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Black Friday is basically the time when products and services sold online are down in cost by a bit or huge notch. It was publicized in newspaper and magazines in the past, till aspiring bloggers started posting about it online. In this recent time, online shops like Amazon, Jumia, Konga, Yudala, etc, run their own Black Friday sales.

It would be great to throw off some cash when shopping online from this Black Friday. The key to this would be to keep ears on the ground for the kick off of deals in the beginning and during the circling out period.

Before we log into the full spirit of Black Friday, it would be great to keep in mind the 10 things you should not buy before Black Friday:

DVD/Blu-Rays:

In as much as Iroko TV and Netflix are taking up spaces for the need of DVD/Blu-Rays, they are still a lot of people who would rather have their past history of disc collections kept. If you have been looking to stack up some nice series or single movies, Black Friday would be the time to gather up those cash and get those movies stacked.

Cameras:

Smart phones, Instagram and Whatsapp Filters may have stepped up the hurdle for the need of a manual camera, but Photographers and gadget lovers still love the same old equipment that has been a keepsake of memories for years now. Not all cameras would be slashed for Black Friday deals, but any model of action cam like GoPro or a drone won’t be such a bad deal.

Television:

How cool it would be to get that 24 inches TV for a 20 to 30% discount on Black Friday, right? Well, this is not a bad deal at all because a little bite of a huge stock is still a bite of the stock after all. Maybe, you have to chill a little and be prepared to batter online for a cool discount on one.

Smart Speakers:

There is no best moment to grab this dope voice activated gizmos than during Black Fridays. Wait for the right times and take your pick. That Bluetooth speaker may be a long reminder of a nice negotiation in 2017.

Video Games:

Whether you are Team Game Boy or Play station or Xbox, Black Friday would be the day you should save in your calendar. If you want to stack up your shelf with Games like Blood Bourne, Metal Solid, Last of Us, Destiny, etc, then keep yourself chill for the Black Friday.

Tablets:

Tablets are still cool deals over laptops for some Entrepreneurs. Whichever gets you smiling more than you would be worth waiting till Black Friday to buy.

Smart Phones:

You probably won’t be getting a discount on that IPhone 8 or X you have been waiting very patiently for, but you will have some luck with some cool, old smart phones. Phones like Lumia, Sony, Tecno, Infinix would definitely have amazing Black Friday deals to offer.

Books:

Hello, My fellow Book lovers. There are so many books out there, that even if you read 10 books every day, you can never be able to finish every book ever written. This is not a dare, 10 books a day would make you a bus-stop resident if you know what I mean.

Black Friday is the right time to stack up those novels you could only admire through your phones. The sales won’t be dirt cheap but it would be very much affordable to gather a bunch for your library; anything to spice up the holiday.

Fitness Equipments:

If you had a dream to lose some pounds before 2018, there’s still time for that. Black Friday would stand to get you started on that dream. Make a run for it.

Laptops & Batteries:

 Laptops and Batteries would come through like…. Well, the deal would be cool. Laptops are becoming as handy and in high demand as Smart Phones. It’s a must have for Freelancers/Entrepreneurs. Not only does it making typing easy, it also works as a DVD, a recorder, a DJ Mix Studio, for projecting blueprints and prototypes. Black Friday would be a roundup of these valuable gadgets.

 

 

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Even if it was available, I don’t think young Nigerians are interested in white collar jobs anymore. Well unless it’s an oil firm with a fat pay, allowances and a posh company car. (Yea right, not gonna happen) No one needs to preach the salvation message of financial independency anymore; every graduate is fishing desperately for his/her big escape. Big escape? ENTREPRENEURSHIP!

I can’t begin to preach the advantages and the necessity of entrepreneurship in this 21st century; I’d really love to preach but nah, this is a short post. Through inquires and a little research I came up with a list of  five (5) viable business ideas/professions a young graduate can bravely dive into with low capital and succeed.

