entrepreneurship, Published Articles

7 Mistakes to Avoid as an Employer

One of the most challenging parts of running a small or medium enterprise is being an employer of labour. Whether you have 3 employees or 30, life as you know it has changed forever. You’re now directly responsible to and for others, and you have to do right by them and also make sure that your business is better for their being there. Here are 7 pitfalls you’ll want to avoid.

Personal Leadership, Published Articles

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Day

Have you ever paid attention to what makes one day fantastic and fulfilling for you, and what makes another the exact opposite?

No two days are the same, and there are often unforeseen circumstances, but there are key things that, when absent, can suck the productivity out of your day.

Published Articles, Spirituality

Does Your Besetting Sin Make You a Hypocrite?

The Bible makes it clear to us that the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit will not end as long as we are in these bodies. What the flesh wants is in direct opposition to what the Spirit wants (Galatians 5:17). Every true believer has a personal weakness, character flaw or habit that they want to change. So the fact that you’re still struggling with a weight, or a sin that easily trips you up, does not make you a hypocrite. You are not alone.

Published Articles, Relationships

How Do You Ask a New Friend Out?

A few days ago, I was in a supermarket shopping when I saw a young lady walk in. I liked her immediately.

There was something about the way she carried herself that was at once elegant and girl-next-door, and when she looked my way I saw the spark of intelligence in her eyes.

I wanted to be friends. Not just for those reasons but for the inexplicable reason that people just speak to something inside us. I used to wonder how, as toddlers in kindergarten and children in primary school, we gravitated towards some kids and not others. We couldn’t explain it then, and we can’t even now. We just like certain people.

I walked up to this lady and said hello.

Family Life, Published Articles

How to Raise a Rotten Nigerian

Children are the leaders of tomorrow. They are also the insensitive, fraudulent, unconscionably corrupt politicians, public servants and citizens of tomorrow. They are the ones who will ruin countless lives by looting whatever is left of our treasury without flinching. They are the ones who will use their office to make cringe-worthy pronouncements, and laugh at same. They are the ones who, when elected into public office, will spend their time making stupid videos to upload on social media while whole sections of the nation are slaughtered.

Want to raise some of these? Don’t worry, you don’t have to do much. It has more to do with the things you don’t do.

entrepreneurship, Published Articles

Muster.ng: Nigeria’s First Flat Sharing Service

The opportunity to share a flat can be a lifesaver for young professionals who need accommodation and cannot afford the cost of rent on their own. Every other day, there’s a social media post about someone having a room in their apartment they would like to rent out, someone needing a flatmate to share the cost of a nice new place they just found, or someone willing to pay for a room in a flat. However, if you’ve ever tried any of these, you know how challenging it can be to find the right flatmates.

Personal Leadership, Published Articles

One Question You Should Ask Yourself Often to be Successful

What is procrastination? It means deferring an action. It sounds simple enough, with no inherent negative connotations, so how did it get such a bad rap?

For as long as I can remember I have heard the advice, “do not leave till later what you can do now” from many authors and speakers.

It is certainly true that sometimes procrastinating can land you in a desperate situation where you’re struggling to finish something you should have finished long ago. However, I don’t believe procrastination is bad in every instance.

Family Life, Published Articles, Relationships

Naija Voice: This Marriage of a Thing Dey Fear You?

E suppose fear you o. The thing risky no be small.

I remember one time wey dem ask one oyibo pikin who e go marry. E say e go marry im mama.

Dem tell am say no o, person no fit marry im own mama o. The boy come say okay, e go marry im sister. Dem say no o, person no dey marry sister o. Person no fit marry person from im own family o.

The pikin shock. E no fit believe am. So, person go just marry person wey e no know before? Na so una dey do am? The pikin begin cry.

You fit blame am? Sometimes I dey look my husband, and e dey surprise me say I meet person wey I no know before, come marry am. ‎Continue reading…

Family Life, Published Articles

Unhappily Married: Why Won’t She Just Leave?

I attended a women’s retreat recently, and one of the workshops was about what to do when you find yourself in an unfulfilling marriage. Several helpful tips and solutions were proffered, but nobody said anything about leaving until one woman asked in frustration, “When will a woman ever be told to just leave?” Continue reading…