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The Internet, and particularly Tinder’s own Twitter account, was in a tizzy this week over Vanity Fair’s detailed look at how online dating apps are shaping the way Millennials form romantic relationships.

If the article is to be believed, all that swiping left and right has created a culture of detachment and a lack of romance. It’s “the dawn of the dating apocalypse,” as the Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales put it.

And while some corners of the online dating world may be dismal indeed, one central criticism of the article has been that it didn’t show the myriad of people who are seeking lasting bonds on apps like Tinder and OKCupid. After all, one-third of all married people have dating apps and websites to thank — and a 2013 study found that couples who met online had higher marriage satisfaction.

In other words, it’s not so much how you meet that accounts for personal happiness. Instead, it’s what happens next, according to a multitude of research on the role relationships play in overall life satisfaction. 

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Playing cupid makes us happier.

A 2014 Duke University study found that people who acted as matchmaker for others regularly, whether it be romantically, socially or even professionally, are linked to higher well-being.

Not only that, the study found the more unexpected the match, the greater happiness the matchmaker experienced. As Shankar Vedantam, NPR’s social science correspondent, explained, “this probably explains why, if you’re single, your matchmaker friends keep trying to introduce you to people with whom you have absolutely nothing in common.”

However, as we know, unlikely matches are sort of eliminated in online dating thanks to algorithms that connect people based on similarity. Perhaps we should ditch the dating apps entirely and just use and play matchmaker the good ol’ fashion way (kidding… sort of).

Interpersonal relationships lead to greater life satisfaction…

We often think of romantic relationships as the bread and butter of connectedness and happiness (and those are certainly a big component) but this is evidence that all of our relationships hold merit. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that strong social relationships with others predicted greater life satisfaction, which essentially means a more positive evaluation on how their life is currently going and how it will go in the future.

…But that doesn’t necessarily mean we have to have a wedding.

In a meta-analysis of 18 studies on long-term married couples and “cognitive well-being” (i.e. what researchers used to measure life satisfaction), a report published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that life doesn’t necessarily improve after we tie the knot. Aside from an initial “honeymoon effect,” the study authors discovered that the participants did not feel happier or more satisfied with their lives once they were married.

Romantic relationships have a greater influence on life satisfaction than work.

This is very telling: We may regard relationships more highly than success at work, according to 2013 research from the National University of Entre Rios in Argentina. The study analyzed more than 200 participants ages 23 to 27 to determine how love and work rank in terms of life satisfaction. “A much stronger stability was found in love than in work domain,” the study authors wrote.

Seniors in sexually active marriages self-report feeling personally happier.

Physical intimacy in a relationship is crucial to our own personal satisfaction. An analysis of findings from the 2004 General Social Surveys found that older couples who engage in regular sexual activity are more likely to not only be happier in their relationship but happier in their own lives as well. Additionally, research shows that having sex can reduce our stress levels.

Our personal longevity is better if we have strong social relationships.

Adding years to our lives may lie in the company we keep. An analysis of nearly 150 studies published in the journal PLOS Medicine found good social relationships — which certainly include romantic relationships — had a profoundly positive impact on reducing the risk of mortality. The participants with strong social bonds had an increased likelihood of survival by 50 percent.

Most of all, love is the key to a happy life.

It seems The Beatles were onto something when they crooned that “love is all you need.” According to a Harvard study that analyzed data over the course of 75 years (yep, that’s almost a century), loving relationships are crucial to a happy, fulfilling life.

It’s worth noting that the study only included men, but the authors say that the results can provide an important insight into the human condition. George Vaillant, a Harvard psychiatrist and one of the study’s researchers, says the the findings support two main concepts of happiness. “One is love,” he wrote. “The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”

In other words, humans love to love. Simple as that.

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The sum of N200 million has been dolled out by the Adamawa State Government to engage prayer warriors in prayers against the insurgency caused by Boko Haram loyalists in the state.

This was disclosed by the state Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abdurahman Jimeta, on Friday, August 14, 2015 during a media chat on the Adamawa State Television in Yola.

He said, “We have earmarked N200 million for prayers to seek for Allah’s intervention in tackling the Boko Haram menace and other insecurity challenges threatening the stability of the state.”

According to him, the fund was derived from the state and Local Governments joint account and part of that money would be spent as security votes to help local vigilance teams and security operatives.

