Netflix talks to Business Insider about its plans for Africa

<p class="">In this interview, the American streaming company talks to Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa about opportunities for local filmmakers, subscribers in Nigeria and its budget.</p>

<ul><li>In September, 2018, Netflix acquired its first original movie from Nigeria- Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lion heart’ <li><li>Three months later, the company announced its plans to commision original African series in December, 2018<li><li>Netflix tells us all about it in this interview.<li></ul>

<p class="">For a while, it looked like <strong>Africa</strong> was not a part of Netflix’s plan for global content domination. This changed when it made its way to Africa for the first time in 2016.</p>

<p class="">After launching in all 54 African countries, Netflix showed the first hint of interest in original African content when it advertised for a director of content acquisition for the <strong>Middle East, Turkey and Africa. </strong>This was earlier in May.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Netflix is ready to invest in Africa"> <figcaption>Netflix is ready to invest in Africa</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">This was soon followed by news of the acquisition of Netflix’s first original film from Nigeria - <strong>Genevieve Nnaji'</strong>s comedy "<a href="" id="e4b03a90-5802-4d23-9306-d4d133590579">Lionheart</a>" - for an undisclosed amount. Then Netflix announced its plans to <a href="" id="65ad1337-2b26-4500-b500-5a37c5789573">invest in the African film industry</a> by ordering local original series from next year.</p>

<p class="">In the streaming giant’s vice president of international originals, <strong>Erik Barmack</strong>’s words, the company’s Europe team is "<em>in the process of looking at opportunities in Africa. It’s definitely the case that we’ll commission some series there in…2019." </em></p>

<p class="">This was soon followed by the reveal of Netflix’s first original series from Africa, ‘<a href="" id="27ceed8a-77d7-409f-b5cd-2041021a1981">Queen Sono'</a>.</p>

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<p class="">In this interview, <strong>Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa</strong> talks with the American streaming company about <a href="" id="b5c9cbfd-ccae-4a21-91c1-28c89efe2afc">its plan for Nigeria</a>, Africa, opportunities for local filmmakers, subscribers and its budget.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa (BI SSA):</strong> As Netflix is fast-growing on the African continent, what are the opportunities filmmakers stand to gain from the streaming service?</p>

<p class=""><strong>NETFLIX:</strong> We believe that great storytelling comes from everywhere in the world and from many distinctive voices. The African continent presents opportunities both for Netflix and filmmakers and we are actively searching for fresh differentiated stories from the African continent. We have licensed the Nigerian film Lionheart as a global original which will be coming to the service in January 2019.</p>

<p class=""><strong>BI SSA: </strong>What is the percentage of Netflix subscribers in Nigeria and the rest of the continent?</p>

<p class=""><strong>NET: </strong>We are happy with the interest from members since the launch. We do not release subscriber numbers for specific regions. Netflix reaches 130 million members in over 190 countries all around the world.</p>

<p class="">ALSO READ: <a href="" id="82b2d47a-7786-426c-ad87-7b5e867d6f67">Here’s how much it costs to use Netflix across Africa</a></p>

<p class=""><strong>BI SSA:</strong> Are there any particular production companies or filmmakers, scriptwriters or actresses and actors the streaming service is interested in working with?</p>

<p class=""><strong>NET: </strong>We have already started working with creatives from the African continent such as filmmaker Kagiso Lediga. We will also be working with South African actress, Pearl Thusi, who will star as Queen Sono, in our first Netflix Original Series in Africa.</p>

<p class=""><strong>BI SSA: </strong>Are you looking at having a physical presence in Nigeria or any part of Africa anytime soon considering its potential film industry?</p>

<p class=""><strong>NET: </strong>There are no plans set as yet. We are following the local industry closely and focusing more on content rather than physical presence.</p>

<p class=""><strong>BI SSA: </strong>According to a <strong>Variety </strong>report, 85% of your $13 billion budget will be spent on original content, how much of this will Netflix be spending in Nigeria specifically since Nollywood is the biggest film industry in the continent?</p>

<p class=""><strong>NET:</strong> In 2018 we expect to spend close to $8 billion all over the globe. We do not release specifics for any one territory.</p>

Here are the 14 states most affected by Nigeria’s farmer-herder conflicts

<p class=""><strong>Nigeria’s farmer-herder conflicts claim 2,075 lives in 2018 alone, representing 57% of the total deaths in the last three years.</strong></p>

<ul><li>Benue was the most affected state in Nigeria with more than 700 deaths.<li><li>Other states with high number of deaths include Adamawa, Plateau and Zamfara.<li><li>Presidency says Amnesty International is playing in the war against terror in Nigeria<li></ul>

<p class=""><a href="" id="048a204e-2e3c-48ea-85fe-97bc490d16ca">Nigeria’s farmers-herders</a> crisis killed more than 6,000 people in the last three years and Benue was the most affected state in the country.</p>

<p class="">According to Amnesty International, between January 2016 and October 2018, the fulani-herders conflicts claimed lives of 726 people in Benue state alone.</p>

