Important Questions You Must Answer to Beat Poverty

  • What can I do, right now, to increase my income?
  • How can I reduce my expenses? In what ways can I cut spending?
  • Apart from my main income stream, what do I have that is of value to others, and how can I polish and package it to earn income for me?
  • What am I naturally good at? What are my talents and gifts? How many of them have I honed into skills?
  • Do I know people who have walked my chosen path to wealth? How can I learn from them?
  • What opportunities for earning more and building wealth have I missed in the past and why? Can I salvage any?

See more HERE.

12 Reasons to Love Your Coffee More

I recently wrote an article on the most popular drink in the world after water. Although coffee is not the most popular drink in the world after water, it is one of the most popular.

Coffee beans are the seeds of berries from the coffea plant, native to tropical Africa, and Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. It was originally cultivated here in Africa before it was exported to other countries. Now, it is grown in over 70 countries.

In Nigeria we favour instant coffee as opposed to brewing our own at home. Nescafé, the most popular instant coffee brand in the world, is the leading brand here too.

Being a coffee lover myself, I thought it necessary to remind us of 12 scientifically proven reasons why coffee is actually great for. Continue reading…

Meet the Boss: Seun Tayo-Balogun, Brief Essentials

‘The “aha” moment that led to the birth of Brief Essentials came in the year 2009 when I was looking to purchase high quality underwear at prices that wouldn’t  cost the earth. At that point my husband and I realised that there were no major stores that focused on varieties of relatively affordable, good quality underwear that were conveniently available or accessible. Furthermore, e-commerce was just kicking off in Nigeria, and there was a desire for us to meet the need of Nigerians who had the same problems we had. The idea of Brief Essentials was birthed in 2011, making us the first full-fledged online focused store that revolutionised lingerie and underwear sale in Nigeria.’

Read my full interview with Seun Tayo-Balogun HERE.

 

What You Probably Didn’t Know about Powdered Milk

Have you ever wondered why some milk powder brands cost more than others? I’m sure you have. It is also likely that you have come up with possible reasons, from “Nigerian made” versus “imported” to “the cheaper one ‘contains’ less” and left it at that.

Of course there’s a lot to be said for quality. There are brands that arguably have earned the right to demand more money because they have put in above average levels of quality control and nutritional value. Most people who buy these brands do so without complaining because they know what they’re paying for and they get their money’s worth.

However, the one MAJOR difference between milk powder brands that I never considered before last weekend, is that not all “powdered milk” is the same- and it doesn’t have to do with the company. Read more…

20 Fascinating Proverbs from Chinua Achebe’s Works

One of the most fascinating things about reading Prof. Chinua Achebe’s novels as a non-Igbo youngster was the way he peppered the book with proverbs – the palm oil with which words are eaten, according to him.

See just 20 of the many proverbs his books presented to the world here.

Sweet Mother: Thoughts on the Religion of Mother-Love

In the end, a mum is a mum, and a dad is a dad, and each one should be special and adored because of that, not because one “suffered” more than the other. I hope that our children will not cherish mother over father simply because father was less invested, sacrificed less, or was less of a parent. And if we share the burden and sacrifice, let us also be ready to share the joys and honour. Read more…