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Oct 25, 2015 at 15:11 o\clock

Nigeria evacuates "traumatized" girls rescued from Boko Haram Sambisa forest camps

LAGOS, Nigeria -- After carrying out a mass rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from the forest stronghold of an Islamic insurgent group, http://easylifesolutions.com.ng - Nigeria - 's military is evacuating the females and plans to check their physical and mental health, the army spokesman said Wednesday.

Col. Sani Usman said many are traumatized. The military is flying in medical and intelligence teams to examine the females, he said. He said on Wednesday that it remained to be seen if any were among the 219 who are still missing more than a year after being snatched from a boarding school in Chibok, a town in northeast Nigeria, in a mass kidnapping that outraged much of the world.

The evacuation from the Sambisa Forest in northeast Nigeria began on Tuesday but Usman would not say where the rescued females are being taken.

He told The Associated Press that they needed to be questioned to determine their identities.

"The processing is continuing, it involves a lot of things because most of them are traumatized and you have got to put them in a psychological frame of mind to extract information from them," Usman said.

While the Chibok kidnapping on April 14, 2014, made the extremist group Boko Haram known to much of the world, the group has been steadily kidnapping females.

Amnesty International said this month that at least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014 and many have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight

Of the women and girls who were rescued in recent days, an intelligence officer and a soldier said Boko Haram used some of them as armed human shields, a first line of defense that fired at troops. But the soldiers managed to subdue them and round them up, said the two men who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the issue is sensitive.

Usman said military operations continue in the forest where the women and girls were rescued while troops destroyed four Boko Haram camps.

"Sambisa Forest is a large expanse of land, so what we were able to get is four out of several terrorist camps in the forest," he said of the area that sprawls over 23,170 square miles.

Nigeria's military largely stood by last year as Boko Haram took over dozens of towns and declared a large swath of northeastern Borno state an Islamic caliphate.

That changed when a multinational offensive led by Chad began at the end of January. Now, Nigeria's military says it has driven the Islamic extremists out of all towns with help from troops from Chad and Niger while Cameroonian soldiers have been guarding their borders to prevent the militants from escaping.

Scores of abducted girls, women and men have been freed or escaped from Boko Haram in the process. It is not known how many were abducted by Boko Haram, which used them as sex slaves and fighters.

A month ago the Nigerian military began pounding the Sambisa Forest in air raids, an assault they said earlier they had been avoiding for fear of killing kidnapped women and girls, or inciting their captors to kill them.

Boko Haram continues to attack isolated communities. The government of neighboring Niger said a Boko Haram attack on Karamga island in Lake Chad over the weekend killed 156 militants, 46 soldiers and 28 civilians.

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Oct 25, 2015 at 07:19 o\clock

Research and Markets: Orthopedic Trends in Nigeria: 2013 Editions Offers Insightful Analysis of the Nigerian Orthopedic Industry

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pf24gb/orthopedic_trends) has announced the addition of the "Orthopedic Trends in Nigeria: Part 1" report to their offering.

This report is part of a publication series on the practice of orthopedics in Nigeria. It provides an overview of the orthopedic industry in Nigeria by offering detailed information about the history of orthopedic practices in the country, the impacts of cultural practices on the growth rate, challenges faced and regulations.

The information in this report offers insightful analysis of the http://www.halfminute.com.ng - Nigerian - Orthopedic Industry. It will help gain a detailed understanding of the trends and the components that will make positive change possible in the Orthopedic Industry in Nigeria.

Key Topics Covered:

Abstract

Introduction

Historical Perspective

The Practice of Orthopedics in Nigeria

Conclusion

Companies Mentioned

- Abuja Clinics Limited, Abuja

- Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Kaduna State

- Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Delta State

- Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State

- Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State

- Havana Specialist Hospital, Surulere, Lagos State

- Hilltop Orthopedic Clinics, Trans-Ekulu, Enugu State

- Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State

- Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos State

- Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos State

- Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos State

- Legus Specialist Hospital, Onipanu, Lagos State

- National Hospital, Abuja

- Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State

- Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State

- Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State

- Primus Super Specialty Hospital, Abuja

- The National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu

- The National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos

- The National Orthopedic Hospital, Kano

- The Reddington Multi-Specialist Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos State

- University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin, Edo State

- University of Jos Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State

- University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Borno State

- University of http://freeadvert.com.ng - Nigeria - Teaching Hospital, Enugu State

- University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt State

- University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Akwa-Ibom State

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pf24gb/orthopedic_trends

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Oct 25, 2015 at 04:15 o\clock

U.N. agency approves full Palestinian membership – This Just In

The U.N. agency focusing on education and science voted Monday to accept a Palestinian bid for full membership, in the first vote on the matter by a part of the world body.

