Workers

Why Hustling Has to Die

It was the final evening of a 10 day writing workshop. I was getting to know John, one of my fellow participants, a little better. John is Kenyan and this was his first visit to Lagos. We chatted about his stay and how ostentatious Lagos was – Nairobi is apparently more humble. The conversation turned to what we do back…

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Of Youth And Death

Every couple of years the calls to end (or scrap – as we love to say) the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) rears its head. People argue that “it has outlived its usefulness as the nation is not in anyway united through the scheme” In 2011, speaking in an interactive meeting with youth leaders, former President Goodluck Jonathan emphatically stated that…

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These Our Ogas Need to Feel our Pain

This week I was once again reminded about the cotton candy consistency of some Nigerian jobs. The average Nigerian job is fraught with uncertainty, so much so that the initial euphoria of getting the job is quickly replaced by trepidation.At your job, you can run a gamut of emotions in a day, from sadness to anger. Anger when you realise…

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