The Word Café Podcast with Amax

Amachree Isoboye Afanyaa

My unique message to the world is the power behind the words of our mouths. We have made light of it but cannot escape the fruits thereof. For me, words are the unit of creation, the building block on which our existence evolves. This podcast is for everyone who wants to better their living by using words and applying themselves wisely. I will be using the storytelling style fused with imaginative nuances to transport the listener to that place, where possibilities are not luxuries but everyday experience; movie in voice. This podcast will emphasize the power of routine, and what you repeatedly do, you most likely build capacity and expertise for what you repeatedly do. My podcast will help the listener learn how to practice success because the same amount of time you use in complaining is the same you can use to plant, build, prune, etc. I intend to draw the listener's attention to the power of their words.

S1 Ep. 87 The Mind of Innovation
2d ago
S1 Ep. 87 The Mind of Innovation
The mind is such a beautiful thing that God has given us to solve life's challenges. I describe it as an immortal machine that has endless scenarios of application when its potential is harnessed adequately by activating its unimaginable possibilities. As powerful as the mind is, it can only respond to those stimuli that excite it to create. Creativity excites the mind, and those who have come to know this secret always dwell within the domain of the mind and engage it to develop innovative ideas and answers and solutions to life's questions and problems. Such individuals don't run away from the troubles; instead, they run towards them as if to say, I have found an opportunity for the mind to work, to be stretched, and come up with ways and perspective which seemingly was not seen even though it existed.On this episode of the Word café, I am privileged to have someone I consider to have a mind of innovation. His name is Dr. Noel Akpata. Dr. Noel Akpata is a seasoned innovation strategy consultant, social innovator, impact investor, and Global Business speaker. After undergoing a massive career transition from Medicine and Surgery driven by purpose, passion, and a need for excellent performance, Dr. Noel Akpata, over the years, has developed a massive interest and harnessed necessary skills in the areas of strategy and execution, social innovation, human resource development, project management, social business sector development and national development making him highly sought after.  He is a renowned knowledge expert/speaker at several global meetings, most especially the prestigious Horasis "World Economic Forum For Emerging Markets" events which brings together Chairmen/CEOs of some of the world's leading firms alongside global political leaders, an event described as the new 'DAVOS'. He currently serves as the Africa director for the Horasis World Economic Forum for the Emerging Markets and has created veritable platforms for economic and political integration.  He chaired the Nigeria-China-Netherlands Forum at Horasis, which held its first session at the Global China Business Meeting, Hague, Netherlands, in November 2013. In 2015 he founded Nigeria's Electricity market Summit Group and became one of the select Africans to be invited to the Prestigious Ambrosetti Forum, which is named the number one Italian Private Think Tank and the fourth in Europe in the University of Pennsylvania's Global Go To Think Tank Index report. He founded and built a strategy for the National ICT Youth Empowerment Scheme in partnership with an arm of the Government-The National Information Technology Development Agency, which is currently being executed nationwide in the nation of Nigeria. He is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants/International Council of Consulting Institutes and a Certified Management Consultant of the International Council of Consulting Institutes. Belt of TruthExploring topics crucial for men on their journey to becoming spiritual leaders.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
S1 Ep. 86 Pause and Ponder With Charles Hamm
Aug 3 2022
S1 Ep. 86 Pause and Ponder With Charles Hamm
Pause and Ponder!Wisdom is a virtue that isn't innate but can only beacquired through experience. Anyone interested in trying newthings and reflecting on the process can gain Wisdom. Bylearning as much as possible, analyzing your experiences, and putting your knowledge to the test, you can become wiser  'Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding' Proverbs 4:7Wisdom is one phenomenon that we cannot live without, and it forms the foundation of our existence and how we perceive and interpret our reality. So one can logically infer that if I get Wisdom, navigating through life will be manageable within the framework of possibility, but how can I get this Wisdom?The initial question has kept many awake, restless, and yearning for an answer. In the bid to proffer a response to