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Politics / Re: Pat Utomi To Run As Delta State Gov In 2015 by EkoAtlantic: 3:38pm On Jan 03, 2014
IKEMBA NNEWI: i'm cool ooo. i left Skt 3 months ago, God is taking me somewhere bigger wink. You on fcbuk whatsapp or something?

Good. None.
Politics / Re: Pat Utomi To Run As Delta State Gov In 2015 by EkoAtlantic: 3:24pm On Jan 03, 2014
IKEMBA NNEWI: Aunty mi cheesy, se eti padawa? Mo miss yin da'ada ooo emini(INN018) se eti gbagbe me sad?

Hey man, just dey. Been busy jare. mi o ti padawa wa, just using the little free time i have now. Going off soon. Should be fully back in 6 months from now. How ur side and sokoto, abi na onitsha you dey?

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Politics / Re: Lagos Deserves Better Than APC - Obanikoro by EkoAtlantic: 3:13pm On Jan 03, 2014
Pukkah:

This means you've not been residing in Lagos State?



How come you pay your tax in Lagos State?

grin grin
Politics / Re: Pat Utomi To Run As Delta State Gov In 2015 by EkoAtlantic: 2:56pm On Jan 03, 2014
It's not just being known to be a good democrat if elected but having enough supporters and knowing the rigth people. Prof utomi is no doubt assumed to be a good administrator, but how many homebased deltans know him? Wish him good luck (goodluck)

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Politics / Re: Lagos Deserves Better Than APC - Obanikoro by EkoAtlantic: 11:50am On Jan 03, 2014
And pdp is the better alternative that lagosians deserve!
Joker grin grin

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Politics / Re: 15, 000 PDP Member Defect To APC In Bauchi by EkoAtlantic: 12:50am On Jan 03, 2014
And why must they?
Politics / Re: 15, 000 PDP Member Defect To APC In Bauchi by EkoAtlantic: 10:51pm On Jan 02, 2014
must they decamp?
Celebrities / Re: PHOTOS: Miss Russia, Miss Ghana & Miss Kenya Visit Lagos Ahead Of Global Pageant by EkoAtlantic: 5:13am On Sep 17, 2013
Not good looking at all undecided
Politics / Re: 186 Niger-Delta Youths Depart For Training In UK, South Africa by EkoAtlantic: 10:55am On Sep 16, 2013
...no fewer than 186 former Niger Delta militants on Saturday departed Nigeria for the United Kingdom and South Africa for training sponsored by the Presidential Amnesty Office

A government that's sending militants (MEND) abroad for training! When even civilian students are off uni. due to ASSU strike. Damn...

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Politics / Fewer Bikes, Safer Streets: Lagos Counts Blessings Of Okada Ban by EkoAtlantic: 6:03pm On Sep 14, 2013
First of all... "Eko Oni baje o"

Fewer bikes, safer streets: Lagos counts blessings of Okada ban
Written by  Chukwuma Omparaocha-Lagos Saturday, 14 September 2013

OVER a year since the Lagos State Traffic Law was promulgated, there has been a ‘marked reduction’ in the rate of okada-related road accidents, according to statistics from the state sector of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Since the traffic law was promulgated in Lagos in August 2012, road crashes, especially those involving commercial motorcycles (popularly called okada), have reduced by at least 28.2 per cent, according to FRSC data. Information made available by FRSC showed that there has been a gradual but steady decline in the rate of okada-related accidents in the state.

In the last one year, about 609 road accidents had been recorded, in which 122 persons were killed and 1,567 suffered various degrees of body injury. This, according to FRSC, translates to 28.2 per cent reduction in crash frequency which stood at 781 in the months preceding the introduction of the new traffic law, with special focus on the ban restriction on okada operation on a number of routes.

These figures were recently corroborated by the immediate past Lagos Sector Commander of the FRSC, Nseobong Akpabio, who had declared that the command, during the period under review, succeeded in reducing road accidents by enforcing traffic laws as well as educating offenders more on road traffic regulations.
According to him, as a result of the enforcement of the okada restriction as well as improvement in public enlightenment programmes, fatality figures during road accidents have also plummeted by 41.6 per cent, compared to the preceding 16 months when 209 were recorded.

