A Recap of NG_Hub’s Launch by Facebook: Accelerator Programs for Students & Entrepreneurs + Career Advice from Facebook Africa’s Ebele Okobi

A photo of Kezia Anim-Ado (L), Communications Manager, Facebook Sub Saharan Africa; and Ebele Okobi (R), Public Policy Director, Facebook

A photo of Kezia Anim-Ado (L), Communications Manager, Facebook Sub Saharan Africa; and Ebele Okobi (R), Public Policy Director, Facebook Africa and I.

Hi BellaNaijarians. Chinny here!

Yesterday, I attended the launch of NG_Hub by Facebook, a community hub space in partnership with CcHub. When I first received the invitation to this event, I was contemplating whether to attend or not but after I learnt that I had the opportunity to meet and interview Ebele Okobi, the Public Policy Director of Facebook Africa, I looked her up on LinkedIn and thought ‘hmmmm, the BN community can learn a lot from her… I’m in!’

L-R: Ime Archibong, VP Partnerships, Facebook; Bosun Tijani, CEO CcHub; Ebele Okobi, Head Public Policy Africa, Facebook and Emeka Afigbo, Head of Developer Programs at the launch of NG_Hub

I got there in good time for breakfast after which we heard from some Facebook professionals on the journey to NG_Hub. It was also good to learn that Facebook is partnering with seven other hubs across the country- Ventures Platform (Abuja), nHub (Jos), Colab Hub (Kaduna), DI Hub (Kano), Start Innovation Hub (Uyo), Roar Hub (Enugu) and Ken Saro Wiwa Hub (Port Harcourt) – to create spaces where creatives and developers can tap into Facebook’s resources and expertise. 

Let’s get unto my few minutes with Ebele Okobi!

After highlighting how powerful the entrepreneurial spirit is in Nigeria and Facebook’s mission to create a community that brings entrepreneurs and creatives together, we went on to discuss Facebook’s plans for NG_Hub and how you can get in! The amazing thing is that there’s something for everyone, whether you run a small business, are a startup, a student or want to improve your digital skills, there’s something for you! Check them out:

  • The FB Start Accelerator Program is designed for startup and student teams building solutions that utilize any of these technologies; Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). Startup teams that get into this program which runs for 6 months, will get $20,000 in equity funding, hands-on support, access to technical and business mentors from Facebook and the CcHub network. Find out how to get into the program here.
  • Digify Pro Nigeria is a FREE 8-week intensive digital skills boot camp where you will learn all you need to know about digital marketing and have the opportunity to work on live briefs from Nigeria’s top communication agencies and brands. At the end of 8 weeks, graduates of the programme will take part in a work placement in agencies or organizations as either interns or junior staff. It’s a one-page application and a great way to kick start or advance your career in digital marketing. Start here now.
  • Boost Your Business is a one-day training that teaches digital marketing for business growth. This is specially made for micro, small and medium-sized businesses owners and they have a community you can join on Facebook here.
  • #SheMeansBusiness is a one-day training workshop which has commenced in various cities across Nigeria. It is designed to inspire and train existing and aspiring female entrepreneurs across Nigeria, empowering them with the right digital skills to run successful businesses. I attended the launch and talked about it here.

There was this one question I had to ask before leaving the room and I’m so glad I did! What would you say to a millennial whose dream is to work with a tech giant like Facebook?

Ebele Okobi: There’s a quote I say all the time- “work is love made visible”. Everybody has different approach to work but mine is that I want work that brings value to the world and drives my passion. So I believe very strongly that people should find their passion because for me, work is about making the world someway a better place.

The first thing is that people need to know themselves, what’s your passion, what’s your mission, and then pursue that as opposed to deciding what company you want to work for. If you think about it, Facebook didn’t even exist. When Mark created it, had he been simply focused on just working for a big company, maybe Microsoft, we wouldn’t have Facebook. So I would say people should not focus necessarily on a particular company or destination but should focus on how to bring value to the world. I think that’s critical.

