Introducing: BlackDistrikt 2013 Collection!

BlackDistrikt , a streetwear brand based on design, simplicity and attention to details released their 2013 collection today. The designs include the 3-colour combo, cheetah print trend, typo tee and paint drip. Here are a few photos of models rocking the tees. Dope stuff! I’m definitely coping these. You should too!


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Celebrating the Game-Changers…

Africa’s prestigious business awards, presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards (AABLA) has announced the regional West African finalists for this year’s Awards.
                     
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards, acknowledges the true game-changers in the field of business on the African Continent and countries chosen for this year’s regional ceremonies including Nigeria (West Africa), Rwanda (East Africa) and South Africa.
To be hosted by The Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, the West African round will take place on August 28th with a special post-event CNBC Africa broadcast on September 5th. The winners from each region will automatically become finalists in the grand finale to be hosted in the city of Durban, South Africa, later this year.
Now in its second year, presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards track the achievements of dynamic individuals as the continent itself begins to take its place at the world economic table.
Says Oscar N. Onyema, CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and one of the judges for the West African regional finals: “When CNBC Africa approached me to serve on the panel of judges for the selection of various business leaders in West Africa for the prestigious Awards, I saw it as an opportunity to help project the core values of these individuals to the pan African stage.”
“Going through the rigorous selection process has reinforced my belief that there is no shortcut to durable success and the work ethic, professionalism and business dynamism that this year’s winners have exhibited is very inspiring.  I commend the AABLA’s, presented by johnnie Walker Blue Label, for the diligence they put into the selection process, making it very credible”.
 
The finalist’s for each category in West Africa are:
 
Business Leader of the Year
·         Jean-Louis Ekra – President and Chairman, African Export-Import Bank
·         Segun Agbaje – Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank PLC
·         Andrew Alli – Africa Finance Corporation President and CEO
Business Woman of the Year 2013
·         Arunma Oteh – Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria
·         Biola Adekanbi-Alabi – Managing Director, M-Net Africa Managing Director
·         Sola David-Borha – Chief Executive: Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC
Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
·         Fabrice Sawegnon – Voodoo Group, CEO
·         Tayo Oviosu – Paga Founder, CEO
·         Sim Shagaya – Konga.com Founder, CEO
Young Business Leader of the Year 2013
·         Obinna Ralph Ekezie – Wakanow.com Limited, Founder and Managing Director
·         Jason Njoku – iROKO Partners, CEO and Co-Founder
“Johnnie Walker Blue Label presenting the All Africa Business Leader Awards is a great opportunity to recognise leaders from throughout the continent. This gives the finalists an opportunity to be showcased on a platform like CNBC Africa and also be recognised globally,” says Yunus Suleman, Chairman of KPMG and of the AABLA Judging panel.
For more information, go to http://www.aabla2013.com/ 

Artmosphere August, 2013 Edition: FRESH STYLES

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The quintessential literature and performance monthly parley, Artmosphere, is out with its August edition. The event curated by WriteHouse Collective, a leading social and creative enterprise is poised to improve the reading culture of the country by creating an enjoyable ambience for literature and sundry creative discourse.

This edition of Artmosphere, tagged “Fresh Styles” is an exploration of the works of relatively new voices and those who have deliberately chosen news styles to communicate to their audience. It will also feature a discourse on the challenges facing the creative industry in Nigeria. In the spirit of the theme, the event will be a deviation from the norm as we will be hosting three authors from different generations to not only share their works but also discuss what informed their literary development as writers.

Fresh Styles will play host to prolific writer, film critic and AMAA Awards Judge, Hyginus Ekwauzi– an author who has delved into the deep waters of poetry, prose, theatre and film exploring the complex exchanges of each genre. We will gain from his wealth of experience concerning the challenges of literature.  The event will also host Reward Nsirim, blogger, public health expert and author of the new collection of satiric short stories, “Fresh Air”. Su’eddie Agema, a poet and beacon of the arts and reading culture campaigns emerging from the north of Nigeria will also be at the event.

The anchors of the event will also be considering issues of the Nigerian narrative and how streamlined narrative styles and themes may have improved or strangled the followership of literature. Are creative writing schools and workshops important? Do they sieve the shaft of a writer’s skill, or merely make him a mirror of some other writer? Can our books be as “down to earth” as our films without losing its message, its strength and its market value?

The 8th edition of Artmosphere, Fresh Styles, has been made possible by literary and intellectual friends who are drawn to the bright prospects of a more enlightened, and prosperous society. Organizations like sankofa, iBridge Hub and IReadHope will also be on ground to provide the event with logistic support.

