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M A G A Z I N E<br />

<strong>APRIL</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />






Buhari,<br />

Tinubu &<br />

Nigeria's<br />

Money<br />

AI Chatbots:<br />

The Future<br />

of Customer<br />

Service or a<br />

Conversational<br />

Cul-de-Sac<br />

<strong>2024</strong> US<br />






Dr. Peter Ogudoro:<br />

Robust Advocacy to<br />

Replace Rote-Learning<br />

with Cutting Edge Education<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD):<br />



Contents<br />

April <strong>2024</strong><br />

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EDITOR<br />









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COVER<br />

10 H. TOMI DAVIES (TD):<br />

Building Startups For Africa’s<br />

Development<br />


4 As Inflation Reaches 31.7%,<br />

Government Urged to<br />

Address Insecurity<br />

& Other Stories<br />


22 Dr. Peter Ogudoro: Robust<br />

Advocacy to Replace Rote-<br />

Learning with Open-minded,<br />

Cutting Edge, Democratised<br />

Education<br />


30 Buhari, Tinubu & Nigeria's<br />

Money<br />

32 Food Crisis: Nigerians Should<br />

Seek New Ways to Boost<br />

Agriculture<br />

36 <strong>2024</strong> US Elections<br />

38 How Nigeria's Economy<br />

Affects Families<br />

42 Military Ethics and Nigerian<br />

Citizens<br />

44 World Health Day: Can<br />

Nigeria Become A Medical<br />

Tourism Hub?<br />

48 Parliamentary System or<br />

Restructuring<br />


50 You Too Can Overcome<br />

Addiction! & other stories<br />


56 4 Ways to Ensure High ROI in<br />

Real Estate<br />


60 What Does Honesty Meant to<br />

You?<br />


62 Economic Hardship Hits

Niger Amid Ramadan...& other<br />

stories...<br />

GLOBAL NEWS...<br />

62 United Airlines Plane Loses<br />

Exterior Panel Mid-Flight<br />

& other stories...<br />


64 AI Today & Tomorrow - AI<br />

Chatbots.<br />

66 Alternative Medicine -<br />

Getting Rid of Intestinal<br />

Parasites<br />

68 Autism Awareness Day<br />

70 ARTS & THE MASTERS -<br />

Richard Serras $2 Million<br />

Masterpiece Steals the Show<br />

at Frieze Los Angeles <strong>2024</strong>.<br />


72 Take a Cruise<br />

From The Editor<br />



Revolutionising Payments in<br />

Africa<br />

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It's April! A confirmation that we're in<br />

the second quarter of <strong>2024</strong>! Have you<br />

done your own Q1 self appraisal? It<br />

could determine what and how you do<br />

things for the rest of the year.<br />

While you ponder on that, we're<br />

pleased to present Harry Olatomi<br />

Davies, more popularly known as 'Tomi<br />

Davies (TD), the influential and versatile<br />

'Africa's Top Angel' who's working<br />

assiduously with other investor-angels<br />

to maximise the capacity of young,<br />

innovative African entrepreneurs in<br />

order to change the decades' long<br />

narrative of Africa's ultra-dependence<br />

on foreign aid, products and services.<br />

'Tomi Davies and his colleague angelinvestors<br />

are ensuring that start-ups<br />

aren't bugged down by financial and<br />

structural constraints.<br />

In another breath, the lessons TD<br />

learnt from his late father, Chief H. O.<br />

Davies, a pre-Independence nationalist,<br />

stand out as key points of our chat with<br />

him. You have to read it up!<br />

Still on the subject of giving fillip<br />

to youth empowerment, we got Dr.<br />

Peter Ogudoro for this edition's "CEO<br />

Interview". For over three decades,<br />

Ogudoro has engaged in robust<br />

advocacy to replace rote-learning<br />

with open-minded, cutting edge,<br />

democratised education. His story<br />

shows that whether one is born with a<br />

silver spoon in one's mouth or not, good<br />

success is possible with revolutionised<br />

teaching methodologies from the<br />

primary level and onwards.<br />

As always, we have objective<br />

analysis of how policies of government<br />

and global or national developments<br />

affect us. One of such is the manner<br />

of unprecedented economic malaise<br />

wheeled-in by the last administration<br />

in Nigeria. It is captured in Dr. Chido<br />

Nwangwu's "Buhari, Tinubu and Nigeria’s<br />

Money". You should read it.<br />

Dave Baro-Thomas asks relevant<br />

questions in "Parliamentary System<br />

or Restructuring: A Country at Self-<br />

Inflicted Crossroad" just as Chief<br />

Victor Olenwunne's "Military Ethics and<br />

Nigerian Citizens" does.<br />

Dr. Harry Choms, our Contributing<br />

Editor, and Senior Correspondents -<br />

Damian Ikenna Ngere, Adebayo Afolabi<br />

and Tolu Akinruli - have various pieces<br />

you want to explore. Let's get going!<br />

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NIGERIA:<br />

BITS & BOBS<br />

By Ikenna Ngere<br />


difficulties caused by the high<br />

price of the product. The House<br />

resolution followed the passage<br />

of a motion titled "Arbitrary<br />

Increase in the Price of Cement<br />

by Manufacturers of Cement in<br />

Nigeria" on Wednesday, March<br />

13 during plenary. The motion<br />

was proposed by Mr. Gaza<br />

Gbefwi, the representative for<br />

the Karu/Keffi/Kokona Federal<br />

Constituency in Nasarawa State,<br />

and Mr. Ademorin Kuye, the<br />

representative for the Shomolu<br />

Federal Constituency in Lagos<br />

State.<br />

• As Inflation Reaches<br />

31.7%, Government<br />

Urged to Address<br />

Insecurity<br />

In order to control the country's<br />

rapidly rising inflation, economists<br />

have advised the government<br />

to address issues brought on<br />

by high energy costs, insecurity,<br />

which has slowed down food<br />

production, and foreign exchange<br />

volatility. The country's inflation<br />

rate increased to 31.7 per cent<br />

in February from 29.9 per cent<br />

in January <strong>2024</strong>, according<br />

to the most recent Consumer<br />

Price Index and Inflation Report<br />

released by the National Bureau<br />

of Statistics on Friday, March 15..<br />

• Reps Summon<br />

Dangote, BUA, Others<br />

Over Cement Price Hike<br />

The House of Representatives<br />

has decided to call cement<br />

manufacturers, such as BUA<br />

and Dangote Cement, to<br />

testify before them so that they<br />

can discuss solutions for the<br />

• CBN Initiates N100bn<br />

Fertiliser Programme<br />

to Enhance Agricultural<br />

Productivity<br />

To increase food production<br />

around the country, the Federal<br />

Ministry of Agriculture and Food<br />

Security received N100 billion worth<br />

of fertilisers from the Central Bank<br />

of Nigeria on Wednesday, March<br />

13. At the FMAFS headquarters in<br />

Abuja, CBN Governor Olayemi<br />

Cardoso, gave the Minister of<br />

Agriculture and Food Security,<br />

Abubakar Kyari, the 2.15 million<br />

bags of fertilisers. During the<br />

handover ceremony, Cardoso<br />

emphasised that maintaining<br />

price stability was a primary duty<br />

of CBN, and that the cost of food<br />

was a significant factor in inflation.<br />

This is because food and nonalcoholic<br />

beverages account for<br />

a sizeable amount of household<br />

spending in Nigeria, the head of<br />

CBN said.<br />

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•Senator Abdul Ningi<br />

• ACF Slams Senate<br />

for Suspending Ningi<br />

Over Budget Padding<br />

Controversy<br />

The Arewa Consultative Forum, a<br />

pan-northern socio-political body,<br />

criticised Senator Abdul Ningi's<br />

suspension on Saturday, March 16<br />

due to the Senate's purported N3.7<br />

trillion budget padding for <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

The accusation that led to Ningi's<br />

three-month suspension was<br />

made by him during an interview,<br />

which the Senate later determined<br />

to be baseless.<br />

The pan-northern organisation<br />

expressed sadness, nevertheless,<br />

and stated that the Red Chamber<br />

ought to have permitted an<br />

impartial inquiry into the situation<br />

rather than suspending the<br />

senator who represents Bauchi<br />

North.<br />

In a statement released in<br />

Kaduna, the ACF, represented<br />

by Prof. Tukur-Baba, its National<br />

Publicity Secretary, claimed that<br />

the procedure that led to Ningi's<br />

suspension was hurried and<br />

focused more on the messenger<br />

than the message.<br />

• Benue PDP Presses<br />

Governor Alia for<br />

Transparency on<br />

N44bn Intervention<br />

Funds<br />

The Governor of Benue State, Rev.<br />

Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has been urged<br />

by the Peoples Democratic Party<br />

to account for the N44 billion in<br />

special intervention funding that<br />

he received from the Federal<br />

Government between August<br />

2023 and <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Through its State Publicity<br />

Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom,<br />

the opposition party in the<br />

state made the call in response<br />

to the submission made by<br />

Senator Tilley Gyado, the leader<br />

of the All Progressive Congress<br />

in the state, detailing that the<br />

state had received N44 billion<br />

in intervention funds over the<br />

previous nine months.<br />

•Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia<br />


overall.<br />

He was represented by Johnson<br />

Michael, the company's chief<br />

general manager, at the<br />

Dangote Cement Ibese facility<br />

on Wednesday, March 13. The<br />

beneficiaries received certificates<br />

and empowerment tools worth<br />

N1,000,000 apiece.<br />

• Dangote<br />

• Dangote Champions<br />

Youth Empowerment<br />

in Ogun States’ Leather<br />

Industry<br />

Thirty recipients of the 2023<br />

Community Youth Empowerment<br />

Initiative, which was run in<br />

collaboration with Industrial<br />

Training Fund (ITF) in Ogun State,<br />

received beginning packets for<br />

leather work from Dangote<br />

Cement. Mr. Nawabuddin Azad,<br />

the Director of Dangote Cement<br />

Plc's Ibese facility, reaffirmed<br />

the company's dedication<br />

to youth empowerment and<br />

other programmes that can<br />

improve the socioeconomic<br />

development of both the host<br />

communities and Nigeria<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of Physics<br />

and Education, who works as a<br />

freelance writer. He has interest in<br />

technology, humanity and sports.<br />

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'Africa's Top Angel' Leading<br />

Other Investor-Angels<br />

H. TOMI<br />

DAVIES (TD<br />

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By Diiyi William-West<br />

It is no longer news that Africans have become more passionate about<br />

upturning the narrative that the continent has no hope of rising above<br />

poverty and avoidable dependence on overseas aid. A major front for<br />

turning the tide has also become clearly manifest: African countries<br />

must roll up their sleeves to reasonably exploit their natural and human<br />

resources in order to build up needed external reserves. The nub for<br />

attaining this goal is attracting investors to African start-ups, particularly<br />

angel investors.<br />

A key player in this field is Harry 'Tomi Davies (more widely known as TD).<br />

He is the Collaborator-in-Chief (CiC) at TVC Labs, a technology-enabled<br />

innovation hub in Lagos, Nigeria. Born into the family of one of Nigeria's pre-<br />

Independence nationalist legends, Chief Hezekiah Oladipo Davies, on June<br />

9, 1955, he is also a co-founder of Zeitec, an investment firm that focuses on<br />

venture capital assets in Africa; founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN);<br />

founding President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN); board<br />

member of the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN) and much more.<br />

These strides have earned him the sobriquet "Africa's Top Angel', showing<br />

his passion to see African entrepreneurs get needed knowledge and<br />

empowerment in order to make the continent attain all-round economic<br />

bouyancy at the shortest possible time.<br />

Driven by intellect, innovation, integrity and collaboration, TD passionately<br />

supports Africa's start-up ecosystem. He champions technology as a<br />

catalyst for improving lives and empowering innovative start-ups creating<br />

economic value that generates social impact across the continent. TD<br />

underscores the pivotal role of international support in accelerating the<br />

growth of innovation hubs and business angels which are critical resources<br />

shaping the future of African startups!<br />

One of his 4 books, “The African Project Manager” deepens the inspiring<br />

work he has done in technology and related fields and for which he was<br />

named as one of the “100 Most Influential Africans of 2021” by New African<br />

Magazine. His most recent book, “Investment Worthy Startup: Building<br />

Business Ventures Investors Want to Fund” published in 2023 lays out his<br />

'POEM Framework' as a tool for founders and investors working on techenabled<br />

start-ups in Africa.<br />

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It is noteworthy that TD is also Chairman of Powerstove (renewables) and<br />

Non-Executive Director at MBO Capital (private equity) and sits on the<br />

boards of Big Cabal Media (media and entertainment), Trove (fintech),<br />

Omnibiz (eCommerce) and Laptops4Learning (L4L) Nigeria (edutech<br />

NGO). He also chairs the Innovation Committee of the Lagos State Science,<br />

Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC).<br />

In this interview, he speaks about his inspiring involvement in several fields<br />

of endeavour in different continents and how the pursuit of excellence can<br />

be a lifestyle. Retelling the story of his personal experience while tackling<br />

the stench of corruption in government circles in Nigeria was clearly a low<br />

point of the interview because of the depravity that came to play in an<br />

attempt to get rid of him!<br />

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Accomplish Magazine:<br />

Let's begin by asking you to, please, introduce yourself to<br />

our readers.<br />

H.Tomi Davies(TD): My name is Tomi Davies. I'm an<br />

angel investor. I'm known as Africa's Top Angel because<br />

I'm the founding President of the Africa Business Angel<br />

Network. I invest in and mentor early-stage African startups.<br />

I am also the Collaborator-in-Chief at TVC Labs, which<br />

is a Lagos-based technology business accelerator that<br />

supports budding African entrepreneurs. In addition, I'm a<br />

speaker and an advisor. I've been told I'm an inspirational<br />

speaker, but my topics are Entrepreneurship, Investing, and<br />

Innovation on the African tech landscape.<br />

I also advise quite a number of tech companies. And<br />

finally, I'm an author. My fourth book was published last<br />

February. It's called "Investment Worthy Startup: Building<br />

Business Ventures Investors Want to Fund.". It's a book<br />

offering practical advice for African entrepreneurs.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Readers would like to know your<br />

academic background, the schools you attended, your<br />

achievements in school and all that.<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): Okay, I started out in a private<br />

school called Corona Schools, Lagos. My first secondary<br />

school was King's College, Lagos. From there, I transited<br />

to St. Gregory's College, Obalende, Lagos and from St.<br />

Gregory's College, I ended up at the University of Miami<br />

where I got a bachelor's degree in Systems Analysis. I did<br />

my post-graduate work in Operations Research - around<br />

Stochastic and Probabilistic Models; calculating the reentry<br />

orbit for the United States space shuttle.<br />

I returned to Nigeria to do my NYSC at Elf Aquitaine,<br />

where we used artificial intelligence for seismic exploration.<br />

The French liked me, I think, a bit much to the point where<br />

I became Head of Data Processing of the new marketing<br />

company, Elf Marketing, in Nigeria. I built the first data<br />

centre for them at 33 Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos.<br />

Then, my dad died (in 1989) and I came back to the United<br />

Kingdom where I was born. I was head-hunted by Marks<br />

& Spencer. At Marks & Spencer, I became the Head of IT<br />

Research, and registered MarksandSpencer.com and I<br />

built the very first Marks & Spencer website. But the M&S<br />

board wouldn't let me sell on it so I wrote them the Clueless<br />

Manifesto and joined Ernst & Young. I built the Ernst &<br />

Young e-commerce practice which did relatively well<br />

because, while I was doing all of that, the .com era came<br />

along and we even created a new company for Ernst &<br />

Young incubator called FutureWealth. We incubated firms<br />

like Egg Banking for Prudential Plc in the UK which was<br />

a response to what was called First Direct at that time.<br />

Unfortunately, while all of this was happening, the Enron<br />

case came to the fore and the audit practice of Ernst &<br />

Young had to sell the management consultancy to which I<br />

belonged.<br />

They sold it to Capgemini but I was not impressed so I<br />

took my team of 10 and we became the strategy practice<br />

for a software engineering company called Sapient. I,<br />

subsequently, recruited the gentleman who is the current<br />

managing director/CEO for Sapient and we eventually<br />

sold Sapient, in 2016, for three and a half billion US dollars<br />

to Publicis Groupe. But while all that was happening at the<br />

turn of the century... Sorry, at Sapient, one of the things we<br />

also did was building direct.gov for the UK government.<br />

I built a opodo.co.uk, a travel site. Because of my<br />

involvement with direct.gov.uk, when the Obasanjo regime<br />

came into power and they asked the UK government for<br />

help, guess who was one of the people transited to Nigeria<br />

to come support the Nigerian government.<br />

I was the person that put in, as a pilot project, the<br />

biometric system, IPPIS, the Integrated Payroll and Personal<br />

Information System. I discovered 20,000 ghost workers in<br />

that system and the civil servants were not amused. They<br />

asked me not to remove them but I did, and I was sent<br />

packing out of Abuja in the most ferocious of ways. I was<br />

actually (brutalised and) had to be rushed to a hospital<br />

because those involved sent people to... And, I was told,<br />

"They said we shouldn't kill you but we don't want you<br />

here..."<br />

The good news is, or the unfortunate news, is that<br />

system has subsequently put quite a few people in<br />

jail - including the last two accountant generals of the<br />

federation - for corrupt practices because IPPIS is what we<br />

call a self-healing system; so, you can make changes to it<br />

but it will be reporting changes you made.<br />

So, I left Abuja, went to East Africa where I helped to<br />

create the African Agriculture Technology Foundation, and<br />

Biosciences for East and Central Africa, amongst a few<br />

other things. Then, I got bored with East Africa because the<br />

food was bland. A friend of mine invited me to join him and<br />

I worked in Accra, Ghana, as a senior vice president for SW<br />

Global, where we built different platforms for the Ghanaian<br />

government, the Nigerian government, and a few others.<br />

We eventually sold that to the Indians and I returned to<br />


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Nigeria as the chief operating officer<br />

for the first data play in the country<br />

which was an off-the-shelf company<br />

called Mobitel. We deployed about<br />

100 base stations and got to about<br />

two and a half million users in Lagos<br />

before the big boys decided that they<br />

didn't want us to play and essentially<br />

took us out.<br />

So that was it for me for corporate.<br />

I decided I'd had enough and started<br />

focusing on my start-ups because,<br />

by then one of my earlier start-ups<br />

called Supa Strikas... (Diiyi, you worked<br />

with us as General Manager. Do you<br />

remember that?)<br />

Interviewer: Yes.<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): Do you<br />

know it now belongs to Disney?<br />

Interviewer: No, I didn't.<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): We sold<br />

it to Moonbug in 2018/19. Then,<br />

Moonbug turned around and sold it to<br />

Disney. So it's now a Disney property.<br />

It's got about three million users on<br />

YouTube. And, it's now in at least<br />

eight different languages, including<br />

Polish. The fact that you can build a<br />

company that Disney buys says it all,<br />

you know, so to speak.<br />

Then, in 2010, 2011, some Kings<br />

College old boys and myself got<br />

together to form what was called<br />

the King's College Lions, sort of like a<br />

dragon's den investment syndicate.<br />

I was also running something called<br />

Mobile Monday. I was doing quite a lot<br />

in the ecosystem. A delegation came<br />

and said, "Guys, you can't be doing<br />

this elitist KC boys' thing only. This<br />

has to be a Lagos thing." So, I agreed<br />

and that's how we created the Lagos<br />

Angel Network in 2012.<br />

We then looked around as we<br />

started to invest, and we couldn't find<br />

any angel network. We found our that<br />

there were only five angel networks<br />

on the African continent! So, in 2015,<br />

we created the Africa Business Angel<br />

Network, courtesy of my big sister,<br />

who at that time was the president of<br />

the European Business Angel Network,<br />

Candice Johnson. She invited all of<br />

us to Helsinki in Finland in 2014 to<br />

say, 'Hey guys, we've got a European<br />

Business Angel Network. Why isn't<br />

there an African one?" And that's<br />

when it was created. So this year will<br />

make it 10 years.<br />

After that happened, I spent 2015<br />

to literally 2020 criss-crossing Africa.<br />

Remember, I told you there were only<br />

five angel networks. Today, we have<br />

over 68 angel networks in 38 African<br />

countries and we have over 2,000<br />

angels on the continent!<br />

We don't only have the Africa<br />

Using technology<br />

for open data,<br />

e-governance and<br />

digital platforms<br />

can promote<br />

transparency and<br />

hold institutions<br />

accountable.<br />

Business Angel Network (A-BAN), we<br />

have the African Angels Academy<br />

that has trained literally hundreds of<br />

business angels across the continent.<br />

We also have the Catalytic<br />

Fund, which is a matching fund that<br />

matches - when an angel investor<br />

from A-BAN invests in a start-up<br />

that's been through a programme<br />

run by an innovation hub that<br />

belongs to Afri Labs, we actually<br />

match their funds as a grant to the<br />

start-ups to accelerate the economic<br />

development of the area. I think I've<br />

probably missed out quite a fair bit,<br />

but that's a thumbnail sketch.<br />

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Accomplish Magazine: Can you<br />

describe the objectives of TVC Labs?<br />

What influenced your decision to set<br />

it up?<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): TVC Labs<br />

actually came out of... It wasn't<br />

an original idea. In 1998, I had the<br />

privilege of meeting Bill Gross. Bill<br />

Gross is... It'd be arrogant of me to say<br />

my American equivalent... Bill Gross<br />

is Bill Gross. He created Idealab**.<br />

And, Idealab is just phenomenal!<br />

And, that's what gave birth to the<br />

concept of TVC Labs. It was helped<br />

along by the late Calestous Juma, a<br />

professor at Massachusetts Institute<br />

of Technology (in the United States),<br />

who helped me flesh out my thinking<br />

of the concept.<br />

TVC Labs, in essence, is an<br />

entrepreneurial support organisation<br />

providing strategic and operational<br />

support to innovative early-stage<br />

African tech-enabled founders and<br />

their start-up ventures through our<br />

syndicate of angels and the TVC Labs<br />

team. Our vision is to sustainably<br />

enable technology-led innovation<br />

and independence for new ideas on<br />

the African continent, especially West<br />

Africa.<br />

The purpose of TVC Labs is to<br />

find, fund and then follow-to-exitinnovative<br />

African founders who are<br />

to build Africa's future together. When<br />

I say to find, I mean: locate, spot,<br />

pinpoint, unearth, detect, stretch out,<br />

crack out, come across, chance on,<br />

happen on, stumble on, encounter,<br />

run across, run into, come upon, any<br />

which way, but to find these amazing<br />

founders.<br />

And, once we found them,<br />

the next thing is to fund them by<br />

supplying expertise, monetary or<br />

other resources for specified events,<br />

activities, or operations. It's dispensemoney<br />

on which the start-up venture<br />

can be supported. And, once we've<br />

found them that money by which<br />

they could use to build and grow,<br />

the next thing is to take an active<br />

interest in supporting them; giving<br />

them guidance and direction as<br />

they build; which is constructing the<br />

structure, assembling and joining<br />

the parts together and making<br />

sure all the strategic areas work in<br />

an innovative way. The whole idea<br />

- and that's why my formal title is<br />

Collaborator-in-Chief - is that we do<br />

this together; that is in combination,<br />

collectively, in companionship and<br />

close association with the founders<br />

and their teams. That's what TVC Labs<br />

is all about.<br />

We actually have some core<br />

values that are non-negotiable, if I<br />

may share.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Yes, please.<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): I call<br />

