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Why Cards Episode 2

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So I told you guys in my last episode of Why cards that I learnt this stuff from my sister. I got her to give my readers a dose of her witty insights. enJOY (Her name is Joy...pun intended) Q: Why greeting cards? A: They are cheap and save you the breath Q: Why movies? A: You can live many lives in a few hours Q: Why machines? A: They don’t get tired Q: Why doormen? A: People don’t like to enter a place unnoticed Q: Why make up and perfumes? A: They are masks Q: Why Zoos? A: Saves travel time to have the animals in one place. Q: Why shower stands? A: It is like rain Q: Why do people keep long hair? A: It’s a covering Q: Why write blogs? A: You get to keep a public diary Q: Why do we pay taxes? A: For benefit of the public or not, depending on who collects it. Q: Why build a career? A: Become a ‘Jack’ of one trade Q: Why do we use pressing irons? A: To imitate the look of new clothes Q: Why build

CFA @ 23!!! Interview with CFA Wizkid - Folashade Odejayi

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This is the part where I get to famz. I and Shade (Flash as she is popularly called) were in the same graduating set in Unilag and we also worked together at Vetiva for a while. We also took our first CFA exams at the same time but while I went on to fail, she has gone on blazing the trail and now gives us clues to lead us in our quest for the revered CFA designation.  In August 2015, she passed the final level of the CFA exams and in this interview, she tells us how she was able to do it at 23 and also shares some useful insights - DA.  Tell us about yourself (Education & Work background) – Thank you David. I studied Finance in the University of Lagos…finished with a good degree too. Since then, I have worked as a research intern at Vetiva Capital Management. I did this for 3 months after which I had to serve at a private school in Festac, Lagos. Once I was done with this, I decided to further my education and just generally build on my knowledge base, so I enrolled i

Oba Ilobaa: 2016 Resolutions (for Men)

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2016 Resolutions (for Men) i. Make plenty money ii. Drink less iii. Eat healthy iv. Quit Smoking v. Join a Gym vi. Start saving... bla bla bla Aren't you tired of lying to yourself? We all 'wish' to be better persons right? But then we must put in the work and permanently overtake the imaginary life we oftentimes use to embellish our reality.Lol Alot of people just make armchair resolutions year in year out. Don't hop on a threadmill and expect it to take you someplace, if you really want to move you need to take a walk or find a bus going your way. Period! Here are 10tips I've found very useful and practical too. 1. Write down your plans. Do it the old fashioned way. Put pen on paper. Stick it where you can see it every single morning. Forget that app thing. It's cool and that's where it stops... 2. The calendar does not have to change for you to make a change in your own life. Start TODAY! You know what needs changing this minute so w

From Lagos to France and the scholarship in between - Tosin Ogunmusire

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After my blogpost on whether or not to go for a Masters degree, there has been significant interest from readers about advanced learning. In this post, I bring to you the story of a bright young Nigerian - Tosin Ogunmusire who won a scholarship from Total to study in France. This story is to inspire our readers and let them know that these opportunities exist and are real. I personally know 4 people who have been beneficiaries of this scholarship. Without wasting your time, peep the interview below -DA. Tell us about yourself - Educational & Work background I'm a graduate of the "prestigious" University of Lagos Nigeria, where i studied Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management, and also picked up some work experience via internships at Citibank Nigeria & Chevron. I worked as a teacher (for free) in a public school for my NYSC after which i was at Guinness Nigeria for about 6 months, KPMG for a month, then PwC Nigeria where I had a bulk of my profe

Oba Ilobaa - Young Male CEO: The Life Hack

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No need sugarcoating this, running a business is very hard (& certainly very rewarding). If you see only the glamourous sides, don't be fooled! -It is not for children.However, don't be totally discouraged GTBank is still hiring. You see, how you are able to successfully pull this CEO task is really your 'business'. Here are some useful self-help-tips to guide the Young CEO in making his bones. 1.Tip often. Give only crisp notes & watch service people transform to your personal servants e.g. service boys at weddings or security guards at your bank. 2. Carry a brown or black leather 'money bag' around ,even if you have zero account balance.people will assume in your favour. 3. Grow a pot belly & wear starched shirts. It doesn't make sense but,many Nigerians respect this combination. 4. Social Media hack: Whenever you meet a famous person,don't ask too many questions just ask for a selfie & post on Instagram and twitter (ski

2015 is around the corner!

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Thank you guys so much for taking out time to read the write ups posted on this blog. I am indeed grateful to you. At this time last year we had just about 6,000 views. Fast forward one year later and the total views have grown over 5 times! In 2014 the blog theme was changed to a more user friendly version. I hope you like it. I intend to tweak a few things on the theme to further enhance your user experience. It's been a very busy year for me and has been tasking keeping up the pace on delivering articles regularly. Also, please bear with me on the typos here and there. In 2015, we would have more guest writers. We already have Oba Ilobaa who has two fantastic pieces i encourage you to read here and here . We are in talks with Chi Okeke of Elan Etiquette in Houston, USA to give us some business etiquette tools our readers can use. The stories on Mckinsey and the CFA (r) program have been popular with readers and in 2015 we would have more content on those two sub

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

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