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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Meet Opeyemi our Editor in Chief

Hello everyone, I trust that you are all having a good day. Today, we would like to introduce a member of our team, a very special asset to the BI Empowerment team in the person of Opeyemi Komolafe, our Editor in Chief. She has been handling the editing of all our content and ensuring that our reputation for providing relevant and empowering content is undiluted. A certified HR practitioner with over a decade of experience in aviation, consulting, publishing, healthcare and the educational sectors, she is passionate about people development and believes that because human beings are the best resource, empowering them is one of the most productive engagements in a person’s lifetime. Her favorite quotes include “Since man is the best resource, developing and empowering that resource is like recreating the Midas touch. Everything that man touches afterwards can turn into gold”. She is also known to state emphatically ” Life is short, make it count”! Ope loves acting, movies, meeting people and God. She is happily married with 2 beautiful children. BI Empowerment Team Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 1

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Beyond Beauty – The Jokotade Story

‎Jokotade and I met last month in Houston and within seconds got talking and just couldn’t stop, she is beautiful, brilliant and amazing and I just thought it was important for BIE readers to learn from her inspiring story. Enjoy. Vivian “Jokotade” Adeniyi popularly known as “Jokotade” is a Nigerian-American author, speaker, and thought leader on topics relating to women, business and leadership. She is the founder of The Jokotade Network where she hosts a group of talk shows with audiences in over 100 countries. Along with serving a large audience, she is a wife, mother and an entrepreneur running in her own lane. Her life as a serial entrepreneur began at the age of six when she started assisting her mother with her retail goods business in Tejuosho. She has since launched a growing list of businesses including one of Houston’s full-service design and print firms – a company she started with less than $100 over 12 years ago. Jokotade was born in Lagos and moved to the United States of America with her Parents in 1997 after completing her secondary school in Federal Government College Lagos, Ijanikin. Upon arrival in the United States, Jokotade got to work beginning ...

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How to get a job through Networking – Tokunbo Fasoro

“The job you want may not be advertised at all” I remember at some point in my life, I took sometime time off work to have my baby and was ready to get back to work . One day I was with a neighbor, while chatting I mentioned that I was ready to get back to work. A few days later she called me and asked me if I was interested in a role. She said to me that the position just opened in an organization she was presently handling a project for, that the MD just mentioned it to her.  She immediately told the MD about me and I was scheduled for an interview and that was how I got the job. “The job was never advertised, my network got me the job” Lots of times, many jobs are not advertised. People get jobs through referrals all the time.  You just might know someone that knows someone that can get you that dream job. Social media have connected lots of people together, you definitely will have people in your network you have not seen years, some may just  be acquaintances, old classmates, colleagues etc, there will be definitely  someone ...

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Why Be Average When Excellence Is Possible? – Zika Nwaise

Hello dear BIE readers, I trust you are all doing good! I know you all must have missed me(as I did you) but don’t worry, I have prepared something special to make up for all the time I was away. It’s a clip from my autobiography, a story of how I learnt to do more and go the extra mile. I learnt so much from that experience and I thought to share with us- who knows? I just might be helping someone out. Read and be inspired. When I was 20 years old, I joined a department in church and I was so zealous and enthusiastic that I would jump at everything I was asked to do.If I was given a task with a deadline of a week later, I would return with feedback as early as a day or two after. I continued like this for months and was expecting that in very short period I would be promoted in that department.Unfortunately I wasn’t. I remained in that position for about two years and would always be commended with comments like “Good job girl”!Or given a ‘thumbs up’ for doing well. I wasn’t satisfied with that so I started ...

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NO PAIN, NO GAIN – Tokunbo Fasoro

Last week Monday, I left my house, situated at a certain area in Lagos by 5:27am. I had a training commencing at 8:00am, but I was stuck in traffic. I did not get to my destination in Victoria Island until 9:10am. I spent close to three and a half hours in traffic!! I looked out of my window and I saw people just like me who do this 5 or 6 times a week, I thought to myself, “Will I be doing this again tomorrow?” That was when I realized that for many of them on the street, it was a Yes. They had no choice. There was a reward at the end of it all. You can call it profit or salary, depending on the destination, but the point I am trying to make from this is “No Pain No Gain” My mind also flashed back to my aerobics class and the trainer who will never let us have any rest. He keeps pushing us to keep doing those very strenuous and painful exercises over and over again, telling us “No Pain No Gain” The moral of this is that nothing good comes easy, you need to keep pushing ...

