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Morland Writing Scholarship 2022 For African Writers

The Miles Morland Foundation invites applications from African Writers, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

Scholar’s Undertaking:

At the end of each month scholars must send the Foundation 10,000 new words that they will have written over the course of the month. Scholars are also asked to donate to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from the book they write during the period of their Scholarship. This includes revenues as a result of film rights, serialisations or other ancillary revenues arising from the book written during the Scholarship period. These funds will be used to support other promising writers. The 20% return obligation should be considered a debt of honour rather than a legally binding obligation.

Qualifications:

To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale, you must send clear evidence that the piece you upload as part of your application has been both published AND offered for sale. This will be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. It is not the purpose of the Scholarships to support academic or scientific research, or works of special interest such as religious or political writings. Submissions or proposals of this nature do not qualify.

Scholarship Award

Important Dates:

Applications  will be received between 1st July 2022 and 18th September 2022. Applications submitted outside that period will not be looked at.

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Lagos State Employment Summit Report 2022

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Tantrums Versus Autistic Tendencies

Question
How does one differentiate between typical toddler tantrums and a child with autistic tendencies?

Adenike O.

Tantrums are temporary while the tendencies of autism are sort of permanent or consistent

Adelola G.

Tantrums are not signs that a child may have autism, but if the child shows symptoms of autism, and then throw tantrums, we can then differentiate between tantrums and what we call meltdowns.

Gbemisola B.
Tantrums are not the only features of Autism spectrum disorder. In addition to the tantrums there WILL BE OTHER SYMPTOMS. One of which commonly is COMMUNICATION DEFICIT.
In toddlers the social communication delay often manifesting as speech delay and/or repetitive restricted patterns of behaviors are the usual common symptoms first observed by parents and caregivers.
Possible “Red Flags”

A person with ASD might:

• Not respond to their name by 12 months of age
• Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
• Not play “pretend” games (pretend to “feed” a doll) by 18 months
• Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
• Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
• Have delayed speech and language skills
• Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
• Give unrelated answers to questions
• Get upset by minor changes
• Have obsessive interests
• Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
• Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel.
Social Skills
Social issues are one of the most common symptoms in all of the types of ASD. People with an ASD do not have just social “difficulties” like shyness. The social issues they have cause serious problems in everyday life.

Examples of social issues related to ASD:

• Does not respond to name by 12 months of age
• Avoids eye-contact
• Prefers to play alone
• Does not share interests with others
• Only interacts to achieve a desired goal
• Has flat or inappropriate facial expressions
• Does not understand personal space boundaries
• Avoids or resists physical contact
• Is not comforted by others during distress
• Has trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about own feelings


Communication

Each person with ASD has different communication skills. Some people can speak well. Others can’t speak at all or only very little. About 40% of children with an ASD do not talk at all. About 25%–30% of children with ASD have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood.

Examples of communication issues related to ASD:

• Delayed speech and language skills
• Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
• Reverses pronouns (e.g., says “you” instead of “I”)
• Gives unrelated answers to questions
• Does not point or respond to pointing
• Uses few or no gestures (e.g., does not wave goodbye)
• Talks in a flat, robot-like, or sing-song voice
• Does not pretend in play (e.g., does not pretend to “feed” a doll)
• Does not understand jokes, sarcasm, or teasing


Unusual Interests and Behaviors

Many people with ASD have unusual interest or behaviors.

Examples of unusual interests and behaviors related to ASD:

• Lines up toys or other objects
• Plays with toys the same way every time
• Likes parts of objects (e.g., wheels)
• Is very organized
• Gets upset by minor changes
• Has obsessive interests
• Has to follow certain routines
• Flaps hands, rocks body, or spins self in circles

Other Symptoms

Some people with ASD have other symptoms. These might include:

•Hyperactivity (very active)
• Impulsivity (acting without thinking)
• Short attention span
• Aggression
• Causing self injury
• Temper tantrums
• Unusual eating and sleeping habits
• Unusual mood or emotional reactions
• Lack of fear or more fear than expected
• Unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel

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Kemi K
A tantrum can be stopped or controlled by either the parent or the child. A meltdown can not. The autism spectrum is vast and a combination of symptoms will give a diagnosis. One single “symptom” does not mean a child is autistic. If all other development markers are hit, it is very unlikely that the singular issue of meltdowns will lead to a diagnosis.

