The Lagos State Government is bullish on the startup creative ecosystem. To be fair, Lagos has always been bullish on the creative industry but these days it is super bullish on the creative tech start-up ecosystem. Lagos State has one of the most business-friendly environments in Nigeria. LASG (Lagos State Government) has recently developed a strategic policy to align itself with the tech start-up creative ecosystem. It is essentially priming Lagos to be one of the most exciting and fast-growing tech hubs in Africa as a means to tackle the catastrophic levels of unemployment in the state.
LASG has been…
Nigerian culture places a pre-eminence on elders. In Nigeria, there is a widespread problem of elders insisting they know all there is to know about life and they insist on “guiding” us on this right path (they have chosen). Overbearing. Lack of space. Some parents even choose university courses for their offspring. Some wade into who they can or cannot marry. Crossing religious lines? Omo you’re on your own o!
They may not be aware but this cultural attitude stifles our progress systematically. We have a society where there is no real investment in the young. Primary education is not…
Connecting Africa with its diaspora. Really, special shout out to social media for making this connection happen; never in a million years would we have been able to connect and share so quickly.
I think one thing that has held Africa back from exploring its full potential is that it is not really connected to its diaspora. Obviously, this is mostly due to our violent removal from the continent, it severed the natural links (it wasn’t like your family member was emigrating for work, they were literally stolen never to be seen.)
Africa’s industrial/manufacturing advancement has always lagged because of the lack of a knowledge economy to drive innovation. The emerging digital creator economy however seems to be causing a knowledge revolution that will fill this gap. Many young Africans (Millenials and Gen Z) are self-taught on a variety of topics like food, beauty, coding, and deploying these skills to create products and services that are not only contributing to the e-commerce industry and but also leads to upward mobility for this class of young Africans (on the continent or diaspora).
It is so clear that the internet has provided young Africans…
When you treat relationships like mirrors, you create a world that is all about you. Consider the times when you have tried to pressure someone into doing something you know was basically to ease an anxiety or fear that you have, but does nothing to propel that person towards their dreams. Or a time when you called a friend who didn’t pick up and you took is as a slight against you. …
This is a topic I feel a lot of burden to share, especially people in the period of “starting” out in life. Is the desire to make money or have a good life the biggest factor in your decision making or are you letting God show you which career, lifestyle and spouse to choose?
People are always going to think, judge, praise and ridicule who you are, what you have, what you do or don’t do. Your ability to think or act in a way that remains true to your spirit and soul despite knowing this about others is super…
Has God ever told you to give up something that you know you really do enjoy, love or are just attached to?
Isn’t it just so damn hard?
Still going over to your crushes house Saturday night for a sleepover
Still judging people for drinking when you drink
Still letting people’s opinion inform your decisions
Still being greedy and selfish
And the worst part is, you know when you give it up
You create more room for God
You put down idols in your heart
You let God know He is numero uno
You will level up and bear fruit
You have no choice but to love yourself because well, literally, you are yourself.
There’s a lot of talk about loving yourself to exude a healthy amount of self- esteem and confidence, but to be able to get there you’ve got to know what’s to love.
Everyone thinks something or has an opinion about their-self. Someone might think oh! I’m smart or I’m pretty and sometimes people think that people should love them for these qualities whether real or imagined.
But we all know what we think of ourselves is not necessarily how we are perceived, and so it is…
Selah is the poetic Greek word used in Psalms to denote a holy pause, it instructs us to “pause and consider”, in another way to ponder, meditate.
In today’s world many live life without ever pausing, stopping or resting. We are compelled by society, demands of our jobs or commitments to constantly be on the move, to be seen as making moves, to be active, doing something. …
Love is NOT what you think
For most of my life I have always thought that the point of life was to love. I had always thought that you do everything in and for love. Even when I was a young teenager abandoning all logic for a boy who was only going to break my heart over and over again, NOTHING was going to deter me from that drunk in love feeling, existence.
So imagine my surprise when I became a Jesus follower and I found out that indeed the reason why I felt life was about love was because…
Telling tenacious stories about the nuances of the lives of African millennials. At the intersex of history, technology, food, beauty and culture.