Nimi Akinkugbe : Because Money Matters Part 1

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Nimi Akinkugbe is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bestman Games Ltd, a leading African games company and the African distributor of customized Hasbro games including the world famous Monopoly Boardgame. Prior to this she enjoyed a successful banking career spanning 23 years first at Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc where she rose to the position of General Manager and Head, Private Banking and Director Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd. Subsequently she joined Barclays Bank Plc as Regional Director (West Africa) for the Wealth & Investment Management Division and Chief Country Officer for Nigeria. Achieving financial security ranks as a […]

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Helping your children set goals

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  Last week my 13 year old showed me a list he had drawn up of things he planned to achieve this term. I was impressed as I had not prompted it and it was a sign that he knew what he wanted…they were his goals not mine. What impressed me with his list of goals was that he had also written some of the ways he intended to achieve them and as a Mum I intend to encourage him and hold him accountable. Anyway it got me thinking about ways we can encourage our children to set goals without […]

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Janine Udogu – Bridging Cultures through language and love

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Janine Udogu is a Swiss national married to a Nigerian man. While inter-racial marriages are not new what struck me about Janine is her love for her husband’s culture and how she has integrated so seamlessly. This love for her husband and his culture inspired her to learn Igbo language which is no mean feat as well other aspects of the Igbo culture. From this mother of three one can learn that doggedness and determination will always yield fruit and that true love had no boundaries. Read and be inspired. Janine please tell us about yourself, how you grew up and your […]

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Happy New Year! Have you set your goals for 2018?

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Setting goals is an activity that has become synonymous with the New Year, but in reality we should set goals year round. Well-defined goals are imperative as they help us focus our energy in the right direction. If for any reason you didn’t  set any goals for 2017 or were not able to achieve all that you set don’t despair – there’s always time to set new ones. Besides, like a friend says plans are like scripts which can guide but shouldn’t be too rigid that they can never be adjusted. While I can’t say I have been able to achieve every goal I set […]

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Rejection; 5 Ways to Make the Most of it!

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Saying “no” may not be easy but hearing “no” is even tougher. When setting goals one  challenge people face is rejection. It can be pretty tough when your goals are dependent on someone else saying “yes”, however rejection is part of life and rather than allow it deter you it can be a moment to reassess and re-strategise  ways to achieving your goal. For example, you may be an aspiring author and the big book publishers have rejected your manuscript,  rather than give up sit down and ask your self why and keep it at it, you may decide to up your skills […]

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Learning to Say NO!

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Anyone who is serious about accomplishing goals needs to be very firm and know when to say No! When you realise you are not “jollof rice” and can not do everything everyone wants you to do you have more time to deal with what’s really important. Now noone is saying you should never say “yes” 🙂  but you really need to learn how to pioritise and when its necessary to say a nice “no”. This is something I am glad I learnt and it has helped me immensely. Here’s something I wrote for BellaNaija last year on the importance of […]

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How I lost almost 50kg – Bukky Lawal

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Its a new day and time to set new goals and achieve them. One lady who knows a bit about acheiving set goals is Bukky Lawal. She started out at 104 kg and today she is 58kg! Read on as she shares her story:  I grew up being the chubbiest of  four children and  I was  the one who loved food the most  ( still do). Growing up, ours was the “average family” of Nigeria of those days, we were comfortable and so food was not a problem. Life was good at least as far as food was concerned and […]

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