Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Beginnings..again



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I got a few comments on my last Genevieve article asking that I do a post on how I got my job and basically how I use LinkedIn effectively. That was the intention when I started this post but as you will see, things sort of went awry. So that will be the subject of a future post; How I have maximized social media in enhancing my career.
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In the eight years since I've been writing this blog I've done a lot and you guys have been with me every step of the way.

Well I think we may be on our most exciting journey yet.

Last week I moved to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, I already chronicled the basics of the move on Daks In The City HERE, but TWP is my safe space and I wanted to fill you guys in on the BTS bits.

In the past 6 or so months I've written 2 personal-ish posts on TWP, when I'd usually write one every 3 years or so. What I find funny is that when I wrote the first one, I kind of did a round up of what was happening, what had changed, and then about 3 months later I had to do another update because shit had got real fast and the previous one was no longer valid. Now barely 2 months since I wrote my second update I have to do another one yet again because...beloved, a lot has changed yet again.

In OCTOBER and JANUARY I talked about changing lifestyle habits, career choices, personal habits and I thought I had my year mapped out, knew what to expect etc. 

Boy was I wrong. 

In the past year that I started my own legal consulting firm, as I mentioned, I had a few hits and tons of misses. Shout out to entrepreneurs everywhere, because you guys are the ultimate MVPs, I don't know how you do it.

I felt things were not progressing as I had planned and started to feel very disillusioned and like I had made the wrong choice...and yes I know success does not happen over night, but I couldn't help how I felt and frustration set it. Luckily I have my blessed release in writing and it helps loads, especially when I feel like my numerous degrees and certificates might as well be window dressing.

Then in December, I saw a vacancy on LinkedIn for a job in Equatorial Guinea, I initially balked because...Equatorial freaking Guinea of course!

If I was ever going to leave Nigeria, Central Africa was definitely not on my top 50 locations to relocate to. I'd heard of the firm and knew it was excellent and it was exactly the type of job I'd dreamed of doing when I decided to study Oil and Gas Law; making an actual difference and not just reviewing interminable terms and conditions. I looked at the JD, it seemed hella daunting and I just thought "this isn't for me" so I shelved it. 

Fear and self-doubt won again.

Mid-January, my friend Achenyo sent the link to the application to me and told me to just give it a shot, this was a day to the closing date and I just thought "what the hell" and went for it. I applied via my LinkedIn profile, didn't even send a resume, so when I heard back from them in a week, shocked is putting it mildly, I was amazed. 

In that time I'd already started researching EG, actively thinking and not thinking about it at the same time...I can't explain the sensation of getting the call back.





If you follow me on Twitter you'll know I pray Novenas A LOT. Most of the time my requests are usually thanksgivings, I'm reluctant to waste prayers that powerful on minor things, but in February, I decided to pray a Novena for my job application.

I started the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes on February 2nd and I prayed like I'd never prayed before. In my mind I was like confession is possession and I started to give out my things in preparation for a move. 

Bear in mind I'd had two interviews at this point and nothing else.

I put EG on my Google Alerts and read every single thing I could find on it, I subscribed to their Government website, followed all their officials on Social Media and immersed myself in this country that almost 3 weeks ago meant zero to me. I even downloaded a language app called Duolingo and started learning Spanish, lol.

The Novena is a 9 day prayer and I'm signed up to a subscription service that sends the prayers to my inbox every day for the 9 days. I usually pray it first thing in the morning so I don't forget during a busy day. 

On February 7th, I was dealing with a new client and was super busy the whole day so I forgot to do the Novena prayer for that day, I remembered at about 2am which was already the next day and went ahead and did it anyway. 

Immediately I finished praying it...I kid you not, the very second I said the last amen, my phone vibrated and I got an email. I checked it and it was the job offer. 

This was 2am mind you, in the middle of the night and I started laughing, I couldn't believe what I was reading. I laughed till I started crying, I just put my head down on my pillow and cried uncontrollably (nothing to worry about, I cry all the time, lol.)

