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5 Crucial Tips for Those Looking To Refresh and Revamp Their Career – Gloria Martinez.


Whether you’re thinking of moving to London, England for a new job opportunity or have started to consider becoming a remote worker, there’s a chance you’re interested in refreshing your career. If you want a new position or a new career path entirely, there are several key moves to make that can help you get your career on the desired trajectory. Here’s how to start revamping your professional life, brought to you by Music.Blog.

Identify the Right Moment To Take the Career Leap

The first step to refreshing your career is nailing the timing. You don’t want to leave your current job too soon without having a backup plan, but you also don’t want to become frustrated by remaining in your current position for too long.

Identifying the perfect moment to take the leap can be tricky, but you can identify certain signs that it’s time to go. When you have a few job prospects lined up, you may feel comfortable enough to quit your job. It’s also helpful to build up to three to six months’ worth of expenses in your savings account before quitting to have a safety net.

Freshen Up and Polish Your Resumé Before Searching for Jobs

According to one study, having a poor resumé or one that’s full of mistakes is an error that could lead to losing out on job opportunities. To ensure your application doesn’t get passed over, take the time to polish your resumé and make it as professional as possible prior to searching for a new job. You’ll want to include your educational accomplishments, some references, key skills, and any certifications you may have in your field.

Try a Variety of Job-Seeking Strategies

When looking to refresh your career, it’s important to explore every avenue to maximize your new opportunities. Try a range of job-seeking strategies to find every available option. For example, it may be useful to:

  • Contact connections in your professional network to ask for leads
  • Attend job fairs, conferences, and professional events whenever possible
  • Browse different online job boards
  • Reach out to companies you’re interested in to ask for more information

Learn the Basic Tools of Marketing Yourself Effectively

Even if you’re a talented candidate, you may not be able to revamp your career successfully if employers can’t see your talent! That’s why marketing yourself well is essential. To start, you should:

Revamp Your Career by Acquiring New Skills and More

Lastly, you can always make yourself a stronger job candidate in any field by boosting your credentials. Consider attending weekend courses, completing a new certification, or focusing on sharpening your soft skills to make yourself more attractive to potential employers as you look for a new job opportunity. Before you start paying for classes and courses, however, make use of free options on websites like YouTube and WikiHow; you may be surprised by the amount of useful information these sites contain.

When you know it’s time to make a career change, there are a few ways you can start refreshing your professional life. From building new skills to identifying the right time to make the change, these strategies can help make this transition as smooth as possible. Keep our tips handy as you begin to revamp your career trajectory.

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2023: AfDB’s Femi Adesina speak on choice and power.


President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 Presidential race in Nigeria.

Dr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday, after months of calls for him to join the race and after a group bought the presidential nomination form for the All Progressives Congress for him.

“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.

“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa, and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.




“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa.”

Read his full statement below:

Dr Adesina is currently in his second tenure as President of the AfDB. He was re-elected to the position on August 27, 2020 during the bank’s 55th Annual Meetings. He started his second term on September 1 that same year.

A globally-renowned development economist, a World Food Prize Laureate and Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate, Dr Adesina has distinguished himself in driving a bold agenda to reform the bank and accelerate Africa’s development.

He was first elected as President of the AfDB on May 28, 2015 and is the first Nigerian to occupy the post.

Dr Adesina’s first term focused on the bold new agenda for the Bank Group based on five development priorities known as the High 5s: Light up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.

Under his leadership, the African Development Bank’s Board of Directors approved a $10 billion facility to support African countries to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bank also launched a $3 billion COVID-19 social bond on the global capital markets, the highest US dollar-denominated social bond ever in world history, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, Luxembourg Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.




Turkish charities focus on Ukraine for upcoming Ramadan aid.


Every year, Turkish nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) mobilize to boost humanitarian aid to disadvantaged communities around the world on the occasion of Ramadan. As charitable acts are a staple during the Islamic month of fasting, they have turned their attention to the plight of displaced people of Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of people have left the country already, fleeing into nearby European countries, as well as into Turkey. But the dire need for aid prevails for those unable or unwilling to leave.

Charities based in Turkey reach out to other countries during Ramadan, which will begin in April this year, with humanitarian aid packages and iftar meals (a meal fasting Muslims eat to end their fast) for needy Muslims.

