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Godwin Okpene: Unmasking the Real Owners of Nigeria’s Extractive Assets

One of the ways in which corruption continues to ravage the economies of resource-rich countries is through hidden ownership of companies operating in their extractive industries. Hidden ownership allows companies to avoid taxes through practices such as gold-platting and transfer pricing. It also allows public officials or highly connected individuals to use their positions to corner extractive assets at the expense of the larger society. In most resource-rich countries, especially those in the developing world, the danger of anonymous ownership is not just a textbook illustration. It is a real and present...
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TECHNOLOGY: BMW launches first real-life Transformer Car.

It's an action figure fanatic's dream: A real-life transformer is up for auction in Abu Dhabi, but you'll need at least $600,000 to make a bid.   Antimon is a BMW 3-series car that transforms into a robot in 30 seconds. It's the work of 12 engineers and 4 technicians from Turkey, who spent 11 months putting their creation together. "We want to show our power all over the world," said Turgat Alpagot, sales and marketing director for Letrons, the Turkish startup behind the transformer. "We think if we do something like this it'll get great exposure all over the world."   Alpagot says he's...
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Reuben Abati: The Sad News of Trump’s Triumph

Democracy is tricky; it sometimes ends up as a parody of itself. When the people clamour for change, they can vote with their hearts, and prove impervious to plain sight reason, and overlook likely pitfalls. We can only hope that Donald Trump does not become the symbol of the change that Americans are seeking. That would be sad indeed for the free world.” – Reuben Abati, “Anything Can Happen in America”, The Guardian, March 6, 2016. Earlier this year, I had written a piece titled “Anything Can Happen In America”, from which the quote above is excerpted, but I had virtually no idea that the...
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Tony Ademiluyi: From Bus Drivers To Conductors

When I did my National Youth Service Corps in a foreign multinational in the bustling city of Warri a few years ago, I had an interesting conversation with one of the egg heads in the Information Technology Department. I recall his telling me that up till 1999 one could get a job there as a member of staff on a permanent basis. The only downside was if you joined with your secondary school certificate, you could never rise to become a manager or get to work abroad. Fast forward to when I served, some Ph.d holders were seriously lobbying to get a foot in the door as contract members of staff with the hope of a...
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From The Horses Mouth: I’m A Sexual Assault Victim Who Still Supports Trump

This week America was subjected to a tape of Barack Obama flashing his erection to women on a plane. With a proud smile, he spread his legs, so the ladies could see the solid outline of his penis beneath his khakis. It brought back a memory for me. A terrible one. When I was 16, I was working in a drug store behind a counter where we sold makeup, jewelry, and watches. A man came into the store. He was scraggly, thin, wearing a faded tan T-shirt and loose gray sweatpants. He was wearing a grin, too. The man walked to the counter and beckoned me over. He asked to see one of the watches in the cabinet. I bent...
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How Burkina Faso’s Different Religions Live In Peace

The Pope has invited Burkina Faso's president to the Vatican later this month to see what can be learnt from the West African nation's example of religious tolerance. BBC Africa's Lamine Konkobo is from Burkina Faso and assesses if this can continue in a region under assault from Islamist militant groups. Religious tolerance has long been wired into the social fabric of my country, with many people drawing their faith from more than a single creed. The Islam practised by many Burkinabe Muslims - who account for about 60% of the population - would be considered blasphemous by Salafists, as they include many...
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#Aluu4: Four years on & still no justice – Adeeko Ademola Abayomi

4 years ago, on this same date, Ugonna Obuzor, Toku Lloyd, Chiadika Biringa, and Tekena Elkanah, all students of the University of Port Harcourt were gruesomely murdered after they were falsely accused of robbery in Aluu, a small community in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.   Apparently, 3 of them had escorted one of their friends to go settle a debt with someone who lived in the community. In the cause of settling the debt, a misunderstanding ensued which broke into a fight which later led to the false accusation of armed robbery after the alleged debtor raised the false alarm. The vigilante group...
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5 Myths About Marriage That Are Totally Untrue

1. The romance eventually dies Your sex life doesn't end when you get married! Yes, as time passes things become routine or perhaps less spontaneous than in your 20s, but married couples actually experience more intimacy because there's a level of trust that may not exist in premarital relationships. 2. Happy couples don't argue Let's get this straight: every couple argues. No matter how compatible you may be with your partner, disagreements are going to happen. It's how couples communicate and problem-solve that sets them apart from other, less successful relationships. 3. Babies fix...
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6 Common Sex Myths You Really Need To Stop Believing

Guys with big feet have big penises I’m sure we’ve all heard some derivation of this (hands? height?), but the truth is there really isn’t any barometer for predicting that sort of thing. The British Journal of Urology studied 15,521 penis sizes and found that not only did the size of a subject’s feet have little bearing on their endowment, but the idea that race played a factor was also debunked. Similarly, height was also dismissed as a strong correlation as well. So that’s three common myths dispelled right there. How’s that for efficiency? Circumcision affects a man’s sexual...
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Samsung Phone Fire Not Caused By Battery- Supplier

