Cameroonian Business Guru Helps African Countries Join OPEC

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Centurion Law Group Helps African Countries Join OPEC

The Gulf of Guinea oil-rich nation, Equatorial Guinea is now a proud member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries. This milestone leap was a result of the Centurion Law Group who worked earnestly hard to make this a come true.

Centurion Law Group is a pan-African corporate law conglomerate. Operating at the cutting edge of business practices today, Centurion stands ready to provide outsourced legal representation and a full suite of legal services to new, expanding and established corporations.

Equatorial Guinea’s bid to join OPEC was accepted by unanimous vote at the 172nd OPEC meeting in Vienna on May 25, 2017.

This reputable African Law Firm was assigned by Equatorial Guinea government to follow up and make it possible for the oil-rich nation to join its fellow petroleum-rich nations in OPEC bloc.

The Centurion  Law Group sets a pace as the first African law firm to facilitate an African nation’s entry into OPEC within a limited time frame.

Centurion congratulates the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons for bringing Equatorial Guinea into OPEC, an initiative that demonstrates the massive progress made by the nation since the first oil and gas developments of the 1990s.

At the 172nd meeting of the OPEC members, Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima met in a closed session with the OPEC ministers, who voted to accept the country’s application to join the bloc.

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons, which employed Centurion’s advocacy and lobbying services applied to join OPEC in January 2017 and had its application accepted just four months later.

H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima praised Centurion on its work facilitating the negotiations for Equatorial Guinea to join OPEC: “Our nation, and Africa as a whole, needs more companies that are as committed to our collective progress as Centurion,” Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima stated.

”The Government of Equatorial Guinea commends Centurion and its attorneys for their success in helping our nation join OPEC. Equatorial Guinea now stands tall among energy producers worldwide” he continued.

 “The OPEC deal is huge for Equatorial Guinea, a country which advocates for African interests and African prosperity, whether in business or diplomacy.

“Centurion’s purpose is aligned with that of the country and its government, and we are proud of the role that we have played in bringing Equatorial Guinea into OPEC.” NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion said.

The Pan African Law Group has played an active role in bringing investment to Malabo and facilitating the growth of the energy sector.

More importantly, key developments have included deep-water oil and gas production, LNG exports, methanol production, CNG public transport, and renewable power.

Centurion Law Group

H.E. Gabriel M. Obiang Lima

In 2017 the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons is currently working on keystone projects that include a petrochemicals complex (REPEGE), tank farm (Bioko Oil Terminal) and the finalisation of the 2016 bidding round (EG Ronda 2016).

Equatorial Guinea’s entry into OPEC provides a new framework for cooperation on this and future energy innovations.

H.E. Gabriel M. Obiang Lima and NJ Ayuk will be keynote speakers at the Africa Oil & Power conference on June 5-7 in Cape Town.  Mr Ayuk will as well launch his new book, Big Barrels: African Oil & Gas and the Quest for Prosperity at this event.

Niki Heat’s Audrey Monkam Crowned Miss Beach 2017

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Niki Heat's Audrey Monkam Crowned Miss Beach 2017

Niki Heat Model Audrey Monkam Crowned Miss Beach 2017. Cameroon’s leading modeling agency Niki Heat Model Management is pleased to announce that the crown of Miss Beach 2017 belongs to one of theirs.

Top model Audrey Monkam won the 9th edition of the pageant competition this 27th of May 2017 in Limbe after beating out a field of 25 finalists. Another Niki Heat Model Adama Ruth finished third making this a very successful contest for the agency.

Audrey Monkam

Audrey Monkam, the Beauty and the Brain

Organised by Seme Hotel and Spa, Miss Beach is a yearly event aimed at empowering young ladies through the promotion of tourism and culture in Cameroon. Audrey was the first runner-up at last year’s Miss Arts & Culture and saw her hard work and relentlessness payoff this year.

The agency had four models among the finalists and they all made it into the Top 10. In addition to Audrey and Adama were Njende Augustina aka Spice and Jessica Njong. We’re very proud of Audrey and Adama for the achievement and are thrilled to accompany them as they discharge their duties as Miss Beach winners and representatives of Seme Hotel and Spa” said Wilson Nyah, Niki Heat’s CEO. “My appreciation goes to all those who helped me with this contest because your support counted so much,” said Audrey Monkam.

Audrey Monkam

Audrey Monkam, the Beauty and the Brain

“Special thanks go to our artistic director Fredylicieux Manyongo, our choreographer, and Seme Hotel”. The agency is planning a Beach Party in Limbe to celebrate. Details to follow. About Niki Heat Model Management (NHMM) NHMM is Cameroon’s premier model management agency and represents leading models in Douala, Yaoundé, Buea, and Bamenda.

