Blogging again…

Well,as noticed I have not being blogging much these past two months and the last time I put stuff up was when Omo Ogun aka Barack O’Grin aka Lyrical Were passed away in April.That event actually did get to me well because of obvious reasons. I am a hip-hop head and a big fan of the great late one.Well,like we say in Yoruba, Sun Re O!!Till we meet again,blad.You will always be remembered!

Now to more recent happenings.I have being through some quality time with my books and even though I have not yet fully cast them aside,I am still now very much able to do this.Blogging is not really easy and involves 100 percent creativity or nothing.

The month of June is almost done just as the World Cup has also seen majority of its matches played with heavy casualties including 5 out of the 6 African teams, the last World Cup finalists;Italy and France, England,Portugal and all the Asian countries.It is presently at the quarter final stages with 4 South American countries,3 European countries and Ghana,Africa’s only hope.This still speaks volumes of South America’s dominance of international football nay the World Cup with their fluid flowing football.You can also quote me(if Ghana win the world cup,otherwise don’t),I really have a feeling that GH can do Africa proud on our soil.But we still await,if as they say,whether the big boys go gree gree.We shall see though,July 11th the date

I have also recently been around for various reasons and most definitely,it has all being paying off.I have a couple more places to head to hopefully.

The 2010 BET awards have also come and gone.Our dear MI and ‘P-Square'(I just like their last album,that’s all) were nominated alongside Sade,Estelle,Chipmunk,HHP,Dizzee Rascal for the International Act category which Dizzee Rascal eventually won.Big winners on the night included Nicki Minaj,Drake,Alicia Keys and Young Money whose dominance on the 10th anniversary of the award have really been deserved.

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It has just been confirmed that the Nigerian president,Goodluck Jonathan,has banned the country from participating in interntional football for 2 years.This announcement was made by a presidential aide even as we await to see the outcomes from this action as FIFA’s stance on government intervention on such issues is well known.

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Right about now,I welcome the month of July with open arms and a sharply focused state of mind.There will be more blogging these days of course.I can’t shout.More diverse topics and definitely more creativity.See you in the new month in 3 and a half hours.

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>Da Grin-IF I DIE…

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New DA GRIN single….If I Die….
Still mourning u,mayne…RIP!!!

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/ewiU4x-_OeQ&hl=en_GB&fs=1&hd=1

Da Grin worked hard.Here’s another collaboration he was on.
RIP BARACK O’GRIN…..

JJC f/ Femi Kuti,Da Grin,ElDee,DJ Zeez,Ay.Com,Kel,Moe Money,Ragga Remi.

And then…Pon Pon Pon….

RIP OMO OGUN!!!!

>King’s College old boy buys up Gatwick Airport.(As written by Akin Rotimi)

>The influential Time magazine included him in it’s “2002 Global Influentials” list of the 15 most-promising young executives, while Fortune business magazine, ranked him as the “Seventh Most Powerful Black Executive” in the United States. After bagging a law degree and Masters in Business Administration at Harvard, he served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1980 to 1983. He was the first non-American ever to be employed as a clerk at the US highest court. He has been described as an innovative investment banker who arranged financing for $20 billion worth of industrial projects in a career that has spanned over 20 years with Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). In 2002, he became the head of CSFB’s global investment banking division with 1,200 bankers and $2.8 billion in assets under his watch. Meet Adebayo Ogunlesi, the King’s College, Lagos old boy who bought London Gatwick Airport for a whopping £1.5 billion…

A Nigerian in ‘’exile’’ who attended King’s College, Lagos Island, has surpassed all expectations by buying on behalf of his investment firm, London Gatwick Airport. Adebayo Ogunlesi was dubbed ‘bookworm’ by his mates whilst at King’s College. Little wonder, he graduated with a Grade 1 Distinction from the secondary, Nigeria’s best at the time. Today, his firm is the proud owner of the UK’s second largest airport. It cost the firm a whopping £1.5 billion to acquire same from the British Airports Authority (BAA Limited). The elated Ogunlesi described the acquisition of Gatwick as a landmark deal. ”We see significant scope to apply both our strong operational focus and our knowledge of the airports sector to make Gatwick an airport of choice.” In an exclusive interview with Jeff Randall of Sky News, Ogunlesi said he is going “to make Gatwick a truly first class experience”. However he cautioned it would take “somewhere between 12 and 18 months” before passengers started noticing a difference at the airport. Ogunlesi said the UK’s strong regulatory framework and attractive assets made “Britain a wonderful place to invest”. “We love Britain,” Ogunlesi added. The airport was previously run by BAA, which posted a pre-tax loss of over £780m in the first nine months of last year. BAA said it lost £225 million on Gatwick after being forced to sell the airport by the Competition Commission.

Ogunlesi who has lived in New York for over 20 years, is currently Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a $5.64 billion joint venture formed by Credit Suisse and General Electric. He says he cultivates his ties with Nigeria by informally advising the Federal Government of Nigeria on privatisation. Prior to his current role, he was Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of Credit Suisse, based in New York. He previously served as a member of Credit Suisse’s Executive Board and Management Council and chaired the Chairman’s Board. Previously, he was the Global Head of Investment Banking at Credit Suisse. Ogunlesi built First Boston’s project-finance business into the world’s largest by using “money-spinning innovations” (New York, May 27, 2002) such as off-balance sheet financing and raising money through public debt markets. The job involved advising clients on strategic transactions in a broad range of industries. He worked on transactions in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ogunlesi was a lawyer in the corporate practice group of the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Rewind to his school days. After his stinct with King’s College, Ogunlesi travelled to the UK where he received his B.A. with first class honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, from Oxford University (1976). In the USA, he bagged his J.D. magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School (1978) and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (1979). He is a member of the Washington DC Bar Association. He was a lecturer at Harvard Law School and Yale School of Organization and Management, where he taught a course on transnational investment projects in emerging countries. At Harvard, he was accepted by the school as one of three foreign students in his class, even though the school did not usually admit students who had been born and educated outside the United States at the time. Ogunlesi and W. Randy Eaddy became the first two editors of African descent to serve together on the prestigious Harvard Law Review. Although he did not intend to pursue a business career, he thought that courses in finance would help him overcome his fear of numbers. After graduating from Harvard, Ogunlesi served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1980 to 1983. He was the first non-American ever to clerk at the US highest court. He is married to Amelia Quist (optometrist) and they are blessed with two children. He recently received a prestigious award: Seventh Most Powerful Black Executive in the USA. Ogunlesi was born in Lagos in 1953, the son of the first Nigerian-born professor of medicine to earn tenure at a medical school in his own country.

