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Lagos gets its version of TroTro Diaries

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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BattaBox Offering Premium Video Content Via Widget

Video is expensive and hard but BattaBox is offering its premium local content for free to bloggers, thus making it cheap and easy.

The new Video Widget (or ‘vidget’) is a front-end BattaBox simple embeddable code that allows anyone to have dedicated videos anywhere on their website.

All you have to do is contact Battabox for the code at battabox.com/contact - and they’ll send you the code  for your website.

To keep things interesting, they’d handle the backend and keep everything updated for you and perhaps the most impressive feature is you can even customise the video widget to your website’s needs – for example, if you just want fashion, Nollywood or sports videos.

With a rise of website visitors watching videos, this is a big opportunity for bloggers to offer great video content, especially since it can be tailored to their target audience.

10 Memes To Celebrate Our Transition To Bits.ng

Having made a transition from OTEKBITS to BITS.ng, here is a compilation of memes to celebrate just that.

 

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Which is your favorite? 

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Most Popular and Expensive Properties in Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria Property Centre, a popular go-to website to find properties in Nigeria, today released popular places to rent a 3-bedroom apartment within Lagos state, Nigeria based on the extensive data and information found and listed on their website.

Lekki was revealed to be the most popular place for renting 3-bedroom apartments due to the large volume of properties listed in this local government area with Magodo and Ikeja coming in second and third place respectively. Kosofe and Isheri North were revealed to both having the lowest number of properties listed in 2013.

The most expensive 3 bedroom apartment listed in 2013 was found in Ikoyi going for N45 million naira (forty five million naira only), a slight drop from 2012 when a N55 million naira (fifty five million naira only) apartment was listed. Badergy had the cheapest 3-bedroom property that went for N180, 000 (one hundred and eighty thousand naira only) this year, which is also consistent with the property value in the same region for last year.

The 10 most expensive 3-bed apartments listed for rent in recent months are:

Ikoyi   – N6,750,000

Yaba   – N3,000,000

Magodo  - N18,000,000

Victoria Island (VI) – N4,000,000

Lekki  - N11,200,000

Ikeja   – N8,000,000

Ojodu     – N7,000,000

Maryland  -  N6,500,000

Isolo   –  N5,000,000

Gbagada   –  N3,500,000

You can check out the infographic containing more information about this data here.

About Nigeria Property Centre

NigeriaPropertyCentre.com is a real estate and property website in Nigeria with property listings for sale, rent and lease; offering Nigerian property seekers an easy way to find details of property in Nigeria like homes, houses, lands, shops, office spaces and other commercial properties to buy or rent. More at nigeriapropertycentre.com

#OnTheWeb: The Unexpected Magic of Christmas [VIDEO]

We are all in Christmas mood and I came across a WestJet Airline Christmas stunt on YouTube that’d make for a nice  share as some people may encounter something similar this season.

So here’s to getting prepared for the unexpected magic of Christmas

What would you wish for if you are asked?

Nigeria: Most Watched YouTube Videos And Channels In 2013

From videos that got us laughing till we had tears in our eyes, to those that left us angry, worried and curious, this year’s top trending YouTube videos show great that great channels are driving pop culture and becoming a platform for Nigerians to express their deepest emotions.

It’s now that time of the year when we take a look at the videos, channels, and moments that shaped our year. As unpredictable as each year seems to be, it’s clear that trending videos are getting bigger, and the global community responsible for them is driving pop culture unlike ever before.

A look at Nigerian favorite music videos in 2013, reveals that Naija music has indeed found a place in our hearts and on our dance floors. Songs like Ada Ada by Flavour, Caro by Starboy feat L.A.X & Wizkid, Personally by P-Square,  Jaiye Jaiye by Wizkid ft Femi Kuti and Eminado by newly married diva Tiwa Savage ft Don jazzy were some of the most watched music videos in NIgeria in 2013.

