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25
Oct 2018
Nurturing The Seed

How is it that one’s “take-home pay” does not take one home? Akpan sat at his desk, head in hands, looking at his payslip. On the other side of the workstation divide, Lanre was smiling, looking at a similar pay slip. Akpan wondered what he was smiling at. “Guy, what are you smiling about?” Akpan asked Lanre, “is that not your payslip?” Lanre looked up from the paper and gave Akpan a broad smile. “Do you have a secret formula to this thing? I see that every month you are relaxed in spite of the many bills to be......

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Financial Faith Works By Sight

Financial Faith Works By Sight

Timi stared into space when Nkechi in HR smiled as she announced that salaries would be paid on-time as usual. He shook his head in dispair as he calculated what would be left. What is the point of working for 365days a year for 7years and having no savings, not to talk of investments to show for it? He stared at his designer watch as he willed the time to pass faster. His car was due for servicing, the landlord would soon come knocking for his rent, his siblings had called for their monthly allowance and his wardrobe was...


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Leadership By Self Development

Leadership By Self Development

“Sorry, you cannot go on that training and the company cannot bear the full cost of your certification either”, Sean sat stunned as HR shattered his dream of going to Kenya for training. “But it was part of my training plan, I was told at the beginning of the year and have been preparing for it; studying course materials and taking mock exams!” As he stormed out of the office he knew he needed to cool-off; he got into the elevator and went to the car park. Turning on his radio, he increased the volume, as he screamed in...


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Me And My Finances Give Tithe

Me And My Finances Give Tithe

Aisha looked around the office, her colleagues, bosses and even husband-to-be, Jaiye (a story for another time), were working at their desks. “The hustle is real”, she thought, as she reflected on the message she heard last Sunday on tithing. The principles were simple, give 10% of your income, ‘cos that’s what is due to God, give offerings and your finances will be alright. Easy, right? So why was she struggling with the idea? There is just something about waking up at 5 am and getting home at 11 pm, that made giving so much seem unfair. Alas! Maybe...


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Faith In The Workplace

Faith In The Workplace

We all have that ‘holier-than-thou’ colleague, who brandish their Christianity and even threaten us with religion. Well, noisy Nnamdi needs no introduction. He earned the nickname by always praying aloud first thing in the morning; having a huge paperback Bible on his table and leading every religious argument at work. Anytime Nnamdi sniffed that someone was talking about religious tolerance, all hell breaks loose (no pun intended) as he would carry on condemning and criticising others. Nnamdi always announces his religion even when it’s uncalled for. Don’t get me wrong, be proud of your Christianity, but a formal meeting...


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Smart Faith Saves

Smart Faith Saves

George was Head of Field Operations at a private telecoms company and somewhat of an office superstar. He could solve the most complex problems in any project and was considered a genius in some circles. He thanked God every day for intelligence. One day, George sat the staff canteen eating his lunch when 60 year old Fabian or ‘Encyclopedia’ as he is fondly called, walked in and sat at the same table. Fabian was one of his technicians scheduled to retire at the end of the month. See, George was held in the same reverence as Fabian was 30...


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Too Busy For Faith?

Too Busy For Faith?

Yemi and Ivie have been married for 4 years and have a son, however, between their jobs, raising their son and attending to other family needs, time to be ‘active Christians’ has been scarce. Ivie grew up on the idea that the woman is the spiritual anchor for the home; however her budding career consumes so much time; it’s hard to have devotion, not to talk of joining a unit in church and midweek service is just not feasible. Yemi is worse, being an executive in his office means he constantly has to travel and/or work late. Attending Sunday...


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Employers Count Faith

Employers Count Faith

Dave has always felt that he was born for greatness, made for more; even destined to be a global icon, but he is not sure why he is stuck in the same spot, he has not been promoted in the last 4 years. To be fair to him, Dave had participated in some of the company’s most successful projects; and given great quality input; so why can’t everyone see what a fantastic employee he is? Why does he struggle so much, just to be recognized? So, we turned to Dave’s manager for answers – Steve, who gave us some...


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Bronze Or Brash?

Bronze Or Brash?

Tade looked at the picture frame on his desk. It was the picture of his wife smiling lovingly into his eyes and that of his three kids staring adoringly at both of them. That seemed like such a long time ago? At work, he was a star but with his family, there was no flicker of a flame. How did things get so bad? It was one of those hectic days in the office but Tade was okay with it. He was in his elements when the pressure was on. He thrived in his ability to create order out...


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Kiss Or Kick

Kiss Or Kick

Femi can be described as the ring leader – highly entitled, self-centered and a twisted view of what purpose and job satisfaction is. He always felt the world owed him favours and did not hesitate to demand same. Femi and Chuka gained employment and resumed on the same day in a 5-star Hotel. They were hired as Junior Event Planners, barely a month after graduation; they felt really good and fortunate. Six months down the line, Chuka was promoted to the position of the Senior Events Planner, to the amazement of all including Femi. The premise for this being...


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