Hiring. Looking for a Growth Hacker for a not-for-profit

Founders typically have the passion and skills to start, but finding talent to fill the 2 to 20 person slots in a growing company is really difficult — finding great joiners is one of the biggest challenges facing founders — Ross Baird

By now, you probably can tell that I am looking to hire somebody. In fact, I am looking to hire a Growth Hacker but not the typical one. I need a Growth Hacker to work in our not-for-profit.

I will highlight below (in no order of importance) what we are looking for in this growth hacker as well as what our organisation is like. I will start with the organisation.

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Sistahs Sharing

Hello ladies! I am excited about this post and what it will birth on the surface of the earth. I am excited and sorta apprehensive at the same time, this is a new one for me but I am kicking fear out. Who fear epp???

This post is coming in the heels of a direct instruction from God. I have been reluctant to do it because I am a WIP myself and because I was overthinking the sustenance of it. When God gave me the instruction, he gave me the scripture to back it up and then sent me to discuss it with a soul sistah. The morning he told me to call the soul sistah, she called me herself and in the course of our phone convo I mentioned what God had laid on my heart and she confirmed that she had received the same impression and had even discussed it with someone the day before.

Oh, the Holy Spirit just reminded me of an important part I must mention. The instruction was birthed out of an omo wa ise o ri ise scenario, lol. One morning I was just so moved by the darkness and evil going on in the world and I started weeping and bawling my heart out to God and asking God what the church could do and was supposed to do but was not doing. I was asking him how on earth the church could permeate the darkness. I asked him “How do we preach to Boko Haram?”. He then began explaining to me how that the church was not functioning as it ought to because the church is hurting. People who are hurt cannot help anyone instead, they hurt others. How can a wounded soldier fight? She ends up dying or becoming a liability to other fighters if she remains in the battle.

He pointed out to me that for the church to do all she was to do, people had to be healed of their hurts. Hurts of any and every form. So if you have a sin you are struggling with, an offence you are dealing with, a hurt that is holding you back or anything at all that is hindering you from being a warrior, this is for you. He gave me this scripture and told me he was ready to heal everyone who would join Sistahs Sharing.

Isaiah 1 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 1 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

He told me that sin here meant what its root form, which is chata, means and that is ‘to miss’. Whatever it is that is causing you to miss the mark, come share with sistahs, let us reason together and watch things turn around. Any hurt that you have been carrying around in your heart, sin you have been struggling with, issues in your singlehood or ‘doublehood’, unmet ambitions you have been striving to, come and let us reason together.

Sistahs Sharing is a meeting of BELIEVERS (ladies only of course) who have things they are dealing with and just need a listening ear, a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on. No one will be ‘preaching at you’ at this meetings, we will be sharing our struggles and dealings with one another and sharing our knowledge, power moves, faith moves and victory moves to get each of us on course. When we are no longer hurting, we will in turn do the same for others till the church is standing strong and taking territories for God. At Sistahs Sharing, we will REALLY talk,  support one another, hold hands together in prayer and be ladder holders for one another! 

In addition to myself, there are some other select ladies who will be at the first meeting and when you hear our stories and what God has brought us through and hear how we are standing through all the darkness, there is no way you will not be stirred. Please note that the meetings are going to be small so there is space for just 3-5 more ladies to join.  It will be a fantastic couple of hours sharing and strengthening one another. If you want to be a part of this meeting just go here to register now. You will receive an email following registration with further details.

Note: In Sistahs Sharing, there is no SHAME, SHYNESS or HIDING. We will own our mistakes and struggles boldly and will turn them around to bring glory to God! Go ahead and sign up sistah, let us share!!!

2016

This 2016 has been a year like no other. It has been full of the good, bad and ugly. Not as much of the good as I would have liked sha but in these last two weeks, the good is going to shoot up super exponentially!

