FUTURE FORWARD

Posted: July 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

FUTURE FORWARD.

Hi friends,

Bem recently wrote and performed a song for the late MD of Guaranty Trust Bank, wait till you hear it. Lindsey’s captivating moment in the Project Fame poses her as the next best thing. Vera’s much anticipated new designs are out and Okey Ofili’s new book will be on parade. Bem, Lindsey and Vera however, are the highlights. This season of Interface is packed full of interesting speakers from diverse walks of life to lead yet another out of the ordinary conversation on innovation and creativity we have themed:

  • Time is 10am prompt
  • Venue: Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island.
  • Date Saturday 9, July, 2011

Five speakers will be doing justice to the theme from various perspectives:

Eng Vincent Maduka: Currently a lecturer at School of Media and Communications of the Pan African University, he has at several stages been MD of NTA. He will be doing a key note session on the topic ‘Innovation: what it is and what it is not’.

 

Bolaji Kamson: A quest for corporate development and entrepreneurship led him to relinquish his high peck job to follow a passion. As a serial entrepreneur, technical output and not just figures remain his priority. He will be sharing on the topic ‘Behind the Cameras’.

 

Joy Isah: An educationist with a proven track record, she runs the franchise of Kip McGrath Education Centre: An international franchise that help children with learning challenges. She currently work in Children’s International Scool, Lekki. Aside, pasturing and counseling, her area of interest is Trainer Training. She will be sharing on ‘Multiple Intelligences’.

 

Tosin Otitoju: The polymath, although her outstanding WAEC result in 1996 remains unrivaled, she sustained her academic lead; graduating Summa Cum Laude in Engineering. She has lectured in UNILAG, and her amity for reportage drew her into journalism. She will be speaking on ‘Engaging and Enhancing Your Creativity’.

 

Harold Obasahan: After a noteworthy career with several multinationals, he started his entrepreneurial journey and is presently the Chief Strategist/CEO of Harval Nigeria Limited. He also plays a directorship role in Century Group, an indigenous emerging conglomerate. He will be speaking on ‘Renewable Energy and its Potentials’.

 

Tosin Olukuade: This uber designer is the director of Facuade Clothiers in Surulere. His flare for passion though came to light a little over 10 years, but he decided to set the ball roll an opened Facuade. He is most known for his unique, creative and indigenous pattern to fashion.

 

Also we’ll be having Somachi Chris–Asoluka and Yimi Omofuma come speak, the formidable duo organizing a fundraiser for their former classmate Kechi Okwuchi; sole survivor of the 61 students on board the ill fated Sosoliso flight in 2005, to complete her surgeries and make her miracle complete.

A Smartphone

Blackberries, iphones, Android phones, Nokia e7 etc. The number of smartphones in the market tell you just how much they have become mainstream. With as low as N35, 000 you can get yourself a Blackberry curve. This is a very efficient and productive way of staying in touch with all your contacts via various channels. From BB messenger to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as the ability to just “Google on the go”.  I once needed to get to a bank on an emergency and it was a few minutes to the closing time. I just “Googled” the bank name for locations in Lagos and turns out there was one on the street I was. I drove down and withdrew my money.  I kissed my Blackberry that day! Read the rest of this entry »

Yes you are talented! But success goes much farther beyond being able to display talent. How can you earn a living with those skills of yours???? Apply for the British Council Creative Enterprise programme. Enjoy training, networking and mentoring that will give you that leap you need. To qualify:

  • Work in the creative sectors listed as : Advertising, Architecture, Art and antique markets, Broadcasting, Crafts, Design, Film, Video and Photography, Software, Computer Games and Electronic Publishing, Music and the visual and performing arts, Publishing.
  • Be aged between 18 and 35
  • Be entrepreneurial
  • Have a passion for your sector
  • Have evidence of leadership capabilities in your sector
  • Have evidence of originality of ideas
  • Have English skills : competent user

Application deadline: 28 June 2011

Interviews: second week in July

Training starts Third week in July to August (One month)

Fee: N50,000

Log on to www.britishcouncil.org/africa-vacancies.

