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FRESH OUT GRAD (IKECHUKWU NWACHUKWU)

It just dawned on me that I have just become a graduate. There are thousands of others in Nigeria who have just  become ' Fresh graduates ' and are moving into the labour market.              
       As we all know, the Nigerian labour market is now over-populated with Graduates but with no jobs and the graduating set of 2014 all over Nigeria would add more to the already overflowing bank of Jobless ones. Jobs would be found through connections and what not. For Those without connections what plans do you have for your future ? We are now living in a modernized era where carrying Files around and blaming the government is no longer permissible. Listed below are some suggestions on how graduates can survive in this 'cold' world.
* INNOVATION :
The incoming graduates face an uphill task of being innovative or risk joining the millions of jobless Nigerians.
Self-employment and innovation go hand in hand. For one to be self-employed he/she has to be innovative. Also one has to have a plan and vision of what he wants to achieve. Self-employment in this time of ours can be achieved through networking,web designing, photography, computer programming,creative works(acting,singing),modeling etc.

*VERSATILITY AND ADAPTABILITY :
Versatility and adaptability are very important features everyone should possess. An example of versatility can be seen in an individual who acts and still models while also into music.

* You have to avoid being yoked by un-enterprising and visionless friends. Many individuals have lost their opportunities at becoming someone of greatness in life after being discouraged by friends. Most of the times your friends make or mar you. Therefore, always try to be surrounded by friends who have visions and plans for the future.

*  One also has to avoid being weighed down by failures. If you fail once, get yourself up and keep trying. If Thomas Edison was weighed down by his failures then we wouldn't have electricity today. If Abraham lincoln had given up after failing severally then he would never have become the president of the United States.

* No human-being is without his/her weak points but the ability to play them to your advantage makes on one better person. Goodluck putting these steps into use.

Written by Nwachukwu Ikechukwu

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SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN

seven minutes in heaven;
seven minutes counting
heart beats by the second.
six minutes in heaven;
all the while tapping feet
on shaky wooden floorboards
in nervous delight.

five minutes in heaven;
five minutes counting
down to reality:
a beastly, slimy one.
four minutes in heaven;
wondering if by chance
or luck or grace,
a glimpse of an angel
 would suffice.

three minutes in heaven,
and lo a ladybird atop
your nose tickles,
dances, wiggles, jiggles,
then away,  flies.
two minutes in heaven,
two minutes or the next,
daydreams finally might come
to be:
visions of sunny skies,
silly side aching laughs_
chocolatey gums,
all on display
for my ever aching eyes.

a minute left in heaven
the last, the longest,
the shortest it seems,
the last before you wake
and stare at
the computer screen
in a crowded
noisy bureau,
someplace.

you sigh.
"of course it was unreal."

Grace Oluchi Okogwu

 meme si mes yeuxs me pique, je vois