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This is How Successful Women Lead in the Workplace


African Millenial Women have to deal with certain biases in the workplace especially because of our gender and the fact that our society believes that women are not allowed to take certain leadership positions because it’s a man’s world.

The first time I worked in a proper organisation, I questioned why women were assigned to certain roles and men were assigned to certain roles. It was in a Newspaper organisation and women are traditionally assigned soft beats while men got the hard beats like politics, business.

I choose politics desk because I wasn’t raised with the biases of impissibilities. Not long after, I learnt that this scenerio was the same in most organisations, certain biases that prevent women from taking leadership positions.

Let sit back and take a cue from how successful women lead in the workplace.

Only judge yourself by your own metrics

Integrate achieving high financial goals with your business objectives. Whether you are an entrepreneur or a career woman, don’t let the biases that surround you stop you from wanting to achieve the very best of everything you desire.

Lead like you

Don’t adopt the leadership techniques of someone else without taking into consideration what your heart is telling you, let your leadership style be uniquely yours, listen to your head and your guts.

Embrace financial knowledge

Numbers don’t lie, know the numbers, assimilate them and use them to make valuable financial decisions, never let numbers scare you and don’t use your lack of business acumen as an excuse.

Value your time and your resources

Guard your time and resources, improve and develop yourself. You are your greatest asset and you should never forget that.

SEO Basics: What Search Engines Are Looking For


Search engines want to do their jobs as best as possible by referring users to websites and content that is the most relevant to what the user is looking for.

Relevancy is determined by

Content: Is determined by the theme that is being given, the text on the page, and the titles and descriptions that are given.

Performance: How fast is your site and does it work properly?

Authority: Does your site have good enough content to link to or do other authoritative sites use your website as a reference or cite the information that’s available?

User Experience: How does the site look? Is it easy to navigate around? Does it look safe? Does it have a high bounce rate?

What Search Engines Are NOT Looking For

Search engine bots only have a certain amount of data storage, so if you’re performing shady tactics or trying to trick them, chances are you’re going to be discovered. Items the search engines don’t want are:

Keyword Stuffing: Overuse of keywords on your pages.

Purchased Links: Buying links will get you nowhere when it comes to SEO, so be warned.

Poor User Experience: Make it easy for the user to get around. Too many ads and making it too difficult for people to find content they’re looking for will only increase your bounce rate.

Meet the Ivorian Woman Who Makes Art With Her Own Hair


21-year-old Laetitia Ky from the Ivory Coast who began braiding her own hair at the tender age of 5 currently recreates her own hair into art pieces which are very surreal.

In an interview with Vogue, she said “It’s important to express my African heritage through my hairstyles, I use myself as a canvas to symbolize self-assurance and self-love.”

She further explained that she uses her work to express her beliefs.

Here are some of her works



IHVN empowers vulnerable women with funds in Nasarawa


The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has empowered over 100 vulnerable women and caregivers in Nasarawa State with N10,000 each to improve their lives.

Disbursing the funds to the women in Doma on Thursday, Mrs Safiya Sani, the state Programme Officer of the institute, urged the beneficiaries to ensure judicial use of the resources.

Sani said that the body deemed it necessary to come to the aid of the vulnerable women and care givers to give them a sense of belonging.

“The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) deems it necessary to disburse this money to the vulnerable women and caregivers in Doma to improve on their standard of living and that of their family members.

“I urge you to use this fund to take care of your children, their health and other problems to better their health and standard of living,” she said.

Sani called on the vulnerable women and other people to always take adequate care of their health and that of their family members, saying “a healthy nation, is a wealthy nation”.

Besides, she called on parents to give adequate attention to education of their children in the interest of development.

She restated commitment of the organisation to key into good policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mrs Blessing Okoro and Malama Fatima Abubakar, commended the institute for the gesture and promised to use the money to better their economic status. (NAN)

Apply for the Cherie Blair Mentorship Programme for Female Entrepreneurs


The Cherie Blair Mentoring Women in Business Programme is a one-to-one mentoring relationship that also provides an online community and training opportunities for female entrepreneurs across the world.

A woman entrepreneur and her mentor can  hold a strategy session over video chat, collaborate on projects, brainstorm solutions to challenges and celebrate achievements as if they were in the room together with the use of technology.

The Foundation also has a dedicated team that  is on hand to provide support and resources throughout the mentoring relationship.

Mentees and mentors meet at least two hours a month and budget additional time to attend webinars or use our forum.

Read ( Three Nigerian banks with platforms for women)

The interesting thing about the programme is that mentors and mentees are paired with only needs and expertise as a criteria.

You are required to apply through a partner in your country, the partner in Nigeria is the Murtala Mohammed Foundation. If you select the foundation as your partner, the Murtala Mohammed foundation will also follow up with you.

Here are the requirements

Are you…

  • A professional or entrepreneur with at least seven years of experience?
  • Able to commit for one year?
  • Able to meet online with a mentee at least two hours a month?
  • Open to intercultural exchange and learning?
  • Keen to participate in our online community, forums and events?
  • Willing to complete a feedback form at the end of the programme?
  • Fluent in English?
  • Ready to embark on a life-changing relationship and join a vibrant mentoring community?