them the four 'I's and 'C'. It starts with<br />

Intellect. I don't suffer fools gladly,<br />

as you know. We make the abstract<br />

concrete by researching, reviewing,<br />

and assessing to provide insights<br />

that inspire action. We bring talents<br />

together that use critical thinking to<br />

drive change. We partner with the<br />

people we work with to build the<br />

capacity required for sustainable<br />

competitive advantage. That's why<br />

we value intellect.<br />

Innovation is the second 'I'. We're<br />

constantly on the look out for new<br />

ideas, devices, and methods that<br />

can be applied for better solutions<br />

that meet new requirements on<br />

articulated needs or even existing<br />

market needs. Because for me, you've<br />

worked with me... You know, being<br />

good is not good enough. Why? It can<br />

always be better.<br />

The third 'I' is Independence.<br />

Whether required thinking is logical or<br />

creative, being independent thinkers<br />

enable us to increase performance,<br />

productivity, and efficiency.<br />

Independent thinking is the tool I<br />

use to open doors to opportunity for<br />

commercial expression.<br />

The fourth 'I' is Integrity. I strongly<br />

believe Integrity is not just a core<br />

value, but that it is the fabric of every<br />

core value. It is the foundation on<br />

which we build relationships and trust,<br />

and it is a non-negotiable value we<br />

seek to always demonstrate and find<br />

in all people we engage with.<br />

The 'C' is Collaboration. We are a<br />

member of a vibrant, emerging,<br />

evolving ecosystem that requires<br />

knowledge, expertise and financial<br />

exchanges so our successful<br />

participation as those of others<br />

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requires an ability to collaborate<br />

effectively and efficiently to the<br />

benefit of all.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: What<br />

influences how you deal with<br />

leadership or management issues?<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): First<br />

and foremost is, are we having a<br />

discussion? What is the context of<br />

the discussion? Because if I'm looking<br />

at a start-up for investment, I have<br />

a well-drawn out criteria for that.<br />

If I am looking at an employee for<br />

employment, I have well-drawn out<br />

criteria for that. If I'm looking at a<br />

partner for a business opportunity,<br />

there's a totally different set of criteria<br />

for that.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Who are your<br />

leadership and management role<br />

models?<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): Oh, there's<br />

a long laundry list because of my<br />

voracious, and, sometimes - my<br />

wife says - annoying reading habit.<br />

But they go from Warren Buffett<br />

through to Isaac Asimov. I've dove<br />

into things as wide as... I don't know if<br />

you know who Paul McKenna is. But<br />

even Keith Richards, who used to run<br />

Guinness Nigeria Plc. in Lagos, is one<br />

of the people whose style... I loved<br />

his intimate style and approach.<br />

Yeah, there are quite a number of<br />

people on that list with varying levels<br />

of influence on my style. I trust that<br />

helps.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Having<br />

mentioned these names, we'd like to<br />

ask you, did mentorship play a part<br />

in preparing you for the successes<br />

you recorded?<br />

Tomi Davies(TD): Very, very<br />

much so. I've had the privilege and<br />

the benefit of some amazing mentors<br />

throughout my life. Right from the<br />

very, very early beginnings where I<br />

had the privilege of being mentored<br />

by the Late Reverend Tope Johnson.<br />

Then, moving on to university where<br />

my mentor was a gentleman by the<br />

name of Prof. Lionel Howard. And, of<br />

course, the Late Femi Johnson, who<br />

built Johnson Insurance, was also a<br />

mentor.<br />

And in terms of inspiration, I had<br />

people like Chief Livinus Ike Onunaku,<br />

Gamaliel Onosode, Philip Asiodu,<br />

and Yetunde Emmanuel; people<br />

whose lives I looked at and wanted to<br />

emulate.<br />

Internationally, I've been influenced<br />

Have a clear vision<br />

of what you want to<br />

achieve and stay<br />

true to your core<br />

values. This will<br />

not only guide your<br />

decision making<br />

process but also<br />

inspire a team and<br />

attracts customers<br />

who share<br />

your values.<br />

by people like Steven Covey, Brian<br />

Tracy, who I co-authored a book<br />

with, Candice Johnson, the former<br />

president of the European Business<br />

Angel Network. And, for angel<br />

investing, my mentor has been David<br />

S. Rose, who is the founder of the New<br />

York Angels and, of course, the builder<br />

of Gust.<br />


Today, I'm Collaborator-in-Chief<br />

at TVC Labs. TVC Labs was inspired<br />

by Bill Gross, who I had the privilege of<br />

meeting in 1998 and, therefore, in 1999<br />

started TechnoVision to emulate what<br />

he was doing with Idealab. Those are<br />

the inspirations of mentorship I've had<br />

throughout.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Let's go to<br />

your family pedigree. You are the<br />

son of the Late Chief H. O. Davies we<br />

were reading about in History and<br />

Government textbooks back in time.<br />

Your family pedigree and business<br />

accomplishments must have given<br />

you some insights about why Nigeria<br />

is the way it is now. We'd like to know<br />

what you think about what Nigeria<br />

has turned out to be.<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): What<br />

Nigeria has turned out to be is what<br />

Nigerians expected it to be. I am not<br />

a religious person but I'm relatively<br />

spiritual. So, I believe in the concept<br />

of affirmations. You are what you<br />

believe. You are what you think.<br />

You are what you do. Those are<br />

fundamentals of human life.<br />

Our lives have a way of<br />

manifesting our thoughts. My late<br />

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father wrote a book in 1958 or 1959<br />

called "Nigeria: The Prospects for<br />

Democracy." I commend it to you<br />

because it's almost like somebody<br />

decided they were going to follow<br />

what was written in that book. Before<br />

we had a parliamentary system, he<br />

had predicted we would have military<br />

dictatorships and subsequently an<br />

American style democracy which<br />

would then proceed to a single party<br />

state! He wrote it while he was at<br />

Harvard.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: And, it just<br />

happened as if it was a prophecy...<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): Well, some<br />

could call it that. You might want to<br />

TD<br />

talk to someone like Dele Ogun, as<br />

we proceed on this journey together.<br />

He's written quite a number of books<br />

in this area. And he's a better mind<br />

than mine on exactly the challenges<br />

of Nigeria, right from origination.<br />

And, he has what I consider excellent<br />

solutions. I would recommend that<br />

you should have a chat with him. I<br />

think his latest book is called "The<br />

Slave Ship Called Jesus". And he's also<br />

written books like "50 Years A Briton"<br />

amongst other books.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Okay, in<br />

your view, do we have the potential<br />

solving the myriad problems we<br />

have in Nigeria, politically and<br />

economically, especially?<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): Well,<br />

everybody that's a thinker from<br />

Nigeria, I'm quite sure, has thought<br />

of different or maybe even the<br />

same solutions. For me, I do not<br />

claim to have an over-arching<br />

"thou must". But this, I would like<br />

to provide, as complementary to<br />

whatever solution people may have<br />

in mind. And, there are two critical<br />

aspects that I want to contribute<br />

to this narrative of positive change<br />

in Nigeria. The first is around citizen<br />

education. We need to emphasise the<br />

importance of investing in education<br />

that fosters responsible, informed,<br />

problem-solving citizens. What do I<br />

mean by that? This includes critical<br />

thinking skills. The ability to analyse<br />

information, identify biases, and form<br />

independent judgments is crucial<br />

for making informed decisions and<br />

holding leaders accountable. We're<br />

lacking on that front.<br />

Second, civic engagement.<br />

Understanding different perspectives,<br />

participating in public discourse, and<br />

actively engaging in the democratic<br />

process are essential for shaping a<br />

better future. Yes, I will go back to<br />

History. When I was growing up, we<br />

were taught Civics. It was a subject...<br />

Okay, last but not the least, is ethical<br />

values; building a strong foundation<br />

in ethics. It fosters responsible<br />

behaviour, discourages corruption<br />

and promotes social cohesion.<br />

So, my submission is investing<br />

in accessible and high quality<br />

education that cultivates these<br />

skills and empowers citizens to<br />

take ownership of their country's<br />

development and hold themselves<br />

first and then their leaders<br />

accountable; which is what we're not<br />

doing. So that's my first point.<br />

The second, and I would say<br />

this: let me put all the disclaimers.<br />

You know me well enough - my<br />

background, even from secondary<br />

school, I was into technology.<br />

My university education was in<br />

technology. My life has been in<br />

innovation and technology. However,<br />

having said all of that, technology can<br />

and is a powerful tool for progress.<br />

Its effectiveness depends on the<br />

foundation of engaged and informed<br />

citizens.<br />

How can technology play a<br />

role? Well, let me just give you<br />

three of them. Transparency and<br />

accountability that we've be shouting<br />

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TD<br />

about. Using technology for open<br />

data, e-governance and digital<br />

platforms can promote transparency<br />

and hold institutions accountable.<br />

The hard nut to crack - economic<br />

development - fostering innovation<br />

in sectors like agriculture, agritech.<br />

I wrote about that just in January.<br />

Healthcare, I'm writing about that<br />

now. I just published the lead article<br />

on that series. And energy, that's next<br />

- can create jobs, improve livelihoods<br />

and drive economic growth.<br />

And yes, I spoke about it earlier.<br />

Technology can facilitate access<br />

to education - information and<br />

communication, empowering citizens<br />

and fostering participation, which is<br />

what we lack.<br />

Now, like I said, I'm going to put<br />

some disclaimers. Technology alone<br />

is not a magic bullet. It's crucial to<br />

ensure we've got equitable access<br />

and affordability. Not everybody has<br />

access to tech and its costs can be<br />

prohibitive. Look at what's happening<br />

with data costs. Yeah, so investments<br />

in infrastructure and digital literacy<br />

are essential. Technology can<br />

be misused. It can be abused.<br />

That is, misused for surveillance,<br />

manipulation, discrimination...<br />

We've got to be sure we safeguard<br />

privacy - data security - and we<br />

have measures in place for ethical<br />

application; very crucial.<br />

I can't over-emphasise this...<br />

We've got to focus on societal needs.<br />

Technological innovation should<br />

be driven by solving real-world<br />

problems. I'm going to be talking<br />

about this tonight at the AfriTech Base<br />

Camp here in London. We should be<br />

addressing the needs of citizens, not<br />

just profit motives.<br />

I was talking to one company earlier,<br />

just 10 minutes ago, and they were<br />

telling me, I want to do this and it'll be<br />

revenue-driven. I said, "Stop talking<br />

about revenue-driven. Look at valuedriven!<br />

Revenue is just a measure of<br />

value delivered."<br />

In conclusion, my statements<br />

highlight two interlinked aspects<br />

that could contribute to progress<br />

in Nigeria. While neither provides<br />

a complete solution, investing in<br />

citizen education and harnessing<br />

technology responsibly, in my opinion,<br />

will empower individuals to promote<br />

accountability and drive sustainable<br />

development. But remember,<br />

there are several complex and<br />

interconnected factors contributing<br />

to Nigeria's challenges. So, addressing<br />

these issues - they require the multifaceted<br />

approach that considers<br />

diverse perspectives and prioritises<br />

well-being and participation of all<br />

citizens.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Alright. A<br />

question just crossed my mind.<br />

What did you learn from Chief H. O.<br />

Davies, your father?<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): Ah! What<br />

I learned from Chief H. O. Davies, my<br />

dad, is encapsulated in a poem by<br />

Max Ehrmann called Desiderata.<br />

That's one thing I've had the privilege<br />

of being able to think about long<br />

and hard. And there are two different<br />

poems that encapsulate my dad's<br />

influence on me or my memories of<br />

him. The first like I said is Desiderata.<br />

And the second was one which he<br />

knew off heart and recited to me<br />

often. And that is If by Rudyard Kipling.<br />

If by Rudyard Kipling says:<br />

If you can keep your head<br />

when all about you<br />

Are losing theirs and<br />

blaming it on you,<br />

If you can trust yourself<br />

when all men doubt you,<br />

But make allowance for<br />

their doubting too;<br />

If you can wait and not be<br />

tired by waiting,<br />

Or being lied about,<br />

don’t deal in lies,<br />

Or being hated, don’t give<br />

way to hating,<br />

And yet don’t look too good,<br />

nor talk too wise:<br />

If you can dream—and not make<br />

dreams your master;<br />

If you can think—and not make<br />

thoughts your aim;<br />

If you can meet with<br />

Triumph and Disaster<br />

And treat those two<br />

impostors just the same;<br />

If you can bear to hear<br />

the truth you’ve spoken<br />

Twisted by knaves to<br />

make a trap for fools,<br />

Or watch the things you<br />

gave your life to, broken,<br />

And stoop and build ’em up with<br />

worn-out tools:<br />

If you can make one heap<br />

of all your winnings<br />

And risk it on one turn<br />

of pitch-and-toss,<br />

And lose, and start again<br />

at your beginnings<br />

And never breathe a word<br />

about your loss;<br />

If you can force your<br />

heart and nerve and sinew<br />

To serve your turn long<br />

after they are gone,<br />

And so hold on when there is nothing<br />

in you<br />

Except the Will which<br />

says to them: ‘Hold on!’<br />

If you can talk with crowds<br />

and keep your virtue,<br />

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the<br />

common touch,<br />

If neither foes nor loving friends can<br />

hurt you,<br />

If all men count with<br />

you, but none too much;<br />

If you can fill the unforgiving minute<br />

With sixty seconds’<br />

worth of distance run,<br />

Yours is the Earth and<br />

everything that’s in it,<br />

And—which is more—you’ll be a<br />

Man, my son!<br />

That's If by Rudyard Kipling - handed<br />

to me by my late father.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: It says quite<br />

a lot. Listening to you, one can<br />

imagine what was going through<br />

your mind as a very much younger<br />

Tomi Davies when you heard those<br />

lines. The poem gives me quite some<br />

perspective! What is your advice to<br />

upcoming entrepreneurs?<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): I've written<br />

a book on this topic. It's called<br />

"Investment Worthy Startup", and I<br />

recommend it to all your readers. It's<br />

available on Amazon and in Nigerian<br />

book stores. Having said that, my<br />

advice for upcoming entrepreneurs<br />

centres on several core principles<br />

around my POEM Framework.<br />

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These are principles that have consistently proven to be<br />

fundamental in navigating that intricate journey of building<br />

and steering a successful start-up.<br />

It starts with a clear vision of core values. Have a clear<br />

vision of what you want to achieve and stay true to your<br />

core values. This will not only guide your decision making<br />

process but also inspire a team and attracts customers<br />

who share your values.<br />

Now, you've got to understand your market. Deep market<br />

understanding and insights are crucial. Invest time in<br />

market research to comprehend the dynamics of your<br />

industry and the needs of your customers. This knowledge<br />

not only informs product development, but it's also going<br />

to guide your marketing and sales strategies.<br />

This one I can't over-emphasise. Prioritise customer<br />

satisfaction. Happy customers are the best advocate<br />

for your business. You've got to strive to provide<br />

exceptional service and build strong relationships<br />

with your customers. Listen to their feedback and be<br />

willing to make changes to meet their needs better.<br />

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TD<br />

And, you see, you got to focus on solving real problems.<br />

Most successful start-ups are those that address real,<br />

tangible (problems).<br />

We were talking about value earlier, value creating<br />

solutions. You've got to spend time understanding<br />

the pain points of your target customers. This not only<br />

ensures your product or service is in demand, but also<br />

helps in building a solution that truly resonates with<br />

them.<br />

You need to build a solid team. Your team is your<br />

start-up's backbone. You've got to focus on assembling<br />

a diverse group of individuals who not only share your<br />

vision, but also bring unique skills and perspectives<br />

to the table. A well-rounded team fosters innovation.<br />

They effectively solve problems and is more resilient in<br />

the face of challenges. You got to cultivate resilience<br />

and persistence. Like I said, this is a journey and it's<br />

fraught with challenges and setbacks. Resilience and<br />

persistence are keys to overcoming these obstacles.<br />

You've got to learn to view failures as stepping stones<br />

rather than a road block. What did I learn from this<br />

failure? All right, what do I do better? Remember,<br />

perseverance is often what separates successful<br />

entrepreneurs from the rest.<br />

Of course, I'm going to say this. You've got to<br />

embrace technology and innovation. In today's digital<br />

age, leveraging technology and innovation can provide<br />

a significant competitive advantage. You've got to stay<br />

abreast of technology advancements that can improve<br />

your operations, enhance your product and streamline<br />

your customer service.<br />

Now, you've got to be mindful of money. Financial<br />

prudence (or otherwise) can make or break any startup<br />

anywhere in the world. Be diligent in managing<br />

resources, keep overheads low, and always, always<br />

plan for contingencies. Understand the basics of<br />

financial management even if you have a CFO or an<br />

accountant. It's essential for making informed decisions<br />

about your start-up's growth and sustainability.<br />

Now, as an entrepreneur, you've got to know that<br />

it's a continuous learning process. I've been at it<br />

forever and I'm still learning today. Stay curious. Be<br />

open to new ideas, and always be willing to adapt. The<br />

technology landscape is ever evolving and so should<br />

your understanding of your industry. Read extensively,<br />

attend workshops and seminars, and never pass up an<br />

opportunity to learn from others or teach as the best<br />

way of learning, especially from your failures.<br />

Finally, build strong relationships within the startup<br />

ecosystem because that's going to provide you<br />

invaluable support, mentorship and opportunities.<br />

Engage with other entrepreneurs, investors like myself<br />

and other industry experts. Attend networking events,<br />

participate in forums, and don't hesitate to reach out for<br />

advice or feedback. Well, while there's no one-size-fitsall<br />

formula for entrepreneurial success, these principles<br />

will provide you a solid framework.<br />

Remembering it's a marathon, not a sprint. Stay<br />

focused, be patient, and keep pushing forward with<br />

determination and passion. I trust that helps.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: What will you advise the<br />

present administration of Bola Tinubu Nigeria? And, in<br />

one sentence to describe Harry 'Tomi Davies.<br />

H. Tomi Davies(TD): I'm not into political advice, so<br />

I wouldn't be giving any other than to say I respect the<br />

Presidency. And I expect that they will do whatever is<br />

prudent and right to the Nigerian public.<br />

To describe myself, I'll say I am a Lagos geek turned<br />

London grandfather! (Laughs)<br />

**Editor's Note: Founded in 1996, Idealab is the<br />

longest running technology incubator. They have<br />

created over 150 companies with more than 45 IPOs<br />

and acquisitions. (Source: www.idealab.com)<br />

DIIYI<br />



More fondly known as DDWEST, he has several years<br />

of media practice experience spanning magazines,<br />

newspapers, television and radio; laying emphasis<br />

on maintaining standards in media practice. He<br />

practised and lectured Public Relations for nearly a<br />

decade before going into leadership consulting and<br />

real estate consultancy.<br />

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Tomi Davies(TD)<br />

His Career<br />

Accomplishments<br />

By Adebayo Afolabi<br />

Harry Tomi Davies, or simply<br />

Tomi Davies(TD) as he's<br />

known to many, is a<br />

powerhouse in the world<br />

of technology, especially<br />

when it comes to Africa. His journey<br />

is a fascinating one, spanning<br />

continents, sectors, and roles. From<br />

corporate leader to angel investor,<br />

entrepreneur, and philanthropist,<br />

Davies has a relentless passion<br />

for using technology to empower<br />

people and places.<br />

Davies' story starts after graduating<br />

from the University of Miami. He<br />

began his career as a Systems<br />

Engineer at IBM, a solid foundation<br />

for the tech expertise he'd cultivate.<br />

But his heart, it seemed, was calling<br />

him back home to Nigeria. He joined<br />

Elf Aquitaine, an oil giant, and quickly<br />

rose to become the Head of Data<br />

Processing. This early experience<br />

gave him valuable insights into<br />

managing technology within a large<br />

organisation.<br />

Seeking new challenges, Davies<br />

returned to the United Kingdom<br />

in 1990. He landed at Marks &<br />

Spencer, a major retail brand,<br />

where he became the Head of IT<br />

Research. This role placed him at<br />

the forefront of a burgeoning trend<br />

– the internet. Under his leadership,<br />

Marks & Spencer secured its domain<br />

name and built its very first website,<br />

a pioneering move at the time.<br />

Davies' talent for navigating the<br />

ever-evolving tech landscape was<br />

evident.<br />

He later transitioned to Ernst &<br />

Young, a prestigious consulting firm,<br />

where he served as an Executive<br />

Consultant. Here, he honed his<br />

strategic thinking and business<br />

acumen, working with leading<br />

companies like AB&B, Legal &<br />

General, and Novartis.<br />

The late 1990s saw the rise of<br />

the dot-com boom, a period<br />

of explosive growth in internetbased<br />

businesses. Recognising<br />

the potential, Davies jumped<br />

at the chance to be part of this<br />

revolution. He became the Chief<br />

Operating Officer of Futurewealth,<br />

Ernst & Young's business incubator<br />

dedicated to nurturing new tech<br />

ventures. When Futurewealth was<br />

acquired by Cap Gemini, Davies<br />

and his team took their expertise<br />

to Sapient, another major tech<br />

player. There, Davies wore the hat<br />

of Head of Strategy, and his team<br />

played a role in building direct.<br />

gov.uk, a pivotal website for the UK<br />

government.<br />

Davies' commitment to his home<br />

country remained strong. He<br />

returned to Nigeria to serve as<br />

the Chief Operating Officer of<br />

Alteq, a public-sector consulting<br />

firm. Here, he spearheaded the<br />

implementation of a ground<br />

breaking project – the first-ever<br />

biometric-based Integrated<br />

Payroll & Personnel System (IPPIS)<br />

for the Nigerian government. This<br />

innovative system, funded by<br />

the World Bank, aimed to bring<br />

transparency and efficiency to<br />

government payroll processes.<br />

In 1999, he founded TVC Labs where<br />

he serves as Collaborator-in-Chief<br />

(CiC). TVC Labs is a technologyenabled<br />

innovation hub in Lagos,<br />

Nigeria.<br />

His influence extended beyond<br />

corporate roles. In 2012, he cofounded<br />

the Lagos Angel Network<br />

(LAN). This organisation is a gamechanger,<br />

connecting individuals and<br />

organisations with the resources to<br />

invest in and mentor promising tech<br />

start-ups based in Lagos, Nigeria.<br />

Recognising the potential across<br />

the continent, Davies went on to cofound<br />

and become the President of<br />

the African Business Angel Network<br />

(A-BAN) in 2014. This pan-African<br />

organisation works tirelessly to<br />

support the development of earlystage<br />

investor networks, fostering<br />

a vibrant tech ecosystem across<br />

Africa.<br />

Through A-BAN, Davies has become<br />

a respected figure, travelling to<br />

various African countries to share<br />

his knowledge and expertise. He<br />

actively participates in educating<br />

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local investors, empowering them to<br />

