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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like scotch he ages with grace

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

Meet our woman crush: Angelina Jolie

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 in Jekalo
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Angelina Jolie-Pitt was born on June 4, 1975. She is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress.

Jolie’s starring role as the video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) established her as a leading Hollywood actress. She continued her successful action-star career with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), and Salt (2010), and received critical acclaim for her performances in the dramas A Mighty Heart (2007) and Changeling (2008), which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Beginning in the 2010s, she expanded her career by directing and producing the wartime dramas In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) and Unbroken (2014). Her biggest commercial success came with the fantasy picture Maleficent.

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Angelina is noted for her humanitarian efforts, for which she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors. She promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women’s rights, and is most noted for her advocacy on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Since being appointed as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina has visited over 30 countries and even risked her life. On a recent trip to Afghanistan she revealed that she had written a farewell letter to Brad Pitt after being warned she was a target for attack. Two weeks after she arrived home a UN bunker was attacked and everyone inside it was killed. Angelina is beyond admirable in her courage for visiting highly volatile areas, during her time as a Goodwill Ambassador she’s visited Darfur in Sudan during the ferocious conflict there, Chad during its civil war, Iraq and Libya during the Libyan revolution.

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She has contributed millions to her and her husband’s charitable foundation called the Jolie-Pitt foundation. After the birth of her daughter, Shiloh, she sold the rights to the images for a combined $7.6 million and donated the proceeds to UNICEF. When Brad and Angelina’s twins, Knox and Vivienne, were born the couple sold the first images of the babies to People and Hello! for $14 million, using the entire amount to help fund the Foundation.

In 2013, Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective gene. Her mother had breast cancer and died from ovarian cancer, like her grandmother did. Her aunt also died from breast cancer three months after Angelina’s operation. Two years later, in March 2015, after annual test results indicated possible signs of early ovarian cancer, she underwent a preventive oophorectomy, as she had a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer due to the same genetic anomaly.

Bravery, elegance, generosity and poise! We present the unrelenting Angelina Jolie, our WCW!

#LetsRideTogether

7 awesome user benefits on the Jekalo platform

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 in Jekalo
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Whether you’re heading to work, school or the airport, Jekalo.com connects you to a reliable car owner with whom you can hitch a ride at the touch of a button. Sharing your ride on Jekalo.com helps you earn Jekalo credits which can be used to redeem these cool benefits including:

  • Fuel vouchers
    Ride owners can also use Jekalo credit to redeem fuel vouchers from selected Fuelvouchers.com.ng fuel station outlets.
  • Third party insurance cover
    Ride owners with Jekalo credit of as low as N2500 qualify to get a genuine third party insurance vehicle cover up to the tune of 1 million naira.
    Passengers on the Jekalo platform are not left out. Passengers are covered from any personal injury. (subject to terms and conditions).
  • LCC e-tag and toll fee
    Ride owners can use a portion of their Jekalo credit to register for an LCC e-tag. Thus, instead of queuing on the cash lane, you can instead go through the LCC fast-lane with your e-tag. With the e-tag registration already completed by yours truly. (cool huh?). All you need to do is request for one.
  • Car wash and maintenance services
    Ride owners can also use their Jekalo earnings for car wash, car maintenance and servicing at selected outlets.
  • Airtime and mobile data
    Ride owners can use their Jekalo credit to redeem double the value of airtime or mobile data.
  • Cash withdrawals
    Ride owners can opt to redeem their Jekalo credit in from of cash payments.

Don’t wait any longer…. Share a ride on Jekalo.com or on our mobile app today and join the ride sharing revolution! #LetsRideTogether

MEET OUR MCM: LEONARDO DICAPRIO

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Jekalo
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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio achieved international fame with James Cameron’s epic romance Titanic (1997), earning him his first Drama Golden Globe Award. Titanic also became the highest grossing film to that point.

Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. His subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002) and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002). As well as these DiCaprio was also acclaimed for his performances in the political war thriller Blood Diamond (2006), the neo-noir crime drama The Departed (2006), the espionage thriller Body of Lies (2008), the drama Revolutionary Road (2008), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), biographical film J. Edgar (2011), the western Django Unchained (2012), and the period drama The Great Gatsby (2013).

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DiCaprio’s portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004) and Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) won him the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Drama and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, respectively. In addition to acting, DiCaprio owns a production company named Appian Way Productions. He is also a committed environmentalist.

A dedicated environmentalist and philanthropist, DiCaprio has received praise from environmental groups for his activism. In 1998, he founded The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which is dedicated to environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation. He owns an electric Tesla Roadster, a Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, and a Toyota Prius. He has also installed solar panels on his house. In an interview with Ukula about his environmental documentary the 11th Hour, DiCaprio cited global warming as “the number-one environmental challenge”.

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At the 2007 Oscar ceremony, DiCaprio and former Vice President Al Gore appeared to announce that the Academy Awards had incorporated environmentally intelligent practices throughout the planning and production processes, thus affirming their commitment to the environment.

In 2010, his environmental work earned DiCaprio a nomination for the VH1 Do Something Award. The awards show, produced by VH1, is dedicated to honouring people who do good. On September 16, 2014, DiCaprio, was been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change.

At Jekalo.com, we are committed to sustaining the environment by reducing our carbon footprint through ride-sharing. We identify with Leonardo DiCaprio as a bad ass actor and his vision to make the world sustainable for dwelling. And for this reason he is our #MCM.

Have a fun day folks :) #LetsRideTogether

MEET OUR WCW: WANGARI MAATHAI

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Jekalo
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OHH HOW MUCH SHE LOVED TREES

Wangari Muta Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist born on 1st April 1940. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica (Benedictine College) and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya.

In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. To this day, her organization has helped mobilize women to plant 30 million trees. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”. Maathai was an elected Member of Parliament and served as assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005.

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wangari mathaai receiving her nobel peace prize in oslo, norway

On 28 March 2005, Maathai was elected the first president of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council and was appointed a goodwill ambassador for an initiative aimed at protecting the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem. She supported the International Year of Deserts and Desertification program. In November 2006, she spearheaded the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign.

Maathai was one of the founders of the Nobel Women’s Initiative along with six sister Nobel Peace laureates representing North America and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa in a united effort for peace, justice, and women’s rights around the world. On 25 September 2011, Maathai died of complications from ovarian cancer.

At Jekalo.com, we are committed to sustaining the environment by championing the cause for the reduction of our carbon footprint through ride-sharing. We identify with Wangari Maathai’s struggle for a sustainable African environment and for this reason she is our #WCW.

Have a fun day folks 🙂 #LetsRideTogether