The second thing I would say is STEM education is very important, however, there are so many other jobs within tech. If you look at all the conversations we’re having right now about privacy, content, it tells you how critical those issues are to tech’s ability to thrive, grow and gain trust. I studied Law and if you think about the skills set that are necessary around ethics and policies, that’s very relevant. That’s why I think people should really focus on what they’re good at and the contribution they make and let that contribution, mission and passion drive them.

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Isn’t that so powerful? That’s it guys, I had a great time being with these wonderful people and learning how much opportunities are out there for us! So, take on these opportunities and fire on!

UPSURGE Conference! Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo hosted Professor Yemi Osinbajo & Bishop TD Jakes

Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo, the senior Pastor of The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), hosted his excellency; The Vice President of

Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo, the senior Pastor of The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), hosted his excellency; The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Bishop TD Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potters House, Dallas, Texas at the just concluded conference tagged UPSURGE which held on the 19th and 20th of May, 2018.

COZA, known for her best in class hospitality and excellence played hosts to thousands of people in Abuja, as the spotlight was on the phenomenally constructed COZA Auditorium, which was the venue for the conference. The event was well attended by a number of dignitaries, led by His Excellency, The Vice President of the Federal Republic who had a lot of encouraging words to say to the Nigerian youths in the church.

Bishop Jakes preached for two sessions and he taught expressly on how we must change our perception and we must move from the level of hand outs to hand ups. His dynamic and engaging approach to sharing the gospel endeared a lot of cheers and left people in high emotions. There were tears of joy, intense prayers and declarations reverberating through the halls.

The hall was filled up, as well as the three overflows, which were at the location. This is not far from what was experienced at the Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ilorin and Dubai viewing centres, where the sessions were streamed to thousands of people.

The Upsurge was a complete success as there were instant testimonies from the event and it was a historic moment as not only was it the first time Bishop TD Jakes would preach  in Abuja, it was also his first time in COZA.

Reverend Biodun, popularly called PB in his remarks, mentioned that his undying desire and passion to see young people in Nigeria do more exploits and become global high flyers is the brain behind his constant investment in mind renovating and empowerment programs. He is also committed to seeing Christians live up to their full potential as designed by God and he will go to any length to ensuring this becomes a reality, which is why he does not stop at one off experiences, but he will do this over and over again as well as create platforms for expression and realization for as many that want to take the words they hear and put them to action.

Also talking about the crowd, ‘Bishop Jakes attracted a lot of people to COZA and it was really difficult to get a space in the auditorium if you were not there 2/3 hours before the service started. However, adequate overflow facilities were provided with high end multimedia support to give the same experience.

Indeed it was beyond a program, the Upsurge was a game changer.

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Joe Hanson: 3 Fears That May Be Hindering Your Career Growth as a Master of Ceremonies

One of the fastest success killers, as you begin your journey to becoming a master of ceremonies, is fear.Fear of

One of the fastest success killers, as you begin your journey to becoming a master of ceremonies, is fear.Fear of what you may ask, well the fear of everything!

The fear factor has a way of making you become inadequate and imbalanced in your delivery. Fear of “will I do well on this job?”

I was to anchor a very huge wedding reception some years back, I noticed  the fear factor always found its way into my mind. The fear of “what mistake must I avoid making? What if this goes wrong?” and the fear of “how do I start this event?”

Many have asked, how do you conquer your fears as you grow? Let’s quickly review these questions.

Fear of how to start the event
There is no such thing as a perfect MC on earth. It is common to feel faint at the sight of the crowd or audience, with elevated heart rate in tow.  Everyone, no matter whether you have been a compere for over a decade or more, experiences fear. Oh yes, even the popular Master of Ceremonies both home and abroad experience this. But the point of focus is, how do you deal with it?

