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Impress on a budget: Don’t break hearts or the bank this Thursday

REMEMBER: Don’t break hearts or the bank this Thursday!



Valentine’s Day

Each year, as Valentine’s Day arrives, we are met with yet another opportunity to show our significant others how much we care. Whether it’s a partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or secret crush, it can be overwhelming trying to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. For some of us, it can be overwhelming just coming up with a Valentine.

The problem with Valentine’s Day is that people can get so caught up in the hype, that they make bad decisions with their money. They spend, spend and spend until the Valentine’s Day bill begins to compete with a wedding budget.


With the importance people attach to the sharing of gifts on this special day, it is important to highlight how you could still reach out to loved ones with a low budget. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost the earth; there are many ways to win the heart of the person you love without breaking the bank. Yes, you can keep it simple, less costly and still have a great time. After all, sometimes it is the little things in life that end up creating the best memories.

If you are short on money, check out the listed alternatives to the clichéd norms. So, for the hopeless romantic in all of us, here are our top selections from Cupid’s quiver.

Consider the cinema

It is entirely understandable that people try to go outside the normal daily routine on Valentine’s Day, just to show love to their loved ones in a special way, but for the cost implication, which is usually a constraint. However, one cost-effective way to give a loved one a treat is by going to the cinema. Findings show that seeing a movie at the cinema is largely affordable. People could have a beautiful Valentine’s Day with a low budget without sacrificing the fun they intended. Going to the cinema can be very cheap and nice, and with N5,000, a couple can watch a captivating movie. With the N5,000, let’s say they pay N1,500 per person, they could still buy drinks and popcorn and then have a beautiful evening.

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Go to the beach

It costs about N3,000 to go out to the beach on a banana boat, and you could have a picnic. That is another easy way to have a lovely day out. It costs between N1,000 and N2,000 to enter the premises. For those in Lagos and other states with large water bodies, spending time around nature is a good idea, especially with the cheap gate fee. And for those in places that have no such attractions, visiting a swimming pool with a loved one or loved ones, maybe at a nice hotel, could be an alternative.

Try the “stay at home” option

Against the usual belief that the best way to have fun on such days is to go out, it has been said that staying indoors can be fun as well, especially with some creativity. A couple, for example, can stay at home for the evening and invite other couples (friends) to bring different dishes to the house. I mean, everybody would bring a dish to a couple’s house, and they all eat together and have fun. Also, couples can just stay at home and play monopoly or other board games. Meanwhile, people can even play table tennis, snooker and other games that could make them bond some more.

Give a gift

This is one of the highlights of Valentine’s Day. It is fair to acknowledge it because expectations are so high about the day. So, share something, even if it is small. Something as small as a scented candle is fine; there are lovely candles that are delightful and not too expensive, say about N2,500. One could get a pretty blouse for N5,000 or less. You could also consider flowers, gift books and clothes, like locally-made African prints, etc.

  • Instead of a store-bought card, write a heartfelt note
    Why let a stranger attempt to tell your loved one how you feel? Save the money, grab a piece of paper and a pen, and spend some time thinking about what makes your sweetie special. Your note doesn’t need to be long, but it should be sincere. Express your love and gratitude in your own handwriting for an easy Valentine’s win.
  • Instead of a box of chocolates, grab a chocolate bar
    Would you rather take a gamble with every bite or enjoy a sure bet from start to finish? A lovely, premium chocolate bar is less expensive and less risky than an over-the-top box of chocolates. Score extra points by pairing your love’s favourite bar with additions like caramel, almonds or hazelnuts.
  • Instead of a dinner reservation, make dinner at home
    You can take half (or less!) of that to the grocery store for all the ingredients you’ll need to whip up an impressive meal. While you’re at it, go ahead and make an experience out of the evening. Get some background music, while you get to work. Better yet, Make the meal together.

Find something free to do

There are quite a number of places you can go where you don’t have to pay to get in. Why not plan a day out together as Valentine’s treat? This doesn’t need to be expensive or elaborate. How about finding free art galleries or museums to visit, taking time to go for a long walk, or doing all of the household chores in advance, so that you can spend the weekend watching movies indoors and relaxing?

If you don’t have the money to go out, why not whip up your sweetheart’s favourite meal. Not only will it win you extra points, but it’s made with love and you can dine in style and set the mood by lighting some candles and playing soft music. If the kitchen is a foreign land to you or you are a cooking disaster, you could always order their favourite takeaway before snuggling up on the couch to enjoy a movie you both love.