A supplier to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) said on Monday that its battery does not appear to have caused a Galaxy Note 7 smartphone to ignite in China, after Chinese media reported one of the handsets caught fire. The incident comes amid a recall of the Note 7 phones across the globe including South Korea and the United States due to faulty batteries causing the devices to catch fire while charging or in normal use. Samsung has said it has sold 2.5 million phones equipped with the suspect batteries. Late on Sunday, Chinese online financial magazine Caixin cited an internet user's report that...
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Reuben Abati: The True Meaning of Recession

There have been interesting arguments over Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun’s observation that “recession is just a word,” and NAN MD, Bayo Onanuga claiming that reports of hardship in the land is exaggerated propaganda. I think we need to break down the subject further from a layman’s perspective. Recession is a word, no doubt, but it is more than a word, it is an experience: the experience that the majority of Nigerians is going through. If you are at a significant remove from that experience, it may be difficult to know how it feels, and if you are an economist, you are likely to be...
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Questions A Guy Wants You To Ask On A First Date

1. Ask him, "If you could be doing anything humanly possible right now, what would it be?" It's always good to have a few icebreaker questions on standby. Go for original, absurd and goofy, or thought-provoking. If he says, "I'd still rather be here with you!" dump his cheesy ass. 2. Ask him where he sees himself in five years. All too often, first dates are about the "now." What do you do for a living? Where do you live? Instead, ask him where he wants to be. Most Millennials aren't working their dream job or even working in the field they'll end up in for most of their life, anyway. 3. Ask anything that...
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Once A Cheater Always A Cheater! Why This Is Not Always True

Once a cheater always a cheater? The experts say this may not always be the case. One therapist, Dr. Nancy B. Irwin, argues that since behavior is learned, it is possible to do a turnaround when it comes to cheating. If you’ve ever been cheated on, your first instinct may have been to break up because you felt you could never trust the cheater again. But depending on the circumstances, you might have another shot at love with your partner. Here’s why. Consider why your partner cheated You may not think about this during the aftermath of the cheating, but the circumstances that led to infidelity...
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5 Reasons Pretty Girls Are Still Single

1. She's grown out of "dating for the sake of dating." These girls are not into wasting their time or energy on a guy they really can't see themselves being with long term. Casual dates just seem like a waste of time. It doesn't mean she isn't interested in dating, she's just not interested in attending ONE more mediocre date. Mediocre dates happen solely for the sake of going on a date. This is a concept that has grown tired on her. She would rather have a good gym sesh, some pinot noir, a face mask, and bed by 9 p.m. than participate in a forced date. She's become picky, but if someone worthwhile came...
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7 Questions You Should Ask on a First Date

1. What are some of your hobbies? This will help you see what things your date finds fun and interesting. Your date may spend a lot of time on these hobbies, and if you get serious, may want to involve you in these activities. 2. How did you choose your career? Most people have interesting stories to tell about how they landed on their chosen career path. A discussion about careers may help you learn more about their motivations and work ethic. 3. What are you most passionate about? Your date’s passion will be where much of his or her time and energy is spent. 4. What are some of the goals on your...
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If Your Guy Does These 16 Things, Congrats! You Found A Real Man

1. He is hygienic, but cleans his nails and trims his nose hairs outside of a nail salon. Think about it: Would Hemingway or Gladiator be getting his nails buffed? Methinks not. 2. He can balance both swag and sophistication and a career and a personal life without too many proverbial exclamation points (and certainly not multiple ones in a text message. No, no, no). 3. He reserves his "LOL" for actual laughter, which he exudes out loud and often. 4. He isn't looking to play "pen pal" with you through your iPhone because he knows that all text and no play makes Johnny a very dull boy. 5. When he's...
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Advice From A Wedding Planner: Think Well Before Hiring Family And Friends

It's okay to patronise a business  owned by a family member or friend. When it comes to a wedding a lot of them give you their services at little or no cost which is a good thing. What you should have in mind is "can someone who is emotionally invested in your wedding judge professionally"? Sometimes it doesn't work out the way you want it then you become restrained from expressing your thoughts. I once planned a party for a client who said her cousin was going to handle finger foods. So I got talking with her on the phone and she seemed nice. I scheduled for a meeting for all my vendors but she couldn't...
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Civil Servants Are Not Farmers – Onwubiko Emmanuel

It is strange to observe that some state governments are currently using their civil servants as guinea pigs for farming duties. Benue State governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, called this unknown practice a ‘novelty’, which he said could combat the downturn of the nation’s economy.   He was reported to have told civil servants in the state to embrace farming to augment their meager salaries, which may not come at the end of each month. The governor declared every Friday of the week, a public holiday to enable state workers till the land for agricultural produce. The Governor thereafter proceeded on...
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