Latest Addition to the Nobel Peace Family

THE BIG WIN!! CONGOLESE SURGEON, DR DENNIS MUKWEGE WINS 2018 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

 Source: Independent

Source: Independent

A news worth clinking glasses for, right? First, lets divulge a little bit of known history. Alfred Nobel in 1985, established six Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Literature, Physics, Peace, Economics, and Physiology or Medicine. It kicked off in 1901 and since then, every year, these awards which are internationally recognized, are bestowed upon individuals who have made remarkable achievements in any of these fields.

 Source: Umu

Source: Umu

The Nobel Peace Prize (one of the six Nobel Prizes), is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway and so far, there have been only eleven Nobel Laureates for Peace from Africa. Their names and the dates in which they received the Nobel Peace Prize are as follows;

1. Albert Luthuli, South Africa 1960

2. Anwar al-Sadat, Egypt 1978

3. Desmond Tutu, South Africa 1984

4. Nelson Mandela, South Africa 1993

5. Frederik Willem de Klerk, South Africa 1993

6. Kofi Annan, Ghana 2001

7. Wangari Maathai, Kenya 2004 (First African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize)

8. Mohamed El Baradei, Egypt 2005

9. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia 2011 (You guessed right! Former Liberian President and second African Woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize)

10. Lymah Gbowee, Liberia 2011

11. National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia which comprises of; the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Human Rights League, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers, 2015.

Okay, back to the present, three years after the Nobel Peace Prize last visited Africa (lol), it has been awarded to an African from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr Dennis Mukwege also known as the “rape surgeon” thus making him the 12th African to be awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize. The Congolese who was born on 1 March 1955, is an award-winning surgeon/gynecologist who treats cases of women who have been abused sexually. He provides both physical and psychological medical care to the victims. He works in Panzi hospital which he owns in Bukavu, Congo and has recorded over 40,000 treatments so far in his career.

 Source: Panafrican Visions

Source: Panafrican Visions

Dr Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad for their efforts in resolving and ending sexual violence. As tweeted by the Norwegian Prize Committee on Friday 5th October, 2018, “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”

Big Congrats to him!! Or Félicitations!, like the Congolese would say.

Brush and Palette

THE NUMBER OF MAKEUP ARTISTS IN THE SOCIETY IS STEADILY MULTIPLYING. WHERE IS THE ECONOMY GOING WITH THIS?

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Source: Pexels

Like they say, “looking good is good business”. Everyone wants to step out every day looking spotless and unruffled. The sweet part of this is that, it is also a very lucrative opportunity. There are over 180 million people in Nigeria and each seek some level of beautification, which means, if you have a business or intend to start a business that can tap into this psycho-graphic of the Nigerian consumer, you are sure to make some quick mega buck.

The paragraph you just read is the sole reason I don’t sleep these days especially on social media. Let me explain. These days, whenever I pick up my device to view timelines or status, I’m plagued with a billion notifications from a group of mainly young ladies known as make-up artists. Sometimes I think to myself that there has to be one makeup artist handle for every five Instagram handles. The rise of makeup artists in Nigeria, particularly Lagos is a trend that cannot be ignored.

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Source: Unsplash

In as much as this trend is lovely to behold as it emphasizes the beauty of the Nigerian woman, it however amplifies the subtle notion in the hearts of the Nigerian youth, which says that going to a tertiary institution is next to unimportant. This shows up in the number of Nigerian graduates mainly females who have abandoned their certificate to take up some form of informal profession such as cooking, hair dressing, fashion designing, and makeup. This in no way implies that this choice of profession is derogatory, but with the evident outlook, many ladies see makeup as the way to the easy life as they don’t have to task their minds yet make some quick money for up keep.

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Source: Unsplash

My timelines these days are properly made up with the many makeup artists I have on there.

My question is where is this all going? Is Nigeria going to someday compete with Italy and Spain as a fashion powerhouse? Are the Nigerian people going to be known for makeup? What opportunities does this trend open to the economy and so on?

Kindly help my trail of thoughts by leaving your thoughts in the comment section below. Plus I am certain you have some makeup artists in your contact list, get them to read this as well.

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Source: Unsplash

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.