After acing her high school final papers, Jennifer got accepted at a premier university in South-Western Nigeria.
“Don’t follow bad friends. Read your books and graduate with good grades so you can land a good-paying job,” Jennifer’s good-intentioned parents advised.
Jennifer did contrary to what the average modern-day youth would do. She followed her parents’ advice.
Four years later, Jennifer graduated with an Upper Second Class Honors. Shortly after, she got countless job offers, finally choosing to work at the Nigerian Broadcast Corporation (NBC). Her career began, and she lived happily ever after.
What an enviable career progression, isn’t it…
So you’ve decided to become a freelance writer? Congratulations! Welcome to a world where you continue to hone your craft in different voices, companies, and industries. You also get to live in a Week of Saturdays and work at your own pace.
But not so fast…
Before you jump in with two feet, you should master the craft of clean writing and the business aspect of being your own boss. Thankfully, there are 33 resources listed below to help you achieve this.
These resources will help you grow your writing skills and win and retain good clients. They will also…
“Soro soke, no dey disguise.”
‘Buhari has been a bad boy.”
“You messed with the wrong generation.”
These slangs are by-products of the #ENDSARS movement, and they’ve gained massive popularity. Just this morning, I saw merches with these slangs inscribed on them.
By the Baby Boomers and Generation X’s standards, these slangs are disrespectful. Only disobedient people would tell older people such. But the recent awakening proves that the Gen Z and young millennials are fast shattering such standards and rewriting the history books.
Born between 1990–1996 and 1997-mid 2000s, the young millennials and Gen Z collaborated to organize the…
It’s easy to misconstrue networking as building a relationship with every Tom, Dick, or Harry. After all, career success is about who you know — your network.
A rich network, however, is more about the quality and relevance of your connections than their quantity. For instance, if you’re a mid-level cybersecurity expert seeking a new job, but writers and cybersecurity novices dominate your network, you’ll have a hard time securing your dream job. You’re networking with the wrong people and would only burn out in the process.
It’s not enough to impress and build relationships with people. …
My rookie year as a freelance writer was so-so. From charging scrimpy rates, getting duped by scammy clients, to losing opportunities simply because I’m Nigerian, freelancing didn’t turn out as imagined for me. Then came 2019. I had a little break. My clientele and rates soared. For the first time as a freelance writer, I felt seen. My confidence solidified.
As my confidence grew, so did my greediness. I started accepting more jobs than I could handle. This greedy behavior ultimately became my Achilles’ heel. Flash-forward to January 2020; I lost all my retainers on the basis of plagiarism, under-delivery…
My rookie year as a freelance writer was so-so. From charging scrimpy rates, getting duped by scam clients, to losing opportunities simply because I’m Nigerian, freelancing didn’t turn out as imagined. Then came 2019. I had a little break. My clientele and rates soared. For the first time as a freelance writer, I felt seen. My confidence solidified.
As my confidence grew, so did my greediness. I started accepting more jobs than I could handle. This greedy behavior ultimately became my Achilles heel. Flash forward to January 2020, I lost all my retainers on the basis of plagiarism, under-delivery, and…
How my religious father made me depart from the Lord’s way
“Every satanic coven in this environment, catch fire!” I mutter absentmindedly, repeating after my mom. She had just called a prayer point and shook her head vehemently, praying like she was on a battlefield. The prayer had been on for more than an hour.
Sitting adjacent to her, my eyes focused on the wall clock opposite me: tick tock, tick tock. I couldn’t wait for the prayers to end. Burning irritation hissed through my body like deathly poison as I felt livid for wasting an hour, which I could…
Pessimism almost made me lose the chance to impart lives!
Applying to opportunities, for me, has always been a struggle between confidence and lethargy. Unfortunately, I let the latter win most of the time. What makes my struggle with applications even further interesting is its compartmentalization. For freelance jobs, I always found (at least when I was an active freelance writer) the courage to apply regardless of how I felt. The lethargy was often overcomeable. But for academic or competition based positions, the inertia mostly finds a way to dominate.
The more I fight it, the more negative scenarios such…
A Letter to My 2019 Self
Given how you took professional development seriously against all odds, you should be proud of yourself. You conquered 2019. This victory will extend to January 2020 as you’ll land a job opportunity.
But before you write that BellaNaija article lauding your professional achievements, know this:
A month after writing the BN article, you’ll lose it all. Your contract with Thomas J Henry Attorneys, freelance clients, investment money, and even that newly landed opportunity — all gone! These swift, colossal losses will throw you to rock bottom.
April 2020 was like smoked Nigerian party jollof rice — a month I’ll never forget. I had facilitated a class on building thought leadership as a tech lawyer, and it was a blast. Consumed in excitement, I shared feedback from the class on LinkedIn.
A few days later, I received a LinkedIn message from a startup founder. In his words, “Hi Jeremiah, I’d love you to teach my staff how to become more visible with digital marketing.”
Besides the fact that “gurus” have rendered the term “visibility” to an irritating buzzword, his topic idea just didn’t sit right with me.
Jeremiah is a writer keen on helping young people define their own version of excellence and giving them the strategies and insights to achieve it.