<p class="">Other states worst hit include Adamawa, Plateau and Zamfara.</p>

<p class="">In its new report, “<em>Harvest of Death: Three Years of Bloody Clashes Between Farmers and Herders”,</em> the International Human Rights organisation claimed that the escalation of the bloody clashes between pastoral farmers and herders in the country was fuelled by the government’s inability to investigate the matter and bring perpetrators to book.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="States most affected by farmer-herder clash in Nigeria – Source: Amnesty International"> <figcaption>States most affected by farmer-herder clash in Nigeria – Source: Amnesty International</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">According to the report, 2075 recorded deaths occurred in 2018, representing 57% of the total deaths in the last three years.</p>

<p class="">Other states affected include Edo (9), Ebonyi (4), Rivers (2), Abuja (2), Ondo (2), Anambra (1), Abia (1) and Ekiti (1).</p>

<p class="">The research covered clashes between farmers and herders from January 2016, between August 2017 and September 2018 in 10 field trips to 56 villages in 14 states.</p>

<p class="">Amnesty urged the Nigerian authorities to immediately initiate independent, effective and impartial investigations into all human rights violations and abuses perpetrated during the farmers-herders conflicts, whether by state or non-state actors.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Presidency says Amnesty International is playing in the war against terror in Nigeria</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="President Muhammadu Buhari and security officials during his 76th birthday"> <figcaption>President Muhammadu Buhari and security officials during his 76th birthday</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">In a reaction to the Amnesty International report, Presidency said the government is increasingly concerned about the role that Amnesty International is playing in the war against terror in Nigeria.</p>

<p class=""><strong>President Muhammadu Buhari</strong> appealed to the leadership of Amnesty International to scrutinise its advocacy in Nigeria, especially as it relates to the war against terrorism.</p>

10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, FB, TLRY, BUD)

<p class="">Here is what you need to know.</p>

<ol><li> <strong> <a href="">The Fed raises rates, signals fewer hikes in 2019</a> . </strong> The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate 25 basis points to a range between 2.25%% and 2.50%%, and said it sees two rate hikes next year as opposed to its September estimate of three. <li><li> <strong> <a href="">Global markets are rebounding</a> . </strong> Japan’s Nikkei (-2.8%%) was hit hard in Asia and Britain’s FTSE (-0.36%%) was well off its worst levels after seeing an early loss of 1.8%%. The S&P 500 is set to open little changed near 2,507. <li><li> <strong> The yield curve is the flattest its been since 2007. </strong> The spread between the 2-year and 10-year note yields is down to 11 basis points, the flattest its been since the second quarter of 2007. <li><li> <strong> <a href="">China says more trade talks are coming</a> . </strong> "The two sides will arrange consultations including meetings and calls at any time as needed to promote the implementation of the consensus of the heads of state," Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters in Beijing, according to Reuters. <li><li> <strong> <a href="">New Zealand grows at its slowest pace in almost five years</a> . </strong> New Zealand’s economy grew 0.3%% in seasonally adjusted chain volume terms, missing the 0.6%% growth that was expected and making for the slowest growth since late 2013. <li><li> <strong> <a href="">A stock picker in Wall Street’s top 1%% this year reveals his strategy for 2019</a> . </strong> Kyle Weaver, who oversees $5 billion as lead manager of the Fidelity Advisor Growth Opportunities Fund, told Business Insider about the four main themes he is looking to invest in for 2019. <li><li> <strong> <a href="">Facebook plunges as the bad news piles up</a> . </strong> Shares fell more than 7%% Wednesday, wiping out $30 billion of market value, after the social-media giant was sued by Washington, DC, over its relationship with Cambridge Analytica and after admitting in a blog post that Netflix and Spotify had access to user messages. <li><li> <strong> <a href="">AB InBev is teaming up with Tilray to explore marijuana-infused drinks</a> . </strong> The world’s largest brewer and the Canadian cannabis producer Tilray have agreed to form a partnership, investing up to $50 million each, to research non-alcoholic beverages containing THC and CBD. <li><li> <strong> <a href="">Earnings reporting picks up a bit</a> . </strong> BlackBerry and Walgreens Boot Alliance report ahead of the opening bell while Nike releases its quarterly results after markets close. <li><li> <strong> <a href=",2,3">US economic data keeps coming</a> . </strong> The Philly Fed and initial claims will both be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. <li></ol>

<p class="">NOW WATCH: <a href="" id="d4c499d3-b60e-3aec-a298-994648c04b08"> The equity chief at $6.3 trillion BlackRock weighs in on the trade war, a possible recession, and offers her best investing advice for a tricky 2019 landscape </a></p>

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"Aquaman" dives away from being an aquatic disaster

<p class="">Set after the events of <strong>Justice League</strong>, Momoa is still Arthur Curry and the movie installs itself as an origin story: Queen Atlanna from the underwater world Atlantis and her illegitimate affair with Tom Curry.</p>

<h1>A raging storm washes Nicole Kidman's lithe, unconscious body onto shore. In a school's excursion to an aquatic zoo, a boy discovers his ability to communicate with aquatic animals.</h1>

