How to Identify good music?

 

What is good music and how can we identify one? I think I should start off by explaining what good music is. Many people have their own definition of what good music Is meant to be, but not everyone really understand the true meaning of It and how to identify It.

First of all music is an international language which transcends beyond borders irrespective of language barriers. Having said that let me explain what Good Music is. Good Music is any music that stimulates your brain and helps you think clearer. It’s also a music you can listen to for years on end, without getting bored of it. Music that is made with a lot of love, care and time can also be attributed to good music. But the most important factor is the fact that music affects us in different ways. There is no real classification of a good music as long as the music touches us emotionally and makes us feel in a way that we weren’t before.

In my opinion, music is “good” when it touches its audience. If you hear something that catches and holds your interest, then it’s good music irrespective of its genre. But many music critics will argue that music can only be termed good if it’s emotional and carries a message that touches our soul no matter how old the song is. Good music generally is based on perception. In short, I think it’s impossible to define “good music” since it varies for every individual.

So what do we look for in a good composition? Rhythmic grooviness (does it move your ass and head with its rhythm?), melodic diversity (are the notes fluctuating in colorful waves), does it get stuck in your mind but still not annoying (is it catchy yet not cheesy), does it include originality (is it actually a new song or is it some version of an already existing song)? Does it have good chords (does the song have original yet good sounding chord combinations that initiate rich and sophisticated feelings inside)? And much more.

Have you sometimes listened to music that you don’t really understand the language but you still somehow find yourself falling in love with it? That’s what a good music is meant to do because sometimes music is spiritual, it can speak to your without really understanding a word of what is been said in the song. Our understanding of good music in this part of the world is old classics blues records or classical jazz but genre like Apala, Highlife, Fuji, Juju and other local music genre also have a lot of good music which are evergreen and touches it’s listeners one way or the other anytime the songs are played.

I hope with this short written piece of mine I have been able to educate you on what good music is all about and how you can identify it. I also hope it will change our perception to what good music is and appreciate every music as a piece of art. If you know any Nigerian music that can be classified as good music, you can list them in the comment section so we can know the few Nigerian songs that are good music.

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Army Gives Tips On How To Identify Suicide Bombers

The Nigerian Army has urged residents in the northeast to be wary of fleeing terrorists, disclosing further how to identify a suicide bomber or an accomplice.

Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, told newsmen that the terrorists, forced out of their enclaves, have taken to attacking soft targets, mostly with suicide bombers who are more of young females.

Usman stressed the need for residents of different communities in Nigeria’s northeast and other cities to be wary of fleeing Boko Haram members, hinting that the process of coupling an IED would require inputs from different persons, making it possible for those observing to know that crisis was imminent.

He said, “Terrorists are normal human beings that mingle with the public. Whenever you are coupling an IED about 10 other persons will be in the chain of it.

“If the public are more vigilant, they will notice something amiss.

“When you see somebody buying bells of nails and you know for sure he does not have the capacity to buy that quantity of nails and you know him very well to the point that he is not embarking on a building project, then something is wrong.

“Sometime, you will see somebody in the night moving about when every other normal human being is sleeping or somebody, wearing a winter coat when actually it is so hot.

“His mode of dressing is so awkward that you will think that you are in a winter society. In most cases they are odd.

“They know the mode of dressing of people within a locality and that, a soldier posted to the area, may not know. They can identify when there is something strange about a person’s dress.

“It is very important that we involve the people that are on ground,” he added, urging Nigerians to report suspected persons to security agencies within their locality to save lives.

How to identify plastic rice – Minister

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has denied claims by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) that there is plastic rice in Nigeria.

On December 21, 2016, Customs said it seized 102 bags of plastic rice branded “Beat Tomato Rice’’ with no manufacture date.

Yesterday, the minister responded to claims about the presence of plastic rice in Nigeria.

For some weeks, reports in social media claimed plastic rice had allegedly been imported massively into the country.

In two tweets, yesterday, through his twitter handle; @IsaacFAdewole, the Health minister said preliminary tests and results proved no rice in the country was plastic.

He noted that some of the impounded rice, when cooked, had “normal odour,” “normal colour” and was “off white.”

He added that the Director General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Oluremi Oni had also informed him that there is no such rice in Nigeria.

