Tag: Chydee

  • I actually thought I was poor

    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 […]

  • 4 lessons I learnt from almost killing two children

    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 […]

  • #36DaysInRussia – The World Cup Travel Series: Dubai

    #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 […]

  • One Tweet – The Power of a Single Story

    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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Don’t Die For Them

    25/03/2015 “Don’t die for them. Yes, don’t die for them. You are not Jesus”. Jide woke up with a start. It was his late uncle again. Always coming into his dreams to give him advice. His late uncle who was the father he never had, and treated him like the son he never had. “Don’t […]

  • Last Christmas – With my Inlaws

    Jennifer and I had been dating for 2 years, and last Christmas her family asked me to come spend the holidays at their country home with them. Of course I was both excited and scared. I was going to be in the same house with my ‘in-laws’ …my father in-law especially. He was a Brigadier […]