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Danielle was an only child because she lost her father some weeks after she was born. Hence, she was single-handedly brought up by her mother.
Her mother was the perfect example of the saying”what a man can do, a woman can do even better”. She worked more than a man would. She was Danielle’s mother, father,brother,friend and strength. She struggled daily to make ends meet and to ensure that Danielle did not lack any essential needs.
Danielle on her part was very supportive and hardworking. Although she was very young, she could dance so gracefully that people would empty their pockets to see her perform. When her mother saw this great talent of her daughter, she decided to build on it.
Mrs. James, Danielle’s mother, saved up amidst the difficulties to enroll Danielle in a dance college. She attended the college after school hours and on weekends.
In no distant time, she became a very good artiste and she was also doing tremendously well in her academic work.
Danielle needed money for costumes but could not ask her mother because she didn’t want to bother her. She then decided to help some of the well-to-do students in her class who were lazy with their assignments after the payment of a fee. She also went to the market square or other busy places to dance so as to raise some funds. In this way, she was able to get money for her dance costumes and even have an allowance.
She studied tirelessly and trained arduously. She made sure that she did not leave any loose ends untied. She got into the university and she studied theatre arts and choreography. She was exceptionally good and talented. Thus it was very easy to identify her from the crowd. Her lecturers took interest in her afterwards advised her to include acting, and singing in her career. She weighed the advantages and decided to heed to their advice.
Although it was very difficult for her to meet up with those who were really good at acting and singing, but she put in alot of hardwork and worked tirelessly.
The lecturers and and her coursemates were astonished at how she could catch up so quickly.
She too was surprised but gave all thanks to God.
Mrs. Danielle was always supportive and understanding. She once told her daughter that “With determination,even an ant could bring down an elephant”. Danielle believed in this and worked hard to be a successful person who would bring joy to her God-sent angel.
Danielle formed a group with some of her serious friends and they started performing on stage. The would rehearse dance, songs and drama and would perform in some concerts. Although, they were paid very little, their passion and determination kept them going.
The group consists of Daniella, Nuella and Emmanuella.While Danielle specialised in dancing,Nuella was specialised in singing and Emmanuella in Acting.
The trio were very unique and special in their own ways. Their lives took a turn for the best after they graduated from the university and decided to pursue their careers zealously.
They parted ways after promising one another to always be in touch and to keep the fire burning.
They were all lucky to get employed with good take home. They also sought other better employment opportunities while retaining the present one.
On a fateful day, Daniella was at her mother’s kiosk helping her to sell since her mother had gone to visit a friend. While she was attending to a customer, her phone buzzed continuously but she ignored the caller because she was very busy at that point. When the customer left, she totally forgot that she missed a call. Then, a customer came by asking for her mother’s number which she gladly gave and it was then she saw the missed call.
It was a unknown number so she dialed the number and a lady’s voice came through from the phone saying”Please is this Miss Daniella White, and she replied”Yes”, the lady then said,”I called you because one top professor put in your name and that of your crew members on our list for those interested in International Talents Show and now the form is out and you guys have been enlisted among those whose talents would be showcased, I will send you details via mail as regards the venue and the requirements, do have a nice day” she hung up the call. Daniella was speechless, she didn’t even get a chance to ask who the “top professor” was. All the same, she was happy and prayed for him in her heart. Shortly she got the mail, which confirmed that she was not dreaming. She quickly called her friends to inform them.
They all went to the stated venue and followed all the due process in preparation for the show. They were told that it was an International Contest and that the would have to win their states contest then their country’s contest before then would proceed to the final contest with different countries.
They were happy at the news and but were gripped with fear. They couldn’t see a ray of hope as to how they would win their state’s contest, let alone their country’s.
