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5 Ways Nigerians Eat Rice

Rice is one of the most common food in Nigeria. Every single ethnic group or type has a local dish either made from or eaten with rice. Generally, this is because rice is commonly inexpensive and easy to make. Nigeria World News shares five of these local Nigerian meals that include rice. The white rice is classic, but the recipes below also work with brown rice or wild rice.

1. Tuwo Shinkafa A rice meal popular in the Northern regions of Nigeria, Tuwo Shinkafa is a fufu recipe prepared with the soft rice variety. Although usually preferred with short local rice that can be easily mashed to make a mass of Fufu, the meal can also be made with rice flour. It is usually served with Northern Nigerian soups including Miyan Kuka, Miyan Taushe and more. It can also be paired as swallow with other Nigerian soups.


2. Masa/Sinasir Another Northern Nigerian rice recipe consumed mostly by the Hausa people, Masa or Sinasir is simply rice pancakes. Prepared with the same soft variety of rice used…

6 Struggles of Owning a Tiny Lagos Apartment

Lagos…it is the city of possibilities. From careers to aspirations and even love, there are endless opportunities. When it comes to the living situation, however, the pickings are slim. 90% of the time, residents are forced to go for tiny apartments which they will have to share with 3 roommates and still pay too much money for.

Basically, those looking to move to the city have to keep it at the back of their mind that living in a tiny apartment is one of the sacrifices they would be making, as chances are that they will have to trade a comfortable life in spacious houses with multiple bedrooms, closets and a garage for small apartments. We believe that the good still outweighs the bad as Lagos is indeed the greatest city in the country…but then, sometimes it is hard not to ignore these few hiccups:

1. There is little or no room to place things Collecting Nigerian literature books may be a great idea, but you may want to give that up if you are looking to live in a Lagos apartment. Mos…

4 Reasons Not to Buy Human Hair at Lagos Island Market

Are you visiting Lagos and looking for cheap human hair to take back home with you? You may want to take a rain check on the invitation from hair vendors at Lagos Island market. No doubt the human hair trade in Lagos is budding and the market offers a myriad selection of gorgeous human hair: Russian, Peruvian, Chinese, Burmese and more, however, the options you find in the form of wigs, weaves (extensions) and attachments may not necessarily be the best, and for valid reason too.

Below are four of the reasons why Lagos Island market may not be the best place to buy human hair.

1. Too many fakes Human hair is supposed to be premium, but with the abundance of “exotic” human hair including Peruvian, Brazilian, Mongolian ,Filipino, Cambodian, Russian virgin hair and more on the market, one does have to ponder and wonder if it all is not nothing more than a marketing ploy. Most vendors at Lagos Island key into the mystique of human hair being the ultimate premium virgin hair with the perfe…

4 Things to Look Out For Before Using an ATM

ATMs have made sending and receiving cash very easy. You don’t really need to visit the bank to perform banking transactions. However, with the increased use of these machines, ATM related fraud has increased. In some cases, you will receive alerts when you have not used your card. So, don’t just insert your ATM card in any machine. We gather some signs to look out for whenever you use an ATM.

1. Pinhole camera Almost every ATM comes with a pinhole camera. The camera captures every person who uses the machine. So, before you use the machine, you should check whether the camera has been tampered with or not. A cyber thief may just be waiting at the other end to pounce on your hard-earned money.

2. Check number pad The number pad usually works alongside the camera. Another number pad is usually placed on the original ATM number pad by the ATM thief. Once the number pad is installed, anyone who uses that particular machine is at risk of losing his money.

3. Beware of the ATM location It …

5 Baby Websites to Help Expecting Mothers

Having a baby can be an exasperating experience. So, it is important for you to seek knowledge. With this online trend of Googling everything, expecting mothers have access to thousands of materials at your fingertips. Hence, you have to be careful with the information you get online. And, you may have problems sieving the information. In order to prevent any confusion, we have compiled a list of five authentic baby websites where soon-to-be mothers can get information. It important to add that you must visit your doctor regardless of the information you get on these websites.

1. Babycenter Babycenter is a well-known website to get all information about having a baby. It is platform that follows you at all pregnancy stages-prenatal, natal and postnatal. It is a website every mother should visit as soon as the baby bump appear. You can visit Babycenter website at www.babycenter.com

2. Parenting Parenting is perfect for first time mothers. It offers you everything you need to know about…

7 Must Know Tips For House Hunting in Lagos

When you are in the city of Lagos, you are told to shine your eyes (be smart and observant). Lagosians don’t say this slang for fun. It is because if you dare to laggard, you will have yourself to blame. Same goes for persons who are house hunting in the city.

