We are finally coming to the end of the year 2020, though it has been very challenging and full of surprises, like we haven’t had too many drastic events in a year like this before.
What a year! Right.
As we start 2021, I want us to look at 2020 and reflect on the positive and bad aspects that happened, most importantly use it as a lesson and make use of every lesson learnt in 2021.
We all had different challenges that we faced during this year and maybe we still have them. Irrespective, I sincerely appreciate our readers, writers and partners because you’re the reason why we are still in this industry.
On behalf of all of us at Bubble Reports, I wish you all a blissful and happy year 2021.
Giving Someone A Gift? Here Are 11 Important Things To Consider When Getting A Gift For Someone
Getting a gift for someone is one of the hardest decision for almost everybody, irrespective of your relationship with the person, be it your partner, boy/girl-friend, colleague, parent, sibling, et cetera.
Gifts are one the ways we show people that we care about them and that they are important to us, so the kind of gifts you get might be synonymous to how important they are to you. Your gift might not be expensive because the cost is not a measure of their importance to you. Before you get a gift for someone, there are some important things to consider.
Here are 11 important things to consider before getting a gift for someone.
1. Consider your relationship
You should always consider your relationship with the person whether the relationship is formal or casual. For close relations like friendships or sibling relationships, you can choose to give anything you wish or desire to present. On the other hand, for formal relationships like bosses or teachers, gifts shouldn’t be too personal. Stationery items, flowers are the best ones for this kind of relations.
2. Consider the occasion
A gift should be gotten according to the occasion. Different gifts for different occasions, for example, the best gifts to give on a birthday is something like a cake or a bouquet of flowers but proposals or Valentine’s Day require something like red roses, rings or customized gifts.
3. Consider their age
This is very essential, it would be disappointing for an adult or teen to receive a child gift and vice-versa. Always get someone that is relatable to the person’s age.
4. Consider their personal needs
If you are choosing a gift for someone on a tight budget, it’s nice to give them something that they need, but to splurge on the quality or quantity. For example, if your friend is a chocoholic, then the best gift for him/her would be chocolates. Similarly, if your mom is in love with home décor, then the best gift for her would be some ravishing décor items.
5. Appliances don’t always score
A good basic rule of thumb is that if the gift is primarily used to serve people other than the recipient, then don’t get it. This is true even if the person will also benefit. An example would be a blender or vacuum. It can be argued that these things are needs that should be purchased and used as such, not purchased and wrapped.
6. Don’t Buy a Gift that the Person Already Has? Check with Him/Her Before You Do So
Many do this a lot, they buy a gift a person already has before.To avoid such mistake, you can check with the person before buying the gift. It may sound a bit impolite to ask about that directly, especially if the person is a distant relation. In this case, the best option is to go for evergreen gifts like flowers, cakes, chocolates, body mists, etc.
7. Don’t Follow The Crowd
Don’t get a gift for a person because every other people are getting that exact gift. Instead, do a little research and get a gift that the person interested in. If your research led you to know what he/she needs, nothing could be better.
8. Always Remove the Price Tag
You should never make a person know the cost of the gift in material terms. It is indeed an impolite gesture. So make sure you remove the price tag before packing the gift. Your gift should be valuable to the recipient in terms of thoughts, not money.
9. Try To Customize The Gift
Always try to customize your gift, to show how thoughtful you have been while picking it up. For example, in case you are presenting a birthday cake, go for a photo cake rather than an ordinary one.
10. Include a Message
Make sure to include a personalized note in the gift. A gift along with a message is a sign of care.
11. Try To Package It Well
The first thing a person sees in a gift is the packaging. Until you wrap or package the gift properly, your present has not received a complete finish. Remember to gift a sober yet safe packaging considering the contents of the gift.
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#ENDSARS trends again, Nigerians celebrates 2-monthiversary
Today makes it 2-months since the tragic incident that happened at Lekki Toll Gate on the 20th of October 2020 (20-10-20).
The incident ‘Lekki Massacre’ happened at about 7pm at Lekki toll gate in Lagos State, officers of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful #ENDSARS protesters.
Though the numbers of protesters killed has been conflicting as Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu initially denied reports that lives were lost, but later admitted in an interview with CNN that two persons were killed. The Nigerian Army denied that the shooting ever happened and that none of its officers were ever at the toll gate, that the video footages of its officers shooting into the crowd were ‘photoshopped’.After a week, the Nigerian Army admitted that it had deployed soldiers to the toll gate on the orders of the governor of Lagos State.
