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#BESHARP! Six condom myths you need to stop believing 

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When it comes to condoms, everyone I meet thinks they know everything there is to know on the matter. As the conversation progresses, it is obvious that the knowledge is incomplete and in fact, I discover that there are more than a few condom myths floating around.

Here are some condom myths:

Condoms haven’t evolved over the past few decades

Most people think condoms haven’t changed over the past decades and since the time our parents might have been using them. Well, today’s condoms have evolved and been designed to enhance our senses and increase both partners pleasure. Take a look at the Fiesta premium condoms with the 12 variants.

There have been lots of innovations in condoms; the shape, the size, the use of lube, the thinness of latex, the ribbing, the dotting, not to talk about flavours and colours. There are condoms that prolong pleasure by delaying ejaculation (Fiesta Prolong). Even condoms that glow in the dark (Fiesta Glow)!! How appropriate…

Fiesta premium condoms come in 12 variants that help you explore all your senses and add more pleasure to an already pleasurable activity!!

Condoms aren’t that effective

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We have all heard the same statistics; condoms, when used correctly, are 99% effective. The secret is in the “used correctly”. What I say to new users is; experiment on your own on fitting a condom before you have the pleasure of using it with your partner.

Condom brands like Kiss and Fiesta are 100% electronically tested, and of very high-quality standards from state of the art, manufacturing endorsed facilities. Condoms are the safest way to prevent unintended pregnancies, STDs and HIV.

Sex with condoms isn’t as enjoyable as sex without condoms

Maybe this was the case 40 years ago – thick condoms, big smell. These preconceived notions make us believe that condoms don’t feel good or condoms aren’t fun.

The reality is that new technology condoms feel great, they are shaped and have added features for greater pleasure. Condoms are thinner than ever before, and it feels like skin to skin experience. And condoms not only have lower latex odour today but are enhanced with flavours. The Fiesta brand of condoms has exciting flavours such as chocolate and strawberry.  Condoms are fun!

For me, most importantly, condoms give us the ability to be fully engaged in the act of sex and not worry or think about the “what ifs”.

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You can stop using condoms once you are exclusive

It is common practice to drop usage of condoms after you and your partner have been dating for a few months. I don’t think so, and I will explain why.

Couples tend to use the ‘withdrawal method’ or ‘pulling out’ but this is very unreliable at preventing pregnancy and contributes massively to the high number of unplanned pregnancies and high abortion rates in Nigeria. Of course, this method does not protect you from STDs and HIV.

Condoms are expensive and hard to get

Going by popular culture, couples are not always completely honest about their sexual fidelity. Until we get to that point, (and I strongly doubt that we ever will), every couple should use condoms in every occasion.

That may have been the case a long time ago. These days, condoms are widely available and sold in supermarkets, pharmacies, medicine stores, chemists, table tops, in hotels and even at traffic, and outside beer parlours and nightclubs – the mallams that sell chewing gum, candies, cigarettes, also sell condoms.

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There are good quality condoms such as Kiss condoms for as low as #50 for a pack of 3 condoms. Other more premium brands like Fiesta condoms go for #150 or more for a pack of 3 condoms, so there is no excuse. Even if you don’t have one in your pocket or in your purse, there is always a place selling condom within reach.

Condoms should only be the guy’s responsibility 

There is this notion that because someone with a penis wears a condom, he’s also to be in charge. How more wrong can this be? Who will end up getting pregnant in case of ‘’accident” after all. The guy?

It is good that we are seeing changes here, and women who want to take ownership of their body, pleasure, and health. Women are informed and make the right choices and take charge of their sexual reproductive health with the use of condoms and other contraceptives.

If you are not among the women I described above, then visit the website www.honeyandbanana.com for unbiased, accurate, friendly information on contraceptives and reproductive health.

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My girlfriend is troublesome, she poured salt into my new generator because I cheated- Nigerian man narrates

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My girlfriend is troublesome, she poured salt into my new generator because I cheated- Nigerian man narrates

A Nigerian man has narrated a painful experience of how his ex-girlfriend damaged his newly bought generator.

The man identified as Christopher Adedeji on Facebook admitted that he cheated on his former girlfriend and in retaliation, she poured salt in the new generator he’d just purchased for the sum of N120,000

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Read his statement below:

This is what happen to me this week I cheated on my girlfriend because she is too troublesome and she retaliate and put salt into thenew generator I just bought for 120k

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INEC to recruit 38,887 officials for Edo, Ondo gov polls

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INEC to recruit 38,887 officials for Edo, Ondo gov polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will recruit and deploy 38,887 officials for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.

The commission stressed that the ad hoc staff would respectively serve as Returning Officers, Local Government Area Collation Officers, Registration Area Collation Officers, Supervisory Presiding Officers, Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers (1, 2 and 3), Assistant Presiding Officers (Voting Points), Constituency Supervisors, LGA Supervisors, Governorship Constituency Supervisors and Reserves.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, who disclosed these to one of our correspondents in an interview on Thursday, also noted that due to the raging coronavirus disease, the commission would use electronic and non-contact means in the recruitment exercise.

INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, at a briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on February 5, said the commission had fixed September 19 for the governorship election in Edo State and October 10 for the election in Ondo State.

He also released the schedule of activities for the elections, including dates for primaries and commencement of campaigns.

