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Rowland Oshiotse – O&O Agro Farms

  • Friday, Dec 14, 2018
  • by Admin, 6 Views

Located in Obafemi Owode-Egba in Ogun state, Nigeria and founded by Rowland Oshiotse, O&O Agro Farm grows full organic cassava tubers and process to clean, dry sour-sweet sandless Garri while adhering to the best standards.

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Life in My City Art Exhibition

  • Friday, Nov 16, 2018
  • by Admin, 13 Views

Life in My City Art Festival is an annual art festival event aimed at promoting visual art expression across the country while giving the stage to youthful specialists to be celebrated. As part of its Arts and Culture initiative which promotes various art, drama and music productions, MTN Nigeria, through the MTN Foundation continues to support such shows as the LIMCAF.

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MTN Arts & Culture 2018

  • Monday, Nov 12, 2018
  • by Admin, 27 Views

As part of its contributions to arts and culture, MTN is promoting Nigerian artistes to the world at large. In Nigeria, culture is reflected in all aspect of our life – in art, folklore, dance, literature, language, mores, governance, music, as well as the environment.

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Huawei Ruralstar – Connecting the Unconnected

  • Friday, Nov 2, 2018
  • by Admin, 70 Views

A large population of people living in rural communities across the globe are unconnected. MTN partnered with Huawei to deliver an innovative cost saving solution,] known as Huawei Rural star, which uses a relay based on 4G technology to realize data transmission instead of expensive satellites and microwave, making it the ideal solution for rural communities across Africa.

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Boosting Women’s Economic Empowerment Youtube

  • Friday, Nov 2, 2018
  • by Admin, 28 Views

Gender equality is a fundamental foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and feasible world. Providing women and girls with equivalent access to health care, education, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

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A Girly Girl’s Takeaways from the 2018 FIFA World Cup

  • Monday, Oct 15, 2018
  • by Admin, 32 Views

An interest in football or any sort of sport for a little schemer like me, is to simply percolate the ever erupting landmine that is a man’s mind and leave on it an indelible mark.

The idea behind it is good old fashioned posturing; I present myself as a girl that can effortlessly balance glam and grit…

Boom! Issa Wifey!

It’s genius I know.

Whether or not this theory has resulted in my becoming someone’s Mrs. is a discussion for another day, but yeah “Yay football and other forms of sports I could care less about... yay!”

Now, in the absence of a genuine interest in the game itself, I would say this-there were quite a number of takeaways from this year’s edition of the world cup. This I garnered from social media and general gossip and fortunately not from the sitting down and watching 22 men chase a ball around for 90 odd minutes… (huge wink)

Here goes…

  1. The sportsmanship of the Japanese team

Japan’s stint at the 2018 FIFA world cup, came to a tearful end with a 3-2 defeat in the final minute of injury time against Belgium.

But despite how heartbroken the fans were, they cleaned up their own side of the bleachers at the Rostov arena, which they had been doing at all previous games. This amazing behavior was also practiced by the team, who cleaned up their locker room and left it spotless, leaving behind a note that read, thank you in Russian.

How amazing is that?

We’ve all heard the quote “be magnanimous in victory” in loss? Be even more magnanimous. 

It didn’t end there, the Japanese team was given a hero’s welcome in their home country by a crowd of adoring fans that greeted them at the airport. Another teaching moment.

In the end, the glass is either half full or half empty, the choice is yours.

2. The Croatian President

History will be kind to the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, not because she is drop dead gorgeous with a megawatt smile. History will be kind to her because of her display of exceptional leadership at the 2018 FIFA world cup. She displayed great passion from the beginning of the tournament, cheering her team through every game after the group stage. She only missed the quarter finals against England, due to a NATO summit she had to attend in Brussels.

She even drove the team bus at one point.

Perhaps her greatest display of true leadership, was at the finals. Despite her team’s 4-2 loss to France, she stood clad in her country’s national colors and hugged every member of her team in the pouring rain, like a proud mother. It didn’t end there, the team was treated to a hero’s welcome when they returned home.

The mark of true Leadership is getting down and dirty with your people when it matters, how many of us can say authoritatively,  that if we find ourselves in positions of power today we would be like Kolinda.

Let’s chew on that for a minute. 

3. Naija for Show

The Nigerian team was dubbed the most stylish team in the world cup. All Nigerians gave our boys the side eye when they returned home after an abysmal outing at this year’s tournament. All I take away from the whole thing is this, if you’re going to flop you might as well do it looking fabulous!

So there you have it, a girly girl’s World Cup greatest moments. What did you learn? Leave your comments in the section below!

  Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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The “Lazy” Nigerian Youth Series: Vol 1 (Joel’s Story)

  • Monday, Oct 15, 2018
  • by Admin, 46 Views

It was hot

There were a lot of things Joel has become accustomed to since he left Jos for Lagos and the unrelenting heat was not one of them.

The rickety Volkswagen commercial bus he was in, was filled beyond its capacity with everyone from market women, to school children. It was rank with a pungent smell of sweat, raw food stuff and petrol. Joel was stuck between a pretty girl, who he would have tried to chat up, save for the odor that emanated  from her armpits and a man who preached intermittently about God’s fire and fury.

He couldn’t wait for the bus to drop him off at his stop, which would have been a few minutes away but for the traffic.

As the vehicle galloped down the bumpy road for the umpteenth time, his mind drifted and he wondered what was taking fate so long to reward him for all his hard work.

