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Oba Ilobaa : An Entrepreneur, His idea and MONEY

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I met Oba when he contacted me to work on the financial projections for his Laundromart business back in 2012. Trust me when I say it all started with an Idea . In this piece, he shares the insights he has gained in starting and running his business for almost 24 months. - David Apaflo Neatly stacking the well ironed shirts and ‘Natives’ into my school bag, then crosschecked the old GTB diary to confirm the bill and be certain all items were accounted for, I sent the sms and hopped into a ‘danfo’ heading to Ikota to deliver fresh laundry to a customer. This was how I started a laundry business as an undergraduate in the University of Lagos. Fast-forward this by four years and we have Snowfresh Laundromarts (UNILAG ), a Business School certificate, a winner of Diamond Bank BET3 programme , and an admirable network of seasoned entrepreneurs and consultants. The idea was simple then as it is simple now – “to provide laundry service to a large demographic at the lowest po

David Apaflo graces COSOMAS 2nd Annual Mentorship Forum @ Caleb University, Imota

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Earlier this year, I was a guest speaker at the COSOMAS 2nd Annual Mentorship Forum @ Caleb University, Imota. I spoke on the topic " The path to the right: Academic Fidelity " It was an exciting time where I got to speak to the students about taking a stand against exam malpractices.

Switch - From 1.51 CGPA to a 5.0CGPA : The Story of a man named Ifeanyi Nwigwe

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As earlier promised, I would be posting interviews with some young leaders on the rise with very interesting stories. First to grace this platform is Ifeanyi Nwigwe who is a Chartered Accountant and currently works with one of the Big 4 Accounting Firms in Nigeria. In this interview, you get to see how he moved from 1.51 CGPA to a 5.0CGPA. DA: Hi Ifeanyi, Can we get to know you more? I am from a humble background where I was taught that what mattered the most was preserving a "good name" over material things and to trust in long term reward as opposed to instant gratification. My parents ensured they gave me the best within their means. I grew up amidst so much affection and care where I was brought up on the tenets of Christianity. DA: Can you tell us a brief about your undergraduate background? My undergraduate background is one noteworthy of. When I wrote Jamb in 2006, I applied to the University of Lagos to study Pharmacy but didn't meet the cut off mark so

Jim Lafferty on Leadership

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A few years ago, I attended a seminar where Jim Lafferty then CEO CocaCola West Africa spoke on leadership. Going through my notes, I found some timeless insights I would love to share with you. Items after this paragraph are from Jim. Characteristics of good leaders 1. People respect them - What you need in the working place is respect not love. 2. People want to work for them. 3. People feel support & protection. 4. People are loyal to great leaders. 5. People admire them & aspire to be like them. Leadership emotions are built upon actions, behaviours and interactions. 12 leadership’s behaviours 1. Humble & human – not afraid to admit mistakes, great leaders admit their humanity. 2. Live by the principle “in third” 3. Brutal, 100% honesty, in all shapes and forms. 4. Demand truth and honesty in return and reward it. 5. Do what is right no matter the price. • A principle is not a principle until it costs you something. • Leaders must be above reproach. 6

ARM Young Talent Programme 2014

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ARM is one of the most respected financial services brands in Nigeria. ARM is a diversified and integrated, non-bank financial services institution with 18 years investment management expertise. ARM pioneered the execution of infrastructure projects in Nigeria, based on the Public Private Partnership framework. ARM manages total assets of over $2 billion. The ARM Young Talent Programme (AYTP) is designed to provide exemplary university students with the opportunity to develop an early career at ARM through an exposure to meaningful assignments that offer opportunities to gain real-world experience. The programme runs for a minimum of six (6) weeks each year. It is our chosen way to influence the development of talents in our environment. I was part of the 2012 AYTP programme and I must tell you it was a wonderful experience. We worked on developing a customer acquisition strategy and brand awareness strategy for the ARM Group. If you are conversant with 3rd Mainland Bridge, you

Tobi Adeseri: Even Beggars think they need improvement, how much more YOU?

