In the last 50 years, Finland has transformed itself from an agriculturally oriented culture into a competitive, technologically advanced information society. This small, Nordic country of five million people has the least corruption and the best competitiveness rate of any country in the world, according to international indices. Over 85 per cent of Finnish households have access to a broadband Internet connection and over 90 per cent of the active population has a mobile phone.
A lot has been said and written in the past years about Africans and Africa. Most times, it is either that African people had failed to develop from the primitive to the less primitive: or they had reached a point of helplessness at which, if left to themselves, they would never do any better. Recalling the Europeans imagination of great schedule of hierarchical progress from savagery to civilization, with Europe at the peak and zenith of the line; where Africans were simply not in the race or perhaps they had once set out, though this was more than doubtful if so, they had long since stopped running, exactly why was not known. But the reason, whatever it might be, was generally agreed to lie in some fatal deficiency of their nature. What wild speculation? […]
In today’s Nigerian (and most African) society with everything going, from politics to terrorism to religious and ethnic intolerance and corruption of epidemic proportions, it is very helpful if we as a people learn to start respecting other people’s opinions, views, position, outlook, and rights, etc.
Oftentimes disagreements and heated debates start between people because they have differences of opinions toward a certain subject. In my years in this world, and with my upbringing, education, and life’s experience, I have learnt that just because someone has a different opinion from your own do not mean that their opinion is wrong. An opinion is not a fact, therefore there is no right or wrong view – it is just that, an opinion. It is the same thing with a view; just because someone does not view something the way you should not degenerate into an argument or debate with them about why you are right, and they are wrong. Because they think you are wrong and they’re right. […]
Nollywood Movies: Why I am worried – A few days ago, I talked about how most Nollywood movies help in creating a bad image of the Igbos and its detrimental effect on Igbo culture. Today, I want to touch on the part of the negative effect on our kids and its influence on criminality. […]
Source of IKEA’s success in Sweden early on (the 50s and 60s)?
In 1943, IKEA was founded by Ingvar Kamprad at his home town, selling mainly pencils, postcards and other merchandise. From the late 40s to early 50s, manufacturing furniture was introduced as a complement to general merchandise. This enabled Kamprad to step into the furniture business and exploring the situation and finding new opportunities. The business had gain massive success in the domestic market for the since opening and the key to its achievements is Kamprad’s leadership. He not only had the vision for the furniture industry, market’s situation, and enthusiasm for business, but Kamprad also played an important role in managing the company’s resources, turned it into capabilities and prove IKEA’s distinctive core competencies. Example for that can be IKEA’s leap on the furniture retail industry: more affordable products to target a large amount of customer, showroom and store’s concept, better customer experience… […]
Since the noise about the second attempt to secede from Nigeria, I feel compelled to draw the attention of the Igbos and Biafrans to the legal and acceptable ways to pursue such gigantic ambition. I have observed that we are not following the proper channel and strategy to win this battle. We should not start up what we will not finish. it is important for us to know that there are a lot of things that need to be done before we resort to war. Let us not make the second mistake. We do not have enough resources for any confrontation or even war now….. Please retrace back and plan properly. […]
The Byproduct of European Colonization on African people
“That Africa has been an “altruistic repository” were all western media search and tap their awful stories and news to tell the world is a fact we have to live with. Most times, they paint Africa more than “black” that it is. This Article takes another dimension to point out that Africa before the colonialist attack is not that bad. It stresses that the major problems of Africa now may have been caused by the marauders and imperialist from the western world. […]
How to manage Leadership Challenges of Fast-Growth Companies. Companies and business face some challenges both outside and within the work environment. This challenges may hinder the growth of the business and cause a decline in the company’s economy. Firms and companies who seek to tackle the leadership changelings should follow some crucial steps towards achieving the desired goal.
As a multilingual father of bilingual children, I am finding myself shocked and confused at the number of parents I run into who have chosen not to speak their native language to their children for various reasons or who have been persuaded to believe that speaking their native language to their children will hurt them socially or academically if the primary language of the community is different. There are so many great articles and literature (based on good research) available on the topic of bilingualism and its benefits, even for children who may be experiencing language delays, that it seems redundant to write on the issue, but I feel compelled to do so because the passing down of a parent’s native language appears to be diminishing more and more. So why should parents talk to their children in their native language? […]