Like many compulsive writers, I also enjoy the annual ritual. Writing and looking to a year of hopes, dreams, and adventure is a die-hard habit. I like to take some time at the end of each year to evaluate how things had gone and project my intentions for the coming year.Like yester-years, its time to look back at 2014 while looking to the brand new 2015!
I love this time of year for so many reasons… no, not really the Christmas thing, and not the resolution rituals, but going into reflection mode and dreaming – resurrecting old visions, inventing new ones and flinging others through the life window. December and January are twin months that cause soberness as well as turn-up the hope volume. For me, January is more important because it helps cleanup old frustrations while opening a new slate of opportunities. Maybe the fact that I was born in January is another reason for my splendid love affair with January! I don’t do too much “resolutions” because I am a huge fan of the“just-do-it” club.
In 2014, I learnt a ton about businesses and people with some bits about campaign and politics. Over the past year, I have continued to work with some fantastic, long-term clients, as well as gaining a few new ones, all of whom have introduced me to exciting projects. One of my favorite moments of 2014 was my speaking engagement hosted by Coca cola / NBC. The writers’ workshop was the ultimate ground for spanking and stirring my speaking talent. It was my Whao moment of 2014 coming after my stint at the MTN sponsored Inspiration Network Youth Summit! My aim now is to polish my speaking skills in 2015 and take it further.In 2015, I look to joining the broadcast circuit as I look to launch my very own Radio programme on the popular Star FM in Lagos.
September 2014 saw me in South Africa, I had a short stay at jo’burg. Verb and Seun Agoro I am grateful for coming all the way to Boskburg to see my tiny face. My SA experience would have been incomplete without my volunteer work for the Family Africa Network, an NGO that weekly provides nutritional meals for more than 400 kids living in the slum of Diepsloot, SA. David is one guy with a large dose of humanity-milk. Working with David to feed these over 400 hungry South African kids on that cool Sunday morning left a memorable mark in my heart. David is such a selfless young man, totally dedicated to the laudable cause of feeding the less priviledged children of Diepsloot,SA. South Africa and David taught me more than anything else, the joy of caring for the less priviledged. It was what led to my own Ajegunle agenda, an agenda that got boosted by my many friends and supporters.
November 2014 was a fitting close to my intercontinental trips that started in the Middle East and ended in Washington DC. At the start of 2014, I never thought I will be privileged to meet the President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim but I did. The World Bank Youth Summit in Washington DC was an incredible opportunity to represent Nigeria. As the only Nigerian that travelled from Lagos for the Summit, I saw the World from a different lens discussing“Young people as game changers”. Running down to meet my friend turned sister Funke Orukotan and Morrie my god-daughter allows me to see America from the typical Texan viewpoint. Aside the time difference between Washington DC and Houston, Texas – lifestyle also differs. The strength of the American system rest on its intricate ability to manage its own system. I love America. New York was a different ball game. I love the average New Yorker with its uncanny knack for self-deprecating jokes – my hosts at Brooklyn were a splendid company. It was good that I actually slept in the famed city “that never sleeps”Thank you Bro Wole & Kabiyesi. You guys rock!
Thanking God for the many travails and goodness of 2014 could not have been better than leading other “Angels” to the slum of Ajegunle, Lagos where many of my old, true, “tested and trusted” friends and sponsors help put smiles on the faces of hundreds of kids at Christmas. It was the first time the slum of Ajegunle will play host to a Santa Claus.
Thank you Ajegunle for giving us the opportunity to be a part of your living. Driving down to Ajegunle for me was a mission-fulfilled.Remembering the lots of slum-residents of our dear nation is a tough task but we were tougher. For the many companies and individuals that stood with us in making 2014 Xmas memorable for these kids – I remain so grateful. Thank you for identifying with the future of our nation. Etana Waters was good. Dr Brown, thanks for the wipes, TY Cakes & Cream – I cant thank you enough for the big cake; Just Nature & Smile Foundation; FOCEP & Feed The Elderly Foundation – thanks for being wonderful partners. How can I ever thank TVC & MITV for the broadcast, Etinco media for the donation of the billboard size flex -your outstanding works brought Ajegunle to the consciousness of many Nigerians. Your extreme dedication before and after the event speaks volume. I remain eternally grateful to you – The Nation, Tribune, E24-7, Helen Ozor, City People,ThisDay, National Mirror, SUN and Daily Telegraph for sparing pages and time to help bring the story home to many Nigerians.
Finnel Oil, Wife of Police Officers, Lagos State, Chioma Ikeaka aka “snow white” your support was not only incredible, it did help us make more kids happy. To our DJ, Uncle Blue Moon, thanks for being there.And to you, my sweet“angels” Titi Bankole, Titi Oladimeji, Jibola & Juwon Mafimisebi, Goke Oyedokun, Dayo Olanipekun, Tofarati Ige, Ridwan Ajetunmobi, Lekan Lawal, Sikiru Akinola, Lekan &Dare Awe, Tayo Tanimowo,Tobi and those of you than shun your own comfort to walk the slums and bring smiles to more than 1,000deprived children during the “Storm The Slum” event, I remained totally grateful.
For bringing smiles to the faces of many kids to whom life got a different meaning because you stood up for their comfort, I remained grateful. If I could add dancing and smiling smiley from my phone,I’ll insert a ridiculous number of each right here!
Thanks for making 2014 such a wondrous year for me and for you.
May your smiles never fade in 2015!