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MY WORSHIP PLAYLIST

Worship is something I enjoy doing, especially when I’m not in the best mood. It always makes me feel like I just slapped the devil in his face. Worship is my therapy when I’m sad, and even when I’m happy, it gives me this peace and joy I can’t explain.

I remember worshipping and praying one day, and the Lord said to me, “Whatever happens, always find your way back here” that day, I felt new, and I felt loved. On this journey of faith, there is a lot the Lord is teaching me, and I’m always excited to share the lessons.

You can’t get it wrong in the place of worship. When it gets tough and you don’t know what to do, enter into the place of worship, submit to His will and watch how He comes through for you.

These past months some songs have spoken to me in ways I’ve never imagined. These songs are my go-to songs, and each time I worship, I have my faith strengthened and renewed.

The songs are:

  1. Nobody by Tim Godfrey ft Ntonzo Mbambo
  2. Jireh by Maverick city &Elevation Music ft Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine
  3. You’re Gonna get the glory by Tasha Cobbs
  4. One moment by Freke Umoh
  5. Hymn Medley by Maveric city ft Chandler Moore
  6. Victory belongs to Jesus by Ric Hassani ft Called out music and Frank Edwards
  7. Yah by Dunsin Oyekan
  8. I’ll be here
  9. Isaiah song by Maverick city ft Chandler Moore
  10. Olorun Agbaye by Nathaniel Bassey ft Chandler Moore and Oba

Click play and enjoy a time of worship

CONCLUSION

When listening to these songs, let your faith be activated, key into the messages and watch how Papa comes to dine with you. Oh, don’t forget to go into His presence with a pen and a jotter. He is always ready to talk to you.

You can download each song by clicking the download icon by the side of each song

I love you.

Your friend and sister,

Onome.

LETTER TO HOPE

Dear Hope,

As a little girl, Mama gave me lectures and sermons about you. She taught me about how important you are in everyone’s life. She said you are the one people hold on to for survival a lot of times. She also added that you had two siblings called Faith and Love, she said Love was the eldest, but I needed all three of you to survive, I remembered that sermon, and it became my mantra.

Growth happened, and the little girl became a teenager, life came at me, and I was so scared, I was scared to trust you because humans failed me and I felt you would too, but you did fail me, I held on for so long, but nothing happened, they said it was going to be better, but it wasn’t. Life dealt with me, and you didn’t save me, so I let go of you and your siblings.

Throwing you away became my greatest regret, the minute I kicked you out your rival took charge of my life, I can’t remember asking him to, but he did, and it almost ruined me. Depression took over, all I thought of was death, and I didn’t even know what to do so I resolved to tears and pains, and I wished I didn’t run from you, nobody could save me.

Fear crippled my life, Uncle Faith’s rival, and life wasn’t just worth living anymore. Still, in the middle of all of these, your brother Love found me. He looked for me, did all he could to rescue me from hurting myself. He came in a different package, I was so stubborn, yet he was patient, he was so persistent yet gentle, and because depression was gradually killing me, I succumbed to love, and my life received a revival.

Hope, I’m sorry I kicked you out, but I need you, I know Love will never leave me, but I have to keep working on my relationship with you and Faith, but it’s incredible to see that once I can work on my relationship with Love, you and Faith will be so natural. How I love your family.

I know it’s not going to be easy, even as a grown-up lady I still get scared about tomorrow, I sometimes worry about getting things right, I still get nervous I will mess things up and frustrate Love. Yet, Love said there is nothing I can do to push him away. I cried when he said that, so does that mean I have you and Faith for the rest of my life? That is such a great relief.

Life is always going to push me, challenges will come my way, friends will disappoint me, I will fight with my man, my parents, and siblings will get on my nerves, but I will choose you and your siblings over and over again, I will walk in Love, embrace you and keep Faith.

Hope, if there is one lesson the year 2020 taught me is that I need you to survive, you were my succour throughout the year.

I will remember Mama’s lecture because I can’t live life without you. I can’t run my marriage without you because there will always be challenges there, I can’t run my job without you because my boss will still want more from me, I can’t run my relationship with my friends without you because there will be issues, but I hold on to you.

With you and your siblings, life is worth living, and we can go to bed knowing that today may be challenging, but tomorrow is certainly going to better.

Thank you for being a constant support and strength!

I love you so much, please give my warm regards to Faith and Love, tell them they mean a lot to me, and one of these days I will write a note to them too.

