The Thrift System of Savings and Investment

I got a call from one of my friends and she wanted to get my opinion on the Thrift Savings System, popularly known as the AJO (or Esusu) system of investment. First, let me declare my biases ahead. I am a Yoruba boy and I grew up in Ijebu-Igbo town where the culture of the AJO system is well ingrained. Of course, only an irresponsible child will use the “left hand” to describe his father’s house. So, this post is to defend our local culture. So,…

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STARTING A BUSINESS:Turn your Ideas and Passion to Profit

During the past few months, I have had to attend to several questions in my DM and some of the questions are from people with very awesome ideas. Unfortunately, some of us are not fully knowledgeable as to how to convert those great ideas into profitable business ventures and hence those ideas just die. Like I always tell people, there is not definitive recipe to starting a successful business. However, there are processes that will help you to evaluate the reasonableness of your business idea or…

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DOING BUSINESS WITH A BIG BUSINESS: Get your foot into the door.

Being able to do business with a large company requires courage, strength and perseverance coupled with a well orchestrated business strategy. Nobody has large funds to push around like very big companies so many small businesses are always chasing them. So, you must be ready for the hot chase from several potential competitors. In order to win the battle and get a deal with a large company, you must show them that you are a serious organization and that you are reliable, in addition to being…

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DEVELOPING SOCIAL CAPITAL FOR BUSINESS GROWTH- How to Ignite Your Networks for Business Impact

Several professionals have considered the entrepreneurship option at one time or the other. For some, the risk involved is just too high. Some even ventured into entrepreneurship and failed. While some of the business failures are attributable to the harsh business environment, poor infrastructure, wrong business model, inadequate access to funding, regulatory somersault, and extreme competition from the large players, one silent business “killer” is the absence of a strong social capital (key contacts and networks) by the entrepreneurs or business leaders, or what people generally…

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Corporate Governance Issues In Not-For-Profit Organizations (NFPOs) In Nigeria

Not-for-Profit Organizations (NFPOs) are voluntary organizations that are not state controlled. NFPOs play an important role in bridging the gap between the government institutions, donors, agencies and the communities; organizing poor people, facilitating collective action, representing the poor in advocating for their rights and in some cases supplying basic amenities to sustain livelihood. NFPO’s are an important part of a democratic fabric, driving accountability and responsibility in political leadership. Similarities and Differences between  NFPOs and for profit Businesses in Nigeria. There are a number of similarities…

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When the founder must leave the business

During the Easter holidays in 2016, I got a strange and challenging call from a friend that has been running a particular business for the previous 12 years. He called to seek my opinion about an important issue – he wants to exit his role as the CEO of his business by appointing one of his managers to run the business without any interference from him. Since I was aware that he owns over 75% of the business along with his spouse, I was confident that…

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First Epistle to Uche Danlami, my ambitious entrepreneur friend, on 1 July 2018

This “epistle” from Wole Oluyemi (@WoleOluyemiCo) to Uche Danlami is one of the structured series of writings from the author on SME business management, corporate governance, finance strategy, tax strategy, market entry strategy, corporate political strategy, financial accounting and financial reporting strategy. This series from Wole Oluyemi, usually referred to as the marketplace evangelist, is to complement the Business Unusual Seminars and the BizUnusual Mentorship Program (BMP) that are being hosted by him, as part of the initiatives of Roedl & Partner to enhance the development…

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Companies And Allied Matters Act – Amendments in the 2018 Bill

THE REPEAL AND RE-ENACTMENT A BILL OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT – INFOCHAT ON THE 10 KEY IMPLICATIONS FOR SMEs IN NIGERIA   THE STORY The Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) is the Law that largely governs the incorporation, operations, business procedures, and the cassation/winding up of business entities in Nigeria, whether sole proprietorships, private companies, public companies or Not for Profit Organizations. On the 15th of May, 2018, the National Assembly at its plenary session passed a Bill for an Act to…

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Lagos, Rascality in Governance, and the Socially Irresponsible “Land Use Charge Law”

Lagos is the economic capital of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If you are doing business in Nigeria and you are not yet in Lagos, then you are seen as unserious. However, the recent multiple levies and arbitrary changes in taxes and levies in this metropolitan city has began to push businesses to neighbouring States, especially Ogun State, being the biggest beneficiary of the rascality of the Lagos State Government. The current governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, is from the ruling party, APC. He is seen…

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Business Structure, Corporate Tax and Tax Incentives in Nigeria

This article on business structure, corporate tax and tax incentives is a response to the requests from some entrepreneurs and business leaders that participated in a recent seminar I facilitated for some agricultural and manufacturing companies in Lagos. These participants are interested in fully complying with the tax laws, but are also interested in the approaches for optimising their business tax position without stepping into the realms of tax evasion (which is illegal).  The legal structure of a business or a business transaction has the potential…

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