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Mamalette Live And Other Tech Events For This Week

The tech events happening this week is all about meetups and getting educated by experts. Here are the tech events for this week (Tuesday, 15th November – Monday, 21st November 2016). Techpoint Jos Meetup at nHub Techpoint.ng is bringing together innovators, startup founders, technology students and tech enthusiasts to network and share ideas about how to tackle the challenges of running a business in Jos. If you are a startup founder, innovator, technology student, or anyone with brilliant innovations, based in Jos, then you need to register to attend the meetup. Thanks to Smart Web, refreshments will be served at the meetup. Date: Tuesday, 15th November, 2016. Time: 4pm – 6pm Venue: nHub, 3rd Floor Taen Business Complex, Opp. Former NITEL Office. Old Airport Junction. Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Hardware Dialogue with Chris Quintero (Bolt VC) Ventures Dialogue, a platform for education, collaboration and dissemination of investment opportunities tailored to meet the specific needs of African founders and entrepreneurs is organising a hardware dialogue for interested startups tomorrow at iDEA Hub, Yaba. The event will feature: Roundtable/Q&A Session with Chris Quintero (Bolt VC), Judith Okonkwo (Imisi 3D/Lagos VR Hackathon), Ademola Adesina (Rensource Energy), Ifedayo Oladapo(Grit Systems) and Temilolorun Aiyelari (Hardware Lagos) Networking (with food and drinks) You ...

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Ige Kachi, Uncle Ben, Teju Babyface and others to headline stage play for Global Entrepreneurship week (50% Discount for BIE Readers)

A new stage play which will be performed this November as been described as one with intrigues, suspense, passion and countless life’s lessons. Powered by Mofolusade Sonaike, a renowned entrepreneur and entrepreneurship advocate, the stage play is set to mark the annual global entrepreneurship week set aside to celebrate entrepreneurs all over the world. According to the producer of Passion and Prudence Mofolusade Sonaike: “This year, we are ditching the long streamlined talks on how to make entrepreneurship work; this awesome crew has merged business with fun and entertainment by taking it to the theatre. The event also includes networking and mentorship sessions for entrepreneurs. This is different because we are painting entrepreneurship from a fun and relaxed point of view. It promises to be a relaxed atmosphere where you will laugh, learn, network and be inspired to do more” Passion and Prudence is a tale about the need to be money-wise in the face of hardship and lack. Passion and Prudence – A stage play on entrepreneurship will be held on 17th of November 2016 at Ace-olivia hall, City Mall, Lagos from 6pm. Ige Kachi and Uncle Ben of Project Fame West Africa will be making guest appearances at this epoch making event. Teju Babyface will be there to sign copies of his ...

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Six Tips To Getting Your Dream Job

By Tokunbo Fasoro As impossible as it may seem, especially in a country like Nigeria, if you can follow these tips, you would be amazed at what will happen! Learn about yourself: Understand who you are, your likes, your values and your strengths. Research: Find out about careers which match with your interests and your skill set. The next thing is to identify any additional skill set you need to take you in the direction you want to go, and then take active steps to build that skill or competence. Don’t be discouraged by your lack of experience: Every employer wants someone who is hands-on on the job; an employee they do not have to teach. This makes it difficult for someone who has no experience to get a job, but there is a way out. Volunteer or work for free! Make a sacrifice! Ignore the money (or lack of money) and go get that experience you need on your Curriculum Vitae. Network: Meet people, talk to people and attend free or paid seminars in relation to the field you are interested in. Take advantage of your network on social media and remember that a contact or someone in your ...

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6 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Joke Bakare, MD, Medplus

Medplus was not a dream Joke Bakare had always carried. Before she started Medplus, she was just another bright pharmacist who had interned at University College Hospital Ibadan, served the nation at Military Hospital on Awolowo Way, worked with Right Aid Pharmacy in New York after obtaining a New York license to practice Pharmacy, and had a brief part-time job at Cleanipharm Pharmacy on her return to Nigeria. At the time she started, the concept of pharmaceutical chains, where one could have a pharmacy in different locations, was not one people were used to. Here are 6 key lessons from her transition into entrepreneurship: Not being sure of what you want does not necessarily signal failure. Many people think you need to know exactly what you want to do from a young age and go for it, but not everyone follows that path to success. Joke Bakare never really wanted to become a pharmacist; neither did she want to study Medicine because of the duration. She simply was not sure what she wanted to do. Her father, God rest his soul, suggested Pharmacy to her since she had distinguished herself in Chemistry as a secondary school student. She went with his ...

