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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review of A top Professional Photography and Videography Studio in Abuja

Most photography outfits in Abuja don’t have all the required equipment to carry out world class commercial photo shoots nor can they pull resources to do say a documentary or home video shoot at short notice with the exception of a few.

One of those exceptions is Blue Bay Studios which is a first class photography studio with 20 well trained staff including 10 professional photographers, 5 video men and 3 in-house graphic artists that put excellent touches to photography jobs for mostly corporate clients and individuals who host large events such as weddings, seminars, conferences, AGMs, Fashion Shows, funerals to mention a few.

The company’s CEO, Emeka describes Blue Bay’s journey so far. “We commenced operations on the 1st of August 2011 with a mission to provide reliable, highly professional photography services to Abuja, approaching clients and even doing free events coverage in order to showcase our expertise, gradually we gained the confidence of a few people who have made referrals to us”.

So far the company has been living up to its reputation earning itself well deserved patronage as official photographers to very demanding corporate clients such as Transcorp Hilton, Nigerian Bar Association, National Communications Commission, Institute of Directors and Moet (makers of hennessy) to mention a few as well as an endless list of individual clients including other professional photographers who come to finish their work at the well equipped Blue Bay Studios.

Blue Bay Studios is a one stop shop for everything photography. There’s hardly any  kind of photography service you won’t find being provided by them from simple prints - passports, frames and large sized photos (indoor services) to outdoor coverage of events, photo documentary, model shows (providing models for ushering jobs and advertisements), live coverage of events and multi media services.

When you walk into the Blue Bay studios you get the impression that you’re about to be experience the diligent service of international standard photography with an impressive Studio room, Machine room, and a host of equipment including; the Noritsu Machines and Fiji Machines for any kind of printing.

One added service from the blue bay studios is their special offering of spare parts for printing needs. You can purchase the following from them: AOM (image PCB), Digital eyes, printer card, elevator card, scanners, laser drive card (both types A and B) to mention a few.

Why should anyone patronize Blue Bay studios? “Customer Satisfaction is our utmost priority, we’ve earned special commendations from our existing clientele including Moet who have given us a pass mark since January 2012 and Transcorp Hilton who admitted we did an excellent job at the last National Awards where we did a photo shoot for the chairman of Transcorp Hilton Mr. Tony Elumelu”

To Connect with Bluebay Studios for excellent visit their website: or on twitter: @bluebayocean or call:  08036005178

Monday, September 16, 2013

What winning a Nigeria Customer Service Award can do for your business

The Nigeria Customer Service Awards which will be holding on the 31st of October 2013 at the Bolingo Hotels in Abuja has many benefits which Nigerian businesses stand to gain from. Here are a few details of some compelling benefits Nigerian businesses shouldn't miss out on;

There are a number of compelling reasons why you should consider participating in the Nigerian Customer Service Awards program, including

Competitive Edge:
Provides a tangible point of difference over your competitors.

Helps customer's feel secure about the level of Customer Service they can expect to receive from your company.

Credibility and Stature:
Demonstrates to customers your commitment to service excellence which strengthens your reputation.

Enables you to promote your Award-winning status to both your current and potential customers which helps you to retain customers and gain new business.

Focuses employees on maintaining and improving customer service levels.

Recognises employees past efforts and encourages them to continue to deliver exceptional service.

Public Relations:
Prompts media to communicate positive messages about your company.
Low Cost, High Return: What other marketing tool offers you a return on investment for such a low cost?

Save Money:
·         Our unique 'Service Edge Benefits' program offers you and your staff access to exclusive discounts on a wide range of products and services.

Winning an Award brings great benefits for your business in addition to the benefits above, award winners also receive a number of tangible benefits.
Platinum, Gold and Silver Award winners receive:

A high-quality Nigerian Customer Service Award Certificate.

·         The right to use the Nigerian Customer Service Awards logo on all company marketing materials, signage and sales collateral.
·         Customer testimonials that describe the quality of customer service provided by your company (subject to obtaining customers' permission).
·         A "Best Practice Customer Service" white paper
·         Marketing advice to help you get the most exposure from your award
·         Access to the 'Service Edge Benefits' program, offering you and your staff exclusive discounts on a wide range of products and services from our partners. (In development)
·         Business promotion via the Nigerian Customer Service Awards Facebook page

·         Detailed analysis and reports based on feedback from your own customers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Where to Order for the best Coffee, Pizza, Salads, Burgers and Waffles in Abuja

We all love to pamper ourselves from time to time don’t we?  Especially when it comes to eating out at any of the numerous outdoor fast food restaurants in abuja. But to really savour those really tasty burgers (chicken, beef or variety of others), salads – those special ceasar salads – pancakes, waffles or other such light meals you know for certain that very few places in Abuja can really offer you international standard experience you won’t forget.

