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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Steps to Buying a Reliable Inverter for Home or Office use in Nigeria and Where to Get it.



Mpower/LUMINOUS 3.5kva inverter installations
The Mpower/luminous 3.5KVA inverter

If you live and work in Nigeria you’d understand why it’s very important to own an alternative source of supply to power your home or office with. Power supply is less than 10 hours in most parts of the country and this has a way of rubbing off on socio-economic well being of private citizens and businesses alike. For this reason many people have bought generator sets to provide them with the much needed power but this has its drawbacks.

Why Inverters are better than Generators for Nigerian Homes and Offices

Objectively it could be more beneficial to use an inverter over a generator especially for home or light office use and here are good reasons why;

Disadvantage of Using Generating Sets for homes and offices in Nigeria
I want to dwell on why you may want to opt for a less noisy, less expensive and less toxic option for powering your homes to using the regular generating sets. Here are my reasons for not encouraging the use of generating sets;

Generators are very toxic and have caused fatalities in the past
Generator sets have been known to produce toxic carbon monoxide gas that has killed hundreds of people over the last decade nationwide. When some unlucky families went to bed and left their generating sets running within their homes not a single soul woke the following day as they were all found dead by their neighbours, even switching it off doesn’t guarantee your safety except if you home is well aerated. These stories are commonly reported in newspapers and even on radio, this of course is in addition to causing fire outbreaks at homes and offices.

Generators are expensive to maintain
Here’s one good example, imagine that you run a barbing salon and need to power it daily for at least 10 hours costing you to use say 10 liters or more of petrol, that comes to roughly N870 per day times 30 days which is N26,100 monthly times 12 months in a year is equal to N313,200. That is what some private residences even consume in a year on fueling their generators now imagine how much offices and large shops would be spending in a year. What about when the generator packs up and needs repairs?

Generators are not friendly to the environment
We can start with the noise that generating sets cause. Some people can’t sleep well when there is slight noise – the light sleepers – and would wake up feeling grumpy. How about the smoke produced by the generators? For Asthmatic folks and people with respiratory problems, this isn’t good for them. Then the stains generators leave as marks either on the floor or on walls where their fumes constantly make contact with, defacing the home even if it’s at the back yard.  

Generator or Inverter which is better for Nigerian homes and offices
From a cost perspective, inverters are cheaper on the long run than generators. A 5KVA inverter may cost you N320,000 one time with installation cost and with it you can power your freezer, AC and other light appliances and you don’t need to worry about repairs and fueling. Meanwhile a 5 KVA generator costs about N85,000 to purchase but over N300,000 to power over 12 months (for commercial or office use). Inverters are also more durable requiring lesser cost for maintenance.

How to pick a good inverter for home or office use

Step 1: Know your power needs
What are the appliances you wish to power in your home or office? Is it electronics only such as TV set, computers, light bulbs and sockets for charging your phones? Or do you want to power anything that uses electricity in your home or office. Once you know your power needs you then need to find the right fit.

Step 2: Find the right fit
The right fit involves two things; knowing your power needs and finding the exact product that matches those needs. If you want to power a few light appliances you should be looking at 1.5KVA inverter but if you want to power heavy appliances too such as fridge, freezer and AC, you should be looking at less expensive inverter you can try the Smart Powerfix 3.5KVA  for home use which can deliver just like a 5.5KVA generator set without the noisy and smoke of course.  I also recommend the proven MPower Luminous inverter which is very good for office use.  

Step 3: Get the right price
The price for a reliable inverter varies from N290,000 to N370,000 and depends on the brand and location. But there are places where you can get them at a really good price regardless of where you are in Nigeria such as at Konga.com which sells at competitive prices and delivers to homes and offices nationwide.

Step 4: Check for Specifics
Every product has details so before you buy an inverter check out what and what the inverter can do for you and what it can’t do. For instance the above listed inverter can power only 1 fridge but in addition can also power your DSTV decoder, 40 electric bulbs, 6 LED/Plasma TV sets, 6 fans, 2 Computers and 1 music system and needs at least 2 batteries. You’ll also need to pay for installation which also includes providing you with power surge protector, cabling among others.  

