This episode is universal, it is not about me or the things life has permitted that I experience. Growing up as a young boy is difficult for everybody. You have to deal with parents, relate with siblings and overcome peer pressure. I have been a recipient of this too. The worst trauma comes when your parents are rigidly principled; you won’t have the freedom to make friends or even invite them over for a weekend fiesta. I remember being so bent at having my way at my teenage prime; I would consciously break rules just to exert self-worth. Relating with siblings is often the wonder spice; it is common to see boys who intentionally sneak out just to skip washing dishes, but resurface once meal is ready – if your sister is “mummy” enough, you’ll certainly return to meet a perfect home.
No matter how troublesome these species are, if the society tries to understand them a bit, they will better be helped. A teenage boy already feels he does not need the help of anyone any longer. He is bossy, proud, senseless and adventurous. For every instruction that has “don’t”, he must try it out to have the “don’t” experience. He already feels he has grown into a man. The dilemma at this stage is too provocative. The proud doll at this stage already has cliques he feel will help him better than his family does; this is the thought of every boy. Since he has not gained so much experience yet, he feels should anything happen, he will park up and meet Benson at Ewet Housing Estate – The lessons for every boy at the end of this episode will reveal more about this. This is how senseless boys could be. Keeping late nights is part of it all. He does not stick to rules any longer and can sleep under the bridge just to be sure the rule is broken; certainly, strict parents would always lock them out. The instinct for adventure in this breed can take them to Lagos before 17 years, when parents are somewhere in Uyo Itam. He is loved by friends for being funny and starts attracting girls who shower “love” and money on him. If they are not helped at this stage, they will lose it all. They will inflict damages on themselves that will play back sooner or later. The teenage boy is not strong, he is senseless.
To the teenage boy, growing up with and always having peers around is his best moment; this is the experience we all have. But in early adulthood, we start feeling different. We start seeing people we think mean well for us and those we think are merely on seasonal companionship; this is where separation begins. As boys grow to the age of realization, so many things start changing; finances, career and relationships. Realization in finances doesn’t come easily.
A young adult who has been on the forefront of receiving has a different financial awareness; he doesn’t bother about savings or investment. I will deal on a more universal realization; the war-torn adults who have had rough rides as teenagers. They know the world and its people are bound by the first law of nature – self-preservation. These breeds are plagued with the need to multiply money. Nature has placed so much demands on them that they have only one option – provide. Whether they bleed or are torn, nature has nurtured other breeds to depend on him. He receives pressure from all angles. Just to maintain his place as a dignified man, his finances must be “man enough”. At this stage, a good number of them are done with the University and are hoping that employment luck will come their way. Majority have been made to forget what they can offer. Because of the pressure, they must get a paid job no matter what it takes. They can’t start a company because it takes time to grow.
He is now a transiting man. His teenage friends are now busy fending for themselves. This is the reality all boys will face. A time of conscious self-preservation comes. This is when you locate your fertile ground without assistance, prepare it and start planting. In order to survive, you must be both the gardener and the cop; after watering yourself, cut off every torn and spike that tries to inhibit your growth – this is the only formula. Self-preservation does not come through offences. I consciously stopped offending people when I came to this realization; if I ever discover I have broken this pledge, I live regretting for a very long time. The last restitution I made was to Ezekiel, a very good friend I met at the University which I still regret offending till date. You must not offend or be bitter with people you feel are not helping you; everyone one is busy fending for themselves and their families. This is how Mother Hen survives, learn from her.
To the growing man, his career and material growth pose another phase of trauma. He is consciously fighting against lack without unplugging the drainpipes planted by family and friends. He has been taught to be strong even when his strength fails. When he is battered and bruised by the spikes of “hustling”, he runs to Religion with the belief that he is “returning to God” for help. Because of bad orientation and ignorance, he is not aware of the many changes his strength can bring to the world. The green suit man wallows in lack and finds comfort in poverty. This awareness now brands him “Ambassador of the Meek”. He has no option than to stick to a N25,000 job with hard labour and disrespect. This is how poor men are birthed.
