Evicted! Keeping Up With BBNaija Eviction (2)

A lot has happened since our last blog post in the BBNaija eviction series. If you’re looking for snippets and pecks into the latest house events, you can always find a pile on Twitter trends. Here, we prefer to wait, gather in the gist and dish it out with clear backup stories; just as you like it.

5 more housemates have left the lockdown house since our last post. Some were evicted singularly, but last night, Biggie gave us that “What?” moment with 3 housemates axed at once.

Here are the latest ex-housemate, and the story behind their eviction from BBNaija 2020:

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Kaisha

Ahh, this one pained many. The beautiful northern lady was the fifth housemate to taste Biggie’s axe after falling into the bottom four for possible eviction.

However there was a twist. Kaisha was evicted even after statistics showed that she had more votes than Neo, Trickytee and Wathoni. Fans all over Twitter questioned the authenticity of the votes, but Biggie’s mind was already made up. The lady was out.

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Praise

Cool, calm and calculated, Praise was the 6th to leave the house. The 28 years old erotic dancer got the spoon after gathering the least votes out of the four housemates up for eviction 2 weeks ago.

We really got nothing on praise. The guy has been flowing all through with other housemates. It’s only down to shortage of voting fans outside the house.

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Tolanibaj

Girl said she would be “missed at Saturday night parties” and we believe her. Tolanibaj had always set the Guiness Saturday night party’s dance floor on fire with her moves and groove. Surely, she would be missed.

Tolanibaj tasted BBNaija eviction after gearing up just 3.57% of total votes from viewers last week. Much to viewers’ dismay, the romantic spark that started between her and Prince days back would never blosom.

Wathoni

Our Kenyan beauty followed Tolanibaj out of the house just seconds after. The shock was written all over her face! But Wathoni stated the week before that she was tired of the house and wihsed to go home. Would we say she got what she wished for?

It doesn’t seem like it. Just days back, she and Brighto began to connect romanticall. She even said she would not allow a fellow female housemate, Dorathy, to take Brighto away from her. Oh well, viewers votes said otherwise.

Brighto

Believe us, this one shocked everyone. Our very own Lord Belish got evicted after summoning only 2.68% of viewers’ votes. No body actually saw this coming but Biggie has his twists. Brighto followed his bestie, Wathoni out of the house seconds after she left.

Named Lord Belish after a popular cunning character from the HBO series, Game of Thrones, Brighto made a name for himself in the house by secretly adding pepper and fire to other housemates situations. He would surely be missed!

The thrice certified engineer said he would be looking forward to adding more professional certificates to his name as he is more of a career person.

Biggie have now evicted 9 housemates, leaving 11 to contest for the grand price of N85 million. Don’t miss an action, VTpass got you covered.

E-payments in Nigeria Post-COVID

E-payments in Nigeria saw a total transformation during the lockdown. Yes, the pains of COVID-19 were felt but perhaps it left us with a few lessons too. We witnessed the difficulties associated with economic stagnation and knew the importance of business activities in any economy.

From the angle of finance, the pandemic gave insights into the future of payments in Nigeria. A study by Accenture revealed the limitation of cash and the increase of digital payment during the lockdown periods worldwide. For Nigeria, this is especially true.

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Even though people withdrew more cash than ever from ATMs around the country, less than 60% of that cash was actually spent. This was due to cash hoardings by people amidst not knowing when the lockdown would be eased.

Lack of physical cash gave boosts to online payments. Cashless and contactless payments became the norm so as to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.

The long queues at ATMs were yet another factor. It was far easier to make payments digitally than paying in cash. Many individuals and businesses that could operate during the lockdown switched to electronic payment. All of these exploded e-payments around the country.

Just how much explosion? you might ask. In May 2020, e-payments in Nigeria jumped by 82% to ₦11.676 trillion from ₦6.421 trillion in April 2020. An all-time high!

Online retailers and payment platforms saw increases in patronage too, even as other consumer spendings decreased. This was evidenced by the increase in the number of online stores and internet marketers during the lockdown.

Now, as the country kick-starts full operations of economic activities, the question remains; would the rate of e-payments in Nigeria reduce, or would it increase in the coming months?

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Why e-Payment would increase

Electronic bill payments for goods and services around the country are only bound to increase. Here are two major post-COVID reasons why this would happen:

  • Personal Precautions:

The crisis may be relaxed but the ‘panic’ still exists for many. Millions of people would still prefer to take the safer route when making bills payments – that is to pay online.

Many health experts have warned about the risk of contacting COVID-19 from unaware, new carriers not detected during the quarantine. As such, the need to protect personal self from contacting the virus through cash handling or contact payment would keep a lot of people on the online payment track for a very long time.

