Wednesday, 5 March 2014

WhatsApp co-founders Koum and Acton make it to Forbes list of billionaires

Following Facebook’s announced $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the two founders of the popular mobile messaging service have now earned a new distinction – a place in the Forbes’s list of global billionaires.

According to Forbes, 38-year-old Jan Koum, who ranks 202 in the list, is now worth $6.8 billion and 42-year-old Brian Acton (rank 551) is worth $3 billion.

Run by just 55 employees, WhatsApp has over 450 million active users.

Koum and Acton are among 26 newcomers who made it fresh to the annual list, alongside Twitter’s Evan Williams, who has a fortune of $3 billion.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates topped the list with his $76 billion fortune. Gates has topped the list in 15 of the last 20 years.

The Microsoft Corp co-founder reclaimed the top spot after a four-year hiatus, toppling Mexico’s telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu. Slim came in second with his fortune of $72 billion.

A record 1,645 billionaires with a total net worth of $6.4 trillion made Forbes’ list, up from 1,426 last year. Just over 10 percent were female, with 172 women compared with 138 a year earlier. This year’s annual rich list has the largest number of female billionaires ever, said Forbes.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc heiress Christy Walton was the highest-ranking woman, in ninth place, at $36.7 billion. France’s Liliane Bettencourt, who got much of her wealth from cosmetics company L’Oreal SA, was next among women at $34.5 billion, and ranked 11th overall.

The Internet was well-represented. Google Inc founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin ranked 17th and 19th, worth a respective $32.3 billion and $31.8 billion, while Amazon Inc’s Jeff Bezos was between them at $32 billion.

However, according to the Forbes report, it was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who made the most money in the world over the past year.

From 2013′s estimate of $15.2 billion to $28.5 billion this year, Zuckerberg’s net worth nearly doubled within one year.

Written with agency inputs.

Russia's Vladimir Putin Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in Southern Siberia on August 3, 2009. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI / ALEXEY DRUZHININ (Photo credit should read ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, according to director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad. The announcement on Wednesday comes at an awkward time as Russia currently stands accused of invading Ukraine, something most people recognize as one of the most un-peaceful things a leader can do.

Voice of Russia notes that the nomination had likely been submitted back in October, when Putin had just acted as a main figure in the deal to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons. This didn't take into account that Putin was also providing Syria with conventional weapons, but such is the way the Nobel Peace Prize works. It's a system much like the Pulitzer Prize, where it's actually surprisingly easy to get nominated for the award and often doesn't really mean anything.

In order to secure a spot on the list, essentially all that's required is for a group or individual who falls under the broad criteria set by the Nobel Committee to formally submit your name and good deeds. The committee then selects from these nominations, but takes no responsibility for the pool of candidates they choose from. This process has resulted in some truly terrible people being proposed over the years, including but not limited to: Joseph Stalin (twice), Adolf Hitler (as a protest), and Rush Limbaugh. Putin was also nominated last year and faced similar criticism as today.

While the Nobel Committee has made some controversial picks in the past, including Henry Kissinger, it's highly unlikely Putin will get the nod for the prize. Instead, the announcement acts as a sounding off point for all the many reasons Putin shouldn't win, as well as a reminder that despite the many incredible people who have won the award, we might put too much emphasis on the tiny cabal of Norwegians that annually crowns the best person in the world. 

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I don’t know my exact age – Obasanjo
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo

Tunde Olanrewaju, Abeokuta

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, said he has no record of his exact birthday and also disclosed that there is still hope for Nigeria to realise the goals and aspirations of its founding fathers.

The ex-president spoke at his “77th” birthday ceremony held at the Amphitheater of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

He said, “There are some people including me who do not know their exact birthday. My mother only told me that I was born on Ifo market day. According  to her,  in our village, she had prepared to go to Ifo market and Ifo market is every five days. She said  as she was preparing, she fell into  labour and  before those who went to Ifo market returned, I was born. Don’t ask me what month or what year. Whether I know the exact date or not, I think God has made my path to be glorious.”

On the assurance that there is hope for Nigeria, Obasanjo was apparently reacting to the brilliant performances displayed during debate competition organised by the OOPL’s Centre for Human Security (CHS) and UNESCO Institute for African Culture and International Understanding (IACIU) for primary, secondary and university students selected across some West-African countries.

He said the arguments and counter-arguments put forward by the students at the debate had raised hope for a better Nigeria.

