Leadership: How to Be Effective and Productive Working with Your Team.

The most important aspect of a leader’s job is to have a clear direction of where he or she wants to go and make this clear to team members. After sharing your organizational goals or tasks with your staff, do you get the desired result? Sometimes team members performance is not meeting up to the demand of their jobs. Just how do you push the right button that gets your team members energized to become more productive?

In this short video I shared a bit from lessons learned along the way working with teams:

Have a productive week!

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#Nig2019Elections Full List of Female Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates

Credits: ThisDay News

The presidential election is just around the corner and contestants are doing all to reach out to voters for support to win the forthcoming election.

Facts to Know about Female Contestants for the office of the President and Vice President:

  • The total number of presidential candidates and their running mates is 144 according to the document released by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
  • In the list, there are only 28 female contestants. This includes both presidential and Vice presidential candidates.
  • 6 women are contesting against 66 male candidates for the office of the president.
  • 22 parties have selected female candidates as Vice presidents.

List of Female Presidential Aspirants(Name, Party & Age):

1) EZEKWESILI OBIAGELI KATRYN -ACPN 55YRS
2) ANGELA JOHNSON –AUN 59YRS
3) ADESANYA-DAVIES MERCY OLUFUNMILAYO –MAJA 56YEARS
4) RABIA YASAI HASSAN CENGIZ – NAC 66 YEARS
5) ATUEJIDE EUNICE UCHE JULIAN – NIP 40YRS
6) MAINA MAIMUNA KYARI – NPC 41YRS

Vice Presidential Female candidates:

1) UCHENDU UJU PEACE OKAH – AA 49YRS
2) SAFIYA IBRAHIM OGOH – AAP 47YRS
3) OKWUANYASI ABIOLA KIKA – ABP 44 BSc 44YRS
4) TIJJANI AISHA ALI – AGA 39YRS
5) ABDULLAHI KHADIJAH IYAH – ANN 44YRS
6) OKERE EVELYN –ANP 43YRS
7) OLAYEMI MEMUNAT MAHMUD –APDA 53YRS
8) KOFAR MATA MARYAM UMAR – BNBP 39YRS
9) ADEOLA ZAINAB HAZZAN – CNP 39YRS
10) SEIYEFA FETEPIGI – DPC 46YEARS
11) MUSA HADIZA ARUWA – GPN 42YEARS
12) ADO UMMAR ABBAS –KP 54YEARS
13) AZAEL VASHI CHECHERA –LM 35YEARS
14) ADEPOJU OLUWATOYIN GRACE –MMN 35YEARS
15) UFONDU CHINWE FLORENCE –MPN 45YEARS
16) TATAJI AISHA ASABE –NCMP 51 YEARS
17) JAMES FUNMI – NCP 53YEARS
18) MRS ITE DONALD-EKPO – NFD 41YRS
19) OLUWOLE YETUNDE FOLAKE – NPC 44YRS
20) MUHAMMAD AISHA ABUBAKAR – SNC 54YRS
21) ABDULLAHI BALKISU MUSTAPHA – YES 42YRS
22) ABDULLAHI UMMA GETSO – YPP 37YRS

Credits: List drawn out of INEC’s released document of Aspirants/candidates in the 2019 elections. Website – http://www.inecnigeria.org/?page_id=70 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#Nig2019Elections – Facts About Female Candidates for Senate At a Glance

Credit: ThisDay News

It is an election year in Nigeria and the clock is ticking speedily towards the D-Day. In the first round of election scheduled for the 16th of February 2019 will afford eligible voters to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice while also electing individuals that will represent their constituencies at the Senate.

Often female candidates who are in the minority do not enjoy enough media coverage to make them visible to the electorates. This year I decided to share this with my team members on the Women Radio programme XX-Files and we designed a thematic series tagged: “XX-Files Giving Visibility to Female Candidates in 2019 elections”. Each week we bring the stories of various female candidates to our audience who are also citizens of Nigeria getting ready to vote.

As part of my team and I’s effort to give visibility to women Aspirants and candidates, of the 2019 election in my great country Nigeria, here is a list of women vying for seats at the Senate. It was painstakingly drawn out from the 460-page document released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 

FACTS About Female Candidates For SENATE

The state with the highest number of candidates:

Lagos – 20 Females.

The states with the lowest number of candidates:
Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Katsina and Yobe all have only One female each vying for a seat in the Senate.

One state with no female candidate in all its constituencies is Zamfara.