 

Good luck guys.

A group known as the Interface forum with total support from the Century Energy Group recently demonstrated its readiness to empower young and talented Nigerians to showcase their capabilities and have the opportunity to be so established in music , dance, painting and craft, writing, economic development debates and all forms of creative arts in a talk show held at Terra Kulture, Lagos.
The forum was attended by young people from all walks of life who are determined to drive the creative industry in Nigeria and beyond. Apart from having Fela Bankolemo ,Managing Director of Media Vision give a talk, it also featured Emilia Asim-Ita, young entrepreneur and manager of Praxis Consulting, who unleashed the vitality of a youth, crowned with great intelligence that can encourage young people.
Winner of the TV reality debate programme, Chinedu Chidi, writer, Abi Akpeti and Ochuko of the popular musical talent show, Project Fame made the long list of young people who took the pride of purposeful youth to come together to impact their generation, and leave worthy legacies.
The different speakers shared their experiences on efforts made so far in establishing their persuasion about the part they have chosen. They pointed out that it is not that they lack the understanding about what they wanted, but because there are quite a few platforms that take the interest of the youth into consideration.
In his address, Founding partner of Interface, Ferdinand Adimefe, said that the forum was established to give young people a meaningful ground to express their talents, not just for the fun of it, but to be able to build on foundations that would contribute to economic growth while they are self-employed. “The Interface is here to help young and talented people chart a course forward in their areas of endeavors. We have so structured it that everyone who has decided to be a member of the forum would have a clear vision on how to make the best of his or her talent, and the beauty of it would remain that we would be driving the economy from a creative angle.”
Adimefe sees the Interface as a veritable forum that would take away young people BY JAPHET ALAKAMwith talents from the streets and help them with ideas for better focus. For him, because the Interface was established with a focus to manage a need of the youths, it would serve a better purpose beyond the regular talent reality shows that serve a limited purpose.
Highlights of the day were, performance by a rap artiste Deleke, who did a bit of what he loves doing and an exhibition of craft of colourful and assorted bags made from locally sourced materials by Vera.

Culled from http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/05/century-group-partners-interface-on-sensitisation/

Light to guide

Posted: January 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is a quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that goes thus: “”The heights that great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

Until December 16, 2010, I liked this quote for its literal translation. It points to the notion that success involves gradual work towards a solution, and often, the investing of one’s time and self than would be ordinarily required. But there are other interpretations of this quote that I find interesting. I can’t be certain that Wadsworth intended for his words to have so many layers of insight, but still I find these layers within his words.

The first interpretation is the oxymoronic idea that “overnight successes” are both true and false. True, in the sense that people of great achievements typically toil upward in the night—and come morning, they achieve success. That is, success is achieved “over-the-night”. In this sense, the phrase “overnight success” becomes a strikingly accurate description of an entrepreneur’s journey. Again, I can’t be certain that the originators of the phrase “overnight success” intended it to have dual meanings.

The phrase is also false, because those heights we reached not by sudden flight, but through work that persisted during the day and into the night (and then unto several days and nights). It indicates that great people dedicate more effort to their aspirations, when compared to their contemporaries. And it is this persistent effort—often extending beyond regular boundaries—that leads to exceptional accomplishments.

But I also have another take on the quote. It is one that looks at the metaphorical meanings of “sleep” and “night” in the context of achievements. My interpretation of “sleep” is a participatory attitude toward life and life’s circumstances. An attitude that requires of the individual no more effort than is necessary to go with the flow. Just like with physical sleep, effort is still being expended in finding a comfortable position, breathing (and perhaps swatting the occasional bug), but usually on nothing more than these.

In contrast, great people invest deliberate effort in staying awake and toiling. That is, they rise above the flow and ask the questions of: why, how, and what if. They expend intelligence muscle and emotion on asking and answering (or at least, attempting to answer) audacious questions. Theirs is not a participatory attitude, but a predatory attitude: they want to pursue, to rip apart, to consume, and then spit out the indigestible parts of conventional wisdom.

