Tagged: Chydee

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I actually thought I was poor

When I was about 13, I lived with my aunt and her family. Her house was closer to my school then, so it was convenient. However, on occasional Fridays, I’d go to my own home. My aunt was kind, her house was big – first time I ever had my own room – but nothing gave me more joy...

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4 lessons I learnt from almost killing two children

My name is Chidi Okereke, and about 9 years ago, I almost killed two kids; siblings. One was 4 and the other was 7. It was in 2009, and I was a 2nd year student of the University of Port Harcourt. I had gone to my uncle’s house to spend the weekend, as was customary and before I returned...

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#36DaysInRussia – The World Cup Travel Series: Dubai

(5am local time, 1am Nigerian time) If you’re like me, and you want to make the most of long trips – money and experience-wise, book a flight with a layover that is long enough for you to go into the connecting city, but short enough for you to exit before your money finishes. That is what I did. My...

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One Tweet – The Power of a Single Story

Eighty three.  That is the number of emails I sent when I was looking for a job. 83 Emails containing my CV, and asking employers and HR people to help my situation. I cannot count the number of jobs I applied for via Jobberman, Naijahotjobs, and other platforms either. But guess what, only 3 replied. One was to send...

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Open Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari

  Dear President Muhammadu Buhari, What have we done to you? When I say ‘we’ I mean Igbo people, those ones from the South Eastern part of Nigeria – that place you have deliberately refused to visit since you became president in 2015. What have we done to you? Before you assume I am one of those wailers who...

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How did I not die in 2016?

How did I not die in 2016? Pretty sure that some smart-ass somewhere will say, “it’s not too late to die in 2016”. You are mad, and I’m here to tell you. Now that we know I’m not alright, let’s do this. *** Have you ever met someone who made you want to be better? You suddenly feel like...

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Open Letter To Gov. Ambode – On The Ban of Hawkers

Dear Governor Ambode, My name is Chidi Okereke. It appears I am writing you this letter, knowing fully well that there’s only a very slim chance it will get to you. But I will write anyway, because, even though I campaigned vigorously for Jimi Agbaje in the 2015 elections, you won me over when you got to work changing...

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I am Sorry, Queens College Girls

I am sorry. I am listening to that Justin Bieber ‘Sorry’ song as I write this, but that is not the reason I am sorry. I am sorry for a whole lot of things, and I implore the reader to please accept my apologies. I am sorry I’m a Nigerian born to unrich people. I mean, if my parents...

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Twitter Analytics – My Social Media Week Masterclass Presentation

On Thursday, at the just concluded Lagos Social Media Week, I was privileged to give a Masterclass lecture on “Understanding Analytics with Twitter”. I’d never been to a Masterclass before, not even as a student, so I felt a little nervous. I mean, what if I messed up the presentation? What if I started stammering? What if someone I owed...

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For Editi Effiong – Because #EditiInspires

Remember when Facebook was the ultimate Social Media platform? Some time in 2009… ehn? Yes, that was when I first saw the name Editi Effiong. He was my cousin Kelechi’s good friend; Facebook suggested him and I added. We became Facebook friends, but never had any form of communication after that. Fastforward 5 years, I was a Corper in...