The email was sent at 8pm but somehow I did not receive it until I'd finished my Novena for that day...at 2am. The very reason for the prayer was answered 7 days in. 

Oh and weird thing, one of my resolutions this year was to travel within Africa more, I had no idea how or when or where...I just wanted to do it. The way God makes things perfect in His time will never cease to amaze me. 

I'm very averse to change, a typical Cancer I love to rhapsodize about the old days, I can spend hours just being nostalgic and the first thing that came to mind after reading that email was "shit, what have I got myself into". I had received the answer to my prayer and the old fear stepped in. Its a massively prestigious role at a massively prestigious firm and I couldn't believe they'd picked me. 

I couldn't sleep, I went over my interviews in my head, read my resume over and over again, and at 6am I got up, printed out the Offer and went to morning Mass. After Mass I went to the Blessed Sacrament and lay down at the Altar.

I'm laughing as I type this because that is not me AT ALL. I am religious but not demonstratively so. I don't give testimonies, I do private thanksgivings, I don't envagelize, I don't pray out loud....I mean I'm not flagrant in my faith. I'd have laughed at anybody lying down on the altar in front of the Blessed Sacrament and there I was, doing the same thing without even thinking. 

I was there for an hour and after going over the Offer with my parents, mentors and friends; the very next day I signed the contract.



In the build up to leaving I felt a myriad of emotions, but fear and self-doubt never for one day reared their ugly heads again.

I saw a post on Twitter where someone said something about how whenever they ask Nigerians the secret to their success, the response is always "It's God o!". Lmao! Such a Nigerian phrase. It is definitely God, especially in my case but its been a lot of hard work as well. 

I have studied and worked towards this kind of opportunity my entire career. 

I got a 2:1 in Law School and worked at one of the top law firms in Nigeria for NYSC. Immediately after that I left for the University of Aberdeen to get an LLM in Oil and Gas and graduated with a Merit and a Distinction in my thesis. I moved back to Nigeria and a month later, got a job as Legal Counsel in the Oil and Gas division of GE. I spent three years at GE and left last year to start a successful-ish (lol) legal consulting firm called DAX Consult.

I prayed as well....A LOT.

I know how annoying it can be when you ask someone how they achieved something and all you hear is "na God". Yes I know you prayed but what were the practical steps you took to achieving your goal. I don't understand why people feel like helping someone light their candle will diminish their own flame. I've always been very open about my career path and I currently mentor about 7 girls, at various stages of their education and careers. I help them pick dissertation topics, give them research ideas, edit resumes and LinkedIn profiles and just generally help any way I can because I know if I had had that kind of help when I was younger, I wouldn't have hit so many dead ends, and had to figure out so much on my own. Plus helping them helps me as well, its a win-win situation.

From the outside, my path may look like it had been a bit easy, but its been very far from that. I had a major upset during my LLB which derailed me for an entire year. I spent 6 months job searching and battling bouts of depression while living in London after LLM graduation. This led to my decision to pack it in and move back to Nigeria, and I definitely floundered massively in the year since I left GE and set up shop on my own.

I'm filling in these gaps because people only see the highlights on resumes and on LinkedIn, and not the battles fought in between.

For this opportunity though, I was confident in the fact that I was the best. 

I had undergone a rigorous interview process by supremely intelligent people and they had decided to move me from Nigeria, offering me incentives I could only dream about, to their country to help them build the ultimate international firm. Based on that, nothing could shake my unwavering belief and faith in myself and my abilities.

I have THE most amazing support system; my parents, my family, my friends, my mentors....they were as happy for me as if it was their own testimony. 

The whole time before I was supposed to leave was literally spent in a daze. I don't think it really hit me until I got on the plane.

Its 35 minutes from Port-Harcourt to Malabo and I cried the whole way. I cried for the ones that I left behind, the life that I'd miss, the certainty of everything I was leaving behind and the exciting uncertainty that faced me.

I pity the man that sat beside me and I had to apologize profusely to him at the end of the journey, the poor man kept handing me tissue after tissue and generally looked so distressed. Now that I think about it, I crack up at how dramatic I was on that flight.

