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7 Hacks For Throwing A Surprise Party

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Throwing a surprise party can be a daunting task! Getting everyone organised, making sure the birthday person is really surprised and isn’t faking it, lots of things to do and remember at the same time! These tips shared by Jumia Travel, the leading online travel, should help you in planning an exciting and unforgettable surprise gig.

Go detective on them
If you are throwing a surprise party for someone it means you know them well. However, it’s important to find out what they would like without giving anything away. A good way to do this is to get them talking about other parties they have been to.

Inform your guests that it is a surprise party

Make sure to tell people on the invitation that the event is a surprise party. This will help your guests to keep their lips sealed.

Plan a fake but realistic outing for the person the surprise is meant for

Get an accomplice or friend to plan a fake activity with the person the surprise is meant for.  This will ensure that he or she will be available that day to have their surprise sprung. You can even let a few other guests in on the fake plans to help make it more realistic.

Don’t tell children about the party

Sometimes children don’t know how to hold a secret. It’s best not to tell the little ones weeks before. You might want to tell them on the day itself or a few hours beforehand.

Always erase clue that may hint them that something is amidst

Make sure that no clues (obvious and less obvious) are left lying around that the Surprise may find out about. For example, if you send emails to people about the surprise party, and there’s a chance the Surprise might see them, erase them.

Use social media to your advantage
Once you have assembled your team of surprise party planners, create a private Facebook group or use a group chat on WhatsApp to communicate and plan without the risk of the secret being revealed.

Delegate discretely
Once you have a date in mind, write a list of everything that needs to be done, bought and made for the event and then allocate roles. Planning a party can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work and often other people will want to help so let them as it takes some of the pressure off you. At the same time, ensure that you are discrete when delegating so that the Surprise will not suspect.

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How Nigeria can develop key tourism market segments to grow the economy

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Nigeria’s leading online travel agency Jumia Travel delves into examining some of the key tourism market segments that Nigeria can develop to improve the economy. The segments mentioned in this article are not the only existing segments. However, this article has identified 3 areas: Ecotourism, Cultural tourism & Heritage tourism.

The concept of ecotourism is no longer new. It simply refers to responsible travel to natural areas that help to conserve the environment and help to improve the welfare of local people. Ecotourism is often associated with destinations in remote areas. It also represents a subsector of tourism that is affiliated with environmental protection and, has the potential to contribute to sustainable development and to help ensure environmental sustainability. Africa has a vast and diverse natural landscape, wildlife and protected areas on the continent. So, this provides the continent with a competitive advantage in ecotourism and if properly harnessed, it will help to promote economic diversification and contribute to job creation and enterprise development while helping to address underdevelopment in remote regions and intractable environmental challenges. Tourism establishments in forest reserves can create employment for unskilled workers such as, drivers, cleaners, and housekeepers at accommodation facilities. In addition to increasing incomes in local communities, employment opportunities in tourism can enhance employee skills and productivity. Opportunities to supply products and services to the tourism sector can help to ensure a sustainable market and increase incomes and other revenues in local communities derived from tourism-related activities, while minimizing economic leakages. Joint ventures between ecotourism establishments and local communities such as wildlife conservancies may be the effective mechanisms for ensuring that local communities derive economic benefits from tourism resources in their communities while minimizing leakages.

 

