Health: Alligator Pepper Validated As A Treatment Option For Covid-19

Alligator Pepper

A group of researchers from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, in collaboration with partners from the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Abuja and Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) has come up with a herbal preparation, tea and soap that have shown immense capability to cure and prevent the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).

The herbal preparations were produced from a local plant Aframomum melegueta (alligator pepper also called grains of paradise) While the team from AAUA was at the forefront of research, design and subsequent pre-clinical studies were contributed by partners at ABUAD and the Centre for Genomics Research and Innovation of NABDA.

The team relied on the ABUAD Multi-System Hospital (AMSH) for clinical trials while patents and approval from the Federal Government via the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are being awaited.

Speaking on the development, the corresponding leader of the team, Dr. Omotuyi, said that the team leveraged on the experiences gained from six years of research into anti- viral medicine for Ebola and Lassa Fever by the Centre for Bio-Computing and Drug Development of AAUA.

In his words, “the team was put together to look into finding a cure for the Corona Virus Disease using locally available materials and we were able to find a local plant from which we got three fractions that showed excellent promise of curative and preventive properties as far as COVID-19 is concerned.

“Our laboratory trials were able to prove that if the herbal drug we discovered is administered on a COVID-19 patient, the probability of being cured is very high. In addition, we produced soap and herbal tea from this same local plant, and the result we got was that the soap shows the ability to kill the Corona Virus that might be on the surface of the body. The tea, on the other hand, shows properties that literally render whoever regularly takes it protected.

“We have done our bit and we have our results. Our various laboratory tests show that the products are safe for human use and have no adverse effect whatsoever. We are in the process of patent registration; we now await funding for further development and distribution. Our capacity to produce these products is not in doubt. In fact, the ABUAD end has come up with its own drugs, but cannot distribute until the government grants the approval.”

Omotuyi further stated, “These ones we have come up with are well researched, documented, trialed and analysed by experts both from within and outside the country.”

“Extract of A. melegueta was however inhibitory on both measles and yellow fever viruses. Measles virus was inhibited at a minimum concentration of 125 µg/ml and yellow fever virus was inhibited at a minimum concentration of 250 µg/ml. Polio virus was resistant to extracts of both plants. This is a characteristic of this virus. Poliovirus is a non-envelop virus infecting through the gastrointestinal tract and causes poliomyelitis due to its ability to evade the acidic nature of this tract. This is a kind of natural defense mechanism. It is therefore not surprising that extracts of the two plants had no effect on the poliovirus type 1. Although, extract of B. vulgaris was only potent on measles virus in-view of medicinal plant applications, extracts with broad-spectrum activities and minimal cytotoxic effects might be more important.

“It is interesting to attempt to correlate the traditional applications of the plant extracts with the microbial targets. In the case of B. vulgaris, this is feasible since the extract of this plant had activity only on measles virus.

“Antiviral activities observed with extract from A. melegueta had a broader activity since it inhibited the growth of both measles and yellow fever viruses. The antiviral activities observed with these plants are most probably due to the phytochemicals in the plants. Such phytochemicals, according to Ekwete (1992) include tannin, phenolic compounds, saponins, flavonoids and protocatectic acid among others.

Nigerian researchers had identified ginger, garlic, onion, bitter kola, alligator pepper, black seed, turmeric, bitter leaf, zinc and vitamin C to have the capacity to prevent and treat COVID-19.


Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho Gives The Super Eagles Of Nigeria The Lead Against Egypt

Nigeria defeated Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations opener on Tuesday, with Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho scoring the goal needed to lead the Super Eagles to victory.

Iheanacho’s goal came in the 30th minute, helping lead Nigeria past Mohamed Salah’s Egypt in their Group D opener.

The finish from the Nigerian forward was a spectacular one, as he took a touch in the box before rocketing a shot past Mohammed El Shenawy for the game’s only goal.

The Leicester star fired the Super Eagles to a tournament-opening victory in Cameroon on Tuesday night

What a finish
Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho gives the super eagles of Nigeria the lead against Egypt


iHatch – How To Apply For The 5 Month Free Intensive Incubation Program

Idea Hatch (iHatch) is a 5-month free intensive incubation program organized by the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The program was created to refine the business model of Nigerian entrepreneurs through a series of mentoring, lectures, and bootcamps to develop scalable business models in Nigeria.

Program benefits include:

  • free offline/online interactive training
  • free coworking space at NCAIR, Abuja mentoring sessions with tech specialists
  • networking opportunities
  • funding opportunities


  • Individual/groups willing to establish a legal company and began business operations in Nigeria
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old
  • Sectors: All sectors (e.g Agrictech, Fintech, Health tech, etc)

Visit iHatch website for registration and more information. Application deadline is 31st January, 2022.


