E-commerce and Business Start-up

A hosted E-commerce Solution, sometimes called a “Cloud” or “Software as a Service – SaaS” means that everything that you need is provided in one package. It includes the use of software and hosting with service and support provided. Importantly hosted solutions come with updates, upgrades and maintenance as part of the deal and they are the service providers responsibility.

E-commerce assists entrepreneurs to be creative and innovative. In the course of evaluation process of a potential new idea and market strategies.

E-commerce is essential, it increases importance indicated in the continually increasing amount of both business and business and business to customer, E-commerce sales.

The fastest growing retail E-commerce category in 2011 was Digital Contents and Subscription compose mainly of digital contents download in audio, videos, TV shows and E-books at a growth rate of 26%. Others are Flat panel TV’s, Tablets, E-readers, Jewry and Watches.

Wide spread use of personal consumer, the adoption of intranet in companies, the acceptance of internet as a business of communication platform and most secure which make business easier and faster.

There are other options like open source software and shared hosting but you will need web technical skills to go that way or you will need to find a web developer / designer to do the job for you. To go this direction you need to either choose the software that you want and then find a suitable hosting company or find a developer / designer who may make the choice for you. Once your website is completed you or your developer will be responsible for all the updates and security maintenance that is required to get the site working and safe. Make sure the developer that you select will be around after the website is finished to help maintain it.

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Reviving the Wakanda Spirit in Africa

 


Credit: Black Panther/ Marvel Studios.

You are in Wakanda now. Thanos will have nothing but dust and blood.

Wakanda , officially known the as Kingdom of Wakanda , is a small isolationist landlocked country located in Africa , surrounded by mountain ranges and a thick forest.

Map of Wakanda from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #1 (December 1983).
Art by Don McGregor.

 

As essential as the allure of the character the Black Panther is, the Kingdom of Wakanda, the fictional African city from which he hails, is just as meaningful to many of those attending. Wakanda is a hidden African city, never conquered by Europeans, with the world’s only source of Vibranium and more technologically advanced that the rest of the world. It is alleged the source of the Vibranium is a meteor strike and that the meteor contained the Soul Gem, one of the Infinity Stones integral to the plot of Avengers: Infinity War.

Why Wakanda Forever Is Bigger Than ‘Black Panther’

 

Let’s visit the old Egypt

Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient North Africa , concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in the place that is now the country Egypt . Ancient Egyptian civilization followed prehistoric Egypt and coalesced around 3100 BC (according to conventional Egyptian chronology ) with the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under Menes (often identified with Narmer ).

The history of ancient Egypt occurred as a series of stable kingdoms, separated by periods of relative instability known as Intermediate Periods: the Old Kingdom of the Early Bronze Age , the Middle Kingdom of the Middle Bronze Age and the New Kingdom of the Late Bronze Age .

An old Egyptian Map.

Egypt reached the pinnacle of its power in the New Kingdom, ruling much of Nubia and a sizable portion of the Near East , after which it entered a period of slow decline. During the course of its history Egypt was invaded or conquered by a number of foreign powers, including the Hyksos, the Libyans, the Nubians, the Assyrians , the Achaemenid Persians , and the Macedonians under the command of Alexander the Great . The Greek Ptolemaic Kingdom, formed in the aftermath of Alexander’s death, ruled Egypt until 30 BC, when, under Cleopatra , it fell to the Roman Empire and became a Roman province.

The success of ancient Egyptian civilization came partly from its ability to adapt to the conditions of the Nile River valley for agriculture. The predictable flooding and controlled irrigation of the fertile valley produced surplus crops, which supported a more dense population, and social development and culture. With resources to spare, the administration sponsored mineral exploitation of the valley and surrounding desert regions, the early development of an independent writing system , the organization of collective construction and agricultural projects, trade with surrounding regions, and a military intended to assert Egyptian dominance. Motivating and organizing these activities was a bureaucracy of elite scribes , religious leaders, and administrators under the control of a pharaoh, who ensured the cooperation and unity of the Egyptian people in the context of an elaborate system of religious beliefs.

The many achievements of the ancient Egyptians include the
quarrying, surveying and construction techniques that supported the building of monumental pyramids, temples, and obelisks ; a system of mathematics , a practical and effective system of medicine, irrigation systems and agricultural production techniques, the first known planked boats, Egyptian faience and glass technology, new forms of literature , and the earliest known peace treaty , made with the Hittites. Ancient Egypt has left a lasting legacy. Its art and architecture were widely copied, and its antiquities carried off to far corners of the world. Its monumental ruins have inspired the imaginations of travelers and writers for centuries. A new-found respect for antiquities and excavations in the early modern period by Europeans and Egyptians led to the scientific investigation of Egyptian civilization and a greater appreciation of its cultural legacy.