identify and nurture promising tech<br />

ventures.<br />

As would be expected, his<br />

commitment to tech extends<br />

beyond just investments. In<br />

1999, he co-founded<br />

TechnoVision, a<br />

technology advisory<br />

and solutions<br />

company that<br />

caters to both<br />

private and publicsector<br />

clients<br />

across its offices in<br />

London and Lagos.<br />

This company<br />

provides a<br />

vital service,<br />

making sure<br />

businesses and<br />

organisations<br />

have access to<br />

the guidance<br />

and support they<br />

need to thrive<br />

in the everchanging<br />

tech<br />

landscape.<br />

In 2009, Davies<br />

took on the<br />

role of CEO at<br />

TechnoVision,<br />

demonstrating<br />

his leadership<br />

abilities and<br />

commitment<br />

to the company's<br />

mission. Additionally, he<br />

played a pivotal role in<br />

reviving Mobitel, a mobile<br />

telecommunications<br />

company, serving as its<br />

Chief Operating Officer<br />

from 2010 to 2012.<br />

Davies' entrepreneurial spirit<br />

shines through in his involvement<br />

with SupaStrikas, a fantasy<br />

football league comic book, which<br />

after doing well in Africa, was first<br />

acquired by Moonbug and is now<br />

the property of Disney. Davies<br />

has also invested in and helped<br />

develop the business model of<br />

Sproxil Nigeria. He served as the<br />

company's first managing director<br />

and remains a shareholder.<br />

In addition to his corporate<br />

endeavours, Davies is deeply<br />

committed to philanthropy<br />

and social impact. He co-founded<br />

Laptop4Learning, an initiative<br />

aimed at providing screen-based<br />

technology to under-privileged<br />

primary school children and<br />

teachers in Nigeria. Through this<br />

initiative, Davies has championed<br />

digital inclusion and educational<br />

equity, empowering the next<br />

generation with the tools they need<br />

to succeed in an increasingly digital<br />

world.<br />

Davies' dedication to his work hasn't<br />

gone unnoticed. He has received<br />

numerous awards, including<br />

the Icon of Hope at the Comic<br />

Panel Hero Award 2014 and the<br />

Distinguished SME Partner Award<br />

by Fidelity Bank Nigeria. He's also<br />

been recognised as an Information<br />

Technology Champion by the<br />

Institute of Software Practitioners of<br />

Nigeria (ISPON) and even named<br />

one of the "100 Most Influential<br />

Africans of 2021" by New African<br />

Magazine.<br />

Tomi Davies' story is one of<br />

innovation, dedication, and a<br />

deep-seated belief in the power of<br />

technology to transform lives. He's a<br />

bridge builder, connecting investors,<br />

entrepreneurs, and communities<br />

across Africa, and his work is paving<br />

the way for a brighter future fuelled<br />

by technology and the continent's<br />

own talent and potential.<br />



I am a passionate business writer<br />

with a knack for translating<br />

complex concepts into accessible<br />

content. With a keen eye for<br />

detail, I deliver compelling<br />

content that educates, inspires,<br />

and drives positive change in the<br />

realm of finance and business.<br />

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QUOTES<br />

OF TOMI<br />

DAVIES<br />

(TD)<br />

My<br />

mission, my<br />

personal goal<br />

in life is to find,<br />

fund and<br />

follow<br />

By Ikenna Damian Ngere<br />

You<br />

have a<br />

stock of vision,<br />

and it's really<br />

a star of vision,<br />

then the POEM<br />

brings it to<br />

life<br />

You've got to<br />

learn to view failures<br />

as stepping stones rather<br />

than a road block. What did<br />

I learn from this failure?<br />

All right, what do I do<br />

better?<br />

Every startup<br />

begins with the<br />

founders, those amazing<br />

individuals like you,<br />

inspired enough to dedicate<br />

time, effort and money<br />

towards bringing their<br />

vision of a start-up<br />

venture to life.”<br />

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Economics,<br />

are the<br />

measures of the<br />

start-up’s use of<br />

available capital<br />

for funding<br />

expenses that<br />

generate<br />

impact<br />

Operating<br />

sustainably is<br />

not an option. It is a<br />

business imperative.<br />

Leaders and business<br />

owners are under<br />

intense pressure to build<br />

sustainable organisations<br />

that provide financial<br />

value and societal and<br />

equitable impact for<br />

all stakeholders.<br />

I<br />

must know<br />

my customers<br />

better than<br />

they know<br />

themselves<br />

Becoming<br />

familiar with your<br />

market is a critical step<br />

in the process of initiating<br />

your start-up because it<br />

determines whether or<br />

not there is enough<br />

room for growth<br />

Capital<br />

is the lifeblood<br />

of a start-up, but<br />

expenses are the<br />

fuel that fires the<br />

income engine<br />

Successful<br />

founders really<br />

understand their<br />

customers. Knowing your<br />

target customer is half the<br />

battle when it comes to<br />

developing a successful<br />

start-up<br />

You<br />

need to<br />

understand<br />

your customers<br />

enough to know<br />

what they<br />

value."<br />

The<br />

question of<br />

what exactly it<br />

is you’re building,<br />

assessing and<br />

learning should<br />

start with some oldfashioned<br />

thinking<br />

about what you<br />

see in the<br />

future.”<br />

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Dr. Peter<br />

Ogudoro:<br />

Robust Advocacy to Replace Rote<br />

-Learning with Open-minded, Cutting<br />

Edge, Democratised Education.<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: Robust Advocacy to Replace Rote-Learning with Openminded,<br />

Cutting Edge, Democratised Education.<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro, a leading figure in the field of education and human<br />

capital development, brings over three decades of experience to the forefront<br />

of empowering teachers and enhancing educational systems. As the founder<br />

of the Nigerian Teachers Community, boasting over half a million members<br />

worldwide, Dr. Ogudoro's journey is a testament to the transformative power of<br />

education.<br />

From modest beginnings and unshaken committed to access higher education,<br />

Ogudoro has risen to attain a Ph.D. from the esteemed University of Reading,<br />

United Kingdom. His career trajectory encompasses roles in both public<br />

and private sectors, including a notable tenure at the then National Electric<br />

Power Authority. In addition to academic qualifications, he had acquired full<br />

professional certifications in Public Relations, Marketing and more before<br />

moving to the United Kingdom for his doctorate degree.<br />

Propelled by a fervent commitment to education advocacy and influenced by<br />

the egalitarian models of Scandinavian countries, Dr. Ogudoro has devoted<br />

himself to democratising access to quality education, particularly in Nigeria.<br />

Through initiatives such as the Nigerian Education Enhancement Project and the<br />

Study Abroad Bootcamp, he aims to revolutionise teaching methodologies and<br />

offer international educational opportunities to talented youth.<br />

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Dr. Ogudoro's impactful work has<br />

garnered widespread recognition,<br />

including prestigious awards like the<br />

Facebook Community Accelerator<br />

Award.<br />

Looking ahead, he remains steadfast<br />

in his dedication to fostering<br />

responsible global citizenship and<br />

advancing sustainable development<br />

through innovative educational<br />

practices.<br />

In this interview, Dr. Peter Ogudoro<br />

lays emphasis on the need for openminded<br />

and knowledge-driven<br />

democratisation of education so that<br />

the systemic development of Nigeria<br />

would rise above lip-service. Let's go!<br />

Dr Peter Ogudoro at NT Conference<br />

Accomplish Magazine: For our<br />

readers who may not be familiar<br />

with your extensive work, please<br />

introduce yourself and give us<br />

a brief overview of your career<br />

trajectory.<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: I’m the founder<br />

of Nigerian Teachers Community<br />

which now has over half a million<br />

members from around the world. We<br />

are a community of teachers with<br />

the mission to empower teachers<br />

to make learning engaging and<br />

functional while ensuring that<br />

teaching is attractive by giving<br />

teachers the recognition and<br />

adequate compensation they<br />

deserve. That community is one<br />

of the products of my doctoral<br />

research which I did, primarily, at<br />

the University of Reading in the<br />

United Kingdom with fellowship<br />

opportunities at over ten researchintensive<br />

institutions across the<br />

world including at Cambridge<br />

University, London, and Johannes<br />

Kepler University in Austria. I<br />

have been in the human capital<br />

development space for over<br />

three decades, doing education<br />

advocacy and helping individuals,<br />

communities and governments<br />

discover their gifts and natural<br />

endowments and find the resources<br />

to maximally utilise them.<br />

I was, at some point, in the<br />

administration arm of the then<br />

National Electric Power Authority<br />

but had to leave after about<br />

ten years to focus on what I’m<br />

doing now which is international<br />

development practice that enables<br />

me to promote responsible global<br />

citizenship through helping teachers<br />

to adopt the right pedagogical<br />

approaches in the promotion of<br />

learning. I do this in collaboration<br />

with our international partners and<br />

supporters who are in countries<br />

such as the United States of<br />

America, the United Kingdom,<br />

Canada, Germany, Sweden, and<br />

Finland. I find what I’m doing very<br />

fulfilling.<br />

Education remains that one<br />

thing you fix, and you pleasantly<br />

discover that all the other obstacles<br />

to development disappear.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Your<br />

dedication to education advocacy<br />

and the democratisation of<br />

access to higher education in the<br />

developing world is inspiring. Can<br />

you share with us what initially<br />

motivated you to focus on these<br />

areas, and how your background<br />

influenced this path?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: My parents<br />

couldn’t give me more than<br />

secondary school education<br />

because they didn’t have the means<br />

to do more than that, but they<br />

ensured that I had excellent primary<br />

and secondary school education<br />

in their context. I entered paid<br />

employment soon after I completed<br />

secondary school and graciously<br />

discovered short cuts to higher<br />

education and its funding. I took<br />

advantage of them and now hold a<br />

Ph.D. in Education from a world-class<br />

university in England. My education<br />

has uplifted my family and millions<br />

of people who benefit from my work.<br />

That’s proof that education tends to<br />

have multiplier effect when it’s truly<br />

functional. I have, through research<br />

and experience, discovered that<br />

the route out of most of society’s<br />

challenges is democratisation of<br />

access to good quality education<br />

and ensuring that as many people<br />

as possible get opportunities to<br />

go as far as the tertiary level that<br />

is adequately staffed, funded, and<br />

managed. That’s a game changer.<br />

Half of the money<br />

we are wasting<br />

on politicians<br />

can fix Nigeria<br />

through functional<br />

education.<br />

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Amazing-Team<br />

I do education research in the<br />

Scandinavian region which includes<br />

countries such as Norway, Sweden,<br />

and Finland. They are among the<br />

best organised societies in the<br />

world and rate very high on equity,<br />

fairness, and justice and with very<br />

low crime rates. I have interrogated<br />

their socio-economic and political<br />

system and discovered that they<br />

started their journey to the beautiful<br />

countries they have become from<br />

democratised access to good<br />

quality education.<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro, UK<br />

AlumniCelebration<br />

Their governments have taken<br />

responsibility for the education of the<br />

citizenry. Their teachers are superbly<br />

trained and empowered, using<br />

public funds, and everyone who has<br />

the intellectual capacity to benefit<br />

from the great education they offer<br />

gets the opportunity to do so. This<br />

goes all the way from kindergarten<br />

to doctoral level. So, I know some<br />

interesting things education can<br />

do for Nigeria and the rest of the<br />

African continent and now striving<br />

to get all stakeholders in the system,<br />

especially relevant government<br />

agencies, to give it a strategic<br />

place in the scheme of things. You<br />

can’t get it wrong with good quality<br />

education!<br />

Accomplish Magazine: The<br />

Nigerian Education Enhancement<br />

Project is a pivotal initiative under<br />

your guidance. What are the key<br />

objectives of this project, and<br />

what impacts have you observed<br />

or hope to achieve through its<br />

implementation?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: The Nigerian<br />

Education Enhancement Project<br />

is pooling resources, especially<br />

intellectual leverage, from around<br />

the world to train school owners<br />

and leaders on modern leadership,<br />

and equipping teachers to run<br />

their classrooms in ways that<br />

truly transform lives. There is too<br />

much rote-learning going on in<br />

Nigeria - meaning that effectively<br />

speaking, not much learning is<br />

being promoted through most<br />

classrooms in Nigeria. There is too<br />

much focus on preparing students<br />

for examinations so they can get<br />

diplomas we interpret as meal<br />

tickets. This unfortunate situation<br />

accounts largely for the high<br />

unemployment rate in Nigeria and<br />

the shameful pervasive poverty in<br />

our country.<br />

Half of the money we are<br />

wasting on politicians can fix Nigeria<br />

through functional education. Train<br />

teachers well. Give them autonomy<br />

to run their classrooms. Give them<br />

recognition for the extra mile they<br />

go to serve society and compensate<br />

them adequately for their efforts. Put<br />

those conditions in place and watch<br />

miracle happen.<br />

Our project is leveraging the<br />

resources our partners are<br />

graciously providing us to pursue<br />

those goals, primarily, through<br />

the creation of awareness on the<br />

need for stakeholders to empower<br />

teachers to become learner-centred<br />

and jettison the labourious, and<br />

anachronistic lesson plans that have<br />

been at the root of poor teaching<br />

and learning in Nigerian schools.<br />

Over half a million teachers are<br />

hearing this from our various media<br />

platforms and are adopting better<br />

teaching approaches. We won the<br />

Facebook Community Accelerator<br />

Award for year 2021 on the strength<br />

of the impact we are making on<br />

the Nigerian education system. The<br />

British Council celebrated us publicly,<br />

in Lagos, last year in appreciation<br />

of our outstanding social impact.<br />

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Events Team and Teachers at Goshen<br />

Finland-Biology-Teachers-Training<br />

The University of Reading in the UK,<br />

my alma mater, are happy that the<br />

great education they gave me is<br />

bearing great fruits. They celebrate<br />

me whenever they can do so.<br />

We are touching the lives of millions<br />

of people across the world positively<br />

every day. Unfortunately, relevant<br />

government agencies are laggards<br />

in adopting the kind of policies and<br />

practices we are promoting. It is my<br />

hope that they will move faster.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Beyond<br />

your work in education and<br />

advocacy, you've also authored<br />

best-selling books like "Success<br />

Mindset" and "Right Thinking, Right<br />

Actions." What key messages do<br />

you hope readers take away from<br />

these publications?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: Those books are<br />

products of a radio show I used to<br />

host. I started it in the 1990s when we<br />

didn’t have multiple radio stations<br />

in Nigeria. I was reaching millions<br />

of people, every morning, with<br />

inspirational messages that kicked<br />

them out of despondency and into<br />

positive actions that improved their<br />

lives and benefitted their families<br />

and society.<br />

Success has its laws and<br />

principles. Most people in Nigeria<br />

want success but are unwilling to<br />

drop the useless beliefs that have<br />

kept them in penury. For example,<br />

you hear people say that you don’t<br />

put all your eggs in one basket<br />

and that multi-tasking is proof of<br />

high intelligence quotient. Science<br />

debunks all that.<br />

Most successful people are<br />

focused on what they have gifts<br />

for and hire other people to handle<br />

what they don’t know. There are<br />

so many of such misconceptions<br />

and misperceptions. Those books<br />

have addressed them and provided<br />

recipes for life of significance. That’s<br />

why readers carry them about<br />

and consult them when they find<br />

themselves in difficult situations.<br />

They are on Amazon, helping people<br />

who get access to them.<br />

I’m happy to have made those<br />

contributions. Life is richer and more<br />

meaningful when your gifts are<br />

released to the service of society.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Your<br />

career has spanned a variety of<br />

roles across different sectors and<br />

countries. How do you navigate<br />

the challenges and opportunities<br />

that come with such diverse<br />

experiences, especially in<br />

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adapting to different cultural and<br />

professional environments?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: Life becomes<br />

interesting when you stop using only<br />

one script to run your life. Problems<br />

come when you move around with<br />

stereotypes that prevent you from<br />

questioning what you hear. Healthy<br />

skepticism is a good philosophy. Go<br />

everywhere with an open mind. Don’t<br />

judge people based on what you<br />

have heard about them. Have the<br />

courage to experience them with an<br />

open mind even when they appear<br />

difficult. Most suffering people in the<br />

world move around with fixed beliefs<br />

and fail to use new scripts when<br />

playing new roles. That’s why they<br />

don’t see the opportunities that stare<br />

them in the face all the time.<br />

Problems are opportunities.<br />

Strange lands, and people offer<br />

a lot that can empower you. Any<br />

time you must choose between<br />

what you are familiar with and<br />

new environments, choose new<br />

environments. That’s where you<br />

are likely to find what will make<br />

you rich. I’m not recommending<br />

that you fail to mine the diamonds<br />

under your feet. After you have<br />

exhausted what is available in your<br />

familiar environment, move out<br />

and talk to strangers and search<br />

for opportunities without greed and<br />

selfishness. You don’t need all the<br />

money in the world to be happy. Stay<br />

in your calling but be adventurous.<br />

These are paradoxes and seeming<br />

contradictions. The capacity to<br />

resolve those riddles without being<br />

confused will take you far in life.<br />

Those are mindsets that have<br />

worked for me. They have taken<br />

me to countries most Africans don’t<br />

consider when they are thinking<br />

of where to study and where to go<br />

on holidays. That’s how come my<br />

favourite countries are those in the<br />

Scandinavian region. They have<br />

empowered me a lot. I recommend<br />

them to you.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: The Study<br />

Abroad Bootcamp is a fascinating<br />

project aimed at enabling young<br />

individuals to access quality<br />

education internationally. What<br />

inspired this idea, and what<br />

Finland-Dean-Prof-Gunilla<br />

success stories can you share from<br />

participants who've gone through<br />

the programme?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: Science has<br />

liberating power. It encourages<br />

you to look before you leap and<br />

take decisions based on evidence.<br />

Religion without the balance that<br />

science brings is slavery. There is so<br />

much superstition being peddled<br />

as religion in our land. Millions<br />

of our people are victims of this<br />

unfortunate situation.<br />

The bootcamp you referred to<br />

targets outstanding teenagers who<br />

are high achievers in Mathematics<br />

and sciences. We prepare them for<br />

relevant international examinations<br />

and help them acquire the<br />

leadership skills they need to<br />

become globally competitive. We<br />

use our international networks to<br />

help them secure scholarships for<br />

undergraduate studies in the USA,<br />

and Europe. The programme runs<br />

for about one month during the long<br />

school holidays. The one for this year<br />

will be held in August.<br />

Henley Business School, the<br />

United Kingdom’s oldest business<br />

school, which is part of the University<br />

of Reading is collaborating with us<br />

to run the one for this year which<br />

will cater for 100 teenagers in their<br />

last two years in secondary school.<br />

Most of them, just like previous<br />

beneficiaries, will go to Europe<br />

and North America for courses in<br />

Science, Technology, Engineering,<br />

and Mathematics. Selection into<br />

the programme is competitive<br />

because of its very high empowering<br />

capacity. We encourage them to<br />

return to the country after their<br />

studies to help build Nigeria.<br />

I’m happy that this contribution<br />

is bringing hope and happiness to a<br />

lot of families and helping Nigeria to<br />

develop the needed human capital<br />

for national development.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Your<br />

achievements have been<br />

recognised with numerous awards<br />

and accolades. Is there a particular<br />

honour or achievement that<br />

stands out for you personally? If so,<br />

why?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: The Facebook<br />

Community Accelerator Award<br />

which came in the year 2021<br />

was a game changer for me. It<br />

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Pharmacy. They should use career<br />

services to arrive at what they<br />

should go into and be willing to<br />

study in line with their gifts, not just<br />

in pursuit of money. Focus should<br />

be on acquisition of principles that<br />

endure; principles you can use<br />

to pivot into new industries and<br />

opportunities as times change. The<br />

world is in a state of flux. They must<br />

move with the times and take their<br />

parents to career experts to avoid<br />

being compelled to study what<br />

those parents missed.<br />

Children don’t have to study what<br />

parents like. They should study in<br />

line with their gifts and in recognition<br />

of the opportunities of today and<br />

the future. Children will still be here<br />

decades after their parents are<br />

gone. They can’t afford to sacrifice<br />

their happiness and future just to<br />

make their parents happy. This is<br />

an exciting time to be alive and in<br />

school.<br />

Dr-Peter.Ogudoro-Timo-Kimmo-Workshop<br />

advertised my contributions to<br />

the development of the global<br />

education industry. That drew<br />

global attention to my work and<br />

made more government agencies,<br />

educational institutions, and the<br />

media pay attention to what I am<br />

saying. It helped our teachers’<br />

community to grow exponentially.<br />

Prior to the award, we had a<br />

membership of about one hundred<br />

and eighty thousand. We now have<br />

a membership strength that is<br />

significantly above half a million.<br />

That award has attracted other<br />

awards and opportunities from<br />

both within and outside Nigeria. I’m<br />

grateful to Facebook for it.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Looking<br />

at the future, are there any<br />

new projects or goals you're<br />

particularly excited about in<br />

the fields of Education, Public<br />

Relations, or any other area of your<br />

expertise?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: We are working<br />

towards sending about one<br />

hundred teachers to Finland in<br />

September this year for training in<br />

modern pedagogy so we can, as<br />

a country, pivot to learner-centred<br />

and functional education. The<br />

beneficiaries will return to Nigeria<br />

to champion new and modern<br />

teaching practices that will move<br />

us away from diploma-disease to<br />

analytical thinkers, and knowledge<br />

creators.<br />

I’m also in conversations<br />

with some German and Swedish<br />

organisations for fellowships that<br />

will help us promote environmental,<br />

sustainability, and governance<br />

education in Nigeria. I trust that<br />

those conversations will end well so<br />

we can start using our education<br />

system to promote responsible<br />

consumption and care for our<br />

environment in posterity’s best<br />

interest.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Many<br />

young people, today, are facing<br />

uncertainty about their career<br />

paths. Based on your experience<br />

in career-advising and your own<br />

diverse career journey, what<br />

advice would you offer to those<br />

trying to find their way?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: As I have already<br />

emphasised, open mindedness is<br />

critical for career success. Young<br />

people seeking higher education<br />

should not be dogmatic about what<br />

they want to study. They should not<br />

allow the noise in the environment<br />

make them believe that the only<br />

courses they can study are Medicine,<br />

Engineering, Accountancy, and<br />

Accomplish Magazine: Finally, for<br />

anyone interested in joining your<br />

vibrant online communities or<br />

learning more about your work,<br />

what's the best way for them to get<br />

involved or reach out to you?<br />

Dr. Peter Ogudoro: We share free<br />

resources for effective teaching<br />

at www.facebook.com/groups/<br />

nigerianteachers. The books you<br />

referred to earlier, which are helping<br />

a lot of people to navigate their<br />

way out of financial insecurity, are<br />

available at www.amazon.com/<br />

author/peterogudoro. My profile, and<br />

more information about my service<br />

to society are accessible at www.<br />

nigerianteachers.org/drpeter.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of Physics<br />

and Education, who works as a<br />

freelance writer. He has interest<br />

in technology, humanity<br />

and sports.<br />

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• Wale Edun<br />

BUHARI,<br />



MONEY<br />

• Muhammadu Buhari<br />

criticism of Buhari who handed<br />

over power to Tinubu.<br />

Dr. Chido Nwangwu<br />

Nigeria’s Minister<br />

of Finance and<br />

Coordinating Minister<br />

of the Economy, Wale<br />

Edun, has blamed<br />

the immediate<br />

past administration of President<br />

Muhammadu Buhari, a retired<br />

army general, for the country's<br />

financial woes especially the high<br />

rates of inflation. Edun, a confidant<br />

and key figure in President Bola<br />

Tinubu team delivered what could<br />

be seen as the harshest public<br />

Edun argued that Nigeria’s<br />

problems were complicated by<br />

Buhari whom he criticised for<br />

“aimlessly” printing trillions of the<br />

Naira “without productivity.” He<br />

stated that it happened under<br />

Buhari’s presidency: “The N22.7<br />

trillion printed by the Central Bank<br />

of Nigeria (CBN) through Ways and<br />

Means overdraft for the federal<br />

government from 2015 to 2023<br />

landed Nigeria into hyper-inflation.<br />

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• President Bola Ahmed Tinubu<br />

