Paperbacks or Ebooks: Your Preference? 

My one prayer whenever I’m stressing my eyes for hours unending reading my favourite novel  sometimes when the room is dark and the light from my phone is assaulting my eyes is for me eyes to not let me down in the future, because I hardly doubt it is healthy. But because technology is so adamant on making everything easy for us and we are so welcoming and accepting of it, I still go back to reading on my phone, at least it’s a wider screened smartphone now.

I see people reading paperback novels and the first thing that comes to my mind is, I’m getting the ebook on Amazon, because I know I can!. Now, I don’t even bother buying the print novels and sometimes even textbooks, they are all online, it’s always a plus if they are free.

But reading ebooks is my preference. I know of many people who can’t even stand the idea. They prefer seeing the print as it is, that is the only time they get the reading experience. For others, the feel of a good book in their palms is not something they will want to trade.

I know of a relative whose main reason for reading a paperback book is because he usually flings them when he reads a part that annoys him, he can’t fling his phone all the time now can he?

For some it’s just so people can see them reading a novel, it gives out the imagery of someone much more intelligent and important than they are, they seem to think.

But for many it is the novelty, the sanctity of the traditional books in print that makes them ever loyal to it. Aside from the fact that ebooks are free, this , the novelty is the only other reason I read books in print in this century. 


On the part of the writers and publishers, it’s all about faster and easier access to readers. The circulation of ebooks is no doubt not far behind it’s print counterpart. There is also more flexibility and with so many free self-publishing mediums, e-books production are so much more rampant with or without pay. With digital publishing, writers make more but publishers make most without spending much. The downside? The revenue it generates is not much at all.


So it’s safe to say that ebooks might over ride the traditional ones very soon as many youth do not longer even see the point in toiling to get your work publised and earning only a meagre amount from it as is the order of the day when they can do same for free online and sometimes even earn from it. Though I’m not in support of extinction of print,  it still will make sense if that is the case.

So which do you prefer? E or Paperback books?

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Instagram v. Snapchat: Which is better?

Snapchat Download Drops by 27%- NYC POST.

If you have been following the news lately, then you might already be aware of the fact that Instagram is slowly taking over all the craze from the rival Snapchat. This in a way is definitely affecting Snapchat and the parent company Snap Inc. However, according to the new reports which we have, it looks like Snapchat is indeed in a deep trouble after all. As of the first two months of the second quarter, the year-over-year downloads of the app are down a whopping 22-percent.

Yes, the data from Instinet suggests that overall downloads are down by about 22-percent which is quite an unusual for a company whose value grew over a couple of billion dollars. This obviously has affected the overall value of the parent company by 26.5-percent. As far as this decline is concerned, the downloads went downhill from being on a positive end of the scale to a massive downfall. And interestingly, Apple users have had the largest decline in the downloads. The iOS downloads have declined by 40-percent.


Snapchat deployed a vending machine to sell it’s Spectacles along Venice Beach

According to the analysts, one of the main reasons for this decline in the downloads of Snapchat are other social media platforms. As you might already know, Facebook, Instagram & a couple of other messaging services have already started copying Snapchat. This especially has a lot to do with the stories feature being copied. Well, if you don’t know what stories are, they are custom photos or videos which you can upload that stays on your profile for 24 hours. Not just this, few other feature such as Snapchat lens, etc. were also copied.

To sum it up, it is safe to say that we literally have a snapchat clone out there and since more users are already using Instagram, it was quite obviosu for them to switch over there and continue using the features than installing a new app and getting used to this. Having said that, we would like to know your thoughts on this. Are you a Snapchat user? If yes, then what is your favourite feature on the app. Be sure let us know by dropping a comment down below and also, stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more info like this.