He said, “When you listen to these younger ones, you cannot but agree that there is hope for this country. When you hear them and listen to them, you will feel proud.

“Here we have two organisations that are working together not only to give hope, not only to raise expectation for the up and coming in Africa but to make sure that tomorrow will be better than today. And in those children, I am assure personally that tomorrow is better than today”.

While taking  a retrospective look at his life, the celebrant admitted that God had been gracious to him despite his shortcomings.

He also thanked God for making him relevant and important towards contributing to the condition of the country.

The ex-president said he was grateful to those who influenced his life both positively and negatively, describing life as both sweet and sour.

According to him, “I am grateful to God and I cannot thank God enough for all He has done, for all that He is doing and all that I know He will continue to do in my life.

“For making me to be a source of blessing to others, for making me to be a participant in areas that are of relevance and importance in the life of this country, Africa and indeed in the world as a whole.”

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Ibikunle Amosun  described Obasanjo has one of the greatest products of the state at the global stage.

Co-Chairmen of the library, Dr. Christopher Kolade and Ambassador Carl Masters in their separate remarks, said Obasanjo remained one of the most revered African leaders.

Dignatories at event included Sierra Leonian Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Minkailu Bah, former Governor of Ekiti State, Engr. Segun Oni, former Minister of Education, Prof. Babalola Borisade, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, and Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Tejuoso among others.


Federal Government Considers Evacuation Of Nigerian Citizens From Ukraine

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, has said that her agency is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and will evacuate Nigerians from the country if the crisis deepens.

She made this known to reporters during a dinner for workers in the MFA in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nearly 100 people week killed in anti-government protests in Ukraine's capital Kyiv. The February 22 ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich and Russia's seizure of control in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula have prompted the most serious confrontation between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War.

Western governments have been alarmed at the possibility that Russia may also move into eastern and southern Ukraine, home to many Russian speakers, which Putin did not rule out.

Onwuliri said there are some 7,000 Nigerians in Ukraine. At least 5000 of them study in tertiary institutions across the country and 170 Nigerians study in Crimea.

"The Nigerian Embassy in Ukraine is in touch with our nationals in Ukraine and if the situation demands, we may have to evacuate," the minister said.

On the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine’s Crimea, Onwuliri said that Nigeria is a "non-aligned nation" and does not support any party in the ongoing dispute.

Earlier this week, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Joy Ogwu, described the situation in Ukraine as "precarious" and called on the parties to seek peaceful resolution to the problem.

Boko Harama and improving cooperation with Cameroon

Commenting on insurgency in the North-East states, Onwuliri said Nigeria was in contact with Cameroon to improve cooperation on combating terrorism.

Last week Nigeria closed hundreds of miles (kilometres) of its north-eastern border with Cameroon to stop Boko Haram insurgents using the country as a launch pad for attacks.

"No country wants its territory to be challenged by terrorism but for us as a nation, we have taken additional steps and we are discussing with Cameroon," she said. "When we feel worried, we call them [Cameroonian embassy] in to talk so that they can relay our anxieties to their government," the minister aded.

Yesterday President Goodluck Jonathan said Cameroon was not willing to cooperate and allow cross-border pursuit of Boko Haram terrorists who supposedly return to Cameroon after attacks in Nigeria.

Aliko Dangote becomes first black man to become one of the world's 25th richest people

ALIKO Dangote has been named as the 25th richest man in the world with an estimated fortune of $25bn in the latest Forbes Magazine's list of the world's wealthy people.

According to the latest listing, Alhaji Dangote has jumped from 43rd place last year when he was valued at $ to become the first black man to break into the top 25. He remains Africa's richest man and the top Nigerian on the list followed by Globacom chairman Mike Adenuga, who has an estimated wealth of $4.6bn and sits in 325th position.

Famfa Oil  boss and fashion icon Folorunsho Alakija, retained her position as the world’s richest black woman and the 687th in the world with a fortune of $2.5bn. Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, the chairman of the BUA group of companies, was ranked 1372th in the world with a projected wealth of $1.2bn.

Former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, is back in the global number one position after a four-year hiatus, reclaiming the title of the world’s richest person from Mexico's telecoms mogul, Carlos Slim Helu. Mr Gates, whose fortune rose by $9bn over the past year, has held the top spot for 15 of the past 20 years.

Spanish clothing retailer, Amancio Ortega, best known for the Zara fashion chain, retains the number three spot for the second year in a row, extending his lead over Warren Buffett, who is again in fourth position. The year’s biggest dollar gainer was the Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune jumped by $15.2bn to $28.5bn, as shares of his social network soared.

