Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
"Very many thanks for blessing me with copies of your debut. I had a friend with me when i opened the large envelope. After flipping through a copy, he refused to release it. I have read my own copy twice and am keeping it jealously.Probably unknown to you, you have spoken the mind of God about wisdom, to the young and the old, this generation and generations to come.
I am quite excited with what i saw and read but not surprised. Your mum and i used to discuss the progress of our children many years ago and i have always seen you as someone who has a message for his generation. I thank God for using you in this very special way. I find the book very insightful, moreso, it has a spiritual touch."
But I wrote this piece for one very key reason, and that is to appreciate God before all men. I don't know what things I do to deserve the things He has blessed me with, I've messed up on many levels but He has always been faithful. I love God and I believe Him in a most unique way, I can't find the right words to describe how much I believe God, but I must say I am a BELIEVER. Judging from the environment in which I grew up, judging from my average background, there are many things that my hands have touched that most people that were in those shoes with me are yet to dream of touching, God put me on another level and gave me bragging rights. I'm not the best, but I could have been worse. So as Paul said in 1Cor 1:31 "Let him that boasts boast in the Lord" This day I look at my CV and I boast in this one God.
"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof" this journey just started!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
In no time, they had mapped out a 5yr plan to achieve 5 folds of what was not achieved in the previous 60years and as soon as they came up with a promising strategy, they were issued licenses.
Within 6months of roll out, they had hit the planned 5year subscriber base target!
There are 30million households in this country. There is not enough electricity generated to serve these households. A recent report showed that each household uses an average of 20 electrical bulbs and that if everyone could switch to power saver lamps, it will reduce the amount of megawatts required to cater for the nation
Internet has been a big deal since the 80s and its relevance has multiplied over the years. Mobile internet is now prominent in Nigeria thanks to the introduction of Blackberry smart phones and the likes into the market. People now move about with internet enabled mobile phones attaching increased relevance to the essence of the internet in many spheres of life.
Broadband is not yet a big deal in this country. How many homes have internet? Just as our phones can do more than just dial numbers, our cable TV connections can do more; those DSTV dishes can do more.
Soon there will be a crave to get every home in this nation connected.
Africa is an emerging market, the opportunities are boundless. Within the space of 1 year, the worth of Africa's richest man tripled.
Amongst many other things, I believe the future belongs to:
1. The visionary; those who recognise opportunities long before they become obvious
2. Those who understand that men were not born with "impossibilities"
3. Those who are passionate enough to follow through on every opportunity that comes their way
4. Those who are empowered with the right kind of information.
Common to emerging markets are the immense opportunities they present entrepreneurs with. Don't choose the path of least resistance. Come out to stand as the one the Lord will use.
Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN
Friday, May 6, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
"(1) A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one's birth. (2) It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. (3) Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad."
- Ecclesiastes 7:1-3
Monday, April 18, 2011
I don't believe in operating based on local standards, after all our curriculum in the university was gotten from the western world, so your harvest for investing your time into getting educated should be somewhat comparable. Those that work the hardest earn the least in the country and it's disturbing.
If you were to be selling coffee at Starbucks or to be at the sales stand in McDonalds, are you telling me your monthly pay per month can be anything less than $1,000?
So we wear expensive clothes, work 8-5pm i.e. 9hrs per day, 5 days a week, which is 45hours a week and ultimately 180hours a month only to get $300 in your account (less than $2/hour) and no one is saying anything about this?
Agreed NYSC is service to nation, but what do you have to say about the average banker that gets #150,000 ($1,000) a month working 7am - 7pm (12hrs) daily, 60hrs a week, 240hrs a month
If you work 240hrs/month in McDonalds at $11/hr (google statistics) that's $2,640 = 400,000 in Naira. How many people earn up to that in this country? Some managers don't get two-thirds of that!
So well over 70% of those that I see waking up as early as 4:30am just so they can get to their office for 7:30am then end up getting back home around 9:00pm don't even earn up to $10/hour???!!
What/where then is the reward for their labour?
Things just have to change!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
So I thought to share these thoughts on Negotiation.
What do you want from life?
What has life offered you?
Did these words help relieve that funny after effect of "maybe things would have been perfect if I had gone with plan D" you get after making a decision?
Feel free to share your thoughts on Negotiation.
"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But, let us never fear to negotiate"- John F. Kennedy
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I did it
Yes I did it.
U don't get it, do u?
I did it
It's done, let it be.
Why look at me with so much disgust if u truly get it? I try to make u understand, I try to appeal to your reason, but u keep cutting me short with "errr....u don't have to go into the details, I get it"
U don't get it, do u?
For all you care, I did it
If mom had done things differently 2years ago, I wouldn't have done it. But she did what was best for her and because she did it....
Today, I did it
Yes I did it
U don't get it, do u?
I did it
I did it with him
Even though I didn't mean to
The same man mummy did it with it
He did it to my sister
And I was filled with so much rage that I had to do it with him
Did I say I did it WITH him? Oops! I meant I did it TO him
With my sister Cuffed to the bed screaming helplessly as he.... Yes I did it.
