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Expert tasks youths to build career as YouTube stars

Odusanya said that popular videos had a lot of personalities and something unique about them.



By Chiazo Ogbolu
Lagos, Feb. 13, 2019 (NNN) A YouTube creator, Yemisi Odusanya on Wednesday advised youths on tips that would aid them in growing to be YouTube stars.

Odusanya said that popular videos had a lot of personalities and something unique about them.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that YouTube launched in May 2005, is the world’s most popular online video community, allowing billions of people to discover, watch and share videos.

Today, YouTube has billions of users, accounting for almost one-third of all people on the internet.

Every day people watch hundreds of millions of hours of video on YouTube, generating billions of views.

“A pattern that makes a video/channel popular has to do with one that has a lot of personalities and unique on its own.

“The YouTube community is very active and will rate, comment on and share interesting videos. People often create video responses to other popular videos and these can get as many views as the original hit,’’ she said in a statement.

Odusanya said that YouTube was for everyone, saying that “one does not need to spend a lot of money to produce entertaining videos’’.

She said that “one will need a video camera but it does not need to be high-spec; it could be a webcam, mobile phone camera, flip video camera or a digicam.’’

Odusanya said that taking sometime to think about lighting and sound would pay off and basic editing would help to make the video more attractive.

“Most cameras come with editing tools. This is a fun project to do with a friend but if you need more help, use the YouTube community; there are millions of budding film directors who can give you tips.

“The YouTube Creator Academy has some great guides to make great videos, grow your channel, earn revenue, and get closer to your community,” she said.

Odusanya listed some tips or tricks that could be of benefit.

According to her, get inspiration from the best; watch other YouTube videos and get ideas from other geniuses who are uploading videos, be creative, people want to see something interesting.

She listed other tips as: to be timely, be consistent – do not upload just one video, give people a chance to get to know your work, offer something new.

According to her, be authentic, people love personality, be yourself – YouTube has something for everyone; so if you have got a talent, share it and know there is an audience for every talent.

She listed the don’ts as: “don’t be a copycat – you are unique and the world wants to see it. Do not be afraid to experiment; if your friends like it, it’s probably perfect.’’

Others tips are: do not make your videos too long; try to keep it under five minutes. Do not do anything you would not want the world to see and do not make your video too complicated. (NNN)
Edited by Adeleye Ajayi

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ICT expert urges stakeholders to exploit online platforms for virtual meetings



The Founder, African ICT Alliance, Dr Jimson Olufuye, has urged stakeholders to leverage on online platforms as COVID-19 pandemic has increased dependence on virtual meetings and conferences.
Olufuye said this during the bi-weekly webinar of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Abuja chapter, on Thursday.
to him, virtual meetings and conferences will remove the usual cost of travels, accommodation and renting of halls.
“An advocacy push to encourage sustained virtual engagement will be highly beneficial, just as many businesses may not need to rent offices, as many staffers are able to do their work from home.
“It increases advocacy for a declaration by the government and the National Assembly that whatever law applies off-line also applies online,” he said.
Olufuye said that this had strengthened and upgraded ICT infrastructure and advocacy for the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) and the Ministry of Education for approval of e-learning education paradigm across all levels.
He said it had brought about implementation of segments of the cybercrime law, adding that more citizens were online through targeted policy application.
Olufuye also called for an increased engagement of key stakeholders in advance internet governance paradigm nationally, regionally and internationally.
NCS has done well nationally thus far, but the time is long overdue for it and many other nationally-focused organisations to advance their perspectives and be more involved at the national level in the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum,” he said.
Olufuye stressed the need for leveraging on the knowledge of how the internet worked with lots of inter-connectivity and interdependencies, resulting in harmony at the data production, manipulation, retrieval, storage and application levels.
He called on NCS to come together more and be good example.
According to the ICT expert, government, which is the key stakeholder, should be engaged with the goal of improving the living conditions of people, for the creation of wealth and jobs, and in the process, facilitating the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The President of NCS, Abuja chapter, Mr Olusegun Alabi
, said that the biweekly Webinar Series (BWS) was one of the major initiatives of the chapter to create values for the society and enhance membership drive.
He said that the webinar was also aimed at increasing knowledge sharing and training on virtual platform resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 lockdown.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NCS is the umbrella organisation of all information technology (IT) professionals, interest groups and stakeholders in Nigeria.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Zambian expert urges tougher penalties for race discrimination, saying racism starts since colonialism