The youngest female candidate contesting in the Senate election is ABDULMALIK ZULEIHAT. She is 27years old and contesting for KOGI CENTRAL Senatorial seat.

The Oldest female candidates contesting in the Senate election are:

  1. KONWEA THERESA – A 68year old woman contesting for the DELTA NORTH Senatorial seat.
  2. MOJISOLA OMOYENI AFOLABI – Another 68year old woman contesting for the OGUN EAST Senatorial seat.

Total Number of Female candidates Across states in Nigeria: About 227 women who cut across all the states in Nigeria are contesting for a seat at the Senate.

List of Female Candidates at a Glance (State, Party & Age):

1) ABIA CENTRAL- NWOKO QUINET IFUNANYACHUKWU – ACD 37
2) ABIA CENTRAL -NWAOGU NKECHI JUSTINA WOKOCHA -APC 62
3) ABIA CENTRAL -UGWA IFEYINWA ADANNE – FJP 37
4) ABIA SOUTH -OGBUGO CHINEDU OLEDI UWA – ADC 37
5) ABIA SOUTH -UCHEAGWU IJEOMA MORGAN -ANP 55
6) ABIA SOUTH JOSEPHINE OSONDU – ZLP 34
7) ADAMAWA NORTH- PAWA MAYRAM E. – ADC 52
8) ADAMAWA NORTH- WADUMNA WABULARI -AGA 37
9) ADAMAWA NORTH -GARBA MASI BINTA APC 51
10) ADAMAWA NORTH- LYDIA ZIRA -JMPP 55
11) ADAMAWA SOUTH -BULUS GODIYA -ACD 39
12) ADAMAWA SOUTH PATRICIA SEUBITTERE YAKUBU -ADC 51
13) ADAMAWA SOUTH – NUHU AGNESS- PT 40
14) ADAMAWA CENTRA -L DAHIRU AISHATU AHMED -APC 47
15) ADAMAWA CENTRAL – YUSUF GIFT SHALLANGWA- NPM 39

16) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – UDUAK ENEFIOR ESSIEN – DPP 42
17) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – UMOHUMOH IMOH EMEM – KP 40
18) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – THOMAS MFON FLAMINGO – ZLP 56
19) AKWA IBOM NORTH WEST – MENDIE SARAH MARSHALL – C4C 38
20) AKWA IBOM NORTH WEST -INYANG PEACE MARTINS – DPP 34
21) AKWA IBOM NORTH- WEST LUCY PIUS USEN – PPN 37
22) AKWA IBOM SOUTH -ETETE CHARITY INYANG -DPP 44
23) AKWA IBOM SOUTH -EYAKENYI AKON ETIM – PDP 58
24) ANAMBRA NORTH -MENKITI FRANCISCA Q -ACD 51
25) ANAMBRA NORTH- MODEBE EDITH OBIAJULU – ADC 50
26) ANAMBRA NORTH – CHUBA-OKADIGBO MARGERY .C- APC 59
27) ANAMBRA NORTH -MMOTUNE THERESA- DPP 66
28) ANAMBRA NORTH – OKWONKWO SONIA CHINWE – KP 40
29) ANAMBRA NORTH – UMEAROKWU OGECHUKWU U – NCP 38
30) ANAMBRA NORTH -ODUAH STELLA ADAEZE -PDP 56
31) ANAMBRA NORTH – PRINCESS NDUKAIFE EBELE J- PPC 41
32) ANAMBRA NORTH – EDOZIE BLESSING CHINWE -RP 46
33) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – OKAFOR KATE OBY -ACD 56
34) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – EZEKILI OGOCHUKWU – KP 38
35) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – UCHE LILIAN EKWUNIFE – PDP 47
36) ANAMBRA SOUTH – OBIH NKEIRUKA FAITH – RP 47
37) ANAMBRA SOUTH – UMEOHANA-IKE ESTHER IFY – ZLP 51
38) BAUCHI NORTH- FAIZA ABDULLAHI -DA 48 (ONLY ONE FEMALE IN BAUCHI)
39) BAYELSA CENTRAL -EZRA YOHANA JAMAICA -DA 30
40) BAYELSA CENTRAL -EBIERE EKEUWEI J. -MPN 40
41) BAYELSA CENTRAL – KETEBU BOLERE ELIZABETH- NRM 64
42) BAYELSA CENTRAL -DOUYEMIEGHA-SUOWARI EBINDU RUTH- NUP 59
43) BENUE NORTH EAST – ADZAPE – ORUBIBI MIMI -APC 42
44) BENUE NORTH EAST – BUTU LOVELINE ONGO – GDPN 38
45) BENUE NORTH EAST – ADZONGO ESTHER TERSOO – LP 45
46) BENUE NORTH WEST – FAVOUR SHUAIBU- JMPP 35
47) BENUE NORTH WEST – NOR-UGOR VICTORIA KUWUA -LP 61
48) BENUE SOUTH – ANGULU OCHOJEMA JULIET -ADC 35
49) BENUE SOUTH -OKEWU MARY -PPN 30
50) BENUE SOUTH – ALACHE ODE –PT 59
51) BORNO CENTRAL – MUSA FATIMA – NEPP 35
52) CROSS RIVER NORTH – OCHINKEN MERCY AKWAJI – ID 34
53) CROSS RIVER NORTH – OKO ROSE OKOJI – PDP 62
54) CROSS RIVER CENTRAL – SOLOMON OBASESAM E. E. -A 34

