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A of a girl twerking on a moving motorcycle went viral recently. In the same , the girl was also seen dancing in a swimming pool and in the middle of the road. Apparently, the girl was participating in the ‘Bum Bum’ challenge by to promote his new song of the same title. Whoever emerges winner of the challenge would walk away with over one million naira.

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Little wonder that so many youths, and even the elderly ones, have caught the bug and have been showing their twerking skills in odd places, including in some dangerous situations. Since this challenge took off, many viewers have been inundated with ‘twerkers’ twerking their backsides in a car trunk in Turkey; in the middle of the road in the US and even in Nigeria, in toilets and other funny places.

Image result for Davido Bumbum challenge are quick to catch on in Nigeria. All it takes is for someone to start a fad on social media, and it soon takes on a life of its own and goes viral. There have been several of such fads in the past. Some of them include the ice water challenge, mannequin challenge, 10 years challenge, among others. In as much as these challenges could be fun, they are also very dangerous as several lives have been lost in the process.

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The ‘Kiki’ challenge started by Canadian singer, Drake, for his song, In my Feelings, claimed many lives across the world. The challenge involved a person dancing to the song while a car moved along. In the course of filming the challenge, so many people were knocked down and the police had to issue a warning to people not to take part in the trend. However, with the current ‘Bum Bum’ challenge, it is evident that many youths have taken things to the extreme and should be cautioned.

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In a chat with Sunday Scoop, gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey, who started the halleluyah challenge, stated that people were always drawn to what they liked. He said, “The social media is just like a marketplace. People gravitate towards whatever pleases them. The halleluyah challenge was started as a way of praising God for all He has done for us. Expectedly, those who share similar views partook in the challenge and it went viral. A lot of miracles were recorded in the course of that challenge. As a gospel artiste, anything I do has to glorify God.

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As for the Bum Bum challenge, I don’t know about it and I wouldn’t want to comment on it because I don’t know the motive behind it. I can only speak for myself.” In a similar vein, singer, Orezi, said such challenges were done mainly to get attention. Orezi added, “As far as I am concerned, all those challenges are just a way of seeking publicity. As the challenge goes viral, it also means that more people would be listening to the song, downloading it or buying online, as well as watching the video on YouTube and other streaming platforms. All this means more money for the artiste. At the end of the day, what is given to the winner of the challenge will be a tiny fraction compared to how much was generated. It is simply a smart strategy.”

Related imageDuncan Mighty also supported the trend, describing it as a marketing strategy. “We are in the industry and if you want people to focus on you, you have to do something crazy to catch their attention. It is not just a Nigerian thing; it happens in other countries too. In this era of social media, the best way to promote your brand is on the Internet,” he said. Another singer, Falz, stated that such activities helped artistes to keep in touch with their fans.

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“As entertainers, it is very important for us to regularly engage our fans, and such challenge is one way of doing that. However, I also know that artistes have so much influence on people out there, especially the younger ones; so, we have to be careful with the kind of messages we pass across to them. Personally, I prefer doing things that are intellectually stimulating and these are what I do with some of my songs,” he added.

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Preaching caution before partaking in such trends, actor, John Okafor, aka Mr Ibu, said, “It is a general belief that too much of everything is bad. There is nothing bad in participating in a trend but it shouldn’t be at the expense of your life.” Comedian, MC Acapella, also advised that people should always strike a in whatever they do. He said, “Sometimes, our youths get carried away and focus on distractions instead of the real things. There are so many serious issues in this country that affect youths which nobody is talking about, yet you will see these same youths expending energy on mundane things. It is more worthwhile to stand up for a cause that would benefit people, no matter how small.”

Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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COMEDIAN, I Go Dye attacks Buhari, tells INEC chairman to resign

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Nigerian frontline standup comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known as ‘I Go Die’, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, over the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections.

Nigerian frontline standup comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known as ‘I Go Die’, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, over the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections.

I Go Die shared a online showing where Buhari was fuming in anger in 2015 after elections were postponed by INEC during Goodluck Jonathan government.

According to the comedian, Buhari’s camp were insinuating that Jonathan was behind the postponement in order to extend his tenure as President and to plot his rigging strategy.