this query, an Indian Sufi articulated his thought from experiences in describing this phenomenon thus;I asked for strength, and God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for Wisdom, and God gave me problems to solve. I asked for prosperity, and God gave me brawn and brain to work. I asked for courage, and God gave me dangers to overcome. I asked for love, and God gave me troubled people to help. I asked for favors, and God gave me opportunities. I received nothing I wanted. I received everything I needed. My prayers were answered.A careful look at this expression reveals one who was not in a hurry but careful in observing his internal dialogues with respect to the external pressures and the responses to these externalities are the insights he has received from what I describe as the 'pause and ponder' moments in relationship with the Divine through an established channel, yeah fellowship.In this Episode of the Word Café, our focus is on Wisdom and how we can build capacity. It is an honor to have Charles Hamm help our understanding within this space.Charles Hamm describes himself as a "Texan to the bone." Charles Hamm is a veteran Marine sergeant and retired successful businessman and entrepreneur. He holds a Classical Greek and Hebrew degree and is a passionate student of ancient history. Charles is well-known on LinkedIn for sharing his thoughts about life and lessons learned from seventy-five years of navigating the twists, turns, and ups and downs of life's often difficult roads we all travel. He and his wife Kathy have been married 54 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. They reside in Magnolia, Texas, where they are enjoying their golden years.Support the show
S1 Ep. 85 The Pulpit, My Stage
Jul 27 2022
S1 Ep. 85 The Pulpit, My Stage
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. William ShakespeareGive me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. Archimedes The purpose question defines Life and living and somewhat gives a perspective to our presence here on Earth. Every day is a continuous search and pursuit of this to discover more of it and live it to the fullest. Being here is not enough. We all yearn for a space, a stage to connect with and stand on to express ourselves regarding our deepest desires, that feeling that keeps us awake. The stage is like an extension, a connector of our person, and whenever we are on it, time and everything stand still to allow us to be and to become. On this episode of the Word Café, I sit with someone who discovered his stage and is using it for good. His name is Tayo Tychus, A clergyman. Pastor Tayo Tychus, the founder and lead pastor of Abundant Life Chapel in Maryland, US, is a gifted and anointed preacher of God's Word, with a message of hope and transformation for this generation.Author of "The Abundant Life," a fun, rich, and relatable book that guides living abundantly starting today. Abundant Life shares powerful insights from scripture to lead you to this simple, life-changing truth: abundant Life is a promise already fulfilled.He is passionate about living the Abundant Life as promised by Christ in John 10:10 and leading others to Abundance. He is a teacher, coach, and mentor.He is husband to Dr. Ena Tychus and father to 3 lovely children.He is a Cyber security expert by profession and currently runs his own Cyber Security Consulting Firm.He enjoys sports and sharing a good laugh with family and friends.Belt of TruthExploring topics crucial for men on their journey to becoming spiritual leaders.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
S1 Ep. 84 Blessing The Opera Singer and Her Journey
Jul 20 2022
S1 Ep. 84 Blessing The Opera Singer and Her Journey
What is Music, and why is it so crucial to human existence and communication?Music is the art of arranging sound. It is one of the universal cultural aspects of all human societies. Music may be defined with styles that emphasize, de-emphasize, or omit common elements of organized sound, such as rhythm, volume, and pitch. WikipediaFrom the above definition, we can see that Music is a force that defines our existence, forms, and relationships. A combination of vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotions is seen in our everyday lives, and somehow we are moved by the sound of Music.Music as an expression is presented in various forms and styles depending on the patterns, bits, and instrumentation. This is heavily influenced by the cultural nuances of the different people groups who express themselves by the use of sound rhythmically and so have created different blends. These blends are categorized as follows, jazz, hip-hop, popular Music, Reggae, Blues, Rock, and Soul.In this episode of the Word café, we will be discussing Music with Agu Blessing Ulunma.Agu Blessing Ulunma is a Graduate Student at the University of Notre Dame Master's in Sacred Music Program. Opera Singer (Voice Major)                                                                                             Belt of TruthExploring topics crucial for men on their journey to becoming spiritual leaders.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
