Kwesé Sports Brings Back ESPN to Africa

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It’s been three years since ESPN terminated its services in Africa. After entering a broadcast rights agreement with Econet Media’s Kwesé Sports, they’ve managed to pull back the Disney-owned company to Africa. Going across 19 countries in Africa, ESPN will air (exclusive to Kwesé ) in the continent early next year.

In 2013, ESPN pulled their ESPN and ESPN Classic channels from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. This decision was taken because the channels were no longer financially viable.

While announcing the deal in a news release, Econet promised to provide viewers with the most comprehensive sports coverage in Africa, offering a wide range of sports and thousands of hours of programming.

“African audiences will benefit from industry-leading content from the world’s leading sports media company  ESPN, in conjunction with Kwesé’s premium sports offering, while Kwesé’s pan-African reach and its TV everywhere multiplatform distribution capability will deliver the content to viewers through TV and digital platforms making it accessible to sports fans wherever they are,” reads a statement.

The chief executive of Econet Media, Joseph Hundah, said ESPN and Kwesé Sports will also launch an African edition of the ESPN website and mobile app. The new KweseESPN.com, and its accompanying app is expected to combine ESPN’s coverage of global sports and offer a world-class digital platform with local African sports news, analyses, and perspectives from Kwesé.

“Ultimately our goals are the same, to bring fans the best in global sports. The synergies between Kwese Sports and ESPN allow us to achieve that goal by leveraging our collective ability to deliver premium African and global sports programming to sports fans across Africa,” added Joseph Hundah.

Moreover, Kwesé Sports will add NCAA American football and basketball to its existing broadcast rights for the NFL, NHL, and the NBA. In addition to the original SportsCenter programming of soccer, American football, NBA, boxing, X Games and Special Olympics, the agreement will include ESPN films and documentaries.

Kwesé sports also features coverage of English Premier League, Formula One, international Cricket, Aviva Premiership Rugby, Spanish Copa Del Rey, Brazilian football, among others.

 

5 Tips to Build a Motivated Productive Team

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Organisational success is not achieved on a mountain peak, but it’s achieved in a conducive environment by a motivated productive team. Organisations depend on the commitment of its team players to attain goals. Teams usually consist of members who differ in personality, behaviour, perception, abilities and skills. Every business aspires to have a motivated productive team that will stay committed to work in unison to accomplish complex task on time.

 

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Every teammate’s opinion should be considered and welcome

Moreover, organisations should focus on nurturing and empowering team members. Understanding why team members behave the way they do is paramount. It’s evident that, if an organisation understands the needs and wants of team members she will eventually know how to satisfy them, which will go a long way to boost their performances.

We have gone through some evaluation and research of startups in the Silicon Mountain community of Cameroon. We discovered that the secret to most recorded successes relied on their motivated productive teams. A perfect example is the team of engineers at njorku.com and SmartFinance. At this juncture, I will walk you through 5 etiquette tips to build a motivated productive team.

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  1) Organisational team leaders must be communicative to their team

Communication is a vital element in building a team culture. Team members must communicate to one another. Communication enables members to express their point of view regarding a particular task. More so, communicating to another enables team members to share meaningful knowledge. Likewise, lack of trust in and honest communication will damage a team’s integrity. Team communication will rescue a situation of deviation from standards and calls for an instant course of action (concurrent control).

2) Create opportunities for certification where teammates can learn more skills

Learning is an ongoing process. It’s imperative that teammates are given the opportunity to learn more skills. We know of organisations that spend a fabulous amount of money on employees. This aspect of investing in employees eventually add more value to companies as these acquired skills enables team members to double their output, automatically increasing a firm’s overall productivity. To boast of a motivated productive team, companies should encourage and sponsor employees to attain further study and acquire the contemporary needed skills and knowledge to blow up success. One does grow old ever learning

3) Do team activities together

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Group of business colleagues discussing at desk in office

A family that prays together stays together, so they say. Same as a team that do team activities regularly attain their goals and stay motivated due to accomplishment. Working together regularly enables group dynamics, understanding, and interpersonal relationships amongst teammates. According to the Hawthorn experiment of the general electric by Elton Mayo, interpersonal relationships amongst workers led to an increase in productivity contrary to increasing working conditions.

