The world was turned into a frenzy last week with DJT statement of Africans coming from shithole countries😱🤣. Tweets kept flying left, right and center in response to such an attack on our dear African nations. #shitholecountries was the order of the day with most people ‘Africans and non-Africans’ insisting the statement was rash/racial and DJT should tailor an apology. Even the president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted a response stating ‘The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are ‘shithole countries’ is extremely unfortunate. We are currently not a ‘shithole country’. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.

While other African countries like Botswana and South Africa expect an apology from USA, some Africans especially Nigerians felt the statement ‘shithole’ putting racial sentiments aside was correct due to the current situation of the country. Other celebrities like @Jidenna tweeted ‘I pray that we as Africans & people of the African Diaspora continue to work tirelessly to build more beauty in our land(s) so that no one can find any single reason to call our nation's #shitholecountries, let this be a catalyst for courageous leadership and righteous governance. While journalists like Dele Momodu Ovation tweeted ‘Worrying about DJT calling Africa #shithole reminds me of Soyinka’s response to Negritude that a Tiger does not go about shouting its tigritude. Our duty is to simply show the world we are not a #shithole’.

Ask some Nigerian’s, ‘if given the opportunity to travel abroad would you come back to Nigeria? The straight up answer would be no! The question therefore is why really are Nigerian’s fleeing Nigeria?

Some say the poor standard of living, deep-sited corruption, inadequate health care facilities, insecurity (Fulani herdsmen attack, Boko-Haram, Kidnappings and Oil militant activities), poor quality of education (constant ASUU strikes, inability to link industry requirements/needs to what is being taught in higher institutions), lack of job security/opportunities and career advancement have made them to travel to other parts of the world to start all over again/seek greener pastures.

No wonder our nationals strive and excel when they leave the shores of Nigeria, especially those who are educated and have skills. Most come back to develop/invest in their motherland while others do not.

This migration, which started in the 80’s /90’s to date, would see a massive brain drain in Nigeria in the near future if these situations are not corrected/put into consideration.

The quest for greener pastures has made some individuals as a result of lack of information indulge in risky and dangerous ways of acquiring their dream for a better tomorrow.

✳️ Smuggling overseas (Libyan Scandal): This is the most dangerous way of travelling abroad. Paying money to smugglers and travelling through Libyan Desert to get to Spain in Europe. More than 22,500 migrants where reported dead or vanished globally since 2014, half of which perished at the Mediterranean Sea. Last year 6th of November 2017, 26 women ages from 14-18 were found sexually assaulted and dead as a result of drowning while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Around December 21st 2017, reports and evidence showing migrant Africans being sold for $400 and above as slaves in Libya brought the world to a standstill. 2778 of those migrants caught in Libyan detention camps where identified as Nigerians.

✳️Use of another person’s Visa: An individual hijacks the identity of the original passport owner to travel abroad. I doubt this is still in existence. Correct me if I am wrong.

✳️ Contract marriages and young men seducing old women: One of the popular schemes young men use is to seduce and marry old women. Once they get their papers, they dump these women.

The problem is not about migrating, the issue is about migrating the right way. How can you migrate the right way and what countries are immigrant friendly?

However, what are the possibilities for Africa (Nigeria) if we actually developed our country?

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Last week we discussed Uber being a nuisance versus a convenience (Click here ). As Uber rides are becoming inadequate and not as convenient and comfortable as they used to be, individuals are now pushing towards other car hire/digital taxi systems like Taxify and Oga Taxy. Some people say Taxify is more efficient and cost effective than Uber that is why they made the switch. While others including the drivers say, they no longer enjoyed the services Uber once provided for them and therefore switched to Taxify.

We know that digital taxi/car service systems are here to stay and with the Yuletide season over, work has finally resumed 😅, fuel scarcity still in the air, some people may have no other option but to use these digital car hire services. Therefore, this week we would look into how to remain safe while using these Taxi systems.

✅ Request your ride inside: Please do not wait outside with phone in hand. Relax; wait for your app to show your driver has arrived before stepping out.

