October 2014 ~ Welcome to Obinna Onyenali's Blog Welcome to Obinna Onyenali's Blog: October 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

Running others down doesn't take you up...

This is for folks who take pleasure in running others down. Go to various offices and you will find them :) The easiest way to go up without any doubt is to help others succeed; gossiping about people will even help improve their popularity rank. Enjoy this story after the cut... 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top 10 Motivational Books that will improve your productivity

A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't
Mark Twain

A room without a book is like a body without a soul. The importance of reading good books can never be quantified in any terms we know. There are books you merely open and skim through; there are others you read and shake your head; whereas there are ones you read, digest, 'regurgitate' and read all over again.

I think to stay inspired, these books should be read, digested and reread. You can get them at your local bookstores or online, and in any format of your choice. The most important thing is laying your hands on them and mining the inherent treasures.

So, in no particular order, the following are the top ten inspirational books you need to look out for to increase your productivity. Please ensure you read at least one this week and feel free to add to the list. Happy reading in advance :)  Continue...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Applying for a Government job? Read this...

Having set out to tackle the menace of unemployment on this blogging platform, I will be bringing handy information, as much as I can, that will lead to eradicating the problem. Graduates in the country have no business roaming the streets jobless and all hands must be on deck if we are to change the trend.
The article x-rays the need for 'transferable skills' to be conspicuous in a resume meant for a government job. Happy reading...

In these times of economic instability, nothing is more beneficial for most companies than to hire efficient people with a large set of varying skills. These people are those who are flexible and well-rounded to carry on and coordinate multiple tasks. Continue...

Quote of the Day

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

Good morning. Thank God for another week. I believe you had a wonderful weekend, because I did. The following are some job vacancies you might fancy…wishing you success and a splendid week ahead.
The Nigerian Navy wishes to inform the general public and all interested candidates that the online registration for the 2014 Recruitment Exercise commences today, 27 October 2014 and closes on 30 November 2014. ... Read More

Abraham Holmes is a leader in corporate team building and facilitating team change. We are in the business of creating safe, fun and meaningful team building activities. ...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five errors that can get your resume rejected by companies like Google

How to write a resumé to get a job
Photo-courtesy: Essential Travel
In the world of job hunting, your CV can be the game changer. It determines whether you will be given a chance for an interview or declined. It is your forerunner, which speaks for you even before you have the chance to speak with your prospective employers.

So in this article written by Laszlo Bock, the Senior Vice President of People Operation, Google, we will be looking at some of the errors that can cause your CV to be rejected in your quest to secure a job. Please take good note of the enumerated points if you are searching for a job.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

A leading building and civil engineering construction company in Nigeria  Read More

ECOWAS is currently recruiting in Abuja, Nigeria Read More

ECOWAS is recruiting into the following job positions in Abuja, Nigeria  Read More

Chibeco Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited  recruiting to fill the positions of:...

How Nigeria Defeated the Ebola Scourge (2)

Photo-courtesy: Doctors Without Borders
Here is the concluding part of the story on how Nigeria overcame Ebola virus disease as I promised…
The WHO puts the fatality rate at 70 per cent but in Nigeria it was less than 40 per cent. The public health expert explained: “Actually, the case fatality rate in the Nigeria outbreak was 40 per cent. This means that 40 per cent of those who developed the disease died in Nigeria. This proportion includes the index case that arrived  in  Nigeria with already advanced Ebola disease.
   “Clearly, the patients in Nigeria were given the best level of care possible. We had Ebola case management experts from  WHO working with our equally qualified Nigerian medical doctors, nurses and other health care workers. They provided the highest level of clinical care to EVD patients round the clock. As you are aware, treatment of EVD is mainly supportive. However, the quality of this supportive care does determine the trajectory of the disease.
   “Furthermore, the chances of survival from the disease improve when a patient is able to report early to a treatment centre. So once an individual knows they have been exposed to the disease and develop symptoms, they should seek urgent medical care by calling the Ebola help hotline (0800-EBOLA-HELP).” Continue...

Weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth? Don’t worry, you can forge one…

How to tackle challenges of life
Photo-courtesy: Leopardantiques
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

We came into the world in different sizes, shapes and destinies. This is the reason why each person’s experience is quite peculiar to him. The Creator had destined that we would be brought out from the wombs that gave birth to us. Left for some people, they would have prayed to be borne by a family that has the wherewithal to provide for all the necessities of life, while others would say, “Oh! I wish I was born in America” and some have gone to the length of cursing their fate as Nigerians, forgetting that there are beggars even on the streets of America. Continue...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How Nigeria Defeated the Ebola Scourge

How Nigeria tackled the Ebola virus outbreak
Photo-courtesy: Doctors Without Borders
The World Health Organization recently declared Nigeria an Ebola-free territory. In this report by Guardian, we will be looking at how the country was able to overcome the scourge.

We must commend the efforts of those medical personnel on ground, who showed high level of professionalism, and in the process endangered their lives, to avert what could have become a major national disaster.

I do not forgot in a hurry many prescriptions by those who became ‘doctors’ overnight such as bathing with water laden with salt and making a meal of kolanut. Thank God for the happy ending, but as the epidemic is still ravaging some neighbouring countries, we must not rest on our oars by maintaining a hygienic environment.

So let’s look at the report after the cut…

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eat in this restaurant and pay what you like

The business of running a restaurant
Can you run a business in Nigeria, like a restaurant, where you allow your customers to eat whatever they want and pay you as they wish? According to a report by Huffington Post, a restaurant owner in North Carolina whose business was in decline adopted that strategy and within a short period tripled her earnings. Thinking out of the box involves exploring all possible means to achieving one’s objective. Continue...

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

Gloo.ng is now Nigeria's Biggest Online Supermarket and was recently featured by CNN International, by Forbes Magazine, by Financial Times of London, by BBC and by Washington Post, and was voted by Mashable No.4 in the 20 African Startups to Watch--No.1 in Nigeria. Read More

Action Against Hunger | ACF-International works to save lives by combating hunger and diseases that threaten the lives of vulnerable communities, through nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy. Read More

Our Client, a reputable Pharmacy in Port Harcourt, Howells Health, requires for immediate employment, the following personnel:...

Monday, October 20, 2014

...Before You Start Your First Job

Kudos to Time.com for this article, which I believe will serve well in our cause to provide handy information that will enable starters have a successful career in their chosen fields. The following are some of the things you need to know before you start your first job, after school. Please read, digest and share with friends. Continue…

First Class, 2.1, 3rd Class or Pass: The Choice is Yours

How to succeed academically (inspirational writeup)
Yes, I have thought of this for a long time now. I think it’s time to interact with my friends in tertiary institutions: universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education, ‘battling’ to get their 1st degree. Life, somebody once said, is warfare. In a war situation, a military contingent has to marshal out the relevant weapons within its armoury to win a battle. Life as a student is similar to the picture being painted here. You need to know what the situation demands and apply the necessary tools in achieving your goals. Continue...

Quote of the Day

Natural talent, intelligence, a wonderful education – none of these guarantees success. Something else is needed: the sensitivity to understand what other people want and the willingness to give it to them.

-John Luther

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

The following are some recent job vacancies in the country. Wishing the best as you apply and forward to friends who are seeking for employment. Have a blessed weekend!

Jobs Vacancies in Nigeria at Partnership Opportunities for Women Empowerment Realization (POWER)

Partnership Opportunities for Women Empowerment Realization (POWER) is a non-governmental organisation, not for profit-making organisation that works to empower women in Nigeria economically. POWER’s major projects are: Project Awake (economic empowerment of women in agribusiness), GLOW (Giving Life Options to Widows) and PPA4W (POWER Political Advancement for Women). The Founder of POWER is Barr. (Mrs.) Obioma Liyel-Imoke. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nigeria: Home of 10.5m out-of-school children, 63m illiterate adults?

