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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…

Faith Ezelue: It doesn’t come easy, so I don’t have to be lazy or dizzy. I’ve got the energy, somehow, I must find it where it’s long hidden. It’s time to use it because dad told me I was born to win the fight. Joshua Nkemnacho: Dad always told me that life was a competition. He pushed me into the harsh weather to fight. I looked at my mum for help, to pull me out of the rain, but instead, she said, “Son go, go closer where the fight is because you were born to win the fight!” Favour Nkemnacho: I am a girl, gradually I grow into a woman. I thought being who I am meant I didn’t have to throw a punch, but I’ve got a hunch, and if I must win, I need to throw a punch, because dad told me I was born to win the…

The bulb of the floor lamp hung above my head – it’s the light I like to use when I get up early in the morning to do my things. I’m not a long-hour sleeper, so when my eyes open, I push myself to the sitting room, sit in a corner of the sofa, and start my rumination. There are five things I have pondered on for years – I build my life around those five things – I’m projecting a future on those things, and I do advice those who care to listen about those same things. Be Deliberately Vulnerable Being vulnerable is often considered negative, but it all depends on how you apply it, and when you apply it. Weakness can be strength when you know the right time to be weak, and the wrong time to be – and strength can be weakness when you are determined…

I am one object, who for years, have been particular about what you score and the grades you get. For decades, this has been my mindset – in my opinion, those with high scores are the most intelligent, and of course, they are, by educational assessments. So when I was told to do an assignment recently, my determination was to do it to an A grade, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – there’s everything wrong with a mediocre performance. In my assignment, I read probably, over a hundred articles, journals, including a book. I was happy with myself that I put in all the hard work necessary for the score I wanted, but after that, I became nervous. “What if the assessor doesn’t perceive that I’ve done enough to merit my expectation?” that was the question on my mind. As I began ruminating on that question, it was…

The seeds in the soil that made it into plants died. They just didn’t die, they decayed, yet, they came out of the ground because they fought. Coming out of death and decadence did not mean it was the end of trouble, because they were welcome by the scorching sun, the down pouring rain, and the freezing winter. They didn’t realise as they fought their way out of isolation that they will have to endure the cutting edges of the farmers’ tools – they call it trimming. They survived. Their determination to survive made them bear fruits – it made them give food to millions of hungry people. They became part of man’s ability to inhabit this planet called earth, and because they strived, they thrived. Every mind gets to a stage where it goes from elastic to inelastic, and just when you think you’ve had enough, it will go…

A few months ago, my level of dissatisfaction climbed to the high heavens, and I knew it was time to do something challenging, otherwise, I would get completely deflated. Many years ago, I had a plan to do something that would be a backbone to how I want to exit this world, and what I would like to leave behind as an inheritance to the next generation. I kept pushing the plan forward because I felt it was too expensive, and I thought it would be time consuming, and probably, the commitments it requires will make me earn less for now. Because of these excuses, I endured impediments, and stomached all the rubbish that I shouldn’t, where I shouldn’t, until one night, I reached the peak of frustration. Without giving a damn, and with so much anger in my mind, I reached out for the computer, and began to make…