Boystoner: Supercharged in new trap single Binu

Fast-rising young Nigerian singer Boystoner, real name Moyo Falola, adds one more stunning trap single to his recording portfolio today, June 9.

In the new trap single Binu, featuring Trippy D, Boystoner is supercharged and traps on high energy.

He kicks it off with a metaphoric line woven around ‘mari j’. Then progresses on with the finesse and the characteristic vulgarity of a perfect trap song. Somewhere in between he says:

Ta lo sope won le ri mi mu?
Say, mo ti binu o o.

These are mostly Yoruba words and the whole statement translates in English to:

Who says they can catch me?
Say, I am vexed oh oh.

Trippy D takes over from Boystoner after the first verse and chorus to level up the energy of the song and infuse some hardcore trap rap. His use of the trap lingo ‘bando’ adds a lot of credibility to the trap.

Bando is an American-English slang for an abandoned house in the ghetto. It is also called a ‘traphouse’.

You can follow Boystoner on Twitter and Instagram with the handle @Boystoner_music for more updates.

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What men look for in a woman

Over time, there has been the believe that all men are just looking for a woman who has nice and long legs, long hair and a beautiful body, without considering other things. But that is not entirely true. Men respond to other things.

As men become more mature, what they look for in a woman, although varies among different kinds of men, becomes a bit similar. Some of these include:

Good character

Nothing is worse and more unattractive than a beautiful woman with an unappealing character. Being beautiful has a whole lot more to do with a woman’s personality and who she is.

Sometimes one would notice a very pretty girl who stays single and any man who comes around her runs away like she is a plague.

Men want a woman who has a good character, a woman they can trust to respect them outside or inside the home. Character is always what most men tend to look out for in a woman. A woman who does not have to pretend to be good, but who is actually a good person and easy to live and laugh with.

Not materialistic

Obviously, a man would want a woman he can spoil with his money, if he has the resources and feels she deserve it. But a man would find it unappealing when a woman feels that all a man is useful for is treating her to luxury restaurants and she starts throwing tantrums when he does not do so.

No man looks for a woman who is only good to him when the times are good and who becomes a monster the moment she realises he is having a bad time.

Affectionate

Men like physical contact, while women like what they hear mostly. Men are naturally drawn to touch. A woman who is affectionate to a man is more welcoming to him.

A man wants to be kissed randomly by a woman, or hugged, or be asked about his day at work. It makes him feel wanted and naturally men are drawn to that. A man would look for an affectionate woman most times. Nobody is attracted to a robot.

Intelligent

An intelligent woman will always be attractive to man. Men like women who can hold a good and engaging conversation.

Intelligence in this sense does not necessarily mean a woman with an infinite IQ, but at least a woman who would know a few things about the world and what is going on around her.

Life is difficult atimes and a man would like a woman who can at least add an input to one or two challenges. No man likes a woman who only knows about the latest handbags and shoes in town. Men like women who would ask them questions that motivate them to think and drive them to be better and more successful than they already are.

Playful and exciting

Men like women who are not boring, women who are lively and can make them feel young again. Men are playful in nature and would like a woman who plays.

A man would like a woman who watches sports with him and plays wrestle mania with him. A woman who is sure to make him laugh.

Once a woman can connect with a man actively through playfulness, she becomes his favourite. Most men are bound to like that.

Emotionally mature

In every relationship between a man and a woman, there is bound to be misunderstandings, because people always respond to things differently.

A woman should have the maturity to process things in a civilized manner and not blame the man unjustly for the way she feels at any time.

A man looks for a woman who is mature and is able to express her feelings in a straight forward manner which would help her understand his flaw and win his respect in the long run. No man likes drama. So, a man would rather choose a woman who would not provide him with drama every day.

Supportive

Yes, most men want to be breadwinners, but women have support roles to play and this is often neglected by most women.

A man wants that cushion that can push him back or break his fall if ever he falls. A man wants a woman who would support him in the choices he makes in life, either when starting a new business or taking a big business risk. He wants a woman who would support and believe in him.

Supporting him can come in as little as telling him he can do it and listening to him when he rants about his day. A man would always be drawn to a woman who would support his dreams and make him better.

In conclusion, in as much as all these may not be prefered by all men as per what they look for in a woman, most men would pick one or more of these traits when looking for their ideal woman.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Anyway, thank you for reading. If you have any comment to share, I will be happy to hear from you.

