October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
For the third time in a row, Sebeccly has rolled out her breast helplines, social media and online information centre. The cancer information centre is a cancer information resource, whereby callers can make enquiries on breast health and cancer. Callers are educated on cancer screening guidelines,provided with available cancer information and facilities available. Callers with breast abnormalities are free to walk in to our office for a free consultation/checks and are referred to an approved institution.
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The breast helplines will run throughout October 2013, 10am-2pm while the email and social media run throughout the year, 24/7
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The Nigeria I See
Share with us your dreams of a better nation
Its Nigeria’s 53rd anniversary - the celebration of the independence of any nation should mark a progressive development in all indexes of growth in the said nation. That may not entirely be the story of Nigeria. Year in and out, we have read countless articles of how things are not working out in the country. Usually, it is the same story; no power, unemployment, bad roads, corruption, tribalism and insecurity. But that is not all there is to us. Our independence should celebrate who we are; our strength, unity in diversity, our rich culture and heritage. We should beam the light and embrace us as we are while forging ahead. Yes, nothing may be working but e go better.
Muttallab aside, (Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is the 23year old wanna be terrorist who failed to detonate a bomb to blow up a US Northwest Flight 253 with hundreds of passengers on board traveling from Amsterdam-Schipol airport to Detroit, Michigan, USA), we still have many great men and women who have done us proud as a nation.
We have the likes of Soyinka, Achebe, Ben Okri, Ola Rotimi and Chiamanda Adichie who have done us proud in the literary world. Just this year, we became African sports champion after a team of home based players beat other world class players to win the African Nations Cup. The list is endless.
There’s always something to smile about no matter how dark the clouds maybe. Though it hurts that over fifty years since the colonial masters left, we are still grappling with many self afflicted problems. While some quarters hold that corruption is the main cause of our problems, others say we shouldn’t have gotten our independence when we did. Our leaders today simply do not share the ideals and values of our freedom fighters and over fifty years, we can’t beat our chest yet to a job well done.
In our hypocritical nature, we hide under the blankets of religion. Even that is no longer working and has equally backfired in our faces. Truth be told, the average man may not see a reason to celebrate because nothing has changed and the future looks bleak.
But we must move on. Giving up is not even an option. What is the Nigeria you see? Share with us the Nigeria of your dreams for publication in the upcoming October Independence Anniversary edition of TIMELESS Magazine.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
US-based leadership and personal success expert, Brian Tracy, will be in Nigeria from August 26 to 31, 2013 for The Remarkable Leaders' Conclave and Business Workshops organized by Brimass, one of Nigeria’s fastest growing business support company.
The conclave and seminar tour, which has the theme “The Making of Innovative Leaders: Winning Leadership Strategies for Building World-Class Organisations and Societies” will hold in Lagos, Abuja and Benin.
While in the country, the world-renowned speaker and business thinker will share his time-tested tips on issues that continue to advance management science and develop cutting-edge tools and frameworks to help businesses transform their ideas into products and successfully bring those products to market.
According to the founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Brimass, Stephen Ojji, during this event, over 4,000 delegates including entrepreneurs, business executives, political leaders, decision makers in government agencies, students and emerging leaders will have the opportunity to listen to and interact with Brian at six different summits over a two day period, in addition to more than 10 exclusive sessions and private seminars for interested organisations.
Ojji said the workshop, which will also provide opportunity for participants to network with leaders from public and private sectors as well as non-profit experts “is going to be an exciting and dynamic event that will allow participants to become professionals with keen insights into what makes a strong, innovative and successful leader whether in business or in politics. Attendees of this conclave will make the leap to extraordinary performance, innovation, and influence at work and in life.”
Explaining the objective of the conclave, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Brimass, Ogho Emore, said the Remarkable Leaders' Conclave aims to help Nigerian business and political leaders to rise above the expectations of the people while also equipping ordinary people to be the best and brightest tomorrow's business and political leaders.
Emore said the 2013 Remarkable Leaders' Conclave will help participants to become more productive entrepreneurs and employees, adding that Brian will be teaching his best productivity secrets and giving ideas that will help delegates take their leadership in business and politics to the next level.
