Must Attend for Entrepreneurs: Future Leadership Conference 2018

Nigeria won’t fix itself.  The place of young people in shaping Nigeria’s narratives is the focus of the Future Leadership Conference coming up on November 3, 2018 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island, Lagos by 10am prompt.

This year’s edition of the conference according to Mr. Mark Idiahi, The Convener, seeks to raise ethical and patriotic leaders and business professionals; give life to entrepreneurial dreams by creating business incubating platforms for fast rising entrepreneurs and those gathering their sticks to launch out.


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Prolific and exceptional speakers that have ‘walked the talk’ as both leaders and patriots are ready to stir the attendees up to take their place. Expected speakers are Ubong king, Dr. Abiola Afolabi, Olumide Adesina, Debo Adejana, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Ofure Christopher, Sir Adegbenga Olufemi Badejo, Dr. Chidi Okpaluba and more.

The Future Leadership Conference is a must attend for entrepreneurs and youths passionate about evangelising leadership and patriotism as a means to solving Nigeria’s current problems.

The Conference is absolutely FREE. Register today @


South-West Nigeria State gets Digital Villages

The future is digital and Ondo, a south-west Nigerian State is making efforts to bring the divide with Digital Villages. According to a report from the Vanguard, the Digital Villages were designed “to reduce high rate of youth unemployment, restiveness and thuggery in Ondo State.”

To this effect, the Ondo state government has established Digital Villages (DVD) in three locations in the state. One DVD is located in each of the three senatorial districts of the state with one in Uso in Owo council area and another in Ondo in Ondo West council area. The first batch of beneficiaries, consisting of 12 young school leavers and 12 graduates in each of the locations, will be trained for four weeks.

Register for a Free Digital Skills Training Program here.

The Chairman of the State lnformation Technology Agency, SITA, Hon. Olumbe Akinkugbe, said the project is targeted at young school leavers and unemployed graduates.   Akinkugbe noted that this was with a view to engaging them in ventures that will bail them out of the search for white collar jobs and aerobic cycle of poverty through digital skills. “lt is the intention of government to develop various ICT skills in the teeming youths so as to make them self-reliant or employable in the digital economy”, he said.

“This project, in line with the cardinal programmes of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, will not only eliminate digital divide, create employment but also solve the recurring rural-urban drift in the state, especially among the young ones”. According to him, the Digital Village Project would serve as training centre for young school leavers and fresh graduates, preparing them for the 21st century ICT demands and to acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Can’t make it to Ondo? Well, Pocarti Digital in partnership with the Paschal Agonsi Foundation is organizing a Free Digital Skills Training in Web Design, Digital Marketing, Graphic Design & Video Editing. Visit and learn how you can be a part of it.

The Many Blessings in Rejection

Rejection. Losing. Failure. Nobody strives for them. No athlete sets out to lose, no entrepreneur’s goal is bankruptcy. But as if an act of divine mercy, there’s positives to be found in the negatives. In fact, successful people often preach as Gospel the value found in failure.

Denis Waitley said it well. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing.”

The mark of a successful person lies in their response to negative situations. They lick their wounds but stay on the battlefield. They find strength in their scars. Here are 10 hidden blessings to cushion rejection, losing and failure.

1. You’ll clarify your passions.

Many of us struggle with decision making. Folks with creative energy typically have their hand in multiple pies. But even a jack-of-all-trades knows there’s a limit to how thin you can spread yourself.

Often, failure and losing result from diminished passion. You’ll realize you weren’t as passionate about that project as first thought. The pruning effect is a positive. As you clear your plate a little, you’ll make more room for what really excites you, and direct your energy toward that. Focused energy is when you’re most effective. Failure gets rid of fluff.


2. You’ll uncover new skills.

Remember when George Bush nimbly dodged that shoe aimed at his head? Nobody thought he had the skill to do that. And I suspect neither did he. Until that moment.