Renting an apartment in Lagos is a project on its own. It is time-consuming. It is even worse when you are desperately looking for an apartment. However, when you are house hunting it requires a lot of patience no matter how frantic you are. This is because the landlord and agent will not live with you in the house. So, if you don’t want to regret renting an apartment in Lagos, here are some tips that can help you. Again, it is strongly advised to shine your eyes.

Never allow the agent to sweet talk you
You must work with an agent when you are house hunting in Lagos. They know where all the houses that are available for rent. They are the reason for the unreasonable cost of houses in the city. This said, don’t ever allow an agent…

6 Lifestyle Changes to Make if You Want to Live to be 100

Over the years, the human lifespan has significantly declined. For example, the life expectancy in Nigeria according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is 54.5 years for both men and women as at 2016. However, there is a possibility that you can live longer than the recommended age of the WHO. The only thing you can do is to make lifestyle changes. In this post, we discuss some of the changes you can make if you want to live until 100.

1. Stop eating junk Many of us eat junk food. This is probably because you don’t have time to prepare a proper meal. The fact is eating these junk food have a negative effect on your health. Some of the health effects of junk or processed foods include diabetes and heart diseases. You should eat more fruits.

2. Run away from alcohol Alcohol has always being fingered as a major source of health problems. This is why you are encouraged to do away with alcohol. You may not feel the immediate impact of your incessant alcohol intake but it gradually cuts…

5 Things to do Before Hiring a Nanny in Lagos

Finding and employing a nanny while visiting or living in Nigeria can be a painstaking and overwhelming process. From weighing the very safety of your children to judging the person’s personality to know if she/he will be a good fit for your family, you are required to make many critical considerations. Even more, with the frequent release of videos showing nannies in Nigeria and other parts of Africa maltreating their wards, it is important that parents visiting Nigeria remain skeptical when making a choice.

To help the visitors looking to engage a caregiver in Nigeria, here are five tips to help them not only hire a nanny while visiting Nigeria, but also remain confident about the situation afterwards.

1. Keep your expectations real Before you contact that hiring agency or post your adverts for a nanny, make a list of your expectations and consider them to know if they are real or far-fetched. You must first decided on the kind of nanny you are looking for, disciplinary practices, de…

3 Funny Things to do to Use Your Driver to the Full

Most people can’t hire professional drivers because they believe the drivers might not have enough work to do than to take them to work and return them home. In fact, some have complained of paying the driver to sit down all day when in actual fact his work occurs briefly in the morning and at night. However, FindADriver247 suggest 3 funny things you can actually use your driver to do to justify how much you’re paying him. Enjoy!

Use your driver to spy on your partner Once the driver drops you off at work, send him to go out and spy on your partner if you do not trust your partner’s movements are legit. Ensure the driver follows your partner everywhere and provides a report to you of what he saw. Without your partner’s knowledge, you might be shocked by the kind of information he will uncover. This way, your driver is actually working for his salary since he’s on the road all through the day. By the time he’s done, you’re already at the backseat heading home.

Make your driver availab…

5 Simple Tips to Make Your Home Eco-friendly

The dilemma of developing countries like Nigeria are facing right now is whether to ignore warnings on climate change and go ahead with industrialization or cut back on development at the detriment of the environment. Deciding is not helped by the fact the already advanced nations are pressuring these emerging nations to reduce carbon emissions.

Besides, research shows that the impact of climate change is worsening. 2016 was recently declared the hottest year ever. The same was done for 2014 and 2015. Other impacts of climate change include the rapid expansion of the Sahara desert, severe flooding and earthquakes and food shortages.

At the end, developing countries will be most affected by this phenomenon called climate change. So, it is pertinent that you make efforts to make your environment more eco-friendly.

A viable and reliable tool to use is technology. The government cannot do it alone. You can start by making your home eco-friendly. In line with this, we shares tips to help you …

6 Funny Reasons Some Lagosians Give For Skipping Work

Living and working in Lagos can be very tough. Aside from the horrible traffic situation around town, the hustle to earn a living can take a toll on you not just physically, but emotionally as well. Sometimes, little things happen around you and you feel the need to just seize the opportunity and take a break from work to just chill; other time, you just hate your job and need some time away from it. Either way, you figure the only way to get away with it, without losing your day’s pay or even your job is by calling in sick. While these excuses may not be too far from the truth, many Nigerians have, in attempt to be creative, gone all out to make their excuses seem more legit. Below are six of the most hilarious, ridiculous and outrageous but REAL excuses some Nigerians have actually given to miss work. Want to steal an excuse? Scroll down!

