lockdown education

May 5, 2020 Leave a comment
A major concern for me, over the past week, has been how to educate/stimulate pupils and students in Nigerian public schools during this extensive lockdown period. It’s my understanding that the children receiving any formal education right now are those in private schools. The private [primary and secondary] schools are about the only ones that can afford to implement e-learning protocols. However, the vast majority of Nigerian pupils and students attend public schools, so for the time being, most aren’t learning anything academic.

As a passionate advocate for continuous personal growth and development, my fear is a lot of them will lose a whole term, or worse, a whole year of school, and fall far behind (than they already are/were) their peers in private schools. So, in a bid to provide, in my small way, a solution, I considered some sort of YouTube channel, in partnership with teachers of basic subjects (like English Language and Math). However, there are 2 challenges.

First, there would either have to be enough content for classes by level, i.e Primary/Form 1-6, JS1-3 and SS1-3; or (the better option) classes by [broad] age groups, i.e ages 2-5, ages 7-10, and ages 11-15/16, for example. Secondly, there is the possibility that, because of their meager means, most of their guardians or parents may not have laptops/tabs and WiFi modems or smart phones (with enough data) to stream the content for long periods of time, talk less of several times a week. I concluded, since the target audience may find it challenging accessing online content, YouTube may not work.

Next, I considered working with a radio station, as this may be more practical for their parents/guardians. However, off the bat, the first issue is children have short attention spans, so without constant supervision, audio might not be too effective; especially for a subject like Math. This led to my final consideration.

Instead of subjects, the focus could be on puzzles and/or problems with quantitative and verbal elements [according to age groups]. They might not learn anything new, but those could help keep them sharp and mentally-stimulated. So maybe the best option for the masses would be to broadcast verbal and quantitative problems catered to various age groups on a regular basis – possibly, a different group at a specific time every weekday?

While seeking a partner for this initiative, I learned that 9Mobile Nigeria had begun providing free data to access certain e-learning portals to support the Federal Government’s e-learning program for students during this lockdown. Some of those portals include, MobileClassroom and Schoolgate. Kudos to 9Mobile for taking the initiative; wonder if and when the other national carriers (MTN Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria and Globacom Nigeria) would make similar arrangements.

This initiative will, in no doubt, help those with access to smartphones, but those without access to those devices would still at a disadvantage, so back to square one. I wonder if there are those equally concerned and willing to partner with me or support the radio programing angle (#RadioSchoolNigeria), as a palliative/temporary measure, of course? Classrooms are still the best method teaching children and teens.

Please note that it might not be profitable, monetarily, but I do believe it would go a long way in leveling the academic playing field and enriching the lives of our younger ones.

spousal rape

April 4, 2020 Leave a comment

What to Do if You're Raped on a Date - Date Rape Victim

Yesterday afternoon, my wife brought an Instagram post to my attention. The post was a screenshot of an email from a distraught woman to a popular Nigerian relationship platform. The woman, a wife, narrated the gruesome story of how her philandering husband raped and beat her [in the presence of their three-year-old daughter] after she refused to have sex with him. She asked for advice on what to do as they’re observing an isolation period. We discussed how terrible and unfortunate her situation was/is, read some comments (which included sound advice offered), and moved on.

Later that night, my wife showed me the screenshot of an email from another subscriber in response to the woman’s email. This email proceeded to berate the woman for being a bad wife who deserved what she got. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I read. The basic gist was a husband owns his wife and cannot rape her; and because he paid her bride price, he can do with her as he pleases. Honestly, I wasn’t going to comment on the issue, until I remembered he stated his entire high school alumni Whatsapp group agreed with him. I suspect they attended an all boys’ school. Apparently, the only person who had disagreed with him was his wife! Yes, he’s a married man. So, if his claim that scores of other men agreed with his logic, then there’s clearly a huge problem with a lot of men who were raised in this country.