✅ Protect your personal information: Although some drivers can become over familiar especially with female riders. Do not share your contact information with your Uber driver. If you need to contact each other, the app automatically anonymizes both numbers to protect each other’s privacy. “Do not go and be forming romantic moves”, there is no need to slide into anyone’s text message 🤣! Stay woke!

✅ Be a back sit rider: I used to be a front sit rider, I wonder why really, I would hop into that Uber ride and sit in the front sit beside the driver, this is obviously a very unsafe act. Sitting at the back sit ensures one can easily exit from either side of the vehicle to avoid moving traffic and give you and the driver personal space.

✅ Buckle up: We need to all buckle up for safety and not just during Uber rides. Some of us drive as if we are going crazy in Lagos. This would help reduce injuries related to car accidents. The funny part of this is, I have entered cars where the sit belts are faulty.

✅ Share your trip details with a friend or family member: While on the ride, you can share the status in the app to share your Uber drivers name, photo, license plate and location with a friend or family member. They can also monitor/track the trip and view ETA.

✅ Be kind/respectful: We are all human beings, being nice and respectful would not take anything from anyone. In as much as some riders can be disrespectful, some drivers are also disrespectful.

✅ Follow your intuition: When I was in primary school, during one of those famous fuel scarcity periods (Yes it is not today it started🙄). My mum, my brother and I on our way back home from school waited at a sidewalk in Ikeja (around computer village) for a bus or taxi we would use to go home. After standing for over an hour, one of those famous popularly called ‘’Volkswagen Beetle aka Tortoise rides’’ pulled up and offered us a ride. We entered with a young man and a young woman who was waiting with us as well for a bus or taxi to their destination. We had not gone 30 minutes into the ride when the young man who entered with us told the driver he would like to pick an item along the road and if the driver would take him there. The driver turned to us, saying if it was ok with us, the pick-up would not take up to 3 minutes. The young woman after much persuasion agreed but my mum adamantly said she wanted to come down with her kids. Oh lord, I was in shock😱, you mean after waiting for over an hour and God just buttered our bread, you cannot wait 3 minutes for the pick-up. Looking back, I am glad my mother trusted her instincts. Trust your gut always👌.

✅ Always give feedback on your trip: Feedback is paramount in our society because that is the only way to put people in check. Always give feedback. Go to your trips, make a comment or rate the driver. I once had an issue with a driver who on requesting an Uber ride, already claimed he was on the trip before getting to my location. When I tried calling him severally, he refused to pick my call. This went on for good 10 minutes with him being at the same location. When I cancelled the trip, he reported me to Uber that he had started the trip and I cancelled it, this made Uber deduct my money. You trust me, I do not like what I hate😒, I definitely reported the whole incidence to Uber and got my money back with discount for my next ride.

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We all know how uncomfortable transportation is in Nigeria, from the yellow and black taxi’s whose drivers never seem to have a fixed price and never seem to have any respect, to the ‘’Danfo’’ busses 🚌 whose iron/wooden sits make your bottom sore from sitting and head ache from its racking sounds as it plies the cities.

Uber came and changed all that for Nigerians 🇳🇬, providing us with convenient, comfortable and low-cost transportation, which is easy to access, reliable and aids economic growth in the society.

What is Uber ; For riders, Uber is an on-demand car service which is convenient, comfortable and inexpensive. It is a service whereby a private car can be hired and monitored en-route from any location to any destination within the city with a click on your smartphone. For drivers it is the simplest way to connect with different people everyday, while being your own boss.

A 55 year old Teacher of Queens College, Lagos Nigeria said ‘’In the early days of Uber, she was so excited when a black classy clean Toyota Camry pulled up in front of her colleagues at a wedding venue to pick her up and take her home. She felt on top of the world and kept disturbing her daughter to keep booking Uber rides to and from 👰🏽 weddings.

That was probably the feeling Kalanick Former CEO of on-demand car service Uber had in mind when he launched Uber. Push a button on your smartphone at your convenience, get a classy ride, feel like a pimp, and make your friends green with envy. From One country to over 58 countries with a value of over $60 billion, we can say Uber came to overcome and succeed.

