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  • 24 October 2015

    Photos from Leverage Conference 2015, at Lagos State Univeristy

    The maiden edition of Leverage Conference took place on Wednesday, 14th of October 2015 and I am still excited at the success of the Conference. It was my first major event and honestly I was so nervous all through the night preceding the conference.

    It's a new initiative by me and I intend to continue every year. If you still don't understand what leverage conference is all about, visit the official website at www.leverageng.com.

    The conference focus for this year was social media and branding. I was looking forward to informing the students of Lagos State University of the power of social media for their personal brand, and also inspire them on how to be unique and original with their businesses. 

    It was really inspiring as Michael Okeje, Marketing lead of Jobberman.com and Sisi Yemmie shared amazing stuffs with us all.

    I was scared of the turnout at the beginning of the program but at the end, we recorded over 300 persons.

    The audio recording of the event would be released very soon for ordering. Stay tuned to this blog.

    Below are some of the event photos:

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Michael Okeje

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
     Sisi Yemmie

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Myself and Notrespazz(comedian)

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Protocol (Up) Vs Ushers (Down)

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Michael Okeje on the red carpet

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Sisi Yemmie on red carpet
    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Presenting an award to Michael Okeje

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Notrespazz Cracking us

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    A section of the audience

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    My bro and I

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Myself and one of our sponsors (D'accubin)

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Michael Okeje, Myself, and David Jaiyeola

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    This was during my welcome address

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Presenting an award to Sisi Yemmie

    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu
    Myself, Sisi Yemmie, and Tobi Aigbogun
    Leverage conference, social media and branding, smbclasu

    You can see more on my Instagram page.

    Hey guys! I am definitely looking forward to a better next year. Interesting right? Let me know what you think.

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    13 October 2015

    #SMBCLasu: Join Sisi Yemmie, John Obidi, Michael Okeje (Jobberman) for ‘LEVERAGE 2015' Conference

     Levrage conferece 1.0, #SMBCLasu

     Hello guys! It's been a while. I have been very busy working on a couple of things. I am in my finals in school and just 2 months away from graduating. 

    Anyway I have a good one for you. You must have been seeing Leverage Conference all over your social media accounts. 

    Yeah! That's a conference I have pulled together to expand our reach and influence more lives positively. We are taking our blog vision to people one step at a time. It's all about making people's lives better.

    Leverage conference aims at creating a platform where influencers from diverse works of life in the nation would meet to share thoughts on how Nigerians can further take advantage of every possible resources, ideas, and skills, etc. So as to build a formidable nation together.

    The primary area of focus for leverage conference is technology and education amongst other things.

    We have amazing speakers that will share professional ideas and advice. They would also share their success stories on how they leveraged on those seemingly small things they had to become who they are today.

    So if you happen to be around! You can come to me so we can take a selfie! :)

    Leverage Conference

    This year’s conference is the maiden edition and the focus is Social Media and Branding. The discussion will be on the power and influence of the social media and how to positively cultivate its use for personal branding. 

    This is to encourage and inspire our audience with a great idea yet to be executed towards using this technology as a platform for their voice to be heard.

    The conference will hold on the 14th of October 2015. It will feature:

    John Obidi ( Founder, Obidisocial),

    Yemisi Odusanya (Founder, Sisiyemmie.com),

    Michael Okeje (Marketing lead, Jobberman),

    Leverage Conference 2015 will start at 10am at the MBA Hall, Lagos State University, Ojo Lagos.

    Hurry now, and register  to secure your space at www.leverageng.com. It's free.

    The maiden edition of Leverage Conference is proudly supported by Spread Media, Tetra Creative, Ceenai Multimedia, Accubin, Rehoboth, and Bishopforte Studio. Powered by Seasoned Life Journal in conjunction with LASU Christian Fellowship.

