that Arsenal Day was inspired by the Gunners record breaking unbeaten run in the 2004 season. 

The EbiraLand fan club, which was founded 12 years ago, has 16,000 registered members made up of 22 subgroups, of which three are specifically for women. Each event witnesses thousands of fans in their red and white jerseys singing songs, dancing and eating together, capped with slices of Arsenal themed cake.

Abdulsalam confesses his difficulty in calculating the exact number of last year's Arsenal Day attendance with 9,000 seats filled and so many standing. He went on to say that despite the fact the London-based club has not won a Premier League trophy since 2004, it has taught all of them an important lesson which is the value of tolerance. 

"We've been expecting a trophy from the team and we've not been getting it but we're very patient and our patience had cropped up a proverb in our area which goes thus; "If you're an Arsenal fan you can never divorce your wife and if you can stick with Arsenal with no trophy you can learn how to tolerate."

 

Make that Cemetery a Forest

INNOVATION HAS NOW MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO PRESERVE THE MEMORY OF YOUR LOVED ONE WHO HAS PASSED AND YOU SAVE THE PLANET IN THE PROCESS. 

https://urnabios.com/

https://urnabios.com/

From time immemorial people from different races and time have adopted different methods, from simple to bizarre, to save memories of their loved ones. These methods range from keeping a picture visible at all times, writing a biography, erecting a monument, naming an institution, location or child after them, cremating or mummifying and the list goes on.

People need not go that far anymore. A technology, innovative cum pro-earth thinking company has made Bios Urn, an incube lets you plant your Urn in your home to bring you a personal experience that honors your loved ones.  Bios Urn is a product created by Spanish design studio estudimoline that enables you, your loved ones, or your pets to be buried in a life-assuring kind of way by transforming their ashes into a tree. Thus, saving memories and saving planet earth.

Now don't go all creepy on reading this. 

The Urn is 100% biodegradable, made of coconut shell, compacted peat, and cellulose. It has two parts — a top capsule for the seed, and a bottom part for the ashes. This structure allows the seed to germinate separated from the ashes and their high acidity. Once the urn starts to biodegrade, the seed roots are already strong enough to contact them and the entire set becomes part of the sub-soil. 

The Urn is manufactured both for people and for pets; it can be used with ash saved from another urn, and it doesn’t expire. Customers can pick the type of seed they would like — oak, maple, pine, gingko, beech, ash, or choose to get an urn without a seed in order to use their own.

Bios Urn changes the way people see death, converting the ‘end of life’ into a transformation and a return to life through nature. [It is] a smart, sustainable, and ecologically friendly way to approach what’s, probably, one of the most important moments in human life.
— http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/this-awesome-urn-will-turn-you-into-a-tree-after-you-die

Guess what? It is rechargeable! It has a water monitor sensor and an app connected to your phone that gives up update about the growth of the plant. It can be in your living room when small and can make an outdoor garden when large enough.

Watch this video to know more about Bios Urn.

With the rate at which planet earth is being abused planting a tree in memory of your loved ones will be beneficial to all.

Tech Trend Talks: The Future of Technology in Africa

THE FUTURE OF TECH WILL BE WRITTEN IN LAGOS, NAIROBI, KAMPALA AND CITIES ACROSS AFRICA. TODAY THE CONTINENT CAN BOAST OF ABOUT 300 TECH HUBS IN 93 CITIES ACROSS 42 COUNTRIES IN AFRICA, COMPARED TO NONE JUST A DECADE AGO." - JEREMY JOHNSON, CEO ANDELA

Tech+Africa+TINK Africa

When talk turns to technology trends, it should also turn to Africa – because that’s where some of the world’s cutting-edge innovation is happening right now. As a result, TINK Africa, a Trends Intelligence Company in Lagos, hosted Tech Gurus and enthusiasts over the weekend to discuss The Future of Technology in Africa.

Professionals in mobile technology, e-commerce, tech hubs, tech story tellers, programmers, coders, gamers and other titles involved with tech came in for a heart to heart yet professional discourse on what role Africa will be playing technology-wise in the future.

Meet the Panelist

Wole Ogundare is currently the Managing Director at Yudala Limited. He has spent the last 22 years as an enterprise expert focused on business building, market expansion strategies, governance and financial inter-mediation for current and potential investors in Sub Saharan Africa. His varied experience portfolio revolves around the following sectors: retail, marketing communications, telecoms, FMCG, power, solid minerals, financial services, health and agriculture.

Tristan Hall is a Techie, Photographer, and Entrepreneur who is currently working as Smartphone Product Manager in Lagos, Nigeria for Samsung Electronics West Africa after a two-year period in the Africa Regional Office. Tristan has worked in Sales and Marketing roles even while writing, editing and publishing PhotoComment Magazine through first entrepreneurial years as co-founder of Comment Media.

