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stranger

March 19, 2018 Leave a comment

I don’t remember where I saw this write up, but I loved it and saved it. Do have a read and if it’s not too late for you, adjust accordingly.

The Stranger

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mum taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger…he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries, and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present, and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first Premiership game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mum would get up quietly, while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. I wonder now, if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home – not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears, made my dad squirm, and my mother blush. Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol, but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked…and never, not once, asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?

We just call him TV.

Note:
He has a wife now….Computer.
Their first child is Cell Phone.
Their second child Video Games.

They now have a wonderful grandchild, she is a genius!
She is fondly called WhatsApp.
She is nearly more popular than her mom, her older cousin, Facebook, and her new baby cousins, Snapchat and Instagram.

This stranger and the members of his family appear to have taken up permanent residence in our homes and we seem powerless to check their excesses!

collegetix

December 3, 2011 Leave a comment

In July, I briefly mentioned that Sylver Productions was going to become fully operational with the addition of CollegeTix and Datlik. Today, I want to share the CollegeTix vision with you. CollegeTix™ is the premier platform exclusively designed for college and university events, owned by Sylver Productions. In order words, Sylver Productions is the first company to provide this service specifically for college/university clubs, student groups, student organizers and student promoters. CollegeTix operates two (2) distinct, but complimentary services – Online Event Hosting and Online Ticketing/eTicket Sales.

The vision behind it is to provide students with an online avenue where they can publicize their events on a platform where students everywhere (almost) can easily find and share them with others. I’m hoping it becomes the number one source college/university students go to find, pick, rate and share the hottest and latest events anywhere. Basically, I hope to build CollegeTix into a global online directory for college/university events. For example, I am a student at Yale University who will be spending his Christmas holiday in London, England. I get there on December 16th, and by the 22nd, I’m absolutely bored! What do I do? I log on to collegetix.sylverpro.com, type “london, england” into the search bar, and voila! Every single college/university event happening in London, England appears! Now, I can read about all the events, learn the ticket prices and get the addresses to every event people my age in London, England will be at. It is due to this vision that the event hosting service is absolutely free. That will make is easier for every organizer and promoter of such events to consider placing their events on the site. Who doesn’t like free publicity? This is not to say that just any event will be publicized. There is an investigative process that precedes every event posting.

Online ticketing is free for the first event any group chooses to use the e-ticketing feature for. Ours is pretty good because of the convenience – both credit card and debit card payment options are available. It is the easiest and most student-friendly way to generate sales. It is however optional to use this feature.

When God revealed this concept to me, I downplayed it and imagined it for use only in North America, but now I see it as a universal tool. By His grace, it is going global and presently used by various student groups and promoters in colleges and universities in Canada, Nigeria, United States and England for the free online promotion of their events via social networks like Delicious, Digg, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Twitter, and even via email.

If you like the idea, you can help with its promotion. Sylver Productions is running a three-part campaign – two for CollegeTix and one for Datlik. Phase one begins in a week (December 10th), and phase two will begin December 22nd. You may follow this link on December 10th for all the information you’ll need.

Alternatively, there is are two videos available – one introducing CollegeTix (Meet CollegeTix) and another explaining how CollegeTix works (The CollegeTix Manual). Both were directed by our very own, Spinners Inc. You can help by sharing those as well. Thank you in advance if you decide to help! 😀

social media

December 5, 2010 1 comment

Remember, I’m working on a diploma in Small Business Management? Well, one of the courses- Managing the Small Business, exposes me to the world of business, ethics and management. As part of the course, we have different speakers come to discuss various topics, ranging from Banking and Finance to Networking. Even a couple of graduates of the course come by to share their experiences.

One of the most recent speakers was Geet Dhillon, a Social Media Marketing Expert from Eloqua Corporation (http://www.eloqua.com/) in Toronto. He talked about how social media can help improve customer patronage and boost revenue.

Companies like Dell and Starbucks, made additional revenue in the sum of tens of millions of dollars from social networking via Twitter last year for free!

Their trick? – connecting with their customers…directly! They asked questions on new and old products, asked for suggestions, listened to feedback and responded to complaints…all via facebook and twitter. By doing this, the customers feel the company cares, patronize the company, buy more products and suggest their products to friends…increasing client base and revenue! It is so simple, but highly underrated.

Coca-Cola, as of December 31, 2009 had about 5 million fans on facebook. Now, it is over 21 million. If they sent an update or survey today, they would have millions of replies with helpful opinions and positive feedback. Go to their page anytime and there will be fans having discussions and sharing photos of their fun coca-cola times. Coca-Cola sales is up 52%.

