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ONYEKAAH » INSPIRATION


As ONYEKAAH! I am who I am but certain factors like my family, spiritual heritage, educational background, strong words from those I meet & value and the people in my lives; all have inspired and continues to Inspire me daily!

 

EDUCATION

ONYEKAAH is a graduate of law amongst other academic records achieved within and BEYOND Nigeria; over the years; still I continue to do professional and self development programs as my schedule permits.

With my knowledge of the law, I strongly feel and believe I have the world in my palms. At least this gives me a little knowledge about so many things I have interest in, and want to take action on to make a huge difference in a world of unequal opportunities, including fighting strongly for the oppressed for which I journeyed into the legal profession. This inspires me a whole lot.

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INSPIRED BY WORDS

The serving SECRETARY TO MY STATE GOVERNMENT, Delta State, ( my state of origin and birth) Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Festus Ovie Agas once said something to me a few days before the KARIFEST AWARD EVENT 2015 that touched my heart; precisely a few days after I lost everything having to do with my ENTIRE BUSINESS (TV Recording Studio, COMPLET Editing Suite and POSH Office) running into several millions of naira on the 25th of December 2015 to a fire outbreak that was caused by the negligence of a fuel attendant around where my office was located back then. Still fresh in my memory, is this blessed day!

EVERYTHING KARIFEST BUSINESS AS AT THE TIME OF THAT INCIDENCE PERISHED IN THAT FIRE EXCEPT MY NAME KARIFEST WHICH TO ME IS MY LEGACY AND OUTLIVED THE FIRE TO GOD’S GLORY!

YES ALL PRAISES TO GOD ALMIGHTY FOR WITHOUT HIM THE STORY WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT!

BACK TO MY SSG’S COMMENT:

  • I was in his office on that faithful day to get his goodwill message for my event program. After instructing his secretary to get one ready for me, jokingly, TEASING ME, HE said to me and I quote him: "KARIFEST DO YOU KNOW YOUR GREATEST PROBLEM? YOUR GREATEST PROBLEM IS THAT YOU KNOW EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU, WHO WILL HELP YOU?"

And he looked at me and smiled. I looked at him in amazement and smiled back too. This is a man that believes so much in the KARIFEST DREAM and he never fails to commend me whenever our paths crossed. A perfect gentleman indeed. Now teasing me with such words? I felt flattered but not discouraged because I knew that was never his intent. I knew him too well to think otherwise.

Before that comment, he was and still remains ONE of my GREATEST FANS till date. He never hides it even in public. I too am his FAN for his humility, good heart, self sacrificing spirit, peaceable nature and good sense of humour.

TO him he was teasing his younger friend but to me he has just set my mind on a journey that has helped me till this day!

Those words have NEVER LEFT MY MIND!!!!

For me, his words were inspiring back then and still continues to Inspire me!

  • Few months later, KARIFEST MAN OF THE YEAR 2015, NOW CHAIRMAN KARIFEST GROUP: Dr. Mike Omotosho (AKS) sent me a video and SAID TO ME: "WATCH THIS VIDEO, HOW CAN YOU BE DIFFERENT? EVERYBODY DOES TALKSHOW, HOW CAN YOU BE DIFFERENT, START THINKING".

Those words have NEVER LEFT MY MIND!!!!

  • One of American’s greatest motivational speakers and six times best selling author and MY personal friend Shawn Anderson, Founder, EXTRAMILE AMERICA once said to me: “ONYEKAAH, YOU WERE BORN TO CHANGE AFRICA, TO MAKE AFRICA GREAT, YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER THAN YOU THINK, GO AND CONQUER AFRICA”.

Those words have NEVER LEFT MY MIND!!!!

  • In the past, I have always thought of how to get people; including Nigerians to pay me for my services with dollars.
  • In one of our chats over the phone, DR. Mike Omotosho (AKS) said to me again: "NOW THAT THE DOLLAR IS RISING, HOW DO WE BEGIN TO MAKE DOLLARS, START THINKING".

Those words SANK DEEP INTO MY SKIN!!!

  • In one of my events coverage which I journeyed from Ibadan to Benin to cover alongside my crew, after coverage, my client who was a former dean of my faculty refused to pay for my services because in her words: “KARIFEST, you don’t have a strong presence online and your magazine is not known...”. I felt ABUSED, USED but INSPIRED to make my presence not only felt but known Globally!

Her words STUNG ME PAINFULLY AND TEARFULLY AND PIERCED THROUGH MY HEART on that day but today it continues to Inspire me!!!

Later, we met and were on the same flight and she to me “KARIFEST, I was told you aired our program on NTA in Asaba” and I smiled and said to her: YES MA, I did so just like I promised you I will AND she said “when our plane touch down, I shall encourage you with something.” Yes she paid me no matter how little!

  • Now, everyday I think of "HOW I CAN BE DIFFERENT" and NOT "WHO WILL HELP ME".
  • I THINK OF "HOW TO START EARNING DOLLARS" AND NOT NAIRA ANYMORE.
  • I THINK OF “HOW I CAN CONQUER NOT JUST AFRICA” BUT THE WORLD BECAUSE I WAS BORN TO CONQUER THE WORLD AND NOT JUST AFRICA!
  • I THINK OF “HOW I CAN HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE” NOT JUST ONLINE BUT BECOME A HOUSEHOLD NAME ACROSS BORDERS!
  • YES! EVERYDAY I THINK OF HOW TO STAND BEFORE WORLD LEADERS AND MAKE THEM LISTEN.
  • BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I SEEK INSPIRATION AND APPROVAL FROM GOD IN ALL I DO DAILY!

Those were FIVE different remarks made by THREE GREAT MEN AND INSPIRATIONAL FRIENDS I hold in high esteem, from different backgrounds, AND A WOMAN I ADORE; ALL LEADERS in their own stead, but while their remarks came as passing comments, to me those comments somehow set the STAGE for something greater to come.

It provoked my intelligence and creative sensibilities and invoked a spirit of "ONYEKAAH BEGIN TO LOOK INWARDS AND EXPLORE MORE POSSIBILITIES" in YOU!

ONYEKAAH focus more on your “strengths” and forget JUST your “capabilities!”

ALL remarks INSPIRED ME!

Today am no longer looking for who to help me to RISE after that storm that took away all I slaved for in the past, rather am focusing on how to use my "strength" to add real value to others, first to make a difference in my world and theirs positively, secondly to sell my ideas and “intellectual content” to my financial advantage, thirdly, to UPLIFT AILING SOULS and help self driven aspiring teenagers and women in their productive years achieve their purpose in life, fourthly and most importantly, to provide my platform as a bridge for aspiring talents whom am determined to help bring their dreams to reality!

But before I met all of these great MINDS, I have worked extremely hard at living the KARIFEST DREAM PURPOSEFULLY since my undergraduate days at the University. Back then and till date, I have always been SELF-INSPIRED.

Like I mentioned earlier, my family background; my lovely family, my spiritual heritage and my ambitious nature inspired me and remains my greatest sources of INSPIRATION till date!

But the GREATEST of the GREATEST of my inspiration REMAINS GOD for WITHOUT HIM there’s no ONYEKAAH!

 

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