The Value of Time

Time management is one concept people tend to take for granted. Your life itself is a project, Why? You have a time frame; a time of birth and time you will die. It is nothing personal, that’s the way nature works.

The question is, What is Your Time Worth?

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At your workplace, what value do you add to the company? As a person, what value do you add to your life? How open are you to learning new things and taking up new challenges? How do you embrace change? What effect do you have on clients? How do you impact on co-workers?

To be successful in any project, time is important. Time will determine if you spend more on cost or less.

Being open to learning is a vital tool for anyone willing to adapt to change. Never say never, Time is limitless and so is the human mind. Nothing is impossible, therefore, use your time well.

 

 

 

The Importance of Education, the story of Nike Okundaye

What is Education?

From a simple point of view, Education refers to a method of knowledge transfer, be it learning by doing, by looking, by listening which can be given in different forms. For example, through storytelling, training, discussions, research, mentorship and the likes.

It is interesting to note, that the first kind of education you get, is the knowledge of your immediate environment, which is mostly gotten from family. What kind of training do we pass on knowingly or unconsciously?

About Nike Okundaye

Nike, a 68 years old expert in Nigerian textile, a woman who has successfully run her enterprise for 20 years. She promotes the Yoruba culture through her Art enterprise, by making the ‘Adire’ attire.

Nike has traveled to the United States of America and Europe giving lectures and training people on textile making. Her education came from her environment where she grew up, with traditional weaving and dying as practiced in her home town Ogidi, Kogi State. With that focus knowledge, she has trained more than 3000 Nigerians in her art gallery and expose them to see the beauty and fulfilment in creative art. Her gallery, ‘Nike Art Gallery’ is well known for preserving the beauty of the Yoruba tradition, thereby educating people on the importance of culture and Knowlege transfer.

In addition to her achievements, she is the founder and director of four art centers comprising 7000 artworks, where free training on visual, musical, and performing arts are offered to more than 150 young artists. Nike is a living piece of her artwork as she showcases her gallant gele styles and reflection of love for her culture.

The art expert has been honored with several titles including “Yeye Oba” of Ogidi Ijumu land, The “Yeye Tasase” of Osogbo land and “Yeye Gbasaga” of Ijumu Kingdom.

There is a lot to learn as we journey through life. Make use of your talent, and always keep in mind, that educating yourself has nothing to do with gathering papers.

Find your Focus

Jonah the crochet weaving prodigy

Jonah was 6 months old baby when he was adopted from an Ethiopian orphanage home, the home where he was sheltered and cared for by loving people. At age 5, he taught himself how to crochet weave and has since then become perfect to the extent of challenging grand mothers who crochet weave.

He has at eleven years old, become a leader in the crochet world, connecting so many people around the world sharing love. With his magical hands, he has weaved different lovely styles, hats, scarfs, etc which has turned into a profitable business.

Without forgetting “Roots Ethiopia”, he started a GoFundMe for the children in the Ethiopian orphanage where he came from to give back to the society.

Finding what you are good at, and focusing on it, can in the future lead to a profitable venture. Like Jonah, find yours and make it happen with consistency.

Below is a Fb video from ‘Now This’ showing more interesting information on Jonah, you have no choice than to love him more.

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How do you like your dress to fit?

Life can be likened to this dress because this dress can be worn in different ways, according to the taste of the owner.

So is your life, wear it the way it suits you and not how someone else expects you to live it. Be the driver of your life, make your decisions and face the consequences good or bad.

To be successful, you have to fail, it’s part of the process. At the end, you smash the look as persistence is the dress your wear to keep you going.

No one’s life is the best, cherish your loved ones, your family, friends and all you come across on the path of life.

Dress up and show up for the occasion, ready to win!

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Think on your feet- 5 Best ways to answer questions on the Spot.

Have you ever been put on the spot and had to answer an unexpected question?