The itinerary of the visit released by Brimass show that on August 26 (Day 1), Brian will speak at two sessions at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja. On the second day, he will be in Lagos at the Lagos Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, where he will also speak at three sessions. He will also be speaking to Alumni members of the Lagos Business School on Wednesday morning. He is billed to speak at the Benson Idahosa University on Saturday morning which will bring the seminar tour to a close.
Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 55 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
The Vision 2020 economic plan was launched in 2009 to drive Nigeria towards becoming one of the top 20 economies in the world by the year 2020. This plan had several goals including the generation, transmission and distribution of 35,000MW of electricity by the year 2020. In 2009, Nigeria’s average daily electricity generation was 3,700MW, which was hugely insufficient for the 157m people living in Nigeria at the time. Ideally, power generation capacity should correlate with the population of a country. For instance in 2009, South Africa generated 40,000MW for a population of 50m, Brazil generated 100,000MW for 192m people and the United States generated 700,000MW for 308m people. In this light, the Nigerian power sector clearly needed reforms.
Four years have passed since the Vision 2020 plan was birthed and there is already a massive gap between the planned and actual. The plan was to achieve 16,000MW by 2013; however, Nigeria is still struggling to maintain a generation of 4000MW mid-way through 2013. The dependence on thermal generation and inability of management to ensure a steady supply of gas has kept the country behind some of its peers. The slow progress in increasing power generation in Nigeria is not new.
Preceding Vision 2020 was the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 (EPSR) which was the foundation for power sector improvements. However, no major improvements have been made as Nigeria’s installed generation capacity has grown from only 6000MW to just over 8000MW in the last decade. This is very disconcerting considering that the contents of Nigeria’s reforms are similar to those in some other countries which have seen better results. So why has there not been a surge in Nigeria’s power generation?
Case Study of Vietnam
Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country with a deep history of conflicts and war. Originally colonized by China, Vietnam won its independence before France colonized it once again. The Japanese invaded Vietnam during World War II and this led to the First Indochina war in Vietnam between 1945 and 1954. By 1954, Vietnam fought off the French to gain its independence at the cost of its unity. Northern and Southern Vietnam began a war in 1954 that would last for 21 years (compared to two and a half years of the Nigerian Civil War) leaving millions dead and the economy ravaged. Unified under the Communist government in 1976, Vietnam began a series of economic and political reforms that would set the foundation for future growth.
By 2012, Vietnam had a GDP of $123.6bn and a population of about 90m, representing approximately half of both Nigeria’s GDP and population. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) key economies to watch in the next five years, Vietnam ranks fifth (Nigeria ranks 2nd on this list). Vietnam is also a member of the Next 11 Economies as in Nigeria. The Next 11 economies are countries with high potential to become the world’s largest economies in the 21st century along with the BRICS. Vietnam recognized the need for power improvements to support its growth over the years. As a result, the country embarked on power reforms which started in 2005 when a new electricity law came into effect.
Through the establishment of the new electricity laws, Vietnam aimed to:
· Expand and improve the power system (resource development)
· Enhance the transmission lines
· Reduce transmission and distribution losses
The Vietnamese government created competition in the power sector, which drove the expansion and improvement through:
· Investment by the state-owned Vietnamese Electricity
· Generation and distribution companies became different units under a holding company (similar to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria)
· Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) by granting concessions for construction and development Independent Power Projects (IPP) through the participation of private capital
Vietnam’s installed generation capacity was able to grow from 11,578MW in 2005 to 24,500MW in 2012, with a reduction in transmission and distribution losses by an annual average of 0.6% within the same period. The growth in installed capacity was greatly supported by IPP development. The addition of approximately 13,000MW between 2005 and 2012 may be viewed as meager but that of Brazil, another emerging economy and the world’s 10th-largest electricity producer, increased by the same amount within the same period. In contrast, the generation capacity in Nigeria, a country that can be grouped with those above, has remained flat throughout this same period.
As stated earlier, the Vietnam government recognized the need for power reforms to support its growth. Corruption is one of the major issues in Vietnam, just like in Nigeria. In 2006, a new anti-corruption law came into effect in Vietnam and this helped to reduce corruption in Vietnam over the years even though corruption is still a major problem. The reforms in the power sector led to improved management in the sector and when coupled with reduced corruption, this led to increased efficiency and growth of the sector.
