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Friday, November 28, 2014

Dora Akunyili’s Daughter Njideka Crosby Wins Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2014 James Dicke Prize

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Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, the daughter of former Director-General of NAFDAC, the Late Prof. Dora Akunyili, has won the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2014 James Dicke Prize.


inspirational story on dating a woman

A friend sent me this via whatsapp and I think it's worth sharing. It's quite long but worth the 'trip'. Read on and have the feel... 

After 21 years of Marriage, my Wife wanted me to take another Woman out to Dinner and a Movie.

She said I Love You but I know this other Woman loves you too and would Love to spend some Time with You.

The other Woman that my Wife wanted me to take out was my MOTHER who has been a Widow for 19 years,
but the demands of my Work and my three Children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.

Quote of the Day

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

Greater Washington is a dynamic and professional supply chain management organization dedicated to helping companies perform optimally and realize value for their customers. Greater Washington has international affiliations with world-class technical and financial partners with strong background in Quality Audit and Logistics,... READ MORE

Monday, November 24, 2014

Visibility matters a lot

The labour of a lazy man wearieth him because he doesn’t know how to take his work to the city. 
Ecclesiastics 10:15

Visibility is necessary in your quest to attract the opportunities that will announce you. This is because nobody knows what you do until you tell them, either in person or through the barrage of media channels scattered all over the place.

What do you think makes multinational establishments invest billions of dollars in advertising? Their success in business is determined by their ability to get the attention of their target audience. Your visibility is as important as your ability. Don’t assume that everybody knows what you do; the people that God will use as a connecting link to the next level you’re dreaming of might not even know you exist.

Take your work samples, talents, CVs prayerfully to where people can see them and take cognizance of what you have on board. Please don’t go and hide in one village expecting a turnaround overnight. One of the best advices I got from people that inspired me is the phrase “Venture out”. Failure to venture out will make things remain as they have always been. This is because everything we see today moving around the world is made to happen by someone. There is no accidental success.

The following are some of the importance of making your business, talents or abilities visible: 

1. Creation of opportunities for people to know more about you. In a society like ours where people go about their businesses, the interest of others are secondary. So to make headway, projecting your ‘brand’ becomes paramount. 

2. Attracting people of like-mind, who would identify with your cause, and give the necessary support. Birds of a feather, they say, flock together. 

3. Future opportunities. Some people you meet now may not need what you are offering immediately, but will do so in the future. It is wisdom to tell people what you do whether they need it now or not. This has in times past worked wonders for me. Occasionally, I intentionally take my arts to people just to show them what I do. And whenever they need a portrait the first person that likely comes to their mind would be me :) It is easier for you to 'book' future opportunities via this means. 

It is a miserable life for one to be loaded with so much promising talents and yet go unrecognized. The stark truth is that when your talents go unrecognized you go unrewarded. Take it upon yourself to let the world know what you do. Many will say ‘No’ to you, in fact you will get 'Nos' in tonnes, but you need a strong resolve to wade through all the ‘Nos’ till you get a ‘Yes’.

Some people are looking for a ‘world stage' to begin, but will wait ‘forever’. Start... even if it means starting from your backyard. You can begin networking with people in your small circles by word of mouth and the social media. 

Talking about the social media, many people have failed to leverage the opportunities that abound in the aforementioned, especially Facebook. Sometimes I laugh when I see things that people do on FB. Everybody has the right to live their life as they want, but spending your time on things that don’t add value to you is a call for disaster. 

Let the world know what you do, create a blog, a website, a business card, introduce yourself discreetly to people at events; do all you can to get the attention of your destiny helpers because the journey to the top requires being seen first before being asked ‘What can you do?’ 

In conclusion, our major challenge at times in attracting the opportunities we desire in life is not lack of ability but that of visibility. So start today, pen down 5 strategic things you will start doing that will help move you from obscurity to being caught by opportunities.

See you at the top!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Quote of the Day

You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.
- Harvey Firestone

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

IGNITE.....from dreams to reality...