Soon as the bus stopped at the Ojodu Berger motor park, he would begin yet another journey to Ibadan, in a bus in probably worse off condition that the current one, all to woo a potential business partner.

Joel was 28 years old born and bred in the city of Jos, his parents were Christian missionaries who had been killed in the 2001 riots.

Being an only child and a teenager at the time, he had to move in with his grandmother on her quaint farm in the Chaha hamlet, located on the outskirt of Vom.

It was just the both of them, she had put him through school with the proceeds from her crops, but taught him to till the ground and patiently wait for life to sprout.

When she died, she left him 5 plots of farming land, she had been a strawberry farmer at the point of her death and Joel had every intention of continuing her legacy as the best strawberry farmer in their location.

Her death had sparked something in him. It had created a need to leave an indelible mark on the world, just like she did in his. He knew this could only be achieved through tenacity and patience, the sort one must cultivate while waiting for life to spring forth from the earth.

There were days when got anxious, days when it seemed like the payoff for all the time and energy poured into his grandmother’s farm was forever and a day away. On such days he reminds himself that nothing good comes easy. Hard work in the way of achieving ones dreams is to be expected.

He finally arrived at his stop.

He got down from the black and yellow danfo and enjoyed the luxury of fresh air for a few minutes.

He stretched a bit and hopped into a white interstate bus to begin his journey to Ibadan. He was the last to board the car. This time he sat on the adjustable chair which looked like it could collapse any minute. 

The bus driver hopped in and started the car, it made all sorts of sounds that would make any sane driver leave the vehicle at the mechanic’s for at least a year.

Joel said a quick prayer and prepared for what was to be a bumpy ride.

  Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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The Audacity of Optimism

  • Monday, Oct 15, 2018
  • by Admin, 59 Views

Few minutes into watching the news, it is very likely that we might be tempted to tune off and conclude that perhaps trying to stay abreast on the worlds issues, isn’t such a great idea.

From terror attacks in our country’s north-east, to Trumps incessant tweets threatening the very fabric human decency as we know it, to our country’s murky polity, it is tempting to conclude that the sky is falling.

It is all too easy to be lured into to burying our heads in the sand and hoping for the best.

Nihilism seems to be the general direction human thinking is headed, and based on all that is reported on a daily basis,   it all makes perfect sense

Think about it, the world is messed up right? What’s the point of anything?

Bill and Melinda Gates want to stop you dead in your tracks.

In their foundation’s annual letter for 2018, the Gates espoused their beliefs that the world is indeed getting better, with the facts to prove it.

Infant and maternal mortality, thanks to a global effort to bring the scourge to an end, is on a steady decline. Less than ten percent of the world is living in extreme poverty which is a great leap because just a few decades ago, it was a whopping 30%.

Also, believe it or not battle fatalities from war have dropped significantly compared to the 20th century.

The world is getting greener actually, at least where once waning forests are concerned  (I must admit, this one really shocked me). A study conducted by the Rockefeller university, in partnership with the university of Helsinki in Finland, shows that there has been a reversal in the decline of the world’s forests, this phenomenon is dubbed the great reversal.

Let’s not get carried away though, it’s not eureka just yet.

While a lot of things are changing for good, there’s still a ton of bad stuff the world has to wade through, in order to make our planet a better place.  In our neck of the woods for example, we haven’t been able to battle corruption, civil unrest all though greatly declined since the last century, still looms. Also, the world’s hyper connectivity might inspire us all to sing cumbaya, but it brings with it a lot of challenges from accelerating global warming, to deepening the lines of inequality.

In the end, we essentially have a simple choice to make. Do we choose to be optimistic like Bill and Melinda or do we dwell on the gloom and doom?

However pervasive the feeling of hopelessness is in today’s world, the choice to see the glass half full or half empty ultimately rests with us.

But hey, if the facts don’t sway us in the general direction of optimism, perhaps the following benefits will:

  1. It gives us a reason for living.
  2. Research shows that it increases longevity.
  3. It enables us handle and put your emotions in check.
  4. It promotes happiness.
  5. It enhances various coping skills developed in order to combat life’s struggles.
  6. It forges persistence which is an essential trait required for achieving success.
  7. It creates a positive anticipation of the future.
  8. It increases our level of productivity.
  9. It allows us to deal with failure constructively.
  10. It allows us to develop the attribute of patience.
  11. It improves our physiological and psychological wellbeing.
  12. It increases the likelihood of effective problem solving.
  13. It gives us peace of mind.
  14. It enables us generate an alternative, more hopeful explanation for various difficulties experienced.
  15. It increases our tolerance levels because it lowers the risk of you being irritated by little things.
  16. It allows us to develop the habit of being thankful.

(Benefits of optimism listed above, culled from lifeoptimizer.com)

  Credit: Tobi Akhanamoya

Author Bio

Tobi Akhanamoya is your typical millennial. She loves selfies, has an occasional penchant for punctuating with cuss words and wants to “change the world”.

She works as a corporate communications officer at MTN Nigeria by day and by night? Well….you’ll find her asleep on her comfy bed and fluffy pillow after a long hard day of stirring up controversy.

Instagram : @Osione_Akhanamoya 

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Iconic Locations in Lagos

  • Friday, Oct 12, 2018
  • by Admin, 56 Views

Lagos is a city in the Nigerian state of Lagos. It is the most populous city on the African continent. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and also one of the most populous urban agglomerations. Lagos is a major financial centre in Africa; the megacity has the highest GDP, and also houses one of the largest and busiest ports on the continent.

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