In a world fueled by digital content, the contributions of Nigerian editors and writers have become more vital than ever.
Gone are the days when words were confined to print; now, they dominate the internet, shaping opinions, driving businesses, and informing the masses.
Nigerian editors and writers, often overlooked, are the unsung heroes of this digital era.
Yet, a perplexing trend persists—many individuals expect them to offer their skills for free.
Imagine asking a doctor for free medical treatment or a lawyer for a pro bono legal defense. It’s unheard of, and the same should apply to writers and editors.
This expectation stems from what scholar Andrew Ross labels the “cultural discount.”
Creative minds often find satisfaction in their craft and are willing to accept non-monetary rewards as compensation.
However, this cultural discount undermines the true value of their labor.
Once, I edited for countless Nigerians out of a sense of community service, but more often than not, my efforts went unacknowledged.
In contrast, my American counterparts recognize the value of professional editing.
Friends in the U.S. inquire about my rates per word and always express gratitude for my services.
This shift in perspective led me to establish FAMEK Global Consulting, LLC, a small business born from the demand for quality editing and rewriting services.
American scholars appreciate the significance of professional editing, and this appreciation translates into fair compensation for our work.
Nowadays, when random Nigerians approach me for free editing, I provide them with a link to my professional rates.
Surprisingly, they seldom return. This approach ensures that my time is dedicated to projects that value my expertise.
Notably, a few months ago, I was asked to edit a book containing the speeches of a serving governor—for free.
Instead, I presented my rates, leaving room for negotiation, but I received no response.
This experience highlights the need for fairness and respect in our professional relationships.
As a full-time professor, researcher, and father, my days are already stretched thin. Running a small business further consumes my time.
It’s crucial to recognize the limited availability of Nigerian editors and writers and respect their commitments.
I speak not only for myself but for countless Nigerian editors and writers who, like me, have invested time and effort to acquire their skills.
It’s high time that our learning and expertise are no longer taken for granted.