10 things you should know about Training at Songhai Farms

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OJO Olawale

Songhai Farms, Porto-Novo Songhai Farms, Porto-Novo, Benin Republic.

In the past months, I have received so many emails, facebook messages and calls requesting how to get trained at the Songhai Farms and research center located in Porto-Novo Benin Republic.

To assist the numerous youth and individuals interested in getting trained find below some key information you should know.

1. It is important you have an international / ECOWAS passport plus a yellow card. This allows you easy movement across the boarder and means of identification during your period of training. Official currency is France Cefa (CFA) with 1Naira been between 2.80CFA-3CFA depending on exchange rates.

2. As an international trainees, there are two modes of training to be explored
I. Daily training : this is usually charged daily .This is for training between 2days to 3months. Participants of this module are charged 15000CFA(5000Naira) per day of training.
II. Long term training: This…

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A FINAL FAREWELL TO GEJ | BY AYO SOGUNRO

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Ayo Sogunro

Dear Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, BNER, GCON,

Congratulations on your successful exit from Aso Rock without the use of force or the tragedy of untimely death. In fifty-five years of Nigerian post-independence history, only Olusgeun Obasanjo and Abdulsalami Abubakar have been able to achieve this feat. But, before you handover, here’s a final farewell from me—one of your most unrelenting youth critics. Despite my criticisms, I have wished your administration nothing but success, not for your sake, but for the sake of millions of Nigeria whose lives and welfare depended on your leadership. Please consider this as an exit appraisal and, maybe, a sort of guide in your future role in public affairs.

To summarise directly: if I were to score the overall performance of your administration, I would, unhesitatingly, label it “Below Average”.

Yes, you did well in some areas, especially in fixing some infrastructure, agricultural improvement, and some…

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EVERYTHING IN NIGERIA IS GOING TO KILL YOU | By Ayo Sogunro

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And if you still don’t understand this, then you are the problem with Nigeria. And you deserve to die by its hands. You are too involved in your private battles that you are no longer in touch with the big picture. You can no longer see the wood for the trees. You’re so caught up in your aspirations to become the main salary earner in your company that you forget there will be no company without a functional legal system. You bury your head in the sand of your goals and delight in your private accomplishments. Well, boardroom battles, market strategies, classroom troubles, bedroom issues—these will all vanish when the proverbial shit finally hits the proverbial fan. And the said shit has piled up.

You have to start caring now.

And no, caring isn’t a tweet or two; caring isn’t a Facebook like or simply sharing this article; caring isn’t your anxious expression of concern while discussing at work; caring isn’t just the 15 minute prayer topic in church.

Caring is your conscious and active engagement of the realities of your society and government through the exertion of your physical, mental and material resources.

See, society won’t transform itself magically. There is no “society” out there, waiting to do as you say. Society is the collective identity of individuals. And if the individuals don’t care, then society doesn’t care. And that society will be destroyed. If you cannot stop what you’re doing today—if you cannot stop it for a second and take some time to reflect on how your actions will restore some sanity to Nigeria—then you are the problem with Nigeria.

But you don’t care. And so Nigeria is going to kill you.

And so, by all means continue to grow your cassava and your maize, pass your exams, do your job, earn your daily bread, pastor your churches, lead your prayers, teach your classes, fill out all those forms, strike that new deal, reply all your emails, and chase up those clients.

But unless you already have an exit plan for when things go to hell, then you might as well go to an undertaker and book your coffin today.

Because: everything in Nigeria is going to kill you.

Ayo Sogunro

There are two things you need to note: first, the title above is not panic propaganda. Of course, it sounds like one, talks like one and smells like one, yet it’s no propaganda, it’s a fact. But even if you disagree with this premise, then let’s call it propaganda, but it is one that has become necessary and urgent at this point.

Second, I’m quite serious about the intent stated in the title: Nigeria is out to kill you. The country is going to hell in a hand basket. This is not a drill. And we have arrived at this point simply because you don’t care. If you understand this statement, then you need not read any further.

Are you are still wondering how we got to this point? There are many articles with superb analysis of the current crisis. These have listed all the factors responsible: from an…

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10 Quotes to Inspire You: Thoughts on Creating the Future

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SpeakArtLoud

10 Quotes to Inspire You
Thoughts on Creating the Future

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The best way to predict the future is to invent it. – Alan Kay

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Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.  – Ella Fitzgerald

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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  Your playing small does not serve the world. – Marianne Williamson

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I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life. – Miles Davis

The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation…

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What I took away from NSA PRISM Slides

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Sundry Thoughts

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By a long shot, the NSA presentation on PRISM is one of the worst by a government organisation. That’s saying a lot since I’m not a good power point person myself.

In the slide, the African bandwidth capacity looked dismally small.

Very bad on one level. However, this is unrealised OPPORTUNITY here. Lots of them.

Opportunities – Update to the post

The opportunities in increasing the band width capacity (and actually using it is numerous) – from the very obvious to the unquantifiable.

Like the Industrial Revolution, there’s a potential economic shift coming if the Internet Bandwidth revolution happens.

In the not too distant past in Nigeria, cyber cafés were viable businesses. So was the typist. There has slowly been a shift in the type of jobs of available as IT infrastructure is being developed. There has been phenomenal growth in internet usage in Africa. Growth of internet is outstripping…

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The Zen of Entrepreneurship

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TechCrunch

Rizwan Virk is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and film-maker. He was co founder of Gameview Studios, maker of the popular Tap Fish mobile game, which was downloaded over 30 million times, and was an angel investor in Tapjoy, Pocket Gems, Funzio, Telltale and Iddiction. The second edition of his book, Zen Entrpereneurship: Walking the Path of the Career Warrior, was just released and can be bought on Amazon. Follow his blog here.

In Silicon Valley, it’s easy to find lots of advice on what I call the “external” how-tos of startups, including: structuring your company, building a minimum viable product, negotiating a term sheet with investors, selling your company, and on and on!

This post, on the other hand, is about the less publicized “inner side” of the entrepreneurial journey. In this journey, there are no ready made prescriptions. Every company, entrepreneur, and market is…

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