Write Africa, Write for Africa.

You want to write as a contemporary African? You want to earn from that? Right place you are in.

I, like many other’s have wondered when we will write not only African books, but books for Africans.
Most novels have lost that African touch because the voice is not ours. We have a new voice, the voice of the youth. A more modern one that reflects today and if everyone is dead set on pleasing others and not giving home, we beg to differ. 

This blog is set to revolutionize writing for Africans whose only hope seems to be the youth so with the tips and articles here, I hope you can help us help you do it!

Again this blog wishes to aid the young world wide on how to monetize their writing talent online. With a variety of tools and methods, we hope you can also benefit from your skills and utilise it to the max. 

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How to Earn Money Blogging with Zero Capital 

How to Earn Money Blogging with Zero Capital 

Did you know you can make money blogging? All you need is a smartphone or computer, data, ideas to write about and a powerful prayer that good ol’ ‘NEPA’does not interefere too often.
There are millions of blogs all over the world and thousands of subject matter/ niches ranging from sports to gossip to fashion. We read them every day on google or other search engines after typing a question, a ‘how to’ inquiry or just some random news search on football. Don’t know what to write about? This will help

Haven’t you ever thought , “Why would anybody dedicate so much time writing about these stuff’. Why would anybody just choose to give free news or some juicy or educative content without expecing anything in return for his time and expertise? Well in reality, they make money blogging or providing content on websites, they just need you to read it. Actually you and thousands of others, it’s called traffic. Contrary to real life,traffic is something prayed for by every blogger or website owner.

Here is how traffic helps bloggers make money without spending a kobo. You see those annoying ads that pop-up each time you go to a website or some links that have ad or advertisement tags on them? Well those are the ads that generate money for bloggers or website owners.

The ads could be by Google which is the most common type as it is easier and more accessible though the money generated will not be so much depending on how frequent your visitors click on them. 

There are also other sites that pay you to place ads on your blog, the more views or clicks, the more the money you get.

For blogs or sites with higher traffic, you can sell your spaces and place ads on them for businesses and companies like MTN, Airtel, Naij.com, Forex etc. That is how Linda Ikeji got to buy a 500million naira mansion this year, she makes millions of naira from Jumia’s ads alone!

Another way is writing reviews for companies or blogging their product on your blog for a fee. Companies like Creative Content, Matomy SEO offer these services.

Now that you know how to get money blogging, here are some helpful tips:
– Get an interesting and helpful niche people will actually read and write about it.

– Write captivating pieces that enlighten.

– Make sure the heading is catchy.

– Use a conversational tone.

– Research before you write! Avoid giving false information.

– Share on Social Media and Watsapp groups to increase traffic.

– Be consistent.

If you have any questions, contact us.

So instead of reading away stuff in your leisure time, why not download Blogger, WordPress, Medium or any other app and start making money today. It may take time but it will be worth it.

How To Get Most Out Of This Strike- Monetize Your Break

How To Get Most Out Of This Strike- Monetize Your Break

Just as we were getting adjusted to the melting and deflated numbers that were our economy, ASUU decided it was time to bang the hammer, it was time to once again to delay our various intended careers indefinitely

I, for one am an unbeliever when it comes to idleness. I do not believe in whiling away time and chilling away the recession plus a bonus, the strike while my parents keep toiling to make ends meet and eventually support my way back to school. That in itself, is as tiring to my ever agile mind as labouring physically, and not half as rewarding. So I embarked on a research, a quest to get the most out of the least of my moments, it was a lucrative and eye-opening one believe me. So I thought  why not share with all the millions of Nigerian students out there trying to be productive and actually achieve something while ASUU do their business. Who knows, it may be a blessing in disguise.
If you get to read these tips, know that it is for the consumption of all and any as there is no use in withholding any information that may be beneficial to us all. So here are some tips that may make this strike period and on the long run, any free period you may get in the future more productive than you have ever bargained for…what’s more, you already know them.

