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2008/08/29

THE MAN WHO BROUGHT ATM SOFTWARE TO NIGERIA! ALSO FASHION TO INSPIRE YOUR SENSES!

Hey readers, how is your week going? My week is fantastic! Well here is a story that would inspire you. You have probably noticed ATM machines all over Lagos or any city you live in. Well check out Mitchel Elegbe, born in Benin but who grew up in Warri in the article below. He is the man to thank for making life easier in the cities such as, Abuja, Lagos, Warri, Benin etc.




















Quick note according to CNBC AFRICA report on Nigeria. There have been 33 million transactions! Each costing 100 naira (approx.90cents) each. You do the math in a span of three years! That is just so inspiring!
Ok check out the style below culled from truelove magazine featuring celebrity takes 2 stars Bunmi and ,I love it don't you.





Update on this post, I am excited about web pay via interswitch it is great to know this is available
































Guess what else is new, we have added a job board on the Naijagal. Click on the right to post a job for everyone to see! or just find a job. So what do you say readers. Your comments are my inspiration.

BUSINESS BLOG POST! FIVE COOL WAYS TO GET RANKED BY ALEXA!

1. Install the Alexa toolbar or Firefox’s SearchStatus extension and set your blog as your homepage. This is the most basic step.

2.Put up an Alexa rank widget on your website. I did this a few days ago and receive a fair amount of clicks every day. According to some, each click counts as a visit even if the toolbar is not used by the visitor.

3.Encourage others to use the Alexa toolbar. This includes friends, fellow webmasters as well as site visitors/blog readers. Be sure to link to Alexa’s full explanation of their toolbar and tracking system so your readers know what installing the toolbar or extension entails.

4.Work in an Office or own a company? Get the Alexa toolbar or SS Firefox extension installed on all computers and set your website as the homepage for all browsers. Perhaps it will be useful to note that this may work only when dynamic or different IPs are used.

5.Get friends to review and rate your Alexa website profile. Not entirely sure of its impact on rankings but it might help in some way.


Any more tips to add?

OH I CRIED LAST NIGHT AFTER OBAMA'S SPEECH CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE



I am happy to see this Michelle Obama looked amazing, the speech was great

2008/08/27

OH NO! MARY KAY DRAMA I GUESS SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT BEING SOLD IN NIGERIA! A MUST READ!



Check out this hilarious article culled from some random blog. Hey these are not my words but thought you all might want to know. Written by some TRACY MKWANNABE



"Mary Kay in Nigeria

For a few months, the topic of Mary Kay products in Nigeria has been popping up. Evidence suggests that Mary Kay Cosmetics are being sold in Nigeria, even though the company is not "officially" there and prohibits exporting and selling in countries where the company is not established.

There have also been questions about Nigerian directors in Mary Kay, who seem to have production numbers far beyond the norm, even for "top" directors. How is that possible unless their units are responsible for supplying the whole country of Nigeria with their Mary Kay favorites?



Our detectives went to work and came up with some interesting information... (And scroll all the way to the bottom for my take on all of it.)



THere's a Nigerian online shopping site with plenty of Mary Kay products available.



There is an advertisement for "Nigerian sisters" who want to sell Mary Kay:

Then there's Hermon-Dew , a "...global franchise company that produces, and distributes high brands products." Below is their "About" page, and you can click here to see the page that advertises Mary Kay products.

So what do I think of all of this? There's obviously a market for Mary Kay products in Nigeria. And everyone who sells and ships there is blatantly violating their contracts with Mary Kay.

Why should Mary Kay crack down on the directors who are involved in this? They're producing huge numbers for the company, so there's no incentive. A couple of these directors will do $2 million retail ($1 million) wholesale each this year. That's enough money for Mary Kay to look the other way, I suppose.

But even if Mary Kay did crack down and terminate these directors, they still don't win. Mary Kay has been so selective in their enforcement of their contracts, that they're damned if they do and damned if they don't. Why enforce the contracts with some and not others? So unless Mary Kay is going to systematically weed out every cheating director, why even bother?
contributors of information: Raisinberry, What, and elodie"

These ladies are truly hilarious or what do you say readers!

FACT READERS The #1 Director in the Ruby division, Million $$$ E Kay, from Nigeria and has only been in Mary Kay a few years.

I am going to the biz who will buy from naijagal?

ALL NEW WORLD EXCLUSIVE THE LATEST JAM IN NAIJA FIRE BY SUKI!!!



Love the beat not sure about the lyrics though what do you say readers?

2008/08/26

BRAND NEW THE HOTTEST STAR IN NAIJA NOW IKECHUKWU ROCKS BIG BROTHER AFRICA 3 HOUSE + WHERE IS BANKY W ?

Well okay people, the hottest star in Naija today simply has to be IKECHUKWU. Check out the wind am well star doing what he does best at the BIG BROTHER AFRICA 3 EVENT on sunday! Go on "WIND AM WELL"



Banky W was spotted in Maryland last weekend hmmm could have sworn he was in Naija not too long ago. Check out his latest video! Break my heart!



Update: Naeto C sang Kini Big Deal however ikechukwu can be seen in the video
Thanks readers and remember you saw it first here on Naijagal!!

2008/08/25

NAIJAGAL (Inspired!)Business Ideas, Fashion, Technology and Entertainment Blog: GHANA'S FILM RISING STARS WATCHOUT NOLLYWOOD.

NAIJAGAL (Inspired!)Business Ideas, Fashion, Technology and Entertainment Blog: GHANA'S FILM RISING STARS WATCHOUT NOLLYWOOD.

WOOHOO IT IS SO ON! BIG BROTHER AFRICA 3 BEGINS CHECK OUT PICTURES OF THE CONTESTANTS

Big Brother 3 began yesterday in the new Big Brother house in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg. check out the hot contestants!