Its models appear on magazine covers, runway shows, photographer portfolios, television commercials, serve as video vixens and compete in national and international pageants. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Niki Heat, a Cameroonian lifestyle brand which provides fashion design and professional makeup services.

Founded in 2015 by US-based entrepreneurs, Niki Heat is a pioneer in professionalised advertising content: skilled models, trend-setting fashion topped off with awe-inspiring makeup artistry. For more information, please visit www.nikiheat.com or www.nikiheatmodeling.com and follow @NikiHeatModels

For more information, please visit www.nikiheat.com or www.nikiheatmodeling.com and follow @NikiHeatModels

Crazyvity: How To Grow Your Income Through Crazy Ideas

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What is Crazyvity?

Crazyvity is a thrilling book on how to grow your income through crazy ideas. The author, Nkwain Carlson, explains the creative process, using examples from successful African Entrepreneurs. Practically, Crazyvity guides students, entrepreneurs and chancrazyvityge-makers on how to:
– Become more creative
– Successfully implement innovations
– Disrupt the world.

The book will be launched in July 2017 in Douala, Buea and Bamenda (More info carlsonnkwain@gmail.com  or +237674390116)

 

Why the book Crazyvity?

Cameroon, like most African nations, is struggling to become a hotspot of innovation. Young people are spearheading this march towards novelty, towards change. And if you happen to look at the GII –  Global Innovation Index ( the leading reference on innovation) –  you’ll agree that innovation is a KEY DRIVER OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. The GII demonstrates that innovation = economic progress.  And no innovation = destitution. Can you guess where Cameroon stands in the GII?  In 2016, we were ranked 118th out of 128 countries (down from 110th position the previous year). We are at the bottom of the table. This is a clear sign that Cameroon SHOULD invest in innovation.

Crazyvity is a blueprint to Youth Innovation in Africa. More than a mere book, it guides the reader through the creative process based on the success stories of oustanding African Youth Innovators like Vanessa Zommi (Afya Tea), Alain Nteff (GiftedMom), Pamela Happi (The Miss P Show) and the Elephant, Mambe Churchill Nanje (Njorku) who have started and are running successful businesses.

Being in business is about meeting the needs and solving the problems of customers. These needs  arise as a result of certain problems. These needs evolve with time. If there is only one business aspect that can help keep up with changes in the world, it would be Creativity ( or crazyvity, as I call it).

crazyvityCrazyvity aims at equipping students, entrepreneurs and change makers with the skills they need to keep up with the rapid changes of today’s economy in starting and running businesses. The book nurtures and builds your creative confidence. You dream, you create your dream and then you innovate your dream to be a sustainable dream. You innovate or you evaporate.

What should the Readers Expect?

Crazyvity is a 7-chapter book which provides it readers with a guide to be more creative: successfully implement innovations and disrupt the world.

Chapters 1 and 2 highlight the importance of creativity in starting and sustaining a business.

Chapter 4 pinpoints the barriers to creativity both at an individual level and an organizational level.

Chapter 5 proposes ways of overcoming these barriers and how to enhance creativity.

Chapter 7 seeks ways of protecting your crazy ideas which are potential business ideas through the use of intellectual property. It also proposes ways of protecting your ideas from theft while collaborating with people in the development of a business initiative.

How can one get a copy of Crazyvity?

Crazyvity will be launched in July 2017. The Launch will take place in Bamenda on the 8th of July, Douala on the 15th of July and Buea on the 16th of July. A copy of the book would cost 4000 FCFA.crazyvity

For more more information and to stay up-to date with the activities leading to the book launch. Follow Crazyvity on Facebook or contact the author Nkwain Carlson.

Email: carlsonnkwain@gmail.com

Whatsapp: +237674390116

About the Author

Nkwain Carlson is a crazy blogger and philanthropist. He runs a motivation and welfare blog, Nkwain Carlson’s Blog He is founder of Project Ignition Cameroon, a social entrepreneurial initiative that empowers hundreds of Cameroon students against examination anxiety. He does freelance writing and community management for a couple of organizations notably Dr. SEA Initiative, Niki Heat and Afro Hustler. Crazy thing about him: he can eat ten hamburgers a day for one month and not gain a single gram. Yes, he’s slim. Nkwain Carlson: Crazyvity

 

 

African Pentecostalism Considers God the Rewarder of Mediocrity, True?

