Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Aon To Be Manchester United's Business To Business Title Sponsor

LONDON and MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aon Plc (NYSE:AON), the world's leader in risk management and human resource solutions, and Manchester United, the world's most popular football club, today announced a new groundbreaking program that will harness the high levels of awareness both organizations enjoy into a unique state of the art business-to-business network and community engagement programs. 

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In 2014 Aon plans to transition into a second phase of its relationship with Manchester United by becoming the title sponsor of both Manchester United's Business Network and the Manchester United Foundation

Aon continues to be the Manchester United Primary Shirt Sponsor for two more seasons.
Aon's primary reason for its original shirt partnership was to unite its over 60,000 colleagues world-wide, across 120 countries.  Aon has made great progress on that objective while achieving its brand awareness objectives, with metrics now consistent with global iconic brands.

"One thing Aon and Manchester United understand is the need to use different strategies to reach different objectives – and both of us are very focused on achieving objectives," says David Gill, Club CEO. "Aon continues to be everything that any business could want from a partner with strong relationships at every level within our business – and we look to build similar relationships with Aon and their prospective clients for years to come."

"The first phase of our partnership, which continues into 2014, was focused on uniting our firm and the colleagues in it while reinforcing the brand of Aon," Aon Plc CEO Greg Case said. "The second phase is intended to continue this momentum but with even more of a focus around clients and communities.  We are very excited about continuing this new dimension of our partnership with Manchester United over the long-term."

Manchester United's Business Network is an organization where sponsors, global executives and heads of state can gather to discuss critical issues in the economy such as global risks, cross-border trade, supply chains, energy resources, talent, healthcare, high performing teams and diversity – all in the context of a shared interest in the world's global game and the world's number one team. 

Aon is also scheduled to become the title sponsor of the Manchester United Foundation , continuing a shared focus on helping communities at risk and empowering economic and human possibility across the globe.  Aon and Manchester United have worked together on global initiatives bringing attention to pressing issues, including:

Pass It On – A program where three Manchester United Footballs embarked on an eight-month journey across six continents, engaging clients, colleagues and communities.  The balls covered philanthropic events supporting the Man Utd Foundation and charities across the world. 

Find a Better Way - a charity founded by Sir Bobby Charlton to develop new and more effective ways of identifying and removing the millions of landmines that cause untold suffering in communities around the world. Aon has been proud to lead the drive across the globe to raise the funding needed to support the charity's research and development programme, as well as landmine removal, preventive education, and healthcare to support those affected.

As part of the program, Aon also is looking forward to the opportunity to continue working with and promoting Manchester United's soccer schools, dedicated to the development of young people with a passion for the game. 

Aon would also like to congratulate GM and Chevy on their decision to becoming Manchester United's primary shirt sponsor starting at the end of the 2014 season. 

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About Aon
Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 61,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary, captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple industry sources. Visit http://www.aon.com for more information on Aon and http://www.aon.com/manchesterunited to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt sponsorship with Manchester United.

SOURCE Aon plc
NOTE TO EDITORS: (Note to editors and reporters: This release originally was issued only in the UK on July 30, 2012) Web Site: http://www.aon.com

Short Film Competition To Win $10,000 and A Trip To Hollywood!

48 Go Green is the Ultimate online international ecological film competition. For two days, contestants race to create a short film with a message about saving the planet. The entire filmmaking process happens over the weekend. Anyone with internet access is eligible to compete. These things make it ideal for those of us short on time and money. This wickedly cool competition will pump your adrenaline and there are many prizes to be won. A Grand cash Prize of $10,000 and a trip to Hollywood! Take advantage of two more opportunities to compete in 2012: September 7-9, and September 28-30.

Source: http://www.48gogreen.com/

Gossip Kick Off 13 City Tour Of North America On September 24

Gossip Kick Off 13 City Tour Of North America On September 24

NEW YORK, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records -- Gossip will kick off a 13 city North American Tour beginning on September 24 th in Washington, DC and wrapping up with a performance at Treasure Island Festival in San Francisco, CA on October 14 th (see below for full list of dates).  Gossip are touring in support of their latest release A Joyful Noise , which was produced by pop genius Brian Higgins (Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud).  A Joyful Noise was released earlier this year to critical raves, with Associated Press proclaiming it the band's "finest studio album," as well as "bombastic, self-assured and a righteous floor rocker."  Bust Magazine heralded the album and the band for "creating exhilarating, potent dance music," while Magnet proclaimed the album to have "a sexy confidence that oozes cool."  "Perfect World," the first single from A Joyful Noise and a track Rolling Stone calls "dance-rock melodrama," is currently #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Since releasing A Joyful Noise in May, Gossip have crisscrossed the globe performing to sold-out crowds in New York City as well as major festivals in Germany (Rock am Ring, Rock im Park and Melt Festivals), Japan (FUJI Rock) and Australia (Splendour in the Grass).  Gossip will also perform at V Festival in the UK in mid-August in addition to their slot at Treasure Island Festival in October.  Led by the dynamic powerhouse vocalist Beth Ditto, Gossip are renowned for their incredibly high energy and amazing live shows.  NME described the band as "mind-blowing." They go on to say "everyone needs to hear this band and dance like there's no tomorrow." 
Gossip are Beth Ditto (vocals), Brace Paine (guitar, bass, keyboards) and Hannah Billie (drums).
Gossip U.S. tour dates
September 24
Washington, DC
930 Club
September 25
Philadelphia, PA
September 26
Boston, MA
September 29
Toronto, ON
September 30
Montreal, QB
October 2
Detroit, MI
The Majestic Theatre
October 3
Chicago, IL
Bottom Lounge
October 5
Madison, WI
October 6
Minneapolis, MN
The Fine Line Cafe
October 9
Seattle, WA
Showbox Market
October 10
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
October 12
Los Angeles, CA
Fonda Theater
October 14
San Francisco, CA
Treasure Island Festival

SOURCE Columbia Records
CONTACT: Benny Tarantini, Columbia Records, +1-212-833-5858, Benny.Tarantini@sonymusic.com or Winnie Lam, Columbia Records, +1-212-833-8092, Winnie.Lam@sonymusic.com
Web Site: http://www.columbiarecords.com

Jillian Harris To Create “Kitchen of Dreams” for Lucky Popular Real Women of Philadelphia

Season 2 Host and Designer Jillian Harris Announces Real Women of Philadelphia "Your Kitchen of Dreams" Contest.

