MedWednesday I: Hand Hygiene, ‘Fear-Bola’ and Co.

Hey Lovely People!

Quick Fact>>> Did you know that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria Ebola-free on Monday? Well, now you do. ;-)

Now, hold on a minute there! Sorry to interrupt your victory dance but you still have to wash your hands regularly and YES, 70%-alcohol(at least 60%) containing hand sanitizers are still important.

Our hands help transmit up to 4 or 5 infectious diseases we come down with almost everyday and all we have to do is WASH THEM. I won’t bore you with the intricacies of transmission of infectious organisms, colonization and subsequent infection, depending on the state of a persons’ immune system.

I’ll run quickly through what is the ‘approved’ right way to wash your hands:

With Soap and Water,

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 15 seconds.
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.
  • Dispose the paper towel immediately after use without making contact with the bin.

This should last for about 40-60 seconds.


WHO has recommended the use of clean ash where there’s no clean soap available.

If soap and clean water are not available and/or your hands are not visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting. (Remember: alcohol-based hand rubs not effective against spore-forming bacteria as C. Difficile.)

Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer,

  • Apply 1 pump of product to the palm of one hand.
  • Rub hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

This should last for about 20-30 seconds.


When should we wash our hands?

  • Before eating. Use a waterless hand sanitizer if in your car or bag or on your person.
  • Before, during and after handling or preparing food(this is so me).
  • After changing a diaper.
  • After you use the bathroom(please oh, this cannot be over-emphasized!).
  • After handling animals, their toys, leashes or waste(pets or after a visit to the Zoo, Park etc.)
  • After touching something that could be contaminated (such as a trash can, cleaning cloth, drain, or soil).
  • After sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose(PLEASE!!!).
  • Before dressing a wound, giving medicine or inserting contact lenses(IF you’re a Medic in any way).
  • More often when someone in your home is sick.
  • Whenever they look or feel dirty.
  • Whenever you visit someone in the hospital or nursing home.

Remember, too, the importance of hand hygiene if you are providing care for a loved one at home or in the hospital. Clean your hands before and after every contact.


Finally(this is pretty new and i know it will take some serious getting-used to but i hope we try),

  • When you sneeze/cough and you use a paper towel, please dispose of it immediately. If a handkerchief is used, please keep it away till you get home and can wash it. DO NOT USE it again on your face or hands or wherever; DO NOT USE IT AGAIN.
  • Where there is no paper towel, sneeze/cough into the crook of your elbow. It has been proven that the chances of infectious micro organisms spreading from the crook of your elbow are low in comparison to you sneezing into your palms.



Like i said, this will take some getting-used to but we can at least try, it’s all in a bid to have a healthier green earth.

DID YOU KNOW?                                                                                                                                                          The clinical term for sneezing is ‘sternutation’.

As usual, lets hear your thoughts below and also strive towards being healthier.

“Health is wealth.” (And if you’ve been seriously ill before, you’d understand)

Peace and Love, Ib.







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For The Love Of The Arts I

Hey Lovely People!

I trust you had a great weekend, i did! :-D

As you know, i love to read and i’m a lover of the Arts, not just the literary aspect of it.


Irony of the Negro Policeman - Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Painting above is by J-M. Basquiat, some of you might’ve heard of him and his works. This one is called ‘The Irony Of The Negro Policeman’.

Now, on to what i intended to share with you today; an excerpt from one of William Shakespeares’ works (one of my all time favorite quotes), JULIUS CAESAR.
Ok then, here goes:


“There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.”

I do not know what you can understand from this but here’s what i have for you as you begin a new week: Don’t sit around all the time waiting for ‘fate’ to hand you what you deserve or think you deserve. Recognize the times when fate indirectly urges you to employ ‘free will’ to boldly take these opportunities when they present themselves and take what you deserve. Sitting around doing absolutely nothing doesn’t get you any closer to that goal or dream of yours.