<p class="">A submarine is violently rocked from beneath after the captain has been brutally murdered with an 11-inch blade. The rest of the naval crew are being held captive. Ding, ding, ding!. Jason Momoa drops in through the roof of the submarine, landing with a bang, a dizzying picture of rippling muscles, tattoos and wet hair. He is not a superhero or <strong>Aquaman</strong>, at least not yet. But his entrance is gorgeous and assertive and messianic, and sets the tone for the movie’s baser popcorn thrills.</p>

<p class="">Aquaman, which floods into theaters on Friday, has been teased since the announcement of the DCEU movie <strong>Justice League</strong> in 2014, which was a financial failure at the box office last year. The need for DC to recover, and strategise, has bore fruit in Aquaman, but the risk involved was hiring horror specialist James Wan to direct the project. Wan is known for helming <strong>Saw</strong>, one of the biggest horror franchises, so what could go wrong? Nothing, only that Jason Momoa’s hulking body covered more than half of the screen in the movie’s 143 minutes runtime, diving and propelling through vast CGI waters and telling a character he prefers being called “Fish Man” instead of “Fish Boy.” Aquaman is that kind of goofy.</p>

<p class="">Set after the events of Justice League, Momoa is still Arthur Curry and the movie installs itself as an origin story: Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) from the underwater world Atlantis and her illegitimate affair with Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison). As such, Arthur is half-human/half-Atlantean, and the bulk of the movie documents his journey towards self-actualisation and the delicate friction between Atlantis and the surface world. His half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) has grown to resent Arthur and people of the surface, seeking to wage war against a world that has polluted Atlantis and its ecology. Meanwhile, Arthur is guided by red-haired sidekick Mera (Amber Heard) and Vulko (Willem Dafoe), into returning to Atlantis to stop the war and take his place as king. Of course, this pits Orm and Arthur against each other, and Wan who reportedly was given creative control for Aquaman makes one of the best underwater design I have seen: lush, shimmering, bursting with the extravagant stupor that comes close to Zack Snyder’s starter films for DC.</p>

<p class="">Most remarkably, Momoa’s masculinity channeled through Arthur is nuanced to show appropriate emotions: entering Atlantis with Mera through a back channel, he is hesitant, timid. In another scene, he is mildly, boyishly terrified in a marine shuttle as Mera drives them away from Atlantean security seeking to capture them. The action set pieces in are delicately constructed to hit audiences with a heightened impact (or maybe because I saw the movie in an IMAX theatre?). At its core, Aquaman is a story of family, once splintered in the beginning and then united at the end. That Arthur was born seems predestined, bridging the divide between water and land. Aquaman is the best of both worlds.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Bernard Dayo is a freelance writer and critic on film and media. His works have been published on Guardian Life, YNaija, More Branches, Culture Custodian, to name a few. </strong></p>
Source: entertainment

Pulse, Africa’s new media publisher, makes its websites more accessible to all Africans through technology

<p class=""><strong>A lighter, faster-loading and more responsive user experience for ‘Pulse’ &amp; ‘Business Insider by Pulse’ readers has been launched.</strong></p>

<p class="">Pulse, Africa’s No. 1 new media publisher, is topping off the year with the migration to a new publishing technology for its mass media online publications in Nigeria (; Ghana (; Kenya ( and Uganda ( </p>

<p class="">The new system which launched on Monday, December 17, 2018, is a significant part of the widely-read media platform’s efforts in providing millions of readers across the African continent as well as the diaspora more convenient access in consuming News, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sports, Live Videos, and Business Insider content. Additionally, Pulse is widely represented with channels across all social media platforms on the continent, including in Francophone Africa through Pulse Live Afrique.</p>

<p class="">The new platform for West and East Africa has an enhanced user interface and will improve reading experience, with its faster loading web pages that are responsive across multiple devices and browsers, including – Desktop, Mobile, AMP and Opera Mini. Journalists can easily report and publish news from on-site locations to bring Africans on the continent and the diaspora up-to-date information on all key topics of the moment.</p>

<p class="">Reaching over 175 million unique users across all its platforms in Sub-Saharan Africa on a monthly basis, Pulse and it’s Pan-African license partner, Business Insider by Pulse, have positioned themselves as the preferred media publisher for accurate news and entertainment, backed up with unbiased analysis, fact-checking and research.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="The new Business Insider SSA by Pulse homepage"> <figcaption>The new Business Insider SSA by Pulse homepage</figcaption> </figure>

<p class=""><strong>Moritz Boullenger</strong>, the CTO &amp; Head of Product for Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) highlights that the new solution was developed in-house by DreamLab, a part of Ringier Axel Springer Media AG (RASMAG), the leading integrated multimedia company in Central and Eastern Europe.</p>

<p class="">“<em>By leveraging Ringier’s global assets, we were able to execute this project in record time. The great collaboration between DreamLab and Ringier in Africa enabled us to build technologically-leading media platforms across our markets. Our new technology meets the highest international standards in terms of speed, effective navigation, and accessibility</em>’’</p>