It is a different ball game when you prepare to give a presentation or lead a meeting or discussion, at least you get the chance to prepare your speech. When you have nothing prepared, it can be a challenge, and most times we find ourselves in such a position, what do you do?

Before we dive into the 5 best ways to think on your feet, there was this professor back in school who made us give presentations weekly, and he would ask very random questions. From his method of questioning, I realized that there are no ‘right or wrong’ answers. It depends on which angle you are looking at, and how well you can defend your point of view. Keeping that in mind, here are 5 best ways for you to scale through the spotlight and shine like a star in any situation:

  1. Repeat the Question: This may come as a shocker, but by repeating the question you help your brain process the words. This enables the brain to pick out the ‘point’ in the question and if you do not understand the question, do not be afraid to ask politely what the person is asking.
  2. Focus on the ‘POINT’ of the question: getting the meaning out of the question is your duty, therefore focus on the point of the question and give it your best shot by using your brain to give your answer. Like I mentioned above, if you are not sure of the question, ASK. If it is a meeting or discussion, then add your contribution to the best of your knowledge, remember it is no competition.
  3. Engage Others: People speak on what interests them in a conversation, therefore ask them questions to engage them, this helps to throw more light and give more information which you can buttress while giving your own contribution.
  4. Pause a while: When you are put on the spot, take your time to respond. Have a thoughtful face and start with ‘that is an intriguing question’. In the process, take a deep breath, gather your thoughts together and muster your courage. These tactics are also helpful during interviews.
  5. The ‘Yes’ Technique: There are people who will naturally criticize what you have said in a discussion or meeting either to make a point or find out if you truly understand what is being asked. In this kind of situation, forget about being defensive and say yes, then give more information if necessary, or possible ways it can be achieved if its a question on problem-solving, this way, you move the conversation forward in any discussion, especially in a scrum or Agile environments.

In Conclusion, be yourself and believe in what you say, that way you can easily explain your point to others without fear or favor. Also, note that no man is an island and we need to be open-minded to learn from others.

Iddris Sandu – the Cultural Architect

Iddris Sandu, a prodigy innovator and genius popularly known as a ‘Cultural Architect’ and the tech guru behind Uber, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

“The Universe is always talking to you. It’s up to you to decide if you will

a. Listen to it, b. Hear it, c. Experience it, d. Disregard it”…Iddris Sandu

Raised by his Ghanian mother, he speaks four languages, Akan, Hausa, English, and French.  He was taken to Ghana by his father at the age of 8 and his return to the USA was the same period the first iPhone was launched. This excited his curiosity “I just got super inspired. I thought – this device is going to change the world. The reason why the iPhone was so important was because it was the first time when regular consumers could develop for other regular consumers. Before, you really had to work at a tech company for multiple years to be able to offer any sort of input or to create an app. But Apple made it so mainstream. I knew it was the future.” he said.  When he was 10 years of age, he learned programming languages on his own for almost two years in Torrance public library where he got spotted by a Google employee, who decided to take him as an intern to work at Google’s headquarters. At 13 he was given the opportunity to program for the first time where he worked on the initial Google plus, Google blogger, and other infrastructural areas.

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Young Iddris Sandu — TEC Leimert

15 years old Iddris wrote an app for his high school which gave students turn by turn navigation of their classrooms. Being the only school in California that had an app made by a student brought a lot of recognition for the school and eventually an honorary award by President Obama. At the same period, Iddris wrote an algorithm which he sold to Instagram. He also consulted for Snapchat when he was 18. He got engaged with Uber at 19 which marked another turning point in his career. He produced the algorithm ACDI (Autonomous Collision Detection Interface), which is a piece of software that monitors in 3D space, the hands of the driver, and the interface could adjust the control the driver had on the car (Self-driving Car).

His core aim is to bridge the gap between the informed and uninformed, decentralize technology and alter the bias which is currently in technology, thereby “leveling the playing field” between silicon valley and young communities of color.