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Now you have created a business, what next?

As a new entrepreneur who just launched a new business and operated it for a while, you soon get to the point where you start asking yourself, ‘What next?’

I can bet that if you go into entrepreneurship thinking it ends after you create a business, you will be disappointed. The entrepreneurship journey is an unending one.

One of the things I learnt from all my years at business school and work is that the process of building a business is a continuous one. Of which, this is often necessitated by the fact that businesses need to adapt to changes in their environment on an ongoing basis. So creating a business is never the end of the road.

Most successful businesses you see around today started small. If you look closely at each one, you will realise that what got them so far and big can just be coined in one simple word: improvement.

Dearest entrepreneur, what is next is improvement

The art of improvement has to do with making incremental development, making step-by-step transformations towards a state of better quality. As Ron Caroll, a business systems coach, puts it in his blog post12 principles of business improvement‘, ‘Improvement activities focus on providing the customer the best value by removing waste from the organization—defects, delay, and the resulting higher costs.’

Once you are done creating a business, my best advice for you is to start queueing up necessary improvement tasks. The best way to go about this is to start with tasks having the highest priority and significance to the immediate business concern. If you have little capital for your business, it would be better you also start with tasks that require less cost as well.

For example, you are a new entrepreneur who just created a food delivery business. From your little capital, you have managed to get a office space, a laptop, a desktop printer, a few pieces of office furniture, a power generating set and two delivery bikes. You have also employed an office assistant to assist with paperwork and office front desk. Your food delivery operations already started out four weeks ago, customers have been calling in gradually and revenue is beginning to stream in.

So, what next? Improvements of course. In this case, you could start with less costly, customer-facing aspects of your business, things like your business logo (and your business name, if your current business name does not fit your type of business well). You could seek expert advice or read blog articles about this, if you know only little about graphic design and business naming, to make sure you get this right once and for all and not end up wasting time, money and efforts.

Then, you could move on to your website. If you already have a website, you should improve your website SEO to ensure that people can easily find your business on the internet when they search. If you do not have one, you need to get one as quick as possible to enable your business to fully tap into the digital economy.

Now, your business logo and business name have been improved to top quality, and your website is also looking more compelling and responsive. You can now think of improving your marketing strategy. All your previous marketing efforts may have been traditional, outdated and non-interactive. This is the right time to improve your marketing strategy. It is time to seek out modern marketing strategies, to go digital. Go after your customers via social media, email, mobile phone. Offer new and existing customers a gift to take an action that is very likely to translate to more sales and revenue for your business in the long run. Develop products and services that satisfies and delights them.

Then you can go on at that pace into other important aspects of your business. Improve everything from staff capability, to product and service quality, overhead costs, etc.

After completing this improvement cycle, you should evaluate how all aspects are doing since improvement was made. If you ever find any aspect lacking again you should start another improvement cycle to fix it. There is no limit to improvement. When changes occur in the environment, remember you have to make improvements to your business too.

The advice I have laid in this example is tailored to the case I illustrated in it. If you are in a different kind of business or have large capital, the priorities and concerns may vary and the costs may not be a very significant constraint for decision making.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I would be happy to hear from you if you would like to share some remarks.



The alchemy of business: A recipe for cooking up good business

The task of building a business is the task of building the component systems of a business: the people, machines, processes.

Most people think that by going to business school and having adequate money they already have all it takes to build a good business. But after graduating from business school and investing lots of money in a new venture, they find out that they still lack what it really takes to make good business.

The problem is that there are no formulas for building a good business as most business education institutions often teach in their curriculum. There is just one recipe for cooking up a good business.

Do what businesses actually do and invent a better way to do it: Create and deliver value

The curriculum in many old business schools heavily concentrates on management education and blurs the line between business and management practice so much that both practices appear as the same. There is no dispute on how important management is for business, but it is not related to business in any way.

Businesses create and deliver value to paying customers, Josh Kaufman explains in his book The Personal MBA. In the same book, Kaufman noted that, ‘Management was thought of mostly as an exercise in getting people to work faster and do exactly what they’re told.’ While management skills are useful in business practice, it cannot replace business skills.

The most essential ingredients for cooking up a good business are business skills. Management skills inevitably fall within the set. But with management skills and no business skills, it is very possible to lead a business to wrong objectives.

