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Africa and the Future of Work | Employment is not guaranteed anymore.

What a feeling and negative chill I had a few days ago. I was at home when I heard my neighbor, working at one of the malls in Nigeria saying that a friend of hers had a job offer to work with a bank. She accepted it. But prior to this pandemic, she rejected all the places they posted her to.

Finally, when it was time to resume work where she agreed on, the pandemic struck. We don’t know yet if she has the job.

Another scenario happened when I went to eat after work on Thursday.

At the restaurant, I heard a customer talking with the food vendor that her sister working in a mall is kind of happy that her job is secure.

While others are crying that they are losing their jobs, she is so relaxed and enjoying herself.

Now, this is retail work that’s not exciting for a normal person and here is someone happy she has hers.


Thirdly, I saw this online:

… on thecable.ng. I was shocked, but then, it’s a huge and deep teacher.

What’s the lesson?

No industry is safe and employment is not guaranteed anymore.

I know there are industries like food industry and health industry that look recession proof. Yet, it’s not a guarantee as sure as 100% any more.

Anyone can lose his or her job at any time. The economy is not suffering. The effects of our behavior are what the economy is revealing.

So, some will suffer while some enjoy.

Life’s not fair someone will say. But that’s the world you’re in.

Your saving grace as an employee?

You should be your number one investment. Invest in yourself. Find the solution you can offer and be a master at it.

Then, be aware of the trends in that field. Serve with your eyes open. Don’t be blind. I’ll say it this way:

Master your craft and master the trends.

With this, you can scale through some of the most difficult times coming our way.

We still hope and pray that things get easier, as employees, after this covid-19 experience. Until then, I’ll leave you with Jim Rohn’s words:

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

Friday Book Review with Chuks | Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

Going through Steven Pressfield’s book is making me think deeper. He resounds the principle of work again and again and also… emmm…

I think you just need to go through the content yourself so I don’t spoil your taste.

(How’s the new year? That’s a view from the back of the office, towards a farmland… There have been serious weather fluctuation. Suddenly, we woke up and it’s the harmattan breeze again 😔… I’m in Enugu, Nigeria. What about you?)

So, how do I Turn Pro?

The Points!
  • When we are afraid to pursue our true calling, we pursue a shadow calling instead.
  • The shadow way of living is the way an amateur lives.
  • The more time we spend living this shadow life, the farther we go from the real thing and it gets more difficult to get back to it. (I feel this happens to most young folks. We hide under school, work and degrees. We deceive ourselves whereas we know what we are capable of doing. Yet, for fear and perhaps, to make some persons happy – which might not be bad – we opt for a lower life).
  • Habit is what differentiates the amateur from the professional.
  • Turning PRO starts with a single decision but must be sustained with consistent action.

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Turning Pro is not for everyone. It’s free but requires sacrifice.

When you Turn Pro, your life becomes easier not without challenges (you enjoy the bullets because you know you’re meant for the war).

There’s an unconscious voice that we hear that tells us what our Pro is. Yet, most people ignore it.

The fear of the amateur is the fear of success… the fear of living up to what is meant for him or her.

The amateurs get their identity from others. They are scared of standing out, as being unique.

The Quotes…

“Practise before you need it so that when you do you will have it.”

“Turning Pro is free but it is not easy. You don’t have to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind.”

“Sometimes when we are terrified of embracing our true calling, we’ll pursue a shadow calling instead. That shadow career is a metaphor for our real career.”

“The amateur life is our youth. It’s our hero’s journey. No one is born a Pro. You’ve got to fall before you hit bottom, and sometimes that fall can be a hell of a ride.”

“Resistance hates two qualities above all others: concentration and depth. Why? Because when we work with focus and we work deep, we succeed.”

The amateur prizes shallowness and shuns depth…

“Professionals don’t wait for inspiration, they acts in anticipation of it.” (I pimped this one).

“The Pro will share the wisdom with other professionals – or with amateurs who are committed to becoming professionals.”

“Our intention as artists is to get better to go deeper, to work closer and closer to the bone.”


I need to be Michael Jackson now or William McDowell who both sang songs describing how I feel now:

Speechless and I’m at a loss for words respectively.

Going through the book is just an experience. But let’s see…

Are you a Pro? (And this has nothing to so with whether you’re working with Access Bank or Glo or you have your startup).

Remember he said, it’s not for everyone. Someone will read this and just open a new tab. No problem! But if you’re a Pro, you’ll know.

To close this, think about these few questions:

  • What is making you scared of living that life that’s so visible in your mind?
  • Are you scared of even listening to that voice? (I know that it speaks to everyone. Yes, it does.)
  • Who will live that life if you don’t?

5 Reasons Nigerian Graduates Don’t Practice What they Study in School.

Don’t get it twisted. One of the most hard working youngsters in the world are Nigerians. Check out how widespread we are. I know the average human on earth sees Nigerians as negative. Yet, we rule.

See these examples yourself: banking guru, Jim Ovia (founder of Zenith Bank), media master, Jason Njoku (founder of Iroko TV),

So, you’ll be missing out of the thrill when you think there’s no benefit the average Nigerian youth (graduate) has for the nation or the continent to the world.

Yet, the other side of the coin that I see and don’t think it’s good is the fact that more than half of Nigeria graduates don’t practise what they studied in school. This might be a global phenomenon but let’s see the flavor in our national context.

Why do we not practice what we study?

  • No Personal Vision for the Career Path.

(We just want to make a living.) I spend time with secondary school students and I have a feel of what is being taught in terms of career. In fact, from my own experience, we were groomed to just move from class to class (although thanks to my teachers and lecturers) until it’s time to choose career.

