How to adjust properly to work life after the new year celebration

So, you had fun during the Christmas and new year celebrations, right? Your life took on a breezy, festive mood and you rested easy. But the new year is over now, the celebrations are over, so what next? Evidently, you get to resume back to everything; back to the real world, back to the rush and definitely back to work. And really, it can be very difficult trying to pull your head out of the cloud and focus on the tasks ahead. What you need is learning some work adjustment skills. And here, we will reel out those things you need to know and do.

But first, let’s quickly get some basic tasks out of the way already. You ever heard of VTpass? VTpass is an online payment platform that reduces your tasks and makes life easier by providing just the right platform for you to pay your bills. And that is through www.vtpass.com. By logging on to www.vtpass.com at any time, you get to settle your everyday bills. Daily payments like electricity bills, airtime, data and tv subscriptions are paid off in three easy steps. That is, by logging in, selecting your payment and paying through the available methods. It’s quite simple, right?

Now, let’s get on how you can get back into your work life, in spite of the holidays.

Blend your work life with your natural personality

When trying to adjust to your work life this year, you can’t go all out and try to push yourself too hard. This will only make exhaust you on time. So, the best thing to do is to blend work into your natural you. Let’s say, you are not much of a morning person. Now, you can get to work and while away your morning checking emails and trying to keep your eyes open. But once they are open and you are wide awake, you get into work hard and tight. And if you are a morning person, you do not play with your mornings in any way.

Related imageMeetings can kill your enthusiasm, stay away

You know how everyone is usually in a frenzy to hold meetings with employees at the start of the year? Well, this might look terribly okay, it can be much of a time-waster. This is especially when the meetings roll over to several hours and days. Also, some meetings tend to instil fear and pressure into the minds of employees. So, you want to adjust well and achieve more. Then put a check on the numbers of meetings you attend.

Start the part of the job description you love the most

You know you loved the holiday so much that you hate your work more. This is usually the trend. Well, there must be some part of the work you love. Maybe the part where you get to call clients or get some data. Why don’t you start off on this good note?

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Get into symbiotic friendships

Coming back to a cold, steel work environment with no one to talk to isn’t exactly the best definition of adjustment. In fact, it is prone to drain your work spirit on time. So, why not mingle with the good fellas and get yourself some friends to brighten your early work life.

Image result for beautiful workspaceCreate a conducive workspace

Talking about a cold, steel environment, you will also need to make your workspace as comfortable and convenient as possible. This can mean painting your office a different colour, changing the position of things. And it can also mean putting up things that make your space homely.

Embrace the changes that will come

Of course, it’s a new year and new things will happen. You can’t work or think like the year before. You have to find a new way to work around the new things that hit your work chart.

Do not compare yourself to others

So, many problems come when people try to compare themselves. They point to a particular person who has a ton of work, and a handful of children by the side. Yet is still able to manage work affairs. And then, they wonder why they can’t be like that person or do better. Even though this is quite a good way to motivate one’s self, it does more harm than good.

Make apt and quick decisions

You will, however, do more if you are able to make quick and apt decisions. This will help you save time as well as focus your energy on more productive things.

Image result for workaholicWork hard, but work less

This new year, you have to make a pact with hard work. That is the way to go. But then, working hard does not necessarily mean you have to consume all hours trying to get tasks done. With a good schedule, you should be able to work less and get more dividends.

Know when you need a hug

It’s inevitable. We all get tired at a point and we need to get love and attention at that moment. As you work your way through the new year, you should know when you need a break and a life support.

Know when to do what to do

Knowing what right thing to do at the right time is one way you can make life easier and better this new year. Foresight helps make mental and physical tasks more enjoyable and fun.

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Set goals and deadlines

More than anything, setting short and long-term goals for the year is sure to help your mindset adjust properly to the right ethics you need to adopt. As you are reaching out for something, you are sure to make every part of you agree with your plan, goals and deadlines.

