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Thursday, March 15, 2018

I speak of a Wakanda; in Nigeria

March 15, 2018
I have seen places, big towns in visible locations, small villages in these towns. I have seen cities hidden in plain sight, civilization buried in villages. But until now, I have never seen a well hidden eldorado in a place forgotten by time.

In company of friends, we journeyed to the edge of the Kwara State Universe, in search of a place called Patigi. Time has a way of revealing the universe to us in bits. Entering Patigi into the night's death, after six hours of dust, mud, and invisible passageways, we arrived to nature's revelation. I, a lover of nature promptly looked at the bright sky to see what story the night held, and it was a fiesta. A festival of colours. It was fireworks at New year's crossover. Galileo's telescope had seen it. I had never seen stars that bright and so near. When they speak of milky way, you do not say you've seen it until you've seen stars this colourful, bright, and close, or better.



Patigi wakes up together and goes to sleep together. And when Patigi woke up the next morning, it saw curious minds walking it's dusty, barely tarred, roads. First to eat, before a full exploration. Patigi is known for Fishing, and other aquatic related activities. But it does not surprise too much that some goods were fairly overpriced. Grocery, beverages, and basically everything they do not produce in large quantities, or are unable to produce at all. After boarding #1, 400 vehicle from Ilorin, Kwara State's (overrated) capital, those goods deserve to be expensive.

Patigi is a place of many tongues. Nupe, Yoruba, bits of Hausa and bits of Fulani, and of course, English (broken and diluted).But the many tongues do not separate the people. Kwara is a State of Harmony, no doubts, and Patigi is a practical demonstration. This is why a total stranger, a motorcyclist at that, would be willing to assist with further negotiations when we got to the (not so) renowned Patigi (beach/) River.


River Patigi is a confluence of people, of water, and of the world. The river is wide, deep, and overall massive. Ferries, canoes, boats, speedboats, name it, you'll have it if you can pay for it. The river Patigi confluence brings traders, travellers, and tourists to a river that separates Kwara State from Niger State. It takes less than twenty minutes to make the crossing from the banks of Kwara to the borders of Niger. That is not all, this massive work of nature, this river, connects with River Kaduna, River Niger and even links with the River Benue at Lokoja.




You'll see boys as young as 8, manning the transportation mechanisms in skilled manners. Grown-ups watching the next set of Patigi Men move people to and fro. The transportation is not limited to people. Vehicles move from Kwara to Niger in less than twenty minutes too, with the help of well built ferries, while tourists are taken through a well paid tour of the water.




Boat driving doesn't come with manual (at least in this part of the world). It comes with focus, concentration, and skill accumulated over time. I was privileged to drive one of them, and the instructions drove me nuts, even more than I was driving the boat. "Gradually gradually, don't look back (at the engine/steering), press... power... (sic)"
were the words our volunteer guide, whom we were handed over to by the young Kaduna State born Muhammed, who was the overseer of all activities at the bank. This is the skill which an eight year old learns and feeds on, develops for over five decades, until perhaps his death. Does Nigeria have skilled representation at Olympic events like rowing (which these people do well too), and boat driving? Maybe this is not the name they are called. These are a people with raw talent and passion, left in the comfort of their confines. Like Wakanda, water is the vibranium of the Patigi people which they use for virtually everything.



Sadly, unlike Wakanda, they do not have the might to develop that which they have. Unlike Wakanda, they do not have unlimited electricity supply to keep cold, the things they import from Ilorin, or to preserve forever, the fishes they have in bountiful harvests. And unlike Wakanda, they have not chosen to isolate themselves from the world, the government has only chosen to be isolated from this world.

Perhaps someday, the government (of Kwara and Nigeria) would consider tourism, preservation of beauty handed over by nature, preservation of talent, a part of its national identity. Perhaps someday the proposed Ahman Patigi University will be completed, along with the abandoned road of Ilorin to Patigi. Perhaps, just perhaps, the APC secretariat in Patigi would not function only during times of election.
And perhaps, we will have this Wakanda developed to be a world envy. As every other nature gifted artefacts scattered in hidden places across Nigeria (and Africa by extension.)

I speak of an illumination. I speak of a continent built on people and resources. I speak of a rebirth. I speak of a real Wakanda in the dark continent. Maybe not today, maybe not ever. And just maybe, someday.



