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Friday evening feels like heaven....

Friday super rocks! It simply symbolizes the end of the workweek and kick-starts the weekend. No matter if you're a student or you're employed, knowing that the weekend is here and you'll finally have time to chill and shop simply feels good.

When it's only a couple of hours until you finally get your deserved break from a tough week, life almost miraculously looks a lot brighter. 

 Even more so, once you’re done with all your work on Friday, you can probably look back at all that you’ve accomplished throughout the week. 

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Social media has become a marketing/business hub for a lot of businesses and influencers and the news of Instagram hiding likes from viewers isn't a very exciting thing to hear.

As an influencer, your likes are your selling point, and likewise as a marketer but imagine your potential customers or clients are denied the ability to see how much like your page gets.

Just late last week, the news about Instagram hiding likes in six countries; (as first reported by TechCrunch): New Zealand, Ireland, Brazil, Australia, Italy, and Japan became known. This news comes only a couple months since their initial announcement of testing the feature, indicating that the social media giant plans to double-down on the update. 

We ran a Twitter poll based on the news, asking our followers whether they buy into the idea of 'invisible likes'.

Out of 14 votes, 21% thinks its the best, 43% thinks its not good while 36% voted 'not bothered'.

What Instagram says is behind the new feature:

Ever since their executive shakeup that resulted in Instagram's original founders being softly pushed out of their positions only to be replaced with Facebook loyalists, Instagram has been toying around with features they're claiming will make their platform a safer place for their users -- from hiding Likes to their recent anti-bullying updates. 

While the intention behind these features might be well and good, the changes make the product stray from the core things that made Instagram spread like wildfire in the first place- from the platform deciding which content you see to the end-user being in control of their in-app experience.

According to Inc., one can't help but wonder if Facebook is using the Instagram company as a buffer, or band-aid, for their own recent mishaps and privacy scandals, which have caused many users to lose faith in the platform.

Instagram is telling the world that the motive behind the feature is to protect their users from focusing on vanity metrics- they believe users are not paying enough attention to the message the content is trying to pass on.

I call that bluff - The move is clearly meant to increase advertising dollars by cutting off the Instagram Influencer Marketing Industry and to appease advertisers by making them less mindful of the likes ads drive versus the reach the ads receive.

But then again I may be absolutely wrong.

But stop and think for a second and ask yourself why really is Facebook bent at ruining the initial idea behind Instagram.

Facebook is continually showing they're becoming the out-of-touch, 'granny' of the social media landscape- one prone to shamelessly cloning products instead of creating their own unique ideas, one that neglects the privacy of their users and puts user experience in the backseat to make room for advertisers. Now that Facebook essentially controls all facets of Instagram, this is simply a move in the same direction.

Colossal hit on the influencers market. 

Like I earlier stated, this will be an enormous hit to the influencer marketing industry, which relies greatly on likes as a measurement for brands to calculate an influencer campaign's success or failure.

Currently, Instagram receives no cut from the influencer marketing industry -- so this move makes financial sense given how it would entice brands to allocate budget to Instagram ads instead.

To stay afloat this new development you should start investing in other platforms like Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Linkedin, and many others.

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There are certain simple achievable rules (that could never go out of style) to have in mind while picking out styles to flatter your figure. Note that these rules can apply to all body type.

Check the 10 simple rules below that will never go out of style.

1. Check that your bra is doing its job of lifting you up where you belong: Nipples should be exactly between your shoulders and elbows.

2. Keep prints in scale to your frame. The larger the person, the larger the pattern should be. The reverse is also true.

3. If you want to minimize a fuller bum, choose jean pockets that are large, straight, and spaced somewhat close together.

4. Look taller and trimmer by dressing monochromatically head to toe. (Yup, it works even with white.)

5. Go for a hemline that hits right above or right below the kneecap to make legs look their absolute best.

6. Embrace diagonals. Think wrap dresses, chevron prints, and asymmetrical hemlines. Wherever that downward-sloping angle lies will magically appear slimmer.

