Celebrating Young People in Business and Industry-Makinde Adeagbo

The Apprentice 2010

The youth are tomorrow’s future #thatisall

I get so excited by news of young ladies and guys doing big things in their fields. This week is about that. Musings of a Caramel Latte Addict (MCLA) will be discussing certain young people who have shone in their art. They have excelled in their individual fields and we cannot but celebrate them. How did the thought of this pop into my head?

I have recently been drawn by The Apprentice on BBC (please what is Stuart still doing there?) and also the recently published Nigerian Future Awards nominees’ list. One thing that is common to most of these people is that they are doing what they absolutely LOVE! It gives me great joy when I see young people between the age of 16 and 35 going into what they love and doing well at it too.

You only need to see the way the young people on The Apprentice, for instance, go about business negotiations, pitching, sales, marketing to be absolutely challenged by it all. What is more challenging is when you see ages such as 21, 24 and 27! Let’s talk very briefly about two of them: Joanna and Stuart.

Joanna Riley is 25 and has her own cleaning company which she started at just 22! In The Apprentice, she has been doing so well and with her shrewd business sense, she has led her team to many wins.

Stuart Baggs, 21 is the loud mouth of the show and is The Apprentice’s youngest ever candidate (which he never fails to remind us every single episode, lol). His first venture into business took place in his own school playground when he started selling yo-yos to fellow pupils. He later went on to launch his own telecommunications company at the age of 19. Even though people (including myself) wonder what he is still doing there, he has been a worthwhile candidate.

Proverbs 18: 16 says that a man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. This means that whatever talent you have will open up doors to you and bring you to places you have never dreamt of being able to get to. What do you love to do? Writing? Talking? Sewing? Designing? Painting? Decorating? What? Hone your skills and become good at your stuff and see how far you will go.

Please don’t go getting me wrong. It is okay to aspire to be a partner in Aluko and Oyebode or even to become a big girl in JPMorgan Chase or Chevron. However, there is a league of extraordinary youth that I admire so much: those who know that the way forward in life is working for no one but yourself. So this week, MCLA will be honouring ladies and gentlemen that have taken this big step including those who are just simply plain hot at what they do. There is such an exciting line up of young people and I’m sure you will be inspired by their stories and learn a lot from them. We will have them discussing the dangers of throwing away the secured paycheck at the end of the month to being your own boss and also the joys of being self-employed.

What exactly does going into your business involve? It is important to come up with a vision or a business idea. Without a vision, any business will fall face flat. You should be able to see and envision where you want your business to be. I once attended a conference where the speaker said it is not absolutely crucial to be able to see this picture CLEARLY. A picture, however vague is a good starting point. With time, it begins to take shape.

If you want to be rich, you need to develop your vision. You must be standing on the edge of time gazing into the future.” – Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Kiyosaki and Lechter, 2001.

The next is the capital raising bit, attracting your customers, retaining them. Whilst this is not the most professional bit of advice, it does give a rough idea of what doing your own thing entails. The people that will be featured this week on MCLA will shed more light on this process giving us their personal experiences thereby showing different sides to the whole business processes.

Today, however, MCLA discusses Makinde Adeagbo, a nominee for the Future Awards 2011, Young Person of the Year. I must be honest, when I saw the list, I was like, ‘who is this person?’ I had previously heard nothing about him and the little information given about him on The Future Nigeria website got me researching almost immediately. I was intrigued. How could such a young man have achieved so much!

Here is what was said of him:

Makinde Adeagbo, 25 – Innovator

Facebook has changed the world, and 25 year old Adeagbo is one of its frontrunners. A Software Enginner with the company for four years, amongst other things the whiz-kid is famous for being part of a 2-man team responsible for reducing over 1 MB of Javascript to 2 KB, making the site load twice as fast worldwide.

Now, that is something. So who exactly is he?

Born on the 1st of September, 1985 as Olumakinde Adegboyega Adeagbo in Ibadan, the largest city in Nigeria in 1985, his family moved around when he was a child but finally settled in Louisville, KY in the United States. He has a computer science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the top software engineers at Facebook in Palo Alto, California. He had previously worked for Microsoft and Apple and is now with Facebook where is doing big techie things which I may never understand. I wonder if he is one of the people behind the new Facebook look, lol.

