13th December 2017, someone’s dream came true!

Father planted the seed, mother watered it. Today, it has culminated in this giant, larger than life itself! Weeks of waiting for our bar exam results to come out led me to start reminiscing on the past. There was never a doubt in my mind on passing the exams. All I had to do was wonder, Lord, how did i even get here?

What am I doing in this space? Sometimes, hot tear-drops would fall from my eyes as i looked at my late mum’s portrait hanging on my bedroom wall. It’s been a long walk to this place. I had started to forget how I came to study law. Spending 5 years +1 year of nationwide lecturers’ strike in a Nigerian university just to get LL.B is enough to give anybody dementia!

Before I proceed, I really want to congratulate my colleagues and everybody around the world who share a similar story. Congratulations to you buddies, life has made us tough!

Now, my journey into the world of flashbacks made me remember year 2011, the day I first updated my Facebook profile to reflect Obafemi Awolowo University and the course, Law. An old high school mate posted on my wall that day. My classmate for 6yrs, from JS1-SS3, Taofeek Oyekola.

The Facebook message Taofeek sent me 6 years ago

He couldn’t stomach his excitement seeing my new profile and quickly reminded me of how I used to tell them all back in high school, that I would one day become a lawyer. That should be 2004 or thereabout and I was less than 15years old!

I was an avid newspaper reader (my dad bought at least 2 everyday), and I probably caught the dream while reading lawyers’ interviews. It could also be television.

I’m sure my dad loved the profession and at a time wanted to go for it himself, but it was too late (‘popsy’ was over 50, with grown kids & a kingly ego). I’m too sure my ambition couldn’t have come from the ghetto I grew up in. We had only one lawyer in the neighbourhood and he wasn’t that inspiring. Well, I remember he named his son after me so he’s probably inspiring after-all.

Dad later worked with a court when he retired from the Police & before he talked, people would ask if he was a lawyer or Judge. Fair enough, I suppose, for someone who wanted to be a lawyer so bad!

The first JAMB I wrote in 2007/08, I passed but Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) offered me Political Science instead of Law. I didn’t accept it. I told mum not to worry, I know she was really worried. May her beautiful soul rest in perfect peace. I LOVE YOU MOTHER, I LOVE YOU!

Two years later in 2009/10, I got my Law in the same school. Another dream I had as a child was to attend OAU and that was also achieved. My life has been a fairy-tale of sorts. Apart from the few challenges along the way, especially losing the people who mean the world to me. But deep down, I know I can’t complain. It could have been worse!

Some of my life heroes since I was that ‘bookworm’ kid in high school were lawyers. I’ve tried to model my life after theirs over the years, doing the same things they did. Chief Obafemi Awolowo (SAN), a man I try to emulate not just on professional success but in character and life philosophy. Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) is evergreen to me.

Growing up, I read extensively on these great men & my determination for this profession was built on their strength of purpose and will-power. Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) and Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) have always inspired me. Nelson Rolihlahla ‘Madiba’ Mandela is my greatest hero. Reading books of and about Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln moulded my thinking.

Thus, to be a lawyer became my lifelong dream and it became a reality on 13th December, 2017 when I was called to the largest bar in Africa!

This is testament for hardwork, resilience, determination and above all, a very strong faith in God. If you’re young and lucky enough to read this, I’m telling you now your dreams can never be too big to be achieved! Your dreams, not matter how ridiculous they may sound, are valid and possible.

Why do i say this? Because I read Oral Robert’s book(Miracle of Seed-faith) as a teenager and believed when he said “whatever you believe(incubate) and visualize will come to pass.” I lived by those tenets and they worked for me. In times of inertia, I was able to stay strong. Don’t stop dreaming, and don’t stop working hard.

As big as my two extended families are, I’ve never heard of another lawyer. I’m the first one. A major jinx is broken. It’s because of people like me and some others that Council of Legal Education found it hard to release our results on time, they kept postponing. Sometimes, you have to look at things with spiritual eyes.

It is never easy when people are breaking yokes that have existed for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. The heavens & the ground will shake. There would be signs and symbols. Like Femi Adesina loves putting it, “the lions would roar in the wild, the fishes would leap for joy…”

This success is dedicated to my late colleague Oladipo Ige, who committed suicide on March 3, 2014 (4oo level college days) for unclear reasons. My only regret in life is not getting to know you better as you drew closer to me. Rest on my beloved brother, I miss you.

Also, to another learned friend and brother who died also mysteriously few weeks after results were released, Olaniran Quadri Oladimeji. R.I.P brother. I couldn’t help but feel emotional on my call to bar, knowing you ought to be called same day. But death robbed us of your brilliant mind and person. I will continue to hold onto the fond memories I have of you!

I lost my dad this year as well. It’s been a very rough year but I soldier on from here. I want to use this opportunity to thank all my well-wishers, my blog readers, family and friends. God bless you all for always supporting my growth. I’m very grateful!

