• 4 challenges hindering the success of women-owned businesses in Nigeria

    12/Oct/2016 // 584 Viewers


    Entrepreneurship once considered a man's domain in Nigeria, has since made way for women as economic opportunities have risen over the years for women who want to start and run enterprises. Unfortunately, while more women are becoming entrepreneurs, they seem not to be catching up with their male counterparts. Women-owned businesses still face a set of challenges that continue to limit their growth. To shed light on some of these obstacles, Jumia Travel lists 5 reasons women-owned businesses are not thriving in Nigeria
    Limited access to funding
    This is the biggest challenge faced by women-owned businesses across Nigeria as access to capital is crucial to any small business’ growth trajectory. Women face greater obstacles than men when starting and growing a business, especially when it comes to venture capitalists, financial institutions, and other lenders; who are quick to deny their applications. Basically, even when the woman-owned business demonstrates a great business plan, have excellent credit and demonstrate solid cash flow, it must also successfully navigate through a process that tends to unfairly favor male-run startups. And when they eventually access required capital, the interest rates are rather steep and this tends to handicap the business over the long run. For women-owned businesses to thrive, it is vital for the Nigerian society as a whole to ensure that women have equal chances to do great things.
    Critical Cultural Values
    The times have changed, however another entrepreneurial challenge women entrepreneurs still face in Nigeria is that of cultural value or tradition. The cultural values across Nigeria are such that the man/husband is the head of the household and as such automatically expected to be the breadwinner. The male children are expected to toe in the line of their fathers and inherit the family business maybe, while the female children are usually left out of this entrepreneurial grooming process. A situation where there is a deviation and the women start to exhibit entrepreneurial prowess, it is assumed that she is being domineering and maybe even disrespectful to her husband, who should be the one in charge. This is very discouraging and has been a huge reason why many women-owned businesses have drowned even before they got the chance to swim.

    Lack of Role models and limited mentorship programmes
    Quality mentorship plays a huge role in the success of any woman entrepreneur and her business. It is particularly helpful for women to be enrolled in mentorship programmes or have mentors who have faced the same challenges they have. Nigerian women entrepreneurs, especially startups, however, do not have this support network and end up drowning in the face of even the most trivial obstacles. In fact, a number of female founders report that lack of available advisers and mentors has been a huge limitation to their professional growth. While there are a few expert organizations and groups like WIMBIZ e.t.c , more institutions need to be set up and women-focused networking events held to encourage the women so as to spur growth in their businesses as well.
    Societal discrimination

    This is a huge issue that has specifically affected the presence of women in the Nigerian  tech scene. In Nigeria, a majority of people still like to think that certain businesses or tasks are better handled by men than women. You rarely see women driving a commercial bus, working as a mechanic or running a tech startup as the society often assume women are generally incompetent in certain fields of work. Women now think twice before owning or delving into certain businesses because of the stigma that could come with it. And while you think this challenge may be uncommon, it actually has played a strong role in hampering the proliferation of women-owned businesses.

    Nkem Ndem | PR Associate at Jumia Travel

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  • Edo State Political Dilemma And The Death Of Democracy

    12/Oct/2016 // 653 Viewers


    The just concluded Edo governorship election has its story and it is manifold. The unprecedented manipulation and its attendant consequence on the people are akin to that of a frontal collision of two trains.

    This being that the hope and aspiration of voters who really wanted a positive change was dashed except otherwise that on a level playing ground, the supposed winner actually won. But, records by the international observers and those who had the will to say the truth showed that the acclaimed winner's victory is, in fact, questionable.

    The open and careless subversion of the people's mandate affronted every voter in the state. It is a slap on the faces of all well-meaning citizens of Edo state and a rape on the collective psyche of individuals who committed their time and resources for the rebirth of a moribund state called Edo.

    According to facts and figures, the election witnessed the highest turnout of voters but ironically did not reflect in the result. Suffice to say that the number of voters was a far cry to the number of accredited people even though the process was for the electorates to accredit and vote simultaneously. 

    It is twice pity that the dagger that pierced the heart of democracy in Edo state, I dare - say was the handiwork of "Iyamho superstar" following series of complaints from different quarters.

    The fact remains that when a lie is concocted, the actor must learn the script and memorize it thoroughly, else at every end, the nobility of truth will reign over the ignoble lie. When INEC officials were planning to further rig the election at the eleventh hour in connivance with the power that be, they missed many lines so much that in their announcement, the truth could be found hiding in their lies.

    The negative influence of this act is that it will continue unabated. A precedence has been laid and the young generation politicians have learnt the ropes in a very terrible manner and the conviction is that "it can be done and undone without any consequence." But, the people's court must prevail!

