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December 29, 2017

Bayo Adebowale's Lonely Days: Background, Plot Account, Setting, Style, Themes and characters

Bayo Adebowale's Lonely Days: Background, Plot Account, Setting, Style, Themes and characters


NOVELIST'S BACKGROUND
Bayo Adebowale was born on June 6, 1944 in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. He is a novelist, poet, librarian and short story writer. As a literary scholar, he has written a lot of literary texts, which include Out of his mindVillage harvestLonely Days etc.

Bayo Adebowale was a senior principal lecturer in English and former Deputy Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan. He is the founder of the African Heritage Research Library (AHRL), Ibadan, Oyo state.
Bayo Adebowale's Lonely Days: Background, Plot Account, Setting, Style, Themes and characters
BACKGROUND OF THE NOVEL
In a typical African society where women are treated as objects, it is almost normal, if not normal, to see widows being encapsulated in victimization, marginalization and ill treatment by members of such society who claim to act  within the confines of some barbaric laws and tradition of that society. This inhumane act leaves these  widows in a pitiable state, and those who can't endure the torture, join their deceased husbands afterwards. However, amidst such unpleasant circumstance, few women still summon up courage to defend themselves even with the last drop of their blood. These women, most times, emerge victorious in their fight against society.

The above assertion is evident in Bayo Adebowale's Lonely Days as it showcases the unpleasant circumstances which come with being a widow within the context of a Yoruba community in the western part of Nigeria. The novel shows the horrible traditional widows' rite women go through after the death of their husbands just to prove their innocence. With Yaremi being the most victim, the rights of other widows (Fayoyin, Dedewe and Radeke) are trampled upon by the custodians of tradition. These widows are denied access to better life, and at worst, thrown into outer loneliness. Although Yaremi has been a friend of loneliness since the death of her husband, she is a strong resistance to societal dominance. Her unshaken refusal to abide by the custom and tradition of her society makes her distinct from other widows.

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PLOT ACCOUNT OF LONELY DAYS
With the major events revolving around Yaremi, the protagonist, Lonely Days showcases the inhumane treatment suffered by widows in Kufi land after the demise of their husbands. Yaremi is the widow of Ajumobi, a very brave and successful hunter who gave in to the cold hands of death after a brief illness that couldn't be cured by the village herbalist who was called to cure him. After the death of her husband, Yaremi suffers all kinds of ill treatments from her kinsmen and the villagers, ranging from accusation of murder and horrible traditional widows' rites. She is always overwhelmed with sorrowful thoughts but finds solace in the fact that her husband, Ajumobi, did not die an abominable death. She is left to stay with her grandson, Woye, who assists her in domestic chores and taffeta business. Woye also keeps Yaremi company, and this, to a large extent, fills the vacuum which the death of Ajumobi created. No wonder Yaremi does everything possible to restore the health of Woye when he is sick. Woye eventually becomes well again, and Yaremi's joy knows no bound.

More often, Yaremi reminisces on her past relationship with her husband who was a strong defence to her. She recollects his caring attitudes and constant provision of bush meat to her. Unfortunately, his death has created an irreplaceable vacuum in her life and subjected her to abject loneliness. At first, she tries hard to face the new life of loneliness but later becomes accustomed to her predicament. She moves on with life and forges ahead in business through which she becomes an independent and important figure in the village of kufi  to the admiration of all and sundry. Yaremi's success is success for all women in the village of Kufi as she usually makes food donations such as corn, pumpkins, pottage, flour etc. to them. However, Yaremi's outstanding success becomes a threat to the men of Kufi because according to them, "no woman of the land had ever been allowed to worm her way into a position of prominence in village matters" (p. 89). While most men see her as someone to be avoided, some others long for her company. The authenticity of the latter clause is validated in the novel when some men  like Olonade, Ayanwale and Lanwa, before the cap-picking ceremony, woo Yaremi for second marriage with their sweet tales and display of affluence and talents but to no avail. Yaremi violates the widows' traditional rite of picking a new cap, that is, selecting a new man for marriage, by maintaining her love for her late husband, Ajumobi.