How to identify plastic rice

  1. Water Test: Get a glass of cold water, pour a tablespoon of raw rice in the glass and stir. If the rice goes to the bottom, it is all good. If it floats at the top, it means it contains ‘plastic rice’.
  2. When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, if the powder gives a quite white colour, it’s fit for consumption but if it has a yellow discoloration, it is fake.
  3. Boiling test: Observe the rice while boiling. If it starts forming a thick layer at the top of the pot, it is plastic rice.
  4. Hot oil test: Take some of the rice drop into some real hot oil, it will melt or stick together or stick at the bottom of the pan if it is fake.
  5. Fire test: Get a lighter and burn a handful of rice – If it catches fire and smells like burnt plastic, it is fake.
  6. Mold test: Boil the rice and leave it in a warm place for like two to three days. If mold does not appear in a few days, the rice is fake. It will not get mold because plastic is not affected by the weather or temperature.

On Wednesday, December 21, the NCS announced it confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country.

Lagos Customs chief, Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.

He said the rice was very sticky after it was boiled and “only God knows what would have happened” if people ate it.

No plastic rice in Nigeria – Minister suggests ways to identify fake rice

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has dismissed claims by the Nigria Customs Service (NCS) that there is plastic rice in Nigeria.

On December 21, 2016, Customs said it intercepted 102 bags of plastic rice branded “Beat Tomato Rice’’ with no manufacture date.

Yesterday, the minister laid to rest claims about the presence of plastic rice in Nigeria.

For some weeks, reports in social media claimed plastic rice had allegedly been imported massively into the country.

In two tweets, yesterday, through his twitter handle; @IsaacFAdewole, the Health minister said preliminary tests and results proved no rice in the country was plastic.

He noted that some of the impounded rice, when cooked, had “normal odour,” “normal colour” and was “off white.”

He added that the Director General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Oluremi Oni had also informed him that there is no such rice in Nigeria.

How to identify plastic rice

  1. Water Test: Get a glass of cold water, pour a tablespoon of raw rice in the glass and stir. If the rice goes to the bottom, it is all good. If it floats at the top, it means it contains ‘plastic rice’.
  2. When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, if the powder gives a quite white colour, it’s fit for consumption but if it has a yellow discoloration, it is fake.
  3. Boiling test: Observe the rice while boiling. If it starts forming a thick layer at the top of the pot, it is plastic rice.
  4. Hot oil test: Take some of the rice drop into some real hot oil, it will melt or stick together or stick at the bottom of the pan if it is fake.
  5. Fire test: Get a lighter and burn a handful of rice – If it catches fire and smells like burnt plastic, it is fake.
  6. Mold test: Boil the rice and leave it in a warm place for like two to three days. If mold does not appear in a few days, the rice is fake. It will not get mold because plastic is not affected by the weather or temperature.

On Wednesday, December 21, the NCS announced it confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country.

Lagos Customs chief, Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.

He said the rice was very sticky after it was boiled and “only God knows what would have happened” if people ate it.

Beware! Here Are Tips on How to Identify the Poisonous Plastic Rice

There are credible reports that a synthetic rice detrimental to human health has been smuggled into Nigeria all the way from Asia with a public call to local consumers to stay vigilant.

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The circulation of synthetic rice also known as the poisonous plastic rice is no longer a rumour after a Nigerian woman raised a public alarm about her encounter with the harmful cereal.

Below are a few tips that will help in exposing the poisonous food to avoid consumption:

1. The mortar and pestle test: When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, if the powder gives a quite white colour, you are good to go but it has a yellow discoloration, your rice must be fake.

2. The fire test: You know what plastic smells like right. So, get a lighter and burn a handful of rice. If it catches fire and smells like burnt plastic, you have fake rice.

3. The water test: Get a glass of cold water. Pour a tablespoon of raw rice in the glass and stir. If the rice goes to the bottom, it is all good. If it floats at the top, be careful because it means it contains ‘plastic rice’. Do not eat.

4. The mold test: Boil the rice. Leave it in a warm place for like 2-3 days. If mold does not appear in a few days, your rice is fake and should not be consumed. It will not get mold because plastic is not affected by the weather or temperature.

5. The boiling test: Observe the rice while boiling. If it starts forming a thick layer at the top of the pot, it is ‘plastic rice’.

6. The hot oil test: Just take some of the rice drop into some real hot oil. If it is plastic, it will melt or stick together or stick at the bottom of the pan. Share these tips with your friends and family so they do not end up eating ‘plastic rice’.

EFCC assembles team to identify, mark Patience Jonathan’s property

There are strong indications that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC was intensifying moves to gather evidence against the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, for a possible prosecution.

