Thursday, 21 August 2014

360 Woman: Homemaker, Chika McCollin On Motherhood, Her Hallucinations And Managing Distance In Relationships

When asked what she did for a living, Chika said simply, "I'm a homemaker, wife and mother." And she understands just how important that job is. With her husband miles away and the British embassy denying her visa applications, she had to cope with the distance and its implication - raising her son and managing a family on two separate continents. This story was written with lots of sleepless nights, anxiety and uncertainty; thankfully, love overcame in the end. I loved her story and I'm sure you will too...
N: So how was your Sunday Chika? Ebola free I hope :)
C: Oh well, I nor dey kuku comot, so ebola go need to waka come meet me be dat, lol

N: Lol. Let me know when you are ready, then we can start eh?

C: I'm ready. Where are the exam questions?

N: Okay great, Lol. No pass or fail, just a letter of commendation, so chillax…

C: Okay :)

N: How is the yookay this Lord's day?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Deja Vu

Republished for your reading pleasure :)

‘Oh my God, sorry, I’m so sorry’ I said, scared I may have severed her toes. In a bid to get my box into the boot of the dusty, old Hiace bus at the motor park in Jos, I’d dropped it, smack on her left foot. I looked up, into eyes that almost a decade later, I can still remember vividly. They were big and round and white, white like they had been soaked in ultramarine blue. She smiled at me and shrugged. ‘It’s alright, don’t worry about it.’ 
Huh? Who smiles when a box with two months’ supply of cosmetics, provisions and everything I believed I’ll need for the last lap of my NYSC drops on their feet? I could see her big toe turning a bright shade of red even as she said so. It seemed she didn’t want to be angry lest I be offended. I took a liking to her immediately. She reminded me of my younger sister. They were both the same size, my sister just has a bigger backside. We set out to Yola after tucking excess luggage under our seats, on our thighs and everywhere else we could find space, bent like foetuses in our third trimester.

Monday, 18 August 2014

What Nobody Tells You About House-hunting In Lagos

My rent was almost due and I didn't want to renew, so I knew I had to look for a house. I understood how tasking it was to find quality housing in these parts so I mentally prepared myself for the grueling task ahead. Poor me; no one told me how much things had changed since the last time I house-hunted. What should have taken me a couple of days took me over 3 weeks and revealed a part of Lagos I hope I will never see again.

First, rent was r-i-d-i-c-u-l-o-u-s. I was shocked at what landlords were asking for 2-3 bedroom apartments. After calculating rent for two years, maintenance fees, agency fees, legal fees, caution fees, refundable deposit and the longlist of fees they

Thursday, 14 August 2014

360 Woman: Project Fame Producer, Nkiru Njoku Talks About Family, Work And Didi, Her Blind Daughter

This week on 360 Woman, I catch up with Nkiru Njoku, Writer, producer and Content Director of the popular Project Fame West Africa. She talks to us about work, her family and raising her blind daughter, Didi. Nkiru made me cry with her candid portrayal of the cord that binds us as people, as families. And then she made me laugh so hard I wondered if I was talking to the same person. When I asked if she always saw herself doing TV, she said, "I never saw myself doing anything in particular. I didn't have dreams when I was growing up". 

This is one story you should read; it is one that will stay with you for a long time...

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Are You A Creative Entrepreneur, You Should Read This!

Before Nigeria's GDP rebasing, it was hard to tell exactly how much the creative industries have contributed to the country's growth. One thing was clear though, Nigeria's creative industries are almost single-handedly responsible for rebranding the country. Where corruption, advance fee fraud and poor development indices have embarrassed us in the international community, our creative industries have given us reasons to stand proud. From music to fashion to our very own Nollywood, we have something(s) to brag about while we work on fixing the other malfunctioning parts.

Over 50% of Nigeria's economic growth has been attributed to its informal sector of which the creative industries form a major part. Now the government is paying more attention and actively putting structures in place to maximise opportunities this new revelation has presented.

As important as these efforts are, there are other important considerations that will help the creative entrepreneur sustain his/her business. At the center of Nigeria's efforts to stimulate growth within the sector is the concept of intellectual property (IP). IP in Nigeria is still a murky landscape with fluid definitions and poor stakeholder understanding of the subject.

