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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Doyin Adunfe, HR Professional Turned Makeup Artist

The first time I saw Doyin, I said to my self ” Wow, who is this tall and pretty girl?” She looks so much like a model‎ and just talking with her, I discovered how amazing she was both inside and outside. She told me she is a makeup artist and I decided to give her a try and boom! I just loved what I saw. It was amazing to discover that she was an HR Professional turned makeup artist and we were so glad she granted us an interview and allowed us to share her story to inspire BIE readers. Enjoy… 1. “Can we meet you?” “My name is Doyin Adunfe, I am Yoruba, I am a make-up artist 2. “How did you discover make-up artistry? Is it something you have always wanted to do or did you just stumble into it?” My mom was never a make-up person, but I would go ahead to buy makeup with my small money and would do something elaborate on my small face as far back as when I was in primary school. At the University, I was a make-up critique. I would look at editorials, photographs and would be like “Why ...

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The Hilarious Camp Story of Opeyemi Durowaiye

Opeyemi Durowaiye shares her NYSC camp story with us and we hope you all learn from her interesting experience as a corp member especially the 2016 Batch B Stream 1 corp members who will be going to camp very soon. Her Story… First, I must say DO NOT take 30 passports or make 20 photocopies….. Please* DO NOT! *and so I begin. Greetings everyone – especially prospective corps members. I was in your shoes in April, getting ready for camp and all; oh, and to serve my country #important. I was disappointed on two counts though; first I didn’t get posted to the East as I wanted-yeah, you heard right. I wasn’t interested in getting posted to Lagos or its environs and I still got Ogun state but the experience has been good! Then secondly, I had to go in the second stream- and to think I had my bags ready for camp since April 28th! (Don’t judge me!). But camping later afforded me good advice from my friends who went ahead, and a bit of travel. Why this checklist? Before camp, trust me, I checked out blogs and articles about orientation camp and all. They all made sense oh- ...

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A Message to 2016 NYSC Batch ‘B’ Stream I Corp Members from the BI Empowerment Team

The BI Empowerment team would like to use this opportunity to congratulate the 2016 NYSC Batch ‘B’ Stream I Corp Members who will be heading to camp very soon. 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. ...

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Don’t Be Limited By Your Environment – Tokunbo Fasoro

I woke up this morning to the news of someone being burnt to death because he stole. It was really upsetting because personally, I do not think someone who stole should be put to that type of horrible death. In addition, some people mentioned that the society had failed him – that was the supposed reason for resorting to theft. It got me thinking. I have never had it really easy in my life. I really struggled to get where I am today. I realized that complaining about the environment wouldn’t get me anywhere, wishing I had opportunities like other people wasn’t going to help my situation, nor would sitting around and waiting for a miracle from heaven going to improve matters for me. I decided that no matter how unpromising the environment looked, nor my lack of a silver spoon at birth, all I needed to do was to look beyond my environment and decide not to be limited by it. I resolved to work hard and buy my ‘golden’ spoon myself. Lol! I have the permission of my friend Seyi to share his story on how he was not limited by his environment… Seyi was born into an ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Taiye Fashipe

Taiye Fashipe makes one half of a beauty duo, coined ‘ThaiNeems’ –which is a hair and makeup business run by herself and sister Nima Fashipe. Taiye (Left) has just finished studying English and Comparative Literature, at Goldsmiths, University of London. And has recently moved back to Lagos to expand her hair and makeup business. She gained an interest in hair from a young age, of 11, and would often practice braiding styles on the hair of her mother and sister before finally gaining the confidence to start doing the hairs of her friends and family to widen her experience.As the years went by, Taiye developed her hair skills based on new trends in the market and can do several styles of braiding and weaving however, she specializes in the application of lace systems –such as lace closures, frontals and wigs.“For years and years my hair was being damaged through over-processing from relaxer and excess use of heat, and one day when I was about 17 or 18 I saw a bald patch in the front of my head and I said to myself okay I have to change something. That was when I first started wearing a lace closure as a ...

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Hard Work and Smart Work – Zika Nwaise

Over the weekend, I attended a training and I thought to share with us some of the things I took home from that day. One of the facilitators spoke to us about the ‘value of a wasted minute’. He said,”There are two types of people in this world; There are those who are always extremely busy,yet do not achieve productivity. These type of people are the ones who are always actively doing something at every particular point in time. You can never call them lazy because they can never be caught idle.They take time to do lots of unimportant things and end up not achieving anything, because all they do is ‘almost get work done’. The second type of people are those who do the things that should be done as soon as possible, then spend the rest of their time doing other things.This set of people can never be called lazy either, but might not be actively up and about like the first group,but you know what, these people are always more productive. The difference between these two groups is, they both work hard but the second group works smart. So, I ask you BIE readers, when you wake ...

