TEN MOST TRENDY CHRISTMAS MOVIES FOR 2017

It’s near Christmas and expectations are soaring. As always, the buildup to Christmas, for most people, means the need to make more money and settle more bills. And yes, it can be quite cumbersome trying to jostle between the many things you have to do now. And this especially concerns settling bills and paying for expenses. Well, with www.vtpass.com, you have got one less thing to worry about. So, VTpass is an online payment platform and by logging in to www.vtpass.com, you get to pay your everyday bills. And this too in just three steps. You can pay your electricity bills, tv subscriptions, airtime and data right on the platform. Really, it’s an easy, convenient way to enjoy Christmas. So, talking about enjoying Christmas, one great way to do this is to watch Christmas movies.

But does this sound weird or overrated to you? Then you would want to know watching movies that talk about Christmas is like experiencing it. In fact, this is usually a norm for some families, gathering together to see Christmas movies. They give you the feeling of the season. Just as they inspire various ideas on how to spend the Christmas. And yes, the best time to watch is during the weekend. So, you are thinking of gazing at one or two movies, but don’t know which one to see? Well, here are the top ten trendy Christmas movies you can watch this weekend.

A Princess for Christmas (2011)

The plot centers around a lady with two kids to take care of and a whole lot of Christmas troubles. Well, this is just until she incidentally becomes a princess for Christmas in a far far away land.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

This wholesome Christmas story is based on a novel by Charles Dickens. It is centred on a theme that is as old as time: the ghost and spirit of Christmas. And of course, there is the old miser who hates Christmas and incurs the wrath of the spirit. This film is a must watch for any one who wants to have a taste of Christmas salted with the painful reality of life.

The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express is also based on a novel. And it is also an animation. But rather than concentrate on an old miserly man, it focuses on a sweet, young boy who believes so much in Christmas and takes an unguided journey to the Polar Express despite the myth clouding its existence. And does he find who he is looking for?

Dr. Seuss ‘How the Grinch stole Christmas’ (2000)

Christmas becomes meaner with the Grinch threatening to break the wits of everyone he comes across. But little Sue’s wits and guts is way too solid to be broken. And in a quite innocent way, she breaks the Grinch and finds his heart. Jim Carrey, who is the Grinch, takes on a whole new character here.

Bad Santa (2003, 2016)

Now in this film, Santa is the naughty one and he is nowhere near the nice list. And who is going to put him straight? Actually, this Santa might not be any kid’s favourite. But he sure gains the admiration of one messed up kid. And yes, Bad Santa 2 hit the block last year.

Love Actually (2003, 2017)

This is a Romcom that is compact with movie stars. We have the likes of Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keila Knightley, Liam Nesson, Andrew Lincoln, Alan Rickman etc. It’s a wonder how they all manage to fit into one film. But at the end, it all seems to fit well. Maybe too well. And yes, these all too perfect combos featured their love stories for a second time in Love Actually 2. And this time, they come with red noses.

The Holiday (2006)

An interlinked story of two women who decide to change homes and lifestyle during the Christmas. It takes all their guts for them to adjust. But with the dudes they come across, they find peace in their swapped lives.

The Spirit of Christmas

Not all spirits are spirits. Some of them have souls, a life; some can love. The Spirit of Christmas unveils this sizzling truth the Christmas way.

Arthur Christmas

Christmas becomes a way too serious affair in this animated thriller with technological gadgets, and military elves replacing the good old jolly way of giving gifts. But despite the whole mechanical goings, a child is bound to be without a present. And somebody is set to prevent that from happening in the old traditional way.

Elf (2003)

We can’t fully talk Christmas movies without mentioning this. In this movie, Will Ferrell plays an overgrown elf who grows up in the North pole. And then, in his elfy green and yellow costume, he goes to look for his real father. His real father turns out to be some Wallstreet big boy. Of course, he cannot tolerate his newly found son’s disgusting childish elfish behaviour. But then, blood is thicker than water.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

You up for some Tyler Perry’s melodrama and comedy. Then, A Madea Christmas will be just what you need this weekend.

Now, this is one more reason you need VTpass. With www.vtpass.com, you can get as much data as you need to stream these very amazing Christmas movies. This Christmas promises to be one of the best you have ever had. With a little smile and lots of VTpass, life can only get better.

FAMILY VACATION: The Things you can’t afford to do without

For many people, the best time to go on a vacation is during the year’s end holiday. Really, the holiday season is the best time to get the whole family together. And it is also the best time to get a good view of places for pretty affordable prices. So yes, if you think you do need to do a whole lot more on family bonding. Then, you should be thinking of putting this near holiday period to good use. But does family bonding merely stop at going on a vacation? Actually, no. It is more of what you do with your family during the vacation. If there is any one thing you should not forget before going on a vacation, it should be your phone or laptop. But more than that, you should not, for any reason, lose sight of the one-stop online payment platform www.vtpass.com.

And here’s why. VTpass, as an online payment platform, offers the easiest and fastest way of settling your everyday expenses. You can pay for your airtime and data subscriptions and have it on your phone as soon as possible. You can also settle your electricity bills and cable tv subscriptions from anywhere on www.vtpass.com. So, right from your vacation spot, you can make anything possible.

So yes, if you do go on a vacation with your family, you can feel rest assured with www.vtpass.com at your beck and call. Having www.vtpass.com on your cache list is just one of the things that must happen during your next family vacation. Here are the other things that must also happen for you to have a wonderful family time during your vacation.

Volunteer

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It’s easy enough to spend the vacation cruising on beaches and holding picnics on end. But have you ever thought of volunteering to do something while on vacation? Wherever you are, there must be something you can do around there. And you will find it a real pleasure just associating with the people. And yes, you and your family get to do as many good deeds as you can find. This creates a perfect bonding.

Camping

Image result for african family campingMost times, people in the tropics think vacations should necessarily mean going to a luxurious place and having the best cuisine ever. This is not always the case. A vacation can be just camping somewhere and getting a taste of primitive existence. This actually fuels more companionship between people.

Road Trip

Image result for african family road tripWhile on a family timeout, it would be good to go on a road trip. This would serve for an informative knowledge of the place you are all in and it would help a connection brood between everyone.

Sight-seeing

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Of course, visiting the historical sites of a place is a must-do during a getaway. But then, certain places that might spook the children should be put out of bounds.

New things

Image result for african family vacationThe whole point of a vacation is trying something new. Deviating from what every member of the family is used to is what makes holiday fun. You can try a new culinary dish, a new dress sense, take up a new class or chore. Doing very different things makes each family member appreciate his or her role in the family.

Don’t ever be stranded

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SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY BY EARNING MORE

The holiday seasons are approaching. And for many, it is just the right time to spend freely and buy fun in the most way possible. Really, it’s easy to lose money during the holiday period. This is because, at the year’s end, more responsibilities arise just as the festivities give you more reason to buy things and celebrate. But you can do more with your holiday than spend more money. You can actually earn more money with VTpass. VTpass is an online payment platform that affords you the opportunity to pay for your daily services. With www.vtpass.com, you can make payment for your airtime, data, tv subscription and electricity bills.

But what’s more. You can also make money on the VTpass platform. VTpass offers a veritable system of earning a passive income for this holiday period. And here’s how.

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BANGERS AND FIRECRACKERS: The Sound of Christmas

Firecrackers originated in China from as early as 200 BC. But then, these firecrackers were merely bamboos. These bamboos produced the same loud bang we know now when placed near heat continuously. Soon afterwards, the invention of gunpowder changed everything. And right now, nothing beats the colourful sparkles and crackling sounds that fill the air every Yuletide season. Indeed, bangers and firecrackers make Christmas all the better and better.

But then, what’s a good sound without comfort? And what’s a good banger full Christmas without convenience? Get all the comfort and convenience you need this Yuletide period with VTpass. VTpass is comfort. Right from your comfort, you can pay for your daily services and settle your bills from your phones. So, just by logging in to www.vtpass.com, you can make payment for your electricity bills, data, tv subscriptions and airtime.

But come to think of it, are these blaring sounds of Christmas still heard today?