Recent review shows that Uber Nigeria lowered its restriction on car requirements for its low-cost option Uber-X. Previously Old models accepted where 2009 cars but now old models as from 2006 are now accepted with zero restrictions to mileage. This is the reason we see physically damaged cars with poor interiors and experience very poor customer service. Now drivers are seen driving while discussing on the phone with friends or relations. Uber has left Nigerian riders open to old and unsafe cars due to greed, desperation or the need to stay in business there by adopting the Nigerian policy of everything goes 🤦🏼♀️.

An African American Uber driver in 🇺🇸 USA recounts his ordeal when he became an Uber driver. According to him, he had to submit his car documents, car insurance, drivers licence, registration and social security for background check to be performed on him. This was done to know if he had a clean record, if he was a sex offender, had issues with police with reference to driving or car pullovers because of phone usage while driving, speeding and accidents. After which his car was inspected for safety by a state certified mechanic. After this, the safety inspection is carried out yearly.

The rape and murder of Rebecca Dykes who is a 🇬🇧 British diplomat in Beirut on December 17th, 2017 has reignited concerns about background checks performed by Uber and highlighted the challenges of ensuring passengers safety across more than 60 countries, which Uber operates.

🇳🇬 Nigeria is a very porous society and even though Uber is a very convenient and low-cost means of transportation, how safe, secure, protected are the riders and drivers? How rigorous are the Uber background checks on drivers, driving records and car inspections performed in Nigeria?. If the United Kingdom is having problems with the usage of Uber, terminating their licence to operate and feels that Uber is not fit to run Taxi services in its capital insisting Uber should have the same rules and regulations as ordinary taxi systems, why are Nigerians/government very comfortable with the digital taxi system?

In October 2016, Uber concealed a data breach, which exposed personal information of 57 million drivers and users. This breach exposed names, emails, phone numbers and licence details.

An Uber lagos resident user complained of how she cringes every time the car service pulls up at her home address, she wonders how safe she is leaving her home address, phone number, email and facial recognition exposed to unknown persons. She further wonders why the condition of the cars are so Dilapidated, why she has to sit in a dusty car that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for days? Why she has to pay for a service whereby she swarts away mosquitoes throughout the trip.

Research has further shown that some Uber drivers start trips ahead of time before getting to client location and most times the service is very unreliable. Leaving clients to go in search of other digital Taxi systems like Taxify or Oga Taxi

People do not know what they get into when they request and use an Uber ride, they give Uber free pass up to their death. Uber Terms and Conditions clearly states that ‘Responsibility for the decisions you make regarding providing or accepting transportation rest solely with you, drivers and riders use services at their own risk’. Therefore by using the application and service, you may be exposed to transportation that is potentially dangerous, harmful, offensive, unsafe or objectionable but you use the service at your own risk’. That is simply saying you could be raped, killed or murdered and it is your responsibility not theirs’. (Click link 👉) Read Terms and conditions under section Disclaimer, Limitations of liability; Indemnity.

We are not like other developed countries where security checks are performed or car inspection and drivers driving history monitored. The reason Uber had much Fame on arrival was its convenience/Comfort. Now that uber drivers have found ways to cheat/misuse its system and uber does not care about the Condition of its partners cars? The question to ask is, if it cannot be safe? If it is no longer as convenient and comfortable as it Initially was when it started out, Why should it still be in service! Why should it have a different treatment from the normal yellow and black 🚕taxis previously used. Should it be re-structured, re-evaluated or removed? Should it be treated as a Taxi system thereby following the same rules and regulations as regular Taxi 🚕

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Happy New Year Gift Cards. Thanks for making our 2017 special. Let’s do it better 2018 ❤️💋💋💋❤️😍😘😘😍😍😍😍😍.

While you enjoy your gift cards, remember that TEF (Tony Elumelu Foundation) application opens today👏👏, so if you have a business idea and you need training and mentoring then apply here. Start your 2018 with a bang! (Beats 🥁)

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Every time I try to write about 2017-Christmas season, I get writers block. This is my fourth attempt and I am happy it is beginning to flow🙏.