Leading Interior Designer, Jillian Harris, to Create “Kitchen of Dreams” for Lucky Member of Popular Real Women of Philadelphia Online Community

Interactive Website Empowers Hundreds of Thousands of Women Annually to Share Real Recipes, Engage in Real Conversations and Achieve Real Dreams

Glenview, IL (July 30, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Millions of women across America often dream of having a new kitchen to better connect with family and friends over meals. Now one of the nation’s leading interior designers is helping make that dream a reality for one lucky person through a unique partnership with Kraft PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. With the desire to support its consumer with an open forum to share cooking tips, recipes and culinary dreams, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese created an interactive online community – Real Women of Philadelphia. Now, Jillian Harris, former star of popular ABC reality shows The Bachelorette and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and the new host the W Network’s Love It or List It is teaming up with Real Women of Philadelphia to give one of its members his or her very own “Kitchen of Dreams” valued at more than $45,000.

“What impressed me most with the Real Women of Philadelphia website were the genuine friendships that have ignited from all across the country, and the amazing stories of encouragement and support – especially when many of these ladies haven’t even met in person yet,” said Harris. “I was so honored to sign on to this project, as I know so many women are out there, like me, seeking other real women to talk about the things we all care about – family, friendships, food and a happy home. It’s truly amazing that PHILADELPHIA has been able to create that connectedness that we are all seeking in a virtual community.”

Through an online recipe and photo submission, the Real Women of Philadelphia will award one winner a kitchen makeover fully conceptualized by Harris including a one-on-one in-person consultation at the winner’s home, mood boards, samples and diagrams outlining suggested design concepts. This makeover also includes brand new KitchenAid appliances and high-value gift cards to local retailers. Beginning July 30, 2012, through August 19, 2012, online visitors are invited to become members of the vibrant and growing community and submit their unique recipe and photo for a chance to win. During the three-week period, a daily giveaway winner will also receive a kitchen appliance from KitchenAid.

In addition to helping make a “dream kitchen” come true for a Real Women of Philadelphia fan, Harris is also an enthusiastic new member of the popular Real Women of Philadelphia online community and will be interacting on the site with its more than 75,000 members.

“Aside from the amazing women I’ve already met on the site, I’m equally thrilled to be sharing some of my favorite recipes, and trying some of theirs, of course!” said Harris. “Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that my kitchen is my absolute favorite room in the house. I believe that cooking and sharing a meal is one of the best ways to share time and connect with loved ones.”

Always one to offer free do-it-yourself advice, Harris features her own personal profile on the site and offers some of her favorite kitchen makeover suggestions, including:

When one door closes…: Sick of your cabinet doors? Simply remove them completely and add wallpaper in a bright color or fun pattern to the back walls to showcase your personal style and brighten up your kitchen.
“Green” decorating: Impress your friends by using elements from your cooking to inspire your dinner party decor. For example, when making caprese salad, try incorporating fresh basil leaves into your floral arrangement or party favors for a fresh, sustainable decoration.
Super space savers: Layer both magnetic paint and chalkboard paint on the inside door of one of your cabinets. It’s the perfect hidden spot to post coupons or scrawl personal notes or shopping lists. Simply close your cabinets to hide the mess.
Stainless steel appeal on a cardboard budget: If you can’t afford completely new appliances, try painting refrigerator door handles or stove front with stainless steel paint to brighten up your kitchen.
Mixed emotions: Don’t be afraid to mix a few styles together, like modern with feminine or dark woods with bright white. It helps create dimension and unique flair in the room.

The Kitchen of Dreams contest is the third in a series of “dream-themed” contests hosted by the Real Women of Philadelphia this year. In 2012, Real Women of Philadelphia will be giving out more than $100,000 in prizes and uniting Real Women from across the country to share favorite recipes, create genuine friendships and achieve their dreams throughout the year. Recently, Real Women of Philadelphia launched a national cookbook, featuring all consumer-submitted recipes to encourage and promote the creativity of its fans.

For additional personal design tips and recipes from Jillian Harris and to learn more about the Kitchen of Dreams contest, visit RealWomenofPhiladelphia.com.

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Kraft Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: KFT) is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love. Proudly marketing delicious biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries, Kraft Foods had 2011 revenue of $54.4 billion. Twelve of the company’s iconic brands – Cadbury, Jacobs, Kraft, LU, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Tang and Trident – generate revenue of more than $1 billion annually. On Aug. 4, 2011, Kraft Foods announced plans to divide and create two independent public companies: a high-growth global snacks business and a high-margin North American grocery business. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2012. A leader in innovation, marketing, health & wellness and sustainability, Kraft Foods is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor’s 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index. Visit kraftfoodscompany.com and facebook.com/kraftfoodscorporate.

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Introducing Cognac D'USSE in Style

A New, Bold Expression of Cognac on Selective National Release This Summer
Chairman’s Trophy Award Winner in the 2012 Ultimate Cocktail Challenge

Miami, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — D’USSÉ™, the newest innovation in Cognac, today announces its official brand launch in the United States. D’USSÉ, pronounced “dew-say,” is a bold new Cognac expression masterfully crafted in the cellars of the Chateau de Cognac – a home with a 200-year legacy of creating some of the world’s finest Cognacs.

