Puff, Puff, Pass!

Puff, Puff, Pass!

From a new study conducted by BMJ Journal from over 160,000 people spanning 15 years. Although it didn’t address whether e-cigs are luring people who would otherwise be nonsmokers, but it did find that e-cigs do have a role in helping people quit. The researchers looked at several population surveys that cover the years 2001 to 2015. These surveys provided smoking-cessation rates, and the most recent survey, from 2014 to 2015, had information about e-cigarette usage. 

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Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

Finally, Pidgin English Goes Digital!

British media powerhouse, BBC yesterday launched an online portal that will deliver its expressions in Pidgin English. The new media expression will disperse content through text news, features and podcasts. This is an exciting news for many across Africa and this is why.

Pidgin English, the now popular informal lingua franca of Nigeria has grown into a strong and highly accepted medium of communication across Nigeria into west and central Africa. The language originated from Portuguese speakers who came into West Africa during the colonial era.  Since its birth, Pidgin English has evolved, from being a medium of communication for uneducated, impoverished and lower class communicators who were not literate enough to express themselves in proper English Language to a popular and accepted language. Though still informal, Pidgin English cuts across class, age, tribe, borders and cultures.

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EDVES: Nigerian Teachers just got Tech-ier

LOSING RECORDS WAS ONE SITUATION THAT BOTH STUDENTS AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS DREADED. YOU DARED NOT GO BACK TO YOUR SCHOOL 20 YEARS LATER TO LOOK FOR YOUR MISSING CERTIFICATE. EDVES HAS ARRIVED TO MAKE SURE HISTORY DOES NOT REPEAT ITSELF.

https://edves.net/#

https://edves.net/#

I could get personal with this. I remember my mum screaming "keep your certificate safe" over and again to me while I was processing my admission into the university some years back. Years later I totally understood her cries were for my good because losing your certificate or statement of result was like the end of the road for people. It could take forever to get back any of those lost documents. I also recollect manipulating some figures on my report sheet to escape some form of punishment at home. These and more a lot of us got away with because we were so into processing things manually.

Edves is an indigenous company that has designed the easiest and secure web tool platform that encompasses all school management needs. This platform addresses specific challenges with capturing data, paperwork, stress, giving speed to teaching and learning activities, working effectively with it to improve every area of school operations. Its scalable innovations are fully customized to meet individual school’s specification.

Built by Dimeji Falana and his team, it has been discovered to be an easy yet powerful school management platform for any educational Institution. Regardless of any curriculum, you need a platform that can increase enrollments, retain existing students, track student & teachers performance, and help streamline academic and administration work.

The most interesting part is that parents can be a part of their child(ren)'s academic state. They do not have to visit the school or wait until the end of the term to see how much progress the child(ren) is making.

According to Dimeji Falana, CEO EDVES "We have inbuilt SMS platform in the Edves Portal, so Schools use this feature to communicate with parents especially to send the Continuous Assessment Results of their wards to them. This has increased the speed of communicating student grading and performance to parents without physical meetup. Parents are also happy to receive the result on their phones to track the academic improvement of their wards."

Courtesy: https://blog.edves.net

Courtesy: https://blog.edves.net

Dimeji Falana, CEO EDVES

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Falana is a software developer with a 9-year experience in the software industry. As a graduate of Computer Science, University of Ilorin, he has previously led various teams to build and deploy over 100 projects such as Websites, Mobile Apps, Cloud and Desktop Applications for Banks, Schools, Businesses, Hotels, States and Federal Government in Nigeria. He was a former instructor at the AITI MIT Summer Program. His team recently secured a World Bank sponsored Grant through GEM Project, supervised by Federal Min. of Trade & Investment.

He loves track events and holds 14sec 100 meter record in the Faculty of Communication and Information, the University of Ilorin in 2010.

If it must be said, education in Nigeria is trailing far behind the tech train and a lot of us wonder if it will ever catch up. What Edves, a Nigerian platform built for Nigerians by Nigerians, is doing is a worthy cause. This is their effort to making sure our teachers stand up and join the future today. It is enough that the future of this country is being tutored by teachers who do not know as much as typing on a computer keyboard. Government educational institution should take advantage of this platform and help make Nigeria a part of the 4th industrial revolution.

For more information visit EDVES.