5 Best Wildlife Parks To View Africa Big 5

The African continent enjoys a vast and ever-changing landscape from lusciously fertile jungles through to the hot, arid desert.

If you are visiting anywhere in Africa there are some breath-taking places you won’t want to miss out on. These are the greatest travel destinations on the African continent.

  1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Arguably one of the most amazing natural events in the world, the Wildebeest Migration is an impressive movement to witness. The migration takes place among the open plains of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara of Kenya.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

More than a million wildebeest and zebra move towards greener pastures. The mass movement is a tense journey for the herbivores as they are followed closely by various predators hoping to benefit from the stragglers’ weaknesses. One of the best ways to see the Wildebeest Migration is from the air in a hot air balloon.

2. Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Lake Nakuru is one of the best places in Africa to see rhinos in their natural habitat. The African rhinoceros is under threat, but in Lake Nakuru, they are protected and you will have a good chance of seeing them in the world. Lake Nakuru is also known for its bird migration and a place where you can see thousands of flamingoes flying along its shore.

Lake Nakuru is an alkaline lake that attracts many species of birds and wildlife to its shores. When booking a tour of Kenya, be sure to include this in your itinerary.

3. Chobe National Park, Botswana

It is quite memorable cycling the elephant highway through Chobe National Park. Along the paved road cycling 800 km in just five days, you will wonder what lurked behind the long grass.

Home to Africa’s largest concentration of elephants, camping among elephant dung and wondered when the next herd would walk through the camp will give you an exciting time!

One of the most unique African safaris we took was on a riverboat in Chobe where we floated along the waters watching wildlife gaze upon the shore. You can even visit Chobe on a day trip from Victoria Falls if you are in Zambia and want to add another country on your Africa bucket list.

4. Virunga National Park – Rwanda and Uganda

The chain of volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Mountains lies on the border of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Their spectacular beauty is due to their luscious and fertile slopes. The Virunga Mountains are also the only remaining home of the severely endangered mountain gorillas.

Virunga Mountains

We met the world’s premier gorilla expert Ian Redmond while traveling in India and have wanted to visit the gorillas ever since. While haven’t actually visited the Gorillas yet, we do feel we know a lot after meeting Ian and talking with Rwanda Tourism.

Virunga National Park and the Virunga Mountains are home to other interesting animals such as Chimpanzees, forest elephants and the okapi (a mammal similar to the giraffe but with much shorter legs and neck, they have stripes down their legs).

5. Kruger National Park – South Africa

When cycling the South African nations from Zambia to South Africa, Kruger National Park is the premier wildlife viewing game reserve in the country.

It is South Africa’s premier safari destination. But if you base yourself in Johannesburg, this is the place to go to see Africa’s big 5.


BBNaija Star Liquorose Rocks Shimmering Blue Dress to Mark 2m Followers

Roseline Afije known as Liquorose

Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) ex-housemate, Roseline Afije who is better known as Liquorose never ceases to keep her fans impressed with her sense of style and this time is no different.

The flash photos see the president of the Liquolions in a cross back blue dress. Rocking long dark braids, Liquorose made sure to flaunt what her mama gave her in the stunning shimmery number.

To celebrate this social media feat, the professional dancer took to her page to share some absolutely gorgeous photos of herself.

The Shine Ya Eyes star who is one of the few housemates with pretty high social media engagement has finally hit 2 million followers on Instagram. Sharing the photos, she captioned:


“Thank you to my 2M Family love everyone of y’all, God bless.”


Saudi Arabia Based Qassim University Announces Full Scholarship For Prospective MSc Students From Nigeria, Others

Qassim University Council

A Saudi-Arabia based tertiary institution, Qassim University is offering a full funded scholarships for Master of Science (MSc) prospective applicants from Nigeria and other countries.

The core area of study is computer-related.

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs disclosed this on Wednesday.

The council described the announcement as a great chance for Nigerian students who desire to further their studies.

“Here is a great chance for prospective students around the world to get a fully funded scholarship for studying a master degree (MSc) in Computer Science, Information Technology and Computer Engineering at the College of Computer at Qassim University,” the council stated on its Facebook page.

According to the details on the flier, scholarship benefits include monthly stipend, free accommodation, tuition fees, and a round trip ticket per year.

Part of the requirement for consideration is that applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3 out of 5 or equivalent and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering or a relative degree.

The institution fixed January 31 as deadline for applications.

The university was established based on the directives of the Saudi government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.