  • Convenience:

For many, the quarantine was their chance to experience online payment for the first time. Convinence has been the major driver of e-payments since inception; it’s no wonder why a large percentage of new users would want to stick with the system.

World Bank already predicted that 25% of all money transfers would be done electronically by 2025; a chunk of that increase coming from new e-payment users in Africa. Convinence and speed of payment are major drivers that would prompt these new users to switch paymently to e-transactions.

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VTpass, driving e-payments in Nigeria.

Online bills payments are not reducing anytime soon. Instead, a lot more bill payers would make the switch from cash transactions in the future. You too can transit to paying bills online today.

Start by logging on to www.vtpass.com to pay bills in minutes. VTpass is Nigeria’s leading online payment platform that allows you to pay for the daily services you enjoy. You can top-up airtime or data, subscribe your GOtv, DStv, or Startimes, pay electricity bills, buy insurance, and do more.

Payments on VTpass are fast and easy and you get value for your money within minutes of transfers. Visit www.vtpass.com to get started or simply download the VTpass mobile app.

Insurance: 5 Common Myths vs Facts

What comes to your mind when the word “Insurance” is mentioned? Do you cringe or smile? There are sets of perceptions in most people’s minds about Insurance, but are these perceptions myths or facts?

There is no denying that insurance can be incredibly complicated, both in theory and practice. So it’s little wonder that sometimes rumors, myths, and untruths can be held as fact and disseminated as such.

In this article, we want to smoothen out some of the twigs from the drink. Here are 5 common myths about Insurance and the facts that prove them wrong:

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Myth 1: Insurance is expensive

Let’s start from where it concerns our pockets shall we? The popular misconception that only the rich can afford insurance is as funny as it sounds.

Let’s face it, that idea is so old and gone. With stiff competition in today’s insurance market, premiums for covers gotten more affordable. For some covers like motor insurance in Nigeria, prices can be as low as N2,500 a year!

The most remarkable of insurance cost is that of health insurance in Nigeria. A 2017 report puts the average cost health insurance plan at N35,000 for individuals and N125,000 for families. While this is affordable considering the cost of medical treatment in the country, you could get top-notch health covers (with private treatments) for even less at VTpass.

Now, imagine having all-round health insurance for only N15,000/year (N2000/month) for individuals and N60,000/year (N5,500/month) for families?

How affordable can that get?

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Myth 2: Insurance companies are fraudsters

I was in a conversation with a friend one Saturday evening when an Insurance salesman walked by. His pitch was about how fast an insured would be compensated after a loss. You should have seen how my friend chased him away.

He did this because of the terrible experience he had with an insurer who refused to compensate him after a loss occurred against his burglary cover.

The mistrusts in insurance companies is perfectly understandable. Agreed, there are fake insurers out there who aren’t really in business to serve but to steal.

However, not all insurers are fraudsters. We have reputable, world-class insurers in Nigeria. In 2019, total claims paid out by insurance companies in Nigeria amounted to N98.9 billion; a 16.5% increase from N84.9 billion paid out in 2017. If all insurance companies are fraudsters, banks and top businesses would not commit hundred of millions annually to insurers to cover potential risks.

The solution is simply to buy insurance from reliable and trusted sources only. Companies that are backed but by NAICOM and duly regulated.

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Myths 3: Is Not Safe to buy Insurance online

For real? Wow.

So we can literally buy airtime and data, work online, transfer money, pay electricity bills, do all kinds of stuff online – but not insurance? Terribly wrong!

Digital technology is the future no one can escape from. Today with reliable online platforms like VTpass, your cell phone, and internet connection; while sitting in your home or office, you can get any insurance you want!

At VTpass, we deliver your policy to you digitally and physically after purchase. When it comes to claims, you can trigger settlement by clicking the claim button on our website. It’s that easy.

Africa and transforming digitally, taking all industries in its whirlwind. A few years from now, there wouldn’t be need for person-to-person interaction before quality insurance is sold.

A word of advice though; only buy from proven and trusted online platforms. Visit www.vtpass.com/insurance today.

Myths 4: Buying Insurance takes a long and tedious process

If you’ve tried buying insurance in the ’90s you would be amazed by the paperwork that goes with it. Then there are the long questionings by medical examiners or risk assessors, etc.

All that is old news now.

Insurance companies have modified proposal forms and other documents to collect only the barest, necessary information (no one is going to ask if your mum had green eyeballs or not). Add that improvement to today’s digital technology and we have an insurance system that delivers covers in minutes!

