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Award winning artist for Best Hausa Movie Culture Writer, 2015 and nominee in 7 categories in the AMMA AWARD, Abdallah Abdallah Muhammad believes in destiny deciding one’s future. The singer/scriptwriter and actor popularly known in the Hausa movie industry(Kannywood) as Amdaz, Barden Arewa, shares some experiences of his career as an entertainer.
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Present: Family Fun Fair And Fashion Show At Maitama Amusement Park, On 5th Sunday, November 2017.
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Labo-popoola Olaoniye Habeebat is a BSc Microbiology graduate from Fountain University Osogbo and the CEO of De Queens Concept.
Clement Omokhafe Udupegheme is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma Edo State and CEO, Kings Empire Media, an outfit engaged in Event Management, planning, cinematography, online PR, content creation, Advertisement and Branding. He is also a talented, upcoming comedian.
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Ama Aibangbe is CEO/Head Chef, Anna’s House Limited, Abuja. She has focused her energy on honing her skills in baking and cooking to become a culinary expert. Among her achievements are working as a chef for Dangote pasta and the chance to meet stars at an Africa Magic Meet Tinsel Stars event in Abuja. The former Journalist and graduate of English Studies from Babcock University encourages youth to be independent and not wait for government for jobs in order to earn a living.
TMG> How did you decide to become an entrepreneur instead of continuing with your regular 9-5 job?
Ama> I actually started my career as a journalist with zero intentions of becoming an event manager, baker, and culinary expert. It started as a joke, after I presented a cake to my friend on her birthday, her colleagues felt the cake was too nice to be a free gift and not on the shelf for sale. It took a lot of convincing from family and friends to start baking as a business, I decided to take it seriously and that was how Anna’s House came to be.
TMG> Did you go to culinary school & management classes for events? And what credentials did you earn through your classes?
Ama> I did not attend any culinary school. I consider myself a passionate woman who just loves art; food art, face art and every other kind of art. The internet became my school and with the help of Jesus, I researched and kept trying different recipes and went on to develop my own recipes.
TMG> How many employees report to you?
Ama> I have 5 employees, but whenever there is an event , I get more workers for the job.
TMG> What do you do to stay educated about new trends?
Ama> I keep reading and researching. That way I remain up to date and relevant. I also follow senior colleagues who have been in business for a while. Whenever I’m out, I ensure I check the quality of peoples work,that way, I know if I’m doing better or if I need to really step up.
TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?
Ama> Working with people who do not really understand where you are going and how you want to achieve things on the job can really be challenging. Another challenge is having to train staff and after they recieve training, they leave you.
To handle the issue of getting my staff to do things the exact way I want is to always do it with them ; supervising every thing they do.
TMG> What do you do to ensure the quality of the food going out to customers?
Ama> I make sure I always get really good products, no matter the cost,I get it. I have always preferred quality to quantity. I also supervise my staff so we can get a well finished product.
I try out new products before I use them in my recipes, if it turns out well, I use them, if it doesn’t, I discard.
TMG> Tell us about an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career?
Ama> There are quite a few but I will say working as a chef for Dangote pasta was a really big achievement for me. I also got to share my cakes at the Africa Magic Meet Tinsel Stars event in Abuja.
TMG> Tell us about your management style and how you handle your Customers?
Ama> At Anna’s House, we give our customers the best in services and our products because we consider our customers top priority. People may forget how much they paid for a service, or may forget what you said to them but they will never forget how you made them feel. So we do all it takes to make our customers have a pleasant and delightful experience with us.
TMG> Tell us 3 things that you consider to be your strengths as a caterer?
Ama> We make meals taste as good as they look.
We go the extra in giving customers a wide variety ( we ensure we add healthy options), a neat presentation and beautiful plating.
We have a good feed back policy.
TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon an event planner?
Ama> I would like to improve on my marketing skills and my social media presence. I am not so good with striking conversations with strangers, I prefer my work marketing for me.
TMG> How involved are you in the beverage aspect?
Ama> I am very involved in beverage production. I make cocktails, mocktails, smoothies, fresh juice and natural drinks / beverages. I cater for weddings, corporate events, parties and all sorts of events.
TMG> How do you handle labour cost? If your labour is running high, what measures do you take to control it? Especially with financial issues now?
Ama> I try to limit the number of people I employ, distribute responsibilities evenly and pay according to the responsibilities assigned. That way, I am not over employing. I also get a lot of interns who I train. While in training they also work for me.
TMG> How do you resolve the menu development and overall design during or before an event?
Ama> I always try to work around my client’s budget, but sometimes, the budget compared to their desire is extremely unrealistic, so I always state out clearly what I can do for them within their budget . We agree and settle and work closely together.
TMG> What other back-of-the positions have you previously held before being a caterer?
Ama> I have been a journalist, a make up artist,a fashion designer amongst many other things.
TMG> How unique is your cooking and what do people think about your catering?
Ama> I spice food differently, always trying to give a twist to regular dishes so they can come out differently. People say I am a very neat chef and they always commend our tasty meals.
TMG> What way can you encourage other youths not to depend on government for jobs but to be self dependent?
Ama> I always tell people, there is so much they can do to earn a living without needing capital to start. Youths can render services and get paid for it. That way they can start saving towards their own business. If they decide to wait on the government,it will really be an endless wait.
TMG> Do you have time to socialise and how?
Ama> I try to squeeze out time for family and friends because my work is extremely time consuming as I work round the clock and only manage to rest.
Precious Bala, an up-coming Artist, says Music is part of her life, that is why after getting a Diploma in Public Administration from Institute of Management and Technology (I.M.T.) Enugu State, she went on to study music.
The governor of Adamawa state, Sen Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, has described the death of former Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff as a great loss to the nation.
In a condolence message to the immediate family, people and government of Benue state, Sen Jbrilla Bindow described the late General as a core professional who was committed to his military calling and unity of the country.
” The demise of late Victor Malu is sad and inauspicious, but we all know the inevitability of death”, the Governor said.
He prayed God to give his family the strength to bea the pains and eternal rest for late General Victor Malu who died Monday morning in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 70.
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As the November 18, 2017 Anambra Governorship draws nearer; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the training of officers of the Commission on the application of Election Mitigation and Advocacy Tool (EVMAT), in Awka, Anambra State.
The Training which was organized by the Electoral Institute of the Commission and supervised by the Acting Director-General of the Institute, Dr. Sa’ad Umar Idris was aimed at developing the capacity of the participants to deploy violence reduction mechanisms to minimize electoral risks.
Speaking at the opening of the training, Dr Saad said theworkshop was geared towards equipping the participants with the necessary skills to effectively administer the Election Violence Mitigation and Advocacy Tool (EVMAT) in their respective Local Government Areas (LGAs).
He said ‘the standardized (EVMAT) tool offers unique opportunities for all stakeholders in the electoral process to effectively prevent and mitigate election violence. The instrument possesses higher predictive power that can help appreciate main risk factors through early warning that may inform proactive response.
‘INEC in recent past has deployed the EVMAT instrument in a bid to test the pulse of various players in order to accurately predict and advise on actions to be taken by those responsible for securing elections. The effective application of this instrument, will determine the level of accuracy of report and risk factor mapping emanating therefrom.
‘Participants have been carefully selected to receive proper training before being deployed to the various LGAs to administer the instruments which will be analyzed and coded by a data analyst. Successful risk mapping can only be achieved using accurate data.’ he explained.