Saturday, 17 March 2018

KopaConnect- An Online Community for N.Y.S.C Corps Members

CorperConnect NG announces that it will be launching its web-based online community calledKopaConnectthat helps corps members stay connected with their friends and colleagues, share digital content, build new relationships and provide value for their time and skills throughout and after their service year.  Corps Members on the platform get opportunities to collaborate, get freelance jobs and access to development tools that will be useful after they leave the scheme.

The platform has a marketplace called “Mami-Market” where corps members can advertise their S.A.E.D products and services for free. In this market-place, the corps members have unlimited access to marketing tools needed to make their products and services stand out. Furthermore, on Mami-Market, corps members with skills will get access to freelance jobs focused on their career path or passion, this jobs will not only give them extra income, it will provide them with experience needed in the labour market after their service year.

What makes KopaConnect different is the community reward system called “Alawee” a feature that encourages user’s adoption and increases their hierarchy in the community. The hierarchy levels are as follows: State Commandant (highest), Director, Zonal Coordinator, Local Commandant, Senior Kopa, Otondo (lowest). These points (Alawee) are allocated for certain actions performed by each corps member.

Kalu KaluKalu, the founder of KopaConnect, created the company and its services so that as the corps members are serving the country, they are also served. Also, to connect corps members all over Nigeria through a user-friendly, innovative and effective engagement platform where the skillset of the corps members are honed and converted to value.  Our core purpose is to build a community of patriotic youths that are passionate enough to reconstruct, reconcile and rebuild Nigeria through their engagement.

To learn more about KopaConnect and the services it offers, visit


Kalu KaluKalu

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Going blonde? See some hairstyle inspiration

Are you thinking ways to revamp your looks? Have you considered going blonde? It is good way to get a face-lift and stand out. 

You can choose blonde weaves whether curly or straight, twisted or braided, long or short or wavy. If none of this appeals to you, then go easy with blonde low cut. The choice is yours. Just ensure you know what suits your face then go for it. 

The blonde hairdo is trend that has come to stay and it is a good way to make a fashion statement.  

Check out some blonde hairstyle to rock this weekend:

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

#OPANMC2018: OPAN Hosts Leading Personalities, New Media Publishers, Bloggers, PR Consultants & Social Media Influencers!

The Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, OPAN, Nigeria’s premier association of digital/new media publishers and entrepreneurs held its maiden Annual New Media Conference (#OPANMC2018) on February 6, 2018 at The Wheatbaker hotel in Ikoyi-Lagos.

The Austyn Ogannah-led OPAN hosted some leading personalities across the media, politics and business sectors. They are Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of Premium Times, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief TW Magazine, Bolaji Abdullahi – National Publicity Secretary, APC, Kola Olagbondiya – National Publicity Secretary, PDP, Richard Mofe-Damijo – Actor/former Commissioner for Culture & Tourism, Delta State, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, Speaker Emeritus, Delta State House of Assembly, Mustapha Chike-Obi, Former MD, AMCON and Executive Vice Chairman, Alpha African Advisory, Chude Jideonwo - Founder of Joy, Inc., Ismaeel Ahmed, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Social Investments), Hakeem Adeniji-Adele - Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Nigeria, Ono Bello – New Media Entrepreneur, Founder,, Makinde Azeez – Founder,, Olubukola Karibi-Whyte- CEO & Founder, Robert Taylor Media Ltd., Bode Olatoye - CEO at WebCoupers, Charles O’Tudor – Founder, ADSTRAT and Jehu Omoruku – CEO, Gold Touch Technologies Ltd amongst several others.

Moderators of the different discussion panels were Sulaiman Aledeh – Former Channel TV Anchor & Founder, Yomi Owope - TV/Host & Communications Specialist, Titithedynamite Oyinsan – Host WakeUPNigeria Breakfast Show and Veronica Odeka - Founder, Vane Style.