Yaremi becomes steadfast in her decision when her daughter, Segi (Woye's mom), visits to comfort her and tell her not to accept going into a second marriage or taking a new husband. Having the urge of going to school, Woye sets to follow his mom, Segi, as she sets to  leave her mom's house for her husband's. During this time, Alani (Yaremi's only son), who has not been seen for a decade, returns and is taken around by Uncle Deyo (Ajumobi's friend) to show him his father's farmland which has been untouched since the death of his father. It is the duty of Alani to look after his father's property since he is a son, but Alani isn't moved because he has a booming carpentry business in the city, which he wants to face squarely in order to marry his pregnant girlfriend. Alani's reaction compounds his mother's problem. Things get worsened when the elders of Kufi ostracize Yaremi and seize her husband's properties. Yaremi is thrown into outer loneliness. The novel ends with Yaremi lamenting for the future days of loneliness; however, she builds her hope on God.


SETTING
Lonely Days is set in the fictional village of Kufi. The natural setting of the novel is drawn from Nigeria, precisely the western part.

STYLE
Style is a particular way, pattern or design in which a work is written. It comprises the language/diction, tone, structure, narrative technique/point of view etc.of a literary work. Some of the elements of style used in this novel are discussed below:

i. Language/Diction
The language of the novel is simple and easy to understand.

ii. Structure
The novel is made up of fourteen chapters. It also contains an entrance verse, a poem of twenty-five lines, preoccupied with the woes of widowhood.

iii. Point of view/narrative technique
The story is told from the third person omniscient point of view. This simply means that the story is not told by any of the characters in the novel but by an outsider, who is an all-knowing narrator.

iv. Flashback
Adebowale employs the use of flashback to provide the reader with information on what had happened in the past.Yaremi's relationship with Ajumobi, her childhood and business are revealed to the reader through the use of this technique.

v. Suspense
Woye's sickness and its possible outcome are evidence of suspense in the novel as the reader desperately seeks to know if Woye would be whole again. The cap-picking ceremony also keeps the reader in suspense as he is very eager to know which cap Yaremi will pick.

vi. Myths and folklores
Adebowale also employs the story telling technique where the narrator tells stories (myths and folklores) that are told in the village by moonlight; e.g., the story of the tortoise who visited his in-law's house and messed himself up with a mess of hot pottage in the sitting room.

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THEMES IN BAYO ADEBOWALE'S LONELY DAYS
Here are some of themes treated in the novel:

i. Loneliness
The theme of loneliness runs through the novel hence making it the central or dominant theme of the novel. The novelist, Bayo Adebowale, uses the character of Yaremi to project this theme. The sudden demise of Ajumobi leaves Yaremi in outer loneliness. She is forced to carter for herself and face societal challenges alone unlike when her husband was alive. He had been her only companion since the marriage of her two daughters and long stay of her only son, Alani, in Ibadan.

Yaremi's loneliness is aggravated when the elders of Kufi ostracize her and seize her husband's properties due to her refusal to pick a cap during the cap-picking ceremony.

ii. The plight of widowhood
The novel showcases the unpleasant circumstances which come with being a widow in a typical African society. This is projected through the characters of Yaremi, Fayoyin, Dedewe and Radeke. These women suffer marginalization, deprivation, discrimination and all kinds of inhumane treatments after the death of their husbands. They are made to utter words in sorrowful tunes or confess sins they didn't commit just to have a minimal punishment. In the novel, Fayoyin was made to lick libation and sing a sorrowful song. She also has her hair shaved by the people of Kufi.

iii. Women empowerment and Independence
Bayo Adebowale, through his novel, advocates for the urgent need for women empowerment. This will help them free themselves from the vicious chains of male dominance. To be empowered means to be engaged in a meaningful occupation. It is important to state here that empowerment begets independence. This is evident in the character of Yaremi. Aside her taffeta business, Yaremi has a farm. This makes her to be independent and gives her the boldness to face the men of Kufi despite her husband's absence.

iv. Traditionalism and spiritualism
Traditionalism is the adherence to traditional views or practices, especially with regard to cultural or religious matters. In other words, traditionalism places customs and traditional values over modern ideas. This is the practice in Kufi land. That is why Yaremi and other widows are being forced to go for a second marriage without any option of choice, which is in accordance with the traditional values of the land but against modern ideology.

