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Sunday, 26 June 2016

CEO No Left Overs Ayodeji Megbope - 'Let No One Kill That Dream'

Ayodeji Oluyemisi Megbope, is the CEO of No Left Overs Nig. Ltd, a full scale catering outfit which started with a take-off capital of N1,000 making moin-moin (local bean cake) for her sister in-law. Today that idea has blossomed into a thriving business.

She has also evolved into a motivational speaker who has graced both local and international platforms. Read her inspiring story here. She recently shared an inspiring piece encouraging us to let no one kill our dreams. Be inspired!!!!!

I remember being in class in my primary school about 40 years ago, our class teacher had just stepped out and we were all making so much noise. Suddenly our teacher walked back into the class looking as furious as a fire breathing dragon!

“All you all know to do is to make noise, I have your composition scripts in my hands and you all performed below expectation, yes all of you except Ayo”, he said. Before making this statement, he had ordered us all to stand with our arms raised above our heads. As soon as he concluded his statement, he told me to sit down and the others to remain standing. You won't believe it, I refused to sit down.

The reason was because right behind me in class that day, were 2 girls who were bullies. I knew that if I dared sit down, they would deal with me after class. My teacher was perplexed that despite repeating himself severally, I still stood with my hands raised like a zombie.

Indeed those two girls bullied me all through my years in primary school and my academic performance was severely affected. I dreamt of becoming an orator. I dreamt of giving speeches, that was why from a young age, I paid attention to English as a subject. I remember, standing for hours in front of mirrors giving imaginary speeches and engaging in imaginary discussions, it appeared like from a very tender age, that dream was never going to come to pass!

Forty years after, the bullies have gone their way and to the glory of God, in God's time, by God's design, here I stand welcoming to the podium the First Lady of the United States of America, Mrs Michelle Obama at the just concluded United State of Women Conference!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Meet The 3 Nigerians Nominated For Innovation Prize For Africa 2016

Godwin Benson: Tuteria

Tuteria is an innovative peer-to-peer learning online platform that allows people who want to learn any skill, whether formal or informal, to connect with anyone else in proximity who is offering that skill. For instance, a student needing math skills can connect online with someone in their vicinity offering remedial classes in mathematics.

The tutors and the learners form an online community that connects them, and once a fit is established, they meet offline for practical exchange. Both tutors and learners are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety, accountability and a quality learning experience. 

Globally, conventional methods of education and learning are transitioning from centralized to distributed, and from standardized to personalized. Such trends have resulted in better learning outcomes. Tuteria fits in well with this model, and has been highly recommended by the IPA judges for the African continent.

Godwin holds a first-class honours systems engineering degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and was best engineering Student and 3rd Best Overall Student in the entire graduating set. He worked briefly at ExxonMobil as an Onsite Support Engineer, and also at Deloitte Nigeria as an Information Security Associate before developing Tuteria.

How One Young Man's Story Is Inspiring The World

Tyrone Obaseki  recently posted a video telling his story which has since gone viral with about 6 million views.

In the video he shares about his journey from foster care in Houston and Harris County, where he was physically/emotionally abused, molested and even labelled retarded to college, and to graduation school at Prairie View A&M. He was recently licensed as a professional counsellor.

Tyrone also recently completed his memoir titled "18 Years a Slave: Ward of the State." He shared the video on social media with hopes of getting a book or movie deal and to inspire others out there, that irrespective of what they might have been through, they can beat the odds and become who they were truly meant to be. #inspireotherswithyourstory 

Monday, 6 June 2016

Charity Walk For World Sickle Cell Day 2016

Nigeria has the highest number of people living with Sickle Cell Anaemia Disorder (SCD), a hereditary blood disorder in the world, affecting between 4 -6 million. It is estimated an average
of 150,000 children are born with SCD each year, out of which only 25% might live which is more
out of ignorance than the disorder itself. 

Moreover 1 in 4 people have the sickle cell trait, which is said to create the sickle cell gene. Despite these statistics, grassroots awareness and support remains an uphill task, especially with regards to advocacy of better treatment (physically and emotionally). 

The United Nation passed a resolution celebrating June 19th of every year as Sickle Cell Awareness Day, declaring it as a public health problem. Consequently in an effort to commemorate the annual global designated awareness day, the Coalition aims to hold activities to bring to fore the effects of sickle cell disorder to an individual and society at large.

The aim of the event is usually held to create awareness and disseminate information about sickle
cell, helping these NGOs to reach grassroot communities. This event is expected to host a walk
which will commence from within the IKEJA axis, starting from the Police College grounds Ikeja
to LTV 8 through Obafemi Awolowo Way. 

This World Sickle Cell Day Event will be commemorated by a joint walk and will culminate into an indoor games and competitions session with the participating NGOs and celebrities as captains of each team.  #SCDWalk4Life2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A Piece Of Advice To Women Looking To Start Up Their Own Businesses

Ugandan female entrepreneurs Liz Atukunda and Bunda Anne Katende are the brains behind the BIIKA brand, a company that makes unique handbags using leather with a mix of Ugandan materials.

While Liz is a lawyer/banker, Bunda is a childcare specialist who runs a preschool in Kampala and is a mother of 3. BIIKA hopes to be known as an outstanding Ugandan brand producing authentic African bags. Read below their piece of advice to women hoping to start up their own businesses .

What's the biggest piece of advice you can give to other women looking to start-up?
Just start! Don’t not wait for approval from someone else. Allow yourselves the opportunity to be vulnerable - after all, it’s a vulnerable place where you make something and launch it in public, not knowing if people will buy it or not, or if people will approve of it or not, or if your venture will be a continuous labour of love. So, just allow yourselves to be vulnerable and do it - from that place, wondrous things are born.