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Pig Farming in Nigeria: Complete Guide For Beginners.

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Pig farming in nigeria is a lucrative because pork meat is in high demand in the Nigerian market and also due to the fact that pig reproduce quickly and in great number. Pig farming is also referred to as piggery. One pig can reproduce roughly fifteen piglets at a time. Pig is, thus, the top world’s reproductive active livestock.

Despite the money spinning ability of the pig farming it is not widely known in Nigeria and a few farmers who engage in pig farming are smiling daily to their banks. If you are looking for a viable agro investment, pig farming may be a good place to start. We have provided in this article guidelines on how to set up your own pig farming in Nigeria.

Why you need to consider pig farming as an agro investor

Owing a piggery in Nigeria is attached with a lot of benefits. First it is highly in demand, secondly, it is an aspect of livestock rearing that is not widely pursued by Nigerian farmers.

Thus, a few farmers in the business are banking money that will feed them and their generations to come. See other benefits you stand to gain by engaging in this type of farm below:

Goat Farming in Nigeria: How To Get Started.

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Goat farming in nigeria is another form of agro business that holds a good potential source of income for a farm investor. Just like poultry farming and fish farming when goat is done on a large scale it is a viable source of income for investors. Goat farming is the large scale practice of rearing various breeds of goat for commercial purposes.

Goat farming can be established for a lot of reasons. The purposes of rearing goat can include any or all of the following: milk production, meat and fiber. The purpose of your goat farming will determine the choice of goat breeds you would rear.

Opportunities in Goat Farming

1). Goat Meat Production:

Goat meat is of high demand in Nigeria. A huge number of Nigerians cannot do without eating the goat meat pepper soup in a day or the popular “isi ewu” dish.

It is the delight of many both at home, in the work places, restaurants, parties, and in a lot of other occasions and places. Majority of Nigerians prefer goat meat to chicken meat.

The most commonly raised breed of goat for household consumption in Nigeria is the Nigerian dwarf goat. This is mostly reared by a lot of households in the south-south and south-eastern part of Nigeria for personal consumption and for sale in the local markets.

2). Good rearing for Dairy Production:

Goat can be reared for the purpose of obtaining dairy products like yoghurt, milk, cheese, butter and a lot more. Rearing goat for dairy production although it is not very popular in Nigeria is a good source of income for farmers in other countries of the world.

Why you need to consider investing in goat farming business

  • Goat farming in nigeria is easier than poultry farming
  • When it is invested in at an appropriate scale, it provides a good source of employment.
  • It provides a good source of animal protein
  • It requires only moderate start-up capital.
  • It is not labor intensive
  • It provides a good source of manure for plant farming
  • It is suitable in almost all type of weather.
  • Thus, Goat can be grown both in the northern and southern part of the country.
  • You can comfortably merge goat farming with cattle rearing.
  • Goats can serves as a great export product.

 Types Of Goat Breeds

Nigerian Dwarf Goat:

This is the most common Nigerian goat breed. It can serve the purpose of meat production and also be reared for diary production.

The Nigerian Dwarf Goat is best breed of goat for diary production. However, Nigerians love to use it in the preparation of a lot of dish like pepper soup and other to other African dishes and cuisines.

Despite the small size of the Nigerian Dwarf Goats, they can manufacture three to four pounds of milk every day. They produce roughly 6.1 percent of butterfat. It is laborious to milk them but they can be reared any time of the year

The Nubian Goat 

The Nubian goat is also known as anglo-nubian goat. They are large sized and lovely. They have Roman nose and long ears that are in pendulum form.  They are cross breed of Indian and African bucks. They produce roughly 4.6 percent of butter fat. They reproduce seasonally and can be reared any time of the year.

The Lamancha Goat

This goat breed is common in the US. However, they originated from Spain. They are very strong, robust and friendly goat breed. They are mostly reared for diary production. They are easy to milk. They are of a medium size and have small ears of either gopher or elf ears.

Alpine Goat 

These breed of goat is also known as the “French Alpines” because they initially originated in the Alps. They are commonly found in the US. They are one of the best goats for diary production. Their milk is made up of roughly 3.5 percent of butterfat. 

