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Don’t let your background limit you – Tokunbo Fasoro

I have the permission of my friend Seyi to tell this story, Seyi was born into an extremely poor family, his father was an illiterate and his mother left him when he was a baby. His father desired that his son would go to school. Seyi went to a free primary school and knowing his father would always ask him what he did in school every day, he made it a habit to pay attention in class and always took down notes.  He later attended a low standard secondary school, which was because his father could not afford to pay the fees of a good school. Seyi worked extra hard in challenging environment but fortunately passed his exams and got into the university. Of course paying school fees and feeding was extremely difficult, Seyi had to devise a plan to succeed. The Plan Seyi studied hard and then started to teach the rich students in the University in exchange for Money, Food and Transportation. He worked really hard to ensure that he got the good grades to be qualified to teach people. I remember, a few friends and I had to contribute some money to buy him his first pair ...

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3 personalities that have inspired me in 2016 – Kolawole Wright

Hey guys, it’s another wonderful week today and we are happy to have one of our BIE Readers share his article on the personalities that have inspired him, I hope you all get inspired because I sure am. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Adichie is a popular Nigerian Writer who was born in the city of Enugu, grew up in the university town of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. While she was growing up, her father was a professor of statistics at the university, and her mother was the university’s first female registrar. Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students and at the age of 19, she left for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia Adichie once lived in Chinua Achebe’s house, the Igbo author of Nigerian masterwork Things Fall Apart, and her desire to write was sparked by his work. Today, the Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed ...

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Effective Recruitment in Digital Age

Not very long ago, preparation for an interview required people to diligently arrange their academic transcripts right down to the certificates they won during extracurricular activities in schools and college, in a neat folder with crisp white A4 size papers of their resume stapled in proper alignment with each other. “Every important document must be in print” was an advice given by elders in my family. I remember going a step further with laminating them to prevent any damage whatsoever, especially dog-ears. Those days even the discoloration of papers was also an agenda of discussion. As I look at my email signature saying “Think before You Print”, I cannot help but be thankful of how convenient our lives have become ever since digitization has happened. In my capacity as a Chief People Officer, I often encounter questions on how can recruitment be made effective in this digital age? What most people miss out on is that recruitment has already been effectively digitized. The age of paper resumes and CVs are gradually being replaced by their digital counterparts. Did you know, 14.4 million job seekers have used social networks to find a job; 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use ...

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6 Baggages to Avoid in Achieving Career Success pt2

This is the concluding part of 6 Baggages to look out for to achieve career success. 3. Bad Association: Hanging out with the right association is extremely important. Remember, “He who has your ears, has your head”, give your ears to positive thinkers, a lot of us these days waste time with bad company and bad company corrupts the mind. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun, but it simply means have fun wisely and with the right people. A good number of businesses and ideas have been generated just by having fun or just hanging out, but remember “it’s with the right people”. 4. Fear: A lot of us are afraid to fail and will not even try at all. How do you know youcan’t make it if you don’t try? Most times, the difference between a success and a failure is just that the successful one tried. Of course, you may try and fall many times but what makes the difference is that you rise again. Very rich business men are ready to take risk with their money by investing in order to generate profit but the other keeps his money safe in a bank and it remains ...

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Rainoil: Starting Your Business From The Scratch

I read this story on Gabriel Ogbechie, who happens to be one of my mentors, I was really inspired. It felt like he was talking about my exact start-up experience. Please be inspired! Good afternoon everyone. My name is Gabriel Ogbechie, I am the Managing Director of Rainoil Limited. Rainoil Limited is a company playing in the downstream sector of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. We’ve been in existence for about 19 years. The title of our lecture today is RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IN NIGERIA: My Experience. So, essentially, we will be talking about running a business in this country from my own point of view. I am essentially going to share my own experience; it’s an experience that has worked, but I don’t want to delude myself by saying that is the only way through which it works. But let us learn from my own experience and see what we can get out of it. I attended the University of Benin. I left the university in 1987. I took a degree in Engineering, I did my Youth Service in Kano, 1987-88. I worked briefly in Kano, then came to Lagos and joined the company called Pricewater House. I ...

