Newbie Questions

When the idea for this blog initially came up, my friend said, “I really hope this won’t be like a diary.” I thought about that for a while and finally concluded, “I hope so too.”
So even though it is often a retelling of events, it is rarely free of junk seeping in.

I moved back to Nigeria after over a decade in the US and the blog started as a way to record the events during my NYSC service year (hence the name). It has grown to include things before and after, and also as a way for me to practice writing.

You can email me at: naijarookie [at] gmail [dot] com. I am also part of the 2011 class of the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop.

And RSS the blog here:

Helpful links:

  • The NYSC website – – is updated frequently with accurate information.
  • If you’re looking for a job in Nigeria, has a pretty good website. The best part of the site is the search engine, you can search by organization name, number of years of experience, industry, etc. (Note that is no longer completely free)
  • There are several other Nigerian job websites, combined into this Twitter list:!/NaijaRookie/nigerian-jobs – You can subscribe to the list and check realtime tweets from different Nigerian job sites.
  • For telecommunications and tech questions in Nigeria, I’ve found Patchwork of Tips to be invaluable: –  On it, you’ll find things like, “what is the data cap in the Glo blackberry service” or “what is the code to check your airtime credit on Airtel”
  • If you’re a writer, you can use Duotrope – – to look for places to submit your work.

If you would like to suggest a website, you can post it in the comments below.
Thank you

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