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Finding Your Passion and Purpose in Life

Written By Pelagie Egbane Up until my university days in O.A.U,Ile-Ife, I never really gave any serious thought to what I really had passion for or what my purpose in life was…… For years I heard people say where your passion is, lies your million dollar. I heard so much about it, that I desired so much to know why God created me and what I naturally had passion for.(so I can start making my millions too)… The more I searched, the more it eluded me. I had people around me doing things, going into different businesses and I kept asking questions “ how did you know this is what you are meant to do?  They gave me answers, but it never really seem to satisfy my quest then. I started getting so hard on myself, I was so disappointed that as simple as it seems, I just could not place my hand on that ‘thing’ that I love to do that will yield millions of dollars for me… It cant be so difficult , can it? Of course growing up, I have had dreams of becoming so many things, from being a writer, to being a TV Presenter and ...

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Wole Oguntokun, a Successful Nigerian Playwright, Stage and Film Director Speaks to BI Empowerment about his Journey

The BI Empowerment team met with renowned Dramatist, Playwright, Poet and the Artistic Director of Renegade Theater, Mr Wole Oguntokun. He spoke to us about his journey so far. This interview inspired the whole team, we hope it inspires you too. Mr Wole Oguntokun is passionate about Nigerian youths and has partnered with BI Solutions to support us on our journey towards empowering graduates. We say thank you to Mr Wole for speaking to us. Enjoy the interview. Let’s meet Wole Oguntokun I am a Dramatist, a Playwright, a Poet and the Artistic Director of Renegade Theater. I am also the Founder of the Theater Republic. I actually studied Law in the university and I hold two Masters’ degrees in Law and in Humanitarian and refugees studies.   You studied law in the University and even have a Master’s degree in law.  How did you find yourself in drama productions? I made my way there. It wasn’t accidental. Everyone is born with a gift, I reckon, I was blessed to recognize mine after a while. I started with writing plays and then created platforms for putting them up.   Challenges faced while trying to get to the top In the beginning, very few people ...

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Meet the BI Empowerment Team

We are a young,  professional and fun team with a passion for youth empowerment. First up, we have Tokunbo Fasoro, we call her Toks. She is the Managing Partner at BI Solutions Nigeria, a Certified HR Professional and the Founder of BI Empowerment. She is vibrant, fun and loves to meet people. Her passion is to see young people discover what they want to become early in life and work hard to achieve it. Toks loves to chat with people and a chilled bottle of coke, on a sunny Lagos afternoon will win her heart. Next up , we have Ayo Akpewe, we call her Ayo. She is a Partner at BI Solutions Nigeria, a certified Digital Project Manager and the Lead Digital Consultant/Head of Operations. She has a passion for all things digital and you are likely to find her stuck in front of her laptop or any mobile device. A member of the BI Empowerment team who seeks to inspire youths to work hard , develop themselves and move with positive world trends.  Ayo is trying her best to live a healthy life but can’t resist a cold bottle of Teem.   Next on the team, we have Tosin Adekanmbi, ...

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If you can think it, you can do it – Tokunbo Fasoro

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IF YOU CAN THINK IT The first time I heard this slogan (If You Can Think It, You Can Do It)  was on a talk show “Moments with Mo” and I just fell in love with it. That phrase my mind set at that particular time. Growing up, I realized I had an inferiority complex. I felt everyone was better than me. It was so bad I remember a particular time that I thought Igbos were superior to the Yorubas and would always wish and tell people that I was an Igbo girl forgetting or even to young to understand that my name was a Yoruba name. I was always bullied in school, many times, my classmates would push my bed outside to the corridor and I would not mind just because I did not think I was good enough to be their friend and I wanted acceptance from them. I thought my self as a failure and unworthy of success. My mind was always pre occupied with negative thoughts until one day, my mom called me and told me she had been watching me and realized I did not believe in myself, what she told me that day changed ...

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A Message to 2016 NYSC Batch A Corp Members from the BI Empowerment Team

The BI Empowerment team would like to use this opportunity to congratulate the 2016 NYSC Batch A Corp Members who will be heading to camp today. First of all, we would want to correct a popular opinion that NYSC is a waste of time. It is not!  The one year work experience is the most important part of your CV to we Human Resources Consultants and in building a career both as a career person or an entrepreneur. We have a few nuggets for you 1. NYSC is the first work experience most graduates have, this is the time to prove that you are different from every other graduate. You need to work hard and stand out in your place of primary assignment. 2. Job responsibilities can be copied, we need you to get in there and achieve great things, initiate and Implement great Ideas that will make your CV stand out from others. 3. Do not go into a place and never leave a mark people can look back and say it was when this Corp member was here that he or she introduced this. A positive mark that will make people refer to you forever. 5. Aim at touching ...