The Romantic Meal for Two

If you feel that the romantic meal out for two is an obligatory part of the celebrations, then there are ways to go out without spending a small fortune. You can check out popular sites and restaurants for tons of deals that will be available during this period.


February 15th, 16th or 17th

These days are also the perfect alternatives if you’re looking to save money, spoil your date, and avoid the post-Valentine’s financial regret. On February 15th all Valentine’s Day candy, cards, and all things of the like get steeply discounted as retailers try to move them off their shelves.

If you are really stuck for money, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day the day after on the 15th? You will beat the hustle and bustle in restaurants and presents will be half the price. You really do not need a commercialized day to show you care.


Valentine’s Day is only as expensive as you make it and the quickest way to ruin a perfect date is to overspend and make bad decisions with your money. Remember, the relationship is what’s important not where you eat for dinner.

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Not only will you be in tune with the cosmos, but crucially and importantly you will avoid the customary fierce retail price inflation of roses and instead grab them at standard retail price.

Don’t be under pressure: While people are encouraged to show love to others, they are equally advised not to plunge themselves into unnecessary debt in the name of celebration. This is because of the day after Valentine’s Day.

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Beyond the gifts – final words

When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, it really is the thought that counts – not just that you thought of getting something, but that you really put some thought into what you chose. The best Valentine’s gift isn’t the most expensive one, but the one that does the best job of showing how you feel about your loved one. So instead of settling for a greeting card that expresses some generic idea about love, take the time to express your specific feelings for one specific person. Throwing money around is easy, but showing how much you truly care is priceless.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a romantic evening. It only needs to be special for both you and your significant other.

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REMEMBER: Don’t break hearts or the bank this Thursday!

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 8th of August 2020, 453 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.



The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increase as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 46,140 confirmed cases.

On the 8th of August 2020, 453 new confirmed cases and 6 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,903 samples across the country.


To date, 46,140 cases have been confirmed, 33,044 cases have been discharged and 942 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 314,632 tests have been carried out as of August 8th, 2020 compared to 310,729 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 8th August 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 46,140
  • Total Number Discharged – 33,044
  • Total Deaths – 942
  • Total Tests Carried out – 314,632

According to the NCDC, the 453 new cases were reported from 20 states- FCT (75), Lagos (71), Benue (53), Delta (39), Borno (30), Enugu (25), Plateau (24), Osun (20), Abia (19), Oyo (17), Kaduna (16), Kano (13), Ebonyi (13), Ogun (9), Kwara (7), Ondo (6), Gombe (3), Ekiti (2), Akwa Ibom (1) and Rivers (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 15,768, followed by Abuja (4,376), Oyo (2,860), Edo (2,376), Rivers (1,939), Kano (1,622), Delta (1,596), Kaduna (1,566), Ogun (1,439), Plateau (1,421), Ondo (1,284), Enugu (905), Ebonyi (851), Kwara (833), Katsina (746), Borno (682), Abia (644), Gombe (629),  Osun (625), and Bauchi (576).

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Imo State has recorded 476 cases, Benue (409), Nasarawa (367), Bayelsa (346),  Jigawa (322), Akwa Ibom (235), Niger (226), Adamawa (185), Ekiti (161), Sokoto (154), Anambra (142),  Kebbi (90), Zamfara (77), Taraba (72), Cross River (68), Yobe (67), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.


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August 8, 202046140453942633044121547
August 7, 202045687443936632637121147
August 6, 202045244354930332430118847
August 5, 2020448904579271732165117987
August 4, 2020444333049101431851116727
August 3, 202044129288896820663225707
August 2, 202043841304888520308226457
August 1, 202043537386883420287225677
July 31, 202043151462879119565227077
July 30, 202042689481878519270225417
July 29, 202042208404873519004223317
July 28, 202041804624868818764221727
July 27, 202041180648860218203221177
July 26, 202040532555858217374223007
July 25, 2020399774388561116948221737
July 24, 2020395395918451216559221357
July 23, 2020389486048332016061220547
July 22, 202038344543813815815217167
July 21, 202037801576805415677213197
July 20, 2020372255628011215333210917
July 19, 2020366635567891115105207697
July 18, 202036107653778614938203917
July 17, 202035454600772314633200497
July 16, 202034854595769914292197937
July 15, 202034259643760613999195007
July 14, 2020336164637541013792190707
July 13, 202033153595744413671187387
July 12, 2020325585717401613447183717
July 11, 2020319876647241513103181607
July 10, 2020313235757092012795178197
July 9, 202030748499689512546175137
July 8, 2020302494606841512373171927
July 7, 2020297895036691512108170127
July 6, 202029286575654911828168047
July 5, 2020287115446451111665164017
July 4, 202028167603634611462160717
July 3, 2020275644546281211069158677
July 2, 2020271106266161310801156937
July 1, 2020264847906031310152157297
June 30, 202025694561590179746153587
June 29, 20202513356657389402151587
June 28, 20202486749056579007149957
June 27, 20202407777955848625148947
June 26, 20202329868455458253144917
June 25, 20202261459454977822142437
June 24, 20202202064954297613138657
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UPDATED: Buruji Kashamu dies, bows to COVID-19

Kashamu’s demise was announced by a former lawmaker-friend and party member on Twitter.



