#AwakeningYou: ‘SPARKLING WITH A PASSION FOR IMPACT’ – by @StevenHaastrup

Published:15 Jan, 2013

#AwakeningYou: ‘SPARKLING WITH A PASSION FOR IMPACT’ – by @StevenHaastrup

 

I sat and I thought of the Inspiration, Encounters, Projects, Initiatives and Persons that bettered my Life in 2012… In 2012, I made presentations, I met people, I went to places, I forgot some, I remembered some, some made me think, some made me smile, some made me cry…

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Welcome to the Personality Week of #AwakeningYou, a Tuesday weekly script of #StartupNigeria, My name is Haastrup Steven.

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In my past, I have read of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King but not so much of this man.

 

I met him first in early 2012; I had a project dream to build one of Africa’s most interactive and societal beneficial networks (currently developed). He gave me the huge support I needed and he believed in my ability to make it happen.

 

I can remember the day I went through his profile online and I met him, He was so humble and down to heart and was eager to meet me… He made me feel aware of that King that I was.

If you think you know this man, you don’t the side of Him that I know. He has mentored many to become giants. He has the passion bubbling over him; He talks like he wants to change the world in an instant.

 

I don’t want to care what school he came out from or what grades he finished with, who cares? He is the source of Joy to many, reason for laughter to many Youths and also a reason to Hope for many undergraduates around this Nation.His initiatives are never about Him, He just wants to do something and birth change in our society through His passion.

 

I heard about the #EchoesFromAjegunle Initiative in August 2012but I felt it is just one of those initiatives with a SELF agenda within.

 

In November 2012, I visited his office to endorse and embolden a partnership proposal between StartUp Nigeria and his organization and I encountered the project that changed my Perception and reengineered my Passion for the society forever.

 

As my first time in Ajegunle, I saw a place that was so poorly planned with houses over gutters, drainages and structures so poorly arranged. Ajegunle is a very popular place in Lagos and well known as the Ghetto of Lagos, I have always heard about the place as a kid because of the likes of Daddy Shokey.I wondered at first, Why would he take an Office here… as pissed as I was but full of expectations, I cheerfully kept asking the name of the street to his office until I got there. On entering, I was dripping because rain had beaten me from the entrance of Ajegunle to the office.

 

On getting there, I was excited to finally get to a place where I had never been.

The office was divided into compartments, the first thing I saw was a place with many computers… inside of me, I said… he is a programmer so what do you expect.

 

I met with the manager and after an in-depth discussion, she took me around and that was when it happened.I walked into a conference hall, small but cool and equipped, in there I saw teenagers both male and female all seated and excited at the stranger that just walked in. I was introduced to them by the Manager and she told me this were kids from Ajegunle that they were trained and equipped by the best hands and facilitators, in the best environment.

I felt broken… She took me around and talked to me about the History and achievements of the initiative. I saw in the office floor a currently developed Library, the new Computer Lab and finally the office of the initiator… She opened the door and told me that… This is His Office!

 

I was like… My God! Why? The office was empty, Just a chair, No table, Nothing at all! It was Dry!

 

She said, he (The initiator) wanted to finish up everything he was doing in terms of making the place better and well equipped for the students picked up from the streets of Ajegunle before he made His office befitting.

 

At that point, I got broken finally… Tears welled up and could fall at a blink of my eye.

 

Gbenga Sesan

Gbenga Sesan

I marveled at what Man this was… He was different from every other man I know. His Name Is GBENGA SESAN! A Man with a Great Heart, a Heart of Gold… A Heart of Change and sold out to Societal and National Impact.

 

I might have understated the project (#EchoesFromAjegunle) but you can check for testimonials yourself at http://bit.ly/UY2ooF.

 

Hands on Tommy… Heads Bowed… I give it to my most inspiring project… #EchoesFromAjegunle

 

Let me leave you with this Quote…

 

If your dream is of the People, God will direct all power in you and around you to make it happenDavid Oyedepo

 

StartUp Today! Become a selfless initiator… It’s in you to be that Hope to yoursocietyToday!

 

Join me next Tuesday as I continue the Startup Nigeria series! Invite friends and family… we own this country and we must take it back as one!

 

Be Nice! Don’t go off this page without sharing this article on the social media! Just a few clicks will do. Let it inspire others to StartUp in 2013.

 

God bless You!

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

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Haastrup Steven is the Executive Director of Startup Nigeria; He is a freelance writer, speaker, startup trainer and a lover of God. He is a fan of technology and its influence over our lives and the society.

 

Follow me today on twitter @StevenHaastrup

Email: haastrupsteven@gmail.com

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