WORK FROM WATER! WATER NO GET ENEMY.

THE FUTURE OF WORK SPACE IS GOING TO BE UNCONVENTIONAL. YOU JUST HAVE TO LOVE IT.

The renowned Nigerian musician Fela Kuti was absolutely right with his lyrics “Water no get enemy.” Water truly doesn’t have an enemy and beyond using it for drinking and cooking, it’s used to also beautify. Individuals currently sport on water and just recently, it’s actually beginning to be used as an office space.

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I want you to close your eyes and with a rage of focus, imagine yourself in a pool actually working with your colleagues. Now, open your eyes and tell me how you feel about this strange but disruptive work approach. How would you tell your friends about your office space? They’d be like “Whoa, Work on water! What happens to your laptops or phones?”

Wonders sha never end o!

Currently trending, Rich Lewis runs the world’s only fully ergonomic, aquatic office. He moved his entire office into a pool.

I know there are goose bumps already on your skin but don’t be shocked, his employees find working from the pool absolutely interesting. Freelancers/ remote workers and interns prefer working from the pool too and for the employees, Fridays are usually very unusual. They are allowed to work and play from the pool.

“Having tried different approaches to make working life comfortable for my team ranging from standing desks, exercise balls, etc, I decided to try the pool” says Lewis. For him, there’s been growth as profits are increasing and his employees are more productive.

The truth is, virtual offices are beginning to appear more like a regular office space and anyone can pay for a space when they choose. In most countries, it’s no big deal anymore. Business owners in this space should look out for disruptive ways to stay advantageous and provide other options for a virtual office rather than ordinary spaces in a building.

How about employers begin to think like Rich Lewis and better still research on different ways to make work appealing to their employees?

Do you like the idea of working from the pool? Let me know what you TINK.

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Spot the Fro

SPOTIFY HAS ANNOUNCED THE INCLUSION OF AFRO HUB TO ITS PLATFORM

 Source: Party Scene

Source: Party Scene

Africa most certainly has perfected the art of throwing mediocrity and mundanity out the window, because every day seems to usher in something magnificent into every facet of pop-culture. And this is evident in the encouragement of great work ethics and excellent outputs that can compete on world stages. As a proud African, I love it.

On the 5th of October 2018, Spotify (one of the world’s biggest digital music platform) turned its eye to Africa as it announced the introduction of the Afro hub to its platform. As part of its newest Global Cultures initiative, designed to promote and bring to the surface culturally diverse music. Spotify’s vision for Global Cultures is to connect audiences by bringing cultures from around the world into your playlist, opening a lens into fresh parts of the world.

 Source: Flipboard

Source: Flipboard

The hub is designed to celebrate African music and honour the African culture as well as explore its love for entertainment. As African music has been known to inspire great singles from around the world and encourage socio-political movements, Spotify has decided to help broadcast the African message in music.

 Source: BukiHQ

Source: BukiHQ

According to Bizcommunity, Afro Hub will include multiple tiers of content, featuring news, podcasts and playlists. A few examples of the hub’s playlists include: African Heat (Top Hits); Peppeh (Early Bets); Gold Mine (Classics) and We Everywhere (X-Overs / Diaspora Hits), as well as playlists highlighting the continent’s best tracks within continental shelves (excluding West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa). The hub will also offer unique content including playlist takeovers from artists like Major Lazer, Wizkid, Jacob Banks, Burna Boy and Bas & Mereba, and podcasts by Jesus & Jollof feat. Yvonne Orji and Luvvie Ajayi, some of the best African creators of today.

So no matter where you are in the world, you can SPOT THE FRO, by enjoying great African music all day long.

*Shuts down laptop to play from Afro hub on Spotify from my phone*

Bringing Okada Back

GOKADA TAKES LONG STRIDES TO BRING MOTORCYCLES BACK TO THE CITIES

 Source: Aim High Africa

Source: Aim High Africa

One thing I love about Africa is that no market stays monopolistic for too long. As soon as you break even you are bound to have an increased number of competitors. I love it because the residents of the continent have an entrepreneurial mindset, once it works for one man it should work for the other until the market becomes super saturated, then the search for the next big thing ensues.

Following the remarkable success of Uber in Africa, a few good men have sought to replicate the same feat with motorcycles also known as Okada in Nigeria –bringing Okada back. Before now, the government of Nigeria had placed a ban on the use of commercial motorcycles as it was regarded as unsafe following its long history of maiming citizens and usage in criminal activities. However, the outrageous traffic condition experienced within the country made it difficult for people to adapt to the removal of this mode of transportation.

 Source: Dailypost

Source: Dailypost

GoKada, a tech powered innovative organization has decided to step up to this challenge of severe traffic condition by bringing back use of motorcycles. As a result of the ban they only use state authorized bike models and protective gear, and have a rigorous training test before acceptance of prospective riders. Without these parameters, the government will discontinue their operations.

 Source: DailyPost

Source: DailyPost

How does it work?

Very simple; just like Uber, you first download the app, insert your location, tap request a ride, and then call driver and voila you are where you want to go.

 Source: Techpoint

Source: Techpoint

But what does this imply to the society?

