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Linda Ikeji has finally and officially revealed Billionaire mogul Jeremi Sholaye as the dad to her son Jayce. The Celebrity blogger has revealed the reason the relationship between her son's father and herself didn't work.

In a long epistle shared by the media mogul, it revealed how she met Sholaye back in 2015 at an exquisite restaurant and they both got along almost immediately because of the impression he gave her.

The shared epistle below explains the ups and downs in her relationship with Billionaire Sholaye which eventually ended after she got pregnant.

Enjoy......
Two days before my 38th birthday on September 17th, I welcomed my first child, my son, Jayce. I look at him and I wonder why I waited so long to have a child. I’ve never known love like this. I literally have tears in my eyes every time I look at him. I can’t believe he came out of me. He is by far my greatest blessing and I’m looking forward to navigating him through life!
Now to the reason why you are reading this. I argued with myself for a long time whether to put this out or not…and finally decided it was a story I wanted to share. I've always been open about my life but I'm sharing details about my personal life mostly because of the girls who look up to me. The girls I have mentored, mentoring right now and plan to mentor in the future.
I’m very particular about our young girls and I have personally tried over the years to be an example in some way; tried to teach these girls how to fight for their dreams, how to live right and do right and then I go and have a child out of wedlock and that must be a little confusing to some of them and especially with so many untruthful stuff out there about me. The most hilarious is that I had a child for a married man. Lol. Here’s my answer to that! The married man that I will sleep with has not yet been born. If he’s been born, he will die, be buried, rise and die again before he will lay with me. I don’t do married men.
The father of my child is a single man and his name is Sholaye Jeremi. To be honest, at some point I thought he was my final bus stop but you know how life happens...lol. Unfortunately, he and I are a completely closed chapter. Sadly for our son Jayce, it’s the kind of chapter that can’t ever be opened again.
One of the things many people have asked me is how I met this man because we don’t run in the same circle. Well, I met him 3 years ago at Wheatbaker Restaurant in Ikoyi in December 2015 shortly after I moved to my home in Banana Island, Ikoyi. It was a day after Christmas and I was having dinner with friends when he walked in. He saw me and the rest is history. He claimed at the time that he had never heard of me which was seriously a turn-on for me because up until then I’d only been meeting men who behaved like fans. At the time we met, I was 35 and he was 37 and I’d been single for nearly 4 years. I was definitely searching and I fell in love almost immediately and so we became an item.
At the time I met him he lived in a 3-bedroom flat at what used to be 5th roundabout in Lekki after Mobil. I used to drive for almost two hours in traffic from my house to go see him. Most of the time, I carried my laptop to his home to enable me to work and at the same time spend the whole day with him.
It was a whirlwind romance. He was the funniest and most romantic guy I’d met up until that point, so it was easy to fall in love and I truly believed the feeling was mutual. A few weeks after we met, it seemed like we were planning a future together. This man was already calling me Linda Ikeji Jeremi and making all these plans but then just like that, it was over between us. I went from waking up every morning to love text messages from him to no more calls. I was just thanking God for finally sending me my own man when all of a sudden we were no longer talking to each other. Later he would tell me what scared him off. My public life. He claims he’s a private businessman and didn’t want the attention being with me would bring to him and I told him I understood and we went our separate ways. We tried to get back together in 2016 but it didn't work out so much so we separated again but stayed in touch (mostly him to be honest), stayed friends and that was how our back and forth started.
By mid-2017, we were both still single and we started seeing each other again quietly. There were times it was very intense and we talked about a future together, and there were times that I couldn’t figure out what exactly I was doing with this guy. We were not suited for each other. Totally different lifestyles. And there was the problem of my fame. I walked away from this man a million times and he came after me a million and one times. No matter how much I pushed him away, he kept coming back and me, because I couldn’t find anyone else, I kept going back. Lol. So I was basically going back to my ex because I couldn’t find anyone else. *sigh*.
