Black Panther & Its Calabar Connection

Ekpe is a secret society among the Efik of Cross River state in Nigeria. They were the legislative, judicial, and executive power before colonisation, especially among the Efik who exerted much influence across the state. Long before Akwa Ibom and Cross River were separated. Young boys are initiated into Ekpe at puberty. Girls are not allowed to join but women are given due respect according to their standing in the community and if from the royal house. Continue reading Black Panther & Its Calabar Connection

If Content is King, Context is God.

To measure the total return on investment (TROI) as a result of the activities of a program or project, we should always consider the context. That is, we should consider the reason for the project, the problem it intends to solve, the people it is supposed to benefit, is it part of a larger project, or as a result of another project, the underlying or prevailing conditions of the project at the time and so on. From government laws and policies, to the prevailing economic conditions such as foreign exchange rates and interest on loans, to environmental conditions such as the weather, we must consider the overall impact or non-impact of the context. Continue reading If Content is King, Context is God.

What is the Total Value of Having Children?

I was having a conversation with my 11-year old nephew this evening and he remarked that his 3-year old baby sister asked him to give her her privacy. I said yes he should give her her privacy. He said he was surprised she even knew the word. He then added that younger kids seemed to be learning faster these days. This kicked off a short conversation on why kids learn faster.

I told him that it made sense because the younger kids had more teachers than the older ones. That if he thought about it, when he was born, he was the first. He had no older sibling. It was just him, mommy and daddy. So he had only two teachers in the home, apart from his other teachers when he started school. Continue reading What is the Total Value of Having Children?

Crypto Cracking Currency: Making the Case for Cryptocurrency (An Ebook)

Crypto Currency is changing our world, yours and mine. Again. This is not new. Every 10 years or so, something comes along that changes the way we do things, the way we live and the things we need to live. It is that time again and the new thing is called Crypto Currency. Like the last time, which brought the Internet and the Dot Com era and Mobile Apps, this time it is Crypto Currency and Blockchain Technology.

The primary objective of this book is to explain in very simple, clear and concise terms the value, critical importance and natural progression of cryptocurrency in our evolutional cycle as human beings inhabiting but also contributing to our various ecosystems. Cryptocurrency is here and it is here to stay. First launched in 2009, it has been around for more than 7 years. The cryptocurrency market is now valued at over $60 billion with bitcoin leading the way. It has been growing and it will continue to grow.

You can buy the book on Okadabooks here – Crypto Cracking Currency: Making the Case for Cryptocurrency

Africare’s Upgrade to Gas

Africare Nigeria, in partnership with McCann Global Health, and funded by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance), has embarked on a behavioural change communication campaign to increase demand for clean cookstoves across Nigeria. The goal of the Upgrade to Gas national initiative is to help increase household adoption of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and LPG cookstoves (clean cookstoves), for improved health, improved livelihoods, and positive effects on the environment.

Arabale, in consultation with Africare Nigeria, has measured the total return on investment (TROI) that will be realized from the initiative over the next 5 years even after the initiative ends. To assess the total impact of the initiative, a logical theory of change was mapped by identifying key stakeholders and their intended and/ or unintended changes, inputs into the initiative, outputs derived from the initiative, and initiative outcomes. All inputs make up to the total investment in the initiative and initiative outcomes were measured in financial terms to give the total value. The net present value of the ratio of total value to total investment gives the TROI. Our report describes the process, results, and recommendations from measuring the TROI for Upgrade to Gas. Continue reading Africare’s Upgrade to Gas