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Femi Fani-Kayode: The Woolwich killing and the Illuminati – More questions than answers

Some things just don’t add up when it comes to the Woolwich killings. There are certainly more questions than answers. Let us examine the facts. An off-duty British soldier by the name of Lee Rigby was walking down the street in the charming and peaceful London suburb of Woolwich. All of a sudden, and out of the blue, he was randomly selected and run over by a car which was being driven by two young black men. After they hit him to the ground with the car the two young men jumped out of it, armed with matchetes, knives, a rusty old pistol and a meat cleaver, and in a deep and uncontrollable frenzy amidst shouts of ”Allahu Akbar”, proceeded to take his precious life by carving him up, mutilating him, butchering him and beheading him in full public glare. This all happened barely 100 metres away from Rigby’s Army Barracks home. The attack began at 2.30 pm whilst the soldier gave up the ghost at approximately 3.00pm on a four-point inter-section roundabout and crossroads.

ffImmediately after finishing their gruesome act the killers then conducted their own impromptu press conference, brandishing knives and meat cleavers in blood-soaked hands, with random members of the public asking to be filmed and qouted whilst their clothes were soaked, drenched and dripping in human blood. After their ”presss conference” ended they moved to the other side of the road and calmly waited for the police to arrive. They had all the time in the world to do so but they plainly refused to run and attempt to avoid arrest or the imminent arrival of the police. According to eye-witnesses (and I watched the footage on CNN) the police took no less than 30 minutes to get to the scene and confront the two killers. They did NOT get there in the 9 minutes that they are claiming.

When the police eventually arrived instead of surrendering peacefully to them or attempting to run away, the two young men charged at them brandishing their knives and meat cleaver in a menacing way and attempting to shoot their old and rusty pistol. Unfortunately for them the pistol exploded in the hand of the individual that tried to use it. They were both promptly shot, wounded and disarmed. Yet before the police arrived another rather curious incident took place. A strange yet very courageous Scandinavian woman, who just happened to be sitting on a bus that was driving past, told the bus driver to stop when she saw the carnage that was being inflicted on the dying soldier, got off the bus and calmly walked over to the killers even as they were still killing him. She then proceeeded to have a detailed conversation with them asking them why they were doing what they were doing and assuring them that in the end they would lose the fight because it was ”just them against many”.

Is this not a rather curious encounter? Who really was that Scandinavian lady and who does she really work for? Is she a genuine hero or is she what, in security and intelligence circles, is known as a controller? Is she part of the system because to do what she did took immense courage? So many questions still need to be asked and answered. For example why did the police take so long before responding? Why were the killers given all the time in the world to conduct a graphic, loud and unofficial press conference in the streets with members of the public after beheading and carving up the young soldier?

Even more curiously the police and intelligence agencies have now admitted that these two young men were “known to them”. If that were the case how come they were never put under close surveillance, monitored, questioned or arrested? Why did all this have to take place at approximately 3.00pm in the afternoon, at that location (a crossroads of four junctions) and on that date? Why did the assailants have to cut off their victims head, hang around there for thirty minutes whilst ranting and whilst soaked and covered in their victims blood? Why did the killers insist that only women could come near the dying body of their victim? Why was this whole thing allowed to happen and to drag on like it did for 30 uninterrupted minutes by the authorities? Why did the police refuse to move in even though numerous members of the public were having detailed conversations with the assailants?

Was this whole thing some kind of state-sponsored Illuminati-style human sacrifice? Was it designed and orchestrated by the authorities to create more terror in the land and to give them the opportunity to introduce more draconian laws, curb immigration and do away with even more civil liberties on the grounds that they wish to fight the very terror that they themselves created. Are we not being fooled again by the ”powers that be” and the state just as we were over ”9-11” and over the murder of Princess Diana, both of which were clearly inside jobs with strong Illuminatti connections. If anyone doubts this assertion they ought to do themselves a favour and find the time to watch David Icke’s revealing documentary titled ”9/11-It Was An Inside Job”. It is on Youtube. They can also find his numerous books and watch his numerous documentries on the murder of Princess Diana. Their world view will change dramatically after that. Back to Woolwich.

