Monday

These 5 Gentle Wisdoms Will Make Your Life Worth Living


Life advice shouldn’t yell at you — it should whisper.

It should gently land on you in a way that makes — no, allows — you to think, to absorb it in your own time, in your own way.

Especially now, especially in a world that’s been tipped upside down by a pandemic.

Life advice given in a SHOUTY!!! voice makes me smile. Because it seems like the person giving it has life sorted; they know what they’re doing. When I’m not sure anyone does — ever.

Life Won’t Do What You Tell It To

The trouble with all life advice is that it tries to impose law and order onto the business of living. But life’s chaotic and unpredictable — and it doesn’t always react well to being told what to do.

Still, it’s important to develop an approach that allows you to see and pursue opportunity — and to cope well with whatever difficulties come your way.

And happiness remains a worthy goal — as long as you know what it looks like to you and you don’t set the bar so high that you constantly feel you’re falling short.

Here are five ideas for making life worthwhile — or at least to think about amidst the madness.

1. Be bothered. Even a little bit.

“Action is the antidote to despair.” ―Joan Baez

A lot of people who sign up for therapy have lost their mojo — their motivation. They’ll say: “I just can’t be bothered.” They’re not necessarily clinically depressed — just flat and fatigued — and there’s nothing like a global pandemic for promoting those feelings. They’re everywhere.

It’s important to stay invested in your own life. When you’re struggling, tell yourself to “be bothered”, even if it’s on a tiny scale. Every one of those tiny acts adds up. Keep trying.

2. Make things. In your own way.

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” — Bruce Garrabrandt

My friend’s dad had an antidote for feeling down — go out in the shed and make something: It always made him feel better. While not an evidenced-based cure for depression, I’ve seen creativity bring people out of a difficult place, over and over again. So have a project you enjoy returning to. Or just make something — a meal, a jar of jam, a garden, a jigsaw puzzle, a piece of art, a poem, a video, a game, a wood carving, a song, a piece of code, a spreadsheet — anything. Acts of creativity engage your brain in healthy ways. Make space for them.

3. Borrow someone else’s glasses.

“The greatest tragedy for any human being is going through their entire lives believing the only perspective that matters is their own.” — Doug Baldwin

The way you see the world is just the way you see the world. It’s just your own truth. Nothing more, nothing less. Constantly looking at the world through your own lens will blur your vision.

Next time someone’s world view upsets you, pause and try to see their angle. You don’t have to agree with them, but just seeking to understand (or just reminding yourself that your truth is not theirs) will broaden your world view. Being able to understand how things (truly) are for another person is a masterclass. But it’s one worth signing on for.

4. Banter. Anywhere.

“I am a part of all that I have met.” — Lord Tennyson

If banter’s not your thing, just make small talk. At the park.

On the street. In the carpark. In the lift. Over the supermarket counter. Doing the dishes.

A lot of people say they hate small talk but I find that a little strange. Small talk can turn into Big talk. And, even if it doesn’t, there can still be value in it — if not for you, then for someone else.

Social connection, on any level, is important. Research tells us so and the pandemic has provided an avalanche of evidence. Here’s the thing, though. You don’t have to have Big Meaningful Connections or deep conversations to get (or give) the benefits. A chat over the fence, a shared exchange, a show of interest in someone else, a laugh, even a smile, can lift the spirits. Initiate them.

5. Every day’s a party. Sort of.

“Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” — Joanne Harris

I know, this one’s debatable, every day is NOT actually a party. Some days are hard. Some days will test us. Others may bring us to our knees. But there is always a bright spot amidst the murk. Where — and wherever — you can, look for the gold in your days. Where — and wherever — you can, celebrate it.

Author Loretta LaRoche says it better than I can: “Life is short, wear your party pants.”



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Culled from Medium
Written by Karen Nimmo
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels


Saturday

Lagos Government Eases Restrictions On Social Gatherings And Event Centres With New Guidelines

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered a relaxation of the restrictions and embargo placed on social gatherings and event centres across the state.