2017 has been an amazing year for me and I hope for you as well. Let us erase the difficulties we passed through and think of the moments and memories that brought us joy, peace and made us 🤭 laugh. Even in the midst of our tears, worries, discomfort and tribulations there was always that light at the end of the tunnel that gave us hope. Like I say, where there is life, there is hope and the universe has a way of making things work out in our favour.

This christmas season is a season to remember. Many Nigerians woke up to the nationwide fuel scarcity. It hit us like a blow. Queues at filling stations and people throwing safety out of the window openly selling gallons of fuel (black market) on the roads. Illegal/legal filling stations selling fuel at #250/litre. VP Osinbajo, governor Ayodele Fayose (Sold 80% of petrol at government fuel dump to two petrol stations in Ado Ekiti at control pump price #145/litre, we hope it is not an election strategy) and various DPR staffs trying to get ahead of the situation. How do we expect the governors/Buhari to understand our plight when they have fully stocked fuel dumps, they probably do not know what #upnepa or #upphcn is. It makes you wonder why an oil booming country like Nigeria, that produces thousands and thousands of barrels of oil/day is still having issues with fuel availability, distribution and marketing.

We all know this line in Tekno’s famous song ‘’RaRa; ’I no getti charge oh, my phone don die, no fuel for generator oh, everyday situation’’(I love this song). I was lucky, we were the only ones who celebrated yuletide with power supply in our block of flats (I grinned all through).

Traffic was the order of the day. You wonder if flight tickets are claiming sold out, people are travelling to their villages daily by road, who is causing the traffic on Lagos, Nigeria road? Flight and transportation hike in price, we all want to know why this happens every yuletide season. Do the roads magically become expensive to ride on? Or there is a tollgate in the air?

We all turned to our artists to give us the performance of a lifetime, please quench our frustration. From Falz the experience (Which was my best concert I must say), Mama Tobi, Adekunle Gold, Warri (a very shitty concert), Wizkid and Davido (Whose concert was the flop of a lifetime, must your hype man be on stage tho?), the Island was buzzing and humming with activity, the crowd was massive. Nigerians are always quick to say #no money, #no money, but where did all the money for the ‘’sold out’’ concerts come from? Or ‘Na only me waka come?

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Whew! Being a solopreneur is not easy. I have to give thumbs up to those hustling it out, grace will find us all🙏. People only see the success; they do not understand that the road to success is marred by self-doubts, personal battles, sometimes frustrations, grit/determination and personal/external motivations.

I became a solopreneur as far back as University days and this was because I wanted to go on shopping sprees. Sincerely speaking, there is no problem having multiple streams of money. A friend of mine would always say ‘’I have a certain lifestyle’’.

If you want to start a business then you should know these tips.

✅ Be authentic, be original: Be yourself, know and understand your audience. According to Stuart Wilde, the key to success is to raise your energy, when you do, people will naturally be attracted to you and when they start to show up make sure you bill em!🙌

The only way you can raise your energy is by being original and passionate about your hustle.

✅ Be Passionate: Not in the romantic sense tho. Passion cannot be over emphasized. Passion drives you, it keeps you going and motivates you when the challenges of your business will prop up. My first business venture was forever living products😄, I was not passionate about networking, but I was passionate about making 💰 money. While I was making profit marketing the products, I was not convincing enough people to join my network. It did not progress further because I did not do enough research on how to be successful in such a venture, I was not passionate about it and I just wanted extra money for shopping spree which I got. I was not thinking big.👱🏻♀️

It’s either you are passionate about your product or service or your passionate about being self-employed or freaking successful.

✅ Plan, Plan, Plan: There can never be a great or perfect time to start a business, just start. However, before you do, know your onions, eliminate the unknowns, know the right tools required to succeed and achieve your goal. Ensure that you separate your personal account from your business account (You will thank me later 🤣). Have a flexible plan and Put targets in place, you would surprise yourself🤓.