The pyramids of Giza are among the most recognizable symbols of the civilization of ancient Egypt.

Old Kingdom

The great pyramids of Gizah

Major advances in architecture, art, and technology were made during the
Old Kingdom , fueled by the increased agricultural productivity and resulting population, made possible by a well-developed central administration. Some of ancient Egypt’s crowning achievements, the Giza pyramids and Great Sphinx , were constructed during the Old Kingdom. Under the direction of the vizier , state officials collected taxes, coordinated irrigation projects to improve crop yield, drafted peasants to work on construction projects, and established a justice system to maintain peace and order.

Middle Kingdom

The kings of the Middle Kingdom restored the country’s stability and prosperity, thereby stimulating a resurgence of art, literature, and monumental building projects. Mentuhotep II and his Eleventh Dynasty successors ruled from Thebes, but the vizier Amenemhat I , upon assuming the kingship at the beginning of the Twelfth Dynasty around 1985 BC, shifted the kingdom’s capital to the city of Itjtawy , located in
Faiyum . From Itjtawy, the kings of the Twelfth Dynasty undertook a farsighted land reclamation and irrigation scheme to increase agricultural output in the region. Moreover, the military reconquered territory in Nubia that was rich in quarries and gold mines, while laborers built a defensive structure in the Eastern Delta, called the “Walls-of-the-Ruler “, to defend against foreign attack.

In 332 BC, Alexander the Great conquered Egypt with little resistance from the Persians and was welcomed by the Egyptians as a deliverer. The administration established by Alexander’s successors, the Macedonian Ptolemaic Kingdom, was based on an Egyptian model and based in the new capital city of Alexandria. The city showcased the power and prestige of Hellenistic rule, and became a seat of learning and culture, centered at the famous Library of Alexandria . The Lighthouse of Alexandria lit the way for the many ships that kept trade flowing through the city as the Ptolemies made commerce and revenue generating enterprises, such as papyrus manufacturing, their top priority.

Young people are the drivers of Africa’s economy and future. With eleven million youth expected to enter Africa’s labor market every year for the next decade, now is the time for urgent action to build and nurture the region’s human capital.

The above information was culled for motivation and for the propagation of change in the future of Africa’s youths, policy makers, and civil society to collectively focus in solving the Africa challenges , aspirations, and actions taken to help build the human capital of areas of digital transformation to building human capital, Africa’s development future, prepare for Africa’s digital future and developing the potential of the continent’s next generation.

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Indonesia sustainable human capital development for inclusive innovation

Highly educated and well trained human resources are critical for an innovation driven economy and for Indonesia to sustain its future economic growth and to improve social welfare, the government has issued regulations, in which domestic taxpayers who conduct research and development (R&D) could obtain a gross income as high as 300% of the cost of their R&D activities, though the R&D activities must be conducted in Indonesia and produce new inventions, innovations, new technology and/or a transfer of technology to develop industries.

Also, domestic taxpayers who open a new business or expand their existing businesses in labours intensive sectors could enjoy a net income tax deduction of 60% of the capital they invested as fixed assets and local taxpayers who organize working programs, internships and/or educational activities to develop human resources based on a certain competency could obtain a gross income as high as 200% of the funds they had spent for the activities. Indonesia is learning from Singapore and South Korea, which have strong and committed governments that proactively set policy and provide incentives to push human capital development.

They strongly believe that high-quality human capital is key to maintaining their global competitiveness and to sustain growth.

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Unemployment and poverty have yet to see a positive impact in Nigeria

The increasing unemployment and declining underemployment rates imply that the fragile economic recovery is beginning to create employment. But the current rate measures that, the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.

However, hours worked within these jobs are not yet enough for full time employment (40+ hours within the week). While this is on-going, the inflow of entrants into the labour market continues to grow steadily, minimizing the effect of any jobs created within the economy on the overall unemployment rate.

Last year, Nigeria’s official unemployment figures jumped by 30 percent this year to 16 million with another two million expected by the end of the year. But less than forty percent of Nigeria’s nearly 200 million people are fully employed. Also, in the same year, Nigeria edged-out of its worst recession in nearly three decades in September last year and made bouts of economic growth.

Similarly, a report as at January 2019 by the Brookings Institution indicated that, the Nigeria state had overtaken India as the nation with the highest number of extremely poor people. The report showed that about 87 million Nigerians are in extreme poverty, with six Nigerians falling into extreme poverty every minute.

Furthermore, data from National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, showed that the number of unemployed Nigerians rose  by 3.3 million or 19 per cent to 20.9 million in third quarter of 2018 (Q3’18)  from 17.6 million in third quarter  of 2017 (Q3’17).