According to a statement released by the Lagos Safety Commission on Friday, limits on social and event centres are being eased immediately. He “due consultation and deliberations with relevant stakeholders and MDAs including the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Lagos State Safety Commission and approved the further easing of social centres across the State with immediate effect,” the statement said.

Under this new relaxation of regulations, event centres will now hold a limit of 500 participants, regardless of their size. The overall event time for social activities has now been increased from two hours to six hours.


Check out the complete operational recommendations for social/event facilities:

  1. All event centres must hold a valid license of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture before operating as an event centre in the State.
  2. All event centres must be duly registered and verified on The Lagos State Safety Commission website www.lasgsafetyreg.com before holding any event.
  3. An Event Safety Clearance must be obtained from the Lagos State Safety Commission through the website www.lasgsafetyreg.com for any proposed event or exhibition.
  4. Safety Marshals shall be deployed by an accredited event safety consultant from Lagos State Safety Commission for every social event with attendance exceeding over 200 people.
  5. Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 50% of the maximum design capacity of the hall, wherein Occupancy Limit stickers provided by the Lagos State Safety Commission must be boldly posted at the entrance of the event hall.
  6. The maximum allowable capacity for Event Centers irrespective of the occupancy limit is 500 people.
  7. Deep cleaning must be carried out before and after every event.
  8. Physical distancing shall be maintained between seated guests and a maximum number of seated guests should be 6 (six) people on a table of 10 (ten)persons.
  9. Event duration should not exceed a maximum period of 6-hours.
  10. All guests and service providers at the facility must wear a nose mask and make use of hand sanitizers
  11. All guests and service providers must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or in the alternative use hand sanitisers.
  12. Temperature checks must be taken at all entry points into a facility.
  13. Guests and service providers with temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on the ground.
  14. Hand sanitisers must be positioned at the entry points and different spots within the hall.
  15. All event centres must endeavour to display standard COVID-19 safety signs. The signs must be bold and installed at conspicuous locations.
  16. Event centre owners/ planners/vendors would be responsible for any breach of protocols by their staff.



VIDEO: Wizkid feat. Tems - Essence


Here's the audio-visual to Wizkid and Tems' magical collaboration titled Essence. The track itself comes off Wizkid’s 'Made In Lagos' album.

Catch a glimpse of the video below:

PODCAST: Being An Emerging Brand In The Global Fashion Market - Ethical Fashion Initiative Accelerator Programme Designers

 

The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s Ethical Fashion Podcast aired the third episode, ‘New African Designers To Know’,  of its second series dedicated solely to African stories, on April 8th.

Hosts Simone Cipriani and Clare Press guide the conversation alongside two designers from the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s inaugural Accelerator Programme for African Designers, Jennifer Mulli of Kenyan brand Jiamini, and Lukhanyo Mdingi, founder of South African brand with the same name. Jiamini, known for its extravagant beaded handiwork, and Lukhanyo Mdingi, a locally-manufactured fashion brand globally recognized for its sophisticated collections, both form a part of a new wave of emerging designers that are promoting the future of slow fashion. 

The discussion dives into the essentials required of small brands to take on the international market and what it means to go from ‘emerging’ to ‘global’. The conversation turns to ethical fashion topics such as ethical employment methods and the beauty of using traditional fashion techniques to implement them in the creative workplace, especially for women-owned, women-made Jiamini. Tapping further into the topic of sustainability, Lukhanyo Mdingi introduces the possibility of opportunities for reshoring garment production in South Africa, as well as creating a hybrid of both artisanal craft and modern design.

Simone Cipriani (Founder and Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (“EFI”) and Clare Press (Sustainable Journalist and Writer), return to host the second series of the Ethical Fashion podcast, first launched in June 2020 to champion the power of discussion and explore the issues driving the ethical fashion conversation. The new series focuses on African stories in light of the EFI’s work on “creating jobs and regenerating the social capital in some of the most challenging environments, which is something we started doing in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2018” says Cipriani. 

