Young African Leaders Condemn Gunmen Attacks at the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou

The Young African Leaders of West Africa condemn the gunmen attacks at the state capital of Burkina Faso in a press release by the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa, Accra, Ekene Odigwe. Details below:

Young African Leaders Condemn Gunmen Attacks at the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou.

On behalf of Young African Leaders of West Africa, I would like to express our shock, sorrow, and condemnation of series of attacks at the French Embassy, the General Staff of the Armed Forces Headquarters and the downtown Ouagadougou, in the Koulouba area.

As concerned African youths, we seek answers to questions of insecurity, political instability and economic disenfranchisement that confront us each day and strongly believe that behind the shades of these complicated challenges, critical solutions will emerge and Africa as a continent can become a safe place for all and sundry. We are truly horrified by this action.

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the families of the deceased and the injured.

As Young Leaders of Africa, we wish to reiterate our commitment to peace, safety, and security of our nations, as well as our solidarity with fellow Africans.

United for Africa!

He can be contacted on:
Ekene Odigwe
YALI Regional Leadership Center
West Africa. Accra
Lagos Campus
Phone: +234 806 843 7568


Apply and Win: Strive Masiyiwa to give $100000 to two young entrepreneurs in Africa

Strive Masiyiwa is one of the leading Entrepreneurs in Africa. He is the Founder of the Econet Group. Strive Masiyiwa, born 1961, has been in business since 1986. He has been of help to several young African Entrepreneurs in the World. He is most suite for on Facebook as regards Entrepreneurship. Strive Masiyiwa is to give $100000 to two young Entrepreneurs in Africa. Apply and Win.

Strive Masiyiwa, Nigeria, Africa, Entrepreneurs

Today, his post again, gained so much reactions as he declares to give two outstanding Entrepreneurs $100,000 each.

Find his post as posted by him below:

Now for some news you’ve been waiting for…
__Who will work for me in January?

Next week we’ll finally launch the competition to choose two people who will be the inaugural Kwesé Entrepreneur Fellows. Working from the Kwesé offices in Johannesburg, they’ll win an opportunity to interact with me and some of my team on a daily basis.

These two people (one of whom must be a woman) will also be given an opportunity to pitch for a $100,000 investment into their idea (business or social).

(We hoped to get started earlier this year, but putting together a process has not been easy because we’ve all been very busy!)

Anyway, in preparation let me tell the people who are interested in participating, they must appreciate that it will be a very rigorous process!

Anyone can win (they don’t have to be university graduates or highly educated, or even have an existing enterprise of their own). We are interested in someone who is very hard working, methodical and diligent.

The eventual two winners will be selected by followers on this platform acting as a “Shark Tank” type panel, who will then (like investors) vote for whom they think I should give $100,000.

Contestants will be taken through a two-stage process in which they must show complete knowledge about Kwesé services, based on what I have said about them, and what is on all our websites. They will need to have a very good understanding of Kwesé programming. You don’t have to own a decoder to have such knowledge as all the information is on our websites and Apps.

If a participant gets to Stage Two by passing the programming test (a series of four quizzes over several weeks) then they will then be required to prepare a pitch on their own business or social enterprise in a short video.

If you or someone you know is interested, they can begin right away to prepare for Stage One. The information on the quizzes is available to those who can study and answer questions (which will be posted regarding on knowledge from these three websites and apps):

# Kwesé app
# Kwesé Free Sport app

People who have Kwesé decoders can also participate in this competition by going to the website where the questions will be posted.

# Remember anyone can answer these questions. You don’t have to be in Africa to participate. You can attempt from anywhere in the world. And if you win, we will bring you to Africa!

We will pay the full cost of tickets and accommodation during the two week stay with our organization.

Let the battle begin!


I believe you can win this. Apply and Win as Strive Masiyiwa to give $100000 to two young entrepreneurs in Africa. I hope this post is helpful. Good luck.

5 Things You Must Avoid if You Want to Build a Sustainable Business in Africa

Are you a startup in Nigeria or African Continent? You wouldn’t want to make the same mistakes past business owners make. That’s why we I have compiled 5 Things you must do if you want to build a sustainable business in Africa. Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay for this *winks*.

Business mistakes

1. Avoid Poor Succession Planning

Africans commonly don’t prefer to contemplate things like death, hardship, etc.
While no one would wish for incident or demise, they’re some of life’s dangers and substances. Also, we should dependably consider, and get ready for them. In any case, while human life is limited and helpless against death and disaster, a business can “hypothetically” live for eternity.

In reality, making arrangements for progression doesn’t need to be intense and convoluted, as most business people think. The mystery is to make the conscious decision, and start the procedure early.

