The Creative's Chronicles Podcast

The Creative's Chronicles Podcast

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By Bright Emeka
Telling the stories of Creative Professionals - Designers, Developers; giving you the information and motivation you need to get started, stay focused and thrive as a Creative Professional
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Starting Over
We hold dearly to hearts, narratives that are integral parts of the fixed identities we’ve created for ourselves; letting go of a number of these fixed identities and mental models can do us a world of good, but doing this requires a courage. In today’s episode we would be about starting over, skill acquisition and overcoming limiting beliefs. Mental models are self explanations of how things work. This is our perceptions and the worldview we carry around in our minds. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode: § Deconstruct Your learning or project, break the big tasks into manageable bits and face them head-on § Learn just enough to self-correct: you have to realise that you cannot to omniscient, do your due diligence, read blogs, watch Ted talks, read books, but don’t let this phase slip into procrastination. Learn just enough to get on the bike and start riding. § And finally for today - Remove barriers to practice - You are constantly bombarded with a million and one distraction, you have to intentionally prioritize executing on your projects,  Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I would love for us to continue this conversation on Twitter, I encourage you tweets @brightcemeka or @chronicles_tcc am looking forward to hearing from you and please do subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Do have an Amazing Weekend Show Notes: Twitter - https://twitter.com/chronicles_tcc Email – thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com
10:07
April 12, 2019
Introspection and Feedback
"The unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates" I am immensely grateful for the amazing support I have received thus far, and I want to take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU, to everyone that has listened, shared or supported this project, You’re the real MVP! And also to the amazing Women both in the Tech Industry and the world over, I celebrate You, Your contributions to society and lives is immeasurable, You all Rock! Thank You for all you do. We are going on a discovery Hiatus, I want you to be part of this process, we intend pivoting and restructuring this podcast to better serve you. Your input and contribution is valued and I would love to hear from you. What is something you think needs to be improved on, what timing in release of episode or would you prefer; your feedback can be sent in as emails or private messages. Emails can be sent to thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com. Every of your reviews and feedback would mean the world to me!  New and improved episodes would returns on the 5th of April 2019. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!
04:49
March 8, 2019
Episode 072 - Mental Health Awareness
In today’s episode the Project Manager of Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative, Rasheedat Olarinoye shares with us ways to manage our mental health. She also debunked some myths surrounding mental health. Today’s episode is really instructive and enlightening, do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode: § Depression is a Mental illness not a spiritual problem § Seeking professional help is important § Your relationships and association is a contributing factor to your mental well-being § Understand that it is okay to feel overwhelmed and it is also okay to not have all the answers § It is okay to take a break when needed Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Mentally Aware Nigeria on Social Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/mentallyawareng Twitter - https://twitter.com/MentallyAwareNG Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mentallyawareng/ Links mentioned: www.mentallyaware.org Email - contact@mentallyaware.org
42:03
February 22, 2019
Episode 071 - Action Takers are Rewarded!
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal - Mr. Peter Ayeni, a Serial Entrepreneur and Doer using technology innovation for Social Good. Founder/CTO of Mbele, iLection and IdeaHacks, he holds a Diploma in Computing from Informatics Education Singapore, BBA in IT Security from SMC Switzerland and Executive Education in Business & Entrepreneurship at Kellogg Business School. A Fellow of the DO School and Mandela Washington Fellow, winner of the Union Bank Centenary Innovation Challenge and a lifelong learner. He shared his journey with us; debunked myths about getting started both as an Entrepreneur and Technologist. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode: § Don’t get attached to a particular solution, there are various ways to get any problem solved § Cash flow is important for businesses to thrive § Don’t get stuck on your mistakes, learn from them § Experience and relationships are beneficial to your success as an Entrepreneur § Context is important, indigenous solutions is the next best thing Listen via: Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Mr. Peter on Social  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/peterayeniofficial Twitter - https://twitter.com/peterayeni_ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/peterayeniofficial/ LinkedIN - https://linkedin.com/in/peterayeni/ Links: Mbele Academy - http://mbeleacademy.org https://www.facebook.com/mbeleacademy/ https://twitter.com/mbeleacademy https://www.instagram.com/mbeleacademy/ Idea Hacks - http://ideahacks.xyz https://facebook.com/ideahacksxyz/ 
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February 15, 2019
Episode 070 - Don't reject YOURSELF!
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal - Mr. Obinna Iwuji, is a Software Developer, Economist and Statistician. He shared his journey and experience with us, giving tips on how to handle situations where you feel overwhelmed and more. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode: Don’t reject yourself, you can do anything you are committed to doing It takes time to become proficient in anything, so give yourself time Be clear about the problem you are trying to solve;  Empathy is important when teaching or working with others Learn to write; putting your thoughts on paper helps you gain clarity Behind every smart person there is hard work, passion and more Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Contact Mr. Obinna via E-mail - obinnaops@gmail.com
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February 8, 2019
Episode 069 – Empathy Driven DESIGN
   Today’s Guest is Phenomenal - Mr. Olusegun Aribido, He is a UI/UX Designer, Figma Africa Advocate and mentor to a number of Designers. He shared tips on empathy driven design, his design journey and more. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode: Support system and positive peer pressure is helpful Self Motivation is important, there is a limit to what others can do for you Empathy is an important skill for Designers Practice, practice, practice; document and share your process The design is successful in its usability Even when you don’t feel like it sketch Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Follow Mr. Olusegun Aribido on Twitter – https://twitter.com/kadunaconnect/
36:54
February 1, 2019
Episode 068 – In Loving Memory of Catherine Egwali
   Today’s episode is about celebrating the life and times of a Selfless Giver, Late Mrs. Catherine Egwali, she was a 6 time Amazing bestselling author, a business consultant and mentor to many. Today we talked about Legacy and appreciating the gift of life. Do listen, support the cause to raise funds for Catherine’s kids and have an Amazing Weekend! Show Notes: Support Catherine’s Twins Alex’s Account – Alex Iheanacho, Guaranty Trust Bank - 0115547503 Paystack payment link – https://paystack.com/pay/supportcatherinetwins 
25:46
January 25, 2019
Episode 067 - Your reasons will keep You GOING!
   Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, Vivian Egwu is the Founder at GreyAfricaHub and a Software Developer, a graduate of Computer Science from the Prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. She shared with us her journey and experience as a Software Developer, we talked about how to be intentional about your learning process, mentorship, support and more.. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode: · Keeping your focus on your reasons for starting will keep you through the through times · Intentionality in learning plays a crucial role · Putting your work out in the world is important, this is how you can get feedback and grow · Be ready to acknowledging your short-comings where necessary and improve Listen via: Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Vivian Egwu on Facebook – https://web.facebook.com/egwu.vivian GreyAfricaHub on Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/greyafricahub/ Email – greyafricahub@gmail.com
35:33
January 18, 2019
Episode 066 – Overcoming Your Fears and Limiting Beliefs
   Today’s Episode is a little different, it is a session from the Abuja Podcasting Expo, Mr. Dayo Samuel’s session on overcoming Your Fears and anxiety was really mind blowing. Dayo Samuel is the founder, Nigeria Podcast Network. Creator of the Fear Resolve Process. Dayo founded the Nigeria Podcast Network to help Nigerians make more influence, impact and income through the power of their voice. He is the host of the top-ranked iTunes podcast, Audacity2Lead. Author of 4 books: Blog with Excellence, The Influencer Manifesto, Break the Frame and Limitless Courage and Confidence. In 2015, Dayo won the award for the New Media Entrepreneur of the Year, and a meritorious award for leadership development and nation building. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode: § He demystified a lot of myths people hold about podcasting  § He gave a New Definition for Fear and gave practical tips on how to handle fear § You need confidence to enjoy every single day § If you do not understand your fears you cannot overcome those fears § If you can change your interpretation of what has happened, you can change your behavior and response Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Mr. Dayo Samuel on Facebook – https://web.facebook.com/thedayosamuel/ Audacity to Lead – https://audacity2lead.com Get Dayo Samuel’s Book – https://audacity2lead.com/combo-limitless-courage-confidence-book/
48:13
December 28, 2018
Episode 065 – Sales and Marketing for Businesses
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, Mrs. Ibe Grace a business coach, she helps employees start and grow a profitable businesses alongside their 9-5 so they don't live their life depending on salary and also helps entrepreneurs get consistent customers for their business. She shared with us how she started her business as a side hustle, we talked about how to get sales, tips for effective marketing and more. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode:  Sales and marketing is the life blood of businesses.  You need to do market research, is there a market for the product you intend selling;  Have metrics you go over from time to time as a means to measure your progress as a business  Selling is a skill, it can be developed  You can create Lead Magnets (Giveaways) as a part of your sales process  Be Consistent and authentic with your messaging and communications Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Mrs. Grace on Facebook – https://web.facebook.com/grace.ibe.3990 Follow Mrs. Grace on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ibe_grace/
24:41
December 20, 2018
Episode 064 - Processes for optimized project delivery
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, Mr. Bulama Yusuf is the founder and chief software architect at Intellectual Apps. He has led numerous training sessions within and outside Nigeria and is the current coordinator for the Google Developer Group and Java User’s Group in Abuja. Mr. Bulama Yusuf shared with us his intro story into the world of tech, we talked about Communication between team members and clients, the agile methodology of development, running an Agency and more. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode:  The skill to learn, being able to identity a problem and learn ways to solve these puzzles is what stands you out as a developer.  Your grit and never say die attitude would serve you well in this career path  Learning to figure things out is key, you will never really have all the information you need, but you can always figure things out  Communication and feedback is key for successful completion of projects, be sure your entire team is on the same page and have a clear understanding of project details  Processes are important; having a clearly defined process optimizes project delivery. Announcement: Amazing News for intending Podcasters (Something Phenomenal is in the works), do stay tuned! Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Mr. Bulama on Twitter – https://twitter.com/bulsyusuf Intellectual Apps on Twitter - https://twitter.com/intapps Intellectual Apps Website – www.Intellectualapps.com
32:21
December 13, 2018
Episode 063 – What to consider before learning a new Framework
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, He is a Software Developer, Chief Operation Officer and Customer Relationship Manager at PowerShop.NG, Mr. Hayatu Abubakar He shared with us his intro story into the world of tech, we talked about how to decide what Framework/Language to learn and how to stay focused in a tech world filled with New Trends and buzz words. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode:  Getting started; break your big goals into manageable bits and start there  Don’t get carried away by buzz words and trends, your needs should determine what you focus on and learn  Effective communication is key to better working relationships among Team Members and Clients  Experiment a lot, find out what you are good at and enjoy doing;  In learning; always build on what you have learnt, finds ways to bring the bits you learnt together; see how they fit in your bigger picture  How to manage Teams and more in today’s episode Announcement: The Abuja Podcasting Expo (Getting Started as a Podcaster, growing your audience and brand) Details @ https://thecreativeschronicles.com/abuja-podcasting-expo/ Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Hayatu on Twitter – https://twitter.com/hayatu89 PowerShop.NG on Twitter - https://twitter.com/powershopNG
28:52
December 7, 2018
Episode 062 – The Blueprint to online course creation
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, He is the founder and CEO The Presidential Hustle, Mr. Daniel D. Nejo a World Leading Exceptional Talent in Digital Technology (UK Government Endorsed); he started out as a Web and Graphics Designer and have since expanded to numerous skill sets. He has created a number of information content in the form of Blogposts, eBooks and Videos. He is the creator of NejoUniversity.com. We took a deep dive into his journey into design, online business and he shared some strategies for online course creation. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode:  Hone your skills, don’t settle for the basics  Add additional skills that are related to your primary skill set, this increases how valuable you are to your clients  As a business owner you have to understand how to get your business/product/service in front of your audience  Before creating any online course you need to start with the end goal; what do you want people to gain from the course, start there and reverse engineer  The place of learning from Masters of industry cannot be overemphasized. Learn from professionals in your industry. Listen Now: Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: NejoUniversity – https://nejouniversity.com/ The Presidential Hustle – https://www.thepresidentialhustle.com/ Follow Mr. Daniel Nejo on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/danieldamilolanejo/
28:21
November 30, 2018
Episode 061 – Brand Strategy and Positioning!
