Wednesday, 18 January 2017

#ContentSpotlight: Pelu Awofeso, Travel Journalist

Innate in everyone is at least, one thing they know how to do effortlessly. At least one. Sadly, a lot of young people cannot articulate this. Finding out what your strengths are is the first step to greatness! 

  • Discovering Your Strengths is the fourth chapter of the segment The Journey to Self-discovery narrated by Pelu Awofeso, Nigeria’s foremost Travel Journalist. Pelu is passionate about promoting Nigeria’s abundant tourism assets and has been unbelievably supportive of this project. 


  • Go to http://bit.ly/2iBqZ2d to listen an excerpt of his chapter. Like what you heard? Then subscribe to the audiobook by sending YES to 669 or visit https://goo.gl/2lVAoU (ETISALAT NUMBERS ONLY) at N25/Day, N50/Week or N150/month. 


  • Keep up with updates by following ABBPOfficial on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. 


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#ContentSpotlight: Dike Chukwumerije, Poet and Author

Beyond the daily grind, do you wonder about life and your role in it? Does it leave you feeling a little empty? Frankly, we've all been there…

Finding Your Purpose, chapter 3 of the segment, The Journey To Self Discovery will help you find direction that can bring some clarity to your existence. 


Finding Your Purpose was narrated by Dike Chukwumerije, a Poet and Author. 
Dike has created a platform for the expression of creative talent and authored an array of though-provoking literature. 


To listen to an excerpt of Dike's chapter, go to http://bit.ly/2jqSMXJ Like what you heard? Then subscribe to the audiobook by sending YES to 669 or visit https://goo.gl/2lVAoU (ETISALAT NUMBERS ONLY) at N25/Day, N50/Week or N150/month.

Keep up with updates by following ABBPOfficial on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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#ContentSpotlight: Aisha Augie-Kuta, Co-Founder, Centre For Art and Creative Talent


Defining Your Values, the second chapter of the segment, The Journey To Self Discovery, will open you up to ways you can deal with pressure and conflicting priorities. 


Defining Your Values was narrated by Aisha Augie-Kuta, Co-founder- Centre for Art and Creative Talent. Aisha’s career in mixed media arts spans across photography, painting, documentary-style films, fashion and events. A proud mother of 3 boys, Aisha is a beacon for shattering the stereotype of what a Northern Nigerian woman should be. 

To listen to excerpts from Aisha's chapter, go to http://bit.ly/2jYhZFm Like what you heard? Then subscribe for the audiobook by sending YES to 669 or visit https://goo.gl/2lVAoU (ETISALAT NUMBERS ONLY) at N25/Day, N50/Week or N150/month.


Keep up with updates by following ABBPOfficial on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

#ContentSpotlight - Segun Lawal: Founder, Spirit of David


They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. We say don't take that step until you've figured out where you're actually going.

Understanding Who You Are, the first chapter in The Journey to Self-Discovery segment,  is a good place to start. It provides you the opportunity to find your essence and deliberately outline how you'll like your life to turn out. Click here to listen to a sample of the chapter. 

Narrated by indefatigable Segun Lawal, a dance pioneer who founded Spirit of David, a vibrant platform for young people to express their passion and talent for the art across Nigeria and beyond.

To listen to Segun send yes to 669 or visit https://goo.gl/2lVAoU (ETISALAT NUMBERS ONLY)  at N25/Day, N50/Week or N150/month.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Look: What Awaits You In The Journey To Self-discovery

It's easier to lament and complain about everything that's wrong in the world; if only people or the government will just do the right thing, things will be better, yes? Well, maybe. But the way things are, we've quite frankly gotten to the point where every single person has to pitch in. It's the only way things will get better. We are super proud of the narrators of our audiobook I'm A Graduate Now What? for donating their voices to tackling youth unemployment in Africa. 

Over the next few days, we will spotlight each of these narrators and their work on I'm A Graduate Now What? In the meantime, here's an outline of the content in The Journey To Self Discovery:

1. Understanding who you are - Narrated by Segun Lawal, Founder Spirit of David
2. Defining your values - Narrated by Aisha Augie-Kuta, C--founder, CACT
3. Finding your purpose - Narrated by Dike Chukwumerije, Poet
4. Discovering your strengths - Narrated by Pelu Awofeso, Award-winning Travel Writer
5. Identifying your weaknesses - Narrated by Jane Maduegbuna, Director, Afrinolly
6. Putting the past where it belongs - Narrated by Amanda Kirby Okoye, Image Historian
7. Dealing with low self-esteem - Narrated by Yemi Amusan, CEO, Lucere
8. A case for Self-acceptance - Narrated by Lanre Olusola, Life Coach and Orode Okpu, Founder, Pink Pearl Foundation
9. Positive Discontentment - Narrated by Jodie, Musician
10. Keeping the faith - Narrated by Ishaya Bako, Filmmaker, Aby Baiyewu-Teru, CEO, Global Rights and Olamipeju Adekunle, Founder, The Girls Show

To subscribe, send yes to 669 or visit https://goo.gl/2lVAoU (ETISALAT NUMBERS ONLY)  at N25/Day, N50/Week or N150/month

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Hot Off The Press: Subscribe To The Journey To Self Discovery On Cloud9!