4) Motivation

Everyone is encouraged to do more if they are motivated. This helps team members feel elated and increase productivity by dedicating their time to accomplish assigned tasks. Motivation can be both financial and non-financial. Financial can be the performance related bonus and non-financial can be deep appreciation and moral support. Whenever a team achieves a milestone, profit should be shared respectively apart from their salaries.

5) Team appraisal and growth

Every person will love to be praised or compensated for achieving defined goals. It’s our human nature to feel important in certain scenarios. Given an award to a team member will not only motivate that team member but it will motivate others to contribute tremendously so as to gain such an award and praises. Teammates appraisal could be done  using key performance indicators as measurement factor. We acknowledge the fact teams do make mistakes too, so an external party needs to appraise them and take them to the next level.

 

 

Exxonmobile Discovers Oil Deposit in Owowo Field Offshore Nigeria

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The giant oil producer ExxonMobil achieved a milestone yesterday Thursday the 27th of October. A  significant discovery of between 500 million to 1 billion barrels of oil in the Owowo field offshore Nigeria is a good news for the Nigeria economy and the oil sector in particular.

This multinational oil giant made a comprehensive statement on Thursday clarifying that, the Owowo-3 well, which was spud on September 23, encountered about 460 feet (140 meters) of oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. Owowo-3 extends the resource discovered by the Owowo-2 well, which encountered about 515 feet (157 meters) of oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. The company has joint venture partnerships with Chevron Nigeria Deepwater G Limited (27 percent interest), Nexen Petroleum Deepwater Nigeria Limited (18 percent interest), Total E&P Nigeria Limited (18 percent interest), and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company Limited (10 percent interest).

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ExxonMobile recently made an exit from  Nigeria’s downstream oil and gas sub-sector. She announced her intentions of selling 60 percent stake in Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc to NIPCO Plc, an indigenous Nigerian downstream oil and gas company.

New Ecobank Mobile App to Meet 100 Million Customer Target

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In order to provide customers with an easier means of making transactions, Ecobank has rolled out a new mobile app on both Google playstore, and the Apple app store. The Ecobank mobile app which was launched in Lagos last weekend, is said to be the first unified app delivered by any institution for use in 33 countries.

With the Ecobank mobile app, customers will be able to deposit money via a mobile transfer, make payments in shops as well as enable them to make cashless transactions at any point in time. With Ecobank’s Masterpass QR technology, customers can open new digital accounts right from their homes, and avoid all the tiring paper references.

According to Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank’s CEO, the bank’s purchasing power and partnerships with Visa and Mastercard would make the app an accepted means of payment across 33 countries.

“With its removal of barriers to entry and affordable price points, the Ecobank Mobile App will empower the consumer to be on the move,” Ayeyemi said.

Ecobank’s Group Executive for Consumer Banking, Patrick Akinwuntan, said the launch of the app fulfills the bank’s promise to create relevant solutions for consumers.

“With the Ecobank mobile app, Ecobank customers can now make and receive instant payments across 33 African countries on their mobile devices. They can also pay in-store with their mobile phones. This is genuine convenience delivered to our consumers.”

No doubt, with the unparalleled service the new app offers, Ecobank would have no trouble in achieving its target of 100 million customers in a profitable and sustainable way.

 

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Ecobank Mobile App Reviews

According to some users, the app is mobile and user-friendly than the latter, which never turned out too well. However, these positive remarks are just from some people. There are still some people who are so disappointed with the app and think Ecobank should shut it down if they can’t efficiently run it.

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Ecobank Mobile App Reviews

The app has not been up for more than a week. If half of the users think it’s good, then it means the existing flaws can or should quickly be fixed, in order to deliver maximum customer satisfaction.

William Nsai Nominated for the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards 2016.

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Cameroon’s finest photographer William Nsai has made it through to the second stage of the nomination process of the Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards 2016. The beautiful work of William has made him gain international recognition and nominated for Lifestyle/fashion photographer of the year. This Cameroonian entrepreneur is setting a good pace for young and ambitious photographers in Cameroon and Africa to follow.