Then I fell pregnant. It wasn’t planned, it just happened; though we talked about having a child together just two months before I fell pregnant. He said something about putting a billionaire baby inside me and I remember jokingly telling him that I’m also a billionaire so our child was going to be a billionaire on both side...and we laughed. But after I fell pregnant, things became extremely weird between us. If I tried to explain what happened, I wouldn’t be able to because it was confusing to me. We went from talking about the pregnancy and being okay with it; he even suggested I go to Dubai for my pre-natals as he didn’t trust doctors in Nigeria, to literally not talking to each other anymore. Around when I was about three months pregnant, he did come to see my parents and actually became very cool with my dad. They were literally exchanging Whatsapp messages every day. He later agreed to a traditional wedding which he didn’t follow through and then he switched. He began to treat me with so much hate and aggression that I and my family had to cut him off completely.
To be honest if anybody had told me when we met three years ago, considering how deeply we cared for each other that I would fall pregnant two years later and he would completely turn his back on me for most part of my pregnancy, I never would have believed it but that’s what happened. I had to draw strength from myself, my family and close friends.
And Jayce...oh my son Jayce, he was my biggest strength. It was almost as if he knew his dad was acting up so he came through for his mum. He was gentle with me when I was carrying him. I had an extremely easy pregnancy. I pushed him out under 3 mins and was in the labour room for less than 30 minutes. And then my snapback was amazing. Three weeks later, it was almost as if I’d never been pregnant. Jayce was my soldier when his dad turned his back.
But still, I have absolutely no iota of regret meeting Sholaye. Gosh, have you seen Jayce? How can I regret that? God doesn’t make mistakes. If you believe that you’re always led by God like I believe then I have to believe that God led me to this man for whatever reasons best known to Him. I thought God sent him as my life partner but I guess He just used him as a vessel for my greatest blessing. Now his part in my story is over. I know when to put my hands up and surrender. That God brought someone significant into your life doesn’t mean they are supposed to follow you throughout your life’s journey. We should learn to know when people’s part in our story is over. Don’t fight for closure, don’t ask for explanations, don’t chase answers, just let them go and know that if God meant for you to have them in your life, He would have given them to you. Sometimes people just come to serve a purpose in your life and are not meant to stay and there’s no point holding on to them. This one is done and dusted. It’s just Jayce and I now moving forward and I know life will be beautiful for us.
Being a single mum wasn’t the dream I had for myself; I’d prayed for the kind of happy home my parents built for us (they’ve been together for 40 years). Nothing is more important to me than family. For years I’d hammered on how much I was looking forward to getting married, having children and building my own family and I believed God was going to come through for me on that one, but I have come to understand that we have no control over what life throws at us no matter how much we plan, pray, or work. And we also have no control over the actions of other people towards us. One of the things I have learnt in my life’s journey is that your idea of how life should go might be different from the way life actually goes. It’s called Life Happening. Sometimes it unfolds into something we never dreamed of but because we don’t recognize the route we find ourselves on our journey through life, doesn’t mean God won’t get us to our destination. Remember, an uncertain chapter doesn’t ruin the whole book. Life will happen whether we are ready or not. All we can do is keep our heads up and keep moving.
Family and close friends told me I owed no one any explanation about the circumstances that led to the birth of my son, but I knew without writing this, I could never stand in front of the young girls who look up to me and talk to them again. I could never go on my secondary school tour and speak with these girls again about living right and doing right. I would always feel like I have no moral right to do so. I went to 15 secondary schools in 2017 and talking to those young impressionable girls has been one of the highlights of my life. I canceled this year’s tour because I was pregnant and I haven’t made any preparations for next year’s tour because I wanted to set things right first.
