The Future Project Stories

  • 5+1 things to do to avoid losing your job

    From my experience over the years as a project manager with focus on employability, I have come to realize that a larger percentage of job seekers are so desperate to get a means of livelihood which has made several of them make wrong career choices. They lack the needed skills and interest to do the job satisfactorily and end up getting fired. Am I saying you should only get a job you have experience or interest in? Hell NO! but in order to remain relevant in whatever industry of your choice, aside from your degree, you must be ready to do the following: Ready to learn, unlearn and relearn; Futurist and philosopher Alvin Toffler once wrote: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” whether you are entering a new or familiar industry, you must be ready to unlearn some things you think you know and be ready to relearn- no one is an island of knowledge. Cooperate cultures are different; therefore, you must be able to learn how things work in the firm you find yourself so you will not be a clog on the firm’s wheel of progress. Be ready to ask for help: Your employer does not expect you to know all, therefore when you encounter challenges, don’t find it difficult to escalate issues to your seniors. Its better your employer is aware of your challenges instead of you keeping quiet and letting them assume that all is well. Do not be in a haste to impress your boss: Avoid unhealthy competition, you are not in a race with anyone, avoid the temptation to try to outshine your team members. Trust me no one can take your shine, as long as you are hardworking and passionate with what you do, you will be rewarded accordingly. Learn to match your skills with speed: it’s OK to be skilled, but in a fast pace society we are, you have to learn not to only be skillful in what you do but you must be able to match relevant skills with appropriate speed in delivering in all duties assigned to you. Your attitude means a lot: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference- Winston S. Churchill I can’t help but emphasize on the importance of attitude to work and life generally, it has a way of determining how long you will last on that job be cautious of the vibes and body language you emit to people around you, they are taking note and it can either stand against you or for you. Be ready to work as a team: “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments towards organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. don’t ever think you can do it alone, no one was born an island. learn to collaborate with your team members on all task because if a member of your team fails, then you have all failed. If you take heed to these tips; I bet, you’ll have a fantastic job experience. ————– Thanks for reading this far, please let know if you think there are other tips that works as well.
  • 4 ways to make the most of your startup Accelerator Program

    Getting into an accelerator program can change the growth trajectory of your startup. Although they’re often presented as educational environments, you’ll find most programs are largely self-directed. Here’s how to make the most of your accelerator: Engage Peers as Customers Why: The companies in your class are a great source of feedback for your early product and very often will become your first customers. Even if you’re focused on selling to large enterprises, your peers can connect you to target companies. How: Make friends with other founders at orientation, be outgoing and welcoming in the group sessions. Ask about their product and offer feedback. Be willing to test demos or even trial your classmates’ software, if you have a potential use case. It won’t be long before they ask if they can help you. Find your Mentors Why: Most programs will have 10+ partners, mentors, or advisors whom you can regularly access for help. Building good relationships with a few of them can result in more help, and more opportunities. How: Try to meet as many of the mentors as you can in the early part of the program — targeting those with relevant expertise. Schedule office hours to go over your startup’s current problems. You’re looking for the people who are both helpful and a good personality match with you (which won’t usually be everyone). Show Up Why: The program’s curriculum and guest speakers can help you avoid the most common early stage pitfalls, but you will not learn what to avoid, if you don’t attend the events. You also miss the chance to meet and potentially build valuable relationships with the speakers, many of whom could be your future investors. How: “Start strong with full attendance at orientation and early social events. Always attend the core sessions, which are usually every week or two”, said Jeffrey Okolo. Don’t be afraid to ask if optional sessions are right for you — the partners are there to answer your questions. Fundraise on Demo Day Why: Demo days drive a large amount of investor interest and healthy competition from investors. The average startup can expect ~30 meetings from a demo day. This huge fundraising head start is almost impossible to replicate on your own. How: Don’t spend all your time fundraising during the beginning weeks of the program, it’s a distraction and often fails when you have minimal traction. Instead, plan with your team and mentors in advance, so you’re demonstrating increasing strength in the run up to Demo Day. This is when most investors will want to meet. Accelerator programs are very short in comparison to the lifespan of your startup. Plan ahead and engage the resources offered to ensure your company gets the maximum benefit from the program. Demo day will come quickly; make sure you’re ready.
  • The Future Awards Africa launches Nigeria’s New Tribe campaign; Calls for Nominations

