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Thursday, December 11, 2014

WomenX - Unleashing the Exponential Power of Women Entrepreneurs


Here is another great opportunity to join the increasing number of women whose business capacity are being built yearly. Scholarships are now being awarded to women in business yearly to attend an Entrepreneurial Management program at the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) sponsored by the World Bank.

You too can be part of this by applying for the WomenX Scholarship program if you meet the following criteria:

- Own and Manage a business

- Business should be functional (at least 6 months in operation)

- Business must have high growth potential

- High Local value Added and Content

- Must have at least 5 employees

If you meet the criteria log on to www.edc.edu.ng or http://nigeria.smetoolkit.org to download and fill the WomenX Application form. Completed forms should be sent by email to aosinaike@pau.edu.ng.

Shortlisted applicants will receive an invitation for an interview.

Application Period: December 31, 2014.

For more information, please call Adeola on 08174583169.

JGC Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and innovation

So about my amazing week, I was privileged to be a part of the launch of a project that is set to empower young women and men and raise the next generation of entrepreneurs. I met Jennifer Jemedafe online recently, she reached out to me and mentioned that she was launching a new project for young entrepreneurs. Of course I was happy to be a part of it, I didn't even know how big this project was until I got to the UN information center that I realized how much work had gone into this.

We can either choose to focus on the opportunities and good things happening around us or wallow in self pity while sharing sob stories about the state of the nation. I choose the former and I say, this is one of the best times to be an entrepreneur. Every other day, there is something happening, influencers everywhere, changing the game! I tell you, it is not all gloom and doom.....

The event was full of inspiring great people. +Bimpe Onakoya gave an inspiring speech about her entrepreneurial journey. Professor Abiodun Denloye, of the center for entrepreneurial studies, Lagos State University represented the VC of LASU and launch a moving campaign video produced by the students of LASU on violence against women. Professor Ralph Akinfeleye of the department of Mass Communication, Unilag was also there to unveil the unilag video on stopping violence against women.

#stopviolenceagainstwomen
The launch was timely as it was within the 16daysactivism under the #heforshe project supported by the United nations to say YES to women empowerment and NO to Violence against women. They have been a huge support for the project so far. Intel too was represented there as they have a mission to empower up to 5 million women in entrepreneurship over the next few years.

All in all it was a great event.

Now to introduce the project and the face behind this laudable project.

 +jennifer jemedafe  is the CEO Jaytech Global Concept.The company is into PR , Marketing and Strategy and they are also Ambassadors for #entrepreneurship in Africa.

So I quickly took a selfie with Africa's Mark Zucheberg, +Gossy Ukanwoke hehe
The first set of recipients of the scholarship
The JGC Scholarship for Entrepreneurship & Innovation was born out of the company vision to deliver excellent service and ensure that clients become the best in their field trough innovative strategies and technology and customer satisfaction.

BAUOnline became a partner a few months ago. In Jennifer's words, "I thought how do I deliver excellent service and make positive impact at the same time" that's how the concept of the JCG Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and innovation came about.

The project seeks to raise a new generation of young successful entrepreneurs and  solve the unemployment issues Nigeria and Africa is currently facing.

The company connects with Governments, Organizations, and private individuals in the bid to get sponsorship to give scholarships to students who are graduating from the University.

Scholarship package is :
  • Tuition Fees for entrepreneurship and innovation course on the BAUOnline platform
  • Free Laptop
  • Access to VC4Africa platform for funding and mentorship
  • INTEL Ebasics course free preloaded on the laptop
Partners are :
  • BAUOnline
  • Elvina Ibru 
  • +MI Abaga 
  • United Nations Information Centre
  • Intel
  • VC4Africa

This is just at launch stage..

The company is in talks with more corporate organizations and individuals and the  to make the scholarship package better and more impactful as we go on with an inclusion of access to data and much more.

connect at www.jay.com.ng


Project Management for SMEs by 'Debo Ajayi - 3

Hello all,

How has your week been?

Yeah. Today we will wrap up the conversation about Risk, and how it can be managed to become a useful tool for business success.

Remember that we said that a Risk event is any event with a degree of uncertainty. As long as we do not know if, when or how something will happen, there exists a major challenge for SMEs.

Planning is a critical success factor and risk makes planning with any degree of accuracy difficult.

Positive ways to handle risks are

1. Share
2. Enhance
3. Exploit

Share

To share is to look for ways to improve your odds on a Project. Ever heard of the phrase "divide and conquer?". That's the logic of share. We want to increase the opportunity for success by sharing. Sharing comes in different forms and modes. One of which is to split up the business into different sections and focus on small bits. 

Focus always increases the chance for success. Another dimension to sharing is to sell the same product twice, changing either the package, brand or target market. Many manufacturers engage in this. Many drinks are now sold both in glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans. This is a classic example of sharing. The chance to succeed greatly increases because the product has been split into segments (even though it is the same product)

Source: http://i3advantage.com/blog/


Enhance

Next approach is to Enhance. To enhance is to take a bigger risk. Say you want to launch a new product/ service and as always you do not know certainly the outcome, you enhance by releasing two products into the market. The opportunity to succeed increases nicely in this event.

Exploit 

To exploit is to "throw everything you have at an opportunity". To look for ways to do more. The past outbreak of EVD (popularly called Ebola) created the opportunity for the sales of hand sanitizers. Now that the epidemic is over (thank God) to exploit will be to start/continue selling sanitizer but to create an aggressive marketing plan and focus on institutional buyers like Hospitals, hotels and public buildings.

Risk can be a very interesting concept and those who can weight it properly and take informed decisions are usually way ahead of the pack.

'Debo Ajayi
deboajayi1@gmail.com
debo.ajayi@endiveprojects.com
+2348030789445
+2348095763213
Start-out

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FAB Store - Babajide Familusi #inthespiritofenterprise

Hi guys! I didn't showcase any entrepreneur last week, nor the week before, I think! I am sorry about that, but hey, I am making it up to you today. I have quite a bit to share with you, but I'll go with this first before I share the other stories.