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African Pentecostalism Consider God the Rewarder of Mediocrity, True?

African Pentecostalism has given birth to a new breed of mentally lazy Christians who see God as a rewarder of mediocrity. Africa is currently experiencing another form of slavery through Pentecostalism, Kay Musondo tells us.

We are now mentally lazy and our ability to reason scientifically has been incapacitated. The write up below highlights African Pentecostalism and gives a vivid reality of the way we think.

The African pastor won’t talk about Usain Bolt or Serena Williams. The African Pastor won’t talk about Steve Jobs or the young people in Silicon Valley reshaping our world.

They won’t talk about young American scientists spending endless hours in search of a cure to a disease that’s predominantly in the Tropical African Region.

The African pastor won’t talk about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Ben Okri. In every corner of the world, there exist young men and women who have defied all odds and become successful through hard work, creativity and dedication….

The African pastor won’t talk about them neither will he ask his members to emulate the spirit of these individuals.

He would rather talk about sister Agatha who got a job she WAS NOT THE MOST QUALIFIED FOR because she prayed and fasted in line with their church programme or brother John a millionaire because he used all his salary as a seed in the church, or Papa Miracle who he laid his hands on and 3 of his children got admission in the university, or Mama Esther paid her tithe and her business started growing everywhere across the nation with no business plan, just boom, everywhere.

This has led to a new breed of mentally lazy young people who now see God as a rewarder of mediocrity.

To the African pastor, the only way to prosper is by paying your tithe and ‘ seeds in the church. So they will never talk about those, who have through hard work and dedication placed themselves on the world map.

No…..the African god only blesses the first 30 people that rush to the altars to drop $100 as seed. The African god abhors hard work and creative thinking, he only gives to those who sow seeds and offerings…..and those who shout “I am a millionaire” every morning and do nothing the rest of the day.

You want the Almighty to come down and help you use the talent He gave you and bless you because you are going to church to shout “Daddy I receive it” you are all jokers.

Can someone tell these jokers that irrespective of your creed, faith or religion, blessings and favours follow you once you start using your talent and become useful to your society “ The Bible tells the story of the talents.

Use it. The blessing is already bestowed upon us. When we use it positively, we ask the Lord to bless it. The Bible says His Grace is sufficient for us.

The Western world and Asians are excelling and dominating the world. Let no [“man of god”] manipulate our minds while they jollificate in wealth and splendour while our people are mostly in abject poverty.

African Pentecostalism

Be Wise. [..]. Study, work and pray!!!

By Kay Musonda

Also read: You and other African Intellectuals are Damn Lazy, says Walter

Mark Zuckerberg’s Graduation Speech Is So Emotional!

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Mark Zuckerberg's Graduation Speech

The founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg finally made it through Harvard on May 25th, 2017. Mark Zuckerberg’s Graduation Speech is absolutely a touching one narrating how he got to Havard and much more from his Facebook account.

He dropped out from Harvard to pursue his dream and succeeded in establishing the world’s most used social media platform Known as Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg’s Graduation Speech reveals more about his student life at Havard and the need for people to discover their true purpose in life.

After Facebook achieved milestones, Mark made up his mind to get back to the classroom and complete what he left half way. Read Mark Zuckerberg’s Graduation Speech below.


President Faust, Board of Overseers, faculty, alumni, friends, proud parents, members of the ad board, and graduates of the greatest university in the world,

I’m honored to be with you today because let’s face it, you accomplished something I never could. If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard. Class of 2017, congratulations!

I’m an unlikely speaker, not just because I dropped out, but because we’re technically in the same generation. We walked this yard less than a decade apart, studied the same ideas and slept through the same Ec10 lectures. We may have taken different paths to get here, especially if you came all the way from the Quad, but today I want to share what I’ve learned about our generation and the world we’re building together.

But first, the last couple of days have brought back a lot of good memories.

How many of you remember exactly what you were doing when you got that email telling you that you got into Harvard? I was playing Civilization and I ran downstairs, got my dad, and for some reason, his reaction was to video me opening the email. That could have been a really sad video. I swear getting into Harvard is still the thing my parents are most proud of me for.

What about your first lecture at Harvard? Mine was Computer Science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis. I was late so I threw on a t-shirt and didn’t realize until afterwards it was inside out and backwards with my tag sticking out the front. I couldn’t figure out why no one would talk to me — except one guy, KX Jin, he just went with it. We ended up doing our problem sets together, and now he runs a big part of Facebook. And that, Class of 2017, is why you should be nice to people.

