The new song on the lips of most coffee lovers in Port Harcourt is “Marley and Blue”. The brand recently announced its opening this August with photos and videos of the space shared on their social media platforms – Twitter and Instagram specifically. So far, it has been a cool rhythm mixed with smoothly served cups of coffee.
Marley and Blue presents itself as a brand out to improve the quality of coffee sold in the city. From its well-structured appearance and classy feel, it can be perceived that the brand came with all its instruments to give customers the best coffee experience. There is no doubt that it is intentionally creating an image of quality and reliability in the minds of its customers. It also introduced an identity for its coffee that is called ‘joe’.
The brand was founded by Ese Emerhi who was driven by her love for coffee and her desire to create a quiet space for people to hang out during the day. She explained this in an interview with #StartupPortHarcourt.
“I relocated back to Nigeria in 2014, and as a coffee lover, I noticed that in Port Harcourt at least at that time, there were no spaces or collaborative spaces, coffee shops in particular, that people could come to spend the afternoon or a Sunday morning in a quiet conducive space, so I decided to create a space where I would be comfortable in here in Port Harcourt”.
In the interview, she also shared the vision for Marley and Blue. In her words;
The brand sure did have such a great start and is already making a statement in Port Harcourt. Though we do not know what the future holds for this brand, one thing is for sure, we will definitely be looking out to see if it sustains its music!
Let us get your feedback in the comment section if you have had a feel of Marley and Blue…
Written by Jennifer Chioma Amadi
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Problems are ever-present in the world and every entrepreneur must be brave enough to face them in their businesses and take total responsibility when they come. In fact, problems are the most predominant element that makes up a business because enterprises are created to either solve a new problem or tackle an existing one.
In every organization, there are two types of problems – external and internal – that needs to be constantly addressed in order to keep work going smoothly. It is often easier to look out for external problems and neglect the internal ones, which can cause more harm to the establishment. We were reminded of this due to the recent temporal shut down of Nigeria’s pioneer motorbike hailing service, Gokada.
The rather abrupt decision taken by the CEO, Fahim Saleh, was because of an inefficiency he observed when he used the Gokada service. He was forced to halt the company’s services after the series of frustration he experienced while he was on board. In his narrative on Medium, he highlighted the different hiccups the services had.
“A little over a week ago I had taken a Gokada hoping to avoid traffic to get to the mainland bridge from VI,” he began.
He stated that his request for a pilot through the Gokada app was delayed,
“I opened the Gokada app, requested, got a pilot, and waited patiently for him to arrive. I called to confirm my location which the pilot said he knew. Five minutes passed by and the pilot had not moved. Another five minutes passed and the pilot was going in the wrong direction. After fifteen minutes and three phone calls, the pilot finally arrived at which point I’m thinking it might have been faster to take a car all the way through.”
After the pilot’s late arrival, Fahim had more disappointments rolling in. He was particularly displeased with the pilot’s incompetency, which was totally against the mission of the brand.
“Upon questioning the pilot, I learned that he didn’t use GPS on his phone because the earplugs he had were broken. Irritated, I motioned him to get started with the ride as I was in a hurry. It should be pretty obvious how to get to the mainland bridge from VI, so I didn’t concern myself with providing him directions but I knew from Google Maps using the best route, it should only take 10 –15 minutes. After about 15 minutes, we were still on the road. I hastily took out my phone and did a quick input of the directions to the bridge and realized we were still 15 minutes away. This pilot had taken a long route to get to the bridge, one that would have been completely avoided had he used the map. I motioned that I would direct him based on the Google Maps navigation. Unfortunately, just as we were about to reach the bridge I directed the pilot to a wrong turn which would have required us to turn all the way around. At this point, it was obvious that a car would have been much faster even with all the traffic. How could I be the CEO of Gokada, the company that pioneered motorcycle ride-hailing in Nigeria and be saying this? I was disappointed in Gokada but most of all, I was disappointed in myself,” he lamented.
General opinion regards the action as rather too drastic and risky considering the stiff competition in business. Fahim believes that it was the only way to tackle such a situation else, it grows worse and unmanageable. “Big problems require big solutions,” he said.
On the other hand, some analysts suggest that the shutdown of Gokada is not unconnected to the bullish strategies of ORide by Opay a Startup powered by Opera. We shall be observing to see how things play out and if Gokada will indeed bounce back better and stronger.
Fahim mentioned that the downtime would be used to restructure the company and train the drivers. He assured customers that the new version Gokada 2.O would be better than their previous experience,
“We can only win by doing right to our customers and our pilots. That is why today I am excited to announce our Gokada 2.0 initiative…we firmly believe that when you want to get somewhere fast, safe, and hassle-free — there won’t be any other app you’d want to open other than Gokada.”
Written by Jennifer Chioma Amadi
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On the 3rd of August 2019, the city of Port Harcourt was smoking hot with fumes from roasted plantain and fish engulfing the atmosphere, dust raised by thousands of people, and beats of different types of music blaring from speakers. The fuss and the standstill traffic were evidence that Bole Festival 2019 had taken over the town.
It baffled a lot of persons that a single event organized by just one brand had the ability to pull such crowd and literally turned the very quiet Obi Wali center to a beehive. The crowd was a mix of regular fun-loving individuals, on-air personalities (OAPs), and press agents from different media houses were present to capture every moment of the event.
But then the main VIPs of the festival were the wide range of vendors who made their products and services available to spectators and buyers. The highlight, however, were the entertainers invited to light up the event. It is safe to say that the event would have been nothing without the blend of people present that day.