Presenty, Unemployment Rate in Nigeria increased to 23.10 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from 22.70 percent in the second quarter of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Nigeria averaged 12.31 percent from 2006 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 23.10 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and a record low of 5.10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010; NBS and Trading Economics noted(Figure 1.).

Fig. 1. UNEMPLOYMENT INDEX IN NIGERIA.
[NBS/ TRADINGECONOMICS.COM]

This  infra data, provides the latest reported value for – Nigeria Unemployment Rate – plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Nigeria Unemployment Rate – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on July of 2019.

Fig. 2.http://TRADINGECONOMICS.COM
TRADINGECONOMICS.COM

Why Unemployment rate is still increasing

Inadequate funding remains the major reason why most industries in the country could not survive or expand, to create more jobs in the system, Nigeria has what it takes to stand and compete favourably with China and Dubai, but for lack of support to its entrepreneurs.

From all  six geopolitical zones of the Nigeria, citizens have been lamenting  that  the Federal Government   lack of commitment  to empower entrepreneurs in the country to fast track economic growth.

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Governor Abiodun to reduce unemployment rate in Ogun, through employment process digitization and youth empowerment

The prosperity of a country lies in the improvements made for the comfort of majority of its citizens. Equality based rights protection is the basic requirement of the citizens. Number of structures and institutional factors combine together to define a map for the government and a social relation between government and its people is maintained. Due to this, government is obliged to provide best material (personnel).

To fulfill human resource plan of workplace, it requires the selection of those persons who can meet the needs of that workplace. Recruitment process starts by specifying the requirements (numbers, skills and time frame) of human resource. These requirements are the result of job analysis and activities of human resource development. After this initial process of job specification description, next phase is the recruitment process. Qualified candidates are asked to apply for the jobs. At this stage recruitment authority requires to devise the selection tools. Selection tools help in sorting out the best qualified persons.

As results of  the recruitment process application problems, job description and standard personnel requirements were not adequately used, especially at the lowest category of grade levels in Nigeria.

Kudos! to the government of Ogun State, Nigeria for taking a bold steps in the areas of unemployment by innovating and purifying corrupt  job application process in his state through digitization.

Governor Dapo Abiodun

Chief Press Secretary,  Kunle Somorin, stated that the portal would register, on a continuous basis, unemployed youths in the State with a view to providing them jobs suitable for their trade and academic qualifications.

He gave the site address as www.iseya.ng/public/.

“The Government of Ogun State are partnering with the public-private sector oriented to expand their job space for our teeming young men and women and those who have special talents,” the statement quoted the Governor as saying.

“It is a major pillar of our quality governance model. We are going to have an inclusive government that will utilize valuable potentials that abound in the State and that’s why we are involving the private sector.

“All graduates and those with vocational training across the State will give their information and we will endeavor  to match them with potential employers, not only within the civil service but also with the private sector, with whom we are partnering”, he stated.

To ensure that the citizens and residents of the states are not short-changed “we will send a local content bill for legislative action, such that investors will first look inward to availability of workers in Ogun State and make our youths their primary catchment area when they situate their Corp Abida here”.

The Governor said his Government plans certain enablers as corollary to his mission  to build our future together through “qualitative governance, education,  healthcare, infrastructural development, digitization and agriculture “.

“Besides linking our graduates with industrialists and Government agencies, we plan to engage 10,000 farmers to be supported for mechanized farming with attendant value chain benefits to make agribusiness bedrock of his administration’s plan to lift people out of poverty.”

Already, Governor Abiodun said 10,000 youths will be supported to plant cassava, maize and rice – crops in which the state is a leading producer.

“Each farmer will get a parcel of land and be supported with clearing,  seedlings,  extension and off takers services to ensure profitability of their ventures,” the statement concluded.

Job portal platforms can help in solving some problems of recruitment in Nigerian federal, state civil service and to determine the extent of the utilization of job description and job specification in the recruitment process if embrace by all government of the federation and not manipulated.

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TEF and UNDP to Empower 100,000 Additional Entrepreneurs   

As the continent looks towards its entrepreneurs. With a majority of African nations diversifying from traditional sources of income, entrepreneurship is increasingly seen as a key to economic growth.

Looking into the infrat tenuous economic statistical analysis, it shows vividly that entrepreneurial development is one of the strategic growth tools in which the continent can evolve her economic potentiality.