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Two Valuable Diamonds

I got this lovely story from a WhatsApp group a few months ago. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.

A merchant wanted to purchase a gorgeous camel in the market and after spotting one began to settle for it with the seller.

There was a long bargain between the merchant and the camel seller, and finally the merchant bought the camel and took it home.

A Camel



On reaching home, the merchant called his servant to take out the camel’s kajava (saddle) .

Under the kajava, the servant found a small velvet bag which upon opening revealed him to be full of precious diamond gems.

A Saddle



The servant shouted, “Boss, you bought a camel, but look what came with it for free!”

The merchant was also surprised, he saw diamonds in his servant’s hands which were shining and twinkling even more in the sunlight.

The merchant said: “I have bought a camel and not the diamonds, I should return it immediately!”

The servant was thinking in his mind “how stupid my boss is.”

He said: “Nobody will know who the owner is!” However, the merchant did not listen to him and immediately reached the market and returned the velvet bag to the shopkeeper.

The camel seller was very happy and said, “I had forgotten that I had hidden my precious stones under the kajava“.

Now you choose any one diamond as a reward!

The merchant said, “I have paid the right price for the camel so I do not need any gift and prizes!”

The more the merchant was refusing, the more the camel seller was insisting!

Finally, the merchant smiled and said:

In fact, when I decided to bring back the bag, I had already kept two of the most precious diamonds with me.

After this confession, the camel seller was infuriated and he quickly emptied the bag and began to count his diamond gems.

But after he counted with a heavy sigh of relief, he said “These are all my diamonds, so what were the two most precious ones that you kept?”

The merchant said: “My honesty and my self-respect.”

Honesty is a valuable diamond

The seller was dumb-struck!

We have to look within ourselves to find out if we possess any of these two diamonds.

Do you have these two precious diamonds Anymore?

Anyone who has these two diamonds, HONESTY AND SELF-RESPECT, is the richest person in the world.

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Practical Steps To Getting A Promotion

My sister shared these tweets with me. I think they are useful as 2021 gradually comes to an end. Please share your thoughts.

I’m not sure about the “ALL” bit. However, there are valuable insights in there.
Add Value
Document Your Achievements And Let Stakeholders Know About Your Achievements
Louie Bacaj’s Career Trajectory
Recruit Allies BEFORE The Next Promotion Cycle
People In Charge Care About What ELSE You Can Do For Them In Future
Managing An Acquisition/Merger As An Employee
There should be a career objective
If you are ready to launch out on your own, Tentmakers Online Reloaded is waiting to support you as you grow.

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Our Golden Penny Jollof Noodles Story

I came back from work a few months ago and Great Madam, the Princess Chef (GMPC) started going on and on about Golden Penny Instant Noodles Jollof Flavour.
I asked her how she learnt about it and she said she saw the advert on TV.

Golden Penny Instant Noodles Jollof Chicken Flavour


She would daily talk about how she can’t stop thinking about the Golden Penny Instant Noodles Jollof Flavour. She told everyone that it concerned and those it did not concern.
We mentioned it to the lady we buy stuff from in the “adugbo”.
We got a carton of the regular Golden Penny Instant Noodles as a Christmas gift so GMPC had mentioned yesterday that we could try to create the Jollof Noodles from the regular Golden Penny Noodles and have that for lunch today.
I went to buy some sharpeners from the lady we buy stuff from in the “adugbo” when all the sharpeners in the house developed wings and flew away. The girl in the shop mentioned that they now had the Golden Penny Instant Noodles Jollof Flavour.
That’s how I bought two packs to try out and the short story is that the Golden Penny Instant Noodles Jollof Flavour is actually worth the hype. We have officially switched brands o. Na endorsement deal remain.

