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How I Was Harassed By The Nigerian Police Men…. Upcoming Artiste LIL DEE

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Nigerians are not lazy. Nigerian youths are hardworking and resilient.

When President Muhammadu Buhari branded the Nigerian youths – ”lazy”, I was very disappointed to read such from the Head of State. Because these are youths out there who give their best in any situation they find themselves. They are rugged and dogged. They can survive in any weather. Even though the situation in the country is unfavorable, Nigerian youths are doing everything possible to stay afloat. They are grinding every day.

Damilola Samuel Ogunsanya,  popular known as Lil Dee is a great example of a Nigerian youth giving his best to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry. The Lagos-based upcoming artist shared his story with SUNDAY ADEBAYO, and what led to his present career.

 

What first got you into music?

I was inspired to do it because I have a passion for it and I want to pass a motivational message to the world through my music.

    Who inspired you to make music?

I was born to make it. But Olamide Baddo inspired me more because I loved his sound so much back then in 2011, to date.

   How would you describe the music that you typically create?

My music tells you there is hope for every living soul

   What is your creative process like?

I create music through my past story and what happens in the society of human

 Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?

Not really. My music is mostly understandable

Who would you most like to collaborate with after Jaywon?

Olamide Baddo. So help me God.

    If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

Davido

What is one message you would give to your fans?

No limit to what you can archive, stay motivated..

What is the most useless talent you have?

I’m a good actor (LAUGHS). I tried going into the movie industry but didn’t work out for me

Do you sing in the shower? What songs?

Dotman music. I don’t joke with it

What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Something else in the entertainment industry, I love entertainment.

Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

I’ve climbed several stages to perform in Lagos State, Iju ISHAGA precisely, Agege stadium happens to be the biggest stage so far during Lagos State fiesta in December 2019. No upcoming show yet based on the current pandemic.

 How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

I was discovered by Akad records through my Instagram video for dotman Enu gbe cover. Thank God for the internet.

What is your favorite song to perform?

Motivation featuring Otega.

Which famous musicians do you admire?

Davido

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I was Harassed by Nigerian policemen, they thought I was an internet fraudster (yahoo boy) on my way back from a show, I had to call my mum for a bail.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Never to give up

 If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Make every upcoming artist showcase their talent. I know what it feels like to be an upcoming artist in Nigeria.

What’s next for you?

Good music and Better days ahead.

 

 

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Biggest Nigeria’s E-commerce Tech Comes to Your Neighbourhood November 26

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Hicolumn, the biggest ground-breaking e-commerce Tech that gives merchants (big or small), especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity of leveraging the internet to serve or sell to their existing and prospective customers anywhere and anytime, without the customers physically visiting the shops opens in grand style on November 26, 2020.

It promises enabling consumers to buy from shops that they would ordinarily prefer to buy from physically.

The hi-tech company being a platform designed for consumers to buy from and within their immediate community of residence is set to create over 100,000 jobs before the end of 2021, and will bring about large-scale youth empowerment as well as increase significantly the patronage of locally made goods.

Hicolumn is a mobile app designed to give visibility to neighbourhood stores, showcase stores and connect the stores directly to their customers anywhere, anytime.

It offers stores, merchants, SMEs that have existing and verifiable businesses, with physical structure the opportunity to become active participants in the e-commerce ecosystem within 30 minutes after download, and absolutely free of any registration charge.

The App is poised to revolutionize the e-commerce space as stores and merchants do not need to have a website to leverage e-commerce and most importantly do not need to worry about delivery, as goods ordered by customers will be delivered to them by Hicolumn’s delivery partners without any delivery charge to the stores or merchants.

With matchless qualities, the e-commerce Tech takes advantage of the non-adoption of the traditional commerce in the Africa online market by ensuring that customers’ usual places of shopping are made available to them, by making it possible for consumers to view and choose to buy from stores they already know, without physically going to the stores and still have their goods delivered within 20 minutes, with same quality, same price and faster than it would have been if they were to visit the stores physically.

The cutting-edge e-commerce marketplace is designed to take advantage of the weaknesses of the existing online market in Africa and the world at large, thus redefining its scope and operations with unparalleled services aimed at reducing the threat that the current e-commerce system poses to SME’s survival, due to loss of sales and which has seen high number of stores run out of business.

The Founder, Hicolumn, Uche Elekwachi, said the platform combines the power of three Apps into one unique e-commerce ecosystem comprising the Hicolumn Customer App, Hicolumn Merchant App and Hicolumn Delivery App. The three Apps are connected together and work as one Enterprise Resources Programme for real comfort and quality convenience.