About the Ethical Fashion Initiative

EFI is a flagship program of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. For the Ethical Fashion Initiative, lifestyle choices impact livelihoods. EFI creates and strengthens social enterprises in emerging economies to connect discerning international brands in fashion, interiors, and fine foods with talented local designers, artisans, and micro-producers. Savvy investors, pro-poor champions, and mindful consumers find value in a virtuous circle that creates not just premium products, but also stable, dignified work, and creative and resilient women, men, and communities.

The EFI’s Identity Building and Business Sharing Initiative showcases creativity and talent in fashion and beyond, in an effort to strengthen the cultural sectors including art, photography, cinema, and music. Operational in seven dynamic new countries — Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Mali, Uganda, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan — this chapter of EFI works in hand with leaders from the private sector to generate trade and more importantly, social capital.

Find out more HERE or on Instagram @ethicalfashion.

This EFI Identity Building and Business Sharing Initiative is funded by the EU.

 

 

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Culled from Bella Naija

Emmanuel Naebei Emerges Winner of #LagosCityMarathon2021




Emmanuel Naebei from Kenya has emerged as the winner for this year's Lagos City Marathon powered by Access Bank.

The Kenyan crossed the finish line at Eko Atlantic to complete the 42 kilometer race which started off at the National Stadium in Surulere, in a total time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 37 seconds.

Emmanuel comes a little short of David Barmaasi Tumo also a Kenyan, who won the Lagos City Marathon in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 20 seconds last year.

Emmanuel will receive a cash prize of $30,000 as the winner. The first and second runners-up will bag $20,000 and $15,000 respectively.

Congratulations are in order for Emmanuel Naebei

Try Out Sisi Yemmie's Chicken Salad And Honey Mustard Salad Recipe




This weekend, we shall be trying out Sisi Yemmie's yummy chicken salad and honey mustard recipe. In this new Vlog, we follow the lifestyle blogger as she takes us on the journey of making this mouth-watering and worth savoring deli on your own.

Catch a glimpse of the vlog below.

Justin Bieber’s New Track “Loved by You” Feat. Burna Boy Is What You Need Now



Justin Bieber has bagged a collaboration with Grammy award-winner Burna Boy in a single titled “Loved by You.” The new hit walks us through the longing to feel desired, then despising yourself for needing to be needed.

This single comes of Justin's sixth studio album titled “Justice" which was released on Friday, March 19, 2021, by Def Jam Recordings. It is the follow-up to his last release, “Changes“.

Take a listen below

MUSIC: M.I. Abaga feat. Sinzu & Erigga – TBDK




Rap solid star and Chocolate City's finest, M.I Abaga has hit us with a super hot release in which he features ghetto lord, Erigga alongside Sinzu on a collaboration titled 'TBDK'

Take a listen

Friday

Marilyn Oma: Against All Odds - Changing The World 'One Show At A Time'

“I am an entrepreneur not a business person. I am more about providing solutions, making impact and changing the world. Making money is secondary and not the direct purpose”  

- Oma Anona

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In the midst of changing trends and digital culture, the media icon continues to defy the world of business and social work by pushing herself and her team towards the edge of positive impact. In this interview with Rose Jonathan, she shares her journey into business, social work and the future that lies ahead.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW IT MIGHT HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT SKILLS.

My name is Marilyn Oma Anona, a native of Abagana in Anambra state. I was born into a family dominated by academicians, civil servants and career professionals. As a matter of fact, I am the first entrepreneur in my extended family. I never had a business background or exposure to business of any sort and I never imagined I would take this path, but then self and purpose discovery happened and well, here we are.

I am the first child in my family and as the first child with inherent academic prowess, everyone expected me to be a medical doctor, but to be very candid despite being a whiz kid, I knew I didn’t want to be a doctor. For me, purpose and fulfillment are what truly matters not pleasing anyone, especially when there is so much to life outside academics.

I had a reclusive upbringing where we were not allowed to mingle or socialize. There was no one to learn anything from except from within. Good thing, my dad loves books and would take us to libraries and book shops so I started reading really big books early enough. I remember reading big John Maxwell and Stephen Covey books at 16. At that time, I didn’t understand why I should read such big books but now I do and I appreciate reading them when I did.

