The ‘Break Up’

It finally happened, my greatest fear, I had every reason to cry, every reason to be sad, this is real. It finally dawned on me that my relationship with Gerald has come to an end.

OMG!!! Could this possibly be real??!!! I kept on asking myself as I lay down on my bed, just crying helplessly.
I don’t wanna accept that its over!
This can’t be happening to me!!!! No!!!!
I cried for more than an hour, He’s gone, He’s not coming back. Its over!

I love him, I love him so much I told myself, How do I move on? Where do I start from? What happens next?
Damn! Why is this happening to me?!
WHY ME??? I lamented with a bitter heart.

Wow! This is actually happening, and there’s nothing I can do about it…… Its over!
I stopped crying and I started thinking, trying to figure out a way of this present problem…
“What do I do next?” That was the only thing that could possibly come into my head right now. I NEED ANSWERS!!! Not more questions.

I decided to get a cold drink. I couldn’t even sip out of it because my appetite was no where to be found. It was getting really late.
I went back to my bed, thinking of what would happen the next day. I was already feeling weak and my feet just turned cold.

Then a voice popped into my head; ‘He’s gone and he’s not coming back so why don’t you just pray and picture a better future instead of crying and hurting yourself more?’
At that point, I started thinking and I said to myself: Gerald is just a guy. He’s not God. And as long as I’m still alive and I still have God, there’s hope for a better future and a better guy. So I prayed, and I started listening to a song, and the picture of a better future with a great guy and wonderful kids just kept on rolling in… And I said to myself, my future is bright, the future is wonderful and my future is great!!!

I just found myself smiling and I became so happy, happier than ever before. My heart felt good, there was inner peace, I started feeling great and my appetite came back. I took the drink, started tweeting and I just couldn’t stop smiling at myself.

My whole life was getting better. I’m happy. Everything is falling into place. My whole life is perfect. And I’m looking forward to tomorrow because its gonna be an even better day than today.
I thought to myself, this is just an opportunity to make myself a better person for that great guy that’s coming… I don’t wanna misuse this great opportunity.
Few minutes later, I went to bed and had a wonderful dream… I woke up dancing the next morning. A new and perfect chapter is starting….

A break up is not the end of life… Its just the beginning of a better chapter…

Life is beautiful

Written by ‘Darielle’
Twitter: @le_modelle

Google Making Glasses Now?

The much talked about Google glasses recently received
another development update this week.
Reports say the company will be releasing new information on
their high tech frames later this month, but it seems this is
only for product developers. “Project Glass” will hold two
events on each coast to showcase their one of kind
spectacles.
“These hackathons are just for developers in the Explorer
program and we’re calling them the Glass Foundry,” the invite
goes on to say. And so, the average Harry can’t show up to
see the glasses or take them home.
Over the last few weeks, some have been spotted wearing the
glasses around New York City. One tester was wearing a pair
with prescription lenses.
A photo of a Google
Glass prototype seen
at Google I/O in
June of 2012
“We’re looking forward to what developers will do with Glass,
but we don’t have more details to share at this time,” said a
Google spokesperson when ABC News asked about the
upcoming events.
“Join us for an early look at Glass and two full days of
hacking on the upcoming Google Mirror API in San Francisco
or New York,” Google said in an email invite it sent out to
those who signed up to be on its developers list. These
software and app creators will get a device to use on site and
will come up with different software ideas and tie-ins, Yahoo
reports.
At Google’s I/O conference in June, 2012, Google co-founder
Sergey Brin announced that prototypes or “Explorer
Editions” of the glasses would be sold to developers for
$1,500 in early 2013.
For those who have not heard or read about Project Glass, I
pulled a little information on it off Wikipedia.
Project Glass is a research and development program by
Google to develop an augmented reality head-mounted
display (HMD). Project Glass products would display
information in smartphone-like format hands-free and
could interact with the Internet via natural language
voice commands. The prototype’s functionality and
minimalist appearance (aluminium strip with 2 nose pads)
has been compared to Steve Mann’s EyeTap.
The operating system software used in the glasses will be
Google’s Android.
Project Glass is being developed by Google X Lab, which
has worked on other futuristic technologies such as self-
driving cars. The project was announced on Google+ by
Babak Parviz, an electrical engineer who has also worked
on putting displays into contact lenses; Steve Lee, a
project manager and “geolocation specialist”; and
Sebastian Thrun, who developed Udacity as well as
worked on the self-driving car project. Google has
patented the design of Project Glass