7. Flaunt your collarbone with an open neckline. Unlike cleavage, the clavicle is subtly sensuous and looks elegant on almost every woman.

8. Follow this color guideline to play up (or downplay) your figure: Wear lights and brights in the areas that you want to highlight; darks on the parts that you want to recede.

9. Use tailored silhouettes in structured fabrics—say, a wool blazer or a cotton A-line—as body armor to hide jiggly bits.

10. To create the illusion of never-ending legs, slip-on heels that match your skin tone. Don't go for a pink heel if you are a black-skinned girl.

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I was gisting a friend about an event I attended the previous night and I was legit dropping the hot gist when I pronounced 'schedule' wrong. My friend, the one I was supposedly gisting, corrected me in the middle of the story.

I stared at her for a long while, trying to understand why she couldn't just let that one wrong pronunciation go?

She is that kind of person- an unabashed stickler for proper word pronunciation and usage.

I am never that kind of person. Never. But staying around her and her likes have prompted the inner stickler in me.

People say 'Imma call you right back" but if you think about it, "Imma" isn't a word. 

Some people even pronounce "crayon" as "crane" and its simply not cool. If you keep infusing intonation in a word that has a plain pronunciation, one day you'll get stuck.

Doubt me?

If you pronounce "hospital" as "hsopiru", try pronouncing  "hospitality".

Take this line, for instance:

We say things like, “I want a whole nother apple.” “Nother" is not a word. You just took the word “another,” cut it in half, and stuck a word in the middle. That idea works for “a lot,” but “a lot” is two separate words already.

Take a look at some of the words/phrase we say wrongly:

1. “I could care less". This is the parent of all wrong phrases, and even I get crazy when people use it.

The phrase is actually “I couldn’t care less,” meaning that you care so little it is impossible that you could care less, or, simply put, you do not care at all. When phrased “I could care less about your opinion,” you’re saying that you do care and that there is room for you to care less. So, you care. That’s nice. It’s good to be caring. But you’re using the phrase wrong.

2. “For all intensive purposes.” This actually sounds sort of like it makes sense, as in, “for the purpose of the purposes that are intensive,” which sounds like it could mean something important – but it doesn’t and is not correct.

The phrase is “For all intents and purposes.” It’s adapted from a phrase found in 16th Century English law: “to all intents, constructions, and purposes,” which referred to “the state of a person’s mind that directs his or her actions toward a specific object.”

Now it means, for all practical purposes: “She looked, for all intents and purposes, like she could do the job.”

3. “You’ve got another thing coming.” This one was news to me. I discovered it just now while bopping around the web looking for misused phrases. Apparently, it’s “You’ve got another think coming,” the idea is “If you think that, you’ve got another think coming.”

I say you shouldn't bother about that too much. Who uses “think” as a noun anyway?

“You’ve got another thing coming,” as in “if you expect one thing, you’ve got another thing coming,” makes perfect sense to me and I will continue to use it thusly.

4. “A complete 360.” This is commonly used like this: “A week after accepting the proposal, he did a complete 360 and decided to reject our offer.”

But, if he did a complete 360-degree turn, he would have come all the way back around to accepting your offer again. What he did was a 180-degree turn, and landed facing in the opposite direction.

He did “a complete 180.”

5. “On tender hooks.”. Again, at first this sort of seems to make sense – if you take “tender” to mean something akin to “soft” which could translate to “thin” or precarious…it’s a stretch…but it’s there if you look for it. Or maybe you’re thinking something butcher related…meat, tender, meathook…I don’t know.

Regardless, a “tender hook” actually isn’t a real thing.

The expression is a reference to hooks used for stretching woolen cloth.

The correct phrase is “on tenterhooks,” which means to be in a state of tension (like the stretched cloth), uneasiness, or anxiety.

Example: “I was on tenterhooks over whether or not the deal would go through.”

6. “Runner ups.” There are no “runner ups” for the position you were looking to fill (or for the title of Miss Penitentiary [yes, it really is a thing. In Brazil or some other place!]). There are “runners up.” The contestants/subjects are the runners. Not the ups.