Many have coined multiple styles to start events. Some engage the crowd like I love to do, others simply make short speeches as they welcome the audience, and for most, the religious style and applause usually sets the ball rolling. So, find your style for weddings or corporate events. When you do, it serves as the antidote to relieve fear.

No matter the initial fear, once you are 2 – 5 minutes gone into the event, it will disappear.

Fear of mistakes
This can be very counterproductive. I describe it as driving forward yet looking backward. This is not truly the right thing to do. Mistakes will surely come, but it is your responsibility to make sure that it is kept to the barest minimum or not at all. For instance, you call the bride a wrong name – instead of Dami, you say Daisy. This can happen to anyone, but it could have also been avoided. So, rather than worry about the “mistakes you will make at the event”, focus on not making any at all and even if you do, move on.

One of the most respected Comedian/Master of Ceremonies – Steve Harvey made a blunder on national/global TV. This goes to show that no one is perfect! Steve Harvey is an amazing compere and one of the best TV show hosts in the world.

Fear of Uncertainty
When you start up your career as an M.C, the fear of uncertainty can weaken your desire to want to be the best, dampening your spirit. This uncertainty is usually clogged with fear of “Am I sure this is what I really want to do in life or will I ever rise to become a well-respected Master of Ceremonies?

This is why I wrote in my first article on how to start. You need to carve a niche and identify what type of compere you want to be.

You may come across this episode in your struggle to grow where your mind tells you, that you aren’t better, you are weak. See this as a good sign, to be used for self-development. A baby learns to crawl before walking, so build some confidence and work harder.

Worry less and stay focused – as long as you have chosen this path. The sky is big enough for all to fly. 10 or 11 Master of Ceremonies cannot offer their services to the entire country.

See fear as a guide towards improving yourself and not as a failure.

Can you list some of the fear factors you may encounter along the way? Feel free to drop your comments and let’s share.

The Safe Space of Pearls Africa Youth Foundation organizes an Educative & Fun-Filled event for Young Girls to celebrate Founder’s Birthday

The Safe Space of Pearls Africa Youth Foundation was the best place for young girls to be on the 19th

The Safe Space of Pearls Africa Youth Foundation was the best place for young girls to be on the 19th of May 2018. The hub was bubbling with lots of excitement as the foundation organized an educative and fun-filled event to celebrate the founder’s birthday – Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin

The event, which was themed “Your Dreams Are Valid”, was a mentoring event for young girls living in undeserved communities.  The girls had a lot to learn from the cinematic session as they watched the educative movie – Akeelah and the Bee.

The mentoring session was divided into two parts: Lets get talking and create Your Future.

The first part had mentors wear tags with different topics and issues relating to the girl child. Based on the tags they had on, the girls had the freedom to walk up to any mentor of their choosing to have one on one discussions regarding the issues bothering them; some of which were: child abuse, teenage pregnancy, sex and relationship, sexual health, menstrual hygiene, molestation, education, peer pressure, self esteem, gender based violence, female genital mutilation, character and mindset, media and advertising, personal hygiene, public speaking and more.

The Lets get talking session lasted for 2 hours, 30 minutes with each girl having the chance to talk to at least 4 mentors.

The second part focused majorly on helping the girls with creating their future.  They were asked to create a roadmap of their lives and where they wanted to be in 10 years and how they planned to get there. This one on one session lasted for 1 hour 30 minutes with girls having a clear direction on who they want to be in 10 years and how to get there.

At the end of the event, the girls had renewed vision about their lives and the possibilities of them achieving their dreams.

This content has been published for free as part of BellaNaija.com‘s commitment to youth, education, healthcare and community development as part of our corporate social responsibility programme.

Boris Kodjoe, Seyi Shay, 2Baba, Falz spotted at the Unveiling of AFRIMA’s 2018 Timeline in Ghana

The annual All Africa Music Awards is holding in Ghana for the first time. The unveiling of the event was

The annual All Africa Music Awards is holding in Ghana for the first time.

