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Book Review: “Free from Corporate Slavery” by Jimi Tewe

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Title: Free from Corporate Slavery
Author: Jimi Tewe
ISBN: 978-978-914-784-7
Pages: 187
Publisher: Inspiro Publishing
Year of Publication: 2011
Category: Human Resources, Career Management

Earlier this year, I had an exclusive, in-depth interview with Mr. Olujimi Tewe, a multi-gifted career coach, author, speaker, radio show host, business owner and pastor here on BellaNaija. He has his third book out and I thought to weigh in on this latest offering from a man who had phenomenal career leaps within a short time, working in five companies and rising from being an Analyst with a global consulting firm to become a Senior Manager in the Nigerian banking industry within eight years. In 2010, he resigned his top level job at Bank PHB to start Inspiro Consulting, a career and human resource solution provider.

In our fast-paced twenty-first century world, many complain consistently about lack of jobs. Even as unemployment rate continues to rise at break-neck speed in our nation Nigeria, a large percentage of people who have the so-called ‘few good jobs’ soon realise how unhappy and dissatisfied they have become in their employment, regardless of the huge financial benefits and perks of office. They have become corporate slaves – they just cannot do what they want to do when they want to and how they want. Still, many remain stuck and cannot move on for fear of losing their ‘guaranteed’ source of comfort. Jimi Tewe, in his third book, “Free from Corporate Slavery” lends a helping hand and stirs the spirit of the reader to do the right thing.

Advancing from his first two books, “Where Did All My Money Go?”, and “Getting a Good Job Easily,” which were small volume publications, here he delves extensively into the various reasons why people become frustrated with their jobs. He does not cajole you to blindly send in your resignation later, but approaches the subject matter from a holistic point of view and raises several cogent questions. He urges the reader to take charge of their life and helps stagnating employees to seek proper direction for a successful career transition, whether it involves changing career path or starting their own business. “One of the greatest tragedies that can happen to anyone is to be able to say at the end of their years that ‘I could have been, I should have been, I might have been, but I was not’… You can pass on your business to your children as an inheritance, but you can never pass on your job to them, no matter how good you are at it”, he writes. He inspires the reader to become proactive and not reactive about life, whilst ensuring that one’s career is not based on what life offers but what one wants to make of life. Whilst he admits that not everybody is wired to start their own company, he strongly emphasizes the need for people to adopt a deliberate approach to adding value and solving problem. That way, “getting a job becomes a step towards fulfilling your long-term career goals.” Jimi also identifies seven potential dream killers everyone should overcome and he makes his own original contribution in what he calls the Career Success Model, explaining why everyone should adopt the model.

This book is a timely material for anyone who is committed to living a life of fulfilment and encouraging others to do so. The cover design is sure to catch your attention, but the content is also well organised and written in a simple style that blends just enough theories with copious true life experiences of the author, a handful of notable global figures and former corporate slaves who are ever willing to share their transformation story. If you want to bless and transform lives this season, this is a worthy year-end and year-round gift for staff, colleagues and loved ones. It is time to take charge of your life and this could be the best gift you would ever give. What’s more? In order to help students not to become corporate slaves, the author promises to channel 20% of all profits made on the sale of each copy into a fund that will allow a team of professionals hold a Career Success Summit in various tertiary institutions across Nigeria and beyond.

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Here’s what motivational speaker and management consultant Fela Durotoye says about the book:


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Where You Can Buy the Book:

  • Silverbird Lifestyle Store, The Galleria, Ahmadu Bello Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
  • Silverbird Lifestyle Store, Former Obi Wali Cultural Center, Mile 1, Diobu, Port Harcourt
  • The Hub, The Palms, Lekki, Lagos
  • Wisdom Bookstore, Opebi, Lagos
  • Debonair Bookstore, Herbert Macaulay Road, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos
  • Foodco Supermarket, Aare Avenue, Bodija, Ibadan

*The kindle edition is also available on Amazon: Free from Corporate Slavery

*For deliveries in Lagos, call Wole on 08030803499.

