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Youth Development hits the NXT LVL

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If you’re new here, please subscribe to my RSS feed. I look forward to engaging!Lionel Messi started playing in his hometown team Club Atletico Newell’s Old Boys youth system at the age of 8. At 13, he moved, with his entire family to Spain where he trained and played at La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy. Steven Gerrard joined Liverpool’s academy …

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I Quit My Job For My Children

In Fatherhood, Random Thoughts by Kojo Baffoe14 Comments

It’s an ordinary Monday, in that blurry space between autumn and winter, when the sun seems to beat a hasty retreat into alternate hemispheres. I am sitting on a beat-up plastic chair watching a boy – my son – go through non-stop drills at football practice, his orange football boots reflecting the fading sun’s rays. Twice a week, most weeks, …

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Daniel Wellington Watches

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In the fashion, style and accessories worlds, Instagram has been a great tool for sharing. Whether it is brands highlighting their products or individuals sharing their aesthetic and style, Instagram provides a foundation for telling stories in a very visual (obviously) way. I have found many an item that I ended up ordering online on IG. Daniel Wellington watches are …

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Thierry Mugler: A*Man Pure Tonka

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Thierry Mugler is the quintessential renaissance man. Having studied classical dance and been part of the ballet corp for Rhin Opera, he also studied interior design before going on to flourish as a fashion designer. He has also produced photography books, directed film – shorts, advertising and videos. This includes the video for George Michael’s Too Funky (which has always …

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Let The Ride Begin, Life On Two Wheels

In Lifestyle, Wheels by Kojo Baffoe3 Comments

There is a time for everything. And when it comes to my life, the time for a motorcycle was definitely not in my 20s. I was a bit of a speed freak and I probably would not be writing these words, if I had explored bikes then. Three years ago, as I drifted into my 40s, I decided that it …

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Men’s Style: Tread+Miller Gentleman’s Club

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The Cape Union Mart Group, while synonymous with outdoor clothing and gear, launched Tread + Miller, a men’s footwear and accessories store in August 2015. Having recently opened their 13th store at the Mall of Africa, the demand for the brand has surpassed their expectations. The store design, style and aesthetic is very gentleman’s club with wood, brown leather and …

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A Weekend At The Jaguar Simola Hill Climb

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The annual calendar in South Africa is filled with many a gem that doesn’t register beyond specific audiences. I had heard about it but never really engaged until I was invited by Jaguar to attend the Jaguar Simola Hill Climb in Knysna between May 6th and 8th, 2016. To begin with, Knysna is a beautiful part of the country and …

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Play: Sony Wireless Headphones MDR10-RBT

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The headphone landscape has, over the last decade or so, been reinvigorated by the iPod and the smartphone sector. I, for one, probably listen to more music on a daily basis on my smartphone than I did, in general. At least since my Walkman and Discman became obsolete. Walk through the streets of many a city and town and you …

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Finding New Balance

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There’s something about a well-told story that gets me every time. And, today, as consumers, we want to hear stories that truly resonate with us, as opposed to typical marketing mumbo jumbo. I connect with stories. Like a great bass line in a song, a good story hooks me totally. I like sneakers. I collect them, but my collection has …

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Sending Back With PayPal

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In my previous job, I used to travel internationally a bit. To the point where my kids, especially my son, the Prince, were accustomed to my going off halfway across the world for a couple of days every month or two. And, when I travelled, I tended to come back with multiple gifts, generally things I couldn’t get at home …

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Grooming: Find Your Signature With Playboy

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The silhouette of a rabbit wearing a bowtie is probably one of the most recognisable logos globally. In South Africa, Playboy Deodorant which has, since 2010, been owned by AMKA Products, is one of the fastest growing Male Deodorant brands. It was also “Coolest Male Deodorant” at the 2015 Sunday Times Generation Next Brand awards “Fragrance speaks the loudest on …