They are four of 26 newcomers whose fortunes come from technology, 10 of whom are American, including Dropbox chief executive Drew Houston and Workday co-founder, Aneel Bhusri. On as country-by-country basis, the US leads the list with 492 billionaires, followed by China with 152 and Russia with 111.

For the first time in the history of the Forbes rating, billionaires were found in Algeria with Issad Rebrab, who is into food business with a estimated $3.2bn appearing on the list. Rostam Azizi from Tanzania with $1bn and Sudhir Ruparelia from Uganda with $1.1bn were also on the list.


Ogun State police arrest pastor who fingered member to validate her virginity

POLICE in Ogun State have arrested Pastor Adekunle Kayode of the Way Evangelistic Ministry of Abeokuta for fingering a 20 year old parishioner to validate claims that she was a virgin.

Yesterday, the Ogun State Police Command confirmed that Pastor Kayode, 34, was arrested after a complaint that he carried out the test on the victim at the church's premises in Olorunshogo, Abeokuta. According to the police, the victim told her father, who subsequently reported the matter to them and as a result, detectives attached to the Kemta division of the command arrested the pastor.

Muyiwa Adejobi, the public relations officer of the Ogun State Police Command, said: "Kayode was arrested at his home on Okediyi Street, Abeokuta. Another suspect, Onatade Oluwasegun, 23, of Sheriff Onatade Street, Obantoko, was also arrested for conspiring with Kayode to use the victim for ritual purposes.

“The victim, who is 20 years old, alleged that Kayode also had indulged in this ungodly act for years. She also accused Kayode of fingering her several times even while she was on her monthly periods, alleging that last Sunday, the pastor fingered her again to confirm her virginity while she was in the church for a programme."

Mr Adejobi added that Mr Oluwasegun, who is Pastor Kayode’s accomplice, allegedly used a charm on the victim with the intention of raping her, possibly for ritual purposes. He pointed out that the Ogun State police commissioner Ikemefuna Okoye, has directed that the matter be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

After a search of the church, charms were recovered, which Pastor Kayode, was said to have hidden on the premises. Of late, evangelical churches across Nigeria have been under increased scrutiny after growing incidences of clergymen abusing members of their congregations in different manners.

Credit: nigerianwatch

Skin Bleaching Queen Fires Shots At Lupita Nyong’o

Despite being the breakout star of one of the year’s most important films, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is still being subjected to hate because of her dark chocolate complexion. An African pop star blasted the “12 Years A Slave” actress for spreading a message of embracing one’s own brand of beauty no matter what kind of package it comes in.

Nigerian pop singer Dencia has been on the warpath ever since Lupita Nyong’o has been the poster child for loving the skin you’re in. Nyong’o was a guest at the Essence Women in Hollywood Luncheon where she talked about her journey to accepting her dark complexion. During her speech, Nyong’o made mention that she helped a young female fan reconsider buying skin bleaching cream called Whitenicious which is made by Dencia.

Lupita said the fan wrote her a letter which said:

    “‘Dear Lupita,’ it reads. ‘I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.

    “My heart bled a little when I read those words. And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shame in black beauty.”

Dencia responded to the speech on Twitter with venom. Dencia tweeted, “A girl writer u a letter?lol thru which email when I just checked ur twitter n can’t see an email address!!lr pr tried n thanks 4 the Pub.”

The attack continued with Dencia claiming  Lupita is a product owned by white people and other disrespectful comments. So far, Lupita Nyong’o hasn’t responded and to be honest, she doesn’t need to. However, we shall see how this plays out.

Rachel Canning, 18, Is Suing Her Parents For College Tuition

Are parents legally obligated to pay for their child’s college tuition? One high school senior thinks so. Canning, of New Jersey, is suing her parents for immediate financial assistance and for help with college tuition after she says she was kicked out of the house and cut off financially. Canning, 18, who is currently living with a friend, wants a judge to declare that because she has not been emancipated from her parents, she is still dependent on them and in need of their financial support, according to New Jersey outlet The Daily Record.

However, her parents say they did not abandon her. Rather, they say she voluntarily moved out after refusing to follow their rules.

"We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It's killing me and my wife. We have a child we want home. We're not draconian and now we're getting hauled into court," father Sean Canning told the outlet. "She's demanding that we pay her bills but she doesn't want to live at home and she's saying 'I don't want to live under your rules.'"