DJ Switch, made a livestream video of the shooting on her Instagram account.Though many other eyewitness videos and footages surfaced in the aftermath of the shooting, the livestream would prove to one of be decisive evidence of the shooting. The video catapulted her to nationwide fame.
One thing is for sure, the Nigerian Government didn’t regard the lives of its citizen by opening fire on harmless protesters, even though they denied the CNN Investigative report on the ‘Lekki Massacre’.
The #ENDSARS cause is trending again as Nigerians are celebrating those who lost their lives or were injured that night.
Several celebrities took to Twitter to post a tribute to the lost ones.
DJ SWITCH said, ‘Today marks 2 months since #LekkiMassacre no answers,no charges & no arrests! A government that is quick to impose laws that further enslave us rather than elevate us. #endsars #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria‘
Today marks 2 months since #LekkiMassacre no answers,no charges & no arrests! A government that is quick to impose laws that further enslave us rather than elevate us. #endsars #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria— Dj Switch (@dj_switchaholic) December 20, 2020
Ex-Big Brother housemate, Tacha tweeted, ‘2 Months have passed. NO JUSTICE YET!!! WE WILL NEVER FORGET. WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING!! R.I.P to our Heroes of Lekki Tollgate 20-10- 2020‘ #Endsars
2 Months have passed. NO JUSTICE YET!!! WE WILL NEVER FORGET. WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING!!— TACHA🔱🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@Symply_Tacha) December 20, 2020
R.I.P to our Heroes of Lekki Tollgate
20-10- 2020 🕊🕊🕊 #Endsars
Below are some of other Tweets,
#EndSARS— First Doctor (@firstdoctorr) December 20, 2020
Today is exactly 2 months since the #LekkiMassacre of 20•10•20.
– Nobody has been arrested.
– Nobody has been held accountable.
– Nobody has been charged with murdering our youths for peacefully protesting to #EndBadGoveranceInNigeria.
Lest we forget! pic.twitter.com/z3JCMsvJyJ
BEFORE YOU GO READ:
6 Ways To Get A Good Job As A Graduate Even With Low Grade
The current economic condition in Nigeria has made the competition for job crazily high. There are not enough job for graduates in the country.
Even with good grades like Second Class Upper Division and First Class many graduates don’t have good jobs. Due to the high competitiveness tons of recruiting organisations have made their requirements for even an interview very stiff, leaving little room for graduates with lower degrees.
Well they can’t be blamed for their stiffness as everyone would like to hire the right person.
All this leaves a question in the mind of people like, Can I get a good Job with Second Class lower or ThirdClass or Pass Grade? If you have the same question on your mind, I am delighted to tell you that it’s possible. Yes, you can.
Below are steps such graduates can follow to get a good job:
1. Consider Your Options.
The first thing I would love you to do is gather a list of possibilities i.e a list of organization that you want to be hired by.
2. Know Yourself.
You might not get much chance to tell people what you can do, but you would definitely get chances even if they are limited and before you get your chance you have to know yourself deeply.
You’ve to know your strength, weakness, hobbies, passion, et cetera. Be always prepared to talk to people on this.
3. Be Insanely Updated.
I used the word ‘insanely’ not just because I want to just use but because you need to be just it.
Search for jobs that place less emphasis on qualification, there are amazing jobs that need your skills and not your qualifications. Jobs like this aren’t always on the first page of Google or Bing or another search engine, you need to dig deep.
4.Get the necessary skills
Having known what they require, do not waste your time, get the needed skills. Attend seminars and workshops that are related to your field.
5. Connect with the right people.
When you are in such a stage like this, the last people you should be connected with for job are those that can’t help you get one, so meet up with people that can help but don’t force things from happening.
6. Humble yourself
I’m not your religious leader and I’m definitely not preaching to you.
This is however, a very great step you must take to start – you must be humble enough to forgive your past, forget your failures, stop blaming your lecturers, accept reality, willing to learn new things from anyone regardless of their age, class or qualification.
History and Origin of Cult Groups In Nigeria
What is commonly known in other Countries as a confraternity is mostly called Cult groups here in Nigeria, while both are less or more the same.
Confraternities or Cult-groups are secret-society like student groups within higher Institutions or a certain group of people within a community.