They are already in the field delivering aid to Ukraine but their activities will increase during Ramadan, when they will deliver meals, blankets, clothes and other aid.

Kemal Özdal, head of Sadakataşı Association, told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Thursday that they would be active in 34 countries this year and their aid would focus on people living in conflict zones and disaster-hit areas. The association usually delivers aid to the Middle East, Asia and Africa but they have included Ukraine in their campaign this year. “We see people increasingly leaving the country through the Polish and Romanian borders. We sent our crews on the fourth day of the war to check their emergency needs. During Ramadan, we will deliver aid for refugees in Romania, Poland, Hungary, as well as those internally displaced in Ukraine,” he said. Özdal said both public agencies and NGOs acted fast in response to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH), another Turkish charity, has been at the forefront of aid, especially for Crimean Tatars in Ukraine, for years. IHH deputy director Emre Kaya says they are working to deliver aid in European countries where the refugees took shelter. He said they were handing food and blankets to the displaced in Ukraine as well. “We made arrangements for aid to Ukraine this Ramadan. We will set up iftar dinners and give away food packages,” he said. Kaya said there was a large wave of refugees from Ukraine and it would be a “new experience” for them to reach out to people in Europe after years of work in other countries.

Recently, Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) had sent truckloads of humanitarian aid to Ukraine and set up mobile kitchens for locals. Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced last week that 23 trucks carrying humanitarian assistance sent by Turkey had arrived in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania. In a statement, the agency said the aid includes 3,536 food parcels, 510 family tents, 26 general-purpose tents, 930 beds, 680 pillow sheet sets and 4,416 blankets.

Aid agencies continue to ramp up their efforts to bring much-needed relief supplies to civilians affected by the fighting in Ukraine, and also to over 3 million refugees who have fled the country since the conflict began. Rzeszow, the largest city in southeastern Poland, roughly 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Ukrainian border, has become a humanitarian aid hub for the region. By road and by air, aid supplies – including food, blankets, solar lamps, warm clothing, mattresses, jerrycans and plastic sheeting – continue to arrive in a massive warehouse run by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), next to the airport outside Rzeszow.

“What we have been doing is bringing more people into the country, bringing more assistance into the country, working with partners to make sure that we can work effectively, to do what we can to help,” said Matthew Saltmarsh, UNHCR spokesperson. Saltmarsh said the agency has received “over 300 million zloty of donations” from the private sector in the past month and has managed to deliver some of the relief supplies to Ukraine. So far, the UNCHR has moved 22 trucks and soon plans to move another 10 with emergency supplies to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, not far from the Polish border. Lviv has largely been spared the scale of destruction unfolding further east, becoming the first destination for many of those fleeing the country.

Some of the aid transported to the city has been unloaded and distributed there, Saltmarsh said, but the rest is waiting to go on when the security situation allows humanitarian assistance to reach the hardest-hit parts of the country, including the port city of Mariupol, which has been besieged and subjected to punitive Russian attacks almost since the start of the war. “That is obviously very worrying and a big challenge for the humanitarian community,” he told The Associated Press (AP).

Efforts are also being stepped up to assist the refugees, about half of them children, who have escaped over the past weeks to Poland and other countries bordering Ukraine. Refugees now arriving in neighboring countries are “more vulnerable, in a more traumatic state” than those who came in the early days of the war, Saltmarsh said.

Kateryna Horiachko, who escaped from the area around the capital, Kyiv, said people there were “devastated.” “They lost their homes, they lost everything they had, they lost relatives … there is nothing left for (us) than (to) become refugees,” added Horiachko, who arrived in Suceava, Romania, on Thursday. Horiachko said her husband and parents remain in Ukraine and that she was hoping to find a way to support them. “The economy in Ukraine is also ruined, people (are) now without work, without income and they need support,” she added.


Anniversary Of The Syrian Revolution – Rami Al Mohmad.


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Under the slogan “renewing the covenant,” thousands of Syrians demonstrated in Idlib today, Tuesday, on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the Syrian revolution, stressing “the revolution will continue until victory” and the completion of its demands, foremost of which is the overthrow of the regime. It was remarkable in today’s demonstration that some of the Syrians participating in it raised slogans in support of Ukraine, which is being subjected to a military operation launched by Russia, which is a major ally of the Syrian regime in its suppression of the opposition.

