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DVillage Square
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    I spoke to a very good old friend of mine tonight and she asked me how work had been. By the time I finished explaining to her I had not been at work for over a week now ­­­­­­­ (first due to the Eid public holiday, then the extended holiday) because of the current PENGASSAN strike, it  struck a nerve deep inside that I had to write a simple article on what this strike was all about.    There are quite a number of things PENGASSAN is trying to draw attention to with this strike; the key ones I would like to touch on are cash calls, NNPC’s historical arrears & the PIB. But how do you understand these issues, without having a sneak peek into the mechanics of the oil & gas business? I will help you break all the elements down in simple ABC...    1. THE ABC OF JOINT VENTURE ARRANGEMENTS   *The oil & gas business is a very risky & uncertain one. A company may blow over $30mln in months to explore an area…
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    My answer is an emphatic NO! How can we possibly be dead when we just got started? Wink wink…    Let me use this opportunity to say a very Happy New Year to you, albeit belated. I must confess I have been quite impressed with & grateful for the outpouring of interest & concern from readers, friends & distant people from all walks of life who keep sending mails & messages asking if we are still here. I am proud to announce that we actually didn’t go anywhere; we are still here.    You see, when money doesn’t actually drive your passion for something, it’s difficult for it to just die off like a French rose. LeVitateNaija is part & parcel of my very DNA & I long every single day to get back to the business of doing what I love to do the most: impacting lives. Till date, not a Kobo has come in as revenue from this vision. Not a single Kobo. Yet, I have spent millions of Naira on this site so far to…
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  So as you might have all heard, the world's famous romantic city recently underwent a terrorist attack. Also, some other cities around the world experienced this too. If you find yourself struggling to name these other cities, you are not alone. And this right here is why we pray for Paris and not a bunch of other cities most of us can't even spot on a map. A lot of Nigerians have been coming out swinging over the Western media's bias towards Western states. Like seriously? Would you expect the WESTERN media to be doing anything other than protecting & promoting WESTERN interests? And while we are at it, let us call a spade a spade. News is presented and promoted based on reception and relevance. Media houses are in the business of selling to people what people really want to hear or crave for because they need the ratings to attract advert revenues; they have salaries to pay & overheads to maintain too.    Magdalene McCann nearly held the British media to a standstill, but it took the same media a few days to report the Chibok girls; bad right? Not as…
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  The Illusions of the First Year in College - Part One     By Isaac Audu-Usman     The excitement that builds up in our minds immediately after those five or six years of being condemned to putting on bland, unsavory uniforms almost every single day of the week can be so exhilarating that most students who are just on the verge of blowing a goodbye kiss to high school, often find themselves basking in the euphoria of unfettered joy. Whew!! What a relief! You just can’t imagine that hot molten magma that is bubbling down below, filled with the knowledge that you don’t have to frantically rush to make the 8am cut-off for resumption, no more school lashes, no more assorted blend of school chores and punishment, and the big one: the fact that you are now considered ripe enough to venture into the next level, the adventure of being finally set free to attend the university! Over the moon!   Then, depending on your academic clout, as well as your fate in the draw of luck, you…
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"Please don't waste my time. I've already paid for the room. Can we go in now?" I looked frighteningly at the potbellied short man sitting opposite me at the bar. There, I was; young, inexperienced with no money in my pocket to return home. I looked around the bar, praying for someone to come to my rescue like a knight in shining armour but no one did. I guess knights are only found in fairy tales and not in my world.  It was already getting dark outside. I looked at my watch: 7:39pm. I left home in the morning and here I was miles away, the distance not something I could trek even if I could, I had no idea how. For the first time, I was grateful I didn't have a cell phone on me if not it would have been ringing non-stop with calls from my concerned mum. How had I gotten here, stranded, koboless, with a man wanting to have sex with me? My quest for a job, a means to put food on the table and be…
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    Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                Academics Stand Against Poverty     London 17 September 2015: Open Letter on Migration   [available in English, French, German, Spanish]   We are a global community of scholars from a range of disciplinary and geographic perspectives. We are concerned about the refugee crisis that is presently unfolding in the wider Mediterranean region, and distressed by the inadequacy of official responses thus far.   We face two urgent moral tasks: (1) to ensure the safety and well-being of those who have been forced to move; and (2) to address the systemic problems that are forcing people to migrate in the first place, so that migration will always be a choice and not a necessity.  The first is most immediate, but ultimately the second is most important.   The global community’s long-term aim should be to address the patterns of violence, poverty, and uneven development that force people to leave their homes.  Context matters.  We…
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  (Photo credit: africanbusinessmagazine.com)    If you are like me & you have multiple bank accounts, then chances are that you got something similar to this from one of your banks in August:             Quite frankly, the first question that came to my head when I first learnt of this development was: what exactly is this Emefiele guy smoking? I have personally struggled with many of the policies the CBN has implemented since he took over from people’s favourite, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in June 2014. From increasing the monetary policy rate (which has kept bank lending rates sky-high), to the way it has micro-managed the foreign exchange conundrum by all manner of ill-advised & poorly thought-through mechanisms that have left the Naira on a slippery slope. Not to mention how small, legitimate businesses have been starved of opportunities to source for much-needed foreign exchange to transact internationally. Don’t mind me; that is just the Finance side of me speaking. I don’t intend to make this technical at all…     Back to Godwin Emefiele &…
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   (photo credit: www.theguardian.com)   Last month, I came across a story that touched me so much that I had my eyes heavy, with signs of waterballs forming behind them...   It's the story of a baby whose parents had been HIV+ & wrongly assumed to be positive as well by staff of the University College Hospial, Ibadan.   Excerpts from the story are below:   "But life has its twists and turns and, sometimes, it’s doesn’t go the way we want. Just as Babalola was settling down to his new role as a father, like a pack of dominos, his world came crashing down in the twinkle of an eye. Barely three weeks after the naming ceremony, on May 22, one of the girls, Baby Taiye, died after a brief illness. As if that wasn’t enough, just four days later, on May 26, one-month old Baby Kehinde also became ill. She was immediately rushed to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, with the hope that being the foremost medical facility in town, she would get the best of treatment…
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This video was originally posted from Youtube by Atutupoyoyo on the LeVitateNaija's LVNSphere here.                                       It's simply fascinating to see how many Nigerians will be desperately ready to jump at any slightest opportunity to seek pastures new in Europe, the US or in any other country for that matter as long as the country doesnt carry the name, Nigeria. It's quite ironic especially if you have been following events in the developed world, most notably in Europe where many countries such as Greece are even in far worse shape than Nigeria...   Then the current refugee crisis that is tearing European nations into a state of utter chaos. Plus the fact that most Nigerians who travel abroad without the requisite paperwork & educational qualifications or real talent just end up constituting a nuisance out there. Even a handful of the so-called educated ones barely keep their heads afloat after paying huge tax, utility & overhead bills...   I saw this video &…
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  (Photo Credit:#BTCaricature)   The above question has been on the minds of a few Nigerians, especially given the manner in which the appointments of key officials of the Federal Govt. has panned out so far. I say a few because for those who have already taken hard lines, it is either a diametrical YES or a NO; it's just pointless pondering over it for this group.   For those in the APC and those who believe President Muhammadu Buhari is the perfect choice for our ailing country, they do not wish to think over any of his actions. They believe, barring any type of common sense or second-guessing, that anything the President does is right. So if he selects the entire cabinet from one region of the country, it matters not, as long as they deliver on the job.     For those on the other side (i.e. PDP loyalists), nothing the President does is right. Therefore, they have latched onto this supposed show of favoritism for one part of the country as a sign that Nigeria is headed…
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