I also didn't do my pre-show post and I didn't because for the life of me, I couldn't come up with a concept for that day! Yes. Happens to the best of us (here's me feeling like one of the best of us, hehe). Anyway, guess what? The show rocked and I just have to do a post-show post after this. Sorry, it's my blog, so I get to bore you with all the good and not so good stuff in my entrepreneur's journey.... don't vez!

So back to the entrepreneur of the day. I knew Babs in my lag days and I must say the transformation from unilag Babs to this calm and collected business mogul is something I still cannot get over! Lmao. You just never know how people would turn out from school days! I am telling you.

Enough said, let Babs do the honors himself....

P.S When I visited the FAB store in GRA, I was blown away, especially by the fact that its all african, everything in there! AFRICAN!! Who would have thought? We need to start supporting our own brands.

Enjoy!

Tell us about yourself

My name is FAMILUSI AKIN BABAJIDE but people call me FAB. I am passionate about African Fashion and Lifestyle.

Tell us about your business

The Fab store is one of the offshoots of  the FAB Group that created the FAB Magazine. (Read about the FAB magazine here.) It was launched on the 30th of June this year and is located at number 25 Oduduwa GRA, Ikeja Lagos.

We have on offer - African Fashion Brands inclusive of Clothes for both Adults and Children, accessories, Hand Bags, Makeup and Art work.

What does Fab mean? 

It simply means - FABULOUS AFRICAN BLACK

What was your Inspiration for the store?



It was inspired by the desire to have a one stop shop where people can experience Africa and African Creativity in a positive way.

You carry only African brands, most people would have thought this impossible, How did you make this happen and what has been the reaction of the market?

The reactions have been awesome. Most say it is refreshing to have a place to go to experience African fashion.

Can you give us a cross section of the brands you carry? 

+Kiki Kamanu, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Simieogieme, Grey Project, 24 Apparel, Literati, Little weavers, Lady Biba, Didi Creations.

What are the main opportunities that you have been able to leverage to get where you are today?

The fact that the  FAB brand already existed….

Given the chance will you do this again? 

YES!!

What advice will you give to other entrepreneurs looking to launch.

Do not quit your Day Dream!


Connect with us

Visit our website - www.fabshop.africa.com

Visit our store – 25 ODUDWA WAY, GRA, IKEJA, LAGOS

Email – omotayo@fabshop.africa.com

Call- 01-4531963


Monday, December 1, 2014

YouWin 4 is now Open - What you need to know #strikedanvil

First time I heard about #YouWin was during the second edition. I was skeptical at first but eventually submitted thinking, hey what do I have to lose. Ya geh didna win that one, nor did she win the third either. I got to stage two, went for that whole day training at LBS in Ajah but fell out in stage two... sob sob. Anyway, ya geh ain't giving up! For where. Lol. Not even now when I know so many winners from the different editions. I will just re-strategize and re-package, yes ke!

I was at the NASME (National association of small and medium enterprises) monthly meeting last week, when someone announced that applications for this edition have now opened, to my surprise some people are still of the opinion that is it all a scam. "Is it not government" they said, "they are just giving it to their friends and family" haaaa!! I struggled to close my hanging mouth. I can be skeptical sometimes about government, but if any thing, this is one thing I know that has been free and fair (can't say that much for some other things, still go and get your voters cards by the way).

This week on strike the anvil, I have decided to bring on two past beneficiaries of the #YouWin government grant. Trust me, you want to tune in for this one. Yes! Before you go about discouraging people from applying because its government. You will just be roasting when others are balling. Shio to you. 

So what would you like to know? For starters, I bet you want to ask how they won? What did they write sef (my thoughts, considering I am a serial applicant... hehe). What exactly is the government looking for? How has it been, post N10million!! Hey, you can ask whatever. 

Joining us are  +Modupe Nnebedum and the Marketing manager for  explore afrika who was part of the YouWin process with the founder from the start.

Modupe Olayemi Nnebedum (nee Fagbohun) is an Insurance and Human Resource Expert, Professional Photographer, Fashion Designer, Actress, Peer Educator, Business Woman, Wife and a proud Mother. (o ga ju!!)
She is a graduate of Insurance from Lag os State Polytechnic Ikorodu (LASPOTECH)after which she proceeded to Lagos State University (LASU) where she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management majoring in Entrepreneurship. Never giving up in developing her skills in management, people and resources, she went on to pursue a Masters in Business Management (MBA) specializing in Human Resources from the same institution and Leadership skills from Daystar Leadership Academy where she bagged the recipient of the +Sam Adeyemi Award for finishing 1st overall in the Academy. Modupe is also a Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN).

She is currently the Chief Responsibility Officer (CRO) of  HARVEN23 VENTURES (H23), a Coconut company based in Lagos. They are into the production of Premium Virgin Coconut Oil, CocoSheaVera, Coconut Milk Soap, Desiccated Coconut, and Coconut Cream. In today contemporary times where eating and living healthy are becoming the major captions of media headlines, it became imperative for Harven23 to provide knowledge through its enlightenment campaign on the genuine benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil.

I have to share the story about how we met, but I'll do that on the show tomorrow :-)

http://exploreafrika.com.ng/

Explore Afrika is an online travel company based in Lagos, Nigeria. They provide clients with a platform to book, Flights, Hotels and Holiday packages over the internet via their website and offline in our offices.

Who else is excited about the show tomorrow? So make it a date with us on enterprise radio tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd of December (still can't believe we're in December) from 9am to 10am. Please interact with us, Call 09090000061, 09090000062 or tweet at us @eradiong with your questions and comments.

Cheers!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Project Management for SMEs by 'Debo Ajayi - 2

Hello,

How was your week?

So we will continue where we left of last week. 
We were considering how Risk affects a business...we also said that risk wasn't always a negative thing (yes risk can be very good for business)

We are looking at ways to handle risk when it comes to using it as a tool to generate better business results.

So we mentioned that there are 2 broad ways risks can be handled. When  we have a negative risk (also called threats) we handle them by using any of 3 techniques...

Accept, Transfer, Mitigate

Transfer:

To transfer risk is to give to risk to another entity or business. This concept is best explained with buying insurance. What we do when we purchase Insurance is that we transfer our risk to another business....please consider this for a minute....risk is the foundation of an industry called insurance that deals in billions of dollars worldwide...

