Ruth Olayioye


There is an ongoing debate as to the continuation of the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC). Some people are of the option of that the scheme should be stooped and we are all for it. Recently we saw an upgraded NYSC handbook where the corp members were advised to keep a ransom in case they are kidnapped on their way to their place of assignment. We have not gotten over the death of the youth corps members at NYSC camp and allegations of negligence from the staff. These events coming at the tail of each other in quick succession leaves a bitter taste in our tongues.

Here 5 reasons why the National Youth Service Scheme(NYSC) should be stopped:

It has outlived its usefulness

NYSC was created in 1973 as a bridge to connect people all across the country when the civil war ended. The scheme sought to expose young Nigerians to different cultures and foster national unity by posting graduates to States different from theirs. It was a great idea at the time, and when implemented achieved its aims in the immediate years following the war. More than 40 years later, the country has evolved, and we are fighting a different war. Yet, NYSC has failed to adjust its objectives, and take into consideration the evolving needs of the country and its youths. 

It’s also alarming that adults who are sent to foster national peace and unity, already have strongly formed prejudices which they tend to enforce in their primary place of assignment. What we need is a scheme that adapts to the dynamic nature of our country and prepares the youths for the future.

The risks are too high

The rising cases of insecurity in most parts of the country and the ineffective management of the program mean that very few youth corps members will leave at the end of the day unscathed.  We have heard of corps members are who were sent to volatile areas and exposed to unwarranted dangers. Many of them have lost their lives due to tragic road accidents, acts of terrorism and even election violence. Others developed severe health issues due to the unique challenges of their new environments. We got reports of corp members who were sexually abused and cases of sexual harassment abound. Away from all of that, we have a disaster waiting to happen if corp members who passed out of the scheme do not have jobs because as time goes on they will become restless and turn to crime.

It is of little or no value

Every year, thousands of young people graduate from universities across the country after spending between 4-7 years to get their degrees. What most of them desire at that point is relevant work experience or gainful employment, especially if they don’t have rich parents who will hook them up with a job or send them abroad for postgraduate studies. However, the majority will spend up to a year at home doing nothing but waiting to be called for service, when they eventually get called up, they will spend another year posted to a remote community, teaching in subjects that are far removed from their degrees. Many of them return home jobless and frustrated because they didn’t get the meaningful and relevant experience which employers look for. A handful of them who were fortunate to serve in corporate organisations would be retained after their service year, while the majority would learn some sort of vocational skill and be forced into self-employment.

It is a waste of valuable time and scarce resources

The scheme is estimated to cost  60-80 billion naira per year. It is like the proverbial white elephant and you don’t have to be a genius to know that spending that huge amount of money on a  scheme with little or no value at all, while millions of youths are suffering as a result of unemployment is a total waste of time, money and people.


African is the second largest continent rich in culture and with diverse rich wildlife across its deserts, savannas, huge valleys, and forests. It is also home to some of the majestic animals in the world, among them is the largest land animal (African elephant) and the tallest animal (giraffe) in the world.

There are many other exquisite African animals you would be interested to know. Here is the list of 5 unique animals you will find only in Africa.


Okapi is the only close relative of giraffe remaining in the world and they are majorly found in the rainforests of the Republic of Congo. Okapis have striped markings on their behinds which gives them a zebra-like appearance.

This animal can reach up to 8 feet in length and may weigh between 180-310 kg.  Okapis have long necks and they have a reddish-brown coating with zebra-like stripes on their hind limbs and front legs. These attributes make them blend into the dense rainforests easily.

Okapis have 18 inches long tongues which help them strip leaves from plants easily.

Their feet also have scent glands that produce a tar-like secretion. They used it to mark their territory and to communicate with others while going 0.8-2.5 miles per day in search of food.

Okapi is one of the most endangered animals of Africa due to hunting activities and rainforest encroachment.

Mantled Guereza

The mantled guereza is an attractive monkey with beautiful glossy, black and white fur and an impressively long tail. They can be found in the evergreen forests of West-Central and East Africa.

With a weight of 13.5 kg and a height that ranges between 21-28 inches, a Guereza is a large member of the monkey family.

Guerezas live in small groups which consists of 3-15 monkeys and produce different types of calls to communicate with each other.

