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How Young African Generation Can Achieve Success Through Courage

It is not your job to wait for that enabling environment, it is your historic responsibility to create it. It is your job to have the courage to make the changes that are necessary in your society. It is not easy but the only way to achieve success in our country for ourselves and our children is if we are willing to take the necessary risk to take the danger not to hesitate and be […]

Why Public Video Surveillance in Nigeria is Still a Joke

The federal republic of Nigeria has concluded arrangements to install 10,000 units of video surveillance cameras on Nigerian highways. The plan is to use the security equipment as a channel to curb insecurity and crime on Nigerian roads. As noble as this plan is, many people believe video surveillance in Nigeria is another white elephant project which would enrich a few people and allow them to embezzle public funds. This news has generated a lot of buzz online and many […]

Business Plan vs Business Model – Which Way To Go?

My view is that the business plan is alive and well for established businesses but startup entrepreneurs would do far better with a business model and a great presentation. Well the likes of Bill Gates (Microsoft), Sam Walton (Wal-Mart), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Page and Sergey Brinand (Google), Steve Jobs and Steven Wozniak (Apple) and Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone magazine) never felt the need to develop one at the start. The business plan is […]

African Child They Don’t Show You on Foreign Media

“In Alex, we see intelligence, a great memory and a sparkling personality. He doesn’t want your hand-me-down t-shirts but if you will listen, he will tell you he wants to become president of Tanzania… and, of course, how much he loves action movies!” The video was produced by Mama Hope, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps support community-led projects across Africa, as part of their “Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential” campaign. The point of […]

Complaining about the unfairness of life is the best way to fail at it

Life isn’t fair. Everyone hears that statement from the time they’re in diapers but even so, many people pretend it isn’t so.  Rather than accept that simple reality, they go on and on about “equality of opportunity,” “equality of outcome,” and “meritocracies.” But life isn’t fair. Some people are born into rich families; some aren’t.  Some people are born smart; some aren’t. Some can get a great education; some can’t. Some people have supportive friends and family; […]

Want Make a Successful StartUp? You Need these 12 Things

Find existing problems before devising solutions. What pain do you or others have? Survey your competition. What are their strength, weaknesses and strategies. Have clear explanations for why you are better than your competition. It helps you prepare for how to convince your customers. Determine who will use your products. Make no assumptions. Be realistic. Talk about your idea to potential customers. Don’t worry about people stealing your idea. Truth is, people won’t steal it, […]

Keeping Your Day Job While Building Your StartUp

I just read a post by one of my new but very modest friend. He made some very insightful comments about the difficulty of building your startup on the side while keeping your day job. Here’s an excerpt from his article: Burning Hunger: Having a well paid job can actually make you lazy and take away the hunger to having a successful startup. If on the 24th of every month a substantial amount falls into […]