Step 5: Buy from a reliable Store
As I mentioned earlier konga.com is a great place to buy high quality inverters. Why I recommend them is because they want you the customer to be satisfied with their service, it’s not just enough that you’re buying a product from them but that you get good service and value for your money. They deliver within 7 days and have consumer protection as one of their trademark values.

To order for your high quality home inverter directly from Konga click here or for office use, try this link for details and enjoy your inverter as you use it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lagos VS Abuja – Comparing Nigeria’s two most important Cities


If you’re new to Nigeria or intend visiting Nigeria shortly, you’d find this article useful because it contains a mini guide to touring Nigeria’s two most important cities namely; Lagos and Abuja. Before we start our comparisons I’ll like to mention that Lagos is the economic capital and former seat of government of Nigeria till December 1991 when Abuja became the national capital. Why they’re both important and how would be explained shortly.

Lagos VS Abuja Airport
The Lagos International Airport better known as the Murtala Muhammed Airport is located in Ikeja Area of Lagos and is the busiest airport in Nigeria. More than 2 million passengers fly through this airport annually with no less than 40 daily international flights and several dozen local flights. The Airport is international standard and secure at least within the airport premises. The Abuja Airport on the other hand is called the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and is the second busiest airport in the country with nearly 1 million travellers using it annually for both local and international flights. The airport is roughly 30 minutes’ drive from the city center. For both airports, it’s advisable to use a car hire service on arrival into both cities.   

Population of Lagos compared with Abuja
Lagos is Africa’s largest city by population with over 21 million residents as of 2014 and is projected to become the 5th largest city in the world with a population of 50 million by 2035. Abuja which is the 5th largest city in Nigeria is actually the main component of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – the region marked as the country’s capital - and has a population of between 3.8 million to 4.4 million residents who reside mostly in satellite towns and suburbs. The population of Abuja grows by an average of 3.8% per annum and could become Nigeria’s second largest city by 2030. While Lagos has a population density of over 13,500 persons per square kilometer, Abuja has a population density of 1,400 persons per square kilometer.

Geographic Location
Lagos is a coastal city located on the southernmost part of country’s western side and measures over 999 square kilometers. It shares a busy border post with Benin Republic called the Seme border and to its south is the Atlantic Ocean.  Whereas Abuja is located right in the middle of Nigeria measures 713 square kilometers.

Climate and Weather of Abuja and Lagos

Abuja is hotter than Lagos, with average daily temperature of 32 degrees Celcius whereas Lagos is 28 degrees Celcius. Lagos experiences more rainfall than Abuja although both cities have the same raining season which usually lasts from April till late November or early December. 

Infrastructure in Lagos VS Abuja

While Abuja has the best infrastructure in the entire country, Lagos comes second. Abuja roads are very wide, smooth with lots of road signs. Lagos major roads are also well tarred but narrower than Abuja roads with fewer road signs. Commuting to work in Abuja is mostly by 30 seater light mass transit or 55 seater buses and taxis whereas mass transit in Lagos you'll find lots of 55 seater buses called BRT and 14 seater buses called Danfo. Taxis are very expensive in Lagos compared with Abuja. Housing in Abuja is far more expensive than Lagos and that is ironic considering the massive difference in population densities although one could argue that houses in Abuja are more modern and better planned than those in Lagos. Both cities still grapple with power supply and their metro train services are not fully operational although massive investments have been made to transform them into world class train services. 

Social Life and Recreation in Abuja and Lagos

In Lagos night life happens everyday till 1 am on weekdays or till dawn on weekends, Abuja is mostly till 11 pm on most weekdays and till dawn on weekends. Abuja has lots of standard bars and night clubs but Lagos rules in this aspect. You'll find lots of gardens and parks in Abuja and most of them offer drinks, Pepper soup and/or grilled fish/lamb/chicken/beef. Hanging out in Abuja is more expensive than Lagos obviously because of rent.

Living Standards

The two major expenses for most Abuja residents are house rent and schools fees which is quite expensive. In Lagos both are relatively cheaper. Abuja has very few stupendously wealthy billionaires who are only too happy to squander their wealth on lavish living. Lagos also has billionaires but not as many as Abuja. However Lagos has many self made multi millionaires running into thousands compared with very few in Abuja. This can be explained by what is locally called the "Nigerian Factor" where things stand on their head on account of greed, corruption and impunity. Most of Abuja's super rich are top government officials, politicians, contractors and cronies of power brokers. Lagos has many self made millionaires because it's no man's Land. If you have a valuable skill, you're street smart and resourceful, you will get rich in Lagos - eventually. In Abuja unless you own the door or have keys that can open the door of opportunity you are on your own till someone else in a position to open it for you chooses to do so for you or if you're smart enough to get them to do it for you.

