I’ve just been featured, for the second time, in Nigeria’s second biggest newspaper; in a country of over 180 million people, this is a BIG deal.
I’ve gotten a lot of media publicity over the years – Forbes, Millionaire Magazine Italy, Digital Journal and some of the biggest publications locally and internationally. Something I didn’t do then, that I’m starting to do now, is to occasionally take time to celebrate the little achievements… because they matter.
I did this with the Huffington Post feature, and countless people have written to thank me for inspiring them, to encourage me to continue and to let me know that their belief in the writing dream has been strengthened as a result.
This kind of feedback does more than you can imagine to encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. Thanks!
My story is simple; besides being a fatherless kid from a third world country who started online at 16, shortly after finishing his secondary school education (high school for those in the US!), I am a complete nobody as far as relevance is concerned.
So talk about age, background, resources or anything else, I am far from qualified.
Being a fatherless child among six kids wasn’t exactly unicorn and rainbows. I’ll forever love, cherish and respect my mom for her effort towards taking care of her six kids pretty much on her own; there were days when I and my siblings will be lucky to eat two meals a day, and getting access to a computer and the internet at the very beginning wasn’t easy. It was that difficult, and my mother certainly gave her best.
However, a lot has happened in the past 6 years, since I first got online, and this is all due to the power of the PEN.
When I say writers are the most talented individuals on earth, I’m not saying this to make you feel good; I’m saying it because I mean it, deep down from the bottom of my heart.
With our words, we can shape opinions, help and liberate people and even save or destroy nations. We are that powerful; we are not worthless and we should not be treated as such.
Writers truly ARE in charge.
My story is a testament to that.
Just six years ago, I was a total nobody struggling to eat twice a day and connect to the internet; today, I employ and pay several people monthly, and possibly millions of people worldwide have heard about me.
Yes, there’s been a lot of grit, passion, persistence, stubbornness, determination and sacrifices involved – some that I’m still paying for today – but there is one truth that will never change:
It all started with the PEN
You can call it the keyboard or whatever, but my message is that everything can be traced to being a writer.
So, yes, you can do it; if I can, you definitely can.
Don’t ever underestimate the power you have. So, buckle up, light that fire deep inside of you and resolve to do whatever it will take to succeed, because if anyone can, it is YOU.
With that said, I invite you to celebrate my recent feature in Nigeria’s second most read newspaper, The Nations.
You can find out more about this through my Facebook post:
The title of the column I was featured in is “Writing to Hit Mega Bucks”, and as you can see at the end of the day it all boils down to WRITING.
I’d encourage and appreciate if you can do two things:
1. Celebrate this achievement with me and send your encouraging words.
2. Know that it is possible. Don’t ever give up, because if I can, you can too!