So I have stayed away from the writing community for a long time, all because I decided to get caught up in the vicissitudes of life embodied in the standard working hours popularly called “The 9 – 5”. In my case I was doing 4 – 11. Whew. I can’t even remember the last time I read a book. O yeah, I do! 4 months ago. And as at last year before I got a job in corporate Nigeria I read a book a week, on the average.
This was becoming too much for me to handle, so I decided to resign my job and become self-employed. I am now self-employed. My work is a lot more demanding, but I have time – surprisingly – to read and at the point of this writing, write again.
Working in Corporate Nigeria, like the corporate world any other country, can be hectic and demanding. But the one that characterises corporate Nigeria, and makes it take the shape of indentured servitude, that the benefits and remuneration for work done.
I earned 3,617 dollars per annum after taxes; I had no health insurance, not even the basic one – like treatment against malaria, in which the average Nigerian get 2 times every year according to the director general, national institute for pharmaceuticals research and development (NIPRD); I had not transport or feeding allowance.
Some may be wondering why I am making a fuss about, because for a fact I am better off that very many people. Counterparts in the same industry I worked in, at the level I was in, doing the same job I did and with the same level of education I have, from other parts pf the world, earn 85,000 per annum after taxes. So you see my frustrations – please do not even bother about an allowance of the wardrobe kind.
Everyone who works in Lagos can understand that 9 – 5, is not 9 – 5. You would have t0 be up at 4 or 4:30 am, to leave your house at 5am, so you can get to work at 8:50am. To begin work at 9am. After the work day is over, you get back home at 10pm, after leaving the office at 5:30pm. So technically you are doing 5 -10. This is the life of the average individual who works in Corporate Lagos.
But After I decided to start my own company, I find myself no longer subject to the horrific traffic movements of Lagos anymore. I wake up when I like, and go to the office when I like. And, like I said earlier on I even work harder than my previous job working for the man, and I definitely earn many times more.
The decision to resign was a very difficult one, and all my mentors and friends where against it, after I had done it. I remember telling them when I was thinking about doing it, but they all thought I was joking, so they ignored me. But when I eventually did it, the censure began.
Someone once asked me, if I would have resigned were I to be earning a 100,000 dollars. And I was like, Nope! Never.
I resigned for the following reasons: I am a performance freak, I hate doing things sub-optimally, but I could not be productive at work as I wanted to be, because of my lack of sleep; I attended one of the best schools in the country, paying top dollar in tuitions, I wasn’t going to earn something that meagre and console myself with “it’s only a start”; and I hate authoritarian settings, that’s why I did not become a soldier or a medical doctor, even though I wanted to be a Naval doctor, I even started military school, but after a year I knew this was not for me.
What surprised everyone was the fact that I did not know what wanted to do after I resigned. I just went to a lawyer friend of mine and told her to help me register a company. And that was it!
Sometimes, setting up plans and goals before making certain decisions might be an impediment. There are certain things that need to be looked at when getting into certain, but this is not always the case. Looking from multiple perspectives is always very important
But what do I know? Would like to hear from everyone else.
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