When people travel to learn about the history and culture of a destination, it is called cultural tourism. It is another key tourism market that demands creative goods and services, including cultural products such as handicrafts, performance arts and music, that can be harnessed for economic growth. Handicrafts are key cultural products consumed in the tourism industry. Owing to low entry barriers, and as handicrafts require a low level of capital investment, there is potential to develop viable linkages between tourism and local handicrafts sectors that create economic opportunities for local artisans. On the demand side, hotels and restaurants can create business opportunities for local artisans who can supply handicrafts to furnish such establishments. Backward linkages can create business opportunities for semi-skilled and unskilled artisans in the informal sector. The demand for handicrafts can help to ensure a sustainable market for locally made handicrafts, and increase incomes and improve livelihoods in local communities (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development Report 2017). Tourism establishments can also facilitate market opportunities for local handicrafts by organizing markets on their premises and through coordinated visits to local markets that allow tourists to source handicrafts directly from local artisans. Moreover, engaging directly with local artisans and informal enterprises with few or no intermediaries allows for a greater capture of tourist expenditures by local artisans and encourages the utilization of local skills and materials, with tourism thus generating an important source of income for semi-skilled and unskilled workers, while contributing to the preservation of local cultural heritages. Governments can play a role in helping to create an appropriate incentive structure and an enabling environment for firms (such as hotel and guest house operators) to actively engage in integrating local artisans into local tourism value chains and ensuring that they benefit economically from the sector.

 

Although a small share of tourist expenditures is on handicrafts, several studies suggest that the economic benefits that accrue to the poor are comparatively high. For example, in Ethiopia, the crafts sector captures the largest share of tourist expenditures; $7 million (55 per cent) of $12.7 million in tourist expenditures on crafts benefits poor households through income earned from employment or business opportunities (Mitchell and Ashley, 2009). In 2007, in Ethiopia, the average tourist spent $50 on handicrafts, half of which was income accrued by local artisans (International Trade Centre, 2010). Trade in cultural products can play an important role in driving informal business tourism, a substantial and important dimension of such tourism in regions such as Southern Africa (Rogerson, 2016).

 

There are quite a number of rich cultural heritages in Nigeria which may be harnessed to increase demand for diverse products and experiences and create markets based on cultural and recreational elements. Events and visits such as the following may be leveraged for income generation through employment and business opportunities, with cultural tourism thereby contributing to economic growth: music & film festivals in Osun Osogbo; visits to cultural heritage sites, such as Olumo rock in Abeokuta; Idanre hill in Ondo; Ancient Kano city walls; Ogbunike caves; and visits to museums and galleries. Cultural events contribute to local economies while supporting cultural diversity. Heritage tourism is a growing market segment with significant potential in product. Heritage tourism is a growing market segment with significant potential in product diversification. Heritage and cultural sites, which are often located in rural areas, can play a role in promoting local economic development. With regard to demand, heritage tourism can stimulate local employment, directly through the employment of tour guides and indirectly through the conservation of sites and the development of infrastructure such as cafes, restaurants and other facilities, as well as the maintenance of associated infrastructure, such as upgrades of roads.

 

Heritage tourism also offers opportunities for product development targeted at different market segments. In connection with visits to heritage and religious sites, there is potential to develop complementary sites, such as scenic routes and trails, aimed at adventure, leisure and business tourists, along with students visiting heritage sites, which have significant potential for the creation of linkages with and boosting the competitiveness of local tour operators and other businesses providing services to tourists, while ensuring that young people and local communities benefit through employment and other revenues. Economic opportunities arising from heritage tourism have the potential to transform underdeveloped regions in which related sites are often located, and provide an impetus for regions to strive to overcome economic stagnation and decline (Rogerson and van der Merwe, 2016).

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7 Skin Care Mistakes Everyone Must Avoid This Season

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Skincare during harmattan needs attention that one cannot take for granted. Of course, the one thing is that it needs moisturising during harmattan but there are other factor to consider too. Skin we are entering the harmattan period it is important we discuss some skin care mistakes women should avoid.

Too much sun exposure: “It feels warm and good to be under the sun during harmattan but avoid direct sun exposure for more than 20-30 min in a day so always apply sunscreens especially”.

Don’t apply too much soap: “Another important enemy is the harmattan is smog and these pollutants not only darken your skin, the dirt particles clog the skin pores and don’t allow the skin to breathe; in the process, your skin shrinks and you look older, applying soap will worsen the skin further making it dry and flaky so good cleansing with liquid face wash rather than soap is a must”.

Excessive oiling of hair: “Hair, just like skin loose moisturise during winter but don’t oil the hair excessively especially if you have acne and oily skin as this will only worsen the acne as well as the associated dandruff”.

