Finance, Spirituality

Is It Wrong to Want Wealth?

I recently realized that one of the reasons I’m not yet wealthy is that I have never wanted to be. Not that God doesn’t want to bless me, not that Nigeria is hard, just that I never opened myself up to wealth.

Do you really want to be wealthy? This sounds like a question to which most people would answer yes. Without thinking about the question I would answer yes, too.

Only upon recent introspection did I realize that my relationship with money was not exactly healthy.

It just didn’t feel right to want lots of money. It felt unspiritual, like serving mammon. Continue reading…

entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Personal Leadership, Published Articles

12 Interesting Things about the Richest Person in the World

You already know that the richest man in the world is Bill Gates. You probably also know that the Microsoft founder has topped Forbes’ list of billionaires for 18 out of 23 years, with a net worth of $86bn this year.

However, there are so many other interesting and important things about Bill Gates that will speak to you if you’re open to thinking about and learning from them. See 12 of them here.

Inspiration, Press Release, Published Articles

IWD 2017: UN Ambassador Unveils NGO for Women and Girls

For many of the participants at this event, it was an occasion when they came face-to-face with the reality of the current mass suffering in the country, especially among women and girls in impoverished communities. It was a time to be inspired for action.

Many were moved to tears when Betty Abah, executive director of the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), an NGO, gave an impassioned presentation about the plight of children and girls in slums and underserved communities. She cited the example of Makoko, a slum in Lagos, where most school children pay daily school fees ranging between N30 to N50, stressing that many children are out of school because their parents cannot afford that amount. Read more…

 

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10 Money Lessons for Friends and Lovers

“Money separates friends” is a phrase I heard quite often growing up, and along with the quote, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” it formed my money philosophy as a teen. I witnessed enough “friendships” go sour because someone borrowed and didn’t pay back, to know that there was truth to the saying. So unless I was gifting cash, I avoided the topic as much as possible when it came to friends and lovers.

As I grew older however, it became more and more difficult to keep the subject of money out of relationships. Read more…

Published Articles, Social Media

Making a Difference: Sanitary Aid for Nigerian Girls

Have you ever wondered how poor secondary school girls are coping with the costs of sanitary pads? What about displaced women in IDP camps? How do they maintain hygiene when their period comes around?

Sanitary pad costs range from ₦350 to ₦1800, and most women need at least two for each monthly period. Women with good income still feel the pinch, how much more economically challenged women?

Oghenekaro Omu, who tweets via @duchesskk, has decided to do something about this issue. She is currently reaching out to Nigerians to pitch in and support less privileged women and girls who are no doubt having a rough time with menstrual hygiene especially in this economy. Read about it here.

Published Articles, Spirituality

Why is the Day After Christmas Day called Boxing Day?

I remember hearing a children’s church teacher say “Boxing Day is about unboxing your presents and putting the boxes away, not for boxing people” and thinking oh, is that why it’s called Boxing Day?

While that sounds like the perfect explanation, it turns out it may not be true. There’s simply been no agreement on one explanation of the origins of the term Boxing Day. It could have come from a number of practices.

entrepreneurship, Published Articles

10 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Business

Business can be a little slow sometimes, as every entrepreneur knows. Wondering what you can do to get things moving again? Here are 10 options I have learnt from observing several brands:

1. Promo! Promo!! Promo!!!
People love promos, and why not? The idea of getting a special deal is appealing. There are many kinds of promos you can use to draw in customers. You can offer discounts off some of your goods and services for a period, or you can find some of your less expensive products and offer two for the price of one for a limited time. You can also let potential customers know they’ll be getting a nice little gift when they buy a certain product. Sure you’ll be investing some money, but you’ll get your product in the hands of someone who will love it and tell others. Certainly worth it! Read more…