Transferring risk shields you and your organization from the threat that a risk possesses.
I must mention that transferring a risk doesn't necessarily make you immune to the risk, what it does is that is shields you directly from the impact of such a risk.

The 3rd response to a negative risk is 

Mitigate:

Mitigation is a proactive strategy designed in case a risk event occurs.
This means that the risk should have been anticipated and a strategy decided in case the risk event occurs. What I have learnt about performing brainstorming sessions to predict risk events and also to design responses is that it prepares an organization for any scenario.

This preparation helps the organization not just in event of any such risk events, but gives the organization a strategy for survival. This idea is vital to long term success. I have since learnt that in business the only guarantee of success is a decision to succeed. A determination never to go back, look back or think back....

Businesses need to expect the best but prepare for the worst...


Please have your say...

You can mail me -  deboajayi1@gmail.com

Friday, November 28, 2014

Benediction - August Alsina ft. Rick Ross #musicfriday

In a few days it'll be December! I can't even believe it. It has been quite an eventful year so far and I just want to take a minute to say thank you God for life and living! Haven't posted friday music on here in a while, there are so many songs I want to share and I'll get round to them, eventually, hehe!!

Meanwhile have you gone out to get +MI Abaga 's new album!! Whaaat! The chairman vex scatter on this one, no playing at all. He made too much sense on the tracks with +TUFACE IDIBIA and +soundsultan - #mesefibehuman being o! Oh lawd! Don't even get me started with #rich, I think it was Nosa on the vocals there non? I needed that song like yesterday! lol. Will do justice to these songs another day. Today we share the #benediction song by August Alsina. First time I heard the song, I just connected with it. Maybe it was in the way he sang, like he was totally feeling all those emotions. I just couldn't help but stop and listen. You just know when someone is singing from deep down his heart! Here's to #musicfriday with August Alsina;

Enjoy.....


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Started off in the streets
We would take collection from the fiends
People dyin' all around me
So I gave you my testimony
We were down from the beginnin'
When the world wasn't listenin'
Now that I got your attention
Let us end with the benediction

We are gathered here today
Paying our respects to bein' broke, hope he's in a better place (Yes ke!! I gotta get here)
Cause life out here ain't sweet, oh no
I would close my eyes to sleep but didn't dream no more
So I had to make a way for my home, you know
Now I'm in a place where I ain't gotta scheme no more
The good life, done with the hood life
I did what I could didn't always do what I should and I was misunderstood
So many nights I tried
To hide how I felt, I would cry inside
And I ran through the streets till my feet got tired
Cause I ain't wanna have my shoes on them power lines

But I made it, and it made me (Yezzir, we will make it)
I know I did wrong, I pray to God he forgave me
Cause I made it, and it didn't kill me
So it made me stronger, I pray to God that you feel me, that you feel me...


Our father who art in heaven
I pray you free me from my demons and keep me level (very important and I say amen to that)
I know you kept me out of prison where I was headin'
When I heard somebody killed my brother, one-eighty-seven
I hope he made it to your presence, for me he was a blessin'
At least I know he's restin' and he ain't out here stressin'
Tryna get to the good life, and out of this hood life
I pray that my step-pops stay off of that crack pipe
So Mama could sleep nights, I know it's been hard on her
I was ripping through the streets, it was hard for her
Now I'm up in hotels on the ocean shore
When I was sleepin' on the floor at the corner store

But I made it, and it made me
I know I did wrong, I pray to God he would save me
Cause I made it, it didn't kill me
So it made me stronger, I pray to God that you feel me, do you feel me... (Do you?)

Bottle after bottle, snatching Belaire out the bucket
Rightin' all my wrongs for these homies out here thuggin'
Pray for benediction, pretty women on my premise
Condo out in Cabo, screaming "GABOS" to my nemesis
Gold around my neck I'm ballin' for these final minutes
Nothing lasts forever, for these sins I seek repentance
Shots fired, another gone, I feel that man's pain
Daddy sat me down and said: "that came with the game"
Shake my head, roll up the window, turnin' up the music
So much anger in these songs for these soldiers that we losin'
A mastermind is one who's feedin' others off his talent
I owe it to my city but it's time I pay my balance
I'm in Holyfield's estate, I started with a pallet
I made my first tape, I gave that shit to Khaled
Thankful for my supporters, everyone that ever bought us
Grateful for every lesson these Miami streets taught us

Started off in the streets
We would take collection from the fiends
People dyin' all around me
So I gave you my testimony
We were down from the beginnin'
When the world wasn't listenin'
Now that I got your attention
Let us end with the benediction

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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Co-sharing office space trend in Nigeria #strikedanvil

On #strikedanvil this week, we are talking about one of the elements of starting small - office space! I listened to the CEO if an oil servicing company once who said when she started out with her hubby, they invested all the money they had into leasing a fancy office on Victoria Island, by the time they were done paying for the lease and maybe purchasing a table and chair, they had nothing left to actually run the business. I know a few others who have found themselves in this situation too. Many of us start out with so much zest and fire, we have our assumptions which sometimes we haven't tested, we have our start-up capital which should include the working capital for a year or two at least, but does not. Lol!! This is one of the reasons, many businesses grind to a halt or crash even before the second or third year.

The +Lean Startup model has saved many from this trend. The mantra for many these days is "have a big vision but start small". Even better now the is trend of co-shared spaces for start-ups where they can test their ideas and run a pilot of their ideas without necessarily investing so much money on acquiring office space. We have places like the +CcHub Nigeria in yaba, the Ideashub also in yaba, Venia business Hub, Enterprise Creative center on allen, +CapitalSquare Lagos in Lekki. See more here with full address and features. Someone might need it! This is the way to go for start-ups these days. 

I was in Marina recently and I visited the  +Etisalat Nigeria experience center there! Alas they have facilities for their customers too who are startups. I had a chat with the manager at the center and he'll be on the #strikedanvil show this tuesday to answer questions and share all you need to know about the center. Before the show though, I have a list of some of the features;

1. A dedicated Geek bar strictly for device related issues; 
2. A state of the art vip lounge with a well equipped library; 

3. A vip cafe; 
4. Free wifi for waiting customers; 
5. A game centre where customers can play XBOX;
6. Dedicated helpdesk for specific query types; 
7. A meeting room for 10 pple with projectors and for video conferencing.



