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Jemima Abu

Global pandemic and year-long lockdown aside, I had a pretty great year so let’s get into it.

January

The start of the year was a very in-limbo space for me. I had accepted a relocation job offer the previous year and I was waiting for my visa to be processed. Problem was, I’d sent in my application since November and, by January, it still hadn’t reached the embassy. So yeah, things weren’t looking great. Around that time, I had another amazing company reach out to me and offer a very lucrative offer. Problem was, they wanted me to work out of…


I wasn’t quite sure whether I should write a 2019 year in review or not because I was all “… who cares?”. But I mentioned it to someone and they agreed with me that no one would care. Then I was like “Er, rude. Everybody cares about me, dafuq.” So here we go.

Work

At the start of this year, I was working as a remote front end developer with a company in the UK but then I had to resume school so I had to part ways with my cushy job which was tres tragique.


Whoo, 2018 was a year.
Honestly, my best year to date.

This year, I was religious(-ish) as an experiment. My past self does a much better job of explaining so I’ll let her tell it.

At the beginning of this year, I wrote an email to my future self, basically predicting how I wanted this year to go and here it is:

The following is an email from the past, composed on January 01, 2018. It is being delivered from the past through FutureMe.org

Dear FutureMe, The purpose of writing this is actually to serve as a blog post for…


I’d like to preface this article by saying I’m not exactly the most qualified person for a programming job.
No, this isn’t impostor syndrome speaking; I recognize and acknowledge my skills. I just don’t know as many languages as other people.
And that’s perfectly fine. Programming isn’t about how many languages you know or how great you are. It’s about how good you are at solving actual problems and how willing you are to learn, in all my employment cases at least.

That being said, I’d like to tell you the story of how I got the kind of job…


Most Nigerians feel it is near impossible to get an interview at a company without knowing someone in the company or having some sort of connection.
Well, I’m here to say they’re wrong.

Of course, an interview doesn’t guarantee you a job but let’s see what we can do about getting your foot in the door, for starters. The rest is up to you.

Personally, I feel the best way to get an interview is to be proactive. Sure, you could wait for the company to put out a listing and then join the masses or you could just show…


It’s no secret that becoming a developer in Nigeria is not beans. There are a bunch of articles along the lines of “How To Be A Developer” and a lot of them are quite helpful. But then, most times, they don’t have to deal with the actual problem that Nigerians face: this country is hard.

No really, for those who’ve made it, big ups and mad props to you guys. It’s definitely not easy.

Also, I feel the title may be a bit misleading so allow me to clarify: I’m not going to tell you all the steps you need…


In this article, we’re going to cover the ideal standard for creating a CV that can be used to apply for jobs both locally and in an international market. We’ll also look at five free sample templates you can use to structure your CV as well as websites where you can get professional feedback on your CV.

In Nigeria, there’s no specific format for writing a CV but when you’re sending your CV to foreign companies, you want to ensure you’re meeting their standards.

Here’s what we’ll be discussing in this article:

  1. What is a CV? — what’s the difference…

Jemima Abu

Self-taught developer, school-taught engineer, sometimes writer

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