“Night” stands for the unknown: a place of darkness and limited vision. This is a place where few people roam, and the monsters of failure, ridicule, and uncertainty rule. Ordinary people close their eyes to this place. They never feel the pain from the claws of the nighttime monsters, nor the absolutely consuming distress of momentary self-doubt, nor the terror of having one’s candle blown out by the wind of sudden change. But they also never experience the exhilarating feeling of raw possibilities pulsating under their feet, and electrifying the air, as one walks the streets of this daring place.

Great people toil upwards in the night. They apply themselves in taming its monsters and unveiling the riches in its dark places. They know that the night is the rock from which great inventions are carved. They know that it is the paper upon which wealth is printed. They understand that it where you go to get a Nobel Prize. The night is where you enter when you cannot find the answers during the day or in your sleep.

As ironic as it may seem, it is a truism that the night is where you go when you want to find a light to guide the path of those who sleep.

By Benedict Agbonkhese.

The new media and crisis management: lesson from aero contractors

I have enjoyed flying Aero contractors for a while now. Besides the initial comfort of booking online at a fair price (atimes), most of their flights, from my experience have been quite smooth and fast.

Recently, however, I have found that I reduced taking their flights for reasons such as delay and unavailable flights; but I did not really think it was a big deal until I heard similar stories from friends and family members.

About two months back, there was news of a near-mishap as their aircraft developed a fault mid-air. The first place I saw the news was a blog, I cannot actually remember seeing so much about it in print. Not so much was heard from the airline officials about the incident and what was done to prevent further occurrences. If much was said, it had little or no effect as a few days later, I got numerous text messages and blackberry messages of the poor condition of Aero aircrafts and how they are liable to accidents. The spread of these messages was so viral that even Aero knew they were up against a difficult situation. Immediately, several full-page, centre spread announcements were published, denying those claims. But the damage was done. People had lost their faith in Aero.

Blackberry owners will testify to how fast information is spread these days. When you can be in Victoria Island and be informed of a robbery on Third Mainland Bridge. One can actually view traffic from your mobile phone and even hold meetings millions of miles away. Information is transferred at the speed of light and does not allow for mistakes anymore.  After the experiences of BP and many top firms online, businesses need to be careful how they manage their communications especially now that opinions are spread like wildfire.  Remember Bellview?

When many people think of new media, they seem to think it just has to do with young ones and how they spend their time. However, communication has never been tested and twisted like it is today and corporations are one of the worst hit.

While trying to send a press release to the newspaper house, a popular blogger whose auntie just survived the crash already drops the news as it’s fresh off the stove! It seems almost impossible to beat the speed at which people send messages via the digital space.

What then, can brands such as airlines do to retain their customer’s loyalty even as these new technologies seem to compound(or over-simplify )communication processes?

Some suggestions:

Know your current audience:  Yes, your audience might not change, but their habits might have changed. While they would have waited for you to release a statement in the newspapers some years ago, they might be discussing you on Facebook right now. Know them, their reading habits, their preferences and how best to reach them

Maintain accounts in popular social media platforms: As cliché as this may sound, it is real. Airplanes are flown by even babies and so it is important to allow a space which helps you communicate with your customers whose lives are usually in your care for a period of time.

Update status frequently and allow people to ask questions; to which there should be prompt , truthful and effective responses. No rudeness is permitted on your side whatsoever.

Allow a dedicated account/phone number/blackberry PIN/email/profile/page etc for crisis communication. People always feel comfortable and well respected when there is a sure line of communication in times of crisis. It’s like having that friend or family member who will always listen to your rants.

Be proactive: update your website with news, official statements of occurrences before people begin to ask. Send releases to popular bloggers, websites, news portals, gossip sites, etc before they begin a discussion on you.

Be mindful of relations and friends: in extreme cases, where there have been losses of lives or property, make sure you the family and friends are properly communicated to before others spread out the information.

Be in control: if possible, make sure that every news item on the incident has a solid input from you, rather than speculation or from “unknown sources”.

