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900-Year-Old Church Carved Downward Into A Huge Rock In Ethiopia (Photos)

 The church is located in a mountainous region in the heart of Ethiopia, some 645 km from Addis Ababa, and what is interesting about the church, it was carved downward into a rock.

The church was carved from a type of limestone called tufa and the sole building material used in the structure.

It has been dated to the late 12th century AD, and thought to have been constructed during the reign of King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela, of the late Zagwe dynasty.

The church of St. George stands proud in a 25m by 25m wide pit that is carved out of solid volcanic rock.

The construction of the church involved excavating a free-standing block of stone out of the bed-rock and then removing all the waste material from around it.

The stone masons then carefully chiseled away the church outline, shaping both the exterior and interior of the building as they went.

They fashioned a simple yet exceptionally beautiful cruciform structure approximately 12m high.

The shapes are perfect and accurate.

Nobody knows the equipment used to carve or construct the church or how long the construction took.

No one knows for sure if the Church of Saint George was completed in Lalibela’s lifetime, or if it was constructed after he died in an attempt to honor his legacy.

The cross-shaped stone church has been a popular site for Christian pilgrims since it was first constructed many centuries ago.

Lalibela’s sunken network of stone churches appear impossible to access to the untrained eye, but a keen observer will note that there is a small man-made entrance that grants access to the holy stone structures.

Countless Christian pilgrims dressed in white have flocked to the Church of Saint George to pray and express their commitment to their unwavering Christian faith.

Many years ago, st George church became UNESCO world heritage site.


Nigerian Man Abraham Airaodion Honoured In Dubai For Returning N12M Forgotten In His Taxi

 A Nigerian man and a member of Apostle Johnson Suleman's Omega Fire Ministries Child who works as a cabbie in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), got honoured for his integrity after he returned 100, 000 Dirhams, (N12 million) that was forgotten in his cab, IgbereTV reports.

The taxi driver who attends Omega Fire Ministry (Dubai-UAE) and identified as Abraham Airaodion discovered that a passenger had forgotten the whopping amount of money in his taxi and so he showed true integrity and returned it.

Abraham who works with Sharjah Taxi Cooperation was honoured by the organization on Monday, December 13, 2021. He was given a certificate of appreciation which he brought to Church and displayed while sharing his testimony.

Nigeria man honoured in Dubai

Binnaparlour Red-Carpet Night 2nd Edition Tagged Night of Glamour- 25th December 2021 Accra Ghana

 The stage is set for the 2nd Edition of Binnaparlour  Red-carpet ; Tagged Night of Glamour.

Venue Manhean Accra Ghana

Binnaparlour Red Carpet is an Annual Event that helps in promoting Africa Art, music, food and Culture. 

This is the 2nd Edition of the Red Carpet that will be featuring Top Artists, Comedian and Dancers.

It will be fun having you around on that day, Don't miss it.!!!

 Date is 25th December 2021

Binnaparlour Red carpet 2021

Publisher Obinna Pascal Amajuoyi

UAE Lifts Ban On Passengers Travelling From Nigeria

 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reversed the ban earlier placed on foreign airlines from accepting passengers from Nigeria and Congo which took effect on Monday, December 13, Daily Sun has learned.

Citing the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases, foreign airlines flying into Dubai had ceased accepting passengers from Nigeria and Congo.

Although no foreign airline gave an official statement on the reason for the development or if initial directive came from the UAE government as a retaliatory measure against Nigeria for withdrawing the frequencies given to Emirates airline, an email seen by Daily Sun which emanated from Ethiopian Airline on Monday, December 13, with the subject: Dubai Travel Restriction Update and reference No. PSA12/068/2021, read: “Due to an increasing number of COVID positive passengers at destination, it is decided to suspend accepting passengers to UAE from Nigeria and Congo DRC only. This is effective December 13, 2021. Please ensure 100 per cent compliance.”

A reliable source within Ethiopian Airline confirmed to Daily Sun that passengers from Nigeria that had booked tickets to travel to Dubai on December 13 and had boarded the plane were offloaded. “The excuse from Dubai was that they had gotten 37 positive covid cases, so they had to take measures to restrict movement. But not long after the directive to bar passengers was issued, they reversed themselves and are now accepting passengers from Nigeria,” the source said.

There are reasons to believe that the diplomatic row between the government of Nigeria and the UAE over allocation of frequencies for Emirates airline and Nigeria’s Air Peace was responsible for the initial decision to bar passengers from Nigeria. For over eight months, the government of Nigeria and UAE have been engulfed in a tit-for-tat over Covid-19 regulations and most recently, the allocation of frequencies and slots to Emirates and Air Peace.

After Nigeria lifted COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, the UAE imposed very strict travel guidelines which were in contrast with the FG’s guidelines. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika then imposed restrictions on Emirates from flying into Nigeria. After eight months, the restrictions were lifted and Air Peace resumed flying to Sharjah, while Emirates resumed flying in and out of Nigeria.