By the time I landed in Malabo, I had wiped off all my makeup but I was fine, tears are cathartic for me and I usually have a cry now and then, it acts like rain sort of...leaving me cleansed and shit, lol.





I had nothing to worry about. God had put me in the hands of people who had gone and would continue to go to bat for me. He put me in a situation which would ultimately fulfill my destiny. He has given me the tools to create the kind of life I could only dream about, for myself and for my loved ones. 

He has given me an awesome responsibility...in Spanish nonetheless...but one I can not wait to fulfill in its entirety.

Love and Light x


p.s. If you'd like to receive monthly Novena prayers in your inbox you can sign up HERE. We're currently on Day 6 of the Divine Mercy Novena which I'm doing on behalf of a dear friend.


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  1. Girl! (In Nene's voice) You got me feeling emotional with this post...I am so happy for you and you are preaching gospel too LOL jk! Ok, seriously, you are such a strong and amazing chica. I can't wait to see you achieve more. Malabo looks amazing and I bet you will do great. I can discover other parts of Africa through you. Easy on the plantains biko ;)

    All the best hun!

    xoxo
    Stella

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    1. Lmao! You know I don't do emotional, this was so hard to write!

      Thank you my darling, yes o....I have trips lined up for days. I'm gonna go everywhere.

      Plantain is life baby girl, vida!

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  2. You know how you're about to give up, and then you see a post like this...and then your eyes lit up! Because you become inspired...you remember that hard-work and God's amazing grace still work :-) That's what this post did. It gave me hope.

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    1. Oh wow, thank you so much Ife. I really hoped this would be able to help someone in some way, I'm so glad!

      Good luck!

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  3. good luck on your new adventure!

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  4. Congratulations!

    I pray EG is everything and more than you could ever ask or think. God is in control!

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    1. Amen, amen and even more amen! Thank you so much x

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  5. You see why I always carry your case on my head like gala? YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL!!! You are it Daks. Your posts always resonate with me. I mean like always. I love that you always give very practical, realistic and helpful advice when you do. That's the beauty of your person. I hate it when you ask someone about how she achieved something especially a career milestone and she gives one extremely vague answer that wont even make sense to you; or you hear the typical 'na God'. Yes God played a huge part but how did you go about the effort you put in?? This is why I stan so seriously for you because you are just IT!! Keep doing you girl, and I pray that you keep being uplifted everywhere you go.
    You know, after reading this, I'm going to take all the praymorenovenas that flood my inbox all the time seriously. I usually ignore them. I'm going to take my faith seriously and be more active. I'm a typical cancer; too laid back about so many things and I need to change. I've been praying for a better job but I have not even thought to seriously engage God in my requests. Thank you so much for this reminder.

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    1. You my darling, are the realest MVP and our meet-up is long overdue. Have to make that happen this magical year.

      I just abhor bullshit culture, keeping it real never killed anyone and honestly I don't have the time or energy to fake it for anyone.

      Those Novenas changed my life. I don't know if my faith just got amped up when I started praying them so its giving my prayers a bit more oomph or its really the Novenas doing it, but...the way my life has unfolded in the past two years or so has been nothing short of miraculous.

      So yah, give it a shot, you never know.

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    2. I swear its long overdue seriously!Hopefully when next you come back to Lag for a visit we can make it happen.

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  6. inspiring! congrats on your move and new job.

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  7. Thank you for always keeping it real Daks! Your openness and honest advice have helped me tremendously in my academic and professional journey! Stoked I won't be able to meet you in Lagos till your next visit :(. I'd say 'enjoy Malabo' but as the president of the TWP fan club and loyal snapchat follower, I already know you're having an amazing time :) xxxx

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    1. Awww my darling girl, you guys keep me young abeg. So so glad I can help in any way.

