Friday, February 17, 2017

How to Dock a Personal Watercraft in the Water

An entrepreneur based in Lagos, Nigeria, Akanimo Udofia has developed his leadership skills over a three-decade-long career. Away from work, Akanimo Udofia enjoys few things more than being on the water and can often be found jet skiing.

If docking your personal watercraft (PWC) in the water, consider the following.

As you approach the dock, reduce your speed so you are idling along the water. Examine the dock to check for an available cleat and cut the engine when you are confident you can coast into position. Remember that you will not be able to steer with the engine turned off. 

When you come to a stop, dismount from the PWC while still maintaining your grip on it and tie the rope around the handlebars before securing it on the cleat.

Use a second rope and tie it to the back of the vehicle. The location of this know will depend on your brand of PWC, but there should usually be either a cleat or handle that you can use. Once the rope is tied, secure it to the same cleat, and the vehicle should stay in place until you are ready to use it again.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Danzig's Our Space Community Centre

Akanimo Udofia is an executive with more than 25 years experience in Nigeria's oil and gas industry. As the CEO and managing director of Desicon Engineering, Akanimo Udofia supports numerous philanthropic causes. In 2012 he donated $150,000 to the Danzig community of Toronto, with the intent of establishing a safe community centre for youth in response to a tragic shooting incident.

The Our Space community centre was in the works prior to the 2012 shooting, but the $150,000 donation fast-tracked its development. Now, the former three-bedroom public housing complex is a haven for students seeking to engage in safe, fun, and educational activities after school. The centre opens every weekday afternoon once the final bell rings at nearby schools.

In addition to housing numerous computers for personal or educational use upstairs, Our Space also has a flat-screen TV and a fully-stocked kitchen capable of hosting community cooking nights. It also offers adult training courses in areas such as CPR and food handling. The $150,000 donation helped cover the cost of rent, programming, and Internet connection for three years.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Governor of Enugu Rewards Players after Championship Win

Desicon Engineering is headed by Akanimo Udofia, the CEO and managing director. Apart from providing quality services related to the oil field business, Akanimo Udofia also enjoys watching football in Nigeria.

The Enugu Rangers finally won the Nigeria Professional Football League title in 2016, after a 32-year championship dry spell. Because of this, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Enugu State Governor, rewarded the whole team, including the players, the technical crew, and the management. The rewards included money and other benefits, with each receiving a plot of land in a newly created Rangers Estate development. 

The Enugu Rangers bested the El-Kanemi Warriors in the match held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, with 4-0 match score. The team garnered 60 points during the season. Ugwuanyi said the trophy was dedicated to the God Almighty, and he also thanked the team for bringing the glory back to the Enugu Rangers.

The reception was held at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu with Saad Mohammed, the Sultan of Sokoto and an avid Rangers fan, in attendance.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Retaining Key Employees

Under the guidance of Harvard Business School graduate Akanimo Udofia, DESICON Engineering Limited has completed more than $10 billion worth of projects in the last decade. Serving as the company’s CEO, Akanimo Udofia has overseen its growth from 100 employees to more than 4,000. Considering the time and effort that goes into hiring the best people, it’s critical for employers to retain their best employees.

The reasons a person accepts a new job, which include salary, health benefits, and retirement plans, are not usually enough in themselves to keep a worker from leaving a company. Listed below are tips for improving an employee’s overall job satisfaction, thus increasing the company’s retention rate.

1. Maintain an “open door” policy. Communicate often and openly with employees. Encourage new ideas and accept employee input regarding problem-solving. 

2. Clearly express expectations. Communicate directly with employees about what their jobs entail and what they are required and expected to do.

3. Treat employees like an asset. Express your appreciation for a job well done and reinforce employees' value to the company.

4. Reward good work. Go beyond bonus money with sincere, in-person recognition.

5. Provide advancement opportunities. Beyond the opportunity for a higher-ranking position, advancement opportunities also include intellectual and educational advancement and training.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nigerian Musician Wizkid Wins Three MTV Awards

Akanimo Udofia serves as the managing director and CEO of Desicon Engineering in Lagos, Nigeria. Outside of his professional life, Akanimo Udofia considers himself a fan of all music, though he especially enjoys Nigerian music.

Entering the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in October with nominations in six categories, Nigerian-born artist Wizkid ended the night with three awards, more than any other artist.

Now 26 years old, Wizkid began his music career when he was just 11. His first recording was a collaboration with Nigerian music legend OJB Jezreel. The young artist started gaining fame in 2010 with the release of his debut album, which included the hit song “Holla at Your Boy.”

Wizkid’s first award of the 2016 ceremony was for his contribution to the song “Soweto Baby.” The track, produced by DJ Maphorisa and also featuring DJ Bucks, won Best Collaboration. Wizkid also won the awards for Best Male and Artist of the Year. 

Other Nigerians honored at the ceremony were Tekno, who won Best Breakthrough, and Yemi Alade, who took home the Best Female award.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The London Eastside Young Leaders Academy

Managing director and CEO of Desicon Engineering Limited since 1996, Akanimo Udofia has successfully led the enterprise to profitable opportunities in the oil and gas industry. Harvard Business School graduate Akanimo Udofia has also been a charitable supporter of the London Eastside Young Leaders Academy (EYLA).

The EYLA’s purpose is to foster an environment where young African and Caribbean males can develop the leadership skills necessary to eventually become the community leaders of tomorrow. Educational curricula, Alternative Provision, and the Eastside Scholars program for scholarships at other schools are some of the many services the EYLA provides.

Inspired by the Young Leaders Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ordained minister Ray Lewis established the EYLA in 2002. His vision was to improve the prospects for boys to prevent them from turning to crime. Most of the participants in the program are between the ages of 8-18. The organization is dedicated to nurturing the leadership potential of young men through fostering self-esteem, stressing the importance of work, study, and civic pride.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Desicon Engineering - A Project to Eliminate Gas Flaring in Ebocha


As CEO and managing director of Desicon Engineering, Ltd., Akanimo Udofia guides a Nigerian firm that provides dedicated solutions focused on the natural resources industry. Akanimo Udofia’s firm has successfully completed numerous projects, including an onshore flaring-down facility for the Nigerian Agip Oil Company at Ebocha Oil Centre.

The project encompassed all aspects of constructing a gas compression island designed to eliminate gas flaring, which involves natural gas burning and is part of the oil extraction process. Flaring as a widespread practice reflects the fact that drilling for oil inevitably produces gas. While this gas can be captured, stored and sold, the required infrastructure, encompassing power plants and pipelines, is expensive. Gas is thus often flared (burned) in the atmosphere, which has significant CO2 emissions consequences.

While flaring is most prevalent in Russia, Nigeria, and the United States, companies such as Desicon Engineering have been responsible for halving the amount of flaring occurring in Nigeria over the past two decades. Some forward-thinking entities in Nigeria envision a time when currently flared gas can be fully captured and provide its citizens with affordable natural gas energy.