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Ten Ways to Ruin a Job Interview

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Five – Ten minutes into a job interview can determine whether you get the job or not. We – HR professionals – don’t need more than that during any job interview. From the first question, we know if we are going to hire you.  Having a wonderful resume does not qualify you for a job, it qualifies you get an interview. Both ends needs to be taken cared of. You’ve sent out countless resumes and have finally been called in for a job interview. This is the point where you can make it or break it. If you perform well, you may finally get the job you’ve been looking for. Then again, if you commit one of these 10 ways to ruin an interview, you’ll be walking away with nothing to show for it. These do’s and don’ts should prepare you for the interview so you don’t make any mistakes. DO’S AND DON’T BEFORE ANY JOB  INTERVIEW 1. You didn’t research the company. 2. You came in late. 3. You didn’t dress for the part. 4. You kept the interview negative. 5. You gave canned responses. 6. You didn’t ask any questions. 7. You let your nerves get the best ...

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How to Answer the Job Interview Question

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“What’s your greatest weakness?” is the question that no one ever quite knows how to prepare to answer. This single question has the power to determine in one swift blow whether you are a potential asset or a liability to a prospective employer. Answering the Question Let’s take a look at what we don’t ever want to say first, and why. Never, never, never choose a weakness that demonstrates your inappropriateness for the job: The “Strength in Disguise” Weakness What do I mean by a “weakness that is really a strength in disguise”? Let me give you examples of such “weaknesses”: A. People Pleaser: “It’s important to me that everyone gets along in the workplace. In the past I have always gone the extra mile to help out whenever it is necessary in trying not to disappoint or let anyone down.” B. Workaholic: “In taking things to extremes, I have found that it is easy to get burned out by not balancing my time very well. I now however have a Day Planner to better organize and schedule my time, making sure I achieve a balance so that I can still be a valuable player.” C. Self Critic: “I feel ...

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How To Apply For Job You Are Not Qualified For

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How To Apply When You Don’t Meet The Requirement Are you ready for one of the best-kept secrets of the job search process? Unless the person doing the hiring has previously worked in the exact role he’s trying to fill, a fair amount of the job description is guesswork. Think about it: HR managers have to write a description that will simultaneously entice people to apply and ward off those who wouldn’t qualify for an interview. Also, haven’t you heard stories of a person who “met all of the qualifications” being passed over in the final stages for someone who “seemed like a better fit?” Probably so—because a company would much rather hire the candidate with two years of experience who seems like she could hit the ground running than someone with the requisite five years who failed to demonstrate strong communication skills. So what’s a job seeker who doesn’t quite meet all the requirements in a position description to do? Ask Yourself if You Could Do the Job Notice that we didn’t suggest asking, “Do you want the job?” or even, “How much do you want the job?” Honestly, those questions are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter how passionate you ...

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Mrs. Kehinde Iyiola Talks About Her Journey

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Mrs.Kehinde Iyiola, the CEO of Finesse events. One of the top event planning outfits in Nigeria speaks to the BI Empowerment team. Who is Kehinde Iyiola? Kehinde Iyiola is a lover of God, wife and a mother. I was birthed into a family of all girls and happened to be the 3rd or 4th child of the family. I’m a twin so am  always at war between myself and my twin sister of who is older. Attended Ascon Staff School, Badagry for my primary education. Lagos State Model College Secondary School, Kankon and  Lagos State University where I studied Law. I understand you weren’t born with a silver spoon, Did you have a particular mindset to succeed or did it just happen? I never wanted to be ordinary or dependent on anyone for financial support. It’s was a great passion burning inside of me to always think of something to do, that I will make legitimate money from. I stopped collecting money from my parent since I was in 200 level. It’s not because they didn’t have, my twin sister didn’t even school in Nigeria. I just wanted to be independent financially. I could recall back then, my Mum gives ...

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Nigerian Entrepreneur to receive N500million Grant

Grant Opportunities Over 1000 Nigerians will this year be beneficiaries of N500Million Naira Grant seed capital set aside for young Nigerian entrepreneurs and students. This was disclosed this week during the launch of the YES Grant Scheme by the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) in partnership with Heritage Bank, which took place at the Four Point Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. The event, which was very well attended by dignitaries, including representatives from the Nigerian University Commission (NUC), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), as well as captains of industries and top government functionaries as part of efforts to grow more indigenous entrepreneurs among young Nigerians and deliberately create over 50,000 jobs in the next 5 years of the program circle.   ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA The Entrepreneur YESGrant is a grant to your business and NOT A LOAN. To apply for the grant, the owner of the business applying must be a Nigerian between the ages of 18 and 40 and must be a registered member of the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF). The innovative idea of the entrepreneur must be from one of the following sectors: Agriculture Creative Economy (Fashion, Photography, Creative Arts, Music and Film Entertainment) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) ...

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