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I should be home before 7pm; I am usually an early-home-kind of person. Anna had insisted I stayed a little while and meet the tall boy with the polished accent. Every other girl in the room pretended like they were waiting for omacabs; the application was a bit faulty at that time so it was a good excuse for them to hang around.  We all came here with omas so it was simply wise to go home with omas.

They hung around the tiny room sighing and waving their phones in the air at an attempt to get network that their phone already had. One particular girl with a barbed voice and an oblong face strode to the middle of the room in a six inches black sandal. I thought she was going to trip because her weight felt too big for the tiny heeled sandals she stood on. She wasn’t a fine girl and nobody in the room took notice of her except her cliques who giggled and made irritating sounds.

‘Which one of you has hope in going home with him?’ she asked to no one in particular, so nobody answered. She must have felt her swag bruised because she started pointing at some other girls in the room. A girl with a very pale and scarred skin raised her voice at the fat girl and told her to shut up. Soon a verbal war broke out between the two with nobody taking any particular interest in their banter.

Soon the room went back to its quiet anticipating state. Anna soon got bored as well because she started looking at her phone. ‘We should go already. I am not interested in this thin boy’, I told her.

‘You only say that because you’ve not seen him. Wait till you do’. I sighed and relaxed back into my stool. Half an hour later, we were all still waiting for the boy with the polished accent. I stood up and went into the restroom. I was furious, how can one single boy keep 25 girls waiting for close to 5 hours. I thought they were all mad to even wait. Don’t they have parents or people waiting on them? How can they stay out so late? The night is just so beautiful, yet bad.

I’ve seen his picture somewhere and he isn’t as fine as they say, he was just lucky to have a polished accent. 


When I came into the room, they were all gone. Anna’s bloody phone sat on my stool. It had been recording. The video was blurry and unclear but I could make out his accent. He had come and taken them away. I felt gloomy that I wasn’t part of the girls but where were they taken to? 


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Someone shrieked my name from the background, I didn't have to look to know who it was; my mother. Her presence doubled my determination; I closed my eyes once again not minding her sorrow laden pleas. I slowly disengaged my hands on the wall, this was it but as I was about to drown my sorrows by taking this one jump, an arm grabbed me, it was strong, couldn't be my mother. I looked up at the owner, his face blurry due to the heavy tears in my eyes. He said the word 'please' I starred on at him, he was a stranger not anyone I knew. He couldn't see that I have to do this, he couldn't see that this was somehow going to be a relief to me; that dying at that moment was going to be a lifted burden. "U can't see me" I slowly muttered and slipped from his arms. He screamed Nooo or maybe it was my mother behind him, as I hung in the air with only his hands holding me from embracing this evil destiny.

I looked down it was really a very long way to go, making me a bit scared. "I see you" he suddenly said, he repeated it again making me look up. New tears broke through. "Hold my hands" he said "and don’t let go, please" I just held his hands suddenly scared with blood rushing through my face and head. He pulled me up and we fell on the cold hard floor of my balcony. With me lying on top of him, I didn't let go. I embraced him with all I've got as he repeated yet again "I see u Etomi"

That day had changed me somehow. The press had wanted to know what happened, interviews had been granted; ‘don’t make alcohol your soul mate while partying in your balcony' I had said, smiling at the camera. I closed my media account not wanting to bear any insults, the inevitable news and its papers were enough to make me want to go on a second journey. Mother had given me a sound slap the moment we were alone. She made me promise and I had promised. 

My prince charming had been my new assigned officer; I never knew I had one. Well there were many things I didn't know. I knocked once on his door and waited for an answer, none, I knocked again then again. He slowly opened. We stood at the door to his room that was close to mine. “Thank you" I said. “Never really had the opportunity ". He looked at me then scoffed. “I was doing my job ma'am ". His words were swift cuts. I stared at him, surprised he could say that. “you saw me, what did you see?" I asked, suddenly desperate. He looked at me like I disgust him and said "nothing” I starred at him a while longer and left. I cancelled all following interviews giving an order that I wanted to be alone. Mother stayed a little longer and I wondered if she would ever leave and when she did I knew she wouldn't let me be all by myself even though I promised. It wasn't long before I heard a knock. I just needed to be alone and stayed put not wanting to answer. The knock came again, louder this time. I knew if I didn't answer, it was going to cause an uproar, maybe I had finally gone through with it. I sighed and got up to answer. Opening the door, was my prince charming officer. I let him in and walked to my bed, he was here to do his job, babysit me. He followed me in and I wondered if it was proper, he was suppose to be at the door if am correct. "Am sorry. I didn't mean what I said earlier" he said. I looked up at him, "am truly sorry", he repeated.”What did you see?" I asked him again.

