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This video has almost broken the internet. Femi Otedola earlier today posted a clip of himself in a commercial bus (Molue in Naija parlance) It’s got social media talking… Everyone with their own views…. what’s yours?
Is one of the richest men in Africa (and in the world) allowed to ride public transport, live his life and post on his Instagram account as he pleases?, or is this another publicity stunt riding on a motive? Is it appropriate? Is there anything wrong with the seeming humility the video portrays? Just curious to know your opinions. See video below.

Femi Otedola rides public transport

Femi Otedola rides public transport

 

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai announcing YouTube Go at Google for Nigeria event in Lagos. (Photo Credit: CNN / Google Africa Blog)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announcing YouTube Go at Google for Nigeria event in Lagos. (Photo Credit: CNN / Google Africa Blog)

On his first ever trip to Nigeria, Google boss, Sundar Pichaj announced YouTube Go, which allows Nigerians to preview and save YouTube videos, in a series of products for the country.

As reported by CNN, Nigeria, with about 93m mobile internet users often experience slow internet as well as high cost of data. With YouTube Go, YouTube users can now download video content in different resolutions to be watched later without internet connection. This makes Nigeria the 2nd country after India to have the YouTube Go capability.

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Nigerians and the National Assembly.

Nigerians and the National Assembly.

Surely, this is one piece of legislation that’ll be welcomed by the Nigerian youth. The house of representatives has proposed a change in the constitution to allow for the age limit for running for the presidential office be lowered to 35 years.

The current minimum age for qualification for the contesting is 40.

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President Buhari meets delegates. PhotoCredit @NGRPresident

President Buhari meets delegates. PhotoCredit @NGRPresident

Again, media handlers of our amiable President on Sunday realeased a photo of him receiving a delegation of APC Governors at the Abuja House, London

According to the Presidency Nigeria twitter handle, the photo was released at 8:56pm (UK) and showed the President seemingly in high spirits surrounded by the said Governors and delegates. They included Chief John Oyegun, party Chairman, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport as well as the Governors of Imo, Kogi, Kaduna and Nasarawa.

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African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

African Presidents. Photocredit: brandeis.edu

I came across an article this week that listed the salaries of the top 10 highest paid African Presidents. According to Africaranking.com, South African Presisent, Jacob Zuma is the highest paid leader in Africa receiving an annual wage of $272k and Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame ranked #10 receiving $85k per year. These guys are mong the highest paid leaders in the world, this is a continent where many live on only $2 per day.

On another note, isn’t it a surprise that the President of Nigeria never made the list? Perhaps its because the wages listed only reflects base salaries, regardless though, is the Nigerian President’s salary that low? Blasphemy! I hear Nigerians say. They should take solace in the fact that a common Local Government Chairman in Nigeria is richer than all 10 presidents put together. I’m sure every African (if not the world) knows that already. Anyway, here’s the list in full:

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Nigerian President Buhari has hyenas and jackals to contend with. Photo credit: CNN

Nigerian President Buhari has hyenas and jackals to contend with. Photo credit: CNN

You know how they say politics is ‘dog eat dog?’ well, in Nigeria, it is ‘hyena eat hyena,’ or ‘jackal eat jackal,’ depending on the political camp. Since her husband’s incapacitation following an illness since May, Aisha Buhari took to Facebook to say “The Hyenas and Jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom” in a cryptic reply to a senator’s post. For those of us watching from the sidelines, we decoded the message instantly and understood the bloody nature of the politics and the drama unfolding in Nigeria.

The hyenas and jackals are indeed circling and that’s because they can smell blood; Buhari’s blood. Out of the country since May 7th, after only returning from a 7-week stint earlier in the year, President Buhari’s only communication with his country has only been through written statements. Because of this, rumours abound in the land, some even claimed he was already dead. The president’s handlers have always been fighting a raging fire, trying to salvage his reputation since his absence, and I must say, their efforts has been SHAMBOLIC. It annoys me that President Buhari’s media handlers first tried to pull the wool over all our eyes by saying he just went to london for ‘a check up,’ it took 7 whole weeks for Nigerians to see a President they voted overwhelmingly for just a few years ago. The media machine certainly forgot we now live in the age of Facebook and Twitter. My annoyance doesn’t end there, now Mr President has returned to London for another ‘check up,’ information on his whereabouts, his treatment, etc has now completely dried up. What we now see are pictures of Mr President waving from a window, or sitting in front of a Telly.

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Difficult times for former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo credit: Premium Times Nigeria

Difficult times for former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. Photo credit: Premium Times Nigeria

Former Nigerian Petroleum, Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke named in US bribery scandal.

Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke once threatened to reveal everything that transpired in the controversial fraudulent transactions between her and co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore.

The minister made the comment in a recorded telephone conversation obtained by the prosecutors probing the corruption allegations against her.

Details of the conversations have now been filed as part of a civil complaint by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) seeking the forfeiture of over $144 million slush fund.

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Nigerian Parents Are First Class Drill Sergeants.

Ah Nigerian parents, don’t you just love them? Growing up under the roof of Nigerian parents can be daunting, let me tell you. Do you remember all the instructions they bark out every 5 minutes? A typical Nigerian parent is a bona fide drill sergeant, the only difference is that with a drill sergeant, you understand exactly what the instruction is, but with Nigerian parents, that instruction is mixed with innuendos, sarcasms, ironies, positive and of course negative vibes. Interestingly, what they really mean is contained within that set of instruction(s) and you are supposed to somehow decipher it. Because of that, I have come up with 10 of the most common confusing instructions and sayings by Nigerian parents. See below: Read Full Article

Xenophobia. Killing a Nigerian is now a past time in South Africa.

Xenophobia. Killing a Nigerian is now a past time in South Africa.

Xenophobia Attacks In South Africa Is Simply Idiotic.

We have been let down by our South African brothers. . . badly.

Heard of the word Xenophobia? No? I wrote about it 2 years ago. Now I write about it again because again, it has reared its head.

According to our friends at Google, the official meaning of Xenophobia is ‘the fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.’ Quite literally, it is a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries. Are you starting to wonder the difference between that and racism? Well, you are not alone. Personally, I think the lines between Xenophobia, Genocide and Racism are very, very blurred.

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Yahya Jammeh underestimated his West African counterparts.

Yahya Jammeh underestimated his West African counterparts.

When West African leaders stood up to one of their own -Yahya Jammeh.

An incredible thing happened in West Africa recently, and somehow the significance was lost on most of us. History is littered with stronger, richer nations standing up for the oppressed in the face of tyranny. It was the case in the second world war with Hitler’s invasion of Poland with his Nazi Army. History agrees this prompted the war which statistically, is the deadliest in human history. Following the invasion, France and the United Kingdom quickly declared war on Germany. Although this didn’t deter Hitler  who subsequently succeeded in also annexing other territories like Finland, Romania and the Baltic states but France and the UK’s stance was clear, they would confront tyranny, anywhere.

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