The best time to discover a successor with the correct level of duty, vision and energy to lead a business past the lifetime of the organizer isn’t the point at which the originator resigns or is on his/her deathbed.

Finding the correct successor to steer of a business is a cognizant, think and ascertained process (or choice) that ought not be left to shot, or crisis or circumstances.

All things considered, the prior the procedure of succession arranging is begun in the life of a business, the better.

2. Small Business Thinking and Inability to Prospect in Business Expansion

Quit Thinking Small, You Too Can Become Great By Choice There’s no wrongdoing in beginning little.

Most organizations begin little. Frequently, the mix-up is remaining little and disregarding potential outcomes for development. Numerous African organizations stay little all through the lifetime of the organizer. What’s more, I think one key purpose behind this is many organizers in Africa think little.

What stops that little corner shop from turning into a national or worldwide establishment? Why can’t that prevalent neighborhood item or administration that you give turn into a national brand?

Did you realize that Coca-Cola was at first created as a patent solution; a remedy that guaranteed to cure morphine compulsion and cerebral pains? This dim hued drink, created by a neighborhood drugstore proprietor in 1885, has now turned into a tremendously fruitful worldwide brand – an easygoing beverage that now epitomizes fun, companionship and refreshment!

By preparing to stun the world, the conceivable life expectancy of your business naturally increments. Development and extension are goals that could take a few eras to fulfill, and grasping this vision can wipe out foolishness and increment your mindset of conceivable outcomes.

The best part: thinking little – like planning for an impressive future – costs nothing. Do what needs to be done!

3. Lack of structure and business frameworks

One key quality of fruitful Sustainable organizations, particularly those that have existed through a few eras, is the presence of a reasonable structure and business frameworks that assistance the business to work viably.

Structure is basic to each well-run business since it gives arrange, allots duties regarding key exercises, and enhances responsibility. Actually, numerous African organizations can’t work freely of the organizer.

For instance, if the organizer is away for any reason, or inaccessible to sign checks, providers and workers may not get paid on time. In the event that she doesn’t OK a give, it’s probably going to fail to work out. His inclusion in the business is regularly so central and too personal that it hinders everything.

Business frameworks are likewise imperative. What number of medium-sized organizations in Nigeria really have approaches and methods that oversee everything from enlistment, representative direct, fund and bookkeeping, among others?

What number of organizations really stay up with the latest records of their exercises, including complete data about operations, accounts, exchanges, clients, providers, representatives and everything else?

It’s not shocking then that the most basic data and records concerning most organizations are housed in the leaders of their originators. They appear to be the main ones who know where everything ought to be and how the business should run.

With this sort of ‘composed mayhem’, it’s practically difficult to bear on a business when the almighty founder is all of a sudden inaccessible.

4. Incognizant in regards to business patterns and changes

Another solid component of organizations that last past an era is their capacity to adjust. In a universe of continually evolving markets, customer patterns, socio-political impacts and by and large disruption, adaptation is a key strength of organizations that will survive today and later on.

It’s a basic govern; adjust or pass on!

Numerous organizations assume that they’ve discovered a recipe for progress that will stay viable for a thousand years. Enormous lie.

Business people are regularly excessively centered around maintaining their organizations that they don’t set aside the opportunity to investigate the separation to think, distinguish present and future dangers or dangers that could essentially influence their business, or more regrettable still, show them bankrupt.

In the present globalized and interconnected world, one troublesome thought or business in a faraway nation can absolutely change the scene of your industry or market so quick you may never discover an opportunity to think or plan.

Investigating the future, and watching changes and patterns in both the nearby and worldwide commercial center has turned out to be progressively imperative for African business visionaries and organizations. With a developing number of remote organizations and brands growing their impression in Africa, even little family-possessed corner shops and neighborhood organizations may not be saved.

To get by in this season of quick change, business visionaries should be liberal and must not underestimate everything. Not at all like a couple of decades back, no business is too enormous to come up short nowadays. One minimal obscure startup could have your business for lunch in case you’re not set up to adjust.

Among a few others, über is one run of the mill case of a remote problematic thought/business that is changing the scene of business crosswise over Africa – urban transport, for this situation. Gradually, über is gobbling up the piece of the overall industry of customary city taxis crosswise over Africa, and giving new chances to anybody to enter the market.

My advice: stay up to date about improvements in your market and industry, both locally and all around. Search out creative ways and advancements to make your business run all the more proficiently; make your items and administrations more profitable; keep your representatives submitted and compelling; and enhance the fulfillment of your clients.