Away from the jamboree, now let’s look deeper to see why Bole Festival was a huge success. Everyone who has ever tried to plan a project or host an event would certainly agree that it is not an easy feat! No matter how small that project or event, it requires a hundred percent brainstorming, planning, and organization to have an excellent execution. It was evident that the Bole Festival was well planned which is why we think the team deserved some applause. So here are a few things we observed;
Good Social Media Strategy: For a brand seeking to attract hundreds of people from around Nigeria and outside the country, it must leverage the power of social media. Being its fourth edition in the business of hosting the event, the Bole Festival crew made good use of their social media platforms to spread the word about the event. In the social media campaign, they focused on the fun facts about the festival while they watered the appetite of potential attendees with promises they couldn’t resist. We dare say the crew kept their promises. They also made good use of hashtags which flowed with their theme for this year, Our Taste, Our Culture, which resonated with the people.
Easy Payment: One thing customers dread is going through too much hassle to pay for a product or service. And their fear of online payment is endless! So including the option of online payment is sometimes a risk that only brave brands opt for. Yet the Festival’s crew was able to make the payment process, especially the online option, seamless. With just a few clicks on an internet-connected mobile phone, most attendees were able to purchase their tickets which was immediately sent to their emails. Several outlets in strategic places for the buying of tickets were utilized as well.
Partnership: Getting partners that believe and support a brand to the fullest is usually one of the toughest parts for most brands. However, Bole Festival has been able to break that limiting factor as it had quite a lot of sponsors and partners. Well, one thing is for sure, the brand must have proven itself worthy enough for partnership. Remember the first thought on every partner’s mind is “what’s in it for me?”
Variety: Though the main event is centered on bole, it was refreshing to have other options displayed by different vendors. This also presents the Bole Festival as an umbrella that houses and supports different types of brands especially SMEs. It speaks a lot about Bole Festival’s core values.
You can see more photos and videos at BOLE FESTIVAL
So, there you go! Those are our observations, but we would love to hear yours. Tell us what you think about Bole Festival in the comment section.
Written by Jennifer Chioma Amadi
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This award of recognition compiled by Mapemond Resources is the first of its kind for the organisation. This premier edition recognises both organisational and personal brands that have consistently created positive awareness and influence in the city of Port Harcourt and are completely changing the narratives in their various sectors against all odds. The awards are in no particular order and totally based on our observations and research.
We believe this could birth several other award categories with the sole purpose of supporting and promoting enterprise and community leadership.
- Chinonso Kennedy Iwuh: BOLE FESTIVAL (for promoting Port Harcourt’s culinary export, Bole)
Bole Festival, a yearly food fair hosted by Chinonso and his team in the city of Port Harcourt started in 2017. It serves as a platform for Bole Vendors to display and promote their uniqueness and creativity in an atmosphere of zest and music. With two editions so far, the Bole Festival has attracted hundreds of food lovers thereby creating more awareness for Port Harcourt, the acclaimed Bole City. Thanks to Chinonso, Mayolein and their amazing Supporters!
2. Ibinabo Amakiri: THE CREATIVE HUB (bringing creative artists together)
In a bid to solve the problem of workspace affecting creatives in Port Harcourt, Ibinabo Amakiri took the bold step to start a centre for creative minds, The Creative Hub. The hub opened on the 13th of January 2018 and since then it has become a safe space for Creative Entrepreneurs in Port Harcourt. It has hosted a lot of events and trainings from photography to music to handcraft and more, possibly the first of its kind in Port Harcourt. Thanks to an original afro woman, Aunty Ibinabo and her team!
3. Bruce Lucas: OLOTU SQUARE (building the tech community)
Since its inception, Olotu Square has provided workspace with constant power supply and internet to a budding community of tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and start-ups, assisting them with resources and partnership. It also provides these start-ups with business support, mentorship, incubation and relevant business network. Its team of creative designers and developers work tirelessly to build digital products that solve real needs. Quietly, Olotu Square is empowering the evolution of the average young mind across the Niger Delta region. Thanks to Chief Bruce and his square squad!
4. Uche Aniche: #STARTUPSOUTH [Startup ecosystem builder]
#StartupSouth is an initiative that convenes policy makers, business leaders, professionals, start-up founders, investors and stakeholders from all walks of life to a chosen city within the South-South and South-East region of Nigeria annually. It achieves this by organising yearly conferences packed with Fireside chats and pitch sessions to inspire emerging and aspiring start-ups.
One of #StartupSouth’s goals is to link active communities and clusters in target cities/states. The first formal angel investment network in the South-South and South-East region, SSEAN, was birthed through the Start-up South initiative and its strategic partners.
Startup South has so far hosted four conferences with the fifth underway later this year, through these conferences the initiative has reached over 70 Startup Teams and over 5000 Participants cumulatively. Thanks to the Field Marshall, Uche and everyone making it happen!
5. EBENEZER WIKINA (Glocal Media Impact)
Ebenezer Wikina is a 27-year-old successful online journalist who started his career as a blogger using a small Nokia phone and is now an international figure. He hosted an interview series called ‘The Stroll’ through which he has engaged over 120 global leaders and professionals including;
- Amina Mohammed (Deputy United Nations Secretary General)
- Mr Michael Moller (Director-General, United Nations Office Geneva)
- Elsie Kanza (Head of Africa, World Economic Forum)
- Rt. Hon Ken Macintosh (Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament)
- Crown Prince Haakon Magnus (Crown Prince of Norway)
- Richard Wurman (Founder of TED)
- Stephen Sackur (Host, BBC HARDtalk)
- The CNN Freedom Project
- Femi Oke (Host of Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’)
- And many others
Ebenezer is a recipient of several awards/recognitions such as: Soundcity Africa MVP award for Community Development (2019); The Future Award for Public Service (2018); Fellow, British Council’s Future News Worldwide (2018); Fellow, Global Investigative Journalism Network (2017); and Port Harcourt Business and People’s Award (2015). Keep soaring, Ebeni!
