The first global challenge competition in international robotics competition is scheduled to be hosted in Washington, USA.
The Afghanistan team were scheduled to attend the competition but were denied visa. It was as a result of the executive order signed by the USA President, Donald Trump exempting some nations. Although Afghanistan was not on the list but it was affected by the backlash of the unpopular decision. The team were denied twice, citing undisclosed official reasons.
Without visas, the Afghan team would have had to remotely participate in the competition via Skype. But due to condemnation by the human right organisations all over the world, the President had to intervene before they were given visas and were allowed to attend.
The team of girls from Afghanistan eventually won a special award at the international robotics competition.
The six girls were taking part in the FIRST Global Challenge competition, which took place across three days and saw 158 nations compete against each other.
They took home a silver medal for courageous achievement, which was awarded to teams “that exhibit a can-do attitude throughout the challenge, even under difficult circumstances, or when things do not go as planned”.
According to the New York Times, the team’s mentor Alireza Mehraban said: “We are simple people with ideas. We need a chance to make our world better. This is our chance.”
Their story made the news because, at first, they weren’t going to be allowed to go to the competition because of visa problems.
However, US President Donald Trump stepped in at the last minute and the girls were able to travel to the US and participate.
The competition – which hopes to inspire young people to want careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths – will take place in Mexico City next year.
So friends delay is not denial. Go for your goals and surely you will win
We are all familiar with the ‘best president Nigeria never had’ and the most celebrated Yoruba figure after Oduduwa (Odumakin, 2012). A man of ideology and words. Although he died many years ago, we cannot stop but continue to mourn his death because; the nation refused growing after decades of his departure.
Chief Jeremiah Oyeniyi Obafemi Awolowo’s exemplary leadership refuse to depart our memories even as we witness series of serial mediocre occupying leadership positions in our 55year old nation. The problem as often enunciated by some of us is utterly not corruption, but incompetency and lack of ideological orientation.
This Article tends to remind us about one man, who was so determined from the beginning of his life on what he wants to do and how he wants to do it. I find it very significant today in our political economy that our generation (the abused generation), which was failed by the outgoing generation should learn from such exemplary clues.
What is more, I have read this letter over and over in the last five years. And my conclusion is that, being focus is world’s greatest asset. Awo made a loan request of £1,400 from Chief Timothy Adeola Odutola on March 25, 1943 ,(the richest Ijebu man in those days) and promised to pay back by 1955.
Chief Odutola refused him of the Loan, Awo could not travel that year. He buckle up his lace and by August 14, 1944 (one year later) he travelled to England, became a Barrister at law and was called to the Bar in November 1946. Amazingly, by 1954 (A year to the time he promised to pay Chief Odutola the Loan ) , Chief Awolowo was already a Premier in the Defunct Western Region and already giving out Scholarship to over 200 undergraduates (First of its kind in Africa).
I find it a great pleasure, to replicate the full version of the Awoistic dedicatory letter, following a stiff request by friends that the Nigerian Youths need to see and digest this memorial document.
Dear Mr. Odutola,
I think it will be an exceeding saving of time and more business-like if I avoid all sweet preliminaries and go straight into the object of this letter and say that I am writing to ask you to be good enough to lend me a sum of £1,400 (One thousand and four hundred pounds) free of interest for twelve years.
It is a staggering figure! More staggering indeed does it become, when it is realized that I, who am asking for this loan, have nothing in all the world to give as a security for this money, excepting my good faith and my brains which again are of value only so long as I continue to breathe the breath of life!
Nevertheless, I here proceed to outline in brief why i want this big loan from you. And I hope you will be kind enough to sacrifice some time to go through what I have to say, even though , in the end you might find yourself unable to do me this grand favour.
One great ambition of mine since my boyhood days is to be a lawyer, a politician and a journalist, rolled into one. I cherish politics and journalism as a career. ; and I desire advocacy as a means of livelihood. For you will agree with me that a politician or journalist who has no money with which to support himself and family comfortably ,is like a blade which has no razor.
Now, at one time, I was on the verge of making enough money with which I could proceed to England in order to pursue the object of my ambition; but I suffered a twist in my fortune, and I crashed. Ever since, I have tried without success to recover lost grounds, financially. But spiritually and intellectually, I have made appreciable advance in spite of towering difficulties, all of which have now been surmounted.
As you are aware, I have just passed the intermediate Bachelor of Commerce Examination. Next year, I am taking the final B.Com. Having a degree is not my goal; I hate to be a government or mercantile employee. Otherwise, there are opportunities for me here and there to get a suitable and well paid job under government or one of the mercantile houses. As you know, however, once I become an employee of government or a mercantile establishment that is the end to my career as a politician and journalist. I have therefore resolved that under no circumstances will I take up such employment.
