Valentine Day is a unique day that is celebrated on February 14th. People in the United States, Canada, Australia and most European countries celebrate Val’s Day.
In Nigeria and other African countries, Valentine day has also been embraced and celebrated with pomp and pageantry.
Many people send greeting cards called Valentine’s to sweethearts,friends and family members. Some people send flowers or Candy to their wives,husbands,friends or sweethearts. Many Valentine candy boxes are heart shaped and adorned with red ribbon.
I recall with nostalgic how Valentine Day was celebrated during my secondary school days in the early60s-70s. Some days before February 14th,wrapped papers with the inscriptions of names of all students and staff would be passed round the school for all to pick a name. The name of the one you picked became your Valentine. On the Val Day itself,everybody would sit in a circumference on the school’s pitch or playground as the chief organizer opened the show ,mentioned his own name and requested to know his Valentine. His Valentine would emerge and they would exchange gifts or handshake. And this would go round until everybody was able to know and met with his or her Valentine. It was all fun lazed with light refreshment and we all looked forward to the D.DAY.
No one knows for sure how Valentine’s Day started. The idea of sending greetings on Valentine’s Day goes back more than a hundred years ago. Some people think this idea may have come from from events in the life of saint Valentine, a Christian Saint.
One story says that Valentine was a friend of many children. The Romans put him in prison because he believed in Jesus Christ and would not pray to Roman gods. The children missed Valentine and tossed loving notes to him through the windows of his jail cell.This story may explain why people send messages on Valentine Day.
Valentine cards were first sold in the early 18000’s. Many of them were blank inside, leaving a space for the sender to write a message.
Kate Greenaway, a British artist, became famous for her Valentine’s in the late 1800’s. Many of her cards had pictures of happy children and lovely gardens.Valentine’s include both humorous and romantic cards. Special ones are printed for sweethearts and for husbands,wives and relatives.
In Nigeria today,Val Day had been adopted and taken seriously. Lovers meet on February 14th every year to” show their love” for one another. Cinema houses, Malls are visited. They hold hands ,go for shopping and end up in one another arms. Some may be lucky to meet new friends on Val’s day. Many of the Val’s cards they give read”BE MY VALENTINE”
As you mark this year Valentine Day on February 14 ,remember to show love to your friends and neighbours. Beware of lust and don’t borrow unnecessarily to celebrate Valentine day-It is just a day.Husbands,wives,you are to show love and care always to your spouse and not just on February 14 alone. May the brotherly and sisterly love continue. Remember and love your country Nigeria too by doing the right thing to change it for better.
Happy Valentine Day.
INVENTORS /INNOVATORS IN NIGERIA
It’s always said that ‘’a vision without a task is a dream; a task without a vision is drudgery, and a vision and a task is the hope of the world’’.
Despite the pioneering feat of the West in innovations /inventions in one form or the other, Africans, nay, Nigerians have proved the discordant voices wrong who always say that’’ nothing good can come out of the black race’’ In this millennium, the visions and aspirations of Nigerians are so sharp and great that they are recognized not only in Nigeria but internationally. Below are some of Nigeria’s innovators /inventors:
- SAHEED ADEPOJU-Nigerian
Saheed Adepoju is the inventor of the INYE 1&2 tablet computers designed for the African markets. Similarly, he is a co-founder of Encipher Limited, a Nigerian based technology Company that introduced the first android powered tablet into Nigeria.
INYE -1 was unveiled in April 2010. It’s a 7-inch resistive screen tablet. It runs android 2.1 and allows users to connect to the internet using its in-built Wi-Fi Card and to use an external 3G modem from GSM networks. It offers about 3 hours of battery life and allows HDMI output to HDMI capable devices.
INYE-2 was unveiled in May 2011. It’s an 8-inch capacitive screen tablet. It runs Android 2.2
And allows users to connect to the internet using its in-built Wi-Fi Card as well as it’s in-built
SIM. It allows about 8 hours of battery life and allows users to connect to other USB devices.