The teen, who reportedly wants to become a biomedical engineer, has been accepted to several colleges so far. The University of Vermont, where she has been offered a $20,000 scholarship, is her first choice, according to CBS New York.

John Inglesino, the father of Rachel’s best friend, is funding the lawsuit. He told the outlet that he wants to make sure the teen is able to attend the university of her choice. However, Rachel’s father says his daughter is being misled.

“I know Rachel is a) a good kid, b) an incredibly rebellious teen, and she’s getting some terrible information,” Sean Canning told the outlet.

A hearing on the matter is taking place on Tuesday.

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7 reasons not to have sex with your ex

Oh, why oh why, do we fall into the trap of sleeping with our exes? Even when we know it’s not a halfway decent idea, it doesn’t stop so many of us from doing it. We’ve all slept with an ex at some point, haven’t we?
In our recent Break Up With Your Ex survey, we found that after nostalgia and fear of being alone, the most common reason people don’t move on from their exes is because of the sex. Since so many of us have made this horrible mistake, we logged onto the world of social media to see what lessons were learned from banging your ex, if anything at all.

1. You realize it really is over.

Sometimes you need just one more night of passion so you can both figure out you’re soulmates, you say? “It seemed like old times at first, but then afterward it was awkward. We had nothing to say to each other! We literally just talked about the weather,” says Nicole, 33. “It was just really, REALLY over.”

Lesson? You broke up for a reason.

2. Once a jerk, always a jerk.

Jo should have known better than to think her ex had changed, but apparently she had to sleep with him again so she could relearn what she already knew. “I thought we were on the road to getting back together, because sleeping together was so fun and comforting,” says Jo, 31, “But you can’t change someone, and he was still the same cheating a**hole he was when we dated.”

Lesson? People don’t change, especially the worst ones.

3. You get to be the bad one for a change.

It’s nice when the roles are reversed, especially if you’re the one who had their heart broken, until you get a Stage Three Clinger, as Alexandre, 36, explains, “We slept together ONCE after we broke up, and next thing I knew she wouldn’t leave me alone. She cheated, she broke up with me, and now this? I got to be the jerk in the scenario when I turned her down, but I realized I don’t like being the jerk.”

Lesson? Getting even only feels good if you’re really a jerk.

4. You’ll get more than just your heart broken.

Hey! He broke your heart? Maybe he should break some more stuff in your life, because, as Annie, 25, tells it, “He was so drunk. That was his excuse for, after we had sex (the last time EVER!), him getting up an hour later, breaking several wine glasses — accidentally — and trying to boil some broccoli. The next morning he didn’t remember a thing and had no idea why there was a head of broccoli in an empty pot on my stove.”

Lesson? Keep the delivery menus in an easily accessible place at all time.r

5. It’s harder to kick out an ex than a one-night stand.

Although many of us have mastered how to subtly get a one-night stand to high-tail it out of our place the next morning, it’s not so easy when that person knows you and your habits.

As Jennie, 30, explains, “He knew that on Sunday morning I made myself breakfast, hung around my apartment until about 3 pm, then went to study or do work — I was in my last year of college. Sunday was MY day to be alone and do my thing, but because he knew this, he wouldn’t leave. I kept telling him that I had plans, but he just kept lying there in my bed smiling and laughing as I got angrier and angrier. Finally, after at least an hour of arguing, I got in the shower, got dressed up and went into town — on my lazy day! It was only when I demanded he leave because I was obviously leaving, that he left, too. Unfortunately, I’d make the same mistake a few months later, but on a Monday night, fortunately.”

Lesson? If you need to get laid, opt for someone who’s a stranger. (Ahem, revenge sex).

6. They may not be the person they once were.

Sometimes there are no answers in life, and even if there were, would you want to know them? However, Mandy, 36, would like to know.

“I took him home after his shift. (Yes, I went there specifically to take him home.) So, we had sex, and it was a lot of fun! The next morning I left him in my bed and went to work. When I got home I noticed that pretty much all my non-perishable items in my kitchen, as well as my expensive pens — I love fancy pens — were gone. He f*cking STOLE them! Why? I DON’T KNOW AND I NEVER FOUND OUT.”

Lesson? Never leave an ex alone in your apartment.

7. Your ex will probably always be a little jealous.

Hell hath no fury like … well, you know the rest, and now so does Chris, 29.