That is just by the way. I am now thirty-four years of age. After careful thought, I have come to the conclusion that if I could raise a loan free of interest sufficient to cover expenses , I should go to England , this year and within three years, I should qualify as a Barrister –at –law, and also obtain with Honours the LL.B Degree of London University. In addition this degrees apart from giving me good backing as a solicitor and Advocate will help me immensely as a politician and journalist.
But where on earth could i get the money? Who in Nigeria today could give £1400 free of interest to help his fellow-man? J.Henry Doherty, Esq., of illustrious memory who did the like to many successful Nigerians is no more. But after meticulous, shifting and weighing, I hit upon you.
I have no doubt whatsoever in my mind that out of the bounty with which providence blesses your grit and efforts as a businessman, you can well easily afford to advance such a sum of money. I have no doubt too that as a young and progressive man you will be quite happy to give the money for the pursuit of the project for which I desire it.
But then, could you take this risk?
That is the question. As I have said before, I have no security for this loan. Moreover, I want it free of interest. So that you stand to gain absolutely NOTHING in the whole transaction ,except the satisfaction that by helping me to achieve my ambition you are indirectly or even directly helping Nigeria or even Africa.
This risk becomes greater when it is borne in mind that I might die in the course of my studies or immediately after , so that, since I have no security or surety, you stand the chance of losing not only the money but also the satisfaction which you may cherish that you are contributing to the uplift of Africa. It is indeed a great risk; the greatest any man ever embarks upon.
But, this is a big BUT, if I live, as I have no doubt I will do, you will not only get your money back in full, but you will , to the end of your days , have cause to rejoice that you have done one of the most outstanding and most philanthropic acts any human being ever does. Among other things, I shall make excellent use of the money while in England by breaking records in my examination. On my return to Nigeria, I shall strive to be one of the foremost advocates, politicians and writers in West Africa, and while I do all these, I shall make it a point not only to pay your money back in full, but also to repay your kindness and generosity towards me in every way I can.
All the same, it is a big risk! So , Sir, I like you to think seriously about it, and see if you can take it in the interest of a young man who has brains ,industry and determination to back his ambition , but lacks the money. I know we have never been close friends, but I have a shrewd idea that you may take the risk and help me.
On this assumption, therefore, I proceed to the next and last stage of this letter.
I shall not require the whole £1,400 in a lump sum. To start with, you will help me pay a sum of £208-13s-3d to the Inner Temple. I have already received an application form from this Inn of Court; and from the details forwarded, I gather that the sum of £208-13s-3d will cover all the cost of training as a Barrister, examination fees excluded.
When I am ready to sail, you will advance me a sum of £100 to cover passage, provision for my family and any other incidental expenses( NOTE: If i got torpedoed on the way, you would certainly lose this £100 but you will recover the £208-13s-3d).
At the same time you will remit to a London Bank the sum of £491-6s-9d. It is out of this amount that I shall pay the university fees for LL.B course a, and for special courses in political science and journalism, when I land in England. This is to say, the initial advance will total £800.
At the end of the first year, provided I make satisfactory progress in my studies, you will give instruction to the bank to honour all cheques from me drawn on this account. There will be an arrangement to be signed by me on my return.
On my return, I shall require TWO years within which to establish a solid practice and build a good reputation. After these two years, I should commence to pay at least £200 per annum either in monthly, quarterly or annual payments. So that in seven years after the first two years, I should pay back the whole sum of £1,400. That will be TWELVE YEARS from the time you help me to pay this in April or so this year, then I should be due to pay the whole of £1400 by April 1955.
Now, as you yourself will see, this is the farthest limit within which I can pay the money. It may be possible for me to pay the money within THREE to FIVE years of my return. As a matter of fact, the sooner I pay it off, the better. But it is much better to be on the safe side in a matter like this. It is no making promises now which will be difficult to fulfil in future. On the contrary it is better to mention a period of twelve years and pay within SIX or EIGHT years than to mention FIVE YEARS and fail to pay within TEN years. Personally, I prefer that I should fail to get the loan under theses unattractive but sure conditions, rather than succeed in getting it under attractive but precarious conditions.
Now, this is all I have to say. You have my request before you, and the reason why i make the request. It is left to you to decide whether it is worthwhile to take the risk of helping me in the manner outlined above or not.
