#BN2015Epilogues: For Jessie, It was a Year of Opportunities & Open Doors

dreamstime_l_4749908Happy new year to all our readers! As promised, we are continuing the 2015 Epilogues due to the volume of responses we got. We’d like to thank every one who sent an entry, and if you sent your story before the 15th of December 2015, you will see it published on BellaNaija.

If you’re reading this and wondering, ‘What on earth is the series about?’ please catch up HERE.


2015 started like “Oh, it’s a new year I thank God. Let’s change display pictures and send messages. I wasn’t looking forward to anything in particular, neither did I have high expectations. I only wanted to survive. But, I couldn’t blame myself, because the past years had been depressing and challenging for me.

I had to leave a school where I had spent close to three years due to circumstances that were beyond my control. I was hoping I could immediately process my admission to another school, but who was I kidding? I stayed at home for about two years and lost excitement in everything. I even lost some friends because they had gone far ahead. All I saw was pictures of their convocations and NYSC.
I remember the day my uncle came to our house and advised me to write JAMB! I cried for hours. You don’t want to imagine how I felt. I finally got the courage to rewrite JAMB. While I was waiting for the result, a friend told me about a diploma program in his school. I got the form so as not to put all my eggs in one basket (It’s not as if I even had many eggs)

I was relieved to change environment and start school. The hardest part to this wasn’t that I was one of the oldest in the class, but it was as if my brain had expired. I struggled to understand everything we were taught and would constantly sit at the back so the lecturer wouldn’t embarrass me with questions. At some point, I realised all I needed was to put in extra effort and trust God.

Later on in the year, I wrote my exams and my result came out excellently. I was surprised and overwhelmed that I made the required points. Even my lecturers were happy for me and started calling me “Brilliant Jessica” (that’s how God changes one’s story). I had the rest of the year to myself, so I decided to search for a job but there was no luck in that area. People kept reminding me that even BSc holders were jobless.

After a while, I got tired of sleeping and waking up not doing anything useful. I went to spend time with my older cousin in Lagos. Weeks went by and I guess his wife got tired of me doing nothing, so she introduced me to her business (I’ll always be grateful to her). As months passed, I got busy with marketing my goods and getting new ones.Thats how I started making money.

I later created my BBM channel and started a business page on Instagram. It created a lot of awareness and also boosted my sales. The truth is there are lots of opportunities online. I have also found myself motivating other young business owners. God has made me a voice for the same generation I thought had left me behind. He gave me peace in my storm and he blessed me beyond my imagination.

I’m now in my second year in the university, I can’t wait to graduate and also serve my country. I know with God all these desires and goals will be achieve. I can boldly say I have grown a lot this year, I love and respect myself more. I have built strong bonds and let go of negative energies. 2015 has been my year of prosperity, open doors, opportunities and endless joy. I thank God for being God in my life, for the strength to rise up, the courage to move on, for blessing with a strong mother that has never run out of ways of loving me and for supportive family and friends.

I’m no longer ashamed of my story nor my past, because it has made me stronger and shaped me into a better person. It’s true when they say, “We never know how strong we are, until it’s the only choice we have.”
No matter what you’re going through, whether its similar to mine or different, I want you to know there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Never give up, keep trusting God for he holds the pen that rewrites our stories, he’ll rewrite yours, and it will surely end in praise.

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6 Comments on #BN2015Epilogues: For Jessie, It was a Year of Opportunities & Open Doors
  • D January 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Very inspiring – it takes a lot of courage and determination to keep pushing through. Truly the race is not to the swift, and it’s all about persevering to the end – it takes a lot of inner strength which you clearly have in abundance. I love that you’re not ashamed of your journey, and that you can see how it has all shaped your character and made you stronger and wiser. Well done on all your academic and business accomplishments – in 2016 you will continue to excel and succeed by God’s grace.

  • rosemary January 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Good write-up am challenger

  • rosemary January 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Good write-up am challenged

  • Bola January 20, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Wow,I am so happy for u, I can so relate to your story and I’m also encouraged. My world came crumbling after I finished a 4-year course in the university and I was told I wouldn’t graduate and that my admission was fake. Boy,I died, I watched my mates convocate and go for service and I ll just wake up everyday and cry till I had no more tears,looking up several times and asking God the sin I committed that he couldn’tt forgive. But I’m sure at those moments he would just be smiling and saying “lookatew”. I eventually got out of my ‘mourning’ through HIS help. I evaluated my life and decided to try again, Funny enough that was the time I discovered my self,my purpose and decided that the course I studied wasn’t even for me. I made up my mind to write JAMB again and go for a course that’s in-line with my new self discovery. As God will have it,last Nov, I got a good paying job with several perks that relates with the new course I want to study , without any B.sc o. So now, I practically have practical experience of the course and going to school for the theory. So u see God’s way is not always ours.

    Sorry y’all for the epistle,I just had to share my testimony.

  • Temi January 20, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Really great story. May 2016 be full of many more great strides and progress!

  • Tosin January 20, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Brilliant Jessica. I’m inspired.

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