The one-day interactive conference gathered together New Media practitioners – publishers, bloggers, PR consultants and social media influencers for the first time, who engaged in discussions centered on the conference’s theme “New Media As Future of the Fourth Estate”.

See more photos below:

To become a member of OPAN, register on the website www.onlinepublishersng .com/register | Follow on Twitter: @opan_ng

Join the conversation on Social Media with hashtags: #OPANMC2018 #CredibleOnlineJournalism

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

#WCW: Check out ten beauty looks from Media guru, Oprah Winfrey

Personally, I am a woman's woman so tell me why I wont crush on Media guru, Oprah Winfrey. She marked her 64th birthday on January 29th so I(we) celebrate her with her many feats.  (Come to think of it, I think amazing women are born in January*winks*)

Being a philanthropist with a heart gold, Oprah is the perfect role model  to many women. With over a decade experience in acting, producing content, entrepreneurship and philantrophy, Oprah has taught us the value of connecting with people on a personal level, service to humanity and that success is transferable. 

There are many adjectives to describe this amazon. She is a trailblazer, a fighter, open-minded, thirsty for knowledge , an ardent learner, supportive, amazing,.... I could go on and on. 

Check out ten beauty looks from  Oprah Winfrey below:

 Which is your favourite?

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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Can you work for a younger boss?

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Even though we are made to believe that age is just a number, it is very serious issue particularly in the African setting. Those older usually have the lion's share and the best of everything. They are more privileged, believed to be more experienced, matured and of course responsible.
In some cases,  it is believed that older people are more ripe for marriage than younger people because they appear to be  better off in their choices having had their share of life experiences.
 How about in the work place? Ideally, one is supposed to have a boss that is older and more experienced. That way you don't feel intimidated or envious. And then the workplace would be conducive and less tense since you know your place. But what happens when it is the reverse?
For Betty, as she welcomed the new year, it was time for her to make a shift from her comfort zone in her workplace. Having spent five years in the same position,with no promotion, no form of visible growth and to top it all boredom of the highest order due to doing the same routine week in, week out, she thought it best to seek for another job. This time, she aimed for a higher position with obviously a higher pay in a new establishment.
She was fired up. You know the new year feeling, when you feel motivated to pursue new goals. One of her goals was to make the switch into better establishment with better opportunities, exposures, skill acquisitions and mouth-watering worker's package.
As she made adjustment to her CV, she embarked on a job search, sent in her applications, kept her fingers crossed while hoping for positive outcomes. Soon, her phone beeped, it was a message that she had been shortlisted for a job interview in three days time.
Her next move was to prepare for the interview as the day drew closer. The day before her interview, after ironing her wear for the interview, she packed all the needed items into her handbag. Looking at the mirror, to see her facial expressions and body language  as she rehearsed possible answers, she felt confident that she would definitely get the job.
Fast forward to the D-day, she woke up quite earlier than usual, performed her morning routines and left for the job interview. Thankfully, she got there on time. She would have been disappointed if she had allowed the traffic show its ugly head. She was the first candidate at the job interview. That was a good sign for her.  Taking a deep breath before she was called upon, Betty maintained her composure and calmness.
Then, the time drew near and she was ushered in to meet the interviewer. As she opened the door, she was shocked to her bone marrow. The interviewer was a much younger lady than herself. Betty was in her mid thirties and the interviewer should be around her mid twenties. In her mind, she was like 'What does this  one know?'
Looks can be deceiving, true! but she was sure than she was very much older than the interviewer. She had already started calculating how she would be saying 'Yes Ma' and taking orders from this young lady.
Based on the research that she conducted on the establishment, she was expecting to meet with the Managing Director. It was later that she learnt the person had retired recently before handing over to his daughter and that was the person interviewing her.
Even though, several thoughts were going through her head, Betty carried on with the interview professionally. She saw that the lady in question, even though younger, demonstrated competence, high level of expertise and IQ. She didn't know whether she would like to work for someone younger than herself.
Being the eldest child in her family, she wasn't answerable to her younger siblings,  who looked up to her for virtually everything. This was going to be a tough pill to swallow if she lands the job.
As she left the place of her job interview, pride crept in and Betty muttered that she would not like to work for someone younger than herself. It was 'unto the next one for her'. She took time to  google her interviewer name and what she saw was very impressive. Her academic and professional qualifications were no where near hers yet she was older. For her, it was a wake up call, to acquire more skills, do a professional course, go for a higher degree, anything to step up her game but working for her junior, obviously a no-no.
On the flip side of side,  we see older women getting married to much younger men acknowledging them as the  head and being submissive, so then why is it difficult for people to work for younger bosses in the workplace?

