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Kenyan Universities Turn To Online Teaching In Face Of Virus Threat.

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NAIROBI, KENYA, March 17th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ Universities are turning to online teaching to ensure that students complete their studies as scheduled, after face-to-face lessons were suspended following cases of Coronavirus in the country.

The University of Nairobi has asked postgraduate students to continue engaging their supervisors. The institution suspended face-to-face teaching yesterday, March 16, 2020.

“We intend to review our work flow with a view to allow staff in non-critical areas to undertake their duties from home,” said Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Stephen Kiama.

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Moi University has also suspended classes over the Coronavirus threat.

The VC-Prof Isaac Kosgey said on Monday that all learning activities had been suspended with immediate effect.

“All our clients should know that the university has suspended all its services except for essential services like security, health and central services,” said Prof Kosgey in a memo to all the students and staff.

“The university senate will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8:30 am to give further directions on the situation,” he added, while directing staff and students to be extremely cautious and take measures spelt out in the regulation by the Ministry of Health.

Mount Kenya University acting VC-Prof Peter Wanderi said the university has extended the online teaching platform to the regular students to facilitate the learning process.

“Online learning will be supplemented through televised lectures in collaboration with TV 47,” said Prof Wandera.

On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that learning institutions suspend face-to-face learning due to coronavirus.

St Paul’s University will close on Friday for 30 days but subject to government advice.

“For the remaining part of the semester, classes and other planned academic sessions including continuous assessment tests will be administered virtually,” said the VC-Joseph Galgalo.

At Meru University, VC Romanus Odhiambo encouraged students to create WhatsApp groups as well as use the common class emails to communicate with lecturers to continue with lessons during the partial lockdown.

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“Post graduate students doing research should remain in contact with supervisors,” said Prof Odhiambo.

At Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, the VC-Prof Victoria Ngumo said students have until Thursday to leave the institution.

Africa Nazarene University was the first academic institution to suspend learning as a precautionary measure following the first confirmed case of Covid-19 on Friday.

VC-Stanley Bhebhe says the decision followed revelation that the contact trace of the confirmed case included Ongata Rongai, where the institution is based.

Meanwhile, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has directed schools to make arrangements to use school buses to ferry learners to their homes or nearest designated drop off points in the wake of the outbreak.

Prof Magoha in a circular to education officials, said the drop off points must be within proximate distance that the learners can be picked by their parents.

Source: Ghana Web

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It’s Time To Be Very Careful With Your Account Details.

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Something sinister has been happening since folks started self-isolating. People have been sharing on social media about how their accounts or those of the people they love have been emptied. It’s crazy.

We’re not sure how it’s happening, or why it’s even happening now that most of us are in very vulnerable conditions. Some were unable to stock up on groceries and food items because their accounts were emptied just before the shut down was announced. It’s very unfair that people are doing this now.

It’s possible that it’s happening because people now have a lot of time on their hands. Still, the only thing we can do is be extra careful.

We need to stay vigilant and not click on just any link that comes our way. We’ve heard of people getting mails from random (but real) companies with links to click on. Please, don’t.

If the mail is not from a friend, family member or colleague, please don’t click anything. And even then, please call them to ask why they sent the link.

Do not submit your details anywhere. Guard even your bank account numbers with your life. BVN, ATM card numbers—everything, guard them!

Please. This is not the time to add more wahala into one’s life. As we stay safe from coronav!rus, let’s stay safe from 419ers too. We’ll need that money to spend on enjoyment after this pandemic is over and gone forever.

Source: BellaNaija

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Mike Adenuga Foundation Is Supporting The Fight Against COV!D-19 With A N1.5 Billion Donation.

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LAGOS, NIGERIA, March 31st, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ With a donation of 1.5 billion Naira, the Mike Adenuga Foundation has contributed to the fight against the global pandemic, Coronav!rus (Cov!d-19) in Nigeria.

From our findings, it was revealed that ₦1b will go to the CBN-led Nigerian private sector coalition which is coordinating efforts to raise funds from corporate bodies, and ₦500m to the Lagos State Government because it has recorded the majority of cases thus far.

The cheque was presented by Globacom‘s Executive Vice Chairman, Bella Disu to the Lagos State Governor on Monday.