I don’t have a problem with motorcycles but some people feel otherwise. Some say that if one has the desire to maim himself, he shouldn’t take anyone else with him. Seriously, have you seen the way people drive within the cities? You may just be rushing to work one day and decide to take a motorcycle and before you know, some drunken dude, hung over from last night knocks you down. Plus, the country is going through some form of face-lifting; won’t the resurrection of motorcycles deface it?

Although the traffic condition in the country is a major seller for GoKada, some don’t feel it’s a healthy mode of transportation. I am particularly excited about the initiative as it provides employment to more people and helps you get to your destination in the quickest possible time but how are we certain that the factors that led to its initial ban will not resurface?

Soon tricycles (Keke) would be on same platform as taxis (Uber) and motorcycles (Gokada) in Nigeria. Transportation in Africa is being disrupted by technology.

What do you TINK of this new trend? Leave us a message in the comment section below.

Shocker: Two Africans in Race for Ballon D’or

OH MY WORD! THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN WHERE TWO AFRICAN FOOTBALLERS ARE SHORTLISTED FOR THIS AWARD.

 Source: African News

Source: African News

Alright this definitely has to be the sweetest news since the invention of cotton candy –forgive the kid in me but this trend has got me jumping in excitement. Every true African soccer fan would surely share my joy unless you have a problem with other people making progress. It doesn’t come around very often that an African footballer let alone two, are shortlisted for the prestigious annual Ballon D’or. The recent 30 man nominee list for the award sees the entrance of Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Mohammed Salah (Egypt). Although the award is being tipped for favourites like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionell Messi, Antonio Griezmann, or Luka Modric to clench the award but there’s hope for Africa.

 Source: Cristiano/Instagram

Source: Cristiano/Instagram

The world is set to see the current award holder Cristiano Ronaldo (5 times Ballon D’or winner) either relinquish or retain the title. He also is the oldest player shortlisted as he is 33 years old. I have my money on him relinquishing the title as I am hopeful it will shift to one of the two African footballers nominated this year- I believe in miracles. I am sure a large number of people would have their reservations as to why the title holder will retain it but we will reserve that for another article.

Here is the Full list of Men’s nominees for the Award

• Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina)

• Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Wales)

• Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)

• Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain, Uruguay)

• Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)

• Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal)

• Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)

• Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, Brazil)

• Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)

• Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, France)

• Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium)

• Isco (Real Madrid, Spain)

• Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur, England)

• N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France)

• Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur, France)

• Mario Mandzukic (Juventus, Croatia)

• Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal)

• Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil)

• Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

• Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)

• Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)

• Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil)

• Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid, Slovenia)

• Paul Pogba (Manchester United, France)

• Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona, Croatia)

• Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)

• Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)

• Luis Suarez (Barcelona, Uruguay)

• Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, France)

 Source: The Sports Man

Source: The Sports Man

French winger with African decent; Kylian Mbappe sets record as he becomes the first footballer under the age of 20 to be nominated for the award twice in a row. I guess there’s something cooking in the African blood stream this season. Although Africa has seen the rise of giants like Didier Drogba (Cote d’ivore), Samuel Eto (Cameroon), Yaya Toure (Cote d’ivore), Kanu Nwankwo (Nigeria), and Jay Jay Okocha (Nigeria), who all at some point could have clenched the award but didn’t, we are yet to see an African attain this feat.

Leave us a comment if you TINK any of these two African players would make it to the final 3 and which one of them would most likely lift the trophy.

Drivers Wanted or Not?

UBER AND TOYOTA ENTER HUGE PARTNERSHIP TO DISRUPT THE AUTOMOTIVE AND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY.

 Source: Ledger Law

Source: Ledger Law

Apparently the future we thought was years ahead is here now. All those futuristic features we saw in cartoons and movies have become our present hour reality and those who can’t evolve or adapt to the times will be rendered irrelevant. Some days ago, a friend of mine walked up to me telling me that he wanted to learn some form of handiwork and I told him that was a remarkable thought but he said something that caught my attention, he said he didn’t want to learn something that in a few years to come technology will take over and his expertise will now be irrelevant.

Now that brings us to this, Uber and Toyota have entered a partnership to adopt the company’s driverless cars into its system. This venture would see Toyota –the largest car manufacturing company in the world –invest $500 million dollars into Uber, and this would increase Uber’s value to about $72 billion dollars. This is sincerely astonishing, I remember watching the 1993 blockbuster, Demolition Man which starred Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes and thought to myself, I want one of those driverless cars.

 Source: Livermint

Source: Livermint

But what does this innovation mean to the African economy?

First it will reduce the number of people who work as drivers in Africa. Therefore it will increase unemployment; however it will increase employment for those who are technically savvy as it would require some level of technical support. Although it still beckons the question, can I trust some algorithm and a few technical mumbo jumbos to get me to my destination safely? Plus, do you think such initiative would succeed in Africa? Uber and Toyota have both recorded tremendous success in this part of the world and this initiative if successful would change the automotive and transport system as we know it.

So, drivers wanted or not? I’ll leave the answer to this question to you.

 Source: Pakistan Today

Source: Pakistan Today