Tougher penalties for discrimination against African Americans is one sure way of protecting the lives of African Americans who have for a long time suffered injustice, a Zambian sociologist said on Thursday in an interview with Xinhua.

Maata Mwiya, a lecturer at the University of Zambia in the Department of Sociology noted that while condemning an act of killing an unarmed person is commendable, there is need to make it more punishable to discriminate against others.

“It starts with condemning because that is the indication that the act itself is deviant and it is unacceptable behaviour,” Mwiya said.

He pointed out that historically, there have been some incidences of racism in the United States and that sometimes the system is the one that creates a situation where individuals become criminals.

He said this in response to comments on the recent murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who died at the hands of a named police officer in Minneapolis in the United States.

Protests have since taken place across the U.S. on the back of the killing of Floyd, with demonstrations across the country against systematic racism. Activists, celebrities and members of the public have joined hands to fight back against police brutality, particularly against African Americans.

Mwiya has also implored African governments to fight racism by promoting African ingenuity and values.

He noted that racism started with colonialism and that to prevent it, Africans across the globe need to be culturally strong and less dependent on the west and emphasized the need for Africans to develop themselves and their communities.

“Colonialism taught us to accept Westernization as civilization. But for as long as we continue to accept the Western way of life as civilization and associate Westernization with civilization, we will continue to be looked down on and be discriminated against,” he said.


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Interview: Turkish expert says discrimination worrying problem in United States




Discrimination is a widespread problem among the U.S. legal enforcement institutions, which gives rise to the current demonstrations and riots across the United States, said a Turkish expert in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

“Discrimination and racism are everywhere seen in the United States While segregation and racism are abolished on paper, they still exist in the minds of the American people,” said Serkan Demirtas, political analyst of Hurriyet Daily news.

He added that United States president Donald Trump is exploiting racial wounds following the death of George Floyd, an African American who died in police custody, to consolidate his electoral base in the upcoming presidential elections.

“Trump seems to try to use the protests by further antagonizing his dissidents so that he can consolidate his nationalist-conservative roots, at the expense of further polarizing the American nation,” Demirtas told Xinhua.

Demirtas said that Trump’s policy “would be the only way for him to reverse his tarnished public support because of his totally inept tackling of the coronavirus” which has claimed the lives of 106,000 Americans and cost the country around 40 million jobs.

Trump is seeking another term in office in the November’s presidential elections against the United States Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president Joe Biden.

Rallies and riots have spread to dozens of American cities after a video went viral of Floyd, an unarmed man, being suffocated to death by a white police officer in the mid-western state of Minnesota on May 25.

“Trump has shown a very bad management of the COVID-19 health crisis in his country where black and other minorities plagued by poverty have been decimated by the disease. So he seems to be seeking a way out,” said the expert.

COVID-19 and its impacts on the economic and social lives of the public have a multiplying effect on the protests. Millions of Americans, who have no proper health insurance, were the most affected in the outbreak,” he added.

“The brutal murder of Floyd has just served as the final straw” for the racial justice demonstrations, Demirtas noted.

For the expert, the U.S. president has shown little interest in conciliation since the start of the protests. To the contrary, he is threatening to use the military force if the unrest does not stop, adding further fuel to the flames.


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Embrace agriculture to ease effect of COVID-19- Expert tells Nigerians



Chief Godson Ezenagu, an agriculture expert in Anambra, has called on Nigerians to engage in agricultural practices as a measure to cushion the effect of looming food insecurity due to COVID-19.

Ezenagu, a two-time commissioner for Agriculture in Anambra, made the call in an  interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Thursday.

