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We all grew up hearing about leaders who held on to power at all cost, we saw the miserable way some of them ended. But do you know that there are a lot of them who stole billions from their countries while in power?

Here are some well-known dictators who stole billions from their countries.

Saddam Hussein

The Iraqi dictator took the money the easy way. He sent a hand-written note to the central bank’s governor and ordered that around $1 billion which was US$920 million and €90 million be transferred to his personal accounts. While Hussein was in power, he controlled the black market in Iraq and this made cigarette importers pay his son millions of dollars.

Jean-Claude Duvalier

Former Haitian President Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier took over the dictatorship at 19 years when his father, François Duvalier, died suddenly. He picked up from where his father left off and stole between $300 million and $800 million from the small, impoverished country. According to the World Bank, he stole the equivalent of 1.7% to 4.5% of Haitian GDP each year while he was in power. He lost power in 1986, but the search for his money is still going on, decades after he lost power.

Ferdinand Marcos

Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, while in power from 1965 to 1986, stole between $5 billion to $10 billion from his country’s treasury through government loans, taking over private companies, bribes, embezzlements and outright theft. he invested a third of the stolen amount into U.S. real estate and foreign bank accounts.  Authorities have recovered more than $4 billion worth of stolen assets since he died in exile in 1989.

Sani Abacha

In his five years rule which was from 1993 to 1998, Sani Abacha stole between $3 billion and $5 billion.  He got money through dodgy bond deals but also taking millions in cash from the Central Bank for “national security” projects and vaccines for child mortality. For years, Nigerian officials have been fighting to recover the stolen money and they have managed to reclaim a small part of the money. But the majority of this stolen money remains missing still.

Mohamed Suharto

Suharto came into power as the president of Indonesia after the 1967 coup. It is said that he stole between $15 billion and $35 billion from his country but lost 90 per cent of it in bad investments. During his reign, he used charities and foundations to perpetrate his crimes. During Suharto’s 32-year reign, financial institutions based in Indonesia and wealthy citizens were mandated to give a part of their earnings to his organizations; they were made to believe the funds would be used for nation-building.

Mobutu Sese Seko

From 1965 to 1997,  the former president of Zaire Mobutu stole more than $12 billion in form of aid from the International Monetary Fund, and he made it look like it was for Cold War concerns. During his reign, Mobutu gave high-ranking positions in the government and military to his family members.

Moammar Gadhafi

Moammar Gadhafi withdrew $5 billion from Swiss banks when one of his sons, Hannibal, was arrested in Geneva for allegedly beating two servants. He did this to retaliate.

It is said Mr Gadhafi personally reviewed all contracts involving Libyan government funds.

Ben Ali

During his reign from 1987 to 2011, former Tunisia president Ben Ali created laws that made companies seek permission to invest and trade in certain sectors. These laws gave him the power to let 220 family businesses monopolize a variety of industries, including telecommunications, transport and real estate. In 2010, these family-owned businesses produced only 3 per cent of Tunisia’s economic output but took 21 per cent of the private-sector profits. With this, the Ben Ali family amassed $13 billion.

The holidays may be months/weeks away but, but we can’t help counting down as we get closer to it. The days are long and we could use a little bit of Christmas cheer in their lives right now. So, we believe that it’s never too early to start shopping. As it takes some level of patience, research and a bit of expert advice in order to know how to fill up your shopping bags with some of the items you need to get for Christmas.

Here are some items you need to get right now for Christmas:

Wireless Earbuds

The first on our list is the wireless earbuds. We all hate separating our earpieces when they get tangled and that’s why we had to recommend one Christmas gift for everyone on your shopping list, which is the wireless earbuds. These earbuds are the perfect accessory that can serve as a companion while travelling, commuting,  and returning to work in a noisy office, but there have also been a few outstanding pairs released in 2021.

Portable Power Bank Charger

A power bank isn’t the most exciting Christmas gift you can find under the tree, but due to unforeseen circumstances like a power outage or when you are on a trip, it’s one of the most likely gifts to which will be very useful once Christmas has passed.

Instant Pot

Instant Pots are still trendy. They are just as useful and efficient as they were when they first emerged on the culinary scene, and they’re still one of our favourite Christmas gifts. So, when you go out to get one make sure you get one with multipurpose functions which can be your pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, food warmer and yoghurt maker.