1, FIND YOUR TALENT/ STRONG POINT

It may sound too easy to those whose talents are apparent or too vague to those who feel they have none but read on.

If you have already discovered the special ingredient in your humanity that makes you, you, congratulations! But do you know that you may have more talents than one. I know of a lady who is an excellent painter, her drawings literally have life, they speak to you. When she writes, you get transported into the reality she has created and when she sings, sirens get jealous. She is multi-talented and she has them all discovered. If this lady propagates only these unique qualities, it is safe to say she has found her talents. But she can do more, she can, with her creativity be a make-up artist, fashion designer, sculptor, creative writer  , an endless list. This is finding talent within talent. 

So if you feel you are good with music, chances are you will be an excellent poet. If you are good with colours, interior designer perhaps. Your forte might be technologically inclined, you might with a little bit of polishing make mad website designs or super usefull mobile apps or ground breaking technological discoveries. 

For those who feel they do not have any, and believe me they are plenty, you do. I believe everyone has a talent just that some are patent while others are latent. You might have even discovered your talent but have dismissed it as minor or unimportant, you want a popular one like writing.

I know of a person who made dollars plaiting hair, yes cornrows!. That is her talent and she made the most of it.

It might be your organizational skills, or ability to persuade, or being a great orator, or you just have a mind that can strategize. Look into your inner self and find that thing you are really good at without even trying.

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2, ACT ON YOUR TALENT/SET UP YOUR BUSINESS 

What is the use of buying a rod if you don’t fish with it? Discovering your talent is only important if you act up on it.

A lot of people die not knowing what they are capable of doing but what is more painful are the ones who die knowing what special thing they can do but not harvesting from it.

Make sure that you tap into that special  feature to it’s fullest which if you look, is never too much. 

Use this opportunity and make money painting, writing, designing software, cooking, playing football, tailoring, or just business.

3, INTERNSHIPS
Applying for and securing internship with an office in your intended area of specialization is perhaps one of the most productive ways of juicing the most out of this period. Law Students for example can be interns in Chambers were they can get knowledge no class can teach them, medical students would best be fit in a hospital, examining how things are actually done and gaining so much experience without as much stress as an actual ward round. Though payment is not guaranteed, the beneficial knowledge gained is almost better.

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4, APPRENTICESHIPS 

Get a carpentry workshop or car repair centre or any place were vocational trades are practiced and attach yourself to them, forget about the fact that you are pursuing a degree, this is entrepreneurship in practice. Learn the dynamics and tools of the trade, your degree might not always be what you use to pay the bills.

5, FARMING

Youth have been driven to the farmlands by recession like cattle by it’s shepherd, one of the few things we might consider to be actual blessings out of the economic mess. You can hire a farmland, use yours if you have one or make use of your parent’s or relative’s farms and plant something seasonal, you will be surprised how much you can make at the end of the harvest…or strike as the case may be.

Bottomline, don’t wait for ASUU to decide when you start making us of your life, they are known to take forever in calling off their strike, as much as we pray this isn’t one of those long, boring ones, we can never be too safe.

I am going to write a series of posts on how to make money with little or no capital at all online, so subscribe to keep up to date.

8 POWERFUL REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP BLOGS

The main reason I keep a blog is more than just to express myself, it’s to help young people in a continent loaded with third world countries find their way in the endless blind search for a living and a voice in the I.T world. I know some people might consider my concentration on Africa self-centered, why not the whole world? You may ask. But if you read my blog, most of my posts are not merely concentrated on Africa, I write for the world but being African- that melanin on my skin and my thick, dark afro hair, that’s my identity. So this is why I keep mine. You? Here are 8 reasons people blog:

1, Self-expression-  And the most common reason too. More than half of bloggers worldwide keep blogs as an outlet for their ever cycling thoughts. It’s like a tank, a water tank being filled and the water is just pouring in with no outlet, one day, that tank will be filled, and that day it will spill – better you spill it for all the world to share and appreciate than keep it in, you might burst

2, To inform- We see many blogs everyday whose sole purpose it seems is to pass information, impart knowledge about an event, about a product , on health, politics, just knowledge. These are the people whose blogs you read and whisper a thank you after you are through. There are some blogs on information about events, contests, scholarships.

