Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ethical Capitalism for the person and the state


Decisions that buyers, workers, and entrepreneurs make can make work and business so much better.


Broad-minded and Large-hearted policies can make the economy work even better for everyone.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Affordable Housing - How To Succeed

1. Stop complaining about the price of cement.  Start Digging.   
Wise civilizations have always built homes with what they have, not with what they have to obtain with difficulty.  Today's Nigeria is not a wise civilization I suppose, or we would use laterite bricks more. 
What is laterite?  The answer may be beneath your feet at the construction site.
https://www.google.com/search?q=laterite

2. Build more units than you need
Sell or rent to others, and make some money.  Be an answer to the housing crunch...Nigerians need answers.  Do you want to become an expert in affordable and sustainable building technology?  Start here
http://olojauk.com/article/with-n3m-15000-you-can-build-your-own-house-in-nigeria.html
http://thenationonlineng.net/building-a-functional-low-cost-house/
http://www.nairaland.com/1495068/build-red-bricks-hugely
http://www.nairaland.com/2209886/alternative-building-technique-affordable-housing
http://www.nairaland.com/1006963/affordable-low-cost-housing-option
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/04/affordable-housing-with-bricks-you-can-reduce-cost-by-40/
https://ng.boell.org/2015/03/03/affordable-green-housing-nigeria
https://www.google.com/search?q=natural+ventilation+demas+nwoko&client=firefox-b-ab&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj_hMz60r7QAhUpKcAKHShVAqoQsAQIGw&biw=1525&bih=745&dpr=0.9
Meet the experts, read their books and study their works, for example The Architecture of Renowned Master Demas Nwoko

3. Lower your running costs too
Fire NEPA/PHCN/xxDC , throw away the noisy generator (or give it to your enemy lol) and be your own solar power provider.  Also remember to build in time-tested natural ventilation and passive cooling systems from day 1, from the first drawing your architect makes.       
Thermal ventilation and Cross-ventilation

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/227713324885967853/

Get inspired: See more natural heating and cooling systems via snelhai's pinterest page
Ventilation Blocks
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/227713324883817608/
We can learn a lot about Passive Cooling from Cairo/Egypt, Yemen/Arabia, Iran/Iraq, and the Middle East in general.  Example: E.M. Okba (Cairo University) has notes on Building Design for Passive Cooling
Middle Eastern - style wind tower for ventilation
Traditional Badgir (wind-catcher) system
Apply wisdom.  Come back with a testimony. 

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http://upnaira.blogspot.com.ng/2015/12/still-trying-to-find-your-passion-what.html ,  
Using electric power at home ,  
http://lifelib.blogspot.com.ng/2011/01/agric-chic.html

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Monday, November 14, 2016

This is no time to be calm

Warren Buffett is 'always hopeful'



while Barack Obama has 'renewed confidence'



following the election of Donald Trump.
 
All I see is risk.  

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

So you want to be an agripreneur / agropreneur / farmer / food businessowner, Part Two

 This is a story of opportunity. 
Opportunity, thanks to the terrible economic leadership in Nigeria, or as I call it, the olodocracy. 
Opportunity that means "make here, produce here," because the exchange rate is like a gazillion naira to one dollar.
Opportunity that means buy low, sell high translates to make local, sell global.  

Let us learn from this conversation between Ndidi Nwuneli and Wale Adefarasin

Grab a pen and write these down:  Bring farmers together in co-operatives  .  Alternatively, do the farming yourself  .  Agriculture is not just crop farming  .  Deepen value-chains by providing agric inputs  .  There's also Finance, Logistics, Transport, Delivery, Training, IT/technology, Processing, Marketing  ...

Trust UpNaira // More on agric here

Agricultural produce, see more in UpNaira: farming

Some subsectors, see more in UpNaira: farming

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