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Meet our MCM: Sir Richard Branson

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 in Jekalo
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Sir Richard Branson was born on July 18 1950. He is an English businessman and investor. He is the founder of Virgin Group, which consists of more than 400 companies. Richard Branson began his entrepreneurial journey at the age of sixteen by establishing his first business which was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

Branson formed Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1984, launched Virgin Mobile in 1999, and Virgin Blue in Australia (now named Virgin Australia) in 2000. Richard Branson also formed businesses relating to rail (Virgin Trains), beverages (Virgin Cola), alcoholic brands (Virgin Vodka), telecommunications (Virgin Mobile), cheaper fuel (Virgin Fuels), comics (Virgin Comics) and a host of others. Richard Branson also set up a now defunct National Carrier in Nigeria called Virgin Nigeria. Remember it?
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In 2004, he started a space tourism venture called Virgin Galactic. He intends to take paying passengers into suborbital space. Virgin Galactic (wholly owned by Virgin Group) plans to make flights available to the public with tickets priced at US$200,000 using Scaled Composites White Knight Two.

Richard Branson also has an entrepreneurship school operating in South Africa and Jamaica called the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship which seeks to guide and mentor young entrepreneurs through a peer and partnership network. He has a word of advice for entrepreneurs struggling with their enterprise, “Don’t worry if you are going through some tough times and fearing the worst, I guarantee you are not the only one feeling that way—I know I have in the past. The day after we launched Virgin Atlantic, the bank manager came to my house and threatened to shut us down. I pushed him out the front door and called my team to try and work out a way of solving this problem together. It was a very sweaty moment.”
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On 21 September 2006, Branson pledged to invest the profits of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains in research for environmentally friendly fuels. The investment is estimated to be worth $3 billion. In July 2015, Forbes listed Branson’s estimated net worth at US $5 billion.
Richard Branson is a serial entrepreneur, go-getter, environmentalist and a man who has a passion for success, our type of man! Therefore, it is in good order that we make Richard Branson our MCM today!

Meet our WCW: CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 in Jekalo
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on the 15th of September 1977. She is a novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer and one of the most prolific authors to emerge from Nigeria. She has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”.

Chimamanda was born in Enugu and grew up in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu where her parents worked as staff of the university. She studied medicine and pharmacy at UNN for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students. She soon after left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science. She received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University with the distinction of summa cum laude in 2001.
In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University.

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Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005).
Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun received the 2007. Half of a Yellow Sun has been adapted into a film of the same title directed by Biyi Bandele, starring BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and BAFTA award-winner Thandie Newton, and was released in 2014.
Her third book, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), is a collection of short stories.

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In 2010 she was listed among the authors of The New Yorker′s “20 Under 40” Fiction Issue. Adichie’s story, “Ceiling”, was included in the 2011 edition of The Best American Short Stories.
Her third novel and fourth book, Americanah (2013), was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013.
Chimamanda is a vocal advocate of feminism and gave a TEDx talk in 2012 titled “We should all be feminists”. Excerpts of the speech were incorporated into Beyonce’s 2013 song, “***Flawless”. In late 2015, it was announced by the Swedish Women’s Lobby that all 16 year-olds in Sweden will receive a copy of her feminism talk as part of their school curriculum. Way to go huh?!

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Chimamanda has proven herself a formidable storyteller and a force to reckon with in the literary world and beyond its borders. She has helped thrust Nigerian writing into the world stage and influenced a generation of young new Nigerian writers who view her many successes as proof that they can make it too. We at Jekalo identify with her hunger for success and for this reason Chimamanda is today declared our #WCW! #LetsRideTogether

Meet our MCM: Prof. Wole Soyinka

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Jekalo
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“The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.”

Oluwole “Wole” Soyinka was born on the 13th of  July 1934. He is a Nigerian playwright, poet, author, teacher and political activist. He is a Nobel laureate and was awarded the prize for Literature in 1986, the first African to be honoured in that category. Wole Soyinka has published hundreds of works, including drama, novels, essays and poetry.

In the late 1950s, Wole Soyinka wrote his first important play, A Dance of the Forests, which satirized the Nigerian political elite. From 1958 to 1959, Soyinka was a dramaturgist at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In 1960, he was awarded a Rockefeller fellowship and returned to Nigeria to study African drama. In 1960, he founded the theater group, The 1960 Masks, and in 1964, the Orisun Theatre Company, in which he produced his own plays and performed as an actor. He has periodically been a visiting professor at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Yale.