Unfortunately, nearly not. Somehow, back in the mid-90s, people began to condemn the use of bangers and firecrackers. Many saw them as noise pollutions, and threats to societal peace. In fact, some thought they posed dangers to the kids who took delights in throwing off these bangers.

Before then, right from December 1, it was not uncommon for kids to herald in the month with the loud sounds of these knockouts. While kids cherished the little bangers they threw on the floor, teenagers liked to deal more with firecrackers. They would throw these firecrackers to the sky and have them splash colours over people’s heads. As the days drew closer to its end, so did the sound increase. And the splashing colours too, they got brighter. Most times, it was hard to tell a street you knew earlier in the year. Because apart from the fact that there would be a lot of colourful adornments, loud banger noises usually blared from all corners.

firecrackersMost adults couldn’t stand the jeering kids who waited in corners to scare them out of their wits. And the kids, they expended all their pocket money in buying these knockouts. In time, it became evident that no one wanted much to do with these explosives. This became even more evident when these explosives, one or the other, led to the jeopardy of some people’s lives. And now, we can only hear these sounds of Christmas in trickles here and there. But even though they may not sound as gallantly and highly as they used. It is apparent that they can never die so far as there are still kids out there.

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THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

It is hard to miss the particular feeling that clouds the air at this time of the year. This is not just because the year is reaching its peak and finally closing the curtains. But this has something more to do with the significance of the season. Need we say much. It’s Christmas and with Christmas comes every sort of jubilant feeling.

But more than just feeling enthusiastic, there is this wild anticipation that heralds the Christmas season. And the rumour is that the ecstasy that comes with December and the celebrations that follow it is the handiwork of a spirit. The spirit of Christmas. We at VTpass are as excited as you are about Christmas. And we intend to make the season just as memorable for you. At www.vtpass.com, we offer a range of services that are sure to make this season very special.

So, who is this Christmas spirit? Is it a myth or a fact? Well, you are about to find out.

The Spirit of Christmas

Going back to the very beginning, we see that the celebration of Jesus’ birth started with angels. These angels had come to tell some shepherds that Jesus had been born. After delivering their message, they went on to sing. The shepherds caught the flu and celebrated Jesus. And then the wise men, on and on like that. What becomes immediately obvious is that it was not the season that caused the wild joy. Rather, it was the news of the birth of a special boy. And over the years, it is this same news that has formed the theme and message of Christmas.

By all means, there might not be an obvious spirit behind Christmas. But there is the belief. And it is this belief in something that happened centuries ago that has kept the season whole. So you might say the spirit of Christmas is in every one person that believes in it. As someone rightly said, ““It’s in your heart. It feels warm and glowy.”

Have you already keyed into the spirit of the season or are you totally out of tune. Why not partner with www.vtpass.com to get the thrill of Christmas? The convenience we offer in the payment of your everyday bills is like nothing you’ve ever known. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you get to pay your electricity bills, airtime, data and tv subscriptions in just three easy steps. No need to go along with the seasonal throng. In the comfort of your room, you can make anything happen. Let us be that spirit of Christmas you need to liven up your season.

BLACK NOVEMBER IS THE NEW BLACK FRIDAY

The end of every month brings with it a new hope for the things that are yet to be. But alongside this new found hope, there are lots of pending bills to pay. It can be frustrating enough trying to balance one’s account at the end of the month. But what is more frustrating is finding a way to settle our bills right on time and with ease. VTpass settles this problem with a reputable technical acumen. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you get to pay for, not just your accumulated expenses, but your daily services. Through www.vtpass.com, you can pay your electricity bills, cable tv subscriptions, airtime, data and so on. So, November is drawing close to its end and it would be good to examine just the sheer significance of the month. And if there is anyone word to qualify November, it would be black. Black November.

Really, there was quite a lot of Black going on in November, the most notable of which is the Black Friday. But is this the reason for the name Black November? Not quite. We can bank the meaning more on a thrilling Nigerian 2012 action drama film. This film was called Black November and it did a lot to mirror the Niger Delta’s struggle against indiscriminate pollution of their environment.