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, He is the founder and CEO Butler Branding, joining us is Mr. Sean Tambagahan, He shared his journey into the world of design and business, we took a dip dive and reversed engineered on the principles responsible for his transitioning into providing strategy for clients. Learning to do Brand Strategy for Clients can help Agencies and Freelancers transition from order takers to becoming part of creating real business solutions for Clients. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode:  Don’t be scared about transitioning and pivoting as a business; this is change embrace it  You need to be clear as a business about the value you actually provide to clients;  Transition to solving business challenges and use design as a means to solve these business challenges helps your brand positioning  Having a one on one relationship with a Mentor and being in environments that foster growth are definitely helpful for growth and positioning  Find out in today’s episode; To niche or not to niche down As an Agency/Freelancer  Don’t over think things, don’t be paralyzed by the analysis; go out and execute on your dreams Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Follow Mr. Sean Tambagahan on Instagram – https://instagram.com/seantamba Follow Butler Branding on Instagram – https://instagram.com/butlerbranding Butler Branding’s Website - https://www.butlerbranding.com/ Butler Branding’s YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/ButlerWebandDesign
31:58
November 23, 2018
Episode 060 - Resilience and FOCUS is needed!
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, He is an ALC-Facilitator, Android Lead GDG Minna, Mobile Developer, Back-end Developer, Java Lover, Co-Founder at Sysbit Nigeria and Minna Tech MeetUp, joining us is Mr. Olorunishola Habeeb Bayo, He shared his journey into the world of tech, we took a dip dive and reversed engineered the principles responsible for where he is in career today; resilience and focus being top of the list. Do listen, share with a friend and have an Amazing Weekend! Notes from Today’s Episode:  We learn by doing; in putting concepts to practice we encounter real challenges and develop problem solving skills during this process  Perspective is everything; see your challenges as areas needing your attention i.e. areas to be improved upon  Be willing to learn from anyone regardless of your level of knowledge  There are tools already existing to make your work and workflow easy; research, ask questions and use these tools to your advantage  Constant improvement should always be at the fore in your mind; consistently find ways to improve  Almost every issue you would encounter has been solved by someone else; learn to use Google and stack-overflow Announcement: The Podcasting Bootcamp Abuja with Bright Emeka will be holding on the 7 and 8 of December 2018, registration and other details will be communicated next week. For partnership and sponsorships, do send me an email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Follow Mr. Olorunishola Habeeb Bayo on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Habeex2009
34:22
November 16, 2018
Episode 059 - Before You Intern listen to this
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, He is a Brand Consultant and the Lead Graphic Designer at Media Range Ltd, joining us is Mr. Onuora Onianwa, He shared his Design journey with us and we take a dip dive into working with interns and how he measures progress in internships, trust me most of the strategies he mentioned could be applied to almost any creative task you engage in, so regardless of whether you are an intern or not there are tips to be gleaned Notes from Today’s Episode:  Ideas starts in your mind  Listening is a skill, develop it  As an intern or any kind of designer, your ability to take feedback is second to none  Treat your interns how you would want to be treated, it is wrong to be demeaning; there are ways to communicate how you feel without being demeaning  Remember that anything great takes time and process to be accomplished, don’t expect it to happen overnight Listen Now: Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365, Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6Hy3SVJLdz4CrZHaZ6WtSM, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Follow Mr. Onuora Onianwa on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iamonuora/ Mr. Onuora’s email - aiyke@iamonuora.com
33:38
November 9, 2018
Episode 058 – Intentionally build Your Networks
Today’s Guest is a Python and JavaScript Fullstack Developer, joining us is Mr. Mahmoud Tokura, He shared his intro story into the world of tech and also gave us amazing nuggets and principles that has served and worked for him as a Freelancer and much more. Do listen, share with a friend and have Fun! Notes from Today’s Episode:  Until you can teach something, you are not really good at it.  When launching out as a freelancer your biggest asset is your network; intentionally build meaningful relationships  Meet-ups, conferences and events play an important role. Learn to leverage on these  Having a business plan will give you some guidance and a high level overview of your business model  The client cares for the solution you provide, not the tools or frameworks you use. What matters is the efficiency of the solution you provide  Your experiences even outside the world of tech can serve you as a business person, find ways to connect the dot. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The creativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Follow Mr. Mahmoud Tokura on Twitter – https://twitter.com/MahmoudTokura Tutorial Purgatory on Medium - https://medium.freecodecamp.org/how-to-escape-tutorial-purgatory-as-a-new-developer-or-at-any-time-in-your-career-e3a4b2384a40
34:56
November 2, 2018
Episode 057 – Metrics for Measuring Success
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, He is an Engineer, a Brand Identity Designer and Freelancer at NeyoDesigns, joining us is Mr. Adeniyi Ishola, and He shared his Design journey with us and also talks about how he measures career success, get new clients and more. Do listen, share with a friend and have Fun! Notes from Today’s Episode:  Progress needs to be measured to evaluate growth  Feedback is an important metrics to measure success  You have to be patient with your process but don’t be lazy, always push to get better  Consistency, hard-work and creativity makes you a great designer  Keep doing what you do best, the more you practice; the more you discover new methods… Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email: thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Breaker, Podbean and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The Creatives Chronicles Podcast on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Show Notes: Follow Mr. Adeniyi Ishola on Instagram – instagram.com/neyodesigns
32:12
October 12, 2018
Episode 056 - Challenging Status Quos
Today Guest is Phenomenal, He is an Amazing Brand Identity Designer, Founder and Creative Director at Togra Designs, the mind behind theDescus a weekly chat series for Designers and also he is very passionate about knowledge sharing,  joining us is – Mr. Olushola Toluwase, and He shared his Design journey with us and also talks about dealing with plateaus, getting unstuck, theDescus series, client management, and much more. Do listen, share with a friend and have Fun!   Notes from Today’s Episode: The desire to continuously improve and be better will help you make measurable progress Taking new challenges helped me deal with plateaus and pushed me out of my comfort zone Mentorship is an influence you want to be multiplied in yourself; study your mentors Accountability is important, if you are strategic, you will value and appreciate the need to be accountable. This will save you from making costly mistakes. It is okay to make mistakes, you just need to ask better questions You need to be inquisitive, observant and pay attention to details Learn to adapt, but always focus on the big picture   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Spotify and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Follow Mr. Olushola Toluwase on Instagram  – https://instagram.com/iam_olusholatolu
39:04
October 5, 2018
Episode 055 - The Design life is a life of continuous Learning
Today Guest is Amazing, He is a Senior Designer at Fourth Canvas, he is well read and the mind behind the #DearDesigner Series, we have joining us - Tunji Ogunoye, he shares his Design journey with us and also talks about the #DearDesigner series, empathy driven design and much more. Do listen, share with a friend and have Fun!   Notes from Today’s Episode: Uploading and putting your work out there helps you measure and track your progress You are unique as a designer, understand that you are different, bring this uniqueness to bear on projects Remember that your design is not all about you; you are designing for an audience! Understanding people, psychology and how the abstracts concepts we use are interpreted by people is important. Read about these topics, learn, get feedback and improve Whenever you get a client, understand the project in its entirety before talking about funds Find a rhythm and pattern that helps your productivity    Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, PlayerFM and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Follow Mr. #DearDesigner on Twitter – https://twitter.com/TunjiOgunoye
46:11
September 28, 2018
Episode 054 - Gaining Confidence as a Creative
Today Guest is Amazing, she is a Motion Designer and also a Brand Identity Designer, we have joining us Debbie Bashorun. Today she shares her Design journey with us and also gives practical tips for handling self-doubt, becoming confident and much more. Do listen, share with a friend and have Fun!   Notes from Today’s Episode: You might be in different stages in career with some of the designers you compare your work with, be patient with your process, get feedback, improve and grow. Be willing to listen and learn Experience is key, money can’t buy experience. It takes time, trust the process Don’t be shy to show your work, put it out there and get feedback Continuous measurable progress boosts your confidence When you get feedback for your work, separate your personality from the project. The feedback is targeted on making your work better and not on attacking on your person. Understand yourself, know what works for you and work it   Demystifying myths The Myth that only Males can be designers is wrong, anybody can design, you need to first want it, then you can go for it. We can master any skill we chose to. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Follow Debbie Bashorun on Twitter - @ https://twitter.com/DebbieBashorun Follow Debbie on Instagram – https://instagram.com/suane.co
27:44
September 20, 2018
Episode 053 - Using Process to overcome 'blocks'
Today’s Guest is the mind behind In a Minute series, He is a Motion Designer and also the Creative Director of Schuks Media; joining us today is Somto Schucks Onubogu an amazing Creative Professional. He shared his journey and lessons his picked along the way with us on today’s episode. Do listen and don’t forget to subscribe on your podcasting app.   Notes from Today’s Episode: Learning goes with doing, it is in practicing that we get better Pace yourself; you have time, find a good balance between work and every other thing you do Always have a tested and Process you follow for your projects; this will help you go over blocks Communication, trust and honest are important for profitable partnerships For pricing strategy, positioning and value delivery is key Plus how to become a Motion Designer (Listener pecks)   “If we do not live out our dreams, what’s the point of having them in the first place… - Somto Schucks Onugobu”     Demystifying myths People tend to underestimate the time and effort required for motion design projects. Amazing projects takes time; but with time and experience you get to deliver motion design projects faster.  Another myth is that Motion design is cheap, this is false and finally whiteboard explainer videos is not Motion Design. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Somto on Social – https://www.instagram.com/schucks_/ Schuks Media on Social – https://www.instagram.com/schucksmedia/ Schuks Media - https://www.schucksmedia.com/ Schutterd Media - https://www.instagram.com/schutterdlens/
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September 14, 2018
Episode 052 - Patience is a Skill
Today’s Guest is an amazing professional, He is an Entrepreneur, a brand consultant, a Creative Thinker and the Mind behind Mascot Art House and Ifiok Beyond Design Learning Community, He is the Phenomenal Godwin Akpan, starting out as a passionate cartoonist and Cart maker, the love for design and creativity motivated him to take leaps in career. He shared his journey and lessons his picked along the way with us on today’s episode. Do listen and don’t forget to subscribe on your podcasting app.   Notes from Today’s Episode: Don’t get satisfied or stagnated at any level you find yourself in career Don’t hold on to old ways and habits that limit or stunt your growth Patience is a Skill; creativity takes time Patience works with critical thinking, this should not be misconstrued for slow pace of delivery Be strategic about rejections, see it as a curve in the learning process and it also contributes to your portfolio Contributing to the growth of Communities will make the industry thrive   Demystifying myths The Myth that we cannot be united in the creative industry is wrong. Currently with IBD Community I am working to demystify this myth. The goal is to make it possible for anyone to learn and get to any height in the industry. It is possible to get into the industry, learn and with time become a professional. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Godwin Akpan on Social – https://www.facebook.com/mascotwin Mascot Art House - https://www.facebook.com/mascotarthouse/ Ifiok Beyond Design Community - https://www.facebook.com/ifiokbeyonddesign/
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September 7, 2018
Episode 051 - Start with what You have...
