Mark Essien
A CHINESE VILLAGER WHO SELLS MORE SOFTWARE DAILY THAN YOU DO

I was alone in the center of a small Chinese town, the weakly glowing streetlights hardly illuminating the streets. The silence was heavy and absolute. It was different from the eternal light and sound of Shenzhen, and the high elevation gave the air an unusual taste...

Mark Essien
DON'T ASK WHY YOU WERE REJECTED

I’ve noticed something that is not immediately obvious - rejections without explanations can be supremely helpful. Imagine you are applying for a job, or for funding for a project of yours...

Mark Essien
THE SUNFLOWER

A field of sunflowers sat beside another field covered with grass. Perhaps long ago that grass field was a pasture for animals, but now there was nothing there except an old tractor in the corner. An unusual gust of wind, going against the direction the wind usually went in that area, lifted a few sunflower seeds from a particularly full sunflower, and dropped them in the grassy field...

Mark Essien
SHALLOW THINKING

It's quite easy to be good enough at something that everyone around you praises you. For example, you can read a few books, do a couple of courses and everyone will see you as a 3D printing guru. But that's mostly because nobody else knows anything about 3D...

Mark Essien
TWO YEARS IN THE TRENCHES BUILDING HOTELS.NG

Hotels.ng is about two years old now. In the first year, it was just a website — no business built around it. It started off by me purchasing lists of hotels. The entirety of hotels that were available in any known dataset that was available in public or in any government archive was about 1500 in Nigeria...