Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ki lo n happen? Lifestyle report from Nigeria

Hi all, I've been in Nigeria for over a week now. Based in Lagos for the next month and elsewhere in Nigeria for the next year ;) Also spent a few days in Abuja - the administrative capital of Nigeria since 1991. It was my first time in Abuja since December 1995.

What do you want to know?

In my eyes, Lagos has changed even visibly for the better. Enjoying this trip more than usual. All that extra oil money going to turn some frowns upsidedown.

Abuja is a city now - close to a million people. When I last visited 12 1/2 years ago, the capital was two hotels and highways and gorgeous landscape. Seriously romantic it was ;)

The Pursuit of HappyNess, Chris Gardner, is going to be in Nigeria next weekend. You watched the movie, right? The wealthy motivational speaker will be conecting with Naija and promoting his book of the same name.
It's all happening close to home in Lagos on the 1st of August, and at the Abuja Sheraton on the 2nd of August. Just had to tell you right away.

I just read my second copy of True Love West Africa ever. Bought it 'cos I noticed a friend's name on the cover. What can I say? Get a subscription. It's good stuff.

If Lagos is the financial capital of Nigeria, and Abuja is the administrative capital, where is the technology capital? I'm working on building it, so stay tuned. P.S. come on over.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Isn't it the truth?

This book is 13 years old, the message in it has become more popular now, yet read it to see how the current world of work is changing and must change...
"Our measures of growth are deeply flawed in that they are purely measures of activity in the monetized economy. Expanded use of cigarettes and alcohol increases economic output both as a direct consequence of their consumption and because of the related increase in health care needs...It is now well documented that in the United States and a number of other countries the quality of living of ordinary people has been declining as aggregate economic output increases."

Closely related to these ideas is YES! Magazine

Previously on UpNaira