  • Nigeria is expected to be the 3rd most populous country by 2050 with a population of over 300 million while several other African countries are projected to have more than doubled their population in the same time period.
  • Africa, in general, is expected to account for more than half of the world’s population growth between 2015 and 2050.
  • 41% of Africans are currently under the age of 15 and 60% of the continent is below the age of 25.
  • Now, 9 out of 10 working African youth are poor or near poor and over the next 10 years, only one in four of Africa’s youth are expected to find a wage job at best.
  • The youth population in Africa is expected to double, to over 830 million, by 2050.
  • In Nigeria alone, over 40 million additional jobs will be needed between now and 2030.

Entrepreneurship development is basically the process of improving the skill set as well as the knowledge of the entrepreneurs. The process of entrepreneurship development is nothing but helping the entrepreneurs develop their skills through training and application of that training.

Now, Tony Elumelu Foundation as an African non-profit organization.

TEF Chairman, Tony O. Elumelu.

Founded in  by Tony O. Elumelu and headquartered in Lagos. Nigeria Tony O. Elumelu belief that, with the right support, entrepreneurs can be empowered to contribute meaningfully to Africa’s prosperity and social development.

Tony Elumelu Foundation Fellow

It is has also been a great ĵmoment,  since the establishment of Tony Elumelu Foundation, in the areas of entrepreneurship, small and medium scale businesses development to the young continent of Africa.

UNDP Representative and TEF Chairman sighning the partnership agreement.

We are pleased to announce the partnership between the Tony Elumelu Foundation and UNDP to empower 100,000 additional entrepreneurs in 7 Sahel African countries over a 10-year period. This is in addition to the 10,000 African entrepreneurs that the Foundation is already committed to; stated in TEF News letter.

Starting this July, applications open for African entrepreneurs residing in the following countries: Nigeria (Northern), Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.

With this partnership, the Tony Elumelu Foundation will give hope to the thousands of African entrepreneurs who have not been selected for its TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Across Africa, entrepreneurs are starting every size, and every type, of business. Without adequate entrepreneurship education, mentorship and business support, Africa faces a very uncertain future.

So, we are imploring international organizations, wealthy African descants to partner with the likes of TEF or follow their empowerment path in the areas of entrepreneurship development and employment growth strategies in Africa, that have helping thousand of Africans since inception of the programme.

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Teenage SEO Wizard Uses Social Media to Teach Marketing

 

Every year, Google tweaks its search bot algorithm making Search Engine Optimization (SEO) more competitive every year. Thankfully, there are tools like Google Search Console and Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest to help. But are they enough?

Koosha Azim SEO
Teenage entrepreneur and digital marketer Koosha Azim shares his take.

“There are plenty of free useful SEO tools out there that often go unused by the majority of website developers. There are enough websites and blog posts indexed on Google that share every inch of the digital marketing realm. It is up to the entrepreneur or blogger to use these tools or spend way too many hours testing content.”

Meet Koosha Azim

Koosha Azim is a digital marketer who makes videos about SEO and social media. He even releases free marketing tips on his Koosha Azim blog. With several months of rigorous WordPress website optimization experience, Koosha has learned the ins and outs of SEO.

The following is a video from Koosha Azim’s official YouTube channel explaining Reddit and Tumblr SEO practices.

“I had no knowledge of ranking pages, posts, or categories on Google search. After months of rapid searching and reading, I was able to learn much more than I thought would be possible.”

He even believes that LinkedIn is the future of video content. With over 4,000 followers, Koosha also posts much of his YouTube content on LinkedIn to reach more professional audiences.

Much of his following has been accumulated from his videos that often go viral under hashtags such as #linkedin or #marketing.

Here is a recent video he posted on his LinkedIn profile introducing the concept of having a Creator Mindset:

For more information about Azim’s background, history, and work, check out his Everipedia page: Koosha Azim Everipedia & follow him on Twitter.

Curious to know about Snapchat streaks? Check out this article ( click ).
Check out one of Koosha’s articles on Think Media Nigeria

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Apply for the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme

Have you recently started your own company?

Then the Westerwelle Foundation might be looking for you!

Apply for the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme by 31 July 2019 and get six months of business mentoring and a scholarship to attend the Young Founders Conference in Berlin, Germany from 22nd to 26th of October 2019.

Apply from https://lnkd.in/dgev6zu

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Apply for Lagos Venture Day

Lagos Venture Day is a fantastic opportunity for African startups by IE Business School .

IE Business School (one of the top business schools in the world with a strong focus on entrepreneurship) is  organising a Venture Day in Lagos focused on start-ups offering Digital Solutions to business or social challenges.

The idea is to provide a competitive platform on which start-ups can promote their work and have the chance to win N5m in cash, €15k worth of Amazon web services and a chance to pitch at the South Summit in Spain, 2020. In addition to this, the finalists have opportunities to network with potential investors.

Apply here – https://www.f6s.com/lagosventureday/apply/

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