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Good News! The closing date for You Win 3 has been extended

Good News!!!
The YouWiN 3 business application competition has been extended till February 14, 2014.
So everyone yet to apply or submit still has a chance. There’s no excuse this time around

Thousands of Enterprising young Nigerians have won. And so Can You!!
For all aspiring entrepreneurs and those already in it, this is your big chance of getting up to N10 million. Yes you read right, N10 million-so do not miss out.

-Apply online at http://www.youwin.org.ng
-Get world class entrepreneurship training
-Mentors on hand to counsel
-1,200 Winners to get grants of up to N10,million
-it is open to Young Nigerians between 18-45years
-Entries close Feb 14, 2014.

YouWIN is an initiative of the Federal Ministries of Finance, Youth Development and Communications Technology

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Times Magazine 16 Most Influential teenager of 2013

Times Magazine has released the list for the most influential teenagers of 2013. Young people from various fields and countries made the list.

Lorde, 17

The just-turned 17-year-old New Zealander rocketed to international fame this year with the release of her first album, Pure Heroine. Proof: New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who won the election on a message railing against economic inequality, walked onto stage to Lorde’s defiant “Royals.” The child prodigy—she signed with a label at 13—is already competing with pop’s biggest stars, surpassing Miley Cyrus in September for the top spot on iTunes with “Royals.” The singer-songwriter, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, is forging her own path, turning down an opportunity to join Katy Perry on tour because, as she said at the time, it “didn’t feel right.”

Lydia ko, 16

A New Zealand golfer born in South Korea, 16-year-old Lydia Ko has multiple LPGA wins. She turned pro this year—the LPGA waived the age requirement for her to join—and she’s already fifth in women’s world rankings after just 23 tournaments. She’s the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event and the youngest person ever to win an LPGA tour event (and the only amateur to ever win two LPGA Tour events).

Nick D’Aloisio

When Marissa Mayer decides to buy your app for $30 million, you know you’re doing pretty well. When you’re only 17 at the time, “doing pretty well” is an understatement. Programming whiz kid Nick D’Aloisio sold Summly, a news-reading and summarizing app, to Yahoo in March. Other investors include Wendi Murdoch, Yoko Ono, and Ashton Kutcher.

Missy Franklin, 18

The 18-year-old won six gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and in doing so not only claimed the title of winningest female swimmer ever at a world meet, but also became the fifth swimmer to capture six or more golds at Worlds or the Olympics. She won the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award this year. And, she joined the Cal swim team, turning down millions of dollars of endorsements to get a college degree.

Kendall and Kylie jenner, 18 and 16

The younger sisters of the Kardashian clan are no strangers to the spotlight. They’re featured in Keeping Up With The Kardashians with their half-sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, but they’re making their own waves as well. Kendall, a swimsuit model, and her 16-year-old sister Kylie have raised eyebrows for their precocious behavior. Perhaps more importantly, they’ve shown an early talent for deal-making: the pair launched a clothing line with PacSun this year.

Dante de Blasio, 16

Bill de Blasio might be the Mayor-elect of New York, but his 16-year-old son Dante is the city’s latest fashion icon. Dante’s now-iconic afro has starred in a campaign ad, inspired a New York Times Style section piece, and even gained President Obama’s attention. “Dante has the same hairdo as I had in 1978,” he said. “Although I have to confess my Afro was never that good. It was a little imbalanced.” A junior at Brooklyn Tech, Dante and his sister Chiara (known for her floral headbands) were front and center in their father’s campaign

Malala Yousafzai, 16

In 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by the Taliban on the bus home from school in Pakistan. Malala was a target because of her vocal activism to better the education of girls under Taliban rule. After surviving the attack, the now-16-year-old didn’t hide in fear but strengthened her voice. “I speak for education of every child, in every corner of the world,” she said, and the world has been listening. This year she received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and a Clinton Global Citizen Award. She was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Kiernan Shipka, 14

Mad Men’s Sally Draper is the sassiest character on TV, all thanks to Kiernan Shipka. The 14-year old actress has been playing Don Draper’s rebellious daughter since she was six and a half, but she’s still not allowed to watch the hit AMC show. Shipka also nails her red carpet appearances, with a quirky but age-appropriate style that gets her raves from the fashionable set. Watch out for her performance as incestuous Catherine in the Lifetime adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ Flowers In The Attic.

