In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021. A spoken word collaboration written by Ammishaddai Ofori and Kelechi Udoagwu.

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Her Perspective…

Nobody wants to walk around feeling like her own shadow might attack her,

Or that her only value is how she makes another feel better.

More wanted or desired,

More empowered,

like a retired old man’s libido.

Ego stroked from pretentious praise

Even her wits must compliment someone else.

She is either a daughter or protégé

Girlfriend or side chick

Wife or mother of his kids

The mistress rewarded for her beauty

The woman behind the projected icon of a success story

that any man would be lucky to bang

so the rest can go — “Dang!


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Dear Body,

You are so good to me. I want to… I need to thank you for giving selflessly and continually, even when I don’t deserve it, even when I’ve wronged you with no apologies.

You are perfect. You are strong.

You never fall sick, and you never complain. Just like the sea, you take no days off, holding me down regardless of what’s thrown at or inside you.

Through years of abuse and misuse, you’ve found ways to rejuvenate and uplift, speaking kindly to our soul, reminding us that though your loyalty is infinite, your power isn’t.

I love…


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Before you begin, we know this is a long read, you can download this report for free for offline reading.

Overview

  • What is the global average earning of paid online writers?
  • What industries hire writers the most?
  • What are clients currently looking and hiring for?
  • How did COVID-19 affect the industry?
  • What does the future hold for freelance-writers?

If you’ve asked these questions, you’re not alone. We had same and have been digging for answers. We analyzed writing salaries and job postings on Glassdoor, Payscale, and LinkedIn to understand the freelance-writing market in 2020.

We also curated the most requested hard…


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For many young Nigerians, freelancing is the difference between having a stable financial life and chaotic financial instability.

With rising unemployment due to economic failures and political instability, freelancing has become a primary stream of income for many, not out of choice but necessity.

When you look at the global market size for the gig-talent-freelance economy, you find that 35.4% of freelancers in the world are located in Europe, 28% in Asia, and 21.2% in Latin America.

Africa has 10.1% of freelancers, higher than only North America, which stands at 4.1% and the Middle East at 1%. These stats are…


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Before you begin, we know this is a long read, you can download for free on the website for offline reading.

It contains answers to FAQs about freelance and independent work, especially if you’re currently in an African country, like me.

Introduction

From the definition to getting paid, and every process in between. This article contains all you need to know about freelancing and working independently online.

Writers, designers, content creators, course creators, digital marketers, communicators, and creative professionals can all get answers.

Have a question not answered below? You can record it here.

The advice in this article can be…


Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” — Henry Ward Beecher

This was the final push I needed to do the right [difficult] thing: to bring this incident with Kendall Ananyi, CEO and 50% of the board of Tizeti, to a transparent and somewhat fruitful end.

Ten days ago, Tizeti published this blog post announcing the conclusions and recommendations (?) of an “independent special investigation committee” which doesn’t exist and never existed. My lawyers and I were not informed of the independent special investigation committee throughout the proceedings of this fiasco.

There…


A day in the life.

Writer’s note: I published this story last year on my website.

Republishing here now because it may be a good read for professionals looking to develop themselves and supplement their income as we go through this crazy health crisis.

In 2017, I moved on from my job as a Head of Communications at a nonprofit, and decided to take the bold path of freelancing, consulting or working remotely for as long as I possibly could… for the rest of my life.

It’s 2019 and I’m still here. I’ve learned some lessons along the way, and had the craziest experiences —…


Credit.

Starting over is both nerve-racking and exhilarating but I may be addicted to it, to the pain of it, because I know that one way or the other, stay or leave, pain is to come. Hi Mark Manson.

The knowledge of the impermanence of life is so deeply entrenched in me that I never forget it, and I never feel at home here on earth. I know that every job is temporary, most friendships and socialisations temporary and fickle in that they come second to the next best opportunity e.g. your best friend may not die but move to California…


I was in a hotel in Ashford one afternoon this January when the fire alarm went off. It was jarring, and I jumped out of bed, but then sat back down and looked around me. Everything was normal but the sound.

I wondered if it was something I could turn off, even though I’d been lying down when it went off, meaning I most definitely did not cause it. I ran to the window and opened it; it was a perfect day outside, no flames.

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I sniffed the air, opened the bathroom door, and finally the room door to see…


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Added to the normal everyday Lagos and Nigeria problems, the country’s youths who are savvy, willing and with access to the Internet still face other challenges to freelance success.

As the world moves towards a freelance-first economy (usually called the gig or talent economy), learning new skills, being globally connected and contributing high-quality, consistent value in your field are important criteria for long-term success.

But how can our willing educated Nigerian youths contribute their skills to the global gig economy when they are sabotaged daily by the environment that surrounds them?

Basic human needs and resources which should be provided…

Kelechi Udoagwu

Energy.

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