Oberhasli Goat 

This goat breed is a medium-sized goat as well referred to as the “swiss alpine”. They are not grown at all times of the year. They produce milk with roughly 3.6 percent butterfat.

Boer Goat

The boer goat breed has hanging ear and roman nose and are mostly grown in South Africa. Their horns are curved backward. This goat breed can only breed in September and close to the end of January.

Goat feed

Goats eat a good numbers of animal feed but they will not eat any animal feed that has been messed up either by them or other animals.

Steps you need to follow to set up a goat farm in Nigeria

  • Acquire a suitable plot of land
  • Fence the chosen land area with coated barbwires to prevent the goats from wandering off
  • Build a goat barn to shelter your pen from harsh atmospheric condition.
  • Get a good breed of goat depending on your reason for the farm
  • Maintain constant Appointment with a qualified Veterinary Doctor

Cassava Farming in Nigeria: Guide On Getting Started.

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Cassava farming in Nigeria is a very lucrative business because cassava is one of the staple foods in Nigeria. There is basically no family in Nigeria that doesn’t have one use or tow of cassava and its products. Cassava can be processed into garri, wheat-flour, animal feed, and commercial caramel, used for cassava fufu and a lot more. Cassava can be processed into a few products like starch, flour, chips, ethanol and glucose syrup, and recently into bread. These products made from cassava are enjoy high demand in Nigeria and can as well serve as potential products for export. With the uses of cassava and its product increasing exponentially cassava farming is become more lucrative with Nigeria being the largest producer of cassava in the world.

If you’re looking for a viable agro investment, Cassava farming holds a lot of money spinning potential starting from farming the product and engaging in processing of it and making use of the processed cassava in the production of a lot of food materials mention earlier in this article.

Plantain Farming In Nigeria: Cultivation and Harvesting

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Plantain farming in nigeria is one of the staple crops business in the country. Plantain is as well a viable source of income for small scale farmers who grow it in their garden. Plantains grow in clusters because every matured plantain plant produces a number of baby suckers which are not pruned out. Plantain farming is a viable agro business, anybody can do it. It is not stressful. The maintenance to be carried out on the farm includes manuring the soil, weeding, propping and harvesting.

Choice of land

The land you plan to use ought to be readily accessible, particularly if you plan to establish a large farm. It need to be well drained but not in an area with a very steep slope. It should be well drained but not too steeply sloped. Plantain cannot thrive well in a marshy environment, a land with a very shallow water table or a land area that is flooded every now and then.

The chosen land must be loamy soil which contains organic matter. It is great if you can make use of a piece of long time fallow land.

Land preparation

Plantain farming does not require tilling the ground. Thus it is better to make use of manual laborers instead of mechanized land clearing which commonly eliminates the top soil with organic constituents and make the rest art of the soil compacted.

Spacing

Planted is best cultivated in a row of with a spacing is three meter between the rows and a space of two meter within the row. You can also use a spacing of 2.5 meter between and within rows. A plantain farm with a spacing of  3 by 2  should contain around one thousand, six hundred and sixty seven  plants  while one thousand six hundred plants is recommended in a hectare of land with a spacing or 2.5 both between and within rows. A straight row is preferred as it allows enough flow of air and sunshine through the farm.

Choosing suckers to plant

If your plantain plantation is not the backyard one but the field one, it is better to choose the medium-sized plantain suckers than the giant ones. Giant ones are sure to produce bigger fruits but they are usually affected by adverse weather condition like strong wind.  They also take longer period to reach maturity.

The chosen ought to be alienated from the matured plant with either a spade or machete. Care must be taken not to cause any form of damage to the sucker corm.  Take care and peel it with a machete and cut of the false stems of the suckers some centimeters over the corm. When the corm is peeled it makes less easy for nematode disease to attack the plantation while cutting the false stems makes it less bulky.