But more than this, Black November has recently come to mean more than this. It now denotes the exhilarating, cheap offers and sales discount that comes with the month. Right from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday to Black Friday, there are always cheap sales and bonuses going all over. And now, even beyond Black Friday, goods go out at cheaper rates and people buy more in preparation for the incoming days of celebration.

In fact, you would want to know that Black Friday, as a one-day shopping spree is becoming extinct, giving way to the word Black November. “Analysts are proclaiming the death of Black Friday and the rise of Black November.” And although “Black Friday still remains one of the biggest shopping days of the year, but now it shares the spotlight with Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, and the two weekend days in between. Thanksgiving is now the third-biggest shopping day of the year, behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday”. This was a report by Dennis Green. So, Black Friday is no longer just a day, it is now a whole month. Hence the word Black November.

Even as November fades away, know that you just walked through one of the most exhilarating seasons of the year. But if you did miss some set moments in the month, do not worry. We at VTpass see every month as a celebration and are all out to make you see that too. Do you need to get good services at just the right convenient time? Then, you should partner with us. Through our stable, www.vtpass.com, you can get your daily services like MTN, GLO, 9MOBILE, AIRTEL airtime and data. You can also get your DSTV, GOTV and STARTIMES tv subscriptions and electricity bills. And what’s more, you get your money’s worth. VTpass is a simple and secure way to celebrate every season.

 

A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM VTPASS

VTpass wishes everyone who is privileged to sit around a table of roasted turkey or other sumptuous meal and say thanks a happy Thanksgiving. There is nothing worth thankful for than being alive and having your family and friends all around you. And what’s a Thanksgiving without sharing? Well, VTpass has made sharing, even more, fun and convenient through the online payment platform, www.vtpass.com. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you can easily share airtime and data with your friend. You can even afford to pay their electricity bills, cable tv subscriptions and so much more without having to see them at all. Really, this is more than any plastic-wrapped turkey you can afford to give them.

Talking about roasted turkey; this week, Donald Trump performed the obligatory before-thanksgiving ceremony where he got to pardon a lucky turkey and spare him the burden of coming under the knife.

The turkey which weighs about 36 pounds was given official pardon while the rest are left to bend their neck to the Thanksgiving celebration. Honestly, except for the fact that it is practised by one of the world’s powerful nations, this tradition sounds quite bizarre but it has quite a formidable heritage supporting it. Something that truly deserves a telling over and over again.

It all started with Tad, the fine son of our good president, Abraham Lincoln. In 1863, a turkey had been brought to Lincoln’s home for Christmas dinner. But young Tad took a liking for the turkey and pleaded that its life should be spared. Following this, the tradition of keeping a turkey alive has somehow managed to slip into modern civilisation.

But at first, it was not quite a binding rule to spare these turkeys. In fact, dead and roasted turkeys were usually offered as gifts to presidents during the 1870s. A Rhode Island poultry farmer Horace Vose was very accountable in this regard. Called the poultry king, Vose’dead and roasted Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys started with President Ulysses S. Grant and continued till he died in 1913. Even after his death, the “turkey gifts” were established as a customary practice and an emblem of goodness.

It was not until 1947 that the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board gave live turkeys to the then President Harry Truman. Somehow, President Truman got pretty excited about this and photographed himself with the adorable turkey weighing 42 pounds before slapping it unto his Christmas plate. But already, the iconic image stuck out like a thumb in the minds of many.

President John Kennedy in 1963 took a cue from this and pardoned a turkey given him for a celebration. The president’s choice to offer clemency to the turkey might be slightly influenced by the sign that stuck around the turkey’s head which read, “Good eating, Mr President.” To this, Mr President simply replied, “We’ll just let this one grow.”

After Kennedy, this sparing a turkey’s life, it was pretty much becoming a campaign so that President Richard Nixon went on to send off the birds offered to him as gifts to the local petting zoo. Perhaps he didn’t feel right sending off the birds to a straightforward death in the presidential kitchen. President Ronald Reagan followed this trend, sending off Charlie, his birdie gifts to the Frying Pan petting zoo, but not without mentioning that the turkey had been pardoned.

