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Product Review: Unboxing the iXpand Mini Flash Drive

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The iXpand Mini Flash Drive for iOS is the answer to a riddle that Apple has been more than content to allow third-party app developers solve when it comes to file transfers and compatibility with operating systems that are not in the Applesphere.

 


The first thing we noticed about the iXpand Mini Flash Drive is how nimble and light and small it is in size. It sends a mental note (which you’ll observe too) to attach it to a keychain or rope of some sort so as to avoid misplacing it. But not before we tested it out on an iPhone 11. The iXpand Mini flash drive is protected by a transparent housing; simply take out the flash and connect it to your laptop, iPhone or both. This will not be our first use of a dual flash drive but it will be the first dual flash drive used for an iPhone.

One of the problems the iPhone faced early on was that it was not compatibility-friendly unless you had bought into the Apple ecosystem and owned another Apple product (e.g. Macbook and iPad) or had downloaded the iTunes software onto a PC laptop. For reasons best known to them, Apple chose to ignore this issue, alienating or losing potential customers to the more compatibility-friendly Android devices. With the iXpand Mini Flash Drive, this problem appears to have finally been solved.

 


On insertion of the Lightning connector end of the drive into the phone, a notification pops up asking if I would like to download the iXpand Drive app. In this era of every phone function having an application attached to it, the Drive app should not be a problem to navigate around for users. Upon installation, the application itself provides options to backup, transfer and manage all your media and other files (Word, Excel, etc.) between your iPhone or iPad and your computers be it Windows or Macintosh. It accesses files from Apple’s iCloud Drive as well as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox: all third-party cloud storage services. It can also access photos from your social media (you have to grant it access first, of course).

The other side of the drive is the USB-A connector which can easily be inserted into your Windows or Mac PC and functions as a regular thumb drive would. With the iXpand Mini Flash Drive’s speeds of 70MB/s, the user should have no issues transferring content to PC from iPhone/iPad and vice-versa in a timely fashion.

Another significant feature of the app is the ability to take pictures and record videos directly to your drive while it remains inserted in the phone, saving you space on your iPhone without having to even transfer media. Watching video and listening to music files has also now been made easy as the drive supports a multitude of formats (.WMV, .MOV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4)

OUR OPINION

The iXpand Mini Flash Drive is a novel product and will undoubtably be the mainstream tool of choice in terms of storage for iOS devices. Like any flash drive, it comes in a range of storage options: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Looking at the price range, it is a worthwhile purchase as it introduces you to an extremely user-friendly app that helps satisfy all your media needs. In the age of the Internet and social media, free storage space is a luxury so if a drive promises to get rid of my clutter, best believe we will pay the cost to own one.

 

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Emir Of Ilorin @81: A Biography Of Our Highly Revered Emir

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Leader of kings, a political and Islamic leader whose leadership is widely accepted both far and near. A blood of royalty with simple and exemplary lifestyle. A man of many distinctions both in and outside the emirate. Such is Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the emir of Ilorin, a town with many tribes and language yet the most peaceful in Nigeria. Being a judge and a just leader, the emir of Ilorin has diplomatically and enigmatically maintained peaceful coexistence among his people. Apart from his discipline, the nature of the emir has proved to all and sundry that he is a leader to reckon with. No wonder he was among the delegates chosen to reconstruct the future of Nigeria through their wealth of experience at the 2014 National Conference.

EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari had a pure royal birth to the family of Alhaji (Dr.) Muhammad Sulukarnaini Gambari (the 9th Emir of Ilorin) and Hajiya Aisha (Mairamjo Mai Baban Daki) Abdul-Kadir (8th Emir of Ilorin) Bn Shuaib Bawan Allah (7th Emir of Ilorin) on the April 22nd, 1940. Evidence revealed that the young prince started his education in 1945 with the Arabic and Quranic studies at the popular Ile Gbagba Quranic School along Balogun Gambari road under the tutorship of Late Mallam Abdulsalami, popularly known as Audu Imale.

In 1945, despite the royal blood that flows in him, the young prince started primary education at the United Primary School, a community-owned school, contrary to the prevailing tradition of attending Government or Native Authority schools by children of noble birth. Thereafter, in 1957, he proceeded to Offa Grammar School for his secondary education even though he got an admission to attend the famous Barewa College, Zaria. Thereafter, he proceeded to Oakham, England four years after for the completion of his secondary education. In 1963, he obtained his A’ level certificate at the City Westminster College. In 1965, he obtained a degree in Law at the University of London and his LL.M at the same institution in 1967. Within 1967 and 1968, he returned to Nigeria to attend the Nigerian Law School. Even though he started lately, he graduated with his mates and was called to bar at the supreme court of justice.

