Thanks To Black Friday, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Is Number One

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is now worth $100 billion, due to the sales the company made during the black Friday sales.

The Amazon founder reached the 12-digit milestone for the first time, according to Bloomberg. He surpassed Bill Gates on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, advancing almost $11 billion past the Microsoft co-founder. Bezos is the first person to reach a net worth of over $100 billion since Gates in 1999.

The 53-year-old businessman was able to make the climb after Amazon shares jumped more than 2 percent on Friday and online holiday sales (Thanksgiving and Black Friday) increased by more than 18 percent compared with last year. Bezos made almost $2.4 billion on Friday alone.

Gates was the world’s richest person prior to Bezos’ climb and is now worth almost $90 billion.


Nigerians Advised To Prepare For Higher Electricity Tariffs

Nigerians have been advised by the Vice President; Yemi Osinbajo to prepare for the payment of higher electricity tariffs saying it had become inevitable.

Speaking yesterday at the sixth presidential business forum held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo said: “There is no question at all that we must pay higher tariffs.”

He, however, said that government was not going to increase the tariffs for now but rather working towards cleaning the electricity value chain.

According to him, the N700 billion payment assurance guarantee set aside by government was to ensure uninterrupted payment for gas and liquidity in the power sector.

Osinbajo said the payment assurance guarantee was to fund a smooth transition “from where we are to a much more market-determined policy for electricity.”

He said that government was already working with the World Bank on this.


ASUU Tackles Yahaya Bello For Refusing To Reinstate 135 Sacked Lecturers

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Abuja zone, has criticised Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for allegedly refusing to reinstate the 135 sacked lecturers of the Kogi State University.

Dr Theophilus Lagi, who is the ASUU Abuja Zonal Coordinator while addressing newsmen on Monday at the University of Abuja, said the state government must obey a court judgment ordering the reinstatement of the lecturers.

Lagi said the failure to do such was a violation of the rule of law.

The union also criticised the state government for failing to pay the workers’ salaries despite “the huge monthly revenue of N8bn accruing to the state.”

The state government had on August 14 sacked the striking lecturers for their refusal to return to work.

The sacking followed the proscription of the ASUU KSU chapter by the governor after the institution resumed from a seven-month strike. The lecturers had allegedly refused to resume work after the strike.

Lagi, on Monday, however, took a swipe at the state government for allegedly refusing to obey a court order on the lecturers.

He said, “Prior to the mass sacking of lecturers, the university had an academic staff strength of less than 400, forcing it to rely heavily on visiting and adjunct lecturers for its main academic business. This depletion in the core and regular academic staff strength means nothing but doom for all academic programmes mounted by the university.

“Academic activities in the university are currently being carried out by low- profile, inexperienced staff, assisted by members of the National Youth Service Corps and technologists. This mass sacking of the lecturers will have grave implications for accreditation and even current quality of graduates and their employability.

“ASUU sought the intervention of the courts in the entire charade going in the university. A court of competent jurisdiction has since ruled, restraining the governor and ordering him to return to the status quo ante in the case of these 135 sacked lecturers.

“We call on the administration of Kogi State University, Ayingba, and its visitor, Mr Yahaya Bello, to respect the rule of law and let the voice of reason prevail.”


Social Media Addictions

“I’m an addict, I just get lost in facebook” replies a young mother when asked why she does not see herself able to help her daughter with her home work. Instead, she spends time chatting and browsing the social networking sites with rising numbers of facebook, Twitter and Instagram users.

Africa is increasingly gaining prominence in the sphere of social networking. Qualitative analyses of relevant secondary data show that children and youths aged between 13 and 30 constitute Africa’s heaviest users of social media.

On internet, people engage in a variety of activities some of which may be potentially addictive. Rather than becoming addicted to the medium perse, some users may develop an addiction to specific activities they carry out online.

Addiction is a disease. The annoying and undying love youths have for social media is unprecedented. Most students have probably and almost forgotten the real spelling of some simple words and cannot improve on the ones they knew. Most ladies feel more pressured to get known and popular online and are easily pressured or bullied to be sexually promiscuous while online in order to get attention from boys likes, comments and shares.

Online chats encourage sexual bullying. Interactions almost end up being sexualized, so it’s posting and self representation too, especially on instagram. Social media are killing the child in our children.

As you walk along major roads and streets, you will see them holding tight to their mobile phones and in public transport buses their phones become their ultimate companions.