Sweatpants

Looking for ideas on what to get the favourite males in your life. Look no further, as the holidays are for relaxing, nothing speaks comfort as sweatpants. To get the best of your experience look for those that have quality, are cosy and good looking. Any guy would be glad to get them during the holidays.

Chef’s Knife

Wannabe chefs or actual chefs need a chef’s knife, as it is another great Christmas gift for cooks this holiday season. This is due to a large amount of meat you have to prepare for friends and family and you don’t want a knife that will make your work difficult. So, look for a knife with a sharp design, affordable and primed for cutting meat, veggies and more.

A Classic Journal Notebook

Despite being in the digital age, there is this feeling you get when you pen down your thoughts on a piece of paper. So, whether you’re writing down your deepest thoughts or scratching out a grocery list, a classic journal notebook is not only a practical Christmas gift but perfect for your parents, siblings and colleagues alike.

Weighted Blanket

The end of the year, and holiday season, is a perfect time to de-stress and get the beautiful sleep you deserve after working your butt off throughout the year. Weighted blankets are one of the best ways to get your desired result. Weighted blankets are making the waves right now and they are said to have therapeutic functions.

These blankets help stimulate the production of serotonin and decrease the production of the stress hormone, which is the perfect combination to help anyone drift off. Make sure you get a blanket that’s cooling, so you won’t overheat under the weight.

Crocs

Crocs are making a comeback as everyone needs a quality house shoe or slipper. And even if the work-from-home lifestyle ended, these shoes will get plenty of use no matter what.

These fashionably ugly shoes will make a great Christmas gift for someone on your list. Not only are they ‘the in thing’, but they are also waterproof, lightweight and breathable, they leave your feet feeling dry and comfortable. They come with a heel strap that keeps your foot secure, and they’re very easy to clean.

If you’ve ever worn any of this you will know how comfortable they are.

Air Fryer

Ary fryers are the newest kid on the block and they are great to serve as gifts for a foodie loved one who loves being in the kitchen. When searching for a perfect air fryer look for those with numerous one-touch cooking functions for frying food to ideal crispiness without oil, a large capacity that can fit an entire 5-pound chicken and the removable basket inside is dishwasher-safe.

They are the rave of the moment as you can make many recipes with or without oil. This is a must-have for everyone who loves their health.

Scented Candle

No holiday shopping list would be complete without a scented candle. They have this exotic experience they make your guest have. And one way to liven up the mood in your mom’s house is with a scent-filled candle. So surprise her with something special and make her experience the warmth that comes with lighting a scented candle.

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There’s no handbook for adult life. But there are some certain skills you need to have to navigate the uncertainties of life. These life skills to be honest are not as easy to acquire as they may seem.

Also, these life skills aren’t as obvious as they may seem but here are some of the essential ones you need to get as an adult.

Time management

In life you will be faced with a lot of activities where you are juggling multiple personal and professional priorities and having time management skills will make you feel less frazzled.

One time-management trick you should learn is sticking with one task at a time. Most times, multitasking is counterproductive because the brain expends energy as it readjusts its focus from one activity to another.

Also try to limit the hours you spend working.

Empathizing with others

Empathy is a fundamental part of human interaction. One way to empathize with other people is to listen to them and try to see things from their perspective.

Those who cannot empathize and take an interest in other people are called narcissists.

Making friends in any environment

Learn to form relationships and avoid leaving things to chance. One way to make friends as an adult is to confide in each other. Sharing something personal create closeness and builds relationship. Another tactic is to simply spend more time with the people you’d like to befriend because we tend to like things and people we’re familiar with.

Mending your clothes

Being able to patch a hole or fix a button by hand are simple skills that can extend the life of your clothes and they are not difficult to learn.

Speaking a second language

It is said that learning a second language opens up your mind to an entirely new way of thinking, you’ll notice and appreciate parts of the world you never before experienced.

Learning a new language can also make you smarter because being bilingual  improves cognitive skills.

How to budget

Knowing how to budget and be financially responsible is a vital life skill you need to have. Learning how to spend scarce resources wisely will come in handy whether you’re just starting on getting a handle on your finances. You have to remember that understanding your budget is the first step to achieving financial security.

Public Speaking

Yes, we communicate every day but when it comes to public speaking, you have to learn the basic things that will hold your audience spellbound.

