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Dues- ‘Joba Ojelabi

Due to the jealous nature of my faculty, one of the few chances of adventure I get is my daily ride to and from campus. I reside in an area near the school gate and therefore have to board the popular “Town Gboro” buses to get to campus. Most times, my adventures are quite simple and dull but on some other occasions, an incident or the other helps lighten up my boring adventure: Fights and quarrels over fares at bus stops, the sonorous “enter with your change” song the drivers sing, and others are some examples of these incidents. Last week, I got to experience another form of entertainment in the course of my boring adventure.

On my way back to town, I boarded a bus with some law students (who are always not so hard to recognize) and from the bus stop to the campus gate, they kept on lamenting and arguing. The topic of their very loud discussion was a very interesting one: From their arguments, I could infer that they were 400 level students and had a test the next day. But it seemed that the lecturer handling the course had made it a criterion that they paid their Law Students Societal dues before they could write the test. As expected the students were not quite in agreement with the criterion, in fact throughout the journey they continued to decry the act, regarding it as “extortion” and in fact, at a point, they began to sound like human rights activists. I was also able to learn from their talks that the due was five hundred naira. One of the bases of their refusal to pay the dues was that past administrations had not done anything with the dues they had paid in times past. This was not the first time I was hearing these kinds of talk. In fact, I had heard them times without number from different students from different departments but at that point, I realized the resultant effect.

I belong to the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), OAU and one of the plenty arguments I have had as a member of the association is that your dues do not make you a PANSite, Admission and Matriculation does. It is then your obligation as a member of PANS to pay your membership dues. I believe this applies in most association within and even beyond OAU. For instance, your qualifications get you a job but it is the your moral and civic duty as a worker of the state to pay your tax.

However, due to the level of corruption, incompetency and even the economical degradation in society today, majority do not feel obliged to fulfill their financial responsibility. A friend of mine in a very populous department in the faculty of arts narrated to me how the executives in his department embezzled association funds and I was scared for tomorrow. However, we cannot decide to behead the man in a bid to cure his headache. Rather than decide to punish the present for the mistakes of the past, we should continue to hope that today would lead to a better tomorrow because when the eyes refuse to see, the whole body is blind and when the legs refuse to walk, the whole body is immobile. As a member of an association, society etc. we are part of a body and the body needs us to do our part.


Almost indubitable is the fact that common to all growing children over the world especially on this Heart of African plain, are these playful escapades or engagements that mediate their very first interaction with their juicy environment. From the typical tropical Ade in the west and the eastern little Onye to the young Danjuma in the far north, they all have been through this social interaction that inputs in them various senses and orientations that constitute who they become when they grow up. And of course, a man is a product of his environment, the natural characters and those acquired by a child while growing amongst his playful peers actually consolidate to make him a perfect figure ; most of the characters which are to be relearnt by adults to achieve similar feat.


To start with, a typical growing child has virile short-term and long-term memory consolidation due to his or her actively developing brain, but interestingly , he keeps more of good things than bad upstairs, that is, a positive orientation towards life. A child remembers that Uncle of his who promised to buy him some candies last 4 months telling the colour and type of his outfit when the promise was made and that same child forgets his friend who beat and bruised him up just 2 hours ago. He would be seen sending forth or responding to invitation from his friend to ‘come and play’ again sooner from the dispute time ( All has been forgiven). What a perfect man attitude that is! While an adult even though blessed with intellect plus his memory still finds it difficult to substantiate the good and flush out grudges in months. Such is a good character for Adults to relearn.


Furthermore, organized teamwork is desired by men to achieve success with less stress. While adults have to instruct, preach and even compel themselves to get hanged in for a stable team, the lads need not be cajoled before each of them uptakes his assigned task to collectively achieve their playful goals. How so nice it would have been if that sense of participation is not lost on maturation? A growing child also knows nothing but to speak the truth until he encounters the world’s shady part and that was when the son of man learnt to compromise truism for survival maintenance. Hence another golden habit for the grown up to recultivate.