The expert said that the aftermath of the global pandemic of Coronavirus and the economic lockdown that followed it, would be acute food shortage.

He said that every family should own a farm no matter how small and called on state governments to roll out incentive to encourage the people.

Eze Agu, who is also a politician, said the long period of stay at home should be time for civil servants, businessmen and artisans to engage in food production.

He said that engaging in food production, did not require people to travel far distance to get to their farms hence the need to embrace it.

According to him, the lockdown period is not the time to stay at home and be idle.

“People should engage the empty land nearest to them, those who don’t have land should rent.

“There is going to be serious food crisis and the best way to forestall it is to go into massive food production.

“Government should encourage people by providing soft loans, affordable and improved inputs, equipment as well as prizes for any individual who cultivated the largest expanse of land.

“They should also provide security for the farms from herdsmen by mobilising community vigillannce team to ensure that these farms are not destroyed, we can’t stop farming because of cattle menace,” he said.

Ezenagu, who supported the partial easing of the lockdown, agreed with the argument that interstate borders should still be restricted to reduce spread of COVID-19 but decried the non effectiveness of the closures.

He said the figured from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was still worrisome that total ease of lockdown for full economic activities may cause a national health boomerang.

According to him, the borders should be closed for as long as it is safe to open but unfortunately people are still finding their ways across the states because of the porous policing of the borders.

“It is true that the economy is biting but there should be a balance between saving the economy and protecting public health,” he said.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Interview: Insufficient COVID-19 testing for United States public contributes to high death toll, says expert




A lack of sufficient testing for the presence of COVID-19 in the general public might be one of the major reasons for the large number of deaths in the United States, a leading medical expert has said.

The United States has suffered the most from the pandemic around the world, with over 1.84 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and a death toll of more than 107,000 as of Wednesday.

“Without greater monitoring and testing, it is difficult to properly control the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. Simply testing individuals with suspected infection and first responder health care personnel is inadequate to provide the protection and means to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Kent Pinkerton, professor of pediatrics from the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, told Xinhua in a recent interview.

“This is particularly troublesome with some active carriers and shedders of COVID-19 who are completely asymptomatic,” he added.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least a third of COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic. About 40 percent of transmission occurred prior to symptom onset.

Pinkerton said although measures taken for stay-in-shelter mandates around the country have helped to flatten the curve of infection, many areas continue to see no reduction in the incidence of infection.

To lighten these mandates without the proper use of personal protective equipment could be associated with a future resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States, he noted.

According to Pinkerton, the major challenges ahead in controlling the spread of the pandemic are patience on the part of the U.S. public and the development of an efficacious vaccine for protection against COVID-19.

Experts are worried that the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died last week while in police custody, may result in new outbreaks.

“Based on the way the disease spreads, there is every reason to expect that we will see new clusters and potentially new outbreaks moving forward,” said United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

Coronavirus testing sites in many locations have been closed due to unrest.

Since most people who are infected with the coronavirus develop symptoms within 14 days of being infected and can spread the disease days before they feel sick, the window to get tested and avoid infecting others is small.

“The impact of the ongoing protests on COVID-19 case counts may be revealed in about two weeks,” Zhang Zuofeng, professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research with the school of public health at University of California, Los Angeles, told Xinhua.


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Experts urge Nigerians to embrace natural foods, proper hydration



A Professor of Biochemistry at Lagos State University (LASU) has urged Nigerians to embrace natural foods and proper hydration to boost their immune system to fight against COVID-19.

Prof. Babajide Elemo made the call at the sixth LASU Virtual Public Lecture, entitled; “COVID-19: Effective Use of Science in Overcoming the Pandemic,” on Wednesday in Lagos.

He said that regular consumption of natural foods and balanced nutrition were part of the keys to stay free from contracting COVID-19 and any other diseases.

World Health Organization recently published a nutrition advice that people should eat fresh and unprocessed food, drink enough water, eat moderate amount of fat and oil, amongst others.

