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Eminent Nigerians, others eulogise Alex Ibru at service of songs

 
A CROSS-SECTION of eminent persons in Nigerian society and the diplomatic community attended the service of songs for the late Publisher and Chairman of Guardian Newspapers Limited, Dr. Alex Uruemu Ibru, in Lagos yesterday.
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IBRU-7A CROSS-SECTION of eminent persons in Nigerian society and the diplomatic community attended the service of songs for the late Publisher and Chairman of Guardian Newspapers Limited, Dr. Alex Uruemu Ibru, in Lagos yesterday.

Present at the Federal Palace Hotels, Victoria Island venue of the ceremony were religious leaders, serving and former public servants, business moguls, medical practitioners, members of the academic community and thousands of friends and family members.

Dignitaries who attended the event included former head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, the wife of Governor Babatunde Fashola, Lt.-Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) and his wife Diasy, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, former External Affairs Minister, Maj.-Gen Ike Nwachukwu (rtd), Chief Akintola Williams and Chief Ebenezer Babatope.

Yesterday’s service came as the torrents of tributes to the renowned publisher since he passed on November 20, 2011 continued.

In her first time out of the Ikoyi residence since her husband’s death, it was a stoic Maiden Ibru who emerged, in black attire, at the venue 30 minutes before commencement of the service.

At exactly 5.00p.m. the service began with the hymn, ‘Nearer my God to Thee.’ Guests were already seated at the garden overlooking the Atlantic. It was a solemn assembly.

After the opening hymn, Ven. Igein Isemede offered prayers. He said: ‘We thank God for the life of Alex Ibru which you have called to your side. We ask that you comfort all troubled hearts.’

This was followed by a reading of Psalm 23 read by Revd John Nriama. The second hymn of the evening was ‘Jesus, lover of my soul.’ The first scripture reading was from I Thessalonians 4:13-18. The second reading was from Romans 8:31-39 by Christiana Ibru, daughter of the deceased.

Other hymns included “Through the love of God our Saviour,” “Rock of Ages cleft for me” and “Through the Night of doubt and sorrow.”

In his sermon, the Anglican Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos and Bishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Dr. Adebola Ademowo said Alex Ibru touched many lives as he was an embodiment of succour to them.

He said: “Life is borrowed, temporary and transient. It is a gift of God, given by the owner for us to use productively. Death is a necessary end, and it will come when it will come.

“Alex Ibru served this country creditably well without enriching his pockets like many people in this country do. He gave the Anglican Church of this country the Ibru Centre at Agbarha-Otor without any strings attached.

“Many times I heard him use the word ‘impeccable’. He believed in the principle of impeccability that you have to do things flawlessly. Alex Ibru would say ‘I am God’s treasurer, God gave me money with a deal of blessing for others. To set up institutions to help others.’  He was ever tireless, he would not look down on anybody. He was a student of perfectionism who did not allow his riches to go into his head. His philosophy of life was to make maximum impact on the society without drawing attention to himself; in other words, he was not egocentric. He was a trailblazer and a detribalised Nigerian. He was simplicity personified and his wife is an epitome of virtues. He was a great man. The Guardian is one of his legacies. He raised a family of well-brought-up children. He established The Guardian as a voice of the masses and the downtrodden. I am not painting him perfect because he has his minuses. I will say without any apology that his pluses were much more than his minuses. His minuses are infinitesimal to his pluses. The Bible says forever we shall meet again. Christians do not die but go to a temporary place for transformation. The Bible confirms that there is life after death. Death is not total annihilation but a transformation into glory. Life is a gift from God, life is borrowed. Your spirituality is important.

“This country needs to be prayed for because I believe things can change for the better. We need to tackle the problems of inconsistency, greed, lack of dependability, poor lifestyle, avarice. Our secular leaders should work towards this equation. The Federal Government should think twice on the removal of fuel subsidy, a lot of Nigerians are frustrated, a lot of Nigerians live in abject poverty and misery. I can say this because people like us work closely with the masses and we know what they go through. The living standards of our people today are going into oblivion because I would not want to say it is going down. Unemployment, insecurity are the banes of the people.”

In a special tribute, a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, said: “Alex was a generous person, over-generous although very frugal and shrewd. In 1970 he bought a car and later gave it out to one his family members. He built a house in London and gave me the key that anytime I am in London I should be using the house. He was a very loyal person and he demanded less in return.”

Osoba added that during the last period of Alex Ibru’s earthly sojourn, “he used to tell me that life is all vanity. Alex showed courage and fortitude in his days of sickness. People said he made money but I can say that Alex worked assiduously for his wealth.”