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Shot by William Nsai

The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards are fashion celebration of style, fashion, and art in Africa. The event is organised by the Abryanz Franchise that also includes other brands like the Abryanz Collection stores and the Abryanz Charity Foundation. This fashion celebration started in 2013 and  has been known for its ability to inspire, set trends and celebrate a Global fashion Agenda.

Photography is a great art you should develop an interest in. Most people are passionate about this art. Lovers of pictures, Instagramers, and fashion lovers can’t resist taking great selfies with their smartphones. Just with a photo you can capture a moment, and have it forever.

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An underwater shot by William Nsai

Afrohustler Congratulates William Nsai for his achievement and taking Cameroon photography industry to the lamp light.

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Rebecca Enonchong; How this Cameroonian Techie Built a Multimillion $ Business.

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With a huge twitter following, Rebecca Enonchong is one strong Black woman techie who strives in all ways to promote African tech . In her 17 years in business as a tech entrepreneur, she has pushed herself to great heights, by seeing her business as a global business right from the start.

In 1999, Rebecca Enonchong founded AppsTech. AppsTech provides enterprise software solutions, primarily around Oracle technologies. With neither funds nor investors, she never gave up.

“I started with literally no money and despite my best efforts, never raised any funding. I was a woman tech founder. I was a Black woman tech founder. I was a Black African woman tech founder,” says Rebecca.

“Although those might have been external factors, my race, gender, or national origin were never a part of my equation. I lived in a self-created bubble in which those elements didn’t matter and I went about my business as any white male would have, oblivious to the reality that surrounded me and the challenges before me. It honestly never occurred to me that it might be any harder for me than any of my fellow startup entrepreneurs.”

However, what’s success without sacrifice and failure? Rebecca Enonchong has had to learn so many lessons throughout these years. All these she decided to share with us all.

Lesson One: Your reality is the one that you create in your mind, not the one that others create for you.

There’s no moving forward with doubt. You have to be bold. That’s exactly how Rebecca Enonchong built a global multi-million dollar business, with very little savings and no financial backing. Also, begin with a business plan that is true to your status at the time, and nakeds everything about your business.

“I spent the first two weeks doing nothing but writing my business plan. Because I was writing it for me, and not for bankers or investors, I could be completely honest. I was able to lay out my weaknesses, market risks in a very bare, truthful way. Then I could think of strategies to counter these. As I did this, my business model changed significantly from what I first intended. Over the years, of course, it changed some more.”

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Rebecca Enonchong, CEO and Founder of AppsTech

Lesson Two: Having a personal business plan is very effective. 

When we pitch to investors or customers, we want them to drink our Kool-Aid. It’s important, though, to realize that it is Kool-Aid and not to drink it ourselves.”

Know your customers’ status so you will be able to align yourself with them. After developing her business plan, Rebecca Enonchong discovered that most of her clients were multinationals, so she positioned herself as one too.

“How a one-woman company becomes a global business can be resumed by one word. The internet.”

She spent days studying the websites of companies like Arthur Andersen, PwC, and CapGemini. From that, she built her own company’s website. For a one-person business, she presented her company and herself, as a global corporation. What’s more fascinating is how Rebecca Enonchong landed her first contract.

“The site wasn’t very nice but in those days, neither were my competitors. I couldn’t yet afford an office but I did get a virtual business address I could use on the website and on a business card. I didn’t include a title on the card. I wanted the flexibility of being the CEO when I wanted or just one of the engineers if the situation warranted. I might have been a one-person business but I presented myself as a global corporation.

“Armed with by new business cards, my new website, I spent a couple of thousand dollars going to an industry conference. During that conference, I landed my first customer – a multinational. Of course, they had no idea that I was a one-woman machine. And they didn’t need to. They needed some technical advice that I knew I could provide.”

Lesson Three: Fake it ‘till you make it but never sell more than you can’t deliver.

After landing her first client, Rebecca Enonchong invested all the revenue she got in her business. She didn’t pay herself, even though she was homeless and couch-surfing (something she did for two years). However, this was good because she concentrated more on her business, and was never in a rush to go home after work.

