DR MRS OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI
Dr. Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili is a magnificent woman, a great mother, Role model, Mentor, astute leader and an agent of Change who has made and continues to make impact nationally and globally.
She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and two Masters Degrees. The first in International Law and diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and the second in Public Policy and Administration from the Kennedy school of Government, Harvard University. In May 2012, Dr Mrs Ezekwesili was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSC) degree by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria.
Dr. Mrs Ezekwesili has had a sterling career beginning with her job as a trainee Accountant in Deloitte and Touché . In her time with Deloitte and Touché, she qualified as a chartered accountant and has gone on to handle several responsibilities in the public and private sectors including top level management positions.
She worked for the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Obasanjo’s administration. First she worked as the pioneer head of the budget monitoring and price intelligence unit. Here she was able to bring sanity to public procurement and contracting at the Federal level in Nigeria.
Following her superb work at the Budget monitoring and Price intelligence Unit, she was appointed as Minister of Solid Minerals (Mines and Steel) in June 2005. She spearheaded the reforms in that sector which gained Nigeria global recognition as a credible mining investment destination. She was also the Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). Dr. Mrs Ezekwesili led the first ever national implementation of the global standards and principles of transparency in the oil, gas and mining sector and orchestrated the legislation for Bureau of Public Procurement, the NEITI legislation and the new Minerals and Mining legislation during her time.
She was then appointed as the Minister of Education. She made a lot of strategic reforms and injected new innovations into the educational system in the country. She was the Minister of Education until her appointment at as Vice President, Africa Region at the World Bank. As vice-president she was in charge of the bank’s operations in 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and supervised a lending portfolio of over $40 billion and in In 2012, she successfully completed her assignment.
Before working for the Government of Nigeria, Dr Mrs Ezekwesiili worked with Professor Jeffrey Sachs at the Centre for International development at Harvard.
Dr. Mrs Ezekweseli was recently, a Senior Advisor on Africa Economic Development Policy at the Open Society Foundations, New York assisting the Mano River governments with economic policy reforms. She now runs the fully incubated and independent policy advisory initiative as the Senior Economic Adviser to a number of presidents on the continent of Africa while at the same time developing a graduate school of public policy in Abuja, Nigeria.
Dr Mrs Ezekwesili has served as Director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy Program in Boston and Abuja. And currently serves on a number of global boards including two schools of public policy in Tel Aviv University and Central European University School of Public Policy, Budapest and a center for global leadership at Tufts University.
Dr. Mrs.Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili or Aunty Oby as her teeming fans call her co-founded the global anti-corruption group, Transparency International. She was also one of their pioneer directors. After the abduction of the Chibok school girls she became a major advocate and Champion of the “Bring Back Our Girls campaign” to find the 300 Nigerian school girls abducted by Boko Haram. Aunty Oby also uses the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) advocacy group to draw global attention to the plight of all persons who have been abducted by terrorists from Nigeria’s war ravaged northeast region.
Aunty Oby’s life and work has been notably characterised by transparency and accountability. Her patriotism, and passion for her country Nigeria despite the political and economic climate is amazing. Her disdain for corruption as a public office holder in Nigeria earned her the appellation of ‘Madam due process’ . Her firm belief in the dignity and civil rights of others is worthy of note.
Aunty Oby’s strong desire to see a better nation has led her to join the presidential race and she has emerged as the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria.
Aunty Oby’s integrity, Resilience, simplicity , passion and patriotic spirit makes her our Woman crush this Wednesday.
THE FINE ART OF DRIVING
Driving, basically involves a driver getting into his car, turning on the ignition, putting the car in gear,accelerating or decelerating while steering the car from point A to point B. During his trip he avoids being hit or hitting anyone. Driving can be an enjoyable experience once mastered. One of the key requirements of mastery in driving is Focus.
Focus is the ability to direct one’s attention or effort at something specific. It is also a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding.
So a master driver is one who is able to take his thoughts, the happenings on the road, the movement of pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles and makes them align with his goal of safely moving himself, his vehicle and other passengers to their destination safely.
A master driver is prepared and learns to anticipate and course correct as he travels his route. A master driver is one who is preemptive in his approach . He enjoys his driving experience and creates the same for his passengers.
Here are examples of things a master Driver should not do.
