Meet Our Do Something Person of the Week – Kendricks Kwallah

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Do something person - Kendricks Kwallah

Biyah Kanwai Kendricks Kelvin Kwallah is a farmer and food processor who hails from the southern part of Kaduna state Nigeria.

After completing his secondary school at Bethel Baptist High School, Kelvin went ahead to study Business management in University of Maiduguri.

Kelvin Kwallah is presently the manager at Mainasara Agro, Poultry and Food Processing Farms. He grows cassava which is processed into products like garri (sour and edible garri popularly called eba), starch cassava chips (used for baking cake and other pastries), aluboh, abatcha, akpu, and cassava bark, which is used for fattening sheep goats and cattle generally.

Kanwai also rears poultry (broilers and layers).

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We had our team member, Dara Adekunle, who is also a farmer, ask him some questions regarding his practice.

How did you venture into farming?

Farming to me has always been a passion. My parents brought me up to love farming as a child and so I decided right from the onset in my life to study business management and settle down in the farming practice.

I remember the first time I handled a local hoe,  I was 12 then and it was a bit hard to pick a hoe and shove it into the soft soil then.  As I grew up, I loved the aspect of going to the farm and working on the soil just to see something germinating after a few days. One time as a child I decided to farm green beans just inside my family compound, surprisingly it germinated and after a few weeks I took it to Sabo market in Kaduna  state and sold it for some good cash then. I came back home not with the money but with some tomatoes for a pot of stew that weekend, since then I decided that anything I do would certainly be farming.

Is farming a difficult business?

Farming is not really a tough job; it has always been fun to me. I am always learning new techniques to make life easier for myself and other farmers.

Farming does have its challenging moments. I remember one time I planted maize and really invested time and energy in the farm work. At the end of the farming season I did not make half of what I had put into the farm work. One good thing is, I did not give up. I went back to the Board and met a few old people who then explained the secret behind maize farming. I tried what they said and it worked for me the next farming season.

How do you process your cassava?

I started from using crude means to process cassava, but now I use machines, which has made my work easier.

I decided to venture into cassava farming and processing when it was so good and profitable. After a while, the price of fertilizer became high and unbearable as it became a thing of great competition. We also couldn’t use manure, because it would not really bring out the result as chemical fertilizer would.

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Kendricks processing machine

Are you into full-time farming?

Being a food processor makes me a full-time farmer because I am involved in farming all through the year. The good part in farming is that farming all through the year creates more room for you to make more profit.

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Eggs from Kendrick’s farm

How do you keep yourself inspired?

I read a lot of books, and hear motivational speakers; especially those I know are practical farmers.

I am also a partner and a member of the Young Farmers Initiative, a non-governmental organisation that is poised with spurring youths to invest into agribusiness. I love travelling and visiting other farms around Nigeria and learning from different farmers.

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Would you encourage other young men to go into farming?

I love farming and I want to encourage young men and women to go into farming. If the Youth would take farming as a means of business it would be very good. FARMING PAYS.

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p.s. Do Something Person of the Week is a platform where we draw attention to people who are adding value to their communities.

Please click here to nominate someone in your area. Let the world know the awesome things they are doing, no matter how small you think it is. We believe It will inspire someone to do something.

Meet our Do Something Person of the Week – @LadyMacbethh89

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Our Do Something Person for this week is Ndi Kato (@ladyMacbethh89).

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Ndi is from Southern Kaduna, and has a burden for the people of that region who have gone through a lot of tough times, from religious clashes to other social issues.

We first met with Ndi about 4 years ago in Abuja, where she spoke of her passion to build homes for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North Central region of Nigeria. It is exciting to see that her passion had not waned.

Although Ndi is very fierce in her confrontation of social issues, she does have a heart of gold. This, we believe, has inspired many of her humanitarian efforts.

On the 18th and 19th of October,2015, she coordinated a humanitarian project where her team distributed blankets to 1000 IDPs in Riyom and Barkin Ladi, Plateau state.

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Ndi Kato and her team distributing blankets.
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One of the beneficiaries of the blankets.

When we got her to comment on her work, she said:

“The work involves drawing attention to the crisis in the North Central. [We] first started by reporting the crisis, Then to organizing humanitarian efforts.

We have had to liaise with local vigilantes for information on attacks and what they are going through.”

We hope that voices like Ndi Kato’s will not lose power.

Keep doing something, Ndi. You inspire us!

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Do Something Person of the Week is a platform where we draw attention to people who are adding value to their communities.

Please click here to nominate someone in your area. Let the world know the awesome things they are doing, no matter how small you think it is. We believe It will inspire someone to do something.

#dsmentor: Master the challenges of the present!

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When you want to go the extra mile and do what needs to be done, you are asking for trouble.

In the business world, they pay you more money as you move up the corporate ladder. They are paying you for conflict. It is not enough that you have the degrees; they are paying you for your ability to handle conflict and pressure. To whom much is given, much is required.

All of us are leaders in some way. But as we go up in levels of leadership, we embrace more responsibilities and challenges.

So, when you say, “I can’t handle this; this is driving me crazy,” you are rejecting the call to move forward, because moving forward means more problems. In fact, the problems you are dealing with right now may be because of the fact that you are in training for the next level of leadership.

