Showing posts with label Nigeria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nigeria. Show all posts

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Can Nigeria have a Female President?






Angela Merkel, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Dilma Rousseff, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Michelle Bachelet, Theresa May.....the list goes on. They are all women and what do they have in common, they are world leaders!

So the question is when would we have a woman lead Nigeria? Living in a highly patriarchal society, the women have been made to been only seen and not heard. They are marginalised even though they make up about 49.5% of the population. This ideology is rooted in cultural backgrounds, religions and traditions. We must not forget that Nigeria in past eras, had seen the likes of Queen Amina, the warrior who subdued states in the 14th century, Queen Luwoo, the female Ooni and Queen Idia, the first Queen Mother of the ancient Benin Kingdom take on the mantle of leadership.

From  the colonial era till now, women who take on leadership roles are still considered to be going against the fundamental norms of their communities.Thankfully, they are going past those limitations and conquering their territories. We have had women vice chancellors in the person of Grace Alele Williams and the likes. We have had women senators,e.g Patricia Etteh, governors e.g Dame Virginia Etiaba,(though short-lived was remarkably brave) ministers  and others.

However, the ratio of women to men in politics is still low. According to statistics, out of 1534 elective positions available at the national and state levels, women occupied only about 86 while men had 1449. This indicates that the difference between women and men actively participating in politics was 89%!

No wonder the Million women, a non-profit and non-partisan political community of women seeks to promote, improve and institute the participation of more women in elective and appointive offices. They organised a 2-day event for women vying for political positions. Different seasoned speakers such as Ini  Abimbola, Monday Michael Achibogu,  Adebisi Matthew among others, well-grounded and knowledgeable about Nigerian politics, spoke on topics ranging from elections, women in politics, fundraising, perception of women in politics, propaganda, sustainable grassroot intervention and more.

My key takeaway points at the trainng includes:
  • Start early, get involved
  • Register your PVC
  • Start by touching lives in your community
  • Women who go into politics are stereotyped to be widows, single women, harlots, divorcees and it is not the case. These women are more or less change agents, pursuing national interests.
  • Think of your interest, motive and conduct when vying for political positions.
  • Politics is not a game, it is a war
  • Don't contest for elections as woman, go as a candidate, drop gender
  • Learn the act of negotiation
  • Be dogged
  • There is no sentimentality in politics
  • Read books like 48 Laws of Power
  • Understand the power of words and persuasion
  • Dress accordingly to the target voters
  • Be ruthless in your decision and merciless in your distribution
  • Uncertainties is the best time for women to thrive
  • Demystify everything , allow facts outweigh myths
  • Politics can't be done without propanganda
  • Learn to fly kites that won't come back yo you, ensure your fingers don't get burnt in the process
  • Start by serving
  • Never make assumptions
Having said that, I leave you with this quote below:





Wednesday, 4 July 2018

#MacronInLagos: 7 Takeways from President Macron's visit to Nigeria




Photo credit: @asaofficial
History was made when French President, Emmanuel Macron paid a visit to Nigeria. The 39-year-old, who became the youngest president in the history of France, was delighted to be hosted by Nigerians. As we awaited his arrival, all was set to make an indelible impression on the French president. 

His first port of call was at Aso rock where he met with President Buhari. Of course, this visit to the most populous country in Africa would have been incomplete without  'touching' the center of excellence- Lagos State. The meeting point was the New Afrika shrine in the heart of the Ikeja, the state's capital. 

In an event tagged as 'A celebration of African culture' being hosted by Nigerian singer, Banky W, the French president in the company of the Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode played the guests. Surrounded by music enthusiasts, Nigerian celebrities, diplomats, the media, the shrine was lit up to the highest climax of entertainment and infotainment. 

With thrilling performances from the artistes particularly from Femi Kuti, son of the Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the afrobeats legend, guests were held spellbound by the quality of good music and live performances. 

It was not just another occasion for merriment. It was also a good time to establish contacts and make lasting networks. To the fashion conscious, it was time to make fashion statement. Trust Nigerian celebrities, who were present, they 'did not fall' hand, they didn't not only make their presence felt, they made their fashion statements. Notable among them was Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde, Joke and Olu Jacobs, Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Desmond Elliot, Alexx Ekubo to mention a few who came decked up in different stylish attires.


The French president's visit to Nigeria left many imprints and they include:
-Nigeria reclaims its place in the world map not as the known corrupt and 'Shit-hole' country that it has been linked to but as a nation of hardworking and accommodating citizens, who are open-minded and industrious enough  to establish ties with their foreign counterparts

-In essence, the bilateral ties between France and Nigeria would become stronger. French investors would have no issues in doing business in Nigeria and vice-versa. With this integration, all barriers and limitation to trading and business ventures are now broken. Basically, free trade zones have now been established.

- Tourism, a thriving sector of the economy is being tapped into. Ever since, crude oil was discovered and became the mainstay of the Nigerian economy,other sectors suffered neglect. However, the French president's visit to Nigeria particularly to the Africa shrine has shown that tourism is very lucrative venture that can attract and serve tourists from far and wide .


- It has made Nigerians appreciate and embrace their culture more. With the introduction of westernization, the African culture, arts and music became relegated to the backseat. However, the French president's visit has made us to value and appreciate our culture more besides it  is our pride and identity.

- He serves as a big inspiration to the younger generation. It was gathered that before he became president, he worked as an intern in the French Embassy in Nigeria in the early 2000s before becoming the number one citizen of France. In other words, "if you can make in Nigeria, you can make it anywhere".


- With Nigeria housing over 180 million people and producing two million barrels of crude oil per day, this is an indicator to France that the country is a key economic partner for business investments and opportunities.


- A major merger between Nigeria and France to fight insurgency facing the former has been established and is another visible result of President Emmanuel Macron's visit.

Please add yours******

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Lagos State hosts first ever Tourism Summit 2018 (Photos)







Tourism, another thriving and key sector of any economy, needs to be more tapped into. As part of measures to grow this sector, the Lagos State government held its first ever Lagos State Tourism Summit that took place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island on April 16. It was also an opportunity to showcase Lagos State rich heritage and culture.

The summit which was tagged "Destination Lagos: Towards A Sustainable Tourism- Driven Economy", had the Lagos State Governor , Mr Akinwumi Ambode deliver a special message with focus on developing a masterplan to make Lagos a mega city-state which is culturally attractive and functional. 

Another keynote speaker at the event was the former President of Ghana, Mr John Dramani Mahama, who noted that Nigerian and Ghana could collaborate to grow their tourism sector. According to him, Ghana ensures that 1 percent of taxes  go to the tourism of the country and the film act of Ghana, among other laws.

Foul panel sessions where papers were delivered and discussed by Nigerian tourism bigwigs and other invited guests,  included CEO of Access bank, Herbert Wigwe, Professor Pat Utomi, Honourable Desmond Elliot, Mrs Lanre Da Silva-Ajayi, Mo Abudu and others, was was one of the high points of the event.

Other guests included Nollywood stars, Monarchs and other Lagos State stakeholders. 

See more photos below:


                               









Photo credit: acceleratetv.com, Instagram@akinwumiambode

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.