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Soyinka is also a political activist, and during the civil war in Nigeria he appealed in an article for a cease-fire. He was arrested for this in 1967, and held as a political prisoner for 22 months until 1969.Soyinka sometimes writes of modern West Africa in a satirical style, but his serious intent and his belief in the evils inherent in the exercise of power are usually present in his work. To date, Soyinka has published hundreds of works.
Now considered Nigeria’s foremost man of letters, Soyinka is still politically active and spent the 2015 election day in Africa’s biggest democracy working the phones to monitor reports of voting irregularities, technical issues and violence, according to The Guardian.

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In 2014, Soyinka revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and cured 10 months after treatment.

On a lighter note, Wole Soyinka is also known for his full grey afro hair and ‘mane’. The ultimate goal for every afro carrying young person and for those aspiring to the somewhat elite club of the ‘beardgang’.

Wole Soyinka is undoubtedly a man who cares deeply about his country and who, through his activism and satirical criticisms, strives to make it a better place. Jekalo identifies with this patriotic zeal of Nigeria’s only Noble Laureate and that’s why today, we declare him our MCM!

How to Avoid Being Robbed In Traffic

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Jekalo
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The robbery situation in Lagos traffic is a plight we are sadly all too familiar with. It has escalated to menacing proportions these past few months. There hardly goes a day without someone complaining on social media about their fate at the hands of these criminal elements. More often than not, their modus operandi is executing these nefarious operations on motorcycles or masquerading as traffic vendors – to put unsuspecting victims in a false sense of normalcy – then dispossessing commuters of their valuables.

These robberies take place almost exclusively in traffic and on certain routes or roads in the metropolis. They include Gbadaga, Oshodi, Carter Bridge, Costain, Mile 2, Onikan-CMS and other traffic prone hotspots.

Here are some tips about how to avoid being robbed in Lagos traffic from Jekalo.

  1. Hide your valuables from view
    Put your handbags and other valuables under your seat, in the glove box or must preferably, in your boot. Traffic robbers ‘hunt’ by sight, if they don’t see any valuables in sight, they will leave you alone and move on.
  1. Avoid hotspots if possible
    If it is possible to avoid going through routes that are notorious for traffic robberies, take alternative routes.
  1. Be on the lookout
    When in traffic, make adequate use of your mirrors. Watch out for suspicious characters, if you see anyone approaching your vehicle take the next opening in traffic and honk repeatedly as you do so. Chances are, they would leave you alone for fear of attracting policemen (policemen can now be seen at strategic locations in some of these hot spots).
  1. Use dummies
    Try to carry an old phone in your car (most of us have smaller, inexpensive phones that we use. This could work too) and give this to the criminal rather than your own phone. Make sure to keep your phone is on silent under your seat. Criminals do not bother to check the condition of the phone as they are often in a hurry.

However, it seems that with the recent deployment of 3 helicopters, APCs, 165 vehicles, 2 gunboats and other law enforcement apparatus to the Nigerian Police Force by the Lagos State Government, incidents of traffic robberies will cease to be a daily occurrence. This should not make you less vigilant though, follow these tips and you would be much safer from traffic robbers. Stay safe! #LetsRideTogether

Meet our WCW: Mrs. Ibukun Awosika

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 in Jekalo
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Mrs. Ibukun Awosika was born in Ibadan on the 24th of December, 1962. She bagged a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). She is also an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School and the Global Executive MBA Programme of the prestigious IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.

Mrs. Ibukun Awosika is the Founder & Chairperson of The Chair Centre Limited, a market leader in office furniture and TCC Security Systems, a banking security systems firm. After the ban on importation of furniture by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2004, The Chair Centre Ltd went into a joint venture with Sokoa S.A of France and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc to set up Sokoa Chair Centre Ltd., and she was appointed the MD/CEO of the joint-venture company. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Sokoa Chair Centre Ltd, a joint-venture company of Sokoa S.A of France, Guaranty Trust Bank, The Chair Centre Ltd, and some other local investors.

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In September 2015, she emerged as the first female Chairman of First Bank. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Cadbury Plc, Digital Jewels Ltd, The Convention on Business Integrity, and Youths Business Initiative. She also chairs the board of FBN Life Assurance Limited. She has served on the National Job Creation Committee (NCJC), and currently a member of the National Economic Summit Group (NESG), as well as a member of Lagos State University’s Governing Council. She was recently appointed to the Board of the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund.

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She has consistently impacted youths and women for social development through the Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ), and several other platforms. She is also the originator of the Ignite Business Ideas Contest where 100 great business ideas were given a seed capital of 100,000 naira, one-year Business Mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and business men/women and exposure to additional credit Facility from a bank. She is the author of ‘The Girl Entrepreneur: Our Stories So Far’ and ‘Ibukun Awosika: Business His Way.”

From the very expressive expose on Mrs. Ibukun Awosika above, it is scarce hard to see why she is our WCW. An industrious woman leaving in her trail, ample success stories, and an entrepreneur who inspires, aids and develops other entrepreneurs, what more can we add? Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, our WCW!