While dealing with any crisis, work to produce a better recovery plan which involves the new media.

 

 

What is your “digital net worth”?

In totally secular terms, one’s net worth is very important and can determine various opportunities one is like to meet. Most of us are more comfortable and confident with a higher net worth and people labor daily to protect their net worth and increase it.

The digital space seems to be a world which exists in a virtual space and these days it feels even as real as the real world. Many more activities go on in the digital space than we can visualize and so a few days ago, I asked myself, if the world was reset, everything was formatted, erased and the digital space served as the backup, will I still exist? If I exist, how relevant will I be; more relevant than I am or less? What will I be known as? What will be my profession? who will be my friends? Which company will still be in existence, which companies will be stable? And most of all, what will be my net worth?

I thought of various online entrepreneurs and tried to position them in various offices.

Of course Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google will be UN presidents, Seun Osewa of “Nairaland” will be Nigeria’s president, and “BellaNaija” will be the new “Silverbird” and so on.

Of course the world is not restarting this way. But many things are changing and the measures of effectiveness in various endeavours use different ways and techniques now. If the world restarts as hypothesized here, what happens to the scientist, teacher, professor, tailor, market woman, researcher, bus driver etc who does not have an email address? They might just seize to exist. What happens to that big conglomerate who just managed to have a webpage? They would probably be operating from the roadside. The corporate communication executive who doesn’t read and write his own emails? He will probably exist but not know his own home address. The Governor who calls Facebook a joke? He will watch as his office is being taken by someone else. ..The scenarios continue.

There are various possibilities that technology can bring and many times, it seems as if there is no use trying to keep abreast of various developments and how they might affect us. Of course, in Nigeria, there are many factors such as the absence of basic infrastructure that would determine the adoption of these technologies. However, it will not make sense if in the next century we cease to have any relevance just because we ignored developmental factors, which could have given us a chance at ruling the world. Reading the book “The world is flat” by Thomas Friedman opened my eyes to the possibility of moving forward by technology. China did it. India is doing it.

We may have no electricity, no good roads, no good water, health care, but we have GSM, we have some internet (although faulty) and we can start from there. Do not deny the usefulness of the new media; internet, social media, etc. They have changed our lives.

The Ben Carson story: An inspiration for meaningful living

I have read many books in my lifetime and at every point in time, I always have a book that I am reading. It was a surprise then, when I saw the movie, “Gifted hands: the Ben Carson Story”, and found out it was taken from the book based on the true story of this wonderful doctor. What was even more puzzling to me is the number of African Americans who do great things but we hear little of, leaving us with the stereotypical image presented in many media productions.

For some who do not know Ben Carson, just like me before I saw the movie, Ben Carson is an African American man who grew up to become a very distinct doctor against all odds. Born in 1951, Dr Benjamin Carson is a neurosurgeon and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.

The story in this story began with Benjamin as a “dull boy” in class who was always mocked to the extent that he began to see describe himself as dull. His mother (God bless mothers), who was a single parent, with practically little or no education could not help Ben and his brother with homework because she could barely read herself. This seemed like an impossible situation where everything was against the tide of progress. Ben Carson became violent due to his being subjected to name calling as he attempted to fight back. Ben’s mother was determined to see her children shine above everyone else and even though she could not read to her children, she encouraged them to read. Sonya Carson limited her children’s watching of television and only let them play after they had finished their homework. She told them that if they worked hard enough with their God –given gifts, people will watch them on television. She required them to read two books every week and give a report on them (even though she could barely read). Within a year, Benjamin was top of his class and eventually, he graduated from Yale as a psychiatrist. His skills, which were developed during his intense preparation for life, earned him a medical degree in neurosurgery and Ben Carson led the surgical team who performed the first successful separation of Siamese twins, joined at the head.

Ben Carson’s story is very touching and also helps us realize how much we can achieve if we put our efforts into a particular thing. Perhaps what is more intriguing for me, was the transformation from a supposedly “dull boy” to someone who eventually broke grounds in medicine. This was not magic; it was simply the success of a story where the people involved played their parts right.