On the other hand, spiritualism is a belief that the dead communicate with the living, especially through a medium. This is reflected in the novel through Ajumobi when he appears to Yaremi in her dream and declares to her that he is not asleep in heaven and he is constantly watching over his household.

v. The relevance of western education
Through the character of Woye, Yaremi's grandson, the novelist brings to limelight the relevance of western education. At a point, Woye insists on following his mother, Segi, to Olode to attend Saint Andrew's School. Such insistence projects education as a means of self empowerment and freedom from oppression. Yaremi might be bold to face the men of Kufi, but she is very weak to take any legal action against the people of Kufi because she is uneducated. Such weakness is demonstrated in the end of the novel when she laments for her future days of loneliness but only builds her hope on God. If Yaremi were educated, she would have dealt with the men of Kufi legally; rather, she builds her hope on God after lamenting over her future days of loneliness.

CHARACTERS
The characters in this novel are grouped into major and minor characters.

Major characters in Bayo Adebowale's  Lonely Days

1. Yaremi
She is the protagonist of the novel. Yaremi is a brave, confident, generous, self empowered and an industrious woman. She is the mother of Segi, Wura and Alani. The death of her husband made her a victim of marginalization, deprivation and victimization.

2. Ajumobi
He was a brave hunter. Ajumobi was Yaremi's late husband and the father of Segi, Wura and Alani. He was "well to do" in his lifetime. He owned a cocoa farm, trees, banana, kolanut trees and fruiting palm trees. Ajumobi was a loving husband who stuttered when he was angry.

3. Woye
The son of Segi and grandson of Yaremi. He is a hardworking child and worthy companion of Yaremi. He helps Yaremi in her taffeta business and likes listening to her stories. He is a healthy child who likes playing football. Woye insists on going to school so that he can read the letters of the alphabet like his mates.

Minor characters in Bayo Adebowale's Lonely Days

1. Segi
Yaremi's first daughter and confidant. She is the mother of Woye and the wife of Wande. She lives in Alode with her husband.

2. Alani
He is the only son of Yaremi and late Ajumobi. He lives in Ibadan where he has a booming carpentry business.

3. Uncle Deyo
He was Ajumobi's bossom friend when Ajumobi was alive. He is a responsible friend and takes his friend's family as his even after his friend's demise. He helps Yaremi with difficult chores like mending of the leaking roof of her house and rebuilding the walls of her mud house.

4. Fayoyin, Dedewe and Radeke
These are the three widows who are also marginalized and victimized like Yaremi by the customs and tradition of Kufi land.

5. Rogba
He is the village flute player. He displays his talent during the cap-picking ceremony.

6. Ayanwale
He is one of Yaremi's suitors. He tries to impress her with stories of his earthly achievement so she can pick him during the cap-picking ceremony. He is also a drummer.

7. Lanwa
Lanwa is one of Yaremi's suitors and a wealthy man (farmer) who claims kinship with Yaremi's late husband.

8. Olonade
He is one of Yaremi's suitors. He brags of making Yaremi a mother of twins once she accepts him in the cap-picking ceremony. He is also a wood carver.

9. Sokoti
He is commonly known as "Iron man". He is a husband to Wura. He is a blacksmith and does his work in Apon where he lives.

10. Wura
She is the second daughter and child of Yaremi and late Ajumobi. She lives with her husband, Sokoti, in Apon.

December 27, 2017

JAMB's DIRECT ENTRY: Requirements and how to register

JAMB's DIRECT ENTRY: Requirements and how to register

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Direct Entry form for year 2018/19 is now on sale. Do you have any intention of picking up this form? If you do, here are some things you need to know.

