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The Management Student Association of UNILAG Organizes An Entrepreneurship Talk

We were invited to an entrepreneurship talk by the Management students of the University of Lagos. I was asked to speak on ‘What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur’ and I was so excited to find out that Mrs Ayodeji Megbope was a co-speaker. She happens to be one of the people who inspired me into being an entrepreneur about 5 years ago, when I listened to her speak at a meeting. It was a privilege to listen to her tell her story again, as she is a source of inspiration each time she speaks. Click here to view her inspiring story – “From 1k moi moi to the White House” I was also inspired by Mrs Eniola Salu Akintunde; the CEO of Styles by Saennys who got fired from the University of Lagos because she was running a full time programme alongside. She talked about how she took it as a challenge, went into entrepreneurship and today is a producer of Gem stones, accessories and unique jewelry items. Her company is one of the leading jewelry creation companies in Nigeria today. There were other inspiring speakers like Mrs Kemi Adesina, the CEO Kess Karpets and the CEO of ...

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Great leaders are not born they are made – Tokunbo Fasoro

Part of why we started the BI empowerment Blog is to ensure that we develop leaders as simply asby making sure they read our content on this platform.  All we need you to do is follow this series closely for the next few days.  Rules and habits that can shape you into being a great leader: Part One Being a great leader is not something that happens over night, you need to work hard at developing that skill.  It is achieved through discipline, hard work and commitment to continuous improvement through experience. So kindly follow, enjoy and share with your friends. Great leaders are not born, they are made. Here are a few rules or habits that can help you develop your leadership skills. They think of others first- It is not about you, but about the other person. Great leadership is always about “How can I serve this person or these people?” They crave for new things- The desire to learn more, the hunger for wisdom; they are open to feedback, new ideas, different opinions and views. They take responsibility- They take responsibility for their actions; they don’t push blame on other people. They listen to their team- Great ...

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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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Its Not The Last Hit That Breaks The Ice – Zika Nwaise

I remember one of the workshops we had where one of our speakers made a statement ‘Effort is good but result is better’. A person who has a dream that has not been developed is not recognized until that dream becomes a reality. Truly, it is good to dream big and paint a big picture of what we want and how we intend to start out in life but the thing is many of us keep on dreaming and do not know when to wake up and face reality. Even if it doesn’t look like you are getting that big picture anytime soon, it’s better to start something no matter how small it may be, it could even be a volunteer job in order to get you the experience you need for the bigger job. As Thomas Edison said, ‘Success is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration’ in other words, you need to take actions in other to bridge that gap between your dream and the reality of what you want. Never allow fear to stop you from taking actions, either the fear of failure i.e. thinking about “what if it doesn’t work?”or the fear of criticisms ‘what ...

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HAVE FUN WHILE AT IT! – Tokunbo Fasoro

One day, our team had to travel to Abuja for a meeting and we booked our ticket to arrive in Abuja for the meeting on time. Unfortunately, when we got to the airport, the flight had been moved. We were very upset about it, infact extremely upset because we were going to arrive late for the meeting. We shouted! We grumbled! We complained! We were so angry. We were practically looking for a face to punch but could not find a scape goat. We did that for a couple of hours until we realized that our shouting,grumbling, complaining and all our rants would not change the fact that we would still have to wait till the rescheduled flight time. At that point, we decided to have fun with it. We went into a restaurant,ordered food and began to chat; catching up on the old days. We were having so much fun; we did not realize that they had called our flight; they had even made the final boarding call. At some point, I decided to just go out and see what was happening. It was at that point, that I realized we were about to miss the flight. We then ...

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APPLY NOW! 2016 World Bank/EDC WomenX Scholarship Programme for Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

  The World Bank is awarding Scholarship to Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria to learn at the Enterprise Development Centre. The World Bank in collaboration with the Enterprise Development Centre is giving Scholarship to Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria through the WomenX Program. The WomenX program is aimed at providing practical business education through a blended learning approach for 5 months, a 6-month face-to-face and online mentoring, help strengthen their networks and create linkages to access finance. Over a 3 year period, a total number of 500 female entrepreneurs will be awarded this scholarship in Nigeria. Application Deadline: July 30th, 2016 Duration of WomenX program The program consists of 17 modules, delivered in 28 days (in-class and online) spread over 5 months and includes a mentoring period of about 6 months. The Enterprise Development Centre, Pan- Atlantic University in collaboration with The World Bank will Provide practical Business Education through a blended learning approach (online and in- class training) Help strengthen Female Entrepreneurs network Offer Mentoring Create linkages between financial institutions and Female Entrepreneurs. Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for this program you need to: 1. Own a business in Nigeria. 2. Operate a business in a high-growth sector. 3. Business must ...