Thursday, January 04, 2018

ESIE SOAPSTONE COLLECTIONS; A TRADITION PROTECTED BY CIVILIZATION.

January 04, 2018


Imagine this scenario. You’re a hunter of experienced years. One day while hunting in a place you’re quite familiar with, you see about 1,500 buried white heads under a palm tree. What do you do?
  • Stand and start chanting incantation?
  • Run and call for help?

Cross section of the collection
I am positive you’d do what I’ll do. Drop my guns and run till I see real people who aren’t buried underground. That was what Baragbon did in 1775 when he encountered a mass grave of buried humanoid stones while hunting in a bush he has raided for years. Baragbon didn’t run home, he ran to the King’s palace to inform him. His Royal majesty in all reverence moved to the site Baragbon described and as soon as they reach there, the King ran back to the Palace. The King ran from the site, but could not get the sight out of his head. He called his Ifa diviners to come and explain what terrible thing it was that afflicted his land. Up and down, to and fro, incantations, divinations, and the diviners finally come up with an explanation.

Some of the collection
They were the bodies of a migrant people who met their end from disrespecting supernatural directives. They were seeking for a place to settle; having angered the gods in their former place. Their King was not supposed to farm as it was disrespect to the crown, but this King did, and angered the gods. He left home with his people in search of a new place, but was met by the wrath of the gods. And poof, they became soapstone figures.

The diviners of Esie, the host location, after making sacrifices, directed that all the soapstone figures be exhumed. The King, however, was to never see the figures. It became a custom for subsequent Kings. The figures were exhumed, about 1,500 of them – with some breaking – and left under the palm tree where they were exhumed from. An Ayanrun was selected to be the custodian of the figures, and this birthed an annual sacrifice and homage paying to the most decorated of the figures – presumed to be their kings.

This story has been rebutted by scientists. How does a god turn its worshippers to stones? How does a god keep all the worshippers in a sitting or kneeling position before turning them to stones. Custodians of oral traditions have countered that the facial expression of the stones are different, some relaxed, some perplexed, some excited. And of course, there were a few of them playing musical instruments. The orthodoxies also contend that no two figures look exactly the same. Archaeologists concluded that the images were carved. Traditionalists say if the over 1,500 were carved, who carved them? For what purpose were they carved?

In 1945, after 170 years of exposure, Federal Government built a national Museum around the site of the discovery. The National Museum, Ere – Esie came to be. The figures were moved from the outside exposure to a cooler confinement, until 1966, when the Museum was once again renovated. 243 years after discovery and the mystery is yet to meet any logical breakthrough.


Visitors traffic board
Tourists visit the site in droves annually to see the largest soapstone collection in the world and to ask the question, “How did they come to be?” The walls of civilization which the Museum has built around the figures continue to house the questions, and maybe someday, one of the figures will revert to its human form and tell us what happened in 1775 – or maybe not.


What are your thoughts? What school of thought d you trust?

Princely X











Saturday, December 02, 2017

December 02, 2017

It is 2089. The Nigerian government —as most other governments of the world — has become meme intolerant. It is treasonable felony punishable by death to parade memes through any possible medium.

In the beginning, twitter savages stage various riots and trends for weeks. The government, having an iron grip over all medium of communication soon trailed, found, and killed popular savages, and other social media savvy persons found guilty. In the ensuing confusion and anger, they say a fat, twitter famous relationship counsellor with thick, black beards is dragged from Lagos to Kwara by a horse, before finally being quartered in Ilorin, after losing all his beards — a symbol of dignity and resilience. That day, members of various beard gangs start another protest. The government at a briefing, declares ownership of beards illegal. It kills every beard bearing person until there are no more men with beards — except for a few government loyalists, and top administrators. You may own beards also, if you’ve about #30billon in your account. An impossible feat for most. 

Beards and memes have become commodities of great scarcities. Memes have become whispers along the corridors of fear. Beards? People still sneak memes from the 2000s about, but not a single strand of beard can go unnoticed. There are meme hacktivists. They unsettle government trackers, find memes trending in less meme-law-sensitive jurisdictions, and sell it to Nigerians who are willing to pay a meme’s worth.

Because the government kills hackers along with three relatives when caught, parents quiver in fear when their children sit behind electronic devices for long hours. A man in Kano reportedly hands his son Vaseline in order to masturbate in front of him. Better masturbation than Meme induced destruction.

