Thoughts for Food…

Learnt that if I say I love you, it’s because I will be patient and kind; will not be envious or boastful, will not be arrogant or rude. Will not insist on my own way; will not be irritable or resentful; will not rejoice at wrongdoing, but will rejoice with the truth. That my love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things and that my love never ends. Tell me you love me and mean this because I’m learning to mean this as well through the love of God in me- Blog, Opeoluwa Wonuola Olawale

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable pre-requisite for success- BBM, Udeme Akpan

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Like a River

I’m not afraid to flow like a river
With time
With change
With the environment
From its source
From its place
From the tops
Through places
Through farms
Through countries
By people
By flowers
By ways
Far and wide
Tall and long
Deep and strong
To give
To impact
To persevere
Gentle
Steady
Excellent
Ever refreshed
Always restored
Flowing forever
Unlike ponds
Unlike lakes
Unlike seas
I’m not afraid to flow like a river

Dedicated to…the Olawales

Bideka

“Stop pushing me. I don’t appreciate being pushed. You keep telling me to start. But I’m yet to be ready. Even though my mates have started, the pressure you are putting at me to start is getting me even less enthusiastic about beginning a thing.” these were the words of Bideka when her friend told her about Start. 2015. Three years gone, different businesses had started, grown and far beyond the shores of Nigeria. Thousands have heard about Start. Millions touched by the jobs created. Nigeria’s economy blooming through the ‘one-man’s who decided to START. Bideka wished she requested an invite on http://www.startng.com that year when she saw her friend who started a financial institution that same year. That her friend had grown to be one of the wealthiest ladies in town through a redefinition of savings culture for the average African. Another of her colleague had become a super modelling agent. The one that caught her fancy was the one she heard of that got funding from the pitching session to start the energy company. They were now on the TV as the one of fastest growing energy companies. Bideka’s mind skipped a beat when she tuned the radio and heard the voice of a presenter. The presenter referred to his turning point being the day he heard one of the speakers at Start. 2015 say communication transcends the art of speaking but also giving the listener a life. Tears rolled down Bideka’s face as she finally realised she needed the push in 2015. Every other person seems to have started and left her behind. She knew she couldn’t have been less ready if she decided to be ready. She knew the pressure couldn’t have killed her if she gave in to start. She knew it was the right decision to make if she only begun the race. 
There have been several Bidekas. There are many Bidekas. There would be plenty of Bidekas. The punch lines may only be fifty shades of Bideka. But there are fifty reasons, fifty speakers, fifty stories to Start. There are also one thousand people, one thousand ideas and one thousand places to start. There are three days, three places and three conferences to Start. Start. 2015 is only the beginning. 

‎Bideka is totally imaginated and does not refer to any particular person, living or dead. Any similarity with anyone’s real name should please be discarded.

One Man…

Was specially dedicated to Dr. D. K. Olukoya

One personality…it took to say the word
and then it created a world… one God
One man… it took to start a race
and that made mankind’s first phase… one Adam
One man… it took to believe in a power higher
and offered accepted sacrifice before branded the first matyr… one Abel
One man… it took to save all animal forms
and also deliver the humans till time comes… one Noah
One man… it took to father all nations
and to believe the God of all creations… one Abraham
One man… it took to save us all
and be our one ticket out of eternal fall… one Jesus
One man… it took to spread the good news
and be the revolution to all Jews… one Peter
One man… it took to listen to the Master’s voice
and become the herald to all race making even Gentiles God’s choice… one Paul
One man… it took to reform a new generation of youths
and promote world-class education in private universities with deep roots… one Oyedepo
One man… it took to hear from His God audibly
and transform prayer methods permanently… one Olukoya
One man… it took to establish a kind of kingdom
and transition from darkness to light all form… one Wonuola
One man… it took, regardless gender, to START his/her dreams
and ascend beyond visions’ beams… one you
One man… START
(www.startng.com)

-Opeoluwa Olawale