Ionut Budisteanu, 19

The 19-year-old scientist’s design for a low cost, self-driving car won first place and $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for high school students in May. The prototype signals the potential of manufacturing autonomous driving vehicles to the masses, costing only $4,000 to build as opposed to Google’s $75,000 self-driving car. Budisteanu, a student in Romania, used artificial intelligence technology and a mounted camera on the car to identify traffic lanes, curbs, cars and even people.

Malia Obama, 15

At high-profile events, like her father’s second Inaugural Address, Malia and her sister, Sasha, act with the poise of adults. Thanks in part to Michelle Obama, they seem to lead as normal lives as they can while still meeting the demands of being in the limelight. (Such as 15-year-old Malia’s satirical send up in the Onion.) President Obama often mentions his daughters in speeches, and says that they influenced his stance on gay marriage.

Maya Van Wagenen, 15

The 15-year-old author rose to fame for keeping a diary in her quest to become popular, following antiquated tips from the 1950s self-help book, Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide for Teens. Her musings about applying lessons such as always wearing white gloves and pearls as she navigated the social scene of a small Texas town landed her a six-figure Penguin book deal for, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, last month DreamWorks optioned the rights for the novel, making the budding author the “youngest non-actor to ever make a deal” at the film studio.

Justin Bieber, 19

The Canadian-born pop star has become an industry to himself, valued by Forbes at $58 million. He released his first single at age 15, and in 2010, he became the youngest solo male artist to hit #1 on Billboards Hot 100, with My World 2.0, since Stevie Wonder. His high profile breakup earlier this year with fellow star and girlfriend of two years Selena Gomez landed him in gossip sections the world over, as did an altercation in March with a photographer.

Beth Reekles, 17

The Welsh high school student was looking for something to read other than stories about vampires and werewolves when she decided to write her own teen fiction book. The then-15-year-old used story-sharing site Wattpad to release her novel, The Kissing Booth, which earned more than 19 million views and caught the attention of Random House Children’s Publishers U.K. The author, now 17, scored a three-book deal with the U.S. arm of Random House and has since appeared on the Today show. But writing remains a hobby for the teenaged literary sensation, who plans to major in physics in college.

Chloe Grace Moretz, 16

Chloe Grace Moretz is a leading lady for the first time in Carrie, but the blood-drenched horror film is hardly this 16-year old’s first rodeo. The Atlanta native has had supporting roles in (500) Days of Summer and Hugo, and she’s an up-and-comer in the fashion world, too. Next, she’s starring opposite Kiera Knightly in Laggie, out in 2014.

Hailee Steinfeld, 16

Steinfeld had nearly no previous acting experience when she was nominated for an Academy Award at age 13 in 2010 for her role in True Grit. Now she’s playing a student at a military space academy in the sci-fi film Ender’s Game. “I still consider myself very much a beginner,” she told the Guardian.

When will a Nigerian make this list and who would be the first?

Source: TIME MAGAZINE

Nimala Toppo-The 14 year old girl who talks to elephants

Fourteen-year old Nirmala Toppo has become something of a minor celebrity in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.

In June, panic gripped the industrial city of Rourkela one night when a herd of wild elephants entered residential areas from dense forests nearby.

Nirmala, forest department officials say, acted as a real-life “pied-piper” when she managed to drive the herd back to the forest, much to the relief of the residents.

She walked many miles with the herd, guiding it out of town, in the process getting blisters on her legs which later turned septic.

“The infection is now gone and my wound has almost dried up,” she told BBC Hindi from her hospital bed where her treatment was organised by the local Red Cross Society.

PITCH INVASION
State forest department officials sought help from Nirmala, who is originally from the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, when they could not get the elephants to leave the city.

Forest official PK Dhola says: “When the herd entered the city, we tried our best to contain its movement. There were 11 of them, including two calves. We managed to make the herd go into the local football stadium, but we were not sure how we could drive them back to the forest. It was a difficult task.”

Mr Dhola says that was when the department decided to seek Nirmala’s help.

“We knew of a tribal girl who lived in Jharkhand, who talked to elephants and was able to drive them back. We called up her father and she arrived along with some other tribal people from her village.”

The state government paid the girl for her services, he added.

Nirmala says she talks to the herd in her local tribal dialect – Mundaari – and persuades the animals to “return to where they belong”.