Specifically, we can argue that there are five different types of internet addiction, namely computer addiction (i.e. computer game addiction), cyber sexual addiction (i.e. online pornography), information download (i.e. web surfing addiction), online gambling and internet shopping addiction, and cyber-relationship addiction (i.e. an addiction to online relationships).

Now, social networking sites appear to fall on the last category. It may be plausible to speak on facebook, instagram, twitter, and Google because addiction criteria, such as neglect of personal life, mental preoccupation, escapism, mood modifying,, experiences, tolerance, and concealing the addictive behaviour, appear to be present in some people who use social networking sites excessively.

In terms of history, the first social networking site (six pegreas) was launched in 1997. In 2004, the most successful current networking site facebook, was established as a chased virtual community for Harvard students. The site expanded very quickly and now facebook currently have over 500 million users, of whom over 60 percent log on to it every day.

No doubt, the phenomenon of the social media has in no small measure, impacted positively on the development of the Nigerian youth and indeed, Nigerians at large. Youths have become better informed and educated by constantly abreast of global news.

It has also provided a platform for unemployed youths to either be gainfully employed or become aware of job opportunities across the world. Aside this, it has provided unlimited platform for genuine business transactions and has delivered people from abject poverty.

The positive sides are many but the negative sides, arguably are much more. The negative effects seem to take much heavier toll on the youths. From cyber bullying, which is alarming for the cultured teens to youths, people are constantly duped, kidnapped, raped, and even killed most especially by strangers who claim to be friends from these faked online personality.

From all said, everything in life has it positive and negative sides. We must try and maintain order by balancing in order to be on the good side. The social media has provided unlimited possibilities for Nigeria youths, however, in view of its shortcomings, it’s obvious, youths are to be carefully and continually enlightened on the good, the bad and the ugly sides of social media.

Parents, Guardians, NGO

Government play major roles in the enlightenment and teaching of the balancing methods of the social media usage in order to properly harness the positive sides only for personal development. This would go a long way in reconstructing the child in our Nigerian children and youths at large.


Pre-Loaded Apps Cause Of Battery Short Duration – Nokia

HMD Global, developers and marketers of smartphones under the Nokia brand name, has blamed phone battery short duration on pre-loaded applications.

The General Manager of HMD Global in-charge of West, East and Central Africa, Mr Joseph Umunakwe, made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

Umunakwe said that many pre-loaded applications were not needed by the phone users.

”What happens is that even when you keep the phone on the table, you are not aware that the software are running on the background and are draining your battery.

”When we say that our android is pure, what we are saying is that we will have no preloads, no hidden processes.

”What we have done is to give a choice to consumers to download and install the apps they need,” he said.

According to him, Nokia has democratised technology by giving consumers the opportunity to make the choice.

He said that Nokia had six service centres across Nigeria and over 100 collection points, where customers could drop their phones for repairs.

”With the aid of the Nokia Support App, Nokia Android smartphone users can talk with the company’s representatives regarding any problems with their devices.

”The Nokia Support App also helps smartphone users to find details on care centres around them.

”It will let the user to locate the nearest Nokia mobile care centre, check the warranty on the device, view the user guide of the phone, and get tips on how to get the most out of their Nokia smartphones,” Umunakwe said.

Source: PM News

Google Tracks Your Every Move, Even When You Disable Devices

A Quartz investigation has reported Google admitting to collecting Android users’ locations even when devices are disabled.

Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers and sending the data to Google’s system, according to a Google spokesperson.

Therefore Google has access to data about individuals’ locations and movements, even when their phones are turned off or disconnected from the Internet, which violates the privacy of smartphone users.

The spokesperson said the collected data was never used or stored and promised that by the end of November, Android phones would no longer send cellular tower location data to Google.

“It seems quite intrusive for Google to be collecting such information that is only relevant to carrier networks when there are no SIM card or enabled services,’’ Matthew Hickey, a security expert and researcher, told media in London.



Nigerian Facebook Hub Sets To Open Next Year

Facebook is set to open a “community hub space” in Nigeria next year to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs, and become the latest technology giant to pursue a training programme in fast-growing Africa.

The social media company said the centre would host an “incubator programme” to help develop technology start-ups, while it would also train 50,000 Nigerians in digital skills.

Africa’s rapid population growth, falling data costs and heavy adoption of mobile phones rather than PCs is attracting technology companies looking to attract more users.

Facebook did not provide details of the period over which its planned training would take place in Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous country with 180 million inhabitants, according to Reuters.