“I was homeless and couch-surfed for two years before I finally got my own place. In the 17 years I have been in business, I have always paid myself last and have never had the highest salary in the company.

“But couch-surfing wasn’t just about saving money; because I didn’t have a home, I could focus entirely on my business. I wouldn’t leave the office until at least 2:00 AM. There were absolutely no distractions; there was absolutely no comfort.”

Lesson Four: Comfort is your enemy. Be prepared to make huge sacrifices.

“As I mentioned before, even though I was a tiny business, I was global from day one. Every single tool I purchased to run my business had to work from anywhere. In a world where the word “cloud” still defined something you could look up to in the sky, I only bought software accessible over the internet.

“We were one of Salesforce.com’s early customers. Also, each individual I hired, from my assistant to my technical and executive team, had to have worked or lived overseas and speak at least two languages. So while my like-sized competitors were focusing on the small local customer, I had my eyes on the more lucrative global market.”

However, Rebecca Enonchong and her team never had to fumble along the way, developing new strategies because it was all set from day one.

“because everything was designed to be global from the very first day, I didn’t have to pivot years later and develop a global strategy, change systems, and staff. Global in one location with four employees is actually the same structure as global in ten locations with hundreds of employees. Global is a way of thinking.”

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Rebecca Enonchong

 

Lesson Five: Design your business structure to address the largest market you can, not your current state.

“There were several aspects to our business model which were unusual at the time and helped us sign some very large deals within our first few years in business. One of them was that I personally hated bureaucracy. I still do. I have an intense dislike for paperwork and administrative procedures. What I came to realize was that so did many of my customers. When a bureaucratic multinational company is faced with a bureaucratic multinational supplier, the purchasing process and the delivery of services becomes complex and bogged down. So I tried to simplify the process.

“I basically productized services. So rather than sell so many man/hours or man/days with different rates for different people, I created packages that customers could choose from. For instance, support contracts had traditionally been per “seat” or per person on the contract. We proposed three different levels of a support product that never specified who, or how many would provide them. Not only did this greatly simplify the purchasing and delivery process but it also allowed us to scale. Since we weren’t paid by the number of consultants, we could build efficiency to reduce labor costs on customers and spread our resources across multiple contracts. In the US in 2000, this was innovative.”

Lesson Six: If the product or service you are providing isn’t innovative, your delivery of it can be.

Those you work with have a great role to play. Rebecca Enonchong had to recruit the very best and went as far as courting some for months before they accepted to come on board.

“As often as possible, I tried to find the brightest in the African community. Congo, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Sudan, Cameroon, and more were all represented at AppsTech. This in addition to China, Korea, India, France and the UK.”

“Most of them were much smarter than I was. Although some were obviously intelligent, they didn’t necessarily have specific industry experience. One of my very best hires, for example, was a political science major with absolutely no Oracle and little IT experience. But I loved the way he carried himself. I hired him on the spot. As a Client Relationship Manager, his ability to navigate difficult personalities was key. Another guy had a degree in veterinary science. He too had no Oracle experience. But he spoke five languages fluently including Russian and Spanish. If he could learn foreign languages so easily, surely “speaking” SQL wouldn’t be a stretch. He went on to get multiple Oracle certifications and was one of the very best members of our technical team.”

Lesson Seven: Hire the very best or train the very brightest

“Within four years, AppsTech had seven offices across three continents and customers in over 50 countries. We had generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue. By the time our model caught on, we already had established ourselves as the market leader. We had weathered the tech bubble and had seen many of our competitors, even some a hundred times our size, disappear. Profiles in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Computer World, Fortune Magazine and many others.”

In a country where tech entrepreneurship is just beginning to get a little bit of light from the public, Rebecca Enonchong has rightfully secured her place as Cameroon’s most powerful woman in tech. Hope for more African, and most especially Cameroonian women to follow her path, and do even greater things.

