Friday, 21 November 2014

360 Woman: CEO Modalali, Maryam Aliko Mohammed On Being Northern, Muslim And Divorced

When I started interviewing women for my series - 360 Woman, the objective was simple: Get outstanding young women who are making things happen, are happily married and are not afraid to tell their story. Maryam epitomizes all of these things but er, she's divorced. After thinking through, I decided to speak with her. If I exclude women who for whatever reason are divorced, I'm inadvertently saying these women are not complete. And nothing can be farther from my objective. So, enjoy Maryam's story. It takes a special kind of grace to open up like she did. By far my deepest chat yet...

Thursday, 20 November 2014

#SealdWithAKiss: iPhone 6 Winner Announced

All through last week, we ran a campaign on this blog with the hashtag #SealdWithAKiss. The top 5 winners for each day who observed all the rules and got the questions right are as follows:

Monday:
  1. Augustine
  2. Oyewole
  3. Ifedayo
  4. Drusilla
  5. Babatunde
Tuesday:
  1. Oyewole
  2. Oluwatosin
  3. Obiyemi
  4. Drusilla
  5. Agbanyin

Wednesday:
  1. Folakemi
  2. Chibuzo
  3. Augustine
  4. Micheal
  5. Adetoye
Thursday
No winner

Friday:
  1. Augustine
  2. Folakemi
  3. Adetoye
  4. Drusilla
  5. Oluwatosin
The first to get 3 questions right and therefore the winner of the #SealdWithAKiss brand new iPhone 6 is Augustine Ogwo, Twitter handle @austinaija
Congrats Augustine and thanks to everyone who participated!

©Naomi Lucas
Follow me on Twitter @msmaikasuwa

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Add These To Your Definition Of The Word Entrepreneur

The word 'Entrepreneurship' conjures a number of images, words or phrases in the mind. I know a lot of people naively equate entrepreneurship with 'being my own boss.' If you belong to that category of people, please add the following to your job description (The pleasure is all mine :))
  1. Recruiter
  2. Risk analyst
  3. Rain maker
  4. Agony aunt/uncle
  5. Bargain hunter
  6. Cheerleader
  7. Talent manager
  8. Strategist
  9. Accountant
  10. Relationship manager
  11. Receptionist
  12. Tax expert
  13. Marketer
  14. Public speaker
  15. Counsellor
  16. Copywriter
  17. Designer
  18. Driver
  19. Cleaner
  20. Scapegoat
P.s - Did I miss anything?

©Naomi Lucas



Monday, 17 November 2014

This Story Ended Well Because Of Total Strangers

March 2011
I lost my dad.

March 2012
My sister began to process his benefits which had accrued over time while he was ill. After submitting his death certificate to the Probates Office in Lafia (Nassarawa State), she was asked to pay some money to collect an affidavit confirming his death and to provide original copies of a pile of documents they needed to process his pension.

Friday, 14 November 2014

#SealdWithAkiss Race For The iPhone 6 Ends Today

Yesterday, I saw something very alarming in action - Reading without comprehension.

Thursday's question was this: If you eliminate compilations and live recordings it will be Seal's 3rd album. Emphasis on if you eliminate! No one saw that. It really is amazing. 

Thursday's answer: Seal's 3rd album is titled Human Being, it's there on Google, but if you eliminate compilations and live recordings, it is the 2nd. The 3rd will therefore be 'System' which comes after two compilations and two live recordings (It's all there on Google). And yeah, System has only 11 tracks so there is no 12th song and therefore, no winners for Thursday, sadly.

Friday's Question:
One of Seal's songs was featured in a 1999 film. What song and movie was it?

So we don't forget. See the rules:
  • Read the question and post your answer in the comment section. Make sure you use your real names
  • End  your comment with the hashtag #SealdWithAKiss and your Twitter handle.
  • Only comments with the #SealdWithAKiss hashtag and your Twitter handle are valid.
  • The winner will be announced on November 20th, 2014.

©Naomi Lucas
Follow me on Twitter @msmaikasuwa


360 Woman: Lawyer, Zainab Magaji On Love, Family, Islam And Boko Haram


It's not everyday you come across women like Zainab - Northern, muslim, educated and vocal about issues. She talks freely about her gist partner of 15 years, her kids, her father and his influence over who she has become. Most importantly though, she shares her opinion about Boko Haram. Hear her "I believe that the North, especially the Muslim north, has contributed a lot to the decay eating away at our safe existence. We allowed our family units to disintegrate by sidelining or even completely removing women from our social, economic and educational affairs for too long..."
This is a chat I'm really glad I had and one you should take time out and read...

Thursday, 13 November 2014

#SealdWithAKiss: Wednesday Winners, Campaign Continues!

Hi hi,
Yesterday we asked you to write a 10 line lovesong to your mum. Some of you did okay, others submitted a short novel :)
Our top love songs for yesterday were written by: @Fola94 @KingAbsolute_ @austinaija @hemical @Dilly411 @druceela @hyperkiki @xanderstan
Congratulations!

Thursday's Question: 
If you eliminate compilations and live recordings it will be Seal's 3rd album. 
  • What's the Title of the album?
  • Who produced the 12th song on the album? 

So we don't forget. See the rules again:
  • I will post 1 question everyday for the next 2 more days. To win you must get 3 out of those 5 questions right so be sure to check this blog every morning.
  • Read the question and post your answer in the comment section. Make sure you use your real names
  • End  your comment with the hashtag #SealdWithAKiss and your Twitter handle.
  • Only comments with the #SealdWithAKiss hashtag and your Twitter handle are valid.
  • The winner will be announced on November 20th, 2014.


©Naomi Lucas
Follow me on Twitter @Msmaikasuwa
Image Credit: Seal's mgt team


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

#Curated: First They Came For The Northeast by Chris Ngwodo

Chris Ngwodo tells it as it should be told. Find time to read this, for your sake and mine...

#SealdWithAKiss: Tuesday Winners, Campaign Continues


                  

The answers to yesterday's question were quite interesting. From those who went to a theme park in Lagos to those who ate on top Olumo rock. Congrats to all the participants, you have very active imaginations. To those who felt the need to describe how they kissed, leave me out of your love lives biko :)

We have selected our favourite stories. Their Twitter handles are: @darrydolla @Proud_EkitiGirl @cryingapple @holuwatosyn @waleobiyemi @druceela @coolblondy @genifacuddles
Congratulations!

Today's Question: 
Write a love song to your mum. It must be heartfelt and unique to you. (Not more than 10 lines)

So we don't forget. See the rules again:
I will post 1 question everyday for the next 2 more days. To win you must get 3 out of those 5 questions right so be sure to check this blog every morning.
Read the question and post your answer in the comment section. Make sure you use your real names
End  your comment with the hashtag #SealdWithAKiss and your Twitter handle.
Only comments with the #SealdWithAKiss hashtag and your Twitter handle are valid.
The winner will be announced on November 20th, 2014.

©Naomi Lucas
Follow me on Twitter @Msmaikasuwa

P.s - Follow @blackivory_ent on Twitter and Blackivorynights on Facebook for updates on the event.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

#Curated: How Bill Gates Started by Anna Vital

A dear friend of mine sent a link to me with the above title. I checked it out and thought 'Wow! I didn't know all of this!' The process Bill gates went through before he became the world's richest man is not as short or as exciting as the media has led most of us to believe. I think this is especially useful for young people who fail to understand that there is no shortcut to success and all those who use Bill Gates as the perfect excuse to drop out of school. I think the infographic below is funny and very inspiring. 

To read the full article, visit http://fundersandfounders.com/how-bill-gates-started/

©Naomi Lucas