Friday, 30 August 2013
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Other countries do a great job of connecting their people in the diapora to their home countries. In India a person from the Diaspora sits on parliament. Chinese have groups in the Diaspora that actually have influence in Chinese affairs. If we look in Liberia they allow they citizens in the Diaspora to vote in government elections. Yes, we can say we have “people” in the government who are suppose to handle Diaspora affairs, but what can we say they have done. We have groups in the Diaspora who are there to help Nigerian entrepreneurs invest back into Nigeria, but instead it becomes a power struggle of who will lead the group. In this area the Diaspora affairs must improve in order to create a better bridge between those in and out of Nigeria.

Friday, 30 August 2013
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At Silk Invest, we believe that Nigeria is probably one of most misunderstood places in the world today. And even though it continues to impress the global business community, it is still a fairly unknown investment destination to global investors.

In this piece we take a closer look at Nigeria’s entrepreneurs who are the driving force behind this increasingly assertive nation. We also hope to provide you with some more perspective on Nigeria as one of the world’s most promising economies and why investors should start paying more attention to this place.

Friday, 30 August 2013
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What’s more, women report being generally more afraid of failure than their male counterparts, according to the research, jointly sponsored by Babson College in the U.S., Universidad Del Desarrollo in Chile, and the University Tun Abdul Razak in Malaysia. The 2012 GEM survey, the 14th of its kind, surveyed 198,000 people in 69 countries. The GEM Women’s Report looked at 67 of those economies.

In all but seven of the countries surveyed, women represent a minority of the nation’s entrepreneurs. The seven economies where there are as many or more women as men entrepreneurs are Panama, Thailand, Ghana, Ecuador, Nigeria, Mexico and Uganda, the report says.

Friday, 30 August 2013
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 Once you realise you are alone, and except it, you begin to find joy in the most minute things. I swear those days I would concentrate so hard for such long periods I could hear my own thoughts. You begin to find joy in hanging out with yourself and become inward looking. I am not a pensive person but during those times I spent a hugg amount of time reading/listening/appreciating the works of Plato, Sartre, Nietzsche andMachiavelli. In an absence of human beings I was intellectualising myself. Or at least trying to. Anything to stop the hurt. Anything to justify the loneliness.

However you get through this. And by all means you must. It will help define the kind of person you become if (when) successful. The loneliness is your right of passage. It’s the hero’s journey. It’s why entrepreneurs are lauded and seen as being super-human.
 
Friday, 30 August 2013
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 What a man can do a woman can do better” is a popular adage. But that did not quite play out when the results of those that participated in the first ever YouWiN programme indicated that only 18 percent of the overall applicants were women. It was that reality that necessitated the establishment of YouWiN Women.

YouWiN stands for Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. It is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas. The first edition of YouWiN was launched in 2011 and the accomplishments of the 1,200 YouWiN awardees were celebrated at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on April 12, 2012.
YouWiN Women, however, is the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme which is designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less, and championing this cause as project lead is the delectable Snow Ogunjimi.
 
Thursday, 29 August 2013
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Saying that technicians and entrepreneurs are the people running the economy, he pointed out the need for the establishment of colleges for the purpose of training these sets of manpower.
A former university teacher and author, Dr. Felix Oragwu, who made the observation at a public forum, said lack of infrastructure and learning equipment account for the low ranking of the nation's universities amongst other institutions in the world.