A report has revealed that about 41 percent of persons from Lagos, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Oyo and Kano states in Nigeria are now living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV.
This is even as Nigeria is reportedly the country with the second largest number of persons living with the infection totaling 1.9 million according to the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, NACA.
In a statement made available to Vanguard by the Hacey Health Initiative, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund Youth Participatory Platform, UNFPA YPP, it was gathered that over 100,000 youths were empowered in four states in the southwest region through the “Beyond Treatment for Us” (BT4U) Project.
The BT4U project aims to raise awareness, train, and grant young people access to available sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS services.
The statement further explained that globally, HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of mortality among young people and according to UNAIDS, adding that in 2020, 37.7 million people were living with HIV, “and of these people, 36.0 million are adults, while 1.7 million are children between ages 0–14 years.”
The Coordinator at UNFPA/YPP, George Adjete, said: “Apart from reaching over 100,000 people through social media, the project provided Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV/AIDS counselling services to 100 young people. In addition, BT4U trained over 300 adolescents on menstrual hygiene.
“The project also provided 63 young people with free HIV testing services.”Fifty young people trained on evidence-based SRH policy advocacy, 100,591 young people reached with information and support via social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).”
The project was initiated in July 2021 in response to the new political declaration on AIDS 2021 and the emergence of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.(Vanguard News)
“I want to state this clearly, I am not the talking type or social media interest free person”
“Many have questioned the type of boys and friends I have, to me, I hardly address anyone as my boy because we are all boys to God Almighty.
I don’t have any boy who is into rituals, if you are my boy or my man because I like to address my boys as my men, it means you are working hard and you made your money in a clean way.
In 2013, I pushed 53 uneducated Oba boys into the market to learn trading. In 2017, I withdrew all of them from their Ogas and settled all of them with 3million Naira each and paid for their shops.
I linked 40 of them into importation and made them use my name and platform to import goods into the country. After two years, I checked on them how they were doing and find out some had issues and I supported them again to stand.
I am happy today that out of the 53 men, 38 are billionaires while the rest are in the level of a millionaire. In 2018, I took 100 educated men out of streets and introduced them to the white men for business and today they are billionaires in dollars. They also help me in their capacity when I require their help. All their friends both Nigeria and outside patronises me.
I am into hotel and club business and I have so many businesses I am brand ambassadors to. I have alliance with spirit drinks and wines, I am brand to many businesses in the world. It gives me joy to see my men do well, non of my hotel managers in Nigeria can smell poverty, I encourage them to raise others from their local communities.
I have never sacked a worker due to misconduct, I bring you in and speak to you the way you will understand. I have this understanding that we should allow the stubborn people to exist and cool headed people to exist and we make use of them when their needs arises.
I don’t believe in the supremacy of power rather I believe in the fare share of power and authority and allow everyone to feel belonged. I have many uncountable people through my hotel business, I have encouraged many, I have made a lot of friends millionaires and billionaires because it gives me joy. Seeing them throw money around gives me happiness and they know, so anytime there are with me, they show such attitude of throwing money to please me.
Yes, I will give 1 million Naira to 300 Oba boys to start up business and link them up too to make it. I have a lot of friends and associates and we are like brothers to each other. We love and encourage one another in good and bad as you have seen in my case that all of them came massively to support me. Critics is normal and there are there to say what they want to say but when you are doing the right thing, you don’t listen to what people say. If I have my way, I will also help those criticising me.
A lot of non Obas will still benefit from me because I am still in the business of making people great. Cubana chief priest is my man and he is a jolly fellow. People mistake him for me, I am Obi Kubana and he is my Chief priest I hope you understand it now.
I am not into politics and I don’t have interest in it till tomorrow. I respect those in politics because dey carry power. Lol hahaha. My advice is they should identify talents and make them great, don’t have any fear of who betrays you tomorrow, just make men and move, if they remember good if not be happy that they made it through you.
I didn’t asked my boys/men for donations or help, I didn’t also ask my friends for help or donations they did that on their own and I appreciated their efforts.
This is how the Igbo not only make themselves, they uplift others in the communities that explains why they are well of than others in Nigeria.
The custom Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, that took more than four years to be hand-built, manifests its clients’ personal tastes for luxury, nuances and customization.
Premium luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce recently unveiled the 2021 Boat Tail four-seater car with a price tag of $28 million (over ₹200-crore), commissioned under its new Coachbuild program. While the world is still drooling over what is now the world’s most expensive vehicle, it is being speculated that the owners of the magnificent four-wheeled creation are American singer Beyoncé, and husband and rapper Jay-Z.