In the light of the above, I would say my management skills came as a result of self-discovery and gaining clarity early enough. Furthermore, I am very multitalented. I can do a lot with so much ease, so I thought “why waste all that ability sitting behind a desk doing routine jobs?” So I left my high paying job and wandered off in pursuit of purpose.

About my age, I was born in the late 80s. (Chuckles)

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO VENTURE INTO BUSINESS?

 I am an entrepreneur not a business person. I am more about providing solutions, making impact and changing the world. Making money is secondary and not the direct purpose. The desire to make a difference in the world, you know make the world more beautiful than I met it inspired me into the work I do. If you talk to anyone who knows me closely, they will tell you that I value excellent execution and results first before financial rewards. Inevitably, money will come when the impact has yielded fruits.

 

OK, PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOUR WORK IS ABOUT AND HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN ON?

OMA LIVING SHOW is a media outfit. The brand started as a talk show on TV, but has since grown wider and bigger to be a media and social brand engaging in real projects aimed at positively transforming and changing our society, by concentrating on the people that live in and make up the society.

Our brand is multi themed and tackles nagging issues, entrepreneurship, celebrating unsung heroes and bringing them to limelight, soft skills inculcation, training and orientation, values, purpose and character orientation; mental health advocacy and awareness; social campaigns; humanitarian activities through a foundation called THE RIGHT STAGE; human capital development, coaching, mentoring and training; entertainment and lots more.

We started in November 2014 and since then, Oma Living Show has produced over 50 episodes in about 4 seasons and is broadcast currently on YouTube. The brand has also successfully carried out several social campaigns such as; The S.A.D campaign (suicide, anxiety and depression) 2018, which provided awareness, education, advocacy and support for listed mental health issues that are the leading causes of suicide; The campaign against jungle justice 2017 to curb the menace and enlighten the public about the need for allowing the police and the legal system do their work and not take laws into their hands; The campaign on sexual assault 2017 to help curb and reduce the high incidence of rape and other sexual offenses that impede human development and endanger lives; The campaign on domestic violence 2016; The campaign on societal vices 2015; and the ongoing campaign on work life balance through the Balance Network.

The Oma Living Show hosts an entrepreneurship award and conference annually. We have done 3 editions already. We are aware that there are people who do great and extraordinary things but somehow are not given enough recognition. In order to combat this, we started the Unsung Heroes Awards. At The Oma Living Show Unsung Heroes Award and Entrepreneurship Conference, we simply celebrate unsung heroes and bring them to the limelight.

IT IS NO DOUBT THAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE WORKING REMARKABLY TO ENHANCE THE SOCIAL LIFE OF NIGERIANS. HOWEVER, WE ARE AWARE THAT SUCH WORK MUST NOT BE WITHOUT CHALLENGES. BRIEFLY HIGHLIGHT THE CORE CHALLENGES YOU FACE DAILY IN YOUR WORK.

To be candid, it’s been one hell of a journey. I am not one of those entrepreneurs who mask their struggles and put up the facade of “I am well and things are smooth.” No! My journey within the first 3 years was hell, no jokes! The challenges are numerous but for want of space, I will summarize them.

First challenge I encountered which led to several others was human resources. The quality of human resources in this clime is poor, and I am not just talking about certificates, hard skills and expertise but soft skills and character.

I started building my brand in November 2014 with the production of my TV talk show. It was the first of its kind in Nigeria at the time. The show was a 5 segment talk show with a live audience and I wanted top quality in everything. I was already very good at what I do having worked at MYTV Africa where I hosted a TV SHOW for close to a year and got many invitations from TV stations to host their shows, but beyond my talent and delivery skills, I wanted to have one of the best TV shows in Nigeria in terms of production. So I and my team set out on the dream. We made enquiries, sought the best but at the end of the day, it turned out to be a terrible experience.