They also give best deals on device purchase as we are in partnership with OEMs like Samsung, Apple, Nokia, Huawei, Tecno....etc With fantastic staffs to attend to all customers.


Won't you rather be an etisalat subscriber?! Hehe

Make it a date on the show this week, Tuesday, 9am - 10am, ask your questions via twitter or our dedicated phone lines - 09090000061, 09090000062!

Cheers!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Melting Moments - Tolulope Samaiye #inthespiritofenterprise

Okay, so I know today is not Tuesday, but I promise this was half ready on Tuesday before work overtook me. I was going to wait till next week, but I couldn't resist! If you are in Nigeria and you haven't visited Melting moments at the mall in Ikeja, you are missing out. #justsoyouknow hehe.

So we had a chat with the strong woman behind the brand and you'll be surprised to know she started out just like any body else (o ye mere mortals). I have known Tolu for a while and I must say when she sets her mind to do something, she goes and gets it done!

Enjoy......

Tell us about yourself


My  name is Tolulope Samaiye. I graduated from Covenant University with a Bsc Building Technology. I am motivated by the Joy I bring to customers.

Tell us about your business

Melting moments is a dessert and confectionery company producing captivating desserts in store and through MM events, we produce events with high pedigree in display designs, planning, activation, procurement, management, monitoring, and evaluation. We have products for events with resounding display and taste impact because of our vast experience, highly talented and skilled team, and our eye for detail, thoroughness and efficiency. Our products are planned on timely delivery, budget consideration and 70% less fat.


Vision

To transcend the dessert and service expectations of all our customers and be the go to dessert company in Nigeria

Mission

To provide our customers with premier made-from-scratch desserts and confectioneries while focusing on customer satisfaction.

How did you get funding for the early stage of your business

I started with N7, 000, with that I bought my 1st hand mixer, paper cups and small quantity of ingredients. Initially this business was just to while away time while I waited for NYSC. So didn't really think about it. I used my mother’s oven for a 2 years.

One day my sister randomly asked me, Tolu why don’t you turn this into a real business and we can do it together. She got me my 1st standing mixer and some accessories as my birthday gift, and that’s how we joined forces.

After a while we realized we had a huge vision for Melting moments but we needed funds so we brought directors on board to enhance the growth.

What inspired you to start this business?

I will be very honest, at first there was no inspiration, it was not even a hobby. Baking was something that just happened because I was waiting for NYSC. Along the line my 1st encouragement came In, which is my sister. She saw something I didn't see at that time.

Now I get inspired by the strong will of young entrepreneur like myself, and realizing the existence of the support you never knew you had.

What challenges did you face and how have you overcome them?

I faced every kind of challenges any young entrepreneur will face. Quality control, demand and supply, funding etc. but the secret of moving forward is never to give up. I am a fighter. (I know this!) There are times I would have fallen off but I usually give myself a time out to step back and think of the best way to tackle issues.

What opportunities would you say you were able to leverage on to get you to this point

I was lucky enough to be one of the Top 50 Entrepreneurs to be awarded a scholarship to Enterprise Development center, Pan Atlantic University. To be trained on how to convert my glorified new found hobby to a well structured business.

How has the journey been so far?

The Journey has been great, a learning experience.

Given the chance will you do this again?

I don’t think I will change anything because I am who I am today because of the archive of experience I have. Mistakes made and different lessons learnt.


Project Management for SMEs by 'Debo Ajayi - 1

We have a new contributor in the house!! Yaaay. Remember Debo, the project management guy? Yes?


No? Well, he'll be taking a series on project management for entrepreneurs starting today!

Employing Risk to Transform your business.

Okay, so I will be writing a weekly article here to help SMEs build their businesses using a proven technique to grow their business, customer base, portfolio and product line.

Off course the technique we would use is called Project Management.

Today we will focus on risk.

http://www.businessinsider.com/
Risk itself is an industry and we cannot pretend to do any justice to understanding or digging into the depths of risk, but we will look at risk and how we can use a renewed understanding to grow our businesses.

Risk is simply any event with a degree of uncertainty. Risk means that we do not know exactly if an event will occur or not.

If you look at my elementary definition, it is clear that risk is neither a good or a bad phenomenon...it is just a phenomenon

We consider risk to be a bad thing around this part of the world...but this isn't necessarily true. Our general attitude towards risk is Prayer (oh well...). We try to nullify the unknown but we can adopt a proactive method to resolve challenges that risk can induce.



Risk is not always a bad thing for businesses. It can be a good thing as it presents unique opportunities for capitalizing on uncertainties.

Whenever there is an outcome with uncertain outcomes we need to investigate weather or not there are positive possibilities or just negative ones.

If all the outcomes for an event are negative, here is what every business owner needs to do with negative risk;

1. Avoid.
2. Transfer
3. Mitigate

If the outcomes have any possibility of being positive...here are valid responses

1. Seek
2. Enhance
3. Exploit


Avoid:

When there is a possibility that an outcome will be negative, the things to do is avoid the outcome altogether. Somethings we need to pass off certain opportunities because the risk outcome isn't worth it. This is a valid response to uncertainty but needs to be assessed carefully. The decision should be made not out of fear but a conscious methodical process that will create opportunities in the future.

We would continue this series next week........

Thanks.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Entrepreneurship in the information age #strikedanvil

It's Tuesday again, another #strikedanvil session on enterprise radio! Whoop whoop. As always, it would be an honor to have you listen in and interact with us on @eradiong or by calling, 09090000061, 09090000062. You can listen to last week's show here if you missed it. Thanks again for your support so far!! We love you!

Ever wonder why #Google is king of the world today? (Yea,don't forget they bought me over, hehe.)  The world has evolved from the agricultural age, where farmers ruled to the industrial age where engineers ruled to the current information age where data miners/providers rule. Right now, Information is King...... connect the dots.