 A broken soul, he sees a broken soul. I Don’t think I have ever been described better starting from when mother had enrolled me in that competition at the age of 7 and I had did my best coming out in the second place. Mother had smashed my little trophy and said my best was not enough. I could remember her question once we were out of there; she had asked “do you want to be in the second place all your life? Once you start, you've started. You don’t smile when you wound up second Etomi. It’s a disgrace and I know you could do better “And throughout the years she had enrolled me in few more competitions and auditions. I never got anything reasonable until the age of 19 when I was picked by __talent finders._ Mother had signed the contracts. I never knew what it was all about but she said things were going to be better. My life has changed that minute, I was told what to speak, how to sing, how to stand and pose, what to wear and who to meet and stay with. My life wasn't my own. I wasn't living anymore. I simply existed...a robot. I would have to sleep with my label managers if I wanted to not just rise but also to shine. Mother had said that good things don't come easily and that she was right behind me. I was later linked to the most ill-looking celebrity artiste and that was when all the sleeping and word abuse stopped. We collaborated in a song I most certainly found highly vulgar and the music dance, unacceptable but Mother had said it was okay since we won the award and in the process making me more successful. I drank and partied, smoked and partied, slept with some of my collaborators for hit music. That was the circle of my life for years. And hate shades were not easy too. I was in the top 10 of celebrities who were bad influence. Nothing I did mattered. They said I was going to end up in a rehab and probably die in the tub in my bathroom. I was tired of merely existing and since living has proven 'not' possible, maybe not living was the best. I just couldn't continue, couldn't go on. I had sat on the walls of my balcony, my life flashing before my eyes, ready to let go.

Ola is an endowed fictional and non-fictional writer with a fiery twist to her writings, which always keeps readers coming back for more. She is an impulsive reader with a flair for things unusual.

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti was born on the 15 October 1938 and passed away on 3 August 1997 due to Kaposi's sarcoma. He was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, strict political nonconformist, human rights activist, musician, composer and pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre. There is no doubt that Afrobeat pioneer has paved the way for many musicians in Nigeria and throughout Africa.


Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the legend


1. Fela Anikulapo Kuti was born by the name Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 15 October 1938 and pasted away on 3 August 1997 due to kaposi’s sarcoma. He stated that “Ransome” was his slave name and his middle name, Anikulapo means “He who carries death in his pouch”.


2. His father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and was an Anglican minister. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a feminist activist.


3. He studied music at the Trinity College of Music in London. He is the cousin to Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian writer and a member of the Nobel laureate.


4. He married his first wife, Remilekun Taylor in 1960 and they were blessed with 3 beautiful children. Later on, to mark the anniversary of the attack on the Kalakuta Republic, Fela married 27 women in 1978.


5. He formed the band “Koola Lobitos” which played highlife and jazz music. He also trained as a radio producer for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation.


6. He established a commune called “Kalakuta Republic” which became a home and record studio for the members of the band. He later on set up a nightclub called “The Afrika Shrine” where he performed regularly.


7. He released his smash hit album “Zombie” in 1977 featuring Afrika ’70. The album infuriated the government and caused for more attacks on the Kalakuta Republic.


8. He had two notorious concerts; one in Accra which ended with a riot and led him to be banned from Ghana and the other was the Berlin Jazz Festival which led to his band members deserting him.


9. He formed his own political party called “Movement of the People” and in 1979, he put himself forward in Nigeria’s first elections for Presidency.


10. In 1984, he was jailed for currency smuggling and was designated as a prisoner of conscience. He was later released by General Ibrahim Babangida. In 1986, he performed at the Amnesty International A Conspiracy of Hope concert in New Jersey.


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It took a while for many business owners to realize the power of social media -- to understand that this wasn’t just a fad nor a  means for sharing family photos.


it was a tool that could grow a company’s relationship with its target audience and drive sales.

But now that most of us are aware of the benefits that come from a strong business social media presence, it still can be difficult for many of us to master, especially when we have so many other aspects of our businesses to manage.


That’s where hiring a social media manager comes in. This position can lessen your workload and potentially create masterful social media strategies for your company that get results. So, considering that your first task here is to find the right person, how can you tell if a candidate is a social media pro and not just, say, a regular Facebook user?


To find the answer, take a look at these six tips for hiring your first social media manager.


A social media presence that’s not in line with your brand voice will confuse customers. Even though a social media manager might have exciting, innovative ideas for your Twitter or Facebook account, this person has to make sense for your business. If he or she doesn’t get that, this individual won't be a good fit for your business.


For instance, Wendy’s social media accounts are known for their humor and light-heartedness, but those qualities obviously won't be appropriate for every business.


