The world's most powerful passport holders are from United Kingdom and the USA, as they can freely visit 147 countries.

Competing with the 1st-world countries could be a tall order for now, but let's see how well the Nigerian passport has fared against those of other African countries.

Amazingly, ‎Africa's most powerful passport holders are from Seychelles.

Check out top 10 most powerful passports in Africa:

1st place: Seychelles – no visa required in 116 countries

According to PassportIndex.org, people with Seychelles passports have visa-free access to 116 countries. The most powerful passport in Africa also holds 23rd position in world's passport power rank.

2nd place: South Africa – no visa required in 84 countries‎

‎South Africa passport holders can travel to 84 of the world's 196 countries without any visa restrictions. The South African passport holds the 44th place worldwide.

3rd place: Guinea – no visa required in 81 countries

‎Guinea passport holders can enjoy 81 countries without any visa. For example, they can stay up to 90 days in Bangladesh and Ecuador; up to 3 months in Haiti Tunisia and Morocco; but only for 21 day in Dominica, and for 14 days in Hong Kong.

4th place: Sierra Leone – no visa required in 69 countries

‎Sixty nine countries are happy to host tourists from Sierra Leone without visa. The Sierra Leone passport holder can relax up to 4 months in Fiji and up to 3 months in Haiti; while Malaysia is visa-free only for 14 days.

5th place: Kenya – no visa required in 68 countries

‎Kenya shares the fifth place with two other African countries: Botswana and Tonga. A Kenyan passport allows to stay in Haiti, Hong Kong and Bahamas up to 3 months; in Panama up to 180 days; and in Cayman Islands, Barbados, Montserrat and Dominica up to 6 months.

6th place: Gambia – no visa required in 66 countries

‎The sixth place with 66 visa-free countries is shared between Gambia, Niger and Ghana.

7th place: Lesotho – no visa required in 65 countries

‎Lesotho citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 65 countries. South Korea opens its borders up to 60 days for Lesotho travelers; while Japan, Malawiand Kosovo allow to stay for 90 without any visa.

8th place: Swaziland – no visa required in 62 countries

‎The Swaziland passport holder can go to 62 countries without thinking about foreign embassies and visas. Israel, Haiti, Hong Kong and Kenya allow Swaziland citizens to stay up to 3 months a year without visa; while Belize, a country on the eastern coast of Central America, allows to stay only for 1 month.

9th place: Nigeria – no visa required in 61 countries

‎Nigeria isn't the only African country that has 61 visa-free destinations; Namibia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Mali and Zambia also have visa-free access to 61 countries. A Nigeria passport holder can go to Barbados, Dominica and Montserrat for half a year; to Fiji for 4 months; to Haiti and Saint Kitts and Nevis for 3 months; and to Vanuatu and Niue for 30 days.

10th place: Benin – no visa required in 60 countries

‎The tenth place is as well shared between several countries; Morocco and Malawi also have 60 visa-free destinations. Citizens of Benin are allowed to go to South Africa, Philippines, Malaysia and Niue for 30 days; to Haiti for 3 months; to Dominica for 21 day; and to Hong Kong only for 14 days.

.....‎Now you know!

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The Differences Between E, H, H+ and 3G Networks On Your SmartPhone


In the simplest way, the difference between them is speed. E is for EDGE (2.75G), which is an enhanced form of what in old phones used to be called GPRS (2.5 G). It has relatively slow data rates of around 236kbps (1mbps peak speed). But actual usage speeds are often lower. Don't expect to stream a video with E showing on your network bar.

What Is 3G Network & WCDMA?

3G is the next one. It uses WCDMA signalling. The data rates here are comparable to edge but It offers better quality, better latency, lower delay, so making it more suitable for audio, video and streaming services.


Meaning of H, H+ And Their Differences

H is HSPA which stands for high speed packet access. It's an improvement over 3G and is mix of HSDPA (downlink) and HSUPA (uplink). Major changes were done on the radio side which increased the data rates to up to 3 and 7Mbps (in theory, its more). Many Smartphone users in Nigeria will have noticed that H has replaced 3G on their phones

H+ is Evolved HSPA. HSPA was further improved into HSPA+ where new technologies like MIMO antennas were introduced which boosted the data to faster speeds of around 160Mbps downloads and around 15Mbps uploads (the data rate for H+ is generally advertised 21Mbps). H+ shows up on my network screen and although I have never experienced download speeds of greater than 1.3mbps, I find the browsing experience on H+ very satisfactory.

