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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.

 

On Thursday April 13th  11:30am  we would be having  the #BTCshow  firechat  Episode 14 featuring   three guests Tech city Nigeria, Taxify Nigeria and James Burton.

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.

James would be on the #Btcfire chat show this Thursday April 13th 2016  11:30am(localtime)

 

 

Oluseye Soyode-Johnson

o Innovation and Business Development Expert, Ericsson
o Regional Partner, African Technology Foundation
As ecosystem-builder and award-winning entrepreneur, Oluseye seeks to create strong platforms that help identify, nurture and accelerate nascent talent and solutions. Oluseye conceptualizes, executes and launches marquee ecosystem developer engagements and programs, which help to build capacity and provide access to global networks and mentorship. Oluseye 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.
As Innovation and Business Development Expert, at the Ericsson Innovation Hub, Oluseye is tasked with creating and driving bold, innovative products that accelerate the potential of some of the largest TMT players across Africa; while utilizing the industry’s unrivaled reach and technology, to delight and empower Africans.
Oluseye 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. 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.

Oluseye would be on the #Btcfire chat show this Thursday April 13th 2016  11:30am(localtime)

 

 

 

 

BellaRose Iyere-Okojie is a Mass Communication graduate from the Redeemer’s University. 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 and cheeriest 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. BellaRose started her broadcasting career as an associate producer with Africa Independent Television (AIT) and later co-anchored the Ultimate Morning Show on Raypower Network until 2013 where she moved to Inspiration fm.
Now she co-hosts the evening drivetime on City fm and trains presenters and voice over artists who want to hinge on the TechCity platform. Once a writer for TW Magazine, BellaRose is also a contributing writer and editor on techcityng.com coupled with her background in advertising at Advertange Media services, she completes the formidable Greenstreet Media Networks team. where everyone is an erudite, knowing something about everything and everything about something.

Bella would be on the #Btcfire chat show this Thursday April 13th 2016  11:30am(localtime)

 

 

 

Taxify launched in Lagos on November 18th, 2016

Taxify is an e-hailing App founded by Markus Villig in 2013. With an average growth rate of 20%, Taxify has grown so rapidly in 3 years that it is now in over 20 countries and is currently in 4 countries and 6 cities in Africa. Taxify launched in Lagos on November 18th, 2016
Taxify is all about delivering safe, reliable & comfortable rides at affordable rates. We treat drivers better so that they can make great rides and ultimately make happier riders.
#TaxifyinLagos
Our Offer;
To Drivers;
1. We treat our driver-partner better
2. Better earning potential for driver-partners; Our commission is 15%, so they earn 10% more than our nearest competitor.
3. Efficient Support. We are always reachable!
4. Value-added partnerships developed to build capacity
To Riders
1. Most affordable rates in the market now.
2. High quality, safe & comfortable rides.
3. We are always reachable. We want to hear from you.
TaxifyNigeria team would be on the #Btcfire chat show this Thursday April 13th 2016  11:30am(localtime)

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#Btcshowfirechat

For your questions and concerns do us a mail

email: talktous@breakingthecoconut.com

Namaste.

 

We are always as good as those we surround ourselves.

What this means is simply that we get better because people around us would have either inspired us positively or we turned around the negative energy and set ourselves on fire to literary burn for what we believe in.

So today I would be your tour guide as to why you need a thinking partner and how to identify one

Most times as we climb the ladder of our Careers we lose our root or we finally discover we are not as deep rooted as we thought we are. If we are aware, we would notice. If we are not, people would spot it out for us and lucky is he who finds those like this “Truth tellers” however the overall beauty is when we finally take action or come up with a strategy to fill in the gap. With this in view we are on a journey to becoming positively lethal.

Most times we need someone to provide us with a rich perspective and give us an opportunity to reflect on privately. Especially in the midst of our bountiful nothingness or to put it mildly in the midst of our own hype.

I would try to cover some grounds here with emphasis on the difference between an “Adviser and a thinking partner” and why you need the professional service of the latter.