The August edition of Artmosphere tagged “Fresh Styles” will hold on Saturday, August 17, 2013

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan

Time: 3pm-6pm

Guests:

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NB: I have been ‘uber-busy’. There are so many things I plan to do on here but other stuff have taken preference nowadays.  I have even been debating on whether its time to wrap up this blog…This is my attempt at an apology lol. I’ll be back, I just don’t know when.

Artmosphere June, 2013 Edition: City Life

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Artmosphere, a leading literary, arts and performance parley curated by WriteHouse Collective has consistently provided the needed ambience for literary, creative and intellectual empowerment in Nigeria.

This edition of Artmosphere, tagged “City Life” x-rays creative narratives that border on life and living in the cities. The city is not the comfort zone for a lot of people; however people struggle every day to make their city spaces a new home. Some associations of native ideals are formed but are tested by capital, commerce and interest. With the stories of our authors as materials for questioning, a wide range of ideas like rural-urban migration, urban culture as opposed to indigenous culture, infrastructure, environmental reactions to changes, and others, will crop up at the event.

The experiences of Africans in diaspora who are thriving in the global cities of the world with the attendant shocks of self-imposed exile will also be considered.

Eghosa Imasuen, author of the highly acclaimed novel, Fine Boys and Unoma Azuah, literary scholar, novelist and winner of the Ama Ata Aidoo Prize, will be reading from their works at the event. Skilled modern poets, Tosin Gbogi and Tolu Oloruntoba, will read from their poetry collections and also engage the audience on the themed discourse.

This 6th edition of Artmosphere marks two years of providing quality service in creativity and culture through the monthly arts parley.  For the parent social enterprise, WriteHouse, it is a celebration and a challenge to do more for those who look up to us for creative direction. WriteHouse Collective will be launching its online literary, culture and politics magazine, Sakonfa at the event.

The weekly magazine will provide the growing Nigerian reader a vista of interesting short stories, enduring poetry works, book, film and travel reviews. It will also regard the impetus of critical views on governance in the country through its guest column.  Submissions for political essays, creative works, photography and reviews should be sent to:  submissions@sakonfa.com.ng.

Artmosphere is organised by WriteHouse Collective, a creative enterprise, culture and arts firm and supported by Ibridge Hub, a place for people with great ideas to meet, learn and work. This edition is also supported by literary friends across the country.

The June edition of Artmosphere tagged “City Life” will hold by 3pm on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta road, Alalubosa GRA Extension, Ibadan.

GUESTS:

Eghosa Imaseun

Eghosa Imasuen is a writer and medical doctor who was born in Ibadan but currently lives in Benin with his wife and twin sons. The prolific writer is versed in stories that are realistic and profound. He is the author of  To Saint Patrick, an alternate historical narrative (Novel) about the cause and events that may or may not have conspired towards the Nigerian civil war. He latest offering, Fine Boys, is a story of challenging university life and of real modern city existences.

Eghosa has contributed short stories to many international online platforms, like blackbiro.com and thenewgong.com. He has also posited strongly on socio-political issues at the recent TedX-Ife, a platform meant to inspire solutions to problems in immediate and global communities.

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Unoma Azuah is an editor, literary scholar and writer.  She is a literary colossus with awards such as the Hellman/Hammett award, the Urban Spectrum award, the Leonard Trawick award and the Association of Nigerian Authors/NDDC Flora Nwapa award for her debut novel Sky-high Flames. Her most recent award, The Ama Ata Aidoo Prize, was for Edible Bones, a novel purposefully set on the travails of immigrants in the diaspora.

One of Unoma’s projects has been to explore the political disillusionment suffered by Africans due to corrupt government and their subsequent urge to migrate to the west even when they face alienation and homesickness. These themes are the focus of a poetry anthology called “On Broken Wings,” which she recently edited. Some of her affiliations include the International Resource Network (IRN Africa), a research and network group that focus on sexuality issues in Africa of which she is a board member; co-editor: Sentinel Annual Literature Anthology; co-editor “Outliers” a creative writing and scholarly journal about sexual minority issues in Africa; and Poetry editor of Sentinelnigeria.org. She is also the faculty sponsor of the Delta Sigma Tau: English Honours Society at Lane College

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Tosin Gbogi is the author of the volume of poetry—the tongues of a shattered s-k-y (2012).  He will read from this and two forthcoming volumes: “Where Do Secrets Go When They Die?” and “The Emperor Has Spoken and Other Poems”. A former Arts Editor with Kraft Books, Ibadan, Tosin is of the Department of English Studies, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Tolu Oloruntoba is a physician and poet, and the publisher of Klorofyl Magazine. He is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Graffiti Paradise.

Life is a journey…where the hell are you going?

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Do you remember?

