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Kidnap: The ugly side of internet penetration

Last week, the incident of kidnapping involving the Orekoya children at Surulere area of Lagos, brought into focus the issue of regulation of online classifieds.The children were reported to have been kidnapped by a maid, (Funmilayo Adeyemi) who was hired through a classified advertisement placed on an online classified platform, OLX.com.ng.

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Preferences for things foreign

WE, Nigerians, are proud people. We are people who work hard, and also, if you like, play hard. We love the good things of life and we all work hard to attain them. Those who found the home environment too limiting found expression in foreign lands and are doing well. We also love the best things money can buy — clothes, shoes, mobile phones, computers, furniture, and, of course, cars. As a result, men like to wear suits from designers like Gucci, Prada, Saint-Laurent, Brooks Brothers and Marks & Spencer. Still, others prefer bespoke suits from Gieves & Hawkes of London, or Caraceni of Milan.

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The free reign of pirates

THE movie and music industry in our country is a unique one that I find difficult to understand with the passing of each day. To borrow a cliche, it is one industry where the monkey works and the baboon makes away with the proceeds of the monkey’s work, leaving the monkey high and dry, left only to scrape from the peelings of the banana discarded after the baboon has had its fill.

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Matters miscellaneous

In the United Arab Emirates where I was on assignment, I got a surprise. Last year when I was there for the International Telecommunications Union, ITU summit, I bought an Etisalat SIM card which I used while there to communicate both locally, and with family and colleagues in Nigeria. Getting back there September, the SIM was no longer provisioned. Absent-mindedly I switched on my other handset which had a Glo SIM in it, and in minutes, a message came in from a telecoms firm by the name, du. Although Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company is its legal name, it was commercially rebranded du in February 2006.

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On the Microsoft Imagine Cup

EARLY this month, the global finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup held in St. Petersburg, Russia. Like in previous editions, Nigeria qualified after national finals threw up Team LifeSaver, comprising four students from two universities — Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso. The four students — Afolabi Olamide, Oluwole Michael, Akinlaja Solomon and Adewale Adeyinka — had competed in the national finals in the category of World Citizenship.

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Can Lagos be a smart city? (4)

I wish to round up discourse on the possibilities of Lagos being a smart city within the shortest possible time. Of course, it can be seen that a lot of obstacles abound in the realization of this ideal, but personally I like to look at the sunny side of things. If there are issues, they should be tackled but nothing should be allowed to detract from set objectives.

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Can Lagos be a smart city? (2)

A fortnight ago discourse began in this column on the above subject matter. I could not continue last week due to space constraints; the serial of Chris Uwaje’s column, which dwelt on a similar subject matter as it concerns air transport infrastructure took precedence. I now return to the issue.

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