Nonetheless, think of agility, virility and warm-feeling, friendliness and sensitivity and say childhood. Ruminate on photographic memory, funny impulsiveness and unconditioned happiness and re-project the days between infancy and puberty, you would discern a surprising nexus. But sadly, ‘Cruelty of time’ comes to play always. The innate and acquired qualities of a perfect figure in growing child face a creeping depletion, receding the perfectness into degraded personality. Thus, the grown up has therefore needed to brace up in guarding these golden qualities and retrieving the lost ones of them leaving out only the slight notion of naiveness of childhood to maintain these characters humanity so much desires.

…With love to all growing young minds

All over the world     .



The orange coloured sun by Tibukola

            Idowu hurried along the path with soo much excitement that he almost collided with Oderinde, the village palmwine tapper. The joy of freedom had so overwhelmed him that he didn’t even bother to greet the elders he met on the way. At that time, farmers were already returning from farms with their cutlasses and baskets. Some market women were also returning home. After receiving the message from his father that he will be attending a meeting at the baale’s house and may be coming home late, all he could think about was going squirrel hunting with his friends. It had being a while he had such opportunity since the supposed kidnap incidence that took place in the village the previous month. Parents kept their children mostly indoors until it was confirmed that the young lady said to have been kidnapped was actually married to a wealthy trader in the next village but ran back home.

On getting to Aina’s house, he met him playing football (with a rotten orange) outside their house and invited him to go hunting. “Don’t you think the day is far spent already?” Aina queried, “of course not. Look, the sun is still up,” he said, pointing up to the orange coloured sun, “we can still go and return quickly.”

With that, he convinced him and a few others and they set out for the bush. They decided to go a little further into the bush where the could locate bigger holes to search for squirrels. The fun of being together by themselves did not allow them to realise on time that the sun had finally set. Suddenly they were covered in darkness! It was night already.

Their childish minds did not comprehend the fact that the appearance of the orange coloured sun was not a sign of a new day but of impending night. As Yoruba’s will call it ‘atanmode soko’ which means it deceives the child and makes him leave for the farm when actually it’s time to return. It is only wise to make hay while the sun is still up. When opportunities come our ways, let’s make use of it but we must learn to watch out for the ‘orange-coloured-sun’ in everything. Don’t be caught unawares. When next you see a red-light (literarily), wait till it turns green.










TECHNOLOGY UPDATES: Uber introduces driverless cars

Donate Your Voice: VoiceID technology as unique as fingerprints



What would it be like to have no voice of your own? VoiceID technology is an amazing leap! Some say the human voice is like the fingerprint of the soul, yet many people in the world have no voice due to medical or neurologic conditions. Luckily, a great bit of technology existed for decades called the synthetic voice, which affords voiceless folks the ability to communicate more easily with the world The world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking has been the poster boy for the original synthetic voice.

While it’s fabulous for voiceless people to be given a better chance at verbal communication, unfortunately, until recently, the same voice as been used by every 10-year-old girl, 75-year-old man, and anyone in between who could not speak for themselves. Imagine being at a conference of sorts specifically for people who cannot speak! All conversations would be in a single, synthesized tone, no matter the age or gender of the speakers! It would sound surreal (and maybe a bit irritating from the voiceless person’s perspective). The problem is made even more curious by the fact that all around us nowadays, lovely, less-robotic/more-individualized synthetic voices are becoming a part of everyday life: we’re constantly bombarded with soothing voices on our GPS systems, floor notifications in elevators, or when we’re conversing with Apple’s Siri, just to name a few. Why would pleasant voices be reserved for such gadgets?


It seems researcher Rupal Patel thought that very same thing about synthesized voices and their lacking quality, then took it a step further. She wondered: “what if we could make synthesized voices tailored to the user? Moreover… what if we made synthesized voices that were so specific to the user… they were almost like fingerprints?”


We found a video from the Huffington Post regarding the new technology that could give the Stephen Hawkings of the world a chance to sound more like themselves, Go to this site and check it out!

