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Facts About National Parks In Nigeria

Nigeria is a tropical country with a total land mass of about 932,768 km2, and a coastline of 960km along the Atlantic Ocean.

With an estimated population of about 182 Million issued by the National Population Commission and 191 million by the United Nation’s estimates.

With the largest number of black race in the World and a Nation of diverse culture with 250 ethnic groups and 400 distinct languages, in which Hausa/Fulani, Yoruba and Igbo are they most dominant groups.

Nigeria is blessed with rich and unique array of ecosystems, and a great variety of wild fauna and flora. This rich natural endowment is a product of the climatic variations resulting into various north-south gradations of habitats and ecosystems.

The habitats support more than 1,340 species of animals among which is 274 mammalian species, making it the 8th highest in Africa.

From biological inventories, about 885 species of birds, over 109 species of amphibians and 135 species of reptiles have so far been identified.

There are about 900 species of which 60 species are within the wetlands and freshwater ecosystems in Nigeria.

The Nigeria National Parks are they habitations that hold and flourish these species under the control of the Nigeria National Park Service (NNPS).

The organization is responsible for preserving, enhancing, protecting and managing vegetation and wild animals in the national parks.

Habitats loss is currently the major threat poised to national parks, which is a major problem the National Park Service is facing.

Kainji was the first national park to be established by the then Olusegun Obasanjo military regime in 1979.

The National Parks Governing Board and five new National Parks were set up in 1991.

Yankari Game Reserve was upgraded to a national park in 1992 and handed over to the Bauchi State government in June 2006.

The parks cover a total land area of approximately 20,156 km2, or about 3% of Nigeria’s total land area.

The Chad Basin national park covers 2, 258 km2 and is located in parts of Borno and Yobe States.

Cross River national park covers 4, 000 km2 and is located in Cross River State.

Gashaka Gumti national park covers 6, 731 km2 and is located in parts of Taraba and Adamawa states.

Kainji national park covers 5, 382 km2, located in parts of Niger and Kwara States.

Kamuku national park covers 1, 121 km2 and is located in Kaduna state.

Okomu covers 181 km2, located in Edo state.

Old Oyo national park covers 2, 512 km2, located in both Oyo and Kwara states.

Yankari national park covers 2, 244 km2 and located in Bauchi state.

Climate is the major influencer of vegetation in these parks, which can either be a positive or a negative effect.

From the North, where the Chad Basin and Yankari national parks reside, there is a distinct hot and dry seasons; temperature can reach up to 45oC between the months of March and May.

Some parts of Chad Basin National Park, for example receive only about 400mm of rainfall or even less, positioning it in the sahel zone.

The longest of the rainy season is from late May to September (in some seasons early October) of every year.

Southward, rainfall gradually increases and vegetation becomes lush. Thorny scrubs give way to Savanna grassland.

Thus part of Gashaka-Gumti, Kainji Lake and Old Oyo National Parks fall largely within the Guinea Savanna Zone.

Towards the coast, temperatures averages 5oC to 10oC (or less). Here the rains fall mostly heavily between April and July, peaking in July and September.

Rainfall in Cross River and Okomu National Parks, for instance can exceed 400mm, and supports the growth of tropical rainforest.

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Watch (Video): Super Eagles New Team Members Initiation Ahead Of Friendlies

Ahead of their two international friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London, Super Eagles, had their first training session on Tuesday at The Hive training ground of Barnet FC.

The Super Eagles’ Hotel Crowne Plaza Ealing in London has been very much alive since Monday following the arrival of 17 of the 25 players invited for two top –drawer friendlies on Thursday and next Monday.

Three –time African champions Nigeria take on 2002 FIFA World Cup quarter finalists Senegal at The Hive, home ground of Barnet Football Club on Thursday, 23rd March by 8pm, and will be up against 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final victims Burkina Faso at the same venue and time on Monday, 27th March.

In a mini ceremony, the new National team members were initiated the Super Eagles team spirit. They took part in a dance ritual performance to welcome them into the team.

John Ogu tweeted some of the videos in which Tyrone Ebuehi, Noah Bazee, Isaac Success and Kayode Olarenwaju gave us their best dance steps.
Watch their moves and vote for the best dancer.

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New Super Eagles Initiation Dance: Who is the Best Dancer?
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#InternationalDayOfHappiness: Nigerians Are 6th Happiest People In Africa, Americans Getting Sadder

Nigeria has been ranked 6th in Africa in the latest World Happiness Report of 2017 and 95th in the World. The Report, ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.

Despite the economic recession, Nigerians are Africa’s sixth happiest people, according to the new report released on Monday that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens.

Algeria leads the rest of Africa in happiness, followed by Mauritius. Strife-torn Libya is surprisingly ranked third, ahead of Morocco.

And even a bigger surprise, another crisis-torn nation, Somalia is Africa’s fifth happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa, ranked 7th. Tunisia is eighth and Egypt ninth, while Sierra Leone is tenth.

At the bottom ten are Benin, Madagascar, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the worst of them, Central African Republic.

On the global stage, Norway displaced Denmark as the world’s number one happiest nation.

The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a landmark survey of the state of global happiness, first published by the United Nations in 2012.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Syria and Yemen, are the least happy of the 155 countries ranked in the fifth annual report released at the United Nations.

“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,” Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, said in an interview.

The aim of the report, he added, is to provide another tool for governments, business and civil society to help their countries find a better way to wellbeing.

Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the top ten countries.

Germany was ranked 16, followed by the United Kingdom (19) and France (31). The United States dropped one spot to 14.

