One of my highest points in secondary, actually two of my highest point was when I was in Junior school and I was chosen by my mathematics teacher to be a part of the team that was going to represent my school in the eleganza young brain competition. This competition was going to be televised on national TV!
I remember her telling me that
“Aremo, I am not choosing you because you are very good, but I see you are ready to learn”.
It was on this premise she put her integrity on the line for me. I appreciate her a lot.
I went for the competition amidst my fear of messing up or saying the wrong thing.
When it was time to choose who was going to be the ‘point man’, I declined. I would rather be in the audience and help from there. The competition went on smoothly until when our chosen point man could not answer a question, a mathematical question. I raised my hand from the audience and answered. “The answer is 2” I said, and yes it was!
It went on again until it was time for the winning question, “what is the slogan of Ekiti state” . I looked at our point man, he didn’t know it. If we got this question, we had the win!
I was just smiling sheepishly where I was seated, hello, I am from Ekiti state, so I calmly raised my hand and answered the question, “Fountain of Knowledge”!
I answered two questions correctly. Questions that got us the win. I was proud of myself. I gave God thanks.
The next day was Saturday and I was with my family in our sitting room when a neighbour rushed in and shouted, “Lekan is on TV!”. We rushed to her room to see, (Why didn’t we just turn on our own TV, I can’t remember), and yea that was me, on National TV answering a question! It soared my self esteem and self respect.
Another high point was when I acted a drama piece on the assembly and I used my real name for the character that I acted, I became very popular in school coupled with the fact that I was also an acting prefect as at that time, a very nice acting prefect.
My life started taking better shape. My high school story won’t be complete if I don’t share my several crush and well…love experience. Maybe some other time.
I left secondary school, continued working in the corner of my church until one day I got an invitation to my province to come and be a part of the provincial executives, a couple of distasteful experiences occured, but I eventually joined.
I was well equipped to handle people who make me feel less of myself, I have lived with that all my life, so I knew not to bother.
I later ‘retired’ from teens executive as the province’s vice president.
I was ( am) always awed at how God brought me from a place of obscurity to a place of influence, giving me an opportunity to change the lives of many people. It was ( is) a privilege I do not take for granted. Through the position as a provincial executive, I had the rare privilege of visiting Mummy Folu Adeboye, wife of Daddy E.A Adeboye, the General overseer of RCCG. It was a God orchestrated privilege.
We meet different people during our life walk, this people can make or mar us. In the same way we can do to them.
Please know, Morning will always come no matter how long the night is.
One may experience sorrow during the night, but joy arrives in the morning.
Thank you for reading.