Access to information has largely affected the way we do business, entrepreneurs increasingly have to be on top of their game as customers have access to more information now, than ever before. Everyday, digital innovation is changing lives in ways never expected, touching all parts of human existence. Google chairman Eric Schmidt recently described technological advance as “a race between computers and people and the people need to win.”

How does an entrepreneur remain ahead in this time? How can entrepreneurs position themselves to take advantage of this age? The general consensus is that Africans do not read, how true is this? Can an entrepreneur really survive without constantly reading and updating his/herself in this age? Where can you find this information? Is it free, is it paid? Is it timely, accurate and does it have integrity? These are the issues we have to deal with as entrepreneurs. 

Joining us to discuss this tomorrow is Howell Allusi.

Howell Allusi is the founder of the Wyzak interactive platform, he has a background in computer science from Imo State University and has over seven years of experience in telecoms. He is passionate about Nigerians and helping people succeed, which is why Wyzak interactive was born.

Wyzak Interactive is a global exchange for career and business start-up expertise. The aim is to connect people looking to;

- Step out from their existing career to a new career,

- Start a company,

- Enhance their current job skills

with expert advisors working in hundreds of fields in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

The platform was launched with various free training in the fields of Agriculture, business plan writing among others.Howell will be sharing his experience with how Nigerians interact with and take advantage of information available to them on the internet.

Wyzak is currently running two competitions for entrepreneurs;

The first is a business idea competition with the details below;

Learning how to put your business idea on paper is the first step to starting that business. Let us teach you how to write a proper business plan and 3 people would step into 2015 with seed funds (N100,000 each) to start that small business idea. 

To enter:

1. Register and attend the live Writing the Winning Business Plan webinars at www.wyzak.com

2. Download the Business Plan Template from the website

3. Use the template to fill in your business idea

4. Submit the business plan via email to competitions@wyzak.com

Judging criteria can be found in the Terms and Conditions

Contest entry period: December 5th - 20th, 2014.

Winner would be announced on January 16th, 2015

Please read the Terms and Conditions before contesting.

Facebook: facebook.com/wyzak, Twitter: @wyzak_int, Instagram: @wyzak_interactive

For more enquiries contact us at info.wyzak.com or call +234 701 231 7518

Second is a competition for those in the agricultural sector;

We invite all aspiring and eligible entrepreneurs to participate in our 1st Agribusiness Competition titled #XmasFoodie Photo Contest. This competition aims to:

· Contribute to the development of the agriculture industry in Nigeria.

· Provide individuals with the basic understanding of various Agribusinesses and the opportunities involved in making it a good investment alternative.

· Stimulate and promote entrepreneurial initiatives.

· Encourage Nigerian entrepreneurs with several non-financial support.
GRAND PRIZE

648 Square metre plot of land at Igbesa- Agbara, Ogun State. (Close to Badagry, Lagos state.)

· C of O in-place

· Government approved layout

· Registered layout

The Theme of this contest is focused on Fish farming and Poultry production.

To Participate

1. Register and attend the Live and Interactive Agribusiness Webinars at www.wyzak.com

2. Take a photo of your ideal Xmas Meal (using any Fish or Poultry product)

3. Share your Photo on your personal Instagram page and tag your Photo with @wyzak_interactive and the hashtag #XmasFoodie or

4. Tweet with your Photo and the #XmasFoodie hashtag to the @wyzak_int handle.

Photo may be from your favourite local restaurant, fast food, bar, or your kitchen... you get the picture. Proper credit and title for all photos is also required. If you are using photos from your favourite spot or kitchen... let us know what and where it is.

The winning photo would be judged entirely on its artistic merit, popularity (likes) and adherence to contest theme.

Contest entry period: December 1st - 20th, 2014.

Winner would be announced on December 29th, 2014.

Please read the Terms and Conditions before contesting.

This Contest is supported by SENCE AGRIC and Next Dimension Properties LTD.

Facebook: facebook.com/wyzak, Twitter: @wyzak_int, Instagram: @wyzak_interactive

For more enquiries contact us at info.wyzak.com or call +234 701 231 7518

Think this is an opportunity for you? Visit the wyzak interactive website and apply ASAP!!

Cheers guys!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Entrepreneurship and universities…. #strikedanvil

Before this goes up, I can't help but pay my last respects to +myles munroe and all the lives that were lost in the crash earlier today. It's just a shocking reminder that life is short! In a flash it can all be over, just like that. What are you spending your time doing?

Last week was a very eventful week, I was fortunate to participate in the +Google Nigeria digital business managers training for three days. I met the most amazing people in the Nigerian digital sphere :-) , we were treated to good food at Protea hotel and I learnt a lot of great new stuff! Google just bought me! I am so totally bought over.

Can you spot me?
I must give credit to the source of my inspiration for this week’s show; I was looking through my timeline on Saturday evening and I came across a tweet by +Praise Fowowe , it went;

“ Final projects in our universities must become products or visible solutions” - My first reaction was na yam! lmao.

This got me thinking though; for starters I can’t really remember what my chemical engineering final year project was about, so chances that it has added any value to the economy as a product or visible solution is doubtful. This is my confession and I bet it’s pretty much true for many other students from my day, especially for technical courses.

I have a friend who’s doing his PHD at the moment, he complains bitterly about the way lecturers hoard chemicals and apparatus for projects because of lack of funding. How can anyone make a huge discovery under such conditions? Research is critical to economic development, so if there’s no funding or not enough funding, we have a long way to go.

On the other hand, I remember more about my sister’s project from Covenant University than I do about mine. It was about the aviation sector and she actually visited airlines and got real people to fill out questionnaires that we thought through together. I can’t say whether this is because of the approach at Covenant University or because it was a project in the social sciences. Whatever the case, hers had a better chance of making some form of impact.

During the Google training, I met one of the Google ambassadors from Ekiti state university (woow! Lucky guy), he mentioned that he was part of an entrepreneurship promotion group known as +Enactus - www.enactus.org. Curious to know more, I visited their site and was surprised to see that they have been around for a while and that they have activities across different campuses of the globe! Interesting! I remember  +AISEC from my day, many Aisecers turned out pretty good and every time I think about it, I wonder why I wasn’t involved (I was too busy trying to survive chemical engineering and fellowship, hehe).