If you do me the great favour, not only myself and all that are mine, but also God and Africa will be grateful, I shall have no cause whatsoever to grumble or to blame you, FOR THE RISK IS GREAT.
Since this is a very selfish request, I enclose herewith a stamped addressed envelope for a reply to be sent to me under registered cover.
With very kind regards.
(Sgd) Obafemi Awolowo.
(Culled from the book, Chief Obafemi Awolowo: The Political Moses by Adedara Oduguwa, Page 119-123).
Touching and inspiring? Yes, that is the best way to describe it. Many would be amazed that with all the grammars and accolades such requests was turned down, perhaps probably because Chief Odutola couldn’t affords it? Well, far from it.
At a glance, let me introduce Chief Adeola Odutola. Chief Odutola was born in Ijebu-Ode, seven years before the birth of Awo (1902). He was one of the pioneers of modern Nigerian indigenous entrepreneurship (He reigned in Ijebu after D.S.D. Oduguwa of blessed memory who died in 1939). Odutola started as a Court Clerk in the 30s and entered private industry by establishing Damask Stores and Fish Stalls around Western Nigeria (Wikipedia, 2015). He later entered Cocoa and Palm trading business. Odutola later joined Nigerian Youth Movement, transferred his resources gradually into energy, saw milling, gold mining and became major agent to John Holt Nigeria. By 1967 Odutola was already manufacturing Tyres, became first president of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and later President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (Wikipedia,2015).
However, as at the time Awo requested for £1400 education loan from Chief Odutola, The Chief already worths millions of naira. Now the question is why then did he refuse the request? Well, let’s say he was not filled with enough grace to give or God didn’t want to share his glory with him. Because, Awo would have owe everything he achieved in later years to him.
There are lots of lessons that could be learned from this letter:
Definiteness of purpose: Awo knew what he wanted and he shot at it. He wanted to become three things: A lawyer,a journalist and a reputable politician. He was so definite. Many of us don’t know what we want. To be wealthy is not a goal but a feeling. If you worth billions and you don’t stand for anything, then you have achieved nothing. Letter like this is for you.
In life-war, the force of determination is greater than that of bullet: Awo was so determined and focused. He did not allow the Loan request refusal to weighed him down. He had three children already (Segun, Tola and Wole) but yet, he was so determined to become a politician, Solicitor and a Journalist. Today, we refer to him as the best president Nigeria never had (politics), Senior Advocate of Nigeria- SAN (Solicitor) andfounder of the Nigerian Tribune (Journalist).
Destiny cannot be changed nor denied but can only be delayed: Awo was so optimistic of travelling abroad and achieving his goals. He planned it for 1943 but failed since Chief Odutola refused to grant him the request for loan. He was not discouraged! Worked harder for the next one year and travelled by 1944. This also explains why the only person that can fail you is YOURSELF. Never blame the third party for your failure. Take the courage to try again.
Chief Odutola , am sure was ever disappointed for not granting that favour because Awo later installed him as the Ogbeni Oja of Ijebu Ode when he was the serving Premier of Western Region. In addition, “in 1956, however, a general election was called. Odutola contested on the platform of the Action Group and recorded an overwhelming victory. This was not surprising. He had fully become a man of the people. In 1955, he had been elected Chairman of the Ijebu Provisional Council. In 1956, a vote of confidence was passed on him, in recognition of his good management of the Council. He was also re-elected Chairman of the Council. In 1957, the same process was repeated. Odutola remained Chairman till 1959 (Abati,1995:78) .”
Are you surprised? Never be, the man who requested for education loan now a Premier (equivalent to some 7 states governor today) while the billionaire became one of his many Local Govt. Chairmen. They became so close that Chief Odutola was with Awo in the Action Group political party. What a life!
Conclusively, Awo did not only end up becoming his dream, he added good name to it. Today he is celebrated and respected around the world. I am a beneficiary of this name. Thus, you can be greater than your greatest admirer if only you have faith in God and determination.
Remember, for every Chief Odutola in your life, gets Awo!
The average Nigerian would normally go to a federal university because of the affordability. However, even the federal university are starting to hike their prices, leaving many scared about the future of education for the average man in Nigeria.
There have been changes in school fees of some institutions, below is a table of such changes according to Vanguard:
The process can be split into 3 stages: Pre-application, Online Application, and DLC process. The whole thing can be done in a day.
My driver’s licence was soon to expire and I started to experience the typical anxiety most people feel when they need to go through a process involving Nigerian government agencies. A number of questions needed answering so I got on Google ASAP.
QUESTION 2: Should I start the process now or should I wait for the licence to expire first? In other words, is there a grace period after the licence expires?
