I recently met the Nigeria Institute for Public Relations (NIPR) Lagos Chapter Chairman, Mr. Olusegun MacMedal at the July 2019 Monthly Meeting and PR Clinic.
Mrs. Hannah Oyebanjo was the Guest Speaker.
@QueenEsohe sent me this poem. I fell in love with it as soon as I read it…
Strong is confidence in your identity and boldness to dream and pursue it
Strong is knowing when to be vulnerable and when to ask for help
Strong is knowing when to give up and when to say, “I’m sorry”
Strong is the emotional capacity to weather the storms of life and the drama of dealing with imperfect and fallible people
Strong is forgiving the past, accepting the present and hoping for the future
Strong is being you when everyone is losing their head
Strong is allowing yourself to be weak, unsure and ‘insecure’ when you doubt yourself and your next decision
You are STRONG & AWESOME. Don’t EVER think you’re not strong because you are having a bad day.
The amazing truth is you don’t give yourself credit enough….you sort of are used to your own awesomeness and take you for granted.
You are STRONG just the way you are…
You don’t measure love in time.
You measure love in transformation.
Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth
while the briefest of encounters change everything
Everyone deserves to be loved even beyond their perceived value and opinions.
To love simply means to give. Love may be that simple act of showing little care and not usually expect anything in return.
The argument that love is created for the need and comfort of those who lack it only may not be true. While many people try to achieve love in ways, they think is best, others feel it’s not worth the sacrifice.
Have you ever wandered on the lonely path of life seeking answers to love? Yes, just to be clarified of your assumptions on whether love can change things or rather give it a different approach. To be fair, have we tried to provide same answers we’re seeking to others who have same questions? Same was demonstrated by the ultimate being (GOD) who never justified us with our deeds before loving us.
As we focus our gaze on Christ this spiritual exercise, we should attempt to show an act of love without wandering if they the receiver deserves it or not rather than allow others wander in confusion when we can be their answers.
A simple smile, that little attention you thought does not mean anything might be all someone needs to keep hope alive.
In this season of reflection, why not add to life’s value by becoming someone’s testimony of love?
Think it through!
Scriptural Reference: Rom. 5:8, 13:8, 1 Cor. 13:4-5
In what ways have I denied someone Love?
How has God loved me?
Do I have any reason not to dwell in self condemnation?
Only thy restless heart keep still,
And wait in cheerful hope, content.
To take whate’er His gracious will,
His all-discerning love, hath sent;
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known,
To Him who chose us for his own.
How often do we look forward to thinking?
Allowing our minds wander in thought, asking difficult questions or just circling on an issue mentally until we find the answers that suit us? How many times do we look forward to roaming the abyss in search of answers which we often do not find?
That is how I often consider Lent.
Lent means to lend – contribute or give away with the hope of getting it back. Lent in official terms refers to a season (of about 46 days or 40 spiritually active days) where Christians observe fasting and prayers from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. We will delve into the meanings and liturgy a bit later.
Now, back to thinking.
We think because most times, we are convinced that there are answers out there, somewhere. We only perhaps need to figure them out; weigh all sides and options. So, we give out our hearts and minds; suspend them for a period hoping they return with answers. We hope they come back different, lighter and empowered with direction.
As we begin the biggest season in the global Christian community; why not lend your heart for a few weeks to thinking, listening and conversing with your Creator?
Why not let go and risk getting it back with answers, less burden and light by Easter?
It begins with a simple answer…
Are you ready to give it some thought?
Reference: Psalm 27: 1, Psalm 136, Job 40: 1-2.
The concept of ‘Internet of Things’ and discovery of the five (5) major future trends in technology (Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Workforce Automation and Digital Disruption) reconfirms the (obvious) fact that the world is already deeply connected. In fact, the context of connectivity far outweighs connectedness because the ‘global village’ and ‘digital village’ concepts in Mass Communication and ICT4D are at least two (2) decades old.
Digital Life in 2025 Study, Pew Research Centre
Accordingly, the celebration of 25 years of the discovery of the World Wide Web (WWW) by Sir Tim Bernards-Lee marked a new vista in technology forecasting. It also propounded schools of thoughts, research theories and concepts, which perceive connectedness as long conquered. Critics may weigh in on the fact that significant populations of the world are marginalised and seemingly victims of a ‘digital eclipse’; nonetheless, this provides a clear opportunity for leapfrogging because as Internet and technology penetration deepens and diffuses across these regions, connectedness or basic levels of connectivity will be overlooked, as interventions will move populations from merely being connected to the disruption of their lives.
Consequently, the significant investments in developing, communicating and executing an agenda-setting initiative and industry platform such as TechPlus, should not be to confirm the obvious and over flog a tested & trusted concept and fact; rather, it should seek to catapult participants into future possibilities, position Africa in the Thought Leadership map and spur enterprises to innovate their business models based on future potential and possibilities rather than past and current realities.
For instance, why suggest that connections alone are cutting-edge when the ability to effect mobile payments has been disrupted with new developments and evolved into automated intelligence and digital imagery aka #PayWithCapture?
TechPlus is positioned to be the largest international gathering for all things technology and technology-related in Nigeria and West Africa. The maiden edition held in 2015 with impressive statistics. However, there is a lot more room to cover in the increasingly burgeoning technology ecosystem in Africa.
The 2016 edition is positioned to become a reference point for all events, a memorable convergence of ideas, experience and access to the newest and most thought-provoking trends and developments from the past year and years ahead. From a simple format of plenary sessions and breakout sessions to a completely different and revolutionary style of running five (5) stages concurrently – the first in Nigeria – in order to allow a more robust conversation on technology, #TechPlus2016 has set a new standard in thought, content and talent for all other events to emulate.