While public speaking can cause some people to cower in the corner, others may take to it like they were born ready. There are so many ways to hone your public speaking skills, you can take a bold step and sign yourself up for a speaking opportunity, be the one tasked with making presentations at work, give a talk in a religious setting, or the open forum at your community meeting.  You will notice the more you practice, the better you become. Just remember to breathe, prepare adequately and express yourself while you are at it.

Negotiating

Negotiation skills are important not only for professionals but for any of us that hate being ripped off of our hard-earned money.

As an adult, you have to keep it at the back of your mind that negotiating—is a must-have life skill because learning how to trade and making an offer can save you money. It can also be a valuable skill when you’re faced with a tricky money situation where negotiating is essential and expected. Don’t shy away from making a bargain. Challenge yourself to practise until you feel comfortable.

Cooking basic meals

You don’t need to be a gourmet chef to sustain yourself. Learning how to cook basic meals and storing them in the freezer will allow you to get the “chore” of cooking out of the way, while still providing nutritional dinners for yourself and your family. Even if it’s just plain rice or noodles, the ability to cook a meal  is a necessary life skill—it’ll save you when your favourite takeout restaurant is closed for a holiday, there’s no time to go to the store, or amid a global pandemic like the one we are currently in.

Making small talk

Communication skills always come in handy, whether you’re chatting up with a guest at a party or networking at a professional conference. You have to learn how to start conversations and make them flow.

One of the most important rules of effective communication is to show interest in your conversation partner and let him share information about himself. Another tactic is to compliment your partner so that she feels better about herself after having spoken to you.

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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

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.

Wildebeest

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.

Galago

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.

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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.

 Yuya

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.

Rclbeauty101

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.”

5incominutos

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.

Wengie

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.

SSSniperwolf

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.

MyLifeAsEva

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.

grav3yardgirl

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.

NikkieTutorials

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.

LaurDIY

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 Southern part of Nigeria which is also called South-South is made up of 6 states. With a population of over 21 million multi-ethnic people, the states in Southern Nigeria include Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Edo.

Forests, swamps, and mangroves can be found in these regions. The rainy season usually starts in the month of April and run through till October. The environment and weather are more welcoming during the dry season, which is starts in October and ends in March.

The South-South is rich with activities and places to explore. Generally, there are a lot of tourist destinations you can visit in South-South Nigeria. Here are some of these spots and the states you can find them:

Edo State

A land filled with cultural references and home to one of the strongest empires in West Africa. You should expect nothing but thrills and reverence as you behold some of the ancient works of art that can only be found there. Here are some tourist spots you need to visit in order to the Edo State experience:

  • Ogba Zoo
  • The Oba of Benin Palace
  • Somorika Hills
  • Ughoton
  • The tombstone of Captain James Phillip
  • Igun-Eronmwon Quarters
  • Chief Ogiamen’s House
  • National Museum, Benin City
  • The Benin Moat
  • Okomu National Park
  • Ososo Tourist Centre
  • Igun Bronze Casters and Crafts Centre
  • The Giant Footprint of Ukhuse Oke
  • The Emotan Statue

Delta State

Here are some tourist spots you should visit when you come to Delta State:

  • Kwale Game Reserve,
  • Araya Bible Site
  • Nana Living History Museum
  • Warri Township Stadium, Warri
  • Otuogu Beach, Asaba
  • The Residency, Asaba
  • Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Asaba
  • The Palace of Olu of Warri, Warri
  • Warri Kingdom Royal Cemetery, Warri
  • Chief Nana’s Palace, Warri
  • Effurun Garden Park, Warri
  • Red Mangrove Swamp, Warri
  • Abraka Turf and Country Club, Abraka
  • Mungo Park House, Asaba
  • Lander Brothers Anchorage, Asaba

Akwa Ibom State

Remember that old song that goes like this ‘I’m from Akwa Ibom… Home is Home, there is no place like home… The song invited us to visit Akwa Ibom and I believe you will. Here are some places you need to go to and experience what the songwriter felt when he sang that song:

  • Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo
  • Lord Luggard’s Residence, Ikot Abasi
  • Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center, Uyo
  • Ibom e-Library, Uyo
  • Bridge of No Return, Ikot Abasi
  • Ibiobio Museum and State Park, Uyo
  • National Museum of Colonial History, Uyo
  • The Amalgamation House
  • Presbyterian Church, Uyo
  • Oron Museum, Oron
  • The Ibeno Beach