What Is A 4G Network? How Is It Different From 3G?

4G networks have begun to appear across Europe and America, and we can expect the technology to arrive Nigeria soon. I will definitely keep you posted.

Note that if you subscribe to a 3G plan, you have subscribed to all the above network types. Your mobile phone first looks out for cells/towers which are H+ capable; if it fails it tries the lower ones. When 3G is not at all available, the mobile phone falls back to Edge.

Also, if you observe when you are in Edge, your calls and data will not work together. This is because voice and data calls use the same infrastructure in 2G whereas in 3G (or H or H+) you will be able to browse on your phone while you are on call. This is because data and voice are separated and can work distinctly in a 3G network.

Credits: -TW™, SmartHUB., InfoGoons.


NYSC To Deploy First Class Graduates To Universities – DG‎

Like that old familiar line from somewhere in the New testament Bible; "The child in my womb leaped for joy" feeling, so it was for me on hearing this news. Obviously I have wasted no time in revealing my stand point on this novel development . 
"It's long overdue" I felt within me. Its something I had always waited for.
However down trodden our tertiary education, and I must say education at all level in Nigeria has gone, a First Class degree isn't sold with trays in the market just yet. You have your opinions about that sentence, I agree. (A yoruba adage says and I interprete ; "If you journey far, you'll come accross a hunchbacked ‎squirrel ")
Kudos to those who where able to bag such an enviable degree from their various institutions of learning (I didn't) . 

The recent development by the NYSC in ploughing back excellence produced by the Universities and Polytechnic into the same is commendable. It saddens my heart to see that graduates of high academic excellence believed/purported by some of us to ‎be the direct replacements for our aging Professors accross the country often end up in seemingly un-fitting places and jobs (I'll rather not mention any more than the banking institution and oil firms, though not limited to these). This unfortunate situation has led to a measurable and alarming BRAIN DRAIN in our tertiary institutions. Students who have performed excellently well as scholars should be encouraged (motivated in every wise) to remain in the academia to impart knowledge into others and by the way, serve as sources of inspiration to aspiring graduates and students. This will in-turn result in a geometric progression of "Brains" to replace our indefatigable academics whose stars have dimmed as a result of aging and other forms of deterioration. 
I wouldn't now how well this news has met you, but I believe it's a right step in the right direction.  

The News:

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, on Wednesday said graduates with first class degrees would, henceforth, be deployed to teach in universities and other tertiary institutions.

Olawumi said this in Kaduna at a two-day pre-mobilisation workshop for the 2015 Batch "B" NYSC programme.

He said the new posting policy was to properly mobilise the right manpower to boost the education sector.

"All corps members who graduated with First Class honours Degrees and Diplomas will be posted to tertiary institutions for effective utilisation of their manpower.

" The posting policy of the scheme is being vigorously implemented for the achievement of the desired impact.

" I, therefore, appeal to the authorities of all tertiary institutions of learning to reciprocate this gesture by accepting and offering them permanent appointments after service."

Ref : Leadership News.


WHY YOUR PAY-TV CAN'T BE PAY AS YOU GO, But Instead Your Subscription Keeps Running Even While You Not Watching.

You wish, very earnestly, that your pay-TV subscription would not run while you are not watching. You are not alone. Almost every pay-TV subscriber would want it that way. That would make us use our subscription in a way similar to how we use the airtime on our phones when we are on the pay-as-you-go platform.

It would be terrific to subscribe for one month and have the subscription stretched over three or four months by being billed only when we watch. If we do not watch for a cumulative of 10 days in a month, perhaps because we leave for work very early to return very late, attend many social engagements or travel out of town, we would have gained 10 days in the next month because we would not have been billed for the time we were not watching.

In very simple terms, you would want to be billed only when you watch-for an hour, two hours or more.

It is just terrific. No other way to describe it. But it is an eminently unrealisable wish. It is also technologically unworkable.

First and foremost, the technology used in satellite television broadcast is one that works by the satellite feeding the decoder with signals that are converted into the audio-visual content on your screen. The technology is not such that the decoder sends feedback to the satellite, making the communication a one-way affair. It is called satellite downlink (DL). It strictly sends the link from the satellite to the ground station.

With the way it works, the television service provider has no way of knowing whether or not you are watching and what you are watching.
This means that in the event of a protracted power outage or long absence from home, the pay-TV provider cannot and will not know if you are watching. It is a situation imposed by technology, nothing else.

