Monthly Archives: January 2011

GOLDMINE WITHIN

In Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007, the man with a violin played six batch pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule. 4 minutes later, the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and without stopping, continued to walk. 6 minutes: A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again. 10 minutes: A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly. 45 minutes: The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32. 1 hour: He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this: but the violinist was Joshua Bell in disguise, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged 100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station; was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The question raised is this, that in a common place and at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?  One possible conclusion reached from this experiment is this: if we are so busy and do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made, how many other things are we missing out in the journey of life? This is a shared thought for everyone to value their unique gifts and to appropriate it when, where needed. There is a question of What, How, When, Where and with whom to the goldmine inside you. Answer these questions and learn to appropriate your gift where it matters so the evidence of your progress will be seen by all.

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DARE TO FLY

Some people completely do not know they can ‘fly’. So they never did

Some people had ‘flown’ before, but forgot how to. So they never remembered.

Some people know they can fly, but never try because they are surrounded by F-E-A-R and quit.

Some people want to see others ‘fly’ first before they ‘fly’. So they waited.

Some people wait for a mentor to teach them how to fly. So they waited.

Some people ‘flew’ before and fell down, so they claimed that ‘flying’ is dangerous and useless. So they whined and quit. But, some people are ‘flying’ everyday, looking below from the sky, overseeing everyone who is not ‘flying’ just because they took a step to fly……

I had taken my ‘flying’ lessons and fell many times. But now, I have discovered my wings again.

Have you started ‘flying’ yet?

What is your greatest fear in  life? failure? Lack? Poverty? well the moment you choose which works for you, the earlier you gain life, Dare to fly talks about the will of doing thinsg  no matter how hard it is, the zeal to go on and the desire to succeed.

Last week we finished from the office and bidded all farewell, later friday night we learnt that our colleague lost all he had as an inferno razed down his apartment, caused by an electrical fault in an air conditioning unit. All a man toiled for in the past 10 years gone up in flames in 3 hours, yeah 3 hours, the taste and the fun of fixing an apartment, to make it more saddening, he is supposed to get married in 3 weeks. but what would he do? fly or sit? its no option, as far as there’s life flying should be our next and only alternative.

Whatever the situation is, whatever the issues are, dare to fly, cut off the branch that has limited you all the while and fly, soar like you never done and hope for the best.

Wole Emeya, its gonna be ok…relax pal and soar cos you got it.

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TAKE A WALK

Walking is exercising the whole body, most people sit in the office for over 12 hours and only stands up when lunch is served. they barely talk, they skype their colleagues when they need to say anything, the trend is getting worrisome as most people complain about back ache and other ailments, we need to constantly walk around the office,( not saying you should eglect your job and rove) but try out a walk around the office today

Here are the 5 most important reasons why you should walk;

 1.      Walking is a cardiovascular exercise – it is good for your heart. Which is enough of a reason to walk in and of itself, but walking is good for your head, too. Walking is great for clearing your mind and rejuvenating. Because it is aerobic, it helps condition your heart – you already know this, but it can condition your mind as well since you are releasing endorphins, enjoying nature, and doing something good for yourself. Walk alone one day and just “feel” the experience.

2.      Walking is weight bearing – we build bone strength by carrying weight. Since your body is weight (lest I remind you), walking helps build lower body bone density which helps prevent osteoporosis. Walking helps to really build bone strength and bone density. And guess what? You need to pay attention to doing exercises that build bone density and prevent osteoporosis sooner than you think. We all begin losing bone density (it’s a natural occurrence in us all) in our late 20s or early 30s.

3.      Walking is cardiovascular. Did I say that before? I believe I did. But there are even more aerobic benefits to walking, like the fact that walking helps burn excess calories so you can lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight.

4.      Walking is free. We all like that! We don’t have to pay when we do; we only pay when we don’t.

5.      Walking is beneficial to everyone. At any age or any fitness level, walking is a safe, effective and enjoyable exercise! Just do it, you’ll feel better and you’ll look better!

We must be proactive about our well being by simply heeding to one of such simple advice. Bodily exercise may seem to profit little, but that little we should engage ourselves in so we can live long to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The work structure today is designed with a tendency for us to live sedentary lives but a commitment to do 10 minutes walk at least twice a week can go a long way for us. We can take action by simply starting to walk now.

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NOKIA SUPPORTS SOCIAL INNOVATION CAMP NIGERIA

Nokia is continuing in the social responsibility as they take a giant step to helping in solving problems and meeting the needs of people in the areas where they operate. In line with its established reputation for Innovation, Nokia is partnering with a social enterprise venture, Co-Creation Hub to provide a platform for young Nigerians to come up with business ideas that also address some of Nigeria’s social issues. Co-Creation Hub had sought entries from Nigerians on how they can use mobile technology to set up businesses that address issues like the quality of Education, Health, combating corruption, and deepening democracy. The entries were pruned to 6 out of which three winners have emerge after a 48-hour camping at the Pan-Africa University, Lagos. Nokia along with other organizations like TBWA/Concepts will allow the winners use their platforms to transform the ideas into thriving businesses.