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George Bush (C) pardons a turkey named Pumpkin

Well, George H. W. Bush on the 17th day of November 1989 came all out to declare the pardoning of turkeys. He said “let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey…he’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

And true to Bush’s words, several lucky turkeys have received pardon every November at the hands of benevolent American presidents.

Wow, this is quite a story. It tells of the making of history by merely sharing and offering gifts. You too can make a good impression on your folks by sharing so much love with your family. And this you can do with www.vtpass.com. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you can in three easy steps share airtime and data with anyone. Also, you can also share and pay those pending electricity bills, cable TV subscriptions and lots more with www.vtpass.com.

Hip-hop: The story and theory

Hip-hop is one genre of music that is generally the hype and glitz of any thriving urban city. Really, it is a unique blend of sounds that make the heart throb and makes the ear bounce. And if there is any one thing a music lover will tell you. It is that Hip-hop is life with a garnish of gyrational rhythms and beats. More so, Chuck-D, a prolific rapper, music producer, author and activist, made a profound revelation in an interview. He said, “Hip-hop is about being who you are”. Really, this statement inspires some inner thought and just about explains what Hip-hop is. And more than anything, it is on this axis that we have seen lots and lots of hip-hop releases that continue to blaze the trail.

hiphopIn fact, most people live and breathe hip-hop. They listen to it for as long as they can and through any such medium available. For one, most people prefer physical contacts with hip-hop artists, paying just about any amount to watch them perform on stage. But recently, the large influx of hip-hop influences has come from the online platform. So that through YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify, Worldstarhiphop and other social networking sites, people get to download, listen to and share songs. Whatever the medium might be, VTpass, an online payment platform, grants easy and speedy access to the internet, hence, enabling you to connect to your favourite hip-hop jams. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you get to buy your airtime and internet data in just three easy steps. Through www.vtpass.com, you can also make easy payment for your electricity bills, cable TV subscriptions and so on.

There is no need questioning the continuity of hip-hop or seeing an end to it. Because there is clearly no end. Hip-hop has seeped into our daily lives so that we might be nothing without the feverish and charismatic melodies. But then, it won’t be too out of place to find its beginning and give it a root? So then, what is the story of hip-hop, especially in Nigeria?

Generally, hip-hop started out as a culture in South Bronx, one of the five boroughs in New-york. Although it seems music is all there is to hip-hop, there are actually other facets of this culture. For one, deejaying, breakdancing, beatboxing, rapping and graffiti art are other aspects of HIP-HOP. As Ronald Savage, the son of Hip-hop movement would say,

Hip is the culture, Hop is the music.

This line of art and movement started with gangs and clubs like the Puerto Rican and the Ghetto Brothers. These groups organised street events to break the prejudices and boundaries amongst African-Americans. But then, it evolved over time into something beyond space and time. What has made hip-hop hippie and popular over the years is the successful combination of styles, techniques and expertise from all over the world? For one, DJ Kool Herc, in his time, developed the key DJ techniques presently used. In the early years, there was an equally rich blend of Jamaican and other African musical styles. Also, other genres of music like R&B, Jazz, funk and disco have all come together to form the unique sound of hip-hop.

Although at first, it seemed the whole gyrational culture was done by Africans for Africans, Hip-hop is now a revving artistry that belongs to the entire world.

THE NAME

Keith cowboyKeith “Cowboy” Wiggins, a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been credited with coining the term in 1978 while teasing a friend who had just joined the US Army by scat singing the made-up words “hip/hop/hip/hop” in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of marching soldiers. Cowboy later worked the “hip hop” cadence into his stage performance. The group frequently performed with disco artists who would refer to this new type of music by calling them “hip hoppers”. At first, people used it in derogatory ways but later, they associated it with the culture.

HIP HOP IN NIGERIA

In reaching the whole world, the hip-hop culture also spread its tentacles to Nigeria. How and when cannot be easily explained? But one thing is sure, Nigeria has always been an evolving site for music, culture and life. This is especially true in light of the music lovers and talented musicians that strive endlessly to make our indigenous tunes music in the ears of a global audience.