JAMB's DIRECT ENTRY: Requirements and how to register
How Much Is Jamb Direct Entry Form?
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Direct Entry form is #5,000. The JAMB Mandatory Textbook For Direct Entry, The Last Days at Forcados High School, is #500 Only.

Will 2018 DE Students Sit For Jamb?
JAMB 2018 direct entry candidates are more likely not to sit for JAMB examination. However, JAMB has announced that schools are at liberty to set aptitude tests for candidates who apply for direct entry there.

Therefore, any school that decides to set exams for their DE candidates will adapt questions from the JAMB recommended novel in addition to other subjects offered by the candidate.

What is the importance of JAMB Direct Entry?
Those who gained admission into the university via direct entry will start from year 2 or 200 level in their university of choice provided they are offered admission. This is the edge they have over their UTME counterparts.

The Requirements For Jamb Direct Entry:
All applicants must possess either of the diploma certificates listed below:

1. A minimum of five (5) GCE/WASCE credits at not more than two sittings with at least two Principal or Advanced level C.E. and the others.

2. Two passes at the IJMB Advanced Level Examination, Cambridge moderated Schools of Basic Studies Terminal Examination, JUPEB or Institute of Baccalaureate from recognised institutions with SSCE/GCE, NTS/NBC credits equivalent in three other subjects required by candidates' choice university.

3. Passes in two major subjects in the NCE with S.C.E., NTC/NBC credits or equivalents in THREE other subjects (mainly for Education Courses) and ND. Education may be accepted as a third A’ Level subject for those taking courses in Education.

4. Minimum of lower credit grade in National Diploma or National Innovation Diploma including the O’Level requirements.

NOTE: Candidates will be required to provide their JAMB registration number which they used in gaining admission to NCE, Diploma etc. for Direct Entry admission.

HOW TO APPLY FOR 2018 JAMB DIRECT ENTRY.
1. Create JAMB's direct entry profile. This is the first stage of 2018 DE Registration. You can create your JAMB’s direct entry profile via SMS. See the steps below:

i. Send your Surname, First Name & Middle Name (where applicable). This should be maximum of 38 characters + 2 spaces between names = 40 characters in all to JAMB short code, 55019.

ii. One cell number (mobile number) can be used by one candidate only.

iii. A confirmation code of 10 characters is received by the candidate on the same telephone number which will be used to procure the ePIN.

Should you make any mistake while registering, visit HERE to remedy it.
 2. Go to any approved bank or JAMB CBT centre to get an E-Pin.

3. Don't be deceived or get carried away. On no account should you reveal your security details such as registration numbers, password/numbers of ATM Cards, e-mail addresses and E-Pins. Make sure you fill in these slots yourself if your registration is being done by someone else.

4. Candidates are to collect their e-slips at the end of registration. The e-slip serves as an evidence of registration.

Registration centres are allowed to charge not more than ₦700 as registration fee. Therefore, no candidate should pay more than #700 for his/her registration.

Closing date for JAMB's D.E registration
According to JAMB, the closing date for 2018 JAMB D.E registration is February 6, 2018.

When Is 2018 Jamb Direct Entry Examination Date:
This will be announced by your choice institution since JAMB has given schools the freedom to screen their candidates.



December 23, 2017

2018 JAMB's UTME: Registration, pin procurement and all that you need to know

2018 JAMB's UTME: Registration, pin procurement and all that you need to know

There seems to be slight difference(s) in the registration process of the 2017 JAMB examination and that of 2018. From personal observation, these differences will tackle the stress issue experienced by candidates who sat for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Kudos to JAMB's Registrar, Prof Is-haq O. Oloyede, for these innovative ideas.
2018 JAMB's UTME: Registration, pin procurement and all that you need to know
If you wish to sit for the 2018 JAMB examination, these are all you need to know about the examination. You can bookmark this page or download our android app for updates on this.

1. SALE/REGISTRATION PERIOD
The period of sale/registration for all candidates (UTME / DE) including those from Foreign Countries is from 6th December, 2017 to 6th February, 2018.