I hope this was as helpful to you as it was to me the first time i read it.

“Enter action with boldness, guys!”

Have  a fantastic week ahead,

Peace and Love, Ib.








Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are the recipients of this years’ Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, a 17 years old Pakistani female education activist is the youngest recipient ever of this prize; she won along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist.

They were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee – Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland.

Speaking after finishing the school day at Edgbaston High School for Girls, in Birmingham, Malala said: “My message to children all around the world is that they should stand up for their rights.”

She added: “I felt more powerful and more courageous because this award is not just a piece of metal or a medal you wear or an award you keep in your room.

“This is encouragement for me to go forward.”

She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education. She is the youngest ever winner of the prize.

I guess this shows that in our own little way(s), we can cause positive change around us; we don’t have to wait till we get that dream Job or whatever ‘big thing’ it is that we are waiting for.




The UN Security Council in addition to other functions and powers is primarily responsible under its charter for the maintenance of international peace and security.
It presently has 15 members out of which 5 (United States, China, France, The RussianFederation and United Kingdom) are permanent members.

Although each member of the UN Security Council has one vote, decisions on procedural matters are made by an affirmative vote of at least 9 of the 15 members but decisions on substantive and important matters require 9 votes including the concurring votes of all 5 permanent members. This is the rule of great power unanimity called the ‘’ Veto Power ‘’.

Under the UN Charter all UN members agree to accept and are under obligation to carry out the decision of the Security Council whether they like it or not.

The UN Security Council has maintained the same 5 permanent members since its inception in 1946, this arrangement may be right for the first 50 years of its existence but it is no longer tenable in today’s world. Some countries haven’t even earned permanent seats despite their socioeconomic strength.

African countries demanded two permanent seats for Africa and a number of countries put themselves forward but Nigeria is by the most qualified representative of Africa. ;)

At the latest election in October 2013, Nigeria received the unanimous endorsement of the African Union, and it was elected by the United Nations General Assembly with 186 out of a total of 193 votes.

Nigeria remains by its very essence, an African regional power of impressive economic, political and diplomatic credentials.  It has the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of 270 billion dollars.  This is surpassed by only South Africa, but there is every indication that Nigeria will soon overtake South Africa within the next few years.  Nigeria is the 7th largest country in the world by population, but is projected by the United Nations to become the third largest country by the turn of the century.

 I really do hope Nigeria takes itself seriously by addressing its domestic economic and political shortcomings, and tries to live up to it’s potential and surpass expectations or none, that other countries in the world have of it. I believe only then, will we receive the kind of recognition we deserve in the larger community.




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As usual, kindly share your thoughts below.

Peace and Love, Ib.






Hey Everyone, I trust you had a good and productive week… As you know, the Native and Vogue international fashion week 2014 held on the 19th, 20th and 21st of September at The Presidential Hotel. I was able to make it to the event on the second day, cause i said i would and mostly because i wanted to support my friend, Chima of upcoming fashion label, WU-MAN.

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I did cover the days’ session of the event, with my phone and i didn’t want to give you guys low quality pictures so i’ve been working hard to get HQ pictures from the 3-day event for you all.I met and connected with a lot of people in the industry. With everything going on, i took only one photograph with super model Milen Magese; next time i go to an event like this, i’ll take photographs of myself first before i get sucked into all of the action. This is my favourite photograph from the event. *wide grin* IMG_2765

In no particular order, here are my favourite looks from the event.








Let us know your favourite looks in the comment section below…
Have a great weekend!
Peace and love,  Ib.

Ebola Watch-Nigeria [as at 7th September, 2014], Paypal-FirstBank Nigeria Partnership; Native and Vogue 2014.

Hello Everybody!

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School and all that it comes with, is the reason for my hiatus, basically. I’m sorry I’ve not been able to find a schedule to work around ‘school’ as it is for now, but I’m back.

