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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Hello mydear friend,
Do you want to know what this means?I will tell you!
Please do me a favour, check a week today.

Monday, May 28, 2007

You can make money without doing evil.

Google is a business. The revenue the company generates is derived from offering its search technology to companies and from the sale of advertising displayed on Google and on other sites across the web. However, you may have never seen an ad on Google. That's because Google does not allow ads to be displayed on our results pages unless they're relevant to the results page on which they're shown. So, only certain searches produce sponsored links above or to the right of the results. Google firmly believes that ads can provide useful information if, and only if, they are relevant to what you wish to find.

Google has also proven that advertising can be effective without being flashy. Google does not accept pop-up advertising, which interferes with your ability to see the content you've requested. We've found that text ads (AdWords) that are relevant to the person reading them draw much higher clickthrough rates than ads appearing randomly. Google's maximization group works with advertisers to improve clickthrough rates over the life of a campaign, because high clickthrough rates are an indication that ads are relevant to a user's interests. Any advertiser, no matter how small or how large, can take advantage of this highly targeted medium, whether through our self-service advertising program that puts ads online within minutes, or with the assistance of a Google advertising representative.


Larry Page,Google's founding CEO. He grew the company to more than 200 employees.Currently serving as President Products, Larry continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt-Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer -and Sergey Brin.

Sergey Brin
Co-Founder & President, Technology

Advertising on Google is always clearly identified as a "Sponsored Link." It is a core value for Google that there be no compromising of the integrity of our results. We never manipulate rankings to put our partners higher in our search results. No one can buy better PageRank. Our users trust Google's objectivity and no short-term gain could ever justify breaching that trust.

Thousands of advertisers use our Google AdWords program to promote their products; we believe AdWords is the largest program of its kind. In addition, thousands of web site managers take advantage of our Google AdSense program to deliver ads relevant to the content on their sites, improving their ability to generate revenue and enhancing the experience for their users.

As for me I certainly believe in that thinking.What about you?

Friday, May 18, 2007

Do you Know that Somalia has some very fascinating experiences that should dominate the news other than the war and mayhem that are synonymous to that country since she lost her government in 1991.What do i mean, well, it is no news that Somalia has not got a functioning government since the overthrown of the late military junta Maj. Gen. Mohamed Siad Barre.
Ever since,that country has been shared in the hands of various tribal / clan heads and war lords,or , if you like militia leaders.
The most interesting story is that you have still got people living in that country, transacting businesses and exchanging values.

Nonetheless, the country has had more than its fair share of war casualty.
However, it is interesting to know that the country has one of the cheapest and best mobile phone services in Africa.

I heard an international business man say the cost of running business in Somalia is far cheaper than what gets out of his purse else where.All you need to do, as he puts it is be ready do pay the tribal militias who would watch over your installations.

The people trying to put that country together

President: Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime minister: Ali Mohamed Ghedi

In as much as I am not exoneration Statelessness, lawlessness or anarchism, do we say the existence of governments in other parts of Africa has created more bottlenecks which hinders businesses from flourishing as they ought to(at least, to create the much needed jobs and enhance human development)? Well, the answer is not for me to provide.

Finally inasmuch as we have a number of shameless things ruining Africa-Civil wars, Corruption,Bad governance,etc, It would not be a bad idea if we African celebrate our successes.

I am not disputing the fact that the Continent is en-gulped in a number of most unfortunate incidents, some i mentioned above, however , I think Africa deserves an international Media that would celebrate her successes, progress and joy.After all come research came out sometimes ago that the most happiest children are from Africa as opposed to their counterparts in the western world.

My last world is that i look forward to seeing an African Media like ALjazera that would talk of Africa in the real African perspective.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A friend from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),sent me this and wants me to help circulate it.It is about Tunza Regional Children's Conference on the Environment to be held in Cameroon, from 23 to 26 July 2007.Please feel free to check out http://www.unep.org/Tunza/Children/events/Cameroon/Application_Form/ for details.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Yar'adua, is he Dead or Living?