2. REGISTRATION FEE
Registration fee is five thousand naira(N5,000) only. Additional five hundred naira (N500) only is paid to obtain the reading text, IN DEPENDENCE for UTME Candidates and The Last Days at Forcados High School for DE Candidates and $20 for Candidates from the eight foreign centres. You will also be charged the sum of seven hundred naira (N700) only for your registration at any of the accredited CBT registration centres, making a total sum of six thousand, two hundred naira (N6,200).

3. DATES AND VENUE FOR 2018 JAMB EXAMINATION
The 2018 CBT examination will commence on Friday 9th March and end on 17th March, 2018. The venue of the examination will be at any centre in the candidate's chosen examination town(s).

Note: JAMB does not post any candidate to any examination town (or group of towns) other than the one chosen by the candidate at the point of registration. Candidates are, however, advised to register on time before the available spaces in their town of choice or group of towns are exhausted and therefore no longer available.

4. OPTIONAL MOCK-EXAMINATION
As was done last year, the Board will also conduct a mock examination in all the accredited CBT centres to prepare and familiarise INTERESTED Candidates with the CBT environment. Interested candidates are advised to indicate their interest in the mock examination during registration provided it is on or before 31st December, 2017.

The MOCK examination shall commence from Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th January, 2018. The CBT Centres are allowed to collect, through their bank accounts, a separate Seven Hundred Naira (N700) only, for this exercise from only interested candidate after notification of centre has been received by the candidate.

The payment for mock examination by the candidate shall be made to the centre to which the candidate is assigned after the notification of assigned centres for the mock examination. No Association or body is permitted to run any mock examination on behalf of JAMB.

Note: Do not pay for mock until jamb assigns you to a cbt centre. no one should patronise fraudsters, many of whom are now in custody for defrauding prospective candidates. only jamb accredited cbt centres can do valid registration and serve as examination centres.

5. DIRECT ENTRY (DE)
Candidates with one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission by Direct Entry:

i. A minimum of O'Level credit pass in five (5) subjects at not more than two sittings with at least two prescribed subjects (for each discipline) at Principal or Advanced level. No subject shall be counted twice at both Ordinary and Advanced Level.

ii. Two passes (in prescribed subjects for each discipline) at the Advanced-Level Examination of IJMB, Cambridge, JUPEB or Institute of Baccalaureate with SSCE/GCE, NTS/NBC credits equivalents in three other subjects.

iii. Passes in two major subjects in the NCE with S.S.C.E., NTC/NBC credits or equivalents in THREE other subjects (mainly for Education Courses) and ND. For Education courses, Education may be accepted as a third A' Level subject.

iv. Minimum of lower credit grade in National Diploma or National Innovation Diploma and the O'Level requirements.

DE candidates will be required to provide their jamb registration numbers with which they gained admission to NCE/NID/DIPLOMA and previous degree programmes. Qualifications awarded by examination bodies (IJMB, CAMBRIDGE, WAEC, JUPEB, etc.) approved by nigeria shall not require any prior JAMB number.

6. NOVELS TO BE READ FOR THE 2018 UTME
For the Use of English examination, UTME candidates are expected to read IN DEPENDENCE by Sarah Ladipo  Manyika while Direct Entry candidates are to read THE LAST DAYS AT FORCADOS HIGH SCHOOL by A.H. Mohammed.

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO SEE:
Comprehensive summary of JAMB's novel, IN DEPENDENCE.
SUMMARY OF THE LAST DAYS AT FORCADOS HIGH SCHOOL
JAMB'S SUBJECT COMBINATION FOR ALL COURSES
JAMB'S SYLLABUS AND BROCHURE
ACCREDITED CBT REGISTRATION CENTRES FOR 2018 JAMB EXAMINATION 

6. WHAT ALL CANDIDATES ARE EXPECTED TO DO
All candidates are expected to:

i. Pay NOT more than N700 as Service Charge to the CBT Centre.

ii. Provide Biodata including Date of Birth, Nationality, State of Origin, Local Government, Gender, e-mail address, among others.

