Is it me or does it seem as though Van is avoiding the questions? you be the judge
ITS FRIDAY I THINK I AM FALLING IN LOVE + YOU DANCE WE DANCE + JACKIE APPIAH +MNET FACE OF AFRICA IS BACK + ANKARA STYLES I LOVE!
Okay it is the weekend, so as always we are going to dance; starting off this weekend is falling in love by south African Girl group “Gal Level”
Now readers check out this clip of movies by Jackie
MNET Face of Africa is back! Okay so you missed the audition in Naija! Not to worry there is always next year but just so you know what you missed out on if you were trying to become the FACE OF AFRICA check out this video clip below:
MAKEUP TIP OF THE DAY! YES I AM A MAKEUP ARTIST TOO!
Once you put on your liquid foundation using your face sponge. Be sure to finish it off with finishing powder . Want recomendations? Email me about that or leave a comment. Be sure to use a KABUKI brush to apply the finishing powder! It is worth it and it makes a huge difference
Thats it for now what are your plans this weekend?
Etisalat Nigeria witnessed an influx of visitors to its web site as Nigerians sought to reserve special numbers on Etisalat’s network. The website apparently had over 8 million hits in less than one week with thousands already reserving their special numbers on Etisalat’s network. It is now in the the top 100 sites visited in Nigeria!
Speaking on the development, Etisalat’s Vice President of Marketing, Wael Ammar, said ‘we are excited that Nigerians are reserving their numbers already in thousands. This is indeed a unique opportunity to join an outstanding network and enjoy free airtime for life’. He went on further to state that the company had expanded the technological backbone supporting the unique 0809uchoose website to cope with increased traffic and ease the registration process for would-be subscribers.
Etisalat’s 3-in-1 welcome package to subscribers was announced last week and tagged 0809uchoose. It gives interested Nigerians and subscribers of existing mobile networks an opportunity to choose any of the one million lines available within the 0809 8 000 000 – 0809 8 999 999 range. Apart from the Gold, Silver and Bronze range of numbers which attract a nominal charge, 95% of the numbers are free and so are the SIM cards.
All subscribers who reserve and eventually get any of the 1 million numbers available will also get 300 seconds of free airtime each and every month (which can be used on and off net) for the rest of their life time as long as they remain on the Etisalat network. Director Brands and Communications, Etisalat Nigeria, Yinka Akande, has also promised that this is only the beginning of exciting times for GSM subscribers in Nigeria as Etisalat is set to introduce more exciting innovations that will make subscribers enjoy more on the network.
At the moment, the company has also kicked off the road shows for its 0809uchoose campaign in 6 cities across Nigeria. The cities are Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja. The road shows will afford Nigerians an opportunity to meet with sales ambassadors of Etisalat who will help them reserve their own numbers on the network.source
Now that is why I love Brand Marketing! What do you say readers? Did you reserve a number? I want to know!
Today, I am going to list some interesting videos and also take on Ankara style! Incidentally, I am under the weather today; that not withstanding, Blogging must go on!
Okay to start off here is our very own URU! with here brand new video!
Now onto what you have been waiting for the parody on Bleaching in Africa
The ladies did a good job.
Now check this clip out on Tyra Banks Show ” A lady bleaches her kids skin with BLEACH!” What is the world coming to?
So what are you up to today readers?
The first day of fall occurs at the Autumnal Equinox: Monday, September 22, 2008 at 11:44:16 EDT (15:44:16 UCT).
The Equinoxes and Solstices mark the start of Spring/Autumn and Summer/Winter.
As the earth goes around the sun picture it looking down on its orbit from above. Summer solstice is when the the earth’s north pole is pointed most directly towards the sun – warming the northern hemisphere. Winter solstice is when the earth’s south pole is most directly pointed toward the sun warming the southern hemisphere and leaving the north cold. The equinoxes are the midway points between the solstices with the sun halfway between its northmost and southmost points.
Okay to all the folks who did not believe star actress Stephanie Okereke is on her way to Hollywood fame, think again! Her latest movie (produced in Hollywood) is certainly going to be a must see movie. Check out pictures from the set exclusively on Naijagal!
Your favorite fashion celebrity entertainment business all inclusive blog!
“Jeffrey [Garret Mckenchnie] lives the ultimate bachelor’s life through numerous non committed relationships, but struggles to excel at work and gain his father’s love and acceptance.
Jeffrey’s life gets more intriguing when life deals him a card that stops him in his track. On a typical day, he returns from work to find a note “take care of your responsibility” Left on top a baby abandoned on his doorstep. In nothing short of what is scary, confusing and comedic, he turns to his Nigerian neighbour, Ada [Star actress Stephanie Okereke] who he has a secret crush on to help him.”
What happens to the baby and what about his crush on Ada? Will he become commited? That readers will have to wait till you see the move. Enjoy the preview though
Fyi this movie was directed by Stephanie Okereke! Isn’t that amazing? What do you say readers?
