November 2015 ~ Welcome to Obinna Onyenali's Blog Welcome to Obinna Onyenali's Blog: November 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Kobe Bryant announces retirement at age 37

Kobe Bryant, unarguably one of the best basketballers in history of the game, yesterday Sunday 29, 2015 announced that he would be quitting the game that brought him fame and fortune at the end of the season.

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines

Good morning this morning, here are today's, November 30, 2015, newspaper headlines in the country. Read and be kept abreast of the happenings around you. To view the details, click on the headlines...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Direction is paramount

One day, a traveler in a remote country town, convinced that he was on the wrong road, came to a halt in a village. Calling one of the villagers to the car window, he said:

Friday, November 27, 2015

Reading makes a man

Knowledge, they say, is power. Put in a better way, applied knowledge is power. And it takes reading to explore the vast body of knowledge around us today.

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines

Here are newspaper headlines making rounds in Nigeria today, November 27, 2015. Click on the headlines, to view the details...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

We can ensure global peace through job creation - Okowa

According to the report, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the international community to partner African nations on job and wealth creation “as a means to ensuring global peace and security.”

Quote of the day

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I was once an indomie seller - Victor Abba

Victor Abba(right) with Kenneth Okonkwo in a movie
"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters”, a sage once said. You can choose to look for who to blame for your current predicament or do something about walking out of it. In an exclusive chat with yours sincerely, Victor Abba, one of Nollywood’s rising stars, shared his experience on overcoming unemployment and other setbacks on the road to carving a niche for himself in Nigeria's movie industry.

Abba, who hails from Enugu State, got admission in 2005 to study Computer Science at the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). However, his academic sojourn suffered a serious setback two years after as he lost his dad. This, he said, made him to drop out of school being the first born of his family, with four siblings to cater for.

The pain of losing a bread winner of the family can be shattering. Many of you know what I’m talking about, especially when the children of the deceased are left to their fate with no one to take care of them. It will only take the grace of God to pull through this harrowing period.

with Majid Michel
According to Victor, he hunted for jobs in Lagos for a long time all to no avail. Determined to make it, he decided to travel to Europe and that did not materialize too. He then took up low-end jobs to sustain himself and family, taught at a primary school and worked with a company that distributed Indomie noodles.“It was really an experience for me”, he said. “I learnt how to be patient.”
How his major breakthrough in the movies came
Abba said his major breakthrough in life came when he got an opportunity to feature in advert for a company that produced mattresses. He stated that after impressing during the advert production, the producer offered him another role, this time in a local movie for a religious body.

all smiles
Shortly after that he met the CEO of Presstora Productions Limited, Precious Okafor, who gave him his first major role in a movie titled, “Sorrowful Kingdom”, playing alongside stars like Ngozi Ezonu, Chika Ike, Yul Edochie and others.

“That movie was all I needed”, he said, pointing to the role the epic film played in bringing his talents to the fore. And since then, there is no looking back. He has continued to feature in other Nollywood movies. Victor Abba today has a burgeoning career and at the same time is running a program at the National Open University.

Selfie, with Mike Ezuruonye and Rex Nosa
Seeking to discover the secret of his turnaround and "never quit" attitude, I asked him what he thought had kept him going even through the hard times, to which he modestly responded, "God's grace and prayer".

In his parting shot, Abba advised youths in the country to look inward and discover their potentials and by so doing create meaningful source of livelihood for themselves and others. "It's true that government don't have enough jobs for millions of youths graduating from our universities every year, but there must be something you can do that no other person can; just try and that way you can create jobs too," he advised.
See more pictures of Victor Abba in action after the cut...

I began with this quote and will end with it, "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters”. If you have a dream, muster the courage to pursue it. There is nothing that can stop one who is determined to make it against all odds. Stories such as this should spur you into action. Take baby steps, excel in smalls things and before you know it big opportunities will come calling.