Drink Sewage: Introducing


the Omni Processor

On January 22, 2015, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, came on the set of The Tonight Show with all-around funnyman Jimmy Fallon, with a simple proposition for Fallon: let’s each drink a glass of water. Simple right? Oh… here’s the catch: one of the glasses contained bottled water, while the other was very recently fresh sewage , filtered using Gates’ latest philanthropic effort, the Omni Processor.

Omni Processor Water Purifier

In retrospect, it seems incredibly obvious that the solution to the question “how do we get potable water to all of Africa?” ended up being this process which involves high school level chemistry. On some level it’s very simple, hearkening back to basic principles that have been understood for centuries. How much of a solution are we talking about? Well according to the Omni Processor’s website this machine can process a moving van’s worth of sewage each day and turn it into 10,800 liters of water a day. If you use the calculations from the Institute of Medicine , that’s enough drinking water to keep 3700 people healthy, per day! Human beings need about 2.6 liters (11 cups) of water per day to stay healthy.

The energy from the generators seems to be a bonus! (I could produce enough energy for 50 small households per year.)

The long and short of water purification

  1. When you heat something up to dry it, pure water is separated in the form of steam and can be used to drive a generator creating electricity. Remember the invention of the steam engine in the 1800s!
  2. To get the heat to dry the feces, they are burning that same dry waste as fuel. This is actually nothing new either; poop burns, and burns well, and for thousands of years in arid regions of the planet where there are no trees for firewood, people have been collecting, drying and burning animal dung to cook their food.
  3. When the steam circulates through the generators, you can capture it

and turn it back into liquid water. No pathogens can survive the temperatures that the steam goes through so the water comes out perfectly safe to drink! Other than the initial energy needed to dry that very first batch, it’s a completely closed loop! (This is something we will be hearing more and more about as we try to re-vamp how resources are used on our planet.)

Uber Rolls Out First Driverless Cars



If you’ve ever driven around in downtown Pittsburgh , you know it’s no picnic.

In fact, it’s whatever the opposite of a picnic is. Thanks to three converging rivers, the downtown area is a tangle of narrow bridges, stacked overpasses and barely sublimated Rust Belt aggression. Pittsburgh drivers are in it to win it. So it’s kind of a surprise that Uber is planning to roll out its first self-driving

cars in the heart of Steel City. But that’s evidently the plan, according to a

recent report at Bloomberg.

Starting later this month, Uber customers in downtown Pittsburgh will be

able to climb into specially modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles

strapped with dozens of sensors, cameras, lasers and GPS components. The

cars won’t be completely roboticized — all vehicles will still have a human

driver on board to supervise matters and take control if necessary. Still, it’s a Pretty Big Deal. If Uber follows though, the Pittsburgh experiment will be the first driverless car-sharing service to come to market. Uber is partnering with Volvo on the initiative, and the two companies plan to have around 100 self-driving vehicles on the street by the end of the year. In the first phase of the rollout, the dispatch of self-driving cars will be

randomized. Call up a ride with Uber, and you may get one of those souped- up Volvos. If so, your ride will be free of charge. Uber plans to eventually partner with other automakers getting into the autonomous vehicle business,

according to the Bloomberg report. The Pittsburgh rollout itself isn’t random, however. The city is home to Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute , which has been very busy with autonomous vehicle research. Uber has been hiring experts in the area

for the last couple of years. In fact, the upcoming public rollout is just part of

an ongoing beta test that Uber’s been facilitating on downtown streets for a while now. It appears that Uber is going all-in on autonomous vehicles and has hired hundreds of engineers, roboticists and mechanics for the venture. Volvo and Uber hope to have a fully autonomous fleet on the roads by 2021. Go, Yinzers !
Trousers, Heal Thyself: Squids Make Self-Fixing Clothes Possible


