Getting #PayPal verified with Naira #MasterCard

This is not rocket science sha.

I had a verified Hong Kong PayPal that worked perfectly for me, but funding was a sweet bitter situation. When I heard on Monday via a report on Reuters that the American payment processing company had finally considered Nigeria, I deleted my Hong Kong account jeje and started filing my fingers waiting to get my exclusive Nigerian account on.

When the D-day arrived, God knows I was checking PayPal every now and then to see If I could see anywhere to register as Nigerian. I was checking all day and eventually got it around 7 pm after seeing a tweet by @4eyedmonk on Nigeria not being on the dropdown list of PayPal countries.

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MEND replies Presidency, IYC

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) faults Mr Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs in his recent televised interview in the “60mins with Angela” show, on the Boko Haram abduction of over 200 school girls and the Niger Delta agitation.

On Boko Haram abduction:
Mr Kuku started by coming in defence of the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, whose utterances and actions prompted a global ridicule and also made a joke of the Nigerian government. He stated that she “empathised with the mothers of the abducted school girls, as a mother, a leader, and a Nigerian. We all know that her action was only a desperate act to gather sympathy due to the fact that the global awareness, which the abduction had created, exposed the ineptitude of her husband and which also threatens his chances of getting re-elected in 2015.

If she was so “empathetic”, why did it take three weeks for her to speak out on the abduction upon realising it had created a global outrage and condemnation?
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This viral photo was taken in CAR, not Nigeria


This photo has been circulating since yesterday on most weblogs in Nigeria, with claims that the man in the photo was a Boko Haram sect leader arrested in Benue State by US Marines.

I did a little image search on Google and it revealed that the photo was that of a suspected Seleka officer who was arrested in civilian clothes by French soldiers near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Dec. 9, 2013, and the photo was taken by AP Photojounalist Jerome Delay.

Typical case of Jungle Justice in Nigeria

junglejusticeJungle justice is fast becoming norm in Nigeria. It has been a trending case in the Southwestern part of the West African country, since a suspected ritual-kidnap den was discovered in one of the states in the region last month.

‘Suspected’ kidnappers and rituals are no longer handed over the authorities, but are lynched and set ablaze by frustrated mob. This is a bad situation as victims are not always given the opportunity to defend themselves before they are being lynched and set ablaze as the case has always been.

I have witnessed three cases of jungle justice in the country, which two of them turned out to be that the victims were being set-up or wrongly accused by their accusers, but the machete-wielding mob had already lynched them.

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#BringBackOurGirls: Western intervention will turn Nigeria into an African Afghanistan

Boko-Haram-1It seems almost beyond belief that more than 200 girls can be kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria, held by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and threatened on a video – shown worldwide – with being sold into slavery by their captors. The disbelief is compounded by today’s news that, overnight, eight more girls have been kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in north-east Nigeria. This tragedy touches the hearts of everyone, evoking a feeling of revulsion not only at the danger and loss of freedom itself, but at the assumption that for young girls their destination must be forced marriage and servitude, not education.

There is rightly anger that so little has been done by the Nigerian government to find the girls, and that those who have demonstrated in huge numbers against President Goodluck Jonathan have themselves been accused of causing trouble or even temporarily arrested.

But we should be wary of the narrative now emerging. This follows a wearily familiar pattern, one we have already seen in south Asia and the Middle East, but that is increasingly being applied to Africa as well.

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