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ska redefined 2019

April 10, 2019 Leave a comment

The SKA Legacy is 10 years today.

There haven’t been any changes since last year (the switch in names and mottos).

I hope my dad is pleased and may he continue to rest in perfect peace.

 

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, and the following year, it was implemented. On September 21st, 2010, The SKA Group Inc. 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 Café Euphorie, Herança Financial, Pearl Kreations, Prestige Academy, Ransrive Realtors, Suave Clothing, Sylver Productions, and Vecasyer Hotels & Towers, as well as controlling interests in RCubed-Merit LLP and Spinners Incorporated.

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.

 

Subsidiaries

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

ska-in-2014
Café Euphorie 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 financial advice and solutions for small and medium scale enterprises.
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.

The SKA Group also has partial ownership of:
RCubed-Merit LLP is the 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. The SKA Group has fifty-one percent (51%) ownership.
Spinners Incorporated is the 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. The SKA Group has seventy-five (75%) ownership.

All subsidiaries operate independently, but are monitored and regulated from its headquarters, SKA Tower, under the leadership of the Chief Executive/Group Managing Director.

nig limited iii

April 1, 2012 1 comment

I got some good news yesterday 🙂

Initially I thought it was some sort of early, not-funny, April fools prank, but it wasn’t!

The registration of The SKA Group Incorporated in Nigeria has been completed. It will operate as SKA Ventures Limited. SKA Ventures (he subsidiary) has been renamed Herança Financial. Herança Financial will continue to provide its (SKA Ventures’) regular services.

Due to this change in the Nigerian business module, the registration of Pearl Kreations (Nigeria) Limited was terminated. Pearl Kreations will continue to do business in Nigeria in partnership with Nigerian merchandising company, Renaissance Nigeria Limited.

RansRive Realtors was however registered in Nigeria as Ransrive Realtors (Nigeria) Limited. I also decided to have it be/stay a proudly Nigerian company, hence it will be headquartered in Lagos or Abuja, Nigeria.

After almost a year and a half of legality, I’m glad the registration is finally complete!

Praise God! lol

ska redefined 2011

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Last year, I embarked on the quest for the continued redefinition of The SKA Group, and we have made a couple of changes over the course of the year. This year, we have two new logos – Pearl Kreations’ and Sylver Productions’ have been changed. The logo of The SKA Group has a new look. Sylver Productions has new profile, as well as new products and services. Finally, Pearl Kreations, Sylver Productions and The SKA Group have new and/or upgraded websites.

Here is the new profile:

THE SKA GROUP GOES OVER AND BEYOND™

The SKA Group 2011

The SKA Group goes over expectations and beyond imaginations. We overcome every obstacle, extend every boundary and conquer every problem. We are constantly raising the bar for excellence and innovating ways to improve the quality of life through our expertise that ranges from advertising to branding, clothing to education, finance to real estate. We are truly your company.

Profile
The company revolutionizing business and service through its ethics and expertise.

Headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, The SKA Group Incorporated is one of the largest, privately-owned conglomerates in Canada. It owns and oversees the operations of several businesses with branches all over the world in advertising, branding, clothing, education, financial services, publication, real estate and more.
Reporting legitimate, record-breaking annual profits with over 150 dedicated people in employment worldwide, The SKA Group is undoubtedly one of the most admired, dynamic and profitable companies in the world.

History
The SKA Group was founded in Canada by Sylvester Kay-Adade in 2008. It initially began operations as Pearl Kreations (now, one of its subsidiaries) on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in Hamilton, Ontario.
As Pearl Kreations grew, he diversified into other markets, thereby giving rise new companies- Suave Clothing and RansRive Realtors. Those were soon followed by the acquisition of SKA Ventures Limited in June, 2009; and development of Sylver Productions in February, 2010.

In January 2010, The SKA Group was set up to manage all the ventures and potential businesses. It became a registered conglomerate incorporated in Canada under the laws of the Province of Ontario in September 2010 with most of its subsidiaries fully functional at the time.