A few countries still allow memes. But limited amount of memes. Also, the government does not allow clap backs on the internet. In a United Nations convention in 2050, Femi Akinwale, a Lord Chancellor of the Yoruba Demon Court of Ghouls (YDCG) is named United Nations Secretary General. His precedence as a man of fearlessness, with a record of 127 broken hearts in a calendar year, makes the 312 countries of the UN unanimously vote him as Secretary General. It is he who has prevented clap backs against all governments of the world. Eventually, you do not clap back against fellow citizens, unless you’re full member of the YDCG. A membership allowed only after making a staggering 50 heartbreak records in 8 months or less.

People live in fear of the government now. Christians are praying for the coming of Jesus, perhaps it would give them a last laugh – or something in between. Meme cops are everywhere. In the USA and other racism dominant countries, meme cops kill black men for looking funny. After all, the purpose of taking all memes away is to kill the joy of Internet users and make them focus on national development. In addition to making them use social media for its primary purposes; socialisation and education.

There is always a resistance to push forth a revolution whenever there is a dominant presence of oppression. The meme years are not devoid of these revolutionaries. In 2060, the Guy FawX movement starts with fans of Guy FawX, a one time Nobel laureate, who faces death from the USA government, over a meme freedom article against the Nigerian government. They honour him with a suicide note and a cup of coffee, when it is in fact a meme cop who hands over the cup to him and force him to take its content. Since his death, various factions have developed using the ‘Guy FawX’ nomenclature.
One of them is a scientific organisation that studies the history of the meme years and plans to go back in time to stop the beginning of the sad years, as revolutionaries call it. They fear that children in fifty years’ time will be made of sadness and gloom. If the last resistance fails, the end of happiness is imminent. They gather in the leader's 'research room' every fortnight. The group’s leader known only as X-man 001 is a Tyrion Lannister without beards. He sits in a circle of seven cloaked men and listens to one of them narrate their final discovery. “It begins in Nigeria after the 2019 elections”, he says. “The people out of fear and doubt ignore the Not Too Young To Run Act, and vote for an octogenarian as the nation’s ruler. His name is pronounced as ar-ti-cle, and he comes with a deputy. A fiercer woman with sugar for tongue.” One of the men in cloak coughs and another responds, “meme you.” “Since the end of the election, the President, an old and out of touch man has clamped down on Internet activities. He references a time when a twitter user disses him for supporting Arsenal FC and always ending as runner-up in elections. It is that one single act that motivates him to tear the internet down. They say two time American President, Trump, supports this position and the first victim of the American meme war was rapper, Eminem.” X-man beckons at the narrator to stop. He stands up and walks towards a machine in a corner of the research room. The thing looks like a refrigerator, but instead of a door, it has a hollow space. The X-man brings out a remote from his pocket and presses a few buttons. Above the hollow space, the machine displays a digital date currently set at 00:00:0000. When he is done pressing, the date is 01/12/2017.

He looks at his followers and remind them of their mission. “Our job is to warn them against the memeless years. Do your job well and the future will be reborn. We will be reborn too.” They walk into the portal.

***
It is 01/12/2017 in Nigeria. On Nigerian twitter, Yoruba Demon, Yomi, is trending, alongside silent discussions about Banky W’s BAAD experience in South Africa.
The emissaries open their twitter and first have their fill of memes, clapbacks and disses. It doesn’t take long for all eight men to be carried away by the abundance of memes that they forget their missions.

***
It is 2089. S2(1) of the Nigerian Constitution reads, “The usage, ownership, and display of memes is prohibited by the Nigerian government. Anyone caught in possession or circulation will be treated as having committed a treasonable felony, punishable by death under the various Nigerian criminal codes.” S2(2) Every other meme legislation is subject to the provisions of this section.”


Princely X

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017
TOURISM ATTRACTION IN NIGERIA; THE ABANDONED ECONOMIC POTENTIAL – FOCUSING ON KWARA STATE



abstract
the Nigerian economic sector is one that is touched by many factors, one of which is tourism. Tourism encapsulates a huge chunk of Nigeria’s annual GDP. According to a report (This Day Live), the tourism sector in 2017 contributed to #1.7Bn of the country’s total GDP, and this is mainly from local travels alone. This essay aims to look at the many merits that tourism holds for Nigerians, and for Nigeria’s economy as a whole while touching the abandoned areas that have great economic potentials for the country.

