Step Out of Your Title ; Surprise yourself and Others

Me & Dolapo Dosunmu

Meeting this dear woman, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu at a development work review meeting left me feeling good and humble. She made us feel relaxed and generated so much laughter with her sense of humor. You wouldn’t guess her title, I mean her role in the office.

She was so down to earth as the moderator of the 2-Day Review Meeting with UNICEF and 10 States Media Partners that produced the Radio Drama Serial, “Pim pim pim”. It was an enter – educate format to generate social behavior change in attitudes of people and communities towards female genital mutilation FGM also known as female circumcision.

I and a participant were saddled with the responsibility of reporting all activities and discussion of the first day of the meeting. While crossing our “Ts’ and doting our “l’, we asked her to give us her designation in order to properly capture the correct information needed to conclude the report. Here was this woman telling me that she is the,”State Director of National Orientation Agency, Oyo”! I stood there thinking, “wow, so a state director has been the moderator”. Dosunmu was the errand girl if you like, because she was there to ensure that the meeting ran smoothly. She mingled easily and was humble about how she addressed everyone.

My take away and lesson:
*Step out of your title and make a simple difference.
*Wear your badge and title with humility.
* Mingle and keep people guessing about who you truly are😀. No need to blow your own trumpet, let others do it.

Women, we need to support each other more. Appreciate your sister, no need for the competition and unhealthy rivalry – paraphrasing a point from Dolapo Dosunmu

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

 

Guest Post:Tony Elumelu Foundation to Launch the World’s Largest Digital Platform for African Entrepreneurs.

We all need dream supporters to help bring alive our goals. Organizations like the one in this post,  Sade Osigwe, a dear friend and colleague shares below,  gives hope to young entrepreneurs in Nigeria. We need more philanthropic individuals and bodies like this. 

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Some Entrepreneurs with the Founders of Tony Elumelu Foundation

Nigeria will on October 25, 2018 play host to two major African Presidents. They are President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

The event is the 2018 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum,(TEF),taking place at the Federal Palace Hotel,Lagos.

The forum will also host about 5000 Entrepreneurs and 200 Investors as well as Government Administrators and Policy makers. The TEF founder,Tony O.Elumelu is expected to moderate the interactive session with the two African Presidents.

The brain behind the summit which is also the Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation,The Tony Elumelu Foundation had committed $100 million to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs over a period of 10 years.

Being in its 4th year, the foundation has empowered 4,460 entrepreneurs with a total investment of USD 20million,out of which 4000 were funded directly by the foundation while the remaining 460 were sponsored by TEF partners.

The Entrepreneurship forum was borne out of the foundation’s resolve to foster trade and business networking opportunities just as the 2018 theme centres on ”empowering African Entrepreneurs”.

This year’s event will also feature the launch of the world’s largest digital platform for African Entrepreneurs. Similarly,there will be a pitching competition and Investor-ready panel session for the budding Entrepreneurs.

Writter: Afolasade Osigwe-braimah is a broadcast /online journalist, producer, presenter, translator and script writer. Afolasade also trained as a Demographer with great interest in women,children and the elderly as well as development -oriented endeavours. She received the 2017 TEF African journalism fellowship to cover the 3rd TEF Entrepreneurship Forum in Lagos in 2017.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) 

 

The One Thing You Must Do to Birth Your Dream/Idea

Hello,
Thank you for stopping by. If you are reading this I want to encourage you to Take A Leap.

What is that idea you have been playing with in your mind. Are you making excuses? Mostly you think about how the idea is rough; how you don’t have everything you need to kick start it; how you are not even ready…. And so the excuses keep mounting up until you finally shrink into your shell like a snail.

Come on! There will never be a perfect time to start and you won’t have it all figured out at the beginning! So just take that leap ; start taking small steps towards birthing that your dream and idea.

Start with what you know and move in gradually into what you might need to develop.

Well I took a leap to get my business registered and start a Facebook page for it.

My desire is to make some extra cash to support activities of the Not-for-profit NGO my team and I started (Beehyve Empowerment and Development initiative). Our vision is to contribute to the development of our society through Youth mentoring programs ; promotion of women and girls wellbeing and empowerment.