Lessons for Nigeria
There is a lesson for Nigeria to learn from Vietnam’s power sector progress. Just like Vietnam, Nigeria’s on-going power sector reforms involve changing the structure of the sector to separate generation, distribution and transmission units. However, Vietnam was able to effectively create competition in the sector while Nigeria has not succeeded in achieving this so far. The defining factors that have differentiated the two countries over the past years are reduced corruption in the sector and improved management.
The government of Vietnam was able to display better management of the power sector, which attracted the much needed investments. Even though Vietnam is still viewed as one of the most corrupt nations in the world (ranking 123rd while Nigeria is ranked as more corrupt in the 139th position according to the Transparency International Corruption Index), the government was able to cut down on this corruption in the power sector to allow progress to be made.
Corruption and poor management have been highlighted as some of the causes of the poor state of power in Nigeria. Addressing these issues will hasten reforms and attract the needed investments which would create competition, diversify the generation mix and aid in the development of the human capital needed to support the reforms.
The above article is an excerpt from the July 2013 Bi-monthly Economic & Business Update published by the Financial Derivatives Company.
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Revisiting the Nigerian...(African) issue
In this month’s cover feature, we decided once again to look at the issue of what we have termed the African crisis, the crisis of having abundant natural resources and yet remaining the world's poorest and most underdeveloped continent.
In Nigeria’s case, 53 years after independence, 13 Heads of state, 2 systems of government and various reform programmes and a population approaching 150 million people, Nigeria is still ranked 142 out of 169 nations in the Human Development Index, (a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide.) Other indices indicate that the population living below $1 per day (PPP) stands at 30%. That number goes up to 70% at population living below $2 per day. For ease of doing business (Nigeria ranks 137 / 183); Economic freedom index (rank) 111 / 179; Corruption perceptions index (rank) 134 / 178; Press freedom index (rank) 145 / 178. Infant mortality rate stands at 86 deaths per 1,000 live births. Life expectancy at birth is 48 years on the average. All these despite being blessed with natural gas, petroleum, tin, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead, zinc, arable land and human resources.
Since the mid-1990s, Equatorial Guinea has become one of sub-Sahara's largest oil producers. With a population of 650,702, it is the richest country per capita in Africa, and its gross domestic product (GDP) per capita ranks 69th in the world; however, the wealth is distributed very unevenly and few people have benefited from the oil riches. The country ranks 136th on the UN's 2011 Human Development Index out of a total 187. The UN says that less than half of the population has access to clean drinking water and that 20% of children die before reaching five.
Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea are just two examples of the paradox in which Africa has found itself. African nations are the richest in terms of natural resources but its people continue to live in abject poverty. This is the reason why we cannot stop talking about these issues.
One of the reasons why we are where we are is because everyone is pursuing personal interest to the detriment of national interest. Greed and corruption is rampant. Corruption does not take place only in government. At religious organisations, private offices, schools, even our homes, corrupt practices are endemic. Everyone is struggling to grab their share of the so called ‘national cake’. Political appointments have become an opportunity to ‘eat and settle' the boys and the families and communities of such appointees. The ‘carnival’ that takes place at the State House during the swearing-in of new ministers is a pointer to this.
We have had poor, uneducated, uniformed, visionless, uncommitted leadership by largely selfish and ignorant people who lack proper training and character. Apart from our covetous, barren and unproductive leadership, another issue is our equally greedy, impoverished and apathetic following. During the January 2012 fuel subsidy crisis, you could hear a lot of people saying ‘thank God, I didn’t bother to come out and vote.’ That kind of sentiment must change. You must be ready to get involved at whatever level, starting with yourself and your immediate environment and community.
There must be a willingness to leave the past and move into the future. Change cannot happen if the people are stuck in a time warp unwilling to move forward. Processes in our educational, religious, electoral, and legislative and governance systems that will bring about change must be put in place. If someone has tried a process that works that brings about a desired positive change, that process must be documented and taught to others and replicated across all spheres of our society. We must be ready as a people and as a nation to endure the hardships and the consequences that the change will bring about. Change is not always easy. People naturally will always want to remain in their comfort zones. They have to be forced to change their thinking, their attitude, their way of life. We must be faithful as a nation to such changes.