“It had been almost a year when I slept with my ex. At some point in the night, I don’t know when, she went through my phone and sent crazy texts pretending to be me to the last few women I’d texted, because she thought I was sleeping with them. Yes, I was sleeping with, like, two of them, but it was a bad move on her part, because we were, and still are, broken up.”

Lesson? Um, duh, lock, hide, or give your phone to a friend when an ex is around.


Puyol to leave Barcelona at end of this season

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season, at which point he will have a “rest” before deciding his next move.
The 35-year-old has struggled with injury in recent years and has made just 12 appearances in all competitions this term, with Javier Mascherano and Marc Bartra preferred alongside Gerard Pique at centre-back.

His current deal runs until 2016 but Puyol has revealed that an agreement has been reached with the club to erase the final two years of his contract.

“The club knows of my decision. It doesn’t mean that I am leaving today, there are three months of the season left to play,” he told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I do not know what I will do after June 30. I will need to rest and think. We will see then.

“I wanted to call this press conference to thank everyone, directors, team-mates, managers, media – thank you everyone for everything you’ve done for me.”

Puyol admitted that his recent physical problems did have a key impact in his choice to quit.

“After the two aggressive surgeries, it’s taking me a lot to get back to the level I demand myself to keep playing. More than I thought and much more than what doctors told me. That’s why I made this decision,” he said.

The defender came through the youth ranks at Camp Nou and made his debut for the club in 1999, before going on to rack up nearly 600 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions.

Puyol becomes the latest experienced head to announce his departure from the reigning Liga champions after Victor Valdes revealed last season that he will leave when his contract expires this summer.


7 Ways to Rock Your Marriage -- In a Good Way
Banning gay marriage does not protect "the sanctity" of marriage. Making a divorce more difficult to obtain does not save a marriage. Your sexual orientation, gender, skin color, or heritage don't define or make a marriage. What makes a marriage is the discipline to do the work it takes to make a marriage successful. These seven steps are what sustain a marriage and make it something special:

1. Kiss your wife or husband every day, several times a day. Make sure some of those kisses are the passionate, "I can't wait to get my hands on you" kinds of kisses. Think back to when you first started dating and how you smooched then. Good kissing can lead to sex and sex is very important in a love relationship.

2. Hold hands with your wife or husband. Such a simple gesture is also a very intimate gesture. Hold hands everywhere you go. It connects you to each other.

3. Never leave each other or come back together throughout the day without a kiss and saying "I love you." That reminds both of you, sometimes several times a day (if not more), you are in this together. Even if you are just running to the store, do it. You never know what may happen.

4. Do something special for each other every day -- some small gesture that is just between the two of you. My husband makes the coffee each evening and sets the timer for my very early waking habit. I, in turn, have his coffee cup and two scoops of sweetener ready to go with a spoon. It doesn't have to be something grand, just something thoughtful every day.

5. Talk to each other. Find a time each day to talk about life, love, finances, the kids, family, friends, the news, a funny joke you saw on Facebook, politics, anything. Look each other in the eye and have a conversation.

6. Remember you are partners yet still individuals, and individuals have different opinions. Respect the opinions of your significant other. My husband and I often have differing political points of view yet we can have civilized conversations. We allow each other to explain our position, we ask each other questions, and we never, ever criticize the differing opinion.

7. When speaking to others about your wife or husband, only speak highly of the person you chose to spend your life with. Speaking negatively of your significant other makes you look bad and sets a poor foundation for any relationship.

March 7, 2014 marks the 22nd anniversary of the day I said "I do" to Charles Justiz, aka Wonder Husband. We have had our ups and downs. We have had our rough spots. We have had times neither of us thought we would recover from. These are the seven things we have learned to do to get beyond those bad times to grow a strong and loving relationship that has only gotten better with time. It takes work and it takes doing all seven of the above every day.

This is not a blog post. This is a love letter to my husband. Happy anniversary Wonder Husband. I love you and am proud to say I adore you more every day.

Dayna Steele is a business speaker and author. She speaks customer service, growing a business, and improved individual performance - all based on what she learned from working with the world's greatest rock stars. She met her husband Charlie through David Crosby.

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Iyanya Storms Computer Village; Causes Commotion, Leaves With New SUV

Nigerian music star, Iyanya, before now, has been unable to break into the showbiz mainstream especially in the music industry. After becoming the winner of the maiden edition of music reality game show, MTN Project Fame, the Calabar, Cross River State zone representative of the show found it difficult to make it big musically.

