Investor at @volitioncap & @volitionblue. Social entrepreneur at @thesptrust.
Knowledge brand at Subomi Plumptre Inc.
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Nov 30 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
THIS IS A SEASON OF KINDNESS
The antidote to fear isn't faith, it's love. That's because faith doesn't exist in a vacuum. Rather, you believe someone you know and trust. You are certain they have your best interests at heart, and that they have the power to do what they say. 🧵
However, it's difficult to accept love when you have little reference for it. I am lucky in this regard. I had a good dad. And so, when I think of God, I've got a benchmark. In my mind, if God loves me more than my dad did, then that's a fantastic thing.
Nov 29 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I attended a church with a pantry. You can pick up anything you need or want. You just go in and pack stuff. And the pantry is never empty.
This is a shout out to churches that make kindness normal. Those who have no jobless people, because there's a job board that's constantly filled with opportunities. Assemblies where no one is alone during the holidays because homes are always open.
Nov 24 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
As Executives become busier, they have less time to review things. So if you're a Manager, here are a few ways to make yourself invaluable.
Present information in a way that's useful for decision making. Get to the crux of things quickly. Develop 1-page reports and presentations that are no more than 10 pages. Use graphs and charts, not text.
Jul 12 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Remember I mentioned the currency of Nigeria is power? Think of rally numbers in the same way. It's a show of people power. That's why you need to show that your candidate has physical supporters on the ground.
What successful rallies signal to the powers that be is: 1. You have potential voters & supporters 2. You know how to do grassroots mobilization 3. You have money to mobilize. This is because rallies and mobilization cost money - buses, placards, t-shirts, stomach infrastructure
Jul 12 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
There's a level of innovation that comes from making life easier for people. But the industries that make the most money also give people cultural permission to enjoy easier lives.
This is because a lot of societies deify work, hustle and hardness. In doing so, they inadvertently minimize different approaches to productivity or even other kinds of work - intellectual, for instance.
Jul 11 • 28 tweets • 4 min read
The central premise of Christianity/belief in a supreme God appears to be that man is created in the image of that supreme God.
This confers fundamental human dignity on mankind. Without that, we would be bound by situational culture and morality e.g belief in slavery in some cultures. Morality would always shift from place to place and from culture to culture.
Jul 11 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
Things can always get worse. Don't open the tap of evil. It can lead to a flood.
Solve problems quickly. If you let things fester, the situation may become too overwhelming for you.
Jun 23 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
#CollisionConf by @CollisionHQ is very useful for any startup that's looking to raise capital or scale globally. I encourage you to register for the next one. I like the investor-startup "dates" where you have 30 minutes of real face time with investors.
There are 2-minute pitch sessions on stage where you can sell your product to investors. There are mentor hours to ask VCs anything in a small group. There are random conversations you can have with anyone wearing an investor badge.
May 25 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
After many years of a corporate career and a few years of entrepreneurship, I can safely say I have met only a few people who are genuinely serious. Serious about their careers, what they are building or other people.
Too many folks say things they don't really mean. They forget things easily. They are very careless. They do not learn from mistakes.
Apr 30 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
On #GenZ work culture - as you are making choices, others, including organizations are making choices too. For every action there is a reaction. So as you are doing you, please respect other people's right to do them too. Namaste. 🙏🏾
That said, kindness and respect are human values. They are non-negotiable at work and at home. So are hardwork, commitment, discipline and responsibility.
Apr 25 • 19 tweets • 3 min read
Religion is a fascinating merger of the spiritual, cultural and social. It has the power to destroy or transform lives, and its destructive side is often cultural. This is because people interpret scripture ideologically.
Abstraction is difficult for humans. We understand things relative to other things - family upbringing, societal norms, what we've been taught etc. Learning does not take place in a vacuum.
Apr 25 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
If you struggle with impatience like me, the following may be helpful when speaking to others:
1. Don't say the first thing that comes to mind. Refine it until it is kind. 2. Genuinely listen. Take an active interest even if you're not interested at first or have heard it before
3. Look for what is good first and commend that. 4. Talk less and talk later. 5. Practice the habit of sleeping over things or taking a walk before responding.
Apr 8 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Whenever I start missing home even when I'm at home, I know I'm deeply distressed. This happened to me a few days ago.
Over the years, it took a while to identify the feeling. To understand that what I was really missing was the family home in Magodo where my parents used to live. So, I was indirectly missing my parents (now deceased).
Mar 31 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
YOU NEED A HOME
You need a home. There might be a Russia-Ukraine war, and a pandemic may be raging. Nigeria may not have light and diesel prices may have doubled in days. But, when you get home, there is quietness.
Your business partners may be shafting you. Regulators may be unpredictable and unbearable. But when you return home, you experience a haven of order, values, honour and comfort.
Mar 31 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
STAGES OF CAREER GROWTH
There are four stages of career growth: Skills, Expertise, Structure and Legacy.
Skills: At this stage, you're aggressively developing your knowledge and abilities. You typically don't have much disposable income. This is because after meeting your basic expenses, if you're wise, you spend what's left on additional certifications, degrees & cultural exposure.
Mar 31 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
In relationships, conversations matter. Deep, probing, uncomfortable discussions. This is because they provide context and elicit understanding.
A few years ago, I met someone who was brash and blunt. Because of his abrasive nature, I was tempted to cut him off.
Mar 27 • 70 tweets • 10 min read
CHURCH NOTES: ARE YOU RELIGIOUS?
A few weeks ago, I asked myself a question. "Subomi, are you religious?" I did so because of an encounter I had with God.
For some days I tried to read my Bible in the morning as is my usual practice. But I felt a resistance; a prompting to read my journal instead.
Mar 13 • 17 tweets • 3 min read
CHURCHES AND CREATIVE HACKATHONS: I spent a few hours with two pastors I respect, discussing the church. At some point, I expressed a growing frustration - how the promises in the Bible rarely line up with the reality of the Christian life. Something was not adding up.
The consensus seemed to be that Christians rarely deploy the gifts of the Spirit in the real world. This is because we are limited by religion. So, we become as normal and as powerless as everyone else.
Mar 13 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
A WORLD GONE MAD: My friend and I have been talking about the paucity of good people in a world gone mad. Good is subjective but you know it when you see it. It's a combination of universal values like kindness, fairness, equity, respect and so on.
We did a quick assessment of whether our circles have tightened, we go out less or we meet fewer people. We finally settled on, "The world has changed."
Mar 11 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
I've served on boards of startups. My most effective tenures are the ones where my role is clearly defined & negotiated at the beginning. Then, the founder makes specific asks thereafter, in line with the defined roles.
All those amorphous board appointments don't really work. Where you "sorta" expect the board member to do introductions or help you raise venture funding. And then, nothing happens. It's like someone expecting me, an introvert to do introductions. How will that work? 💁🏾♀️
Feb 7 • 18 tweets • 3 min read
INERTIA KILLS DREAMS: Five years before I started @volitioncap, I knew I wanted to do something different from my role at the time. I felt a restlessness and tiredness in my spirit. Like I had moved beyond my current assignment and needed to grow & move forward.
It was like my potential was in a holding pattern and I had to break free to explore what more I could do.