Five Things You Should Be Aware Of This Week

War is a terrible thing; it brings death and destruction, scatters communities and tears families apart. Yet, out of it sometimes comes freedom and peace. It’s a severe irony, one that is even more sharply pronounced today, Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

But today is not only a day to remember the brave men and women who have given their lives for our collective freedom and peace since independence, it also marks the end of the Nigerian Civil War (July 6, 1967 – January 15, 1970), a conflict that left rifts and scars that may never completely fade, reminders of the national turmoil we wish we never experienced. The pain of this violent past is very much with us, and we must never forget the losses we suffered on both sides.

May the memory of those who died in the Civil War, soldiers and civilians alike, be blessed as their souls continue to rest in peace.

Here are five other things that deserve your attention this week:

  1. Learn Or Go Extinct

It’s simple, if you’re “too busy” to make time for learning every day, you’ll eventually go obsolete. Why? In this age, gaining knowledge is more important than chasing money. Fix your life now.

2.  Out Of Africa

If you’re an English language teacher who has taught full-time for at least two years, the A.S. Hornby Educational Trust will fund your Masters in TESOL at the University of Warwick, UK. This scholarship covers accommodation and living expenses, tuition, visa fees, flight tickets and more. Apply here before noon (UK time) on February 16.

The 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition (not related to the cereal) is offering over $1 million in prizes to student entrepreneurs. Everything else you need to know is here.

Interested in studying in Holland? This scholarship pays 5,000 euros.

3.  Top Stories

The monkey label, must-visit destinationspointers for effective public speaking, Nigerian stocks are leading the world and a deadly gas fire in Lagos.

4. Good Vibes

Ex-Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello’s self-titled debut album is sweet, short and worthy of several repeats. Stream Camila on Deezer or Apple Music.

Plus: Like Never Before (DeezerApple Music), the latest album from acclaimed gospel singer Nicole C. Mullen, includes her take on a Nigerian church staple.

5.  Small Talk

Diamonds (of this size) are forever.

Who has not missed Obama?

The 100 most influential people in cryptocurrency. (Strictly for general knowledge.)

For your movie watchlist: Thisthis and this. And this quote about wealth.

Have a good week!

Mojeed Belewu

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