I entered one chance The term “One chance” is commonly used in Lagos to refer to vehicles that load passengers and take them to unknown locations …

5 Unnecessary Things That Lagos Girls Include in Their Packing List

If you ever see a pretty Nigerian lady with a large luggage in any airport, chances are she is a Lagos girl. Agreed, packing for a trip is often a struggle to decide on what you want to bring from what we need to bring. However, Lagos girls give into temptation and just pack everything they fancy into their travel bags. Unfortunately, doing that usually leads to overpacking which can eventually cost more. To help these Lagos women overcome their packing problems, here are five items they need to strike off their packing list as they are unnecessary and just dig a trap for them.

1. “You never know” clothes Most Lagos girls like to think that they could have emergencies where they would need to wear certain kind of dresses that is not necessarily appropriate for the trip they are taking, so they pack for the eventuality. Truth is, most times, they never get to wear those clothes and they just end up hauling the excess weight back. Pack only the basics. In case of any unforeseen event, b…

Annoying Things Nigerians do When They Visit New Countries

The last thing any Nigerian who travels abroad wants to do is look or be different. Nigerians generally put in the effort to blend in or endear themselves to the locals in whatever location they find themselves , however, it is amazing to know that despite their intention, certain actions still mark them out, not necessarily in a negative way, but certainly in a unique form.

Traveling out of Nigeria to a foreign location? Before you jump on that plane to head anywhere outside of the country take a look at our list of four annoying things Nigerian’s do abroad. It should serve as a starter to keep you from treading the same path.

Only eating the food they know You would think that a visitor to a new location would explore its parameters, savoring its gastronomies…that is not the usual case with tourist Nigerians. Several African and Nigerian restaurants are booming in foreign countries not necessarily because of the number of the people in diaspora who patronize but for a large number of…

The 6 Worst Gift Ideas Ever

All of us have heard at one time or another seller or buyer beware - but in this case, the saying now becomes gifter beware. Many of us give with the best of intentions, but never realize that the gifts we are about to give are truly nightmares - or worse - in disguise. No one ever means to make such a mistake, but these do occur and we are here to help you avoid these mishaps. The following are the six worst gift ideas ever to cross our paths.

The first and biggest of the six worst gift ideas ever to give is the item that tries to give a subtle hint for what you consider a needed change in this person's life. We think this is a polite way of doing it, but all in all we cause more pain and trouble than it is worth. Some examples of these types of gifts are things like books for losing weight, an audio book on helping someone with their memory, or even a book on finding the right guy or girl. For the recipient, all they experience is you calling them fat, stupid, and unable to meet …

5 Signs That a Senior Should Stop Driving on Lagos Roads

Driving is an uphill task in Lagos. There is a quantum of things that can frustrate your driving. The most obvious one is the notorious traffic while others are the reckless danfos who act as if they own the road and the shenanigans of the traffic wardens. This said, there are some seniors and elderly ones who still drive in Lagos. There is nothing wrong with this. But you have to look out for some signs to decide if it is time for the senior to stop driving. Here are some of the signs to you should look out for.
They always dent their car — If you receive reports almost weekly that your aged dad is always denting his car, you should take action before you get news of their involvement in a fatal accident. Perhaps, it is time to get them a driver.
They get lost in familiar locations — A senior has been driving this particular location for several years. But suddenly you receive a call that they do not yet return. Meanwhile, he has been driving around this familiar location for hours. I…

5 Uncommon Professions That Can Earn You a Living in Lagos

“I need a job!” That is a line you are bound to hear from droves of young professionals and fresh graduates fresh in Lagos today. Thanks to the natural consequence of the dark economic times we are trudging, there is a high rate of unemployment and people are desperate for job. The good thing about this difficult time is that it now pushes job seekers to think outside the box. They find themselves employing creative maneuvers and unorthodox tactics…and surprisingly, when they do, they are greeted with opportunities they have never thought existed before. Some of these opportunities result in professions that are not normally viewed as common; however, they pay quite a lot.

Wondering what these unusual employment opportunities may be? Jumia Travel shares 5 uncommon vocations that can earn you a living in Lagos.

1. Voice-over artiste So many adverts are shown on TV and radio on the regular with voice overs from different people. Who do you think are behind these voice overs? Celebrities…

5 Things You Should Never do if You Want a Decent Sleep at a Hotel

A hotel should be a home away from home. A place where you can relax and sleep without any disturbance especially at night. Of course, the hotels you book on Jumia Travel provides this kind of quiet and serene ambiance.

