Kano City Wall

Built in 15 Century AD. 17.5 km in circumference with 16 gates, protecting what used to be an important centre of trade towards the north across the Sahara. Within the walls, the Gidan Makam Museum is a national monument of architectural excellence.

Obudu Mountain Resort

For those who are inclined towards the supernatural, it brings the feeling of being close to one’s creator. Obudu is a place where one can easily find pure natural milk and honey. The cattle of Obudu ranch produce the milk. Despite its cold nature, the place produces pure honey. There is even a honey factory in the ranch and a very nurtured cow named Donald Duke.

National War Museum

Custodian of the history of Nigeria’s most momentous event. …housing the famous OJUKWU BUNKER from where the Biafra war command operated during the Nigeria Civil War.

River Ethiope: Wonders of river that sprang from cotton tree

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Umuaja-source-of-Ethiope-River MUAJA- BELIEVED to be the deepest inland waterway in Africa, the River Ethiope, unlike sources of other rivers, originated from the foot of a giant silk-cotton tree at Umuaja in Ukwuani Local Government Area, Delta State and by the time it courses to Sapele through Abraka, it has become cavernous enough to harbor ocean-going vessels. Its center of attraction is the uniqueness and its unnatural purity. At most of the points where the river runs across, one could see the bottom of the water from the bank. This had given some people a false sense of shallowness of the river to their peril. Read More

Adventure into Iwo Eleru: West Africa Stone Age cave in Isarun

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Relic of stone ageHistorians and archaeologists believed that Stone Age activities never occurred anywhere in West Africa thus making excavations and archeologically activities concentrated in East Africa. However, in 1965, an English archaeologist, Prof Thurstan Shaw of blessed memory, with his team, invaded the thick forest of Isarun, a sleepy village in Ondo State, about 20 kilometres to Akure and five kilometres to Igbara Oke Read More

Nigeria’s Bristow Helicopter crash in Lagos Lagoon

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By Friday Nwosu

 

An helicopter belonging to one of Nigeria’s helicopter service companies, Bristow Helicopter has crashed into a lagoon at Oworonshoki area of Lagos State. The helicopter with registration number 5N-5BDG-760540 enroute one of the nation’s oil rig was scheduled to land in Lagos at 15.35pm. The helicopter was said to be carrying twelve passengers on board including crew members when it plunged into the lagoon. Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) confirmed the crash via email to aviation reporters but was silent on the number of casualties. Read More

Nigeria is the 7th largest Nation in the World, says UN report

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Nigeria_politicalNigeria is one of the six countries whose population will exceed the 300 million mark in less than two decades, the United Nations (UN) has said in a report. The other countries are: China. India, Indonesia, Pakistan and United States (U.S.) Listed as one of the 10 largest countries in the world, the Nigeria is said to have a population believed to be growing the most rapid. Going by the UN report, Nigeria has the potential of dislodging the U.S. as the world’s third largest in another 35 years. Read More

Nigerian Students Who Built ‘HUMANE’ a Software that makes Smartphones accessible to Blind people

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humane-14-of-14-750x400-710x400Humane was developed by Victor Shoaga, Ayodele Obasegun, Oyatope Blessing and Otaru Babatunde, all students of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, as a presentation for the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup. This accounts for why it is still only available on the Windows Phone platform at the moment. However, the team decided to take it to the next level by making improvements that will make it more widely accepted, of which includes compatibility with other platforms. Humane makes smartphone operation easier for the visually impaired. Read More

Nigeria’s CAA Gives Debtor Airlines 14 days Ultimatum

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By Friday Nwosu

 

NCAADebtor airlines operating in Nigeria’s aviation industry risk being sanctioned by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority for failing to remit the statutory five (5) per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) and Cargo Sales Charge (CSC) to the body. Apparently displeased by the non-compliant nature of the operators, the regulatory authority has issued a final notice to all airlines withholding the charges, giving them a-14-day ultimatum to pay up or face having their operation stopped. According to a statement by the regulatory authority, it will not hesitate to enforce the provisions of section 27(3) of the Civil Aviation Act empowering it to collect the charges from the airlines. Read More

How Nzeh Mada Cultural Festival can boost Nasarawa economy, by Ayakoroma

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By Tony Okuyeme

How-Nzeh-MadaAgain, the significance of culture to the social and economic development of a nation was brought to the fore by the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma. The culture administrator and playwright, who was the Guest Lecturer at the 2015 edition of the Nzeh Mada Festival Colloquium event, on Friday, 3rd April, 2015 at the Trish Hall, Kini Country Guest Inn, Akwanga, Nasarawa State, said that if the Nzeh Mada Cultural Festival, a major festival of the Mada people of Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, is properly packaged to national and international standards, it can project the identity of the people, foster unity amongst them and their neighbours and, above all, boost their socio-economic development. Ayakoroma, who is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), urged the Festival Management Committee (FMC) to consider the recommendations contained in his paper, titled, “Developing a Festival Brand: Towards a Blue Print for Nzeh Mada in Nasarawa State.” Read More

Okoroji House Gateway to the past

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By Okorie Uguru

OkorojiOkoroji House in Ujari, Arochukwu, is one of the richest monument sites in the country, yet not much is written about it. With such rich artefacts from the Trans-Atlantic  slave trade era, the house is invaluable for tourists and researchers. OKORIE UGURU recently visited the place and writes. It was like a throwback to Okonkwo’s era in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The old man pushed the chalk-like ball towards me to touch and rub as a sign of welcome. Then, the kola was brought.  After the initial passing around, he applied pressure and the kolanut disintegrated into pieces. He carefully looked at the pieces of kola and nodded his head. “The pieces are ok,” he said. Read More

Life at the new ‘Kuramo Beach’ in Lekki, Lagos

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By Okorie Uguru

KuramoThe former Kuramo Beach on Victoria Island, Lagos was notorious for prostitution and crime before it was washed away by the ocean surge. After the disaster, residents of the beach migrated to Lekki and set up businesses near the Lekki Beach. OKORIE UGURU visited the new red light area and reports. The lady in skimpy dress clutched the man’s trousers and shouted repeatedly, “You must pay me! You must pay me!” The obviously embarrassed man could only mutter, “Please, I will pay.” His plea made little impression on the woman who seemed to be enjoying the attention she was getting from passers-by. Surprisingly, none of the people in the neighbourhood appeared interested in the strange scene. None bothered to find out the cause of their quarrel. It took some time before one of the elderly ladies, who the reporter later learnt owned one of the lounges that dotted the area, intervened. It emerged that the man held by the angry lady had failed to pay after sleeping with her. Read More