D’USSE garnered significant buzz among press and high-profile influencers and celebrities via a series of exclusive New York City previews, and earned its place as a new favorite among spirits industry elite by winning the Chairman’s Trophy for its exceptional performance in Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Cocktail Challenge*. The D’USSÉ Cognac range will launch with a unique VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) “quality” slated to hit shelves through a tiered local market roll-out strategy, beginning with New York in June and expanding to additional cities in the fall. The brand will introduce additional D’USSÉ Cognac expressions after establishing itself with its bold new VSOP offering.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of D’USSÉ Cognac,” said Giles Woodyer, brand managing director of D’USSÉ. “With such a rich history in Cognac making, we feel there is an opportunity for a new player to shake up the category with a well-crafted, high quality Cognac. It is the perfect time to release a new expression that is distinctly different and will appeal to Cognac enthusiasts.”

D’USSÉ is a uniquely powerful Cognac that delivers a bold flavor and a smooth finish. This remarkable liquid starts with an intense aroma unlike any other Cognac on the market, rich in woody aromas that are then backed by touches of cinnamon and floral notes. The taste delivers subtle accents of honey and dried fruits. The combination of its bold flavor, smooth finish and honey notes represent a differentiated taste that sets it apart from other known Cognacs.

D’USSÉ is the vision and passion of Cellar Master, Monsieur Michel Casavecchia. “After years as the curator at the Chateau de Cognac, I was given the opportunity to put my blending skills to the test,” said Casavecchia. “I developed my own vision of a distinctively bold, yet remarkably smooth Cognac. With an appreciation for the heavy responsibility that goes along with every decision in the Cognac making process, I was honored to set forth an important legacy with D’USSÉ.”

D’USSÉ Cognac derives its distinguished smoothness and roundness from the humid cellars located deep in the lower levels of the Chateau. These cellars are protected by French stone walls that are three meters thick. These walls interact harmoniously with the nearby Charente River climate to maintain a constant temperature of 59 degrees along with 90 percent humidity year round – which creates the ideal atmosphere for aging Cognac.

D’USSÉ VSOP will retail for a suggested retail price $44.99 for a 750mL and will be supported by a fully integrated launch plan inclusive of advertising/media, public relations, experiential and trade activations, and brand education.

*Please see the following link for a full list of results from the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge: http://www.ultimate-beverage.com/the-results/cocktails/

D’USSÉ [dew-say] is a bold new expression of Cognac that dares the palate like never before. Born from the prestigious Chateau de Cognac, France, D’USSÉ blends over 200 years of tradition with the inspiration of a passionate Cellar Master who set out to create his own legacy. The result is a uniquely powerful, authentic Cognac that starts off with distinguished intensity and then gives way to a pleasantly smooth, balanced finish.

For more information please visit www.DUSSE.com


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Three South African Journalists Probed Over Scandal Coverage

Nic Dawes, Editor-in-chief of the Mail and Guardian.

31 Jul 2012 00:11 Africa/Lagos

South African Journalists Probed Over Scandal Coverage

NEW YORK, July 31, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- South African authorities should immediately drop a criminal investigation against three newspaper journalists who have sought to report details on a multi-billion-dollar arms scandal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

The South African Police Service interrogated Nic Dawes, editor-in-chief of the weekly Mail & Guardian, along with Sam Sole and Stefaans Brümmer, investigative reporters with the same paper, at a police station in Pretoria on Thursday, the paper reported.

The journalists were questioned over their possession of information from a sealed 2004 police deposition of then-private businessman Mac Maharaj in connection with an official probe into corruption allegations surrounding a US$5 billion international arms deal, according to news reports. Maharaj is now a spokesman of President Jacob Zuma. Several top officials were convictedin recent yearsof receiving payouts from European arms manufacturers in a 1999 government deal for fighter jets and naval patrol boats, according to news reports.

In November, the Mail & Guardian tried to report on the contents of the deposition and sought comment from Maharaj, according to news reports. The official immediately threatened legal action, which prompted the paper to redact the story and censor large portions of it, news reports said. But Maharaj's lawyers went ahead and lodged the complaint anyway, the reports said.

"South African police should not allow themselves to be used in this campaign to intimidate Mail & Guardian journalists and censor the newspaper's coverage of an important aspect of the arms scandal," said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita from New York. "We call on police to halt their criminal investigation immediately."

Maharaj accused the journalists of violating a 1998 law that bars unauthorized disclosure of a suspect's testimony in an investigation, according to news reports. Maharaj also asserted that the paper could not have lawfully possessed the transcript of the deposition, news reports said.

A few days after Mail & Guardian censored its report, private weeklyCity Press published content obtained from another secret deposition of Maharaj in 2003, according to news reports. Maharaj did not file a complaint against City Press, according to local journalists. Maharaj has consistently denied any wrongdoing in response to several stories in South African newspapers, including Noseweek, City Press, and Sunday Times, that link him in high-profile corruption scandals, according to CPJ research.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Online Consumers Trust Branded Site Ads Most, SMS Ads Least

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Online Consumers Trust Branded Site Ads Most, SMS Ads Least

nielsen-trust-in-advertising-feb-2012.jpgOnline consumers place the most trust in advertising they find on branded websites, according to [download page] a report released in February 2012 by Nielsen and NM Incite. 52% of online consumers indicated trust in these ads, ahead of ads on TV (46%), TV program product placements, and ads served in search engine results (both at 36%). Roughly one-third trust online video ads and ads on social networks, while about 3 in 10 trust online banner ads. Ads served on mobile devices are the least trusted, though: 27% trust display ads (video or banner) on mobile devices, and 26% trust text (SMS) ads on mobile phones.
Online consumers’ trust in social media ads roughly mirrors their feelings about these ads’ usefulness: according to a study released in December 2011 by Epsilon Targeting, 31% of Americans said they find advertising on social media sites to be either not very or not at all useful, compared to just 13% who find them somewhat or very useful.

Women More Trusting Than Men

Data from Nielsen’s “Digital Consumer Report Q3-Q4 2011″ indicates that although men and women show similar levels of trust for the sources that top the list, branded websites, TV, and TV program product placements, after that women show much stronger levels of trust than men. For example, female online consumers are 28.6% more likely than their male counterparts to trust ads on social networks (36% vs. 28%), 41.7% more likely to trust online banner ads (34% vs. 24%), 34.8% more likely to trust display ads on mobile devices (31% vs. 23%), and 24.1% more likely to trust SMS ads on mobile phones (29% vs. 22%).