The comedy-loving side of the Nigerian was also evident from the list of most viewed videos, with videos like The Interview by NdaniTV and Lagos Big Girl’s Game by VideoHitsShow’s featuring as two of the most watched videos in 2013.

In addition to music and comedy, Nigeria also had its share of highly talked about news content that got everyone sharing, liking and commenting. Videos like the Channels TV’s interview with the NSCDC commandant (popularly referred to as “Oga at the Top”) and the toe-to-toe #girlnotbride conversation between movie celeb Stella Damasus and Senator Yerima on the Al-Jazeera show The Stream were some of the most emotional Nigerian moments on YouTube.

Globally, the world watched the The Fox more than 265 million times, making it the top trending video of 2013. Viewers also made it a top searched Halloween costume, and you’ll maybe even read it as a children’s book. The global public turned out in record-setting numbers to see Psy’s post-Gangnam Style performance on his latest video Gentleman  You watched, listened, and reacted to just about everything Miley Cyrus did. And you made more “Harlem Shake” videos than there are people in Manhattan (1.7 million if you’re counting).

To celebrate all these moments, over 60 top creators on YouTube got together and made this little video

Behind every great video is a great channel, and the channels behind this year’s top videos have more than 23 million subscribers around the world. Thanks to videos and channels like these, you’re now watching more than 7 billion hours of video every month on YouTube, and uploading a week’s worth of video per minute. And fans of YouTube are truly global — with 80% of views coming from outside the United States.

Check out the YouTube Rewind 2013 Channel for even more top lists of the year from round the world, and stay tuned at Google.com/Zeitgeist next week for Google’s annual look at the people, places and events that captured the world’s attention this year.

Top 10 Videos watched in Nigeria in 2013 excluding Music:

  1. Last Flight To Abuja – The full movie (Nollywood Movies 2013)

  2. Civil Defence Commandant Can’t Tell His Organisation’s Web Address

  3. EDIDI-(The Bond) – Latest Yoruba Movie 2013 Starring Iyabo Ojo

  4. Stella Damasus and Senator Yerima on Al-Jazeera Network THE STREAM

  5. The Leaked Video Of Gen. Diya Oladipo Pleading With Gen. Sanni Abacha – Oputa Panel

  6. THE LAGOS BIG GIRL’S GAME ( Reanne Opia)

  7. Bling!

  8. How to get married; “Naija” style by Toke Makinwa

  9. The Interview – A tale of Frank Donga

  10. Nigeria – Burkina Faso | CAN Orange 2013 | 21.01.2013

Top 10 Channels in Nigeria in 2013

  1. AYTVAYTV

  2. channelsweb

  3. yorubamagic

  4. mynaijalove

  5. TVNolly

  6. nollywood5star

  7. ndaniTV

  8. DavidoHKNTV

  9. Nollywood5ive

  10. officialiyanya

Top 10 Music Videos watched by Nigerians

  1. Ada Ada [Official Video]  by Flavour

  2. PULL OVER (OFFICIAL VIDEO) by KCEE Ft. Wizkid

  3. Personally by P-Square

  4. CARO – (Official Video) by Starboy Ft. L.A.X & Wizkid

  5. Jaiye Jaiye (Official Video) by WizKid Ft. Femi Kuti

  6. Sexy Mama [Official Video] by Iyanya Ft. Wizkid

  7. Eminado [Official Video] by Tiwa Savage Ft. Don Jazzy

  8. Stupid love by Olamide

  9. Skelewu (Official Video) by Davido

  10. Emi ni baller (Official Video) by Chidinma Ft. Tha Suspect & IllBliss

Any videos missing from this list?

#OnTheWeb: Obama And Cameron Take Selfie At Mandela’s Memorial

Socialising is not a bad idea but doing it at a Funeral could just raise some eyebrows?

Yes, we are celebrating the life Mandela lived not mourning him and the 3 world leaders – Barack Obama, US President, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and David Cameron, UK Prime Minister showed us just that by taking selfie picture at Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa.