55) DELTA CENTRAL – OLUWADARE ONOME HEPHZIBAH -LP 36
56) DELTA CENTRAL -ADJUYA STELLA – MPN 51
57) DELTA CENTRAL – OBORO EVELYN OMAVOWAN OJAKOVO – PDP 46
58) DELTA NORTH- IGUBOR ONYIMELODIA -ASD 35
59) DELTA NORTH -KONWEA THERESA -DA 68
60) DELTA NORTH -OKAFOR OFUNNE PHILOMINA -HDP 58
61) DELTA NORTH – ALIU JANE REBECAH – KP 38
62) DELTA NORTH -UGEGELI NDUDI STEPHANIE – NFD 36
63) DELTA SOUTH -JOSEPH ELO TESSY- ID 43
64) DELTA SOUTH -ANDERSON TARE-ERE -MPN 37
65) DELTA SOUTH – BEGHO IRONE RITA -SDP 59
66) EBONYI NORTH -IMMARIHIAGBE EUCHARIA UKAMAKA – ACPN 38
67) EBONYI SOUTH -JANEFRANCES ANI CHINYERE -JMPP 38
68) EBONYI SOUTH -NWANKWO JOY NGOZI -PPN 38
69) EDO NORTH -JOY OHIS INWALOME -JMPP 60
70) EDO SOUTH – JENNIFER ERIAMIYE OBASUYI -ADC 36
71) EDO SOUTH – ILEVBA ANTHONIA IMMANUELA – JMPP 36
72) EKITI CENTRAL – IREWOLE TOSIN -DPP 43
73) EKITI SOUTH -OLUJIMI BIODUN CHRISTINE -PDP 61
74) EKITI SOUTH – BOLA MARY ADEYINA -PPN 53
75) ENUGU EAST- NNAMCHI ANN NGOZI ID None 34
76) ENUGU EAST- IFEYINWA OLIVE ONUORAH NNOLI – MPN 39
77) ENUGU EAST- OKAFOR CECILIA UZOAMAKA -NIP 64
78) ENUGU EAST- NNAMANI ADAOBI E. -PPN 35
79) ENUGU WEST – CHIKAODILI JULIET IBEKAKU NWAGWU- APC 48
80) ENUGU WEST – OKOLO CHIKODILI LYDIA- ID 34
81) ENUGU WEST -OKAFOR IJEOMA DOREEN -KP 36
82) ENUGU WEST- OKONKWO CORDELIA CHIGOZIE -MPN 39
83) ENUGU WEST OKONKWO MAUREEN C. PPN None 38
84) ENUGU WEST AGU PHILOMENA SDP None 40
85) ENUGU NORTH – NNADI VICTORIA NWANNEKA – DPP 52
86) ENUGU NORTH – DIUGWU MARIA UKAMAKA – LP 52
87) ENUGU NORTH – NWOKOLO CHIKA CHIOMA MPN None 38
88) GOMBE CENTRAL – DANJUMA RIRI – A 34
89) GOMBE CENTRAL – ALIYU FATIMA ADAMU – ASD 34
90) GOMBE SOUTH – LADI SANI – PDM
91) GOMBE SOUTH – BELLO BINTA – PDP 47
92) GOMBE SOUTH – HANNATU AHMED YARO – SDP 58
93) GOMBE NORTH – MUHAMMED HAUWA INUWA – A 35
94) GOMBE NORTH – PUMA ALIYU – PDC 51