Akpabio had also revealed that the number of people injured during the period under review stood at 1,567 – a marked reduction of 11.9 per cent from the previous figure of 1,778.

However the Lagos State government had, in April this year, disclosed that 13,398 road accidents, which included commercial motorcycles, were recorded in the last 15 months. It said out of those accidents, 148 deaths were recorded.
According to the statistics made available by the state government, out of the 13,398 road traffic accidents recorded in the state from January 2012 to March 2013, vehicles accounted for 7,267, while 6,131 okada accidents were recorded in the last 15 months.

But the government, through the Ministry of Transport, had insisted that as of March 2013, okada-related accidents had declined to 126, a feat the government attributed to the enforcement of its road traffic law.

At the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, widely regarded as the major destination for trauma and accident victims in South-West Nigeria, statistics show that there has been a drop in the number of victims involved in okada-related accidents since the ban took effect.

The hospital’s Head of Emergency Department, Dr. Osita Obianyor, who compared the number of okada-related accident victims over a 16-month period, covering the period before and after the partial ban, said the drop had been about 10 per cent.
“The rate of okada-related accidents has generally reduced in terms of statistics. Before the ban, between January and August 2012, we saw 423 patients that had okada accidents. In a similar eight-month period, from September 2012 to April 2013, we saw 379 patients involved in okada-related accidents,” he had noted.
In May, this year, the Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde

Fashola, had disclosed that despite the criticisms that greeted the introduction of the road traffic law, its positive effects were becoming manifest in the reduction of fatalities on Lagos roads, especially accidents involving okada.
He said before the advent of the law, about 646 okada accident cases were recorded on a monthly basis in the state but as of March this year, 120 cases were recorded.

The governor said, “Before the road traffic law, okada-related deaths in the state on monthly basis were between 12 and 15, but only four deaths have been recorded so far this year.
“If this is what the law has been able to achieve, I am proud to be the head of the government which made it possible.”


However, it is not yet uhuru for okada-related accidents in the state, as the state government has also recently expressed worry over rising cases of deliberate flouting of traffic but also regulations, not only by commercial motorcycle riders, drivers and even pedestrians.
Giving this indication recently, the state Commissioner for Transport, Kayode Opeifa, said that despite earlier success rate recorded, especially late last year after the law was introduced, there was a steady increase in January this year.

Blaming this on continuous flouting of traffic laws in the state, the commissioner said, “When we began the enforcement of the law, the total number of vehicles impounded in September reduced by 386 (16.9 per cent) and 818 (35.9 per cent) in December 2012, which showed voluntary compliance by the residents of the state.
“This showed that there was a sharp drop in the number of total violation from October to December 2012. However, the number of total violation began to rise steadily with a peak in February 2013,” he said.

He also added that in January 5,624, traffic laws were violated by road users; in February, it rose to 6, 952, while March had 6, 566. And vehicles apprehended by the men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) also increased from 1, 854 in January to 2011 in March 2013.

“This suggests that there is need for continuous enforcement activities and public enlightenment to sustain compliance with the law,” Opeifa said.

