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Condition your mind to love Mondays

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Mondays come with work shenanigans, there is the incessant traffic on the road, the tedious Monday meetings and so on and so forth. Monday is the most dreaded day of the week worldwide and we get it.

This is a new year and in order to free yourself up from the mental stress of holding Mr Monday accountable for all the sins of the week, why don’t you consider conditioning yourself to love Mondays.

You have to find a way to get your heels up and tell the day to be yours. I remember when I was working a 9-5 a few months ago, as the team lead, Mondays were my worst days because we always had meetings upon meetings.

There was a day I sat in a meeting all day and by the time I looked at my watch, it was already 5pm. I went home that day asking myself what I had achieved for the day.

They key to winning on Monday and getting pumped for the day is preparation. You have to start preparing for your Monday on Friday.

Before you leave work on Friday, think about what you will need to sort out on Monday and prepare for it.

Write meeting agendas which you can email on a Sunday evening so everyone knows what is required before they get to work on Monday. Talk to your superiors and let them brief your on deliverables for the next week.

Rest on Sunday, give your brain a mental timeout. It can be 30 minutes or an hour, just take time out to blank your brain and focus on nothing. The reason why people think watching TV and sleeping is the most effective way of relaxing baffles me.

Sleeping lets your drift away and you wake up refreshed but there are other methods of relaxing without drifting away in sleep.

Preparation also includes arranging your bag and picking out shoes and accessories.

Lastly, sleep early.

Sleeping late and hoping Coffee will fix Monday is not ideal.

There your have it ladies, have a go at Monday.

3 Vital Money Habits Every Woman Should Know

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Money habits go a long way in wealth acquisition. Practising effective money habits will reduce the strain of financial commitments and help your financial independence.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a career woman, here are three vital money habits that will go a long way in your finances.

Save

Yes save, you must have heard this over and over again but keeping long term and short term savings for investment is very important. Investment is the key to wealth but you can’t make an investment if you don’t have some form of savings. At least for self starting. Yorubas have an adage that you shouldn’t eat with both hands, so don’t.


Keep an eye on your spending

We have a habit of walking into stores, buying things and discarding the receipt because well, you have spent the money is not a good habit. Know the prices, make budgets and keep to it. Don’t spend without thinking about each penny spent. Always check bill amount.

Make your own food

This might not be a possibility every single day but as often as possible, make your own food because you get to save a lot of money when you spend less on eating in Bukaterias and Resturants.

3 Solid Entrepreneurship Quotes for African Women

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Running a business in this part of the world can be quite challenging considering the societal and economic limitations.

You can thrive, just ensure that you keep your eyes on the ball and you never loose sight of your goals as a female entrepreneur.

Here are three solid entrepreneurship quotes to get you going in 2019.


“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”

Hilary Clinton


“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it and I sell it hard.”

Estee Lauder

“On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”

Oprah Winfrey


Wear black undies to conceal nudity — Top fashion designer advises ladies

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A Nigerian fashion designer, Jane Michael, on Sunday said black undies and clothes were wardrobe essentials because the colour conceals nudity regardless of how transparent the clothe might be.

Michael disclosed this during the “Style by Zenith” fair with the theme : Revamp your Style” held at Oniru, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the “Style by Zenith” fair was organised by Zenith Bank and Fashion One to showcase products in the food, fashion, media, automobile, accessories, music and arts industries.

Micheal urged ladies and gentlemen to ensure they have a good number of black undies which were preferable to wear for outings.

According to her, black undies will save them from embarrassment in public when their outfit is transparent or slips off due to wind or any other circumstance.

She said black coloured cloths could be won with any other colour of accessories, unlike other coloured clothes.

” Black undies conceal your nudity when your outfit is transparent and prevents you from being embarrassed in public when your cloth slips off unknowingly or when there is a heavy wind.

” This happens when am doing photoshoot so I tell my clients to come with black undies when coming for photoshoot,” she said.