Facing challenges and enduring a loss compels you to gather up resources and develop skills beyond your arsenal. In cases of “hysterical strength,” where people lift vehicles off someone trapped, it’s the negative situation that creates the spike of adrenaline needed to act beyond one’s capability.

Negative experiences cause us to respond in ways beyond what we thought possible. The obstacle beckons to be overcome. To rise to the occasion, there needs to be an occasion.

3. You’ll find out who your friends are.

Take a spill and you’ll see who emerges out of the Facebook crowd to lift you up. Sure, everyone’s busy, but we make time for the things we value and care about. “I’m too busy” can be translated, “It’s not that important.”

Hitting rock bottom has a way of uncovering the healthy, genuine relationships from the detrimental. You’ll want to keep investing in those who are nursing your wounds, and distancing yourself from those silent and nowhere to be seen.

4. You’ll check your blind spots.

It only takes one accident for a driver to never forget to check their blind-spot again. A harsh way to learn, but some changes in behavior only happen with major shocks to the system.

While there are habits and skills you haven’t yet acquired, failures remind us of habits and skills we do possess, but are simply lazy in implementing. After suffering a burglary, you’ll never forget to lock the screen door again.


5. You’ll Burn away pride and arrogance.

Nobody is immune to pride and arrogance. To say you’re beyond pride and arrogance is a little…well…prideful and arrogant. Losing is the glass of water for that bitter pill of pride. But that unpleasant process gives birth to humility. Which is perhaps the most attractive and profitable virtue anyone can possess.

As the well known proverb goes, pride goeth before the fall. Rejection and loss exchanges pride for humility, and humility may be the saviour that keeps you from a truly damaging fall.

6. You’ll grow elephant skin.

The shins of Muay Thai fighters can break baseball bats. The micro-fractures from hours of kicking heavy bags become filled with calcium, resulting in abnormal bone density just as muscle fibers grow as a result of micro-tears in the gym.

The adage rings true, it’s the pain that brings the gain. Advice 101 for anyone stepping out to pursue their dream is prepare for rejection, criticism and haters. With each punch thrown your way, you’ll realize you can’t please everyone, that the issue lies more with them than with you and the impact will start to soften.

 7. You’ll never again wonder “what if?”

The question of “what if?” can cause hours on end staring out the window. When that curiosity is pursued only to find you’ve boarded the wrong plane, failure is the blessing that pulls you right off. You’ll no longer be kept up at night wondering about that other option.

Curiosity can cripple your consciousness and distract from the work you should be doing. But sometimes engaging your own nagging is the only way to silence it.

Seeing his father drink beer, a teenage Tony Robbins begged his mother to let him try. Not only did she let him try, she gave him a whole six-pack, and wouldn’t let him leave until he drank every drop. Tony has never touched alcohol since. The taste of his own vomit may have something to do with that.


8. You’ll finally ask for help.

Everyone with passion and ambition is tragically plagued with superhero-syndrome. That becomes harmful when the candle is burning at both ends, drifting toward burnout.

When the word “help” disappears from your vocabulary, it’s found when you crash and burn. You’ll realize the skill of delegation is critical for your health and progress. The pain teaches us to move from viewing help negatively as a form of weakness, to positively recognizing that success is expanding your own capacity by forming a team.

9. You’ll go to the drawing board.

Failure encourages you to engage in iteration. The process of reevaluating and refining produces a better result. As the saying goes, Why fix it if it ain’t broke? Some things need fixing, but reevaluation seldom happens before something breaks.

One of the greatest human achievements is the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, without a shark cage. The only individual in the world to accomplish that feat is 64-year old Diana Nyad in 2013. It was her fifth attempt. She tried once in 1978 and three more times from 2011 – 2012 before succeeding.

One major reason her fourth attempt was cut short was jellyfish stings that left her face puffy and swollen. This time, she wore a full body suit, gloves and a mask at night—when jellyfish rise to the surface.

She failed, went back to the drawing board, made iterations, then succeeded.

