Wednesday, 27 March 2013


Are You Trying To Grow Your Own Business? Then Apply for “BET 3” – Diamond Bank’s Building Entrepreneurs Today Programme

Diamond Bank (Nigeria) Plc is pleased to announce the launch of the 3rd phase of the Building Entrepreneurs Today programme tagged “BET 3”. The first phase of the BET programme commenced in 2010 in which Diamond Bank empowered 5 entrepreneurs with growth capital of N3 million each after they emerged top 5 from rigorous business training at the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan African University.

Diamond Bank seeks to continuously increase the capacity and enhance the growth potentials of Nigerian entrepreneurs and has renewed its partnership with EDC to implement Building Entrepreneurs Today 3 (BET3).
BET3 which opened on Tuesday March 19 2013 is aimed at encouraging interest in entrepreneurship. Application for the program is open to the general public, in which 50 entrepreneurs from the numerous applicants shall be selected to undergo a robust 30-day intensive Entrepreneurial Management Training out of which 15 Top breed entrepreneurs will be selected for Business Development Support. Five (5) outstanding applicants/entrepreneurs will qualify for the Next Level Award which is the sum of N3 million each as a capital boost in support of their respective businesses.

Your Own Boss at Last

Selection criteria will be as follows:
1. Applicant must have a fully functional business (at least 3months in operations)
2. Applicant MUST not have attended any entrepreneurial Management program at EDC.
3. The business must have high growth potential.


Interested applicants can download an application form from You can also click here to download the BET 3 application form. Completed application forms should be submitted to Please spread the word to your family and friends.

APPLICATION PHASE (March 19 to April 5, 2013)
Entries open to the public for entrepreneurs to apply for the BET programme
EDC will be responsible for selecting the best 50 entrepreneurs that will partake in the 3 months Capacity Building Program at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan African University. These 50 participants will enjoy the following;
  • EDC networking meeting
  • Business advisory and counseling session
From the 50 entrepreneurs, 15 will be selected as Top Breed Students and they will be further engaged in an Intensive Business Development Support Service for another period of 6 months. This set of 15 students shall be provided with the following services;
  • A quarterly consulting session to be provided by experts in various fields
  • Provide monthly monitoring contacts with mentors for participants
  • Provide a mentor for each participant who shall be a second year MBA student at the Lagos Business School
  • Organize a platform for participant’s review of their plans with the University
From the 15 Top students entrepreneurs, EDC will select 5 outstanding entrepreneurs that will be given the “Next Level Award”. Diamond Bank will reward the 5 outstanding entrepreneurs with a sum of N3 million Naira each as their growth capital for their businesses.
An Award / Prize Presentation ceremony will be organized by the Bank to showcase the 5 outstanding entrepreneurs to the general public.


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Fashion Modelling - Career for Your Kid?

In this modern day and age of high fashion and wide spread activities in the modelling world, a vista of hope and a myriad of great opportunities have emerged on the business world as well as the employment market for all manner of talents that have to do with this whole world of show business, fashion, and modelling. 

Favour on the right at age five, with her friend Ozioma

It has become imperative therefore that bright young talents can be harnessed right even from the cradle and so on, and pushed right into lime light both for fame and a whole new career direction and success.

Favour Lucky walking  the Catwalk

Enter Nigeria’s Next Super Model, a contest that has become a successful annual event in Nigeria, and now entering its season 7 this year 2013. The contest has been growing and after some years, it has risen to be one of the topmost model contests in the whole of Africa. Yearly winners emerge with a life-changing offer as well as brand new cars for the finalist. It is however aimed at catching them very young and nurturing the visible talents and potentials that these future super models can present.

I dare say here that the success of season 6 of this contest is ‘the story of Favour’. The story of Miss Favour Lucky, the winner of the 2012 edition, strikes me personally with great interest and delight. It is a classical a fairytale-like story, and indeed a dream come true for little 14 year old Favour whom I watched growing up where we lived together with her parents as neighbours in Lagos. She would come home from school and climb up to my flat and say “Uncle Morgan, please come and help me draw a house or a table” for her class art assignment, etc. Favour‘s story is truly a case of triumphant escape, an explosion that has taken her in a twinkling of an eye, to stardom and victory, which automatically to a great extent rubs off on the family too. I know what I am talking about. And her parents – my own friends must be very proud, and I extend my big and hearty congratulations to them.

You may also wish to encourage your little daughter or ward, and indeed any other girl out there in whom you see the slightest visible talent for modelling. Visit this link: to access and fill out their form for the next edition NNSM 2013.

By: Morgan Nwanguma.