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Muna onuzo is an award winning financial literacy advocate for women and a business
and communication strategist among her tribe she is known as the business multiplier

….. Muna is an entrepreneur with keen interest in
helping the youth, women and organizations develop a winning global strategy.
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Her expertise has seen her speak to over 8000 businessmen and women on
leadership, personal finance, entrepreneurship, branding and communication
strategy across several States in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, United States of
America and Asia
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Muna is the Founder of Gazzelle Academy where she has trained and mentored
over 2000 Nigerian youths. She holds a Masters degree in Media and
Communication and sits on the board of several organizations. …….
Muna is the President of the Foundation for Women in Film and Television – an
International NGO spread over 44 countries. She is a sitting Board of Trustees
member of the Society for the Performing Arts of Nigeria – an award winning
NGO helping the Nigerian youth to live out their dream through dance and the Arts.
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Muna was recently honored with the Most Influential Young Nigerian ranking
under Social Enterprise and An Iconic Woman Changing Her World Award from
WEF-Women Economic Forum India. She has also received an award on Creativity and Excellence and a Fellowship from the Institute of Information
Management Africa.@munaonuzo

  • Kemi Tijani, is CEO/Founder of Wow Braids, a for-profit social enterprise that creates globally competitive hair and beauty products from local inputs by working with groups of female artisans across Nigeria. Kemi is a advocate for building businesses with a social component. Wow braids products are ethically sourced from highly-skilled stylists in Nigeria and distributed through a global network of channel partners. Prior to establishing Wow Braids, Kemi worked as a Technology Business Specialist at Microsoft and Dell EMC where she designed technology solutions that enabled large enterprises to increase their bottom line by transforming their business processes and operations.  She was also an early employee at Jumia and Konga, helping to design the blueprint and drive execution of core processes in the early days of the start-ups. Kemi has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from INSEAD business school and is passionate about building businesses with a social mission and using technology to increase efficiency and scale. Her business has already empowered over 70 women with soft loans, skills, and a means of living. She is also versed with issues around entrepreneurship, tech as an enabler, social impact, business competitiveness, local production, Made in Nigeria, start up culture, etc. 

I would be speaking at one of the largest gathering of millennial s in my country Nigeria this week July 5th 2017. Enact-us Nigeria would like all her members in the global network, be having her national competition to pick one team to represent Nigeria in the global world cup holding in London this year.

Enactus Nigeria is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action present in over 36 countries and in over 1,730 institutions globally. Coming back to meet these millennial s to share my story as an Alumna gives me all shades of feelings of nostalgia.

I was my teams Project manager as a student.If I remember vividly my university was always showing up for the National competition as spectators.

Meaning we showed up to clap for most of the teams who were competing but we never participated in the competition because we never carried out projects which met the guidelines set aside for each team.

After my team leader and I got trained in one of those rigorous team leaders training at the First Bank Nigeria training school in Iganmu Lagos, Nigeria, My new role was Spelt out to me clearly.
I remember one of the ENACTUS staff tell me my core role was making sure my team carried out projects that was going to qualify for the national competition.

I felt a huge sense of responsibility because I had an amazing team leader who was a people’s person Uche could sell ice to an Eskimo and you would buy it with all pleasure but we had a problem, most of the people being recruited were fickle and flash in the pans. The role of each team was to carry out projects together but Funny enough we both were stuck with the task of doing everyone’s job even when our register registered huge numbers, the recruits never did their jobs. So we knew we had to have a new plan if we had to deliver on promise.

So I divided the task and asked him to handle people recruitment and keeping the team happy while I focused on screening and managing project team. We needed numbers so I let him get all the numbers while I worked with an inner circle to get the project done. After much we did several projects that put us in the competition for the first time. While others competed to win the National competition my mind was made up we just needed to show up first maybe years later the team could be more qualified for winning the competition. Interestingly we won some awards and we felt “job accomplished” but in all this process I had developed experiential knowledge on projects and people management.

I remembered on one of those times when I influenced the change of my university exam time table because of an Enact-us competition( as at that time it sure was a big deal) I dint know how I convinced my lecturers then because I had no prior close relationship with them. Okay, I think I told them the university was represented by my team and if they dint change the timetable the university would have no representative in the state capital Abuja. They loved my guts listened to my sermon and we made it to the national competition

After college I figured out I was a project manager my experiences were clearer while serving in the creeks of Delta state Nigeria my community didn’t have access to clean water. I came in and asked several questions and was told then there was an abandoned bore hole which would cost about 500,000 to fix.( how they got the figures still amazed me) My experience with projects had always taught me that when most government projects is reported as spoil t, they were just abandoned because everyone assumed the government was one imaginary “big brother” who knew everything.