I sent an email to the platform to set him straight. I’m not sure if it was posted, but I figured I might as well go on a larger platform to address the issue. As Edmund Burke said,”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

First, like I did in my email, in case there is someone going through or has gone through something similar, I sympathize. It must have been so devastating to be raped and beaten, not by a stranger or boyfriend, but by your husband [and in front of your daughter/son]. According to her narration, their daughter was crying and telling her dad to stop. I hope the little girl is too young to remember that traumatic experience. Anyway, in the email, since they apparently live in New York, my advice was for her to report the abuse to the police as promptly as she could, before the situation escalates into something life-threatening; because sadly, that pattern of abuse may continue and worsen. If that’s happening elsewhere, like Nigeria, I’d advice doing the same, and additionally telling someone who can help and/or reaching out NGOs like the popular Crime Victims Foundation (CRIVIFON) and Stand To End Rape (STER) Initiative. I also applauded her for sticking it out with her husband – living with him, making his meals, doing his laundry and all, despite the cheating and insults.

Secondly, I apologized to all women for the shameful comments some men put up there to insult the woman or cheer the “responder”. The comments from a lot of men were appalling and disappointing. There were many stand-up guys that condemned that behavior, but it seemed to me that egoistic and unexposed men were the majority; and they were from all across Nigeria, and the diaspora as well, unfortunately.

Now, to the issue at hand. If my wife refuses to have to sex with me, and I force myself on her, it’s rape. Plain and simple. Once there’s sex without consent, it is rape; whether she is your wife or not. A woman being your wife or paying bride price doesn’t make her your personal sex slave nor does it rid her of her individuality. It is absolutely possible to rape your wife, and if you forcefully have sex with her, you’ve raped her!

It is absolutely ridiculous to me that grown men are defending the actions of such a shameless and uncultured husband. He supposedly has a girlfriend who is currently unavailable (due to the isolation), and because of that, turned to the wife, who he regularly ridicules and disrespects, for sex?! Who does that? How shameless and horny does one have to be to do that?

Another thing, the “responder” quoted a popular Bible passage to buttress his point on submitting and letting a husband have his way with his wife. I hate it when people quote the Bible out of context. Let’s just stop. The passage is Ephesians 5:22-25. The summary is women submit to your husband, men love your wives. If you, as a husband, love your wife the way Christ loves the church (that is, unconditionally, with all your might, with all your heart), she will undoubtedly submit to your leadership and respect you. God’s word is infallible. Don’t demand respect or submission, if you haven’t been loving. God is not a liar. Do your part and she’ll do hers!

Granted, the good book also says couples shouldn’t deny each other their bodies in marriage (1 Corinthians 7:4) – whether in spite or whatever – a husband’s body “belongs” to his wife’s and her body “belongs” to him, but your wife can say no, if she doesn’t want to. It can be quite upsetting, but rather than dwell on that, the onus is on you, as her husband, to understand the reason why and see what can be done. Self control is very important here. Wanting to have your way every single time is how children behave; that’s not being a good man/husband.

If your wife doesn’t want to have sex and you do, it could be for several reasons. It might be because she’s tired or not in a good mood, and you should try to understand that. It might be not easy, but that’s marriage. Maybe you could give her massage, or get her to talk about what’s wrong etc. She might feel better and pounce on you later, she might sleep off, she might not want to talk about it at the time. Whatever it may be, the important thing is to respect her and respect her wishes.

Her refusal is also not grounds for infidelity. No one can chase you into the arms of another woman. If the refusal is frequent, maybe see a marriage counselor. My point is, please do not force yourself on your wife; it is rape. You made a vow before God and man to cherish, honor and love her, and you should have the integrity to keep it. Husbands, please, be responsible and respectful to your wives. Think about the sort of example are you setting/planning to set for your daughters and sons.

think

March 28, 2020 Leave a comment

Pensive

Why are you in Nigeria?

I’ve been asked that question more times than I can count. My answer is usually the same – I have some ventures I’m looking to explore. Sometimes, there are looks of confusion, heavy sighs, or just good old-fashioned disbelief and head-shaking. But, I understand. Someone moving to Nigeria from Canada, at time when people are leaving Nigeria for Canada in droves, is puzzling. I guess my “interviewers” are wondering whether I know something they do not. Maybe I do.

