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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Happy Birthday To One Of Our Partners, Temilade Zurike, CEO of T.Spices Catering Services

Yippee! Today happens to be the birthday of one of our partners, Mrs Temilade Zurike, the CEO of T.spices. She and her team has been the one supplying those appetizing and delicious meals for our trainings. The entire team of BI Empowerment wishes you a Happy birthday, we just want you to know that we love you. BIE READERS, could we kindly wish her a Happy Birthday on this platform. Thank you. Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 5

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BOI Begins 2nd Round Application Into YES Programme

Bank of Industry – The Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) programme is an ambitious programme by the Bank of Industry (BOI) aimed at addressing youth unemployment in Nigeria which is currently over 50%. According to a 2013 survey by the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), most of the capacity building programmes aimed at addressing youth unemployment, have concentrated more on training without any tie-in to the provision of small business loans, which is a critical success factor to the establishment of small businesses. In addition, they hardly take care of the entire training value chain in terms of Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Technical Skills. Bank of Industry’s N10 Billion Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) Programme Components of the YES Programme The YES-Programme comprises the following: Eight weeks extensive online Entrepreneurship and Business Management training which has the ability to test participants’ understanding and track their progress. Five (5) days in-class Entrepreneurship and Business Management training (5 modules). Technical skills training in partnership with the various technical training and vocational institutes in the country. Financing the businesses by BOI under its SME Cluster initiative in consonance with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Commodity-based Industrialisation Strategy. Successful Applicants will ...

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Go the Extra mile

An important principle of success in all walks of life and in all occupations is a willingness to ” Go The Extra Mile “; which means the rendering of more and better service than that for which one is paid, and giving it in a positive mental attitude. Search wherever you will for a single sound argument against this principle and you will not find it, nor will you find a single instance of enduring success, which was not attained in part by its application. We would love to share a story with you and we hope you will in some small way benefit from this story… Sometime last year, I was working as a barber somewhere on the Island. It was a hectic Friday and at 5:55 pm (5 minutes before closing), this man walked in. I told him that we already closed (shame on me). He said that he had to fly out that evening for a meeting tomorrow morning in Abuja, and he needed his hair done (his hair was a whole lot of mess), and our shop was the only place that was still opened. My colleagues were already “cutting eye for me” from the back, ...

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Registration Ongoing as BI Solutions Nigeria & NTNU, Norway Presents a one-day seminar on Exploring postgraduate opportunities in Scandinavian countries. (2 weeks to Event : Register Now)

Why Study in Norway? Norwegian Universities provide quality education with a wide range of courses and flexibility. The Norwegian institutions prove to be an ideal study destination with plenty of opportunities for students to fulfill their ambitions. Majority of the international courses in Norway are taught in English language. Students are also exposed and offered a great opportunity to learn the Norwegian culture and language. In addition, the international ambience is second to none as compared to most European Universities. The teachers are easily approachable and tuition are relatively free. Most institutions are well equipped with computer facilities and free Internet access. Furthermore, studies can be combined with exciting outdoor activities both in the winter and summer. Student can explore the Aurora Borealis (“Northern lights”), experience the midnight sun, fjords and mountains. Skiing, white water rafting or climbing are great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, clean water and lots and lots of space. BI Solutions Nigeria & Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Presents a one-day interactive seminar/workshop – Exploring postgraduate opportunities in Scandinavian countries: Your gateway to quality and affordable education. with Omosanya, Kamaldeen Olakunle (Dr.) PhD (Cardiff), MSc (Leeds), BSc (OOu), DCS (Mapoly) Norwegian University of ...

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Applications are now open for the next intake of Fellows for LEAP Africa’s Social Innovators Programme

The Fellowship connects  outstanding change agents to training, funding, and professional network support required to strengthen their existing initiatives and enhance their impact and sustainability. Are you eligible to apply? Intending applicants must meet the following entry requirement to be considered for the SIP Fellowship: Applicants must be Nigerians  resident in Nigeria Applicants must be between ages 18 – 35 years Applicants must be Initiators/ Cofounders of the named project/venture/enterprise/ Foundation Social enterprise must be creative, innovative & replicable Social enterprise must be contributing positively to impact local communities and lives of Nigerians in different sectors (E.g Health, Agriculture, Education, ICT etc.) Applicants must be Able to show proof of work done and impact beyond 12 months prior to date of application for the awards. (Initiative must be a minimum of two year in existence) Applicants must establish commitment to sustaining the initiative beyond Fellowship year Applications must be submitted online on or before July 15, 2016 .  The Social Innovators Programme (SIP) supports youth between 18 and 35 years, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria. Selected Fellows get a chance to join IYF’s globalYouthActionNet® community of over 1,100 young social innovators being supported by 21 ...