Social media; There was a time when social media was considered as a ‘passing fad’. A place where young people chat and fool around. This is an absolute lie. There are over 3 billion internet users and over 2 billion of them have active social media accounts. We now have careers such as social media influencers, social media comedians and social media managers. People with loads of followings and engagement on their social media platforms are paid huge sums by business firms to advertise their products and services. There’s no need for 30billion to be in the account for you to embark on your journey to monetize your social media accounts. All you necessarily need is an android phone. Which if you’re reading this post you already have one. Do your research, follow people who have established themselves as leaders in social media and make money. If you have to be on your phone all the damn time the least you can do is make money from it.

Photography; It’s probably a bad thing that in our generation, no one wants to be an intern. Everyone wants to jump high and be a boss instantly. Photography is a very profitable profession if you’re willing to learn from the pros. You don’t need a high version of Canon to start your career. If you’re willing to intern with a professional and you show dedication and passion, when you get little jobs of your own, you can lease a camera from your boss. (You guys must have a good working relationship though). If your head is in the right place, you start saving for your dream camera. While you’re waiting to boss up your bank account, you’re learning from a pro and gaining valuable experience. By the time your account balance is properly balanced, you’ll be ready in every ramification.

Fashion (Styling); For this particular trait, you’ll need to have interest for fashion. Wait a minute, do you consider yourself a slay queen/slay mama or a slay king?? Whenever you upload pictures, people are commenting things like ‘give them, oshey baddest, hot mama, and hot sauce’ then you’re not far away from making money. I have a stylist friend. What she does is tell you how to combine your cloths and rock them, sometimes help you shop trendy clothing’s and she gets paid. Voila! She gets paid for her knowledge. If you’re into fashion and love to play dress up, monetize your talent. Read up on being a stylist. Social media is bae. Get your first clients from your fans and friends. Zero capital required.

Food; No one says no to food. If you love to cook, snap your stuff and post online. Start cooking for little gatherings. Birthday parties, get-together etc. What do you think Chef Francis does online especially on instagram? Get the gist and speed up your life. Stop cooking for free for annoying older brothers and ‘bae’. Make money from your natural skill.

Natural Hair Industry; We may not realize this yet but natural hair is the next big industry in Nigeria. More and more women are going back to their natural hair thanks to the likes of Viola Davis and Chimamanda Adichie. According to the last population census in Nigeria, the population of women in Nigeria is about 70 million. As far as the hair industry is concerned, this means a huge market for hair and hair related products. The average female in Nigeria spends a lot of money on her hair even before getting to high school. If you can start learning now on how to style and take proper care of natural hair, in a matter of months you’ll be a hot cake. Literally!

 

 

 

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Living beyond your means:

Do not bite more than you can chew. If you want to save money, you have to start living within your means — spending less than you make. Sometimes, kick off the pressure and relax into your budget. If there's no allowance in place to change that closet every month, then it's probably not yet the time to go all red trying to make a fashion statement or appear richer than your bank statement. Learning that decent frugality is bae where necessary, can help you throughout your life. 

 

Lending money when you don't have enough:

Money doesn't understand emotions, it understands subjectivity. Lending money to friends or families when you haven't covered your bills might not be such a great idea, especially in situations where you hope to use the same money when they pay you back, to settle those bills. This sometimes creates a chaos when the agreement doesn't fall through, as planned. Learn to lend money only when you have enough or not in dire need of it.


Online shopping:

Buying things online have unique moments. Those moments are the special discounts period like the one starting today on Jumia - Black Friday. Though some people would prefer online shopping because of its ease and convenience, there are little expenses that comes with it which overtime can stretch into a huge sum. Local shopping is still a better option. Not only can you physically see and feel of what you are buying, you can also negotiate the prices. Learn to only shop online for the things you can't readily find around you.

