entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Published Articles

10 Business Success Lessons From Udo Okonjo

Udo Okonjo is a woman with whom real estate enthusiasts, and women in business, are well acquainted.

One of Nigeria’s finest entrepreneurs, Udo Okonjo is the CEO of Fine & Country West Africa, an award-winning real estate firm. She’s also one of the most prominent and passionate speakers at WIMBIZ conferences. The story of how she started her real estate career with no capital has inspired and educated many an audience.

She is also the Chief Igniter of the business leadership and personal development brand, the Ignite Series, as well as the founder of i-WOW.

Here are 10 reasons why she is the successful businessperson that she is. Read more…

Family Life, Published Articles

5 Tips For Parenting When Mum And Dad Work

At a seminar I attended years ago when I was a single woman, a speaker told a story to buttress the point she was making about work-life balance that stayed with me.

A little girl whose mother had just started a demanding job was having a hard time adjusting. Before she woke up in the morning, her mum was gone, and she was usually in bed by the time her mum returned. One day, she left a note for her mother before going to bed. It read simply, “Mummy, long time o.”

The woman resigned that month, and who can blame her? Things are even more challenging in homes where both parents work and kids come home to caregivers with whom they spend most of their waking hours. What can working parents do to raise healthy, well-adjusted children? Read more…

entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Published Articles

5 Business Lessons From Eventful Founder, Yewande Zaccheaus

The story of the event planning industry in Nigeria cannot be told without mentioning Yewande Zaccheaus and her company, Eventful Limited, which she started in October 2002, at a time when the idea of event planning as a profitable venture was strange to Nigerians. Here are 5 business lessons aspiring entrepreneurs can learn from the professional life of this pioneer:

  1. Work experience really does help. Working in a structured environment for a while before setting up your business affords you the opportunity to acquire certain skills and gain advantages you may not have had otherwise, and this is evident to anyone who is familiar with the professional life of Yewande Zaccheaus. Her experience and achievements during her working years enhanced her professional life and gave her unquantifiable leverage when she eventually decided to become an entrepreneur.

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Inspiration, Published Articles

The Secret You Need For A Successful Hustle

At first I thought it was weird. Like, come on! You can’t be serious? That’s creepy! Then I started looking around and observing people who were really successful at what they were doing; the ones who were headed for the top. I realised that they all had one thing in common. They were obsessed with their hustle. Read more…

entrepreneurship, Published Articles

What Are Challenges And Advantages Of Doing Business Online In Nigeria?

E-commerce is definitely the future of retail in Nigeria. Gone are the days when you absolutely had to rent a shop or office space to do business properly. Nowadays, more and more entrepreneurs are embracing the internet as their main platform for business.

Do the pros of doing business online outweigh the cons? That’s a question all entrepreneurs must answer for themselves. Read more…

entrepreneurship, Published Articles

Should You Enter Into a Business Partnership?

There are people who think that being an entrepreneur means doing it all by yourself, but that is simply not true. For an aspiring entrepreneur or one looking to expand their business, partnership may just be the way to go. However, there are a few things you must consider. Read more…

entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Published Articles

Meet the Boss: Kafilat Umar, Sherry Organics

Kafilat Umar, a barrister & solicitor, was excited when the world began to go organic because it meant she could put her skills as an organic formulator to good use. And that’s exactly what she did when she started Sherry Organics in September 2015.  I’ve heard people rave about Sherry Organics goat milk and orange soap, mango body souffle, and other products, and I found it intriguing.

So I interviewed her for Connect Nigeria, and we talked about doing business in Nigeria, knowing what goes into your skin, and her plans for the future. Bright and focused young woman! Read more…

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8 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Bolanle Austen-Peters, MD, Terra Kulture

Terra Kulture is a leading art, culture, lifestyle, and educational centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. Created to be an environment where both Nigerians and foreigners can learn about Nigerian arts and culture, Terra Kulture has evolved into much more than that. What can entrepreneurs learn from its founder, Bolanle Austen-Peters? Continue reading…

entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Published Articles

12 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Betty Irabor, CEO Genevieve Magazine

Whether you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, or you’ve been running your business for a while, there’s a lot you can learn from Genevieve Magazine’s CEO, Betty Irabor:

  1. Work experience is never a bad idea. Before Genevieve, Betty Irabor worked as a journalist, starting out at The National Concord. She also worked at Haisha Investment Company as a Public Relations/Administration Manager for 2 years before teaming up with her husband as CEO of Ruyi Communications.
  2. Always be working on your main thing. Even while running Ruyi Communications, Mrs Irabor continued to find expression for her writing flair, freelancing for newspapers including This Day, Vanguard and The Guardian.

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Published Articles

No, No, No. If It Aint Working, Move On

A few weeks ago, before Christmas, I did a very silly thing.

It was two days before Christmas and I had gone to my stylist’s hoping she would be free to twist my hair as this was the only free day I had. Unfortunately when I got there, she was just starting someone’s hair so she asked me to wait, promising that it wouldn’t take long.

I always carry something to read everywhere I go, so I figured I could manage the wait, since “won’t take long” to me meant about an hour. One hour passed and I was still there. Read more…