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Today, you can get a motor cover in less than 10 minutes when you buy at VTpass. No stress. We have eliminated the need for tedious processes with our innovative payment solution.

It’s no wonder why Nigerians rely on VTpass to get quality insurance covers day in-day out. Our secret is simply partnering with Nigeria’s top insurance companies with proven track records of prudence and claim settlement.

So if you ever have a need for car insurance, health cover plan, personal accident insurance, or home insurance; simply visit www.vtpass.com.

We’ve got you covered.

Evicted! Keeping Up with BBNaija Eviction Night (1)

The on-going Big Brother Naija (Lockdown) Season 5 has been everything but boring. From housemates‘ romance to in-house fights and interesting games and tasks. But no-one is watching the show for fights and romance alone, who does that? Housemates’ eviction is part of BBNaija sauce and as expected, hot sauce has been served.

This year, Biggie seems to be interested in serving it two-by-two. First, we had two ladies evicted from the house two weeks ago, then two guys followed suit last Sunday.

Here are the stories behind the evictions and who the ex-housemates are:

Ka3na

The single mom and dreamer of a fashion empire was the first to get Big Brother’s spoon. After falling behind other housemates in terms of getting only 1.28% of the viewer’s vote, she was evicted from the house.

Bad rumors have it that she had something with fellow housemate, Praise, before her eviction. Well, rumor it is, rumor it shall be.

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Lilo

Beautiful 23-years old dietician got served the sauce along with Ka3na in the first eviction night. With only 1.52% of votes from viewers, she got evicted from the house.

A week before that; she had a conversation with Big Brother in the Diary Room about her romantic relationship with fellow housemate, Eric. Save to say, that wasn’t enough to save her from the BBNaija eviction.

Eric

Coming third just behind his trending in-house girlfriend is Eric. The fitness instructor was nominated for eviction with only 1.37% votes. However, he was the most talked-about housemate on Twitter right after eviction with over 18,000 mentions.

Eric really made waves when he was caught on camera enjoying noddles the very night his bestie, Lilo got evicted. No joy, no joy.

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Tochi

Okay, this one came as a freaking surprise to many. The 28 years old rapper from Imo state followed Eric out of the house on Sunday night after Biggie served his sauce.

While Tochi was known for his calmness and long stories, viewers claimed he didn’t have enough content to pull the votes. I’m going to especially miss him, but, well; the show must go on!

Show goes on!

Next eviction night holds suspense for all of us. Who shall be next? No one knows but Biggie and we can’t afford to miss it! That is why you must subscribe your DStv or GOtv to watch the drama live. A lot is going on in the house but there is only so much we can blog about.

Don’t miss our next Eviction Follow-up. VTpass got you covered.

Have You Tried The New VTpass Website?

Innovation never stops at VTpass, neither does growth. That said, we are launching a new website in the coming weeks and want you to be a part of it!

Why asking for your recommendation? You might ask. Very simple! At VTpass, inputs of our customers are valuable to us at launches like this. We exist to serve and satisfy your demands, so why leave you out of the picture when redesigning your reliable platform?

See a short video of our website!

So take this as an invitation to take a look at the new VTpass website. Let us know your thoughts, recommendations, or suggestions via comments on our social media handles and this blog post. Be rest assured that your opinion really counts!

Here’s a look at how we’ve upgraded the website:

Outstanding User Experience

The new website is designed for better user experience. We included modern UX trends as well as internal innovation pent up from years of studying how visitors relate to our website. Compare with the old VTpass website, the difference is clear.

Upgraded Mobile Version

Awesome web experience, more awesome mobile version.

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Twice as easy to navigate

Our developers took pain to ensure that the website feels like silk. We simplified all navigation technicalities; ironed out every grey area; broke content into the simplest forms to make navigation really easy. We dare say, even a kid can find his way around it! Haha!

More ways to resolve issues

That’s right. With our new Self-Resolution tool, you now have 4 ways to reach support and get help (Call, Live-chat, support email, and Self-Resolution). Don’t forget you can equally reach VTpass support via our social media handles (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) as well as here on our blog.

Seamless transactions as before

Seamless transactions are our promise to you and seamless transactions you would get! Enjoy a faster payment process, prompt service delivery, and zero glitches. Convenience has never been easier.

So go ahead, log on to www.vtpass.com to check out our new website. You can equally carry out transactions successfully or perform any other actions.

Thank you for partaking in our journey; we are launching soon. Enjoy!

5 Things to Expect from BBNaija 2020 Season 5

It’s been all hot. Real hot; since MultiChoice announced in June that the 5th season of the Big Brother Naija (bbnaija) reality TV show premieres on July 19th, 2020.

