Out of all hopelessness, through the trying times of that invincible but life-threatening virus that shut down every system around the world and commerce broke down, jobs shut down and the whole world focused on surviving the attack of the terrible virus across the globe; the year 2020 became the most tragic of all the years aforetime and nothing seem to be going right. Fear stroke down and survival meant a billion meaning to the world entirely.
However the 2020story is told based on the perspective of who’s telling the story, there’s definitely something spectacular that happened in 2020 that meant hope to you and me if we think about it, there’s actually a “something good” out of a darkest hour and in the most trying times.
I’ll like to share a story on how I made 125k from just a 5000NGN investment in a forex platform in the year 2020.
I and a distant friend were taking about investment during the lockdown, the entire world was online and the only way you could keep in-touch was to call or connect with your friends or family staying far away online. I was about to introduce my audience to an investment that attract 30 – 50% ROI of invested capital for a whole month and then there is this platform that will pay up to 100% ROI on invested capital in just two weeks.
How is that even possible?
So I went digging about the platform online because, like everyone else at that time; you want to know what people are saying about the platform and how legitimate it was, luckily the investment is just through an android application and all you need to do is pick an investment plan and wait for your investment to mature.
Here are the plans:
There are 4 investment plans on EARNERS FX
Gold plan; Here you invest N5,000(5000efx) and get returns of N9250(9250efx) in 14days
Diamond plan; Here you invest N10,000(10,000efx) and get returns of N20,000(20,000efx) in 14days
Platinum plan; Here you invest N20,000(20,000efx) and get paid N45,000(45,000efx) 1MONTH
Titanium plan; Here you invest N50,000(50,000efx) and get paid N125,000(125,000efx) in 1MONTH
So I started off with the Gold plan just to see if the app really works like I was told. To invest that amount of money was small so I decided to try that early August, I don’t know if I remembered to tell you that the Forex platform was launched June 2020 heard about it July but start investing around August like I mentioned earlier. Before the two weeks was over, I already told a few people who knew the nature of investment, so instead of getting a returns of 9,250 I had a balance of over 20,000 at the end of the my first investment in August. I’ll explain how that’s possible, the platform actually award an incentive as bonus to those who bring new investors to the platform so I my bonus added up to my matured earnings.
Here is the referral bonuses:
Gold = 1,200
Diamond = 1,500
Platinium = 3,000
Titanium = 5,000
NB: referral isn’t compulsory as investors will get paid via two medium, either by direct withdrawal into a crypto wallet or through an in-app transfer called ‘inter transfer.
So instead of going for the next plan which is Diamond, I went for Platinium which takes 30days, my matured earning should normally be 44,000 but as expected I had bonuses to top up my earnings as it was already obvious that the platform is legitimate, so by the end of September I was having a balance enough to take me to the last stage which is Titanium, as expected, my matured earning at the end of the next 30days was 125,000.
Isn’t that fruitful enough for a stress-free investment plan, remember I started small by investing what I could afford to loose and luckily it came out to be real for me.
You might not have heard about this earlier but its not too late as the platform is still very young and vibrant, make a move this November and do something differently before the end of this year.
Only those who take the risk reap the fruit thereof so what do you say? That’s my own good story about 2020, what’s going to be yours?
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Ethereum transaction fees hits approximately all-time high (ATH) last week, with miners earning a record $500,000 in fees in a single hour.
While this is good news for Ethereum miners though, it’s a different story for users who are paying higher fees and longer wait times, with congestion on the network causing more unconfirmed transactions.
Many in the community have subsequently raised concerns about the network’s stability and whether the fees make it unsustainable, particularly as the decentralised finance (DeFi) boom – which many argue is causing high fees – shows no sign of abating.
In order to better understand this, let’s first break down how Ethereum transaction fees work.
How Ethereum fees work
Very simply, Ethereum runs on something called gas. Gas is a unit of measurement for the amount of computational power required to execute certain operations on the Ethereum blockchain. Every operation, be it a transaction or smart contract execution, requires some amount of gas. Gas is used to calculate the amount of fees owed to the network in order to execute the operation. Miners then receive compensation in Ether, which is equivalent to the total amount of gas it took them to execute a complete operation.
This is different to a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. This is because the Bitcoin blockchain is only geared to facilitate monetary transactions, with no way to add “conditions” to a transaction. For example, if you send someone 1 BTC, you wouldn’t be able to impose a condition on the transaction, like letting the recipient know they’ll only receive the money if they perform certain tasks. Smart contracts – which are generally run on the Ethereum blockchain – do allow for these types of conditions to be attached to a transaction. Because of this, smart contracts are handy for exchanges of property, shares or money, in a transparent manner without the need for a middleman, like a lawyer.
The table below from the Ethereum Yellow Paper indicates roughly how much a specific instruction will cost you in gas. According to the table, every transaction requires at least 21,000 gas.
Let’s use a popular analogy to better understand gas. Imagine you’re about to set off on a road trip. Before you go, you’d like to fill your car with fuel (or gas). You go to the gas station and specify how much gas you want to fill your car with. After your car’s been filled, you pay the gas station the amount of money you owe them for the gas.
Now, think of driving the car as being the operation you want to execute (like executing a function of a smart contract). The fuel in your car is the gas and the gas station is the miner. The money you paid the gas station is the miner fees. Therefore, technically, gas is the fuel powering the Ethereum network.
Importantly though, fuel isn’t a currency on its own. It needs to be bought and denominated into a currency, like the Dollar or Euro. The same goes for gas – in order for it to be paid, it needs to have its value expressed in Ether, the underlying cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network. There is no fixed price to convert gas to Ether, which means it’s up to buyers and sellers (miners) to come up with a price suitable to both parties.