Government and Administration of Lagos and Abuja
Lagos is divided into 20 administrative units at municipal level called Local Government Areas while Abuja is divided into 5 administrative units called Area Councils. Lagos has an executive governor and deputy with a 40 member state parliament with Alausa as the Administrative Capital. Abuja has no executive governor or mayor but instead has a minister appointed by the President of Nigeria – he/she functions as a state governor but reports to the president and is not elected. Abuja has no parliament but the National Assembly – parliament of the federation – makes by laws for the city.

Local Economy of Lagos compared with Abuja
Lagos is Nigeria’s largest economy worth over $75 billion in GDP it is the headquarters of most of Nigeria’s biggest companies and industries and manufactures more than 65% of the countries locally manufactured products. The Lagos ports at Apapa account for nearly 80% of the country's imports and exports. Manufacturing, retail and services are the mainstay of the local economy in Lagos. Abuja on the other hand has a GDP of over $9 billion and is mostly a government run city with little manufacturing taking place. The private sector economy is mostly hospitality, retail, construction and property development.

Town Planning and Structure of Abuja and Lagos
Abuja is a well-planned city divided mostly into districts. The main districts are Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Central Business District. Lagos is far less planned and organized as Abuja and has as its main divisions – by population and economic significance – Apapa, Ikeja, Surulere, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos Island, Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki/Ajah.  

Crime Rates in Lagos compared to Abuja
Abuja is gradually becoming less safe as the population increases and the economic opportunities are unequally distributed. The most notorious crimes committed in Abuja is commuter style armed robbery locally called one chance in which unsuspecting commuters who board unregistered taxis are attacked and robbed by the driver who usually has an accomplice who pretends to be a passenger or who hides in the booth of the car. Also beware of fraudsters and scammers who offer fake employment opportunities to job seekers. As an expatriate try not to visit unknown locations in the city alone, ensure you have a trusted guide who knows the city well. Hot spots in Abuja to look out for include; link bridge after central mosques in the evenings – some hoodlums attack and rob motorists in their car when they approach a speed bump – isolated areas with little or no lightings are also places to look out for. In Lagos, armed robbery is also the most common crime and it takes many forms including one chance, residential break-ins and on rare occasions bank robberies. The police however in both Lagos and Abuja are doing well despite the logistical and operational challenges they’re faced with as they respond appropriately to distress calls at least in key areas within both cities.

National Significance of both Abuja and Lagos to Nigeria
Lagos is to Nigeria what New York, Los Angeles, the state of California and Silicon Valley is to America. It is the financial, entertainment, technology capital as well as economic powerhouse of Nigeria. Abuja is what Washington DC is to America. It is the seat of Executive, Legislative and Judicial powers of Nigeria. All economic policies affecting business transactions in the country are made in Abuja and Lagos has to deal with that.

Key Landmarks in Abuja and Lagos
In Abuja we have the Aso Rock which is a mighty 300 meter tall rock very close to the presidential palace. Of course for security reasons is off limits to visitors and tourists. There is the three arms zone where the national assembly building, – parliament building – the supreme court of Nigeria and the presidential palace all share boundaries just opposite the Federal Secretariat and Eagle Square. The Next Cash and Carry Supermarket in Jahi district and the soon to be open Jabi Lake Mall in Jabi district are landmarks for shoppers in Abuja to note. Wuse 2 is Abuja’s shopping and entertainment spot as you have most of the Cities top boutiques, eateries, night clubs and lifestyle shops in the area. Lagos has the popular National Arts Theater in Iganmu – the part of the lagoon around this area doesn’t smell nice – there is also the Silverbird Galleria, Ikeja Shopping Mall and the Palms Shopping Mall if you want to see movies or do some serious shopping in Lagos in Victoria Island, Alausa and lekki respectively. If you ever want to visit the beach please go to Oniru beach or Takwa bay as they are privately managed, you may not be safe using other beaches for now.