      Next time I'm in town definitely!

      xx

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  8. Very inspiring story, I am so happy for you. It's the power of God at work and it is marvellous. Well done dear!

    www.wurassecrethair.blogspot.com

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  9. This is so real, there's always struggle in between but people will say you're lucky. Got an amazing job about 7 months ago and had to pack my bags as well. So much hard work and prayer goes into getting these kinds of opportunities. Congrats

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    1. So much! But its typical of human beings, if you don't know the person and their struggles personally, you'll only see what they want you to see and nobody will present a face of suffering to the world.

      Thank you :)

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  10. I am so so happy for you. I almost started crying because your story resonated with me.


    Good luck on the new job and new place! You look like you are having an amazing time!

    www.omogemura.com

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    1. Aww Deola! Thank you so much!

      I am, an unbelievable one too. Thank you for the support x

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  11. Congrats Adaku! I'm so happy for you. And thank you for putting me on to those Novenas. Started with the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes and I haven't stopped since! All the best on your new journey.

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    1. Awesome! I've been tagging the Pope in tweets where anyone said I made them start praying Novenas, lmao!

      Thank you!

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  12. So many positives I got from this post,to list them would seem like a post hijack. And since I'm not tryna be that Egypt to Cyprus uncle...I shall refrain.

    But I have to mention one.

    This Achenyo of which you speak - being surrounded by people of her brand of energy is extremely important in life's walk. There's nothing like having a support system that's real and involved. Really.

    Shout out to God for your concurrent blessings!
    Shout out to you for your brawn, brains and beauty!
    Shout out to Achenyo for being ace!
    And all the very best with the new gig!


    PS: Genuine apologies for that incommunicado behavior. No excuses. Just apologies. But I shall sniff you out when next you're in Lagos! :)

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    1. Yooouuuu :|

      No words for your abandoning ass at all. But in the spirit of forgiveness...heeeyyyy, lol.

      Yeah she's beyond ace, one of my newest and closest friends, she's a blessing.

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  13. Oh my!! Wow! So happy for you Daks!
    Nne, Chukwu Aluka.
    I wish u the very best in EG my dear!

    xxx
    ChiChi

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  14. Congrats Daks! Super inspiring story.. I actually shed some tears reading this. With God on your side everything is always possible.
    Wishing you all the best in your new job.

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    1. Yup, I finally learned to let go and let God.

      Thank you so much x

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  15. I am equal parts jealous and happy for you. I have been praying for years for something similar but... Anyway, may all your dreams come true.

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    1. They will, whatever is meant for us will never pass us by. Good luck!

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  16. aww...Adaku, I'm so happy for you!!
    I've never met you, but feel like I've been through the last few years with you. I've been following your blog since like 2009 or 2010, and I'm so glad you're doing well.
    Funny enough, really randomly earlier today I was doing my hair/makeup or something, and suddenly remembered you and just wondered how you were going with your recent entrepreneurship. I'm so glad it has lead to something bigger and better for you.
    I hope you enjoy this new phase in life!!!

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    1. Namesake! Lol, girl 2009? You're one of the OG's on here then. You have TWP citizenship, lmao!

      I will mama, thank you so much

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  17. Wow!! What an amazing post! Was wondering what you were doing in Malabo (snapchat). All the very best with your new chapter in life! xx

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    1. Ez! Thank you so much baby girl.

      Lol, wondering what I was doing meandering around abi, lmao! I got solo many questions asking what the hell I was up to now.

      Really appreciate this, thank you x

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  18. Congrats on your new job. The power of novenas and incessant prayer is something my family and I can attest to over the years. The miracles that happen would astound you. Prayer is more than everything. A novena i would recommend is the Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots. No door can remain shut after you say this devotion. Best wishes and stay slaying!

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    1. Everyone I know who prays them faithfully, always has a testimony to share. The work God does through those prayers...unbelievable.

      I've done that one as well, some time last year.

      Thank you, and amen!

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  19. Congrats Adaku, this story has inspired me to not give up in my job search and to up my prayer game too. I am currently in that waiting period after LLM where it seems like no one appreciates the effort that went into getting the masters. I am already getting a bit sad that landing that dream job is taking so long. But I won't give up and I will up my prayer game like I said earlier. Have fun in Malabo and good luck with everything

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    1. Best advice I can give you is to enjoy the hell out of your waiting period.