heal trousersIt’s generally not a good idea to smear squid parts all over your outfit, but one day, clothes could fix their own rips with the help of coatings made of squid proteins, according to a new study. This research might lead to more than just everyday self-healing clothes. It could also help create garments that are tailored for protection against chemical and biological warfare agents and that can repair themselves , the researchers

added. Rips and tears in shirts or jeans are usually no big deal — you can either

repair the clothes or simply throw them away — but damage to items such as hazmat suits or biomedical implants can be a matter of life or death. As such, for years, scientists have explored self-repairing films that could boost the lifetimes of these types of products. While previous self-repairing films could work quickly, they often had

weaknesses; for instance, some cracked under warm, dry conditions. As such, researchers in the new study wanted to find a more versatile material to use, they said. The scientists investigated molecules that came from the suction cups on squid tentacles for use in self-repairing films. Specifically, the scientists focused on proteins from razor-sharp, tooth-like structures around the openings of these suction cups that help squid latch onto and take down prey, the researchers said. Previous research suggested the proteins from these “squid ring teeth” are tough and elastic under both wet and dry conditions. The scientists developed a coating that contained the squid ring-teeth proteins. When a fabric covered in this coating is soaked in water, the proteins diffuse toward holes and tears in the coating, linking segments of coating and fabric together to make repairs, said study co-senior author Walter Dressick, a chemist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. The researchers experimented with different types of cloth, applying the proteins to cotton, linen and wool sheets. They dipped the fabrics in the new coating and then cut holes in the cloth. The scientists next immersed these sheets in water and pressed patches made of the same coated fabrics against these holes, which successfully healed the damage. “We were surprised at the rapidity of the healing process and the strength of the healed materials,” said study co-senior author Melik Demirel, a materials scientist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Future applications of this work could include a detergent-like solution that can be added to washing machines to help self-healing clothes repair themselves, the researchers said. “The centrifugal force on the tumbler may provide enough force for the required pressure of self-healing,” Demirel Added. However, “there is still a lot of work to do before self-repairing clothes will appear in your local department store,” Demirel said. The cost of the material is still an issue. However, expense shouldn’t be a barrier once the scientists figure out how to scale up the manufacturing process “to meet anticipated commercial needs,” Demirel said. Large-scale production of the squid protein is the next step, he said. This and similar self-healing materials may find uses in clothing and biomedical implants, but also for “biodegradable gels for wound healing in the near future,” Demirel said. The researchers have also developed synthetic genes to create squid ring-teeth proteins. Future research with these genes can help scientists analyze the properties of the proteins and create variants to add qualities for specific

applications, Demirel said.
Smartphone-Connected Contact Lenses Give New Meaning to ‘Eye Phone’



Apps allow you to link your smartphone to anything from your shoes, to your jewelry, to your doorbell — and soon, you may be able to add your contact lenses to that list. Engineers at the University of Washington have developed an innovative way of communicating that would allow medical aids such as contact lenses and brain implants to send signals to smartphones. The new tech, called “interscatter communication,” works by converting Bluetooth signals into Wi-Fi signals, the engineers wrote in a paper that will be presented Aug. 22 at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special

Interest Group on Data Communication conference in Brazil. “Instead of generating Wi-Fi signals on your own, our technology creates Wi-Fi by using Bluetooth transmissions from nearby mobile devices such as smartwatches,” study co-author Vamsi Talla, a research associate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, said in a statement. Interscatter communication is based on an existing method of communication called backscatter, which lets devices exchange information by reflecting back existing signals. “Interscatter” works essentially the same

way, but the difference is that it allows for inter-technology communication— in other words, it allows Bluetooth signals and Wi-Fi signals to talk to each other. Interscatter communication would allow devices such as contact lenses to send data to other devices, according to the researchers. Until now, such communication had not been possible, because sending data using Wi-Fi requires too much power for a device like a contact lens. To demonstrate interscatter communication, the engineers designed a

