Showing posts with label Lagos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lagos. Show all posts

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, OnoBello.com, Makinde Azeez – Founder, Naijaloaded.com, 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 Aledeh.com, 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”.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

5 tips on how to travel on a budget


Photo credit: concrete 


Yay!!!First of all, compliments of the season. It is the festive season; a good time to go holidaying. In spite of recession and the present fuel scarcity, you can still make the best of this season.


While many would choose to spend their money on items, others prefer to spend theirs on experiences. Come to think of it, experiences do not fade away, they are evergreen memories that can be cherished forever.

  A good way of having wonderful experience is through travelling. We do know that these days travelling does not come cheap(especially now)  so most people would opt to travel on a budget.

Here are 5 tips on how to travel on a budget without breaking the bank:

1. Do your research
 Adequate planning is necessary for you to make that trip. Most times it is tempting to rush into planning and you might end up going off your budget. The best thing to do is to do a thorough research on your travel destination. Check travel blog posts on the destination, discuss with other travellers that have been to the place to learn from their experiences, spend time reading reviews e.t.c. If a particular mode of transportation is quite expensive, you might want to consider other alternatives that are cheaper but make sure they are credible/ laudable.

2. Sort out your accommodation
The next thing to sort out would be your accommodation. This is not the time to lodge in a five-star hotel.  As you consider your comfort, what is more important is having a place to sleep. So think of cheaper accommodation services in your travel destination. Another thing to consider is your safety.  The surest bet is to contact friends that you can stay with when you travel. That way you save yourself some money. Remember to play a good guest when you are hosted by keeping your space clean, helping with chores and others.


3. Don’t overspend during your stay
Take time to visit tourist attractions that comes with little or no costs.  You could ask the tourist’s guide on how you can maximize your stay without overspending. Hiring a cab driver may incur more costs. This is the time to take shuttle buses or cheap public transport. Try as much to limit your eating out because that might be more expensive. If you are going to staying in your travel destination for more than a day, buy groceries. This would save more cash than eating out at a restaurant.


4. Make money while you travel
 Put on your thinking cap and take hold of this your travelling opportunity to generate other streams of income by running a website, go job hunting in the places you would be visiting, being a freelancer/ virtual assistant, sell products, house-sitting, earning passive income, working remotely and so on.

5. Staying in touch
Make sure your cell phones are handy to communicate with people back home. These days cell phones are quite affordable and easy to buy even for the shortest trip. More so, talk is cheap. You can make phone calls via the internet. This would also be a good time to source for free wifi connections so that you can enjoy a facetime connection without borders. Skype is another option that is good and quite inexpensive.






Sunday, 14 May 2017

Weekend Getaway to Lekki Conservation Center (Photos)






Live from the commercial center of excellence, is the proper weekend getaway destination carved for nature lovers, tourists and people of all kinds-the Lekki Conservation Center.


 The Lekki conservation center is another world on its own. It is home away from home, free from the hustle and bustle that follows the city life.


 Asides the beautiful landscape and the freshness of the air, the long canopy walk was surely one of  the highpoints of this tourist attraction.

After relaxing and engaging in series of games, we got ready for the longest canopy walk in Africa. It was exhilarating and at the same time exhausting. Ready to take on the risk and not allowing my fear for heights get the better part of me, I began a new experience on this canopy walk. Unfortunately, I was did not take note of how long it lasted but at least I paused to catch  my breath and record my progress at each interval.

Other highpoints included the poolside, ponds occupied by fishes, the ludo and chess boards. I also participated in high peak climb. Standing tall on a high platform was also fun. Going up was not that easy. Extra precaution had to be applied less one loses grip. Thankfully, made it to the top and then when it was time to come down, it was much easier than going up.

The new experience, the breath of fresh air, the innocence of the monkeys, turtles and peacock, the colour green, the savannah, the food all added up to make the visit to the Lekki Conservation center an event never to be forgotten in a hurry. The thrilling experience took center page of my diary for 2017 under #My Expeditions#My Tours#Life OfA Geographer

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

How to attend a Lagos event?

                                 Image credit: Jumia Travel

I have been a Lagosian all my life.  Eko oni baje oo! The city is ever bubbling with new opportunities everyday. I learnt that about 3000 immigrants troop into Lagos on daily basis. For what exactly? Your guess is as good as mine. They are in search of greener pastures. No wonder it has been tagged the commercial centre. There is also a saying that if you can make it Lagos, you can make anywhere.