Cross River State

Donald Duke during his tenure had put this beautiful state rich in culture in the limelight. He was the first to organize Africa’s biggest street carnival which runs throughout the month of December. But apart from the carnival, there are numerous spots you need to go to and some of them are:

  • Calabar Slave Museum
  • Afi Mountain Ranch
  • Culture and Civic Centre
  • Calabar Free-trade zone
  • Agbokim Waterfalls
  • Kwa Falls
  • Slave History Museum
  • Obudu Mountain Resort
  • Tinapa Resort
  • Drill Ranch
  • Cross River National Park
  • Mary Slessor’s House
  • Torutuga Island
  • Calabar Carnival
  • Alok Ikom Monoliths
  • Oban Hills

Rivers State

Here are some of the tourist spots you need to visit when you come to Rivers State:

  • Port Harcourt Zoo
  • Isaac Boro Garden Park
  • Ifoko Beach
  • Izumini River
  • Bonny Island
  • Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
  • Elechi Beach

Bayelsa State

Home to an ex-president of Nigeria, Bayelsa State is intriguing. You have to put these locations down as a must-see when you come around:

  • Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro Monument
  • Okpoama-Brass Beach
  • Odioma Beach
  • Bayelsa Ferry Terminal and Resorts
  • Ox-Bow Lake
  • Kontiki Amusement Park and Resort
  • Peace Park
  • Akassa Lighthouse
  • Akassa Slave Transit Camp and Tunnel

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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
  • Total: £678m

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
  • Total: £662.5m

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
  • Total: £187m

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
  • Total: £145.7m

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
  • Total: £132.6m

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.

Dizziness

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.

It is said that millennials are self-centred, entitled, and demanding individuals. While there is an element of truth in that saying, there are some habits millennials are adopting these days that are toxic. Here are some of them:

Acting overly entitled.

We know millennials are self-motivated because they push themselves hard to achieve their goals. That is why we see them putting in their best at work with the aim of retiring by the age of 30. But there is a thin line between being confident and arrogant. We have to agree that millennials act overly entitled when it comes to achieving their goals. In doing so, they don’t care whose toes they step on.

Being overly certain.

Millennials tend to be very confident when discussing ideas or happenings and this can be very electrifying to those around them. It is because they are born in the midst of technological breakthroughs  But what they fail to understand is if you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t pretend to know it all. Because it’s better, to be honest about your uncertainty regarding some issues rather than exude false intelligence.

Lack of focus.

Millennials have a short attention span and this may be as a result of their upbringing. They grew up in front of televisions, playing computer games and being bombarded with activities every 15 seconds. As a result, many of them find it difficult to be focused for a long period of time on a task, as they are easily distracted. The internet, social media and the ever-changing world of mobile devices do not help to alleviate this habit in any way, rather it makes it worse.

Being out for themselves only.

To be a leader in today’s world, you have to collaborate with others and be a team player. But this is not a strength millennials possess. Most of them have great technical expertise but do not know how to relate to people. They prefer to do things on their own and end up complicating issues due to difficulties in communicating with others. This may be as a result of hours they spent on their smartphones.

Inability to take or give criticism.

Millennials are scared of hurting people’s feelings and they tend to avoid confrontations. This can hinder the growth and explosions of great ideas because they do not understand how to give or take criticism. They are very sensitive and react easily to what is said to them.

Talking more than listening.

Millennials love the sound of their voice and they want to dominate any conversation. What they fail to realize is that they can learn as much as they can from other people’s opinions and life experiences. Also, they need to know that for communication to be effective, you need to show that you are listening as much as you are talking. This way you build rapport with anyone engaging you in a discussion.

Multitasking too much.

We already know millennials have a short attention span and due to it, they engage in numerous activities all at once in a short period of time. But they fail to understand that a Jack of all trades is not a master of all. As it is not right for them to hop on any new project to the detriment of what they have going on already.

Acting too cool to care.

Most Millennials are quick to jump ships and move with trends. They don’t care enough to be a part of a movement or organization and stay put through most of its growth stages. They forget that it is impossible to be successful like that. They need to know that caring and giving your best wherever you are allows you to grow and be successful.

