Weekly Roundup: Otedola Bridge Tanker Explosion, Nigeria Mourns
Let’s take you on a ride of the events of this week, including the amazing tech events for Software Developers, Programmers, Coders, and entrepreneurs. This week also recorded the Otedola Bridge tanker explosion that has thrown Lagosians and the nation into mourning.
Deadly Explosion Hit Lagos as Nigerians Mourn
The month of June has recorded some not so good news, ranging from the Fulani herdsmen attacks, killings in Jos, and now, a fuel tanker explosion in Lagos.
Tragedy struck on at the Otedola Bridge, Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, after a petrol-laden tanker crashed and exploded.
No fewer than 54 cars and commercial vehicles driving behind the tanker on the road were said to have been gutted by fire, during which nine people were reportedly killed.
— 🔥🔥🔥🔥 (@mz_spencer01) June 28, 2018
The tanker was heading out of Lagos towards the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when the crash occurred, causing panic and fear. Many people were feared trapped in their cars and killed in the blaze, while many others sustained burns.
Hw can a tanker carrying flammable liquid move in d day? Well, there's a common sense solution 2 today's #Lagosfire. Legislators need to pass specified federal legislation mandating public safety measures that regulate the transportation of flammable liquid by road
— Christina I. Ude (@christina4house) June 28, 2018
NG has the most expensively paid senators
NG has the richest pastors
NG has the most security details attached 2 politicians
NG has d highest rate of poverty
NGs are the most active on Twitter
Rant as much as u want here, if there is no action, it's 0#PrayForNigeria #lagosfire pic.twitter.com/Qigon4dPz0
— #PrayForNigeria 🇳🇬😭 (@Queen_Tura) June 29, 2018
Eyewitnesses, however, confirmed that the death toll might be higher as many people were trapped in their cars with rescue officials still working at the scene. The fuel-laden tanker lost control, fell over and exploded.
Enough of these Needless Deaths! You're in position of Power n Law Enforcement.This is On you.Trailers, containers, Tankers falling on citizens and wrecking havoc in 2018? Why are they Moving during the day and on bridges? It can be your family tomorrow. Enough! #PrayforNigeria
— Omotola .j. Ekeinde (@Realomosexy) June 29, 2018
A 22 year old friend slumped and died.
Massacre in plateau state.
War at abakaliki.
Container falls crushes many at Ojuelegba.
And today! Over 20 cars burnt at Otedola bridge on Lagos Ibadan express way. 😥😫#PrayForNigeria pic.twitter.com/OY4QEMcOzB
— George (@George16137834) June 28, 2018
Lord, we pray for Nigeria please heal our land and deal with all those who does not want peace and all those responsible for the bloodshed in the country, and those responsible for plateau killings In Jesus Name. #PrayForNigeria pic.twitter.com/Sv0Q3omVCc
— BABAEBUBE #prayfornigeria (@babaebube) June 26, 2018
Our condolences to those who lost their loved ones. We pray for a better Nigeria.
Meet Mamamoni, a FinTech Startup that Trains and Funds Low-Income Female Entrepreneurs
In Africa, a lot of startups are attempting to fix the problems caused by the socio-economic conditions in the continent. Mamamoni, is a FinTech social enterprise startup that empowers poor rural and urban slum women with free vocational/financial skills and micro-loans. How interesting it is that low-income women with finance are being empowered to grow their business.
— Mamamoni (@mamamoninigeria) November 2, 2015
#CodeLagos: Winners Emerge in the Lagos Code Week Competition for Secondary Schools
During the week, winners emerged from the Lagos code week competition for both Senior and Junior categories of the coding competition for Secondary Schools in Lagos state.
The grand finale of the 4-day coding competition (which started on Monday) took place today at Methodist Girl’s High School, Yaba, Lagos and saw a total of 39 schools – 21 schools in the Junior Category and 18 schools in the Senior Category, slug it out for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions for each category.
— Remita (@RemitaNET) June 28, 2018
The other two schools that made the top 5 list were Supreme Education High School and Dabitos High School.
Instagram Takes on YouTube with its New Video App, IGTV –But Some Tweaks are Needed
Recently, Instagram delved into long-form video-sharing like YouTube by launching its new standalone video app, IGTV. The app which is built for how you actually use your phone, allows videos to display vertically in full screen and unlike known Instagram where videos are limited to 60 secs, videos on IGTV can be up to an hour long.
Although available as a standalone app (that’s if you want to keep the stories and pictures out of it), IGTV is also integrated into the main Instagram app and can be found on the top-right side of the feed, next to the DM button. Aimed at Internet creators, the app allows upload of up to 1 hour of videos and users can upload even 4K content.
— Instagram (@instagram) June 20, 2018
IGTV is cool but some improvements are needed. However, it has the potential of becoming the next big thing in video-sharing in the next few months, considering the huge number of Instagram users (about 1 billion).
We look forward to seeing a lot of music videos, reality shows, and much more on the platform.
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