iii. Provide choice of Institutions and Programmes (Disciplines).

iv. Provide qualification with grades and dates if not awaiting result.

v. Upload relevant certificates, if not awaiting result.

vi. O/L and or A/L grades are to be provided by candidates. Candidates who are awaiting results should supply the results online as soon as they are available on JAMB's portal. No recommendations from any Institution will be considered by JAMB if the candidate has not supplied his/her result on the portal of JAMB.

vii. Supply JAMB registration number for previous institutional certificates for DE only.

viii. Provide UTME subjects and choice of examination town(s) for
  • Mock examination (optional).
  • Examination for UTME (actual examination).
ix. Do picture capture (no scanning of passport photograph).

x. Do Biometric enrolment (ten fingers).

xi. Review entries and confirm correctness.

xii. Print Registration Slip using biometric authentication.

xiii. Collect, at no other cost, the reading text and CD.

xiv. Collect e-slip at the end of registration as evidence of registration.

xv. There will be no offline registration, as all the accredited CBT centres have been empowered for real time online registration. No candidate should register at any centre other than the accredited CBT centre and JAMB State-Offices. Any candidate who is registered outside approved centres will be identified and disqualified.

7. HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE 2018 JAMB EXAMINATION?
Below are the step-by-step procedures for the 2018 JAMB examination.

STEP 1 : PROFILE REGISTRATION 
The profile registration is as simple as sending a text to JAMB Short Code 55019 from any of the Mobile Phone Networks. To register your profile, send your name in this order: surname, first name and middle name (if any) as text (SMS) to 55019. For  example, Tammy Isaac Reuben. Surname and First Name are mandatory while Middle Name is optional. Name could be maximum of 38 characters + 2 spaces between names = 40 characters.

After you've done that, a profile code of 10 characters will be sent to the telephone number you used in sending the message.

Note: The Cell phone number used for the text message is automatically tied to your name and will be used in all communications related to your 2018 Application/Examination.

How do I correct a mistake in my Name?
Send (CORRECT Surname First-Name Middle-Name) to 55019 as a text message from your mobile number used for Profile Registration.

How do I Retrive a lost Profile Code?
Send RESEND to 55019 as text message from the same mobile number.

STEP 2: PROCUREMENT OF EPIN.
After successfully registering your profile, you procure the 2018 JAMB ePin that will enable you register for the examination.

WHERE CAN I PROCURE THE 2018 JAMB ePIN?
There are different channels for the procurement of ePIN. A candidate should choose the one that is convenient for him/her. Here is a list of the channels for the procurement of JAMB ePIN:
  • NIPOST and eleven Participating Banks (ACCESS, ECOBANK, FIRSTBANK, FCMB, FIDELITY, JAIZ, SKYE, STERLING, UNION, UNITY and ZENITH).
  • Four Mobile Money Operators: Paga, e-Tranzact (PocketMoni), TEASYPay and Packway.
  • Two participating Micro Finance Banks: FUD MFB (Dutse) and Regent MFB (Abuja).
  • Two online Payment Platforms: SystemSpecs (Remita) and InterSwitch (Quickteller).
  • POS (Citi-Serve) - This is available at State Offices of JAMB + CBT Centres, other POS outlets and any CBT Centre that demands it.
  • ATMs of banks listed above (InterSwitch).
  • USSD (NIBSS & ERCAS) for mobile banking.
  • Nigerian Embassies in Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Buea, Cotonou, Jeddah, Johannesburg
  • and London.
You can procure your ePIN using any of the following methods or payment procedures:

i. Payment through banks including micro finance banks / pos / mobile money operators
If you want to pay using this method, you have to visit any of the designated banks for the 2018 JAMB registration. Once you get there, you will be requested to present Profile Code and pay by cash or ATM card (with the use of POS). Your ePIN is then delivered to your unique telephone number.

ii. Payment using ATM
  • Slot your ATM card into the ATM of any of the aforementioned banks. 
  • Select Bill Payment
  • Click/select JAMB
  • Enter Profile Code and make payment. 
After a successful transaction, your ePIN is then delivered to your telephone number.

