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Monday, March 20, 2017



One's medical health can not be overstressed but a very few know much about their medical status or the least, know how to read and understand such information's when confronted with one. I will therefore, endeavour to highlight some of the major health issues common to everyone and what they entail in this post. So let's begin. One major point before I continue is that you should not forget to share it with someone via any of the social links if you consider it helpful.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


1. NNPC / ADDAX Scholarships 




5.Shell Undergraduate Scholarships for Nigerian Students

6.  MTN Foundation Scholarships  for Nigerian Students

7. Nigeria Women Association of Georgia (NWAG) Undergraduate Female Students Scholarship 

8. Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) Undergraduate Scholarships 



11. BAT Iseyin Agronomy (BATIA) Undergraduate Scholarship 

12. ONGOING: BEA Awards for Nigerians to Study Abroad, 2017/2018 -APPLY

13. SNEPco National Merit University Award Scheme

14. 2017/2018 Fully Funded Scholarships  for Nigerian Students




While the terms 4G and LTE are often used together, they are actually separate terms and will be addressed  individually.

4G is somewhat vague, but it refers to fourth generation wireless data speeds which is faster than 3G. 

3G in turn, is faster than 2G. 

Those terms are also  vague, but 1G data connection is a slow dial up connection which was initially 300 bps. It was eventually upgraded to 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, on up to about 14,400 bps. 

2G data was initially in the 14,400 to 56k range and is now typically around 128 Kbps to 256 Kbps.

 3G is roughly 1 to 1.5 Mbps and could be as high as 3 or 4 Mbps. 

4G is however, faster than that, typically 4.7 Mbps and higher.

LTE simply means  Long Term Evolution and it is the 4G wireless data format currently favored by most wireless carriers. It is theoretically capable of 300 Mbps down and 75 Mbps up, although it is usually limited by the carrier well below that.

 LTE (or now LTE Advanced) is the best commercially available wireless data standard known today.

In the U.S., Verizon Wireless was the first carrier to aggresively upgrade their network to LTE and still has had the largest LTE network currently available, by far. 

While most if not all national wireless carriers now support LTE, when Verizon first began building out LTE several of their competitors were using other 4G technologies such as WIMAX, HSUPA, HSDPA, HSPA, and HSPA+. 

The slowest of these competing 4G technologies was around 4.7 MBps, the fastest around 21 MBps, but all were being marketed as 4G and several carriers were claiming to have the largest, fastest, best, or widest 4G network.

Personally if LTE is capable of 300 Mbps, I think of these other standards in the 4.7 - 21 Mbps range as more like 3.5G, but all were being marketed as 4G and Verizon was trying to build Marketing value into their multi-billion dollar LTE investment. 

After briefly calling it "true 4G" they started branding it " 4G LTE " and trying to differentiate their true 4G LTE data from other 3.5G standards.

It seems to have worked as their competitors all seem to have adopted LTE and I haven't heard anything about HSPA+ in quite a while. 

LTE also seems to have emerged as the 4G standard worldwide, as international carriers are upgrading their GSM and CDMA networks to LTE in over 200 countries worldwid.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Efficient music writing with good lyrical contents cannot be overemphasized. We will be sharing a few music writing ideas today. Feel free to add your own methods you,ve employed for good music writing in the comment box.

1. Don’t Be a Perfectionist
Write a LOT. Churn songs out, bin them and churn more out. Don’t be a perfectionist. The aim is to improve over time, not to sit down and craft the perfect pop song on your first attempt.
By giving yourself the freedom to experiment without pressure you will develop the creative part of your brain instead of the over analytical part. Pop/Rock songwriter, Sting commented once that he finds it harder to write great songs now that he has become more analytical of music.
2. Get Feedback As Often As Possible
Be fearless with your songs. It’s OK if you write a crap song. What is not OK is to try and convince everyone that it’s a great song! Get feedback and allow people to be honest, that way you will start to learn what really works.
3. Hot and Cold
I am talking about combining opposites such as spiccato and ligatto (short and long). When you have long held chords, try a shorter or snappier vocal line. Have a funky bass line? You might want to opt for a simpler, more solid guitar part. It’s simple stuff, but worth thinking about when writing or producing.
4. Learn to Unlearn
As we learn to write songs we naturally analyse what works and what doesn’t. We absorb new chord structures and develop an obsession for doing things the ‘correct’ way. This is great as far as improving song writing goes, but somewhere along the way you may lose the ability to invent something new. Don’t be afraid to break the rules. If it sounds good to you then do it!
5. The Disadvantage of Talent
Michael Jordan is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. How did he get so good? He became the greatest because he failed more times than the next basketball player, not because he was the most talented.
Raw talent can take someone 10% of the way to success, but hard work and determination make up the rest!
The problem with naturally talented people is that they never learn failure and find it harder to accept defeat. People who are average (but with a desire to win) are in many ways better equipped to stay the course and succeed long term.
6. See the Bigger Picture Always
Once you have the technical knowledge you need to write music, try and develop the part of your brain that can listen to and analyse the whole picture (instead of focusing on tiny details).
You should be able to hear instantly what is needed to make your songs work. Does it need more emotion? More energy? Is the vocal melody boring? By focusing on the whole picture you’ll be able to find the answers quicker by being honest and brutal with yourself.
7. Say it Differently
We all know that there are common lyrical themes in music. I would guess that the topic of ‘love’ is the most widely used lyrical theme. Using tried and tested themes can be a good thing, but you should always try and say it differently.
For example, Dianne Warren said “Un-break my heart” instead of “Mend my heart”. She invented a new phrase to say the same thing a million other songs have said before and it worked perfectly!
8. Keep It Simple
I know so many musicians who agree that the best songs are the simplest, yet they can’t write simple songs themselves? It is a kind of ‘musicians curse’ to assume that complicated means better. Get used to writing simpler songs that have more hooks and adhere to common (natural) arrangement structures.
Remember, you will hear the song over and over but your audience will have to ‘get’ it on the first listen. Keep it simple!
9. Work With Others
Even if you don’t like working with others, please try it. You’ll see that in many cases more heads really can be better than one.
Working with others forces you to move away from your comfort zone and in my experience produces better songs. The process of getting input from more people during the writing process is healthy and makes it unlikely that you’ll write a real stinker!
10. Take Regular Breaks
Have you ever worked on a song for 15 hours straight and been totally disappointed with the result? It’s happened to me many times!
Doing anything creative can lead you down a rabbit hole of endless ideas that (if no breaks are taken) can spiral into complex introverted expression. In other words, take a bloody break and come back with fresh ears!
Do you have song writing advice? Please feel free to add a tip with a number so we can grow the list
source: musicthinktank