Michelle Obama doesn’t seem impressed though.

#OnTheWeb: African Miley Cyrus’ Chops Igbati With Recking Ball

Miley Cyrus is one artist that conquered the web in 2013 and even the Oxford English Dictionary with the word twerk but the year wouldn’t end right without an African paradoy to arguably the artist’s best song on the Bangerz album – Wrecking Ball.

This task was taken up by none other than the Naija Boyz, a somewhat popular duo of young Nigerian born rappers based in diaspora. This is not their first attempt at parodying (yes, that’s a word) major hit songs as they’ve done such for Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow, Beyonce’s Single Ladies, and Lil Wayne’s Lollipop all having millions of views.

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The comical undertone makes the video a good watch for a popular theme of African parenting in a western society. The fusion of rap verses did bring a new dance-flavour to the song, and African Miley Cyrus is a white girl singing about chopping Igbati (getting slapped) – when African children in diaspora misbehave, even if it’s against the law.

Happy holidays from all of us at OTEKBITS.

MyMusic.com.ng To Offer Legitimate And Quality Alternative To Consumers

Having met 3 of the MyMusic team members at the Dublin Web Summit, I have been keeping tabs and sure can’t wait for their launch in February 2014. Attending the event did attract some press coverage from players like TheNextWeb, Social Media Week, and of course OTEKBITS, but a recent one from CNN may just be a validation that these guys are really on to something – especially since they got tag – ‘Nigerian iTunes’.

Some part of the article below:

A group of tech-savvy entrepreneurs are setting out to rock Nigeria’s vibrant music scene by cashing in on the country’s booming mobile phone market.

Founded by three university friends, MyMusic.com.ng is an ambitious startup aiming to be the major online distribution channel for Nigerian music. The new digital service is focused on providing an easy and affordable way for music fans to access their favorite songs, which are often hard to find in one place.

“We have no single source of aggregated Nigerian music of African origin,” says Tola Ogunsola, chief executive and co-founder of MyMusic. “So Africa is missing on the world map in terms of musical content — so the potential is huge.”

Check out the rest of the story and video on CNN’s African Start-up.

Truth is nobody has cracked the code of digital music distribution in the mobile dominant sub-sahara African space, with players such as iROKING, Spinlet, Orin, and Eskimi Music giving it a go. Perhaps MyMusic are up to something with a rather much different approach and psychology – one of providing a legitimate and quality alternative to the music consumer.

Konga Sales Flops As Website Crashes Yakata on Black Friday

Editor’s Note: This post is by Tayo Olufuwa, Co-Founder of Jobs-In-Nigeria and Certified Ethical Hacker. You can follow him on twitter at @olufuwatayo.

November 29 according to Konga.com is supposed to be the Yakata (to fall down in a big way) sales day, with plans to incredibly slash prices of products being sold on its website but  it seems the plan may have just fallen down yakata-ly.

A lot of users including me have been waiting for the ‘yakata’ sales so we can get unbelievable discounts on products unfortunately because of the traffic surge this has result in what appears to be a co-incidental DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service ) attack the website is down at the time of writing this post 10:05 am (GMT+1).

There has been reactions on their Facebook page as fans has been expressing concern over the issue.

Konga down

Konga appears to be using magneto cart software and being a dynamic portal hosted on apache webserver according to builtwith.com/konga.com, unfortunately apache is a beast for huge traffic websites and can’t effectively handle traffic spike.
Solutions could be moving to nginx + Varnish or installing HAProxy or better still just using a web application firewall that has load balancing like incapsula or cloudflare.

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This recent outage shows that either Konga wasn’t prepared for this spike at all or they underestimated the traffic they were going to receive, by now Konga would have missed lots of sales today as customers would have gone to other websites.
With this outage one could only guess that a planned DDOS could definitely take konga.com out for a whole day or weeks.

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