This 2016

  1. Never have I experienced so much physical and mental stress, I almost killed myself with stress, no kidding. Finally broke down a little over a month ago and had to stay home for 4 days straight doing as little as possible.
  2. Never have I felt so alone and lonely even with loads of folks around me. I looked around me one day and realised I had no one to share things (joys, hurts, pains) with. Looked around and saw that though I knew and interacted with so many folks, we were operating on different wavelengths and mindsets and just could not communicate. (My bestie does not fall in any of these categories but we are states apart and well, distance sucks).
  3. Never have I so not had money on me, there were one too many days where I had no idea where the next meal was coming from (was having a discussion with someone a couple of weeks back and I hinted at this and he just could not believe it, thank God I look nothing like what I have been through). Not a soul ever knew when I was going through these periods.
  4. Never have I experienced so much heartache. After going almost 26 years without a relationship (by choice biko), found love this year and well, let’s just say Abba had to hug and cuddle me a lot.
  5. Never have I cried so much. My eyes were like leaky faucets all this year.
  6. Never have I juggled so many things. Being an employee, employer and student at the same time in the middle of a million other things.
  7. Never have I struggled so much with the flesh. Ha! The flesh thinks it is smart sha.
  8. Never have I sacrificed so much for loved ones and for passion. And sometimes, they do not realise it because it seems so small, if only they knew it was even more than I had the capacity to do sometimes.
  9. Never have I been let down by so many people and by people I expected way more from.
  10. Never have I received so much rejection. One week, I had like three rejection mails back to back. Ah, pain inside my chekst.

 

Yet, in this 2016

  1. Never have I utilised the strength that I had in me, both mental and physical. I don’t know how I got through all I went through,could only be God sha. I am glad to know my spine is unbended and made of steel. And more importantly, I am glad that Abba has my back through and through and that is what keeps me going.
  2. Never have I met so many awesome folks. So I may not have had people I could communicate with on a spirit-soul-mental level but I met many intelligent folks who pulled out stops for me for no apparent reason.
  3. Never have I had so many last minute rescues. I made a number of bad financial decisions last year and this year and the resulting effect was not pleasant as I said above. But God! But God always had mercy for me, bringing me help at those last minutes. Now, he’s teaching me on how not be caught up like that again, how to have a steady flow.
  4. Never ever have I experienced love like I did this year. Yep, I finally fell in love. Ole Cupid sent an arrow my way when I was not looking and the darned arrow found its mark, spot on.
  5. Never have I had so many moments of laughter and pride. I had so many times when I could actually smile through my tears.
  6. Never have I juggled so many things. Yeah, this is both a good and bad thing. Multipotentialite of life. Awa mama niyen!
  7. Never have I had so much victory over the flesh. In your face, flesh!!! Jesus won the victory for me since forever.
  8. Never have I sacrificed so much for loved ones and passion. It is a privilege to do so and knowing that I could do so even in the midst of what I was going through makes me joyful.
  9. Never have people come through for me like they did this year. Someone even joked that I must be running out of goodwill by now.
  10. Never have I had so many approvals. It seems like the approvals came rushing in right after I had been crushed by the multiple rejections.

So that has been my 2016. I look forward to it ending for two reasons. One is that it has overstayed its welcome biko and the other is that it is going to end on a super note for me. You know that thing about ALL grace abounding towards me? Yep, that is how we are going to send off 2016.

 

Must We Always Pray????

Did I ever tell you guys I once won an award for being the ‘Most Controversial’ person in a team I once worked with? Yep, I did! Me, as quiet and unassuming as I am o, they wanted to spoil my good reputation, lol. Apparently, I am always bucking the norm and discussing things that give rise to controversy.

 

we recognise you for being excellently controversial!

We recognise you for being excellently controversial!

I am about to raise a matter that could rub some people the wrong way and bring controversy. I think it is a needed convo sha so I will raise the matter. Church people, it is us I am coming for. I use the word us because I am a church girl and I have been guilty of the ‘crime’ before.