Episode 051– Start with what you have Today’s Guest is Amazing, she is a YouTuber, an Entrepreneur and a Writer, joining us today is Olamide Egbayelo; she shared her journey into the world of Digital content creation and lessons she’s picked up. Do listen and don’t forget to subscribe on your podcasting app.   Notes from Today’s Episode: Don’t be money driven, you need to enjoy doing what you are doing Start in a space you are good at, passion plays a huge role You will need to read and research a lot Start with what you have, learn the basics Measuring Progress and periodic evaluation is important, Learn how to handle feedback; both negative and positive Speak to people in the industry; ask questions…   Demystifying myths The Myth that once you become a YouTube content creator you are now earning plenty $$$ is quiet wrong, to start earning you must meet the eligibility requirements for the YouTube Partner Program. Once a channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers it will be reviewed to join the program. To become profitable in business or career, there is need for consistency, patience and work ethic; these values are universal. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Olamide’s YouTube Chanel – https://www.youtube.com/olamideyelo Hexal Place - https://hexalplace.com/ Olamide’s Website - http://olamideyelo.com/
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August 30, 2018
Episode 050 – Entreneurship “always” demands more
Today’s Guest is Phenomenal, we have joining us Abdulhakim Haliru, he is a Software Developer,  Tech Evangelist, Co-Organizer for WeCodeNG, he is the CTO of Leproghrammeen and a serial entrepreneur. Today he shares with us his story and lessons he has picked from a really long career in technology. "Do note that you will not have all the answers at the beginning, but ignorance is not an excuse. Be ready to walk the talk, it takes a lot to be successful, be ready for eventualities. How prepared you are determines how you react to situations."   Notes from Today’s Episode: Even our mistakes shape our paths, it adds up. Our success story is a product of our experiences Learn emotional intelligence, it does a lot for your career and business Have values, ethics play a major role in the decisions we make and who we become It takes an inordinate amount of effort to make an impact in the market place or in career. Consistency will help you standout. Don’t focus on the buzz words or hype, learn to kill the noise Business skill, people skill, there is also an element of marketing needed; evaluate your strengths and weakness before starting out in business Because you have failed at one thing, doesn’t mean you are a failure.   Demystifying myths The Myth that the entrepreneur’s path is easy is wrong; this makes a lot of people jump on the entrepreneurship bandwagon and they are not ready to do what it takes. Technology is profitable and attractive, but you need to do a lot of work and also you need to have an open mind to learning. Learn to fail fast and learn to laugh at yourself. You need to be prepared and understand what it really takes to be an entrepreneur.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: LeProghrammeen - http://www.leproghrammeen.com/ Follow Abdulhakim on Twitter - @ https://twitter.com/hakeemhal
39:52
August 24, 2018
Episode 049 - Communities "Accelerates" Your Growth
Mr. Seun Daramola is a friend, brother and a Full Stack Developer at Andela, he embodies passion, I recall him travelling from Lokoja to Abuja to attend Meetups, safe to say community, commitment and passion pays. Today he shares with us his journey and experience and the role communities play in the career of Techies.   Notes from Today’s Episode: Join a Community, don’t be an island… @seunzone   Focus on a particular career path, this saves you time The knowledge gotten from the process of trying to attain a goal leaves you more equipped for subsequent goals Always note that the initial learning curve is different for everyone, know that your journey is different, stay consistent and push through that phase To advance in career you need to be in circles of people who are doing what you desire, this gives you access to information and resource persons Sharing our knowledge with others helps them and also creates ripple effects and we are better for it   Demystifying myths The Myth related to becoming a Senior Developer, the senior developers you see today, were ones beginners, they paid their dues and put in the work; Titles are fine, but don’t feel intimidated or let titles get into your head, forget the titles;  give yourself to learning, the returns will be well worth it. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcasts and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Seun’s Website – www.seunzone.com Follow Seun on Twitter - @seunzone
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August 17, 2018
Episode 048 - To make Progress "Show-UP"
Ian Paget is the mind behind Logo Geek, He is a UK based graphic designer located in Manchester, who specialises in logo and brand identity design. He has successfully built a thriving Community of Brand Identity Designers and also hosts the Logo Geek Podcast. Today he shares with us his story and practical tips for handling “Blocks”, getting mentors and thriving as a Creative Professional, do listen and have fun!   Notes from Today’s Episode: Create a plan and reverse engineer it The drive to learn more and wanting to get better ultimately pays off Continually ask questions, participate in communities and keep pushing Adding value also raises your value in the market place With a business or anything, you need to have a goal that is beyond working, something you would love to do…   Demystifying myths Creative block, most times when people hit blocks, they feel they can’t get anything done. Don’t let yourself be trapped because you can’t think of anything clever or new, you can take ideas and structures from other places, work through putting something together, it might not be the most amazing thing, but it is better to do something than nothing, focus on finishing, this way you have made progress. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Resources Mentioned: Logo Geek – https://logogeek.uk/ Logo Geek Community – https://logogeek.uk/community Logo Geek on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Logo_Geek Ian Paget on Twitter – https://twitter.com/ianpaget
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August 10, 2018
Episode 047 - Done is better than perfect
Today’s Guest is a 6 time Amazing bestselling author, a business consultant and coach, She has an Amazing personality, Catherine Egwali runs Switemtech, a tech company, she shares practical tips for becoming an Author and running an online business. Do listen, leave comments and have fun.   “done is better than perfect – Catherine Egwali    Notes from Today’s Episode: Done is better than perfect, you can always update at anytime, Knowing what to do is essential, be on the lookout for avenues for improvement Feedback is important; put your work out there early, get feedback and improve Discipline is essential to achieving success in business, career and life Previously knowledge might not hold true today; we learn, relearn and unlearn for growth   Demystifying myths The myth that your book or project has to be perfect is wrong, there is no perfect book, firstly ensure that you have done your best and then get it out there, from feedback you can always learn, improve and have revised editions. The goal is to Keep learning and evolving to becoming better versions of ourselves.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The Creative’s Chronicles Podcast on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Catherine’s Website – https://www.catherineegwali.com Switemtech – www.switemtech.com On Social Media– @catherineegwali and @switemtech
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August 2, 2018
Episode 046 - Your Health and You
Joining us today is an Amazing guest, He is not just a technologist but he is also an Internal Medicine Physician and the Founder of Wellahealth – a tech startup and Digital Health Nigeria – a community of Health tech innovators Dr. Ikpeme Neto. He speaks to us about healthy practices Creatives can adopt in their day to day activities for a healthy life and much more. Do listen, leave comments and have fun.   “Your work space should be such that you have a good posture, make sure your screen is at eye level so that you are not bent over, be deliberate about your health - @docneto” Notes from Today’s Episode: In the short term you could get muscle strains, back pain from being hunched over, the thing to be aware of is to make sure you are in a comfortable posture, make sure your chair is good and use a chair that is nice and comfortable and take frequent breaks, atleast after every hour, take 10 minutes break. Take out time to exercise at least 30 minutes in most days of the week, you need to exert yourself so that your heart rate jumps and you sweet a little. You can get apps that help with your exercise routine. Sign up for health insurance Don’t make assumptions about your health, make your health a priority Eat healthy foods, be deliberate about your meals, plan it out, reduce portion size and drink a lot of water.   Demystifying myths A lot of us in Nigeria ascribe a lot of health care stuff to superstitious and religious basis when they are actually physical things that happen and can be treated, some people would say only sinners get sick but that is not true, anyone can get sick and can be treated, please listen to what your doctor says about your health.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The Creative’s Chronicles Podcast on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!      Show Notes: WellaHealth - https://www.wellahealth.com/wellapatient/ Dr. Neto on Twitter - https://twitter.com/docneto WellaHealth on Twitter – https://twitter.com/WellaHealth
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July 27, 2018
Episode 045 - Digital Marketing and Politics
Joining us today is Johno Ormond, a business owner working in New Zealand, he runs a Digital Marketing Agency (Dalia Media) and His Agency also does political marketing. He speaks to us about his travels, journey and experiences, he also shared detailed and actionable content on digital marketing for businesses and political marketing. Do listen, leave comments and have fun.   “Your clients become disinterested in your services if it doesn’t produce the desired result” Notes from Today’s Episode: You don’t necessarily have to do big things, to do work that matter, you could do the little things; Its just Local actors doing the best they can that shape the world Hone in on one niche, make money for your clients; produce results for campaigns you engage in Simple is better There a lot of tools available, ensure you are not chasing vanity projects that yield no results, use the tools available to you Make sure your offer is good and that you demonstrate Credibility   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The Creative’s Chronicles Podcast on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Dalia Media - http://www.daliamedia.com/
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July 19, 2018
Episode 044 - Building an Agency
Today’s Guest is a Mentor and Boss - Mr. Charles Dairo, He is the Founder and CEO - CKDigital, A Digital Agency in Lagos – Nigeria, He joins us today and shares on practical tips for building an Agency, getting started in career as a Creative and he also shared with us how he got his Agency’s website to rank on Google’s first page “trust me CKDigital’s SEO game is on-point”, today’s episode is practical. Do listen, leave comments and have fun.     “There is always a market for value, as long as you are adding value; you will remain in business – @Charles_dairo” #thecreativeschronicles   Notes from Today’s Episode: Don’t wait to be spoon-fed, take initiative and own your learning and progress Be active about learning; learning never ends Bring value to the table, there is something you can do Beginnings most times might not be easy, being passionate and patient will yield bountiful dividends in time Take ownership of whatever you do, wherever you are Being a Freelancer and running an Agency is totally different, there are so many things needed to run an Agency – Leadership skills, client management, finance and a host of other things   Demystifying myths There are some myths about business and Entrepreneurship; if you want to go into business, you need to understand that Business is work, you will work harder than the average person, wake earlier than the average person, but if you are really passionate about business, in time it is going to be worth it, you will need to be patient. Three important things to note is that you need to be Passionate, Competent and once there is a market for your product and/or service you will thrive.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The Creative’s Chronicles Podcast on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Listen here>>>   Show Notes: CKDigital Website – https://www.ckdigital.net/ CKDigital Academy – www.ckdigitalacademy.com CKDigital on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ckdigital/ CKDigital on Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/ckdigital/
55:58
July 12, 2018
Episode 043 - Client Relationship Management and untold stories
Today’s Guest is an Amazing Personality, Barisuka Craig, He is a Software Engineer, Customer Experience Advocate and a Boss in the Industry. He speaks to us about his journey and from his wealth of experiences and also gives us actionable tips for client relationship management, growth and career improvement, today’s episode is practical. Do listen, leave comments and have fun.     “Keep trying it is going to get better, keep trying to develop yourself; do know that what you know today will be obsolete tomorrow, never settle” Notes from Today’s Episode: Always keep an open mind, know that you don’t know everything Hand hold your client till you make the sale We need to do more sharing our stories so people can see behind the scenes and learn People will always have their opinions and notions about you, that should not stop you Communication is key for maintaining good client and customer relationship Make sure you give your customer the best experience, they will come back Wow your customer, they will come back for more – Barisuka Craig   Demystifying myths The Myth most clients have and think your job should be cheap because you are a Nigerian and this is wrong; as a professional you can bill rates that are okay with you, place a premium on what you do, people value premium.     Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The Creative’s Chronicles Podcast on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Barisuka Craig on Facebook - https://web.facebook.com/craigprinsprofile97
41:58
July 6, 2018
Episode 042 - Good design is as little design as possible