Back in the days the kings had a “think tank” which was made of egg heads. In some climes one of the reasons being that it doesn’t take just royal blood to lead people it requires more.

Alexandra the Great was a student of Aristotle way back from when he was a boy and if we say greatness lies in Alexandra it was the sum total of all the men around him with due credit to his brilliance.

As the world evolved and there was more to life than wars we had people chasing career paths and global leaders seeking the services of a new breed of egg heads known as “thinking Partners”  an example is the relationship between Clark Clifford and two different Presidents of the United states of America J.F Kennedy and Lyndon.B Johnson

“The relationship I had with each man (Kennedy and Johnson) was quite different. When Kennedy called on me it was usually to play a clearly defined role on a specific problem –from the after match of the bay of Pig to the still crisis. Johnson on the other hand wanted my advice or observation on almost anything that might confront him. Johnson asked me to participate in important national security meetings which otherwise involved only government officials. Something Kennedy never did. In these meetings, I would say little unless asked to comment by the President, and even then I shared my views only with him in private.

Clifford’s description captures the essential description between two important but different advisory roles. That of the adviser and that of the thinking Partner.

President Kennedy turned to Clinton more for advice calling upon him as an expert to engage primarily in expert thinking. Clifford proposed alternatives and solutions to Kennedy’s tough domestic and international political problems Seeking expertise including in international law, diplomacy, defense and issue of national security.

Johnson would ask Clifford to take advisory roles to read and research materials report on critical issues and help him to find specific alternatives and solutions to tough problems at other times Johnson could ask Clifford to think through issues with him looking for strength and weakness .Other times Johnson would ask Clifford to be an observer rather than a direct participant. With time Clifford became a reflective foil and sounding board. This is the role of the thinking Partner”

Culled from  The Third Opinion by Saj-nicole. A.Joni, PHD.

For President Johnson, Clifford’s job took a new dimension combining expert thinking with exponential thinking which made him ask insightful questions.

The two relationships give us insight into what is required for the two job description.

You need someone to challenge your initial assumptions and help you see the broader implications you obviously are blind to.

More Requirements

He  Must be a great listener

He  must be an expansive thinker

One who can help you see the third opinion.

The third opinion normally comes from someone who is not in your immediate inner circle but exposed to the happenings of the circle which normally gives him a non-emotional Point of view.

Why do you need one?

Exponential thinking and for massive results says it all. Like earlier stated they are not advisers neither are they coaches however their insights via diagnosis could lead you to a Coach.

 

Whenever I play the role of a third Opinion with no string attached my inner mojo goes alive because the clarity of listening to various minds brings to the table various perspectives we are blind to.

 

Do you need a thinking partner? Let’s get to work!

Charles Umeh is a management consultant and author of the African Millennial heads- up guide to thriving as a change maker in Africa entitled Breaking the Coconut (available on Amazon.com and over 38,000 on line stores globally) host of the popular Pod-cast #TheBTCshow which shines the spotlights beyond businesses on amazing Change-makers and entrepreneurs as they relieve their recipe for thriving in Africa.

Email:talktous@breakingthecoconut.com

www.breakingthecoconut.com

The Tech Space in Nigeria could easily be classified green. with the outburst of several start- ups in the past five years and their thriving against its normal tidal odds.

However, my chat with the Managing Director of Future Soft Mrs. Nkemdilim Begho  took me on a new learning from her view point regarding entrepreneurship,The learning ecosystem in Nigeria and how we stand  a chance playing catch up.should we refuse to step up our game.

We delved into the negative role our educational system would play where the system  produce young people who don’t ask questions and  are more interested in cramming rather than understanding for self.

Below are snippets on our discussion and why you should listen to the two part Podcast here www.breakingthecoconut.com

You need bread and butter money in order to eat jam” not sure what that means, its the more reason you should listen here www.breakingthecoconut.com

There is a difference between a “Tech company” and a Tech driven company”

A tech driven company include sites like Jumia ,konga, Amazon , Alibaba, etc  mainly  they are retail business aided by technology. While a Tech Company build technology example of a tech driven company is FutureSoft.