- A master Driver does not Text, chat or talking on a cell phone while driving. If you feel the calls or messages are important, you are advised to get off the road in a safe place to pick up calls and respond to the messages.
- A master Driver doesn’t engage in personal grooming on the go . The master driver must comb their hair, apply make up, trim their nails etc before he begins his trip.
- A master Driver does not Eating while Driving because he has to take his eyes of the road to peel that banana, remove that snack wrapper and open that can or bottle and accidents happen in seconds.
- A master driver knows where he is going, studies his maps and sets up his navigating systems before he makes his move.
- A master driver doesn’t drink alcohol and drive because It will blur his focus and affect his reflexes.
- A master driver doesn’t drive while they are drowsy or tired it will increase the likelihood of crash and accidents.
- A master driver will reduce the in car activity by keeping children and pets strapped, adjusting his seat mirrors etc. before he moves.
- A master Driver says no to romance in motion, dwelling on adverts and bill board and stays his focus on the his task of arriving safely at his destination.
- A master driver learns to seek help from others in the car if he must.
- A master Driver will add to the above.
Alright Master Drivers I await your contributions.
MEET OUR MCM: MR FELA DUROTOYE
Adetokunbo Oluwafeolami Durotoye popularly called Fela Durotoye is a man of many parts, a multidimensional thinker and a visionary.
Fela Durotoye is a Leadership expert, a business consultant and a transformational speaker. He is the Chief executive officer of Gemstone Group, a Leadership Development Institution aimed at training youths for transformational leadership and social change.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science with Economics, as well as a Master degree in Business Administration (M.B.A) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Fela Durotoye, a certified Leadership coach of the John Maxwell team is an Alumnus of Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program of the prestigious Harvard University, Boston (Massachusetts). He has also attended High impact Leadership for a better society Program at the prestigious Yale University New Haven (Connecticut) and The Leadership Institute, Arlington (Virginia) all in the United States of America.
Fela Durotoye has completed the Executive Seminar program on Strategy, Innovation & Governance with specific focus on Sustainability for NGOs and Corporate Organizations at the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS). He has also concluded the supernumerary police training program at the Nigerian Police Training School Ikeja and received the Distinguished Student Award at his graduation and passing out parade.
He presently lectures on Leadership at the prestigious Stanford University Seed Program to CEO’s of businesses with operations across the African continent.
Mr Fela Durotoye is the President of the GEMSTONE Nation Builders Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization targeted at raising a new breed of excellent leaders with exemplary values who would be committed to building Nigeria into a most desirable nation to live in by Wednesday the 31st of December 2025.
Fela Durotoye fondly called FD by his crowd of followers has been a major proponent of a New, developed and greater Nigeria. Many may consider his 2025 dreams for Nigeria impossible even foolhardy but FD is no novice at writing history.
Fela Durotoye has been involved in myriad of developmental projects. Notable among them is the MUSHIN MAKEOVER where he mobilized 2,000 volunteers to Paint 296 houses across 7 streets of the Mushin suburb of Lagos at NO CHARGE to the residents and owners. Many youths acquired the profitable skill of painting in the process.
Fela Durotoye also developed a CREED of Ten Value Statements that is currently endorsed and actively promoted by over 30,000 Nigerians across all gender, tribe, social class or religious affirmation.
He is married to Tara, a renowned makeup artist, beauty entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of the House of Tara and together, they have 3 wonderful boys Mobolurin, Demilade & Morolaoluwa.
Fela Durotoye’s love for and consistent contributions to the development of the country have earned him the appellation “Mr Nigeria”. Mr Fela has translated his dreams for his country into action by entering the Presidential race. He is the presidential candidate for the Alliance for A New Nigeria party. His patriotic spirit, unflinching drive for a better Nigeria and his passion to impact the younger generation makes him our Monday Man crush.
WHERE IS YOUR FUEL TANK CAP?
My friend Josh was getting married and because I was notorious for my excellent driving skills I was chosen to be the official chauffeur for the couple. It was D-day and I dashed to his Uncle’s house to pick up the Toyota Prado he promised to lend them for the wedding. I turned on the ignition and realised that the car was low in fuel. I immediately hurried to the nearest petrol station to fill the tank for the activities ahead.
I got to the filling station and had to wait in line. When it was my turn the attendant told me to turn around and go to another pump because my fuel tank cap was on the wrong side of his pump. My friends, there is nothing more annoying than pulling up to a fuel pump only to discover the nozzle is on the opposite side of your fuel cap.