We talked about inflation. Where<br />

has it come from? It came from 8<br />

years of just printing money not<br />

matched by productivity. What<br />

happened was that for eight years,<br />

the weak were left to their own<br />

devices. It is the privileged few that<br />

took everything. That is the reality.<br />

So that money supply must be<br />

brought back.”<br />

It is obvious that Edun has spoken<br />

with unusual forthrightness and<br />

without any reservations about<br />

whose ox or cattle is gored! He<br />

spoke on Wednesday, March<br />

6, <strong>2024</strong>, to the Nigerian Senate<br />

Committee on Finance and<br />

noted that “You have given us the<br />

mandate to raise N7 trillion which<br />

we will do by sucking money from<br />

the market, using it to pay back the<br />

CBN and giving the government<br />

a balanced book. We are going to<br />

audit even the N22.7 trillion printed<br />

aimlessly.”<br />

It was Peter Schiff, an American<br />

investor, stockbroker, author and<br />

commentator on financial matters<br />

who warned that “Printing money<br />

is merely taxation in another form.<br />

Rather than robbing citizens of<br />

their money, government robs<br />

their money of its purchasing<br />

power.”<br />

Edun’s formal, influential and<br />

expansive ministerial designation<br />

is the same as that given first to<br />

the highly accomplished Dr. Ngozi<br />

Okonjo-Iweala, currently, the 7th<br />

The N22.7 trillion<br />

printed by the<br />

Central Bank of<br />

Nigeria (CBN)<br />

through Ways and<br />

Means overdraft<br />

for the federal<br />

government from<br />

2015 to 2023 landed<br />

Nigeria into hyperinflation<br />

Director-General of the World<br />

Trade Organisation (WTO). She<br />

assumed this latest position on<br />

March 1, 2021, and became the<br />

first woman and the first African<br />

to serve as such. Mr. Edun, a<br />

technocrat, had as his immediate<br />

predecessor (during the Buhari<br />

era) Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed<br />

who held an expansive but<br />

different designation (for 4 years)<br />

as Nigeria’s Minister of Finance,<br />

Budget and National Planning,<br />

from 2019 to 2023. She served as<br />

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, from<br />

2018 to 2019. She’s a sibling of the<br />

immediate former Governor of<br />

Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.<br />

Sadly, as I stated in previous<br />

analyses, Nigerians gave Buhari<br />

their trust, their sacred votes<br />

and their last drip of hope but<br />

he disappointed them. The<br />

bitter truth remains that despite<br />

the Goebbelian propaganda,<br />

Nigerians endured 8 long, bloody<br />

and difficult years of insecurities,<br />

religion-based conflicts/killings,<br />

the banking fiasco and truckloads<br />

of palaver. For millions of Nigerians<br />

who live, these days, months<br />

and years, a tormenting life of<br />

hardships, blood, sorrow and tears,<br />

Edun’s weighty allegation is yet<br />

another reminder of the ruin and<br />

seemingly endless incompetence<br />

of the Buhari regime.<br />

IF what Mr. Edun has alleged as<br />

examples of former President<br />

Buhari’s actions which ruined<br />

Nigeria’s economy and unleashed<br />

inflationary rates to the sky,<br />

and caused the exponentially<br />

unprecedented decimation of the<br />

value/exchange rate of the Naira,<br />

I think he should be accorded the<br />

privilege to respond; as should his<br />

financial/economic teams and<br />

Central Bank leadership during the<br />

8 years of the Buhari presidency<br />

— a presidency of small things,<br />

of petty malice and ancient<br />

grudges, of crass nepotism and<br />

clannishness, of moral corruption<br />

and assorted inequities, of<br />

impunity and incapacity!<br />

CHIDO<br />



Dr. Chido Nwangwu, author<br />

of the forthcoming <strong>2024</strong> book,<br />

MLK, Mandela & Achebe: Power,<br />

Leadership and Identity, is<br />

Founder of the first Africanowned,<br />

U.S-based newspaper on<br />

the internet, USAfricaonline.com.<br />

He has appeared as an analyst<br />

on CNN, ALJazeera, SKYnews,<br />

etc. Follow him on X (Twitter) @<br />

Chido247.<br />

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By Ikenna Ngere<br />

Nigeria, the most<br />

populous nation in<br />

Africa and boasting<br />

the continent's largest<br />

economy, finds itself<br />

grappling with a<br />

severe threat of food insecurity<br />

and malnutrition. According to<br />

the latest report from the World<br />

Bank on Food Security, projections<br />

indicate that seven states across<br />

the North West and North East<br />

regions are poised to reach crisis<br />

levels of food insecurity in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

This alarming forecast, primarily,<br />

stems from persistent insecurity<br />

and armed conflicts, which have<br />

severely disrupted agricultural<br />

activities and livelihoods in these<br />

regions.<br />

Borno, Adamawa, Kaduna, Katsina,<br />

Yobe, Sokoto, and Zamfara<br />

are the most affected states.<br />

Additionally, specific areas within<br />

these regions, such as Abadam,<br />

Bama, Guzamala, and Marte,<br />

are expected to face emergency<br />

levels of food insecurity. Limited<br />

household food stocks and<br />

restricted access to markets and<br />

humanitarian aid exacerbate<br />

these predicaments. These areas<br />

are already in the throes of a<br />

large-scale humanitarian crisis,<br />

with approximately 8.3 million<br />

individuals requiring urgent<br />

assistance. Without prompt<br />

intervention, the number of people<br />

afflicted by acute malnutrition in<br />

these states is poised to escalate.<br />

How did Nigeria end up with a food<br />

crisis?<br />

Precarious and deteriorating<br />

food security conditions in the<br />

aforementioned states have<br />

marked the journey towards<br />

this impending food crisis. Over<br />

recent years, all seven states have<br />

witnessed a surge in violence and<br />

banditry, resulting in significant<br />

crop losses, rampant livestock<br />

theft, and the tragic loss of<br />

numerous farmers' lives. Notably,<br />

Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe have<br />

borne the brunt of the Boko Haram<br />

insurgency and the crisis in the<br />

Lake Chad Basin, which have<br />

wreaked havoc on local livelihoods.<br />

The severity of the situation is<br />

underscored by the findings<br />

of the 2021 Cadre Harmonisé<br />

analysis, a comprehensive<br />

regional framework assessing<br />

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food and nutrition security in the<br />

Sahel and West Africa. This analysis<br />

revealed that approximately 12.9<br />

million people across 21 states in<br />

Nigeria, including the seven states<br />

above, were grappling with acute<br />

food insecurity from October to<br />

December 2021. This marked a<br />

staggering 77% increase compared<br />

to 2020, when 7.3 million individuals<br />

faced high levels of acute food<br />

insecurity. These stark realities have<br />

led to these states being classified<br />

in IPC Phase 3 or above, indicative<br />

of severe food insecurity reaching<br />

crisis, emergency, or famine levels.<br />

In the past four years, Nigeria's food<br />

security landscape has been further<br />

destabilised by soaring food prices<br />

and inflation, significantly eroding<br />

the purchasing power of countless<br />

households. The latest Consumer<br />

Price Index (CPI) report from the<br />

National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)<br />

revealed that food inflation has<br />

surged to over 33%, the highest<br />

in approximately two decades.<br />

Moreover, since the onset of the<br />

COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, an<br />

• Farmers<br />

alarming 78% of Africans have<br />

found themselves unable to afford<br />

a nutritious diet. Beyond the seven<br />

mentioned states, the Food and<br />

Agricultural Organisation (FAO)<br />

has warned that around 5 million<br />

Nigerians will remain at risk of<br />

hunger in <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

Despite governmental efforts<br />

to address the crisis, including<br />

President Tinubu's declaration of<br />

a food insecurity emergency last<br />

July, tangible outcomes still need<br />

to be seen. Recent events, such as<br />

the revolt in Niger State triggered by<br />

soaring food prices and starvation,<br />

underscore the urgency of the<br />

situation.<br />

President Bola Tinubu has<br />

temporarily alleviated the crisis<br />

by authorising the release of over<br />

102,000 metric tons of various grains<br />

from the National Food Reserve<br />

and the Rice Millers Association of<br />

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• Food market<br />

Nigeria.<br />

However, a multifaceted<br />

approach is imperative to truly<br />

address the root causes and<br />

ensure lasting impact. This<br />

entails immediate relief efforts<br />

and sustainable interventions<br />

aimed at bolstering agricultural<br />

resilience, fostering peace and<br />

security, and mitigating the<br />

economic disparities exacerbating<br />

the crisis. Collaborative efforts<br />

involving governmental bodies,<br />

humanitarian organisations, local<br />

communities, and international<br />

partners are essential to navigate<br />

Nigeria's food crisis's complexities<br />

and safeguard all Nigerians' wellbeing.<br />

Sustainable food systems in the<br />

face of crisis<br />

To prevent a food crisis, many<br />

countries have adopted various<br />

measures to address the specific<br />

challenges they face. In 2016,<br />

Colombia faced a severe food<br />

crisis triggered by prolonged<br />

drought and violent conflict,<br />

President Bola<br />

Tinubu has<br />

temporarily<br />

alleviated<br />

the crisis by<br />

authorising the<br />

release of over<br />

102,000 metric<br />

tons of various<br />

grains from the<br />

National Food<br />

Reserve and<br />

the Rice Millers<br />

Association of<br />

Nigeria.<br />

disrupting food production and<br />

access. To combat this, Colombia<br />

initiated a multi-faceted approach.<br />

Firstly, a peace agreement was<br />

signed, ending the armed conflict<br />

between the Government and<br />

FARC rebels, aiming to tackle the<br />

root causes of conflict and improve<br />

food security.<br />

Subsequently, the National Food<br />

and Nutrition Security Policy<br />

was implemented, involving<br />

collaboration across sectors like<br />

agriculture, health, and education.<br />

The government also launched<br />

The Zero Hunger Pact, mobilising<br />

resources from various sectors<br />

and international cooperation.<br />

As a result, Colombia witnessed<br />

significant improvements, with<br />

poverty rates declining from 28.5%<br />

in 2016 to 17.5% in 2019 and undernourishment<br />

rates dropping from<br />

8.1% to 6.4% between 2014-2016 and<br />

2017-2019, respectively.<br />

Supporting family farming is a<br />

common solution for countries<br />

grappling with food crises.<br />

Family farming, reliant on family<br />

labour and management, is<br />

crucial in preserving traditional<br />

food products, maintaining<br />

agro-biodiversity, and ensuring<br />

sustainable resource use.<br />

Particularly vital in nations with<br />

expanding populations, small<br />

family farms serve as bastions of<br />

resilience. For instance, in Tanzania,<br />

the average small family farm<br />

generates a gross income of<br />

approximately $5,032 annually,<br />

predominantly through on-farm<br />

activities like crop cultivation and<br />

sales.<br />

Addressing escalating food prices<br />

demands innovative strategies<br />

surpassing mere food inflation<br />

interventions. India, for instance,<br />

introduced a minimum support<br />

price (MSP) for 22 crops in 2020,<br />

ensuring price stability and<br />

providing farmers with guaranteed<br />

incomes. Similarly, Nigeria is taking<br />

proactive measures, including<br />

releasing food from strategic<br />

reserves and curbing food<br />

hoarding.<br />

Nonetheless, there's no one-sizefits-all<br />

solution to rising food prices.<br />

Urgent intervention is needed<br />

in Nigeria's food security and<br />

nutrition landscape, necessitating<br />

comprehensive measures<br />

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addressing multifaceted factors<br />

affecting food security.<br />

How can Nigeria’s food crisis be<br />

tamed?<br />

To effectively address Nigeria’s<br />

food crisis, the current government<br />

should consider the following six<br />

issues:<br />

* Restoring Macroeconomic<br />

Stability<br />

To combat Nigeria's food<br />

crisis effectively, the current<br />

administration must confront two<br />

significant issues: the unstable<br />

foreign exchange rate and<br />

prevailing insecurity. This involves<br />

cracking down on crude oil theft,<br />

intensifying security measures,<br />

and resolving underlying<br />

ethnic and resource-based<br />

tensions nationwide. Prioritising<br />

diversification of the economy<br />

away from heavy reliance on oil<br />

revenue, with a special focus on<br />

agricultural investments, should be<br />

a top national agenda item.<br />

* Strengthening Policy<br />

Coordination<br />

Strong political commitment and<br />

improved policy coordination are<br />

critical to success. Establishing<br />

a High-Level Presidential Food<br />

System Delivery Unit to oversee<br />

policy implementation and<br />

data-driven decision-making<br />

is imperative for progress in<br />

addressing the food crisis.<br />

* Scaling, Speed, and Efficiency<br />

Substantial investments are<br />

needed to boost agricultural<br />

productivity, enhance<br />

infrastructure, and fortify market<br />

systems. While these investments<br />

may surpass the government’s<br />

capacity, leveraging financing<br />

from various stakeholders,<br />

including the private sector and<br />

development partners, is crucial.<br />

The government should lead by<br />

example by increasing the federal<br />

budget allocation to agriculture,<br />

moving closer to the 10% target<br />

set by the Malabo Declaration.<br />

Developing bankable National<br />

Agricultural Investment Plans<br />

and fostering collaborations with<br />

development finance institutions<br />

can also mitigate risks associated<br />

with private sector investments.<br />

* Temporarily Suspending Import<br />

Restrictions<br />

Evaluating and potentially easing<br />

• Food market<br />

• Food trader<br />

import restrictions on key inputs<br />

and food items can help stabilise<br />

prices without excessively relying<br />

on imports. During this interim<br />

period, the government could<br />

assume the role of sole importer<br />

through a dedicated food board<br />

to regulate supply and prices<br />

effectively.<br />

* Incentivising State Governments<br />

State governments should be<br />

incentivised to invest in bolstering<br />

their agricultural competitiveness<br />

through revenue-sharing<br />

programmes funded by corporate<br />

income tax contributions. This<br />

incentivisation can prompt<br />

state governors to prioritise and<br />

actively engage in agri-business<br />

development, thereby enhancing<br />

food production.<br />

* Prioritising Resilience Building<br />

Establishing social safety nets,<br />

investing in climate adaptation<br />

and mitigation, and creating food<br />

reserves are essential to reduce<br />

vulnerability to external shocks and<br />

ensure long-term food security.<br />

Nigeria's food crisis presents a<br />

critical challenge with profound<br />

implications for the nation's<br />

social and economic well-being.<br />

Urgent and well-coordinated<br />

efforts are required to alleviate<br />

current hardships and prevent<br />

further suffering. All stakeholders<br />

in Nigeria's agri-food system must<br />

prioritise actions to promote food<br />

security for all citizens, with the<br />

government taking a lead role in<br />

policy formulation and investment.<br />

With the current administration<br />

well into its first year, time is of the<br />

essence.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of Physics<br />

and Education, who works as a<br />

freelance writer. He has interest<br />

in technology, humanity<br />

and sports.<br />

www.theaccomplishmagazine.com<br />

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TRUMP<br />

BIDEN<br />

As the world watches the<br />

unfolding drama of the<br />

<strong>2024</strong> United States<br />

elections, many<br />

wonder about its<br />

impact on Africa, a<br />

continent often affected by the<br />

decisions of global superpowers. The<br />

outcome of these elections could,<br />

indeed, hold significant implications<br />

for Africa across various spheres,<br />

including politics, trade, and<br />

development aid.<br />

The <strong>2024</strong> US presidential election is<br />

steeped in anticipation, with two<br />

prominent figures dominating the<br />

landscape: President Biden and<br />

former President Donald J. Trump.<br />

These political heavyweights, who<br />

clashed in the fiercely contested<br />

2020 election, continue to exert a<br />

significant influence on the current<br />

campaign, shaping its trajectory.<br />

In particular, the resurgence of<br />

Donald Trump as the Republican<br />

front-runner has garnered scrutiny.<br />

Despite facing criticism for his<br />

controversial policies, Trump's base<br />

remains fervent, propelling him to<br />

prominence within the GOP. However,<br />

Trump's past remarks, including his<br />

widely reported derogatory language<br />

about certain parts of Africa during<br />

discussions on immigration, have<br />

<strong>2024</strong> US<br />


HOW<br />



IMPACT<br />

AFRICA?<br />

By Adebayo Afolabi<br />

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sparked concern, both domestically<br />

and internationally.<br />

In 2020, Trump implemented visa<br />

restrictions on Nigeria and three<br />

other African nations, exacerbating<br />

challenges for young Nigerians<br />

aspiring to study and work abroad.<br />

Despite this, the desire among<br />

Nigerian youth to pursue<br />

opportunities globally has only<br />

intensified. Throughout his tenure,<br />

President Trump's policies often<br />

proved unfavorable to Africa,<br />

particularly regarding immigration<br />

and visa regulations.<br />

In contrast, President Biden's<br />

administration has taken steps to<br />

champion the rights of marginalised<br />

communities, including those who<br />

identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,<br />

transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+).<br />

Through economic and development<br />

cooperation policies, Biden has<br />

sought to promote inclusivity,<br />

sending a signal of support to<br />

LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide.<br />

However, perceptions of these efforts<br />

in Africa may vary, reflecting the<br />

complex socio-cultural landscape of<br />

the continent and differing attitudes<br />

towards LGBTQ+ rights across various<br />

nations.<br />

One of the ways in which the US<br />

elections could affect Africa is<br />

through foreign policy. The US<br />

government plays a pivotal role in<br />

shaping international relations,<br />

including its engagement with<br />

African nations. Depending on which<br />

party wins the presidential election<br />

and its priorities, there could be shifts<br />

in US policy towards Africa.<br />

From a security standpoint, the<br />

United States holds a crucial role as a<br />

cornerstone in the global efforts to<br />

combat insurgencies across<br />

numerous African nations,<br />

particularly in the sub-continents of<br />

West and East Africa. The US provides<br />

support through various means,<br />

including intelligence sharing, military<br />

training, logistical assistance, and<br />

diplomatic engagement.<br />

This partnership is instrumental in<br />

bolstering the capabilities of African<br />

governments and regional security<br />

forces to address threats posed by<br />

insurgent groups such as Boko<br />

Haram in Nigeria, Al-Shabaab in<br />

Somalia, and various militant factions<br />

in the Sahel region.<br />

The outcome of the <strong>2024</strong> US<br />

presidential election holds significant<br />

implications for Africa's security<br />

landscape, as it will determine the<br />

In 2020, Trump<br />

implemented<br />

visa restrictions<br />

on Nigeria and<br />

three other<br />

African nations,<br />

exacerbating<br />

challenges for<br />

young Nigerians<br />

aspiring to study<br />

and work abroad.<br />

continuity or shifts in US foreign policy<br />

priorities, military engagements, and<br />

aid allocations to address security<br />

challenges on the continent. A<br />

change in leadership could lead to<br />

adjustments in strategy or levels of<br />

commitment, impacting the<br />

effectiveness of counter-insurgency<br />

efforts and regional stability in Africa.<br />

Trade is another aspect to consider.<br />

The United States is a major trading<br />

partner for several African countries,<br />

and changes in US trade policies can<br />

have far-reaching consequences.<br />

The imposition of tariffs, changes in<br />

trade agreements, or shifts in<br />

economic priorities could impact<br />

African economies, affecting<br />

industries such as agriculture,<br />

manufacturing, and technology.<br />

Moreover, trade policies influenced<br />

by the US elections could either<br />

promote or hinder Africa's integration<br />

into the global economy.<br />

Furthermore, the outcome of the US<br />

elections could influence<br />

development aid and investment in<br />

Africa. Historically, the US has been a<br />

significant contributor to<br />

development-assistance<br />

programmes in the region,<br />

supporting initiatives related to<br />

health care, education, infrastructure,<br />

and poverty alleviation. Depending<br />

on the priorities of the incoming<br />

administration, there may be<br />

changes in the allocation of foreign<br />

aid budgets or the focus of<br />

development initiatives. This, in turn,<br />

could affect the trajectory of social<br />

and economic development in<br />

African countries.<br />

Beyond these tangible impacts, the<br />

US elections also have symbolic<br />

significance for Africa. The outcome<br />

would send a message about the<br />

values and priorities of the American<br />

people and their leaders. It would<br />

shape perceptions of democracy,<br />

governance, and human rights on<br />

the global stage, including Africa.<br />

Moreover, the actions and rhetoric of<br />

US leaders can influence political<br />

dynamics within African countries,<br />

inspiring or emboldening certain<br />

movements.<br />

While the US elections hold<br />

significance for Africa, they are just<br />

one piece of the puzzle. African<br />

nations also have agency and<br />

autonomy in shaping their own<br />

destinies. They engage in bilateral<br />

and multilateral relationships with a<br />

range of global partners, pursue their<br />

own domestic agendas, and<br />

navigate geo-political dynamics in<br />

their own right. These, too, will play<br />

significant roles in how the outcome<br />

of the US elections would impact<br />

Africa.<br />



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HOW<br />





By Tolulope Akinruli<br />

So much is being said<br />

about the current<br />

state of Nigeria's<br />

economy and it's<br />

only natural for<br />

analysts to begin to<br />

consider how the<br />

situation affects households<br />

nationwide. With a population<br />

of approximately 200 million,<br />

Nigeria stands as Africa's most<br />

populous nation, boasting a<br />

diverse economy propelled by<br />

sectors such as oil and gas,<br />

agriculture, and an expanding<br />

service industry.<br />

The policies of the<br />

incumbent federal<br />

administration has led to<br />

severe hardship, unimaginable<br />

poverty, unemployment,<br />

frightening insecurity, spiraling<br />

increases in prices of food and<br />

other basic needs, and even<br />

scarcity of food and basic<br />

goods. For many people, the<br />

policies - including policy<br />

flip-flops - have made the<br />

current state of affairs<br />

inevitable. Yet, there are others<br />

who opine that what is being<br />

experienced now is the result of<br />

maladministration of decades<br />

past though the incumbent<br />

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administration may have<br />

