My challenge as an entrepreneur (62) – Fola Daniel Adelesi

Opportunities kept coming my way and something that kept coming with those opportunities were challenges that seem more dauting than the opportunities. They were never as serious as the opportunities but what usually happens is that you may succumb to seeing the challenge as something greater rather than taking it as something that is smaller than the opportunities. What this means is that we are going to get going through the challenges surrounding us because of our opportunities only if we have the right perspective and the dogged heart to scale through.
I had been thinking about the money to run some of the projects that I have on hand and some of the things that happen at the end of the day is that the money shows up inform of an opportunity presented by another person. The only thing I will need to do is probably to go and display my talents to get the money that I need. This time around what came up was the advertisement of a programme called The Debaters organised by Mosunmola Abudu popularly called Mo and for the programme she runs on TV which is Moments with Mo. I was fascinated by that opportunity and I knew it was something that was going to be good enough for me especially because I had been debating before I was ten. I also took the debating skills to secondary school and I became the chief speaker of the debating team which won several laurels including the prestigious Ereke Debate which was done yearly among the secondary schools in Ikenne. It was a resounding victory for us in Mayflower school that year (2003) in company of Chinonso Amaneto as the supporting speaker who, like me, was faced with the fact that our school had lost that debate consecutively in recent years and it was almost becoming a yardstick for other schools to stand shoulder to shoulder with ours.
I read more about The Debaters that Mo was organising on the internet because I wanted to print the forms and put in for the competition but I misread a clause on the site. The moment I did I concluded that I was not eligible for the competion so I forgot about it. A month later when there was just one day left for registration to close I got a call from my friend, Oyinkansola Alabi, who incidentally was about 3 years my senior in Mayflower School Ikenne but has since 2006 when we met in Olabisi Onabanjo University become my friend because we share some common parts in our visions. I told her the moment she called that I was not eligible to participate but she said I was because she had put in for the competition as well. When I heard she was in for it I was spurred but again there was just a day left for registration and I needed to pay two thousand naira (N2, 000) for the forms. I did not even have 2000 cents or kobo anywhere needless to talk about naira and that was what I said to her. She insisted I get the money and register then she hung up. “Call me when you have registered,” she said in her usual authoritative voice and we both laughed about it.
Letting that opportunity go having learnt that I was eligible was the last thing I would do. I started raciking my brain to see what I could do so I went to my mum for some money. She kept saying she had no money until I pestered her and she grudgingly released the money saying, “you are drying me.” “Don’t say that again,” I retorted. “This debate is offering three million naira (N3, 000, 000) and a brand new Toyota Avanza. I am sure she taught about giving me 3, 000 and having 3,000,000 in a matter of months so the next thing she said was, “you are going to win it.”

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