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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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