3, To help-‘ How to increase your views in just six days’. This is a “help” blog. It’s main aim; help people who want to know how to do stuff. So yeah this blog is kind of a help blog. It points you at the right direction with enough information to help you stay afloat. Recipe blogs, business idea blogs.

4, To promote yourself- As a socialite, media personality, literary personality, entertainer , writer, you should keep a blog to update people on your life and help them keep up.

5, To promote your business- Recently, blogs and websites have become key to running of successful business, main reason? Packaging. In order to display your product attractively and get your product or service to pop-up in google search results, keeping a blog is a free and essential thing.

6, To make money- Many people make a living on websites by putting up adverts on their blogs or websites and make tons of money. You can also have an online mall. It is a very effective way to monetise your blog.

7, To bring people together – Say a blog for writers. A blog can serve as a community were matters concerning a particular class of people are discussed by them and ways to promote their cause.

8, To share your stories- Wether true life or fiction, many people just write on their blog and it is an effective way to get to a large audience.

$20,000 prize Flash Fiction Competition. 

The César Egido Serrano Foundation is the non-profit Foundation convener of this initiative, and whose objective is to use words and therefore dialogue as a tool for understanding between different cultures and religions. The competition first prize is $20,000 for the best short story. All entries will be evaluated by an international jury of great prestige, and the finalist’s stories will be published. A maximum of two stories per person of no more than 100 words each, should be submitted from the following link:

Apply here

Type in this Identification code in the registration form:

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The Museo de la Palabra is a heritage site of the Fundación César Egido Serrano, it is located in Quero, Toledo (Spain), on the first route of Don Quixote.

The Gravity of Life

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That pull exists in life. The desire to be more than we actually are, the quest to get more out of life than life seems to offer. It might be for the better, or worse.

It is in Man’s innate nature to proove to himself and others that he can be MORE. Though admittedly there are some people whose zeal to succeed is just not there, they believe in living only.

Others believe that if life is worth living, it is worth living well. More often than not, these are the people that end up making it to the top.

Most times these are the people who never thought they could make it, they toiled and soiled from the very root till they made it to the top. These are the people that the society looked down on because they had neither a noble background nor influential families but alas fate had other things in stock for them.

Everyday people who move from the blades of grass up are making it in life, and their past becomes either forgotten or a point of reference. They become among the most respected, most influential, men that speak and are heard even before their voice hits the ear, the become models for us in the society. This is what happens when fate shoots a persons luck up. Hopefully, his luck will stay up for the rest of his life before the pull of gravity decides to bring it down.

Some however watch helplessly as karma flings them from the top of the success tree down on dirt and ashes, a few of whom rise from the ashes like a phoenix. These are the one’s who know what truly the pull of gravity back to earth means. The impact of the force at which they land shakes them up and probably breaks their vital organs so much so that they may never rise again.

The bottomline is, you cannot stay at the top forever, there has to be someone before and after you likewise being at the rusty bottom of the chain is not permanent. The most important factor is that you decide to beat all odds and climb the forbidden ladder and when thrown by the forces of life, you try to climb right back up. In this life we are living, life itself is attached to hope. 

Write for Africa Essay Competition 2017

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Radiant Initiative for Africa Essay Contest, “Write for Africa” aims at creating awareness on the career opportunities available to young, talented writers, to find creative writers and place them on internships in organizations where their writing prowess will be harnessesed, nurtured and prepared for higher opportunities. All entrants are expected to tell their own stories, motivate others and to show the world who they really are through their submissions.