6. KEN SARO WIWA INNOVATION HUB (youth development through tech)
Named after the late Icon, Ken Saro Wiwa Innovation Hub is priming a new breed of young people in a part of town that was once known for a high level of youth restiveness. This for us at Mapemond is real impact and worthy of recognition. The hub has been a knowledge exchange centre were stakeholders in the Tech industry involving designers, developers, programmers, data analysts and entrepreneurs share ideas and knowledge for the greater advancement of businesses and technology in the state.
Under the leadership of Gino Osahon the manager, the hub has successfully hosted more than 20 Tech events since November 2017 and brought over 40 developers from all parts of the country to build quite a number of solutions that aid Startup SMEs and entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta. Shout out to all crew members of KSWIH!
7. Donald Okudu: TEDx PORT HARCOURT (telling stories that matter)
TEDxPortHarcourt started in 2014 when Donald Okudu became a primary licensee to host the independent version of TED Talk. This TEDx program is strategically organised to promote ideas that are worth sharing which eventually would shape people’s perspective about different subject matters.
For the past five years, TEDxPortHarcourt conferences have convened several speakers giving each a platform to share innovative ideas here in the city of Port Harcourt. With Donald Okudu spearheading it, the project continues to evolve and initiate more programs asides the regular. A recently added program is TEDxPortHarcourt Salon, a mixture of talks, workshops and interaction, organised ahead of the main event in November.
We heard from a bird that TEDxPortHarcourt organizes the best salons across the globe. Thanks to Senibo Donald and crew!
8. Kenneth George Kalio: Port Harcourt International Food Festival (promoting food culture)
The Port Harcourt International Food Festival is one of the most prestigious food festivals in Port Harcourt. It has gained its popularity from creative display of rich varieties of food, exotic drinks, and remarkable moments. Yearly, it attracts food vendors, culinary and lifestyle enthusiasts who explore different food cultures.
The food festival has awakened the interest of many towards the food and lifestyle industry in Port Harcourt thereby bringing about visibility, promoting growth and celebrating the culture of the city. Thank you Iyo and the Volunteers!
9. TECH CREEK (bridging the gap between public and private tech initiatives)
TechCreek is an environment for nurturing young and innovative entrepreneurs in Port Harcourt and influencing their lives with trendy digital and IT skills. It is involved in community development thereby adding its quota to the ‘new economy’ of Rivers State.
TechCreek has made tremendous impact through regular free trainings on different skills. It has provided a conducive environment for ICT enthusiasts to work and providing an open Wi-Fi connection that enables users gain access to the internet for both personal and business purposes. It has also played host to several tech and non-tech events from Fashion to TEDx to Employability Bootcamps and more. Thanks to the Creekers!
10. Tonye Briggs: Port Harcourt in Pictures (visual story telling)
Port Harcourt in Pictures is an initiative that has proven the statement, “pictures tell a thousand stories” true. Since its inception, it has continued to tell the story of Port Harcourt through several breath taking snapshots of the city.
Tonye Briggs (@tyBRIGGS) is the brain behind this brilliant concept, @phcinpictures, that serves as a guide for strangers as it highlights places, events, food, and job opportunities in the city. The brand has further promoted Port Harcourt’s culture and created more awareness for the emerging city. Keep up the good work, Tonye!
11. STEADY RUN (for promoting a culture of fitness)
Steady Run Club is a popular fitness club that promotes health and wellness. Steady Idisi in the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where it carries out its health related campaigns, founded it. Steady Run, known for its consistency and creativity also organized a half-marathon in 2018. Every Sunday evening, the club selects a particular area in the city where members converge to run and network. Thank you for keeping Port Harcourt fit!
12. Esther Nweje: ZINNY STYLES (for keeping the fashion space lit)
Zinny Styles is a bespoke brand that deals in image management for both personal and corporate brands, enhancing fashion and lifestyle in Port Harcourt. This exceptional brand is spearheaded by Esther Nweje, an entrepreneur and image consultant. She is also a TV presenter on Silverbird TV, where she hosts her show His and Hers. Esther progressively remains creative through special events she organises such as the Zinny Night of Style and others. Hey Zinny, you go girl!
13. Global Shapers Community (for empowering young individuals)
Global Shapers Community Port Harcourt, a sub-branch of the World Economic Forum’s initiative, has been in the business of empowering young people who will serve as change agents locally, regionally and globally. This community of impact driven young leaders regardless of the huge barriers and societal setbacks have continued to challenge the status quo. Since the hub’s inception in Port Harcourt, the global shapers have consistently initiated and implemented several projects geared towards social and community change. They have indeed proven that change begins with each of us. Up, Shapers!
14. Richard Chilee (an exceptional consultant)
Richard Chile is the founder of Richard & Malcolm Consultancy; a business development and management consultancy firm established in 2016, with the aim of aiding business ventures in their quest for business success. As a certified Management Consultant, Richard serves as the principal consultant and through this medium, he has helped many businesses and business owners stand strong. Join us and appreciate an Enabler, Richard!
15. Emeka Nobis (an outstanding personal brand)
Emeka Nobis, is a classic writer, blogger, Thought Leader, Coach, Business Consultant and Trainer, a Husband and a Father of three beautiful kids. Emeka is a man who understands the relevance of our individual innate gifts to humanity.
This understanding was what influenced his decision to resign from a multinational oil servicing company, with which he had worked for ten years as a Mechanical Engineer to focus on creating a platform that would aid in building people to become exceptional in sharing their unique messages with humanity, not held back by fear, doubt or confusion. He has also given himself to encouraging and helping people build profitable business systems that would bring back good yield.
- He serves as Brand Ambassador to multiple organizations.
- He is a social media influencer in every sense of the term.
- He is the founder of the Facebook Group – Pen and Ink Matters
- He’s a TEDx Speaker and has been invited to speak on reputable Radio stations such as Nigeria Info FM, Rhythm FM, Wazobia FM, to mention a few.
