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2018 Rolex Awards For Enterprise

Applications are open for the 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise with an aim to encourage a spirit of enterprise in individuals around the world by supporting outstanding endeavors in areas that advance human knowledge and well-being. Five Rolex Awards will be offered to Young Leaders, between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, who have a ground-breaking proposal or initiative that will help to expand knowledge of world and improve the quality of life on the planet. Categories Environment Applied Science and Technology Exploration Award Information The five winners will each receive 100,000 Swiss francs, double the amount of prize money previously offered to young Award winners. They will also benefit from worldwide publicity and receive a Rolex chronometer. Eligibility Criteria The 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise are open to candidates who are between the ages of 18 and 30 on June 30, 2017. The application must be completed in English. Candidates are allowed to fill in only one application. The candidate should be the person who plays a leading role in the project or the orginization. The 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise do not provide scholarships for academic studies. Candidates have a maximum of three weeks to complete ...

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Push Your Limits This Year – Mofolusade Sonaike

Push your limits this year. I thought about doing Facebook live videos all of last year, every time there was something left to do, then there was the cold feet moments, me thinking about tiny details, “should I wear makeup?”, “should I dress casual or formal?”, “should I script it or just let it flow?” Then there was the struggle on the gadgets to use “I need lights, I don’t have that”, “oh I need a lapel mic” . Guess what? I even got the lights but I just never felt I was ready. Who can relate? Thing is, you will never feel ready? Entrepreneurs are doers , we really shouldn’t worry about looking stupid or getting laughed at (it can pain sha .lol ). Just get up, and do it! That’s how we grow. Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 9

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Success is not an Encounter, It’s A Decision

Hey guys, been a while. I heard something from a colleague today that really inspired me and so I decided not to be selfish, I put it together and here we are… I hope you enjoy. The on air personality Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa popularly known as IK battled with dyslexia while growing up, he found it difficult to read and concentrate in the classroom. His father then started to coach him at home for about 3 hours every day which helped to improve his performance at school. IK had always wanted to be an OAP and in fact own his own radio station so he decided to work with one of the top radio stations in Lagos after school. When he got to the radio station, the head of presentation said to him repeatedly“I don’t want to say you are not good” and it baffled IK because it looked to him like the man had already said that he wasn’t good enough,and the head then said to him “you might do well outside Lagos” but guess what happened, IK continued to go to that radio station every day for three months because he knew what he wanted to achieve and he ...

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7 Mistakes Every Job Seeker Should Avoid During an Interview- Tokunbo Fasoro

In the course of interviewing graduates and young people over the years, I have discerned quite a number of things they say/do that serve as red flags during these interviews; a lot of candidates have consequently, lost many job offers. Often times it’s difficult to give the much needed feedback due to reasons such as time constraints and a disinclination to cause offense. Hence, the decision to put this out for youngjob seekers to read, so they canavoid such mistakes: Bad Introduction- From the question ‘Tell me about yourself’, we expect you to sell yourself to us in a few words; talk about yourself and your achievements.Many a time, I can tell who is in and who is probably going to lose it just from the response to this question. In a nut shell, if your first 30 seconds is not great, it has an impact on the rest of the interview. C.V and linked in profile must match with personality- Lots of times, some candidates write half-truths or outright lies. Some lie about their ages, especially if the position has an age limit, forgetting that there would definitely be discrepancies between the claimed age and their primary and secondary ...

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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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Staying Relevant In An Ever Changing World

We have seen businesses come and go, companies start and fold up, empires rise and fall, in most cases, the reason for their failure is the simple fact that they ran out of clients or couldn’t meet the new demands of their clientele. One constant thing about life is its ever-changing nature. Consequently, people as well as their requirements, desires and ultimately their tastes for items/service will be dynamic. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, man’s basic needs of food, clothing and shelter have remained unchanged throughout the ages. Nevertheless, the needs of individuals vary across the spectrum of the hierarchy of needs. For example, the need for prestige and self actualization may not be important to most people struggling to meet daily needs of food and shelter, so the onus is on you as an entrepreneur to find out what your target clients choose not to do without. Like my husband often says, “Anywhere I go, the first thing I do is ask myself, what are the needs here? What can I do or how can I meet these needs?” This particular drive is what keeps you relevant. Meeting a ‘need’ is completely different from providing a ‘want’. When the stakes are high, people will shun their wants, but in every situation, every human will strive to have his/her needs ...

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“Next Level Definition” Egbutu Nnamdi (Sponsored)

Egbutu Nnamdi manages the business “Next level definition “  a business basically born out of the passion for producing visually stimulating designs and meeting the needs of people around  in that aspect. Nnamdi is also into branding and graphics design which includes logo designs, complimentary cards, wedding cards, customized greeting cards, flyers, newsletters, banners, letter heads,stickers, calendars   portrait drawing and others He had his primary and secondary school in Lagos. He attended Covenant University in Ota Ogun state and obtained a Bsc and Masters in Architecture While he was an undergraduate, he discovered more about himself including his love for graphics, creative designs and artistic drawings. He then began to do handmade greeting cards for Christmas, Valentine and birthdays for interested clients in school and others  during the holidays Graphics designing has become a part and parcel of him, because he does it now reglarly using different softwares on the computer to produce required designs for interested clients such as churches, small and private businesses, hotels etc Next level definition company has done works for different companies including: Dellarch Ltd, Zacchi and Chrome promotions, Azerty Consulting, Twinkly toes photography, Chinaeva ventures, Olive and Almonds (Weaves wigs and more), Honeysuckle cakes,Beij ...

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