Soon to be 6feet down the earth, yes I did it
Broken glass door,White sheets soiled with blood, lifeless body. I did it. I did it because it had to be done.
The knife in the pool of bed, I did it. In fact, the knife did it.
Yes the knife did it
I thought of killing that rapist of a step father
But I'm relieved I did not
I would have been soaked in guilt
I'm relieved I did not
It's feels great to be innocent
Glad I didn't do it afterall
The knife did it
Glad I'm innocent
Sent from my iPod
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Funny how Monday ended up being my most favourite day of the week. Started with the regular two and a half hour journey to work, plenty to do at work, then I found my way to AAF for a time out with Adaora Mbelu after work.
Even though I got to the event late, I was in time for the question and answer session. Adaora is a very smart young lady, I must say and her CV is just too impressive for her age. She's just 24!
It served as another wake up call for me. Had plenty of small chops to eat and trust me when I say "plenty"! Don't blame me, I was too busy for lunch break and if people like me didn't eat plenty, plenty will waste. Lol
A couple of old faces were at the event, Bede Okoro (celebrity read), Onyeka Nwelue (Blue hills), Nwando (Author of Out of Curiousity), Prince Wale Oreshade (Author of Sad Nectar), Nnaji (Dear Mother) then this Unilag dude that is about to release his first book, a Christian fiction novel (cant remember his name) and a couple of Others.
I also made new friends, Adaora bought a copy of my book, Femi did same and later dropped us home.
Since it was Wale's birthday, we left AAF for the movies to see Battle Los Angeles - first sci-fi movie I was seeing in a very long while. All of the action made it a perfect cinema pick. U might want to see a movie in the company of Wale and Nwando!!! I leave u to find out what ur experience would be like, but I must add that Wale is just a naughty boy!
I've been doing loads of dream work in recent times and I think it's a good thing. I could just sit down for minutes putting things together in the invisible realm and I have loads of fun doing it. But often times when I tell people that, they see me as a joker; I leave time to judge anyways.
We are getting there!
Sent from my iPod
Thursday, April 7, 2011
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Hi, I'm Tolu Akanni.
Contrary to your opinion, you don't know me!
As in you do not know me
I'm popularly known as a writer but that was in my past life. These days I don't write anymore.
I stopped writing for a simple reason, life as I have seen it in recent times has taught me that cool kids don't write. 'Cool kids' rap
I want to be a cool kid!
As in, being a cool kid is just coooooooooool!!
I'm gonna be 22 in 40 days and I want to be a cool kid by 22, so instead of doing non-cool stuffs like writing, these days I spend time in the studio spitting sick rap lines...trust me, I'm good!
The nice thing about this all is that I'm dropping a video of one of my studio sessions on this blog tomorrow....stay tuned!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
However I think I can make suggestions on this employment thing.
This employment thing that has bettered lives
This employment thing that has ruined lives
This employment thing that has empowered some
This employment thing that has broken others
Why it is working cheaply for some and why is it still a big deal for many others is the mystery I seek to unravel based on my little exposure.
(1) I have come to realize that what you did in school when you were not reading your books is more important to your prospective employers than reading your books in itself.
Why am I saying that?
Flip through a well written curriculum vitae (CV) and you will realize that in the 2page document, you have less than 10 lines going to academic qualification while the other lines are filled with information such as your Job experience, leadership records, awards, profiles, interests/hobbies.
Academic qualification is common. Even your first class degree is not enough, there are many other applicants that have it.
(2) WHO ARE YOU????
YOUR EXPERIENCE IS WHAT COUNTS
While thousands of applicants can have the same qualifications, no two applicants have the same experience. Experience can only be similar, it can never be the same.
Your experience is what makes you unique
It is your uniqueness that gets you the job
So applicants are judged based on their individual experiences.
Academic experience is no experience, it is a qualification, it is the knuckle with which you will knock your employers door.
And as soon as you knock the door with the right knuckles (academic qualification) they open the door to see who's knocking, then you are asked to introduce yourself "who are you"
Who you are today is a summation of your experiences of yesterday
So when they say "who are you" they want to know your experience, they want to know what you've been doing with your life up until the time you knocked their door, they want to be sure you have what it takes to cope when you come in, they want to be sure you are equipped for the day-to-day activities that go on inside.
And when they fall in love with your "who are you" response, they let you in gladly.
(3) HOW DO YOU BUILD RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
Relevant experience that will make you indispensable to your prospective employers is mostly not acquired unconsciously, you have to work towards it.
-Have taste for reputable companies when it comes to internships. Once it's a big name, you have less explanation to do as regards the quality of your experience.
-Society membership which should lead to society leadership is the easiest way to build your leadership experience. It helps you to understand team dynamics; team business is people business and your employers really wanna know if you can handle people.
-Build your ideas. Don't just imagine things, attach an action plan to each one of your ideas, strive to push it into reality. Even if the action plan fails, in the process of making an attempt you would have learnt enough already.