- He has also featured in lots and lots of prints and digitals media.
- He has authored 11 books in total (4 free books and 7 paid books) including ‘Grow Your Platform’ and ‘Four Foot Five: Hidden Parts That Build Businesses’
Emeka has also used his growing influence to raise funds (crowd funding) for individuals who have at some point been knocked down by life and could not help themselves. He is a man of compassion and has made the writing career become more enviable and respected within his sphere of influence. We celebrate you, Emmyboy!
16. Onimim Fifi Karibo: Fifi’s Food House (making food fun)
The spontaneous Onimim Fifi Karibo, through her consistency in blowing our minds away with good food has earned our recognition. As a young entrepreneur, Fifi started her food business in March 2016. We could not help but recognize the love and humour with which Fifi sells her food business. Fiyeba, thanks for cheering our hearts and bellies each passing day!
17. Oseyomon Ighodaloh: Bamboo Real Estate (he means business)
Oseyomon is the founder of Bamboo Real Estate, a company he founded in 2018 with the goal of getting the younger generation to become land owners through the company’s convenient payment plan that takes consideration of their income.
Still a young venture, Oseyomon has shown guts and zeal that many entrepreneurs with older ventures are yet to show. Bamboo just could not escape our attention with how seriously they take Brand Visibility, something dear to our hearts!
In the words of Bamboo, “DON’T WAIT TO BUY LAND, BUY LAND AND WAIT.” Kudos to the Bamboo gang!
18. Bereni D. Fiberesima: Startup Port Harcourt (a startup community pillar)
Startup Port Harcourt is the community of startup founders and enthusiasts in Port Harcourt, their mission is to support and engender the growth of scalable ventures in the city. Bereni Fiberesima, the founder of Netopps, coordinates Startup Port Harcourt. The community organizes an annual one-week long event called Startup Port Harcourt Week where discussions that shapes the ecosystem occur. Thank you for all you do, Sir Bereni!
19. Yibo Koko: Seki Dance (something good from the mangroves)
Seki dance is a comeback of the Niger Delta’s heritage and culture. It is portrayed in a well-defined cultural dance, where the dancers array themselves in an attire to maintain the culture and norm of the Niger Delta people and Africa as a whole.
He designed the Rivers State carnival popularly called CARNIRIV in 2008 and was appointed Creative Consultant to Masta Blasta Band, Calabar Carnival. He also served as Concept Designer/implementation and delivery – People of The World Band, Nottinghill Carnival emerging with an award for ‘Best Float Nottinghill Carnival London 2013. Yibo Koko has featured on CNN’s programme, African Voices, during which he displayed the Seki dance to the world. All these and many more has made Yibo a Niger Delta darling. Well done, Uncle Yibs!
20. Ugochukwu Nkwocha: 9JACODEKIDS (catching them young)
Since its inception in 2016, 9JaCodeKids has been teaching kids between the ages of 4-16 to develop coding skills for Web Designing, Mobile App Design, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Some of the kids Ugochukwu has trained recently featured on BBC and as a result, he has been a guest at media houses to share his story. He was even a guest at Channels TV most recently.
This recognition award is specifically because no day passes by without Ugochukwu talking about his work and he pays attention to the essentials of business development and branding, the very things our heart beats for. Kudos to Ugochukwu and the awesome minds working with him!
21. Wendy Prince Amahdi : WOMEN IN PORT HARCOURT (for supporting business women)
Wendy is unarguably one of the most notable business influencers in Port Harcourt connecting entrepreneurs and customers on a single social media platform, Instagram. Her platform has grown constantly over the months and she has been of tremendous support to both customers seeking guidance and vendors seeking audience.
Lately, she started compiling a database of vendors that will be readily accessible to her teeming followers. We also gathered that she has partners who provide photography and videography services at affordable rates to vendors seeking to create visual content for their products and services.
If there is such a thing as a Digital Amazon, Wendy is our pick!
22. Nnamdi Ibe: Excel and Grace (making business sense)
Nnamdi Ibe is a business consultant who has worked with several business owners in different industries including health care, FCMG, Banking, Education, Manufacturing, etc Nnamdi employs his wealth of experience and knowledge in the managerial field to ensure that every business he works with receives a significant level of transformation in how they conduct business.
Keep leading and building, Mazi Nnamdi!
23. Serena Francis: Super Woman Connect (empowering young ladies)
Serena Francis is a trainer, content creator and social entrepreneur. She has worked with many young women to give them a firmer grip in their businesses through her organisation, SuperWoman. Her mission is aimed at building and supporting women to actualize their highest potentials in any field of life. She achieves this through regular online and offline trainings and mentorship programs.
Soar higher, Superwoman!
24. Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya: Script Writer (from words to motion pictures)
Jennifer Nkem-Eneanya is a Content Developer, Screenwriter, Editor, Social Media Manager and Legal Practitioner who believes in the power of the media to engender positive change. She is the former Vice Curator of the Port Harcourt Global Shapers Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and an advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.
She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Konnect Africa, an online media publication dedicated to building leaders and inspiring entrepreneurship in Africa. Jennifer is presently the Lead Curator at Metamorph Publications, a content development firm whose services include screenwriting, editing and communications facilitation. When she is not writing, she acts as a master of ceremonies and on-air personality with the jury on Nigeria Info FM. Way to go, Jenny!
25. Boma Peters: START IT UP SHOW (Empowering PH Startups)
Boma Peters is the Co-Founder, Lead Developer at Fourthman Concepts Limited. He is a Port Harcourt based blogger and a software developer. Boma Peters is committed to mentoring young entrepreneurs and developing the Startup community in Port Harcourt.
He is the host of the Start It Up show airing on Rhythm 93.7 every Tuesday morning in Port Harcourt. He uses this platform to inspire, educate and showcase Startups and enthusiasts in the City.
