Adaora Mbelu-Dania shares a story about her father and it is about finding one’s place of purpose, be it a 9-5 or entrepreneurship, and living an impacting life while at it.
Both my parents were born into prestigious families. My paternal grandfather was the Director of Tax Assessments for FIRS- a responsibility that earned him the highest award of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), and my maternal grandfather was the Head of Food Control (equivalent to NAFDAC) as well as a Justice of Peace who settled political disputes in Srilanka.
My fathers family suffered the aftermath of the Biafra war which left them to start building from scratch. . My dad fought as a soldier in the Biafra war, and moved to England afterwards for his BSC, Canada for his Masters and then finally back to Nigeria with my mother.
He started his career as a Youth Corper with then Barclays Bank and both my parents went through some really crazy times financially – some of the stories seem unbelievable. As a family, they built together steadily. .
My Dad went from Corper at the bank, to retiring at Senior management level from Union Bank (which had transitioned from Barclays). I saw how Entrepreneurial, Positive, and progressive he was throughout his time at the bank. I saw how he helped build people and their businesses that stand today.
He could have left his work at the bank and gone to focus on starting a business, but he was exactly where God wanted him to be. Through him, people sent their kids to schools, and built their families and lives. The guy is a legend. Where we are today, is certainly not where we were 20 years ago. .
1. Many times, you don’t realize that your position and purpose in your 9-5 is to be a spring board to visions and dreams. There are many top businesses today that my dads work in his 9-5 positioned and propelled. Many. .
2 Everytime you fall down, you must get back up. My Dad literally went from being born into wealth, to losing everything and starting from scratch, to building again. He didnt lose hope and he didnt give excuses. .
3. The realest MVP is my mother for moving to a new country to start from zero and building with this man despite the challenges that came their way. .
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