The SKA Group presently owns The Pearl Academy, Pearl Cafés, Pearl Kreations, RansRive Realtors, SKA Ventures, Suave Clothing, Sylver Productions, and Vecasyer Hotels & Towers; with controlling stakes in RCubed-Merit LLP and Spinners Incorporated.

By December 2010, barely three (3) years since its inception in January 2008, it had made over C$ 1 million in revenue with a vibrant work force of about 100 people; thus making it not only one of the most profitable, but also one of the fastest growing companies in the world.

Mission
1. Provide superior quality products and deliver exceptional service.
2. Be the best, go beyond imaginations and exceed expectations in all pertaining to us.

Vision
The global super brand with a heart and drive for 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: Good results aren’t manufactured, but accomplished through hard work. We understand that and 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 kept 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 follows right from the top to the branches.
The people make the company; and SKA people are the best employees, executives, partners and shareholders, hence we are the best company.

Service
We make everything about you because it is.
– Community: A good community produces good people. SKA people are good people so come from good communities.
To keep that balance, we give back through caring for the environment, maintaining old and raising new fundamental structures through our development initiatives; and providing free healthcare for lacking communities through our various outreaches.
– Customers: Customer service is paramount to us because without our clients and customers, we would be non-existent.
We are committed to continually provide satisfactory products and services that exceed your expectations.

Brands
Each and every business venture owned or affiliated with The SKA Group are operated at the highest standards; and Pacemakers in their respective fields.
The SKA Group’s brands are:
The Pearl Academy, which delivers a host of quality educational services.
Pearl Cafés, a chain of state-of-the-art cafes for business executives and the elite.
Pearl Kreations deals in the production of button-badges and lapel pins for a variety of events and purposes worldwide.
RansRive, which provides accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial buildings, residential suites and houses.
SKA Ventures provides top-notch financial services and solutions.
Suave Clothing retails luxury accessories and manufactures clothing for the stylish elite and professionals; as well as the provision of wardrobe consultation.
Sylver Productions provides documentation, printing and publication services.
And, Vecasyer Hotels & Towers is a collection of classy hotels and resorts which offer 5-star accommodation with professional treatment and services.
The SKA Group also has controlling stakes in RCubed-Merit and Spinners Inc.

Subsidiaries
Each subsidiary operates as a private entity with individual headquarters and branches worldwide all monitored by the Group’s Headquarters in Canada.

The Pearl Academy is an 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 Cafés is a chain of state-of-the-art cafes designed for and with the quintessential business executive in mind. It offers freshly baked assorted pastries and doughnuts served with freshly brewed coffee and a variety of chilled, natural fruit juices. All shops are equipped with high speed wireless internet connection and a free membership book club.

Pearl Kreations is a collectibles manufacturing company which deals in the production of button-badges and lapel pins for a variety of corporate, personal, professional, national & international purposes and events. It is an official partner and the official button-badges supplier the FIFA World Cup™ Tournaments, the IOC Olympics™ and the UEFA Champions League™.

RansRive is a real estate company which provides temporary and permanent accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial and residential properties with onsite luxury amenities.

SKA Ventures is a financial institution which deals in the provision of top-notch financial services and solutions. It provides small business advisory & consultation, small and medium scale enterprise (SME) loans, operating leases, supervisory training & consultation and excellent financial advice for individuals, entrepreneurs and small & large scale businesses.

Suave Clothing is the unique clothing venture solely in the business of elite corporate apparel. It retails luxury accessories from reputable brand names, and manufactures and sells its own line of bespoke dress shirts, dress pants and suits,  as well as provide wardrobe consultation services. It also produces a biannual style publication called The Suave Series.

Sylver Productions is a media firm that provides ace document management services, as well as unmatched printing and publication services for prospective authors and clients. It developed and manages Datlik™ (formerly, EP-Reader™ Initiative) which proofreads hundreds of articles, essays and projects daily. It also developed and manages CollegeTix™, the premier online event hosting and e-ticket sales platform exclusively designed for college and university events and programs.

Vecasyer Hotels & Towers is a collection of the most stylish hotels and resorts worldwide which offer 5-star accommodation with professional treatment and quality services. It also provides chauffeur services to and from international airports.