Meet our MCM: President Muhammadu Buhari

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 in Jekalo
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Father, loving husband, retired general, politician, president, thorn-in-the-flesh of many a corrupt person, king of the traditional attire. The president of Nigeria is many things to many people. To us, he embodies the unrelenting spirit. Before becoming the number one citizen in May, 2015 he had contested the position of President a total number of three times. Every time until his fourth attempt, he failed. As entrepreneurs ourselves, this is an important lesson. It tells us and everyone actually, that if you have a dream you should go at it until it becomes a reality. We should add Motivator to that list right?

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President Buhari is another thing that impresses us, he is fashion savvy. From his bespoke suits to his well tailored traditional attires. His fashion game is essentially “on fleek” From the time of his campaign until he assumed the presidency and even as president, pictures of him oozing freshness abound. Not only is he a leader in the political space, he’s a leader in the fashion space.

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President Buhari inspires us and it is only proper that on #MotivationMonday, we make our president, motivator and swag master our MCM!

Meet our WCW: Asa

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 in Jekalo
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Asa (pronounced “Asha”) was born on the 17th of September 1982 to Nigerian parents in Paris, France. She is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. Her stage name “Asa” means “Hawk” in Yoruba.

Asa was the only female child in the family and had three brothers. At a young age she began to look after the house during her parents’ frequent absences. This is when Asa started to sing. Over the years her father had built up a fine collection of records featuring soul classics and Nigerian music, including Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Adé, Ebenezer Obey and Lagbaja and Asa went on to draw inspiration from them.

In 2004 Asa’s manager and friend Janet, introduced her to Cobhams Asuquo, who in turn became her musical partner and producer. At this time, her first single, “Eyé Adaba,” then “Jailer,” were beginning to get airtime. She soon after released her first album, “Asa”. The release of the album saw Asa win the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008, where she was voted best fresh talent of 10 singers or groups by a jury of 19 music-industry specialists in Paris.

Her second album, Beautiful Imperfection, was released on 25 October 2010. The lead single from Beautiful Imperfection is titled “Be My Man” and was released in late September. Her most recent album, Bed of Stone was released in 2014 to critical acclaim.

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“Never has Asa’s voice been so precise and emotionally pure.” – Says her official website and we could not agree more. Asa has serenaded Nigerians and indeed the world with her soul-searching and moving voice. Her brand is so authentic that I remember a friend told me he opened an account with GTB after he heard the commercial she sang for them.

Asa is an artist that puts her all into the perfection that is her music. From her lyrics, to the composition, to the final output, it is proof that Asa is a musical goddess.  And we at Jekalo identify with perfection that is why today, we declare the amazing Asa our WCW!

Ride-sharing: Great for your pocket, Awesome for the environment

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 in Jekalo
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Ride-sharing or carpooling can save you big bucks on fuel, wear and tear on your vehicle, and reduce all the pollution caused by cars. But wait, there’s more!

When you drive to work, are you alone or do you have room for other passengers? Have you ever noticed how many others around you are driving on their own too? In Lagos, 78% of rides are with the driver travelling alone, compared to 12% with two people in the car, and 10% where three or more people travel in the same car (Lagos state motor vehicle statistics).

Ride-sharing advantages

Save money

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Just putting aside the gloom and doom aspect of the environmental impact of carbon emissions; consider even the cost saving aspect. It hasn’t been uncommon to hear stories of colleagues who save a few thousands of naira a month in transport costs by sharing a ride with someone else.

Environmental Benefits

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Ride-sharing doesn’t just benefit your wallet; it can positively affect the environment too. According to rideshare.com, every car annually emits its own weight in carbon into the atmosphere. If you carpool to and from work, you could reduce that number significantly.

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If every commuter added one extra person for the ride to and from work, imagine the many hundreds of thousands of vehicles that would be off the road each day. This would lessen traffic congestion, making trips faster, cutting fuel and car maintenance costs even further.  This simply means that the same amount of people can still be moved through our cities but using less fuel, cars and with a greater efficiency. Now how awesome is that!

Carpooling is beneficial on an individual level and for your community as a whole. It can reduce air pollution while saving you money in the process. So share a ride today and we can save the world together – one city at a time. #LetsRideTogether

Meet our MCM: Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD)

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 in Jekalo
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Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) where do we even begin? Apart from being a force to reckon with in the Nigerian movie scene, a fantastic actor and a politician, lately he has taken social media by storm with his baby boy pictures. He is proof that you can be middle-aged and still be a baby boy. Old? What’s that? You either want to be like him or be with him. (seems that the latter won’t be remotely possible since he’s a husband and father of 5).