Get Kids To Do Tasks With App That Rewards Children For Doing Chores

A new Application has been designed to encourage children to
do chores by turning the tasks into a game and giving them
points when it is completed.
The app called ChoreMonster, available for iOS devices and
on the web, aims to make household chores, such as setting
the table, feeding the pets or unloading the dishwasher, fun.
“There are usually enough chores in a week to redeem some
sort of reward,” said Chris Bergman, the founder and CEO of
Cincinnati, Ohio-based Company ChoreMonster.
The rewards, which are provided by the parents, can range
from privileges like sleepovers or a family outing, to video
games or a cash allowance.
“It’s exactly what you would expect kids would want and also
more esoteric rewards,” Bergman explained.
Parents assign chores through the app and include the
completion dates along with the number of points the child
will earn. They also set rewards, including the number needed
to receive them.
The child can then log in to their account and review the
chores and rewards.
“If rewards aren’t enough incentive, the empowerment
typically is,” said Bergman.
When the task is done, the child marks it in the app and the
parent is notified and prompted to verify that it was
completed well. After the parent approves the task, the child
is awarded the points.
The app helped 21,000 children complete more than 300,000
chores during the eight months it was tested before being
launched at the end of 2012, according to its makers.
Making the bed, picking up toys and books, cleaning the
bedroom, feeding pets and dealing with dirty laundry were
among the main chores. Top rewards included ice cream, an
allowance, movie night, sleepovers and computer time.
“What I find really interesting is that a lot of times the
reward is just empowering the child to make their own
decision,” said Bergman, adding it be could be selecting what
to have for dinner.
The most obnoxious rewards he has seen have been large
amounts of cash.
“I get why parents use it, but the point system alone is
enough to teach saving and spending. Cash becomes this
middle ground and another step to whatever it is the child
actually wants,” Bergman explained.
A similar web and iPad app called HighScore House lets
parents and children agree on a set of tasks and the rewards
they will receive for completing them.
ChoreMonster is available worldwide in more than 50
countries and is ideal for children between four and 12 years
old, according to Bergman. [Reuters]

Trying Moments for Dayo D1

Popular entertainment icon and co-partner of Primetime
Entertainment, Dayo Adeneye (a.k.a D1), is not in a
happy mood because of an investment he participated in
some years ago. D1, as he is fondly called, had invested
for the future of his family with one of the reputable
investment companies in Nigeria.
However, he seems to be having difficulty in claiming his
funds when it was time for him to get back some of the
money from the company. Investigations revealed that D1 had
visited the company several times and up till now, nothing
seems to have been done, concerning his funds.
It is alleged that the investment company has the habit of
owing their investors, which has given them sleepless nights
before the funds are eventually remitted to them after much
harassments. This has prompted D1 to take legal action on
the matter and has sued the company. He confirmed to
Showbiz Bits that the story is true.
“Yes, it is true. I am having issues with an investment
company in Nigeria but I will like to keep it under wraps for
now, since I have taken a legal action. Be sure of getting more
details on the issue from me if necessary actions are not
taken,” he said

P-Square Transiently Part Ways In….