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How To Be A Magazine Writer

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In the last chapter of my life story, I was editor of a South African men’s business and lifestyle magazine. I also had a stint with a lifestyle magazine before that. An occupational hazard related to being an editor is that you receive countless requests to either write for the publication or for mentorship advice. Having left my previous job, …

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Play: Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay H7

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The headphone space is highly competitive with the proliferation of celebrity-endorsed and, in some instances, celebrity-launched headphones. For many manufacturers, it has been a proper battle to ensure continued market share while, for us consumers, the abundance of choice makes it that much harder to decide. Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay H7 is beautifully designed by respected Danish designer Jakob Wagner. …

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Cashless Parking With KaChing

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You have been shopping. You walk up to the pay station. There’s a line. You put your bags down and fish into your pocket for cash to pay for your parking. You realise you might not have enough. You pick up your bags, find the closest ATM (which is usually on the other side of the mall), withdraw cash, get …

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Playing With The Sony Xperia Z5

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Have you ever thought about what truly influences your smartphone spending habits? With the exponential improvements to smartphones that have happened over the last couple of years, I was often mesmerised by the specs and features. For example, the higher the megapixels the phone’s camera had, the more excited I was, as an amateur mobile photographer. Until I saw my …

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Need Extra Money?

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The first cellphone I owned was a Nokia 2110 in 1996/97. A hand-me-down from my father, who got it while doing work at CSIR in Pretoria. Vodacom had just setup a deal to provide cellular services in Lesotho, creating Vodacom Lesotho. I was literally given a list of numbers to choose from. Since then, I have had countless phones and …

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Intel Powers Convergence

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Convergence. A word that has, over the last decade or so, taken on added meaning as technology has evolved and we have made the transition from single-purpose devices to multiple purpose devices. The PC, followed by the laptop, and the birth of the mobile device, whether smartphone or tablet, have created proper confusion when it comes to how we divide …

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Life: Put In The Work

In Social by Kojo Baffoe2 Comments

There are so many great examples across the continent. Examples, in my view, are people whose lives, whose actions serve as a guide for how to live as part of a broader society, in whatever sphere. People who through the sheer force of their will and personality have forever altered the trajectory of their lives and those around them. When …

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WeChat’s Digital Wallet Service

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It has been interesting watching WeChat’s push to entrench itself not just in South Africa but across the African continent. Because it is perceived as direct competition to Whatsapp, which has had a significant head start in establishing itself as the leading IM service globally, the WeChat Africa team, based in SA, have made strategic moves to find other ways …

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Family Time

In Lifestyle by Kojo Baffoe1 Comment

Parenting is no child’s play. Trying to provide your children with a balanced life that serves as a foundation for the lives they want to live is an ongoing task as well as a major responsibility. When I was growing up, factors like ‘screen time’ just weren’t an issue and the risk of our children being exposed to video programming …

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Pay Your Future Self

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Entrepreneurship. A word cloaked in so much hope, passion and idealism but, having been brought up by an entrepreneur and having been one for most of my professional life, I have also learned that it comes with hard work, erratic income and setbacks. The stories of entrepreneurs who failed multiple times before succeeding beyond their wildest imagination are many, and …

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Grooming: Manscaping

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The other day, I received a tweet asking me whether it was ‘manly’ to interact with men’s fashion and grooming media. Having spent four years at the helm of a men’s business and lifestyle magazine, I was a little puzzled by the question. I had hoped we had moved beyond the narrow view of what is to be a man …

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Fashion: The JD Collection

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In a previous lifetime (one of many) circa 2001/2, I used to be a booker at an actor’s agency Contractors. It’s been interesting watching the growth of the artists I used to spend my days sending to auditions. Many have gone to build solid careers in the entertainment industry while others have found their professional homes in other industries. I …

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Huawei Launches The Mate S

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Why do you choose one smartphone over the other? What influences your purchasing decision? Is it the specs? The design? As these little devices have taken over all aspects of our lives, I believe that simply specs become less important. The reality is most, if not all, smartphones do the same things, have the same apps, etc. Apple showed the …

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