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Dear Recruiter/Future Employer,

I sincerely hope that you are well and that my letter helps you understand me as a candidate a little more before you skip ahead to the next, I’m sure, equally-deserving candidate’s application.

I received a call from a company last Friday and they were wondering if I was available to do an interview on Monday, today. The caller mentioned something on the lines of finding my CV and contact details on AngelList. I figured it must have been from a few months ago but anyway, I agreed because I can’t see any downsides to taking interviews…


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Tattoo image from Unsplash (Gabe Pierce)

In anticipation of my 28th birthday and how much has changed for me in the last year or so, I decided to get two tattoos done — one on the wrist that says ‘I’m worthy’ and another on the hip that quotes Isaiah 60:3( Nations are drawn to my light and kings to the brightness of my dawn). It’s been four days and they seem to be healing nicely.

I initially thought I’d hide the one on my wrist with my watch and the other with long or knee-length apparel but then again, I love to wear bum shorts while…


https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/danse-macabre-david-pumpkins-art-history
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Danse Macabre

It is December 2020 and if you are not one of the lucky few who live under a rock, you already know that this year has been plagued with death upon death. Some have been lost while protesting in favor of their rights like we saw in Nigeria on 20th October, 2020 at the Lekki Toll Gate. Many others have been lost to racial and tribal tensions, police brutality and most popularly, the COVID-19 pandemic that stole the most part of the year. Personally, I lost a few people this year as well — two uncles to complications from Coronavirus…


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In October 2019 with the mentorship of a dear friend, I made the decision to become a Product Manager starting with a PM certification course and the knowledge that I would have to start my career afresh and work my way up from the lowest rank on the totem. This is what I’ve done. I transitioned from my usual Executive Assistant role which was great but not very challenging creatively.

In the time since then, I have taken up two remote jobs as a Product Manager concurrently as a way to ramp up my knowledge on Agile Product Management. One…


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If you have read my story about how ridiculously crappy the last 18 months have been for me and my journey towards acceptance, you would know that I have had quite some time to do a lot of soul-searching, reading, and self-discovery in that time. I have also lost relatives; few of whom died at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic both home and abroad. At each turn of events, I have had to stop and truly examine everything that I’ve come to believe; religious beliefs, life philosophies, and mantra, health, love, romance, family, friendship, work, the choice to bear…


An interpretation of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’. Credit: Sotheby’s
An interpretation of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’. Credit: Sotheby’s

It’s been about 19 months since I last wrote. Wow! Time really does fly.

A whole lot has transpired in that time but that is not the main reason why I’m writing this. Alright, maybe a little bit because of the interconnectivity of things on planet earth. So, I’ll catch you up to speed, try to connect the dots, and see where the proverbial pen takes us.

Great! Let’s do this.

Eureka!

So, a few days ago I felt very overwhelmed by my existence. Existential crisis? Hmmm. I suppose so.

Over the years, whenever this happens, I feel a strong urge…


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The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781)

Have you ever had a dream that ordinarily wouldn’t be scary but it actually did scare the bejesus out of you and shouting wasn’t an option, waking was? I literally just woke up from a dream like this.

Growing up in our household was once a beautiful thing. I remember getting belly-blows from my dad, playing and building forts in the living room. He’d take us out to a fancy restaurant for fine dining or to a pizza place for dinner and it was the best time in the world. I didn’t remember these events until I started writing this…


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Wait! Before I start narrating my story, I’d just like to say how much I love the internet! I used this picture (above) for my thesis about three years ago when applying for a PhD analysing the effect of corruption and economic reform policies on economic performance in Nigeria. I dropped out in less than a year. Long story.

Fast forward to present day and the same picture and title seemed befitting in the context of this story. I went online to google “The Chicken and Egg situation” and to my surprise, it was still there with about the same…


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These days, it seems people are becoming a lot more enlightened and presumably conscious of their actions and biases against others in the society.

I’ll explain.

We aren’t new to the word, “WOKE” which according to dear Wikipedia, is “a political term of African American origin that refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice”.

On the back of this “Stay Woke/ Enlightened” movement, the subject of diversity in hair textures has been brought under the microscope once again like in the 60s and 70s. We hear people talk about being called names, marginalised or…


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Feeling blue, India by Kim Petersen

I wish I could see the look in his eyes when I asked him the question, “Who did you go out with last night?”. He kept talking until it dawned on him that I knew he was out with someone. Then, he stopped to ask me how I knew he’d been out the night before.

We did our usual dance where he’d try to change the subject while I make a futile effort to drill some more information out of him. Closely behind this, he follows up with a comment that is guaranteed to have me changing the course of…

Uchenna Angel Kalu-Uduma

Product Manager at Alta Labs. Budding UI/UX Designer. Aspiring Afrominimalist. I feel as I exist. I write as it transpires. I learn as I experience.

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