I lived in Canada for eight years, and within that period, started three different businesses there that did fairly well (most popularly, Pearl Kreations) before I moved back. I came here to set Nigerian subsidiaries and explore other possibilities. I did I come with a mindset to introduce new concepts, disrupt/turn things around and rake in millions? Absolutely. Have I been humbled? Most definitely. Have I done well? Yet to be determined. I’m joking; by God’s grace, I’m doing well. However, here’s what I’ve realized about entrepreneurship in the Nigerian economy – there readily is no reward or support for competence, effort and ingenuity. The system largely favors those with access to power/political connections and rewards them with highly lucrative government contracts and ridiculous grants. Vusi Thembekwayo put it this way – if you look at how the top 25 wealthiest and most celebrated people in your country made their wealth, you can easily determine the type of economy you live in. Did the top 25 wealthiest Nigerians all build their businesses from the ground up (without backdoor deals and government favors)? You decide.

Of course, there are/will be exceptions to the rule, and certainly, you can live comfortably as an entrepreneur, especially if you’re a professional, like an accountant or architect. Anything other than those, would be tough, but not impossible. However, real wealth may elude you. As you may have concluded, there are very few entrepreneurs in this country who have built substantial wealth without connections or government contracts/favors. That says a lot about our business environment. This is particularly disappointing for me because a little over ten years ago, I had a totally different experience.

After running my first business for about a year, I applied to be a vendor for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. I noticed there were vendors for all manners of merchandises, but no one selling button-badges (which was my product). I saw that opportunity and applied. I got a response requesting for, what then seemed like, all sorts of random documents. I can assume now, in actuality, they were probably things like business registration documents, bank statements and so on. I replied the email stating that I was a freshman at McMaster University, had started a small business, saw an opportunity and decided to take it; I had none of the documents requested of me. A few days later, I was approved! I got sent all the documents verifying my business community membership by mail, and a congratulatory email as well. Just like that, I got in. No connections; except God, of course.

Small businesses are the backbone of any economy, and in recent years, it seems Nigeria has caught on. Things are still a little dodgy, with hints of favoritism here and there, but improving. I’m thrilled that with the impending COVID19 lockdown, so many people have gotten fired up to start a venture of their own, either to complement their income, or in transition from former employment. Whatever the reason, the best time to start is now.

However, in my experience, a lot of Nigerian SMEs aren’t equipped to take advantage of the new business environment and emerging opportunities. They are simply not very creative in their quests for business opportunities. They’re not entrepreneurial. I’ve discovered that what most people get into, and aspire to go into, once they have some capital is trading – purchase and resale of goods – and this makes them traders, not entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur is a word that has become so loosely used, people think it’s a synonym for business owner. The fact is, not every business person is an entrepreneur. By the way, with the way things are going, except you’re selling foodstuff or hygiene essentials, you’re in the wrong business (as a trader).

The truth is, people pay for solutions, and entrepreneurs are solution providers.

Entrepreneurs create products and/or services that meet the needs of people for a profit. Entrepreneurs meet needs and get paid for it.

If you really want to be successful and wealthy, as an entrepreneur, you need to solve problems.

We tend to think too small here in Africa. The average entrepreneur is scared to be ambitious. Rather than thrive, they’re content with surviving. Well, I won’t stand for it. I’m incredibly passionate about small business, and for the past three years, have devoted most of my time into Herança Financial, the venture through which I work with/help budding entrepreneurs start, grow and manage their businesses. Coupled with my personal experiences, I’m somewhat of an expert in business (humble brag). So, with current state of the nation and the shape of the economy, I think now is as good a time as any, to share my knowledge and expertise with a greater number of people, and help them start the right way and avoid the unnecessary hardships that ignorance tends to lead.

First of all, I’ll reiterate. An entrepreneur identifies a need and works towards satisfying it, or works towards improving upon an already existing product/service, or creates demand for a product/service of value i.e. creates a need and provides the solution. The provision of the solution brings the reward – money. The bigger the problem, the bigger the reward for its solution.

