Eight incredibly weird facts

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Source : thedabbler.co.UK  / Tom Phillips/Buzzfeed

1. The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days.

2. The oldest condoms ever found date back to the 1640s (they were found in a cesspit at Dudley Castle) and were made from animal and fish intestines.

3. Everyone has a unique tongue print , just like fingerprints.

4. Female kangaroos have three vaginas .

5. Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you’re eating it, so it’s a good idea to shield it with your hand to stop them jumping into your
eyes.

6. In 1567, the man said to have the longest beard in the world died after he tripped over his beard running away from a fire.

7.  A U.S. park ranger named Roy C. Sullivan held the record for being struck by lightning the most times, having been struck — and surviving — seven times between 1942 and 1977. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1983.

8. The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with urine. Apparently it works, please don’t do it, though.

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Entrepreneurship realities : The struggle of the Nigerian business owner

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I recently attended a career fair and the highlight of the event for me was the entrepreneurship talk delivered by Mr Abiodun Toki, CEO of the very successful ‘Tom associates training’. The talk titled “starting and managing entrepreneurial endeavours” was quite insightful.
Some of the finer tips that stuck were;

1. Establish a business you can control.

2. You have to know how to market to run a business or you will fail.

3. Businesses die from poor execution of ideas.

4. To grow your business, expand on the techniques /ideas that have been working for you and ditch the unproductive ones.

More than half the people I know working for other people in corporate organizations grumble endlessly about their jobs, the workload, the hours, the salary, their colleagues, the list is endless. There’s a sense of overall dissatisfaction. On the other hand  I know an entrepreneur working in the fashion industry now clamouring for a job in a corporate organization “just for a feel of it” in her own words.

I recently read an article in the March 2015 edition of Forbes (Africa) magazine about a South African entrepreneur Rowan Leibbrandt who abandoned careers in marketing and science (trained as a scientist and got an MBA from Warwick business school, England) to sell beer and whisky in Africa.
In his own words ” I started to get the sense that I wanted to do my own thing. Each time I got promoted in the business, I started to realize that It doesn’t matter how high you get you are still going to be answerable to somebody.”

Rowan is currently living his dream of selling beer, sparkling wine and whiskies in South Africa, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, Congo and Kenya.

On the other side of the divide is a close family friend for whom entrepreneurship hasn’t worked out so great. The bright young man who was working with the foremost real estate company in Nigeria decides to branch out on his own, he resigns and starts his own business, things do not go so well and he runs back to lick his wounds in the real estate department of a very reputable bank where he works to this day.
His entrepreneurship dreams have not died, they are just sitting on the back burner while he restrategizes.

So on one hand there’s the glowing success story and on the other you have the shelved dreams. What factors determine the outcome of a new business venture? To what extent does poor power supply, high taxes and other forms of interference affect the struggling Nigerian business owner? Why is the  survival rate of SMEs so low in Nigeria?

Business owners, please share some tips with some of us who are aspiring entrepreneurs. We are all ears eyes.

Carrying On

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Rising above pain, loss, grief, failure, betrayal, anger, depression, defeat…rising above any and all of it can be an uphill task, time & again I see people go through experiences so harrowing, so seemingly final that you wonder how they are ever going to come back from it, but they do, they place one foot infront of the other and they carry on.

No matter the finality of the situation you are striving to rise above, you are not alone, countless people have come back stronger from that exact same situation.
Are you walking around with a scar on your heart? Well, scars fade, wounds heal and time is a soothing balm.

No matter what we go through the World never stops, people keep living, dying, loving, hating, hurting and healing, giving and taking…growing. they never stop, life never stops, you shouldn’t too. Every day we must place one foot infront of the other and move forward. It might take a while but the color will return to your world, the shine to your eyes, the glow to your smile and the spring to your step. The song will play in your heart again and the weight will lift.

Everyday people lose something- people lose children, soulmates, jobs, prized possessions that took a lifetime to accumulate, gone in the blink of an eye, people struggle with debilitating diseases… people hurt! Sometimes we even sit in a corner and moan and whimper for a while but we carry on through the pain. There is nothing so final that your life ends, it might pause but it never stops, you never stop.

Recently, for a while, I thought I was going to get something I really wanted but it fell through, it hurt but life carried on, I carried on, I couldn’t stop because I was not done. Life is never really done until it’s done, there’s always a chance for tomorrow.

Your light may dim for a while but it never goes out. It will shine again, this time brighter than ever and you will win!

Happy Easter Everyone

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Happy Easter everyone, on this occasion of the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection, may the blessings of the Lord abide with us and may his love find a place in our hearts.
I wish you all peace, love, good health, happiness and all the lovely desires of your heart.
HAPPY EASTER!

That Awkward Moment …

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1.  That awkward moment when you take out your weave at the salon and you feel the eyes staring at your ‘gone but will be back soon’/ iyamileko hairline.

2. That awkward moment when you reach for your purse to pay the bus conductor and discover you left your money at home.

3.  That awkward moment when you’ve just told your talkative neighbor your mum is not home and she comes strolling out of her room.

4.  That awkward moment when you throw on your nice sleeveless dress and rush off to church and only remember you forgot to shave your armpits when it’s time to wave unto the Lord.

5.  That awkward moment when the message of the day centres  around that sin you keep committing and you feel as if everyone in church knows and is starring at you.

Your turn …

Welcome April

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April is here! Happy new month everyone.

March started out a little slow for me, but things sure picked up fast.
There was a lot of election excitement in March and there’s more coming this April. ‘April’ is gotten from the Latin verb ‘aperire’ which means ‘to open’.
April could be the month where we open ourselves up – to wonderful new opportunities, to love, to happiness , to healing… to life!

So was March a month of bright colors and brave new adventures for you?

Tried uploading this all day yesterday, it just wasn’t working…

Fun facts

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1.  Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

2.  Right handed people live, on average, 9 years longer than left handed people.

3.  The male praying mantis cannot copulate while it’s head is attached to it’s body. The female initiatiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.

4.  Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

5.  Butterflies taste with their feet.

6.  A snail can sleep for three years.

7. More people fear spiders than they do death.

8.  Only one person in two billion can live to be 116 or older.

9.  ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ uses every letter in the English language.

10. Bruce Lee was so fast, they actually had to slow down films so people could see his moves.

If you’re thinking there’s more ‘fun’ than ‘facts’ in these ‘fun facts’ I say, you’re not alone.