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        “What man is a man who does not make the world better? Borrowed from its place in the Ridley Scott movie and moved to a real world scenario presents a different breed of cat isn’t it? From the get-go, I always wanted to do something that would change the world for the better. I started with the usual stuff a little girl would do. Sew daddy’s sock when it got torn, cook for my dolls (although it took a while to understand that dolls don’t eat), help mummy make dinner, braid my sister’s hair, and do the odd knit job here and there. As time went by, I tried to be more engaging with people around me and really believed that singing softly erased the pain and sadness people felt. As things got more realistic, various factors affecting the world as a whole or in bits became glaring and I slowly inevitably came to terms. The world is difficult because many things present or absent make it so, thus one wishing to change the world must engage these factors in a capacity that is determined by one’s scope and ultimately, put a foot forward following the resources one can employ. My origins are in West Africa’s Nigeria. A country besot with wasted opportunities from ill managed resources that have left most of the population illiterate, poor, living with poor health facilities and almost no hope. To put it more bluntly, Nigeria has taken over from India the unenviable spot of being the country with largest number of extremely poor people.

“By the end of 2018, in Africa as a whole, there will probably be about 3.2 million more people living in extreme poverty than there is today.”Premium Times

The objective of reducing poverty is large, even if I were to focus solely on Nigeria. So I aim to get my dream started through a pilot-run in a small corner of the vast country and further break down my focus to a critical part of the population, the women! The African home is fed by the woman. If you were to analyze from a micro view-point, you would find the African woman ingeniously managing her very scarce resources to feed her very vast family. This isn’t an easy feat by any means as she has to add whatever she can squeeze out of her farm to the tiny allowance given her by her husband. Therefore, enabling the Nigerian woman take the lead in growing their food and having basic technological knowledge to process same food for sale or consumption is a good milestone in the eradication of hunger in my opinion. In other to do this, a small machine that can transform maize seeds to fine grains, convert palm kernel to palm oil for cooking, or transform cassava tubers to ground powder for meals would be a great addition and upgrade to the pre-historic hoe and cutlass that have accompanied her to the farm for centuries. The pilot-run would then be graduated as key learning points are taken into consideration and necessary improvements made to the machine, its procedures or any other point of interest.

Perhaps I am overly optimistic and believe that solving gargantuan problems chewing at the heels of global organizations like the WHO and World Bank is a walk in the park but there is a Chinese saying that goes:

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

So I intend to sit with some smart creative individuals from some very tech-inclined companies and bring to life, my idea of a mini versioned, semi-automatic food processing machine that would transform lots of women in the rural areas from small scale farmers to semi-skilled/skilled agro producers. Then support this dash with a training academy that would run workshops to teach them to use the machines, teach them the products to markets chain, and transform their lives. In some way, this would give them a little education and saleable skill. Technology has a way of actively solving problems and partnering with tech firms in the right way would move mountains As many as 10 million women in the villages of Africa are thought to be ‘digitally illiterate’ and have little access to technology.

“Despite the promises of the digital revolution, rural women still don’t have the same access and control of information and communication technologies as men,” says Sophie Treinen, FAO information and knowledge management officer

My journey towards realizing this dream however starts with critical support like that which I seek from TOPTAL. There’s a lot of ground to cover when moving this dream from inside one’s mind and planting it in a village in Ohuhu community. There’s a lot to learn too! And to cover this ground effectively, I need that professional “hand-hold” and guidance from the best at Toptal. To be able to present a clear and concise picture to any innovative design team, I must learn to communicate in a crystal clear and explicit way. To be able to relate a concept to its creative team, I should be able to to describe in detail and with confidence, it’s structure. This skill upgrades and deepenings are what I look onto my Toptal mentor for. The awesome opportunity of their professional mentorship coupled with the Imperial College MBA’s innovation inclined modules begins to forge the academic structure I will employ to drive this goal amongst others.

The opportunities to realize my dreams greatly depend on securing this scholarship from TOPTAL and I would be very grateful to be considered as it would provide me with tremendous support as I strive to deliver realistic value from my dreams and life goals. I strongly strive to make the world around me a better place as I go along and have my sights on the reduction of hunger and poverty across the globe. The benefits of Toptal’s scholarship are as immeasurable as they are priceless! In the words of the great Nelson Mandela –“It seems impossible, until its done.”

 

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HAPPY 2014……

Hello Lovely Peeps,

Happy New Year to everyone. Hope you all enjoyed the celebrations. I am so sorry i went a bit AWOL!!

