Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Toolz’ Thoughts: Beware of Dream Killers! 7 Steps To Fulfilling Your Dreams

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly, be that kind of a friend for your friends.” - Mark Twain.
I love this quote! I stumbled across it a little while ago when I was looking for inspirational quotes, and it absolutely hit the nail on the head.
Can you remember the last time you were telling a friend or family member or even your partner about a dream, a goal you really wanted to achieve? It was probably something you were quite passionate about and talking about it with someone close to you. It got you in high spirits because you could already SEE IT. You could picture yourself opening the door to your new restaurant, salon, clothing store, etc.
The person you are talking to responds to what you’ve said, and your energy changes. You are not so excited any more… the vision you had of opening the door to your brand new establishment seems to fade and disappear. Your spirit now feels low, and that disappointed feeling seeps in and your self esteem drops. If this sounds familiar, know you are not alone. We all have encounters with Dream Killers.
Dream Killers aren’t necessarily bad people; neither are they haters. A Dream Killer could be that good friend/sister/brother/parent who has never really taken a risk on anything because they are terrified of failure. So naturally when you share your thoughts of starting your own business that would obviously involve taking a risk, they are quick to dissuade you with care. They might say things like ‘that will never work in Nigeria‘, ‘I don’t think you can do it‘, etc.
I personally feel it’s important to seek advice from the right kind of people. I’ve been in the Nigerian entertainment industry for just 3 years, and for the first 18 months the rate at which my dreams were being shut-down was stupendous. I’d have an amazing idea, talk to a few people about this amazing idea and before the end of the day, I’d be so depressed because my idea had been stomped on and mortally crushed. It wasn’t like the people I would talk to didn’t want me to do well, far from it…they just couldn’t see my vision.
After a few more months of dream crushing, I decided that I had had enough. I thought about what I wanted to achieve career-wise, and researched people in and out of the industry that I admired. I had role models in and out of Nigeria that I studied and when I got a chance to meet one or two in Nigeria, I must have tired them with my never-ending questions, but hey when it comes to chasing my dreams I’m like a rottweiler!
In my life I have encountered 2 types of Dream Killers – the accidental Dream Killers who care about you, but will unknowingly discourage you from chasing your dreams, and the deliberate Dream Killers who are basically unhappy in their own (most likely) unsuccessful lives, and really don’t want to see you progress.
I’ve learnt that on the journey to achieving your dreams (and greatness) you need to possess the following tools (excuse the pun):

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pat Obahiagbon appointed Gov Adams Oshiomhole's Chief of Staff

Former House of Reps member and Grammarian, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, has been appointed Chief of Staff to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State. His appointment was announced this evening and he will be officially sworn in at 10 tomorrow morning at the Edo State government house.

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Nigerian Politician Olusola Saraki Is Dead

Dr. Olusola Saraki, popular Nigerian politician and second republic senator poplularly known as the "strongman of Kwara politics" has died at the age of 79.
Dr. Saraki died in his sleep at his Camera road home in Ikoyi Lagos according to family sources.

Dr. Saraki  will be buried today in Ilorin at 4pm Nigerian time according to Muslim rites.

Nkiru Silvannus Responds to Sack Rumour...I was Transfered Not Sacked

I am aware that some bloggers have been peddling news about me saying I lost my appointment with Imo State Govt. For the records, I was the Lagos Liaison officer, SSA Lagos Affairs which has been taken over by Lisa and I am now SSA on public Affairs. And this happened 5 months ago, when there was a cabinet reshuffle. For my Fans who still love and believe in me, God will always be faithful. For those who want my down fall, sorry am the wrong person cos I stand tall and strong.

Nkiru Silvannus
SSA Public Affairs

Nominees Unveiled for Light-Up Awards

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Organisers of the maiden edition of the annual Light Up Awards scheduled to hold later this month have released the names of nominees for the awards.

The award, according to the national coordinator of Project Light-Up Nigeria, Mr. Frank Ukpabi,is designed to recognise, appreciate and encourage public office holders, corporate entities and private citizens who are contributing to a Nigeria of steady electricity power supply and well-lit up streets at night based on the age-long proven norm that encouragement leads to more achievement.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Nigerian Teenage Girls Develop a Urine-Powered Generator

Four teenage girls, Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15) have stunned the country with their invention of a urine powered generator at this year’s Maker Faire Africa, an event which shows off innovations, inventions, and initiatives that solve immediate challenges and problems, and then works to support and propagate them.

How it works:

  • Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into nitrogen, water, and hydrogen.
  • The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
  • The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
  • This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.
  • 1 Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Boko Haram: Real leader unmasked

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As infighting rages among members
THE alleged offer of peaceful resolution of Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria has caused a major break-up of the fundamental Islamic sect even as the group tries to replace former Head of State, General Mohammed Buhari with a prominent Muslim leader Dr. Datti Ahmed who sources said is the real leader of Boko Haram.
It would be recalled that Boko Haram in a statement by one Abu Mohammed IbuAbdullaziz who claimed to be speaking on behalf of his self-acclaimed leader, Sheik Abubakar Shekau said Boko Haram was now ready to give peace a chance in Nigeria and requested that federal government negotiate with its allegedly appointed representative, General Mohammadu Buhari.
Abdulaziz said he had the mandate of Shekau to request the federal government to send its negotiation team who will now met a team to lead by Buhari. Other members of the Boko Haram team include, former governor of Yobe State now Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, first Nigerian Petroleum Minister Shettima Ali Mungono, chairman of the Presidential Committee on insecurity in the North-East, Ambassador Gaji Gatimari and other prominent members of the Borno Emirate to negotiate with federal government on the group's behalf.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Govt may accept dialogue offer with condition

Govt may accept dialogue offer with condition
The Federal Government is ready for dialogue with Boko Haram but on one condition that the Spiritual and Political Leader of the sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau, will be at the negotiation table.
It was also learnt that the government may come up with an Amnesty Programme for members of the sect after ceasefire and disarmament if they are sincere.

