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Saturday, 18 November 2017 17:22

POEM - A Job interview

POEM - A Job interview

By Emeka Chiakwelu


It was chilly morning - a baked oasis of pending hope
journey to success never doubted the studious mind
time to step in as bold and courageous
Not when the boiling cup of coffee has been subdued
Nobody is going to wait for the starbucks line to rescind



As I came to the door it was spotty of doubts
do I say good morning first or do I wait to say something first
a minor case for morning but has a way of making fools to be clueless
depart from your sage mentality for wisdom belongs to the superiors
Yes I meant the superior for descending thoughts bears success
befuddle by this cogitating swims of buoyant thoughts



Good morning sir,  oh!  madam ...It is a beautiful day indeed
the public relation exuberance, effervescence without doubt
Yes! Yes.. what is the name again and what can i do for you?
Am I in a wrong place i nearly blurted under a nervous breath?
I held my peace and run the power of listening and control
It was not the physical chemistry rehearsal that bothered me
It was the thoughtful thinking of the miscalculated calculus



She continued with her meandering and crispy voice
"working for us is fun but i must warn you it is difficult"
Was it to intimidate me with such a condescending prouncement
job was not made to be fun but to solve problems with bulging energetic strands 
I took it cold headed or level headed...! just care a lot more
not to be humiliated ....eyes were  protruded and neck was upright



I was born strong...I survived the aftermath of Biafra civil war
And you think working under an aircondition is difficult
You must be out of your dawned mind...it was a thought that i can never voiced out
That’s what they called redecorated image and making impression
Do not say things that will put you in trouble
Your accent is vibrant and uppity... what an observation from a superficial person



Oddity of questions, absconding the rules of the game
why is accent necessary here,,,, will i be answering phones for occupation?
But to solve problems in the ecosystem of the field chemistry
Yes she is being friendly but unnecessary friendliness can be unfriendly
it goes with the job be friendly but never friends
I am not new in this business’ of amity and politeness



Sinuous air streaming from standing metal of the air conditioner is getting chilly
therefore lets hurry up and wrap this up before normality sets in
it was fun and good...we will call
Anticipate or expect our call any way...thanks- oo daalu
Have a nice day and she ran to the perpendicular rest room.


 

Published in Emeka Chiakwelu


lmost every high schooler is familiar with at least one of Chinua Achebe's acclaimed novels. The Nigerian author penned numerous curriculum essentials, including Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and A Man of the People. Today, Google is honoring Achebe's lasting legacy with a Doodle in his image, celebrating him what would have been his 87th birthday.


In Achebe's obituary in March 2013, The New York Times described the author as the person who "helped to revive African literature and rewrite the story of a continent that had long been told by Western voices." He was born in an Ibo village in southeastern Nigeria. Achebe's first novel, Things Fall Apart, catapulted him to fame during his late 20s. The book, the first in a trilogy, recounts an Ibo leader's struggles to maintain his people's culture during British colonial rule in the 1800s.



The book's themes, in particular its sharp look at the impact of colonialism, remained prominent throughout Achebe's work. In an interview with The Paris Review in 1994, Achebe explained how reading other nations' depictions of his own, ones that described them as "savages", inspired him to take action and become a voice for his people:


"That was the way I was introduced to the danger of not having your own stories. There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. That did not come to me until much later. Once I realized that, I had to be a writer. I had to be that historian."


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Today's colorful Doodle, in which the Google letters are spelled out using an image of Achebe and illustrations of his work, honors his role as a historian. Head here to take a look at some of the other drafts of the Doodle. Then, celebrate Achebe's legacy yourself by reading or re-reading one of his novels.

 

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Ebonyi State traditional council of rulers have conferred Igbo titles on President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to Ebonyi State. President Buhari was named:  ‘Enyioma 1 of Ebonyi and Ochioha Ndi Igbo 1’ .


"Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are Inseparable."
-  President Buhari

Buhari-and-Chiefs

 

Buhari-shaking-chiefs

 

 

The Nigerian American music icon, Jidenna  releases his newest EP 'Boomerang' .   The new hip-pop, reggae and afro-beat vibe  features  Nigeria's Tiwa Savage and  Burna Boy .

 

Other guest appearances  in the six-track project includes  Quavo, Savage, Maleek Berry, Sarkodie,  Wale and Dot Cromwell. The EP will also include a remix to the rapper's hit song, "Little Bit More," which will also features Burna Boy.