First stop the ladies of BIG BROTHER AFRICA 3

And Now the guys!



Also check out the promo ad for the competition!



Now check out videos from yesterday's premiere!

The house







The Naijaguy, you know I had to make an exception for this one.


The contestant who cannot stand women


The pretty one


The drama!! Throwing up on the first day cannot be a good thing!


Good stuff readers, what are your thoughts on the new big brother 3? Will you be watching?

BUSINESS IDEAS THAT MUST BE IMPLEMENTED!!

I know you are probably saying what is Naijagal on about? Well I thought about this today and you know with all this talk about privatization of industries. When it comes to roads in Naija, why not simply have a private company take over building the roads say from Lagos to Benin to Abuja etc

The private company funds the whole project and then collects all the tolls from the road. The gain? You have good roads and the new company now owns the tolls. Hmm can this be implemented all over Africa? Lets talk business People!

2008/08/22

ANOTHER START UP GETS PAID! DRAGONS DEN NIGERIA 2ND EDITION THE SCOOP MY TAKE!!

Okay here the recap from the densweepers diary:

"Entrepreneur, Ms. Odewinge, was confident, brutally honest, and very relaxed in the presence of the dragons. She had a strong personality that seemed to be on the cocky side. She was looking for 3 million naira (for 10%) to invest in a business she called “Start-Up City”, a company that would guide and mentor start-up businesses, and start-up professionals through the challenges of starting a business. She presented impressive statistics on the number of start-up businesses that fail within their first year of operation; statistics that Ibukun Awosika noted were almost accurate. Ibukun Awosika also identified the need for what she was trying to do, but failed to see the business sense in it, Alexander Amosu seconded Ibukun Awosika’s point-of-view, opining that it was going to be difficult to get someone who was starting up a business to part with 80, 000 naira in order to receive guidance. At this point, after Alexander Amosu, Ibukun Awosika, and Femi Tejuoso had opted out, this entrepreneur went into an emotional overdrive in a subtle manner, where she revealed that part of the reason why she was in the den was to experience first- hand what start-up companies and entrepreneurs go through when they go in search of investments, and secondly, she confessed that she was in the den for the publicity her appearance would give her business. This revelation did not settle well with Alex Amosu who opined that this entrepreneur was manipulative, and expressed his disapproval to being used as an experiment. But Ms. Odewinge stood her grounds, and this character trait must have impressed the duo of John Momoh and Chris Parkes who invested 1 million naira for 10% equity, and 2 million naira for 20% equity respectively.

She got a deal, shook hands with two new successful business partners. And she went down in the history of Dragons Den Nigeria as the first lady to slay the dragons.

Obv: What do you think was responsible for her ability to win John Momoh and Chris Parkes over? Her eloquence, confidence, or cockiness; was it her audacity or brutal honesty to confess to the dragons that she had come to the den for an experiment with the dragons, and as a publicity gimmick?

**Alexander Amosu disapproved of her ploy to conduct her ‘start-up’ experiment on the dragons, and felt strongly that she should have given way to other entrepreneurs more deserving of some ‘dragons-attention’ and not merely appearing in the den as a publicity gimmick.

Okay here is my take I love that Ms Odemingie stood her ground and got the money but I personally would not reveal that I am on a show for the publicity even though that might be the case. Well I must say confidence wins every time or am I wrong?

2008/08/19

Nigeria vs Belgium GOAL RECAP VIDEO!

Hello readers I know you were pleased by the match earlier on today. But just in case you missed it here is the video recap!





that was amazing, wouldn't you say?

2008/08/18

OMG! NAIJAS OWN CHAMILIONAIRE ON FORBES LIST!! A MUST READ!

And I quote!

"No. 18
Chamillionaire (a.k.a. Hakeem Seriki)
$11 million

Dubbed the "Mixtape Messiah," the Houston native made history last year with "Ridin'," the catchy Grammy-winning single off his 2005 platinum-selling album The Sound of Revenge. It became the top-selling ringtone in history with over 3 million downloads. Ultimate Victory, his sophomore album with a major label, is slated for release this summer and is already generating buzz thanks to the socially conscious rapper's promise that it would be profanity-free, like most of his older recordings. In 2007 he inked an endorsement deal with Energizer batteries." forbes

And yes he is Naija watch this youtube video to verify!


Well what do you think readers?

TONI AND 9ICE OUT AND ABOUT!! OMG TONI LOOKS HOT PREGGERS!

pic toni and 9ice at SWE lounge

OMG I love the look, check out 9ice and his one and only Toni Looking really great! She certainly is a stylish Mommy 2 be. Keep doing it entrepreneur superstar! What do you say dear readers?

2008/08/16

NIGERIA MOVES ON TO THE SEMI FINALS 2-0!

This readers is my prediction for today's match! GO OSAZE! GO NSOFOR! GO TEAM!

LISA RAYE DRAMA! VIDEO FROM LISA RAYE MISICK + PICTURES!



Okay just in case you have been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks; You might not have seen this AD. It is huge in New York City.



Well I doubt Lisa Raye and her estranged hubby Michael Misick would be making any more new adverts for TURKS AND CAI COS Island. The reason? Lets just say Lisa is about to become the EX FIRST LADY of the island and she is certainly not bowing out of the relationship gracefully.

Check out this News video clip on her return to the island to claim what she feels is rightfully hers




and now read the story below culled from blackvoices!


In the case of the scandal and drama surrounding actress LisaRaye McCoy-Misick and her estranged husband Michael Eugene Misick, the hype can be believed.

Amid various Internet reports that the 'Players' Club' beauty and the Turks and Caicos Premier are involved in the messy dissolution of their two-year marriage -- which includes allegations of infidelity with BET's '106 & Park' host Rocsi and a subsequent assault -- McCoy-Misick is coming clean about the debacle.