I have so many plans for young girls next year and in the coming years with the Selfmade finance and mentorship projects with international collaborations, so this was important for me to do, to explain myself to the young girls who look up to me and feel disappointed that I got pregnant and had a baby out of wedlock. For years, I have preached decency, morality and uprightness and despite what happened to me, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. That should be the only way to live. That’s the only way I live. Don’t ever compromise your values. With this, I was led by my heart and my clock ticking and even though I have no regrets, I’m sorry if I let any of you ladies down by the decision I made, and I hope you learn from my experience. I hope you do better than I did. The ideal thing would be to find a man you love, who loves you back and gives you stability, get married, have kids and raise a family, not being a single mum or a baby mama. I was 37 years old at the time I conceived and if I want to be honest, my age played a role in me allowing myself to be pregnant out of wedlock. I don’t want to be having kids in my 40s or struggling with fertility later in life. This wasn’t the plan but like I said before, life happens. You just have to find a way to make the best of what life throws at you. And so for any young girl this means anything to, I am truly sorry. I am not sorry I had Jayce, I’m just sorry I didn’t go about it the right way.
But you know, despite this crazy love experience, I still believe in love and I believe in happy endings and I can’t wait to one day, God willing, have my fairytale ending. The father of my child is the only man I’ve given a chance to in 6 years. Lol. I swear. I’m not really a relationship kind of girl. I’m more a career girl. I can go for years without a man. I’m one of those women who don’t need a man to validate their existence but biko, I’ve done the single life enough in the past…lol… going forward I’m looking forward to giving someone else a chance and try this love thing again. I was raised in a happy 2-parents’ home and that’s what I want for Jayce. So I hope I meet a great guy soon until then I’m enjoying motherhood. It rocks! Life has never been more beautiful!
I’d also like to address a few other issues. Number one is this celibacy issue. So many people have trolled me over it and I’d like to correct the misunderstanding. I have never ever in my life said people shouldn’t have sex before marriage. NEVER EVER have I said that. I have even argued with quite a few people that it is not feasible in this day and age. What I have always said and I maintain till today is; Do not ever sleep with men for money because any woman with a brain and determination can get her own money herself. And there’s nothing sweeter than your own money. I am 38 years old and I recently bought an N100million+ car; what the heck do you need to be sleeping with a man for? For designer bags, first-class tickets and luxury holidays? GTFOH with sleeping with a man for rent money! You can give yourself all that and more if you apply yourself, fight for your dream and work your butt off. Men don’t have the exclusive right to create wealth; women can also create wealth. Money is not male. Wealth is not male. Success is not male. We women just need to believe in ourselves more and get off our butts and stop relying on our looks and charm instead of our brain, mind, will, and our God given talent/gift. We can be rich, we can be successful, we can break barriers, do what was formerly termed impossible, do what men can do, be CEOs of conglomerates and billionaires without ever having to lie on our backs. Please ladies, we are powerful beyond measure and can do anything and be anything we want to be.
The other thing I’ve always said is; do not sleep around with multiple men who just use your body for their pleasure; that is; too many one nights stands, casual sex, many sex partners in a short period of time all in the name of relationships. Your body deserves better. I feel sex should only happen when you’re in a loving, committed relationship with someone you love. I was celibate for many years until I met my son’s father and fell in love. And instead of increasing my body count, I just went back to the same eggplant…lol. My mistake was I should have walked away when the relationship became a waste...lol... but then again, Jayce wouldn’t be here today if I had. So really, there’s nothing that I have preached that I didn’t practice. So you guys stop trolling me over this abeg! Lol.
Thank you for reading and thank you for your understanding.
Love and kisses to you and yours
Hugs
Linda
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‘Revealed: The Concert’ is the first Krump concert to be witnessed in the whole of Nigeria and the maiden edition is set to hold on the 14th of December, 2018 at the Theatre hall, Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos.
Red carpet starts at 2pm while the main event kicks off at 4pm. This concert will feature performances from various groups, crews in the Hip Hop community and Families in the KRUMP Movement.
The hype man, is no other than Nigeria’s number one Hip hop original hype man, Rapmania Tha X.
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This concert is the biggest and the first ever ‘Krump’ event termed as a “Concert” in Nigeria. The University of Lagos houses the first edition of this event, and it is planned to be a yearly affair in the projection of the future of the ‘Krump’ Movement in Nigeria; as it is discovered that it is a fast growing culture in Lagos and in Nigeria at large.
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In this digital age, online marketplaces have been thriving, and have been a great place for independent retailers and vendors to sell more of their products and also build their brand.