Tying all of these events together i.e my stumbling on Praise Fowowe’s tweet and my encounter with an enactus ambassador, hey, who better to discuss this week’s topic than +Enactus representatives from my great Alma matter, university of Lagos! They can never fall my hand. Sorry I am biased. Also joining us via twitter are +abayomi tajudeen sarumi representing Ekiti state university live from Ekiti as well as +Olabode Emmanuel representing the not so great university of Ife (it's beef I accept).

Here are the questions to think about?

- What is your university doing to encourage entrepreneurship?

- Will you consider entrepreneurship after school, or would you rather work for that six figure salary in say Mobil for example?

- How did you choose your final year project focus/topic and why?

- Are you part of any entrepreneurship development group on campus?

- Who are the top entrepreneurs in your school? (we are not talking yahoo yahoo boys o, hehe)

Our panelists....

Orukpe Precious Joy
 Orukpe Precious Joy is also known as Presi-J. She can be described as a passionate leader with B.sc(B.ed) in view English education at the prestigious university of Lagos .She is a music minister,dancer and a leader in the Believers Loveworld Nation.She has organized several programs in which the lives of young people have been changed and these young people are imparting their world.She is a member of Enactus, and currently the Executive Secretary of +Enactus, university of Lagos.
AKPOVETA, Valentine
Orukpe Precious Joy, ventured in the world of Fashion for the passion.She is a lover of what makes you beautiful and stand-out.She was part of the organizer of the Teens on Fire initiatives,she has worked with Torera ,Joepraize ,BTC Fashion Creation and many others to mention a few.She also worked at the Lagos Fashion show (2013)as an intern.

AKPOVETA, Valentine is a Personal Effectiveness Coach/Trainer, Public Speaker, and Author.He has served severally with distinguished performance in Leadership Capacities in various Organizations and is a contributor to several Print and Web Media.

He is driven by the desire to help young people discover Purpose and make the quantum leap from Efficiency to Effectiveness by inspiring them to use Time wisely to do the Best Things in the Most Productive ways.

He does this through his books, audios, training and seminars.

His pastimes include Critical Thinking, Reading, Group Discussions, Net Surfing and Writing.

He volunteers for a few non-profit organizations, and carried out projects in slums and high need areas.

Abayomi Tajudeen Sarumi 
He is the immediate past team leader of the +Enactus group at the university of Lagos.

Abayomi Tajudeen Sarumi is a young blogger, sociopreneur, farmer in training and a project manager who prides himself as an astute netizen. He also teaches the art of writing on campus.

Over the years, he has contributed to community project development and management in Ondo and Ekiti States with focus on poverty alleviation, youth empowerment and leadership training.

He is driven by his passion to see a new nation where the youth are fully integrated into decision making processes based on merit and social value system.

He works with and volunteers for various individuals and organisations around the country on life changing projects that are not for profit making.
His hobbies include cooking, surfing the net, networking and mentoring.

Olabode Emmanuel Olawumi
Olabode Emmanuel Olawumi is a final year student of Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. 

He his a media entrepreneur and the Founder/Creative Director/Publisher of OYA Magazine - www.oyamag.com (an entertainment and youth empowerment magazine that celebrates outstanding young achievers.

Emmanuel is a creative thinker, a strategist who is full of ideas and sees them through to fulfilment. He has worked with different brands and organisations - most especially in field of public relations.

His core values include: creativity, leadership, integrity, quality service, uniqueness and excellence.

He is currently a volunteer for the Future Awards Project 2014 and the Public Relations Officer/Social Director of his department in school.

He is first a business man, writes when he his emotional or gets infuriated at events happening around him, he loves acting but hasn't been on stage for over two years.

His biggest dream is to be the richest man in the world. How does he intend to achieve this? He says he wants to help people, brands, organisations and nations solve problems.

He loves being happy and meeting happy people.

He believes there is strength in team work.

 
We hope to have an engaging session with students calling in to give us insights on entrepreneurship activities in their schools. The numbers to call are;

0909000061, 09090000062

You can also join in on twitter with the hashtag #strikedanvil follow @eradiong! See you!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Bodylanguage Company - Chibuzo Slim Ikonta #inthespiritofenterprise

Sometimes when you talk about entrepreneurship, people scratch their heads and wonder, what do I have that anyone would pay for? Thing is, you never know until you test it. Run a pilot of your idea and see.....

With determination and support, Chibuzo has been able to turn his passion into a business. I can't wait to share the amazing pictures of his work. I need to attend one of his classes soon. :-)

It's #inthespiritofenterprise!!

Enjoy......

Tell us about yourself

My name is Chibuzo Slim Ikonta. I am the founder, Principal Instructor and Head Choreographer of THE BODYLANGUAGE COMPANY (Nigeria).I'm also the Manager of THE BODYLANGUAGE STUDIO (Lagos).

I'm a professional dancer with knowledge of over 30-styles of dance and together with my dance partner "Anita Korra Obidi", we form Nigeria's most versatile dance couple.

I'm one of Nigeria's top Latin Dance Experts, and also, the first African to train and perform the ancient Indian dance (over 2400 years old) of ODISSI.

I am a widely trained Martial Artist majoring in Afro-Brazilian Capoeira (Professor Level), thus becoming Nigeria's highest ranked and most experienced teacher of the art (over 10 years).

I'm a graduate of the UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS with a diploma in Computer Engineering and a Bsc in Actuarial Science &Insurance...........weird huh? I know!!!

Tell us about your business

ABOUT THE BODYLANGUAGE COMPANY (BLC)



The Bodylanguage Company is home to some of Nigeria's finest dancers, performers, dance teachers, choreographers, fitness experts and martial artists with razor sharp skills and unequaled expertise in output.

We teach classes in various disciplines both at our studio, at select out stations, schools, corporate organisations, schools, churches and in private homes.

We also put up performances and presentations at various events, thereby making the occasion a more lively one. E.g's: end of year parties, stage productions, corporate functions, weddings, birthday parties, dinners, galas, fashion shows, product activation(flash mobs) etc



We also run periodic workshops and productions that are mostly spearheaded by myself.