Are there not clear parallels between the Woolwich incident and the Boston bombings which took place just a few weeks ago. Are there not similarities in the profiles of the two sets of killers in both incidents. Both operations were conducted in full public glare and in the afternoon. Both operations were carried out by two Americans and two British citizens respectively each of them with a foreign heritage and family ties with nations that are rife with and that are being torn apart by Islamist terror. In the case of the Boston bombers the two perpetrators had strong links and family ties with Dagestan and Checnya and in the case of the Woolwich incident both perpetrators had equally strong links and family ties with Nigeria. Both sets of killers were muslim fundamentalists and both sets were ”known to the intelligence agencies” of their respective countries. Both countries in which the murders took place, i.e. Great Britain and the United States of America, are the greatest allies and leaders in the war against terror and they are both committed to standing ”shoulder to shoulder” with one another in that fight. Is it not strange that similar acts of terror will take place in the two just a few weeks apart and that those acts of terror were all carried out by people with similar profiles and virtually the same age. The coincidences are just too many and things just don’t add up. The performance of the British police particularly has opened up the door for a lot of speculation. They made so many mistakes. Yet I can assure you that the British police and intelligence agencies are NOT that sloppy. They are amongst the best, if not the best, in the world and they just don’t make mistakes. There is far more to this whole thing than meets the eye and there is also a sinister purpose and agenda to it. The full picture has not yet been shown to us and perhaps it never will but little by little those that are well-versed in these matters will work it out and the truth will be exposed.

Yet the questions just keep coming. Is it possible that those two British boys of Nigerian descent were under some kind of ”Peter Powers”-type hypnosis and mind-control system which was triggered off by something or someone. In many of his books and videos David Icke has alluded to the usage and existence of such capabilities by the more advanced intelligence agencies in the world for the last ten years and he has cited many examples of such usage. Initially I was skeptical about his assertions until I listened and read carefully and I cross-checked the examples and the events that he cited. After that I was convinced that he was right and ever since then I have acknowledged the fact that we live in an exceptionally dangerous world where only the dullard would rule anything out. Back to the two young men that killed in Woolwich. Were they cultivated, ”programmed” and used by agents of the illuminati in the British establishment to carry out this gruesome operation and this monstrous sacrifice? It is relevant and interesting to note that the two suspects were not just British citizens of Nigerian descent but that they were both muslim converts. That is to say they were both brought up as Christians and then somewhere along the line they converted not just to islam but to it’s most extreme and radical brand. They became dangerous Islamists that were prepared to kill for their faith. Who cultivated them and took them to this point and how did it get so bad? More importantly will this whole episode not give the western powers and the British people another reason to demonise Islam and target mosques and Muslim clerics? Is that part of the plan and the wider picture? Is the whole idea to create the atmosphere for vicious reprisal attacks against Muslims and Nigerians in the U.K.?

Is all that I have written here far-fetched? You may believe so but I don’t. And neither have I gone mad. The devil is real and the Illuminati is it’s tool for world control and domination. It has been around for years and those that are part of it operate in the deepest secrecy. Yet even if you do not agree with me on anyything that I have said here, the questions that I have raised are legitimate and they are indeed food for thought. In this game there are no coincidences and everything happens for a reason and has its own symbolism and purpose. As far as I am concerned only David Icke can crack this Woolwich nut and unravel it’s secrets and I look forward to the day that he does.

Meanwhile I pray that the soul of Officer Rigby rests in perfect peace and I urge every Nigerian that is resident in or that is visiting the UK, especially if they are muslims, to be exceptionally careful in their movements and in their dealings with the British people and authorities. There is FAR more to this whole thing than meets the eye and whether anyone likes to admit it or not, sadly, there will be some kind of backlash against our people at some point.

As for the two British men of Nigerian descent (whose names I refuse to mention) that cut short the life of this brave young and heroic British soldier in the prime of his life for doing absolutely nothing wrong, may they both die a slow and terrible death and may they rot in hell.

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The Antichrist and Technology

antichristWhat do we know about the Antichrist, the future world dictator whose coming is foretold in the Bible? Is he living now? Probably. And what about his new world order? Is the Antichrist already working behind the scenes to bring about his plan for world economic and political domination? It seems so.

From all indications, the Antichrist’s satanic, technology-based system is already being set in place–“satanic” in that the Antichrist will be Satan-possessed (Daniel 8:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:2-4; 12:9), and “technology based” in that he will use technology to achieve and enforce his near total control of the world and its people. A key Bible passage about this is Revelation 13:16-17:

He [the Antichrist’s right-hand man, the False Prophet] causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on [or “in”] their right hand or on [in] their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Imagine what the apostle John must have thought when, in about 90 AD, he saw a vision of this taking place in a futuristic world. People ever since have been baffled as to how any such universal, totalitarian economic system could be established or policed. But now the age of technology has arrived. With electronic commerce rapidly replacing cash and virtually everything that is bought and sold being identified and tracked by bar codes and other means, it is no longer inconceivable that the financial transactions of everyone in the world could one day be monitored by a centralized agency.