To Maiden Ibru, Osoba noted that her husband had left a great responsibility for her and that she must stand up to the task. “You are now Madam Publisher,” he said.

In another tribute, Gbekeleoluwa Osunkoya, a friend of Ibru for over 60 years, said he was a totally humble man who was never interested in worldly titles and that throughout his lifetime he chose to be called ‘Publisher.’

Osunkoya said he was actually Goodie’s friend “but I picked interest in Alex.”

On how the Ibru Centre in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State was established, Osunkoya said: “One day Alex told me that his house in Ikoyi is beautiful and good and he will like to build a bigger one at Agbarah-Otor. Being a trustee of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), he hoped to use the place to host the President but unfortunately the 1983 coup put an end to democracy. Alex went ahead to donate the complex to the Anglican Church but he said his grave should be constructed in a corner of the complex.”

He also said Alex donated one of his buildings in Opebi as an HIV centre while during his last moments he donated another building as a hospital.

Another friend, Dr Stephen Olofunwa described Ibru an epitome of “humility and generosity.” He said: “Alex had a passion for Nigeria and love for the people. I was with him when a new machine was to be installed at The Guardian, and I was surprised that Alex was talking to the lower cadre workers there. One would have expected that as the publisher, he would relate only with the management staff. That was Alex for you.” He also praised Mrs. Maiden Ibru, whom he described as ‘a rock.”

The Managing Director of Guardian Newspapers Limited, Mr Eluem Emeka Izeze, in a vote of thanks expressed the management’s appreciation for the show of love visibly demonstrated by all present at the Service of Songs.

He said: “We are overwhelmed by your show of love, demonstrated on this occasion. We used to call our Chairman a fine boy in The Guardian. He was always happy when he saw us putting on good dresses and he would retort, ‘you guys are wearing good dresses and good shoes” and we would all laugh over it.”

He thanked the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) for the interest shown from the time the Chairman passed on.

“The Church actually captured a lot from our Chairman and the interest shown has been tremendous. You deserve special thanks,” Izeze stated.

Izeze also expressed appreciation to the Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, for coming to Lagos to commiserate with both the family and The Guardian. He also thanked distinguished clergymen who all came to see the Chairman in the course of his illness.

He added: “Thank you all for being here and for all you have done on behalf of the departed ‘fine boy’. The family and The Guardian pray that God leads you safely to your various destinations.”

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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria

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Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Sporty.com – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!

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For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – Sporty.com is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches.

Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)

Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on Sporty.com!

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What Is The Entourage Effect?

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The cannabis plant holds complexities beyond what we currently understand. Researchers know that the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In addition to THC, there are a myriad of other cannabinoids and terpenes that science has less of an understanding about. The entourage effect is a theory that the other compounds from cannabis, including cannabidiol (CBD) commonly found in hemp flower and a range of compounds that are not well-known to most consumers, alter the psychoactive effect of the plant. It’s this effect that many believe is the true reason CBD hemp flower in its raw form is such an effective therapy. Online companies such as Cannaflower exclusively sell only hemp flower for this very reason, it tends to be the most potent form of delivering CBD because of the entourage effect.

Why The Entourage Effect is Important

Here’s why the entourage effect is potentially important: CBD and other cannabis compounds could mitigate the psychotic effects of THC, reducing its negative impact on the body and making it more useful therapeutically. Conversely and complementing this, the micro doses of THC that are contained in hemp flower might be necessary to fully appreciate the benefits of the CBD. This means that THC, CBD and all of the other compounds in cannabis may have the greatest beneficial effects with the least side effects when used in combination.

Researchers have also found that there are a range of terpenes – or volatile oily compounds – in the hemp flower and other Cannabis sativa plant varieties. Many of them are reported to have specific therapeutic effects. Terpenes may actually be at least partially responsible for the overall mood of a specific cannabis flower. They have not all been studied for pharmacological effects, however.

Research On The Entourage Effect

Today’s uses of cannabis products for medical purposes, including CBD hemp flower products, may only be scratching the surface of the plant’s usefulness. Smoking or vaporizing the cannabis plant introduces hundreds of compounds into the body, many with specific effects and potential benefits that are not completely understood. It seems likely that these compounds may interact in ways that are not understood either.

Research has shown some allegorical evidence to indicate complex interactions. A 2010 study, for example, showed that when cancer patients were given a combination of THC and CBD, they had less pain than those who were given THC alone. This study and most others have not taken into consideration the many other cannabinoids that were present in the combined treatment, including CBC, CBN and aromatic terpenes.

