Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, Pinkberry Frozen Yoghurt is spreading Smiles with these Amazing Deals in May 😊

If there is one thing we know for sure, it’s that no one really turns down amazing offers, and this time, Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, and Pinkberry Frozen Yoghurt are back with even better deals this May. From buy one get one free to 50% discounts, jaw-dropping combo deals, and free delivery! Whatever you choose, there is an exciting deal waiting for you all from the safety of your homes. 
Throughout this month, you will be enjoying amazing discounts when you order your favorite ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery, delicious frozen yogurt from Pinkberry both via the Jumia app, and your cheesy hot pizzas from the Domino’s online platforms, delivered safely to your doorstep through its zero contact delivery service. 

Now let’s dive into the deals – Cold Stone Creamery has launched a Value squad deal with which you can enjoy 2 cups of delicious ice cream with as low as N1000.  Amazing right? They have also not left out our Muslim brothers and sisters either. For the rest of the holy month of Ramadan, families can now bond and enjoy nice evenings when you buy 3 yummy ice cream flavors, 1 delicious Belgian bite, and 1 cupcake for just N4000. What better way to break a fast? And that’s not all, on the 20th of May, the ice cream connoisseurs will be offering a buy one get one free offer. 

Thinking of having a fun-filled day with the family? Then choose Pinkberry’s family deal offer! Keep the family, happy, healthy, and occupied by treating them to fun times with Pinkberry’s 2 midi take-home cups for just N4000.

These amazing offers don’t stop there, between the 18th and 21st of May, you can enjoy 2 cups of yogurt for as low as N1000 only. 

For Domino’s, they are taking DELIVERY a step further with zero contact delivery! With NEW orders threshold, now starting from N2000; you can now have your orders from N2000 delivered to you. The exciting bit about Dominos delivery service this month is that it comes with amazing deals and discounts. You can enjoy up to 50% off when you order any medium size pizza on their website www.domimos.ng or call your local dominos store and order any medium pizza and get a free drink plus free delivery! Remember Domino’s Pizza delivery takes just 25 mins which means your treats are just a few minutes away.  And yes, gear up for the Big Week Sales!!! From the 18th to 21st of May these guys will be selling smallie Pizzas for just N2000. 
It is safe to say that nothing else seems to match up with the best and unbeatable offers from these guys when it comes to exciting our taste buds and putting smiles on faces. The best part is that these amazing offers are just one order away from you.
To never miss out on all amazing offers that run throughout the month, follow @Dominosng @Coldstonecreamery_Nigeria and @pinkberryNigeria on Instagram.
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A Season of Hope beckons as NTA-Startimes aims to kick off the Naija Farmer Reality TV show

As the world mourns and groans under the pressure of the novel coronavirus pandemic otherwise known as COVID-19, there comes a glimmer of cheer from a Reality TV Project; Naija Farmer Reality TV Show jointly promoted by NTA-StarTimes; Radio, Television, Theatre, and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD); Other Federal MDA’s; Bank of Agriculture (BOA); Progressive Governors Forum; & World Bank’s Appeals Project, among others, to restore HOPE and JOY to the streets of Nigeria.
Announcing the commencement date for registration of potential contestants/participants today in a well-attended press briefing in Abuja, the CEO of the project Dr. Chigbo Okoli said Nigerian youths; males and females aged between 18 and 35 years with a minimum of OND and above should troop out en mass from May 31st, 2020 to register online at any Branch of Bank of Agriculture; EcoBank; or NTA-Star/StarTimes offices nation-wide.