But last week, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) withdrew the approval granted to Emirates by the Ministry of Aviation following the refusal of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE to grant equal rights to Air Peace fly to Dubai via Sharjah. The withdrawal of approval took effect on December 12, 2021.

The UAE’s Minister of Economy, Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, who is also the head of the country’s GCAA, wrote a letter to Sirika, protesting the withdrawal of Emirate’s frequencies while insisting that Air Peace has been treated fairly.

But Sirika, in leaked audio, described the letter as ‘insulting’ and said that at the inception of this administration, the FG granted Emirates Airlines the approval for 21 flights weekly, 14 to Lagos and seven to Abuja but the UAE refused to grant Nigeria’s Air Peace three weekly frequencies to Sharjah, which the airline requested for, rather, it approved only one frequency weekly. He said the GCAA had attributed its refusal to grant three frequencies to Air Peace to inadequate slots in Sharjah airport. He said even though both countries are losing revenue as a result of the row, the Nigerian Government would continue to protect Nigerian businesses.

A few days ago, however, Emirates discontinued its operations in Nigeria indefinitely and currently, other foreign airlines have stopped accepting Nigerian passengers travelling to the UAE.

Reacting to the row, the President of the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association of Nigeria, Alex Nwuba, said the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and the UAE has to be renegotiated to protect domestic airlines. Speaking on Arise TV on Monday, he said most often, BASA, which is an agreement that provides for civil aviation certifications to be shared between two countries, gives more advantage to other countries instead of giving equal advantage to the signatories.

“If you look at what economies operate, which is a balance of trade, we are at a disadvantage because Emirates can come 21 times, while Air Peace can only go there once. Twenty-one times a week times 365 days, means that Emirates carries about 450,000 passengers and at a typical fare, we are talking about half a billion-dollar trade to the UAE. But the UAE says Nigeria will only be granted one frequency. First of all, we have a flawed bilateral agreement which has led to the opportunity for a disadvantaged economy and so, we have to go back to the bargaining table and sort out the frequency and slots. Nigeria doesn’t operate a slot system like the UAE and the UK and this is where the imbalance occurs,” Nwubua said.

Ten most Populated countries in Africa 2021 world Ranking

 1. Nigeria

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The current population of Nigeria is 213,117,109 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Nigeria 2020 population is estimated at 206,139,589 people at mid year according to UN data.

Nigeria population is equivalent to 2.64% of the total world population.

Nigeria ranks number 7 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Nigeria is 226 per Km2 (586 people per mi2).

The total land area is 910,770 Km2 (351,650 sq. miles)

52.0 % of the population is urban (107,112,526 people in 2020)

The median age in Nigeria is 18.1 years.

2. Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Ethiopia 

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The current population of Ethiopia is 118,852,589 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Ethiopia 2020 population is estimated at 114,963,588 people at mid year according to UN data.

Ethiopia population is equivalent to 1.47% of the total world population.

Ethiopia ranks number 12 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Ethiopia is 115 per Km2 (298 people per mi2).

The total land area is 1,000,000 Km2 (386,102 sq. miles)

21.3 % of the population is urban (24,463,423 people in 2020)

The median age in Ethiopia is 19.5 years.

3. Egypt

Cairo Egypt

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The current population of Egypt is 104,972,431 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Egypt 2020 population is estimated at 102,334,404 people at mid year according to UN data.

Egypt population is equivalent to 1.31% of the total world population.

Egypt ranks number 14 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Egypt is 103 per Km2 (266 people per mi2).

The total land area is 995,450 Km2 (384,345 sq. miles)

43.0 % of the population is urban (44,041,052 people in 2020)

The median age in Egypt is 24.6 years.

4. DR Congo


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The current population of the DR Congo is 93,277,125 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

The DR Congo 2020 population is estimated at 89,561,403 people at mid year according to UN data.

The DR Congo population is equivalent to 1.15% of the total world population.

The DR Congo ranks number 16 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in the DR Congo is 40 per Km2 (102 people per mi2).

The total land area is 2,267,050 Km2 (875,313 sq. miles)

45.6 % of the population is urban (40,848,447 people in 2020)

The median age in the DR Congo is 17.0 years.

5. South Africa

South Africa

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The current population of South Africa is 60,331,524 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

South Africa 2020 population is estimated at 59,308,690 people at mid year according to UN data.

South Africa population is equivalent to 0.76% of the total world population.

South Africa ranks number 25 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in South Africa is 49 per Km2 (127 people per mi2).

The total land area is 1,213,090 Km2 (468,376 sq. miles)

66.7 % of the population is urban (39,550,889 people in 2020)

The median age in South Africa is 27.6 years.