 

The man behind Fela's album covers

LEMI GHARIOKWU IS THE MAN BEHIND ALL OF THE ICONIC ALBUMS FROM THE LATE MUSIC LEGEND FELA KUTI

I did the portrait and lo and behold he took me to Fela just like that,” says Ghariokwu, recalling his first meeting with Kuti at his house, the infamous Kalakuta Republic. “When he saw the portrait, Fela said, ‘wow, God damn it,’” he recalls, laughing. It was the first time I heard these words. Fela loved the portrait so much and wrote me a check for 120 naira — I used to earn 30 naira for my portrait work — but I rejected it. I said ‘I don’t want money, I give you the work from the bottom of my heart.
He was very surprised so he tore up the check, took a sheet of paper and wrote ‘please admit bearer to any show free of charge,’ continues Ghariokwu. That was my ticket to Kalakuta; that was the beginning [of the journey].
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Lemi Ghariokwu is one of Africa's greatest visual artists. Lemi has a career spanning almost 40 years which includes designing 26 original cover images for the Nigerian musician legend, Fela Kuti. Lemi also has over 2,000 other album cover designs to his credit including covers for Bob Marley and a host of other music legends. Lemi's style to art is influenced by his deep philosophical views on social and political events. His designs are multi-faceted and combine a variety of styles and media.

He was a member of Fela's much loved Young African Pioneers. These self-proclaimed rebels supported Fela's music with their art, poetry and writings. Lemi relationship with Fela Kuti was very close and he was often mentored and advised by the Afrobeat legend. Ghariokwu's works are in the collection of art and afrobeat lovers around the world. His painting, Anoda Sistem, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

LEMI GHARIOKWU

LEMI GHARIOKWU

That initial meeting in 1973 changed Lemi’s life. From there, he’d become one of Fela’s closest confidants despite being seventeen years his junior, and, as he puts it, the two were “comrades in arms.” They studied metaphysics together, they read Marcus Garvey and Malcom X, they discussed Pan-Africanism. “I became like his son,” Lemi says. “When he was recording a tune, I was close to the process, so by the time he recorded the album, it was almost a fait accompli for me to illustrate the album. Most of the time, ninety percent of the time, he’d say, ‘Lemi, it’s a motherfucker, man.’

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For Lemi, a 20-year journey into friendship and artistic expression via the covers of Fela's ever expressive afro-beat music, started out in 1973; Lemi Ghariokwu was straight out of secondary school, spending his ample free time giving himself drawing assignments and making portraits for people in his neighborhood. Martial arts action film "Enter the Dragon," starring Bruce Lee, was a big hit at the time, and Ghariokwu was asked by a local bar owner to draw a poster of the movie for his pub. 

A few days later a journalist called Babatunde Harrison entered the parlor, saw the poster hanging on the wall and quickly asked to see the person who'd created it. When he met Ghariokwu, who was living next door with his parents, Harrison requested to see more of his drawings. Amongst them was an illustration of Nigerian afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti dancing on mud -- Ghariokwu had previously bought an album by Kuti called "Roforofo Fight" (roforofo means mud in Yoruba) and had given himself the task of creating his own version of the album cover. Impressed by Ghariokwu's work, Harrison, who was a friend of Kuti, asked Ghariokwu whether he could design album covers. The teen artist reluctantly said yes and then Harrison brought him a picture of Kuti to do a portrait as a test.

 

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Still only sixty, Lemi is now organizing his archives and preparing to open a museum of his work in Lagos, where people continue to come to pay respect to what he and Fela created.

Fela didn’t respect anyone initially, but when you had something to offer, he showed so much respect. He gave me so much freedom of expression.

Olamide’s “Wo”: Another win for the streets

Olamide’s “Wo”: Another win for the streets

2017 has indeed been a good year for good music in the Nigerian music industry. With the steady and gradual redefinition of sound in the industry away from the older upbeat, fast tempo tunes to more laid back, chilled tunes. A fresh sound that is being celebrated by many as a breath of fresh air. Alternative sounds like those of the Nonso Amadis, the Odunsi’s, the Teknos, the Runtowns and the Mr Eazis have worked their way into mainstream. Following increasing pressure on the Nigerian music industry by international demands to “go global”, artistes are clearly working on writing better lyrics, reinventing the old “Kpangolo” afropop sound and adapting more international sounds, of trap, R&B and new school Hip Hop.

Generally, the Nigerian music industry this year has proven to be more tolerant for newer and more experimental sounds away from the usual street-hop and club anthems. In this new wave of sound, Olamide who thrived massively in the 2014 – 2016 reign of Street hop sounds has been found struggling since the release of his sixth solo studio album title “The Glory”.

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