Oh my – i hate watching myself on video, but I think we all feel that way so i will share this! This was a rapid 20×20 presentation (20 slides each for 20 seconds) i did at the PKNRaleigh evening in Raleigh a few weeks ago.

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IBM asks its CSC Alumni to make two presentations after completing their assignment – one internally and one externally. I love the Pecha Kucha format and was very fortunate to be selected for the PKNRaleigh event in September.

I believe that it will be videoed and I will share that when it is available but it would be great to see many of you there in person if you are nearby. You’ll only have to listen to me for 6 minutes and 40 seconds talking about my experiences in Nigeria!

Check out the PKNRaleigh website  for details – it is free to attend but you do need to register in advance!

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The BBC have just published a photo gallery of  an exhibition of four contemporary artists from Africa which is co-produced by a gallery in Lagos, Nigeria.  It’s currently on show at the Tate Modern Gallery in London.



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An interesting essay on IBM’s plans for Africa.   Very interesting.




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There seems to be a continuous flow of things to remind me of my time in Nigeria.

  1. I converted this blog into a book – primarily for mu mum to read, and I mailed her a copy today.  If you are interested, I have a couple of extra copies going spare!
  2. I visited the dentist this morning due to what is now pretty acute toothache.   I was thinking how relieved i am that this didn’t occur when I was in Nigeria.   Root canal on #3 scheduled for tomorrow.
  3. Betsy told me about a feature on NPR’s The World about a Nigerian Jazz performer and I also am listening to an album by Asa who is a Nigerian singer/songwriter.
  4. I am planning a Corporate Social Responsibility event at IBM RTP for the SWG Opportunities for Growth team that I used to lead.  This should be fun – I am planning on making at Pecha Kucha style delivery – 20 slides for 20 second each – along with four other contributors including Jennifer who lives in Chapel Hill but who was in Kazakhstan with the #IBMCSC whilst I was in nigeria.  and a Q&A.  i also submitted an abstract for #PKNRALEIGH so may get to deliver a fast pitch there in front of a public audience  in a downtown bar in Raleigh!  i also will be doing a presentation to my Boy Scout Troop.
  5. I also subscribed to a blog from a VSO volunteer, Kim Kennett, who is working in a part of remote Nigeria, not that far from Abuja.  She has some wonderful insights on Nigerian life and I thoroughly recommend reading her blog.


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Press Release

Here is IBM’s press release regarding the work of the IBM CSC Nigeria 5 team.


IBM Volunteer Team Supports Poverty Relief Goals As Part Of Nigeria’s Millennium Development Project

Abuja, Nigeria July, 11 201: An international team of 13 consultant-volunteers from IBM’s Corporate Service Corps programme have completed a month-long term in which they helped Nigeria to move a step closer to reaching the country’s Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty, improving education and harnessing sustainable energy.

The team, comprising IBM employees from five countries, provided assistance to several Nigerian government agencies by training government employees to manage projects more efficiently and installing technology to share information more effectively. They also introduced systems to track assets more thoroughly, explained strategies for measuring progress, introduced tools for generating more thorough reports, and educated stakeholders about technology that harnesses cleaner, cheaper and renewable energy sources.

“The IBM consultants have left an indelible mark on the delivery of public services in Nigeria, by enhancing the quality of basic services using information technology,”said Taiwo Otiti, Country General Manager for West Africa. “As we mark IBM’s Centennial, this is yet another example of how IBM staff worldwide are giving back to communities globally”

Working with the National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP), the team of IBM consultants trained key staff on project management methodologies and computer usage. They also installed a localised knowledge management system within NAPEP’s legal department which will be scaled up nationally. This system allows the legal team to more easily record institutional knowledge and assign the most appropriate staff to the projects that best suit their skills.

At the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), IBM consultants introduced an Education Management Information System for tracking school assets and the effectiveness of education to quantify the return on investment in basic education.

The IBM Corporate Service Corps team also worked with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), where they introduced information technology and communication solutions to enable timely reporting and management of data on children’s and women’s health.

The team worked with the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on key performance-indicators and provided training in project management and at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), users were trained to better manage software development projects. One group worked with the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) to improve existing e-learning programs in secondary schools by introducing solar energy to provide power for computers.

The engagement in Nigeria exemplifies the volunteerism that has characterised IBM during its 100 years in business.  The company’s centennial is being celebrated this year, most notably with an emphasis on public service. The engagements builds on a number of previous IBM Corporate Service Corps projects in Africa — a focus continent for the program me. Since July 2008, IBM’s Corporate Service Corps has deployed more than 350 IBM employees to South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, and Egypt.  Through these projects, IBM has worked with local organisations and businesses across Africa to support community-driven economic development.

The Corporate Service Corps (CSC) is a global IBM initiative designed to provide small businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations in growth markets with sophisticated business consulting and skills development to help improve local conditions and foster job creation. IBM deploys teams of top employees from around the world representing IT, research, marketing, finance and business development to growth markets for a period of one month. The employees work pro-bono with local organisations and businesses on projects that intersect business, technology and society.

As a global programme, over the past three years the IBM Corporate Service Corps has deployed more than 1200 IBM employees in over 100 teams to 23 countries around the world. Projects vary from assisting networks of entrepreneurs and small businesses trying to grow and reach export markets to the adoption of new and smart technological ideas by the private and public sectors.


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A few photos of life having got back home a couple of hours ago.

Reading the Newspaper

Reading the final edition of the News of the World which I picked up at Heathrow this morning. Note that this is the first and only time I bought this rag.


The pool boy

Cleaning the pool. Lynn and the family have done a good job keeping it under control.

Playing fetch with Abby

Abby still loves her tennis balls!

Nigeria is full of gifted tailors. Our clients, UBEC brought a chap into the office. We didn’t even know that he was there – he eyed us up and made our Kaftans and trousers to perfect measurements. Thank you to UBEC for such a kind gift which I will treasure for a long time. I bought the hat on Friday afternoon at the market at the central Mosque in Abuja! Planning to wear it out to a formal dinner next week! It will certainly be a talking point, if nothing else!!

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