The trio got back together and informed their parents who gave their blessings and full support. They then started researching some dance steps. They decided that for the state’s contest they would act a drama, for the country’s a dance and drama while for the international that’s if they made it there, they would perform both the dance,drama and singing acts.
They kicked off with the rehearsals and soon the state competition came and although it was quite a challenging one, they managed to scale through.
They then proceeded to the country’s contest where different states brought their representatives. They contest soon began and everyone state’s representatives performed. Then it was time for the results. The judges said that they had all performed excellently. He then said that the country’s representative would have been those from Gambia but they used a costume commonly used by the Whites therefore portraying their preference to the culture of the whites over theirs. Having said that, he then said that the chosen representatives were those from Efik,Calabar! Who would have thought that their costume would b be the key that would open their way to the final competition! No doubts their performance was good too.
Daniella and her friends were still dumbfounded by the news until they were told by one of the organisers that they have been called up on stage. That hurriedly ran into the stage with happiness written all over their faces. They were congratulated by the judges who told them that they would be traveling to France for the final competition. They also won for themselves the prize of 500,000 naira. They girls were the happiest beings on earth.
They later broke the news to the members of their families who were absent at the contest. Their families prayed for them and challenged them to do their best and leave the other parts to God.
They soon flew out of the country two days before the programmes inorder to be fully settled and to reduce tension and anxiousness. The girls prayed, fasted and practiced sleeplessly. When the D-day came, all the representatives arrived very early prior to the set time.
The contest took off and every participants was given the opportunity to showcase what he’s got. When it got to the turn of Daniella and her crew, they were called up on stage and they held hands and prayed. They then kick started. They divided the stage into three and they started performing. Daniella was at the left end, Nuella was at the middle and Emmanuella was at the right end. Nuella sang, while Daniella danced and Emmanuella acted in following the rhythm of Nuella’s song. It was quite a beautiful sight to behold. Nuella sang so melodiously, Daniella danced so gracefully and enviably and Emmanuella acted so passionately. At the end of their performance, they got little applaud from the audience. They felt as though they didn’t perform well but little did they know that the audience were so stunned and dumbfounded at such an outstanding performance that they could not even clap.
When the judges finally collated the results, the trio already concluded that they were out of the picture and they were about leaving but were stopped by one of their trainers. On a second thought, they decided to wait with a heavy heart. One of the judges who was to announce the results said”It seems like there had been an arrangement somewhere that every representative would dance but to see an uncommon talent and a breath of fresh air, it truely beats my imagination how they were able to step out of the crowd to do something different. Therefore, the winner of this 20th International Talents Show,goes to the Representatives From NIGERIA!!!
The three girls were shocked to their bones and they were motionless. When they were called up to stage, they were crying and smiling at the same time. They didn’t know how best to express their joy. Then they heard the thunderous applaud from the audience and the judges and they could not help but continue crying. They were speechless. The judges then announced that the sum of $12,000 would be awarded to the three of them and they will get a free trip and accomodation to any country of their choice on a one month vacation. The girls felt fulfilled. When Daniella was called to give a speech, she said amidst tears ” If you want to walk fast,walk alone but if you want to walk far, work together because TEAM means Together Everyone Achieves More and I would like to tell you all to always believe in yourself no matter how tough the journey gets,just keep pushing, I tell you, you will achieve each and every of your dreams, thank you, thank, thank you”……
When they got home, the need not tell their parents about anything because the streamed live on television. They were warmly received. The girls then agreed to open a talent support school for people with rare talents.
They were glad they never gave up but kept pushing.

