A former Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Ben Murray-Bruce, has lamented that Nigeria is still running an 18th-century economy dependent on crude oil and its turbulent prices.
This is as he urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to start the process which will enable Nigeria to join the rest of the world in the 21st century.
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In a video on Twitter, Ben Murray-Bruce called for the Ministry of Science and Technology to be properly funded, noting that the biggest economies in the world are technology-driven.
He said, “We are already 21 years into the 21st Century, but here in Nigeria, we still run an 18th Century economy dependent on crude oil and its turbulent market prices.
“Mr President, I urge you, we need to move to the 21st Century and join the rest of the world. We cannot afford to be left behind waiting for the price of crude oil to rise.
“The biggest economies in the world are technology-driven. For example, a 10 per cent increase in broadband penetration is associated with a 1.4 per cent increase in GDP growth in emerging markets.
“Technology encompasses a huge body of knowledge and tools that ease the use of economic resources as a way to produce goods and services efficiently.
Technological progress is essential to economic growth and development, and the more advanced the technology is available, the more quickly our economy can grow.
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“The Ministry of Science and Technology must be properly funded and run professionally to attract the best brains we have.”
The former lawmaker expressed the belief that Nigerian inventors and scientists can also perform like their foreign counterparts if provided with the right environment.
“Nigerians are natural inventors. Nigerians are among the world’s best scientists and so many Nigerians are contributing to the technological advancement of other countries instead of ours and it’s no fault of theirs. We have simply done nothing to attract them.
“Aptera Motors, an American Start-up company based in San Diego, California recently announced a new three-wheeled electric car with a range of up to 1,609 kilometres per charge. But what’s more fascinating is that you can charge the car’s 100 KWH battery from an electrical outlet powered by the sun and while driving and parking, thanks to its solar harvesting roof. Nigerian inventors and scientists can do the same in the right environment.
“Mr President, I am begging you, please start the process of creating the right environment so Nigerians can leap and join the world’s strongest economies,” he said.
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Quavo And Jayda Cheaves Respond After Social Media Pins Lil Baby As Saweetie’s Mystery Bae
Saweetie, Lil Baby, Jayda Cheaves and Quavo were the stars of a lil’ tea party on Sunday evening. And the refreshments served by social media users, and later the celebrities themselves, was definitely piping hot. The tea party kicked off with an Instagram post by Saweetie and ended with Lil Baby dropping a harsh message on Twitter. Let’s get into it, chile…
Saweetie Posts Mystery Bae
Early Sunday, Saweetie shared the moment dozens of roses were delivered to her. She appeared to be at a recording studio, but didn’t share any details or words about the sweet gesture.
A few hours later, the ‘Icy’ rapper posted a photo dump on Instagram. The carousel-type post featured selfies, moments with fans, bawdy-ody-ody shots and a Chanel purse sitting on a piano. However, it was the last flick of the slider that put social media detectives to work! Saweetie snapped a mirror selfie that captured her sitting on the lap of a mystery bae. Almost immediately, social sites exploded with users giving their theories on who the partially hidden person could be.
Social Users Name Lil Baby
From Nigerian artist Olamide to 42 Dugg, the guesses kept rolling in. Then, a post on Lil Baby’s official Facebook account painted another picture. Apparently, Lil Baby recently wore dark pants and black shoes that match those seen on Saweetie’s mystery boo. The Facebook post is dated November 18 with the caption “It’s only a handful of real ones, people be corny.” It features a still photo and a video of Baby showing off his drip in a mirror. The video’s caption reads “It’s a cold cold world.” As expected, social media users put two and two together–down to the accents on the shoes and pants. The side-by-side comparison quickly went viral.
Lil Baby Deletes A Tweet
As online users discussed the assumed pair, Lil Baby took some time to clean up his Twitter account. Just days ago, he told fans “Baby not dating NO ONE” on Twitter. He also confirmed his bachelor status saying “I’m single.” But, in the midst of this rumored romance exploding on Sunday night, the tweet disappeared.
Quavo Enters The Chat
After about an one hour of sipping this tea, Quavo let his feelings about the situation be known. He wrote “Ain’t trippin we can swap it out #QCTheLabel” on his Instagram Story. While Quavo didn’t mention names, users ran with the idea that he was speaking on Jayda Cheaves. Jayda, as you may know, is Lil Baby’s ex-girlfriend. She shares a toddler son named Loyal with the rapper.
Hey Jayda GWORL!
Moments after The Shade Room posted Quavo’s message on Instagram, Jayda popped up on the page. Apparently, she liked and then unliked ... featuring Quavo’s suggestion. Afterwards, Quavo’s sister decided to add her two cents by reposting a photo of Jayda to her Instagram Story.
Later in the evening, Jayda hopped on her Instagram Story with a jokey joke. She posted a photo of her trending status on Twitter and wrote “I ain’t even do bun.” Jayda also included a GIF reaction of a woman eating popcorn.
Lil Baby Speaks
Hours after social media users pinned him as mystery boo, Lil Baby said his piece. The Atlanta artist hopped on Twitter and let off two thoughts while keeping his words name-free.
“B****es really be weird,” Lil Baby tweeted. He continued on in a separate post saying, “If you want clout use BABY.”
And to wrap things up, at some point throughout the entire fiasco, Saweetie reposted her carousel of images. The second time around mystery man, who is presumably Lil Baby, was not included. Whew, what a party! *sips tea*
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My Love For Women Inspired Me To Create My Own Condom Brand -Durella
Popular singer, Oluwadamilare Okulaja, also known as Durella fondly called ‘King of the Zanga’, has opened up on how his love for women made him create a condom brand.
“People wanted to crucify me saying Durella he likes women so I decided to do something in that direction. We brought out this condom called ‘Zanga Swagga’. We are looking for sponsors that we can work together. People say Durella like women, so I just want to give something back to my fans who miss me”, he told Punch
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Asked why he is back in Nigeria, he said: ”Now that I have my wife and kid, I need to face the music back so that is why I am back in Nigeria because I haven’t been in Nigeria for some time have been in Paris. My family is in Paris but I am in Nigeria right now. The industry has changed, the value of the products we used to produce has changed. Shooting a video right now is expensive”.
Speaking further, Durella said though he likes taking breaks, he is no longer taking breaks when it comes to his music career.
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“I like taking breaks but there is no time for breaks no more. My album is coming up titled ‘The African Gangster’, I have been working on it for a very long time. It’s something special and different. I have a lot of fans out there and most of them have missed me. That is why I am putting this album together. I have Ice Prince, Mr Real, Qdot, Oritsefemi and some couple of upcoming artistes too”.
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Local B*tch, No Fake Zone – Actress Luchy Donalds Reacts After A Colleague Accused Her Of Showing Off Empty Shopping Bags
Nollywood actress Luchy Donalds has come out to reply to a colleague who said that she is showing off empty shopping bags on Instagram.
The actress did not mince words when she was clapping back at a colleague of hers who accused her of living a fak life. Her colleague who is yet to be identified stated that she is showing off empty shopping bags on IG.
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Luchy Donalds replied back by calling her colleague a b*tch saying that she is not fake and she doesn’t have time for fake people.
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Even though she has not had major roles in Nollywood movies, she is surely a popular face on the big screen. She wrote on social media, local bitch called my bag empty, oya take a bit unboxing because baby girl can’t unbox all. E plenty God is just starting in my life. Toppest top or nothing. No fake zone. See post below;
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