DebisiBusybee Media is all about providing services in Development communication ; media training /Consultancy; Audio editing(podcasts, interview, testimonials, speeches, sermons etc) ; Translation services(Yoruba, Hausa & English) ;Social Media campaign, Digital marketing ; creative writing ; promotion of projects through the traditional and social media ; youth mentoring and facilitating seminars and workshops; Radio drama for social change and development. 

So I am taking a leap by stepping out to execute my ideas and dreams… I want you to shut down that fear and doubt… YOU CAN DO IT ; YOU CAN MAKE IT!

Don’t get stuck dreaming; start to execute your ideas and dreams 

For all of the services we provide at DebisiBusybee Media contact us on :
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Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Principal Producer (FRCN) 
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Monday Inspiration to Fire You Up – Visibility Quotes

Hello and welcome to a brand new week! Are you ready to go?
Be optimistic,
Be strategic ;
Do something differently

VISIBILITY-You’ve got to find a way to make people know you are there. Nikki Giovanni

I was at the “All African Women in the media Conference”, last week #AWIM18 organized by Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola. It was inspiring, motivating and got me really fired up.

Theme: Visibility

The Power of visibility can never be underestimated- Margret Cho

How visible are you; can people see you and what you are doing?

Cultivate Visibility because attention is currency – Chris Brogan

Get rid of your fear and step out!!

Be visible, Be Visible – that’s how you grow; that’s how you expand your audience, market and brand – @debisibusybee

 

 

 

Quote Image credits: azquotes.com, relatably.com, pinterest

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

My Journey into Story Writing & #RadioDramaSoap Production

I am an advocate of using storytelling to inspire social change and development. Allow me to blow my trumpet a little here 😊

My journey into story writing began as a child. I enjoyed reading story books and I read so many while growing up. Often I would rush to carry out house chores assigned to me then lay crouched on the soafer to dig into whatever story book/novel I had to read.

Some of the Books I read… Did you also read any of these :

*All Shakespeare series – “Macbeth” , “As you Like it” etc
* Pacesetters Series
*Mark 4 Series – Bible story book for children Volume 1-10
* A few Mills and Boons
* Crime stories from James Hardly Chase
* Of course the cartoon series on fairy tales : Cinderella, Rapuzel, Snow white and more 😄
* Inspirational Christian stories

My father couldn’t keep up with buying me new books because I quickly finished each book he got and begged him to get another 😀

As a voracious reader I started to tell my own stories through writing and here I am today still writing.

My journey into Radio Drama Writing & Production:

After I started working in the media (Radio Nigeria) I took interest in the radio drama production. The producer, Abiodun Ogidan who later became my mentor made the recording sessions in the studio very interesting. Often I will join the cast crew in the recording studio not as an actor but just to watch. I call it humor time. 😀 We always had a lot to laugh and giggle about as the characters took their lines – a lot of jokes flowed through as we pause to correct mistakes.

On one of my annual leave while at home with so much free time on my hands, I became inspired to try my hands on writing a radio drama script. Not knowing where to start I picked up my first-degree thesis which was a creative work and developed it. The title is, “We Can Begin Again”. I took my 13 episodes scripts to my mentor and she edited and encouraged me to record it. And that was how my journey into writing and producing radio drama soap began.

Today I have written and produced over 400 episodes of radio drama soap aimed at behavioral and social change. Some of my productions include :

Giggles – A 5minutes series on the message of rebranding Nigerians, promoting integrity, hard work, environmental sanitation & more – over a 100 episodes

Abiye – 15-minute drama soap on maternal d child health – Over 200 episodes

Hilly Willy Hospital – 15minutes promoting healthy living – 27 episodes

Greater Tomorrow – Climate change laced with the issue of poverty and girl child education and discouraged child marriage – 26 episodes.

The Long Wait – struggle with infertility and how couples can cope.

Some of my stories have been broadcast on the network service which broadcasts to all parts of the country. These include – “Flower in the Mud” (child trafficking)
“The Last Assault ” (Gender-based Violence)
” Ufiala ” – (community fight against Rape) written by Tokunbo Dada & produced by me

I am excited about the current drama soap, ” Twists and Turns”, been broadcast already on the airwaves(Premier FM 93.5). It was inspired by the need to take a closer look at the long-term effects of female genital mutilation and cutting on women and girls. It is a 28 episode storyline. “Twists and Turns”, is co-written by me and Tokunbo Dada. Produced by yours sincerely, it’s been a lot of fun and hard work working with my cast and crew.