A company like Jumia, Nigeria's no 1 shopping destination has made it easier for retailers to sell online via its marketplace. Today on the platform, there are thousands of vendors selling a wide variety of products and services that are leveraging on the Jumia platform to get Return On Investment. The process for signing up is seamless. 

Despite this, there are still a handful of Nigerians who are still contemplating signing up to a marketplace. Below are some of the reasons you need to sign up now.

Increase sales

Who doesn’t want to increase their sales and profits? Well, taking advantage of e-commerce (selling online) can do just that. If you have inventory that isn’t selling take it online, there is great potential to increase your sales. 

New customers

Selling online is a great chance to expand your presence and reach more customers. 80% of people who use the internet are shopping and by listing on a marketplace you can get your products in front of those shoppers. So if you want to go where people are shopping, the marketplace is an easy way to do that.

Sense of community

When you sell on a marketplace you become a part of a community filled with other independent sellers, vendors and retailers. But it’s not just other sellers, it gives you a chance to build a following of customers that are both local and global. You can also use marketplaces as a way to connect with other sellers that are similar to you or sell locally like you. 

Increased Reach

So many Nigerians own smartphones that are internet enabled and a significant number of them use it to shop online. So just think about that for a second. You have the ability to reach millions of people daily. This is a good way to grow your business.

Low cost

There are going to be fees associated with using marketplaces to list your products but they are generally low, and they can cost you less than holding excess inventory. 
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- Establishes First Turbo Charger Service Workshop in Nigeria

Following its rapid growth in the Nigerian market, ABB Nigeria, a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, officially declared open its new office facility at Metalbox Road, Ogba, Lagos.

The new facility, which is situated in the industrial area of Lagos, enables easier communication across the company, is more spacious and is fitted with unique features, including a Turbocharging service workshop which is the first in Nigeria. It also features a training center for its customers and a state-of-the-art showroom fitted with the latest designs and solutions.

Commenting on the new Turbo Charging Service Workshop, Hany Abd-Elazim, Country Managing Director, Nigeria, ABB, said that the company was poised to satisfy its teeming customers.  He said: 
“Before now, companies had to take their Turbo Chargers outside the country for repairs and servicing.  The nearest service center was in Douala, Senegal.  As a forward-thinking company, we decided to open this workshop right here in Nigeria. This means we are saving time and money for our customers thereby making their businesses more profitable”.
Abd-Elazim stated that ABB Group is focusing more on its investment in Nigeria, being the largest economy in Africa. He also said ABB is working on diversifying its operations to create more opportunities to support the local engineers with more job opportunities. He noted that the company’s value areas are: safety and integrity; customer focus and quality; innovation and speed; ownership and performance; plus, technical and commercial collaboration.

Operating in more than 100 countries, ABB has embedded health, safety, safe environment, security and sustainability into all aspects of its business.  The company is also committed to achieving excellence and continuous improvement while doing so. In particular, safety is a core value, the bedrock of the organization and central to its operations and services.

Abd-Elazim added: 
“ABB has been operating for over 40 years in Nigeria. The future of the industry lies with the full digitalization to increase both the speed and quality of decision-making. Through ABB ability offerings, we provide a combination of products, system and services that are digitally connected, all bringing added value to our customers for their assets management.
ABB succeeded to deliver 20-30% CAPEX and OPEX savings while simultaneously improving uptime and extending asset lifetimes by 20 years.”


About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics, and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure globally.

Continuing a history of innovation spanning for more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products.

As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com
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Former media aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of bribing his wife, Aisha with a presidential appointment.

The 44 years said the appointment of Aisha into the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse is to keep her quiet after she raised an alarm that a 2 man cabal is holding her husband hostage and has taken over his government.

The bestselling author made this accusation on his twitter handle. He concluded by asking with the bribery of ‘appointment’ would work.

His tweet read;
A week after @aishambuhari raised the alarm that a 2 man cabal is holding her husband hostage and taken over his government, her husband, President @MBuhari appoints her into the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse. Will this bribery work? #RenosDarts
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) December 10, 2018
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Troy Osmond, the 33-year-old nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond, was found dead last month, according to RadarOnline.com, in his parents’ Utah home.

While there were no signs of foul play, according to the police report, which was obtained by Radar, Troy was found “hanging off the bed and his upper body was laying across a nightstand.” He was purple and blue and pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed that Troy’s death was “medical or health-related.”
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we have to announce our precious son, Troy Dean, passed away earlier today,” his father, Merrill, shared on Facebook at the time. “As a family our hearts are broken but we are comforted in the knowledge we will meet again.
This is part of Heavenly Fathers plan for Troy. We will always remember him as the sensitive, caring and talented boy who brought so much happiness to all who knew him.”
According to Troy’s mother, Mary Osmond, he had suffered from a long list of health issues.