<p class="">Talking about this migration, the Head of Editorial and Editor-In-Chief of Pulse, <strong>Osagie Alonge</strong> affirms that the change of the platform will give better access to the high-quality content millions of readers already associate with Pulse because it consumes lesser data and will also be accessible to users with weak internet connection and also makes for easy navigation through the different content categories published on Pulse &amp; Business Insider by Pulse, as this was the key consideration for the new design.</p>

<p class=""> “<em>We are dedicated to ensuring that our audience have the best experience whenever they visit our platforms, and that is why we have effected this migration, assured that it is a move in the right direction both for the users and the content creators. It is easier to navigate the different categories, and more pocket-friendly as it requires less data to access and surf the platform for entertaining and informative news and stories.</em>”</p>

<p class="">Links: </p>

<ol><li>Nigeria – <a href=""></a> & <a href=""></a><li><li>Ghana – <a href=""></a> & <a href=""></a><li><li>Kenya<strong> </strong>-<strong> </strong><a href=""></a> & <a href=""></a><li><li>Uganda – <a href=""></a> & <a href=""></a><li></ol>

<p class="">To stay informed always, follow Business Insider by Pulse on all social media platforms via <a href="" id="7be5b63a-cc78-4355-af2f-65da3c616447">Twitter</a>, <strong><span id="58a816a6-8f6a-4bfd-81ec-3f1e87ccbc5f">LinkedIn</span> , </strong><a href="" id="7e3ea4bf-ef0b-46c4-b881-d22086f6150f">Facebook </a>and<a href="" id="21c2df66-adf1-4656-b01f-9a0fd9ba156e"> Instagram</a></p>

<p class=""><strong>Pulse via @PulseGhana</strong>, <strong>@PulseLiveKenya</strong> &amp; <strong>@PulseLiveUganda</strong> on <a href="" id="79e1bbfb-2856-4a5e-8662-7daee482293b">Facebook</a>, <a href="" id="55046d29-4746-47bf-a98e-76f9370d0b0a">Instagram</a>, <a href="" id="90c914ef-b3a7-4a77-93c1-4ce269543af5">Twitter</a>).</p>

<p class="">For additional information on the migration to the new publishing technology and other details, please contact Bukola Sanu, Communications and Partnerships Manager for Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) via <a href="" id="438fefb4-4168-4e72-b7da-8d85a56e495d"></a> or +2348023821267</p>

Top 7 controversial moments in Nigerian Culture

<p class="">Welcome to another episode of Pulse lists. On this episode, we discuss the top 10 most controversial moments in Nigerian pop culture.</p>

<h1>This year, social media platforms — especially Twitter ­– has witnessed episodic unfolding after another of sensitive discussions around gender, religion, feminism, rape, consent, mental health, colorism, and other headers. The idea was always to further each other and make each other better.</h1>

<p class="">But alas, sometimes, we got carried away and instead fueled controversy instead of furthering positivity in conversations. Here are some of the moments we missed the mark;</p>

<p class=""><strong>Baby Mama Drama</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Sola Ogudugu and son, Boluwatife"> <figcaption>Sola Ogudugu and son, Boluwatife</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">On September 20, 2018, the world woke to Wizkid’s baby mama, <strong>Oluwanishola Ogudugu’s </strong>length <strong>Instagram </strong>conversation about how superstar artist, <strong>Wizkid </strong>was a <a href="" id="f7b98ab5-d919-48dc-9573-92deac5b9223">major deadbeat dad</a>, following in the footsteps of his frequent collaborator, <a href="" id="fd9e206b-a594-49e2-96e6-58e7148bafc8">Drake’s footsteps</a>.</p>

<p class="">Apparently, Wizkid only sees his son intermittently, keeps asking his baby mama who are boyfriend is and also made <strong>Boluwatife, </strong>his son touch the backsides of grown women because he thought he as gay.</p>

<p class="">A few days ago, news also broke the Nigerian media entrepreneur, <strong>Linda Ikeji, </strong>dropped a statement on how she went from being a hopeful fiancee to <a href="" id="7f607bad-aa9c-48d2-9f50-84fbdc5ba82c">being a baby mama</a>. Today, <strong>Gifty </strong>has also dropped her own baby mama story. While evidence pointed to the affirmative, a lot of Nigerians still wanted Shola’s head on a spike.</p>

<p class=""><strong>ALSO READ</strong>: <a href="" id="7508c200-992f-4648-8a99-a64d11d247fe">Flop of the week: Wizkid, deadbeat dad</a></p>

<p class=""><strong>Small Doctor allegedly pulls a gun on Police</strong></p>

<figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Full Video OF Small Doctor’s Arrest In Lagos</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">A few weeks ago, while at a checkpoint, Nigerian artist, <strong>Small Doctor </strong>was reportedly <a href="" id="0439ad20-8e48-4dbf-b27b-8c7fbf35acab">arrested </a>for threatening to shoot members of the Lagos State Police Command around Oshodi area of Lagos. He was arrested in company of three other men.</p>