Via her longtime spokeswoman Lynn Alan Jeter, she issued the following statement to BlackVoices.com.

"It is with great sadness that I have to announce that my husband and I have separated.

Last night, Wednesday August 13, 2008, an attempt was made by and on behalf of my husband to first prevent my entry into our home and then, later, to make me leave our home by force.

It was necessary for me to receive medical treatment for injuries suffered and in relation to those injuries I shall continue to assist the police force with its

Rosci


"Whilst it is my sincere wish to avoid unnecessary conflict, I shall not be intimidated, nor shall those individuals whose job it is to protect and represent me.

I ask that my privacy be respected in these difficult times and I believe that the people of the TCI will understand and support my wish to receive the necessary independent representation from the legal counsel of my choosing. I hope that, in time, the TCI government will come to share that view.

Although I have always been a supportive wife even in light of the very serious allegations currently pending against the Premier, there are limits even for me.

I continue to have the utmost respect for the people of the TCI who have always shown me kindness and support. I vow to continue my work amongst the people of Turks and Caicos Islands.

Until recently I had hoped that I would be able to continue to assist my husband during what will undoubtedly be difficult times ahead for him. I do not wish to have to add to his difficulties."

A spokesperson for the Turks and Caicos tourism board could not be reached by deadline.

Guess no more FIRST LADY EVENTS like the one below?


Okay this is getting out of hand, why can't they seperate amicably?

2008/08/15

FELA ARRIVES ON BROADWAY + SIX FIGURE JOBS IN LAGOS + VIDEO CLIPS FROM MY FAVORITE SHOW MILLION DOLLAR LISTING!!

Hello Readers! Exciting news, did you know FELA has inspired a Broadway show in New York? It is called FELA on Broadway. Check out a couple of clips showing the rehearsal and the producer commenting on the show.

Enjoy!





Next stop oh my lord I love this show on Bravo TV! Watch out readers sometime next week I will be talking with two fantastic Real Estate Agents whose stories would inspire you. You really do not want to miss out on this one.



Okay I know I have not shown fashion pictures in a while but check out these styles from a fashion show held in Lagos. What can I say I love the colors on this one.

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Is this Naomi Cambell?
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Now onto hot expat LAGOS based jobs I found online today:

Finance Director
Lagos

Apply Online

The company

Our client is a household name drinks manufacturer embarking on an exciting stage of development. With plans for significant investment to achieve dynamic growth they are seeking a high caliber individual to take overall responsibility for Finance and Accounting.



The position

Formulate and after approval, direct and implement the Finance Strategy in the operating, to ensure adequate funding, accurate reporting (financial & management) and efficient control mechanisms whilst meeting legal and company secretarial requirements and optimizing supplier relationships, all in line with the operating company’s strategy in order to assist the Managing Director and other colleagues in developing and meeting operating company’s objectives, plans, budgets and forecasts.

The candidate
• Either Nigerian or expatriate but with significant management experience in Africa
• Preferably experience in the beverage industry or in other manufacturing FMCG industry.
• Excellent academic and professionally qualifications with a good first degree and a further professional accounting qualification.
• Ability to lead and motivate a team
• Strong communication skills with all stakeholders including potential investors
• Confident, ambitious and outgoing
• Enjoy working in a multi-cultural international environment.
Additional Information
Location: Lagos
Status: Full Time, Employee
Career Level: Executive (Director, Department Head)
Job Category: Accounting/Finance/Insurance
Salary/Wage: 130,000.00 - 160,000.00 USD /year
bonus, share options and full expat package
Relevant Work Experience: 10 to 15 Years
Education Level: Professional
Contact:

Daly MacIntyre International
Apply Online

Not to be outdone, here is another one

Chronos Consulting (www.chronosconsulting.com, www.chronossystems.com, www.coberon.com) is part of the Chronos Group, an award winning global leader in temporary staffing, permanent recruitment and nearshore software outsourcing for the global Fortune 500. The Group owns and operates 41 offices worldwide.

Our client is a NASDAQ quoted entity providing high-capacity Ethernet and TDM wireless backhaul solutions for wireless service providers as well as private businesses. With numerous sales offices in North-South America, EMEA and Asia, a customer base of over 150 service providers and hundreds of private networks, their solutions are deployed in nearly 100 countries across the globe. Due to increased workload and new opportunities, this true leader is now looking to add a Technical Manager to be based in Lagos, Nigeria with the experience, expertise, drive and ambition to put their plan into action.

Technical Manager NIGERIA

Responsibilities:

· Responsible for taking the company's technical vision and strategy, and customizing it for the Nigerian market. This will involve forming a technical strategy for the local clients in the region.

· Must be able to clearly articulate this strategy and vision. This will largely involve technical selling and developing relationships with key engineering and planning groups within the local clients.

· Provide input into product design and planning for new product opportunities.

· Technically identify and drive the sales of new products, services into the accounts.

· Work successfully across organizational boundaries including marketing, product management, engineering, customer support, and sales.

· Define and drive current and future Nigerian customer solution requirements with product management, research and development, and marketing teams.

· Report to the VP EMEA.

Skills Required:

· Engineering background, MBA is an advantage.

· 5+ years experience supporting sales organizations in one of the following roles: Technical Sales Support, Product Management or Product Marketing.

· 5+ years working within the telecommunications industry and if possible, in radio applications.

· The position requires strong technical and business acumen and the ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.

· Excellent oral and written


interpersonal communication skills.

· Capable of working with autonomy.

· Good understanding of customer's needs and mentality.

In exchange, the ideal candidate will get a permanent contract and receive an excellent retributive package; meanwhile he gets the opportunity to sign on with a solid, rapidly growing company. Send your CV in English, indicating the job reference to: europe@chronosconsulting.com

That is it for now readers but expect a lot more later on and I would love to read your comments. What do you have planned today? What would you do with a six figure job in Nigeria?

