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The Angel of Opportunity

Posted by | January 22, 2014 | Personal, Tola James Odukoya | No Comments
Shoprite Ghana and Kokoriah bottle

Opportunity I believe knocks on everyone’s door at the very least once in each of our lifetimes; The Bible states in Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”, but how many of us knock hard enough? Do we even knock at all?

Opportunities can arise at the most inconvenient times; when the baby is on the way, just bought a new house, a new car, a new job and times when we may be about to lose our job. I believe in listening to your inner self, I prefer to call it ‘listening to your omen’, like Paulo Coelho once said. Most would call it listening to your heart, but once the angel of opportunity comes knocking understand that sound comes only but once. My opportunity approached me late at night when I received a phone call from my sister who told me about an intriguing project focused in Africa. She informed me about a long term friend of hers Alieu Fofanah who had the idea to visit 5 African countries in search of building creative solutions to transform sub-Saharan Africa. There were 3 main factors as to why this immediately caught my attention; the first reason was because I saw the opportunity to advance my product Kokoriah (visit second reason was that I had always wanted to partake in bringing positive growth and social impact to Africa. By owning my own manufacturing factory, increasing Africa’s rice exports, investing in gold refineries, the list goes on and on. The first thing that came to my mind was ‘wow, when you start a journey God really does put likeminded individuals in front of you’. Napoleon Hill talks about a mastermind group in the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’, I never really understood what he meant until GoGetters came into existence. The final and perhaps icing on the cake was due to the fact that I remember my sister referring to Alieu whilst they studied together at University as an achiever, I like to associate myself with likewise individuals that can stimulate my mind and thought processes.

Kids at Kokomlemle loving the taste of Kokoriah

Kids at Kokomlemle loving the taste of Kokoriah

It is important to understand that everyman is your superior in one way or another, whether rich or poor. Proverbs 27:17 states ‘Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another’. I told my sister of my growing desire to understand more about this project, and to my surprise I receive a call from Alieu less than 5 minutes later, we spoke about my present situation, traded future ambitions and by the end of the conversation I was sold.

However as much as I had high hopes on following through, I also had my doubts which I had every reason to. Why not? I relied on my job to pay my bills and sponsor my lifestyle, I was in my last year of university and the deadlines were mounting, I had my Masters I planned to pursue and I had important meetings for Kokoriah but most importantly I didn’t have the financial means (at that point I couldn’t even pay for a ticket to go on holiday), so I questioned my sanity and asked myself am I doing the right thing? ….But above all this I saw the bigger potential in this project so I listened to my omens…My dream of having a real opportunity to be a part of Africa’s transformation came from my commitment to the GoGetters project….and so I opened that door and made that move.

The opportunity presented itself, and the concept of sponsorship wasn’t guaranteed, however I believed from that very moment I would find myself leaving my loved ones for a few months to follow my heart and to pursue my dream.

Joining GoGetters reinforces the saying of two heads are better than one, the bravery and courage for us to unite and say “yes we can” has now allowed others to ask “How do I join GoGetters?” As I write this I am currently in Ghana, but my part of this journey ends in Nigeria. I was fortunate enough to have family and friends to support my cause spiritually and financially however for reasons beyond my control I will not be present at Sierra Leone with the rest of the team. But for now, next stop Nigeria!…….God is great….watch out for our next blog.

Alieu and Tola at Labadi Beach

Alieu and Tola at Labadi Beach

Tola James-Odukoya

About Tola James-Odukoya

Tola is a recent graduate (BA Commercial Studies) and the founder of Kokoriah. Tola’s unique abilities were first spotted by SERCO directors when he partook in a business challenge and was awarded the highest prize. With his keen interest in international relations, GoGetters has given Tola the opportunity to unite with like-minded individuals in search of opportunities to aid prosperity in Africa and encourage fellow entrepreneurs.

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