5. A predominant “way of life” attitude

The business reasoning of the normal African business person In this piece of the world and achievement of a business is frequently observed by numerous business people as an order to shore up their way of life. Favor cars and homes, globetrotting, costly apparel, luxurious spending, and extravagant presentations of riches are very normal.

The primary is distraction. The reserves you’re utilizing to shore up your way of life can really be committed to enhancing and growing the business into a significantly greater achievement. Those assets could likewise be utilized for key ventures that broaden or merge the business, making it more grounded and stronger. In this way, utilizing continues from the business to praise your “prosperity” is truly an indication of little considering.

The second is you’re sending the wrong signals to your representatives and potential successors. Individuals are viewing. In the event that you treat the professional an ATM, it will be truly hard for any other person to deal with the business with perseverance and judiciousness.

On the off chance that we see a business as an advantage that ought to be supported and extended past our lifetime, possibly we wouldn’t do our best to drain the life out of it, or simply consider it to be an apparatus to serve our way of life needs.

Bringing together everything…

Africa can have its own IBMs, Coca-Colas, Fords and Nestlés. In any case, it won’t occur by possibility. Business visionaries on the landmass need to take fast, consider and ascertained strides to explore the barricades and dangers I’ve imparted to you in this article.

Nigeria has a few exceptional items that can possibly wind up noticeably worldwide brands and manufacture universal companies. While they could end up noticeably worldwide brands all the same, with or without African business people, we should can pull this off ourselves.

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My Mother’s Beatings and A Practical Guide To Beating Recession-Bayo Adeyinka

The only time I ever hawked in my life was 1984. Even though my family could be classified as middle class at that time, things had become tough. My mum got a bag of what was called ‘Iyan Buhari’ (Buhari’s pounded yam), re-bagged it into smaller packages and bowls, put them on a tray and I hawked them around our neighborhood. I still remember how I shouted, ‘E ra’yan Buhari o’ (please buy Buhari’s pounded yam). ‘Iyan Buhari’ was a substitute for those who couldn’t afford pounded yam again. It was actually poorly made ‘poundo yam’ flour at that time. For those who are surprised that tea without milk is now called Buhari while garri and groundnut have now been christened Buhari and Osibajo, this is not the first time something negative or below accepted societal standard is named after Buhari. It is simply history repeating itself.

The first time my mum told me I would hawk ‘Iyan Buhari’, I resisted and she gave me the beating of my life. I couldn’t imagine myself hawking on our street. Even as a boy that was barely ten years old then, I knew hawking was below my dignity. I had been used to riding in my father’s car and went to one of the best private schools in Ibadan then. My mum even drove her own car – a Datsun 120Y model popularly called Panel Van. What would the other kids on my street think when they see me with a tray on my head? But then, Iya Bayo (my mother) doesn’t practice democracy. She shouts and beats in equal proportion. Iya Bayo has the loudest voice on the street. Her voice usually booms as if several loudspeakers were connected together. If she graduates from her shouting to beating, she would usually say, ‘Wa a gba pe Olorun o pe meji’ (You will soon understand that there is only one God). If you hear this statement from my mother, running won’t even help you. I don’t know where she got the strength but I could never outrun my mother. I usually preferred the red cable wire she always kept handy or the leather ‘koboko’ horsewhip to her slaps and ‘abara’. A single ‘abara’ in the hollow of your back will send you to Heaven and back. In retrospect, I knew I was cantankerous. On one occasion, I had thrown a big dead snake that my father bought from one of his trips across my mother’s shop where she was seated. I rolled in laughter as my mother fled and tumbled across her wares. It was moments later that I knew I had committed the unpardonable sin and the wages of sin was death. The foolishness in me had to die by fire, by force.

By the time she was done with me that day when she asked me to sell ‘Iyan Buhari’, I willingly surrendered my head for hawking. Unfortunately, I had crossed the line. When Iya Bayo beats you and then snaps her finger at you, you’re not only in trouble, you’re in ‘tonjour’. That means there will be no food for you that night. And that was the worst kind of punishment anyone can give me. Please beat me up but give me my food. ‘Iya meji o gbodo je oku igbe’ (I don’t like to suffer double jeopardy). That day, Iya Bayo snapped her fingers at me. And that is why I cannot forget that very first experience.