So one night I went in with the locals and figured out that what everyone assumed (bore-hole) was wrong I fixed that bore hole with less than N5,000( five thousand Naira) which was spent to get new water taps. The day the water ran from the taps, I turned a small god!! The state government got informed and I was awarded an N.Y.S.C state Honors awards.

I had to join the Nigerian chapter of the global body of project managers Project management institute (P.M.I) worked with a registered Project management educational institute for a while before I set out my journey as a management consultant. Published my first book Breaking the coconut available in over 38,000 online stores you get a discount if you go on www.breakingthecoconut.com . Got nominated to speak at TED’s conference in Nigeria.

Was nominated to speak for millennial s and change makers watch the full Video on YouTube

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Today I combine my role as a management consultant and host to a monthly Knowledge show which educates millennial s on how to Step-up their game as influencers, entrepreneurs, Intrepreneurs and change-makers. (You look for it on YouTube and subscribe. (Breakingthecoconut show)

Connecting the dots and looking back for me now, I see one of the bold decisions of my youth belonging to ENACTUS and one other Alumni group I would talk about some other time. My closest networks were not even class mates but these comrades who have turned friends and have positioned themselves as influencers in their field.

My biggest achievement as an Enactus student was convincing young people like me to work on projects because it was going to change the world. In the real world, it’s hard to ask for that by-in when you don’t have the money to pay but the results of pulling people to believe in your vision is super priceless.

The EnactuS National competition showcase how EnactuS students are transforming lives and enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. From April to July of this year, Enactus teams all over the world will compete across 36 countries where the quality and impact of their projects will be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges.

These dynamic and inspiring events encourage creativity and reward results, ultimately leading to stronger programs and more lives improved. From each national competition one team will be selected to represent their country at Enactus World Cup 2017 in London, UK
Send an email to us on talktous@breakingthecoconut.com for
Namaste!!.

With the world evolving with new work models thanks to the Internet, African millennials have not been left out. In ten years time our lifestyle would have been said to have been influenced by the current change-makers who we have they range from Intrapreneurs who combine their work with their passion to change the world to entrepreneurs who are chasing the high road of laying the foundation of the new work.

We choose to have two of these influencers on the Btcshow john Obidi and Oluseye Johnson the beautiful thing about both is that they are Intrapreneurs and Entrepreneurs and have horned their own tribe by creating value. So we would have them share their insights from the value they create on the breaking the coconut show this Friday 30th June 2017 Catch us live on their pages either instagram or Facebook we @Breakingthecoconut on instagram would be streaming and Facebook live (Charles Umeh) just in case you miss it find us on #BtcShow on YouTube and subscribe

John Obidi is an Online Business Coach who helps thought leaders to communicate and monetize their knowledge. In 2013, he was nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for New Media for his contributions to the industry. He’s the founder of SmartBcamp, an Online Community dedicated to building intellectual capacity in young Nigerian Professionals. Through his LIVE weekly show, The Smart Business Teleseminars, he has been able to reach over 200,000 listeners in 71 countries; providing them with strategies with which to dominate their marketplace.

In 2017, he was voted among the Top 5 Most Influential Young Nigerians for his contributions to Personal Development and Academia.

Oluseye Johnson is an ecosystem-builder and award-winning entrepreneur, Oluseye seeks to create strong platforms that help identify, nurture and accelerate nascent talent and solutions. He conceptualizes, executes and launches marquee ecosystem developer engagements and programs, which help to build capacity and provide access to global networks and mentor ship. He is keen on assembling local and global innovation stakeholders around high-impact STEM initiatives that accelerate local application of cutting-edge technology in Nigeria, while ensuring visible, viable outcomes

Oluseye facilitated, organized and contributed to diverse ecosystem-entry engagements including 500 Startup’s Geeks on a Plane Lagos Tour, Evernote EMEA, DEMO Africa and the annual Relativity School ‘Nollywood Meets Hollywood’ program in LA.

He successfully launched the first NASA Space Apps Challenge in Nigeria – an annual 4-day multi-city initiative that leverages community-led innovation to develop locally applicable technology solutions for space and earth-use. The program has run for four years consecutively, and has become a year-long platform to foster Nigerian Space and STEM innovation, as well as develop strong gender and youth project inclusion. With Space Apps Nigeria, Oluseye is focused on inspiring a new generation to solve local, in ways that can intrinsically scale global.

Oluseye has also been a serial entrepreneur in the past, co-founding several consumer-facing startups, including the award-winning Maliyo Games, before moving into the corporate arena. He was selected as one of 5 Demo-god Award winners, out of 40 top African technology startups, at the DEMO Africa Awards in 2012.
John and Seye have the discretion to invite one guest each to Fridays show. Follow them on their page when they share this post and be our guest on the live show this Friday in Lagos Nigeria.