INTRODUCTION
Mathieson and Wall (1982) created a good working definition of tourism as “the temporary movement of people to destinations outside their normal places of work and residence, the activities undertaken during their stay in those destinations, and the facilities created to cater to their needs.” The word “tour” is derived from the Latin ‘tornos,’ meaning ‘a lathe or circle; the movement around the central point or axis. When the word tour and the suffixes –ism and –ist are combined, they suggest the action of movement around a circle. (Alara, 2017).

HISTORY AND ECONOMIC INFLUENCE
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read a page,” these words of Edward Dahlberg has been a great motivation for a large number of people especially since the late 90s as travelling and tourism all over the world has improved in great percentages. Nigeria has had a high rise in tourism rate since 2004, going from 400,000 to a whopping 1,600,000, suffering minor drops between years 2012 – 2014 (Trading Economics.) According to a report (This Day Live), the tourism industry contributed #1.7 billion to Nigeria’s GDP in 2016. This contribution was a major boost for the economy especially since the country’s GDP shrank from 2.24 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2016, following a 2 percent decline in the previous, and compared to market expectations of a 2.5 percent decline.
The Nigerian economy is a boisterous one and the tourism sector has been a great developmental factor to it. The merits which it comes with are innumerable but may be streamlined, however. These merits will be highlighted in the next heading.


MERITS OF TOURISM
·         Employment
One of the easiest advantages to identify is the jobs tourism brings. This ranges from directly influenced positions like tour guides, hotel staff, coach services, and restaurants. What’s great about all these businesses is that they do not only pay wages to their staff but source goods and products locally, giving a boost to the local industry. (Travis Bennet, 2014)


·         Environmental advantage
Tourism provides financial support for the conservation of ecosystems and natural resource management, making the destination more authentic and desirable to visitors. It also adds more value to the local tourism business. (Alara, 2017)
These advantages are limitless and one could go on like the waterfalls in Oowu; forever. Recreational benefits, infrastructural benefits, poverty alleviation, exposure to foreign cultures are some of the merits worthy of mention, albeit.

TOURISM IN KWARA STATE AND THE NATIONAL BENEFITS
Kwara state Nigeria has a numerable amount of Tourists centres that attract visitors annually. Some of these centres have grown over time to have National and International reputations that make them hot-spots for visitors in the state. Some of these centres are;
·         Esie Museum
·         Mungo Park’s Cenotaph
·         Pategi Beach
·         Oowu waterfalls
·         Dada Pottery

These centres all have great reputes but this essayist will be favourably disposed towards Oowu waterfalls.

Oowu waterfalls is located over 100km away from the capital of Kwara state, Ilorin. It is buried in a very remote part of the State, in Ifelodun local government area, far away from the noise of the capital; yet it generates great funds for the state.

On a recent visit to Oowu, residents were quick to reflect their happiness at how a repetitive cycle of visits from tourists to the location has been helping them. Local businesses were blooming and most of the customers of such businesses were merely passers-by. The candles of the markets in the areas bordering the falls shine brightly at day and at night.

It is a sad tale however that as much potential as Oowu falls hold to the economic development of Kwara state, the government pays very little attention to a location that important. This decadence and uncanny attitude spread to other locations in Kwara state, and Nigeria as a whole. The government has a dilapidating culture of maintaining tourist centres, and this is a time bomb, waiting to explode negatively into the Nigerian economy.

“The Nigerian hospitality report 2017, which was officially launched by Jumia Travel, has shown that the country generated 97 percent of its tourism revenue from domestic travel in 2016 while foreign travel accounted for only 3 percent.