Once you have a solution, please ensure the product or service has a Unique Selling Point (USP). A USP is the mark of distinction of any business. It can also be referred to as your value proposition. In all likelihood, your company won’t be the only one offering that product/service (at least, not for long), so it’s important to have either a feature, advantage or benefit that’ll separate your business from current and prospective competition. Without a USP, you won’t stand out. Please note, lower price is not a good strategy for a small business; it’s just not sustainable.

Next, identify your target market. Never make the mistake of assuming your product or services will appeal to everyone. You’re dreaming. However, your target customers will want and appreciate your products or services. They can be grouped into primary, secondary and invisible; I’ll explain later. Just know that they are the persons or businesses with the highest probability of buying your products or services. Once, you’ve identified them, profile them. Your profile should include their locations, spending habits, hobbies, and age group. These will help you know how much they would be willing to spend on your product/service and the best way to reach them. I like using Indomie Noodles as an example. Their target market isn’t everyone, it’s children. Children are their primary target market. That’s why their ads are so playful and colorful; why they invented “The Indomitables” (Superheroes) figurines and stickers; why their ads are on television and radio, not Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (most children are not on social media). They have bigger sizes (like Hungry Man and Belleful) for adults, their secondary target market.

With the proper identification of your target customers, you need know your competition. Your competition is the person or business who offers the same products/services or benefits (as perceived by your target customers). They can be grouped into direct, indirect and invisible. Direct competition are those that offer the same products/services you do; for example, Coke and Pepsi. Indirect competition are those that offer the same benefits; for example, Domino’s Pizza and KFC – different products but same benefit (fast food). Invisible competition are those you didn’t consider. They usually the bigger players that have the capacity [and potential desire (especially if you’re successful)] to offer the same product/services or benefits as you. By understanding your competition, you gain competitive intelligence. Competitive Intelligence is the process of learning, collecting/gathering and using information about your competition for the purpose of growing your own business. It helps you to keep improving upon or redefining your business model, so you’re not easily surpassed.

I’m sure I’ve given you more than enough to think about, so I’ll stop here.

The first step is to sit down and think! Find a need, preferably in an area you’re passionate about. Ask God to reveal the solution to you, and provide you with the means to execute it. Entrepreneurship isn’t just about the idea, but the execution of the plan. And as you execute, remember, please think globally. Find the application of the solution not just within your locale, but regionally and worldwide. The world is bigger than Nigeria.

All the best!

flame on

February 7, 2020 Leave a comment

“Why are you in Nigeria?”

I’ve been asked that question more times than I can count. My answer is usually the same: I have some ventures I’m looking to explore. Sometimes, I get looks of confusion, heavy sighs, or just good old-fashioned disbelief and head-shaking. But I understand. Someone moving to Nigeria from Canada, at a time when people are leaving Nigeria for Canada in droves, is puzzling. I guess my ‘interviewers’ are wondering whether I know something they do not. Maybe I do.

I lived in Canada for eight years and within that period, I started three different businesses there that did fairly well (most popularly, Pearl Kreations) before I moved back. I came here to set Nigerian subsidiaries and explore other possibilities. Did I come with a mindset to introduce new concepts, disrupt/turn things around and rake in millions? Absolutely. Have I been humbled? Most definitely. Have I done well? I believe I’m doing well. However, here’s what I’ve realized about entrepreneurship in the Nigerian economy: there readily is no reward or support for competence, effort, and ingenuity. The system largely favours those with access to power/political connections and rewards them with highly lucrative government contracts and ridiculous grants. Vusi Thembekwayo put it this way: “if you look at how the top 25 wealthiest and most celebrated people in your country made their wealth, you can easily determine the type of economy you live in”. Did the top 25 wealthiest Nigerians all build their businesses from the ground up without backdoor deals and government favours? You decide.

Of course, there are/will be exceptions to the rule and certainly, you can live comfortably as an entrepreneur, especially if you’re a professional – like an accountant or architect. Anything other than those would be tough, but not impossible. However, real wealth may elude you. There are very few entrepreneurs in this country who have built substantial wealth without connections or government contracts/favors. That says a lot about our business environment. This is particularly disappointing for me because a little over ten years ago, I had a totally different experience.

After running my first business for about a year, I had applied to be a vendor for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. I noticed there were vendors for all manners of merchandizes, but no one selling button-badges (which was my product). I saw that opportunity and applied. I got a response requesting for, what then seemed like, all sorts of random documents. I can assume now, in actuality, they were probably things like business registration documents, bank statements, and so on. I replied the email stating that I was a freshman at McMaster University, had started a small business, saw an opportunity, and decided to take it; I had none of the documents requested of me. A few days later, I was approved! I got sent all the documents verifying my business community membership by mail and a congratulatory email as well. Just like that, I got in. No connections, except God, of course.

Small businesses are the backbone of any economy and in recent years, it seems Nigeria has caught on. Things are still a little dodgy – with favoritism here and there, but it’s improving. I’m thrilled that so many people, in recent times, have gotten fired up to start a venture of their own, either to complement their income, or in transition from former employment. Whatever the reason, the best time to start is now. Flame on!However, in my experience, a lot of Nigerian SMEs aren’t equipped to take advantage of the new business environment and emerging opportunities. They are simply not very creative in their quest for business opportunities. They’re not entrepreneurial. I’ve discovered that what most people get into, and aspire to go into, once they have some capital is trading – purchase, and resale of goods. This makes them traders, not entrepreneurs.

‘Entrepreneur’ is a word that has become so loosely used, people think it’s a synonym for business-owner. The fact is, not every business person is an entrepreneur. By the way, with the current state of the nation and economy, except you’re selling foodstuff or hygiene essentials, you’re in the wrong business as a trader.

The truth is that people pay for solutions, and entrepreneurs are solution providers.

Entrepreneurs create products and/or services that meet the needs of people for a profit. Entrepreneurs meet needs and get paid for it. If you really want to be successful and wealthy as an entrepreneur, you need to solve problems.

We tend to think too small here in Africa. The average entrepreneur is scared to be ambitious. Rather than thrive, they’re content with surviving. Well, I won’t stand for it. I’m incredibly passionate about small business and for the past three years, I have devoted most of my time into Herança Financial, the venture through which I work with/help budding entrepreneurs start, grow and manage their businesses. Coupled with my personal experiences, I’m an expert in business. *Humble Bag*. So, with the current state of the nation and the shape of the economy, I think now is as good a time as any to share my knowledge and expertise with a greater number of people, help them start the right way and avoid the unnecessary hardships that ignorance brings.

An entrepreneur identifies a need and works towards satisfying it, or works towards improving an already existing product/service, or creates demand for a product/service of value, i.e. creates a need and provides the solution. The provision of the solution brings the reward – money. The bigger the problem, the bigger the reward for its solution.

Once you have a solution, please ensure the product or service has a Unique Selling Point (USP). A USP is the mark of distinction of any business. It can also be referred to as your value proposition. In all likelihood, your company won’t be the only one offering that product/service (at least, not for long), so it’s important to have either a feature, advantage, or benefit that’ll separate your business from current and prospective competition. Without a USP, you won’t stand out. Please note, having a lower price is not a good strategy for a small business; it’s just not sustainable.

Next, identify your target market. Never make the mistake of assuming your product or services will appeal to everyone. Your target customers are those who will want and appreciate your products or services. They are the persons or businesses with the highest probability of buying your products or services. Once you’ve identified them, profile them. Your profile should include their locations, spending habits, hobbies, and age group. These will help you know how much they would be willing to spend on your product/service and the best way to reach them. Your target customers can be grouped into primary, secondary, and invisible. I like using Indomie noodles as an example. Their target market isn’t everyone, it’s children. Children are their primary target market. That’s why their ads are so playful and colorful, why they invented “The Indomitables” (Superheroes) figurines and stickers, and why their ads are on television and radio – not Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (most children are not on social media). They now have bigger sizes (like Hungry Man and Belleful) for adults – their secondary target market.

With the proper identification of your target customers, you need to know your competition. Your competition is the person or business who offers the same products/services or benefits (as perceived by your target customers). They can be grouped into direct, indirect and invisible.