Business skills are those vital capabilities that you will need to create a business that does what businesses actually do.

One of the flaws of business education, as Kaufman points out in the Personal MBA, is that, ‘Most business books (and business schools) assume that the student already knows what businesses are, what they do and how they work – as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.’

Kaufman annotates five processes that define a good business. He says a business is a repeatable process that:

1. Creates something of value…
2. That other people want or need…
3. At a price they’re willing to pay…
4. In a way that satisfies the customer’s needs and expectations…
5. So that the business brings in enough profit to make it worthwhile for the owners to continue.

And each one of these processes represents a unique and significant part of a good business, ‘each of which flows into the next’, as Kaufman explains:

‘1. Value Creation. Discovering what people need or want, then creating it.
2. Marketing. Attracting attention and building demand for what you’ve created.
3. Sales. Turning prospective customers into paying customers.
4. Value Delivery. Giving your customers what you’ve promised and ensuring that they’re satisfied.
5. Finance. Bringing in enough money to keep going and make your effort worthwhile.’

Take away any one of these five parts and you will never have a business. Kaufman sees these five parts as interdependent processes, of which without any one of them, ‘You don’t have a business – you have something else.’

‘A venture that doesn’t create value for others is a hobby. A venture that doesn’t attract attention is a flop. A venture that doesn’t sell the value it creates is a nonprofit. A venture that doesn’t deliver what it promises is a scam. A venture that doesn’t bring in enough money to keep operating will inevitably close,’ he writes.

To build a good business, an entrepreneur must have reasonable knowledge of these five interdependent parts of a typical business and understand how they work. Every business is made up of these five unique parts. The better you are able to define and manage these five parts of your business, the more likely it is that what you are building will turn out a good business.

*First published on www.ahmedhassan.com.ng

Next Nigerian president: Who will you endorse?

By this time in 2019 and 2023, Nigeria will be on the heat of election business as usual.

In 2019, either Buhari or Osinbajo will be holding office while several other political parties will be parading their candidates for the race for presidency and Nigerians will have to decide who to elect. By 2023, Buhari and/or Osinbajo will be leaving the race to whoever wins the race for the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) presidential ticket. As usual, all these candidates will enter the race through their respective political party platform where only the few Nigerians who belong to their respective political parties will endorse their candidacy and vote for them to run for presidency.

But who will common, non-politically affiliated Nigerians endorse as next Nigerian president?

We have launched a poll on Twitter so that you can vote. Without any bias, whether political, religious or ethnic, we are wondering who common, non-politically affiliated Nigerians will endorse as next Nigerian president among these few popular social and political leaders:

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet. Between 1952 and 1954, he studied English literature, Greek and Western history at the University College, Ibadan, where he and six other students of the university at that time founded the Pyrates Confraternity, an anti-corruption, justice-seeking student organisation and the first confraternity in Nigeria.

Wole Soyinka has openly criticised successive Nigerian governments, especially the country’s many military dictators. As a result, he has been imprisoned several times by former Nigerian military dictators. He also took an active role in Nigeria’s struggle for independence from Great Britain.

Ayodele Fayose

Ayodele Fayose became the second executive governor of Ekiti on 29 May 2003 but he could not complete his tenure as a result of an impeachment on 16 October 2006.

In 2014, Ayodele Fayose won the governorship election in Ekiti on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

On June 20, 2014, an army intelligence officer Captain Sagir Koli secretly recorded a vote-rigging plan at a meeting that Fayose attended prior to the governorship election he eventually won in 2014.

Babatunde Fashola

Babatunde Fashola is a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He became the 13th governor of Lagos on May 29, 2007, and remained in office till May 20, 2015. He is currently the Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

Babatunde Fashola studied Law at the University of Benin and graduated in 1987.

Under his leadership as governor, the project to transform Lagos into a mega city was accelerated.

Fashola is popularly known for his integrity. But in January 2010, the Lagos State House of Assembly launched an investigation into possible mishandling of tax payers’ money by Fashola, mainly on the mega city project. The accusations range from importing of palm trees from Niger to a rainforest state, to improper use of contract money involving one of Lagos State’s contractors. The probe was shutdown and never completed in the end though.

Oluremi Sonaiya

Oluremi Sonaiya was the only female presidential candidate in the 2015 election. She is an educationist, politician and writer. She contested the 2015 election on the platform of KOWA party, a party that evangelises policies of inclusion and equality.