Although the 2016 theme, ‘A Connected World’ aligns with the Lead Sponsor’s brand positioning, this does not remotely suggest the decision to hinge discussions on connectedness and connectivity. However, it is perceived as deliberate and laced with chutzpah because it captures the essence of our journey to integrating technology into our socio-economic development narrative as a continent. This journey is one we must embark upon with passion and aggression – as a solution to our current myriad of challenges. Africa is positioned for explosive economic growth and regarded by global financial experts as the next investment hub in the world, therefore technology serves as a catalyst for this robust capacity and future potential. Nonetheless, connectivity poses a very thought-provoking opportunity to engage across all sectors and is capable of sparking interest and commanding the attention of thought leaders within and outside the industry.
A Google search (at press time) for ‘a connected world’ returns 21.4 million search results with #TechPlus2016 leading on the continent. In addition, it draws credence to agenda-setting reports published in 2012 and 2013 on the role of connectivity in the development of economies. What is therefore intended is to carve a niche through the theme for easy alignment to the various sectors on display at the event (Government, Marketing & Brands, Business, Women in Technology, Education, Start-ups, etc.) This will no doubt ensure better top-of-mind awareness, interests and follow-up questions from the myriad of stakeholders.
“The most useful impact is the ability to connect people. From that, everything flows.”
The objective of this event is to propose best practices, suggest solutions and justify the business case for the impact of technology on human existence and this is the core essence for convening TechPlus 2016.
Consequently, the essence of connectivity cannot be overemphasised.
Over the last decade, many government and donor agencies have looked for more efficient ways to leverage declining resources, and for many, these partnerships seemed like effective solutions. Non-profits may do a better job by articulating their contributions to public-private relationships in building cities of the future. This discussion takes another look at these relationships, interrogating what has worked, not worked, as well as the possibility of better convergence of agents.
With the variety of social media apps and networks, it can be difficult to keep up with trends: 87 per cent of today’s youth have witnessed cyber bullying and close to 34 per cent of students acknowledge that they have experienced cyber bullying. On the flip side, a number of organisations are making significant investments in STEM for girls and promotion of adoption mechanisms for adult women. What are the implications of these trends for women and what measures can be adopted to make the virtual space safer? What undertones should women pay attention to and how can social media tools be utilised to curb bullying?
Women continue to lag behind in access to mobile phones and the Internet. Since digital literacy also sharpens other essential skills needed to operate in an ever-changing digital environment, many women still require support and resources through training to become digitally literate. This session is focused on increasing women’s access to and use of mobile phones and services especially in developing markets. It will also take a cursory look at closing the gender gap in digital skills such that more female talent can be attracted and retained over a period of time to boost female leadership in technology.
…today is technology-driven and Africa’s tomorrow will be TechPlus.
Technology is increasingly dependent on creativity through design, user experience, narratives and the explosion of augmented and virtual reality. On the flip side is the role of technology in the creative industry and the disruptive advancements recorded in fields such as arts, photography, film, advertising, publishing, media, public relations etc. However, the influence of technology on the creative economy as an enabler or hindrance is an emerging discourse. It may be pertinent to interrogate the future prospects for the sector through the seamless integration of technology infrastructure for curbing current and envisaged challenges. The conversation also planned will seek to compare indigenous technology in the sector vis-a-vis western trends and influences (hinged on technological advancement) in order to highlight opportunities for the industry.
Some of the conversations that will happen over the next few days have been highlighted in previous paragraphs and it is envisaged that the 2016 TechPlus experience provides participants a potpourri of opportunities to explore challenges requiring urgent solutions and for innovators, a clear picture to orchestrate the future Africa deserves.
Need we say more? Indeed, today is technology-driven and Africa’s tomorrow will be TechPlus.
After a very successful second edition of #TechPlus2016, the official statistics for the event have been released.
I am very proud to have been a part of the team that executed this, serving as a member of the Advisory Board.
Look forward to 2017!
…and the indignity and helplessness of blacks in America won’t end until we have a first-world African nation to lift up our people.
If we, black people everywhere, cannot gather the resources within our powers to exert real changes and restore our dignity, we will continue to be seen as weak. Thus, no one will talk about the painful fact that most African and Caribbean nations have either failed or are about to collapse.
I found this article on Foreign Policy and it got me thinking about the true value of the global influence Africa wields.
I had an opportunity, a rare one I think, to have a sit-down with Olamide Adedeji. It was rare to sit with him at his office because we would typically communicate via calls, IMs or SMS. And if I do not succeed, his home would be the last resort for an informal meet if I harassed him long enough.
I admire Olamide a lot. He may be surprised to read this but I have known him since he was 18 or 19 years and to listen to the successful, confident and assured man I met a few days ago (about 31 or 32 years now), inspiration swelled inside me like a proud mother (Sorry, ‘Lamide I did mean sister. Trust me!) When you watch someone work very hard and over time attain great heights, it would be impossible not to identify with him.
This meeting was also an opportunity for me to engage the CMA Group as a corporate entity and best practice for the industry. I had long wondered how the company made money, expanded rather quickly after some quiet periods and significantly raised the bar in becoming the only media company to successful run over 6 TV & Radio Channels at the same time. For me, it was important because ThistlePraxis & CMA Group have both metamorphosed into a group of companies within the creative and core business sectors that I was certain I had a few lessons to learn from my trip to Lekki.