Saturday, June 25, 2016

Why the Clamour for National Confab Report Implementation is Boring

The former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan towards the end of his first full term with waning popuparity and agitations all over the country decided to establish a national conference which in reality was just another 'come and chop' bazaar for many of Nigeria's elite that probably had not gotten enough of the 'national cake' until then during his administration.

The announcement for the establishment of a committee to work out the modalities of the conference was made on October 1, 2013 by then President Jonathan.

He said: “Fellow Nigerians, our Administration has taken cognisance of suggestions over the years by well-meaning Nigerians on the need for a national dialogue on the future of our beloved country.

“When there are issues that constantly stoke tension and bring about friction, it makes perfect sense for the interested parties to come together to discuss.

“In demonstration of my avowed belief in the positive power of dialogue in charting the way forward, I have decided to set up an advisory committee whose mandate is to establish the modalities for a national dialogue or conference."

Quite laudable you might say but the All Progressives Congress (APC) the then opposition party made it quite clear that it did not support the conference after its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on October 22, 2013.

Then publicity secretary of the party and current minister of information and culture explained the party's position thus: "“The President himself said that the outcome of the confab would be subjected to the approval of the National Assembly.

“Therefore what is being planned is not a National Conference but an aspect of the constitutional amendment process.”

Speaking further he said: “We want to make it abundantly clear that we are not averse to any meaningful and honest dialogue. However, this government has lost focus. They cannot handle the economy. They cannot handle education and the welfare of our children; the country under this administration is on fire and corruption has developed legs.”

Despite this and other objections, the national conference was inaugurated on
Monday, 17 March, 2014 and ended on Thursday, August 14, 2014 with its Chairman Justice Idris Kutigi submitting its report to Dr. Jonathan on August 21, 2014.

I find it important to chart this timeline of events to make it clear that the government that set-up the national conference did so for its own convenience not for national interest and as such, it did not take action on the conference report in any meaningful manner until May 27, 2015, two days to its exit from power when President Jonathan forwarded the conference report to the Senate for legislative action. This action was obviously academic and proves that the entire process was a charade.

The government of President Jonathan had 9 months to act on the report but chose to dangle the implementation of its recommendations as an electoral carrot during the 2015 presidential elections which it lost.

It is quite ironic that some national conference delegates and supporters of the former president are now demanding the implementation of its report which the conveners did not do. In electing the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari, the majority of Nigerians have made it clear that we are not interested in the conference report or its implementation.

We do not expect a government that rejected the conference as opposition to implement it now. Does the conference report probably have some good recommendations? Yes, but these ideas are not exclusive and can be implemented through the organs and arms of government independently.

The promoters of the national conference should call for the implementation of the Abacha 1994-1995 National Constitutional Conference and the February – July 2005 National Political Reform Conference, NPRC, organized by President Obasanjo if they believe strongly in the concept.

I suggest they set-up a committee to harmonize the recommendations of these 3 conferences and forward them to the National Assembly as part of the latest attempt at constitutional amendment in Nigeria.

Anything short of this is just political noisemaking and it is quite boring to put it mildly.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Nokia C1 Specifications

Nokia is expected to release its comeback phone this September and it is on the Android platform . We cannot wait to see what cool innovations the Finnish company will bring this time after it lost out of the smartphone wars in the past.

Next are the expected specifications of the device as presented by GSMArena.



Not announced yet


Display    .     
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.5 inches (~79.9% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)

Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
 Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652
Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
Adreno 510

To be confirmed
32 GB, 2 GB RAM

13 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
 5 MP

    Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
   3.5mm jack

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
v4.2, A2DP
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
To be confirmed
microUSB v2.0

Accelerometer, proximity, compass
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

- MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer


Non-removable Li-Ion battery

Disclaimer. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

In a development that is likely to change how  professionals like me work and probably think of our jobs, Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn in a deal worth $26.2 billion.

No need for me to try to pretend I have all the details about this deal. The 2 companies have released the following presentation that does exactly that:

I think it is good for all parties and probably only bad for the competition.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Unboxing My New Shades from GlassesShop

So, I got a mail from GlassesShop a while back but did not really have time to place an order to try out their product until a few weeks back.

I checked the glasses frames they have which are pretty cool but I already have one and I am rather used to it. So, I went for prescription sunglasses and it took under 3 weeks for them to arrive at the post office in Lagos. I got a call to pick them up and you can see the pictures of my unboxing next.

If you want your own quality but cheap glasses, sunshades and more visit

They have graciously asked me to give you this coupon code GSHOT50 to get 50% discount on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded).

So, how do you like my new look?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nigeria: Of Rent-Seekers and Producers

The trending topic in Nigeria at the moment outside of security issues is the state of the economy and for many individuals the massive retrenchment or job losses from many companies in the private sector- from banks to manufacturing organisations as well oil and gas firms. There are even rumours that the government is secretly retrenching or planning to retrench thousands of civil servants.

It is common to hear comments like: 'how do they want people to survive?', 'the government should provide jobs'. Nobody is asking: 'how do we increase the productive base of our economy?' or 'how do we harness our individual and collective abilities to create value and increase wealth?'

The reason for this is simple: we are a nation of rent-seekers who want to do little and get rewarded bountifully for it. Until we change this mindset, we will continue to perpetuate a vicious cycle that sees a large proportion of the population remaining poor regardless of the economic condition of our country while a smaller percentage will celebrate during economic booms and protest bitterly during recessions.