The best Café in Abuja for Coffee, Salads, Crepes and Pancakes

Enjoying starbucks quality coffee in Abuja or European quality creperie you'll find that no other place in all of Abuja can serve it to you like the Quarter Café in Wuse 2. They have taken their time to prepare an experience every customer won’t forget in a long time to come. Imagine entering a café in Abuja that only reminds you of Paris well that is what you get at the quarter café as every inch of the décor and ambiance denies a semblance as any place African. The meals here are delicious and quite affordable despite being targeted to an upscale market. You want it (coffee, salads, crepes, gourmet mini burgers and so on) served fresh and in high quality Belgian and French style then it’s the Quarter Café.
Address: 6, Tapeta Street, off Thaba Tseka Street off IBB way, Wuse 2, Abuja

Where to order for Pizza in Abuja

In Abuja the best place to order for Pizza is the popular Aj’s Pizza at Sharif Plaza in Wuse 2. There’s hardly any kind of pizza you wish to enjoy that you won’t find here as their menu is so rich you’d be tempted to think pizza is the only thing they’re capable of – well actually they’re all about pizza. One thing though is that they’re more like a bakery serving oven fresh pizza in large quantities as orders don’t seem to run out for them.
Address: Shariff Plaza, Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse 2

The Best Smoothies, Mocktails and Cocktails in Abuja

Abuja has many smoothie and fruit bars that claim to stand out from the rest. Well they certainly all do in their own right but which of them stands out better than Juice Place 2? This is one health friendly Restaurant and Fruit bar that beats all others hands down in all regards and by that we mean; ambiance, menu, service delivery and the lovely feeling you get for just chilling away from the hustle and bustle of ever busy wuse 2 district. We give it to them they’re the best Fruit/smoothies bar in all of Abuja.
Address: 25b, Libreville Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2

Order for the best Sharwarma and Tasty Suya in Abuja

While Yahuza Suya in Wuse 2 (Behind AP Plaza and near Amigo) or Area 11 seems like the most popular suya and sharwarma spot in all of Abuja we might argue that a few others also give them a run for their money such as Drumstix Asokoro, Chicken Capitol in Wuse Zone 3, UG grill and Gyros to grill among others. Even some unknown spots also make a bold case but we leave you to decide. 

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Yoga and Pilates Classes in Abuja

“In ten sessions you will feel the 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body." These words were said by Joseph Pilates, the creator of the popular form of excercise known as Pilates.

Celebrities from all over the world have sworn by the power of Pilates to completely transform the body. In a series of movements it emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.

Miley Cyrus has been the latest celebrity to set off what has been called "Pilates mania" in gyms around the world. Perhaps Miley Cyrus is the inspiration behind the popular Pilates program at Abuja's Nail Bar in Wuse 2. The Bar has definately gone up a notch in defining itself as a complete lifestyle and health spa. Pilates is one of those rare exercises of both the mind and body that keeps you physically stronger, leaner and more agile and its great to have access to it by trained instructors in the heart of Abuja.

There are various classes on offer at the Nail bar but their specialities are Pilates and Yoga. Thankfully they give you an option of a trial class which starts from N3500 for 1 hour, so that you can determine if this type of excersise is for you. But for those searching for a more consistent Yoga and Pilates exercise program that will transform the body, the Nail Bar's instructors recommend the 4, 6 or 9 week program which would offer you a complete package of physical health and mental balance. Price ranges from N35’000 to N55’000.

I once thought that Pilates was an excercise for women of "a certain age", but its really more all embracing than this. Pilates and Yoga are good for all age groups and gender. Nursing mothers, housewives, elderly folk, even fathers and teenagers can enjoy Pilates. Finally! a great Pilates class in Abuja!

The Nail Bar is located at 26, Monrovia Street in Wuse 2 opposite Nigerian Turkish International School

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Land for Sale in Abuja: Farmlands, Residential Plots, Commercial and Multi-purpose land for sale

Are you looking for land for sale opportunities in Abuja for any reason whatsoever? Read on you’ll find this piece very useful in your quest to become an Abuja land owner.

Why you should buy or own land in Abuja

There are many reasons why you should consider land ownership in Abuja but keep these two at the back of your mind;

Abuja Land Prices keep rising

The commercial value of Abuja land keeps rising really fast as development in the FCT is a factor which affects land prices. We’re in a period when heavy infrastructural development is happening with the construction of new districts, housing estates, bridges, roads, rail lines to name a few. All these have a positive effect on land prices which ultimately means a ‘bush’ undeveloped area today could become a hot cake in a few years time as development spreads.