http://tribune.com.ng/news2013/index.php/en/features2/item/21561-fewer-bikes,-safer-streets-lagos-counts-blessings-of-okada-ban.html
Politics / Re: CAN Gives Kwara 7-day Ultimatum To Redress Discrimination Against Christians by EkoAtlantic: 10:11am On Sep 12, 2013
Austine.E:
...really religion shldnt be a parameter for appointments but having said this,it is imperative to state that muslims,especially south-west muslims are always quick to argue that their people dont put religion in whatever they do!but they systematically relegate their christian brothers to the backyard in all political affairs,they critize fellow yorubas who are men of God eg TB joshua,Oyedepo,Adeboye etc at every slightest misunderstanding while always supporting and praising their muslim folks,you hardly hear them critisize yoruba sheiks,Imams or Alfas...Yoruba christians shld wake up from their slumber and see the hand-writing on the wall!There is a grand design by the political muslim class to subjugate them,watch how they muslims have dominated every aspect of the yoruba society while they the christians keep following them sheepishly under the guise of progressives.Look at lagos state,i dare a yoruba christian to vie for the governorship position or are they less intelligent,'self-deception is the worst form of deception',shine your eyes!!!APC are now gradually bringing out political actors for the next governorship election and i can tell you that almost all are muslims or are they christians in that region dumbooos without political ambition,thanks to Tinubu and his evil cohorts...christians must face reality or keep on fooling around...muslims are encouraged through their teachings to dominate their environment and must nt allow infidels(christians,atheists,Jews etc)to govern them even if life will be better under such government!so who is deceiving who?

[b]One of the problems of you ibos is that you don't reason before you act or talk. Wonder why every ethnic groups pass you round like calabash and dump you when they are done using you.
One of the reasons you might forever be @$$ licker to any president of this country from any ethnic group, because you don't understand the people you're dealing with, neither do you want to understand them. But you'll rather go ahead with your trademark of empty chest beating of being smart, whereas those that seem dumb checkmate you EVERYTIME.

You claimed that "we the Yoruba christians are being systematically politically relegated by our muslim tribesmen". But out of ignorance and personal aim of causing hatred amidst us forgot that we've produced political leaders from both religions to lead the yoruba race; your nightmare and your most hated yoruba man(Late Chief JEREMIAH Obafemi Awolowo) who is a legend to us and did what no yoruba man has done was a christian, who made us the pacesetter in this present banana republic called Nigeria.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the first civilian President from the Yoruba race is a christian and was once the most powerful politician among the yoruba people.
Our Yoruba muslims have NEVER complained of being politically relegated by we christians.
MKO Abiola, a yoruba muslim was also once our political leader whom we(both christians and muslims) loved in his time. We christians never complained of being politically relegated.
Presently, our political leaders are mostly muslim and are in no way causing division which we christians are very cool with because they are doing well in the area which they are elected. We yoruba christians are not complaining.

But you Ibos that are the most divided tribe in Nigeria despite being of one religion are the ones to tell we yorubas that our muslims are systematically politically relegating us. LWKMD...

You people that even claimed christians and jews, lol. Are you living christ's exemplary life. Being known for drug trafficking, 419, rituals and uncountable sins of you people ain't christlike.

You need to understand that we yorubas believe that our political leaders are "soldier com soldier go". We don't give a $h1t of whatever religion our political leaders believe in.

Lastly, I think you should be worried about your tribe and region. My man you people are damn too divided. You need to get united and ready to blend with others irrespective of their differences and believe to smell the seat of power in this backward country called Nigeria.

Have a fruitful day man.[/b]

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Politics / Samsung Opens Experience Stores In Ibadan And Lagos by EkoAtlantic: 5:43am On Sep 06, 2013
Samsung Opens Experience Stores in Ibadan And Lagos

As a demonstration of its commitment to ensure that leading-edge, world-class mobile and personal computing devices remained accessible to Nigerians, Samsung Electronics West Africa, in partnership with accredited local partners has stepped up its nationwide market expansion drive in Nigeria, with the opening of two more direct-to-market stores in Lagos and a first in Ibadan.

Dubbed Samsung Experience Stores, the retail outlets provide consumers with an exciting avenue to experience and interact with Samsung smart phones, tablets, IT Solutions, digital imaging devices, laptops and accessories to complement the product offering, in one easily-accessible location whilst showcasing Samsung’s technology leadership and enabling consumers to experience firsthand the power of sharing content across multiple products.


The Ibadan, Yaba and Surulere stores, latest in the series of Experience Stores being rolled out all over Nigeria, bring the total number of such retail outlets in the country to 13, with 6 centres in Lagos alone.