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Photograph: Iddris Sandu at the “smart store”

In 2017, Nipsey Hussle spotted him working on an algorithm in a local Starbucks and three weeks down the line they collaborated and established the first-ever ‘smart store’ The Marathon Clothing Store at Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. The online store continues.

Iddris has this to say on the importance of culture

“To all the tech giants out there. You ain’t cool without culture and the world really doesn’t revolve around you without culture. You should be working hand in hand with cultural influencers to build your platforms in the first place. You’re blinded to think you have an amazing standalone service. But like @michaelbjordan “NAH! F*CK THAT”. This is 2018. I’m encouraging all my people out there, THE TIME TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOW. We as a culture rarely own any technology infrastructure and If we do, it’s so mediocre. We need to build the next variations of these huge platforms. WE AS A CULTURE NEED TO REALIZE, WE NOT ONLY BUILD THE USER BASE UP BUT THAT WE CAN EQUALLY ESTABLISH OUR OWN POWERBASE. UNTIL WE REALIZE THIS NOTHING WILL CHANGE.
STOP FOCUSING ON HIGHER LEVEL INFRASTRUCTURE (APPS) AND START THINKING ABOUT LOWER LEVEL INFRASTRUCTURE (OPERATING SYSTEMS, KERNELS, HARDWARE & CULTURAL ALGORITHMS WE CAN LICENSE OUT ). THERE ARE THREE MAJOR OPERATING SYSTEMS (IOS ANDROID AND WINDOWS) AND NONE OF THEM ARE MINORITY OWNED YET WE KEEP BUILDING ON TOP OF THEM. THE COEFFICIENT OF SERVICES WE PRODUCE NEED TO BE HIGHER than the CONSUMPTION RATE OF HOW WE UTILIZE.
I (WE) GONNA CHANGE THIS CUZ I’M THE YOUNGEST IN THE GAME TO BE THAT BRIDGE BETWEEN TECH AND CULTURE AND (WE) ARE GONNA PUSH OUR CULTURE SO FAR And that’s a FACT.
WE GONNA TAKE TECH, DISTRIBUTE IT, AND SPREAD IT ACROSS GENERATIONS.
VERTICAL INTEGRATION 🎯
I’M BACK TO WORK!
THEY CAN’T EVER FATHOM WHAT WE’RE CURRENTLY BUILDING 🎯
Everybody NEEDS TO SEE THIS POST! IF YOU REALLY FOR YOUR PEOPLE PASS THIS ALONG! #WETHENEWPALOALTO#COSIN#PASSITALONG#LEGACY
It’s not a diss song..it’s a real song

 

Self-trust is very important and that I believe is what Iddris wants the younger generation to realize, by listening to the universe and God.

In an interview with hot 97, Iddris made it clear that ‘Self-hate’ is a business strategy which makes people think consuming is better than producing. He says we need to expose more young people to information which is far better than education because education can be out-dated while information keeps you updated with reality.

The next generation of leaders are definitely in Africa and with the right mentorship and guidance by people who look like them, they will make the right decisions to solve their problems and make the world a better place.

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Experts Meet in Dortmund

The African Union Day (AUD) Conference took place on the 24th and 25th of May 2019 at the Deutsches Fußball Museum in Dortmund, with experts coming together to discuss investments and business ideas.

The AUD Event was hosted by the AfricanTide Union e.V  for the 9th time in the city of Dortmund to mark the celebration of the Africa Union.

This year’s theme was titled ‘Boosting Africa’s Development’. Participants from all the 54 African countries were fully represented coming from the continents of Africa and Europe to deliberate on Africa we want for 2063.

Several discussions surrounding Start-ups and Entrepreneurship in the African communities and in African countries were discussed, including business opportunities that await investors willing to do business with the growing economies in the world. There were two (2) workshops on the first day, and three (3) intensive and engaging workshops on the second day in addition to the various inputs and podium discuss.