Source – NYPost

https://phoneradar.com/snapchat-downloads-drops-declining-value-parent-company-almost-27/

So now, the question is :

Top Ten Africans You Should Know. Part 3

7, Joseph Kabila, D.R. Congo (Age: 43) Youngest African President. Joseph Kabila has been the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo since January 2001. He assumed the Office of the Presidentof the Democratic Republic of Congo 10 days after the assassination of his father, PresidentLaurent-Desire Kabila. Becoming the world’s youngest at the age of 29. He was elected as the president in 2006, and was re-elected in 2011.

8, 

Ademilola Odunjinrin.  A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world. Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport. Ademilola says: “Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of one day flying around the world. We have aresponsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams. I want African children to think: ‘I can do this too!’”I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Air Djibouti’s Chairman, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, and Cardiff Aviation’s Chairman, Bruce Dickinson, who have supported me throughout this journey. Without them, this would not have been possible.”
9,

 Olusoji Adetokunbo Fasuba-Fastest African. (born 9 July 1984) is a Nigerian sprinter who specializes in the 100 metres.[1]He is the current African record holder in the event with 9.85 seconds, thus making him the fastest African of all time. 
10,

 Philip Emeagwali (born August 23, 1954).  Philip Emeagwali is a Nigerian computer scientist and innovator. He has been living in the United States for many years. An Igbo,[1] he won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize ($1,000) for price-performance in high-performance computing applications, in an oil reservoir modeling calculation using a novel mathematical formulation and implementation.

Top Ten Africans You Should Know. Part 2

4, 

Albert John Lutuli

First native African Nobel Laureate .Chief of his tribe and president-general of the African National Congress, Albert John Lutuli was the leader of ten million black Africans in their nonviolent campaign for civil rights in South Africa. A man of noble bearing, charitable, intolerant of hatred, and adamant in his demands for equality and peace among all men, Lutuli forged a philosophical compatibility between two cultures – the Zulu culture of his native Africa and the Christian-democratic culture of Europe.

5, 

Mohammed Dewji

Africas youngest millionaire Mohammed Dewji of Tanzania He was voted Business Leader of the Year at the African Business Awards in 2015 and headed the Institut Choiseul’s list of leading young African economic leaders in 2016. He serves as the President and CEO of MeTL Group, a Tanzanian conglomerate founded by his father in the 1970s. Mohammedis single-handedly responsible for increasing MeTL’s revenues from $30 million to over $1.5 billion between 1999 and 2015.

6,  

Eileen Johnson Sirleaf.

Sirleaf was born in Monrovia 1938 and attended the College of West Africa from 1948 to 1955. She married James Sirleaf when she was 17 years old, later divorcing in 1960 or 1961 due to his abusive nature.The marriage resulted in four sons and left Sirleaf in the role of homemaker. Early on in their marriage, James worked for the Department of Agriculture and Sirleaf worked as a bookkeeper for an auto-repair shop. She worked with the world bank and sevwral other banks.

Go to previous here.

Top Ten Africans You Should Know. Part 1

Whether at home or away, Africans all over have proven themselves to be geniuses, athletic and entrepreneurial. Here, I will list out some ten Afticans you should know and their achievements:
1,- 

Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe. Worlds most educated president, did you know that?. 

Mugabe has a whooping seven degrees masters includes. 

Academic Qualifications:

      *.Bachelor of Arts (History and English) (BA) degree from the University of Fort Hare (1951)

      *.Bachelor of Administration (B.Admin) from University of South Africa (Unisa)

      *.Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from the University of South Africa (Unisa)

      *.Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Economics from University of London

      *.Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of London

       *.Master of Laws (LL.M) from University of London

       *.Master of Science (MSc.) in Economics from University of London. 

Robert Mugabe is well known for speaking his mind and has been described as ruthless,  dictatorial, selfish but uneducated has never been mentioned. No wonder Zimbabwe has the highest literacy rate.
2, – 

Aliko Dangote is the richest black man in Nigeria and the world. The main business interests include cement, flour and sugar. The Dangote cement organization is present in most of the African nations. The total assets of Dangote are worth $15.7 billion. He is the richest black man in the globe and naturally occupies the numero uno position in the list of most rich black men. He is richer than Oprah Winfrey, in fact there is a gap of about five people between he and Miss Winfrey. 
– 3, 

Agbani Darego, First African to win Miss World title. Abgani a Nigerian contested for the title at a tender age of 18 and became the first African to bag it, she was handed the crown by the outgoing Miss World Prianka Chopra now a famous Indian actress.