    The financial inducement of voters in the voting centers was "rough and tough" so much that the security agents that were on the ground lost concentration and could not exercise their duty. In one instance at Dr. Garrick Memorial School, I beckoned a police to attend to the clandestine activity that was going on, he told me to relax and that if I don't mind, I can go about doing same in favour of the party I was representing as an agent. Hearing that from a security agent whose interest in the center was to curb such excesses, maintain law and order, I was gobsmacked.

    To make matter worse, the results that were recorded in polling centers were either manipulated or cancelled outrightly without fear or favour. The injurious act was like "job as usual" and till now, many have not seen the need to raise their voices in disagreement. The question is; must we allow malpractice and fraudulent manipulation of election results to thrive and remain synonymous with our identity?

    International observers and journalists have made their reports bold and clear, that the election was marred by unimaginable irregularities , but at home, nothing is happening except the aggrieved protesting over the criminal conspiracy of the state. What a rape!

    The INEC officials who were charged with the responsibility of doing it the right way, threw caution into the air, erred in law and morals by subverting the mandate of the people in favour of the man with the "hammer."

    Ever since I returned to my base, I have been pondering over what I saw and another question is; how can Nigeria be fixed? Using Edo state as a case study, the executive is intimidating, inept, uncivilized, undemocratic and callous, the legislature is harsh and the judiciary is compromised - and to corroborate this claim, just recently, judges' houses were raided in some states and mind-blowing revelations are on air. Where can the ordinary man who wants justice run to?

    This brings to mind, a play titled "The gods are not to blame" written by a brilliant Nigerian, Ola Rotimi. In it, you will find a quote that reads thus: if the elders we esteem so highly sell their honour for devil's money, then let pigs eat shame and men eat dung."

    The above quote is provocative and at the same time proverbial. Those that are responsible for the ruination of our democracy and governance should be held accountable and allowed to speak-up for the sanity and purification of our polity. The time is now!

    *Iredia Osakue is a Turin-based scholar, social critic, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.

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  • In Our or Nigeria’s Interest or Their Best Interest?