But my best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to “see me”. Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all-time romantic lines, I said: “I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.”

Actually, any of you graduating can use that line.

I didn’t end up getting kicked out — I did that to myself. Priscilla and I started dating. And, you know, that movie made it seem like Facemash was so important to creating Facebook. It wasn’t. But without Facemash I wouldn’t have met Priscilla, and she’s the most important person in my life, so you could say it was the most important thing I built in my time here.

We’ve all started lifelong friendships here, and some of us even families. That’s why I’m so grateful to this place. Thanks, Harvard.

Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

One of my favorite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: “Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon”.

Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.

You’re graduating at a time when this is especially important. When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed and are trying to fill a void.

As I’ve traveled around, I’ve sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do, an after school program or somewhere to go. I’ve met factory workers who know their old jobs aren’t coming back and are trying to find their place.

To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs but create a renewed sense of purpose.

I remember the night I launched Facebook from my little dorm in Kirkland House. I went to Noch’s with my friend KX. I remember telling him I was excited to connect the Harvard community, but one day someone would connect the whole world.

The thing is, it never even occurred to me that someone might be us. We were just college kids. We didn’t know anything about that. There were all these big technology companies with resources. I just assumed one of them would do it. But this idea was so clear to us — that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day.

I know a lot of you will have your own stories just like this. A change in the world that seems so clear you’re sure someone else will do it. But they won’t. You will.

But it’s not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others.

I found that out the hard way. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact. And as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that’s what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we’d build.

A couple years in, some big companies wanted to buy us. I didn’t want to sell. I wanted to see if we could connect more people. We were building the first News Feed, and I thought if we could just launch this, it could change how we learn about the world.

Nearly everyone else wanted to sell. Without a sense of higher purpose, this was the startup dream come true. It tore our company apart. After one tense argument, an advisor told me if I didn’t agree to sell, I would regret the decision for the rest of my life. Relationships were so frayed that within a year or so every single person on the management team was gone.

That was my hardest time leading Facebook. I believed in what we were doing, but I felt alone. And worse, it was my fault. I wondered if I was just wrong, an imposter, a 22 year-old kid who had no idea how the world worked.

Now, years later, I understand that is how things work with no sense of higher purpose. It’s up to us to create it so we can all keep moving forward together.

Today I want to talk about three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on big meaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world.

First, let’s take on big meaningful projects.

Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks. But we have the potential to do so much more together.

Every generation has its defining works. More than 300,000 people worked to put a man on the moon – including that janitor. Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio. Millions of more people built the Hoover dam and other great projects.

These projects didn’t just provide a purpose for the people doing those jobs, they gave our whole country a sense of pride that we could do great things.

Now it’s our turn to do great things. I know, you’re probably thinking: I don’t know how to build a dam, or get a million people involved in anything.

But let me tell you a secret: no one does when they begin. Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started.

If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook.

Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That’s not a thing.

It’s good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, even if you end up right. Anyone working on a complex problem will get blamed for not fully understanding the challenge, even though it’s impossible to know everything upfront. Anyone taking initiative will get criticized for moving too fast, because there’s always someone who wants to slow you down.

In our society, we often don’t do big things because we’re so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing. The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future. But that can’t keep us from starting.

So what are we waiting for? It’s time for our generation-defining public works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? Today we spend 50x more treating people who are sick than we spend finding cures so people don’t get sick in the first place. That makes no sense. We can fix this. How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn?

These achievements are within our reach. Let’s do them all in a way that gives everyone in our society a role. Let’s do big things, not only to create progress, but to create purpose.

So taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.

Many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers. Now we’re all entrepreneurial, whether we’re starting projects or finding or role. And that’s great. Our culture of entrepreneurship is how we create so much progress.

Now, an entrepreneurial culture thrives when it’s easy to try lots of new ideas. Facebook wasn’t the first thing I built. I also built games, chat systems, study tools and music players. I’m not alone. JK Rowling got rejected 12 times before publishing Harry Potter. Even Beyonce had to make hundreds of songs to get Halo. The greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail.

But today, we have a level of wealth inequality that hurts everyone. When you don’t have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise, we all lose. Right now our society is way over-indexed on rewarding success and we don’t do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take lots of shots.

Let’s face it. There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.

Look, I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and I don’t know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they might not make enough money. But I know lots of people who haven’t pursued dreams because they didn’t have a cushion to fall back on if they failed.

We all know we don’t succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn’t know I’d be fine if Facebook didn’t work out, I wouldn’t be standing here today. If we’re honest, we all know how much luck we’ve had.