After the release of his two singles that were not commercially successful, Iyanya dropped RnB style of music for the commercial style of dance-hall music. His ‘Kukere’ single has now shot him into an instant limelight. learnt that Iyanya was at the popular Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos today, and was reportedly spraying money all over.

Also, gathered that the music crooner just got a brand new 2014 Toyota Prado SUV from Solo Phones, as the SUV was presented to him this morning after a brand activation ceremony held at Solo Phone office at the Computer Village in Ikeja.

The celebrity was pictured being mobbed by fans as he leaves the market with in his brand new ride.

Recall that the singer was unveiled as brand ambassador for the phone late last year.

Congrats to him!

Source: Nigeriafilms

5 Shampoo Mistakes You Had No Idea You Were Making

Think you know how to wash your hair? Think again! We've discovered five common mistakes we didn't even know we were making.

1. You use the same shampoo seven days a week, 365 days a year...
Not only are you shampooing too frequently -- every other day is usually enough, says hairstylist Mario Russo -- but you should also switch shampoos occasionally to prevent buildup of certain ingredients (like silicones). Every couple of months, replace your current shampoo with another formulated for your hair type, says cosmetic chemist Mort Westman. You can also use a clarifying shampoo once a month, says celebrity hairstylist Kimberly Kimble.

2. You're not completely wetting your hair pre-shampoo...
Without enough water, shampoo doesn't lather -- and you may be inclined to compensate by using more product (stripping your hair and your wallet). Stand under the shower spray for an extra minute before sudsing up.

3. You always begin by applying your shampoo to the same spot on your scalp (usually at the crown)...
You might notice that the top of your scalp is dry or flaky. Try alternating your routine by starting your shampoo at the nape of your neck and distributing the lather onto your hair before moving toward the top of your head, says Russo.

4. You're creating too much friction...
To avoid damaging hair, massage your scalp with your fingertips rather than your fingernails or palms.

5. You're rinsing with hot water...
Piping hot water dries your scalp and hair. Use lukewarm instead (which helps to preserve color).


WhatsApp CEO commends Ghanaians
Jan Koum, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Whatsapp, the social messaging service recently acquired by Facebook for US$19billion, has commended the country for its innovative approach to using its mobile application.

Mr. Koum, making his first public appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona after the acquisition by Facebook, was narrating WhatsApp’s journey since being founded five years ago.

Citing how useful the application has been to the over-450 million subscribers around the globe, Mr. Koum singled out Ghana as a country that is using the product in a way he and Brian Acton -- the other Co-founder -- never envisaged when they established the application.

According to him, though he had learnt of several uses of the service from across the globe, mails he had from Ghana that the university students are using the WhatsApp messenger to hold discussions with their lecturers, and even compare notes among themselves in a group, left him astounded.

Mr. Koum added that such application of his messenger, particularly, shows how important and indispensable the service has been since it was established.

On the future of the messenger, Mr. Koum said Whatsapp intends to introduce voice over its platform by summer as already being executed by BBM talk, Kakao talk, Viber etc. This means that with a simple data connection, WhatsApp users may be able to place phone calls to each other at minimal cost.

Already, this announcement has triggered apprehension among some industry analysts who are wondering how this will impact on mobile operators’ revenue generation from voice services.

However, CEO of Millicom International Cellular S.A., Hans-Holger Albrecht, said operators are indeed preparing adequately these developments -- and are excited about the fact that these Gong Jianzhong innovations or OTT (Over-the-top) players are also increasing data usage of mobile subscribers, and operators are aware voice will become free in the long-term.

“So there is a dire need to grow infrastructure with the world requiring about US$1.5trillion to meet the upcoming demand of data by 2020 with the introduction of budget (low-cost) US$50 smartphones.

Data from the country's sector regulator, National Communications Authority, indicated that the number of mobile Internet subscribers reached the 10million mark last year, a figure it described as "average".

The data market, which is considered as the next frontier for network operators, grew by 19.5 percent last year from 8.6 million access lines in January to 10.3 million at the end of December -- putting the rate of data penetration at almost 40% in a population of 26 million.

By Richard Annerquaye Abbey, Barcelona
Courtesy Ghana Chamber of Telecoms

UNILAG Student Runs Mad In Broad Day Light

The information available to me on this issue allegedly claimed that the girl pictured above is a student of the prestigious UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS. The lady whose name is undisclosed, reportedly started some public display of madness in FESTAC area of Lagos state.

Source said she came on a visit to an unidentified guy who lives in the area. And some unidentified men came to take her away not quite long she started the broad day light display of lunacy.