***Dreams come true, Prophecies come true.

Dreams come true, Rumors mostly never true.

If your dream came true, you must have paid some dues.

So forget the feuds, Now they’re of no use.

Peace!!!

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12 world leaders who grew from nothing into prominence

Today, I decided to compile a list of inspiring leaders, some were Presidents of their countries, others simply excelled in their chosen fields.

When I think of world leaders who share a common trait of humble background, these great men come to mind. They all rose from the bottom to the apogee height of their fields.

This goes to show that the odds actually do favor children of commoners to go on and achieve greatness. The list is released to inspire children and youths especially. Whatever your present condition, you can overcome as Martin Luther King jr. did!

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1. Nelson Mandela grew up in a hut in Transkei village. Struggled for everything from his education to life under apartheid & jail time.
Known worldwide today as the greatest African of the 20th century!

2. Abraham Lincoln grew up in a farmhouse, raised by an unpredictable mother battled from one failure to another.
He’s arguably the most popular/influential American President ever.

3. James Garfield grew up in a log cabin From log cabin to the White House! His life and death bares similarities with Lincoln’s.

4. Goodluck Jonathan grew up in Otuoke village (with no shoes, don’t forget). Rising from a series of miraculous events, he became Nigeria’s President at a very critical time.

5. Barack Obama grew up in Kenya and Indonesia. He became the first American President of African descent.
From Africa to the world!

6. Obafemi Awolowo grew up in a farm. His father insisted he must go to school, ‘Awo’ simply loved farm life.
He later became one of the founding fathers of Nigeria, one of our greatest political leaders.
Originator of free education in old western region, politician par excellence, a sage of huge mental acumen. He’s my personal hero.

7. Mahatma Gandhi grew up in Porbandar, India. Married at 13 and extremely poor, his brother & family contributed to his trip to England for education.
He became India’s greatest ever leader and inspired Martin Luther King’s movement in USA several years later.

8. Nnamdi Azikwe grew up in Zungeru, Northern Nigeria. His father sent him to USA with all his life-savings & pension.
Nnamdi Azikwe became a god among men, probably the greatest intellectual leader Nigeria has ever had.
He flouted the first modern newspaper in Africa!

9. Martin Luther King Jr., raised in Atlanta in a conservative christian home, during America’s Great Depression.
Struggled through segregation in an unjust system, he became one of the greatest world leaders, leading African-Americans to attaining freedom and equal rights in USA.

10. Ben Carson, raised by an illiterate single mom in the Baltimore projects. He overcame failures and anger to become the greatest neuro-surgeon the world has ever seen.

11. Frederick Douglas used to be a slave but he became an abolitionist, writer or repute, prominent politician and statesman.
He taught himself how to read and became a famous orator. The first African American (several years before Jesse Jackson or Obama) to be nominated for Vice-President of USA.
The most influential African-American of the 19th century.

12. Booker T. Washington was born into slavery, extremely poor & struggled to attend school.
His life and leadership has inspired people all over the world.
He was a voice for the voiceless when African-Americans were segregated in America.

*You too can succeed like these great men. Keep doing what you do.

It’s a personal thing. Do you have a name you feel should make the list? You’re free to drop your own additions in the comment box. I’d probably draw another list in the future.

President Barack Hussein Obama: A sellout and major mistake

I write full of disappointment! Full of anger and distraught towards our supposed role-model, angel of light and perfectionist who has proven to be unworthy of those good qualifications. President Barack Obama rode on the back of the goodwill of good people in the world in 2008, there was massive support for him. After hundreds of years of oppression of black people in the United States of America, all we wanted was a representative on that presidency seat.

As Sal Bommarito succinctly puts it,
“… to elect an African American president was a huge and very inspiring event for the country, I thought. Finally, after 200-plus years of discrimination and repression, a black man became the most powerful person on the planet. African-Americans rejoiced when this man was elected — they had a true role model. Well, the president has disappointed on this front as well.”

Tragedy is when you leave important things to attend to frivolity. President Obama has been spending the rest of his last one year of presidency, meeting with Hollywood celebrities in the White House, showing them around in a relaxed manner. Does this mean United States of America has no more challenges in its coffers? Come on, this is the world’s most powerful country! I don’t think Vladimir Putin is currently dining with celebrities in the Russian state house. We all know Obama rode on the back of these celebrities to office and their support & consequently their fan’s support gave him the needed votes, most especially the black and latino communities who listen most to Jay-Z, Jeezy, Nas et al. But if President Obama feels he needs to show his gratitude to these guys he can’t ignore the plight of millions other miserable Americans who aren’t celebrities.