    13/Apr/2016 // 396 Viewers


    The principle of autonomy and/or self-determination is viewed as foundational in any true democracy. It is however worrying when democracy becomes a millstone around the neck of those who are supposed to benefit from it. Such has been the case in Nigeria for close to seventeen years of supposed democratic rule. Democracy has been turned on its head and self-determination or autonomy do not exist, or at best, are infinitesimal. 
    Ajayi and Ojo (2014) wrote that “while it remains true that Nigeria is governed by democratically elected leaders at the federal and state levels, Nigeria is yet to institutionalise democracy after a century of existence as a political entity and that the impediments to the institutionalisation of democracy in Nigeria after more than half a century of political independence include the country’s colonial background interspersed by vagaries engendered by deep-rooted ethnicity; complacent and spendthrift leadership; incessant intervention of the military in the democratic process; electoral fraud; wide spread poverty and high illiteracy level”. They argued that the pivot around which most of the factors listed above revolves is corruption which has virtually become a way of life in Nigeria. However, fortuitously, the prospect of a politically stable and democratically viable nation is marked by the Nigerian people’s eagerness to participate in the electoral process; the relative stability and sustenance of multi-party system and the general realisation in the country that the only acceptable and popular route to the acquisition of political power is through the ballot box.
    Some free-market-oriented economists have strongly criticized the efficiency of democracy, based on the argument that voters are illogical or otherwise highly uneducated about many political issues, especially those concerning economics and relationships with other countries in the world, while having a strong bias about the few issues on which they are knowledgeable.
    This could result in a wealth disparity in such a country, and in the case of Nigeria, add ethnic and religious discrimination, which unscrupulous and corrupt politicians are very quick to exploit. Fierlbeck (1998) points out that such a result is not necessarily due to a failing in the democratic process, but rather, "because democracy is responsive to the desires of a large middle class increasingly willing to disregard the muted voices of economically marginalized groups within its own borders”. The criticism remains that the will of the democratic majority may not always be in the best interest of all citizens within the country (Wikipedia)
    Furthermore, some have argued that voters may not be educated enough to exercise their democratic right. A population with low intellect or low education (and let’s face it, Nigerians are still largely uneducated) may not be capable of making beneficial decisions. They argue that the lack of rationality or even education is being taken advantage of by normally unscrupulous politicians, who compete more in the way of public relations, money and tactics, than in ideology. Lipset's 1959 essay about the requirements for forming democracy, found that “good education was present in almost all emerging democracies”. However, education alone cannot sustain a democracy, though Caplan did note in 2005 that “as a person's education increases, their thinking tends to be more in line with most economists”. 
    For example, voters may not be sufficiently educated to be able to foresee the perpetuation of the community they belong to, and therefore are unable to cast a vote to that effect. But given the right to vote, an uninformed man would certainly cast a vote which will more likely be wrong as affected by the personality charisma of the candidate or some other superficial reason, such as electoral bribery, flaunting of wealth to induce or modify voting patterns, that is, an ordinary voter may also be lured into casting a vote on the basis of financial help or some other petty promises, e.g. Ekiti State’s Fayose’s notorious “stomach infrastructure”.
    In a democracy, the question is whether to vote with one’s own interests in mind or to ponder the greater good.  As a simplistic example, should a rich man vote for a candidate or party that will benefit him directly or one that he believes will provide better public services for the poorer, even if it means a loss in profits for him?
    If one believes the greater good is more important, those become one’s best interests. One then is able to see how that will benefit; there are apparent difficulties here such as lack of sentience about issues, half-baked knowledge about sensitive topics that plague the country, etc. 
    On the other hand, if one believes one’s needs are more important than what is necessary for the country, then one definitely should vote with that in mind. In this case, one doesn’t necessarily need a morally right or incorruptible leader; what one needs is a leader who can make his country and people happy and since you're one of them, your best interests are just as important. 
    In the longer run, it's important that one’s best interests are brought into line with the society's. If not, the leader one votes for will never win. To even consider the greater good before casting one’s vote is a success of democracy in my estimation and will lead to the election of good leaders over time. 
    So maybe it is better to vote in your own best interests and hope others would benefit too. Often voting for your interests may be taking into account the greater good, for example, as we often say in Nigeria, securing and distributing equally, the dividends of democracy.  Wouldn’t a freer, fairer, peaceful and secure society that values, recognises, ensures and maintains individual rights not benefit the greater good, the greater society?
    I like to think that many people in Nigeria would vote for the best leader who will govern based on what is needed for his people to be happy at any time as opposed to someone who is corrupt and harps on nepotism, tribalism and religious bigotry. Flexible, impartial, sincere, honest people with conviction, vision and focus in their opinions and ability to adapt make good leaders in my view.
    Doesn't everyone vote their own interests, consciously or subconsciously?  Even those that profess to vote in favour of the greater good still have their own interests at heart.  No one is entirely altruistic.  And no politician is so particular in nature that they can be entirely "greater good" versus policies that could benefit you. There will always be a mix. But this is made worse in Nigeria because almost all our politicians who go for political positions go there for purely, 100% self-seeking reasons, purpose and actions. Therein lays the problem of the “own best interest” or “common good” or “service to the people”.