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Mamalette Live And Other Tech Events For This Week

The tech events happening this week is all about meetups and getting educated by experts. Here are the tech events for this week (Tuesday, 15th November – Monday, 21st November 2016). Techpoint Jos Meetup at nHub Techpoint.ng is bringing together innovators, startup founders, technology students and tech enthusiasts to network and share ideas about how to tackle the challenges of running a business in Jos. If you are a startup founder, innovator, technology student, or anyone with brilliant innovations, based in Jos, then you need to register to attend the meetup. Thanks to Smart Web, refreshments will be served at the meetup. Date: Tuesday, 15th November, 2016. Time: 4pm – 6pm Venue: nHub, 3rd Floor Taen Business Complex, Opp. Former NITEL Office. Old Airport Junction. Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Hardware Dialogue with Chris Quintero (Bolt VC) Ventures Dialogue, a platform for education, collaboration and dissemination of investment opportunities tailored to meet the specific needs of African founders and entrepreneurs is organising a hardware dialogue for interested startups tomorrow at iDEA Hub, Yaba. The event will feature: Roundtable/Q&A Session with Chris Quintero (Bolt VC), Judith Okonkwo (Imisi 3D/Lagos VR Hackathon), Ademola Adesina (Rensource Energy), Ifedayo Oladapo(Grit Systems) and Temilolorun Aiyelari (Hardware Lagos) Networking (with food and drinks) You ...

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Ige Kachi, Uncle Ben, Teju Babyface and others to headline stage play for Global Entrepreneurship week (50% Discount for BIE Readers)

A new stage play which will be performed this November as been described as one with intrigues, suspense, passion and countless life’s lessons. Powered by Mofolusade Sonaike, a renowned entrepreneur and entrepreneurship advocate, the stage play is set to mark the annual global entrepreneurship week set aside to celebrate entrepreneurs all over the world. According to the producer of Passion and Prudence Mofolusade Sonaike: “This year, we are ditching the long streamlined talks on how to make entrepreneurship work; this awesome crew has merged business with fun and entertainment by taking it to the theatre. The event also includes networking and mentorship sessions for entrepreneurs. This is different because we are painting entrepreneurship from a fun and relaxed point of view. It promises to be a relaxed atmosphere where you will laugh, learn, network and be inspired to do more” Passion and Prudence is a tale about the need to be money-wise in the face of hardship and lack. Passion and Prudence – A stage play on entrepreneurship will be held on 17th of November 2016 at Ace-olivia hall, City Mall, Lagos from 6pm. Ige Kachi and Uncle Ben of Project Fame West Africa will be making guest appearances at this epoch making event. Teju Babyface will be there to sign copies of his ...

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Six Tips To Getting Your Dream Job

By Tokunbo Fasoro As impossible as it may seem, especially in a country like Nigeria, if you can follow these tips, you would be amazed at what will happen! Learn about yourself: Understand who you are, your likes, your values and your strengths. Research: Find out about careers which match with your interests and your skill set. The next thing is to identify any additional skill set you need to take you in the direction you want to go, and then take active steps to build that skill or competence. Don’t be discouraged by your lack of experience: Every employer wants someone who is hands-on on the job; an employee they do not have to teach. This makes it difficult for someone who has no experience to get a job, but there is a way out. Volunteer or work for free! Make a sacrifice! Ignore the money (or lack of money) and go get that experience you need on your Curriculum Vitae. Network: Meet people, talk to people and attend free or paid seminars in relation to the field you are interested in. Take advantage of your network on social media and remember that a contact or someone in your ...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nigeria. 12th-17th November, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration for Entrepreneurship, celebrating creativity, innovation and job creation, and without doubt, has been an amazing form of publicity nationally and internationally for entrepreneurs! During this week EDC the Nigeria partners with entrepreneurs to hold various events; from conferences to organized walks. Every year Nigeria never fails to raise the bar higher and higher with her involvement with GEW. Here is a Synopsis of the events: Saturday 12th November, 2016 a) GEW Walk for Entrepreneurship Venue:Muri Okunola Parks & Gardens Adeyemo Alakija, Victoria Island. Lagos (Starting Point) Time: 7am The GEW Walk for Entrepreneurship jump starts the activities for the week and aims at physically raising awareness and promoting entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and job creation. The GEW walk will take place in five different geopolitical locations within Nigeria including Lagos. Monday 14th November, 2016 b. Technology in HR Management Venue: Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University, KM 22, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ajah, Lagos Time: 9am-1pm. The first event of the week coined ‘Make It Work,’ is one that focuses on effective online method for job placement and management. It will consist of informative talks, facilitated by business consultants. There will be an open discussion ...

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