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 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
“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 question 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
“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.