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A top operative of the commission said on Friday that the leadership of the commission had initiated a discreet probe of the former First Lady in a bid to assemble evidence against her in the event of her prosecution as a fallout of the commission’s decision to freeze $20m traced to her.

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The source said that the commission had assembled a team of detectives saddled with the responsibility of identifying all houses and property belonging to the former First Lady.

It was stated that the operatives had been instructed from the office of the commission’s chairman to mark such houses and property as part of the preparation for the prosecution of the First Lady.

It was further stated that the operatives were focusing attention on property in Abuja, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt and other cities in the country.

“It would not be correct to conclude that the commission has halted the investigation into the activities of the former First Lady.

“The investigation is progressing and it is being handled by the office of the chairman of the commission.

“A team of operatives has been assembled to identify all her properties in the country with a focus on Abuja, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa.

“The responsibility of the team is to mark all such properties in preparation for a possible court action.”

The EFCC had traced $5m to the personal account of the former First Lady and frozen the account domiciled in Skye Bank Plc last month.

The commission’s face off with Mrs. Jonathan started when the commission froze the accounts of four companies traced to the Special Adviser to ex-President Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa.

The four firms identified as Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company had a total of $15,591,700 in their accounts.

However, the commission was brought into a face-off with Mrs. Jonathan when she deposed to an affidavit that the money belonged to her.

The former First Lady has since filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Lagos against the commission seeking an order to unfreeze the accounts.

She is also demanding $200m compensation from the commission for alleged violation of her rights.

Police identify 14 suspects in Zamfara blasphemy killings

The Zamfara State Police Command said it had identified 14 persons as masterminds and perpetrators of the August 22 Talata-Mafara crisis in the State, which claimed eight lives.

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This was contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Muhammad Shehu, on Wednesday in Gusau.

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According to the statement, the eight persons that died during the crisis were among the suspects that were discovered in the course of police investigation.

It said one Bashir Adamu from Kuryan Madaro of Kauran Namoda Local Government Area of the state had been arrested and charged to court over his involvement in the crisis.

Similarly, another person who sustained injuries during the disturbance was undergoing treatment at the hospital, after which he would also be charged to court.

At the moment, the statement said, the police had spread its dragnet to arrest those on the run and bring them to book.

The command warned that anyone found disturbing the peaceful coexistence among the people in the state would face the full wrath of the law.

Crisis broke at the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara on August 22 following a fight between two male students, which turned religious and led to the death of eight persons.

Hilarious! These are Eight Ways to Identify Carry Over Student on Nigerian Campuses

Students who have issues with their courses in school usually have certain characteristics they share. These are some of them.

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Students are scared when checking their results in order not to be a victim of carry over grade which apart from the burden they will bear for the next level, insult from their juniors is enough to ruin their reputation.

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It is however obvious to spot them in campus which is the aim of this article and let’s take a look on ways to identify such students.

It should be however noted that not everyone who has this behaves in these ways necessarily has a problem.

1. Insult lecturers on regular basis

Carry over students view both good and bad lecturers as enemies by abusing and bashing them from all angles. Most times they are the ones who sit at the back of auditorium during lecture period causing distraction and blaming lecturers for their misfortunes.

2. Struggled and stressed looks

This feature is obvious when you see carry over students. Owing to the fact that life is not fair to them on campus, they look worried and tattered due to too much thinking, long lectures period and less sleeping hours.

3. Violence flow in their blood

The life of a carry over student is so frustrating that anything can steer up anger in their life. Due to the precipitated bitterness in their blood, they become captain during “aluta protest” along side with their bedevilled colleagues.

4. Unfriendly attitude

Larger percentage of carry over students possess introvert attitude that makes it difficult for them to socialise. Suggesting any form of entertainment to cool their nerves is like mission impossible for them.

5. Single relationship status

It’s difficult to see a carry over student in a relationship which is more synonymous to guys. If eventually he steps up his game to woo a lady, she will ridicule, condemn and bash the hell out of his life.

6. Bond with efikos and giraffe at exam hall

This is very common at exam hall as carry over students form covalent bond with intelligent students to save them from academic embarrassment. Also they frequently giraffe during exam using angle of depression mechanism.

7. Hand outs are always littered in their rooms

The room of carry over students can be likened to the dust bin at ojota in lagos. Because of the bulk of courses they offered per semester, various hand outs are always littered on their bed, wardrobe, floor, kitchen and even toilet if care is not taken.