The unveiling of the event was done yesterday, Monday 21st of May, at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

The event was attended by Boris Kodjoe, Seyi Shay, 2Baba, Falz, KiDi, Richie Mensah, Victoria Lebene, Kuami Eugene, Becca, Efya and more stars.

All Africa Music Awards (also referred to as AFRIMA) is an annual award show. The event was established in 2014 by the International Committee AFRIMA, in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage.

Nigeria has hosted all event shows since its inception in 2014.

See photos from the unveiling below.

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IDAN announces the World Interiors Day celebration themed “Design without Borders” | May 25th & 26th

  The Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) is very excited to announce the World Interiors Day celebration themed “Design

 

The Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) is very excited to announce the World Interiors Day celebration themed “Design without Borders” to hold on  the 25th May in Abuja and 26th of May in Lagos. IDAN will be inviting a special guest from South Africa to talk about “Design without Borders in the African context” and we are glad to invite you!!

Abuja

Date: Friday, May 25th  2018
Time: 10am- 4pm.
Venue: Thought Pyramid Art Centre, 18, Libreville Crescent,Wuse II Abuja

Lagos

Date:   Saturday, May 26th 2018
Time:  10am- 12pm.
Venue: Raddisson Blu,  1a Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Victoria Island, Lagos

The World Interiors Day which is organized and hosted annually by all interior designers / architects globally is a long-standing program that engages a broad range of communities and celebrated around the world throughout the entire month of May and is officially recognized on Saturday, 26th of May 2018.

We look forward to see you there!

TOPIC: Design without Borders in the African Context

SPEAKER: Dorothy Van’t Riet

COST


Get Amazing Outfits at Discounted Prices while contributing to a Worthy Cause! Don’t miss Yard Sale on May 26th & 27th

                                  Save the date!!!

                                 

Save the date!!! Yard sale is back again. This is your opportunity to snag high and exquisite fashionable celebrity pieces and accessories at discounted prices while contributing for a worthy cause. There will be too much stuff you can’t get enough.

Date: Saturday, May 26th & Sunday,May 27th 2018.
Time: 12pm- 6pm.
Venue: Sweet Kiwi, Admiralty Way, Lekki, Phase 1.

Yard Sale Nigeria aims to provide a platform for socialization while generating funds to help to support and assist individuals or communities who are affected by various societal issues. Through its previous editions, Yard sale has raised funds donated towards:

2016-Beibei Haven Charity: This is a charity organization that tackles the problem of infertility and raise awareness on various issues causing infertility

2016-Makoko Project: Yard sale personally directed its funds to feed 300 needy people in the district area of makoko.

2017- Zaron widow charity: A charity that assists widows to create a sustainable life for them and their family.

2018- The Federal Nigerian society of the blind. A vocational training center for the blind to help rehabilitate them while they acquire skills to make their own contributions to the society.

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Africa Communications Week Begins Globally Today! Lagos Edition will hold on Thursday, May 24th

The Africa Communications Week has announced the 2nd edition to hold from the 21st – 25th of May 2018 across cities in

The Africa Communications Week has announced the 2nd edition to hold from the 21st – 25th of May 2018 across cities in Africa and other parts of the world. Once again, The Boutique Brand Communication Company (The BBCCompany) continues its role as the Lagos partner with IE Business School as the knowledge partner. The Lagos event will hold on the 24th of May at The Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.

Date: Monday, May 21st- Friday, May 25th, 2018.

Africa Communications week is an annual global campaign open to all communication professionals. Supported by the World Communication Forum Association, the ACW is a weeklong series of events simultaneously taking place in several countries across Africa and the world.

This year’s edition is themed –Economic Integration in Africa: Opportunities for Communications. According to ACW co-founder, Eniola Harrison, narratives surrounding Africa, impact on the socio-economic development of the continent. Africa focused communicators must therefore be strategic about shaping a narrative that is so vital to the transformation of the continent.