 

Buying more than you need:

Commiting too much of your money to buying on impulse is not a good idea. Go to market with a list of the only things you need to buy. Window shop if you must but don't stop to price everything you like that are not on the list. Buy what you need or you end up buying what you would probably not like the minute you get home with it. Take for instance as a student, you want and have N150,000 for a self contained apartment and N50,000 for furnishing it and you get offered a Room and a Parlour, with bathroom and toilet at N200,000. The latter sounds cooler than the former and honestly it is. But would you buy the latter and relax into your empty room and parlour or would you rather ask for a self contained that you can afford to still furnish? 


Ignoring your debts/credit alerts:

Stop postponing your debts if you have the money to clear it. There's nothing honourable in being a debtor. We have all been there but only a few understands the feel of satisfaction that comes with actually paying your bills on time or paying back that money you owe, even as installments. Your state of mind is everything. Debts can affect you in most areas of your life, both at work and in your social life.

Also pay attention to your bank credits. See.... as long as you can't transfer money through your mobile app to other banks without your bank taking N105 as charge fee or N63 if it's within your bank, you are allowed to be Petty with your money! Yeah, I said it. Petty! Question every credit you don't understand, ask to know your account manager and request for one means of alert (sms or email), to save up those little charges (a droplet can still make an ocean overtime).


Happy Monday, FAM!

  

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Social media is bae.


It’s the best thing that happened in the 21st century.  Not only as an essential part of the media for information dissemination, but it’s been proven to be an awesome business tool. Having a buzzing social media presence connects you with your clients in just a snap! 

Minus the ‘business’ it’s a great and fun way to connect with people.

But...They are do’s and don’ts . Putting your entire life on social media can have consequences.

 

10 things you should never do on social media: 

 

1. Talk about your relationships issues on social media:

This is a 'no no' . Social media is bae but it’s not a therapist for your relationships. No name callings but social media has helped ruin a couple of celebrity and non celebrity marriages. Intimate relationships should be dealt with intimately. 

 

2. Showing off how you got drunk last night:

Ummm as cool as you think this is, it’s immature and shows you’re highly irresponsible.

 

3. Using F words:

This is supposed to be against the law. A responsible person shouldn't use curse words so carelessly. Don't do it!

 

4. Saying something nasty about your co-workers, employees or boss:

What goes around comes around and you'l be surprised how fast news flies. If you're not feeling like getting fired or loose meaningful relationships, don't yab your boss or colleague online.  


5. Tagging someone in a terrible photo:

Eg 'Feeling sick with Ada Ede and 79 others', 'chilling in the beer parlor with Emeka and 54 others'. That's just rude and mean. Feel sick alone, chill alone, don't fill up someone's timeline with your photos. 

 

6. Racial comments:

Racism is bad. We're all humans, don't hurt someone's feeling with racist comments. It's just wrong.  


7. Harassing others:

This includes  sending messages of intimidating or threatening nature to others. In other words cyber-bullying. People who do this usually portray themselves as individuals who lack self esteem.  Another form of harassment is 'Read this message and pass to 7 others and something good will happen in your life, ignore and suffer misfortune'. That is emotional blackmail and harassment please stop it. 


8. Letting the world know how much you make:

We all like to show off and brag about accomplishments, but it's not such  a nice idea. It exposes you to bad people who have 'hacking, stealing or kidnapping  intentions' and places you under self imposed pressure to impress and keep up with the standard you set for yourself. 


9. Lying:

Don't lie.  Just don't, you'l be caught eventually.

 

10. Nudity:

Ummmm, I know we all like to slay and all, but Jesus didn't come into this world, die, resurrect and ascend into heaven for you to showing your body upandan.


Kisses!

 

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America’s richest may be getting richer but President Donald Trump’s fortune has slid by $600 million to $3.1 billion, according to a list of 400 billionaires released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped the list for a 24th consecutive year on a net worth of $89 billion with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, worth $81.5 billion, number two.

But Trump, the first US president to come solely from the private sector, is ranked 248 – sharing the spot with 27-year-old Snap co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, the youngest person on the list.