Pulses have risen, eyes raised, hands robbing together as millions of fans wonder what to expect from this year’s edition.

If you’re like us standing at the door trying to peck inside? Don’t flex a muscle! We’ve got you covered. Here are 5 things to expect from this year’s BBNaija reality TV show, Season 5:

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1. Bigger Prize Money

When the show organizers claimed that this year’s prize money was going to be bigger, they weren’t joking. A whopping N85 million awaits the King or Queen who conquers the house. N85 million!

The breakdown of the grand prize for BBNaija season five includes an N30m cash prize; a two-bedroom apartment courtesy Revolution Plus; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors; a trip to Dublin courtesy Guinness; home appliances courtesy Scanfrost; a trip to Dubai packaged by Travelbeta; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it and Colgate toothpaste; a year’s supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller and a trip to watch the UEFA Champions League finale; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone.

By far, this is the biggest prize for a TV reality show in Africa. Imagine what you could do with all those goodies!

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2. COVID-19 safety measures

The organizers mentioned earlier that they would be taking precautions to keep the housemates safe and coronavirus-free in season five of the show.

We shouldn’t be surprised to see health workers in the house performing health screenings or frequently disinfecting the house in the course of the show. This should be fun.

However, we wouldn’t see any live audience at the Sunday eviction show or external visitors like celebrities or BBNaija Ninjas in the house this year. Ouch.

Carefully tested measures have been put in place to ensure minimal contact with outsiders once the housemates enter the house.

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3. Dramatic relationship, intense friendship zoning

Oh-my-god relationships, wow friendships, hahaha fights; these are the little things that keep us glued to the show.

We have seen several relationships in previous seasons and some definitely led to marriage. Teddy A and BamBam got married last year and gave us our Big Brother Naija baby.

Yeah, we know some relationships didn’t end so well, but it’s always exciting witnessing the build-up process. Season 5 wouldn’t be any different!

4. More fun games, unpredictable twists

BBNaija without the mind twists is definitely not BBNaija. Last year, just when the housemates thought that they have seen more than enough, Big Brother brought in five more housemates in just one week. The introduction of Venita, Elozonam, Enkay, Joe, and Cindy definitely spiced things up.

What about the Ultimate Veto Power given to housemates to nominate other housemates for possible eviction?

When it comes to games, BBNaija sure got it. Perhaps Betway or Guinness Nigeria would put together one of those games that always leads to drama and exciting conversations thereafter.

It’s never down to the basics, Biggie always seems to have more tricks under his sleeves.

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5. Nerve-pulling Diary sessions

Big Brother is never complete without the fun of the diary room where housemates go to pour out their hearts to Big Brother. Yikes! A lot of things are revealed in that room.

Every season, there are always housemates we refer to them as the Kings and Queens of the Diary room. We always look forward to their sessions.

Omoshola in 2019 (PepperDem) was definitely a King of the Diary room. His sessions were hilarious, exciting, and interesting to watch. He didn’t care if he was using pidgin English and English at the same time or how funny what he said could sound, he just had to say his mind.

Surely, contestants coming into the house this season understands what the diary room means and would be hoping to make the most of it. More entertainment for us! The rule is simple: “say your mind”.

Bonus – A Possible Crossdresser?

This one almost broke the internet, so we decided to make it a bonus. A Nigerian crossdresser known as Jay Boogie took to his Instagram account to ask for a social media account manager as he was going into the house.

For real? Some people affirmed this information was true, others claimed they were lies. Well, we would leave it at that and see what the house brings.

Catch the drama with VTpass

There is just so much fun to expect that you can’t afford to miss.

Subscribe your GOtv or DStv to catch all the drama and intrigue live. Don’t forget to top-up mobile data! Hot stuff and highlights would trend online like ki-lo-de. Trust Twitter and Instagram. Keep the lights on by paying electricity bills.

Whatever payment you need to make, pay conveniently from the comfort of your home with VTpass.

Didn’t Receive WAEC/GCE Registration PIN after purchase? Here’s What to Do

When you buy WAEC/GCE registration PIN from VTpass, you enjoy instant PIN delivery to your phone and email; immediately after payment.

Registration PIN is equally displayed on VTpass web or app once delivered. You can simply screenshot this information or write it down.

However, in very rare circumstances where did not receive PIN in your text or email inbox, a number of reasons might be responsible for this:

  1. Payment hasn’t been received at our end and so the value hasn’t been delivered
  2. We’ve sent you an email but it delivered in your spam folder
  3. We’ve sent you a text but it didn’t deliver because your line is on Do-Not-Disturb (DND) service
  4. Your phone is switched off or unreachable as at when sending you the text
  5. Network issues caused a delay in delivery of either mail or text

For any of the reasons above, there are steps you can take to resolve them before transferring a request to VTpass support.