He urged residents to comply with the government to achieve peace in the state.

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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, shown here on June 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images

by Sola Kuti

The fear of President Muhammadu Buhari is what is being advertised by his party’s supporters as the reasons for “everything in Nigeria suddenly working”.

But, I have news for the All Progressive Congress and their supporters. I can authoritatively say that NOBODY is scared of Buhari.

Rather, it is Buhari who is scared of EVERYBODY.

So, scared that he cannot even select his own staff and ministers, 70 days after he assumed office and over 130 days after he was elected into office.

Nigerians had better start dealing with this reality.

Buhari is an endangered specie in Nigeria. If indeed he is not financially corrupt, we wait to sight his official asset declaration before we can say for sure.

Speaking of asset declaration, if Buhari makes it public and he is “broke” as he claimed during his many campaigns, then it might just be true that the Aisha Buhari on the Haliburton bribery list is actually his wife.

Either way, Buhari is an endangered specie in Nigeria.

Sola Kuti (SK) is a new age politician, a serial entrepreneur and social justice crusader with a passion for children. He has been a member of the PDP for 12 years. Connect with him on Facebook

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

Skiibii and Harrysong went on a radio tour yesterday to promote their new singles. (Photo Credit: Instagram)

Nigerians woke up on Friday, August 14, 2015 to the news that 22-year-old Nigerian singer, Skiibii Mayana had reportedly slumped and died in his home while he was about to go out. The Trent did not report this story.

The artiste who is signed to Kcee’s Five Star Music record label had just released a new single, Sampu days back and wasn’t getting enough media buzz.

Little did Nigerian entertainment lovers suspect that Skiibii and his management would stoop so low as to feign his death so as to gain his media buzz.

As soon as the news of his death broke, reactions began to pour in on social media. Musicians such as Cynthia Morgan, Patoranking, Shaydee, Phyno, Davido and Wizkid even wrote touching tributes to the 22-year-old on social media.

A member of the Five Star crew, Sososoberekon put up a photo of a lit candle on his Instagram while the other members of the label, Harrysong and Kcee kept silent as fans began mourning the young artiste.

Fans could not understand how a young artiste who was on a radio tour less than 24 hours ago and looked so alive and healthy would suddenly slump and die.

Hours later, Kcee who is currently in Sweden broke his silence with a post on Instagram stating that the artiste was not dead.

According to him, Skiibii was responding to treatment. He wrote: “Been on transit from Oslo,Norway to Sweden this is to confirm@Skiibii is not dead he is responding to treatment. Official statement dropping soon.”

Fans began to question the label’s motive when blogger, Linda Ikeji revealed that the person who broke news of Skiibii’s reported death to her was Sososoberekon. Sososoberekon is a member of the Five Star crew and manages artistes on the platform. She also shared a photo of the young artiste lying on the floor which she said was also sent to her by Sososoberekon.

PR Fail: The photo of the ''dead" Skiibii's sent to Linda Ikeji by the artiste's manager.
PR Fail: The photo of the ”dead” Skiibii’s sent to Linda Ikeji by the artiste’s manager.

Sososoberekon has since deleted the picture of the lit candle he put up while many artistes have deleted the tribute messages they shared in honour of the supposedly dead Skibii.

The action of the label is so far being thoroughly criticized on social media as it is being considered an abuse of the media and a weak PR stunt. The artiste and his label’s credibility is now definitely chequered by this episode.

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State
Rauf Aregbesola, the former governor of Osun State and current interior minister

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun was absent at the interdenominational service held for the late Ooni Of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade on Friday, August 14, 2015.

Aregbesola was represented by the secretary to the state government, Moshood Adeoti. He said the governor was unavoidably absent because he was invited to Lagos for ”a very urgent meeting”.

The governor eulogised the late monarch for his contributions toward the promotion of Yoruba culture.

The governor had revealed the content of the last text message he received from the late king. According to him, the sms was sent just before the monarch traveled to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.  It wished the governor continuous guidance of God.

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the August 9, 2014 governorship election, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who is a prominent son of lle Ife, attended the ceremony.

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Russia will begin the construction of Nigeria’s first nuclear power plant in 2016, Nigerian Charge d’Affaires to Russia Gafai Ibrahim Usman disclosed to Russian news platform SPUTNIK.

