On being black

For me, being black means in a word ‘disadvantaged.’ The moral and emotional fabric of western civilization is based on the concept that black and inferior are synonymous. There are many reasons for this, but the most important thing is not what the white thinks of the black, but what the black man thinks of himself in the face of this reality. Confronting this reality,…

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Appreciate the journey

Recently, I have caught myself a few times backtracking and re-imagining how life would be for me if I had made certain decisions differently, or if I had done certain things instead of certain other things. You know, the typical analysis of our journeys during the building process. More importantly, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection, and it has impacted me in very many…

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You are responsible for the energy you bring

In the past two weeks, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the happenings of 2014, my objectives going into it, and how much progress I made towards achieving them. I started 2014 with this post, talking very abstractly of the straw man around which I wanted all my action in the year to build off of. I did not hit high notes on all the…

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[In Progress] Planning an African Festival in Austin, TX

I’m building a team in Q1 2015 to explore the viability of a large scale African festival in Austin. The focus is to expose the positive and empowering aspects of major African cultures, to influence the African narrative positively on a large scale, and to create a forum where Africans both at home and in diaspora can seat with leaders and change agents from other…

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On Leadership

A piece on leadership, so well articulated by the folks at Acumen.org. “Leadership is a sacred trust like priesthood in civilized, humane religions. No one gets into it lightly or unadvisedly because it demands qualities of mind and discipline, of body and will, far beyond the need of the ordinary citizens.” True leadership requires a spiritual grounding, the humility to cultivate a shared consciousness that…

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On believing things we do not understand

People, don’t be baited into fighting. I’ve noticed that a lot of us don’t read articles, care little about history, and have but extremely shallow knowledge of the things we believe in or fight for. Let’s be cognizant of the fact that all the things we see around us, society, politics, government, language, social constructs etc. we’re created by people just like us, not likely…

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Hooking on to the Nigerian twitter firehose

As most people who know me are aware of, I’m originally Nigerian. In fact, I spent the early 19 years of my life in Nigeria, growing and being bred. As I’ve grown older and embraced my sense of identity more intimately, I’ve found myself asking a lot of questions about Nigerian history, and just being more curious altogether about what is going on there and…

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5 Things You Should Do To Earn That Promotion

Since I’ve gone off the road of being an individual contributor on teams to being a business leader, I’ve found myself getting a lot of requests for advice from my direct reports and other members of the organization who trust me or have good working relationships with me. One of the most popular questions I get from people is, “What can I do to get promoted…

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