We have also learnt that the foundation owned by Business Mogul, Mike Adenuga Jr. will also be donating essential items such as Sanitizers, Masks, Test Kits, Personal Perspective Equipment (PPEs), Respirators, etc. to help combat the COV!D-19 pandemic.

Source: BellaNaija

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COV!D-19/ The Best Nollywood Films To Stream On Netflix Right Now

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While European and American streets are empty due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Lagos streets are still vibrant and alive. Oshodi market is operating at full capacity with customers feeling the lace and Ankara fabrics before buying and clothes sellers dragging passersby to their shops. Perhaps it’s a matter of time, but for now things are mostly as normal. But for our brothers and sisters in the diaspora, holed-up in their homes waiting for a resolution to the crisis, Netflix is an excellent distraction.

The Nollywood-Netflix romance is still new, but growing stronger. In 2015, the streaming platform acquired Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 and Biyi Bandele’s Fifty. The relationship blossomed to a newer level in 2018 with the acquisition of Genevieve Nnaji’s dramedy, Lionheart, ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria.

Since then, Netflix has acquired over 40 Nollywood films, from blockbusters like King of Boys, Chief Daddy, and Isoken to less popular pictures like Kasala! and Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo). With the increased number of Nigerian films on Netflix, it might be a daunting task to select the best ones to watch. To help, we have picked the 10 best Nollywood films currently streaming on the platform.

93 Days

Just like the real-life story it’s based on, Steve Gukas’s 93 Days is a rare mark of Naija excellence. It is a film Nollywood will always look back at with pride in the same fashion Nigeria will always be proud of preventing the outbreak of the viral Ebola disease. The film documents the triumph against Ebola and salutes the heroes of that battle, but it is not great because of what it stands for, but how well it told that story: beautifully shot, well-acted—with lead Bimbo Akintola delivering an excellent performance—and brilliantly helmed by Gukas.

October 1

Back when Kunle Afolayan’s filmmaking brand was ambition and excellence, he made October 1, his best film yet and one of the best from the last decade. Set against the backdrop of Nigeria’s independence, October 1 is mainly about solving a series of gruesome murders that’s been happening in Akote, a remote town in Western Nigeria. But after a more in-depth look, it’s more; the film continually poses questions about colonialism and its long term effects on the fragile democracy of young Nigeria. Working with trusted collaborators, Yinka Edward (cinematographer) and Pat Nebo (production designer), Afolayan creates a gorgeous picture reminiscent of ’60’s Nigeria.

Isoken

In its early part, Jade Osiberu’s colorful romantic comedy, Isoken, is about the biggest sin a Nigerian woman can commit: be single and successful at 34. In the later part, the film embraces the trappings of its genre. Two men are after the titular Isoken’s heart. The first, Osaze, is charming and perfect, but wrong for her. The second, Kevin, is also lovely, but imperfect; however, he seems to be the right one. But what distinguishes Isoken from most Nigerian romantic comedies is its feminist leanings, it is precisely the rom-com a career woman like Osiberu would write and direct.

King of Boys

There is something about the current crop of Nollywood female filmmakers and strong female protagonists, this is evident in Isoken and Lionheart, but those ladies were sweet, and their brush with patriarchy was soft. Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys is a more aggressive feminist story, one in which violence is the weapon that obliterates patriarchy. The ambitious story follows Eniola Salami (played competently by Sola Sobowale), a woman who has conquered the men of Lagos underworld and now wants to conquer a different set of powerful men: the gatekeeper of Nigerian politics. Inspired by the Godfather trilogy, King of Boys is the ambitious crime drama Nollywood did not know it needed.

Lionheart

Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart proves that simple can be effective. The screenplay by Nnaji and her co-writers – C. J. Obasi, Ishaka Bako, etc. – keep things simple, maybe too simple that the story becomes safe, but it works. The film, which revolves around a woman on a mission to prove her capability in handling her father’s bus company despite having a proven track record, is a love letter to Eastern Nigerian. It is set in Enugu. It features mostly Igbo actors, and it captures the strange patriarchy in an Igbo household, where a woman is given the best education, but not trusted to handle affairs related to business competently.