He informed the audience that over N60million will be won in prizes but that this Reality TV show is quite unique, as it is not just about the prize money but the youth empowerment content; which entails that all participants will be transformed from “unemployed to Agribusiness owners/employers of labor” within 90 days. Dr. Okoli also stated that instead of the usual about 20 participants, Naija farmer show will have 190 participants; all of whom are guaranteed to become business owners in Agric value chain; trained, mentored and funded by the show while offering first-class family entertainment that will also promote our African cultural heritage and good moral standards.
The show when started will dominate Nigeria and Africa’s social space as it is planned to have Special Guest Appearances by the biggest stars in Music, Comedy, and Nollywood; as well as political and business leaders starting from the present and past Presidents/Vice Presidents of Nigeria, Governors, Ministers, National Assembly members, CEO’s of AfDB, CBN, World Bank Group, Banks, BOA, Dangote Group, etc. These will enrich participants’ experience and help turn them to super celebrities; in addition to economic empowerment.
He added that once established, a new set of 25 applicants will be selected from the pool of applicants that were not initially taken, and attached to each of the 190 new Agripreneurs to undergo apprenticeship taking the number of participants to 4,940 (i.e. 190 + (25×190)). This loop-process will continue until over a million Agripreneurs are created; and over a trillion Naira in economic activities are generated at the bottom of the economic pyramid in Nigeria.
Dr. Chigbo Okoli further announced that the theme of this maiden edition is “HOPE4NAIJA”, while the second edition will be “JOY4NAIJA”, arguing that the project intends to start by spreading a message of HOPE and returning OPPORTUNITY back to the streets of Nigeria for the ordinary Nigerian who knows nobody; and that by the second edition, we shall be celebrating JOY in the newfound Nigeria where prosperity thrives.
He enjoined all Nigerians of goodwill to join hands with us to build a new prosperous, equitable and egalitarian Nigerian society. Adding that a 24 hours dedicated TV channel for the show will soon open on StarTimes Bouquet; advising every Nigerian and African that does not have STARTIMES DECODER to quickly acquire one as something really special is about to start there.
The advert materials promoting the commencement date was officially launched by the Chairman of TV Production & Publicity Committee, Alhaji (Dr) kabir Garba-Tsanni (National President RATTAWU) who urged Nigerian youths across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria to embrace the project and take advantage of this opportunity to “reclaim the years the locust have eaten” and also to recover from the negative effect of COVID-19 on our economy. He encouraged them not to be discouraged by the millions of youths that will be registering for the project, assuring them that the project was designed to accommodate the large numbers, adding that there can only be a slight delay for some people, but ultimately everybody that registered will benefit.

 

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Millie Small, the Bournvita Girl dies Aged 72

Cadbury Nigeria Plc today announced the demise of Jamaican singer, Millie Small at the age of 72, reportedly from a stroke, in England.
The star, who was born Millicent Small, sang one of the earliest Bournvita commercial songs. The song It’s Millie The Bournvita Girl was released in 1964 in the United Kingdom, under the Reggae genre. The Bournvita song helped popularize Cadbury Nigeria’s flagship cocoa beverage brand in the sixties.
A statement from the Company said “Ms. Small was also popular for her global hit single My Boy Lollipop, which climbed to number two in both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart in 1964. She was well known for her high-pitched vocals, which struck the right note with her fans all over the world”.
In 2011, the Governor-General of Jamaica bestowed on Ms. Small, a Commander in the Order of Distinction, in recognition of her contribution to the Jamaican music industry. Small is survived by her daughter, Jaelee, who is also a musician.
“Our condolences to her family,” said Oyeyimika Adeboye, Managing Director of the Company. “She made Bournvita a household name in the sixties.”
About Cadbury Nigeria
Cadbury Nigeria Plc (CN), a publicly quoted company, is the pioneer cocoa beverage manufacturer offering some of the most loved brands in the country. Cadbury Nigeria is a 74.99%-owned subsidiary of Mondelēz International, a global snacking powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands. The remaining 25.01% of shares are held by a diverse group of indigenous, individual, and institutional investors. A front-runner in beverages, confectionery, and gum, Cadbury Nigeria’s quality products–BournVita, Got Chocolate 3 in 1, TomTom, Buttermint, and Clorets–are market leaders in their respective consumer segments.
For more information, visit here or www.mondelezinternational.com/About/Nigeria
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2018 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita, and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
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Get Ready, Here’s a List of All The Exciting Movies coming to Showmax in May 2020

If you haven’t discovered the Showmax mobile option yet, don’t miss out! You could be paying as little as N1450 per month to binge-watch on your phone. Find out more.
Here are the editor’s picks for Showmax in Nigeria for May:
International Series
I’m Sorry S2 | First on Showmax | May 1
Comedy writer, wife, and mom Andrea is back with a new season of zero-filter, acid-sharp, and usually totally inappropriate humour, putting her foot in it in cringeworthy everyday situations that are at once laugh-out-loud funny and bitingly true. Bingewatch S1 and 2.
The Magicians S5 | First on Showmax | May 1