Ownership of the right Abuja property is a safe investment

In the past many people made mistakes of buying land from the wrong hands and had themselves to blame when the FCDA moved in to reclaim such lands. Only properly documented land issued by the Federal Capital Development Agency (FCDA) and certified by Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) is safe to acquire. Once this property is bought it’s yours for 99 years where you’ll have certificate of occupancy affirming you as the rightful owner and occupier of such land.

Building your own Abuja home is cheaper than paying rent

If you spend let’s say N5 million to acquire a plot of land and build a befitting home at a cost of say N10 million that property will serve you for decades to come in addition to being an asset that can appreciate in value every year and can serve as collateral for loans from banks for any future businesses you wish to do and require capital for. Compare that to paying rent exorbitantly annually in a house not owned by you like N1.5 million per annum for a 2 bed room flat. In 10 years you’ll spend N15 million that is if rent prices remain the same.

Types of land available for sale in Abuja

If you wish to buy land in Abuja you’ll most likely acquire one of the following;

Farmlands for sale in Abuja

According to the Abuja master plan most farmlands would be located in Kwali Area Council of the FCT. So if you intend doing commercial farming in FCT you’ll have to approach a company licensed and recognised by government to sell you such lands. There are very few Abuja companies that do that at the moment so if you want to do livestock farming, fishery, poultry, crop farming etc just get in touch with the right agent to hook you up with a reliable company recognised by both FCDA and AGIS.

Residential Plots of Land for Sale in Abuja

This is by far the most common type of land for sale in Abuja. Certificates of occupancy for residential plots of land are issued by Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) where upon you become the rightful owner. But such lands are only used for residential purposes and not commercial purposes.

Commercial Plots of Land for sale in Abuja

Some plots of land have been marked out for commercial purposes. Just as residential plots you’ll also need a C of O from AGIS.

Multi-purpose Plots of Land for sale in Abuja

Whether you want to build for commercial or non-commercial these type of Abuja land is available for sale and could be used for anything such as schools, churches, farms, residential buildings etc.

Tips on how to find land for sale in Abuja

So now you’re ready to take that bold step to purchase an Abuja land what tips should you hold on to as a guide?

Determine your requirements

First determine what you want in that land. That of course would depend on your purpose for wanting it plus your budget. Are you looking for somewhere with fertile soil? Is location and proximity to town important to you? What is your size requirement? These and other questions should make your list of requirements.

Contact a reliable agent

Before doing this ensure that you have a property lawyer on your side just in case, you never know when trouble could rear its head meanwhile make contact with a reliable agent. The agents accredited and recognised by real estate property companies in Abuja are the best to meet as some of them have broad networks of agents and contacts they can pull from to help you search for an Abuja land for sale. The agent then links you up with the seller.

Do your relevant Checks

When you found the land you’d want to purchase it’s only wise to do your necessary checks at AGIS so as not to fall into the hands of fraudsters or acquire land from unathorized persons. Any land not accredited by AGIS should be a no go area for any serious Abuja land buyer.

Make payment after confirmation

Once you’ve confirmed that the land in question is genuinely owned by the professed seller with Certificate of Occupancy and other relevant information that secures the transaction it’s now time to make payment. The real estate management company handling the sale will guide you through the process hence forth.

Claim ownership of your Abuja Property

Once payment has been made ownership will be transferred from seller to buyer and the property becomes yours.

Are you serious and ready to find an Abuja land for sale? Feel free to contact us on: 0818 083 1826 and we’ll walk you through the process.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Project Management Training Courses and Centers in Abuja

There are many project management training courses and centers in Abuja but just which ones should you register with if you’re looking for a PMP or CAPM training course?

Let's start by implying that if you want to make a major career decision like acquiring certifications in your chosen profession you'd want value for money not just paying for a service because it's affordable.

Chances are that you’d want to look inwards and ask yourself what needed skill or certification would readily apply to you and which training center would offer you the best in terms of skills/knowledge transfer and charges a reasonable fee.

That question is especially true if you’re taking a leap into project management certification in Abuja and don't know where to start from. We’ve found a reliable Project management consultancy in Abuja in Ecoways Trainings ltd a company that has succeeded in training hundreds of professionals and has enviable records for achieving high success rates with its trainees.

That can easily be explained by the fact that the company has experienced, well trained and dedicated staff that put in excellent work in facilitating and training participants who come from diverse fields including the civil service and the organised private sector.

When you think project management training in Abuja think Ecoways if excellent training and success is a determining factor in your choice of training.

If you’re in Abuja and wish to register with Ecoways for any of their professional training courses simply send an email to: or call: 0818 083 1826

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