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Decorating Your Home Could Be a Piece of Cake

Adding coziness and allure to a home is one goal inhabitants constantly strive to achieve. From the paints to furniture, blinds, and even floor mats, things need to change or improve from time to time in order to brighten the environment and make it conducive to live.

A lot of this will depend on taste, style, choices as well as budget. Decorating a home is not a task many look forward to but these few tricks and tips will help.

Have a clear intention

What exactly do you want? Do you want your home to have a particular personality? Are you trying to achieve a precise ambience? Answers to all these questions will give you direction and reduce the stress that can be associated with decorating your home.

Having an idea of the personality you intend to give your home will suggest the kind of materials needed to achieve this. For instance, if you want the ‘cool’ personality, you might want to avoid red, this is because red is believed to be lurid.

Create a budget

Set a reasonable budget based on the amount you can actually afford to spend. If you have a very low budget, your project can be in phases, starting from the most to the least important.

You don’t have to buy everything at once.

Pick your colors: You need a color scheme

color scheme

Courtesy: myhomeideas

But first you need to understand colors:

Understanding Color

It’s important to start with the basics of color theory. Look at a color wheel. First, identify the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. Next, look for secondary colors that are blends of the primary shades: orange, green, and violet. Finally, see how the tertiary colors are further blends: yellow-orange, blue-violet.

Complementary colors are located on opposite sides of the wheel (green and red). When combined, each makes the other appear more intense. Colors that are side-by-side on the wheel are analogous. They typically look good together

Go shopping

After making up your mind on what you want, how much you want to spend and your color scheme, you will need to hit the stores to make this happen. Avoid the temptation to go out of your color scheme idea, stick to the plan.

You might also want to take a few space measurements before you go shopping.

Get help

You can’t do everything alone. You can get professionals for painting, carpentry work etc. while relatives can help you with cleaning, packing and so much more.  This will reduce the stress and also project time.

Other Tips

Hang artworks

Add floating shelves


Discussing Teamwork with Uzo Oshogwe, MD/CEO, Afriland Properties Plc.

What is Teamwork?

Beyond functioning successfully as an individual, people have to work together to reach certain heights. A team is a group or number of persons aiming for a common goal. So, teamwork is when they work together. It’s a coordinated and cooperative efforts of a group in the interest of a common cause.

What is the role of teamwork in achieving organizational success?

An organization is only as strong and successful as its combined parts. Teamwork is absolutely fundamental for teams to work effectively and teams have to work effectively for an organization to excel.

What makes a good team?

A good team is made up of willing and focused individuals who realize and identify with the fact that no Man is an island. And that smart work is as important as hard work. A good team must be focused and agree. Though disagreements and criticisms are unavoidable sometimes, the must be constructive and be for the greater good of the organization.

Also, good morale, communication, trust, commitment and willingness of all team members to see themselves not as competitors but as team players are also qualities of a good team.

What is the relationship between leadership and teams?

Good leadership is vital for teamwork and achievements. A good leader recognizes the importance of a supportive team, as well as its individuals; motivates all stakeholders, including customers and other organizational players, as well as management, directors or owners; sets smart, realistic, well-defined and well-planned goals; creates an environment of mutual respect and trust; and engages and motivates all team members.

How would you define team building?

This are basically activities that aim at improving interpersonal relations and social interactions within a group or an organization.

This improves communication and strengthens relationships. It’s one of the most effective ways to unite a group, maximize strengths and work on weaknesses. Get together, games and logic puzzle etc. are some team building activities.

Can a team work together and still fail?

Though this is rare, it is very possible. So many factors have to be put into consideration for projects to succeed. Some of the factors responsible for failure include lack of defined goals, fear of failure, poor time management and poor role clarity.

When this happens, what’s the next step to take?

First, no blame game. This doesn’t mean individuals involved should not own up and take responsibility. The situation has to be reassessed and readdressed.

You have to investigate and carefully note the possible reasons for the failure. When this is done, steps to correct or avoid a reoccurrence include trainings and seminars.

How can we identify team players?

Team players are always willing to work with others, they take responsibility and are also eager to help other individuals out on particular tasks. They are also ready to disseminate information and share knowledge.

