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Joseph: The First Official Big Data Analyst!

Written by Idede Oseyande

Joseph: The First Official Big Data Analyst!

“And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:”
Genesis:41:38-39

There is a common misconception on the idea of big data and data analysis. The vocabulary seems vague and complex to many people, hence the reluctance recorded in having certain individuals apply for training in this field, despite the high profitability the skill provides. To some, data to them is access to the Internet and nothing more🤦🏿‍♂! Once they hear data, what comes to mind is browsing subscription.

Data is as old as man himself, it is only given more attention due to the information-driven era that we currently find ourselves. Predictions in different facets of human endeavours are made from a collection of data. For example, the weather forecast you rely on to plan your trip is a projection made from a collection of atmospheric conditions of the place in question over a period of time.

Have you ever wondered how Joseph was able to store grains that were enough to sustain the whole nation of Egypt and its environs for seven years of severe famine? It was data!

The Bible says after his appointment, he went around the whole land of Egypt, taking stock. He knew the number of people living in Egypt, livestock inclusive, and the daily consumption of the people. From that, he made a projection of what they will eat weekly, monthly, and yearly. Data makes planning very easy and also makes projections as accurate as possible.

Organizations and nations that joke with data do that at their own peril. The first evidence that shows lack of data in a nation is the prevalence of repeated mistakes. Using Nigeria as a case study, why it seems we never learn anything as a nation is simply because we don’t take data collation seriously! You cannot be proactive without data!

Proactive people take action based on available data, thereby making valuable predictions that help to avoid common mistakes as captured by the data.

So when you hear that “#Data Is Life” don’t think it is just another cliché.

With the right #data, you can hardly fail!

To your #DataLife!👍🏾

IDEDE Oseyande
A & B Coach!

About the author

Idede Oseyande

IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.

He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.

Among his published works are 'What is Left of What is Right?', 'The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader' and 'Warri No Dey Carry Last'.

He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.

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