TimeOut With HalimaA Free once in every other month event designed to expose entrepreneurs and professionals to thought provoking and life changing insights and principles to help then succeed in business and career is putting together a free online event tagged: Maximize Purpose and Passion for Profit.
At Timeout With Halima, the idea is to create a network of achievers that will be exceptional in their business and professions thereby creating a highly efficient and proactive workforce and leadership in Nigeria and Africa.
According to the convener Halima Oyelade, the webinar couldn’t have come at a better time with many people in depression out of career and business-related frustrations.
“knowing your purpose will help you know where you are going in life which is the number one secret to reaching your destination. The webinar will also feature high-end tips on how to power up your passion and profit from it”, she noted.
The Live program will take place on Zoom today February 27th at 4PM.
The event has as host Halima Oyelade, a certified trainer, speaker and coach with the John Maxwell Team who is passionate and committed to helping people unlock their dreams, discover their purpose, pursue their vision and maximize their potentials.
She is an expert in human capital development, leadership and communication. Halima is equipped with required world class tools, resources and experience to help individuals and teams improve their productivity, performance and profitability.
Through seminars, trainings, keynote speaking, coaching and workshops, Halima is focussed on aiding people’s personal and professional development and enhancing their skills and talents while guiding them to evolve into phenomenal leaders in their businesses and professions.
She has tremendous amounts of experience in personal and professional growth/ development and leadership through practical application on the job in banking, government, business, non- profits, working with children and teens, as well as through trainings/mentorship.
The webinar is also another opportunity for TimeOut With Halima to give back to our community of followers in Nigeria and Diaspora as we are not only out to help Nigerians do more, have more and be more, thereby creating a world of unlimited possibilities, the statement reads.
A consulting firm, GOPA Worldwide Consultants, has trained some Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) trainers and facilitators in Lagos and Edo states on how to create business development opportunities for returning migrants and unemployed youths.
The Team Leader, Mr Peik Bruhns, made the disclosure at an online media launch and MSME trainers, facilitators and coaches certification on Monday in Lagos.
The training was organised by GIZ (German Cooperation Deutsche Zusammenarbeit) and Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria and implemented by GOPA Worldwide Consultants.
BLUETOOLZ MEDIA gathered that the training was tagged “Creating Business Development Opportunities Through Entrepreneurship Training and Coaching in Lagos and Edo States”.
Bruhns said that the aim was to build capacities and support for MSMEs in the two states.
“Some of the trainers and facilitators were Capstone Education & Invest Ltd., Hope Builders Skills Acquisitions Foundation and Leverage Platform Ltd.“The others include Knight and Bishop Consultancy,Web of Hearts, LAPO Institute for Microfinance and Enterprises Development, Sabi Hub, Society for the Empowerment of Young Persons (SEYP) and Viisaus Technology.
“They were trained on how to create basic entrepreneurship sensitisation, basic employability and career sensitisation, business start-up development and coaching support.“They will implement the training into returning migrants, females, unemployed youths, internally-displaced persons, person with disability and others,” Bruhns said.
He said that interested persons could connect to the trainers and facilitators.“For now, we have only trained about 60 MSME trainers, facilitators and coaches and plan to train overs 1,000 before next year.“One of the indicators we are using is employment creation and capacity building of small businesses which means that jobs for people will be enhanced significantly.
“We are expecting at least 30 per cent employment creation impact in Lagos and Edo states,” he said.A beneficiary of the training, Mr Folayemisi Adu, Executive Director, Home Builders Skill Development and Acquisition Foundation, said that the training engaged the beneficiaries well on employability skills as well as create model and startup model for businesses.
“We are into youth and women empowerment by assisting them to acquire entrepreneurial skills; so, this training will help to develop our entrepreneurship sensitisation and development skills.“We were chosen as one of the implementation organisations to create and start models for people interested in businesses.
“Create models are for the people who have no idea on how to start a business while start model are for people already into the business but want to know more.“We will teach them how to write their business plans and engage them with organisations that can help them to start businesses and have access to loans,” she told BLUETOOLZ MEDIA
The first time I heard of Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, he was issuing eviction notices to cattle herders in Ibarapa and all of Yorubaland like he owns the darn place.
Since Igboho branded himself as some tribal warlord intent on freeing his people from the clutches of marauding herdsmen of Fulani extraction, he has insulted APC godfather Bola Tinubu, the Ooni of Ife, the Oluwo of Iwo, and everyone else,labelling them all as slaves.
He ambles around with a foul mouth, dispensing insults here and sinister rhetoric there. He’s become a danger to the land.