These monkeys are active during the day searching for food sources.

A guereza’s diet mainly consists of leaves, seeds, fruits, and arthropods and its multi-chambered stomach have specialized bacteria which digest large amounts of food.


Wildebeests have a bull-like physique but they actually belong to the family of antelopes. There are two species of these animals in the world – black wildebeest and blue wildebeest. They are found only in Africa in open woodlands and green plains.

The male and female wildebeests have horns and they can reach 8 feet in length and may weigh up to 275 kg.

They live in large herds which makes it easy for them to migrate as a group of 1.2- 1.5 million towards the North when food sources become scarce. This is the largest terrestrial mammal migration on Earth.

A wildebeest can travel in a day over 30 miles but when migrating, they can cover between 600-1000 miles.

These animals are feed mainly on short grass and are eaten by lions, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs.

Greater Kudu

Greater kudus (known as African Antelopes) are found in the savannah woodlands and rocky hillsides in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The male kudus have one of the longest horns in the world. Their horns have a length of 1 meter with 2 and 1/2 twists which they use to fight. The male and female greater kudus vary slightly, males have a length that ranges between 2 -2.5 meters and may weigh up to 315 kg. The female kudus have a length of 1.85 -2.3 meters and weigh up to 215 kg.

Apart from their brownish-grey coating with numerous vertical white stripes, these animals also have a distinctive white band between their eyes.

Greater kudus are social animals. The females form groups and the male kudos only join these groups during mating season.

These animals feed on leaves, grasses, fruits, and flowers mainly.


Galagoes are small nocturnal primates with a length that ranges between 6-8 inches and they weigh up to 10 oz. They inhabit bushlands and woodlands in East Africa.

Galagoes have thick fur which can be either brown or grey and they spend most of their time moving between branches of trees due to their flexible joints. They have huge ears which give them an excellent sense of hearing. This creature also has large eyes with excellent night vision.

They jump with their powerful hind legs and on a single leap, galagoes can reach a height of 2.25 meters.

Unlike other primates with one tongue, galagoes have an additional tongue that is hidden in plain sight and they feed mainly on tree gums, fruits, and insects.



With a lot of people searching for DIYs and informative videos. YouTube has become the second largest search engine on the internet behind Google. Content creators on YouTube are taking advantage of the opportunities this huge platform has to offer to make good money by doing what they love.

Here are 15 female YouTubers who are dishing out engaging content for their more than 1 million subscribers.


This Spanish content creator likes to give tips on makeup, clothes, and style. She has over 24.9 million subscribers on her channel and is one of the leading female YouTubers

Liza Koshy

Elizabeth Shaila Koshy, who is known as Liza Koshy, has built a following of 17.6 million subscribers as at September 2021. Her followers fell in love with her videos because they are humorous and relatable.

Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh is a YouTube comedian who is famous for her satirical rants and ethnically-themed spoof videos. Currently, she has 14.8 million subscribers.


Rachel Levin, the face behind Rclbeauty101 began her career in YouTube in 2010. She talks about makeup and gives tips on its application.

Currently, Rachel has 14.5 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.

Caeli Alien

Patricia Caeli Santaolalla López, who is known online as Caeli Alien, is a Mexican vlogger. She makes videos on a variety of topics but her makeup tutorials are the most popular. Today, her subscriber count is 15.8 million subscribers.

Rosanna Pansino

Rosanna Pansino is known on YouTube as a baker, writer, and actress. She engages her followers with easy to cook recipes.

As of September 2021, she had 13 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.

Bethany Mota

Bethany Noel Mota started her channel as a kid. She makes fun videos and she talks about fashion and grooming guides, cosmetics advice, suggestions for self-care, and a lot more.

Mota is fond of her 9.71 million subscribers and calls them “Mota-vators.”


Kéfera Buchmann, is a Brazilian actress and writer who runs the popular YouTube channel called 5incominutos.

She had 10.6 million YouTube fans as of September 2021.


Wendie Ayache is the brain behind the popular Wengie YouTube channel. She makes entertaining video content on life hacks, satire, pranks, D.I.Y., and instructional tutorials for her 13.9 million subscribers.