Read up Mr. Jimi Tewe’s exclusive interview with BN’s Editorial Assistant, Gbenga Awomodu, here: Career Leaps, Faith & Success – The Olujimi Tewe Story.

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Gbenga Awomodu is an Editorial Assistant at Bainstone Ltd./BellaNaija.com. When he is not reading or writing, Gbenga is listening to good music or playing the piano. He believes in the inspirational power of words and pictures, which he explores in helping to make the world a better place. He blogs at Gbenga’s Notebook (www.gbengaawomodu.com).

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15 Comments

  1. Trendy

    December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I totally agree this book by Jimi Tewe is a must read for everyone seeking career advancement and those who need to make huge decisions in the coming year regarding their career. Its the perfect xmas gift you can get yourself.

    • allen

      December 23, 2011 at 6:24 am

      YOU agree!!!!!!!? go and buy your copy……… follow follow……..

  2. TOSIN

    December 22, 2011 at 11:45 am

    This is a very fantastic and realistic book! You can also get your copy from Laterna Book Shop

    • Damsel

      December 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Where is the laterna bookshop and do u know how much it goes for?

  3. Mo'

    December 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I am currently reading the book and trust me, it will help raise ‘real’ questions in your mind about where exactly you are in your career, where you want to be, what steps can you take towards achieving this and how to be a source of value and problem solver where ever you are. The points are practical too and not something he hasn’t utilized.

    Trust me, a greater percentage of us oscillate between jobs and roles where we are just enduring and that is not how to live life especially when you spend about 70% of your life at work…It is a must read, and not only to read through but to make amendments and see yourself on that career path you derive fulfillment in…which is possible!

  4. onyx

    December 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Amazon only sells this for download to Kindle so I’ll wait a while to get it in paper copy… however, sounds like a book to read.

  5. Ronke

    December 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Where is the laterna bookshop and do u know how much it goes for?

  6. TOSIN

    December 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Laterna is at Oko Awo Street. VI. It is the street opposite Eko Hotel.

  7. moi

    December 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    laterna is at oko awo str, VI, its off the eko hotel str…

  8. Olubunmi

    December 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    @Ronke…Laterna Bookshop is located ‘Laterna Ventures Limited, 13, Oko-Awo Close, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State’. The book goes for N1500.

  9. Jordan Gafaru

    December 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I will definitely pick up a copy. Young Nigerians need to be mentored to prevent them from corporate slavery. We are a talented nation and I am happy how many people in recent times are making waves in the areas of fashion, music, acting, etc. We need more young enterpreneurs. As the writer rightly said you can leave your business as an inheritance for your kids but not your job. I will pick up a copy.

  10. onayi

    December 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Books like these are awesome,but I think the bigger problem is the fact that we nigerians do not have a reading culture.For those that love to read,there is barely anytime to do that because they have to go to work and all that,and for most of us,we rather watch T.V,chat on our phones or surf the internet than read a book.I think this is something that should be addressed.

  11. Aibee

    December 29, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Splendid book. It’s really opened my mind to why I felt disatisfied with my current job. I got my copy from Debonairs Bookstore on Herbert Macaulay Road, Sabo, Yaba Lagos for the price of N1500.00. Grba your copy now!

  12. Joyful

    December 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Great book I must confess! Insight, direction and practicality to address career issues. Mr. Jimi was in Abuja in last Oct for a career seminar and it was awesome. . . He’s worth listening to!

  13. Adebayo

    December 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

    One statement truck me in the above write up. “You can pass on your business to your children as an inheritance, but you can never pass on your job to them, no matter how good you are at it”. Everyone needs to reflect on this statement. A good man leaves inheritance for his children. Does your job qualify you to be classified as “a good man”?. This is food for thought.

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