LASSA FEVER: All You Need To Know

With the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever in Nigeria, conscious steps need to be taken to curtail the spread of the virus and reduce mortality. The number of persons infected by the outbreak has increased to 86, while 40 deaths have been recorded in the affected states.

What is Lassa Fever?

Lassa fever or Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF) is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus and first described in 1969 in the town of Lassa, in Borno State, Nigeria. Lassa fever is a member of the Arenaviridae virus family.

Similar to ebola, clinical cases of the disease had been known for over a decade, but had not been connected with a viral pathogen.

Lassa frequently infects people in West Africa. It results in 300,000 to 500,000 cases annually and causes about 5,000 deaths each year. Outbreaks of the disease have been observed in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and the Central African Republic.

The primary animal host of the Lassa virus is the Natal multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis), an animal found in most of sub-Saharan Africa. The virus is probably transmitted by contact with the feces or urine of animals accessing grain stores in residences. Given its high rate of incidence, Lassa fever is a major problem in affected countries.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Lassa fever typically occur 1-3 weeks after the patient comes into contact with the virus. For the majority of Lassa fever virus infections (approximately 80%), symptoms are mild and are undiagnosed. Mild symptoms include slight fever, general malaise and weakness, and headache.

In 20% of infected individuals, however, disease may progress to more serious symptoms including hemorrhaging (in gums, eyes, or nose, as examples), respiratory distress, repeated vomiting, facial swelling, pain in the chest, back, and abdomen, and shock.

Neurological problems have also been described, including hearing loss, tremors, and encephalitis. Death may occur within two weeks after symptom onset due to multi-organ failure.

The most common complication of Lassa fever is deafness. Various degrees of deafness occur in approximately one-third of infections, and in many cases hearing loss is permanent. As far as is known, severity of the disease does not affect this complication: deafness may develop in mild as well as in severe cases.

Approximately 15%-20% of patients hospitalized for Lassa fever die from the illness. However, only 1% of all Lassa virus infections result in death. The death rates for women in the third trimester of pregnancy are particularly high. Spontaneous abortion is a serious complication of infection with an estimated 95% mortality in fetuses of infected pregnant mothers.

Because the symptoms of Lassa fever are so varied and nonspecific, clinical diagnosis is often difficult. Lassa fever is also associated with occasional epidemics, during which the case-fatality rate can reach 50% in hospitalized patients.


Primary prevention involves avoidance of contact with rats. This tends to be heightened following bush burning. The rats are displaced from their natural habitat so they come close to homes in search of alternative abode.

Bushes and clutter around the house must be cleared to make the surrounding unattractive to rats.

Food, cooking utensils and drinking water must be kept in rat proof containers

Avoid using rats as food sources

To avoid human to human transmission:

-close contacts of individuals with illness involving fever that does not respond to treatment for malaria should wear gloves to touch body fluids.

-health workers must wear gloves, protective gowns and masks while caring for individuals suspected of Lassa fever.

-hospitalized suspected cases must be isolated and contact with staff of the hospital minimized: individualized equipment must be provided for such patients.

-separate thermometers, blood pressure apparatus, bath utensils etc. must be provided.

-specific team of health workers must be identified to care for suspected cases who must be nursed in isolation.

A high index of suspicion is required on the part of health workers for early detection and chance of curative treatment.

To escape the current acute viral illness called Lassa fever ravaging Nigeria, avoid any exposure to rats. The death percentage attributed to Lassa fever is currently put at 43.2 per cent, a rate considered very high by all standards.

Fact sheets released by the United States Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (US CDC) indicate that Lassa virus is carried by rats and spread to humans through contact with urine or droppings of infected rats in West Africa.


All persons suspected of Lassa fever infection should be admitted to isolation facilities and their body fluids and excreta properly disposed of. Early and aggressive treatment using ribavirin was pioneered by Joe McCormick in 1979.

After extensive testing, early administration was determined to be critical to success. Additionally, ribavirin is almost twice as effective when given intravenously as when taken by mouth.

