Mosqueros

If you were born in Nigeria, Mosquitoes are normal.

I spent few moments in Eneka. Sandy, real air, devoid of the major Port Harcourt bustle, but brimming with the City’s hustling spirit. Rumuokwurusi ,some Ikwerre’s are angry, it’s now called “rumuokwurushe”,that’s was easier to pronounce for the very many Yoruba Taxi drivers then. But maybe in a bid to take back their land, everybody drives the taxis now,especially the cup sized yellow painted NAPEPs. It’s more tribeless now. Maybe the real pronunciations will come back.

Back to the story, Rumuokwurusi welcomes you, Tank is a melting point enroute Atali, then Elimgbu and finally, Eneka.This was the first place I got a new name for Mosquitoes, Gbemisola calls it “Mosquero”.

After wonderful experiences of the insects, we gave it another name, like the dreaded name that should not be mentioned, the Harry Potter way. They are that dangerous.

They are neighbors,but they suck blood.

When I hear of countries like the United States of America, where it’s been completely eradicated, I imagine how life would be without those small insects with powerful bites. Then the wa-hun sounds, that’s like the arrival of the itchy warriors,contemplating the part of your body to conquer.

The tales. The Clap, sometimes the slaps. The jumps and pains when your claps of fury misses it’s prey. I wonder why it settles for the night to attack.

If you are fortunate, you wake up in the night;then the feeling of being unfortunate comes, when you put on the lights. A swarm of angry looking mosquitoes all over your body.

Yes. Even in Nigeria, mosquitoes are place specific. They frequent places that help them breed. Breathe.
While others have used technology to fight this battle against the tiny legged warriors,some have other chemical and natural means.

I spent few days in Offa, we used Odomos. My house in Rumuokwurusi, mummy bought Mosquito repellent sprays… I hear there are now tech solutions.
Even Sterile Mosquitoes, I wonder how people thought of using sex to ignite a kill switch.
Anyway, these mosquitoes must die.

But this night, the Akure Mosquito brigade, has had its fill.

What’s your mosquito story?

 

LEADERSHIP CLINIC AKURE 2.0

My week started with a bang.

On Sunday, 11th of December, 2016 the second edition of the Leadership Clinic with DayoNigeria held in Akure. The event with the theme: Achieving my dream Nigeria through Technology brought together some of the best tech minds in South West Nigeria and youths who are passionate about positively impacting the world, one community at a time.

So the atmosphere was charged with patriotism, innovation, excellence and discussions aimed at creating indigenous solutions to the myriads of problems facing the nation.  The first edition of the clinic which held in September revolved around the Practicality of Leadership; Pastor Akin Ojo and Segun Omojola led interactions that beamed the spot light on the thought that you are a leader where you are. However, this edition focused on how technology can be used to solve problems.

With this objective in mind, we carefully chose very excellent panellists and speakers; people who are already making efforts aimed at making the world a better place, one innovation at a time.

Usman Abiola (He’s the co-founder of cMapIT; An innovative geospatial company that won the Most Innovative Tech Company in the Emerging Markets Award by MongoDB (New York). He’s the GDG lead of LAUTECH. He mixes pixel(Graphics/UI/UX) to create good digital products ). You should have seen him articulate the importance of data in creating usable solutions. He stressed that you need to think like the people you are innovating solutions for, while also explaining that excellent market survey is important in ensuring sustainable tech business models.

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Emmanuel Odunlade (Co-Founder DevsDistrict and winner Access Bank Prize for Innovation 2016) stressed the need for students and youths to create ecosystems that are suitable for creating solutions. In his words, the beauty of Nigeria will only be achieved by Nigerians.

Victor Fatanmi (Lead Creative at the brand identity-specialized design agency FourthCanvas. With years of a wider design experience, working on presidential media campaigns in Nigeria and Ghana as well on ground breaking media campaigns like the StopEbola (2014) and a number of other projects for businesses in Lagos and New York, he readily comes with a wealth of experience in the visual communication/media industry.) Explained that it is increasingly becoming important for brands to create user friendly identity, hence the space is open for youths to get engaged in.