      Mine was 8 months and I spent the whole time crying, being depressed and miserable and just generally being grim. I moved back to Nigeria and got a job right after and I barely had any free time for the next 3 years.

      Every time I had a particularly stressful day I would think back to those 8 long months when I had nothing to do and could have spent the time traveling around the UK (I couldn't leave the country because I was applying for a Work Permit). I could have learned a craft, watched more tv, read more book...just enjoyed being idle. Instead I spent the whole time wrapped up in knots over something God had already taken care of.

      Just enjoy the now, make as much preparation for the future as you can but try very hard (I know its not easy) to not let the anxiety about the future affect your present. Enjoy the journey, don't worry so much about how it'll end. God is taking care of that.

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  20. This is only my second time commenting, the first was on your entrepreneurship venture and just now.
    I think you're smart and amazing and totally kickass! One of the strongest and most determined persons I know, virtually. Moving to a new country and leaving all the comforts you're accustomed to is no small feat.

    I pray that your excellent spirit continues to hold sway for you especially with your new move. I pray that you're happy and at peace and fulfilled.

    I wish you everything beautiful as you embark on this!

    Well done again! I'm as proud of you as I would be if I were your actual friend

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    1. I feel like everybody who reads and comments on TWP is an actual friend, lol...so now that we've got the friend bit covered, feel free to be as inappropriate as you like.

      I did it all afraid honestly. I didn't know anybody there, at the time didn't even know anyone who'd ever been there. Just trusted in the fact that God wouldn't give me more than I can handle.

      Amen and amen to everything you wish for me and I pray God grants you the same as well.

      Thank you...friend x

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  21. "I don't understand why people feel like helping someone light their candle will diminish their own flame." You my dear, you are awesome!

    Thanks for sharing and all the best on this new journey xxx

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  22. Congratulations on everything my darling. God is indeed faithful and works everything out for our God. You're brave. Very brave. Not a lot of us would leave our comfort zones (and that's mostly half of it, getting up and actually doing the work) and you did. Thanks for sharing with us as well.

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    1. OMG Zena! Can't believe you still read TWP, oh wow, I feel like I'm back in 08/09 when this place was SANE, lol.

      He is faithful o! No mistake about it. Everyday is an example of Gods grace in our lives.

      Thank you my darling and we need to catch up! Please email me adaku@thirdworldprofashional.com.

      xx

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  23. Congrats my dear Adaku! I've been a faithful reader since the beginning. Thank you for sharing your testimony. I am inspired. I'm so, so excited for you on this new journey and I wish you only the best. I'm happily standing by to read of more and more testimonies from you.

    I've been thinking of leaving my country as well to work somewhere else for a bit and I will now explore LinkedIn which I'd never thought of before. Thanks to you!

    Your dedication to what you do and hardwork is admirable. Stay blessed. x

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    1. I'm cheesing so hard, you guys are the best! Thank you so much!

      I can't say enough how amazing LinkedIn, they should start paying me sef with all the promotion I've done for them.

      Amen my darling, thank you.

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  24. Congratulations Daks! I am so happy for you, ehn, you won't believe it! So proud of you.

    Our stories are so similar it is eerie (QC girls,lawyers, etc) Maybe I'll email you my story sometimes because you are my friend in my head *Wendy's voice* :D :D I recently moved to a country in West Africa and I cried throughout the 24ish hrs it took me to get here. I agree crying is therapeutic.

    Here's to soaring in the face of fears and uncertainty! xoxo

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    1. Yoouu, I've been reading your comments for so long I feel like I know you. Please email me that story.

      What country did you move to? I'm about to be an Ajala within Africa so let me know, might be hitting your city soon

      Amen!

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  25. Congratulations, Daks! I wish you all the best in EG. Your snaps make Malabo look so lovely. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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  26. Wow, you are so inspiring! God bless you in this new phase of your life.