Answer: Nairaland had a number of conflicting opinions on this. Most people seemed to believe that there was a grace period after the licence expires. Some others even claimed it was risky starting the process before the licence expired. This notion is however incorrect.
I did some digging online and found an extract from the 2012 National Road Traffic Regulations (available here:http://frsc.gov.ng/publications) which states you can apply for a renewal “any time within a period of one calendar month before the expiry date of the licence.” I also messaged the FRSC Nigeria Facebook account and the response was straightforward, “No grace after expiration please. You have to start the process as the license is about expiring.”
In short, the grace period is 30 days before the licence expires. So I started the process immediately.
1. Go to http://www.nigeriadriverslicence.org and click on “Driver’s Licence Renewal” (or “Renewal of Driver’s Licence” under “DL Application”
2. This takes you to this pagehttps://www.nigeriadriverslicence.org/dlApplication/renew where you are to enter your
Driver’s Licence Number and Date of Birth. Note: If your drivers’ licence is not going to expire within 30 days, you won’t be able to proceed past this point.
3. On the renewal page, select between a 3-year validity period for N6,350 or a 5-year validity period for N10,450.
4. Complete the rest of the form with your personal details and contact/mailing address. You can choose to edit your information here (just check the edit box) or you can retain the details you had as at your last application. You can also add your Taxpayer Identification Number (just the 6 digits without the “N-“if you are so inclined.
5. If you do not need to change anything, you can skip to the bottom of the form where you fill in the Processing Office Details. The state and local government where your licence was initially processed will be indicated here, however you need to select your preferred FRSC Capture Center to conclude the process (I wasted some time here trying to figure out the difference between Eti-Osa_I and Eti-Osa_II then just went with Iru_VI eventually)
6. Next you have the option of repeating the bio-metric data capture or not. Unless you have undergone significant physical changes in the last 3-5 years, please select “No” here.
8. Note: If for any reason, you have to reload this page, please start over and select “No” under the bio-metric re-capture option again. When I first tried to submit and I had to correct something on the form, I noticed that the selection had defaulted to “Yes”; so I simply restarted the process from step 2 above (it doesn’t take 5 minutes).
9. Once you are done, you will be shown the completed ML15R form on a Driver’s Licence Application Preview Page. This will have all the application details with three options at the bottom of the page: ‘Print’, ‘Proceed with Payment’, ‘Cancel’
10. I strongly advise you proceed with the online payment at this stage. It’s the normal Interswitch process and pretty straightforward.
11. Once you’re done with the payment, you will be taken back to the updated Driver’s Licence Application Preview Page with the Payment Status updated to Payment Confirmed and the expiry date extended by the validity period you paid for (3 or 5 years)
12. Go to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Print’
1. Print 2 copies of the completed Driver’s Licence Application Preview Page
2. Make 2 copies of your current driver’s licence. Also have the original with you.
3. Take 2 passport photographs
4. Head to your selected FRSC Capture Center. If you can find the VIO “Road Sense” CD/DVD that you were given when you first applied for your driver’s licence, please take this along with you.
5. At the center, present items 1-3 listed above (alongside your current original driver’s licence) to the FRSC officers.
6. Next you will be directed to the VIO office (same building)
7. Present the above-listed items to the VIO officials.
8. At this point, you will be asked to pay N1,000. This is where the “Road Sense” CD/DVD comes in handy. The N1,000 payment is for a test and the CD. I mentioned that I was given the CD the last time I renewed my driver’s licence and they asked if I had it with me. The explanation was that they couldn’t simply accept my word that I had the CD. However, if I could present the CD, they would take out the cost from the N1,000. I didn’t belabour the matter.
9. After paying, you need to take a test. I was given a verbal test although the VIO official pointed out that it should/could have been a written test. The test was simple enough and it essentially became a 5-minute educational discourse. Just be patient and remember, the maximum speed limit in Lagos State is 80km/hr
10. After successfully passing the test, the VIO official will give you a signed Driver’s Licence Checklist, and also complete required parts of the printed Driver’s Licence Application Page.
11. Back at the FRSC desk, you need to make copies of the signed Driver’s Licence Checklist and the signed Driver’s Licence Application Page (with your passport photograph attached).
12. These copies attached to a copy of your current driver’s licence will be further signed by the FRSC official and this forms your temporary driver’s licence.
The new driver’s licence will be ready in 3 months.
If you ever worried about why your child was coming home with hours upon hours of homework each night, Bunmi Laditan – the mom behind The Honest Toddler blog – can not only relate, but she can also serve as a reminder that you have the power to put a stop to it.