Based on the bestselling novels by Lev Grossman, The Magicians follows a group of New York magic students who discover a fantasy world that threatens our own. Spoiler alert: The fifth and final season finds Julia, Alice, Eliot, Margo, Penny and the rest of the gang coping with the tragic loss of Quentin as they navigate the return of magic. However, not only is magic back, but now there is way too much of it. The magicians must deal with the repercussions of this new magical surplus as they fight to prevent the literal end of the world. Watch all five seasons.
Run S1 | First on Showmax | Mondays from May 4
From the team behind Fleabag comes the brand-new series Run, a romantic comedy thriller about a woman, Ruby Richardson (Emmy winner Merritt Wever), who walks away from her ordinary life in the suburbs to revisit her past with her college boyfriend, Billy Johnson (Domhnall Gleeson). They made a pact 17 years earlier that if either one of them texted the word “RUN” and the other replied with the same, they would drop everything to meet in Grand Central Station and travel across America together.
The Plot Against America S1 | Mondays at 23:30 from May 11 | Same day as M-Net
From the award-winning creators of The Wire comes The Plot Against America, an alternate history story in which Franklin D Roosevelt loses the US presidential election of 1940 to Nazi sympathiser Charles Lindbergh. What follows is the terrifying and tension-building tale of the country’s turn to fascism, told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey in the build-up to World War 2.
Deadly Class S1 | First on Showmax | May 11
King’s Dominion is an exclusive private school with a focus on special skills: specifically, the art of assassination and all the skills required to become the young heirs of the world’s most prominent crime families. Like any school, there’s a brutal curriculum and hectic social cliques, and it’s these that newbie Marcus will need to survive if he’s to prove his worth. It’s based on the comic book series by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig.
Movies
Bad Education | First On Showmax | May 1
Bad Education is based on the real-life scandal that went down at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school, where a student journalist uncovered the single largest public school embezzlement scheme in America’s history. The movie follows Frank Tassone (Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman) and Pam Gluckin (Oscar winner Allison Janney), whose reign over a prestigious school district is threatened by the embezzlement scandal, forcing Frank to take drastic steps to maintain order and secrecy.
Dumplin’ | May 7
Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow in her footsteps, revolutionising the pageant and their small Texas town. Danielle MacDonald (Unbelievable) stars as Dumplin’, with Jennifer Aniston as her mother.
Boy, Erased | May 7

Jared Hedges is the son of a Baptist preacher in a small town, who is confronted with an ultimatum after being forcibly outed to his parents: attend a church-sponsored conversion therapy programme, or lose his family, friends, and faith.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw | May 14
Hobbs & Shaw sees Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and British military elite operative-turned-outlaw Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) forced into an unlikely alliance when anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) threatens to unleash a deadly virus on humanity.
But that’s not all …
From May 14, 2010, you can also binge the entire nine-movie Fast Saga, from its street racing beginnings to the most recent heist adventures. Stars include MTV Movie Award winners Vin Diesel and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), the late Paul Walker, and our very own Oscar winner Charlize Theron.
And why stop your action-fest there? From 21 May, Showmax will also have the entire Bourne Series: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Legacy, and Jason Bourne.
Good Boys | May 28
Three sixth grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey that includes carrying accidentally stolen drugs, being hunted by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party. This blast of an adventure comedy stars kids, but it gets pretty crude, and with a 16 age restriction, it’s very much not for kids – though it might take you back to some of the insane stuff you got up to at that mad age.
Kids
Dora and the Lost City of Gold | May 10