Our Cooked Jollof Noodles Is Ready

Food brands, GMPC is available to be your brand ambassador and affiliate marketer ati be be lo.

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Food Pictures From The 2019 Ibadan Trip

Food pictures From Our Trip To Ibadan In December 2019. Enjoy.

Fufu and Okra
Rice, Plantain and Meat
The Famous Amala Skye
Fufu and Okra, the passport to heaven, lol
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Money Management Tips

I made the payment for my daughter’s school fees today. I’m sure someone would ask “Kini big deal?”
Smiles…
It’s a big deal to me because this time last year, we had to pay in 3 instalments. We were experiencing “cash flow challenges”, as one of my friends put it.

We had to make a lot of lifestyle changes and do away with frivolities. We may not be exactly where we want to be but we are not where we used to be. For that, I’m grateful.

I guess some are wondering how I managed to share the recharge cards and other “freebies” I was giving in the midst of the cash flow challenges. Hehehehe.

First of all, I made up my mind to resort to asking for help online if and only if I had truly tried everything I could and nothing worked. As we now know, some of the things I tried worked well enough to cover for those that did not.

Secondly, I said “cash flow challenges” because the truth is that the man/woman that is DILIGENT and SKILLFUL will stand before kings, not obscure men. If the skills you currently have cannot pay the bills for now, consider diversification.

Also, I talked about making lifestyle changes. We had to cut our cloth according to our material. We cut out unnecessary expenditure and found opportunities to reduce our spendings on the “essentials” (Eg, a power surge spoilt our DSTV decoder and we somehow got used to GOTv). There is nothing wrong with DSTV ooo, it’s just that the small savings we made by switching to GOTv made a difference… We found small small savings here and there.

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We found other streams of income that do not really interfere with our regular jobs. Sure, we need to cut down on our “social time” but I think the gains outweigh the pains.

Finally, God’s mercy is the prevailing factor in all of these things. There were strategies I received for the business streams in the place of prayer. I had and still have my pen and paper constantly with me because strategies keep coming from “above”.

I pray that I will be able to influence and support people currently experiencing “cash flow challenges” to maximize their resources to improve their financial conditions. That’s what drives the many pages, groups and profiles. I really want to help and support people as they maximize their online presence.

Welcome to my world!

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The Storm Is Sure To Come

Compliments of the season!

I heard Pastor Yemisi Ashimolowo preaching on TV yesterday and she said something that has been ringing in my spirit. She was talking about the story in Mark 4:35-39. She said and I noted that the disciples were in the right place STILL THE STORM CAME.

Many ‘methodical’ Christians cannot deal with this. They are so stuck on Cause and Effect that they can’t deal with the fact that some people who were in the right place at the right time still had to face storms.

I remember talking with someone about a death that really shook me. There was so much ‘Cause and Effect’ so I changed the topic.

I’ve come to realise that many people that make insensitive comments to hurting people do so because they are trying to convince themselves that it can never happen to them.

Verse Of The Day

I love the quote “There goes I but for the grace of God”. You are not enjoying financial freedom simply because of your excellent financial acumen. You are not enjoying a good marriage simply because you do all the things you do. You did not conceive simply because of your ability to correctly calculate your ovulation period. Your excellent career/marriage/pregnancy is primarily because of God’s grace and mercy.

The things we do are necessary but they do not give us the freedom to look down on those dealing with one challenge or the other.

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalm 127:1).

Be careful so you don’t end up like Herod who was struck down by an angel because he refused to give glory to God when he gave an excellent speech #BeGuided.

I’ve learnt that God will share His glory with no man. It’s very very easy to cross the line and try to play God in the lives of others. #HeartCheck

Have a blessed and productive day.

(c) AMA Writes, 2014

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VIDEO: FIX YOU FIRST

You are only useful to others when you are functioning at optimum capacity.

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Heroes Unaware

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Are You A Hero Unaware?

