Friday, November 27, 2009







Stunning photo series by Marc Cameron and Mark Brown, features outlines of iconic luxury cars created using light graffiti.

“Using an original technique of light painting I aimed to create simplified graphic versions of each of these classic shapes. The timeless, current and forward thinking design of each model has made creating these representations a massively inspiring experience,” says Mark Brown.


BBC spotlights Nigeria’s Returning Entrepreneurs

bbc africa business report

It is a story that seems to be fascinating the international media, the tale of ‘returnees’ to Africa. CNN did a feature on young Nigerians returning to work in the country a few months ago and now BBC explores the story behind Nigerians who have moved back to start businesses.
The feature was on this weekend’s episode of BBC Africa Business Report. Watched it and found it quite insightful and inspiring. We can tell you firsthand that doing business in Nigeria is really challenging but ultimately very rewarding. Reports like this send a great message. It shows a different side of Nigeria to the world, one of progress and positive initiatives. It also lets people know that indeed they can make a difference and drive their business ideas to fruition.
See the report below.
By Caroline Duffield
Africa Business Report, BBC World News, Nigeria

Kabir Audu
Kabir Audu has returned to Nigeria after working on Wall Street

Kabir Audu is a very successful Nigerian. He’s 30. And he has an idea.

“It was Ben Gurion in the late 1940s,” he says.

“He called on Israelis around the world to come home. To build an Israel greater than their wildest imagination.”

He pauses.

“We see Nigeria every day – tremendous talent, this tremendous potential. Imagine if it’s wielded toward one vision.”

Kabir and his friend Tunji Abdul are living proof of Nigeria’s mass migration homeward.

Both were making a fortune on Wall Street. Both were bored.

‘New life’

“Every deal felt just an extension of a previous project,” says Tunji.

Model of skyscraper
Kabir and Tunji are planning Lagos’s first sustainable skyscraper

“I came back to Nigeria after 10 years. I realised this place was calling for young entrepreneurs – to breathe new life into the system.

“That’s why I came back.”

They’re real estate developers, building modern homes – and the first sustainable skyscraper in Lagos.

It will harvest its own rainwater and be powered by solar energy.

“We want our architecture to shape the way people feel about their space, their community,” says Tunji.

“Great buildings, inspirational buildings, don’t just have to be in the UK or the US.”


Tunji and Kabir are two among hundreds of thousands.

Bode Pedro is another.

He’s 26 and runs a computer manufacturing start-up business employing 75 people.

“It’s a renaissance,” he says. “We’re talking about art, science, technology, entertainment, media and business.

Recruitment agency
Recruitment agencies specialise in bringing talented Nigerians home

“People are coming home because they want to be part of it.”

All of them were educated in the US, but their rich American accents are barely noticed in the nightclubs in Lagos.

Here, vowels from New York and Oxford blend into West African pidgin English.

Another giveaway – Lagos is sprouting recruitment agencies with a difference.

They specialise in bringing talented Nigerians back home.

“In 2003, we thought around 5,000 people a month were coming in,” says Funto Akinkugbe from Find A Job In Africa.

“That’s multiplied by three now. We’re looking at the best part of 15,000 people on a monthly basis.”

Seeking shelter

The influx is startling. Nigerians have a word for them – “re-pat”.

And, it appears that there are two types.

Entrepreneurs like Kabir and Tunji have spotted a market and are starting businesses.

Some 140 million people living here makes Nigeria quite a business opportunity.

You have to make sure you’re one step ahead. Get up earlier and leave the office later
Tunji Abdul, entrepreneur

Meanwhile, thousands of others are seeking shelter from the global financial crisis.

Job losses in the financial sector – and the financial crisis itself – make going home suddenly seem very attractive.

And these refugees are attractive employment for the entrepreneurs tapping into Nigeria’s potential.

With a huge market and a huge labour force combined, Nigeria ought to stand alongside Brazil or Russia.

So why doesn’t it?

‘One step ahead’

The answer is that Nigeria has not enjoyed the same economic growth.