Dora has grown up in the jungle with her explorer parents, but now she faces a new challenge unlike any she’s survived before: high school! After a sudden, dangerous turn of events, Dora soon finds herself back on familiar ground as she and her best friend, Boots the monkey, must lead Diego, a mysterious jungle dweller, and a group of kids from her school on a perilous trek through the jungle to rescue her parents and uncover the truth behind the legend of the lost city of gold.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu | May 24
21-year-old insurance adjuster Tim Goodman lives in Ryme City, a place where humans and Pokémon co-exist in harmony. As a kid, Tim wanted to become a Pokémon trainer, but things didn’t work out that way. Then his dad, ace private eye Harry Goodman, goes missing, and Tim teams up with Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu – a wise-cracking detective who’s lost his memory. Golden Globe nominee Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu, while Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) plays Tim.
Best of Local
The Johnsons S9 | Starting May 11 | Mon-Fri at 20:00 | Same day as Africa Magic
The first family of Lagos is back for a new season of hilarity. One of Nigeria’s firm faves, Mr Lucky and his wife Emu Johnson (played by veterans Charles Inojie and Ada Ameh) have their hands full, with their kids Jennifer, Efe (who narrates each episode), Tari and Blessing all figuring out who they are and what they want in life. Then there’s the hilarious Spiff (Samuel Ajibolo, who won an AMVCA for his role) who has been adopted into the Johnson household, and his dad Pablo (Kunle Bamtefa), who’s always looking to make money.
Tinsel S13 | Starting May 21 | Mon-Fri at 20:30 | Same day as Africa Magic
Tinsel is one of Nigeria’s longest-running TV shows and has had audiences enthralled with its high production value and daily dose of drama, scandals and intrigues. Set against the backdrop of the Nigerian film business, it tells the story of Fred Ade-Williams who owns REEL Studios, and his daughter Brenda Nana Mensah who owns Odyssey Pictures. The two go head to head, shaking up the whole industry.
Also on Showmax in May:
May 1The L-Word: Generation Q | Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce S1-5 | I Don’t Know How She Does It | Lego City Adventures | LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu S10
May 2
Heist* | Pages in Between*
May 3
She Devil*
May 7Everest | Kidnap | Khanyisa Bunu Comedy Special | S(he)
May 8
Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes | Women of Troy
May 9
The Mr and the Mistress* | Enemy Within*
May 10
A Mother’s Love*
May 11
Girl in Progress | The Loft House | Warcraft
May 14
Come and Find Me | Rage of a Lioness | Uthando Nes’Thembu S3
May 16
Wheel of Fate* | Up and Down*
May 17
Seed of Lust*
May 18
Auction Wild | Stratton: First into Action
May 21
Dillan Oliphant: Good Kid M.A.A.D Witty | The First Purge
May 23
Smoke* | A Boss Lady’s Nightmare*
May 24
Wife Material*
May 25The Journey
May 30
Music Republic*
May 31
Burnt*
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FirstBank affirms its Promise to Deliver Great Service through the COVID-19 Lockdown