Thursday, 11 January 2018

#NewYearBodyGoals: Detox with Bitterleaf juice

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Happy new year! After a wonderful feast during the festivities, it is time to listen to ones body. A good way to do so is by detoxification, which is a type of alternative medicine treatment that aims to rid the body of unspecified "toxins". Not bad if you ask me since we might be having #NewYearBodyGoals. Without spending money of drugs and medicines, you can make do so with the bitterleaf plant right at your back yard!

Now, bitter-leaf, botanically known as  vernonia amydalina, is an ubiquitous plant. To the  Igbos, it is called Onugbu, to the Hausas, it is known as Shirakawa while the Yorubas call it Ewuro.  It is called Bitterleaf because of its bitterness from the leaves to the stems to the roots and bark.

This plant is used as a delicacy mostly in the eastern part of Nigeria. However, it is not just a delicacy, it has medicinal value.

The bitter-leaf plant contains Vernodalin, Venomygdin and Saponins, which is good for the body system particularly  the kidney and liver.    It is advisable to take your bitter leaf juice  fresh.  Most times, boiling or cooking reduces the potency of most herbs.

When you have a sweet tooth, ice cream, chocolates, cakes and everything sweet become quite appealing but from time to time, it is good to detox ones system particularly the liver and kidney. The extract from bitter leaf i.e.juice is one way to detox your body from all toxins and impurities.

Below are some of the many uses of bitter leaf juice:

Pound the fresh leaves in a mortar and press out the juice. Add a pinch of salt to three tablespoons of the undiluted juice and drink to stop the stomach ache.

Skin Infection:
For skin infections such as ring worm, itching, rashes and eczema, the pure, undiluted extract of bitter leaf is excellent. Simply apply it to the affected part daily.

Bitter leaf juice does not only reduces the sugar-level, it also helps to repair the pancreas. Simply squeeze ten handfuls of the fresh leaves in ten liters of water and take two glasses thrice daily for one month, this amounts to six glasses daily.

Loss of Memory
To cure memory loss, take one glass thrice daily for a least two months.

Prostrate Cancer
Prostrate cancer is common among men who are over forty years old. Its symptom is difficult and painful urination, among others. Bitter leaf is very good for this ailment.  It increases the flow of urine and reduces the pain, as well as regulates the spread of the cell. Simply squeeze the fresh leaves in water and take a glassful four times daily.

General Weakness:
For vitality and vigour, squeeze the bitter leaves in water and take a glass thrice daily. Be sure to experience a new lease of energy.

Bitter leaf solution calms the nerves, strengthens the muscles and cleanses the system.

Squeeze the fresh leaves of the plant in water.  Take a glass-full thrice daily. Warm the solution on fire each time before drinking. Remember, do not boil, just warm. Then continue the medication for a month.

Bitter leaf extract has done wonders for those suffering from sleeplessness. Simply take two glasses of bitter leaf solution every night.  You will experience great calm and well being.  You may add a little honey if needed.

Arthritis or rheumatism patients who have tried bitter-leaf solution as described above attest to its effectiveness.  It soothes inflamed joints and eliminates the pain.