Africa’s Most Successful Women: Mo Abudu

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Find your purpose and never give up on your dream.Pursue it relentlessly -Mo Abudu

Mo Abudu, a 50 year-old Nigerian media entrepreneur and talk show host, is the founder of Ebony Life TV, a fast-growing black African multi-broadcast entertainment network, which showcases informative and entertaining programmes that portray Africa at its best. Continue reading “Africa’s Most Successful Women: Mo Abudu”

She discovered a way to treat a startling source of disease in children: Stress

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Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician in San Francisco .photo credits: Jason henry

Soon after Nadine Burke Harris opened a pediatrics clinic in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco, she began grappling with the high rates of asthma and other illnesses that she was diagnosing in her patients. She wanted to understand why so many of the kids she saw were so sick.

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This ‘immoral’ hug got a Nigerian actress banned from acting

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A Nigerian film star found herself on the defensive on Tuesday after her country’s motion picture association banned her for supposedly “immoral” behavior in a music video that included “hugging and cuddling.”

Rahama Sadau is a popular actress in the Hausa-language film industry, which predominates in Nigeria’s conservative north, where the population is mostly Muslim.

She and a pop sensation who goes by the name ClassiQ recently produced a music video for his song “I Love You.” In the video, ClassiQ falls for the character played by Sadau, who is a vegetable vendor in an open-air market. At first, refusing his advances, she bats him away with a bushel of leafy greens. But soon she succumbs to his charm and joins him by the railroad tracks.

You can watch the video below and judge for yourself whether their interaction amounts to hugging and cuddling.

Sadau, who is on vacation in India, issued a public apology via Twitter, in which she said, “It was a job and I was carrying out my role in my profession, as I would in any other production, be it a Hausa language film or a Nollywood production,” referring to the Nigerian film industry at large. The Hausa-language industry is known as Kannywood.

“However, innocuous touching with other people in my line of work is inevitable,” she wrote.

ClassiQ also expressed despair at the decision made by the Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association of Nigeria.

“I actually asked and begged Rahama Sadau to be part of the video because she is a popular figure in the entertainment industry and that is all. I wanted a popular face in the video,” he told local media. “When the whole thing blew [up] because of her appearance in the video, I got shocked. In fact I am still not myself till now.”

Kannywood perennially comes under fire from Muslim clerics, who see it as a corrupting influence. Sadau made an indirect appeal to them in her apology, saying people should “be more tolerant and forgiving towards one another and to cease all the senseless abuse, name calling and backbiting.”

|The Washington Post

Teenagers ‘checking mobile phones in night’

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Almost half (45%) of young people are checking their mobile phones after they have gone to bed, a poll suggests.
A survey of 2,750 11- to 18-year-olds found one in 10 admitted checking their mobile phones for notifications at least 10 times a night.
The poll was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.
The organisations warn night-time usage of mobiles means pupils are coming to school tired and unable to concentrate.
They recommend having a “digital detox” and putting mobile devices away for 90 minutes before lights-out or keeping them out of the bedroom.

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Of the 45% of survey respondents who check their phones when they should be sleeping, almost all (94%) are on social media – with a tenth saying they would feel stressed about missing out if they did not check their device before going to sleep.
Of this group, 75% are listening to music and over half (57%) are watching films.
A third (32%) of these youngsters say their parents are not aware that they check their mobile device after going to bed.

The findings also show:

-68% of all respondents say using their mobile devices at night affects their school work
-a quarter say they feel tired during the day because of how often they use their mobile device at night
-almost half (42%) keep their phone next to their bed at night

10 screen-time tips from Digital Awareness UK

-Refrain from using screens 90 minutes before bedtime
-Turn off notifications, or activate “do not disturb”, “aeroplane mode” or mute settings. –Turn the phone off altogether if you can
-Reduce blue light exposure, which can disrupt sleep. For example, most Apple devices have the “night shift mode”, which changes the colour temperature of your device to reduce exposure
-Try and break the habit of unprompted device checking
-Keep your phone in a location that prevents you from seeing, hearing or even reaching for it
-Use a screen time tracker apps, such as RealizD and Moment, that can showcase the amount of time you are spending on your device. Some of these apps allow you to set usage restrictions
-Digital detox – take a break from devices altogether or set times that you will turn your phone off
-Switch the habit – in the 90 minutes running up to bedtime, get stuck into a good book, practice meditation or have a relaxing bubble bath
-Think. If we think about the reasons why we are using mobile devices at night time, we would often think twice
-If you take control back by exercising any of the tips listed above, give yourself a pat on the back and a treat

Charlotte Robertson, DAUK co-founder, said: “One of the biggest topics around at the moment is excessive social media consumption and how it is affecting our physical and emotional wellbeing.
“A lot of them [children] are waking up sometimes with over 100 notifications from conversations that have happened overnight.
“They want to be that person that is responding at 01:00, and seen to be quite cool, to make sure they catch the joke – it’s a huge driver, that anxiety of wanting to know what’s happened.”
HMC chairman Mike Buchanan said: “The data suggests those who do check their phones, they’re mostly driven by not wishing to miss out.
“Clearly there are some times when children are not concentrating because they are tired, and that has an obvious impact on their ability to keep up with what’s going on – there is a desire to stay within the group.
“It’s not that this [technology] is all horrible and terrible and that we should all be wringing our hands.
“It is more a case that here’s the reality, let’s use it and try to influence the use of technology in a positive way.”

|BBC