Happy New Year! It's Time to Celebrate with Ogecha

Happy New Year! 2015 is off to a great start, and what better way to celebrate than with music?  This song just sets the tone for the year. But before we go there, let me just say that I am truly grateful for all your support in 2014.  You guys are more awesome than you know, and I look forward to conquering 2015 with you guys!

And now for some music ....

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Here's wishing you a Merry and Joy-filled Christmas.  From my heart to yours, Merry Christmas!

4 Christmas Songs to Enjoy During the Holiday Season

So, what does Relentless do on Christmas Eve? She puts up Christmas music.  Apparently.  I know I've been away for a while, but it's all for a good cause.

The songs I am about to share were sent to me by various Nigerian gospel artistes, and I thought it would be better to share it today (instead of say ... Boxing Day).

Plus, you know you can be "special" like me and listen to Christmas songs all year round, right? Yes, let's be "special" together ... Lol!

So, here are the songs in no particular order:

1. Eloho Efemuai - Hark the Herald

Eloho sings a popular Christmas carol, Hark the Herald, which she shares with us this holiday season. Here's more information on this artiste and her song courtesy of the press release:

MUSIC: Christ's Messenja [CMJ] - Hold On, Tha Triumph and Live it Up Featuring Terver

CMJ (Christ's Messenja) is a gospel artiste who is originally from Adamawa State.  He sent me three of his singles months ago, but I am just getting round to sharing them here.  Better late than never, ba?

Here's some more information on CMJ courtesy of his press release:

Girls Must Cut their Hair: Why Do Schools Make this a Requirement?

Happy New Month! Can you believe there are just 2 months left before we welcome 2015? Amazing! It finally got cold at my end, but I am still in denial about winter's arrival.  Still hiding those boots away and wearing open-toed shoes. For now.


But, let's get to today's topic.

Generally, Nigerian school girls are expected to do something with their hair, especially if they attend public schools and government schools.  Private schools are more liberal, in my opinion, and some of them even allow students use hair extensions (attachment) during the school year.  But, I suppose with all the millions their parents sink into their school fees, that's a minor trade off, ba?

School's Prospectus: Who Reads it Anyway?

When you gain admission to a secondary school in Nigeria, the school authorities tend to load parents and students with a lot of information.  The school's prospectus is one of the books they hand to you that's literally loaded with tons of information.

The official definition of the prospectus is "a book or document that provides information about a school, business, etc."  Of course in our case, it's for a school.

So, what sort of information is written in a prospectus? Well, I'm glad you asked.  Here's a little list:

First University Graduate in the Family: Blessing or Curse?

Nigerians place a very high premium on education. Translation: they like to acquire degrees.  A lot.

If you enter the sitting room (parlor) of a typical Nigerian family, in addition to family pictures, you are likely to see one or more school certificates prominently displayed for the whole world to know that Baba Bisi too went to school.  And graduated.

At the most basic level, I would say that you are not considered truly educated unless you have a Bachelor's degree.  In fact, some people will argue with you and say that a Master's degree is the minimum requirement to be considered truly educated.  I am sure if there were more advanced degrees than PhDs, Nigerians would pursue them too.  But until then ....