Amid shuttering of social activities especially commercial services, through various lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, FirstBank has proven that as long as its customers require services, the Bank will be waiting right in front of them. As key enablers of the economy, banks are providers of essential services to customers and communities.
Sequel to the pandemic outbreak, the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria obtained Presidential approval to permit critical financial services to function during this period.
CBN further urged the general public to limit their use of cash and avail themselves of alternative payment channels such as mobile banking, internet banking, mobile money, Point of Sale (POS), and USSD banking; assuring that financial institutions will remain operational during this period and therefore people should guard against panic withdrawals from their banks.
The assumption that banks will be able to deliver services during this period, was no doubt predicated on the fact that institutions like FirstBank already had a fully functional digital infrastructure, to serve its customers through electronic channels.
In a statement to customers, FirsBank’s CEO Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, categorically made this promise to them: “COVID-19 will not slow us down”.
“These are unprecedented times,” acknowledges Adeduntan “We therefore, promise that now more than ever we will remain steadfast, showing up for all Nigerians; we would always be there for you.
“As I reflect on the last two weeks, I am comforted by the resilience of our people. I look back at our commitment and contribution to keeping commerce going and enabling businesses.”
These reassuring words of Dr. Adeduntan, do not go without tangible proofs of the bank’s unrelenting efforts to stay ahead of the situation many customers feared would cripple banking transactions and further exacerbate the pains brought on by the pandemic. Indeed, since the enforcement of the lockdown measure, regular and unique ancillary services continue to be seamlessly delivered by FirstBank.
The impressive achievements of FirstBank in service delivery, during this unexpected disruption to lives and businesses on a global scale, has been nothing short of the extraordinary. Or how would you explain over 53,000 agents bringing banking services right to your doorsteps, processing over 5 million transactions with different and large monetary values in the week preceding April 10th.
How about an approximate 2.5 million withdrawals amounting to N35billion across FirstBank’s ATMs in a single week? On record, FirstBank’s larger corporate customers have done over 1,700 transactions successfully on the bank’s e-bills platform worth N6.8billion during this challenging period. Nigerians with FirstBank cards have used them 21 million times for payments or withdrawals, worth N268 million. Customers have made transfers over 10 million times with a total value of about N615billion naira across FirstBank’s digital channels all in one week.
How does a bank get all these done under the prevalent lockdown and disruption of regular routine?
“Expertise and resilience are in our DNA,” explains the Bank’s CEO, “we are working tirelessly to ensure that your banking transactions continue seamlessly and will remain so; COVID-19 will neither slow us down nor defeat us. We are holding up our side, and now more than ever we will uphold our promise to you to be here for you and put You First.”
Indeed, the capability of banks to render uninterrupted digital services and investment advisory across many channels, especially during a crisis, projects economic stability.
More than ever before, the importance of the services banks provide to individuals and communities extends beyond commercial interests, especially now that cash withdrawals far outstrip deposits.
As an unprecedented challenge to financial institutions like banks, the current coronavirus pandemic serves as a litmus test for them to prove their role as systemic stabilizers, delivering services at least in part for social good.
As the crisis lingers with no end in sight, FirstBank staff remarkably are in place to attend to customers’ needs, in spite of the social distancing measure.
The bank continues to maintain all pre-existing channels of communication including receiving emails through its firstcontact@firstbanknigeria. com address and urging customers to contact their Relationship Managers or Private Bankers for banking services guidance and advisory.
Despite the extra efforts banks may put into rendering uninterrupted services in times like this, they are doing nothing more than to meet the expectations of customers and maintain economic stability.
From a tactical level, financial institutions like banks can do a lot to reduce consumer and business stress, because as deposit gatherers, credit grantors, and payment facilitators, banks play a vital role in the functioning of the economy.
However, delivering solutions tailored to each individual customer at this critical time also engenders trust and brand loyalty.
“We recognize our role in keeping the engine going, keeping society going and recognize further, it is our responsibility to remain at the forefront of this; true to our name and in keeping with the incontrovertible fact that we are fully woven into the fabric of society. Our unparalleled network and total coverage of this nation serve us all well at this time ensuring service across the country via our safe, user-friendly and convenient alternative channels are available for you 24/7,” says Adeduntan.
While Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy, large portions of the economy are in the informal sector and depend constantly on cash movement.
As the financial consequences mainly for MSMES become more serious due to paucity of inflows, (some major players in the economy – oil, aviation, and tourism too are not spared) people will expect their banks to look out for them and protect them from imminent financial catastrophe.
Indeed, bank clients would like to see the pandemic brought under containment as soon as possible, in order to resume work and commercial activities. For them, a stable and reliable financial partner like FirstBank that has shown resilience and reliability would be an institution that can be leveraged on, to get business back on track and rolling as fast as possible, once this is over.
Adeduntan in concluding his statement says to the bank’s customers: “Rest assured that we are in this together, and together we will emerge stronger at the end of this period because this too shall pass. We have all it takes; your support, patronage, and trust. We will always put You First”.
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Access Bank & 9ijakids unravel Fun and Educative Game for Kids during the COVID-19 Period

