A gorilla named Amare is having his screen time cut after he became so addicted to staring at a phone screen that he didn’t notice when another gorilla charged him.
Amare, a resident at Chicago’s Lincoln Park zoo, became addicted due to zoo-goers showing him countless pictures and videos through the glass divider of his enclosure.
The problem became so bad that zoo staff have put up a rope to keep people back from the glass partition.
If they see anyone attempting to show the gorilla a selfie or funny video, they will step in to dissuade them and explain the situation.
Zoo staff said that Amare gets distracted by the bright displays on phone screens and they are trying to cut down his screen time.
“We are growing increasingly concerned that too much of his time is taken looking through people’s photos, we really prefer that he spend much more time with his troop mates learning to be a gorilla,” Stephen Ross, the director of the zoo’s Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, told the Chicago-Sun Times.
Amare was fine after the surprise attack from one of his housemates, but zoo staff are concerned.
During development, male gorillas will often get aggressive with each other and play fight to establish dominance and heirarchy. If Amare gets too distracted by people’s phones, he will miss out on that interaction and will have a lower social standing in the group.
It could lead to bullying and, as the zoo puts it, “severe developmental consequences.”
Which is why the officials have had to step in to make sure that Amare’s screen time is gently but firmly cut back.
“As parents, we think about we want to give our children choices, we want them to grow into adults, but every once in a while we have to sort of guide those choices for their good,” Ross added.
“And rather than maybe allowing them to sit inside and watch TV all day, maybe encourage them to go outside and interact with their friends. That’s something that I think all responsible parents think of and, in many ways, it’s similar to what we’re doing here.”
Skitmakers, comedians should collaborate not compete – Bovi
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Popular comedian, Bovi Ugboma has stated that there should be no competition amongst skit makers and stand up comedians.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, he said the two professions are similar yet different so they should collaborate instead of seeing themselves as competitors.
When asked if the rise of online skit makers have affected stand up comedians, he said, “Why should it affect them? They are two different crafts. We should learn to be more collaborative instead of competitive.
“Anytime I get that question, I get worried because what they do is online, and there is a market for it. What we do is offline and there is a market for it as well.
“They have a different genre, so we should encourage them and the fact that they can make money out of it. The fact that it is now a booming business is a plus to the entertainment industry.”
Bovi talked about what makes his crafts unique. He said, “I just do me and I make sure I always challenge and reinvent myself. I also constantly evolve so people would not get bored.
“If one does not reinvent oneself, people will find one predictable.”
BBN Alumni Lie Too Much! It’s Getting Quite Toxic – Venita Akpofure
BBNaija star, Venita Akpofure, has said that some of the ex-housemates lie too much and this is getting quite toxic.
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Without mentioning names, Venita wrote;
”BBN alumni Lie toooooooooo Much! It’s getting quite toxic. The average person will be susceptible to some very unrealistic pressures thanks to social media propaganda and your fairytales.
Disclaimer: Not applicable to ALL”
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Actress Sikiratu Sindodo debunks new child rumour
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Nollywood actress, Tayo Odueke, also known as Sikiratu Sindodo, has debunked rumours about her welcoming a child.
The actress took to her Instagram page to address the rumour because she has been getting congratulatory messages and of course families attacking her for keeping her good news from them.
Sikiratu said it’s not true and the account that posted it is a fake account. She said she was never pregnant recently so the news is utterly false.
According to her, a fake account with the name of another actress, Kemi Afolabi, had posted an edited picture of her (Sikiratu) with a baby.
. also congratulated the actress for her newborn.
She said, “Only on Facebook tori olohun. Even my family members are angry I didn’t tell them I gave birth …….without being pregnant ….I was even given an Arabian baby (omolomo)
“Disclaimer. After receiving numerous calls since 3days ago, I had no choice than to come out …I am in no way connected to this cute baby.”