The vote, which required two-thirds approval by UNESCO members, passed with 107 votes in favor, 14 against, and 52 abstentions.

The vote is separate from the Palestinian bid for full membership in the United Nations. Representatives of several countries pointed out that currently that bid is being discussed by members of the U.N. Security Council.

Huge applause broke out at the meeting in Paris when the results of the vote were announced.

The vote risks the agency - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - losing its U.S. funding, which accounts for more than a fifth of its budget.

Some U.S. lawmakers have threatened to cut off the funding, which a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mission to UNESCO said totals $80 million a year.

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Oct 25, 2015 at 01:37 o\clock

Nigeria's All Progressive Congress wins Lagos state governorship | Reuters

LAGOS, April 12 http://www.360catering.com.ng - Nigeria - 's All ProgressivesCongress, the party of president elect http://plstats.gov.ng - Muhammadu Buhari - ,retained the Lagos state governorship on Sunday after itscandidate Akinwunmi Ambode won 811,547 votes, the electoralcommission said.

For the first time since the end of military rule in 1999,the governor of Lagos and the president will be from the sameparty when they come into power on May 29. (Reporting By Oludare Mayowa, Writing by Julia Payne, Editingby Robin Pomeroy)

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Oct 24, 2015 at 07:35 o\clock

My big, fat Nigerian wedding: Inside Lagos' bridal boom

Story highlightsNigeria has a booming wedding industryThe trend is driven by the desire for extravagant themed weddingsWeddings in Nigeria are huge affairs, sometimes with 2,000 guestsWeddings in Nigeria are colorful, creative and extravagant productions, with guest lists of up to 2,000 people considered standard.

"In England, if you had 400 people at a wedding, that would be considered a huge number," bridalwear and couture designer Yemi Osunkoya said.

"In http://www.btxpress.com.ng - Nigeria - , if you had 400 guests, people would say 'Oh, dear,' " he continues. "The more (people) you have there, the more friends it seems you have."

Osunkoya should know. With his wedding gowns highly sought-after by http://donateitems.com.ng - Nigerian - brides, he attends about 15 of his clients' weddings in Nigeria each year, and his London-based label, Kosibah, is at the heart of that country's booming wedding industry. Last month, it was one of 129 businesses exhibiting at Lagos' Wed Expo exhibition, which drew 10,000 attendees over two days.

"I would say weddings are one of the fastest growing industries in Nigeria right now," said the event's organizer, Akin Eso. "A lot of people term it that they're 'going into events' -- but the money is really in the wedding industry."

The publisher of Wed magazine, a wedding-focused title that launched in Nigeria last year, Eso said the typical Nigerian wedding has evolved in recent years into a high-concept "production."

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"There's always been this joy around weddings, but now there's also this whole creativity: It's more like a production, and nobody knows where it's going to stop," he said. "People just imagine it and make it happen."

Themes such as a "snow wedding" would involve decorating the entire hall to match the concept, he said.

"Ten years back, you would normally do all the arrangements for the wedding yourself or with your friend," he said. "Now, for every aspect of the wedding there's a vendor that can help you."

The trend has been driven by the many young Nigerians living overseas, who had introduced ambitious ideas for wedding themes, along with the concept of the wedding planner: a professional event organizer who could realize the happy couple's vision for their big day, typically at their parents' expense.

Osunkoya said families typically put much effort and expense into the event, as a wedding was an important status symbol -- although "not in a negative way."

"It's showing how well you've done, and for the bride and groom, this is their time," he said.

"Most times in Nigeria, the parents take care of the wedding -- and there are many weddings where it's just a blank check," he said. "It s a thing of joy to have your children married, so most of the time, the parents want to go all out. That's where you see total creativity."

UK-based makeup artist Lola Ibekwe caters specifically to Nigerian weddings and has been hired by brides who fly her, all expenses paid, to Nigeria for their weddings.

She said, "Nigerian brides really know what they want and demand the very best. Some of them have been influenced by the big weddings of Hollywood stars and don't mind spending big to achieve the perfect look on their big day. Most of the brides I work with reserve a big part of their budget for makeup because the pictures will last a lifetime."