wrong steps that worsened<br />

things. The former group point<br />

to the removal of petroleum<br />

subsidy without first making<br />

provisions that will mitigate the<br />

outcomes and the floating of<br />

the United States' dollar. They<br />

also allude to increasing<br />

electricity tariff and poor<br />

handling of food scarcity. This<br />

group allege that the<br />

government of President Bola<br />

Ahmed Tinubu is working<br />

against its own agenda of<br />

economic recovery by the way<br />

it has gone about its<br />

implementation.<br />

Truth be told, these negative<br />

economic showings didn't<br />

begin with the Tinubu<br />

administration but it's clear<br />

that the economic situation of<br />

the average Nigerian has<br />

gotten much more terrible<br />

under Tinubu's watch. Since he<br />

took the reins of office, Nigeria<br />

has experienced its worst<br />

economic recession, resulting<br />

in job losses and reduced<br />

household income for many<br />

families.<br />

A perceptive observer would<br />

note that the disturbing<br />

realities span all six geopolitical<br />

zones of the country, casting a<br />

shadow over the lives and<br />

well-being of citizens. In<br />

response to rising public<br />

discourse on the subject,<br />

Accomplish Magazine decided<br />

to find out how the economic<br />

situation is affecting families in<br />

the geopolitical zones. The<br />

respondents include Mrs.<br />

Deborah Olorunshe, a retail<br />

trader from Kogi State (North<br />

Central); Mrs. Aishat Jallor<br />

Abubakar, a social worker from<br />

Adamawa (North East); Mrs.<br />

Zainab Abdulrahman, a<br />

microbiologist from Jigawa<br />

(North West); Mrs. Cynthia<br />

Egboh, a chef from Enugu<br />

State(South East); Mrs.<br />

Oberhirhi Okogun, a marketer<br />

and dentist from Delta State<br />

(South-South); and Mrs.<br />

Omolara Adebiji, a chemist<br />

(South West). They shared how<br />

their respective families have<br />

been affected by the economic<br />

crunch.<br />

Mrs. Deborah Olorunshe<br />

Accomplish Magazine: How has the<br />

economic situation in the North<br />

Central geopolitical zone impacted<br />

your family in terms of job<br />

opportunities and income stability?<br />

Mrs. Deborah Olorunshe:<br />

One of the major issues affecting job<br />

opportunities is the lack of<br />

industrialisation and investment in key<br />

sectors. The zone has predominantly<br />

been reliant on agriculture, and while<br />

this sector employs many, it is largely<br />

informal and does not offer stable<br />

income opportunities. Many families<br />

struggle to make ends meet, as a<br />

result, leading to increased poverty<br />

levels and societal unrest. The lack of<br />

job opportunities has also forced<br />

many individuals to seek<br />

employment in other parts of the<br />

country or even abroad, leading to a<br />

separation of families and further<br />

economic strain. This hurts family<br />

stability and cohesion, as individuals<br />

are forced to leave their loved ones<br />

behind in search of better economic<br />

opportunities.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: What<br />

should the government do to<br />

mitigate the economic challenges<br />

faced by families in the North<br />

Central zone?<br />

Mrs. Deborah Olorunshe:<br />

The government has a responsibility<br />

to create an enabling environment<br />

for businesses to thrive and create<br />

job opportunities. This can be<br />

achieved through investment in<br />

infrastructure, improving the ease of<br />

doing business, and providing<br />

incentives for private sector<br />

investment in the zone. They can<br />

also play a role in providing social<br />

safety nets for families facing<br />

economic hardship by providing<br />

cash transfer programmes, job<br />

training initiatives, and support for<br />

small businesses. By providing these<br />

interventions, I believe the<br />

government can help to alleviate<br />

the financial burden on families and<br />

improve their overall economic<br />

stability.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: What are the<br />

main challenges families in the North<br />

East zone are facing regarding the<br />

economy, and how are they coping<br />

with them?<br />

Mrs. Aishat Jallor Abubakar: The<br />

ongoing conflicts has disrupted many<br />

businesses and industries in the<br />

region, leading to high levels of<br />

unemployment. Boko Haram<br />

insurgency has resulted in economic<br />

and social disruption, widespread<br />

displacement, loss of lives, destruction<br />

of infrastructure, and a severe strain<br />

on the region's economy. As a result,<br />

families in the region are having a<br />

hard time coping with the economic<br />

hardships and lack of access to basic<br />

amenities and infrastructure.<br />

Mrs. Aishat Jallor Abubakar<br />

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Accomplish Magazine:<br />

How are families in the North East<br />

zone adapting to the economic<br />

situation in terms of access to basic<br />

amenities and infrastructure?<br />

Mrs. Aishat Jallor Abubakar:<br />

Well, families have to rely on<br />

alternative sources of water, such as<br />

rivers and wells, which may be<br />

contaminated and unsafe for<br />

consumption. Some others have to<br />

invest in water purification methods or<br />

travel long distances to access clean<br />

water, invest in alternative sources of<br />

energy, such as generators or solar<br />

panels, to meet their energy needs.<br />

Sone support has also come from<br />

humanitarian organisations and<br />

government assistance programmes<br />

to meet their basic needs, among<br />

many others.<br />

Accomplish Magazine:<br />

How has the economic<br />

downturn affected the<br />

standard of living for families<br />

in the North West zone?<br />

Mrs. Zainab Abdulrahman:<br />

The fact is that many families<br />

have lost their sources of<br />

income as businesses have<br />

struggled to survive in the harsh<br />

economic climate. This has led<br />

to a decline in the standard of<br />

living. Families are unable to<br />

afford basic needs such as<br />

food, shelter, and health care.<br />

The lack of economic<br />

opportunities has also hurt<br />

education, as they are unable<br />

to afford school fees and other<br />

educational expenses for their<br />

children.<br />

Accomplish Magazine:<br />

What initiatives are in place to<br />

support families in the North<br />

West zone to overcome the<br />

economic hardships they are<br />

facing?<br />

Mrs. Zainab Abdulrahman:<br />

Government and some<br />

organisations are making<br />

efforts to support small-scale<br />

businesses and agriculture by<br />

providing access to microfinance<br />

and credit facilities to<br />

help entrepreneurs and farmers<br />

rebuild their businesses. The<br />

government has been investing<br />

in infrastructure and<br />

development projects in the<br />

region, to create more<br />

economic opportunities for<br />

families in this zone.<br />

Accomplish Magazine:<br />

In what ways has the economic<br />

situation in the South East zone<br />

affected families in terms of<br />

entrepreneurship and business<br />

opportunities?<br />

Mrs. Cynthia Egboh:<br />

The lack of infrastructure,<br />

government support, and access<br />

to capital has made it difficult for<br />

entrepreneurs to start and<br />

sustain their businesses. Many<br />

families have had to either shut<br />

down their businesses or<br />

downsize to survive. This has not<br />

only affected families' income<br />

and financial security but has<br />

also hurt the overall economy of<br />

the region.<br />

Accomplish Magazine:<br />

How are families in the South<br />

East zone coping with the<br />

economic challenges in<br />

terms of securing stable<br />

employment and financial<br />

security?<br />

Mrs. Cynthia Egboh:<br />

Many individuals have turned<br />

to small-scale farming,<br />

trading, and artisan work as a<br />

means of generating income.<br />

This has allowed families to<br />

sustain themselves and<br />

provide for their basic needs,<br />

albeit with much difficulty.<br />

While some others had to rely<br />

on the support of extended<br />

family members and<br />

community networks to<br />

survive.<br />

Mrs. Cynthia Egboh<br />

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Accomplish Magazine:<br />

What are the main economic<br />

challenges facing families in the<br />

South-South zone, and how are they<br />

managing to overcome them?<br />

Mrs. Oberhirhi Okogun:<br />

There are high unemployment rates, low<br />

wages, a lack of access to basic<br />

amenities, and much more. But, many<br />

families came together to provide<br />

financial assistance, share resources,<br />

and offer emotional support during<br />

tough times. This sense of communal<br />

unity and cooperation has been<br />

instrumental in alleviating the economic<br />

burdens faced in the zone to some<br />

extent.<br />

Accomplish Magazine:<br />

What measures have been<br />

introduced to alleviate the economic<br />

burden on families in the South-<br />

South zone, and how effective have<br />

they been?<br />

Mrs. Oberhirhi Okogun:<br />

It is very obvious that the South-South<br />

zone is a major hub for the oil and gas<br />

industry in Nigeria. The government has<br />

introduced measures to ensure that the<br />

region benefits, somewhat, from the<br />

revenue generated from the oil and gas<br />

sector, through the implementation of<br />

policies such as the Niger Delta<br />

Development Commission (NDDC) and<br />

the Presidential Amnesty Programme.<br />

These programmes aim to address the<br />

socio-economic and environmental<br />

challenges facing the region and<br />

empower the people through skills<br />

acquisition and human capital<br />

development. If executed well, they will<br />

be effective investments in roads,<br />

electricity, and other critical<br />

infrastructure that is essential for<br />

economic development.<br />

Mrs. Oberhirhi Okogun<br />

Mrs. Omolara Adebiji<br />

Accomplish Magazine:<br />

How are families in the South West<br />

zone being impacted by the<br />

economic situation in terms of<br />

education and health care<br />

accessibility?<br />

Mrs. Omolara Adebiji:<br />

The increase in school fees and<br />

related expenses has made it difficult<br />

for many families to enroll their<br />

children in schools. Moreover, the cost<br />

of educational materials and<br />

textbooks has also risen, placing a<br />

heavy financial burden on parents. As<br />

a result, many children from lowincome<br />

families are being forced to<br />

drop out of school or are receiving<br />

substandard education.<br />

Many families are unable to afford<br />

basic medical care and essential<br />

medications and many preventable<br />

illnesses are often left untreated,<br />

leading to increased health risks for<br />

children and their families.<br />

Accomplish Magazine:<br />

How has the economic situation in<br />

the South West zone impacted<br />

families in terms of social welfare<br />

and support systems?<br />

Mrs. Omolara Adebiji:<br />

One of the major impacts of the<br />

economic situation is the strain it has<br />

placed on families' ability to get basic<br />

needs. High unemployment rates,<br />

inflation, and a lack of access to<br />

affordable housing have led to many<br />

families struggling to make ends<br />

meet. This has resulted in increased<br />

stress and anxiety within households,<br />

as parents struggle with the pressure<br />

of providing for their children in an<br />

increasingly difficult economic<br />

climate.<br />

Conclusion<br />

From the views of the women<br />

interviewed, it is clear that Nigeria's<br />

struggling economy is having a<br />

frustrating impact on families<br />

across the six geopolitical zones.<br />

The economic challenges have led<br />

to increased poverty, limited access<br />

to basic services, and heightened<br />

financial stress. The federal, state<br />

and local governments must<br />

intentionally prioritise economic<br />

development and diversification to<br />

alleviate the burden on families and<br />

create opportunities for a truly<br />

brighter future.<br />



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By Victor Olewunne<br />

Military ethics refers to the moral<br />

principles and values that guide the<br />

conduct and behaviour of individuals<br />

within the armed forces, as well as<br />

the ethical considerations that shape<br />

military operations, decision-making<br />

processes, and interactions with both enemies<br />

and civilians. These ethics encompass a range of<br />

principles. An analysis of how these principles are<br />

applied on Nigerian citizens present nothing but sad<br />

memoirs.<br />

In Nigeria, the intersection of military ethics and<br />

civilian life has become a contentious and complex<br />

terrain. The foundational principles of military ethics,<br />

designed to guide the conduct of armed forces with<br />

integrity and justice, face numerous challenges<br />

when applied to Nigerian citizens. This analysis looks<br />

into the application of military ethics within Nigeria's<br />

socio-political context, highlighting the failures in<br />

upholding these ethical standards.<br />

Respect for Human Dignity<br />

At the heart of military ethics lies<br />

the principle of respecting human<br />

dignity. However, instances of human<br />

rights abuses, extra-judicial killings,<br />

and brutal crackdowns on protests<br />

have tarnished this principle in<br />

Nigeria. Citizens, especially in conflictaffected<br />

regions or during civil unrest,<br />

often find themselves subjected to<br />

egregious violations of their dignity by<br />

security agencies. The shocking public<br />

massacre of IPOB protesters in Aba<br />

and EndSARS protesters in Lagos by<br />

the Nigerian military is still fresh in our<br />

minds. These actions not only betray<br />

the trust between the military and the<br />

populace but also undermine the very<br />

essence of ethical conduct expected<br />

from armed forces and other security<br />

agencies.<br />

Integrity and Accountability<br />

Integrity and accountability form<br />

the bedrock of a trustworthy military<br />

institution. Regrettably, Nigeria<br />

has grappled with allegations of<br />

corruption, impunity, and a lack of<br />

accountability within its armed forces<br />

and security agencies. Allegations<br />

in certain circles claim that military<br />

budgets end up in private accounts.<br />

Cases of embezzlement, bribery,<br />

collusion with oil thieves and other<br />

criminals not only erode public<br />

confidence but also weaken the<br />

moral fabric of the military. Without<br />

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sectional, economic or personal<br />

interest? This underscores the need<br />

for greater accountability and<br />

adherence to ethical norms.<br />

Conclusion<br />

The application of military ethics<br />

to Nigerian citizens is fraught with<br />

challenges, double standards and<br />

contradictions. While the principles of<br />

respect for human dignity, integrity,<br />

protection of non-combatants, and<br />

ethical decision-making offer a<br />

framework for ethical conduct, their<br />

realisation remains elusive in many<br />

instances. To truly honour the ethical<br />

obligations owed to Nigerian citizens,<br />

there must be a concerted effort to<br />

address systemic issues of injustice,<br />

corruption, impunity, and lack of<br />

accountability within the military.<br />

Only through genuine commitment<br />

to upholding these ethical standards,<br />

fostering transparency, and<br />

respecting the rights and dignity of all<br />

citizens can the Nigerian military fulfill<br />

its duty to serve with honour, integrity,<br />

and justice.<br />

robust mechanisms to ensure<br />

transparency and hold perpetrators<br />

accountable, the ethical standards<br />

upheld by military ethics remain<br />

hollow promises to Nigerian citizens.<br />

Protection of Non-Combatants<br />

(Civilians)<br />

The protection of civilians is a central<br />

tenet of military ethics, enshrined<br />

in international humanitarian law.<br />

Sadly however, civilian casualties<br />

resulting from military operations<br />

have become distressingly common<br />

in Nigeria. Conflict zones witness<br />

the tragic toll of violence, often with<br />

civilians bearing the brunt of military<br />

actions. The recent killings by the<br />

military at Okuama in Delta State,<br />

justified by military apologists as<br />

act of loyalty to fallen colleagues,<br />

stand out as gross violation of<br />

military ethics taken too far. Women,<br />

children and the elderly were not<br />

spared. The failure to adequately<br />

safeguard non-combatants not only<br />

violates ethical standards but also<br />

perpetuates cycles of suffering and<br />

mistrust among Nigerian citizens.<br />

The point must be made that the<br />

killing of 16 Nigerian soldiers is very<br />

unjustifiable and callous but does the<br />

all-out reprisal killings of unarmed<br />

civilians and the razing of Okuama<br />

instead of fishing out the perpetrators<br />

of that dastardly act for justice match<br />

international standards of military<br />

ethics?<br />

Ethical Decision Making<br />

Ethical decision-making is imperative<br />

for military leaders, especially in<br />

complex and high-pressure situations<br />

that have become inevitably<br />

prevalent in Nigeria. Political problems<br />

are addressed with sledge-hammer<br />

military action. Yet, concerns persist<br />

regarding the transparency and<br />

ethical rigour of decision-making<br />

processes within the Nigerian<br />

military. Political interference, lack<br />

of consultation, and skewed or<br />

opaque decision-making often cloud<br />

the judgment of military leaders,<br />

compromising the ethical integrity<br />

of their actions. This raises questions<br />

about whose interests are prioritised<br />

in military decisions: ethnic interest,<br />

VICTOR<br />



Victor Olewunne, the Ethicist,<br />

is a public affairs analyst and<br />

Founder, African Foundation for<br />

Ethics and Social Responsibility.<br />

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World Health Day<br />

Can Nigeria<br />

Become<br />

A Medical<br />

Tourism Hub?<br />

By Harry Choms<br />

Every year, on April 7th, the global community commemorates World<br />

Health Day, a significant event sponsored by the World Health<br />

Organization (WHO) and other affiliated organisations. The first<br />

World Health Assembly established the inaugural celebration in 1950,<br />

marking the anniversary of WHO's founding. This observance serves as a<br />

platform for WHO to draw attention to critical global health issues, joining<br />

the ranks of its other flagship campaigns such as World Tuberculosis Day,<br />

World Immunisation Week, and others.<br />

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The Essence of World Health Day<br />

World Health Day is more than just a<br />

date on the calendar; it symbolises<br />

a moment of reflection on the<br />

prevailing health challenges<br />

worldwide and the progress made<br />

in addressing them. It unites<br />

stakeholders from various sectors to<br />

advocate for sustainable health<br />

policies and practices, fostering<br />

collaboration towards better health<br />

outcomes.<br />

<strong>2024</strong> Focus: Global Action for<br />

Universal Health<br />

In <strong>2024</strong>, the theme for World Health<br />

Day emphasises the urgent need<br />

for universal health coverage,<br />

ensuring that everyone, regardless<br />

of their circumstances, can access<br />

essential health services without<br />

financial hardship. This call to action<br />

aims to bridge global health equity,<br />

access, and quality gaps.<br />

Objectives of World Health Day<br />

<strong>2024</strong>:<br />

• Advocate for Universal Health<br />

Coverage: Emphasise the<br />

necessity of accessible,<br />

affordable, and high-quality<br />

health care services for all<br />

individuals, regardless of<br />

geographical location or socioeconomic<br />

status.<br />

• Promote Health Equity: Address<br />

disparities in health access and<br />

outcomes, particularly among<br />

marginalised populations, to<br />

ensure everyone has an equal<br />

opportunity to lead a healthy life.<br />

• Encourage Healthy Behaviours:<br />

Raise awareness and promote<br />

the adoption of healthy lifestyles<br />

to prevent diseases and enhance<br />

overall well-being, contributing to<br />

a healthier global population.<br />

• Strengthen Health Systems:<br />

Support the development of<br />

robust and resilient health<br />

systems capable of effectively<br />

addressing existing health<br />

challenges and emerging crises.<br />

Aligning with Sustainable<br />

Development Goals<br />

Celebrating World Health Day aligns<br />

with the broader agenda of<br />

Sustainable Development Goal 3:<br />

Good Health and Well-being. It<br />

underscores the vital role of health<br />

in building prosperous and<br />

sustainable societies, emphasising<br />

its inter-connectedness with other<br />

sustainable development<br />

objectives, such as reducing<br />

inequalities and fostering<br />

meaningful partnerships for global<br />

health improvement.<br />

Can Nigeria Become A Medical<br />

Tourism Hub?<br />

As the global health care landscape<br />

evolves, countries are exploring<br />

opportunities to enhance their<br />

medical tourism sector. With<br />

growing health care infrastructure<br />

and services investments, the<br />

question arises: Can Nigeria<br />

become a medical tourism hub?<br />

Accomplish Magazine delves into<br />

the current state of medical tourism<br />

in Nigeria, assessing the factors<br />

influencing its potential as a key<br />

destination, and exploring the<br />

challenges and opportunities<br />

ahead.<br />

The Current State of Medical<br />

Tourism in Nigeria<br />

Nigeria has significantly developed<br />

its health care infrastructure,<br />

attracting patients from<br />

neighbouring countries for<br />

specialised treatments. Top-tier<br />

hospitals and medical facilities in<br />

cities such as Lagos, Abuja, Port<br />

Harcourt and Enugu offer various<br />

medical services, including<br />

cardiology, oncology, and<br />

orthopaedics. However, the<br />

country's medical tourism sector is<br />

still nascent, facing stiff competition<br />

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota<br />

from established hubs like India,<br />

Singapore, and Thailand.<br />

The country is committed to<br />

addressing the issue of health care<br />

brain drain by establishing cuttingedge<br />

health care infrastructure. This<br />

move aims to reduce the need for<br />

Nigerians to seek medical attention<br />

abroad, thereby conserving foreign<br />

currency reserves and fostering<br />

employment opportunities. The<br />

concern arises from statistics<br />

indicating that Nigerians spend a<br />

significant annual sum, ranging<br />

from $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion, on<br />

medical trips overseas.<br />

Medical Expertise<br />

Nigerian doctors and specialists are<br />

well-regarded internationally for<br />

their skills and expertise in various<br />

medical fields. Many have been<br />

trained in prestigious institutions<br />

worldwide, bringing back invaluable<br />

experience and knowledge.<br />

Advanced Facilities: Several<br />

world-class hospitals and clinics<br />

have state-of-the-art technology<br />

and facilities in major Nigerian cities.<br />

These facilities adhere to<br />

international standards and offer<br />

various medical services.<br />

Efforts to Tackle Health Care Brain<br />

Drain<br />

Nigeria has a rich pool of highly<br />

skilled health care professionals<br />

trained in esteemed institutions<br />

globally. This ensures top-notch<br />

medical services for those seeking<br />

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treatment within the country.<br />