If you learn how to manage the stress on this level, the doors will swing open for you to go to the next level.

Take another step. Don’t be afraid. Don’t bow, break or give in. Don’t complain about the challenges, thank God for them. If you complain, it shows you are not ready for the next level; you grumbling like the Israelites. Pray for grace and get on with the work has given you!

Excerpted from a TDJakes teaching on Leadership. 

#dsmentor: Master the task before you

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Most people never stick to anything long enough to master it. And the reason they don’t ever master anything is because they underestimate the mastery of their craft.

Big in, big out. Little in, little out.

If you sow bountifully, you reap bountifully. If you sow sparingly you reap sparingly.

It is true of everything. It is true of corn, it is true of business, it is true of mutual funds.

It is true of investments, life, marriage, and ministry.

You cannot make more withdrawals than you make deposits.

How dare you make more withdrawals than you are willing to deposit? You’ll bankrupt the relationship. Relationships bankrupt when someone tries to take more than he’s deposited.

The reason you can’t get any returns is because you are putting a little everywhere. You need to focus and do the things that are more central to what you are created to do.

Take one thing at a time. Focus on the things that you think you are created to do. By putting a little of your time everywhere, you’ll get only a little out of everywhere.

You need to focus!

Culled from the message, FOCUS, by TD Jakes.

You Need to Focus!

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One reason we are not focused as we ought to be is that we are distracted by other people. Your position in life can be so influenced by other people that you lose the ability to ever be satisfied. You can become intimidated by an assignment that God never gave you.

Distraction is a disorder that robs you of being the best you could be.

David said he couldn’t fight the battle with another man’s armour. He knew he could not fulfill destiny by dressing up as another person.

Any voice that says, “you need to, you need to,” is not coming from destiny, but from a desperate need to measure up to the peer pressure of the people who have influenced your definition of accomplishment.

2 Cor. 10:12-14 says:

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise (v.12).

But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you (v. 13).

For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

You will lead a miserable life if you don’t settle down into whom God made you to be, and to be happy with that. Don’t let anyone make you move out of your lane to be someone you need not be (v. 14).

Some people will take a higher position even though they will do a poor job at it.  Don’t forsake your lane to be a copycat of a great original. You need to focus on being you.

13 – Paul wasn’t trying to do something that God didn’t call him to do. “I have my measure. There is a certain amount of pressure I can handle.” You become frustrated when you operate beyond your measure.

God will promote you to the level of your tolerance of pain. He will not promote you to an area that you are not designed to hold a certain amount of pressure. Too much for you might not be too much for me, so don’t stop me because you are tired.

Don’t spread yourself so thin that nobody is getting the full impact of you. You need to focus.

You are only effective when you are authentic. Don’t be distracted. Stay focused!

 

The above is an excerpt from T.D. Jakes’ sermon, Focus

Transcribed by the Do Something Club team. 

The Destiny series will run on this blog every Wednesday and Saturday. Stay tuned!

Why You Will Not Start a Business In 2015

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Entrepreneurship is great; it gives you the freedom to create something you truly care about instead of working sheepishly for a company you care nothing for, it gives you the ability to create a part of history and affect the world the way you desire to; it gives you control over your time and your financial future. All these are admirable and great but despite all the obvious benefits of starting your business, some people will never do it even if they can and should.

Here’s why;

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#BookReview: 7 Resolutions by Leke Alder

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We read this great book by Leke Alder, and we are excited to share some of the things we learned. The most interesting part of the book is that the resolutions have business applications.
To resolve is basically to decide to do something. People usually make resolutions in the begining of the year. But according to Leke Alder, it
doesn’t matter when you make the resolutions. Whenever you do, that is when your year begins.
He highlighted 7 resolutions a man must make if he is to be successful in life and business.
1. Resolve to listen. “When you listen to people, you make them feel valuable. If you don’t listen to others, you will be limited to your own
wisdom.”
2. Resolve to Plan. Planning is a symptom of vision. Planning gives you some measure of control over your life. Planning is a measure of
seriousness and the most audacious dreams begin to look feasible when there’s an attached plan.
3. Resolve to be determined. Determination helps you to succeed and overcome obstacles and cynicism. Success is not cheap. It doesn’t come easy.
You must be determined to succeed. Determination is a strong mental state of mind built on clarity of vision.
4. Resolve to see yourself differently. If you want to succeed in life you must see yourself successful. Your body will adjust its carriage once your thinking adjusts to new visions, and people will begin to accord you respect.
5. Resolve not to worry. Learn to discipline your thoughts, learn to control it. Stop chewing on negative possibilities.
6. Resolve to have faith. Faith is confidence in your vision. Faith behaves as though the vision were already a reality. When you go for business negotiations, show confidence in your ideas. People with faith talk about their vision.
7. Resolve to give. Giving ennobles the soul. It doesn’t matter at what level you are in life. Start giving. Interestingly, while listening to Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, I learned that money is not the only thing we can give; We can give our talents, especially when our creative abilities are not directly related to our jobs. Sing, cook, volunteer in the choir. Do Something!
Well then, these are certainly some of the first steps in the journey of making resolutions. Once you kick off with these, you’ll surely be adept
at the art of resolutions.
We really enjoyed the book and we will recommend that you get a copy via @OkadaBooks.
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