Prominent gadgets on display at the stores include the recently launched Galaxy S4 smartphone, Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3, all of which come with a 24-month warranty. The retail stores also boast a dedicated "Free level one service" which gives customers the opportunity to download and install applications and software upgrades.

Speaking at the launch of the Ibadan store recently, Samsung’s Head of Sales for Hand Held Products, Mr. Olumide Ojo, said the Samsung Experience Store was developed primarily for Nigerians to explore and interact with Samsung hand held products like mobile phones, cameras and premium PCs.

"The idea behind the Experience Store is to change a dull, retail shopping trip into an interactive, cheerful experience," said Ojo. 
He added: “It allows our consumers to discover what our products can do, and how they can derive optimal value from them to enrich their lives. “Our customers in Ibadan, Yaba and Surulere regions now have an ideal location to experience the premium Samsung product range including mobile phones, tablets, professional and digital cameras and laptops at their leisure.”

He stated that the company had earmarked several other locations in Nigeria as sites for more experience stores’ launch over the next three to four months.

The opening of the new Experience Stores comes on the heels of the company's unveiling of premium products including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/samsung-opens-experience-stores-in-ibadan-lagos/158229/

Politics / Re: Opon Imo Wins UN Award Of E-learning, Creativity And Education In Estonia by EkoAtlantic: 5:25am On Sep 05, 2013
NB: All state government schools in the state of Osun have the same type of school uniform.

Opon imo was launched on the 3rd Of June, 2013.
Get more from here
https://www.nairaland.com/1311395/opon-imo-launched-osun-today

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Politics / Re: Opon Imo Wins UN Award Of E-learning, Creativity And Education In Estonia by EkoAtlantic: 5:12am On Sep 05, 2013
[size=16pt] Opon Imo Wins UN Award Of e-learning, Creativity And Education In Estonia [/size]
World Summit Award (WSA) Out of 461 entries nominated from 100+countries. 17 Grand Jury members converged for three days in the city of Tallinn, Republic of Estonia, Northern Europe to judge and choose winners for 2013 WSA Summit Awards.
Under the category of e-Learning and Education, OPON IMO entry from NIGERIA, State of Osun, emerged above all others to win this e-Content Creativity competition.

WSA is a global initiative within the United Nations framework which gives awards every two years to outstanding e-content.
Details shortly about the awesome benefits of this Global Award.
http://www.osundefender.org/?p=119679

http://monroviapost.com/breaking-news-opon-imo-wins-un-award-in-estonia/

All I can say is "Osun Ti'n Dara" cheesy

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Webmasters / Re: Somali, Zulu, Hausa, Yoruba And Igbo To Google Translate by EkoAtlantic: 6:59pm On Aug 29, 2013
Awesome.

Omo Yoruba lemio swagger. grin

We own three of the five African Languages. Cool...
Long live Nigeria.
Politics / Re: Ogun Partner's U.S. Firm To Establish $200m Cancer Institute In Sagamu by EkoAtlantic: 2:04pm On Aug 29, 2013
mascot87: First in Africa?That's a good news for the entire country.It would be beneficial to all Nigerian citizens.God bless the Federal republic of Nigeria smiley

Amen

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Politics / Ogun Partner's U.S. Firm To Establish $200m Cancer Institute In Sagamu by EkoAtlantic: 1:50pm On Aug 29, 2013
August 28, 2013
The Ogun Government is to collaborate with a U.S. health care provider, HTI Global Cancer Partner, to establish a 200-million-dollar Cancer Institute in Sagamu, near Abeokuta. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Olaokun Soyinka, who made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abeokuta at a news conference, said the institute would be the first of its kind in Africa.

He said that the institute would be built near the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu. The commissioner said that the proposed institute was being built to tackle the threat posed by cancer.

Soyinka said the establishment of the institute would help to raise public awareness on the disease,and that the institute would also undertake screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

According to the commissioner, the institute will also train healthcare providers and conduct research on cancer. Soyinka said the institute would be financed through bills from patients, medical tourists, the state’s health insurance scheme, donor agencies, as well as research sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.

