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Saturday, 30 July 2016

Deaf Female Lawyer Proves That Disability Is Not A Limitation

Catherine Edeh is a deaf Nigerian female lawyer who was recently called to bar. Her story shows us the power of focus, determination and perseverance in the midst of difficulty. Miss Edeh was not born deaf but became deaf in Primary 5, following a resultant effect of a high dose of chloramphenicol injection administered on her when she fell ill.

She shared her story in a recent Punch interview, throwing more light on her determination to get an education after going deaf. Her resoluteness eventually paid off, today she is a lawyer and also runs an NGO, Voice Of Disability Initiative (VDI). Read  excerpts of the interview below:

What was your dream while growing up?
Growing up as a kid, I did not dream of becoming a lawyer. I disliked lawyers because in my naive mentality, I always pictured them as callous people who made the innocent suffer. Right from primary 3, I aimed to be a nurse; the rationale behind this being that unlike lawyers who hurt and victimise innocent people, nurses care for and cure people. I wanted to heal bodies and souls of sick and suffering people. But the devil struck.

I became ill and went deaf in primary 5. Subsequently, my family lost interest in sponsoring my education. I was asked to go and learn either sewing or hairdressing which I flatly turned down. To register his seriousness in his decision that I should leave school and go into sewing/hairdressing apprenticeship, my late dad refused to sponsor my common entrance examination when I was in primary 6.

Months after my First School Leaving Certificate Examination, I was enrolled into a commercial school because I flatly stood my ground that I must go to school, deafness or no deafness. This however killed my dream of becoming a nurse because the commercial school I was admitted into did not offer physics and chemistry.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates Makes A Case For Africa's Young People

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates recently spoke at the Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Pretoria, South Africa.  In his text, the entrepreneur/philanthropist speaks about Africa and the continent's huge potential while making a case for young people on the continent. Go here for full text and see excerpts below:

But, for me, the most important thing about young people is the way their minds work. Young people are better than old people at driving innovation because they’re not locked in by the limits of the past.

When I started Microsoft at the age of 19, computer science was a young field. We didn’t feel beholden to old notions about what computers could or should do. We dreamed about the next big thing and we scoured the world around us for the ideas and tools that would help us create it.

But it wasn’t just Microsoft. Steve Jobs was 21 when he started Apple. Mark Zuckerberg was only 19 when he started Facebook. The African entrepreneurs driving startup booms in the Silicon Savannahs from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Lagos and Nairobi are just as young in chronological age, but also in their outlook. The thousands of businesses they’re creating are already changing daily life across the continent.

The full returns will come if we can multiply this talent for innovation by the whole of Africa’s growing youth population. That depends on whether Africa’s young people, all of Africa’s young people are given the opportunity to thrive.

Nelson Mandela said, “Poverty is not natural, it is man made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

We are the human beings that must take action. And we have to decide now because this unique moment won’t last. We must clear away the obstacles that are standing in young people’s way so that they can seize all of their potential.

If young people are sick and malnourished, their bodies and brains will never fully develop. If they are not educated well, their minds will lie dormant. If they do not have access to economic opportunities, they will not be able to achieve their goals.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Thoughts From A South African Entrepreneur

Lufefe Nomjana is a 28-year-old South African entrepreneur. His company, Espinaca Innovations, runs its own bakery from a renovated shipping container and produces spinach bread, as well as other spinach-based products like muffins and sandwiches.

Nomjana started his business in 2012 with less than $3 after spotting an opportunity while volunteering at a community garden. He noticed a large supply of spinach in the garden and googled a few recipes on making spinach bread. 

Nomjana convinced a neighbour to let him use her oven and, with that, he baked his first loaf. Today he produces around 500 loaves a day, along with other baked goods, and sources his organic spinach from local farmers.

Nomjana says his story is evidence that entrepreneurs do not need huge amounts of capital to start a business. He advises other aspiring business people to first identify the resources they have at their disposal and then figure out how to use them.

