When you were six years old, what were your thoughts?
Esther Okade, a young Nigerian girl who plans to bag her Ph.D. before age 15 is beyond talented.
Esther was home-schooled by her mother Efe Okade from the age of three when her mother noticed her love for numbers. The Genius in every child is something that must not be taken for granted.
At age six, most kids would rather play with toys and watch their favorite cartoons, not so for this young smart and bright kid, Esther Okade sat for her GCSE, an exam generally taken by kids between 14-16 and had a C. A year later she outdid her self and got an A grade she wanted.
In 2015, at age 10, Okade enrolled into an open university (UK-based distance learning college) for a university Maths course and made straight A’s, top of her class and youngest undergraduate student in the country. She told CNN that her mum taught her in a nice way and it was very easy to understand the theories and complex numbers. She wrote a math series workbook for kids titled ‘Yummy Yummy Algebra’ and wants to have her Ph.D. in Financial maths at age 13 plus own a bank at age 15 because she likes numbers and people and banking is a great way to help people.
She said “I want to (finish the course) in two years. Then I’m going to do my PhD in financial maths when I’m 13. I want to have my own bank by the time I’m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people.”
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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).
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.
There are situations that make you question your abilities and if you give up on yourself, you will never find out what you can do or how you can maximize your potentials.
Professor Mashudu Tshifularo, is a South African Surgeon, the first surgeon in the world to perform a 3D middle Ear transplant successfully at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in South Africa. The 3D ear transplant is made of compatible titanium middle ear prosthesis that transmits sounds. The professor is a very good example of one who did not give up on his ideas and innovation. His solution is one that will affect people and this pace-setting innovation is sure to bring hope to people with hearing problems all over the world.
After 10 years of research, Professor Mashudu and his team created this solution for people with total or partial hearing loss. He realized the opportunity 3D printing can have in the surgery, as 3D printing has been used in the orthopedic field and other ENT operations. The Middle ear prosthesis was commissioned by the Professor.
Professor Mashudu made it know that Academics are there to create solutions that will help improve the communities and he leaves a strong message to people of the world, to ‘innovate or die’.
The world is a global village and we have to act locally to affect the world regardless of location. Improvement to this groundbreaking 3D middle ear transplant, Professor Mashudu says will continue and he aims at making the surgery affordable to state patients because these type of surgeries are expensive for them.
He made these known in his interview with Carte blanche in the video below.
Are you interested in providing solutions to European companies who will need your services?
Are you an African Start-up interested in partnership opportunities?
Here is a chance to match-up with companies that can pay for your product or service.
Afrolynk pre-conference needs and opportunity assessment is calling on African start-ups interested in partnership opportunities with European companies to apply. The aim of this process is to facilitate organizational improvements and knowledge sharing. This process leads up to the Conference and Startup-Night on September 16th-20th.
What are the Benefits of Applying?
Exposure to experienced mentors
Organizational improvement for your start-up
passionate about innovation
be a partner willing to commit to the matchmaking process
your start-up is working towards fulfilling SDG goals by use of technology
Afrolynk is a non-governmental organization that links African entrepreneurs with European Entrepreneurs. The core areas of expertise revolve around Innovation, Connectivity, and Acceleration. Innovation deals with capacity building, projects, mentorship, and coaching. Connectivity is done via Networking events, Annual conferences and community meetup and acceleration is through new scaling of opportunities and disruptive technologies to grow.
In today’s world, serious-minded people go all the way out to get things done, not waiting for others to tell them what to do. The new age of millenials are getting recruited not by the traditional way but by social media engangement through various social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
In the course of time, I have learned to take the initiative to do things, especially what people say I can not do, basically to let myself know that there are no limits. The only limits you will have are the once you set for yourself.
One particular interesting move I will be talking about is that of Davian Chester, an artist who draws creatively beautiful illustrations. Davian Chester noticed that @Google did not create a doodle for Juneteenth day, and he made the move to create one which went viral and got the attention of the tech giant Google, he was offered a job after 5 days of releasing his doodle.
His doodle shows a person’s hands breaking loose from chains to spell the word ‘Google’ in commemoration of #Juneteenth day which was shared by hundreds of thousands of people on social media.
Google is known for making innovative doodles for historical events and holidays, but somehow forgot or didn’t know about #Juneteenth.
Davian said on his Instagram page @Real_Toons, “I was planning on making an art piece for it anyway, but I noticed Google did not do anything at all. And for a large company like that to create doodles for literally everything under the sun and have nothing at all today, I thought it was odd”
“I feel it’s very important for us to know as much as we can about our ancestors,” Chester said. “So I feel Juneteenth is already something that isn’t being spread across as much as it should be.
Like Chester, your creative work is what most companies are looking for and not necessarily a beautiful CV, you have to show them what you are bringing to the table.
In recent times, people get jobs through DMs on social media just like Chester did, you too can, by showing your expertise and skills.
There are a lot of creative minds, do not be afraid to take the move, surprise yourself and always be your true self, forget about pleasing anyone, go all out to Impress yourself and see how opportunities will come rolling at your feet. First, you have to make the Move.
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.
Photo by Chinelo Ntagu
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.
Photo by Amged Mohamed
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.
A cross section of the AfricanTide Team, photo by Femi Awoniyi
Technology has made so many hidden truths about the African continent public to the world, from the feeding of the world’s population to the provision of raw materials and in addition to providing leading technical workable solutions in the nearest future.
It is no secret that the world looks towards Africa for help and the youths are ready to make impacts.
In my previous post, the Genius in Every Child, it is clearly stated that the school system needs to do better to mentor each child, rather than force them or compare grades in an obsolete system. The entrepreneurial support is highly recommended and is the best way to mentor young minds to achieve great things in the process of creating solutions in the value chain.
The Chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, joined the league of entrepreneurial support, needed to pitch and boost ideas that are worth investing on for the greater good of mankind. This will be done through “The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative” an entrepreneur program in the African continent lead by Jack Ma Foundation.
The major aim of Netprenuer Prize initiative is to bring African entrepreneurs into the limelight through their stories to impact the Continent and beyond.
Ten (10) finalists will compete for a share of US$1 Million by pitching their stories to Jack and other Judges. Entrepreneurs from all the fifty-four (54) Africa countries regardless of their age, gender, and sectors are eligible to apply to this program.
Applications are open from the 27th March 2019 to 30th June 2019. The Grand finale will be announced in November 2019.
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