How to plant your plantain sucker

You need to plant the suckers as soon as you are done with the preparation of the land for cultivation. The planting should be made 30 by 30 by 30 cm each. You should be careful to separate the top soil from the bottom soil. When you have put the sucker into the planting hole first cover it with top soil and then the bottom soil. Also try to put the part of the baby corm that was formerly attached to the mother corm to lean over the wall of the planting hole.

The right planting season

Plantains are grown all through the periods of the rainy season. Do don’t plant them during the last months of the rainy season as they need roughly four months to grow well under a good and suitable atmospheric condition and weather. Planting during the early part of the rainy season is good.

It will result to a good yield. However, the maturity period will fall at a time when most people will bring theirs to sell and so you will tend to make less gain. It is better to plant during the middle part of the raining season as this will make your plantain to mature during the scarcity period which will yield more money for you.

Mulching, manuring and fertilization

Plantains need sufficient organic matter to thrive well. It provides a suitable environment for the growth of the plant and ensure good yield. Apart from the action of organic matter on the soil, you need to occasionally provide addition nutrients to the soil through fertilizer either organic or inorganic fertilizer.

It is better to mix up both organic and inorganic fertilizer to enjoy the unique benefits of each of these types of fertilizer. Fertilizer application should be started a month after planting.

Weed control

Weed control is essential in plantain farming. You need to weed the farm every six to eight weeks but the effect of the weed will get less when the canopy of the plantain leaf have grown thick around 6 months after planting. You can do this manually or mechanically.

Propping up the stem and fruit

When the plantain yields fruit, as it grows bigger, you need to prop it up to provide support and prevent breakage or damage to the fruit before maturity.

Harvesting

The plantain is harvested when the bunch is roughly 3 months and when one or two plantain out of the bunch is beginning to look yellow in color.

That’s the basic guide about plantain farming in nigeria, if you need further clarification, please use the comment box,

Plantain Farming: Planning, Techniques and Maintenance.

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Plantain farming is a lucrative farming venture that is unknown by many agro-investor. It is not only lucrative; the cultivation and maintenance process is also easy. The plant regenerates and multiplies rapidly on its own and thus makes the yield increase more and more overtime.

Additionally, it is easy to set up and requires just small amount of capital. It thrives well in roughly every Nigerian soil and can grow fruits round the year. The major cost of starting the business is the money to secure the land and purchase the suckers to start with. Thus, if you have any vacant land with loamy soil you can turn it into profitable plantation farming.

Plantain is a popular staple food in tropical climates where the temperature is warm with bright sunshine and suitable moisture for optimal growth. It is rated as the tenth most significant staple food that is eaten by people of all race globally. Plantain when it is unripe has a flavor related to that of potato. The texture as well looks alike. It can be cooked by steaming, boiling, frying, smoking, cutting into bits and cooked with vegetable.

What to include in your plan for Plantain Farming?

To start plantain farming, you will need the following:

Chose a land in a suitable climate

Plantain grows well in an environment that is neither too hot nor too cold. They thrive very well in a land that is natural manure or on which thick compost is added.

The best soil for growing plantain is loamy soil because of the presence of mixture of organic and inorganic materials. Organic materials like plants and insects that are decomposing supply the soil with the required air, nutrients and water-retention capacity. These in addition with mineral particles keep the soil loose and fertile.

It is better to plant plantain in groups to be able to get good harvest as this will as well protect them from the harsh effects of the sun.

Soil preparation

After you have secured a suitable land, clear the land and get the land ready for cultivation. Plantain plants thrive better when they are grown in bunches or groups. This ensures they get adequate protection each from the adverse effects of the sun. This is easily achieved by planting them in bunch.

You can alternatively plant them under plants with shade to protect them. While clearing the bush, do not clear all the plant, leave some trees to provide the shade and provide the necessary environment.

Get Healthy suckers

Plantain is not a tree but a form of herb. Thus, the planting method differs from that of other plants. Plantain is planted through the sucker. Suckers are baby plantain plants that grow into new plantain plants.

It is therefore, highly essential for you to select healthy suckers. How healthy your suckers are will determine greatly the success of your plantation farming. It is better to use of suckers from matured and harvested plant.