Normally, every weekend is spiced up with events, shows and "owambes". Personally, I am much of an indoors person but as God would have it, I got an IV for a Lagos show. Going there for the first time, I was quick to pick up certain trends and they are:

1. Never go early
Am sure you are not new to ''Nigerian time''? That would form another discussion for another day. On getting to the event pretty earlier than usual, I noticed they were yet to start even at the take off time. In fact, they started three hours later. It is best to stay prepared than caught unawares. Buy bottled water/sip a drink or take popcorn, pop chewing gum because hunger pangs would start locking in.

2. Change your name
I actually went there to interview guests. Do you know that virtually all the guests I spoke had English names like Tataina, Lerato, Sandra, Meagan, Carolina, jeffrey, Clinton, Moissa and the likes. I didn't hear names like Akpo, Nkechi, Mayowa, Biliki, Livinus, Chikodiri, Mutiu, Bala e.t.c

3.Speak with phoney accent
Some people spoke with phoney accent. I think it was embarrassing to speak pidgin or be real. It was more or less a show-off of a  particular kind of attitude. ''Spreeing'' to the fullest less you be tagged local.

4.Dress street style
This one is a personal thing. Fashion is what you wear, style is how you wear it. People never go for Lagos event without having the intention to slay and make heads turn. Not bad if you ask me. However, if it appears that you made so much effort  to make a statement then wahala dey! As in when you make an entrance yet nobody ja you face. *sighing*

5. Go with power bank
Unless you have two fully charged batteries then you might not necessarily bother about this. The event would be taking selfies, making calls,  videos and all and if care is not taken your phone battery might just get totally drained. Just have a back up plan.

6. Never go solo
No man is an Island. If you really want to have fun and don't want to feel left out, it's best to have a buddy around. Trying to blend might land you several jibes. Unless your threshold is very strong, you might allow people give ''ela'' and take it calmly as part of life. Seriously, it is more fun to be in the company of your friends or family.

With these few points of mine, I hope I have been able to convince you of how to attend a Lagos event. Did I leave out any tip, please share....xoxo

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Nomophobia- #Fear of losing ones phone




Source: socialdiary.pk


 In Lagos, wonders never cease. Being the omo eko that I am, the rule of the game is to be street smart.This is a jungle where only those that are sharp and fast carry the day. It is basically the survival of the fittest.

  Funny things happen in the commercial center of the nation. The pickpockets, the agberos(area boys), the fraudsters, the manipulators, the traffic, the noise, the people, everything adds up to make the place the 8th wonder of the world.

Asides the negatives, if you can live in Lagos, you can live anywhere. Lagosians are very resilient and industrious. They do not "dull". It is one "owambe" to another "owambe". There is always something humorous even in the stress that builds up daily in the city.The bukas are home away from home. I was told that the dirtier it is, the sweeter their meals.You can only get the best amala joints in Lagos. In traffic, you can get virtually everything you want from snacks to drinks to   fresh meat to pots even land sef…you name it. Sometimes, you do not need to go to the market.

You all would be able to relate with my story. It was the close of day and I was headed to my abode. Being rush hour, traffic showed its ugly head. It did not affect vehicles alone, it extended to passers-by of which I was one.

So this man who wanted to overtake me was in such a hurry. Immediately he passed me, something within me reminded of my phone. And to add to my fear,my designers bag was zipless. It just occurred to me that the man must be making away with my phone as he was in so much hurry.

Holding on to the man before he went further, I asked him to please give back my phone. This was after I had dipped my hand into my bag to bring out my phone and didn't see the gadget.

So I held him and pleaded with him to please return my phone. Then the bubble burst open.
 His appearance kinda made me think he was a pickpocket. It is not written on their faces though.  But they are always in a hurry. And they kinda look haggard, well this is not proven. Don't go around thinking every haggard person is a pickpocket.

Back to the thriller, the man started getting aggressive. Meanwhile I was still begging him to return the supposedly stolen phone. Do you know that after checking my bag again the phone was well seated underneath my bag. Apoti bag???

I didn't let the man know that I had found it. I let him go after the discovery. People's intervention saved the day.

"Lock your bag" came one advice
"Have you found your phone?" Came one question
To which I replied in the affirmative.

This scene happens in Nolly wood but this was live. That was a very risky venture. Remember one of the ten commandments that thou shall not accuse thy brethren falsely. It was very much applicable. But something similar had happened to me while rushing to get a bus, my phone got stolen in the process.

Apparently, I tend to be "nomophobic". I dread losing my phone like going to hell fire. Getting another one doesn't rub of the pain of losing one particularly if you have so much on the phone. I love it and its features. My photos, my notes, documents, contacts and music collections are in it. The thought of losing it would leave me in serious pain as if it was heartbreak from a loved one.Thankfully I have my phone.
 In the meantime,don't jump into conclusions rather strive to jump at opportunities instead!
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