Every generation expands its definition of equality. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. They had the New Deal and Great Society. Now it’s our time to define a new social contract for our generation.

We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. We’re going to change jobs many times, so we need affordable childcare to get to work and healthcare that aren’t tied to one company. We’re all going to make mistakes, so we need a society that focuses less on locking us up or stigmatizing us. And as technology keeps changing, we need to focus more on continuous education throughout our lives.

And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn’t free. People like me should pay for it. Many of you will do well and you should too.

That’s why Priscilla and I started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed our wealth to promoting equal opportunity. These are the values of our generation. It was never a question of if we were going to do this. The only question was when.

Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity.

But it’s not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week — that’s all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential.

Maybe you think that’s too much time. I used to. When Priscilla graduated from Harvard she became a teacher, and before she’d do education work with me, she told me I needed to teach a class. I complained: “Well, I’m kind of busy. I’m running this company.” But she insisted, so I taught a middle school program on entrepreneurship at the local Boys and Girls Club.

I taught them lessons on product development and marketing, and they taught me what it’s like feeling targeted for your race and having a family member in prison. I shared stories from my time in school, and they shared their hope of one day going to college too. For five years now, I’ve been having dinner with those kids every month. One of them threw me and Priscilla our first baby shower. And next year they’re going to college. Every one of them. First in their families.

We can all make time to give someone a hand. Let’s give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we’re all better for it.

Purpose doesn’t only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says “everyone”, we mean everyone in the world.

Quick show of hands: how many of you are from another country? Now, how many of you are friends with one of these folks? Now we’re talking. We have grown up connected.

In a survey asking millennials around the world what defines our identity, the most popular answer wasn’t nationality, religion or ethnicity, it was “citizen of the world”. That’s a big deal.

Every generation expands the circle of people we consider “one of us”. For us, it now encompasses the entire world.

We understand the great arc of human history bends towards people coming together in ever greater numbers — from tribes to cities to nations — to achieve things we couldn’t on our own.

We get that our greatest opportunities are now global — we can be the generation that ends poverty, that ends disease. We get that our greatest challenges need global responses too — no country can fight climate change alone or prevent pandemics. Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.

But we live in an unstable time. There are people left behind by globalization across the world. It’s hard to care about people in other places if we don’t feel good about our lives here at home. There’s pressure to turn inwards.

This is the struggle of our time. The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade and immigration against those who would slow them down. This is not a battle of nations, it’s a battle of ideas. There are people in every country for global connection and good people against it.

This isn’t going to be decided at the UN either. It’s going to happen at the local level, when enough of us feel a sense of purpose and stability in our own lives that we can open up and start caring about everyone. The best way to do that is to start building local communities right now.

We all get meaning from our communities. Whether our communities are houses or sports teams, churches or music groups, they give us that sense we are part of something bigger, that we are not alone; they give us the strength to expand our horizons.

That’s why it’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter. That’s a lot of people who now need to find purpose somewhere else.

But I know we can rebuild our communities and start new ones because many of you already are.

I met Agnes Igoye, who’s graduating today. Where are you, Agnes? She spent her childhood navigating conflict zones in Uganda, and now she trains thousands of law enforcement officers to keep communities safe.

I met Kayla Oakley and Niha Jain, graduating today, too. Stand up. Kayla and Niha started a non-profit that connects people suffering from illnesses with people in their communities willing to help.

I met David Razu Aznar, graduating from the Kennedy School today. David, stand up. He’s a former city councilor who successfully led the battle to make Mexico City the first Latin American city to pass marriage equality — even before San Francisco.

This is my story too. A student in a dorm room, connecting one community at a time, and keeping at it until one day we connect the whole world.

Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this — your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.

Class of 2017, you are graduating into a world that needs purpose. It’s up to you to create it.

Now, you may be thinking: can I really do this?

Remember when I told you about that class I taught at the Boys and Girls Club? One day after class I was talking to them about college, and one of my top students raised his hand and said he wasn’t sure he could go because he’s undocumented. He didn’t know if they’d let him in.

Last year I took him out to breakfast for his birthday. I wanted to get him a present, so I asked him and he started talking about students he saw struggling and said “You know, I’d really just like a book on social justice.”

I was blown away. Here’s a young guy who has every reason to be cynical. He didn’t know if the country he calls home — the only one he’s known — would deny him his dream of going to college. But he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself. He wasn’t even thinking of himself. He has a greater sense of purpose, and he’s going to bring people along with him.

