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The Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has urged Africans, particularly Nigerians to respect their culture and heritage, saying that Africa is at the centre of the world.
Ogunwusi also challenged political and traditional leaders to work together for the good of humanity.
The monarch was the guest speaker at the University of Lagos School of Postgraduate Studies annual lecture and the launch of the Postgraduate Trust Fund on Thursday.

Ogunwusi, whose friends and well-wishers donated N10m to the fund, spoke on “Redefining the Role of Traditional Institutions for National Development.”
He said, “We need to know the importance of our traditional institutions and culture. Everything keeping humanity alive today comes from Africa. This is simple analysis. To find the bearing of anything, you have to find it from the centre. And from the historical and cultural perspectives, the continent of Africa is at the centre of the world.
“The whites met everything here including democracy and improved on them. Our ancestors left us with great things to work upon and make life better for us. Before Aristotle and Socrates came, Ifa has been in existence. Ifa is the custodian of wisdom. But, we do not appreciate it because there are now computers, metaphysics and science.”
The monarch, who urged Nigerians to appreciate their culture and heritage, noted that these attributes were the elixir for national development.
He added, “There is a strong link between our tradition and nation-building. Our heritage is the foundation of our humanity. We should understand where we are coming from in order to know where we are and where we are going. Civilisation came from us. I know it because I am passionate about our history and development. I have been asking question since I was four years old.
“But the issue is that the black race has a problem. We do not believe in ourselves. There are brothers and sisters selling and giving one another away without considering the consequences of their actions. It is important for us to know the depth of our culture because it is our way of life.”
Calling on politicians and traditional rulers to collaborate to impact on humanity, the monarch urged them to endeavour to practise what they preach.
According to him, leaders, whether political or traditional should be selfless, compassionate, and accommodating in order to appreciate the concerns of their people.
He noted, “Politicians and traditional rulers should lead by examples. We should see to the clamour of our people. These two institutions can work together for the betterment of humanity.
“Again, traditional institutions are very powerful organs. People look up to us to resolve societal problems. We are closer to the grassroots and that is why politicians come to us to help them to reach out to the people. So we are pivotal to nation-building.”
Earlier, the UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rahmon Bello, who said the lecture was apt, noted that traditional rulers had long-standing historical relevance to the nation’s political, social and economic development.
He also noted that the fund would help to develop the country’s manpower needs and to assist indigent postgraduate students desirous of embarking on benchmark research.
The former Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr. Fola Adeola, a former UNILAG VC, Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe and the Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Prof. Solomon Akinboye, graced the event.

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Covid-19: 6 Ways To Overcome Boredom During Stay-home Period

Due to the spread of covid-19 accross the world, most states in Nigeria are presently observing lockdown. Therefore, here are some ways to overcome boredom during stay-home period. 6 Ways Overcome Boredom Stay-home

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Considering the fact that everyone has no option than to stay at home to avoid the spread of covid-19 in our respective states or countries, boredom has been the order of the day which most people has been complaining about.

And to solve the problem of boredom you have to understand that you can’t go out, you can’t mingle neither can you gist with friends in crowded places, and you have to maintain social distancing — these are some of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

So you ask yourself, I am being quarantined, how will I scale through boredom? You ask yourself, I am always alone, how will I prevent being bored? How will I overcome this boredom that is already drowning me?However, to be able to enjoy your stay home period, the following are ways you could actually prevent yourself from dull moments:

  1. Watch interesting movies: This is the time you have to increase your interest in film watching. You need to know the latest movies in town and make as well watch them when you’re bored.
  2. Listen to music: music is life, music bring you peace and happiness. Good music minister to the soul. This quarantine period is a time you need to listen to good music, ensure you learn their lyrics and sing them along. If you’re a type that knows how to dance, you could dance to the music alone in your room. Now te me, are you not overcoming boredom like that?
  3. Start reasonable argument with roommates or siblings: If you’re living with a friend or you’re probably in your family house, you have to start some reasonable argument with your friends or siblings in order to make the atmosphere lively. You could argue about celebrities, politics, football and also on academics line.Play interesting games: I know so many people have been doing this but they still have to keep playing games so as to prevent themselves from dull moments.
  4. Follow trends on social media: This is another way to overcome dull moments, you have follow what is trendy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  5. Watch comedy clips: Of course to there are lot of comedy clips out there you could watch, follow comedian on Instagram and YouTube. Watch their clips and get over boredom.
  6. Read books and interesting novels: Of course, this is the time you have to develop interest in reading. There are lots of interesting story books that could bring life to your dull moments. You could Google interesting stories or download book apps to get yourself busy and lively reading books.

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Nigeria To Unveil Her First Home-Made Ventilator,Today

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National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure has manufactured the first made in Nigeria ventilators to fight COVID – 19 pandemic in Nigeria.
This is a gesture made in order to aid COVID-19 patients in breathing.
In a notice made by NASENI spokesman , Segun Ayeoyenikan , on Monday , revealed that Minister of Science and Technology , Dr Ogbonnaya Onu , would unveil the respirators, Tuesday ( today ) .
Recall that, Nigeria government, begged for respirators from American billionaire,through the Federal Ministry of Finance before it was withdrew as it was seen as national embarrassment,not long ago.
However,with this Nigeria ,too can make used of her home-made ventilators for her COVID-19 patients.

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Is Nigeria Worth Dying For?

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I have not been privileged to travel outside the shores of the Nigerian nation and the African continent. However, friends of mine who have been opportuned to travel out for study, work and holidays often say it to my hearing of how governments of other nations treat their citizens with care. The reverse seems to be case in Nigeria. It seems there is no sanctity and dignity of the human life. No wonder, citizens of other nations treat us with contempts.

Going down the memory lane, there have been several cases of the government failing to act as the custodian of the human person. Even in legal cases involving citizens of Nigeria and other countries, both within and outside the continent, citizens of other countries seem to gain the upper hand. This is because their government provides several facilities that make the legal process smooth sailing.

I remembered in 2014, when the nation was battling with the deadly Ebola Virus. Dr. Adadevoh Ameyo who in a bid to cure the virus lost her life wasn’t given any tangible award to honour her.

Also in another dimension, when cases of casualty involving military personnel is recorded, the way they are treated is horrifying. The whole situation is as though they have only followed the dictates of their heart. The families that are left behind are not given any special treatment. This was what dissuaded me from joining the military.

Whereas, governments of other nation states organise comprehensive welfare programmes for their citizens (old, young, literate and illiterate), we are ridiculed and made to suffer in the midst of plenty “. Unemployed youths are used as political instruments of thuggery during elections, while children of the rich feed of large budgets, this making things turn from bad to worse.

Before elections, political candidates suddenly turn the friends of the poor promising Heaven on earth. After suddenly wielding the sword of power to themselves, they turn enemies making ignorant ones believe it isn’t their duty to make things better. We are forced to accept the fact that travelling abroad won’t make things better and that Nigeria has a lot opportunities. On the contrary, dying in the face of war, doesn’t call for a heroic celebration.

Dying for one’s country is the highest level of patriotism. However, with the current realities, I cannot die for Nigeria. Dear reader, my question to you is this: Can You Die For Nigeria? Do share your thoughts in the comments section.

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