    In a normal democratic environment, people tend to vote for people they feel best align with their values and views.  There is often some perceived benefit to voting for Candidate A over B for that reason. Unfortunately again, this theory does not hold water in Nigeria, for two reasons. One, the “perceived benefit” is usually the immediate benefit to the voter, that is, inducement by money or other material inducement (stomach infrastructure in Ekiti State again comes to mind). Second, due to widespread electoral malpractices, even if you cast your vote with your mind, your vote might not really count, hence, work done is zero, and your vote does not have any influence on the outcome of the election nor on the person who eventually rules you. We are therefore totally left frustrated and angry.
    Generally, there has been a serious (and almost irreversible) decline in social and moral values in Nigeria. Our quest for economic, social and political development after Independence which was aided by the oil discovery and wealth of the 70s led to a situation where scant regard was paid to the social engineering and betterment of the citizenry, with the adverse consequences we are now experiencing. 
    These leaders or politicians or elders are Nigerians and so they do exhibit the tendencies or the orientation of Nigerians. We should recall and admit that many of these politicians scarcely won any genuine elections into the political positions they now hold. They were involved in various forms of electoral malpractices and fraud; so where is their shame and moral standing in the society, and whose interest are they serving? It is impossible to expect men and women of such kind to take the path of honour when they come under the crucible of even the least moral values. They have never known the path of honour so can never willingly take the path of honour.
    What we should be asking of our leaders, and ourselves, since Independence 56 years ago should be initially, “in whose interest?” and then graduating to “in whose best interest?” Unfortunately, we neither asked both of them or ourselves, but are suddenly realising that “it is to their (an unscrupulous and opportunist ruling elite’s) selfish interest”.
    So, some of the questions that come to mind are (and there are thousands more), and we are not even asking for “best” interest, just ordinary interest:
    ⦁    In whose interest was the whole idea of democracy in Nigeria?
    ⦁    In whose interest was the sixteen years of democracy under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and in whose interest would the Alliance for Progressive Change (APC) rule for the next 3 years remaining?
    ⦁    In whose interest were our oil and other resources being managed since Independence 56 years ago?
    ⦁    In whose interest do we even have governments – federal, state and local?
    ⦁    In whose interest do our politicians seek election into all electable offices?
    ⦁    In whose interest are our civil servants, ministers and other political appointees working?
    ⦁    In whose interest are politicians called upon to resign for one reason or the other 
    ⦁    In whose interest are the employees, contractors, owners and stakeholders in Nigeria’s oil industry working?
    ⦁    Whose interest have Nigeria’s military been serving since they ventured into governance?
    ⦁    Whose interest is being served when unions call strikes?
    ⦁    And a thousand other questions.
    What we have in Nigeria is a deadly cocktail of conflict of interest, self-interests, selfish and personal interests, regional interests, religious interests and unbridled, chocking corruption-driven interests. What for? Aren’t we all going to die? And when we die, what do we take with us to wherever dead people go?
    Femi Fabiyi, in his article, “Nigeria and the Emerging Economies” wrote “Many of Nigeria’s mafias have invested their stolen monies in personal homes abroad (USA, Britain, Dubai, South Africa and a host of other countries). Why should a Nigerian-based politician maintain a residential home in the USA? I honestly cannot find a reasonable answer to this question. For my readers who do not understand USA real estate market, here is a hypothetical case – A Nigerian based politician who owns a $1,000,000 house in America is expected to pay at least 2% of $1,000,000 in property taxes and between 1.5% and 2% of $1,000,000 for maintenance on a yearly bases. So, what sense does it make for a Nigeria politician to pull an average of $35,000 from the local economy every year and send it to America to help develop America cities and counties?”
    Will it be easy? Of course not! Aside from dealing with the problems inherited after decades of debauchery, profligacy, mismanagement, indolence, corruption, neglect of the people and infrastructure, etc., there is also the added issue of newly created difficulties occasioned by prevailing circumstances alongside the added complications of purveyors of hopelessness and dejection fouling the air with their negative natter, sabotage and wanton corruption, who want to retain and maintain the status quo.
    But just like President Obama of the United States of America said -simply and succinctly - "NOTHING IN LIFE THAT'S WORTH ANYTHING IS EASY"
    In whose best interest is Nigeria itself?

    Akintokunbo A Adejumo wrote from London, the United Kingdom.

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  • 4 Reasons why Nigerians Prefer Online Dating, By Adeniyi Ogunfowoke

    13/Apr/2016 // 552 Viewers


    With the proven statistics that there are more women than men in Nigeria, it is ironic that some men visit online dating site in search of *love *despite the sheer number of beautiful women on the streets of Lagos and other states *.* Today, there are hundreds of Nigerian dating sites. 

    You just need to Google *Nigerian dating sites *and the rest is left to you. The question is why do some Nigerians visit these sites? Jovago.com, Africa's No 1 hotel booking portal shares 4 reasons.

    *Easily intimidated by women*

    Some men freak out when it comes to interacting with women, let alone a
    woman they are interested in. For them to woo her is *wahala. *She is
    expecting and anxious to hear what you have to say because she is willing to give you a chance but you shy away with your tails in between your legs.

    For this type of men, dating sites is an easy way out of this anomaly. You will find men and women on these sites to select from.

    *Indulge *

    Some Nigerians do not believe in online dating but they are tempted to join the bandwagon because they can give a *false* impression of themselves.

    They source pictures of others and use it as their display picture, cut
    their ages, and say they are single while dating. Even if they meet someone charming online, they are never serious because they are just there for fun!

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    *You are single*

    A dating site is a hub for meeting supposed singles. If you are single, you can check these sites out and if you are *lucky, *you will meet another single. Before you know it, you are already dating!

    *To heal Heartbreak*

    If you just broke up with your long-term partner and want to get over the heartbreak as quickly as possible, some people venture into the world of online dating. Often times than not, they are not interested in any online interactions or relationship because they want to purge themselves of the heartbreak.

    Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
    *Travel/Technology Writer*

    *Mobile:* *+2348090747241*   *Skype:* *Sleeksavvy*

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  • Beneficiary Of A Corrupt Election Cannot Dispense True democracy.

    13/Dec/2016 // 760 Viewers


    The purpose of election is to allow the people exercise their constitutional rights as free citizens of any given state or as the case may be to choose a candidate of their choice which in their conviction can pilot the affairs of the state. 

    The government will in turn act accordingly without bias in bringing about a free, fair and credible election with all its agencies involved participating in their various capacities to the best of their ability and respect for the laws that instituted them. 

