Sunday, May 03, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
General Muhammadu Buhari who had earlier ran unsuccessfully for presidency three times, re-branded himself and his political team before contesting and winning the 2015 presidential elections. Below CNN's African Start-Up examines Buhari's campaign strategy and reveals the key business lessons entrepreneurs can adapt for startup success.
If at first you don't succeed... keep going
This wasn't the first time Buhari had run for the highest political office in Nigeria -- in fact, it was his fourth attempt. He could have quit on several occasions, but didn't, and his persistence was rewarded at last month's polls.
Buhari's endurance and perseverance in the face of setbacks is a key lesson young entrepreneurs can take heed of, says Femi Longe, co-founder and programs director at CcHub, a tech innovation space in Lagos
"The reality is that starting a business is everyday slog," explains Longe, who is an expert in social entrepreneurship. "A huge chunk of startups is just surviving to see the next day. You don't know when the big break will come."
Learn from mistakes and don't be afraid to re-brand
Another area for entrepreneurs to take into consideration is Buhari's readiness to learn from the previous unsuccessful bids and make changes to the way he communicated his message.
"He was willing to smile a bit more, was willing to dress in the outfits of the different tribes, he was willing this time to actually campaign extensively across the country to change the image that people had of him," says Longe. "There was a lot of work to make him more presentable."
Similarly, startups need to be flexible and be able to adapt their campaigns to meed the needs of their target markets. Longe explains: "At the end of the day it's about your customers, it's about your users. And you need to think about how does my business appeal to each of their individual needs and concerns while not losing my core essence."
Focus on setting the right agenda
Buhari has also been praised for reading the ground reality accurately and delivering a focused and consistent message. Lazarus Apir, program manager of Transition Monitoring Group, a not-for-profit organization that helped monitor and corroborate official results, explains that even in Buhari's failed attempts in previous elections, he showed an unwavering focus on his outlook for the country.
"Focus is very crucial," he says. "Buhari said security, he said corruption, he said infrastructure -- all of these problems have continued in Nigeria and today they are only at their worst. "He has kept the focus of things that he is seeing. If anyone wants to build a business empire for themselves, it is very important that they maintain focus. There is a temptation is to be overly dynamic but then (entrepreneurs) lose focus."
Find the right team
Many experts have hailed Buhari's choice of Yemi Osinbajo as running mate as part of the election success story -- a cue entrepreneurs can take in their business plans, says Longe.
"The last time (Buhari) ran, he didn't have the appeal across the country. And this time he had an alliance that gives him appeal across the country. He has people that helped with improving the image of the areas where people had worries about his personality. He was able to work through all of them," he continues.
"We are not judging him as an individual but the collective capabilities of the team around him. The focus is not on one man but the team. Where the man himself has a weakness, the rest of the team can cover that and you need to have your A-players in charge."
Embrace social media and use it properly
Social media has globally become one of the most important tools for candidates during election campaigns -- and Nigeria's race was no exception. Cynthia Mbamalu, programs manager at Nigerian youth charity YIAGA, said platforms like Twitter and Facebook helped the Buhari campaign to reach population pockets that they could have otherwise missed.
"Social media provided the opportunity to connect with Nigerians, especially young people," she explains. "For the first time in a long while there were tweets targeted mainly at promoting the person of General Buhari and the party's vision for Nigeria."
Mbamalu says the main selling point for startups to incorporate social media into their ongoing strategies is that it allows businesses to enter a vibrant marketplace and engage with customers.
"Customer satisfaction is vital in every business endeavor; people are more open to a system that guarantees that their opinions are important. Social media provides the right amount of buzz a viable business idea may need."
But she adds: "Businesses need to understand intrigue, trends and interplay on social media to strategically carve its niche."
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Not minding its size, a proud lion decided to take on his rival -as he fought a buffalo in a desperate bid to survive and prove that he's really the king of the jungle...The wild animals were pictured during their bloody clash which later left both of them dead... Both animals died as a result of the clash. The lion succumbed to injuries two days later while the buffalo later died of infection (No victor, no vanquished)Photo Credit; Matt Armstrong-Ford,
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Even the King of the Jungle knows when he is outgunned, and facing an entire herd of buffalo, this lion made the wise decision to leg it. The brilliant pictures showing an absolutely terrified lion with dozens of buffalo hot on his heels, were captioned on the Masai Mara in Kenya by two photographers on safari.
Culled from Daily Mail
Friday, January 23, 2015
This is not a post to smear or support any political party in Nigeria but to bring to light 'behind the scene' happenings in the country.... The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters have been voicing out the good works done under President Jonathan's administration especially in the Aviation sector with photos to show the improved state of airports in the country....But the All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters have labeled the pictures as the "proposed" plan of Nigerian airports, posting the "real" masterpiece (below)...What is the real state of the Nigerian airports??