“First I pray and then talk to the herd. They understand what I say. I tell them this is not your home. You should return where you belong,” says Nirmala who is a Roman Catholic.

Her mother, she says, was killed by wild elephants and that was when she decided to learn the technique to drive them away.

In her work, she is assisted by her father and a group of boys from her village.

“We surround the herd. Then I go near them and pray and talk to them.”

‘LADY TARZAN’
But some are not convinced by Nirmala’s methods. Orissa-based social activist Rabi Pradhan says there is no scientific evidence that wild elephants can understand what a human says. Mr Pradhan says the girl claims to talk to the herd in her own tribal language, but there is no basis for the elephants to follow what she says.

However, others explain such behaviour by saying that tribal people and elephants – or for that matter, other wild animals – have been cohabiting in the forests for ages.

Niel Justin Beck, a member of the district council in Jharkhand’s Simdega area, where Nirmala comes from, says due to their co-existence with the wild animals, the tribal people know how to deal with them.

“In Jharkhand, we call Nirmala a lady Tarzan. Whenever marauding elephants enter a village or destroys crops, the local forest department officials never turn up.

“It is then that the villagers approach Nirmala for help. And she is able to successfully drive away the herd after talking to them.”

Source: bbc news

Tumisola Ladega-the youngest finalists for GTBank British Council Lagos Fashion & Design Week Awards 2013.

Tumisola is the youngest of the finalists, 15 years old and studying for her GCSE in the United Kingdom.

Tumiila is a womenswear clothing and accessory label with a wide range of clothes from ready to wear couture to avante guard, and competed in the Celebration of Young Designer Awards organized by the FDC (Fashion Design and Craftmakers) UK in 2011 where she came in 2nd with her garment inspired by the works of the Artist Wassily Kandinsky.

In 2012, her collection was inspired by Alexander McQueen and the life under sea. Sptly titled ‘Midnight Aqua Marine’ it was showcased in Miami, at the FDE( Fashion Design Expo).

In the year 2013 she created her second collection ‘Monochain’ which was showed at Maryland Fashion Week Baltimore USA.

She would be presenting along side other finalists on the 26th of october by 4:00pm

From Representeens teams, we wish you the best.

Read here for more: Bella naija

~Representeens~

18 year old teen forced to drink acid by jilted boyfriend

A teenage girl suffered severe burns after her jilted ex-boyfriend allegedly tricked her into meeting, forced her to drink acid and pushed her into the sea.

Reports in India claim the girl was previously dating Jitendra Sakhpal, 21, who had proposed, but she refused to marry him and ended the relationship because her family did not approve of the unemployed man. The girl’s father reportedly told police the boy was harassing them, and one female relative claimed that Sakhpal had threatened to kill the girl’s father, according to IBNLive.com.

Sakhpal has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

The attack happened on Saturday at Gorai Beach in the western suburbs of Mumbai. Both residents of Dahisar in Mumbai. The 18-year-old girl, an HSC student who comes from Borivali, was met by Sakhpal as she left college on Saturday, according to police.

‘On Saturday, Sakpal met the girl outside her college in Gorai and asked her to accompany him for a stroll. The duo took a boat and reached Gorai village,’ senior inspector Deepak Bagwe told  the Times of India. The inspector said Sakhpal tried to convince his ex to rekindle their relationship, but when she refused he allegedly pulled out the acid.

According to police, he allegedly held the girl’s mouth and tried to pour it in. Some of it spilled on her face and she suffered 10-15 per cent burns. Doctors are now trying to assess how much internal damage she as sustained.

Jitendra Sakpal is escorted to court after allegedly forcing his ex-girlfriend to drink toilet cleaner

‘Sakhpal seems to have planned it in advance as he was carrying the acid with him,’ deputy commissioner of police Mahesh Patil, told the Times of India.

The news service says that after the girl’s father complained to police about the boy, the two attended the police station and ‘gave in writing that they will not meet again and the issue was sorted,’ said Deepak Bagawe, senior inspector at Gorai police.

One of the girl’s relatives told local news service IBNLive.com: ‘We had earlier lodged a complaint about him. He used to torture her and beat her up in public. He had even threatened to kill her and her father.

The girl’s condition is improving but she is still not able to give a statement, according to police quoted in DNAIndia.com.

Source: Dailymail

18 Year Old Nneoma Anosike Wins the Aquafina Elite Model Look 2013 Competition

On the 29th of september, 2013, at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island Lagos, the grand finale of the ELITE Model Look Nigeria 2013 sponsored by AQUAFINA took place.