Well done, Chief Boma!
26. Emily Wale-Koya: Personal Brand Influencer (creating personal brand awareness)
Emily is an infectious motivational speaker, and business consultant, who is on rampage to arm individuals and organizations with the tools needed to build their lives and businesses. She ventured into entrepreneurship from her university days and has garnered over 16 years of experience in business.
Her first digital product (an audio recording) made her six figures within two weeks. She wrote her first book in a week and with a 4-month-old baby in hand. Today, she is the proud founder of The School of Personal Branding, her online school where she sells e-courses on business, digital marketing and personal branding.
Notable outfits have interviewed Emily across the country and presently, she is one of the biggest sensation on Instagram, helping young women and men alike build their page and make money while at it. Keep soaring, Emily!
27. Mayowa Daramola: Wazobia Max TV (an amazing presenter)
Mayowa Daramola is a graduate of Geology who developed himself into a TV Host/Compere. He has gradually gained mastery in media and has become a sensation you cannot ignore. He is the host of “SHOW BIZ WEEKLY” and co-host of “GUDU MORNING NAIJA SHOW” on Wazobia Max TV, Port Harcourt. Mayowa is a skilled public speaker, vlogger and the Team Lead of Tab Conference (A yearly inspirational career conference). He best describes himself as a source of inspiration.
Keep the inspiration going, Mayowa!
28. Leemene Sampson: Wednesday People (Inspiring lives every Wednesday)
Leemene is a motivational speaker known for her weekly series on Facebook, WEDNESDAY PEOPLE. She uses the platform to inspire and encourage people to live right. Leemene’s drive for creating a lasting impact in the society birthed her initiative, Impact Generation with Lee.
Her story is a perfect blend of beauty, brains and purposeful use of social media. Well done, Lady Lee!
29. Mayolein Mac-Donald: Bole Festival
Mayolein Mac-Donald is the co-founder of the famous Bole Festival, a yearly food fair aimed at promoting Port Harcourt’s premium export, Bole! The event, which launched in 2017, has become one of the most anticipated festivals in Port Harcourt. Bole Festival has created an avenue for food vendors and food lovers to connect, eat, and have fun in the garden City.
Well done Mayo, we love what you are doing!
30. Promise Excel: Ignite PH (Inspiring a new breed of youths)
Promise is a writer, digital entrepreneur and founder of MaverickExcel.com. He is the Co-founder of Ignite Port Harcourt, which started in April 2016. Since then the platform has been one of the fastest growing community of forward thinking youths in the city of Port Harcourt. Promise is dedicated to inspiring young people, business individuals and personal brands to achieve success leveraging the digital space.
Keep going, the maverick Promise!
31. Paul Confidence: Ignite PH (Inspiring a new breed of youths)
Paul is a marketing consultant, a new media strategist and community growth strategist. He is Co-founder of the popular Ignite Port Harcourt, which began in April 2016. Guest mentors have groomed many young and aspiring entrepreneurs through the platform. Paul is vision driven and continues to affect the lives of young people, businesses and the society. Keep the impact going, Paul!
32. Susan Charles: BirchHill Education (Improving education administration)
Many persons lament the depreciating quality of education in Nigeria, but Susan’s gaze is fixed on the other direction – solutions. Susan is the Lead Consultant at BirchHill Educational Services, a firm through which she is making tremendous impact on administration of education.
In addition to the numerous solutions being offered to schools, Susan’s BirchHill recently launched a teachers’ academy to groom both practicing and aspiring teachers to be more suitable for today’s educational demands.
Special thanks to Susan and her folks at BircHill!
33 Ibelema Greene: The Greene Company (A Pro Teen Coach)
Ibelema is passionate about toddlers and teenagers and has grown herself to master how to relate with them.
Although she’s a trained lawyer by profession, her work with tods and teens has tremendously impacted many families within the country, who can boast of better communication between children and their parents, teenagers who have acquired critical life and soft skills which they start their businesses and thrive in their chosen career paths.
Thank you Ibelema for being a much needed support for many parents and families out there!
34 Ovundah Nyeche: #HearWord (Social commentary and public enlightenment)
Ovundah is a medical practitioner who leverages his social media platforms and website to enlighten his readers and the public at large on a wide range of issues within the scope of health, personal development and contemporary stuff.
He passes his messages through his writings and public speaking engagements. Ovundah has gained fame for his series #HearWord, a clever means of communicating salient points with a good sense of humor.
We celebrate Ovundah for being a voice of reason.
35 House of Ceremonies: Eventertainer (making fairytales happen)
And this is about our favourite! It’s not news that sibling business partnership hardly ever works, especially in this part of the world but the brains behind this incredible brand have defied the odds. Through their great bond as siblings and their similarity in strength and passion, the Ekwale Sisters have built HOC Events to bring a bit of enchantment into people’s lives through their great event management and organization skills.
The HOC brand has been in existence for over six years and counting. The most amazing part of what they do is how they are able to pull off surprise celebrations 100% and a pleasant twist to every event they execute.
Thanks Eromo and Ogho for making our special moments more memorable!
We have more on the list but we are still following their unfolding story and activities closely; hopefully, they will be featured in the next edition. Keep working, keep building, and keep influencing your space for good!
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During the week we asked for opinions from people on social media on their most preferred cinemas in Port Harcourt and we got lots of interesting responses.
While 65% preferred Filmhouse due to larger screens, good sound quality and other side attractions, 30% preferred the serene and clean environment that comes with seeing a movie at Genesis Deluxe Cinema and 5% chose Pepperoni over others only because of its proximity to their houses.
Although they do have their shortcomings, this Cinema brands after a few years of operation certainly look like they’ve come to stay.
Well, only hard work, consistency and exceptional customer service will tell!