Forbes attributed Trump’s decline to a weakening New York retail and office real estate market, and new information about his assets. The Manhattan tycoon ranked 156 in 2016, the year he was elected to the White House.

Forbes said those on its 36th annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans have a record-breaking, combined total net worth of $2.7 trillion, up from $2.4 trillion in 2016. Entrance to the exclusive club cost a record-breaking $2 billion.

There were 22 newcomers, including Netflix cofounder and CEO Reed Hastings. Twenty-six people dropped off from last year, including US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

There were only 50 women on the list. Alice Walton, the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, was the highest ranked at 13. Unlike her brothers, she has focused on curating art rather than working for Wal-Mart.

The biggest gainer in dollar terms was Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, chalking up a $15.5 billion increase in net worth to retain his number four ranking at $71 billion.

 

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Here are Tony Elumelu's 5 ways to achieving success as an Entrepreneur:

“The first thing I tell people is that you should dream BIG. No limitations, no boundaries; feel free to dream.

The process of translating your dreams to action entails the following:

1. You need to build milestones into your dreams.

2. You must make sure you assemble the right resources.

There are different types of resources you need to assemble for you to accomplish your dreams: some could be financial, others human, it varies.

But it is important that you ask yourselves what you need to accomplish your dreams as an entrepreneur, then you work hard towards putting these in place.

3. Check your milestones from time to time, am I on course? What did I miss? How did I miss it? What can I do to correct it as an entrepreneur? This is very important. I call it checking “you” from time to time in a realistic fashion 

4. Have a mirror. A mirror is someone that you have confidence in that you can check in with from time to time. When entrepreneurs do well, they mostly have business mentors.

It would also be nice if your mirror is like a mentor, someone who has accomplished something in that field that you can go to from time to time to check with.

5. Finally, you must work hard, to achieve success in life is not rocket science, you just must put in the time.

On hard work, Michael Jackson for instance was renowned for his excellent work ethic, which explains why he remains one of the greatest musicians of all times. Some would think dancing and singing do not require any significant efforts but beneath those enthralling videos and captivating songs are hours and hours of practice and sweat.

When Michael Jackson was producing the video for ‘Thriller’, one of the ground-breaking music videos of the 80’s, there was an eight-week period where he had to work like slave, staying up days at a time to ensure that everything was perfect.

This is the same type of thoroughness and diligence that you must apply to your business. But let me say that I would be insincere if I attempt to glamorize entrepreneurship or simplify it. It is not simple and as I said, it is a long journey and one that is tough. And the unpopular truth is that only those who have grit and resilience can make it through the end” – Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings Group and Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Excerpt: From Tony Elumelu’s speech at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

 

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The media, in addition to being agents of socialization, is believed to be the main setters of public agenda. They choose what they consider important enough for the society to at least think about.

In Nigeria, there is a paradigm shift in media influence. The media power and influence is greater and more concentrated in the West, while there is an aloof recognition of media power in the south east. It has not gone unnoticed neither has it been unchecked. There are a number of individuals who have dedicated their lives and talents carving out a niche for the south east media on the map. Amongst these individuals are exceptional women, and this piece is dedicated to celebrating them.

If you’re interested in learning a little more about some of the brave, dedicated most successful women in the media business; check out this list of the top five female OAPs in the south east.

Gloria Orji-Emodi:


 a.k.a FabulosGloria. It goes without consequence to say that fabulous Gloria is the queen of radio media in the south east. Her sonorous and well tenured/pitched voice is almost impossible to ignore. Currently working as the Head of News and Current Affairs department in 92.5 Enugu’s DreamFm, FabulosGloria’s career in the media spans over 12 years having worked in four media houses to date.