Rich Tanksley is a West African Start up specialist and your typical definition of a Serial 360 entrepreneur. Wait till you get the full picture.

As an American living in Africa Rich, has literary helped A- league organizations coming into Africa set up their offices and build their team before he is off to another adventure on his path. Hence his title as the west African start up specialist with key roles in Ghana and Nigeria among other firms, he help set up the Pulse Nigeria team where he build pulse from having five hundred unique visitors monthly to Five million monthly visitors aside being an investor in the startup eco –system and dealings with Millennials Rich has a career as a movie actor in the Nollywood movie industries with key roles Rich shares his Sojourn in Africa and how he wears these various hats and still remaining sane.

Bunmmi Otegbade CEO of Zest.com.ng is a millennial who grew up here in Nigeria studied in the United states comes back to tackle the one thing that makes him angry about the system “justice and injustice” after much iteration on what works in this part of the world his formula comes off while he keeps evolving with the birth of each new day.. In this chat Bunmi and Rich affirm what everyone who has an understanding of their path about building their life around what they loved did and found fulfillment doing in simple as they came off I knew it wasn’t about what they said but what they did behind the scenes.One key thing that also stood out was creating more tools for effectiveness and managing several skill sets.
Lets Join us on this journey as we see Rich and Bunnmi share their coconut experience.
Break your own Coconut!!

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Prior to meeting Segun Abiona I had read him up and what he had been able to achieve with the niche he has carved for himself as the leading socks merchant in this part of the globe. For one who was proactive enough to look at the African market and choose the men’s socks he must have seen so much of Grit and an understanding much attachment to what value is all about.

The persona of running an active genial social media life and still executing on all projects is one skill only a disciplined Outliner possesses and he aces it at.

The Coloured Socks niche prior to now is much of a stereotyped fashion item.However this days the pendulum has moved to the favour the metro sexual who is a larger population of the modern-day man.
We talked about separating oneself from the crowd and juggling much on your plate as a start- up and seeing the bend from the straight road.
Selling socks online in several stores around the world is a combination of innovation continuous improvement and research. .
Feel free to watch this two-part episode and share your thoughts.
And you take the plunge of going out to break your own Coconut
Namaste!!

Charles Umeh

“The Illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”  Alvin Toffler

I have a scrap book where I put in some lessons learnt and heads up from experiences, people and patterns. I thought I should share some. One thing about these lessons is that they turned out being my reservoir knowledge which I pull out when I need a refresher course. With time it has become my go to reminder so just in case it resonates  with you  feel free to share and lets relearn unlearn and learn

On being A Good Guest

To be a good guest is understanding your host so well and know when to leave even when the night seems very interesting.. Always remember you are a Guest.

On saying No

If you find it hard to say NO  Start by practicing with the mirror. Keep doing a rehearsal, with time it gets into your subconsiosness

Let’s assume you get invited for an event your schedule cant permit…If it comes in form of a mail or text this is a classic response ( I know it works because it has been used on me and that was when I finally felt little remorse using it)The idea is to be sincere, feel less guilty and make sure you find time to honor some events else yours would have just you in attendance if you don’t mind.

“Thanks for thinking of me. I’m sure it will be a wonderful event. “Next, tactfully decline: “I’m sorry that I can’t attend.

Last, end on a positive note:

Hopefully, my schedule will be less hectic next time and we can get together then wish you the best at it (learn to be less personal)

On job interviews:

Understand what these terms mean in each organization before you start your Interview so you don’t get over excited when they are used.

“We would get back to you”: and you don’t get a response after seven days.

This is a classic two way street answer. Firstly understand what it means in the organizations lexicon. To Some people it means we don’t need to fill this position immediately we sure would reach out when we are ready. To others it’s a Gentleman’s way of making you feel good hence you never get called back.

The CEO response after interviewing you:

It’s up to the Manager to hire you. I like your spirit and your enthusiasm since you would be working with the Manager it is his call. (Smiling)

Most times this response is the end of the interview doesn’t even think of getting a next interview and I would explain why.

Very few CEO’s leave the decision of employing a “Rock star” to the manager most times it’s his call.  Just in case you meet one who leaves the manager to take this shot, Gods luck to you however what this means some times  when he|She says it’s up to the manager is this…

Dear manager,

I don’t have a say in this  recruitment  should  you finally make this choice you have yourself to be blamed. No sane manager wants to take that risk after being prepped that way. Normally you never should be called back except to thank you for attending the interview. Should the manager decide to embark on this adventure of employing you against all odds  he usually makes more enemies.  You should be really worth all this hassle.