You had dreams

You wanted to go places

You wanted to do stuff

And there was more…

You were creative

You explored

You even had a business

So what happened?

You met ‘reality’

You were not good enough

They made fun of your dreams

Study hard = get a job

You grew up

Got a job

Paid the bills

Watched ‘reality’ on TV…

Is this really what you want?

Running even faster

Feeling more pressure

Exhausted?

Let’s fast forward…

Top three regrets of the dying…

I did not spend enough time with the people I love

I did not do work that I really enjoy

I did not make a difference

Hmmm…

Nothing about money, iPad, or watching TV…

Seriously, life is too short

Baga Village 2013

Baga Massacre

Nassarawa Cult killings 2013

Nassarawa Cult killings

Woolwich 2013

Woolwich murder suspect

It’s not too late (if you’re reading this)

Ask yourself these three questions…

What do I really enjoy doing?

Who do I want to be around?

How can I make a difference?

Did you answer the questions?

Really?

Write down the answers

Done?

Now go do it!

One more thing…

So what are you willing to do?

Life is a journey

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Tainsville’s Spotlights: Interview with Tiketmobile’s C.E.O, Celestine Eze-okoye

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Hello, Good people of the interwebs. A while ago, We put up a post about Tiketmobile, You can read it here. Today, We would be sharing an exclusive interview with Tiketmobile’s cofounder Celestine Ezeokoye. We have been siting on this interview for a while and it has been haunting our dreams. We do hope that someone gets inspired to do their own thing after reading this; which is the direction that this blog has been tilting in recent times, promoting the entrepreneurial mind.

Tiketmobile makes it easy and convenient for you to find information about bus tickets, buy the tickets and use it across major inter-state bus routes in Nigeria.

We caught up with Tiketmobile’s CEO at Co-creation hub.

Q&A with Celestine Ezeokoye, C.E.O., Tiketmobile

Tainsville: Kindly introduce yourself…

Celestine: My name is Celestine Ezeokoye. I am the co-founder of Tiketmobile. I currently act as the CEO.

Tainsvile: what does Tiketmobile do?

Celestine: Tiketmobile lets people conveniently buy bus tickets on their mobile phone. The key word is “conveniently”.

Tainsville: How did the idea come to life? Who came up with it/what inspired its founding?

Celestine: My co-founder (Constance Okoghenun)  had an idea of ticketing for events, then we did a little drift when my brother was going for his NYSC and he had to go and find out the price of the bus a day before he had to travel. So we turned it around from events ticketing to bus ticketing.

Tainsville: How are you going about it? Are you in collaboration with anybody? 

Celestine: The bus companies are listed on it. If you want to travel, you find where you’re going and you pay with your atm card. We are ultimately going to get other companies and other modes of payment, but right now, you pay with your ATM card.

When you buy a ticket you’re actually booking. That’s basically what you do. When you buy your ticket, you book a space. That’s what it is.

Tainsville: Bus or taxi?

Celestine: Inter-state bus. Long distance bus. Lagos to Abuja, Lagos to benin. Those kind of buses.

Tainsville: All those ‘ekeledilichukwu’ kind of buses *laughs*

Celestine: *laughs* Yeah. All those kind of buses.

Tainsville: On payment, when the user pays, who is the money going to? the bus guys? How do you remit the money?

Celestine: The bus companies get their money. I wouldn’t want to go into details of how we do it. But when the user pays, the bus company gets their money and a notice is sent to them that you’re ready to book.

Tainsville: Is there any form of evidence?

Celestine: They user gets an sms and a ticket record. The bus company gets an sms and an email of the ticket record. when you go to board your bus, you just  provide the ticket record or sms.

Tainsville: How many users do you have currently?

Celestine: Errrm…we can’t give out our statistics now. We can’t give our records now

Tainsville: Okay. I understand

Tainsville: What have been your challenges so far?

Celestine: *pause* *chuckles*  ermm if I say things that are very technical it won’t make any sense to everyone.

Tainsville: LOL. I would try and tailor it in layman’s terms

Celestine: The biggest challenge in building the platform is payment, but there are other things. You need relationships. You need partnerships and relationships to make this kind of things work. if you don’t have relationships, you could stay in your house and build an awesome ticketing platform and then you lose in the long run.

You put it out and it doesn’t make sense to anybody. The people who should use it don’t see any value in it. So there are relationships that would let you even see the kind of values you need to put in what you’re doing and there are relationships that would actually help you translate those values  to what people would want to use on a regular basis.

One of the best places to get those kind of relationships is to be in a community, that’s what cc-hub brings. So most of the challenges we have were solved my just joining a community, by joining co-creation hub. Co-creation hub brings in business incubation, business support and then opens you up, creates a perfect platform for you to build those kind of relationships you need.

