Thursday, April 20, 2017

Inspiring You! A Bukola Oriola's Story 2

President Ginny Arthur and I @ Award Ceremony
If you read Inspiring You! A Bukola Oriola's Story 1, you will be wanting to read about the good news that welcomed me home from school in 1983. Unfortunately, you will need to wait a little longer to read what the good news is about. The reason is because, I want to share an inspiring present situation with you, and I think that you will like it. Now that we have got this situated, let's dive right into it.

It's been over 30 years. In fact, it's been 34 years since I started formal education at Ajeromi Primary School in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria. That is how long it has been for me before getting my Bachelors. But I am glad that I still got my Bachelors. Last weekend, I received an Outstanding Student Award at Metropolitan State University, where I will be graduating from in the next 11 days. It was such an honor. Whenever we count how long, we should also count the blessings along the way, no matter how small or big. Although, it took so long for me to get my Bachelors, yet it came at the right time. On top of that is the crowning of an award. I was one of 10 students who received this honorable award.

If everything had gone as planned academically, I should have received my Bachelor's Degree 16 years after starting my primary education. However, when I think back, I count my blessings rather than cry over the fact that it took more than double the time to finish. It wasn't an easy journey as you can tell from how long it took me to get here. Take a minute to visit my Capstone eFolio website to learn some of the challenges that have shaped both my academic and career journey.

President Ginny and I at her inauguration
Two weeks ago, I was privileged to give remarks on behalf of the student body during the inauguration of the president of Metropolitan State University. President Ginny Arthur is the seventh President installed at the university by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees. I was a humble member of the "Platform Party" during the inauguration, as I sat anxiously until my time to give my speech. You can read the speech here.

In addition, I will be delivering the Student's Remarks at the 100th Commencement of Metropolitan State University. You can also read my Commencement Speech.

You can see how far I have come. I encourage you not to give up on your dreams. Keep pushing. You will eventually hit your target.

Come back for the good news that welcomed me home 34 years ago, and what happened after I left Ajeromi Primary school. I will let you know when I return next week. Enjoy your over 50% discount on A Living Label: An Inspirational memoir and Guide book, when you purchase it in addition with Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim book here or click on the image below.

This article is a series, you can read part one here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Inspiring You! A Bukola Oriola's Story 1

When you encounter setbacks, don't give up. Giving up is the easiest thing to do, but it is not the solution to your setback. I have learned in my little life journey that setbacks are part of the process. They form the threads that sew our fabric of success together.

I was writing a reflective paper for my Capstone at the University few weeks ago, when I suddenly realized that over two decades had passed. The time flies quickly, and it's easy to moan over our unsuccessful ventures. However, when we can look at how far we have come, it sure can feel like a soothing aloe lotion on a dry skin.

I have encountered the good, the bad, and of course, the ugly in my few years on earth. I have cried. I have laughed. Sometimes, I have remained indifferent. I have always hoped for a better future - a better tomorrow through a positive outcome - no matter how long it will take. When we feel like we will not give up if it took us eternity to achieve our desired goal, things fall into place at the set time. Unfortunately, the set time, might not be our own logical time.

My memory carry me back to the brick wall classroom with no windows but a suspended aluminium roof at my elementary school in 1983. The space between the roof and brick walls at Ajeromi Primary School, Lagos, served as the imaginary window in which air was carried from outside into the classroom. I have a faint memory of my primary one teacher standing in from of the classroom with a chalk in her hands, reading from the blackboard.

I remembered the recess when we ran around the grassy and sandy compound of the school, and ran back into our classrooms as soon as the bell went off. I remembered going out through the iron gates of the school, walking home in the sunny or rainy afternoons. One of such afternoons brought me the arrival of a special gift to my family. Find out what the gift was, as I continue with Inspiring You! A Bukola Oriola Story next week. What would you like to learn about Bukola Oriola? Leave your comment below.

In the mean time, I am glad to inform you that I am graduating from college after over two decades. I count it a great privilege, and I will like to celebrate it with you by giving you my new memoir, A Living Label: An Inspirational Memoir and Guide for over 50% off at Inspiring You By Bukola. You only pay $15 for the $34 paperback book when you purchase it along with my first memoir, Imprisoned. I will also autograph both books. Click the image below to get both books for less than the price of the paperback of A Living Label: An Inspirational Memoir and Guide.