Today’s Guest is an Amazing Designer, Creative Director Verdant Agrotech, Music Artiste, Reuben Abel Nyaze, he shares with us some principles he’s held close to his heart and amazing concepts that will aid Creatives in this Career path. Do listen, leave comments and have fun.     “Good design is as little design as possible”. Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity. Dieter Rams – German Industrial Designer   Notes from Today’s Episode: We can learn simplicity from nature and everywhere around us You can always start where you are with what you have Work with as little as much clients as possible; the ones who respect you and value your work If you focus on one area and get good at it, it helps you get good at other areas, Everything we do adds up in some way, even things we think are inconsequential Stay close to family, get someone you can talk to, get love, love takes care of the stress Don't dwell on the past, time is forward moving... Always be grateful for everything you get and where you are   Demystifying myths The misconception and wrong notions we hold about creativity, art and under appreciating the value Creatives bring to the table needs to  be dealt with; design is valuable. You need patience and endurance, Always remember that business and design is problem solving. Functionality is part of design, Design serves its purpose when the end user can actually use it. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The Creative’s Chronicles Podcast on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Listen here>>>   Show Notes: Reubenrane on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/reubenrane/ Verdant Agrotech - http://www.verdantapp.com
36:00
June 29, 2018
Episode 041 - Create a niche for Yourself
Today’s Guest is the Legendary Tola Alabi, He is a Boss in the Industry, a Mentor, the Creative Director of Tola Alabi Design LLC – an Abuja-based design company that specializes in brand identity design, He is being in the industry for over 13 years now and has successfully carved a niche for himself as an Authority in Brand Identity Design. He is also the Co-Founder of Logo March a movement that featured designers from over 6 countries. He speaks to us about his journey, experiences and also gave us actionable nuggets on creating a niche for yourself and differentiation techniques, today’s episode is practical. Do listen, leave comments and have fun.   “The first challenge I had was, breaking the stereotype of designers being just being an extension of the hands of clients, nobody pays you well for being an extension of their hands, you are paid for thinking” Notes from Today’s Episode: We can always learn from other Designers, research and model your career after Designers you admire Standing out in today’s Creative Industry can be quite daunting, the first step for anyone starting out is to know yourself, what area of design do you want to specialize in, start out with that area first As a designer what you do is valuable, You are a professional; place a premium on what you do, learn and understand client communication, this skill will stand you out The one thing that has kept me going is that I believe that this is what I am meant to do, you need to be clear about your why, why you do what you do will keep you going Separate emotions from what you do, don’t be emotional attached to your designs that you can’t take criticism or rejections Tell stories with your projects, make your clients’ understand the thought process behind your designs What you have is valuable, put a premium on your skill as a designer   Demystifying myths The Myth that design is easy is wrong, design is not easy. Design takes a lot of careful thinking, technical skills, visual accountability and social skills; all these go into the process of creating good design. No skill or profession is actually easy. Another myth is that good design is cheap, good design and branding isn’t cheap, if you are doing branding and getting it cheap, you need to question it. Don’t expect people to task themselves for nothing, you need to understand that good branding differentiates your product and stands it out, customers and clients place premium on products with good branding.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcast and any other podcasting app you use, just search for The Creative’s Chronicles Podcast on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Tola Alabi on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tolaalabidesign/ Tola Alabi on differentiating yourself as a Designer – http://thisisyox.com/the-best-way-to-differentiate-yourself-as-a-graphic-designer/
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June 22, 2018
Episode 040 - The Business of Branding
Today’s Guest is the one and only Yox the Professor,  He is a legend, an Author, a Brand Strategist and Consultant, with a background in Estate Management, in the Nigerian Creative Industry He is a force to be reckoned with, As an Expert in the art of branding, very humble and an Amazing mentor to a number of Creatives, He gives us practical tips and actionable nuggets on the Art of Branding and building brand personas, you just have to listen to today’s episode over and over again. Do listen, leave comments and have fun.    “Understanding strategy from the marketing point of view and how you can infuse design with marketing to increase sales will stand you out” Notes from Today’s Episode: The moment you share experience, share your story, people will trust and like; eventually they will do business with you Design by itself doesn’t sell anything. The perceived value of what businesses want to do is to make more money. You must master how you can use design to communicate your ideas to help the client make more money For Mentees - Attitude is everything; there is work to be done, put in the work. Rejections and people saying no drives me and propels me to do more; I question myself   Demystifying myths The Myth that because someone has so many years of experience they don’t go through what you are also going through; for every one design we put out there, there are two, three, four we don’t show that the design process has ruined, and they don’t make the cut, We all go through the same challenges, we get to be undervalued by clients at times and get good jobs  sometimes, At whatever phase you are in presently and you are looking at someone above you; just know we face similar challenges, the difference is the veteran most times gets paid more for their time.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Listen here>>>   Show Notes: Yox the Professor on Instagram - @thisisyox Resources and books for Designers from Yox the Professor - http://thisisyox.com/ One Nigeria Series - http://thisisyox.com/one-nigeria/ Africa is Not a Country Series – http://thisisyox.com/africa/ Yox the Professor’s note to Mentees – http://thisisyox.com/dear-mentee-behave-yourself/ Yox Novero - http://www.yoxnovero.com/ Yox Novero on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/yoxnovero/
37:09
June 14, 2018
Episode 039 - Mastery is gained in applying concepts learned to real problems
Today’s Guest, Mr. David Kezi, is a Christian, JS Ninja, Web Developer, CUHebron Graduate and Co-organizer of ForLoop Abuja, He shared with us his story and plenty valuable tips. It is only when you build that you encounter real bugs, edge cases and understand concepts beyond the basics. Having priorities can help you create balance, Do listen, leave comments and have fun.    “The more you know, the more you know that you don’t know…” Notes from Today’s Episode: Learn to learn and use knowledge gleaned to solve problems You learn faster by doing and practicing… deliberate practice is a career booster Use tools you are most comfortable with and are also efficient for that task When you plateau in career; community and support can point you in the right direction No one person is the monopoly of knowledge, you can always get better Joining communities bring tremendous opportunities and exposure to any person Little marginal changes, is what adds up…   Demystifying myths The Myth that need to know math to be good in programming, there are some part of programming that you don’t necessarily need to be a math genius to be good in. If you can learn a spoken language, you can learn Programming and if you can give instructions and directions to a stranger, then you can learn programming.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: David Kezi on Twitter - @daveed_kz
32:20
June 7, 2018
Episode 038 - Don't let your FEARS limit You
Today’s Guest, Mr. Michael Benson Ewesor is a Graphic Designer, Tutor and Design Boss, He shared with us his journey into the world of design, he also shared how he faced his fears; working with clients, taking on projects and much more, Do listen and have fun.  “Simplicity is sophistication” Notes from Today’s Episode: Seeing people do something can inspire and spur us on to achieve awesomeness, you can draw out inspiration from people Down times is nothing new, the hope and believe in better days coming make you take on challenges Perseverance and being passionate are two ingredients that will make a world of difference to any career Fear can cripple and limit your abilities The role of Mentorship in career growth cannot be overemphasized, get mentors! Explore and take risks, finally don’t forget self-confidence…   Demystifying myths The Myth that Graphic Design as a professional is subpar is wrong. Graphic Design is a noble profession, everything we see was designed. We are not just pixel pushers, As Designers we proffer solutions to businesses and individuals. And there is a future for design globally, so intending Creatives should not be afraid or intimidated. Do you!   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Michael Benson Ewesor on Instagram - @michael_bensonewesor
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May 31, 2018
Episode 037 - Creating a Goal for your Career propels you past the challenges
Today’s Guest, Mr. Raji Abdulgafar, He is a Programmer, Python lover, Certified Ethical Hacker, Community Developer, Digital Forensics Expert and in the recently concluded NaijaSecCon his team (L.I.G S3C) came out as the first runner up, He is a passionate and curious researcher, he  shares his story with us. Do listen and have fun.  “I don’t focus on the challenges, if I focus on the challenge I won’t move on” Notes from Today’s Episode: Your curiosity and desire to figure out how things work propels you to probe and understand the underlying principles behind a lot of things For users security ensure you are logged in and viewing the right website you intend to visit Avoid code redundancy; Write a simple code Don't chose a dictionary word as your password or anything related to your personal life e.g. street name, names of your loved ones. They are easy to crack; ensure to change your passwords periodically. Never use a password for multiple accounts, so in case one of them is compromised, the other accounts are still secured You could secure your network by filtering file sharing across a network and also use VPNs Have a Vision and a Goal you are working towards (A big picture for your career), it propels you past your challenges.   Demystifying myths The Myth that all hackers are bad, I don't seem to know where they got that from. Well, maybe in movies they see the guy behind the black and green screen. This is not true, an ethical hacker is someone who legally attempts to break into a computer system or network in order to find its vulnerability (weakness) and secure it. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Abdulgafar Raji on Twitter - @mrgaphy
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May 25, 2018
Episode 036 - Using Rejection as motivation and fuel for success
Today’s Guest Mr. Kareem Rahman is an Amazing Designer, you need to see his works and designs, they are amazing, he started to pursue design after his friend refused to teach him how to design, following the path of a Self-Taught designer, He has drastically transformed from the beginner to now he is earning money as a Professional Graphic Designer, He shares his story with us. Today’s episode is filled with a ton of valuable and actionable content do listen and have fun.     “Use your rejections; let it fuel your curiosity and passion to know more” Notes from Today’s Episode: Consistent practice is the way to become professional at any skill You require patience and persistence in this career path You need a sphere of supportive friends; people in your circle that can open doors for you and support you Constantly staying in the know of what is happening in the industry keeps you relevant and updated In every difficulty or mistake there is always a lesson Collaboration and Team work will pay more, like we could achieve much more faster with help Don’t get to a point where you feel that there is nothing to learn, learning is growing… (Keep the ego in check)   Demystifying myths The Myth that Designers are Wizards is wrong, as Designers we get inspired from a lot of things, we draw inspiration from other things existing and create Awesome designs.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Kareem Rahman on Instagram- https://instagram.com/iamrhamzy
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May 18, 2018
Episode 035 - Breaking your own records through setting goals
Today’s Guest Lilian C. Ezeli is a phenomenal personality, starting from a background in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Network Security, She has worked as a Data Analyst and today she shares her story with us. Today’s episode is filled with a ton of valuable and actionable content do listen and have fun.   “Breaking my own personal records keeps me motivated whenever I face a challenge” Notes from Today’s Episode: Set challenges for yourself, this is one way to push past your limitations Having people in your circle that can motivate and cheer you on also does a lot for your progress in any field Creating calendars and schedules can help you in balancing work, relationships and rest Have plans that are written, don’t use your head as a note pad Most of the Creative Minds we admire and look up to have documented their experiences and thoughts; we could literary pick their brains and see from their perspective by studying them Try and understand your learning style; you are unique; find what works for you   Demystifying myths The Myth that Experts and professionals in tech are super humans is wrong, everyone has their own journeys and they have worked on themselves and are still evolving and growing, so don’t discount yourself, trust your own journey. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Lilian Ezeli on Twitter - https://twitter.com/DuchessLilian
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May 11, 2018
Episode 034 – Own your learning and journey; you control how far you go
Today’s Guest is phenomenal, She is a graduate of Microbiology from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka, a Software Developer, Technical Writer, Women-In-Tech Enthusiast, Community builder, the Queen of Memes in the Nigerian Tech Ecosystem and the CEO and Founder of She Code Africa. Today she shares with us her journey and gives practical tips on how to thrive in the tech ecosystem. Today’s episode is filled with a ton of valuable and actionable content do listen and have fun.     “Own your own learning and journey, don’t wait for anyone to spoon feed you” Notes from Today’s Episode: Don’t give yourself boundaries, try a lot a lot of things, let your mind explore the possibilities; this way you gain a lot of experience and exposure You will get plenty advice and reasons to quit and give, focusing on your goal and being an explorer will give you an edge When You start out; get building and when you learn anything, implement early and practice, practice, practice Nobody owes you anything in tech, you need to own your learning, be ready to do the research yourself, if you have someone to hold you accountable that is great, just decide and commit to your own journey and progress Starting out and learning new stuff in the tech ecosystem is quite different from the usual classroom structure of learning; here you have to own your own Learning, you decide how far you go and how much you achieve Be open to explore various fields and aspects of tech beyond coding.   Demystifying myths The Myth that tech is for a specific gender is not true; as long as you have the mental and technical skills you can thrive in tech. Another myth is that you must come from a technical background before you get into tech; over and over this myth has been proven wrong; regardless of your background you can get into tech; you just need to be committed and pay your dues. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes  and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: She Code Africa: shecodeafrica@gmail.com Twitter - @SheCodeAfrica Facebook - @SheCodeAfrica/ Ada Nduka O. on Twitter - @Kolokodess
