One of the reasons why I love the #31Days31Writers series is because somehow it provides a mash-up of cultures, ethnicities, and people doing the most diverse things! This month is the most diverse yet, and you should look forward to voices from just about every continent there is! SPeaking of which, I need more guys to come through with their pieces! Want to get involved? Email dfairygodsister(at)yahoo(dot)com and I’ll be in touch!
Dozie is a friend on Twitter who saw my call for entries and was super gracious to not only indicate interest in the project, but also sent in his piece on time! Thank you! From his piece he appears to be a serious-minded, eyes-on-the-ball kind of person…
The phrase “may you live in interesting times” has never been more apt for me than at this time in my life, never mind the purported origin of the phrase. I have been back in Nigeria for two years and each day takes on its own character! My name is Dozie Okpalaobieri, I am Nigerian and I am the Special Assistant on Energy to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance. So for one, the activities in the power sector keeps me busy among other work that I do.
Every day is a learning experience and I dare say, if I had to rephrase, I would say I have learned three major things….We work long hours, meeting with people, ferreting out facts and figures and cranking out briefs and one very important lesson is need to take a break, look after my health and get some rest. It is certainly easy to keep running on adrenaline, ignoring the headache and curing that obnoxious malaria with yet another dose of Coartem. As I once learned, seeing the doctor may just be as important as that malaria may indeed be Typhoid and in addition to medication, rest is a must. It is important that despite pushing ourselves to the limit, we need to recharge our batteries to enable us come back and continue the work.
I have also learned that I cannot please everybody at work and at home even though there is a balance somewhere there and lastly, especially given my experience in the last 18 months, never believe everything you read in the newspapers. It is always amazing to see something you worked on, reported in a distorted way or with some assumptions that make no sense whatsoever.
Having said that, I am certainly grateful for family, for their support and their patience in the face of my late nights at work and for friends who continually provide support but challenge us in the face of our policies we come up with. They are also important in making us stay grounded and enable us to understand how others perceive and understand the impact of our work. I am of course grateful for my direct colleagues and others who help to contribute to responsible development in this country of ours.
I am currently concerned about two things – the security situation in the country and politicians whose verbal diarrhea does not bode well for political discourse. So for the second half of the year, I look forward to an improved security environment and hope that the politics of the 2015 election does not have a negative impact on citizens. Generally, I would hope that we can continue to get results and move this nation forward.