6. Tanzania

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The current population of the United Republic of Tanzania is 62,056,676 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Tanzania 2020 population is estimated at 59,734,218 people at mid year according to UN data.

Tanzania population is equivalent to 0.77% of the total world population.

Tanzania ranks number 24 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Tanzania is 67 per Km2 (175 people per mi2).

The total land area is 885,800 Km2 (342,009 sq. miles)

37.0 % of the population is urban (22,113,353 people in 2020)

The median age in Tanzania is 18.0 years.

7. Kenya

Nairobi kenya

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The current population of Kenya is 55,389,454 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Kenya 2020 population is estimated at 53,771,296 people at mid year according to UN data.

Kenya population is equivalent to 0.69% of the total world population.

Kenya ranks number 27 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Kenya is 94 per Km2 (245 people per mi2).

The total land area is 569,140 Km2 (219,746 sq. miles)

27.8 % of the population is urban (14,975,059 people in 2020)

The median age in Kenya is 20.1 years.

8. Uganda

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The current population of Uganda is 47,711,995 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Uganda 2020 population is estimated at 45,741,007 people at mid year according to UN data.

Uganda population is equivalent to 0.59% of the total world population.

Uganda ranks number 31 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Uganda is 229 per Km2 (593 people per mi2).

The total land area is 199,810 Km2 (77,147 sq. miles)

25.7 % of the population is urban (11,775,012 people in 2020)

The median age in Uganda is 16.7 years.

9. Algeria

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The current population of Algeria is 44,933,415 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Algeria 2020 population is estimated at 43,851,044 people at mid year according to UN data.

Algeria population is equivalent to 0.56% of the total world population.

Algeria ranks number 33 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Algeria is 18 per Km2 (48 people per mi2).

The total land area is 2,381,740 Km2 (919,595 sq. miles)

72.9 % of the population is urban (31,950,910 people in 2020)

The median age in Algeria is 28.5 years.

10. Sudan


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The current population of Sudan is 45,247,726 as of Monday, November 15, 2021, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Sudan 2020 population is estimated at 43,849,260 people at mid year according to UN data.

Sudan population is equivalent to 0.56% of the total world population.

Sudan ranks number 34 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Sudan is 25 per Km2 (64 people per mi2).

The total land area is 1,765,048 Km2 (681,489 sq. miles)

35.0 % of the population is urban (15,349,424 people in 2020)

The median age in Sudan is 19.7 years.


FAAN To Ban Bribe Takers From Working At Nigerian Airports

 The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has warned bribe-takers at Nigeria’s airports they will be barred for life from working at FAAN airport terminals across the country, regardless of whether the violator is a government or private sector staff.

This is because of the rising cases of acts of indiscipline at the nation’s airports.

The FAAN Managing Director, Capt. Rabiu Yaduda told journalists in Abuja on Monday after an emergency meeting with FAAN’s management, some airport managers and the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, said the indiscipline at the airports is embarrassing FAAN and Nigeria.

Our correspondent reports that there have been a plethora of videos from Nigerian airport users exposing corruption at the airports, including acts of soliciting and taking bribes by workers at the airports, especially at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

“Recently, we had videos showing the acts of indiscipline and extortions at our airports.

“They are embarrassing to FAAN, the aviation industry, and Nigeria.

“So we had a management meeting comprising all FAAN airport managers, with the special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business,” Capt. Yaduda said.

He explained that the meeting would be escalated at all the airports across the country.

“After this meeting, all the airport managers will meet with their airport team and head of departments.

“They will also meet with the airlines and other stakeholders at their airports.

“They will inform them that any violation or acts of indiscipline, recorded or caught, FAAN will escalate.

“We will write to their companies and any violator will lose his or her On Duty Card (ODC) permanently, which means you will lose your access card into the airport terminal permanently,” he said.

This means that the government agency or the private sector organisation must replace that staff.

“We also agreed that all personnel working at the airports must have their names boldly and visibly written in front of your shirt or jacket.

“We will announce these new measures, we will put signages in strategic positions and numbers for whistleblowers” he further explained.

While commenting on the issue, the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr Jumoke Oduwole, said citizens should escalate acts of indiscipline at the airports to relevant authorities.

She said: “This indiscipline cuts across agencies, the private sector and vendors that work at the airport.”

FAAN shuts down MMIA E-Finger screening point - Daily Post Nigeria

Seven Feared Dead As Smugglers Engage Customs In Gun Duel In Ogun Nigeria

 About seven persons were feared dead, while unspecified numbers of persons sustained varying degrees of injuries when hoodlums suspected to be smugglers engaged operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in a gun battle on Saturday in Ogun State.

The incident, which occurred at Kobape village, along Abeokuta – Sagamu expressway in the Obafemi – Owode local government area of the state was allegedly ignited by suspected smugglers who unleashed terror on Customs operatives from the Federal Operation Unit (F.O.U) who were on routine enforcement operation in the area.