I like to believe I'm mostly a better teacher than a performer and hence, The Bodylanguage Company is responsible for teaching/preparing various children, youth and adults for competitions, presentations, wedding first-dances etc.

Last Year, I was the stage choreographer for the X-factor Nigeria; Season1.

Basically, business comes in various forms, some of which is subject to time and season.

What was your Inspiration for this business?

My inspiration began with a pure love for movement. Movement in every graceful or powerful form. Sports, yoga, dance, martial arts, driving, clouds etc Coupled with a strong ear for rhythm, dance seemed like the obvious angle. I would find rhythm and movement potential in every situation. Thanks to my dad, as early as age 8, I was already in love with classical jazz and Latin rhythms. Also, I wanted to learn couple dancing before I was 10.

Jez don't go and say you want to try this at home! Don't try yasef!
As life, skill, experience and reality accrued to me, I began to desire taking my art beyond just a passionate weapon that made me stand out from a crowd. I started to desire teaching, building, creating and fine tuning people and situations with my art.

Honestly, I know my inspiration came from God, because I'm most inspired when I speak to Him......and listen to His voice.

I want to be a world class performer.
I wish to be an internationally renowned teacher & choreographer.
I want to create a ton of wealth with my art.

How did you get funding for the business?

I first began teaching in schools, clubs, gyms and private residences. Then, I was able to begin periodic workshops where I taught large numbers of kids for a few weeks at a time, after which their parents would be invited in to witness their progress under my tutelage.

Reports were good.
I got more students.....I grew.....I saved money.

About a year later, I opened up THE BODYLANGUAGE STUDIO (Ilupeju).

The rest is history.

How will you summarize the journey so far?

The journey so far......hmmmm.......fun, yes, also one big adventure.
From critics, to friends, to fake friends, to supporters, to hopeful sponsors, to fans, to food etc...lol

It's really been one continuous learning process. One that every step of the way I keep getting reminded that my young business is still fully dependent on my personal performance.

In layman's terms;

When I'm on point, my business is on point.
When I'm dull, my business is dull.

What are the main challenges you have faced so far and how have you managed them?

One of the major challenges I've faced so far is landing a sponsor for one of my events. One reason for this is because I'm still a relatively new business with monumental dreams. Another could be the obvious difficulty in landing an actual "financial sponsor".

This year, I faced another challenge. Due to the ebola virus mini crisis, my studio business suffered a mild dry spell due to the fact that at least 50-60% of my students (at THE BODYLANGUAGE STUDIO) are children.

Nigeria has been declared Ebola free.

Thank God!

What is your long term vision for the business?

I intend to create an army of world class dancers, dance teachers, choreographers, fitness experts and martial artists.

I want BODYLANGUAGE to be The Standard by which every other dance, fitness or wellness organisation (in Nigeria and beyond) will be measured.

I wish to empower professionals that will put Nigeria on the world map, as a source and provider of internationally recognized (and respected) method, skill and knowledge.

I want to my company to be the major contributor to the revolutionary process that has already begun in the dance and fitness industry.
No more will dancers be looked at at jobless people with no bright futrue.

By becoming successfully established (and yet highly skilled) members of the entertainment industry, members of THE BODYLANGUAGE COMPANY will serve as examples to upcoming entrepreneurs who intend to venture into similar fields of expertise.

THE BODULANGUAGE COMPANY is an Industry builder!

Given the chance will you do this again?

Hell yeah!
Given the chance ten times over, I'd do it again every time.

Infact, I'll begin earlier, and do it better!

https://www.facebook.com/slimandanita
https://www.facebook.com/TheBodylanguageStudio
https://www.facebook.com/TheWeddingChoreographers

Connect with Slim via these channels;
IG: @slim.blc
@bodylanguageng
Twitter: @slim_blc
@bodylanguageng


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

30 Metres Resources - Omotoyosi Bibiire Salihu #inthespiritofenterprise

Hi Guys, +Tuoyo Ikomi  and +Gbubemi Atimomo formed and Itsekiri alliance and concluded on the show that Human Resource Management and Marketing are both as important skills as the other for entrepreneurs to have! As hard as Kenny and I tried, we didn't quite bring the house down. hehe. Thanks for tuning in and please tune in again next Tuesday. If you haven't downloaded the app please look for the enterprise radio Nigeria app on google playstore, blackberry appstore or in your IOs appstore.

How many of you have noticed that getting drivers, house keepers etc has become a nightmare lately? My Dad has been trying to get on for so long now with no luck. So there is a need here, non? Yea, that's what Toyosi saw and this is why she decided to set up 30 Metres resources. She's our #inthespiritofenterprise feature today. Read all about her.

Enjoy........

Tell us about yourself

My name is Omotoyosi Bibiire Salihu, founder 30 Metres Resources. I have an LLB, B.L degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University. I am passionate about service excellence and delivery.

Tell us about your business
30meters Resources is a Domestic Recruitment company sourcing for Drivers, Nannies, Housekeepers etc.

Our Mission is to provide peace of mind for our Clients so they can do other meaningful work. With a vision to revolutionize the "Omodo" Sector and show people it is a profession like any other.

I'd been nursing this idea for a while, I finally summoned the courage and took the plunge on the 1st day of September 2014 when I placed the First Driver with a Client.We currently operate from my Living room which doubles as the Lagos Arm of our Law Firm. Most of our transactions are done online until we have agreed on terms and conditions. 

What was your Inspiration for this business? 
We have left the business of people catering to our Families for too long with charlatans. The downside is we get House helps and Drivers with myriad of issues ranging from theft to kidnapping.

It is time to dignify people who take care of our homes so we can concentrate on our businesses and professions. Our slogan is saying "No to Modern say Slavery".

Whether we agree or not, our Domestic Staff are like a life wire (I know this!), that's why we need dependable hands.

The people that bring in Helps from Cotonou 7 out of 10 times do not pay the Helps. Their salary is shared between them and their Parents, nothing goes to the Help.

It is time for a mindset change, it is time to treat Hired helps as Human Beings.