-Read!!! Most of your interviewers are people that read, and when readers meet readers they connect.
-Improve your spoken English, learn other languages - it positions you for international appointments.
-Never forget your experiences
(4) WHO ARE YOU could often mean WHO DO YOU KNOW
Imagine a bus conductor that had a quarrel with a passenger and in the course of that, the passenger asked him "who are you?" and in response the conductor went "my uncle is a top officer in the army, if u mess up I'll get guys from the Ikeja barracks to deal with you"
He answered the "who are you" question without any indication to his person. This tells us that we are often judged by our association.
Like I have said over and over again, who you know can only open doors for you, it is who you are and what you know that will keep you inside.
If you are convinced that you have the necessary qualification and experience and you have knocked on the door of an organisation before and they turned you down, know that it's not the end of the world. Pick yourself up and try again until you pull through
Failure is an event, it is not who you are.
Companies atimes turn down applicants not just because these applicants don't have all of the required academic, social, professional requirement, there are times that they have 5 hot guys shortlisted and they just have to pick one. That's when they will go for the MD's in-law or the ED's son.
But you do not need all of that, you just need to know the king of kings, the MD of all MDs, the CEO that CEOs report to, the one who presides over presidents.
You need him
You need his hand
Go and get that dream job!
Sent from my iPod
Saturday, January 15, 2011
When NYSC posted me to ministry of special duties and I was trying to change my posting, one of the guys we (myself and my mum) approached at the ministry advised I pray about it because it might just be God's hidden agenda for me.
When I got Schlumberger most people said "God is really with you oh"
And of course, when I didn't get Exxonmobil you know what they said to me
When I didnt make first class in the university, I would tell myself that maybe God doesn't really want it for me.
Now I don't want to confuse anyone or stir up any argument on how you can tell whether God is in a given occurence or not, I just want to talk.
1. I have realised that people will always accept you and will always have a word for you in any circumstance. Because looking at it, a friend is supposed to "be there for you" no matter what.
2. You can't plan for life, you can't exactly push yourself into a breakthrough, the only way out is to live prepared.
In the words of Henry Hartman "success is when opportunity meets preparation"
And this is what I have been doing and I intend to do for the rest of my life, TO LIVE PREPARED
3. Living prepared is not as difficult as many perceive it to be, it is not something that is achieved in a day; it is a process so it comes with time.
4. What to prepare for...
Knowing your vision for life helps you to know how to go about living prepared, when you walk about with that big picture of who you're gonna be by the time you are 50, it will help you live a life of preparedness.
Learning how to joggle a ball prepares you for a Nike endorsement in the future
Having female friends prepares you for how to handle your future life partner (vision: you're gonna get married someday)
Teaching Sunday school class prepares you for making presentations to small groups (vision: you're gonna be a CEO someday)
Learning how to speak french, spanish and a couple of languages prepares you for an international appointment
Reading the biography of Obama today helps in you in future political appointments
5. Preparation can only be adequate, you are never fully prepared
At a point in time, I was getting too much praises, facebook msgs, wallposts, blog comments, emails, face-to-face commendations.."I love your book" "thank you for touching my life" bla bla bla and I knew those commendations had potential harmful effects, so irrespective of my sincere gratitude to God I try to suppress it and tell myself that I'm not there yet so I would come online and start to read about millionaires and billionaires under 20 just so I can be reminded that there are loads of people better than I am.
Did it work?
Of course it did, it not only removed the sense of accomplishment (which mostly hampers growth), it sparked up a thirst in me to reach for the skies.
Therefore, if you feel your satisfactorily prepared for a particular thing, move on to the next.
(Funeh thank you for inspiring me to write, hope this inspires you to write too)
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I went window shopping today, and since I left the bookstore my thought pattern has not been the same.
Too much has been written
There's too much to be read
Yet there's still much more to be written
And there will always be much to read
I have resolved to read plenty of books this year and I was going to start with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's "This child will be great" but they didnt have it in Lagos' biggest bookshop....I didnt even go with the cash anyways, but I have prepared a list of must-reads for this 1st quarter of the year. Most of the titles I love are the expensive ones...these fresh fresh authors sef.
Some of my ideas are about to grow, there's a new project I just started with my friends..I would be glad to share more details as things become more concrete.
Speaking on ideas n dreams, I have realised that the room is always full when its time to talk the dream, but there are only a few on the field when its time to work the dream.
People are too lazy to push their dreams into reality, they give in at the slightest resistance, don't let that attitude follow you into this new year...dust it off. I have come to realise that there is a sort of stubborness that is common to most achievers
I leave you with the words of Josh Billings
"Be like a postage stamp, stick to one thing until you get there"
Monday, January 3, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Let the new year be a challenge
Let each day be a challenge
Let's set targets
Let's raise the stakes
Let's birth the unthinkable
Let's dare the impossible
Let's work together
Let's build synergy
Let's grow into a force
Let's stand by each other
Let's commit it all in the hands of God
Let's raise our glasses
As we make a toast to newness
Happy New year friends!