In 2004, Oluremi Sonaiya became Professor of French Language and Applied Linguistics at Obafemi Awolowo University. In 2010, she retired from her position at Obafemi Awolowo University and became politically active, joining the KOWA party. She is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation where she was also appointed Ambassador Scientist from 2008 to 2014.

At the 2015 election, Oluremi Sonaiya received 13,076 votes and ended in 12th place.

Who will you endorse?

Cast your vote for who you will endorse in our ongoing Twitter vote. Click here to vote now.

Boystoner: Heats up love on new trap single My Side

In the new trap song My Side, the young Nigerian singer Boystoner and singer/producer Jesse Alordiah get creative expressing love.

The song majorly features the voice of Boystoner, while Jesse Alordiah’s voice appears briefly in the hook of the first and second chorus.

The entire stretch of the 3-minute, 20-second song intensely talks about love for an anonymous lady. The lyrics of the chorus reads:

‘Be by my side
Baby, be by my side
Be by my side
You could be by my side
Wherever we go
You could be by my side
Iwo ni mofe
You could be by my side’

These lyrics are quite provocative and reassuring.

I made a friend listen to the song and rate how enjoyable it feels on a scale of 1-10. It was rated 8.

The song was released yesterday, February 14, 2017. It has been placed online for free download and listening on sites like NotJustOk, VLinkRadio and SoundCloud.

On NotJustOk alone, the song currently has 325 downloads.

Boystoner’s real name is Moyo Falola and he is going to be 19 in a few months.

You can follow Boystoner on Twitter and Instagram with the handle @Boystoner_Music for more updates.

Download from NotJustOk and listen now. Click here to download.

Download from VLinkRadio and listen now. Click here to download.

Listen on SoundCloud now. Click here to listen.

FG’s ₦5,000 stipend to the poor: What you need to know



The Federal Government of Nigeria as part of efforts to cushion the effects of poverty in the country has started the payment of N5,000 monthly stipend to the poorest and most vulnerable through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of its Social Investment Programmes (SIP).

According to a statement by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, one million Nigerians would receive N5,000 monthly payments as a form of social safety net for the poorest and most vulnerable as budgeted for in the 2016 Budget.

‘In the first batch that commenced last week, nine states would be covered, and many of the beneficiaries have already reported receiving their first payments by Friday last week, December 30, 2016,’ Akande said.

Akande also revealed that funds for the commencement of the payments in four states were released last week to the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) – the platform that hosts and validates payments for all government’s social intervention programmes, and that funds for another set of five states to complete the first batch of nine states would follow soon.

Pilot states for the program

Beneficiaries in Borno, Kwara and Bauchi States have reportedly started receiving the money. The other states in the first batch to commence the CCT payments are Cross Rivers, Niger, Kogi, Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti States.

According to the Federal Government, nine pilot states were chosen because they have an existing social register that successfully identified the most vulnerable and poorest Nigerians through a tried and tested community based targeting (CBT) method working with the World Bank.

There are however indications that other states have already begun developing their Social Registers and would be included in subsequent phases of the CCT implementation.

How the beneficiaries will be determined

Beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer of the Federal Government would be mined from the social register, initially developed by 8 States through a direct engagement with the World Bank. Those states are featured in the first batch, with the added inclusion of Borno States where a validated list of IDPS were compiled in addition to the social register which is expected to go round the country.

Working with the World Bank, the CBT process has now been adopted for developing the social register in the other states around the country, for transparency, objectivity and credibility in the selection of the poorest and most vulnerable beneficiaries for the programme.

The federal government said it will commence community mobilization for the creation of the register in more states soon, to expand the scope and reach of the CCT across the country.

Sequence of payment to other states

According to the Federal Government, Plateau, Jigawa, Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Enugu, Katsina and Taraba States have so far complied with the stipulated framework provided, and are set for the community based targeting method for the development of their social register within their jurisdictions.

These states are to be followed by Delta, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Imo and Ogun. Once the community mobilization, identification and selection processes are completed, the information collected from the poorest households would be entered into the social register in the states and the national register at NIBSS, after which the cash transfers would be disbursed to the beneficiaries.