Under my administration, 22 airports were re-modelled; 5 terminals are under construction, GEJ says...
A Christian blogger has come under heavy criticisms over a post she wrote on her Personal blog on the issue of wearing leggings, Yoga pants and all associated forms of tight wears....The Christian wife and mother Veronica Partridge who came under blasts recently after the post went viral online (shared over 50,000 times on Facebook) said in an interview that she was surprised by how much attention the post got -mostly negative.
This is what she posted on her blog;
For the past several months, I have been having a conviction weighing heavy on my heart. I tried ignoring it for as long as I could until one day a conversation came up amongst myself and a few others (both men and women). The conversation was about leggings and how when women wear them it creates a stronger attraction for a man to look at a woman’s body and may cause them to think lustful thoughts. God really changed my heart in the midst of that conversation and instead of ignoring my convictions, I figured it was time I start listening to them and take action.
I went home later that day and shared the convictions I was having with my husband. Was it possible my wearing leggings could cause a man, other than my husband, to think lustfully about my body? I asked my husband his thoughts on the matter when he got home. I appreciated his honesty when he told me, “yeah, when I walk into a place and there are women wearing yoga pants everywhere, it’s hard to not look. I try not to, but it’s not easy.”
I instantly felt conviction come over me even stronger. Not that I wasn’t feeling it earlier, or else I wouldn’t have thought twice about the conversation, but after talking to Dale, it hit me a lot harder. If it is difficult for my husband who loves, honors, and respects me to keep his eyes focused ahead, then how much more difficult could it be for a man that may not have the same self-control? Sure, if a man wants to look, they are going to look, but why entice them? Is it possible that the thin, form-fitting yoga pants or leggings could make a married (or single) man look at a woman in a way he should only look at his wife?
And at that moment, I made a personal vow to myself and to my husband. I will no longer wear thin, form-fitting yoga pants or leggings in public. The only time I feel (for myself) it is acceptable to wear them, is if I am in the comfort of my own home or if I am wearing a shirt long enough to cover my rear end. I also want to set the best example of how to dress for my daughter. I want her to know, her value is not in the way her body looks or how she dresses, but in the character and personality God has given her. I have been following the vow I made to myself for the past couple of weeks now and though it may be difficult to find an outfit at times, my conscience is clear and I feel I am honoring God and my husband in the way I dress.
Monday, January 19, 2015
When talent meets purpose, when beauty meets brain, that's all there is to say about Emeka Darlington who is fast making his way up the ladder in the Nigerian entertainment industry...With an un-skewed talent, he has risen to become a beloved in the industry...
Emeka is an uprising actor/model who is based in Lagos, Nigeria, with a flare for moving his audience both on screen and off screen...The graduate of Chemical Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, started acting right from his school days which helped him build up his niche of talents.. Emeka who is also an accomplished model was the runner-up of a reality TV show – D’bats. He has also appeared in several TV advertisement campaigns and commercials as well as print jobs.
Movies: Red Carpet. Moonwalker. The Antique. Protégé. Heaven’s Hell. Evasion. October 1. How to Marry a Diva. Naked Wire. Oasis. Indecent Dressing. 5th Night. The Undertaking and so on.
Comedy Series: Adventures of Kunle Thomas. AJoke’s Kitchen.
Soap Opera: Emerald
Short Film: Enter the Pilate , Mr Blue
Currently, Emeka is working on the movie – Getting Rich in Las Gidi. A fillm produced by Darasen Richard. Alongside acclaimed actors such as: Jide Kosoko, Wale Ojo, Ricardo Agbor and a host of others.
In 2014, Emeka participated in the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) training workshop in Calabar, Nigeria. Out of hundreds of students, he was one of the top ten to be selected to attend a Summer Program in America in 2015, where he will study acting. All we can say is that we wish him the very best in his career and all other endeavors in life..
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
British Journalist Ian Birrell Writes 'Heroic' Article On Late Stella Adadevoh,The Doctor Who Died So Nigerians Could Live
Prolific journalist Ian Birrell has hailed Nigerian/International hero late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh who sacrificed herself to ensure that Ebola didn't explode in Nigeria...The former deputy editor of the Independent who also worked as a speechwriter for David Cameron (British Prime minister) during the 2010 election campaign published an article praising her heroics...Read below
As we reflect on another turbulent year, which saw the first annexation in Europe since the Second World War and hideous savagery reshaping the Middle East, we should step back and salute the heroes beneath those headlines of chaos and carnage. Nowhere could they be seen with greater clarity than in the core of the Ebola epidemic. During my few days in Liberia, I came across African doctors and Western disease control experts who rushed to help alongside scores of locals daily risking their lives to save their nation.