Life happened…

I promise i will be more faithful this year.

And to kick things off here is one my fave quotes…
today

Ciao Bellas xoxo

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People Actually Like Us – The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you so much for the nomination

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Yo.

So this is actually news to us.

As much as we hate on, complain about, b*tch about certain people/places/things/events and such (which includes, but is not limited to Miley CyrusMan of Steel, Iron Man 3BatfleckFifty Shades of Grey and etc), we have managed to be remotely endearing to someone and as a result, have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award.

Anyways, we want to especially thank D. Parker of Yadadarcyyada for this nomination. We totally weren’t expecting it and we thank you so much. We also thank you for your constant likes, which encourage us to keep posting, even when it’s hard on certain days.

To everyone else, please check out D. Parker’s blog, Yadadarcyyada (and follow it too!). There’s so much great content on there; so you shall not be disappointed.

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How To Empower The Girl Child – International Day Of The Girl Child

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When we think that more than 60 million girls worldwide are not in school, 20 million in Africa undergo female genital mutilation and 80 percent of girls in rural Africa don’t have access to education, we realize the problems of the current approach to development. Existing efforts largely emanate from the top, with little impact at the grass-roots level. I get a sense that the more we design, the more we betray people, particularly women and girls. Is it not time to unleash their potential and see what they can do for themselves?

Self-empowerment is what made me pursue education at a top girls’ school in Zimbabwe. I use the same approach now to bring girls into good schools. The solutions I seek for girls’ empowerment and education are all based on first-hand experience, which many development and donor agencies have ignored. Quite a number of development organizations base their strategies on theories, using logical frameworks and other development jargon. I offer a simplified approach. I have replicated a girls’ empowerment model in six African countries, and this model is focused on building clubs in schools that give girls a platform to acquire life survival skills. It involves training female teachers to impart such skills to girls. For a decade, this program has kept more than 300,000 Zimbabwean girls in school.

We’ve also established “empowerment villages” for girls who suffered from sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Between 1998 and 2008, the Girls’ Empowerment Villages provided more than 70,000 girls with shelter, school fees and medical support as well as assistance to obtain justice from courts. We saw societies transformed, and they started valuing girls and according them with rights. In Zimbabwe, some of the girls broke away from the vicious cycles of poverty and violence which almost cost them their lives. And all of this at a cost of $3 million for more than a decade, or $200 per year to educate an underprivileged girl in Africa. That’s a very small fraction of the billions of dollars donors are churning out.

Except for a few, most young women of today have to fend for themselves to get into universities. Donors are not knocking on their doors and offering to pay for their school fees. As such, we’ve created a fund, small at the moment, which girls can apply for access to carry out a small project or pay for their education. It was a pilot project that has had positive impact, and we are hoping donors will officially recognize and support it. As an organization for girls’ empowerment, we at the Girl Child Network Worldwide have to lead by example. We diversify our funding stream. We have started writing books and making clothes and jewelry, selling them and investing the revenues in impoverished girls so that they can stay in school and eventually lift themselves out of poverty.

We are surviving at a time when global economies face a myriad of challenges. As African women and girls, we must think fast how we can be in control of local resources to develop education and leadership. This is what the Girl Child Network Worldwide is focused on.

Happy International Day Of The Girl Child!

Culled from devex.com

Beauty Vs Character: Who Gets It Going? Read More………..

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When it comes to beauty, a lot of ladies have got it but when it comes to the right attitudes, its so scarce. Background matters a lot in an human form of thinking likewise the environment itself.

Beauty can be bought but attitudes and character cannot be. Its something you cultivate. If you allow people dictate how you think, then you will act like they say.

Most ladies sit down to gossip and talk about other people’s flaws and how better they can be and in the process create an idea of how they should behave too. Then its becomes a collective mentality. Either good or bad, they key into it. Most Ladies flow with every trend, only few are neutral. If after discussing with your friends and they feel its right to dress half nude to impress or attract guys,then it becomes the order of the day. Some ladies…

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Lady Gaga’s Debuts New ‘Aura’ Video For ‘Machete Kills’ Movie

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Lady Gaga is constantly reinventing her image — and we love her glamorous, femme-fatale turn in the new video for ‘Aura,’ her new single from her upcoming album, ARTPOP! What do you think of the video, HollywoodLifers?

Lady Gaga‘s new music video for “Aura,” filmed to promo the Machete Kills movie, in which she stars, is dazzling, glamorous — and dangerous! Watch the video below.

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