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HARDWORK AND RIGHT FOCUS[THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS]

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Hello? Hello? Janet can you hear me? It’s me roseline, im held up in traffic could you please reserve a seat for me at the front row in the class?. Thank you so much, I will explain to you later why I am late. Roseline hanged up the phone. She had a very important class that morning but her grandmother fell down the stairs and since she was the only one at home, she will leave for school. She was already running late as at the time she left her grandmother’s ward and now the traffic was not helping matters.
Roseline finally arrived class about five minutes late and thanked her stars that attendance had not been taken. She quickly made her way to the front row carefully avoiding the intense stares of her fellow course mates and the lecturer. After she was the comfortably seated, a shrill voice came piercing through the ears.it came was the lecturers. “Young, having interrupted my class, step forward and give me a concise and clear explanation of the topic written on the board”. Rosaline was stunned and she made her way out with the aim of pleading with the strict lecturer but before she would utter a word, the lecturer said, “You can go on am all ears”, she looked up and saw the topic “philosophy” boldly written on the board. She had read a book on it but never knew it would come to in handy someday. As she was still thinking, a voice brought her to reality saying, “Young lady, if within the next fifteen (15) seconds you still don’t know what to talk on this topic, it would be good as dropping this course for the semester. She was immediately shocked and soon started talking. She gave series of definition of philosophy by philosophers like Russell, Sidney hook and many others. She emphasised on Ludwig wihgenstein who defined it as “battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language”. She went further to discuss the misconception, methodological features, and the tradition of philosophy before she finally concluded. The lecturer was surprised at how well she delivered as though she was pre-informed. He ended the class after things adding a few because he felt she had said it all.
Janet and some other course mates of hers commended her for a job well done. Roseline later explained later to Janet her bosom friend, the reason for her usual lateness.
They both thanked God that all was well with her grandmother.
Mr Darlino, the strict lecturer was greatly puzzled when he got to his office as to how bold, daring and intelligent such a young lady was. He immediately made up his mind to know more about the young scholar.
Some weeks later, roseline wrote her first semester exams. She did exceptionally went and moved to her 200level. All things were going smoothly until something went wrong.
Roseline friend Juliet became very ill and her parents asked her return home for better care and treatment to be administered to her. She was too sick to go home on her own so Roseline offered to get a cab and were almost at Janet’s house when their car ran into an oncoming fully loaded truck. It was a fatal accident. The driver died on the spit while Juliet hand mild injuries because Roseline suffered the most causality. They were both rushed to the hospital by concerned sympathizers. Roseline was in coma while Juliet was conscious and reviving treatment.
Roseline was in coma for about eight months while Janet was already writing her final exams in 400level before Roseline was bitterer that she had missed a lot and Janet continually apologized because she felt she was the cause of her friend’s plight. Tirelessly hard to make up for the lost time. She became more studious she ensured that she attended every class and even night classes and she also brought few hand-outs and borrowed from new course mates glace she could no longer afford them.
She was so stunned when she saw her 200level results very nice she was elated and glad.
Mr Dalino, her philosophy lecturer was surprised to see her in 300level. He then asked her why she was still in 300level when she ought to have graduated and she told him the tragedy that befell her. He told her not to be greatly depressed with her far friends had anything she absolutely hesitate to come to him she expressed her gratitude and promised not to let him down
Rosaline had a very smooth and enjoyable school years courtesy to Mr Dalino who gave her the assistance she needed to forge ahead with life. She soon graduated and was ready to serve her fatherland when she was posted to serve at the northern part of the country, she decided to start a tomato farm from to earn a living coupled the meagre monthly amount from the government for up-keeping before her one year service was due.
She had become a very good tomato dealer who supplied companies to make tomato paste with the help of Mr Dalino, her God sent helper.
She was now a very wealthy and famous entrepreneur and graduate. When she was leaving for the south. She set up a committee to oversee the affairs of the firm and she also visited regularly o ensure that things were in order.
Roseline was forever grateful to her loving grandmother who took herm when her mother threw her out accusing her for bringing a misfortune to her and her husband
She made sure her grandmother had a fulfilled life. She reconciled with her parents and never fulfilled to acknowledge God and Mr Dalino who made her dream realistic.