2008/08/10

BREAKING NEWS! AMERICA'S AMAZING OLYMPIC SWIM WIN BEATS FRANCE

USA WON THIS AMAZING 4 BY 100 METER FREESTYLE RACE THANKS TO MICHEL PHELPS. FRANCE SEEMED QUITE SURPRISED BY THE WIN. AN AMAZING RACE IT WAS.

Guess this video says it all from you tube

2008/08/08

HOT DEBATE READERS!! OVER 30 AND SINGLE?

Susan's story from hot group Nigerian Women in the Diaspora:

"Over 30, single and very well adjusted, but society - well, Nigerians in particular seem to think there's something wrong with that picture. I've heard it all from 'you know too much' to something about a spirit husband!
Oh by the way, are we allowed to cuss on this board? Yes? Good!
Fortunately for me, the pressure is not from my immediate family, but so called concerned friends and family. Concerned my a$% !! I am so sick of people saying they will pray for me and I've told quite a number of them to go pray for themselves first (vrs telling them to go do something else with themselves); like being single is a sin or some kind of disease!!"

I can go on, but I'm sure you all have something to say.

Well readers what do you have to say? Guys must comment on this one!

AWW TOO NICE! CONGRATS! TRADITIONAL PICTURE OF CHRIS OKOTIE AND STEPHANIE HENSHAW'S TRADITIONAL WEDDING!



pic by uber star photograher solomon Ekhaiyemhe
They look absolutely gorgeous! I cannot believe he is fifty! love it love it love it. Metro gist blog has some more pictures be sure to check it out!

2008/08/07

HOT NEWS BUSINESS READERS!!!!NIGERIA TO HOST THE FIRST MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS!

Wow exciting News, Nigeria will be hosting the first MTV AFRICA awards show on November 28 2008. Be sure to keep reading Naijagal for more details on the event.

"In 2008 MTV will begin the annual MTV Africa Music Awards, to be called MAMA. It will be the channel's first awards dedicated wholly to the African continent."

Update:

The cool MTV Africa Music Awards will certainly be taking place at the Velodrome, Abuja, Nigeria on Saturday November 22; It will be a two-hour TV show with live performances from African and international stars, awards presentations and the host of this spectacular event is described as an “international superstar”.

The show will celebrate contemporary African music talent; It will focus on contemporary African genres, as well as those popular in sub-Saharan Africa, including hip-hop, R&B, rock, Afro Pop, Afro Beat, kwaito, bongo flava, dancehall, soul, rock and funk.

In the words of MTV Networks Africa senior vice president and managing director Alex Okosi and I quote

“The MTV Africa Music Awards with [telco company] Zain will create an unprecedented global platform for African musicians to shine and to spread the word about Africa’s extraordinary music talent. We are very excited to partner with Zain to realise our vision of creating an MTV awards ceremony for the artists and music fans of the African continent.’

This amazing event will be featured around the world on MTV TV, online, mobile and radio platforms, including pan-African TV channel MTV base, MTV2 (USA) and African terrestrial TV channels STV and AIT (Nigeria), TBC (Tanzania) and TV3 (Ghana), as well as selected partner radio stations across the continent.

Be sure to check it out! I will be there will you?


2008/08/06

BRAIN DRAIN??? WHAT BRAIN DRAIN? MORE LIKE REVERSE BRAIN DRAIN AS AMBITIOUS NIGERIANS RETURN TO TOP LEVEL BUSINESS CAREERS AT HOME!! MUST READ!

Well the article below from reuters by Nick T says it all! I must say though it is exciting to see the future. Wherever it may lead. The future is now!

By Nick Tattersall
"Reverse brain drain as ambitious Nigerians come home

LAGOS, Aug 6 (Reuters) - From cocktails with hip-hop stars to sushi with smooth-suited bankers, it's no wonder Nigerians moving back after decades in New York or London feel right at home among the high-rolling elite of Lagos.

This urban sprawl of 14 million people, the chaotic hub of Africa's most populous nation, may epitomise what many foreigners fear most about megacities in the developing world: violent crime, corrupt police and crumbling infrastructure.

Yet legions of young Nigerians, educated at English public schools and U.S. Ivy League universities, are leaving highly paid careers with Wall Street banks and City of London consultancies to return to the Lagos hustle.

The draw?

Not just a pay package that approaches or matches what is on offer in the United States or Europe, but a dash of patriotism -- a chance to help fulfil an ambition of building world-class Nigerian businesses as an example to the rest of Africa.

"In the States, it's an established economy. You can't create another Apple, you can't create another Microsoft, you can't really create another Disney," said Michael Akindele, who left U.S. consultancy firm Accenture to set up his own business investing in Nigerian media and entertainment.

"I'm stepping away from that salary, that comfortable, stable environment where you have power all the time, you have water all the time. But here I can create the lifestyle I want."

Nigeria is the world's eighth biggest oil exporter but its economy has been hobbled by decades of endemic corruption and unemployment is high. A power sector crisis, which means much of the country can go without electricity for weeks or months, has closed hundreds of factories and cut thousands of jobs in sub-Saharan Africa's largest economy after South Africa.

Many wealthy Nigerians of Akindele's generation were sent to boarding schools in England or the United States in the late 1980s and 1990s, when Nigeria was a military dictatorship with little foreign investment and a disintegrating education system.

They watched with cautious optimism as it began to return to democracy in 1999 with the election of Olusegun Obasanjo after three decades of military rule, and welcomed the reforms he started to push through after winning a second term in 2003.

When Nigeria used $12 billion of oil savings to pay back debts owed to the Paris Club of rich creditor nations in 2005, and won the write-off of a further $18 billion in return, foreign investors and diaspora Nigerians sat up and took note.

