2011 Expectations

Wow it’s 2011 and at Today’s Naira, we’re thankful that we made it into the new year. We also thank our readers who made 2010 a fantastic year for us. In 2011, we’re mapping out new ways of keeping you informed and aware about important decisions you will need to take during the year. We need to re-educate our minds on the importance of imbibing financial frugality, investing wisely and saving for the rainy days.

So, what are your new year resolutions? Are they different from last year? I have put an hold on resolutions. Rather I always write down my goals and objectives for the year in the recess of my mind. That way, I tend to achieve my goals more quickly. Last years’ goals were all achieved short of all and I hope to nil this one in 2011.

For 2011 these are our plans for our readers:

  • We intend to highlight on a monthly basis, entrepreneurs in different fields with special emphasis on SMEs (small scale & medium enterprises). If you are a business owner and would like us to showcase your ideas and business on this page, do get in touch with us.
  • We’re also searching for individuals who’d like to intern with us by writing an article on various informative fields. Think you’re the one, give us a buzz.
  • You have a great product and would want to get the word out via ‘product reviews’, then you should be talking to us.
  • Above all in 2011, we’re getting back into financial shape and all the resources you require will be provided on this page.

Adios and we’re out.

TOLETTA

I finally met with the promoters of TOLETTA within Nigeria. This is an excerpt from the interview.

TodaysNaira: Can you introduce yourself and your organisation to readers of this blog?

Memory Evergreen Enterprise: Memory Evergreen Enterprise is the promoter and registered distributor of TOLETTA within Nigeria. We are the foremost supplier company that provides stylish and effective consumer goods for African women. We are located within the heart of Lagos with a sister branch in Ibadan.

TodaysNaira: Why TOLETTA?

Memory Evergreen Enterprise: Based on earlier research we had made, we discovered that most women within Africa tend to be wary about using public and in some cases, private toilets. As a woman, I often go around with huge wads of tissue papers when using a public toilet. Due to attendant hygiene  and infection issues at these facilities, TOLETTA is the perfect product to tackle this issue. If you have used this product, you’ll observe that it’s handy and portable. A pack will suffice for a day. Inside the pack are 5 premium soft 2ply paper toilet seat covers made with 20% larger and 42% thicker tissue than other products out there. The tissues are flushable, biodegradable and safe in septic tanks (so, you don’t have to worry about destroying the environment).

TodaysNaira: Yes, i’ve used it and was amazed by the wide coverage it had over the toilet seat. It felt comfortable and reassuring knowing I didn’t have to worry about any nasty toilet infection. Why was this product created by the manufacturers?

Memory Evergreen Enterprise: Every woman dreads using the toilet (especially when it’s not your own), because you never know what’s on the toilet seat. This product is meant for women everywhere who are tired of crouching, applying strips of paper, using cheap and flimsy toilet seat covers, TOLETTA is the luxurious alternative.

TodaysNaira: Where can readers of this blog buy TOLETTA?

Memory Evergreen Enterprise:

Currently, you’ll find TOLETTA at the following stores:

  • Multiker Stores @Dream Plaza, Bishop Aboyade Street, Victoria Island.
  • Nova Supermarket@ Muri Okunola Street, Opposite Intercontinental Bank.
  • Mega Plaza Malls@14, Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island.
  • Feedwell Spermarket@22, Old Oyo Road, Mokola.
  • FoodCo Supermarket@ Aare Junction, Bodija Ibadan.
  • Cran Pharmacy & Stores@ Challenge R/about, Ibadan.

TodaysNaira: For interested buyers who are not resident in Lagos or Ibadan, how can they place an order?

MemoryEvergreen Enterprise: They can send an email to: tolettainquiries@hotmail.com or join our twitter page through this link: TolettaNigeria. Joining our twitter page is a much faster means of reaching us and it enables our staff to attend to issues regarding shipping, purchase and general consumer feedbacks.

Todays Naira: So tell us, who are your target audience?

Memory Evergreen Enterprise: Women on the go, Students, Children, Eateries,  Schools, Religious Organisations, Airlines…we’re not restricting product use to a particular gender or sector. You’ll be surprised that we’ve received purchase orders from men as well. It was made for life’s sudden emergencies.

TodaysNaira: What about interested buyers outside Nigeria? Do you intend selling this brand to them?

MemoryEvergreen Enterprise: Oh yes we do. Currently, we’re in Southern Africa and we intend to reach other parts of Africa very soon. So, if you’re resident in any African country and interested in becoming our flagship product retailer or brand ambassador, please get in touch with us through the following link- TolettaNigeria.

TodaysNaira: It has been quite informative and nice meeting you and getting to know the TOLETTA brand. I wish you all the very best.

Memory Evergreen Enterprise: Thank you for having us on your blog to educate women about adopting an healthy lifestyle.

Note: Today’s Naira has been appointed by Memory Evergreen Enterprise (promoters of TOLETTA) as its’ social media platform.

Parochial Interests

One of the wonderful things about children is their ability not to worry. They’ve got no care in the world and are happy to take one day at a time. Now that I have two children ( and one on the way) by proxy through my sister, I see how important it is to keep them in that safe bubble.

When I was younger (in my teens), I never realized the full import of elections. Pursuing self-interest was the major past-time. Now, i’m much older and wiser. I realize the need and importance of elections. I know why it is important to participate in the coming elections in January 2011.

