Hello friends! As we await the next session on #ListenUp where we will be discussing yet another thought provoking #RealLifeIssue, WATCH OUT for this SPECIAL ELECTION EDITION.

Yes! Politics! This is one issue we can’t shy away from. Prior to the postponement of the elections formerly slated for Feb 14th, our topic of discussion was to be: POLITICS? I WILL RATHER SIT ON THE FENCE! The Edition was to encourage and motivate us to perform our civic duty: to vote our conscience.

However, in view of recent happenings in our nation, Nigeria, it is obvious that an average Nigerian has already chosen his or her party of choice. And guess what? People are ready to go to the polls! Amazing!

Consequently, I deem it necessary to change our topic. And so, we will be discussing: POLITICS – DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS DIRTY? You will agree with me that this is presently the case in our Nation!

Come Sat.28th of March, 2015, we will be going to the polls! (All things being equal *wink*). In this Special Edition, we will be having 2 guests on board to discuss the topic : POLITICS: DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS ‘DIRTY’?

Our Guests, @yinkanubi and @blossomnnodim will be enlightening us on the fine art of politicking as a patriotic citizen and why our brand of Politics is full of mudslinging. They will be encouraging us to shun violence and embrace peace irrespective of our political leanings. See their profiles below.

ADEYINKA OGUNNUBI is a financial expert specializing in the field of Corporate Treasury particularly with regards to developing treasury systems. He has many years’ experience in management and has made tremendous stride in the field of Corporate Treasury managing portfolios worth millions of dollars across Africa. He has become astute at transferring that knowledge from the work-place to the home front and has helped several families with the knowledge and tools to manage their finances.

He is the author of the best selling book “Honey, Is it in the Budget?” a book on personal finance that comes equipped with a tool that helps individuals and SME’s manage their personal finance. He is a renowned public and motivational speaker with a unique style of delivery that makes him a compelling voice for the younger generation. He has pioneered many faith based organisations and has also promoted youth / community based initiatives in the South West of Nigeria.

In 2014, in collaboration with some partners, he pioneered the setting up of Adopt-A-Camp Nigeria an organization aimed at catering for the needs of Internally Displaced Persons especially in the North Eastern Part of Nigeria.
Yinka as he is fondly called by friends is passionate about Nigeria and about National Development. He makes his impact felt by mentoring many young social commentators, entrepreneurs and bloggers. He shares the same passion of country with the passion in
which he supports his club – Arsenal

Yinka is married to Yewande, a Lawyer, Gender right specialist and only ILO certified gender auditor in Lagos. Their marriage is blessed with two lovely children.

BLOSSOM NNODIM is a speaker, blogger, social entrepreneur and an advocate for social good, working towards inspiring, connecting and empowering individuals, brands and businesses in Nigeria. She is a niche blogger with particular interest in Social Media, Social Good and Social Technology.

Her passion for social good inspired her to ideate the AdoptATweep Events that provides opportunities for people to connect to social media and use the platform for commercial and social good. The learning experiment lasted for about 30 Months and has since been rested. In 2014, Blossom founded Digital Media Development Initiative, an NGO focusing on leveraging digital and new media tools for sustainable development.

She has worked with Public and Private Organizations in various Online Campaigns. Her clients include Gates Foundation, One Campaign, Federal Ministry of Finance, Millennium Development Goals Office in Nigeria, Mashable, Population Council, National Identity Management Commission, British Council, BudgIT, Save the Children Nigeria, Unilever Nigeria amongst others.

In 2014, she took a gap year to study Environmental Management in the United Kingdom. This was informed by a desire to have the requisite knowledge to champion actions that will address the impact of Climate Change in Nigeria.

She supports Chelsea Football Club and plays Golf every Wednesday.

So ladies and gentlemen, brace up! Get ready! Join the convo! See ya!

About Kemi Odutayo

‘Kemi Odutayo, a graduate of University of Lagos, Nigeria is a Practitioner of NLP, a blogger, an author, a counselor and a media consultant. She is the Head of Operations, Me4 Communications, a publishing, marketing and communications outfit specializing in publishing books/eBooks, managing and offering training for social media accounts for individuals and organizations. Kemi and her husband of many years, Kayode Odutayo have a beautiful family blessed with three lovely children.