"I was following all this from London and started to believe now was the time to start planning to come back," said Kayode Akindele, 28, no relation to Michael, who returned to work for United Bank for Africa's (UBA) investment banking arm, UBA Global Markets.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

Kayode Akindele, an Oxford graduate who lived in Britain for more than 16 years, was working on structured derivatives for Lloyds TSB in London when he was introduced to Tony Elumelu, chief executive of UBA, two years ago.

Elumelu was looking to build a world-class investment bank in Nigeria and Akindele's skills were exactly what he needed.

"There was a sense of patriotism. I have always regarded myself as Nigerian and planned to return to Nigeria eventually," said Akindele, now a vice president at UBA Global Markets.

Financial sector reforms in 2005 forced Nigeria's banks to consolidate, creating multibillion-dollar institutions with the capacity to branch out into sophisticated new markets and pay salaries on a par with some of their Western peers.

Banks have also seen explosive growth on the back of record oil prices and a growing middle class among Nigeria's 140 million people, and have been aggressively raising capital and increasing their capacity to lend.

Diaspora Nigerians -- with experience in banking but also the cultural knowledge to navigate the complexities of doing business in Nigeria -- have been in high demand ever since.

"I think there's a window that will be there for maybe another 18 months to two years," said Chuka Mordi, head of business development at First City Monument Bank.

"That's the view at the moment, that people moving back understand exotic products ... but it will percolate to the local sector and people will learn these things and there won't be any need to drag investment bankers from New York or London."

Nigeria's $95 billion stock market was one of the best performing emerging markets in the world last year, attracting private equity and hedge fund investors from Europe, Asia and the United States.

THE LAGOS HUSTLE

The world of vanilla interest rate swaps may seem a million miles from the realities of life on the streets of Lagos, where hawkers selling everything from phone charge cards to electric irons ply their trade among belching minibuses and moped taxis.

But bankers hope that building strong financial institutions will help open credit lines to millions of would-be entrepreneurs, allowing them to develop small businesses and lift themselves out of the informal sector, which accounts for a major part of the active workforce.

"When you see the hustle on the streets of Lagos, all those traders selling all those products, you know the street works," said Obi Asika, an Eton-educated entrepreneur whose own record label sells albums through market traders and street sellers.

"You formalise distribution in Nigeria today, it's a billion dollar business. Because everybody needs distribution. Everybody's got products," he said.

The idea of making money as a businessman in Nigeria -- long spurned by some of the elite as inferior to a high-powered job in the public sector -- is catching the popular imagination, demonstrating to an ambitious young generation that you don't have to be in the pay of government to get rich.

It is a point hammered home by "The Apprentice Africa", a reality TV show co-produced by Michael Akindele's Executive Group and Asika's Storm Media based on the hit U.K. series, in which aspiring entrepreneurs compete for a job with a top businessman.

"You get up in the morning and you see all of Lagos on the move, young boys trying to make ends meet. It's an eye-opener," said Isaac Dankyi-Koranteng, winner of the first series, aired on free-to-view TV in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria.

The government is still the largest official single employer in Nigeria, and the vast majority of people still live on less than $2 a day, but the new private sector elite hope that if they avoid the mistakes of their kleptocratic predecessors, Nigeria may haul itself out of poverty and corruption.

"There are issues. It's not Valhalla. We're not in Milton's Paradise yet," said Asika. "But I believe in Nigeria, I'm positive about this country."

Well readers what do you say? Have you returned? Would you return? Lets discuss right now!

HMM IS SALMAN RUSHDIE DATING OXFORD EDUCATED NAIJAGAL????

Nope they are just friends?

Salman's out and about

Salman Rushdie and Aita Ighodaro

Just friends: Sir Salman Rushdie and writer Aita Ighodaro

His former Special Branch bodyguard has described him as an arrogant and tight-fisted socialist with a handshake like a wet fish, but at yesterday's Cartier polo Sir Salman Rushdie wanted to avoid such jibes as he indulged his talent for schmoozing the ladies.

For the second weekend in a row, Rushdie, 61, went to a society event accompanied by the statuesque writer Aita Ighodaro.

But while he happily posed with Aita for my picture, Rushdie was less keen to comment on former policeman Ron Evans' revelations in his book, barking: "I'm not talking about that."

It was left to Oxford-educated Aita, 25, to spout about her first meeting with the literary knight.

"I met him at Buckingham Palace," she trills. "My mum Clare was getting a CBE for services to business and he was getting his knighthood. We're not dating. We are just good friends."

But has Sir Salman, awaiting his divorce from wife number four Padma Lakshmi, been mentoring Aita's literary talents?

"I'm writing something and it'll be out next year, but I can't talk about it now," she says." source http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

On another note Ankara Fest is coming to you in London on the 24th luv it!

What else is going on let me know readers? What are your thoughts on today's post?


2008/08/05

ENTREPRENEUR CHRIS OKOTIE INTERVIEW GOD PACKAGED STEPHANIE FOR ME!

Monday interview culled from Vanguard Newspapers! Enjoy readers...




THAT high profile preacher of the gospel and lately presidential candidate of Fresh Democratic Party,
Reverend Christopher Okotie is remarrying to charming Stephanie Henshaw in a ceremony spread over three days in Lagos in the second week of August is no longer news.

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Reverend Christopher Okotie
That the twosome will jet out of the country for the month-long honeymoon in several European countries too, is no longer news.

What is news is that the ceremony will be devoid of the expected panache and fanfare and as such formal invitations were not printed.

The father-in-law is already in town for the ceremony which is billed to take place at the Ikoyi home of the in-laws, the Ikoyi Marriage Registry on Alfred Rewane Avenue, as well as the newly refurbished Household of God Church in Oregun area of Lagos.