Societal Pain

…Our education system has created people who are unable to ask questions…They  cram just to pass exams.

On “Tech” and the Future of Tech in Nigeria

With the change of “tech” constantly all we might finally get to do is play catch up to sustain the ecosystem. we have few hands who are capable of teaching it and passing it on

On Forming Partnership

While choosing a partner look for partners that compliment your skill- sets…it would be best to have friends or like minds  with different skill -sets on a team.

An ideal number to form a partnership should be 3! Why? One team member is able to break a tie when there is a need to.

And this wasn’t all about it .

This is just more reason why you need download the Podcast here www.breakingthecoconut.com

#Breakingthecoconut

Charles Umeh

I carried out a social experiment on the real meaning of an African proverb thanks to Wilson joel
“Mami water we dey dance on top water him band members and instrumentalist dey under water”
I got several meanings I would share from my list of amazing friends I would spare them by refusing to call their names.

“The mermaid dancing on top of the water is dancing to a beat by Dre”

The mermaid dancing on top of the water is dancing to a sound the drum beat is from her goons under the water

The mermaid dancing under the water is dancing to her fellow spirit people

The mermaid dancing on top of the water is dancing to a song played by her bands men beneath the sea so don’t be mesmerized.

When you see a mermaid dancing on the river know that those who are playing the music are under the water beware

There is a reason to every happening

The mermaid is hovering in the aqua while the cohorts are submersible in the aqua( this fellow either has a degree in Agriculture, English language or in pastoral studies the choice of words were my reasons)

The success of one person is often dependent on community network or relationships which most times remain invincible

Igwebuike!

Though many kept cracking me up but really the best responses were the “I don’t know..”
But you see these were my lessons: firstly I don’t know the right translation.
l I tried though but all my translation cracked me up too I couldn’t even put it out

Secondly you would always have someone who knows better than you do so ask

Lastly which is the core of this you should visit our website to listen to our Pod-casts on Nigerian Entrepreneurs and change makers. we have them listed there already www.breakingthecoconut.com

There is a reason to every happening, the success of one person is dependent on network and relationships seams close though but how about this,what you are seeing as glorious today has been so much of a great foundation. So don’t be carried away Courtesy- Joel Wilson
#Breakingthecoconut
Charles Umeh

wilson-joel

Sharing Lessons learn t with Wilson Joel
Wilson Joel is the CEO of Doxology music. He is the first Nigerian music Producer in west Africa to be endorsed by German based music software company Steinberg.
He gives head-sup his journey on Entrepreneurship in the music business and how he stays sane on his part.

My time spent with him was super inspiring. From someone who eats, breaths and dines music. It was best getting his perspective on his journey beating his craft so I did some snippets from the Podcast available on www.breakingthecoconut.com
 Learn to embrace the process of beating your craft
 You have to get to that that stage of your life when you say to yourself this is it for me and dam the consequences of what your fears are.
 Patience as a virtue which must be embraced
 You need to stick to something for so long that everyone knows you for it.
 You need to refill your mindset with positive vibes.
 There are many things I want today but I don’t have yet there are many things I have presently I never had in the past.
 Learn to follow process. If you follow process you would stay on top of the game.
 You might stay aloof for a while but you wouldn’t sink.
 The picture of success we see most times is deeper than we see and comes more with hard work
 Nobody owes you a dime irrespective of how good you think you are.
 Be careful of what you attach your happiness to
 There is something everybody is good at whatever you are good at is what you should to be doing for the rest of your life.
 And if you meet obstacles you must continue until you get there
“Mami water we dey dance on top water, the band members and instrumentalists dey under the water”
Translation: The mermaid dancing on the sea has her songs being played by instrumentalists beneath the water.
Meaning:what you see as glorious today has been so much of a great foundation
You can listen to the Podcast on www.breakingthecoconut.com
Namaste.
Charles Umeh

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