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Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life – Tokunbo Fasoro

I remember fresh after service year, my friends and I were excited looking out for job opportunities. We just couldn’t wait to dress corporately and begin to earn some big money……….. so that we could go shopping. That was all we imagined. We had no career plan or professional path. Any job that could do this for us was good enough! In a couple of weeks, one of us got a marketing job and the pay was good. She could now dress corporately and of course she got a cute red car in addition. Boy, were we jealous! Sometime after she started work, I asked her if she was enjoying her job, and she said to me, “I don’t enjoy the job, but the money is good and the car is cute“. She added that all she wanted was to save up some money and move into the next job. Unfortunately, by the time she wanted to move, all the offers she got were for marketing positions because that was all the work experience she had acquired. She ended up changing jobs about 8 times within 10 years until she finally gave up to focus on learning professional makeup. I ...

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THE BEAUTY OF PAIN – Zika Nwaise

I stood outside my house one morning and noticed how beautiful it looked…  Yes, I had viewed the scenery over and over again but never took the time to notice how beautiful it was.  Standing right there in front of me, I saw a beauty I could not comprehend, a beauty that could only be created through pain, the pain that comes with receiving the sun and the rain, the pain that comes with being a TREE. Yes, you read right, a tree! I guess we see the beauty of the flowers and the trees spurring us to appreciate nature, but if we take the time to study them, we would see that the only thing that makes them shine is birthed from the pain they go through. Imagine if they ran for shelter every time it rained, or shielded themselves from the sun when it blazed down on them, would they still look this radiant? To succeed in life, we have to face our own challenges in order to be successful in our various paths.  Human that we are, most times we want to run away from our challenges and we search for the easy way out not knowing ...

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Ex-Queen of Drugs Speaks With The Bi Empowerment Team

Abbey, a pleasant young lady with a great smile, is someone I met at a women’s meeting where she shared her story. It was like watching a Nigerian home video, and I just could not get over the fact that it was indeed real. I got an appointment with her, and she didn’t mind sharing her story with the BI Empowerment team to help inspire the youths. BI Team: “Thank you Ms. Abbey for the opportunity, Can we get to know you”? Abbey: “I am Abiodun Bello, the fifth child from my father, and the second child from my mother. You can say I am a half caste; a Nigerian half caste (laughing), partly Delta, partly Yoruba. BI Team:  “Can you tell us a little bit about growing up?” Abbey: “I went to school like every other child, even though it was not the way I wanted to be. You see, I was treated like an outcast even in my father’s house by my step mum”. BI Team:  “Would you say your rough childhood pushed you into drugs?” Abbey: “I was deprived of a lot of things including food, I actually grew up in a home where we had everything ...

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Mrs. Kehinde Iyiola Talks About Her Journey

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Mrs.Kehinde Iyiola, the CEO of Finesse events. One of the top event planning outfits in Nigeria speaks to the BI Empowerment team. Who is Kehinde Iyiola? Kehinde Iyiola is a lover of God, wife and a mother. I was birthed into a family of all girls and happened to be the 3rd or 4th child of the family. I’m a twin so am  always at war between myself and my twin sister of who is older. Attended Ascon Staff School, Badagry for my primary education. Lagos State Model College Secondary School, Kankon and  Lagos State University where I studied Law. I understand you weren’t born with a silver spoon, Did you have a particular mindset to succeed or did it just happen? I never wanted to be ordinary or dependent on anyone for financial support. It’s was a great passion burning inside of me to always think of something to do, that I will make legitimate money from. I stopped collecting money from my parent since I was in 200 level. It’s not because they didn’t have, my twin sister didn’t even school in Nigeria. I just wanted to be independent financially. I could recall back then, my Mum gives ...

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