Friday, September 29, 2006

It's Friday!

I loooove Fridays!!!, I "work" from home on Fridays so I get to spend the day with my baby :). So what's happening folks? nothing's going on with me except that we're moving out this weekend, I don't believe we will soon be in October!! it's crazy how time flies. Everything is going to the container this weekend and we're going to live out of our suitcases for the next 2 weeks (not really looking forward to that part).

This time next month I am going to be in Nigeria, I have not gone back since summer 1999, so understandably I am very excited. So far everything's gone according to plan, my only apprehension now is the bloody internet access in Nigeria. I have heard conflicting reports on the fastest speeds available at an ok price.

Biko, can someobooorrry tell me? this is the source of my bread and butter oh! Is it possible to get up to 1Mbps in Lagos? if so how much? (I am bracing myself, someone told me it can cost up to a $1000 a month)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Nigerian Graduates

It looks like every one of my friends I talk to in Nigeria is moaning and complaining about money or the lack of it rather. I am quite a resourceful person and I find it difficult to believe that there's not much a graduate can do to earn money. I know the job market is dreadful and the pay is nothing to write home about, but all the same there are people surviving one way or the other.

I spoke to my good friend yesterday and our conversation is always the same, she's not happy with her job (job function and salary). So me actually knowing what bills are now, told her that since she doesn't have any major financial responsibility (other than doing her hair and looking sharp) she should quit and find a job in the industry that she wants to work (which happens to be Television). I told her she should approach the companies she's interested in and tell them she'll work for free or whatever she needs to do (within limits of course) to get the relevant job experience. She was like " oh!, how will I survive?, I know I live in my father's house but that's about it, who will put fuel in my car?, how will I do my hair?...." and the list went on and on.

My feeling is that in the grand scheme of this thing that they call "your future" those things are very irrelevant...abi am I tripping? Each time I try to encourage her she just says "Don't worry shebi you're coming home? you'll see what I mean".

So really... what are the options for Nigerian graduates in Nigeria? I really think that the period you don't have major financial responsibilities, a family of your own, rent to pay...etc is really the time to experiment and find that thing that you love to do...Am I being unrealistic? For those of you who moved home from abroad did your feelings towards this change when you got home?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Post-partum workout

So that whole thing about pilates and working 4 miles every day is officially over, I don't remember the last time I worked out - instead I just suck my stomach in, it's a lot easier. My company even paid for gym membership for all of us, but it's not going to happen. When I get to Nigeria (I'm moving next month) I'll start seriously again....I think...