The bloody clash, which started around 5p.m on Saturday evening, left commuters and motorists stranded for more than two-hours when vehicular movements were halted along the expressway as motorists deserted the road for fear of being hit by stray bullets.

It was gathered that the NCS personnel had around 3p.m on Saturday intercepted some vehicles being used by the smugglers to convey large quantities of smuggled bags of foreign rice to an unknown destination, during which one of the drivers was equally arrested and whisked away.

An eye witness told newsmen that troubles started when the Customs’ F.O.U operatives refused to release the arrested driver, and as well rejected the settlement advances made by leaders of the smugglers.

The refusal of the NCS operatives however, allegedly infuriated the smugglers, who later turned the bargaining to violence, shooting one of the Customs personnel to death.

It was further gathered that both sides suffered numbers of casualties in the melee that later ensued as three (3) operatives were dropped dead, while four members of the smuggling syndicate also lost their lives.

It took the intervention of the combined security operatives, which included personnel of the Nigerian Army and the police to dislodge the smugglers in an intervention led by the Commissioner of Police in Ogun Command, Lanre Bankole.

In his reaction, the Public Relations Officer, FOU Zone A, Theophilus Duniya

two of the attackers lost their lives in the fracas, while two Customs operatives were wounded.

Duniya in a statement made available to bewsmen in Abeokuta said, “Customs patrol team from Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos was attacked without provocation on Saturday afternoon during an operation along Shagamu Inter-change in Ogun State”.

“The patrol team had intercepted twelve vehicles of different kinds, laden with bags of foreign parboiled rice and were on their way to the government warehouse before smugglers mobilized themselves with the support of their sympathizers and attacked the team with dangerous weapons”.

“During the exchange of gun fire, two of the attackers lost their lives and one suspect was arrested. Out of 12 vehicles in the convoy of the smugglers , our operatives were able to leave with 4 of them laden with smuggled foreign parboiled rice”.

“The arrested suspect and the seizure have been brought to the Unit Headquarters, Ikeja”.

He added that the Ag. Controller of the Unit, Hussein K Ejibunu frowned at the avoidable loss of lives due to the unprovoked attack.

He has ordered full scale Investigations into the matter to apprehend other fleeing suspects with their smuggled wares.

He cautioned the youths to eschew violent confrontations with government operatives and be law abiding at all times

He added that such violent attacks will never deter or threaten customs operatives from carrying out their legitimate duties

Noah’s Ark hunters claims they’ve Found boat in Turkish mountains as 3D scans detect ‘shape matching Bible description’

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK :Noah’s Ark hunters claims they’ve FOUND boat in Turkish mountains as 3D scans detect ‘shape matching Bible description’

Biblical archaeologists used ground penetrating radar to study the boat-like formation on Mount Tendürek which has long been rumoured to be the location of the legendary vessel from the Book of Genesis.

US and Turkish investigators have boasted the initial scans are promising and suggest a manmade object heading beneath the mountain - and they remain hopeful it may be the Ark.

Creationists have long claimed that Noah's legendary ship is real and was buried beneath the rocky spot, known as the Durupınar, in the east of Turkey.

Geologists on the other hand claim the mountainous lump, which was discovered half a century ago, in eastern Turkey is simply an unusual rock formation.

But the team led by long-time ark hunter Andrew Jones believe they have images of what resembles Noah’s Ark.

The ground-penetrating radar (GPR) surveys were conducted at the site by the Oregon-based Topa 3D - who were surprised at the results.

Mr Jones told Sun Online: "This is not what you would expect to see if this site is just a solid block of rock or an accumulation of random debris from a mudflow.

"But these results are what you would expect to see if this is a man-made boat matching the Biblical requirements of Noah’s Ark."

The project - Noah's Ark Scans - claim they have discovered "parallel line and right angles below the surface" which are "something you would not expect to see in a natural, geologic formation".

And the "boat formation" is claimed to also be the "exact length" of the ark given in the Bible - which is around 150 metres, or 300 cubits in Biblical terms.

In the Book of Genesis, the mountains of Ararat in what is now eastern Turkey is the region in which Noah's Ark comes to rest after the Great Flood - which is close to Mount Tendürek.

The site was originally discovered in 1959 by Turkish army captain Ilhan Durupinar, who noticed the boat formation in aerial photographs of the area by the military.

His discovery resulted in a brief period of international interest in the site.

The Durupinar site was later visited in person by controversial researcher Ron Wyatt in the 1970s through the 1990s.

His findings in favour of the site being Noah’s Ark caused other researchers, archaeologists, and scientists to examine the formation.

The new team boast their findings should force a reconsideration of the long-rumoured site by skeptics.

And they are hoping to carry out more scans at the site, followed by drilling and then excavations.