18 Best And Luxury Nightwears For Women’s Comfort At Night

With these bedtime nightwears, you can have ideas to spend a better time on what you can be more relaxing when you want to go straight to sleep, have a love night, or a cosy reading time. Other than specifically going to sleep, people also love to lounger around their house in their pair of favourite pyjamas or lie casually on the sofa watching TV with a pack of popcorns.

Diversifying the types of nightwear according to the body huggers, shape wears, undergarments, sexy lingerie, comfy pajamas, or curl up to cosy winter suits, we have brought different designs of nightwear women’s would love to have for themselves. The cosiness and warmth in the night suit make one truly relax and let go of the tension of the day.

Here are the new collections:

  1. One Piece Honeymoon Red Nightwear:

A honeymoon is a special moment for all women. The precious time with her love is spent, especially creating moments of love memorable for the lifetime. They love time with your love can be made more alluring and romantic with the specially designed luxury nightwear for women for the motive of a love night for sure. A red colour laced shoulder strip and above knee sized, chest fit nightwear is no doubt the best choice for one to seduce her loved one.

2. Girls Cotton Nightwear Jumpsuit:

Jumpsuits with comfy fabric are the latest nightwear for women are now a day’s very much in. the hosiery material is stretchable and soft to the skin. Jumpsuits are the latest collections famous among women for their night time. The best part of the jumpsuit nightwear covers the body without the mess of elastic belts to hand the pyjamas. The entire suite is comfortably hanging on the body.

3. Full Sleeve Nightwear:

Suppose you are a lover of warm and cosy feel sleeper. The full sleeve and body shaper nightwear for women designed specially to keep the body fully entangled to the soft nightwear is best for such women. The best part of such nightwear is that you can even go for a walk into it or for the morning yoga time; such nightwear can be the best suit for the time.

4. Cotton Nightwear Sleep Shorts for Teens:

Sleep shorts are one of the most favourite nightwear among young girls. The comfortable shorts feel you at home. Girls with lovely shaped legs and maintained thighs can look adorable in shorts. The soft material used for night sleep shorts is also appealing to keep the shorts on even when lounger around the house. Nightdress for girls is stitched to fit well and comfortably.

5. Girls Cute One Piece Nightwear:

This nightwear dress for ladies is one-piece long nightwear for women looks sexy as well as comfortable being on your own. Young girls with a shaped body look cute in such night wears. The most appealing part of one piece night wear is that the above-knee length lets your legs open and bring out all girly feelings in your room.

6. Cotton Nightwear Gown:

Cotton is considered one of the best nightwear for women as the fabric feels soft and naturally made, suiting the body temperature. This nightdress for women is a gown with ankle-length that can be comfortable and relaxing as its loose stitch and freestyle design make one feel comfortable. Gowns come in different styles. You can see with sleeves and off sleeves gown as well.

7. Checkered British Night Pajamas:

British women much choose checkered print women nightwear. The design is eyecatching and gives a classic look to the wearer. The cotton material in such nightwear is the best. The nightwear suits best with a shirt style top and loose pajamas for the pants. The pants and top match in patterns and is a top preferred ladies nightwear.

8. Side Slit Cotton Nighty Slip:

With a soft and smooth feeling of a slip that soothes soft to the skin, a luxury nightwear slip for women feels so comfortable under the mink. The sleeveless slip gets fit to your body according to the shape. It is also available in an elastic material that fits any size. The strips are broad enough to make you feel easy on the shoulders, even without the inner wears. This is a sexy night dress that you can try.

9. Oversized Quoted T-Shirts for Nightwear:

Quoted nightwear is the latest nightdresses among young girls. The quotes especially talk about night and dreams or anything related to bed. Cute images are also seen on such nightdresses. Women prefer long t-shirts with quotes in them to make them feel more chic beautiful even at night.

10. Cartoon Character Nightwear for Women:

Cartoon characters are not the only favourite among small children, but some cute baby minded young girls love to flatter with cartoon characters around them in their private time. Young girls even love to linger around in their room, giving themselves beauty treatments as well. Such cartoons prints nightwear make them feel young and small.

11. Three-Quarter Sleeves Laced Nightwear for Girls:

Three-quarter sleeves in women nightwear are very rare in choice, but the design looks ravishing on young girls. Looker girls find it attractive to be in the laced light pink two-piece nightwear. The thick laces on such designs speak high for its design. We can get laced nightwear in all designs.

12. Black Four Piece Wedding Nightwear Dresses:

Wedding night suits for women nightwear are considered one of the luxury night suits—the black colour that is highly beguiling among them. The glowing skin from the black cutouts of the nightwear seduces the partner for sure. One gets four tempting designs for night wear designed to make the first night special. A pair of lingerie, two pieces of striped top and shorts, fully laced similar to transparent and a one-piece top laced with beautiful bra shaper, covered with a similarly laced robe covering the beauty inside it.

