There is a God in heaven  

Posted by Tolulope Akanni

I was in the waiting room yday n I'm glad to announce to u that I did not wait for nothing. GOD did it!!!!

I'm so grateful to the heavens, but hw did it all start?

Monday: I went for the 1st stage of the 2day screening for a job wit Skye (a 5wks prog aimed at publishing a youth mag for Skye Bank)
1st thing was the traditional "Tell us ur name-tell us about urself" interview, and after which we started the real deal, writing.
14 applicants, 10 to be picked
Monday's main task was to pick out 5 random words out of a basket filled with diff words, and use ur 5words 2 write an article, half a page making sure that ur 5words r swallowed up in the article.

I got the words "intervention, disconfiguration, abundance, imminent, odious" And as u wld xpect, I did sumtin on naija.

Conclusion is, I thot wat I did was mad.. bt wen I heard others, I cld conclude it was crap.

Tuesday followed d same protocol(bt we had increased in numbers to 10) but it was one word this time arnd n I did sumtin on FOOD.

We left there with the instruction that only the "needed" will be called back n dont come again if u dnt get any sms 4rm us.

Wednesday: SMS no show!!!!
Some deep prayer sessions, declaration of rhema, speaking in tongues, no SMS, no call!!
But I was persistent.
I stil had a fun day on wednesday; BIG UPs 2 Ehi 4 d sweet ride n to all of those we were able 2 hang out wit - Asha, Hauwa, Chidinma, Busola, Soko.. wednesday made sense.

Thursday: Prayers were stil on n my hopes were stil very high that my God of "suddenly" can still do it.
U wont blv d call came when I left my phone in my bag... but since dat tuesday I'v bin callin back anytime I see "missed calls" oh.. cos u neva can tel uno. lol
The Boss (Uncle Yinka) called n asked me 2 come around 4 2more days of probation.. and this time it was 5 of us n he needed 2!
I knew God had done it already.

I got there and as the tradition is: u write n read 2 everyone's hearing and they all criticise.
He brought out the article I wrote on tuesday n he was analysing it. But every1 else in d room loved the article n u wont blv we were arguing/discussing/analysing my article 4 the next 30mins!! (against the traditional 5-10mins), and after they all reached d conclusion that this article made sense.

He said "Tolu, if ur article can raise this much argument then ure automatically in!!!!!"

The last time I checked, I saw a God in heaven.

Are you seeing him right now?????

Waiting room  

Posted by Tolulope Akanni

Wow! I cant blv I stil need 2 more days 2 prove myself as an excellent writer
I quote my employer who says "I believe u've got potentials, I can c d potentials, bt I need u 2 express it.. ure nt expressin it well enuf"

Now that I have just 45mins to go join them in that room where stars of the writing world gather to display expertise n unravel unimaginable expressive tendencies, I can only run back to my world here n remnid myself of how "kingly" I am in this territory.

I love it when I write, that joy that thrill, that sudden rush I get when the inspiration comes on dat topic, that gigantic ego that builds up in me when I imagine readers smiling at their screens, doving their hats, in applause to what I've offered n imagine God bragging over me like He did wit Job saying "I knew that clay was special when I picked it up to mould this boy, I knew that breath was special when I released it into him"

At this moment, I dont care if they didnt applaud me when I read my 1st article on monday, but I loved it when they did on tuesday though. I dont care if I've not been voracious enuf in my expressions, rite I see myself ripping thru the gates of honours like an avalanche of fury stopping at nothing to hit the mark.

The El Fiz dream is all about being specially different, its all about functioning at full capacity to maximum performance

God, this is the point where I surrender it all into your hands. You know I need this job to become a better me. Just like you have done all through these years, give unto me this one job I again ask for, In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

Life as I see it...  

Posted by Tolulope Akanni

At this moment, I choose to look beyond d frustration of these present times. I choose to look beyond d vanity of rising as early as 5am, spending 5hrs in traffic daily. I look beyond this frustrating routine. I choose not to match d pains wit d gains cos one obviously overshadows d other. I choose to ignore d misplaced challenges cos since d job wont b challenging, situations n circumstances surrounding d job itself hv chosen to be.