The custom Boat Tail, that took more than four years to be hand-built, manifests its clients’ personal tastes for luxury, nuances and customization. Based on the design and features of the vehicle, a source-led Telegraph report states that the custom Rolls-Royce Boat Tail matches the power couple’s tastes in every way.
Next, the report brings to light the vehicle’s double refrigerator at the rear deck, that Rolls-Royce says has been developed to house the clients’ favourite vintages of Armand de Brignac champagne. Jay-Z had bought Armand de Brignac in 2014, and while he has sold 50 per cent of the stakes, he still owns half the company. The champagne bottles can be rapidly cooled to precisely six degrees, which is the optimum serving temperature of the vintage.
Yet another clue has been drawn from the fact that the Boat Tail’s nautical form evokes graceful J-class yachts. The power couple is known to enjoy boating and spend time by the French Riviera.
The Telegraph report further stated, it is understood that Jay-Z signed the underside of the Rolls-Royce motif on the grille before it was mounted while Beyoncé did the same beneath the rear badge. With all these cues and possibilities, it seems that the power couple owns the world’s most luxurious and expensive vehicle yet.
Doctors in the United Kingdom, UK, who attended to President Mohammadu Buhari during his last medical visit to the UK have advised the President to resign and take care of his “terribly bad dementia.”
A close source to Mamman Daura, President Buhari’s nephew, told pointblanknews.com that the Doctors also suggested that if the President cannot resign for Political reasons, he needs to take at least six months medical leave to attend to his failing health.
President Buhari had traveled to the UK on March 30, 2021 in what was described as a routine medical check. He returned to Nigeria April 15, 2021.
Upon arrival in UK, a source who confided in Pointblanknews.com said Doctors who were brought in to examine the President’s state of health, determined that his dementia has really gone bad and would need time in the hospital to receive adequate care.
“The Doctors were not happy when they spoke with Mamman Daura. They said his dementia has seriously deteriorated and that he would need to either resign or take a minimum of six months to attend to his health,” the source said.
The source who would not want to be named because of fear of attack told Pointblanknews.com that the Doctors also met with the Director General, Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, former DG, DSS, Lawan Daura, Sabiu Yusus aka Tunde and few others and told them to advice the President to resign or take a six-month leave.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that the Doctors were particularly shocked at how fast the President have lost his ability to respond to his environment or carry out conversations or even remember things.
The source gave an example of the President not remembering the names of his Doctors, some of whom have been with him for years and his several attempts at having a conversation but saying something else not related to the subject matter.
“Sometimes he talks and doesn’t know what he is saying and won’t remember anything you just told him. The Doctors noticed all that and that is why they suggested he resign because they feel he is not able to do a lot of things anymore.”
Pointblanknews.com learned that for Buhari to appear in public places of attend meetings, they must prepare his speeches, write them in very bold font sizes, and ensure no one ask any question so as not to expose his condition.
“This is why the President would not address any meeting without a written speech, do a live broadcast, have any live interview or attend to any public function. His condition is bad, but the cabal will not let him go, a Presidency source told Pointblanknews.com when this paper reached out to confirm the London Doctors opinion.
The President’s medical situation is why governance have been seized by a cabal allegedly led by Attorney General and Minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, Sabiu and Mamman Daura.
Pointblanknews.com had reported that while Buhari was in the UK for his medical vacation, for days, protesters continued to picket the Nigerian Embassy in London and the Nigeria House where the President was observing his medical vacation, frustrating efforts of medical personnel from attending to him.
This paper had also reported that the president is suffering pains from the kidney surgical transplant he had, Dementia and Alzheimer.
The president is a frequent flier to the UK where his doctors routinely check him or treat him.
The world sees Nigeria as one of the poorest countries in the world, but ironically, Nigeria is a very wealthy country blessed in resources, wealthy people, educated people and many more.
Many of the richest people in the world are from Nigeria and it is very strange how people view the country as a poor one.
Notwithstanding, there are also several rich people in the country who are not known because they keep a low profile.
In the Southeastern part of Nigeria, wealth is attributed to your possessions, your mansions, cars, and your properties. Most importantly, you must go back to your village and build a mansion that will attract attention.
The Igbo make this a culture, and you must build regardless whether you reside there or you are based in the city. Hence, if you visit the southeastern part of Nigeria, one thing that is notable is the huge houses in interior villages.
However, in this article we will be revealing to you this beautiful mansion in this article. The mansion you are seeing was built in Nnobi in Anambra state.
This is a kind of mansion you see in Dubai, America and the many big places of the world, but today, we have it in an interior place in Anambra State.
