My Journey: The road to self discovery.

bookorla
Posted September 23, 2015 from Nigeria

My childhood was filled with mixed feeling. My parent were civil servant and we had uncles and aunties living with us. This made life a bit difficult to some extent, my mum had to take care of her in laws and you can imagine what happens when she doesn't do it, so much quarrel and fight. I was the second child and the most dullest. I never won any prize like my siblings during my school years. I was always told that I was an "OLODO" means dullard. I realized at a tender age that I had the ability to observe my environment needs and figure out a way out. I noticed that a lot of kids in my area usually buy candies, chewing gum and I thought I could come through by selling this in front of my house. I remember that my mum had a nice apple shape tray and I knew a place where they sell all the candies and chewing gum because I also derive pleasure consuming them. I started the business and I made a lot of profit but something happened. My dad got to know that I was the owner of the petty trade and banned me never to sell again. It was painful for me because I enjoyed the feeling of achieving something. I was 9 years old and still remember the event vividly. My Life changed when I enrolled to a new secondary school after my dads death. My aunt and Mum wanted me to experience life and they believe I was a good kid and should be given the opportunity to express my self. AirForce Secondary School Ikeja, Nigeria was my new school. I met a lot of kids with different social economic status and it help me. Though was just an average student that passed her WAEC and JAMB exam at once and never had to face the rigour of any resit. My life began to find direction when I gain admission to the higher institution, My feeling of average vanished,a super me emerged. I believe I had the power to become who I really wanted to be. I took up leadership roles and it sharpen me like never before. My National Youth Service heralded a new me, I was posted to a school in a rural community and I felt so much pain for the youth and most especially the student I teach. I have never been to a rural community and couldn't imagine that there was such a place like that. With the support of my other colleagues, I started a club to empower, educate and challenge the student not to allow their environment to limit them. Seminars and workshop was organise and they benefited immensely. After my youth service, the yearning to reach out to more rural youth was all I was craving for. My day time job didn't give me the satisfaction , peace and Joy I yearn for. I decided to quit my day time job for my passion which was coaching. and mentoring of youth living in rural community. My Psychology degree has been helpful to reach out to this youth. I Founded my NGO known as LightUp to reach out to youth in rural community and so we have made tremendous impact. (www.facebook.com/Lightupng) that the link to our Facebook page. This year Project Social Impact in Boston recognized what I was doing with the youths and I was awarded a fellowship training in Boston, I couldn't travel down because of the cost of funding myself due to financial constraint, neither did I know that World Merit will acknowledged a project I handled in Nigeria on the health issue facing aged and I was their Agent of Change for the week.

The road is somewhat lonely sometimes but the passion keeps me from all the ups and down. I am delighted to be a member of WorldPulse and I hope to learn from everyone .

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Kirthi
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

What a moving story! Thank you for inspiring me :) I will be signing up for updates on your NGO!

bookorla
Sep 24, 2015
Sep 24, 2015

Thank you so much Kirthijay.

Ukhengching Marma
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

Hello Sister,

I admire your afforts and activities. How amazing you are, you have done so many things to your society.Keep empowering others, young woman like you and me can enourmous things if we want. We are the ultimate powers

Love and respect

Ukheng

bookorla
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

Thank you so much Ukheng. You are also doing great work and I admire your work. Its feel good to see that you are also a member of WorldMerit. Gracias.

annadassa
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015

Hello Bookorla,

Your past was hard for you but, today they are you pearls and they are giving you the desire and courage to help others. That's awesome Bookorla......!

Thank you so much for sharing,

Annadassa

bookorla
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Thank you so much for the word of encouragement. Really appreciate it.

Lisa Alfano
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

I will keep up to date on your NGO and Facebook page. An amazing story and you are such an inspiration.  Thank you for your determination.

Leslie Stoupas
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Wow, what an amazing journey you have had! Clearly, you had to start swimming in a larger pond in order for your larger vision and your version of "super me" to come out! Education does amazing things for us, and it often helps us to discover who we are. So, not only did you discover this as a student, you are helping new students discover this as their teacher. Wonderful. I look forward to hearing more about your NGO and your admirable efforts.

Best to you!

Leslie

bookorla
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Comment strolling in are really a motivating factor to keep at what am doing. With these words of encouragement from World Pulse sisters am geared to do more.

Thank you so much @Lisa Alfano and @Leslie Stoupas.

Jewels5484
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Dear Bookorla,

Your transformation story is beautiful. I’m always inspired by stories where people blossom from the person they were always told they were to the person they know they are inside. You know you are a strong, capable woman despite what you were told as a child and you are making a difference in many young people’s lives with the work you do in rural communities.

Let your passion for change guide you when the road gets lonely. We are here with you!

~Julie

bookorla
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Thank you so much Julie. Really appreciate your time and effort.

I value you.

GD
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Bookorla,

Thanks for sharing this. Next time I will meet discuss with young searching their way, I will give them your example to empower them.

JohannaEM
Oct 01, 2015
Oct 01, 2015

Hello Bookorla,

Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring journey. You had to go through a lot to finally be able to be the person you really are. I admire your strength and your willpower! You write that you "felt so much pain for the youth and most especially the student I teach" and it is great that you did something about that and started to help these young people. I looked at the LightUp Facebook page and your posts are wonderful. Your hard work and your dedication to help rural youth is amazing.

I look forward to reading more about your work!

Warmly,

Johanna

bookorla
Oct 05, 2015
Oct 05, 2015

Morning Johanna, Thank you so so much, really appreciate it that you took time out to check our Facebook page. I cherish you .