For what cause r we running this race? To what end is this journey? How much time have I got? How much time have I expended? How much do I have left?

I console myself with d fact that there is a thing called "tomorrow" I console myself with d reason for my existence, I console myself with that which I was created to do. I console myself with d fact that m born to bring out d best in others; born to see men live to their full potential, born to make men out of babes, born to make giants of men.

As I close my eyes in an attempt to give up, out of that supposed darkness one sees when d eyes r closed, I see a large beam of light, I envision an untouchable 2mrw, I c myself practically transforming lives with words: both written n spoken. Words: d same order of words that served as d molding blocks of existence.

I see myself speaking to millions of people, I see men purchasing volumes of my publications, I see d best coming out of people, I see smiles on faces, I perceive satisfaction in their hearts, I feel d wave of fulfilment.

As I make further attempt to imagine what this life would be like if we all could live up to 50% of our potentials, m moved to tears.. hw much more 100% ?

As I open my eyes n I see d frustration of these present times, I cannot but blame it on purpose. I've never seen a man grow weary doing what he's good at. Show me a frustrated labourer, u will find him toiling in another man's field.

I know of a MD of a bank who wept when he got to the top of his banking career because that still did not give him d desired fulfillment. Purpose will always come back to haunt u if u choose not to live in it.

I shake my head when I meet people who place no real value on their purpose. There is not one thing that u have on ur inside n ure committed to that will not bring u profit.
People gossip for a living
People tell lies for a living
People look for a living
People sit for a living
People sing for a living
People walk for a living: yes, they made trekking a sport in d Olympics!
Some swing a stick for a living.. gosh! I so envy dat guy called "Woods"

Even when there's obviously no money, purpose keeps u goin. Even when there's no reason to be happy, purpose gives u this inner glow. U cant doubt it when u have found it!

If only u can take this journey into self discovery, u will be surprised by d immense wealth of resources u will find within.

It is important I remind u of d divine injunction that says "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all of thy might"

Event planning was like the only thing myself and Jaiye could find doing when El Amin approached us 4 dat cause during TW 09 n by virtue of that, MASK was birthed, El Fiz Events + EVEnts Royale r living proofs today.

Writing was the only thing Aregbe could lay his hands on at a particular point in time n that's how MITRE magazine came to being.

Food was the only thing Funeh could lay his hands on at a particular instance n soon we would have a chain of fast food restaurants as a subsidiary of Funeh Corp.

Fixing faulty electronics was all Ife could lay his hands on then n today, we have FEUS electronics

Papa just loved God n was ready to go any length to spread His word n d vision 4 Living Faith Ministries came out.

I need to be sure something is driving u to ur purpose!

In conclusion, I say it's time we stop d paper chase, it's time we stop running another man's race. Let's all go back to where we belong, shut all of d noise u have around u n take out time to look within. U never know how much ure missing by living outside purpose, go find it n live in it.


Posted by Tolulope Akanni

U rly dont wanna knw d number of demons of procrastination I had 2 fight b4 dis dream blog finally came alive. I feel so good rite nw n I feel dat sense of fulfillment dat's characteristic of my existence, I mean always fulfill sumtin per time.

Should I be happy 4 u dat u joined my blog? I cant tell, but al I can say is this:

Finally, I can give u an insight into d real me!!!! But I most let u knw that I find it difficult to understand myself most times. I'm jst too "swingy" 4 my liking.
Happy now, sad later;
Proud nw, humble d next second;
friendly nw, snubbish d nxt minute
even my pictures.... fine nw, swagless d next moment
bt all of these things make me trip 4 God d more cos He's invested a lot in packaging this uniqueness into one ME.

U would be makin a big mistake if u visit this page today n u dnt make plans 2 make it an habit.

This is not supposed 2 b my 1st post, d real one is 2 hot... m 2 scared 2 drop it on 1st timers.

I really really appreciate u 4 doing this.. welcome 2 my world!