Other Companies & Ventures
The major businesses that The SKA Group has partial ownership in are:

RCubed-Merit highlights and optimizes the potential for various living spaces by redefining the outlook of the rooms, offices, homes and workspaces through the reorganization and restructuring of their overall presentation. The SKA Group has fifty-one percent (51%) ownership.

Spinners Incorporated: This agency 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. The SKA Group has seventy-five (75%) ownership.

Products & Services
The SKA Group provides its products and services through its numerous firms worldwide.
– Accommodation and Lodging
– Advertising Services and Solutions
– Branding
– Clothing and Accessories
– Document Management
– Education
– Financial Services and Solutions
– Memorabilia
– Printing and Publication Services
– Real Estate Space Optimization
– Wardrobe Consultation

The SKA Group has a new online home. It also has a blog, facebook page, twitter account and youtube channel.

All subsidiaries operate independently, but are monitored and regulated by the Group from its Headquarters, SKA Towers, which is controlled by the President.

ska redefined 2010

September 21, 2010 6 comments

Not too long ago, I embarked on a project to redefine myself. Have I succeeded? Well, so far, so good! Recently, I thought, why not redefine and pep up the company a little bit as well. After all, it is as much a part of me as my limbs. So, after long hours spent updating and redoing the company’s information and presentation, it was ready by morning. I took the documents to my lawyer, Philip O* in the afternoon, and a few minutes later, it was registered! You are about to read about The SKA Group Inc (as of 2010).

Note, I tapped into the futuristic ideology of the deja vu post! As I said earlier, this is as of 2010 so there are some “changes” lol; I don’t have Richard Branson as a mentor for nothing!

The company revolutionizing business and service through its ethics and expertise expressed through its numerous firms worldwide.
The SKA Group is one of the largest, privately-owned conglomerates in the world. It owns and oversees the operations of over seven subsidiaries and businesses with branches all over the world in the following fields: advertising, branding, clothing, education, financial services, publication and real estate. Reporting legitimate annual profits in excess of about US$110 million with over 2,000 dedicated people in employment worldwide, The SKA Group is undoubtedly one of the most admired and profitable Companies in the world.

History
The SKA Group was founded in Canada by Sylvester Kay-Adade in 2008. It initially began operations as Pearl Kreations (now, one of its Subsidiaries) on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in Hamilton, Ontario.

As Pearl Kreations grew, he diversified into other markets, thereby giving rise new Companies- Suave Clothing and Sylver Productions. Those were soon followed by SKA Ventures and others.

In January 2010, The SKA Group was set up to manage all the ventures and potential businesses. It became a registered Conglomerate incorporated in Canada under the laws of the Province of Ontario in September 2010 with most of its Subsidiaries fully functional at the time. By December 2010, barely three (3) years since its inception in January 2008, it had made over US$1 million in revenue with a vibrant work force of about 100 people; thus making it not only one of the most profitable, but also one of the fastest growing Companies in the world.

Mission
1. Provide superior quality products and deliver exceptional service.
2. Be the best, go beyond imaginations and exceed expectations in all pertaining to us.

Vision
The global super brand with a heart and drive for 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: Good results aren’t manufactured, but accomplished through hard work. We understand that and 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 kept 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 follows right from the top to the branches.
The People make the Company; and SKA People are the best Employees, Executives, Partners and Shareholders, hence we are the best Company.

Service
We make everything about you because it is.

– Community: A good community produces good people. SKA People are good people so come from good communities.
To keep that balance, we give back through caring for the environment, maintaining old and raising new fundamental structures through our development initiatives; and providing free healthcare for lacking communities through our various outreaches.
– Customers: Customer service is paramount to us because without our Clients and Customers, we would be non-existent.
We are committed to continually provide satisfactory products and services that exceed your expectations.

Brands
Each and every business venture owned or affiliated with The SKA Group are operated at the highest standards; and Pacemakers in their respective fields.