That explains why I was so much against a Buhari Presidency. That picture just wouldn’t go away. I’m therefore not too surprised we have come full cycle again. A few days ago, my wife told me a story someone shared on a radio call-in programme. A female driver had almost hit a pedestrian who walked into the road absent-minded. Or so it seemed. She was too sure she didn’t hit the little boy but the boy fell down like a sack of beans in front of her car. She rushed down, called for help, picked the boy and started driving off to the nearest hospital with the boy’s mother screaming in her car. A few metres away, the boy’s mother asked the female driver if she wanted the case to be settled amicably to which she replied in the affirmative. The boy’s mother then said, ‘If you give me 5k, this boy will wake up’. She was given the required amount and to the driver’s surprise, the boy’s mother said, ‘Akeem, open your eyes. Your school fees is now complete’. That is the level of despondency on the streets for those who still prefer to play the ostrich. People have lost their jobs. Some companies have cut salaries. Some have closed down outright. Hardly a day goes without someone sending a request for monetary help. Beggars are everywhere. The crime level has shot up abysmally. An estate agent told me last week that a landlord in Magodo agreed to an offer from a prospective tenant to the effect that he will pay the rent twice. The tenant moved in after he paid the first half. So many properties in Lagos have ‘to let’ or ‘for sale’ banners for over a year going- with no prospective tenant or buyer showing up. What are we to do now that we are now statistically in recession even though families and dinner tables have been in recession for over a year?

We cannot continue to complain. That is what we have been doing for over a year without results. We can’t continue to look up to the government. Even the government needs help. Though I criticize our leaders a lot, I pity them even more. We can’t wait for government to do anything. They would have if they knew what to do. We need to accept the reality of our situation. We must deal decisively with our culture of wastage, excessiveness and lasciviousness. Avoid ‘Aso-Ebi’ syndrome. Excess fat must go. We need to exercise discipline in all areas. Cost discipline is important for companies and families. If your revenue is thinning out, then reduce your cost. For those in Lagos, can you use Uber instead of driving your own car? Or try to share a ride? Uber is a cheaper option in quite a few instances. Can you share an office instead of renting yours? Explore rent-share options. Eat in more and take home-cooked meals to work. Thankfully, they are healthier. Use power saving devices. Consciously operate a budget. Buy in bulk and get some cost savings. Use loyalty vouchers. They are available at major outlets now. Those points can amount to something significant on a rainy day. Explore local holidays instead of international destinations. Do Star Times or GoTV instead of the full option- how many channels do we watch anyway? What of your data plans? Save as much as possible.

If you still have a job, please hold on to it. Try as much as possible not to lose it. Half a loaf is better than none. Better still, get an additional stream of income. During recession, inflation usually outpaces income so multiple streams of income is key to surviving recession. Having a single income during recession is tantamount to taunting Mother Luck. Be innovative. Try new things- what if you succeed? If you have land, try your hand on some farming. You can raise snails even in your backyard. They eat almost anything without salt- including leftovers. It might be difficult to go it alone so consider partnerships. Pool resources together with people you’re agreeable with and start a new line of business. Partnerships help you share the risks. Be part of a cooperative society. Do ‘esusu’ contributions. Make your salary work for you if you earn one. Don’t just put your money into any kind of account. Shop around for the best interest rates. Ensure you earn something on your bank savings- no matter how little- to cope with the inflationary trend. Avoid Ponzi schemes. Ponzi schemes are popular during recession. They often come under the guise of Multi level marketing. If the return is too good to believe, then it is too good to be true. The easiest thing to lose in the world is money.

During recession, opportunities usually come along unnoticed. In fact, recession is an opportunity. The days of penny stocks may just be here again. First Bank is now N3. Zenith is N14. UBA is N4. Those are banks (together with Access and GTB) that control more than 50% of banking transactions. However, you may need to consult a stock advisor to do a proper trend analysis. These days, please investigate before you invest. Invest in IT. There is no way businesses can survive without an information technology framework nowadays. Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to Nigeria should be an eye-opener. I think the real estate sector is one area to look at also. The price is crashing fast. There is a property for rent in my estate which has been on the market for over one year now. Last year, asking price was N1.8m per annum. A few months back, it was N1.5m. Two weeks ago, it had come down to N1.1m per annum. That’s the way the cookie crumbles. People are going to fling their assets so they can survive. Position. But you need cash so you can take advantage. In recession, cash is king. Don’t ever forget that.

The most important factor is that we must never revert to despondency. We must never give up or lose hope. We have been this way before even though we didn’t learn our lessons then. Suicide is not an option. That is a cowardly way out. A few days ago, there was a report of a man who kept on chanting ‘Buhari’ before diving into the lagoon in Lagos. He was saved by passengers in a passing speedboat. We must keep hope alive. I survived my mother’s beating. By the time I got to secondary school, she used her voice more and her hands less. She had knocked some common sense into my head. I now thank God for my mother’s beatings. She knocked me into shape or else I might have been a vagabond. She beat me out of love and not out of hatred. I didn’t understand it then but I do now. This current situation will knock some sense into our heads. It’s not meant to kill us. We will survive this recession also.