Sonya Carson had many reasons to be satisfied with her son being an average or dull student. She had to work two to three jobs, she had no husband and life was generally no piece of cake for the African American. She could easily have given up based on the false belief that Africans had lower intelligence and her son had no business being a doctor. She could have given up on his grades since a musical career might be an easier option: It was a way out for many African Americans. But she did not give up. She practically nursed her son to intelligence. She stirred up in him a true hunger for knowledge. She taught him that the important things were not the clothes you wore or how much money you had but how much you can grow to give to the world. She also taught him that he could always do better. She taught him to use his imagination .This is a lesson for all parents. A great part of the success of your child depends on you.

On a general note, the Ben Carson story teaches me that when you live life right, you will leave it right. Ben Carson had an option to be disobedient to his mother and claim that the divorce of his parents was having an effect on his stability. He had an option to live life on the streets like his friends who mocked him as he listened to classical music. Ben Carson had an option to refuse to read books from the library but he chose to. Just like many of us, Ben Carson had many choices. But he chose what was good, and meaningful. Today, it feels that choosing what is meaningful is choosing wrongly. Meaningful might not be very exciting or popular, but meaningful is long-lasting. At one of the scenes where Ben was being mocked, there was a particular girl that made fun of him and his scores. This girl was pretty and looked like everything was perfect for her. I never saw her in the movie again and I wonder if one third of Michigan knows who she is. But we know Ben Carson, through books, movies, documentaries and through the works of his hands. Even though he has recently suffered ill-health, he operates on more than three hundred children a year and has been inducted as a member of the society of world changers.

What do you watch? What do you read? Whom do you spend time with? What do you aspire to be? These are some questions we need to ask ourselves as we choose which way we want to live.  The “dull boy” chose a meaningful life.

 

Lami Idakwo is a media and communication consultant with focus on new media. At present, she is the PR specialist at a Lagos based firm.

Chris UwajeCHRIS UWAJE: is dubbed ‘the Oracle of the Nigerian IT Industry’. He is the president of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON). He is a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Fellow of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers of United Kingdom. He is the pioneer of the National Information Technology (IT) Development policy for Nigeria. His IT Experience covers over three decades of on-the-job IT practice as computer scientist spread across three continents; Europe, Africa and America. He will be speaking on “Technology and the Future”

MRS BOLANALE AUSTEN PETERS: is referred to by bloggers and press as ‘The Woman’. Bolanle Austen-Peters has set herself apart as a woman of excellence.  She studied Law in the University of Lagos and obtained a masters degree in international human right law form the London School of Economics. She has practiced law and worked with the United Nations. She left the employ of a petroleum trading company to found Terra Kulture in 2003.Terra Kulture can best be described as an event venue per excellence – African Style! With Bolanle at the reins, Terra Kulture has grown from strength to strength while strongly promoting African/Nigerian culture to the new generation. With all the past success, she has not let down her guard; instead she continues to strategize new ideas and concepts for her business. For all that work, Bolanle Austen-Peters is THE WOMAN. She will be speaking on Tapping into the Creative Economy.

Chika Nwobi

CHIKA NWOBI: is the director and co-founder of M tech communications Plc, Managing Partner at L5lab and Chairman (founder) of CN media. He holds a B.sc in Computer Science and BA in Economics from the East Tennessee State University. Before founding M-tech, he has worked with Airtuit Incorporated, U.S.A, Sprint Telecommunications and Eastman Chemicals. M tech is the leading provider of mobile content in Nigeria and works with mobile network operators, media organizations and large corporate bodies to develop, launch and run value added services for users. He can will be one of the discussants on the panel.

IJEOMA ONYUIKE: is the marketing manager of Hewlett Packard for West Africa. She has been involved in programs such as the 2008 HP Technology for teaching higher education Grant initiative, Technology Forum in alliance with Starcomms tagged ‘the Art of Small Business’, to show SME operators how to enhance their productivities technologically. She can will be one of the discussants on the panel.