He’s granted interviews to some of the most reputable legacy and digital media outfits in the land and he’s told tall tales of how he was handed N2 million by Tinubu to purchase petrol for his car in the past, how he’s the bravest of all Yoruba men alive, all while roaming the place wrapped in charms, amulets and bulletproof vests.
And the media is handing this irredentist and divisive character the kind of publicity and coverage befitting heroes, kings and princes by granting him the audience he so badly craves, sending their photographers and camera men after him and reporting all he says in nerve wracking and stomach churning details.
We need to stop. We need to draw the line.
Poisonous and eccentric demagogues like Igboho depend on the oxygen provided by the media to drive their nefarious agenda and propaganda. The ethics of our profession demand that we do better as journalists in the interest of national security.
In 2021, the media shouldn’t be granting this much publicity to a rabble rouser who is pitting ethnic groups against one another and polluting the land with the kind of inflammatory rhetoric and divisive language our febrile nation can do without at this time.
It says a lot about who we’ve become as media organisations when a man who hasn’t been elected into any office or who hasn’t been granted any kind of authority or powers by the state, mounts the rostrum to stir strife and acrimony, while we cheer him on and affix the prefix ‘activist’ to his name.
Igboho is no activist and we shouldn’t honour him with that appellation. We confer legitimacy to his propaganda and nefarious operations when we drape a war monger with the cloak of an activist.
Igboho has sadly become the latest monster the media has created.
It’s time to consign Igboho and his cohorts to the bin from whence they emerged, while we continue with the onerous task of forging a resilient, near-perfect union, by rolling out long term solutions to deal with the incessant farmers-herders crisis bedeviling our nation.
*This Opinion is the viewpoint of an Editor at Pulse. It does not represent the opinion our organization Bluetoolz
Moyo, widow of Tunde Thomas, says she never told her husband that he was not the father of her children — contrary to the claims on social media.
Social media has been awash with claims in a petition that the children of Moyo, a former employee of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), were fathered by Adam Nuru, the bank’s managing director.
It was alleged that Moyo had informed her husband that she was leaving Nigeria for the United States with the kids — only to call him upon arrival that the children do not belong to him.
Thomas was said to have died as a result of trauma after learning of the incident.
Friends and family of Moyo had taken to social media to speak in her defence.
But in a statement in Friday, Moyo finally broke her silence on the matter.
In her statement, she denied ever telling her late husband that he was not the father of her children.
“I write in reference to all the allegations and accusations that have recently been making the rounds on the internet and various social media platforms. I have refrained from responding to this matter for various reasons, one of which is to preserve the memories of Tunde who departed to be with his maker on December 16, 2020. Memories, not only to me, but to his children, who are still young, and to everybody who had a relationship with him,” she said.
“Just like any marriage, Tunde and I had a lot of differences in our marriage, some of which even led to police intervention. But I remain committed to keeping only positive memories of him. No one can ever understand what transpired between us or what each of us experienced in the marriage; like they say, it is he who wears the shoes that knows where it pinches. In all of it, I never for once wished him bad. His untimely and sudden death is still a shock to me as it is to many others.
“On no occasion did I ever tell him he was not the father of our two children. It is therefore deliberate falsehood and certainly malicious to allege and insinuate that I informed him that the children are not his. The children still bear his name. Only God knows why he died in an untimely period. It is not in my place, or anyone’s place to play God and talk with certainty as to the cause of his death, without proven medical facts.
“Despite our separation, we never allowed our differences affect the relationships we respectively have with the children. He still had conversations with the children like any father will, up until his sudden and unfortunate death. It is quite sad and disheartening to see the pictures of these innocent children splashed all over the internet with very disparaging and weird comments.
“I do wish his family and friends the fortitude to bear the unfortunate loss and I ask that we all be allowed to grieve his loss in peace. He has now been laid to rest and we implore all and sundry to please respect our privacy and allow those grieving his loss, including the children and I, to do so in peace.”
Nuru has since opted to go on leave as the bank investigates the allegations.
BLUETOOLZ understands that he has denied all allegations on the paternity claims.
Successful people always talk about launching projects and figuring out the fine details after. We hear this and usually never apply it, out of fear of failure. For the Feminist Coalition, we spent months planning our launch as a women’s rights advocacy group and yet our roll out was nothing we could have ever predicted.
It all started during a women-only party that Wine & Whine hosted for over 200 young Nigerian women in December 2019, where a friend pulled Damilola Odufuwa aside saying “this could be something more”. A few days later, Damilola proposed to Odunayo Eweniyi the need to create some form of grassroots movement that brought a community of women together to organise around the social, economic and political equality for Nigerian women in a more sustainable way.