21 Kitchen Tricks You Wished You Knew

Ladies where are you?

Here are the Wonder-working kitchen tricks!

1. Mistakenly added too much salt? Just drop in one peeled potato.
The potato helps absorb the excess salt.

2. Angry over craked boiling eggs? add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking.

3. Never put citrus fruits(Oranges, Lemons, limes,etc) or tomatoes in the fridge.
The low temperatures degrades the aroma and flavor of these fruits.

4. To clean iron cook-ware, avoid using detergents.
Alternatively, scrub them with salt and a clean dry paper towel.

5. When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to avoid having that damp smell.

6. When making gravy (stews) and accidentally burn it, turn your mixture it into a fresh pan and continue.
Add a pinch of sugar, doing that takes out the burnt taste. P.S watch the quantity of sugar though.

7. Burned a pot of rice?
Place a slice of piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavour. Be careful not to scrape the burned pieces off of the bottom of the pan when serving the rice.

9. Before you chop fresh red peppers, rub a little bit of vegetable oil into your hands and your skin won’t absorb the spiciness.

10. If you aren’t sure how fresh your eggs are, place them in about four inches of water.
Eggs that stay on the bottom are fresh. If only one end tips up, the egg is less fresh and should be used soon. If it floats, it’s past the fresh stage.

11. To banish ants from the kitchen, find out where they are coming in and cover the hole with petroleum jelly(Vaseline).
Ants won’t trek through the jelly. If they are coming under a door, draw a line on the floor with chalk. The little bugs also won’t cross a line of chalk.

12. Don’t store your bananas in a bunch or in a fruit bowl with other fruits.
Separate your bananas and place each in a different location. Bananas release gases which causes other fruits (including other bananas) to ripen quickly. Separating them will keep them fresh longer.

13. To keep potatoes from budding in the bag, put an apple in with them.

14. If you manage to have some leftover wine, cocktail drinks at the end of the evening, freeze it in ice cube trays for easy addition to sauces (white wine works wonders in sauces.)

15. After boiling pasta or potatoes, cool the water and use it to water your house plants.
The water contains nutrients that your plants will love.

16. When defrosting meat from the freezer, pour some vinegar over it.
Not only does it tenderize the meat; it will also bring down the freezing temperature of the meat and cause it to thaw quicker.

17. Always keep an aloe vera plant in your kitchen.
It’s invaluable when you scrape your arm or burn your finger. Just break off a leaf and rub the gel on the injury.

18. Too much fat or greese in your stew? Drop in an ice cube.
The ice attracts the fat, which you can then scoop out. This works wonders.

19. To reuse cooking oil without tasting whatever was cooked in the oil previously, while heating the oil, drop a small piece of fresh ginger.
It absorbs any flavors and odors.

20. If your milk always goes bad before you can finish it, try adding a pinch of salt to the carton when you first open it.
It stays fresh for a few more days.

21. If two drinking glasses become stuck together after stacking, it’s not impossible to separate them.
Just put ice in the inner glass and dunk the outer glass in warm water. The warm glass will expand and the cold glass will contract, making the glasses separate easily.

Do you know of any other tricks, kindly make tell us below using our comment box.

How The Bank Deceives You

Good day friends,
I think you should read this. Information is what you need to succeed.
How do banks deceive people?
Let’s figure out quietly and without haste. But you have to strain your brains. It’s not easy to unravel in a couple of minutes those things which have been tangled during the centuries by the best sophisticated minds of mankind, seeking only wealth accumulation for their personal needs.
Let’s make an example. Let it be an Adam and Steven and let it be Leonard, a banker of Adam and Steven. They both keep their money in his bank. Adam really wants to buy… well, let’s say, Steven’s bicycle but he has no money. More precisely, he has money, but not enough—only $10, while Steven wants as much as $100 for his precious bicycle. That is a problem!
What is Adam going to do? He gives Steven his $10 as a deposit and asks not to sell the bike to anyone. He says that he will bring the remaining sum soon. In the meantime he runs to his bank, to the respected Leonard, to get a loan for the missing $90.