Something about the way we get an education in this part of the world leaves us struggling to make sense of degrees we spent years to get. You find doctors who rap, microbiologists working as stylists, agric engineers working in banks; engineers in management consulting.
5 years down the line, you still find the same graduates floating, exploring, struggling to make careers out of their education. And sadly, this confusion is partly responsible for where we are as a country today.

I wrote the first part of I'm A Graduate Now What? (the Journey To Self-discovery) to tackle this issue. When people understand their purpose, humanity is better for it.
Using music, drama and storytelling to bring the scripts to life, it features 13 narrators and several voice actors.
To subscribe, visit www.cloud9.com.ng/genre/audiobook/ or send YES to 699
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Friday, 30 December 2016

Iya Ruka's Conversation With 2017

Iya Ruka cleans the bench in her Ankara shop somewhere on Lagos Island. She offers 2017 a seat. He sits. Warily.

She clears her throat and speaks softly...

Saturday, 24 December 2016

I'm A Graduate Now What? Is Now Live On Cloud9

Yesssss!
It’s been a long, exciting journey but we're finally here. I’m A Graduate Now What? Graduatepro's flagship initiative is now live on cloud9! We are super-happy about this milestone. You should be too. You made it happen and we remain grateful.
The highly anticipated audiobook provides a clear roadmap for young people and equips them for life after school.
For those wondering what this is all about:

Monday, 19 December 2016

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Update #3

Being a self-funded project and an understandably capital-intensive one, I ran out of funds at some point in 2016. Having to run a company with 3 busy SBUs and manage other projects for clients alongside stretched me to exhaustion. But it was all good, ‘cos it gave the content time to evolve, and helped us grow and learn and mature in our understanding of what we were doing and how to package it for our audience.

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Update #2

Dike Chukwumerije's album art
Post-production began in October 2015 and has lasted until this very moment, technically. The number of edits, retakes and revisions we’ve made to the content can drive a normal person insane I tell you. We had to do this for unique content streams or components that completed those streams. Let me give you an idea of the backend work involved:

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Update #1

Teaser image first released in July, 2015
I've had so many concerned friends and acquaintances calling me to ask, 'Naomi how far with the book project now, eh? It’s taking long o.’ My default answer to everyone who has asked has been ‘We are on it’. To those who have been asking and those wondering what I'm talking about, this update and those following are for you.

Hello From The Other Side!

My goodness, it’s been so long and so quiet in here yes?
To those of you who have been checking for posts, I apologize you didn’t find any. You see, I have a very good excuse for the silence. No, seriously. I’ve been working my hat off doing some really amazing things (Even if I say so myself:)) I have some super-exciting updates to share with you shortly. Watch this page : )
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Naomi

Saturday, 17 December 2016

My Neighbour


I have a neighbor. He lives right beside me. Only a wall separates my house from his.

After I moved into my apartment, it took weeks before I finally saw him. I yelped in delight “Hi, I live right next door. How are you doing?’ I said as I flashed the smile I usually reserve for job interviews. He smiled like Jungle boy and stared at some point between my ear and my shoulder.

Hmmm, he’s shy. Cute!

I let him be.

And so it was that I would leave for work and see him polishing his shoes...

360 Woman: US Diplomat, Lovette Singleton On Dreams, Trips And Marrying Her Best Friend



You see, we were coursemates while studying at the best University in Nigeria, Ujay. (Sorry guys, I just had to say that, for the record; so there’s no confusion. OAU, Maulag, Umudike, UNN, one love :)) Okay, I was just kidding, please forgive my digression.

We reconnected on Facebook and so much had changed since our school days. She had gotten married and looked genuinely happy with kids so cute, you just want to lie down and cry for joy. Then I had this utterly bizarre meeting with a potential client who made some really scary pronouncements about guys and the kind I will most likely end up with. I could not help imagining how many people he had poisoned with all his negativity. Realizing just how important it is to present a balanced view of the story, 360 Woman was born. The first person I knew I wanted to talk to was Lovette.

Lovette is not afraid to be vulnerable. She talks freely about her life and the struggle most women face with their identity, childbirth, career and how she has made it work; so far. Below are excerpts of my chat with her peppered with enough pictures to keep you intrigued. It has been a while since I felt this inspired by anyone. I do hope you enjoy it. 
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Saturday, 10 December 2016

A Tribute To My Brother


He made me eat Key Soap. Remember Key Soap? Yeah, that one. Okay wait, let me give you some background to this story. You see, I loved sugar as a little girl. My definition of ‘enjoyment’ was drinking garri with sugar that I am allowed to scoop by myself. I would suck cube after cube and marvel at the beauty of this thing called life. My family knew. If I ended up with any meal that needed sweetening, they would sweeten it for me and watch me eat and take my plate to the kitchen. It was necessary ‘cos 3 seconds was all I needed to empty a container of sugar into my food. I wanted to grow up really bad and my primary motivation for that ambition was so that I could eat as much sugar as I wanted. 