Here is a story. Amaka and Henry give birth and their house suddenly has a never ending stream of visitors. One guest comes at 7a.m, stays for 15 minutes and before s/he leaves says “let us pray” and goes ahead to fire some hot, spirit-filled prayers. By 7.30a.m, Mr and Mrs Oboh show up, coo at the baby, rejoice with the family and as they are leaving decide to drop some highly sought after words of prayers. Fast forward to 8.30a.m and a group of friends/colleagues come visiting and after 30 minutes of laughs and advice, they decide to take their leave and of course before they do have to shower most needful prayer on the baby and mother. Aunty Nneka bustles in her happy self by 10a.m and she spends 30 minutes interceding for the family and dropping nuggets of wisdom everywhere. Deacon Tope comes by 11a.m and utters grave words of advice and wisdom and fights spiritual battles for the child in prayer before he leaves by 11.45a.m. This ends Cycle 1.

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Stop Praying for Singles to Get Married!!!

Phew! This is one post that has been building up in my head for such a long time. Finally got the time to pen it down as a rant. Yes, this a rant. I have never been to a meeting or been among a group where when they decided it was time to pray for singles, there is more than one prayer point. There is usually just that one prayer point and it is always that they will find the right person and marry well, bla, bla, bla.

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Can y’all not get more creative?

This does not happen only in meetings (by meetings I am referring more to church meetings) but in small, informal gatherings as well. You just let about 3 or more people be gathered to talk and if the conversation somehow slides towards marriage and the next thing will be wishes and prayers for singles to get married. Thank you dear married people (and some single folks too) for your concern, honestly it is appreciated but I wish you would care about other parts of my life too.

Ahan! E no dey do una? Is that the only thing y’all can pray for when you think about or see singles? If I were to count the number of the times someone has prayed for me not to gbe egun elegun, it would be 25 times more than the number of times they have prayed for me to make money or for my non-profit to thrive.

E don do biko!

E don do biko!

Please get your heads out of the sand people, there is more to life than marriage. Do not get me wrong o, in my opinion, marriage is a fantastic somtin and is one of the most important things of life. I want to get married and look forward to doing so but it is not the only thing I have come to do to this world to do. We cannot ‘pleyz’ focus on only one thing *in Falz’s voice* How many marriages have been ruined because one of the couple was having issues career wise and it spilled over into the marriage? How many marriages have been ruined because of money issues? Don’t those other things need prayers too?

Lemme not just rant sha. It may be that you guys honestly know nothing else to pray about when it comes to single people. So I have created a list that I think you will find useful in guiding you in praying for us single folks. We really do need and appreciate your prayers after all.

  1. Fulfilling purpose (Purpose is more than marriage! Marriage for sure affects your purpose, it can make or mar it. But what of those that do not even know what their purpose is at all, y’all cannot pray that they should know what it is?)
  2. Knowing how to handle finances (The knowledge on how to make and use money and how to use it to God’s glory and benefit of humanity is a great thing to pray for someone to have)
  3. Enjoying and making the most of their single days (Too many people plan and long for marriage that they forget to enjoy being single)
  4. Increase in wisdom (No need to explain this)
  5. Direction for career (A number of folks are not enjoying their careers or want a change or something sha and need direction from God on what to do)
  6. Knowing God more (Knowing God more is the most important thing shey you all know? A person who knows God and keeps seeking to know him more will not marry wrong)
  7. Playing their part in nation building (Have you ever prayed that someone will play their part in making Naija better? It is not only Buhari we should pray for.)
  8. Good health (No need to explain this too)
  9. Building healthy relationships (Not romantic relationships obviously. Pray that folks make the right friends, find the right mentors etc.)
  10. Add your own here ………………………………………………………… (just make sure it has nothing to with marriage)

Remember, I am not anti-marriage or against praying that people should get married and marry right at that. I just think there are other things that need your prayers too. Wait, did Jesus ever even pray for anyone to get married????? That just occurred to me but I will not dwell on that. My rant is hereby declared over. Thank you for expanding your minds with my rant.