WORKING EXPERIENCE
After the completion of his education, His Royal Highness Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari went to the chambers of H.O. Davies, QC, and SAN for a year pupilage. Thereafter, in 1969, he joined the old Gongola State Civil Service as a Substantive State Counsel and later rose through the ranks to the position of Principal State Counsel Grade One by January 1975 and by March 15th, was made the Solicitor General of Gongola state.
On 1st of January, 1977, he was appointed the Acting Judge of the High Court in Bauchi, Boro, and Gongola states becoming the youngest judge in Nigeria at that time. After eighteen months of service in this position, he was appointed the Substantive Judge of the High Court of Borno state. Furthering his activities in public service, he was considered due for further promotion and in 1983, was made a Judge of the Court of Appeal and was posted to Ibadan where he served for eight years. Later in 1991, he was transferred to the Lagos state division as the Presiding Justice, this, he held till he was called to ascend to his birth duty as the Emir of Ilorin.

THE 11TH EMIR OF ILORIN
After the death of his uncle, Lamido Mallam Abdul-Kadir (the 10th Emir of Ilorin) Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari was called upon to inherit the throne on his forebears. His appointment took effect on the 18th of August, 1995 and the coronation of the 11th Emir took place on the 11th day of the 11th month (November) of 1995. Since his ascent to the throne, Ilorin has benefited a lot from his wealth of experience and versatility. His reign has been peaceful and prosperous. There have been dramatic change in the social, political, economic and cultural standards of the emirate. His love for education and modernization has helped in transforming the emirate from mere conference Centre of North and South of Nigeria to a Centre of Harmony, Civilization and Tourism. Recently, the Emir championed the renovation of the Ilorin Central Mosque which attracted several donations from home and abroad Nigeria. The commissioning of the refurbished Central Mosques was witnessed by many dignitaries, Kings, Politicians, businessmen among others. The Mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful, well-structured and well-designed mosques in Nigeria.

AWARDS AND HONOURS
Apart from being a youngest judge of the court, he is the Grand-Patron of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU). Equally, the Emir of Ilorin was made the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in the year 2000 and the Chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in 2001 respectively by the president and Commander-in-chief of the Arm forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR). Also in 2008, he was honoured with a Doctorate Degree in Science by the University of Applied Science & Management, Port Novo, Benin Republic among other notable awards and honours attached to his name.

Finally, our Emir, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, his happily married with children and grandchildren. We pray to Allah to continue to increase his wealth and affluence and we also pray that he stays long on the throne of his forefathers.

©Abdulhakeem Abdulkareem
This article was written as part of the publication for the Emirate Flute, an annual publication of the Ilorin Emirates Student Students Union, University of Ilorin chapter in 2015. Abdulhakeem is from Ilorin but currently resides in Abuja, FCT. He can be reached at abdulhakeemabdulkareem27@gmail.com.

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Governor AA: A reference material in Nigeria’s journey towards statehood.

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By Basheer Luqman Olarewaju

31st March, 2021

A distinguished oil magnate, an accomplished politician, a sports loving leader, a youth supporting governor, a successful businessman and philanthropist with special focus on the poorest of the poor and persons living with disabilities, a symbol of excellence and an epitome of strength, caring, charming and a witty man blessed with an open mind. His kind-heartedness is legendary with high administrative capacity and capability.

Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq believes in this wise quote and he exhibits it daily as the executive governor of Kwara State, “Life is not about competing, it is about complimenting each other”. He is a man dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. He is an impeccable man who set excellent standard, a wonderful and indomitable executive who never mind how long it takes him to execute his projects as far as they are impeccable. He is a servant leader, the kind of leadership that Kwara State needs and even our dear country Nigeria needs his kind plus he is a noble leader and pride of Africa as a continent.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is in a class of his own with distinct credible character traits. He is intellectually wealthy and uniquely confident in the affairs of steering wheel of fortune to the state. His commitment towards staging the state of harmony enviable amongst others is without a gainsaying an achievable dream as one would have envisioned his remarkable landmark achievements. Even at a point where the coast seemed unclear and tides and waves of unrest raised to high altitudinal crest and trough, he adopted the saying of Martin Luther King Jnr. “Constructive, non-violent tension is good for growth”.