Born to the same mother, on the same day within just
eight minutes of each other, grown up doing almost
everything together, the duo of Peter and Paul of P-
Square have in January, 2013, parted ways… to two
different vacation spots, Hip-hop World Magazine, an
on-line resource,
says.
For many, December is the holiday month they look forward
to every year. This is not the same for P Square who do back-
to-back shows, helping fans enjoy their holiday by performing
at concerts, end of year parties and various kinds of events.
P-Square definitely had one of their busiest seasons last
year. Now, for these hard working Jacks, it’s time to play;
and they are choosing different vacation spots in the United
States.
Last week, Paul was spotted in Atlanta, while Peter told us
he’s hanging out with in San Francisco with kids Cameron and
Lola. The multi-award winning duo and triple Headies winners
at the 2012 edition say they’re “chopping their money

Source: informationng.com

Obasanjo’s recommendation for tackling Boko Haram

The recent “carrot and stick” approach recommended by
former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the solution of
the Boko Haram insurgency should be taken seriously by
President Goodluck Jonathan.
Till date, among all our past leaders, Obasanjo has
continuously shown concern, worry and proffered solution to
this lingering crisis. He, human like all of us, though, has his
faults which many of us have at one time or the other kicked
against both while he was in or out of power. Yet, it is often
said that, messages are considered while the messenger can
be ignored. Obasanjo as a former president and military
chief in this country has a lot to offer in terms of experience
and tactics in security matters. We cannot for very obvious
reasons sideline him when he speaks on similar issues just
because we differ with his political moves. We should and
must take him seriously because of our interest in building
and achieving peace and unity in this country.
It does not fetch us any advancement to trade tackles, each
time any leader bares his mind on this menace and, probably a
way out of it. We can for the merit it would do us as a nation,
marry the suggestions brought forth.
For years now, the Boko Haram group has shown the capacity
to over-run Nigeria in a matter of time and, it is then
desirable for the government of the day to look for the
solution without minding where it is got. Again, the argument
by the government that members of this Islamist group are
faceless is far from the truth; with this argument it is simply
providing for the security agencies, excuses to look the other
way while, innocent Nigerians are killed daily by this group.
The Boko Haram sect is an organised group of terrorists, the
memebers meet, discuss, acquire weapons, in fact, no doubt,
they must have sponsors. The truth remains that our security
agencies are not doing enough to arrest this ugly situation, it
is, in fact, worrisome that till date, this sect has not been
infiltrated by our security agents while its members have
infiltrated into the Police, SSS, Military and Presidency, as
Jonathan himself admitted some time ago.
Our security men are not telling Mr. President the whole
truth about this menace; they should buckle up, for the
reason they were engaged is to fight enemies of the state.
Obasanjo, according to media reports, spoke with the lawyer
of this group; would a faceless group have a lawyer? Why are
the security agencies not seeking out this lawyer to open
dialogue with the group? Why is it difficult for the security
chiefs to meet with their former ‘oga’, with the available
information at his disposal? For us to solve this problem that
is gradually growing to a monster status, all hands must be on
deck. Whether any person likes it or not, if any madman
decides to light the match in any highly inflammable
environment, it is doubtful if there would be anything to
salvage. Therefore, any crazy man wanting to set Nigeria
ablaze now has a very affordable and willing tool to use in
Boko Haram. Mr. President should meet with the former
President and indeed, all other past leaders, to discuss a way
out of this crisis before we are all consumed.
There is no doubt that, our past leaders, mainly the military
chiefs would come in handy in dealing with this crisis. They
have great wealth of experience that could be very relevant
in tackling this problem. President Jonathan could rub minds
with them, to tap from their experience and professionalism.
It is also important for the President to rejig his security
chiefs, perhaps to make them aware of their duty. All the
intelligence units of the security agencies ought to, by now,
be working in unison to be able to break into the camps of
these unrepentant Islamic militants. Certainly, to me, that is
where to start from, if they have not.
A human rights activist, Shehu Sani, once reportedly offered
to link the government with a contact person who could be a
veritable source of peaceful negotiation with members of
this sect. This is another door for consideration in achieving
peace. We would have expected the security chiefs to invite
Sani for discussions as one of the options to finding a lasting
solution to this evil that manifested in our country a few
years back, an evil and wicked act that has taken lives of
innocent Nigerians for no just cause. We have so far,
according to a report last year by the Human Rights Watch,
an international rights organisation, lost about 2,800 people.
This number is enormous, enough for the government to feel
extremely concerned and for the citizenry to lose confidence
on its government. Businesses have shut down in mostly Borno,
Yobe, Kano, Kaduna states; people have had to relocate to
neighbouring states and Abuja which afford more serene
environment, to continue their lives and businesses. Some
parents too have relocated their children’s schools to other
states for the safety of their lives. This evil must be tackled
to allow development thrive in these places and indeed
Nigeria.
This is not an issue to politicise at all, rather, it calls for our
leaders to work assiduously at taming these insurgents with
immediate effect. Nigeria is now regarded as a terrorist
nation and included in the list of countries to be avoided by
tourists and businessmen. Nigeria now witnesses poor
economic growth and development as a result of this
worsening security problem.
Our past leaders must invest their wealth of experience in
resolving this crisis. It is not Jonathan the Boko Haram
elements are fighting but, Nigeria, which may spell doom for
all if left unchecked.

