Sunday, August 17, 2014
Think about this; if something belongs to you, and it is of value to you, naturally its wise usage and maintenance will be of interest to you, to ensure its effectiveness. We've used up and keep using up our country (carelessly) without a maintenance plan.
An average Nigerian does not 'believe' this country belongs to him/her and so cares less about her. Take a look at our structures. As simple as a good maintenance plan for our existing structures can comfortably make our country almost as beautiful as any developed country. I say 'almost' because I acknowledge that their rate of development is faster than ours (for now).
Jos, the capital of Plateau State, used to be a town worth going to on vacation but following different crisis perpetuated by certain Nigerians, Jos has become a shadow of itself. We have misused the town following various crisis created by our minds.
Nigeria is gifted with beautiful natural sites but who will own the land and make it a duty to harness & create something out of it?
Our human capital are both misused and not 'maintained'. Consider how our youths are used to perpetuate evil, in a country where they should be making innovative decisions as leaders. Our current leaders do not see the need to own us and invest wisely in us, knowing that our success is their success and that of the entire nation.
Who cares for Nigeria? The pains of dis-unity it bears, the effect of our molestation on her, the damage our malignant tumour-ous activities on her brain. I ask again who cares for our country?
How far do we wish to go on taking all we can from her, weakening her and giving nothing back? And then we stand and curse her with words like ' this country is not going anywhere' this country is hard' our followers are ungrateful' our leaders are selfish'.....and so on. Even the Bible let's us know that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Ironically, we speak death to our Country and complain that it is dead.
Dear Nigerian, before you throw trash on the road, run a traffic light, spoil the tap of runny water in your office and walk away, use youths to rig election, sponsor terrorists, brain wash innocent kids on the streets for evil, send your child to a UK school and watch ASUU strike for months, keep avoiding retirement such that the younger generation don't come into office, curse our leaders and followers, before you get involved in these acts, stop and ask yourself 'Who owns Nigeria?
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Happy International Youth Day!
"If we don't take care of our future, if we don't make sure that young people are really given opportunities to realise their potential then we cannot hope to develop our continent." – Mo Ibrahim
Building a generation of sound mind
The theme for this year's International Youth Day (IYD) reminds me of my trip to the psychiatric hospital in 2010. I had an enlightening interview session with two doctors on the alarming increase of factors affecting mental health and the socio-cultural vices limiting medical interventions and treatment of mental disorder. You might want to check out the full report here.
As we mark yet another exciting IYD with a focus on "Youth and Mental Health", I hope the day will not just be a whirlwind of activities. Each and everyone of us must commit and positively reach out to a young person in our community [neighborhood] and consciously mentor, support, groom, liberate him or her for a better today and tomorrow. This will reduce young people's vulnerability to mental disorder.
If you know a young person- out-of-school youth, or undergraduate, kindly forward this link [http://www.scribd.com/doc/210221423/Half-A-Loaf-A-Bakery-by-Jennifer-Ehidiamen-and-Funso-Bukoye] to download a free copy of "Half a Loaf & a Bakery," a book on youth volunteering, education, entrepreneurship and employment. It also tells the story of how five young people who are top leaders in their fields today started out. Please follow this link to download a copy of the book for FREE.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
For all the entrepreneurs who meet the minimum requirements, please read below and apply to take part in TECHCAMP WEST AFRICA.
GhanaThink in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Ghana is organizing TechCamp West Africa in Accra, Ghana from November 14 - 16, 2014 to address the primary concern of youth in the region -- “Unemployment and Job Creation.” Our objective as solution seekers is to create and develop a lasting network of change agents to increase regional communication, coordination, and ultimately trade across West Africa. Together with private sector experts, the 100 selected participants will explore obstacles to small business growth and share best practices for private and social entrepreneurs for solving regional challenges through idea-sharing, collaboration, partnership and learning. Intrigued? Apply to be part of TechCamp West Africa at www.techcampwestafrica.org http://www.techcampwestafrica.org/ before August 15.
Come and share, explore, and build with us at TechCamp West Africa. For more information, see www.techcampwestafrica.org or contact GhanaThink via Twitter @GhanaThink or US Embassy Ghana @USEmbassyGhana
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Advice to potential investors or entrepreneurs
Sani: People invest in businesses and after a few years pack up. You don’t just venture into business and expect to start making money. In this town, I have seen a lot of businesses come up and fold up- I have seen people open shop and close up. When we go into business, we should not expect to see profit immediately. That is where our people loose focus. When you start up a business, you should have a plan B. Plan B is where you can now be getting funds to feed yourself and family. Whatever business you start, it needs to be nurtured. It is like the Apple. You know when you want to enjoy your apple, you don’t just buy your apple and start eating it. You will not enjoy it. When you buy the apple, you wash it. If possible, if you are not allergic to cold, you will freeze it. Then, you wait. When it is chilled, you bring it out. Then you place it on a saucer, pick a knife and gradually cut and enjoy it. You don’t just buy the apple and bite it. How do you chew it? It becomes a problem. What I advice is when we invest into a business, take enough time to nurture that business, watch it carefully. Look at the result. Listen to the feedback, whether it is positive or negative. Most people don’t even watch business programmes on TV, they find it boring, they prefer movies. There is nothing wrong with it. But these are things that can help out. So that when the business has any challenge you’ll have the patience to tackle it.
Read the full interview on RURAL REPORTERS
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Here is the one-on-one interview held in his office based in Lafia, Nasarawa state.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
"If you are looking to engage your kids with a different kind of learning and activity outside the classroom during the long holiday. This may be for you. Creative writing/story telling, critical thinking, crafts with ankara, financial literacy and more. It runs for two weeks." Contact @BetricEbunoluwa for more info!
Monday, June 23, 2014
She Leads Africa Launches Female Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition in West Africa, $10,000 Cash Prize for 1st Place
She Leads Africa has announced the launch of a business pitch competition exclusively for female entrepreneurs, which will give the most promising female entrepreneurs in West Africa a platform to connect to prominent mentors, business funding and new market opportunities.
Finalists will be paired with mentors to help advance their businesses and the entrepreneurs will be brought to Lagos to pitch their businesses to a panel of notable business personalities including Hakeem Belo-Osagie Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria; and Ngozi Edozien, CEO InVivo Partners; and Bola Adesola, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank. Finalists will compete for a $10,000 cash first place prize, one-on-one meetings with venture capitalists, legal advice from a premier law firm, free business lines and internet packages for a year, tablets, SME accounting software and more.
The Pitch Competition is supported by sponsors Etisalat, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, FSDH Capital, Start Smart Ghana and media partners Genevieve Magazine, Tech Cabal, Venture Burn, and Bella Naija.
Applications for entrepreneurs open June 23rd and will close July 30th 2014. For more information please visit: www.SheLeadsAfrica.org or email: info (at) sheleadsafrica.org.
About She Leads Africa
She Leads Africa is a social enterprise ensuring that women are part of Africa’s growth story by helping female entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks, and financing to build and scale strong businesses.
Web site: www.SheLeadsAfrica.org
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