Well, on Tuesday,March the 6th, the Internet media www.elendureports.com posted
"Yar'ardua Collapses...flown out"

This morning, BBC Network Africa confirmed he was in a far away German hospital for a medical check up.Only to read on Elendu Reports this afternoon about his death -"The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gov. Musa Yar’ardua is dead. While details are scanty, multiple sources who spoke to Elendureports.com confirmed the passing of the prince who tried to continue in the political dynasty initiated by his older brother. . ."

However, I can not confirm the death from the BBC right now this is the latest I have from the BBC website "Nigeria's ruling party presidential contender, Umaru Yar'Adua, 55, says he is well enough to run in April's polls. Speaking to the BBC from Germany, where he was flown for a medical check-up, he scotched speculation that he was unfit to continue in the contest".

Elendu has this to say about the AIT contradicting version of the story"The African Independent Television (AIT) is reporting that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Gov. Musa Yar'adua is alive. We are still working on the story and will bring you details as we get them"

Which do we believe?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ghana AT 50

Exactly fifty years ago the 'wind of change', as they call it, started blowing from an area some where on the western coast of Africa , and a man called Kwame Nkrumah led his nation to independence .

The leadership of Nkrumah was 'short-lived' as he was over-thrown by a military coup in 1966 while away on a peace visit overseas.

Well, it was alleged he was corrupt and despotic haven changed Ghana to a one party state.
The coup ushered Ghana into a phase of military rule.Subsequent military governments accused her predecessors of corruption and economic mismanagement.

The prevailing climate of political instability prepared the stage for the military junta, Jerry Rawlings who later transformed himself to a democratically elected ruler and eventually exited the presidency in 2001.

Ghana has a population of 21.8 million (UN, 2005)

The multi ethnic Ghanaian state occupies 238,533 sq km (92,098 sq miles) and has 56 years (men), 57 years (women) life expectancy (UN).

Ghana is one of the very few African countries exempted from Civil wars, that does not mean she did not have her a fair share of violent socio political unrest anyway.Ghana is a model of economic and 'Renaissance' political stability for the sub region with a GNI per capita: US $450 (World Bank, 2006) .

This birthday bash is estimated to have cost Ghana $20m (£10.4m; 15.2m euros).

Critics of this bash have questioned the moral wisdom behind a birthday celebration this expensive considering the high poverty and unemployment rate in the country.

But a school of thought has provided a defence, saying the celebration and expenses were worthwhile because they encourage a"Sense of unity" among the good people of Ghana and create an opportunity for the Ghanaian state to "Take stock" of here existence and make necessary improvements for the future.

Happy Celebration!
Long live Ghana!!
Long Live Africa!!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Baba Mugabe at 83

Do you Know that ?

President Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980.

He had a big birthday bash last weekend.

The celebrations were held in the central town of Gweru and cost thousands of dollars.

There was a campaign to raise funds for the birthday celebrations by a youth organisation called the 21 February Movement, which was founded in 1986 in honour of Papa Mugabe.

"We are looking to raise 300m Zimbabwe dollars ($1.2m at the official exchange rate; $65,200 at the unofficial rate) that will be used at the birthday celebrations in Gweru," Emmanuel Fundira, chairman of the movement, told the AFP news agency.

Zimbabweans were asked to contribute funds towards a big birthday party for President Robert Mugabe,

According to the government, one US dollar is worth $Z250, but on the street, the US dollar can be sold for Z$4,600.

Education and health care have also become scarce commodities with many unable to send their children to school or get proper medical treatment.

Zimbabweans often enjoy frequent strike of the health and other government workers overs unpaid and low wages

Cycling and walking long distance to work daily is a common fun in that country

Amid all these the darling coordinator of the birthday bash sees nothing wrong in it, because it brings young people close to their leader ,he thinks.

Comrade Fidel Castro was Baba's comrade at arm in those guerrilla days of the 1970s.

Papa continues to blame the opposition and foreign governments for the enjoyment in his country and not his excellent economic policies and his well deserved extravaganzas .