Direct competition are those that offer the same products/services you do – for example, Coke and Pepsi. Indirect competition are those that offer the same benefits – for example, Domino’s Pizza and KFC – different products but same benefit (fast food). Invisible competition are those you didn’t consider. They are usually the bigger players that have the capacity and potential desire (especially if you’re successful) to offer the same product/services or benefits as you. By understanding your competition, you gain Competitive Intelligence. Competitive Intelligence is the process of learning, collecting/gathering and using information about your competition for the purpose of growing your own business. It helps you to keep improving upon or redefining your business model, so you’re not easily surpassed.

The first step to becoming an entrepreneur is to sit down and think! Find a need, preferably in an area you’re passionate about. Ask God to reveal the solution to you, and provide you with the means to execute it. Entrepreneurship isn’t just about the idea, but the execution of the plan. And as you execute, remember to think globally. Find the application of the solution not just within your locale, but regionally and worldwide. The world is bigger than Nigeria.

All the best!

2020

January 22, 2020 Leave a comment

I decided that I’d from this year, stop the iMovie tradition as the first post of the year. I might actually stop advertising badges altogether. I’m grateful that Pearl Kreations will be 12 years in a few days, and a big girl lol. So, I’ll leave her to handle herself, while I move unto “bigger” things. I’ve learnt I have a unique perceptive, and I’d like to, more than before, share my opinion on a number of issues with the world, and also offer some business advice based on my decade of experience.

Without further ado, I’d like to start this new year and new phase of my life addressing something a lot of business people take for granted when starting out; and it’s costing them

Many entrepreneurs, the world over, have burned out, or simply gave up right before their bright ideas could reach their full potential, because they thought they could do it all on their own. Human beings are social creatures; we’re not built for isolation. You can’t succeed on your own. You need, at least, one person in your corner.

As an entrepreneur, you need a support system – people who can and will encourage you, people you can draw strength from, people whose faith in you keeps you going. This support system can be your family, friend(s), mentor(s), partner(s), spouse, team, or all of the above.

A team, for example, is unique. It could be made up of family and/or friends. A lot of entrepreneurs are very reluctant to bring people on board, because they could be swindled by them, or become problematic/more trouble than they’re worth.

While those are possible scenarios and very valid reasons, that’s why the kind of people you pick is necessary. Notice I said “you pick”, that’s because you do the picking, not the other way around. Go for people who share your drive, passion, and most importantly, your vision.

Once you have like minds working with you, progress is effortless. You’ll have people who you can bounce ideas off of and brainstorm with; who can do certain things better and push you to be better; people ready to go the distance with you.

Don’t start 2020 solo; start 2020 with some support.

Happy New Year!

ska redefined 2019

April 10, 2019 Leave a comment

The SKA Legacy is 10 years today!
How time flies, right? It honestly doesn’t seem that long ago that my dad passed! May he continue to rest in perfect peace.

There will be two (2) changes to the business (asides the switch in names and mottos) and this write-up from last year – Café Euphorie has become Bites N’ Treats (BNT) Gourmet Café, and from 2020, this write-up will be done at the close of the year (December 9th) to mark the initial anniversary of [my dad’s registration of] SKA Ventures in 1991. Asides from those, I’m still working on building the empire, and hope dad is pleased.

Creativity Beyond Measure

Profile

SKA Ventures goes over expectations and beyond imagination. It is constantly raising the bar for excellence in innovation and service. Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, SKA Ventures is a leading, privately-owned, diversified business conglomerate. It owns and oversees the operations of several companies with interests spanning various industries all over the world. Through the dedication of its employees worldwide, SKA Ventures remains one of the most admired, dynamic and profitable companies in the world.

 

History

SKA Ventures began from Pearl Kreations on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in Hamilton, Ontario, while Sylvester Kay-Adade was a freshman at McMaster University. Circa September 2009, the vision for The SKA Group was conceived. The following year, it was implemented.

On September 21st, 2010, The SKA Group was officially registered in Canada under the laws of the Province of Ontario. As Pearl Kreations became more successful, its profits provided the necessary capital for the exploration of new industries. The explorations birthed Property Management Firm, Ransrive Realtors, in November 2009; Think Tank, Sylver Productions, in August 2011; and Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) Advisory Firm, Herança Financial in April 2013.