While these conversations were ongoing, 2020 happened. COVID-19 came with an increase in gender-based violence in Nigeria and across the world. In June 2020 all Nigerian states declared a state of emergency over rape and gender-based violence and many concerned women, activists and organisations sparked online and offline protests and raised funds for victims and the need for immediate action grew even greater.
There was a sense of disillusionment and anger about the treatment of women in Nigeria and an even greater urgency to do more.
So in July 2020, Damilola Odufuwa and Odunayo Eweniyi decided to kick off their idea to create a coalition of feminist women with a vision of a Nigeria where equality for all people is a reality in our laws and everyday lives. They approached other women who they considered exceptional leaders who were equally passionate about changing our country and the role of women in it.
According to Ozzy, when she read the introductory email from Odun, at that moment it clicked that this sort of organisation was what she had been looking for.
Many have wondered how the founding members were chosen; Odun and Dami had worked with many of the founding members through their individual activism and through Wine & Whine, and so they had a sense of not only their work ethic, but that they were committed to advocating for gender equality. In addition, they carefully selected women who possess strong skills and expertise across various sectors. The shortlist had women who had done work across grassroots community organising, tech, media, public health, non-profit, fintech, gender advocacy and more. Most importantly, they carefully chose women with similar views on feminism and who understood the urgency in the fight for women’s rights in Nigeria.
During the first call, it was quickly agreed that the mission of the Feminist Coalition is to champion equality for women in Nigerian society with a core focus on education, financial freedom and representation in public office.
So how on earth did we get involved in supporting the peaceful #EndSARS movement?
“What I also know though is that if we lose this SARS fight, women will be the biggest losers still”, Odunayo said to Dami when we debated if we should get involved in the October 2020 #EndSARS movement. The women in the group all agreed and we set a one hour meeting for 9pm WAT/ 8pm GMT on October 9th to strategise and organise.
We’ve had monthly meetings since our inception in July 2020, but we had not started on any projects yet. We joke that this was a baptism by fire — We designed a logo, set up the website, got some copy assets together, set up our social media, set up the donation accounts, the request forms, the tracking sheets; Fem Co as it’s known today, was literally a reality overnight.
The meeting ended up running for 2 hours and the conclusion at the end was clear. We would help crowdsource donations for the peaceful End SARS protests. Focusing on food, water, medical, legal aid etc. More details here (P.S. you need a VPN to access this)
The first night we announced the Feminist Coalition’s decision to play a supporting role in the #EndSARS protests, we started the pot with our own funds. As a group we made monthly donations to ensure we could tackle our women’s rights projects but as End SARS became our first project, we pulled some money into it. In a few hours after announcing our decision to support the movement we had ₦807,000 and by the next day (October 10th) we had received donations of over ₦5 million from well-meaning people who believed in the movement.
The support for the movement and the growth in donations was a shock to us. We had zero expectations. In fact, part of the reason we didn’t reveal the names of the founding members was because we know how feminism is perceived in Nigeria and we weren’t sure how much support we would get if our identities were known.
But Nigerians and well-meaning people around the world supported us and for a few days we all felt so proud of the collective passion and kindness Nigerians were displaying.
But a few days later, the reality of the country set in. We woke up to calls from well-meaning people letting us know we were being watched by security agencies and our phones had allegedly been bugged. We all left our homes to seek protection, scared, confused and wondering why a simple request for human rights was being treated as a national security threat.
This didn’t stop us. Many Nigerians were still offering their support and ‘decentralised’ was truly the word of the moment: Before Fem Co decided to support the movement, others were already on the ground providing food, medical support and more for innocent unarmed Nigerians exercising their constitutional rights to protest against police brutality. Our actions spurred more people on to independently help out wherever they could, providing support to fellow Nigerians.
It was a strange combination of feeling like we were making a huge impact, but also not nearly enough.
Over the week of October 11th 2020, we spent all our days working on different parts of Fem Co — from running our social media, to checking DMs to verify protests, paying bills and setting up a network of lawyers. We worked with other organisations like End SARS Response, Legal Aid Network, Food Coven etc. We were exhausted, juggling full-time jobs, motherhood, family and the paranoia of being targeted by security agencies.
