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‘I swim with great white sharks to harvest deadly sea urchins – and it doesn’t pay much’

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EXCLUSIVE: Dwane Herbert is one of just a few divers brave enough to harvest the delicacy known as spiky gold

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For many workers the daily grind feels very mundane as they count down the hours down until the weekend.

Nothing could be further from the truth for diver Dwane Hervert.

The 31-year-old is one of just a few brave souls who risk their lives every time they go to work in their search for ‘spiky gold’.

Dwane is a diver who spends his days in search of potentially deadly sea urchins.

The earned the nickname spiky gold because they are such a delicacy in Asian cuisine and can sell for huge amounts of money.

But for dad-of-two Dwane, from New Zealand, it’s all in a day’s work.

Not only does he have to contend with venemous sea urchins, which after 14 years of diving his body has now developed an allergy to, there are other predators in the sea Dwane has to be wary of.

He explained: “Great white sharks are always in the back of your mind. I’ve very recently had an encounter with one, just two weeks ago.

“He was a huge beast but he was very docile nd he was swimming round us and got really close up.

“You build up an appreciation for them – you have to respect them because as soon as you see one you have to realise that you’re the bottom of the food chain.”

Other terrifying beasts in the deep the divers regularly encounter include sea lions and seven gill sharks.

And it isn’t just the sea urchins and the ocean’s deadliest predators that Dwane and his diving colleagues have to be worried about.

Huge ocean swells can also prove deadly for these intrepid divers but this has always been the career Dwane wanted to follow.

He started diving when he was just seven and by the time he was 16 he knew he didn’t want to do anything else.

Dwane said: “My old man was a diver so I was always tagging along with him.

“I love getting away and being in the fjords with no one around – I just love the serenity.”

But the job doesn’t come without its professional challenges.

The day starts early with the crew getting the boat ready and then setting sail over night for the best place to harvest the spiky gold.

They’re usually in the water by 8am and dive using only snorkelling equipment.

Dwane said: “You can’t hold your breath for a long time – a minute or a minute and a half at most – because if you’re under for too long it means you need to spend more time on the surface.

“You’re up, down, up, down all day and you try to limit the amount of time you spend on the surface.”

Because the crew have to be ready to go as soon as a crop of sea urchins is spotted, making plans is impossible.

During November, which is their busiest time, Dwane had just four days in his own bed at home with his wife, Annabelle, and their two children, Coby and Eli.

And despite fetching £10 for just 200g of sea urchin, Dwane insists his dangerous job is far from lucrative.

He explained: “It’s  alot of work to get the parts of the sea urchin that we can sell, so it works out at no more than a normal salary.”

But the brave diver has no plans for a career change any time soon.

Spike Gold Hunters will be on Blaze at 9pm tonight.

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Laycon: Biography, Networth And All You Need To Know

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Olamilekan Agbeleshie popularly known as Laycon is BBNaija’s housemate for this year’s Lockdown Edition. Laycon before joining the house is a singer and a rapper who hails from Lagos.

The 26 year old was born in 1996 to Mr & Mrs Agbeleshe.

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Laycon started his music journey at an early age. Many have tagged Laycon as the new school of rap music in Nigeria. He is a graduate of the University Of Lagos with philosophy.

Laycon also describes himself as being versatile and able to coin words together to soothe scenarios and moods.

According to Laycon he said during the lockdown, he developed the ability of singing and reading my bible.

Achievement

His song ‘Fierce’ featuring rapper Reminisce and Chinko Ekun making it to MTV BASE Top ten charts for six months is one of his biggest achievements.

After his inclusion, Laycon has gotten numerous endorsements from most celebrities just for him being a rapper.

Laycon Social Media Handle

You can follow Laycon on his instagram account @itslaycon and on twitter @itsLaycoon

According to reports, Laycon is networth is estimated to be around $7,000

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“When the disqualified appears in the house before the winner” – Titans hail their queen as she addresses #BBNaija Lockdown housemates (Video)

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Fans of former Big Brother Naija housemate, Natacha Akide a.k.a Trident Queen have hailed her on social media after she addressed the present BBNaija housemates.

Tacha Akide was disqualified from the show last year after she got into a fight with Mercy Eke, who later won the show.

Prior to her disqualification and even after her disqualification, some Nigerians dragged her name in the mud, saying no brand would want to associate with her.

However things turned out differently for the influencer as she did not only secure deals, she also joined global telecom company, Oppo, as a brand partner.

Her fans were amazed today as she confidently addressed the current housemates. Since then, they have been disturbing the streets of social media, sharing the video on their IG stories and showering praises on their fave.

Watch the video below;

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8 Things You Don’t Know About BBNaija Dorothy Bachor (Biography)

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Big Brother Naija BBNaija Season 5 housemate, Dorathy Lynda Bachor also known as Dorothy has been able to gather a huge fan base hours after she entered into the BBN house.

We at Gistvic Blog have been able to put together Eight solid things you don’t know about BBN Dorathy.

See 8 Things/Biography Of BBNaija Dorothy Bachor:

  1. Dorathy full name is Dorathy Bachor Lynda.

  2. Dorathy Bachor obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) in 2016.

  3. Dorathy Discloses Her Celebrity Crush, It’s A Senator, See Who

One housemate who has gotten the attention of many is Dorothy. Many identify her by her heavy melons and her skin color. Most men on social media are seriously crushing on her because she’s naturally and heavily endowed. Dorothy doesn’t lose any chance by flaunting her assets on screens for her viewers.

However, Dorothy made a disclosure to the house who her favorite celebrity crush is. She revealed that she’s seriously crushing on Senator Dino Melaye, a former Kogi State lawmaker.