The entourage effect theory has been described in a review of studies written by pharmacologist and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, a longtime researcher of cannabis compounds. He detailed the benefits of certain cannabis compounds and described potential complementary or synergistic effects of these compounds.

Russo found, for example, that CDG and CBD have been shown to inhibit MRSA staph infections, but questioned in his research how they might work even better when combined with pinene, a specific terpene. He also asked if certain terpenes could increase the ability of the other compounds to permeate the skin.

THC, CBD and these other terpenes in combination could work together to better help induce sleep or address inflammation and pain than THC alone or only THC and CBD with no other compounds.

Other potential synergies Russo noted in his research include these:

  • Pinene, a pine-scented terpene, could help prevent memory issues associated with THC.
  • Caryophyllene, a peppery terpene, could help treat addiction when used along with CBD.
  • Limonene, a citrusy compound, might work alongside CBD to help reduce anxiety.
  • The cannabinoid CBN could cause beneficial sedation when used with THC.

The entourage effect is a theory that’s only partially proven, but additional research is likely as consumers learn about the possibilities and become more interested in concrete evidence.

Not All Products Are Alike

Not all cannabis products on the market can provide the benefits of the entourage effect. That’s because synergistic compounds are often refined out of them as they are purified and prepared for consumers. This is intentional and often done for compliance purposes, but it may prove to be a bad idea for some therapeutic uses.

Hemp flower and other cannabis flower products contain the widest array of terpenes and cannabinoids because they are raw products. Still, some extracts also contain a variety of these compounds. Such products are called full-spectrum or broad-spectrum cannabis extracts and can include vape cartridges, ingestible capsules, dabs and more.

Refined cannabis products that don’t contain the full spectrum of compounds are called isolates and may contact only THC or CBD. These single-compound products still provide powerful medicinal benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, but the greatest potential may lie with broad-spectrum products. Many isolates and broad spectrum products may simply fall short in providing the full benefits of therapy because components of the whole plant’s compounds have been removed.

While more research is needed, the implications of the entourage effect are clear: The cannabis plant holds many secrets that researchers have not yet uncovered.

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Eminent Nigerians, others eulogise Alex Ibru at service of songs

 
A CROSS-SECTION of eminent persons in Nigerian society and the diplomatic community attended the service of songs for the late Publisher and Chairman of Guardian Newspapers Limited, Dr. Alex Uruemu Ibru, in Lagos yesterday.
Present at the Federa…

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IBRU-7A CROSS-SECTION of eminent persons in Nigerian society and the diplomatic community attended the service of songs for the late Publisher and Chairman of Guardian Newspapers Limited, Dr. Alex Uruemu Ibru, in Lagos yesterday.

Present at the Federal Palace Hotels, Victoria Island venue of the ceremony were religious leaders, serving and former public servants, business moguls, medical practitioners, members of the academic community and thousands of friends and family members.

Dignitaries who attended the event included former head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, the wife of Governor Babatunde Fashola, Lt.-Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) and his wife Diasy, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, former External Affairs Minister, Maj.-Gen Ike Nwachukwu (rtd), Chief Akintola Williams and Chief Ebenezer Babatope.

Yesterday’s service came as the torrents of tributes to the renowned publisher since he passed on November 20, 2011 continued.

In her first time out of the Ikoyi residence since her husband’s death, it was a stoic Maiden Ibru who emerged, in black attire, at the venue 30 minutes before commencement of the service.

At exactly 5.00p.m. the service began with the hymn, ‘Nearer my God to Thee.’ Guests were already seated at the garden overlooking the Atlantic. It was a solemn assembly.

After the opening hymn, Ven. Igein Isemede offered prayers. He said: ‘We thank God for the life of Alex Ibru which you have called to your side. We ask that you comfort all troubled hearts.’

This was followed by a reading of Psalm 23 read by Revd John Nriama. The second hymn of the evening was ‘Jesus, lover of my soul.’ The first scripture reading was from I Thessalonians 4:13-18. The second reading was from Romans 8:31-39 by Christiana Ibru, daughter of the deceased.

Other hymns included “Through the love of God our Saviour,” “Rock of Ages cleft for me” and “Through the Night of doubt and sorrow.”

In his sermon, the Anglican Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos and Bishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Dr. Adebola Ademowo said Alex Ibru touched many lives as he was an embodiment of succour to them.

