Help STOP the Anti-NGO Bill

I watched a video that made me visibly angry and the presenter is a man I have tons of respect for. He is no other than Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, a human rights activist and erstwhile Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission.

The focus of the video is on the Anti-NGO Bill currently on the floor of the National Assembly which seeks to more or less centralise the functions of non-government organisations (NGOs) and how they operate.

Watch the video:

The Centre for Social Justice which created the video has pleaded that we should help share it and create awareness and that is exactly what I have decided to do by this and other activities. I urge you to do the same, if you’re really concerned about the sustainability of any organisations that you care so much about such as your church or an NGO.

I have also taken it a step further by signing this petition on citizengo because it’s all about creating awareness. Here’s the message I got afterwards:

Hi,
I signed a petition to House of Representatives: Federal Republic of Nigeria which says:
“HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES STOP THE NGO REGULATORY BILL”
Will you sign this petition? Click here to sign!

In my opinion, we need a more de-centralized national structure and trying to further centralize this country is unacceptable. Nigeria is simply too large for one central Government and that is clearly evident in the state of our Nation today.

I urge to support this movement by simply sharing, liking and tweeting this video – https://youtu.be/McyBWKXeO28

Apologies: Site came under Attack

We have spent the last few days dealing with some sort attack and other issues which made this blog unavailable for a day or two. So this is a post to apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.

If you are subscribed to my list then you may have received multiple notifications that various posts have been published but just incase you did not get them, we had over 3,000 posts automatically published on this blog and we had to delete them in order to bring the blog back to shape. On the more technical side, is that it will affect our rankings too because if the search engine bots keep getting a 404 error page, it sends a wrong image – so we still have a lot of work at the backend.

At the moment, we have brought the situation under control and everything seems to be working just fine again. However, if you do notice anything, please do contact us.

Apologies once again and thank you for your support all these years!

Expect more MASS failure in WAEC except………

The first reaction of an average Nigerian to this sort of heading might likely be back to sender or it’s not my portion! ūüôā Anyways, did you hear about the reported mass failure recorded in the last WAEC with closer to 70% failing the core subjects of English and Mathematics? I was on Radio One 103.5 earlier today as a guest and argued that “unless we take education to meet the students then we are not yet serious about it.” As far as I am concerned, the world of learning has changed, the Internet has democratised knowledge which means that the mode of learning and delivery also have to conform.

Failure in Waec
Image Credit: BusinessDay – showing failure in waec

A friend who listened to the show faulted my argument and stated that students have become more lazy and should be instructed to take responsibility. She made a case of how as a student she worked hard to graduate and that it was not easy but she was determined. My response to her is that she cannot compare the level of distractions students have to deal today with what she dealt with it. Where do we even start from? Is it the fact that with a connected device a student can be in class and accessing pornographic content or a student who is supposed to be reading would instead be tweeting and ‘facebooking’? or the fact that most families now have a situation where both parents work leaving the children in the care of strangers?

What my friend failed to grasp is the fact that our societal values as a whole has made it uninteresting to study or work hard. On a personal level, I know the kind of distraction that I have to deal with on a day to day basis. In actual fact, I am writing this article using a distraction-free software called OmniWriter – I had to find a tool to help fight distraction while working. Now this is me, I am an adult and can deal with the distractions much easily. How many 16 years old can? This is why I would go with the strategy of instructing and guiding and not screaming down their throats as I believe that will produce very little results.

This system of learning is outdated and has to be changed!

The point is that we have made so many mistakes as a people and it is time to start correcting them. We must start to upgrade our approach to learning and make it more participatory – the erstwhile mode of learning where a teacher does 90% of the talking can only produce students who will pass exams but not students who can think on their feet and solve problems.

Here are some points to consider if we want to turn the tide of failure in WAEC:

  1. Invest in modern technology that will enhance learning. Terms such as virtual learning, interactive boards or simulations should no longer sound alien to our students.
  2. Revamp our educational systems completely. So beyond just investing in technology – Nigeria’s educational system is a deep mess what in the world are we thinking? How do we hope to compete when we churn out more half-baked graduates? I am in the Technology space and I can tell you many universities still teach their students outdated languages such as Fortran when the world has since moved on.
  3. Teacher motivation and training. This is and will always remain one of the biggest factors affecting the growth of our educational system. Government has all the reasons to pay teachers poorly and also has all the right reasons why politicians must earn fat salaries.
  4. Regulate the sort of content being churned out by entertainers. My point always is that all the glamour you see is nothing but make-believe that is why it is called show business.
  5. Instill the right values in our young ones. I must admit that I was not faced with this level of exposure while growing up. I listened to songs like Send down the rain by Majek Fashek or Wish you happy birthday by Evi Edna (not exactly sure of her name now) but this where the hit songs of our days. Today, it’s a different ball game as these videos are even scary for an adult like me especially when I remember Apostle Paul’s admonition to Timothy that he should FLEE (not smile or seat confidently) youthful lust.