During its expansion into Nigeria in 2014, it was discovered that The SKA Group could not be registered in Nigeria as his father, Sylvester Adade, had coincidentally registered SKA Ventures Limited in December, 1991. In 2018, The SKA Group adopted SKA Ventures as its new name.

Presently, SKA Ventures owns BNT Gourmet Café, Herança Financial, Pearl Kreations, Prestige Academy, Ransrive Realtors, Suave Clothing, Sylver Productions, and Vecasyer Hotels & Towers, as well as controlling interests in Centerprise, RCubed-Merit, and Spinners.

 

Mission

SKA Ventures will relentlessly provide superior quality products and deliver exceptional service, while thriving to be the best and exceed expectations in all its business and social endeavors.

 

Vision

SKA Ventures aims to be recognized as the global brand with a drive for innovation and heart after perfection.

 

Values

Integrity

We believe in consistency in the right values.

Fairness: There is no discrimination; everyone is equal and every job is vital to our brilliant success.

Hard work: Excellent results are not manufactured, but accomplished through hard work. We understand that and are very familiar with it.

Lawfulness: All our actions and activities are in total obedience, and in complete accordance with the law.

Quality: All our products and services are always held to the highest standards.

Leadership

We believe in leadership by example.

Accountability: We account and take responsibility for our actions, and conduct ourselves responsibly and transparently in all situations and at all times.

Entrepreneurship: We are creative, innovative and ready to take calculated risks.

Perfection: We are performance-oriented and put our best into everything.

People

Like every family, we trust respect and trust each other, and that attitude flows right from the top to the branches. The people make the company, and our people are the best employees, executives, and partners; hence, we are the best company.

Service

We make everything about our patrons because it is.

Community: A good community produces good people. Our people are good people because they come from good communities. In order to maintain the balance, we give back through caring for the environment, maintaining old and raising new fundamental structures, and providing basic necessities to lacking communities.

Customers: Customer service is paramount to us because without our clients and customers, we would be non-existent. We are committed to continually provide value through our products and services.

 

SubsidiariesEvery business venture is held to the highest standards, operated efficiently, and pacesetters in their respective industries.

BNT Gourmet Café is the chain of state-of-the-art cafes designed for and with the quintessential business executive in mind.

Herança Financial is the global, small business advisory firm which deals in the provision of top-notch advice and solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Prestige Academy is the educational institution which delivers quality, unparalleled educational services. These services include entrepreneurial education, financial management education, middle school education, high school education, private tutoring, and renowned etiquette & grooming classes.

Pearl Kreations is the collectibles company which manufactures, retails and supplies superior quality pin back button-badges for a variety of corporate events and personal purposes.

Ransrive Realtors is the property management firm which provides temporary and permanent accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial and residential properties.

Suave Clothing is the unique clothing venture which retails luxury accessories from reputable brand names, manufactures and sells its own line of bespoke dress shirts, dress pants and suits, and provides wardrobe consultation services. It also produces a biannual online style publication called The Suave Series.

Sylver Productions is the innovative firm which provides unique products and services that meet untapped customer needs. It developed, manages and operates proprietary services like CityMail™, TixItUp™, Datlik™ and Wefyl™.

Vecasyer Hotels & Towers is the collection of the most stylish hotels and resorts worldwide, which offer 5-star accommodation with first class professional treatment and services.

 

SKA Ventures also has partial ownership of:

Spinners (75% ownership), an agency which provides expert advertising services and solutions to its clients. It also uses its ace designing skills and creative wordplay to make befitting logos, catchy names and impressive slogans for its clients’ businesses, events and products;

RCubed-Merit (51% ownership), an outfitting firm which highlights and optimizes the potential for various living spaces by redefining the outlook of the rooms, offices, homes and work spaces through the reorganization and restructuring of their overall presentation; and

Centerprise Global Resources (49% ownership), a personal development agency focused on better self, better employees, better business.