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May 4, 2018
Episode 033 - Starting with the basics and building your way up
Today Guest is Amazing, we have joining us today Tsowa Mainasara Al-min, He is a JavaScript and Go Developer who aims to change the world; one line of code at a time. Today he shares with us how starting with the basics and working our way up can be of tremendous value to our paths as Creatives.   “Your imagination is not limited whenever you are programming a computer, these devices have the power to do a lot and with little effort you can get them to do anything” Notes from Today’s Episode: Stating with and facing seemingly difficult tasks gives us the confidence to proceed and even pick up simpler concept with ease. Learning standards and basics at the beginning is of crucial importance, it will save you a lot of valuable time and effort. If you get stuck, take some time out and come back; try and try again. When you leave the challenge you were working on, use that time to learn something new. Everything we do is connected. What we need more of is community projects, these way we can get more people interested in the tech industry and inspire these people to do more and make them enthusiasts too To stay updated, I usually get myself in the circle of the developers working on the new stuff   Demystifying myths The Myth that a certificate gets you the job is partly true, when you come out with a first class result in computer science, you will get the job, but to keep this job you need to be able to implement a lot of concepts. Most times in school, the students  that practice and implement  concepts they are taught might be average students and the other students that just get the head knowledge without necessarily implementing; will find reality after school rather shocking. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Tsowa Mainasara on Twitter – @neutrino2211
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April 27, 2018
Episode 032 - Embracing your own journey and uniqueness
Today Guest is Amazing, we have joining us today is the Women TechMaker Lead for GDG Minna, Ms. Gbemileke Anthony, she is so many things in one, a techie, developer, writer and poet. Today she shares with us how our paths are uniquely different, in this episode she challenges a lot of myths we hold about our personalities, our stories and life’s tasks   “Do I have to be a single color, why can’t I be a rainbow; if I am rainbow?” Notes from Today’s Episode: Accept all of who you are, don’t minimize your abilities to fit into people’s definitions There is always a learning curve to getting any new skill, you don’t just start and become a pro, remember that this is essentially what life is, give it time and be patient When people share their up and downs and failings you are encouraged and you know that you are not the dumbest and you are spurred on to keep going Remember you were once a newbie, be willing to provide mentorship and be honest about your own journey and give advice from your own experience People will still be people, just be as much of yourself as you can   Demystifying myths The Myth that you need to have a singular definition of yourself is quite limiting. “Do I need to stifle parts of me to be organized, can’t I be all of me… if you are not just one thing, don’t limit yourself” Why is there so much pressure to give a specific very succinct singular definition to oneself? An onion has several layers, but it is still an onion, a sedimentary rock has various strata but it is still a sedimentary rock, this is to say that the sum your parts is greater than the singular entity of you. You can decide to become as much as you desire to be. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes: and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Do you stay in Minna,  join GDG Minna - @ minna.gdg.ng, meetup.com/gdgminna
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April 20, 2018
Episode 031 - Criticism is the building block for career growth
Today Guest is Amazing, we have joining us Mr. Omole Samuel, he is a full stack web developer and Freelancer, a coding instructor and an IT Consultant, currently based in Abuja, he started out as an Embedded Systems Programmer and then moved on to become an external coding instructor for various private schools and today he is a Freelance Web Developer. Today he shares with us how we could use criticisms as building blocks for career growth and also how community can be the best thing that can happen to any developer. Notes from Today’s Episode: Programming languages are like spoken languages, the way to get good at it, is to speak it, keep using it till you get fluent in it. Soft skills matter a lot in this technical field, I actually believe that 20% is your skill set and 80% is the soft skills; your presentation, relationship skills etc. Community is the best thing that can happen to a programmer; you literally have a group of persons with different stories and different perspectives; it’s not just about your skill, it’s about the community around you. Criticism is what we need for growth, don’t be defensive, use the criticism and let it becoming building blocks for your growth When you are just starting out, try and block out distractions, this will aid your growth Most times generalizations people have shaped the narratives people hold and our world views. Don’t let such limiting beliefs hold you back, you can handle as much as you can dream up; you can evolve and get better You need to know how to create balance and turn off, this way you can build healthy relationships with friends, family and people in general   Demystifying myths The Myth that you cannot do a lot and be good at it, our brains can actually take as much as we would give it, polyglot programmers and multi-potentialite talented persons is prove to this concept of being able to thrive in more than one field. “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”  You can master more than one skill; you are well able. Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Follow Samuel on Twitter - @samuel_omole01
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April 13, 2018
Episode 030 - Making a Business out of what you do
Today we have an Amazing personality joining us, we have an Online Business Coach, Social Media Legend Mr. Phenomenal Himself, Mr. John Obidi... aka Daddy J. O. a few of his attributes, He is good looking, has an Amazing sense of Humour, Avance Media 2017 Most Influential Young Nigeria in Personal Development and Academia category and He is the Commander in Chief of Smart B. Camp.  Everyone has something, you have a gift, you need to find out how that super power is relevant in today’s economy. He shared with us that it pays to be open minded. Keep moving, trust the process, and believe that one day, your path will trust you enough to stop testing you. There is always something to learn from the winding path, it can be the thing that leads to the thing, that leads to the thing…   Notes from Today’s Episode: Do not be seduced by doctrine that pats you on the back for weakness and mediocrity; by philosophies that encourage you to 'remain as you are'. Being a techie gave me that capability to shape-shift and thrive in various industries These problems have always been around here, but if you want it bad enough there is always a way; I don’t look at the challenges but the solutions… I believe that programmers should be the richest group of people in Nigeria, if only they knew how to monetize solutions… Most programmers get it wrong from the beginning, they start out thinking of selling their time as a service; you should be looking at the market place for a software need and since you have the skills; you then create the solutions for these needs; after doing this you need to learn how to take that product to market; one way to take your product to the market is through Facebook ads… You can monetize through Admob and or licensing To stay updated you can stay subscribed to the most relevant email lists in your field, stay subscribed to YouTube channels and attend Meetups, have Twitter lists about particular categories etc. There are low costs ways of starting out; there is Microsoft Bizspark, you need to learn to bootstrap, you can also launch your app in market places like JVZoo and get subscribers to your solutions, you don’t need money, you just have to be more innovative To get anything you need to be able to express yourself intelligently, step out of your comfort zone and learn these things, learn to speak, get in to places that require you to express yourself Handle the inevitable rejection like it's simply a rite of passage. You have to be willing to look like a fool for a period of time. This is the price that you must pay.   Remember to go out and create Awesomeness, I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Join SmartBCamp - http://facebook.com/groups/smartbcamp    Books Mentioned As a Man Thinketh by James Allen The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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April 6, 2018
Episode 029 Be Intentional about your actions and choices
Today we have the Billionaire Designer himself, a minimalist designer and a Brand Identity Expert, if you see his work and projects they are just awesome, you will be wowed by the level of excellence in his works and projects. He shares with us how he started out as a Marine Sailor and was able to successful navigate and switch to become the professional Designer he now is. He intentional chose this Design Career and also shares from his wealth of experience.   Notes from Today’s Episode: You can’t satisfy everybody, not everybody will buy-in to your solutions Design is relative, one thing that looks good for you, might not look good to the next person Document your idea properly and present it in a way that the client sees how it solves their problem, remember to provide value for the client first… It was an experimental journey for me, I had to do a lot of trial and error... In this industry, you need to stay updated and continually research on ways of improvement…   I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   Show Notes: Follow Emem Didymus on Instagram – deedeemors Facebook -   emem.didymus
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March 29, 2018
Episode 028 - Code to solve problems
Today’s Guest is the Computer Vision Prodigy, a Data Scientist and a passionate Developer Abdulmaleek Mustapha Abdullahi, this young man is phenomenal, he has crazily awesome ideas, I was in awe of the kind of ideas he shared, this is one episode you have to listen to.   “After learning, create fun projects, solve your own problems and then you can start earning…” There is no rush, you can always learn, remember you have to be patient…   “AI is the new electricity” said Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera and an adjunct Stanford professor who founded the Google Brain Deep Learning Project   “The modern AI is modeled after how the brain works, you show a computer this and it learns to create that…” “When I started programming I had no access to the internet, I don’t want the next generation to suffer like I suffered, I want access to information and learning resources to be free…” “The AI we have now is AI that works with humans and solve problems…” I trust you have picked some actionable nuggets from today’s episode, do execute and have fun.   I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365 and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!
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March 23, 2018
Episode 027 - Recounting your past projects boosts confidence
Eyitemi Egbejule is a Cybersecurity Consultant/researcher, founding member of the NaijaSecForce security community, organizers of NaijaSecCon. Is also a founding member of the PythonNigeria developers community, member of the community’s board and also member of the organizing committee of the recent PyCon in Nigeria. Eyitemi runs a Cybersecurity Research Labs, SicSec Labs and does active research on malware, Advanced Persistent Threats and Reverse engineering. He tweets about security and tech as @eEyitemi, Builds security tools using Python and does security code audits. He is currently an independent member of the Django Software Foundation. On the side, Eyitemi is actively involved in Girl Tech Educaiton by mentoring Girls in programming and Cybersecurity and He has coached at over 18 Django Girls Events in West Africa. He shared with us his story and experiences.   "You don’t have to be a Programmer or Designer to be in Tech, we need lots of people in tech, we need various kinds of people; accountants, event planners, evangelists, marketers…"   "Learn to talk about what you have done and what you do, don’t be too humble and not talk about what you have done, you can talk about what you do without being boastful."   "Talking about your projects builds confidence"  "Count your projects; name them one by one, it will surprise you what you done and what you are capable of doing…"   I trust you have picked some actionable nuggets from today’s episode, do execute and have fun. I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365 and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You! Mentioned in today’s episode: OWASP Guide Project - https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Guide_Project OWASP Project Inventory - https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Project_Inventory
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March 16, 2018
Episode 026 - To remain relevant you must evolve
Today’s Guest, Rejoice has the most beautiful smile I have ever seen and she is an amazing person, she is a graduate of management information systems, versatile in computer administration, networking and web-development. She is value driven and passionate about being an asset to her society, nation and world at large. Rejoice is a community developer and is an organizer and the team lead of the Python Abuja Meet-up. She shares with us her story and journey into the world of tech, challenges faced and how she overcame and so much more, today’s episode is filled with tons of actionable content, do listen.   Learn in particular patterns, follow a path, don’t confuse yourself, keep learning, don’t ever stop; no matter how fast or slow you are going, just keep moving, you become the best you can be that way…   To remain relevant, you must evolve and learn… I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365 and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!