Most of the technology already exists, but before the Antichrist’s plan can work, it needs to be more powerful and widespread. It stands to reason, then, that the Antichrist would get behind research and development in such fields as microchip technology, biotechnology, and the Internet.

Also, the technology is not enough in itself. The Antichrist also needs to sell the world on it. It appears that he is busy at that, too, and he is not alone. He works through others–mostly unwitting accomplices who are helping to further his agenda by developing and marketing the technology, including some of the world’s brightest minds and biggest financial powers. A scripture that goes along with that point is Daniel 11:21b KJV:

He shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

Some versions of the Bible translate this as “seize the kingdom by intrigue” – by secret scheming or plotting. Either way, it sounds as though the Antichrist is going to rise to power through cunning salesmanship rather than solely the strong-arm tactics that the leaders of most past empires depended on.

Through the various forms of mass media, the Antichrist is doing everything he can to convince the world that these new technologies are beneficial and necessary. What he is not saying, of course, is that he will eventually use them to suit his evil purposes. Consider these developments:

Surveillance technologies

Video cameras now monitor and record our faces and movements in many stores and public places. We have learned to accept this intrusion into our lives because of the benefits: It discourages crime and helps apprehend criminals. Likewise, the monitoring of Internet communications helps curtail child pornographers, terrorists, and other threats to our common good.

As electronic databases replace filing cabinets, more and more data about us is being collected, stored, cross-referenced, and shared. Now that nearly everything we do leaves behind a “data trail,” combining information from different sources can re-create a person’s activities with astonishing accuracy and detail. This reservoir of personal information is especially helpful to marketers, and it is big business. Financial privacy has become a thing of the past, as financial institutions and others now routinely put the details of their clients’ lives up for sale.

Other data-gathering technologies help complete the mosaic of information that can be collected on individuals. For example, computerized “black boxes” are being built into cars, and location-tracking chips into cell phones and other electronic devices–innovations that consumers are being told are for their own good. Similarly, microchips are being implanted under the skin of pets for ID and tracking purposes, and pilot programs are already being done for Alzheimer’s patients and children.

Biometrics

Biometrics is the technology of collecting, processing, and storing details of a person’s physical characteristics through such means as fingerprinting, thumb scans, retina scans, hand geometry, face recognition, voice recognition, and digital macrophotography. Biometric identification has caught the interest of both governments and the commercial sector because it is far more foolproof than more primitive forms of ID, such as photo ID cards or signatures.

Cashless Commerce

The shift from cash to electronic commerce helps curtail drug trafficking, counterfeiting, and theft, not to mention the greater convenience and security that electronic commerce affords. So-called smart cards now contain microchips that store not only the owner’s financial information, but also medical records and other personal information. The logical next step would be to eliminate the plastic card and embed the chip directly into the owner, say “on their right hand or on their foreheads.”

Global networking

As amazing as these new technologies are, the Antichrist will not be able to fully set up his new world order until it’s all pulled together into an integrated network with universal standards–an obstacle that might not be an obstacle much longer. Governments and industry are setting international standards and expanding their electronic networking by sharing information, services, and technology. As more countries turn to the latest technology to help solve their particular social and economic problems, they expand the network’s reach and capabilities. The level of technological development now varies greatly from nation to nation, but the whole system could be “online” in a relatively short time.

Proponents of these new technologies and cooperative efforts always point out the positive aspects, such as convenience, security, lower costs, and improved quality, speed, and efficiency in the delivery of goods and services. Little is said about the negative aspects of this public intrusion into what were once private personal affairs. Under the banner of science and technology, and more recently “the war against terrorism,” the governments of the world are rushing to complete the Antichrist’s economic and political system for him–the very system the Bible warns against.

Don’t be duped into following this false messiah or receiving his mark! Follow the true Messiah, Jesus Christ. Then you’ll be on the right side, the winning side, when Jesus returns to put a stop to the Antichrist’s wickedness and set things right (Revelation 14:9-11; 19:11-21).

