5 FACTS ABOUT LEAP YEAR

Leap year has an extra day added to the end of February which makes it 29 days instead of the usual 28 days.

People born on February 29 are called “leaplings” or “leapers”.

The frog is a symbol associated with February 29

Ja Rule and Pope Paul III were born on a leap year.

The next leap year falls on Saturday…

AMAZING PLANT WITH PERFECT RESEMBLANCE OF A MONKEY

Isn’t it amazing that we could see a plant that has so much resemblance with a monkey’s face?

This is one nature that captivates its audience all over the world. It really does match the grinning face of a very small monkey. The scientific name of this very rare flower is Dracula Simia.

The name Dracula literally means “little dragon”, an allusion to the mythical Count Dracula, a lead character in numerous vampire novels and films. The name was applied to the orchid because of the blood-red color of several of the species, and because of the strange aspect of the long spurs of the sepals. While the Simia means Monkey in Latin.

The orchid was named in 1978 by the botanist Luer but is in a family containing over 120 species which are mostly found in Ecuador.  Up in the cloud mountains, the monkey orchid can flower at any time . it is not season specific.

It can take about 7 years after germination for a plant to flower. Leaves begin to appear in April, and flowering occurs from May to June. A single plant is known to have flowered every year for 19 years.

As if its striking resemblance to a monkey’s face wasn’t surprising enough, this flower actually smells a lot like a ripe orange, as well. Which is kind of ironic, because with a face like that you’d expect it to smell like bananas, right?

See some pictures of monkey orchids.

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What were you thinking about the last picture up there?. Were you thinking it’s also a plant?. No it isn’t. It’s

It’s not very hard to guess how the Monkey Orchid got its name. People have had a hard time believing such a flower actually exists. Not too long ago went viral on the internet.

It only grows in the mountainous regions of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, at an elevation of between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level, but there are a few lucky collectors who have managed to cultivate it.

Furthermore orchid seeds are extremely small, ranging in size from nearly invisible dust-like particles and up to the size of pin pricks. Anything larger than that are not orchid seed. The seeds of most orchid species are far too small to count out in this manner.

You cannot grow orchid seeds like you would with other typical houseplants and this is a big problem . Many orchids rely on complex relationships with their parent plants including symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungal species in order for the seed to germinate. If purchased they are currently grown in flaskson an agar based medium.

 

NAMES OF 50 BEAUTIFUL FESTIVALS DONE IN NIGERIA AND STATES

Festival is an event in form of entertainment usually celebrated by communities with the same religious beliefs or tradition. It is often done to fulfill specific communal purpose to commemorate or for Thanksgiving.

Nigeria is blessed with beautiful people with different cultures and festivals. The 37 States in Nigeria including the Federal capital territory, celebrate festivals in different times and seasons.  There are so many festivals you never knew it exists but this article has found out about those festivals.

Here are about 55 Rich Festivals celebrated in Nigeria.

Number 1:  Argungun Fishing Festival – Kebbi State

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Number 2 Ikeji Arondizuogu – Imo State

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Number 3:  Calabar Carnival – Cross River State, Calabar

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Number 4:  Carniriv – Rivers State,  Port Harcourt

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Number 5:  Eyo Festival – Lagos State

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Number 6.  Igogo – Ondo State, Owo

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Number 7:  Nnewi Afiaolu Festival – Anambra State, Nnewi

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Number 8.  Ofala Festival – Anambra State,  Nnewi

 

Number 9: Osun Oshogbo Festival – Osun State,  Oshogbo

 

Number 10: Sango Festival – Oyo State

 

Number 11: Sharo/Shadi  Festival – Fulani

 

Number 12: Yam Festival – Ekiti State

 

Number 13: Ojude Oba Festival – Ogun State, Ijebu Ode

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Number 14: Olojo Festival – Osun State,  Ile Ife

 

Number 15: Oro Festival – Celebrated among Yoruba people

 

Number 16: Obokun Festival – Osun State,  Ijesha

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Number 17: Benin Festival – Edo State,  Benin