<p class="">Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimin told newsmen that, “<em>He (Small Doctor) allegedly brought out a weapon and threatened to fire the policemen. Fortunately the DPO and other policemen at Shogunle intercepted the suspects and arrested them.</em>”</p>

<p class="">The news and viral video, posted on <strong>Instablog9ja </strong>became the Nigerian chatter for the next 48 hours and talk centred on the morality of Nigerian artists in what seemed what a Colombian drug baron would do if boxed by Police. Although he was released a day later, the reputation had been forged.</p>

<p class=""><strong>CeeCee splits fan opinion on Big Brother Naija</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="CeeC"> <figcaption>CeeC</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Last year, <strong>Big Brother Naija </strong>was championed by the buzz of <strong>T-Boss </strong>and all the madness that surrounds her. This year, It was <strong>Cee-C, </strong>and she duly delivered that Nigerians branded her some very derogatory stereotypes.</p>

<p class="">First, she was close to <strong>Tobi, </strong>and then he became her punching bag that regularly got insults from her. The problem though was how the issue transcended Tobi to other housemates and then back to Tobi, whom <a href="" id="aca175fd-5859-4e3a-9f0d-6a1671e74bc9">she berated Tobi</a> for close to 30 minutes, close to the end of the show.</p>

<p class="">The moment split opinions on social media as some even brought colorism into the conversation.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Funke Adejumo asks congregation to drop one million for financial breakthrough</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Rev. Funke Adejumo"> <figcaption>Rev. Funke Adejumo</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Nigerian religious topics are always heated, especially since <strong>Daddy Freeze </strong>became a self-appointed chief whip of all things religious. Thus, after the issue of tithes and how churches only milk their congregation, a General Overseer asking for money was going to make the news.</p>

<p class="">The madness was that she not only <a href="" id="f7a4b624-2424-441f-88ed-2a343a15fa22">asked for one million</a> in Nigeria, she asked for the same figure in other countries and the madness kept going. How would you do that to your people, knowing people can barely afford to eat? That was the question.</p>

<p class="">She got the smoke though.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Falz vs. Muric</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’ video continues to generate reactions from Nigerians "> <figcaption>Falz’s ‘This is Nigeria’ video continues to generate reactions from Nigerians </figcaption> </figure>

<p class=""><strong>Falz’s This Is Nigeria</strong> was an excellent allegory, depicting the sham of a society we live in, with the fallible tendencies we abhor but condone and it was a creative home run. Sadly, it’s both the age of pointless outrage and offence and <a href="" id="ecaa4cea-4cab-4bb7-8a06-814793bb176c">The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) </a>duly came up trumps in due time.</p>

<p class="">They claimed that Falz generalized his perception of Muslims and portrayed Muslim girls in a bad light in the video for the aforesaid song. Being a severely tribalistic country, with religious divides, constantly competing for attention, it quickly became a religious issue as MURIC wanted the video taken down.</p>

<p class="">ALSO READ: <a href="" id="06bb6c0b-4451-46ad-bdcc-6276ffbbccfa">MURIC has one valid point regarding rapper’s "This is Nigeria"</a></p>

<p class="">The conversations became sensitive and people chose sides. While Falz later reportedly sued MURIC, the conversations on that day revealed a different side to Nigeria; a side that should scare the average man enough to make him pray against a widespread civil war or religious crisis.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Sex Dolls</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="___7971209___2018___2___12___13___NAP-MDG-020218Talking-sex-dolls-325Talking-sex-dollsJPG_1"> <figcaption>___7971209___2018___2___12___13___NAP-MDG-020218Talking-sex-dolls-325Talking-sex-dollsJPG_1</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">The sex dolls moment was another moment that fueled the perpetually energized gender wars. Sex dolls were created to be an alternative to sex partners. The advantages were meant to be accessibility, prevention of rape and so forth.</p>

<p class="">ALSO READ: <a href="" id="38832484-03ed-48d0-aff5-52631075a082">Why Nigerian women hate these robots and men are talking about them</a></p>

<p class="">The problem though was that the female versions of these sex dolls were the viral products at the time. The problem then became why men would have the audacity to replace women with sex dolls that can’t be emotive, can’t cook or clean in a world where we are trying to eradicate such narratives.</p>

<p class="">Bear in mind, women have been using dildos for ages. It was arguably the longest running saga of 2018 as conversations went down and up for about two weeks.</p>

<p class=""><strong>Blac Chyna and bleaching products</strong></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="" alt="Blac Chyna appreciates her discovery of Nigerian jollof-rice."> <figcaption>Blac Chyna appreciates her discovery of Nigerian jollof-rice.</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">A few weeks ago, <strong>Pulse </strong>discussed the issue of colorism from the bird’s eye of a 2002 <strong>Zero HG Mercury Working Group</strong> report that placed Nigerian second on a list of <a href="" id="4bc6d96a-6387-416c-b4eb-e122ddfab177">consumption of bleaching products</a>, with a staggering 99 million products consumed.</p>