Get comfortable as we walk through the history and origin of Confraternities
History of Confraternities In Nigeria
In 1952, future-Nobel Prize winning author Wole Soyinka alongside Ralph Opara, Ikhehare Aig-Imokhuede, Sylvanus Egbuchie, Nathaniel Oyelola, Pius Oleghe, Olumuyiwa Wonderment formed the Pyrate Confraternity at the elite University College, Ibadan(now University of Ibadan), then part of the University of London.
According to the Pyrates, the “Magnificent Seven”, as they called themselves, observed that the university was populated with wealthy students associated with the colonial powers and a few poorer students striving in manner and dress to be accepted by the more advantaged students, while social life was dictated by tribal affiliation.
Soyinka would later note that the Pyrates wanted to differentiate themselves from “stodgy establishment and its pretentious products in a new educational institution different from a culture of hypocritical and affluent middleclass, different from alienated colonial aristocrats”.The organization adopted the motto “Against all conventions”, the skull and crossbones as their logo, while members adopted confraternity names such as “Cap’n Blood” and “Long John Silver”.
When fellow students protested a proposal to build a railroad across the road leading to the university, fearing that easier transportation would make the university less exclusive, the Pyrates successfully ridiculed the argument as elitist. Roughly analogous to the fraternities and sororities of North America, the Pyrates Confraternity proved popular among students, even after the original members moved on. Membership was open to any promising male student, regardless of tribe or race, but selection was stringent and most applicants were denied. For almost 20 years, the Pyrates were the only confraternity on Nigerian campuses.
What happened next, they splitted.
I guess the question on your mind is why and how right, read on.
In the late 1960s, campuses were greatly affected by the Nigerian Civil War. Details of which I couldn’t get, but it appears that in 1972 Bolaji Carew and several others were expelled from the Pyrates for failing to meet expected standards. In reaction to this and other events, the Pyrates registered themselves under the name National Association of Seadogs (NAS) and, at least one source states, pulled the confraternity out of the universities. Carew went on to found the Buccaneers Confraternity (also called the National Associations of Sea Lords and it is popularly called ‘the slots’), largely copying the Seadogs’ structure, symbols and ceremonies.
So before you continue I want you to note that a Pyrate rejectee created the Buccaneers.
A major impetus for the creation of new confraternities was the fact that members of the new groups simply did not meet the high academic and intellectual standards set by the Seadogs, and thus considered the original organization to be elitist (So it was only ‘efiwes’ that were cultist then).
However, Soyinka would later point to individuals who became accustomed to exerting power in the rigidly hierarchical confraternity, and were unwilling to give it up, as to blame for the initial schism. As new groups formed, inter-group tensions led to fighting, though these were initially limited to fistfights.
The Supreme Eiye Confraternity (also known as the National Association of Air Lords) was formed in the University of Ibadan in 1965.
In the 1980s confraternities spread throughout the over 300 institutions of higher education in the country.
The Neo-Black Movement of Africa (also called Black Axe) emerged from the University of Benin in Edo State. In 1983 students at the University of Calabar in Cross River State founded the Eternal Fraternal Order of the Legion Consortium (the Klan Konfraternity), the Supreme Vikings Confraternity (the Adventurers) the following year.
This time period saw a drastic change in the role of the confraternities. The coup of Ibrahim Babangida in 1983 caused a large degree of political tension. Military leaders, beginning in the 1980s, began to see the confraternities as a check on the student unions and university staff, who were the only organized groups opposing military rule. The confraternities were thus provided payment and weapons to use against student activists, though the weapons were often used in deadly inter-confraternity rivalries.
During this period the confraternities introduced a new tradition of carrying out traditional religious practices, including Vodun, before any other activity. Perhaps in reaction to the changes, in 1984 Wole Soyinka declared that the Seadogs should not operate on any university campuses.
So how did Cultism grow away from Campuses?
In the early 1990s, confraternity activities expanded dramatically in the Niger Delta as confraternities engaged in a bloody struggle for supremacy. The Family Confraternity (the Campus Mafia or the Mafia), which modeled itself after the Italian Mafia emerged. Shortly after their arrival, several students were expelled from Abia State University for cheating and “cultism”, a reference to the voodoo-practicing confraternities, which marked the beginning of a shift of confraternity activities from the university to off campus.
The consolidation of confraternity activities outside Nigerian University campuses was boosted by the nationwide renouncement of cultism by university students and the breakdown of traditional campus cults all over the country as a result of amnesty granted to all renounced cultists at the onset of the present democratic government. This led to migration of cultists from the campuses to residential neighbourhoods and streets as campuses were no more safe haven for them.