S1 Ep. 83 The Much Ado About Work
Jul 13 2022
S1 Ep. 83 The Much Ado About Work
Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the global economy and somehow has redefined the landscape of work. The traditional way of working, which entailed moving to a particular place called an office before work can take place, has been transformed. Technology has proven that work can be done from anywhere given the right tools.One voice that has been big on this for a while now is Jesuthasan Ravin. In a recent interview with INSIDER, he opined that the future of work had become an all-encompassing buzzword, representing everything from automation to working remotely.  at its core, the future is about breaking jobs down to their essential duties. That's according to Ravin Jesuthasan, the global leader for transformation services at the consulting firm Mercer who has written several books on the future of work."It's essentially going to a much more granular level of analysis than just this thing called a job," he told Insider. We are honored to have him on this episode of the Word Café Podcast.Ravin Jesuthasan, global thought leader, futurist, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author on the future of work, automation, and human capitalHe is a recognized global thought leader, futurist, and author on the future of work, automation, and human capital. He has led numerous research projects for the World Economic Forum, including its ground-breaking studies; Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society, Creating a Shared Vision for Talent in the 4th Industrial Revolution, and HR 4.0. He is a regular participant and presenter at the World Economic Forum's annual meetings in Davos and Dalian/Tianjin and a member of the forum's Chief Human Resources Officer community  He has been a featured speaker on the topics mentioned earlier at conferences in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Latin America. He has also been featured and quoted extensively by leading business media, including CNN, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Fortune, FT, The Nikkei (Japan), Les Echoes (France), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), Valor Economico (Brazil), Business Times (Malaysia), Globe and Mail (Canada), South China Morning Post, Dubai One TV and The Australian among others. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities worldwide, including Oxford University, Northwestern University, Caltech, and the University of Southern California.  He was named to the Thinkers 50 Radar Class of 2020. I have also been recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine, one of the top 8 future of work influencers by Tech News, and one of the top 100 HR influencers by HR Executives. He is the author of Transformative HR, Lead The Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment, Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach to Applying Automation to Work, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller; Work Without Jobs: How to Reboot Your Organization's Work Operating System. He has authored over 200 articles, including 15 for the Harvard Business Review and the Sloan Management Review. My article in the HR People and Strategy Journal entitled Performance Management as a Business Discipline received the Walker Award for the most original and valuable contribution to the HR profession.Jesuthasan works with tech leaders and otherBelt of TruthExploring topics crucial for men on their journey to becoming spiritual leaders.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
S1 Ep. 77 My Visit to the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN)
Jun 8 2022
S1 Ep. 77 My Visit to the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN)
Sometime in 2021, I had the rare opportunity of visiting the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN)Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) was established in 2004 as an affiliate of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. It was incorporated in March 2004 as a local non-governmental organization with a Board of Directors. PicturesHowever, the inception of IHVN started with Dr. William Blattner and Dr. Alash’le Abimiku, both working at the National Institute’s of Health and conducting early studies to track the emerging HIV epidemic in Nigeria. In 1995, Dr. Blattner in partnership with Dr. Robert C. Gallo and Dr. Robert Redfield  co-founded Institute of Human Virology (IHV), University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. Drs. Blattner and Abimiku successfully competed for international funding from the US Military, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) AIDS Program for a University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP) award to support the establishment and growth of IHVN.  Since 2004, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has supported the AIDS Care and Treatment in Nigeria (ACTION) project and follow-on grants, ACTION Plus, ACTION PlusUp and Action to Control HIV Epidemic through Evidence (ACHIEVE) projects.  had an amazing time with the Chief Executive Office, Dr. Patrick Dakum who gave me a detailed mind tour of the organization on what they do and their economic importance.Take a listen   Belt of TruthExploring topics crucial for men on their journey to becoming spiritual leaders.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