In attendance was the City Director, Mr. Jörg Stüdemann, the Deputy Ambassador of Nigeria to the Republic of Germany, Mrs. M.S Ogundero, the Manager of the German football Museum, Dr. Klaus Berdeng and a host of other dignitaries, business investors, entrepreneurs, and scholars.

The Highlights of the event was the Fashion show with Solitha Shortte, creative director of Soli productions management from Canada, showcasing designs from Impress yourself of AfricanTide Union and designer Eyal Zimmerman from Israel.

The AfricanTide team spare headed by Dr. RosaLyn Dressman has once again demonstrated their competence by delivering a successful International business conference out of which vital cooperation and investment impact for African countries gearing towards the Africa we want in the coming year 2063.

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AUD 2019 – The Business Meeting Point.

The African Union Day (AUD) Conference which took place on the 24th and 25th of May 2019 at the Deutsches Fußball Museum in Dortmund ended with so many positive vibes.
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The AUD Event is hosted by the AfricanTide Union e.V  for the 9th time in the city of Dortmund in celebration of the Africa Union.
This year’s theme was titled ‘Boosting Africa’s Development’. Participants from all the 54 African countries were fully represented coming from the continents of Africa and Europe to deliberate on Africa we want for 2063.
Several discussions surrounding Start-ups and Entrepreneurship in the African communities and in African countries were discussed, including business opportunities that await investors willing to do business with the growing economies in the world. There were two (2) workshops on the first day, and three (3) intensive and engaging workshops on the second day in addition to the various inputs.
In attendance was the City Director, Mr. Jörg Stüdemann, the Ambassador of Nigeria to the Republic of Germany, Mrs. M.S Ogundero, the Manager of the German football Museum, Dr. Klaus Berdeng and a host of other dignitaries, business investors, entrepreneurs, and scholars.
The Highlights of the event was the Fashion show with Solitha Shortte, creative director of Soli productions management from Canada, showcasing designs from Impress yourself of AfricanTide Union and designer Eyal Zimmerman from Israel.
A line up of the models, designer Eyal and Creative director, Solitha Shortte with the chairman of AfricanTide Union, Dr. Dressman, and Mr. Toni Tuklan is seen below.
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Indeed, the AfricanTide team has once again demonstrated their competence by delivering a successful International business conference out of which vital cooperation and investment impact for African countries gearing towards Africa, we want in the coming year 2063.
20190525_204447A cross section of the AfricanTide Team, photo by Femi Awoniyi

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Fashion Show

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Interested in getting equipped as a professional model?
Then hurry up and join the coaching session of Soli Productions Management (SPM) Inc. which will be directed by SPM owner and creative director Solitha Shortte.
Soli Productions Management Inc is a modeling agency in Canada and will be in Germany for a 2 days workshop/ coaching session which will end up in a Fashion show, taking place as part of the entertainment session of the African Union Day conference on the 24th and 25th of May 2019. Click on the link for more information on the speakers.
The Fashion show workshops take place on the 22nd and 23rd of May, 2019 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm on both days.
The workshop provides you with the tools to:

  1. Develop a solid foundation for entry into the industry
  2. Perfect your Modeling skills
  3. Gain a competitive advantage in the market where first impressions move your individuality

The First-day covers ‘Runway & Confidence’

  • Command a good Posture
  • Learn to walk the runway & Know how to pose
  • Master strong facial expression and more.

The second-day covers ‘Industry Ethics, Posing and Building your portfolio’

  • Finding your angles for the perfect image
  • Learn how to pose in front of the camera
  • Learn how to get scouted on social platforms
  • Find castings and jobs on Instagram
  • Design your model proof social media profile and more
  • Perfect your walk your pose
  • Time in front of the camera
  • Build your portfolio images for distribution to agencies
  • Construct your comp card for casting calls
  • Summary of previous sessions.

This will lead up to the Runway show, which takes place on the 25th of May 2019.

Registration ends on the 17th of May 2019.
Venue: AfricanTide Competence Center Geschwister-Schollstr. 20, 44135 Dortmund.