It says something about our current situation that I can’t even say his name because I don’t want to put him at risk. But if a high school senior who doesn’t know what the future holds can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part too.

Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed. It goes:

“May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.”

I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.

Congratulations, Class of ’17! Good luck out there.

I’m sure this one of the most lengthy speeches ever came across, but so inspirational. Mark Zuckerberg’s Graduation Speech really resonates with millennials who assert that degrees are of no use. After everything business, you need skills and qualifications to propel successfully in any venture.

 

 

5 Helpful Tips To Secure The Right Partners For Your Business

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4 Helpful Tips To Secure The Right Partners For Your Business

Having an ally on your side in the form of a strategic partner will benefit your company. It’s absolutely important to decipher who can be the right partners for you, lest you make a mistake which could cost you lots, and may ruin your business.

The business world is treacherous and you have to be wise how you choose your partners. If you get the right strategic partnership or an alliance will give you a competitive advantage and an opportunity to access a broader range of resources and expertise.

There are a few things you should consider before choosing a right partner, which we will be talking about.

  1. How Long you have Known them

A business partnership is like marriage. You need to have known your partner for quite some time (at least a year) before getting into business with him/her. Within this time, you must have studied them enough to know if you can be in business with them. Study their strengths and weaknesses to know if they compliment you.

  1. Be Sure, they Compliment you

Choose a partner who has what you don’t have so you people can be a whole full body. Someone who fills in your gaps. If you’re an introvert, find a partner who is an extrovert and vice versa. Getting someone who has the same strengths as you, will only end up with the same mindset and approach.

  1. What your guts tell you

Choose right partners whom you like and trust. Before choosing a partner, it’s good to go with your guts. Trust your guts. If you don’t like them or feel they can’t make a great partner then don’t go on with it.

  1. Get on the same page up front.

Form partnerships that are long term and a win-win too. Discuss the terms of the partnership with your partner and clarify whatever needs to be clarified. Also, make sure you discuss the core values of the business.

  1. Your Partner Should be Better than you

When it comes to partnerships, the mathematical ideology of one plus one equals two, doesn’t play well. One plus one has to equal three. That’s where synergy comes in.  There must be synergy. A partnership must be more than the sum of its parts; otherwise, you’d just as well outsource different parts of your business.

To achieve unprecedented feats in business, sustainable partnerships must be built by choosing the right partners. A majority of successful businesses are built on partnerships. Sony Electronics partnered with Ericson to come forth with a magnificent cell phone known as SonyEricson.

Don’t feel threatened by your partner’s skill. Get past that to achieve a grander vision. “The Father of Advertising”, David Ogilvy said you should hire people smarter than you.

I hope this piece will encourage you to establish substantial partnerships. Remember your skill plus your partner’s skills will always put your business on a competitive edge.

Also read: 4 Seamless Secretes to Build an Innovative Business in Cameroon

4 Seamless Secretes to Build an Innovative Business in Cameroon

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4 Seamless Secretes to Build an Innovative Business in Cameroon

Conceiving and implementing an innovative idea to make your business groundbreaking could be challenging.The thing is, being innovative in business gives your business an edge compared to others. Building a novel business is paramount.

Being an entrepreneur is no easy task with so many ups and downs at every stage in the game that can really get you mentally exhausted.

That’s why understanding how to remain innovative at all times is important. Learning these tricks to help you get through the tough times is essential.

I’ve put together some amazing go-to strategies that will help you make a state-of-the-art business and outsmart the competition.

Learning from Failure

Many business people see failure as a drawback, and each time they face failure in business they either quit or just close up from taking any risk.

Failure is an incredible learning tool, it steers you in the right direction as a business person. Thomas Edison put it well when he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

LAYE Mbunkur a formidable business guru in Buea, ventured into 9 different businesses and failed in all but didn’t give up, now he has a flourishing business helping other businesses grow with his Small Business Support Center initiative.

Building Creative Confidence

If you’re not confident your innovative idea will die at the level of inception. It takes courage and a great deal of confidence to convey an innovative idea to transform the status quo of a business.

At a time when event business was a rare find, G.M Ashu-Arrey a seasoned social entrepreneur and founder of I Spaces took a confident leap to start an event business from scratch to one of the biggest event firms in Buea. If Ashu wasn’t confident he couldn’t have realised his event company.

As an entrepreneur, you need to build confidence to step out and face new challenges and create new innovative ideas in your business.

Optimism

All business people need to remain positive in all conditions. Optimism makes you more creative, encouraging you to push on when we hit dead ends. Optimism is amongst those factors that will push you through to implement and realise that innovative idea of yours.