Your buddy,

 Onome

CONCLUSION

The year 2020 tested me on so many levels, there were days I cried like a baby, and there were days filled with laughter, but each season taught me growth, perseverance, and God’s Love. I don’t know what this year brought for you but look at you, God kept you, and you survived!

2021 will bring marvellous testimonies.

Thank you for your Love and support!

I love you so much.

RELATIONSHIP WAS MY IDOL

 

Hi fam,

Forgive me for taking a break. I know it has been a while but I can assure you that it is all for good. I have been learning, unlearning and relearning but thank you for sticking with me and cheering me on. You are more than amazing.

There was a time in my life when I made relationship my idol. I longed for closure. I irrationally hoped that a man would love me with all my baggage. I was not interested in making any attempt at self-development. All that mattered to me was being in a relationship. Hence, I became desperately obsessed.

I was told that God is the answer, so I intensified my prayers; in hopes that God would bring me a good man. Perhaps if I became a good Christian, I would attract a good man. This became my idol. I was desperately aching for a genuine relationship but I was the obstacle.

I had a lot of issues I needed to deal with. I had secrets I was not ready to share or come to terms with; rather, I expected a good man to show up like a knight in shining armour and fix my problems by the wave of his sword.

I was tired of making mistakes. I was tired of being broken and dejected. Coming to God meant I had to stop idolizing relationships and allow Him be my lover and best friend.

 

May I be completely honest with you???

Letting go was hard but I knew without a doubt, that God loves me. I had to come to the realization that I was idolizing relationships. I was overwhelmed with the need to be in a relationship that I had forgotten how to be single. I had forgotten how to live.

The day I handed over my relationship to God, I knew I had come to a place of rest. I was at peace with myself and my status. I became genuinely happy for my friends who were getting engaged or married.

READ ALSO: SINGLE AND SATISFIED

Many of us have idolized relationships in our hearts. We are so obsessed about getting married that we do not care how it happens but hey, you need to relax. God wants us to know Him first. We expect our spouses to fix us but God is the perfect fixer.

Many of us need to come a place of being satisfied with God. When you understand that God is enough, you will be at rest. Life is not a journey you want to leave to chance, we live by faith every day.

 

Conclusion

“Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and He will provide for you what you desire the most. Give God the right to direct your life and as you trust Him along the way you will find He pulled it off perfectly!” (Psalm 37: 4-6) TPT.

I have come to love this scripture because each time I study it, I find the love of God being expressed. God wants the best for you. He wants you to be in a good relationship and have a good, very good life. Until we trust Him, we will keep taking wrong turns.

When you are single and in love with God, you will be at peace. When your friends are getting engaged or married, you would not be jealous or bitter but genuinely happy for them, knowing with assurance, that yours is on the way.

Relationship was my idol

Many of us need to come to a place of intimacy and fellowship with God. When we are lost in Him, we can trust that He will grant our heart desires. God is the king of surprises. Give Him your all and watch Him come through for you.

There was a video I saw, which completely brought me to total surrender and is a great reminder that God is real. I hope this video ignites a fire in your Spirit.

I would also like to encourage you to watch the crazy faith series by Pastor Mike Todd on Youtube, your faith will be strengthened.

 

I love you!

Your friend and sister,

Onome Omodara

 

 

 

 

 

GOD, WHEN?

 

Writing for me is beyond a hobby. It gives me great pleasure and more so fulfilling when people send me feedback about how my writing has helped them. However, there were times when I did not feel like writing. What happens when the one major thing that makes me happy feels like a strange place?

These past few weeks have been quite challenging. I was dealing with a major writer’s block and not just that; nothing made sense to me. I felt like I was running on an empty tank and it became crazier when I couldn’t even pray.

The fact that God loves me was not in doubt but then, it felt like He was so far. I could feel Him all around but I needed more than just a feeling. I had a lot of questions to ask and I knew He had so much to say to me but I wasn’t ready to listen.

It’s in all of these I got to understand, that God surrounds us with the best people. While I was being so grumpy and angry, my significant other just decided to be so patient. He listened as I kept ranting. His presence is a deep assurance of God’s love.

If God could give me this man, then He surely loves me. Even in the midst of love and pampering, there was a vacuum that nobody could fill. There was a longing in my heart that needed satisfaction.

The journey felt so long and I was getting tired. The truth is, I felt like I was becoming invisible and because I had writer’s block I felt I was not functioning in purpose anymore but what I forgot was that God had to take me through a process and I must be willing to wait.

