Sam Semako Career Development “Dem send you? Na so u wan kill my career?” – John Obidi

“Dem send you? Na so u wan kill my career?” – John Obidi

 

 

He had 47 FOLLOWERS in 2013 on Twitter! Fast forward to 2015, he had well over 12,000 followers.

 

Now, he has over 30, 000 followers! And increasing, coupled with over 37, 000 members on SmartBCamp Facebook Group.

 

Not only that, he has reached over 200, 000 listeners in 105 countries through his SmartBCamp Teleseminar broadcast every Thursday and a replay on Fridays.

 

For you to fully understand people like John Obidi, you need to know where they are coming from.

 

I had an interview with in 2013 when he barely a year that he got into social media realm.

 

Below is our interview:

 

“He is young and versatile; active and sociable, intelligent and social media savvy. #MeetObidiSocial @JohnObidi 8pm Thurs on #CareerWiseCDC”

 

Did I wrote this about you in September 11 2013?

 

Yes, I did before you came on #CareerWiseCDC on the 12th September 2013.

 

But the PERFECT word I missed out was – PHENOMENAL.

 

Indeed, you are.

 

Happy Birthday the PHENOMENAL ONE!!!

 

Sincerely, I have learned lots from you, that, I can’t hide.

 

•••

 

Sam Semako:
John Obidi Welcome to #CareerWiseCDC.

John Obidi:
Thanks. Glad to be here.

 

Sam Semako:
Who is John Obidi?

John Obidi:

I’m a curious scientist who loves to learn how things work. I’m drawn towards the flashy side of technology

 

Sam Semako:
What exactly do you mean when you say you are a scientist?!

John Obidi:
I live on ‘light-bulb’ moments. The feeling I get when I dabble into experiments and discover something new.

 

Sam Semako:
You fascinate me! What do you mean FLASHY side of technology?!

John Obidi:
Technology is my calling, but not the sort that boxes my talents/creativity in a cubicle.

 

I love to create/discover stuff that fascinates people in an entertaining way.

 

Sam Semako:
What sort of boxes, and what sort doesn’t boxes you?

John Obidi:
A good example would be having a ‘boss’ dictate the limits of my creativity. I can’t deal with that.

 

Sam Semako:
How did you venture into the social media realm?

John Obidi:
I ventured into #SocialMedia in December, 2012. I was fascinated that it could be a formidable business tool.

 

I started out my experiments by creating a couple of Facebook ads & I initially learned by trial and error.

 

After @SMWLagos earlier this year, I stepped up my efforts and took up some courses.

 

I learned so much in my #SocialMedia journey and felt the need to share freely on my experience.

 

So I launched ObidiSocial(dot)com, where I share on the benefits of #SocialMedia to Brands & Small Businesses.

 

Now I speak at events and train organisations on how to create & maintain an effective #SocialMedia presence.

 

Sam Semako:
Can you recall one of your best moment on #SocialMedia ?!

John Obidi:
Being nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for New Media (@TFAAfrica) would be my best moment by far.

 

Sam Semako:
What are the twitter handles you will recommend any day, any time?!

John Obidi:
And as for #SocialMedia in Nigeria,

@blcompere and

@teeteelayo are the handles to watch.

 

If you want to stay informed on Nigerian ICT, follow

@samsonaligba

@TechCabal and

@Mister_Mobility.

 

When it comes to business motivation:

@iamsteveharris

@Iheanyi1

@iambankole &

@deoluakinyemi are simply amazing.

 

Sam Semako:
I am tempted to ask: What are the worst twitter handles you have come across?! Lol

John Obidi:

Dem send you? Na so u wan kill my career? LOL! I’d prefer not to say.

 

Sam Semako:

John Obidi Great! Let’s MOVE AWAY from there! Lol

 

John Obidi:
Yes boss! Great! Let’s MOVE AWAY from there! Lol 

 

Sam Semako:
Who would you love to meet and have lunch with? And why?

John Obidi:
Richard Branson (@richardbranson) and Mark Zuckerberg. 

Awesome leaders from different generations.

 

Sam Semako:
Someone is saying I don’t have CAPITAL to start business. What is your advice for such people?

John Obidi:
I know that it’s been said a number of times and I’ll concur. [bctt tweet=”The only capital required is the WILL…” username=”JohnObidi”]

 

[bctt tweet=”Everything else seems to autoMAGICALLY fall into place when there’s an unshaken WILL.” username=”JohnObidi”]

 

Sam Semako:
What are the employment opportunities embedded in #SocialMedia that youth can take advantage of?

John Obidi:
Individuals that have products and services can use #SocialMedia to promote them & get the needed exposure.

 

You could also learn the techniques and sell your services as a #SocialMedia Consultant and Trainer.

 

Sam Semako:
Let’s talk about TIGweekly: what inspired that?

John obidi:
@TIGWeekly is poised to tell the story of the Nigerian ICT industry to Nigerians and the rest of the world.

 

Instead our negative stories of poverty & corruption seem to sell faster.

 

[bctt tweet=”Western media can’t effectively tell those stories.” username=”JohnObidi”]

 

A lot of technological advances are being made by Nigerians.

 

Sam Semako:
I agree with you!

 

Sam Semako:
Where do you plan to go from where you are right now?

John Obidi:

I plan to touch more people with the wealth of knowledge that I’ve gathered using #SocialMedia platforms.

 

Sam Semako:
Reframed: What are your future plans as per #SocialMedia?

 

John Obidi:
At the moment, I enlighten my audience using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and my blog.

 

I intend to release video and audio podcasts very soon.

 

Sam Semako:
What gets you annoyed easily?

John Obidi:
Pretense.

 

Sam Semako:
What do you want to be remembered for? What do you want written as your epitaph?

John Obidi:

A man who lived to the extremes of his potential and as one who encouraged others to do the same.

 

Sam Semako:
I want to THANK YOU so much for your time! *Hug*
John Obidi You are a great guy!!

John Obidi:
You’re welcome, sir. Thanks for having me here.

 

Sam Semako: Would you recommend 2 people we need to invite over to #CareerWiseCDC?

John Obidi:
@samsonaligba

@nabiytalks and

@UnusualTeajay

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Author: Sam Semako

I am a Career Development Consultant who mentors those who are confused regarding what to do with their lives, or frustrated about their work or struggling to find what they need to do with their lives. I also help train them to become experts in their fields by providing them with significant career-based information, resources (in form of opportunities and networks), and training relevant to their fields in order for them to live their dreams and make a lasting impact in a space of 1 year and beyond.

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