Other Festivals Include

18. Lagos Carnival – Lagos State

19. Mare Festival – Ondo State, Idanre

20. Onitsha Ivory Festival – Celebrated among Igbo people

21. Oke Ibadan Festival – Oyo State,  Ibadan

22. Iwude Festival – Osun State, Ijesha

23. Abuja Carnival – Abuja

24. Kano Durbar – Kano State, Kano

25. Durbar Festival – Celebrated in the Northern part of Nigeria

26. independence day – Nigeria

27. Iko Festival – Edo State,  Owan(Ihievbe )

28. Obudu Mountain Race – Cross River, Obudu

29. Ukpe Festival – Edo state, Ewohiwi

30. Igue ( Ewere ) Festival – Edo State

31. Nwaotam Festival – Rivers, Opobo

31. Oki Festival – Rivers,  Port Harcourt

32. Ohafia War Festival – Asia State,  Ohafia

33. Leboku  Festival – Cross River, Yakurr

34. Egungun Festival – OYO State,  Egba

35. Ogun Festival – Ondo State

36. Awon Festival – Kwara State, Shao

37. Olumo – Ogun, Abeokuta

38. Igunnuko – Lagos State

39. Gelede – Lagos State

40. Obalufon – Osun State,  Erin Ile

41. Oro Festival – Osun State

42. Nwunyo Fishing Festival – Taraba State

43. Puje – Tarawa State

44. Purira – Taraba State

45. Kuchicheb -Taraba State, Kuteb

46. Kati – Taraba State, Mabila

47. Iria –

48. Orosun – Ondo State, Idanre

49. Ekimogun Festival – Ondo State, Ondo

50. Ipele – Ondo State, Owo

 

 

5 INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT AFRICAN WEDDINGS

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Wedding is one of the most important ceremonies in African Culture.  It is a communal bound between two people, usually male and female.  No doubt, many people see wedding ceremony as a thing of joy, a place to merry, to eat and drink but it goes beyond that.

Today, traditional African weddings are dying and are also becoming more like western weddings. This article will tell you few interesting facts you need to know about the riches and importance of African weddings.

Brides in Africa are believed to have a very important role to play in marriages and because of this they are treated with maximum respect, thinking she is the link between the ancestors and the unborn.  They give birth to  powerful sons which will bring out the name of the family in their restricted society.
Women are mothers of civilization which earns them a high status in society…

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TRIBAL MARKS OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY’S TATOO

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Tribal marks are marks drawn on the face or the body especially common in the Yoruba land in Nigeria for identification and scarification. Tribal marks comes with its own household design. Some are being differentiated my the number of lines on the face or how long the line is being drawn on the face or the position the tribal mark is on the face.

Tribal marks is not only limited to the Yoruba land alone, some Northerners in Nigeria too have tribal marks and theirs is being differentiated by states.

It is believed that the use of tribal marks on the continent increased during the period of the Atlantic Slave trade. Tribe members being shipped off as slaves to foreign countries were marked to identify them should they ever be rescued or freed – permanent signatures of their heritage. Tribal and clan wars, beauty, witchcraft and superstitious beliefs were also…

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5 INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT AFRICAN WEDDINGS


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Wedding is one of the most important ceremonies in African Culture.  It is a communal bound between two people, usually male and female.  No doubt, many people see wedding ceremony as a thing of joy, a place to merry, to eat and drink but it goes beyond that.

Today, traditional African weddings are deing and are also becoming more like western weddings. This article will tell you few interesting facts you need to know about the riches and importance of African weddings.

Brides  in Africa are believed to have a very important role to play in marriages and because of this they are treated with maximum respect, thinking she is the link between the ancestors and the unborn.  They give birth to  powerful sons which will bring out the name of the family in their restricted society.
Women are mothers of civilization which earns them a high status in society, thus protecting women and children is a biological human instinct.

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Most African grooms and his family usually goes to the the bride’s  village to seek for the bride’s  hand in marriage.  These can be done in different forms and manners , depending on the country. For example, countries like Nigeria and Ghana spice theirs with a little form of drama, by giving the bride’s  family the impression that they have a beautiful flower in their house that they need to pluck.