It wasn’t until I found my way back to the father; the one whose arms are always open wide to welcome me home in love, the one who would never give up on me. I cried my eyes out as I asked him to fill the longing in my heart, I asked him for strength because my own strength had failed.

I don’t know what your own story is, I don’t know the pains you are feeling right now. Yours might be a loss or a big failure and just like me you have been seeing God doing it for others and you are asking the same question “God, when?” “When will you answer me?”

CONCLUSION

“Be strong. Take courage. Do not be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) MSG.

Your waiting season is like being in the wilderness; it is not going to last forever. In the middle of the storm, God is right there with you. He has promised not to let you down and you can count on Him not to fail you.

When you decide to leave your challenges at the feet of the father, He will give you peace that passes all understanding. It was after I had cried out to the father that I found peace. I am at this phase of my life, where I am at peace in spite of all that is going on around me because I am certain that the father would always come through.

I listened to a sermon that helped my faith and strength. I believe it’s going to be of great help to you too. It is by Pastor Mike Todd. The title is Peace under Pressure.

Press play and listen

You are not alone and you will come out of this stronger and better.

I love you!

ALSO READ: DEAR GOD WE NEED TO TALK

Your friend and sister,

Onome Omodara

DEAR GOD, WE NEED TO TALK


“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14 -15 (NIV).

It was a Tuesday evening, Lagos traffic did no justice to my tiny body I was really tired and I just couldn’t wait to get home and rest. It was not even about the traffic, I was psychologically and mentally tired, as a matter of fact I felt so frustrated and somehow I mumbled the words “Dear God, we have some talking to do”

I got back home and had a conversation with God, I have been trying to bottle up how I felt for a long while and somehow I just assumed God would never understand because I couldn’t even put my emotions into the right words and I had forgotten that God doesn’t need my eloquence but all that matters to him is that I come just as I am.

I had gotten to the peak that evening and I knew if I don’t find a way to let out my emotions I would only be hurting myself the more so I got into my room that evening and had a conversation with my heavenly father and the interesting part was that I didn’t have the say the words the tears was enough and I could feel the warmth of his presence.

I felt real peace that evening and I knew there was a shift. I might not have not gotten all the answers I needed but I can’t trade that peace for anything!

Dear God, are you even listening?

I don’t know what you are going through and I don’t what and where you are expecting the lord to come through for you but one thing is certain; if you can pray, He is ready to listen. There are some days where it feels as though God is far away because the challenges feel overwhelming but even on such days learn to rest in the arms of your loving father.

Prayer is not a one communication channel, it works in both ways while you talk be patient to listen to instructions but beyond that enjoy the fellowship and companionship of His presence. Don’t come into his presence with a perfect heart, if you are heartbroken tell him how you feel and you don’t have to say the perfect words.

The bible says in Hebrews 4: 15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin” (NIV). Jesus became human and he felt all you are feeling, how do you think God felt at that point when He had to deny his only son on the cross? He must have felt a big loss and his heart so broken and have you also thought of how Jesus felt too when his dear father who has never denied him of anything turned his back on him, no wonder he had to cry “my father, my father why have you forsaken me” and all this happened because the father loves us deeply.

We have a high priest who understands how exactly we feel. The next time your heart is so heavy and you can’t even process how you feel you can silently whisper the words or even scream it out loud “Dear God, we need to talk” with that you invite Him and even if you can’t find the right words just tell him how you feel and exchange your worries in worship.

ALSO READ: PATIENCE WHILE WAITING

Enjoy His presence and watch him give you a new name.

You are deeply loved.

Your friend and sister,

Onome Omodara

2018: LESSONS LEARNT AND THE JOURNEY AHEAD

Phew! 2018 is finally packing its load to leave for good. It has been a wonderful year actually, it came with its own challenges and of course it had its own good moments. I know if I ask you how the journey has been you sure have a lot to say.

A lot has happened during the course of the year but we are grateful for the gift of life and we can all say in sincerity that God has been faithful. I know yours might not be so cozy, it is even possible you have not achieved all your goals but look to the brighter side! You can still do more so don’t give up!

LESSONS LEARNT

There are so many lessons I learnt this year but some stood out for me and I hope it helps and challenges you as you progress and journey into 2019.