S1 Ep. 76 My Communication and Branding Story With Perez Tigidam
Jun 1 2022
S1 Ep. 76 My Communication and Branding Story With Perez Tigidam
What is branding? Is it that logo and badge you wear and carry?As opined by Walter Landor, Founder of Landor “Products are made in a factory but brands are created in the mind”In both the personal and corporate space, the above questions consciously and unconsciously come to us. We all work at making those impressions that will endear us to people in the bid to profit from it somehow. Perception is golden within the communication and branding space, and it has overwhelming power in expressing your thoughts in your speaking, reacting, and promoting your content in a sense.One can safely say that this is a combination of 'the what and why' of one's doing and becoming, a vehicle that warehouses and carries the promise of quality with the intention of no disappointments.In this episode of the Word Café, our focus will be on Communication and Branding, the personal story of Perez Tigidam.Perez Tigidam is a Brand & Communications Strategy Professional. He is one of Nigeria's leading communications and brand growth strategists. Currently, he leads the strategy and planning team at Arden & Newton, a pan Africa-focused integrated brand Communications Company. As a lead strategist, he has been responsible for some of Nigeria's most significant corporate transformation and rebranding projects for companies in the Oil & Gas, Financial services, and public sectors. His unique approach to communications through cutting-edge story-crafting and sticky narratives has made him a highly sought-after brand transformation strategist for projects involving mergers & acquisitions of publicly listed companies and legacy brands in Nigeria. He's also been the communications consultant for some of the country's prominent corporate rebranding exercises.  His in-depth understanding of the media landscape in Africa has also helped him evolve as a reputation management specialist with a portfolio of experience working with global organizations and corporate executives across Africa to help build, position, and manage their reputation. In 2017, he founded the Africa Business Meetings, a platform for executive-level conferences in Africa. The ABM brings business executives from around the continent to converge on new thinking, best practices, and growth for the continent with conferences hosted in several countries across Africa. He has hosted or partnered with conferences across Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya, Egypt, and Ethiopia. He is a team player, thought leader, and digital-first creative—a unique addition to every team and an Africa-first business strategist.Belt of TruthExploring topics crucial for men on their journey to becoming spiritual leaders.Listen on: Apple Podcasts   SpotifySupport the show
S1 Ep. 74 Remote Working in Nigeria
May 25 2022
S1 Ep. 74 Remote Working in Nigeria
Is the corner office pursuit still accurate, or Is it the fight of the home office now? This thought came to my mind today, looking back to the years leading to pre-COVID; this was the dream for so many of us in the corporate 'rat race' pursuit for that promotion, recognition, and the chair on the big table. It was part of that extrinsic identity to be seen as the boss or the goal-getter.In the light of the present realities, I ask myself, is the corner office syndrome still relevant, considering we are all somewhat operating from different corners of the earth far from that office space, which before now created that sense of the 'boss man in charge' mindset? Obviously, this order is redefined, and our classification will not be the same again. The other day, a colleague of mine dropped a line in our conversation; I can't believe it is a little over a year since I stepped into the office building, and yet I have been so productive operating from my home' office.' Wake up and smell the coffee; the corner office is gone for good. All we have now is a home office and what counts now is the value you can create through diligence and not the service of the eyes.So many organizations globally are rethinking their process and structure of operating to make the best use of the current.We are all dealing with the reality of remote working in its different shades and sizes now. It is seen in hybrid form and complete 'ghost mode.' Recently I carried out an independent survey on the subject. The response I got was obvious; people are embracing the style of work in which they want to be in control of their time without affecting productivity.So now we ask, does physical presence equal productivity?In this episode of the Word Café, I will be discussing this within the Nigerian work context with Tari Akhibi.Tari Akhibi is a Human Resources Professional with over 20 years of experience, successfully delivering HR Management, including recruitment and retention, learning delivery, change management, business planning, budget planning, and Industrial Relations. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills combined with a focus on Business delivery.Support the show
