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Reliving a Dying Tradition: The Rebirth of Igbu Ichi

Reliving a Dying Tradition: The Rebirth of Igbu Ichi

The sound of ringing bells blends with the thrumming of drums. One man is beating two slit wooden drums and another jingling the rattles (oyo) in unison. Ufie music welcomes the Nwadioka, traditional tattooist to the compound of the Nwa-ichi, the man to be tattooed. Known beyond Neni, Ufie—the music produced by the instruments—is an important music with traditional significance. It is played at prominent ceremonial events like festivals, chieftaincy, as well as during Igbu-Ichi. As the compere takes the…

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WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS OF NICOTINE

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS OF NICOTINE

BY MICHAEL FALADE The addictive substance in tobacco is NICOTINE. It is the energy supplement for smoke addicts. It releases extra chemicals in the brain, thereby increasing the brain’s cognitive power, making it function above its normal level. Any attempt to withdraw from continuously feeding the brain with nicotine leads to withdrawal symptoms. Some of the effects nicotine has on the brain are: boosting mood, reducing irritability and depression, and increasing the brain’s ability to memorize. The brain gets accustomed…

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YOUR BODY VS. SMOKING

YOUR BODY VS. SMOKING

BY MICHAEL FALADE Compared to other creatures, the human body is very fragile. It can hardly survive ‘harshness’ when compared to creatures in the thick forest. Hence, the safety of the body must be of concern to everyone when subjecting it to unhealthy habits and addictions like SMOKING. It’s important to know what smoking does to the body before you decide whether or not to engage in the act. There are no safe substances in any tobacco, from nitrogen oxides,…

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UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION

UNDERSTANDING ADDICTION

By Michael Falade Addiction is the state of absolute dependency on a particular substance or thing. It is the condition of being obsessed with or enslaved by a habit. It is a compulsion, an engrossment, an overwhelming engagement in a practice despite the harmful consequences. Once a conscious decision, substance dependence often leaves its victim with no say or option after a while, due to its side effect on the brain. With time, it becomes a compulsive action and eventually…

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THE NIGERIAN FACTOR

THE NIGERIAN FACTOR

This common axiom “The Nigerian Factor” is usually on individuals’ lips, especially residents in Nigeria. It’s high time we derived, if not already, and realized the real meaning. Personally, I have witnessed so many situations where this statement has been given different contextual meanings, but they almost point to ‘one’ thing. In most Nigerian organizations, ‘the Nigerian Factor’ overrules every other laid down principle, unknowingly. With this not being the real intent and vision of the founding fathers, even the…

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MONDAYS – NAWA!

MONDAYS – NAWA!

All the girigiri, up and down, hustle and bustle, stress, buzz, forming, good behavior, eye service, unnecessary shoutings and yellings, traffic jams, rough rides, honking of the horn, rushing to work, rushing to school, knotting your tie in front of your Manager’s door, sweating to a business meeting – all on Monday mornings. Really, what is it with Mondays? Why all the rush and busyness? What spirit is behind Mondays? Is it truly the way people are portraying it to…

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THE HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.

THE HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.

Hope is beyond a static energy or an emergency hormone like adrenaline. It’s a force whose “Newton” can lift one from the prison to the palace. Consider this scenario: A group of frogs were running, and as the race continued, two fell into a pit.  The fun some are expecting seems to be lost, as the theme of the write-up is captioned: “The hope for a better tomorrow”. That was a detour, anyway. Back to our interesting story. The two frogs tried to…

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TASTE BUDS – THIS SEASON.

TASTE BUDS – THIS SEASON.

I bet you never had an inkling of the direction I was taking the content of my last write-up, Screeching Tyres and Hot Windscreens by mere sighting the caption. I caught you there, perhaps, swept you off your feet and took you unawares. I hope you have read that interesting piece which perfectly describes the road, trip and transportation situation experienced by Nigerian travelers and road users this season. If not yet, what are you waiting for exactly? Read through…

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Screeching Tyres and Hot Windscreens

Screeching Tyres and Hot Windscreens

And it’s the end of the year again when people from far and wide cities and countries travel to meet their loved ones, family and friends. After the whole year’s hardwork and stress at work and business, it is time to behold the faces of our relatives sit, laugh, gist, recount personal experiences, eat and dine, celebrate, spend money, buy gifts, pray together and plan for the New Year. To some, it is a yearly tradition – the only time…

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GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY

GIVING BACK TO THE SOCIETY

One may probably ask what we collected from the Society that we are to give back. This and many more ring also in my head and go through my mind as you rightly thought. Giving back to the Society is a good reflection on a Society with enormous resources, power and landmass for her populace. It is about reaching out to the masses in terms of empowerment, scholarships, infrastructure, technologies and the likes. It centres on individuals or corporate organizations that…

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