Whatever God tells you to do just do it:

One major lesson 2018 taught me was that God’s instruction does not have to make sense before you listen. I remembered trying to argue my way when I heard the instruction to write “there was a girl” but looking back at the journey the number of testimonies that came after that book humbled me and I’ve learnt to always listen to the father’s voice and obey, It saves you from a lot  of stress so in 2019 just like Mary said to the servants “whatever he tells you to do just do it”

Build relationships not platforms: 

A lot of times we struggle to be relevant and be seen but the secret is simple just build good relationships. You will always need people, when you are good men will always come running when you need them. Life was not designed to be lived alone so in 2019 be intentional about your relationships.

Be humble and teachable

This is  one major lesson 2018 taught me. Humility opens door for you, when you are willing to learn you will sit before kings. This coming year I can assure you that humility will help you if you choose to keep her.

Be intentional about growth:

Growth is not a very easy process, I can tell you it takes a lot of effort. This year I promised myself I was going to read a lot of books but at the end of the day I didn’t meet my target but it was a big lesson for me that is not about the words of my mouth but it is an intentional process.

Always acknowledge the place of God

I can’t underemphasize the place of God. He is the most important factor. I am never self-made I’m just a girl loved recklessly by the father! Take time to always acknowledge God after every little victory and I can bet you are setting yourself up for bigger victories.

THE JOURNEY AHEAD

 

I know we are all excited at the thought of a new year but what happens when the Euphoria ends and we are faced with a major challenge. Like a preganant woman we are all expectant about what 2019 will bring but while we wait we need to be very intentional.

Earlier this month, I tried writing my goals for the New Year and it occurred to me that did I really achieve all my goals in 2018 and all of a sudden I became so disheveled and at a point I was getting so paranoid but I had to come to myself and I realized that it’s okay not to have it figured out, just relax and celebrate your little victories.

It is not enough to set goals there is a need to be very intentional, what are the steps to take to achieve the goals and have a good result. Be very deliberate and intentional and if you can, get an accountable partner to put you in check.

CONCLUSION

2018 is coming to an end and if you didn’t get to achieve all your goals, don’t wallow in pain cheer up and start again. To those who encountered heartbreaks, pains and major challenges this year it is not the end of the world.

2019 promises to be brighter, don’t give up on love, don’t give up on your dreams I look forward to celebrating and sharing your success story.

Thank you for staying me throughout this year, if you ask any writer the real deal is in getting feedbacks. Feedbacks encourages us to do more. Thank you to everyone who sent me a mail, those who wrote me a note, and those who even recommended my books I am really grateful! Onomewrites is nothing without your love and support.

I am your invisible friend and I do love you!

Thank you for staying with me

Let’s do more in 2019.

Your friend,

Onome Omodara

 

PATIENCE WHILE WAITING

 

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time” (Ecclesiastes 3: 11)

Ciara was a beautiful and hardworking lady, in her single days she was that kind of lady who will make heads turn, beauty was not the only the thing that made her glow neither was it all about her intellect she had a good character and this was enough to make you to take her to Mama.

Her parents got divorced when she was twelve she had to stay with her dad while her younger brother who was just nine then had to stay with her mom. Life was hell with her step mom, she was constantly maltreated and she spent a lot of nights wishing life was better. She was allowed to go and see her mom once in a year and each time she went to see her mom she did not want to come back home but there was nothing her mom could do.

She secretly hated the idea of marriage but has she grew older her perspectives changed and she vowed never to miss it in Marriage. She was very intelligent she graduated with a second class upper and she got a very good paying job after the compulsory one year youth service.

She was committed to the lord and his work, she met her Husband Charles in church they were friends for six months before he asked her out and she took her time to get all the confirmation she needed before she said yes to him. Ciara had had her heart broken several times before she decided to give the lord her love life and He in turn blessed her with Charles.

Charles had liked Ciara the very first day he met her in the workers’ meeting after service, he sat beside her but there was something unusual about her and he knew he had to be her friend. After the meeting they exchanged contacts and they became friends, three months along he knew she was the one but he wanted to be sure by the sixth month of their friendship he was sure he wanted to spend the rest of his life with this amazing woman.

One year later, they tied in the knot in Ciara’s local church, it was a very beautiful event and it was so obvious that Ciara who was the rejected stone has now become the cornerstone and she was grateful that the lord had kept her, she was glad her mum, dad and stepmom were all alive to be a part of her big day.

She was 27 and her husband was 29 when they got married, she got married as a virgin but the problem came when she couldn’t conceive, she became worried but her husband was so supportive and he kept telling her that the Lord was faithful and just.

