Monthly Archives: January 2017

BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Raufu Ayomide Ayishat.

I  am Raufu Ayomide Ayishat, a 24 years old young lady and I am a shoe maker. My sojourn began 6 years ago as a single speck of thought during one of those school vacations where you’re idle. My cousin sat me down and made me see the necessity of picking up a vocation thereby attending a skill acquisition program. My first consideration was make-up, seeing as it was all the rave at the time. However, pointing out the need to stand out, she suggested I go for something else and I ended up picking shoe making.     After 4 weeks of basic and advanced classes, it occurred to me that this is something I could actually do. So I started making slippers and sandals; I would make free shoes for people, usually my friends just to see how it fits. The major challenge I had was getting funds to buy materials and tools; all I had at the time was stipends, yet I would eke out some to successfully make a few pairs of slippers and sandals.   Sometimes, I would walk from Oshodi to Mushin just so I could have enough money to buy the needed materials. ...

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What If You Don’t Fail? – Zika Nwaise

So many times, I hear people say, ‘What if it doesn’t work?’, ‘What if I don’t get it right?’ or ‘What if it doesn’t come out right?’. But they hardly say, ‘What if it does work?’ or ‘What if it becomes the best?’. How would we know if we do not try. I was once in a state of dilemma about either taking a risk and going into a particular business or just keeping my money in a fixed deposit account and watch it grow gradually. After so much conflicting opinions from friends and family, a dear friend told me I had two options; either go after what I wanted or remain where I was, and that of these two options, only one could guarantee a different result. And then it struck me, I had never taken the risk of starting up anything but had always admired my friends whose businesses were blooming, so I decided to take a risk. Now what I’m trying to say is, let us not allow any pessimistic thought stop us from achieving our dreams, let’s make an effort to try the ‘other’ option, that is, do things a different way in order to get ...

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Losing To Win – Ayotunde Shado

This is a story of a young boy who wanted to be a rapper. He believed he was so awesome and he had a plan to break into super stardom by winning every and any competition he went for. Unfortunately, for some reason, people generally thought he wasn’t  good enough- he would go for competitions over and over again only to be laughed at and mocked by others.  This young boy loved music so much that he worked harder at improving  himself in every way. After months of preparation and lots of hard work, he went  for another competition but still lost. In utter depression he decided it was time to ‘drop the mic.  His huge moment of clarity came one evening during a discussion with his roommate. They discovered  that as a result of his persistence in trying to get better at rap, he had acquired great knowledge about rap music as a whole, including production and the business of entertainment.  ‘’Why don’t I try to manage, produce or write for people?’’ he thought to himself. Today, he is a respected writer, producer and also a rapper, he brought out a new style of rap- many musicians today still try to evolve into ...

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5 Skills To Get You Ahead In 2017

With competition for jobs at an all-time high, and requirements for skills on a constant rise, these are five skills to focus on to get you ahead in 2017. Technology Talented graduates from any of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects are increasingly in demand. With more companies are entering into the digital world, a certain level of social media competency is desirable, with coding and data analytics experience being an added plus. Project Management One of the skills that will always be in vogue is being able to adequately manage yourself, your work and projects. The Alison Diploma in Project Management is unsurprisingly one of the most popular courses each year. Teamwork Being able to work as part of a team is one of those soft skills that will always be desirable. Bringing people and skills together effectively brings great results, and employers are always on the lookout for people who can work well with others. Communication If you have amazing ideas, but can’t communicate them effectively with your other team members or clients, they become more or less redundant. Connecting with people well and being able to communicate your ideas, desires and vision can make all ...

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