As ill luck Leonard has no money at this moment, but he knows perfectly about $10, which Adam gave Steven. And where will Steven bring this money to? That’s right; he will put this $10 in his lovely bank, to the same Leonard. Therefore Leonard asks Adam to come back tomorrow. In the hope that tomorrow he will get this $10.
And everything happens in this way. The next day Steven brings $10 to the bank, the bank provides Adam this $10 on credit. Adam immediately gives them Steven, who again puts them in a bank; the bank again provides Adam this $10 on credit, etc. as long as Adam the fool will gather enough money for the bicycle.
So what do we have in the end? Adam finally got the bike from Steven, but at the same time Adam owes $90 to the bank (Leonard), and the bank, in its turn, owes $100 to Steven.
In other words, that $10, which was existed initially, has magically turned into $200 ($190 of debts plus real $10)!
(But this $10 would also turn into a thousand dollars. Even in a million or a billion! If the purchase was more expensive. In that case our $10 would make the increasing number of its cycles, circuits from hands to hands. That’s just the procedure!
So, what happens in today’s world? It appears that banks also drawmoney without problems? Not only Fed can produce money, but the banks either! And in fact, these banks multiply money without any control! And we’re still wondering, why does the banker live better? Is it clear now, why? The one, who produces the money, of course, lives better!
But this is not enough! From this moment poor Adam will never be able to repay his debts owed to the bank! No matter how hard he would work. Now he is in slavery to the bank, in credit bondage forever. Because those $90, which he owes to Leonard, do not exist in nature! At all! Sly Leonard made this money out of nothing; he created them out of thin air! Just one click! And $10 turned into $200.
Yes, but you can object reasonably that the bank itself owes $100 to Steven. And it turns out, that bank is in credit bondage to Steven and it won’t be able to repay its debts owed to Steven either. So where is the bank’s profit? What’s the trick?
Ha! You ask what the trick is! This trick is in the fact, that bank has a lot of such “Stevens”, thousands and millions, and they will never come for their money all at once. If one Steven comes, the bank will return him the money of ten other depositors, that’s it. It means that the bank’s debt is neither dangerous nor burdensome. In fact, bank’s debt is virtual, it exists only on the paper or in the computer program. It will never be repaid in reality. Only in case of panic it happens, when frightened “Stevens” suddenly come for their money—all at once! Or maybe you know any other reason why banks go bankrupt from time to time? Here’s why. Because there is no enough money for all depositors! There is a 90% of thin air in the bank vaults.
Thus, the bank is OK. It sails before the wind. We don’t need to worry about it. But our Adam has serious problems now. He has to repay all the debts owed in bank! Completely!! Moreover, with interests and, possibly, penalties. He will be forced to take new credits in order to repay the old ones. Then again the new loan and again and again endlessly, until his death! And there is no way out of this credit running knot. It does not exist in principle! That’s it! Trap has been slammed. Now Adam is a perpetual debtor of the bank. He is a slave. From now on he will work for the bank for years on end until he dies. But still he won’t repay the debts. And after his death his children and grandchildren will work for this bank. They all are the future servants of banks. More precisely, they are servants of this inefficient and unfair global financial system, which spawned this ruthless and inhuman mechanism. And this mechanism must be finally destroyed.
MMM has provided an escape route for us. A way to to balance between the poor and the rich. Wait! This is not the normal networking business you hear about. This is a sure way to become a Millionaire within a month. You think this is scam? Well, you will forever remain where you are like poor Adam—slave to the bank. 
By this time, you are already asking yourself “What is MMM?” To know about MMM, click here.

RCF EKSU presents a relationship talk – Love Mattaz

Are you confused about your relationship?
Are you sure you are in the right relationship?
How do you know if he/she truly loves you?
Can you kiss him/her?
You love him/her but he/she is not ‘very born again’.
How do you know God’s will for you?

I am sure many and more questions are ringing in your mind now.

Attend the RCF EKSU Main Campus’ Relationship Talk tagged LOVE MATTAZ and you won’t regret it.

Don’t let anyone tell you the gist…

Introducing buying and selling made easier for students


Everyday, we have people around us who want to sell or buy what we want but getting across to them is very challenging. For example, so many students have come to me who wanted to sell one thing or the other especially, phones. After broadcasting on BBM, Whatsapp, etc they seem not to really get their buyers or sellers. They could have probably sold them on blogs but they can’t even afford the adverts. So, what is solution?

A student of Ekiti State University of the department of Economics by name Akomolafe Abraham came up with a stategy to help students starting with his school to get to their buyers and or sellers respectively in a convenient way.

Knowing that most people are using smart phones and laptop, they can easily make use of an online store to sell and buy. He came up with an online market called

EKSUMARKET.COM solves the following challenges:
1. Challenges of sellers: they often have to paste posters around the school to advertise their products. But with they’d just login, paste their adverts at the comfort of their hostel and expect calls from buyers.

2. FYBs can now cash in on their wares unlike before that most of them would have to pack them home or even give them out reluctantly.

3. Students don’t have to walk hostel to hostel to seek for vacancies. With, login, search for hostels based on ur budget or preferred location.