Obbie recalls the seemingly endless overnight phone calls and the early morning statement reviews, the fear, the anxiety, the many glasses of wine. In the thick of it, we were all barely getting any sleep. Odun remembers sleeping about 2 hours a night because like all of us, she was now juggling two jobs — she still had a fintech company to run and suddenly Fem Co had become this fully formed organisation overnight. But juggling roles always means someone will be let down and Tito felt she had to choose: her company or her Fem Co sisters. There was no time, strength or emotional bandwidth to equally support both. For Layo, it meant taking on Fem Co as a second full-time job, sleeping at 5am most days and up by 7:30 again. Laila knew it was her duty as a journalist to cover the protests to the fullest extent and she wasn’t going to let anything stop her from achieving that. But she also had a duty to directly help peaceful protesters and doing both simultaneously was much harder than she thought it could possibly be.
Karo talks about starting and ending everyday with a phone in hand, even making food while on calls with the group, and still having to show up to other parts of her life. For her, Fakhrriyyah and Ire, being abroad, somewhat safe, made them feel guilty as they worried about the safety of the other women in Fem Co and also felt there was a limit to how much support they could offer.
But this didn’t only affect us, it affected our loved ones too. For Dami, seeing her close family members panic every time she picked up her phone or relayed a new update to them was extremely heartbreaking. Jola had to fight off feelings of crippling paranoia and anxiety, so as not to panic her parents. Ozzy recalls times when she thought in horror she may never see her son again.
The fear and exhaustion went into overdrive on October 13th 2020. But we had started and people were counting on us. We realised restrictions had been placed on the Nigerian bank accounts we were using and our payment link with Flutterwave was deactivated — it went into ‘maintenance mode’ and never came back up. Many people who had donated to us or received donations from us have also alleged and complained of restrictions placed on their accounts by certain banks. This forced us to move to decentralised payment platforms and only accept donations in Bitcoin using BTC Pay.
People often ask us, why bitcoin? As a group of tech-savvy women, some who work in the crypto industry, across fintech and also invest in crypto assets, bitcoin was a no-brainer. It came naturally to us because of the many use cases & advantages: remittance, cross-border payments, privacy and transparency to name a few.
Initially, we thought this would slow donations down in great volume. However, with a simple tweet of support and a retweet from Jack Dorsey, we believe we were able to encourage donors to both learn more about cryptocurrencies and continue donating. Thank you Jack. Not only have you supported us, but all young Nigerians who are pained and aggrieved yet awakened and determined to hold our leaders accountable. You lent your voice to the cause and stood with us, encouraging many to feel validated and heard.
While the support from global figures was encouraging, we had our fair share of trolls on Twitter — men determined to spread misinformation about who we are and what we stand for. You know who they are, you saw their vitriol. We strongly believe being called cultists, witches, insurgents, lipstick terrorists and being blamed for sponsored violence (when ALL our efforts were focused on the peace and safety of all Nigerians) was not only damaging, but dangerous. This put our safety at risk and encouraged the intimidation and bullying we endured for weeks from various authorities. We are a women’s rights advocacy group and our mission and vision are clearly visible on our website.
(P.S. our website is still blocked on a number of networks across Nigeria and is inaccessible without a VPN).
We remained anonymous until October 17th because of the valid concerns for our safety. However we felt we were safer in the public eye and by remaining open and transparent as always. But even revealing our names came with a lot of drama and career losses for some founding members. Since October 22nd, the day we put out our last statement around the End SARS movement, some private organisations (who were very supportive prior to October 20th) have cancelled work events with founding members and their respective women-focused NGOs because of association with End SARS & Fem Co. Ayodeji described it as feeling as though fighting injustice was a crime in itself. She experienced being bullied by organisations she was affiliated with, with demands that she desist any engagement with Fem Co.
The impact of this work on our mental health has been tremendous. As a group, we had a therapy session and each founding member recounted their fears over the month of October — struggle sleeping, anxiety, depression, anger. We were completely exhausted and devastated by the events following October 20th. Seeing so many people affected — family members lost, medical needs, people being arrested etc.
This is why although the recognition our organisation has received in such a short time has been remarkable, it’s also bittersweet. It’s great that we grew in such a short time and that our work is being recognised, but what started out feeling inspiring quickly spiralled to nationwide horror with the unfortunate violence in which many lives were lost, and that leaves a hollow feeling.
But we feel the Feminist Coalition and all Nigerian women who supported the movement against police brutality, have probably made one of the strongest cases in recent Nigerian history of why women deserve to be represented at all levels of leadership. We work hard, and we get the work done. Most of us were doing this while still working our full-time jobs, some while running companies, and also caring for our families.It just lends credence to the fact that women are still very much an underestimated and under rewarded asset both globally, and specifically in our society.
