‘Women lie, men lie, numbers don’t lie’ – Lil’ Wayne (Women Lie, Men Lie)
Good Morning Everyone,
I work in a place where there is an excessive obsession with numbers; numbers rule – numbers determine when your next paycheck will come or if it will never come, numbers confirm if you will get that promotion or not. Numbers and figures are the critical parameters if you work in a financial institution where targets are important and attaining or exceeding them makes you extraordinary.
‘What are your MPR figures like?’ (MPR means Monthly Performance Review/Report) ‘What is your target/budget?’ These requests are everyday questions where I work and the type of reply you give determines if you will be celebrated or castigated. Interestingly, if you are an active member of our official WhatsApp group, you will ultimately understand the reason I play will numbers/figures a lot. Numbers rule.
Therefore, my presentation today would be about numbers/figures. We would look at what our figures were at the beginning of last year, what they are today and what we intend to achieve together as we begin another decade. But before we start, I want to welcome everyone into the new year and congratulate you on this magnificent accomplishment. I thank God who has made that possible and plead with him to make this year a positive and memorable year for us all. We need to be honest with ourselves, 2019 brought a lot of positive achievements. I also got a partial scholarship to study my Masters’ Degree in the biggest University in Wales, United Kingdom. Glory and Admiration to God Almighty. Amen.
Moving swiftly on, on 1st January, 2019, we only had 5 columnists namely; Sparks, Pendusky, Kreate, Collybright and JeanWriting. We were slightly above 12,000 views and we could only boost of about 100 daily visits. Please find attached, my 2019 welcome speech as reference. As at yesterday, 31st of December, 2019, we have grown by 1,041% to 129,000 (approximately) views and a monthly view of 25,000 (approximately), we have added 13 more columnists bringing our columnists to 18.
We have opened up 5 social media platforms and we are getting a lot of viewership/readership from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Whats-app. Please find attached, a breakdown of views from different social media websites. We also have a partnership with 5 major websites and blogs from the United States and United Kingdom where we source for contents with adequate reference.
Later today, we would also be introducing another columnist who would be in charge of our news channel. Our columnists are listed below;
I. Saturday Nights With Sparks – Anchored by a wonderful wife and mother, Andikan Inyang who shares fantastic information on our blog every Saturday night.
II. Facts With Pendusky is anchored by Ubong Effiong, our first columnist and the only writer with two columns running concurrently on the blog.
III. Insights On Life is anchored by Victor Negro, a writer, author and a change maker.
IV. Trending Topics is anchored by Oluwole Olusanya, a writer, freelance journalist and banker.
V. RonkeWrites is anchored by Aderonke Blessing Igbi, she is a student of English and a talented writer.
VI. What You Should Know is anchored by Olusola Bodunrin, a graduate of Philosophy and a wonderful individual.
VII. Magical Mondays With Kreate is an interesting individual and a talented writer.
VIII. History On Thursdays With Collybright is anchored by Adekolajo Adeshile, a good friend, a blogger and a talented writer.
IX. WendyWrites is anchored by Wendy Okeke, she is a poet, a banker and the cofounder of an NGO – Wellspring of Haven Foundation.
X. Bible Teachings With Joel Osoba is anchored by my very good secondary school friend, he is a business man and a bible teacher.
XI. Poems Courtesy Of Blossom is anchored by Blossom Obi, a writer, a public speaker and the founder of Blossomobiblog.com.ng.
XII. Poems With Rukenny is anchored by Esther Ndidi Kalu also knownas Rukenny, she is a freelance writer and journalist.
XIII. Poems By One Micaiah is anchored by Mikaiah Sunday Oyepintemi, awriter, author, poet and the founder of onemicaiahblog.com.ng
XIV. Poems From JeanWriting is anchored by Janet Bishung, a wonderful colleague and a talented poet. She is the first female poet on the blog.
XV. Sharing Knowlegde With Tola Okanlawon is anchored by Adetola, he is the CEO of Bakers World Limited and the founder of FeedTheFutureToday. He is the first writer on the blog to post voice notes on his column.
XVI. Last Supper With EddyFlames is anchored by Edward Imasuen, a great personality, a talented poet and a banker.
XVII. CHRISTIAN WITH THE NEWS is anchored by Christian, a journalist and blogger.
Before I continue, I want to thank you for reading to this point because Nigerians hardly read. Okay, who remembers the popular catchphrase – ‘Time is Money?’. The phrase ‘time is money’ is popularly promulgated to emphasize the importance of time and spending it wisely. Unfortunately, time and money which are two of the most important things in life are not sufficiently enough for us to manage the blog.
Migrating to a full-fledged website is still pending, launching that mobile app is still pending also. There are other things we would love to do but the paucity of funds is a major challenge.
Our Plans For 2020 & Beyond
In 2020 and beyond, we would continue to work on innovative ways to free up on time for the things that matter, we are also looking at ways we can raise the funds needed to take our business to the next level. There are plans to raise NGN10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira Only) from an investor, this is definitely a herculean task but nothing is impossible.
We are also looking for funds through the Federal Government’s single digit interest rate intervention funds to the IT industry. We plan to explore that option too.
We plan to grow our readers in Nigeria and in diaspora by opening up more social media platforms; Tumblr and Telegram.
Ultimately, we plan to hit 1,000,000.00 views, migrate to a full-fledged website, launch a mobile app and register our business with the appropriate authorities in 2020 and beyond.
Once again, welcome to 2020.
‘Success is like food and’ve got a big ass appetite’ – R. Kelly (Dirty Laundry Remix)
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues.
He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.