7. “Irregardless.” While this is a word (and it’s not even that, really), rather than a phrase, it’s worth noting for its rampant usage. No matter how many, or how loudly, people rail against it, “irregardless” will continue to rear its ugly head.

Here’s the thing: To “regard” means “to pay attention to” while the suffix “less” means “without.” So, “regard” + “less” = “regardless,” which means “without paying attention to” or “despite.”

The prefix “ir” is added to negate a word, to mean “not.” Therefore “ir” + “regardless” = “irregardless” or “not without paying attention to” or, in other words, “factoring in.”

Whatever it is you think you’re factoring out, you’re actually factoring in.

“Irregardless what the boss thinks…” actually means “Taking into account what the boss thinks…”

What I’m trying to say is that the word you want is “regardless.”

Got it?

8.  One in the same vs.One and the same

When you really sit and think about it, “one in the same” doesn’t mean anything at all. The correct phrase “one and the same” means that two things are the same.

9. He did good vs. He did well

The phrases good and well get interchanged so much that some people think they are actually interchangeable words. They’re not. If you’re ever confused about which to use, here’s a tip: Use “well” as an adverb (words used to describe verbs) and “good” as an adjective (words used to describe nouns). For example:

The lady speaks well.

The lady is good.

10. Sorta vs. Sort of

The phrase “sort of” was too long so someone decided to shorten it up and turn it into sorta. I think it’s just sorta lazy.

What phrases do you regularly hear people get wrong?

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Ideas don't happen in isolation. You must embrace opportunities to broadcast and then refine your ideas through the energy of those around you. 
Scott Belsky

Thursday the day after Wednesday and the day before Friday can be one of the most productive days of the week or it can be the slowest day of the week. 

What will your Thursday be?

Just the day before you leave work for the weekend or another day to implement your ideas?

What ideas do you have this Thursday? Share them, bring them to life!

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Wednesday is quite an interesting day, the day keeping you away from the weekend. Some call it 'hump day', which interprets what I already said; a day which is halfway through the work week.

Once you get over the day you are on your way to the weekend. Some find Wednesday as the longest day of the week, they feel like Friday will never come. 

And others look forward to Wednesday because it allows them a day to accomplish their goals. For people who love what they do they would prefer it to be Monday. 

Whatever your thoughts on Wednesday are, give it all you got, be the best you can be, don't waste this day, enjoy it! Happy Wednesday! 

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Do you know that you don't even have to take a fashion course or lectures or even follow up on the latest fashion shows to transform your own style and make sense of what modern fashion is all about?
All you have to do is take a look at the streets and go through your closet.
There are just too many outfits you're ignoring or may have not come to recognize as dope yet.
Below, we've gathered 7 basic rules which every fashion lover should look into.

Rule 1: When you've got nothing to wear, wear black.
Wearing nothing but black is the default option for many women and men. Black will never go out of fashion. So whenever you are out of what to wear, try that black leather coat or black dress.

Rule 2: Understand that the price of your clothes doesn't matter. The most important thing is to find the right combination.
You can combine an expensive handbag with an inexpensive shoe and will still come out stunning.
t doesn’t matter where you bought your clothes or how much they’re worth — what matters is how you combine them.

Rule 3: A handbag is the best investment.
The handbag is the most important accessory that expresses the style of every fashionista. Once again, how much you pay for it isn’t important. Whether it’s the budget option from Zara or the most expensive bag from Chanel worth several thousand dollars, the most important thing is that it expresses who you are.

Rule 4: Sunglasses should be worn whatever the season.
Day or night, rain or shine, wear your shades. They exist only for one purpose — to make you look perfect.

Rule 5: Surprise yourself- mix up your style.
You can complete a look by adding something as simple as a pair of Converse, combining them with a baggy T-shirt to give you that ’just got out of bed’ appearance. But a pair of designer heels might work equally well here. Try combining unusual things — you’ll be surprised at the results.