Lastly, to all you good people out there. This is a personal mini rant. Stop telling me about how I will change (become less waka waka, become more girly, become more kitchen friendly bla, bla) when I get married or get into a relationship. Keep that opinion to yourself please. I know your intentions are good, I just do not appreciate it. Plus you saying things like that makes it look like my life as a single is deficient/sub-standard and will only improve when I get a SO. If it so bothers you, give me something practical that may change the situation, if not, please keep that opinion in your head, no need to share it with me. Lemme live my life!

I am not angry, just not amused

I am not angry, just not amused

My 100 Truths – Version 2

So I originally did this back in November 2014 (whoa, almost 2 years ago), I will do it again without deleting my 2014 answers, my 2016 answers will be next to them in a different colour. Here we go!

  1. Last beverage ~ Habib fura and yoghurt. I don’t know if it counts as a beverage but it is a heavenly something/ Lol, still Habib yoghurt and fura. I have not had anything else in the past two weeks that is a beverage, not had tea, soda etc
  2. Last phone call~ A colleague, had to find out where she placed some documents/ Leke. He’s a friend who owns ‘my second house’, I called him to ensure he left the key to house behind for me so I could waltz in anytime I like. (I hope the guy won’t ban me from coming to his house one day)
  3. Last text message~ Someone I ordered cupcakes from/ Chioma Chuka
  4. Last song you listened to~ Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz./ Good Good Father by Chirs Tomlin
  5. Last time you cried~ I can’t remember but it must have been in church sha. Sometimes worshipping God in song tends to do that to you./ Proper cry: sometime between August 7 and 14, that was one tough week and people were just trying to take the piss out of me. Small cry: that was thanks to one person like that and it was sometime in the 3rd week of August I think. But really, I have cried some this 2016 o.

HAVE YOU EVER:

  1. Dated someone twice ~ Nope/Nope
  2. Been cheated on? ~ Nope/Nope and never will be
  3. Kissed someone & regretted it ? ~ Yes/Of course, still yes
  4. Lost someone special? Yes, my granddad/Still the same
  5. Been depressed? ~ No/Nah, can’t be depressed biko, I have got joy like a river in my soul
  6. Been high? – No/Does being high on the Most High count?

LIST THREE FAVORITE COLORS:

  1. Orange because it is just so bright and happy/Still orange
  2. Purple just because/Still purple
  3. I don’t have a third. Any other colour will do/Been liking me some grey this week sha

THIS YEAR HAVE YOU:

  1. Have you made new friends this year ~ Yes!/Of kes
  2. Fallen out of love ~ Yes/No
  3. Laughed until you cried ~ Yes/No, but I have laughed until I peed a little
  4. Met someone who changed you ~ Yes/No
  5. Found out who your true friends were ~ I’ve known them for a while/Still the same but I have made some more awesome friends too
  6. Found out someone was talking about you ~ Yes/Yes but in a good way, I like to believe someone out there is extolling my ‘virtues’ or broadcasting my ‘exploits’, lol
  7. Kissed anyone on your top friends list ~ Nope/Nope and will forever be no

TRUTH:

  1. How many people on your Twitter do you know in real life ~ About a third of them/Still the same figure
  2. How many kids do you want to have ~ Four. 2 sets of confusingly identical twins/Lol, my desire hasn’t changed on this
  3. Do you have any pets ~ No/No, sadly
  4. Do you want to change your name ~ Absolutely not!/Heaven no!
  5. What did you do for your last birthday ~ Went with a couple of friends to voluntarily donate blood/Love this one! I started AboCoders on this day! (Talking blood donation, need to find a centre here in Minna been over 4 months since I last donated)
  6. What time did you wake up today ~ 4.57am/Alarm woke me by 5.55am but my final wake up was at 7.11am after sleeping by 4.36am
  7. What were you doing at midnight last night ~ Sleeping/Working
  8. Name something you CANNOT wait for ~ Nothing really. I have things I look forward to sha e.g miracles, masters, my first million, marriage/sex etc/Still the same things, I am not happy that my first million is still on this list sha. Never hexperredit. Let’s get this Simi! 
  9. Last time you saw your father ~ Last week in July/Sometime during the third week of July
  10. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life ~ Nothing actually. My life isn’t perfect but I love it/At this moment, my country. Still love Naija though, I am just not all gung ho about her atm.
  11. What are you listening to right now ~ Nothing/Nothing
  12. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom ~ Yes/Of kes, still yes
  13. What’s getting on your nerves right now? ~ It isn’t exactly easy to get on my nerves sha but my boss making me work late today isn’t making me happy either/Some of the parents of potential AboCoders trainees, check the story here.
  14. Most visited webpage ~http://www.google.comand these dayshttp://www.dealdey.com (Yes, I like awoof)/Still Google. Zikoko has bumped DealDey from the list
  15. What’s your real name ~ Simi/Simi
  16. Relationship Status ~ Single/In a relationship
  17. Zodiac sign ~ Libra but it doesn’t mean a thing to me/I believe it is still Libra
  18. Male or female ~ Female I believe/Still female o, one has to be very emphatic about such things these days. I was, am and will always be female
  19. Elementary School ~ St. Clare’s Nur & Pry School, Osogbo/Same na
  20. Middle School ~ Doesn’t apply here in Naija/Same
  21. High school ~ ISI of life!!! For you who are not privileged to know ISI, it is The International School, University of Ibadan/Same
  22. Hair color ~ Mix of black and dark brown/Black atm, hoping to get red in there soon
  23. Long or short ~ Short now. Returned natural a year ago, so I’ve got a beautiful, healthy fro!/Rocking a TWA atm, shaved off all of my hair at the end of March, see the picture below, loved the experienceCHAM8711
  24. Height ~ 5ft 6″/I hope I have not grown shorter o
  25. Do you have a crush on someone ~ Nope/Nope, think I need to find me a new crush
  26. What do you like about yourself ~ Na long list be dis o. I love my faith in my God, my free spirit, my independence, my confidence, my body, my ability to laugh at myself, my intelligence, my forthrightness, my large heart, my ability to view the world and people around me without suspicion, my don’t give a hoot attitude, my awesomeness, my quirks and pet peeves and right now the fact that I am trying to ‘unlearn’ some character traits./Need to add my doggedness and ruggedness to this list
  27. Piercings ~ Just the regular one on each ear which I sometimes wish I never had/Still the same but now I am fantasising of a navel piercing, I already have a nice navel section to begin with *wink*
  28. Tattoos ~ Nope but some day/None still, maybe 2016 will end with me having one
  29. Righty or lefty ~ Righty but I love lefties/Still love lefties, always secretly hoped that bae would be a lefty but alas

FIRSTS :

  1. First surgery ~ Never had one/Does a dental extraction count as one? Jesus, still waiting on you to replace the tooth that was taken out
  2. First piercing ~ Ears/Same of kes
  3. First tattoo ~ None/Sadly none
  4. First best friend ~ Ojebz/Same. She was the first and only friend to defriend me too
  5. First Sport ~ Basketball/Same. I haven’t played in over 2 years though *tears* hopefully I will get to do something about this next week
  6. First pet ~ Never had one/Still no pet, met a cute dog last month though, his name is Corna I think or is it Corner? The dude likes corners
  7. First vacation ~ As far as I am concerned I have never had anything that fits this bill/Still none *I am not crying, there is just a lot of water in my eyes*.mj tears
  8. First concert ~ Can’t remember/Later remembered this one, it was a music concert in ISI
  9. First crush ~ Omo, I have had way too many o. Been having crushes on a steady since I was in Primary 1 or so. How I go take remember na?/I remember the guy but not his name, he was in Primary 6 when I was in Primary 3 and the school library was where our ‘love’ began
  10. First alcohol drink ~ Guinness I think. Took what was left of my dad’s beer one day. Horrible stuff. Don’t know how folks can stand to drink it/Ain’t nothing changed about this.