Photo-courtesy of Daily Sun online

This is an alarming headline! I wanted to overlook this when I first saw it, but it was quite ‘un-overlookable’, that might be un-English but has helped in describing my dilemma. So let's look at it together.

What sort of society are we building if 63 million adults, capable of constituting three separate countries are illiterates? Whether this statistics is correct or not, I don’t know; but we have grown to be a country where people place much emphasis on physical cash than the intangible wealth, knowledge. Continue...

Are you a Writer?

Do you have fantastic ideas and a good sense of

Can you tell enthralling, entertaining stories that
will appeal
to the interests of the old and young?

Can you work in and with a team?
Rubbing minds and shoulders for weeks at a

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Can We Afford to Destroy Our Environment?

A clean environment is every city's pride. Mega cities around the world are synonymous with neat and sparkling surroundings.And we can achieve the mega city status of our dream if we resolve to maintain cleanliness in our homes, places of work, schools, hospitals and every other place we find ourselves. We need to do this because we have no other environment to call our own if we degrade this one.

It still baffles me to see some people eat stuffs in buses and throw them on the road not minding the environmental hazards such acts can cause. Please when you finish eating Gala or anything in a bus or private vehicle, wrap and drop them in the bus or better still put them in a basket, if the driver has one. It is the duty of the driver to dispose the dirt at the appropriate place. Continue...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

Life isn’t about getting and having, 
it’s about giving and being. 

- Kevin Kruse

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

The following are some job vacancies you might be interested in:
Heritage Bank is a leading Nigerian bank with an excellent service culture hinged on working with each customer to create a name and heritage for today and for future generations.

May & Baker Nigeria Plc was founded on September 4, 1944 as Nigeria's first pharmaceutical company. It has its origin in England, the United Kingdom in 1834 where three chemists founded Grimwade, May & Pickett, a firm for manufacturing chemicals for pharmaceutical products.

Monday, October 13, 2014


A friend shared this with me on Whatsapp. I think it's funny and makes sense too. :) Continue...


Inspirational story of a tramp
A tramp: Photocourtesy of The Workhouse
I once read a story of a tramp in a certain city, who went from one place to another begging for alms. He lived all his life a beggar without realizing that the cloak he usually wore had in it a good amount of money that could have terminated the plague of poverty in his life. And quite unfortunately this treasure, sewn in the inner pocket of his cloak by the original owner,went undiscovered until his death...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Readers are Champions

The importance of reading

“You're the same today as you'll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” 

-Charlie Jones

When was the last time you read a book related to the career you are pursuing or just to improve yourself? Results of various observations show that most graduates in the country scarcely read once they ‘drop’ their pens. Even at school, most of us just read to pass our exams and in the process crammed and stuffed everything into our memories till the overburdened heads started crying for mercy… lol. 

Thank you for being there for me

Happy to be back from the long holidays :) The four days’ rest, stretching from last Saturday to Tuesday, Sallah break inclusive, was indeed a long time to recuperate from the hustling and bustling of Lagos life, not to talk of the scary traffic situation which we’ve all been accustomed to...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

Posted By: Job Zilla on Thursday, October 02, 2014

Access Bank Plc is a financial institution with presence in 9 countries in Africa and the United Kingdom and in all major cities in Nigeria. Also referred to as the Africa's Bank of Best Practice, Access Bank operates on a platform of strong ethics, governance and professionalism. ...

Reflections for the 54th independence anniversary

Fellow Nigerian youths, it was a thing of joy and ecstasy to witness another independence anniversary. Nigeria turned + 1 yesterday :). Since childhood, we’re all used to the pump and pageantry that goes with the marking of our independence anniversary every 1st October. Beautiful scenes of march pasts and songs by school children of various ages usually adorn the occasion.