“There are cancer centres and institutes across Africa but I can tell you none of them has a school. “We can get on top of the cancer epidemic in Nigeria and this is one of the ways this can be achieved,” Soyinka said.

The Chairman, Board of Managers of HTI Global Cancer Partners, Dr Bert Petersen, said the establishment of the proposed institute would help to transform Nigeria’s health sector.

He said only 15 per cent out of about 50,000 people diagnosed with cancer yearly in Nigeria survived. The board chairman said that the institute would help to increase the number of cancer survivors in the country.

Petersen said the establishment of the institute would also save Nigerians from the challenges of traveling out of the country for medical attention.

He said that the state-of-the-art institute would have some of its equipment imported from the U.S. and Europe, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
http://businessdayonline.com/2013/08/ogun-to-partner-u-s-firm-to-establish-cancer-institute/

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Politics / Re: Fasheun's OPC Faction Clashes With Police While Launching UPN by EkoAtlantic: 5:35am On Aug 28, 2013
How far can the president go with his desperate mind of getting re-elected in 2015?

Paying militants(OPC) to cause havoc and disrupt SouthWest's peace by awarding them a N2b contract of securing pipelines. Is this the pipeline they want Nigerians to believe they are securing?

Involving in state(anambra) politics by secretly disqualifying the best candidate and the man of the people(professor Soludo) to guarantee his 2015 support from the state and imposing puppets on the good people of the state.

Fighting one of Nigeria's most competent and hard working governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state, just because he doesn't fall for his(jonathan) dubious antics and wanting to stand alone. Where 5 lawmakers successfully impeached a speaker in a house that has over 30 honorable(s).

Breaking down a forum(Nigeria governor's forum) into factions, a forum that has been existing before he knew anything close to politics. Where 16votes was greater than 19votes.

^^^
All these because of 2015!!!

-Yet, the education sector is crumbling with federal and state universities lecturers on strike.
-Health sector is write off, where governors and even the first lady need to fly out of the country to threat even malaria.
-Oil theft at its peak.
-taking loans allover the world to revive the locomotive rail system, that couldn't successfully move goods from Lagos to Kano/Kaduna(less than a thousand kilometers)
And renovating existing airports which was never his idea, claiming to have achieved.

Yet Nigeria is the highest oil exporter in Africa.

Really fresh air!

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Politics / Re: Akanu Ibiam International Airport: Flights Are Fully Booked Into October by EkoAtlantic: 9:14am On Aug 27, 2013
Excellent development.

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Politics / Re: Fashola Leads The Pack On Twitter by EkoAtlantic: 7:49pm On Aug 21, 2013
bennyraz: [size=13pt]how many followers does peter obi have on twitter? grin grin NONE! grin[/size]

he never sabi wetin twitter be..
You dey mention followers
LWTMB cheesy

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Politics / Re: Fashola Leads The Pack On Twitter by EkoAtlantic: 7:46pm On Aug 21, 2013
CFCfan:

Eko O Ni Baje grin
BTW, I would pay to watch a debate between Fashola and Obama.

It would be interesting mehn.
cheesy

I trust my man Fash, he's gonna give the Kenyan nice finishing, like he got from mitt cheesy
Politics / Re: Fashola Leads The Pack On Twitter by EkoAtlantic: 7:34pm On Aug 21, 2013
Fashola(Lagos)
Aregbesola(Osun)
Uduaghan(Delta)
Fayemi(Ekiti)
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.
.
Others...
^^
Cool.

CFCfan: 150,000 followers! shocked That's massive.
I'm sure the likes of dayokanu, eko ile, eko atlantic, gbawe et al are amongst his followers

Eko O Ni Baje grin

grin
I actually don't follow oga fash. cheesy

You can say that last phrase again.
Politics / Re: How Aregbesola Turned Osun To A Construction Site by EkoAtlantic: 5:14pm On Aug 21, 2013
Osun A dara.

Well done Aregbe.

