Why We’re Doing Business Just before Halloween.

Picture from our very first event.

1stPeople especially business owners tend to be a cynical lot – nothing goes for nothing.  I remember as part of the support I provide through @Enterprising Female, signposting a lady business owner, to where she could get further help with her fledgling business free.  Her answer why?, why would they do that, Funmi?  I went on to explain about funding.

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White Power: Racism in UK Aid to Africa

 

This is the 2nd part of my article on the danger of Western international development agenda to Africa.    I frequently wonder why, as a British person of Yoruba origin, living & working in the UK, people from the African continent/diaspora don’t see through the international agenda and understand it, for what it is.  I narrate my personal experiences of international development industry, to highlight the stupidity, of believing the West, is providing aid or that they are capable, of anything of at the very least bias but more frequently pure racism.  In the 1st instalment of the article presented methodology of breeding an inferiority complex in Africans, this is linked to the ability of the West to “tell them what to do” and as I’ll show in the next instalment, steer the economy of the continent, to their advantage, by a mixture of bullying, outright violence, threats, cajoling & flattery.  I start with a couple of experience outside international development, focused entirely my consulting experiences working on regeneration & enterprise support projects in UK.  I stress these instances, are those for which I had won or my clients had been awarded grants/ match funding, for my services, not those for which the outcome had been unsuccessful.

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Men Behaving Badly

Recently I posted on how I have destressed my work space to produce a more relaxed atmosphere with plants & other displays.  I didn’t mention that as my desk is placed against a window (winter’s coming!!) I have the view of a large tree in the middle of the road, placing the building opposite well back.  When I stand, I also have the view of the park.  In the mornings I people watch, men & women with their dogs, or children.  It was particularly delightful during summer.  Even now as we approach, or are in autumn; depending on how you see mid -September,  the evening lights of the park, against the trees, provides a nice ambiance.  The park is also well kept. I have the pleasure of seeing street sweepers, doing their work diligently, probably to keep up the nice environment (unlike other sweepers in the vicinity).

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Floods, Life & Death

While much has been made of the floods in USA & because of this, the devastation in the Caribbean from the hurricane, I have heard little of the far greater devastation of the floods across India, Nepal, Bangladesh, where over 1, 000 have lost their lives & 8.5 million affected.  A similar devastation across 5 countries in Africa has seen about 1240 dead, including the mudslide in Sierra Leone. Is it that we’ve put a premium on life, depending on nationality, race, creed?. It would appear so.

A reminder for those (me also) lost in this world; so money centric, we’ve forgotten what life is about.  9 months gestation, mother pushes; breath in & out; eat, defecate; sleep, wake; die = maggot food.   The value there is to our lives, is in our ability to form relationships & hold values that make our consciousness meaningful, as we briefly pass through.

While some sort of skewed rationale, in some, may put a greater premium on those dead in USA, it is a false perception.  The value of each of us is 1. simply being human, 2. the intrinsic value placed on our life, by those around us, none of which has to do with financial status, nationality or creed.  So, as we remember the losses in USA & Caribbean with sadness; let’s not forget the many more mourning in Asia & Africa, along with the losses they’ve suffered.

It’s seems clear environmental factors can no longer be denied, in these extreme weather patterns, we are witnessing.  So, we are not only damaging ourselves but the earth on which we rely to survive, at all.

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A Time to Share

I prefer to engage than network, I prefer to connect than talk, I prefer to share than grab. If this is you & you’re a woman in London on 27th October, join us here.  If you’re a business woman needing results, check  this out!

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Managing Responsibly, Means Being Responsible.

Putting your money where your mouth is is definitely the way I like to approach life. After taking a Managing Responsibly On- line course by Manchester University, applying the new techniques I learnt in the workplace could be considered given.  However, I’m pleased to say this course, as well as others in Sustainability, came in handy  on a personal level, when I moved into new place last year.  I noticed that although the block  of at least 50 flats of professional people was well maintained, surprisingly it had no recycling bins.   Continue reading

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The Fun of Learning

I enjoy learning new things and over the years, as well as lots of academic, professional & CPD for my career development & advantage, learnt to swim & got into yoga, as an adult.  I’ve also tried fun day events like steel band & creative arts, during the summer months.  I find it all very stimulating especially when you’re learning, professionally or not, without the pressure to succeed.

I recently took up 2 fun courses, which I have found extremely therapeutic, Indian head massage & sculptural floristry.  I must say that like the 3 dimensional art workshop I took in 2015, have enjoyed every moment, of learning for fun.  In addition, the art workshop was free, the other courses were of low cost.  Other benefits of engaging in this type of pastime, is meeting new people, sharing ideas, releasing untapped creativity (which I actually did not know I had) & new skills to benefit my health & well- being.  Continue reading

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Europe in Africa.  New Sound Bites, Old Agenda.  

Part 1

This is the 1st of a 4 – part article, on dangerous Western policy & oblivious Africa people.

This article in the Express  & this message received from a member of staff at The African Development Bank, made me realise the urgency of the danger, the African continent faces.  I have long been critic of the Western ‘aid’ agenda, save in emergency disaster situations.

First a Quick Lesson in History to Set the Context.

For me the West’s strategy for the continent is overt & unequivocal neo (new) colonialism consisting of Africans on their own continent, in their own countries, forced into a position, of a sub –  subservience to Western interests.  It’s a 4 – throng approach & it’s happening already.

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De – Stress Your Workspace, De – stress YOU

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This is the 3rd and final of the Zero Cost series, advising on doing business on a shoe string. This instalment concentrates on a health- related issue.  It’s safe to say most micro businesses will not have a budget for counselling & stress advice in the work environment, yet from

“Herzberg’s Hygiene Factors to Feng Shui the importance of the immediate surrounding, in improving mood, is well  documented”.  
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