VTpass

Get on a successful year with VTpass. With VTpass, you are sure to adapt more quickly to the routines of work life. This is because you get to settle bills more efficiently. It is even more appropriate if you work for yourself. By logging on to www.vtpass.com, you can buy your Mtn, Airtel, Glo and 9mobile airtime and data. You can also pay your electricity bills and Dstv, Gotv and Startimes with ease. Life can only get better with VTpass.

 

 

WHAT VTPASS PROMISES FOR THE NEW YEAR

With a lot of Eureka and a whole lot more of cold climate, the new year ushered in itself yesterday. And needless to say, quite a number of us were more than glad to welcome the new year. So, before anything else, VTpass wishes everyone a happy new year. There is nothing like stepping into newness and beginning afresh. And for those who have been savouring the convenience VTpass offers, it’s just the continuation of goodness. And for those new to the goodness VTpass has to offer, it really is the beginning of great things.

Well, VTpass is an online website that holds the key to convenience when it comes to paying your everyday bills. It’s good enough to take up time and energy to go pay your electricity bill or renew your tv subscription. But wouldn’t it be just great if you can pay your bills right where you are, in your home or office? And you get your service delivered to you in the nick of time. Well, this is what www.vtpass.com offers- a veritable way of paying your bills with convenience and speed. You can log on to www.vtpass.com and pay your electricity bills as well as your tv subscription. You can also buy your airtime and data and so many more.

This is a great access point for many, old and young. But with a service this good, it’s inevitable to have hitches and downtimes here and there. And while we helped many get past the hurdles of paying bills, several complaints also trailed our service rendering in the year 2017. And being a customer-savvy company, we will agreeably lay claim and apologise for any sort of dissatisfaction any of our customers experienced.

But then, 2017 is gone and 2018 is right here on our doorstep. As an organisation, we are pricing ourselves to tighten several knots and fill up looped corners. In essence, we promise better things and a better service this year. And we are in many ways inclined to share our promises with you, our customer and life support.

Service

Image result for offerfing service through the laptopIt’s easy to get put off when you want to pay for service, and some errors take the place of a well-pronounced page. And although we can attribute this to a lot of external factors. We do acknowledge our part in this just as we recognise the urgency this arising issue requires. In light of this, we do promise that all hands will be on deck to attend to the issues of service errors and delays.

Reliability

Image result for business handshakeIt takes quite a bold leap to trust your payment affairs to an external body. But when it comes to VTpass, you should know that you can put trust on a sail and watch it come back to you unaffected. You can trust us with your resources. And this includes your time and money. We are a reliable brand solely up for the payment of your everyday bills with ease and speed.

Support

Image result for customer careAttending to the complaints of a whole lot of people can be quite overwhelming. But at VTpass, we manage to work around this and touch the arising matters of as many as reach out to us. You think we have not done enough? Well, you should be on guard because, this year, we promise to offer 100% support for our customers.

In all, using www.vtpass.com is sure to be one of a pleasant experience this year. So, you can log on to www.vtpass.com to pay your electric bills, tv subscriptions, Mtn, Glo, Airtel, 9mobile airtime and data. And you will be sure to get the right value at the right time.

SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS THE DIGITAL WAY

Christmas is fast approaching and many are looking forward to having a memorable celebration. But then, as far as many are concerned, work still goes on right up until the Christmas break. In fact, many more people see the holiday period as the season of booming sales for them. So, although they still want to have a blast of a Christmas, they can’t afford to make it happen. But then, you do not have to settle for a lifeless Christmas just because of work. You can make your Christmas come alive by shopping the digital way.

So, you need to pay your everyday bills and get your daily services in the nick of time? Then, log right on to www.vtpass.com on your phone or laptop. With www.vtpass.com, you can pay your electricity bills, airtime, data and tv subscriptions. What this means is you do not have to run around, trying to get these bills fixed. Because with your phone in your palms, you can settle your daily bills. Evidently, this reduces the slug on your shoulders and gets you going on more serious Christmas celebrations.

Now, here is a catalogue of just what you will need to brighten up your Christmas and just where you will get them the digital way. You can even bear to have a Christmas party without having to skip work or miss out on more money.

