Hello lovely Family. Are you excited? I am. First, let us apologize for not posting for two weeks now. We are so sorry and we have no excuses. Please accept our apologies and we promise to do better. Moving on, we are bringing a new series and we trust that your lives and ours will be enriched by this. We are re-modelling bible stories to fit our modern day realities and struggles. Now sit down and enjoy the ride and as always we hope this inspires you to do better and live right with God.
When I think of myself, I see a lot of things.
I see a person of integrity and great strength of Character. It is not boasting, it is simply being self-aware, you know that quote by Socrates: ‘Man know thyself, for an un-examined life is not worth living.’ Okay let me tell you a little secret, at the foundation of who I am is God and the fact that I have a wonderful Mother whose knees are constantly in prayers and supplication. My personality connotes a lot of things, it is pride in all I have achieved through God’s grace. It’s the confidence that radiates from knowing God has my back every single time. There is this peace that fills my heart, you know that passage in the bible Philippians 4:7 (And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus) even when difficulties arise.
Let me tell you a bit about myself:
I grew up in a family of 6. It was your typical Nigerian Family: father, mother and four children. I was the last child, pampered but not spoilt, yes I was disciplined when the need arose as I was quite mischievous . Laughter rang often in our house and I had this feeling of wholeness. Everything I needed to survive and thrive was given to me, sent to one of the best schools in the country. I close my eyes and the memories of my childhood are breathtakingly beautiful.
I grew up in a strong Christian background and was taught from childhood about Christ and his redeeming power. I came to know God for myself and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior sometimes in my teens. Church for me was not just a routine activity, it was home and a place where I knew I would always find succor and refreshment for my soul. I had my undergraduate studies in Finance at one of the Top Ivy league schools; can you take a guess? It’s the University of Pennsylvania and my MBA at Harvard Business school. I graduated top of my class, yes Summa Cum Laude. I remember taking walks down the streets, reading at the library and all the numerous visits to the museum.
I came back to Nigeria after my MBA and served in the compulsory 1-year National Youth Service Corps. I was posted to Lagos and the three weeks orientation programme was fun. I got posted to one of the top investment banks in the country, the year flew by and I was retained. Imagine my excitement of not having to roam the streets of Lagos looking for a job. I was so happy; my mother’s prayers were working. I had heard the tales of the job seekers, the relentless sun beating down their backs, the hustle to get a job and the depression that followed each rejection mail and it made me realize how blessed I was. Life was all rosy and I never lacked for anything.
Now to the Present:
I am an investment Banker (I like the sound of it, very prestigious). I work at one of the top investment banks in the country. I enjoy my work and the whole dealing with numbers appeal to me. I have taken some professional certifications and with steady promotions I was rightly placed on the corporate ladder to reaching the peak of my career. I often wondered what I would do if I decided to resign one day and it clicked, I loved teaching, I could become a lecturer. I had the requisite qualifications and if I didn’t have them all, I could get them. I love to read and travel and worship in church, yea you guessed right, I am in the choir. There is this thing about worship that is a balm to my soul, praising God through everything, through every trial and difficulties and through the good times. I am sure that you would probably say I have never witnessed any hardship and you would be right but then praise was the fastest way to God’s heart and I loved it.
Love found me sometimes in 2009 . I met my wife on social media. I can literally hear the wheels turning in your head. She commented on one of my tweets on Twitter and from then I was hooked; the intelligence, the humor in her words caught me by surprise. We started talking and the more I got to know her, the more I knew this was the one I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. I prayed and the peace I felt was the final confirmation I needed. I married one of the most amazing woman in the world if I do say so myself. She is a Christ lover and worker in the church, an entrepreneur, a fitness expert and operates a fitness and dance studio for kids and teens. I am often left amazed by how she manages to juggle all of these and remains calm. I married God’s best for me and I can say she is the bone of my bone, the flesh of my flesh, the woman after God’s heart and the love of my life. We are blessed with four children, two set of twins exactly what I prayed for. I have all I need, and God still blesses me with more. My children are the light of my world and we are committed to training them up in the way of God. I give them the best in life and at the center of our home is God ruling over us all. I have my own home in Lekki, had investments (money market, mutual funds, real estate, stocks, bonds, name it). I even have a farm, someone had told me that I could invest in them plus it felt good to eat fresh farm food. Things were so perfect, everything I touched seemed to turn to gold and I felt God’s hands at work. Life was so perfect and nothing could go wrong.
Then tragedy struck.
Do you want to know what happened? Then keep a date with us next week Monday.
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