Alia Marie “Lia” Shelesh is the real name of the brain behind the YouTube channel SSSniperwolf. She is a professional YouTube gamer. Her YouTube channel has 29.4 million subscribers and this makes her one of the leading female social media gamers on the internet.


Eva Gutowski is the real name of the brain behind MyLifeAsEva, a popular YouTube channel. She makes videos on different topics such as DIY, beauty and fashion makeup tutorials.

Currently, she has over 11.4 million subscribers.

Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan is one of the most popular names on the internet. One of the pioneers on YouTube, Her channel has 8.84 million subscribers.

She’s known for her beauty videos and professional presence across several social media channels.


Bunny Meyer, born Rachel Marie Meyer, is the brain behind the grav3yardgirl YouTube channel.

She loves things such as ferrets, weird items, old creepy dolls and she posts videos about music, beauty, and shopping. Her subscribers are 8.2 million.


Nikkie De Jager is the face behind the popular YouTube channel known as NikkieTutorials. She is one of the most influential beauty influencers.

As of September 2021, NikkieTutorials has over 13.8 million subscribers.


Lauren Riihimaki is a passionate do-it-yourselfer with numerous DIY craft videos on her YouTube channel called LaurDIY.  Her channel has 8.64 million subscribers.

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Despite the fact that there is a constant need for clean clothing, many of us don’t have time to handle this simple but vital task. This may be as a result of our busy lifestyles, health conditions or sheer laziness. This goes with saying that laundry is one of the least favourite household chores.

So given the constant need for clean clothing, this $40 billion dollar industry is one you have to get into. Here is a complete guide to starting a small laundry business, if you are thinking about becoming a laundry entrepreneur.

Gain Experience in the Laundry Industry

Running a laundry business does not require any specific qualifications or experience but it is advisable you have experience when starting any business. Prior to starting a laundry business it is important you get a job in a laundry facility, so you can learn more about the business and what customers want.

Carry Out a Market Survey

Before you start your laundry business, carry out a market survey to ensure there is demand for laundry services in your area and know how your potential customers respond to your new business.

Write a Business Plan

If you want to have a seamless business operation, you need to have a business plan. A business plan gives you a deeper understanding of the market and is useful when applying for a bank loan or venture capital for your business.

Your business plan should include the laundry services you will provide and any special cleaning services, such as dry cleaning or ironing.

A business plan makes you gain clarity about where your business is headed and also helps you stay organized.

List the Items You Will Need

The next step is to get the necessary equipment you need to get your laundry business started. The equipment you buy depends on the scale you want to operate and your buying power. If you cannot afford a washer, you can wash with your hand.

Here are some equipment and items you will need to start your laundry business; washers, dryers, detergent, hangers, basins, iron, ironing table, garment conveyor, starch, water, generator, nylon and tags for identification, shelves and so on. These items will need to be factored into your budget when drafting your business plan to ensure your new business is financially viable.

Determine Your Target Market

It’s important you pick a target market to go after. So, when writing your business plan, include who your target market will be. Have at the back of your mind that your target market needs to be broad and should include, elderly customers who can’t take care of the washing themselves, busy working-class moms who don’t have time to do the family’s laundry and students who may be too busy to do their own laundry.

Identifying who your target markets are is important when it comes to marketing your laundry business.

Pick a Good Venue

A good location with little competition is key to your laundry business. If you have a garage at home and you live in a place that’s accessible for customers to drop off and pick up their laundry, you should consider operating your laundry business from home.

If you don’t have any of the above, look for an open location, such as on a busy street in a residential area with parking space this makes the dropping off of clothes and picking up process convenient for your customers.

You need to consider the price of renting the venue which may be high or low depending on the location and it should be factored into the business expenses.

Register Your Business and Get All Important Documents

When operating a laundry business, you may need to register your business and get some permits. Depending on your location, you may have to pay some local government levies. Do your best to find out the documentation process you need to go through and settle it to avoid any interference when your laundry business kicks off.

Start to Promote Your Business

Once you have everything in place, focus on marketing your business aggressively. From posting fliers to sending a direct email, and even getting your own website launched, here are some ways to market your business to different target markets:

  • Put a signboard outside the shop to let people know what you do
  • Use social media to advertise your business.
  • We all love discounts, so offer promotions and discounts
  • Print and share flyers wherever you go
  • Use word of mouth. Tell someone to tell another about your business.
  • Do home delivery and pick up.
  • Go to schools, banks, offices and advertise your laundry services
  • Make sure your prices are competitive and fair.