Nigeria takes pride in its advanced<br />

health care infrastructure, which is<br />

among the most sophisticated in<br />

Africa. These modern medical<br />

facilities offer a comprehensive<br />

range of surgical procedures and<br />

treatments, attracting medical<br />

tourists seeking specialised care like<br />

cardiovascular surgery, cancer<br />

treatment, and organ transplants.<br />

Strain on Foreign Exchange<br />

Reserves<br />

This substantial expenditure has put<br />

considerable strain on Nigeria's<br />

foreign exchange reserves. Despite<br />

its robust economy and abundant<br />

resources, Nigeria's health care<br />

system and infrastructure have<br />

consistently received poor ratings.<br />

The inadequacies in the health care<br />

system are often overlooked due to<br />

the political elite's preference for<br />

medical tourism. Experts caution<br />

that the government must actively<br />

address the medical, legal, and<br />

social issues associated with clinical<br />

tourism. Furthermore, attention<br />

must be given to the financial<br />

burden faced by individuals unable<br />

to access medical treatment within<br />

the country.<br />

Economic Benefits of Medical<br />

Tourism<br />

It's important to highlight that<br />

medical tourism can positively<br />

impact Nigeria's economy by<br />

generating foreign exchange<br />

revenue, creating job opportunities,<br />

and boosting investments in health<br />

care. The expansion of clinical<br />

tourism sets the stage for improved<br />

health care systems and enhanced<br />

patient care, benefiting both<br />

domestic and international<br />

individuals. Moreover, this growth<br />

facilitates the exchange of valuable<br />

medical knowledge and practices,<br />

allowing Nigerian health care<br />

professionals to collaborate with<br />

their global counterparts and<br />

ultimately improve health<br />

outcomes.<br />

Driving Factors and Enhancements<br />

Nigeria's readiness to embrace<br />

medical tourism stems from<br />

advancements in clinical<br />

technology, disparities in health<br />

care regulations, global economic<br />

imbalances, and globalisation. To<br />

maximise this potential, there is an<br />

emphasis on retaining immigrant<br />

health care professionals within<br />

Nigeria and ensuring that the<br />

country's health care facilities and<br />

personnel meet international<br />

standards. Fair remuneration and<br />

the contributions of organisations<br />

like Duchess Worldwide are crucial<br />

in enhancing employment<br />

prospects and attracting medical<br />

tourists.<br />

Factors Influencing Nigeria's<br />

Potential as a Medical Tourism Hub<br />

1. Geographical Location: Situated<br />

in West Africa, Nigeria enjoys<br />

strategic proximity to countries<br />

with limited health care resources,<br />

making it an accessible<br />

destination for patients seeking<br />

quality medical care.<br />

2. Diverse Health Care Services:<br />

Nigeria boasts a diverse health<br />

care landscape, with hospitals<br />

and clinics equipped to handle<br />

complex medical procedures,<br />

from organ transplants to fertility<br />

treatments.<br />

3. Government Support: The<br />

Nigerian government has<br />

recognised the potential of<br />

medical tourism as a revenuegenerating<br />

sector and is<br />

implementing policies to attract<br />

foreign patients and investment.<br />

4. Cultural Heritage: Nigeria's rich<br />

cultural heritage and warm<br />

hospitality add value to the<br />

patient experience, making it an<br />

attractive destination for medical<br />

tourists.<br />

How We Can Position Nigeria As A<br />

Medical Tourism Hub?<br />

Championing Our Health Care<br />

Heroes<br />

Nigeria's journey to becoming a<br />

leading medical tourism destination<br />

hinges on a transformative shift in<br />

our health care narrative. It calls for<br />

a collective embrace of gratitude<br />

towards our health care institutions<br />

as we bid farewell to subpar<br />

standards of care. A compelling<br />

insight emerged from my recent<br />

discussions with a passionate<br />

health care professional dedicated<br />

to elevating Nigeria's medical<br />

landscape. He observed a<br />

significant surge in Nigerian doctors<br />

actively pursuing global medical<br />

standards and staying updated<br />

through international conferences.<br />

This underscores a prevailing<br />

commitment within the medical<br />

community towards excellence.<br />

Notably, the Nigerian Medical and<br />

Dental Council (MDCN) hosts an<br />

annual medical exhibition where<br />

hospitals showcase their<br />

advancements, signalling progress<br />

in the medical domain.<br />

Hence, it's imperative to endorse<br />

and utilise Nigerian health care<br />

facilities.<br />

Hospitals Need To Focus on Selling<br />

Value Propositions & Their Potential<br />

A critical hurdle lies in the regulatory<br />

constraints of medical governing<br />

bodies. The Nigerian Medical Ethical<br />

Conduct Guide by the MDCN<br />

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imposes restrictions on hospitals,<br />

prohibiting them from advertising<br />

their services. While we anticipate<br />

the overdue review of these<br />

restrictions to amplify health care<br />

facilities' visibility and knowledge<br />

dissemination for patients and<br />

practitioners alike, there are<br />

strategic avenues hospitals can<br />

explore to promote their services:<br />

*Building Robust Brands: Hospitals<br />

should cultivate strong brand<br />

identities through online and offline<br />

presence, fostering trust and<br />

reliability. Regularly disseminating<br />

informative content can effectively<br />

communicate their value<br />

proposition.<br />

*Establishing Patient Liaison Roles:<br />

Implementing dedicated patient<br />

liaison roles ensures prompt and<br />

satisfactory responses to inquiries<br />

and concerns, enhancing overall<br />

patient experience.<br />

*Adaptable Sales Strategies:<br />

Hospitals can devise flexible<br />

payment plans catering to diverse<br />

income brackets, collaborating with<br />

insurance organisations to broaden<br />

accessibility to health care services.<br />

Public-Private Collaboration<br />

The government and private sector<br />

synergy is pivotal to fortifying<br />

Nigeria's health care ecosystem.<br />

This collaboration must span policy<br />

formulation, infrastructure<br />

development, and educational<br />

enhancements. It encompasses:<br />

*Quality Evaluation of Medical<br />

Professionals: Rigorous vetting<br />

processes for doctors must be<br />

instituted to mitigate sub-standard<br />

care instances and deter brain<br />

drain. Additionally, incentivising work<br />

conditions can curb attrition rates.<br />

*Government Patronage: Policies<br />

must be enacted to ensure<br />

government support and utilisation<br />

of local health care services,<br />

fostering development and<br />

accessibility, particularly for<br />

underserved populations.<br />

*Combatting Corruption: Vigilance<br />

against corruption is paramount to<br />

prevent the misappropriation of<br />

health care funds, ensuring efficient<br />

resource allocation for<br />

infrastructure upgrades and service<br />

enhancement.<br />

Embracing Innovation<br />

Embracing innovative initiatives is<br />

instrumental in propelling the health<br />

care sector forward. Facilitating the<br />

emergence of medical start-ups<br />

and fostering technological<br />

advancements can revolutionise<br />

health care delivery. Digital health<br />

start-ups like NEWMED, DoctorNow,<br />

and Flying Doctors Nigeria are<br />

pioneering accessible health care<br />

solutions across demographics.<br />

Future Outlook<br />

With continuous efforts to overcome<br />

challenges and leverage<br />

opportunities, Nigeria can position<br />

itself as a premier destination for<br />

medical tourism hub in Africa and<br />

beyond. By harnessing its medical<br />

expertise, advanced facilities, and<br />

cultural appeal, the country can<br />

provide high-quality health care<br />

services to diverse patients.<br />

Nigeria can emerge as a prominent<br />

player in the global medical tourism<br />

industry. The country is poised to<br />

attract patients worldwide with a<br />

strong health care infrastructure,<br />

government support, and a<br />

commitment to quality care. By<br />

addressing challenges and<br />

leveraging opportunities, Nigeria<br />

can capitalise on its strengths and<br />

transform into a thriving medical<br />

tourism hub.<br />

Let's support and promote<br />

Nigeria's journey towards<br />

becoming a preferred destination<br />

for medical travellers.<br />

So, this World Health Day, let's<br />

envision Nigeria's journey towards<br />

becoming a beacon of health care<br />

excellence in international medical<br />

tourism.<br />



Harry Choms is a freelance writer<br />

with a passion for words and a<br />

keen eye for details, an editor, and<br />

an avid tech believer. His works<br />

can be seen on EntrepreneurNG.<br />

com, Imautomator, Secureblitz,<br />

Withinnigeria, Feelgospel,<br />

Kemifilani, and Glamsquad<br />

Magazine. He is the Webmaster<br />

and sole owner of Matrismart.com<br />

and biowiki.com.ng.<br />

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas<br />

NASS<br />

Parliamentary<br />

System or<br />

Restructuring:<br />

A Country at Self-<br />

Inflicted Crossroad<br />

By Dave Baro-Thomas<br />

For a country rocked<br />

violently by massive<br />

hunger and increasing<br />

security breaches,<br />

countless solutions<br />

abound for getting out<br />

of the woods, and one of the most<br />

ludicrous prepositions is to revert<br />

the country to the parliamentary<br />

system of government. A system<br />

of governance truncated almost<br />

60 years ago is, today, being<br />

sponsored by 60 members of the<br />

Green Chambers of the National<br />

Assembly, and the bill is already on<br />

its second reading!<br />

The most potent argument against<br />

the current presidential system<br />

is that it is too expensive, but is<br />

the parliamentary or presidential<br />

system of government the problem<br />

of this country? Whose interest are<br />

these 60 lawmakers projecting?<br />

This agitation for a parliamentary<br />

system is simply a wild goose<br />

chase orchestrated to toy with<br />

the emotions of Nigerians, and it<br />

is a charade taken too far. Can<br />

these lawmakers, honestly, return<br />

this country to a unicameral<br />

parliamentary system if cost-cutting<br />

is the motive? Can they muster the<br />

required votes to realise this?<br />

Let us assume that by a stroke<br />

of luck, this sham sails through,<br />

can Nigerians trust a few<br />

parliamentarians to produce a<br />

government that will truly reflect<br />

the wishes of the people, or would<br />

we transit from an era of filling the<br />

pockets of a few allegedly corrupt<br />

judges/legislators/ministers to<br />

making new sets of fewer, illicit<br />

billionaires in the parliament<br />

alongside their acolytes in the other<br />

arms of government and reenacting<br />

the days of the Wild-Wild-West?<br />

Great Britain, the mother of all<br />

parliamentary democracies and<br />

the American-invented presidential<br />

system have been around for<br />

centuries and still serving their<br />

respective purposes around<br />

the globe. Indeed, the call for a<br />

parliamentary system is a futile<br />

exercise that the purveyors know is<br />

dead on arrival, and as usual, the<br />

charade will go through the House<br />

of Representatives, but the Senate<br />

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will shoot it down like a misguided<br />

meteorite because it is all prearranged<br />

to keep the proletariats<br />

busy.<br />

The presidential system is not the<br />

problem. The age-long parasite<br />

killing the country is CORRUPTION!<br />

Pure and simple!<br />

The biggest worry for some sections<br />

of the country is restructuring: a<br />

loose federalism, or an outright<br />

confederation, given the fall-out of<br />

some ethnic-sensitive questions<br />

grossly mismanaged by the<br />

penultimate administration. It has<br />

deepened the restiveness and<br />

ethnic nationalities' consciousness<br />

in addition to the age-long underbellies<br />

of resource control pushed<br />

by a segment of the country, and<br />

understandably so.<br />

For many, the indisputable<br />

roadmap to a restructured Nigeria<br />

is a dispassionate constitutional<br />

reform. Therefore, dismantling the<br />

1999 Constitution is inevitable. So,<br />

whether it is called devolution of<br />

power or restructuring, the matter<br />

is straightforward enough –<br />

strategically depopulate the content<br />

of the Exclusive List and provide<br />

greater latitude and influence for the<br />

federating units by expanding the<br />

Concurrent List.<br />

Studies affirm, and it is public<br />

knowledge on the website of the<br />

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that every<br />

state in the federation is endowed<br />

with significant amounts of natural<br />

resources to make them viable.<br />

Sadly, the current constitution<br />

supports these kwashiorkor-like<br />

states to come begging with caps in<br />

hand every month for undeserved<br />

victuals/manna from the centre.<br />

So, we are at a self-inflicted<br />

crossroad because it is difficult to<br />

understand how people can be<br />

afraid to move forward, conquer<br />

their spaces, and set in motion a<br />

guaranteed better destiny! The key<br />

to the great possibilities in front of<br />

this country is restructuring if we can<br />

approach it with mutual respect,<br />

sincerity, and support, and a mind of<br />

collective destiny as a people bound<br />

together by providence.<br />

The most profound obstacles to<br />

restructuring in this country are<br />

suspicions and unfounded fears.<br />

Every segment of this country will<br />

thrive with restructuring, but haters<br />

and narrow-minded Nigerians<br />

should purge themselves from<br />

unpatriotic tendencies.<br />

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio<br />

DAVE<br />



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You Too Can<br />

Overcome<br />

Addiction!<br />

(A story in pictures)<br />

Me, completely broken,<br />

93 pounds, living on the<br />

streets, living in fear, in<br />

pain, addicted to meth<br />

and heroin, and ready for<br />

my life to finally end. I had<br />

endocarditis twice from<br />

using meth and I had a<br />

hole in my heart. My mom<br />

took that picture when<br />

she went to rescue me.<br />

I took this picture<br />

recently. Didn't care<br />

about angles. Just<br />

wanted to show my<br />

happiness. Nine<br />

months clean! I fought<br />

hard for months in the<br />

hospital, survived<br />

heart surgery, gained<br />

40 pounds, got a place<br />

to live, and I have my<br />

family and my two<br />

cats that help me.<br />

I've posted the "Before" picture a lot but my<br />

story is important. Recovery is possible and it<br />

is worth it!<br />

Editor's Note: This piece was originally written by Tiana<br />

Sullivan without a title and published by Quora.com.<br />

Forget Abo<br />

on Building<br />

If you’re just starting<br />

your entrepreneurship<br />

journey to build an<br />

awesome product, I<br />

bet you don’t like this<br />

quote: Even the greatest<br />

ideas need a<br />

megaphone. Without<br />

marketing, they’re just<br />

whispers in the wind. -<br />

Jeffrey Eisenberg in "The<br />

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projects on the side. No<br />

shareholders are dictating<br />

any road map. I do not<br />

financially rely on my<br />

product’s success. To put it<br />

another way: I am not<br />

dependent on the financial<br />

success of my side projects<br />

and can let time play for<br />

me. I’m not a pro marketer<br />

yet, and I know marketing<br />

does matter. However, I still<br />

wanted to get improvement,<br />

so I focused on what I could<br />

control: the quality of my<br />

product.<br />

"Generally, I don’t let<br />

my business make<br />

me too happy, so<br />

that it can’t make<br />

me too sad."<br />

- Sahil Lavingia in ,"The<br />

Minimalist Entrepreneur".<br />

ut Marketing. Focus<br />

An Awesome Product.<br />

Rice and Beans Millionaire".<br />

Or, this one: "Great products<br />

don’t sell themselves;<br />

marketing is the story teller<br />

that brings them to life." -<br />

Seth Godin in "This Is<br />

Marketing".<br />

Don’t we all wish to create<br />

a product without the extra<br />

hassle? In this article, I want<br />

to share the words every<br />

indie hacker dreams of<br />

hearing: Sometimes, you<br />

just need to take a seat and<br />

BEGIN CREATING. Improve<br />

your product, create<br />

something incredible, and<br />

let time do its thing.<br />

First, a quick side note: I<br />

am a developer building<br />

What Made Me Write This<br />

Article?<br />

Isn’t it strange how quickly<br />

people can change their<br />

minds? Just a few months<br />

ago, I was emphasising the<br />

significance of SEO in my<br />

articles, but now, I’m<br />

suggesting that, sometimes,<br />

it’s better to concentrate on<br />

creating a fantastic product.<br />

If you don’t change your<br />

mind frequently, you’re<br />

going to be wrong a lot.<br />

Editor's Note: : This piece<br />

was written by Marius<br />

Bongarts and published<br />

on Medium.com<br />

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Stop Telling People Everything<br />

Most people today<br />

can’t shut up. It<br />

doesn’t matter<br />

what they’re talking<br />

about, they’ll let you<br />

know about it. Whatever<br />

it is, people will always<br />

tell others too much.<br />

This may seem fine<br />

on the surface, but it<br />

isn’t. You shouldn’t tell<br />

people everything.<br />

Especially your plans.<br />

When you tell people<br />

things without a filter,<br />

you’re putting yourself<br />

in a vulnerable position.<br />

The person you’re<br />

speaking to may<br />

appear to be a friend.<br />

But in truth, they could<br />

You Could Serve as the Leverage for<br />

Somebody's Rising!<br />

This fine young man<br />

came into my life 5<br />

years ago. He walked up<br />

behind me with a hair cut<br />

that was 5 months past due<br />

and a big hole in his shirt and<br />

one sock on his foot. He<br />

tugged on the back of my<br />

shirt and said, "Sir, can you<br />

teach me how to play<br />

football? I responded, "Son, I<br />

teach a lot more than just<br />

how to play football.<br />

His response was, "Okay". I<br />

then said, "Son, where are<br />

your mom and dad? Football<br />

isn't cheap." He responded,<br />

"My mom died and I don't<br />

know where dad is. But, my<br />

Auntie takes care of me."<br />

God spoke to me that second<br />

and told me to take care of<br />

him in every way. God said to<br />

me, "Be a shepherd."<br />

I didn't know that that day, the<br />

Lord gave me another son<br />

who would change my and<br />

his forever. I have never been<br />

more proud to sit at an 8th<br />

grade promotion as I was<br />

recently. I reflected on the 4<br />

national titles and all the<br />

state championships we won<br />

together. But I reflected most<br />

on how Jesus dropped him<br />

into my life like a stork from<br />

the sky and how far he has<br />

come since that day. God<br />

gave him the best Aunt you<br />

can ever ask for. I love you<br />

Marquise! And the Lord gave<br />

us 4 more years of high<br />

school football together!<br />

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be a secret enemy.<br />

How many marriages have ended<br />

because of an affair with a “best friend”?<br />

How many lives have been ruined by<br />

unexpected betrayals? The<br />

uncomfortable answer is: A lot. Endlessly<br />

running your mouth to everyone is stupid.<br />

It doesn’t matter what the content is.<br />

If you have a habit of speaking without<br />

thinking, you’ll one day reveal sensitive<br />

information to someone who shouldn’t<br />

hear it. Imagine if James Bond didn’t have<br />

the power to conceal his intentions. He’d<br />

have been annihilated by Blofeld in<br />

minutes.<br />

If you never want to reveal all your<br />

secrets, don’t let your tongue run wild<br />

everytime you speak to people. If you do<br />

this, it will be very hard for anyone to<br />

conspire against you.<br />

Never reveal your hand!<br />

Editor's Note: This piece was originally<br />

written by Godfrey The Great and posted on<br />

Medium.com.<br />

Sarki Abba<br />

Nigerians Are<br />

Brilliant<br />

Meet Sarki Abba from Kano State,<br />

Nigeria, the genius that was made to<br />

rewrite WASCE after scoring 9 distinctions in<br />

1984. Then, 16-year old, Abba was a student<br />

of Science Secondary School, Dawakin Tofa,<br />

Kano State who scored 9 distinctions (8 A1<br />

and 1 A2) in his West African Senior<br />

Certificate (WASCE) examination.<br />

Examination authorities in Lagos didn’t<br />

believe Abba made those excellent scores<br />

without cheating. The authorities provided<br />

a car that took Abba to Lagos in order to<br />

retake the examination. Abba was made to<br />

take the 9 subjects in a duration of 3 days,<br />

under heavy supervision. After marking the<br />

rescheduled examinations, he scored 9 A1<br />

(the only ‘A2’ he had in English Language<br />

before the retake became ‘A1’, leading to 9<br />

A1). Faced with shock, the authorities<br />

apologised and instituted the National Merit<br />

Award. And, rightfully, Sarki Abba was the<br />

first recipient of the award. In the 1989/90<br />

school session, Sarki Abba graduated as<br />

overall best medical student and overall<br />

best graduating student at Ahmadu Bello<br />

University, Zaria. He was just 21.<br />

Editor's Note: This story was posted by<br />

Frank Abah on Quora.com.<br />

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By Damian Ikenna Ngere<br />

• Innovative Architecture: The World’s First 3D Printed<br />

Mosque Unveiled in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia<br />

The first 3D-printed mosque<br />

in the world, measuring 5,600<br />

square metres, is now located in<br />

the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The<br />

mosque honours the late equestrian<br />

Abdulaziz Abdullah Sharbatly and is<br />

situated in the Jeddah suburb of Al-<br />

Jawhara. Forsan Real Estate's project<br />

makes use of state-of-the-art Guanli<br />

3D printing technology.<br />

Under the direction of Wajnat<br />

Abdulwahed, the late Abdulaziz<br />

Abdullah Sharbatly's husband,<br />

the mosque was built in less than<br />

six months. The mosque's unique<br />

minarets and integration of natural<br />

light are intended to promote<br />

tranquilly among worshippers<br />

while making it a landmark in the<br />

community.<br />

The mosque's opening puts Saudi<br />

Arabia as a centre of technology,<br />

ahead of schedule compared to the<br />

United Arab Emirates for a project of<br />

a similar nature. In May of last year,<br />

Dubai declared its intention to build<br />

the first 3D-printed mosque in history.<br />

The successful completion of the<br />

world's first 3D-printed religious<br />

infrastructure shows promise for the<br />

development of architecture and<br />

design in the future as a novel and<br />

sophisticated approach.<br />

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• Design For Geology-Inspired Sports Arena<br />

in Saudi Arabia Unveiled by HKS Architects<br />

HKS Architects has unveiled the plan for a<br />

new multi-sport arena in Diriyah, which was<br />

commissioned by the Diriyah Company. The<br />

20,000-seat arena, which is envisioned as a<br />

catalyst for the entertainment industry and<br />

local culture, will be situated in the heart of<br />

The City of Earth, a 76,000-square-metre<br />

development in line with Saudi Vision 2030<br />

that aims to become one of the most alluring<br />

tourist destinations in the Middle East.<br />

The new arena's architecture is influenced by<br />

the natural geology and geography of the<br />

area, paying homage to the long-standing<br />

tradition and customs of local construction<br />

while also attempting to encapsulate the<br />

traditional Najdi architectural motif. The<br />

location also incorporates cutting-edge<br />

technology that enables its design to be<br />

altered in a matter of hours, providing<br />

flexibility to accommodate a rapid succession<br />

of diverse events.<br />

Ample retail spaces and a shopping and<br />

dining district open to the larger Diriyah<br />

neighbourhood are features of the adaptable<br />

arena designed to facilitate an extended<br />

entertainment experience. Next to the<br />

arena, an open plaza will carry on the<br />

event programming outside, enabling the<br />

organisation of pop-up and live performances<br />

in addition to an urban park for the use of<br />

locals and guests.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of Physics and Education,<br />

who works as a freelance writer. He has interest<br />

in technology, humanity and sports.<br />

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4<br />

Ways to Ensure<br />

High ROI in Real<br />

Estate.<br />

By John Abiodun Olaitan<br />

First of all, what is ROI? This means “return on investment”. It tells you<br />

how much money you’ve made (or lost) on an investment or project after<br />

accounting for its cost. Real estate investments usually have a good ROI<br />

but not all real estate investments have a high ROI.<br />

Here are 4 ways to ensure that your real estate investment has a high ROI:<br />

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1. Finding the right<br />

properties:<br />

The first step is<br />

to find the right<br />

property.<br />

This includes finding<br />

a property in a good<br />

or emerging location.<br />

Sometimes, it’s best to invest<br />

in an emerging location<br />

because these properties<br />

are usually undervalued and<br />

those who can invest in those<br />

areas early can earn a high<br />

ROI in the future.<br />

You can also buy deficient<br />

homes that require fixing up;<br />

you fix up the property and<br />

sell at a higher rate.<br />

2. Start Early:<br />

Start as early as possible.<br />

It doesn’t have to be a big<br />

purchase. It can be a piece<br />

of land or a one-bedroom<br />

apartment. Start as early as<br />

possible to ensure you have<br />

time to learn the ropes about<br />

the sector. This would also<br />

ensure that your investments<br />

have more than enough time<br />

to mature in order to gain a<br />

high ROI.<br />

4. Buy and Hold:<br />

It's common knowledge that<br />

real estate appreciates over<br />

time. The best way to have<br />

a high ROI is to buy and hold<br />

the property for some time.<br />

If you buy a property in an<br />

emerging location, hold the<br />

property till that location is<br />

more developed before you<br />

sell. The longer you hold the<br />

property, the higher your ROI.<br />

Wait until land in that<br />

particular area is becoming<br />

limited, infrastructure<br />

development projects are<br />

being planned, and major<br />

business hubs, tourist<br />

attractions, etc. are being<br />

developed in the area. These<br />

factors will ensure high<br />

appreciation of the value of<br />

the property<br />

In conclusion, real estate is<br />

a growth investment tool.<br />

The sooner you invest, the<br />

higher your investments will<br />

appreciate in the long run.<br />

3. Develop the<br />

property:<br />

You can purchase a large<br />

2-bedroom apartment and<br />

expand it to a 3-bedroom<br />

apartment as long as you<br />

do not have to destroy the<br />

house layout. Expanding<br />

the property automatically<br />

increases the price you can<br />

sell it, thereby increasing your<br />

ROI.<br />

JOHN<br />



John Abiodun Olaitan is a real<br />

estate consultant, realtor and<br />

emerging developer and CEO<br />

of Arklanded Properties Ltd.<br />

He diversified into real estate<br />

after decades of experience<br />

in the oil and gas sector. He’s<br />

happily married<br />

with children.<br />

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Adebayo<br />

Ogunlesi:<br />

Nigerian-American Lawyer And<br />

Global Investment Banker<br />

By Harry Choms<br />

In 2016, Adebayo Ogunlesi<br />

received a significant nod<br />

when then-U.S. Presidentelect,<br />

Donald Trump,<br />

appointed him to a select<br />

group of business leaders.<br />

Tasked with providing frequent<br />

counsel on economic affairs,<br />

this assembly, dubbed the<br />

"President’s Strategic and<br />

Policy Forum," pooled the<br />

expertise of some of America’s<br />

most esteemed business<br />

minds to guide Trump’s<br />

administration towards its<br />

objectives.<br />

For many young folks, Ogunlesi<br />

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entered their consciousness<br />