Transplanting

Every mature plantain tree contains a corm at the base. You need to cut as much as possible into the corm when you want to transplant a baby sucker.

There is a corm at the bottom of each mature plantain tree. In transplanting a sucker, it is necessary to cut downwards and get as much corm and root as possible.  There should be a space of roughly five meters in-between planted suckers.

Weed Control

It is significant to keep the plantain plantation out of weed. You can either decide to use traditional method by employing laborers. Alternatively, you can make use of herbicides.

As the plant grows, it is essential to protect it from strong effects of the winds. It is as well essential to keep the environment suitably moist.

Enriching the soil

You can make use of fertilizer occasionally but allowing the dead plantain stem and leaves to decay in the farm is suitable for regenerating the soil lost nutrients.

The type of fertilizer suitable for plantain is the NPK fertilizer. This means a fertilizer that contains nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. Applying fertilizer on the plants once every month will boost the growth.

Maintenance of the farm

Maintenance of plantain plantation is not difficult. The only thing that is required is to take off dead leaves and dead plants close to the plantain. Also, you need to take off suckers that are growing close to the plantain plant. The only ones that you need to leave with the growing plantain tree are suckers that are made up of spear shaped leaves.

Poultry Farming in Nigeria: What You Should Know

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Poultry Farming in Nigeria is one of the most lucrative farming ventures you can engage in Nigeria. Nigerian fish farmers are currently not able to produce sufficient amount of chicken to satisfy the Market. The farming sector thus holds a viable opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to invest in large scale Agriculture.

There are a lot of untapped potential in the poultry sector. It has a ready market both for the chicken and the egg including the feed production and distribution. Poultry farming can be done either in small scale or large scale. It is recommended that you start small to gain experience and then grow from there. However, your profit margin is higher with large scale rearing than the small scale rearing.

Poultry rearing is a fast source of income for agricultural investors because of the short period of maturity. It takes only two to three months to grow your chicken to table size although some brands like layers and cockerel take longer time to mature.

What you need to establish a poultry farm

Choose the type of bird that you want to rear

Goose, chicken, turkey and duck are the types of birds that are commonly reared in Nigeria but chicken is the most commonly reared type. Chickens that are reared for agricultural purposes are of different types. These include layers, broilers and cockerel.

Decide on the type of the chicken you want to rear

Although you can engage in all type of chicken poultry farming, it is better to star with a specific type and when you have established on that aspect of poultry farming, you can switch to other forms of fish farming. Your choice of chicken type to rear depends on your purpose of going into the business; whether you want to rear chicken for egg or for meat. You can decide to go into any of the following aspect of poultry farming:

  • Layers rearing this is mainly for the purpose of egg production
  • Broilers rearing. This is mostly reared for meat production.
  • This aspect of poultry farming deals with breeding chicken to hatch baby chicks
  • Poultry feed. This aspect of poultry farming deals with the production of poultry feeds.
  • You may choose to Breed Layers and Broilers at a time or one of them. Hatchery is better done independently just like feed production. So, you choose your area of focus

Decide on a suitable location

Your poultry site will determine greatly the startup cost. It is better to get a location that is in a remote place to reduce cost. It is also more suitable as government is opposed to establishment of a poultry farm close to residential buildings or in urban area.

 

Start up capital

Your startup capital will be determined by the size of the poultry farm you want to run. The cost of chicks fluctuates roughly from 150 naira to 300 naira for one day old chick. The cost depends on the season.

Festivity periods like Christmas, Easter and Salah. A bag of chicken feed cost roughly 3000 naira depending on the brand. It is better to conduct a survey by visiting a nearest poultry farm and checking the current price of day old chick to enable you estimate properly to cost of setting up your farm.

That’s the basic things you need to know about poultry farming in Nigeria, it’s advisable that you conduct a proper feasibility studies before you venture into the business fully.

 

Agriculture in Nigeria : A Brief Look Into Farming Business

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The method of agriculture that is existent in Nigeria is mainly subsistence farming. The farmers produce good that are consumed by the members of their household with little left for sale in the market.