Saheed Adepoju

SAHEED ADEPOJU: is the Quality Assurance Officer/ Operations Officer at Chams Switch Plc where he is responsible for responsible for building relevant policy documents to help provide a direction and enhance current policies to reflect the changes within the Electronic Payment Industry. He has served in various capacities as the Business Analyst/Designer at Quanteq Technology Services, Business Analyst at Odese Consulting and Junior Consultant at Quanteq Technology Services. He schooled at the Bournemouth University and Federal University of Technology, Minna. Saheed will be sharing on “The Process of Invention”.

Ore Shomolu:  is an Information Systems professional with more than seven years experience, focusing on technology training, and the development and application of web and instructional technology. She has worked in the oil and gas industry and is now in a non-profit organization; She founded and leads the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC). She Co-founded the Blogs for African Women technology mentoring initiative. She loves to travel and talk about hair. She maintains a blog.  Ore will be sharing on “My Story of Technology and Humanity”.

Bode Pedro

Bode Pedro: is the Technology Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Veda Technology; a new computer  electronics manufacturing company based in Lagos. They were incorporated in 2007 and have a vision to become leaders in the growth and development of information and communication technology in Africa. Bode’s profile reads like that of an ultramodern high tech facility, it can be said that ‘Bode is Veda’ which is Hindu for ‘wisdom’. Bode schooled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country. Bode will be one of the discussants on the panel.

Chiedu Ifeozo

CHIEDU IFEOZO: is a versatile man. He is a contemporary poet, writer and is also the Technical Services Manager at Modern Business Machines Limited (MBM).  He represents a new generation of young, intelligent and talented African professionals who are doing a ‘reverse brain drain’ by moving back to Africa and using their western earned education, talents and skills to help change Africa’s image and economy. He obtained masters in Electronics Engineering from the University of Surrey. Chiedu will be one of the discussants on the panel.

Report compiled by Amarachukwu Iwuala

Since 2001, September 11 has become ingrained on the minds of many as a day of tears and pain. This is why the organizers of the Interface chose this same date to have an engaging conversation that can imprint a different and positive memory of a better future on the minds of people. Each Interface event is like finding a piece of a jigsaw puzzle that would eventually culminate into the development of Nigeria’s creative economy. The best part of the event is always the camaraderie of meeting people of like minds, and having inspiring and interactive presentations. The Interface Season II was themed, “Engaging Creativity” (sub-themed the Business of Storytelling).  True to theme, 7 writers presented their debut books: Tosin Otitoju, “Comrade”, Nwando Onyeabo “Out of Curiosity”, Tolu Akanni, “A-Z Life Lessons”, Dappa Maple, “Seeds of Greatness”, and Wale Oreshade, the author of “Sad Nectar”. They all spoke about their challenges, what inspired them and how they raised funds to publish their books.  Another writer Onyeka Nwelue, author of the ”Abyssinian Boy”, also talked about his movie project that he is currently working on titled “The Distant Light”.

The first conversation was led by the delectable Muinat Atunnise, the head of Data and Underwriting Unit of Hygeia Nigeria Limited; her presentation was on Emotional Intelligence (EI). She elaborated on the elements of EI: identifying, using, understanding and managing emotions. She also linked EI to self awareness, self regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

A thrilling musical rendition came from the trio: Tamunoomoni, Sowari and Telema Green, three young siblings aged 10-14. They performed two songs from the flute and saxophone that earned a deafening applause and a standing ovation from the audience.

The second speaker and is an author and a life coach from Philadelphia USA, Mrs. Patricia Omoqui. Pat is an American, but is married to a Nigerian from Edo State. She talked about observing the mind, turning fears and negative self –talk into positive expressions. This, she maintained could open up untold possibilities. Moreover, she advised the audience to practice the new thinking.

Chi Okonjo the CEO and Managing director of Georgetown Capital Partners also took the centre stage and gave an inspiring presentation, urging Nigerian youths to engender change by acting right rather than just talking. He equally enjoined the youths to read Chinua Achebe’s book, The Trouble with Nigeria, noting that the same problems the author talked about persist decades after. He enumerated the key attributes of successful entrepreneur or business leader, which include vision, optimism and ruthless focus.  He also shared basic principles of entrepreneurship and why young people should venture into entrepreneurship as well as possible ways of raising capital. He also recommended for discourse in the next Interface the book titled “Titans”.

