Fitness experts and developers of AFROFIT App Limited UK, has launched a fitness App that combines Afrobeat music, counting of dance steps, and diet monitoring to promote healthy lifestyle and routine body checks for individuals.
To this end, The AFROFIT App can be downloaded and installed both on Playstore and I-stores respectively for smartphone users to promote individuals fitness for healthy lifestyle for the demographics of people.
Speaking during the launch of AFROFIT App in Lagos, founder and CEO, AFROFIT App, Oluwadamilare Okenla, popularly known as DJ Mind D Gap stated that the inspiration behind the app was his passion for fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
He also stated that the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown really helped in the development of the AFROFIT App because medical doctors emphasized the need to exercise more since people were working from home. He went on to say that Afrobeat as a genre, comes with energetic vibes, which compliments workout routines really well.
“I will like to say that Afrobeat music has a lot of energetic vibes in it, which makes it the perfect sonic companion for workout regimens.”
He also explained that his reasons for coming to Nigeria was basically to spread awareness, noting that in the United Kingdom, the government provides a high level of support to the citizens and there are various activities aimed at promoting fitness and overall wellness of individuals.
According to him, “Exercises don’t necessarily imply going to the gym, but to move and burn calories. I think Nigerians can actually benefit from this especially through weight loss and burning calories.
“This App is first of its kind in Nigeria because it teaches the user how to dance, count your steps, and burn calories. Most Apps we have now basically count your steps. I know subsequently that other Apps will come up with similar offerings, but for now, this is the App made for Nigerians and by a Nigerian DJ.
DJ Mind D Gap’ said he is trying to raise massive awareness about the app by collaborating with media houses and influencers. “What I realized about Nigerians is that they love their celebrities a lot. So I’m focusing on celebrities that are into fitness to convey the message of this App to people”
“At the moment, we are operating on a music license to play music while working on future collaborations with Afrobeat artists whose songs will be featured on the App. With this, we hope to bring more artistes’ songs onboard. The focus is to ensure that we get the license from Apple that covers them while ensuring they get royalties. We are also looking at the possibility of using Apple to help up-and-coming artists, it will not just be the A-list artistes only. DJs can also come on the App.”.
No fewer than 100,000 Vulnarable Children, Youths are to be Benefited from ARC-P in Gombe.
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s Social Investment Programme for providing an excellent opportunity for every Nigerian child to earn a decent livelihood through its ‘At-Risk Children Project’ ARC-P.
The governor gave the commendation during the flagging off ceremony of the At-Risk Children Project in Gombe.
He expressed happiness that the Federal Government, through the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, is putting together a project that would complement the efforts of different state governments towards tackling the menace of out-of-school children, through the At-Risk Children Project (ARC-P).
Governor Yahaya noted that every state in Nigeria is facing the challenge of out-of-school children in their own peculiar way, saying “in Northern Nigeria, the issue of out of school children can be summed up: to include Almajiri, girl child, children and youth on drugs, those affected by communal clashes and migrations, among others”.
According to him, the issue has plagued Northern Nigeria for decades and has contributed to the increase of crime within the region, forcing the leaders in the region to have met on several occasions to discuss and arrive at the best possible means of eradicating the issue, both collectively and individually.
Inuwa Yahaya, said his administration has incorporated a multi-pronged approach towards tackling the menace of out-of-school children, noting that in 2019, through the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), his Government enrolled 60,000 out-of-school children into public schools and that by 2020, the number had risen to 214,000 out of which 40,000 are girls that were enrolled into formal Girl-Child Learning Centers in the state.
In the same vein, the Governor said his administration has collaborated with the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) to formalize the Almajiri education system in the state by ensuring that the children who pass through the modern Tsangayya Schools, and are found worthy in character and learning, are issued certificates by NBAIS.
He equally noted that, the collaboration with NBAIS also include building the capacity of teachers in Tsangaya Schools to be able to modernize and standardize the quality of education given to the children.
Governor Yahaya, maintained that, the impact of adopting social interventions, vocational training and financial literacy programmes to address poverty had continued to facilitate economic growth in Africa and many other developing countries saying it is imperative that Nigeria and indeed Gombe State.
Governor Yahaya acknowledged that there are bound to be challenges for such a serious and structured effort but he however assured that his administration will continue to engage office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment in order to overcome them.
The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais said the At- Risk Children Project cannot exist without the buy in of the State, adding that they were in the Gombe to leverage on existing initiatives and interface with relevant stakeholders on how best to improve the lot of children and youths that are at risk.
Mrs Uwais thanked Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for displaying leadership and commitment towards the smooth take off of the project in the State and its eventual successful implementation for the benefit of Gombe State vulnerable children and the youth.
National Center for women development empowers over 100 women in Gombe.
