22.7.15

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.

7.7.15

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.


19.4.15

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.

9.2.15

The 2015 Grammy Awards‎ ‎WINNERS LIST

The 2015 Grammy Awards was an exciting one and was full of surprises but in the awards given and other antics. Newcomer, Sam Smith stunned all by taking home 4 well-deserved awards including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Everyone was surprised when Becks clinched the Album Of The Year award in a tight group that consisted of Beyonce(!), Ed Sheeran, Pharell and Sam Smith, so stunned that Kanye West almost pulled a Taylor Swift on the poor guy.

Rap heads, for the first time are happy with the year's rap awards (mostly because Iggy didn't steal it as expected) as respected rap figures won the awards this time. Eminem won Best Rap album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration while Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap song for i.

Iggy who was nominated for 3 awards and who people were scared will end up with Best Rap Album unfortunately did not win any while Beyonce who was tipped to clinch the Album of the Year (and then lost to Becks! Aaargh!) instead won Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for 'Drunk In Love' with Jay-Z.

And of course there was the scandalous as Madonna flashed her assRihanna probably hid a baby bump and Kanye grabbed some ass.

Below is the complete list of winners.

Full list of winners from the 2015 Grammy Awards

Album Of The Year
Beck, Morning Phase – WINNER
Beyonce, Beyonce
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Pharrell Williams, Girl

Best New Artist
Sam Smith – WINNER
Bastille
Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Haim

Record Of The Year
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith – WINNER
Fancy, Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
Chandelier, Sia
Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor

Song Of The Year
Stay With Me (Darkchild Version), Sam Smith – WINNER
Chandelier, Sia
All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor
Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
Take Me to Church," Hozier

Best Rap Album
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem – WINNER
The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Because the Internet, Childish Gambino
Nobody's Smiling, Common
Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Say Something, A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera – WINNER
Fancy, Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay
Bang Bang, Ariana Grande, Jessie J & Nicki Minaj
Dark Horse, Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

Best Rap Performance
i, Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
3005, Childish Gambino
0 to 100/The Catch Up, Drake
Rap God, Eminem
All I Need Is You, Lecrae

Best Alternative Music Album
St. Vincent, St. Vincent – WINNER
This Is All Yours, alt-J
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Melophobia, Cage the Elephant
Lazaretto, Jack White

Best Rock Album
Morning Phase, Beck – WINNER
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Rock Song
Ain't It Fun, Paramore – WINNER
Blue Moon, Beck
Fever, The Black Keys
Gimme Something Good, Ryan Adams
Lazaretto, Jack White

Best Country Album
Platinum, Miranda Lambert – WINNER
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I'm Livin', Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
The Monster, Eminem ft. Rihanna – WINNER
Blak Majik, Common ft. Jhené Aiko
Tuesday, I Love Makonnen ft. Drake
Studio, ScHoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
Bound 2, Kanye West & Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Song
i, Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
Anaconda, Nicki Minaj
Bound 2, Kanye West & Charlie Wilson
We Dem Boyz, Wiz Khalifa
0 to 100/The Catch Up, Drake

Best Country Song
I'm Not Gonna Miss You, Glen Campbell – WINNER
American Kids, Kenny Chesney
Automatic, Miranda Lambert
Give Me Back My Hometown, Eric Church
Meanwhile Back at Mama's, Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Gentle On My Mind, The Band Perry – WINNER
Somethin' Bad, Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
Day Drinking, Little Big Town
Meanwhile Back At Mama's, Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill
Raise 'Em Up, Keith Urban ft. Eric Church

Best Country Solo Performance
Something In the Water, Carrie Underwood – WINNER
Give Me Me Back My Hometown, Eric Church
Invisible, Hunter Hayes
Automatic, Miranda Lambert
Cop Car, Keith Urban

Best Pop Vocal Album
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith – WINNER
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
x, Ed Sheeran

Best Urban Contemporary Album
G I R L, Pharrell Williams – WINNER
Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyonce, Beyonce
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Syro, Aphex Twin – WINNER
While (1, Deadmaus
Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon
Do It Again, Röyksopp & Robyn
Damage Control, Mat Zo