Tip: A good social media manager will be able to adapt to your brand’s voice and understand how to connect with your ideal audience on social media.

Is this person capable of managing multiple channels?

If you want your business to make a big splash on multiple social media channels, you’ll need a social media manager who can juggle multiple different accounts. An effective social media manager won't rely just on a sharp memory and good multitasking skills; this person should be familiar with the tools that will make his or her social media management more productive.


Tip: Make sure your first social media manager hire is well-versed in a social media management software like Buffer or Sprout Social. Using one of these tools will demonstrate that this person is organized to a "T" and capable of stepping up your social media game on not just one platform, but many.


Is this person committed to collaboration?

Your social media manager may not have to come into your office every day; he or she might even be a full-time remote worker, but what's necessary is that this person be willing to collaborate with you. That means not being isolated from the rest of your team. It means staying up-to-date with what’s going on in order to run your social media accounts effectively.


Is your candidate a good writer?


An awesome social media manager knows that to increase engagement and sales, it’s not just about posting a pretty image online; the manager has to be able to write copy that converts. And he or she has to convince users to buy, or at least engage with the post, in just a few short sentences.


So, having a familiarity with communication tools like Slack or Trello will be vital for your social media candidates. If a candidate has experience with these tools, chances are that he or she has collaborated successfully with a team before.


Consider giving your applicants a test to write numerous versions of a headline for the same story. That way, you can see their writing skills in action and test out their creativity.


Is this person analytical?

An effective social media manager doesn’t just keep your social media profiles up-to-date; he or she constantly strives to improve. Having an analytical mind is a major win in a social media manager because it means always being on the lookout for strategies your company can borrow, to explode your social media presence.


For instance, it’s a great sign if your candidate has experience using a tool like BuzzSumo, which monitors what blog post topics, social media posts, and listicles are popular with users online.


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The dictionary tells us that TALENT is a natural endowment; so therefore, we all should have a talent, right?  Then again, we wonder why some of us easily discover our talent and why the rest may take years to bring it to light.



Talent has been planted in us since conception, it’s simply up to us to grow and develop them.

 Talent is an ability or natural capacity or potential that we have, which may range from our creativity or intellect or social skills to our athletic abilities. We all have talents, but we’re not always so good at identifying what they are. In fact, our best talents can be right in front of us and we miss them. We’re so busy searching for a talent we think is hot or lucrative, or sexy or fun, or more like how we imagine our life being, that we overlook the actual tremendous potential we have ,sitting there waiting to be discovered.

If you can determine what your talents are, you can tap into an amazing resource that can help you in every aspect of your life, including your business. Whether you are searching for the perfect type of business to open or you want to find ways to grow the one you have, you may find the answer in your personal talents.

 

HERE ARE 5 EASY STEPS TO UNCOVERING YOUR TALENT

 

1. Listen to others. You may be clueless about your talent, but your friends aren’t. So always ask them. People around you usually notice more things about you than you do; why else do you think they come to you or refer someone to you when they need something done in a certain way? Have you ever wondered why everyone wants you to help them negotiate that new car deal? Or help them with the technical stuffs, or fashion advice? If you think about it, people have likely been telling you that you are good at something for a long time. You just weren’t listening. Now is the time to listen!

2. What comes easily to you? Are there things that you find really easy or obvious to do, while others may struggle or muddle their way through? Just because you believe that they should be just as easy, or obvious, for others, that’s not how it works. In this scenario, they struggle while you stand there feeling like it was a cakewalk! If that’s you, chances are that’s a talent. It’s a 70%/30% cast that it’s your talent, so watch out for stuffs like that.

3. What you enjoy most. Your talents may be demonstrating itself in other ways. For examples, are there magazine topics that you just can’t get enough of? Are there shows you love? Think about what it is that you love to do most when you have free time. If you are drawn towards it, fascinated by it, and enjoy playing with it, exploring or practicing it, it’s likely where your talent unfolds.

4. Shut up already! Is there a specific subject that you love to talk about, often to the point that your friends want to shoot you? Consider the subject, perhaps it may be one of your hidden talents or is connected to one.

5. Just ask. Ask everyone you know who is willing to give you an honest assessment about what they think your talents are. Ask them to, for the moment, ignore your bad habits and have them share the one or two things that they think you are hands down most talented at. Ask a lot of people who know you, but always ask them one-on-one. Compile the results, and voila!  There is your hidden talent!


KEY COMPONENTS

The moment you know what your talents are, you realize you begin to feel more in tune with your life. The sun shines brighter, jerks are less jerky, and all is well with the world because you’re on track. You have a purpose. Add a vision and a plan to your talent and you can also use those talents to excel in the business world. Whether you leverage those talents in your product or service, or you use them to network and make quality connections, it’s important to know what your talents are. When you exploit your talents, it no longer feels like work, it just feels like living. And anything that makes business and life more enjoyable is bound to be a good thing!