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Life in the city of Port Harcourt could sometimes be monotonous and boring but there are some cool hangout spots to go chill and relax, at weekends, holidays or anytime you desire. In no particular order, they are:
1 Faarah’s Coffee Lounge
Faarah is known for its touch of class and the inspiration it gives visitors. As you step into the premise, the serenity offers you a warm embrace and whether you love outdoor, indoor or the lounge setting, you have it all there. There is the cozy lounge, a restaurant with chef on standby, private lounges, luxury accommodation, VIP lounge, poolside lounge and then an exotic conference room. We guess you are wondering how a coffee shop has all these in place. Well, as they say at Faarah – it is not about the coffee!
Faarah is located at 37A Aba Road by CFC Bus-Stop, right between Ogbunabali and Old GRA, the street with interlocking stones right beside the power sub-station. You can contact them via social media @Faarahcoffeelounge or www.faarahgroup.com
2 Pleasure Park
This is one of the most popular places in the city of Port Harcourt. It offers both individuals, families and groups a feel of what a park is like with activities ranging from just a walk to the tower climbing, children train rides, bouncing castles, pedal boats, cinema, paintballing and much more. If none of these activities ticks your fancy, then you just may love the nighttime when everywhere is calm and you interact directly with nature as calm music plays from the restaurant/bar.
Pleasure Park is located between Bori Camp and Airforce Junction, along Aba Road, Port Harcourt. You can reach the management via 09060022295, 0909911060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Woodhouse Café
If you desire a setting that just is not the norm, particularly in terms of interior layout and furnishing, then you would love Wood House Café! The feeling of having breakfast, lunch or dinner at Woodhouse gives you a sense of being in some Western Cafe.
From a display of vintage art to board games, free Wifi, books, cocktails, special delicacies, milkshakes, and a rooftop bar, Woodhouse makes a soothing relaxation experience!
Woodhouse Café is located in same premises with Azny Place, 3 Louis Drive, Off Sabi Abacha Road, Port Harcourt or you can reach them via Social Media @woodhousecafe or Phone Call 08184479600.
4 Genesis Sky Bar
Situated at the top of the Genesis Centre building, Sky Bar gives you a pleasant view of Port Harcourt at night, which is when the bar is fully operationally. If you are football fan, lover of music, with a lot to eat and drink, then Sky Bar is a good relaxation spot!
Sky Bar is located at the 4th floor of the Genesis Centre at 53 Tombia Street, GRA, Port Harcourt and they can be reached on phone via 08052197655.
5 Kode 9
Kode 9 is an upbeat hangout spot with side attractions to their food and drinks. You can play games, just sit-out and enjoy the company of friends, listen to good music, have casual meetings or even a group party.
Kode 9 is located
at 21b Ezimgbu Link Road (Mummy B), off Stadium Road or GRA Junction, Port
Harcourt and can be reached via 09090191684 or social media @kode9portharcourt
6 Skyfall Mega Lounge
This lounge has its name inspired by the famous James Bond movie, Skyfall. It is a rooftop lounge and if you are looking for that rooftop experience, this is a place to enjoy good vibe and music blended with nature.
Skyfall is located at 5th and 6th floor, Mattano Complex, No1 Kaboo Close, New Airport Road, Eliozu and you can find them on social media @skyfallmegalounge.
7 Corner Store Café
Do you fancy the good life of sipping a variety of well-blended coffee, tea, milkshakes, cocktails, or maybe eating Gourmet burgers, salad, pancakes, bacon and lots more in soothing ambience? Corner Store lures you to the place where quality food meets ambience.
They are located at 14 Tombia Street GRA2, Port Harcourt and you can reach them on social media @cornerstoreph
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The city of Port Harcourt has many food vendors but few actually go the extra mile of “belly pleasing” you right on time. It is safe to say that this business model is one that gives the brands on our list the competitive advantage they enjoy.
Of course, most major players like Kilimanjaro, Jevinik, Dominos, and Genesis offer this service, but these big players aren’t our focus.
So! Whether you’re just too tired to leave the house or office or you don’t want the hassle of getting into your kitchen, you can call on any of these brands to deliver your meal just in time.
1. Fifi’s Food House
Known for their sumptuous African and continental dishes with an interesting culinary twist most of the time. They also cater for parties, small events and those with idle kitchens. In their words,
We love to feed you!
You can reach them via Whatsapp/Call: 08125905413 or Social Media: Fifi’s Food House
2. BigKitchen NG
Big Kitchen is famous for their mouth watery burgers, chips, chicken and sausages. They are the self-acclaimed Africa’s Number 1 Online Burger Shop.
You can reach them via their website or 08136114246.
3. Wenex Kitchen
Wenex Kitchen operates from GRA and has done a good job in popularizing their signature dish, Onunu (pounded yam and ripe plantain mixed with palm oil) and fresh fish pepper soup or stew. According to them,
It is not in our nature to keep people waiting.
You can reach them via call on 08034173694 or Social Media: Wenex Kitchen
4. Nostalgea Foods
If you love it classy but affordable, Nostalgea is your best bet for both Local and English delicacies, whether for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. In addition, they run their own bakery for home baked variety of bread options!
They are located at Peter Odili Road but you can reach them via 07038942882 or 08033517010
5. Collins Bukka
If you are big on African delicacies prepared and served in bukka style, then you may want to try Collins Bukka! Moreover, don’t get it twisted, Collins Bukka is being operated by top-notch caterers with a premium sense of hygiene.
They are located at Peter Odili Road and you can reach them via 07015864403 or on Social media @CollinsBukka
6. Spicy Pot NG
There is a reason why they are called Spicy. If you want to find out why, just order their Asun, Peppered Snail, or any other option and you will testify.
