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Serial Entrepreneurs Outline Four Success Factors at CFA’s Startups Hangout

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Startups in Nigeria will stand a better chance of succeeding in their entrepreneurial pursuit, if much focus and attention is directed to proper visioning and detailed planning.

Speaking recently at the second edition of the CFA’s Startups Hangout, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Founder Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment (SOFEE) tasked Nigerian startups to give out all they could to achieve success in their entrepreneurial journey.

He said in the journey of life especially in doing business, there four critical factors that are important, when running a business and the application of these four factors usually go a long way in ensuring that success is achieved.

“I have studied successful people and discovered that there are things they do which other unsuccessful people are not doing. Most times, I found out

it’s usually three of the principles are the most common, but the fourth factor remains the key amongst them”.

“Successful people develop a vision, plan properly, and are highly passionate but the fourth factor is the God factor. I have been thought many and different things in school, but nobody teaches you the God factor in school”, Mazi Sam said.

He told entrepreneurs at the event that vision is the ability to anticipate where you are going before the journey starts, insisting that having a laid down vision remains germane in the success world.

“You just have to imagine the end from the beginning, and there must be a detailed plan that will define the modalities of how to achieve that vision, driven by passion,” he said.

He said outlining a significant plan and critically analysing what is achievable provides a better chance of making a vision realizable, stating that passion must be engineered in the entire process to achieve great results.

He explained that the fourth factor is the God factor which is the ultimate in the entire journey.

“I have had several personal experiences when dealing with God, if you can ask him anything in his name and believing that he will do, he will do. God should be prioritized in the journey of life, he concluded.

According to Rev. Folayan Sunday, a renowned Internet Protocol Network Engineering Consultant and Educator, he emphasized that integrity has a major role that it plays in the world of business, irrespective of the fact that a growing number of businesses no longer imbibe integrity.

“Integrity still rules in business today in as much as you are creating an irresistible value to your customers, adhering to the right process and the needed technology.”

He explained that business should be seen as borderless as a venture, as businesses are becoming dynamic, but still maintains the same process and methodology.

“For instance, technology has always been there, the same method, starting a business follows the same methodology, the principles have not changed, what has changed is time and actors.

He advised startups to develop the attitude of asking their customers areas of improvements in the form of feedback, urging them to add value and increase their value propositions by creating compelling and ubiquitous products.

The March edition of CFA’s Startups Hangout comes up on the 17th of March, 2017 by 5pm and it will feature Nkemdilim Begho, CEO, Future Software & Atul Kshetry, CEO, IDM. Interested participants can register:

 

 

 


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MTN Launches ‘Visitor SIM’, Designed for Guests Coming into the Country

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MTN Nigeria has announced the introduction of its new Visitor SIM specially designed for guests travelling into the country.

The Visitor SIM comes pre-loaded with an appealing package that includes local and international call and data bundles.

This package will enable people visiting from other countries to stay connected with their friends, family and business associates on MTN’s super-fast network.

MTN VisitorSIMs are easy for inbound international visitors to acquire, activate and use, in addition to which they offer far better value than any roaming tariff.

Not available from any other operator, the service is poised to deliver convenience and the best-in-class customer experience in line with MTN’s brand promise.

According to Adekunle Adebiyi, chief sales and distribution Officer, MTN Nigeria, “The new Visitor SIMs will ensure that before setting foot outside the airport, people visiting Nigeria can plug in, reconnect – to loved ones, associates, tools and information, and begin sharing their remarkable experiences, with no concern about roaming charges.”

 

MTN Visitor SIMs are available in the arrival halls of international airports and other ports of entry.

They are valid for 14 days, which can be extended up to 30 days via MTN’s self-service menus or USSD.


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Nigeria COVID-19 Response: UNICEF, IHS Nigeria Collaborate to Contribute Medical Supplies

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received the delivery of 115,800 COVID-19 test kits to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. These supplies were funded by IHS Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of IHS Towers.

Testing remains the mainstay of the response led by the Presidential Task Force and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the first step towards diagnosing the infection. Tests enable health officials to understand the COVID-19 status of an individual and link that person to care, support and treatment while contributing to the protection of families and communities.

“Testing remains a core strategy of Nigeria’s response to COVID-19. This is critical for understanding the burden of the disease on our population and targeting our response activities accordingly. The primary goal of the Nigerian Government is to control the spread of this disease.

“This donation from IHS Nigeria through UNICEF will contribute to the national stockpile of test kits managed by NCDC, and support efforts of the growing network of accredited laboratories across the country for the testing of COVID-19. We are grateful for the continued support from UNICEF, IHS Towers and other partners.” said Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC.

IHS Towers has been a strong and continuing partner of UNICEF. At the onset of the coronavirus in Nigeria in late February, IHS Nigeria provided funding to UNICEF to urgently procure essential supplies and equipment with which UNICEF supported the Government of Nigeria in its COVID-19 response.

“UNICEF is deeply appreciative of IHS Towers’ commitment to being a partner in UNICEF’s work in Nigeria. Once more, IHS has shown great generosity in supporting UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to work closely with the Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

“I am very delighted to receive this huge contribution from IHS Towers, the benefit of which will reach many more children and their families“, said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Country Representative.

“We are proud to have played an important role in supporting the Government and our communities where we operate to provide crucial tools needed to fight this pandemic. We understand this virus is here to stay for the foreseeable future, but are confident that with our support, and that of our other private sector colleagues, we are helping to manage and mitigate the impact of the virus in our country” said Mohamad Darwish, Chief Executive Officer of IHS Nigeria.

This recent support of essential tests makes IHS Towers the biggest private sector donor for UNICEF Nigeria’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Coca-Cola, Red Cross Society Expand Fight Against COVID-19 In Nigeria

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In a bid to support the fight against the Coronavirus disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) along with its national society Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has started the distribution of PPEs and risk communications efforts to the tune of N228 Million to support its COVID-19 interventions in Nigeria.

 

This is part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s $2.5million grant to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the COVID-19 pandemic within the West and Central Africa sub-regions.

The grant, which leverages the long-standing partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), seeks to support national efforts in the fight against the Coronavirus disease through the provision of essential medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and risk communications to impacted communities, healthcare personnel on the frontlines and treatment centres across the country.

 

Speaking on the donation, Yebeltal Getachew, managing director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, explained, “The Coca-Cola System (Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nigeria Bottling Company and Chi Limited) remains committed to providing support to the communities we serve during these challenging times.

 

“By providing healthcare workers with much-needed PPEs, we are confident that this will go a long way in ensuring their safety as they remain on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

 

“Coca-Cola is proud to support the Red Cross as we deliver on our purpose of making a difference across the world”. 

 

Medical supplies being donated comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

 

Expressing his gratitude for the donation, Abubakar Kende, secretary-general for the Nigerian Red Cross Society explained, “We have identified the facilities in urgent need of these PPEs in consultation with NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health and will subsequently be distributed to these centres.

 

“This will ensure that treatment centres across the country are properly equipped with necessary PPEs as we continue to fight the disease”. 

IFRC seeks to directly impact the lives of over 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership. For over a century, The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have sustained a rewarding partnership that has seen the rehabilitation and preservation of human lives across the world through the delivery of humanitarian aid and emergency response to communities affected by disasters.

 

 

 


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