Closing remarks
While this guide may not be an exhaustive comparison it can be quite helpful if you are an intending visitor, tourist or investor to Nigeria on a first time visit. Nigeria is largely peaceful and secure but it pays to apply common sense and caution when dealing with people you don’t know no matter how nice and friendly they may act towards you.

Monday, August 17, 2015

How to find customers online in Abuja using Content Marketing

Dear Potential Client,

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to read this short intro note about me and my services.

Once again you’re welcome to the leading blog focused on providing useful and usable information about Abuja – Nigeria’s Capital city. This blog stands out as the first port of call for business and marketing information about Abuja to thousands of visitors who have had course overtime to seek out specific city guide information.

About Paul Onwueme – The person behind this blog
My Name is Paul Onwueme I’m a freelance internet marketer based in Abuja and what I do is use the internet to generate leads and paying customers for myself and my clients. In case you don’t know I also have a blog where I write business plans and marketing proposals – www.lagosbusinesses.blogspot.com – and that blog has been a success story so far.

I started my internet marketing career in 2009 working as a web content producer with a Lagos based business travel leads generation Company from where I gained valuable marketing skills in reaching and converting target customers. I stayed with them till early 2010 prior to proceeding on NYSC – I served in Kogi State till June 2011. In February 2012, 6 months after completing my NYSC program, I got an appointment with an Abuja based internet marketing agency. I stayed on with them till February 2014 when I quit my job to start Pio-Chess Services which provides business plan writing and targeted internet marketing services.

Businesses I can work with for now;

  • Hotels
  • Car Rental Companies
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Retail Stores – Boutiques and Supermarkets
  • Internet based businesses including other Advert Agencies
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Schools (Nursery and Primary, Secondary, Remedial centers and Preparatory Schools)
  • Restaurants and Cafes
  • Investment Companies
  • Hospitals

With my help I can show you how to reach your target market either by working for you as an outsourced content marketer or training your staff on ways they can achieve your online marketing success using content marketing.

Contact me via email: paulonwueme@gmail.com or call 0803 206 4106 to get details on how we can work together to achieve your online marketing goals.

Sincerely yours,
Paul Onwueme.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Where to buy high quality Israeli made, bullet proof Security Doors in Abuja


Abuja used to be a safe place to live in the early 1990’s but the story is changing really fast these days with reported break-ins and armed robbery attacks against residents of the city. It is increasingly becoming less safe for many Abuja residents to sleep with their eyes closed as men of the underworld are determined to make them live in fear.

There have been more armed robberies, assassinations, break-ins and kidnappings in Abuja between 2010 and 2015 than there had ever been in from 1976 till 2000. This is due in part to the rapid population growth rate in Abuja with a huge inequality gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. The consequence has been a spiraling crime rate against residents who are mostly middle to upper class individuals. They bear the brunt of most violent crimes perpetrated within the City Center – not talking now about the outskirts.

Take for instance the well reported failed armed robbery case against a popular media personality in Abuja who escaped armed robbers sometime in 2014 because he installed high capacity security doors. Meanwhile some of his neighbours were not so lucky as the robbers were able to force their way in through their doors.

One of the stock in trade of armed robbers is to use specialized equipment and tools to pull down burglary and doors in order to gain entry into the homes of their victims. That is if they are unable to trick you into letting them into your home. But as the criminals are determined to break-in and rob law abiding residents of the city, so to as the security experts devising tools to keep them out.

To prove a point, the makers of these doors after thinking hard and deep reasoned that if safety doors from security vaults were also applied to locking homes and offices, it would make life really difficult for burglars and other criminals looking to break-in and the statistics verify this thought. But they also considered making these doors friendly for family and office use hence why they came up with the present custom design.

Israeli Security Doors versus alternative doors
There is a less than 1% success rate of forced entry of Israeli installed security doors but more than 60% success rates with other kinds of doors using specialized equipment and tools to break in. This means you are a lot safer behind one of these doors than behind any other kind of door. However beware of cheap imitation as some people are trying to reap from where they didn’t sow.

How Israeli made Security Doors keep robbers, terrorists, kidnappers and burglars away
If you’re still intrigued about the capacity or otherwise of these doors you may want to consider these specifics;

They are bullet proof and not armed robbery friendly doors
Good luck to the armed robbers who think they can tear down these doors with bullets. They are in for one big surprise when even after firing dozens of rounds of bullets the door still remains firm, unbreakable and rock solid as ever. The Israeli designers had this in mind when making these doors especially against bank robbers and armed terrorists.