    The Future Awards Africa, Nigeria’s foremost Awards event, today announced its call for nomination of young Africans with outstanding achievements in 2017. Themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’, this year’s edition seeks to acknowledge inspiring young people making a difference through social enterprise, social good, and innovation. Beyond tribal lines, tunic differences and religious affiliations, they are united by the possibilities of their talent, commitment to hardwork and driven by achievement in impacting the economy, society and rewriting the African narrative. In the last twelve years, the Awards have been a catalyst towards building a new tribe of citizens who are bound by their potentials, relentless hard work and united by their soaring achievements. With the first franchise set to be unveiled in Ghana, the awards will find young Africans who understand that the future can only be shaped by ideas and secured by action that seeks to elevate and unify, placing The Future Awards Africa as the ultimate soapbox for their unconventional points of view. Understanding the true value of these innovators, the public can nominate unorthodox persons, community advocates, creators and pioneers from their communities between the ages of 18 – 31 in 21 categories ranging from social activism and business, to media and entertainment. Persons eligible for nomination must have made considerable impact within Nigeria and/or globally within the last year and must have easily accessible documentation of their achievements. The categories for the 2017 TFAA are: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Acting The Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion and Design The Future Awards Africa Prize for Beauty The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music The Future Awards Africa Prize for Professional Service The Future Awards Africa Prize for Business The Future Awards Africa Prize for Sports University of Sussex & The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education The Future Awards Africa Prize for Technology The Futures Awards and EbonyLife Prize for New Media The Future Awards Africa Prize for Media Enterprise The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts & Culture The Future Awards Africa Prize for Comedy The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy The Future Awards Africa Prize for Agriculture The Edwin George Prize for Photography The Futures Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Journalism The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for On Air Personality (visual) The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for On Air Personality (audio) The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on TFAA. The official hashtags for 2017 are #NigeriasNewTribe and #TFAA2017.
  • Winner of The Future Awards Africa 2013 Prize for Arts &Culture; Kenneth Gyang releases new movie

    Kenneth Gyang’s “The Lost Cafe” is an uplifting story about a girl’s decision to rise above dark family secrets and culture shock to live her dreams abroad, finding the most unusual answers to her troubling questions somewhere in Drammen where she meets the half blind, strange owner of a quaint coffee shop that serves the best coffee in the world. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker and TFAA 2013 Winner for Arts &Culture; Kenneth Gyang for Peridot and Cinema Kpatakpata. Kenneth Gyang is a writer and director that has been working in film and television since 2006 having graduated from the National Film Institute in Jos; notable projects in television included working as a director for the BBC’s Wetin Dey and SoundCity’s Finding Aisha. In 2010, he was listed by the popular Nigerian youth culture magazine, Y!magazine, as one of 50 people under the age of 35 that will change Nigeria.
  • TFESS Ibadan 5-day Graphics Design Workshop: Register Now!

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) in partnership with FourthCanvas Inc, brings again the 5-day graphics design training in Ibadan intended to equip young individuals who want to take a bold step into the world of graphics. This follows the requests from the public to bring the training to Ibadan. Do you see yourself working in the visual arts industry and want the chance to meet with like-minded students and develop your craft? This is for you. This workshop is an introduction to the field of Graphic Design where participants will be taught about what it takes to be a good designer and how you can make a career in this field. It is common knowledge that there are very limited jobs with stiff competition, so engaging yourself in our 5-day practical trainings will help set you apart from others and provide you with means of becoming employers of labour. The workshop is designed for those willing to learn graphics as a beginner or wish to improve on their existing skill. It will be an interactive session with practical session where each participant will have hands on exercises with the facilitator. Curriculum include: Starterpack of tomorrow’s design pro, Choosing &mastering your design software(s), The art & craft of brand identity design, The design process- a case study, Guideline rules to achieving clean & good designs, Using typography & colours to convey emotion, Understanding your role as a designer. Experts from our faculty who will facilitate this workshop include: Victor Fatanmi (Art Director, Fourth Canvas Inc), Steve Dubs (Creative Designer, SA.DUBS) and more. Limited seats available. Register now to confirm your interest. Intending participants are expected to come along with a laptop and writing materials. Date: November 13-17, 2017. Location: Ibadan, Nigeria. For more information, call Jeffrey Okolo on 08022226712 or mail [email protected] with subject as Graphics Design Workshop. Registration ends on November 12, 2017.
  • ACCELERATE LABS PROGRAMS KICKS OFF WITH OPENING SESSIONS ACROSS SIX STATES

