LAGOS CONVO is gist about an alternate Lagos and Nigeria, based on our very own true Lagos. Similar to what TroTro diaries is to Ghana, the online platform looks to give Lagosians and lovers of Lagos a peek into the alternate universe of Lagos. Using all the sights, sounds and experience of Lagos in particular and Nigeria at large, it weaves out thought provoking, witty and sarcastic stories about Lagos, Nigeria and its citizens. These stories make up the reality of LAGOS CONVO.
The stories that make up LAGOS CONVO are targeted at giving a peek into the lives, hopes, aspirations, challenges, dreams and ambitions of Nigerians. We reached out to the man behind the platform for the importance of these stories and he said – “They are an expression of the inner spirit of Lagosians and Nigerians: the part of US that makes us who we are. Through the stories, the rest of the world is introduced into the life, thinking, and everyday experiences of Lagosians and Nigerians.”
The stories are written in a unique Nigerian style of expression and communication; a language that reflects the rich culture of Nigeria. LAGOS CONVO is broken into different categories; POLITRICKS, WHAT I HEAR IN LAGOS, COUNTRY PEOPLE and CITY ROUND UP.
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This is no unofficial hack. According to sources, WhatsApp’s latest update for Android now gives you options on who has access to your “last seen” status – anyone with your number, only your contacts, or no one at all. This new privacy feature also extends to your profile photo and status message (just go to menu -> settings -> account -> privacy).
Other changes in this update include the ability to pay for a friend’s WhatsApp subscription and, you’ll be glad to find that, the mute function for groups finally works.
There’s no given time frame for when this update will be live on the Google Play Store but the apk is already available for download directly from WhatsApp.
Despite having dismissed earlier rumours (that have now turned out to be true), WhatsApp is finally selling off to Facebook.
The deal is worth $12 billion in Facebook shares and $4 billion in cash. There’s also an additional $3 billion in restricted stock to WhatsApp founders and employees.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made the announcement yesterday, explaining in detail the motivation behind the deal. And in case you’re wondering what becomes of your favourite messaging platform, Jan Koum, WhatsApp Co-founder, assures us nothing will change:
WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication.
Okay Jan, we’re getting you. Just like you told us you wouldn’t sell.
Nokia phones to be exact. Lots of them. Forget Google glasses, smart watches and fitbits, this here is the latest in wearable technology that you will never be able to walk down the street in.
In the spirit of the valentine’s season, the ChopUp guys decided to make a very simple game where you try to kiss your true love as many times as possible before an interloper gets in-between.
The game is available here
Here’s how Americans pray vs how Nigerians pray
Mobile Monday Nigeria has announced an app developing contest for local Windows developers in partnership with VerveCard, Nokia and Microsoft.
Read more about the contest and how to register here
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Grand Finale at VCP Hotel on 24th of February 2014 where the winners will be announced.
Again, not the TV show. Gbenga Sesan speaks to Channels Television about the Nigerian government’s new found electronic spying proclivities. Curbing cybercrime is important, but heavy-handed administrations are quick to use that pretext to justify mass and unmitigated intrusion of citizens’ privacy. Watch the video for more.
Good news, Globacom just doubled the data allowance on their “My Phone” plan from 800MB to 1.6GB/month. While this upgrade has not been reflected on the Globacom website, yet, sources report that it’s a promo that will carry on till March 2014. There are a few caveats to using the new “My Phone” data plan:
- You cannot buy another data plan until you finish the 1.6GB data allowance
- You cannot carry over unused data to the next month
- You cannot top up with another data plan
Looks like Glo are trying to experiment with customer usage, to see if there is indeed a sizable demand for more data.
For just N2000, you can subscribe to the plan by either texting 55 to 127 or dialing the USSD *127*55#, from your Glo line.
Before now, we weren’t sure which it was. Then came Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, lawyer, OAP and Nigerian Twitter overlord to resolve this niggling, gnawing uncertainty for good. So then, excepting @jgoodlucktweets, who are all these people?
At least we now know who the real McCoy is from all the other Fedora-sporting posers. On to the next puzzle — why has the real President Goodluck Jonathan not tweeted since 2011? We’re not sure, but he probably doesn’t give a damn. At least not until 2015 election season.