Sandra Enyida writes on Bloating (Health)

You wake up in the morning and crawling out of dreamland seems like an uphill task. You want to move your legs over to the side of the bed, but alas! they are as heavy as yam tubers. You feel groggy and pregnant. As you pad around your apartment, still trying to open your second eye, you realize your feet are soft and swollen. What the …?

This could have been you some weeks or days ago. Don’t worry, you haven’t turned into an alien overnight. It has a name. There are two reasons why you may feel ‘pregnant’ and ‘full’ overnight, BLOATING and/or WATER RETENTION.

Bloating is generally distension of your belly by gas, which is uncomfortable. What possibly triggers it?

  • A bout of gluttony (you couldn’t say NO huh?)
  • Eating so fast, you swallow air along with your food (slow down, bro!)
  • Guzzling carbonated drinks (you thought all that fizz will stay in the can huh?)
  • Excessive chewing of gum.
  • A habit of swallowing air when nervous.
  • Eating bloat-inducing foods.

Overeating is probably the most common cause of bloating. Smaller portions should ease the discomfort. Eating more slowly will help ease bloating caused by eating too fast. Cutting out carbonated drinks from your diet and replacing it with healthier alternatives will reduce your bloating, as well as reduce other health risks associated with carbonated drink consumption. Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener commonly found in ‘sugar-less’ gum, can’t be digested and causes gas. Other bloat-inducing foods like beans, cabbage, milk sugar, can be followed up with lots of drinking water to reduce your chances of getting bloated.

Water retention (the other reason why you’re feeling like you’re walking on five socks for feet) occurs when there’s a buildup of fluid under your skin, causing swelling of your hands, feet, ankles and even face. There are several reasons why this happens, but many are not serious. Some common causes are:

  • Sitting for long hours, for example, on a long flight.
  • Eating too much salt (leave the salt shaker at the dinner table, bro!). Also, eating too much processed and canned foods can invariably increase your salt levels. For example, from crackers, chips, canned vegetables and soups, and sausages.
  • You are a few days before your period (pre-menstrual symptoms). Hormonal changes are to blame here (Ladies, sorry).

What can be done?

  • Don’t be sedentary; move around so the fluid can be absorbed into your blood.
  • Reduce your intake of salt and processed foods.
  • Increase your magnesium and vitamin B6 intake by eating bananas, vegetables and nuts.
  • Increase your potassium intake by eating bananas, avocados, and tomatoes.
  • Drink more water (what?). Sounds counterproductive, but it causes the body to stop holding onto water, thinking it’s scarce.
  • Herbs like dandelion, horsetail, parsley, garlic, and fennel have diuretic effects, making you pee often.


Sandra Enyida lives in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

US Presidential Candidate for the Democratic Party talks to Humans of New York

Democratic Candidate for the US Presidential Elections, Hillary Clinton shared some personal moments with Humans of New York. Reactions from readers have been mixed. However personal, they shared their love and dislike about politicians sharing their views on the platform. Find Mrs Clinton’s words below.

“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do.

And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’

Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’

And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”

Top Five Best Places to Live in Portharcourt

If you’ve never seen a “mammy water” or what the ‘more learned’ ones would call mermaid, then you need to visit Port-Harcourt; there are lots of them there. Port Harcourt is home to various species of fishes. It is probably the best place in Nigeria to go ‘a fishing’ or to embark on a fishing trip but of course that depends on what you intend to do with the fish. If you are not disciplined, thrift or you have a penchant for sowing your wild oats, then visiting Port Harcourt could be at your own peril.

Port Harcourt is called the Garden city, the pearl of Niger-delta and where the black gold seats unbridled

Named and delineated in August 1913 by the Governor-General of Nigeria at that time, Sir Fredrick Lugard after the then secretary of state of the colonies, Lewis Vernon Harcourt. Its sole purpose was to be used as an exit point for the coal then discovered and mined in Enugu but it later served other purposes, most notably was its use as a base for military operations against the central powers in ‘’German Kamerun’’(an area that covers part of modern day Cameroon, Gabon etc.).