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I Fell in Love with a Nigerian Scammer and that Changed my Life

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The Online romance was a quiet good experience for her. After a traumatic divorce, Maria Grette was influenced by her friends to venture into a new relationship. But this time around it was online dating. Fortunately, she met the love of her life on a dating site. Online attention, care, and love were a great experience for this professional painter. But to her greatest dismay,  Maria Grette was astonished when she discovers that the 58-year-old Danish man (Johnny) with whom she had fallen in love was actually a 24-year-old Nigerian scammer.

Ms. Grette, who works as an art teacher, painter, and art therapist, didn’t give much further thought to the website. Meeting with this engineer who described himself as a Dane raised in South Carolina, USA,  a widower with a son in a Manchester university gave a reason for  Maria Grette love once more.

The romance was smooth sailing, and both lovers kept on writing each other making greater plans of coming together to spend the rest of their lives. “I wanted to meet him because I liked him,” she said. “He had a way and a sweetness I had never known in a man before. And he was innocent in a way that puzzled me,” said  Maria Grette.

Both parties agreed to meet after dating for three months. The man promised to come over to Sweden to meet  Maria Grette after returning from a contract in Nigeria. While in Nigeria, Maria received a phone call from her lover to let her know that he was at Heathrow Airport. And to say that he had landed in Nigeria. He also got her to speak with Nick.

Unfortunately, the next call was a bad news telling her that they were in the hospital in Lagos as a result of a mugged and his son shot in the head. He explained to her that the hospital requested  €1000 to proceed to commence treatment. He further explained to her that his bank accounts can’t be accessed in Nigeria. So Maria hurriedly went to western union and sent the money to save the life of her potential stepson. Further demands for money to complete treatment made her discover that she has been scammed.

Shortly, she was surprised that this lover of hers disclosed his true identity and begged for forgiveness, calling himself the devil. This 24 years old Nigerian youth explained his story to Maria why he got into online fraud. He said he was pushed to frauding people online because of poverty and lack of employment in Nigeria. Things turned around as the romantic relationship was transformed into a cordial relationship

Ms. Maria Grette was not satisfied with the apologies. She couldn’t afford a visa for him to come to Sweden and decided to visit him in Nigeria. When she arrived at the airport in Lagos, the 24-year-old could not hold back tears.  While in Nigeria, Maria enjoyed the company of other scammers. It was a blissful experience for her.

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Ms. Garette (in black top) arranged for African Artists to visit Europe

“Thinking on what to do to rescue a situation where healthy, good young men fall into this trap of scamming,” she said. She conceived an idea two years later, in 2011, after she saw an article on a Nigerian news website about an art exhibition. She made up her mind to support African artists and painters. Over the past six years, Ms. Grette has arranged for a number of African artists to visit Europe for art exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and competitions. She has assisted them to source international grants and other funding to advance their work. She has also visited Uganda to give talks on art and she’s looking forward to another visit to Nigeria scheduled for later this year.

Ms. Grette, now 69 and living in Norway, is elated at the opportunity to improve the lives of these young artists. Maria became a philanthropist promoting African artist and their works . She said, “Johnny (Nigerian scammer) has given me more than he took, and without him, I would not have met Africa.” Maria helped Johnny (Nigerian scammer) sponsored his education to the United States and they both keep a great relationship updating their selves on each other’s lives.

Johny now resides in the US working for an oil company in Houston, Texas.

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On n’a jamais les mêmes opportunités: les dés sont pipés dès la base.

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J’écris cet article en m’inspirant de ma conversation avec l’un de mes mentors chez elle il y a jours. Nous échangeons sur son sofa en sirotant quelques bouteilles de “Fresco” élégamment entretenues… jolis souvenirs…

Bon. Il y a des 32 heures à peu près, j’ai encore vu une publication d’un jeune camerounais comme moi qui parlais de motivation.

Il avait pris l’exemple de Barack Obama en démontrant que si cet homme est parti de son pays si pauvre, est quitté du niveau social qu’il avait et a pu avoir le “trône” des États-Unis et l’une des rares femmes à la fois instruites et belles… Alors tout le monde pourrait le faire.

