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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on 2 March 2018 graduated the first set of in-house trained pilots for its Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), as part of the human capacity development initiatives of the current NAF leadership.

The 5 newly trained RPA pilots were decorated with their ‘wings’ by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base at Maiduguri. The training of the new Pilots commenced in 2016 at the 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna, following which they later converted on the CH-3A RPA. The CH-3A RPA conversion training, which started in May 2017, covered areas such as Ground Academics, General Airmanship, Instruments, Situational Awareness, Radiotelephony, Boldface exercises as well as handling of simulated and real emergencies.

The entire programme lasted about 2 years while the CH-3A RPA specifics phase lasted for 10 months, culminating in check rides for each of the 5 new RPA pilots. At the moment, the new pilots each have nearly a hundred hours each on the CH-3A RPA.   

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Hope Hicks: Close Trump aide and White House communications chief resigns

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks leaves the US Capitol after attending the House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting in Washington, February 27, 2018

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trump’s longest-serving advisers, is to step down, the administration says.

The 29-year-old former model and ex-Trump Organization employee has been by Mr Trump’s side for years.

She is reported to have told colleagues she felt she had accomplished all she could in the White House.

She is the fourth person to serve as White House communications chief.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said it remained unclear when Ms Hicks would leave the administration.

She said her resignation was not connected to testimony she gave to the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.                                   Continue reading

African Athletes Break Barriers at 2018 Winter Olympics

They did it for the culture.

The 2018 Winter Olympics have undoubtedly been a monumental one for African athletes.

Several national teams from across the continent made their triumphant Olympic debuts, challenging years upon years of white domination at the games. These athletes hail from Eritrea, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and more.

These athletes had won the games, even before any medals were awarded, solely based on the fact that their achievements have broken ground for future athletes from the continent.

On Tuesday morning, the Nigerian Women’s bobsled team, led by Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga became the first Africans in history to compete in the bobsled competition finishing in 52.1 seconds and landing in 20th place in Heat 1. Enthusiastic supporters from across the globe rooted for the team as they wen on to make Olympic history.

They’ll compete again tomorrow in a second round of competitions.

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Nigerian Bar Association Rejected My Painting & Went Behind me to Present To The President

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So I did a painting of Buhari to present it to him personally during the NBA conference and was rejected and turned down that the President won’t receive such. I was later told to keep it in the NBA building till another time only to wake up one day and see online that the painting was being presented to him by the NBA without my authoritisation, consent or knowledge as his 75th birthday present 😳.                          Continue reading

Brain size of human ancestors evolved gradually over 3 million years


Modern humans have brains that are more than three times larger than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. Scientists don’t agree on when and how this dramatic increase took place, but new analysis of 94 hominin fossils shows that average brain size increased gradually and consistently over the past three million years.

The research, published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, shows that the trend was caused primarily by evolution of larger brains within populations of individual species, but the introduction of new, larger-brained species and extinction of smaller-brained ones also played a part.

“Brain size is one of the most obvious traits that makes us human. It’s related to cultural complexity, language, tool making and all these other things that make us unique,” said Andrew Du, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago and first author of the study. “The earliest hominins had brain sizes like chimpanzees, and they have increased dramatically since then. So, it’s important to understand how we got here.”

Du began the work as a graduate student at the George Washington University (GW). His advisor, Bernard Wood, GW’s University Professor of Human Origins and senior author of the study, gave his students an open-ended assignment to understand how brain size evolved through time. Du and his fellow students, who are also co-authors on the paper, continued working on this question during his time at George Washington, forming the basis of the new study.                                                             Continue reading

11 Hacks to Get a Flight Upgrade @chaperonabuja


Flying doesn’t have to be a stressful, uncomfortable ride. In fact, it’s relatively easy to travel like a boss. And, no, it doesn’t require outright purchasing a first-class ticket.

From flying at the right time to simply being friendly to the employees at the gate, travel experts spill their flight upgrade secrets.

1. When a flight is oversold, volunteer to get bumped

Airlines are desperate for volunteers when a flight gets oversold, so why not be one of them?

Getting upgraded on your next flight is easier than it seems

Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, says airlines will offer hundreds and even thousands of dollars in travel vouchers when a flight is overbooked. “The secret is that they can also offer other perks, including food vouchers, lounge passes and, yes, even seats in business or first class on your new flight.”                                         Continue reading

BREAKING News: Dana Airline Plane Skids Off Port Harcourt Runway, Aircraft Wing Damaged

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A major tragedy has been averted in Nigeria as a passenger plane belonging to Dana Airlines skid off the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport as it was landing at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

According to an eyewitness, Layefa Walter, a Port Harcourt based oil worker, the flight skid off the runway and a wing of the airplane was damaged.

“Several people were injured. But it looks like nobody has died,” Mr. Walter told The Trent in a telephone conversation.

“Flights have been placed on hold, as we speak,” he said. “We are concerned whether Air France will be cleared to land.”

Other eyewitnesses spoke with our report confirming the incident.

All local flights have been suspended and emergency services have been called to the scene to attend to the injured passengers of Dana Airlines.

There has been no official communication from the airline or the authorities on this incident at the time of this publication.

We will monitor the situation and update this story as more information comes in.