We always joke that Feminist Coalition has sanitized the word feminism for Nigerians. Kiki Mordi recently tweeted, “2020 was the year the word feminist was on the front pages of mainstream Nigerian newspapers and it wasn’t an insult.” and we all agree. Ire Aderinokun knew we wanted to incorporate the fist in our logo, which has become a symbol for fighting for justice, with something to symbolise the fact that we are a women’s rights organisation. But when she designed the logo, we never expected to see so many men having the female symbol as their avatars and on t-shirts on the street, and women who were previously scared to associate with feminism embracing it proudly. It was really quite a moment for us.
Since our October 22nd statement, we have done exactly what we said we would: donated funds for medical to End SARS Response (₦20,114,087.25), mental health to #EndSARSMentalHealthSupport (₦6,121,678.73) and allocated funds to the Legal Aid Network (₦15,741,459.59). We spent months researching and have now successfully donated ₦500,000 each to ~70 victims of police brutality and the families of the deceased, totalling almost ₦35 million. Our target is 80 victims before the end of the year (with a total of over ₦40 million disbursed). We will not be releasing their names for their safety. We also funded a memorial video for the many innocent people who lost their lives to police brutality. RIP to our fallen heroes.
We remain focused on our mission to champion equality for women in Nigerian society and on December 16th, we organised a food drive in Lagos, Nigeria: providing bags of food for 1000 women and their families. We provided bags filled with rice, sachet tomatoes, whole chickens, maggi, salt, face masks (donated to us by C.E.E Industries LTD) and bottles of cooking oil. The entire project — food for 1000 families, transportation, bags etc — amounted to almost ₦8 million and was possible through our personal donations and people who have donated to the work Fem Co is doing specifically for women (and outside of End SARS).
Let me tell you guys one small story. I have a small what’s app group called the Duke’s Sales Hub. It brings together young people who are interested in Sales. We discuss sales and its challenges in an economy where the exchange rate is as volatile as a scorned mistresses’ heartbeat. One of the most vibrant young men on the group who is organising an Award ceremony this December posted a picture of himself and Femi Adeshina on the group and spoilt it by saying ‘I admire him’.
The attacks were immediate. He was pilloried. People forgot the fact that for such a young lad without the usual connections’ having the Presidency listening to him was such a remarkable thing.They verbally slapped him in a way and manner that if it was physical he would be a permanent resident at the Igbobi Hospital by now.
He ran to me for cover and I gave him the killer blow. I said ‘ bro I think this person you are admiring has wiped off any good he has done in his past career with the things that is happening now’. With this, he just collapsed and apologised and removed the picture. Right now, he is struggling with the group to regain his credibility as members have vowed not to attend his show.
Such is the low ebb that the people of Nigeria are taking this administration and its errant officials. And with statements like these, you will begin not to blame the people.
Are this people mad? Please forgive me. Who makes that kind of statement even when drunk from the juices of a diseased prostitute’s decayed tunnel. Who wakes up and in his right senses to utter such gory and imbecilic statement in the face of such a dastardly and wanton destruction of lives especially with the administration’s seeming helplessness.
This is why I had said in the recent past that the only thing we can do right now is to hunker down and wait till 2023 since any attempt at protesting will now be taken as an attempt at regime change.
Funny abi, the Boko Haram overlords and the bandits taking lives at will and destroying infrastructure and the rest are not doing regime change o, it is the people who will just be standing and raising their voices and hands in tears, plea and supplication that are now enemies of state.
Make we just siddon, cover our heads with rags and wait till 2023, he no too far again.
We at Bluetoolz Media extend our hearty congratulations!!! to His Royal Majesty, The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and his wife, Olori Moronke Naomi Silekunola who both welcomed a son.
The excited father took to his official Instagram page to share the good news, also stating that both mother and child are doing well. He said,
To God be the glory great things he has done. Hearty congratulations to the entire House of Oduduwa and Olori Silekunola who today birthed a Prince to the Royal throne of Oduduwa. Mother and child are doing well to the glory of God Almighty.
Twitter has joined other platforms like Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram on the ephemeral sharing train as it introduces “Fleet”.
They’re basically photos, videos and texts you can post on Twitter but they’re not actual tweets. Fleets live for 24 hours and disappear. Yeah, just like stories.
According to Twitter, it believes this will encourage more people especially new users who hardly tweet, to express their thoughts more freely.
Users might not want to tweet more “casual thoughts,” so maybe they’ll Fleet them:
Those new to Twitter found Fleets to be an easier way to share what’s on their mind. Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings. These are early findings from our tests and we’re excited to learn more about how Fleets are used by you.