Please share to inspire someone and you can leave a comment.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Benevolence has no side effect

One day a man saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road, but even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Look beyond the physical

I have a little faith tonic for you this morning. There is no situation that befalls us a people and as individuals that we cannot overcome. We are destined to thrive against all odds. See you present negative situation as a transient one; one that will soon become a thing of the past. Are you jobless today? Thank God that you even have a certificate to apply for a position. Refuse to be weighed down because the best is still to come. The story below will definitely inspire you...happy reading.

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines

Here are today's, November 24, 2015, newspaper headlines for your perusal and update on latest happenings in the country. To view the details, click on the headlines...

Quote of the day

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Killing time is suicide!

Each of us on earth is given 24 hours daily by God to make something out of our lives. None is given more than the other. And the difference between achievers and non-achievers is how they spend their time. You can convert your time to anything, a meaningful relationship, a booming business, strong prayer life, a university degree, the list is endless. 

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines

Grab yourself a cup of coffee as we look into what the papers are saying this morning, November 23, 2015. To view the details, click the headlines...

Friday, November 20, 2015

Staying Sharp!: Your No.1 Priority

Happy to know that the weekend is around the corner, hope your week has been as fruitful as mine :) For many, the weekend is a time to relax and unwind after an activity-laden week. I want you to go beyond that, take stock of your transactions; what worked and what didn't work. Begin to fine-tune things for better performance for the incoming week. In view of this, I leave you with this story relayed by Steven Covey, the author of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Your story can inspire someone

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Do you own a business? Are you willing to inspire millions of unemployed graduates in the country by sharing your story? If your answers to these questions are yes, then this is for you. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stay Inspired!

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It's still a new week, one replete with opportunities. Today you have a chance to work towards realizing your personal and collective goals. Never let anyone talk you out of becoming the best you're destined to be. Each and everyone of us has a seed of greatness, but at the end it is up to you to decide what you do with it. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FG to start paying unemployed graduates N5,000 in 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari
This comes as a reprieve to millions of unemployed graduates in the country as the current administration finally decides to honour its promise to pay them N5,000 on a monthly basis. Though this is a stopgap approach in tackling the challenge of youth unemployment, I believe it will go a long way in addressing this all important issue. Here is the report in details:

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines

Here are newspaper reports for today, November 17, 2015, as captured by major dailies in the country.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Aliko Dangote resigns from board of Dangote Flour Mill

Many may be wondering how feasible this could be, but reports have it that Aliko Dangote (Africa's richest man) alongside three other directors have resigned from the board of Dangote Flour Mills after majority shareholder of Flour Mill, Tiger Brands, cut funding support to its struggling Nigerian division today (November 16th, 2015)

According to a report carried by Reuters, South Africa's Tiger Brands said it was "currently exploring various alternatives with regard to its investment in Dangote Flour Mills". The other directors who resigned along with Dangote are Olakunle Alake, Asue Ighodalo and Arnold Ekpe.

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines

The following are news reports making rounds in the country today as reported by major dailies in the country. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Wow! Woman shares story on how Jesus delivered her from the porn industry

Brittni Ruiz (Image source: YouTube)
This is "from porn to purpose" as the lady in this video, Brittni Ruiz, formerly known as Jenna Presley, shared a story on how Jesus rescued her from the porn industry. Watch the video after the cut... Happy Sunday

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Quote of the day

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. 

Winston Churchill

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Final Stage: First Lady's Pencil Portrait

I promised to show you the final stage of this pencil portrait I did for the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, tagged "Different Faces of Beauty". The medium used was pencil on paper, while the size is 16 x 20 inches. See a video clip of the stages the work passed through after the cut. Happy viewing :)...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Opportunities Come Dressed In Overalls

Opportunities come clothed in overalls. Many have been misled looking for her in the wrong places: get-rich-quick schemes and something for nothing delusions. Opportunity has been sought in lofty places, only to be bypassed on the streets because she didn’t dress like her majesty. The fortunes you are looking for are disguised as problems; can you see them, solve them and take home the prize?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Buhari names ministers

President Mohammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated his ministers. The following are their names and portfolios:

Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines Today

Catch up with the latest headlines making rounds in major dailies in the country today, November 11, 2015. To view the details, click the headlines...