    Follow the conversation on twitter @Leverageng with #SMBCLasu
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    23 September 2015

    5 Inspirational tips for Creating an Online Store

    Guest post by Peter Minkoff

    online store manager, pc table

    This is an era of online shoppers. Following the TV-shopping craze of the 90s, when so called “armchair shoppers” ruled supreme, ordering every home improvement convenience with a remote in one hand and a phone in the other. 

    However, today’s online shopper evokes an image of a dynamic, sociable person who pursues his or her goals, with little time to stroll down the aisles with a shopping cart, or go bargain hunting, for that matter. 

    Understanding its advantages, more and more people are turning to online shopping. If you are in retail business or trying to develop a successful career in that field, you need an online shop as soon as possible.

    Online store - reflection of your personality

    In a nutshell, it needs to be perfect, even if you are not. More accurately, it needs to get perfect over time. When you open it will be far from perfect, but there is a much that you can do to make it look promising. 

    The foundation needs to be sound, and everything else will change and evolve as the store grows. Shoppers’ feedback has a lot to do with it, as well.

    Humble beginning

    You live in a very lucky decade. Only ten years ago, you would probably have to hire a developer who would build the website on your preferences. And sometimes, that is a process that lasts almost infinitely. 

    Nowadays, there are dozens of sites offering you to build your own ecommerce online store with templates and a range of settings. For a monthly fee, it is only a bit more complicated than creating a Facebook media account.

    Choose a website builder

    Basically, you are looking for a company that is flexible and capable of keeping pace with the growth of your business. Shopify, Bigcommerce, Squarespace, Weebly and Wix are among the most popular ones, each with their own set of benefits and shortcomings. 

    The version 1.0 of your store needn’t be perfect. The most important thing is to start as soon as possible and start collecting feedback, testing your ideas to see what will do and what don’t. And of course, as you make changes towards better, your store will get more traffic as well.


    One of the biggest advantages of an online store that you should exploit is that it gives you access to immeasurably larger customer pool than any brick & mortar store can provide. 

    However, if you are not advertising aggressively, only visitors would be those who stumble upon it. Besides fully engaging the social media presence and creating an army of followers, you need to keep your store hot by offering giveaways, discounts and Paytm coupons.

    Website is a tool, not business

    You are the main driving force behind your store, and not the online presentation. Those store building websites should work for you, to paint your idea into reality. 

    If one online store builder fails your expectations, it doesn’t mean that your business has failed. Simply try another one, till you find one that is on the same page as you.

    Don’t let the details slow your decisions. The advantages of an online store vastly outnumber the shortcomings. When you establish a connection with your customers, you only need to listen to them and give them what they want, for an extra fee, of course.

    Peter Minkoff guestpostPeter is a lifestyle writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a trend forecaster and as a freelance writer for few local newspapers in Brisbane. Beside writing, he loves shopping, cooking exotic meals and travelling around tropical destinations. He’s future plans are in creating his personal lifestyle blog about everyday life-saving tips.
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    26 August 2015

    From Around the Web: 5+1 Fabulous Infographics Guide to Effective Goal Setting

    If you are a constant reader of this blog, you would agree that we talk quite a lot about personal productivity. How you can get the very best results you desire from the limited resources available to you. 

    The main secret to personal productivity is self leadership and management. This is a post for another day. We want to focus on a sub theme of self leadership which is goal setting. 

    I actually believe that the starting point to a productive life is goal setting. It is important to always begin a thing with the end in mind. 

    A picture is worth more than a thousands words. So I would lead you through some goal setting infographics.

    Goal setting amongst many other things appear to be an every day discussion yet a lot of people still get it wrong.