But for love, the green suit man would have been managing his limitations, but he gets trapped again when his finances would have helped him accumulate N100,000 in a year. His background has taught him patience, and his experiences have forged him with resilience. Aunty Susu has come his way and the will of God must be done. Thank God he has self-control, so he won’t face the beast of double-dating. He has to make another important decision. This is where he is lost again. If he is not given to lack, he falls into the hand of an evil woman. Some are so unlucky to face both.
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Life’s weights and societal pressures torment a man as much as it does a woman. If it is not coping with forced parental influence or savings and investment, an iron monkey wife can enslave him in thoughts that may end up destroying him.
Yesterday, I received an email from one of my Blog followers with the subject – how to secure my facebook account. Before I move into the narratives, here is a little thing you should know about the internet. As at early 2020, there were 4.5 billion reported Internet Users world-wide as against 3.9 billion in 2018. This rapid increase in users’ database draws all to so many concerns; Online Safety is one of those.
Late 2018, Solomon Brown’s Facebook account was hacked and retained by the hackers for malicious advertisements. Solomon is a Forex Analyst and has some top guys on his list. This major hack almost marred his business and prestige.
Just this year, Akachi Chukwuma and Idongesit Akpan reported their Facebook Accounts as hacked. The relative feature in this hack spree is that all hacked accounts are retained by the hackers for malicious advertisements.
Getting more than 98% solid security on your Facebook account is possible if you follow my recommendations to the last line. But before I proceed, let me take time to explain how Facebook Account hacks are accomplished.
This is a scam method in which a user is tricked to provide personal details with which the scammer can use for exploitative purposes. In the case of Facebook, hackers clone the log-in page of Facebook, host the script in a server and trick users to visit the page through malicious links. Most commonly, the hacker might send you a link claiming that it leads to a viral video or any interesting content on Facebook. Once you click the link, you’ll end up seeing a login page with the message “log-in to proceed”. If you make the mistake of supplying your login details, the hacker will receive your username and password in a text file on his server, then use it to seize your account. This is the most popular method hackers use.
a) Don’t click on links you do not trust.
b) Always check the URL of the website you are visiting on your browser to be sure you’re not on a totally different site. For example, hackers might trick you to log-in at www.facebo0k.com, www.facebbok.com, www.faceb00k.com, www.facebookk.com etcetera instead of www.facebook.com. Be watchful.
c) Activate Two Factor Authentication: When you turn on 2F Authentication on your Facebook Account, a special security code will be required from you each time you want to login to your Account from a strange device. This security code is always sent to your registered phone number or generated with an Authentication App such as Google Authenticator during the log-in process.
These steps cover “Faccebook” and “Lite” for Android. There might be slight differences when implemented on Web.
a) Open your Facebook App.
b) Navigate to Settings>Security and Login>Use two-factor authentication
c) Click “Enable” for SMS Authentication. A code will be sent to the phone number tied to your account.
You’re required to supply this code before your settings can be saved. Once this is successful, you’ll receive a security code on that line each time you try to login from a strange device. Without this code, you can not login to the account.
d) Activate for Authentication App. Once you click enable, a QR Code and Security token will appear on the screen, copy this security token and proceed to your Google Authenticator.
e) Click the red plus (+) sign at the bottom right of the screen.
f) Click “Enter a provided key”.
g) Paste the security token in the “Your key” field.
h) Supply the account name (Anything to help you identify the account).
i) Set the code type to “Time based” then click “Add”.
j) Copy the code that will appear on the screen and paste in the space provided in the Facebook App to complete the setup.
Though 2FA doesn’t promise 100% Account Security because of available security loophole which I won’t mention here, it can offer up to 80% Account Security. The security loophole is only known by top tech guys who might not actually have interest in hacking your account.