 

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Technology And The End Times

The Bible tells us that in the end times and last days that mankind will make great advances in the development of technology. In fact, it was the prophet Daniel who recorded the following word from the Lord:

Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Here we can see that men will eventually run “to and fro” and that knowledge shall be increased. I would imagine that when Daniel penned these words under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that he was simply astonished to see the advancement that mankind would make in some 2,500 or more years later. Imagine the prophet who used horses and mules for transportation seeing visions of automobile, jet planes, and high speed trains. Not to mention fighter aircraft, submarines, speed boats, etc.

In the past one hundred or so years mankind has made tremendous gains in technological knowledge and advancement. Trains of course have been around even longer than say cars and airplanes, but during this time period we have seen airplanes and automobiles developed that would take the transportation industry to a whole new level that could only be dreamed of by people living in the 1800s much less at the time of Daniel. With the advances in the locomotive and development of the automobile and airplane men have been able to “go to and fro” at speeds that were only once imagined but have now become a reality. The development of the automobile and airplane in the early 1900s revolutionized and increased the ability of mankind to communicate, move goods across vast distances at greater speeds, and of course increase recreational leisure. The advancement of the transportation industry has allowed the continents to be bridged and cause an increase in globalization. These advances also brought about a greater improvement in the overall quality of life for the average person who had financial access to these things. Instead of waiting weeks for a rider on horse to make a several hundred mile trip via horseback, a person in a car could arrive at their destination in just half a day or so. This increase in the ability to go “to and fro” has also helped to speed up the fulfillment of other Bible prophecies.

The Daniel 12:4 verse also mentions that knowledge should be greatly increased. It is commonly known that there are more scientists living today than the whole sum of scientists that have ever lived in the past. It is also estimated that about every two years that the total sum of man’s knowledge is doubled. With the invention of television, satellites, the internet, and other advances in other fields such as medicine, etc. mankind has increased his knowledge here in the end times just as the Bible forewarned would happen. The advances in technological knowledge make the fulfillment of future Bible prophecy all the easier to do.

For example, with the invention of satellite television mankind is for the first time in his history is able to fulfill the prophecies concerning Revelation 11:3-10 where the two witnesses are slain by the antichrist and the people of the world are able to marvel at their bodies lying in the street of Jerusalem. Revelation 11:3-12 tells us:

Rev 11:3 And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies [shall lie] in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

2012This prophecy could only be fulfilled with the advent of the modern day satellite systems that we use today to broadcast news from around the world live as it is happening. A prime illustration of how the prophecy of the two witnesses could be fulfilled was seen most recently when Pope John Paul had died and his body laid in the Vatican under 24/7 observation through satellite feeds. Only in our lifetime has this prophecy been able to be literally fulfilled. The Lord saw this ahead of time and forewarned mankind through John the prophet as he wrote the book of Revelation on the isle of Patmos.

Another example of technological advancement that is related to Bible prophecy fulfillment involves the development of global positioning systems (GPS) that allows mankind to locate other people anywhere in the world as long as they have a device that will transmit signals to the satellites in space that will then record the movement and position of the person or thing being monitored. The technology now exists to embed RFID microchips inside ones skin that are basically rice-sized capsules that are able to transmit signals so that people can be easily found should say a natural disaster strike. Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans is often used as an example of a recent natural disaster situation where microchips would have been able to aid law enforcement officials in indentifying bodies found in the disaster area. These microchips are also being used to implant inside of Alzheimer’s patients in order to help monitor their whereabouts since they are prone to walking off a nursing facilities grounds and suddenly getting lost. The applications for these microchips is absolutely phenomenal and the market for them will only grow as their application use expands and mankind finds more ways to use the technology.

In the medical community these microchips can be used to store a persons entire medical history and more so that if they were to say suddenly blackout and not be able to give critical medical information to emergency responders, then with the simple swipe of a transmitter receiving device these medical records can be easily retrieved from the embedded microchip. This is now being hailed as a new way to provide patient safety and reduce medical errors. There is even talk of making these implants mandatory in the future. In fact, there are laws now that require livestock in some places to be implanted with microchips to help monitor the outbreak of disease among other things. Governments can use these microchips to keep track of livestock levels held by different farmers so that accurate records can be kept when it comes to comparing livestock and economic reports.

The danger of today’s technological advances are in their misuse. The Bible warns that in the future the one world leader often referred to as the antichrist will implement a “mark of the beast” system that will not allow people to buy or sell unless they have this mark. This system is actualy introduced by the antichrist’s sidekick the false prophet but will be for the purpose of pledging allegiance to the antichrist. The Bible says in Revelation 13:11-18:

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.