On the day that would have been Troy’s birthday, his father shared,
“Where in the world is my son today… I cannot believe you are so far away…”
In 2010, Marie Osmond’s son, Michael Blosil, committed suicide. He was 18 years old.
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The sizeable problem of Nigerian hospitals has always been worrying. This time, a student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has died because of a worrying lack of facilities at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Abeokuta.

The boy’s name is Olaniyi Ashimi and he died because the hospital lacks basic facilities oxygen and x-ray machine. The events have been narrated by the two Twitter users. Queen Vianey Omolara who tweets @molaradgreat and one @sammiee_oj95.

Queen Vianey tweets that, 
“There is a kind of pain of grief when someone’s death could have been avoided. That is exactly the case of a final year student of Funaab, Olaniyi Ashimi who met his untimely death due to no oxygen. An accident occurred on 7th of December while students were coming from conference in ibadan. They were rushed to FMC. I’d chronicle this thread with hard facts.
“From what I gathered, there were no doctors on duty to attend to the victims when they were rushed in. Students doctors were the ones that attended to him and by the time they realized Niyi had internal bleeding, it was too late. How could he survive when there was no oxygen.”
She then proceeded to seek help from influencers to make the matter public.
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India’s central bank governor Urjit Patel resigned on Monday citing “personal reasons”, a statement issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said.
“On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately,” the statement read.
“It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years,” it continued.
“I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board, and wish them all the best for the future.”
The government and the RBI have been fighting for weeks over how much autonomy the RBI should have as the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to reduce curbs on lending and to gain access to the RBI’s surplus reserves.

Indian business dailies reported in the last two months that Modi’s government had invoked never-before-used powers to send at least three letters to Patel seeking to affect the central bank’s decision-making.

The government is believed to be unhappy with the RBI over a number of issues including interest rates, how to deploy reserves and how to respond to India’s sliding rupee.

The rupee has been one of Asia’s worst-performing currencies this year, while economic growth in the last quarter slowed to under eight percent.

In October, RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya had said that undermining central bank independence could be “potentially catastrophic”, citing meddling by the Argentine government in the affairs of its central bank in 2010 – prompting big drops in that nation’s financial markets – as a sign of how bad things can get.

The remarks were widely seen as a sign that the RBI was pushing back hard against government pressure to relax its policies and reduce its powers before a general election due by May.

While historically there have been differences between the RBI and the nation’s governments, the extent of the rift and its public nature are unprecedented.

The RBI is not statutorily independent, as the governor is appointed by the government, but it has enjoyed broad autonomy in regulating the banking sector. It is mandated to control inflation within a two to six percent range while keeping in mind India’s economic growth objective.
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The Enugu West Senatorial Candidate under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC) and immediate past senior advisor to President Muhammadu Buhari on Justice Reform Sector and National Coordinator, Open Government Partnership Barrister Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku Nwagwu has applauded the president over his rejection of assent to the 2018 Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

In a statement issued to COLOSSUS GISTS by Barr. Juliet Ibekaku said that President Buhari has taken a timely decision that displays leadership wisdom to save the country from political implosion.

According to her, the decision also saved INEC from a booby trap that would have put the commission in a very tight situation.
“Amending rules that would be applied to the conduct of an election that is barely two months away is a deliberate attempt unconsciously or consciously to raise the stake very high for INEC to meet up with.
“Leadership requires critical analysis before critical decisions are taking, and in this case Mr. President should be applauded for avoiding this booby trap,” she said
Mrs Ibekaku maintained that signing the Bill would have also required INEC reviewing higher its budget for the conduct of the election so that it can accommodate the new requirements by the stipulations of the amended act, which were primarily new electronic requirements that must be acquired before the elections and apart from an additional cost, which may not be approved by the National Assembly, such new requirements are also not items INEC can work into a supermarket and buy overnight.
“I, therefore, call on well spirited Nigerians to disregard the propaganda and false alarm by those who want to discredit Mr. President out of office at all cost.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio spent years as a meme as he journeyed to get an Oscar of his own, and now the 44-year-old is being forced to hand over an Oscar in his possession to the feds. 