Her program People’s Forum (5-6pm weekdays) on dreamFm deals with all topical issues from politics to health, finance, marriage, lifestyle, religion etc allowing people to air their views on prevalent matters concerning them.
She is also a staple on Saturday mornings with the show #SaturdayMorningDrive (6-11am) which is purely an entertainment and lifestyle show.  Perhaps her most known program yet is called #OneNigeria show aka #NgwoNgwoParliament where she plays the delectably refined “Madam Secretary”

FabulosGloria is an internationally trained broadcaster/journalist haven mastered the art of communication. She has been trained by (and worked with) the Financial Times London, The BBC, Radio Netherlands (RNTC), InterNews agency, Service Accord and Voice Initiative (SAVI) Nigeria, Action-Aid Nigeria and so many other top media organisations.

Amazing Ekedebe:


Her bio reads; ‘An Evolving Media Personality with Unusual Taste; with that Touch of Versatility and Creativity!’ Asides’ being a graduate of English/literary studies, amazing is an OAP at magic 102.9 FM, Aba Abia state. A natural-inclined media person with a use of Wittiness, Spontaneity and a touch of Depth amazing is the host of an Artiste programme FUTURE STARZ (Mondays 8:15pm -9:00pm). FEMINUQUE a.k.a #ladiestalkingtuesday (Tuesdays 1:00pm – 2:00pm)

AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW (Wednesdays/Thursdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm).

A slogan to best describe her is: - “What is worth doing is worth doing well”. She is passionate with her work.

Stephanie Azinge:


a.k.a The Duchess is the queen of the midday express on 92.5 Enugu’s DreamFm. She’s also a brand influencer, red carpet host, artiste promoter and mom to the milk monster.

She is a fitness enthusiast, baby food blogger and writer. Her son August is a kid model, brand rep and made it to the top 10 finalist of cussons baby 2017.

In her interview with Nollywoodkids, she described herself thus;

‘My name is Stephanie Azinge, better known as The Duchess Oma. I’m from Imo state. I’m an OAP with Dream FM, Enugu. I host the Midday express every week day. I’m also a Compere/voice over artist. I host events like book launches, album launches etc and I do voice over for various brands. I’m also a food blogger, baby food to be specific. I write about various ways to make healthy, affordable home made baby food via my son Augusts’ IG page @themilk_monster. I’m also a fitness enthusiast. Since having my son I have realized the importance of excessive fitness so I’ve been chronicling my fitness journey from saggy post pregnancy tummy to fit mom. Hoping to inspire other new moms to get fit.’ 

 Certified Camille:


Chidera Rosecamille Aneke a.k.a certified Camille is the OAP Certifying Lives on Darling 107.3 FM Owerri. Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in Education/English, a fruity voice & a lot of training certified Camille started broadcasting as the media coordinator NYSC forum on radio Benue.  Having a soft spot for humanity, Camille on October 2016, organized an event for young students in Aguata lga of Anambra state to prepare them for life after secondary school. The aim of the event was to help these young teenagers make informed choices about their future.

 Also during the ‘World Hepatitis Day’ in 2016 and 2017 respectively, I effectively used the media to create awareness and educate people on health issues.

She most recently in an interview gave her opinion on the lack of endorsements and recognitions trailing eastern OAPs. She said;

‘OAP’s in the southeast are yet to discover the power of networking and the benefits of personal branding. Brands only endorse people who will be able to represent the brand, commandeer a certain amount of audience and make a reasonable impact in people towards their products.

 Nobody endorses someone who can’t even make 10 people retweet a tweet on twitter. If we start seeing ourselves as potential ambassadors and putting ourselves on the map then surely brands will pick interest.’

She has been nominated for Best On-Air-Personality of the year (Starlett Award), Most Fashionable OAP (Anambra Fashion Show &Awards). A short bio about her reads;

‘I am your certified girl on radio, always ready to connect with you and bless you with my warm and inspiring presence. A million dollars cannot quench the love I have for the media.’

 

Tuvia Eze- Nwankwo


 a.k.a Tuvia kings is a multitalented OAP and producer at FLO94.9FM Umuahia. She is the host of #Saturdayflakes, #familyliasisonoffice, #ruralmatters, hip hop open mic and the night shift.