However, in the recent years, agriculture in Nigeria has made a significant improve as a result of the technological innovations and improvement. Thus, currently a few Nigerian farmers engage in large scale commercial and mechanized farming system.

Nigeria is blessed with good and fertile land with favorable climate for the cultivation of broad verities of crops. There are more than 100 different types of food crops and cash crops that are produced in Nigeria every year. Example of crops that are produced by Nigerian farmers are yam, cocoa yam, maize, millet, sorghum, beans, potatoes, rice, onions cabbage, carrot, pear, cocoa, , okra and vegetables.

Nigeria is the greatest world producer of cassava with cassava contributing more than forty-five percent of agricultural GDP in Nigeria. Agriculture in Nigeria is not a major source of revenue; it greatly lags behind petroleum which is currently the main Nigerian source of revenues.

It was estimated that roughly eighty two million hectares of Nigeria is suitable for agriculture out of the total Ninety-one hectares land area of Nigeria. It was also discovered that only forty-two percent of this cultivatable Nigeria land is farmed.

The greater percentage of the farm land is cultivated through bush fallow system of agriculture which allows for natural restoration of soil fertility.

Nigerian agricultural sector is a very good potential source of revenue that is still untapped and underdeveloped.

Agriculture in Nigeria provided employment to roughly thirty percent of its population in 2010. Agricultural sector is gradually moving away from subsistence farming into a commercial small scale, medium scale and large-scale enterprise.

The development in Nigerian Agricultural sector

The Nigerian government sponsored the use of fertilizer for farming in 1970s. Agricultural assets are small and dispersed, and farming is carried out with simple farm tools. Before the Nigerian civil war, the country was self-reliant in food.

The government of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 launched an Agricultural Transformation program with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as the overseer. The program is intended to promote entrepreneurship in agriculture and improve agricultural sector to the point of becoming the major revenue earner for the country instead of depending only on oil.

Agricultural products

The key agricultural products in Nigeria are rice, sesame, cashew nuts, cassava, beans, groundnuts, gum Arabic, kola nut, maize (corn), melon, millet, palm kernels, palm oil, plantains, cocoa, rubber, sorghum, soybeans, bananas and yams.

Nigeria was one of the world’s most popular exporter of groundnut and palm kernel oil in the past but this is no lo longer the case due to neglect in the agricultural sector since the discovery of oil. Previously, as well a good number of local Nigerian firms started to export groundnuts, cashew nuts, sesame seeds, moringa seeds and so on.

The Nigerian agricultural product mainly consists of two groups of crops; food crops and cash crops.

Nigerian Cash crops: Cocoa and Rubber

Cocoa was formerly the highest Nigerian agricultural foreign exchange earner but this has extremely declined in recent years. One hundred and forty five thousand tons of cocoa was produced in 1999 with a possibility of growing to more than three hundred thousand tons every year.  Rubber is the second agricultural top foreign exchange earner in Nigeria.

Fish Farming In Nigeria: Basic Things You Should Know.

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Fish farming is a major type of aquaculture.  It involves commercial rearing of fish in tanks or enclosures. There are many species of fish but not all these are suitable for farming in Nigeria.

Fishes that are mostly farmed in Nigeria are those that thrive well in Nigeria due to either favorable rearing condition or ready market available for such. Fish farming in nigeria is a major source of income for both small and medium scale entrepreneurs.

Because of these, the species of fish that are mostly reared commercial by the Nigerian farmer are salmon, tilapia and catfish. The most common fish species are

Methods of fish farming in Nigeria

The methods of fish farming in Nigeria are through extensive and intensive aquaculture.

Extensive aquaculture is where fishes are read under natural water like stream or river while an intensive aquaculture is where fishes are reared in containers and are fed with fish feeds.

Fish species that are farmed in Nigeria

The most popular species of fish that are farmed in Nigeria are provided below:

  1. Cat Fish

Although Catfish is not the specie of fish that is mostly eaten in Nigeria, it is the most cultivated specie of fish. The reason for this is that it is the specie of fish that is the easiest to farm. Many people go into catfish farming in Nigeria because it is the simplest type of fish specie to farm.