RIGHT NOW:

  1. Eating ~ Nothing/Nothing, I am super hungry atm
  2. Drinking ~ Nothing/Nothing
  3. I’m about to ~ Head home, hopefully/Delve into work
  4. Listening to ~ Nothing/Nothing
  5. Waiting for ~ Boss to release me from work. Ka sha ma se dada/To finish screening the last set of potential beneficiaries
  6. Thinking about ~ All the work I have to do/Lol, my life has not changed cuz I am still thinking about the tons of work I have to do once I am done with this

YOUR FUTURE

  1. Want to get married ~ Yep! Ain’t no confusion about that/Yes, I waver sometimes though but last, last I want to get married
  2. Want kids ~ Yep! Ain’t no confusion about that too/Yes, the thought is a bit scary but yes

WHICH IS BETTER WITH THE OTHER SEX?

  1. Lips or eyes~ Eyes/Lips. No, eyes. Err, not sure which I prefer atm, think I am tending towards eyes sha
  2. Hugs or kisses ~ Hugs/Hugs
  3. Shorter or taller ~ Taller I think, not necessarily sha/Same
  4. Older or Younger ~ Any in age but in intellect and emotional intelligence, older/Don’t really care, just be smart and hot
  5. Romantic or spontaneous ~ Spontaneous. A spontaneous person tends to be romantic too/Both biko
  6. Nice stomach or nice arms ~ Nice stomach I think/Stomach abeg
  7. Tattoos or piercings ~ Tattoos/Think I am liking both equally now
  8. Sensitive or loud ~ Sensitive/Sensitive
  9. Hook-up or relationship ~ Hook-up for wetin na? My time is too precious/Nah, nah, who hook-up don epp?
  10. Trouble maker or hesitant ~ Certified trouble maker/Trouble maker, think I got this already

HAVE YOU EVER :

  1. Kissed a stranger ~ Nope/Still no and will always be no, except I decide to role play with hubs one day
  2. Drank hard liquor ~ Nope/Mba
  3. Lost glasses/contacts ~ Nope/Mba, don’t wear them
  4. Cried in front on someone ~ I think so/Ah, yes.
  5. Broken someone’s heart ~ I hope not/I think so
  6. Had your own heart broken ~ Never/Nope
  7. Been arrested ~ Never/Rara o. Ta ni mo fe fi jo?
  8. Turned someone down ~ Yes/Before nko?
  9. Cried when someone died ~ Yes/Yes
  10. Liked a friend that is a girl ~ I like all my girl friends #NoHomo/Love you all, girlfriends

DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

  1. Yourself ~ Absolutely/Tots
  2. Miracles ~ Totally. I have a God and I know what He can do/Without a doubt
  3. Love at first sight ~ Nope/Nope
  4. Heaven ~ Sure!/Of course
  5. Santa Clause ~ Of course not/Mba
  6. Kissing on the first date ~ No way/Nope
  7. Angels ~ Yes!/Yes

ANSWER TRUTHFULLY:

  1. Is there one person you want to be with right now ~ Nope/Nope
  2. Had more than one boyfriend/girlfriend at one time ~ Nope/Nope
  3. Do you believe its possible to remain faithful forever ~ Yes/Yes
  4. What’s the one thing you cannot live without ~ Oxygen/I refuse to be addicted to anything o
  5. Posting this as 100 Truths ~ Yes/Yelz ke

 

On Kidnapping Merit

Yay! Finally, a post! I have had like 10 unfinished posts sitting pretty in my drafts since 2014, Abba help me. Been so hard to just sit down and put together a post, maybe I just suck at time management sha. I hail all you everyday bloggers o!

So it is 2.36am and I am lying on my bed with mixed feelings.

