As the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ileife and larger poetry community awaits the second edition of GoPoethick; an annual celebration of music, poetry and arts, this post is to highlight ten REASONS to be at #Gopoethick.
1. There would be an epic theatrical performance by the dramatic arts students of Obafemi Awolowo University.
2. The event would feature 15 top notch poets in Nigeria (Names To Be Unveiled Soon)
3. We are also going to feature a legendary folk musician based in Lagos (Hint: He has dreadlocks)
4. There would be a book show case and Art exhibition at the event.
5. Anticipate a live painting at the event by a very young female artist in Nigeria
6. You can get to feature in the open-mic session
7. Everyone whether you are a poet or not will write at least, one poethick line
8. There would be a rugged mountaineering exercise that would feature Poetry readings, photography and Gyrations by Kegites
9. You would fall in love with the arts after your Gopoethick experience
Following the inability of many Freshmen to obtain Accommodation on campus, the Portal has been reactivated today, 20th May, 2016 for further request by the freshmen. However, as at the time of compiling this report, some female students are still unable to secure bedspaces. We hope the portal would also be reactivated for the generality of the fresh female students soon enough.
This is to inform all fresh students who have not been able to secure bed space accommodation that the portal will be reopened on Friday, May 20, 2016 by 12:00 noon for request for bed space. This re-opening has been described by the Management as the last batch.
The course registration for the 2015/2016 Harmattan semester for Obafemi Awolowo University students has finally been activated. Fresh and returning students who have paid their schools fees are required to login to their e-portal page to register their courses.
The National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Abuja, yesterday, stopped the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Unions Congress, TUC, from embarking on strike today.
This came as Organised Labour and its civil society allies, yesterday, vowed to go ahead with the planned indefinite strike from today to make government reverse the N145 per litre pump price of petrol, despite the restraining order by the court.
Meanwhile, Senate, yesterday, threw its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s hike in the price of fuel to N145 per litre from N86.50
Organised Labour’s position came on a day president of a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Joe Ajaero, said Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, and others would not join the strike.
Consequently, the Wabba faction and the Federal Government, yesterday, agreed to set up a joi…
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Joint Campus Committee, Oyo state axis has restated its commitment to see to the reinstatement of Tunji-Ekpeti Michael, a student of University of Ibadan who was rusticated.
In a Press Statement obtained by UI Peeps from the leadership of the association, signed by its Chairman, Comrade Toheeb Niniola, the leadership condemns in totality, the attempt by the managements of some tertiary institutions in the Oyo State to silent, oppress and victimize democratically elected Students’ Union Government Executives and Students on campuses through obnoxious anti-students policies and summary administrative quasi-judicial processes.
"we restate to condemn the victimization of Mr. Tunji-Ekpeti Michael, a 500level student of Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Ibadan who was rusticated for a semester for being part of a peaceful demonstration to demand for better living conditions of his fellow students.
The Nigerian Senate has withdrawn the Frivolous Petition Bill sponsored by Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah.
The withdrawal followed the submission of a report by Senate’s Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters to the upper chamber on Tuesday.
Senator David Umar who submitted the report said during plenary that if passed, the provision of the bill will conflict with some already available laws.
The bill seeks to regulate the use of social media and short message service (SMS) in the country but it drew the irk of Nigerians who found a portion of the bill obnoxious.
Senate President Bukola Saraki had on December 2, 2015, said “if any part of the bill is found obnoxious or against public interest, it will be expunged during clause by clause consideration of the bill.”
The contentious part of the bill reads: “Where any person through text message, tweets, WhatsApp or through any social media post any abusive statement knowing same to be false with intent to set the public against any person and…
The National Youth Service Corps has announced that prospective corps members for the Batch A, Stream II can now log into the NYSC portal to print their call up letters. Congratulations!! #Finally:Pls all PCMs of #2016 Batch A stream II should log on 2 ur dashboard with ur email & password 2 print ur #CUL. You're #GoodToGo.
— NYSC|#2016ACamp (@nysc_ng) May 17, 2016
This development was substantiated with a Release from the management of NYSC.