The city is Nigeria’s oil capital and the third most developed metropolis after Lagos and Abuja. Lots of people troop into Port Harcourt on a daily basis (Foreigners inclusive), making abductions a thriving business unlike Lagos where you don’t need to be abducted to get missing. Just visit Balogun market for the first time and you will get lost in the crowd unaided within 30 seconds.

Port Harcourt is Africa’s hot spot for oil and gas. However amid the drama, the array of fishes, the oil and energy boom, the bustling and hustling, there are some places in this flourishing metropolitan garden city that offers a getaway from what the core of the city entails. These residential areas are an entire package of serenity and opulence; only suitable for Port Harcourt’s finest. This article lists the top 5 hottest places in Port Harcourt;


This little neighborhood lies in between the diobu river and the mgbuodohia/agip river. It’s calm and placid. It has lots of beautiful houses close to the sea side and in close proximity with the Nigerian Agip Oil company and illaobuchi(PH Electronics village). For those of you who have an obsession for Islands, there you go


Following the dualization of its major road, this area sprang up to existence as one of the most sought after residential areas in the city. Not too rowdy, not too quiet just at the middle, it will suit any family.


This area is one of the fastest developing areas in Port Harcourt. It is part of the Trans-Amadi industrial district and few kilometres away from the city center. It’s quite serene and beautiful, suiting that cozy atmosphere you desire. Go there at night and you will appreciate its beauty. Located near the NLNG and Rainbow housing estate, this is another plus for it and in the near future it would match up with the G.R.A’s if not surpassing them.

2. OLD G.R.A:

The Old Government Reserved Area (Old GRA) is a neighborhood of the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State in Nigeria. It was primarily inhabited by European settlers during colonial times and was then referred to as the European quarters. Old GRA is the location of the Rivers State House of Assembly the People’s Democratic Party Secretariat and the NEPAD Rivers State Secretariat. The neighborhood was also notable as the Port Harcourt home of former Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan. It also has a notable tourist site called, Isaac Boro Gardens, named after a celebrated Nigerian Nationalist and Civil war hero, Major Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro. This area is quiet as a grave yard that you can actually hear the sound of a pin dropped on the floor. It’s also beautiful, trees form shades and boulevards are common here. Basically for the high and mighty in the society and top government officials, albeit if you have the money you can own a property here.

1. New G.R.A:

New Government Reserved Area Port Harcourt is the home of swag and a haven for the crème de la crème of the garden city. The residents live a posh, cozy and tranquil life which makes it our number 1. The place is not only home to government officials; it also abhors the affluent in the society. It consists of G.R.A phase 1 to 5. The place has its fair share of hotels. The prestigious Genesis Deluxe cinema, the PH Polo club, classy events centers, night clubs, departmental stores, eateries are also located here. Properties here are sinfully expensive; you have to pay through your nose to get one. Night life in Port-Harcourt usually goes on full throttle and New G.R.A is no exception. This is evident by the array of Night clubs and bars that besiege the area. It is a favorite hangout for most visitors and tends to be frequented by high-end prostitutes at night. The neatness of the environment and the presence of trees in every compound creates the perfect ambience for nature and relaxation.


If you live in Rivers state and you are looking for a place that will provide huge returns for your real estate investment. Then this is the place you are looking for.

That’s the full list of our top 5 hottest places in Port Harcourt- the garden city. Now you know where

10 ways to survive Nigeria’s worst recession in 29 years

The tides are rapidly changing and in this unstable economy, everyone — regardless of social standing and class — must adapt to survive. Adapting can be extremely challenging especially when the situation is an economic recession in a country with more problems than just the economy. Here are some things to cut down on in order to make it out of this recession financially sane.

Generator usage

It’s bad enough the economy is crumbling faster than a cookie but how many Nigerians can recall a lenghty spell of uninterrupted power supply. Our standby household generators have for years, been doing what the government cannot do for us. Now that the situation is getting dire, generator usage should be restricted to specific hours and to take care of necessities. Comfort can wait till recession is over and we are out of troubled waters.