Godwin Osimhen: From Newspaper Vendor on the Streets of Lagos to Stardom

Little was known of Godwin Osimhen, the top scorer at the recently concluded 2015 FIFA Under 17 World Cup held at Chile, until he lit up the world stage with his goals.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quote of the day

 I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. 

Michael Jordan

UNIZIK students manufacture mini bus

This sort of report should be promoted to encourage youth enterprise and creativity in our communities. The story had it that seven graduating students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka recently achieved a novel feat as they produced a mini bus to the admiration of the university community as well as outsiders.

Buhari will give free meal, create employment- Osinbanjo

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has assured that the current administration will fulfill its promises to provide free meals for primary school pupils and secondary school students as well as providing jobs for the unemployed youths in the country.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines Today

Take a look at what the papers are saying this morning. To view the details, click on the headlines...

Life Is A Gift

Privileges abound that we sometimes take for granted. If only we can think long enough, we will have enough reason to thank God for the life we have. You may not be where you want to be, but once there is life you can still dream and arrive at your intended destination.

Nigeria Wins FIFA Under-17 World Cup

A big congrats to the Nigerian under-17 lads who in the early hours of this morning made us proud by defeating Mali 2-nil to lift the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Indeed, this feat will be a source of inspiration to every youth in the country. The best is still to come!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Why Gossiping Will Damage Your Career

This month’s Hot Topic is secrets in the workplace. We look at how to handle knowing something you shouldn’t, and why businesses need staff brave enough to say when there’s a problem. 

Major Nigerian Newspaper Headlines Today

Catch up with the happenings around us as reported by major newspapers in the country. To view the details click on the headlines. Have a great day!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recent Job Vacancies in Nigeria

  • The following are recent job openings in the country as advertised by Jobberman, take a look at them and apply. Wishing you the best...

6 Strategies For Better Work-Life Balance

English: An artist’s depiction of the rat race in reference to the work and life balance. See Made with following images: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
These days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat. Technology makes workers accessible around the clock. Fears of job loss incentivize longer hours. In fact, a whopping 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week in a Harvard Business School survey. Experts agree: the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness.

Major Newspaper Headlines In Nigeria Today

Here are today's news headlines as carried by major dailies in the country. To read the details of the report, click on the headlines...

Different Faces of Beauty

When I'm not writing, I'm drawing; so today I present to you stages of my recent pencil portrait. This primarily teaches that life is stages and men are in sizes, where you are today is not a yardstick for measuring where you will end up tomorrow. Day by day the big picture of your life is being unraveled. Never give up! Your best days are still ahead of you. Hope you will draw inspiration from this. See the stages of the work after the cut...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Who thought waste could be converted to wealth?

Little creativity can turn negligible things like waste into meaningful sources of stable income. In this report you will read how PET bottles recycling is fast becoming a major source of employment for many in Nigeria today.

5 Roadblocks That Can Stop You from Living Your Dreams

You can live your dreams. Yes, you can beat the odds to make the passion in your heart a reality. Where do you see yourself in the next five years from now? Establishing your own company, getting married, increasing the profitability of your business by 100% or raising a family. All these are realizable, even at a record time, but you need to take away apparent roadblocks that are capable of hindering your movement from the realm of dreaming to the realm of actualisation.

Major Newspaper Headlines In Nigeria Today

The following are today's newspaper headlines. To view the details, click on the headlines...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quote of the day

Great things never came from comfort zones.

Major Newspaper Headlines In Nigeria Today

Take a look at what the papers are saying this morning as you fire up your day for maximum productivity. To view the details, click on the headlines...

Monday, November 2, 2015

Quote of the day

Start doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Francis of Assisi

How to get over disappointments

We've all at one point or the other in our lives experienced different shades of setbacks and disappointments, in fact life is rife with them. People give their words and at the end of the day fail to live up to them, trust is betrayed, relationships crash, sometimes without notice; promising businesses plunge into bankruptcy, with hopes and dreams shattered. I can go on and on listing the forms of disappointments we've encountered. But how do we get over them?