“Who wants to be a brainiac”. Did reading these few strings of words incite any familiar feelings?- The popular game show ‘who wants to be a millionaire’ maybe. But what’s different is that this is a fun, engaging and educative online game for children of all ages. Access Bank in partnership with 9ijakids, an educative online gaming platform, developed the game to bolster the financial literacy and educational development of children during this COVID-19 sit at home period. 
For those who have kids, this is certainly not the best time to deal with a bored kid knowing fully well that you can’t take them out to get their favourite snacks, movies, or even to school. So the next best option is to hand them a game that they can learn from and keep them entertained while you get some ‘me time’ or quickly send off a deliverable if you work from home. As such, the “Who wants to be a brainiac” comes in handy. Not only are the games helping you groom money-savvy kids, in addition, they are also learning about subjects like Science, Maths, English, Goal setting, Responsibility, About Nigeria, Values and so much more. 
The games will be hosted on the Bank’s website and the top five kids stand a chance to win something exciting. The announcement will be made on Access Bank’s social media page on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This is a chance for your kids to show just how much of a brainiac they are and have fun learning about the subjects they love.  
Children enjoy learning with games and online learning games for kids are a great way to help build the skill that they require to succeed not only in school but in all areas of life. They can learn skills such as spatial awareness, problem-solving, comprehension and so much more. So, don’t deny your kids a good opportunity to learn. Open them to a whole new world where learning is fun. Go here to help them start learning.—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–Sponsored Content
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The Science Behind Life-Saving Hand-washing: How Soap Kills Viruses & Infectious Micro-organisms 

174 years ago in the city of Vienna, a young Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis stumbled across a link between pathogens on the hand and the spread of communicable diseases. His solution – a mix of handwashing and instrument sterilization between seeing patients – cut his hospital’s childbed fever rate to below 1 percent and would someday become the basis of a fight against a deadly viral pandemic ravaging the world. 
Beyond the medical profession, this newfound consciousness about the link between hand hygiene and communicable diseases also fueled the development and widespread use of antibacterial and antiseptic products such as Dettol. Hand washing, a relatively low-tech medical solution has saved countless lives over the past two centuries, but now in the era of the SARS COV-2 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), its importance is even more pronounced.
The Science of Handwashing
To understand the true significance of what hand washing does in the context of the ongoing fight against COVID-19, it is important to note that our hands serve as a very effective medium for the transport and transfer of microbes from one person to another. The average human skin/ hand contains about 1500 germs/ each square centimeter of our hands, with the total microbial load in the hands alone estimated to be about 2-10 million in some people! These germs are divided into resident/ non-harmful germs and transient/ harmful germs. 
The resident germs are often difficult to wash off, and help the body with many helpful activities and also help to fight off the harmful germs. On the other hand, the transient (non-resident) germs, which may survive on the hands for between 1-3 hours, can easily be transferred from one person to another through contact. Handwashing with soap movement physically evicts pathogens from the skin surfaces on your hands, which prevents you from transferring them elsewhere. Needless to say, our hands are the parts of our bodies that most come into contact with foreign surfaces and skins. This makes the physical removal of microbes from them particularly important since the COVID-19 virus is said to remain active on surfaces for up to 28 days.
According to Dr. Sallie Permar, an infectious disease researcher at Duke University, soap can also physically disarm the COVID-19 virus by attacking the “envelope” – a layer surrounding the virus that helps them bind on to and invade new cells. Both the virus envelope and the soap molecules have fatty substances that interact with each other and disrupt the envelope, effectively immobilizing the virus and making it unable to infect human cells.
It is important to note that while ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizers have a similar effect on pathogens like COVID-19, they are not to be considered as a substitute for handwashing. Speaking to the Smithsonian Magazine recently, Chidiebere Akusobi, a Nigerian born infectious disease researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health explained that while hand sanitizers do kill microbes, they do not physically evict them from skin surfaces, unlike soap which is specifically designed to lift oily dirt off surfaces. In his words:
“Soap emulsifies things like dirt well. When you have a dirty plate, you don’t want to use alcohol—that would help sterilize it, but not clean it.”
The Enhanced Importance of Handwashing in the Coronavirus Era
According to a 2008 American study, the simple act of washing hands after coming into contact with other people and unsterilised surfaces can reduce the risk of contracting a respiratory infection like the coronavirus by up to 21 percent. Statistically, washing our hands with soap and obeying physical distancing guidelines will do more to slow the spread of the virus than any other solution apart from a vaccine.
The COVID-19 pathogen reportedly has the ability to stay alive on surfaces for up to 28 days. This means that objects and surfaces that several people touch regularly such as work surfaces, door handles and hands can become excellent vectors for delivering the virus to new hosts. This is a particularly great risk because patients are known to be infectious even when the disease is still in its pre-symptomatic stage which lasts up to 14 days in most cases.
Washing hands, as seen above will destroy and evict the pathogens from the skin’s surface. More importantly, washing hands regularly will reduce the risk of transmission by getting rid of the virus soon after an individual touches a surface where it is present. Without this measure, the virus would spread very easily, especially among people in close physical contact such as families. It is fair to say that regular hand washing is the single biggest weapon we have against the coronavirus in the absence of a vaccine, which is still at least a year away. 
In the meantime, the simple act of washing hands and implementing social distancing recommendations may be all it takes to keep our families safe from COVID-19.
For accurate and up-to-date advice, please visit www.covid19.ncdc.gov.ng or check out www.covid-19facts.com. You can also call the NCDC Toll free number 08009700010.
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8 Hollywood Series You Can’t Afford to Miss on Showmax This April