<p class="">In a country where <a href="" id="d9b15b7c-beb9-4bf4-a6bb-89cddd9e81b0">colorism</a> and bleaching are underlying sensitive issues and problems worthy of widespread discussion, we sure forgot all that and rolled a carpet for American socialite and model, <strong><span id="450a1db0-25ef-44e5-9a2f-e12422be5301">Blac Chyna</span> </strong>when it was reported that she was coming to Nigeria to sell bleaching cream.</p>

<p class="">The hypocrisy of how we knock people like <strong>Bobrisky </strong>but hail <strong>Blac Chyna </strong>brought back echoes of how LGBT activist, <a href="" id="36ffbe5a-13ad-46ec-82ec-ca11f1675199">Bisi Alimi criticized Nigerians</a> for welcoming an openly gay <strong>Richard Quest </strong>but persecute our own gay people. Other Nigerians used her appearance discuss a problem Nigerians don’t take seriously; bleaching and the may risk it occasions on people.</p>

<p class="">This prompted <strong>Pulse </strong>to address why vanity makes people bleach and not colorism.</p>
Source: news

UBS: These 11 stocks are set to rocket higher in 2019

<ul><li> <strong> UBS has published a list of stocks they believe are set to rocket higher next year. </strong> <li><li> <strong> To be included in the list, a stock must have a "buy" rating at the firm and have a </strong> <strong> catalyst that most investors are ignoring. </strong> <li><li> <strong> Markets Insider picked out the 11 stocks in the US that UBS says will have the most upside potential. </strong> <li></ul>

<p class="">In a recent note to clients, UBS equity analysts highlighted the stocks they believe that are best set to surge in the year ahead.</p>

<p class="">To be included on the list, a stock must have a "buy" rating and a catalyst most investors are ignoring.</p>

<p class="">"As well as screening for upside to price target, upside/downside skew, market cap, sector weightings and liquidity, we focused on stocks where we believe our analysts have a truly differentiated view versus consensus," the firm said.</p>

<p class="">After going through the list, Markets Insider picked out the 11 US stocks that UBS says will have soar at least 35% in 2019.</p>

<p class="">Below are the 11 stocks, in ascending order of their upside potentials:</p>

<h> Wells Fargo </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="ffa578b6-8867-3c9e-a857-80b269c95d31"> WFC </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $46.52</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $63 (+35%)</p>

<p class="">"Wells Fargo’s substantial underperformance since 2016 has created a long-term buying opportunity," said analyst Saul Martinez.</p>

<p class="">"Even with limited revenue growth, efficiency improvements and capital optimization should drive mid to high teen EPS growth and considerable ROTCE expansion in 2019 and 2020. We forecast that Wells buys back 17 % of its shares by year-end 2020, providing considerable support to the EPS and ROTCE trajectory."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Advance Auto Parts </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="a799dde4-9f59-3043-af19-0ff32200b4f3"> AAP </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $158.24</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $215 (+36%)</p>

<p class="">"Its initiatives like cross-banner visibility and its marketing campaign are driving the top-line," said analyst Michael Lasser.</p>

<p class="">"The industry is in a good spot with a healthier car park and the potential benefit from parts inflation. A strong top-line should drive expense leverage across the business. Some of the investment margin drags will roll off and it will see savings from closing duplicative DCs. Plus, inventory optimization and managing its AP/Inventory ratio should lead to improved free cash flow, which should lead to greater share repurchases."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="604f63a9-bedd-3075-aeea-88e131702e11"> CRM </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $132.32</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $180 (+36%)</p>

<p class="">"We think Salesforce is establishing a leading position as an enabler of digital transformations, and this trend will remain a key area for IT budget growth in CY19," analyst Jennifer Lowenoted.</p>

<p class="">"Our analysis suggests improved efficiency in CY17 and CY18, and continued progress here should lead to better margins in the future. We think strong top line growth plus better-than-expected margins and cash flow can drive shares higher from here."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Alphabet Google </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="94d188b1-d8a7-3c97-ab69-bea2ce31814d"> GOOG </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $1028.71</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $1400 (+36%)</p>

<p class="">"We continue to view Alphabet as a category leader &amp; top pick for investors looking for exposure to a number of long-term secular growth themes in the Internet sector," said analyst Eric Sheridan.</p>

<p class="">"We expect Alphabet to continue to sustain solid rev growth driven by search (particularly mobile), YouTube and push into local while showing promising returns on key investments (cloud, hardware, voice/visual search, etc.) &amp; upside optionality in Other Bets (deep valuation discounts of Waymo &amp; life sciences, in our opinion)."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Honeywell International </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="7a9762c1-883d-3786-a89b-2842ca25f898"> HON </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $135.18</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $190 (+41%)</p>

<p class="">"We are buyers of HON as 2018 saw the company step up free cash flow conversion, optimize its portfolio, and drive productivity, with more than $25 billion of capital available to deploy in 2019," said analyst Steven Winoker.</p>