They are a dial away via 08066120639 and on social media as @Spicypot.ng
This isn’t a food vendor! However, they offer you the perfect blend of convenience since they are an online food order and delivery company. Through them you get access to about 50 restaurants and food vendors to buy your food and get it delivered to your doorstep for just a little token!
You can reach them via their website, 09087001555, or on social media as @CuisineNminutes
Compiled by Donald Alaye
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One of the toughest parts of being the head of an organisation is having someone whom you trust to oversee the affairs of the business whenever you are absent. Most employers and heads of departments would agree that trustworthy employees or team members are hard to come by these days. A lot of organisations have been ruined by dubious staff who take pleasure in pilfering or watching the organisation lose revenue.
Oblivious to the cunning activities of the employees, some employers continue to feed on the lies of their staff. When the company’s sales deteriorates, they bear the blame thinking they are incompetent or ineffective. Asides from the worries it brings to the employer, it drives some businesses to their untimely end and puts the employer in emotional distress.
Often, we conclude too easily that only junior staff are involved in these despicable acts but most times when uncovering the truth, senior staff are usually involved in such deeds. This revelation most often than not leaves the employer in shock, wondering the reasons behind the perpetrators’ decision. In the passing of time, these employers or top-level managers become distrusting of virtually every staff.
Kwani’s story depicts a typical scenario of what happens in most known organisations. Here is a narration of Kwani’s tempting experience.
It was dusk and everyone was clearing his or her work desk, ready to shutdown for the day’s work. Kwani who was new in the company curiously watched some staff speak in hush voices and act in suspicious ways. He had noticed these same moves over the past weeks and had enquired from one of his colleagues why they usually stayed behind after the close of work. As expected, his colleagues gave a casual response that only raised Kwani’s curiosity. His colleagues had said, “We carry out some confidential assignments for the company. Only those involved get to know. If you are interested. Let me know.”
Rather than ask them again, Kwani decided to sneak up on them to find out what the confidential task was. Tracing their steps but maintaining a reasonable distance so he is not sighted, Kwani followed them into the dark warehouse, and he became more perplexed. While three persons took out fifty cartons of the company’s products, two others dashed out to open the back gate for some strangers who drove in with a truck.
He silently observed as they loaded the vehicle with the products and received some amount of cash in return. They chatted and cheered as they carried out their transaction. Kwani stood in a corner, confused about his next step. As they were rounding up, Kwani quickly walked out. He spent the next day torn apart, part of him wanted to report the perpetrators and the other part wanted to join them at least to earn more money for himself. After dealing with the dilemmatic intrapersonal conversation, he decided to report the act.
That day, he contacted the HR manager and informed her about his findings. She thanked and assured him of an immediate action against those were working against the progress of the company. Unfortunately, two months later, Kwani was rewarded for his integrity but got fired some weeks after. When he made enquiries about why he was sacked, he found out that one of the Managers was spearheading the operations. Kwani continued to blame himself for exposing those behind the act, maybe joining them would have been the best option.
Knowing that no business ever thrives without the right set of persons working behind them, what remedy can you proffer for staff disloyalty and pilfering? Once again, the need for effective systems and processes cannot be overemphasized.
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The ideology that one can only be a master in one field has been proven wrong, repeatedly. Sandra Ginikachi Stephen is one of those who have broken out of the norm. From being a trained Animal and Environmental Biologist, she veered off to an entirely new field where she currently works as a Visa Processor in a destination company.
Sandra, exploring more options available to her, is also involved in event styling and utilises her paper craft skill for interior and outdoor decoration. She has, through constant practicing, developed and mastered these skills for profitability.
Sandra acknowledges that her experience during work has instilled some indispensable values in her. “Working has impacted me in diverse ways. It has given me a sense of responsibility to my community and nation at large. Now I want to learn more, so I could give more. Working has also taught and is still teaching me patience.”
During the course of working, Sandra has also acquired some level of direction socially. “It’s brought some sort of focus to my social life. Now, I always have a target concerning my circle. How would this person assist in actualizing this? What solution can he/she proffer? How passionate is he/she with giving back to the nation and so on?”
Due to her remarkable career advancement, Sandra could be easily mistaken as one who had a background in her chosen field. However, she is quick to clear this perception. “What I do presently is way different from my course of study, I must say. I studied Animal and Environmental Biology but currently I am doing the job of a hospitality and tourism person. Not related in any way one would say.”
Regardless of the fact that Sandra may have deviated from her course of study, she indicated she still has interest to explore career options in that line and considers her experience so far as an advantage. “Even though I still look forward to taking up a career in my field, I count this a plus.”
In fact, she refers to career switch as a turn that could eventually lead one to their required career destination. “I wouldn’t call it a change in career but with reference to the word ‘career path’, my current job is one of those turns we take.”
Speaking about her work benefits, Sandra highlighted that asides the financial rewards, her job also creates an opportunity to build skills for personal growth. “There’s a whole lot of growth and benefits accompanied with my job. Here, if you are focused, you’d develop skills that would help you successfully start up your own destination management firm with massive financial benefits attached”
Spotting tolerance as one of the major lessons she has learnt at work, Sandra noted that it is a vital quality one needs to survive in any organization. “Tolerance. Working in any organization requires a measure of tolerance and this one is not exempted. Experiences have taught me to be tolerant. Whatever happens at the workplace ends at the workplace.”
Sandra also identified lessons that have contributed to her personal development. These lessons have equipped her with a wide range of skills and ethics that are relevant to her both as an individual and especially as an employee. “In my course of working, I have developed character. I have learnt and still learning the art of professionalism both within and without the work environment. My job is “risk”. The first thing I learnt on resumption was learning to unlearn whatever I thought I knew. Even those occupying managerial positions still learn on the job. I have also learnt team work.”
Financially, Sandra admitted she has had an impressive progression of income. “My work has helped me maintain a consistent financial lifestyle. Coupled with other financial benefits accompanying.”