Best Pop Solo Performance
Happy, Pharrell Williams – WINNER
All of Me, John Legend
Chandelier, Sia
Stay With Me, Sam Smith
Shake It Off, Taylor Swift

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta – WINNER
Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Back on the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett – WINNER
Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Partners, Barbra Streisand
Night Songs, Barry Manilow

Best Americana Album
The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash – WINNER
Terms of My Surrener, John Hiatt
Bluesamericana, Keb' Mo'
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson

Best Spoken Word Album
Diary of a Mad Diva, Joan Rivers – WINNER
Actors Anonymous, James Franco
A Call to Action, Jimmy Carter
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, John Waters
A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren
We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song, Gloria Gaynor

Best Gospel Album
Help, Erica Campbell – WINNER
Amazing, Ricky Dillard & New G
Withholding Nothing: Live, William McDowell
Forever Yours, Smokie Norful
Vintage Worship, Anita Wilson

Best Rock Performance
Lazaretto, Jack White – WINNER
Gimme Something Good, Ryan Adams
Do I Wanna Know?, Arctic Monkeys
Blue Moon, Beck
Fever, The Black Keys

Best Metal Performance
The Last In Line, Tenacious D – WINNER
Neon Knights, Anthrax
High Road, Mastodon
Heartbreaker, Motörhead
The Negative One, Slipknot

Best R&B Performance
Drunk In Love, Beyoncé ft. Jay Z – WINNER
New Flame, Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross
It's Your World, Jennifer Hudson ft. R. Kelly
Like This, Ledisi
Good Kisser, Usher

Best R&B Song
Drunk In Love, Beyonce ft. Jay Z – WINNER
Good Kisser, Usher
New Flame, Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross
Options (Wolfjames Version), Luke James ft. Rick Ross
The Worst, Jhené Aiko

Best R&B Album
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface -WINNER
Islander, Bernhoft
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Best Dance Recording
Rather Be, Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne – WINNER
Never Say Never, Basement Jaxx
F for You, Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige
I Got U, Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones
Faded, Zhu

Best Latin Pop Album
Tangos, Ruben Blades – WINNER
Elypse, Camila
Raiz, Lila Downs, Niña Pastori & Soledad Pastorutti
Loco de Amor, Juanes
Gracias Por Estar Aqui, Marco Antonio Solis

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Frozen – WINNER
Guardians of the Galaxy
American Hustle
Get On Up: The James Brown Story
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Music Video
Happy, Pharrell Williams – WINNER
We Exist, Arcade Fire
Turn Down for What, DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Chandelier, Sia
The Golden Age, Woodkid ft. Max Richter

Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill – WINNER
Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Metallica: Through The Never, Metallica
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink‎.‎360HAW

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15.12.14

The HEADIES 2014 FULL WINNERS LIST.

Headies HEADIES 2014: Olamide, Davido & Patoranking Wins Big (See Full List Of Winners)

The 2014 Headies Award, has come and gone, though not without its flaws, reservations and flaws as regards timing, programme quality, content amongst other things. We can only look forward to a better show come 2015.

Below are the List of Winners in this Year Headies Award with Olamide, Davido and Patoranking winning 2 Awards each.