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  27. Wow wow wow! Fighting back happy tears as I type this. MASSIVE CONGRATS Adaku!!!
    You are beyond blessed (and cool!) and will only continue to rise to even greater heights!

    I've been following your blog since your LS days in Lag, first blog I started following and I've always found your posts so authentic and entertaining. I've been fairly off the social media grid in the last year and only found out you'd moved through a friend las night. I've been waiting to get back from work to read this post lol.

    Have a blast in EG, looking forward to seeing more posts! I've been told about your cool snaps and will be following for more EG juice :) thanks for taking the bold step of moving despite being already successful in Naij! #inspired doesn't even begin to cut it.

    Keep rocking!

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    1. Aww thank you solo much. Comments like these, especially the fact that you're a long time reader warm my heart and give me so much encouragement and support. Thank you so much for everything.

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  28. CONGRATS DAKS!!!! I'm so happy for you. I'm glad you shared how you got there, especially the behind the scenes work involved. Prayer indeed is key and I believe that was God's way of telling you to trust Him more even for higher things. Take it a top notch everytime on the spiritual end because God truly wants to use you to help others.

    I wish you all the best and God's abundant grace. Can't wait to hear more and more testimonies :)

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    1. Amen amen Laiza. Thank YOU, your own courage and fortitude has inspired me as well. Just paying it forward x

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  29. Congrats, Adaku. I wish you all the best as you begin this wonderful new phase of your life.

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  30. This is very motivating many congrats on a new start. God will guide you all through your journey I noticed when you worked at GE and I always dreamt of working there and to think you took the plunge and left the job to start your own thing. Gods time is really the best time what is for you will come your way and it sure has for you.

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    1. Gods time is definitely the best time, make no mistake about it.

      Thank you so much x

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  31. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! I saw the snaps of when you were leaving, but thought it was your parents traveling, for some odd reason. I think it was the following day that I realized it was YOU. And then I thought, maybe it's vacay. But then the snap of your flatmate and decor in your apartment... I'm like "huh?! Another blogger has moved?!?!"

    What's with our almost synchronized exoduses?

    BEST WISHES!!!!

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. Lmao, 2015 was rough mate. That was the do or die year for a lot of people I think. I've been talking to so many people who have made monumental life changes since January.

      That snap of my parents, ohmygosh you're making me emotional again, I cried so hard that day ehn.

      But yooouu though, Atlanta! That is awesome! Definitely stand by because I'm coming your way this summer, Daks & Berry Take The A!

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  32. Awwwwww I want to follow you on snapchat oh so I can see Malabo. Congratulations Daks, this is such a wonderful testimony, God answers prayers!!!

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  33. You started giving out your things?? Now that's faith!
    OMG! I loove Duolingo I'm 42% fluent in French now (according to Duolingo), lol
    Gosh you're so inspiring. God bless you!!
    Fre'

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    1. Lmao I needed to do a wardrobe clean out anyway, that's the way I rationalized it.

      That percentage thing is fake abeg, mine says 12% or whatever, and I still can't get beyond greeting or identifying random words. Washing :|

      Thank you so much Fre :)

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  34. Loved this post. your posts crack me up and bring out all kinds of feels. Congrats on this new chapter. Won't God do it! Self doubt is a mutha. Going to go follow your ig adventures. Stayed blessed and grateful.

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    1. Won't HE do it!

      Ever grateful babe, thank you :)

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  35. Congrats Daks! Though I ve neva met u, reading ur blog makes me feel like I ve known u for ages. I wish u d very best and I tap into ur testimony too.

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  36. Congrats and well done. Your post made me slightly teary. I am inspired! I wish you all the best in your new venture. God bless you.

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  37. Wow. Just stumbled on your blog, nice piece. I had to pack my bags and move to EG last October too, it has been a very good experience so far, you will definitely enjoy your time here.

    P.S. you can drop me a line through my E-mail if you need someone to show you
    around town or even just to get information about anything

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  38. Finally have wifi so I can congratulate you here lol... God bless you and your new adventure Daks!!! The world is your oyster card, keep moving and doing big things. I'm proud of you and happy you are living your dream. This post is definitely inspiring and even better reading it on my lappie!!!