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Can we build the nation together? Victor Fatanmi ( FourthCANVAS) and Emmanuel Odunlade (DevsDistrict)

Evi Uwede (Campus Director, Hultz Prize and INTEL ambassador FUTA). Evi opined that there are a lot of opportunities for women in technology. She called on parents, institutions and systems to encourage ladies to be part of the tech ecosystem creating and innovating tech solutions.

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Evi Uwede

Olufemi Iroko (Co-founder, Career Drive Academy and GEMSTONE Ondo State Coordinator) enlightened that Technology has become a leveller; citizens at different spheres can now effectively play a part in building Nigeria. He emphasised, more than ever before Nigerians should engage in rebuilding the systems, working with those in the TECH ecosystem to build the Nigeria of our dream.

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Aboluwarin Kitan-David (Co- Founder Planet Nest – An incubation hub in Akure focused on helping student entrepreneurs create and grow successful businesses) explained that in creating successful businesses, we should always leverage on quality relationships based on areas of strength. He stressed that when we focus on value, money will come.

In his keynote address, Joel Ogunsola (founder/managing partner for Prunedge a social enterprise poised to advance humanity through technology. Prior to him co-founding Prunedge he was the Microsoft Education Technical Advisor for Microsoft Nigeria. He is the curator for TEDxAkure, an independently organized TED event. Joel founded Tech4Dev – a technology non-profit organization that seeks to create proactive and reactive solutions to the world’s greatest problems, with primary focus on public health, education & Civic engagement) opined that with the increasing access to technology, it has become imperative for Nigerians to collaborate towards creating solutions that are people centric and aimed at developing our communities.

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The event also provided a platform for great minds to network, we agreed that: Collaboration is the new competition.

More than ever before, we need to begin to channel the discussions towards making impact. We need to support platforms that encourage the values of truth, values, equity and justice. We should network with like minds that think social development. The leadership Clinic with DayoNigeria Akure 2.0 has come and gone in terms of time, but the impact will be long lasting.

I want to take out this opportunity to appreciate Joel Ogunsola ( Managing Partner, Prunedge), Segun Ketiku ( VP Raves Digital), Emmanuel Odunlade (  Devs District), Kitan Aboluwarin ( Planet Nest), Uma Photography ( You have seen the pictures, this brand was beautiful!)FourthCanvas –they handled a lot of our designs and branding, Adetimehin Ademola, Areji Owolabi, My Pastor – Akin Ojo and many others for their support in making this programme a success.  Thank you  DayoNigeria for nudging me towards putting my thoughts into action.

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The team; from L-R Adetunji Ogunoye(Sigma Brands), Adeniyi Joel (YALI fellow), Joel Ogunsola (Prunedge), Opeyemi Olugbemiro ( Convener), Evi Uwede ( Hultz prize Campus Director ,FUTA),Olufemi Iroko (CareerDrive Academy), Emmanuel Odunlade ( Devs District), Usman Abiola ( CMapIt Hub), Victor Fatanmi ( FourthCanvas), Aboluwarin Kitan-Davids (PlanetNest)

Thank you.

For those of us that attended, I hope you learnt and made connections that will brighten your horizon, thank you very much for coming. I learnt something. My network has been boosted.

With all hands on deck: I, you and all our partners, the next edition – Leadership Clinic Akure 3.0 will be better.

Together we shine bright.

 

 

Opeyemi Olugbemiro

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Coordinator, leadership Clinic with Dayo Nigeria

Akure

Twitter : @AkureClinic @O_gbemiro

My Creed

​See. 
Sometimes there is this crave to want to sound objective, not biased , “Intellectual” etc. that you begin to leave your faith out of discussions,interactions and posts.Especially when you have a lot of intelligent free thinkers, Atheists ,those that are confused about what they want as spiritual anchor and non Christians around you – offline & Online.
So sometimes we want to leave religion out of it. Often times,even among brethren,you can hear “Let’s leave the bible now and face reality”. Then I wonder.

However,I never want to get to the point where I will sacrifice who I am- a christian on the altar of sounding “intelligent”, ” Unbiased” and other convenient themes that fit the bill.

But there is a balance, I will relate with all without judging, I want to learn and continue to grow towards providing solutions that positively affect lives beyond the walls of faith. After all,I am a light to lit the world and salt to preserve the earth. So I love to celebrate the meeting points and let love be the modus Operandi.

I am a christian. I accept/agree with the infallibility of the scriptures. I have my issues and delinquent moments,but I am on  steady growth trips. 

