Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sweet business ideas for d new year


1. She-Taxi
Unlike countries like Egypt and India, a She-taxi service is
practically strange in Nigeria. She Taxi is simply a fleet of
taxicabs owned and operated by ladies ONLY, and for
transporting women commuters EXCLUSIVELY.
You don’t need to worry about profitability or patronage.
It is common knowledge that majority of taxi commuters
in a city like Lagos are WOMEN. Now imagine an offering
without the fear of RAPE, KIDNAP or ASSAULT?

2. Watershop Vendor
Times are hard, not everyone can afford bottled water,
majority of homes in the towns/cities do not have
dispensers. With well branded jerrycans, you can deliver
safe DRINKING water to families. I personally won’t drink
from the jerrycan the regular vendors sell with their rusty
carts in Lagos, but I’ll surely pay extra to get a well
branded and sealed jerrycan of potable water from a well-
dressed & certified vendor.
This idea is practically different from a pure water factory.

3. Restauranteering (Updated)
I’m sure many have read and heard about APC agenda to
feed school children. Now the question of whether the
gesture would be extended to private school children is an
issue many are yet to discuss.
I personally do not think all school children would be fed!
Even if they try, it certainly won’t be sustainable.
As a private investor or entrepreneur, take a bold step and
approach PRIVATE school owners in a street or more
streets populated with private schools. Make them realize
you can provide daily meals to their pupils at affordable
costs. This can be done termly or yearly.
You can ask for an interactive session in PTA meetings. Get
your survey and ask what parents would like their kids to
eat. I always ‘pity’ my neighbour as she’s always trying to
prepare either rice or indomie every morning before going
to work just to see that her child does not beg friends in
school for food. As little as N5,000-N10,000, I’m certain
many parents would want to be relieved of the early
morning stress.
On the one hand, this idea can relatively reduce stress and
expenses parents undergo in the course of cooking, and
on the other hand, put significant cash-flow on the table of
an investor and of course the participating schools. It is a
win-win approach for ALL.
NB: This is beyond a one-man business. No school will risk
tarnishing its image because of food, so one has to be
genuine, trustworthy, duly registered and established.

4. Freelance Home Cleaning

NERC Increases Electricity Tariffs and Scraps Fixed Charges

Hia, didn’t understand that

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has finally
released the new power tariff regime, in which it outlined
the various rates of increase in energy charges for
consumers across the country.

It also announced the removal fixed electricity charges for
all classes of electricity consumers and noted that power
users would only pay for what they consume.
About two weeks ago, the Minister of Power, Works and
Housing, Babatunde Fashola, revealed that electricity tariffs
would increase and urged consumers to comply with
respect to paying their bills, as he promised that the sector
would record considerable improvement thereafter.
Confirming the tariffs increase on Monday, NERC stated
that henceforth, from the next billing period, power
distribution companies would no longer charge their
customers monthly fixed charges.
Fixed charge is that component of the tariff that commits
electricity consumers to paying an approved amount of
money not minding whether electricity is consumed during
the billing period.

Outlining the rates of increase in tariffs for various
customer classes in selected locations across the country,
NERC said,

“For instance, residential customer classification
(R2) in Abuja Electricity Distribution Company will no longer
pay N702 fixed charge every month. Their energy charge
will increase by N9.60.

“Also, residential customers (R2 customers) in Eko and Ikeja
electricity distribution areas will no longer pay N750 fixed
charges. They will be getting N10 and N8 increase
respectively in their energy charges. Similarly, the burden of
N800 and 750 fixed charges would be lifted off
shoulders of Kaduna and Benin electricity consumers.
These consumers will see an increase of N11.05 and N9.26
respectively in their energy charges.”

This comes less than a week after the House of
Representatives asked NERC to stop plans to increase
electricity tarriff.

Learnt gas transports is a factor that makes kaduna most expensive amongst these is transportation of fuel, and consumer density. Lagos is more populated,so the DISCos would breakthrough faster.

So far the highest percentage tarriff increase is 65Percent, for Jos.

So much for gold

Theophilus Presbyter was the pen name of a Germanic
polymath, active during the early 12th century. Sometime
around 1120 Presbyter published a Latin volume entitled De
Diversis Artibus (‘The Diverse Arts’), in which he shared his
knowledge of science, metalworking and alchemy. In this
extract, contemporarised but otherwise unchanged,
Theophilus takes us through some comprehensive
instructions for making gold:

1. Locate or prepare an underground
house, with “all sides of stone” and “two
openings so small that scarcely any
[sunlight] is visible”.
2. Into this house place “two cocks of 12
to 15 years old and give them sufficient
food”. When the cocks have “become
fatted”, allow them to mate with hens until
the hens lay eggs.
3. Expel the chickens and replace them
with large toads, which are to “keep the
eggs warm”.
4. “From the hatched eggs there [shall
hatch] male chickens, like hen’s chickens,
which after seven days [will] grow serpents’
tails.” These must be kept in a room or
cellar lined with stone or they will burrow
into the earth.
5. After six months, burn these
creatures alive until they are “completely
consumed” and burnt to ashes.
6. Gather up the ashes and “pulverise
them, adding a third part of the blood of a
red-haired man”, mixed with some “sharp
7. Spread this mixture over “the thinnest
plates of purest red copper… and place
them in the fire”. When they become red
hot, take from the fire and cool, then
repeat this step until “the preparation
penetrates through the copper and takes
on the weight and colour of gold.”

Source: Theophilus Presbyter, De Diversis Artibus, c.1120.


In 1961 Italian avant-garde artist
Piero Manzoni manufactured 90
small cans, claiming that each
contained his own dung. Their lids
were numbered and signed by

Manzoni sold his cans of dung for $US37 each, basing this
on the equivalent per-gramme price of gold.
In recent years
Sotheby’s has sold cans of Merde d’Artista for 124,000
euros (2007) and 97,250 pounds (2008).

Source: Various, including Piero Manzoni and Germano
Celant, Manzoni, 2007.