Fellow drivers, I don’t know if you have ever had to go through this kind of ordeal like I did but I left the fueling station determined to find out how to know which side your fuel tank cap is on.
I did some digging and here is what I found. Many modern cars have a little indicator on the dashboard, it is a small arrow head beside the fuel pump symbol that points to which side the fuel tank cap is.
I checked out some modern models of Lexus, Toyota, Ford and Nissan vehicles and they all had the arrow head. I also found out that the Audi and BMW cars that I checked out have their fuel tank caps on the drivers side.The Peugeot cars I saw do not have the arrow head and the fuel tank cap can be found on either side of their cars
Go take a look at your dashboard now and see if your car has the arrow head and if it matches the position of your fuel tank cap. Let us know what you find. Tell us the model of your car and If it has the arrow head indicator.
I hope this information helps. Enjoy your ride.
Below is a picture showing the Dashboard Fuel pump Icon and the arrow head symbol pointing to the right.
Arrow Head beside Fuel Pump Icon
At the very heart of ridesharing is the intention to make you spend less on fuel and overall car maintenance. The need to spend less is paramount at this point in time. This is where ridesharing comes in to save the day and your pocket.Ridesharing, simply put, occurs where two or more people going to a mutual location or going along the same route – come together to manage resources by sharing a car to their respective destinations.
Jekalo provides ridesharing services that offer more for less to the car owners and riders that make use of the platform. We are going to explain just how less people who make use of our platform will spend on fuel and transportation costs.
A ride owner literally can go without having to pay for fuel: When a ride owner offers a ride, people going towards the same direction with the rideowner pay an amount less than they would if they used a cab and roughly the same amount if they used public transport. With the amount they pay (for a worker, this would be twice daily, five times a week), the rideowner will be able to pay for fuel with the proceeds from offering a ride.
A person who joins a ride going towards his direction will save up on transportation costs while enjoying comfort and security. With the hike in fuel price, transportation costs have gone up and a person would have to spend more than he formally would have if he takes a taxi to his destination. On jekalo, he pays much less. That is why we say we are #CheaperThanTaxisAndCoolerThanBuses.
We offer comfort and security for an affordable price. No one does it like we do. Based on this, we say that in this season of high fuel prices, we are the solution for spending less on fuel.
Major cities like Lagos, New York, London, and Paris have all had to deal with thousands of cars going through their streets and highways each day. Traffic congestion is a big problem for everyone living in cities, and this can be traced to poor road maintenance and the ever increasing presence of automobiles.
The adult population is increasing and therefore more people want their own personal transport to get around with. As the number of cars increase the chances of congestion also increases. It’s why congestion is almost unheard of in smaller towns and villages.
This is coupled with a lack of proper infrastructure. Local and national governments fail to act on the looming threat of heavy congestion until it happens. The city doesn’t expand along with an increasingly car reliant population. A street with a single lane on each side today, might not suffice in ten years after the population has increased. Authorities often fail to convert this into a dual carriageway.
Alternate routes are also a problem. Cities have limited capacity to expand due to poor funding and planning restrictions preventing building on green belt spaces. Cities are forced to work with the routes they already have. Thus, if they can’t increase the number of lanes it leads to congestion.
Employers may also play a part in causing congestion. Congestion usually occurs when people commute to and from work. By adhering to the traditional 9-5 routines, there’s a greater chance of congestion. This is because everyone has to travel to and from work at the same time each day.
A lack of a proper mass-transit, public transport system may also play a major part in causing traffic congestion. If there aren’t enough buses, mass transit systems, local trains or even a fully functional ferry system for our waterways, people are forced to take their cars to work.
The ratio of passengers to vehicles decreases, whereas if they were able to take the bus or alternate modes of transport, people would feel less of a need to drive their cars. [because let’s be honest driving to and from work all week could be a tad-bit stressful]
In many places, commuters are forced away from public transport by the private companies which run them. Increasing fare prices make driving a car with its associated high fuel costs cheaper than public transport. By pushing people back to driving their cars again they only exasperate the congestion problem.
In conclusion, congestion is mainly caused by a desire for people to drive their cars coupled with a failure by local and national governments to act in a way that is effectively accommodating. If the government invested in more affordable public transport options and a better infrastructure the incidence of congestion would decrease in major cities.