    From research, the best kinds of goals are SMART GOALS.

    infographics for setting smart goals

    Let's examine a more specific example of what form SMART GOALS should take.

    infographic on how to create smart goals

    Here is a statistical fact of the effect of setting smart goals.

    facts infograhics on setting smart goals

    There are several things we can set goals for and the image below represents three categories.

    goals to keep your life balance

    I want to believe that at this point, you understand what smart goals are. If you do not know how to go about writing your goals, the next image will guide you step by step.

    step by step goal setting guide
    At this point, you should have had your goals written, so you can move on to the possible ways to achieve them.

    infographics on how to achieve your goals

    There are some other goal setting blog resources I recommend you read by awesome bloggers

    The Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting by Michael Hyatt

    Personal Goal Setting: Planning to Live Your Life Your Way by Sarah Pavey

    Goal Setting – Powerful Written Goals In 7 Easy Steps! by Gene Donohue

    4 Simple Goal Setting Ideas For 2015 by Jeff Boss on Forbes.com

    Over to you
    Do you set goals? How do you go about them? Let me read your thoughts in the comment section. Feel free to ask me any question. 
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    21 August 2015

    How to develop a successful career out of your course of study in the university

    University students, college student

    I am in my finals in College and during one of my fellowship’s final year student meeting last semester, we talked about career and course of study. I was the facilitator of the discussion and I will be sharing some of those things we discussed.

    The word success is relative and there are different meanings to different people. In the context of this blog post, we are measuring success to the degree of relevance you can produce in the society.

    We must not forget that education is meant to serve as a tool for everyone to be highly informed in other to be relevant in the society. It is primarily aimed at socio-economic development.

    I would also emphasize that whatever Information provided in this post is not limited to University education. It cuts across technical colleges, polytechnics, etc.

    There are certain things we highlighted that can help one attain success in a career. If you intend starting your own company/business or taking up a nine to five job, these tips can help you grow tremendously.

    #1. Your course of study is not the end itself but a means to an end

    If you still think just having a degree, is the totality of life, you are missing the big picture. There are several people who also possess the same degree or even greater qualifications but can’t get the dream career or job they had always anticipated.

    Do not totally base your life on a paper, you should focus more on the knowledge you are being taught. It is not just about having good grades but gaining mastery of your field. 

    You can have good grades and mastery but never aim for grades by just engaging in rote learning. This leads us to the second point.

    #2. The product is primarily you

    The major thing the world cares about is what you can offer. 

    You must recognize that the purpose of education is not to develop good paper figures that will make up a Curriculum vitae but to have the basic requirements for functional living in the society. 

    Mark it or underline it; FUNCTIONAL LIVING.

    What makes up you includes; character, skills, thought pattern, and principles. If you can clearly develop these areas, it will give you a head start into whatever field you decide to operate.

    #3. Define you niche

    This is your place of purpose. This is the very place you find fulfilment. This is where your skills, thoughts, and principles find relevance.

    If you do not deal with this place properly, whatever you do subsequently will be a waste. Do not just take jobs or start a business because you want to survive. Make sure you have it well analysed. 

    If it is temporary, make sure you are happy doing it. I believe true success is accompanied with passion and fulfilment.

    The moment your focus is survival and not fulfilment, you will burn out soon.

    #4. Research for problem in your niche and solve them

    This is the definition of true value. This is the reason why some people get more pay, more deals, and more recognition than their counterparts in the same field. 

    The simple idea here is to be service-oriented. If you work for your boss or you are your own boss, the key to true success is to meet people needs in whatever genuine way you can.

    #5. Be innovative

    The ability to reinvent yourself and your products is invaluable. This is one major way to remain relevant. Always seek to improve on what already exists. 

    It would be absurd to think at any point that you have gotten to the peak. There is always a new level to climb and a new mark to cross.

    #6. Value team work

    If you work for an organisation, be a good team player. If you have your organisation, build a team. The idea here is to never walk or work alone. 

    You need every good hand you can get to fulfil the task ahead.
    This might be so simple but I know several organisations spend a lot to hire management consultants and coaches to teach their staffs the importance of working as a team.

    This is a skill that you can learn and develop. You can learn to work with anyone despite the differences.