The idea is that we will figure it out. And most don’t. We just conform to any of theses: medicine, law or engineering. Anything else is stupidity. Thus, from highschool, there’s little effort placed on finding a vision in life.

I’ve had students ask me, Is it bad that I don’t know what I want to study in college? With a sense of understanding for where they are, I say yes but instantly I start that journey for the student.

Recently, I posted my first video on a YouTube channel (dedicated to giving highschool kids insights on how to choose a career).

What do we see today?

We wake up one day. Discover we’re in SS3. Register for JAMB and WAEC Exam. Kpam kpam kpam, we gain admission. During holidays, we spend time doing something else. School starts, we feel a huge load. All we see is the glamor in the career so before graduation we’re seeing ourselves with an official car.

Is it bad? Not really.

After graduation, we go for service. If there’s money, we go for MSc. No money, we look for jobs and hustling start.

Very few get to follow a path with a vision. A vision that transcends the economic situation of the country. All we hear is there’s no job.

While I know the government is meant to provide jobs, I also know that if there are no jobs, it’s our responsibility to create one.

A personal vision for the field of Agriculture is what will make a graduate of Agriculture start a poultry farm or any business that’s connected to agriculture.

My Suggestion: While we make our government responsible for their roles, let’s begin to choose careers with a mindset of bringing changes and not stop at making a living.

  • No Easy Opportunity.

I would blame the government (from previous administrations inclusive) more for this mishap. I was thrown off balance the day I heard that there’s a federal job but for you to get it, you’ll need to pay several thousands. I was pained.

So, a father pays N500,000 or more for a 4 year course of his daughter and when she’s done, he’s asked to pay for her to get a job. Are we moving forward or what?

And some of our parents accept it. It’s horrible.

The second blame on this for me is the mindset we build in school that says: after graduation, look for a job. So

  • Lack of Patience to Follow and Build Mastery.

If the message on the hood is that I can’t wait to learn from anyone, then it’s a dangerous one.

I can attest to the fact that the entrepreneurship vibe is becoming a flu. While there are fields that don’t need much time for practising, mastery is needed to deliver good value.

I heard Mr_Brainbox, Cofounder Blueprint Afric said something like that if he knew what he knows now, he’d have gone to work for someone for a while before moving to run his business.

My generation does not want to follow. We want to start without serving.

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  • Insufficient Presence of ACCESSIBLE Models in those Fields.

I respect all professionals who have built pedigree over time in their fields. I salute. Yet, I’m thrown off balance when I see a Professor who wants to make life difficult for another student coming in to study for his Masters.

I’ve heard stories of how the big lions in several industries don’t want to allow the younger ones come up. I don’t know why. Although, I’m aware of the mindset of my generation. It can be discouraging for a master to teach a student who is impatient, lacks respect and does not want to work.

What is the need of knowing so much without transferring the knowledge to the next generation? Why have some of us made it look like no one will advance without you?

Even in the work environment, you see where employers find it hard to even train employees. I’ve heard complains about this severally. What I say sometimes is this: if some employers were privilege to hoard the information on the internet from some employees, they will.


  • Urgency to Make Money.

Victor AD (an indigenous artist) sang a song and said if we no make money wetin we gain o (if we can’t make the money, then there’s no need). Thoughts like this, without a balance, makes our best brains waste. They are entangled in online frauds. Everyone wants to hammer. (I like money. It is important for life on earth. But where should that priority be placed?)

Top 7 Job Sites in Nigeria According to Latest Alexa Ranking.

Are you looking for a job? Are you tired of submitting CVs and asking questions? Do you think you have what it takes to land that job?

Get on your CV and check for hot jobs with these top job sites in Nigeria.

Ranks 9,088 in the world and 76 in Nigeria.

Until I checked online, I didn’t know this existed, let alone ranking as #1 Job site in Nigeria according to Alexa ranking.

With this site, you’re sure of gaining access to the most current jobs.

Ranks 11,920 in the world, 108 in Nigeria.

Started by Ogugua Belonwu in 2010. The site has an interface that makes it easier for job seekers by using a company-job design model.

Ranks 20,361 in the world, 233 in Nigeria.

Paul Eze and Andrew Eze started this platform to help people access employment opportunities online.

Ngcareers also boost a user friendly interface which makes it easier to navigate.

Ranks 37,341 in the world, 316 in Nigeria.

Yet another site that is targeted at listing job opportunities. I love jobgurus as one can access ebooks to learn about interview processes and can also take aptitude tests on the site.

Ranks 40,342 in the world, 347 in Nigeria.

Founded by Olalekan Olude, Ayodeji Adewunmi and Opeyemi Awoyemi as college students from their dormitory. It’s one of the most profound sites in Nigeria despite its positioning.

Jobberman has played a major role in the online job listing trend.

51,695 in the world, 505 in Nigeria.

It sounds like the famous Mozilla Firefox Browser. Jobzilla displays job vacancies in a lovely way: vacancies by state, vacancies by industry and vacancies by field.

Your search on this site might not take up to 5mins before you get what you really want.

Rank 54,924 in the world, 543 in Nigeria.

It’s ranking shows that it is among the best in Nigeria. Jobsinnigeria attracts a handful of visitors daily. One unique feature of this site is its career coaching tab. Get in here and get the job you need.

Just one more…

Ranks 94,494 in the world, 1090 in Nigeria.

Justjobsng is another awesome site that is making job scouting easier everyday. No more worries for job searching any more.

The new year is coming in so fast. Why not find a job for yourself on any of these sites? I wish you success as you do.