Lagos is a sprawling city of 21 million people. This means that more than 10% of the 167 million Nigerians reside in Lagos. For a state that is the smallest in Nigeria, this makes for a very crowded metropolis; and oh how crowded it is!
The combination of an enormous amount of people number of people moving about daily like worker bees buzzing their way to the defend their colonies to the death, combined with the inadequacy of existing transport infrastructure to support its burgeoning population, spawns out the nightmare that is called traffic. Traffic in Lagos is a serious problem!
It’s such an issue that according to an estimate cited by the guardian, the average Lagosian spends a cumulative five years of his life in traffic. The existing transportation network doesn’t do much to ease the dire traffic situation. Most people commute in private cars, commercial buses and the public BRT buses. However, increasing the amount of these vehicles on the roads or even constructing more roads won’t solve the traffic situation. In fact, it would simply aggravate the problem.
Traffic is such an issue that the average worker workers has to be on the road as early as 5am in order to beat the rush-hour traffic and get to work on time. Getting home after work is another ordeal or as boxing enthusiasts would call it, “Round 2”. The surge of people leaving work (especially from the island axis to the mainland) is characteristically overwhelming and usually causes hour-long backlog of traffic on major roads. This causes people to spend as much as 4-5 hours trying to get back to their homes after a day’s work.
It is no doubt that this will affect economic growth. Lagos being the economic powerhouse of Nigeria, anything that adversely affects it will inevitably have a ripple effect on the economy of the nation. Where workers spend a huge amount of time trying to get to work which otherwise would have been spent at work, their productive capacity is stifled and eventually production will decline.
Not to mention the physiological effects of a long commute. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, being in traffic for long hours can increase stress levels and this could lead to a chain of adverse mental and physical conditions. Also spending hours in traffic slouched over in a cramped bus has negative effects on your posture.
This is where the movement called ridesharing comes in. When people rideshare, when they share their rides with others going along their route, less cars will be put on the roads and by implication, there will be less traffic hindering people from getting to work which will in turn prevent the muffling of their productive capacities. It is like a domino and ridesharing is the phenomenon that gets the cards falling.
Ridesharing companies like Jekalo are at the fore-front of this revolutionary movement. The core objective of Jekalo is to help reduce traffic congestion and get people to their destinations on time, in an affordable and secure manner. With companies like Jekalo actively involved in solving the traffic situation in Lagos, it is safe to say that economic growth hindered by traffic congestion will soon be a thing of the past. (too cheeky?)
“Disruptive innovation describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly moves up market, eventually displacing established competitors” – Clayton Christensen.
The fact that ride-sharing companies around the world are on a rise is indisputable. The proposition that ride-sharing would soon become a main player in the trillion-dollar worldwide transportation sector is a fact that would manifest itself in the nearest future.
This rings even truer considering the pace in which the world is being rapidly “teched-up” and how ride-sharing companies have embraced and utilized technology on their platforms.
It isn’t far-fetched to see how and why ride-sharing has been on an astronomical growth over the last decade. This is simply because they have identified with the power of technology with regard to the impact of it on the world and have quite simply disrupted the status quo and displaced traditional transportation services.
For example, a ride-sharing company like Jekalo has a smartphone app which works on both Android and iOS. All you literally need to do to hitch a ride is press a button – No kidding! Apps and services like this benefit both the drivers and people who are in need of fast, comfortable rides. Most times offering riders the comfort of a personal car at the cost of a bus ride to work. Transactions on modern ride-sharing platforms are usually cashless and this makes the service even more seamless.
People have come to realize how beneficial the services provided by ride-sharing companies are and it has in no small way boosted the preference of ride-sharing over other transportation services by the commuting public.
Ride-sharing simply has come to stay. And as more and more people embrace this platform that seeks to curb carbon emissions, reduce traffic and make transport cheaper, it is inevitable that ride-sharing will continue to rise and rise.
Ride-sharing is relatively new in the Nigerian transportation scene. However, it has within its short period of existence, proven to be a better and more suitable alternative to the traditional ‘hailing’ taxis. Ride-sharing offers a host of benefits to its users that traditional taxis fail to do. Here, we are going to list some of the reasons that give ride-sharing and edge over taxis.