Taxi Driver

Lagos is brutal and peppered with shady people; at night, its brutality and shadiness are increased in ten folds. Daniel Oriahi’s Taxi Driver tells a tale about Lagos nights and its players—prostitutes, gang lords, and assassins—through the eyes of a taxi driver. Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s films, Oriahi’s tells a neo-noir story that’s unique to Lagos, he washes the city with high contrast lighting to give it the stylish look of noir films. And while the picture is gorgeous, the more impressive part of this film is the dramatic performances from Odunlade Adekola and Hafiz Oyetoro, two actors Nollywood have often reduced to caricaturist roles.

Hakkunde

Hakkunde is an inspiring story about the resilience of the Nigerian youth amidst adversity. It explores, with humor and warmth, what it means to be young and unemployed in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos. The film approached the unemployed Nigerian trope differently; here, the lead character, Akande, leaves Lagos, the land of opportunities, for a remote village in Kaduna in search of greener pastures. It’s usually the opposite. Akande is played by Frank Donga (real name: Kunle Idowu), in a terrific debut performance that showed he is more than just an Instagram comedian. Hakkunde is also unusual in that it is a Nollywood film that celebrates Northern Nigeria and shows its plenty, unharnessed potential.

Kasala!

Ema Edosio’s Kasala! is a film many Nollywood fans cry for, but seldom get. A story about Lagos and its young people that’s true to the average Lagosian. It’s gritty, authentic, and raw, just like Lagos. Four boys entered Kasala! when they crashed a borrowed car, and they must find a way out of this wahala before the day ends or risk the wrath of the crazy owner.

Kasala! is enjoyable thanks to the leading cast, the awesome foursome of Chigozie Imo, Mike Afolarin, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, and Tomiwa Tegbe, who embodied being Lagos boys. One of the film’s successes is its skillful melodramatic acting, which never feels out of place. If you want to know what a group of Lagos boys do to escape kasala, Edosio’s debut is an excellent start.

The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party is about two things, everything that could go wrong in a big Nigerian wedding and the ethnic tension between the Igbo’s and Yoruba’s, but it is more about the former than the latter for obvious reasons: the movie wants to entertain! You can find faults in the film’s acting, unneeded scenes, and its lack of narrative surprises, but you can’t deny its charm. A thorough crowdpleaser. It features an enjoyable cast, with a rapturous Sola Sobowale, the standout performer.

Up North

Tope Oshin’s Up North is a bit opposite of Hakkunde. In the latter, an unemployed young man seeks greener pastures in Northern-Nigeria; in Up North, a rich heir is thrown into the North. And while Hakkunde focuses on the people, Up North explores its places and beauty. What may be lacking in the bland story is more than made up for by the sheer beauty of the North—its culture and landscapes—that the film showcases, and there’s a marvelous masculinity contest between father and son that’s all too common in the average Nigerian home.

(By: Daniel Okechukwu/Okay Africa)

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Prophet TB Joshua Speaks After ‘Failed’ Coronav!rus Prophesy.

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LAGOS, NIGERIA, March 30th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as TB. Joshua, the renowned Nigerian televangelist has subtly responded to those who were anticipating a heavy rainfall last week to signal the end of the deadly coronav!rus in the world.

Many were those who were expecting a heavy downpour to wash away the deadly virus that has killed thousands across the globe as was prophesied by the Founder and leader of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

It would be recalled that the Man of God had earlier predicted that the noise of coronav!rus will be silenced by the end of March 2020.

“Coronav!rus, the fearful virus plaguing the world will end on 27th March 2020,” he specifically revealed in a sermon to his congregation.

“By the end of this month, whether we like it or not, no matter the medicine they might have produced to cure whatever, it will go the way it came … If it is not medicine that brought this to the world, medicine cannot take it out, it will go the way it came,” Prophet Joshua said.

But several persons descend on him as the day (27th March 2020) ended with no sign of rain which he claimed will mark the end of the virus.

Instead he wrote on his official facebook page: “Last meeting, I shared with you one of my habits. I am going to share with you today, one more. My viewers, you deserve what I deserve – this is a revelation! In the morning, take a cup of hot water and two lemons. Cut the lemon into small slices and put it in the cup. After three to five minutes, begin to sip it as a drink. Refill it three times! I will advise you to move, walk around your compound or premises as you are sipping. After three to five minutes, sip it as a drink. When you are moving and sipping, it helps digestion,” he said.

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