First seasons of I’m Sorry and The Outsider; new seasons of Insecure and Westworld; Emmy-nominated true crime and more. There’s plenty to keep you entertained on Showmax this April, with some of the most anticipated series of the year making their debut.
Westworld S3 
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Currently the most popular show on IMDb, sci-fi drama Westworld is a dark Wild West odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. And this season, they’re knocking it “out of the park”, with most of the action happening in the human world. New episodes of Westworld arrive express from the US every Monday.
I’m Sorry
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Andrea is a seemingly-confident comedy writer, wife, and mom, with zero filters and a tendency to put her foot in it. This laugh-out-loud series is inspired by the life of creator and star Andrea Savage. Binge-watch the whole first season.
What is Showmax?
Showmax is a streaming service that gives you access to loads of movies, series and sport from N1 450 per month. Visit www.showmax.com, choose your plan and start watching.
Sanditon S1 
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Jane Austen’s unfinished last novel is brought to life. Sanditon’s a place that’s changing fast. This once-sleepy fishing village is transforming into a fashionable spa resort. Changing alongside it is the impulsive and unconventional Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams from Reign), who swaps her quiet rural home for the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make. Binge-watch the whole season.
McMillion$ 
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Imagine going out for a burger and coming home with $1 million. That’s the tantalising prize McDonald’s offered its US customers in the ‘90s, and who could resist, right? But when you play and play and never seem to win big, it can start to feel like the game is rigged. Of course, you know it isn’t. Or is it?
Mcmillion$ is the story of the biggest scam in the history of fast food. It ran for over a decade, had links to organised crime and netted $24 million worth of illegal profits. Watch it now.
The Case Against Adnan Syed 
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Eighteen years after he was sentenced to life plus 30 years in jail, this true-crime investigation takes a fresh look into the case against Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. The four-part HBO docuseries from Oscar, Emmy and Bafta-nominated director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil) follows on from the breakout investigative journalism podcast Serial, which brought international attention to the trial and to Syed’s continued insistence that he did not kill Hae. Start watching.
Insecure S4
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Created by A Black Lady Sketch Show exec producer Issa Rae and Black-ish exec producer Larry Wilmore, Insecure centres on friends Issa and Molly (Yvonne Orji). The show has a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus hails Insecure as “an insightful, raunchy, and hilarious journey through the life of a twentysomething black woman that cuts through stereotypes with sharp wit and an effusive spirit.” Binge-watch the first three seasons before you start season 4.
Noughts + Crosses
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“Over 700 years ago, the Aprican Empire invaded Europe. Aprica colonised the continent and reached as far as Albion. Albion has been under Aprican rule ever since.” So begins Noughts + Crosses, a controversial six-part BBC One series based on Malorie Blackman’s multi-award-winning novel. Sephy and Callum are two star-crossed lovers in the tradition of Romeo and Juliet. Sephy is the privileged daughter of the Home Secretary, Kamal Hadley, while Callum’s mother, Meggie, is the Hadleys’ housekeeper. While Sephy and Callum grew up together, they may as well have lived in different worlds. Binge-watch the whole season.
The Outsider 
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Repeatedly the most popular show on IMDb in March, HBO miniseries The Outsider is based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King and follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn from Bloodline), who is still grieving the recent death of his own son when the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson is found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding the horrifying crime lead Ralph to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo, nominated for two Oscars and two Golden Globes this year for Harriet), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable. From 23:30 on Thursdays, from 23 April.  
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8 Awesome Movies You should be Streaming on Showmax

