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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.

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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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Motivation TTM Professionals

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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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!

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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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