    Sadly, the true participation of the aforementioned remains a mirage in Nigeria. Attempts to bring an end to undemocratic electoral tendencies will always hit a brick wall because those involved in it enjoy the spoils. It has become a chain of vendetta and the circle, I dare say will continually stagnate the living fabric of our existence as a people and further cause devastating encumbrance in the already shallow system of governance if we fail to throw a patriotic spanner into the political wheel that propels the engine of vindictiveness. 

    Edo state is not an exception in this malady. Many people have become enmeshed in the wrong theory of "rigging" in every election because it has become culturally accepted even though morally incorrect.  Some politicians who desperately want to win at all cost do not see the inherent consequences rather would go all out believing it to be the way. 

    Across the country, news of electoral malpractice abounds and those who partake in it are prime movers of the country's political life. The acceptability of this odious "killer of democracy" is palpable in the corridors of power and yet, its existence is willfully denied. 

    The larger part of the consequence is not only on the side of the unrest that could arise in the post-election but the legal tussle. This is evident in Edo state as the pre-hearing of the petition filed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and PDP over the recognition of Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo state kicks-off.  Unfortunately, this tribunal process will surely tear down Mr. Godwin Obaseki in his duty as the executive Governor for riding on the shoulders of the perpetrators of corruption to political stardom. 

    Many of these elements that encouraged the fraud are no more,  but, the brunt in the aftermath remains an albatross around the neck of the innocuous citizens who acted in good faith but their decision subverted for cheap political gain and avarice. 

    The majority of Edo state citizens including die-hard APC members know that the PDP candidate was rigged out in a  manner best described as a "da light robbery". When they are confronted with the allegation, they thrasonically admit to it and say it is the tradition. The question is; when will it end? 

    The central government is seen fighting financial corruption but unperturbed with the endemic electoral fraud that has become synonymous with  the anthem of the country.  The fight against corruption has to be looked at in all facet of governance. And until this is achieved, the fight against corruption will remain cosmetic if the process of electing a leader is fraudulent and inimical to truth and civility. 

    A common axiom explicitly explains this that; you cannot give what you don't have. 

    IREDIA OSAKUE  JP is a Turin-based scholar, social activist , political analyst, and a public commentator on national and global issues.

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  • Oh God! Lead Us Not Ever Again Into The Hands Of APC-Led Government In Edo State

    13/Jul/2016 // 855 Viewers


    The present state of affairs in the country is appalling and as well pathetic. The citizens cannot categorically say what are the plans of the government. They come up with issues haphazardly and without clear-cut implementation, therefore, leaving the country to flounder hopelessly. 

    When the idea of anti-corruption came up, the citizens embraced it in the hope that the long-awaited sanity in the perceived rot will be treated without fear or favour. sadly enough, those that have been following the trend of events are dissatisfied with the entire anti-graft  fight - they see it as lopsided, politically motivated witch-hunting and with justice miles away.

    Many of the legal minds in the state describe the war on corruption like a written script, brought in by actors to put their expertise into making it look real. This is the unfortunate situation ominously staring  the country in the face. In a similar vein, some are worried that not everyone that is  brought before the court or interrogated is actually involved directly or indirectly in any official graft, rather, it is a sort of "cleaning exercise" by removing prominent political rivals whose political future they are determined to damage at all cost. With this in mind, many fear that the country is tipping towards one party state. 

    Many sectors are  left to wallow in despair and it appears that the people up there that charged to speak on behalf of the citizens have been lobotomized - they are calm, serene and unable to carry on. They believe that when they wake up from sleep, things will return to normalcy without working towards it. 

    The people's  hope and aspirations which have been dashed  can be seen virtually in the faces of the people. They are so  desperate that they are ready  to hold on to a poisonous snake for survival notwithstanding the inherent danger. This is the pitiable condition the citizens are left to contend with!

    When the president came on board, he was described as "baba go-slow" and true to type the state of affairs has been infected and things are really slow.  It took the government a considerable length of time before the ministers were appointed and the excuse was the usual "integrity syndrome." But, amongst the "well selected" ministers, rumours have it that, at least , some suffer from the disease of corruption which the government professed to be  fighting.   The comatose state of affairs in the country is attributable to  the handiwork of a leader with  a crass knowledge of governance in a democratic setting. 

    The state governors that are sympathizers or politically inclined to the federal have queued behind and willing to toe the same line undermining the circumstance.  They are none other than a cast of narcissistic political actors who  claim glory in failure. 

    According to many, the APC government has failed the country. The states that have the opportunity for a change, like Edo state must be resolute in their  resistance against having an APC-led government. The citizens have seen the bully at play and any mistake of caving in for " continuity" will snowball into an unbearable political turmoil that will take another considerable time to fix. 

