Tuesday, 9 October 2018

HEALTH TALK: Can Tilapia Skin Help Heal Burn Victims?

Researchers are experimenting with sterilized fish skin as bandages.

There's some fascinating research going on in Brazil that could save burn victims from unnecessary pain and infections.
In Brazil, fish farming is a big business, but farmers typically throw away the skin from farmed tilapia. Doctors are experimenting with these skins — after they've been sterilized, of course — as bandages for burn victims, reports Stat. (Yes, there are some horror movie scenarios that come to mind, but listen to the science before your mind goes too far.)
The patient is covered in fish skin because researchers have found that collagen proteins, which help skin scar, are abundant in tilapia skin, even more so than in human skin. In a country where human skin, pig skin and other artificial bandage alternatives are in short supply, this tilapia skin research could make a tremendous difference.

Glo earns Igwe Achebe’s encomium on Glo at Ofala celebrations

The Obi of Onitsha and the grand host of the Ofala festival,  Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, has lavished praises on telecoms firm and major sponsor of the festival, Globacom,  for helping to raise the standard of the African fiesta in the last eight years.

According to Igwe Achebe, Globacom’s sponsorship has added more flavour and excitement to the age old festival that showcases the best of Igbo culture and hospitality. He described Globacom as a strategic partner and a friend of the Onitsha kingdom and the Igbo race as a whole, whose support has helped raise the profile of festival, putting the it on the global platform as a tourists delight.

"I express gratitude to all who have contributed to the success of yet another Ofala Onitsha festival. Sincere thanks to our strategic partners, Globacom Nigeria Limited, who have been with us for eight consecutive years", the Obi said.

October 6th declared as “Wizkid Day” in Minnesota, US

Afrobeats star, Wizkid officially has a day named after him in Minnesota, United States.
Wizkid has arguably become Nigeria’s greatest export in recent times and everyone can jump on the Surulere to the world trend.
Wizkid was honoured in the United States by the governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton when the 6th of October was declared Wizkid Day.
According to the proclamation October 6th of every year will now be known as a state holiday called ”Wizkid Day” to celebrate the Nigerian born pop star.
The proclamation also stated that Wizkid achieved international recognition in 2016 following his collaboration with Drake on the global hit, One Dance thereby becoming the first indigenous Nigerian musician to score a number one hit on the popular US Singles chart.

The proclamation further stated that on the 6th of October which will henceforth be known as Wizkid Day, thousands of Minnesotans will converge on Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis to see Wizkid perform.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Buhari Feted and Serenaded Dancing Orphans

They were in Abuja to show their dancing prowess at the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but Sunday morning found them at breakfast table with President Muhammadu Buhari at State House. No wonder their coordinator said, “this is like a dream, from which I don’t want to wake.”

Xplicit Dancers are young boys and girls who engage in vigorous and scintillating dancing to entertain their audiences. Their performance at Eagle Square on Saturday night earned them an invitation to breakfast at State House on Sunday, during which President Buhari said: “I am very impressed with your performance. It must have taken a lot of discipline and training. To dance with such dexterity is fantastic. I congratulate you.”

The young dancers, aged between 11 and 27 years, are mostly orphans taken off the streets, and brought up at Explicit Home of Favour Initiative, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The father of the home is David Abraham, a graduate of Business Administration. His wife, Oluwakemi, serves as mother, and they jointly run the registered welfare home. They have two biological children of their own. 

Total Challenge in Africa Launches The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year

...Also set to reward Top Female Entrepreneurs

Energizing Your Ideas!

Following the success of the first Startupper of the Year Challenge, held in 2015 in more than 30 African countries, Total is bringing it back this year in nearly 40 countries across the continent and 60 worldwide.

Group photo of the winners of the 2015 Startupper Challenge L-R: Owoyemi Owosho, Winner, Uzoma-Eleke, 1st Runner-Up and Nwachinemere, 2nd runner-up.

The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge will support and reward young local entrepreneurs in any business sector with a project or business less than two years old. In each participating African country, a local jury comprised of experts from Total, specialists from incubators and accelerators, business leaders and local community stakeholders will select three winners.

The projects will be assessed based on their:
·        Innovative nature.
·        Social and community impact.
·        Feasibility and development potential.

Each winner will be awarded the “Startupper of the Year” label and receive financial support of at least N2.6 million plus professional coaching and extensive publicity to advertise their project.