A government source, who spoke in strict confidence, said the conditions set by the group would be resolved during the dialogue.
The source said: “We were not surprised by the offer of the dialogue because there had been contacts between the sect and National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki in the last few months.
“As a matter of fact, the NSA had some talks with the leaders of the sect last week where it was indicated that Shekau’s deputy might lead Boko Haram delegation to the dialogue.
“The NSA however said the government would want Shekau to head the team from the sect’s side in order to give the proposed talks more weight.
“With Shekau, who is the spiritual and political leader of Boko Haram, there will be a meaningful direction for the discussion by the two parties.
“If it works out and if Boko Haram is sincere with the dialogue option, the government will embrace it.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “Once we can find common grounds, the government will come up with a rehabilitation initiative which is similar to the ongoing Amnesty Programme.
“Even in the case of the affected parts of the North, there might be a joint reconstruction programme between the Federal Government and the ravaged states.”
Concerning the demand of Boko Haram for the arrest of ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff, the source added: “That is a political side of their demands which the government will look into.
“From security reports and investigation by agencies, some members of the sect gave Sheriff support during his election based on three demands.
“The demands were a creation of a Ministry for Islamic (Religious Affairs), being part of Sheriff’s government and the implementation of Sharia in Borno State.
“They parted ways with Sheriff when he refused to implement the Sharia policy. The situation worsened following the brutal killing of the leader of the sect, Mohammed Yusuf and a former Commissioner for Islamic (Religious) Affairs in Sheriff’s cabinet.
“The dialogue will shape discussions on the fate of Sheriff.”

Chika Unigwe, Author of “On Black Sisters Street” wins the 2012 NLNG Prize for Literature – Carts Away $100,000 Prize!

So excited to share this news! One of our favourite authors, Chika Unigwe, the author of “On Black Sisters Street” was today announced the winner of this year’s edition of Nigeria’s biggest prize for literature, the NLNG Prize for Literature.
She was announced winner of the literary award at a world press conference held at the Ocean View Restaurant in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Chika Unigwe is a Nigerian-born author and she writes in English and Dutch. She has a Ph.D in Literature from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. She has published short fiction in several anthologies, journals and magazines including Wasafiri (University of London), Moving Worlds (University of Leeds), Per Contra, Voices of the University of Wisconsin and Okike of the University of Nigeria.

In 2003, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. In 2004, she won the BBC Short story Competition and a Commonwealth Short Story Competition award. In the same year, her short story made the top 10 of the Million Writers Award for best online fiction.
Her book made the final shortlist of 3. The other two entries were Only a Canvas by Olusola Olugbesan and Onaedo: The Blacksmith’s Daughter by Ngozi Achebe.
Chika, who lives in Turnhout, Belgium, with her husband and four children is the first foreign based Nigerian writer to win the NLNG prize which was hitherto reserved for locally based Nigerian writers.
The prize has a cash value of $100, 000.

Gov. Rochas Okorocha Shuts Down Nudity Clubs In Imo State

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has ordered the immediate closure of nudity clubs in the state, describing their existence as “strange and devilish”. Okorocha, who gave the order in Owerri on Wednesday at the end of the meeting of the state Security Council, said that the operation of nudity clubs debased Igbo culture.

He said that such clubs had compounded the eroding morality of the youths and warned that the government would no longer condone their destructive activities. Many nudity clubs are operating in the state capital.

The governor also banned under-age persons from attending night clubs in the state and warned that any club found admitting such persons or selling alcoholic drinks to them would be closed down permanently.

The governor also ordered the demolition of a house in Oru East Local Government Area and a filling station in Mbaitoli Local Government Area allegedly owned by kidnappers.

Okorocha warned that government was determined to stamp out kidnapping in the state.
He also warned owners of uncompleted buildings in the state to clean and secure them to prevent criminals from using them as hideouts.

The governor decried the upsurge of secret cults in some secondary schools in the state and warned student cult members that government was poised to deal with them.

He expressed concern over the increase in child trafficking in the state and said that government had taken steps with the security agencies to check the trend.

**BOKO Haram Cease Fire**. Buhari Leads Boko Haram's Team.


"Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim colonel (Maj Gen) who ruled Nigeria for 20 months after seizing power in 1984, had to be a negotiator during talks". - Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulazeez, Boko Haram Spokesperson.

Other Conditions:
**govt should compensate the group and rebuild their places of worship which were destroyed during 2009 uprising.
**all their members who were arrested and are under the custody of security agencies must be released with immediate effect.
**Peace Talks Must be saudi Arabia.

Team Lead By Buhari.
#Dr. Shettima Ali Monguno, # Bukar Abba Ibrahim (ex Yobe Governor), #Ambassador Gaji Galtimari, #Barr Aisha Alkali Wakil and #Barr. Alkali Wakil.

Boko Haram Team.
#Abu Mohammed Abdulazeez, #Abu Abbas, #Sheikh Ibrahim Yusuf, #Sheikh Sani Kontogora and #Mamman Nur.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor Resigns

2015: Akpabio’s deputy quits
Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor Nsima Ekere quit his job yesterday – “for personal reasons.”
His terse letter of resignation sent to Governor Godswill Akpabio reads: “Pursuant to Section 306 (5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I kindly notify you of my resignation from the Office of the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State forthwith on personal grounds.
“I want to thank you immensely for the opportunity to serve Akwa Ibom State and the good people of the state as well in the remaining years of your administration.”
A statement signed by Ekere’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Inemesit Ina, confirmed the resignation, but refused to go beyond the lines in the letter.
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