We paid for 5 cameras (all 5D mac 111) which was the best at that time, a well-designed stage, all equipment needed, but unknown to me, the Director of Photography (DOP) planned on using inferior cameras. Not just that, he was using apprentices and I paid for professionals in that field. The production was met with all sorts of haphazard experiences that left me in tears for the 21 days we spent in Lagos producing. For starters, I didn’t need to go to Lagos to produce but I was lured to do so and I caught the hook because I was young and inexperienced. It was sad that I had to experience firsthand how gross the quality of Human Resources in my country is. especially when I was just starting out.

I can’t use this interview space to recount all that happened because that will be too lengthy, but the summary is that the production was below required standard. I didn’t even know how bad it was until I took it to TV stations to broadcast and they kept complaining about the quality. It was a bad start that would have ended my brand. I was affected mentally and otherwise. I mean coming from a background where entrepreneurship was new and I adamantly insisted that I wanted to do this, the setbacks shattered my whole being. Then again, there is the challenge of nepotism, sexual harassment and no fair playing ground for people in terms of getting corporate sponsorship. I mean, my brand has made so much visible impacts. At this stage, we shouldn’t sweat for some things but oh well, you know our society. Guess what though, these challenges have strengthened my purpose and exposed more pressing issues that are in dire need of solution to me. That’s why my major focus is human capital development. As for daily challenges, I see none. Every hurdle just exposes the need for me to buckle up. Life is not a bed of roses and even roses have thorns.

 

HOW DID YOU ACCESS FUNDING FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

My funding is 100% personal. The business grows itself.

 

PEOPLE SAY IT IS DIFFICULT TO DEVELOP A BUSINESS IN NIGERIA, AS A NIGERIAN WHO HAS SUCCESSFULLY DONE THIS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ABOUT THIS?

I do not consider myself successful yet even though I know that success is an estimation. For me, I am still in the early stage of my process. I like to refer to myself as a child. I haven’t started. I am even still playing. As per difficulties, I won’t describe the situation as regards building business in Nigeria as very difficult. I just think that as a developing country, many of us are just laying the foundation for a better tomorrow. For me, this is the stage where and when we should be giving to the country to grow it. Our children will enjoy the Nigeria of our dream.  So I see Nigeria as green and prospective. The multiple problems we have is proof that there are tons of opportunities that need exploitation. Problems need solutions, don’t they?

 

IF YOU WERE TO START AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?

Nothing really. I love the organic process of growth. The mistakes shape us better and make us more grounded. Without them, the process would be weak.

 

IN YOUR TOUGH DAYS ESPECIALLY DURING LOSSES, WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO KEEP PUSHING?

The person I want to be inspires me, and then my father, I really want to make him proud. I want him to see me become reasonably great and enjoy my fruits now that is alive and healthy. My mother is no more and didn’t see us grow, so it’s all my father. Any time I am feeling low, I remember him and sob a little then I stand up and decide to try again.

 

LOOKING AT THE NATURE OF YOUR WORK, WOULD YOU SAY YOUR WORK HAS ALLEVIATED UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA?

Before I answer this, I will like to mention that I have won so many awards which are organic recognition for the work that I do, and these awards are from prestigious and reputable African platforms.

OMA LIVING SHOW through entrepreneurship sessions, conferences, TV show and social media contents has inspired over 50,000 young Nigerians directly and indirectly to start their own brands and businesses. An arm of the brand does training as a human performance coach, and we also run recruitment for organizations.

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE INTERNET AND HOW IT HAS HELPED YOUR WORK. THESE DAYS, IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR

BUSINESSES TO THRIVE WITHOUT A STRONG INTERNET PRESENCE. HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO YOUR WORK?

The internet and the new media (social media) have helped me build my brand 100%. I use YouTube to share my videos, promote them on Instagram and so on. Doing these would have been near impossible without the internet.

 

WHAT BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS DO YOU THINK MAKES BUSINESS SUCCESS EASY?

Every skill is important but do not joke with soft skills. A person who lacks the essential soft skills will not succeed in business even if they have all the money. So we all need to build on the soft skills relevant to our niches to be able to succeed.