The SKA Group’s brands are:
The Pearl Academy, which delivers a host of quality educational services.
Pearl Cafés, a chain of state-of-the-art cafes for business executives and the elite.
Pearl Kreations deals in the production of button-badges and lapel pins for a variety of events and purposes worldwide.
RansRive, which provides accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial buildings, residential suites and houses.
SKA Ventures provides top-notch financial services and solutions.
Suave Clothing retails luxury accessories and manufactures clothing for the elite and stylish professionals; as well as the provision of wardrobe consultation.
Sylver Productions provides documentation, printing and publication services.
And, Vecasyer Hotels & Towers is a collection of classy hotels and resorts which offer 5-star accommodation with professional treatment and services.
The SKA Group also has controlling stakes in RCubed-Merit and Spinners Inc.

Subsidiaries
Each Subsidiary operates as a private entity with individual headquarters and branches worldwide all monitored by the Group’s Headquarters in Canada.

The Pearl Academy is an educational institution which delivers quality, unparalleled educational services. These services include middle school education, high school education, private tutoring, and renowned etiquette & grooming classes.

Pearl Cafés is a chain of state-of-the-art cafes designed for and with the quintessential business executive in mind. It offers freshly baked assorted pastries and doughnuts served with freshly brewed coffee and a variety of chilled, natural fruit juices. All shops are equipped with high speed wireless internet connection.

Pearl Kreations is a collectibles-manufacturing company which deals in the production of button-badges and lapel pins for a variety of corporate, personal, professional, national & international purposes and events. It is an official partner and the official button-badges supplier the FIFA World Cup™ Tournaments, the IOC Olympics™ and the UEFA Champions League™.

RansRive is a real estate company which provides temporary and permanent accommodation through the letting and sale of commercial and residential properties.

SKA Ventures is a financial institution which deals in the provision of top-notch financial services and solutions. It provides loans, operating leases and excellent financial advice for individuals, entrepreneurs and small & large scale businesses.

Suave Clothing is the unique clothing venture solely in the business of elite corporate apparel. It retails luxury accessories from reputable brand names, and manufactures and sells its own line of bespoke dress shirts, dress pants and suits,  as well as provide wardrobe consultation services. It also produces a biannual style publication called The Suave Series.

Sylver Productions is a firm that provides ace document management services, as well as unmatched printing and publication services for prospective authors and clients. It also developed the EP-Reader™ Initiative which proofreads hundreds of articles, essays and projects daily.

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

I stayed up one night sketching logos for the subsidiaries as well as the colors to be used. These are the sketches:

A couple of days later, I got in contact with Najim Z*. He’s a close colleague that’s talented in designing (there was an Inspitories on him in July). He designed my very first business cards and The SKA Group logo. This time, I gave him eight (8) new challenges to conquer. And after about three (3) weeks, some tweaking and editing, this is what we have:

Other Companies & Ventures
The major businesses that The SKA Group has partial ownership in are:

RCubed-Merit: This company highlights and optimizes the potential for various living spaces by redefining the outlook of the rooms, offices, homes and workspaces through the reorganization and restructuring of their overall presentation.
The SKA Group has forty percent (40%) ownership of this venture.

Spinners Incorporated
: This agency provides expert advertising services and solutions to its clients. It also uses its ace designing skills and creative wordplay to invent catchy, interesting and befitting logos, names and slogans for its clients’ businesses, events and products.

The SKA Group has sixty percent (60%) ownership of this venture.

Products & Services
Our products & services include:

– Accommodation and Lodging
– Advertising Services and Solutions
– Branding
– Clothing and Accessories
– Document Management
– Education
– Financial Services and Solutions
– Memorabilia
– Printing and Publication Services
– Real Estate
– Space Optimization
– Wardrobe Consultation
C’est fini!

I’m very happy and satisfied. Of course, all these modifications and additional logos meant I had to redo The SKA Group’s outlining document and that I did (for 2 hours)!

Earlier on in the year, I paid for the address: theska-group.com. I had to use that because theskagroup.com, skagroup.com, skag.com etc were all taken by random people with either boring, uncreative websites or stupid, one-paged websites. I was so upset…I think I still am. At least, I found something I could use. I’m considering changing the address to skagroupinc.com soon.

Anyway, after modifying the document, I decided to develop the website! I spent a whooping 8 hours on it 😦 and right now, it’s 3/4 ready! Please check it out the mock site anytime. It has basically the same info as is on here, but organized on to different pages. There is also now a twitter account and a Facebook page for the most active businesses.

