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Every success story is replicable. Every borrowed idea with the intent to honestly use produces the same result. Every beautiful edifice seen somewhere can be erected anywhere if there is the will and commitment to start and finish it. There is no impossibility where the heart to build is existent. Even if you can’t think, if you can see, you can become. There is hope for Africa, yes, there is. We go in phase, we passed through different phases. From huts, we moved to bricks, even if we were configured to remain in muds. I am not playing the blame game, but the many roads we walked were enough to get us stuck. Somehow, we wriggled out, and positioned ourselves where we are today. Today isn’t bleak, but it isn’t bright either. There are errors, there is self-centeredness, but in this very confusion, there are those with the mind to…

When I reminisce on Africa and the leadership style that has manacled us for so long, I complain till I lose my voice, or moan till I get heartbroken. My love for my continent is indisputable, and my yearning for her to succeed in every endeavor unassailable. If Alan Paton was here to rewrite his great novel, ‘Cry, the Beloved Country,’ it may have probably been titled, ‘Cry, the Beloved Continent.’ I am not an alarmist, neither am I cynical in my approach to political analysis, but to everyone with the simplest imagination, the continuous regurgitation of our feel-sick style of leadership in Africa is nauseating. And what makes it far more nauseating is the presence of the fawners, lickspittles, and kowtowers who shamelessly sycophant those in positions for their self-seeking agenda. These leeches prey on the greed, ignorance or the overwhelming circumstances of most people in power, and burrow…

How do I define entrepreneurship? I wanted to look at the technical meanings as introduction to this very valuable subject, but I said to myself, no – no, because, entrepreneurship isn’t a theoretical concept – it is what the eyes see, what the hands feel, and what the tongues taste. If you can’t behold it, embrace it, and relate with it in physicality, it is nothing but an ideology lost in arbitrary world. For this conclusion, I made up my mind that the best definitions of entrepreneurship are the ones that emanate, not from the classroom, but from those that are one hundred percent in the game. How does Ray Kroc, the Founder of MacDonald see entrepreneurship? He said, “If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” Scott Belsky, Behance’s Co-Founder, in putting it straight said, “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas…

The importance of identifying a sustainable business idea, with a practical and realistic business plan to support it cannot be overemphasized, especially for a start-up company. Many government and private sector interventions aimed at encouraging young entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses are predicated mainly on a good business idea and a well written business plan with sufficient experience to defend it before a panel of ‘experts.’  But what do we see?  Only few applicants meet the shortlisting requirements and eventually get supported, while many others are frustrated and sometimes even doubt the integrity of the selection process. Consequently, the number that benefit from support programmes are not enough to make the desired impact in the economy.  I can tell you that many business plans are written and submitted to banks and other funding agencies on a regular basis, solicited and unsolicited. These plans, according to their authors, are…

These days, competition is rife amongst a large number of brands. Many homemade brands find it difficult to withstand foreign ones for so many reasons, and for these legion of reasons, local brands are knocked off most of our shelves. As we rely on imports to service our insatiable needs, there is depletion of our currencies and probably, foreign reserves, because we spend the hard currencies filling our shops with what we can produce within, or already producing within. The hunger for foreign goods and the abandonment of local brands further damage our economies and put it in epileptic predicaments. As we tread on this ignorant route, we continuously blame the government for not performing magic in revamping our economies, when in reality; we are prisoners by our own device. There is a perception rumbling in the minds of the citizenries that local brands are inferior to foreign ones, and…

According to Wikipedia, American engineers began developing digital technology in the mid-twentieth century based on mathematical concepts suggested by the seventeenth-century German mathematician, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who proposed a binary computing system. His innovation inspired such numerical codes as American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) that described objects with digits. Digital technology uses binary codes with combinations of 0 and 1. The 0 and 1 represent words and images. As ordinary as this may seem, it is the simplicity that has revolutionized the technological age and has turned the world upside down, so to say. Every modern day technology has gone digital, and everyday, technological devices are getting smaller and lighter, while at the same time, becoming more sophisticated. In 2006, I bought a 42-inch flat-screen LED television, and it took about three to four people to move it from the van to the sitting room. Ten years later,…

I just came back from Africa, and to be specific, Nigeria. I had to be emphatic on where I went to because people as dumb as Boris Johnson think Africa is a country. He isn’t the only one in that category; many in the west who we all thought had an element of civilization truly don’t know simple geography, yet they’re the first to run their mouths pretending to know their social studies. Back to Nigeria; a microcosm of Africa, it is so apparent how the economy has taken a devastating blow. Those on the driving seat appear to have lost control or probably do not know what part of the forest they’ve found themselves. Before they took over the reins of leadership, they bubbled with enthusiasm and professed how in a thousand seconds they would turn around the economy of the nation. Rather than go for skills and experience,…

Whilst many businesses are going through challenges of survival and sustainability, others are growing, attracting more customers and making money.   It is interesting to note that difficult times such as we are in presently in Nigeria provide opportunities for new profitable businesses to come up because of new challenges. If you do not deliberately look for challenges and needs to meet, then you may not see opportunities, even the ones knocking at your door. Challenging business environment The business environment is changing and existing businesses that cannot adapt their operations and methods to take advantage of the changing business landscape may not be sustained. In the last few months, there have been several stories of businesses and enterprises closing shop because of lack of patronage and rising cost of input materials.Other reasons why many businesses are not doing well include inability to scale up the business and respond to changes…

In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 as International Literacy Day, yet, in spite of so much efforts put into education, the world is still massively illiterate. Among the top ten illiterate nations, Africa has nine of her countries – Burkina Faso, South Sudan, Niger, Mali, Chad, Somalia, Ethiopia, Guinea and Benin. According to UNESCO, in Sub-Saharan Africa, as at 2015, about 33 million children were out of school with 18 million of them being girls. One fact that can’t be denied is that about one third of the global number of out-of-school children live in West and Central Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 1 in 4 children are excluded from education; 31% girls and 23% boys. Out of patriotism, one may argue that these statistics are mere assumptions, but on taking a closer look at the challenges of education in Africa, one may also be tempted to say that…

In my last article “Lessons From My Soweto Diary,” I talked about the importance of “thinking” in obtaining your freedom from oppressors. “Shack At The Base Of The Pyramid Of Beauty” is a continuation of my visit to South Africa. As I mentioned in my previous article, I am a great fan of South Africa for many reasons; the courage in fighting and conquering the evils of apartheid, the positive culture of the soul as reflected in the symphony of their musical rhythm and myth, and Dr. Nelson Mandela’s exemplary life. My love for South African musical rhythm is immense; the rhythm impresses new poetries in my logical mind. People who have visited South Africa always talk about the beauty of Cape Town. I’ve never been to Cape Town. I was at Sandton City, near Johannesburg, and I was very impressed. As a personal opinion, some major cities in South Africa…