2016 BATCH ‘A’ STREAM II ORIENTATION PROCEEDS AS PLANNED!
The National Youth Service Corps wishes to express profound appreciation of the Federal Government’s intervention through the release of funds for the 2016 Batch ’A’ Stream II Orientation Course.
Consequent upon government’s intervention, Management is pleased to inform prospective Corps members, parents, guardians and the rest of the general public that the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Stream II Orientation Course will hold as planned.
As a reminder, all are to note that the Orientation Course …
Brig.-Gen. Sulyman Kazaure, Director-General, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), on Monday told the Senate that lack of funds may stall mobilising 2016 Batch A Stream 2 prospective corps members for orientation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that orientation for the batch is expected to commence on Friday in 37 camps across the country.
Kazaure told the Senate Committee on Sports in Abuja that the money required for the exercise was yet to be provided.
He said that the NYSC had written several letters requesting for the money but that as at Monday, it was yet to receive response from the Federal Government.
According to him, we had written to Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Finance, Budget and the Presidency even before the end of the orientation camp for Batch A, Stream One.
“We are presently at a loss in NYSC now as there is no money for us to mobilise thousands of prospective corps members in the Batch A Stream 2 to camp this Friday.
Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from June 21 to July 1, 2016. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. The Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie.
The workshop will take the form of a class. Participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, as well as daily writing exercises. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspective to the art of storytelling.
Participation is limited only to those who apply and are accepted.
To apply, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your e-mail subject should read ‘Workshop Application’. The body of the e-mail should contain the following:
2. Your Address
3. A few sentences about yourself
4. A writi…
In a recent interview with Ronke Sanya of the Nigerian Tribune, Segun Oyeyiola talked about the present state of the solar-powered car which he invented in 2014 and the new projects he is presently working on.
You made headlines in 2014 when you converted a Volkswagen Beetle car, using mainly scrap, into a solar-powered car which you drove around Ile-Ife town, where is that car now?
The solar car which I made in 2014 is presently undergoing some upgrading process. I describe the solar car as ‘model one’ and it is presently in my workshop. Right now, we are upgrading. We are upgrading it, both in the chassis and its main electronics components. After we are done with the upgrading, it will be called the ‘model two.’ It is a form of upgrading whereby we will not use scrap as materials but materials that are much better.
A popular Yoruba adage reads: “Nkan ti Taye se, ti o mu je, ti Kehinde ba dan wo, o le te si” meaning ‘What Taiwo (a twin) does and he goes scot-free, Kehinde (the other twin) may do the same and be in serious trouble.
What I am saying in essence is that, what Mr Goodluck Jonathan did in 2012 and he got lashed for it by Nigerians, Mr Muhammadu Buhari has done the same in 2016 and same persons that meted the previous judgement on the former are cool with it and are even praising the latter. Why? Is this not double standard in display by Nigerians?
Protests greeted the Nigerian streets immediately the former President on January 1, 2012 during his New Year broadcast to the nation announced the removal of fuel subsidy jacking up oil price from the official N65 to N141 per litre. I can remember vividly how the Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos State hosted the biggest and wildest protest Nigeria has ever witnessed in a decade, this in a bid to force the former President to swallow his decisio…
The National Body of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have resolved to join the planned protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress on Wednesday, 18th May, 2016. This resolution was made known in a release signed by the new ASUU Chairman, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.
Nigeria grows some 1.5 million tonnes of tomatoes every year, making it the 14th biggest producer in the world. But less than three months after its richest man Aliko Dangote’s tomato processing factory came on stream, it has suspended production.
Managing Director of the Dangote Tomato Processing Factory in Kadawa, Kano State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kaita told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the factory had to stop production due to lack of fresh tomatoes to process into paste. The scarcity of the fruit has also led to price increase of about 125 percent. Many Nigerians have again been quick to point accusing fingers as regards the Tomato Scarcity to various reasons.
The tomato processing company was intended to fill a huge gap in the agricultural sector where about 750,000 tonnes of tomatoes are said to be wasted following harvest. However, this year’s harvest has been hit by a devastating tomato pest Tuta absoluta. Kaita said most of the tomato farms in Kano, Jigawa, Plateau, Kats…