✅ Do not self-doubt yourself (do not give up): After the flopping of my forever-living products, I went on to invest in an insurance company with part of the money I made. I had grown from shopping sprees to wanting something more (they say human needs are insatiable). The insurance company flopped and so did my investment 😩 (I wish I had consulted a stock broker)

Understand that mistakes are inevitable and you may not get it at first strike. Practice makes perfect, trust your gut. Better to try than not to have tried at all. My sister calls me a ‘’tryer’’. I would try anything my gut tells me feels good, very risky personality. My response is always well ‘’get rich or die trying (I will not die trying tho 🧐).

✅ Bill Em! @ajebutter said on twitter, ‘’if you are my friend, do not ask me for free tickets to my concert pay small money, support!’’. When I started writing. Proof editing and advertising, I did a lot of pro bono work. Infact I lacked so much confidence in my writing and myself. Then I started to build my confidence and damn I would bill you even to look at your work! My advice to you and myself is never be afraid of money, people who are afraid of money do not have any. Do not be intimidated to ask for your value worth.

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There is something about great customer service ☺️, or when your needs and wants are granted in the most efficient effective polite manner. Some people say it’s like good value for money well spent, it sends shivers down your spine 😄 ( I mean good shivers 😃). Let us be frank😏, we do not know what good customer service is in Nigeria. I think it stems from the fact that one is just an employee, who at the end of the month gets paid 💰 or management is not interested in employee growth/training therefore the employee is not concerned with the development of the company/organization 🤕. What makes a society different from another society 🤔? What should be the backbone of every society, industry/company? If your employees are happy, will your customers/clients be happy🤔? If customer service was a thing of importance, where every service was vetted/rated and a feedback required, would things be different in Nigeria🤔.

A while back, I wanted to send a package to Abuja, Nigeria using ABC cargo! On arrival my package was weighed, value of the package asked and recorded, receipt printed out. On looking at the description of the package, I noticed two items were missing from the list and politely asked if they could be added to the receipt and signed or a new receipt be printed out🙂. I was told ‘’ABC cargo’’ was very safe and my fears as a first time customer should be erased. After much persuading on my side, she gave up saying ‘Please do not stress me, I cannot change the receipt 😱.

The question is, was she right🤦🏼♀️? Does she care if ABC cargo loses a customer🤦🏼♀️? Why the attitude🤷🏼♀️? What would it have taken her to change the receipt or add the remaining items with a signature to confirm🤷🏼♀️? What if an item went missing? What was the point of asking for the value of the package then 😐 ? Do you think things may have been better if she actually took a course on customer relations 💁🏽♀️? Apparently her colleagues thought her statement was right🙆🏼♀️🙆🏼♂️.

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Traveling can be fun 💃 and crazy at the same time. Many expenses to make especially with getting affordable tickets and accommodation. I would love a job that makes me travel all the time, to different countries🙋🏽♀️, tasting their 🥘 food, 🕺 💃 dancing to their 🎧 music, experiencing diverse cultures and just ✍️ writing.

I always go for the cheapest ticket available (hehehe!) with exemption to Turkish Airline💆🏽♀️. Imagine my shock when I decided to book my ticket myself and found an affordable ticket with Ethiopian Airlines on In Fact it was soo cheap, I called Ethiopian customer care to find out if the ticket was 😳 real and even after getting a confirmation, I still had weird dreams of ‘’what if something went wrong at check in point’’ 🤣.

Kisses 😘💋 to Ethiopian Airline, everything was perfect👌. I heard from a little source that they have beautiful well-shaped women, well seeing was definitely better than believing🤣 #nohomo}. The food was culturally interesting 🤔 ‘’made me wonder, if we had Nigerian Airways, what would be served on the flight’’. My only ‘’ish’’ with Ethiopian Airline was not the flight because It was Smooth, it was more with the people in the Flight. I sat between a 🇳🇬 Nigerian Igbo man called Chinedu and a British 🇬🇧 man called Eric. Between Eric and Chinedu, I wondered who was trying to make me choke/run mad from their Fart! The weight I have never seemed to gain in my life suddenly felt attainable🤕.

