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I’m Jossy Katung, a 25 year old lady working-class lady. I’m not always going to be the prettiest girl in the room but i sure had a lot going for me in the looks department especially knowing i was blessed with a firm derriere that seemed to bring a lot of attention my way despite always ensuring all was decently covered. I was tired of experiencing blockades and dead-ends on the job. I knew i was neither promiscuous nor on a mission to seduce anyone by way of provocative dressing or untoward behaviour. All i ever wanted was to work and get paid for my contribution on the job.
It all went well until sometime in 2015 when the company i worked for at the time experienced a staff turnover. We had new managers and execs join the company and with this came many who thought every woman on their team was a plaything attracted to money, a good car and posh living spaces. The top dawg was a man who had lost count and wanted every woman who came into his space, single or attached. His lecherous looks sent cold chills up my spine whenever i had cause to visit his office. Most of my female colleagues weren’t helping as the grapevine was bursting with news of who was dating who now within our office. On a faithful evening that i was working late, one of the new managers met me at the store room which was barely large enough to contain two people and tried groping and forcing himself on me. I resigned the week after that event.
Changing jobs did not help as i suddenly had a phobia for male colleagues. It could have been my phobia or simply an event i had come to always expect but the harrassment became more brazen and rampant. Lip licking, unwanted body contact, vulgar statements etc. The more i warned them and the sterner i became, the more rampant it got. After reporting two incidents at the office, i was nicknamed sister Jossy. I was tired of all this and decided to start a business venture selling curtain materials and designing homes. Things went well for a while until i noticed one issue, many of my clients would buy my curtain materials, let me sew it for them but would not want me to come to their homes and complete the interior aspect of my business which honestly was where the real money was. This happened a bit too often and got me worried. I was so worried that i decided to stop this business and resign to fate on any job, maybe even attempt accepting the next advance since my constant refusals have made me enemy no 1 instead of achieving the reverse. After much thought, I spoke to my pastor’s wife who finally placed a finger on what the issue was. She said that many of the mature women who happened to constitute a larger percentage of my customer base were insecure and didn’t trust their randy husbands with a young lady for a minute. She then suggested that i figure out ways to promote what i did without having to be physically present. She then gave me a suggestion that changed my entire life.
I was so excited that i didn’t know how i made it home. I quickly opened my laptop and just like she had described it, there it was. I quickly took pictures, uploaded my products on BrandMarket(BM) platform and in less than two weeks, made almost $800 from people buying my products directly and an extra $1,300 from commission agents who reffered my Interior decorating services to people who they knew. I can’t thank God enough for this breakthrough but i also could not contain it. I couldn’t believe that this ecosystem of sellers, buyers and referrers could give my life a whole new meaning.
Just last week, i resigned from my day job as my sales income became 5 X my monthly salary in just 2 months. My joy knows no bounds at this moment but my gratitude led me to write to my fellow sisters who go through hell all in the name of doing a business to consider other smart options of getting the word out.
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Apple unveils new iPhone 11 with a triple-camera
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) caught up with hardware rivals on Tuesday by revealing a triple-camera iPhone, and it rolled out a streaming TV service priced at $5 a month, undercutting Disney and Netflix.
The announcements came at the company’s biggest marketing event, where it unveils its top products for the year ahead, and showcased an aggressive Apple ready to battle on price.
The long-awaited Apple TV+ streaming television service will be available in over 100 countries, starting in November. The service will not be available in China when it launches, nor will the Apple Arcade video game subscription.
Buyers of an iPhone, iPad or Mac will get a free year of streaming TV, potentially drawing hundreds of millions of viewers to the service. That catapults the new service into a rarified group of companies.
“I think the pricing on the Apple TV service was definitely a positive surprise,” said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. “That’s why you’re seeing the hammering in some of the other video service-related names like Netflix, Amazon and Roku. Clearly, that was a positive that people were happy to hear.”
There was no bundle with Apple Music or other services as some analysts had expected. But Ben Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies, said the TV service, a $5 a month “Arcade” gaming service and the base model iPhone 11, seem designed to draw in users for the longer term.
“We weren’t expecting Apple Arcade and particularly Apple TV to be priced as aggressively as they were,” Bajarin said. “They know once consumers get into their ecosystem, they don’t leave.”
Apple said its new iPhone 11 will come with two back cameras, including an ultra wide-angle lens and the next generation of microchips, the A13. Prices start at $699, down from last year’s new iPhone that started at $749.
The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro will have three cameras on the back – wide angle, telephoto and ultra-wide. It can create videos with all three back cameras and the front camera at the same time and starts at $999. The iPhone 11 Pro Max with a bigger screen starts at $1,099. The new phones are available to order Friday and will start shipping Sept. 20.
Rivals including Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) already sell phones with three cameras on the back. While Apple once tested the upper limits of what consumers would pay for a phone, it is now giving ground on prices, even making older models available at significant discounts to the latest technology.
“Consumers absolutely still care about cameras. That’s why it was surprising over the last couple of years that Samsung and Huawei got the jump on Apple,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. “Apple was playing a bit of catch up, but Apple did bring their game, particularly on the video side of the camera, where I do think they’ll have the leg up.”
Analysts expect Apple will sell around 200 million iPhones in the next year, in addition to other devices, and while many of those will be in China, it ensures at least tens of millions of potential viewers for the subscription service.
Hal Eddins, chief economist for Apple shareholder Capital Investment Counsel, said Apple’s lower priced iPhones “aren’t exciting on the surface, but the low streaming price may suck in some new subscribers.” Apple shares gained 0.8%.
Oando has announced the discovery of Gas in Niger Delta
Oando plc through its molecule subsidiary oando energy resources (OER) on wednesday said it has made a correlation gas and quantum discovery in its fields in the Niger delta
A disclosure sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange said the project is a joint venture arrangement among the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Details showed that the NNPC owns 60 per cent stake in the project, while Oando and NAOC, the operator controls 20 percent each.
The discoveries were made in the deeper sequences of the Obiafu-Obrikom fields, in OML61, onshore Niger Delta, the oil firm said.
The Obiafu-41 Deep appraisal/exploration well has reached a total depth of 4.374m encountering an important gas and condensate accumulation within the deltaic sequence of Oligocene age comprising more than 130m of high quality hydrocarbonbearing sands, it said.
The company added that the find amounts to about 1 trillion cubic feet of gas and 60 million barrels of associated condensate in the deep drilled sequences.
The discovery is part of a drilling campaign planned by the Joint Venture aimed at exploring near-field and deep pool opportunities as immediate time to market opportunities.
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