S1 Ep. 73 The Art & Technology of Learning
May 18 2022
S1 Ep. 73 The Art & Technology of Learning
Life is for living and living a fulfilled life, one must have the vision to see that every day does not come just come to pass; instead, each day is a step that leads to that ultimate day of fulfillment.So what is vision exactly? Is it having sight? As opined by Helen Keller, The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. From The aforementioned, it is evident that having sight does not necessarily mean having a vision, but having a vision somehow activates your sight and puts you on the path of continuous improvement in bringing you to that place you have envisioned with your mind's eyes.Continuous improvement that is borne from a vision is appreciated on the platform of learning. This learning is not cast in stone; instead, it is built within the framework of change that can be best described by an evolving principle of getting better by the day by not holding unto the past, instead of embracing the future by building on the current revelations.The place of learning in human endeavors cannot be overemphasized. As we know it, our world today has been formed within the crucible of learning. Great minds have come to dominate the externals by looking inwards in asking questions that have led them to discover unique concepts and principles that have guided our civilizations' interactions.In this episode of the Word Café, we will be looking at the art and technology of learning and how learning can be effectively used in handling the challenges of the 21st century. I have the honour of discussing this with Simerjet Singh.Simerjeet Singh is a Virtual Keynote Speaker, International Motivational Speaker, Mindset Coach, and Growth Catalyst at Cutting Edge Learning SystemsSupport the show
S1 Ep. 72 Made in Nigeria With Dike Chukwumerije
May 11 2022
S1 Ep. 72 Made in Nigeria With Dike Chukwumerije
Pledge to Nigeria, my Country. To be faithful, loyal, and honest. To serve Nigeria with all my strength. To defend her unity and uphold her honour and glory. So help me, God.The above prayer is the Nigerian national pledge. I remember the first time I said these lines, and I think it was in my Primary School. I consider it a true prayer from the heart, committing to something tremendous and expressing my faith concerning my Country's fate, a place God has given me to live, lead, and show forth His Glory.The pride of nationhood cannot be over-emphasized; it gives that identity, dignity, and confidence that one belongs to something significant and enduring.Nigeria is my Country, and I consider her a miracle. She (Nigeria) is the most populous black Nation on earth with a very complex people spread in terms of diversity and ethnicity, and each yearns for identity and belonging. This yearning has brought about so much agitation within the Nation. I have come to see about the Nigerian spirit because it has defied logic and has created this unique voice of resilience that cannot be denied globally.Nigeria and Nigerians – The younger population- are searching for nationhood, a place that they will call their own and home. A place to dream, desire, and grow into a fulfilled and satisfied human being with dignity.This cry can be heard and felt across the land; even those who have somehow found their way out of the Country still have these tears on their faces and hope that someday not too far from this day, our collective prayer will be answered.A good number of well-meaning Nigerians have come to a place where the belief in their Country is now questionable, and they are in dire need of a Miracle to turn the Nation's fortunes around.In this Epistle of the Word Café, I have the opportunity of discussing Nigeria with Dike Chulkwumerije.Dike Chukwumerije is a Nigerian spoken word and performance poetry artist and an award-winning author. He has eight published books, including the novel Urichindere, which won the 2013 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Prize for Prose Fiction[1][2] and a poetry theatre production - Made In Nigeria - currently touring the Country. As of May 2022, it has been to 17 Nigerian cities: Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, Benin, Ile-Ife, Maiduguri, Yola, Bonny, and Jos. Minna, Kano.Chukwumerije was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2016Support the show