C’est dommage que l’histoire ne raconte presque pas la chance que cet homme a eu de rencontrer la femme qui lui a ouvert toutes ses opportunités…

De nos jours l’entrepreneur se croit “tout rêves permis”. Il n’est en aucun cas impossible d’atteindre les cieux. Mais le drame, c’est que toutes les motivations qui disent qu’un homme est parti de rien et a eu tout ce qu’il faut, a plus tendance à inviter à la disruption qu’autre chose.

Si vous avez fait le minimum de mathématiques aux primaires ou de physique au lycée, vous devriez normalement savoir qu’il faut absolument partir de quelque chose pour aboutir à quelque chose.

Je lisais encore le parcours de Sandile NJUKU. Le multimilliardaire sud-africain de vingt trois ans. Ce que l’histoire raconte, c’est qu’il a commencé par la vente de ses muffins pour arriver par la force de son intelligence à ses milliards! Enfin, c’est ce que les jeunes en moyenne retiennent.

Ce que l’on ne développe pas par contre, c’est que ses parents lui auraient donné de l’argent pour s’inscrire aux études supérieures et il les a complètement utilisés pour investir sur des entreprises! Plus basiquement dit, il est a utilisé pour parier.

Quand un jeune prend un parcours comme celui de Sandile où un autre raconté par les médias ou des motivateurs, ce qu’il retient, c’est de croire et de rêver le plus loin possible; Oubliant que l’intention première du médias, c’est de suffisamment capturer l’attention pour multiplier ses abonnés et donc se faire du chiffre.

En réalité, je trouve que motiver en simplifiant un parcours à succès c’est pareil que de dire à un enfant que s’il a une bonne note à son examen, il aura trente deux dents pour mieux manger un repas qu’il aime beaucoup. C’est encouragement, mais on l’habitue à avoir le mauvais objectif et donc à se poser la mauvaise question.

C’est dans ce sens que l’on peut comprendre ces jeunes qui prennent, le mauvais goût de se comparer à leurs camarades par rapport à x ou y critères… Et même à se haïr les uns par rapport aux autres ou à monter sur piédestaux pour avoir eu x ou y opportunités…

En réalité, il n’y a jamais d’égalités dans la vie. Sinon, on serait tous jumeaux.

C’est une forte affirmation, mais il est important de comprendre que l’un dispose des ressources et des opportunités liées à son contexte, sa vie, que l’on n’aura simplement jamais. Il n’y a pas de comparaison qui tienne : Simplement par ce Nous n’avons pas les même antécédents, les occasions, la famille et surtout l’historique. Même s’il se trouve qu’on n’est dans le même environnement.

Cela me rappelle encore d’avoir eu l’habitude d’entendre cette histoire qui dit qu’Aliko DANGOTE est parti de rien pour fonder son groupe. Je réponds toujours doucement en commentaire ou en face : “si pour vous rien c’est avoir quelques millions, une famille influente et presque pas de responsabilités donc liberté psychologique, alors Ok!”

Il se trouve que c’est facile de présenter la réussite de l’un pour encourager le reste. Sauf que le drame, c’est qu’actuellement on ne fait plus que motiver : L’auditoire idéalise carrément les parcours à succès!

Puis ce que la conséquence de cela est plus psychologique, son impact n’est donc pas concrètement mesurable.

Les opportunités cela se créaient. Mais un objectif ce n’est pas d’absolument atteindre un personne précise.

Oui c’est un peu difficile à saisir sur le moment ce sous titre.
En effet, je suis toujours un peu déçu quand quelqu’un me demande comment j’ai fait pour connaître et être en contact avec celui-ci ou celui-là. J’ai toujours l’impression que cette personne soit me sous-estime ou soit ne sait simplement pas ce qu’il/elle veut.

Quand on sait ce que l’on ambitionne et que l’on souhaite, le plus important n’est plus de connaitre absolument une la personne, un investisseur ou une entreprise particulière. C’est l’objectif qui l’est.

Il faut surtout pouvoir faire la différence entre un réseau de quantité et un réseau de qualité.