through Burna Boy's track<br />

"Wonderful," released in 2020<br />

as part of his Grammywinning<br />

album "Twice As Tall."<br />

In one verse, Burna Boy sings,<br />

"As I hustle like Adebayo<br />

Ogunlesi (No go talk say me I<br />

too lazy)," prompting curiosity<br />

among listeners to learn more<br />

about this influential figure.<br />

Fast forward to today, Ogunlesi<br />

garners attention once again<br />

for a commendable milestone:<br />

the acquisition of Global<br />

Infrastructure Partners (GIP),<br />

the private equity firm he<br />

founded and chairs, by<br />

BlackRock Inc., the world’s<br />

largest asset manager<br />

according to Bloomberg, for a<br />

staggering $12.5 billion.<br />

As per Reuters, BlackRock,<br />

currently overseeing $10 trillion<br />

across global markets, will fork<br />

out $3 billion in cash and 12<br />

million BlackRock shares<br />

(equivalent to around $9.5<br />

billion) to GIP, which presently<br />

manages assets exceeding<br />

$100 billion. This landmark deal<br />

not only cements his position<br />

but also sees him joining<br />

BlackRock’s board and global<br />

executive committee, as<br />

reported by Bloomberg.<br />

Susan Olorunfemi Peters, contributed<br />

to his education as a tutor at CMS<br />

Girls’ School in Lagos. His upbringing<br />

was steeped in Christian principles.<br />

Adebayo Ogunlesi pursued his<br />

education at esteemed institutions,<br />

including Harvard Law School,<br />

Harvard Business School, and King’s<br />

College, London. His academic<br />

journey culminated in his graduation<br />

from Lincoln College, Oxford, United<br />

Kingdom.<br />

Family<br />

Hailing from Sagamu, Ogun State,<br />

South West Nigeria, Ogunlesi is the son<br />

of the pioneering Prof. Theophilus O.<br />

Ogunlesi. In 1985, he tied the knot with<br />

Dr. Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi, a Britishborn<br />

optometrist who relocated to<br />

the United Ststes after establishing<br />

her practice in London. Their union is<br />

blessed with two children: Geoffrey<br />

Ogunlesi, a music executive, and Carl<br />

Ogunlesi, a music producer.<br />

Education<br />

Ogunlesi's academic prowess shone<br />

as he secured a first-class Philosophy,<br />

Politics, and Economics degree from<br />

Oxford University after attending<br />

King’s College, Lagos. Subsequently,<br />

he pursued a JD-MBA from Harvard<br />

Law School and Harvard Business<br />

School in 1979.<br />

Career<br />

During his studies, Ogunlesi ventured<br />

into Corporate Law with the New York<br />

City firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.<br />

Following this, he served as a law clerk<br />

to Associate Justice Thurgood<br />

Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court<br />

from 1980 to 1981.<br />


Columbia Bar Association. While<br />

working at Credit Suisse First Boston,<br />

he was a lecturer at Harvard Law<br />

School and the Yale School of<br />

Management, where he taught a<br />

course on Transnational Investment<br />

Projects in Emerging Countries. In<br />

October 2012, Ogunlesi was appointed<br />

to the Board of Directors at Goldman<br />

Sachs. On July 24, 2014, he was named<br />

Lead Director. In December 2016, it<br />

was announced that Ogunlesi,<br />

among other business leaders, would<br />

be part of Donald Trump’s Strategic<br />

and Policy Forum, which was<br />

disbanded on Aug 16, 2017.<br />

Membership Recognitions<br />

Harvard Business School:<br />

Member, Board of Dean’s Advisors;<br />

Harvard Law School: Member,<br />

Leadership Council of New York;<br />

Harvard University: Member,<br />

Global Advisory Council;<br />

NAACP Legal Defence and<br />

Educational Fund: Member,<br />

National Board of Directors;<br />

New York–Presbyterian Hospital:<br />

Member, Board of Trusteess;<br />

Partnership for New York City<br />

Fund: Member, Board of Directors;<br />

King’s College Old Boys<br />

Association: Member.<br />

Early Years & Education<br />

Born on December 20, 1953, in Makun,<br />

Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria,<br />

Adebayo Ogunlesi is a luminary in Law<br />

and Investment Banking, rooted in the<br />

rich heritage of Yoruba culture. His<br />

family boasts remarkable individuals,<br />

including Folasade Ogunlesi, a<br />

distinguished pediatric pulmonologist<br />

in Washington DC; Lanre Ogunlesi, the<br />

visionary behind Skin Beauty<br />

Cosmetics; Kayode Ogunlesi, cofounder<br />

of Skin Beauty Cosmetics;<br />

and Adegbola Ogunlesi, an<br />

industrialist and co-founder of the<br />

men’s fashion label, Sofisticat.<br />

His father, Prof. Theophilus O. Ogunlesi,<br />

etched his name in history as Nigeria’s<br />

first professor of Medicine at the<br />

University of Ibadan, Oyo State,<br />

Nigeria. At the same time, his mother,<br />

In 1983, he delved into project finance<br />

at First Boston, advising on global<br />

transactions. His tenure at Credit<br />

Suisse saw him ascend to roles like<br />

Head of the Global Energy Group and<br />

Global Head of the Investment<br />

Banking Division.<br />

In 2006, he founded GIP, focusing on<br />

infrastructure investments worldwide.<br />

Under his stewardship, GIP acquired<br />

significant assets like London City<br />

Airport, London Gatwick Airport,<br />

Edinburgh Airport, and Nuovo<br />

Trasporto Viaggiatori. His stint at<br />

Goldman Sachs commenced in 2012,<br />

where he served as director before<br />

assuming the position of lead director<br />

in 2014.<br />

Noteworthy Acquisitions<br />

Ogunlesi is a member of the District of<br />



Harry Choms is a freelance writer<br />

with a passion for words and a<br />

keen eye for details, an editor, and<br />

an avid tech believer. His works<br />

can be seen on EntrepreneurNG.<br />

com, Imautomator, Secureblitz,<br />

Withinnigeria, Feelgospel,<br />

Kemifilani, and Glamsquad<br />

Magazine. He is the Webmaster<br />

and sole owner of Matrismart.com<br />

and biowiki.com.ng.<br />

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with Diiyi William-West<br />

SERIES<br />

What Does<br />

Honesty<br />

Mean To You?<br />

Honesty is the first chapter in the<br />

book of wisdom. - Thomas Jefferson<br />

In recent years, the issue<br />

of honesty has remained<br />

a matter of widespread<br />

concern. Someone may say<br />

that, directly or indirectly,<br />

honesty has become<br />

one of the most analysed<br />

subjects in forms and levels<br />

of relationship. This is not<br />

because honesty has become<br />

a dearly loved and embraced<br />

subject but because its<br />

quite frequent repudiation<br />

has broken many hearts,<br />

partnerships, investments<br />

and organisations. In fact,<br />

the arbitrary manner leaders<br />

of families, organisations,<br />

communities and countries<br />

alongside their 'kitchen<br />

cabinets' have shoved honesty<br />

into absence without leave<br />

(AWOL) has ensured that the<br />

subject prevails more and<br />

more in lip-service than in<br />

heart-service.<br />

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Two explanations of the word<br />

fits the context of this write-up<br />

viz. "adherence to the facts" and<br />

"fairness and straightforwardness of<br />

conduct". These explanations from<br />

the Merriam-Webster Dictionary<br />

show us that no reasonable person<br />

can have a sustainable justification<br />

to shoot down honesty; meaning<br />

that even people who profit from<br />

dishonesty don't like to be at its<br />

receiving end. Therefore, if dishonest<br />

people dislike being victims of<br />

dishonesty, there is so much for all to<br />

gain from honesty! Wow! Doesn't this<br />

mean so much to each of us? Wait<br />

a minute... Isn't it likely that majority<br />

of the wars, civil tension, domestic<br />

dysfunction and organisational<br />

crisis would never happen where<br />

everyone places honesty as a top<br />

priority? In order words, numerous<br />

crisis that have led to loss of lives,<br />

livelihood or property could be<br />

resolved if all affected parties come<br />

to the discussion or negotiation<br />

table leaning on honesty?<br />

For instance, this writer is among<br />

the people who believe that is if<br />

the parties that went to discuss the<br />

deteriorating Nigerian situation in<br />

Aburi, Ghana, had gone bent on<br />

honesty and returned to pursue<br />

same, majority of the peoples of<br />

the South East and South South<br />

geopolitical zones who died<br />

needlessly wouldn't have died. Better<br />

still, Nigeria would have become the<br />

true giant of Africa it was perceived<br />

to be and gone on to join the comity<br />

of 'first world' nations.<br />

In much the same way, many of the<br />

banks that went extinct in Nigeria<br />

would have remained and, perhaps,<br />

through mergers, become giants<br />

in the finance sector. Taken further,<br />

it also means that on account of<br />

honesty, many relationships would<br />

not have happened, in the first<br />

place, thus saving the latter victims<br />

from all the pains and distress of<br />

heart break!<br />

Another issue is the temptation to<br />

yield to telling half truths. Please,<br />

spend time to reason this with me:<br />

Do half truths cause less pain in the<br />

long-term? The words of this Yiddish<br />

proverb amply and aptly answers<br />

the question: A half truth is a whole<br />

lie. Let us face facts... How do you<br />

feel when you find out that you took<br />

certain relationship steps on the<br />

basis of half truths you were told and<br />

wish you could undo the actions?<br />

Please, spend a few minutes reading<br />

and considering these quotes about<br />

honesty:<br />

Integrity is telling myself<br />

the truth. And honesty is<br />

telling the truth to other<br />

people.<br />

- Anonymous<br />

It is discouraging how<br />

many people are<br />

shocked by honesty and<br />

how few by deceit.<br />

- Anonymous<br />

Now, truthfully answer this question:<br />

Is your mind throbbing on account of<br />

guilt or do you feel peace which truth<br />

(honesty) always brings? Has reading<br />

this piece and the various quotes<br />

about honesty roused a strong desire<br />

to remain on the plus side of honesty<br />

or did you just determine to dive<br />

further to the negative side? Mark you...<br />

There will always be consequences<br />

on whatever your choice is. And,<br />

consequences are like the branches<br />

of your favourite fruit tree! They grow<br />

wider than stems carrying them! Plus,<br />

they are relentless in showing up and<br />

sustaining their effects!<br />

So, here goes the question again:<br />

What does honesty mean to you? Just<br />

remember one reason you must love<br />

and embrace honesty. It's the only<br />

way to build and sustain trust! You say<br />

someone doesn't trust you? How did<br />

you shove trust away?<br />

DIIYI<br />



More fondly known as DDWEST,<br />

he has several years of media<br />

practice experience spanning<br />

magazines, newspapers, television<br />

and radio; laying emphasis<br />

on maintaining standards in<br />

media practice. He practised<br />

and lectured Public Relations for<br />

nearly a decade before going into<br />

leadership consulting and real<br />

estate consultancy.<br />

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By Damian Ikenna Ngere<br />


Control of the US Department<br />

of the Treasury blacklisted 11<br />

people, including Mnangagwa,<br />

and three organisations on<br />

March 4th "for their involvement<br />

in corruption or serious human<br />

rights abuses" in Zimbabwe.<br />


Economic Hardship Hits<br />

Niger Amid Ramadan<br />

Muslims in Niger are<br />

beginning the holy month<br />

of Ramadan, but the<br />

country's residents are<br />

facing crippling inflation,<br />

which makes it harder and<br />

harder to buy necessities.<br />

The country's economy<br />

is in disarray following<br />

the change of leadership,<br />

which has been made<br />

worse by an almost eightmonth-long<br />

embargo<br />

imposed by surrounding<br />

nations.<br />

A glimmer of optimism<br />

was provided by the<br />

embargo being lifted mere<br />

weeks before Ramadan, but<br />

the situation on the ground is<br />

still severe. For many Nigeriens,<br />

the cost of basic essentials like<br />

rice, sugar, oil, and milk - which<br />

are necessary for observing<br />

Ramadan - has become<br />

unaffordable.<br />

Zimbabwe-US Relations Reach<br />

Breaking Point with Latest<br />

Sanctions<br />

Following the Joe Biden<br />

administration's sanctions<br />

against Zimbabwe President,<br />

Emmerson Mnangagwa,<br />

and other key leaders and<br />

accusations against his<br />

government for allegedly<br />

detaining and deporting USAID<br />

officials and contractors,<br />

Zimbabwe's ties with the United<br />

States have reached a new low.<br />

The Office of Foreign Assets<br />

Senegal’s Businesses<br />

Rattled by Electoral Turmoil<br />

President Macky Sall declared<br />

on February 16 that elections<br />

would be scheduled as soon<br />

as feasible. The news was the<br />

second significant setback for<br />

Senegalese companies in as<br />

many weeks. Elections were<br />

initially scheduled for February<br />

25.<br />

President Sall had announced<br />

on February 3 that the<br />

elections would be postponed,<br />

which caused significant<br />

worries about both the<br />

integrity of Senegalese<br />

democracy and the country's<br />

ability to do business.<br />

President Sall eventually<br />

said in July that he intended<br />

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to leave power, although he<br />

had raised some doubts about<br />

whether or not he would run<br />

for an illegal third term in 2023.<br />

The announcement calmed<br />

demonstrators who had become<br />

agitated over his possible bid for a<br />

third term.<br />


Ethiopia and Kenya Strengthen<br />

Economic and Diplomatic<br />

Relations Amidst Obstacles<br />

President William Ruto of Kenya<br />

practically sprinted to shake hands<br />

with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy<br />

Ahmed when the latter landed<br />

on February 28 at Jomo Kenyatta<br />

International Airport in Nairobi.<br />

The cordial embrace was<br />

symbolic of what might be the<br />

start of a better period in ties<br />

between the major diplomatic and<br />

economic forces in East Africa.<br />

African Nations Hold Firm Against Solar Geo-engineering<br />

Proposal at UN Environment Assembly<br />

At the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, African nations<br />

spearheaded a successful campaign against solar geo-engineering,<br />

which involves reflecting sunlight back into space to halt climate<br />

change. One type of geo-engineering that has been considered<br />

in response to rising global temperatures is "solar radiation<br />

modification," which involves reflecting solar radiation back into<br />

space. An example of this would be releasing sulphur dioxide on<br />

purpose to prevent sunlight from reaching Earth. The extraction of<br />

carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is a further suggested strategy.<br />

Proponents of these technologies think they might help mitigate<br />

the effects of climate change. Critics have cautioned, however, that<br />

if geo-engineering methods don't perform as planned, a number of<br />

disastrous effects might materialise.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of<br />

Physics and Education,<br />

who works as a freelance<br />

writer. He has interest in<br />

technology, humanity<br />

and sports.<br />

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By Damian Ikenna Ngere<br />

an airline post-landing check of<br />

the 25-year-old aircraft. United<br />

declared it will look into it as well.<br />

It stated that since there was no<br />

indication of damage during the<br />

trip, no emergency had been filed.<br />

Apple Expands AI Capabilities with Purchase of<br />

Canadian Startup<br />

In order to bolster its technological arsenal in advance of a<br />

major push into generative AI in <strong>2024</strong>, Apple Inc. has bought the<br />

Canadian artificial intelligence start-up DarwinAI. Several<br />

employees of DarwinAI have joined Apple's artificial intelligence<br />

section after the iPhone manufacturer acquired the company<br />

earlier this year, according to sources with knowledge of the<br />

situation who asked not to be named since the deal hasn't<br />

been made public..<br />



United Airlines Plane<br />

Loses Exterior Panel<br />

Mid-Flight<br />

The United Airlines Boeing 737-<br />

800 lost an exterior panel before<br />

making a safe landing in Oregon,<br />

and the US Federal Aviation<br />

Administration is looking into how<br />

that happened. After taking off<br />

from San Francisco, United flight<br />

433 arrived at Medford airport at<br />

approximately 1:45 p.m. on Friday,<br />

March 15, with 139 passengers<br />

and six crew members, according<br />

to the FAA and the airline.<br />

The FAA reported that a<br />

missing panel was found during<br />

Lyft and Uber Suspend<br />

Services in Minneapolis<br />

Following New<br />

Minimum Wage Law<br />

The minimum pay for rideshare<br />

drivers was vetoed by the mayor<br />

of Minneapolis, United States , but<br />

the city council over-rode the veto.<br />

Therefore, Lyft and Uber will no<br />

longer operate in Minneapolis as<br />

effective May 1.<br />

On Thursday, March 14, the<br />

over-ride was approved by the<br />

city council by 10-3 votes, enabling<br />

rideshare drivers to receive the<br />

$15.57 per hour local minimum<br />

wage.<br />

Mega Millions Prize<br />

Swells to Staggering<br />

$875M Since Nobody<br />

Wins Grand Prize<br />

As of Friday, March 15, there were<br />

no tickets that matched the<br />

winning numbers in the Mega<br />

Millions drawing, and the jackpot<br />

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S ROUND UP<br />


is currently valued at $875<br />

million. With a Mega ball of six,<br />

the winning numbers that were<br />

drawn were 13, 25, 50, 51, and 66.<br />

5X was the Megaplier.<br />

One player in New York matched<br />

all five white balls to win the<br />

game's second-tier reward of $1<br />

million, but no one took home the<br />

$792 million grand prize.<br />


Vaughan Gething<br />

Makes History as<br />

Wales First Minister<br />

and Europe's First<br />

Black Welsh Leader<br />

After winning the Welsh Labour<br />

Party leadership election on<br />

Saturday, March 16, Vaughan<br />

Gething will lead Wales's semiautonomous<br />

government as<br />

the first Black leader. Gething, a<br />

native of Zambia, will take over<br />

from incumbent Mark Drakeford,<br />

who announced his resignation in<br />

December 2023 after five years in<br />

charge of the Welsh government,<br />

which is in charge of a few<br />

devolved sectors like education<br />

and health.<br />

Deadly Attack on Gaza<br />

Aid Recipients by<br />

Israeli Forces Kills 21<br />

According to government<br />

sources, Israeli soldiers opened<br />

fire on thousands of Palestinians<br />

in Gaza City who were waiting for<br />

help in the same location that<br />

had been hit hours before, killing<br />

at least 21 of them. More than 150<br />

people were injured in the latenight<br />

attack on Thursday, March<br />

14, according to the Gaza Ministry<br />

of Health, which called it a "new,<br />

premeditated massacre.".<br />

Heroic Firefighters<br />

Extinguish Massive<br />

Blaze at Russian<br />

Refinery After<br />

Ukraine’s Strike<br />

The latest of numerous<br />

destructive strikes, this week, on<br />

Russia's crude oil processing<br />

plants occurred on Saturday,<br />

March 16, when a fire started at<br />

a Russian oil refinery and burned<br />

for hours before being contained.<br />

The attack was carried out by a<br />

Ukrainian drone.<br />

The emergency ministry<br />

was cited by the news agency,<br />

Interfax, as saying that although<br />

"open burning" at the Syzran<br />

refinery had stopped, efforts were<br />

still being made to totally put it<br />

out.<br />

Elon Musk Threatens<br />

Legal Action Against<br />

Microsoft for Twitter<br />

Data Use<br />

Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter,<br />

has vowed to sue Microsoft,<br />

claiming that the tech giant is<br />

improperly utilising data from<br />

his social media firm. In<br />

response, Mr. Musk discussed<br />

Microsoft’s intention to drop<br />

Twitter from its corporate<br />

advertising network.<br />

The business had already<br />

announced that from Thursday,<br />

April 25, it would “no longer<br />

support Twitter” on its<br />

advertising platform.<br />

Therefore, using Microsoft’s<br />

social management tool to<br />

access their Twitter accounts<br />

would be unavailable to ad<br />

purchasers.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of<br />

Physics and Education,<br />

who works as a<br />

freelance writer. He has<br />

interest in technology,<br />

humanity and sports.<br />

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AI Chatbots:<br />

The Future of<br />

Customer Service or<br />

a Conversational<br />

Cul-de-Sac?<br />

By Adebayo Afolabi<br />

Imagine having a friendly digital<br />

assistant at your beck and<br />

call, ready to chat with you<br />

anytime - day or night. That's<br />

where AI chatbots come into<br />

play! These clever programmes<br />

are like virtual helpers designed<br />

to respond to your messages<br />

just like a real person would.<br />

They use artificial intelligence,<br />

which is like their brain power, to<br />

learn from conversations and<br />

get better at helping you over<br />

time.<br />

Customer service is the heart of<br />

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every business - it's what keeps<br />

customers happy and coming<br />

back for more. When you<br />

buy something or need help,<br />

good customer service makes<br />

all the difference. It's like having<br />

a friend on the other end<br />

of the line, ready to listen and<br />

solve your problems. Without it,<br />

businesses risk losing customers<br />

and their reputation taking a hit.<br />

That's why companies invest so<br />

much time and effort into making<br />

sure their customer service<br />

is top-notch.<br />

Now, when it comes to the<br />

debate about AI chatbots, it's<br />

like a clash of two worlds. On<br />

one side, you have people who<br />

see AI chatbots as the future,<br />

a game-changer in customer<br />

service. They talk about how<br />

these smart bots can save time<br />

and money, offering instant help<br />

around the clock.<br />

But then, there are others who<br />

raise concerns. They worry<br />

about losing that human touch,<br />

the warmth and understanding<br />

that only a real person can<br />

provide. Some fear that relying<br />

too much on AI chatbots might<br />

end up driving customers away<br />

instead of bringing them closer.<br />

It's a tug-of-war between convenience<br />

and connection, and<br />

the verdict is still out on which<br />

side will win in the end.<br />

AI chatbots hold incredible potential<br />

and can offer efficiency,<br />

providing instant assistance to<br />

customers around the clock.<br />

However, they do face some<br />

limitations. One major concern<br />

is the lack of human touch and<br />

empathy in interactions. While<br />

AI chatbots can mimic human<br />

conversation to a certain extent,<br />

they often fall short in truly understanding<br />

and empathising<br />

with customers' emotions and<br />

concerns. Also, language and<br />

comprehension limitations can<br />

hinder effective communication,<br />

leading to frustration on both<br />

ends. Technical glitches and<br />

errors further compound these<br />

challenges, disrupting customer<br />

interactions.<br />

Privacy and security concerns<br />

loom large in the realm of AI<br />

chatbots and customer service.<br />

While these bots offer convenience,<br />

they also raise valid<br />

worries about the safety of personal<br />

data. Customers may feel<br />

uneasy about sharing sensitive<br />

information with AI chatbots,<br />

fearing breaches or misuse of<br />

their data. Moreover, there's a<br />

risk of unauthorised access to<br />

confidential information if proper<br />

security measures are not in<br />

place.<br />

Human intervention plays an<br />

important role in ensuring a<br />

positive customer experience.<br />

Human intervention helps addressing<br />

complex issues that<br />

AI chatbots may struggle to<br />

handle independently. Hybrid<br />

models that blend AI chatbots<br />

with human support offer the<br />

best of both worlds, combining<br />

the efficiency of automation<br />

with the empathy and understanding<br />

of human agents.<br />

By leveraging the strengths of<br />

both AI and human intelligence,<br />

businesses can deliver superior<br />

customer service that meets the<br />

expectations of their customers.<br />

The future trajectory of AI chatbots<br />

in customer service will likely<br />

involve continued advancements<br />

in technology and a<br />

greater emphasis on human-AI<br />

collaboration.<br />



I am a passionate business writer<br />

with a knack for translating<br />

complex concepts into accessible<br />

content. With a keen eye for<br />

detail, I deliver compelling<br />

content that educates, inspires,<br />

and drives positive change in the<br />

realm of finance and business.<br />

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By Joel N. Logbo<br />

What is this plant called in<br />

your own native language?<br />

I know it as a 'sturborn grass'<br />

because it's a plant that is<br />

very difficult to get rid of from<br />

farms. It grows everywhere,<br />

especially along paths leading<br />

to communal farms and open<br />

fields.<br />

Paragis (eleusine indica) is<br />

a type of grass that is widely<br />

regarded for its various<br />

medicinal benefits. Paragis is<br />

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an erect, tufted, and glabrous<br />