Tablet Owners More Receptive to Ads

nielsen-ad-response-by-device-feb-2012.jpgMeanwhile, tablet owners appear to be more receptive to ads viewed on their device than smartphone owners. They are more than twice as likely to click on an ad to view the full ad or product offering (24% vs. 11%), and almost twice as likely to search for more information about the business (21% vs. 11%) and use or request a coupon through the ad (13% vs. 7%).
The only activity in which tablet owners and smartphone owners demonstrate similar response is in making a purchase through their computer (23% vs. 20%).

1 in 3 Like Location-Based Info

Among smartphone, tablet, and connected device mobile device owners, about 1 in 3 find ads that offer custom information based on their location to be useful. Roughly one-quarter say they are more likely to look at ads if they have an interesting video, and 20% enjoy ads that have interactive features.

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How the Calabar Carnival Can Attract Thousands of Foreign Tourists

How the Calabar Carnival Can Attract Thousands of Foreign Tourists

For instance at the stadium yesterday (during the carnival), a seat at the governor’s booth sold for N25, 000 and I think that we made more than N5 million ($35, 000). So there are products that we think we can generate revenue from and we are hoping to get to a stage where we can concession it whereby somebody comes in and says I want the governor’s booth and pay for it then market it. The same on the carnival routes, vendors on the routes are registered and pay for space.

~ Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State in Nigeria, in Destination, Page 42, Travel & Tourism Section of The Guardian of Nigeria on Saturday January 28, 2012.

Only God knows how much in billions of naira the administration of Senator Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has spent so far on the so called Calabar Carvival dubbed as “Africa’s Biggest Street Party” and as the governor confirmed the carnival is presently in debt, because the state government is not generating much revenue from the billion naira investment in a month long carnival of music, dance and drama with the glitz and razzmatazz of over 50,000 costumed revelers and 2 million spectators in the coastal city of Calabar staged to boost tourism.

But why is the Calabar Carnival not yet a bankable event and not yet the biggest international tourist attraction in Africa? Because the so called “Africa’s Biggest Street Party” is not Africa’s biggest tourist event. The Reed Dance of Swaziland attracts thousands of foreign tourists and makes more money than the budget, but the Calabar Carnival makes less money than the amount spent on it.

The Calabar Carnival is a good concept of immediate past Governor of the state, Donald Duke who started it in 2004, but it has been mismanaged by opportunistic jobbers and political contractors like the other equally mismanaged Tinapa with an ultra modern film studio that has attracted more lizards and spiders than filmmakers.

Personally I like carnivals, but only when they are not bacchanalian feasts of debauchery of orgies of sex by hordes of “dogs” in heat.
The most famous carnival is the Brazilian Carnival which originated in Rio de Janeiro in 1641 when the city's bourgeoisie imported the practice of holding balls and masquerade parties from Paris. It originally mimicked the European form of the festival, later absorbing and "creolizing" elements derived from Native American and African cultures. Carnival celebrations are believed to have roots in the pagan festival of Saturnalia.

The Calabar Carnival begins on every 1st of December and lasts till 31st , with almost copycats and replicas of the Brazilian carnival on parade.

Last December, the different bands Masta Blasta, Seagull, Freedom, Bayside and Passion 4 competed to interpret the theme of the Carnival, which was “Endless Possibilities”, but might as well also mean the endless financial liabilities of the jamboree with many useless events like the football competition and wasting money on foreign entertainers like Nelly, Kirk Franklin, Sean Kingston, Rick Ross, Akon and even the defunct American bands like Midnight Star, Sky, Cool and the Gang and others specially resurrected for the Calabar Carnival and get paid what they would never have earned playing in New York.

There are some niche events in the Calabar Carnival that will be enough to attract thousands of foreign tourists than the indigenes and make millions even in a week without stretching them unnecessarily for one month of monotonous activities repeated by the same bands every year. The Boat regatta, Christmas Village and live music concerts and Governor’s Masked Ball should be strictly for paying audiences.

You don’t need one month to do a great street carnival, except it is a conduit for sleaze and public graft and a colourful camouflage for an annual government racket.:)

The famous Rio de Janeiro's Carnival does not last more than a week and last year’s edition started on Saturday, February 18th and ended on Tuesday, February 21. In 2011, attracting over 4.9 million people, of which only 400,000 were foreigners.

The Calabar Carnival should just be reduced to a one week panorama of the tourist attractions of Cross River State and Nigeria and don’t waste tax payers money on the importation of American hip hop artistes, because they have little or no attraction for the foreign tourists who are more interested in seeing the awesome displays of our cultural heritage than gyrating or shay shying to American hip hop musicians they have already seen many times over at live concerts in America and Europe and on TV. Moreover, the Calabar Carnival should look more original and unique and not a Nigerian imitation of the Brazilian carnival. The only way you can make the Calabar Carnival an international tourist attraction is by offering something new and something original that will be a fantastic kaleidoscope of the rich culture of Cross River and Nigeria which foreign tourists cannot see outside Calabar.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Nigerians Report
Nigerian Times
CEO, International Digital Post Network Limited
Founder, Eko International Film Festival,
Founder/CEO, Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema

Monday, July 30, 2012

Samsung Rises to the Top, While Acer Struggles

30 Jul 2012 13:41 Africa/Lagos

The Results Are in for RESCUECOM's 2012 Q2 Computer Reliability Report; Samsung Rises to the Top, While Acer Struggles

SYRACUSE, N.Y., July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "As we indicated at the beginning of 2012, Samsung has been making significant strides. Lenovo/IBM has continued to prove very reliable," stated David Milman, CEO of RESCUECOM. "While Apple has increased its market share of PCs sold over the last two years, their reliability, while still strong, has taken some hits."