95) IMO EAST – ETHEL NGOZI NWANNA – ADC 62
96) IMO EAST – ADELINE IWUAGU EMIHE – AGAP 62
97) IMO EAST – DONALD UGONMA – ASD 38
98) IMO EAST – OGUIJE EUCHARIA ANAYO – JMPP 38
99) IMO EAST – EMEDON NKIRU ODIONYEYE – NAC 46
100) IMO EAST – ONYEALUSIM JENNIFER – NIP 35
101) IMO WEST – IBEH UCHENNA ONYEOMA – LP 48
102) IMO WEST AGOBI VIVIAN C. – PPN 41
103) IMO NORTH – IBE EUCHARIA – A 49
104) IMO NORTH – OKORAFOR RITA ADANNA IBEMERE (MFR) – ADP 44
105) IMO NORTH – OHANYERE LOVETH CHINYERE – ASD 35
106) IMO NORTH – NWAIWU IJEOMA JULIET – NIP 38
107) IMO NORTH – NZE JOY NNENNA – NRM 42
108) IMO NORTH – ANYA JUSTINA TOCHI – UPP 45
109) JIGAWA NORTH – WEST SALISU ZAINAB – MPN 35
110) KADUNA NORTH- MUHAMMAD AISHATU USMAN – A 35
111) KADUNA CENTRAL – TIJANI HALIMA TURAKI – ABP 58
112) KADUNA CENTRAL – IBRAHIM HAUWA FUNTUA – APGA 64
113) KADUNA CENTRAL – HABU HUSSAINA DPC 30
114) KADUNA CENTRAL – USMAN HAFSAT M.B. – NEPP 50
115) KANO CENTRAL – BUHARI LAILA –APDA 66
116) KANO CENTRAL – ABDU DIJE L – DPC None 39
117) KANO CENTRAL – HAUWA IBRAHIM EL-YAKUB – NPM 45

118) KATSINA CENTRAL – SADA ZAINAB MOHAMMED- NRM 40
119) KEBBI NORTH – MOHAMMED SHAFAATU – A 35
120) KEBBI NORTH – SANNI AISHATU – AD 32
121) KEBBI CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR HAJARA B/KEBBI – APA 49
122) KEBBI CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR SUWAIBA – NAC 38
123) KEBBI SOUTH – MUSA AMINA – GPN 31
124) KOGI CENTRAL – ABDULMALIK ZULEIHAT – A 27
125) KOGI CENTRAL – AKPOTI NATASHA HADIZA – SDP 38
126) KOGI CENTRAL – AVOSUAHI AMINU FATIMA – UPP 35
127) KOGI EAST – YAKUBU ADIJETU – UPC 36
128) KOGI WEST – IBITOYE ROSELINE ABOSEDE – A 50
129) KOGI WEST – IBRAHIM HANNATU AKUJIMISI – LP 32
130) KOGI WEST – OLORUNTOBA CHERRY YINKA – UPP 47
131) KWARA CENTRAL – ABDULWAHEED MARIAM – ADP 38
132) KWARA CENTRAL – WURAOLA HASIYA GAMBARI – APN 56
133) KWARA CENTRAL – OKANLAWON ADEKUNLE TAIWO – GPN 52
134) KWARA CENTRAL- ABDULSALAM KUBURAT LP 49
135) KWARA CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR KHADIJAT BIMBO – MPN 38
136) KWARA SOUTH – ADELEKE JUMOKE TAOFIKAT- GPN 48
137) KWARA SOUTH – AFOLAYAN COMFORT FUNKE – UPP 30
138) LAGOS CENTRAL- AKINYEMI OLUWAFUNMILAYO JOSEPHINE- A 52
139) LAGOS CENTRAL -TINUBU OLUREMI SHADE – APC 58
140) LAGOS CENTRAL – ADU OMOLOLA KOLADE – CAP 33
141) LAGOS CENTRAL – OGOWEWO OLUGBEMISOLA OLUFUNKE – DA 48
142) LAGOS CENTRAL – MARTINS TINA REMI – FJP 50
143) LAGOS CENTRAL – OYINBO PATRICIA NNEDIMMA – ID 42
144) LAGOS CENTRAL – PARIOLA RUFINA OLAMIDE – MPN 37
145) LAGOS CENTRAL – BAJULAIYE-OMOGBEHIN OMOWUNMI AGBEKE PT 50
146) LAGOS EAST – FAKOYA OLAJUMOKE MODUPE – ADC 39
147) LAGOS EAST – IDOWU ABOSEDE – CAP 41
148) LAGOS EAST – AJAYI FLORENCE OLUFUNKE – DA 54
149) LAGOS EAST – JAIYEOLA ADEBOLA ADENRELE – DPP 43
150) LAGOS EAST – OYEFUSI ABIODUN ADETOLA- PDP 51
151) LAGOS EAST – AWOLOWO OLUFUNKE – PT 55
152) LAGOS WEST – ADEGBORIOYE SOLAKUNMI ELIZABETH – A 62
153) LAGOS WEST- AGOSU-PANTINVOH FELICIA MENTON – ADP 51
154) LAGOS WEST – ESTHER GODWIN – APM 53
155) LAGOS WEST – BOJURI ORIYOMI RUTH -CAP 43
156) LAGOS WEST – NKEM CHIBOGU KENNETH – UPP 40
157) LAGOS WEST – FADAHUNSIOJO OMOBOLA ALICE – YPP 45
158) NASSARAWA NORTH – AKWASHIKI PATRICIA NAOMI – ADC 64
159) NASSARAWA NORTH – LUBABATU TANI YAKUBU – GPN 39
160) NASSARAWA NORTH – KATIMI SAIDU ISA – MMN 35
161) NASSARAWA SOUTH – ELADOGA RAKIYA ABUBAKAR – ADP 36
162) NIGER EAST – KOLAWOLE IDRIS ZAINAB – NCP 50
163) NIGER EAST – MOHAMMED BINTA – PT 42
164) NIGER NORTH – MAMUDA HADIZA KUTA – AGA 41
165) NIGER NORTH – BALKISU MUSA ALHERI – GPN 31
166) NIGER SOUTH – MOHAMMED SAFIYA BABA – GPN 45