It was a rigorous selection process with 1,853 applications and castings all over Nigeria, and only 14 girls made it to the final.

Models who were placed in the top 5 included Princess, Mayever, Chinwendu, Tope and Nneoma; with 18 year old Nneoma Anosike emerging the winner beating 13 other finalists.

Elite Model Look Nigeria through Elohor, has discovered some of Nigeria’s most natural and talented models- Tracy Onyekachukwu (2008), Annette Begg (2009), Chika Emmanuella (2010), Chinwe Ejere (2011), Moyinoluwa Arowoshola and Alvin Dayaffin (2012), all of which have regularly graced catwalks, magazine editorials and advertising campaigns both within and outside the African continent.

Nneoma Anosike will go on to represent Nigeria at the Elite Model Look International competition taking place in 2014

Congratulations Miss Nneoma Anosike!

Sources: Onobello.com and bellanaija.com

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl killed herself after being bullied by vile internet trolls on a notorious social networking site.

Hannah Smith was found dead on Friday after being sent abusive messages on the popular site Ask.fm.

The teen is believed to have hung herself after being taunted on the interest-based question and answer website.

Sickening messages telling the youngster to “drink bleach” and “go get cancer” were left on her profile page, according to other users.

The day before she killed herself, Hannah, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, posted a picture message on her Facebook page which read: “You think you want to die, but in reality you just want to be saved.”

Her devastated parents posted the heartbreaking news online, with her father Dave Smith writing on his Facebook page: “My heart is broken in 2 and is gonna take a long time to repair I just hope that none of you have to go through the pain I’m going through right now and love u all.

” What is left after hannah took her own life.

Mr Smith, 45, said Hannah’s sister, Jo, is unable to go upstairs by herself since her the tragedy.

He said: “I drink too much thinking it will help it doesn’t.”

“I keep a tissue in my pocket for the next time the tears come.”

“The television hasn’t been on for 3 days cant bear to watch it”

“We have to go for walks regular as we cant bear being in this empty house.”

Ask.fm, which launched in 2010, has been heavily criticised by anti-bullying charities because it allows users to post anonymous comments or questions – often of a sexual or insulting nature – on the pages of children as young as 13.

The notorious social networking website has been described by child safety experts as a ‘stalker’s paradise’.

An online petition has been set-up criticising the site and demanding it to be shut down.

Hannah’s stepmother Deb, 41, posted on it: “We are behind you on getting this vile website shut down………..my beautiful step daughter Hannah Smith tragically took her life this week , we have since found out she was being bullied on Ask.fm. “Rest in peace my baby xxxxxx”

It’s not the first time a teenager has took their own life after being trolled on the website.

Josh Unsworth, 15, from Lancashire, had endured months of abusive messages on his profile and was found hanged in his parent’s garden in April.

Last year, Irish teens Ciara Pugsley, 15, from Leitrim and Erin Gallagher, 13, from Donegal, took their own lives after being subjected to anonymous bullying on the site.

The controversial Latvian-based website has become one of the world~s most popular social networks after its newly released official smart phone app became a huge online hit.

A tribute page has been set-up on social media websites in memory of the tragic teenager, who had an older sister called Jo, and has gained support from more than 4,000 people.

The page described Hannah as a ‘beautiful young girl who everyone loved very much.’

Hannah’s cousin, Matt Hubbard, paid tribute to her and said: “Most energetic and daft girl I’ve ever met it was a pleasure to be your cousin!”

Campaign group Harborough Against bullying Midlands said: “We were saddened today to hear of a girl of only 14 taking her life. She was being bullied. Our heart felt thoughts are with her loved ones at this tragic time.”

The petition says cyber-bullying is an increasing problem in the UK and states: “Cyber-Bullying has been an ever increasing problem within the UK for a considerable amount of time with one of the biggest offenders becoming Ask.Fm, a site popular amongst young people where posts can be made with confidence anonymously which has led to bullying, mental health problems and suicides as well as grooming.
“The problem cannot be allowed to persist and whilst there is public opinion about digital rights please sign if you would like the Government to step in and insist that Ask.fm and similar sites help us protect our young people.

“They are able to join from the age of 13 and can post anonymously. There is no option to block other users and only a basic ‘report’ button.”