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How To Create A Career Development Plan

The world is becoming less accommodating for people who are content with ‘stumbling upon’ or ‘serendipitously discovering’ opportunities. Competition levels in the business world are being raised, and the margins that separate relevance from oblivion are tending towards being razor-thin. In such a setting as this, you will need to be as close to perfect for the opportunities that come your way (or simply pass on the highway) as you can. This preparedness can only be achieved by planning. A career development plan is perhaps the simplest tool you can devise to make your transition through a career path more organized. It signifies an intention on your part to set life-goals and pursue them- a desire to be more than just mediocre. So, if you are keen on writing one for yourself, you should be commended. But beyond this, you will have to ensure that your plan is realistic and time bound, if you do not want to wind up in the depressing position of having to pick up the pieces from a failed long-term project you created yourself. Here are some steps you should take in order to reach the career goals you have dreamt up for yourself Identify ...

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5 Tech Events That You Should Not Miss This Week

Most events lined up for this week are of an educational nature; a TedX being one of them. So if you are headed to most of the events this week, be prepared to absorb knowledge. Mind the gap: Ways technology is disrupting education in Africa The re:learn meetup is a growing community of education and technology professionals, volunteers, school administrators and other stakeholders, who are committed to improving access and quality of education in Nigeria. This month, the re:learn community will be looking at different ways technology is disrupting education in Africa. Today, technology is changing everything. From e-readers, tablets, laptops to digital tools, software and apps that are changing the way we learn, engage, collaborate and share feedback. You are invited to this month’s meetup to share your experience about how technology is disrupting education in your space and ideas about what’s yet to be explored. To sign up for the event, click here. Date: Thursday 27th October, 2016 Time: 6pm – 7pm Venue: The re:learn centre, 1st floor, TY Danjuma Foundation Building, 35 Fandriana Close, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. TEDXIsaleGeneral in Oyo State TEDXIsaleGeneral is an intellectual event set to happen in Oyo State and is themed “Beyond The Walls”. This year’s event promises first-hand ...

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A BIOGRAPHY OF AN INSPIRATION: The Samson Ishaya Story

I attended Federal Government College Kaduna Class of 96 ( oh so proud to have finished from there) It was our 20th anniversary and we had a great reunion in Kaduna. It was so amazing catching up with old friends. A few of us decided that it was an opportunity to empower this young ones and inspire them to success through stories of our life experiences. Samson Ishaya was the first to start, his story was so amazing, I was inspired and I thought to share with you our esteemed BIE readers. Samson was born into a family of civil servant parents emanating from a poor background. He grew up in one of the slums of Kaduna State, Nigeria, and it was an environment full of people with little or no educational background. He was surrounded by people whose main concern was overcoming the daily challenges of meeting their basic needs like food, shelter, clothing etc. There was not much to learn, apart from a highly developed survival instinct and a hard work mentality. His parents sought an opportunity to give him a better life and got him admission into Federal Government College, Malali, Kaduna. When he resumed in JSS2, ...

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12 Challenges New Entrepreneurs Face And Ways To Conquer Them Pt2 – Tokunbo Fasoro

Hi BIE readers , you can refer to the part 1 of this post. Here… not to miss out on the points, for those just reading this, this is a brief introduction to the post. ‎ The economy is not smiling in a lot of countries in the world right now, especially countries that were totally dependent on oil as income. A country like Nigeria has been one of the greatest ones hit since the fall in oil prices and this has led to a lot of pay cuts, job losses and a hard time for employers to even pay salaries. This situation has forced a lot of people to seriously begin considering entrepreneurship like never before. Here are the final 6 challenges you may face as a new entrepreneur and ways to conquer them. 7. Dealing with the stress of not having a steady income: To me, that was one of the greatest challenges I faced. Many times I would say to myself, “Wow! I should have received a credit alert today, if I was still under paid employment”! At those difficult times, it is your passion for rendering the service that keeps you going. 8. Managing your money: ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Poroku Oluwaseyi

Poroku Oluwaseyi is the CEO and Founder of SketchStage, a web design business he runs in Lagos. He had his primary and secondary school in Lagos. He attended Bowen University in Osun state and obtained a BSc in business administration. After which he went for different interviews, but got no job. Wrote a lot of job examinations but got nowhere with that, he was so eager to get a job that he became so depressed, but he always had a flair for web design, so he decided to go into web design training which lasted for 6months. After which he ventured into the IT world and acquired a diploma in web design. Little did he know it wasn’t that easy, after months of searching for a client, no fruit yielded so went back to the drawing board, learnt more on his own, discovered his selling point, worked for three IT training schools where he got his first job of 25000 naira. He was really excited because he could have done the job for free because of the passion he had for it. This gave birth to the idea of starting his business which he named SketchStage. During the course of ...

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