The only thing I’m still undecided on is if to have just two of the subsidiaries should be traded on the stock market or none; and just remain entirely private 0_0. Well, after all, there are Companies like Cargill and Koch Industries – both privately owned and make over US$100M in revenue annually. One thing for sure is they will all operate independently, but will be monitored and regulated by the Group which will be controlled by the President, yours truly 😉

I just might make this an annual thing. I have a feeling things will keep evolving.

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! 😀

think big

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

When I first decided I wanted to become a Doctor, I was so into it. I remember in grade 2 (1994), my mum got me a first aid play box – it came with a stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, otoscope and reflex hammer. In grade 3 (1995), I made my first set of colored bandages and swipes during an art class. And then, in grade 5 (1997), my dad got me “operation”. It was a fun game that mimicked the operation table of a surgeon.

Somewhere along the line, I decided to be a Chemical Engineer like one of my maternal uncles because I learnt he was making a lot of money. Sadly in 2000, based on my JSCE results, I was placed in the senior school for those poised for medically inclined line of work. I was so upset and wouldn’t have it. I complained and fought for engineering. I got it, but then it took me 2 years of bordering on failing advanced math to realize engineering wasn’t my calling.

One night, I remembered again that I wanted to be a Doctor and decided never to derail again. I fueled the dream by reading think big by Dr. Ben Carson, M.D.; and 2 of his other books. He became my first mentor and motivator. My fight to become a Medical Doctor, took me into Covenant University where I studied Computer Science for one year. It wasn’t a waste because while I was there, I got the inspiration to be an Oncologist.

I left CU and spent the next 2 years of my life in Houdegbe North American University (HNAUB) in Republique du Benin. While I was there, I was being trained to be a Medical Doctor and I loved it. The school had one too many challenges so I accepted by mum’s suggestion to transfer to Canada to continue.

I got to Canada and after a while, I began to have a twenage life crisis after at sat down one day to do the math. First, I had to do a 9-month program. Next study any 4-year program (most likely Psychology or Health Studies). After that, write the MCAT and then study Medicine for 4 years plus another 2 years in clinicals/internship. Finally, about 3 years shadowing an Oncologist. That was 13-14 years before I would be free to practice – at age 32/33. Tell me you wouldn’t freak! I couldn’t help thinking that if the Nigerian system wasn’t so sloppy, fresh out of high school, I could have been an Oncologist at 26 (10 years). Sometime after getting into McMaster, I lost absolute interest in medicine. I decided to focus just on Health Studies (which I’m in my Third year of presently) and do a Masters program in Public Health – and most likely get a job with the UN or WHO.

At age 17, while in Covenant University, I did a compulsory course in Entrepreneurship – we were educated on entrepreneurship and investments. I didn’t really pay do much attention during the investment classes ‘cuz I was already radical about it lol; and besides, my dad had taught me basically all we were being taught. He had tons shares in pretty much every company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, kept buying more for himself and all of us – his children. Much to my mum’s dismay, I caught the fire at age 15 and continued to buy for myself from my savings (built primarily from the dividends lol). Anyway, we were given a project in CU to map out our dreams over the next 5, 10, 15 and 20 years. Mine included Oncology, Research Labs, Automobile Company (Ritmo Car Company) and Resort (Pearl City/Adade Resort) with my younger sister, Veronica. That was my first attempt at thinking big.

I guess it was no surprise that at 20+, I started Pearl Creations. Funny thing is I still don’t know how I remembered about the buttons. It was birthed from a plan I had with my HNAUB roommate in 2005. Almost two years into my business phase, I still catch myself thinking if I’m actually doing the right thing. I wonder if I was meant to be doctor or if all I went through was to bring me to this end ‘cuz I can’t read medicine anymore. I feel like I might feel fulfilled, but will be simultaneously miserable. Miserable that I spent 26 – 27 years of my life in school becoming an oncologist! I already did the calculations and I couldn’t be an Oncologist before the age of 30. People tell me it’s not how long, but how well; frankly I don’t think they’re putting themselves in my shoes. For goodness sake, I can’t spend practically my entire life in school? I think it was around that time I decided, you know what, I’m going to be an Entrepreneur. I’m going to be business-oriented, work for myself, start from scratch, think BIG and build my way up.