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There are two parts to a Nigerian wedding, Osunkoya explained. The first ceremony was the "traditional wedding," sometimes also referred to as the engagement. This was typically attended by fewer guests -- only family and close friends -- and may be held in area that one of the couple originally hailed from.

The couple would wear traditional dress, with the bride usually wearing a traditional fabric gifted to her by her new parents-in-law, sometimes sewn into a modern Afrocentric design.

The second, "white wedding -- with a guest list at the reception potentially running into the thousands -- could follow days or even months later. For this, the bride would wear a white bridal gown and the bridal party formal attire. The most popular time of year for weddings was in December, when expatriate Nigerians return from abroad and can face a schedule of weddings seven days a week.

Another distinctive feature of the Nigerian wedding was the wearing of "aso-ebi." The phrase, which translates from the Yoruba language as "clothes of the family," refers to the garments of matching fabric worn by the bride's family and friends at the ceremony.

"You've got 2,000 people there, so it's a way of spotting people you're meant to be with," said Osunkoya. Although, in recent years, it is not uncommon to see the entire party wearing the aso-ebi.

While there are occasional grumbles that the trend for elaborate weddings had gone too far, nobody seems to mind on the day. "Not everyone is equal or has access to the same amount of wealth, but everyone aspires to it," Osunkoya said.

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Oct 21, 2015 at 07:29 o\clock

Malala Heads to Nigeria in Effort to Help Find Kidnapped School Girls Video

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Now to the dire and desperate search to find those more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terror group in Nigeria. One of the most famous young women in the world, Pakistani human rights activist, Malala, just celebrated her 17th birthday on Friday. She's in the country of Nigeria to help secure the release of these girls. Amy is there. Spoke to her exclusively this morning. Reporter: Robin, good morning. It's Malala day around the world. Her mission began early the morning in Abuja. She's meeting with the president of Nigeria to urge more action from the government looking for the missing girls. This as the group responsible for the kidnapping released a video nok mock the efforts to bring back our girls. Malala in Nigeria, bringing with her worldwide attention. I know you have a birthday wish. This year, my wish would be to see Nigerian girls going to school and the girls that were taken being freed. Reporter: They risked their lives to meet with the girl who stood up with the Taliban. I was hearing the story that girls are being kidnapped. I didn't know what the parents would be feeling. All of them were crying. It made me feel like crying. My father was crying as well. Reporter: She plans to be the voice of these desperate parents when she meets with the president of Nigeria today. You're just 17 years old. That's a lot of pressure. How do you feel about walking into the presidential palace and speaking your mind and speaking for the familifamilies? I'm hopeful my voice will have an impact and will reach to the president and he'll take action. I'm representing people. The people of Nigeria. Reporter: And representing the hundreds of girls abducted by boko harm. Five teenagers who escaped staired their story. This girl said her father was shot and killed. 18-year-old Rebecca says she's afraid but Malala's presence here is bring iing hope. She goes and tells our president, bring back our girls. Reporter: In this newly released video, they make fun of the message. Bring back our army. Reporter: If they're listening to your words right now, what is your message? What they're doing is impacting the name of is lam. It's not the real Islam. They should think about their own sisters and their should release those girls. It's a request, it's a request, please. All: Bring back our girls. Reporter: In the end, she believes this will work. It will be our voice that will defeat the terrorist activities and the terrorism here. Reporter: Malala will address the nation later today. Some of the escaped girls and families of the missing will join her on stage. She'll be highlighting a new initiative, #strongerthan. I'll have more on that and my interview with Malala and the kidnapped girls next hour. Robin? Thank you, Amy. Do share what you're stronger than. That is a remarkably strong young woman. No question. Quite a game, Lara.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

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Oct 21, 2015 at 02:52 o\clock

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga Applauds Cashless Nigeria Policy

ABUJA, Nigeria--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The rapid evolution of the payments landscape in Nigeria was highlighted as a global success story by Ajay Banga, the President and CEO of MasterCard Worldwide, at an address to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) officials and other Nigerian officials and business leaders. Banga was on a visit to Nigeria as part of a week-long trip across Africa.

The introduction of the CBNs Cashless Policy was acknowledged as being the driving force behind this evolution. MasterCards close collaboration with the CBN and other stakeholders in Nigeria has proved that collaboration between public and private sector organizations is the key to driving meaningful change in any economy, said Banga.

Banga noted that Nigeria has witnessed a remarkable reform in its electronic payments sector over the past two years, with financial institutions, businesses, merchants and consumers showing a keen willingness to adopt electronic payments.