Others in next post.

Pray for Maiduguri

Young girl injured by a stray bullet.

They are dying and are being told everything is fine, everything is under control, you are going to be safe. When? Over six years now and it’s the same damn story… Boko haram. How, please how can a nation as great as Nigeria be unable to fight a group not even 1% of 180 million of it’s population? How can the whole military  that has existed for more than a hundred years be unable to conquer a small group of people that are wrecking havoc to it’s citizens in a particular area, I mean it’s not like they are spread all over Nigeria, just the North-East and part of the North-West and Central. 

It’s baffling really, it gives you a feeling like the government are either in support, behind or not bothered about it. It is after the bombs have killed us all that they will come out ranting and sympathising , what for? Giving  a dead man medicine that’s what.

I am so mad right now because I know we are just being toyed with,  they are not letting us on the whole story. For Boko Haram to overpower the whole military and para military forces in Nigeria for more than 6 years says a lot about our competence or lack of it. 

When people talk about Maiduguri and Borno and the North-East, they think about land, a vast expanse of land with charred houses and burnt trees, buildings marred by bullets but do they remember that amidst the bombings, inside that burnt building, beneath that fallen tree were people who were once alive, now dead. For those young boys, girls, the old,women and men that is there home and every single gunshot disintegrates a part of that home until what, dust? 

People fleeing their homes during the attack

Yesterday in the evening, the Maiduguri whose peace had returned of recent had another attack , my sister said the bombs could have been dropped in her house if the sound was anything to judge by. But not everyone was home, some where in the market, office, outside looking for food and money to break their fast because the one they once had had been taken away from them and their was nothing they could do about it. Yet they say it is under control.  If you wish to believe in the whole boko haram propaganda do so but I don’t believe  a state with a governor resident in it and many top officials some military will be this terrorised for nothing. There is no boko haram, we want to know what is happening now.

So please I beseech you to pray for Maiduguri, pray for hope … that is all there is left.  Hope .🙏

Fiction or Non-fiction… That’s the Question.

Three years ago, if anyone had told me I would be writing anything non-fiction today, I would have probably spat on his feet and called him an enemy of progress. Not because I loath it no, I just never thought I’d enjoy writing it, never thought it was for me. Then I started writing non-fiction and now, now I can’t seem to stop.

Maybe it’s because of  the story it tells, or the way it is told, the characters perhaps, probably the interesting conversations , maybe that is why fiction works hook us up so much that we start to place ourselves in those stories and slowly loose ourselves to it. Then the line between reality and fiction becomes a blur and non-fiction, that just seems too real and too serious.

As for non-fictional works, they are either inspirational or motivating, now I get why adults read it , it’s useful and for some entertaining too. (Does that mean I’m adulting? But I don’t wanna😞). The content, the very substance that makes it what it is and that is why non-fiction is so special like… mozarella. The impact non-fiction has on our lives can not be overemphasized.

So, fiction or non-fiction? I can’t believe I’m saying this but currently,  right now, with the economic recession and what not, from my point of view, no hard feelings but non- fiction.  *phew* tough choice!

4 Social Media Marketing Tips

I know I am not the only person who feels there is more to social media than just chatting, gossiping, posting pictures,  slaying and more chatting.  So apart from marketing on social media using your followers as leverage, here are some trusted strategies to up your game:

1, HAVE A WEBSITE/ KEEP A BLOG
Customers usually want to be referred to where they can access more content, more details or a collection of all your products , customer reviews and more.  You can, you should in fact have a website redirecting them to sort of an inventory. Plus you get more points for being tech savvy.
2,KEEP A VLOG

For visual and oral marketing for example: make -up, painting, real estate, singing or you just talk. A vlog will always go a long way in giving you a better connection with your audience because visuals are always better, more realistic and less stressful than reading.
3,GET PROMINENT OR WELL KNOWN CLIENTS TO ADVERTISE FOR YOU.

