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Jan 15, 2019 23:22:31

Letter to my younger self - Nigeria

by @seunoyebode PATRON | 389 words | 🐣 | 321💌

Seun Oyebode

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Sup 'Seun,

How are you doing? Before I start I wanna let you know that in 2019, you'd still love Garri.* Especially with milk, groundnut and dangerously chilled water.


Lets get to business.

As you grow up in Nigeria. Be smart.

You're a Lagos boy, be sharp.

Always mind your business. Never join the crowd to watch a public scene, you'd lose you wallet if you do. 

Never take it personal for being born in Nigeria, be grateful.

Don't jump out of a moving Danfo** , you'll have a scar that will still be there in 2019. I know a lot of people do it. But don't. I hope you listen.

Most of the things you're shy of don't matter. Yeah, that's true, i'm your older self.

During those fours years of writing JAMB (University Admissions examination). Go very hard of web development. You're currently not taking as serious as you should. Go hard on JavaScript. It's the future, i know you can't see it, neither does it look like it. But Web Development will be big when you're out of the University. Imagine you happen on 2019 and you remember how hard you went in on JavaScript in 2009. Seun, be guided.

You'd have many Strike Actions by University Lecturers in your university days. One of such will be six months. Don't be afraid of seeking out internship opportunities. 

Damn it Seun, don't be afraid.

A word is enough for the wise.

Naija*** is a funny country but good people abound in the land, share in the positivity. Make friends, don't be concerned about being snubbed. Damn fear. Learn to network and keep it. The guys you traded FIFA Games with in the early 2000s, reach out to them Seun. Stay in touch. Enough said.

I know you love reading Punch Newspapers. But don't be caught arguing about the Government. It's a waste of time. Use your energy for better things.

Be inspired. Stay driven.

In a couple of years you'd loan out the family copy of C. S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia. You'd learn this lesson the hard way.

Never borrow someone what's not yours.

To be continued...

*Garri is a staple food in Nigeria made from Cassava.
**Danfo is the name called commercial buses in Lagos. They are painted in yellow.
***Naija is... well another word for Nigeria.

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    @seunoyebode - Ahh nice. And honest. Very well written.
    It's going to be hard to match this.

    Keep writing.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jan 15, 2019 21:59:32
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      Thank you @keni , Thank you

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jan 16, 2019 06:57:04
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    "Always mind your business. Never join the crowd to watch a public scene, you'd lose you wallet if you do. "

    Love this line. Because although it's literal in your case, it also has such implicit, philosophical tones, kind of like a proverb.

    Btw, what kind of web projects have you been working on?

    Abe avatar Abe | Jan 15, 2019 23:32:22
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      Thanks @abrahamKim , I'm currently building an Email Verification App (9-5).

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jan 15, 2019 23:37:13
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      Nice. Do you have any hobby projects?

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 15, 2019 23:41:02
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      @abrahamKim Side projects? Yeah. I really need to create time for them though.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jan 16, 2019 06:54:45
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