CREATORS STAND ALL YOUR GROUNDS
Hello my people, I have come to announce to you that creating anything in Nigeria can give any human serious headache. Creatives are not taken seriously in this blessed country. Creatives are constantly being underestimated by other professions and even by other creatives.I am sure you can sense I am slightly pissed so I will explain the two scenarios that inspired this post. It is essential as a creator, you stand your ground.
Ideally I believe in securing the bag, this is most likely because of the Ijebu in me. I used to strive to secure the bag at all cost and in Nigeria it involves a lot of low balling. I took the L like that because in my mind “I was getting paid at least”. Rationalizing being paid less was my coping mechanism because getting gigs as a writer is hard mehn! I was constantly cranky, overworked, exhausted and underpaid. I constantly found myself asking who sent me message 🙄 . The final straw that broke the camel’s back was when a client asked me to write a 1000 words article and be paid 500 naira. I was like ‘what?’ because in my mind I couldn’t have heard that properly.
I sha reliazed that baba was serious and I declined. Then baba started vexing and saying ‘is it not writing? something I can do myself’. I responded ‘ if writing was that easy, you do not need my services sir’. One part of my mind was scared to reject the money but I later realized all bags are not meant to be chased. If the bag doesn’t work for you, there is really no point chasing it.
This one I am about to explain is still mildly annoying me as I am typing sef. As a content curator, I decided to structure my content in a particular way. I tried as much as possible to make it unique so I wouldn’t be biting off anyone content. I gave the content curation structure, timeline and a name. Confidence was in my demeanour because of what I did; as much as it was raw people enjoyed it. Months later, I see someone had stolen and edited my content. I tried to reason with human but that didn’t work out.
It is pretty annoying that other creatives use content without consent, acknowledgement or even appreciating the creator. It is said that ‘imitation is the greatest form of flattery’ so I am not pissed pissed. This has taught the value of ownership and making things your own. On this note I end this with CREATORS ALWAYS STAND YOUR GROUND.
Have you ever been underpaid?
If you have been underpaid, have you had the courage to walk out of an unfavorable negotiation?
How did you handle walking out?
Has any of your creations ever been stolen?