He said: “Life is borrowed, temporary and transient. It is a gift of God, given by the owner for us to use productively. Death is a necessary end, and it will come when it will come.

“Alex Ibru served this country creditably well without enriching his pockets like many people in this country do. He gave the Anglican Church of this country the Ibru Centre at Agbarha-Otor without any strings attached.

“Many times I heard him use the word ‘impeccable’. He believed in the principle of impeccability that you have to do things flawlessly. Alex Ibru would say ‘I am God’s treasurer, God gave me money with a deal of blessing for others. To set up institutions to help others.’  He was ever tireless, he would not look down on anybody. He was a student of perfectionism who did not allow his riches to go into his head. His philosophy of life was to make maximum impact on the society without drawing attention to himself; in other words, he was not egocentric. He was a trailblazer and a detribalised Nigerian. He was simplicity personified and his wife is an epitome of virtues. He was a great man. The Guardian is one of his legacies. He raised a family of well-brought-up children. He established The Guardian as a voice of the masses and the downtrodden. I am not painting him perfect because he has his minuses. I will say without any apology that his pluses were much more than his minuses. His minuses are infinitesimal to his pluses. The Bible says forever we shall meet again. Christians do not die but go to a temporary place for transformation. The Bible confirms that there is life after death. Death is not total annihilation but a transformation into glory. Life is a gift from God, life is borrowed. Your spirituality is important.

“This country needs to be prayed for because I believe things can change for the better. We need to tackle the problems of inconsistency, greed, lack of dependability, poor lifestyle, avarice. Our secular leaders should work towards this equation. The Federal Government should think twice on the removal of fuel subsidy, a lot of Nigerians are frustrated, a lot of Nigerians live in abject poverty and misery. I can say this because people like us work closely with the masses and we know what they go through. The living standards of our people today are going into oblivion because I would not want to say it is going down. Unemployment, insecurity are the banes of the people.”

In a special tribute, a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, said: “Alex was a generous person, over-generous although very frugal and shrewd. In 1970 he bought a car and later gave it out to one his family members. He built a house in London and gave me the key that anytime I am in London I should be using the house. He was a very loyal person and he demanded less in return.”

Osoba added that during the last period of Alex Ibru’s earthly sojourn, “he used to tell me that life is all vanity. Alex showed courage and fortitude in his days of sickness. People said he made money but I can say that Alex worked assiduously for his wealth.”

To Maiden Ibru, Osoba noted that her husband had left a great responsibility for her and that she must stand up to the task. “You are now Madam Publisher,” he said.

In another tribute, Gbekeleoluwa Osunkoya, a friend of Ibru for over 60 years, said he was a totally humble man who was never interested in worldly titles and that throughout his lifetime he chose to be called ‘Publisher.’

Osunkoya said he was actually Goodie’s friend “but I picked interest in Alex.”

On how the Ibru Centre in Agbarha-Otor, Delta State was established, Osunkoya said: “One day Alex told me that his house in Ikoyi is beautiful and good and he will like to build a bigger one at Agbarah-Otor. Being a trustee of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), he hoped to use the place to host the President but unfortunately the 1983 coup put an end to democracy. Alex went ahead to donate the complex to the Anglican Church but he said his grave should be constructed in a corner of the complex.”

He also said Alex donated one of his buildings in Opebi as an HIV centre while during his last moments he donated another building as a hospital.

Another friend, Dr Stephen Olofunwa described Ibru an epitome of “humility and generosity.” He said: “Alex had a passion for Nigeria and love for the people. I was with him when a new machine was to be installed at The Guardian, and I was surprised that Alex was talking to the lower cadre workers there. One would have expected that as the publisher, he would relate only with the management staff. That was Alex for you.” He also praised Mrs. Maiden Ibru, whom he described as ‘a rock.”

The Managing Director of Guardian Newspapers Limited, Mr Eluem Emeka Izeze, in a vote of thanks expressed the management’s appreciation for the show of love visibly demonstrated by all present at the Service of Songs.

He said: “We are overwhelmed by your show of love, demonstrated on this occasion. We used to call our Chairman a fine boy in The Guardian. He was always happy when he saw us putting on good dresses and he would retort, ‘you guys are wearing good dresses and good shoes” and we would all laugh over it.”

He thanked the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) for the interest shown from the time the Chairman passed on.

“The Church actually captured a lot from our Chairman and the interest shown has been tremendous. You deserve special thanks,” Izeze stated.

Izeze also expressed appreciation to the Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, for coming to Lagos to commiserate with both the family and The Guardian. He also thanked distinguished clergymen who all came to see the Chairman in the course of his illness.

