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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

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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
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Charles Umeh

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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

Passion is something you never hide.Because  most times it is  naked! Everyone can see it. When passion births a dream it becomes paramount you listen to what lit the fire and what keeps it burning.

My meet with Mr. Mbanefo  Ozoemena (A.k.A Ozone)  left me with an all good  feeling of  positive conviction on the possibility of  a focused mind. So below were my  short  snippets

Finally we all agree we are in an Oil Economy   Knowledge Economy.

Welcome to the knowledge economy where knowledge is a currency. What knowledge are you willing to trade?

“The real essence of life is to live life to give life to another life” Who are you giving life to?

Why am I here? The one question you don’t need anyone’s approval to answer but everyone who is ahead on the curve for more insights

“I’m going to be  a meaningful specific and not just a wondering generality” What have you chosen to be?

We all need reminders. I hope this was helpful.

Feel Free to share your feedback.

#EPISODE 1: Meet Ozoemena “Ozone” Mbanefo

https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Coconut-Inspiring-African-Agents/dp/1482825929

Charles Umeh,

Namaste.

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For several reasons we make the headline. However, we are finally remembered for either our positive or negative acts. we choose to change the narrative by putting the spotlight more on Nigerians who were literally breaking their coconut.

So for the next 13 weeks (one season) we would be taking you on a journey featuring some key influencers and change makers in the Nigerian space who stand out in their craft share their own version on their journey.

This is an off shoot of the book entitled breaking the coconut which highlighted eleven young change makers around Africa share their own African story of how they turned around their odds and made the best of it. The overwhelming feedback from the book finally put us in the hearts of a tribe of like minds who wished to be inspired to take the plunge. They were true life experiences. The objective was met. I would start by saying thank you to the eleven of them Ambrose Adole Amaka Alusi, Daberechi Okedurum, Chinonso Arubayi, Kenechukwu Uba, Chinonso Ogbogu,Mapple Dappa, Olufunbi Falayi, Eustace Dunn, Ngozi Marion Emmanuel, Sara Nana Yeboa (from Ghana) Breaking the coconut is sold in over 38,000 stores online globally. If you haven’t got a copy yet, hit the “Get The Book” link on the menu in the website and do get yours.

We choose to cast our nets further to hear key influential Nigerian change makers and entrepreneurs who stood out in their craft share their stories on a podcast. Listening to them talk about their own journey gives you the conviction and insight you need for the next step.

We hope it leads you to new Path finder works and even if your schedule is so busy you don’t have time you can simply go to www.breakingthecoconut.com and download the podcast which should also be on iTunes. We live in the knowledge economy where the difference in people finally falls back to what knowledge skill they possess.

For today’s edition we featured the founder of Nigeria’s foremost school of brand and marketing communications Oxygen advertising academy which presently is the go-to hub for human resources in the Marketing and brands communication niche share his journey on why he took the plunge in setting up this hub which currently serves as an engine house to the advertising agencies in Nigeria. You should listen to his story and let’s meet at the end of the broadcast to share lessons from it.

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