When God wants to create a space for you, He makes the busy less of it. This was exactly what happened when I came in contact with Uncle Dele Momodu, the CEO and Publisher, Ovation International. How did it start? He only read a post from me, which didn’t relate to him. Next, I got a (DM) message from him, “Boss, can I have your number? I want to call you.”
Indeed, God uses our gift to create spaces for us.
This happened early last three years.
After some days, while in Umuahia where I went for a meeting with a client, he called. In his thick voice, I knew a ‘big man’ called. Throughout the conversation we had that ended in exchange of email addresses for an easy keep in contact, he kept using the word, “Ogamii and Boss.” I never felt cool with it, even though we all want a massage of ego as humans. Why? It came from the Boss of all Bosses.
I understood a lot from that conversation. If not, it is the fact that if you must learn, you have to remain humble. Being humble takes nothing out of you. When you remain humble, it gives you the grace to be accepted to be thought. It is from learning we earn. When you don’t humble yourself to learn, you can’t earn.
This is one man whose hands should be on showcase for shaking the high and mighty. You can’t take away this fact. Even a President of a nation is limited to people to see or shake based on protocol. But for Uncle Dele, he has had his hands shaking kings and queens of the world. Has it gotten to his head? No! He is still humble learning from the process of life.
When we started the cross examination of names selected for our top 20 Most Influential Nigerians – MIN, he had a very busy schedule, as he was constantly traveling from Ghana to Nigeria, Nigeria to UK, alongside a few other countries I could remember. I knew how we got about 458 names from the rich and famous, and I would call to discuss the names, it happened he was boarding. We would talk, share ideas and enumerate on the names to go or drop.
As busy as he was and still is, whenever I call and didn’t get him, he would apologize while tendering reasons when I do. Among other advisory board members, while he was busy to play his role, he didn’t fail to develop a means for easy work. I remember when I had an exit from WhatsApp, he asked me to return so we can edit and review materials from there while on transit. This helped the process. Collectively, out of the 458 names received, we agreed on 20 with the involvement of every adviser. Very busy people, yet they gave their time for the service of the country.
It’s important I share this story with you. Story of how we overcame.
I’ve not stopped learning from him, as he is one of the people I look from their mirrors to see how promising the future is through positive effort. He is like a module, even though I call him ‘Dele Mo-Module’. He serves as a pattern. A style, basically.
I feel deeply energized anytime I read his review on Most Influential Nigerians – MIN. Whenever the world takes a break, his note is one of the things I read. It reminds me of how much involved I should get with life, especially in adding my voice and effort for a stronger and working society. You need a Dele’s note to know your place. He wrote to me based on what I can do for the country. It was not based on how much I had or have.
A better you is not selfishness, it is presenting yourself as a module and inspiration to the younger generation. Our lives should be lived to inspire a people for a better nation. A better you should be able to tell the story of genuine hustle where guns and bloodshed are not needed to secure a future. We owe it a duty to use our time here well. It doesn’t matter how rough the road would be, no one emerges carelessly. If you must emerge, you must go through the process of life. It will make you the real deal.
I keep hitting at Uncle Dele’s note maybe because it was prepared in a time when I lost my late sister, Chidinma; she didn’t play with copies of Ovation magazine. She saved it preciously that I didn’t disagree to the fact that ladies aim to have pictures of their wedding gracing the pages of Ovation.
And it was promising when I received Uncle Dele’s blessing on MIN, when he wrote: “Also, with the constructive order of work done here, I’m optimistic of a future where young people will be anxious to work so hard so as to experience the feeling of gracing the pages of Most Influential Nigerians – MIN.
“The unmatchable quality of this book will attract goodwill and readership, as well as invitation to people and places of the highest caliber. …Based on the diction, authenticity and professionalism you’ve presented here, people will find it too difficult to deal away with the hardcopies of this golden book. Then, it shows that this is an asset; a collector’s item!” What more do I ask for from a King maker?
To this end, I would want to add his fatherly advice to me: “Finally, I will leave the author and readers of this great work with the words of the late great Madiba of Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who said; “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” You must stay passionately focused on your dreams.”
I urge you to get a copy of MIN; it’s made of quality and gold to worth every dime you are paying. When you do that, start by reading the reviews and foreword written by our advisers, from MIN’s first lady, Forbes Africa’s journalist and author Forbes Africa 30 under 30, Ancillar Mangena to Uncle Mike Awoyinfa’s, and to the selected names.
I had a mind shift after I read through the finished work as the lead writer. And I hope, you will, too.
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