Analysing the report in Lagos recently, the Managing Director, Jumia Travel Nigeria, Kushal Dutta, said: “despite the security challenges in the country and the fall in dollar exchange rate, a lot of Nigerians preferred to travel within the country to spend their holidays at exciting tourist destinations.”
The report added that even though Nigeria might not be the first choice as a tourist destination in Africa, there were fewer international arrivals in 2016, due largely to the ravaging effect of terrorism in the Northern Nigeria, which really impacted negatively on the inbound tourism as a lot of international tourists wrote off Nigeria as a tourist destination.
Despite the threat posed by terrorism, the country still managed to generate N88.2 billion from International visitors, the report said, but warned that by 2017, the figure may drop by 7.3 percent if the security challenges in the country still persist.” (Emma Okonji, 2017)


CONCLUSION
If the Kwara government and Nigerian government by extension can make great efforts in tackling the security challenges in the country, provide more access roads, one cannot but say that it will be good here in Kwara and in Nigeria as a whole, as the figures mentioned show that truly, tourism can harmonise and create opportunities for the economy.








References:






·         (Travis Bennet) https://blog.udemy.com/advantages-of-tourism/












Syndrome

November 14, 2017




Whip cracks! Suppressed tears… Whip cracks again. Outburst!  “Will you shut up?” The boy instinctively grabs his lips and holds them together with his left hand, while his right-hand works the pencil on paper. “When did you become this lazy? …Stupid boy! ” The man’s large frame moves from the lamp illuminated sitting room into the adjoining bedroom, to relax his whip and undress. The boy, seven years old, black and robust, sits by his study table in the sitting room, trying to figure out his arithmetic assignment. Tears roll down his cheeks unrestrained. He is trying with great effort to make out the numbers on the paper, and to finish the assignment before his father comes back. He would lift the lamp very close to each figure, try to make them out, look at the symbol close to it, and then the next figure and either add or subtract them with his fingers. “E..lee..veen… t..w…e…lveee” he went on till he was certain he had written the right figures. He slept off on the table, waiting for his father to come back and assess the work. The man had slept off in the room after making love to his wife, in an angry quest to produce another child “that will break Jimi’s spell on our family. He is a spirit child and wants all our attention for himself. Look at how lazy he has become.” His wife, a tiny frame under him as he thrusts angrily, grunts in submission to his nagging.
**
“Maybe he should try learning by other means.” Jimi’s class teacher, a slim elderly woman with sprinkles of Grey hair, tells his parents. The father is angered by this. “You are calling my son an imbecile?” Jimi’s mother tries to hold his hands as he raves, but she is too weak for him. It is her weakness that keeps her silent when Jimi is being unnecessarily pressured to write and subsequently punished for being a failure, twice daily. She cries alone when the house is empty, praying to God that he help Jimi learn to write again. But God is obviously busy with more serious things than to either make Jimi write, or give the family a replacement child.
**

Jimi is home, waiting for his father’s verdict from his visit to his school. He knows regardless of what happens, he will get a beating. It is always his fault. He has learned to live in fear of his father and to always blame himself for his inability to make words and figures out on paper. After all, everybody in his class can write. Even Tolu, his best friend can… His father’s voice outside the house strangles his thinking. He runs to the door, swings it open, and prostrates face down in few seconds. His father walks over him and sits on the only cushion. “Your teacher said…” the boy has absconded. He runs into the street seeking salvation. He meets a moving truck instead.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

BROKEN ARROWS

October 31, 2017
                                          
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Broken Arrows is a collection of beautifully crafted short stories. Some of the stories are focused on predominant societal problems, from the perspective of victims. Some stories are emotionally stringed together to narrate why some lovers will never be "happily ever after."

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Monday, October 23, 2017

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

October 23, 2017



Before this blog post, I made a post on HOW TO SOURCE FOR JOBS; you may read it if you haven’t. If by reading that post, or by any other means, your CV/Resume found its way to the recruiting desk of an organization, and you are a bit giddy about forthcoming interview, I have, after extensive research, created a list of tips that will help you sail through your interview. Enjoy.

1.      Know your employer.
In 2015, as an undergraduate who had all the time in the world up his wrist, I decided to take up a part-time job. I saw an opening by FF Pictures, Tanke, Ilorin, for a sales rep, and I forwarded my details. I was invited for a job interview. It was segmented; there was an aptitude test and an oral test. The first question I was asked for the oral segment was, what do you know about our company?
Apart from knowing that they take indoor and outdoor photos, which is general knowledge, by the way, I knew nothing about my prospective employer. I knew at that moment, that all my manoeuvring attempts could not land me that job. I shot myself in the knee.
Do not be that person. Always research and have substantial information about your prospective employer. If they have a website, visit and study the about us page of such employer. Know their recent developments, if possible, a few names. Never go into a job interview, blind about your employer. If you do not know them, how can you work for them?