I read in the news today about a 52 year old US returnee pharmacist, who decided to sustain his political ambition by smuggling cocaine through the International Airport.  Agitation for self rule, resource control, civil unrest globally is driven by limited access to economic power.  Karl Marx has often been quoted as stating that “Religion is the opium of the people”. I couldn’t agree more. When people are limited economically, it limits the ability to take vital decisions. We’re such a religious country…so freaking religious, it amazes me how we can endure so much. Some people reading this might attribute it to the “Naija Spirit”. I beg to differ. Our search for a daily dough has dulled our inner sensibilities we’d prefer to sell our soul to the devil if salvation (in terms of material wealth) lies with him.

On the other hand, economic power is no power if it’s not backed by an effective political power that translates into respect for the power to vote. Voters registration will soon kick off. What are you doing in terms of registration? Are you going to participate or adopt a siddon look while corrupt officials trample the corridors of power? I’m not sure what our religious leaders are doing. They also need to join the campaign towards fair elections come 2011. They need to preach the interrelated links between political and economic power rather than asking us to cast our gaze upon heaven. More emphasis should be based on educating people rather than asking for seeds and more seeds.

The world might not end anytime soon. For those of us who are bent on storing heavenly treasures, please carry on. However, remember you have a duty to leave the world a bit better for upcoming generations.

Only Women Can Understand

When you have to visit a public toilet, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it’s your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied. Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall.
You get in to find the door won’t latch. It doesn’t matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants! The dispenser for the modern ’seat covers’ (invented by someone’s Mum, no doubt) is handy, but empty. You would hang your bag on the door hook, if there was one, but there isn’t – so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mum would turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR!), yank down your pants, and assume ‘ The Stance.’

In this position your aging, toneless thigh muscles begin to shake. You’d love to sit down, but you certainly hadn’t taken time to wipe the seat or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold ‘The Stance.’
To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother’s voice saying, ‘Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!’ Your thighs shake more.
You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday – the one that’s still in your bag. (Oh yeah, the bag around your neck, that now, you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time).. That would have to do. You crumple it in the puffiest way possible. It’s still smaller than your thumbnail.

Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn’t work. The door hits your bag, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest, and you and your bag topple backward against the tank of the toilet. ‘Occupied!’ you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious, tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing altogether, and slide down directly onto the TOILET SEAT. It is wet of course.
You bolt up, knowing all too well that it’s too late. Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat because YOU never laid down toilet paper – not that there was any, even if you had taken time to try. You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you’re certain her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly, dear, ‘You just don’t KNOW what kind of diseases you could get.’

By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl that sprays a fine mist of water that covers your butt and runs down your legs and into your shoes. The flush somehow sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too.
At this point, you give up. You’re soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat. You’re exhausted. You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket and then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks. You can’t figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic sensors, so you wipe your hands with a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting.

You are no longer able to smile politely to them. A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from your shoe. (Where was that when you NEEDED it??) You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk it in the woman’s hand and tell her warmly, ‘Here, you just might need this.’ As you exit, you spot your boyfriend, who has long since entered, used, and left the men’s toilet. Annoyed, he asks, ‘What took you so long, and why is your bag hanging around your neck?’
This is dedicated to women everywhere who deal with a public rest rooms/toilets (rest??? You’ve GOT to be kidding!!). It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long. It also answers their other commonly asked questions about why women go to the restroom/toilets in pairs. It’s so the other gal can hold the door, hang onto your bag and hand you Kleenex under the door!

Public Toilets

A necessary evil you might say depending on your job profile. For those of us who are marketers and sales people, it’s a convenience you cannot do without on a daily basis. Sometimes, the toilets in my office might not be in a proper state of cleanliness for some days. To ease myself, I would make do by dashing off to the nearest hotel or fast food outlets.  

Even at its cleanest, I’ve never been able to establish skin contact with the toilet seat. I’m a bit wary about toilet disease out there such as ‘Demartitis’ – which causes skin irritation around the buttocks and upper thighs leading to painful and itchy skin eruptions if not treated properly. Often, I slouch or apply strip of paper around the toilet seat before I can use it. So, while I was out today, I came across an innovative product for doing the public toilet thingy. It’s a product called ‘TOLETTA’. I spotted it at Cran Pharmacy, Ibadan and had to buy a pack for myself. I learnt its’for women who are tired of crouching, using strips of toilet paper, or trying to use cheap and flimsy paper toilet seat covers, to protect themselves from germs.

Inside the pack are 5pcs of folded tissue paper (a bit thicker than your usual tissue paper, designed in the form of a toilet seat). You unfold the paper and spread it over the toilet seat. This ensures that your skin does not touch the seat. Which is a blessing and quite innovative for women and men alike. For a man using a public toilet, you still have to contend with the occassional splash, which can lead to other degenerative disease.

I would definitely be buying this product again once I exhaust what I’m currently using. It’s a life saver for life’s expected emergencies.

On a lighter note, when using these public toilets, do you take note of the scribblings on the door? From people in search of financial assistance to those seeking for Sugar Mommies and Daddies, the list is endless. A higher percentage of these scribblings come from those wishing to render sexual services in return for a standard fee and what amuses me is the boldness these individuals exhibit by scribbling their phone numbers on the door. I mean, what are we turning into?