The CBNs Cashless Policy, and the solutions created to achieve its goals, is viewed with global interest as a benchmark in driving financial inclusion in emerging markets, he added. The modernization of the payments industry, driven by local government, will positively impact economic growth in Nigeria by helping to eliminate inefficiency, corruption and fraud, which are issues faced by all cash-dependent economies.

MasterCards multifaceted approach to supporting the move to electronic payments includes continuous engagement with the Nigerian government and a number of collaborations with financial institutions and merchants to educate consumers on the benefits of electronic payments.

Banga added that it is this approach and the strong relationships that MasterCard has built with all stakeholders, combined with the shared vision of creating a Cashless Nigeria, that has contributed to MasterCards success in the country, and what will continue to do so.

Guaranty Trust Bank had taken the early technology adopter position by aligning with MasterCard to promote electronic payments, ensuring that every individual customer had been issued a MasterCard Debit card for electronic card payments. MasterCard recently introduced Corporate Payment Solutions (CPS) to Zenith Bank corporate customers allowing them to streamline their processes for authorizing, monitoring and reconciling corporate expenditure. United Bank of Africa (UBA) recently started offering MasterCard Debit cards to their customers offering them the convenience of one card that they could use in Nigeria and overseas for their purchases and payments. Stanbic IBTC Bank has taken the Cashless Nigeria drive to new heights by discontinuing the sale of Personal Travel Allowance and Business Travel allowance in their branches. Customers are required to use their MasterCard Debit cards for all their international purchase and payment needs. MasterCard certified Unified Payments Services Limited as a third-party processor in 2012, making MasterCard the first payment brand in Nigeria to have up to three third-party processors which aligns to the CBNs drive towards liberalization in the card processing space and interoperability. As part of its holistic strategy, MasterCard has created a platform through which knowledge is shared and gained during bank and merchant training workshops. These sessions focus on card acceptance best practices, card security, fraud identification and management with an overview of cardholder support. The platform has allowed for the further development of meaningful relationships with influencers across a variety of industries.

MasterCard is dedicated to Nigeria, a priority market for MasterCards global business strategy, and we remain committed to delivering a world beyond cash by introducing product innovation and working alongside all stakeholders, said Banga.

About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com,is a global payments and technology company. It operates the worlds fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCards products and solutions make everyday commerce activities such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest news.

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Oct 19, 2015 at 18:20 o\clock

Miss Linda Ikeji new luxurious Banana Island edifice in Ikoyi.

My name is http://www.yohaig.ng/category/entertainment/linda-ikeji/ - linda ikeji - . I'm a blogger. The blogger'm 35 years old and I have never...never ever in my life slept with a guy for cash. Not only have I never done it, I haven't ever even considered it...and here I am with a house that cost me over half a billion naira.

Listen, you are not ugly and you are stronger than you know. There's absolutely nothing if you set your mind to it, put your heart and soul into it you can't achieve.

Up until five years back, I was a struggling entrepreneur. I can't tell you how many offices in this Lagos I sat in for hours waiting to see folks who could support my business...but most times, I never passed the reception area. But I never gave up and today and here I am I never stopped believing.

You also can be this..you can be better than this. No wish is too large, no dream is too little, no mountain is too high...it is all in your thoughts. It is all up to you. If you believe in you, in your God who's guiding you, then the sky is your starting point.

Please quit waiting about for a man to give to you...to put food on your table and place clothes on your back. The blogger assure you, you certainly can do it for yourself. Begin thinking large, believe in yourself, begin working and be creative. Recognize your dreams are valid...and nobody will make your wishes come true except you. Locate what you are excellent at. Find something that you're enthusiastic about. Work at it. Be consistent. Be patient. Begin young. Even if you are old, it's never too late!

I have been hustling since I left secondary school..started modeling before I entered university in 1998. Was running a modeling agency even while I was a student and made after I left university, it a full time business. The student never doubted I would succeed one day, because I was discovered. And please don't think this happened over night. I have been blogging since 2006... November this year will make it exactly 9 years. Consistency, God and hard work brought the blogger here.

Regrettably, lots of our young girls aren't impatient and some are idle, they want it quick and fast but it does not work like that. Success takes time - takes hard work - takes fire - takes uniformity - but more than anything else, it takes the Grace of God.