iii. Online payment on JAMB Portal 
  • Visit JAMB's website: www.jamb.gov.ng
  • Click Purchase of 2018 Application Document
  • Enter your Profile Code
  • Select payment method (InterSwitch or Remita)
  • Make payment
Your ePIN is then delivered to your unique telephone number.

iv. Payments using USSD (NIBSS/ERCAS)
  • Dial *565*6*55019#
  • Enter Profile Code.
  • Select bank and follow the prompts to complete payment.
Your ePIN is then delivered to the candidate's unique telephone number.

PAYMENT PROCEDURE FOR CANDIDATES IN THE EIGHT FOREIGN COUNTRIES
Registration fee for candidates from the eight foreign countries is $20 or its equivalent in each of the eight countries. Candidates from the eight foreign countries are to download the Application form from the Board's website (www.jamb.gov.ng) complete and submit it with the fee at the their designated centres as indicated on the website.

How do I recover my lost ePIN after payment?
Send UTMEPIN or DEPIN  to 55019 for UTME orDE respectively from your unique telephone number. The ePIN would then be retrieved and delivered on your unique number.

STEP 3: PROCEED TO ANY OF THE ACCREDITED CBT CENTRES
After procuring ePIN, you proceed to any JAMB accredited CBT Centre of your choice for completion of registration. Your name as typed by your phone when registering the profile comes up automatically on the input of the ePIN by the CBT centre.

8. IMPORTANT NOTICE
1. All candidates must mandatorily register their profiles through text messages as illustrated above before proceeding to buy the ePIN.

2. The registration fee is non-refundable.

3. As it is the practice, centres are allowed to charge not more than Seven Hundred Naira (N700) only as registration fee. Any centre that charges more than Seven Hundred Naira    should be reported to JAMB for appropriate sanctions.

4. All CBT centres have been mandated to select any of the participating banks, MMOs, MFBs, etc. These financial institutions are to be present at the CBT centres for the purpose of collecting all fees. No CBT centre staff is allowed to conduct direct cash transaction with the candidates.

5. Candidates are advised to read and understand the guidelines on admission and instructions on how to complete the online registration before commencing the process of registration.

6. Multiple registrations are not allowed. Candidates who register more than once will be identified and disqualified.

7. Candidates should note that they are required to be present and take live photograph which will be embossed on their result slips and admission letters. No scanned/stapled passport photograph is allowed.

8. Candidates are to note that irrespective of their choice of course of study, they will also be tested on a general text: “In Dependence” by Sarah Ladipo Manyika for UTME and “The Last Days at Forcados High School” by A.H. Mohammed for Direct Entry Candidates.

9. Candidates/Officials would not be allowed to enter into the examination centre with wristwatch, Phone, electronic device, or any pen/biro. Only common pencil is allowed.

10. Candidates are warned that the Board does not require nor authorise the services of ANY cyber cafe or establishment other than the accredited CBT centres for this exercise.

The unique cell (phone) number with associated profile code have been designed to put candidates in control of all communication in respect of registration and examination and prevent extortion by unscrupulous people. do not surrender the control of your application process and make yourself vulnerable to untoward practices.

5 Hilarious advantages of fuel scarcity (gas shortage) by Elnathan John

5 Hilarious advantages of fuel scarcity (gas shortage) by Elnathan John

Nigerians will always make the best out of the worst situation. I never knew fuel scarcity or gas shortage (in Standard English) has advantages until I came across Elnathan_John's tweets. I know it is very annoying to speak of the advantages of a problem every Nigerian is currently facing, but you should know that life is too short for you to bother yourself with societal problems. Therefore, I urge you to lighten up and share in Elnathan_John's sense of humour.


Below are his five advantages of fuel scarcity (gas shortage).
5 Hilarious advantages of fuel scarcity (gas shortage) by Elnathan John




A Facebook user reveals why he does not like showing ladies his private part.

A Facebook user reveals why he does not like showing ladies his private part.