She was later diagnosed with submucosal fibroid a type of fibroid which is found on the inner lining of the uterus and research has shown that is not so common but when Ciara was diagnosed with fibroids she almost ran mad, she felt so terrible but her husband stood by her, she had to undergo a surgery but even after the surgery nothing happened.

Her mother-in-law made life difficult for her and every day she was reminded of her childlessness, she knew the lord told her she would be a mother of nations but it felt like those promises would never come true.

Waiting became tough but she had to embrace patience and trust the process, five years after she delivered a set of twins, a boy and a girl and indeed her heart was full and filled with gratitude. The lord used her to start a ministry for women who were waiting and she shared her story with a lot of women and that story encouraged a lot of people in their wait.

CONCLUSION

Waiting is not as easy as it sounds, I’ve had times I had to wait and I can tell you that it’s not so much fun. While waiting you really need to be patient but patience is a bit tough especially in this microwave generation where we want things done at the snap of our fingers but there is a process.

 

I wondered how Abraham and Sarah waited that long, the bible contains stories of men and women who had to wait for their promises to come to manifestation. If you ask any woman who is expecting a child she will tell you she can’t wait for the nine months to be over, she endures every form of pain just so she can have her child and when that child comes the pain is forgotten that’s what waiting feels like. Warren buffet said “You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant” some things just take time and you need to build the capacity to be patient while waiting.

HOW TO BUILD YOUR PATIENCE

  1. Meditate and confess God’s promises: You can never underestimate the place of confession, I just got to understand the efficiency of this tool and I can tell you it really works. You become what you confess, what has the lord said to you? What are His promises over your life? Keep confessing it.
  2. Pray again and again: when God gives you a word, it is your duty to birth it in the place of prayer, pray until you get the instructions, pray until you find peace and even after the promises get manifested don’t stop praying. Don’t become too busy.
  3. Build your faith: God never asks us to have a big faith, faith is not about the size it’s about the strength. Keep building your faith and find the strength to keep moving in difficult times.

Waiting is never easy but the testimonies are always worth sharing at the end of the day you will be glad the lord took you the process. Trust the process, trust the father. Your story will encourage others, you are stronger just be patient!

You are loved

Yours,

Omodara Onome

 

I KISSED AN ANGEL

“Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The look on their faces said it all; it had to be love. David read out the vows he had carefully written for the woman he had grown to adore. She was his angel. He felt it was too good to be true. Janelle saw the love and sincerity in his eyes as he read those vows. She knew that having a man like David was a blessing – he calls her ‘’my angel’’. Janelle couldn’t wait to be with him and be called his wife.

The pastor joined them and asked David to kiss his wife. A moment he had been waiting for, to kiss this gorgeous woman again, this time in front of his family and friends to seal and affirm his love for her. He held her tightly as his lips melted into hers. He gave her a covenanting kiss, a kiss which meant he will be her man, her support, forever.


Ten years had passed and it had been a wonderful ride with David for Janelle; he was a good husband and a wonderful father to their two kids. Janelle never felt the need to share her story – she was a well-known public speaker – until the day one of her mentees came to her see her at home. She was watching her favourite program on the TV with David when Diana came in. she was like a daughter to them and they had watched and helped her grew into a better lady.

 Diana was 27 year old, a strikingly beautiful lady, her round face had no spot, with perfect almond-shaped eyes. Like Janelle, she wanted to be successful in her career and she was.

She had one imperfection in her perfect life, men were not coming around her, and the ones that came were in her words “lower than my standards.” She looked at her mentors and said in tears “what have I done? What is wrong with me? Is there something I did to God that he chose not forgive? I’ve been serving him my whole life and I have gotten nothing return? I am 27, I don’t have a fiancé, all my friends are married and have given birth, why am I different?”


Janelle moved towards her and held her in a way that showed she cared, a thin smile rested on her lips as she turned to her husband and said “Honey don’t you think it’s high time someone heard my story”, David turned to Diana and said “are you ready?” His face was impassive, his voice was calm – it had a smoothing relief. There was in it that made Diana wanted to hear the story. Diana gave an affirmative nod.


Janelle met David when she was 29, her friends were married and they had had kids. As a teenager, Diana had a dream of getting married at 25. At 24, all the men approaching her were not what she dreamt of. Janelle never got worried until people close to her started mounting pressure. Her mum prayed for her every night. The pastor’s wife asked questions. She started thinking she had a problem. 