grass specie with long and<br />

tapered leaves. It can grow<br />

between 10 centimetres and 1<br />

metre in height.<br />

Personally, I used to hate<br />

this grass growing in our<br />

compound or farm or garden.<br />

I considered it an eyesore as it<br />

grew between our vegetables<br />

and crops. Apart from that,<br />

it’s quick to reproduce due to<br />

its numerous spikelets that<br />

contain several seeds.<br />

Weed as it may seem, paragis<br />

is found to be antihelmintic<br />

(good for treatment of<br />

intestinal parasites), diuretic<br />

(good for kidney disease)<br />

diaphoretic, and a febrifuge.<br />

Several studies have shown<br />

that it contains some<br />

important medicinal benefits<br />

like:<br />

• anti-inflammatory<br />

• anti-bacterial<br />

• anti-convulsant<br />

• anti-diabetic<br />

• anti-leishmanial<br />

• anti-oxidant<br />

• anti-plasmodial<br />

• cytotoxic<br />

• pancreatic lipase inhibitory;<br />

etc.<br />

China has earned billions of<br />

dollars from its cultivation<br />

due to it medicinal values. In<br />

traditional medicine practice,<br />

it is used to manage several<br />

health problems.<br />

It's an anti-inflammatory plant,<br />

severally used for arthritis,<br />

bone setting, skin problems<br />

and joint pains as a result of<br />

strain or sprain. It's also an<br />

important plant for urinary<br />

tract infection and renal<br />

diseases because it is highly<br />

diuretic in nature; it helps to<br />

boost urination. Traditionally, it<br />

is used for hyperglycemia due<br />

to it anti-diabetic properties.<br />

Paragis has been explored<br />

for its suitability in managing<br />

diabetes. It is believed to<br />

help regulate blood glucose<br />

levels by enhancing insulin<br />

production and improving<br />

insulin sensitivity which is key<br />

for blood glucose treatment.<br />

Chronic and serious health<br />

problems like cancer and<br />

auto-immune diseases can<br />

also be well managed with<br />

paragris or as an adjunct<br />

treatment option.<br />

This so because, paragris<br />

contains powerful antioxidant<br />

properties. Paragis<br />

contains anti-oxidants that<br />

help to protect the body<br />

against oxidative stress.<br />

These anti-oxidants may<br />

help prevent cell damage<br />

and reduce the risk of various<br />

chronic diseases like cancer.<br />

When looking for what to use<br />

for treatment of bacterial<br />

infections, you may consider<br />

paragris as an option. It has<br />

anti-microbial effects against<br />

certain bacteria and fungi. It<br />

could also be used to treat<br />

infections, especially those<br />

that affect the urinary tract as<br />

well as wounds.<br />

In conclusion, paragis is<br />

also effective for feverish<br />

conditions because it<br />

also contains anti-pyretic<br />

substances and much more.<br />

There are some plants that<br />

combine well with paragris for<br />

treatment of viral infections,<br />

prostate enlargement and<br />

stroke management.<br />

Nature is supreme. Science<br />

will continue to study nature<br />

because without nature, there<br />

will be no science.<br />

If you are interested in getting<br />

further information on the<br />

use of paragis glass, kindly<br />

contact the author of this<br />

article.<br />

JOEL<br />

N. LOGBO<br />


Dr. Joel N. Logbo is a patientcentred<br />

Natural Medicine<br />

doctor with 12 solid years of<br />

industry experience in Lagos,<br />

Nigeria and Wales, Scotland.<br />

He is currently seeking more<br />

international collaborations<br />

to provide holistic, noninvasive<br />

medical care for<br />

patients and the public on<br />

health promotion.<br />

His unique approach<br />

that has led to admirable<br />

achievements include<br />

meeting with patients to<br />

assess their health and<br />

wellness, learn their health<br />

goals and create treatment<br />

plans. He also collaborates<br />

with various teams of<br />

medical professionals<br />

to provide first-line and<br />

supplemental medical<br />

treatments through a holistic,<br />

natural approach.He loves<br />

traveling, adventures,<br />

cooking and driving.<br />

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<strong>ACCOMPLISH</strong> HEALTH<br />

Autism<br />

Awareness<br />

Day:<br />

How to<br />

Cater for the<br />

Autistic<br />

by Tolulope Akinruli<br />

World Autism Day, observed<br />

every April 2nd, is a day of<br />

recognition and understanding<br />

for a neurological condition<br />

that affects millions of people<br />

around the world. The day was<br />

first established by the United Nations in 2007,<br />

with the goal of raising awareness and promoting<br />

acceptance of individuals living with autism.<br />

to create an inclusive environment that supports<br />

their needs. As we look to the future, it is crucial that<br />

we continue to advocate for the rights and well-being<br />

of individuals with autism. World Autism Day serves<br />

as a reminder that we must work towards building a<br />

more inclusive and supportive world for individuals<br />

with autism, where they are valued, respected, and<br />

empowered to reach their full potential.<br />

In recent years, the focus of World Autism Day<br />

has expanded to include efforts to promote early<br />

diagnosis and intervention, improve access to<br />

support services, and enhance the quality of<br />

life for individuals with autism. The day also<br />

provides an opportunity to recognise<br />

the contributions and achievements<br />

of individuals with autism and to<br />

celebrate the diversity and unique<br />

perspectives that they bring to<br />

our society.<br />

Autism is a neurodevelopmental<br />

disorder that<br />

affects communication, social<br />

interaction, and behaviour.<br />

It is important to recognise<br />

that individuals with autism<br />

have unique abilities and<br />

challenges, and it is essential<br />

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<strong>ACCOMPLISH</strong> HEALTH<br />

Dr. Richard Akinluyi is<br />

a seasoned medical<br />

professional and works at<br />

the General Hospital, Ile-<br />

Ife, Nigeria, shares insights<br />

about this condition with<br />

Accomplish Magazine. In<br />

this interview, he describes<br />

ways of effectively<br />

supporting individuals with autism, addressing<br />

common concerns and uncertainties.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: How can we create a friendly<br />

environment to accommodate the sensory sensitivities of<br />

autistic individuals?<br />

Dr. Richard Akinluyi: This can be achieved by reducing<br />

bright lights, loud noises, and strong smells that can<br />

be distressing for those with sensory sensitivities. Using<br />

softer, indirect lighting and sound proofing materials can<br />

help create a more calming atmosphere. Using natural<br />

materials and avoiding harsh cleaning chemicals can help<br />

eliminate triggers for sensory discomfort.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: What are some effective strategies<br />

for promoting communication and social interaction<br />

for autistic individuals in different settings (e.g. school,<br />

workplace, community etc.)?<br />

Dr. Richard Akinluyi: When there is promotion<br />

in communication and social interaction for autistic<br />

individuals in different settings, it will require the<br />

implementation of effective strategies that are<br />

designed for their specific needs. By creating<br />

supportive and inclusive environments, providing clear<br />

communication and instruction, offering sensory-friendly<br />

accommodations, and fostering opportunities for social<br />

interaction, individuals with autism can thrive and<br />

participate more fully in school, workplace, and community<br />

settings. It is essential for educators, employers, and<br />

community members to be proactive in understanding<br />

and supporting the unique communication and social<br />

needs of autistic individuals.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: In what ways can we modify our<br />

educational and employment practices to better support<br />

the learning and working styles of autistic individuals?<br />

Dr. Richard Akinluyi: Schools should consider<br />

implementing sensory-friendly classrooms, offering<br />

alternative learning spaces, and providing individualised<br />

accommodations to help autistic students thrive<br />

academically. This could include things like noisecancelling<br />

headphones, fidget toys, or access to a quiet,<br />

designated space for taking breaks. Educators should<br />

receive training on how to effectively teach and support<br />

autistic students, including methods of communication<br />

and behaviour management that are tailored to their<br />

specific needs.<br />

When it comes to employment, there are also<br />

opportunities to modify practices in order to better<br />

support autistic individuals in the work force. Many autistic<br />

individuals possess valuable skills such as attention to<br />

detail, reliability, and a unique way of thinking that can<br />

be beneficial to employers. However, the traditional job<br />

application and interview process can be a barrier to their<br />

employment.<br />

Employers should consider modifying their hiring<br />

practices to be more inclusive of autistic individuals, such<br />

as offering alternative methods of communication during<br />

the interview process or providing on-the-job training and<br />

support to help them succeed in the work place.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: What are some practical<br />

approaches for promoting independence and self-care<br />

skills among autistic individuals?<br />

Dr. Richard Akinluyi: Many individuals with autism<br />

are visual learners, so providing them with visual aids and<br />

schedules can help them understand what is expected<br />

of them and what steps they need to take to complete a<br />

task or activity. Visual aids can include picture schedules,<br />

checklists, and other visual support that can help<br />

individuals with autism navigate their daily routines and<br />

take care of themselves without constant prompting from<br />

others.<br />

Accomplish Magazine: How can people effectively<br />

collaborate with families and care givers of autistic<br />

individuals to ensure holistic and individualised support?<br />

Dr. Richard Akinluyi: One way to effectively<br />

collaborate with families and care givers is to establish<br />

open and transparent communication. This can involve<br />

regularly sharing information about the individual's<br />

progress, challenges, and goals. By maintaining open lines<br />

of communication, families and care givers can provide<br />

valuable insights and observations that can inform the<br />

development and implementation of support strategies<br />

and can help build trust and foster a sense of partnership<br />

between professionals and families or care givers.<br />

Conclusion<br />

Autism Awareness Day is a reminder of the need to cater<br />

for individuals with autism in our society and it is important<br />

to remember that every individual, regardless of their<br />

abilities, deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.<br />

Let us use this day to reflect on how we can better cater for<br />

the autistic in our communities and strive to create a more<br />

inclusive and accepting society for all.<br />



My love to impact knowledge to the<br />

young and old led me to research and<br />

writing. Also, l have been businessoriented,<br />

right from childhood, which<br />

made me focus more on driving the<br />

business world and also to help people<br />

grow their business. As a writer, I aim<br />

to create an insightful image in the<br />

minds of every reader for maximum<br />

wealth and health.<br />

www.theaccomplishmagazine.com<br />

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By Damian Ikenna Ngere<br />


• Richard Serras $2 Million Masterpiece<br />

Steals the Show at Frieze Los Angeles <strong>2024</strong><br />

Up to $2 million worth of art work was sold during Frieze Los Angeles’ launch on Thursday, March 14.<br />

Sales reports from a number of galleries indicated that solo exhibitions performed especially well.<br />

Joe Bradley, John McCracken, Steven Shearer, Lisa Yuskavage, Huma Bhabha, Dana Schutz, and<br />

Suzan Frecon were among the artists whose pieces sold for between $250,000 and $650,000 on David<br />

Zwirner’s first day of sales. In addition to the mega-dealers who sold pieces in the first hours of the starstudded<br />

show, sales of $250,000 or more in works were recorded by Casey Kaplan, Vielmetter, Roberts<br />

Projects, and Tina Kim Gallery.<br />

According to Dominique Gallery, all of the pieces, including sculptures priced between $12,000 and<br />

$100,000, were included in Mustafa Ali Clayton’s solo exhibition.<br />

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• Horse Sculptures and ‘Everywoman’<br />

to Adorn London’s Iconic Fourth Plinth<br />

Two art works will be erected on the<br />

fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square, a<br />

hollow, life-sized person on a horse cast<br />

in a slime-green resin and a bronze<br />

sculpture honouring a woman of colour.<br />

Tschabalala Self and Andra Ursuța's<br />

pieces were chosen from a short list that<br />

also included pieces by Veronica Ryan,<br />

Thomas J. Price, Gabriel Chaile, Chila<br />

Kumari Singh Burman, and Ruth Ewan.<br />

The idea of Self's Lady in Blue, scheduled<br />

for installation in 2026, was to introduce<br />

a modern "everywoman" to Trafalgar<br />

Square.<br />

Lapis lazuli blue, a pigment that has<br />

been used since antiquity in North Africa,<br />

the Middle East, and Europe, including<br />

by artists like Titian and Vermeer, will be<br />

applied on the bronze sculpture.<br />

DAMIAN<br />



Ikenna is a graduate of Physics and Education,<br />

who works as a freelance writer. He has interest<br />

in technology, humanity and sports.<br />

www.theaccomplishmagazine.com<br />

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Travel / Escape<br />

Take A Cruise<br />

By Joy Agbakoba<br />

Are you a cruiser, or<br />

not yet? Whatever<br />

your response,<br />

this article will give<br />

you a feeling of<br />

what awaits you<br />

when you cruise.<br />

First, what’s a cruise? A<br />

cruise can be explained<br />

as a seven-star<br />

moving resort which<br />

enables people<br />

to visit multiple<br />

destinations.<br />

I bet you can<br />

NEVER compare<br />

a cruise to land<br />

vacation. Why?<br />

Simply, because<br />

land vacation is<br />

dependent on your<br />

budget, but on a<br />

cruise, you don’t need<br />

to be on a budget once<br />

you’ve paid your fare. Yes!<br />

You don’t pay for activities<br />

or orders in a cruise. It now<br />

boils down to if you have<br />

enough time and energy<br />

to enjoy the activities<br />

and eat limitlessly!<br />

Well, the only thing not<br />

free in a cruise is the<br />

alcohol served during<br />

the cruise. Thankfully,<br />

it's a way to have less<br />

drunken people!<br />

Food in most restaurants<br />

during a cruise are free,<br />

but the specialty restaurants<br />

are chargeable. While visiting<br />

the restaurants, it is mandatory<br />

that you dress properly unlike the<br />

windjammer where, probably,<br />

you can have your bikini or shorts<br />

and engage in binge eating.<br />

Here, you will find meals which<br />

you are probably not used to. I<br />

guess this is good for those trying<br />

to experiment. My bet is that you<br />

will go back to binge eating and<br />

drinking at the windjammer after<br />

visiting the restaurant. On a cruise,<br />

your room is entitled to a bottle of<br />

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Travel / Escape<br />

wine which should be consumed<br />

in the room and not onboard. The<br />

one bought onboard can then be<br />

drank onboard.<br />

What's more? On every cruise<br />

ship, there are four main cabins<br />

which have a subset of cabins.<br />

These four cabins are: the interior<br />

cabins, the ocean view cabin, the<br />

ocean view with balcony cabin<br />

and suites. On each ship, there<br />

are rooms based on their names,<br />

which are unique to them. For<br />

example, the Symphony of the<br />

Seas cruise ship has an ultraspacious<br />

ocean view with balcony<br />

while Wonder of the Seas is not as<br />

spacious as the Symphony.<br />

Did I mention that you could also<br />

go on tours at every landing a<br />

destination before the take-off<br />

to another landing. Oh yes! You<br />

could say "Hi" to the Pope in Rome<br />

before sailing to Paris!<br />

What else? Payments! If you<br />

want to know more<br />

about payment<br />

plans, please<br />

reach this<br />

author<br />

through<br />

my email<br />

address. You can also move your<br />

sailing forward to a convenient<br />

date after making an initial<br />

deposit, if the time for your trip is<br />

still three months plus away.<br />



Joy Agbakoba is the<br />

Chief Executive Officer of<br />

Travellers Haven Limited and<br />

has built its solid reputation<br />

since 2003, providing travel<br />

consultancy services as well<br />

as organising cruises and<br />

private tours. She is also<br />

the Founder of Women’s<br />

Business Arena, a market<br />

place for creative female<br />

entrepreneurs.<br />

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Compiled by Harry Choms<br />

FLutterwave stands as a beacon<br />

of innovation in payment<br />

processing across Africa.<br />

Founded in 2016 by the<br />

visionary duo - Iyinoluwa<br />

Aboyeji and Olugbenga<br />

Agboola - i t has rapidly<br />

evolved into a versatile platform and<br />

API, facilitating seamless transactions<br />

ranging from credit cards to various local<br />

payment alternatives like Mobile Money,<br />

MPesa, and ACH, transcending borders<br />

within the continent and beyond.<br />

In an era where online transactions<br />

reign supreme, security remains<br />

paramount. Flutterwave acknowledges<br />

this reality, prioritising robust security<br />

measures amidst the ever-looming<br />

threat of c yber crime. Recognising the<br />

vulnerability of user data in the digital<br />

landscape, Flutterwave ensures a secure<br />

environment for conducting financial<br />

transactions, safeguarding the privacy<br />

and integrity of i nternet users globally.<br />

The challenge of cross-border<br />

transactions, particularly in developing<br />

countries like Nigeria, prompted the<br />

inception of Flutterwave. Sensing the<br />

need for a reliable payment gateway<br />

a ccessible locally and internationally,<br />

Aboyeji and Agboola embarked on a<br />

journey to r evolutionise the payment<br />

landscape. In a market previously<br />

constrained by limitations from platforms<br />

like Stripe and PayPal, Flutterwave<br />

emerged as a g ame-changer,<br />

facilitating seamless transactions within<br />

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and beyond Nigeria's borders.<br />

History of Flutterwave<br />

Flutterwave's journey epitomises<br />

resilience and growth. From its<br />

inception, the platform has witnessed<br />

exponential growth, catering to<br />

the diverse needs of businesses<br />

by offering a comprehensive<br />

suite of services. From accepting<br />

payments to facilitating payouts<br />

and managing business finances,<br />

Flutterwave provides an integrated<br />

platform that fosters global<br />

connectivity for users.<br />

Flutterwave's impact transcends<br />

borders. It processes billions of dollars<br />

worldwide and earns the trust of<br />

countless Nigerian and African<br />

businesses. Renowned digital service<br />

providers such as Nairabox, Uber,<br />

Max.ng, and Accessbet, alongside<br />

many other enterprises, rely on<br />

Flutterwave for seamless online<br />

transaction management, cementing<br />

its position as a trusted payment<br />

partner across the continent.<br />

Fulfilling Our Mission<br />

Flutterwave's mission is to build<br />

a robust payment infrastructure<br />

that bridges Africa with the global<br />

economy. Through relentless<br />

innovation and technological<br />

advancements, Flutterwave<br />

empowers businesses and banks<br />

to deliver seamless and secure<br />

customer payment experiences,<br />

fostering economic inclusivity and<br />

growth.<br />

Milestones<br />

Since its inception, Flutterwave has<br />

achieved remarkable milestones,<br />

processing close to $2 billion in<br />

payments and facilitating 25 million<br />

transactions across 33 African<br />

countries.<br />

Its s uccess has garnered significant<br />

i nvestments from esteemed fintech<br />

investors, solidifying its position as<br />

Africa's leading company in the<br />

payments platforms.<br />

Flutterwave’s Features and Products<br />

Flutterwave offers many features<br />

designed to empower businesses<br />

and foster growth:<br />

Features:<br />

1. Payment Tool:<br />

Seamlessly receive payments from<br />

anywhere in the world. Conduct<br />

transfers, both single and bulk, t o<br />

various accounts. Accept payments<br />

i n over 150 different c urrencies,<br />

enhancing global accessibility.<br />

2. E-commerce Store and Tools:<br />

Create a free online store to e<br />

nhance o nline visibility.<br />

Generate professional i nvoices and<br />

payment links, facilitating smoother t<br />

ransactions.<br />

3. FaaS (Fintech as a Service):<br />

Embed financial services into<br />

products, enabling customers t<br />

o perform diverse transactions.<br />

L aunch apps facilitating wallet<br />

management, b ill payments, and<br />

virtual card creation.<br />

4. Virtual Cards:<br />

Issue physical and virtual cards with<br />

global functionality.<br />

Manage cards effortlessly from any<br />

location, enhancing convenience for<br />

users.<br />

5. Capital:<br />

Access flexible loans to fuel<br />

business growth and expansion.<br />

6. Registration:<br />

Incorporate and register businesses<br />

seamlessly from anywhere, s<br />

treamlining administrative processes.<br />

Flutterwave's digital marketing<br />

efforts have been commendable,<br />

yet growth opportunities remain.<br />

Leveraging visual content platforms<br />

like YouTube could significantly<br />

broaden their reach, tapping i nto<br />

the visual-centric preferences of o<br />

nline audiences.<br />

Products<br />

Flutterwave offers two major<br />

products: Barter and Rave. Let us t<br />

ake a moment to evaluate each of<br />

them.<br />

Barter: Barter is a payment platform<br />

that allows users to enjoy life<br />

more rather than worrying about<br />

spending, borrowing, and saving<br />

money. The barter team manages this<br />

process for its clients and is t rusted<br />

by over 30,000 people.<br />

Rave: Rave by Flutterwave is regarded<br />

as one of the simplest methods for<br />

making an d accepting payments<br />

from customers anywhere in the<br />

world. Their payment solution make<br />

s thing s easie r b y providin g secur<br />

e an d dependabl e tools . Whethe r<br />

yo u nee d a simpl e paymen t link or<br />

to manage payouts for hundreds of<br />

people, they have tools to help you<br />

fully integrate a globa l payment s<br />

platform.<br />

Who is Flutterwave for?<br />

For Payment Solution Developers<br />

and More<br />

Flutterwave caters to those who<br />

are involved in creating payment<br />

solutions for others. This includes<br />

entities like PayStack, which utilises<br />

Flutterwave's services. Individuals<br />

or companies developing solutions<br />

for merchants and clients can also<br />

leverage Flutterwave's offerings.<br />

Global Payment Solutions<br />

The Flutterwave platform facilitates<br />

transactions in over 156 countries<br />

worldwide. It seamlessly processes<br />

payments through well-known cards<br />

such as Verve, Visa, and MasterCard,<br />

thus catering to local and<br />

international transactions. Signing up<br />

with Flutterwave is free, with a nominal<br />

fee structure of 1.4% + ₦50 for local<br />

card transactions and 3.5% + $1 for<br />

international transactions.<br />

Beyond Payment Gateways<br />

Besides its primary payment gateway<br />

function, Flutterwave operates a<br />

versatile fintech application called<br />

Barter. This app serves as a<br />

valuable tool for social e-commerce<br />

transactions. While the potential<br />

launch of WhatsApp's digital<br />

payment service could impact<br />

Barter's e-commerce transactions,<br />

Flutterwave remains focused on<br />

other lucrative areas, s uch as the<br />

mobile money market and crossborder<br />

payment solutions, ensuring<br />

a steady influx of users. Notably,<br />

transactions through GetBarter incur<br />

a minimal fee of approximately 40<br />

naira or 11 cents each.<br />

Pros and Cons of Using<br />

Flutterwave<br />

Pros:<br />

• Aggregates payment services<br />

from over 68 gateways; enhancing<br />

convenience.<br />

• Operational in over 30 African<br />

countries, facilitating seamless<br />

transactions.<br />

• Offers global services, extending its<br />

reach beyond African borders.<br />

Cons:<br />

• Limited service availability in some<br />

African countries.<br />

• A relatively new entrant in the<br />

payment processing industry.<br />

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