Sorry we think you’re an entrepreneur: And this is the classic response that leaves you both excited and confused.  I hope you finally figure out what this one means but just in case you are still confused, relax!  This is a compliment pick up yourself and embrace the positives. For someone to spot this about you, this is free profiling insight .You are an entrepreneur, go solve more problems possibly you might not have fully embraced this part of you yet, it time to give it  your attention. This season happens to be the season for Unicorns, so increase your value (life really is a pot puri)

The conversation  on the firechat episode was a masterclass on its own with  stakeholders sharing insight into their entrepreneurial  journey in Nigeria.As an Off shoot we had James Burton gives us insight into a month research which  gives us insights .One which stood out was the “YOU-WIN” Pro gramme  which was carried out by the government of “Goodluck johnathan”  James research ends with telling us the YOU WIN programme model   is a global benchmack for projects globally …watch out for the video

Taxify Nigeria Look at their faces they have ambition in their eyes. Between November and April they have stamped their footprint on the tech space in Nigeria. with one sole aim of rewiting the transportation story in  the commercial capital of Nigeria Lagos!

with Lagos as their first stop. Uche and his team shares their  team makeup  what drives them and  how the dream of a 19 year old Estonian has become their own dreamand why they are here for the long term. If you live in Lagos Nigeria,  and you wish to use a Cab?  Taxify Nigeria is sure your bet  but you must watch and hear their story.First things first download their apps.

Oluseye wears several hats as a key stakeholder he  is also Regional Partner at the Africa Technology Foundation, an organization focused on providing global resources and visibility, to technology and media ecosystems across Africa.Just this March 2017, Oluseye facilitated, organized and contributed to diverse ecosystem-entry engagements including 500 Startup’s Geeks on a Plane Lagos Tour, Evernote EMEA, DEMO Africa and the annual Relativity School ‘Nollywood Meets Hollywood’ program in LA.  Seye shares  resources on how ecosystem engagements is changing narratives for start ups in Africa .

BellaRose Iyere-Okojie  Often dubbed the first lady of Greenstreet Media Networks; owners of TechCity where she is not only a presenter, but also heads the content development team, BellaRose is a seasoned broadcaster andcheeriest of the pack. A drive time show host on City fm, BellaRose brings the objective of TechCity as Nigeria’s foremost tech blog where tech news and reviews are reported in never before seen manner with a unique house presentation style geeks across the world also adopt.  she shares the #Techcitystory.And thats the team lead #techcityNigeria Olawale Olaniyan (we finally get to see his face)

James Burton  is a 2018 Pershing Square Scholar at the University of Oxford. His research is focused on public policy programs to foster entrepreneurship, particularly the Nigeria YouWiN program. This work is the culmination of experience in both public policy, where he holds a degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney; and entrepreneurship, from his time working for technology pioneer Peter Diamand is on the West Coast of the United States. James brings unique insight into fostering the growth of entrepreneurial firms to have maximum impact.

 

Thats Perez, On suit among every other things  he is the Publisher of The Nerve Africa ( www.thenerveafrica.com) Africa’s own Bloom berg

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James got me writing down notes about why the “YOuwin” programme in Nigeria became a global benchmark for Projects and why the model is beign reproduced

Solomon  shares insights on  his  educational project Learningtree  solomon is the one on  waist coat

 

So we tried to break the coconut

After several efforts ….  someone finally does.And it’s not all the male in the room Its the beautiful, amazing Bellarose….

Watch this space for the videos would you?

Thanks!!!

RAISE THE BAR —-BREAK Your Own coconut.

 

Welcome to The BTC season two which promises to be lit we would be working with different dynamics and how we can go about it.

In the beginning we started  with our book #Breakingthecoconut which went deeper with regards   sharing insights of African Millenials and the power they wield as influencers, stakeholders in thier space  Book available on 38,000 online stores including barnesandnoble.com,Amazon.com,Okadabooks.com and  on www.breakingthecoconut.com

After speaking On the Power of African Millenials  at TED Idea search in Nigeria we knew  we needed to  amplify our voice.

For Season2 we came up with a plan on how to restructure the BTC project  of featuring millennial African key stakeholders. Our why became obvious with the daily churning out of changemakers and entrepreneurs  among  this generation classified as millennials daily  so we obviously saw the knowledge gap  and chose to play a role. The BTC show bridges that gap of creating audio virtual contents for educating and informing this particular target audience.

What to expect from us this season

Educational audio and videos contents

Master class

Collaborations

Insights from Millenial  African key stakeholders and Mentors

We employ you use, share  content  Most especially let us know how we can serve you with what we have listed much effectively .

We would respond to your emails in 24hrs

talktous@breakingthecoconut.com

Somto@breakingthecoconut.com

Season 2.

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