Here is an interview conducted with himself and Tom Occhino, the other part of the innovating duo.

He was featured on the Facebook homepage at some point.


We are very proud of you Makinde and we wish you the very best in all you do.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Makinde-Adeagbo/22502717552

Website: http://makinde.adeagbo.com



It is interesting to see young people doing so well for themselves and I hope you are encouraged to find an area you love, study well and become the best in your field. Whatever your hand findeth to do, do it well.

Watch out for this week’s posts on some young people who are in self employment and are thriving.

Have a great week ahead.

On a random note, Matt Cardle, 27 won the X Factor 2010 and I am so happy about that!!!

This has taught me one crucial lesson. Success has many relatives but failure is an orphan…and an only child too. See the way those contestants jumped on him including those who openly rooted for others.

Even a friend of mine who was clearly a Rebecca Ferguson fan changed his BB Display Picture to Matt after he was announced the winner. This just makes me want to succeed in life so much. Nobody was to identify with Number 2 mehn, loool. Anyways, all the best to them all. I loved Rebecca too, such a classy lady.

NB: Please vote for your Young Person of the Year 2011. I have and I voted for Uche Eze of Bella Naija 🙂

That’s all folks (for now)



  1. I agree with you Temi; there’s nothing like working on your gift till it begins to work for you! I have an idea I plan to work on when I’m done studying here, maybe I can share it with you sometime.
    And yes, I wanted Rebecca to win!

  2. See a man diligent in Bussiness.. Prov 22:29.Temi u nailed this,i got connected with this so much.It is when we start seeing beyond “self” and thinking”Humanity” tht when we can really say we have fufilled purpose.As for X factor i knew Rebecca would be the runner up.Say blessed

  3. It’s so important to discover your talents and follow your dreams. Passion is a catalyst for success. When you’re passionate about something, you could turn it into a career and it could potentially be a gold mine. Banke Meshida Lawal is a case in point. She used to do people’s makeup back when she was in unilag and now she has become one of the most sought after make-up artists. The truth is that everyone cannot be an entrepreneur, but we all have talents and hobbies. A career shouldn’t be all about the money. There should be a level of job satisfaction.
    On a lighter note, I’m so happy bout Matt winning the x factor! I’ve always liked matt from the onset. He sings so effortlessly. He remember when he sang his own version of Britney Spears hit.It was absolutely fantastic!’Baby hit me one more time’sounded so fresh. Now,the question is beyond X-factor,will matt be a household name. I’ve observed that it’s only a few of these talent show winners that stand the test of time. What happened to will young, fantasia burrino,ruben studdard,etc.
    Anyways Matt Cardle rocks!

  4. God endowed everyone with special talents which must be discovered and harnessed by each Individual. It had come to my awareness that those who excel in life are not those who had a first class or the most degree but those who with passion followed their dream tenaciously without wavering. These are the people who get to be celebrated on life’s stage.

    Like these young persons, we should endeavor not only to enjoy the tales of their success but borrow a leaf or two from them so we too will one day be applauded on life’s stage..

    Good story Temi.

  5. Really informative Temi.
    I particularly liked the section about Makinde.
    With regards to your friend changing support to Matt – That’s life – success will always attract followers.

  6. This is very cool of you, Temi!

    I see eye-to-eye with your plans to feature young achievers on MCLA. I have been on a ‘secret’ journey for some years now (full of of pains, but now beginning to pay off) and one of the major lessons for me is that you can only truly have fulfilment doing what you love to do. Usually, you need to take “the road less travelled”. People will call you names and hurt your self-esteem, but you just have to stick it out once you have the convictions.

    (I had a ‘dream interview’ with someone yesterday and that ‘rule’ was confirmed again.)

    Oh, thanks for voting ‘my Boss’! 🙂 You can imagine the dose of inspiration one gets working in the same room with such a gem!!

    I’ll be watching out for your posts.



  7. I found this entry so inspiring! I’m still trying to find my own place in this world…but with God’s help I’ll come closer to making it happen in 2011.

    I’m an inspiration junkie so I know I’ll be back for more!

  8. no one can pay you your true worth.
    Make up your mind and step out in faith, not despising small beginnings and grow.
    I really wished Rebecca won but hey, its all a singing competition. no hard feelings.

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