Under Obama’s presidency, there has been more concerns about the mistreatment of migrants in USA than under any other President in American history. History has been good to Obama but he has not been good to history. He came at the perfect time, but instead of being that man, instead of returning the great favor bestowed on his lowly character he has decided to be a catalyst for repression. When you remain silent in the face of oppression & decide to keep mum then you are on the side of oppression. This president came into office with the impression of being on the common man’s side but he has failed, he’s no friend of the common man after all.

If I had read President Obama’s political book, The Audacity of Hope as at 2008 when it was released, I wouldn’t have been as enthusiastic as I was about his candidacy for president then. In the book, he appeared smart, intelligent & a visionary but then he showed how much of a politician he can be. President Obama is someone who would say whatever you want him to say even though he has his own reservations. He’s just like the rest of the other politicians, he’s not a saint after all.

In the Audacity of Hope, he spoke twice about Nigeria and it was not in good light. This is the biggest & most blessed country in Africa and the supposed “African-American” President Obama has no regards for its people. On page 168 he talks about USA depending on oil coming from Nigeria & other large exporters of crude oil & questioned how America’s $800 million goes into the hands of “the world’s most volatile regimes.” According to President Obama, “it doesn’t matter whether they’re despotic regimes with nuclear intentions or havens for madrassas that plant seeds of terror in young minds – they get our money because we need their oil.” President Obama has shown he cares not about what happens in Africa, millions can die but America will not budge, that’s what he’s saying. He had the temerity to also allege that USA’s dependence on oil from Africa & Asia undermines their national security. I’m an African, a Nigerian and I’m not a terrorist! Nigeria is not a threat to world security. What’s the President really insinuating, is George Zimmerman and his cohorts Africans or aren’t they threats to America’s national safety? Statements like these will always fall from the mouth of an African-American President who doesn’t see himself as an African, who has more sympathies for his white brothers than his true family. That’s why he can’t understand that Africa isn’t America’s problem, it’s the other way round.

He referred to Nigeria again on page 319 of the book, claiming that “countries like, India, Nigeria, and China have developed two legal systems – one for foreigners and elites, and one for the ordinary people trying to get ahead.” If Obama wants to berate African and Asian legal systems, what about the Judge who set George Zimmerman free to roam the streets after murdering young Trayvon Martin based on race prejudice? What of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri recently?

What about all the injustices that goes on in USA daily, human rights encroachments in the supposed citadel of democracy? What about the oppression of black people in America which claimed the lives of great men such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., young men murdered in their prime? What about Tupac Shakur’s political murder in 1996, which was made to resemble a gang or music rivalry but no arrest has been made till now? President Obama’s USA isn’t perfect and its even more imperfect and vulnerable under his regime. Obama is going to leave that seat worse than it has ever been economically since the great depression in 1929. Politically, it is the worst in the history of the country. The country is tensed and the world, consequently is tensed. ISIS is a new phenomenon, the tentacles are worldwide and it is a result of President Obama’s lack of political will.

The page 286 of The Audacity of Hope sees President Obama himself confessing to America’s sins of tolerating and aiding juntas and despotic regimes around the world, just to oust leaders who lean towards communism. USA aided Mobutu Sese Seko of Congo DR and the despot was visited by every single American president since Dwight D. Eisenhower, only Jimmy Carter was the exception. What has President Obama done to remedy those ills in the Congo? Congo was in peace before America decided to interfere in their politics. The same problems created by his predecessors, one would have automatically expected an African-American President of the USA to make things right. Isn’t it an open secret that President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered C.I.A to kill Congo DR’s first prime minister and one true legitimate leader, Patrice Lumumba due to his romance with the Soviet Union? Didn’t the USA aid Mobutu and Belgium in Lumumba’s eventual cold murder? What about Thomas Sankara, Nigeria’s Murtala Muhammed…? It’s about time the world puts America where it belongs.

No one really cared to check deeply the character of President Obama when he came in through the back door and took over with his cunning methods. Well, I wish people did as I’m sure most Americans have also seen the grave mistake committed by now. Unscrupulous politics can get you in power but won’t allow you have the best of administrations! Obama is afraid of White America. He’s too passive and lethargic to make any solid impact and I wonder why people didn’t see this on time. The man is such an accomplished con man who has succeeded in hiding his true colors. A president who never admits failure or mistake but claim misunderstanding or blame political opponents is not fit to lead. President Obama should learn to take responsibility for his shortcomings. Some of his “misunderstandings” of the situation has actually allowed the creation & widespread of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. It’s simply a case of negligence by an irresponsible and passive leader.

Sources:

10 Ways Obama Has Failed as President

http://m.mic.com/articles/61019/8-reasons-why-obama-s-presidency-has-been-a-disappointment#.pvUmfDv9e

These 4 Miscalculations Will Define Obama’s Presidency

http://opportunitylives.com/three-major-problems-with-president-obamas-isis-speech/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr01/3666/2016/en/