In details, it is owned by Chief Emeka Agbanari. Chief Emeka is the CEO of Seaman oil and gas limited.
The mansion is one of a kind and it is worth billions of Naira. The entire space and the properties including the cars in the mansion is worth extra billions.
A lot of us might be pondering why the billionaire will build this kind of mansion in his village, but as earlier said, to an Igbo man, it’s better building a home in your ancestral land than anywhere else.
We know you must have entertained your eye with the pictures above. In our next article we will be revealing to you one of the finest houses in Anambra state owned by another billionaire.
This is to prove the fact that Nigeria is blessed with many rich and wealthy men and the country shouldn’ t be categorized as a poor country.
Many people believe that it is because of the Northern Nigeria that contributed to the wide belief that Nigeria is poor. This could be true because the North is not well endowed, but for the southern part of Nigeria, if it were to be another country on its own, it would have been one of the richest countries in the world.
I was talking with a mum of 5 the other day. She hadn’t planned to have five children; she wanted a baby girl so badly and after four boys her baby girl finally came. What a joy! Many years have passed and her children are all grown up. But the interesting thing about it all is that her boys are amazing helpers around the house. They do practically all chores in the home and same goes for her girl. They cook all kinds of food except when she wants to cook the soup herself! Not many mums can boast of their children like she did, when in most homes today children are ‘spoiled’ and wouldn’t lift a finger, boys and girls alike.
She told me she runs classes on baking and cooking and in the course of working with young girls she discovered most of them have no idea what to do around the kitchen. She said with so much pain that we mothers have become so ‘busy’ we have no time to train our children especially our girls. Unlike in our own days, a teenage girl today can’t go to the market, buy food stuff and prepare a decent meal for the family. No thanks to makers of all kinds of instant foods particularly noodles, all she needs do is walk down the street grab a few packs of noodles and there you have a meal! *Sigh.
Who is to blame for this anomaly? The girl? I don’t think so. We mothers should take the blame for abandoning our responsibility to bring up the child the way she should go. We often assume that somehow our daughters will get to know how to do these things, but can they learn if they are not taught, and then given a chance to try, to make mistakes and learn from them?
We see in local movies and commercials scenes where a young woman would call her mother on the phone to guide her through a meal she is preparing for her husband, and we just laugh it off when that should be a huge cause for concern because that is our reality.
A mum shared the following write up on social media and I thought to share:
Suitors Now Prefer Our Maids To Our Daughters For Marriage Why not?
Yes, it happens because we devote time in training the maids on how to cook well, how to clean the house and on good mannerisms while leaving our own daughters untrained. We overwork the maids and they adjust with equanimity because they need us to survive. The maids turn out to manage the indignation and insolence we and our children subject them to. All these make the maids better wives who can manage even the angriest of men.
Our precious daughters are pampered through nursery and primary schools. They speak the English we want and know all the cartoon slangs by heart. We beat the maids blue black if they ever ask our girls to help out in domestic duties. They see kitchen things as maids’ things.
The girls move from boarding schools to the university, do their NYSC, Masters and get a job. Of course, they are ripe for marriage and you wish that to happen soon.
From one relationship to another, the same story. The guys would parade and dump them. They are only good in outings and red carpet functions.
The boys de-commit when they notice that the possible wife cannot cook, arrange things and are very domestically untrained. The rich guys can manage as they would mitigate the handicap by hiring a domestic help. Not all guys can afford this for a start.
The upcoming and very sensitive guys who would make good husbands, fathers and leaders would not manage these parents’ inflicted shortcomings. They would settle for well trained ones. They know the value and the pride in hosting friends at home to delicious delicacies prepared by a wife.
Not all your maids would remain your servants forever. Some of them would finally do part-time studies and like a train, get to their God ordained destinations sooner or later.
Like a perfume, good guys perceive well trained wife materials from afar and dump the daughters of the bourgeois like hot iron. Long time happiness is at stake. No explanation is given. Sometimes, the sack message is made through a social medium.
Let your daughters learn what you teach your maids to make them compete for the few available good men if marriage is important to them. There are few guys who believe that marriage is for better for worse.
Don’t be deceived; love is an active verb. Yes it is. You love; you loved; and you used to love. You can also hate who you used to love. Therefore, some men are immune to pre-marital love blindness.
In practice, love can’t cover the stench of bad early formation of our daughters.
Right now, educated former maids are now cornering better men on offer because they possess the requisite or set skills the highly perceptible and ready husband materials need. Mothers please take note.