I think that it is possible to have an organised society, to have a responsive government and to have a responsible people and to begin to do things the way they should be done. Nigeria has the potential to rise but must get certain things right such as Power Supply; Security; Rule of Law; Infrastructure and the Right Leadership. It must unleash the economy and encourage a system that brings the best out of people, a system that rewards excellence over mediocrity. A new set of leaders and thinkers who will engender a new mindset, re-orientate and re-educate the citizenry, and act as a voice of reasoning and pressure point must be sought out, trained and developed.
Nigeria has the boldness and character to rise to the top but lacks the moral fibre as corruption and greed is quite rampant and must be rooted out. Needless to say, Nigeria is moving at a painfully slow pace with a desperate need for improvement.
Friday, February 1, 2013
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■ Our cover feature focuses on Nigeria's Economic Prospects. How much do we need to to become 20th largest economy by 2020. What are the sectors to watch? The need to accelerate the pace of reforms and why despite a 7% GDP growth, gigh rates of poverty and youth unemployment continue to persist.
■Interview with Nollywood actress Tonia Nwosu
■ Lessons from the Karare Kid movie remake and the Nigerian question on morality
■ Making Small the New Big - Interview with Bunmi Lawson
■ Church 4 Change Mobilisation Meeting
■ Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka presents his latest book, Harmattan Haze
■ Emeka Anyaoku at 80
■ Arsenal's transfer failures & Chelsea's managerial turmoil takes shine off once-great derby
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By Fela Durotoye
Nigerians are the only ones who can bring change to Nigeria. How can you leave Nigeria and go and transform America? That has never been the plan. If He needed America transformed, he will send a transformer to America. Go and look at all the people we acknowledge as great men all over the world, and look at their spheres of change. Did Mahatma Ghandi bring change to America? Did he bring change to Britain? He brought change to India. The same thing with Nelson Mandela, he brought change to South Africa. Global change can come from changing your locality. You don’t even need to change the whole of Nigeria, you don’t need to change the whole of Lagos, just change where you are and the entire world can hear and read about you.
Just as God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to keep and tend it, so also God has placed you in Nigeria to keep and tend Nigeria and guard Nigeria. You have to continually remind yourself that “I was put in this country to dress Nigeria, to keep Nigeria, to tend Nigeria, to guard Nigeria and to cultivate Nigeria”. This is the reason why you were born here. But don’t forget that the land has always gotten into trouble by the reason of its inhabitants. The land and the Garden of Eden had no problems of its own till Adam sinned and rather than curse Adam, God cursed the ground. Every time that people sin, the land suffers for it; so the land suffers for the failure of its inhabitants. And that was why when God was talking about destroying the land in Ezekiel 22:30, He said “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” But today, God has found a people who are going to make a difference.
Ladies and gentlemen, you must take responsibility for Nigeria and please understand that the value anyone has is tied to the vacuum that their absence creates. My value in Nigeria is tied to the vacuum that my absence creates in Nigeria. There are human beings that if they got a green card and left Nigeria, Nigeria will not know that one person has left neither will America know that one person has arrived because such people are nothing but a passport number, a census count. There are human beings that get fired from organizations and nobody in the organization knows that they have left. Not even one customer asks after them. Dead people aren’t just people who can’t breathe. There are some human beings who are just existing, not living. The day Adam ate the fruit, he died but he was breathing. Everything Adam did before he ate the fruit was recorded but from the day he ate the fruit, there was not one record of what he did. This means that he was breathing but he had no value. He had nothing that he was doing; therefore, he was a dead man walking.