  • Hunger. I had just one measly meal yesterday and I cannot wait for daylight to come so I can get some brekkie.
  • Annoyance. Someone who should know better is annoying me and I am just tired biko
  • Hope. I am feeling hopeful about the next couple of weeks, exciting things are set to unfold for me personally and career wise. Abba is at work
  • Disturbance. Had two disturbing experiences yesterday that just make me sad for Nigeria and this is what forms the crux of this post

We were recruiting some more beneficiaries for AboCoders Minna yesterday and we had invited some ladies from Chanchaga local government to be screened. One man dropped off his daughter who is a secondary school graduate and is at least 20 years old. He wanted to go get another of his daughters but we were done with screening for the day so we told him she could only come the next day. The man then took his leave saying he would come pick his daughter up after the screening.

Fast forward some thirty minutes, I check our official phone and see three missed calls on it. I called back and it turns out to be this man who just dropped off his daughter. The conversation went thus:

Man: Madam, na me wey just drop my daughter for your domain

Me: Oh, okay sir.

Man: Abeg, I need a favour from you.

Me: Okay sir, what is it?

Man: I said I need a favour. I want her to enter

Me: Oh I see, like I said we are not screening anyone again today but she can come tomorrow morning and we’ll attend to her

Man: Na me wey just drop my daughter o

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The man was probably wondering what was doing me

Me: Yes sir, I know. You can come with her tomorrow (thinking he meant the other daughter)

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The man just came to stress my brain ni sha

Man: No, wetin I dey say is that I need your favour for the exam, I want her to enter so be lenient with the marking
Me: (Understanding slowly dawning) What?

Man: Ehn, please be lenient with the marking, I want make she get this computer training make she enter

Me: (Too shocked to find words to reply) Oh okay sir, we will mark her script

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I understand you now sire

Man: Thank you. I go dey call you well, well make you no forget

Me: No problem sir

Man: What is your name?

Me: Amara (giving him the name of the team lead who usually mans the phone)

Man: Thank you very much, ehn

Me: Okay. (Cuts the call)

That was the first experience. I was so shocked and so disheartened by that exchange, do we not value excellence and merit anymore? Why do we have to try to cut corners everywhere? I have always known things like this happen but to be directly propositioned this way was a new thing. This is not even school that they have to attend and complete with a good grade. If folks are willing to to do this for something ‘insignificant’ what will happen in weightier situations. This same day, the mother of some of the girls to be screened had sent the names of her two daughters to Amara asking that they be included on the master list. Biko, epp me ask her which master list? I wonder where she got that idea from.

Nigerians, warrido? Where is merit? Where is excellence? Paul Azino said “justice has been kidnapped in my country and no one is willing to pay her ransom”. Alas, same goes for merit, it has been kidnapped in Nigeria and no one wants to pay her ransom.

As for the man and his request, for sure I will be paying no heed to it for a number of reasons:

  1. I am a person of integrity and anything outside that is a no-no for me and that extends to my enterprises
  2. I would be doing myself and AboCoders a disservice by admiitng someone who did not pass the simple screening. The screening has just basic English, Math and IT questions (JSS1 level o), anyone who can not score at least 50% definitely has a problem with English and that would make training such a person super difficult and ultimately useless, except we want to train her on literacy and numeracy first
  3. I do not even know the girl’s name as in I cannot match face to name so even if I wanted to be lenient with the marking I can’t
  4. I refuse to aid someone in achieving the right results but with the wrong method

As for the second experience, it unfolded in a discussion I had with a young man that lives close to the centre. That has to be a post on its own. Talk about counterfeit naira notes, pickpocketing and ‘hustling’, I got to hear firsthand behind the scenes info. I weep for my country.

Thanks for reading my first post blogging celibacy post. Anyone have experiences similar to the above, please share. One day I will come and gist you about those that wanted an allowance, those that wanted to sue us and those that wanted to ‘share in our glory’.

*without wax*

Simi