How To Travel From Lagos To Benin Republic

 If you are planning to visit the Republic of Benin from Nigeria, this post is for you. It will cover everything you need to know about crossing one of the busiest borders in West Africa.

Requirements For visiting Benin Republic from Nigeria

For Nigerians planning on visiting Benin Republic, the following are the requirements:

Nigerian Passport: Nigerians visiting Benin Republic will have to present their International Passport at the border.

The Yellow Fever Card: The second requirement is the yellow Fever card. This yellow card is proof that you have received a dose of the yellow fever vaccine.

Vaccines To Take Before Visiting Benin Republic

Ensure you take these two vaccines before you visit Benin republic. If you do not, you will have issues with the Port health at the border. When you go for the yellow fever vaccine, ensure you ask them for Meningitis too. They will probably fix another date for that. These are the two basic vaccines you need to take before visiting Benin Republic.

Vaccine Requirement

Yellow fever vaccine: This vaccine is to protect you against yellow fever

Meningitis Vaccines:

The Language

French is the official language. The other languages include Yoruba, Fon and a Gbe languages.

The Currency

The official currency of the Republic of Benin is Cefa, it is also known as the West African CFA Franc.

How to Get To the Republic of Benin Through Seme Border

There are different ways to get into Benin from Nigeria

Idi Iroko Border

The Seme Border

The Different Options To get into Benin Republic

1. Flight - Getting a flight to Republic of Benin is often difficult, flights are only available on specific days

2. Boat - This is another option to cross into the country, however this is not well-structured

3. Road - This is the most popular option. more than 90 per cent of the people that travel to Benin use this option. This is why we will only focus on road transportation.

Different Options for Road Transportation

1. International Transportation companies : These are structured transportation companies that move from Lagos to Benin. They are well structured. The transportation cost from Lagos To Benin ranges from 20,000 to 45,000.

2. Charter a car: You can decide to charter a vehicle from Lagos to Benin. The cost ranges from between 70,000 to 150,000 per day. This depends on your location, the type of vehicle etc.

3. Drive all the way: You may decide to drive all the way. Ensure you have the necessary documents like international drivers license and permit.

4. Use public transportation system: this is one of the cheapest form of transportation. You can decide to take public transportation to Badagry, From Badagry to Seme , from Seme border to Cotonou etc.

Cost for Crossing Seme Border

To be sincere I do not know why they do this, but you will be made to pay before your passport is stamped. You pay about 1,000 for already passport passport and between 3,000 to 7,000 for virgin passports. Note: You wont get a receipt for these payment, this means it is definitely not going into the Govt pocket.

Tips when visiting Benin

1. Understand the exchange rate

2. Change Naira to cefa at the border

3. Get a translator app

4. Get a Benin SIM card at the border

5. Get a universal adapter

6. Learn basic vocabulary

Cost of Hotels in Benin

Getting a hotel in Benin is somehow not easy. There are very few hotels in Benin compared to Nigeria. An average 10,000 hotel in Nigeria will be going for between 20,000 to 30,000 in Benin. Hotels are generally expensive - Good hotels starts from between 10,000 to 75,000

Accommodation Options in Benin

1. Hotels

2. Air BnB

3. Short lets

4. Resorts

5. Rent a house (if you plan to stay more than a month.)

Things to Do in Benin

There are so many things to do at Benin Republic

1. Enjoy the diverse street foods

2. Visit the python temple

3. Visit the Benin slave route

4. Visit the Casa Del Papa Resort

5. Visit the National Park

6. Visit Genvie

7. Attend the Benin Republic cultural festival

8. Visit the beach

9. Do a city Tour

10. Visit the historical buildings in Benin




Source: Travelwaka

Virgin Galactic Restarting Space Tickets From $450,000

 After flying its founder Richard Branson to space, Virgin Galactic is restarting ticket sales beginning at $450,000, the company announced Thursday.


The new price is about double the $200,000 to $250,000 paid by around 600 people who previously booked seats on Virgin’s spaceship between 2005 and 2014, as the company looks to cash in on the success of last month’s fully-crewed test flight.

“We are excited to announce the reopening of sales effective today,” said CEO Michael Colglazier in a statement, with first dibs going to people on a waiting list.

“As we endeavor to bring the wonder of space to a broad global population, we are delighted to open the door to an entirely new industry and consumer experience.”

On July 11, Branson beat Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos to space in a battle between the billionaires. Bezos achieved the feat nine days later.

The next test flight will come in September and involve members of the Italian Air Force.

There will be one further test after the September mission, then the first commercial flights will take place in the third quarter of 2022, Colglazier said in an earnings call.

The offerings for customers will include a single seat; multi-seats for couples, friends or family; and a full-flight buyout.

Two free seats on an early flight are up for grabs in a prize draw, with registrations open until September 1.