How did you get funding for the business?

I started the business mainly with funds from my Savings. I previously worked as the Station Manager of Rainbow 94.1 FM and I knew one day I had to do recruitment services. I just was not sure what sector to recruit in. 

I was in charge of recruiting as Station Manager, I had experience to work with.

How will you summarize the journey so far?
Domestic Recruitment is very challenging. The Staff themselves need a mindset change same as their bosses.

The Staff already have a set opinion of people they would work for; the Bosses already think they are worthless people. The Circle is a vicious one.

It will take time to balance these preconceived notions. This is more from the Bosses, an Oga thinks nothing of it to begin to curse his Driver or even sleep with/rape his maid.

The Driver/Maid also thinks nothing of it to rob the Oga at a given opportunity. I have had cases like this.

Also, we have no Laws safeguarding the rights of Domestic Staff, the Labor Law touching on it is so ridiculously worded.

In other climes, Domestic workers have unions, they have minimum wages etc. They have a structure to cushion them.

In Nigeria, citing an example ; As a personal driver in the employ of Chief Lagbaja, there is no chance for growth, no promotions, so the Driver must be paid well so he can cater to his own needs.

How would you measure your success in achieving your goals so far?

We have barely began to scratch the surface. The scope of what we are challenging frightens me, but it is doable and we are at least going to try.

How have you impacted your community?

A lot of our Youth are not employed, a lot are unemployable. A lot are involved in Get rich quick schemes. If you look around, you will find casino like kiosks all around, Alcohol intake is also on the rise....All of these suggests idle youth.

So Job creation is a first. We started out with people in our Community giving them first choice. Most of them see Domestic jobs as demeaning and below thier station. Our impact is to make them see that sometimes these Jobs can drive you to do better, they can be a means to an end.

Our impact is minute now, but we have started.

What are the main challenges you have faced so far and how have you managed them?

One of the main challenges of the business as I mentioned earlier is the Mindset of both employer and employee. We try to go to the Home of the Employer to find out how if our Staff is okay, regular communication is important.

Another one is the help running away, I haven't experienced this because we drum it into the Help's ears that working as Maid is not slavery.

If you cannot work with a person, let us know,do not run away.

The rest are trade secrets. We cannot divulge for security reasons.

What are the main opportunities that you have been able to leverage to get where you are today?

My Law Degree is very helpful here, I have 6 years cognate experience practicing Law.

I had a show on Radio called the Law and You, I usually would get Lawyers to speak on a broad spectrum of issues, this has also helped me carve out a mission statement with which to work by.

I am also a Mother, I know exactly how it feels to have Maids and Drivers so I am in a position to recruit.

Given the chance will you do this again?

Domestic Recruitment is very Interesting, I would do it again because I absolutely love it and it does not bore me.

What advice will you give to other entrepreneurs looking to launch

Research, Research, Be Realistic and Be Passionate

Connect with us

Email - 30metres@gmail.com

Call- 2348034770177, 2348081872113


Monday, October 27, 2014

Entrepreneurial Skills: HCM Vs Marketing #strikedanvil

Hello fam! Thanks for listening in last week and connecting with us on twitter.Many of you agree that Matilda rocked the house! I hope you followed the learning points from the show and have at least downloaded tape a talk for that next meeting? Before somebody will come and deny you. No stories o!

Meanwhile, we are still eagerly waiting for our first caller on the show :-) Come on now! Infact, we are so eager that we have a gift for that first caller! Yes. Er... but don't come with a "Ghana-must-go-bag" to redeem the gift, it's really just a token to say, we appreciate your support. We are super like that, hehe. In case you didn't know the numbers, here they are in in bold blue!

+2349090000061, +2349090000062


Strike the anvil duo, hehe
This week, we are bringing two experts neck to neck (They'll try to act all modest and say they're not, lol!! we all know they are forming sha). It's going to be a war between the pro marketing entrepreneur type people and the pro Human Capital Management type people.

Before we get to that, what are your thoughts on this? Based on your experience, what skill do you think is most critical for an entrepreneur's success? Is it better for him/her to be strong on the marketing side or on the Human Capital Management/HR side?

Gbubemi Atimomo (Y'all remember that my friend that knows everybody in the whole world? Yea, that's him), is a Human Resource & Business professional, with proven ability in assessing organizational needs, whilst developing and implementing HR initiatives. He has worked with senior management to integrate the HR function within the overall business strategy. He recently completed his MSc in Entrepreneurship & Innovation programme at Essex Business School, UK (oh, I forgot to mention, he's an efiko too).
He'll be joining us via skype from his base #repping the pro-HCM entrepreneurs.


Tuoyo Ikimi is the CEO of Mugen communications and marketing concepts as well as total vibes entertainment and production company. He is also a managing partner of applied media outdoor, Nigeria.

He has been in business for the past 15 years. Some of his successes include the first charity concert involving all musicians and comedians and fashion designers tagged "All 4 Luv", The Caring Heart Award, in honor of.General Buba Maruwa to name a few.

His company is focused on delivering marketing campaigns for product and services wanting to stand out. They apply Media and mobile content, Talkshows, Reality shows, and all manner of entertainment programs tailored to achieve corporate goals. He will be #repping the pro-marketing entrepreneurs.

Who will you be rooting for?! Join us tomorrow, Tuesday 28th October at 9am, west african time...... You can follow us and comment on twitter too @eradiong don't forget to use the hashtag #strikedanvil.

Cheers guys.


Special Effects makeup artist - Dorothy Emem Kwofie

Dorothea Kwofie Born Dorothy Emem Kwofie, is an actress cum special effects makeup artist. She's quite creative and daring, delving into the whirl pool of creativity to bring out the most intriguing for that Wow effect in special effects makeup. 

She's moved to change the way special effects make up is done in the Movie industry here in Nigeria and has worked on the movie sets of Secret Room, Last 3 digits, B for Boy, Not Right, I Think he loves me, same difference, days without Rain, to mention a few.

Below is a video of her, transforming a woman to a man with makeup. Please visit the link and like the video. Thanks in advance :-) 

Click this link for the video - video




Below are some pictures of her work;