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FROM GRASS TO GRACE

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Nkechi was fed up with life. life had been so unfair to her and her siblings. it was quite unimaginable that her parents neglected her and her tender siblings to the village life and travelled to the city without even leaving a note as to their whereabout in the populous hustling city of lagos.
She got home that day after school only to find her little siblings crying. She inquired from them and they told her that they were hungry and haven’t eaten since morning. She was shocked and rushed inside with the intention of asking her mother why she would leave the kids hungry till such late hour but what she saw made her gasp for breath. The room was practically empty; no clothes on the tray, no bed, no furniture save for the kerosene lamp at the tail-end of the room. She then came to the realization that their parents had actually left them for good. She remembered the discussion her parents had about two nights ago to sell off their litttle tangible things and elope to the city. Who would have thought that they would leave so quickly? They actually left their four children with Nkechi as the eldest at the mercy of the villagers.
Nkechi became the breadwinner of her family at age 15. Being a very smart girl, she decided to grow vegetable farm at the small piece of land at the back of their hut. She had sought for help from her relatives but they all turned her down saying that she and her siblings must have an evil aura for their parents to abandon them. Thus,she decided to resign herself to fate but to take responsibility for her future and her siblings.
Since the government provided free education and books and the children were allowed to wear house wares (uniforms were unavailable). Nkechi enrolled her two immediate youger brother and sister while she stayed back at home to care for her barely two years old brother and also do some available menial jobs to make ends meet.
Very early everyday, Nkechi would wake ozo her younger brother,together they would go to the stream, fetch water for people who would pay them. fetch water for their personal use, sweep the compound before they would prepare food. When all these are done,they would wake Nnesinachi and Tochukwu up, make sure they bath and eat. After which, Nnesinachi and ozo would get ready for school while Nkechi and Tochukwu would set out to people’s farm for the day’s work. When school closes, the other two siblings would join Nkechi and baby at people’s farm to assist her.
The happiest time for the children was during rainy season. Bushes on people’s surroundings and weeds on farms would grow very fast thus giving them an opportunity to get spare cash. They would also get to sell fresh vegetables from their farms and use the money for food and upkeep. This way, they were able to keep body and soul together
Nkechi then decided to go back to school. At last to finish her secondary school.
All thanks to free education, Nkechi and Ozo were able to graduate from secondary school. Ozo was a lover of education and he wanted to pursue higher degrees but his sister told him to put that thought aside first and focus on his apprenticeship and he could later continue schooling when he becomes a boss himself.
Months ran into years and Nkechi was now a full grown lady. She was about 21 years old while Ozo was 19 years old. Nnesinachi was 15 years and baby Tochukwu was now 7 years old. They had moved to the city when the missionaries came to the village about 3 years ago and took them along on their departure.
Nkechi now worked at the church supermarket.
After a careful observation of the priest, he saw that she was very diligent and commited in her service and he suggested to the other priest that Nkechi should be settled off because she had lived and worked at the church and the supermarket for too long. The priest after much deliberation,collectively raised money and opened a mini supermarket for Nkechi to her outmost surprise. She thanked God and thanked them as well.
She rented an apartment and she and her siblings moved in after staying at the church premises for over two years
She started running her own mini supermarket. One could quickly tell that she was efficient manager because in less than a year, she had so expanded the business that she had to employ more hands to help her out. She soon changed the mini supermarket into a big departmental supermarket where varieties of consumers goods where sold.
She studied part-time while she enrolled Ozo at full time school to study engineering which he claimed that he so much loves. Her other two siblings were also in school
As Nkechi sat down in her office, compiling the names of stocks needed and the quantity, her mind flashed back to when she was working under the scorching sun in one of the numerous farmlands,a voice greeted her calmly. It was one of the missionaries. His mother was the owner of that particular farm she was working on she didn’t know what else happened because they only exchanged pleasantries. The next thing she heard when she got home was that of a certain man came to their house and offered to take them to the city. After much description,she got to know that it was the missionary who came to see her at the farm. She immediately knew that his mother must have put in good words for her to convince her son to take them along. She was indeed thankful to the woman.
Nkechi was still lost in thoughts when a voice jotted her back to reality. One of her sales girls came to seek permission to leave early inorder to take care of her sick mother and Nkechi told her to leave right away and resume when her mother was fully recovered. She thanked her boss and left.
Nkechi then thought of her parents and wondered how they were. She decided to walk outside. At the entrance of the shop,a woman rushed in asking for cold water. The voice sounded familiar. When Nkechi turned she saw her mother again the first time in six years. she greeted her but she didn’t recognise her. She then asked the woman why she looked so unkept. When her mother told her about their ordeal and her mother was sobbing profusely and asking for forgiveness. Nkechi took her up from her knees and asked about her father, her mother then took her to the park where her father was riding a tricycle on hire purchase.
They all went home and all the children gathered. Their parents apologised for their actions. They told them that they left for the city not on their own free will but because loan shark whom their father was indebted to threatened to take two of their children work for him until their father could pay back his loan. They had to leave and work for the loan shark to save their children to work for him until their father would pay back his loan. They had to leave and work for the loan shark to save their children from the hardship that may go with working with their debtor. They once again asked for forgiveness. The children forgave them and took them in.
Nkechi later paid the balance of the the debts and took good care of her parents and siblings.
Ozo on the other hand successfully graduated from the university and secured a good paying job.