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The explosion of pay-per-views and the rising success of celebrity boxers means that some boxing fights can now earn hundreds of millions of pounds for a single event.

Revenue from ticket sales have reduced drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic but over the years there have been some huge events for promoters, venues, fighters and broadcasters. We take a look at the five boxers who took home the biggest paychecks for a simple boxing match financially biggest fights in history.

Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather

In May 2015, a long-wanted match-up between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao happened. This ‘Fight of the Century’  profited off the hopes and expectations of fight fans.

While the excitement for the fight was off the charts, but it ended up as an anticlimax, with Mayweather winning without too much drama.

However, the anticipation for the fight lead to the sale of 4.6m pay-per-view subscriptions and tickets for the public started at $1,500 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. These are the earnings from the fight:

  • PPV: £333 million
  • Gate: £58.7m
  • Mayweather’s purse: £223.5m
  • Pacquiao’s purse: £122m

Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor Mcgregor  

In August 2017, Mayweather’s fight with Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada was called ‘The Money Fight’ once it was announced.

Mayweather had retired in 2015 but came out of retirement in 2017 after he willed a fight to happen with Conor McGregor via social media. This fight produced the biggest single payday in the history of sports and allowed Mayweather to conclude his professional career with a 50th win extending his undefeated streak from a record forty-nine to fifty. These are the earnings from the fight with Mayweather take home earnings over £200 million:

  • PPV: £325m
  • Gate:  £44m
  • Mayweather’s purse: £223.5m
  • McGregor’s purse: £70m

Floyd Mayweather Vs Oscar De La Hoya

In May 2007, Oscar De La Hoya had a fight with Mayweather Oscar De La Hoya ended up earning £42 million, the highest purse ever for a fighter. De La Hoya may have taken much of the cash from this fight but it was Mayweather who claimed the win. The earnings from the fight are as follows:

  • PPV: £110m
  • Gate: £15m
  • De la Hoya’s purse: £42m
  • Mayweather’s purse: £20m

Evander Holyfield Vs. Mike Tyson

One highest-grossing fight of all time was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 1997. The fight in question is the Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson rematch. This ended in controversy because the former world heavyweight champion bit Holyfield’s ear twice, and was disqualified. As a result of his action, Tyson was finished as a serious figure in the sport.

On the PPV front it was much more successful, selling over 1.5 million subscriptions and here is a breakdown of the earnings from the fight:

  • PPV: £81.4m
  • Gate: £11.6m
  • Holyfield purse: £28.4m
  • Tyson purse: £24.3m

Lennox Lewis Vs. Mike Tyson

In 2002, Tyson hung on to fight Britain’s Lennox Lewis and at that time Lewis was the undisputed heavyweight champion.

The fight was in Lewis’ favour and the earnings were exceptional. Over 14,000 seats were sold at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee. This is a breakdown of his earnings from that match

  • PPV: £90m
  • Gate: £14.2m
  • Lewis: £14.2m
  • Tyson: £14.2m

Most women want to look good and also feel good. They do this at the detriment of their health most times. So it’s not surprising that a lot of women are crazy about the size of their buttocks and they are on the lookout for ways of enlarging them. But it is not a secret that to get the butt of your dream, you need to train hard in the gym and perform exercises for butt enlargement regularly.

These women will not want to go the hard way of doing sports, wearing shapewear or passing through a surgeon’s knife and that’s why the sale of butt creams are on the increase.

It`s worth noting here that after its use, most women don’t notice any significant increase in the volume of their butt after the use of these products. Although some ladies admit that their butt became elastic and soft, this effect doesn`t last long because as soon as they stopped applying the butt cream, their butt immediately went back to its old size.

Is it the only disappointment associated with butt enlargement creams or are there hidden truths they don’t want you to know about these creams?

So what is the truth they don’t want you to know about Butt Enlargement Creams?

When you rub these creams, your skin absorbs them and it does not only affect your butt because the ingredients move to your liver then start circulation starts throughout your body in your bloodstream.