AbdulRazaq is a renowned and well known philanthropist, public servant and a man of peace. In view of his versatility, ability, agility and organized ways, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has been announced as the chairperson of the National Project Steering and Deployment Committee (NPSDC) for innovative strengthening of smallholder farmers capabilities in Nigeria. The committee’s mandate includes strengthening smallholder farmers’ capabilities towards productive land restoration amid COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Mallam AbdulRazaq has overtime built resilient communities and ensuring food security which was unarguably a pointer to lead the strategic committee. The setting up of the committee came amid the growing stature of AbdulRazaq owing largely to his commitments to issues of sustainable development goals (SDGs) such as education, health, gender equality, climate action, and eradication of poverty, sustainable agriculture and food security, among others.

The developmental strides in the state cut across all sectors, institutions and units which are parts of his blueprint strategy to drive growth and accelerate implementation of innovative projects to improve livelihood of all Kwarans’ capabilities in accordance with the National Development Plan of Nigeria. This administration foregoing layouts would ensure the application of multi-sectoral approach for the deployment of innovative land restoration and energy access to accelerate food security, renewable energy access, land restoration, digital literacy, socio economic impacts, climate resilience, create jobs, and improve the standard of living and human wellbeing.

It is a truism to say that Mallam AbdulRazaq has been a very well known name in public discourse in view of his humility, efficiency, excellence and versatility. In other words, his prolific interventions and interjections constitute a body of discourse which can be used as a reference material in Nigeria’s journey towards statehood.

Moreso, there are certain personalities and authorities that are irresistible to historians, biographers or chroniclers of certain significant epochs either because of the circumstances of their birth, their life or because of their specific and strategic impact of their contributions to their society. His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is known for this. Unarguably, he is a man of impeccable credentials and many qualities rolled into one and highly focused, reasonable and intelligent, performing his duties with utmost diligence, transparency and accountability.

Great philosophers often say that attaining the position of leadership is without doubt a burden bearing in mind that not all leaders possess all that it takes to bear the leadership burden successfully. If a person emerges as a leader in an exceptional circumstance, such a person by whatever standard is without doubt not out of the way. One of such in Nigeria today is, the incumbent executive governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, he was born in Ilorin West Local Government. AbdulRazaq is the son of Alh. A. G. F. AbdulRazaq SAN., the first northern lawyer in Nigeria.

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Hijaab In Kwara: Bad News Doesn’t Get Better With Time

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Rafiu Ajakaye writes;

‘Bad news doesn’t get better with time’ is an expression from the famous Black American five star General Colin Powell’s book _It Worked For Me. In the opinion of Powell, a problem (challenge) will not disappear by anyone simply ignoring, abandoning or pretending it does not exist. He feels that challenges, however unpleasant and tough, are better confronted and dealt with, with everyone first admitting it exists and taking steps to solving it. He feels that anything short of it amounts to kicking the can down the road. This quote fits the hijaab controversy in Kwara State and it (also) explains the unpleasant yet a no-or-yes choices before the government. The first choice is to feign ignorance of the pent-up anger in the Muslim community about the refusal to let their girl-child wear the hijaab in public schools and the attendant humiliation the girls face each time they made such attempts. The second is to take a position to allow the girls to wear their hijaab (and possibly regulate same in such schools) in compliance with Section 38 of the Constitution, which speaks to her right to freedom of religion and her freedom to manifest same. This section has repeatedly been interpreted by the Court of Appeal in favour of the Muslim schoolgirl. Either of the two has implications for the polity as Kwara has seen.

About four weeks ago, a video footage emerged showing a Muslim schoolgirl at St. Barnabas College Ilorin alighting from a motorcycle and quickly removing her hijaab and tucking same in her school bag. The bike man who took her there asked why she did so and the student said she is not allowed to wear the hijaab within the school compound. The bike man goaded the girl to wear her hijaab. The poor girl hearkened to the voice of the okada man and entered the school with her hijaab. True to her fears, a teacher ordered her to remove it, and there started a shouting match (between the bike man and the teacher). The domino effect of the St. Barnabas incident was quickly felt in far-away Baptist School in Surulere suburb of Ilorin. At the Baptist School, the Muslims in their hundreds said they have had enough of ‘this humiliation’ and the Christians insisted there was not going to be hijaab. Both sides stood their grounds. Tension was at fever pitch. Bloodshed was imminent. Myself, the Permanent Secretary (Education), and the two Special Assistants to the Governor on Religion (Islam and Christians) had a hard time convincing the Muslims to vacate the entrance of the Baptist College. They finally left with a condition: these schools will not open unless their children are allowed to use their hijaab as had been proclaimed by the court. Those who questioned government’s decision to shut down those schools a few weeks ago clearly missed this point or were playing cheap politics with a serious matter of state.