This is a situation where hackers who have access to your email account reset your facebook password using the security token sent to your email. In this process, Facebook will think you are the one requesting for password reset. Once the hacker is successful in resting your password, he’ll probably replace all the contact information in your account so you won’t have the privilege to revert the action.
a) Add trusted contacts: Facebook gives you the privilege to select up to 5 people who can help your regain access to your account if anything should happen.
For example, should you lose access to your email and unable to reset your password, Facebook may send recovery codes to your trusted contacts with which you can use to recover your account.
b) Review your authorised logins: Authorised devices are those which Facebook belief belong to you. You should review this to remove devices you no longer use.
If you’ve ever used a public computer to access your Facebook account, you should review this setting, tick the devices you wish to remove, then proceed to secure your account.
a) There is no love in sharing passwords. Keep your email account password secret and confidential.
b) Activate 2FA for your email account too.
c) Do not add someone you do not trust as a trusted contact.
The most important step you have to take in protecting your Facebook account is to activate 2FA for the email account that is linked to Facebook. The processes of activating 2FA on many platforms are similar, but there might be cross-platform similarities; common sense should guide you through the setup.
If you feel that Facebook account opening process takes less than a minute, and you can always open new accounts if hacked, let me highlight some of the dangers of having a hacked Facebook account here:
a) You’ll lose all your resources (Pictures, Videos and Articles).
b) You’ll lose connection with all your friends. There are people who might never accept your friend request again when they start seeing you in two spots on Facebook.
c) You’ll lose important business connections and deals. Most contractors do not need an unserious person who can’t “even protect a Facebook account”.
d) Your prestige might be soiled. If hackers use your account to beg your friends for money or dupe people on your contact list, people will think you’re the one doing so.
e) Hackers may upload pornographic contents using your Facebook account. If this doesn’t get to your Mom or Wife, it will get to your pastor.
f) Hackers cam steal confidential information from your previous chats such as your debit card details, shopping security tokens, bvn, date of birth, shopping history, websites you visit and other background information about you. Remember that Facebook doesn’t delete old messages, and your shopping and website check-ins are all stored in your Facebook account.
You should endeavour to keep yourself safe online; 2FA is the most important tool you should use.
If I tell you that you can get paid to read emails in Nigeria and accumulate up to N500 daily, would you jump in and start earning, or you would still wait for monthly wages?
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But if you seek clarification and earning proofs, read to the last line. There are a lot of opportunities available online for people who have working email addresses to earn money from. One of such is getting paid to read emails by companies and individuals. These emails are all promoted contents.
98% percent of these opportunities are not available for some black nations; Nigeria gets the worst hit. Out of tens of email promotion schemes available, I could only spot one scheme that pay Nigerians to read promoted contents when they sign-up.
When companies have new products or offer new services, it is natural for them to seek product or service exposure to as many people as possible. When these happen, they will meet middle men who serve as bridge between them and their target audience – these middle men are called email marketing companies. At the moment, there are so many reputable email marketing companies that pay subscribers for reading their emails, but only one is available to Nigerians. Clicks Genie has been in existence for more than 10 years, and nations in Asia and Europe seem to have the bigger shares. There is a guy from India who sits on more than 30,000 downlines and pulls out more than $100 daily from the Scheme.
Clicks Genie is the email marketing company that I found working. To begin, you have to head to setup your account. Account creation is 100% FREE, and takes less than 60 seconds to complete. Once your account creation is successful, you’ll get an activation code/link in your email inbox with which your account will be activated. Either click on the link in the email, or head back to Clicks Genie with the code.
Once this process is complete, you should get your first promoted email in less than 24 hours. All you need do is to open the email and click on the promoted link to earn. As you open the promoted page, you’ll see a counter on the top left corner of your screen; you will only be paid when the counter reads to 100%.
The crediting and withdrawal processes are very easy to to understand. Crediting your Clicks Genie wallet is done automatically when you read sponsored email. Payment is done using Bitcoin. This is very easy to convert to real cash in your Bank Account – just follow this guide to the last line.