What exactly this mark of the beast will be remains to be seen, but the Bible does say that the mark of the beast will be in people’s foreheads or hands. While the mark could simply be a tattoo, it is interesting to note that the best place to implant a microchip is in the forehead or the hand where the skin is the thinnest. This of course has made the RFID microchips a prime suspect of Bible prophecy watchers as it is deemed a good candidate for the future mark of the beast as it can be easily introduced to the world society and if a person doesn’t have the mark (microchip) then they will not be allowed to buy or sell unless they pledge allegiance to the future one world government leader – the antichrist.

With the rise and continued progress of technology in these end times and last days, we are moving ever more quickly to the time of the end. The time when the world is thrust into the the great tribulation period. The final seven years of this age that is often referred to as the “time of Jacob’s trouble” as God pours out his wrath upon unbelieving Israel and unrepentant sinners. But before this final seven year period commences, the rapture of the church will take the bride of Christ to Heaven in a remarkable event that is often referred to as the “blessed hope” for believers. The rapture will happen unexpectedly and without warning. Only people who have placed their faith in the atoning sacrifice and completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ will participate in the rapture. I encourage everyone to make their decision today for the Lord Jesus Christ. For tomorrow could be too late.

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Cyberattacks May Constitute Acts of War

THE PENTAGON IS set to establish as official U.S. policy that it will consider cyberattacks to be “acts of war,” and will respond to them with real-world force, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The strategy, which should be public by the time you read this, will provide guidance to our country’s armed forces and put potential enemies on notice. Cyberterrorism is certainly a big issue for officials, as increasing portions of our country’s infrastructure are online.

The announcement comes just a few days after Lockheed Martin, a major U.S. defense contractor, was the subject of a “significant and tenacious [cyber]attack.” The company has stressed that no sensitive information was exposed during the attack.

According to the Journal, military officials disagree about how the nation should handle cyberattacks—specifically, when a military response is warranted and when one is not. The Journal says that officials seem to favor responding aggressively to cyberattacks that cause physical damage, injury, or death.

Few virtual attacks are capable of causing this kind of harm, however, so few cyberattacks would justify brute-force retaliation under such a standard. That’s not to say military-employed hackers won’t assert the right to respond to an attack by taking down an enemy’s computer system, though.

Regardless of official strategy, experts and officials have been debating how best to respond to cyberterrorism for years. Terrorism experts often warn that the next terrorist attacks could be virtual—though, so far, all actual cyberattacks have been minor in scope.

(PCWorld)

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Reduce Your Internet Cost

Let me give a warning up-front. If, like nature, you love to  waste, this article is NOT for you. Nature abhors Vacuum, i detest waste!

This is a follow-up to my article of October 26, 2010 titled “Save some money browsing on PC”.

The primary thrust of that article was to point out the possibility of running Opera Mini on a full-blown PC. You can, of course, also run any other Java MIDP application. There are articles all over the internet documenting how to do this. It would appear that the implication of this possibility was lost on many people.

To re-emphasize, there are two benefits of being able to run an Opera Mini (or Uc Web or any other Java-based browser) on your PC :

1.  SPEED – Running any server-assisted phone browser gives you the same snappy page loads that you are used to on your portable device

2. SAVES BANDWIDTH – The same data-size reduction of up to 85%, happens here.

Point number 2 is the reason for this sequel.

The important implication is this, you can use a 100MB or 150MB data bundle from any of the GSM companies for far longer than you ordinarily would. Ordinarily, you would not dare tether a phone with a measly 100Mb  /  150Mb data allocation for 30 days. It would get exhausted in a jiffy. The catch, however, is that with this method, you may not be able to get certain things done, like downloading. You will also be unable to load “dynamic pages”. The other limitations are minor.

For other forms of browsing, running your Opera Mini on the desktop is not just fast, but saves LOADS of Naira!.

If you are on LIMITED data plan or you have to watch your data consumption carefully, you can use this method whenever it is feasible. You may also combine it with using your normal desktop browsing with a full-fledge desktop browser.

It makes cents!

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Star times…Good times

Was driving through Ikota shopping complex, near VGC (Lagos), earlier today when a very visible banner stopped me in my tracks. There on the doors of Broadview Supermarket was boldly displayed; Startimes Decoder, N7000 plus one month subscription FREE! Best of all, monthly subscription is only N1,000 for 36 channels! Of course, I parked my car in the nearest free spot to check the stuff out. The nice sales lady in attendance was glad to show me what was on offer.Very nice programming, for the price, and the display would match the competition, DSTV’s non-HD channels. With an array of stations like E! Entertainment, etv (South African Station), MGM, BBC, Aljazeera, TBN, Kidsco, MTV Base, CCTVN, Trace, Discovery World, Bollywood TV, Setanta and a host of other Nigerian and foreign channels, it was impressive.

