Category Archive : Travel

China No Longer Issuing Visa To Nigerians

The Chinese Government has announced that it is suspending the issuance of Visa to Nigerians as part of its plan to contain and defeat the deadly Coronavirus affecting its territory.

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, made the announcement on Monday, stating that China is concerned about the health of foreign nationals visiting their country, hence the need to curb influx of people into the country.

“Life comes first. The Chinese Government is committed to safeguarding the lives and health of the Chinese people.

“We will, in a responsible manner, safeguard the life of every foreign national in China and address their legitimate concerns in a timely manner.

“We will continue to strengthen communication and coordination with the international community and work hand in hand for the epidemic prevention and control,” he said.

He made it known that a total of 60 Nigerians are living in Wuhan city where the virus first broke out, but no Nigerian in China has been infected yet so far.

How To Protect Yourself From Deadly Coronavirus

Workers at Incheon International Airport South Korea spray antiseptic solution at the arrival lobby to prevent against coronovirus. Photo credit: SUH MYUNG-GEON

Coronovirus is simply a group of viruses that cause diseases such as diarrhea in mammals, birds, cows, pigs and upper respiratory diseases in chicken. Transmitted to humans, the virus causes respiratory infections which are very deadly.

According to the World Health Organization, Coronaviruses are associated with common cold, pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and also affect the gut.

The virus enter the body through nose and mouth, then finds a host cell in the respiratory system, this cell then burst and infects other cells. Photo credit:getbodysmart

Current Occurrence: The disease has been found in The USA, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, France, Australia, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Macau, Philippines and the UK.

In China where it has recorded the highest cases, more than 1,975 people have been infected with about 54 dying from the virus.

Symptoms: Running nose, cough, sore throat, fever, high temperature.

Transmission: The virus is transmitted from animals to man and it’s first transmission is assumed to be from a snake at the South China seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, China.

The virus is transmitted through droplets of an infected person’s cough or sneeze and also when touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles, tables and hand shakes.

Prevention According To WHO:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs.
  • No unprotected contact with live or farm animals.

Degree of Fatality: The coronavirus is so deadly that patients may die within two weeks of contacting the virus. A single carrier of the virus who travelled from the Middle East to South Korea infected 186 people and caused 38 deaths.

Currently there is no cure nor vaccine for the virus. Efforts are being made in China, United States and some other countries to create cure for it.

Difference Between a Coronavirus And a Normal Flu Virus:

Although Coronaviruses and flu viruses cause similar symptoms, they are genetically very different.

Professor Neil Ferguson, a disease outbreak scientist at Imperial College London explains the difference, “Flu viruses incubate very rapidly – you tend to get symptoms two to three days after being infected, but coronaviruses take much longer…

flu virus you become immune but there are lots of different viruses circulating. Coronaviruses don’t evolve in the same way as flu with lots of different strains, but equally our body doesn’t generate very good immunity.” he added.

Similar Deadly Viruses In Time Past:

  1. The 1918 Spanish flu or H1N1 virus that killed an estimated 50-100million people.
  2. Asian flu of 1957 that killed about 2million humans.
  3. Hong Kong flu of 1968 with a casualty of 1million people.
  4. The 2009 Swine flu caused by the same H1N1 virus killed about 575,000 people.

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Buhari Makes A Major Announcement On Nigerian Border

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has initiated a border free movement for all Africans with an African Visa entering into Nigeria beginning January 1, 2020.

The President made the announcement at the Aswam forum holding in Egypt. He gave his commitment to a free movement of Africans within Africa.

With that announcement, Nigeria will become the first country in Africa to embrace an open border movement of African citizens within Africa. This simply means that any African citizen entering Nigeria will not need to hold a Nigerian Visa at point of entry as long as he holds a valid passport of his home country.

Pictures of Buhari at the forum:

Reactions have continued to trail this major announcement as many well meaning Nigerians including prominent members of the opposition have commended the initiative. One of such commendations came from Ben Bruce, former Senator of the 8th assembly.

Nigerians Wonder As Oyo State Governor Introduces New Style Of Transportation

The Oyo State Governor Mr Makinde has introduced a new type of motorcycle for commercial transportation in the State.

The bikes which were showcased around the State capital has caused a lot of reactions from Oyo citizens and Nigerians alike as some have described it as funny looking while others query if this is the modern transport system he sees in developed countries.

The motorcycles are just regular bikes that are fitted with transparent covers to shield both rider and passenger from rain and direct sunlight.

More pictures of the motorcycles below:

Quite an invention isn’t it?

White Man Angry That His Request For Nigerian Citizenship Is Denied Because He Married A Nigerian Woman

A foreign national has added his voice to the controversial citizenship laws in Nigeria that gives men the privilege of marrying foreign women and having them get citizenship in Nigeria while Nigerian men can’t guarantee same for their foreign husbands.

The foreigner

The man who is married to a Nigerian woman has been living and working in Nigeria for a couple of years now, tried to get a Nigerian citizenship but was rejected because he is married to a woman.

Frustrated, the man took to Twitter to say this:

“I may have to leave Nigeria for a few months because of the absurd law that I can’t use my Wife’s nationality to gain citizenship because she’s a woman. Yet if I were a Nigerian man. Marrying her would grant her the ability to gain citizenship here. Second class women”

Photo of the man and his wife: