Kolapo Olapoju

    The 99-Day effect: BBNaija’s impact on Nigeria’s economy

The 99-Day effect: BBNaija’s impact on Nigeria’s economy

Much has been made of the record-breaking number of votes received in the fourth season of the Big Brother Naija reality show. A lot has been said on social media about the N7.2bn monetary value of the total 240 million votes and the profitability of the 'Pepper Dem Gang' season.Amidst all these conversations, little attention has been paid to how [...]

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    REPORTER’S DIARY: The revolution that never happened — and ‘abnormal’ police reaction

REPORTER’S DIARY: The revolution that never happened — and ‘abnormal’ police reaction

At dawn on Monday, August 5, I and my former TheCable colleague, Femi Owolabi, set out on a mission many had warned us against embarking upon, a reporting task that had more risk than promise. With its leader, Omoyele Sowore, in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), the #RevolutionNow protest was in tatters and had become poisoned [...]

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    PERIOD PAINS: How monthly cycle keeps young girls out of school and kills their dreams

PERIOD PAINS: How monthly cycle keeps young girls out of school and kills their dreams

She couldn't wrap her head around the question being asked of her. She couldn't fathom the interest in her private business. Try as she may – even with constant nudging – she failed to come to terms with a man's query about her period. Since she was a little girl, she has been taught to conceal that part of her [...]

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    VIDEO: The Abuja village where lack of electricity is killing people

VIDEO: The Abuja village where lack of electricity is killing people

There has never been electricity in Gosa Kpanyi Kpanyi, says 47-year-old Danjuma Ashibo. As speaker of the village parliament which holds its meetings under a tree, Ashibo is understandably frustrated and increasingly dejected. He was born to a state of lightlessness that still persists.Gosa Kpanyi Kpanyi is under Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and Abdulahi Candido Adamu is the current [...]

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    SPOTLIGHT: Food is sold to get diapers for special needs children in this Badagry home

SPOTLIGHT: Food is sold to get diapers for special needs children in this Badagry home

When Elsie Akerele's daughter survived a fall from the fifth floor of their house at 11 months old, there was thanksgiving, largely because another child had fallen from the first floor of the same building and died.It wasn't until 12 years later that the head injury suffered by Atinuke Akerele during that fall returned to haunt them.On the day she [...]

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    Meet widowed Oroyemi Olanike, who is taking care of 102 children in an Osun village

Meet widowed Oroyemi Olanike, who is taking care of 102 children in an Osun village

In Moro, a village located in Ife North, Osun state, there is an orphanage home which houses over 102 children. The 12-room structure is run by Oroyemi Elizabeth Olanike, a retired headmistress whose late husband was also an educationist.Despite a tight purse and shrinking space, Olanike continues to accept orphans, physically-challenged children and strays who have nowhere else to go [...]

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    VIDEO: Meghan Markle’s father begs Queen Elizabeth to help reconcile with daughter

VIDEO: Meghan Markle’s father begs Queen Elizabeth to help reconcile with daughter

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    ‘Nothing has changed’ — NGO says children are still slaving in Ebonyi mines

‘Nothing has changed’ — NGO says children are still slaving in Ebonyi mines

In December, TheCable published an undercover investigation exposing how children are used as cheap labour in stone crushing sites and lead mines in Ebonyi.The children, hired by artisanal miners, work during school hours.By virtue of the hazardous substances they are exposed to, the children become susceptible to tuberculosis, kidney disease, and lung cancer.Six months after the report and despite assurances given [...]

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    UNDERCOVER: In Ebonyi, orphans and little kids are mining in the pits of death

UNDERCOVER: In Ebonyi, orphans and little kids are mining in the pits of death

Story HighlightsMining is a family business in some poor communities in Ebonyi Encouraged by their low rates, artisanal miners often engage child miners to work during school hours Some of the children working in Ebonyi mines and granite sites are orphans Ebonyi solid minerals ministry is handicapped, can't effectively curb child mining Children working at the stone crushing sites [...]

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    The Legend Series: Why I moved back to Nigeria despite making waves abroad, by Ajai-Lycett

The Legend Series: Why I moved back to Nigeria despite making waves abroad, by Ajai-Lycett

An actor's actor is one who is revered and admired for their talent and dedication to the craft. Those who fall into this category give everything while on set; inspire, motivate and help enhance the skill-set of other actors around them.Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, a veteran of the movie industry, is one of such persons. [...]

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    Five signs you are moving too fast in a relationship

Five signs you are moving too fast in a relationship

Moving too fast is rarely a good way to start a relationship, but with the sparks of the early stage of romance, it is easy to miss the fact that you are leaping into things.It is normal to get all loved up and gooey during the honeymoon phase, but if you get caught up in that, you can end up [...]

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    The Legend Series: I had fake friends when I used to drink and smoke, says Sadiq Daba

The Legend Series: I had fake friends when I used to drink and smoke, says Sadiq Daba

Several decades after it held sway on Nigerian television, Sadiq Daba is still well known for his role as 'Bitrus' in 'Cock Crow At Dawn' — a top drama on NTA in the early 1980s.Owing to the weight of his performance, 'Bitrus' has become unforgettable, permanently crested, etched into the memories of those opportune to be of age to watch the show. [...]

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    WATCH: MI releases video for controversial ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives’

WATCH: MI releases video for controversial ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives’

One week after releasing a song criticising fellow rappers, MI Abaga has put out a video for the controversial 'You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives'.The song has since elicited counter-criticisms and responses from a few rappers. [...]

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    PHOTOS: Queen of drums, Ara, premieres new movie ‘Osunfunke’

PHOTOS: Queen of drums, Ara, premieres new movie ‘Osunfunke’

Ara, better known as the queen of drums, has premiered her new film 'Osunfunke'.The movie which was directed by DJ Tee, features Ricardo Agbor, Baba Wande, Doris Simeon, Yemi Shodimu, Peju Ogunmola, Ijesha, Femi Jacobs, Olamide Adedeji, among others. [...]

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    How Rwanda forged past genocide — and six lessons Nigeria can learn

How Rwanda forged past genocide — and six lessons Nigeria can learn

It takes a deep level of forgiveness to shake hands with the killer of one's father but Gabriel Ndutiye does it – a couple of times every year.He was 11 years old during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 that killed over a million people. He is the only member of his family that survived, losing five brothers and both parents. [...]

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    Google will no longer read your mails for personalized ads

Google will no longer read your mails for personalized ads

Google says that it will no longer scan the contents of mails on its free Gmail service for the use of personalized adverts.The company made this announcement in a blog post on Friday. [...]

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