Another speaker was Chude Jideonwo, who is one of the organizers of the Future Award, spoke about “Another Side of Naija, citing instances of how youth can bring about social revolution and change.

Segun Adefila, the director of Crown Troupe, shared heartfelt experiences of organizing the Crown Troupe and the challenges and successes recorded so far. He said it is tough, but we must find that one thing that can give us joy and fulfillment above our disturbing reality.

More reports and pictures coming soon

Whoa!!!!

Posted: September 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Once again will like to thank everyone that made interface’s last meeting successful: thank you guys we couldn’t have done it without you.

Its funny how information can be acquired. A long time ago it was so difficult to get informations, but today its easy to get any information you want if you know where to find it.

Interface (the creative community) has made it possible for people to get information easily and in a fun way ( Oh I am sorry, i’m I bragging, lol).

On Saturday the 11th of September, was a blast. There was a lot to learn, a lot of information we acquired. Knowledge gained, interaction and networking amongst the participants, etc. People from different backgrounds came to share their stories, all the way from Bariga to America, with stories that touched the heart, in fact there was something important for everyone to grasp.

One of the shocking thing I have learnt is that everybody has something to offer, something the world can learn from.

I honestly urge you not to miss the next edition of the interface: “THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY” for the next one is going to be a breathtaking experience.

P.S: Today the interface community is sending a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to Dele Agunloye one of the back bones of the interface. Happy Birthday and May today be the best day of your life.

Ciao

Somewhere in the Victoria Island, some of the most interesting people from diverse disciplines, but united by our curiosity, open-mindedness and desire to rebel against the ordinary and mundane, by not only thinking outside the box, but away from the box, meet in an eponymous conference called the Interface. Bet you have never experience anything remotely like it.

This innovative highlight conference is like an intellectual spa, where they discuss and plot the next revolution for Nigeria’s creative economy and under-writing the future. Fret not! It’s not a bloody revolution, but a creative revolution that will redefine Nigeria’s economic equation and make it more competitive with the evolving ultra-trendy global economy. Most are young entrepreneurs and professionals seeking ways of making the most of their ideas, talents and potentials, fulfil their creative thirst for expression and gain a worldview.

July 24, 2010, will forever remain ingrained on the minds of the amazing audience who attended the first edition of the Interface, which held at MMR, in Victoria Island, with the theme, “Nigeria and the Creative Economy.”  The three hour meeting was an amazing event. Like the carnival of creativity, it is a cauldron of ideas brimming with innovations and cutting edge presentations from brilliant people in every true sense of the word. It was a mind blowing phenomenon, beckoning on young people to come into a fresh expression of destiny and flaming the embers of our un-explored passion. Ferdy said, “Following the passion of entrepreneurship is to expose oneself to the possibilities of success and failure; it is a path fraught with detours and distraction. While it could be a solitary journey, there is a need to find people on the same adventure, but maybe the same or different pathways and build a network that can provide some measure of encouragement and support. We must continue to learn, collaborate, and apply new ideas to move forward. Here, we are each other’s cheerleader, and together we can get to the end”.

The ambience reeked of exciting time of camaraderie as people made new friends, left with expanded minds and ready to take action about their dreams and enterprise. How did this come about?

The conversations where with genuine depths and real life applications tailored made for the audience. Those facilitated were Uche Nworah of Globacom, Pai Gamde of HiTV, Tosin Otitoju, a young lecturer from UNILAG, Tolu Oluketuyi of WMP, Lami Idakwo of Pan African University and Uche Eze who runs Banestone Communications and who also runs the award winning Bellanaija blog, all presentations earned deafening applause.