RESCUECOM's report includes all manufacturers with a market share of at least one percent and is a significant resource for PC purchasers as well as computer marketers and specialists.

Computer Reliability Report scores for 2012 Q2 are:

Samsung (422)
Lenovo/IBM (255)
Asus (159)
Apple (130)
Toshiba (117)
HP/Compaq (109)
Dell (79)
Sony (49)
Acer (28)

The RESCUECOM Computer Reliability Report is a factual, unbiased review of today's personal computer manufacturers. RESCUECOM defines reliability as the physical reliability of the computers plus the after the sale computer support of the manufacturers.

In analyzing the computer reliability scores for the second quarter of 2012, we see the PC market shifting in response to the economy and the increasing popularity of tablet computers. The tablet computer and the expected release of Windows 8 in the fall of this year are of significance in the decrease in overall PC shipments when compared to last year's figures. Apple has made significant market share gains over the last two years, yet the need for computer repair for Apple computers has caused this manufacturer to only rank third or fourth in RESCUECOM's 2011 and 2012 computer reliability studies. Over several quarters, Lenovo/IBM has performed well on the RESCUECOM Reliability Report, while Toshiba has declined.

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Columbia Records Celebrates 125 Years Of Great American Music With 360 Sound

Bob Dylan (in 1966) featured in new book "360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story" by Sean Wilentz, celebrating 125 years of music. (photo: Jerry Schatzberg). (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)

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Columbia Records Celebrates 125 Years Of Great American Music With 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story.

"360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story" Celebrates 125 Years of Great Music. (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)

Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY-nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound illustrates sweeping cultural and business changes in music over more than a century

Special deluxe version includes book by celebrated journalist Dave Marsh highlighting his selection of the 263 most important songs in Columbia's history along with a drive including all tracks
ISBN: 978-1-4521-0736-3

NEW YORK, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the release of a book titled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story on the great American record label and its role in initiating recorded music, cultivating great artists, and igniting cultural change. Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, the book provides a journey through Columbia Records' storied past and its contributions to entertainment from the invention of commercial recording through the present day.

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360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, published by Chronicle Books, will be released on October 30th. It begins in the late 1880's, when Columbia, under the leadership of Edward Easton, seized upon the phonographic inventions of Thomas Edison and others to offer the public the first commercial musical recordings. The book goes on the explore the rich stories of how Columbia's artists and producers have redefined American music and performance over the past 125 years, at once reflecting and shaping changes in the wider culture.

Simultaneously, Columbia Records will release a deluxe package, which will include, in addition to a hard cover copy of the Wilentz book, a separate book, written by Dave Marsh, entitled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story: Legends and Legacy. Marsh has culled from Columbia's vaults a collection of 263 songs and tracks of the greatest historical, as well as musical, significance, and his book offers his thoughts on each selection. The package also includes a beautifully crafted drive with all 263 recordings.

360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will also be available as an e-book through multiple platforms.

Columbia's list of major performers, past and present, is unsurpassed and includes much of the most important, and beloved music in all genres, including pop, rock, country, show tunes, classical, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. Artists recorded by Columbia and its subsidiaries have included Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Adele, Billy Joel, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, LL Cool J, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack White, and more.

360 Sound includes 300 rare and intimate photographs from the Columbia archives and sidebar discussions of crucial developments and performers written by eminent music historians Dave Marsh and Colin Escott. The book offers a virtual history of the music industry from its infancy, tracing Columbia's pivotal technological as well as business innovations, not least its invention of the LP. It also reflects on the connection between Columbia's artists and music and sweeping cultural and political changes, from the emergence of mass commercial culture to the rise of the civil rights movement and beyond.

The release of 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will be celebrated with a launch event in New York on Oct. 30 th. Additionally there will be a retrospective exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. An event is set for November 7 th at the Museum on opening day.

360 Sound author Sean Wilentz is one of the nation's most prominent historians. His books and commentary on music, politics, and the arts have received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and his writing on music has been nominated for a Grammy Award. He is currently the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University.

Dave Marsh has written more than 20 books on rock and popular music. He has written extensively for publications including Rolling Stone and Playboy. Since 2004, he has hosted a two hour weekly show on XM/Sirius Radio.

SOURCE Columbia Records

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African First Ladies Urged To Synergize For Peace

From Left: Nigerian First Lady/President, African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM), Dame Patience Jonathan; President Goodluck Jonathan, and The President Joyce Banda Of Malawian, At The 7th Summit of AFLPM in Abuja On Thursday (26/7/12).

30 Jul 2012 03:04 Africa/Lagos


ABUJA, July 30, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The wife of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mrs. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has called for synergy, complementarity, strong partnership and collaboration between the African First Ladies Peace Mission and the Commission for the promotion of continental peace and development.

In a goodwill message to the 7th Summit of the African First Ladies Peace Mission, which opened in Abuja, Nigeria on 24th July 2012, Mrs. Ouedraogo enumerated efforts by the Commission in effective engagement for sustainable democracy, good governance and peace in the region, and reiterate its commitment to support and participate in all peace processes within “our nations and beyond.”

She said the ECOWAS Commission has already set up a network for peace and security to promote strategic partnership for women empowerment and gender equality in peace and security in West Africa, adding that since women and children are the major victims of wars and conflicts, they should be given key roles in conflict prevention and resolution.

Mrs. Ouedraogo disclosed that some 35 women had been trained in peace negotiations within the framework of the ECOWAS network, with the support of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the United Nations (UN) Women.

She expressed appreciation to Nigeria's First Lady, her Excellency Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan and her colleagues, for their prominent roles in promoting peace, and contributions to the development of their countries, the region and the African continent.

The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government adopted the Protocol on the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security in 1999 and the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance in 2001, as part of the legal instruments for the deepening of democracy and advancement of peace and security in the region.

Source: Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)

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How Nigerian Advertisers Are Losing Millions on the Internet

How Nigerian Advertisers Are Losing Millions on the Internet

Do you know that the most visited Nigerian websites are not the most popular Nigerian websites?