Not willing to take time to learn.

Millennials are in a hurry and they don’t take time to observe what others are doing in order to learn. This attitude pushes/ prompts them to make errors that are costly most times. These mistakes would have been prevented or curtailed if only they had given themselves enough time to go through the requisite training.

Not present in conversations.

Due to the excessive use of social media and screen time, millennials are not able to engage in face to face conversation. They prefer to discuss critical issues over the phone or through email. This attitude has made most of them develop poor social and communication skills which make them appear to be rude.

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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.

Language

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.

Religion

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.

Food

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 

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.

Budget-friendly

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.

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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:

Geography

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.

Climate

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.

Tourism

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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As the year comes to an end, there are certain people you need to avoid for you to be mentally sound. And though it is difficult to identify them you have to rely on your instincts in order to fish them out. So here are some types of people to avoid (you should be on a lookout for) as the year comes to an end:

Manipulative People

A manipulative person may disguise as a great friend who has your interest at heart. They make it difficult to see their true intention. They try to manipulate us into doing their bidding but in a subtle way. All the information they have about you is used to coerce you into doing things for them.

One way to identify manipulators is that they always want to receive without giving in return.

Gossip Mongers

There is a saying that goes like this ‘if nobody talks about you, then you are nobody’. While this is true, you have to tread very carefully regarding this issue. I know we can’t avoid gossip mongers but we can control what they say around us. Because though it seems as if they are bringing you up to date with the happenings in people’s lives, they are most likely talking about you to others as well.

Critics

It is ok to have people go through your work or happenings in your life and give you honest feedback, But there should be a limit to how you assimilate this feedbacks. There are some people who in the guise of giving your feedback run you down with their negativities. They criticize all you do and make you feel less than you are or worthless.

Critics will always judge you and make you feel that you are not enough. For you to be mentally healthy, you have to avoid them.

Self-Absorbed People

You need to have a healthy dose of self-esteem but it becomes too much when all you think of is yourself. If you are around self-absorbed people, you will be drained not only emotionally but physically as well. Because they do things that are beneficial to themselves only.

You have to learn how to stand up for yourself when you are around self-absorbed people.

Lazy People

It is ok to take a break, put your feet up when you are tired. But when you are around those who put their feet up after doing practically nothing, it can be contagious. So be careful around people who laze around as you may end up doing their tasks to the detriment of your progress. If that is not bad enough, they will take the credit for the work done.

Envious People

It is ok to be competitive but you have to be careful not to cross over and become envious. As envious people are not easily satisfied which leads them to measure their growth and that of others by materialistic standards.

If you spend too much time with envious people you will realize that they can do anything to make sure nobody is better than them.

Needy

We all have needs but it’s wise for us to prioritise on the pressing ones. But you have to be careful around people who are continually in need. These people are constantly asking for things and they don’t consider others who are in need. You have to avoid these sets of people as they can be draining.

Dementors

Dementors are highly negative people who suck the life out of any gathering they set into. They have this negative air around them which makes people uncomfortable around them. You have to avoid these set of people at all cost.

Insecure People

Insecurity and the lack of trust is the root cause of relationships failing these days. Insecure people do  not believe in themselves. If you are not careful, they can pull you back from your focus in life.

These set of people don’t believe in their self-growth but look for ways of destroying other people’s reputation.

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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.

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According to an article on The Leading Edge, each day we are faced with choices. We have to decide on the clothes to wear, food to eat, the tv channel to watch and basically what to do and what not to do at every turn.

These choices we are faced with have consequences that may be either good or bad. But there are some ways we can lessen the consequences of the bad choices we make and make better ones.

According to this article, we can make better decisions by:

Learning from experience

This is true because there is a saying that goes like this ‘ once bitten, twice shy. A lot of us learn to make better decisions from our past experiences which may have been either good or bad.

Entertaining doubt

Try to keep an open mind about every decision you make, you don’t know it all. There are days things do not go right and you have to realize various factors come into play to determine the success of the choice you are about to make.

Giving yourself options

Don’t be so rigid to stick to the choice you made and ignore warning signs. Try to give yourself options because life itself is uncertain.

Try experimenting

Worst case scenario, you fail but you have learnt how not to do it the next time. When we realize that failure is not the end of the world, we will learn how to make better decisions.