The fashion designer advised ladies to stop wearing strapped brassieres with off shoulder tops to appear responsible and decent.

She said everyone should be cautious in their dress sense and ensure that their undies were completely concealed under their clothes.

” Save yourself the embarrassment of allowing people see your singlets underneath your clothe, rather, wear V neck singlets in such situation.

” For busty ladies, you should avoid wearing round neck dresses or cloths with collars as such renders the breast unattractive regardless of the brassieres won.

” Ladies should stop wearing off shoulder clothes with strapped brassieres and always wear black undies under transparent cloths.

” Ensure healthy hygiene in managing your undies to guide against contacting diseases,” she said.

Michael said that confidence was also an important element in human appearance which would be determined when people wear clothes they were comfortable in.

Earlier, Jamaican Supermodel, Oraine Barrett, urged aspiring models to stay focused in their choice of career if they must succeed in it.

He said that African models are beautiful and ought to have gained recognition internationally.

According to him, the modeling industry is mobile for everybody, regardless of age, height, weight, but needs aspiring models to stay focused to gain international recognition.

” For every aspiring model, the international market should be the focus just like me but it takes determination to achieve such because the industry is a horrible one.

” I have had my low moments but I have to speak to myself and encourage myself but the fact is nothing good comes easy,” he said.

Barrett commended the organisers of the fair for creating a beautiful platform for aspiring models to understand the business of modeling.

NAN reports that the Fair, which commenced on Dec. 29, ended with a musical concert late on Dec. 30.

The musical concert featured Mayorkun, Wande Coal, 2Baba and others.

The fair attracted biggest players from the food, fashion, media, automobile, accessories, music and arts industries. (NAN)

Kano State Govt. to empower another batch of 12,500 women, youths

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The Kano State Government has concluded arrangement to empower another set of 12,500 women and youths to enable them become self-reliant.

Under the arrangement, 6,000 food vendors and 6,500 youths for phone repairs will be empowered to boost their businesses.
This is contained in a statement signed by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje which was made available to newsmen in Kano on Friday.

He said Ganduje revealed this when former chairmen of the 44 local government areas in the state paid him a solidarity visit at his office.
Anwar quoted Gov. Ganduje as saying it is part of his administration’s cardinal points to see to the development of small and medium scale businesses in the state.

“Since my inauguration as the governor of Kano state, I promised to empower our people at all levels of the ladder. With greater emphasis on rural dwellers. What we are doing is just what we promise to do.

“Very soon we are empowering 6,500 phone repairers. We have taken all records pertaining these people. We have their numbers, we have their locations, we have the history of their businesses at hand,” he said.

He said his administration would continue to empower women and youths so as to ensure genuine human development, adding “We can only save our people from poverty when we genuinely empower them”

For the food vendors in the state, who are mostly women, Ganduje said, “For your information, we made a purchase of 6,000 gas cylinders for our food vendors. While other accessories of those cylinders are supplied already from China”

“Very soon the state will also empower motor parks attendants for them to help in further developing their businesses and ensure sustainability in the state economy.

The spokesman of the former council chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Karaye, assured Ganduje of their support in the forthcoming general election.

“As you are aware sir, your projects cut across all parts of the state. You developed metropolitan areas as well as our rural areas. And you are still developing all parts of the state. We thank you for that.”

“We are in touch with our communities and they acknowledged all the developmental projects being executed by your administration, “he said the. (NAN)

4 Inch High Heel Race: CEO urges women to be smart, elegant on heels

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Mr Dede Kalu, Chief Executive Officer, DAK Marketing Company, on Sunday said that high heel makes women smart, elegant and beautiful and they should manage wearing it very well.

Kalu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on the sideline of the 2nd annual high heel race at the National Stadium, Lagos.

He said that the sport-tainment is about women being smart on heels when they wear them.
“It is absolutely necessary for ladies to wear high heel because it gives them a unique look.
“They should stop putting their high heel in their bags, they should wear it always.