In a report on this occasion, yesterday, Monday, the Syria Response Coordinators team said that the number of displaced Syrians has reached 6.9 million, while the number of refugees has reached 6.6 million Syrians who have sought refuge in many countries, whether to neighboring countries or European countries, and the number of displaced people in camps and shelters, which amounted to 1.9 million, and the number of children out of school reached 2.65 million.

The team indicated that the losses of the Syrian economy have exceeded $650 billion since the revolution, the prices of basic materials have increased more than 140 times, and the losses of the local currency have multiplied more than 98 times since the beginning of 2011, and that more than 78% of hospitals and clinics are destroyed or out of service. In addition to the destruction of more than 42% of schools.

The report stated that the percentage of Syrians at risk of poverty is 91%, and the number of Syrians who have reached the stage of starvation has reached 3.3 million, and military operations have injured more than 1.8 million civilians, leaving more than 232 thousand people with special needs.


Conference notice cultural impediments against growth of women.


A conference on issues against women as the world marks International Women’s Day has identified cultural issues impeding women empowerment and suggested ways forward.

The ‘Media for Women Economic Empowerment Roundtable’ which drew officials of government, non-government organisations as well as media practitioners, deliberated on women-specific challenges to development, including cultural inhibitions that set women back.

“A norm widely practised in Nigeria sees women as property of the husbands who bought them, and they are to do as the men please, which impacts crushingly on women,” a panel discussion segment of the conference noted.

The Media for Women Roundtable which ended in Abuja Tuesday under the auspices of Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity, Mercy Corps, International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) and Save the Children, with support from USAID, noted that women do a whole lot of things for societal development but get abysmally low personal dividends in face of gender bias.

“In many communities, a woman cannot inherit assets such as land, and if such a woman is a farmer, her productivity is hampered,” the panel said.


The panel which comprised state commissioners and directors from relevant ministries as well as women in private enterprises in Adamawa, Gombe and Yobe States, added that women frequently have to work extra hard for their efforts to produce results.

The point was made that “Women are active in various sectors, including agriculture, but are not getting gains that are commensurate with what they put in because they have to contend with beliefs and attitudes that negate them.”

It was said that cattle markets, for instance, are regarded as reserved for men, and women are methodically shut out from such markets even if some women are bigger cattle owners than some of the men who run such markets.

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The Chief of Party, Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity, Margarita Aswani, urged efforts from all concerned towards breaking the socio-economic biases (#BreakTheBias) against women.

Journalists selected from Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe States attended the Media Roundtable.

They committed themselves to writing stories and features to highlight the problems women face in their economic pursuits and research possible solutions to such problems.


“Knows and Guidance” Zain humanitarian team launched voluntary initiative in Idlib – Rami Al Mohmad.


Zain Humanitarian Team launched a voluntary initiative entitled “Knows and Guidance” The aim is to educate the residents of camps and villages in the town of Batbo, north of Idlib.

Where the community there suffers from the spread of the disease and its rapid spread due to the poor medical capabilities available


Especially with the spread of the new mutated from Corona O’Meyron.

The team raised awareness among the people and spread the best ways to prevent the disease and motivate people to wear muzzles and maintain cleanliness


It is worth mentioning that the team’s work voluntarily free of charge and depend on their work to raise funds from countries that live in peace without war

For its part, the team hopes to develop its work further and provide more

— Rami Al Mohmad

Fuel scarcity and hard times in Maiduguri.


SIR: The people of Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State, are experiencing hard times as a result of the increase in pump price of petrol, recently occasioned by the nationwide fuel scarcity.

As a result of the spike, commercial tricycle riders, popularly known as Keke NAPEP that used to charge N50 per trip, have doubled the fare – a situation that makes life harder for the people living within Maiduguri metropolis. These people are finding it very difficult to cope with the situation due to the densely populated nature of the city.

Unfortunately, the city has been in total blackout as a result of Boko Haram insurgents’ activities that have destroyed the electricity installations. Therefore, people rely solely on generators for electricity, which have also become almost impossible as a result of the current hike in the pump price.


