Saturday, July 21, 2018

#Glocal #business #news bits


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

#International #Business #Inspiration - The Patels of India owning the US hotel industry, and the world falling deeper in love with Nigerian 'Afrobeats'

Mat Salleh's first reaction to Naija music - 
This was my first time listening to Nigerian music and I really enjoyed it. It had a cool, upbeat vibe and I really like Runtown's sound.

An Indian-American dream - 
Indian-Americans run about 40% of America's hospitality industry – and 70% of those Indian-Americans have the last name “Patel.”

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Dreams can come true. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Economic Progress worldwide but that's not the full story

14 of the 18 countries in the world where the number of people in extreme poverty is rising are in Africa

 the number of extreme poor in India is declining at a rate of about 44 people a minute, compared with Nigeria, where it has been rising by six people a minute.   

 Running Backwards 
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, currently ranked third, is also expected to overtake India soon  (also running backwards) 

Source: Oil-rich Nigeria outstrips India as country with most people in poverty
where is this?  what is this?  see: Makoko

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Friday, June 29, 2018

We Keep Learning

Enjoy these thought-provoking clips: on the sociology of marriage, ageing, and groups. 
I have a 2 hour a day online-video habit now, but it may be a good thing. 

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

No buzzword left behind - A reflection on the primacy of bullshit in corporate life

" A century of management fads has created workplaces that are full of empty words and equally empty rituals. We have to live with the consequences of this history every day. Consider a meeting I recently attended. During the course of an hour, I recorded 64 different nuggets of corporate claptrap. They included familiar favourites such as “doing a deep dive”, “reaching out”, and “thought leadership”. 
There were also some new ones I hadn’t heard before: people with “protected characteristics” (anyone who wasn’t a white straight guy), “the aha effect” (realising something), “getting our friends in the tent” (getting support from others).

After the meeting, I found myself wondering why otherwise smart people so easily slipped into this kind of business bullshit. How had this obfuscatory way of speaking become so successful
... people working in bullshit jobs need to do something. And that something is usually the production, distribution and consumption of bullshit. "  

LOL.  You have to read this.   Really.

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Friday, June 01, 2018

I'm at code 2018 conference thanks to the internet

Tech is changing the world.
Recode is a media brand tracking some of tech's leadership.

Check out:

Many of the conference interviews are recorded in full:

Published by Recode on May 30, 2018: At Recode's 2018 Code Conference, Kara Swisher interviewed Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about the company's self-driving future, culture issues, former CEO Travis Kalanick and Uber's board.

Published May 29, 2018: Facebook executives Sheryl Sandberg and Mike Schroepfer took the Code Conference stage with Recode's Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka.
The CTO and COO of Facebook talked about how Facebook is continuing to deal with the fallout of Cambridge Analytica, how the company working on stopping fake news, and more.

Published by Recode on May 30, 2018: Recode's Jason Del Rey interviews Joe Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba, from the 2018 Code Conference.

and more

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

What's your next move? To Japan maybe?

The government hopes to attract more than 500,000 foreign labourers to nursing, shipbuilding, lodging as well as construction and agricultural industries by around 2025, the newspaper said. 

Prospective foreign workers in those sectors can acquire work permits for up to five years by passing occupational and Japanese language tests starting next April, in which they will be required to demonstrate they are capable of understanding slow conversations and conducting basic tasks, the paper said. 

A strengthening economy since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012, rebuilding after the 2011 tsunami, a construction boom ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a shrinking and ageing population have aggravated Japan's labour shortage. 

SOURCE: Economic Times (India)  

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What's your next move? "Back to the village" and the businesses / technologies that support it

A world where workers will be empowered to dictate their own hours, their own wages, and most importantly, their own freedom to explore their passions. 
A massive shift that opens up the opportunity for numerous peer-to-peer services and networks.
Driven by a post-scarcity economic model whereby you can live very frugally if you choose to, some workers (mostly college-educated and urban) are opting out of the now traditional work structure and choosing their own path.

People are really doing this.  
Source: VentureBeat, please read.  