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Sachs said the United States is falling in the ranking due to inequality, distrust and corruption. Economic measures that the administration of President Donald Trump is trying to pursue, he added, will make things worse.

The rankings are based on six factors — per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business.

“The lowest countries are typically marked by low values in all six variables,” said the report, produced with the support of the Ernesto Illy Foundation.

Sachs would like nations to follow United Arab Emirates and other countries that have appointed Ministers of Happiness.

The report also shows that Africans are optimistic about the future, with Nigerians the leaders in this regard.

Posted in Lifestyle, Security

#‎CELEBRATING‬ Our Silent Heroes: Mrs. Samunaki Gladstone

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ASP Samunaki Gladstone

As usual, I was going through the Social Media to see what is happening, the DOs and DON’Ts of this World.

I came across this post on Facebook written by the Able Pastor Agoso Bamaiyi and the face on the post looks familiar, aha! I remember seeing this face before in one traffic junction in Yola.

When I read this piece, I could not ignore it, so I decided to share. But I though sharing alone would not do Justice to this Patriotic Nigerian who serves with all diligence.

So I believe Posting this on my blog is a way of doing my on part in letting Nigerians and the World that this Officer is serving her own Fatherland despite the odds. Read this:

If you reside in Yola, then am sure you are familiar with this female Traffic Warden (Yellow Fever). Her name is Mrs. Samunaki Gladstone.

The dark skinned woman who stands gallant at her duty post wherever she is posted within the capital city. She rarely speaks, rather calm yet vigilant of the traffic situation.

Even with the blazing 45 degree heat she can be seen still dishing out road directions.

Well She was promoted yesterday from the rank of Inspector to ASP (Asst. Superintendent of Police).

Today is her first day on the job with the new rank and I celebrate her because she is diligent and represents the African woman who stands strong to serve the society.

She may not always be on the road like before (New levels lolz.).

But in case you see her in your area please shout a big congratulations to her and give her a handshake, throw a salute but please just celebrate her and put a smile on her face, buy her a crate of malt, Give her a card, anything that works for you.

She may not be a soldier who carries guns to fight insurgents but believe me her duty post has saved countless lives from unnecessary accidents.

and you could post her duty location so that others could say congrats too.

By Agoso Bamaiyi

Pictures Below:

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Posted in Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movie, Music

‘When The Purple Rain Stops Falling’ My Tribute To The Prince

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“Purple Rain” was one movie I liked watching over and over again because the guitar is one musical instrument that fascinates me, and not to forget, Morris Day dance steps on stage in his first performance in the movie.

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Prince was a great artist and one of my favorite musician, his performances on stage were electrifying (sometimes it seems he was too crazy) but I guess it was all part of the act.

His death on April 21 2016 brought sadness and also reminded me of his great songs and works. It prompted me to look back of some of his endeavours that were all time.

I had to do some background check of his life to really know who he was and the impact of his career as an artist in the music scene.

Prince Rogers Nelson (popularly known as Prince) was born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis United States. He was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor.

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Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He is widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop.

He developed interest in music in his early childhood, Prince wrote his first song when he was seven years old.

After recording songs with his cousin’s band 94 East, 19-year-old Prince recorded several unsuccessful demo tapes before releasing his debut album For You in 1978, under the guidance of manager Owen Husney.

His 1979 album Prince went platinum due to the success of the singles “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover”.

His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982), continued his success, showcasing Prince’s trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and incorporation of elements of funk, dance, and rock music.

In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. A prolific songwriter, Prince in the 1980s wrote songs for and produced work by many other acts, often under pseudonyms.

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Morris Day, scene from the Movie ‘Purple Rain’ (Photo: Internet)

After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day (1985) and Parade (1986), The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the double album Sign o’ the Times (1987) as a solo artist.

He released three more solo albums before debuting The New Power Generation band in 1991. He changed his stage name in 1993 to an unpronounceable symbol , also known as the “Love Symbol”.

He then began releasing new albums at a faster pace to remove himself from contractual obligations to Warner Bros; he released five records between 1994 and 1996 before signing with Arista Records in 1998.

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In 2000, he began referring to himself as “Prince” again. He released 15 albums after that; his final album, HITnRUN Phase Two, was first released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on December 11, 2015.

On April 21, 2016, his life came to an end, Prince died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, after two weeks reports of his illness.

Prince achievements, tagged him as one of the best selling artists of all time. He sold over 100 million copies of record worldwide.

He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, in the first year of his eligibility.

Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Prior before his death, Prince postponed two performances from his Piano & A Microphone Tour, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 7, 2016; the venue released a statement saying he was “battling the flu”.

He rescheduled the show for April 14, even though he still was not feeling well. While flying back to Minneapolis early the next morning, his private jet made an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, so that he could seek medical treatment.

Representatives stated that he suffered from “bad dehydration” and had been fighting influenza for several weeks.

Prince was seen in public the following evening, when he shopped at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis on Record Store Day, and made a brief appearance at a dance party at his Paisley Park recording studio complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota, stating that he was feeling fine.

On April 19, 2016, he attended a performance by singer Lizz Wright at the Dakota Jazz Club.

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Tributes at Prince’s Home, Paisley Park Home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. (Photo: AP)

On April 21, 2016, at 9:43 a.m., the Carver County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 phone call from an unidentified male, requesting an ambulance be sent to Prince’s home and reporting, at first, that Prince was unconscious, and, later in the same call, that he was dead.

Authorities found Prince unresponsive, in an elevator at Paisley Park, which also served as his Minnesota home. Prince did not respond to CPR administered by emergency responders and he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

And The Purple Rain Stopped Falling, he was aged  57.