Speakers for the Lagos event include: SSA to the President on Industry, Trade & Investment, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole; Chief Transformation Officer at MTN, Bayo Adekanmbi; ‎Executive Head Marketing & Communication at Stanbic IBTC, Nkiru Olumide-Ojo and Associate Professor at IE University Spain, Nicolas Randall who will also facilitate a masterclass later in the evening. Click on bit.ly/africacommsweek to register for the Lagos event at no charge.

Principal Consultant at The BBCCompany and ACW Nigeria partner, Tomilayo Aluko revealed that the Lagos edition will have Africa focused communications experts, thought leaders, brand strategists, creatives, PR practitioners from multinationals, agencies and academia coming together to engage and connect.

Follow @AfricaCommsWeek and join the ongoing conversation on social media using the hashtags #AfricaCommsWeek #ACWLagos

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Raise a Glass as Moët & Chandon announces its annual Moët & Chandon Grand Day | Saturday, June 9th

Moët & Chandon is thrilled to announce its annual Moët & Chandon Grand Day, a day of sparkling celebrations around the

Moët & Chandon is thrilled to announce its annual Moët & Chandon Grand Day, a day of sparkling celebrations around the globe where, for 24 hours, friends and guests of the Champagne House will come together to raise their champagne glasses in a worldwide toast to the memorable moments that bring joy to their lives.

This year, Moët & Chandon has renamed the annual rendezvous that debuted in 2016 from “Moët Party Day” to “Moët & Chandon Grand Day,” continuing its festive tradition with an even more glittering lineup of extraordinary events planned in over 80 countries that will bring together over a million people from Hong Kong to Lagos and Geneva to Montreal.

“The translation of the French word ‘fête’ literally means ‘party’,” says Elizabeth Oputa, Manager of Champagne Brands at Moët Hennessy in Nigeria. “And this year, Moët & Chandon is bringing the art of the fête to Nigeria. Moët & Chandon Grand Day will be a unique event in which we share the magic of champagne and celebrate a day dedicated to the joys of life.”

Moët & Chandon Grand Day will flow from hour to hour with uniquely enchanting experiences, starting with a gourmet brunch served at a rooftop lounge to day-time celebrations at decorated rooftop bars with beach front views. Guests will be invited to celebrate their own special milestone with a glass of the alluring signature Moët & Chandon Impérial, or toast to a fabulous year with a glass of refreshing Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial.

Join the conversation by using the hashtags # MoetGrandDay, #MoetNigeria #MoetMoment

ABOUT MOËT & CHANDON

Founded in 1743, Moët & Chandon contributed to introduce champagne to the world by offering a range of unique wines for every occasion. From iconic Moët Impérial to the Grand Vintage Collection, from the extroverted Moët Rosé Impérial to the innovative Moët Ice Impérial, each champagne dazzles and delights with bright fruitiness, an enticing palate and an elegant maturity.

Moët & Chandon celebrates the thrill of living. With a bottle of its champagne opened every second around the globe, Moët & Chandon knows that every second is an experience, and every experience is a #MoetMoment to live now.

Please drink responsibly!!

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Industry Experts from all over the Globe attend Google Multicultural Marketing Next 2018 in New York

GOOGLE Multicultural Marketing Next 2018 held in New York, USA on Monday 14th May 2018, with industry experts from all

GOOGLE Multicultural Marketing Next 2018 held in New York, USA on Monday 14th May 2018, with industry experts from all over the globe such as, Head of YouTube, Juanjo Duran, VP of DDB, Michael Sotelo, CoHost of The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne tha God and representing African and CEO Delphino Entertainment, Onoja Adole.

Every year, Google creates a forum for the elite in advertising to discuss, debate and learn about the new strategies involved in Multicultural Marketing. This year they invited the industry’s most  ‘cultural disruptors’ and proud to have a Nigerian amongst the invited Guest, to share insights on the changing demographics worldwide and how to think, create and execute uniquely enough to become, be and stay culturally relevant and position their brand for limitless success.