<p class="">"We find HON’s overall portfolio positioning relative to the macro landscape relatively positive. End-market dynamics should remain strong in 2019 while management remains prudent in execution. We also expect management to smartly but aggressively deploy capital with a strong balance sheet in 2019. With plenty of capital available, Intelligrated-like M&amp;A opportunities seem likely."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Lockheed Martin </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="8da2fcc6-b384-3bf5-ada1-52071ba83e84"> LMT </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $279.47</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $400 (+43%)</p>

<p class="">"The lack of investor enthusiasm around LMT, coupled with our above-consensus outlook on 2020E, drives our Buy rating," said analyst Myles Walton.</p>

<p class="">"Our proprietary analysis along with UBS Evidence Lab created a picture of LMT’s revenue composition by funding account, which allowed us to construct a revenue forecasting model predicting LMT to have the fastest pace through 2020E (8%+, though we are including 6% in our estimates)."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Exact Sciences </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="ca742bd5-fe87-3d87-a4c0-08bf541affd5"> EXAS </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $67.80</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $100 (+47%)</p>

<p class="">"The current stock price is an attractive entry point ahead of accelerating testing frequency, continued strong doctor additions, and increasing penetration of the Integrated Delivery Network opportunity," analyst Dan Brennan wrote.</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Altice USA </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="9ba62af9-9f1c-34c8-a140-a93dfcb62510"> ATUS </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $17.40</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $26 (+49%)</p>

<p class="">"We believe recent product initiatives should sustain low-SD revenue/EBITDA growth, allowing mgmt to hit its leverage target exiting ’18 and setting the stage for meaningful stock repurchases," said analyst John Hodulik.</p>

<p class="">"Along with the company’s strategic value amid continued industry consolidation and a depressed valuation, we see a compelling risk-reward."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Marvell Technology </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="711b6f98-e19a-3359-a59b-ae9c05ed5a98"> MRVL </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $15.44</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $25 (+62%)</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS View: </strong></p>

<p class="">"Looking ahead into 2019, the long-awaited 5G network deployments will start to ramp in earnest in the 2H and incremental revenues from networking and storage wins in data center should provide material upside to growth in 2019."</p>

<p class="">"Additionally, favorable NAND price environment should spur greater adoption of SSDs in both client and enterprise, providing further momentum for MRVL’s fast-growing SSD controller business."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Michael Kors </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="d3d27c3a-8120-3b02-acb6-27828a335c7d"> KORS </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $39.78</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $80 (+101%)</p>

<p class="">"KORS is an underappreciated global growth stock," analyst Jay Sole said.</p>

<p class="">"The market thinks KORS’ portfolio of brands is weak and unlikely to grow. However, multiple UBS Evidence Lab studies suggest KORS’ brands are strong. We forecast an 8% 5-yr. EPS CAGR and our DCF analysis points to an $80 price target. We anticipate KORS’ P/E rising to ~16x from ~8x today and see a 5:1 upside/downside skew."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

<h> Canadian Natural Resources </h>

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<p class=""><strong> Ticker: <a href="" id="89229bd5-4776-3c50-a3d7-f968b7f05186"> CNQ </a> </strong></p>

<p class=""><strong> Closing Price on 12/18: </strong> $24.49</p>

<p class=""><strong> UBS Price Target: </strong> $57 (+133%)</p>

<p class="">"CNQ is differentiated with its long life, low decline reserve base with minimal reservoir risk, resulting in a ~6.8% FCF yield at strip in 2019," said analyst Lloyd Byrne.</p>

<p class="">"CNQ’s DAPSG profile from its assets should lead to significant FCF and de-leveraging, positioning CNQ to continue to return cash to shareholders and expand traditional multiples."</p>

<p class="">Source: UBS</p>

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Good times in LASU as institution creates a career platform for students

<p class="">Lagos State University (LASU) has established a career platform for the students of the institution to build their employability skill.</p>

<p class="">The students are encouraged to register on the platform called LASU Career Development Centre to activate their LASU e-mails and use same to enrol on the LCDC Platform.</p>

<p class="">The platform is designed to create an avenue for the university undergraduates to groom them on Career Coaching and Mentorship; Employability Skills Acquisition, Professional Networking and Certification, Part-time/Volunteer jobs, Internships and Shadow Interviewing.</p>

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<p class="">How to register on LCDC platform</p>

<p class="">1.   Login to your Course Registration portal to view your LASU official student email address and a default password </p>

<p class="">2.    Activate your official email using the default.</p>

<p class="">3.   Login to to view the LASU Career Development Center home page. Click on "Get Started" or "Login to LCDC" to open the online Enrollment form.</p>

<p class="">4.   Use your LASU email address to enrol on LCDC Platform.</p>

<p class="">The University’s Information Communication Technology Centre has opened individual official e-mail addresses for students to facilitate the students’ registration.</p>
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Indian farmers get $9bn loan relief ahead of elections

<p class="">Three newly elected Indian state governments have waived up to $8.6 billion in farm loans in a bid by Rahul Gandhi’s main opposition Congress party to boost support ahead of 2019 elections.</p>

