African startups vs Startups operating in Africa

Introducing a new topic on #TechRoundup with Bitnode. In these episodes, we’ll talk about how easy (or not) it is for African startups with foreign cofounder(s) to succeed on the continent compared to African startups with African cofounder(s). Have opinions on this? Join the conversation and we can have you on the show!

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The End of Endings by Ion Valaskakis

Have you noticed how nothing ever really ends anymore? This thought came to me as I was listening to an interview with Adam Alter, the author of a chilling new book about how today’s technologies are increasingly irresistible. Alter described how our favourite apps – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to name but three – have feeds…

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Social media vs reality

In this episode of the Tech Roundup, I get serious talking about realities in different countries and how we portray them online. E.g. you’re from a particular country and sometimes want to tweet harsh truths but don’t because …. patriotism. Where’s the line between putting up fake fronts and being truthful so others are more…

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If you lack faith in yourself or have a lesser opinion of yourself than others do, you’ll eventually talk them into agreeing with you. Stop focusing on all that’s wrong with you, and walk purposefully towards the future you deep down desire for yourself. 

Replace every “have to” with “get to” and see if it doesn’t change your perspective on the privilege of life.

Step up

One thing I’ve learnt from recent experiences is that when you step up and start to contribute relevant quota, most people will welcome you, acknowledge you, listen to you and even thank you. If the people in your life treat you like a kid, maybe it’s because you act like one. Think about this.

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For Christian Professionals

Hi there! I just created “For Christian Professionals.” More than anything else in life, I love the Lord. I have made it my recent life goal to actively learn as much as I can about Him by reading the Word everyday, talk to people (I wouldn’t normally talk to) about Him, and live as kindly, honestly,…

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Judging the #eskills4girls competition

On Tuesday, March 28, I was invited to be one of the judges at the #eskills4girls Competition at Impact Hub, Accra. Excited to be one of the judges at the #eskills4girls pitch competition at @ImpactHubAccra – Challenging the gender digital divide pic.twitter.com/oEs5ZFEEfF — 🌻 (@kelechiudoagwu) March 28, 2017   The #eSkills4Girls Competition was designed for ventures,…

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Every week, I turn over a new leaf

Every week, I turn over a new leaf. I make new resolutions, write down new-old ideas, make plans, and set out hopefully. Every week, I convince myself that even though I tried and failed the week before, maybe I’ll achieve this time, maybe I’ll persevere, maybe the Holy Spirit will fill in the gaps for…

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Do you know you?

We distract ourselves so much that we never have to spend time with our thoughts. There’s social media, tv series, youtube videos, music and earphones, friends, jobs, events, etc. I bet there’s more than half of the world’s population who have never in recent years, had a moment of true silence – just them and…

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Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow –it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. 

You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it. 

#LessonsImLearning

08:01:17

To become who we want to be, time spent day-dreaming is actually useful, and time spent imagining negative outcomes should be minimized to zero. Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought. What we continually think about will eventually manifest in…

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24:12:16

There’s going to be ups and downs in every relationship. You have to be willing to go up and down with the one you choose, the one you love.  These days people keep switching relationships like they’re not going to get tired of the new person eventually. 

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Redirection of Praise

The last fortnight has been intensely productive. I and my cofounder launched our startup, Skrife to good reviews, numerous press interviews and an onslaught of inbounds. We also hired our first full-time employee (we’ve only had interns before now), and settled into an efficient remote-working schedule. At my day job, MEST, we wrapped up our quarterly Guest…

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Night Crawling in Lagos

Driving around aimlessly at night is one of my favorite things to do. Lucky me, I spent the last two nights in Lagos doing just that with friends. Nights shows you the true colors of a city. Days are full of the stuff nobody wants to do but have to –– Ashwin Ravichadran

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On Goals and Social Media

My research on successful professionals underscores that this experience is common: As you become more valuable to the marketplace, good things will find you. To be clear, I’m not arguing that new opportunities and connections are unimportant. I’m instead arguing that you don’t need social media’s help to attract them. Excerpt from: Quit Social Media. Your…

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Why I Created This Site

In pursuit of a successful future and a googleable name, most of us lose joy in the present. Adulthood seems to be a long list of goals and to-dos, that most of us sacrifice the present which is all we may ever have for a future we might not live to see. “I’ll be happier when I lose weight and…

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First Time On a TEDx Stage!

Looking forward to representing MEST at TEDxAccra on Friday, October 28th! I’m more than a little nervous but I’m really looking forward to it. We will also be giving women at the event a chance to be fast-tracked in the screening process into MEST. If you have any questions about this, please contact me! Willing…

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Go-Getters: Dziffa Akua Ametam

Dziffa Akua Ametam is one of MEST’s new Communications Fellows. She’s also an entrepreneur, founder of Dziffa.com, a social enterprise that increases the global reach of local businesses by providing them with branding, marketing, and distribution services. Dziffa was awarded the 2014 Entrepreneur of the year by African Youth Excellence, named Top 30 Under 30…

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Working With Girlfriends: Beavly

Originally published on True Africa on August 03, 2016 ‘There’s definitely no pampering’ – how women in tech drive each other to achieve more Do you want to learn new skills? But don’t know anyone who can code/crochet/cook? Beavly is an online platform that connects people who want to learn skills with professionals who want to teach…

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Working With Girlfriends: Tress

Originally published on True Africa by yours truly -06.07.2016 Meet the African all-female team who just got $20,000 for black hair app, Tress   Tress is a hair inspiration app targeted at black women. It was created by Priscilla Hazel, Esther Olatunde and Cassandra Sarfo in Accra where they came together due to their shared love for dreaming, learning, building,…

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Think of Life Like a Video Game

Originally published on Bella Naija by yours truly – 18.01.2016 “Wanting is easy, but trying to be great — well, that’s torturous.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman Man is the only animal for whom being alive is not enough. It’s our nature to want better for ourselves and become more than we are. The irony is,…

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6 Tips For Getting It Right Always

Originally published on Bella Naija on 15 December 2015. It’s Christmas again! Which means it’s the end of yet another year. 365 days sure goes by fast, especially when you just chillin’. How did your year go? Did you make any progress? Get closer to your dreams? If you didn’t, it’s kind of your fault. This…

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