A research paper by Dr Yomi Olusegun Joseph does justice to the delineation of hip-hop as it goes down in Nigeria. He focuses primarily on the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. Here is an excerpt:

The engagement of Yoruba youth in Nigerian hip hop (also known as Naija hip-hop or gbedu) may be seen as deconstructive, interrogating the normative drawing of sociality and citizenry in the adult-Nigerian space. But this deconstructive engagement also incorporates the primary desire of every hip-hop artist to construct individual ‘respect’ and relevance in the area of imaginative experimentations and entertainment, and ultimately to attain stardom.

This factor emphasizes a major difference between the ideological origins of hip-hop in the United States and Nigeria, for while it commenced as a channel of social criticism with a racial bent in the United States, it took off primarily as an entertainment outlet in Nigeria. It later became a youth channel of social criticism and transcultural group expression. Thus, the Yoruba contributions to Nigerian hip-hop necessarily embraced the marriage of local and Western imaginative resources to breed what often alarms the adult world as Kayeefı `: a bewildering mystery.

This notionally becomes the case because traditional culture and its pillars are reduced to recycled commodities in which the sacrosanct becomes tabooed, the communal becomes eroded, the ethical becomes outlawed and the ethnic becomes ‘postponed’.

Being Nigerian, in this regard, becomes an identity that shifts towards a feeling of being global and being a citizen, since the postmodern cultural mediation of the NHHN introduces new socio-cultural values that imaginatively ‘free’ youth from the limiting socio-political boundaries of the Nigerian nation-state and mono-ethnicity. In this manifestation, the Yoruba intervention in Nigerian hip hop becomes an exercise in artful transgression. One of the ways in which this exercise is carried out is through the relocation of familiar native folk songs, pithy sayings and proverbs from their customary habitats of ethnic veneration to a playful, postmodern arena of identity in which the customary is artistically and ethically ruptured.

olamide,hiphopThe elements of code-switching and code-mixing in this song (also common to songs by a number of Yoruba lead artists such as 9ice, D Banj, Olu Maintain, Lord of Ajasa, Weird MC, Sound Sultan, Jazzman Olofin, (the late) Dagrin, Olamide, eLDee, Davido, Bouqui, Sasha, Ara and Tiwa Savage) are statements of postcolonial ambivalence, a site which memorizes the past but insists on a transcultural identity in order to subvert the twin grand narratives of nativism and postcolonial national affiliation. 

It is instructive to note that the aesthetic and discursive experimentations of the Yoruba intervention in Nigerian hip-hop and the concentration of this activity in Lagos, the former capital city of Nigeria and Nigeria’s most cosmopolitan city, has evoked a youth culture with an amazing hybrid character. This hybridity negotiates a globalized reinvention of the Yoruba language and culture usable even by non-Yoruba hip-hop stars.

It must be noted that the mainstream language of Nigerian hip-hop is the Nigerian pidgin. However, since the Yoruba language enjoys the reputation of being largely de-ethnicized through an array of creative experimentations and transcultural social contraptions, Yoruba may well be seen as the indigenous-tongue ‘lingua franca’ of Nigerian hip-hop. This, however, does not mean that remarkable innovations do not occur in languages such as Igbo, Hausa, Efik, Idoma, and so on. Neither does it mean that Yoruba youths do not consume songs that are code-mixed and/or code-switched in English and non-Yoruba indigenous languages.

The fact, however, that most hip-hop activities and stars are based in Lagos has informed a development in which Yoruba enjoys the status of being the next most widespread and available language, coming close to Nigerian Pidgin and English. This naturally opens it up to a globalized imaginative stream of usages, which also cements youth solidarity within the Nigerian hip-hop cultural experience. Some notable non-Yoruba stars who have been known to use Yoruba in one creative form or the other include Ruggedman, Tuface, P Square, DJ Zeez, Terry G and Jesse Jagz.