Checkout the Winners below:-

BEST R'n'B SINGLE

LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU- 2FACE IDIBIA – Winner

IYAWO MI- TIMI DAKOLO

PLAN B – WANDE COAL

DON GORDON – BURNA BOY

BEST POP SINGLE

DOROBUCCI – MAVIN CREW – Winner

AYE – DAVIDO

JOHNNY – YEMI ALADE

PULL OVER – KCEE

DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI

CARO – STAR BOY FEATURING WIZKID AND L.A.X

SURULERE – DR. SID

BEST RAP SINGLE

PARCEL- PHYNO – Winner

DOPE MONEY – OLAMIDE FT. PHYNO

SHOTZ ON SHOTS – ICE PRINCE FT. SARKODIE

RAP IT UP – POSLY TD

DEAF – EVA ALORDIAH

WTF – ILL BLISS

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI – Winner

SHOKI – LIL' KESH

DOROBUCCI – MAVIN

ALOBAM – PHYNO

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

IYAWO MI – TIMI DAKOLO - Winner

DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI

WHY YOU LOVE ME – NOSA

ORDINARY PEOPLE – COBHAMS

BEST R'n'B/POP ALBUM

THE JOURNEY – SEAN TIZZLE – Winner

TAKEOVER – KCEE

ONCE UPON A TIME – TIWA SAVAGE

ME, MY MOUTH and EYE – SOUND SULTAN

L.I.F.E – BURNA BOY

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

LOVE TO LOVE YOU – NIYOLA FT. BANKYW – Winner

WANTED – TIWA SAVAGE

WINDOW – MONICA OGAH

GOOD MAN – RUBY

BEST RAP ALBUM

NO GUTS NO GLORY – PHYNO

ALAGA IBILE- REMINISCE

BADDEST GUY EVER LIVETH – OLAMIDE – Winner

THY NATION COME – JESSE JAGZ

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE

GIRLIE O REMIX – PATORANKING – Winner

LEAD ME ON – CYNTHIA MORGAN

STINKING SH#T – CHOPSTIX FEATURING ICE PRINCE, YUNG L AND ENDIA.

ONLY YOU – JESSE JAGZ FT. WIZKID

MURDA – SEYI SHAY FT. PATORANKING and SHAYDEE

BEST COLLABO

OYA NOW – JOE EL FT. ORITSE FEMI

EMERGENCY – WIZZY PRO FEATURING SKALES, PATORANKING AND RUNTOWN – Winner

SURULERE – DR. SID and DON JAZZY

PASS YOU BY – BLACK MAGIC FT. ORITSE FEMI

GIRLIE O REMIX – PATORANKING

DOROBUCCI – MAVINS

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

TIWA SAVAGE – ONCE UPON A TIME

SEAN TIZZLE – THE JOURNEY

BURNA BOY – L.I.F.E

KCEE – TAKE OVER Winner

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

IYAWO MI- TIMI DAKOLO

LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU- 2FACE IDIBIA

ALWAYS ON MY MIND – NOSA

ORDINARY PEOPLE – COHBAMS ASUQUO - Winner

BEST 'ALTERNATIVE' SONG

BOLAJI – BOJ – Winner

BODY- BLACK MAGIC FEATURING BANKY W

GOOD MAN – RUBY

WHY YOU LOVE YOU – NOSA

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

DON JAZZY – DOROBUCCI – Winner

PHEELZ – ELEDA MI O

T SPIZE – AYE

LEGENDURY BEATZ – CARO

SHIZZY – SKELEWU

DEL B – PULL OVER

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

SHOTS ON SHOTS – ICE PRINCE

RAP IT UP – POSLY TD

GOD ON THE MIC – JESSE JAGZ – Winner

KPANSH – YUNG 6IX

NEXT RATED

PATORANKING – Winner

RUNTOWN

OREZI

SKALES

YEMI ALADE

HALL OF FAME

SIR DR VICTOR UWAFOR – Winner

BEST AFRICAN ARTISTE

MAFIKIZOLO

SARKODIE – Winner

DIAMONDZ

R2BEES

BEST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

SLYDE

REEKADO BANKS – Winner

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

ADA ADA BY FLAVOUR – CLARENCE PETERS – Winner

TOH BAD BY NIYOLA – KEMI ADETIBA

JUST LIKE THAT BY RAYCE – AJE

OYA NOW BY JOE EL FT. ORITSE FEMI – UNLIMITED LA

SONG OF THE YEAR

AYE – DAVIDO - Winner

PULL OVER – KCEE

DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSEFEMI

SURULERE – DR. SID

DOROBUCCI – MAVINS

JOHNNY – YEMI ALADE

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

SEAN TIZZLE – THE JOURNEY

BURNA BOY – L.I.F.E

PHYNO – NO GUTS NO GLORY

OLAMIDE – BADDEST GUY EVER LIVETH – Winner

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

DAVIDO – Winner

WIZKID

KCEE

TIWA SAVAGE

OLAMIDE

PHYNO

FLAVOUR

  1. What's your take, who in your view doesn't deserve his/her Headies?