    The opening sessions for Accelerate Labs, an initiative by The Future Project in partnership with Microsoft Nigeria to galvanise and boost youth entrepreneurship in Nigeria, was held across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria from 18 – 28, September 2017. Starting the eleven-week accelerator program for stream 1, 2017 at different zones in Abuja (North Central), Bauchi (North-East), Kaduna (North-West), Edo (South-South), Anambra (South-East) and Lagos (South-West), the events had in attendance industry leaders including Professor Adesoji Adesugba, Vice-President, ICT Abuja Chamber of Commerce; Bishop Feb Idahosa, President, Ben Idahosa University; Mr Femi Oye, Co-founder, SME Funds, among others. “About 3,987 applications were received for the first stream of the sessions, with 150 participants selected per zone through our SME jury. We are excited to be part of their success stories and look forward to working with them to build competitive and viable businesses,” said Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer. “This can fundamentally change the lives of many youth and reduce unemployment in the country as we gear towards entrepreneurship and drive inclusive economic growth and development.” The opening session in the six geopolitical zones concluded with the commencement of the 3 weeks taught session, mentorship, research classes and demo week for all participants of the Accelerate Labs project across regions. “Microsoft Nigeria is proud to support this important initiative that brings together a diverse group of youth entrepreneurs entering the accelerator program,” said Olusola Amusan, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Nigeria. “Entrepreneurship has always played a critical role in the development of countries and reduction of unemployment, we believe at the end of this program a significant positive impact will be made in our economy,” he added. Photos from the opening sessions are below:
  • YMonitor partners EIE, Budgit on the Office of The Citizen Radio show on Nigeria Info FM

    YMonitor now features on the Office of the Citizens Radio program on Nigeria Info Fm alongside other partners such as Budgit and EIE. OOTC radio show for Lagos comes up every Wednesday, 8am to 9am, on Nigeria Info FM 99.3 The topic of discourse on the show this Wednesday, October 11, 2017 is “What does LG financial autonomy mean for Citizens? The guest speaker is a former sole Administrator for Badagry East LCDA, Mr Nuatin Genesis. This will be discussed against the back ground of the ongoing constitutional amendment that calls for separate LG account as against the joint account system that is originally in the constitution. About YMonitor: YMonitor tracks and monitor issues happening across government level and provides citizens with information needed to take action towards demanding good governance at all level of government. The project is aimed at strengthening government transparency and accountability. For more information, kindly visit http://monitor.ynaija.com/ and visit our twitter page @Y_monitor .
  • The Future Project and Microsoft Nigeria launch Accelerate LABS to support Nigerian startups

    The Future Project, in partnership with Microsoft Nigeria, has officially announced the launch of Accelerate LABS, an initiative to bolster the country’s economic development through enterprise development and technology incubation. The event was held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on 31 August 2017. Themed ‘Activating Small and Medium Scale Enterprises’, the goal of the project is to equip 2,500 youths across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria through training and funds to build socially inclined, high profit, and highly competitive enterprise capable of impacting the economy. Speaking during the launch, Director, Public Sector, Microsoft, Hakeem Adeniji-Adele, stated Microsoft’s intention to further focus on supporting viable and scalable local businesses that would spur economic growth in Nigeria. “Microsoft recognizes the creativity and intelligence of young Nigerian minds, which fully informs our support of this initiative to empower startups in realizing their full potential, while also boosting the local economy through education, employment, and entrepreneurship”, said Hakeem. “With this project, we are leveraging on the demand for better and effective technology to teach young Nigerians how to better themselves, their families and their communities.” Each geopolitical zone would be represented by a host state that will serve as a hub to incubate these businesses. Accelerate LABS will be in three streams, with the training of the first stream starting this September, and covering a period of 3 months. Each stream will include 3 weeks training session, 4 weeks mentoring session, 3 weeks research and practice and a demo day for pitching of business ideas to prospective investors. “The Future Project is expanding on Accelerate LABS to build and empower young citizens that are willing to contribute to the development Nigeria. With the new businesses that will be supported through training and funds, there are immense opportunities to create jobs and also provide young entrepreneurs wider access to useful knowledge and strategies in building more successful businesses,” said Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project. Giving his keynote speech, Founder, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, admonished young entrepreneurs to develop resilience and patience during tough times, emphasizing that their objectives will be difficult to achieve unless they “find their rightful places in the society and invest in themselves”. Register via this link http://acceleratelabs.ng/register or call +2348022226712 for further inquiries.
  • The Future Project and Microsoft Nigeria launch Accelerate LABS to support Nigerian startups