Don’t worry, though, it’s not the golden trophy he earned for his role in 2015’s The Revenant. It’s actually Marlon Brando’s 1954 Oscar for On the Waterfront. 

DiCaprio was gifted the Oscar by Malaysian financier Jho Low, who originally bought the Oscar for $600,000 at an auction. 

DiCaprio was also nominated for an Oscar for his role in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, a film which Low financed. The problem? According to The New York Times, Low is being accused by prosecutors of committing fraud against an investment fund for billions of dollars.
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As the holidays approach, Nigeria's digital content distribution company, Publiseer, has been working hard on developing new features and partnerships based on the feedback it received so far this year. In the spirit of the holidays, today, Publiseer announces that it will now deliver digital content to over 3,000 book libraries around the world, including the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia, thanks to cloudLibrary, a lending platform by Bibliotheca.

Bibliotheca has been a highly requested distribution channel from most of Publiseer's authors, so Publiseer is really excited about this expansion of its distribution channel. Two months ago, Publiseer announced that it will be taking its library distribution even deeper with its addition of Baker & Taylor as part of its library distribution service. Now, the distribution goes even deeper with the addition of cloudLibrary.

These new libraries to be added to Publiseer's distribution channel have hundreds of thousands of eBooks and very engaged readers, and so this is an exciting opportunity for expanding the readership of its authors. All books published by Publiseer will be automatically be distributed to cloudLibrary after December 20, 2018. 

"The upcoming holidays might delay the regular distribution process. However, we're working harder to expedite the distribution process", says Chidi Nwaogu, Publiseer's Chief Executive Officer, who was recently invited to The Future Leaders Forum 2018 by The Future Awards Africa in partnership with the University of Sussex. 

The cloudLibrary platform offers royalties based on their standard library model and "Pay Per Use" (PPU) option. With the standard library model, the library purchases a single copy of an author's book to lend out. As a book is purchased for lending Publiseer provides a higher library price, which is three times higher than the original list price of the book at other bookstores like Amazon. Of course, the royalty of the author will be paid out after this higher price.

With the PPU option, a check-out of an author's book by a patron triggers a sale. The price of a check-out is 30% of the book's original list price. For Publiseer's authors who use the Premium Distribution Option, they get to keep all the royalties they earn from Bibliotheca. 

Publiseer is a digital publisher that lets writers and musicians from low-income communities in Africa publish, promote, protect, and monetize their digital contents across hundreds of partner stores worldwide, at no charge, with just a single click. Publiseer has been described by Konbini as "one of the largest digital publishers in Africa".
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Few weeks after the release of her Album "MERCY'S PEN" Gospel artist Onos D releases the single "SWEET JESUS" from her MERCY'S PEN album.

The song "Sweet Jesus" is a beautiful worship song in which Onos praises God for who he is and what he is.

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In the near pitch-dark, you can hear them before you see them – millions of cockroaches scuttling and fluttering across stacks of wooden boards as they devour food scraps by the ton in a novel form of urban waste disposal.

The air is warm and humid – just as cockroaches like it – to ensure the colonies keep their health and voracious appetites.

Expanding Chinese cities are generating more food waste than they can accommodate in landfills and cockroaches could be a way to get rid of hills of food scraps, providing nutritious food for livestock when the bugs eventually die and, some say, cures for stomach illness and beauty treatments.

On the outskirts of Jinan, capital of eastern Shandong province, a billion cockroaches are being fed with 50 tons of kitchen waste a day – the equivalent in weight to seven adult elephants.

The waste arrives before daybreak at the plant run by Shandong Qiaobin Agricultural Technology Co, where it is fed through pipes to cockroaches in their cells.

Shandong Qiaobin plans to set up three more such plants next year, aiming to process a third of the kitchen waste produced by Jinan, home to about seven million people.

A nationwide ban on using food waste as pig feed due to African swine fever outbreaks is also spurring the growth of the cockroach industry.

“Cockroaches are a bio-technological pathway for the converting and processing of kitchen waste,” said Liu Yusheng, president of Shandong Insect Industry Association.

Cockroaches are also a good source of protein for pigs and other livestock. “It’s like turning trash into resources,” said Shandong Qiaobin chairwoman Li Hongyi.