I received the below message via blackberry messenger;

MTN project fame: N7.5m + SUV; Etisalat Nigerian Idol: N5m + multimillion Naira Contract; Glo Naija Sings: N5m + SUV; Gulder ultimate Search: N10m plus endorsements; COWBELL Mathematics competition: N100k; Spelling Bee: N50k; School scrabble: N25k…Coolfm spelling game: a goodie bag filled with amila drink…. And someone is asking why on earth WAEC results standard is on the decline??? Are you kidding me??? I probably would have dropped school to pursue my musical career if these opportunities where there in my own time.

The above message is so shamefully true. When you add this to the story that Access Bank paid Mariah Carey close to 200 million Naira to perform or the fact that Kim Kardashian was paid 80 million for a few hours performance. My people, who is fooling who?

Many people say Nigeria’s entertainment industry has grown tremendously and that those guys have done marvelously well creating jobs where there are none. So my question usually is but what have we lost? Ladies and gentlemen, we have lost far more than we think we have gained, our musical videos are so stinky and dirty, filled with lust, seduction, sex and money. Now what do you think this will do to the mindset of an average adolescent whose view of life is just beginning to take shape?

We lie! We can’t eat our cake and have it. Let’s make way for the Chinese and Indians because sooner than we expect they will become our scientists, engineers, architects, accountants, lawyers etc. while younger Nigerians will pursue careers in showbiz, entertainment or fashion. I hope this day does not come? Parents and guardians there is work to be done, so get ready to shield your kids from this madness.

I would close this post by stating that if maintain the status quo and do nothing then come next year we should expect more failure in WAEC and that should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts below!

Celebrating yet another Birthday

Celebrating yet another Birthday

Its a few minutes past mid-night and I am right on my bed, writing this post using evernote (one of my most productive tools) on my blackberry phone. I can only but marvel at how the world has evolved and keeps evolving and how I have also evolved right from the day I was born to this point.

So, here I am again celebrating another July 10th – a day God Almighty deemed it fit to bring me to mother earth. It’s been a fascinating year so far and I know it can only get better. Believe this because as a July kid I can assure your will bring joy in certain region – can you imagine how many Nigerians are headed out of the country this period? ūüôā

I am grateful to God for life and for the wisdom to start this blog 4 years ago and looking back I can honestly say it is one of the best decisions of my life, more valuable than even the money I set out to make online.

Celebrating yet another Birthday

I love to set goals because of what I have to BEcome to meet them. I encourage you to set some great goals today trusting God and your guts that it is achievable.

Let me share 5 things that I have done and doing in order to surpass my goals in certain aspects of life:

1. My Book on Internet/Social Media will hit the book stands within the next 30 days.
2. Training to become a UK certified Life Coach.
3. Training to become a UK certified NLP practitioner.
4. Now a member of Lighthouse Toastmasters club.
5. Reading to earn a diploma in digital marketing as well as become a member of the chartered institute of marketing UK.

Each of this 5 activity are all geared towards residual income, increased authority, a more excellent communicator, increased speaking opportunities, international expansion and much more. So watch this space ūüôā

So, let me conclude by thanking my friends, visitors of this blog and family members for their prayers and support – one assurance I have and can boldly profess is that it can only get better for us all by the grace of God.

I love you all!!!

The lost ruby of Egypt

Caleb stood before the pyramid, gazing up at the peek. The sun bore down on his leathered face at a hundred degrees. Caleb said a prayer, and made one last call to Gordon. Gordon, the technical guy, explained the layout of the pyramid. “Just don’t get killed” Gordon said. So, with that uplifting comment, Caleb strode into the pyramid. It was easy going at first (except for the occasional arrow that almost knicked him) and he was following a dank hallway to the center of the pyramid. The ruby sat high on a pedistool, which Caleb climbed up the side of. He grabbed the ruby from where it lay, and suddenly he could hear crunching and grinding noises. The whole place was coming down! Caleb jumped from the pedistool, landing hard on his left ankle. With a limp he sped out of the pyramid, just as it collapsed, behind him, into dust. Caleb’s phone rang, out of breath, Caleb answered “Yeah?” On the other side, Gordon asked – “Are you still alive?”

Photograph: archer10 on Flickr.

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank is Dead!

Rest in Peace Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank one of Nigeria’s top bank.

Guaranty Trust Bank is one bank I have come to love so much because of their service oriented business model, but I wholeheartedly detest their lack of support for small businesses, well, this is a topic for another day. I have never met Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank in person but I had the opportunity to read about him every now and then, I hear he was an unassuming and a go-getter. Death is an inevitable end for all men, we all have to face this reality as designed by God.

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A brief about Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank
Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank attended the University of Lagos and graduated with a first degree in Business Administration. He moved on to the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles where he obtained an MBA specializing in International Business. He was first trained  at the Chase Manhattan Bank Institute for International Banking, New York, USA between 1982 and 1983 as a Credit and Relationship Management trainee.