Nevertheless, certain individuals lodge in hotels but they never get a decent sleep due to some of the things they do before going to bed.

They are always turning and tossing from left to right and in the morning, they wake up groggy, and tired. It is the hotel receptionist who bears the brunt as the guest bitterly about the fact that he didn’t get a good sleep. Whose fault? If you are one of those who do not get a good night's rest at a hotel, here are five things you should never do to help you sleep better.
Sleeping in a room that is brightly lit — You may be tempted to leave the lights of your room on because you are not used to the hotel room you are sleeping. What you should do is to either dim the light or you simply switch it off.

Consuming caffeine — Recal…

5 Ways Women Can Visit Yaba Market Without Being Harassed

Yaba market is one of the most popular markets in Lagos. At the market, you find all kinds of people selling all sorts of things. These traders are very aggressive and can be extreme sometimes to get customers.

Women are always at the receiving end. They complain that whenever they visit Yaba market, they are always being harassed by the traders. So, for some women, they are scared of visiting this market. You don't need to worry as we share tips that can help women survive Yaba market without being harassed.
Dress the way you want to be addressed — Most of the times, the very flirty guys at Yaba market harass women who are not well dressed. Fine, you have a right to wear whatever you like. Regardless, when you are visiting Yaba market, ensure that you are well dressed to prevent any harassment. It is no gainsaying ; dress the way you want to be addressed.
Keep a straight face — The best way to deal with these salacious men is to keep a straight face. Don't smile when they touc…

Top 5 Lagos Traffic Hacks You Should Know

One thing that visitors to Lagos always complain about is the traffic. A notorious traffic that was never there in the 1980s. However, due to population explosion, traffic has become a thorny issue which has defied solutions so far. It must also be said that the lack of diversity of the Lagos and Nigerian transport system has put so much pressure on the road. Thus, the monster everyday traffic in the city.

For those who reside in Lagos, they are already used to it even though the cause of the traffic is often times man-made. As for first-time visitors to the city, we share five traffic hacks that can easily help you find your way around the commercial nerve center of Nigeria and help you get through.

Leave home early for appointment If you have an appointment with anyone in Lagos, you should leave home as early as possible. What you should simply do is to leave home early to avoid traffic. For an 8am appointment, you should leave home 5am. This is the daily routine of an average Lag…

4 Ways to Handle Children While Visiting Public Places

Children are the cutest, especially when they are below the age of 6. However, they are also unpredictable, noisy, messy and are prone to flying into a rage at the slightest thing. While the easiest thing to do would be to keep them inside your house at all times to avoid the stress and embarrassment they can cause you outside, staying indoors all the time could get them super cranky as well.

No doubt these tots are hard to handle, however, there are particular occasions that require that you definitely take them out in public. For those who are anxious about those times, we share five helpful tips for taking little children out in public.

Give them a warning before you set out Children can be utterly defiant, but they do have a sense of direction and can follow instructions once they are clearly informed. Before you set out to the grocery shop, mall or church, sit the children down and tell them what behaviors you expect from them, letting them know what the consequences of disobedi…

5 Small Items in Your Bag That May Likely Save Your Day

Most people will have mobile phones, identity cards, debit card and makeup box in their bags. These are important items that you use daily. However, there are some small items that you should have in your bag if you don’t want to have a very frustrating and exasperating day. There is a tendency that you may ignore these items. But when you are in an impossible or emergency situations, you would wish you had these things. Before you find yourself in such a situation, we round up the small items you should have in your bag that is likely to save your day.
Ball point pen — A pen will always come handy any day, anytime. Despite the fact that a pen is inexpensive, you still find persons at the bank requesting pens to fill forms and other paperwork. It is better to always have a pen with you anywhere you go. 
Spare car keys — It is may not be really compulsory for you to take your car key along. But, what will you do when you misplace your spare car key? This can disrupt your day. This will …

How Nigerians Can Deal With the Turbulence in Domestic Flights

Turbulence on flight can give the worst experience, especially if you are the type who already has a phobia for flying. It is difficult not to get distressed and frightened by the sudden side to side or up and down movements… even worse, erratic shaking of the aircraft. Turbulence is a frequent occurrence on domestic flights in Nigeria. While it is a huge concern for anyone who is nervous about flying, there are ways it can be managed to ensure it does not become a nerve-wrecking experience. In this post are top 5 ways to handle turbulence on local flights.