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APPLY NOW! 2016 World Bank/EDC WomenX Scholarship Programme for Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

  The World Bank is awarding Scholarship to Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria to learn at the Enterprise Development Centre. The World Bank in collaboration with the Enterprise Development Centre is giving Scholarship to Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria through the WomenX Program. The WomenX program is aimed at providing practical business education through a blended learning approach for 5 months, a 6-month face-to-face and online mentoring, help strengthen their networks and create linkages to access finance. Over a 3 year period, a total number of 500 female entrepreneurs will be awarded this scholarship in Nigeria. Application Deadline: July 30th, 2016 Duration of WomenX program The program consists of 17 modules, delivered in 28 days (in-class and online) spread over 5 months and includes a mentoring period of about 6 months. The Enterprise Development Centre, Pan- Atlantic University in collaboration with The World Bank will Provide practical Business Education through a blended learning approach (online and in- class training) Help strengthen Female Entrepreneurs network Offer Mentoring Create linkages between financial institutions and Female Entrepreneurs. Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for this program you need to: 1. Own a business in Nigeria. 2. Operate a business in a high-growth sector. 3. Business must ...

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7 LESSONS TO LEARN FROM THE LIFE OF MOHAMMED ALI “THE GREATEST”

  He was very confident – He looked it, smelt it and even talked it. Confident people have the potentials to be great. He let positivity drive him. He would always repeat to himself while boxing… “I am the greatest”, “I am the greatest”. Saying it to your self gives you some form of inner strength. The first time he lost, he took it with so much courage. Later that night, when he got back home, he began training to get back his position. He trained hard for 6 months, went back and got his title back. Never give up, always keep trying. He always works so hard – “No pain No gain”. He got up early, trained late into the nights. He could skip for hours. He could prepare as long as 6 months before a fight. If you want something, you’ve got to work for it. He broke his jaw on the 2nd round in the match between him and Ken Norton yet he never gave up. With so much pain he continued to fight until he got to the last round. When asked why he continued the match, he said “Maybe because I did not believe Norton ...

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Resume Tips for Job and Career Fair

Whether you’re a recent graduate seeking your first position or an experienced professional in search of a new opportunity, attending job and career fairs is one way to network and find job leads. Job fairs allow you to meet HR managers from various companies and industries, all housed under one roof for the day. These tips will help you make the best impression. Research Job Fair Companies It is usually possible to obtain a list of employers participating in a job fair ahead of time. The best-prepared candidates will have already spent time researching corporate cultures of the participating companies. Develop Multiple Versions of Your Resume After you’ve done your homework, tailor your resume based on your job objective, and consider bringing multiple versions to the career fair. Once candidates have done their research on participating companies, they can create a few different resumes targeting these companies. For example, someone interested in finance can research typical job titles and types of responsibilities and then create several different versions accordingly. They also might create one resume targeted to working for banks and another one tailored to working for the finance division of a large firm. You should also prepare a general ...

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THE POWER OF A DREAM – Tokunbo Fasoro

You can do it

I read a book titled the “Nigeria of my dream” written by Sam Adeyemi (Who actually is one of my mentors) While reading, I came across some inspiring and powerful quotes on ‘The power of dreaming” I thought to share with our BIE Readers. This could change a readers mindset forever. “There is nothing that man has created that did not exist first as a mental picture in picture in somebody’s mind” “A leader sees farther and further than anybody else. He or she has the capacity to see things, not just the way they are but the way they could be” “This world would never move forward without those who can see glory in the midst of shame”     “The moment a dream or a vision takes shape in your heart, the resources needed to make that vision a reality begins to flow towards you” “A dream inspires you to be persistent and to try again when you experience temporary setbacks” “What you believe is what you become” “What stops us from succeeding most of the time is not what we think we are but what we think we are not” Someone start dreaming! It actually all starts ...

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7 THINGS TO AVOID WEARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

Avoid wearing tight clothing: It might not only give the wrong impression, it may also be distracting. The interviewer should focus on your skills not your figure. Short Clothes: Some interviewees wear really short clothes and it is obvious they are even uncomfortable. For an interviewer with morals, you have practically failed the interview without even saying a word. Avoid wearing overly casual clothes: Do not wear jeans, tennis shoes, shorts, T-shirts, hats, flip flops, sandals and flat shoes (Ladies). Ladies, wearing heels helps your posture. A good posture not only gives an air of confidence it makes you look smart and professional. Garments with messages written on them are a definite NO! NO! Avoid wearing obnoxiously colored suits such as yellow and red for the men, busy printed shirts or overly patterned ties (except you are interviewing as a clown of course!). It sums you up as unserious and can be very distracting for the interviewer. Save the fun till after you have got the job. Anything Distracting: Women should avoid exposing their cleavage or anything too revealing. No brightly colored dresses, make up should be minimal. Dresses with sleeves are preferable to sleeveless clothes. Both men and women ...

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