“We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are interested in helping these communities,” Emeka Afigbo, its regional head of platform partnership said in a statement on Wednesday.

Facebook said the training, aimed at software developers, entrepreneurs and students, would be offered in cities, including Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Kaduna.

Last year, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, visited technology companies in Lagos and his charitable foundation provided $24m to Andela, which trains developers.

Google’s chief executive in a July visit to Lagos said the company aimed to train 10 million people across the continent in online skills over the next five years. He also said it hoped to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Although Africa may not offer as much opportunity to add consumers as China or India, because large wealth gaps mean that many people in places like Nigeria have little disposable income, Facebook said more than 22 million people already use its social media website every month in Nigeria.

Widespread poverty means mobile adoption tends to favour basic phone models. That, combined with poor telecommunications infrastructure, can mean slow Internet speeds and less Internet surfing.



“Bad Market” For Internet Fraudsters

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has claimed success in checking Internet fraudsters in the banking sector through various measures to prevent hacking into customers’ accounts.

Speaking at the 2017 retreat of the Nigerian Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF) held in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, the deputy governor of the apex bank in charge of operations, Mr. Bayo Adelabu, said the bank would continue to sanitise the financial sector.

The event was attended by top officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), U.S Consulate, Lagos, Consumers Protection Council (CPC) and some commercial banks.

Chairman, Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum, Dipo Fatokun said with the bank verification number in place, biometrics would soon be used for transactions. “That means if you want to transact with your ATM, you will need to use your biometrics. There is no way you can give your finger to a third party. If that is enabled, it will make our system to be more secure and make all our transactions to be validated.”

Adelabu, in his keynote address, said in the age of digitalization and increased adoption of alternate forms of payment for goods and services, stakeholders must ensure security of operators and the consumers they intend to serve.

The CBN commended the feats recorded in the last six years by NeFF, noting that the organization in collaboration with other stakeholders has successfully implemented the Cybercrime Prohibition and Prevention Act 2015.

According to him, the retreat has re-enforced greater synergy among the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the forum and the entire payments industry.

“At the CBN, we shall continue to ensure a safe, reliable, secure and efficient payment system, and our commitments will neither waiver nor dampen in this regard.”

On the future of the banking industry, he said what is lost to fraud has progressively reduced in the last three years. “It is safe to say that the fraudsters industry is not only in recession, but will hopefully never recover, based on the strategies this retreat will fashion out for the fight against e-fraud in Nigeria,” the CBN official said.


Google Celebrates Late Chinua Achebe’s 87th Birthday

Google honored Late Chinua Achebe on what would have been his 87th birthday with a Google doodle. Doodles are changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

Achebe is considered as one of the greatest writers in Africa in his generation. His best-known novel Things Fall Apart is one of the most read books in the world and has been translated into more than 50 languages, with over 10 million copies sold, according to The Economist.

The book told of Achebe’s Igbo earliest encounter with British colonizers in the 1800s — the first time the story of European colonialism had been told from an African viewpoint to an international audience. He later turned his sights on the devastation wrought to Nigeria and Africa by military coups and entrenched dictatorship.

Anthills of the Savannah, published in 1987, is set after a coup in a fictional African country, where power has corrupted and state brutality silenced all but the most courageous. His other novels include No Longer at EaseArrow of God and A Man of the People. He also published collections of short stories, children books poems and influential essays Achebe won The Man Booker International Prize in 2007 and the Commonwealth poetry prize for his collection Christmas in Biafra.

In 1990, a car accident confined him to a wheelchair. This forced his move to the United States, where he said he could get best medical attention.

“I need to know that if I went to a pharmacist, the medicine there would be the drug that the bottle says it is,” he said in 2007.

Before his death on March 21, 2013, at the age of 82, Achebe rejected Nigerian national honours twice — first in 2004, and later in 2011.

“For some time now I have watched events in Nigeria with alarm and dismay,” Achebe wrote in 2004.

“I have watched particularly the chaos in my own state of Anambra where a small clique of renegades, openly boasting its connections in high places, seems determined to turn my homeland into a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom.

I am appalled by the brazenness of this clique and the silence, if not connivance, of the presidency … Nigeria’s condition today under your watch is, however, too dangerous for silence. I must register my disappointment and protest by declining to accept the high honour awarded me in the 2004 honours list.”