 


Image result for jidenna Tiwa SavageJidenna and Tiwa Savage



Recently, Jidenna was in Nigeria for Heinken Beer promotion and he performed in Lagos stage with Tiwa Savage.  With the inclusion of Tiwa Savage and  Burma Boy in his latest EP, it shows that Nigerian hip-pop vibe is finding greater acceptance in America and beyond the shores of West Africa.


Speaking once about  Burna Boy, Jidenna said : "One guy I think is underrated is Burna Boy. I’d just like to see him crossover into the US and into the world.  I just think his character is funny. He’s a funny man. I really like his style and his sound is different. He has a flavour that I like.”

For the music that influenced his  vibe,  Jidenna equipped, “I grew up listening to people like Celestine Ukwu, Cardinal Rex Lawson, and Sunny Ade. These were the people that influenced me the most when I was a child.”



Jidenna's Boomerang EP Tracklist
1. "Decibels"
2. "Boomerang"
3. "Spy Candy" Feat. Tiwa Savage
4. "Bambi Too" Feat. Maleek Berry, Quavo and Sarkodie
5. "Little Bit More (Remix)" Feat. Burna Boy
6. "Out of Body" Feat. Wale and Dot Cromwell


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari presented on Tuesday a 2018 budget of 8.612 trillion naira ($28.16 billion) to lawmakers.  The budget announcement is biggest ever, which is to aid the recovering and battered recession economy.



"The budget forecast a deficit of 2.005 trillion naira ($6.56 billion), down from last year's 2.36 trillion naira, in a country that just clambered out of its first recession for 25 years in the second quarter of 2017, but still grew slowly. Each of President Muhammadu Buhari's budgets has set a record high level of spending, but economists say implementation, particularly on capital expenditure that is meant to drive infrastructure development, has been lacking," as reuters intelligently appended.



The 2018 budget was based on the price of oil at $45 and exchange rate at N305 per dollar.  These two anticpations on exchange rate and oil price are not realistic. Nigeria is probably energized by slow creeping oil price and hinges on the hope that no matter how bad it becomes that oil price will not nosedive to less than  $40.  This is hoping against hope and it is detrimental to economic policy formulation and implementation.




This is where the problem comes in and high bloated hope is crashed when disappointment rains down. Nigeria has a problem of budgets  implementation  because her forecast on oil price always turns to nightmare. And when it comes to naira exchange rate to a dollar, she is also off the mark. 
Nigeria exerted little or no leverage on the stability of naira and its exchange rate. She has in the past handed over her monetary policy to IMF. Therefore how can you predict with power and alacrity that those indices you are propounding are sustainable. Nigeria does not decide her exchange without the influence of IMF and state of the dominant US dollar must be reconciled.




Image result for oil price 2018 forecast



It is high time we stop kidding our self, the outside world decide the fate of our currency due to Nigeria's inability to take control of her economic and financial future. 




The price of oil will not be hovering in forties by the 2018.  It is good to feel good with the price of oil at $62 due to the crackdown in Saudi Arabia. 
"Early trading Sunday evening was strong, while the Brent price on Monday rose above $62 as WTI edged above $55. That marks a two-year high, with prices returning to levels not seen since July 2015, marking a 40% increase from the lows experienced last June. Another factor influencing events is the anticipated sale of Saudi Aramco, the state oil company and quite possibly the world’s most valuable company. MBS has championed the move to put part of Aramco up for sale, using the proceeds to fund a massive economic development project known as Vision 2030. He has argued that with “lower for longer” prices in the global oil market and an uncertain future, the Saudi economy must be diversified away from reliance on oil and natural gas production." But when it is resolved oil price will stop its surging mechanism.




The future of oil price is the normal low.  For the long term forecasting: "Many now talk about crude oil heading to $10 a barrel. Such ideas stem from projections of technological changes favoring other sources of energy for economic or environmental reasons, in particular the evolution of Electric Vehicles (EV). It's no secret that the biggest source of demand for crude oil is its use as a transportation fuel. EVs will impact the demand for crude oil in the coming years. The below discussion provides an approach to estimating the price of crude oil in the long term," as Vineet Dhandhania predicted.




Therefore Nigeria's budget for 2018 looks exciting and appetizing but it is not realistic. Nigerian policy makers and experts should review the budget and come up with numbers that are realistic and therefore makes the budget implementable.



Image result for emeka chiakweluEmeka Chiakwelu is the Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning, including Oxford University and  Harvard Education. www.afripol.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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