See how some social media users reacted to Dorothy’s choice of crush.

  1. Dorathy was born in the year 1996.

  2. Dorathy Bachor is from Delta State But Lives In Lagos.

  3. Dorathy finished from Lagos State Model college, Igbokuta.

  4. Dorathy Bachor lost Her Father at Age 14.

  5. Dorathy Bachor Lost Her Dad On November 2nd, 2010 at 2:37pm.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now worth $100 billion

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Mark Zuckerberg has joined the world’s most exclusive club of the ultra rich.

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The Facebook CEO on Thursday became a centibillionaire, someone who is worth at least $100 billion.

He crossed the milestone after shares in the social network surged. Only two other men, Amazon (AMZN)’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft (MSFT)’s Bill Gates, have bigger personal fortunes.

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Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook from his Harvard dorm room in 2004, and his biggest asset is still his 13% stake in the company, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires index, which tracks the world’s wealthiest people.

The 36-year-old is also Facebook’s chairman and controlling shareholder.

Zuckerberg’s wealth got its latest bump as Facebook’s stock climbed 6.5% Thursday, a day after the company launched its TikTok clone, Reels, on Instagram.

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BBNaija 2020: Nengi BBNaija Housemate Profile & Biography | BBN Pictures, Age, State, Occupation

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Rebecca “Nengi” Hampson is a 22 years old entrepreneur from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. She is a former model and MBGN Top 5 contestant who loves learning new things, having fun, travelling, taking on new adventures, and being true to herself.

Nengi, as she prefers to be called, studied communications at the University of Port Harcourt and is a proud Capricorn. She proclaims: “If you want the job done right, give it to a Capricorn. I give 110% of my energy and enthusiasm into everything I do.”

Full Name Rebecca Nengi Hampson
Age 22 Years (2020)
Sex Female
Nationality Nigerian
Place of Birth Bayelsa
Marital status Single
Occupation Model and Entrepreneur

Facts about Nengi

  • What new habit or skill did you acquire during lockdown?

The ability to talk to myself and enjoy the conversation.

  • What are your words to live by?

Live and let live.

  • What is your biggest achievement?

Getting my BSc. So many times, I could have dropped out, but I persevered.

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#BBNaija: Throwback photos of Lucy selling roasted plantain and fish

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Big brother Naija 2020 housemate, Lucy Essien once revealed to her fellow housemates that she used to sell roasted plantain (Bole) in Calabar.

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Lucy who was Head of House in the show’s second week, is a 30-year-old entrepreneur from Lagos state. Here are throwback photos of her from the hustle days.

Lucy is a self-proclaimed simple girl and assures everyone that she is far from average. She believes in fairy tales, and hopefully, Biggie’s House will deliver just that for her.


According to Lucy, her biggest achievement is her grill business, getting into Big Brother Naija, graduating with a 2.1 and not falling pregnant after all these years.

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BBNaija 2020: 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Erica

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Obviously, all of the housemates in the house had lives before going into the house and although we have access to these housemates lives 24/7, there are some things we still don’t know about them from watching the television.

So, We did some digging from the archives and we’re here today to share with you 11 things you didn’t know about BBNaija’s Erica.

1. She won Miss Photogenic at MBGN 2014.
You might not know this but Erica KNOWS that she’s good looking. In fact, she is so confident in her looks that she contested in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant in 2014. Although she didn’t take home the overall crown, she did win Miss Photogenic!

2. She was in a hit Nollywood movie.
Did you see or hear of the movie, Hire a Woman? Of course you did. But, did you know that Erica acted in this movie? In fact she did!

She played the character of Nifemi in the movie. Did you spot her? Maybe go and rewatch the movie then you’ll see her. It’s available on Netflix.

3. She’s a WORKING model.
When Erica says she’s a model, she’s just saying it simply for bants. No, Erica is an ACTUAL WORKING model, no be struggling.

She has done modelling work for companies including Nature’s Gentle Touch, Zaron Cosmetics, Access Bank, Diamond Bank, Hollandia, Globacom, Jumia, Stanbic IBTC, Etisalat and Peak Milk.

4. Her dream is to lead an action movie.
In an interview with The Guardian magazine, when asked what her dream is, Erica said:

My dream role would be to be the main character in an action film. I have always loved female action stars like Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron and dreamed of acting like them. I’m currently training myself to be ready whenever that role presents itself.

5. She has a foundation.
Erica is a girl who gives back. In 2018, she launched the Erica Nlewedim Foundation, a foundation that at one time, fed 1000 people during the Christmas holidays.

6. She worked in an oil company
Yup! Erica worked as the marketing manager for MEI Oil and Gas before going into the Big Brother house.

7. She has a hair company
Erica is also a business woman. She runs a hair company named Beluxia Hair of which she is the CEO.

8. Her name is special to her.
Erica posted (but has now deleted) an explanation about her name to Instagram and which part of it she doesn’t like answering to. She said:

My dad’s name is Eric Nlewedim. He calls me junior cos I’m named after him – Erica Nlewedim, my full name is Erica Ngozi Ugomma Blessing Nlewedim

9. She is an only child
Her and her mum are also really close.

10. She has a solid educational background
She started her secondary school education at Victory Grammar School in Lagos and completed the 6 years secondary school program at Command Secondary School in Ikeja, Lagos.

She then went on to pursue a BSc in Business Administration from Covenant university before later going to the Met Film School, London to learn acting for screen.

11. She won’t act nude.
For any casting directors or people fantasizing out there, squash your hopes now. In her personal profile for Mandy.com, a website for creatives to upload their profiles and find work, Erica disclosed that she will NOT perform nude.

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