Solar Charging Booths Launched In Osun

A new technology, Solar Charging Booth for the charging of phone and other gadgets has been launched in Ile-Ogbo, headquarter of Ayedire Local Government of Osun state and Momu village of the same local government. The solar charging booths, manufactured by a power solution company, Powergies Nigeria Ltd, Lagos, was a test run of the project in Nigeria before going into full production.


The booths were stationed in four strategic points in Ileogbo, the hometown of the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Engineer Semiu Odeyinka for easy and all inclusive advantage.


Speaking with newsmen at the lunching of the gadget, Odeyinka said his company in collaboration with a socio-elites group, Ileogbo Development Forum (IDF), stationed the phone charging booths in Ileogbo as a mark of honour to his home town and a way of giving back to the society that produced him.


According to Odeyinka, the solar device can power 50 phones or Tablets on continuous charging 24/7. It can also be adapted to power Radio, Fan and Television set. Powergies Engineer, Oyekunle Musiliu disclosed that the solar gadget is made of 85per cent  local content which will in no small way boost the economic strength of Nigeria, imploring beneficiaries of the solar charging booths to make good use of them.


Odeyinka said, the same project had earlier been launched at Ondo State Rural Electricity Board, Akure where a unit of the gadget was presented to the State Government through the Special Advisor to Ondo State Governor on Public Utility, Engr. Tunji Ariyomo. Odeyinka hinted that technology has grown beyond conventional methods of the past of which Nigeria, her government and citizens must be dynamic in meeting world’s standard, saying that electricity is the bedrock of economic development of the nation.


He tasked government to holistically diversify the power generation of the country through the available optional means especially the solar. He urged the federal government to reduce what he described as bottleneck and long processing time that Foreign Investors experience when securing power plant license and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).


Odeyinka said: “The bureaucracy, conflicting requirements within government agencies – Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and NBET and long processing time is very discouraging because no investors will tie down his or her money.”


He pledged to extend the project to some neighboring towns most especially Iwo before partnering with state and federal governments. Crediting the choice of the locations, the Coordinator of IDF, Mr. Alli Yakub, acknowledged that one charging booth was given to each of the four political wards in Ileogbo.


Alli said the technology age is a blessing to Nigerians and applauded Powergie Nigeria Ltd for making life more meaningful through their innovations/inventions.


Police Remain Mute As Nigerians Demand Arrest Of Man Who Released A ‘How To Rape’ Video On Facebook

Donatus Enyeobi a Nigerian man is on the run after he gave a lecture on how to rape women. This Facebook video went viral almost immediately drawing the ire of Nigerians and anti-rape advocates. Enyeobi’s action of teaching men interested in raping ladies shocked the social media space, especially the part where he admitted that his method has aided him in successfully raping several girls.



In the Facebook post, he wrote: “Well, for the guys that are interested, before you rape, make sure you punch her neck first so she can be unconscious. Then it will be easy to get into her pants. I am posting out of experience. Take it or leave it.” It was not surprising that it went viral with the general consensus being that he be found and brought to justice. When initially confronted, he showed no remorse about the post or even the fact that he admitted to have raped several girls using that method.



One of the appalled followers had tried to engage him to pull down the post as it would cause more damage and breed potential rapists in a society already riddled with several unsolved rape cases. In a chat between the duo, he was told that the post would put him into trouble but he rudely told the adviser to “go and sleep” as no one knows his whereabouts, therefore cannot be found.



Several Nigerians took to different social media platforms to condemn his post and call for his arrest. Lifestyle coach, Laila Mathew St.Daniel, who was among those calling for his arrest, said: “This young man’s post points to him as being a serial rapist. He must be located.” Also, anti-rape advocate, Esther Ijewere, said: “Please, let’s fish him out, it’s obvious this one is not only a rapist but a beast. Please help with details about him.”



In his hot pursuit, the Stand To End Rape initiative, a non-governmental organisation, tracked Enyeobi to his workplace. When his post went viral, the group took up the manhunt and put the power of social media to test by asking people to help identify his location so that he is brought to book. When all hope seemed lost, their search yielded results yesterday when some people helped tracked him to his work place. With the help of several Nigerians who provided pointers, he was traced and located to his workplace where his employers, DEPASA Marine International Nigeria, confirmed that he was on the run.



Giving an update on the matter, the NGO said: “We met with his employers and they confirmed he is presently on the run. We will meet again later this week to discuss further options.”



Meanwhile, amidst all this tension, the Lagos State Police Command is silent on the issue as they are yet to declare him wanted. Facebook seem to be silent or unaware of the issue too.