- Pricing – The pricing of traditional taxis are usually high, unchanging, inflexible and sometimes set by government regulators. Ride-sharing services have their prices set by market forces, are low and flexible. Jekalo for example charges for as low as N250 for commutes.
- Ease of payment – For traditional taxis, payments are more often than not by cash only. Also, having change for high denomination notes is almost always an issue. In Nigeria, Jekalo offers exclusively cashless method for payment. This is highly convenient, seamless and secure.
- Discounts and promotions – These are never available on traditional taxis. Ride-sharing services constantly offer discounts and promotions as incentives to woo customers onto the platform.
- Knowledge of fare ahead of time – Customers are made aware of the cost of the fare before booking on ride-sharing platforms. This is unavailable as regards traditional taxis.
- Communication with driver before/after ride – On ride-sharing platforms, passengers can contact drivers by text or calls though their contact information provided by the ride-sharing service. For traditional taxis, this is almost impossible.
- Innovation – Ride-sharing services come with technological innovation. Jekalo for example, has a smartphone app that can be utilized by passengers to check for available rides, join rides, update their profiles, communicate with the driver and many more. For traditional taxis, this is quite impossible.
- Possibility of retrieving items forgotten in vehicle – On ride-sharing services, this is quite simple. The passengers just need to get in touch with the drivers themselves or with the ride-sharing company. This is almost impossible on the traditional taxi platform, as commutes via taxis are with total strangers.
- Quality and cleanliness of vehicle – Vehicles on ride-sharing platforms are generally clean, in good shape and road worthy. Most come with air conditioning and are comfortable to commute in. Traditional taxis are known to be old, rickety, without air-conditioning and generally uncomfortable. They range from average to poor in this respect.
Flowing from the aforementioned points, it is quite evident why ride-sharing services will soon gain a foothold in the Nigerian transportation sector scene. It is foreseeable that they have come to stay. The displacement of the traditional taxi services might seem like a pipe-dream but underestimating the power of tech and innovation has proven time and again to be a losing battle.
“Is ridesharing the future of transportation in Nigeria? We earnestly believe so.”
Ride-sharing simply means the sharing of a car with others whom you share a similar route or destination with. Either with people who do not own cars or with people who do, but decide to skip on driving. This way, the same amount of people can still travel, but using less fuel, less cars and with greater efficiency. Ride-sharing brings with it a truck-load of benefits that are very crucial in the world we live in today.
With 7 billion people in the world today, 1.2 billion cars on the roads and an estimated 2 billion by 2035, road traffic engagements have skyrocketed and the existing road networks are not just enough to ease the flow of traffic. Research has proven that more roads are not going to solve this problem but less cars on the roads will! Herein lies one of the benefits of ridesharing.
Lagos is one of the big cities around the world that is perennially plagued by traffic gridlocks that could last hours on end. Ride-sharing is undoubtedly the key to easing the already critical traffic situation which would give back to commuters, the hours of manpower and productivity that are lost to traffic each day. Ride-sharing ultimately reduces the amount of cars on the road.
Let’s put this into perspective – if four people, each owning individual cars, decide instead to share one car, this means 3 less cars contributing to traffic jams. Imagine being able to cut-down every private car in Lagos by a factor of 3 and its potential for effectively reducing traffic congestion becomes attractive and clearly feasible.
We are at a point in history where climate change has become such a big concern so much so that one of the largest gathering of world leaders occurred at the Climate Change Conference held in November, 2015 with the sole aim of combating this issue. Ride-sharing also proffers a solution to this. With the ride-sharing initiative of having less cars on the road, inevitably, the sheer amount of greenhouse emissions that would have gone into the atmosphere would suffer a huge dent.
The effects of climate change are devastating, from floods to tsunamis to droughts. It is safe to say the world has taken notice of its effects and people, organisations and governments have started looking at climate-friendly alternatives to otherwise existing environmentally-damaging practices.
On a side note, in the age of burgeoning technology, with more and more people utilizing and engaging tech, Ride-sharing from Jekalo helps to expand the reach of tech by applying it to effect social change. When you conveniently share an affordable ride using the Jekalo app on your smartphone and GPS to get where you need to be when you need to be there, its a huge win for tech and for you.
Not only is ride-sharing using technology a smart use of resources, it is the future of transportation in Nigeria.