Ribavirin is a prodrug which appears to interfere with viral replication by inhibiting RNA-dependent nucleic acid synthesis, although the precise mechanism of action is disputed.

The drug is relatively inexpensive, but the cost of the drug is still very high for many of those in West African states. Fluid replacement, blood transfusion, and fighting hypotension are usually required. Intravenous interferon therapy has also been used.

When Lassa fever infects pregnant women late in their third trimester, induction of delivery is necessary for the mother to have a good chance of survival. This is because the virus has an affinity for the placenta and other highly vascular tissues.

The fetus has only a one in ten chance of survival no matter what course of action is taken; hence, the focus is always on saving the life of the mother. Following delivery, women should receive the same treatment as other Lassa fever patients.

Work on a vaccine is continuing, with multiple approaches showing positive results in animal trials.

Reference: Wikipedia, The Nation

Where Did Time Go?

You must have set a goal for yourself at one time or the other. Like lots of people, maybe you started out doing great, but then lost some of that drive and had trouble getting inspired again. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Every year comes with its own wishes, plans and expectations. As we approach the end of the year, we flash back on the goals we have set. Sometimes we get so busy and 24 hours a day doesn’t seem to be enough. The question is, busy doing what?

So why do we have high expectations at the beginning of the year but then lost hopes towards the end? We all know time flies but why are we still dazed at the flight of time? Statistics have shown that only 8 % actually succeed in achieving their resolutions and year plans.

It is not over. With 31 days/ 744 hours/ 44,640 minutes to the end of the year, below are some tips that could still help you to end the year feeling fulfilled:

Was there an initial plan? Review it
Sometimes you achieve some goals without even realizing it. What are the biggest wins, loses, surprises and achievements? You need to go back to the books and see how close or far you are from the goal. After doing this, list out what is outstanding.

Write a 31 Day Plan
Try and make this in line with your outstanding goals in 1, if possible.

Set timelines
A goal without a timeline is just a dream. You need to set timelines and review daily. Where a set target fails, quickly restructure and follow through.

Don’t leave till tomorrow what you can do today
In this new plan, procrastination is not an option. You have limited time and so every minute counts.

Don’t be scared to have a plan for the coming year
If you struggled to achieve your goals in 2015, don’t let that prevent you from creating a new plan for 2016. Be specific about your goals and stick to it.

It’s not too late to make that investment, buy that land, build that house, enroll for and write that exam, write that book, sing that song, become a shareholder, meet your target, approach that Mentor, take that course, and so much more.

7 Top-Selling building/construction materials in Africa

Demand for high quality commercial and residential properties continues to grow across Africa on the back of the continent’s sustained strong economic growth and rising wealth. Consequently, building and construction activities are on the rise and materials to deliver adequately are also in high demand.

If you’d like to start this business, here are a few top selling construction materials you might want to consider.

Wood is one of the oldest and most commonly used building/construction materials in the world. Despite the growing threat of deforestation, wood has remained in high demand as a building material because of its reasonable cost, availability, attractive appearance and long life (if protected from insects and moisture).

Wood used in building and construction work is commonly referred to as timber (or ‘lumber’ in the US and Canada).
Timber is sawn into planks or poles and used as supporting materials (beams and pillars), in roof and ceiling construction, door and window frames, and exterior cladding


Cement is one of the most widely used building materials in the modern world and nearly six billion tonnes of this very important commodity is produced every year. Cement is so crucial to the building and construction industry that it’s hardly surprising that Africa’s richest man, Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote, is heavily invested in cement production across Africa.

Plumbing Materials

Plumbing usually refers to the system of pipes, drains, fittings, valves, valve assemblies, and devices installed in a building for the distribution of water for drinking, heating and washing, and the removal of human and domestic waste (sewage).

The main categories of plumbing systems include: potable cold and hot tap water supply; drainage venting; septic systems; rainwater, surface, and subsurface water drainage; and fuel gas piping.
The common materials used in modern plumbing include copper, brass and plastic. In fact, more than 70 percent of materials used in today’s plumbing are made of PVC or PEX plastic

Steel & Metal Products
Steel and metal products are widely used in building and construction. Steel is commonly used to make reinforced concrete that supports structures in buildings, bridges, dams etc.