Unbreakable and resistant to heavy force
Some armed robbers come fully prepared to knock down doors armed with giant sized hammers, wrenches and other heavy work tools. For many kinds of security doors these tools are just too hard to resist but not the Israeli made security doors, your heavy duty mallet would be at work for hours yet this door won’t budge. Although an armoured vehicle could do the trick but picture criminals driving an armoured vehicle up a flight of stairs all in a bid to tear down this door?  

It can be decorated to taste
If you’re the fashionable type interested in keeping an aesthetic surrounding these doors can be insulated with attractive wooden covers that would give your visitors the impression that the door is wooden. However the rock solidness is still preserved.

Features of the Israeli made steel doors
·         The doors have specialized multi- bolt lock with an ingenious geometric locking mechanism which enables the door to be locked severally and securely each time.
·         The doors have a telescopic peep hole which enables you to spy on whoever is knocking without the person being able to see you.
·         The door also has an internal stopper for you to partially open and seen who’s at the door.
·         It is temperature friendly so even when the weather outside is unfriendly, it doesn’t transfer it inwards.
·         You can decorate and furnish it to taste.

Categories of Israeli Made Doors in Abuja with Prices

90 X 210 (N85,000 per unit)
This is a single door bullet proof product suitable for inner rooms such as store rooms

120 X 210 (N100,000 per unit)
This is also a single bullet proof door however it’s made for the main entrance e.g living room door

120 X 210 (N140,000 per unit)

Kindly note that these prices fluctuate and do not include cost of delivery and installation, be that as it may if you want to buy any of these doors in whatever quantity, feel free to give me a call, I’ll hook you up with the reputable dealers who stock them here in Abuja. My Number: 0803 206 4106


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Where to Receive Quality Private French Lessons in Abuja


French is the sixth most spoken language in the world after Chinese, English, Hindu, Spanish and Arabic. Spoken by over 220 million people worldwide it is a very important language for communication in global trade, diplomacy and local commerce in strategic countries of the world. Here in Abuja a number of opportunities to learn and master French language exist but only if you can connect with the right persons and it’s very important I emphasise this - people who speak French fluently as a second language have very strong advantages in their job search especially here in Nigeria as French offers avenues for one to be gainfully employed in a number of ways. Here’s what I mean.

Career Opportunities available to French Graduates/Speakers in Abuja and the rest of Nigeria

If you happen to hold a first degree or an advanced diploma in French, you have quite a number of interesting career prospects available to you such as;

Teaching in exclusive Private Schools in Abuja

There are over 600 private schools operating in Abuja and most of them employ French teachers. It doesn’t really make sense for schools these days not to have French teachers on their payroll as this has a way of impacting their levels of enrollment so it’s important to them to employ French graduates. Some of these schools pay really well.

As Diplomatic Attach├ęs to Nigerian Foreign Missions

The various Nigerian embassies in French Speaking countries worldwide need fluent French speakers to work as diplomatic attaches as part of the Nigerian foreign missions to those countries.  

Working for Multinational Companies

Many multinational companies operating in Nigeria also have operations in a number of African countries. If you happen to speak French fluently it could offer you an opportunity to take up appointments in a French speaking country where they have operations in.

Working for International NGOs and International Agencies

Some Non-Governmental Organisations such as Doctors without borders, the international red cross society, the united nations, Africa Development Bank to name a few, employ fluent French speakers to work in their foreign offices in other West African Countries especially Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and even Benin Republic.  

Freelance/Private French Teacher in Abuja

You could even be your own boss as a self-employed French teacher holding private lessons for individuals. You’ll make money by charging an hourly rate from as little as N2000 per hour to a joint class of say 5 or more persons where you could charge as much as N8,000 per hour for group lessons. Parents who want their kids to be fluent in French or young professionals going abroad to study in a French speaking country are potential clients.

How to register for French Classes in Abuja

Once you make up your mind that you need French lessons here in Abuja and want to meet with a credible French teacher who has sufficient teaching knowledge and experience to back it up simply put a call to this number: 0803 206 4106 and we can arrange a private class for you.

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