    #7. Do not copy

    It is not ethical in any workplace to copy others. Most times, it is not always a conscious effort. 

    It might be as an attempt to imitate someone else who succeeded at a particular thing.

    Success indeed leaves clues but be careful not to begin measuring your progress with reference to another. Be as unique as possible. 

    #8. Networking (Get into the web)

    It is a very important to network with colleagues and influencers in the same or related field. 

    It is great for sharing ideas, establishing the right connections, and it can attract some rare opportunities to you.

    #9. Have a vision

    I am currently reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

    The second habit in the book talks about beginning with the end in mind. Your first creation is in your mind.

    Create a mental image of what you really desire. This will be the blue print to your growth and development.

    This is one success principle that is indispensable. There is possibly no way you can measure your growth by random acts, you must predetermine in your heart.

    10. Consistently develop yourself

    As the world evolves, you should be able to keep up with the pace. 

    In whatever career path you choose, you are supposed to be rendering service and you would need to improve on some certain areas as time go by. 

    This could be your Problem solving skills or even critical thinking ability. You may even need the help of a coach.

    making decisions after college.


    How do I merge my passion with my University degree into an awesome career especially when I am studying a course I did not choose? 

    My Answer

    This is a common case in the Nigeria educational system. Students end up being offered admission to study a course different from what they chose. 

    Most times, some students struggle throughout their College years, while some still perform well but end up dumping the degree to pursue their passion.

    So what if there is a way to use your degree in enhancing your passion? Would you give it a chance?

    KEY TAKEAWAY: Discover your passion or area of calling as it were. Identify key areas in your course of study and figure out how your passion can be used in your course of study and vice versa.

    Let me give an epic illustration. 

    I applied to study Medicine and Surgery in Lagos State University but I was offered Physics education. Awesome swap right? Yes!

    As the years go by, I got engaged in some other stuffs and began to develop great love for programming. 

    I had learnt how to use some languages like C++, C#, Python, etc. So I say to myself, I do not want to teach physics in a high school or even become a college lecturer because I love programming.


    You can have both if you desire. You can be a programmer that develop IT solutions for educational problems especially in the area of physics education in Nigeria. 

    It can cut across every level of education! That is big business and passion!


    Yes! It is applicable to almost any area. You just need to do your research. 

    If you have flair for business and you find yourself studying Biochemistry, there are ways to develop your business passion and apply it as a biochemist. It could be a cosmetics company.

    There could be some peculiarities but this can help many Nigeria college students solve the problem of “I applied for biochemistry but they gave me chemistry education” syndrome.


    There are so many books and events about this subject but we still have this question in abundance. It is no rocket science. It as easy as you blink your eyes.

    From research and previous experiences, your passion can be cloaked in two different dimensions:

    1. Fascinations

    There are things you are naturally drawn towards. When ever you encounter those things, you are excited. It could be photography, art, music, volunteer works, etc.

    2. Frustrations

    Some people hate disorderliness than normal. There are people who seem so concern about injustice than others. 

    They would go an extra to see to how that specific problem can be solved. I believe that this is one major way God uses to sow a seed of passion in every man. 

    Most solutions and innovations that has brought about a positive change in the world today began has a burden. 

    One person somewhere seem to be more concerned about the problem than anyone else.

    “The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. “ (Habakkuk 1:1)
    Reading down that scripture, you would see when God asked Habakkuk to write down the vision that began as a burden so that others can read and run with it.

    There are certain things you are naturally wired for. They are things you should focus on. 

    You don’t necessarily have to possess the skill or ability before it is a passion. Some people’s passion would need you to learn a skill. 

    The only difference would be that because they are naturally wired for that thing, it would come to them easy compared to others.

    Whatever your fascination or frustration is, it will narrow down to “skill, gift, or talent.”

    Do not restrict yourself.

    Who says you cannot establish a “ new niche”?

    Once upon a time in Nigeria, make-up artistry was not an occupation that was well recognised but the likes of Tara Durotoye brought about revolution. 

