It’s been years off this platform, I apologize. Few things happened in the course of the last time I wrote here and now.
1. I took on blogging and industry analysis full-time with all my reports posted on webtrendsng.com
2. I launched few companies, most failed and I cashed out from some.
3. Got married
4. I now work full-time as business analyst at Konga.com
I want to get back blogging, at least sharing my experiences thus far, things I have learnt and hopefully my dreams. But here I am, sitting and thinking about what to write. What exactly should I write about?
Our greatest enemies as developing Nations are those who profit from our under-development and who are trying to use every means possible to keep us where we are with policies and strategies, recommendations and advice, awards and recognition. We should not get lost in the euphoria of celebration but in substance of a sustainable environment where everyone’s dream (which is acted upon) is given room to flourish.
We should strive as much as possible to create a society where we will all be able to take sound decisions based on the fact that we have been nurtured by the society which we are members. For anyone who abuses the system, should be punished so as to retain the validity of the common purpose of the society. It’s quite simple, live and let others live!
I have studied patiently how the US became so powerful as a Nation and I discovered they had a base which is well knitted in nationalism; a believe that collectively they have the responsibility to make the Nation greater than their personal ego and aspiration , to create room for everyone to prosper as long as they are ready to pay the price (which are inherently human to do).
Also I believe that can be achieved in any emerging economy that is ready to look beyond just an advice or his personal willingness to be recognized but to leave a lasting legacy of giving or creating room for people to blossom to the best of their abilities.
I really I want to appreciate God for keeping me alive up to this moment. This day some 25years ago, a boy was born in my family, and was named Sheriff Olalekan Aremu Shittu to serve his world. I have had my bit of success likewise failures and disappointment. Days like this give me opportunity to look back and appreciate God and at the same time, chart a course for the future.
Usually, I take time to plan for the future while also questioning my existence and the value I have added to the human race. This year is different as it’s a significant year; 25…some call it Silver Jubilee, but I want to call it a platinum Jubilee because it’s really a defining moment for one to chart a course on how he wants to end up his life and also to be able to make tangible assessment of how he’s spent is conscious years.
For me, I gained my consciousness (or personal discovery as the case may be)as a person when I was 15. I did make some decisions on what really I want to go for in life and chose what I considered good for my life. I had dreams, hope and aspiration of where I want to see myself today. Yea, like you may expect, I have not realized 100% what I’d dreamed of but having a dream 10years did shaped the decisions I took.
Today, am looking into the future and talking to God, to hold me strong, to give me courage to finish His assignment for me. If there is any significant thing I have discovered in my short span in life, it’s God’s favour and wisdom, if they are present in ones life, everything work like magic. I trust that God will give me the guidance to finish the race gladly.
I do appreciate everyone who have contributed to who I am today and those, who have continued to implore me to inspire change. I thank God for bringing you into my life! To my parents, Mr. And Mrs. Shittu for believing in me even though I was young when I took some serious decisions that shaped my life today. To my fiancée, Veronica for believing so much in my dream that you joined me in the race when I was a young man roaming on this street with just an idea of possibility without any evident of greatness, you are a jewel to behold!
I thank God, I thank you and I promise to become a better person and add value to my country and the world at large.
God bless you.
I announced here couple of days ago about an app I was working on. Yea! I was so excited to get it out, to fix our traffic situation in the country.
Yesterday at Mobile Web West Africa (AppCircus Segment), it eventually won the award through voting. It’s a challenge and market validation for the product. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be working with a lot of people to get the product working better, with massive testing and creative ways to make it excellent!
We will be launching over next couple of months various features which includes; Java App, Blackberry App, Android App and other interesting stuffs that will help users move around effectively.
I have so many people to thank for making this happen:
- Ahmad Mukoshy
- Mayowa Owolabi
- Gbenga Sesan
- Loy Okezie
- Oladejo Fabolude
- Tim Akinbo
- Opeyemi Awoyemi
It’s a big pleasure to have got this to the market, more so.. it’s a big gift for my birthday !
So, I have rolled my sleeves and am ready to work!
It’s sure a reality that social media and the internet are having huge impact offline. Major of all being Barack Obama winning the US presidency through effective use of the tools. Also in Iran, social media tools were used to challenge the regime in the country.
Fast forward 2011… it’s few days shy of a month into the year, we have already seen how social media deposed a regime in Tunisia while Egypt is the next turn where things are happening right now! The Egyptians where motivated by the success in Tunisia but so far they are getting result… the President is now ready to engage the citizens eventhough he’s unwilling to go.
Our major questions before we really can say: Eureka! are;
- How willing is the US to allow for a regime change in Countries they have interest?
- Is there a possibility of ‘protest hijack’ by extremist in such countries?
- Given the case of Egypt, the president says he will appoint a new government how genuine, trust-worthy could this be?
- Can regime change be possible in other dictatorial countries?
- Can we create alternative internet without the government control?
- Where else should we expect this movement, countries where their presidents/Supreme Leaders have stayed in power for more than 25yrs.
- Could the next countries be Libya, Yemen, Iran, Syria, or even Nigeria?
There are so many questions begging for answer as we witness a paradigm shift in power structure around globe!
I’ve joined the forthcoming Social Innovation camp to launch an idea I’ve been working in my head for some years now. I titled it TrafficBuddy.
What does it do? It actually help ease the traffic situation in the country, most especially Lagos.
It’s concieved to be a distributable platform, using crowdsourced traffic status, to answer traffic situation requested by anyone.