For the creative entrepreneur to thrive, IP needs to take center-stage in discourse, planning and management of creative initiatives and in policy and investment decisions targeted at the sector - IP from a local perspective, one that interprets the legal and business implications of everyday decisions creatives make and takes into consideration the peculiarities of doing business in Africa.

One firm has decided to make this its overarching mission, straddling the intersection between arts, culture, IP law, business and technology.

If you own or manage a record label, a production, publishing outfit or marketing communications agency; if you are an artiste, movie or music producer, actor/actress, inventor or fashion designer; if you license or distribute content, are considering investing in the creative industry or if you're someone who has a unique idea and looking for ways to protect and maximize it, you should be talking to Adelphi Consulting.

Adelphi Consulting is an Intellectual Property and Business Design consultancy with a focus on the African creative economy.

For more info on Adelphi visit:
Twitter: @Adelphi_IP
Facebook: AdelphiAfrica
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Monday, 11 August 2014

What Is Your Time Worth?

Last week I went for a meeting with a friend. A scheduled meeting with time, date and venue agreed by all parties. This meeting was very important as we were looking to finalize a production deal for a project we were both working on. We got there in good time and let the receptionist know who we came to see. We were asked to wait, he was in another meeting but would be done shortly.

So we sat and waited. It didn't feel so bad 'cos it gave us time to catch up but no amount of catching up can disguise 30 minutes that became 1 hour and then another. I decided to leave when I realised the meeting may most likely not hold. My friend agreed so we got up and left.

As I drove out,

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Still On Ebola: Leave Patrick Sawyer Alone

Patrick Sawyer
We are a funny bunch of people in this country. A very funny bunch. So Patrick Sawyer came into the country with the dreaded Ebola virus. So he died. Now there is Ebola in Nigeria and it has emerged that Patrick may have known he had the virus before travelling. So freaking what? Insulting the dead man does not solve the problem. Heaping curses on him and his genealogy past, present and future does not solve the problem.

Patrick Sawyer made it to Nigeria because

360 Woman: XMC Convener, Funmi Elliott On Family, Career And That Point When It All Became Too Much

Funmi Elliott has a lot going for her. Having successfully hosted arguably Nigeria’s pioneer gathering of experiental marketing stakeholders, she has come to the attention of Africa’s experiential marketing space as a pacesetter. A young, vibrant mother of one, she has tread where others only dream and does so without apologies. I had a chat with her last week about home and work and the underbelly of her seemingly effortless achievements. She is as candid as they come. Enjoy.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Who Is A Patriot?

A few weeks ago, I overheard a weird conversation. I'm still not sure what it all means. This guy (Let's call him Godwin) received a phone call  not too far from where I was at the time. He happened to be one of those people who cannot talk quietly on the phone. He spoke English and Igbo, mixing both languages fluently as he talked. I understand both languages so it was easy to follow.

The call he got was from a middle eastern, oil producing country. The caller (Let's call him Iyke), was serious about a move by some easterners to break out from/of Nigeria and form a new nation like was attempted in the late sixties. He wanted Godwin to help with strategy and work with some people within the country who were already 'putting things in place.' His offer? eight million dollars. I kid you not.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

#SundayTalk: Doctors Vs Anointing Oil, Are They Mutually Exclusive?

As reported in the media last week, Pastor Lawrence Okechukwu Amuruche, a 61-year-old father of two, cried out for help after the anointing oil, water and prayer points purportedly given him by the General Overseer of his church, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Dr.  Daniel Kolawole Olukoya failed to stop the cataract growing in his eyes.

There have been accusations and counter accusations flying back and forth since the Pastor took his story to the press. That is quite frankly not my business and not the focal point of #SundayTalk today. Let's talk about the anointing oil bit:

  • What is the origin of the anointing oil?
  • What is it meant for?
  • How and for what was it used in the past?
  • Are there scriptural guidelines to its use and/or application?
  • Can the anointing oil be a replacement for sound medical care? Why? Why not?
  • What does the bible say about it?
I look forward to your comments.
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