There’s nobody  that can do this kind of thing on their own. If you want to build something that would be useful to people , go out. Interact, join communities, join Cc-hub basically…and your life would never remain the same

Tainsville: Hahahaha..

Celestine: I’m selling them(CC-Hub) yeah?

Tainsville: Exactly

Celestine: But that’s it. Basically, if you need to go ahead… there’s nobody that can do it alone…you cant stand alone.

Tainsville: Who are the people currently supporting Tiketmobile?

Celestine: Co-creation hub, Tony Elumelu foundation, Nokia, Microsoft…errm…those are co-operate organisations. Individuals…Ade Atobatele, Chuka…there are so many people, so many people. If I was at home doing this, I wouldn’t have so many people supporting me.

Tainsville: What’s the future for Tiketmobile?

Celestine: Tiketmobile is going to be an household name the way Facebook is. The way Google is. It’s just going to be a household name, that’s the future.  It’s inevitable…with the help of God.

Tainsville: If there’s any other thing, I’ll get back to you. Thank you.

Celestine: You’re welcome.

Thanks for joining us Celestine! To our readers, check out Tiketmobile.com. Don’t forget to spread the word!!!

Artmosphere May, 2013 Edition: Growing Up

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The fifth edition of ARTMOSPHERE, your favourite Music, Literature and Arts parley opens with a deliberate attempt to discuss African identity and realistic approach to progress in Africa. There will also be a detailed predisposition, and juxtapositions to personal and continental experiences of growing up.

WriteHouse Collective will be using this edition of Artmosphere to question evolving and modern African values with consideration to ethics, technological use and education. The foregrounded and fundamental question will be “What are the values and ideals that define our cosmos and what do we do with them in a fast multicultural and constantly changing cross-idealistic world?

Award-winning poet and literary scholar, Peter Akinlabi and novelist Omotunde Omole will read from their latest works and also deliver insightful perspectives and experiences relevant to the central theme. Peter Akinlabi was the very first winner of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October, 2009). This will be followed by panel discussions as well as presentations from traditionally unpublished and emerging voices in Nigerian literature like Yeku James, Biodun Bello and Opeyemi Adeola. There will be music performances to spice the rhythm and jibes of poetry, stories and experiences.

Artmosphere is organized by WriteHouse Collective, a creative enterprise, culture and arts firm and supported by Ibridge Hub, a place for people with great ideas to meet, learn and work. This edition is also supported by literary friends across the country.

The May edition of Artmosphere tagged “Growing Up” will hold from 3pm-6pm on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Venue: NuStreams Conference Centre, KM 110 Abeokuta Road, off Alalubosa G.R.A., Ibadan.

Guest Performers:

Peter Akinlabi lives and works in Ilorin. He obtained a Bachelor degree in English from University of Ibadan, Ibadan and Masters in English and Literary studies from University of Ilorin. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Sentinel Quarterly, Lit.Mag. of Nigerianstalk.org and Sentinel Nigeria. He was shortlisted for first African Poetry Prize of University of Brunel, UK, and is the winner of Sentinel Quarterly Poetry Competition in 2009.

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Biodun Bello was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Ibadan and later a Master’s degree in Performance Studies at the Institute of African Studies of the same University. He has had diverse work exposures and experiences, having had stints with a private media and sports marketing firm in Lagos as an operations assistant, and later as a liaison officer to a youth and family NGO in Ibadan, and later as instructor at a British school in his country’s Federal Capital where he taught History, Science and later English, subsequently rising to the position of Head of the School’s Literacy Department and then Coordinator of the School’s Literacy Development Programme. A poet and songwriter, Biodun emerged the overall winner of the annual Okigbo Poetry Competition in 2005 at the University of Ibadan, and winning prizes as runner-up at different other times.

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Yeku James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from the University of Ibadan. He is the curator of the online group, MUSE ON FIRE, where he coordinates, criticizes and publishes literary discourses. He served as Literacy Instructor in the Literacy Unit of Tender Years School (British), Abuja, where he was also Coordinator for the Reading Club, as well as a Curriculum Developer. His poetry has been widely published in different media. Yeku is the Author of Comprehensive Grammar (in press). He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan.

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Opeyemi Adeola is a final year student of English Language at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a lover of the Arts and a worshipper of books. Writing comes to her when painting fails to tell the numerous stories in her head.  She was recently assigned the role of a relationship manager at WriteHouse Collective.

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Her passion for ‘women’s rights’ inspires most of her works; her writings have appeared on various online platforms.

If you’re in Ibadan this weekend and/or you haven’t decided on your weekend activity…wouldn’t you rather be with ‘literary heads’?