"I am because of God!" This short yet powerful statement summarizes my life. Everything I am, everything I do, everything I have been given, every place I have been to, everything opportunity I have been given; it's all by the handiwork of God. Indeed, I have come this far by Grace. I would not be … Continue reading Samuelle’s Story
“ I didnt graduate...my parents were disappointed and everyone who looked up to me were disappointed and I know God was disappointed...but still with this...God GAVE ME ANOTHER CHANCE TO START AFRESH”
“My mum wasn’t sick , she just went downstairs to prepare breakfast, the next thing ,she was found lying dead on the couch. Scariest thing ever”
“I was skeptical because all the application process was online. I had a friend who kept encouraging me to apply . The good thing is, that semester, my grades were excellent. I believe God was preparing me for the gift He had for me. “
When I checked my phone, it was only 3 o’clock. I needed to tell someone, but my mom wasn’t in the country. I called an older friend from church to tell him about my experience and he prayed with me. After the call, I tried to go back to sleep.
After university, I was posted as a teacher to a remote village for national service. Teaching kids who were going through tough challenges changed my perspective and gave me purpose.
The job market was not so welcoming, either. The response was always, “We’ll call you back,” but I never got the call.
Whenever many people hear about abuse of boys and men, they simply think of the times they read news items about young boys being molested by older men or how men have been abused by others. This, however, isn’t all there is to the subject. I dare say a lot of guys have been abused and don’t even know it. This is because of their narrow perception of what abuse is. The saddest part about this side of male abuse I will like to share is, that many men are told to be strong and act tough about a lot of things they go through. From childhood, they are taught to be gangster, tough, hard, you name it. In some cases, some are ‘‘praised’’ even whiles being abused. Let me share some personal experiences with you, so you better understand what I mean.
I accidentally damaged my phone some time ago. It slipped out of my hands and cracked upon hitting the ground. To my dismay, it became unresponsive. The only thing I could pretty much do was receive incoming calls via an earpiece. This unfortunate incident helped me assess the use of my phone. For the past few years, WhatsApp as well as other social media platforms has become my default mode of communication; a development which I believe appeals to other phone users as social media platforms provides easy and convenient ways for correspondence. How was I going to survive with a damaged phone whose only use was to receive calls?
At 21, you have no clue what your future could possibly hold. You don’t have the slightest idea that you will discover your gifts and purpose in life through the most bizarre circumstances seven years later. Dela, you might have never thought that you will inspire and influence people through your works as an artist, designer and an advocate for purpose. Perhaps, you didn’t think that someday you will be sharing your faith in God with the world and the many miracles He’s done in your life.