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Yes!!! davidapaflo.com now has guest writers!!!! Below is a brilliant piece from Tobi Adeseri.Tobi is a Business Strategist and a Brand Consultant. Recently, on my way to work, I came across 3 beggars plying their trade as is usual with most places in Lagos. As I walked past them, one called out to me saying "Oga Good Morning, where my own". This statement made no sense to me and I just kept on moving. Walking past them I began to wonder what he meant by that statement and then I heard the other two making jest of him asking "wetin be where my own" then it dawned on me the former guy wasn't as skillful as his other colleagues. This really took me back to life and made me remember the story a friend told me of a popular beggar that had started building and developing his house and this made me realize that even begging is a skill and the best of them (the guys on the road you give money to out of pity) think they have to perfect their skill to invoke you

My Mckinsey Story - Part 3

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After 2 weeks, Mckinsey hadn’t contacted me and somewhere in my head I still had hope. After a month, I became apprehensive and sent emails to them and was told if I was successful they would contact me for the next round. Several months passed and I gave up hope and moved on with my life as I didn’t get any response howbeit of my success or failure. From that point on, any interview by a Nigerian company was very easy. I was over prepared. I ended up working with Vetiva Capital Management, (another great place to work in Nigeria), joining the 2012 ARM Young talent program (AYTP) and another investment bank shortly afterwards. So why didn’t I make it – My analysis 1. My responses perhaps weren’t well structured 2. The second interview was responsible 3. Maybe they had already filled the vacancy they had 4. Maybe I just wasn’t up to the Mckinsey standard 5. And of course, maybe it just was never meant to happen I didn’t make it in, but what I learnt has opened my eyes to

My Mckinsey Story - Part 2

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So you must have read the first part of this article where I had to estimate the dimensions of an airplane without any figures given to me. If you missed it, see it here . This is the sequel to the first part which contains a transcript of my second interview. Sadly, I didn’t make it through to the next round (reason why you are getting all these details – so you can get in) but I would also analyze why I think that didn’t happen in the third part and also answer some questions people have asked about the interview process. Let’s get straight to business. As part of feedback from my first interview , Fred mentions the following things to me: 1. Let there be a structure to all your responses . This means ensuring that your thought process is sequential, logical and organized. 2. Communicate without pauses. Don’t doubt your statements just go on and speak convincingly. 3. Think outside the box . When I asked you why airlines paint their planes, I expected something out of th

My article on Nairaland front page

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First fruits of the colab with jarushub.com!!!! My column on jarushub.com is on Nairaland's front page. *yaaay* Didn't see this coming at all. For those who haven't seen it yet, check it out here or here Screenshot below

3000 Views + David Apaflo now a columnist in Nigeria's most influential career blog Jarushub.com

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Hi guys, I am thrilled to announce that www.davidapaflo.com has crossed the 3,000 views mark!!! This has only been possible by your readership and I thank you very much. In the coming weeks, I would be tweaking the blog layout to give a smoother feel and for easy navigation. In other news, yours truly would now be featured on jarushub.com nigeria's most influential career blog see the press release here . And please remember to vote for jarushub.com in the Nigerian Blog Awards 2013 here . Look for the category on Best Career or Job Blog

My First Business Venture - Part 2

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This is the concluding part of my previous article on my first business venture. If you are yet to read it, click here . Timing could be everything I now had a product, a price and had gone on to produce an initial 50 copies. And before the semester got into full swing I started marketing. Marketing at the beginning of the semester meant a lot of students were just settling in and hadn’t yet started gathering past questions. This helped a great deal as the product was hugely accepted. Swallowing my pride to market Marketing is one word a lot of us despise especially with how we have come to know it especially in Nigeria. It is also not really fancied because of the risk of rejection. Everybody wants to avoid rejection and so we would rather do any other thing than marketing. I was in this category prior to this time. However, I now had a product I had to sell else I would be making a loss. I knew people needed, the product, I knew the pricing was right all I needed to do was SEL

DA Reflections: Episode 3 - The Church and unemployment

[ View the story "DA Reflections: Episode 3 - The Church and unemployment" on Storify ] Think on these things. Happy Reflections. DA

DA Reflections - Episode 2 : The Parable of Ewa Agoyin!