I started by dreaming new dreams and pondering on some new ideas; and just as I was done, I watched “Two weeks notice” with High Grant & Sandra Bullock. In it, there was an appearance by a Mr. Trump. He was portrayed as some wealthy socialite. I had heard Trump a couple of times, but never really bothered to look him up. So after the movie, I decided to google Donald Trump and see what all the fuss is about. Well, he is a big deal. Just check out trump.com and see for yourself. After this, I read his biographies and story. Now, he’s my new motivation; not just because of his story, but because he has built a thriving empire (similar to the one in my dreams) from virtually nothing.

I have spent time thinking about how short life is and how little the time we have to make an impact on earth. It’s been six years since I left high school. I was one of the first to go straight into college and I’m still there! A lot of people tell me I should be happy and content, ‘cuz at 20, how many people can boast of a company (especially in a country that they aren’t from), earning their own money and even being profiled in newspapers and blogs?! I thank God for all of that, but I believe I can be much more!

One day, I decided, no more medical school…just like that! Next, I decided to put my new bigger dream in ink – Pearls Incorporated. Pearls Inc consists of Pearl Cafe, Pearl Creations, Pearl Academy and Pearl Hotel. I was so excited! I began drawing up plans, blueprints, structures, websites etc. It all sadly came to a halt after my dad passed away in May. It made me think more about time. It made me more family oriented, motivated to succeed, but I digress.

More and more, I think everything happens for a reason…even the passing away of my dad. I see reasons why things happen – where I am, why, where I was, what’s happened. It’s all coming together like a puzzle that’s being put together piece by piece. So to the array of dream companies, I decided to add my dad’s start-up – SKA Ventures (a financial solutions company). I think SKA (pronounced “scar”) came from his name – Sylvester Kay Adade; which is in tune with something I learnt from him and Donald Trump – the power of personal branding. He also thought me the importance of expanding and not limiting oneself. Hence, believing God, I pluralized all the Companies (e.g. Cafe to Cafes, Hotel to Hotels & Towers etc). And until last week, I called the umbrella company, The Pearls Incorporated, because it was all pearl this and pearl that. But now, taking a cue from my late dad and the donald, it is now: The SKA Group! Since I am Sylvester Kay-Adade II, the company name ain’t far fetched lol.

While I was in CU, Dr. David Oyedepo made two statements that have stuck to me all these years: 1. When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable, and 2. We can only possess the future we see. Nothing disciplines a man more than the future he sees of himself; because only goal-setters ever become goal-getters. I know how easy it is to make plans and not execute them. So I prayed, started making new profiles & plans…which was fun, but also a ton of work. After all the restructuring of the brand, I came up with a draft design which was a lot better than the previous picture of a white pearl lol. My talented colleague, Najim Z*, cleaned it up and it came alive:

My initial plan was to put it all out here, but then, there are dream stealers and killers. Therefore, nahhh may be later…after it is all patented and legally registered lol. Anyway, for getting this far in reading all this, here is a brief:

The SKA Group – The umbrella Company for all my companies. So, as of January 1st, 2010, the umbrella company for Pearl Creations, Suave Clothing, SKA Ventures, Pearl Academy, Pearl Cafes and co will not be The Pearls Incorporated, but The SKA Group.

The Pearl Academy – middle and high school. Kasope A* (my high school best friend) and I thought of this way back in high school. The plan is still underway, though I think it is eventually going to be a lot more than just a high school.

Pearl Cafes – group of high-end coffee shops.

Pearl Creations – creative arm.

Pearl Hotels & Towers – accommodation and relaxation.

Pearl Lands & Realtors – real estate leases, rentals and sales.

SKA Ventures – financial services & solutions.

Suave Clothing (formerly Pearl Clothing) – formal and stylish clothing sales.

Sylver Publications – printing and publication services.

Please remember:
– Don’t be afraid to think big and dream bigger.
– Never underestimate yourself!
– And, no idea stealing or forgery! 😛