(Grace Essen is an author, speaker and host of Super Mum Makeover workshop. Check out Grace’s blog @Mum2MumAfrica.com You may reach Grace on 08061367203, or via email: email@example.com. Follow her on twitter @GraceEssen, find her on Facebook.)
Earlier today, music executive, Jude Okoye’s wife, Ify, shared a video on her Instagram account showing that she has been placed on oxygen after contracting Coronavirus.
The former beauty queen captioned the video, “Surviving COVID”.
In an exclusive chat with The PUNCH via the telephone, her husband, Jude, revealed that she contracted the virus from him despite all the preventive measures he put in place.
He further allayed the fears of his friends and fans as he stated that his wife was faring well.
“My wife is responding to treatment but I will not really say treatment because COVID does not have a cure. She is responding to the symptom she is getting. We got it about the same time; I got it and she got it from me. It was just a day gap before she got it from me.
“She is self-isolating at home. Everybody is fine including the kids; it is just that for my wife, she has recovered but she is having this post-recovery symptom. That is what is going on. Everybody is fine even though everybody in my family got it. Me, my wife, kids, nanny, everybody contracted the virus.”
Jude said that he believed that he caught the virus from his popular singing brother, Paul Okoye, fondly referred to as Rudeboy.
He further emphasized that he tried his best not to contract the virus but ‘it takes only one person to infect the whole family.”
“There is nothing I did not do in order not to contract the virus; I did social distancing, I stopped going out, I had hand sanitisers everywhere and I was wearing a face mask. But the fact that you have a cook that would go to the market and return, it takes just one person to bring it and pass it to the whole family. Just do your best because at the end of the day what will happen will happen.
“I believe I got the virus from Rudeboy because we normally sit together most times and he is the one that goes out for promotions. Somehow, I believe that I got it from him because I do not go out.”
Stating how the symptoms began, the music executive stated that he began feeling aches all over his body about the same time his brother also fell ill.
Jude said, “One weekend, I woke up feeling bad with aches and pains everywhere. I thought it was my AC that was too much but my wife got a call from Rudeboy. He asked if our doctor could come around to his place because he was having malaria. He was advised to have a COVID test because both of us could not fall ill at the same time. The doctor came and did a test and it was positive.
He continued, “I isolated myself for about two days and after that, my wife started complaining. I called the same doctor to test everybody in the house and everyone was confirmed positive. The funny part of the whole thing is that apart from me, my wife and one of the nannies, everyone was feeling fine. Nobody was complaining, especially the kids because they were very active. They did not show any symptoms; they were active and agile.”
Now he has been certified negative by his doctors. “The doctor has certified me negative but I will take all my family for another test next week to be sure that we are all COVID-19 negative,” he said. (Punch)
The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID – 19 vaccine.
Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.
He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop the vaccine.
In a Facebook and Twitter messages on Monday , the US mission wrote,“ Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways . Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID – 19 vaccine.”
Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice -Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.
The need for a vaccine has become more urgent globally and nationally with Nigeria recording over 60, 000 COVID – 19 infections and over 1,000 associated fatalities, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. (Punch)
The study had men eat almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts
By Alexandra Deabler By Alexandra Deabler | Fox News
–In a nutshell, men should start eating more almonds.
A recent study has found that consumption of tree nuts – almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts – can cause changes in the quality of sperm.
The study used 72 healthy male participants who reported following a “Western-style diet,” which typically consists of red meat and processed foods. Diet has been considered one of the lifestyle and environmental factors that effects sperm quality by researchers over the years.
The “nut group” incorporated almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts into their diets for 14 weeks.
In the “nut group,” which was randomly selected, the 48 participants were asked to consume 60 grams (roughly 2 ounces) of tree nuts each day for 14 weeks.
At the end of the trial, it was found that those who integrated the nuts into their diet had 36 genomic regions of their sperm DNA show methylation – the biological process essential for normal development – that was “significantly different” from the control, with 97.2% of those regions “displaying hypermethylation.”
According to the researchers, the findings “provide the first evidence that adding nuts to a regular Western-style diet impacts sperm DNA methylation in specific regions.”
“This work demonstrates that there are some sensitive regions of the sperm epigenome that respond to diet, and which can result in changes in sperm and in its ability to fertilize,” said lead author Albert Salas-Huetos said via a press release.
This new research, which was carried out by the Human Nutrition Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, the Pere Virgili Institute of Health and CIBERobn, and the University of Utah, expanded on a previous 2018 study conducted by researchers from the University of Utah and Rovira i Virgili University, in Tarragona, Spain, which found men who regularly incorporated nuts into their diet had “significantly improved the sperm count, viability, motility, and morphology.”
(Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.)