Thematically, Yoruba-oriented hip hop casts itself within a geography of illimitable possibilities, ranging from the personal to the communal, from the private to the public, from the ethnic to the (inter)national, from the religious to the secular, from the subjective to the objective. Aesthetically, it explores arresting avenues of language use, proposes a synthetic relation with non-Yoruba cultures, epistemic temperaments, worldviews. It accommodates non-Yoruba participants within an arguable commonwealth of the linguistic, folkloric and philosophical hemisphere.

So this is quite an academic paper, one that is theoretical in nature. It goes a long way to show the kind of vibe that reels around the hip-hop world. Always stay on to your favourite hippie songs with www.vtpass.com. VTpass allows you convenience in paying for all and any of your everyday services. You can pay your electricity bills, DSTV, GOTV and STARTIMES subscriptions through www.vtpass.com. And you can also pay for your MTN, AIRTEL, GLO and 9MOBILE airtimes and data subscriptions on this online payment platform.

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER WITH VTPASS

It’s a wonderful day today. And yes, it’s the first day of the month, November. We, at VTpass say a happy new month to every Nigerian. November is really one great month to look forward to. For one, it is the very month that heralds December. And December, of course, signals the end of the year 2017. So technically, November is that last month where we get to make trailing memories and cross milestones. For businesses, it is just the right time of the year to start rounding off goals. And mapping out the last great feat to achieve.

We, at VTpass, earmark November as one great month to leave a lasting imprint on the hearts of our customers. In fact, this is the time of the year where we get to serve you most. You are still wondering what we do? Well, we are not tired of reiterating our effective service to you.

VTpass is that one online payment platform where you get to pay for all your everyday services. You can pay for your electricity bills, cable TV subscriptions, phone airtime and data subscriptions. And these things you can do just by logging on to www.vtpass.com.

So, at VTpass, we want to walk alongside you as you work harder this November to meet up with those goals. Why worry about settling bills when you have other things to worry about? Let us pay the bills while you get on to making your business reach those set goals. Just log on to www.vtpass.com today to start paying in three easy steps.

That said, you might want to know the very meaning and significance of November. Well, here is it all spelt out for you:

November derives from the Latin root novem- meaning “nine,” because in the Roman calendar there were only ten months in the year, and November was indeed the ninth month.

For many English speakers, November marks the point in the year when the cold begins to set in. And for those in the tropical region, the November Harmattan is something no one really looks forward to. This association is no doubt why November’s adjectival form, Novemberish, means “dreary,” and why the month’s original name in Old English was Blōtmōnað, literally “blood-month.”. It was the time when the early Saxons prepared for winter by sacrificing animals, which they then butchered and stored for food. November is also called Blōtmōnað in America, particularly during the weeks leading up to their turkey-filled Thanksgiving dinner.

But November need not be Novemberish and Harmattanish for us here. There is Black Friday to look forward to.

November symbols

  • November’s birthstones are the topaz (particularly, yellow) which symbolizes friendship and the citrine.
  • Its birth flower is the chrysanthemum

Make this November one to remember by integrating VTpass into your lifestyle. Just visit www.vtpass.com to do this. And begin to pay your MTN, AIRTEL, 9MOBILE and GLO airtime and data subscription with ease. Just as you can pay your electricity bills and DSTV, GOTV and STARTIMES subscription with perfect convenience.

Happy New Month!

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JOS PROFILED ON VTPASS

If there is ever any one activity that will always keep people connected and tickled, it’s travelling. Well, not that kind of travelling you do to go see your relatives or take a new wife. But the adventurous, thrilling travels.Really, it’s fun to visit places way different from what you are used to. You not only get the tingle of changing locations and living a different life in a different time frame, you also get to learn many new, exciting things as well as pick up on some habits and friends that might just change your life. So, if you are looking for a new place to explore and spread your wings, you might just want to try out Jos.

Jos is the capital of Plateau State. And Plateau is one of the thirty-six states in Nigeria. Jos, as a city, has quite a reckoning reputation and heritage which have earned it a place in the heart of locals and other expatriates.

josBefore we get to talk more about Jos, you would like to know that VTpass identifies with this great city and its people. Our presence is beyond doubt felt as we have made it very easy for nationals to pay for their bills with speed. Just by logging on to www.vtpass.com, you can, from anywhere in Jos, pay for your electricity bills, phone airtimes, data subscriptions, cable tv subscriptions and lots more.