“If ladies should wear high heel in Nigeria and Africa they have to be smart about it, because abroad, at the age nine, they have started walking on it,” he said.

He said that the high heel race was first of its kind in Nigeria and Africa, although, they do it in Europe.

Kalu, however, said that it took him nine years to decide to do high heel race after he witnessed an accident at the Alaba International Market expressway.

“A girl of 21 year- old, trying to cross the expressway and couldn’t run fast on her high heel and she was knocked down, and the driver ran away.

“We rushed the girl to a nearby hospital and called the parents, after eight days, the parents came to thank me and said that the girl died.

“I thought if she was my daughter, sister or wife and that happened, how will I feel, that made me to decide on high heel race,” he said.

He said he was able to get participants through advert on social media platforms- Twitter, Instagram, Face book and some other platforms and about 500 persons signified interest in the race.

“We invited them and put them through some questioning and medical checks, then trimmed down the number to 100 who are participating today,” he said.

Shan George, a Nollywood actress, and special guest of honour, told NAN that the high heel race was an interesting event.

“It moved away from all the beauty pregnant this and that and brought in a new entertainment dimension that people should key into.

“Four inch high heel race is good, and our heel should be rugged as our roads and we should be able to walk on them very well.

“If you want to buy heels, you should know your weight, we have different high heels in the market, wedges, pencil, square, stiletto and others.

“But wear what you are comfortable on and be smart walking on it,” she said.

NAN reports that Precious Chukwuma, a 400 level mass communications student from the National Open University, Lagos who emerged overall winner at the event took home a cash prize of N100, 000.(NAN)

NAFOWA empowers 151 women, youths in skills acquisition

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The Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA), says another batch of 151 women and youths have graduated from its Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training Programme in Azare, Bauchi.

Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Daramola said that the training provided participants with knowledge and skills in areas such as computer studies, catering and confectioneries, hairdressing, tailoring, interior decoration, aluminium door and window fabrication as well as make-up artistry.

He said that other participants were trained in beads and accessories design, soap and cosmetics production as well as shoe and bag making.

“The skills acquisition and vocational training programme is in line with the association’s resolve to contribute its quota to the efforts of the Federal Government aimed at curbing unemployment among Nigerian youths.”

Daramola said that during the ceremony, the NAFOWA National President, Hajiya Hafsat Sadique Abubakar, appreciated the Emir of Katagum and the people of Azare for their acceptance and participation in the skills acquisition programme.

According to him, Abubakar reiterated the commitment of the association to contributing to the socio-economic well-being of women and children in the society.

The NAFOWA national president said the graduation ceremony of the 8th edition of the Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training Programme would not have been possible without the unprecedented support and encouragement the association had received from the current NAF leadership.

He said that Abubakar disclosed that the association had trained and empowered 2,000 participants across the country from May 2016 till date.

According to him, the NAFOWA president congratulated the graduating students for successfully completing the training and urged them to make good use of the skills acquired to improve their productiveness and general well-being. (NAN)

NGO drums support for women’s participation in agric value chains

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The President of Partnership for Rural Women Development in Nigeria, Hajiya Zainab Mohammed, has called on relevant stakeholders to support the participation of rural women in promotion of agriculture value chains.

Mohammed made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to commemorate the International Day of Rural Women on Monday in Abuja.

The theme for this year’s celebration is, ‘Sustainable Infrastructure, Services and Social Protection for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls’.

“Rural women make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in agricultural labour force in developing countries.

“Yet, they are disproportionately affected by poverty, exclusion and the effects of environmental and climate change.

“Virtually every gender and development indicator for which data are available reveals that globally, rural women fare worse than rural men and urban women,” she said.

Mohammed said lack of access to affordable and clean energy at the household level has particular implications for rural women and girls.

She said the absence of adequate sanitation facilities exposes women and girls to illness, risks to their safety and violence, hampering their ability to go to school, earn an income and move around freely.