Senator Buruji Kashamu has died on Saturday.

Buruji, who was a member of the 8th Senate, died of complications from COVID-19 at the First Cardiology Consultants, Lagos.


This was disclosed by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce via his Twitter handle.

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Kashamu, 62, served as a Senator representing Ogun-East in the eighth National Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He joins a list of prominent Nigerians who have succumbed to the novel coronavirus.

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Former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and former Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, have also passed on from COVID-19 complications.

Kashamu’s family is yet to issue an official statement regarding his death.



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How Nike rejection birthed sportswear industry in Nigeria

To Udezue, sport is more about creating opportunities than just winning trophies.



How Nike rejection birthed sports wear industry in Nigeria

For many years, Nigerian sports had to depend on foreign brands for all kinds of sporting and leisure wears. In doing this, Nigeria was also ceding to these countries the opportunities that came with the business of sports. None of these changed, until Africa for Africa (AFA) Sports started out in Nigeria years ago.

Recently on Nairametrics Business Half Hour show, Founder of Africa for Africa (AFA) Sports talked about how Nike’s rejection became the birth of an industry in Nigeria.


Ugo Udezue had come to Nigeria to establish the Continental Basketball League, (CBL) after spending 17 years with BDA Sports management in California. At this time, he saw sports as being “more about creating opportunities than just winning trophies”.

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What he saw was the prospects of creating a whole economy built around the game – alternate relaxation options for workers who had spent long hours at work, and better opportunities for people to trade their wares and entertain guests during the games.

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A major kitting challenge came up for the CBL, as most of the foreign brands did not seem to cater for the African climate. The kits and balls being used had been designed by foreign brands using their weather condition and environment as the guiding factor. Because of this, they could not cater to the needs of the Nigerian basketball players.

“The balls were not designed to absorb sweat and so the players kept dropping the balls. Even the jerseys and shoes had clearly not been designed for the African weather since we did not play the game in air-conditioned courts,” he explained.

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When Udezue reached out to Nike to seek Apparel sponsorship for the CBL, he received the shocking news that “Africa was not in their plans at the time”.

This rejection, though a short term challenge, became the inspiration behind founding AFA Sports, done by Africans to cater to the sporting needs of Africans.

As you may well know, there were foreign companies sponsoring Nigerian teams at the time, making jerseys and other apparel. But because they were not producing these things locally, they were depriving the country of the opportunities and benefits which should have come with such ventures.


Gradually, Udezue and his team moved from the initial years of chaos and unprofitability, to growing AFA Sports into the biggest performing sports brand in Africa. The company’s products are now shipped to different countries.

In a couple of years, the dream started to materialise when AFA sports became the official apparel sponsor of the Nigerian National Basketball team D’Tigers during the Afro Basket 2017 competition. It was a major game-changer for sporting in Africa.


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An industry waiting to explode

Manufacturing in Nigeria is often thought of along the lines or agricultural and industrial products, without much attention on the sporting and leisure industry. From jerseys to tracksuits, leisure wears, boots, balls, caps and others, there is a whole economy waiting to be explored.

“I saw sports as a way to create wealth. I realised that it was an opportunity to create jobs for Nigerians while meeting the need for football clothing, and for as long we keep sourcing these materials from the foreign brands, we will miss out on ways we could have used it to empower our economy,” Udezue said.

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With these items produced locally at the factories and even exported to other countries, jobs are created for Nigerians. AFA sports, for instance, has three factories in Lagos state where it employs people to carry out its productions of sports and leisure wears.

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Beyond saving Nigeria the cost implications of importing such products, the products are now being exported to other African countries bringing in some foreign exchange for Nigeria.

As Nigeria moves towards self-sufficiency, there is the need to pay attention to the sports economy and its attendant benefits. Much more than sponsorships, hosting games in local economy can turn the fortunes of small business owners in the locality, given them a wider market and increased income.

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