Ndukwe Onuoha's Linkedin profile reads thus; I'm an ad man. I tell brand stories with human truths. I'm a poet; I put rhyme to reason. I love politics, and will someday want to work on a campaign strategy. I believe in Abia, and I know that one day, I will change it for the better. His specialties includes Campaign Strategy, Campaign Building, Scripting for Commercials, Branding, Political Strategy.

Muyiwa Matuluko is a co-founder, Editor-in-chief at Techpoint.ng

Here are quick points from the discourse.

If given a vote, technology should be the most used word after hello, given the fact that in Africa, as nowhere else in the world, technology is improving people’s lives – especially mobile services and applications. With minimal fixed line phone infrastructure, the continent has embraced the opportunity to leapfrog existing technologies, becoming a world leader in the delivery of such services as well as helping to break down the barriers to energy through off-grid electricity, solar-powered phone chargers and the likes.

Noted as a continent of innovation, creativity and technology with Nigeria and Kenya being recognized as the fastest growing of the innovation hubs on the continent, the world is watching as she makes effort not to be left behind in the scheme of things.

 

Skype me the money!

"SKYPE, THE WEB CALLING SERVICE WILL SOON BEGIN TO ENABLE USERS SEND MONEY TO OTHER SKYPE USERS VIA THE PAYPAL ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM." - NIKLAS ZENNSTROM, SKYPE CO-FOUNDER

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This revelation was made at a technology conference in Silicon Valley when Zennstrom said the company is working with PayPal. Microsoft and PayPal are enabling the support in Skype today and all that is needed to have access this service is to upgrade to the latest version of the Android and iOS app to send money. 

According to the Chief Executive, "You can now send money over Skype. This is basically connecting the Skype community over PayPal."

This new PayPal integration is coming on the heels of Microsoft's recently tweaked version of Skype mobile which has features like a universal search and a simple user interface that is only accessible to mobile at first, with Desktop and then iOS, Windows, and Mac. This new interface they say is to "better improve messaging" although it has been met with criticism from users.

Keep in mind that PayPal is already the most popular way that Skype users pay for long-distance Skype phone calls to other phones and this might make the entire process successful because as at 2016, Skype recorded over 560 million registered users worldwide.

Skype-PayPal can function as a money transfer service for transactions which can range from sending money to a friend to split a restaurant bill among others. 

 Although there is no exact information on when the service would be made available to Skype's users, the partnership will begin in 22 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, and a number of European markets.

We await with hope the inclusion of Africa in this marriage of Skype and PayPal.

I can be your hero baby

AN AFRICAN START UP HAS BIRTHED THE DREAM OF CHANGING THE NORMS OF THE AFRICAN CHILD BY HELPING TO CREATE INDIGENOUS SUPER HEROES THAT WILL INSPIRE THEM TO BE BETTER AND SOCIETAL CONSCIOUS.

Courtesy: Giphy

Courtesy: Giphy

Everyone knows Batman, Superman, and Voltron and most sometimes dreamt of being like them in their growing years. But Batman does not live in Africa, neither does Superman enjoy 80 percent of sunlight in a year. Voltron has no idea of what it means to have an African mom. This unknowingly was a gap to be filled that many were oblivious of. So, Jide Martin, a comic lover came up with an idea to create Super heroes from indigenous characters and names and called it Comic Republic

Comic Republic Global Network is a Nigerian comic character franchise that produces digital comic books to tell more compelling stories of Africa and her rich culture.

Jide Martin, CEO, Comic Republic said "I grew up consuming loads of comics and realised that we're in a society where the generation coming are not very big on listening to their parents or religion. I thought of what could I do to change this growing pattern I had a flashback of my growing years. I reminisced what did I when I needed to make tough decisions as a boy. I ask myself "What would Superman or Batman do? Superman would stand for what is right and Batman would be strong against all odds." So, I asked "Why don't I use comics to instill the right mindset in the present and even the next generation?" The same impact it had on me would still be the same impact I would like to share with the world.

Of course, I'm Nigerian and we already have western super heroes and I needed to reach people who are here in Nigeria and Africa in general. So, I thought "Why not use our culture and our people and portray them as heroes so that they can inspire and show the world in general what Africa can be?"

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Jide added that "Comic republic has seen massive downloads even beyond the shores of Africa. Most downloads come from the US at about 40 percent. 30 percent from Nigeria, 20 percent from the UK and the rest of the world shares the other percentage left."

Akintoba Kalejaiye, Content Creator Manager, Comic Republic mentioned that "All of our comics are digital because it is very easy to access them digitally. As a result of this, people who do not initially buy comic books find it easy to download and read."

They pursue the dream of making the society a better place by creating more African Super heroes and making the younger generation better citizens one comic story at a time.

To view the comics please visit http://thecomicrepublic.com/