Our vintage lady, Pai Gamde set the ball rolling by dissecting the topic, “Anatomy of Excellence: Duck or Eagle”. She shared practical ways of unlocking personal excellence, encouraging people to move out of their comfort zone. “Autograph your work with excellence hence we must go the mile after the extra and every aspiring and young entrepreneur must upgrade and hone their skills.” were her words. She added that beyond success is purpose, we must organize our life towards a purpose. Her parting shot was to share keys that will unlock your personal excellence: The will to win, the desire to succeed, and the urge to reach your full potential.

Have you ever met a 21st century Nigeria polymath? One word to aptly describe Tosin Otitoju is the polymath Tosin is good and excels in many things. This avid reader took no prisoners with the second lecture, as she spoke about creative curriculum, which she titled, “What Do You Read?” She suggested books she had read that had inspired her and encouraged those in attendance to do the same, ending with a brief talk on the future of education in Nigeria and 20 emerging industries. She urged every entrepreneur to be a leaner.

Uche Nworah with his calm demeanour that kept the audience at ease combines the spirit of a true Nigerian with a rare wisdom that makes his story more than compelling. He made an engaging entrance by recounting nostalgically, his experience on his road trip abroad and pursuit for greener pastures, which reads like a well written sitcom. His presentation was titled, “Enemies of the ordinary: Harnessing your Creative Potential”. He talked about being the best you can be wherever you find yourself and things you can do in achieving that. Advising every young and aspiring entrepreneur to find and make mentors, expand their network. The reliance on building and maintaining good networks are important to attaining goals be it personal or social in nature.

Quintessential Uche Eze, in her conversational style talked about “Virtues of Necessity: 5-Must Have Virtues for Success”. These virtues are passion, strategy, consistency, pace and positivity. She demystified the word strategy and encouraged every young entrepreneur not to give up amidst the challenges. Anthony Greenbacks Book of Survival says, “To live through an impossible situation, you don’t need the reflex of a grand Prix driver, the muscle of Hercules or the mind of Einstein, you simply need to know what to do.” Uche simplified strategy to a simple action of action.  Ferdy was bothered that some strategist like him, might need to find another job with such welcoming simplicity.

“Revolution is a result of mindset evolution” says, thought provoking Lami Idakwo, a graduate student of the Pan African University and also a Social Media Researcher and Consultant. In her usual confident and calm visage, she spoke on social media and its evolution, how it is influencing our culture and lexicon, claiming everyone is looking at everyone without their knowledge. in her words, “For a variety of reasons, what economists call ”barriers to entry” are being destroyed; today an individual or company anywhere can collaborate or compete globally.” she added that creativity and innovation remains an untested industry in Nigeria, yet remain the progressive factor of many industries over the world.

“Have you ever felt gravity?” as entrepreneurs in very challenging environment like ours, there are no mistake-proof solution, one just has to learn to fail forward, and when you hit gravity or rock bottom, use it as the spring board to re-launch again with a high and holy resolve”, was the simple encapsulated wisdom from the serial entrepreneur Tolu Oluketuyi the brain behind discount solutions and the first Nigeria to pioneer this through YPM and POS model. He talked about the challenges he faced as a businessman, but ultimately, you have to tuck that fear under your wings like a football and run with it.  “Think not just about the pains but the opportunities. Sometimes in the season of our entrepreneurial growth, you have to learn to fly without perching.”

There was also Q & A sessions with the speakers that wrapped it up.

In conclusion, The Interface was amazing and we are all looking forward to the sequel in September 11. This is a necessary prelude for something great…a revolution, if you are interested in attending call and book a seat as this is an invitation-only event. I believe we are ahead of our time, why not join the quest for the interface.

TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH…

When the pains of staying at your present location exceeds the fears and uncertainties of venturing into your future destination… Life will demand that you move; you don’t always have to know where you are moving to, but just be sure on what you are running away from. The rest is faith!

The question is not whether we want to fly, but how high we want to fly. So open your mind just a tad wider than the average, listen just a little more, work just a bit harder. If society under-estimates your worth,

If interface is a place, it would be said that the future lives here, a market place of ideas, where you come interact and learn.