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A reflection on the last post.

Did i say i summary of the interview?

Oh! certainly not exactly that but some important things about his personality.

I think even his critics would agree that we have got a great deal of things to learn from him on the road to development.

I mean at the level of individual behaviour

Well, some would argue that sustainable global development would not be achieved via the Rockefeller style of philanthropic donations to the poor .

Nonetheless, let us not rule out the possibility that a good junk of the donation might be used by the Charity to create enabling institutions and infrastructures for the betterment of the poor.Even as some would argue that we can not separate hand-outs to the poor from their emancipation.

Well, the following could be practically learnt from his life:

>1) Never procrastinate, take action,be enterprising!

>2) No investment is too small.

>3) Be green! Do not waste the world's precious natural resources on things you can really do without.

Just as he can do without chartered flights, you can do without unnecessary indulgence that destroy our bio diversity, emit green house gasses...

Let use preserve our bio diversity!!!.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

It was not on my 'TO DO LIST' to blog today and even if I would,perhaps later in the day, certainly not on this topic.But i just got this,a summary of an interview Warren Buffet gave to CNBC from a friend and a colleague of mine on the Venture in Management Programme at the Lagos Business School in Nigeria sometimes 2005.Her name is Tobi.

Please have it...hope you enjoy it!

There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second
richest man in the US who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very
interesting aspects of his life:

>1) He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!

>2) He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.

>3) He still lives in the same small 3 bedroom house in mid-town Omahathat
he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything
he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.

>4) He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.

>5) He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world's largest
private jet company.

>6) His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one
letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the
year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis.

>7) He has given his CEO's only two rules.

Rule number 1: Do not lose any of your share holder's money.

Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1

>8) He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after
he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch television.

>9) Bill Gates, the world's richest man met him for the first time only 5
years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren
Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates
met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee
of Warren Buffet.

>10) Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.

>11) His advice to young people: Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself.

Friday, February 16, 2007

I wonder if today is that tomorrow i promised in the last post.
Well, please bear with me.Just that i have been working on a start-up that has taken all my time for a while.You know how demanding consulting could be at times.

Yes,I was trying to give a gist of how the Global System for Mobile Communication-GSM is revolutionising the social, cultural and economic way of life of a community somewhere in Nigeria.

Just about 12 months to my last visit the only way to make telephone calls out of that community was through a Thurayah satelite phone -the cost was and infact, is still 'back breaking '- or travel some kilometres away.

I got to know that about 4 months to my visit the closest substitute was to use a TV antenna to receive a fluctuating GSM signal .Of course that meant that the phone could not be used beyond the lenght of the cable tied around a cell phone's Aeriel.

It was only an SMS away to call the young boy who washed and pressed my dresses.The phone was apparently no luxury to that boy since he had access to his Dad's. I can roughly estimate their family income , maybe about the equivalent of $150 a month.

An interesting occasion was when a mother simply sent an SMS to call her son back home from the football field where he had gone to play.

From the economic angle,jobs where created for a good number of youths who would have ordinarily constituted local nuisance or have travelled to an urban centre probably to do nothing but join the pool of a growing unemployed population, at least they are able to operate call centres.

The most significant about this development was for my cousin who got an SMS from a leading blue chip to be present for an interview. He would have missed that chance of a job he later got,thanks to the GSM.

Though relatively expensive, but put 'side by side' with the benefits it delivers, I think the GSM technology would not be a bad idea to be employed in facilitating some community based grass-root development initiatives.Per harps for education use, or something.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Do I say Happy new year on the last day of January?

Well, I may be allowed when I say that to my Muslim brothers and Sisters who just celebrated the Islamic new year a few days back. I will also be correct saying that to my People in China who are about celebrating their new year in a few days time.

About 6 weeks ago I was privileged not only to have a holiday but to spend it in a country some where in Kogi State, Nigeria.

I saw a number of changes that have taken place in that town within a period of 12 months.

Non is as interesting as the existence of GSM Telecoms network.

I will continue from here tomorrow, Please