In any case, here are certain things you should know about Jos.

History

josEvery place has a history, no doubt, and Jos is not excluded. Jos is said to have been the natural home of the Nok people. These Nok, who were mostly artisans have since not been found on the Jos grounds. Instead, a group of farming population now inhabit the place. Also, the area gained credence when tin was discovered in its vicinity. This drew the attention of the British colonials in those days. And it also caused a lot of people to migrate there. So that, at the moment, the city actually contains a mix of tribes and people. Even till now, Jos is known as the Tin City.

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Again, it would surprise you to know that this city was not exactly named Jos. According to some historians, the original Nok dwellers named it Gwosh. But when a group of Hausa migrants came, they could not quite get to say the word Gwosh. Instead, what they were able to pronounce was Jos. And the name just stuck over time. Not only that, other historians say Jos is a clip from the full name Jasad. The British who could not say Jasad or Jas just as well called it Jos.

Population

josFrom the 2006 census, it is easy enough to say that Jos has a population of 900,000 people. But with the years gone by, this number must have increased. This is not to talk of the constant incoming of people who cannot get enough of the place.

  • Tourist Centres

  • josTalking about those who can’t get enough, Jos is a sweetheart site for most tourists. And it is also a choice getaway for holiday seekers and vacationists. Why is this so? Well, there is the numerous beautiful places in Jos to start with. Talk of the National Museum, the Wildlife Park, the Rayfield golf centre and resort. Also, we have the University of Jos, with its teaching hospital. You want to feel the pump of the academic world, then this is a place to visit.
  • jos One particular place to go see is the Shere Hills, with its Riyom rocks that just about looks animated. Then the Ahmadu Bello Roundabout, the Pottery Hill, Jos-Bukuru dam are places for art and science oriented ones to take delight in. We can go on and on talking about places to see. The bottom line is a tourist can never get bored in Jos.

Jos Electric

josSo, all of these sightseeing and fun will not go down well if there is no stable energy support to go by. Well, Jos Electricity Distribution Company is that radiant part of Jos that supplies electricity to the people. When you go to Jos, visiting them is not such a bad idea. But if you just want to pay your bills, you do not need to go that far. All you need do is log on to www.vtpass.com, pay your bill and just like that, you get constant electricity.

Also, you can pay for other services like your MTN, 9MOBILE, GLO, AIRTEL  phone airtimes and data subscriptions. You can also pay for your DSTV, STARTIMES AND GOTV subscriptions.

Food

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So yes, you must admit that a great place without a great food culture is not great. Then you would like to know that Jos is not lacking when it comes to food. For one, there are new, great, delicious dishes you can pick from the city like the Habib Yoghurt, Tuwo, Kunu etc. Also, there are really nice places to go if you want to be treated to awesome intercontinental dishes. Located in the Railway Terminus market is the Felak Burger Bistro and Meat Shop. Apart from this, the Net Cafe also treats you to great desserts. And for a great main meal, just find your to The Lass. Again, one good thing about this place is that food items, especially agricultural products, are very affordable.

Security

josIn spite of the religious and ethnic clashes that sometimes occurs in this area, there is still a lot of peace and love between locales in the city. Also, the city is very accommodating and accepts guests well.

Climate

josNow, ask any tourist and one good news they will tell you about Jos is the climate. Jos is always very cool and temperate even at high altitudes. So that, every once in a while, snowfalls occur. The cool climate and airy atmosphere is one feat no other place in the tropical region of Africa can quite boast of.

Airports

If you already are thinking of visiting this amazing place, then you might like to know about Jos’ main airport. Yakubu Gowon Airport, that’s the name. However, there is also an internal airport called Jos Airport that transports people from Lagos to Jos.

  • So, at any time you decide to take a leap and cross over to Jos, remember this. VTpass, with its convenient online payment platform www.vtpass.com, will always be everywhere welcoming you with ease and in grand style.