<p class="">The sorry plight of farmers in India, where thousands commit suicide every year, is set to be a major issue in the polls when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will run for a second term.</p>

<p class="">Last week Congress wrested power from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in three state elections, partly by promising the help voters working in agriculture.</p>

<p class="">Late Wednesday the new government of one of these states, Rajasthan, announced a write-off on loans of small farmers up to 200,000 rupees ($2,850), at an estimated cost of $2.5 billion.</p>

<p class="">The two other states, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Congress ended 15 years of BJP rule, announced similar plans this week to forgo loans worth nearly 440 billion rupees.</p>

<p class="">The move signals Congress’s intent to latch on the growing disquiet in rural areas, where 68 percent of India’s 1.25 billion people live, against Modi, 68.</p>

<p class="">"It’s done!," Gandhi, 48, whose standing was boosted by the state election successes, said on Twitter. "We asked for 10 days. We did it in 2."</p>

<p class="">Modi swept to power in 2014 largely on promises of improving lives of poor, ending corruption, boosting the economy and more jobs.</p>

<p class="">But tens of thousands of farmers have rallied in recent months — including 80,000 in New Delhi this month — over his government’s failure to mitigate their problems.</p>

<p class="">Modi had pledged to double farm income by 2022 but most say nothing has changed. His opponents accuse him of being pro-rich and ignoring the plight of millions of poor farmers.</p>

<p class="">Political parties often promise farm loan waivers or other agricultural sops to win support in rural India.</p>

<p class="">Roughly 55 percent of the population is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture, making the community the largest voting bloc.</p>

<p class="">The agriculture sector accounts for around 15 percent of India’s economic output.</p>

<p class="">But nearly 300,000 farmers have killed themselves in the last two decades, as drought — or flooding — poor yields and low prices push them into a cycle of debt and despair.</p>

<p class="">Two BJP state governments in 2017 announced similar packages for farmers worth 770 billion rupees but Modi’s government ruled out a similar nationwide amnesty plan in July.</p>

<p class="">But recent media reports suggest that Modi’s government may reconsider and announce a multi-trillion dollar relief package in the run up to the elections, which are due by May.</p>

<p class="">The previous Congress-led alliance in 2008 promised a nationwide farm loan waiver of more than 700 billion rupees, helping it win a second term in office in 2009.</p>
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NCC uncovers large volume of forceful and illegal deductions by Network providers, set to order refund to consumers

<h1>The Audit Team analyzed subscribers’ Call Detail Records from MNOs and subscription logs from VAS providers over a period of two years, leading to the conclusion that a huge percentage of VAS services were not voluntarily subscribed for.</h1>

<p class="">As a consumer-centric regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission has noted with great displeasure the unacceptably high level of consumer complaints in respect of forceful subscriptions to Value-Added Services (VAS), as well as airtime deductions for these subscriptions. The Commission mandated several initiatives to tackle the menace. These include the institution of a comprehensive investigation and resolution process, the Do-not-Disturb (DND) facility, and the imposition of sanctions for breach.</p>

<p class="">Disturbed by the persistent occurrence of the menace despite these measures, the Commission carried out a long and comprehensive investigative audit into VAS subscriptions across all MNO and VAS platforms. The investigative audit was led by the Compliance Monitoring &amp; Enforcement Department of the Commission, with participation from its other Departments such as the Technical Standards and Network Integrity (TSNI), Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB), Legal &amp; Regulatory Services (LRS), and Licensing &amp; Authorisation (L&amp;A).</p>

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<p class="">The Audit Team analyzed subscribers’ Call Detail Records from MNOs and subscription logs from VAS providers over a period of two years, leading to the conclusion that a huge percentage of VAS services were not voluntarily subscribed for. The audit team also found that some providers had implemented disingenuous mechanisms by which large numbers of innocent consumers were “forcefully” subscribed to VAS platforms, leading to regular deduction of their airtime without their consent.</p>

<p class="">As all Stakeholders are aware, the Commission has persistently insisted that actions of this sort are unacceptable as they are in direct breach of the Nigerian Communications Act and NCC’s many regulatory instruments on the matter. Such actions also undermine the very foundations of the customer/service provider relationship, that is, transparency and trust.</p>

<p class="">Based on the outcome of the investigative audit, the Commission will shortly be directing the indicted organisations to make refunds to affected consumers as appropriate. The Commission is also considering, and will impose appropriate sanctions as necessary. This outcome justifies the Commission’s commitment to evidence-based interventions.</p>

<p class="">We wish to use this opportunity to inform the general public that the Commission may suspend or outrightly decommission some VAS platforms and services in the overall interests of consumers. We assure consumers that these measures will be implemented with minimal inconvenience to them, and trust that we can count on the understanding of consumers who may be affected by these measures.</p>

<p class="">The Commission assures all Stakeholders that we will continue to use all available resources to protect the rights of consumers of telecoms services and to ensure that they get appropriate value for their interactions with service and platform providers.</p>
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