The spaceplane was originally designed to carry six crew, but last month’s flight, which was described as “fully-crewed,” had just four — suggesting this is the current number.

Virgin’s space experience involves an air-launched spaceplane, VSS Unity, that takes off attached to the belly of a massive carrier plane from a runway at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

After gaining altitude, the spaceplane detaches from its mothership and ignites its rocket engine, ascending to beyond 50 miles (80 kilometers) above sea level.

Passengers unbuckle and experience a few minutes of weightlessness before the plane glides back to the runway to land.

The company has come under fire for its carbon footprint, which is roughly equivalent to a transatlantic flight but for far fewer people. It has said it is examining the possibility of offsetting its emissions.

“Our long term objective is to offer a near-daily cadence of space flights, and not just from New Mexico, but from multiple locations around the world,” CFO Doug Ahrens said during the call.


UAE Suspends Direct Employment Visa For Nigerians

 The United Arab Emirates government has suspended Direct Employment Visa for Nigerians, as a result of the increasing rate of crimes involving Nigerians in the Middle-East country.

SaharaReporters learnt from credible sources that the UAE police are searching for more Nigerian nationals and conducting raids and arrests to get them jailed.

Sources noted that this is the norm in Abu Dhabi particularly.

“We all are shouting that our country is bad, and that our government is not rising to our needs, which is true, but our reputation abroad is also fast declining due to our character.

“Two weeks ago, some Nigerians killed one another for selfish reasons at Sharjah, and another one just happened here in Abu Dhabi, when some guys went to an Arab man’s house, killed him, his wife and took away a huge amount of money from them.

“The UAE government is now tracking every Nigerian in Abu Dhabi and they have also banned every Direct Employment Visa from Nigeria until further notice,” the source said.

“For like one week, this city (Abu Dhabi) has been hot. They (the police) are just arresting anyone on sight now. There was a cult incident where Nigerian cult members hacked one another in an area in Abu Dhabi here. It is not easy. As of yesterday (Monday), they have put restrictions on visas for Nigerians. For now, no work permit for Nigerians in UAE generally. The crisis started from Sharjah and last week in Abu Dhabi,” another Nigerian told SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters had reported in January 2021 that the UAE arrested and detained, without prosecution, many Nigerians in a series of sting operations targeted at irregular migrants.

The UAE security operatives had raided the homes of many African migrants, most of whom are Nigerians, living in towns including Al Qouz, Abu Hail, Sharjah, Al Barsha, and Deira.

According to a victim, about 80 percent of the persons arrested are legal residents while the remaining 20 are those with either visit visas or visa-related issues.

When contacted, the Chairperson of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had said the affected persons would have to liaise with the mission in UAE for more information.

Another victim of the arrest in UAE corroborated the government’s explanation but explained that some stayed back because their travel documents were withheld by their employers.

Crime rates have been rising among Nigerians in the UAE.

SaharaReporters had on February 22, 2021, reported that a 33-year-old Indian man in Dubai was robbed of Rs 55,30,806 by a gang of four Nigerian women after being lured into a fake massage parlour through a dating app.

The case was heard at the Dubai Court of First Instance.

According to Dubai Police, three Nigerian women were arrested from Sharjah after intensive investigations, while a fourth woman was still at large.

The three Nigerian defendants have been charged with robbery, issuing threats, keeping the victim forcefully confined inside an apartment, and prostitution.

New Ikom Bridge In Cross River State Nigeria Completed

 After decades of economic hardship on Cross Riverians and commercial vehicle drivers using the old Ikom bridge, the Buhari Admin has finally completed the new and 2nd Ikom Bridge.

Unlike the old and dilapidated bridge, the new multibillion naira bridge has no canopy and allows heavy trucks to convey goods to and from the Northern part of Nigeria.

Before now, when some big and fully loaded trucks get to the old bridge, the drivers offload their goods and drive through the bridge before loading back the goods due to the canopy on the old bridge.

The completed Ikom bridge and the ongoing Obubra-Yakurr-Biase-Akamkpa-Odukpani road rehabilitation project are about the biggest federal projects in Cross River State since 1999.

Having used the road yesterday, I can confirm that the ongoing rehabilitation has reduced travel time between Ikom and Calabar by at least 40%, even as there's urgent need to increase speed of work on the road.





All You Have to Know About FOYA Africa Awards 2021- Binna Limited Africa Recognition and FOYA Award Nomination

         FOYA Awards

 FOYA Awards is an annual awards ceremony launched in November 2016 in Nairobi Kenya

FOYA is designed to recognize and appreciate young founders contributing to the African continent’s economic growth while creating employment and other income-generating opportunities through entrepreneurship, thereby inspiring others to be founders in their own right.

Obinna Pascal Amajuoyi a passionate Entrepreneur, C.E.O Binna Limited, a business Enterprise that deals in Media, Hospitality, and Real Estate Management Franchise .

