How does a son of a wine tapper with a university degree transition into the marketplace to start and grow a career? That is the question that Jonah Solomon tries to answer in his new book, First Generation.
With graduate unemployment in the Emerging Market averaging 7.97%, according to a recent MSCI report, and about three million Nigerian graduates without jobs, Jonah Solomon seeks to address this problem by empowering fresh graduates with practical guides to transition into the marketplace to start a career.
The author, Solomon, leveraging his experience to start and grow his career in Africa’s largest city, Lagos details practical tips that most final year students, fresh graduates and those seeking to make real progress in their careers must never take for granted.
“This book is strictly about getting started on a strong footing as a fresh graduate who has now acquired a university degree or higher diploma and heading to the city to start a life with minted certificate.
“By the time you finish this book, you will be able to answer questions like what is next after your graduation, if you are still getting into school. If you are on the cusp of graduation, say you are in your penultimate or final year; you should have a fair idea of what you should be doing. If you have just graduated and looking to get started on a career, the practical lessons I outlined in this book can come in handy as a perfect guide,” said Jonah Solomon at the book’s launch in Lagos.
Beyond the practical tips on the marketplace, First Generation teaches fresh graduates how to initiate and sustain social mobility in the city.
“This is a cleverly written companion for final year students, fresh graduates and those seeking to rise in their chosen professions. Jonah’s practical tips are not spun from fictional imagery but from blood and sweat with unforgettable consequences (good and bad) to show,” writes BBC Pidgin Editor, Ehizojie Okharedia in the book’s foreword.
“First Generation offers clear guidance on the role of sheer determination, mentorship, quality friendship and a consistent thirst for knowledge as young people walk through the labyrinth called the University of Real Life,” he added.
The book’s electronic and paperback versions are available for purchase on Amazon or amazon.co.uk for a discounted price. The eBook is also available for download on Solomon’s website, Paystack Storefront and Selar.
Konga To Employ 1M Africans by 2025
Konga, Nigeria’s leading integrated e-commerce giant, is set to become one of the largest labor employers in Nigeria after unveiling plans to provide significant employment opportunities for more than 500,000 Nigerians as well as another 500,000 in other African countries by 2025.
The growth will see Konga not only top the private sector employment charts but will also see competing government companies and sub-national entities in terms of employment numbers, while also contributing significantly to the disturbing unemployment situation in Nigeria and other Africans as it prepares for Africa’s strategic expansion.
The ambitious plan, analysts from within the e-commerce group have revealed, is far from rewriting the narrative for the many unemployed and unemployed youth in Nigeria. Specifically, the Konga management aims to channel its substantial resources into creating creative work for hard-working and aspiring youth across Nigeria. In addition to offering many opportunities to join the Konga Group’s retail revolution through existing and new subsidiaries exposed in the vertical; other interested beneficiaries will also get opportunities to become members of Konga’s fast-growing affiliate which ultimately provides successful candidates with a lifelong partnership with the company.
The Konga Group currently provides direct and indirect employment for more than 250,000 Nigerians in multiple entities, including a growing chain of more than 35 retail stores scattered across Nigeria; the Konga Marketplace, a game-changing initiative it pioneered in Africa; KongaPay, a Fintech platform licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria; Korot, an ambitious digital logistics company with large delivery assets; Konga Travel, an award-winning IATA-certified revolutionary travel and travel company; the recently launched Konga Health, a digital healthcare distribution chain and the soon -to -launch Konga Food, among many more.
Nick Imudia, Co-CEO, Konga Group while chatting with new hires almost, revealed the motivation behind the massive job creation drive.
“We are passionate about giving the many Nigerians and Africans who are qualified and willing to work the opportunity to find meaningful expression of their talents. An example is our partnership with the Edo Stae Government which not only employs thousands- thousands of young people but should enhance and facilitate activities for SMEs in the state to become global corporate citizens.
“This is because we believe, in accordance with the Konga mantra, that it will help them find happiness and live a fuller, richer life. But it doesn’t just end up being unemployed. Our research has shown that there are a large number of non -working Nigerians, many of whom could make a difference on the board if given the opportunity.
“Therefore, as a strong corporate citizen and in line with the status of the Konga Group as a company built as a public trust, the Management has set an ambitious target to employ more than 500,000 Nigerians by the year 2025. It is not means work by any standard, but in Konga, we are known for not refraining from facing challenges and surpassing them.
“We will launch these creative job opportunities soon and we are confident that it will offer many Nigerians who are determined to achieve, a lucrative way to, not only find lucrative employment but also create jobs and wealth for others, ”he said.
Acquired by Zinox Group in November 2018 in a landmark development described as one of the smartest mergers and acquisitions in the business world, the Konga Group has transformed into inevitably one of the leading players in the e-commerce space in Africa, with a string of innovative strategies supported by a spectacular growth trajectory that catapulted the business to the first e-Commerce platform to hit profitability on the continent.
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