The topic for the essay is My Life, My Words (Non Fiction).

What to gain

  • The top three prize winners will be given an Amazon Kindle, Color Printer and writing pak respectively
  • Three winners will be selected to participate in a 6 months paid internship;
  • Winners will be put in contact with with influential writers who will serve as mentors to them, providing wider exposure for their creative work, providing them access to national and international support networks of fellow young writers and change makers.

Who can apply?

  • Young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 29;
  • Candidates willing to travel to Abuja if selected for the face-to-face interview and be willing to take the 6 months paid internship placement.

How to apply

  • After completing the online registration, send essay toradiant4africa@gmail.com. Essays must not exceed 1000 words and the font type should be Times New Roman (size 14).
  • Submissions must be received by midnight of July 20, 2017. The shortlisted essays will be notified on July 30, 2017.

See more here.

How I Get Things Done: Richard Branson.

How I get things done

To say that life as an entrepreneur and business leader is busy is an understatement. So, in order to make sure I achieve everything that not only needs to get done but also everything I want to get done, I make lists – lots of them.

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I have always lived my life by making lists. These vary from lists of people to call, lists of ideas, lists of companies to set up, lists of people who can make things happen. I also have lists of topics to blog about, lists of tweets to send, and lists of upcoming plans. 

Each day I work through these lists. By ticking off each task, my ideas take shape and plans move forward. To help you turn your ideas into a reality, here are my top 10 tips for making lists:

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1.     Write down every single idea you have, no matter how big or small
2.     Always carry a notebook
3.     Find a list method that works for you. Doodles, bullet-points, charts what suits you best?
4.     Make a list of small, manageable tasks to complete every day
5.     Mark off every completed task youll find making each tick very satisfying
6.     Make your goals measurable so you know if your plans are working
7.     Set far off, outlandish goals. What do you want to have achieved by 2020? How about 2050?
8.     Include personal goals in your lists, not just business
9.     Share your goals with others. You can help motivate each other further
10.  Celebrate your successes then make new lists of new goal

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The Earth and Sky Theory; A Must Read.

The earth is female, the sky is male. Saying a man and woman have equal duties, is therefore due to lack of understanding of natures distinct and deliberate division of labour.

The earth with all its softness, fertility and occassional bumpiness and the sky, so intimidating, so protective and sometimes so angry are actually man and woman personified. 

Look at it this way, the earth springs forth a means of sustenance to us, much like a mother suckling it’s baby and that act in itself is that of reproduction, a means of procreation. But the earth does not produce it’s bounties by a singular act, it needs the sky to rain and fertilize it’s seeds, then it needs the sky’s warmth. And when the earth has used the water to it’s content,  it, in a selfless act transfers the excess up to the sky in a sort of support system because the earth knows that it will in the long run benefit from it again and though when the sun is hot , the sky may be too harsh on its poor mate but we all know that sometimes temper,  is just a form of keeping a loved one warm which has gone too far.

Everyone is closer to his mother, at birth at least, even if not for life because there is this intimacy unique between the giver and the receiver,  the mother and the son, the earth and humanity and even though we keep harming and disrespecting, she keeps giving, she is just being a mother. So while our connection with mother earth is direct, our connection with father sky is a little bit farther, a gesture necessary for our safety. It is always looming ahead, so seemingly out of reach yet you feel like if you reach out far enough , you might touch it . The sky is the protector of the earth and all her entireties, the provider,  the guardian, if the sky refuses to give, the earth and her children will suffer, wilt away, and die… but eventually,  sky will die out too because it’s water is not being recycled and purified by natures own purification system and so it’s very essence fails to exist. 

So therefore, just as these two opposite yet equally beautiful forces of nature have different uses and roles to play, so do we, males and females have different roles and deciding on who is more important is honestly a mere exercise in futility and the more you hammer on it, the less sense you make, the more nonsense you say because one cannot exist without the other. A man is meant for a woman just as a woman is meant for a man all by natures careful design.