Our reporter met the fiftyish groom on Monday in his church office and he was looking very athletic, bubbling with enthusiasm in anticipation of the D Day, saying that he had been taking adequate lessons on how to tie the Urhobo wrapper, something he admitted he had not done for God knows how long.

Recall that he was born in Ethiope Local Government area of Delta State to Urhobo parents. He hails from Abraka.

When our man Sam Eyoboka asked him what was special about his new found heartthrob, Okotie took a deep breath before saying simply that she was unique and that God had specially packaged her for him as a reward for years of steadfastness and the great task ahead.

His words: “Stephanie is the most unique individual that I have ever met in my entire life. I have known her for 19 years. When I met her, she was 19 years old. I have known her for that long. She is so unique that everytime that I look at her, when I talk to her, I discover more things about her. This is how I would put it. I think God just packaged her for me.

“God loves me so much and has done so many wonderful things in my life. When I met this woman and I think this is the point that I knew that I was going to marry her; I just realized that this is where I should have been from the very beginning.

That in my heart I believed that from the day Stephanie was born, God had already determined that she was going to be my wife.

“But you see that God has this plans, men, many times mess up. He had a good plan for Adam and

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Eve and they messed it up. But so many things happened to me and to her; until we found each other.

It is still the power of the Almighty God, in the midst of all the vissititudes that we went through that we will still discover each other.

“That is the grace of the Almighty God, that is so overwhelming to me and that God has preserved her till today; through all the tribulations and all the things that she has to go through. He preserved her and kept her and if you see her now, she is the most beautiful woman in the world. So I thank God.

As a minister of the gospel, a lot of people have been asking if the Bible permits you to remarry after a failed marriage?

Some argue that the Bible says you must remain unmarried for as long as your spouse is alive...

The Bible doesn’t say so. It doesn’t say so. I think a lot of people don’t study the Word of God enough. There is a difference between a man who marries a woman and the woman leaves him and the one that divorces.

Divorce is a termination of a marital relationship; that is why God does not like divorce because when you divorce a woman she’s no longer your wife. But if a woman leaves a man and does not divorce him and goes to marry another man that is adultery and is punishable.

The only thing that breaks relationship is a divorce and even when there is a divorce, the Bible says you can remarry. There are so many people who are parading themselves as preachers of the Scriptures who do not know the Bible enough, particularly in the area of marriage.

They read a few things that Jesus said and the few things that Paul said and they don’t know how to align scriptures with scriptures and so they just get confused. Marriage is a beautiful relationship ordained by God.

But you can’t hold one person for it, if they say they don’t want to get married again. I didn’t ask Tina to leave. She wanted to go. It was her choice that she didn’t want the marriage any more and she decided to divorce me.

So God can‘t hold me responsible for something I didn’t do. And it’s been like a pain since she left. This is the second time for me now to pick it up from where Tina left because obviously that is part of God’s will for my life.

If she were to be here, I will not be remarrying or probably I would not have married in the first instance. So it’s something that I know is scriptural. Its wonderful and I look forward to it with all my heart.

What’s going to be your wedding gift to Nigeria?

I think is the re-establishment to a call to serve. I have been called by God to serve this nation. And any one who has listened to me and watched me, will know very clearly that it is so. And when you answer a call of God, you submit your self to His timing. And many times you may run ahead of your time like Moses.

But the call is a dial that enters, it doesn’t change. So I have been waiting and I will continue to wait.

I want to assure Nigerians that I have not abandoned that call, and that marriage is also preparatory for me, because I realise that for a man to lead a nation, you must have a certain sense of responsibility that is associated with a man who has a home and a family, and can carry out those responsibilities in the home.

Because the Bible says that if you can not take care of your home, how are you going to take care of your church.

So I think is also part of what God wanted me to do. To prepare me for the ultimate call of serving Nigeria and the level of government.

And I want to let them know that I am still determined in my heart to serve this nation and everyday I seek for the concept that will better the lot of the Nigerian people.

I have been listening to the voice of God and has been studying to prepare myself to make Nigeria to be superb even far better than what Barack Obama is doing in America today.


Okay readers another article from odili.net

The romance between Rev. Chris Okotie and Stephanie Henshaw, will culminate in a holy wedlock this weekend.

Stephanie, a light skinned beautiful widow and mother of three, became Okotie's sunshine, after his ex-wife, Tina supposedly walked out of her sixteen years old marriage. Chris Okotie's marriage with Tina, contracted in 1984, packed up in 2001 with the world hearing only his side of the story.

His wife's sudden disappearance from the scene was soon followed by a divorce, and a statement credited to Chris that his wife's decision to leave him was because of her phobia for Nigeria and desire to live in America. Now her loss appears to be Stephanie's gain, and the letter seems not only willing to tag behind the man of God, but stick very close to his heart, in his home and at last become his wife. Today, Friday, she will triumphantly be sealed legally, with the man of God as his wife at the Ikoyi Registry before the final church wedding on Sunday.

Not much is known about Stephanie Henshaw besides the fact that she is undeniably beautiful and has been trailing Chris long before now. Of late, however, some amazing revelations about her began to spring up and among the gist was that the Calabar-born Stephanie has an Igbo mother and is in her late 30s. She was once married to her late husband who happened to be Pastor Okotie's best friend in school. Their marriage was blessed with a son who is now in his 20s but then her husband passed on. This circumstance led to Pastor Okotie stepping into her life in a bid to offer her succour until the day Stephanie suddenly disappeared and one day resurfaced with a new husband. The story has it that the man was already married and had two sons but Stephanie moved in with the man and his other wife until things fell apart and the centre could no longer hold. Their many differences led to unresolved fights, which brought Pastor Chris into the matter. However, when even the man of God could not resolve the differences, he soon advised divorce and Stephanie quickly heeded the advice.