Christmas cards

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Let’s start with these. Do you know you can have your personalized Christmas cards? You get to design it yourself, pick festive fonts and themes. And then, you can as well add your favourite personal or favourite pictures. Afterwards, you go on to print it. Not only that, you can customise mugs and every other such thing. It’s easy.

Visit https://www.vistaprint.com/ to get this for yourself.

Christmas trees

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There is no way you can boast of a good Christmas without having a Christmas tree. You too busy to go hunt down one? Well, guess what? You can order this online. Go to jiji.ng to get your Christmas tree.

Christmas decorations

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To beautify your home the Christmas way, you need just the right Christmas themes to work with. You can reach out to any of these digital addresses to get your Christmas decoration ideas:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/how-to/g2203/christmas-decoration-ideas/

http://www.housebeautiful.com/entertaining/holidays-celebrations/advice/g999/christmas-home-decor-1110/

You can get any of your Christmas decoration items here:

https://www.flipkart.com/home-decor/festive-decor/christmas-decorations/pr?sid=1m7,fja,qhe

http://www.christmastreeshops.in/christmas-decorations.html

https://www.wayfair.com/holiday-decor/cat/christmas-decorations-c215431.html

Christmas gifts

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And yes, you would want to get Christmas presents for the ones you love- your kids, your friends and hubbies. Here are five good places to buy nice Christmas presents:

Amazon Prime

Best Buy

Currys PC World

Bloomingdale

Anthropologie

Kmart

Uncommon Goods

With these sites, you can have your gifts shipped down to you and delivered on time.

Santa Claus

 

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Do you know you can rent a personal Santa Claus to come home and surprise your kids? Check out this link, https://www.gigmasters.com/services/santa-claus, to find out more.

Food

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Jumia.com offers the best bet at getting all the food items you need for the Christmas season. And if you want to order already prepared food, then you would want to check out http://homebistro.dinewise.com. Then you can also look up on www.freshly.com.

Drinks

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You can order your drinks from Jumia.com.

So, you can quite see that you can have an eventful Christmas without having to leave your comfort zone. VTpass makes things even better. You can pay your everyday bills anywhere you are and at any time by logging on to www.vtpass.com. VTpass is your one-stop convenient online payment platform. With VTpass, you can easily pay for your MTN, GLO, AIRTEL, 9MOBILE airtime and data. You can also pay your electricity bills and tv subscriptions on www.vtpass.com. This Christmas, go all out to have the time of your life the digital way.

 

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.

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.

VTpass wants to offer you comfort and ease this Yuletide period. Log on to www.vtpass.com to pay your electricity bills and DSTV, STARTIMES and GOTV subscriptions. Also, pay for your MTN, GLO, AIRTEL and 9MOBILE airtime and data subscriptions in three easy steps. It’s simple, safe and reliable.

 

WAYBACK: History of Electricity in Nigeria

It is somewhat difficult to imagine a time without electricity in Nigeria. This is not to say we have a stable power hold. But, electricity is quite something that has found a place in nearly every home. And there have quite been a lot of changes in the power sector. These changes have in so many ways affected power supply in various capacities. Again, one thing that has changed over time is the payment method. Away from the manual methods of payment that characterised the yesteryears, there are now automatic ways of paying. So that, you can now pay your electricity bills from the comfort of your space and speedily too. One sure way to do this is by logging on to www.vtpass.com. VTpass lets you pay your electricity bills as well as for other daily services in just three easy steps.

So, what’s the history of electricity in Nigeria? Just how and when did we begin to have our lights shining?

We didn’t begin to generate electricity on our own. It was a development wrought at the hands of the British colonial rulers in 1896. The first power plant, was at their behest, set up in Lagos.But then, we weren’t at all ready to have them run the show just they were not ready to as well. So in 1929, electricity generation activities kicked off in full with the creation of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Company (NESCO). Alongside the Public Works Department, they had a mandate to build power plants across. This led to the construction of a hydroelectric power station at Kuru, Jos.