I was suppose to launch the service as a product on greenlagos.com but since I have shifted my attention from the project for now, i think programme will compel me to actually complete the project.
For Lagosians, i say you should take a sigh of relieve.
How will it work?
Well it’s a simple concept, get people to feed the platform with traffic status where they are, and also request same from SMS. The data will be shared via social media and web services.
It will be absolutely free! Yeah! I mean it… I know you might be thinking, how will u sustain? Well, not to despair, I got that figured. The beta version is Available here.
It’s been a while I wrote on this platform. if you are a regular reader am sure you would have given up that this blog is dead particularly because this site was down.
Two things happened;
- possicon.com was hijacked by domain squatters.
- I shifted my focus to webtrendsng.com
Yea, I started this blog before launching webtrendsng.com and I realized I needed to cover far more topics and activities in the industry, so I decided to shift to a blog with corporate setting and thereby expanding and getting more things done.
Webtrendsng.com as gone from a hobby to a business and has grown to have huge impact on the industry. We are just starting as the company will clock 2years come 13th of January 2011. So there is a lot to achieve.
Am fully back to blogging on this site as I get more people to work on webtrendsng.com, I really want to continue to share my thoughts on this blog. It will go beyond just technology but talk also about nation building and every other topics that come to mind.
So, I say to you; welcome!
As I look around, on the street, on the Net, TV and all media. I see youth doing this and that. I see people running here and there, most never can tell where their next step will lead them to, while some doesn’t even know where they are going!
Pathetic right? That is the reality we face today. In this world we have two types of people:
1. Those who are is search of purpose
2. Those who are purposeful in pursuit
This number of people makes upto 90% of the people world wide. They start life hardly with a dream, they go through various routine and tactics to discover their dreams to live a better, some never really thought of a life with dream. They just wake and off they go! This is a very bad situation to be in as the sweetness of life and joy therewith can not be enjoyed.
The second class; they have dreams when they are young, they are generally veracious readers, they are creative, pragmatic and above all they know what they want in life! This people will never stop at anything cheaper than that they they have dreamed of. They go beyond target, they think like genius (which they are). To know this kind of people you will the way they work, talk and live their life. The are happy and fun to be with. when you look at their lifestyle you will want to associate yourself with them.
“Wake up with a smile and go after life… live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it.” – Joe Knapp
I believe we all can live a life of purpose because the infinite intelligence has given us the capacity to achieve whatever we can dream of. So my question is what are you dreaming about? Who are you associating yourself with? And the big question what is the value of your time spent each day?
How to discover your purpose
- What do you always dream about (your recurring thought)
- What are your gift/talent
- What do you do with excellence?
- What do people call you?
- What do you like to become?
- What will you like to be remembered for?
- What have you heard from God?
Whatever you can dream or think of, take action immediately believing you can not fail!
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi
By genuinely answering this questions, we can chart a course for a better future for our lives. Do you have challenges with discovereing your purpose? Share it lets hear from and learn.
The current economic crisis is hitting hard. If you have never felt it I will advise you to uptick your strategy. As governments in most countries scrambles to find solution to the current crisis, we as individuals need to take the mantle of providing solution for ourselves and our immediate community.
Hope as a fast selling product
Hope as you know it, is one of the things that keep the human spirit fired up. People are running here and there in search of solution, they want the magic wand, they are losing jobs by high numbers, businesses are cutting expenses while some are downsizing. I have seen this happen in various companies. Salary cut and staff cuts!
Meanwhile the financial institution (which is my current industry) is the most hit. Has my boss will say; sell hope! That is all that people need for now. Right now their trusted firms are failing them, you need to rekindle their hope for a better future.
The power tussle – Wealth transfer
I sure believe that the current economic crisis is a sign that some rich people/countries need to drop for the next generation rich people/countries (which am inclusive). In the recent Forbes list of Bilionaires, whopping 300 have fallen short of the billion mark while some have committed suicide. The home prices are down, stock markets are down, companies are currently undervalued, credit is tight and interest rate is high. If you have gut, solid idea and courage you will complete this hash moment in triumph. The currency once again is HOPE. Sell hope to everyone you meet, write hope in all your writing and strengthen people’s believe.
This I believe will make us have plenty winners and less suicide at the end of the day.
As you contribution toward the betterment of all, please I urge you to write about hope on your blog. Let the message start! Remember to drop a link below here so that I can share it.
I will say a new welcome to myself to my writing desk here. If you are one of my subscribers you will notice that have taken off recently. As a part of charting my course and design the path for my circle of influence (Nigeria), I have taken the responsibility to engage myself in research that will discover the potential hidden on the internet for Nigerians and businesses.
The report titled “The potential of the Nigerian Internet Market” part of which I have written on Web Trends blog. Am hoping to present the findings in the forthcoming barcampnigeria event April 25th 2009. (Am still talking with the organizers though). Aside from the presentation, the report will be made available in ebook format and series will also be run in our Web Trends eMagazine. In the nearest future though, I will like to have it published as a book.
Each time I go online I have always wanted data which I can base my strategies on, but to my dismay most data I got are not related with Nigeria which obviously makes them irrelevant. I believe very strongly in Data as I do believe in strategic think. For us to move forward in this Nation we need accurate data to work with. With web Trends offering the service, I believe a better future lies ahead for Nigeria.
Do you have some data to share with us concerning Nigeria? Blog, links, books etc. do let me hear from you below.