As I listened, I was happy that I already had a facebook page and twitter account for The SKA Group. Sadly, I wasn’t fully utilizing them. And, the most active company- Pearl Kreations, had just a facebook group. Before I end up sharing all my class notes lol, a keynote with using facebook is to have pages and not groups for companies and products.

Pages allow for a two-way communication, whereas groups are basically a one-way street. As soon as I heard that, I decided Pearl Kreations needed a facebook page and twitter account immediately! It took couple of days in between school and work to get the account and page ready, but it got done. The challenge would be to get all the 956 members to switch location and become fans, and what to do with the group -_-.

There was a suggestion to change the group name to Pearl Kreations Messenger. The group would work with the Pearl Kreations Web Messenger and e-Customer Service Team, and be the facebook medium of accepting comments and reviews, broadcasting important messages to clients and customers, displaying new photos of all ordered button-badges and Lapel pins, and taking orders.

I liked the idea, so it was changed. An email and facebook message were sent to explain the name change and inform them of this new page: http://www.facebook.com/PearlKreations. It was explained that through the page, we would be asking questions, hosting competitions, having giveaways and communicating more effectively.

I believe that our members understood that it was in order to be more interactive with them that we opened a page. We also opened a twitter account and asked those with accounts to follow @PearlKreations (http://twitter.com/PearlKreations/).

So that there’s no confusion, I didn’t decide to do this entirely for business and revenue, but to get closer to our customers and fans; and make the PK Experience much more than just super cool buttons, but about mega fun!

I think this move will also help create goodwill and continued patronage. So far, response has been slow, but I remain positive. I guess it is because this change was done during the exam/holiday shopping season.

Which reminds me; to mark this new change and holiday season, Pearl Kreations has select All-Me Buttons and all National Buttons which will be sold for $1.00CAD/pin. This sale began on Wednesday, December 1st and will go on up until Friday, December 10th, 2010. On December 16th, Pearl Kreations will make its final deliveries and postings for 2010 as The SKA Group will be closing on Friday, December 17th, 2010. By God’s grace, business will begin in 2011 on Monday, January 10th.

However, Pearl Kreations  might have little, private “social” giveaway before January which you won’t want to miss out on, so “follow” and “like”…quickly! lol

déjà vu

June 12, 2010 Leave a comment

You know how sometimes and somehow, you’re put in a similar situation over & over? Or you’re told something by different people in different ways? Well, it’s happening to me a lot lately! I’ve been having the feeling that I need to read in between the lines.

It all started with one of my best friends, Kasope A*, saying to me in passing, “the future is only for those who prepare for it”. It has been stuck in my head. Then, I discovered the Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), and now watch most of its shows. There are two of its originals I’m particularly fond of – Biography on CNBC and How I Made My Millions. On a recent episode of the latter, a woman who went from broke to a net worth of $150M USD said something profound. I can’t remember her exact words, but I spun it in my head as, “you have to be worth millions in your mind before it materializes”. It hit me like she was saying it to me directly. Lastly, I have a habit of reading biographies online and watching interviews on millionaires, and most of them chorus statements like: “dream big and bigger”, “no dream is too big” and “don’t give up”.

I decided these weren’t coincidences and I needed to act…fast! I learnt it wasn’t enough to just think it in my head, I had to put in down. And possibly also put it out there too, and by God’s grace, accomplish it all. To that effect, I typed out future me and then made a Wikipedia page, but it was soon deleted. This note was posted as the reason – “relevance of article?”. I guess that’s their way of saying, “the world doesn’t know you yet buddy.” Alternatively, I’ve set up a Facebook page, and if you aren’t already a fan on Facebook, you can become one by following this link directly to my page and like me :). I also put a detailed biography of  this future me for my bio page.

This “future me” write-up is drawn up from my perception of what future articles about me would state. Some of it has already begun, but I won’t tell what stage(s) I’m currently in. I did not put in a net worth so as not to limit myself, but tens of billions (of dollars) won’t be a stretch from what I’m thinking it could will be lol 😀

SYLVESTER O. KAY-ADADE

Sylvester Kay-Adade II is a Nigerian-Canadian Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist.

Please click here to read more.

That’s it! I don’t remember if I made this up or I heard/read it somewhere: “if you’re going to dream at all, might as well dream big!” It’s pretty smart so yeah, I most likely made it up lol. In case you’re wondering why there’s nothing about a wife or children, I do want to get married and have children. This is where I see myself in about 5 years from now. I think I’ll try to update it from time to time as things progress 🙂

I challenge you to do the same. Think of where you want to be in the next 5, 10 or 15 years and write it down. Setting and writing down your goals is half the battle won. I think it helps put things in perspective. Trust me 5 years isn’t a long time from now. I’ll see you at the top! 😀