Eating out

Anyone who actually cooks will know that restaurants serve overpriced, often unsatisfying food. So instead of taking your hard earned money to pay for ‘fancy’ food, go to the market, buy raw food and head to the kitchen. You’ll save so much money.

Driving walk-able distances

The cost of fuel is higher than it has ever been in Nigeria’s history, so why not kill two birds with one stone while going for short errands. Take a walk or go for a run while running your errand. Your body and pockets will thank you.

Bulk buying of groceries

Constant grocery shopping can be such a chore so we tend to buy in bulk. However, a disadvantage of bulk buying is that some goods may expire or spoil before you get around to using them, hence cut your grocery shopping list down to necessities. Get what you need and not what you think you will need.

New clothes and shoes

Your old clothes are perfectly fine! Oh you think people have noticed you’ve had that shirt for a while? Frankly, it’s nobody’s business. As long as your clothes are not obviously tattered, there is no use going cloth shopping every week to impress people and depress your bank account.

Hanging out

We all love spending quality time with friends and family but instead of going someplace where you’ll spend more than you budgeted for (more often than not), invite them to your house and plan activities everyone can participate in. You’ll create a stronger bond and more lasting activities while saving money.

Vacations abroad

Also known as “the king of excesses”, vacationing abroad is officially a luxury at this point in time. Why go and spend your hard earned ‘naira’ in a foreign country contributing to the growth of their economy while leaving yours in the backseat. Stay at home!

DSTV subscription

You don’t need to pay for all the channels. It’s not a competition. You hardly ever watch more than 15 of the channels on the premium package, so why the bother? The smallest bouquet has news channels for the grown-ups and cartoons for the kids.

Water as opposed to juice and sodas

Some people think there is an award for living lavish. News flash: there isn’t.. Most of these processed drinks you desire to gulp down your throat with every meal are not even good for your health and they definitely cost more than water. Drink water, you’ll live longer.

Unnecessary phone calls

Restrict your airtime to calls with purpose (work, business). There’s no need to ask your friend what he/she is eating or staying on a call for an hour discussing what nail polish color to wear to an event. There are tons of instant messaging services.

The NLNG Prize For Literature has Released its Longlist and Opinions are Flying

The NLNG Prize for Literature and Nigerian poets have not enjoyed a fantastic relationship. This year’s award will determine how that relationship goes – a bit to the left or to the extreme right.

The Prize, which has gained some controversy over the years for either refusing to award any winner in the year for a prize in Literature for Younger Children or giving the prize money for the year for poetry to the Nigeria Academy of Letters, has longlisted 11 poets for this year’s prize. This year, the Prize had 184 entries. The longlist of 11 poets was announced earlier today by the jury. The announcement has, however, sparked a social media debate about the chances of the poets and the credibility of the 11 longlisted writers. Paul Liam, a Minna based writer and poet put up an update on Facebook in support of the shortlist. He wrote: “NLNG Price shortlist (sic) has been announced and it is a shocker to some jokers who play with words and expect recognition in return but that is not how Nigerian poetry works. As far as I am concerned, there are quality poets on the shortlist (sic) who know what African poetry is and what it should represent. Some of the people on the list are credible poets and they deserve to be so recognised. May the lucky one win.”

Some other writers and observers haven’t shared very entertaining opinions. Saddiq Dzukogi shared his thoughts: “But Romeo, you do realize (that) this NLNG list is bullshit!!!”
Some writers whose names can’t be mentioned in this article have used expressions such as ‘wawu’ to show their disapproval for the list.

Some of the longlisted poets have expressed gratitude. Humphrey Ogu, a staff of the University of Port Harcourt said it is a beautiful birthday present to be longlisted. He also added that: “I’ve always been very hopeful about it.” Another longlisted poet, Ebi Yeibo whose collection Of Waters and the Wild made the list said: “It is always a nice feeling to have any form for recognition for one’s modest work and contributions.”

We are hopeful that this year’s prize would come out great and draw more attention to poetry.

