May 19, 2021 Leave a comment

Every time I met up with Collins after I moved back circa 2014, he would say “Sylvester, we have to start a business together” and I’d simply smile. We are both entrepreneurs. At the time, I was running Pearl Kreations and Herança Financial, and he had recently launched Diet234. We were both pretty busy; plus I had lots of business ideas I came to Nigeria to explore, launch and run; didn’t think I had room for one more.

Eventually, he cornered me at home one evening for an impromptu brainstorming session. We centered the venture around something he excels greatly at – networking. Dude is a social butterfly. We called it “The Colnet” – connecting people to business opportunities and business partners. I can’t remember why it never really took off. It was either because we couldn’t make a business case for it, or there wasn’t a market for that service at the time, or coupled with our individual business interests, we couldn’t find the time to put in the extensive work required to get the ball rolling. Anyway, eventually, it was back to the drawing board [for a while].

However, after taking a number of business meetings with “professionals”, having loads of conversations with business owners and attending a few networking events, I realized something was desperately lacking. At the same time, during his brief stint in the job market, he had also noticed a huge problem; one he believed we could solve. We met up again in 2017. This time to discuss our ideas. As we swapped stories, we realized we had separately come to the realization that most of [Corporate] Nigeria had a huge problem it was ignorant about. We have clueless business owners, inexperienced undergraduates, unemployable graduates, and unprofessional professionals. There is a huge knowledge gap in Corporate Nigeria.

We had successfully identified a problem we equally resonated with; and now, we were going to solve it. The solution was simple. In order to improve Corporate Nigeria, we need to work on the center of every enterprise – its people. We had to make them better. We had a new mission, and thus, a new business venture – one we’d start in Nigeria and export to the rest of Africa.

We set up Centerprise, a personal development agency with the sole aim of ending the mediocrity in business and upgrading professionalism in Africa. Over the next two years, we registered the business, and worked on the creating the perfect myriad of services, developing strategic partnerships and getting the word out. Our strategy was to work from the ground up – connecting undergraduates/recent graduates with relevant internships to gain valuable professional experience, developing/optimizing resumes and offering interview/job preparation services to undergraduates/job seekers, providing bankable business plans to budding entrepreneurs, and most importantly, training graduates/employees [using our uniquely-designed courses covering different aspects of decorum and professionalism] in order to impact proper business etiquette. We believe personal growth must be intentional, and we are determined to cause a positive shift in mannerisms and mentality.

We officially launched Centerprise Global Resources Limited (RC1461556) or The Centerprise Company (Centerprise, for short) as the premier personal development agency in Nigeria committed to making people (9to5ers and entrepreneurs) better through the provision of our four carefully crafted services – BusinessBank, CoachPro, InTemps, and ResumeClinic. We see The Bigger Picture. We believe better people equals better service, better service equals better results, better results equals better business. Hence, better business is made by better people and we exist to make better people/people better.

We had built enough momentum just before the pandemic hit and the lock down was instituted, so we had to shutdown. We planned to restart in Q4 2020, but as responsible youth, we had to join/support the #EndSARS movement, and subsequently mourn our brothers and sisters massacred at Lekki.

We are ready to restart; ready to make the Nigerian youth employable and world-class.


April 12, 2021 Leave a comment

Yesterday, at request of the senior pastor, I shared the word during the first service. After much thought and consultation with Holy Spirit during the course of the week, I was led to speak about mistakes. I used the Fall of Samson (one of the judges of Israel) as my case study. A lot was revealed, so I decided to share my notes via this medium because I feel it could reach and help more people. A lot of times, people don’t know how to bounce back after a mistake. Some people feel their mistake is “unforgivable”, “the end of the world”, “has no way out”, but there is absolutely nothing God cannot forgive or save you from.; nothing you cannot come back from by His grace.

Please read and be blessed.

Judges 16:17 AMP
Then [finally] he told her everything that was in his heart and said to her, “A razor has never been used on my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I will become weak and be like any [other] man.”

What is a mistake?
A temporary lapse in judgement.
An error or blunder in action, calculation, judgement, opinion, or statement caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, ignorance or insufficient knowledge.

A mistake can be made knowingly or in ignorance.
A mistake can be a one-time occurrence or habitual.

Humans are prone to error; that is, we make mistakes, and Christians are not immune.
We are imperfect beings striving towards perfection every day through the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit, so don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake.

Too often the disappointment in yourself, disappointment to others, and shame prevent you from dealing with the situation. Yes, you made a mistake, you messed up; and your friends are disappointed, your wife/husband is heartbroken, your family is disgraced…that’s unavoidable as the deed has been done, and those are some of the consequences of your action(s) as people try to deal with it.

However, don’t let that bring you down. People may [and some will] treat you differently, but God never will.
The woman caught in adultery was berated, but John 8:7 AMP says “However, when they persisted in questioning Him, He straightened up and said, “He who is without [any] sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”, and that was that. God doesn’t condemn us for making mistakes; He doesn’t berate us.

You’re not defined by your mistakes, but what comes next is what matters; and you have two choices – Wallow in it or Fix it.

Wallow In It
This is indulging in an unrestrained way.
Like some people say, “Why bother? I’m already going to hell anyway”.
Wallowing is the worst decision because it comes from a place of self-pity, self-rejection, self-hate, and shame.
Wallowing leads to depression, loss of conscience, loss of morality, and deeper indulgence in sin.

The devil has a way of making you feel like you’re not worthy, so the “best” decision is to hide from/withdraw from our Father like Adam and Eve did when they discovered they were naked and hide from God. The devil wants you to isolate yourself, so he can destroy you. But, like the prodigal son discovered, mistakes should never make us feel our Father has rejected us. At first, shame didn’t let him go back, so low do he go? He ended up a degenerate – eating with pigs. Only to receive the shock of his life when he decided to repent and go back home. It should never cross your mind that our Father won’t receive us with open arms. You may be punished, but you will be forgiven. Ask Jonah.

