Our Gecko mascot. We named him Lupe.

One of the things that make creatives stand out from their competition is having a unique identity that shows users the nature and thought process behind the conception and development of their ideas.

Towards the later part of 2020, we at SiriusLabs decided to work on an idea we have had for a while. We previously had issues with getting feedback from clients and keeping track of tasks that needed to be sorted out before deadlines. Yes, we also tried different project management tools, but in the end, they turned out to be more tedious than helpful. This is why we came up with Gecko, a software management tool for developers that helps streamline and organize stakeholder feedback.

My father posted a selfie some days ago on his WhatsApp status. I don’t know how he figured it out but it was interesting to see his default selfie pose shared with all his contacts: the awkward camera angle, the close up shot, and the forced smile both of us share when confronted with cameras for pictures. As I looked at his picture some more, an odd realisation hit me.

The euphoria that followed many Nigerians after the 2015 elections is something I think about every now and then. People were excited. The dawn of a new era. They spoke about the changes that were going to take place in the nation. So many speculations. However, time passed. Sentiments slowly changed.

These past days, I have been in a contemplative mood. Every morning, the thought of writing down my thoughts and sharing them with you all has become a routine but lately I have had to ask myself why I do this. It’s not like I do not enjoy writing or articulating my thoughts properly. It’s just… I feel like I write about the same thing every time. I don’t feel fresh ideas and thoughts coming in. So I had to take a couple of days off to ask myself why I do this.

I have to give Lagosians one thing. They sure love aggression. From the minute they are awake, they push forward with this energy and clash with the world ahead of them. No matter the condition, they are always on the move. Except they are always the first to complain about stress. Traffic? Stress. Work? Stress. School? Stress. Relationship? Stress? Power outage? Stress. Even when they party and relax, it seems so stressful. At the end of the day, they get home exhausted and even engage in more gra gra over food or what to watch on TV. They shout at…

The story of King Solomon in the Bible is one of my favourites. From him building the most beautiful temple in Jerusalem to him ordering a baby to be cut into half so that the child’s true mother could come forward, and even him having several wives and concubines, I have always been fascinated by him.

There is an online community popular known as the Hustler Community with popular slogans such as rise and grind and sleep is for the weak. These people glorify the importance of hard work, which isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I love hard work. But they take it a bit too far. They don’t believe in resting for a moment or taking breaks or even having a bit of fun. Everything is all about the hustle and grind. No Days Off. And many people seem to absorb these nuggets of faux-wisdom and try their best not to rest.

There is a concept called via negativa which was first brought to my attention by the mathematical statistician and essayist, Dr. Nicholas Nassim Taleb. The idea is that if you don’t know what to do, know what you should not do. I find it interesting because people generally get into this state of confusion of knowing what to do and how to get it done. That state of fogginess is not new to me so I tend to adopt via negativa most times when I feel that way. …

When someone is said to be nice to a fault, the popular consensus is that the person will always be kind even in situations where kindness isn’t necessary. There are a lot of circumstances in which being kind would be seen as foolish but in the long run, it is a good thing. But I have an issue with a certain type of kindness, which is kindness where there is zero benefit at all. I’ve seen people being kind to drug addicts and give them food and money. I know these drug addicts seem grateful in the moment but before…

There is something funny about humans as social beings. We thoroughly underestimate ourselves or massively overestimate ourselves. A perfect example is someone who is presented with a task for the first time. He might think he cannot do it because he hasn’t tried it before so he doubts himself. After a bit of push and mental motivation, he does it and does it very well. Then with the confidence he’s newly acquired, he continues, thinking that he will never fail. Until he does and then he begins to beat himself up. Underestimation and Overestimation.

David Alagoa

In one sentence: I write for the sake of writing.

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