Your funds are eligible for withdrawal to your desired Bitcoin wallet once you meet the $0.005000 threshold, this means you can make withdrawals everyday because you’ll be earning more than this amount daily.
Navigate to Money>Withdrawal, select your preferred BTC Wallet; Either FaucetPay or Payeer. My favourite is FaucetPay, but Payeer has a lower withdrawal threshold. Go down to “Add withdrawal Account“, click there and set your BTC Address for any of your preferred Wallet. If you do not have a FaucetPay Account, set it up here. If your choice is Payeer, set up your Payeer Wallet here.
You can visit any of these links directly to setup your wallet, but if you use the links provided by me, I’ll give you one hour dedicated support on WhatsApp on how to earn your first $10( about N3,600) in about 7 days.
Once you are done setting up your account with either FaucetPay or Payeer, copy your BTC Wallet Address as displayed on your dashboard and head back to Clicks Genie to complete the setup then click on withdraw. You’ll receive you money in your BTC Wallet.
If you’re wondering of what you will do with some $300 BTC equivalent seated in your BTC Wallet, then you need to read this to the last line. Converting Bitcoin to real Nigerian Nigeria is as simple as making transfer from Wema to GTB. This is what you have to do in order to withdraw your BTC. Head to https://luno.com, click on create account then use MF9CX as your Referrer ID. Complete your Account creation and login to your dashboard. You should endeavour to use a valid email address (gmail preferred) during all these processes so you won’t lose access to your money; who wants that to happen anyway?
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As you login to your luno wallet, you will see your BTC Wallet Address on the Dashboard. If you can’t find that easily, navigate to “Wallet” then either select an existing wallet or “Create Wallet” to add a new BTC Wallet. Once this is done, copy the BTC Wallet Address as it is provided by the system (please do not edit this address in anyway) and head back to FaucetPay or Payeer depending on the one you are using. Navigate to “Withdraw” to request for the payment. In the “Receiving Wallet” field, paste the BTC Wallet Address your copied from luno, click on withdraw to complete the process.
Open your luno mobile app, or log-in to the web platform. Navigate on Wallet>Sell>Bitcoin>NGN Wallet…
Then input the amount of Bitcoin you want to sell. On the next screen, provide your bank account details…
Follow through the security authentication and receive your bank alert! Simple, abi?
The journey doesn’t end in setting up your account, there are some things you should know before you start sending me emails to inquire why your Clicks Genie Account has been blocked. Never ever try to create duplicate account on the website using the same device.
I got locked out of my first account in about 3 days after creation. This is what happened; I wanted to test their referral system to be sure it works as claimed, but ended up soiling my ass. They marked my IP and banned my main account with the cloned account. Be weary of spam.
You can earn more for every active referral you get, up to 5 levels deep. Find how much commission you get from each of your active referrals below.
Level 1 – 100%
Level 2 – 70%
Level 3 – 60%
Level 4 – 50%
Level 5 – 40%
I will end this episode here and continue the documentary in subsequent updates. Should you have questions regarding areas I have not gone so deep, feel free to write me at email@example.com. If you haven’t created your Clicks Genie Account,
For some days now, I have been trying out new habits in a familiar way to see if I would feel much different. I have always had my way in the past getting out of bed, but the “Special Camp” experience here in Northern Nigeria is helping me learn new things.
Before now, I’d get my alarm to ring, then I soak the beeper in water while pulling up my blanket till my bed rejects my warmth. By then, I felt I’d slump if I dare get out of bed; I never tried to break the routine to taste new validation. This was a really bad idea.
Just last week, I started crossing the 5th Pavilion. I told myself, “Let me slump and taste the Hades”; I was all out for the cold and early morning debility. Instead of a ruthless blow, I saw myself conquering my dreads. This is the formula that applies to Business Success. Most often, we visualize ourselves weaker than we really are. We think we are useless and can’t achieve a thing. We see failure at the onset of success. This is how bad we rate ourselves.
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