Did you know she aspires to make it to the guiness book of records someday? In a recent interview with the Nightingale, where she was asked if she has gotten to the peak of her achievements, she said;

‘Honestly, I’m just getting started. I’m passionately working towards achieving more goals. One of my greatest desires is to live as a role model and leave a great legacy at the end of the day. More than anything, I would love to have my name written on the Guinness book of records for the right cause.

She’s a presenter, stylist, make-up artist, project manager, writer, blogger, designer and aspiring actress. Tuvia kings is all about self love and confidence, she recently joined the likes of chidinma Ekile in representing her tribe and showcasing her love for culture by braiding the igbo hairstyle #Isiowu.

 


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In the latest edition of The CEO Magazine by Business Day, media entrepreneur Peace Hyde, the newly appointed Forbes Africa Head of Digital Media and Partnerships/ Correspondent West Africa graces the cover.

From her education non-profit, Aim Higher Africa where she provides skills training to impoverished youths to her climb up the corporate ladder, Peace Hyde has made a significant impact in the media space within a short period of time with numerous high-profile nominations as well as being recently voted as one of the United Nations 100 Most Influential People of African Descent.

In an interview with the magazine she shares her  journey so far and discusses the future of digital media in Africa.

Excerpts below:

On building her personal brand: I am driven to make a change. A change in the way people perceive their abilities, a change in mindset and most importantly a change in societies expectation for young people. I want to contribute to the paradigm shift in the role the mindset plays in achieving your fullest potential. I believe in one fundamental principle, and that is through faith and God, all things are possible. You just need to add a sprinkle of hard work and you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

On the evolution of the relationship between Influencer and Brand: We are in a world where everything is possible. Ideas are a dime a dozen and originality are increasingly hard to come by. Technology has redefined the way we live; interact with each other and with products and services. At the heart of that change lies the relationship between the influencer and the brand, which has become increasingly important to drive awareness and sales.

I think as product lines become more fragmented coupled with globalization, organizations are beginning to find new ways of pushing their message to their intended target audience. The emergence of native ads is a testament to this. I believe this evolution will continue for some time. Community marketing and personalization are now strong aspects of the marketing mix and the only way to survive is to embrace this trend.


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Bernardino Koku Avle is the Director of News Programming at Citi FM in Accra, Ghana.

He was recently listed as one of the top 40 business leaders under 40 in Ghana and he oversees a team of young hardworking news professionals producing and covering news for Ghanaian radio and online audiences. He combines this role with hosting the Citi Breakfast Show, an exciting and probing daily talk show that addresses Socio-economic issues in Ghana.

His show was adjudged the Interactive/Talk Show of the year at the BBC’s Africa Radio Awards in 2007, in Nairobi Kenya and Radio Program of the year 2013 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).

He graduated with a first class in Economics from the University of Ghana and has an MBA from the Warwick Business School in the UK. He is also an Edward R Murrow Fellow of Journalism and a Chevening Scholar.

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It is becoming less and less obvious that we are over glamorizing entrepreneurship.  With entrepreneurship growing in global popularity, everyone wants to be a boss; a lot of graduates don’t even bother looking for white collar jobs anymore. Those already working can’t wait to quit and become ‘my own boss’.

The idea of working for one’s self is just too appealing to resist.  But if someone told you that you had to work for 2-5 years and barely make profit would you do it?

Even if you make 10-60K a year, depending on your business, there are expenses that can far outweigh the cash you bring in and at the end of the day your books can close with you taking home barely a dime.

If someone told you that you’d work harder than you ever had to work at any other job, would you do it?

If someone told you that you’d have many panicked mornings wondering what’s next, where’s the money gonna come from and how the hell are you gonna find the strength to keep going and keep working when there’s no guaranteed profit at the end of the week or month would you keep going?

This is the truth for most entrepreneurs.

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