Saturday, January 26, 2013

People want to know...

How many Nigerians are on twitter? 
Yep, that's the number one "how many nigerians..." question in my google searchbar. 
Here's one answer from the good old days:
Tweet count of African countries
#weirdfacts #twittersucks

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Share some love - Opportunities in Nigeria

All ages and stages, so keep reading. 

1. If you're a finance/asset management professional, the Sovereign Wealth Fund staffing process is underway, for Finance Manager and the CFO, chiefs of Legal and Risk Management.  See Details.
Madam, by Tosin Otitoju
2. If you're a software developer/team or otherwise have ICT solutions for the finance or petroleum industries, Techlaunchpad may be the VC/angel you've been dreaming of.  How to apply:

3. If you graduated after 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Engineering, Medicine, Economics, or some selected Sciences, AND have done NYSC, you may apply for a government scholarship for a PhD.  It's called PRESSID, and here are last year's winners, and here is the website of the NUC which is in charge of the scholarships. You know what to do. 

4. If you are an exceptional secondary school student or recent graduate with excellent SSCE, please apply to attend one of the United World Colleges on scholarship.  Please.  Follow the process for Nigerians

Adire-batik textiles
More scholarships here:
More job openings here: or

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dude who outsourced his programming job to China

Bob was his company’s best software developer, got glowing performance reviews and earned more than $250,000 a year.
Then [his employer found that] Bob was paying a Chinese firm about $50,000 a year to do his work, then spent the day surfing the web, watching cat videos and updating his Facebook page.

Source: How a 'model' employee got away with outsourcing his software job to China

More from the same article:
“His code was clean, well-written, and submitted in a timely fashion.  Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.”
"Looking at his web browsing history, investigators found that Bob spent his workday checking sites such as Reddit, Ebay, Facebook and LinkedIn and watching cat videos. Then he would type an e-mail at the end of the day to update management about his “work” and left at 5 p.m."

Funny or not-so-much? 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Business Hour is back, every Saturday at 12 noon online and on the radio in every state

BUSINESS HOUR with Martin Udogie is making a dramatic and explosive return to the airwaves.

This time, BUSINESS HOUR is being syndicated as a national network programme. Starting Saturday, January 19th, BUSINESS HOUR will be broadcast Live on all 40 FM radio stations of Radio Nigeria (FRCN).   The Programme will be on air every Saturday, 12 Noon!

LAGOS listeners can tune in to Metro FM 97.7, and Radio Nigeria 1, 103.5 FM;
ABUJA: Kapital FM 92.9;

Almost 40 STATIONS Nationwide, up to 120 million people

States     Location     Frequency     Name
Abia     Umuahia     103.5     Pacesetter FM
Adamawa     Yola     101.5     Light House FM
Akwa-Ibom     Uyo    104.5     Atlantic FM
Anambra Awka 102.5 Gateway FM
Bauchi Bauchi 98.5 Pearl FM
Bayelsa Yenagoa 101.5 Creek FM
Benue Makurdi 103.5 Harvest FM
Borno Maiduguri 102.5 Peace FM
Cross River Calabar 99.5 Paradise FM
Delta Asaba 104.4 Charity FM
Ebonyi Abakaliki 101.5 Unity FM
Edo Benin City 101.5 Bronze FM
Ekiti Ado-Ekiti 100.5 Progress FM
Enugu Enugu 92.85 Coal City FM
Gombe Gombe 103.5 Jewel FM
Imo Owerri 100.5 Heartland FM
Jigawa Dutse 100.5 Horizon FM
Kaduna Kaduna 96.1 Supreme FM
Kano Kano 103.5 Pyramid FM
Katsina Katsina 104.5 Companion FM
Kebbi Birnin-Kebbi 103.5Equity FM
Kogi Lokoja 101.5 Prime FM
Kwara Kwara 103.5 Harmony FM
Lagos Ikoyi 97.7 Metro FM
Lagos Ikoyi 103.5 Radio Nigeria 1
NassarawaLafia 102.5 Solid FM
Niger Bida 100.5 Precious FM
Ogun Abeokuta 94.5 Paramount FM
Ondo Akure 102.5 Positive FM
Osun Ilesha 95.5 Gold FM
Oyo Ibadan 93.5 Premier FM
Plateau Jos 101.5 Highland FM
Rivers PH 98.5 Treasure FM
Sokoto Sokoto 101.5 Royal FM
Taraba Jalingo 104.5 Gift FM
Yobe Damaturu 104.5 Sunshine FM
Zamfara Gusau 102.5 Pride FM
FCT Abuja 92.9 Kapital FM 

Coming next week (January 19th at 12 noon): 
SHELL MD Discusses PIB, etc on 40 FM Radio Stations Nationwide with Martin Udogie
Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu is the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC). He is also the Chair of all Shell Companies in Nigeria and Vice President Production, Shell sub-Saharan Africa.

There is no sector in Nigeria more strategic than the oil and gas sector. It accounts for over 90% of Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings; and therefore a key driver of the economy. Activity in the sector has a major impact on jobs and wealth creation for the country and its citizens.

And Shell is Nigeria’s biggest oil and gas producer, as well as the only one, of all the IOCs (international oil companies), with a Nigerian as the managing director, dating as far back as 2005!

In this interview, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu takes on all the strategic and contentious issues in the sector, the opportunities and challenges, Shell immediate and future plans, etc. Among these are: The PIB (Petroleum Industry Bill), Gas Flaring, Gas Pricing for power generation, The Local Content Act, etc.

He makes some startling revelations. Did you know that 80% of Shell marine businesses go to indigenous companies? That all Shell new projects do not flare gas? And that Shell gas flaring will soon exceed global industry standards? That Shell is setting up a Foundation to help SMEs build capacity to be better positioned for more oil and gas business opportunities? ETC.

This show will air at 12 noon, on Saturday, January 19th, 2013, on all 40 FM stations of Radio Nigeria. See list of the stations above or listen online at

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Smiling farmers

I like to think that Nigeria's Economic Vision is about smiling farmers like this Balinese guy, as opposed to wealth concentrated in the hands of very few.  Maybe very soon Nigerians can smile too while creating wealth from the abundance, and I mean, abundance, that God has given to Naija. 
Photo by David and Angie Sim.  See supermodel, abeg
While the government people are counting the Metric Tons of food (targeting 20 million additional MT by 2015, almost halfway there in 2012) and millions of jobs (targeting 3.5 million new jobs by 2015, already more than halfway there by 2012), I'll be counting the smiles on the faces of Nigerians. 
Minister of Agric. posing with rice.  See smile, abeg.

Send in your pics of smiling farmers - just post the URL in the comments.  Thanks. 
Nice smile, Tola, but you don't look like a farm worker.
 In other news, I'm still on the hunt to eat wheat-cassava bread, checked at UTC they said next week.  They had better!  My nutella is waiting. 

Previously on UpNaira