Here, a businessman’s lot is not always a happy one.

Chronic electricity failures, traffic jams that last for hours, the delays, the half truths and shadows of corruption. All of that makes doing business here very difficult.

“What do you need to survive? Passion!” laughs Tunji Abdul.

“You have to make sure you’re one step ahead.

“Get up earlier and leave the office later. Move around when traffic is a bit less.

Bode Pedro says Nigeria is changing fast

Bode Pedro says Nigeria is changing fast

“It’s your business to find a solution.”

And if you can make it work the rewards are worth it.

“Nigeria is phenomenal,” says Kabir.

“People keep saying, ‘Oh, you gave up a lot of money on Wall Street, to come back here…..’.

He pulls a face and smiles. “Actually, it’s not the case. In terms of rate of return, it is significantly higher than where we’re coming from.”

Being part of change

Bode Pedro agrees.

“Nigeria is so fresh. Right now, we have 5% computer usage here.

“It’s changing fast – and you’re either part of it, or not.”

For all of them, the bottom line is very good – but the personal kick that thrills them is the impact they’re having.

“You coming here is being part of a renaissance,” says Bode softly.

“In five years, you’ll be part of something new. You’ll be part of something different.

“You’ll be part of the growth of a superpower called Nigeria.”


NEW MUSIC/VIDEOS: Ludacris - Turnt Up (Freestyle), D'Prince - Ooze, Omoba, I Like what I see, Kanye West - I'm So Appalled



Ooze ft Wande Coal & D’Banj


I Like What I See ft Wande Coal

BRM V12-T-44 Abarth Chronograph

Price: $7,300


Throwback footage - Nas and Will i am in the studio working on ''Can't Forget About You''

Great footage................The song is defintely a classic and I didn't know Will iam produced it....


Creative gun shaped digital camera by Franziska Dierschke makes taking pictures even more fun - just point and shoot!

Unfortunately, Aimat gun camera is only a concept and is not for sale


A Great Day In Hip Hop

XXL magazine brought together all the artists in Hip-Hop to shoot a ''Great day in Hip-Hop''. Emcees gathered to do a hip hop version of jazz's 'Great Day in Harlem..

Photo taken by Gordon Parks Jr. Directed by Nelson George cinema verite style. Rakim, Mos Def, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Slick Rick and many more hip-hop artists were present.

The atmosphere was filled with REAL Emcees........................


It’s the year 2009 and with each passing year, more ‘Independent Women’ anthems seem to be hitting the airwaves. We ladies are feeling like ‘we got our own’ and in general, feeling more financially independent.
Which brings me to the topic of today…

As we dey here, dey do ‘Ms. Independent’, are we adopting that same approach to dating and relationships? Specifically, I am curious as to which stage in the courting process, if at all do you ladies offer to pay for the date?

Imagine if an object of interest is courting you, and wining and dining you, and let’s assume that you guys have been on about 4 dates so far. By the 5th date, do you feel like you should reach into your wallet and at least offer to pay for the date, or do you feel that if a man is wining, dining and courting you, it is his financial responsibility to pay for all your dates?

Granted, this mentality of women offering to pay for dates or going dutch appears to be pretty westernized, seeing that if you are dating a man in Nigeria, it is very unlikely that he will even entertain the idea of a woman offering to pay for the date.

And of course, I’m not going to leave the guys out of this one so I will remix the question and throw it right back at y’all. If you’ve taken your object of interest out on 5 dates, and by the 6th date she has made no moves to reach into her wallet, or at least offer to pay for the date, how would you view this?
If a woman offered to pay for a date, would you be insulted?
And more importantly, would you ever ask a woman to go dutch with you on a date?


Timbaland Feat Drake - Say Something(Video Preview)

Man I guess when you're hot you're hot, is it me ir is Mr'Drizzy Drake on every one's record. This song is actually hot though, if you guys remember I featured it a few weeks ago when it was first released. Looking forward to the vid though.............
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