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What Happened On October 30th, Significant Events On This Day In World History.


1340 Battle of Rio Salado Battle (or Tarifa): King Afonso IV of Portugal and King Alfonso XI of Castile defeat Sultan Abu al-Hasan 'Ali of Morocco and Yusuf I of Granada, last Marīnids invasion of Iberian Peninsula

1899 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers defeat the British, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith

1905 "October Manifesto" Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants civil liberties and accepts the first Duma (Parliament)

1917 British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration

1973 The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time

OCTOBER 30, IN FILM AND TV

1921 "The Sheik", a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles

 

OCTOBER 3O, IN MUSIC

1944 Aaron Copland's ballet score "Appalachian Spring" premieres in Washington, D.C. with Martha Graham dancing lead role

 

OCTOBER 30, IN SPORTS

1974 The Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire

 

photo credit- Timeanddate.com

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The rant about artists not being supportive or inclined to helping other upcoming artist has gone on long enough to drag the attention of some note worthy personalities.

The Nollywood actor and filmmaker, Nnaemeka Charles Eze, popularly known as, Nani Boi has commendably become a man of many parts. He is also an OAP and author of many books, most of which are being studied in schools. The Enugu State born graduate of Geology from University of Nigeria, Nsukka took to his Instagram account to point out the stress on artists not helping other artists; particularly the South-East artists.

He wrote;

 

Though this has been a hot topic for discussion in the past few months, we still haven’t arrived at an agreeable conclusive notion.

It’s been a non fact that artists find it rather difficult to comment or speak well of their fellow artists in an interview or other artists are being reviewed; yet they go on and on about how we (society as a whole) should work towards improving a deep respect for art appreciation. 

              This has been defined to be a fake social media popularity approach.

Following the write up made by Naniboi; stating that these already ‘BLOWN’ artists find it almost impossible to help the upcoming artists because of the negative vibes/results gotten off from other ‘BLOWN’ artists who have played the role of a messiah in the lives of these upcoming artists.

The upcoming artists in the South-East are most times left to attain their own level of fame with little or no help from the already established artists. While this may be because of fear of being overshadowed by these upcoming artists; it may also be a reaction to past disappointments on the part of the already established artists.

Some other concerned individuals have also affirmed to the notion that ‘South-East artists do not support upcoming artists’ but Naniboi has instinctively derived a different plausible premise to this argument.

Who do you think is to be blamed and what can be done? 

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From the day Shoprite opened their first store in Nigeria in 2005, they had a clear vision of how to conduct business in our country. With their high quality-to-price ratio and satisfying customer service, Shoprite has quickly won over the hearts of thousands of Nigerians. They continue to present new locations for the people to do their shopping at. It’s no wonder that by 2018 they’ve become the leading food retailer in Nigeria. With the positive publicity they’ve been getting, we are not surprised that with each new store Shoprite open, they want to make it bigger and better than the previous one. With rate people stream in and out of shoprite every hour of the day, markets might just be abandoned soon.

 Often, you may hear people talk about what is the biggest Shoprite mall, judging by the size of the mall itself, instead of the store inside. Before we start, let’s make one thing clear - there is no such thing as a Shoprite mall. They have individual stores that are almost exclusively located in malls, but that’s not the same thing. 



3. Shoprite in Ado Bayero Mall, Kano  was opened in 2014; this outlet marked Shoprite’s debut in northern Nigeria. Kano was an excellent choice as it is the most significant town in this part of the country. Knowing how Shoprite likes to do everything with flair, it’s only natural that they opened their newest store in the brand new Abo Bayero Mall. This beast of modern commerce-oriented architecture was in construction for three years and ended up costing a total of 110 Million Dollars.


 Interesting fact: The total territory of the Mall equals 24,100 square meters with Shoprite taking up the most space out all stores. The biggest Shoprite store at the time, cost the enterprise $20 Million to open, not counting employee fees. However, considering the number of upper and middle-class citizens that reside in Kano, you can’t argue that it was not a smart business decision. Despite the fact that this part of Nigeria has suffered dramatically in the last ten years, the opening of a Shoprite store can provide a small boost to the city’s economy. 



2. Shoprite in Ibadan Mall, Ibadan. The leading supermarket retailer opened this store in late 2014, and it became the second outlet in the old city. The local population proved to be excellent customers, so it stands to reason that Shoprite decided to widen their presence in Ibadan.

Interesting fact: The total footage of the Ibadan Mall stands at 19,000 square meters. While this Mall itself is smaller than the one in Kano, the Shoprite inside takes up more space than its “cousin”.