Yet I will never forget talking to a fearful family down a side street in Monrovia beside a clinic overflowing with Ebola patients. The father had already seen his mother and oldest daughter die of the disease; now his three remaining children were sick and desperately seeking treatment. One small child lay her listless head on his shoulder, while an older daughter was the sickest I have seen anyone still standing as she whispered to me she had been ill for a week. “I am so scared,” she said.
They are possibly all dead now, alongside many others I met in Monrovia, for one of the most awful things about the virus is the cruel way it carves through close-knit families and communities. But thinking of them inspired me to ask for your tolerance in allowing me to choose my hero of the year, a woman who laid down her life to ensure many more people around the world did not suffer like that poor family.
Her name was Ameyo Stella Adadevoh. She was a devoted mother, a dedicated doctor and descendant of Herbert Macaulay, a famous nationalist and one of Nigeria’s founding fathers. Now she deserves to share her great-grandfather’s iconic status for her selfless actions ensured Ebola did not explode in Nigeria. Had it done so, a local disaster that has killed 7,700 people and crippled three countries could have turned into a global nightmare given her nation’s huge population, shambolic public services, conflict-ridden north and connections with the rest of the world.
It was back in July when a 40-year-old man named Patrick Sawyer entered the First Consultant Hospital in Lagos with symptoms that suggested malaria. A Liberian civil servant with US citizenship, he denied being in contact with any Ebola patients despite his sister having just died of the virus, vomiting heavily on the plane that flew him to Lagos and then collapsing on arrival in West Africa’s busiest transport hub. It is thought he possibly wanted to reach a celebrated Pentecostal church.
Ebola was unknown in Nigeria but Adadevoh – the long-serving duty consultant in a private clinic – was rightly suspicious so isolated her patient and alerted local health officials. Sawyer became aggressive and demanded to leave, claiming he had to attend a conference in a coastal town and calling his contacts. So at one stage she had to resist threatening calls from Liberian diplomats, accusing her of kidnapping him. Another time she had to physically restrain her screaming patient as he yanked out his intravenous tube, spraying highly contagious blood around the room.
After five days, Sawyer died – and then Adadevoh was found to have caught the wretched virus. On August 19, she succumbed to the disease, as did three of her colleagues. But their legacy could be seen in the impressive way Nigeria responded, tracking down and monitoring 898 people linked to Sawyer, including a nurse who had travelled 310 miles to another town. One subsequently infected doctor had another 526 contacts. The state governor displayed exemplary leadership; film stars and posts on social media helped explain the disease and its dangers. By mid-October, Nigeria was declared Ebola-free after just seven deaths.
This was a brilliant performance from a much-maligned nation. As one senior United States official said, the last thing anyone in the world ever wants to ever hear are the words “Ebola” and “Lagos” in the same sentence. This conjures up images of apocalyptic urban outbreak in a bustling mega-city of 21 million people, the biggest in Africa and full of the sort of over-crowded slums that could see the virus spread terrifyingly fast.
It would have been easier for Adadevoh to discharge her difficult patient or pass him to a bigger hospital. Instead, a strong woman carried out her duties, her steely determination and ultimate self-sacrifice serving as a salutary reminder of shared humanity and the power of public service. Her brave stance offers a stinging rebuke to the fatal complacency of so many in the international community over Ebola – and to the patronising ignorance of all those Westerners who think they are the real saviours of Africa.
Adadevoh was just one Ebola victim among many, one more person who briefly flared in the headlines before flickering attention turned to news of death and destruction from elsewhere. But the globe owes this courageous woman its gratitude. She deserves to be hailed as the true hero of 2014.Read full from Independent.co.uk
Sunday, December 28, 2014
For chain smokers who believe they can't do without their 'precious sticks', a method or better still a short-cut to stopping the habit has been revealed.. A former chain smoker and British medical doctor, Dr Max Pemberton has compiled a step by step exercise to aid in the quitting programme...Hear him below.
I loved smoking. Or at least I thought I loved it. As a doctor, I knew how bad it was for me, but that didn’t stop me doing it. In fact, if simply knowing the health risks of smoking stopped people doing it, then no doctor or nurse would ever light up a cigarette – and that’s simply not the case. Throughout my 20s I told myself I’d give up one day. Then my 30th birthday came and went. It was several more years before I realised that if I didn’t make a concerted effort, I’d be smoking until I died. But the thought of stopping smoking made me profoundly sad. I didn’t want to stop doing something that I enjoyed so much. I was in a muddle. I loved smoking, but I knew it was killing me.
I had helped smokers get out of their predicaments using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), so surely I could use this to help get myself out of my own.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Dele Momodu a Nigerian Journalist/ Publisher, motivational speaker and businessman writes via Thisdaylive;
Fellow Nigerians, today is one of those days that I don’t even know where to start from. I’m sure you won’t blame me for finding myself in this lethargic and somnambulist state. I feel like I’m in a trance with events spiralling out of control at the speed of light. But this incredible stories need to be told somehow. Man proposes but God disposes. I had planned to write on a different topic entirely and had even completed the mental draft before things started falling apart. It seems I was in a spiritual mood from the beginning of this week and I just allowed myself to move as the spirit directed.
