Saturday, February 27, 2010

Opportunities in Youth Development

My friend Rotimi regularly posts announcements of grants, competitions, jobs, and such relating to Development at Youth Development in Nigeria

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thousands of Nigerian bankers sacked this year

See for instance, at apart from money paid out as interest, staff salaries was the next big expense account that banks could effectively trim off, in their quest to reposition their organisations as profit making ventures once again...You wouldn’t believe this, but aside from cutting staff strength, the banks are set to cut salaries soon.

Basically, "downsizing" could happen to anyone.

If you have a job of any kind, start on your back-up plan today, not tomorrow. Saving (the rainy-day fund), investing (don't spend 100% of your income), small business, or even networking/PRing for the future...

Just got a new job. Time to go work on my plan.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

So it's (probably) true

Sources: This Day,

A few OLPC laptops may make their way to Nigeria soon, donated to children in the Niger Delta.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Lagos: Hot Cities (A BBC Documentary)

In this documentary, BBC gives a glimpse of what it takes to survive in Lagos; Nigeria's own mega cities

Some Interesting Takes..

  • This Fashola sure doesn't sound like one of the usual Nigerian politicians. So well read, so well spoken, so visionary and forward thinking. Lagos is lucky to have him...sad there might never be a follow up if our education keeps producing the sub-standard products that now abound
  • Speaking of our education system, the shock capture of the underground and unregulated immigrant primary school system is Maroko is shocking...very sad that many of these kids have to live an invisible life in Nigeria
  • Selling water on the lagoon..yeah, when scarcity meets abundance the key to figuring out the mismatch is the powerlessness of disconnected impoverished against a connected few. Predator state; visionless leadership  
  • Three women stand out in this documentary- Officer Georgette, the widow food seller caring lovingly for her children, and the oceanographer lady sure are the unnamed heroes of our society...women bearing the brunt of our bad leaders and making a difference where they can. 

Monday, February 01, 2010

The Seven Wonders of Nigeria (reloaded)

(Thanks to travel writer extraordinaire, Pelu Awofeso, for publicity, and the all-important IMPLEMENTATION of this daydream)

You've been reading about Dora Akunyili's charge to rebrand Nigeria. "Good people, Great Nation," goes the slogan. What if we had a list to direct tourists to seven most treasured destinations (everybody knows that in Egypt you must see the Pyramids and in India you must look for the Taj Mahal.) What would be on that list?

What are the Seven Wonders of Nigeria? Why?

Some suggestions are Yankari (I just visited), the much talked about Tinapa/Calabar experience, and maybe some of those beaches in Lagos.
Maybe you prefer the very historical, like Nok or Igbo-Ukwu sites; the cultural, like Argungu Fishing festival, Eyo masquerades, Durbar horseracing festivals; the macabre, like the bullet-ridden car in which Murtala Muhammed was assassinated.
Is there a church/mosque grand enough to merit inclusion on the list? A theater, museum, stadium? A football?

Chime in below.

Previously on UpNaira