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Finding sanity in an insane time

It's easy to blame ourselves for not feeling 100% in our minds, but some of the causes of mental unwellness have to do with large systemic problems in our societies.
- The School of Life: How the Modern World Makes Us Mentally Ill

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Air travel is connecting Africa

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) is a Trade Organisation open to membership of airlines of African States.  
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the global trade association of airlines. 

RELATED: Former African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Managing Director, Dr Chingosho is optimistic about the future of African aviation which he says is promising given the growing African economies, a growing population, increasing urbanization, a growing middle-class, and young, technology savvy workers. Read more here

RELATED: Last year Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways and South African Airways, three top airlines on the continent, sold two-thirds of the estimated 9.2 million seats purchased for travel within sub-Saharan Africa. The remaining one-third was spread among more than a dozen smaller carriers such as Nigeria-based Arik Air, Air Mauritius, and RwandAir...
Yet while more flights are linking big cities than they did are decade ago, most airlines based in sub-Saharan Africa are losing money due to stiff competition from Gulf, Turkish and European carriers on transcontinental routes...
To make the air travel industry profitable, African countries need to liberalise air traffic, according to IATA and the African Union. As far back as 1999, 44 countries agreed in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire (the Yamoussoukro Decision) to deregulate air services and promote the opening of regional air markets to transnational competition. Read more here.

RELATED, January 2018: The African Union (AU) has launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) as it hopes to capitalise on the benefits brought by air transport. It is hoped that a single aviation market, launched yesterday at the AU Summit, will help promote trade, cross-border investments and create an additional 300,000 direct and 2m indirect jobs.  Read more here

RELATED: More airlines from African countries are expected to begin frequent flights into Nigeria in the coming months following the inauguration of the Single African Air Transport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
Industry sources stated that the restrictions on frequency of flights, capacity, route and ports of entry, and the 5th Freedom Traffic Right had been lifted... 
"Nigeria is simply not ready to handle the level of unfair competition that the full implementation of SAATM will bring upon the country...
Industry sources, however, stated that there would be no going back on the open skies agreement. Read more here.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Calling women and youth

African Democratic Congress

The latest headline in the politics of the Nigeria project is that the new (January 2018) Congress for National Movement (CNM) founded by former president Obasanjo has now been fused into a political party called the African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Details here, please read

We can not give up, because we all know that:

Nigeria can do much better.  
Africa can do better.  
Black Lives matter.  

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Advertising in 2018 :: How to be badass

What is the best advert you've encountered this year? 

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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Vox explains Belt and Road

China's trillion dollar plan to dominate global trade: China's Belt and Road Initiative is the most ambitious infrastructure project in modern history. It spans over 60 countries and will cost over a trillion dollars. The plan is to make it easier for the world to trade with China, by funding roads, railways, pipelines, and other infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. China is loaning trillions of dollars to any country that's willing to participate and it's been a big hit with the less democratic countries in the region. This makes the BRI a risky plan as well. But China is pushing forward because its goals are not strictly economic, they're also geopolitical. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Olamide making money moves #Blessed

It's called PLAY TV, check out full report on 

“It’s been all joy and blessings for me since I started my journey to being the man I dreamt to be. Though I had a lot of hurdles and setbacks, I kept moving because I was certain of what was inside of me. Today is another special day marking the beginning of another special year in my life and I also have the privilege of owning a T.V station that would change the face of entertainment in Africa."
- Olamide, Baddo, BGEL, YBNL

He has that savoir faire
and largely because he
Never forgets where he came from.

Me and grandma actually jammed to this tune wella.  God bless her and keep her. 

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Music: Abule Sowo, Anifowose (linked), and Sitting On The Throne. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

nĭ hăo - let's learn a little Chinese

A quarter of the world's population cares a lot about the Chinese zodiac.
Even if you don't believe in it, you'd be wise to know how it works, says technologist and entrepreneur ShaoLan Hseuh.
In this fun, informative talk, ShaoLan shares some tips for understanding the ancient tradition and describes how it's believed to influence your personality, career, marriage prospects and how you'll do in a given year.
What does your sign say about you?
- a February 2016 TED Talk

what is ni hao
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Friday, March 02, 2018

Yeah, artists are leaders too

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Why can't we all get along?

Myers-Briggs J and P types
Perceiving Types and Judging Types, we can all get along and work together.
Sort of.