The Longlist

Akinlabi, Peter – Iconography
Ekwuazi, Hyginus – One Day I’ll Dare to Raise My Middle Finger at the Stork and the Reaper
Gomba, Obari – For Every Homeland
Ifowodo, Ogaga – A Good Mourning
Lari-Williams, Seun – Garri for Breakfast
Ogu, Humphrey – Echoes of Neglect
Ojaide, Tanure – Songs of Myself: Quartet
Oke, Ikeogu – The Heresiad
Othman, Abubakar – Blood Streams in the Desert
Verissimo, Jumoke – The Birth of Illusion
Yeibo, Ebi – Of Waters and the Wild

Written by Bura-Bari Nwilo for

AfDB Development Evaluation Week 2016 Essay Contest

Brief description: The African Development Bank is calling for essay submissions for the AfDB Development Evaluation Week 2016.

Application Deadline: 15th September, 2016.

Offered annually? Yes

Theme of Contest: The theme of the 2016 contest is: “Evaluating the AfDB “High 5’s” for transforming Africa.” AfDB is looking for essays that offer practical and innovative solutions on evaluating the “High 5’s” and that focus on value, innovative approaches, challenges or other relevant aspects of evaluating long term development challenges.

Eligible Countries: AfDB regional member countries

About the Award: Submissions are now being accepted for the AfDB Development Evaluation Week 2016 Essay Contest. The contest is open to AfDB regional member country nationals who have proven experience and/or an educational background in evaluation.

Type: Essay Contest

Eligibility: Essays may be written in either English or French (3,000–4,000 words). All essays should be submitted in Word and pdf format and include an abstract. Submissions must be original and unpublished papers, and must include reference notes and a bibliography if other authors’ works are cited. Submissions will be judged (by a panel comprising AfDB and non-AfDB evaluation and other development professionals) on the following criteria:

  • Focus of the essay on the topic and how well the main point is supported with well-developed reasons and/or examples
  • Clear description of the rationale for the approach proposed
  • Creativity, originality and a fresh point of view
  • “Realness” of analysis and solutions proposed for the African context
  • Valuable content and/or research incorporated into the essay
  • Clear presentation of the topic, including organization and format of the essay
  • Language use and style, including spelling/grammar/mechanics/word Count

Number of Awardees: 5 finalists, 1 winner

Value of Contest: The top five essays will receive a trophy and a certificate, and the essays will be published in eVALUAtion Matters, AfDB’s quarterly knowledge publication. In addition, the author of the best essay will receive a $2,000 bursary to attend Evaluation Week in Cote d’Ivoire; the runner-up will receive a $1,500 bursary to attend Evaluation Week; and the second runner up will receive a $1000 bursary to attend Evaluation Week. Winners will be notified by end September and announced at AfDB Evaluation Week.

Duration of Contest: 1 week

How to Apply: To enter the 2016 Essay Contest, submit your essay along with a cover sheet indicating your name, affiliation, gender, nationality, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone/fax number (if available), and a note on how you learned about the contest. Also include a one-page CV showing your educational or professional experience in evaluation.

Submit your essays via email to

Please note that submitted essays will not be returned. Any essay that does not follow the criteria specified above will be disqualified.

Music Video Review: Oluwa Nagode by Mars and Barzini

When you listen to a beautiful song and you are a creative writer who also dreams of making movies, the first thing you do is to conceptualise the ideas in the song. You try to put yourself in the video and you move around, muttering the words of the song. You are your own director, artiste and whatever. And it is beautiful.

When I first heard Oluwa Nagode by Mars and Barzini, I knew I had a song I could play in traffic, on a stroll and whenever I wanted to be mischievous; to complain about not having money to share with anyone. But the visual by Mex is a whole lot of concept. It houses a story, one of young touring artistes who are hoping for the good life yet with personal relationship issues and there is a bus crash and the boys ball in heaven.

This video, from first timers – new faces that would put some varieties in Nigerian music, is a bold statement. It is a proof of commitment and a jibe at excellence, to blaze a trail even when the music channel categorised the song as ‘Underground”.

