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How to Stop Assuming and Start Making Good Business Decisions Within the Black Community Just a couple of days ago, I took my wife to the train station on her way for an appointment, and on returning, I was stopped by the traffic lights. As one usually does, I scanned round the environment with my eyes, and saw an African restaurant called “Mauritanian Delight.” I didn’t need being told that it’s mainly for Mauritanians. And I said to myself, “A recipe for disaster!” Why? The business wouldn’t break even, let alone make profits; it was so easy to know. I know someone would say “I reject it in Jesus name,” but no matter how good your intentions are, your start-up must be data-driven so that you can make informed decisions, otherwise, you’re doomed. I concluded that the business was in a wrong location, and that the niche was too…

How Nigeria’s Upper Chamber Frustrated the Constitutional Amendments Concerned and patriotic Nigerians have for a very long time demanded a constitutional review and amendment based on the conviction that not only are a huge part of our constitutional provisions unrealistic, obsolete, and not workable in this age and time, they are also a part of the problem rather than the solution. Technology and social media have helped amplify our voices and calls for constitutional review loud enough for it to be heard and considered, which could be the catalyst for the recent call for proposals by the Senate ad-hoc committee on constitutional review. Running a working and functional society is a continuous and recurrent one, this also applies to the constitution that governs it. As time goes by, population multiplies, people grow, their problems, challenges, beliefs, priorities and needs also evolve with them. This is the reason why reviewing the…

What Parents Can Do To Balance The Unequal Opportunity Race It’s not a secret that the black child has been disadvantaged in the opportunity race for quality education. From Africa to every continent or country with black people, far less education opportunities have been given to black children through underfunding, lack of infrastructures and a deliberate effort to ill-inform them on what the true challenges are beyond mere school curriculum. The Telegraph of 6 June 2018 explains clearly that most black kids in the UK leave primary school with good grades, but while in secondary, they aren’t positioned in such a way to make it into Oxford, Cambridge or other top universities. The demand of these top universities are “the highest grades at A-Level, the ability to pass an interview, and the stamina to take on the tutorial system,” says the Telegraph. It further says that “there is little evidence…

Strip me of this accursed Black skin – I want to live in peace! I watched this video with emotions I can’t describe. But, America why? England, why? I watched this fully aware that I am Black, living in a White world. I am Black, in a White college. I am Black, in a White country. I am Black – and to many I am wrong! For this, I cannot breathe. For how long will this injustice prevail? Slavery, oppression, repression, murder… genocide. Does God ever curse the oppressors of His people? Or, does He simply look away? If this is the God of the Exodus, isn’t it time he drowns Pharaoh? Isn’t it time he destroys Pharaoh’s army of brutal oppressors? If only for a moment, to allow me to take the breath of life. But, nay – this white-washed, Blue-eyed Jesus appears to side with the oppressors –…

The first case of COVID-19 was reported by South Morning China Post on November 17, 2019, and since then, it’s become a pandemic. The extent of the spread was not in man’s imagination, and anyone that would have predicted it may have been ridiculed by the entire globe, but today, its devastating effects on lives, economies, and how many people it’s rendered furlough is unbelievable. The pandemic has also exposed a lot of weaknesses in leadership, shaken institutional foundations, and made a mockery of nations, who for years have had chief executives that plundered every sector of their economies. It has also exposed the genius in man, as he began to think the innovative pathway. In the pandemic as well, we’ve seen those whose lives are immersed in ludicrous conspiracy theories – may God help them! Data Capture When the pandemic began, developed nations focused on data – developing nations…

Why it is so essential in plugging the skills gap in the marketplace Having identified three of the main challenges people encounter in bringing their goals to fruition and having seen how these debilitating limitations can hamper the progress of individuals, I decided to write about it, and to also proffer solutions on how to cure, or bring to the barest minimum these subtle success-inhibiting factors. In my personal life, I know what being in comfort zone, laziness and procrastination have done to me – I know how much they’ve impeded my progress in the past, and I also know how I got myself out of their manacles. My initial goal was to publish a little paperback title and an electronic version of it, but after looking into it, I realised that those the book is meant for, will not read it, because they may be too lazy to, or…

According to www.worldmeters.info, the population of Africa as at September 15, 2017 is approximately 1.25 billion people, and amongst this population, about 40% are under the age of 15. In terms of population, Africa is second position in the regions of the world, and is projected to double its number by 2050 as reported by World Population Prospects in its 2017 population review. Among the many reasons for population boom, high fertility rate, infant mortality rate, and culture are major contributors. In addition to these precursors, belief systems, ignorance, and poverty are other causes of population boom. Population boom, without a corresponding match with infrastructural, economic and sociopolitical development results in unforeseeable dilution of the already meager standard of living of the people. The pride of a nation isn’t all about the number of the population, but the amount of comfort and positively projected comfort available to the people. As…

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…

With a population of over one billion people, Africa has the market to take an economy to the highest summit, but having the market alone doesn’t do it – there are vital factors that must be put to work to make any economy reach in practical, its innate potentials. When these factors are constantly activated, the economy will self propel in upward direction. A driven economy doesn’t work by magic or through the unproven hypothesis of the big bang theory – it works through the positive actions of all stakeholders – if everyone involved do what they should do and avoid what they should avoid, things will be fine. To grow an economy, you must first, earnestly, honestly and sincerely know where you stand. It’s only by knowing where you stand that you can measure your growth or determine if there’s growth at all – by this, you can also…

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…