Ebola Watch Nigeria [as at 7th September, 2014]                                                                               I’m sure the word ‘Ebola’ is uttered at least twice daily by anyone who has come to hear and know what Ebola is; whether the person is speaking frankly, still cussing out the Late Mr Patrick Sawyer for his rather infamous role in the Genesis of the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria or whether it’s being used as a joke.

I’m not going to bore you with the medical details of the virus, I’m only going to remind you of what you already know and add a few things to what you think you know.

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What is Ebola? Ebola virus disease, (formerly known as  Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a deadly disease caused by any of the five strains of the Ebola virus.

How is Ebola Transmitted? It is spread by direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with an acutely sick person’s blood or body fluids like, urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen(probably tears too). It is also spread by direct contact with formites that have been contaminated with the infected body fluids or infected animals.

What are the symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease?These include a sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. Vomitting, diarrhoea, rash, internal and external hemorrhage, in some cases follows the first set of symptoms.

Who is at risk? Travelers could be infected if they come into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is acutely sick or has died from Ebola virus disease. People also can become sick with Ebola if they come into contact with infected wildlife or raw or undercooked meat (bushmeat) from an infected animal. Health care workers and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with infected blood or body fluids.

What can travelers do to prevent Ebola?

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Ebola, and a good number of the people who get the disease die so It is important to take steps to prevent Ebola.

If you are traveling to Nigeria, please make sure to do the following:

  • Practice careful hygiene; wash your hands. Avoid contact with blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola.
  • The use of hand sanitizers that contain at least, 60% alcohol has also been advised.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
  • Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Avoid contact with wild animals and with raw or undercooked meat (bushmeat).
  • Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you develop fever (greater than 101.5°F or 38.6°C) and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
    • Limit your contact with other people when you travel to the doctor; avoid public transportation. Do not travel anywhere except to the doctor’s office or hospital.
    • Don’t travel. Lol. (-___-)


NOTE:The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of these symptoms, is about 2 to 21 days.

WHO officials have been deployed to affected countries in West Africa to assist the Government control and curb this deadly disease outbreak.

NIGERIA’S federal government has also issued a directive ordering all public and private schools in the country to reopen on September 22 after indications that its measures taken to control the Ebola virus disease (EVD) are working.



Paypal-FirstBank Nigeria Partnership

PayPal is a secure global payment service that enables you to make payments on the Internet, accept payments, and send or receive money without revealing your financial information. PayPal users can send and receive money, and make payments for goods and services with merchants who accept PayPal as a means of payment.


This partnership is about 3 months old; it makes me happy that they believe in the potential of the Nigerian market. It’s not something they (papypal) do in every market in which they operate so this shows their level of commitment,  trust and seriousness where Nigeria is concerned.

If you’re already a FirstBank customer, opening a paypal account using the FirstOnline platform is easier and if you are an intending customer or you’re not clear about how to go about it all, please speak with your adviser, like i did.

Online transactions, especially shopping, is going to be like a walk in the park from now on.


Native and Vogue Fashion Week 2014

Another edition of the Native and Vogue fashion week that was held last year in the Garden city of Port Harcourt is here again and yours truly will be in attendance.

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The focus of the event is,
“Native and Vogue desires to foster emerging designers and equally showcase established designers, to position the local fashion industry on the international fashion map while driving local brands into sustainable globally competitive brands that can impact on the National GDP” The top designers for 2014 are Carpe Diem, KLUK CGDT from SA (I Love their work), Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Zizi Cardrow, Frank Osodi, Luiz Delaja, Yomi Casual, Shaldon kopman, Yemi Osunkoya, Ade Bakare and Princess peaceful Owoghiri.
My friend, Chima of up coming label, WU-MAN, will also be showcasing some pieces of his.

The event will run from September 19th to 21st, 2014.
Venue: Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt,
Rivers State, Nigeria.

Kindly let us know what you thought about last years’ show and if you’ll be in attendance this year.


Have a great week ahead!



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