27:35
March 9, 2018
Episode 025 – Our abilities and capabilities are limitless
Today’s Guest, Bolanle Banwo is a brand Identity designer from Lagos, Nigeria. She helps brands tell compelling stories via creative designs. Much of her work is centered around helping small and medium businesses create smart impressions and build strong identities via good communication designs. Bolanle is the Founder and Lead Creative at the Female Designer Movement, an initiative she launched with a mission to train and equip women with design skillset and thereby help increase the number of women in the Nigerian Technology ecosystem. She may be found online on Instagram @bolanle.banwo, where she occasionally shares her work and projects. She talks about how the choices we make shape our world view and realities and loving what we do.   “Creativity is the person and process not just the tools…”   My Take Away from Today’s Episode Our experiences shape us for the journey ahead Most times we underestimate our abilities and capabilities Once we get a taste of what we can do and the value we bring, the possibilities are limitless To design you need to study other people’s design, know what works in them and improve on your own style Just keep on doing what you know best to do, stay committed and dedicated, it will pay off.   Demystifying the Myths The myth that females cannot thrive in Tech or design is wrong, women and ladies are well able and capable to thrive in the Creative Industry.   I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365  and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   This has been an amazing and enlightening episode, I trust that you have picked a ton of value from today’s episode, do have an Amazing Weekend, I will see you next Week.   Ps: I sincerely apologize for the audio quality today, I am currently relocating and moving to a new apartment, so I am trying to get properly set-up. Working on delivery phenomenal value. You Rock!
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March 2, 2018
Episode 024 – Time, Processes and Limiting beliefs
Today’s Guest Mary Alenoghena is a phenomenal mind, a passionate event planner, a Graduate of Electrical Electronics Engineering from the University of Benin, she is the founder Tech Queens Development Initiative and she has organized and co-organized several Django workshops in different cities in Nigeria, she is passionate about women empowerment and also getting more women involved in tech. She shares from her wealth of experience with organizing these events, the challenges and lessons she has picked. This is one episode you would want to listen to more than once.   “When you start something good, the feedback motivates you to do more…” My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: You build problem solving skills with experience you get from doing If you plan well and have a back up plan; with time you improve on the quality of projects you deliver The little things and little wins counts; it all adds up You can do anything you put your mind to… The fact that you are not coding does not mean you cannot be in tech You need to be intentional about anything you want to achieve in life or career Don’t be afraid of failure… Without failure and learning from your mistakes, you can’t succeed A tree doesn’t come up in a day, it takes time.   “Making programming fun and something ladies and girls can do…”, “A whole lot of people would love to learn and acquire new skills, they might not just have equal opportunities...” Demystifying the Myths There is an unconscious barrier built by society, stereotypes and views about what kind of careers women and ladies can and can’t do… this is wrong, If we all do what we can, where we are, we can change stereotypes and change limiting beliefs   I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365  and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   This has been an amazing and enlightening episode, I trust that you have picked a ton of value from today’s episode, do have an Amazing Weekend, I will see you next Week.
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February 23, 2018
Episode 023 – Community Building, Online Security and More
Today’s Guest is a tech enthusiast, a passionate community builder with Minna Tech Meetup, a Web Developer and he also an Online Security Research, plenty valuable and actionable content. Picking programming for him was a way to tackle boredom and it became more than just an escape from boredom, it has become a passion and a way to contribute meaningfully to the tech community and offer value. He shares with us his story and experiences and offered valuable information about online security.   “Even if you read all the books and can’t express what you’ve learnt, you are still static…” My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: Consciously asking questions plays a huge role in your journey into the world of tech. Keep regrets away from you, always know that you are still up for great things and new opportunities. Your experiences plays important roles in shaping who you become. Let your experiences rub off on people positively Seek advice from people trained to test your software for vulnerabilities Try as much as possible to ignore suspicious and spam messages, look out for spelling errors in URLs of websites you visit Try to protect your data, be cautious of the kind of data you put on the internet Prioritizing and writing things down, does a lot for you, no matter how busy a schedule you have Outsourcing also does a lot for you   “It is better to be cautious than careless…”, The safest system is a system that is not on, as long as any communication gadget is on, it is vulnerable”   Demystifying the Myths The myth that women cannot be programmers or there are some fields that ladies can’t thrive in, this is false, I urge every female tech enthusiast to go for it, women can be really dedicated to tasks and they can factor in a lot of things in whatever the do, you can be anything you want to be as long as you are committed and dedicated.   I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes  and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   This has been an amazing and enlightening episode, I trust that you have picked a ton of value from today’s episode, do have an Amazing Weekend, I will see you next Week.
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February 16, 2018
Episode 022 - It always takes time, trust your process
Today’s Guest is the phenomenal Umar Saidu Auna, He is the Program Manager for GDG Minna, an Android developer, a Java Fan and JSON Lover and a committed community developer.  He dives deep into his story and how he got started in programming and community development   “Stop asking yourself when will I ever get to that level, know that everything takes time… ” My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: We all have that phobia of changing to a new technology, but don’t let it stop you. When stuck, it is okay to ask questions Having mentors and support structures will make your journey a lot easier The Experts and Professionals started from someone It takes time, so be patient with your own process   “Looking at people who are already doing what we intend to do, gives us hope and confidence that we would also be able to achieve such feats ”   Demystifying the Myths The myth; When comes to bugs; people think bugs are the problem; most times people have this imposter syndrome and this usually plays out more when there is a bug and its refusing to be fixed; you have to realize that having bugs in the code is part of the process; when we fix them we get better at fixing them.   I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365  and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   This has been an amazing and enlightening episode, I trust that you have picked a ton of value from today’s episode, do have an Amazing Weekend, I will see you next Week.
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February 9, 2018
Episode 021 - Insights into Legal Matters for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs
Today’s Guest is Barr. Ifeoma Ben; a Legal Consultant, an Author and Founder of the Legal Business Network, she is also a Partner at Eminence Solicitors where she helps Entrepreneurs and Start-ups build legally protected businesses. She dives deep into contracts, agreements and legal issues as it relates to Independent Contractors/Freelancers, Agencies and businesses. This episode is filled so plenty valuable and actionable content.   “it is easier to prove things that are written and documented, than trying to prove oral conversations…” My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: Online contracts may not cover the peculiar circumstances of your particular transaction. It is better to consult and engage a legal practitioners Arbitration is an informal way (It is outside the regular court setting) of dealing with disputes and its binding on the parties to such a dispute. Mediation is only binding when the parties agree to its terms. Electronically generated evidences are admissible in Nigerian courts Areas to be covered for any transaction depends on the area of specialization or the nature of the business transaction. For you to lay claims on intellectual property, you need to have rights over those property. A sole proprietor is not require to remit Company Income Tax A Limited Liability Company is a separate legal entity from his/her business.   “Arbitration is a dispute resolution mechanism where a 3rd party ‘The Arbitrator’ hears the ”   Demystifying the Myths The myth; a lot of startups think that engaging a Legal Practitioner is a luxury or something they can do without and they do a lot of things without seeking legal counsel and this usually cost them in the long run.  There are a lot of Legal Practitioners that are out there willing to work with Startups at whatever stage of business they are in, it pays in the long run to start well and do the right things.   I am looking forward to hearing from you, send in your comments via email:  thecreativeschronicles@gmail.com, remember to subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thecreativeschronicles/id1304002365  and any other podcasting app you use, just search for thecreativeschronicles on your podcasting app and subscribe, thank You!   This has been an amazing and enlightening episode, I trust that you have picked a ton of value from today’s episode, do have an Amazing Weekend, I will see you next Week.    SHOWNOTES: Barr. Ifeoma Ben on Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/ifeoma.ben Join her the Legal Business Network: https://web.facebook.com/groups/legalbusinessnetwork
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February 2, 2018
Episode 020 - Myths about Executing and Learning
Asma'u is a Java Scala software developer and an amazingwriter. She has an amazing personality, and has also had experiences buildingscalable and maintainable enterprise applications. She holds a BSc in SoftwareEngineering and a MSc in Information Technology and most recently she startedthe Kode Kamp Initiative (an initiative for kids 7-17 years to learn and becometechnology creators and innovators). In this episode she talks about herjourney and demystifies a lot of myths about learning and executing onprojects.   My Take Away’s FromToday’s Episode: You don’t have to be in a school setting to learnsomething new, there are no limits You don’t have to the entire picture in yourmind before you start, you could have a basic roadmap and follow your passion,it leads to amazing places Its okay to have doubts, but don’t let it stopyou. You just have to keep working hard. One of the ways to fight impostor syndrome is toremind yourself of what you have done and what you can do. Whatever you do, make sure your reasons areright and trust me it will work for the best. Demystifying theMyths The myth another that says coding is hard is lying to you. Ifyou believe you can learn you can learn, you will encounter challenges, but youhave to be patient with your own process, everyone moves at their own pace. Thereis no sure way of learning something. I really want to apologize to our Player FM, Stitcher Radio andiTunes subscribers, I am having issues with my audio file host and I am workingto fix it, for today’s episode you need to stream from your browser or yourphone, do bear with us while we work on this, thanks for your most neededcooperation. The internet is your friend, you can always learn anything, you can find anything you. As long as you are moving, don’t doubt yourself.  Show Notes Asmau Aliyu on Twitter: https://twitter.com/switslim Kode Kamp Initiative: http://kodekampinitiative.com/ Contact Kode Kamp Initiative: abuja.kodekamp@coderdojo.com
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January 26, 2018
Episode 019 - State of the Creative Clan
Hello, Good morning, good day, welcome to the Creatives’ Chronicles, this is the podcast that tells the stories of creative professionals, giving you the information and motivation to get started, stay focused and thrive as a Creative Professional. My name is Bright Emeka and I am your host. For this episode we will be talking about the State of the Creative Clan, yeah; this is our Road Map for 2018. What to expect from us this year at the Creative’s Chronicles   I am currently talks with – Finance Management Experts Thriving Entrepreneurs and business owners, who would be sharing their stories and telling us how to Start and Bootstrap an Agency Public Speaking Experts Writing Experts Legal Experts, that will be answering our legal questions, Client Attraction Experts Sales and Marketing Experts Business Coaches and a host of other experts. I am also in talks with Bosses in the Creative Industry and this year we are bringing our A Game   I want you to do three things for me today, Join our Facebook Community, Like our Page, Join the new Creative Clan Facebook Group (More information on this next week (Link in the show notes) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/326067707907579/ Secondly, I want to send me an email or direct message on any platform you are comfortable with on areas you want us to cover this year and possibly suggest guest you want us to have on this show. You want to be a guest on this show – visit https://goo.gl/forms/BwYnQYVITz9FzB0w2 and fill out the form   We would return to our Guest and other Experts next week, My name is Bright Emeka, remember the only way to get better is to execute, execute on your dreams, goals, visions and project. Keep expanding your mind and stretching, you really don’t know how far you can go, till you start. I will see you next week.