May we all continue to flourish in our individual and collective endeavours.

Floreat!

>The Keys to Personal Power.

>The Keys to Personal Power
By Brian Tracy

Everyone wants to be popular with others. You want to be liked and respected among your friends, family, and associates. Above all, you want to like and respect yourself, and to feel yourself to be a valuable and important person. Fortunately, everything you do that makes other people feel good about themselves makes you feel good about yourself as well. You can actually improve the way you feel by making other people feel important. This is the key to great personal relationships.

The Easiest Way
The first need that each person has is for acceptance. Whenever you express unconditional acceptance of another person, his or her self-esteem goes up. The person feels valuable and important as a unique and special individual.

An Attitude of Gratitude
The need for appreciation is a deep subconscious desire of every person you meet. When you satisfy this need, you will become one of the most popular people in your world. And what is the key to expressing gratitude and appreciation? Simple. Just say, “thank you” on every occasion.

The Deepest Craving of All
Perhaps the deepest emotional need that people have is the desire for praise and approval. Each person is deeply affected by the quality and quantity of approval they get from others, especially others who they respect very much.

Looking Good
Another way to build self-esteem in others, and to make them feel important, is to express admiration on every occasion. Make it a policy to admire people for their accomplishments, behaviours, possessions, and personality traits.

Practice “White Magic”
This means practice listening closely to others when they are talking. It is one of the most powerful self-esteem building behaviors of all. Whenever you listen attentively to another, their heart rate speeds up. They feel happier and more valuable. They like and respect you more as a result. The more you listen closely to another person, the more that person feels that you are important and valuable as well.

Four Keys to Listening
The keys to effective listening are simple. First, listen attentively, without interrupting. Second, pause before replying. Don’t rush in with whatever is on your mind. Third, questions for clarification by asking, “how do you mean?” Finally, feed it back in your own words.

The Great Design
As Aristotle said, “Man is a social animal.” We live our lives within the context of our relationships with others. The more and better relationships we have, the happier and busier we are. The more you stay involved with other people, the longer you will live and the more enjoyable will be those years.

Action Exercise
Pick out the person that you like the least that you deal with on a day to day basis. Next time you see that person admire something about them. You can comment on their dress, grooming, work or even their possessions. You will be surprised how differently that person will react to you in the future.

>HOW THE EAR WORKS.

>The ear like every other sense organ is very vital to the body. It is basically the organ for hearing and works hand-in-hand with the brain and auditory nerves, responsible for transmission of sound impulses to the brain, to achieve good and quality hearing. The ear works in a similar method as the normal television or radio antenna at home would work through the reception and transmission of waves to the television or radio set which in turn relays the correct images or sound when tuned to the right channel or station. However, in the case of the ear and hearing, the ear picks up sound waves as it is transmitted and transmits it to the brain with the aid of auditory nerves. The brain then translates the type of sound and then sends it in a message like manner to the nerves and necessitates the type of reaction to the detected sound. All this really happens in a matter of seconds and the transmission of sounds through the nerves to the brain and vice versa is in form of impulses after sound has being received as waves by the ear.
The ear is divided into three; the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The outer ear sometimes also referred to as the pinna, auricle, or ear drum is that part that is similar to the radio or television antenna and is primarily responsible for picking up the sound waves. The outer ear is also that part of the ear that is usually visible. However, a greater part of the job of hearing is done by the middle ear and the inner ear. The middle ear simply amplifies the sound waves detected while the inner ear is responsible for transforming the received sound waves into impulses for onward transmission to the nerves and then to the brain for translation of the impulses.

N.B: I wrote this article a while ago for someone who wanted to get it on a website.Don’t think he did get the website running till date,so I decided to use my work on my blog.

>For Haiti….

>I bleed for you
Seeing your children wailing and gnashing their teeth
Nature’s forces too strong to ignore
Even the greatest people saw defeat
I only pray and wish you can recover in time
You have been totally depraved
I hope we all see the signs
We only need to be our brother’s keeper
Haiti,home for all,built by the slaves
Mother of the preacher’s son
With your beautiful picture gone
All we see is ruins and tatters
From the ghettos to the places that matter
I weep for you
My heart beat stops at the gory sights
Lives cut short,days turned to nights
The world has heard the wailing of your people
We arise in support for your children
Let the call be sounded from Senegal to China
Barbados to Russia,Australia to Ghana
From the Amazon to the Niger
Black or white
Caucasians,Africans,Europeans,Americans,whoever
We are our brother’s keepers
We stand with you in these trying times
We now hopefully understand the signs
They are simply too strong to ignore
The world is with you
Haiti!!

>World Cup 2010: Top 10 World Cup Bust-Ups – Goal.com

>World Cup 2010: Top 10 World Cup Bust-Ups – Goal.com

Nice…I see Oliseh and his colleagues are even somewhere in the list…Funny eh?

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