contact lens equipped with a tiny antenna. The Bluetooth signal, in this case, came from a smartwatch. The antenna on the contact lens was able to manipulate that Bluetooth signal, encode data from the contact lens and convert it into a Wi-Fi signal that could be read by another device. And though the concept of “smart” contact lenses may seem a bit gimmicky, they could, in fact, provide valuable medical information to patients. For example, it is possible to monitor blood sugar levels from a person’s tears. Therefore, a connected contact lens could track blood sugar levels and send notifications to a person’s phone when blood sugar levels went down, study co-author Vikram Iyer, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, also at the University of Washington, said in a statement. (Monitoring blood sugar levels is important for people with diabetes.) The researchers also said interscatter communication could be used to transmit data from brain implants that could one day help people with paralysis regain movement. Not all of the potential applications are related to medical devices, however. Interscatter communication could also exchange information between credit cards, the researchers wrote. This would allow people to transfer money between cards by simply holding them near a smartphone, for example, they said.




I’ve seen many likes; of thin caste

Haven been here since it

All began.

My eyes have groaned since fall

Hoping for the song of spring

As the birds used to,

And the glamour of autumn

That paints the trees.

Since Adam I’ve been this

And only I was left after them

…Yes I know them all,

Still my wants surpass all

Wants. I birthed their heads.

The Creator calls me World



I cry and wine my tears over, and over

Wanting to know love; but not.

Men just love themselves; as they always dew

Holding hands, kissing mouths

And lying lips.

At least they spooned; but me

Looking still for a lover, searching

For a man who will break the wall,

To hate the world of no love.

The hero who will wake,

And cleanse my face with hope

Just one lover….just o    n    e



I’ve seen many times; of this count,

More than billions of methuselah.

That’s why I sing of Judas, for many

I’ve seen, and still will be.

My gems I gave to men:

Failures who thrust my trust through,

Countless made their wealth with my gift,

Only to turn and wet my fair hair with shame:

They ate the grass and peed on the fruitful soil.

I, Yes I ….will still regret

Till the moment your eyes bright,

My hero.


For eon, I’ve been needy:

Badly for men crazy to change.

Countless mountains  melted to sand

While I waited still….For a man

A man mad for change.

Men who only will please their belly

If need be for it.

In my dirge I’ve sat all times lost,

Hoping for a lovely melody

Running down the lips of Eve’s kids.

And such song I’ll still wait for,

Till the generation comes, holding up their arms

Lifting the flag for fuller breeze.

Till then…..Wait will I






EL COLACHO: (Baby Jumping)

This is a traditional Spanish holiday dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in Burgos. During the act, known as El Salto del Colacho (the devil’s jump) or simply El Colacho, men dressed as the Devil ( known as the Colacho) in red and yellow jump suits jump over babies born during the previous twelves months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street. The ”devils” hold whips and oversized castanets as they bravely over the unaware infants.


The Brotherhood of Santisimo Sacramento de Minerva organizes the week-long festivities which culminate on Sunday when the Colacho jumps over the babies on the mattresses placed on the procession route traversing the town. The origins of the tradition are unknown but it is said to cleanse the babies of original sin, ensure them safe passage through life and guard aganist illness and evil spirits. In recent years, Pope Benedict has asked Spanish priests to distance themselves from El Colacho, and to downplay the tradition’s connection with Catholicism.


jongbo juming


The Church still teaches that it is baptism by water, not a giant leap by an airborne devil, which cleanses the soul.

Anyone who has a newborn addition to their family can bring their baby along to this festival known as the El Colacho which has taken place on an annual basis since way back in the 1620’s. The festival itself is part of the celebrations held all over Spain for the Catholic festival of Corpus Christi and whilst at this particular time many other cities and towns have spectacular processions and a vaiety of other popular means of revelling and enjoying themselves, there is only one Baby Jumping Festival.