This is why a Facebook user, Charles Charjoe Chukaokeke, vowed never to show his private part one.

He writes:

I won't forget in a hurry the very first day I showed her MY PRIVATE PART. It was just so glaring by her actions that she had always wanted to see it. It even got to a point that she had to one day push me so hardly to the wall, and that really hit my private part so terribly. Gosh! I'm sure you know how painful that could be. I however, insisted I wouldn't just show her yet.

But why is she so bent on seeing it? Okay I think I remember; I once told her that my private part was so monstrous and efficient. The last time I showed it to a particular girl, it was just so massive for her to accommodate. Hmmm, such a poor girl though. Why has nature made my private part so unnatural? Anyway, since that day I vowed never to show any other person my private part!

One night, she walked into my room while I was half asleep. She was unusually half dressed. Yet again she repeated the same action, and my private part got uncontrollably aroused. I couldn't help but pounce on her like a wounded lion. She was subsequently left gasping for breath on the bed as I walked away. That is the reason why I try as much not to show off my anger which is that private part of mine. If only she knew how my private part felt, then she'd never attempt arousing my anger!
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December 19, 2017

16 Common English errors you should leave in the hands of 2017

16 Common English errors you should leave in the hands of 2017


As 2017 gradually comes to an end, my earnest prayer for you (my reader) is a prosperous 2018. You shall prosper financially, academically, spiritually, physically and grammatically! Although I have prayed, you must work very hard to ensure that they come to pass because "faith without work is dead". In other words, if you must achieve financial prosperity, you must put in place or do certain things that will elevate your financial status; if you must excel academically, you must "study to show thyself approved". In like manner, if your 2018 must be grammatically prosperous, you must leave the following grammatical blunders in 2017:
16 Common English errors you should leave in the hands of 2017
1. Don't say "I forgot my phone at home" but say "I forgot my phone" or "I left my phone at home". The reason is that you can't use the verb "forget" when mentioning where you left something; you use "leave" instead.

2. The habit of calling SPAGHETTI (a kind of pasta in the shape of long, thin strings) "supergative" should end in 2017. This is a common error in Nigeria. It might sound funny, but it is an obvious truth.

3. Don't say "There is no two ways about it" but say "There are no two ways about it". In the former, the rule of Concord is broken. There is no agreement between the verb "is" and the noun/noun phrase, "two boys".

4. Don't say "lacking behind" but say "lagging behind" as in "The girl is lagging behind".

5. Don't say "crack your brain" but say "rack your brain". You are expected to "rack" your brain when presented with a puzzle in order to get it correctly.

6. Don't say "low current" but say "low voltage". When Nigerians say "low current", they actually mean "low voltage".

7. Don't say "headquarter" but say "headquarters" when referring to the head office of an organization regardless of its number.

8. Don't write "sister in-law" but write "sister-in-law". This is also applicable to mother, daughter, brother and father.

9. Don't say "funny enough" but say "funnily enough"; e.g., Funnily enough, I was just trying to call you before you came.

10. Don't say "the English alphabets" but say "26 letters of the English alphabet" or "the English alphabet".

11. Don't say "I am a staff of Tammy's company" but say "I am a member of staff of Tammy's company".

12. Don't say "ATM machine" but say "ATM". When you say "ATM machine", this is what you mean "Automated Teller Machine machine". This is also applicable to similar abbreviations like "GTB bank" and "BVN number". Please, avoid these obvious errors.

13. Don't say "stuffs" but say "stuff". In Nigeria, you often hear statements like "get my stuffs out of the car" or "get me my stuffs". LOL! The word "stuff" is uncountable; that is, it does have a plural form. Therefore, you should always say "stuff".

14. Don't say "the both (of you)" but say "both (of you)".

15. Don't say "don't take it personal" but say "don't take it personally". Despite the popularity of the former, the latter is grammatically correct. "Personally" as an adverb is modifying the verb "take".

16. Don't say "the job is tasking" but say "the job is taxing".

17. You can add to the list via the comment box.

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