167) OGUN CENTRAL – GOMEZ TITILAYO OSENI – ADC 54
168) OGUN CENTRAL – ABIMBOLA MARGARET ONOKOYA – GPN 39
169) OGUN CENTRAL – TOLA ESTHER FEHIN OGUNSANWO – MPN 63
170) OGUN EAST – ONADIPE E. IDOWU – NCP 57
171) OGUN EAST – MOJISOLA OMOYENI AFOLABI – UPP 68
172) OGUN WEST – MORUF IYABODE ALICE – ZLP 47
173) ONDO NORTH – OLAYINKA OGEDENCIBE MODUPE – ADP 60
174) ONDO NORTH – ODUMBAKU OLASINMI – ZLP 52
175) ONDO SOUTH – PITT TEMIDAYO ADEBULU MRDD 33
176) OSUN CENTRAL – AJADI ABIOLA AYOWOLE – APA 37
177) OSUN CENTRAL – MRS ADEBAYO RASHEEDAT – CAP 36
178) OSUN CENTRAL – IBRAHEEM FATIMA ADEOLA – DA 48
179) OSUN CENTRAL – ARIKEWUYO MARY OYEBOLA LP 29
180) OSUN CENTRAL – ADEGOKE SIMISOLA AYOKANMI -MAJAS 38
181) OSUN EAST – AJIBOLA FATIMOH – CAP 52
182) OSUN EAST – AYODELE BADMUS TOSIN MERCY- RP 40
183) OSUN WEST – RUFAI ADEBISI MUJIDAT – ACPN 37
184) OSUN WEST – RUFAI ADEBISI MUJIDAT – ACPN 37
185) OSUN WEST – GIDADO MUIBAT OMONIKE – NCP 49
186) OYO CENTRAL – AJITADIDUN YETUNDE ELIZABETH – A 54
187) OYO CENTRAL- SUNMONU JUMOKE MONSURAT – ADC 59
188) OYO NORTH – OGUNSOLA – SALIU KEHINDE – A 33
189) OYO NORTH – AGBABI ABIODUN DORCAS T. – JMPP 39
190) OYO NORTH – AKANDE ADEOLA MULIKAT – PDP 57
191) OYO NORTH – OLADOKUN ADEBOYIN ADEOLA -PPC 47
192) PLATEAU SOUTH – FANTO NAOMI JANE – ADP 52
193) PLATEAU SOUTH – MAMFA LADI NUN – MPN 57
194) PLATEAU SOUTH -DONGTOE CECILIA NOKNAAN – PPC 64
195) PLATEAU NORTH – DUNG SIMI PATRICIA JAMILA – MPN 49
196) RIVERS EAST- IBEMORAH NWANNEKA JANET – ACPN 45
197) RIVERS EAST – THOMAS ANGELA CHIKOADINAKA – C4C 55
198) RIVERS EAST – ANAELE GRACE – ID 49
199) RIVERS EAST – WUZOR QUEEN – NDLP 40
200) RIVERS SOUTH – EAST LEKIA JANEY – ADC 44
201) RIVERS SOUTH EAST – MIIBARI ANYIMA – ID 32
202) RIVERS SOUTH EAST – SAMSON KPEALE – MRDD 39
203) RIVERS WEST – OSADEME VIVIAN – C4C 56
204) RIVERS WEST – SYGNS IBIGBEYE – MRDD 44
205) RIVERS WEST- EBINI IBIOBELEARI OBOMATE- NPC 38
206) RIVERS WEST -APIAFI BETTY JOCELYN OKAGUA – PDP 56
207) RIVERS WEST – OKPEWONO JOYCE JACKS – PPA 43
208) RIVERS WEST BOLOUBOERE GEORGE O. – UPN 49
209) SOKOTO NORTH UMAR HAFSATU – A 33
210) SOKOTO NORTH ABUBAKAR ZAINAB – APGA 35
211) SOKOTO NORTH BUHARI SHAFATU -NAC 41
212) SOKOTO NORTH MUHAMMED MARYAM – PPA 58
213) SOKOTO SOUTH SA’ADATU MUHAMMED – PPN 37
214) TARABA SOUTH YOHANNA SAMUEL D. – PDM 58
215) TARABA NORTH BATURE ADAMA ZAKARI – ACPN 35
216) TARABA NORTH MANZO HADIZA MOHAMMED – ADC 45
217) YOBE SOUTH JAJERE HADIZA M. ISA – MPN 56
218) FCT – LADY DORIS AMAKA OPARA AAC 37
219) FCT – AUDU ESTHER JOHN ADC 56
220) FCT – ABDULRAHMAN MUSLEEMAH NIKE HASSATU – ANP 50
221) FCT – SILAS GYAR ROSE DOGARA- APM 56
222) FCT – DANFULANI PRINCESS ROSEMARY – GAP 50
223) FCT – OKPARA IFEOMA – GPN 38
224) FCT – DEBORAH MODUPE OPATA – JMPP 58
225) FCT – UZOKWE-AGORUA PRINCESS MILLIE – LP 60
226) FCT – OSENI NGOZI ABIODUN – MPN 47
227) FCT – LANCASTER OKIRO NNENNA NGWAMMA – YPP 58