Let’s take Botcho cream as an example, one of the most popular butt creams. The components of this cream make its user experience hair loss, weight gain, headaches, cold hands and feet, bloating, difficulties with memory, mood swings, irregular menstrual periods, low sex drive, stretch marks, baldness, hirsutism, insomnia, anxiety, and depression, but the appearance of these side effects is also very rare.

Here are other side effects of using Butt Cream

Cerebral Pains

The problem is that cerebral pains can be caused by so many reasons, including these butt creams. To ensure that the ingredients of the cream you use are the main reason for your cerebral pains, you will have to monitor how you feel before and after using the cream.

Throbbing Body Pain

Some of the ingredients in these butt enlargement creams can cause this symptom. Like with cerebral pain, you will have to monitor how you feel before and after using the cream.  You need to know if its usage leads to throbbing body pain.

Stomach Problems

These butt creams can cause annoying bowel movements and heartburn. These problems are not so serious, but you do not need such stomach trouble whenever you apply the cream.


The usage of butt enlargement cream causes dizziness, the reason could be that the ingredients caused an expansion in your bloodstream.

Certain ingredients in these butt creams can also cause:

  • allergies
  • tingly sensation
  • extreme sensitivity
  • hormonal imbalance
  • rashes
  • redness
  • itching
  • irritation

It should be noted that these butt creams are not to be used during pregnancy, while nursing and those suffering from dermatological and oncological diseases are advised to stay off from its usage.

Ghana is called the gateway to Africa and it is a result of its strategic position in the Gulf of Guinea. Its location advantage has makes a critical base for connecting with the rest of the continent. Before it was called Gold Coast due to its extensive gold reserves by its colonial masters which were the British. 

One of the very few English speaking countries in West Africa, Ghana takes pride in its bubbling cities and peaceful villages. The country is symbolic as it shows tradition can mesh perfectly with modernity.

But whatever your Ghanaian know-how, here are 10 reasons why you have to visit Ghana.

A Peaceful Country

Ghana is has a long history of stable democracy and a healthy economy and this makes it a safe travel destination.  Crime rates are quite low, insurgency is nearly nonexistent unlike its neighbouring Anglophone country Nigeria. Also, Ghana is extremely hospitable to tourists.

Rich History

Ghana’s history includes tall tales that explain how it has gotten to where it is today. Ghana became powerful and wealthy from trading in gold and was among the first people in Africa to make contact with Europeans.

But in the early twentieth century, during British occupancy,  Ghanaians began trading internationally and they grew their economy through the production of cocoa and coffee.


The government recognises a couple of indigenous languages as national languages. Two of the most popular are the Twi language, which is spoken in the southern and central regions, and the Dagbani language – spoken by people in the northern region.

Also, many Ghanaians communicate using English. These languages give them a unified front.


Today, many Ghanaians identify as Christians which leaves little room for religious crises. This makes the building of a modern nation possible.

Ghana’s Matriarchal Culture

One of the foremost countries to embrace feminism due to their matriarchal culture. The Akan people have a system of inheritance that is based on their matriarchal lineage. This gives women equal opportunities as men.


Ghanaian food has a mixture of indigenous flavours and outside influences. You’ll find stews with intriguing flavours throughout Ghana. The stews usually contain a type of fish and are eaten with fufu – is made from either cassava, plantain, yam, maize, millet, sorghum, potatoes or cocoyams.

Another staple of Ghanaian cuisine is jollof rice: what makes the cuisine so popular is the seasoning that includes a variety of Ghanaian spices with tomatoes and pepper that goes into the many flavours that tantalise your taste buds.

Street food and snacks are also a big part of the Ghanaian culture, so be sure to buy a few to savour Ghana cuisine in its purest form when you visit.


Music is very much a part of Ghana and has a social function in Ghanaian society. Drumming, music and dance are forms of communication vivid displays of joy and are used to tell the history of Ghanaian people.

String and wind instruments are used with European instruments to create traditional rhythms, thereby developing a musical style now known as highlife. Today, highlife has evolved into hiplife which is loved by youth while upbeat gospel songs are favoured by the majority, due to Ghana being a predominantly Christian country.