Despite her regular job, Sandra has her side hustle to back her up. She stated that her side hustle is birthed from her love for paper crafting. “I am a creative person. I love crafting. And taking it as a side hustle has had this way of keeping me active. It makes me ask questions like “how can this/that be done more creatively”. I even apply this to my regular job.”
She added that having a side job has liberated her from any chance of monotonousness that could lead to boredom and at the same time provides another source of income for her. “More so, for someone that gets bored easily, it helps me see the brighter side. I wouldn’t also leave out the juicy feeling of having an extra flow of income.”
In the aspect of work disadvantages, she stated that they were minute compared to the advantages. “More advantages than any disadvantage I can think of. My job bears up so much risk that could cost the company a lot of money. But you’d admit that every other job does too.”
A challenge that Sandra classified as a positive one is the competitive spirit of workers in the organization who have given themselves to self-development in order to retain relevance. “I wouldn’t call it a challenge or should I say it’s a positive challenge. It is an organization where all or most of her staff are fighting to maintain relevance. Everyone working to be better every day in his or her different sections. More like positive energy.”
Sandra advised young people to seek continuous growth and not dwell on past knowledge. She recommended constant improvement for anyone aspiring to advance career wise. “We all are still finding our feet. No one, even those at the top would ever admit that they have reached the apex. Everyone is trying to do more and be more. That is all you need to do – do more everyday. Do not settle. People are watching, opportunities are lurking and looking for the relentless. It will all work out someday. Even better than you ever imagined it.”
Having read Sandra Ginikachi Stephen’s interview, we hope that more people will work towards building themselves and mastering their craft to the highest level.
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There is a popular Latin phrase, ‘quid pro quo’, interpreted as ‘favour for favour’. This implies that something always goes for something and nothing is ever given without a reciprocated effort. At first, the phrase was used in the sixteenth century to refer to a substituted medicine for another but with the passing of time; the phrase became more generalized and used even for business.
Now, especially in the corporate world, quid pro quo can be referred to as exchange of goods, services, favours, or any other kind of value. Sometimes, clients would prefer an exchange of something valuable for their money. On the other hand, corporate organisations, through their workers, are often willing to satisfy their clients’ demands as a way of retaining their patronage. Many a time, these organisations impose this task of meeting clients’ needs on their workers in order to keep the company running.
The attitude of ‘something for something’ is not only displayed by clients, but swings both ways and many other ways actually. Employers seek value in all the projects they embark on, employees want something in return for their creative ideas and input, vendors want something for their services, sellers want money for their goods while buyers want value for their money, investors are particular about what they get in return for their investment and the list goes on.
The concept of quid pro quo played out in Furo’s experience…
After several years of being unemployed, Furo finally got a job opportunity in a well-known and reputable bank. She groomed and brushed up herself in every aspect she could think of just to beat not just the work ethics but also set a high standard for other workers to follow. During her waiting period, she had attended seminars and workshops to increase her skill and knowledge about the banking industry. Furo was convinced she was more than ready for this job.
Few months into her resumption, Furo, who was assigned to the marketing department, was given a target to raise 10million naira within six months. She courageously took this as a challenge and began to work towards it. Three months had passed and Furo realised she was not making much progress with her goal. She had talked to family and friends who she felt were rich but was only able to raise 2million naira, which was far from the target. Other prospects were quite sceptical about putting their money in her bank.
Another month passed and Furo was at the verge of frustration. Everyday she woke up tormented by the nightmare of being fired for not meeting the target. Nobody at work ever asked how she was faring with the 10million naira goal but everyone wanted results. None of her strategies seems to work and more pressure mounted on her.
Having heard of the story of Belema who had hit her goals in the space of one month, Furo was too much in shock to believe. She approached Belema to find out how she was able to pull it off without much stress. Luckily Belema was honest and open about her means, which was simply to approach the ‘big boys’ in town. Since Furo was clueless where to find such people, she had to depend on Belema to link her up with them.
Within a week, Belema connected Furo to a wealthy entrepreneur who owned several ventures in major cities in Nigeria. Belema had told her he was in his early fifties but he looked younger and nourished. He smelt of wealth and walked around with authority. Furo spent the next couple of days trying to convince him about the benefits are attached to the account she was proposing for him to open with her bank. She had thought she was making headway until he began to speak.
“Furo, I’ve heard all you have to say and I must commend your ability to simplify all these banking terms,” he said, acknowledging her.
“But the amount of money you’re asking me to put in there is a lot you know, even though I can afford it,” he continued.
As he spoke, he drank a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice that he had asked his steward to prepare.
“I know,” Furo responded to break the short silence. She wanted to get this deal signed without spending the whole day watching him drink and talk.
“The thing is, I want something for this huge sacrifice I’ll be making. Like I told Belema, the only reason why I am considering this is because of her plea and the tight situation you’re in,” He said and took another sip of his juice.
Furo was a bit embarrassed that Belema had given him too much detail. Nevertheless, she braced herself for any outcome.
The prospect leaned forward, looking straight into her eyes, “You know what, I will open that account but on one condition,” he said and paused.
“Which is?” Furo asked, looking a bit perplexed.
“Well, in business nothing goes for nothing. You must always have something valuable to exchange for every transaction,” he smirked. “Let me just go straight to the point. In exchange for this transaction between your bank and me, I want some of your sugar. I want you, Furo.”
Furo was taken aback. It was only then she recalled what Belema had told her about these big boys asking for something in return, in this case, her body.
“Furo, I can go beyond opening that account to changing your life. Are you willing to take the ride with me? Go think about it,” he said.
That day as Furo left his house, she was in a state of dilemma. Would she succumb or get fired? She was not quite sure of her next move….
Unvoiced perspective, telling the corporate stories that are rarely told…
Let’s hear from you, what should Furo do?
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