“Life is about having something to give in order for you to receive. And what is it that you have? You’ve got the brains, the intellectual capital and that will actually open many doors for you. So the first capital that you need, more than money, is intellectual capital.”

Motivational Video By Prince Ea - 'Figure Out How You Learn'

Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American spoken word artist and YouTuber, known for discussing topics like politics, environmentalism and life issues.

He says in this short motivational video, " The best advice I can give to students is to figure out how you learn. Just because you fail a test doesn't mean you are slow, just because you have a hard time understanding something doesn't mean it is impossible" Just figure out how you learn.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

9jaflave FFT - We Are All In The Gutter

Today's Food For Thought:
" We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Oscar Wilde

For every one of us, at some point in our lives, it looks like we are in the gutter, that muddy, stinky, horrible and nauseating place. 

For some, it is a stagnant place, a deep pit, a place you quickly want to get out from. For others it is a messy place, a stench that never seems to go away. 

For everyone of us, at some point in our lives, we were in the gutter, but some of us chose to look at the stars. We chose to change our outlook and see beyond where we were to where we could be.

You may even be in that gutter right now, simply choose to look at the stars and see what life can become.

Ufuoma Fijab

Nigerian Men Book More Hotels Than Women — Report

A half-year analysis from has revealed how Nigerians have been booking hotels since January 2016. For example: Did you know that more men book hotels more than women in Nigeria? According to this report, approximately 2 in every 3 hotel bookers are male. 

The number of people booking hotels in the South has also dropped by 7% and suggests that this might be as a result of the oil crash. Interestingly, bookings in the North have increased by as high as 48%. The hotel booking website thinks that this is an indication of an increasing confidence in the war against terrorism in the North — did somebody say Sai Baba?

It also looks like Yankari is a sweet destination for the travellers out there, if you haven’t decided on where to visit on your next vacation, visit Yankari!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Thoughts From A 25 Year Old Female Nigerian Entrepreneur

Meet Oluwatobilola Oluwaleye, a 25 year old Nigerian female entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Tea's Nature, a company that packages and sells refined natural shea butter.

Oluwatobilola who is a Psychology graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University, left the corporate world to start up her own business about a year ago. She spoke about her entrepreneurial journey in a recent Punch interview. Read some of her thoughts below:

As a young entrepreneur what are your typical challenges?
The major challenge we face is entering the big market space. This is common in a business that is just starting and struggling to survive but we hope that with the right publicity and education, more people will embrace our products.

What can government do to encourage young entrepreneurs?
I have a different philosophy. I think people should ask themselves what they can do for the country rather than what the government can do for them. A lot of people blame the environment for their inability to forge ahead in life. The kind of generation we are building is the one that has the blame mentality such that people don’t like taking responsibility for their actions; rather they expect somebody else to bear the responsibility.

What advice do you have for other young entrepreneurs?
I would tell them that every business involves sacrifices. They should know that there is always something they can do if they look inwards instead of looking for paid employment. They could start small; they should not think it cannot be possible. Everything is possible once there is determination.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

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Happy New Month!!!!

Happy New Month Everyone!!!! Welcome to the next 6 months of the year. I believe the next few months will be a worthwhile journey. 

Times are hard and the world is saturated with a lot of bad news, but irrespective of the challenges life throws at us and the many mountains we have to climb, we must choose to keep believing and never give up.

And as you journey through the last 6 months of this year, choose to stay focused, choose the things that truly matter, choose to start acting and stop procrastinating and you must definitely choose to be a better version of you. Also choose to believe irrespective of what you see or feel.

Believe in your dreams and reach for the stars.
Believe in yourself and anything will be possible.
Believe in your abilities and conquer the world around you.
Believe there are no limits and soar as high as you can.
Believe in your potentials and greatness awaits you.
Believe that you can and you will.
Believe in yourself and break boundaries.
Just believe!!!!!!!!

Stay inspired @9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijab