I am a very creative person and a fast learner too. At age 9, I decided I wanted to weave my hair myself. I sat in from of the mirror and weaved my hair for the very first time. I expected people to make bad comments but instead people cheered me knowing I made it myself. I was so proud of my little success and decided to start helping my friends with theirs. For a long time, I enjoyed making hair for people. (This has changed though). I never really saw this as an asset. By writing this task, I have come to fall in love with other skills that I have that I took for granted.
When I was living on the street, I needed to do something to survive without getting involved with the lifestyle the other young people were involved in. I realized that I had picked up some skills like baking and local drink production from my mum without even knowing. My first business at 17 was making “chin-chin” and “Sobo” drink. The profit from my little business kept me off the street and even after I left, I still sold it to people on my street and in my church.
I am very expressive and strong willed. There are many times, people have tried to get me to do things I didn’t want to or wasn’t just interested in and failed. I mostly do the things that I want to regardless of the pressure. This skill has kept me focused on my passion in the last four years.
Improving the standard of public primary education in Africa is one thing that I am very passionate about and my dream is to significantly contribute to this sector. I have started this in my country and in the next few years, I hope that we are able to reach at least one public primary school in every state in Nigeria.
When people say I care or give of myself too much I usually just smile because since I was a child, people have told me that loving too much is ‘weakness’ and one day I will get hurt. And yes, I have been hurt a few times in the last 20 years but that hasn't stopped me. I have learned that is it actually my strength.
As I did this task, I have been able to list out a lot of assets around me that I never saw. I run a women’s ministry and an education project. A lot of times, I wonder what value I can give my volunteers aside certificates and recommendations but after this exercise, I have been able to find other friends who have training that are valuable for my volunteers for which I can get discount for my volunteers and even free slots.
There are a lot of resources around me that I didn't know were assets that are really assets and can help me grow and would make my work much easier than it already is. This exercise was tasking and exciting for me.