L’indicateur de réseau. C’est surtout de connaître celui-la qui peut favoriser l’aboutissement d’un objectif que l’on s’est fixé depuis la basse. Dans ce sens, on peut ne pas connaître une personne-ressource mais être suffisamment proche d’une personne à la compétence requise équivalente. On comprend mieux pourquoi les professionnels les plus expérimentés ont très peu de personnes dans leurs portes feuilles ; Ou pourquoi les personnes les plus influentes sur les réseaux sociaux en général suivent très peu de personnes : C’est ce que j’appelle leur réseau utile net.

Tout ceci pour exprimer qu’avec les motivateurs, les médias et la politique actuelle de réseautage, à mon avis la comparaison est plus devenu un envie qu’un moyen de motivation. Cela devient très difficile d’être complaisant aux parcours de ceux qui ont pris de l’avance, d’utiliser leurs histoires et de s’inspirer de leurs traces.

Cet article à l’endroit des entrepreneurs, qui est plus un article à l’endroit de tout le monde finalement, je l’ai surtout écris pour attirer l’attention de ceux qui observent avec les émotions : on a maintenant plus besoin d’observer avec de l’intelligence.

Il y a choses à dire que je devrais peut-être en faire un livre…

Lisez, Analysez, Commentez et si vous aimez bien… Partagez!
Jovial DOUANLA
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The Cameroon Train Accident – Lessons to be Learned

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Friday the 21st of October 2016 has been stenciled on the minds of Cameroonians as its transport network went berserk. It all began with  a portion of the road linking Cameroon’s two major cities, Douala and Yaounde collapsing  over a river. Barely a few hours later a train accident was recorded a passenger train derailed and overturned at Eseka resulting in the loss of lives.

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What went wrong?

In the early hours of the said Friday  a bridge got broken after heavy rains in Boumyebel on the Yaounde – Douala highway. The collapse of the bridge severely grounded traffic to and from Yaounde stalling  the economic operations carried along that road. As seen from  the photo above, the hanging lorry barely survived a backward plunge back into the river. The good news – no life was lost.

While the populace of Cameroon was happy that no casualties were recorded after the bridge collapsed, a resounding wailing hit the social media of a train derailment at Eseka. This  time around there was total mourning because the train accident led to the loss of lives. At the time of this report, the number of deaths had gone up to 70

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Consternation after train derailed and overturned

With many people to travel to and from Douala, there had to be another way to go about that. The train station  then became flooded with many passengers. In an effort to remedy the flooding passengers situation there was bound to be overloading of the train. One would reason rightly, at least for now since no cause has been identified yet, that the overloading definitely affected the train and so led to the derailment.

Lessons to be learned from the train accident.

Old infrastructures

The Cameroonian government should revisit infrastructures, especially roads, bridges, electric power supply lines, etc, around the country to maintain old ones while building new ones. If there was another road linking Douala and Yaounde the train station could not have been flooded by passengers after the bridge collapsed on that fateful day and perhaps no train accident would have occurred.

Also, there’s need to improve  the quality of work on the aforementioned infrastructures. It’s common to find especially roads around the country that have not lasted for long with the tarmac eroding. The other sad part of the story is that government sometimes doesn’t even look back to maintain old roads. Take for example the Bamenda road. It might also require the loss of lives to attend to that road. Should this always be the case?

Timely execution of projects

The timely intervention of the road construction workers on the collapsed bridge to bring about the usual smooth traffic is commendable. Though the work is tempory, it shows that projects can be achieved a lot faster than they get done in most of the cases. If projects are effectively and timely achieved, that will ease the development of this country.

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Collapsed bridged repaired

The government and social media

With the ‘Android Generation’ (the youths as christened by President Paul Biya) always equipped with mobile communication devices, the Cameroonian government should step up its game. Moments after the train accident occurred, some images went viral announcing the accident. The sad thing is that some people resurrected images of a similar train accident that happened in 2009 and began sharing on social Media. This then brought a lot of doubts, especially for those who had knowledge of the old accident and had no one to contact for confirmation of the new.

We have both appointed and elected officials in the rank and file of the government starting from the Mayors, Divisional Officers, SeniorDivisionall Officers, Governors, Ministers, Prime Minister, President of Parliament, President of the Senate, and the President of the Country. Why do all these people exist, when an accident of that magnitude should be left in the hands of citizens equipped only with their mobile phones?