4. Students can now sell anything they want to do away with.

5. Students don’t have to spend much to furnish their hostels. With, they can always get stuffs very cheap.

6. Students don’t have to go to fayose market or other markets to get gadgets. Their would always be a student willing to sell.

7. Students no longer have to nurse the fear of selling their cherished gadgets. They’d always get an equivalent whenever they want, even at a cheaper price than they sold.

The site would soon be launch soon.

Ibadan is truly a mix of the ancient and the modern – Bayo Adeyinka

Bayo Adeyinka's photo.

More than 15 years ago, I met an Italian who had lodged at KS Motel at Total Gardens, Ibadan. He was in Ibadan for the first time and he was very fascinated with the city when I informed him that Rome and Ibadan shared a very unique similarity: both of them are built on seven hills. He asked me to take him round Ibadan which I did. The seven hills are Oke Padre, Oke Ado, Oke Bola, Oke Mapo, Oke Are, Oke Sapati and Oke Mokola. But Ibadan is not just a city of hills. It is also a city of ‘bottoms’. Loosely translated, ‘idi’ means bottom or the backside. Several people have attached sexual innuendoes to the names. However, the actual translation indicates that some of the ‘idis’ indicate how the settlers converged at a point thereby leading to how they arrived at the names given. Go round the city and you can locate Idi-Arere, Idi-Ose, Idi-Ishin, Idi-Ape, Idi-Ayunre, Idi-Obi and Idi-Ito.

For instance, Idi-Arere is a location where the early settlers converged and held meetings under an ‘Arere’ tree. The actual full name is Idi- Igi Arere (under the Arere (Obeche) tree. Idi- Arere is located between Oja-Oba and Molete. Idi-Ose, which should actually be Idi-Igi Ose (under the Ose (Baobab) tree), is located around Ojoo/Moniya Road. Idi-Ishin is located around Jericho GRA area and was named after the Ishin (ake apple) tree. Idi-Ape is located at the intersection of Iwo Road and Bashorun and was named after the Ape tree. Idi-Ayunre which is located at the outskirts of the city on the way to Ijebu-Ode was named after the Ayunre ( Albizia zygia) tree. Idi-Obi was named after the kola nut tree. Ditto for Idi-Ikan and Idi-Ito.
Ibadan is also a city with several junctions popularly called ‘Orita’. In Yoruba mythology, these ‘oritas’ or junctions are places where sacrifices are offered. Popular oritas in Ibadan are Oritamefa- a junction that leads to six roads (around UCH), Oritamerin ( a junction that leads to four roads), Orita Aperin, Orita Challenge and Orita Bashorun. Some of the names have been shortened nowadays with Orita Bashorun now simply referred to as Bashorun, Orita Challenge now Challenge and Orita Aperin simply Aperin.
And still talking names, several names in Ibadan have their origin in the inability of the residents to pronounce the original names correctly. For example, the place popularly called Oke-Sapati was originally called Shepherd’s Hill but the illiterate residents couldn’t pronounce ‘Shepherd’s Hill’ and it was corrupted to Sapati. That was how it sounded to the ears of the residents at that time. The story behind Kudeti is quite interesting. A river runs around that area and the British District Officer during the colonial era was quite shocked at how dirty the river was. The river served the residents as they washed, had their bath, defecated and drank the water. The DO therefore exclaimed, “This water is TOO DIRTY”. The illiterate residents now corrupted the words ‘too dirty’ to Kudeti.
Ibadan is still steep in its traditional beliefs though modernity is fast catching on. One of such is the still very popular egungun masquerade festival which usually takes place around June and July. When I was younger, this period was a period fear mixed with excitement. Everyone wants to catch a glimpse of the Oloolu masquerade- except women who are forbidden to see it. Oloolu is the most popular and the most feared. I’ve seen it once before carrying what looked like a flat tray with several items on it. Several years ago, there was a clash between a very popular Muslim cleric now late called Ajagbemokeferi and Oloolu. It was rumoured then that Ajagbemokeferi derobed and unveiled Oloolu.Then, there is Alapansapa. Alapansapa is the second most feared masquerade after Oloolu. Alapansapa dresses very smartly in bright colours. Even though most masquerades are associated with canes and whips, it is more so with Alapansapa. There is also Atipako and Abidielege.
In spite of the traditional background of the city and the practices/ beliefs of its residents, Ibadan has been rightly acknowledged as the intellectual capital of the Yorubas and this is not just because the first University in Nigeria is located in the city. I really don’t know how many cities in Nigeria have as many research institutes as Ibadan. Ibadan has IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), IAR&T (Institute of Agricultural Research and Training), FRIN (Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria), CRIN (Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria), NIHORT (National Horticultural Research Institute) and NISER (Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research). All in one single city! I don’t know how the State Government leverages on these research institutes for the benefit of its citizens.
Ibadan is truly a mix of the ancient and the modern.