Cultural Diversity

When you are in Ghana, you can expect your senses to be fascinated by the Ghanaian love for life which reflects in their choice of brightly coloured, boldly patterned fabrics, clothes and artefacts. Everything that concerns them is about colour and symbolisation

Ghana culture is visible from the kente weave which is the fabric worn by Ashanti royalty, to beadwork, art, wood carvings, and pottery.

Amazing Tourists Sites 

Unique centuries-old white mud mosques, built in the West Sudanese-style in Northern Ghana, the Larabanga Mosque, the Elmina Castle, Cape Coast Castle, Christianborg Castle, the Kumasi Fort, The National Museum of Ghana at Accra, the Volta Regional Museum, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Museum of Nkroful, places you must visit to get the essence of Ghana.


Ghana is yet to be a popular travel destination. So you can reap the benefits of travelling on an easy budget and getting more than you paid for. The reason being, the hospitality and warmth of Ghanaians. So expect to get the Akwaaba welcome whenever you set foot in a hotel, restaurant or Ghana home.



According to Britannica, Plateau State is distinguished by its high bounding scarp and by bare grassland. But for someone like you who has never been on the plateau. Here are some reasons to visit Plateau State:


The landscape on the plateau is filled with eroded gneiss formations, granite intrusions forming massifs, and numerous extinct volcanic cones which is surrounded by basaltic flows. It also has several containing crater lakes.


Though Plateau State is situated in the tropical zone, its higher altitude has a near temperate climate with an average temperature of between 13 and 22 °C. Harmattan winds which blow in the months of December and February cause the coldest weather.  The dry season which is between March and April causes the temperature to be warm. The wet season which is between July and August is characterized by heavy rainfalls.

Numerous Rivers

Due to its rainy climate, Plateau State is the source of numerous rivers, which includes the Kaduna, Karami, and N’gell, which goes into the Niger River; the Mada, Ankwe, Dep, Shemanker, and Wase, these rivers flow to the Benue; the Lere, Maijuju, and Bagei, which supply the Gongola; and the Kano, Delimi, Bunga, Jamaari, and Misau, which in turn nourishes Lake Chad.

Home of Early Civilization

Plateau State has been occupied since the Acheulean period of the Early African Stone Age, the hand axes found near Jos town serve as proof. Also, the discovery of Nok figurine sculptures in the 1930s has proved that Nok, the best-known West African Stone Age culture, flourished in Plateau State from about 900 BC to AD 200.

Home of Diverse Cultures and Traditions

There are over forty ethnolinguistic groups on the plateau. Some of the indigenous tribes in the state are the Berom, Afizere, Amo, Irigwe, Jarawa, Jukun, Anaguta, Aten, Bijim,  Mhiship, Irchip, Fier, Gashish, Mupun, Mwaghavul , Ngas, Goemai ,  Kadung, Kofyar (comprising Doemak, Kwalla, and Mernyang), Montol , Mushere, Piapung, Pyem, Ron-Kulere, Bache, Bogghom, Buji, Jipal, Talet, Tarok, and Youm. These ethnic groups are predominantly farmers and their culture and traditional ways of life are similar.
People from other parts of the country can be found in Plateau State; these include the Hausa, Tiv, Idoma, Igbo, Yoruba, Ibibio, Annang, Efik, Ijaw, and Bini.

Home of Mineral Resources

Plateau has been one of the world’s major suppliers of tin and iron. It also has the world’s largest deposits of columbite, an ore of niobium found associated with tin. Tantalite, kaolin, zircon, wolfram (tungsten), and uranium are also mined. Lead, iron ore, gold and silver deposits can be found.

It said that the mineral wealth on the plateau attracted numerous Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, and European migrants in the 20th century.

Various Delicacies

Acha, sorghum, maize, and millet are the most widely cultivated staple foods; but cash crops, especially potatoes, yams, and green vegetables, are grown for various markets across Nigeria. A large number of cattle, goats and sheep are also raised on the plateau.


