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To be violent, is human


It is time to talk about this. This social media hypocrisy. Ladies, are you really that holy? Ladies on social media love to claim the moral high ground. It almost seems as if women can do no wrong. We all know that is not the truth. I was engaged in a conversation where a lady said she would love to have a female only network. I responded based on a fact that most thirst traps get more likes...

6 ways to avoid distractions while working from home


Stay focused while you’re staying in with these top tips. You may have dreamed of working from home for ages, or you might love studio life so much that it’s never even occurred to you. Thanks to Covid-19, though, working from home is almost certainly your reality right now, and you might be having trouble adjusting. No matter whether you’re a junior designer or an art director...

My new laptop backpack


I love laptop bags. I can never have enough. I am constantly on the lookout for the ultimate laptop bag. I recently came across the Bange BG1908. It is an expandable travel backpack. I particularly like it for one reason. The front compartment is designed to accommodate all my accessories. Most laptop bags go for a slim profile, but professionals (like myself) tend to move around with a lot of...

Remote working


The traffic is Lagos currently raises a challenge for most employers and employees. Should companies adopt remote working? Can companies trust their employees to “work” remotely? In situations where employees choose to work remotely, do they have the resources to sustain the remote work? One advantage of working in the office is access to resources like power, internet connectivity et...

20 Online Courses That Will Make You More Successful in 2020


A decade ago, online courses were a rarity. Today, according to online education clearinghouse Class Central, 900 universities have launched 13,500 online courses, which have been taken by 110 million learners. It’s a bonanza out there. These days you can learn just about anything with a high-quality, low-cost online course.  But such bounty can be overwhelming...

Nigeria’s IT Problem – Process, not Automation


I have spent the past few days trying to renew my government issued identification document. A process that took way too long and was way too cumbersome. Since the document required was a re-issue, I had gone to the agency’s portal and filled out a renewal form. I made payment and was given a date to go complete my biometric data capture. On getting there, I was told I needed to create a...

How to automatically backup all MySQL databases on Windows with a batch file


It happens to every IT person. You lose a file and you wish you took a backup. It happened to me. I lost a MySQL database. After failing to recover the file from disk, I did the next best thing. I went to look for automated backup solutions to prevent it from happening again. I found this link: and it worked like a charm. Well, almost. I did not like the date format for the backup files. So, I...

Customer Service in Nigeria – Dead on Arrival


Customer service is the act of taking care of the customer’s needs by providing and delivering professional, helpful, high quality service and assistance before, during, and after the customer’s requirements are met. [Source] People who know me know that I am a stickler for good service. You can make the tastiest food, have the fanciest hotel, operate the cheapest service in your...

How the 50/20/30 Rule Can Help You Budget.


A monthly budget is one of those financial necessities that no one wants to think about, yet everyone should. But figuring out how to allocate your money can be tricky. The 50/20/30 rule breaks it down simply: 50 percent to necessities, 20 percent to financial goals, and 30 percent to lifestyle. How It WorksFirst, a quick PSA: If you don’t already have a monthly budget, time to start one...

The Price of Privacy


I use an application Carbon (formerly PayLater) to sort out some immediate cash requirements. I have been a customer for about 3 years. Recently, I had an urgent requirement and decided to use them again. I went through the usual protocol of filling in a loan amount and getting offers. I chose one and applied. Unexpectedly, I got a request to update my pension information on the app. That set off...


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