Review: The Pressure Cooker by Nkiru Olumide-Ojo
The Pressure Cooker by Nkiru Olumide-Ojo was published in 2017. From the sub title, you easily recognize it as a career book because it writes that “lessons from a woman at work.”
In it, Nkiru details her experiences on being a woman, and mother, alongside the sensibilities of a gendered workplace.
She writes of the insecurities, challenges and conflicts that arise from these expectations. The Pressure Cooker, can therefore, be said to be a response and guide to these challenges for other women.
Nkiru, from her own experience, offers practical advice to career women on balancing relationships, recognising opportunities, and confronting the challenges of sexism and gender discrimination at the workplace.
She talked about how to eliminate the mummy guilt syndome and the need for a support system like families and nannies. In fact, she tells the reader how best to get around it in a way that works.
Winning Recipes From The Pressure Cooker
The Pressure Cooker gives winning recipes for the budding career woman to reach the top of the career ladder she envisages for herself.
She emphasized on the importance of consistent development, self-assessment, collaboration, and communication as winning recipes for the woman at work.
On growth and development, she emphasized the need to engage in consistent self-development, as it is a lack of it, that always hinder career progress.
She says, “Self-assessment may be the toughest thing you have to do, because it requires being dispassionate about yourself and telling yourself hard truths if need be.”
Nkiru writes further that collaboration is important because “at every point in your career, you will have to work with and through people.” She adds that not being collaborative is counter-productive in the workplace.
On communication, she writes that, “without proper communication skills, it would be next to impossible to collaborate effectively with anyone inthe office, and you may find yourself ostracised in time.”
In fact, she goes as far as detailing the need for women to be sure that their intending partner, supports them being in a workplace. She insists that the signs are always there during courtship.
Resonating Words From Nkiru’s Book
The book comprises 9 chapters, each beginning with firm and resonating words, that cover literally everything on career and family balance for the modern woman.
Some of these are:
In all of this, there will be many voices trying to tell you how to be a mum or what your priorities should be. Shut them out and focus on what matters.
The reality of the world we live in is that you have to protect yourself as a woman.
If someone offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn to do it later.
In today’s competition, anything is nothing.
The book also contains some key quotes. A few of my favorites quotes in the book are;
- “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”
- Yoy have no business letting anyone know how you feel about them. Work is not a place for feelings or emotions. It’s a place to work and go home.
- People say, “fake it till you make it,” and perhaps, that works fpr them, but I would rather you just got up to do it.
For me, the pressure cooker is a fresh breath, because it defiles the new shift to entrepreneurial endeavors. I feel it saying that you can succeed as a career woman too. For me, it is a book that says, Girl…go climb that corporate ladder.
The book is a realization that you can be proactive at work and simultaenously build your home. It teaches that effective multitasking is possible only when you have a clear sense of your priorities.
Many have called it the career bible for the Nigerian woman, and I am totally agree with that. This is because it brims with everything the intending or already made Nigerian career woman needs to know.
The book was worth the read as it contains plenty truth nuggets. It is also easy to relate with because of its cultural setting. It is very apt, detailed and uses simple English to drive home its points to the reader.
Apart from this, you also do not need a bookmark as the front and back pages could serve that purpose.
The Pressure Cooker, is no doubt, a career guide every woman must have. It is a book that redefines the cultural narrative of a sexist society.
It is a book that tells and proves that a woman can have it all; a family, a successful career and an overall happy life. I totally recommend The Pressure Cooker if you are trying to find or build your career path.
Did I tell you that I got this book during a December giveaway from Kemi Onabanjo’s page?
So, I was one of those scrambling for this particular book in the comment section, which luckily caught the attention of for the author; Nkiru Olumide-Ojo. She then asked aunty Kemi to gift us the book.
The book was delivered by the book peddler, and came with a short note. See below.
So, have you read this book? If no, how willing are you to read it? Do you have a similar book you will recommend that I read? Spill it all in the comment…so, I can go hunting for it. 😁😁