He added: “Thank you all for being here and for all you have done on behalf of the departed ‘fine boy’. The family and The Guardian pray that God leads you safely to your various destinations.”

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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria

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Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Sporty.com – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!

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For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – Sporty.com is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches.

Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)

Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on Sporty.com!

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What Is The Entourage Effect?

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The cannabis plant holds complexities beyond what we currently understand. Researchers know that the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In addition to THC, there are a myriad of other cannabinoids and terpenes that science has less of an understanding about. The entourage effect is a theory that the other compounds from cannabis, including cannabidiol (CBD) commonly found in hemp flower and a range of compounds that are not well-known to most consumers, alter the psychoactive effect of the plant. It’s this effect that many believe is the true reason CBD hemp flower in its raw form is such an effective therapy. Online companies such as Cannaflower exclusively sell only hemp flower for this very reason, it tends to be the most potent form of delivering CBD because of the entourage effect.

Why The Entourage Effect is Important

Here’s why the entourage effect is potentially important: CBD and other cannabis compounds could mitigate the psychotic effects of THC, reducing its negative impact on the body and making it more useful therapeutically. Conversely and complementing this, the micro doses of THC that are contained in hemp flower might be necessary to fully appreciate the benefits of the CBD. This means that THC, CBD and all of the other compounds in cannabis may have the greatest beneficial effects with the least side effects when used in combination.

Researchers have also found that there are a range of terpenes – or volatile oily compounds – in the hemp flower and other Cannabis sativa plant varieties. Many of them are reported to have specific therapeutic effects. Terpenes may actually be at least partially responsible for the overall mood of a specific cannabis flower. They have not all been studied for pharmacological effects, however.

Research On The Entourage Effect

Today’s uses of cannabis products for medical purposes, including CBD hemp flower products, may only be scratching the surface of the plant’s usefulness. Smoking or vaporizing the cannabis plant introduces hundreds of compounds into the body, many with specific effects and potential benefits that are not completely understood. It seems likely that these compounds may interact in ways that are not understood either.

Research has shown some allegorical evidence to indicate complex interactions. A 2010 study, for example, showed that when cancer patients were given a combination of THC and CBD, they had less pain than those who were given THC alone. This study and most others have not taken into consideration the many other cannabinoids that were present in the combined treatment, including CBC, CBN and aromatic terpenes.

The entourage effect theory has been described in a review of studies written by pharmacologist and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, a longtime researcher of cannabis compounds. He detailed the benefits of certain cannabis compounds and described potential complementary or synergistic effects of these compounds.

Russo found, for example, that CDG and CBD have been shown to inhibit MRSA staph infections, but questioned in his research how they might work even better when combined with pinene, a specific terpene. He also asked if certain terpenes could increase the ability of the other compounds to permeate the skin.

THC, CBD and these other terpenes in combination could work together to better help induce sleep or address inflammation and pain than THC alone or only THC and CBD with no other compounds.

Other potential synergies Russo noted in his research include these:

  • Pinene, a pine-scented terpene, could help prevent memory issues associated with THC.
  • Caryophyllene, a peppery terpene, could help treat addiction when used along with CBD.
  • Limonene, a citrusy compound, might work alongside CBD to help reduce anxiety.
  • The cannabinoid CBN could cause beneficial sedation when used with THC.

The entourage effect is a theory that’s only partially proven, but additional research is likely as consumers learn about the possibilities and become more interested in concrete evidence.

Not All Products Are Alike

Not all cannabis products on the market can provide the benefits of the entourage effect. That’s because synergistic compounds are often refined out of them as they are purified and prepared for consumers. This is intentional and often done for compliance purposes, but it may prove to be a bad idea for some therapeutic uses.

Hemp flower and other cannabis flower products contain the widest array of terpenes and cannabinoids because they are raw products. Still, some extracts also contain a variety of these compounds. Such products are called full-spectrum or broad-spectrum cannabis extracts and can include vape cartridges, ingestible capsules, dabs and more.

Refined cannabis products that don’t contain the full spectrum of compounds are called isolates and may contact only THC or CBD. These single-compound products still provide powerful medicinal benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, but the greatest potential may lie with broad-spectrum products. Many isolates and broad spectrum products may simply fall short in providing the full benefits of therapy because components of the whole plant’s compounds have been removed.

While more research is needed, the implications of the entourage effect are clear: The cannabis plant holds many secrets that researchers have not yet uncovered.

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