    The discerning minds can easily distinguish between the two popular candidates who is ripe enough to satisfy the needs of the people. Opinion pool has shown that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has long been awake and working assiduously ahead of time. This best explains his preparedness to deliver the state from further damage, on this note, it remains the duty of all Edo state citizens to support and vote for him come September 2016. 

    A true leader is known by his words and deeds, on this score, let me introduce you to one of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu's  quotes that x-rays his personality; "I am not desperate but confident that I can lead the people of Edo State working side by side with you to make Edo State the envy of others, we are almost there and we shall arrive by Gods grace."

    The state needs a thorough reconstruction to bounce back and become the envy of other states.  The deaf can hear the noise and the blind can see the extent of damage in the state. The hands of the clock of the state since the inception of the present administration has been ticking   anticlockwise and the governor who has the tool to correct it  is not only willing but disappointingly  incapable.

    The government's interest is no more in governance but in the drive to regain power and further plunge the state into the dark abyss. The citizens have been engaged in a game of deceit for more than seven years and the APC-led government is out again with their game plan to bring about another tortuous four years and even more. 

    A prosperous Edo state which the citizens long clamour for is sure with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu at the helm of affairs. 

    Iredia Osakue JP is a Turin-based scholar, political analyst and public commentator on national and global issues.

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  • The Man That Fits The Moment - Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

    15/Aug/2016 // 762 Viewers


    After taking a critical appraisal of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, I, therefore ,  decided to put it this way, especially to those who still look the other way. Without any iota of contradiction, the answer to many unsolved socio-political problems in the state are at his reach and his administrative expertise will do wonders if allowed to put it into play. His popularity in the state will create an enabling ground for interactions and all-inclusive  government. 

    I sincerely want to bare my mind on factual issues which I believe will allay the fears of many and bring them back to the realities of the present political situation in the state and the way forward. 

    The PDP flagbearer is a committed politician par excellence. If his antecedents are anything to go by, then the doubting Thomases will agree with me that he has done exceedingly well and if the opportunity at the doorstep of the people of Edo state is harnessed, the state will transform into a land flowing with milk and honey. 

    No wonder, the Comrade governor had the following to say about him: “You (Pastor Ize-Iyamu) took the leap of faith to found the Grace Group, which in turn, provided rallying point for others who believe in freedom to birth what would become the Edo Chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria. When others despaired, you saw hope. I salute your foresight. If ACN is today GB in Edo, it is only a reflection of the sterling leadership you have provided. Again, if our party is acclaimed in positive lights in Edo today, you share substantially in the glory, if we have improved the human condition, we owe it to the quality of counsel you gave. In our struggle to redefine politics in Edo in the past forty-four months as service to the people, I have found in you a committed ally indeed. Having distinguished yourself in administration, evangelism, politics and lately farming, I believe your sun has only begun to rise” 

    Yes! Oshiomhole was correct to say that his " sun has only begun to rise."  As a matter of course, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has carved a niche for himself in every field of his endeavors - be it in politics, academics, farming, evangelism or administration. And since he declared his ambition to becoming  the governor of the state, his sun has just begun to shine. Shine not only for him but to illumine the minds of the people towards having a vibrant society and light the dark alleys of despair made be by the present lazy government led by the logorrheic Iyamoh   Money bag. 

    Over the years, POI has engaged himself in viable and lofty agendas that have brought about tremendous development in the land, in terms of empowerment, administration, philanthropy and other notable areas that contribute to the positive existence of man. 

    His political mindset is not to lead the state at all cost to his own aggrandizement,  but lead by example and create an atmosphere where the people's commonwealth is protected and adequately managed. He is exemplary in administration and management as it can be seen in his business and role as an astute politician. 

    Sometime ago, he was invited by the EFCC which in my own opinion was politically motivated. The plot was crafted with the aim to silence him and legally and tactically edge him out of the gubernatorial race. But, he went to the "lions den" and came back unhurt. He came, saw and conquered! His victory is akin to that of the biblical Daniel who was maliciously thrown to the lions to be feed on, but the power of God reigned. 

    The ongoing campaign vividly exposes the quality he possesses - he has been articulate in his speech and meticulous in his plans and appearance. When his arch-adversary is about hoodwinking the people with vague promises, verbose speeches laden with a plethora of lies, Ize-Iyamu is busy selling his "Simple Agenda."

    His sterling leadership  as stated above by Mr. Oshiomhole is, in fact,  correct. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has an innate capacity for organization, 
    respect for rules and adherence to principles that reflects the true picture of what he represents. 

    As a distinguished citizen of the state, he has remained resolute in his conviction for a better Edo state and since he embarked on this journey, his footprints remain indelible in the path he has walked. Some twisted minds who seek cheap political relevance in the state have long sought to drag his  good work through the mud by spreading fallacious rumour all in an attempt to misguide the people and throw a spanner in the state's wheel of progress he has put in motion. 