Plateau State is known as The Home of Peace and Tourism in Nigeria. According to Wikipedia, these are some of the tourist sites:

  • The Wildlife Safari Park
  • The National Museum 
  • The Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture
  • Solomon Lar Amusement Park 
  • Jos Zoo 
  • Assop Falls
  • Kurra Falls
  • Wase Rock
  • Kerang Highlands
  • Shere Hills
  • Riyom Rock
  • Pandam Game Reserve
  • Kahwang Rock Formation
  • Miango Rest House

Home to Notable people

Plateau State has birthed numerous notable people who are experts in their fields. Here are some of them:

  • M.I Abaga
  • Joseph Nanven Garba
  • Yakubu Gowon
  • Jeremiah Gyang
  • Solomon Lar
  • Mikel John Obi
  • P-Square
  • Panam Percy Paul
  • Ice Prince
  • Gagdi Adamu Yusuf

A Home away from Home

Plateau State is a home away from home due to the accommodating nature of its inhabitants. You don’t have to worry about anything as it a cheap place to live in. Fresh food is in abundance and they are organically produced giving you great value for your money.

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No one goes into marriage with the aim of getting divorced because we always think of happily ever after. No one gets married hoping to make the news as one of the costliest divorces in history.

But when differences are not resolved on time, issues get complicated which may lead to both parties feeling unfulfilled in the marriage. Most times, they either go their separate ways for a period of time or outrightly divorce. 

Divorce is never easy as it causes a lot of emotional distress for everyone involved. However, this process can be bearable if you are settled with a huge sum of money.

So, let us go through some of the costliest divorces in history:

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

Their divorce in 2019 is the most expensive so far. Mackenzie Bezos left the marriage with a settlement worth $38 billion. This tops the list of costliest divorces in history. 

Jocelyn Wildenstein and Alec Wildenstein

When Alec Wildenstein divorced his wife Jocelyn Wildenstein in 1999, she received $2.5 billion up front and then $100 million every year for 13 years. The settlement in total was a staggering $3.8 billion.

Anna Torv and Rupert Murdoch

Rupert divorce in 1999 from Anna led to her leaving the marriage with $1.7 billion

Slavica Radić and Bernie Ecclestone

Their divorce in 2009 was said to be the most expensive at that time because Slavica Radić was settled with $1.2 billion

Sue Ann Arnall and Harold Hamm

In 2012, CEO Harold Hamm handed over a $974.8 million cheque to his wife Sue Ann Hamm after twenty-four years of marriage to settle their divorce.

Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi

Saudi Arabian billionaire, Adnan Khashoggi in 1980, paid his ex-wife a divorce settlement of $874 million after 20 years together.

Steven and Elaine Wynn

In 2010, this couple got divorced and Elaine was given the sum of $741 million as her settlement.

Elena Rybolovlev and Dmitry Rybolovlev

In 2008, Dmitry and Elena Rybolovlev ended their marriage after 26 years together.

In 2014, after a lot of negotiations Dmitry paid his ex-wife a sum of $604 million.

Craig and Wendy McCaw

 In 1998, Craig McCaw separated from Wendy McCaw but she left their 21-year marriage with a $460 million settlement.

Robyn Moore and Mel Gibson 

After 26 years together, Mel and Robyn Moore Gibson finalized their divorce in 2011 despite being separated since 2006. The settlement was worth $425 million

Robert Johnson and Sheila Crump Johnson

Despite being married for 32 years, Bob and Sheila Johnson announced their divorce in 2002 and Sheila walked away with $400 million.

Brad and Angelina Jolie

 When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced their divorce in 2016, Angelina Jolie was settled with $400 million.

Irina Abramovich and Roman Abramovich

In 2007, Roman Abramovich divorced his wife Irina after 16 years of marriage. She walked out of the marriage with a settlement worth $300 million.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

 In 2011, after 25 years of marriage, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s marriage ended due to his infidelity.

She walked away with $250 million and had legal custody of their children.

Marlene Fipke and Charles Edgar Fipke

This couple went their separate ways in 2000 and Marlene got $200 million as part of her settlement.

Michael Polsky and Maya Polsky

When Michael divorced his wife Maya, she walked out of the marriage with $184 million.

Michael Jordan and Juanita Vanoy

 In 2006, Michael and Juanita Jordan’s marriage came to an end after 17 years together.

Juanita Vanoy got a $168 million settlement, custody of their children and their Chicago mansion.