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5 Successful Male Entrepreneurs in Nigeria that inspire me – Zika Nwaise

Last week, we had a session for the ladies in the house and this beautiful week, we have come up with something for the guys. I hope you all enjoy and learn from this. Ohimai Atafo The Fashion designer known as Mai Atafo, is one of the forces to reckon with in the Nigerian fashion industry today. The celebrity designer started his career life in different corporate organizations including Guinness Nigeria where he started his bespoke clothing label; Mai Atafo Inspired that gained media acclamation by a pioneering clientele of mostly celebrities, He was also a Fashion Editor for Genevieve Magazine, for a brief period. Mai Atafo has inspired me a lot in the sense that he knew what he wanted to be and he did not let anything get in the way of that. He worked in the fashion industry for a while and also trained himself in a fashion school before he started up. Seun Osewa The Nigerian internet entrepreneur is the founder of the most visited indigenous website in Nigeria. Nairaland was launched in March 2005. The cyber guru started various business projects that failed before the one that became Nairaland. He also had blogs and a ...

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How Does A Good Service Look Like (Sponsored)

Every business that is oriented on providing services requires a certain level of quality. A good customer service will bring you many more customers, on the contrary to the bad customer service, which can scare your existing and potential customers away. Learn what features of a good customer service are today. Whether you are a service provider or a service user – be sure to meet the highest quality services on Jiji. Don’t make your customers wait Patience is a virtue – but it doesn’t regard to your customers at all. As quicker you are able to provide your customers with the services required, the better reputation you will get. You see, time is the most valuable asset for any human, and every good businessman understands it. So the less time your precious customers wait for their order, the more often you’ll see them as visitors of your restaurant. Provide with transparent transactions This rule regards the online trading mostly, as the e-commerce has become especially popular nowadays. Remember that it is important for the customers to see what they pay for. It is important for the customers to be able easily access the information about delivery time frames and ...

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Six Unique Facts of Integrity

One day, a friend said to me… “Let us write 8:00am on the attendance register, no one will know”. But I thought about it, and decided to write the exact time I got there which was about 8:30am. Unfortunately, there was a major issue in the office and those who got to the office between 8:00 – 8:15am were being interrogated. I just smiled. Sometimes, we think it’s better to go the easy way, but it’s not always profitable. The single most important quality you can ever develop that will improve every area of your life is Integrity. Integrity is the foundation of a good character. Integrity is honesty, and to be honest with others means you have to be honest with yourself. Here are some reasons on why Integrity should be a core value for you. 1. It makes you stand out:  People tend to depend on you when you are a man of your word in an environment where being straight forward is scarce. 2. It makes you successful:  People of integrity are honest people and honest people are people who do things right. Doing the right things would take you far as it creates a good reputation for you and your business. 3. It makes you a good leader ...

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What are the best answers for “Why should I hire you”?

Most people will answer this question by talking about their experience or education, and add descriptions like ‘hard-working, loyal, team-leader, etc.’ THIS IS WRONG. You should always answer with what you will do to improve the company. What ideas do you have that will make life better for your interviewer? Lead with that. Why? Because you are selling yourself (don’t take that the wrong way) and you want to use proven and effective sales/copywriting strategies to do that. I have been studying copywriting lately, and one of the number one rules of copywriting is that you ALWAYS talk about benefits before features. In this situation, what you will do to make this company better, and to make life better for the person interviewing you, is a benefit to them. Your background/experience/education are just features that support your benefit to the company. Features may have gotten you in the door for the interview, but benefits will get you the job. Your benefit to the company is what will get you hired. Therefore, always answer this question with benefits first, followed by features only if relevant. For clarity, here is a list of benefits vs. features for a job interview. Benefits: I ...

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5 Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria Who Have Inspired Me – Zika Nwaise

Hey everyone, hope our Tuesday is going as cool as it can be. Guess what, I decided to share with us this write up on these beautiful successful women who have been a source of inspiration to the society. As for the guys in the house, don’t feel so sad and just watch out for who is coming up next. In the meantime I hope you are all inspired because I am beaming with so much excitement from the inspiration I just got. Enjoy!!! Mosunmola Abudu The talk show host, usually known as Mo Abudu, is the CEO & host of a TV talk show, Moments with Mo. She is also the founder of The Inspire Africa Foundation.  Mo Abudu is not only a talk show host but also a TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Mo Abudu launched Ebony Life Television, “Africa’s first Global Black Multi-Broadcast Entertainment Network” in 2006. Though she was a successful human-resources executive for oil giant ExxonMobil, her heart was set on migrating from the boardroom chair to the chat-show sofa but her challenge was the fact that she had no TV experience whatsoever so she attempted to contact the ...

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