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Extra Qualities Which Make You An Outstanding Employee Part 2- Tokunbo Fasoro

Yesterday, we talked about some qualities which make you an outstanding employee, you can find the link here if you missed out on the part 1. Here are some more qualities. Paying attention to detail: Avoid little things that can ruin all your hardwork. I rememberonce, we had a presentation in a school to ‘inspire the students to success’.We packed everything we needed except making arrangements in case of a power outage. Unfortunately for us, there was apower failure and we had to do the presentation without power.Can you imagine how we must have appeared? That was a big lesson for us in the company. You can guess that we always factor back up power sources into all our planning now! Communicate Effectively: Always think before speaking. You want to leave your listener with the idea that you can articulate your thoughts and your presentation well. Be a good listener too, pay attention, it’s embarrassing to refer questions till a later date. Confidence: Confidence produces results and encourages employees to take on challenges that others shy away from. Outstanding employees are highly confident in their abilities to perform, and this opens the door for more opportunities for them. Marketability: Employers ...

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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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How To Create A Career Development Plan

The world is becoming less accommodating for people who are content with ‘stumbling upon’ or ‘serendipitously discovering’ opportunities. Competition levels in the business world are being raised, and the margins that separate relevance from oblivion are tending towards being razor-thin. In such a setting as this, you will need to be as close to perfect for the opportunities that come your way (or simply pass on the highway) as you can. This preparedness can only be achieved by planning. A career development plan is perhaps the simplest tool you can devise to make your transition through a career path more organized. It signifies an intention on your part to set life-goals and pursue them- a desire to be more than just mediocre. So, if you are keen on writing one for yourself, you should be commended. But beyond this, you will have to ensure that your plan is realistic and time bound, if you do not want to wind up in the depressing position of having to pick up the pieces from a failed long-term project you created yourself. Here are some steps you should take in order to reach the career goals you have dreamt up for yourself Identify ...

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Highlights from Pitman Training – Tokunbo Fasoro

Wednesday was a great day at Pitman Training Lagos with Mrs. Abimbola Soluade and her team. I was invited to come in and share my story with the participants. I spoke on how I struggled through my childhood and the many obstacles I faced trying to get an education. I told them that the only reason I was able to meander those dark moments was through GHARP. Lol!… I am sure you are wondering what ‘GHARP’ means. God Factor- Never ignore the power of prayers, it kept me going. Hardwork- I kept putting my best into everything I did. Association- I surrounded myself with people who supported me and helped me grow. Great mentors. Resilience- I was persistent and determined to succeed so I kept on pushing. Never give up. Positivity- I had to get rid of negative thoughts and negative people around me. Some day, I would share my story on this platform… Watchout!!! The participants were also excited to have Opeyemi Omotosho and Titi Olono, who are my friends and classmates from secondary school share from their wealth of experiences as well. It was a fulfilling experience. Enjoy viewing other pictures from the training… Tokunbo Fasoro Biempowerment.com #EmpoweringPeople ...

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12 Challenges New Entrepreneurs Face And Ways To Conquer Them Pt1 – Tokunbo Fasoro

The economy is not smiling in a lot of countries in the world right now, especially countries that were totally dependent on oil as income. A country like Nigeria has been one of the greatest ones hit since the fall in oil prices and this has led to a lot of pay cuts, job losses and a hard time for employers to even pay salaries. This situation has forced a lot of people to seriously begin considering entrepreneurship like never before. I would like to discuss a few challenges you may face as a new entrepreneur and ways to conquer them. 1. Doing anything that generates income, not specifically something you believe in and are passionate about: If you do something you believe in, you can get other people to believe in it. 2. Picking the right business: Make sure your business is providing a solution; it must be the answer to a problem, a response to a need. Ensure you deliver what you have promised. 3. Finding your clients: If you have a good product or service, people will come to you. This way you may not need to spend money on adverts, referrals from past clients will almost ...

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All It Takes Is Some Care, Some Dedication And A Little Discipline – Tokunbo Fasoro

One morning, while on holiday, I decided to take a walk around the environment. After walking a few meters, I couldn’t but notice how neat and properly maintained all the lawns around looked. I mean ‘ALL’ the lawns! They looked so perfect, it was like I was looking at a picture. Then I noticed something- I saw that 4 different houses had people mowing their lawns, and I saw a woman tendering the flowers in front of her house. I was so amazed that these people paid so much attention to their environment. I saw dedication. I saw discipline. I just kept looking on in admiration. Then I began to think, if only we paid such attention to our lives; in the same way that made this environment look so perfect in areas such as our careers and goals, it could probably become perfect one day . If we could just take sometime to think, “How can I become perfect on this job? What do I need to do to get to the peak of my career? What do I need to do to take this business to the next level? How can I stop this addiction?” And so on… ...

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