Not wearing make-up: “Don’t stop wearing makeup altogether if the skin feels dry and makeup cracks; use a branded primer prior to make up as it will give extra protection and nourishment to skin”.

Avoid heated rooms: “Don’t sit in dry heated room the whole day, ue humidifiers instead as it will not dry the skin and also avoid long showers with hot water as it will further dry the skin”.

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Red meat increasing cancer risk, doctor warns

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An oncologist, Dr. Rajeev Kaushal, has warned that eating red and processed meat could increase ones risk of  getting cancer by 30 per cent.

Kausha, a  United Kingdom and European Board certified Radiation Oncologist, said this during a media parley in Abuja.

The expert, who works with the Saudi German Hospital Dubai, said more than 30 per cent of cancers are linked to obesity, adding that it was important to adopt basic lifestyle changes by eating more fruits and vegetables.

He said, “Processed meat when consumed on a long term basis can increase the risk of certain kinds of cancers like colon, lung and breast cancer. Red meat is known to increase incidence of colon and rectal cancers and should be avoided.”

He further stated that one could reduce the risk of getting cancer by avoiding tobacco completely and taking alcohol in moderation,  adding that tobaccco “increases the risk of various cancers such as lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and  other diseases.

Kausha also explained that getting immunisation against certain diseases could prevent cancer.

He said, “Certain kinds of cancers are related to certain types of virus, such as Human Papiloma Virus that causes cervical cancer in women, as well as throat and anal cancer in men. Proper vaccination against these viruses should be able to reduce the chances of cancer.”

The oncologist said that another way of preventing cancer was to ensure effective diagnosis, such as the use of PET scan for detection of cancer in the system, and assessing tumour load.

He said that studies had shown that the use of green tea, pomegranate and cumin, which can be derived from turmeric spice, helps to prevent and fight cancer. He said while they are not curative in themselves, they provide support for cancer patients undergoing treatment.

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Pics: Cool Work Outfit Ideas To Kick Start Your Week

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As a fashion lover, its only proper to start your week right with your attires because there is just something stunning about looking good at all times which is why most ladies ensure they are at their best.

Are you running out of ideas on how to style your next work clothes? No worries we are here for you. Check out these cool work outfits that will inspire you. We compiled a list of some very stylish bloggers from Instagram to help style you.

 

     

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6 Reasons Why Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a well-balanced diet should include morning meals. Learn about why you should make time for breakfast each morning.

1. Breakfast encourages healthier eating

Breakfast helps you reach your daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. Those who eat breakfast also tend to consume more milk and whole grains than those who skip the meal. And as you probably know, milk offers up important calcium for your body.

Breakfast also fills your stomach, helping you to avoid overeating and snacking later in the day.

2. Breakfast balances blood sugar levels

Eating in the morning helps your body better break down glucose, also called blood sugar. In fact, you can avoid glucose fluctuations throughout the day by eating fruit, grains, and lean protein within two hours of waking.

3. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism

Breakfast jump-starts your metabolism in the morning. Getting your metabolism working early helps burn calories throughout the day. Skipping breakfast tells your body to conserve, rather than burn, extra calories.

4. Breakfast boosts energy levels

Breakfast energizes the body. People who eat breakfast show an increase in physical activity throughout their mornings than people who skip it. Activity helps prevent weight gain and fatigue.

5. Breakfast promotes heart health

People who skip breakfast tend to gain extra weight, according to studies. Weight gain contributes to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which can contribute to heart disease.

Of course, what you eat matters as much as when you eat. Make sure you consume healthy grains, proteins, and fruits and vegetables.

6. Breakfast stimulates the brain

Eating breakfast can actually give you a mental edge. Stable glucose levels can help your ability to focus, reason, and process information.

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Daily Tips To Make You More Attractive

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There are little things one can do every day that really do matter if one wants to be more attractive and irresistible.

Below are some daily tips that can make one appear more attractive.