10 Testimonies that will give you testimonies – Sola Mathew

Should I start from the beginning of the Year or from the end of the year?

Sola Mathew, CCN President

I’m sure the testimonies below will bless your life. It has blessed several people I have shared them with. You’re not gonna be an exception.

1. On the 23rd January, Christian Charity Network (CCN), the Organization in which God has given me the Grace of being the Visioneer and President had her first Charity Concert with the theme “What is Charity?”

We invited my blind Friend, Timi who through his interview, many got blessed. One thing amazing about this friend of mine is that he can chat with you on Whatsapp despite his blindness.
Another Fighter we invited is our very own member, Sefunmi. She is a Sickle Cell Anemia Victim who is so passionate about others not falling victim of the same and ensuring the chain is broken. She now has a group (Sickle Cell Disease Awareness) where she shares her grieve and enlighten the Society about Sickle Cell Anemia.

Pator Gbenga Afuye also did justice to the theme by the Word of God. It was really a great time with the Lord.

2. My brother, Emmanuel, gave birth to his bouncing baby girl following his last year wedding.

3. On the 18th of August, I was called upon to be the Assistant Drama Coordinator of the Redeemed Christian Fellowship, Ekiti State University Campus Chapter. It is a rare privilege serving in this capacity with my Oga, Ogundipe Praise. She is such a wonderful lady. The Lord has used us this year to bless His people through our Ministrations.The drama group of the Fellowship is also known as His Banner Drama Family (HBDF). HBDF! God is Able!!!

On the same note, I was called upon later, as the President of CCN to be the Financial Secretary of WatchTower, the body under University Christian Association, Ado Ekiiti that supervises all Christian groups on Campus such as Music, Drama, Word and Dance groups.

These tasks have not been easy but the Lord that called the Weak is able to make him strong. God is Able.

4. Also, this year, I was promoted from my 300 Level to 400 Level, my final year. I’m currently working on my project. My friends Tomide, Damilare, Tosin, Feranmi, Titilayo et al are also included. Glory to God.

5. On the 25th of August, it was pressed in my heart to write a book titled “I HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE”. The excerpt of the book has been blessing a lot of people on my facebook wall. The Book is still in view.

6. On that note, on the 10th of September, a man of God that had never met me before read one of my excerpts on facebook and called me not to worry about my school fees and project. It was just like a dream to me like the Bible says “When the captivity of Zion is returned, we were like them that dream”. He then handed over the cheque of the school fees to me via Helping Hands Scholarship Foundation on the 10th of November. Now, I have paid my school fees for my final year. I would have loved to mention his name but he doesn’t wanna be known. Thank you sir.

I remember I sent text messages to several people. Some of them didn’t talk about it again (I’m not condemning anyway) but God has thought me to trust in Him more through that. I’m sure some of them would have done something if they had the money.

I must also thank other facebook friends and especially Mrs Eniayewu Eunice who sent me a token for my upkeep. We have never met too. God bless you ma.

7. Two of my friends, who were formerly on Second Class Lower in school have now been upgraded by God to Second Class Upper. I pray they pass out above that in Jesus name.

8. My blind friend that I mention earlier graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsuka with a strong 2.1. This is a testimony I would love to share again and again.

9. This same year, on the 20th of December, my cousin, Olufemi Ibitoye that wrote the book “YOUR DOMAIN” which was launched in 2013 launched another Spirit filled book titled “I AM NOT A SINNER”. You can see me for a copy of the book. I have read the book and I’m sure, it will bless you too. He can click HERE to read his Blog.

This guy has been a blessing to me himself. He sends me money whenever he has it too.
Moreover, Ogundimu Joseph (AKA Big Joe), my former roommate and friend and brother finished his mandatory youth service in peace this year. He too is a blessing to me.

Tosin Falana is another blessing. She has been there for me even before I gained admission. She is still there for me.

And several others I can’t mention their names.

10. Lastly, I must thank God for His Life that has been deposited in me. I was not worthy but He made me worthy. He brought me from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His marvelous Light. Thank You Jesus.

There are several testimonies I would have shared here but they can’t contain this space if I continue. There were challenges on the way but I chose to thank God for all, even the bad things.

I’m sure God still has MORE for you and I, even before the end of this Year. God CAN still work His miracles in your life before this year ends. Just have faith and TRUST Him. You’re the next to share Testimonies.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance.

Thanks for reading.