Credits: List drawn out of INEC’s released document of Aspirants/candidates in the 2019 elections. Website – http://www.inecnigeria.org/?page_id=70 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#NuggetsforAProductiveWeek

Phones, Androids, Tablets have taken over almost every aspect of our lives. Yes, because it has become our relationship hub; business and work on the Go! So what happens if you forget your phone somewhere or lose it?! Moods are totally reset such that sometimes it feels like you are “naked”, “disconnected from the rest of the world” and so on.

We all need to switch off our phones sometimes & plan a phone free day. There is a lot that needs your attention apart from the phone world. Your calls and messages can wait…seriously you will come to find out that they do not need urgent attention as you thought. So set yourself free… Free up your fingers and ears… Plan a phone free day this week!

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Leadership, Teamwork and Planning: An Emotional & Heartwarming Meeting.

At the start of the year #XXFILES radio Women’s program kicked off with our new year goal oriented edition with #SeyiOwoeye & #FolakemiOgunsiji.

 

As the team lead and producer, I listened to these two beautiful divas present, on my phone’s  radio. After a while, I joined them in the live studio & at some point stepped out to give them room to express without fearing to make mistakes in front of their “Oga-boss”.  😀

After the program we gathered to have a meeting as is our practice. This time to strategically map out a plan & focus for the first quarter.

I thanked every member of the team for all the efforts each one put into making a great program for our audience in 2018. 

Then I asked everyone to express their thoughts on how we faired and about improvements we need to make to enable us serve our audience better. Instead of speaking about this, my team members started to real out how the program had made them better presenters and producers. Here are some of their thoughts:

Seyi – I didn’t know that I could do this. I am a very shy person but through this program, I have been pushed to present and now I am a better presenter & scriptwriter.

Folakemi – I always run away from presentation chores because I have microphone fright. In fact, I prefer recorded programs where my mistakes can be edited before broadcast. Now I am more comfortable on the microphone.
Sandra – I learned that anybody can present not just DCAs

Jadesola – I appreciate those who started this program with the intention of mentoring others. I am happy that our team lead did not just take over but allowed us to go on the mic and even pushed us when we absolutely felt we were not ready. I have grown.