Incompetence of government officials and inadequate facilities to police campuses by University Authorities led to the resurgence of cultism in the campuses as renounced cultists who could not be protected by the Law, went back to their cult groups to seek protection from rival groups who had discerned their identity as a result of the renouncement ceremony. This resulted in a situation where cult groups were now well established in- and outside the campuses.*
The Brotherhood of the Blood (also known as Two-Two (Black Beret), another notorious confraternity, was founded at Enugu State University of Science and Technology. Another cult, the Victor Charlie Boys, was established by Augustine Ahiazu when he was vice-chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. The cults established in the early 1990s are legion; they include Second Son of Satan (SSS), Night Cadet, Sonmen, Mgba Mgba Brothers, Temple of Eden, Trojan Horse, Jurists, White Bishops, Gentlemen Clubs, Fame, Executioners, Dreaded Friend of Friends, Eagle Club, Black Scorpion, Red Sea Horse and Fraternity of Friends.
So while I trust that you read this article in full, I strongly stand with the movement #NOTOCULTISM.
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#ENDSARS: ENDSARS FIGHT SLOWLY BECOMING A LOST CAUSE
THIS IS AN OPINION BASED POST.
The second wave of the #ENDSARS protests was a fight that came as a shocking wave from the youths to all Nigerians, it was the best our nation has ever seen- there had been no fight against injustice ever recorded that was so coordinated, this protest literally had no specific leader, face or location rather it was a fight that all Nigerians were supposed to be the leader and face because we all suffering from injustice by the government in different ways.
The 20-10-20 Lekki Massacre lines up among the greatest injustices in the country, it reminded us of how cruel the Nigerian government can be. I still believe that lives were lost on that day, as opposed to the Nigerian government claims.
I have seen people support the government that only one live was lost but the main question is under a supposedly democratic government, should protesters be shot at?Emmanuel adelusola
THE FIVE(5) DEMANDS
The protesting Youths demanded for 5 things alongside the scrapping of SARS, lets check how the government is doing so far.
1. Immediate release of all arrested protesters
Several protesters that were arrested during the protests nationwide were released immediately by the government but they instead arrested bank accounts of key personnel’s and organization that supported the #ENDSARS protests.
2. Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropiate compensation for their families
JIMOH ISIAKA was a clear example why this fight is important, he was afar from the protests scene but was hit by a stray bullet. He was rushed to Bowen University Teaching Hospital, he died while receiving treatment.
The government expressed shock over his death but Governor Seyi Makinde during his address on Twitter on the incident questioned the system of government, indicating that he as the Governor of the state, who is supposed to the Chief Security Officer does not have the necessary powers to control the police force.
It again calls into question why State Governors are called Chief Security Officers of their state whereas, they do not have the necessary powers to control the police force.— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) October 10, 2020
The justice for JIMOH ISIAKA should unquestionably be that the Police officers involved in his death be penalized and most importantly the police should stop the unjustful killings but two days later about 8 people were killed in the Soun’s Palace in the same Ogbomosho were JIMOH ISIAKA was murdered.
The state governor, Seyi Makinde compensated JIMOH ISIAKA’s family with 1 million Naira.
3. Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct
The government responded to this by setting up a panel to address police misconduct in several states with the consent of the President, Governors, IGP and others.
The police force recently challenged the legality of the panel, a move that has been taken back by the police force.
The major function of the panel was to address police injustice that was brought before it but it is so evident that the government and police force are not cooperating.
For example, in Anambra state, CSP James Nwafor who is allegedly responsible for the brutal deaths of several youths in the state was officially summoned by the panel of Anambra state but he has since refused to show up at the panel and the police are not evidently ready to give him up yet.
The police wanted to stop the investigation because several state panels were showing the the world of the hidden atrocities committed by them.
The Lagos panel has showed that the panel set up through the government is like a waste of time and we shouldn’t expect this to be our claim to justce.
The 4 and 5 Points have been untreated
The government doesn’t look like they are ready to address the last two demands but these two demands are key and that is why I think this fight is slowly becoming a lost cause. Most youths that were involved during the protests have gone into hibernation, we’re being distracted by the government.
The protest shouldn’t stop even if the panel is gong on both can work and should work simultaneously. If we rely on the panel alone this fight would be a lost cause but we can avoid that.
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