She said rural women’s civil society organisations, enterprises and cooperatives were critical in gathering and uniting rural women and enabling them to influence the decisions and institutions that affect their lives.

“Around the world, rural women have organised to advocate for the infrastructure, services, and social protection necessary for their wellbeing, livelihoods, and resilience.

“Rural women have mobilized to secure water for irrigation and household use, and renewable energy for lighting their homes and powering small businesses.

“Rural women’s cooperatives are providing childcare services for and by their members,” Mohammed said.

NAN reports that UN International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honours the role of Rural Women Oct.15 each year.

It recognises rural women’s importance in enhancing agricultural and rural development. (NAN)

26m women may lose jobs to technology- IMF

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its report titled “Gender, Technology and the Future Work” estimated that at least 26 million female jobs in 30 countries were at risk of being displaced by technology.

The IMF President, Ms Christine Lagarde made this known on Tuesday in a panel discussion on “Empowering Women in the Workplace” at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

Lagarde said that globally, 11 per cent of women were at risk of losing their jobs due to advances in computer technology, while only four per cent of the male population faces same risk.

“Less well-educated and older female workers, aged 40 and above, as well as those in low-skill clerical, service, and sales positions are disproportionately exposed to automation.

“Extrapolating our results, we find that around 180 million female jobs are at high risk of being displaced globally.

“Therefore policies are needed to endow women with required skills, close gender gaps in leadership positions and bridge digital gender divide that could confer greater flexibility in work, benefiting women,” she said.

Also, the Indonesian Minister of Finance, Mrs Mulyani Indrawati said that adding more women into the labour force of an economy would reduce poverty and ensure prosperity.

She urged women to be role models at their places of work.

“As women, we must strive to do extraordinarily well in other to set example for the younger generation.

“We also need to ensure girls have the right role models and mentors so they can really be the ones leading the way.”

Also, the Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Mrs Vera Songwe, said that increased access to the internet would bridge women’s skill gap.

“250 million fewer women than men in 2017 had access to the internet. In Africa, 27 million fewer women access reliable and affordable internet which will help close the current digital divide.”

She said also that higher female labour force participation could boost economic growth of a country.

“Creating more and better opportunities for women to engage in paid work and a greater ability to control their income and assets can also contribute to stronger economic growth in emerging market and low-income economies,” she said. (NAN)

Lawmaker trains 10,000 youth, women in Niger

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Rep.Umar Bago, (APC-Chanchaga) said he had trained no fewer than 10,000 youths and women in various trades under the skill acquisition programme for his constituents.

Bago in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday said that about 5,500 youth were trained on such skills as electrical installation, bricklaying, carpentry/joinery and plumbing,

Other skills include pipe fitting, painting, driving, auto mechanic and POP making, motor cycle repairs, cell phone repairs, motor Mechanic among others.

He said that each of the beneficiaries was also provided with basic tools to start businesses of his own.

The Rep stated that 4,500 women were trained in cosmetics, tailoring, bead making, kitchenette, shoes and bag making, soap making and leather works, among others.

“We empowered them with takeoff grant to start business of their owned,”,he said.

Bago noted that there was the need to support women, a reason the programme was organized to make them more relevant in the society.

“What prompted my decision to organize this program is to fulfill one of my campaign promises and to thank the people for giving me the privilege to serve them.

“The present economic reality in the country necessitates the need to empower women to reduce financial burden on their husbands and to reduce youth restiveness.

“We have already succeeded in training our women on how to make varieties of soaps,’’ he added.

Bago called on the youth to shun all kinds of violence to ensure smooth implementation of the electoral process.

The lawmaker observed that it was only through peaceful atmosphere that free, fair and credible elections could be possible.

“I enjoin all stakeholders especially political class and those seeking elective positions to preach the principles of political tolerance and understanding among ourselves.

“It is only by so doing that the desire of Nigeria to conduct transparent elections will be a reality,” he concluded. ( NAN)

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