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Nigeria in Deep Sh*t?

THE STORY

My journey back home usually includes a stop at Yaba. This evening was no different from the ones before it. I strolled down to the bus park at Yaba Market where I board a bus home, trying my best to move away from traders who attempt to grab my arm or thrust their wares at me. As I moved towards the gutter, I caught a familiar stench of stale urine that stretches down to the end of the road. I walked really fast to escape the stench. I didn’t go too far when I noticed the side of the gutter messed up with watery stool. I was in immense disgust as I looked away from it at the speed of light. It raises the question, “Why would someone do that?”

Open-Defecation
credit: thequint

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Data Story · Statistics

Like It or Not, NIPOST Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon.

One would think that by now the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) would have phased-out especially with the advent of the digital age and the availability of better but pricier alternatives like DHL, UPS, etc. Although they provide an important service, this service is plagued by the lack of right tools, poor remuneration, infrastructure, confusing street numbering system, and poorly motivated staff who seem to have contributed to its ineffectiveness. But as problematic as it is, the Postal Service is one of the most important institutions in this country, and they deserve appreciation for their scale, reach, and affordability.

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Data Science · Data Story

Text Analytics: A Tale of Lengthy WhatsApp Messages!

I don’t know whether it’s just me or every other person feels same, but I really do not like lengthy and “forward-this-to” WhatsApp messages. In fact, I don’t even read them! I think I had this notion that WhatsApp was meant for a quick exchange of, “hello, how was your day?” and not, “The story of the Bamboo”, and “… forward this to twelve people you care about, and twelve blessings will come to you this week” – I quickly move from 😕 to 😡 in milliseconds, like seriously? I remember when I first got the application, I presumed that the founders coined the name after exchanging pleasantries – “WhatsApp” as in “What’s up”, that being the case, the app will basically be used for exchanging pleasantries. After using the application for some time my thought process changed. Continue reading “Text Analytics: A Tale of Lengthy WhatsApp Messages!”