10. You’ll appreciate your success.

Value and meaning become heightened in the face of difficulty. The greatest celebrations come from the toughest battles. You’ll realize the dream isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. When the journey includes getting back on your feet and dusting yourself off, you’ll be more inclined to stop when you see roses, and express a little more gratitude at the finish line.

There are just 14 “eight-thousanders” on Earth, meaning the tiny number of mountains higher than 8,000 meters. Few recognize the name Kangchenjunga while Everest, just 262 meters higher, is a household name. The failures and deaths attempting to climb Everest make it the most respected and celebrated climb.

The bitterness of every failure adds sweetness to every victory.


Original Article by Thai Nguyen, Entrepreneur

Nigeria Business Registration Now N5,000

The Nigerian government has approved a 90-day special window for small-scale business owners to register businesses at a reduced rate of N5,000 ($14) only.

The government said the gesture was to ease the process of registering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country.

Nigeria’s vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, stated this on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, during the 19th edition of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Clinic in a Southeastern state, Enugu.

The special window will run from October 1 to December 31, 2018.

“It was observed during some of the earlier editions of the MSMEs Clinics that a lot of MSMEs were finding it difficult to register their businesses as a result of cost.

“The practice since we began the MSMEs clinics is that most agencies offer price reductions, especially for registration, and all other pre-investment approvals, during the Clinics.

“So, I am pleased to announce that the Federal Government, through the Corporate Affairs Commission, has approved a special window of 90 days from October 1 to December 31 to register businesses at a considerably reduced rate of N5000 only, down from as much as N10,000 previously.

“This will afford more MSMEs an opportunity to formalise their businesses,” Laolu Akande, media aide to the Vice President, said in a statement.

The government also advised state government to step up a “one-stop shops” for all relevant agencies together in one place so as to enable the MSMEs access their services on an ongoing basis.

Before now, Nigeria’s corporate affairs commission pegged the cost of business registration at N10,500. Company name reservation at N500 and N10,000 as a filing fee.

Former Ghanaian President Launches Young Entrepreneurs Network

The John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation has launched the Kufuor Young Entrepreneurs Network (K-YEM), which is zeroing in on supporting young Ghanaian entrepreneurs in their growth and the development of business skills.

The initiative would be assisting, consolidating and building sustainable enterprises by means of capacity building activities such as coaching, mentoring, training, seminars and access to funds. K-YEM would also establish local and foreign partnerships to further build the capacity of its members.

Professor Baffour Aygemang-Duah, who is the CEO of the JAK Foundation, said that with a partnership of this caliber in support of the K-Yen initiative, members would be well-trained to embrace the crucial role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play in the economy of Ghana.

Muhammad Awal, who is Ghana’s Minister for Business Development, lauded the former president for his efforts to bring about this initiative. According to him, the scheme must be supported by all Ghanaians to grow and develop young minds to venture into entrepreneurship. He as well encouraged the team to make the best out of the opportunity provided by the JAK Foundation.

“This initiative is a sustainable one which must be well-nurtured and given help to develop. I urge you young ones to be moved by desire and never create room to entertain doubts. I would use this platform to pledge the support of my ministry to this partnership and networking, in a bid to develop the nation”.

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Former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, who is the founder and chairman of the group, disclosed during this event that inauguration of the 15 pioneers of the K-YEN network is a flagship product from the foundation, which would be primed to become the future captains of the entrepreneurship industry in the Ghana region.

According to him, leadership is key in the development agenda of any nation, while expressing his anticipation as regards seeing a new breed of business leaders that would help to sustain the country’s economic developments. He said that leadership in all spheres of life requires the efforts of transformational leaders to develop the society successfully. “That is why as soon as I exited office as the president of Ghana, I founded the foundation to advance my vision of preparing young people for leadership.

Agyekum as well expressed his excitement concerning the formation of the K-YEM to transform future leaders of Ghana and hopefully Africa in general, convening young entrepreneurs for grooming. This, he says, affirms the necessity to strengthen the leadership of the private sector.


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