  1. Tilapia

Tilapia is the second most reared fish specie in Nigeria after cat fish. Tilapia naturally lives in fresh shallow water. Tilapias are as well very easy to farm and are more widespread in the Nigerian market. It has fast and rapid yield.

  1. Mackerel

Mackerel is the specie of fish that is mostly eaten by the Nigerian population but unfortunately, it is not farmed. It is the specie of fish that is popularly known as Titus. All the mackerel fish in the Nigerian market are caught straight from the Nigerian waters. Mackerel grow in salty water.

Many farmers are currently experimenting to find out whether it is possible to create artificial environment similar to the sea water to sea if it will be possible to rear tilapia commercially in Nigeria.

Until a conclusion is reached on the finding, if you plan to go into fish farming in Nigeria, it is better to focus only on catfish and tilapia if you hope to make more financial gain.

Materials you need for Fish Farming

  1. Get a secure Land

Fish can be reared in any location because it does not constitute any form of danger to the environment. Secure a cheap land that you can pay. The size of land you will acquire depends on your start-up capital and the size of farm you want to establish. An average size of fish farm can be done in a plot of land.

Nevertheless, if you want to go for a bigger plot of land, it is perfectly okay so long as you can afford it.

  1. Build your fish Ponds

Get an expert to build the fish pond for you. Alternatively, you can go for a survey in another fish farm and obtain the construction plan to help you with an idea of how to go about with your own. The plumbing work must be properly done to ensure proper drainage.

  1. Construct a Borehole

To do fish farming successfully, you need sufficient supply of water. Adequate water supply will determine to a great extent the success of your fish farm. Inadequate supply of water may lead to massive death and failure due to the fact that the water in the fish pond ought to be changed on constant interval.

You need a natural source of water or borehole to be able to efficiently do fish farming. Rain water and tap water are not good for fish farming.

Other things you require to setup a fish farm is water reservoir like an overhead tank, good quality juvenile fish from other fish farm and proper prior training to make sure you have all it takes to manage your farm when you are properly set up.

I Bought a .NG Domain and It’s Kinda Cool. Here Is How To Buy One Too.

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I have been nurturing the idea of having a self development blog targeted towards African. Part of the idea is largely due to my Quora expedition.

When am not on Facebook, am usually on Quora, reading on various topics, most of the content I consume on Quora are superb, and I can’t help but wonder why Nigeria population on the site isn’t that much (as compared to India), so I came up with the idea of reading and digesting the content on quora, then rewriting the good ones in a way that Africans can relate to.

What better way do you make it obvious that you’re talking to Nigerians than getting a .ng domain. About a month ago, I bought a domain name for the proposed project.

I bought http://www.growth.ng from Web4Africa.

A little background about my relationship with Web4Africa

web4africa hostingAbout six (6) years ago, I assisted a friend in setting up his website, it was an entertainment website, and everything was in good order, or it seems, until he started gaining traction, the site grew exponentially, and he began getting thousands of visitors per day, bandwidth allocation became an issue as the site would go offline for the best part of the day, and would only be online during the night when the traffic isn’t extremely high.

The site was hosted on web4Africa cheapest offer back then. It became an issue and it was time for us to find a lasting solution. We were paying about $100 per month back then, but we felt we weren’t getting value for the price, so we migrated the site to a foreign host.

All these are pointers to me being hesitant when I had to register the new .ng domain with them.

I was able to log on to my old account, and I realized that I have unpaid invoice (Which i don’t intend to pay by the way). In making the decision, I had other choices, I could have gone with Registeram.com.ng, as they are accredited registrar for .ng domains as well, but I wanted to see how Web4Africa has improved over the years.

I bought the domain name, paid using my Naira Master Card and everything has been perfect up till this moment. So far, so good, I am of the opinion that their service has improved over time, and I will gladly recommend them to newbies on low budget for hosting. They offer some really cheap package, and also accept payment in naira via debit card issued by Nigerian banks, you don’t have to worry about paypal and the hassle that comes with.