I respect the views of others and appreciate our ideological fault lines.

Side Bar
: There are smart Christians. A lot. Cos ,often times the experiences of people in Nigeria (Africa) have made some people associate mediocrity with the faith. Sometimes, they even think we don’t Think. So this is a call,do you have Christ? Let the world see his greatness through you. Live out the best. Be the best.

CLEEN DAY

I am still looking for a word that properly captures when “ You really did not want to do something, then someone you respect or who is your boss makes you do it and at the end you begin to thank God  you went/did it” . Do you have an idea of what I can call it that will not sound spiritual?  Let me just call it grace ordered steps jare.

So I had planned to spend the 17th of November, 2016 with a close friend; she had not been around for a while, the town had been a little boring, so we wanted to hang out.

Then On the previous day, 16th

“Ope…come”, I jumped to meet my Head of News (who has been an inspiration yea! Steadily pushing my limits), I thought he wanted to give me something-maybe money with the way he called. But then he handed me a piece of paper, with the words “Cover this event”.  My mind just screamed: Ope your plans!

I tried to appeal, but with smiles written on his face, he disagreed and the last order was “Cover this event”.

The D-day, Thursday, Sunview Hotel Alagbaka, I was on sit before the programme started. Little did I know that I was in for an awesome ride.

It was a public presentation on Election Security Threat Assessment towards the 2016 Governorship Election in Ondo State by CLEEN Foundation.

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The presentation was handled by a professor of Political Science, Prof. Shola Omotola. It was a detailed research on identifying trends, issues and security hot-spots ahead of the governorship election in Ondo State.   If I am to describe the work and presentation in one word, I will call it: Excellent. I learnt and my recent nudge to do some mass media research works were reawaken.

Few minutes into the session, tea was served, with small chops, pepper-fried chicken and meat pie. How won’t I listen?

Then the Director General of the Electoral Institute of INEC, Prof. Abubakar Momoh shared practical applications on how the findings, conclusions can be used in real life situations, citing historical perspectives.

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Prof. Abubakar Momoh

 

 

I really learnt.

Apart from the fact that it was an assignment, it was rewarding in all ramification. Let me add that there was a buffet at the end of the presentation: I just did coleslaw, fried and jollof rice, Roasted Fish, Chicken and an Apple to complete the munch routine.

The only time I have seen a training this packaged in terms of Quality content, participants well taken care of and a serene environment is when you pay to attend. But this, you dint pay to attend. However, it is important to know that nothing is free, most likely the financial burden would have been shared by sponsors and partners. DFID (Department for International Development) – stuck to my mind as one of the partners on the banner.

I am excited about happenings like this. I like well packaged programmes aimed at impacting lives for the better and making the world we live in a better place. This programme has endeared me to CLEEN and I can only wish that a lot of the development initiatives (Sponsored locally and internationally) are leveraged to really bring the needed help to those that need it.

Again, I am encouraged to push on with the little effort I am starting with Dayo Nigeria in Akure – The leadership Clinic. The first edition was mega impactful (at least from the feedback I got from those that attended) as we discussed the practicality of leadership.

 This next one, we want to leverage on the technology for Social development space and discuss: Achieving our dream Nigeria through Technology; The leadership perspective.  I am working with excellent minds like Joel Ogunsola ( Prunedge), Kiitan Aboluwarin ( Planet Nest), Emmanuel Odunlade ( DevsDistrict) …( I hope this list increases). The plan is to have an ideathon that will engage participants in discussing leveraging technology to champion an inclusive national development from the grassroot.  Sunday, 11th December, 3pm …if you are in Akure or you know someone in this town who would be interested, let us make it a date ( You can register here or for further enquiry: olugbemiroopeyemi@gmail.com)

I hope one day it grows and surpasses the standard CLEEN exposed me to.

There are reasons to give up on my wonderful country, but I remain hopeful. In our quest to build the Nigeria of our dream, together we shine bright.

 

*CLEEN Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that seeks to promote public safety, security and justice sector reform.

 

 

 

 

 

KitchenExit

​Sometimes last year,I was still serving and my friend – Vyvian Ugwudinso just got a house at south gate(FUTA).
On the happy day I was to visit ,I stopped at an eatery some distance to her house to eat. The lady that attended to me was well mannered,spoke polished English and was happy about the business she was doing. I happily ate the food and in my mind,this was the eatery/restaurant I will go to through out my service year.