    The simple answer to this man-made suffering in the state is to turnout en masse on the 10th of September 2016 to vote for a government of equity and probity.  Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu by every standard soars above his adversaries in terms of his well-planned agenda  - and a vote for him is a vote for progress and prosperity.  He is my man!

    Iredia Osakue, JP

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  • Top four ways to overcome notification fatigue

    15/Mar/2016 // 315 Viewers


    *Top 4 Ways to Overcome Notification Fatigue*

    You must have received unsolicited notifications from emails, calls, text
    messages, Facebook and tweets. These notifications  are irrelevant to you
    but you will still receive them. Your phone beeps every second due to
    these. This can be frustrating. If you are tired of this, jovago.com,
    Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares 4 ways to help you overcome this
    notification menace.

    *Turn off notification*

    This is perhaps the first thing you should do when you repeatedly receive
    notifications. For example, when you leave a comment on a Facebook post,
    all other comments will be sent to you. If the post garners thousands of
    responses, you will receive all of them. It is either you do not comment or
    you comment and turn off notifications for that particular post.

    *Use Truecaller*

    If your service provider ‘disturbs’ you with unrequested calls, it is time
    for you to download Truecaller. The function of Truecaller is to block spam
    calls. You can add the number to the spam list of the Truecaller app. You
    will observe that when next the same number phones you, the app will block
    the number. Same with Truemessenger. You can download these apps on Google
    play store!

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    *Create a VIP list*

    You can create a VIP list of people that can call you especially during
    emergencies.  This will automatically block any spam call or text. Hence,
    you know that any calls or notifications that you receive are important.

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    *Do not add anybody to your social media accounts*

    If you do not want to be irritated by notifications, do not just accept all
    invitations to join a group. If you do, you may be opening the floodgate of
    notifications. If a person adds you to a list or group on Facebook or
    twitter, simply leave the group if you are not interested.

    Ogunfowoke Adeniyi
    *Travel/Technology Writer*

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  • Ensuring Africa’s Continued Rise by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

    16/Mar/2016 // 356 Viewers


    LAGOS – Africa’s rise is in danger of faltering. After years during which the continent’s economy grew at an average annual rate of 5%, global uncertainty, depressed commodity prices, and jittery external conditions are threatening to undermine decades of much-needed progress. Ensuring the wealth and wellbeing of the continent’s residents will not be easy; but there is much that policymakers can do to put Africa back on an upward trajectory.

    First and foremost, policymakers must secure the financing needed to pursue sustainable development in an uncertain global environment. The World Bank estimates that Africa will require at least $93 billion a year to fund its infrastructure needs alone. Climate-friendly, sustainable infrastructure will cost even more. And yet, as long as global growth remains weak, Africans cannot count on developed countries to fully honor their commitments to help attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
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    Africa must rapidly develop its own resources, beginning by nearly doubling tax revenues. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, tax revenues account for less than one-fifth of GDP, compared to more than one-third in OECD countries. This means there is plenty of room for improvement. From 1990 to 2004, for example, Ghana reformed its tax system and raised revenues from 11% to 22% of GDP. Admittedly, such progress is difficult; in Nigeria, we saw an opportunity in raising non-oil tax revenues, but struggled to seize it.

    Another source of domestic resources is the roughly $380 billion in pension assets held by just ten African countries. Policymakers should be leveraging these considerable sums.

    At the same time, African countries will have to find a way to diversify their economies. Diversification requires investment in the future, in the form of education and well-developed infrastructure, including telecommunications, power, roads, rail, and water.

    There are plenty of models to follow: Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico, Indonesia, and South Korea are all admired by Africans as economies that managed to transform themselves. Dubai, for example, set out more than three decades ago to prepare for a future without oil. The government implemented a step-by-step transformation of the country into a service economy, putting in place the infrastructure and incentives necessary to build up financial services, tourism, medical services, real estate, media, arts, and culture. South Korea and Singapore, which had few natural resources on which to rely, are no less inspiring.

    The secret behind these countries’ success is relentlessly focused leaders, whether entrenched but benign dictators or democratically elected politicians with a shared vision of a broad-based economy. Sub-Saharan Africa has paths for diversified growth that many of the trailblazers did not: value-added agriculture and agro industry, the processing of mineral resources, petrochemical complexes, manufacturing of durable and consumer goods, tourism and entertainment, and an emerging information-technology sector.