“Discussions are ongoing, and I think they have reached an advanced stage,” Usman said, adding that the first nuclear reactor is to be constructed in the central Nigerian state of Kogi, and ground will be broken in September 2016.

In May, Usman revealed that Nigeria hoped to reach a deal with Russia’s nuclear energy company Rosatom on the construction of four nuclear power plants in the country, reportedly worth up to $8 billion each, within a few months.

In 2012, Russia and Nigeria signed an agreement on cooperation in design, development, construction, operation and eventual decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Nigeria. Nigeria intends to have its first plants operational by 2025.

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A New Zealand man who lived in a tent during his unpaid UN internship in Geneva has confessed it was a publicity stunt.

David Hyde, 22, told a Swiss newspaper earlier this week he was living in a tent on the shores of Lake Geneva because he could not afford to rent, drawing swift reaction from sympathetic locals who went looking for him to offer accommodation.

But Mr Hyde, who has now quit his internship, said he chose to live in a tent to call attention to the lack of pay at the United Nations’ prestigious internship programme.

He said that when he was interviewed for the position he was asked if he could fully fund himself in Geneva for the six-month post and said he could when “my bank account clearly said no”.

His mother, who lives in Christchurch, has praised her son’s “moral leadership” despite the deception.

“I’m still proud that he’s willing to put his career opportunities to one side to highlight an issue which seems to have been going on a long time, but no one’s been paying attention,” Vicki Hyde told Fairfax Media.

“This is an issue which did need to be raised … and I think having the UN, who encourages equal rights and pay for equal work, should be the moral leaders.

“It shows he’s got some moral leadership.”

Mr Hyde confessed to the publicty stunt on The Intercept website where he said he only expected to spark a small discussion in Geneva on intern rights and was surprised to get international attention.

“On a personal level, I truly enjoyed working at the UN,” he said of his short-lived experience at the global body.

“Because of the scale the story has reached, I became increasingly worried that my actions would have repercussions for those I worked alongside who had been nothing but supportive. And so I made the decision to resign.”

(via RTE News)

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Iyanya

Nigerian music star, Iyanya Mbuk is set to drop his third studio album.

The first MTN Project Fame winner has dropped hit singles such as Lekwa Ukwu, Away, Mr. Oreo and Applaudise since the release of his sophomore album.

The Triple MG star has nnounced that his next album will be released on the 10th of September, 2015.

He made the announcement via Instagram.

3RD ALBUM DROPPING 10TH SEPTEMBER

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Two of Nigeria’s top music stars, Wizkid and Davido also plan to drop their albums next month but they have not fixed specific dates like the Kukere crooner.

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A health care worker wears a protective suit at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

NAN – A senior official of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Margaret Chan, said on Friday, August 14, 2015 that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could be stopped at the end of 2015.

Chan, who stated this in New York while briefing the UN Security Council, said that in spite of the projection, the international community needed to continue the fight against the epidemic.

She remarked that the strong international response to the outbreak of the disease in 2014 put Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – countries worst hit by it – on a path to ending the epidemic.

“If the current intensity of case detection and contact tracing is sustained, the virus can be soundly defeated by the end of this year, that means going to zero and staying at zero,’’ she said.

Chan cautioned against easing the vigilance on eradicating Ebola.

“All it takes is a single undetected case in a health facility, one infected contact fleeing the monitoring system, or one unsafe burial to ignite a flare-up of cases,’’ she added.

The outbreak, which began in March, 2014 and has been the largest since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976, has infected no fewer than 28,000 people, killing more than 11,000.

Wizkid Nigeria Nigerians
Wizkid on stage

Nigerian music star, Wizkid has recently been gaining a lot of new fans in the American music scene.

He is now being romantically linked to U.S female rapper, Dej Loaf after a snapshot suggesting Wizkid desires the 24-year-old appeared on TheShadeRoom.com’s official Instagram handle. The picture shows a comment which the 25-year-old Nigerian singer left on a sexy photo of the US rapper.

The comment read: “u need to come sit on this ting baby gyal”.

The statement that can be interpreted as a sexual invitation by the Nigerian star.

Here’s the Instagram post by The Shade Room which has left fans wondering if Wizkid is no longer dating Tania Omotayo.

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