    In the branding industry of Nigeria, the name of Leke Alder cannot be ignored.

    Never restrict your career (profession or occupation) by what already exists. 

    The world is evolving. Inventions each day bring about new job opportunities. You can be flexible.

    These things discussed here are common but we still have some college students and even graduates miss out on this important areas. 
    I believe the ultimate trick is to understand the true essence of education and the other things would come naturally.  

    Over to you?
    I love feedbacks in form of recommendations or question. We all love comments. Please leave yours below. If you want a personal discussion, you can use the contact page to get to me.
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    18 August 2015

    Book Review: Chastity For Men by Frances Okoro

    chastity for men, imperfectlyperectlives.com, frances okoro

    There are many topics and concept in the world we live in that attracts diverse perspective and without a solid foundation the truth will not be revealed. One of such issues is Sex. 

    There are diverse thoughts and dimensions to sex. The world has perverted it. It has lost its true nature and form.

    The good part is that from the bible which is the final authority on every matter of the Christian faith, has clearly stated God’s thought about sex. 

    However, many Christians have met shy away from the reality of this. They see the topic of sex has private and end up making a mess out of it. This is an endemic issue even among teenagers. 

    Frances Okoro is a Christian blogger at imperfectlyperfectlives.com. Her blog was featured in my 21 inspirational Nigerians bloggers. She has broken the ice and compiled a remarkable piece that sheds lights to the very issue that has destroyed many youths and teenagers. 

    These things start one day and end up as addictions. I am talking about masturbation, pornography, etc.

    I am delighted to write about this book because I also have my experiences and I have shared some of them on this blog in my previous post.

    The title of the book is CHASTITY FOR MEN and the grand piece is a product of a series she started on her blog.

    There are experiences worth reading about from four different men. They showed us how they were caught up in the web of these addiction and they overcame by God’s help.

    This is a book for everyone. I recommend it because of its high practicability. Many parents don’t know what their children are involved in. 

    The media is a serious promoter of sexual perversion. Everywhere you turn to, there is an advert using sexually appealing content. 

    We continuously need to talk about this madness before the future generations are totally corrupted.

    As a man, it's is possible to be chaste, go inside to read about it.

    Chastity for men by frances okoro

    You can grab your free copy of this book from ‎

    I would like to get your comments and views after you read the book. Don't waste any more time, download yours for free today.
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    13 August 2015

    16 Nigerian Inspirational Quotes of Entreprenuers/Influencers

     Everyone uses quotes in one way or the other. It might be in a speech, scolding, or teaching.  In whatever form, if rightly used is pretty cool!

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I had to wrap up some amazing quotes from Phenomenal Nigerians with their images.

    They are in no particular order. I just picked them randomly as it pleased me. See you at the bottom. Enjoy!

    CEO ruff'n'tumble, adenike ogunlesi quotes

    chariman, dangote groups, aliko dangote quotes

    CO-founder, EdgeEcution, Bankole williams quotes

    Founder, Silverbird groups, Ben-bruce quotes

    Chimamada adichie quotes

    CEO, Gestone group, fela durotoye quotes

    CEO, the chair centre ltd, ibukun awosika quotes

    Founder, Alder Consulting, Leke Alder Quotes

    Chairman Zenox Technologies, Leo STan Ekeh Quotes

    Founder, Okadabooks, ofilispeaks.com, ofili speaks quotes

    Founder,  House of Tara, Tara Durotoye quotes

    Bella Naija, Uche pedro quotes, bella naija quotes, Founder Bella Naija

    Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation, quotes

    Ngozi Nkojo Iweala quotes
    Founder, Obidisocial.com, John Obidi Quotes

    Nigeria Foremost  Life/business Strategist, Steve Harris Quotes

    Over to you
    Please let me know your favourite below and also if I quoted someone wrongly. I would be glad to make necessary corrections.

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