    The Future Project, in partnership with Microsoft Nigeria, has officially announced the launch of Accelerate LABS, an initiative to bolster the country’s economic development through enterprise development and technology incubation. The event was held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on 31 August, 2017. Themed ‘Activating Small and Medium Scale Enterprises’, the goal of the project is to equip 2,500 youths across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria through trainings and funds to build socially inclined, high profit, and highly competitive enterprise capable of impacting the economy. Speaking during the launch, Director, Public Sector, Microsoft, Hakeem Adeniji-Adele, stated Microsoft’s intention to further focus on supporting viable and scalable local businesses that would spur economic growth in Nigeria. “Microsoft recognises the creativity and intelligence of young Nigerian minds, which fully informs our support of this initiative to empower startups in realising their full potentials, while also boosting the local economy through education, employment and entrepreneurship”, said Hakeem. “With this project, we are leveraging on the demand for better and effective technology to teach young Nigerians how to better themselves, their families and their communities.” Each geo political zone would be represented by a host state that will serve as a hub to incubate these businesses. Accelerate LABS will be in three streams, with the training of the first stream starting this September, and covering a period of 3 months. Each stream will include 3 weeks training session, 4 weeks mentoring session, 3 weeks research and practice and a demo day for pitching of business ideas to prospective investors. “The Future Project is expanding on Accelerate LABS to build and empower young citizens that are willing to contribute to the development Nigeria. With the new businesses that will be supported through trainings and funds, there are immense opportunities to create jobs and also provide young entrepreneurs wider access to useful knowledge and strategies in building more successful businesses,” said Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project. Giving his keynote speech, Founder, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, admonished young entrepreneurs to develop resilience and patience during tough times, emphasizing that their objectives will be difficult to achieve unless they “find their rightful places in the society and invest in themselves”. Register via this link http://acceleratelabs.ng/register or call +2348022226712 for further inquires
  • Powerpoint training from The Future Enterprise Support Scheme: Register Now

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) will be holding a 6-hour Masterclass on PowerPoint designs. Microsoft Powerpoint is a powerful tool that allows you to create captivating slide presentations that can easily be shared and used by young professionals. TFESS has courses to help you learn how to use Microsoft Powerpoint and get started on creating memorable PowerPoint presentations, win pitches and impress your clients. You don’t need any graphic design experience, just start from zero and create amazing presentations that look awesome one slide at a time. This Masterclass will be taught by a Microsoft certified trainer. Topics to be covered include:
    • Learning the features of powerpoint
    • Creating presentations with powerpoint
    • Organizing powerpoint slides; working with graphics, tables and charts
    • Adding multimedia and integrating with Microsoft office files
    Other benefits of attending include:
    • 6 hour intense hands-on training
    • One-on-one support
    • Access to loads of resources to spice up your presentation
    • 4-week post training support by the facilitator
    This training is for those who already know the basics of PowerPoint but wish to improve their design skills. Basic training requirements: Participants should come in with their laptops as it will be a practical class. Details are as follows: Date: August 19, 2017 Time: 10am Fee: N25,000 (early bird discount applies) Venue: Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria Limited seats available. Register now to confirm your interest. For more information, call 08022226712 or email [email protected] with Powerpoint design Masterclass as the subject.
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