This programme, organised by Afterschool Graduate Development Center(AGDC) and the Lagos State Government, provides a platform for youths in the state to interact with the State Governor on pressing issues, especially the ones related to job creation and entrepreneurship. The event is slated for Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Register today to attend the event. Visit

6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

How to write a CV
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Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they've seen more poorly written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before. In this article published by, we will x-ray some of the techniques required for writing a CV that will attract you interview offers. The truth is that thousands are jostling for the same job you’re going for, so you need to have an edge through proper packaging of ‘what you're up to’. With these tips you’ll ensure that your resume doesn't eliminate you from being considered for a position:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

Berger Paints Nigeria Plc - Founded on the 9th Day of January, 1969, Berger Paints Nigeria. Plc is a leader in the manufacturing, development, distribution and sale of paints and coatings to professional, Industrial, commercial and retail customers in Nigeria. We operate in 5 business segments; Decorative, Industrial coatings, Marine and Protection coatings, Automotive/Vehicle... Read more »

Leatherworld commenced business as a furniture retail outlet on the 1st of December 1994. She was established to meet the need for genuine furniture in the Nigerian market, specializing in the retail of exquisite furniture and accessories by exploiting partnerships with top five Italian luxury brand... Read more »

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME : To establish AFP surveillance for monitoring wild poliovirus transmission. To interrupt wild poliovirus transmission and achieve polio eradication in Nigeria. To strengthen routine immunization and reduce morbidity and mortality from vaccine preventable disease... 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Please watch it: your attitude

A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to spend her time and also bought a packet of cookies, then sat down in an armchair, in the VIP room of the airport, to rest and read in peace. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Seeking for a Raise? Raise the bar…

My boss used to say humourously that everybody wants a raise, including himself, in salary, position, and other things. But the easiest way to make a case for a raise is to prove that you’re worth more than what you are currently earning and that sometimes might involve going beyond your limit.

Zig Zigglar once told the story of a boy, who really worked hard for a raise and got the attention he needed. This is his story:

As a youngster working in a grocery store, I knew the young boy who worked in the store across the street. In those depression years, most stores, of financial necessity, carried a very limited inventory. Of course, this frequently led to shortages, and in these cases the merchants simply borrowed from one another. Continue...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the academic staff vacancies in the following fields: Read More
Applications are invited for the following vacant positions in our Regional offices Read More
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian organisation.  Read More
Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM Nigeria) is recruiting for an indigenous organization in the Health Sector based in Warri, Delta. To further strengthen its capacity to deliver value and quality service, our client requires exceptional candidates in teh following areas: Read More

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quote of the Day

The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.


The Pressing Issue of Acquiring Job Experience

Sydney Smith
Majority of job vacancies in the country today are ‘no-go’ area for graduates seeking employment due to the heavy work-experience tag placed on them. A lot of companies are looking for ready-made graduates who will hit the ground running once given their employment letters, instead of newbies that would require some time to mature in a given position.

However, the question that remains thick in the hearts of many is ‘How and where do you expect me to get 2 years, 3 years or more working experience since there are fewer job opportunities around and I’m just coming out of school?’ Continue...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dr Myles Munroe Killed in Bahamas Plane Crash

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I couldn't believe this report was true when I first saw it on Twitter this morning. Thought it was one of those rumours they used to peddle around. I had to crosscheck other sources to verify its authenticity, then it dawned on me that one of the men that had influenced my life and millions across the world positively is no more.

According to the report, Dr Myles Munroes, the wife Ruth, daughter and six others died in a plane crash on their way to an event. Below is the tragic report... 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

My Top 10 Realistic Pencil Portraits

This is an adjunct to my earlier post on 'The Wisdom in Diversification'. I have added for your viewing pleasure my top 10 pencil portraits in no particular order; so it is left for you to decide which one is your favourite(s). I will add the details later Happy viewing :) 
Breaking News...

The Lagos State Government has declared tomorrow, November 7th, 2014, as a public holiday to enable public servants in the state register for the forthcoming 2015 general polls.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


"Without vision the people perish"

Without a high ideal an individual never climbs. Keep your eyes on the mountain top, and, though you may stumble and fall many times in the ascent, though great bowlders, dense forests, and roaring torrents may often bar the way, look right on, never losing sight of the light which shines away up in the clear atmosphere of the mountain peak, and you will ultimately reach your goal. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Journey

Napoleon Hill
I am bent on eradicating unemployment from our shores using this platform and other means. I will be grateful to have people of like mind join me in this crusade against graduate unemployment in our own little way. Continue...

Quote of the Day

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Recent Job Openings in Nigeria

Jobs in Lagos for an Administrative Officer at Brick Homes Integrated Limited

Brick Homes Integrated Limited is a company incorporated in Nigeria with expertise and strength in property development and civil construction business. Read More

CA Consultants Limited (founded in Nigeria; 1987) covers the full spectrum of consulting Mechanical, Electrical, and Piping engineering projects.