I know the subject of this article is going to be debated by advertisers and publishers on the internet, because of the sensitive context of the issues at stake.

Advertisers should know how, where, what and when to advertise products and services on the internet and not just placing adverts generally on all websites.

The internet has changed the status of advertising profile with proven records of online advertising overtaking the traditional offline advertising in the print media, but many Nigerian advertisers are still ignorant of the specifics of advertising on the internet, because they don’t know much about the appropriate and suitable platforms for promoting and marketing certain products and services online, especially the advantages and disadvantages of different websites. Advertisers in Nigeria are perhaps among the most ignorant of the dos and don’ts of internet advertising, because they lack the experience and expertise and have not done much to separate the fact from the fiction and almost all of them simply rely on Google AdSense as their alpha and omega on internet advertising and most of them think they are really having a good time so far. But are they?

How many Nigerian advertisers have used comScore?
How many Nigerian advertisers know the following Types of Online Advertising?

Ad Formats

Text ads
Advertisements displayed as simple, text-based hyperlinks are known as Text Ads. As their name suggests, text ads they do not include graphic images. Text ads are sold on non-search websites and can be served either by individual websites, or a publisher’s own ad servers. Client example: Humana Health Insurance
Humana Text Ad

Display Ads
Graphical advertisements featured on websites are known as Display Ads. Display ads are often available in many standard shapes and sizes, including: banners, leader boards, skyscrapers, large boxes, and other sized graphical ads. Display ads use eye-catching visuals to quickly grab catch the attention of website visitors browsing the pages on which they are featured. Display ads are sold on non-search websites and can be served either by individual websites, or a publisher’s own ad servers. Client example: Blair Clothing

Display Ad Blair Clothing

Pop-Up Ads
Advertisements that appear to “pop up” in a new window as users browse a website are known as Pop-Up Ads. Hover ads, floating ads and slide-in ads ads are all considered pop-up ads. (Sometimes these ads are also known as Pop-Under Ads, depending on whether they are displayed over or underneath the current web content being browsed.) The use of Flash and DHTML ads has risen in recent years in an effort to counter the increased usage of pop-up blockers.

Flash / DHTML Ads
These kinds of ads incorporate Flash animation or other motion graphics. Ads may be animated display ads in more traditional shapes and sizes, or, as of late, they can be sophisticated ads that function similarly to pop-up ads but with much deeper integration into the overall design of the site.

Interstitial Ads
Interstitial ads appear between web pages that the user requests. For example, an interstitial ad may appear after you click on a link in an excerpt to view the full content of news story. Because interstitial ads load in the background and do not interrupt the users immediate browsing experience, they are a preferred method of delivering ads with rich media, streaming video, and/or large graphics.

Video Ads
With the popularity of online video watching, video ads have become a viable means of distributing rich advertising content. Currently video ads can either be content created entirely by the advertiser, or “in video” ads that will show your ad within a video. Major search properties like Google (through YouTube), MSN, Yahoo, and AOL all offer advertising on their video websites.

 Email Ads (Classified Ads & Newsletter Advertising)
Ads that are distributed by a publisher through email blasts to opt-in audiences are known as email ads. Advertisers can individually sponsor a publisher’s email newsletter or they can purchase classified ad space. Client example: Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association (BACVA)
Newsletter Advertising Bacva

On-Site Sponsorships
On-Site sponsorships are ads (typically just a company’s logo) that can be bought on individual websites. Sponsorship ads typically appear in an area on the website reserved for sponsors and often noted as such. Client Example: Connections Academy
On Site Sponsorship Connections Academy

Advertisements in editorial form that appear to contain objectively-written opinions are known as paid editorial ads, or “Advertorials”. Online advertorials are typically featured on publisher’s websites and promote products and services related to the website’s content. Some ad networks will develop, optimize, and write your advertorial and place it on their ad network. Client example: International Federation for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Advertorial IFAW

Targeting Methods

Contextual Targeting
When ads are served based on related content a user is currently reading or browsing online, it is known as contextual targeting. For example, if you are reading an article on a news website about sports, you may see contextual ads for sports gear, memorabilia, or game tickets. Contextual ads are purchased through major search properties like Google, Yahoo, MSN, and through many other contextual ad networks. Ad relevancy is typically determined by algorithms that will assess the appropriateness of the ad in relation to the displayed content. Client example: IFAW
Contextual IFAW

Behavioral Targeting
When ads are served based on user behavior, it is known as behavioral targeting. Behavioral targeting is based on a variety of online factors such as recent online purchases, searches, and browsing history, as well as demographic details such age or gender. For example, if you recently visited a real estate website, you may see behavioral ads selling mortgages. Client example: Connections Academy
Behavioral targeting Connections Academy

Geo-Targeting / Local Advertising
When ads are served based on a user’s geographical location, it is known as geo-targeting. For advertisers interested in targeting users within a specific locality or region, geo-targeted online advertising is an effective solution. An increasing number of websites now offer geo-targeting capabilities. Local advertising also includes network buys through radio, television and newspaper websites, as well as localized search engines and directories such as Yahoo! Local, Google Local, and AOL City Guide. Client example: BACVA
Geo-targeting BACVA

How many Nigerian advertisers know the difference between online adverts and offline adverts in terms of differences in target audiences such as the difference between advertising in newspapers or magazines and advertising on websites?

The characteristics of people online and those offline? The demographics of Nigerians on the internet in contrast to those who are not on the internet?

In most cases, they actually assume that Nigerians online behave the same way as Nigerians offline. But they are ignorantly wrong! Nigerians online react differently to news and information from those offline, because of the different atmosphere and environment since Nigerians online have more freedom than those offline. Therefore, they will definitely react to news and information in different ways.