 
I spoke about it till I got to vyvian’s place,Alizor Precious was there too and they concurred that they had received similar five-star treatment.
Anyway,the place was far from my house ,I was staying at Ilara,so other “Buka’s” and eatery too her place,including that woman that spoke Igbo around Otosirieze Obi-Young ‘s house( Her meals were the closest I could get to PH standard,until I recently found one at NEPA area- The Oha soup is beautiful).
The story is,fast forward to today,I had a bad experience in the same restaurant. I won’t go back there again,Never. 

Sadly,the owner wasnt around,it was her sales girl ,maybe waitress. First of all,I sat down,waited for her to peel paw paw for someone outside the restaurant…. with her Upandan movement punctuated by a concerned friend to the brand telling her “E wa da customer e lohun”.
At last she came.
Served the food on the rack,I went to pick it,before I even settled in on my seat….she was like “Your money abeg”,I never sit down oh…..and she rudely continued. I was like,I will give it to her that ain’t running away,then she muttered something along the line of “That’s how you can just eat and go away”. 
At that point,I had started leaving the food for her to come eat or take back. Cos ,I was walking out,I mean away. Then that concerned friend,who I think has a shop behind the ‘Buka”, approached and pacified me.
Yes I ate.
Paid and left. But there and then,I made up my mind ,Never again.

The same brand,different experiences,different reactions. One made me want to always come back,the other has just made me choose never to go back there. 
I told my friend,who I came to visit and he said he mad that decision a long time ago.

For a brand to thrive,you need to consistently make effort to have a system that treats customers right. And in this era of social media,one wrong decision can boomerang.

But for now,it may be the Kitchen of her praise,but its not a kitchen of my praise(The name of the restaurant dey this sentence).

Migrained : We All Need Someone.

Thank God for the new week!

I mean it literally, it is not like I am speaking *christianese.

The previous week has been an experience. I broke down. The second time within two months- this is not normal, I seldom fall sick.

So on Wednesday, I did the last corpers wee hangout with the only remaining Akure Bae I had- Tominsin (Congratulations dear). As at then, the headache started slightly, I thought it will pass…it dint oh. I woke up the next day with it, and then it chose a parking lot – the left side of my head. It parked and started banging.

Shey when someone has headache, the next advice is for the person to have a good rest, but sleep no gree come oh.  The nights were short; I woke up intermittently feeling hyper about nothing. Imagine!

So Thursday

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Morning… it was a hell of a migraine!

Paracetamol was ineffective, Panadol Extra gave a very minute relief… then the names of the bigger drugs began to roll in.

Me, I wasn’t ready. The ones I was taking, the taste were in my mouth; I could perceive them in my catarrh and even my saliva. I dint need a new taste. So, I just gave in.

This is Sunday evening; I can sit down and type.

Praise God!

The worst part of being sick for me was not having friends in Akure check on me. I got calls from far away Kaduna (My Personal Assistant, Flora), Benin (Ernest Agbonlahor), Lagos ( Tomilade), Benin ( Josiah Jighere)…

Now the excuse is that I dint inform them. I dint tell them. So make I go dey announce say “I am Sick Oh! I am Sick Oh” ( Lolz) . Anyway, maybe because one way or the other, I always look like a superman. But I dropped hints on facebook nah… (What of if, they dint have data).

However, it made me learn something; people always need people they care about around. We subconsciously expect those we think care about us to know when we are not fine. While this is not always good, I just feel we need to do more to hear from those we love. A call, ping, chat… message. Keep in touch.

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Sometimes sef, I can intentionally or unintentionally show that like I don’t need you, I need you oh! Please call or chat.
What am I writing sef….? Don’t mind me, after 4 days of not been able to peacefully use your head, you will just be writing anyhow.

And Ehen, Jerry is back in my life, I will be pushing more limits now. Jordan Belonwu where are you joorh?

But for you, yes you reading this… keep in touch with those you love; people are the Joy of living.

World Peace Day!

Peace Itimi is one of the ladies I love and respect so much in this world! I mean in the whole wide the world.

She is smart, spiritual, geeky, and intelligent and has a very sound mind.