Fix It
This is taking responsibility for your actions and finding a way to rectify the mistake or ease the pain caused.
It starts with coming back home, like the prodigal son did. Don’t go further and further away.

You can come back stronger; like Samson did.
Judges 16:28‭-‬30 AMP
Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God , please remember me and please strengthen me just this one time, O God, and let me take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Samson took hold of the two middle [support] pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he stretched out with all his might [collapsing the support pillars], and the house fell on the Lords and on all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.

Yes, with the revelation of the blunder, there may be anger, disappointment, disgrace, hurt and shame from men, but God is not man. God will not reject you and it’s His opinion that matters the most.

Hebrews 4:16 AMP
Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

Samson, rather than feel sorry for himself, decided to fix it. He made a mistake, owned up to it, repented, obtained mercy, and finished strong.

A mistake isn’t the end of the world; you can come back, and by God’s grace, finish strong.

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living high risk

March 5, 2021 Leave a comment
Impact: 'High risk, high return' theory for super stands up for young  investors – Monash Business School

Q: What is the definition of risk?

A: Having only one source of income.

I probably should have shared this earlier on in the year, but better late than never.

If most people learned anything in 2020, it is that it’s a terrible idea to have just one source of income. You need income coming in from, at least, one other source. If you don’t already, you’re living a very high-risk lifestyle. 

That said, it’s not enough to earn income from multiple sources, you also need to figure out the best way(s) to both preserve and increase the value of your earned income. In other words, you need to ensure the value of what you have saved isn’t shrinking. How? Investments.

Your money is a tool and you need to use it, not just save it. In fact, asides probably your emergency savings, keeping naira idly saved in some account is a very bad idea, in my opinion. With the official devaluation of the Naira and consistent rise in inflation this year (16.47% in January and 17.33% in February), if your money isn’t invested, you’re better off just spending it because the purchasing power of the naira (even if it’s a million) is diminishing by the day.

I think we can agree that a farmer who hoards seeds, rather than sow them towards a fruitful harvest is unwise. Yes, seeds are valuable, though not particularly in themselves, but in their potential to [under all the right conditions] produce even more valuable crops. The same goes for money.

Think of money as a seed. Money isn’t valuable in itself; its potential is where its true value lies. Therefore, sowing is wiser than hoarding. Hoarding in this context being “saving” in an account, whereas sowing is making investments.

Consider investing your savings in Agriculture, Blue Chip Stock or ETFs/Mutual Funds, Eurobonds, FX Trading, Real Estate, Transportation, or simply convert it to foreign currency (GBP or USD) and save that or buy Gold. You can equally start a small business for yourself. However, make sure it is a business you understand, has potential, and utilizes your skill(s). If you don’t have the time to run a business/side hustle, you can hire someone to run it. If you’re not entrepreneurial, you can buy equity/invest in one which shows promise; once again, ensure it is a business you understand.

It’s worth mentioning at this point that, while investing your money is wise, you cannot and never should put all your eggs in one basket. That is, you need to build a diversified portfolio by making multiple investments – seven or eight different types, is advisable. A diversified portfolio not only makes you extra income, it can act as a buffer; that is, should one or two not do so well, the others would most likely make up for them. For example, if at a certain point in time, the return on your real estate investments isn’t looking good, and your agricultural and delivery/logistics investments are doing great, they, overall, make up for the weak performance of the real estate investments.

Should you choose to invest, please be wise. Always seek the advice of an investment professional, or at least someone knowledgeable in finance, before making investment decisions. Also, because the process from seed to fruit takes time and patience, s/he could also help you figure out your risk appetite (risk-averse, conservative, balanced, or dynamic) to recommend investment solutions that match your goal(s) and personality. No matter what you have the stomach for anyway, be weary of high returns super fast. Yes, high risk typically brings high rewards, but remember, if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is. For example, I typically stay away from anything that guarantees more than 10% ROI (return on investment) per month. It doesn’t matter whether you are/have been getting your monthly or quarterly returns on schedule, the important thing is that the principal is safe and you get it back, on schedule. Bottom line, you need to make smart investments; legitimate opportunities are everywhere. Start early. Start ASAP. A word is enough for the wise.

project nigeria

February 20, 2021 Leave a comment

Proverbs 29:2b (AMP) – But when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.

In my experience, when an ambitious and profitable project/venture winds up being unsuccessful, it usually boils down to an issue with the people, the process, or the product(s). In bad cases, it could a combination of two. In the worst cases, it could be all three. Whatever the situation, the most important thing is figuring out which, and quickly!

Analysing Nigeria as a project:
Nigeria is a country blessed with promising and talented people, and tons of natural resources.
Nigeria is, undoubtedly, a good product.

Nigeria has a great constitution and strong legal precepts, but somehow, almost absolutely lawless. Government and regulatory bodies over step their bounds and impunity is the rule of the day. Process problem.

Elected officials and leaders run amok – looting public funds, acting with impunity, oppressing populates; eventually, certain citizens follow suit – bribery and extortion, reckless driving, no regard for human life and property, littering, and the list goes on. People problem.

Where do we start?


January 1, 2021 Leave a comment

I thought I’d start this new year with a word from God.

I’m not responsible for what you don’t commit into My hands. If you know what you want to do this year and don’t need my help, I’ll stay away and watch you. But if you ask for My guidance, I’ll lead you to heights you never could have imagined.

Your move.

In my church, The Flourishing House, our word from God for this year is “Far Fast, No Limits”.

Read it again.

I’m keyed in. You’re free to join us.

Happy New Year!🎉

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