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Earlier today I went to pay someone a visit. On my way back, I noticed this ewa agoyin seller. The food she was selling had a very inviting aroma and as a matter of fact that is how I noticed her. Walking past her simply because it was a road side food shop and as a fresh guy, I could not be found at such a place (you know na…lol). I hadn’t gone a few steps farther when I rescinded my decision and went back to have a taste of this meal with such a pleasing aroma. Ewa agoyin asides its taste, brings with it so many nostalgic memories of my childhood growing up in Nigeria and so this to me was more than just a meal. I finally went and placed my order for ewa agoyin (for those not familiar with the word, its beans and palm oil fried by the angels) and asked if she had bread to go with it. Lo and behold, she didn’t have bread. In a split second I imagined how people would have rushed the bread early in the day and hence as a late comer I had nothing left. However this was not the cas

DA Reflections - Episode 1

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Over the next couple of weeks, I would be running a five part series on some deep reflections on life. Some of the things you might have seen before but this time, take time to really think and develop a principle for your life. Reflection: If you are going to the 20th floor and the lift will only stop on the 21st or 19th floor, where will you drop and why? It is important to note that as with many of life's questions, this question has no right or wrong answer. The correctness of the answer depends on the WHY. Happy reflections, DA See the link to the second episode here

7 innovative e-commerce websites in Nigeria

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It is 2013 and it is impressive to see how fast online businesses are picking up in Nigeria. Here at davidapaflo.com , we are very much interested in innovation and have selected some of the most innovative websites we have come across offering services to Nigerians. We all know of jumia and konga but let us take a look at some unique e-commerce websites you might never have heard of. 1. www.tolet.com.ng Here, you can quickly what properties you can rent without the hassle of searching for a housing agent. If you have been through the stress of searching for house before, you would appreciate this. 2. www.drinks.ng Easily find drinks of all ranges. Whether it's a mixture of great value bottles for your everyday drinking, or a couple of cases of great vintage wine for laying down, theyn provide a good selection and experience. 3. www.mhqstore.com MHQ Store is an online shopping portal for basic home items like food stuff etc. The unique thing about MHQ is that the

5 simple steps to start your blog with less than N3,000!

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At a recent summit, I was amazed to learn that Africa’s contribution to online content is less than 20%!! Thinking about it, most times you search for information, you would get a lot of foreign perspectives with that local perspective nowhere to be found. Nairaland seems to be the most reliable source for finding local content on the internet. In the light of the above, we all should get online and start posting! Post about Nigerian, African stuff!! Let’s put Africa in its rightful place. The following steps are to guide you in becoming a content creator: 1. Visit www.godaddy.com and search for the blog address (domain) you want to use 2. If it is available, proceed to check out and pay for the domain using your GTBank Naira Mastercard (should cost about $14 which is about N2,300) 3. Visit www.blogger.com and create a blog account 4. Follow the instructions here and here to link your domain to blogger 5. Fill your blog with content

Taking your skill to the next level

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Recently, the leadership of NYSC decided to introduce a Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Program (SAED) as part of the one year mandatory NYSC Scheme. It is impressive to see the effort of NYSC in ensuring that the unemployment rate in Nigeria is drastically reduced by equipping everyone who passes through the scheme with one skill or the other. I was privileged to be a facilitator at a capacity building session for Corps Members in February this year and it was great teaching budding entrepreneurs the usefulness of accounting records. Anyway, accounting is not the topic for this piece. In this piece we would be looking at how you can take your newly developed skill to the next level be it cake making, bead making etc. So now you know how to bake, what next? In business, having the skill to get the job done is not good enough. You need more. You need to be able to convince people to patronize you (marketing) you need to position your skill or product (branding), keep