 

AS A WOMAN IN BUSINESS, HOW HAS IT BEEN FOR YOU ESPECIALLY WHEN SOME PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE IT IS DIFFICULT TO DO BUSINESS AS A WOMAN?

I do not listen to such things. Being a woman is not any kind of handicap. I was born in a family of 6 girls before my only brother came. I was also raised by a man who saw us as limitless beings, people who can be and achieve whatever they wanted. He calls us soldiers (laughs). So there is no special challenge for me that comes because I am a woman. If I face sexual harassment, it’s not because I am a woman but because I unfortunately had to meet an irresponsible person and so on.

 

TELL US HOW MENTORSHIP MIGHT HAVE HELPED IN YOUR WORK

I do not have a mentor. I have never had one. But I mentor 100s people directly.

 

COULD YOU PAINT A CLEAR PICTURE OF WHEN YOU HAVE EXHIBITED LEADERSHIP IN YOUR BUSINESS?

Every incident in my business is about leadership. I am the founder of my brand and as such the head. I also work with a tech company called ABiT NETWORK as the HR/Overseer and a lot of leadership is required to handle such positions.


THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN NIGERIA IS CHANGING, THIS MEANS THAT IN ORDER TO SAIL THROUGH, YOU WOULD HAVE TO CONSISTENTLY UPGRADE YOUR KNOWLEDGE. WHAT MANAGEMENT OR BUSINESS TRAININGS DO YOU SUBSCRIBE TO AND WHAT IS THE FREQUENCY OF YOUR TRAINING?

I train myself daily. I read, I attend quality events, I attend trainings, but what has shaped me more is experience and informal learning.

 

HOW ABOUT STAFF TRAINING?

Being a trainer, I always train the people I work with and also encourage them to not joke with personal development. We should all make efforts to consistently grow and invest in our growth.

 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BUSINESS MISTAKE YOU’VE EVER MADE?

I don’t exalt or dwell on mistakes and as such I don’t calculate or check their weight. Every experience good or bad broadens our view and part of the process.

 

DID YOU START OFF WORKING FOR YOURSELF OR YOU WORKED FOR SOMEONE BEFORE ESTABLISHING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

I believe in learning and serving before leading and teaching. I spent time working for people and serving before I decided to be on my own. And the irony is, I am on my own but still serving because a leader is a perpetual servant.

 

FINALLY, A WORD OF ADVICE TO UPCOMING CEOS

Embrace the process, you must count 1 before 2. Build your character. Be patient. Keep learning.

 

These Secondary Schools In Abuja Have Fantastic Scholarship Programs For You



As the parent of a Senior Secondary School student, or even as a student in high school, your gaze is set on conquering your final exams and bagging an admission into any of the best universities around. Some parents and students set their eyes on greater things, hopeful for a slot in any of the best universities around the world. Thankfully, some of the best secondary schools in Nigeria have put up scholarship schemes and programs to encourage and motivate their students to achieve that purpose.

In this article, we focus on the best secondary schools in Abuja with the most amazing scholarship opportunities for their students. 

 

Premiere Academy

This is one of the best Secondary Schools in Abuja with a visible and excellent record of imparting secondary school students with academic insight as well as the moral and ethical requirements needed to succeed in the 21st century.

In line with their dedication to their students’ success, Premiere Academy, Lugbe Abuja, has also shown a commitment to helping its students ace internationals exams like the Pre-SAT, SAT, TOEFL, Checkpoint among others. They have also established exchange programs with at least one comparable secondary school each in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK, and Europe. Hundreds of our students who graduate each year qualify for scholarship opportunities into some of the best universities in the world.


Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja

Another one of the very best secondary schools in Abuja with a track record of raising academic giants, generating remarkable results, and being recognized for the excellence of their track record.

More than the knowledge which they impart on high school students while they are in their care, they are also very helpful and committed to helping these students in their post-secondary school and undergraduate endeavors. That is why they have a scholarship scheme that allows the brightest minds at Loyola Jesuit get access to some of the best universities in the world on a scholarship.