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Politics / Re: Jonathan Set To proclaim Additional State In South-east. by EkoAtlantic: 11:16pm On Aug 20, 2013
tolulinks: Create a state in the SE??! Hell the whole south east will fit COMFORTABLY in oyo. Oh well, if they get a state then SW gets Two. Simple as.

I don't pray for that in SW. Creation of states 'll only interrupt the unity of a group and less economic power.
How I wish we have just two states in SW: Lagos+Ogun+Oyo as a state and Ekit+Ondo+Osun the other.
Then you'll see the meaning of unity and economic growth.
Not creating mushroom states allover.

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Culture / Re: Igbos In Ashanti Region Oppose Installation Of Chief by EkoAtlantic: 1:58pm On Aug 20, 2013
londoner:


Just tell to me in your own words, what you think the article is saying.
You response is actually evidence that you actually DID NOT comprehend what was being said in the article.




Well, I just realized I'm not the only one you're doubting about rightfully comprehension of the article and you are also the only one doubting others if they understood what it says.
Meaning I've actually wasted my time responding to u.
Enjoy man...
Culture / Re: Igbos In Ashanti Region Oppose Installation Of Chief by EkoAtlantic: 1:47pm On Aug 20, 2013
londoner:

I asked you to tell me in your words, what the piece actually is saying.

I knew you would try and get around it, because the moment you do, it will be clear to all that you failed to comprehend what it actually said.

So, Eko Atlantic......what was is article saying?

If you think the responses I've given does not correlate with the article, well it's your thought which I have no problem with.
I assume no sane person on this forum won't be able to grab the gist of the article.
But I'm sure you got my own view and interpretation about the whole write-up. Again, you all need to live with others without being too forceful and loud mouthed.
Culture / Re: Igbos In Ashanti Region Oppose Installation Of Chief by EkoAtlantic: 1:25pm On Aug 20, 2013
londoner:

Eko Atlantic....please tell me in no uncertain terms what the actual piece posted here says.

You read it again......and see if you wont actually realize your mistake.

Man, I'm standing by earlier posts, no mistake or any misinterpretation.
My point is that must it only be the Igbos that we hear of anytime they are outside their lands? We want this.. We don't want that...
Mehn, you're not in your home to choose what suit you and what doesn't. You just have to blend with whatever comes and make necessary adjustment.
Culture / Re: Igbos In Ashanti Region Oppose Installation Of Chief by EkoAtlantic: 1:09pm On Aug 20, 2013
londoner: #


Did you actually read the piece before replying?

It is about a FELLOW IGBO trying to install himself as an Eze of Igbos living in Ghana. The Igbos have rejected it, as it is not an Igbo tradition to have a king of all Igbos.....ANYWHERE.

It is not Ghanaians trying to install anyone....they don't do that.

Go back and read the piece again please.

Which ever way you've interpreted it, you guys are not the only one living as immigrants. But we hear this and that about you anywhere outside you land.
You all need to respect yourselves.
Culture / Re: Igbos In Ashanti Region Oppose Installation Of Chief by EkoAtlantic: 12:58pm On Aug 20, 2013
When are these people going to learn it's mandatory to respect the tradition and culture of their hosts?

They blamed Hausas for hating them, said Ikweres are envious of them, shout of genocide in yoruba land, cry when South Africans deal with them, same with Botswana, Malaysia, Kenya, China and now Ghana.

Is it not in the same Accra Yorubas celebrated 200 years they've migrated to Ghana and living peacefully with their hosts.

These people better check themselves in the mirror and make necessary adjustment in their manners toward other people.

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Culture / Re: Traditional Worshippers Day Declared In Osun State by EkoAtlantic: 10:18am On Aug 20, 2013
brownlord: AND THE STATE IS STILL THE MOST BACKWARD STATE IN NIGERIA

The state with the lowest unemployment rate in Nigeria is the most backward?

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Culture / Re: Traditional Worshippers Day Declared In Osun State by EkoAtlantic: 10:16am On Aug 20, 2013
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