She met Felix at a friend’s wedding and they got talking, he got her number and they started off their friendship, they got connected and Janelle thought her waiting was over. She felt it was love, and she fell in love. Three months later she met Felix’s parents. Janelle was convinced she would be his wife. As their relationship progressed they agreed on every other things but not spiritual matters.

Felix was a casual Christian who prays once in a while. Janelle wanted a man who was spiritually strong to take the headship role in the family. Janelle told one of her mentors, she advised her to pray about it. Janelle knew “praying about it” meant she had to break up, she knew she wanted someone better but age was mounting pressure.

She went to visit Felix that dull Saturday morning, a minor argument crept between them, and she was shocked with surprise when he planted two deafening slaps into her left cheek. Janelle ran out and ended their relationship. Felix came back begging but Janelle knew better, her friends advised her to forgive him,  her mother felt Felix was okay, that what he did was just a reflex action but Janelle refused. She made up her mind to be patient for her own king who will treat her like a queen.

Six months later she met David at a conference and she knew in her spirit that this was her king, they connected on everything and she couldn’t wait to be his queen. David had also been praying and waiting for the right person he had been in relationships where those ladies treated him like a rag, some cheated on him, that made him vow to be patient for the right person

 Janelle had an aura around her, a peaceful aura that attracts. That aura made David to walk up to her and engage her in a conversation. As they talked he discovered that her beauty was spiced with intelligence. He decided not to let her go. A year after they got married!

Diana couldn’t hide the surprise on her face as she asked “Mummy how old were you when you got married?” Janelle replied with a smile “I was 30. Diana, you are 27. You can meet your own king this year and marry at 28. You need to be patient; don’t force God. Let him work out his plans for your life. His choice is the best.”

David continued from where Janelle stopped. “Wait for God’s choice, the man who will treat you like an angel is worth waiting for, delays are never denials. It’s just God’s way of saying I have a better idea, just hang on.” The surprise on her face turned into tiny streams of tears. Diana spoke through her tears. “I’ve always admired and craved for your kind of marriage. If it takes patience I don’t mind waiting for a man who will call me his angel” they all smiled and they prayed for Diana before she left. 


As David looked at his wife, he saw the thing that was in her eyes the first time he kissed her. He couldn’t resist it. He pulled her close him, her lips buried in his mouth. He gave her a gentle yet passionate kiss, paused and said “Every time I kiss you, it feels so heavenly. You are not just my queen, you are an angel” wet warmth travelled though her body as he said those words. Janelle was proud, and within herself, grateful she waited for her David. He was worth waiting for. She embraced him, her head on his chest, listening to his rhythmical heartbeat. David gently pulled her head up, looked into her eyes and said “I love you my angel and I will always support and be there for you” and that promise he sealed with another kiss that came straight from his heart. Both wrapped in that fragile wind called romance.

CONCLUSION


Patience takes a lot of work but at the end of the day it’s always worth it, I don’t know if you are like Diana, you are frustrated, tired and even angry at God. Hey, just hang on, don’t give up, you are close to your victory.

The best gift of life comes to them that wait, I know it’s not easy and nobody understands but be rest assured that God loves you and your blessings are on the way. Don’t give up!

The best is worth waiting for.
Your friend,

Omodara Onome

onomewrites@gmail.com

A man with a vision

A MAN WITH A VISION

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others” – Jonathan Swift

The oxford dictionary defines vision as an idea or a goal towards which one aspires. A dream births a vision and with a vision you are set to accomplish great things. A man who has a vision is like a pregnant woman, who at the beginning can be pushed so close to the edge that he would feel, wish or hope to take it all back and retreat to that comfort zone. Like a mother however, once he scales through, there is no greater joy than holding that wonderful baby that is the product of her labour. The sleepless nights do not matter anymore.

When a vision is conceived and you are there laying the groundwork, trying and panting really hard and even sometimes being open to a helping hand; and yes, it can be as difficult as nobody taking notice nor seeing your labour (why should they, people only appreciate the finished product) but when that vision finally becomes a manifestation, the world pays you to breathe you. No matter what, don’t settle for less when you are designed for the very top.

A real man should have a vision but at the same time he needs a confident woman to run that vision with. A woman’s place should not be underestimated and so it is very essential to have a woman who believes in your vision. A woman influences and quite conveniently is also a multiplier, anything you input in her she multiplies. It is not just enough to have any woman but a confident and passionate woman to support your vision.

Let’s talk about a man, who had a vision, he is a man I personally love and respect. I’ve once heard this man say everything he is now he has seen years ago. This man had a vision and very importantly also had a confident woman who believed in his vision.