S1 Ep. 71 Organizational Politics
May 4 2022
S1 Ep. 71 Organizational Politics
In his Politics, Aristotle believed humankind was a "political animal" because he is a social creature with the power of speech and moral reasoning: Hence it is evident that the state is a creation of nature and that man is by nature a political animal. And he who by nature and not by mere accident is without a condition is either above humanity or below it; he is the 'Tribeless, lawless, hearthless one,' whom Homer denounces—the outcast who is a lover of war; he may be compared to a bird which flies alone.  political nature of man is seen in almost everything humankind is involved in as long as there is a decision or choice to be made in a formal setting like an organization or informal setting that warehouses human activity x-rayed through exchanges.One then would ask, what is organizational politics (workplace politics)?Workplace politics is the process and behavior involving power and authority in human interactions. It is also a tool to assess the operational capacity and to balance diverse views of interested parties. It is also known as office politics and organizational politics. WikipediaFrom the definition above, it is evident that interest be it from an individual or group point of view, is what drives politics, more so in an organizational setting. The culture that operates in an organization is not immune from that which is operational in the broader society. What happens out there also finds its way into the walls and structures of the organization.Organizational politics is our focus in this episode of the Word Café. I will be discussing this with Evi Constance Omagbemi, a Maritime Regulatory Lawyer, Compliance Risk Management expert, a Researcher, and an Author.Support the show
S1 Ep. 70 The Energy Transition and Our Future
Apr 27 2022
S1 Ep. 70 The Energy Transition and Our Future
Energy security and insecurity equal a lot of changes in our society, both in a positive and negative sense. Energy dynamics drive the epic changes we see today. This energy comes in different forms, but the energy from fossils has occupied the highest position of the energy hierarchy scale since its discovery in commercial quantity more than two hundred years ago. It has provided over 90% of the World's energy source and has also provided job opportunities that have improved the World's economy. The dependence on energy from fossil fuels has also brought about specific environmental changes due to carbon emission. There has been a clamoring for an alternative energy source, a transition from the over-dependence on energy from fossil fuel in the recent past.The energy transition is an important topic in virtually all media discussions with different experts within the field analyzing, postulating, and coming up with other theories on the alternatives.Our focus on the WordCafe today will be Energy transition and the effect on our way of life and living as we know it today. I have the privilege of doing this with Adrian Mason.Adrian Mason is an expert in the oil and gas sector with over 15 years of conscious experience. His insight and depth of knowledge within the industry are undeniably recognizable. One can see this on his LinkedIn activities, where he shares some beautiful insights on the energy outlookSupport the show
S1 Ep. 69 Unpacking The Future With John Sanei
Apr 19 2022
S1 Ep. 69 Unpacking The Future With John Sanei
Human life is expressed on the scale of time, and those who have come to understand this tend to bend time to their advantage. Humanity is a native of time, and on that strength, you will think all of us should understand this and take advantage of time; obviously, this is not the case. Within this nativity, only a given few have, through discerning and practice, come to make time work for them in making their living count and profitable.Our perception and the interpretation of time have come under two categories looking at the journey of time; Kairos and Chronos. One describes the quality of time, while the other points to its quantity, all set within the framework of purpose.From the history books, the Sumerians have been known to have done so much on the concept of time.Sumerians Looked to the Heavens as They Invented the System of Time, And We Still Use it today. One might find it curious that we divide the hours into 60 minutes and the days into 24 hours - why not a multiple of 10 or 12? Put quite simply, the answer is because the inventors of time did not operate on a decimal (base-10) or duodecimal (base-12) system but on a sexagesimal (base-60) system. For the ancient Sumerian innovators who first divided the heavens' movements into countable intervals, 60 was the perfect number. The number 60 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20, and 30 equal parts. Moreover, ancient astronomers believed there were 