“Balanced diet and hydration are vital during COVID-19 pandemic, while nutrition status plays an important role in the functioning of the immune system,” Elemo said.

Dr Josephine Sharaibi, Lecturer, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, LASU, said that absence of cure for COVID-19 necessitated that everyone consumed the right foods and herbs as a means of boosting the immune system against the virus.

Sharaibi said that plants were critical to both the prevention and eventual cure of the disease and advised participants on the responsible use of herbs and herbal medicines in their search for solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said that there were many local herbs which included ginger, garlic, tumeric and cinnamon that could be taken as immune boosters.

“There are also anti-malaria herbs such as moringa lucida (Brimstone tree), alstonia boonei (God’s tree), enantha clorantha (African whitewood) and the popular Dogonyaro tree, all of which can be used to treat symptoms of the virus.

“We should also regularly detoxify our system by taking herb drinks and natural fruit smoothies but avoid processed foods and as much as possible, stay natural,” Sharaibi advised.

Also speaking, Prof. Sunday Omilabu, Director, Centre of Excellence on Human and Zoonotic Virology, Lagos State Biobank, warned against unapproved testing process of COVID-19.

Omilabu said that till date, no serological testing platform had been licensed for COVID-19, and even when available, was not meant to replace the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for diagnosis of the virus.

Prof. Richard Adegbola, Research Professor and Consultant, Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, recommended three pronged approaches to prepare for future pandemics.

Adegbola said that the three approaches were consistent surveillance for data aggregation and trend monitoring; modelling for prediction and forecasting; and translation and research that turned basic research into health-improving products.

He said there was need for multidisciplinary approach to problem solving because research alone would not be enough to solve all science-related problems.

“Technology and other fields, have major roles to play in keeping our world together,” Adegbola said.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Spotlight: Israeli experts call for change as COVID-19 crisis exposes lack of int’l cooperation




The world is lacking a coordinated global response to the raging COVID-19 pandemic and its economic ramifications, several Israeli experts have said recently.

To better cope with the COVID-19 crisis, they have urged all countries to come together to form cohesive policies on such issues as vaccine research and international travel.




Many previous crises in history, such as the financial crisis of 2007-08, have witnessed countries making joint efforts to tackle problems, yet the current COVID-19 crisis, which has so far recorded over 6 million infections worldwide and more than 380,000 deaths, has seen a lack of coordinated response across the world with some countries shirking responsibilities expected of them, experts said.

For example, international flights were canceled and airports shutdown following the outbreak. The United States, the sole superpower which should have taken the lead in promoting global cooperation, halted exports of masks and respiratory machines to neighboring Canada, as well as Latin American countries.

Amnon Lahad, chairman of Family Medicine at the Hebrew University, found the real situation quite contrary to such expectations “that the United States would lead and that there would be a global response.”

“There should have been an agreement on the implementation of World Health Organization (WHO) decisions. But every country made their own policy,” Lahad told Xinhua.

Noting that politics have overshadowed the response process, he said that the current crisis “became a political problem rather than a health problem.”

“Medicine mixed with politics, which made decision-making difficult,” he said.

“What we witnessed is not a global world,” Ronni Gamzu, CEO of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, told Xinhua, adding that the lack of cooperation against the epidemic has also darkened the global economic outlook.




In the face of the deadly virus, experts have urged countries to make changes as soon as possible, such as by forming cohesive policies on developing vaccines.

The international community should coordinate a push for progress in research for vaccines and treatment, they said.

Lahad warned that under the current circumstances, “vaccines will be distributed unevenly, not according to morbidity but according to financial or manufacturing abilities.”

Still, he said the above-mentioned situation could be avoided with firm international resolve, adding that global leaders must not be shortsighted when dealing with this global issue.

The experts also called on countries to set the same standard on pre-travel testing, and to form a common policy on how to compensate people who were and may still be hit by travel bans and flight cancellations.

“Now is the time to begin working,” Lahad said, adding, “there should be an international summit with experts from all countries that will manage the crisis before a second wave.”