Let’s talk about Revd. Sam Adeyemi of the Day star Christian centre.

Pastor Sam Adeyemi is a Nigerian pastor, motivational speaker with special focus on positioning people for success and leadership qualities, He is the founder of Daystar Christian centre, president of Success Power international, He hosts a popular radio and television program called “success power.” Born on February 3rd 1967, a native of Yagba in Kogi state of Nigeria, Pastor Sam Adeyemi personify the saying that behind every success and achievements lies plenty stories to tell. Daystar Christian centre was on November 18, 1995 inaugurated at 4th floor of Eko Chinese hotel on Allen Avenue, Ikeja Lagos. Pastor Adeyemi recounts how tough things were for him in the beginning, when in 1994 he had to go on fasting and prayer with his wife, Pastor Nike Adeyemi, asking God to show him the next focus for his life and ministry and in July 1994 received the vision that lead to the establishment of Daystar Christian centre and success power international ministry. The church which currently is worth over 2 billion naira was in the early stage not able to pay its rent at several locations it had hold it church service in Lagos, Pastor Sam recalls how the manager of his rented church space chased his church workers out and warn against holding prayer meeting there, with the manager of the space occupying with his friend to play games in the rented hall and how he had to beg him to allow him hold service there that day, with promise he will pay by the end of the service, He recounts how the said manager sent an usher to him at about 10 minutes to the agreed hour even when the service was going on and he had to pause the service to collect offering so as to pay the manager.

Today, that is history, as this humble and spirit-filled man of God has raised an army congregation of men and women with quality Christian leadership strength, with the church experiencing astronomical growth and success over the past two decades of ministry.

Pastor Sam Adeyemi has authored several religious and biblical based motivational books including the bestselling -Success is who you are and Parable of Dollars. Other authored books include Ideas Rule the World, StartWith What You Have, Second Revolution, Multiply Your Success: LEAD and his latest additions: Nigeria of My Dreams, Generation Z+ and We Are the Government. Pastor Adeyemi is happily married to Nike Adeyemi and are blessed with 3 children. (Culled from recordsng.com).

This is a man who had a vision and he ran with it. I don’t know where you are right now but understand that though your vision may look unattainable to a lot of people, if you believe in your dreams, your vision (the first step of which is believing) the world will celebrate you. Set yourself ablaze and the world will watch you burn!

CONCLUSION

Everybody celebrates success but failure is an orphan. So, it’s time to pick up your vision again and start running. It’s not time to give up; every great man today had a vision yesterday. I challenge you to write the vision, make it plain and run with it. The world bows for men with a vision! It might not look like it right now but like Revd Sam Adeyemi, keep pursuing your goals; you will definitely get to the top.

I believe in you!

See you at the top!

Omodara Onome

Onomewrites@gmail.com

An interview with a visionary

WRITERS JOURNAL

On 19th February 2017, I had the rare privilege of interviewing a visionary, a managing partner of DnS Corporation. Here is the inspiring story of a young man who had a great vision and was not afraid to start small; a story of commitment, integrity, hard work and passion.

Onomewrites: Can we meet you?
Mr. Divine: My name is Nifemi Oluyemi Divine; I am a Managing Partner of DnS corporation, a company that specialises in Web designs/development, branding (cloths and business), graphic designs, animations, cinematography, networking, digital marketing and lots more. The company is located in Ibadan, Oyo state of Nigeria. I am a graduate of Forestry and Wildlife Management from the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Onomewrites: What exactly is the meaning of DnS?
Mr. Divine: DnS means Divine and Samson Corporation, which is exactly why the ‘D’ and the ‘S’ is always in capital.


Onomewrites: Wow! So who is this Mr. Samson?
Mr. Divine: Let’s say we are two cool guys who share same vision and passion. When I got the vision to start a company, I realized the vision is bigger than just me. So, I spoke with him about it and we just clicked. And there you have it; DnS Corporation.
Onomewrites: So tell us, how did you meet Mr. Samson?
Mr. Divine: (smiles) Our meeting was kinda funny ooo. I was travelling to Port Harcourt to the State’s NYSC Orientation Camp, for the mandatory one-year service to the fatherland as a young graduate, from Akure and fortunately, he happened to be sitting by the window side of the mid-row seat of the bus I was on while I sat near the door. That’s right, we met on a bus. While on our way, I went eavesdropping (smiles) on his phone conversations and from those calls, it was obvious he is an IT guy. As soon as we had a stopover, that was in Onitsha, I decided to chat him up and our connection was almost instantaneous. The IT savvy part of us took over and as they say, the rest is history.