Breathe deeply as often as you can Deep breaths can be very helpful while enduring an episode of turbulence. Rather than fret and worry, close your eyes, inhale and exhale deeply as frequently as you can. Also, you can carry a paper bag which you can use as an anti-hyperventilating device as well. It is very good in reducing anxiety.

Remain buckled to your seat The most important thing to do when there is turbulence is to stay buck…

5 Spots in Lagos That Appeal to Music Lovers

Musicians in the country and around the world come to Lagos, Nigeria, per time to perform or just break into the local music industry. This is not a surprise as the city caters to every musical taste: Jazz, Afrobeat, Nigerian dancehall to Hip hop e.t.c, and offers countless opportunities to enjoy a wide range of music at concerts, festivals, and venues of all sizes.

If you are a music fan, then Lagos could be the city for you. Read on to discover five spots in Lagos that appeal to music lovers.

The Afrika Shrine The African Shrine has been a Lagos favourite for many years and many expected it to fade away after it got burnt down, however the new replacement, run by Femi and Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti, remains a cool spot for groups and friends to hang, and is still going from strength to strength. The venue hosts live music and also provides culinary services as well as a serving of knowledge in African politics. There are free shows on Thursday, or on the last Saturdays of the month: Afro…

5 Enjoyable Weekend Habits That Prep Party Freaks For a New Week

Party freaks can’t wait for the weekend as it is a time for them to indulge with friends. They glide from one nightclub to another as they dance to loud music and down their favourite beverages. You can relate to this if you are in Lagos because the city offers the best of nightlife. They are addicted night crawlers and they forget everything about work. This is why many of them dread Mondays as they are always smug and appear unprepared for the demands of a new week. Nevertheless, you can still party as much as you want and still get the best out of the week. Want to know how to ace this? Read on!
Choose a weekend day to party You are wasting your time if you tell a party freak not to party. This may be impossible. But what is possible is that you should choose a day for you to party throughout. Afterward, all partying should be suspended till the next weekend. It is a nice way to curtail excessive partying.

Try to sleep After your partying, it is important for you to find time to s…

Looking to Have Some Quiet Time in Lagos? Check Out These 4 Spots

It is true that Lagos is the heart of Nigeria and it lures the crowds – both local from other states and tourists from other parts of the world. As a result, some prominent features of the city include its traffic-clogged streets, as well as the almost non-existent sense of space and calm. Those seeking serenity, however, should not be put off, the city still offers a number of under-the-radar spots where visitors can escape the crowds and enjoy a more sedate environment.

If you are looking to have some quiet time in Lagos, Jumia Travel has listed a few places where travelers can escape the hustle and have a marvelous and quiet time.

Lekki Conservation Centre Located on Lekki Peninsula, the Lekki Conservation centre is one of the best places to escape from the hustling and bustling of Lagos life. The expanse land of Lekki conservation facing Chevron directly, about 78 hectare of reserved forest, gives you a chance to take a trip into the jungle where you get to experience wildlife and…

5 Things Nigerians Should Know When Getting a Driver’s License

A driver’s license is a very important document in Nigeria. It allows you to operate a vehicle legally and serves as a form of identification. Unfortunately, the process of getting a driver’s license can be quite tedious. To help ease the process, we share 5 things Nigerians need to keep in mind when looking to get a driving license.

It is preferable to get training at an accredited driving school The general idea when you are applying for a fresh driver’s license is that you are new to driving. The FRSC usually would expect you to get a proper certification, proving that you can actually drive. It is, therefore, important that you get your training at one of the FRSC driving schools to ensure you do not run into any hiccups while processing your license. The good thing is that most of these schools offer excellent services at great discounts.

Be ready to pay required fee Getting a driver’s license like most documents in Nigeria will definitely cost you some money. Aside from the cost…

5 Signs You Might be Spending Too Much Money on Your Car

For many in Nigeria today, a car is a necessity rather than a luxury. It makes you mobile and you don’t get to experience the shenanigans of Lagos Danfos (if you live in Lagos). In this recession, such monies can be used for other important things. Hence, you should look out for some warning signs that will alert you that you are spending too much money on your car. Below some of them.

1. You are a regular visitor to your mechanic In a week, you visit your mechanic more than two times and in some cases, you leave your car at the workshop. Of course, every time you take your car to him, you have to pay for his service. It may be time to get rid of the car.

2. Uses too much fuel The more you use your car, the more you spend on fuel. Also, considering the unpredictable cost and scarcity of fuel, the overhead expenses will increase. So, rather than going in your own car, you can go in your neighbour's car.

3. You are spending too much on parts Cars require new parts but when you frequ…