Today she is 21. Are you surprised she is 21? hahahha…you are welcome to the queue.

To celebrate her, I made her go through a spontaneous interview session.
Join me, as we try to unravel this gracious beauty.
Q. May we meet you ma?
Ma? Lol. Uhm, A PPC expert, social media and content Strategist, Writer (Author) and Public Speaker

Q. Where do you hail from?
Oyede, Isoko North ,LGA, Delta State.

Q. where were you born?
I was born and grew up in Benin City

Q. You have been around for 21 years, what can you say are your best memories of Edo and Delta States?

My best memories of Delta State are much, although my time in the state is summed in the Four years I spent in the Delta State University. Memories of CFi (Christian Fellowship International), memories of the drama amongst my friends and I, memories of how the Google life began… memories of love(s) and some lost…my seminar presentation.


For Edo, the last one year has been filled with great memories, my secondary school times… but very importantly, the ASUU 6 Months strike that happened when I was in 200l. I spent that six months at home and found God. Damn! That 6months with me and God was the highlight, it changed me forever. Lots of healing of me took place.

Q. I understand that you were the first Google Ambassador in DELSU, How did you feel and how has it shaped your experience?

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Yes… I felt and I still feel super awesome. Mehn! It has affected my life. Any effort at trying to explain the experiences will be an understatement. I don’t even know how to explain it. But let’s just say it was the gateway to a lot of things: to my personal brand and career.

Q. Peace is spiritual …how have you been able to work, live and interact with people of all kinds in your very interesting journey

My dear… It about knows myself, my journey, my source…See eh, the most peaceful times f my lives and happiest is when I’m in tune with God. And so once in a while, I remember that peace. And at times, it is obvious God is working behind the scenes and I stay put with God!

Q. If you were told to describe “Peace Itimi” in one word, what would it be?
Choi! Only one word? Uhmm, Greatness

Q. Now let’s tweak it a lil bit more, one sentence?
Smaller than most expect; Greater than anyone can imagine.

Q. Paint a picture of what you would want to have achieved by your 22nd birthday?
10 times greater than the previous year

Q. How do you see Peace Itimi, affecting Nigerian youths in the next 4 years? Then you would be 25.
You know how much I have inspired people already yea? How I have trained over 400 youths in Digital Marketing & inspire teens daily! Well, this has been rehearsal!

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Peace Itimi handling a training session

Q. From those of us that fell in love with you via your blog,when will your Ink roll again?
Oga soon o. In Jesus name

( She blogs here….just visit and see why we need to encourage her to continue to bless us)

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Q. And I know the guys will want to know; are you single? Me I am satisfied with my MentorZoning …so I ain’t part
Lol. Yeye.Yes, I’m single

Q. Why are you single sef?
I’m picky. I’ve high standard’s : Godly, Smart, ambitious, doer, cute…..compatible

Q. As you clock 21; in a maximum of 21 words describe the world you will want to live in.

A world filled with love, happiness and wealth. A World where people have each other’s back and worship God in spirit and truth.

Q. List your 21 best digital apps that have affected you ?That makes your day/life better.

 Google keep
 Google docs
 BBM
 Instagram
 WhatsApp
 Crowdfire
 Blinkist
 Facebook ads manager app
 Fb page manager app
 Gmail app
 Merriam Webster dictionary
 Hoot suite/buffer
 Bible app
 Udemy
 Fiverr
 Chrome browser
 Blogger app
 WordPress app
 Payoneer app
 Coursera

Q. Ya. I forgot this and it’s important. What’s your best food? Snack, drink et al
I no get oo. I’m so not a foodie

Q. What gift would you like for your birthday?

A. Mac pro
Google pixel X
Three new sneakers
All leather back pack
Ankara laptop bag
5million naira to investment in business

Q. Lastly, how does Peace see the world?

Uhmmm…

I believe reality is made of our perception and our perception is a result of experience + Information.

Thus, we are all see the world, and live in as we perceive it.

I see the world is a place of different realities made from diff people with diff perception (experience + information). My reality can be different from yours, depending on what’s in my head/mind

Its an honour to know this bright mind. A youth that is doing something huge…Today, I join the league of extra-ordinary admirers and partners to wish Peace Itimi Happy Birthday. Grace has lit you, shine on . Soar!

Thought Expressions…..