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank started work with the Central Bank of Nigeria in Calabar, Cross River State where he did his National Youth Service between 1977 and 1978. He worked with Chase Merchant Bank Nigeria Ltd (later renamed Continental Merchant Bank) from 1981 to 1988. He was at Prime Merchant Bank Ltd (1988 and 1989) as an assistant general manager rising to the position of head of the financial services division of the bank. In 1989, he set up a non-bank financial institution, First Marina Trust Ltd., which he ran for a year. In 1990, he co-founded Guaranty Trust Bank where he served as deputy managing director before assuming office as managing director/chief executive officer in August 2002. He was responsible for strategic policy direction as well as day-to-day administration of the bank. He was a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN) and also a recipient of numerous awards as an acknowledgement of his sterling leadership role in the achievements of the bank. He was also a recipient of the National Award of Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).

Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank would definitely be missed by so many, especially those in the Financial services industry as well as other organisations especially FATE Foundation a not-for-profit organisation founded by his partner Mr. Fola Adeola, a body he supported immensely in both cash and kind.

He will surely be missed by all. What an inspiration he was to so many, let those of us alive work hard/smart to surpass his legacy and leave the world a little better than we met it.

Adieu Mr. Tayo Aderinokun, MD of Guaranty Trust Bank!

Vacancy for the Post of Research Coordinator @ FATE Foundation

Vacancy exists in FATE Foundation Ltd in the training department for the position of a Research Coordinator.

JOB OVERVIEW

  • To position FATE Foundation as a leading research resource for entrepreneurial and business development in Africa, with deep and intimate knowledge of the requirements of small businesses.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct business opportunity research study and document findings;
  • Conduct alumni surveys and impact assessment;
  • Coordinate the reviewing of the FATE Foundation curriculum;
  • Conduct surveys and assessments for Organisations;
  • Design and analyze questionnaires;
  • Assist in the interview process for the FATE Foundation Model Entrepreneur (FME) awardees;
  • Develop the yearly research strategic plan and budget; and
  • Develop FATE Foundation write ups for publishing in national dailies.

COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT

Academic Qualification

  • A university degree preferably in statistics or related field or other equivalent education/experience.
  • A post-graduate degree will be an added advantage.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Three to five (3-5) years relevant working experience in research with good adaptability, field work and travelling skills
  • Ability to conduct interviews and focus group discussions is an added advantage

PERSONAL SKILLS

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to be self-motivated and disciplined
  • Good time management skills and ability to meet deadlines is essential
  • Ability to work with a wide diversity of individuals, including high level corporate executives, managers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Ability to use own initiative and make decisions based on circumstances
  • Good analytical skills is an advantage
  • Ability to multi task
  • Adept in the use of Microsoft office tools
  • Ability to use a statistical software

Interested & qualified candidates in this FATE Foundation should send their CV to info@fatefoundation.com. Application closes on Friday 15th April, 2011.

The Enterprise Development Centre

Social Sector Management (SSM) Program of The Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan African University

I received an email earlier today for the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University and it reads;

The Enterprise Development Centre
The Enterprise Development Centre

 

The Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University announces the application for the social sector management program 2011.

The scholarships are for NGOs and Entrepreneurs operating in the social space.

The program will equip participants with skills to enable them operate more sustainably and create more value for the society.

  • To download the SSM Application form. Click Here>>>

I have a goal to attend the The Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan-African University before the end of 2012.

Nigerian Nation

Saving the Nigerian Nation

We’ve got to save the¬†Nigerian Nation.

As a young Nigerian I am sometimes filled with so much anger when I analyze the way and manner our national wealth is being plundered. Excerpts from a recent article I read on Sahara Reporters credited to foremost Constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay;

“A legislator in Nigeria earns more than the US President, Obama, who earns $400,000 P. A. and British Prime Minister, 190,000 pounds, while a senator in Nigeria, one of the poorest countries in the world, earns $1.7 million”.

Nigerian Nation
Nigerian Nation

How can anyone in his or her right senses say things will be alright with this level of criminality? If we want things to be alright then we have to put an end to this sort of wasteful system – a lot of folks see leadership as an opportunity for self enrichment. Yet, they never get tired of amassing wealth which points to one fact; it takes more than money to lead a totally happy life.

I believe things can change but only if we change and do what is needful.

The Nigerian Nation is dying and needs to be saved urgently, are you willing to take up the challenge? I don’t believe in violence because “two wrongs will never make a right“. One sure way of playing the hero role of saving the Nigerian nation is to make your vote count – register to vote. 2011 is just around the corner, we have to elect the right guys into leadership positions. I believe truth will prevail at all times but what is truth, if we don’t do what is right?

Personally, I am going to register to vote this time around after neglecting my civic responsibility for a while. We are part of the problem as well as solution. I am committed to the vision of a new Nigeria because we have no other place to call home. Fellow Nigeria, are you up for the challenge?

All hands must be on deck to save the Nigerian Nation.