If it were in other countries the mayor of the town where the accident took place, or any other official would have come up to address the situation. No reliable source addressed the situation in time. The only thing that the CRTV did was to tweet – of which many Cameroonians are not on Twitter. We seem not to be conscious of the state of this country. May I remind that the country is being terrorized by Boko Haram. It’s about time the government of this country revisits its procedures and empowers some offices to start addressing situations as they come up.

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As for the youths, you have a role to play in the future of this country, especially on social media. Be reminded that you can make or mar the stability of the country. There is the need to be responsible on social media. Quite a lot of audio, text, video and photo contents not directly related to the train accident and even the collapse of the bridge were released on social media by Cameroonians. This only adds to the confusion in the country faced by such tragedy.

Monday 24, October 2016 has been declared a national day of mourning. The flags shall fly at half mast around the national territory in remembrance of those who fell asleep from the tragic accident. Our hearts go out to the bereaved families.

 

A Big Thank You to Bush fallers – There is more we can do if we work together!

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Cameroon bush fallers

Sometimes those back home take for granted the efforts that bush fallers make – I guess the lack of information has its consequences in all aspects of life. I have written about the power of the diaspora already. I will not repeat the points I had made before – if you missed the write-up or you need a refresher, get it here.

The following except is from a Facebook post by Eddy Maiyili on the 16th Of September 2016: “Cameroon diaspora sends home 585 billion FCFA. According to figures from the World Bank and WorldRemit, Cameroonians living abroad sent 585 billions back home in 2015 an increase over 20% from the previous year. That represents 33% of the public investment budget of Cameroon in 2016. This amount shows the power and influence the diaspora plays in the economy of Cameroon. This amount is forecasted to grow as the numbers of people leaving the country increases.”

As we are fast approaching year end (November and December); a period characterized by an influx of bush fallers into the nation, I thought it wise to tackle the bush faller topic once again. So if you are a bush faller planning to visit home this year – please read the write up above.

Some of the money sent back home has been used for investments, and there is still more scope for investments back home by the Cameroon diaspora. I am talking about well researched and managed investments.

Investment opportunities for bush fallers back home (Cameroon).

If you have been following developments in Cameroon, you would have heard that the government is actively selling Cameroon as an investment destination. The following quote from an article published by Fon Bonaventure will shed more light:

“Invest in Cameroon, Land of Attractiveness” was the name of the international conference organized by H.E President Paul Biya of Cameroon. The conference which was held at the Yaoundé Congress Hall between the 17th and 18th of May 2016, was aimed at shedding more light on Cameroon’s potentials as an attractive destination for investors. Source.

I am also informed that the Minister of Finance has reached out to the diaspora – encouraging them to invest back home. I like to say that as Cameroonians we all have a responsibility to grow our nation and I say with some degree of confidence that the one sure way to make this happen is to learn to work together.

My company (25-45 Business Consulting Plc) has achieved some success during its business collaboration campaigns – held in Limbe, Buea and lately Bamenda. The feedback from these campaigns is very simple; we can do great things if we work together.

So I urge all bush fallers to give some more thought about investing back home and I also like to mention that I do appreciate that some bush fallers have gone through some unfortunate experiences (misappropriation of their funds, fraud, crockery, etc.). But all hope is not yet lost. The key is getting the right service provider and proper research and planning before disbursement of funds.

Since we launched the investment management unit of our company, we have had conversations with potential clients from the diaspora and most of them are very skeptical investing back home due to the fact that there is a lot of negativity and ignorance around this topic; issues relating to registering a company, taxation and the general business climate in Cameroon were usually cited.

If you allow us to help you with your investments back home, you will not be disappointed – we have a very transparent system – click the link below for more details. 

You cannot know without contacting us and checking things for yourself.

Email: info@2545bc.com or collins.mazu@2545bc.com

Telephone: (+237) 661 096 564 / (+237) 672 728 944

We now have offices in Buea (shop 5, Fakoship Plaza, Buea Town) and in Bamenda (Nacho Junction, Bamenda)

Written by

Collins Mazu

CEO of 25-45 Business Consulting Plc