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January 19, 2018
Episode 018 - Client Attraction and Content creation strategies
Today’s Guest is an Online Business Coach and Speaker, the #1 bestselling author of “The Diamond in Your Closet” and a book publishing consultant for Entrepreneurs, Corporate Executives and Public Figures. He is a trained medical doctor and also the Founder/CEO of Income and Impact Academy – a personal income explosion organization designed to help individuals turn their gifts, passion and skills into a viable source of income while making an indelible impact in the world. He dives deep into content creation and client attraction strategies. This episode is filled so many actionable content and value.   My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: You need to find out what works best for your ideal audience, how frequently they can consume your content and how much time they can devote to consuming your content. Find out what most people are not seeing in your industry and then deliver your content strategically You can create content based on FAQs – what are people asking about SAQs too – Should Ask Questions – You know some questions people should be asking but they aren’t. A good strategy is to teach the WHAT and sell the HOW Not everyone can be your client. We all have group of persons we are attracted to. Find out you want to be a hero to and focus on that segment Which group do you fit into easily, when people can connect with you; they can purchase from you. “A good strategy is to teach the WHAT and sell the HOW”
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January 12, 2018
Episode 017 - Finding your uniqueness, writing and humour
Today’s episode is filled with humour and valuable nuggets; our Guest Mr. Hassan Sani – @iNidAName is Developer and an amazing writer with a unique writing style. He shares with us his journey and experiences. Always remember your uniqueness and what makes you stand out.   My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: It’s important not to create things in isolation; you are building for real users; there is need to always get feedback on products and whatever you are creating. Put your self in the shoes of your end users. Start with the small part of your concept; start with the basic idea then build up on that. You need to keep your users engaged and asking questions
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December 29, 2017
Episode 016 - Imperfect Execution and the feedback loop
Today’s Guest Mr. Mustapha M. Garba is the Community Manager for GDG Bayero University, a Python and Web Developer. He shares with us his journey and experiences. Imperfect execution and putting yourself out in the open makes it easy to get feedback and improve yourself; in the end it is your own journey, not anyone’s, you have to own it and take responsibility. If you wait till you are perfect; you might wait forever.   My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: Our environment plays an important and vital role in pushing us and influencing our choices and decisions Our time is finite, there is so much to do; you need to understand that you cannot learn everything and you cannot do everything; there is only so much you can do at a time. You need to learn how to manage time effectively. You need to be clear about what you really want You plateau without mentorship, you need to have people that push and force you to level up and do more We need to stop at various points in our journey and take stock of what you have learnt so far and find ways to use these knowledge Put yourself out there; create stuff and put it out, let people see it; use it and give you feedback, this is how you grow Execute imperfectly first, if you wait till you are perfect before you ship; you might wait forever. Figure out the best methods that aids your learning. Play on your strengths and improve
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December 22, 2017
Episode 015 - On Pricing Models and being Professional
Today’s Guest Mr. Emmanuel Enemaku is the Co-founder of Projaro, Product Designer – Civic Innovation Lab and a Co-Organizer for Usable UX Abuja (A Meetup for UI/UX Designers in Abuja). Mr. Emmanuel has been in the Creative Industry for well over 12 years. Coming from an era where placing a name on what He does was a challenge, he navigated those times to become the Creative Professional he is today. He shares with us his journey and tips for pricing models and being professional.   My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: If you have the passion, you will find ways and reasons to express yourself Creatively. Don’t allow anything stop you, do not wait till an opportune moment, or when you go to a school before you start doing and practicing. Pick up some You want to be creative, good; expose yourself to meetups, conferences, workshops, classes you owe yourself that exposure Don’t fold your hands and expect knowledge to fall on you Don’t get to a point where you plateau or get satisfied, your satisfaction should be the satisfaction of the person you are working for or the person you are working with. Push yourself and hone your Creative muscles, till a point where it becomes second nature You are a professional the moment you start giving value and receiving value. Calling yourself a professional helps you take a vantage point and you Fail quickly, so you can excel faster. Be professional, always sign contracts, let your contract state the deliverables and timelines. Keep your promises as low as possible, don’t over promise
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December 15, 2017
Episode 014 - Self Evaluation and Taking Stock
Today’s Guest Mr. Israel Obiagba is a Frontend Developer, a Trainer with RelearnNG, an Educator with CodeSparkNG and a Co-Organizer for UXAbuja (A Meetup for UI/UX Designers in Abuja). He is a proponent of having Structures and Processes, he also speaks about ways of tracking activities for measuring productivity and progress. When we take stock and track the things we do; we are then able to evaluate our progress and measure our productivity.   My Take Away’s From Today’s Episode: It is the amount of focused time you put into your work that really determines your productivity. Creating systems that allow for regular checks and accountability The worst thing you can do is lie to yourself about your current status in career or in life Consistency is one of the sure ways to get a new habit engrained in your system Habits are formed by our routines, and we have the ability and can make up our minds to create routines that counters negative habits Understand yourself and find your base consistency point (the barest minimal effort you can put in regularly and consistently). 25mins a day for A month adds up cummulatively Have a strategy and a structure (Stracture) Strategy – What is Your plan, structure – gives your plan a sequence. You need to research and study Mentors and the Greats that have gone ahead Research and find out about various models of personal learning e.g. Dreyfus Model You need to learn from the best to be better than the best.
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December 8, 2017
Episode 013 - Finances and book keeping tips for Creative Professionals
Today on the Creative’s Chronicles we have Mr. Chuks, He is a Software Engineer, an Accounting Professional, He is well read, a knowledge seeker and lifelong learner. He shares with us today on tips for Cash Flow, Profitability, book keeping and Freelancing. An understanding of how systems work will enable you have mastery and help you properly put in place other tools and systems for effectively running a business or a Freelancing Career.   You can’t run a business effectively without been conversant with accounting principles.Profitability My Take Aways from today’s Episode: Your profit is your revenue (what comes in) minus the costs, all that went out to bring in the revenue. Components of costs; cost of revenues (direct expenses spent to bring in revenue). Cost of sale is the money spent to bring in revenue; Transportation cost is also included as cost of sale; personnel costs, electricity, data, rent etc. are costs associated with revenue coming in. Your financial records shouldn’t be in your head. You need to understand what constitute a cost for your business: costs in business depends on the kind of business you are engaged in. e.g. rent on co-working spaces, data, transportation costs There is need to calculate your daily costs as a Freelancer or an Agency Understanding your costs influences how you charge and price your services Your booking keeping is better automated and there are several tools that can do this for you; preferably double entry book keeping (tools wave accounting, real cash etc. this tools give you overview of your financial performance over a period of time). Most Freelancers are specialists on use of technologies for driving solutions and most times they relegate other aspects and tools needed for running a successful business. Freelancing is not for everyone. Freelancing has its perks and its shortcomings. You need to acquire knowledge and understanding of what Freelancing entails. You also need to acquire money management skills
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December 1, 2017
Episode 012 - There is always room for Improvement
Today’s Guest is just Awemazing, coming from a background where reading was the norm, Mr. Victor A. Fatanmi is a Creative with a difference, He is a Writer, Designer and the CEO of Fourth Canvas, He shares his story with us and points out an important trait he embodies, the desire and drive for continuous growth and improvement. You are to work yourself on your path towards self-sustainability and growth…   My Take Aways from today’s Episode: It doesn’t matter how your start is or looks; what counts is your consistency on a path of improvement and learning… Be unafraid to enter strange and new territories, that is where the growth is… Your problem is not lack of the ability to write, the real issue is lack of conceptual understanding… the understanding of the way things work (especially design) A lot of designers today are designers because they are masters of a particular Software…. Find any designer whose strength is in the ideation, whose strength is in what the design represents; who is concerned about the emotions the design will reflect; whose choices in the design process is about how best he represents the ideals of a particular brand, these are the designers that are usually able to convey their thoughts in writing. The words store over the years; from elementary school, to books read, to dictionaries read; it is not the words that make the poem, it is the thoughts… Work on your understanding and appreciation of design as being beyond software… Design is everything… Writing is just about finding the words to express these thoughts… It also helps your writing when you study and read other designers writings… Some of the traits we always look for in designers is humility, willing to grow and attitude Skills can be learnt  The New Segment (Demystifying the Myths) Design is just about software skills (this is a myth). Software is just an advantage. Design is about the mind; this is not downplaying software skills; we need very good execution, alignment, balance etc. My Take Aways from today’s Episode: It doesn’t matter how your start is or looks; what counts is your consistency on a path of improvement and learning… Be unafraid to enter strange and new territories, that is where the growth is… Your problem is not lack of the ability to write, the real issue is lack of conceptual understanding… the understanding of the way things work (especially design) A lot of designers today are designers because they are masters of a particular Software…. Find any designer whose strength is in the ideation, whose strength is in what the design represents; who is concerned about the emotions the design will reflect; whose choices in the design process is about how best he represents the ideals of a particular brand, these are the designers that are usually able to convey their thoughts in writing. The words store over the years; from elementary school, to books read, to dictionaries read; it is not the words that make the poem, it is the thoughts… Work on your understanding and appreciation of design as being beyond software… Design is everything… Writing is just about finding the words to express these thoughts… It also helps your writing when you study and read other designers writings… Some of the traits we always look for in designers is humility, willing to grow and attitude Skills can be learnt  The New Segment (Demystifying the Myths) Design is just about software skills (this is a myth). Software is just an advantage. Design is about the mind; this is not downplaying software skills; we need very good execution, alignment, balance etc.
