10 Characteristics Of Really Interesting People

Having met a few thousand Nigerians, and tens of expatriates while networking, working in groups and several interaction platforms. I have noticed certain qualities of interesting people and what makes them fun to be with, lively, charming and lovable.

Interesting people are those that are happier, healthier, more positive. They readily have Social, Physical and cognitive resources that make them lovable, charming and fun to be around.

Here’s what I would call 10 characteristics of really interesting people:

1. Adventurous; The world outside to them is always 3D, coloured, and a path to be discovered.

2. Generous; they share what they discover.

3. Active; Even the slowest progress is progress forward, they don’t stop learning or growing.

4. Strange; Shine a spotlight on your weirdness. Get it insured. One word: SPONTANEOUS.

5. Caring; If you don’t care about anything, nobody’s going to give a damn about you. They are always showing empathy.

6. Humble; they minimise the swagger. Egos get in the way of ideas and learning.

7. Daring; Try and fail, and try a few more times. They are never quitters.

8. Original; Hop off the bandwagon. They don’t follow the crowd, they do it their own way.

9. Brave; Grow a pair, they JUST DO IT. You need to be ballsy to get it done. Ladies, yours need to be massive.

10. Self-Assured; they don’t get down by lazy remarks or compliments. Boo to those who say, ‘Sit down. Behave yourself’. ‘Keep your head down’. They always trust their abilities.

Are you interesting? Or want to be more interesting. Take a quick snap and give this a try. I didn’t include smiling, why? Because I believe if you have all this characteristics, a SMILE won’t leave your face.

Think there’s any I’ve missed out or didn’t add? Share them with Me on twitter @Heraclesayo or post a comment.

Samuel Akinlotan is a budding Human resources consultant/Trainer

Knowledge Is Not Enough, Skill Is King By Rise Networks

Each year, only 40,000 out of the over 400,000 Nigerian graduates who pass out of the NYSC scheme get employment. Furthermore, only about 20 percent of the 40,000 graduates who get employed are in their desired place of work.

These are clear indications that the employment capacity of the country is inversely proportional to available job seekers. The employing capacities of multi-nationals and blue chip companies (which are the dreams of young job seeking graduates) that service hundreds of thousands of Nigerian Youth are relatively low.


As you may well know, RISE NETWORKS is an institution passionately dedicated to assisting Youth to express and achieve their highest feats in idea building, education advancement and wholesome human development.


After a much deserved hiatus taken to research and plan, the highly anticipated, national discourse on Nigeria’s Youth development blueprint, Rise National Youth Forum is finally back with this Year’s theme as NIGERIA BEYOND OIL; Strengthening Youth Entrepreneurship in the Next Most Productive Sectors), ENTERTAINMENT + AGRICULTURE + TECHNOLOGY – (EAT).


The highlight of the restructured Program is the BLUE COLLAR JOBS CAMPAIGN Initiative; a Strategic Focus on Vocational Skills. This year’s event will feature very experienced, skilled, knowledgeable Entrepreneurs and dynamic Change Agents as Speakers entrepreneurs who will teach/train Participants and also prepare their minds to compete in the “soon would-be” next most productive sectors.

The idea of the EAT Model is to begin to build capacity of young Nigerians to embrace radical change and innovation in preparation for the diversification of Nigeria’s Economy. If Nigeria’s Oil dries up today, these 3 Areas and other divisions of General Production are the major sectors that can guarantee the highest level of employment and Revenue as much as Oil and the barriers of entry into these Industries are pretty low. Nations like China, India, Japan, North Korea, have massively invested in human capital development which has led to tremendous economic growth in those nations. For instance, China is known to be the world’s fastest–growing major economy, the largest exporter of goods, and the largest manufacturing economy in the world. This feat was achieved due to the introduction of vocational skills to cater for the ever growing population which is set at above 1billion people.

This spectacular, life transforming, impact focused Program which has an indisputable track record of commanding the attention of the largest single gathering of Nigerian Youth in one Venue is coming to a city near you this December and January 2014.

In the exciting Rise Networks’ Quiz Competition, MTN Nigeria, the Program’s Lead Sponsor is giving out Windows 7 Premium Wireless Laptop + MTN Internet Modems and tones of Airtime. Participants will also get the chance to win best selling Leadership and Business Management Books and Material.