Here I was listening to my team members speak about the little difference I had made in their lives… Tears welled up in my eyes.

Lesson For Me:

Mentor Others; Step Back. Let them learn even while making mistakes. Watch them grow & shine.

After this emotional and heartwarming brainstorm meeting my crew and I decided to launch out with a theme for the first quarter of the year, 2019.

XX-FILES Giving Visibility to Women Candidates in the 2019 Elections”. 

Our goal is to tell the stories of women who are vying for a political office at all levels of government and by that contribute our quota to making women visible. And hopefully get the conversations going about supporting and increasing the number of women leading this our great country at all levels of government.

So Dear Reader/Follower, 

I will be sharing the  profiles of some of these women running for political office here and letting you into a bit of What my team and I will be doing with regards to this. Cheers!

Be Inspired to Pursue your Dreams! 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#1 An Inspiring Story – Sitting in Front of the Mirror She Dreamed of the Future She Wanted

At the 2018 African Women in the Media (AWIM) Conference I met many women with inspiring stories. One of them was Maimuna Kolo, the first Female Press Secretary to serve the deputy governor of her state in Minna. We laughed together as she shared a little glimpse from her journey into getting to her present work. Life has dealt her some blows as she lost her first husband yet she rises above her loss to become the formidable woman she now is. Let me share with you a bit from my interview with her.

Maimuna Kolo:  I grew up in Jos. While in Jos, my first husband passed on may his soul rest in peace and I moved to Minna where I remarried. Broadcast journalism has always been my passion ever since I was a little girl. I will sit in front of the mirror, start reading story books, practicing how to read the news. At that time one of my role models was Bimbo Roberts, I loved the way she read the news. So I wanted to be that kind of person. When I was writing my JAMB, my dad, may his soul rest in peace, didn’t want me to go into the media because of the stigma that is attached to women in the media. But I was stubborn, he didn’t know and I put in for Mass Communication. And that was the course I studied even though he was not happy. But I wish he was alive now to see where I am now and what I have become.

A.A: Did you ever work for a media organization

Maimuna: I worked for the state TV. I was a producer, presenter, and a news reader. When I moved from Jos to Minna and I got the job at the state television, at the interview I was asked about how many years of working experience I had. I said none. And they said, “we mean where have you worked before?” I said, “I have never worked before” because my late husband didn’t want me to work and this is my first time working. It was after his death that I moved to Minna. They were so surprised because when I auditioned I read the news perfectly. They thought I had experience but It was all about my love and passion for the job.

A.A: In other words, you are saying if a woman reading this now has a dream, regardless of whether she has experience or not, she should just step out?!

Maimuna: She should strongly step out! She shouldn’t let her dreams die. Like I told my children, at a point in time, “I have lived my life for you but now I want to live my life, I don’t want life to pass me by”.

So if you have that passion for anything, you should step out; don’t let anybody kill your dream. Make your dream come true. – Maimuna Kolo

A.A: Fantastic, so how did you land this job as the first female press secretary to the deputy governor of your state?

Maimuna: Since the creation of the state no woman has ever held that kind of position. Actually, I have never met the deputy governor until I was appointed as his Press Secretary. I didn’t lobby or beg for it but I remember saying it some time to someone that I wished to be the press secretary; maybe the right people heard about it, I don’t know. But I was just sitting in my office when I was summoned to the government office to come and collect and appointment letter. I was surprised and wondered but I went anyway and that was how I got my letter.

A.A: Some people say nothing just happens; you must have done something or sowed some good seeds. Were you covering bits at the statehouse as a reporter?

Maimuna: Honestly I wasn’t. I was just doing my thing as a producer, presenter, and newsreader on my station, I have never worked in the government house.

A.A: So we can say providence smiled on your hard work.

Maimuna: (Laughing) Yea, you could say that and I am not a politician nor have I ever been a part of politics.

A.A: How is life now as a press secretary? Being the woman, how do you manage the men that have to work with you in working for the deputy governor? How do you manage your time and the challenges?

