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Bay-C of T.O.K gets solo career going wit new EP

Bay-C, Part of the 4 member Dancehall /Reggae group T.O.K, has always recorded quality solo singles since he released his project called ‘The Bombrush Hour’ in 2009. With his venture now though as a bonafide solo artiste, he has prepared a quality EP project entitled “Better Must Come” that he is sure fans will thoroughly …

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Going to Africa: 3 Steps to Transition Your Business and Successfully Penetrate the Market

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It’s no secret: Africa is a continent that is being touted by experts, residents, and media alike as a more-than-emerging, enterprise gold mine.

Though the challenges of infrastructure, corruption, and terrorism are still present, taking on lucrative ventures is not such a far-fetched idea, especially for black entrepreneurs and professionals.

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Political leaders, celebrities, and businessmen have embraced relations with African countries, returned to live there, and even supported legislation and initiatives to support African Americans to “return.” In Ghana alone, there are more than 3,000 African Americans who have resettled, and as corporations invest in infrastructure, education, and talent acquisition efforts for a global and diverse workforce, the chance to work there is becoming more and more abundant.

Claudine Moore, an award-winning public relations professional and founder of C. Moore Media, is one American whose love for the continent was strengthened after a 2009 visit to South Africa.

“I completely fell in love. I thought that since I’d started my own firm, I’d merge my passion for Africa with my business, and I began to focus more on getting clients based on the continent while continuing my work with U.S. clients as well.”

Moore’s client list has grown to include Arik Airlines and multi-millionaire philanthropy and business powerhouse, Tony Elumelu. She now has several bases for her company, including New York, London, and Lagos, Nigeria.

Below, she shares three tips for taking your business or professional pursuits to Africa:

Experience the country and culture first before making a full transition. Stay for at least a six-month period to know how things are there before you take the leap, Moore says. “Immerse yourself. To stay for two weeks at a time, it will seem like an extended vacation, but once you’re living in a country and see it from a day-to-day, long-term perspective, you really get a true sense of what it’s like going to and from the office, the costs, how to schedule meetings, any infrastructure issues, and just daily life.”

Be aware of all your options financially when transitioning for an opportunity. ”I was fortunate because I was headhunted, so the compensation package was negotiated accordingly,” Moore says. As a business owner, you’ll have to budget commuting expenses, exchange rates, relocation fees and whether it’s worth your while to fully relocate or to simply travel back and forth, Moore adds. “To relocate to some African countries, like Nigeria or Kenya,  can be expensive. For example, in Nigeria, you traditionally have to pay a whole year or two up front for an apartment.”

Have solid goals, a passion for doing business in the country, and the stamina to see them through. “It’s not for the fainthearted. I enjoy it but it takes a certain amount of resilience to stay the course,” Moore says. “You have to have passion for what you’re there for. Some of the things you deal with on a daily basis can really wear you down, even if it’s as simple as sitting in traffic for hours trying to get to a meeting. You’ll need to find outlets so that you can lead a balanced life.”

“I’ve found a great gym, a salon, and a church, and my friends and I get together to support one another,” she adds. “I love it.”

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Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill Going Through With Wedding Plans Despite Relationship Problems

Nicki Minaj and her boyfriend Meek Mill have not only reunited but are also planning to go through with their wedding plans. The couple reunited earlier this week after a […]

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When It’s a Free Gift, It’s Going to Cost You

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Want to get better control of your spending? Stop being bamboozled by the word ‘free.’

A gift is free. Period.

A ‘free’ gift is going to cost you: money (i.e., you have to buy something else to get it), time, space in your home, attention, an e-mail address—something. Even if the gift is not actually worth anything.

And an absolutely free, complimentary gift will really set you back.

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Basically, the more ‘free’ something is, the more it’s going to cost you to get and/or keep it. In many cases, you’ll be paying forever. (Or you’ll learn that it’s not really yours at all. Like your Facebook account.)

How can you tell what’s really a gift? You give it—without making a big deal about how free it is.

There is no such thing as a free gift. The exceptions to that rule are rarely worth anything. So before you accept one, be sure you know exactly what it costs, what it’s worth, and if you can truly afford it.

If there is no real value to a thing beyond possessing it, that’s not a gift, it’s a burden. Say, “No, thank you” and keep it moving. And keep a tight grip on your wallet.

This blog is dedicated to my thoughts about money, entrepreneurship, leadership, mentorship and other things I need to get #OffMyChest. Follow me on Twitter at @AlfredEdmondJr.

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