When Nigerians read newspapers and magazines or watch the TV, they have reactions as can even be seen from the crowds of Nigerians reading newspapers and magazines at news stands on the streets; milling around vendors and discussing the headlines and hot topics of the day. In most cases, they are in hurry to do so and return to the regular daily routines of their respective occupations and professions. But on the internet, Nigerians are more interactive and receptive to the news and information on websites as they can instantly respond by commenting and discussing the issues on the websites giving their rejoinders instantly in feedback to the reporters, writers and publishers of the news and information. So, they are more engaged with the online media than the offline media.

They don’t need to spend any money to make phone calls or post letters to editors or publishers as they normal do with offline newspapers and magazines. Being able to give and receive instant feedback means a lot in modern communication. This is the first and foremost major advantage of online media over offline media. The next major advantage is continuity in communication. News and information on websites last longer than those in the print media. You can always see and track and even retrieve them as you wish as they remain on the websites for days, weeks, months and even years and they continue to attract more attention from readers and subscribers of the websites who have bookmarked them. Moreover, many websites have podcasts of the news and information for visitors to listen and download them which cannot be done offline, except on radio and cable TV.

These numerous advantages of online media have given advertisers more from internet advertising than print advertising, because their adverts receive more attention and last longer on websites than print newspapers/magazine and even more than on radio and TV. Advertisers spend millions more to rotate their TV commercials than they spend on websites.

The main point of this article is to address how Nigerian advertisers are losing millions on the internet, because of their ignorance.

Which are the best websites to advertise your products and services?
Which websites are best for your target audience?
The news websites, discussion forums and blogs or social network sites.

Separating the Sheep from the Goats

Advertisers must know the difference between general visitors, and unique visitors, active visitors and passive visitors.
Useful visits and useless visits, page views, hits, impressions, active Interactive and receptive and positive websites.

Measuring traffics in hits usually returns you a proudly large number. Hits is also known as request and it’s the total number of files loaded when a single page is requested from the web server. So how hits are calculated? Picture this – a single web page with 20 images (transparent.gif, header-background.gif, etc)is loaded, that’s 20 hits for starters. The web page has 10 photos (jammie.jpg, group-photo.jpg, etc), that’s another 10 hits. if you add up the CSS files, Javascript files and all the external files, each time a web page is loaded, it can easily build up more than 50 hits. If you clear cache, reload the page, another 50+ hits again.

Hits are rarely used to to judge a website’s traffic nowadays as they are not really accurate. The numbers are big and certainly cool, but generally useless.


Pageviews is a calculation of how many times a page is viewed. Say a visitor lands on your main page, that’s 1 pageview. Same visitor clicks to About Us page, that’s another pageview. By dividing total pageviews with total unique visitors, you can get an idea how many pageviews each visitor generates.


Impression is more or less a marketing term, normally calculated in bulk of 1000. It counts how many times a element (image, text, video) appears on a web page. If a advertisement network is paying $3/CPM (Cost Per Thousand Impressions), that means you are getting paid $3 when the banner appears 1000 times on your web page. Here’s 21 ad networks that pays you based on CPM ads.

Visits / Unique Visitors

Visits is normally equivalent to unique visitors. Think of it as the number of different people (different IP) that visits your web page. Visits or unique visitors are the most essential numbers of all, when it comes to determine the traffic of a specific site.

~ From Hongkiat.com. Filed in How-To Guides, Web Tricks.

Many advertisers, especially Nigerian advertisers don’t know which websites are appropriate for particular products and services, so they generally place adverts on all websites through Google AdSence and their AdWords adverts are often rotating on many websites that are wrong platforms for their products and services. But most of them may not even care as long as visitors to these websites are seeing their adverts. The more impressions of their adverts they receive the more mileage for them. But do they get more patronage? What is the use of having more mileage and the increased mileage does not increase the patronage?

Is it not wasting money to attract more people, but they don’t buy any of your products and services?
They simply look and move on.

The advertisers may say they will patronize them later as long as they keep on showing them the adverts over time.
But can we bank on such an optimistic assumption or conclusion in view of the intense competition among advertisers and publishers on the internet?
As the proverbial saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine, is it not more prudent and smarter to spend your money advertising on websites that will best give you profitable results and good return on your investment than to waste your money on websites that will not increase your patronage?

Adverts are not meant to promote window shopping, but to make sales.

Website A may attract one million people, but what kind of people are they?
Website B may attract one thousand people, but what kind of people are they?
The fact is the one thousand people on website B may be more beneficial to your product and service than the one million people on website A.

Do you know that the most visited Nigerian websites are not the most popular Nigerian websites?
The most popular Nigerian websites are of course the ones making the loudest noise on the street and on the internet.

The most visited Nigerian website has between 10 million and 12 million visits every month. It is the leading Nollywood movies portal on the internet and most of the visitors and subscribers are from outside Nigeria. They simply come to view Nollywood trailers and subscribe to the movies they want.

They are not interested in clicking on adverts of Nigerian products and services since they don’t need them in the US, UK and Asia. So, it is a waste of time and money to place adverts of local products and services on this website? But you will see many of such local adverts rotated on this website.

These adverts would have been better served on Nigerian websites visited by Nigerians in Nigeria who are the users of these local products and services.

You see Nigerian banks advertising their premium accounts and accounts meant for pensions on websites receiving mostly Nigerian teenagers and youths below 40 years who are more interested in hip hop music and videos and social celebrity gossip. So, it is a waste of time and money to advertise on such websites.

News and information websites are still the best websites for advertising products and services.

Adverts placed in-between news reports and articles have more advantage in mileage and patronage.

Advertisers should ask publishers of websites for the most popular topics and most visited pages on their websites and the target audiences of these websites to know which particular adverts for the niche products and services to place on the websites.

Popular online bulletins or discussion forums are good for target marketing adverts.
Adverts of reproductive health products and services will be more appreciated in discussion forums on sex and relationships.

Adverts of sports and energy drinks or beverages will be more appreciated in discussion forums on sporting activities like the English premiership and European Championship League.

Adverts of smart phones and other gadgets are best on news and information of hot topics on politics, sports, music, sex, relationships, celebrity gossip and fashion trends.