Established by Hicolumn Technologies Limited, the biggest e-commerce Tech provides the complete sense of security and assurance which has been lacking in online trade for so long.

Benefits accrued to merchants and stores partnering with Hicolumn on the e-commerce Tech include increased profitable sales; reduced cost of operation with less than five employees; proper inventory management; and elimination of threat posed by the current e-commerce system.

Others include empowering merchants with the same capacity of an e-commerce global giant; customers’ retention on full scale; reduction of operational cost; business enhancement through effective online promotion; increased merchants’ focus on core operations; and opportunity for massive promotion and customer acceptability.

Moreover, Hicolumn allows only merchants and stores that have traceable physical structures or locations; with verifiable business registration and corporate bank accounts or business bank accounts; and with quality goods.

With over 126 million internet users, there exist opportunities for the growth of the nation’s e-commerce sector which was estimated at $13 billion in 2018, and in this period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more Nigerians have resorted to online shopping, thus making it lucrative.

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Shoprite surprises customers on a bumper Black Friday

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Shoprite Nigeria’s supermarkets have offered early Black Friday deals and big discounts on everyday essentials as customers are increasingly looking for value, given the pressure many households are currently experiencing.

The Shoprite bumper black Friday offer begins from 25th November and ends in 29th November, 2020 and it’s a pan-Nigeria value added offer.

According to the Shoprite statement, “ In response to COVID-19 pandemic, Shoprite will for the first time offer early Black Friday deals and keep the deals valid for longer, to allow customers more time to plan and shop, and to prevent overcrowding.”

The statement further stated that some of the great deals on offer include Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite products, Power Vegetable Cooking, Ariel Washing Powder and many others products.

Stringent hygiene and sanitizing protocols will be in place at all Shoprite supermarkets in Nigeria to help protect customers and employees as far as possible.

These include, but are not restricted to, the use of face masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing and limited entry where necessary to avoid overcrowding. Customers are encouraged to pay by card and to capitalize on the extended trading hours to make the most of the deep-cut specials that will be on offer.

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CAN CHAIRMAN COMMENDS PDI’S GRASSROOTS TELEHEALTHCARE INITIATIVE

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The Kano State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend Samuel Adeyemo, has called on philanthropic organisations and governments at all levels in the country to intensify efforts towards providing cheap and practical solutions to the continued inability of poor and vulnerable grassroots dwellers to access basic healthcare to meet common health challenges.
Reverend Adeyemo who is also the General Overseer of the Believers World Baptist Fellowship in Kano made the appeal during a visit by officials of the PreDiagnosis International to the leadership of the Kano State CAN Chapter last week Monday.
While lauding the extension of PreDiagnosis International’s grassroots telehealthcare initiative coverage to Kano State, the CAN leader noted that lack of compassionate interventions by people of means as well as poverty and ignorance among the citizens have worsened the standard of living among grassroots communities across the country.
“The suffering brought to majority of the citizens by lack of access to basic healthcare is really huge. The CAN Leadership in this State is therefore excited by this initiative of PreDiagnosis International to help the masses get basic access to healthcare. This is because access to qualified doctors from the comfort of wherever one can use technology is something every citizen needs in order for many health challenges to be resolved at an early stage”, he stated.
Earlier in his remarks, the Leader of the PDI team, Dr. John Iguve, explained that the coming of the company to Kano and adjoining states in the Northern part of the country was a step further in PDI’s commitment to making affordable healthcare services available at the doorstep of the people especially the poor and the vulnerable across Nigeria.
According to him, PDI’s operational focus was based on the determination to meet the target of delivering efficient and affordable modern healthcare to at least 20 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians between 2020 and 2030.
Dr. Iguve appealed to the CAN Leadership and other cadres of leadership across the State to help in spreading the news among the citizens in order for the benefits of the Initiative to be fully enjoyed by the people.
“We are happy to announce that we are moving a step further in our campaign to make affordable healthcare services available at the doorstep of the people, especially the poor and the vulnerable across Nigeria. We need the community leaders at all levels to help us spread the news among our people so that everyone can benefit.
“As a semi-philanthropic hybrid health service company, PDI is determined, through our bouquet of technology-based and mass-market targeted medical services, to be at the forefront of meaningful efforts to ensure public healthcare delivery to the poor and vulnerable. Our decision to come and establish strong presence in the Northern part of the country and Kano in particular is aimed at further opening up the frontiers to reach, rescue and fortify many more Nigerians through our modern day Ark of telemedicine in the country,” he disclosed.

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