A closer look at the current state of our economy shows that while many companies in many industries are sacking staff, a few companies that are engaged in genuinely creating value are either maintaining their current staff strength or are recruiting more. This is not a sentimental decision by them but a sound economic one. Companies like those in the Dangote Group, Globacom in the telecommunications sector and online retailers like Jumia and Konga and other Internet companies are not sacking staff for economic reasons and the reason is simple- they are emgaged in genuinely productive activities as manufacturers or delivering services that people need.

There will be some that argue that the likes of Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga of Globacom have enjoyed 'unfair advantages' from the government but a critical look at these claims indicate that many of Nigeria's elite who run into millions have similar advantages and have done little with it outside of collecting their share of the 'national cake'.

It is time we all stopped waiting for our share of the 'national cake' and moved into the 'national kitchen' to produce all sorts of meals like jollof rice, moimoi, pounded yam, edikaikong, afang soup, amala gbegiri and ewedu plus others. We will not be hungry if we all work to produce these and other meals rather than wait for the crumbs of the national cake of which a very minute fraction remains.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Read How Scientists are Trying to Create a Parentless Human

This idea seems inspired by Frankenstein
Photo Credit:  pave65

Of course,  this is such a bad and stupid idea but what do i know? I am not a scientific genius...

Did you hear about the secret meeting earlier this month at Harvard Medical School? The one where scientists schemed to create a parentless human being from scratch? Maybe you read one of the skeptical newsarticles, or the stories illustrated with images from the dystopian sci-fi classic “Blade Runner” or of a robot Frankenstein. One blogger compared the meeting to a gathering of “Bond villains.”
The press coverage was suspicious and critical. Why would a bunch of scientists need to exclude the media and the public from a meeting about something as ethically fraught as synthesizing a human genome?
Three weeks later, the exact details of what happened are still being contested. I’m a researcher in synthetic biology, and I learned of the project from reading the newspaper. I reached out to the meeting’s organizers, who – for reasons I’ll explain – declined to comment for this article. But in conversations with meeting invitees, as well as some critics, I’ve found that much of the press coverage was misleading, and says more about the relationship between journalists and scientists than the meeting itself.
What really happened behind closed doors when over 130 scientists, industry leaders and ethicists convened to talk about synthesizing a human genome? How did these sessions end up so widely misunderstood by the media and the public?

Open doors versus science publishing protocols

The May 10 meeting was titled “HGP-Write: Testing Large Synthetic Genomes in Cells.” HGP refers to the Human Genome Project, the world’s largest collaborative biological effort that resulted in the sequencing of the full human genome in 2003.
Those invited say the organizers hoped to inspire scientists and the public with a new grand challenge project: to advance from reading genomes towriting them, by manufacturing them from individual DNA building blocks. In an invitation dated March 30, the hosts proposed a bold collaborative effort to “synthesize a complete human genome within a cell line.” Panels tackled whether such an effort is worthwhile, as well as the ethical, technological and economic challenges.
The conversation was not intended to be restricted. The meeting organizers – Harvard geneticist George Church; New York University systems geneticist Jef BoekeAndrew Hessel, of the Bio/Nano research group atAutodesk, Inc.; and Nancy J. Kelley, a lawyer specializing in biotechnology consulting – had plans to engage the broader scientific community, as well as industry, policy makers and the public. They made a video recording of the entire meeting, originally intended to be live-streamed over the Internet. They planned to apply for federal funding, which would invite regulatory oversight. And they submitted a white paper to a major peer-reviewed journal explaining the scientific, technological and ethical aspects of the project.
But the publication of the paper was delayed – the authors haven’t disclosed why, although editors commonly ask for revisions as part of the peer review process. (As of this writing, it has not yet come out.) The organizers are prohibited from discussing the paper in public until it is published – a common journal policy known as an embargo. In deference to the embargo, they declined to comment in detail for this article.
News of the delay came just days before the meeting, and, with dozens of attendees en route, the hosts made a fateful decision. They chose to proceed, but to close the doors to most journalists and ask attendees to delay public discussion until the embargo lifts. (At least one journalist was there – Simone Ross, co-founder of Techonomy Media, confirmed her attendance to me.) “I’m not sure that was the best idea,” Dr. Church told STAT News of the decision to proceed out of the public eye.
The secrecy bred suspicion. “Would it be OK to sequence and then synthesize Einstein’s genome?” asked Stanford bioengineer Drew Endy and Northwestern bioethicist Laurie Zoloth in a joint essay. In theory, an artificial human genome could be used to generate a living human without biological parents. “This idea is an enormous step for the human species, and it shouldn’t be discussed only behind closed doors,” STAT News quoted Dr. Zoloth.
Beyond qualms about the science itself, some observers were concerned that the organizers’ decisions – which included seeking industry partners and private funding – were quiet moves towards “privatiz[ing] the current conversation about heritable genetic modification.”
Read more at Disinfo

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Learn the 10 Characteristics of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

Bill Gates, President Muhammadu Buhari and Aliko Dangote

Many of us dream of being successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Nigeria's Aliko Dangote. However, very few of us actually think and act like them.

The following slide gives an insight into how effective entrepreneurs think; you just might learn a thing or two like I have.

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