Students with superb academic records can get scholarship opportunities into universities such as Seattle University, and the University of San Francisco amongst many others

 

The New Abuja Capital International College

This school is one of Africa’s most innovative schools and surely one of the best in Abuja. NACIC is a co-educational international college with modern learning programs to prepare students for the college or university of their choice, anywhere in the world.

To that end, they run a Cambridge IGCSE curriculum, which is recognized by universities and employers worldwide. They have also partnered with Alliance Française to prepare students for the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) examination, allowing students to apply to any of the best universities in the Francophone world.

Their scholarship opportunities allow deduction on tuition fees from 15% to 100% based on the outcome of individuals’ academic assessments. It is possible to achieve a full scholarship on tuition fees at The New ACIC, but performance must be exceptionally outstanding. 


Capital Science Academy

Capital Science Academy is a prime secondary school, actually, one of the best in Abuja, which is committed to offering students the best educational opportunities both Nationally and Internationally.

Apart from national exams like WAEC and NECO, they also help students prepare for IGCSE; International General Certificate for Secondary Education; which is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 – 16 + year olds. As the access to places in overseas universities is very competitive, Capital Science Academy also counsels our students and provides courses to prepare them to obtain additional internationally recognized certifications such as SAT, IELTS, and French DELF – The Diplôme d’études en langue française – a Diploma in French Studies.

Wednesday

Cover Story: Genius Mag Goes One-On-One With Marilyn Oma Anona

In the midst of changing societal and global trends and digital culture, Oma Anona, a media icon, has continued to defy the world of business and social work by pushing herself and her team towards the edge of positive impact. In this interview with Rose Jonathan, of Genius Gist Mag, she shares her life’s travails and triumphs in business, social work and the future that lies ahead. 

 

Marilyn Oma Anona

The ever resilient show host was the spotlight for the 4th edition of Genius Gist Magazine 2021. Oma let us in on her early life, sharing insights on the perceived chronic nature and difficulties associated with running businesses in the present day Nigeria. She also talks experience, career drive, the perceived gender discrimination, core challenges, and successes in poverty and unemployment alleviation with her locale and beyond. Read excerpts from the interview below.

Commenting on her background and early life, she said;

“I had a reclusive upbringing where we were not allowed to mingle or socialize. There was no one to learn anything from except from within… I would say my management skills came as a result of self-discovery and gaining clarity early enough… Furthermore, I am very multitalented. I can do a lot with so much ease, so I thought “why waste all that ability sitting behind a desk doing routine jobs?” So I left my high paying job and wandered off in pursuit of purpose.”

 

When quizzed about her venture in business, Oma had this to say;

“I am an entrepreneur not a business person. I am more about providing solutions, making impact and changing the world. Making money is secondary and not the direct purpose. The desire to make a difference in the world, you know make the world more beautiful than I met it inspired me into the work I do. If you talk to anyone who knows me closely, they will tell you that I value excellent execution and results first before financial rewards. Inevitably, money will come when the impact has yielded fruits.”

 

About her perception on the level of difficulty associated with developing, building and sustaining a business in Nigeria as alleged by startups and entrepreneurs, the icon was of the opinion that she “won’t describe the situation as regards building business in Nigeria as very difficult”.

“…. I just think that as a developing country, many of us are just laying the foundation for a better tomorrow. For me, this is the stage where and when we should be giving to the country to grow it. Our children will enjoy the Nigeria of our dream.  So I see Nigeria as green and prospective. The multiple problems we have is proof that there are tons of opportunities that need exploitation. Problems need solutions, don’t they?”

 

Bothering on the challenges she faced daily in the work sphere, coupled with the gender-based misconceptions about career women, women in the media and women in business generally, the spotlight said;

“I am not one of those entrepreneurs who mask their struggles and put up the facade of ‘I am well and things are smooth.’ No!”

 

“Being a woman is not any kind of handicap…. So there is no special challenge for me that comes because I am a woman. If I face sexual harassment, it’s not because I am a woman but because I unfortunately had to meet an irresponsible person and so on.”

 

 For the full interview or to get a copy of the magazine, click here