Maimuna: It has not been easy because when I first got the appointment, the men were not ready to accept me as their boss. An interesting thing happened; a man worked up to me and congratulated me for my appointment as the Press secretary to the wife of the deputy governor. I smiled and said no, I am the Press secretary for the deputy governor. The man gave me a cynical look and said aloud, “No, A woman, Is impossible! I responded and said, Yes! A woman, I am the Press Secretary and it is happening”. I have 13 men working in my team; they make up my cameramen, photographer, managers of public address systems, the driver and more. They were all not corporative at first but I devised a method to put them under control. We had a meeting and some were even rude to me but I didn’t mind but I finally managed to get them to work with me.

A.A: How did you do that? Did you make them your friends or wielded your authority wand? (Laughing)

Maimuna: I used both. I became friends with them because if I don’t make them my friends they would not give me what I want on the job. If any of them fell ill or had a wedding ceremony I honor them by paying a visit and being a part of their celebrations, sometimes I ask about their wellbeing, wives, and children.

A.A: That is a beautiful leadership principle, using a leadership style that cares for staff members. How do you manage the odd hours of work?

Maimuna: Sometimes I have to leave home as early as 5am to meet up with my team for an assignment. At other times a travel assignment comes up after I must have left for work, then I would have to call my husband to inform him; pack my things and we are off.

A.A: So your job as a Press Secretary demands that you travel all the time, Is your husband supportive of you?

Maimuna: He is very supportive of what I do and even encourages me. He is also a journalist who works with NTA international and knows what the job entails.

A.A: (Laughing) And I guess the money too that comes with being a Press Secretary. Alright, your final words for women who have a busy schedule. I have had conversations where people believe that if a woman wants to become a politician, her home will suffer and In fact, Widows are better for such roles.

Maimuna: There is no woman job, there is no man job. If a woman has a passion for whatever please go out and live your dream. Some women shy away from taking on certain roles. For on my job when we travel in a convoy I happen to be the only woman.

There is no woman job, there is no man job. If a woman has a passion for whatever, please go out and live your dream. – Maimuna Kolo

A.A: What are you doing to encourage other women to come on board?

Maimuna: I mentor female youth corps members posted to my office and engage them even after their service year giving them some stipend to manage until they get a job. I also have a female journalist in my former office that I have brought on board to work with me in the government house.

Making Visible women in Leadership Positions or Aspiring. 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

2019 is Here…Why It Should Not Be a Hundred Metres Dash

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The Count Down to the new year ended days ago and here we are already counting days! Don’t be alarmed or worried if you are yet to figure out your goals and plans. Perhaps you have a few things figured out already but don’t even know the moves to make or steps to take yet towards achieving your goals. Hey… take your time, it is not a hundred metres dash race! Slow and Steady will eventually win the race! 

SOMETIMES YOU DON’T HAVE TO START A NEW YEAR WITH A NEW GOAL-

Review the previous years projects and goals and see if you need to build /consolidate on things you started last year. Mostly we all think that there must be new goals and plans for the new year, this is not always necessary. You can expand on things you are already working on and achieve a higher level of growth and success.

Tips to Help you with Running Your Race this new year

  1. Take time out to think through what you want changed; what you want to achieve or acquire.
  2. Write down a list of the changes you want and what you want to achieve.
  3. Take a closer look and ask yourself, “What is really important to me right now?”. This is cutting down on your long list to help you arrive at the most productive and profitable goals that will help make your life better.
  4. Remember 2019 is personal to you – Yes you arrived in the new year with friends, family and colleagues, remember the Journey is personal to everyone.

Run your own race, stop that habit of comparing yourself with that of others around you. YOU REALLY DO NOT KNOW THEIR STRUGGLES!

5.When you become clear about what is really important to you, get specific about what you want to achieve in that particular area. For Example : One of my main goal and pursuit this year is, “Self Development”. So I sat down to think through and pen down what area of my life I want to develop. SKILLS- I want to learn more about video editing using my smartphone. Already I am checking out apps and reaching out to a friend who is good at this. FAITH – Plan my week every Sunday and decide on what book of the Bible to study and focus on for each week.

6. TAKE ACTION – It is not enough to know or be clear about what you want to achieve, you have to take action to make them happen. You don’t have to necessarily take a big leap; take small and simple steps to get you to making a reality of your dreams/goals. It can be as simple as making a call; reading a book about the new skill you want to acquire ; changing your diet, exercising more; building a better love life ; enrolling in a course or simply just getting out of bed everyday to do something.

7. Take time to connect with the divine and pray about your goals and what you want to see happen for you. I tell you there is a place for divine or supernatural help.
8. Love yourself; Love your life, Live your life.

2019 is not a hundred metres dash; run your race, slow and steady and win your race.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com