Talking to other people

There is nothing new under the sky, the earlier you believe this, the better for you. Some people have to go through what you are currently going through and are on the other side. You have to be open-minded and ask for a way out.

Manage your emotions

According to Indeed, you have to learn how to manage your emotions and make decisions analytically. You have to separate your feelings and ask yourself questions before finalizing any decision you want to take.

Try not to overthink your choices

Let’s say you are out shopping and you come across a t-shirt, you ask for the price and it’s affordable. You ask them to wrap it up for you and that’s when you realize the t-shirt comes in various colours. Will you go ahead to purchase the one that caught your eyes or continue feeding your eyes on others? Your answer is as good as mine, I will get the colour that caught my eyes and run from temptation.

We painted this scenario, so as you will realize overthinking your choices most times lead to making bad decisions.

Take care of yourself

Selflove is key here. You have to think about the effect your decision will have on you before taking a step forward. But try not to make life-changing decisions on an empty stomach. Make sure you eat properly and you are adequately hydrated and in a good place mentally before taking any step.

Most importantly, you have to remember that each choice you are faced with is a gift because a lot of people are forced to make decisions that destroy them in the long run. Take for instance child brides, they don’t have a say when it comes to who will be their suitor and when they get married, these men run their lives for them.

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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.

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As you may already know a Sugar Daddy is an older man who lavishes gifts and money on much younger women in return for their company or sexual favours. Many ladies pray for a Sugar Daddy to provide for their many financial needs and so it is a word that has become popular and come to stay all over the world.

There is always a high chance that a Sugar Daddy is any of the following;

  • married
  • popular/famous
  • rich/wealthy
  • politician

So you can bet that Sugar daddy scandals always come up now and then.  

Here are some sugar daddy scandals you probably didn’t know about:

Micheal Diongoli

This man has been linked to various celebrities and the latest is Nengi Hampson. It’s said that he got her a house and a brand new range rover which she flaunted online. What makes this news scandalous was Nengi posing with these gifts and making us believe it was gotten from her sweat.

Aliko Dangote

2020 came to an end with a bang, we got to see the butt of the richest man in Nigeria. His side chick, Bea Lewis had posted a picture of him and was talking about how he broke her heart but was the reason she became serious with her life. It didn’t end there, some ladies started popping out with stories of how they were with Aliko at some point in their lives.

Jack Rich

This man here is allegedly Destiny Etiko’s sugar daddy. When she posted the brand new Prado she got online, tongues started wagging and fingers were pointed at Mr Jack as it’s said to be him who has been financing the curvy actress’s lifestyle. Though he denied it, we know there is no smoke without a fire.

Jay Z

We love and hate this couple, we love their music and we play their songs on a repeat. But in 2017, we learnt that his marriage to Beyonce was shaking as he had gotten involved not only with quite a number of ladies but his sister in law was said to have attacked him during an argument in an elevator. He admitted to cheating on his wife and it seems they have resolved their issues as their relationship looks as strong as always.

Michael Usifo Ataga

We all woke up to the sad story of Usifo who was killed by his sugar baby Chidinma Ojukwu. The story got so complicated and his wife was also implicated in the death of her husband which is not only embarrassing to the woman but their children as well. 

Femi Otedola

The fourth richest man in Nigeria was dragged into a sex scandal by two Canadian sisters Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo. They claimed they had in their possession evidence of him cheating on his wife. However, we later found out these sisters were fond of blackmailing rich men after they were arrested.

Bill Clinton

It seems men called Bill have a way of stealing not only the heart of ladies but also getting them to warm their beds. This president is not an exception. He was accused of sexual assault and misconduct which dates as far back as 1978. In 1998, a sex scandal which involved a 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky became known to the public and it’s said that their sexual relationship lasted between 1995 and 1997. His wife who had vouched on live tv about his innocence was shocked when Bill accepted the accusations levelled against him.

So there you have 7 sugar daddies scandals you didn’t know about.

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We live in a world where information is at the tip of our fingers. We search for literally everything under the sky. But there are some terms according to Semrush and Google Trends that are searched by millions of people around the world every day and here are some of the most searched terms in the world.

Fox News

The first on our list is Fox News, you know a lot of us can not go a day without knowing what the day holds. We want to keep up with our favourite celebrities, politicians and catch up with the happenings around us.