Watch And Learn How To Move From Where You Are To Where You Should Be

Heroes Unaware: The Enemy Within

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Tips For Young Job Seekers

Adesegun Damazio

I’d like to share a few tips with young job-seekers out there.

I know you’re doing your best to get a job somewhere, anywhere, and I do hope that you find a placement soon.

In the meantime, you might want to consider these few ideas just in case they’re new to you:

  • Open a LinkedIn account. I’ve seen people put up posts on Facebook and Twitter requesting for job opportunities but can tell you for a fact that you’re more than likely to get an offer or valuable referrals from LinkedIn than any other social media platform. There are statistics to back this up but I won’t bore you with that. Just Google it yourself and see.
  • Garnish your LinkedIn profile with professional English language construction and not shorthand or elementary English. See it as a marketing profile which anybody can be drawn to at first glance.
  • Send connection requests to people in your preferred field of work. And most importantly, target your requests at HR personnel – managers, directors and officers. These professionals have been shown to spend more time perusing LinkedIn than any other kind, though it’s advisable you send requests to other organizational top shots as well in other to boost your chances.
  • Once your request has been accepted by a good number of highly-positioned individuals, put up a post stating your job request and if possible, attach a PROFESSIONAL picture of yourself. It’s like adding salt to taste. In the post, enumerate your qualifications, skill sets and preferred field (FMCG, NGO, Retail etc.) It’s important you make a concise post, otherwise, your connections might just scroll away from the epistle. The more likes, comments and shares you get on the post, the wider the reach. It’s how LinkedIn woks.
  • At this point, people will start viewing your profile. Ensure you view the profile of people who have viewed yours. All of them. Note the highly-positioned individuals who are in your preferred field and send them punchy messages stating your willingness to work for them. No long messages, just appreciate the time they took to view your profile and tailor your short message along professional lines.
  • Watch what happens from there.
LinkedIn: Connect To Opportunity

I’m not saying this is the ice-breaker but trust me, it’s worked for a lot of people and I felt it won’t hurt to share this strategy with my friends.

Please, be mindful of what you post on LinkedIn too. It’s not a platform for subs, derogatory comments and slay mama/papa pictures. Keep it professional and build a good image for yourself.

On the side, continue to send your industry-specific CVs to the recruiters you come across on MyJobMag and HotNigerianJobs.

I hope you get lucky someway and somehow. But LinkedIn really works – in Nigeria. BIG TIME!

Cheers! 🙏🏽

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR DATA?

Mabel Agbenyo

Yes you read that right, what are you doing with your data? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and Snapchat… What are you gaining from all these platforms? Better dress sense? How to handle your man? Latest celebrity gossip? Oh the regular Subs on Facebook? I ask against; WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR DATA?

Couple of weeks back an aunt invited me to a program and it was one thought provoking seminar. There were two major speakers Mr Odun Emasealu MD Interior Woodwork Limited and Mr Ola Olabinjo a newly retired banker of all sorts. Now these two men told us their stories and I was amazed. They started from scratch, they started from the very bottom, the odds were against them yet they beat it and made it.

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Daily I read on Facebook and other platforms how young able bodied men and women sit to bash the government , saying as how they have failed us and I feel sad, sad because these people are not doing anything to help the economy still they bash the government. Have you thought of entrepreneurship? Have you thought of actually working with your hands? What talent do you have? What do you have passion for? What are you contributing to the country’s economy?

Do you know you can start a business for as low as 5k? Do you know you can ditch pride and actually do some jobs you assumed to be below your level? Many years ago my older brother said something jokingly but I caught it and held on to it. He said “Shit money no dey smell, na shit dey smell”.

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On this Social media I have found lots of entrepreneurs that are giving back to the society. I bet you haven’t heard of Purest Nathaniel Enyinnaya. This is a young man who left the banking world and went to learn fashion designing. Today he is going around the nation holding free tailoring classes, he goes from state to state and for 3 weeks he would teach men and women how to sew.