The WHO needs to improve its operative multi-national arm,” suggested Gamzu, calling for solidarity among the members of the global agency.


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COVID-19: Expert urges Nigerians to adopt cashless payment systems



A medical expert, Dr Chijioke Asogwa, has advised Nigerians to adopt cashless payment systems to keep and stay safe this period of COVID-19 pandemic.

Asogwa, who is the Board Chairman of Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), gave the advice while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday.

He noted that the advocacy on use of cashless payment systems, which was in conformity to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cashless policy, had become necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 in communities in the country.

According to him, since the cash or paper money has surface, the same surface can also act as medium of spread.

Asogwa, a public health physician, said anyone that handle cash infected with the virus through human sneezing, coughing or mouth liquid droplets can get infected unknowingly through this process.

“As we are in the community transmission of the virus, one must be very careful to always monitor the surfaces he or she touches including touching surfaces of money.

“I advocate that all Nigerians should adopt the CBN cashless policy.

“This is a situation where one does all his or her monetary transactions electronically, by monetary/payment online transfers, ATM transfers and POS among others without touching physical cash.

“As we are in the community transmission stage of the virus, it is difficult for you to know or trace where the cash or physical money you want to collect is coming from.

“As far as the physical cash has a surface it can be infected with the virus even through asymptomatic patients of COVID-19.

Asymptomatic patients of COVID-19 are healthy carriers of the virus that show no sign of having the virus and they go about their daily business mingling with people and touching cash as well,’’ he said.

The health expert urged Nigerians to be circumspect in all they do and follow strictly NCDC and health ministry directives.

“As a matter of necessity, you must take personal responsibility for your health and that of your family members this season,’’ he added.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Interview: We learn much from China in fighting COVID-19 pandemic, says Israeli expert




Israel has learned a lot from China in combating COVID-19 pandemic and hopes there will be more scientific cooperation between Israel and China in the future, an Israeli expert said recently.

If I have to make a list of why we had such good results in Israel, part of it is because we were able to learn from China,” Dina Ben-Yehuda, dean of School of Medicine at Hebrew University, told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Commenting on China‘s performance in its fight against the pandemic, she said Chinese physicians and scientists were “wise enough and responsible enough” to publish information, which helped the world save lives.

To her, it’s really important that everybody looks at what happened in China because China is the first country in the world to fight against the pandemic and has a lot of knowledge that “we don’t have yet.”

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Medicine of Hebrew University has applied full scientific and medical expertise and resources to combating the novel coronavirus, such as designing rapid diagnostic kits, developing vaccine, conducting molecular epidemiology studies to identify susceptible and resistant populations, Ben-Yehuda said.

“Humans now have the first signs of solutions, but we are not there yet,” she said, adding that humans have to be modest since “the virus is stronger than us and the battle is not over.”

While the pandemic has brought adverse effects, good things have also emerged, she said, referring to collaboration.

She stressed the pandemic is a battlefield that leaves no place for competition and everybody has to work together to make changes.

On Israel-China cooperation in COVID-19 research, Ben-Yehuda noticed that through the pandemic the world understands the strength of China‘s medicine and researches. “We really feel that China today is at the top of the world in research,” she said.

Ben-Yehuda said her school is now building a national animal BSL-3 laboratory to be used for experiments in collaboration with China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

“Also, we plan to cooperate with Zhejiang University in China to collect big data from both countries to fight diseases, because understanding the differences between patients is the base of precision medicine.”

Ben-Yehuda said her school has started several PHD exchange programs with some Chinese universities, which provide more opportunities for the cooperation between young scientists from Israel and China.

“We will raise generations for whom doing research with China will be part of their day-to-day life.”

“I believe that we will see more and more collaboration from all over the world, and I hope that Israel will be one of the major collaborators,” Ben-Yehuda said.

On a postpandemic world, the expert believed humans should learn lessons from the crisis and think together on how to avoid the next pandemic.

It’s not only a biological and medical issue, but also a social, psychological and economic one, she stressed.


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