The overused cliche ‘What a  man can do, a woman can do even better ‘ is therefore ,going by the earth and sky theory seriously wrong, just substitute man and woman with earth and sky, see if it makes sense, no? Well maybe because a woman is not meant to do what a man does, maybe because a woman is unique  in her own right, and a man is too. When we understand that the earth and sky are a unit working together to achieve maximum results,  each knowing and sticking to it’s own role, then  and only then will we appreciate why women can never be men, why they can’t do some things a man can do, why it is natural for it to be and why it is insulting suggesting otherwise.

Self – Publishing Guide; What is an Imprint? 

Originally posted by Inventing Reality Publishing Services

11196328_10152716592200216_5186047153390453639_nFor those authors self-publishing a book for the first time, there’s a lot to learn – new terminology, new skills, new business models. One of the terms a new author likely is to run into, especially when uploading their book to CreateSpace or another print on demand company is imprint. 

Imprint is another word for “publisher.” Every book has a publisher, which is someone (or a company) who prepares the text for sale. Typically, the imprint or publisher own the book’s ISBN. 

So who is the imprint – or publisher – of your book? 

To answer that question, first ask who owns the ISBN that is going on the book’s title page. If you (or your company) personally purchased the ISBN, you are the publisher. Individuals as well as companies can purchase and own ISBNs, so you don’t have to create a business simply because you’re self-publishing, though there are some advantages to it. 

Secondly, if you don’t have an ISBN, ask yourself who then will assign one to your book. Either you must go buy one or you can have the print on demand company take care of for it; the cost of the latter ranges from free at CreateSpace to nominal at Smashwords, though a few companies may make you pay full price and even charge a processing fee for the paperwork of obtaining one. Should you have your print on demand company assign your book an ISBN, then they are the imprint or publisher. So, a CreateSpace-assigned ISBN means “CreateSpace” will have to be entered as the imprint. 

All book that are sold must have an imprint or publisher, as this allows distributors and retailers to determine the ownership and authenticity of your book’s ISBN. If you just give away your book, then no ISBN is necessary, though you may not be able to do so through a distributor or retailer. 

For more self publishing tips go to web site Inventing Reality Publishing Services.

5 Reasons Why I’ll Take Novels Over Their Movies Any Day.

I watched Harry Potter before I read the book. In fact most probably because of where I’m from, I never knew there was a Harry Potter book until well into the second or third part. Growing up I had mixed reactions about the movies, at first I was scared(I was young ), then I was amazed at the creativity , how did a human being think all this up?, then I became hungry, an insatiable one. I wanted more of it and a year of torturous waiting wasn’t for me. 

Some years later ,I found the book, something shifted. I never knew the movies could be that skeletal, that flimsy.  I mean as good as the Harry Potter movies was, it was all sponge compared to the book, simply outstanding. The way she painted the characters so vivid , the scenes like I had been teleported there and I could smell every scent and taste every food. Everything,  everything was just so alive I had forgotten it was all fiction. At a point in time, I found it hard to relate the movie with the novel.
So here are some reasons why the novels are a bigger hit:

  1. The movies do not much to the imagination, I mean every scene is handed to you, you don’t need to conjure it up but the scenes in tge books appeal to the imagination, you create your own characters and in fact you make a movie, I prefer that.
  2. The details. There is just so much a movie can show you before it gets too animated . No matter how detailed, technology cannot capture everything but with a novel, there is no limit to how detailed the author makes it,  everything out of this world and it will still make sense.
  3. I love reading, that’s enough right?.
  4. The flashbacks, the reasons why things happen, only in the novels.
  5. There is no tine frame with a novel but movies are usually two hours tops so they fail to capture the real essence of the story.

Plus the diction, descriptions, narratives,  epic conversations, drama. Come on! I bet I’m not alone, how about you, novels or their movies?.