13. Transparent Sexy Nightwear for Women:

Bold women, confident with their looks, independently choose transparent nightwear. The zivame collections and the jockey designs arightwear for women, highly seductive and alluring for love nights. Couples who need some spice in their love life will surely go for the lingerie to ignite their passion for love in them because black is the new cool!

14. Night Kaftans for Women:

Kaftans are also today’s latest night wear for women. The distinct design of kaftans is very comfortable at night. The loose sleeves and oversize kind of design makes one feel free with their night suit on. There are gown style kaftans as well as top and bottom two paired kaftan. The design particularly differs from the sleeves of the top. Unless stitched to the hands’ shape, it is simply loose, dropping from the shoulders to the hands.

15. Blue Night Maxi for Women:

Maxi is the evergreen night suits for women continued to be a hot favourite among women for ages. The long gown kind maxi is designed beautifully to fit awesome on women figure. The maxis come in different designs, stretchable as well as a loose fit. Some have belts on the waistline, while some have fleets from the waistline to the bottom. The length of the maxi nightwear is to the ground covering the feet. This girls nightwear is another popularly preferred nightwear by ladies.

16.Three Piece Wedding Nightwear Women’s:

Black and red nightwear for women are considered hot colours for women who want to love for the night. The skin glows out of the dark red and black colour night wear. The three luxury piece nightwear has a striped top and shorts in one piece, a slip laced on the chest part, and a robe covering beautiful designs in the inner part.

17. Two-Piece Wedding Nightwear:

Moments of love are not limited to time. One can have loved any moment when they feel special for each other. The laced silky fabric women nightwear is seductive and attractive, making one resistant to feeling in love with. This nightdress for a girl is two-piece nightwear, out of which one is backless striped slip length till the knees or even shorter. And the other is a robed king with similar material covering the beauty of the lady.

18. White Laced Nightwear Dresses:

Amazing cuts and stitches with laces covering a lady’s beauty highly allures for love for the night. The white coloured night suit for women look admiring in the moonlight. A moment spent special for love for the night can be made more memorable with such classic sexy nightwear. The stripped shoulders and back look enticing.


Watch The Video: Dancer Poco Lee Rejected Singer Burna Boy’s Offer At A Nightclub

Poco Lee and Burna Boy

A video making the rounds on social media shows the moment Nigerian singer, Burna Boy felt disappointed after popular dancer, Poco Lee rejected his offer.

The duo were having fun in a night club when Burna offered what he was smoking to the Poco who then politely turned it down.

In the video clip, after Poco Lee refused to take the smoke, Burna then took his seat but his facial expression suggested that he wasn’t too happy about it.

Poco noticed that someone was filming them and he smiled while gesturing at the person to probably stop.


Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ Album Garnered Over A Billion Streams In 2021


Nigerian iconic singer, songwriter and performer, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid has hit a massive milestone with his ‘Made in Lagos’ album.

The classic album, which was released in 2020, and its deluxe version, released in 2021, is now accorded as a global album and, for the year 2021, garnered over a billion streams across all music streaming platforms.

The deluxe version, which included four additional songs, including the Essence remix, which featured Canadian popstar Justin Bieber, had 410.15 million streams on Apple Music, 324.06 million on YouTube, 313.7 million streams on audiomack, 312.7 million streams on Spotify, and 48.7 million streams on Boomplay as of December 31st, 2021.


You Won’t Believe What Mr. Macaroni Said About Davido’s Father

Comedian, Mr. Macaroni

Nigerian Comedian, Debo Adedayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, on Wednesday revealed that Deji Adeleke, father to singer Davido, bought him his first laptop ever.

The funnyman took to his Twitter page to state that Adeleke was one of his greatest inspirations, who taught him the act of giving and helping others.

In a Twitter thread, the comedian wrote, “If you think Davido is a great giver or is easily accessible, then you need to meet his dad, Dr. Deji Adeleke.

Dr. Adeleke is one of my greatest inspirations. Since the days of SDA Magodo, I learned the art of giving and helping others from him.

“When I first got admission into the university, Dr. Deji Adeleke bought me my first laptop ever. For every time I needed money in school, all it took was for me to send a text message. I abused the access, but he remained kind and generous.

“God bless you Chairman. Thank you for everything. This is why I rarely get upset when it comes to these matters. Through Chairman, I learned simplicity, humility, and above all, love.

“This and other reasons is why the love in my heart will forever be greater than the hate in the world. Love always.”