 Segun Fodeke, a software developer won the first prize with her idea on how mobile devices can be used to track the performance of elected government officials against the promises they make when seeking elections. The second position was won by Olusegun V. Sangowawa for her idea on using mobile technology to improve people’s access to health information. Tosin Agboola’s entry emerged third position. The idea seeks to use mobile phones are platforms to alert Nigerians about wanted criminals rather the current use of newspapers, whose reach is quite limited due to poor literacy level and poverty.

Nokia is particularly availing any of the winners who develops a mobile application, an opportunity to upload such on Ovi Store. Ovi store is Nokia’s proprietary platform from which millions of Nokia faithfuls can download applications, games, maps and music. Globally, there are at least 3 million downloads on Ovi store everyday. Nokia’s Head of Marketing for West Africa, Reuben Onwubiko said the Ovi Store platform provides the winners a life-time opportunity to make money from the revenue from downloads all over the world. He said the onus is therefore on those who have entered for the competition to ensure that they come up with solutions that would be acceptable even beyong the shores of Nigeria.

 Founded in 2008 in the UK, Social Inovation camp runs as process/event to create innovative applications of the web and mobile technology to solve social problems. Social innovation camps have been run London, Edinburg, Slovakia, Australia, South Korea, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Czech Republic. Thei Nigerian initiative is the first of its kind on the African continent.

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OPTIMISIM IS IMPORTANT FOR LOVE TO GROW

If you have met someone new, a friend or new love of your life, you are going to need to be purely optimistic and positive that this relationship will be a sure thing, and grow and endure. No new love will grow without your constant knowledge and belief that you are going to have the best time of your life with your new companion! How sure are you that this love will grow? If you are not 100% sure, you are dooming your relationship from the start.

No process can evolve into your fantastic and strong love without the assurance of love being everlasting. Where did this concept come from? It is most often quoted in the bible, the Qur’an, and many other religious books and writings. It is a true force of life’s power and happiness, and it is an amazing gift we have all been given. Being sure that it will grow sometimes does not take up one percentage of our logical brain power, but is deep in our hearts. We have no idea that it could not blossom and grow, and we should be sure that it will. Because if we have the feeling, and the urge is strong to love, it is real and there is no stopping it.

Do not be afraid of your attempts to Love, you are only experiencing it because it is real. It always will be a positive motion in your life.

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NOKIA OVI LIFE TOOLS IN NIGERIA

Nokia again has ascended the rank in leading innovation in the telecommunication industry, with new tools that would relate to your everyday life. The Nokia’s Ovi Life Tools is a suite of personally relevant information services providing regular localized information related to Agriculture, Healthcare, Education and Entertainment. The service is designed to work without the need for any GPRS plans or settings, as the updates are delivered via SMS to the OLT inbox in a graphically rich easy to read format in the user’s local language. It is available for Airtel and Glo subscriber now but would soon be available for other networks. It is effective and very user friendly.

Below are FAQ and answers that would clear all issues.

Q: Are all of these services/areas be available in Nigeria?

A: Yes, the Ovi Life Tools offering in Nigeria will consist of the Agriculture, Healthcare, Education and Entertainment services.

Q: What do these services actually offer?

A: The services offer the following to users:

 Healthcare Services: (total of 7 subscription services)

–  Mother & Child

  • Subscription service #1: Pregnancy advice – This service keeps the user informed on what to expect from pregnancy and parenthood along with the nutritional and developmental needs of oneself during the entire course of pregnancy. Information delivered to the user is specific to the week of pregnancy and geography determined by the expected date of delivery and the location (6 geographical zones in Nigeria) provided by the user.
  • Subscription service #2: Child care advice – The service provides information on the nutritional, hygiene, immunization, and developmental needs of the child linked to the important milestones related to child growth up to 5 years of age. Health tips are relevant to the age of the child determined by the Date of Birth input by the parent.

–  Health and Fitness

  • Subscription service #3: Women’s Health – The user will receive gender, region and age specific health tips on nutrition, hygiene, fitness and well being to help the user stay fit. Daily content delivered in local language specific to the age of the user.
  • Subscription service #4: Men’s Health – The user will receive gender, region and age specific health tips on nutrition, hygiene, fitness and well being to help the user stay fit. Daily content delivered in local language specific to the age of the user.

– Disease Information

– Daily health tips to user based on the important disease conditions prevalent in the geography. Information will help user in prevention, prolonging onset and living better with the condition. Health tips related to medical, co-morbidities, lifestyle, fitness and safety based on the condition chosen by the user. In keeping with the healthcare industry practices, the tips are preventive in nature and not diagnostic or prescriptive advice is offered.