Boris Berezovsky and Galina Besharova

When this couple got divorced in 2010 after 19 years of marriage, Galina was settled with $160 million.

Marcia Murphey and Neil Diamond 

Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey divorced in 1995 despite being together for 25 years. Murphy had a $150 million settlement when the divorce was finalized.

Jamie McCourt and Frank McCourt

In 2011, Frank and Jamie announced their divorce after 32 years of marriage. Jamie left the marriage with $130 as part of her settlement.

Laura Andrassy and Greg Norman

Despite being married for 26 years, Greg and Laura went their separate ways in 2007. Laura was given a sum of $103 million as part of her settlement.

Melissa Mathison and Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison were together for 21 years. In 2004, they divorced and Mathison ended up with a $118 million settlement.

Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods

In 2010, after 6 years of marriage Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegen went their separate ways when he admitted he had been having affairs. Elin received a $110 million divorce settlement.

Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

Steven and Amy Irving Spielberg’s marriage was just three and a half years when they got divorced in 1985. It was finalized with a $100 million divorce settlement.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s marriage came to an end in 2008 after seven years together

Guy walked away with $92 million as his divorce settlement.

Cindy Silva and Kevin Costner

 Married for 16 years, Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva announced their divorce in 1994.

After an amicable agreement, Cindy was settled with a sum of $80 million.

Dr Khoo Kay Peng and Pauline Chai

This couple were married for 47 years but they decided to get a divorce in 2017. Pauline walked out of the marriage with $80 million.


South Africa once again recently witnessed a violent protest/riot, this time tied to the imprisonment of the country’s former President Jacob Zuma. The arrest of the former leader triggered protests which spiralled into looting and violence leaving an estimated over 200 dead and thousands arrested.

Protests are not uncommon in this part of Africa, it dates back to 1907. These protests were for so many reasons but some went out of control. Here are some of the deadliest and most violent protests in South Africa.

Sharpeville Massacre

The anti-pass protest of 21st March 1960 that lead to the massacre at Sharpeville started off as a peaceful one. But when a policeman was accidentally pushed over, hell broke loose. Protesters started throwing stones at the policemen which lead to a policeman opening fire at them mistakenly. This action to his colleagues simultaneously opening fire at the protesters for approximately two minutes, leaving 69 people dead and 180 people seriously wounded. This was one of the earliest, most violent protests in South Africa

Student Protests

Students protesting is common and the main demand they have for protesting has been more financial support from National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). But the 2015 protest by the University of Cape Town’s students was a historic one. The protest which was named “Rhodes Must Fall” was initially directed against a statue at the University of Cape Town, honouring Cecil Rhodes, but it led to a wider movement to “decolonise” education across South Africa.

Soweto Youth Uprising

When the government started spending far more on White education than on Black education using the Bantu Education Act which was engineered to teach blacks from an early age that equality with whites is not for them. A lot of people were dissatisfied and it became aggravated when Afrikaans was introduced as a medium of instruction that the black students do not understand.

On June 16, the frustrated and dissatisfied students decided to go on a peaceful protest. The problem started when a white policeman throws a tear gas canister in front of the crowd. It escalated when shots were fired at the students by some white policemen. This unfortunate event deteriorated into a massacre that lasted for three days.

Marikana Massacre

On 16 August 2012,  after an intense week-long protest in which the miners were demanding a wage increase at the Lonmin platinum mine in a wildcat strike; the South African Police Service (SAPS) opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana, killing 34 mineworkers, and leaving 78 seriously injured.

Armed Struggle and Popular Resistance

From 1960 till 1994, there was an increase in the armed struggle combined with the mass politicisation of the oppressed peoples. The Apartheid government was intensifying its crackdown on political activists as a result of the car bomb explosion which happened in front of the South African Air Force Headquarters and the South African Defence Force (SADF) Military Intelligence Headquarters in Pretoria on 20 May 1983 killing 19 and injuring over 200 SADF and South African Police (SAP) personnel. This event leads to the execution of  Jerry Mosolodi, Terry Mogerani and Thabo Montaung on the 9th June 1983, for the part they played in an attack on Wonderboom police station.

All these protests had to happen for South Africa to move forward. But, it is sad that so many people had to lose their lives for others to live in the South Africa of their dreams.