The babies are laid on the ground in swaddling clothes and grown men, yes adult males, dressed as devils jump over the infants and this is supposed to cleanse them of all evil doings. The question of who is protecting the babies from the example being set by the adults begs to be asked but who are we to doubt this traditional combination of religion and Spanish folklore which proves to be great fun, if not a little scary, to watch……




I have seen this go on, too long. It’s soon and now is,
To spill out my sputum, the season to use the mouth and
Let the gases free, if just for a clear breath or vocals.
I fair for you oh my king, if this goes on for too long,
Even you may have to swell and drop as shoki moves.

I have seen those tricks of yours and the way you, Leonard
Rose up to the seat of irons and maybe silver, with your Rose.
Since the throners want the gold taste to be their ever-flavour
Cum the only recipe that star them out but lame us down.
Will it ever be this? May it never be so I fearfully intercede.
It’s so seen that hailer hail you, yet forget not that haters eat
And if their haters never win they’ll be still. The Reggressives
Group: your throners and all their rats that live in secret eyes.
Guard your head with all helmets for they excel in loyalty tricks.

We have also seen this right-hand of yours… I never knew him to be
Such a dubious giant. This liar of ours has come to win our trust as
An accurate scribe of all our flows! What a huge fame of shame. He!
Abbah! The sacrosanctity was named so for a pointer to near-to-monk
Sacred touch. This too owns the handler. Imagine that! That all of you
Rot from the hair to foot-base. At least I thought a peep in the forest
Will be resounding. No wonder the loser will no more bear the losers’ face
As he already fell in love with the bench-men’s benchmark. What about the
Real-victor? Will he want our thanks, as in our sincere and prideful ẹ seun.
Let’s hope this game of yours plays well n save the commandment from murder.

You might as well love your father. Your father, your father.
But is it really true, that which I hear or just a pretty face makeup.
I sigh with an interrobang. Bang, bang, bang Mr Man.

We’ve seen the way they tricked us…the sport they played
Even though it seamed like chess: so easy to be au feat with, not.
We tote the tot that they loved us, but they played at our back
Where we carried them. We leaned so much on them, oh their thorny
Flesh. Will it again be? Will it be again? Will it be just rain, rain, rain?
And see well that we have sowed grain, yes great grain of vote and trust;
For that will spoil our heap and we’ll reap only a barn full of air: vain.

We are audiophiles of success tracks, will you game us some?
Will you?
We are enthusiast of welfare à gogo. Hope we’ll swim in ship goods soon?
Others too have said ‘their own’ but I speak my own for all:
You’ve said you’re king, yes we know so….but also claim your throne
And we hope at the end we don’t end up cooked and served au jus.

“If it is for this belly, it will be full with food and foodies,
If others too will die, I can’t die there because of my jeepi [GP]”.
To all who say such things await the damnation of a thousand years,
A sage just said. For the king of Glory comes and He rides on the winds
As he will give gifts to every being according as it should,
Neglecting not the beans that lost its savour in shriekamooing at the site of coconut rice:
Who will also go to heaven-below.
As a fact both are eatables and beans is even more proteinic,
And sweet as any delicacy-rival, especially in Awo.
If at all you should play the game of thrones; play north the throne.
Such a feat is delicate and deadly, it may even kill.
And hey! Fear not for we fear for you.

I wrote this yesterdays, now it’s true
At the eleventh time.

Meet your pharsionistas

Chief Belly emerges winner of first ever pharsionista contest


With so much joy in our hearts I am pleased to announce to you all that the first edition of the Pharsionistas InstaContest has come to an end. On behalf of PANS excos, I appreciate everyone who participated to make this contest a success. Our Pharsionistic Pharsionistas????were awesome and their attires?? were second to none.

The winner of our first ever *Pharsionistas InstaContest*???? is a Guy,(? to the ladies), with 470likes✔,He is so cute and Pharsionistic, He is no other person then *the Pharsionistic Chief Belly*?? ? Congrats Chief Belly, You are PANS Pharsionista for the month of July

This first edition was used as a platform to appreciate the value of our indigenous attires. This is our unique fashion and should be encouraged. *Anticipate with passion*the next edition if the *Pharsionistas InstaContest*. Thank you

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