    As the necessary measures for diversification are implemented, policymakers must ensure that the economic growth they are pursuing creates jobs. Sadly, this has not always been the case. Much of the recent growth has benefited only a few, leaving many behind – most notably young people and women. From 2006 to 2013, inequality rose in many of the continent’s most important economies, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

    These were challenges that we were starting to address in Nigeria when I was finance minister. We knew that we needed not just to secure growth, but also to improve the quality of that growth.

    To that end, policymakers must ensure that growth is channeled into sectors that create jobs, such as agriculture, manufacturing, and services. They may also have to redistribute income and strengthen social safety nets to protect better those at the bottom of the ladder.

    Matching skills to job opportunities will be crucial. Some 70% of Africa’s population is under 30, and the continent is home to half the world’s primary-school-age children who have been deprived of the opportunity to study. Offering Africa’s children basic reading, writing, and technology skills, as well as vocational, technical, and entrepreneurial training, must be a top priority.

    Weak health-care systems must also be strengthened in order to tackle the endemic diseases that sap productivity, such as malaria, as well as improving preparedness for outbreaks of deadly epidemics. The stakes are high. The World Bank estimates the Ebola outbreak shrank the economies of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia by 16%.

    As the world economy sputters, African countries will have to develop trade with one another. In 2013, African goods and services accounted for just 16% of trade within the continent, and just over 3% of world trade. One problem is that most African countries produce the same type of commodities and trade them with very little value-added. Policymakers must encourage greater specialization; differentiated goods and services will add value and volume to trade.

    Logistics pose another obstacle to intra-African trade. Policymakers must make it easier to move goods across borders, by improving connectivity between countries and reducing bureaucratic hurdles and administrative costs. For example, road transport tariffs across Africa are estimated at $0.05-$0.13 per ton-kilometer, compared to the average of $0.01-$0.05 for all developing countries.

    The Rift Valley Railway project, which will eventually link Mombasa on the Kenyan coast to Kampala in Uganda, is a good example of the benefits that investments in transportation could provide. The African Development Bank estimates that it will double the volume of trade between the two countries, while reducing marginal costs by 30%.

    As they make these investments, policymakers must not forget that much of Africa’s recent growth can be credited to good macroeconomic policies and sound economic management. Extending the continent’s rise will require strengthening the continent’s economic fundamentals.

    This means ensuring that prices in the economy are correct, starting with the exchange rate. Some countries may need temporary controls to curb damaging capital outflows, but policymakers should aim for a market-based exchange rate and a solid plan for governing inflation, debt, foreign-exchange reserves, current accounts, and fiscal balances.

    Africa’s potential can hardly be overstated. The continent is well placed to build diversified economies based on low-carbon, sustainable infrastructure. But policymakers cannot simply assume that Africa’s rise will continue. They must take the right steps to ensure that it does.

    *Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a former finance minister and foreign minister of Nigeria, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, and a distinguished visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development.



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  • *5 Quick ways to transfer files between your PC and smartphone By Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE

    17/May/2016 // 406 Viewers


    In time past, transferring files like videos, photos and music could take forever. However, with the advancement in technology, you can move large files within minutes without worrying about how long it with take. For the technology 'novice' as well as the tech geek, Jovago.com, Africa's no 1 hotel <http://www.jovago.com/> booking portal roll out the fastest and quickest ways to exchanges files between your personal and your smartphone.


    This is the most used way to transfer file between devices including your PC and your phone. It is very simple to use. The user simply turn-on the Bluetooth of both devices, pair them and then select the documents, music, picture or video you want to send.  You can send as many files you want  at the same time. Also, ensure that you turn on the visibility of your Bluetooth to make it discoverable.

    *Card readers *

    When you buy a memory card (8GB, 16GB, 32 GB and 64GB), it is usually accompanied by a card reader. It is in this card reader that you insert your SD card which enables you to move files between your PC and your phone. You save the files you want to transfer in your memory card with your phone. Afterwards, insert the memory card in your card reader, and insert into the memory card space of your PC. Open the card reader on your PC and cut or copy your desired files from the memory card.


    It is also possible for you to transfer files through your wireless network also known as Wi-Fi. You can do this if your computer is connected to a network. In addition to this, you must  download WiFi app *ShareIt* which you can get on *Google Play Store. *The app makes it easy to setup a wireless network.

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    *NFC connection*

    Near Field Communication (NFC) is fast catching up with Bluetooth as many smartphones now come with this technology. NFC may not be as fast as Bluetooth but it is very reliable as it provides secure data transfer.

    Tomake the transfer possible, both devices have to be touch with  each other.

    *USB cable*

    This is even easier to use than Bluetooth. You connect a compatible USB cable with your phone and computer. Allow your computer some few minutes to recognize the cable. When this is  done, you can choose and move any file you want to transfer

    Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE
    Content Writer-Travel/Tech

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