Steel is made up of iron combined with a small percentage of carbon. High-carbon or ‘hard’ steel is used to make tools with cutting edges. Medium- carbon steel is used for critical structural components of buildings such as I-beams, reinforcing bars and frames. Low- carbon or ‘mild’ steel is used for pipes, nails, screws, door and window hinges, wire, screening, fencing and corrugated roofing sheets

Electrical Materials & Appliances
Electrical materials are the parts and elements used in the electrical system of any building and construction project.
This includes a huge inventory of materials used to supply electric power or telecommunications to different parts of a building and will typically consist of: electrical conduits and fittings, wires and cables, explosion proof enclosures, meters, circuit breakers, connectors, and electrical products such as wiring devices (switches, plugs) and lighting (bulbs).

Glass is fast becoming one of the most preferred materials of modern building architecture. Clear windows have been used since the invention of glass to cover small openings in buildings and provide us with the ability to both let light into rooms while at the same time keeping undesirable weather outside.

Glass controls light, letting in the good rays and keeping out the bad ones; it also saves on energy costs by providing natural day lighting. As a result, more designers are finding that glass fits quite nicely into today’s green building environment.

Paints are the colourful substances applied to interior and exterior walls of buildings to make them beautiful, enhance texture and protect from cracks, wear and tear. There are paints of all colours and types in the market which typically include : emulsions (water-based paints), matte finish, gloss, varnish, enamel and lacquers.


Office Etiquette: Do It Right

You forget to put your phone on vibrate mode, and unexpectedly “Ojuelegba Remix” is blaring through the conference room. You order chicken wings for lunch, unaware that tables away, your co-workers are muzzling from the smell.

As we grow older, we become more aware of our environment.  Over time, our values and principles change, so does what the society expects of us.

Office etiquettes can be likened to dinnertime rules while growing up: Napkin on your lap, elbows off the table! Etc. I’m sure that sounds familiar.

It is about conducting yourself respectfully and courteously in the office or workplace. This speaks volumes.

Why is Office Etiquette so Important?

How you present yourself does not just affect your reputation but also your company’s image.  Some of the advantages of office etiquette are: Improved Workplace Relations, Image Enhancement, Good Rapport among Employees and Business Growth.

Some etiquette tips:


Sometimes, it’s not what you say but how you say it.

Be polite. Don’t yell and scream at others. Compassion and empathy will serve you much better to earn respect.

Don’t be loud or aggressive.


Don’t be late for meetings. If you’re running late, notify other attendees or the organizer on time.

Put your cell phone on vibrate mode in order not to disturb others.

Pay attention during meetings and avoid multi-tasking, such as scrolling through emails on your smart phone or computer.


Be professional when sending mails. Official emails should not be treated like personal ones.

Return phone calls and emails on time – even if only to say that you will provide requested information at a later date.

Always stick to your company’s brand guidelines. (Fonts, size, colors. Etc.)

Work Place

Keep your space professional and neat.

Don’t violate your dress code.

Respect other people’s space. Don’t just walk in; knock or make your presence gently known.

Don’t interrupt people on the phone, and don’t try to communicate with them verbally or with sign language. You could damage an important phone call.

Although the list is endless, these fundamental tips could guarantee a good impression and help build a good image.

Lagos, Abuja, PH account for 65% of real estate activities in Nigeria

Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt, Nigeria’ commercial, administrative  and petroleum industry capitals respectively, are the top real estate investment destinations, and account for as high as 65 percent of all activities  in this asset class, a report by the National Bureau of Statistics has revealed.

The report indicates that Lagos has the greatest amount of real estate activities at 37 percent, followed by Abuja with 22 percent and Port Harcourt (Rivers State) with 6 percent, all covering 65 percent of real estate activities in the country.

The trio, often regarded as Nigeria’s traditional cities, have seen increased tempo of activity in real estate development and much of the investments  that have gone into real estate in the country in the last decade were concentrated in these cities.

Nigeria has a burgeoning real estate sector, which by the GDP rebasing exercise in the country in April 2014, was discovered to be the fastest growing and sixth largest sector in the Nigerian economy, explaining the rising level of investment in the sector by both local and foreign investors.

