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What great leaders do in the face of adversity, stress, tragedy In the face of growing adversity and great economic challenge, entrepreneurs and other leaders need to develop new set of thinking and the thick skin needed to pull through these perilous times, in order to optimise their efficiency and productivity. Here are some of the guidelines on what to focus on:...... more

NGOs as a catalyst for entrepreneurial development and better living conditions •The UNEOIF example

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Globalisation: scapegoat or scourge?

Globalisation: scapegoat or scourge? Not a day goes by now without a discussion taking place on the pros and cons of globalisation – and lately most of the conversation has centered on the negatives. This has been especially pronounced in the aftermath of the US election and Brexit. And with populist movements on the rise elsewhere...... more

If capitalism can’t bind people, what will? (Part 2)

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If capitalism can’t bind people, what will? (Part 1)n

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Brass Fertiliser and Petrochemical Company to create 20,000 jobs

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Buying a Franchise: When you need to worry about location

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Business School Netherlands partners Indomie on Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme

Business School Netherlands partners Indomie on Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme Business School Netherlands (BSN) has announced the imminent commencement of its Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) with a two-day training for the first batch of 1,000 young people and the backing of popular food brand Indomie. Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme is an empowerment and training programme for young people. BSN targets training of...... more

Franchise and Social Media: Choosing the Best Platform

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Franchise: Entitlement as a silent killer of business

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Franchise: The dos and don’ts of successful transactions

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FG investing heavily in social programmes to create jobs for youths, others — Minister

FG investing heavily in social programmes to create jobs for youths, others — Minister The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government’s massive investment in Social Programmes will help accelerate the process of job creation, especially for the youths. Speaking at the Special Edition of the FG’s Town Hall Meeting for Youths in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister also...... more

STARTING A BUSINESS: Go for a franchise or a new venture?

STARTING A BUSINESS: Go for a franchise or a new venture? Starting a business goes along with a lot of challenges, especially on the level of structure, process and modelling, depending on your personality type you may want to start an already tested, proved and successful business models and processes, but with a defined methods, instructions and guidelines to follow, but this...... more

Cognitive Dissonance (Part 3): The triumph of ideas

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Applications open for Entrepreneurship Award 2017 for Africa-based entrepreneurs

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Obiano announces N10m for major markets in Anambra

Obiano announces N10m for major markets in Anambra The Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, has announced 10 Million Naira Choose your Project Initiative for the major markets in Anambra state. Governor Obiano declared this during a meeting with leaders and representatives of the Anambra State Market Amalgamated Traders Association, ASMATA, at Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka. The...... more

FG pledges to capture 50 per cent of Nigerians in social security net

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Cognitive Dissonance (Part 1)

Cognitive Dissonance (Part 1) In the late summer of 1954, a brilliant young psychologist was reading the newspaper when his eye fell on a strange headline on the back page: PROPHESY FROM PLANET CLARION CALL TO CITY: FLEE THAT FLOOD. IT’LL SWAMP US ON DEC 21, OUTER SPACE TELLS SUBURBANITE. His interest piqued, the psychologist,...... more

Diamond Bank partners EDC to boost Entrepreneurial Capacity in Nigeria

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Einstein Forum launches search for Africa’s top scientific talent, invites applications from young scientists

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How to do a Market Anaysis for a Business Plan (Part 2)

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Yobe, Sudan partner for establishment of medical school

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Niger State Govt. approves N445m for expansion of State House of Assembly

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Tony Elumelu Foundation announces partnerships with African Development Bank, ECOWAS, Coca-Cola, Nigerian Ministry of Information

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Peter Obi, Ekeh to headline ESUT/Yudala Mega Entrepreneurship Summit

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Tony Elumelu canvasses global support for rising African entrepreneurs

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Buhari launches ambitious campaign to end violence against children by 2030

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