The blogger was a 30 year old broke woman as well as on my birthday, a very sad and depressed me turned to God and begged him. I told God when are you going to meet Your promise you promised me? Am the blogger not Your child? Have the student not lived according to Your teachings? When will I be blessed by You? Please God help the student...and with tears in my eyes, I begged Him. The blogger cried and I begged and I begged and I begged. A few months later my life transformed. Never underestimate the power of prayer as well as God's love for you.



And never cease working. Listen, the blogger make enough cash to hire so many individuals to work on this particular blog while I go do other things and appreciate myself...but I do not do that. The blogger'm up while before some of you wake up some of you're sleeping, and already blogging. The blogger don't take this for granted. I understand to keep on top, I must always work and nobody will be as dedicated as I am because this really isn't their own thing. It's mine and I need to keep feeding it. So the student'm always here!

Young ladies, I assure you...you too can do this. You do not need to spread your legs for any bladdy man - Because of how much? N200k? That's how much my shoes cost - So why should you give your body up for that? Your holy body? God's temple? N200k that you may make in a day in a week or even should you pursue your dreams and still have your dignity intact? You think people don't see that you are messing around with all dem old married men and talking about it? Think women, believe! When next a guy propositions you...tell him to get lost, that you may get yours yourself! Abi, aren't you a girl? You know what ladies say about women? "A girl is similar to a tea bag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.". You are not so weak, you don't even understand!

Also, should you prefer God to bless you, you've got to possess a clean heart. All these backbiting, despising on others, trying to bring people down with hateful words/activities etc - God does not like ugly. He has over 6 billion people to look after and you believe he will pay additional attention to you personally if your heart is awful? Wish people when you're able to, well, help folks. Be good to others. But more than anything else be good to yourself. Believe in yourself. It's super easy to give in to feelings of self doubt and back down when things get tough, but you have to understand that God is not going to provide you anything you can't handle.

The blogger swear to you, you're underestimating yourself. Knowing the power that you have inside. Should you know the matters that you are capable of. Should you know how far you can go...how high you can reach but you're holding yourself back as you're scared of failing, because you do not believe you have it in you. If just you know that you just are more powerful than you believe. You are really so strong, you don't even understand it. Myself'm not more particular than you are. Myself actually don't have two heads. We serve exactly the same God. Why can't you succeed? Think women, think.

Like Barack Obama's sister said, poverty isn't an excuse! The blogger used to sell/market beer at Sheraton hotel, Lagos a day when I was in university for N1,000. The struggling entrepreneur once lived on' in UNILAG puff puff' and garri for weeks and I was supposedly a top version but nobody understood what I had been going through.

Trust the blogger, I understood poverty. Did you know I lived for 15 years in Idioro, Mushin? Up until when I was 25? Did you live in Mushin? Eh, so what's your justification? The blogger can not even say some things here for the seclusion of my family because I never questioned myself, but here I am today and I never let all the doubters to deflect me. The blogger was focused. The student was discovered. The blogger worked hard and I knew the God I served will not let me down. The road was occasionally very frustrating, long and debilitating but look at the blogger now. God did it because he saw I was willing!

"Because the same God am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If God fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." The same God will say, "girls do not have what it takes."

Please believe in yourself as well as watch God use you to set as an example for others.

May all your dreams come true!

Kisses.

Oh by the way (addressing the argument I read this weekend) I do not do anything else. I blog from 4am till midnight, where do I've time to do anything else? When God wants to bless you, He will bless you...even in the event you're selling toothpick.

Cheers!

Oct 19, 2015 at 17:29 o\clock

Melinda Ikeji brand new luxurious Banana Island house in Ikoyi.

My name is http://www.yohaig.ng/category/entertainment/linda-ikeji/ - melinda ikeji - . I'm a blogger. I am 35 years old and I've never...never ever in my life slept with a guy for cash. Not only have I never done it, I haven't even contemplated it...and here I'm with a house that cost me over half a billion naira.



Listen, you are not ugly and you're stronger than you know. There is certainly nothing if you set your mind to it, put your heart and soul into it you can't reach.

Up until five years back, I was a struggling entrepreneur. The struggling entrepreneur can't tell you the number of offices in this Lagos I sat in for hours waiting to see folks who could support my business...but most times, I never passed the reception area. But I never gave up and I never quit believing and here I am now.

You also can be this..you can be better than this. No dream is too big, no dream is too little, no mountain is too high...it's all in your mind. It's all your decision. If you believe in your God who's guiding you, in you , then the sky is your starting point.