Do you know @Obi-Leather? Dang that man is a genius with leather, the awesome things he makes out of leather, he sources for these leathers himself and make bags and wallet and whatever you can think of. He holds classes for children in his neighbourhood in Lagos and guess what? People still suspect him, some say he can’t just be teaching children without getting money from some NGO’s. He is not a young man, he is old but guess what? He is not lazing around. He is contributing his quota to the society.

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I found these men and many money on social media because I go looking for them, the same social media we use in Subbing and Lynching each other. Ask yourself today what you do with your DATA, do you just pay for subscription weekly or monthly to catch up on the newest gossip? Before you buy your next subscription, ask yourself what you gained from the last one.

Happy new week people. 💋💋

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Introduction To Suicide Prevention

AMA:
What can we do PRACTICALLY to help people who are suicidal?

Dionne:
First, be there. Call, visit and just listen.

A lot of times we wade in mouth first with solutions when they just wanna be HEARD.

So Step 1 – just be there, available…

The conversation and intuition will guide your next steps.

Here are a few tips

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BE FEARLESS BUT NOT FOOLISH

Dr Strive Masiyiwa

Dare to tackle challenges even one tiny step at a time.

A psychologist once took a very advanced tablet computer and gave it to a small group of young girls (under the age of 9) living in a refugee camp, and not yet in school. After one week, she found that they all knew how to switch it on, and had found their way to use some of its Apps.

The same experiment, performed with older people over the age of 20, yielded almost nothing!

The psychologist also found that the adults had a lot to complain about concerning a device they had not even learned to switch on.

What was the difference?

Fear!

The older you get, the more fearful you get to experiment, and try out new things, including new ways to solve old problems.

Every day there are many things you can do to ensure you don’t fall into this trap…

Think about it!

Some of you have heard me say it before: “Big Problems are usually solved by people with the humility to make small starts.”

There are a lot of people who see a Big Problem, but they have no capacity to find a place to start solving it, which usually requires them to make even baby steps, which they often fear to do.

When I see a Big Problem, I enjoy seeing how to start solving it one step at a time.

Chipping away, day after day…

It can be months, but usually some years, and suddenly I’m there: Big Problem solved!

Image credit:  Yaron Schmid in the Serengeti, @yswildlifephotography @natgeoyourshot

Next time someone tells you about a Big Problem ask them, “How do YOU propose to contribute to solve it?”

And watch how surprised they get!

Somehow we all want others to solve problems we see, and that is why nothing ever happens.

Next month, for example, school holidays start and also our Christian brothers and sisters typically gather in big religious services across Africa…

What I want to say to each of you is this, if you are thinking about traveling and getting together with family: Be careful. Be part of the solution…

These are still dangerous times! Do not let your guard down. If we want to end this pandemic once and for all, YOU have to do your own part, #MaskUp, and keep socially distanced. Last year’s Christmas holidays started a whole new second wave, far more devastating than the first one. This can’t happen again.

Do not take unnecessary risks with your life or anyone else’s!

If you jump out of a plane without a parachute, you will pay the price. If we all jump selfishly into living a “normal” life without taking prudent health precautions… I do not even want to think about how a Third Wave will hurt our people and our economies.

Be fearless, but not foolish.

#MaskUp

#KeepASafeDistance

#EverythingTurnsOnThis

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Businesses You Can Start With 200 Thousand Naira

If you are thinking of starting a (new) business, you should look at this document for ideas… Even if you have more than 200 thousand Naira.

Businesses You Can Start With 200k

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WORK-LUNCH BALANCE

Some time ago, the story of a photographer went viral for deleting all the wedding pictures he was hired to shoot because he wasn’t offered food😮.

Was he right? Was he wrong? How about the couple that hired him…should they have made provision for his feeding or not?

WORK-LUNCH BALANCE

Your regular gisters Dr. Ayotunde , Cynthia and AMA shared their thoughts AS USUAL. Listen to the podcast and also watch the video 👇

WORK-LUNCH BALANCE

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