Monthly Archives: October, 2008

Welcoming Nathan Omotoyinbo Obasanjo

I had been expecting the good news – about him or her, but Hurray, its a boy.

In fact, thoughts of the good news still crossed my mind last night, and thats why first thing this morning, I had to go check up on his father.

 

His name is Nathan Omotoyinbo Obasanjo

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Dear Daddy, I hope Nathan already has a laptop, a weblog and a Windows Live ID.

 

Congrats Big Bro!!!

 

CCIE Scholarship 2008 – 63days to go

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Through the years Brian Dennis, CCIE #2210 (R&S, ISP Dial, Security, Service Provider, Voice) and Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593 (R&S, Service Provider, Security) have been devoted to revolutionizing the way CCIE Lab training is approached. Since 2004 their vision of success for CCIE’s has changed the market and help shape where it stands today. From inventing new ways to tackle technologies, to their famous CCIE Lab Workbooks, and now the highly sought after 12-Day Bootcamp, the Brians and Internetwork Expert continue to help networking professionals around the world achieve their own CCIE certification.

As part of Brian Dennis’ and Brian McGahan’s ongoing commitment to the CCIE community, Internetwork Expert is pleased to announce the Real CCIE’s, Real People 2008 Scholarship.

 

This is some great news for all Cisco Enthusiasts.

Cisco is offering a CCIE scholarship program which includes the Intenetnetwork Expert end to end program, complete CCIE package and onsite bootcamp etc,.

Visit the CCIE-Scholarship website to fill up an application form. This will last till December 31,2008.

 

Nigeria presently comes third in Africa with 16-CCIEs, as of today….(I might be #17)

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The above information is from Cisco’s CCIE resources.

 

Question:

does we(Nigeria) need more? Can our environment accommodate more? will they be paid their worth, or such might end up as contract hustlers here and there?

I am not a certification freak, although I believe it is necessary even if only to increase ones’ monthly take home pay – considering our present National economic situation. My general observation with Nigeria is that employers are more concerned with paper work /certificate holders, even if such people/applicants cannot defend what they have on paper. This is very bad and does not encourage aptitude and productivity. I would rather go for someone who knows his one, two and three in basic engineering, because if such is given the proper encouragement, such can become a valuable asset.

Does a political science graduate who passes his CCNA become an engineer? I have had the opportunity to work with CCNPs who don’t know their salt, and who have to resort to using a subnet calculator for even the simplest calculations. I was highly disappointed.

I remember:

T’was last year when a friend narrated to me how a CCNA guru was arrested by Lagos-state policemen at a Pearson VUE test center. My friend went there to take his own CCNA exam when the drama played out. Information had been gathered that this CCNA guru was a professional CCNA passer. He was taking / passing CCNA exams by impersonating the actual candidates for a fee of NGN40,000.00, excluding the exam fee itself. From ID-card forging to signature forging, the guy was everywhere. He would even sport an additional mustache The guy even charged his clients for air-flight expenses to and fro just to make sure he wasn’t too familiar with anyone at any test center. My friend came early, but was quickly informed that a Police operation was in progress and he should cooperate. This information was passed across other exam candidates as they arrived. All awaited the suspect, and whatever magic the policemen wanted to pull. Soon, the guru arrived, showed his registration documents and was given a seat. Plain clothes policemen were also seated as candidates behind other computers. After confirming that the picture they had on hand was that of the guru, he was arrested and questioned on the spot. My friend who narrated the story said the CCNA guru, after being pre-dealt with by Police at the VUE center confessed to having passed over 90-CCNA exams, besides admitting that he had other partners who were in the same business as he was. A staff / supervisor of this particular test center was at hand for identification. Previously, she had by chance visited their branches outside Lagos and on three occasions noticed the same face taking and passing the same exam at different venues. It was then she put two and two together and they and the police started finding information on ‘guru’s whereabouts.

What a life.

ifunaya.com the new kind of spam

This is the email ‘SHE’ (Jennifer doe) sent to me:

Hello  Dear,
Am jennifer,a tall good looking young girl,so lovely and caring with good understanding.fair in complexion,care with good sharing,honesty.I saw your profile at(http://www.ifunaya.com) which interested me much and i decided to contact you.I really want to have a good friendship with you even if you have married we can be pen friends ok ,i have a reason of selecting you as my friend,pls if you wish to know more.Pls contact me through this my id  We need to talk and know ourself more and equally share pictures to each other.hope to hear from you.

Bye with a warmly huggs.

Jennifer

 

reply:

Dear Jennifer,

Your email is very well appreciated. And thanks for introducing me to www.ifunaya.com. Its a very colorful website. As I write this, the lyrics of the song Ifunaya by P-Square are running across my mind.

I can see that you are very much interested in my profile at www.ifunaya.com, even though I do not have a profile on your website.

You also want to be ‘pen friends’ with me even if I am married. P.S I am still single. Your ambitions are quite high, but please take things slowly, taking note of where those that have gone before have fallen.

Anyway, thanks for your information’s. I am presently not interested, neither will I be ‘interested in knowing more’ – whatever that means – in the future.

Thanks for your offers.

Have a great day!

ifunanya

Whatever the owners/webmasters at www.ifunaya.com want to achieve by sending these kind of emails around the web, I won’t know. Considering that our(Nigeria’s) international reputation is already in the red as far as spam emails are concerned, I wonder why ifunaya.com decided to outrightly start on the wrong foot.

It appears though, that www.ifunaya.com and www.ngex.com have something in common, as links to Ngex.com flow back and forth. Ngex.com presently looks like a forgotten project, but/and if ifunaya.com is their(ngex) new pet-project, or perhaps its a partnership, coupled with spam-idea, then I suppose these guys might need some whipping.

At the end of the day, our man at ifunaya.com will call himself an enterpreneur.