You know how you have earplugs and your singing to your favourite song, In your mind you sound soo good as you mime to the lyrics but to an onlooker you sound like a Dolphin in distress, that was what an Ethiopian man was doing right behind me 🤣.

Another Ethiopian obviously drunk stopped beside his friends sit screaming, Man! Are you sleeping! Man wake up! Have a drink or watch a movie, I am going for a drink! 😦

Obviously, you cannot predict human behaviour therefore Ethiopian Airline cannot do anything about their passengers, but what about the announcements, can they be in English only 💆🏽♀️? Eric had to ask me dozens of times what was being said, I had to explain to him that I am a Nigerian 🇳🇬 and no! We do not speak Bantu! (What country speaks Bantu self 🤔?)

If everyone were like my mother, many businesses would suffer! I can proudly say, please use Ethiopian Airline and support Africa. One love! 🙋🏽♀️☝️

Kindly remember I did not give a review on the airport just the airline, I live the airport review to you.😀

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I am very anti-politics, let me start with that but there are some things you hear that makes you start asking questions and wondering why really things are not different or changing for the better. You begin to ask questions like, what is wrong with having good roads, good medical health care system, better security, constant electricity and so many other necessary/important amenities. While our youths are making funny videos on Instagram 💆🏽♀️ and taking life unserious ‘’I am not without blame as well😥’’ people are plotting on the presidential election for 2019. Do you people know? Do we know if we fail come 2019 that could be disaster for Nigeria 😕?

I read an article of Dele Momodu’s interview with Atiku Abubakar @ the Pendulum (very great Insight, I must say) on why he should be president and I have some questions as well.

He said he knows what is best for Nigeria having served Nigeria in different capacities. He is one of the most experienced Leaders around today, and he has friends who trust him and know he is not gunning for government to steal money. Ok if so, why did Obasanjo claim he is a thief. I actually read or watched somewhere where “Obasanjo” said knowing what he knows about Atiku, he would not vote for him. 🤷🏼♀️

On that, he replies anyone who has any corrupt charges against him should come forward 🧐.

He further said, God has blessed him with business acumen. How can you run a nation, if you cannot run a business successfully? He has run his businesses to international standards. Well, being a business man does not really make you a great president, America can testify. 🤓

On if he is obsessed with being the president, he replied no, He has talent and wants to share some of his knowledge and exposure to Nigeria who has given him so much, why allow incompetent people rule. Not Obsessed and since 1993 you have been gunning for president? This reminds me of St Jude Children Research Hospital, that hospital runs on donations, staffs are paid from those donations, if I have something to give to Nigeria, why would I bother about being the president to influence it.

On why he is running away from America, he said he is not running away from America, America has refused to grant him visa, saying it is under process with administration. I wonder why?

I pray ‘’May the best man to win, because I so love Nigeria. 💚💚🇳🇬

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Recently my sister introduced me to an educative website called The difference between and Coursera is that the courses on Alison are free (you know how we 💚 free things) you only have to pay for your certificate of completion after you pass the course assessment. The tutorials are also text based and video based.

I took a course on Social Media strategy/e-commerce out of curiosity and boredom as that is one of the hottest trending topics in Nigeria.

Looking back, we can see how far we have come, the rise of social media influencers/entrepreneurs💚, blogging being the new order of the day😁, the search for video editors, SEO magicians and digital marketers on the rise. One wonders what the future has in store for us. Taking the course was a real eye opener and some funny awestruck moments especially in the area of ‘the don’ts of best media practices and pitfalls’’. Although needs some updating, it was very informative.

Below are a few Pitfalls and practices to keep away from on social media according to Alison! Let’s see which one we are all guilty of! 😀

✅ Refrain from blatant promotion and selling! 😂Really, really.

✅ Do not Spam

✅ Avoid being too personal or social rather than business oriented! 🧐🤣 Wow, almost everyone is guilty of this crime.

✅ Do not react emotionally online to negative comments about you, your brand or products and services! 💆🏽♀️ Lmao, this definitely got my ribs aching from laughter! If you are not guilty, be the first to throw a stone.

✅ It should not be used as a sales channel but can be used to help support pre and post sales experiences. 🤝

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