8. Disgusting outfits and terrible body odour

Some carry over students always look un kept with bad body odour and funny outfits since they care less about their well being. Also, they hardly make their hairs, shave and sometimes skip brushing their mouth.

Stakeholders identify challenges of gas-to-power initiative in Nigeria

The availability of power is an unavoidable catalyst to boost industrial activities for economic development.

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Nigeria’s electricity supply is dismal owing to institutional, legal, regulatory, gas pipeline vandalism and capital challenges.

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Despite having a gas reserve of over 190 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) with a proven reserve of 187 TCF, the abysmal generation of less than 4,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity hardly suffices for energy requirements.

For example, in spite of being classified as one of the cheapest sources of energy in Nigeria, a significant part of the gas extracted from oil exploration is still flared, completely wasted and polluting the environment causing environmental degradation.

Also, even the gas that managed to find its way into the pipelines, the Niger Delta militants would ensure that large portion of it is wasted through vandalism.

Burdened by these challenges, stakeholders such as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and Acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Chiedu Ugbo, believed that both the Federal Government and stakeholders have roles to play to ensure adequate utilisation of gas in the power sector.

Speaking on the need to stop pipeline vandalism, Kachikwu said: “I am as passionate as the militants are on issues concerning the Niger Delta. But whatever message they want to convey, they must stop destroying pipelines and use the same level of aggression used to destroy the pipelines to the negotiating table.”

Kachikwu said that the government is in the process of finalising and gazetting four new policies in the sector by October this year.

He identified the four policies to include: National Oil Policy, National Gas Policy, Downstream Policy and Fiscal Reform Policy.

“We need to complete these between now and October, but the problem is bureaucracy. So, how do we go to the National Assembly to get the permission for the urgency,” he added.

Kachikwu said the gas policy, for instance, would “unlock the gas potential; ensure effective development of the Nigerian gas market with adequate and sustainable gas supply to the power and industrial sectors; transit from gas flare penalty regime to flare commercialisation and shift focus from government-built to investor-built infrastructure.

Fashola on his part, said that Nigeria required more than gas alone to bring constant power supply to the country.

Fashola, said: “It is not gas alone that will allow us to achieve incremental power.

“It is our most reliable source of power, yes, but it is only one solution among many other underutilised solutions.

“Mambila Power Station, for example, is likely to be our most defining in the road to incremental power, situated in Taraba State. It will potentially add 3,000MW to the grid and yet this is a hydro-electric project, not gas.”

Ugbo listed obstacles to regular electricity in Nigeria to include transmission challenges, lack of robust mechanism for payment for gas, allocation of marginal field and lack of access to gas by power plants.

Dwelling on the issue of vandalism, Ugbo said the activities of militants in the Niger Delta are critical to gas infrastructure and have cut power generation to less than 2000MW.

According to him, the cost of fixing these vandalised pipelines is enormous and this constitutes a primary threat to the gas-to-power initiative and power generation with obvious implication for the Nigerian economy.

He noted that while there has been emphasis on the need to add more power to the grid, the existing transmission infrastructure is not robust enough to wheel the generated power.

This, he added, has resulted in frequent system collapse of the grid and constitutes a disincentive to Gas-To-Power initiative. This singular constraint is hindering the generating plants from operating at optimum capacity.

He stated: “Enormous resources are often expended in developing gas fields and the associated transportation infrastructure to deliver gas molecules for power generation. There is a need for guaranteed payment for gas to ensure recovery of capital invested and return on investment. Also, given the poor payment history of the power industry, securitisation of the Gas Sales Agreement payments has been a huge challenge for consummating commercial transactions and achieving financial closure for projects that require drilling, gas processing and construction of pipelines.”

How to easily identify fake Police officer in Nigeria

A couple of unscrupulous people in Nigeria have been disguising as members of the Nigerian Police Force to intimidate and defraud unsuspecting victims in recent times.

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Please at night always roll up your windows in traffic, central lock your doors, be double sure they are true policemen, if they are not, be strong and speed off. Never get frightened. Be watchful, they are everywhere.

Here are some tips to guide us to security consciousness:

  1. Number tag of a real policeman must be six digits, less than six is fake.
  2. Only female police officers have their numbers begin with “0”, any policeman with number

beginning with “0” is fake.

  1. Every policeman’s name tag is woven to the shirt, no more removable name tags.
  2. A distinction between the normal policeman and the SPY (supernumerary) police personnel is that a “SPY” number must be either three or four digits with the word “SPY” boldly inscribed on their uniform shoulder.

Educate your family members and friends.