2.      Be mentally prepared; visualize your interview.
If knowing your prospective employer alone could land you the job, then Google search directory will probably have your job, since most of the information the AI will need are online. However, there is the part where your cognitive, mental, verbal, reasoning and capabilities will be tested. Many people will fail to get their job because they can’t get out of the interview room without being covered in stress sweats.

Days before your interview, get yourself ready for it. It is a common knowledge that proper planning prevents poor performance, prepare. What are the questions the interviewer is most likely going to ask? Is it about your former job? Year you graduated from secondary school? Age? What is your desired salary? Rehearse your answers a few times before the interview. However, whatever you do, be honest. It doesn’t take long for the truth to catch up with lies these days.
Also, prepare to ask your interviewer a few questions. Make them brief, succinct, and spot on. Do not go in a dummy.

3.      Create a list
Can you manufacture extra arms to give faster deliveries? Can you hold your breath for thirty minutes if toxic gas is released into your work’s atmosphere? What are the special things you can do? Make a list of them. However, make sure to have a short, well-articulated brief on them. I can work for 18 straight hours without taking a break. Keep it short and simple. When you are asked to talk about yourself, these are the things you should consider talking about, apart from your general background and qualifications.
In the list you make, remember to input answers to questions you would not want to be asked. Is it age? Is it about family? Be a boy scout, be prepared at all times.

4.      Be pretty
Do not dress like a pauper to a job interview, it has a lot to say about your mentality. How you dress has a lot to say about how you will be addressed. Keep a tidied, well groomed, physical appearance.

It is very important to mention that the colour you wear to your job interview has a lot to say about you. Generally, Navy Blue and Black are the most advisable colours. Try as much as possible to loud avoid colours like orange, yellow, purple and green. White may also be a good option, as it signifies that you are a collected person who is averse to mistakes. However, always put Black and Navy Blue at the top of your mind, beneath your credentials.
Important advice, have your clothes ironed, hanged or folded, days before your interview.

5.      Get the location, go early.
You are pardoned to not know where Glo office is at, in Challenge, Ibadan, you will be pardoned to not know where the MTN building at tanke is located precisely, in Ilorin, but the moment you are seeking for employment, it becomes your duty to know your prospective employer’s precise location.  If you are unsure, ask. One of the reasons it is important to know the location is so that you may predict the traffic.
Regardless that the location is a stone’s throw from your location, always go early. And remember to always go with extra copies of your credentials, along with about three pens.
  
6.      Be on your best behaviour, know etiquettes.
One of the most influential positions in the world, after caterers who share food at events, is the receptionist. When you get to your interview place, smile warmly, and greet heartily the receptionist. In some cases, the duty is doubled by the firm’s secretary. Walk up to their desk, greet the person behind it, and relay your grievances. If there are other persons around, greet them too. Be of good conduct.

In 2014, I saw a movie titled Examination. The owner of the recruiting firm needed to know the individual attribute of all the persons participating in an examination that was intended to pick only one, out of about eight final job seekers, so he wrote the exam with them. He sat with them and observed every one of them. This could be you. Do not be rude to anybody. The man in a tee shirt that bumped into you at the entrance might be your interviewer.

It is important to mention that when you are called for your session, on entering the interview room (supposedly), do not sit down until you are offered a seat. When you are offered, say thank you, have your seat, be relaxed, and keep your palms calmly on your thigh, never on the table.
Your etiquette has a lot to determine, nurture it.

7.      Answer all questions
This might seem impossible, but it actually is. Even when you are asked a question you do not know, never mention that you do not know. Thank you very much for that question, but can you attempt simplifying it? Thank you very much for the question, but I’m afraid I will have to pass as (give a reasonable excuse.)
Most importantly, be confident. Also, remember to ask a few intelligent questions after your interview.

8.      Follow-up
Email, text message, fax, telegram, LinkedIn, try by any means possible to follow up with the position you’re aiming for. However, be intelligent about it. The purpose of this is to show enthusiasm, overdoing it will portray you in a negative light, this is why it has to be intelligently done.

9.      Stay positive
Regardless of the circumstances leading up to your interview, or the results afterwards, always maintain a positive heart. Be cool about situations, and never be afraid to try again.


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