If it wasn’t for optimism Africa wouldn’t have had  Njorku.com created by Mambe Churchill. Njorku is a job search engine that helps African youths get jobs. The job search engine is an absolute innovative idea which came into being as a result of great optimism.  In business approaching a problem with optimism infuses you with the right energy to search for innovative solutions.

The job search engine is an absolute innovative idea which came into being as a result of great optimism.  In business approaching a problem with optimism infuses you with the right energy to search for innovative solutions.

 

Empathy

Empathy has that ability to trigger innovative ideas. Yes, it does! I am convinced that by sharing someone else’s feelings and experience may orchestrate you to devise an innovative idea to solve the problems they encountered to prevent others from falling into the same trap.

I will narrate a short story how empathy evoked an innovative and transformational idea to change the community of Mile 16 Bolifamba Buea by Royalty.

The CEO of Royalty discovered that the community of Mile 16 has serious issues of concern – girls dropping out from school at a very tender age, early pregnancy affects the life of the girl child and low level of illiteracy.

Ngum Doris is bringing transformation to lives in the Mile 16 community because she has taken the time to live and interact with the people, hence has firsthand experience of their problem. She is striving to change the look of things in this community with her Royalty project which is funded by reputable international bodies.

Meeting the needs of your customer as a business person is very crucial. Empathy can give you an upper hand to meet their particular need in the most relevant way.

The 4 above elements are good to help you build an innovative business or make your existing business more innovative. Remember as an entrepreneur, you should think out of the box. Innovative thinking can help you to outsmart competitors and stay on the competitive edge.

Mr Leo Extends Love to the Prisoners of the Buea Central Prison

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Mr Leo

Mr. Leo, Cameroon’s leading afro-pop sensation together with his alphabet records cohorts made a charity visit on Friday 19, April 2017 to the Buea central prison to extend love and share humble gifts with inmates.

According to Leonard Fonyuy, popularly known as Mr. Leo, the visit to the prison was a way of giving back to the community which he stems from. The intention of the gesture was to make the prisoners understand they are not rejected by the society and to make them feel loved.

”Nothing feels better. This is where I grew up. This is my Home. Buea Central Prison, Wardar’s barracks. This day I spent with them is one I won’t forget. Always wanted to do this, but I have always hesitated because I thought I needed to bring so much until I told myself you don’t need to have the world to be able to give back,” Mr. Leo wrote on his Facebook page

                                Handshakes between Team Mr. Leo and the Prison officials

The event that was put together by Cliq Empire began with a football match between team Mr. Leo and the inmates. Unfortunate for Leo his team was defeated 2 goals to 6.

The superintendent in charge of the Buea Central prison Joel Pombouo Fopa was moved by the gestures of these young minds. He appreciated the leaders of Alphabeta records for the initiative and urged them to organise more visits to the prison.

                                    Mr Leo performing at the Buea Central Prison

Salatiel, the figurehead at Alphabeta record made a remarkable statement that triggered hope in the minds of the inmates. ”Life does not end at the prison,” Salatiel said.

                      Mr. Leo, Salatiel and Blaise B thrilling the Crowd at the Buea Central Prison

An incredible performance by Alphabeta records (Mr. Leo, Blaise B and Salatiel) thrilled the crowd with their hit songs “E go better”, “Clando”, “Eposi”, “Fap kolo”, amongst others. It was indeed a day never remember to be forgotten the inmates.

Charity always begins at home. As Mr. Leo clearly stated that he grew up in the warder’s barrack and thinking about this close community of inmates was imperative. They collectively handed some gifts to the prisoners to encourage them and make them feel loved.

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Mbinkar Fomunyuy Invents a new “Mbinkar’s Customer Success Model”

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Mbinkar Fomunyuy on Cameroonian Businesses and Customer Service

Mbinkar Fomunyuy is Customer Service Consultant & Master Trainer. CCSP, AMABE, MBA. He is the CEO at Institute of Customer Service Cameroon and Cameroon’s Country Representative for American Certification Institute (ACI), USA.

Today, Mbinkar will share with us his latest invention, a Customer Experience Solution christened

Mbinkar’s Customer Success Model

Mbinkar's Customer Success Model

There are many different ways of implementing customer experience solutions. Many theories on loyalty, churn, and different aspects of the customer journey, but CEOs and Heads of Customer Service Units still cannot have a clearly defined step by step procedure of implementing and achieving customer success.