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Born in 1961, he has a degree from the University of Benin where he studied Theatre Arts and another from the University of Lagos where he bagged a degree in Law. An actor, Lawyer and baby boy? You can’t be more badass than that!

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In proof of his stellar performances in the movie industry, he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2005.  He is a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria.

By his wide array of skills, he is evidence that you can be all you want to be. In recognition of his all-round awesomeness, RMD is our MCM!

12 Awesome Ways You Can Save On Fuel This Season

Posted on Nov 28, 2015 in Jekalo
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Moving around the city of Lagos, can be hilarious, and by hilarious we mean up in your face and just plain frustrating. From traffic congestion to unreliable commercial transport and with the new (well, not so new) addition of fuel scarcity, navigating the land of opportunity has almost become unbearable. With cars lining up endlessly around fuel stations, an unreal hike in transportation fares and money grabbing black marketers charging sky-high fuel prices, we’re in dire need of a way to cope through this testing time.

Despite waiting for ‘change’ we can ease our frustrations by following these simple fuel saving tips from Jekalo:

Is your car thirsty? anyone?

Is your car thirsty? anyone?

  1. Keep your vehicle in good condition
    A well-tuned and regularly serviced vehicle is more fuel efficient. Cleaning your air filter and properly inflating your tires can save up to 13% on fuel costs. Also, when replacing your tires, replace them with the same make and model as the tires that were on your vehicle when it was.

 

  1. Check your tire pressures regularly
    Well maintained tires are essential for safety and fuel efficiency. The lower the tire pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move. Inflate your car tires to the highest pressure recommended by the manufacturer and make sure your wheels are properly aligned. Looking after your tires will not only reduce your fuel consumption it will also extend tire life and improve handling.

 

  1. Don’t Speed
    At 121km/h your car uses up to 25% more fuel than it would at 90 km/h. If your car is fitted with cruise control, using it during highway driving will help to maintain a steady speed, which will save fuel. All vehicles lose fuel economy at speeds above 90km/h. Driving at 105km/h instead of 121km/h reduces fuel cost by 13%, while driving at 90km/h would save you an awesome 25%.

 

  1. Drive in the right gear
    Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel, so does letting the engine labour in top gear on slopes and corners. In a manual vehicle, change up gears as soon as the car is comfortable with the higher gear but without accelerating harder than necessary.

 

  1. Accelerate smoothly
    Take it easy on the accelerator – more revs equals more petrol use. So if you’re a patient driver, you’ll have lower fuel bills – it’s that simple. Drive at a good distance from the car in front so you can anticipate and travel with the flow of traffic. This avoids unnecessary acceleration and frequent braking.

 

  1. Don’t push the accelerator down too far
    This one always surprises people. It’s not just to do with what gear you’re in. You may be in a high gear and travelling at a sensible speed, but if you’re pushing the accelerator down a long way to avoid changing into a lower gear (into third from fourth, for example), then you’re actually using more fuel not less.

 

  1. Speed bumps
    Braking hard, accelerating, then braking for the next speed bump is inefficient and uses extra fuel. Try to drive along at a steady speed instead.

 

  1. Close the windows
    This helps your car stay aerodynamic. Wind resistance increases fuel consumption so try to keep windows closed at high speeds. Anything that makes wind noise as your car goes along is actually making your car more expensive to run. You can save as much as 20% on fuel over a year simply by closing your car windows. It’s better to use the air-conditioning when it gets hot.

 

  1. Share a ride instead of driving
    Sharing a ride to work with a friend or someone going along your route can cut your fuel costs. This simply means that instead of using individual cars, you can instead spread the cost by coming together and sharing a ride. This way, the same amount of people can still travel, but using less fuel and less cars.

 

  1. Travel light
    The more weight a vehicle carries, the more fuel it uses. Don’t use your car as a mobile store room. Leave heavy items like tools and sports equipment at home when you don’t need them on a trip.

 

  1. Park in the shade
    More science! The cooler your car is, the less fuel will evaporate from your tank. That’s like giving money to the sky. And did we mention that your bum doesn’t get seared on contact with your car seat? It’s better for your car and for you. It’s hard to drive when you can’t touch the steering wheel without burning yourself!

 

  1. Minimize fuel wasted in idling
    Most cars don’t need to be “warmed up” by idling before setting off. This simply wastes fuel. Start your car when you are ready to go. By having the engine switched off, even for a short period, you will save more fuel than is lost from the burst of fuel involved in idling the engine. Whenever you’re waiting for someone, turn off your engine. You can still play the radio without idling!

We trust that these tips will go a long way in preventing your car from breaking down for want of fuel. These tips are great for your car and even more awesome for your pocket (leaving you with some extra cash to get that christmas present you deserve:)) #LetsRideTogether