Nothing good always comes easy – Oluwadamilola Abe
Oluwadamilola Abe wears many hats comfortably. She’s a consultant, a writer, a researcher and lots more. In this interview session with our correspondent, Mercy Ezeokonkwo, she shares her perception of what purpose is, how to handle challenges. She talks on how to remain relevant. Excerpts:
Briefly tell us about yourself
My name is Oluwadamilola Abe, and I am a multi-potentialite. I am a research student, work with an NGO as a monitoring and evaluation, research and learning officer. I own a consulting firm where I groom writers and to-be authors to earn from their skill while impacting the world with their write-ups and books.
What’s your definition of purpose? From your definition, do you think you’re fulfilling purpose?
As a believer, purpose is reconciling men to Christ. That is, fulfilling God’s agenda on earth. How do you fulfill this agenda? You do by using your talent, skills, experiences in all spheres of influence you find yourself. In Ibukun Awosika’s voice, I am a Christian who is a business woman.
Yes, I am. I am fulfilling purpose in my area of interest. I’m fulfilling God’s agenda and mandate in the NGO SPACE, amongst others.
What motivates you to do all you do?
My motivation is God and the words of my parents – “there’s room at the top.” This is my driving force. I know as a child of God, settling for less is not one of the qualities of God, hence, why should I disgrace my Father?
What are the challenges you’ve faced and how were you able to overcome them?
Challenges are part of life. Navigating it is the most important. I have failed, I have been delayed. I have experienced losses. I simply encouraged myself in the Lord, like David. Also, I know if there’s no story, there can’t be a glory. I also understand that the outcome of my life is solely dependent on me.
I simply analyze the challenge (s), what led to what? How can it be avoided? What did I learn from this? How can I be better?
Of course, at times, I cry, wail and rant to my friends. Hence, have a healthy community of friends, you can’t do life alone. Then, pick up yourself.
How can young people remain relevant in this time?
In this times and season, young people need to be self-aware. Know yourself, conduct a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of yourself, that way, maximize your strengths and seek knowledge. Learning never ends, the day you stop learning you start dying. Focus on the process and not the outcome. Nothing good comes easy. Follow the process. Be well-baked. Don’t be afraid of asking questions. Maintain interpersonal relationships. Influence and relevance, many times, comes when we are ourselves. In being, comes doing.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years, I see me done with my PhD, lecturing in a world class university, I’d have raised over 5,000 global writers and authors.
Reached out to over 10, 000 women and youth with empowerment.
What skills would you advice young people to learn?
I’d advise young people to embrace both soft and digital skills. Skills like team work, leadership, effective communication, coupled with digital skills of this age, they can stand anywhere.
Kindly leave an advice for our readers.
To my dear readers, life is not fair. You don’t have an excuse not to live. The outcome of your life depends on the choices you make. Today, choose ye the best choice.
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