Again, Pastor Okotie lent her his shoulders to lean on, lodging her into a Hotel in Ikeja and finally renting a house for her within Marwa Gardens, Agidingbi, Ogba. It was reported that her husband once stormed the hotel where Stephanie was, and on hearing that the man of God usually send a car to pick her for church, he came into the hotel, one day, and smashed the car. This did not in any way deter Okotie from protecting her as he rather brought a Chauffeured car to take her wherever she wanted, while putting a guard in her house. Soon, tongues started wagging as Stephanie started visiting Pastor Okotie's house frequently. It was obvious that Pastor Chris had a soft spot for her and would rather have her stay at home all day. The heavy air was later cleared when during his birthday Okotie officially introduced her as his wife to be.

This announcement came as a shock to some of his female celebrities who have been hoping to fill the position of 'Mrs. Okotie.' Some of these ladies who are strongly rumoured to be on this list and whom the man of God has played a prominent role in their lives include: Sola Salako, who was the church's head of administration for several years, and Okotie's close aide, Vien Tetsola, a former miss Nigeria, Ure Okezie, daughter of former minister, Dr. Okezie, who has since married top singer, Soul E, and Rose Elisanma Ideh, who became a frequent visitor at many of Okotie's church event, and who played a major role in his last presidential campaign. Many of these women quit the church while some have reluctantly returned with the hope that Okotie would one day wake up from the spell of the Calabar beauty. One of the reasons why many thought Stephanie was disqualified was not just that she is a mother of three, Pastor Chris has been the family pastor during her two marriages and Stephanie's second husband was said to be Okotie's oldest church member.

Well, despite all odds, Stephanie has gotten her victory and is today being crowned the first lady of Household of God. Earlier on, when Pastor Chris was accosted by a group of press men, he made known his intention on the marriage and remarked that one of the things he loved in Stephanie is her 'angelic' beauty. He also said she has an understanding and a humble disposition which she had displayed by keeping a low profile in all the years she had married a public figure. One thing is certain, come this Sunday, August 10th, Pastor Chris Okotie is certainly saying 'I Do' to the love of his life, Stephanie, at the refurbished Household of God Church. If there is one thing to describe the man Chris Okotie, it is a fact that he loves fame. His pursuit of fame led him from the stage, to the pulpit and finally to the slippery pole of politics in 2003, when he declared he heard a divine revelation that "The Lord spoke to me that I will be President." It was a vision he said he saw back in 1999. Either that divine inspiration or the Nigeria system failed when he contested for the presidency on the platform of Justice Party (JP) in the last general elections.

Ever since, he never quite believed he lost in the contest. He believes he was a victim of a fraudulent electoral process. His ideas about politics are congenial to his faith and dream up in his vision, which only him can tell. It continues to propel him to launch a fresh campaign for the most coveted political office in the land. It's through Nigeria FRESH Democratic Party, with slogan Fresh, Responsibility, Equality, Security and Hope (F.R.E.S.H.) that he articulates his philosophy for governance.


OK GUESS WHAT READERS? HOMES IN LAGOS RIVAL NEWYORK AND LONDON! CNN SAYS

Homes in Lagos now rival NEW YORK AND LONDON! Well that should certainly not be a surprise now should it; check out that video link here

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2008/08/04

FINALLY DRAGON'S DEN NIGERIA ENTREPRENEUR WINS VENTURE CAPITAL FROM THE DRAGONS OVER! MY TAKE!!


From the dens sweepers diary
Yusuf the Dragons Slayer

The seventh, and the last entrepreneur for episode 2, Yusuf Bello came to the den seeking a 10 million naira investment in “Naijacities.com”, a mobile directory solution company. He was able to demonstrate the service on his mobile phone, and gave the dragons the opportunity to do the same. And it worked perfectly. Yusuf Bello was also confident, and articulate, even when the dragons began to spit fire at his business idea, asking why he felt he was qualified to do this business, he quickly reeled out a very impressive CV which boasted of a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, an MBA, and a Microsoft Certification in Software Development. He was able to prove to the dragons that he had the passion, the focus, and the prerequisite skills for running “Naijacities.com” but how well did he sell himself as a business man?

He was able to demonstrate his passion for the immediate kick-off of this business by confirming that he was ready to resign form his day job in order to run this business. When asked if he was ready to transfer the working knowledge of the programming required to run the business, since it was risky to have a huge idea like this vested on one man alone, he readily confirmed his willingness to mentor a programmer and transfer the knowledge. Finally Alexander Amosu, impressed by this entrepreneur’s dedication invested 2 million naira for 10% equity; sensing the viability of the business, John Momoh offered the entrepreneur a whooping 3.5 million naira worth of advertising on Channels TV in addition to 2 million naira cash investment for 35% equity; Femi Tejuoso came on board the business with 2 million naira, while Ibukun Awosika invested 2 million naira…in the end the entrepreneur had an offer of 11.5 million naira from four dragons. Now his negotiation skills came to the test when Ibukun Awosika assured him that the four dragons were ready to provide the 10 million naira which he was asking for, in addition to coming on board the business with the various levels and areas of expertise and experience for a total of 75% equity to be split between the four dragons who had invested. He was offered time to think the offer through, and was even encouraged to consult his financial or legal adviser or anyone who could advise him before making his final decision. Yusuf Bello got on the phone and called a close associate of his, who advised him to accept the offer the dragons were making without further hesitation. He returned to the den, and accepted the offer. Handshakes were exchanged between Yusuf Bello and the four dragons…sealing the first deal in the Dragons’ Den.

Ibukun Awosika later revealed that the dragons had expected the entrepreneur to bargain the equity, but choosing not to do so shows that he understands the value of their contribution to the board of this business.