360 ​​days in a year, a number which 60 fits neatly into six times. The Sumerian Empire did not last. However, for more than 5,000 years, the world has remained committed to its delineation of time. (@Emine Fougner International Best Selling Author: Romance Genre in English & Portuguese - Echoes in Eternity.)Undeniably, we are bound by time and are subject to its leadership. One unique expression of the concept of time in human civilization is the differentiation of time into the frame of past, present, and future based on experiences.This differentiation of time has come to guide how decisions are made in planning and executing programs. We see how people describe their lives in this sequence, I am walking from the past, using the buffer of now, the present, to run into my future. I just can't wait for the future. So I ask, is the future a place, an event, or something we are yet to become. The above is the focus of this episode of the Word Café. I am so happy to be discussing this with John Sanei.John Sanei is Africa's first-ever Singularity University faculty member, Associate Partner at Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, and a faculty member at Duke CE. He is a futures strategist and globally-acclaimed keynote speaker. He doesn't just think, write and talk about the future. He empowers executives, leaders, and organisations to do the same, using a dynamic mix of psychology, quantum technology, business strategy, and futurism to drive lasting change. A 4x bestselling author and co-host at The Expansive - one of SA's top business podcasts, John's helped countless executives, entrepreneurs, and go-getters to transform fear and uncertainty into excitement and action. John's masterclasses and keynotes are a must for future-forward leaders who are ready to lean into uncertainty and doubt, to rise with courage, clarity, and power.Support the show
S1 Ep. 68 The FemalePrenuer
Apr 13 2022
S1 Ep. 68 The FemalePrenuer
Who is the business space for in the true sense? Traditionally thinking has come to bequeath this space to men and, somehow, denies women the opportunity to express that God-given talent and gifts in fulfilling the God-given mandate of Dominion. So often, when the subject of entrepreneurship is mentioned, what comes to our minds are men carrying out business functions.There is an exception to this thinking. In the recent past, we have seen women rising to that occasion, and they are referred to as Femaleprenuers.  Fempreneurs are women who have taken to entrepreneurship, and the needed support diligently carries out the function to their fullest potential.At the Word Café Podcast, we have noticed and celebrated such women, and one that has come to make a strong impression on us is Audrey Joe-Ezigbo.She is one of the Judges in Season 2 of #LionsDenNigeria. An entrepreneur who has distinguished herself in the business landscape in Nigeria and Africa at large. She has built a thriving business alongside her husband within the oil and gas space.Audrey Joe-Ezigbo is an Award-Winning, Transformational Business Leader and Gas Executive, Mentor, author, and a double impact coach.She is the Deputy Managing Director of Falcon Corporation Limited, a company that she co-founded with her husband in 1994. In over 27 years of existence, Falcon has grown into the LDC of choice in Nigeria’s domestic Gas Sector. The Falcon brand has become an award-winning, wholly indigenous mid-and downstream Energy, Natural Gas Distribution, and LPG Trading company in Africa, enabling the deployment of Natural Gas and LPG as drivers of economic growth and industrialization.Her entrepreneurial and industry expertise has led her to receive many prestigious awards, recognitions, and appointments, such as:Lagos Business School Distinguished Alumni Award 2018Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa Award 2014 Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 AwardListed on the 2021 Power Woman 100 list in the Oil & Gas categoryRecognized among the 100 Outstanding Female Executives in the African Oil & Gas Industry in 2021Recognized as one of 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria 2019 by Leading Ladies AfricaAppointed as Advisory Board Member, Lagos Business School (LBS), Pan-Atlantic University (PAU)Designated as Advisory Board Member, Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) – PAU1st female President of Nigerian Gas Association (NGA)Fellow of the Energy InstituteFounding Member Women in Energy Network (Wien) Member & Global Role Model of Women in LPG (WiNLPG) Nigeria chapterMember, Nigeria Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) NCCF Diversity Sectoral Working GroupMember Executive Council of Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZImmediate Past Chair, Wimbiz Capital (WIMCAP) and Membership & Programs CommitteesIt is an honour to have her feature on the Word Café Podcast to share her story and humble beginnings. Her story is nothing but an inspiration. Support the show