Therefore, advertisers should not be ignorant of the points I have noted in this article for their own benefit. This information will surely save Nigerian advertisers millions of naira they would have wasted on unprofitable online adverts.

Top 5 Best Google Adsense Alternatives
Here is the list of Top 5 alternatives for Google Adsense. This list is based on many factors like Ad-formats, Payment options, minimum payment etc.
1. Adbrite
Adbrite is the best alternative for Google Adsense. It offers ads for all types of publishers form small part time bloggers to pro bloggers. The terms and conditions are easy to follow compared to Adsense, using Adbrite you can display inline ads or full page ads apart form regular banners. When no ad appears in your site then it shows, Your Ad Here message to attract advertisers. Best for users from US.
Payment Options : The minimum payment is $100 and adbrite offers payment through checks only.
2. Chitika
Chitika is one best online advertising networks. Established in 2003, it got a huge network of blogs and offers ads based on key words. It allows you to display ads on mobile, websites, blog etc. Many publishers are satisfied with chitika, as it make payments equal to Adsense. You can also use chitika along with your Google Adsense account.
Payment Options : Minimum payment is 10$ for paypal users and 100$ for standard checks.
3. Clicksor
Clicksor, the most popular adsense alternative network is available for free. Choose between the different ad formats and target your readers. The pop-up ads of clicksor are more popular, then earns you more revenue than any other ad network. Clicksor pays you every 15 days and through paypal. You can also earn 10% additional income through referral program.
Payment Options : Minimum payment is 50$ for paypal users, every 15 days.
4. Bidvertiser
Bidvertiser ad service is different compared to others. It display a block in your blog and allows advertisers to Bid against each others. Through this you can earn maximum possible income. This network is preferred for high traffic blogs only. So think twice before using this. You can also customize the ad layouts based on the template of your blog.
Payment Options : Minimum payment is 10$ for paypal users and for standard checks.
5. Infolinks
Infolinks is the popular in-text advertising service. Suitable for blogs with less traffic also. It got a huge network with 40,000 publishers. You can earn 70% of the revenue share. You can also use infolinks along with google adsense. Infolinks display ads related to keywords in your blog. If your blog got more popular keywords, then you can earn more revenue from it.
From Dieting.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Highly Recommended

Debunking the Myths of Social Media>.

Before You Date Anyone in Nigeria and Abroad

Nigeria is full of very physically attractive young women and young men of all shapes and sizes and many of them are fun seekers in the fast lane of the rat race in pursuit of their happiness and security.

The majority of the pretty and sexy girls  come from poor families with parents who are low income earners struggling to make ends meet in the most populous country in Africa where over seventy percent of the population are illiterates. So, the competition for promotion in the social hierarchy is very tough. To find a well bred and chaste young woman here is like looking for a needle in a haystack even though majority of the people claim to be regular church going Christians and mosque going Muslims, yet there is little difference between them and the pagans in their behaviours. Therefore, do not be swayed by their eye service and lip service of being Christians or Muslims, because most of them are hypocrites and desperate opportunists with predatory pursuits. But now, the chickens have come home to roost as over 700, 000 of the youths have HIV/AIDS according to the confirmed reports from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in April 2012., and that is just one fifth of the total population of people living with HIV in Nigeria.

If over 700, 000 of Nigerian youths have HIV/AIDS, then imagine the dangerous risks of dating anyone of them who will never tell you their HIV/AIDS status, because majority of these hundreds of thousands of Nigerian youths infected with the deadly HIV/AIDS are predatory women between the ages 15 and 32 who would prefer to lie to lure you into their common sex-for-profit relationship. And before you know it, you have contracted HIV from sleeping with them!

Sex Chains of the 700, 000 Youths with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria

The 700, 000 people with HIV/AIDS are in our midst in our communities  and are still having sex and spreading the deadly infections of HIV/AIDS in their nonchalant promiscuous relationships of multiple sex partners. The fact is one of them would have had several sex partners and in the sex chains of the 700, 000, over 7 million others would have had sex with those who have had sex with these 700, 000 people from one place to another in every state in Nigeria.

Lucy with HIV/AIDS has slept with Tunde who was ignorant of her HIV/AIDS status and then Tunde has gone ahead to sleep with another person named Bolanle and Bolanle also later slept with Nduka and Nduka would also go on to have sex with Chidinma and Chidinma traveled to Abuja and slept with Captain Kadari and Captain Kadari later had sex with Aisha and Aisha before getting married to Senator Usman Jaji slept with the Youth Corps member Gbinigie from Benin and then Gbinigie the playboy also slept with four different girlfriends who also later had sex with other men and within only two to three years the sex chain of Lucy would have over 100 to 1, 000 different people in the long run. Now from that same sex chain with 1, 000 ignorant victims  the figure will continue to increase daily, weekly, monthly and annually and the infections of HIV/AIDS will continue to spread in the vicious circle of just one of the 700, 000 youths with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. The grave consequences of HIV/AIDS worsen through sex chains of promiscuous young men and young women in our communities.

The calamitous situation is the fact that majority of people are ignorant of the grave consequences of their sex chains and the spread of contagious STDs and HIV/AIDS and other deadly infections like contagious skin diseases.

When we warn people to be disciplined and faithful, it is more about the general health and safety; survival and welfare of humans than about our selfish possessions of a lover or a spouse.
The silliest ones will dismiss the warning and say “Mind your business. It is my life and not yours.”
“Shut up silly ass! It is our business and our life you are endangering by your wayward sex life of promiscuity, because you are spreading your deadly disease by forking and messing around!”

This is the stark reality of the calamity of HIV/AIDS pandemic ravaging humankind. And the ignorance of the majority continues to worsen the prevalence of the infections as the hordes of promiscuous predatory Nigerian babes and guys continue to go on their sexual rampage in Nigeria and abroad. So, before you undress to have sex with anyone of them, think twice before it is too late.  


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Thursday April 26, 2012, Shomolu, Lagos, Nigeria.