So far in 2021, the term Fox News has been searched over 30 million times. This shows that we are not only social beings but we are naturally inquisitive as well.

Shein

With some countries still in lockdown and those out of it, This clothing line’s website happens to be the place we run to escape from our current realities. We see new lines of products and experience the thrill that comes with buying cheap new clothes. Learning new clothing lingo and DIYs have never been this easy with the coming of Shein.

This year alone, Shein has been searched over 55 million times.

Amazon

Who doesn’t like window shopping, I know I do. It’s said that so many people buy on impulse every time they go on amazon, they come across items through beautiful but are unnecessary and with the rise of fast fashion, these items end up in landfills because their owners have moved on to the latest trend.

Weather

A quick search will reveal what the weather forecast for the day is all about and this is because we want to know if there is a possibility of rain falling or if the day will be sunny. 

Gmail

With the rise of remote jobs, thanks to Covid19, correspondences using Gmail is on the increase. But it is not only official messages that are sent but some people also use this channel of communication to talk to their loved ones.

Google Translate

With the opening of borders, a lot of people are on the move. Vacations and trips that were called off last year are been revisited. In moving from one place to the other, we have to communicate and most times, we use google translate to express our thoughts and pass our message across.

Live Score

With so many people making use of betting apps and having little time to watch live football. Clicking on live scores is the closest they can get to experience the excitement that comes from knowing your favourite club is winning and you are also making money.

Food Near Me

I got bored with eating my own food as a result of the lockdown and when it was safe to order food, I was so excited. I know other people felt the same way too because the term food near me has been searched over 30 million times in the world this year alone.

Google Maps

We are on the move and to be sure of where we are going, we need directions a lot. that is where google map comes in. We receive prompts just with the click of a button.

Kim Kardashian

You know, this list will not be complete without this woman. Her family has kept us entertained for decades and it seems we can’t get enough of them. This lady has used social media to influence most of our thought patterns and buying decisions, her page on Instagram is a place most of us go to.

There you have it, the ten most searched terms in the world in 2021.

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With the rise of social media and the impact it has in our lives, comes negative implications as well (like instagram scams). A lot of people have gained cult like following and they can do and undo with the amount of power they have over. So how does one avoid getting brainwashed and scammed is a topic so many people are interested in.

Instagram is one of the world’s most heavily used social media apps, with over a billion active users. This means that some significant level of scam goes on there as it is human nature for whatever channel that has that much people to attract all manners and sorts.

We have to start with ways people get scammed on Instagram (Instagram scam formats):

People asking for Help

A day does not go by, without hearing a sob story online. Some people go to the extent of lying about their conditions by posting pictures that look convincing. And despite the harsh economy, a lot of us are moved with compassion and we tend to believe these lies. This is sad because there are people who are in need genuinely but they don’t get the help they need.

Rich Beggars




We’ve heard that story before, the story of stranded millionaires who can not access their account due to one silly reason or the other and we have believed them because of the pictures they post online. Most times, these people look for those who are vulnerable and use them to perpetuate their evil actions.

Romance

Fine guy meet fine girl and they live happily ever after. Well, so we think. There are fake people who deceive innocent people with love proposals online. They manipulate them into doing things they will feel ashamed of later. Their victims may be deceived into thinking the feelings they have is real and will send their nude pictures, engage in phone sex which most times are used against them.

Shopping

With so many people bringing their products and services online, its hard to know who is genuine or not. So many people have paid for things they never received and they do not know how to get back their money.

We have identified some ways people get scammed on Instagram, so let look at ways you can avoid falling for these scams:

  1. When people come to ask you for help on Instagram, try to trust your gut. Don’t fall for whatever they say, question them and extract the truth. If you have the time, conduct a proper investigation before parting with your hard earned money.
  2. The next time, someone brings a stranded millionaire’s story and you feels the lie is getting to you. Don’t hesitate to speak up and confide in a loved one. Try to be wary of any offer that looks too good to be true because most times, it is so.
  3. There are so many dating apps online that are reliable, make use of them if you are looking for love.
  4. Try to make use of the pay on delivery option when shopping online. But if you fall unfortunately into the hand of a scammer, contact your bank immediately and ask them to stop the transaction. These days, there are so many ways you can use to retrieve your money from scammers

Remember all that glitters is not gold, so be careful whenever you log in into your Instagram account.