You don’t have to tell your clients who have given you a positive feedback and who have lots of followers to share with their followers. If your product is good enough, they will. 

Another strategy is by giving them the products for free, they will surely share it with their followers, rave about how wonderful you are and help you generate nore customers.

4,RELATIONSHIP WITH CLIENTS 
Marketers can only refly on the quality, beauty and effectiveness of what they have to offer for so long. At a point, that will not be enough for your buyers. You need to sell yourselves as well as your products. To utilise your followers in marketing on social media, click here.

  •       Replying to request comments
  •      Replying to DM’s
  •      Be friendly…always
  •      Be polite, harsh language is a no no!
  •      Keep in mind.. customer is king.
  •      Always be transparent, same price for all customers. 
  •      Keep in touch with your clients to see whether they have gotten their products in good condition and if they have enjoyed it.
  •      Post reviews you got from your clients on your social media handle, blogs and vlogs.

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P.S – Genuine and original content to help social media marketers. Not scam!


What is Wattpad?

Some six years ago, before I gained admission into the University, I was an idea brewing machine with no cup to relief myself into. I wanted to write but wanted the readers to drive the wheels, afterall communication is key. 

Way before I started blogging, I was on Wattpad. And just like I did with blogging, I was inconsistent. In fact with Wattpad I failed to see it’s potential completely thereby bypassing the opportunity of fine-tuning my writing skills by self-publishing.  I still beat myself about it. I hope you don’t too. 

About five years later, I re-discovered Wattpad. There, my life changed for the better. I  mean that literally. I started writing a story just as a hobby, nothing serious, a sort of test drive to feed my book-hungry soul and feel the waters on how my book will be accepted by the world. Wattpad helped me discover that. I discovered my writing style, my target audience and a year later, my writing became noticeably better. But it did more. On Wattpad I made family, on Wattpad I joined  a community, on Wattpad I became the writer I had always dreamt to be and now, I am sure I can face the whole world because guess what? The test drive was a success. Still asking WHAT IS WATTPAD?

It is an online writing site with a cool mobile app where thousands of writers purge their souls for millions of readers to feed. Gory no? I meant that in a good way.

WHY WATTPAD IS DIFFERENT. 

   As a writer:

◾ You get to write your first drafts for free and acquire some amazing skills.

◾You get instant feedbacks in form of comments and the coolest things is that the comments are paragraph by paragraph.  So people can comment on each of your paragraphs so you know exactly what they are referring to.

◾You can get votes for each chapter. 

◾You get to hang out with other writers and share writing ideas.

◾You can be free, wild, create your style, let your voice shine and you won’t be judged. In fact Wattpaders seem to appreciate things refreshing. 

◾ As you develop better and get more readers, Wattpad can place ads on your pages so yeah, on the long run, if you are totally awesome ( Like Ninya Tippet❤) you can earn on Wattpad.

◾You get to publish your hardcover novel. A lot of people like Isabelle Ronin, the writer of Chasing Red have published their books as hardcover…as in available in book stores hardcover, how cool is that?.

◾ Last, you get to join the writing community.

As reader;

◾You get to read for free!

◾You get to read for free!

◾You get to read for free!

That has to be good enough.Ok here are some plus;

◾You can comment on every paragraph and vote for every chapter.

◾You can contact the writers and fan them anytime.

◾You get unlimited access to different genres- there are lots of  romance, werewolves, paranormal, fan-fiction stories etc.

◾You can read books from different authors all over the world and visit countries while still your room!.

◾ And you get to join the Wattpad community.

So in essence, it is the one platform that makes reader /writer relationship very much easy thereby making the writing experience an epic one.  With Wattpad, writing has never been more fun! .

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