Our job is very simple. Our job is to find what the challenge is. To every challenge, you have been equipped with a solution; otherwise, you would not have been born at this time. You are a container of solution for your generation. The only reason why you were not born in 1909 like Obafemi Awolowo is very simple, you were sent to this time and season. Otherwise, you would have been born a lot earlier or maybe much later. Yours is the generation that must transform this nation. There was a generation of liberation. There was another generation that was supposed to be a generation of activation but they didn’t make it. The next one was a generation of transformation. I stand as an ordinary citizen in this nation and I’ll testify to three things. When we realized that it seemed that there was a leadership deficiency in our culture because we have always had rulers not leaders, we had traditional rulers, colonial rulers, then we had military rulers. We didn’t have leaders. One day, as I was watching Sky news, during the David Cameron elections, they were talking about the leaders of the Liberal Party and the leaders of the Labour Party and the leaders of the Conservative Party, and at one point in time, the lady touched her ear piece and said “This is a breaking news, we have just heard from Reuters that the ruler of Nigeria, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has died and it is now expected that Dr. Ebele Jonathan will be next ruler of Nigeria.” I wanted to go crazy! I wanted to scatter the television. How dare you call your own people leaders and call ours rulers. And God said to me, “Cool down, let everything create according to its own kind. What is the ruling party in your country?” I said to myself “It’s the PDP” then He said “the PDP describes itself as what?” I answered “as the ruling party”. So, everything will create according to its own kind.
I said this at a gathering of where many PDP leadership were and when I finished, one of them said to me “ Fela, we apologise to you for calling ourselves ‘the ruling party’, henceforth, we are going to be called ‘the leading party’ but it hasn’t yet come out in the communiqué .” The point here is that we have been having rulers; it is time for us to have leaders. Someone said to me one day, “Fela, did you hear what a former General said, ‘that there is no one in your generation that can rule Nigeria.’ There were four microphones that were pointed at me at a public function. I knew that whatever I said might be used against me, so I said “I pray for the sake of our generation that the General is right; that no one in my generation will be found to rule Nigeria. My generation has been ruled for over 50 years and we have become nothing but decay. It is time for a generation that will lead Nigeria to emerge.”
Ours is a generation that will lead Nigeria. Are you a Ruler or a Leader? Nigeria needs leaders, Africa needs leaders and as leaders, we must become exemplary. As leaders we must live a lifestyle of solving problems. So when the problem of education came to my notice, and I realized that the children no longer wanted to read, I decided to write a book – ‘The 17 Secrets of High Flying Students’. The book was endorsed by Dr. Oby Ezeskwesili as the then Minister of Education and Dr. Dora Akinyuli, then Minister of Information and Orientation.
At another time, somebody came to me and said to me “I want to divorce my husband, just give me the permission to do so”. I said to her “it’s not in my power to give you the permission to do so. Two, it is not possible for me to tell you because God hates divorce.” So she said “then you will have to solve the problem”. Fifty-four percent of marriages round the world are ending up in divorce less than five years after the wedding. You can’t build strong nations under destabilized family units, so you have to do something. So I wrote another book called ‘Mr. Fantastic’. You see, I could have been joining those talking about the problem but I didn’t. I now found out I was a leader. It doesn’t matter who found the problem, I just found a solution. We wrote a book that tells you the 17 key things you must look at before plunging into marriage. You have to know whether your partner is tolerable, intolerable, compatible or incompatible. Then we found out that the economy is not good because productivity is low, so we decided to write another book called ‘Sub-ordinate’.
You might say Fela, you are just writing books, is it book that we will chop? Well, true, it might not be book that we will chop but one thing is for sure, the good book says “my people perish for lack of knowledge” and therefore my people thrive by reason of knowledge. When we noticed that the teachers in school were not very happy, they weren’t teaching the children well, I didn’t complain about it, I decided to mobilize teachers through a program called “Raise One Million”. We adopted an education district in Lagos called “District Four.” We got 75 teachers that were doing after school activities for free. They were teaching 820 children for free every day. They were teaching them Leadership, Math and English. There was never a day when any child had to be flogged with a cane or threatened with a cane to learn. In the course of teaching them, we also realized that only 20 of them had mathematical sets. The government had provided mathematical sets for them but many of their parents had told them not to take it because “if it gets missing now, Fashola will say you have to pay for it”. So they didn’t take it even though the government had provided it. So the implication was that the mathematical sets were there but the children were failing. We also found out that only 11 of the students out of the 820 students had Mathematical Tables. The tools were there but because of a rumour, the students were not taking advantage of what the state government had provided to aid their academics. So there was a problem that needed an urgent solution.