Rule 6: If something’s lacking from your appearance, add something bright.
For example, combine a bright bag, hat, or pair of shoes with a black outfit, and it’s virtually guaranteed that everyone will notice you — and remember your style.

Rule 7: Confidence in yourself and your style is key.
Are your curls messy? Just let them down without care- be confident that you'll look great regardless. Are you two meters tall? You can still wear your favorite heels and come off perfect. Feel like wearing a leopard-print coat and dungarees? Do it. You’ll look better and feel better.

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Instagram is developing new features and strategies to keep people connected and comfortable while using the app. This new feature is set to curb cyberbullying;  encouraging positive interactions and protecting accounts from unwanted interactions.

According to the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, cyberbullying has been recognized as a major challenge young people face and the commitment to lead the industry in the fight against online bullying has just begun.

“We know bullying is a challenge many faces, particularly young people. We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment. We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves. Today we’re announcing one new feature in both areas."

On July 8, the industry announced this new feature in both areas. These tools are grounded in a deep understanding of how people bully each other and how they respond to bullying on Instagram, but they’re only two steps on a longer path. 

Full text from Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram

Our mission is to connect you with the people and things you love, which only works if people feel comfortable expressing themselves on Instagram. We know bullying is a challenge many faces, particularly young people. We are committed to leading the industry in the fight against online bullying, and we are rethinking the whole experience of Instagram to meet that commitment.

We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves. Today we’re announcing one new feature in both areas. These tools are grounded in a deep understanding of how people bully each other and how they respond to bullying on Instagram, but they’re only two steps on a longer path. 

Encouraging Positive Interactions

Online bullying is a complex issue. For years now, we have used artificial intelligence to detect bullying and other types of harmful content in comments, photos, and videos. As our community grows, so does our investment in technology. This is especially crucial for teens since they are less likely to report online bullying even when they are the ones who experience it the most. 

In the last few days, we started rolling out a new feature powered by AI that notifies people when their comment may be considered offensive before it’s posted. This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving a harmful comment notification. From early tests of this feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect. 

Protecting Your Account From Unwanted Interactions With Restrict

While identifying and removing bullying on Instagram is important, we also need to empower our community to stand up to this kind of behavior. We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could escalate the situation, especially if they interact with their bully in real life. Some of these actions also make it difficult for a target to keep track of their bully’s behavior.

We wanted to create a feature that allows people to control their Instagram experience, without notifying someone who may be targeting them. Soon, we will begin testing a new way to protect your account from unwanted interactions called Restrict. Once you Restrict someone, comments on your posts from that person will only be visible to that person. You can choose to make a restricted person’s comments visible to others by approving their comments. Restricted people won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram or when you’ve read their direct messages. 

It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram. This has been an important priority for us for some time, and we are continuing to invest in better understanding and tackling this problem. I look forward to sharing more updates soon. 

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"There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." -- Ray Goforth.

We can't say we've never met these set of people; they are in our family, our workplace and they mostly come as friends. 

If you think deeper about it you would conclude that the ones who are afraid to try are pretty much harmless than the ones who are afraid that you will succeed. But in real fact, they're both harmful and till you find a way to cut them off, you will really never make a difference in the world.

Once upon a time, I was that kind of friend who was too scared to try because I feared I couldn't do it or I would fail and people would laugh. I had built and fed this raging fear inside of me and it got to a point where I would scoop off a little amount and feed my friends. I knew I was doing it all wrong when they started avoiding me. I knew it was unsuitable for my well being and my future. 

I changed. You can change if you belong in either or both of these categories and you should change your friends if they are in any of these categories.

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The Forbes Africa ’30 Under 30′ list has finally been published and it pays homage to the continent’s most innovative and change-making youthful leaders.

The list was announced yesterday at the annual Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up in association with Kingdom Business Network (KBN) at the Houghton Hotel, Johannesburg.

The fifth annual Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list, released in a Special Issue of Forbes Africa for July this year, features 120 young African changemakers for the first time, with 30 finalists in each of the four categories – business, technology, creatives, and sport. The annual watch-list showcases Under 30s in the driving seat of Africa’s next big start-up, creative concept, or rising business venture.