Nigerian frontline standup comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known as ‘I Go Die’, has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, over the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections.

I Go Die, in an Instagram post on Saturday, called on INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, to resign immediately.

He wrote, “I CALL FOR THE SUSPENSION OF THE INEC CHAIRMAN AND UNRESERVED APOLOGY FROM PRESIDENT MOHAMMADU BUHARI WHO ONCE CONDEMNED THE 2015 POSTPONED ELECTION.”

“I feel this is totally unacceptable from an institution like INEC that had been given 185 billon naira to organise it’s logistics prior to this day.

“Federal government has the financial capacity to bear the extra logistics burden that will be incurred from this postponement, but what happens to the rest of us?

“Who have planned marriage ceremonies,parties,funeral programs and other social activities who have fixed several events and occasions on the new dates,we are now forced to make new plans,resulting in the loss of time,financial burden and psychological problems.

“Unfortunately for me, I have proposed 23rd February as the auditioning date for my project Sort talent hunt at Delta State.

“After spending so much on publicity,venue and other logistics,I am now forced to change the dates, even the final that was to hold on 27th February will also be affected.

“This is the highest level of mismanagement and gross interpretation of corruption against the original Nigerians.

“This is the kind of frustration melted on Nigerian youths on a daily basis, when they are frustrated out of businesses because of electricity, high expenses of goods and services due to foreign exchange rate, unemployment that has led many to crimes and taking risks’ through the deserts to seek greener pastures in strange lands; the negative options is created by the insensitive of Nigerian government,it shows they don’t really care about their citizens.

“To even make this situation worst,the postponement was carried out at Night. So when did they realise that the logistics involved was not adequately prepared for?

“This was how the Goodluck Jonathan past administration postponed the 2015 presidential elections and we condemned it,we felt that with the change mantra that will be end of such maladministration.

“This is a national embarrassment and deliberate attempt to ridicule us a Nation. Amb Francis Agoda.”

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Five Countries Where It Is Illegal To Celebrate Valentine

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According to Listwand, Valentine’s Day has been either made illegal or banned in five countries across the world. Whether for cultural or religions reasons, these countries have all made it illegal to celebrate this popular Western tradition. Violators of this law have to endure severe punishment in some of the countries if they are caught celebrating it.

Malaysia

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In Malaysia, The celebration of Valentine’s Day has been banned for Muslims since 2005, Muslims (who account for over 60% the population) are prohibited from celebrating Valentine’s Day. Going out for the occasion is a big risk in the country. In 2012, police busted budget hotels and arrested more than 200 Muslims for defying a ban on any activities marking Valentine’s Day.

 

Iran

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In 2011, Iran banned the production of Valentine’s Day gifts and any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture, In a statement from the state-run media, government officials warned, “Printing and producing any products related to Valentine’s Day, including posters, brochures, advertising cards, boxes with the symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses and any activities promoting this day are banned,” read the instruction. “Authorities will take legal action against those who ignore the ban.”

 

Saudi Arabia

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Every year in Saudi Arabia, officials with the conservative Muslim kingdom’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), better known as the religious police, clamp down on cupid do-gooders, prowling the street from shop to shop looking for anything related to Valentine’s Day. Items were confiscated and people who looked like they were celebrating or promoting the holiday were arrested and punished. Some shop owners have become so paranoid about this that they’d rather close their shop for the day to avoid the risk of the religious police finding something ‘illegal’ in their stores.

 

Indonesia

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The prohibitions of Valentine’s day in some Indonesian cities come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia is taking a sharp fundamentalist turn, by pushing to make pre-marital sex – including gay sex – illegal and punishable with jail time. In 2018, authorities in the country’s second-biggest city Surabaya briefly
detained about two dozen couples during a raid to sniff out any sign of Valentine’s Day celebrations. They were later released with a reprimand.

 

Pakistan

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Pakistan is the most recent country to ban Valentine’s Day celebrations in public spaces after the country’s High Court passed a ruling, saying it was against Islamic teachings, according to local media reports.

Source; listwand.com/valentines-

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