National Centre for women Development in collaboration with Office of the Gombe state first lady have organized a 5 day innovation and women empowerment programme under Covid-19 empowerment program in Gombe State.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the empowerment training, the first lady Hajiya Asma’u Inuwa yahya said the programme is part of her effort to strengthen women against financial hardship and poverty.
She applauded National Centre for women Development for organizing such programmes, saying that, as a woman she strongly believes that women need to be financially empowered to survive.
While noting the importance of the skills acquisition on human beings, Hajiya Asama’u Inuwa Yahya called on the ministry of Youth and ministry of women affairs and social development, to come up with new innovative ideas that would boost the effectiveness of the existing youth re-orientation skills and women empowerment.
She urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the employment tools given to them for the socioeconomic development of Gombe state and the country in at large.
Earlier, the Director general National Centre for women development, Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir represented by the Assistant Director and coordinator of the programme, Alhaji Umar Idris Muhammad said the programme is inline with the mandate of the Centre to facilitate the improvement of livelihoods of people and to reduce the negative impacts of covid-19 amongst Nigerians.
According to him 42 women were trained and empowered in tailoring and catering while 95 women received a grant to start a small business.
Alhaji Umar Idris urged the beneficiaries to justify the confidence reposed on them by making appropriate use of the items and grant given to them.
GOV BADARU OF JIGAWA APPROVES PROJECTS WORTH OVER 10bn ACROSS THE STATE
The Executive Governor of Jigawa state Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar MON, mni has approved some vital projects worth over 10billion Naira, under the ministries of Education, Health, and Works.
The Governor gave the approval during the state executive council meeting at the state government house in Dutse, the state capital of Jigawa.
The projects include a 5.5km from Koko to Fayam fayam at the cost of N740,905,000, the dualization of Fanisau to unity Pentagon which is about 11.5km at the contract sum of 6.7billion Naira.
Also, the Governor has approved the construction of the road network at JICOROS which is about 3km at the cost of N669,857,639.
The state council approved the release of the sum of N117,357,174 to the Islamic Education Bureau for the construction of classroom blocks in some Arabic secondary schools across the state.
The council has as well approved the renovation of 10 number Nomadic schools which include Gofawa, Maikantu, Gardoisa, Durina, Jadade, Bagamudu and five others at the cost of N29,766,506.
Governor Badaru also approved the construction of additional hostels and mechanical and electrical installation at the cost of 424,899,097, construction of road network and staff quarters at the Hadejia Specialist hospital at the cost of N690,444,421 and N455,983,409 respectively.
Others include wall fencing in some schools and hospitals, construction of additional classroom blocks, procurement of workshop consumables in all science schools and lab equipment.
Deactivate Buhari’s account, others when he lifts ban – Adeyanju tells Twitter
Abuja-based rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, has called on Twitter to deactivate the accounts of President Muhammadu Buhari and all his associates.
Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians, a rights advocacy group, said such a measure would send a clear message that tyranny would not be tolerated.
In a tweet, Adeyanju wrote: “Twitter should wait till when the Buhari regime lifts the ban then deactivate all accounts associated with the tyrant, Govt and APC. This is how to show that dictatorship won’t be tolerated.”
The Nigerian Government had on Friday announced the suspension of Twitter in the country.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, disclosed the suspension at a press conference in Abuja.
Mohammed had explained that the micro-blogging site was suspended because Nigerians were using the platform to carry out activities inimical to the corporate entity of Nigeria.
The decision has drawn widespread backlash from Nigerians, with some accusing the government of inability to withstand criticism.
BREAKING: ISIS ordered us to kill Boko Haram’s leader – ISWAP confirms Shekau’s death
The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) has confirmed the death of former Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
ISWAP confirmed that Shekau blew himself up after refusing to surrender following the invasion of his hideout on May 19, 2021.
This was contained in a message from Abu Mus’ab Habeeb Bin Muhammad Bin Yusuf al-Barnawi, born Habib Yusuf, leader of the terrorists.
According to HumAngle, al-Barnawi, in an address on Friday, described Shekau as “the leader of disobedience and corruption.”
He said Shekau’s fighters rejoiced over his death, adding that the former terrorist leader, who took over after the death of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf in 2009, was apprehended “in the most humiliating manner.”
Speaking in Hausa, al-Barnawi said: “This was someone who committed unimaginable terrorism. How many has he wasted? How many has he killed? How many has he terrorised? But Allah left him alone and prolonged his life. When it was time, Allah set out brave soldiers after receiving orders from Amirul Muminin [leader of the believers].”
ISWAP, which broke away from Shekau’s Boko Haram faction in 2016, disagreed with the late extremist leader over his excessive use of force, especially on Muslims in areas under his influence.
He stated that the interim leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ordered them to take action on Shekau for deviating and killing “believers.”
ISWAP fighters then took their arms, travelled through the Sahara, went into Shekau’s enclave, and engaged in a gun battle with his followers.
“Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth. He killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive,” he said.
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