Binnabook Magazine a blogging Platform for News; Travelplaybook; Artbook and Historybook.

 Events are noted and Documented .

Binnaparlour a Fast food Restaurant that deals in Pizza, Pastries, Local and Continental Dishes.

Basically Binnaparlour is a home of Relaxation (HOME AWAY FROM HOME) With Good serenity and Good taste of food.

Binna Limited Believe in the Africa Dream, Vision and Prosperity Journey.

 There is a need for a change, in the way business is been done in Africa. we need visionary and determined Young Africans to change the narratives in the way other continent see and look at US.

We need Brands and Businesses that will stand out from the tough competitive business environment we all find ourselves in.

Starting Business from Scratch, financing, managing and keeping record of the progress of the business is a tough and hard task for a lazy fellow, but with a determine spirit Binna Limited has been able to break protocols in establishing itself both in the Media and Hospitality Industry.

BINNAPARLOUR PIZZA Stand out among the BEST IN GHANA, DELICIOUS FRIED RICE AND NIGERIA LOCAL FOOD gives the Nigerians in Ghana a Homely feelings. 

Obinna Pascal Amajuoyi C.E.O Binna Limited is a lover of Adventures, Research, History and Travels; He founded Binnabook as a passionate Hobby for Documentation of Events . 

Having Live in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia; Accra Ghana;  Nigeria and travel in some few South East Asia countries his love for Adventures and Documentation of events is infinite.

C.E.O Binna Limited Obinna Pascal Amajuoyi has been Nominated in the ongoing FOYA AFRICA AWARD 2021, In the Hospitality Founder Of The Year (Under 30) Category .

Read More about FOYA Awards and its goals; The 2021 version is themed “BELIEVE” #FOYA2021AFRICA'

Obinna Pascal Amajuoyi and the entire Binna Limited humbly asks for your help in bringing this award home which will not only give us Recognition but also give us a bigger exposure and enable us to expand our Enterprise beyond Imaginations.

The entire process is very simple and doesn’t take a lot of time, to vote him as the Hospitality Founder  of the year.

Follow and Read the Instruction Below to VOTE FOR OBINNA PASCAL AMAJUOYI .


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Nigerians To Pay More For Imported Vehicles in 2021


 Beginning from June 1, 2021, Nigerians with a low budget would be unable to purchase cars while those with a high budget will pay double, as terminal operators have announced a 50 per cent increase in terminal handling charges.

Two Roll On Roll Off (RORO) terminals at the Tin Can Island Port, Ports and Terminal Multipurpose Limited (PTML) as well as Five Star Logistics Terminal had two weeks ago announced an increase in their terminal handling charges by 50 per cent.

According to the circular released by both terminal operators, the increment is expected to take effect from Tuesday next week. However, the terminals have blamed the increment on inflation and huge operational cost due to the nature of Nigerian ports, among others.

In the circular by PTML, one of the biggest vehicle terminal in Nigeria, it states: “PTML would like to bring to the attention of its esteemed customers that the dramatic surge in inflation in 2020 and 2021, as well as the ever-increasing operational expenses incurred because of the particularly challenging port operational environment, which has had a huge impact on the company’s direct cost. PTML tariff has not been adjusted for a number of years now, and it has become impossible for the terminal to provide the same level of service as current prices.”

Nigeria recorded a total sum of N1.28 trillion as of the value of ‘used vehicles,’ popularly known as Tokunbo, and motorcycles imported in one year (Q3 2019 – Q2 2020), showing an increase of 42 per cent, compared to N899 billion recorded in the corresponding period (Q3 2018 – Q2 2019).

Despite the revised import duty tariff for transport vehicles, which was announced by the government in January, car dealers are still faced with dismal patronage because of the poor economic situation of the country.

The rise in import tariff generally is taking a heavy toll on businesses and the cost of goods and services according to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS). According to the report gleaned from the NBS website, imports in Nigeria decreased to N1,759,720.29 in December from N2,397,223.91 in November of 2020.

Under Nigerian law, tax is charged at 7.5 per cent of the value of the taxable goods and services, known as Value Added Tax (VAT). At the moment, import duty varies from 5 per cent to 60 per cent, averaging 12 per cent but all imports are also subject to a 7 per cent port surcharge and a 5 per cent VAT.

Though the Federal Government had announced a slash in import duties for tractors, transport vehicles, among others to cushion current socio-economic conditions in the country, this has not had any positive effect on the operating environment as importers say they still pay huge charges.

Also, the slash on import duties in the 2020 Finance Bill is not yet in force. Though the law became effective on January 1, 2021, the lowered levy has not been implemented.

MEANWHILE, importers, car dealers and freight forwarders have kicked against the 50 per cent increase in the terminal handling charges, saying the development would heighten inflation.