St. Barnabas and Baptist School are two of the schools acquired through the Yakubu Gowon Decree of 1974 and run by the state government. They have the same antecedents as the Ansarul Islam Secondary School Ilorin. Both had their roots in faith-based organisations. However, both, like others in their categories, are categorised as public schools and are subject to the laws of Kwara State. Per the judgments of the two courts of record, their names do not, in the law of Kwara State, suggest ownership. Rather, the names keep the fond memories of their founders. So the education law of Kwara State makes them (public schools) pluralistic in nature, mandated to admit students and have teachers from various backgrounds. They are ordinarily disallowed from having discriminatory rules. Their teachers are recruited, promoted, disciplined, and paid pensions and gratuities by the government. Yet these schools had certain rules that are deemed inconsistent with the law, fuelling resentments and pent-up anger as the two incidents above typified. One of those (informal) rules dating back to 2008 is the one implicitly banning hijaab. A major takeaway in the Lagos hijaab judgment was the position of the judges (including three Christians) that no government rules or circular shall supersede the provisions of the Nigerian constitutions.

There are several theories about the intention of the unidentified bike man who stoke the fire at St. Barnabas. However, his action, the reaction of the teacher at the school, and the reverberating effects it had elsewhere in Ilorin pointed at a town waiting to explode unless an official position is taken. This is especially important in the light of recent court judgments concerning the hijaab. A coterie of former government officials have gloated about how they smoothly managed the hijaab situation without a rancour. A few clarifications: as of 2008, the Christians had not gone to the court to seek return of ‘missionary schools’ and ask that court should disallow hijaab in the schools. The Muslims, in principle, had no judgment to hang onto. In the case of former Governor Ahmed, there was a judgment of the High Court rejecting the position of the Christians on school ownership and declaring the hijaab as a fundamental human rights of the Muslim schoolgirl. The administration did nothing. It simply balked at the issue and postponed the evil day, of course fuelling anger. The matter went to the Appeal Court, which upheld the position of the lower court on school ownership and the hijaab right. The Muslim community felt the administration was being unfair and irresponsible to deny their children the enforcement of the judgment of the Appeal Court. They cited the declaratory nature of the hijaab judgment and a need for the government to implement the law, particularly in the face of the developments at St. Barnabas and Baptist School.

Precedents across Nigeria do not favour government refusing to take a position on the hijaab question. Contentions about status quo on the question of hijaab have since been resolved in the Lagos case. Despite having a pending appeal at the Supreme Court, the Lagos government had since approved the use of the hijaab in all its schools in compliance with the 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal. In a circular referenced ED/DISTVI/CCST/HI/14/I/63 and issued by Tutor-General O.A. Olukoya, the Lagos State Government graciously stated: ‘Since the case of the use of hijaab in Lagos is still pending in the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the status quo should be maintained to avoid contempt of court. That is, students should be allowed to wear hijaab on school uniforms.’ So those asking the government to maintain the status quo are invited to note what it means on the hijaab.

The government is unhappy at the turn of events with tensions on both sides and our people almost having a go at one another. Nonetheless, the hijaab question had become a bad news that would never get better with time — and the recent tension has shown just that. Pretending it does not exist or it does not matter is simply postponing the evil day. The difficult decision of the administration to allow the hijaab for any willing Muslim girl child is a matter of law, human rights, diversity, personal choice, and mutual respect. Anything short of that is simply playing the ostrich. It is only a matter of time before the bubble bursts.

The reopening of the school on Wednesday was a necessity for our children not to miss out on the registration for the external West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The deadline is Friday March 18, although the government has now written to the WAEC to grant it extension. This was made clear to all the stakeholders, with appeals made for them to consider the children.

Notwithstanding its two court victories on the ownership of the schools, the government has similarly acknowledged the request of the Christian leaders for a return of schools acquired in 1974. In the statement announcing approval of the hijaab for any willing Muslim schoolgirl, the government said it would set up a panel to consider the request alongside different models adopted elsewhere and then weigh same against Kwara peculiarities before a decision is reached. That option is sincerely still on the table and a win-win outcome is always within reach, while the government continues its peace talks with all the sides.

The hijaab decision was definitely not an easy one for the government to take. It was taken after weeks of peace talks, stakeholders’ meetings with all the sides, and daily consultations with religious and interest groups hosted by the Governor himself. This position was taken with the long-term interest of all of our people fully considered and to disallow a conflagration that will not discriminate between Christians and Muslims. This is why the government continues to appeal to every side to see the bigger picture and not fight over personal choice. And as far as this is concerned, there is no victor or vanquished.

•_Ajakaye is CPS to the Governor of Kwara State_

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