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Trending Stories Throughout The Week

|| Nneamaka Nwadei

New day, New story is the order of the day of the media space in Nigeria. We have compiled some of the stories that trended throughout the week to keep you updated.

NIGERIAN SINGER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR BLASPHEMY

In Kano, a Nigerian singer Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, aged 22 was sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Mohammed through a song he circulated through WhatsApp in March. This judgment was made by an Upper Sharia Court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey Area of the state. The judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad said he could appeal against the charges.  According to reports, the singer went into hiding after composing the song.

Protesters burnt down his family home and gathered outside the headquarters of the Islamic Police known as the Hisbah and demanded that action be taken against him.

PLAGIARISM CHECKER LAUNCHED IN NIGERIA

A Nigerian Startup known as NoCopyCopy launched a plagiarism checker in Nigeria’s higher institutions to promote the integrity of virtual knowledge experience. Their reason was that in the middle of the
the global spread of COVID-19 pandemic, startups continue to expand into new verticals of education technology.

NoCopyCopy, an indigenous plagiarism checking platform, is a social impact Lagos-based Educational Technology start-up that is pioneering the value of ethics and originality in the Nigerian market. The
the platform provides a Plagiarism Check and Digital Content Archiving Platform as a Service (PC-DCA PaaS) for institutions and organisations.

The Chief Executive officer, Stephen Ojji, in a statement to Press said: ‘while these unprecedented times may have exposed the gaps in our education system, we believe technology will help close the gap, at
scale. We acknowledge the varied and laudable contribution by tech entrepreneurs, but we have always believed that our endeavour is one of social impact in maintaining the integrity of virtual educational
experiences’.

VICE CHANCELLOR OF UNILAG SACKED

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Toyin Ogundipe was reported to have been removed over accusations of financial impropriety and gross misconduct. He was allegedly removed at the council’s meeting which had at least 11 members in attendance at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission, Abuja. However, in a reaction publication on the Vanguard, the embattled Vice Chancellor countered the claims and advised the public to disregard the disinformation.

WOLE SOYINKA CHARGED PEOPLE TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA PROPERLY

A short video released on twitter by opposition leader and one-time Presidential Aspirant, Omoyele Sowore showed Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka talking about the magnificence of technology and how youths should take part in arguments, conversations that would contribute to the progress of the nation, instead of engaging in conversations and spending time on non-topical issues.

NBC FINED NIGERIA INFO 99.3 FM N5M FOR HATE SPEECH

The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation fined the Popular radio station Nigeria Info N5 million over a comment made by the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailifa. On the insecurity and the insurgent group Boko Haram, in Nigeria.  According to the NBC, the station was issued the fine because it allowed its platform to be used to promote inciting views which could drive crime and public disorder.

During an interview on Morning CrossFire a Monday programme, Mailaifa had claimed to be a part of an intelligence network that met with some of the bandits, and asserted that one of the governors in Northern Nigeria is part of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

BURNA BOY RELEASED TWICE AS TALL

The much-anticipated album of the Self- acclaimed African Giant, Grammy Nominee and two-time BET Award Winner Burna Boy, dropped midnight Friday to the delight of music lovers around the world.

The 15-track album features collaborations with African Legend Youssou N’Dour, Chris Martin of ColdPlay, Burna’s long time music icons Naughty by Nature, and also features SautiSol and Stormzy. The album has started topping top ten charts around the world within 24 hours of its release.

NIGERIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR Q2

The National Bureau of Statistics released the unemployment data report for the second quarter of 2020. the report revealed that Nigeria’s unemployment rate as at the second quarter of 2020 is 27.1% indicating that about  21,764,614 (21.7 million) Nigerians remain unemployed.

Nigeria’s unemployment and underemployment rate (28.6%) is a combined 55.7%. This means the total number of Nigerians who are unemployed or underemployed as at 2020 Q2.

Nigeria’s unemployment rate was 23.1% in Q3 2018 confirming it increased by 4% points between then and the second quarter of 2020.revealed that Nigeria’s unemployment rate was 23.1% in Q3 2018 confirming it increased by 4% points between then and the second quarter of 2020.

In a summary by Nairametrics, the key takeaways from the report were:

Nigeria’s youth remain the hardest hit by unemployment with over 13.9 million people aged between 15 and 34 years unemployed.

Women also continue to bear the brunch of bad economy with about 12.2 million out of jobs from the 27 million currently unemployed.

Graduates and post graduates combined made up about 2.9 million of the total Nigerians that are unemployed.

In a surpising data, out of the 35.5 million Nigerians that are fully employed, 28.8 million of them never attended school (6.29 million) or did not have a tertiary education (22.5).

In fact, most fully employed people in Nigeria with SSS (Senior Secondary School certificates) are a whopping 13.2 million.

 

 

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