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November 24, 2017
Episode 11 - On being Strategic as a Creative
On being Strategic as a Creative. As a Design and Logo Legend – Leslie Williams has strategically positioned himself as a Force to be reckoned with in the Creative Industry, trust me he really does the work; from his online interactions, Playbook Tv, Layrz blog, Mr. Leslie Williams is an Executor; and in today’s episode we look at his story and he shares tons of actionable content on strategies for staying relevant in the Creative Industry…   That ain’t right – (New Segment) And we have got a new segment of the Creative’s Chronicles called That ain’t right – This segment is about demystifying the Myths around and about the Creative Industry, and today’s myths as demystified by the Boss Himself… (1). Photoshop is not a button and it is not your only tool; there are a variety of tools you can use as a Designer… (2). Just believing the if you design it they will come; it doesn’t happen that way… You have to be strategic and purposeful about your marketing
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November 16, 2017
Episode 010 - Collaboration, Community; growth hacks for developers 2
For this week’s episode we continue our conversation with Mr. Okechukwu Ifeora, an Entrepreneur and software developer at Omniswift. He shares tons of valuable information about his journey and experience as a Software Developer. At a point in time the top Software Engineers we revere and hold at high esteem knew nothing about Software Development… They were introduced and encouraged, this way they are now at this phase in their career… “Hand holding is important, but it should not be for too long…” My Take Aways From Today’s Episode: Staying updated and keeping on with the trends: I carefully choose where I work… you need time to stay updated and I multitask… I might be eating and at the same time I am reading an article on the phone… I am particular about choosing places where I work, I look at their processes and premium placed on quality… You don’t have to be a one-man squad… it’s not totally bad for a startup to start with few hands, but as the company grows there is need to get more hands on board… Handling Information Overload: I have my focus and I prioritize my area of specialization, I am not trying to do everything… Don’t try to be an expert in everything, specialize… You have to understand yourself and how you process and take-in information Learning and getting good with any programming language takes time, give it time… For beginners I will advice you read articles about Software Development entirely and not just about any particular technology; the language is just a means, it is not a major part of the skill, the language is a tool; Beginners need to be introduced to the whole career, concepts and then they can be introduced to programming languages. Find your center, that thing that makes you who you are, that makes you thick… Find your core, this opens a whole lot of opportunities for you…
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November 9, 2017
Episode 009 - Collaboration, Community; Growth Hacks for Developers
Today’s episode features a Frontend Legend and an Amazing Software Developer, Mr. Okechukwu Ifeora, an Entrepreneur and software developer at Omniswift with loads and loads of experience in User centered design and as a self taught developer there are lots of lessons to draw from his journey. To go far in this creative field and any other field you need to love what you do… You have to be committed to your journey, deciding that I can’t afford to let myself down, that inner push helped me” My Take-Aways from today’s Episode: Being part of a community is diamond for any software developer, you are around a body of knowledge that compliments you and you also compliment them… A community gives you a group of people talented in there various spheres, and something rubs off on you by interaction and sharing of knowledge There are different paths to take in picking a career in Software Development, you have to know and understand the way you learn, you have to match your own personal capabilities and the way you approach learning… Mentorship is critical and necessary; it can be direct or indirectly: directly in person or indirectly via blog posts, lectures, tweets etc. Communities can help with mentorship and not just leave mentorship for only individuals… Mentorship and guidance is not just for beginners; other developers seeking growth need ways
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November 3, 2017
Episode 008 - Branding and Positioning
Mr. Bamise Babasola, Graduate of Psychology Obafemi Awolowo University, he is a Digital Savvy, Dynamic Speaker and The Digital Alchemist. Branding and Positioning for Creative Professionals in the Market place. The question is what do you want to do and how do you want to go about it… if you just want to be like everyone else, you will get lost in the crowd… What is that extra you add to your own service offering that pushes you a notch further than the others… Distinguishing yourself goes beyond satisfying that person, it also extends to how you make them feel…   My Take Aways from today’s Episode: Excellence is in the minute details, you don’t have to do something overly huge… focus on the things you can sustain and can be easily transferred, “There is no perfect” perfect is the best we see now, someone else will wake up tomorrow and say there is still a mile further and push it further, that is how the bar of excellence is continually raised. Poor ethics has been an issue with most Freelancers and Creatives, you have to be different, good work ethics is a gap that if you fill for yourself today will stand out from the crowd… You have to give Value to your client consistently before you request for sales “When you capture a client, you have access to his network” Give your heart to that client you have now, it is like the ripple effect, a satisfied client will refer you to his network “Money flows in the direction of value” Whatever you do for your client, do it well
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October 27, 2017
Episode 007 - Client Attraction and Consistency
In today’s episode I talk with Mr. Believe Stanley, He is a Brand Developer and Visionary TREND (The Real Entrepreneur Next Door). We discuss issues relating to onboarding new clients and strategies you could for client attraction, retaining and nurturing Clients. We had confession sessions too (eh eh), we talked about issues we are struggling with and ways we are working to deliver consistent value.   My Take Aways From This Episode CONSISTENCY and Continuous Growth; there are mindsets, limiting beliefs and practices that keep us on a stagnated, for things to change, our thought process needs to change. Being Honesty and straightforward with your client pays in the long run, it might hurt but in the end you are reliable and consistent. Always maintain a line of communication with Clients and everyone working on a project, the benefits are well worth it. You have know and understand who your client really is… this foster better relationships You have to offer value and when you clients can see and understands the benefits that accrues to his/her business from your service you get referrals and repeat business.
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October 20, 2017
Episode 006 - The Need for Specialization, benefits of commitment and motivation
For the programmer as a problem solver, an ability that is a necessity is iterative learning, the paradigm of Specialization cannot be overemphasized, it is a great thing to understand a few programming languages and concepts, but beyond the basics it is imperative to have a strong knowledge base in particular areas and fields, specialization or becoming an expert in a field will not only enhance your economic value but it also makes you an authority… Today on the show our guest, Mr. Musa Abugi, a Creative Professional, a Developer, Graduate of Chemistry from the University of Abuja, passionate trainer and programmer shares his views and experiences on specialization, motivation, listening to your inner voice and more… My Take Aways from today’s Episode: Commitment shows up in what you do consistently Everything boils down to motivation and positivity… Surround yourself with positivity, positive persons and positive energy… Don’t beat yourself up when some concepts and ideologies seem above your head and or you have a hard time understand these concepts, give it time, with time and experience comes a whole new perspective. Getting a mentor early in your career path saves you a lot of time and helps you avoid some pitfalls… Learn one thing at a time. “Where your focus goes, energy flows” – Tony Robbins.
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October 13, 2017
Episode 005 - Consistently solving design needs makes you the designer
About today’s Guest – Ademola Badejo, He is an Amazing Designer, a Brand Consultant with Silky Creation, a Design Agency in Abuja, in this episode he speaks about the goal of design, the making of a designer, client attraction and so much more…   Design has a goal it must meet… Every element in your format must be channeled to that goal…. Design is a tool, it should have the user as the focal point of all decisions you make in your design… That you use a software does not automatically make you a designer…. Your software applications are just tools, you are the wielder of the sword….   My Take Aways: It is when people start trusting you with work and you deliver consistently, that is when you can call yourself a designer… until you solve peoples’ design problems professionally you are not a designer… Meeting the design need makes you the designer… Get a knowledge base of the world of design, understand how design works in the business work, know the terms in your industry… Go for training… there are tons of educational materials online When you are in a community of like minded people, you are forced you to level up and become better… “My mantra for client attraction is “One Good job deserves another…” Good design is intuitive…. People might not be able to tell what works in the design… good design sells itself… Good work will attract referrals… As a Creative your work will sell you… Your desired clients’ are accustomed to a certain kind of lifestyle… they speak a certain kind of language, you can’t fix everybody’s design problems… get clear on the kind of audience you want to attract and design to suit that audience… be the kind of person your ideal client will want to work with… It will take a while, but keep at it and it will pay off… Worth thinking about…. Whatever is your core, be the best of whom you have been sent here to be…What do you want to offer to your world as a designer and creative person….Channel your energies to becoming the best at what you do…
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October 6, 2017
Episode 004 - Put in the Time and do the work
Today’s Guest, is just Awemazing… He is so full of knowledge and plenty action…. He is a Doer… Trust me, the time spent during this conversation was truly a time of unlearning and relearning…. Ebuka, Ugwu, a Software Crafter, Developer Trainer and Telecoms Engineer, we look at his journey and reflect on some lessons and experiences…   Take Aways from today’s episode: We all have different learning styles, find out what works for you and stick to it Even if you cannot do something now or you don’t have the skillset to do something, just have the believe that you can and know that the deciding factor is time, the effort and work you put in that stands you out If you feel like you are not good enough, if you are always doubting yourself, just calm down and tell yourself that I may not be there yet but if I put in the time and work, “I will get There” You have to do, to get better at any skill you just have to do… Execution is everything! It doesn’t have to be perfect, just start, Imbibe the culture of doing, put in the time… There are no dumb people, only dedicated people… Make sure you have accountability partners and be accountable…
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September 29, 2017
Episode 003 - Your Passion and Interests determines how far you go
John Ebireri is a Software Developer and the Head of I.T, Louis Valentino Nigeria Limited a world-class trading franchise…. Visit Louis Valentino’s website – http://louisvalentino.net/. In today’s episode we talk about How and why Mr. John Ebireri chose the Creative Profession My Take-Aways from today’s Episode You are most likely going to excel in areas where you are passionate and have a natural interest in…. Its okay not to “get it” the first time… The best way to learn, is to teach it It is unnecessary to memorize syntaxes, just find out how and why When starting pick a language/technology that is relevant today… have to be honest with yourself about your current abilities and commit to get better…
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September 22, 2017
Episode 002 - You are Creative
The Conversation, You Are Creative with Mr. Believe Stanley,  Graphic Designer, Writer and Author, Creative Director – Vertical Vision, Convener – T.R.E.N.D. In this Episode we covered Mr. Believe’s Journey, how He got started in design, initial challenges and how he surmounted them. Starting out creating and designing handmade cards… Coming from the Creative Arts background, positions he’s held in the past helped shape his Design life… My Take-aways from today’s episode: Your journey could be fast-tracked when you get connected to a mentor, coach or accountability partner Relationships are valuable, learn from industry trail blazer’s (understudy the giants) You can create a profession from your skills You have to take risks, that is the only way to grow
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September 15, 2017
Episode 001 - Lets Go
In this very first episode of The Creative’s Chronicles, I talk about the reason for this podcast and what its intended to accomplish – “telling the stories of Creatives, their journey so far”; here we celebrating the victories, take notes from the lessons and experiences thus becoming so much more…. I talk about my believe in the uniqueness of our life’s journey and I believe there is always room for growth and improvement, we can always do better and become better. So Here is to that Designer, Developer, Photographer, Writer, Creative Professional or you with hopes of getting started in career as a Creative… For starters, a little about me, I am a Graphic and Web Designer, I started out as a computer operator in a business centre and after a few years, I became a Secretary for a Construction Company, after 2 years working as a secretary I had this feeling that there’s got to be more than what I was doing… Opportunity presented itself in the form of an Internship role with a Design Agency, believe me it wasn’t an easy path at all, it included a take home pay that barely covered my transport fare, excluding feeding and other expenses, but I am indeed grateful to God for the opportunities and avenues for growth this internship role played in my journey as a Creative… Your path might be different or similar but all have to make sacrifices and take risks, this in itself is a necessity,  and now I can boldly say I have no regrets taking this route… did I make mistakes? Plenty, Did I learn? Yes I did, Would I do things a little different, hmmm… probably, like the saying goes if we knew better we will do better… and I really do appreciate everyone that has made contributions in this journey, My Mom and Amazing siblings, Bosses like Ademola Badejo, The Amazing lessons from Chris Do and this Amazing Legend – The Sage “Segun Adebayo” The UX Legend, Boss Believe Stanley, Dayo Akindolani, wonderful co-workers and the Awesome Legends at D21.5 Century you all rock! If you want to get started as a designer, outside learning the basics, a very crucial part of your career will be relationships… Value them, it matters… remember the golden rule, treat others as you want to be treated, it works…. believe me, Value people… Next week on this Podcast will have on this show an Amazing Creative… who will be sharing with us his journey and experiences, so please tune in next week on Friday for another interesting Episode… Don’t forget to leave your comments and feedback on this episode, I am very open to feedback… I am going to leave links in the show notes to articles and resources that will help you on this path as a Creative…. Remember We are together in this journey and together we will become our best selves, I believe we have an enormous amount of opportunity to do better if we decide to push ourselves, sometimes you’ve just got to take that that role, do that task, take that opportunity, if it works out great, if not, well you learned, pick yourself up and keep on going, you deserve better, so become better…  I will see you at the top – I am Bright Emeka, Your Host
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September 8, 2017
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