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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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Take responsibility and be in control – Tokunbo Fasoro

Sometime last month a friend was talking to me about a brilliant business opportunity and she needed a partner to get the job done and immediately we recognized who would just fit into the role. But as soon as his name was mentioned, guess what she said? “I cannot work with him on this project because he will not take it seriously ” then I asked why? And she said ‘while working with him in the same organization, I noticed he regularly comes late to work and that is an organization where he is under authority so imagine if he was to do stuff himself, he would never take it seriously’. In conclusion, he lost the opportunity. Well I don’t know if her assumptions where right or not but the point remains that his not being able to show responsibility on his present job, made him lose the fantastic offer. Sometimes we just do stuff without realizing someone may just be watching and you will surely be remembered in a positive light or in the negative light when the opportunity comes. Reliability is an amiable characteristic, a person who does as promised is responsible and reliable. People don’t like dealing ...

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Getting A Job You Don’t Have Requirements For

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By Tokunbo Fasoro Are you ready for one of the best-kept secrets of the job search process? Unless the person doing the hiring has previously worked in the exact role he’s trying to fill, a fair amount of the job description is guesswork. Think about it: HR managers have to write a description that will simultaneously entice people to apply and ward off those who wouldn’t qualify for an interview. Also, haven’t you heard stories of a person who “met all of the qualifications” being passed over in the final stages for someone who “seemed like a better fit?” Probably so—because a company would much rather hire the candidate with two years of experience who seems like she could hit the ground running than someone with the requisite five years who failed to demonstrate strong communication skills. So what’s a job seeker who doesn’t quite meet all the requirements in a position description to do? Ask Yourself if You Could Do the Job Notice that we didn’t suggest asking, “Do you want the job?” or even, “How much do you want the job?” Honestly, those questions are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter how passionate you are about working in a foreign ...

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If you can think it, you can do it – Tokunbo Fasoro

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IF YOU CAN THINK IT The first time I heard this slogan (If You Can Think It, You Can Do It)  was on a talk show “Moments with Mo” and I just fell in love with it. That phrase my mind set at that particular time. Growing up, I realized I had an inferiority complex. I felt everyone was better than me. It was so bad I remember a particular time that I thought Igbos were superior to the Yorubas and would always wish and tell people that I was an Igbo girl forgetting or even to young to understand that my name was a Yoruba name. I was always bullied in school, many times, my classmates would push my bed outside to the corridor and I would not mind just because I did not think I was good enough to be their friend and I wanted acceptance from them. I thought my self as a failure and unworthy of success. My mind was always pre occupied with negative thoughts until one day, my mom called me and told me she had been watching me and realized I did not believe in myself, what she told me that day changed ...

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