Application Deadline: 10 September 2018

Apply here

Quick Search Engine Optimization Tips


Whether you use Yahoo, Google or Bing, at one point or the other, you would have wondered how these search engine brings back results for searches. That is Search Engine Optimsation.

Search Engine Optimisation is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results—often referred to as “natural,” “organic,” or “earned” results.

These search engine has bots that crawl through optimised web pages to bring results that best fits the user’s inquiry.

So now you know that google is not in your mind, they just have a great algorithm that can perfectly translate your request.

SEO works in one way, keywords, keywords, keywords. These crawling bots are searching for keywords on your webpages and social media pages, that is why in all you do online, never ever forget the power of keywords.

Identifying and utilizing the right keywords will give you direct access to your target audience. When searching for a cluster of your target audience, type in the appropriate keyword on your social network search box and viola, you will be directly plugged into their conversation about your brand.

As a social media manager, keywords will help you deduce the realities of your target audience, keywords will also help you create the right content that they have no choice but to engage with.

3 Lessons every Millennial Woman should learn from Bank Wars


Bank Wars started with a tweet from Sterling Bank, On Sunday night, four banks went in a frenzy and started shading each other. While some might wonder how our banking system has deteriorated to the extent that they have embraced social media shade as part of their culture, we can only observe and learn vital lessons from the scenario.

You can kill four birds with one stone

They say you cannot kill two birds with one stone, ladies who say you cannot. We already multitask, so who says we cannot kill four birds with one stone. In one image, Sterling bank shot four banks and we were all alive to witness the huge feat.

Today, millennial Nigerian women are working 9-5 jobs and successfully running businesses, they are also active in their local assembly or religious organisation, they also volunteer for causes they care about.

All these activities are executed within the cause of 24 hours, 7 days a week. They don’t get extra day or hour. So bravely go out there and kill the birds.

Claim Age with Sense

Age is not a determinant of wisdom. Sho mo age mi
ni doesn’t guarantee that you are smart so don’t go about disgracing yourself with shut up, I am older than you. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can learn from anyone irrespective of their age.

First Bank tried claiming sho mo age mi
ni but apparently, there was no sense attached to the claim.

Silence is not always the best answer for a fool

They often say silence is the best answer for a fool but GTB’s silence during the #BankWars is not the best answer for anyone, it only fuelled more anger and distraught from customers. In times when you need to speak up and defend yourself, speak up.

In organisations and our personal lives, as women, we sometimes believe that drawing attention to ourselves is not a good thing because we don’t want people to notice us.

Recently I attended a seminar for women and one of the ladies who led a session said people who get promoted in organisations are not people who are the best, it is people who everyone knows that they are the best. So how will people know you are competent if you cannot speak up.


Okonjo-Iweala is the first African woman on Twitter Board


A lot of congratulatory messages have trailed the appointment of former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey and Chairman of Alliance Bernstein Holding, Robert Zoellick to Twitter’s Board of Directors as new independent directors.

Dorsey made the announcement in a tweet, he wrote

Okonjo-Iweala also acknowleged the appointment by tweeting

Okonjo-Iweala is joining Martha Lane Fox and Debra L. Lee on the Twitter board. Lane Fox is a british business woman and Lee is  currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET, the parent company for Black Entertainment Television.

Marjorie Scardino who is leaving the board is an American-born British business executive. She is the former CEO of Pearson PLC.

Okonjo-Iweala is making history as the first woman of African descent to be part of the Twitter board is this is a big win for African women world wide.

While some may claim that this is Okonjo-Iweala’s way of changing her image following the allegations of corruption during former President Goodluck Jonathan tenure, she is making a bold step and representing the voice of Africans who have embraced the social network as a means of making their voices heard and championing advocacy.


Know the USSD Code of all commercial banks in Nigeria


Ladies, you have to stop going to Twitter or calling friends to tell you the USSD Code of your bank. Here is a full list of all commercial banks USSD. Simply save it on your phone.

Fidelity Bank – – – *770#

Access Bank – – – *901#

Zenith Bank – – – *966#

Diamond Bank – – – *426#

First Bank – – – *894#

UBA – – – *919#

GTBank – – – *737#

Union Bank – – – *826#

Skye Bank – – – *833#

Ecobank – – – *326#

Stanbic IBTC – – – *909#

Sterling Bank – – – *822#

Unity Bank – – – *7799#

FCMB – – – *329#

Wema Bank – – – *945#

Keystone Bank – – – *533#

Heritage Bank – – – *322#

Standard Chartered – – – *120#

Kylie Jenner covers Forbes August Edition


Kylie Jenner is well on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire ever, ahead of even Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23.

She built a $900 million fortune in less than 3 years. This Self Made Woman is gracing Forbes August edition.

The magazine wrote “Just 20 when this story publishes (she’ll turn 21 in August) and an extremely young mother (she had baby daughter Stormi in February), Jenner runs one of the hottest makeup companies ever. Kylie Cosmetics launched two years ago with a $29 “lip kit” consisting of a matching set of lipstick and lip liner, and has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since, including an estimated $330 million in 2017.

Even using a conservative multiple, and applying our standard 20% discount, Forbes values her company, which has since added other cosmetics like eye shadow and concealer, at nearly $800 million. Jenner owns 100% of it.”

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