“Competition!”. That word gives be pleasurable feelings, deep in the pit of my belly. The recent crash in the price of acquiring DsTv (Digital Satellite Television) equipment from about N18,500 to N9,000 (Nine Thousand Naira) came as a shock to many. Time was when possession of the almighty DsTv system was something that gave you “bragging rights’ at pubs! When somebody told me he just saw the price slash in the papers, “Na lie!”, I blurted out unconsciously. But with Startimes’ offer, now I begin to see the picture more clearly.

StarTimes, a collaboration between NTA and its Chinese partners StarTimes of China, came into the DTH saltellite market then with a bang! They touted advantages such as:

–    N9,000 (Nine Thousand Naira) equipment cost

–    No need for any special installation (Plug N Play!)

–    Insusceptibility to inclement  weather

–    Portability of equipment

–    and above all, a friendlier introductory monthly subscription rate of N1,000.

People exclaimed “Wao” and rushed to them like “Puff-Puff”

StarTimes Centres and Dealerships started springing up left and  right…

Now, wait a minute,something told me DsTv will not fold it arms and allow its potential and existing customers to be snatched by this new entrant.

–    Their first response was to introduce a new bouquet of N1,500 to partially counter the N1,000 subscription rate offered by StarTimes. This, of course, merely addresses existing DsTv subscribers who may have been toying with the idea of switching over to “enemy camp”. It does not really provide any incentive for newbies to jump on “DsTv HighWay”

–    DsTv then applied the masterful stroke of slashing their equipment cost to THE SAME PRICE as StarTimes’. Take that, bloke! Case closed!

What salient lessons can we draw from this struggle, the struggle for our monthly donation (subscription) by these two companies?

FINANCIERS

The brains behind the StarTimes project – no doubt – saw a yawning market in DTH services in the country.

With the failure or comatose nature of cable and satellite companies like TrendTv, Trumpet Internet Television (TiTv), Frontage Internet Television (FiTv) and more recently,  HiTv and  DaarSaat– they must have thought that all they need to hit the fianancial jackpot is easy, “Offer good service at the right price”.

Well, current events show that it is not so simple…

You may have demand for a service (the market), have correct pricing, have the spread (the NTA backing) – and still fail in business. If the competion is established, and has over-developed financial biceps, you need to think outside the box.

GLADIATORS

To the “warring” parties, it shows that “leverage” (and the way you use it) is everything in business. DsTv already has the customer base, and arguably, the better financial base too. DsTv must have long broken even, having operated in Nigeria and a number of African Countries for years. They are therefore very able to engage this new entrant in a war of prices. Maybe that is why they are still beating around the bushing, reducing equipment costs instead of subscription cost. They can even go to the extreme of offering their decoders FOR FREE (even if temporarily). This is not likely to send them into financial oblivion. It is doubtful if StarTimes – having negligible customer base – can attempt to engage DsTv in this kind of fight! However with adequate Government backing, Startimes may be able to carve a sizeable market for itself.

StarTimes needs to do something that has nothing to do with price. It should be an added service of some sort. What, I do not know.

CONSUMERS / DEALERS

As consumers, it showcases the wisdom of not being an early adopter of anything new (especially in the technology world – where an established gladiator already exists). I will keenly and carefully watch  what steps StarTimes will be forced to take, now that all the balls are firmly in their court.

As dealers, the lesson here is never to put your eggs in one basket. I am sure people who went into the DaarSat dealership big-time are now biting their metaphoric fingers! When a company is new and small, it is always better to take baby steps – growing with them.

Additionally, it is wise to carefully define your target market.

Am I writing StarTimes off? Not in the least!

For them to survive this price war with Dstv they will need to re-think their business strategy. And fast too. For the life of me – if I am asked what strategic steps StarTimes can adopt to get out of this strangulation, I am likely to just shake my head and walk away in bewilderment!

That is the honest, ungarnished truth!

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Linux Mint – Israeli / Palestinian War on Linux Turf?

I honestly did not know there was any connection between Linux Mint & what is going on in the Middle East. Please click the link below for a good read.

http://abriefhistory.org/?p=774