FInd your passion and follow It; you never know where it would take you.

I have been privileged as a result of my flair for storytelling and radio drama writing /production to get a scholarship with the Radio Netherlands(RNTC) on a training in “Soaps & Society” which took me out of the country for three months. And I can’t begin to tell you about all other opportunities that have come my way. These opportunities have given me international exposure and I have met some amazing people.

Doing what you love and know to do opens doors of opportunities.

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

Inter-Generational Dialogue – Bridging the Gap between Youths and Seniors

Once life is conceived in the womb growth begins, the fetus begins to develop and it is expected that within nine months the baby will be ready to be born into the world. As soon as a child is born we begin to watch his/her growth by counting days, months and then years. Soon we celebrate the 1st, 10th, 16th, 18th, 25th and progress to the 40s, 50s, 60s then 70s. So we start to age from the womb and move from being an energy driven youth to adulthood and old age eventually comes.

We have become too selfish and we think that older persons are burdensome (Margret Michael)

In order, words take a close look at that older person close to you or you meet in the bus, street, religious place of worship, neighborhood and shopping mall; you are going to become a senior citizen too one day. Therefore start to treat the older persons around you the way you would want to be treated when you become one too.

Many young people find it difficult to understand elderly persons and this takes affects how they treat them. Older persons cannot understand why younger people are always in a hurry and younger persons feel that Seniors are difficult to deal with. So how can we bridge the gap in creating better relationships between the different generations?

Let me share some interesting points from a workshop I was privileged to be a part of. Present In the dialogue forum was older persons and youths.

Mrs. Theresa Michael the Global Development Coordinator of Momi Africa in her welcome speech explained that the dialogue forum coming under the platform of the Youth Entrepreneurship in Service to Seniors and Society (YESSS) Project is intended to raise a crop of young people who will be of service to the elderly.

Myths about old people:
• Helpless and slow
• Are nice but very difficult
• Older people don’t really like youths and kids
• Young people can’t learn anything from the old
• Old be are old and should no longer live their lives
• Old people are ugly and are witches/wizard
• Young people are cool but old people can no longer enjoy their lives.

She summarises it by saying; “If we want to grow old; why are we hostile to the elderly”.

Old people have emotional needs: Pay more attention to them

Important points from the Keynote Speaker, Mr. Dan Uhimwen of Dagomo Foundation at the workshop:

Gaps Between Young /Older Persons

  • Ageism – discrimination against Seniors because they are old – That they can no longer enjoy life even as young people do.
  • Branding of the older persons as witches evil by NollyWood/Media, Religious bodies e.g “old woman in your village”.
  • Technology: Teach older persons how to use their phones/ help them to be technologically savvy.
  • That the older people are the ones that have messed up the country is stereotypes believe.

Older Generation mindset

  • Youths are Lazy
  • Believe that they don’t need technology that it is for the young people.
  • Feel young people don’t know anything
  • Feel that young people dress indecently/Not God fearing
  • Young people don’t want to work, they want easy money.
  • Like shortcut; don’t

Action Point/Solution: Work on and modify our culture so that young people and seniors can improve the relationship between the generation. Respect should be earned, we are very conscious of respect. True respect comes from within, it goes back to a person’s values.

Youths can volunteer to serve older persons in various capacity: run errands, help ckean/cook for them; visit & spend time or call them. 

Benefits of Bridging the gap:

  • Provides an opportunity to pass on values and skills, knowledge, preserves history.
  • Strengthens understanding
  • Addresses fear that your versus old people have about each other.
  • Visit your hometown, let your children know their grandparents.
  • Helps youth to accept their aging- to know that you are also going to grow old
  • Help to reduce depression and loneliness
  • It invigorates and energizes older adults
  • Fills a void for children who don’t have grandparents
  • Bridge the technological gap; Teach your elderly one how to use their phones.
  • Helps to broker peace in homes and society

Stop the bulking passing and take responsibility for the change you want to see in the society

Over 75% of people engaged in crime and in prison awaiting trials are from broken homes. Therefore the family unit is very important to raising responsible young people.

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