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Bride’s  also don’t make herself visible at first because it is the work of the groom and his family to Labour and search for her first.  Some token can even be demanded for the search by the brides family from the groom.

Body tattooing is also common in some African weddings.  Tattooing and painting are used on the bride’s  body to enhance her beauty.  Few of these countries are Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan and Senegal.

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Negotiations are often done by most African Countries during their wedding ceremonies, where the two families will agree on a particular amount of money or gift which could be a car, cow, house, land e.t. c,  before the groom’s family can take the bride away. These negotiation can also come in form of dowry too.
Places like Ethiopia includes house help money in there negotiation.

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Music and dance is the most interesting part of the ceremony. African weddings are not complete without a traditional music and dance usually from the bride’s  family.  Seems the act of Westernization can never wipe these out of African weddings.  Nigerians are well known for these as well as South Africans, Zulu and many more.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TRIBAL MARKS OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY’S TATOO

 

Tribal marks are marks drawn on the face or the body especially common in the Yoruba land in Nigeria for identification and scarification. Tribal marks comes with its own household design. Some are being differentiated my the number of lines on the face or how long the line is being drawn on the face or the position the tribal mark is on the face.

Tribal marks is not only limited to the Yoruba land alone, some Northerners in Nigeria too have tribal marks and theirs is being differentiated by states.

It is believed that the use of tribal marks on the continent increased during the period of the Atlantic Slave trade. Tribe members being shipped off as slaves to foreign countries were marked to identify them should they ever be rescued or freed – permanent signatures of their heritage. Tribal and clan wars, beauty, witchcraft and superstitious beliefs were also among the reasons for marking.

The primary function of the tribal marks is for identification of a person’s tribe or family and it is a key factor to the people’s survival and existence.

Basically there are about three tribal majorly, which are;

PELE

The Pele style is four horizontal lines, about a quarter of an inch long inscribed on the cheeks on both sides of the mouth. It exists in two different formats, horizontal and vertical, which further consist of three versions.

GOMBO

The Gọmbọ style, also known as Kẹkẹ, consists of multiple straight and curved lines about a half of an inch long inscribed on the cheeks cheeks on both sides of the mouth. Indigenes of Ogbomosho in Oyo State are usually identified by the Gombo or Kẹkẹ style of Yoruba tribal marks.

ABAJA

The Abaja style consists of twelve horizontal lines, six lines per cheek. It is often referred to as “Abaja Alaafin Mefa Mefa”. This tribal mark is unique to the indigenes of Oyo, Nigeria.

But now the use of tribal marks has gone into extintion even though it the process of cutting the marks is really painful.

The use of tribal marks as a means of identification and beautification among the Yoruba tribe is no longer a norm and some Yoruba states have enacted certain laws that prohibit the use of the marks. Violators of the law are liable for fines or imprisonment. In Oyo State, for example, the prohibition of tribal marks is an integral part of the state Child Right Law, a law that imposes a fine or one-month imprisonment or both for violation.According to the law “No person shall tattoo or make a skin mark or cause any tattoo or skin mark to be made on a child”.

The lifestyle today  has exposed youths to Western culture which is sometimes at odds with Nigeria’s values and beliefs. This can be observed in our dress and food culture as well as societal interactions.
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Young men and women, celebrities, and On screen personalities, to mention but a few, are drawn to wearing a tattoo. Tattoo as an art comes in different patterns and they are quite fashionable. In spite of this, some people consider individuals who wear body arts irresponsible.

The embrace of tattoo as a trend is common among the youths shouldn’t be surprising because tattoos are clearly portrayed in American movies and western pop culture music videos.

No matter the side of the divide you belong, making a fashion statement is pertinent. But, what kind of fashion statement are you making?

Tribal Marks and Tattoos are running parallel. Both show the generational gap between the aged and the young. Bridging this gap seems impossible as Modernity continue to rage like wildfire consuming almost all  Nigerian Traditional and cultural practice. that were once held dear to our hearts.