Oil-rich Nigeria enjoys ‘brain gain’
The Associated Press
Sunday, September 21, 2008
LAGOS, Nigeria: They speak in the clipped tones of the British upper class or the soft drawl of southern California. They boast degrees and work experience from elite overseas institutions. And now they’re coming home.
Nigerians who left their homeland to seek riches abroad are increasingly returning as Africa’s biggest oil producer rides an energy bonanza that is opening up unprecedented opportunities.
Abiola Lawal, 41, is part of this “brain gain.”
He was earning a six-figure salary with business software giant SAP AG in southern California before he returned to Nigeria in 2005 after 17 years abroad, joining a major Nigerian energy firm, Oando PLC, as chief strategy officer.
“There are lots of 30- and 40-something-year-olds who are CEOs in this country, and that would never be in the States or the U.K. because the experience pool is much deeper there,” said Lawal. “In the States I will have opportunities, but not at the level we are getting them in Nigeria, and that’s the reality.”
While most of Nigeria’s 140 million citizens are deeply impoverished, some parts of the waterfront commercial capital of Lagos are becoming mini boomtowns.
With petrodollars strengthening the economy and the government deregulating key industries, Nigeria’s telecommunications, banking and energy sectors are growing at double and sometimes triple digit rates, with stock prices to match. The overall economy is forecast to grow at about 9 percent in 2008.
This growth has created a growing appetite for internationally business savvy recruits. Many companies now organize career fairs in major cities in the U.S. and Europe, seeking to personally woo Africans with overseas training and work experience.
For many Nigerian expatriates, it’s a tempting proposal: the chance to contribute to the development of their country while enjoying compensation packages that often include fast-track promotion, housing, a maid, a car and a driver.
No firm figures exist for how many Nigerians educated or working overseas are coming home. But recruitment companies report hundreds of applications for each job they advertise and up to 85 percent of the applicants are Nigerians working in the West.
Shola Ajani, who runs recruitment company Maximise Potentials, says that in the last three years the company has placed 700 Nigerian expatriates in professional jobs in their homeland. Their portal, nigeriajobsonline.com, has a database of some 10,000 Nigerians living overseas who have registered their interest in repatriating, he says.
Nigeria has always seen some of its diaspora return home, a process kick-started by the end of three decades of military rule in the country in 1999. But brain gain “has taken a new dimension in the past year,” as the economy booms, says Ade Odutola of another recruitment site wazobiajobs.com, which has grown nearly threefold in the past year. “We are seeing greater awareness of the opportunities in Africa by Africans in the diaspora.”
Word is spreading fast. Internet communities such as the Move Back Club put new “repats” in touch with those hoping to make the move.
Recruitment companies say brain gain is running at the highest levels in Nigeria. But they say flagging Western economies are pushing more young professionals toward other fast growing, if sometimes volatile, markets such as South Africa and, more recently, Ghana.
The contrast between the often high-living ways of repats and other rich elite such as politicians and oil tycoons and the circumstances of ordinary Nigerians can be jarring.
Misuse of government funds and widespread corruption has left Nigeria’s infrastructure crumbling. Few people have access to reliable electricity, decent schools and health clinics or flushing toilets.
In the few comparatively posh sections of Lagos, high security gated compounds have sprung up, roads have been resurfaced and glistening shopping malls opened. The elite can be seen quaffing champagne and dining on sushi in air-conditioned restaurants while outside, beggars and street children guard their immaculate SUVs.
Nigeria’s government isn’t complaining. It has set up groups such as the “Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation” to encourage Nigerians living and working overseas to come back and share their skills.
“These people are interested in staying and rebuilding their homeland, not just seizing the opportunity and then leaving back for overseas,” says John Ejinaka, a senior consular official involved in the multimillion dollar effort. “It’s a great opportunity for all of us.”
Erabor Okogun, a 34-year old business consultant, studied in Britain and held a job with Transport for London, the government body that runs London transport system. He returned to Nigeria in 2003 to work for the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria PLC a vast conglomerate with interests across the hospitality, energy, telecommunications and trade sectors.
He said salaries are high in Nigeria, but that companies get what they pay for.
“Yes, we command above and beyond what is normally expected for employees in Nigeria,” he said, swirling a glass of cognac. “But in terms of work output, ethics, ideas and concepts the company gets a lot of value. The economy gets a lot of value.”
Of course, he said, there are drawbacks to moving back to a deeply corrupt country that receives only a couple of hours of state-provided power each day. Roads are filled with potholes and snarled with traffic. Rates of gun crime are high in the disorderly city.
“In the U.K. everything has its place, there’s an order to things: That’s what I miss most,” says Okugun. “And that’s what I want to create here.”
For some Nigerian repats being able to watch, and participate in, the development of their nation is sufficient reward. But for most there’s another message that trumps all: “You can write your name in gold in Nigeria,” says Okogun with a smile.
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