How the funds will be disbursed 

All the funds approved for the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP), are domiciled with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning. In addition, the payment information and processes for all beneficiaries of the federal government’s SIP are hosted at NIBSS, as the Consolidated Beneficiary Register, to ensure and fortify efforts at authentication and verification, as well as for effective and efficient programme management.

Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation: A renaissance of African American history

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Through the movie The Birth of a Nation, American actor, director, producer, writer and musical performer Nate Parker is reviving and reinforcing African American history.

The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 American history film that tells the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved African American who led a slave rebellion in Southhampton County, Virginia, in 1831.

In the movie, Nat Turner, as a child, is taught to read so he can study the bible and preach its gospel to fellow slaves. Later, Turner begins to see the scope of slavery and decides to become a different kind of leader.

Nate Parker stars as Nat Turner, with Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union and others. Parker is co-writer, co-producer and director of the film.

On January 25, 2016, the movie premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It also ended up with the largest deal at the film festival (and the largest deal to date), after Fox Searchlight Pictures bought worldwide rights of the film for $17.5 million.

It is surprising that the movie has the same title with D.W. Griffith’s 1915 Ku Klux Klan (KKK) propaganda film. Although, Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (also known as The Clansman) is a silent movie, unlike Parker’s. And Griffith’s film sought to solidify white supremacy, while Parker’s film celebrates and reinforces black triumph and freedom.

Parker’s The Birth of a Nation released by Fox Searchlight Pictures in the United States on October 7, 2016.

How to break word to win more followers and customers online

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Starting relationships or closing sales online is not so different than it is in real life. Nobody wants to connect with you or buy your product for no reason.

I am being too straightforward. It is very clear I am. But this is true.

And that is it. You cannot break word (or communicate) to win more followers and customers anywhere without these basic reasons:

Meaning

Meaning is the first thing that people consider in everything they do. As Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist, puts it, ‘Man is a rational animal.’ This means that people would always exercise reason and judgement in all their affairs. And they would do this is by associating meaning to whatever it is they are dealing with.

So, when trying to win audience and customers, make sure you pay good attention to meaning throughout the entire process.

Clarity

For the human mind to receive and understand any message or situation well, it must be clear. Clarity is very important because human behaviour largely depends on what the mind receives and understands.

You should make your message or proposition clear enough when trying to win audience or customers.

Relevance

Audience and customers always show strong and positive behaviour towards things that match their interests or needs. Things will match their interests or needs when there is a reasonable degree of relevance in between. There is no way you would win over audience or customers without giving them something with some degree of relevance.

Like in the title of this post, the phrase ‘break word’ was borrowed from the colloquial style of English language used in the TV series Spartacus. This can make this post more attractive to readers who have seen Spartacus and find it very interesting.

Credibility

Trust plays a great role in influencing audience and customers. You cannot get audience to listen or customers to buy without trust. Geoffrey James, sales author/speaker and owner of the blog Sales Source, agrees that, ‘Customers don’t buy from people they don’t trust.’ Trust hinges on the level of credibility (or authenticity and achievements) that audience or customers see in you.

This is why more and more sales experts are starting to say that relationship building should go first before sales pitch.

*This post was originally published on Targetscript.

The Grid and Uniregistry want you to build website with ease

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Online business owners and content creators can now truly do without the dread of building websites and hiring website developers.

The Grid’s artificial intelligence (AI) website builder that released early this year removes that dread by automating all the technical aspect of building websites and letting users only do the content.

And last month (September), Uniregistry, ICANN-accredited domain name services company, announced its partnership with The Grid. Under a five-year agreement, Uniregistry will be the exclusive partner to provide users of The Grid with custom domain names, according to report.

Dan Tocchini, founder and CEO of The Grid, said that, ‘The Grid was conceived with the guiding principle that the internet is the best way for people to express themselves, and having a unique domain name is part of the identity.’

The Grid allows users to build a website in minutes from mobile or PC. No drag and drops in The Grid’s website design workflow, so one can smoothly build a website even on the go.

The Grid users who sign-up for Pro Membership will be able to get a free domain from Uniregistry.

There is no doubt, The Grid and Uniregistry want you to build website with ease.

In the months to come, Uniregistry will be making The Grid available to its users as well, allowing Uniregistry’s domain name customers to build websites for their domains as easily as they manage their domain names.

Click here to get your own The Grid website now at US$249.

*The image above is a screenshot of The Grid’s admin dashboard.