Monday, 5 December 2016

360 Woman: JobMag Founder, Maureen Iyasele On Managing The Homefront, Running Her Youth Centre And Making Her Marriage Work

Every once in a while, you come across people who make some decisions that make you wonder what they were thinking. But when you stop to think about it, it all makes perfect sense. After working with Exxon Mobil as a Lead Design Engineer for 5 years, Maureen resigned to set up a youth center in Lagos. When asked why she did it, she responds very simply, " I wasn't fulfilled or satisfied with what I had accomplished." 


Armed with some work experience and a very big heart, she found The JobMag Youth Centre and 4 years down the line, her company is still standing strong. Every woman should read Maureen's story. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Are You Ready To Lead?


I was speaking at an event recently when a young man asked me a question I have often thought about myself. He asked how we can become relevant in the scheme of things seeing that the same leaders that ruled the country when we were kids are still doing the same decades after. Poignant question if you ask me. 

While I appreciated the fact that he asked, I took a very good look at him - sagging trousers, a triangular mound of hair on his head;

Monday, 9 May 2016

Managing Creative Projects: A Practical Workshop For Creatives

When I set up Éclat a few years ago, I was working with a somewhat untested business model, one that a lot of people were skeptical about. Why would you want to restrict yourself to the creative industries? Why not just be a project manager, period?

Thursday, 15 October 2015

EVENTS: ‎How To Create Events That Rock‬


I've gotten quite a number of messages from people who want to learn what I do. Sadly, there's only so much you can teach people from chats, emails and phone calls.

However, an amazing opportunity to do just that has presented itself - The Event Engineering Workshop powered by the indefatigable Yemi Amusan. I'm taking the Creative Project Management Module and will be available throughout the training for those who may need further instruction.

Reblogged: 19 Pictures That Are Too Real For Nigerians Who Had Lesson Teachers Growing Up

When the time is up and they keep teaching
For those who were 'privileged' to have lesson teachers as kids (I use privilege carefully. Some kids may not have counted having a lesson teacher as one:)), this article is a must-see. Gosh, I've checked it out so many times and it still makes me laugh every time I do.

Enjoy.

Read here.

Reblogged: These 25+ Pictures Will Make You Re-evaluate Your Entire Existence


I stumbled on this article while doing a random search online. Amazing narrative. Since I've never really understood the whole outer space structure, this article has proven invaluable to me. Not only did the pictures do what they were touted to do, they helped me put things in perspective and reinforced my belief that there really is a God out there somewhere. Sorry Big Bang.

Read here.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

#‎AfricasBiggestBookProject‬ Narrator Spotlight: Ogo Maduewesi



Ogo Maduewesi is a Social entrepreneur, blogger and aspiring writer. She is the founder and pioneer of Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF), the first Vitiligo patient-driven organisation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Narrator Spotlight: Mazino Appeal



Born in Lagos, MaZi’no debuted on radio as a sports presenter and producer in 2004 and had short stints with the telecoms industry in Nigeria before returning to radio as a presenter for Smooth 98.1FM.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Narrator Spotlight: Zeal Akaraiwe


Zeal Akaraiwe left banking in 2014 and set up Graeme Blaque Advisory, a financial advisory outfit focusing on risk management using derivatives. Zeal holds a B.Sc in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos. He currently has over 14 years banking experience and joined Standard Chartered in 2004 prior to which he had spent over 5 years working in 3 other banks, spanning HR and Admin to Corporate Banking.

Reblogged: The Only One You Should Be In Competition With Is Yourself

Image: Naomi Lucas/Facebook

I took some time to speak with Jennifer Emelife on #AfricasBiggestBookProject recently. Originally published on Olisa (The blogazine), it outlines some key concepts about the production.

Read here.

#AfricasBiggestBookProject Narrator Spotlight: Ijeoma Okeagu


Founder and CEO of White Rabbit Concept ltd, Ijeoma is living her dream of being an entrepreneur and running businesses that not only make profit but impacts people’s lives. Ijeoma is passionate about Business and connecting people, with a vast experience in Corporate Events management and hospitality.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Reblogged: #AfricasBiggestBookProject Hits Abuja


So Richard Ali, COO Parresia Publishers and one of the narrators on #AfricasBiggestBookProject, wrote this heartwarming article about the recording in Abuja. We like :)

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For weeks, Cyberia has been in a state of excitement over #Africas BiggestBookProject. Cyberia, for those who don’t know, is the term coined by Nigerian public intellectual Pius Adesanmi for Nigeria’s internet savvy population.

The #AfricasBiggestBookProject excitement has not been limited to one class of Nigerian netizen – everyone from book publishers, jobless graduates and oil executives to young entrepreneurs have had their browsers tilted its way.

At the heart of the hashtag is Lagos-based Creative Industries communications manager Naomi Lucas and a new book championed by her GradatePro initiative. Lucas’s initiative has brought together Cyberians from the north and from the south to help her cause of bridging the gap between university graduates and the workplace. 

Read full story here