There’s something for everyone on Showmax, just add popcorn. Stay in and watch some of the newest, biggest Hollywood releases, plus there is something for the kids, too.
Here are our picks:
The LEGO Movie: The Second Part
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It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens of Bricksburg – or should we say, Apocalypseburg? – are facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. Watch it now »
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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When the dormant volcano on Isla Nublar begins rumbling, Owen and Claire set a plan into motion to save the dinosaurs from extinction. But they uncover a bigger conspiracy on the island. Watch it now » 
The Hustle
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Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway are a hilarious on-screen duo. They play a pair of con women who prey on men who’ve done women wrong in the past. Watch it now »
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Second Act
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A big box store worker, played by Jennifer Lopez, reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do in this comedy-drama. Watch it now »
The House with a Clock in its Walls

Ten-year-old orphan Lewis Barnavelt goes to live with his strange uncle (Jack Black) in a creaky old house whose walls contain mysterious tick-tocking magic. When Lewis accidentally disturbs the dead, the sleepy town comes alive with witchery. Watch it now »
Pet Sematary

A family relocates to a rural area and discover a mysterious burial ground near their home. When tragedy strikes, it sets off a chain of events that unleashes evil on the family. A reimagining of the Stephen King horror novel. (The 1989 original is also on Showmax.) Watch it now »
Paddington 2
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In this fun sequel, Paddington has settled into his life with the Browns. He picks up some odd jobs to make enough money to buy the gift he has picked out for his aunt. But when the gift is stolen, he has to find the thief. Watch it now »
Coming soon
Shazam!
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Billy Batson is a teenage foster kid who can turn into grown-up superhero Shazam, complete with superpowers. Of course, with great power comes the inevitable great enemy, and Billy, aka Shazam, needs to get a handle on his abilities ASAP if he’s to fight the evil Dr Thaddeus Sivana. Coming 19 April.
Crawl

If the storm doesn’t get you… they will. And by “they”, we mean a pair of six-metre alligators who take up residence in the crawl space of a run-down house in Florida, following a hurricane. Coming 23 April.
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You can now Get a Personalized Video Message from Your Fave Celebrity for as low as N5,000 with PENG

Guess what guys? A new online consumer service has been launched to help you connect better with your favorite talent. The platform is called PENG and it is a service that allows fans to pay low, medium or top-rated African celebrities to deliver short, personalized video messages. Some of the talents already on the platform include Yemi Solade, Paul IK Dairo, Kayode Peters, Omobaba No. 1, Speed Darlington and Lolo (Adaku – Jenifa’s Fairy).
Wondering how all of this works? We can help with that.
It all happens like this – when you make a booking on PENG, you submit specific instructions to the celebrity highlighting what he or she should say while recording the video. The celebrity then reviews the request and either accepts or rejects the booking. Celebrities are segmented into several categories you can choose from which includes comedians, dancers, actors, actresses, influencers, DJs, entrepreneurs and so on. 
Acceptance and rejection of bookings are totally dependent on the celebrity. Provided the celebrity accepts the request, the video is created based on the instruction you provide and is delivered directly to your email inbox in less than a week (yes, 7 days). On the other hand, if the celebrity rejects the booking, you will be notified immediately and you get your full refund within 48 hours. Sounds awesome right?

Celebrities are allowed to reject bookings if they are deemed abusive, confusing, overly complicated, contains hate speech or unethical.
Considering this solution from a user’s perspective, the attraction of this service is equally amazing. Surprising your mum or sister with a personalized video shout out from Yemi Solade or Paul IK Dairo will definitely be quite interesting. 
One of the co-founders explained that he got the idea for the platform while planning his wedding. He decided to make PENG a reality with the help of his longtime friend. With PENG’s existence, you no longer need to pay high amounts and/or persuade people to get something personalized from a celebrity; you can simply get that on PENG within a few days. 
It would also interest you to note that a percentage of the platform’s revenue is donated to charitable causes.
You should check them out today HERE. By booking any of the celebrities with this link, you get a 10% discount.
Do not forget to follow them on social media with the handles below:
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