Speaking to Yusuf Bello after the deal was sealed; he expressed his delight in being able to persuade the dragons to invest in his business. On the issue of the 75% equity he ceded to the dragons, he posited that though it seemed like much, but in reality he sees their investment and the fact that they will be running the business with him as a milestone achievement which will ensure the huge success of the business.

Yusuf Bello goes down in the history of Dragons Den Nigeria as the first entrepreneur to have slain four dragons with one idea.

What do you think?

Here is my take once again, this guy came prepared. He had the qualifications, had already set the ball rolling on his idea. He was able to demonstrate his idea on the mobile phone and so could the dragons. He came with the right qualifications, of course this is Nigeria where "MBA" counts big time. Though in my opinion it would not matter as much "Bill Gates", "Larry Ellison" to name a few did not have an MBA, what the had however was a passion and a drive to succeed. One concern I have however is the 75% stake on the business. That seems like a lot but considering this is Nigeria where funding can be quite an issue; I suppose he had no choice. Previously I profiled the founder of HOPSTOP.COM, now if you are in the US. I urge you to try the service especially in New York, It is a must. Also 411sms.com, what did both entrepreneurs have to make it succeed passion and technology. If I were going in front of the dragons today. I personally will stick to technology that bridges the digital divide. Kudos to Yusuf though, hope we stay updated on this or what do you say readers?

The sixth entrepreneur, Carl came with what seemed like a bright idea; he claimed to have found a way to eliminate the cumbersome processes involved in bus-ticket booking in Nigeria. He was asking for 3 million naira for 20% equity. In the description and presentation of this business idea, he failed to convince the dragons that he had the technology, nor the exclusive rights to the technology, a direct market link, and a justifiably viable motive for consumers to patronize this business. Also the cost of his service to the consumer (200 naira) was not thoroughly researched, “the cost is important because the people who use the buses have some economic constraints…” remarked Ibukun Awosika. What however broke the camel’s back for Alexander Amosu who due to his experience and expertise in the digital terrain, was the fact that this entrepreneur had not bothered to secure an exclusive agreement with the hardware/ software manufacturer to cover his operations in Nigeria. The dragons opted out.

He ignored an essential document…How else was he hoping to convince and persuade the dragons that the business was viable if he had not agreement whatsoever with the manufacturer?

What’s your take?
My take is anyone can have an idea, have a demo available that works show you have secured technological agreements with the companies. No working demo no nothing! In my humble opinion. Don't worry though keep up the idea Carl. Gosh it is so simple take an idea already implemented in the USA and tailor it to Naija market. What do you think ?



NEXT ENTREPRENEUR SERIOUSLY FOR LAUGHS

The second entrepreneur who may be referred to as “Mr. Rebirth” came to the den looking for 24 million naira to develop his idea for what he tagged ‘Centre for the rebirth of African culture and arts’, and in exchange he was offering to give up 30% equity of this business.

Shortly after he introduced his idea, Femi Tejuoso made a remarkable observation, “this business plan you’ve given us looks like one written by a very confused person…you call it the Centre for the Rebirth of African Arts and Culture, yet you’re advertising a breakfast menu that parades Scrambled eggs and bread, German potato salad, Sandwiches, French fries etc…where’s the Akara and Ogi, where’s the moi moi?”

Chris Parkes, as an advertising guru advised the entrepreneur to device means of encouraging Nigerians to tune in and be proud of their culture, while Femi Tejuoso insisted that entrepreneurs like him in the arts and culture business should endeavor not to dilute our culture, while disguising western culture as the prevalent culture of Nigerians. All the dragons opted out. But Ibukun Awosika shared a motherly concern after the entrepreneur had left the den, “I’m tired of our children having the best of education but having no understanding of Nigeria, which is the reason I refused to send my children to British-curriculum schools…I don’t want a British Nigerian, I want a Nigerian that understands who he is first…” Alexander Amosu concurred immediately, humorously indicating that that was the reason why he returned to Nigeria to understand more of his culture. The dragons shared a brief moment of humor.

How many Nigerians have sandwiches for breakfast, not to mention German potato salad?

Well, what’s your opinion?
Oh my lord! This one tops the cake in my book! What in the world was this guy thinking? You are trying to set up a so called center for African culture and you are serving "German Salad"? Pardon me for asking but are you nuts? German Salad? Please serve some suya or some akara or even Pounded Yam and Gbanga soup (I love Gbanga soup by the way) then you would have me interested. What next? A school in Africa that is staffed by only expatriate workers?

NOW AN IDEA I LIKE

The fifth entrepreneur, Simon came in search of 7 million naira for a sports viewing centre he’d tagged “Just Football”, and in exchange he was offering the dragons 70% equity in this business. After describing the infrastructural, mechanical, and logistics requirement of this viewing centre, which he enthused was to seat at least 300 persons in a football-inspired environment, Chris Parkes who we discovered was also in the football viewing centre business told Simon, “I don’t think you’re asking for enough money because I do football viewing centers too, and just the equipments without the rent (for the space) will take up all your budget…” His choice of Surulere, a densely populated area in Lagos, excited Chris Parkes, who felt the site was a good choice, who advised the entrepreneur to go home, do his homework and get in touch with him personally to discuss this business idea properly. Simon was offered a partial deal by Chris Parkes, like Ibukun Awosika put it, “the idea is good, but the business is not together yet” and on that basis, Ibukun Awosika and all the other dragons opted out of the business.
Bottom-line, he didn’t ask for enough money…but the idea was great, and Chris Parkes offered him an opportunity to do this business with him when he gets his figures right

Here is my take on this one, I love the idea. Not that I am a football fanatic as such but it works. At least Madam at home can watch other programs while her husband is out at the viewing center. Or ladies how do you view it? It is a great idea! Okay readers now you have to give your take...comment away