Apart from the technological impracticability of having your subscription frozen while not watching, pay-TV providers are also restrained by contractual obligations to content owners.

Permission for content distribution (pay-TV companies are usually distributors) are only granted after certain contractual agreements have been reached.

Television content is sold and bought as an aggregate and contracts for such usually specify that it be broadcast over a monthly cycle. This condition makes it impossible for a distributor (pay-TV company) to distribute content on any basis other than what the contract stipulates. The alternative, albeit injurious, is litigation and/or a ruptured relationship with the content owner.

Even the freezing of subscription was a technological possibility, what about its business viability? A distributor has made full payment for a certain content, say a movie, which it hopes to sell for a profit. A subscriber watches for 30 minutes, decides to visit a friend or there is power outage. Would the pay-TV company get a refund from the content owner, which must have been fully paid, on the excuse that power outage or some other situation forced the subscriber to discontinue watching? Of course, not. When we pay to watch a movie at a cinema, we do not get refunded if we find it uninteresting or we are distracted after 40 minutes. Same goes for a football match that goes against our team after 20 minutes. Can we leave the arena, stop by the ticket office and ask for a part refund?

Contracts are contracts and must be honoured. Monthly or weekly Blackberry and internet contracts do not extend beyond the period for which they are valid whether or not we use them. We do not get refunds for not using or carry a subscription over. That is the way it goes.

Culled from PM News.


War! War!! War!!!; Return To Your Africa Or We Will Kill You’ South Africans Write Nigerians, Others.

"Everyone Is A Stranger, A Visitor Somewhere. This new found hostility by South Africans, towards other nationals is uncalled-for. To think it's the presence of foreigners in a country that hampers availability of jobs and other socioeconomic gains is a wrong notion, and as for me, is  a clear indication of misinformation and there's a need for re orientation of South Africans.
If non-nationals are getting the jobs in your country, then it could be a clear indication your unemployability or share laziness and/or inability to come up with business innovations which these foreigners have done and is inturn appearing threatening to you/your survival in your own country. To have descended to such low i.e Xenophobic actions, going even as far as killing and maiming foreigners is appalling and show a gross level of barbarism. 
Your plights could have been tenable to some extents if channeled appropriately, ofcourse we had the "Ghana Must Go" in Nigeria, which in my view was NEEDLESS, had the then Nigerian government managed our resources properly. We have long evolved from such irrational acts. South Africa boasting the 2nd largest economy in Africa, should have too by this age. 
To think of the role these 'foreign' countries played in the liberation of South Africa and it's sustenance, this manner of attack is unfair and cunning, posterity might hold a big grudge against South Africans if this continues.
I do not support illegal migration, but if these people suffering these attacks are genuine migrants (which many of them are), then the institutions that allowed them entry and permits should have been your focal points for attacks and not the foreigners/migrants.
Dear South Africans, there's no such thing as "Your Africa", as Africa is Africa, and infact, "Our Africa". Please stop the hostility, stop the bloodletting, we can attack the issues and not the people‎." -Akogun Olalekan.

Here's What Our Brothers Wrote To Us; 

"Dear neighbour from Africa and other parts of the world, we have travelled the world and have not found one country that allows the floods of humans across its borders as South Africa is experiencing. Even in war-torn parts like Syria, Ukraine, Yemen and Somali.We were seven million people in Johannesburg city in 2011. Today, we have an estimated 13 million. In Johannesburg alone, you have taken over entire suburbs: Yeoville, Berea, Bez Valley, Turfontein, among many. You have even moved into rural parts of our country that have 80-per-cent unemployment, and there are no visible signs that you have jobs either.We want to be proudly part of the geographic construct called Africa, but we are as different from one another as Kenyans are from Nigerians; Ivorians from Chadians, etc.We are pleading with you to return to your home countries. Go and build up those countries so that we can all live in economic, social and political prosperity and peace as neighbours. The genocide in this corner of Africa will be far worse than what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Then the entire continent will be condemned to ashes. Is that what you want?South Africans not fully employed or who were found guilty of crimes, were recently repatriated from Nigeria and rightly so. Our people are preparing for war against all foreigners (from Bulgaria, Pakistan and Bangladesh to Africa, north of the Limpopo) and we are all very scared. Please go home and build Africa. Millions will die if you don't. This we can guarantee.‎"

‎Original story
by Deji Abiodun,
Courtesy NewsWireNGR.

Opening thoughts by @Olalekanakogun. Follow on twitter.