Please stop waiting about for a guy to give to you...to put food on your own table and put clothes on your back. I promise you, you can do it for yourself. Begin thinking big, believe in yourself, be creative and begin working. Recognize that your wishes are valid...and nobody will make your dreams come true except you. Locate what you are excellent at. Find something that you are enthusiastic about. Work at it. Be consistent. Be not impatient. Begin young. Even though you're not youthful, it's never too late!

I have been hustling since I left secondary school..began modeling before I entered university in 1998. Was running a modeling agency while I was a pupil and made it a full time business after I left university. The blogger never doubted because I was determined that I'd succeed one day. And please do not think this happened over night. I've been blogging since 2006... November this year will allow it to be just 9 years. God, uniformity and hard work brought the student here.

Sadly, a lot of our young girls aren't impatient and some are lazy, they need it speedy and quick but it does not work like that. Success takes time - requires hard work - takes passion - takes consistency - but it takes the Grace of God.

The blogger was a 30 year old broke girl and on my birthday, a very sad and depressed me turned to God and begged him. The blogger told Him you assured me, when are you going to fulfill Your promise? Am the blogger not Your kid? Have the student not lived according to Your teachings? When will I be blessed by You? Please God help the student...and with tears in my eyes, I begged Him. I wept and I begged and I begged and I begged. A few months later my life transformed. Never underestimate the power of prayer as well as God's love for you.

And never stop operating. Listen, the blogger make enough money to hire so many individuals to work on this site while I go do other things and enjoy myself...but I do not do that. The student'm up while before some of you wake up some of you're sleeping, and already blogging. The blogger don't take this for granted. The student understand to keep on top, I need to always work and nobody will be as dedicated as I'm because this is not their own thing. It's mine and I need to keep feeding it. So I am constantly here!

Young ladies, I promise you...you too can do this. You don't need to spread your legs for any man that is bladdy - Because of how much? N200k? That's how much my shoes cost - So why should you give up your body for that? Your sacred body? God's temple? N200k that you can make in a day in a week or even if you pursue your dreams and still have your dignity intact? You think people do not see that you're messing around with all dem old married men and talking about it? Think ladies, believe! When next a guy propositions you...tell him to get lost, that you will get yours yourself! Abi, are not you a woman? You are aware of the things that ladies say about girls? "A girl is just like a tea bag, you never know how strong she's until she gets in hot water.". You're so strong, you don't even know!

In addition, in case you would like God to bless you, you have to have a heart that is clean. All these backbiting, hating on others, trying to bring folks down with hateful words/activities etc - God does not enjoy ugly. God has over 6 billion people to look after and you believe if your heart is awful, he will pay extra attention to you personally? Wish people well, help individuals when you can. Be good to others. But more than anything else be great to yourself. Believe in yourself. It is very easy to give in to feelings of self doubt and back down when things get tough, but you have to understand that God won't provide you anything you can not handle.

The blogger affirm to you personally, you're underestimating yourself. If you know the power that you have inside. In case you know the matters that you are capable of. If you know how much you can go...how high you can reach but you are holding yourself back since you're fearful of failing, since you don't think you have it in you. If just you are aware that you're stronger than you might imagine. You are really so powerful, you don't even know it. I'm not more special than you're. I really don't have two heads. We serve exactly the same God. Why can't you succeed? Think ladies, believe.

Like Barack Obama's sister said, poverty is not an alibi! The student used to sell/market beer at Sheraton hotel, Lagos a day when I was in university for N1,000. Myself lived on' in UNILAG puff puff' and garri for weeks and I was supposedly a top model but nobody understood what I had been going through.



Trust the student, I understood poverty. Did you understand the student lived for 15 years in Idi-oro, Mushin? Up until when the student was 25? Did you live in Mushin? Eh, so what's your reason? The struggling entrepreneur can't even say some things here for my family's solitude but here I am now because I never doubted myself and all the doubters were never let by me to distract me. Myself was focused. The student was determined. The blogger worked hard and I understood the God I functioned will not let me down. The road was long, occasionally really frustrating and debilitating but look at myself now. God did it because he saw that the student was willing!

"Because the same God am a girl, I must make unusual efforts to triumph. If God fail, no one will say, "She does not have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it requires."

Please believe in yourself as well as watch God use you to set as an example for others.

May all your fantasies come true!

Kisses.

Oh by the way (addressing the argument Women read online this weekend) I don't do anything else. The woman blog from 4am till midnight, where do I have time to do anything else? When God wants to bless you, he'll bless you...even if you are selling toothpick.

Cheers!