She noted how her 10-year-old daughter, Maya – who is in school from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. and still has two to three hours of homework each evening – “loves learning” but has become more and more stressed by school. She’s developed chest pains, and she’s begun waking up before dawn worrying about her workload.
“How does homework until 6:30, then dinner, then an hour to relax (or finish the homework) before bed make any sense at all?” she asked. “Is family time not important? Is time spent just being a child relaxing at home not important?”
Children need downtime after school the same way adults need downtime after work. They need to play with their siblings. They need to bond with their parents in a relaxed atmosphere, not one where everyone is stressed about fractions because – SURPRISE – I’m not a teacher. Children need time to just enjoy their childhoods or is that just for the weekends . . . although we also do homework on Sundays.
So, after consulting a tutor and a therapist, Bunmi sent an email to Maya’s teachers that let them know she wasn’t going to allow her daughter to get wrapped up in the pressures of unnecesary homework any longer.
She’s not yet certain how the school will react but is prepared to homeschool if necessary. She’ll have to hire a tutor and find a group of parents doing the same thing, “but I have no choice at this point,” she wrote.
“We all want our children to grow up and succeed in the world. While I believe in education, I don’t believe for one second that academics should consume a child’s life. I don’t care if she goes to Harvard one day,” she said. “My kid needs to be a kid.”
The Codex Leicester (also briefly known as Codex Hammer) is a collection of famous scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. The Codex is named after Thomas Coke, later created Earl of Leicester who purchased it in 1719. Of Leonardo’s 30 scientific journals, the Codex may be the most famous of all. The manuscript holds the record for the sale price of any book.
In 1994, Bill Gates purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, a journal handwritten by the Italian genius from 1506 to 1510. He became the sole owner all for the low price of $30.8 million, making it the most expensive book ever sold.
Gates is reported to read roughly 50 books a year,
Gates didn’t just keep it for himself. He had the ancient text scanned into a digital format, and the pages were available as a screensaver on Windows 95. But most people probably didn’t know that because everyone used Flying Toasters as their screensaver instead.
Photos show wireless devices disguised as watches, belts and erasers.
This year 9.4 million students are taking the exam dubbed one of ‘the world’s most difficult examinations.’
Photos show the attempts made by past students to cheat during the college entrance exam.
The cheating devices were shown off to Chinese media on June 6.
With the watch, pupils would take pictures of the tests using a button-hole camera hidden in the device. Then there would be a copper antenna loop stitched into their clothing to beam it out of the hall to someone sitting with a receiver.
This person would then look up the answer to the question and then send it back using a hidden earpiece.
According to police, those found cheating are stripped of the enrollment qualification for a period ranging one to three years.
Parents involved are also seriously punished.
The college examination known as the Gaokao began on June 7 and will see some 9.4 million students take the test.
However only 3.2 million students are expected to enroll in an undergraduate degree programme following the exam.
Education is highly valued in China, with many parents sending their children miles each day just to go to school, and many are afraid they will be harshly punished for failure.
Streets surrounding exam centres are cordoned off in order to keep the environment around it quiet. Police cars are on stand by to pick up students that need help or have been caught up in rush hour traffic, reports the daily online.
Scientists at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases of Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, has developed and patented two rapid diagnosis test kits for the Ebola Virus Disease and Lassa Virus.
According to the university, the kits are able to detect the virus in human body fluids in 10 minutes.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Debo Adeyewa, said this on Friday during the signing of a memorandum of understanding on infectious disease surveillance and control between the ACEGID and the Lagos State Government.
Following the role of the university in the 2014 diagnosis and confirmation of the first index case of the EVD, Adeyewa said, the school had established a network of pathogens hunters in Nigeria and Africa in general by training scientists in the field of genomics.
He added that the partnership was to strengthen the capacity of the Lagos State Government in infectious disease diagnostics and epidemics preparedness.
He said, “Redeemer’s University ACEGID researchers discovered two novel Rhabdoviruses (EKV-1 and EKV-2). The centre also developed and patented two rapid diagnostic test kits for diagnosis of Lassa fever virus or Ebola virus in biological fluids. The World Health Organisation and the United States Food and Drug Agency have approved the Ebola virus RDT for use during epidemics.’’
Speaking at the event, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said that the need for the state to build up its research capability in disease surveillance, diagnosis, prevention, control and elimination of infectious diseases led to the signing of the MoU.
He added that the long-standing relationship between the Ikorodu General Hospital in Lagos State, and the ACEGID, was a major a major impetus in the partnership.