Melanie Perkins was just a teenager when she started her first venture, selling and creating handmade scarves in her hometown in Perth, Australia. Her driving force was the freedom and excitement starting up a business from the ground up provided.
Little did she know that this driving force would metamorphose into a billion-dollar idea.
In 2007, Perkins, while teaching some of her colleague’s fundamental computing, as part of her communication and commerce studies at the University of Western Australia, had a brilliant idea.
“How can I make designs on the computer with relative ease?” she asked herself.
Perkins tested this idea by setting up an online system for schools to design their yearbooks, called Fusion Books. …
We often think that people who become wealthy in their youth fall into a unique subset of society - the pro athletes, rappers, entertainers, famous people, or kids of famous people.
What we do not realize is that this path to wealth is highly competitive and often a consequence of good fortune.
Becoming a pro athlete, for example, requires years of rigorous training, and still, only a tiny minority attain celebrity status.
You see, celebrities and successful pro athletes have what is called a “high intrinsic value.” That means they are in high demand in the market.
He was imprisoned in 1964 for his attempt to overthrow the ruling minority government.
There, he spent 27 years.
But amid domestic and international pressure, he was released by President F. W. de Klerk in 1990.
While he was president, he focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation.
He was given a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 – an award he shared with former president F. W. …
On the 5th of December 2013, at around 20:50 South African time, the great Nelson Mandela slept for the last time.
Regarded within South Africa as the father of the nation, and outside the world as a global icon, one can only marvel at the incredible feat he was able to achieve – not just for himself, but for the entire people of South Africa. He was indeed a great man.
But what made him so great? And why was he exceptional?
“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.” – Gerard Way
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police (SARS) has whipped us in parts of our bodies that we can no longer bear, but react.
It has become a crime for most Nigerian youths to use iPhones, luxury cars, or even maintain a particular hairstyle or look.
If you are on dreads and tattoos, you’re seen as a criminal. And if you have an iPhone or drive a luxury car, then be prepared for the “complete police brutality.”
Some police officers even go as far as extorting money from innocent youths, threatening them with imprisonment and even death if they refuse to cooperate. …
It is no surprise that the majority of books on African parenting is from the western world. And right now, African parental values are being forgotten for the ‘well established’ western practices.
Africans, who have not fully experienced the indigenous culture, believe that cultural awareness makes them primitive.
Well, I don’t blame them.
No one ever told them about the beauty of the indigenous parenting of their fathers. No one ever told them the story of child-rearing in time past.
I’m going to attempt to do so.
So, ladies and gentlemen, let us begin.
Parenting styles all over the world differ from each other due to some factors like; culture, personality, parental background, educational level, socio-economic status, family size, and religion. …
Stephen King became a published author in 1973, and since then, he has sold over 350 million copies of his books worldwide.
Although he writes mainly fiction, my personal favorite has to be his memoir, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” In it, King shares his approach to writing. Of the many rules and instructions in the book, seven of them stood out for me.
While the path to becoming a great writer is never-ending, these tips helped me improve mine. And hopefully, they can help yours, too.
The sense that you can’t exactly write what’s in your mind and heart on the page, can make you feel nervous. But from King’s experience, I’ve come to understand that your approach towards writing matters a lot. …
We begin the story of exploitation from the most populous black nation in the world. Nigeria.
According to the 2018 Global Slavery Index report, Nigeria ranks 32 out of 167 countries with the highest number of slaves (1.38 million people).
At least one million people are trafficked every year in the country.
In West Africa, Nigeria is regarded as the source, transit, and destination hub of human trafficking, with Benin City (the capital of Nigeria’s Edo State), internationally recognized as the country’s ‘nucleus of sex trafficking.’
The story of Anna and her friend Precious (not their real names), told by The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), describes how the two girls were brought from Nigeria to Okah, in northern Côte d’Ivoire, under the pretense of finding attractive jobs. But on arrival, Anna and Precious soon found themselves being trafficked. …
Exactly two years ago, I started my online adventure. I told myself that I’m gonna create lots of products and services and sell them online and in no time I’ll be like those guys you see on YouTube flashing lots of money with their stunning Lamborghinis.
I was so wrong!
Making money online is not easy at all. Don’t let anyone deceive you with their $1000 courses promising you’ll quit your job and fire your boss. In the end, you may regret it. I did.
The most important thing I could take from my failures online were the lessons they taught me. …
The first time I came to Ajegunle was to visit my uncle. On arrival, I was instantly reminded of how dangerous the place was when my uncle said:
“Kema, do you have any money in your pocket?”
“Yes,” I replied.
“Remove the money from your pocket and put them inside your bag or hold them in your hands. ‘Pickpockets’ are all over this place.” he continued.
I did exactly as I was told, holding the entire money in my arms until we got home.
Pickpocketing is very common in Ajegunle.
My uncle had once told me of the experience he had while he was heading home from work. …