The institute of Customer Service Cameroon has developed a unique model that permits to achieve customer success in any organization. This model stands on three pillars:

  1. Detect: Customer Experience Audit
  2. Correct: Customer Success training
  3. Control: Customer Feedback Systems

This model defines a path through the different periods of the customer Journey. Contrary to existing ways of handling customers, this model integrates both the Internal Customer (Employees) and the External Customers and creates a unique path to achieving customer Success.

Management needs to start with performing a Customer Service Audit: This should preferably be done by a third party firm.

This Audit in itself has different aspects, looking at all contact points the customers have with the company (Touchpoints), reviewing the procedures and operations ( Processes) as well as looking into the working environment which usually has very little things which could have a very negative effect on the client (Coffee stains).

One key tool that should be used in this process is a Customer Experience Psychometric test and the ICS Audit checklist. This audit will reveal a lot of information that will enable the second phase.

Once an effective customer Experience Audit has been made, a training needs assessment can be done and a training done to onboard the internal customers (employees). This second phase requires the active involvement of the HR teams.

The training must be able to cover 3 main parts: handling service attitude, mastering how to use positive language towards customers and how to handle difficult customers.

The ICS Training manual would be a vital tool. Also, the issues relative to employee satisfaction are handled at this level. Once the team has been set on the right attitude, it will be time to collect feedback.

Also read: Mbinkar Formunyuy on Cameroonian Businesses and Customer Service

Management must note that investments on the third phase would depend on the size of the firm, the complexity of current customer experience issues (as demonstrated in the Audit) and sector of activity.

Control will involve starting a new journey for all new clients through the 90 days onboarding, continues feedback through the NPS (Net promoter score, moderated to cultural differences), and use of data analytics (for companies capable of obtaining the technology) or a CRM (Customer relationship management system).

It can thus clearly be seen that Customer Success requires an active involvement of all executives from CEO, through HR department, down to Customer Service and marketing departments. Achieving Customer success is not an accidental result.

It is a well calculated, well planned and carefully implemented strategy. It requires an active investment into building a positive customer-centric culture in the organization.

Today we talk of customer Success, mastering the customer entirely and accompanying them throughout their consumption journey. It requires the input of experts if the company does not have the technical know-how to manage the project.

All products can be replicated, but a winning customer centric team is difficult to replicate. We are launching a new era, one in which the customer becomes the physical part of the company’s brand.

If you want to implement the Mbinkar’s Customer Success Model in your company, contact him at

Tel: +237677144395

Email: fmbinkar@icscameroon.com

Elvis Nche Ndeh Extends Dakwas Entertainment S.A to Cameroon

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Elvis Nche Ndeh Extends Dakwas Entertainment S.A to Cameroon

Elvis Nche Ndeh CEO and Founder of Dakwas Entertainment South Africa is officially extending operations to Cameroon. The destination is Buea.

As a simple Cameroonian and an ardent lover of music, Elvis Nche (the boss himself) seeks to amplify the music and entertainment ecosystem in Cameroon, with Dakwas entertainment.

Dakwas is a South African based music label that focuses on music production, promotion, and marketing of entertainment content. This brand has got experienced personnel in the likes of marketers, producers, artists and sound engineers with international experience.

“I founded Dakwas Entertainment because of my passion for music and entertainment. My primary drive is to discover, build, and expose talents. Basically, Dakwas is a platform that encourages and promotes young talents,” said Elvis.

“I decided to extend the brand dakwas label to Cameroon and precisely Buea because I have always thought home and seen how our Cameroonian artists in the likes of Mr Leo, Salatiel, Daphne et al are making it big. it’s a clear indication that Cameroon is worth it”.

“More importantly, it has always been my dream to promote music and talent in my home town. I chose Buea in respect to of the array of talents, its hospitality and calmness too. Moreover, I love the tech and fashion scenes in this melting pot of culture”.

Dakwas entertainment has signed Snazzy Shikena and Fadyldj to kick off its game in the Cameroonian industry. However,  Makizar, Jipps Way, Draft killer and Denise are also signed to this label but are based in South Africa.

Dakwas is currently working on a project to establish a professional recording studio. The company will import the best quality studio equipment as well as train sound engineers to use the equipment to produce standard music that can compete internationally.

“I have noticed that our music industry has evoked international attention. This entails THAT we do more to keep abreast with international standards. One of the major problems noticed is lack of marketers and music promotion. Fortunately, Dakwas will put in place strategies to push music content to the international market.”

Dakwas entertainment will improve the quality of music Cameroonian artists push out. It’s going to scout for young talents and nurture them. These and much more will put it as the top record label in the Cameroonian music industry.

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