But then, only government officials and houses had access to electricity. However, this was to change when the newly formed Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) gave the instruction that electricity should be provided for any and all Nigerians who could afford it. This was in 1952. This led to the construction of a 132KV line linking Ijora Power Station and Ibadan Power station. Furthermore, the Niger Dams Authority, established in 1962, went on to open our eyes to the possibility of deriving power from water (hydropower transmission). And this was the beginning of a golden period in Nigeria. But this golden era was not without the amalgamation of NDA and ECN to form the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA).

So, this golden period lasted all through the 1970s to the 1980s. We can say this was due to the fact that the rural areas saw no need for electricity and did not press for it. So, there were enough watts to go round. But this was set to change when the power sector started experiencing a decline in maintenance. And coupled with the fact that more people demanded electricity, the good days of good electricity faded. By 2000, power supply dropped to as low as 1,500 megawatts.

Olusegun Obasanjo, in his time, put in quite some effort to change this trend when he came up with the National Electric Power Policy in 2001. This was led to the creation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). This administration also came up with the Presidential Action Committee on Power. On and on, other administrations like the GEJ administration, have come up with several other corporations.

On the 1st of November 2013, the existing GENCOS and DISCOS were privatised and a bulk of the administration was handed over to private companies.

Really, it is evident that Nigeria has come a long way when it comes to electricity. And although we are not totally yet at that stage of total illumination, we can say we are getting there. Also, when it comes to paying your electricity bills, there is now an easier and more convenient way. And this is through VTpass. VTpass offers a convenient way of paying everyday services like airtime, data, electricity bills and tv subscriptions. Log on now to www.vtpass.com to make easy, fast payments for your electricity bills.

RIGHT INVESTMENTS THAT CANNOT GO WRONG

Ever put your money in a venture that didn’t go down well? Then, you might know a little about minding just where you put your investments. Or even worse, you might be very sardonic about investment, especially in a place like Nigeria. At VTpass, we do know how painful it can be to have one’s money go down the drain without meeting a purpose. So, we help you get your money’s worth anytime any day. You do not need to rely on getting services that will not deliver. From us, you can get all your everyday service just when you want it. To do this, log on to www.vtpass.com. On www.vtpass.com, you can pay and get your phone airtime, electricity bills, data and cable tv subscriptions.

And as for those investments that fail, it might be because you are looking in the wrong direction. Good investment prospects do not necessarily have to be something big. Most people put their money in shares and stocks and virtually other things that look promising but do not necessarily promise a win. Rather than investing your money in things that do not actually yield much, why not look at the possibility of investing in any of these:

  1. AGRICULTURE: This might look a little unsuspecting. But the agricultural sector is one good place to trade. A good investment usually works around products and services that target consumers cannot do without. And if there is any one thing like that, then it must be food. Because of this, you can always invest in something that directly or indirectly connects you with agriculture.
  2. TECHNOLOGY: Ok, this is something that is on the ebb, and virtually on the verge of exploding. There are various ways you can invest and make money from the technological realm. But then, you should look for technological opportunities that do not squeeze too much out of you. For one, through online platforms like VTpass, you can make a growing passive income that sustains you well enough. And this too for just a small investment. By being a terminal agent, an affiliate partner or trade partner, you can get commissions on the number of trades you refer or bring onto the platform. So, visit www.vtpass.com to find out more.
  3. AFRICAN ARTS: Ok, you are shocked at this point. But then, you would want to know that past and contemporary artworks of African artisans are in high demand. Not just that, the various factors like distance and time that were once barriers to the importing and exporting of artworks are in redress. And what is more appealing is knowing that these highly demanded artworks are bought by Africans themselves. What this means is anyone who chooses to invest in African arts either as an art collector, a curator, exhibitioner and the likes will not be at a loss. Are you an art enthusiast? Then waste no time, join in the movement.
  4. CRYPTOCURRENCY: Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Dogecoin etc. are opening new ways for people to make money. Although this is sometimes, you can invest in this and make quite a lot.