 

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apology

March 7, 2019 Leave a comment

Forgiveness is a very popular subject, and with reason. Arguments usually drag out simply because one person is too stubborn to forgive and the other person is too proud to apologize. It is important to forgive in order to have peace and live in peace. The apology, which is the order side of the coin, is sparsely emphasized, in my opinion. I did a teaching on it during bible study at my church yesterday, and I thought to share.

An apology is a regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure.
This acknowledgement is usually communicated via “I’m sorry”, “I apologize” or some other plea for forgiveness. A sincere apology is remorseful; it is not an opportunity to continue bad behavior. Sorry loses its value when it becomes an excuse to repeatedly offend.

An apology doesn’t automatically result in forgiveness. The onus is on the offended to accept the apology or not. Forgiveness cannot be demanded; demanding forgiveness after offering an apology does not convey regret for one’s actions.

An accepted apology isn’t a sign of weakness on the part of the offended, but a sign of strength; some offences hurt very deeply and can be very painful. An unaccepted apology isn’t a sign of weakness on the part of the offended, some wounds take [loads of] time to heal. I think the right approach in a situation where forgiveness is desired, is to communicate remorse in other ways asides from a verbal apology and/or gifts; I suggest a change of attitude and/or behavior.

I found this during my research and it resonated with me: An apology is remorse followed by silence, space and changed behavior. A real apology is less speaking and more personal work on yourself. A real apology is looking within and addressing what caused you to hurt someone you love.

As the offender, when you apologize, mean it; if you’re not sorry, save it.
As the offended, don’t get hung up over an apology. Don’t wait for an apology before you forgive because it may never come. There will come a point in your life when to have peace, you will have to forgive someone that will never apologize.

You never know how strong you are until you have to forgive someone who isn’t sorry and accept an apology you’ll never receive – Unknown.

Granted, some people won’t apologize because they don’t know they did something wrong, some people won’t apologize because they don’t agree/believe they did something wrong, and some people won’t apologize because they really don’t care how you feel.

It might be a cliché, but forgiveness is actually for your benefit.
If you’re a Christian, part of the Lord’s Prayer says, “Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us” – Matthew 6:12 (GNT). In essence, “Please forgive me God as I forgive others”, or “Please don’t forgive me if I don’t forgive others”. God said, without mincing words, in Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV): “Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift”. God is all about forgiveness and reconciliation; it’s what the Good News is all about!

Another aspect of forgiveness is the forgetting.
Some people say “I will forgive, but I can’t/won’t forget”.
Wisdom demands that you should learn from the experiences of others, but if you have to learn from yours, then please do. Hence, if someone offends you and you have chosen to forgive, learn from the experience [and adjust the status of your relationship with the person, if necessary], but don’t bring up the person’s offence at a later time. If the offender has to deal with the repercussions of their actions, then, so be it. However, that repercussion should be consequential, not retaliatory; meaning whatever you do should be corrective, as a consequence of their actions, not in revenge. For example, if your significant other abuses you ]for the first time], you forgive. If it happens again, you forgive him/her, but break up or move out or get a restraining order. The break up or separation shouldn’t be your way of getting back at him/her (meaning you haven’t forgiven), but simply the consequence of his/her actions – because you have to keep yourself safe. However, if at any point, he or she needs your help later on and you’re in a position to offer assistance, please do. Do not hold the abuse against them; if you do, then you haven’t forgiven or forgotten.

I’ll use our relationship with God to tie it all together.

Repentance is sincere regret (or remorse) for sin and wrongdoing. Therefore, being a [born-again] Christian is about being genuinely remorseful for hurting God and offending Him.

At repentance, God forgives all wrongdoings and wipes your slate clean (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now, once in a while (hopefully), you may slip up and err, it’s called being human. God is merciful and understanding, always ready and willing to forgive. However, you cannot repent of sin and continue to consciously sin, simply because you know He will forgive you. That is taking God for granted; you are not sorry. Don’t take Him for granted. As forgiving as He is, He might punish you, and you won’t like it at all; but here’s the important part – the punishment is almost always correctional.

We are not God, but He expects us to be like Him. Anyway, what I’m trying to point out is God forgives countless times as long as you’re sorry; and you show your genuine repentance by turning a new leaf.

Personally, I honestly also believe that the most sincere apology is changed behavior.