I am a fan of great interpretation of songs on screen. There are too much party, dance and butt shaking out there but this video, in slow motion, gives you joy and inspires. Anyone can watch it and feel great.


“Be fearless” Linda Ikeji says to fans as she shares her new office space in a video

One of Africa’s most successful gossip bloggers, Linda Ikeji in a video posted on her blog on Monday, 3rd October 2016 showed are almost completed office space which has sections for an online radio station, a music production booth with some impressive equipment which she did not forget to mention that ‘only few people in the country owned’. The space has a personal office for the MD – Ms Ikeji, a cafe for staff and an exclusive lounge for Linda Ikeji and her friends.

The excited blogger talked about her dreams of owning a media chain and how they were mere dreams few years ago but have since changed to become reality through her hard work. She concluded the video with a short inspirational message about being fearless and never giving up despite failures.

The controversial blogger was a subject of other blog sites few days ago when another blogger, Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo accused her of breaking homes and sharing false age to the public.

Linda, however, did not respond to the message but in her video message to fans, she talked about ‘who was laughing last’. The blogger had shared her wish of having her own man, raising a family and getting ‘regular sex’ – a section of the wishlist that had Twitter and Facebook users divided over whether the blogger was actually in a desperate search for all she had mentioned or it was just for publicity – which works for her.

I Got Locked out of My House

When I got locked out of my house in Brisbane, I contemplated breaking a window for a few minutes. I knew that I had a spare set of keys that could unlock the door, but I was also very well aware that both sets of keys were on my kitchen table. No one else had a key to my house, so the only way I was going to get inside was to either break a lock, and then find someone to fix or change locks in Brisbane, or break a window. Since I did not know how to break a lock, the window seemed my only choice.

The only bad thing with that option was that I did not know how to replace a window either. I got out my phone and did a search for some more info because I knew that I could not be the only one who this had happened to. Continue reading I Got Locked out of My House

Cracks In Your Foundation: How Worried Should You Be?

One of the most serious concerns about your home is a crack in the foundation wall. It is one of those home improvement issues that needs to be addressed the soonest time possible. And while you might freak out just seeing those cracks, there actually is no need to panic. But of course, you do have to handle it or else your entire property will be put at risk.

Perhaps the most pressing concern when cracks are found in the foundation wall is the question of whether or not the entire house is compromised. Another problem when cracks appear is that termites and ants might find their way inside your home through those tiny holes.

But one thing you need to understand is that when there’s a crack in your wall, structural issues aren’t your only concern. In fact, it should be the least of your concerns, at least for the moment. You need to settle with an ugly sight inside your living space, plus the fact that all sorts of crawling creatures could fit in them, thereby going in and out of your house. For the most part, a crack that is wider than 1/16 should warrant immediate fixing more so if water starts to leak in them.

In the event that you see the cracks increasing in either length or width, that’s a strong sign the foundation might already be moving, which means there already is a major risk you need to handle. There also are times when both the faces of the cracks grind with each other whenever there’s a change either in temperature inside and outside or when the home’s humidity level increases.

When it comes to termites on the other hand, they are so small that they can slip through cracks that are just 1/64 inch wide. However, you don’t have to be too worried about them if you live in an area or neighborhood where they aren’t prevalent or common. But in case you see some of them slowly infesting your place, you can simply call a pest control company to take care of them.

Furthermore, you can go ahead and ask any building contractor and they’ll tell you the same thing: only large cracks point to some type of structural issue. This means that if the cracks in your foundation wall remain small and the same for a long time, there’s very little to be worried about. But once they become large overtime, it means you have to contact either a foundation repair company or a structural engineer to make an assessment and complete inspection of the problem. The warning signs of a foundation problem include cracks that reached the basement floor, starting from the top of the foundation wall or if the cracks run horizontally, where the wall below is already leaning into the basement.

In the end, fixing a crack shouldn’t be considered as a do-it-yourself type of home improvement job. It is best that you call the experts to examine it and fix it for you. You don’t want to end up spending money in trying to fix it on your own and then realize you can’t do it.