Three operational branches in less than a year is fascinating – Aliyu Abubakar Tafida

Another Youth Spotlight… none other than Aliyu Tafida! He’s one of my entrepreneurial inspirations in Nigeria.

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Aliyu Abubakar Tafida is a 24 years old Ceo of a food processing and supply company called Quickshake.He has a BSc in Information Technology and MSc in Management and International business with Finance. In this interview, with over four quickshake operational outlets already and counting, he reflected on the birth of his company, challenges, expansion, vision and lifestyle. Enjoy.

How business started for you?
I started business formally when I was 19 . A friend of mine wanted to sell his car and I thought I could find a buyer for him. I wasn’t really serious about it but it was fun having such money. But yeah… I also got involved with a furniture company.

How did the idea of opening quickshake come about?
I was rounding up my masters and wanted coming back to Nigeria to establish a brand. At first I was thinking of franchising a UK or…

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#FlashbackFriday

I was talking to my friend yesterday. It’s crazy how much time has passed since we were kids. I remember when the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Exam (AKA WAEC) was the biggest issue we had to deal with.

Now, we have family members asking about our “love lives” and career aspirations. My little cousin who I carried when I was probably  7 or 8 years old, is in the 10th grade. It’s all so crazy to me!! I want to be a baby again!

Back to WAEC, I’m gonna share my favorite Nigerian literature books that we had to read in secondary school.

The Incorruptible Judge by D. Olu Olagoke

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Without a Silver Spoon by Eddie Iroh

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No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe

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The Virtuous Woman by Zainab Alkali 

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A Woman in Her Prime by Asare Konadu

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Women of Owu by Femi Osofisan

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I also enjoyed reading Kemi’s Journal and Zack’s Story (by Abidemi Sanusi) during the holidays.

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This post reminds me of how long it’s been since I’ve had time to get absorbed into a good book. I need to get this degree ASAP, so I can get into vacation mode and read a few books.

If you’re looking for a new read, you should check out some of these books.

Spotlight: Fatima Mamza

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This post is highlighting Fatima Mamza, a renouned makeup artist in Nigeria. She’s one of my makeup idols from back home.

Fatima Mamza is a graduate of Biochemistry who after working at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) decided to pursue a more passion-oriented career in makeup artistry.

In an interview with City People Nigeria, she disclosed that the secret to her success is “flawless makeup”. She further explained that she always tries to give her clients a flwaless and natural finish.

She is currently the official Makeup Artist (MUA) for the First Lady of Nigeria.

Here are some photos of Fatima’s clients from her instagram page @mamzabeauty

I hope Fatima’s story inspires our youth to think outside the box, and take a leap of faith by doing something different. You  don’t have to be a chemist because you have a degree in chemistry, you can start your own interior design company!

Do what you love, and make the most of it!

Nigerian Youth Spotlight: Osarieme Omonuwa

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This young lady is a recent graduate from Reading University in the UK. She graduated with a first class degree in Law. In the history of the University, she is the FIRST BLACK FEMALE to graduate with a first class.

The Edo State born Omonuwa not only arrived at the the Law School with a University of Reading, first class degree in Law, but also emerged as the very first Nigerian to graduate the final bar examination from a university abroad with a first class BL degree, a feat in the 51-year existence of the Nigerian Law School.

Omonuwa has been a trailblazer with academic excellence before she left Igbinedion Education Centre and moved to the United Kingdom. In 2010, she received the University of Reading scholarship award and won recognition as the overall best in the international foundation programme.

At the age of 20, she bagged a first-class degree at University of Reading, winning the Chancellor’s Award for the year. For her stellar performance,  Omonuwa became the first black woman to win the University of Reading’s Chancellor Award in the history of the institution.
In a brief interview, her father expressed his joy saying, “I feel on top of the world as a father. I am a proud and happy father. She dedicated herself to the study and she got the reward,”
She’s been achieving academic success since kindergarten! There’s no doubt that she’ll make an amazing lawyer.

Spotlight: Kelvin Doe

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I hope this post inspires you to make the most of what you have…

Africa is a continent blessed with young minds, energy, innovation and initiative. Unfortunately, we lack the necessary facilities to develop these skills and undoscovered talents.

The links below share the story of fifteen-year-old Kelvin Doe, a Sierra-Leonean boy with a dream. He wanted to give a voice to the youth in his community. With the resources available, he made his dream a reality. I hope these videos encourages you all, as much as it did me.

Here’s the link to the article and Kelvin’s YouTube Video. Kelvin also had a TEDTalk.

In the words of Steve Jobs, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Nigerian Youth Spotlight: Vivian Okezie

Hello Beautiful People!

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This post features the Best Upcoming Makeup Artist in Nigeria (NTCA 2015), my friend and sister, Vivian Okezie! Viv and I have come a long way! We’ve been friends for about 10 years now (oh, how time flies!)

Growing up I never really pictured viv as a makeup artist, she enjoyed dressing up more. She started off just trying to look cute (for the man dem lol) and gradually developed her skills to this point.

My favorite thing about Viv is that she accepts criticism and advice with open arms- she wants to know what to do to get better. That’s an amazing quality to have as an artist and a person.

I can proudly say that I am one of her #1 fans! I have watched every single one of her videos, multiple times.

Viv is an inspiration to me, and many other youths out there. From her, I have learned to follow my dreams and to do what I love without forgetting the important things in life.

I strongly encourage you to watch her videos and subscribe to her channel, you might learn a few new tricks!

P.S: Sorry, I got a bit emotional with this post, I have mad love for Viv.

Here’s the link to her YouTube Page: Vivian Okezie

Thank you!

-AfrikahnQueen