Investing in VTpass as a terminal agent, a business developer or trade partner puts you on par with anyone investing in any other field. This is because you not only stand to make quite a lot. But it also comes at a low risk. Visiting www.vtpass.com gives you more information about this. Also, you can buy and pay for your everyday services using www.vtpass.com. Settle your electricity bills, cable tv subscription, airtime and data easily and speedily using www.vtpass.com. Really, with VTpass, life can only get better.

 

2018 WORLD CUP: NEWSREEL

Every four years, several national teams unite together on several green fields across the world for one purpose. And that’s to bring home the glory and prize of the FIFA world cup. And every four years, Nigeria has participated in this memorable event. Most times, they have failed to impress a lot of Nigerians with their performance. But it seems the Nigerian football body is going all out this time to propel the Nigerian team into winning. So, you would want to get in tune with the preparations of the Super Eagles for the 2018 world cup. And you can conveniently do this by visiting www.vtpass.com for your data and airtime.

But in the meanwhile, the Nigerian Football Federation is showing quite as much support for the Super Eagles. For one, they intend to pay players and officials the sum of $2.4 million for the World cup in Russia. Not only that, the NFF has also agreed to remit the other benefits and due payments to the game players. So, this action is a retrospective of the 2014 world cup when issues regarding the pay row led to a poor performance on the part of the Nigerian team.

It looks like a lot is going on for the Super Eagles. This is not only in terms of the money doled out to them, but there is quite a lot going on for them on the field. On one hand, the team beat Zambia to qualify for the World cup just as they had a tie with Algeria in a recent friendly. And there is the recent victory against Argentina in an International friendly.

In appraising this match, Orji Kalu, the former governor of Abia State, had this to say:

vtpass,2018 world cup“The well-deserved victory of the Super Eagles against the Argentine team is inspiring and worth celebrating. The Super Eagles’ players have demonstrated uncommon soccer sagacity.”

It is evident that more than all these, a whole lot is going to go down for the Super Eagles as well as other teams in the 2018 world cup. You wouldn’t want to miss any of the action that is bound to unfold. Log on to www.vtpass.com now to make quick and convenient payment for your airtime and data. Also, you can pay your electricity bills and DSTV, GOTV and STARTIMES subscriptions by simply coming on to 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.

NIGERIA VERSUS ARGENTINA FACE-OFF: HIGHLIGHTS

On the fourteenth of November, 2017, Nigeria played an international friendly against Argentina. Beating Argentina to a four-two, it was one unanticipated victory and a sweet one for Nigerians all over. Although many insisted that the absence of Leo Messi on the Argentinean side had a telling impact on the match, it was nonetheless a glorious day for the massive Nigerian supporters. Of course, for those who did not renew their cable TV subscription, it might be quite difficult to get the very best of this match. You can conveniently and quickly renew your TV subscriptions by logging on to www.vtpass.com. VTpass gives you easy online access to the payment of your everyday bills.

To relatively measure the victory of this past international friendly, it would be good to shed light on the past face-offs between Nigeria and Argentina. So, these are the highlights of the face-off between Nigeria and Argentina.

Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero scored two-goals for Argentina after 36 minutes.

Then, Kelechi Iheanacho struck back with a goal for Nigeria.

It was 2-2 after the first half. But seven minutes into the second-half, Alex Iwobi gave Nigeria two more goals. So, this brought it to a 4-2 victory.

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The Super Eagles Strike again

Also, you would want to know that prior to this time, Nigeria has lost most matches to Argentina. Here is a throwback to our previous face-offs:

25 Jun 1994 Argentina v Nigeria L 2-1 FIFA World Cup
10 Jan 1995 Nigeria v Argentina D 0-0 FIFA Confederations Cup
02 Jun 2002 Argentina v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup
12 Jun 2010 Argentina v Nigeria L 1-0 FIFA World Cup
01 Jun 2011 Nigeria v Argentina W 4-1 International Friendly
06 Sep 2011 Argentina v Nigeria L 3-1 International Friendly
25 Jun 2014 Nigeria v Argentina L 2-3 FIFA World Cup
14 Nov 2017 Argentina v Nigeria W 2-4 International Friendly

 

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