My original plan was to leave London to Dubai on Tuesday and spend one night before connecting to Accra on Thursday morning but I changed plans at the last minute and decided to do an immediate connection from Dubai. It was to prove a fortuitous decision. I spent about four hours enjoying the bliss of Dubai on Wednesday morning as I marvelled at what transformation a visionary Leadership can achieve almost effortlessly. I had helped to market Dubai to Africans about 12 years ago at the invitation of British Trade Partners to Ovation International and I never cease to marvel at how much Dubai has changed since then. But that is another story for another day.
As I boarded the magnificent Emirates flight, little did I realise the shocker that awaited me. Just before the doors of the plane were shut, two Nigerians sauntered in from the blue and one of them turned out to be Nigeria’s only former military Head of State and Civilian President, the irrepressible General Olusegun Obasanjo, and his ubiquitous Personal Assistant, Alhaji Akande. As he sat down, I approached him calmly and despite our differences, prostrated to greet him as any well brought up man would do, shook hands and returned to my seat after a brief chat with his warm PA. Of course, as a reporter, my journalistic antenna had instantly jolted into action. Since we were the only two people on the second row, it was a bit easy to accomplish my mission of observing a former President on an eight-hour commercial flight. I engaged in internal monologue and stream of consciousness: would he eat and drink like a normal civilian would do? Would he drink, sleep, and use the same washroom after flying Presidential jets for so long…? It was an uncommon private glimpse of one of Africa’s most influential men.
A few people who recognised him went to greet him, including the Emirates crew who had asked me if they could snap some pictures with him. Say what you will, former President Obasanjo is actually a very charismatic, intelligent and canny leader despite his rustic disposition. This accounts for the tremendous influence he wields on the Continent and indeed outside it. In addition, ladies in particular find him attractive and see in him traits of a strong man who brooks no nonsense. And one thing is certain, women are astute in unearthing, understanding and appreciating power and its source. I was very impressed with his cosmopolitan carriage and he was truly Presidential. He exuded an aura of intense confidence and you could not but feel his vibrations throughout the flight. I was stunned at his capacity for hard-work as he was kept busy by calls after calls most of the flight. Emirates is in the vanguard of airlines in this regard, allowing you to make calls on your mobile phone during the flight.
The former President was only able to take a short nap and ate some light meal. What I made of his many calls was that Obasanjo was controlling Nigeria from the skies of Middle East all the way to Africa. His attention was badly needed and I should have known that something serious was about to happen. For the only man in Nigeria’s history to have ruled as military Head of State for three years and eight years as civilian President, Obasanjo is too entrenched in every facet of Nigerian life to be ignored. His views are much sought after by both friends and foes alike. When he voices an opinion or in keeping with character delivers his usual epistle on aspects of the state of the nation, the country reverberates as if shaken by an earthquake. Anyway, we landed safely and went our different ways.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Njideka Akunyili, daughter of the late great prof Dora Akunyili may not be known to most Nigerians due to her humble background....The U.S.-based star artist who sets a high pace anywhere she goes with series of accolades has been labelled by art lovers as the real deal in the art world.... The Yale University graduate was born and raised in Nigeria, but went to University in the United States, and is married to an American.
According to Huffington post, five of her large figurative collage paintings sold out in just half an hour at Art Basel in 2012...She was also selected for the prestigious Studio Harlem residency program in 2011-2012 and is currently one of the three artists in its exhibition Primary Sources.
According to award winning journalist Funmi Iyanda, the only piece of African contemporary art at the Yale art gallery /museum, which is one of the oldest such institutions in America is by Njideka..
A double major in art studio and pre-medical in college, Akunyili explained in an interview why she decided to become an artist :
“Nigeria needs more artists than doctors. There’s nothing wrong with medicine. But if you think about our population. The estimate is 150 million of something ridiculous like that. But we don’t have a presence with a lot of things. Especially in the creative field.”With the level of achievements and success, all can confirm that Njideka's a true daughter of the deceased Nigerian icon Professor Dora who in her life time received series of honorary recognitions for the great work done...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Inverse Proportion; See Epic Photos Of The World's Tallest Man And World's Shortest Man Meeting Together
It was a thing of joy and fun when the men with inverse heights met together for the first time to celebrate the Guinness World Record Day....The world's tallest man Sultan Kösen, who is 8ft 1in. tall and the shortest man Chandra Dangi who is just 21.5ins posed for photos outside the Houses of Parliament to mark the book's 60th anniversary....
The annual broke a record of its own in 2004 when it became the world's best-selling copyright book. Guinness World Record Day was set up to commemorate the date.