Nwaogbe wrote in from Maitama, Abuja

Nigeria may emerge 13th leading economy in the world by2050 – Report

A report released by international accounting firm,
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has revealed that Nigeria may
occupy the 13th position as one of the leading G20 economies
in the World by 2050.
The PwC 2013 report disclosed that with Nigeria’s projected
rise in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), in terms of Gross
Domestic Product (GDP), from $2.6 billion to $3.9 billion by
2050, Nigeria is on its way to becoming one of the top 20
leading economies by the projected year.
According to the report, titled: “World in 2050 The BRICs
and Beyond: Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities”, a
yearly average real GDP growth rate of around six per cent,
as well as a youthful and growing working population will help
the country achieve this feat.
It reads in part: “Nigeria could be the fastest growing
country in our sample due to its youthful and growing working
population, but this does rely on using its oil wealth to
develop a broader based economy with better infrastructure
and institutions as regards rule of law and political
governance and hence support long term productivity growth
– the potential is there, but it remains to be realised in
practice.”

Culled from http://www.ventures-africa.com

How Obasanjo Saved Ghana’s Economy From Collapse –Kufuor

Former President of
Ghana, John Kofi
Agyekum Kufuor, has
described Nigeria’s
former president,
Chief Olusegun
Obasanjo as ‘a
prophet’ and ‘a living
legend’
who stands solid as a
rock of
Gibraltar.Kufuor, on
Friday, in a lecture
he delivered at a
programme to
celebrate the former
president at the
Olusegun Obasanjo
Presidential Library,
Abeokuta, Ogun
state, southwest
Nigeria, was full of
praise for the
former ruler. While
acknowledging Obasanjo’s legendary status, Kufuor said that
very few people are celebrated while they are alive, and in
most cases, people wait until when leaders passed on before
they were celebrated.
“Obasanjo is a prophet recognised in his own town and indeed
in the whole of Africa. There are two things which a few
people know that bound me and Obasanjo together. And this
will be the first time I will mention it in the public.
“I was in government in my country between 2001 and 2009
while Obasanjo was in power from 1999 to 2007. When I
assumed office in Ghana, I met an economy that was flat on
its tommy, everything was grounded. The fuel we had in Ghana
then could not last us a day. International communities were
packing out of Ghana. After consultation with my executive, I
concluded to go to Abuja and pleaded with Obasanjo to lift
embargo on NNPC of lifting fuel to neighbbouring countries
including Ghana. My plea was immediately granted and that
was how Ghana’s economy came back on its feet.”
Again, the former Ghanian leader narrated his second
encounter with Obasanjo in Washington, USA. He said when
Ghana needed $90 million to execute the West African Gas
Pipeline Project, he approached the then Nigerian president
and without ado, he (Obasanjo) raised $40 million to assist
the project.
Kufuor therefore praised and prayed for long life for the
former Nigerian president