Meanwhile, in the interview, Okoye said as part of its preparations, the commission was also redesigning the polling units in response to COVID-19, which had infected 8,915 persons in Nigeria, out of which 259 had died while 2,592 persons had been discharged.

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Okoye noted that the formal recruitment of ad hoc staff for the election would commence as soon as the modalities for their recruitment were worked out.

He said, “Edo State has a total of 2,627 Polling Units, 4,519 Voting Points and 192 Registration Areas. Edo has 18 local government areas with a registered voting population of 2,210,535.

“Ondo State, on the other hand, has a total of 3,009 Polling Units, 3933 Voting Points and 203 Registration Areas. Ondo has 18 local government areas and a total registered voting population of 1,822,346.

“The commission will require 20,974 election officials in Edo State and 17,913 in Ondo State, made up of Returning Officers, Local Government Area Collation Officers, Registration Area Collation Officers, Supervisory Presiding Officers, Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers (1, 2 and 3), Assistant Presiding Officers (Voting Points), Constituency Supervisors, LGA Supervisors, Governorship Constituency Supervisors and Reserves.”

The National Commissioner noted that the commission was presently engaging its Edo and Ondo state offices and the leadership of the National Youth Service Corps on the modalities for the recruitment of the ad hoc staff.

He added, “The commission recruits the majority of ad hoc staff that serve as Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers from the NYSC and from federal tertiary institutions. Shortfalls are sometimes sourced from state tertiary institutions or federal tertiary institutions from contiguous states.”

But, due to the closure of all schools across the country and the fact that corps members had been directed to stay or work from home on account of the raging COVID-19, Okoye explained that the commission would work with its offices in the states where the governorship elections and other senatorial and state Assembly bye-elections would hold to work out modalities for the recruitment.

He added, “In the Edo and Ondo governorship elections and the outstanding senatorial and state Assembly bye-elections, the commission will use electronic and non-contact means in the recruitment of ad hoc staff and will deploy its INEC press portal for this purpose.

“Presently, the commission has a robust database of past ad hoc staff members and all the databases containing such will be harmonised and made available to the state offices conducting elections. The commission will also notify all ad hoc staff members of invitations and postings electronically and as much as possible limit physical contact and large gatherings that are inimical to the fight against COVID-19.

“The commission is presently engaging Resident Electoral Commissioners, political parties, civil society groups and organisations and the media. It is also engaged in the review of its regulations, guidelines and manuals as well as the Voter Code of Conduct.

“The formal recruitment of ad hoc staff will commence as soon as the commission works out the modalities for their recruitment.”

Speaking on the procurement of election materials, he stated that different departments of the commission oversaw different aspects of the electoral process.

Okoye said, “Presently, the commission is carrying out assessment of its local government and Registration Area Collation Centres as well as Registration Area Centres to get them ready for the elections. The commission is redesigning the Polling Units against the background of the COVID – 19 pandemic.

“The personal protective equipment, alcohol-based hand sanitisers, face masks and hand-washing accompaniments are things that are available within jurisdiction and the two elections are state-specific elections, so the commission will not encounter challenges in procuring them.

“The commission will not have challenges in printing of ballot papers and result sheets based on one state election. The commission will maximise its non-sensitive materials and also draw from the contiguous states.”

Also, on the amount to be spent on the elections, Okoye said the COVID-19 pandemic had altered all earlier budgetary provisions made in relation to the two governorship elections. He, however, noted that the commission’s Finance Department was on top of the situation.

“The application for the funds is an issue handled by the Finance Department of the commission under the guidance and direction of the chairman of the commission and they are on top of the situation,” he added.

Okoye said the INEC chairman endorsed the release of the commission’s policy on conducting elections in the context of COVID-19 pandemic on May 21 and that the policy was to prepare the commission to respond to the effects of COVID-19 on the electoral process and the twin challenge of looming cuts in government spending and communicating same to stakeholders.

“Hence, all the operational and logistics arms of the commission are responding to this twin challenge and reviewing previous projections and imputing new issues and expenditures not previously envisaged and cutting down on some budgetary provisions,” he added.

He said candidates and political parties were expected to display exemplary conduct through the electioneering, the voting process and after the election.

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When asked whether the commission was worried about the rising tension ahead of the primaries of some major political parties, especially the All Progressives Congress in Edo and Ondo states, Okoye called on political parties in states where elections would be held not to engage in acts or actions that could create fear and anxiety in the minds of the electorate.

He added, “Presently, there are 18 registered political parties in Nigeria and the commission expects all the parties intending to field candidates to strictly abide by their own constitution, guidelines for the conduct of party primaries and section 87 of the Electoral Act.

“All the political parties are aware of the current health challenges in the country and their implications. We expect the political parties and their leaders to display exemplary conduct at this critical period.

“The political parties must not engage in acts or actions that can create fear and anxiety in the minds of the people of the two states and the other states where bye-elections would hold. All the stakeholders must assure and reassure the people that they can exercise their democratic mandate and remain safe and healthy.”

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Former NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru, is dead

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The immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, is dead.

Baru’s death was announced by the current GMD of the corporation, Mele Kyari, on Saturday morning.

The former NNPC boss was said to have died late last night.

In a tweet via his official Twitter handle, Kyari described his predecessor as a brother, friend and mentor.

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He said,

“My brother, my friend and my mentor, Dr. Kachalla Baru, immediate past GMD of NNPC died late last night.

“He was of exemplary character and disposition. May Allah forgive him and have mercy upon him” Kyari twitted.

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