What I did was that I went to Facebook. I decided on that social media because of the large followership that I have. So I told my followers to please join me in buying mathematical sets for the kids and before you know it, people started sending in money. We were trying to buy mathematical sets for 820 students but we ended up giving mathematical sets and tables to 4,422 students.
When we found that leadership was a problem, we set up a leadership training institute, Gemstone. No we have decided that we are setting up a centre called the Gemstone Institute for Leadership and Effective Governance to train all the right thinking people so that every one of them can become like a Governor Fashola, so that they can be prepared and trained and go into governance and do great things. We need good people to go into governance who are well prepared. This is because most of them have vision but they do not have preparation. They do not even know anything about the place they want to transform. So, we are saying let us prepare them so that they can carry out transformations when they get there.
I went to a school in the US called “The Leadership Institute” and for a week, they were teaching on a course called “The Future Candidate”. I was there not because I want to be a future candidate but because I want to train future candidates. And by the time we were done, I understood. They said if a candidate running for the office of the President of the United States has a campaign management plan less than 2000 pages, it is sure he will not win. They were able to articulate that electioneering and campaigning has become a science so that you do not go and make campaign promises that will get you into trouble. But here, what do we do? Do we expect anything of our leaders or people that are candidates? Nothing. And yet many of you will not fly in a plane that the pilot has not been trained. None of you will not ride in a car if the driver has not learnt how to drive.
For the Raise One Million Programme, we decided that the children needed mentors because the children were going to school and they didn’t even know why they were going to school. So we decided to set up the Employee Volunteering Team where many people who were working in organizations can come to schools and be able to inspire the children. We also found out that most of the volunteers were scared and didn’t know how to talk to the children; so we came up with a simple system that makes them read the books to them. Soon reputable institutions began to show interest and they began to send their staff over. The Lagos State Ministry of Education has endorsed that we go into Lagos State schools with mentors to go and begin to touch the children. The initiative also gave birth to the Global Reading Festival where books were read to children in 17 countries simultaneously. The First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Abimbola Fashola was the lead reader in Lagos. The books were read simultaneously in 17 cities in Nigeria. It is the first time a book is being read across the world simultaneously. We know that reading a book isn’t just important; we need to have peace too, so we decided that we were going to use a compass to find out where the North is across the 17 cities and we would get people to declare peace to the North and vice versa to the South, East and West. Then we would ring the peace bell and that would be the largest ever call for peace.
The Nigeria we make is the Nigeria we have. We need to build a new Nigeria brick by brick till we achieve the Nigeria of our dream. God bless Nigeria.
Fela Durotoye is the Chief Executive Officer of Visible Impact; a social enterprise set up to tackle social and environmental challenges and limitations with the aim to build people into super-achievers and responsible leaders, build corporate organizations into global market leaders and responsible corporate citizens, as well as assist governments in developing blueprints and programs that create a desirable environment for their people to do great things. He is widely regarded as a nation builder, an internationally acclaimed national development strategist, best - selling author and an internationally renowned motivational speaker. His book, ‘The 17 Secrets of High Flying Students’, delivers to students, principles that make them super achievers, while the entire plan guarantees an educational system that is believed will make Nigeria the worlds’ centre for academic excellence by December 31, 2025. He has also gained a reputation as one of the leading experts in the field of Customer Management and Workforce Activation, particularly in the banking sector. Today, Visible Impact’s Consulting Group has assisted several organizations, including 9 of Nigeria’s top 10 banks in their quest for high quality service delivery. As a highly sought after speaker, the name Fela Durotoye now rings across Nigeria, the United States of America and the United Kingdom as one of our nation's most sought after business strategists and motivational speakers. Fela is also the founding president of the Motivational Speakers Network (MSN) of Nigeria. He is happily married to Tara; a renowned and celebrated make-up artist and beauty consultant, and together they have 3 boys. Born Wednesday, the 12th of May 1971 in Ibadan South West Nigeria; He attended the Staff Children's School (1974-1981) and Moremi High School (1981-1986). He bagged a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & Economics in 1991; an MBA in 1997 and an M.Phil in Strategic Management in 2000.