Smile more: “You can’t appear attractive if you always frown, you lighten up your face instantly when you smile”.

Eat fruits and vegetables: “Eating fruits and vegetables daily is important if you want to appear more attractive, several studies have shown that eating fruits and vegetables daily gives the skin a healthy glow”.

Be kind: “Being kind will also make you more attractive, you will appear more attractive when you are willing to help people around you through your kind words and gestures”.

Relax: “Too much stress isn’t good for the body and it also makes us appear less attractive. you appear more attractive when you relax more”.

Be confident: “You appear less attractive when you aren’t confident, being more confident in yourself and abilities will make you appear more attractive”.

Drink water: “Drinking enough water is important to avoid dehydration, you appear more youthful and restore elasticity to your skin when you drink enough water”.

Maintain a good hygiene: “You can’t appear attractive when you always look dirty and unkempt; trim your beards, smell good, take good care of your hair and always make sure you maintain a good hygiene”.

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HarrySong,Terry Apala, Okemute & Co Shuts Down Super Play Pool Party June Edition

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The pool party experience has finally taken over the mainland, courtesy of Super Play Pool Party aka S.P3, which is unarguably MAINLAND’s BIGGEST MONTHLY POOL PARTY ever since its inception in April 2017.And every month’s edition has always been super fun packed and entertaining.
JUNE’s edition just like its theme was “EXTREMELY” fun and entertaining, as people defiled the rain and came out in droves to party hard at the event.The whole party was taken to another level by HarrySong, TerryApala, Fefe and others who came out to entertain their fans.
Below are pictures from JUNE edition, anticipate the fire we are bringing with in this JULY edition:
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5 Reasons Why Guys With Beards Make The Best Boyfriends

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Beard gang has become a rave among guys now and we can’t stop getting obsessed with the beard gang because a lot of people including celebrities have given us more than enough reasons to drool over the beard gang.  “If you’ve dated a clean shaven chocolate boy before and now dating a bearded hunk, you sure know the difference”.

The bearded guys are stealing the show presently and if you haven’t dated a guy with beards yet, you are seriously missing out.

They look amazing: Let’s be truthful ladies, guys with beards look hot and sexy, they are a killer in anything they wear.

Fortitude and maturity: Beard signifies maturity, even if a guy is young with beards he will look more matured and resilient (whether he is matured mentally is another case). With a little grooming, beards can take ages off you and it can also add few years to your look.

He values grooming: “The fact that he has taken the effort to grow his beard and style it in a particular way indicates he is patient and understands grooming, he personally spends a good amount of time at salons to trim and groom his beard so he will understand when you take hours to dress up before a party”.

Kissing is amazing: “If you haven’t kissed a guy with a beard, you’re missing the actual feeling, it may sound uncomfortable in the beginning but once you have experienced it, kissing anyone without a beard feels like kissing a baby, the needling effect of a groomed beard on your neck or face feels just too s3xy”.

Masculinity: A guy with beards is considered prestigious and macho, girls also look at them with envy.

Guys with beards love grooming products so it will be easy for you to give them gifts.

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New research claims Instagram is bad for young people’s mental health

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According to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK, Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat.

Their study, #StatusofMind, surveyed almost 1500 young people aged 14 to 24 on how certain social media platforms impact health and wellbeing issues such as anxiety, depression, self-identity and body image. 
YouTube was found to have the most positive impact, while Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter all demonstrated negative affects overall on young people’s mental health.
In a chat with CNN, Matt Keracher, author of the report said, ‘Instagram draws young women to compare themselves against unrealistic, largely curated, filtered and Photoshopped versions of reality’.
“Instagram easily makes girls and women feel as if their bodies aren’t good enough as people add filters and edit their pictures in order for them to look ‘perfect” an anonymous female respondent said in the report.
To tackle the problem, the RSPH has called for social media platforms to take action in order to help combat young users’ feelings of inadequacy and anxiety by placing a warning on images that have been digitally manipulated.