The cost of the domain is #12,000 for a year, head over to web4Africa via the link above to get your cool domain name before the cool name gets snatched up.

Back to my growth.ng project…

growth.ng homepageIf you’re a curious individual, you would have clicked on the link to check out the site and see what I have been doing on it, If you haven’t, then go ahead and do so right now.

I have enlisted the help of a friend to assist with developing content for the site, together we’re publishing an article per day. We can do more, but I have decided to publish just an article everyday for the three to four months. The initial plan was to publish epic content (maximum of 700 words) and promote them through social media, with Facebook Ads in mind.

I reached out to the CEO of Techpoint.ng, to ask him about advice on how to set the ball rolling, and he laid emphasis on content. He told me to forget ads and focus on creating awesome content. I have always known that content is the king. Even though it may take some time before a new site starts gaining traction, I am not in a hurry, I would take my time and see how it goes on this one.

Although I wasn’t going to use Facebook ads to boost my post anymore, I wanted to know Nigerians reaction to the type of article I am posting on the site, so I shared five different type of post on the Facebook page, and I boosted it for three days. The goal was to see what Nigerians are really interested in, and then tailor my post towards their taste.

The result is almost discouraging…

Yup! After three days, I realized that people love to appear “smart” to their friends on Facebook, but they’re not really interested in being smart at all. I know three (3) days is a very short period to draw such conclusion, so I would not lay much emphasis on that.

The boost stats showed that, Nigerians love the idea of “sharing” self development articles, but they’re not reading it!

Let me show you some stats:

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Based on previous experience, that’s a very poor campaign, if you take into account the fact that the aim of the campaign is to direct visitors to post on the site. Look at the “link clicks” against the impression, thats about 0.1%.

Moving on from that, I don’t need a prophet to tell me that the social media traffic won’t cut it for my targeted audience. If it’s not entertainment, it won’t go viral in Nigeria.

I almost forgot that I boosted a video too. I downloaded a motivational video (one of the videos you see on instagram), then customized it and uploaded it to the page. A large chunk of the click actually came from the video ads.

Plan B?

I had made up my mind that my next project wouldn’t rely on SEO to thrive. SEO  is great, simply because it’s the step stone to a passive source of income. But Google has been a pain in the butt lately. They keep changing rules everyday. From on algorithm testing to the other. But as it is right now, if growth.ng would thrive, I need to find a balance between social media traffic and SEO traffic.

I decided to analyze top self development blogs and check the keywords they’re ranking for in Major African country. The idea is to see check the search volume and keyword density. I intend to craft my content around the keyword, with the hope of leveraging on the benefit of local content and eventually outrank the big boys because it’s my territory. I have done this in the time past, and it works in most cases.

The plan is as simple as creating better content, then getting back link to the site through local authority site. That way, the site would rank better than foreign client for the same keyword. Coupled that with the fact that my domain extension is .ng

Although there has been little to no report on the idea that TLD impacts the ranking of a site in the SEO community. It’s an experiment I am willing to commit to, and hopefully see it through to the end.

I also spoke with a friend that is into online business marketing and he shared some pretty cool ideas as regarding getting in-touch with industry influencers to help with the promotion of the platform. Since I am not in a hurry to make the site profitable, I intend to take my time in growing it, and experimenting as much as I can along the way.

Back to my cool .ng domain….

In concluding this post, i’d like to talk briefly about why I got a .ng domain.

  • I want to define my audience right from the beginning. I have seen big guys get a .ng domain, and they’re doing pretty well. Wale Adekile (SEO of Don Caprio Inc), migrated to .ng few years back. I initially thought it was a crazy idea, few years later, I am sure he made the right call.
  • Branding is everything. I am not interested in getting the next 15 or 20 lettered domain name with an underscore in between. Because .com extension are literally overused, the good names are gone. I wanted something unique, and brandable, a .ng offered me that. At a very cheap price!
  • I am interested in seeing how domain extension would impact Google reaction towards local content.

I am working on plans to write more on Oksprout, and probably start posting video contents that would help readers in making more money from the internet.