 Agriculture Services:

  • The Agri service covers the 25 major crops/commodities at launch. More will be progressively added. Market Prices for 111 marketplaces in Nigeria, with 3 market places for each state in Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
  • There is one agriculture subscription service which packages the news & tips, weather and market prices. The user makes the selection of the 3 crops/commodities that she wishes to be informed regularly about. This hyper local service is personalized to those 3 crops for user’s region.
  1. News & Tips: The user will receive daily crop tips based on the choice of crop/commodity and agriculture news that is relevant to the location of the user. The crop tips are hyper localized advice based on crop life cycle & agro climatic aspects prevalent in the user’s location. Tips also will contain best practices & techniques around increasing the yield of the crop/commodity.
  • Market Prices: The user will receive market prices twice a week for a choice of 3 crops/commodities from 3 nearby & relevant markets for the crop/commodity.
  • Weather: The user will receive weather forecast for the day specific to the location. The weather information will include general outlook around Temperature, Rainfall, Humidity & Wind.

 Education Services:

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STAY POSITIVE

Life may not be fair but God is. When we look back at 2010, there are experiences that may not have been palatable but through it all we came through the year with hope rekindled for a better 2011. As we reflect on the things we came through, life experiences, hard knocks, setbacks in career, business and may be the death of a loved one, we may sometimes conclude that life has treated us unfairly but this morning through it all remember you are valuable. You must be determined not to allow life experiences rob you of your potentials. You are gifted, valuable and talented to fulfill a purpose in your sphere of influence.

 There is a treasure in you that we all need. You must endeavor to be your best for the benefit of your world. Don’t look down at yourself with disdain and trivialize all that you have. It may look insignificant, irrelevant, and invaluable to you but it is precious to all of us. You must not lose your identity and give in to failure when your environment speaks to you in a hostile manner. You must appreciate the intrinsic value you possess. Recognize that words are a convener of value; they paint pictures and build your self esteem. As we begin this New Year, meditate on those things that are “good, pure, lovely, and virtuous and of good report“. Don’t allow images of your past failure hunt and limit you. Shake yourself up from the ashes of failures, setbacks and learn to begin again.

 I met with a friend of mine who talked a lot about life and how he is not getting what he wants out of life, I wondered for a while what the problem could be, but I knew he wasn’t feeling it any longer and so he blamed God for all the Continue reading

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WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN FLY?

There was once a king, who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained. Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch, since the day it had arrived. The king summoned healers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to a member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.” In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.” The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?” With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, ” It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch, where the bird was sitting.”

We were all made to fly but we need to realize this incredible potential as human beings. We cannot afford to sit on our branches, clinging to the familiar things in our lives. The possibilities of this world are endless, but for most people, these remain undiscovered. When we conform to the familiar, the comfortable and the mundane, we miss out on God’s best for our lives and settle for mediocrity, instead of an exciting, thrilling and fulfilling life. This week, we must learn to destroy the branch of fear and the other things we cling to so as to free ourselves to the glory of flight. The best days are still ahead of you. God always has His best in mind for you only if you can acknowledge and take advantage of them through the principle of recognition. Your gifts will surely make room for you as you cash in on your windows of opportunities in 2011!

In life we limit ourselves, we create barriers for ourselves and make it impossible for us to soar high, except we remove that mind limitation we would never get anywhere in life, where you are today is a result of your thoughts and how it has influenced you. If you sow positive seeds in your mind, you would reap positive results, if you sow negative seeds the rest is history. The mind is like a garden, if not properly cultivated, weed would take over, if you leave your mind unattended to, bad and evil thoughts would over grow it. The sky is big enough for birds of your caliber to fly, where do you see yourself, what do you have in mind about you, a popper or a millionaire? What is greatest fear? Loosing or winning? For me I have positioned myself for success, so never be surprised what you see of me, my tomorrow is so bright right in my mind and soon it would come out.

Break off that branch and let the inner you fly, let it soar high to please the king our God, yes He has giving you the potentials and would be glad and elated to see you use it profitably.

See you on top.

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JOSEPHEKWU IN 2010

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 56 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 196 posts. There were 10 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 2nd with 251 views. The most popular post that day was MOUKA FOAM SET TO REWARD CUSTOMERS.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were linkreferral.com, facebook.com, Private networks, networkedblogs.com, and google.com.ng.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for nigeria, nokia c3 price in nigeria, the life of an eagle, kissing, and daystar christian centre.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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MOUKA FOAM SET TO REWARD CUSTOMERS November 2010
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NOKIA C3, Social media is born August 2010
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UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES January 2008
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NUDITY IN LAGOS November 2009
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COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN NIGERIA April 2008
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