“We’re not asking these platforms to ban Photoshop or filters, but rather to let people know when images have been altered so that users don’t take the images on face value as real. We really want to equip young people with the tools and the knowledge to be able to navigate social media platforms not only in a positive way but in a way that promotes good mental health,” Keracher said.

The survey concluded that while Instagram negatively affected body image, sleep patterns and added to a sense of “FOMO” — the fear of missing out — the image app was also a positive outlet for self-expression and self-identity for many of its young users.
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Must Read: Woman Shares Heartbreaking Story Of How She Endured Abusive Marriage For 2 Years

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A 34-year-old woman shares an emotional story of what she endured at the hands of her husband for two years. In the story the woman said her husband was a cool headed individual when they started only for him to become a monster when he lost his job.

She narrated how she was beaten, defiled and all sorts. According to her, the last straw on the camel’s back was when she found her husband unclad in the bathtub with her daughter and also when her husband asked their daughter to massage his man-hood with a vaseline.

Read her story below:

 

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You can catch std’s from your man’s beard!

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Wearing a beard seems to be the rave of the moment among men, especially the young men.

These days, men scrape off their heads while spotting buoyant, well-nurtured beards.

Yet, experts are saying that though a well-groomed beard may appear sexy, it also  has the potential to be a breeding ground for germs, causing fungal infections and herpes.

Indeed, physicians warn that they can even carry pubic lice!

Dermatologists indeed say that a very thick beard may disguise symptoms of skin disease, and anyone who comes into close contacts with it risks being infected.

A dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, notes, “If a guy doesn’t groom his moustache and beard properly, they can become a breeding grounds for germs.

“Though the risk is small, chin and cheek hair can harbour germs that can cause infections such as herpes, fungal infections, or even a dangerous Staphylococcus infection. If you come in direct contact with any of these infectious agents, you may end up with skin problems.”

Jaliman adds that the problem partly has to do with the wiry hairs that trap sweat, bodily fluids, even bits of food, all of which serve as breeding grounds for microbes.

Another problem, Jaliman says, is that thick facial hair can camouflage symptoms of a transmissible skin issue that isn’t directly related to the beard or moustache itself, such as redness that could be from yeast or a herpes sore.

If the man doesn’t notice the signs, he could inadvertently infect his sex partner with it.

Other things you can get from hipster facial hair include warts and impetigo.

Again, she says, a bristly beard can cause irritation and a rash when rubbed against his partner’s face, which can trigger pink bumps and chafing.

How to groom facial hair

• Wash with soap at least once a day

• Inspect it regularly (say, after meals, for instance) to make sure no particles or dirt are trapped between the hairs.

• Before you engage in any direct contact with his beard, ensure that the skin around and under it is healthy, with no redness, bumps, or blisters.

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LADIES, GET IN HERE! MISS TOURISM NIGERIA FINAL AUDITION IS THIS WEEKEND IN LAGOS.

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Ladies get in here! The Grand Final Auditions of the 2017 Miss Tourism Nigeria Pageant is this weekend and you surely dont want to miss out on this years edition cos I can tell you for free its going to be epic. *wink…
So, If you are beautiful, Intelligent, fluent in English, 5ft” tall and above, ages between 17 – 27 years as well as entrepreneurship oriented and can represent Nigeria at any of these international pageants:

*Miss Tourism World 2017 in Spain
*Miss International 2017 in Tokyo
*Miss Globe International 2017 in China

Then make sure you are present this SATURDAY, 29th April  @CITILODGE HOTELS, by Elf bus stop, (after the 2nd roundabout), Lekki By 11:00am prompt.

This years edition is tagged the #SelfMadeQueen…  in strategic partnership with Linda Ikeji Social… Also, one lucky contestant will receive the opportunity of a business start-up fund…So, what are you still waiting for?

For More Info/Participation/Support/Sponsorship, Call: 08133466916, 08096265901
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SEE PHOTOS FROM SOME OF OUR PAST EDITIONS….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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