Few Things You Should Know When You’re in Your 20’s

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If you waste your 20’s, your 30’s would be rough…

Be Good At Something.

This is the appropriate time of your life to master something. It might be your meal ticket few years from now; or not. It might be the skill that would save your life in the future.

Most people in their 20’s focus on the idea of graduating from school, getting a job and “settling down”.

If you have this mindset, you’re setting yourself up for an average life.

The average life is very boring, and most people in that circus end up living hands to mouth. You don’t want that do you?

The message here is to look at something lucrative or something you have passion for; then get good at it. Practice, practice and practice until you become amazing at it.

Love playing drums? play every day! Love fixing stuffs? Fix stuff everyday! Love programming? Code everyday! Love writing? Write every fucking day!

That’s how you become amazing at something. And once you’re done mastering a skill, you move on to the next thing.

It’s important to dedicate your time to mastering valuable skills.

Knowing how to play FIFA like you were born with a game pad on your hands won’t cut it.

Stop Watching TV.

Get rid of your TV if possible.

Watching others go about their daily activities won’t make you smarter or richer.

It would rob you of your time.

Those who spend their life watching others usually end up miserable in life. You don’t want to be miserable do you?

All the shows on Telemundo won’t make you a better person.

Want to think more? Stop watching others on TV.

I know lot’s of people will come for my head because of this.

You can as well close your browser and stop reading.

But dude, , you can’t be serious with your life and spend a good chunk of your time watching TV.

You’re in your 20’s! If anybody would appear on TV (for good), it should be you.

Yoruba movies will make you more stupid. Same thing applies to American movies, oh, and Mount Zion movies won’t make you a saint.

You can do these at your leisure time (if you have any), it shouldn’t be a rule of thumb.

You’re in your 20’s and you pride yourself in having gazillions of movies on your hard drive, while you should be bursting your ass in something more valuable… #WehDonSir.

Understand Money and It’s Effect

People don’t get rich by living a broke life.

Let me break that down a little bit.

The broke mentality is over compensation for every little thing.

Broke people spend more than the rich.

They buy expensive stuffs, drive expensive cars, and flash cash everywhere.

Doing stuffs like that; flash cash and talk about money on social media; for the attention.

It indicates that you’re broke and suffering from little man syndrome.

Ask yourself why?

In most cases it’s because your understanding of money or wealth sucks.

…Compound effect…

There was a time I drank a bottle of coke everyday.

It became a habit, it was very difficult to let a day pass without drinking a bottle of coke.

Aside from ruining my back (I learned the hard way), it affected my spending habit too.

It’s called Compound Effect.

Buying a bottle of coke everyday cost #100. That’s #700 per week, #36,400 per year.

Compound effect!

The moral is to not form a habit that would make you look richer than you are.

These habits would eat into your purse.

Dress Like You’re The Real Deal

Don’t hide under the mask of religion and dress like a 90 years old granny.

You’re in the early phase of your life!

Dress in a way that would attract opportunities.

Being good looking brings respect on several levels.

You don’t have to buy expensive designers before you look really good (Remember the broke ass syndrome?).

Good shirts, Tees and Sneakers will do for guys, and for the ladies; do your thing.

Look decent, not beaten, not frustrated.

Stop looking like the weight of the entire world hangs on your shoulder.

If you dress like shit at this stage of your life, what would you look like when you cross the 30-something bar?

Save the shitty look for after-birth will ya?

Learn To Sell

Talkers are good sales man.

When I say learn to sell, I am incorporating three concept into a single line.

Learning to sell means; learning to talk, and good talkers awesome listener as well.

It’s that simple.

Buying and selling is always going on around us. If you’re not selling; you’re buying.

At the end of the day, buyers don’t make money, only sellers do.

Learn to sell yourself, learn to sell your service, learn to sell physical products as well.

In wrapping it up, there is no clear cut to getting it right in your 20’s.

The key is to get involved in as many things as possible.

By the time you’re done with the second decade of your life, you would have enough experience.

Enough to narrow down on what you want to do with the next decade.