According to the NBS report on Nigeria’s real estate in March this year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) revealed that the value of investment in the Nigerian real estate sector was expected to rise by 4 percent to USD13.65 billion by the turn of 2016, up from its current value of US$9.19 billion.

Originally published in Business Day

Yes You Can

We will always have to make decisions. At every point of decision making, there are often two voices, one will be positive and the other negative. One tells you to reach for your goals, face the challenge without fear, but then the other discourages you and instills doubt in you.

Whether family goals, career success, or personal goals, everyone must have had to pursue something at one time or the other. Even for tasks as little as setting out to a physical destination, you have exhibited some sort of determination. If you have a flat tyre while on your way, it is only natural for you to find a solution in order to continue your journey. So should the willpower to achieve any goal be.

Determination is the positive emotion that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles. According to Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan, self-determination theory is the theory of motivation. This theory addresses important issues such as human needs, values, intrinsic motivation, development, goals, education, healthcare, relationships, organizations etc.

To achieve a goal, you have to pursue with energy and focus but the factors below hinder us sometimes:

  • Obstacles
  • Fatigue
  • Distractions
  • Procrastination
  • Isolation

Although all that has been listed above can deter progress, we are the true agents and determinants of our realization. On how to be determined, these few tips highlighted below are crucial.

  • Know what you want
  • Be Focused
  • Take Action Now
  • Be Persistent, Don’t give up
  • Choose Courage over Fear
  • Be Optimistic, Surround yourself with positive minded people
  • Be Deeply Committed

Determination is a mindset, a skill that could get better with practice.

  • Make that call
  • Start that business
  • Enroll for that training
  • Open that account
  • Take the risk
  • Write that book
  • Have a plan
  • Start saving

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
― Beverly Sills

Apartments for rent in Ikoyi

Apartments for Rent in Ikoyi, Lagos

We have World-class apartments for rent in Ikoyi. A home is more than a pecuniary asset, it’s a place you must love, be comfortable and always want to go back to. Cozy, decent, elegant and presentable are some of the adjectives that describe such an apartment.

Our newly- refurbished Caterer’s Court apartments for rent in Ikoyi is all that and even more. Sited on Onitona Street, Ikoyi, it comprises of 30 apartments arranged in 6 adjoining blocks of 5 apartments each.


1 Large Living plus Dining Room

3 – Bedrooms (all en-suite)


1 Maid’s room in Boys’ Quarters for each flat

24 hours generator power supply

Swimming pool

24 hour security Intercom entry.

Caterer’s Court  is less than three minutes’ walk from  Ikoyi Club 1938.

For more information

Call:  08038335722, 08033199436 or +234 1 631 0480-2



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The Mall of Malls is Coming to Town

There’s no doubt that retail business is a very promising sector in the real estate industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially Nigeria, and mixed-use developments will be at the center of it all.

Blending a combination of commercial, social, institutional, or industrial uses, where those functions are physically and functionally integrated, while providing connections is becoming more and more vital by the day. This is believed to be the future of real estate industry.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was recently rebased to $510 billion for 2013, thereby becoming the largest economy in Africa. The real estate sector contributed 8.01 percent to the economy equivalent to N6.43 trillion ($40.9 billion). As growth increases, the middle class ­­­surges and their purchasing power also increases, creating more demand; hence a huge supply gap in that segment.

With all these in mind and based on the belief that development has to be the centerpoint of the real estate cycle , Afriland Properties Plc. together with Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC) in 2013 entered into a joint venture arrangement to redevelop the iconic Falomo Shopping Complex in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Sited in the historical Falomo environs, a former fishing village built on Swampy land as far back as the 1940s, the new Falomo Mall is being redeveloped into a world class shopping mall and office complex that will serve the needs of the growing demand in Lagos State and beyond.

Afriland Properties Plc. is a foremost Property Development and Management Company with diverse experience, dedication and excellence in construction. The Company aims at creating long term value for all stakeholders and also deliver world-class developments by leveraging global best practices, strategic partnerships, excellence, and innovation.

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