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The world looks so daunting and not promising… Hmms! My own has been characterized with so much challenges and afflictions. These are the words of Olusegun, a twenty three years old, son of late Mr and Mrs Smith Oladele of Odoere town in Ekiti state.
Segun is a promising child to the parents. They have both vowed to see him through the journey of life but death came knocking and the sun set up on the couple at mid day.

To Segun, all hope is lost… The shoulders to ride on has collapsed while the ladder of promise has broken and shattered to pieces as a result of the cold hands of death.

After the burial, Segun finds his way into the world which he dreaded even before the parents kissed the earth goodbye. He eventually found himself Lagos. The first three months of his sojourn was hell as he encountered series of misfortune and disappointment….When he lost his parents to the cold hands of death, the family shared his father’s property and left little for him.. It was with the little money left that Segun bought bike and started running Okada business. He did this for over a year before he was able to enrolled for his West African Examination Council (WAEC)…

While he was running his Okada business, friends and passersby laughed at home on how possible can he make it through school while running Okada.. Initially, he wanted to drop out but for encouragement from his mother’s sister, he persevered and stood firmly against the all odds.
Right after the exams, things became difficult and blur around Segun, the mother’s sister lost her husband and her business started to dwindle. Hence, Segun decided to sell his motorcycle and use the proceeds to support her aunty’s business. He resorted to hawking sachet water at the central motor park… As time roll by each day, Segun decides to take Jamb in order to further her education. Though the aunty promise to lend a helping hand along the line which she did. He studied hard while in school and did very well to graduate as one of the best students in his faculty… After graduating, Segun did not give up hope on becoming successful…. When went into fruits business where he prepares fruit salad and delivered to different offices at noon time from Monday to Friday..

On one fateful day while on his daily delivery routine, he came across Titi, one of his classmates back then in secondary school. Titi works with one of the biggest telecommunications firms in the country.

Wow… Titi, look at you
You look beautiful and stunning.. How is life generally? Segun asked..

Where have you been Segun? You stopped coming to school back then and no one could traced your whereabouts…

Hmmmm! I lost my both parents one day to car accident. I was so devastated and everything around me was not promising hence I left where I was before to meet my mother’s sister here in Lagos…

As the conversation continues, Titi inquire if Segun has gone through university education. She requested he send his CV to her mail box for onward process… Titi is the human resource manager of her company… And as God will have it, Segun studied Electrical/Electronic Engineering and the company where Titi works needs same personal and professional services very urgent…

Through Titi, Segun secured the job, given an official apartment and car… As each good day passes by, he was sent to the United States of America for further training on System networking and content development… What seems blur and unclear years ago when Segun lost his parents is not getting clear and smooth as hardworking is the best thing anyone can do to challenge all his challenges in this world that is not promising.

Segun was able to help his aunty to bounce back from her shattered and falling business and today, the sky they say is one’s limit but to Segun, it was his starting point.

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