Onomewrites: Interesting. Tell us about your journey from being an employee to an employer?
Mr. Divine: (laughs) Onome! Okay, although I’ve always known there was more to me than working under somebody, I also knew I had to start small. My journey so far; I got my first job at P-hub while still an undergraduate and worked there for a while before getting another job at Play as a Graphics Designer. I was given a two-week probation but after a week, they were pleased with my job and they forgot about the probation. I was with them for a month or two before I stopped going. I was just not comfortable being confined for a whole day and so again, I joined another establishment, which was Ultimate Travels and Tours; I was their project manager for a month before I resigned. I was on my own, trying to secure contracts and gaining ground while still learning and growing; then one day, someone just called me to design an application for the University of Maiduguri. I asked them to pay ₦50,000 but the guy who got the contract for me advised that what I was charging was too little for a University; that they would think I’m not good at my job. I didn’t know how to charge back then, and so I made some calls, spoke to some senior colleagues about how they bill their clients and they made suggestions how I should go about it. I charged the University the sum of ₦600,000 and to my surprise, they didn’t even negotiate. Once I got that pay, I just know within me that it was time to step out and standout; and so that was how we started DnS Corporation.

Onomewrites: What has this company been able to achieve so far?
Mr. Divine: Our major goal is to offer solutions, I came up with the idea of designing an online drug store, I asked around from hospitals and pharmaceuticals where they get their drugs and some told us they get it from the markets. We decided to design an online platform where pharmaceuticals could upload their drugs and they could be delivered to the buyers. However, to proceed with the plan, we needed approval from the Pharmaceuticals Association of Nigeria; they loved the idea and gave us go ahead. The platform was designed and the name of the website is quicken.com.ng. A lot of drug manufacturers are already on the platform while we are still working on new ideas every day.
Onomewrites: When did your love for IT start?
Mr. Divine: Hmmmm… My love for IT started when I was in my third year in the university, there was this 6 months ASUU strike and so I decided to use my spare time for something good. I started learning graphics, I downloaded dozens of videos on YouTube and even after the strike-action, I never stopped learning. Every single time I did a data subscription on my phone, I told myself my money must yield good results; something I called “Return on Investment” and so I maximized every opportunity. In my final year, I started learning web design.
Onomewrites: Where do you think you stand now in the world of Information Technology?
Mr. Divine: I thank God for grace, last year a survey was carried out and just three graphic designers were identified, or more like qualified, in Nigeria; myself and two other guys. The guy designing for Jumia came out as the best while I ranked next.
Onomewrites: Wow! That’s really nice, congratulations sir.
Mr. Divine: (smiles) Thank you.

Onomewrites: How many members of staff do you currently have in your company and what are the criteria for employment?
Mr. Divine: At the moment, we have about 22 employees at DnS. We don’t employ based on qualifications because we deal with intellect. If you are good enough and you are willing to work hard at it, that’s all we need.
Onomewrites: Sir, permit me to digress a little bit; what’s your take on the subject topic that a Visionary needs a Confident Woman?
Mr. Divine: (laughs) Onome this is not a relationship interview now. Hmmm… well, I quite agree that a great man needs a great woman. I’m in a relationship and I can say from experience that my woman has been a real source of inspiration; she’s been a manager and a great partner. So… Yes! A Visionary needs a Confident Woman.
Onomewrites: Where’s the place of God in all this?
Mr. Divine: God… God… God! He’s the one factor that is indispensable. He gave the vision and He has been backing it up; God is the brain behind DnS. So, God is the most important factor.
Onomewrites: So finally sir, what’s your advice to young ones who wants to be a CEO soon?
Mr. Divine: Don’t stop learning, be teachable and be humble; don’t ever forget the place of God. It’s a tough world out there and so you need God to survive.
Onomewrites: Thank you so very much for your time… We really appreciate you Sir.
Mr. Divine: (smiles) It’s an honour and a great privilege. Thank you for having me.

CONCLUSION
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes (Carl Jung)”.
Look inwardly and you’ll realize there is more to you. Never give up on your visions and never stop dreaming new dreams, and I can bet you the sky is only your starting point.
You can do better as long as you don’t give up.

Omodara Onome
Relationship and life coach.
Onomewrites@gmail.com (more…)