“Essence of cockroach”

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In a remote village in Sichuan, Li Bingcai, 47, has similar ideas.

Li, formerly a mobile phone vendor, has invested a million yuan ($146,300) in cockroaches, which he sells to pig farms and fisheries as feed and to drug companies as medicinal ingredients.

His farm now has 3.4 million cockroaches.
“People think it’s strange that I do this kind of business,” Li said. “It has great economic value and my goal is to lead other villagers to prosperity if they follow my lead.”
His village has two farms. Li’s goal is to create 20.

Elsewhere in Sichuan, a company called Gooddoctor is rearing six billion cockroaches.
“The essence of cockroach is good for curing oral and peptic ulcers, skin wounds and even stomach cancer,” said Wen Jianguo, manager of Gooddoctor’s cockroach facility.
Researchers are also looking into using cockroach extract in beauty masks, diet pills and even hair-loss treatments.

At Gooddoctor, when cockroaches reach the end of their lifespan of about six months, they are blasted by steam, washed and dried, before being sent to a huge nutrient extraction tank.

Asked about the chance of the cockroaches escaping, Wen said that would be worthy of a disaster movie but that he has taken precautions.
“We have a moat filled with water and fish,” he said. “If the cockroaches escape, they will fall into the moat and the fish will eat them all.”
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Verizon says 10,400 U.S. managers have accepted a voluntary buyout offered as the company seeks to trim costs to invest more into its push into the next-generation network known as 5G. That’s about 7 percent of its global workforce.

Verizon offered the buyouts to 44,000 employees earlier this year. The staffers taking the buyouts are mainly U.S.-based management staffers, excluding its Oath media business and staffers in some customer-facing roles.

The New York company is in the midst of a cost-cutting program to save $10 billion over four years to help it invest in 5G technology. Those accepting the buyout will get up to five years of salary, bonus, and benefits, depending on the length of service.
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President Muhammadu Buhari and former president Olusegun Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa today

The Federal Government says though it is the constitutional right of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo to support a candidate for an election, his endorsement, however, does not guarantee victory.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the government on Monday in Abuja, said Obasanjo’s candidate for the presidential election “will be defeated roundly and comprehensively’’.
“With due respect to former President Obasanjo, it is his constitutional right to support any candidate of his choice and we urge him to go out and campaign vigorously for any candidate he wants to support.
“He has not hidden his preference for the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and we wish him very best of luck.
“However, I want to assure you that his candidate will be defeated roundly and comprehensively. It is not about an endorsement, the endorsement does not win an election,’’ he said.
The minister also responded to a statement credited to the former President that, “only a fool will sit on the fence when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption lack of focus, insecurity nepotism and brazen impunity’’.

Mohammed said he held Obasanjo in high esteem and probably he was not properly briefed on the development in the country to have made such conclusions,.
“The facts are all there that this government has done more than any other governments in three and half years.
On corruption, the minister said that the government had put in place institution reforms which had confirmed its sincerity and commitment to fighting the menace.
“It is not about putting people in Jail but what are the things put in place to address this endemic problem.
“Take the example of Treasury Single Account TSA, which was not initiated by this government. It is only the Buhari administration that has the political will to implement it.
“Before we came in, there were over 22,000 government accounts in various banks.
“Since we came, we reduced it to one account and from 2015 to date N8.9 trillion has passed through the TSA which is as a result of transparency and accountability,’’ he said.
The minister said that even with lean resources, the Buhari administration had spent more on infrastructure than the 16 years of the PDP administrations.

He said there was no state in the country without one or two infrastructure development being embarked upon by the federal government.

The minister said the Administration had commissioned the Abuja to Kaduna standard rail gauge while the 156 km Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge would be ready for commissioning in March next year.

Also on Infrastructure, he said the government had made fund available for five critical infrastructure projects including the Mambila power project, the East-West Road, the second Niger bridge, the Abuja – Kano and Abuja-Lokoja-Okenne highways.

Mohammed said the efforts of the administration in diversifying the economy away from oil had yielded fruits with achievement recorded in agriculture, particularly in rice production and solid mineral sectors.

On power supply, the minister said the administration had improved on generation, transmission and distribution than it met them in 2015, while Nigerians are benefiting from its numerous social investment programmes.
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