Tips for an A-Team

Insider #NinjaCats

Many exciting projects begin on paper napkins. Ours began on two sheets of paper. We were in Co-Creation Hub in Lagos for our #Insiders4Good program. The air conditioner was rattling at full blast, but thanks to the humidity, we were all slightly sweaty. Someone said “we need a website for our fellows!”. Dona Sarkar, our imaginer-in-chief, quickly reached across the table and grabbed two sheets of paper. She scribbled a…

Ties that bind

Every month when I had my periods, my family banished me to an “outhouse”. The “outhouse” was a damp room as big as a walk-in closet. It was in our backyard, surrounded by mango trees and coconut trees. It had a naked incandescent lightbulb, no furniture and no plumbing. At night, you could hear frogs croak and crickets chirp. I slept on the floor. Once I felt a scorpion crawl…

I’d rather be a Taiwo

#Insiders4Good Nigeria Fellows

We were sitting in the CC Hub in Yaba, the tech hub of Lagos, Nigeria. The electricity and lights had just come back on after a long blackout, and we were waiting for our computers and phones to recharge. The internet hadn’t kicked back in yet. To help pass the time, Dara told us one of the Yoruba legends. Long ago, twins were born: Taiwo (the eldest) and Kehinde (pronounced…

Just Start

I could buck up and start, or I could go home. It was 2004.  A procession of us headed over to the computer lab on Friday. Julio, the security guard, unlocked the padlock then heaved open the heavy door. With us were the school’s principal and five or six teachers. The room clearly hadn’t been opened for a very long time. We were in the high desert, so everything in…

Kidnapping can’t be the boss of us!

Hello! My name is Mubarak, a #Insiders4Good Fellow from Nigeria. I am working on a Startup that will offer a one-stop shop for indigenous personnel and assets GPS tracking in Nigeria. For more info, please visit: http://www.onetracq.com/   Am I a bad person? Or has it become so commonplace that we have, kind of, accepted it as a reality? I am talking about kidnapping. Someone close to me got kidnapped…

The Depressing Options of a Wonderful Life – By a #Insiders4Good Fellow

Hi, I’m  Paula Aliu representing Cogno-Aid, one of the 25 Nigerian Fellows of The #Insiders4Good program. Cogno-Aid is a start-up that aims to connect People to licensed Therapist from the comfort of wherever they might be. To get more info on Cogno-Aid here is our website : http://cogno-aidcdm.azurewebsites.net/ Here are some thoughts I would love to share with the community. Jane’s Options: I went to visit my Mum in her…