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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

SURVIVAL JOBS.

My father told me a story when I was about 10 years old of a son who asked his dad what type of job he does and where he worked because he always saw him looking spiffy in a suit. So, one fine morning, on a school holiday, his dad took him along. They walked into a beautiful edifice with everyone looking good, dressed in suits, he felt so proud of his dad. His father told him to wait in the hall way as he opened a small closet, pulled off his suit, wore an overall and boots! He was still wondering why his dad was changing his outfit, when his dad beckoned to him to follow. They entered an elevator that took them down, instead of up! They got out in a dark passage that had a foul smell! His father opened another closet and brought out long brooms and brushes, it was then he realized he was in the sewer and his father sweeps the city's shit!  


The father saw the disbelieve on his face! He was expecting it, and grinned widely! SON! He called out, this is what I do for a living! 'Why do you put on suit , when you are a cleaner, dad?' He asked. 'It is because I do a JOB like everyone else and get PAID for it! And how I want to present my job, depends on me. 'Do the food on the table stink of shit? Or the clothes on our back stinks? Or the pocket money I give you smell? Or the roof over our heads stinks?' 'No', his son replied quietly, still in shock. 'So, son, a JOB is a JOB, as long as you get paid and can foot your bills! 
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4 months ago, I spoke with a former neighbour of mine back home who came to Yankee. When he told me the job he was doing, I asked, 'oga, so you fit do this type of job?' It was because I was very impressed! 'Why not, my sistah?' Na who never see life go dey do yanga, na who no know what it means to work for every kobo dey spend, will refuse a job. As long as you get paid, do it, money is money!' We laughed. This is a man that built a company from scratch and is an employer of labour! He left his company for his wife and children to be running while he came here to prepare for their relocation.


All jobs have professional names, to new immigrants seeking for a job, it is advisable to google out what the job entails before applying and accepting. Some diasporas are surprised when they get there and find it is the same menial jobs that are in Nigeria but well packaged. This is because there is dignity in labour! As long as you pay your tax and bills, what is the biggie? It is we NIGERIANS that start to discriminate or look down or castigate each other! That is why SOME DIASPORAS WILL NOT TELL YOU THEIR JOBS UNLESS THE POPULAR ONES!

A Nigerian guy was overheard telling his mother that he was working in an oil company. True, but as a fuel attendant as we say back home. Why? Because he does not want to be abused later, as I do see in comments and heard as I grew up ... na dead body dem dey bath ... na plate dem they wash ... na shit dem dey pack ... na gutter dem dey clear ... na road dem dey sweep .... na nanny dem dey do! Yet! These set of people will still open their hands to collect dollars oo ... 

I like the way Americans think, they are not ashamed to tell anyone what job they do. The mechanic that repairs our cars, is so good at his job that there is a high demand for him and he will come to your house or anywhere you want, to fix it, and he is affordable. A young huge good looking guy, who takes pride in his job! In Nigeria, mechanics are looked down upon! He is just a common mechanic o, if he makes the mistake of offending anyone!

Survival job just as the words says, means, to survive on a job, it ought to be temporary ... but bills don't wait for anyone, as you improve yourself  educationally and  gathering the American work experience, one will be trying to break into his/her field of study. Some succeed, and some don't! Again, it is no issue! As long as you can meet your needs and not go cap in hands to peoples' homes, you are good! And like I have always said, prudence is the key. Some earn so much, but after their tax and bills, they will have the same cash in their bank account as one earning much less.

Have a nice day everyone.

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