They told The Guardian that the development will further worsen the economy, which is still grappling with aftershocks of two recessions while driving importers and investors to patronise neighbouring countries.

Public Relations Officer of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) at PTML Terminal, Ayokunle Sulaiman, while giving a breakdown of the PTML terminal increased charges, lamented that terminal handling, delivery, documentation and demurrage charges have all been increased.

He said: “There has been a 50 per cent increase in the charges including terminal documentation. For vehicles, terminal documentation was previously N10,000, it has now been increased to N15,000. Terminal handling charges and terminal delivery charges are the core aspects of the job, all other ones like demurrage are avoidable.”

Speaking on the Five Star Logistics Terminal increased charges, Sulaiman said: “For SUVs, we were paying N21,000 as terminal handling charges, now it has been increased to N33,000. For the same SUV, we were paying N3,600 as terminal delivery charges but it has been reviewed upwards to N7,500.”

Sulaiman, however, said that there was no consultation before the terminal operators came up with the hike. Speaking on whether the charges were justifiable, given the explanation of terminals, Sulaiman said the terminal operators were supposed to inform stakeholders before increasing their charges.

“If they were talking about increasing staff salary or employing more hands to enhance efficiency, we would be able to analyse it, we are humans, but you cannot just increase charges without giving us anything in form of efficiency,” he lamented.

The Manager, Client Services, Inspired Cars, Iwayeye Olatunji, said car dealers are having a tough time with car sales. He said the hike would affect car businesses, as buyers would not be able to buy cars beyond their budget.

“I bought a Nigerian used car for N3.7 million, which under the normal circumstance is not supposed to be more than N3.2 million. With this, I cannot sell this car for less and people would not want to buy. Somebody that budgets to buy a car for N3 million and by the time he gets to the car shop, he sees it for N4 million, the person will not be able to buy and this will affect our business, which is based on turnover,” he lamented.

The car dealer said prices of vehicles have risen by more than 15 per cent in a 12-month period. When asked about how government policy was affecting his business, he said: “Due to border closure, cars stopped coming from the borders, which made the prices of available ones go up.”

The dealer added that about this time last year, a used Toyota Corolla (2005 model) sold for N1.2 million but the same car currently sells for about N1.6 million; while models like the 2008 version went from a little over N2 million last year to just over N3 million now.

The Manager, Client Services, Inspired Cars, Iwayeye Olatunji, said car dealers are having a tough time with sales as patronage has been consistently low this year, compared to the pre-COVID-19 period due to prevailing economic challenges that have affected consumers purchasing power. He added that government policy has made it expensive to bring vehicles into the country.

Deputy National President, Air Logistics, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr Segun Musa, said the economic situation in the country is critical such that people are struggling to survive due to high inflation and government policies. Musa lamented that terminal operators are cashing in at the ports due to the government’s unfavorable policies.

He said 50 per cent of terminal operators’ charges are from storage cost, which he blamed on the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for making containers stay at the port for 30 to 40 days, instead of seven working days. He said all these would affect consumers, as businesses cannot be stopped from increasing their charges.

The National President, African Association of Professional Freight Forwarders and Logistics of Nigeria (APFFLON), Frank Ogunojemite, said while the economy is still reeling from the effect of COVID-19, the reason given by the terminal operators does not justify the increased handling charges.

Ogunojemite said the increment will leave a huge effect on the economy as prices of commodities would go high with the low purchasing power of the people.

MEANWHILE, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has promised to resist any form of increment that would affect businesses. When The Guardian contacted the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello, he said terminal operators have not increased their charges in a long time due to interventions by the council.

He added that having received the letter from the two-terminal operators on the proposed increase in handling charges, the council would not allow any increase at this time, which is why the council will engage stakeholders and the terminal operators on the issue.

Source: Guardian

More than 200 people have been injured in a train crash in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

 More than 200 people have been injured in a train crash in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

A metro train carrying 213 passengers collided with an empty one in a tunnel near the Petronas Towers, at about 20:45 (12:45 GMT), police said.

The empty train had just been repaired, and was going in the opposite direction on the same track as the full one.

District police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah told reporters there was no sign of foul play.

"We are still investigating the incident... but we suspect that perhaps there was a miscommunication from the trains' operation control centre," he said.

Of the 213 injured, 47 people are in a serious condition while the other 166 have sustained minor injuries, he added.

Images and footage posted on social media in the hours after the incident showed bleeding passengers lying on the floor of the train carriage, which was covered in broken glass.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has ordered an investigation into the incident

In a statement posted on Facebook, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the crash, which happened near the city's busy KLCC station, was "serious".

He added that he had asked the train operator Prasarana Malaysia Berhad and the country's transport minister "to conduct an in-depth probe to find out the cause of the accident".

Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said in a separate statement that the crash was the metro system's first major accident in the 23 years it had been operating.

He also pledged to conduct a full investigation.




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