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  39. Congrats on your new job and adventure. Your story was the perfect 'Monday motivation' for me....we really do limit/second guess ourselves way too much. Looking forward to EG posts; will be living vicariously through you. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Damola, I really appreciate it :)

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  40. Congrats Ada Ibem, apologies for my familiarity, comes from being a TWP blog alumni(reader since 2010).
    I am inspired by this post, to be better and to never let got go of my Faith in God.
    I pray for God’s best for you in EG.

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    1. Lmao, nwanne'm! Please be as familiar as you want, we're all family here.

      Amen, thank you love.

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  41. Congratulations Adaku!!!!
    This was a very inspiring read!
    I plan to make some very bold life changing decisions in the next couple of days and this just encouraged and reminded me that God's got my back.
    I saw the poster for the yard sale you had at the social place, now it all makes sense.
    Looking forward to more posts on Malabo and I plan to do a lot of travelling this year too, maybe our paths would cross again :)

    www.tukesquest.com

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  42. Wow...congratulations Adaku. Came so close to a breakthrough, I could feel it but somehow it didn't click. I have been discouraged for a while but you have motivated me big time.

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  43. This was so inspiring Daks. I saw your post on Instagram and I had to see how you made such a bold move.
    I'm plagued by fear and doubt. I'm sooo inspired by this post. I have to actually try, and trust God to finish it. Thank you for sharing, hard as it may have been.

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  44. Daksssss!!!!! I always told you if I had a younger sister she would be you! Girllll! You are sorts of amazing. Congratilations on the new job. This article is so inspiring.
    Well done and keep blazing!!!

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  45. Reading your story/Journey is such a blessing to me. It's sunshine. God helps those who helps themselves for sure. You put your faith in action and the doors opened up in such a remarkable way. Your story is such a blessing to my spirit. I smiled reading all through.

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  46. I have finally come to read this. Been procrastinating since.

    ''I know how annoying it can be when you ask someone how they achieved something and all you hear is "na God". Yes I know you prayed but what were the practical steps you took to achieving your goal. I don't understand why people feel like helping someone light their candle will diminish their own flame.''

    Love that bit... Trust me you don't mentor just 7 people, there are people that you mentor via your posts.
    Well done girl, you give us strength..
    Thanks for sharing too.
    God bless you!

    xx

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  47. So Inspiring... been in a rut for years and this kind of lifted my spirit up. I need to get serious on my Novenas. Congrats and Enjoy this new ohase of life.

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  48. This inspired me so much and gave me so much hope. SOOOO Happy for you. God will continue to give you testimonies.

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  49. This is speechlessly inspiring. God bless you.

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  50. Wow!!!! Awwww. Inspiring, emotional, faith-lifting, happy post!
    I even feel bad I'm just visiting in a while. No thanks to poor Internet access in the place I chose for vacation!
    Congratulations Daks! May God bless you and protect you.
    Thanks for letting us in on your life somewhat, including advice.
    I love testimonies!
    My comment is all over the place, the post brought out the feels. :D

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  51. Adaku, i have seen a few photos of you here and there on Instagram but this right here is just Inspirational!!!

    Like you, I had a good job in the UK as my family are based here but left it all to move back to Lagos on my own and loved every minute of it.

    But yours is just on another level! More grease to your elbows. May God protect and guide your steps in this new journey and may it be filled with success amen


    B

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  52. Daks its been forever I published a comment on your blog...its not to say i havent read or looked out for your stories. You are a few years younger than I am but you are really inspiring! Thank you so much for this post! And thank you so much for the novena link.

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  53. You have been absolutely one of my favorite bloggers hands downnn! Read this and it only solidified it more. My eyes started watering lol ok I cried😂 sort of going through this transition period in the states with my own legal career but I know God got me. Thanks for writing this!

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  54. hello ada..... so lovely to read this. and inspiring too!!
    wish you all the best
    xo

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