But first, we should learn more about the other. 
For example:
Some of the strongest business types are J personalities.  
One of the biggest differences between judging and perceiving types is how they make decisions. Judging types are more decisive [while] a lot of hippies are P personalities, and enjoy jobs outside the regular corporate world. 
 It may seem like the hardest thing in the world to mix these two tribes in a workplace, but it seems to be happening a lot.  Comments?

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Job connect for only the best

If you LOVE UpNaira, you'll love this job.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

of data governance

"The flow of data now contributes more to world GDP than the flow of physical goods. In other words, there’s more money in moving information across borders than in moving soybeans and refrigerators.
This is a big shift – and one that has yet to fully sink in for most people. Corporate America, on the other hand, understands it well. Which is why the tech and financial industries are pushing hard for international agreements that prohibit governments from regulating these flows."
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hang out with SRK

Watch and share: An Insight, An Idea with Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan.  You know I will never waste your time.
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Birthday Boz

Gazing at the goodness of God as I read my cover story article in the Sunday style section of the @nytimes on my way to church this Sunday morning... and I feel like testifying! 🙌🏿 Listen here... my journey has had its share of ups and downs, but what I know for certain is that the adage is true-- the Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God can not keep you. So this morning I give thanks knowing that my steps are divinely ordered... so get out of my way! I'm coming for what is mine! AMEN?? I'm also giving thanks for my 15,000 @uber colleagues who are doing an amazing job of evolving the company and our service. Teamwork makes the dreamwork... AMEN?? Last but certainly not least, I'm thankful for the incredible talent of @sheilaym who has told my story so well (link in bio) #thankfulheart #SundaySermon #blackgirlmagic
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What was supposed to be a simple shopping trip to find masks, turned into a history lesson when we stumbled upon ancient masks deep in the back of the market. It holds special reverence for me because it’s a carving of the fighting face of Yaa Asentewa. She was the Queen Mother of Ejisu, who in 1900, when the chiefs were discussing how they should make war on the British and force them to bring back the Asantehene (The King) Yaa Asantewaa saw that some of the chiefs were afraid. She stood and said: "Now I have seen that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our king. If it were in the brave days of, the days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anokye, and Opoku Ware, chiefs would not sit down to see thier king taken away without firing a shot. No white man could have dared to speak to chief of the Ashanti in the way the Governor spoke to you chiefs this morning. Is it true that the bravery of the Ashanti is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be! I must say this: if you the men of Ashanti will not go forward, then we will. We the women will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight the white men. We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields." So let’s take a moment to pause and celebrate badass warrior women everywhere!!! 💪🏿 #Legacy #AfropolitanHoliday #HolidayBozie
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THIS MOMENT! 🙌🏿 When @kwakusaddo called to say that His Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo @nakufoaddo, The President of the Republic of Ghana wanted an audience with me on the last day of my holiday in Ghana, I could not even contain my excitement. What a spectacular way to end what has been a truly an incredible homecoming. As @boriskodjoe & @nicoleariparker and our families sat in the presidential office at The Flagstaff House, I was so inspired by The President’s commitment to economic and social growth for Ghana, but also the instrumental role Boris & I can play as influential Ghanaians in the diaspora. I am leaving Ghana a more determined, focused, and excited contributor to this great nation & Africa as a whole. I AM SO PROUD OF US! And we, the collective we, should all be... so wave the flag high! God bless our homeland, Ghana!! 🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭 #PurposeDrivenLife #LiveUpToGreatness #Legacy #AllForOneOneForAll #AfropolitanHoliday #HolidayBozie
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Bozoma Saint John is the Chief Brand Officer at Uber. 

I feel like we should do a regular birthday thing for UpNaira users actually...ah, drop a comment with suggestions.  

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Megachurches - Pros and Cons

Reading list:

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities ... 

Nigeria's 'megachurches': a hidden pillar of Africa's top economy 

Nigerian pastors 'living like celebrities' in London | TheCable


List of pastors in Nigeria - Wikipedia

Gallery of web-famous Nigerian pastors

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If you like words, Pros and Cons are not just the positives and negatives of the matter, they could also refer to professionals vs. confidence artists.  :)

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