On the streets, stranded commuters are blaming Keke riders for the latest increase in fares. The operators, in turn, have no explanation for the current scarcity. However, the managers and their attendants at fuel stations have also contributed immensely to worsening the situation, as they embarked on sharp practices to suggest artificial scarcity of the product. That is not fair to the common man in Maiduguri.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has recently blamed the scarcity on adulterated fuel that was brought into the country. But in the north, it has now become a norm to have routine fuel scarcity that worsens the peoples’ plight every year.

It is important for the government, through the NNPC, to urgently look into the problem and find a lasting solution to the problem of fuel scarcity.
Mary Oluwatosin Afolabi is of the department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri.


BHO endorses Tanko Al-Makura for APC National Chairmanship


1. BHO recognizes the critical role of political parties in a democracy and the importance of building strong and enduring democratic institutions. We equally recognize that political parties are the bedrock in a multi-party democracy. Therefore no effort to enthrone and build an enduring and sustainable democracy, democratic order and nation can be successful without an enduring political party system built on and guided by the time tested tenets of internal democracy and respect for rule of law. As a Think tank well invested in the battle to enthrone democracy, leadership and good governance in Nigeria driven by the ideology of Buharism viz; Integrity, Patriotism, Justice and Truth, the Buharists Hang Out cannot afford to sit on the fence.


2. The APC is the party of progressivism in Nigeria. Progressivism is entrenched in the party’s manifesto and constitution. The party has no doubt come a long way since it was registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on July 31st 2013 after a historically successful merger. We however believe it is very important to further strengthen the party and build it into a truly progressive and democratic institution beyond being just a vehicle for acquisition of power. It is only if that is achieved that the party can better deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians, build on the giant strides of the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration since 2015 and the fortunes of the party can be enhanced.

3. As avowed progressives, the Buharists Hang Out (BHO) believes that building the All Progressives Congress (APC) into the truly progressive party that its members and Nigerians at large were promised and earnestly yearn for is very important and that must start by strengthening internal democracy and structures of the Party as well as correcting certain mistakes of the past.

4. Achieving these goals requires experienced, pragmatic, calm headed and calculated leadership; one experienced in both party administration and people and resource management. Getting such a leader calls for a meticulous and objective recruitment process, one which the BHO is glad to be part of.


5. The Buharists Hang Out has carefully and objectively studied the democratic and progressive credentials of all the candidates aspiring to become the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and they are all impressive and qualified. We have also considered the possible zoning arrangement of the party and it is our objective verdict that former Governor Tanko Al-makura is primus inter pares in the race.

6. Furthermore, we objectively and factually x-rayed Senator Tanko Al-makura using broad objective criteria and considering a wide range of issues and records, including but not limited to his track record as a party administrator cutting across the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), National Republican Convention (NRC), United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and All Progressives Congress (APC) to his time as Governor of Nassarawa state when as the first elected political office holder and only Governor on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011 and subsequently from 2015 to 2019 on the platform of the APC he essentially transformed Nassarawa state especially Lafia the state capital from a largely sleepy community to a thriving state and promising city respectively within eight years.

7. Our findings further reveal that Senator Al-makura as Governor of Nasarawa state ensured that there was internal peace and security in the state and harmonious coexistence amongst indigenes of the state of diverse backgrounds as well as between those of neighboring states. He equally gave attention to women and youth as well as the physically challenged; at one time appointing 5 women Commissioners in one fell swoop. We also x-rayed his time as a Senator representing Nasarawa South senatorial district with positive reviews.


8. A successful businessman, trained educationist, executive governor, legislator, experienced party administrator and statesman all rolled into one with practical experience in managing diversity as shown in the case of Nassarawa state; a true and loyal party man, conciliator, unifier and consensus builder, BHO has no doubt about the qualification, capacity and suitability of Senator Tanko Al-makura to unite and reconcile the various interests and blocs within the APC, give members a renewed sense of belonging including youth, women and the physically challenged, strengthen internal party democracy and structures of the party, institute a merit based reward system in the party and ultimately provide the needed leadership to build a truly progressive and democratic party which would be healthy for the nation and our democracy.

9. In view of all the above, the Buharists Hang Out (BHO) hereby endorses Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura for the position of National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Dr Uche Diala
National Coordinator
Buharists Hang Out (BHO)
21st February, 2022