Renuka Methil the Managing Editor of Forbes Africa said, "It was the moment we had all been waiting for, unveiling the 120 innovators who are changing the old rules of the game and forging forward. The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list has over the last five years come to be a highly-respected and sought-after collection of tomorrow’s leaders today". 

The event kicked off with the major announcement by Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa, which saw the four-fold Forbes Africa July cover revealed, representing each of the four 30 Under 30 categories in bright, candy-inspired colors. This was then followed by the formal recognition of the 30 Under 30 list-makers in attendance.

    The list has; 12 South Africans, 2 Zimbabweans, 4 Kenyan, 1 Cameroonian, 10 Nigerians, and 1 Ghanaian. 

Below are the Forbes Africa 30 UNDER 30 honorees in the business category for 2019:

1. Bruce Diale, 29, South Africa, Founder & Managing Director of Brucol Global Development

2. Terence Mathe, 29, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder of Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) PBC

3. Mariam Manack, 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of iTrain

4. Khanyisile Madonko-Nderezina, 25, Zimbabwe, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Sakhile Madonko Enterprises

5. Isaac Mbatha, 28, South Africa, Founder & Chief Executive of Sky Tents SA

6. Sadaam Suleiman, 28, Kenya, Co-Founder & Managing Director of DragonflyLimited

7. Adeniyi Omotayo, 28, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Executive of Betensured Group

8. David Kyalo, 29, Kenya, Founder & Chief Executive Koncepts & Events Ltd

9. Ogechukwu Anugo-Obah, 28, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Executive of Bodylikemilk

10. Dorn Ndlovu, 26, South Africa, Founder & Chief Executive of Entrepreneur Blue Print Africa

11. Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Tshimong

12. Sydney Sam, 26, Ghana, Founder & Chief Executive of Workspace Global

13. Shirlene Nafula, 27, Kenya, Founder & Chief Executive of Crystal River Products

14. Kgahlego Rasebotsa, 29, South Africa, Founder & Director of Interior Bubble

15. Kimani Adam, 29, Kenya, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Nature Expeditions Destination Management

16. Ijeoma Balogun, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Managing Director of Redrick PR

17. Bright Jaja, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Executive of iCreate Africa

18. Jesse Carlton Happy Ndongo, 28, Cameroon, Founder of Easy Group

19. Henrich Akomolafe, 26, Nigeria, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Akotex Nigeria Limited 

20. Lesego Mokae, 24, South Africa, Co-Founder of Ditsogo Projects 

21. Oginni Tolulope , 29, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Executive of Transfurd Limited

22. Theo Baloyi, 29, South Africa, Founder & Chief Executive of Bathu Swag

23. Avthar Aniruth, 21, South Africa, Founder and Executive Producer of Audience Networks

24. Barbara Okereke, 28, Nigeria, Cake Designer, Founder & Managing Director of Oven Secret Limited

25. Jessica Anuna, 27, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Executive of Klasha

26. Charles Edosomwan, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Strategist of TekSight Edge Limited

27. Charmaine Mbatha, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder Millennial Business Administrators

28. Shaney Vijendranath, 29, South Africa, Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Vimage Media

29. Adetola Nola, 29, Nigeria, Founder & Chief Executive Veritasi Properties Limited

30. Caleb Stephen David, 27, South Africa, Founder & Chief Executive of Versatile Commodity Traders 

Official Celebration Partner of this year’s Forbes Africa Under 30 Meet-Up, House of BNG, gifted all 120 Forbes Africa 2019 Under 30 list-makers a special bottle of House of BNG Méthode Cap Classique to toast their 2019 title with Bonang Matheba herself, doing the honors.

Attendees will also attend sessions tackling many real-world issues and opportunities, ranging from business idea generation and identifying market prospects, to ascertaining funding channels and getting first-hand advice from some of the continent’s most successful minds

The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 edition will hit shelves on Monday, 1 July.

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