2. JELANI ALIYU (MFR) Nigerian
He’s credited with designing General Motors’ leading auto brand, Chevrolet Volt. Jelami Was born in Kaduna State, Nigeria in I966. He originates from Sokoto State, Nigeria and Earned an associate degree in architecture from Birnin -Kebbi Polytechnic in 1988. After graduation from the Polytechnic, Jelani worked at the Ministry of Works, Sokoto And later proceeded to the United States of America (USA) for additional qualification. He graduated in 1994 with a degree in Automobile Design from the College for Creative-Studies, Detroit, Michigan and was employed by General motors.
3. SEYI OYESOLA- Nigerian
He is a co-inventor of CompactOR or’’ Hospital in a Box’’, a solar-powered life-saving Operating room which can be transported to remote areas of Africa and set up within Minutes. Seyi is a Nigerian trained Doctor and inventor, who had his basic science and Medical education at the The University of Lagos, Nigeria with a specialist in anaesthesia and Critical Care in the UK and USA In order to help bring surgically care to the grassroots in the continent, he co-developed CompactOR, or the ‘’Hospital in a Box’’, a portable medical system that contains Anaesthetic and surgical equipment. One major advantage of this invention is that the Operating suite is; light enough to be dropped into inaccessible zones by a helicopter And can be powered by solar panels
4. GERALD ODO- Nigerian
This teenager at age 15, fascinated with toys, created his own fashion of toys with scrap Materials, using painted plywood syringes, water, wire, small tubes along with motorcycle Battery to power the product. He made a dump-truck, excavator, and a helicopter.
5. DURO-AINA ADEBOLA, AKINDELE ABIOLA, FALEKE OLUWATOYIN and BELLO ENIOLA (Nigerians)
In 2012, these four secondary school girls were credited to have invented urine- Powered generator which they showcased at Maker Faire Africa.According to these girls, the machine works thus:-Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into hydrogen Nitrogen and water-The hydrogen is purified with a water filter and is pushed into the gas Cylinder -The gas Cylinder pushes the hydrogen into Cylinder borax which removes Moisture from the hydrogen gas-The purified hydrogen is then pushed into the generator1-Litre of urine gives 6 hours of electricity.
6. MICHAEL ULCOMA-Nigerian
At age 13,in 2016, Michael ULCOMA created a battery operated fans which he Christened Blue Wind Fans. When the fans are fully charged, can last up to 13 hours They are of different sizes eg. Tabletop, free-standing, etc. The materials he uses are Mostly aluminum wires and old cartons for packaging.
7. TIMOTHY ADDIGI TERFA-Nigerian
Engineer Timothy Addigi Terfa , a UK trained Nigerian Engineer in 2016 built a Customized a tractor which he branded ‘ijodo’ meaning ‘labour’ in his native Tiv Language. According to Addigi, the tractor was built with materials sourced In Nigeria and was designed with the ability to cover a wide range of farming jobs.
8. CYPRIAN EMEKA UZOH Nigerian
Cyprian holds more than 126 United States of American patents and over 160 patents Worldwide in semiconductor technology including US Patent No-6709562 ‘’ method Of making electroplated interconnection structures on integrated Circuit Chips, which Earned him the the inventor of the year Award in 2006 from the New York intellectualProperty Association.
Source: Creators archives/Zikoko, NL I P WATCH Website
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A NEW PANDEMIC TORMENTING THE WORLD
I t is no longer strange globally of the recent ‘Hitler’ called CORONAVIRUS or COVID -19 killing thousands of people without a machine gun or bullets.
What is this monster killing without bullet or machine guns, without mercy? According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered Coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
For a better understanding of how the symptoms are, It is germane to notice the following:
- DRY COUGH
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH, ACHES AND PAINS
- SORE THROAT
HOW TO PREVENT INFECTION FROM CORONAVIRUS
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Keep at least I metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing(you may use mouth/nose mask)
- Stay indoor if you feel unwell
- Avoid smoking or other activities that weaken the lungs
- Practise physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and stay away from a large crowd
The World Health Organization hints that those with mild symptoms should self isolate and contact their medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice on testing or referral.
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