Rise Networks has also introduced Instructional Video Content on different areas of Vocation oriented and Production Centered Businesses and will launch and be made available to millions of budding Entrepreneurs on MTN Nigeria’s Online Digital Content Portal, MTN Play in December 2013.

Microsoft West Africa will also train and deploy the ‘MICROSOFT BUILD YOUR BUSINESS {BYB} Curriculum FREE to all the Participants at the Program, exclusively.

The Location Roll Call is below:

OWERRI on the 14th December, 2013. (#RiseYouthForumOwerri)

Venue: Rochas Convention Center, Okigwe Road, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

MTN (Lead Sponsor), Nescafe, CocaCola, Close-up, OLAM and OMO

Online Media Partners are Premium Times, OLORISUPERGAL, Bella Naija, Y!Naija, Linda Ikeji’s Blog

Executing Partners are the National Association of Small and Medium Scale Entreprises {NASME} and International Finance Corporation

The Guardian Silverbird Group, Channels and AIT are Media Partners.



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Here is another Project Management training for Undergraduate on strike.

Now the form is online.

Last time we trained 32 undergraduates in our Project Management education for young professionals. It was sponsored by MRA/IOFC

Now, we are for another 40 undergraduates in Lagos Nigeria.

This training is mainly sponsored by Eti Osa Local Government of Lagos state.

Please fill the form here

Only selected candidates will be communicated as regards the time, venue and date.

For more information, call 08063576947


Not an undergraduate? Well……you could try.

This training holds at Lagos but we are sure such things happen in some other states. We look out for cheap/free trainings to improve the skill set of our community of volunteers.  Tell us!


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Mercy Corps is recruiting Enumerators for Mapping of Marginalised Girls

Mercy Corps is the lead implementing partner for the Empowering Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) program to reduce financial and education barriers for marginalized Nigerian adolescent girls ages 16 to 19.

ENGINE will increase girls’ access to
(1) financial education and leadership/transferable skills;
(2) peer-to-peer networks and mentors; and
(3) direct assets (materials and savings).

ENGINE will integrate adolescent girls into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities. ENGINE will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities.

ENGINE will be implemented in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos, and Kano and Kaduna States.

Project Title:  Enumerators for Mapping of Marginalised Girls

Project Location(s) :  Kano, Kaduna, FCT, Lagos

Timeframe:  25th November – 4th December, 2013

Purpose / Project Description
Mercy Corps will be carrying out a mapping of marginalised girls across the four states, to identify which girls meet the marginalisation criteria for the program. Enumerators are needed to gather this data in partnership with the local implementation partners for ENGINE in each state.


  • Enumerators must currently reside in either Kano, Kaduna, FCT or Lagos, and should additionally reside within the specific LGAs mentioned below or have specific knowledge of the LGAs:
    • Kano – Kumbotso, Tarauni, Dala, Ungogo, Fagge
    • Kaduna – Zaria, Sabon Gari, Chikun, Kudan, Makarfi, Kaura
    • FCT – Kwali, Kuje, Abuja
    • Lagos – Kosofe, Somolu/Bariga, Epe, Ojo, Alimosho, Ibeju-Lekki
  • Enumerators should have a relevant undergraduate degree (or be currently completing a degree)
  • Enumerators should have experience in data collection and community sensitization.

Application Closing Date
2oth November,2013

Method of Application 
Candidates should submit your CV and cover letter addressing the key criteria above to :
Michelle Lokot, Acting Program Manager: mlokot@ng.mercycorps.org – stating in the subject line ‘Kano’, ‘Kaduna’, ‘FCT’ or ‘Lagos’ based on the state you are applying for.

Source: hotnigerianjobs.com

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Volunteers needed at Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre(W.TEC)

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is a Nigerian non-governmental organization working to encourage Nigerian girls and women to use information and communication technology (ICT) to empower themselves socially and economically. This is done through technology literacy training, technology-based projects, mentoring, work placement and research. W.TEC works in partnership with local and international NGOs, educational and research organizations.They are happy to explore flexible volunteering conditions – such as working hours, duration of volunteering and deadlines – for all our supporters.

W.TEC particularly requires expertise in areas that include, but are not limited to:

  • Technology Skills
  • Gender Advocacy
  • Research
  • Fund Raising
  • Programme Planning and Management
  • Facilitating Trainings



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