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What to do when PIN is not delivered instantly

  • We advise you to wait for an hour after payment. This would allow our system and third party merchants to work out payment before PIN is delivered.
  • If you didn’t receive our PIN via mail, kindly check your spam folder
  • If PIN didn’t deliver via text, it might be that your line is on DND. You would need to deactivate yourself from DND. To check if your line is on DND, text STATUS to 2442. To opt-out of DND, text ALLOW to 2442. Alternatively, you may contact your network provider to deactivate.
  • Always ensure that your phone is switched on when making payment. Although some messages deliver when you finally switch on your mobile, it’s recommended to leave it on.
  • When network downtimes get in the way, there is really little we can do until the issue clears. You would receive registration PIN immediately the network is stable.

Buy WAEC/GCE Result Checker PIN easily from the comfort of your home.

VTpass always got you

We have mentioned that PIN would be displayed on VTpass website or app when delivered, but we wouldn’t stop there! VTpass support is on standby 24/7 to assist you with any issue.

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If you have done any or all of the solutions above and still haven’t gotten your PIN; simply chat us live through the web or app, send a mail to support@vtpass.com or call 08138752358.

Equally connect with us on social media @vtpass: Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.

How to Register for the 2020 GCE Online

So here is how you register for the 2020 General Certification of Examinations (GCE) sitting:

  • First, you need to buy Registration PIN online
  • Register online on WAEC
  • Read WAEC General Information before the examination

Buy Registration PIN online

Technology has made life easier and you can’t afford to be left behind. The coronavirus pandemic effects have further changed the way education is acquired and exams written.

With your smartphone and reliable online platforms like VTpass, you can buy GCE 2020 Registration PIN from the comfort of your home. Here’s how you do so:

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  • Simply log on to www.vtpass.com/waec-registration
  • Fill in your correct details (your phone number and email)
  • Click Continue to move to payment page
  • Confirm and complete payment (no extra charges)

Easy! Registration PIN is delivered to you via email, the web, and text immediately after payment. No stress. No delays.

Register online

The age of registration centers is ending fast. Online provides better convenience, registration speed, and saves you cost.

With your registration PIN in hand, simply head over to https://registration.waecdirect.org/ to register online. Registration would be performed over 9 steps:

  1. Login
  2. Enter Bio Data
  3. Capture your picture using WEBCAM
  4. Contact Information
  5. Selection of Preferred Examination center
  6. Selection of subjects
  7. Declaration
  8. Submitting of registration
  9. Printing admission notice/photo card
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Other Registration Information

Candidates with special needs will also register online like other candidates but they must dearly state their disabilities e.g blind, low vision, spastic, speech, etc.

Candidates MUST conclude registration within two weeks of first access to the website during the registration period. They should ensure that their names, gender, passport photographs, dates of birth, and subjects are correct.

They are also to print the Admission Notice/Photo Card as evidence of successful registration which will serve as identification during the examination. Only Digital Personal Scanner should be used for fingerprint registration.

WAEC General Information

Before and after registration, we advise you to go through the following general information:

  • Candidates should view the Information VCD before they register for the examination.
  • Candidates should note that the registration fee is not refundable.
  • Candidates should print the examination Timetable at the completion of their registration.
  • Entries must be uploaded with good quality passport size photographs, not “wait and get” photographs. The background of such photographs MUST NOT BE BLUE OR RED. The size should be 275 by 314 pixels. Entries with unacceptable passport photographs will be rejected.
  • Candidates should study the Regulations and Syllabuses as well as the Timetable for the examination which they can download from WAEC website (http://www.waeconline.org.ng/) using the Registration PIN.
  • Candidates must go to examination halls in mufti and without arms. No professional uniform of any kind will be allowed in the examination halls.
  • The entire results of candidates who sit the examination in more than one center will be canceled.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the examination hall.
  • Any candidate that comes into the examination hall with a mobile phone(s) and /or electronic gadget(s) will have his or her entire results canceled.
  • Candidates must ensure that their entries are correctly completed before uploading as the Council will not be held responsible for errors in candidates’ particulars. Request for correction will NOT BE entertained on any information which a candidate voluntarily gives at the point of registration as soon as the examination commences.
  • Candidates must come into the examination hall with their original Photo Cards.
  • Candidates who engage in examination malpractice will not only have their results canceled but may be prosecuted.
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There you have it. Visit www.vtpass.com/waec-registration to buy Registration PIN now! For help or inquiries, reach VTpass support via live-chat on the web or app or call 08138752358.