In order to execute a transaction on the Ethereum network, the sender needs to specify a “gas limit” before submitting it to the network. The gas limit is the maximum amount someone is willing to pay for their instructions (or transaction) to go through and be processed.
Miners who process these transactions have a few options when they receive a pending transaction. First, they could accept the transaction by processing the instructions with their computers and decide to keep the attached fee set by the sender. Secondly, they could also refund some of the gas to the sender if the sender set a higher gas limit than was necessary for the transaction. On the other hand, they could decline the transaction if a sender sets a lower gas limit than what the market is paying at the time.
If a transaction’s instructions run out of gas mid-execution while a miner is processing it, it’s then “reverted back to its original state”, meaning the transaction has been returned to the sender. Regardless, the sender must still pay a fee to miners to compensate them for the computational power they spent processing the transaction, even if it was partially completed. Miners must also add the transaction to the blockchain, even if it wasn’t fully executed. If the sender specified a higher gas limit than was necessary, the miner would refund the difference to the sender.
This mechanism has its flaws, especially when it comes to transactions with high gas limits. For Bitcoin, paying more usually means a faster transaction time. But in Ethereum’s case, for each block on the Ethereum network, miners are bound by the maximum “block gas limit” which determines the maximum amount of gas that can be spent per block. With the current gas limit set at roughly 10,000,000 gas, miners are less inclined to include transactions with high gas limits as it would waste part of the block gas limit. Generally, such high gas transactions are likely to be refunded by the miner, resulting in miners being more interested in taking on smaller transactions.
For Ethereum to truly work as a world computer, fees on the network need to be tiny. Therefore, in order to pay these fees, Ether would need to be denominated in much smaller amounts. The most widely used denomination of Ether is “gwei”, also known as nanoether. 1 gwei = 0.000000001 ether (10^-9).
How to calculate Ethereum transaction fees
There are a number of ways to calculate the fees necessary to execute a transaction. Theoretically, due to the way the network is set up, a sender could select an arbitrary fee, but that wouldn’t really work since miners are incentivised by fees.
There are a variety of gas calculators available online, offering users a general idea of how much gas their transaction requires. Ethereum Gas Station, for example, is heralded for its accuracy and user-friendly interface. It’s important to remember that recommended prices are only estimated amounts that are subject to change.
It is also possible to determine transaction fees without an online calculator. A sender would need to know how much gas each operation on Ethereum requires, along with a basic understanding of the average market rate for gas prices.
Ethereum’s auction mechanism
Ethereum uses a “first price auction” system to price gas. For this to work, every sender submits a bid (or a gas limit) for how much they’re willing to pay. Miners then pick up desirable transactions and include them in the next block. Theoretically, this allows senders to prioritise their transactions by paying a higher fee, while also saving ETH through refunds. However, in reality, there are more significant flaws.
Usually, if a miner selects transactions with the highest bids, this causes senders to set even higher bids on other transactions they make. Due to a lack of transparency, there’s no way for someone to know what bids came with other pending transactions, which can result in overpaying. According to Eric Conner, founder of Ethhub, many users overpay by more than five times what was necessary. Luckily, there are improvements in the works with Ethereum 2.0, as users can expect to see major changes to the network sometime later this year. Arguably, one of the most notable changes will see Ethereum’s consensus mechanism shift from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS).
How DeFi is upping the ante
Demand for Ether has increased significantly since mid-June, owing in part to an increasing number of users utilising DeFi platforms such as Uniswap, ultimately bottlenecking Ethereum’s network.
As a result, transaction fees have reached record highs and have even outpaced bitcoin.
While these increased fees are not ideal for users, Ethereum network fundamentals paint a healthy picture. The hash rate, for example, remains high. While Ethereum remains a PoW blockchain (for now), the hash rate is an important metric for blockchain security.
One of the biggest hurdles Ethereum (and Bitcoin) faces is scalability. In order for the network to effectively handle more users and increased functionality, its processing power would need to improve significantly.
This is why the most-anticipated change expected in Ethereum 2.0 is the consensus mechanism shift from PoW to PoS. The new blockchain protocol should address the decentralisation challenge by allowing more individual validators to participate and receive a return for maintaining the network. This should have an impact on fees, bringing them back down to a more reasonable level for the average user.
All in all, it’s not a bad time to be an Ethereum miner, though. What are you most excited about for Ethereum 2.0? Do you think high fees could cause a long-term issue?
The internet broke last week at the emergence of the news of a burofax sent to the club hierarchy containing Lionel Messi’s intention to leave Barcelona after two decades of his stay at the Catalan club, this caused a wild protest at the club’s office and the fans demanded the prompt resignation of the already unsettled board as a result of various inexplicable transfers and dealings in the club.
Questions began to run on every football fan’s mind on which club will the Argentine represent next season while rumor has it that many European giants are interested in the services of Leo. The club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu however refused to agree with Messi and his Agent cum father , Jorge messi on Messi’s right to leave the club for free at the end of each season claiming the clause ended on June 30th . It was clear that no team can afford to pay the astronomical 700m euros release clause placed on the six time Balon D’or winner due to the financial fair play rule hence the likes of Manchester city were hindered on landing the superstar .
In an interview with Goal, Leo after some weeks long silence talked about the failure of the board on sporting project and his family unwillingness to leave the city when he told them his intention . In his words , Leo labeled the present administration a “disaster” and will never go to court for resolution ; “The whole family began crying my children did not want to leave Barcelona,nor did they want to change schools.”
“But I looked further afield and I want to compete at the highest level, win titles,compete in the Champions League. You can win or lose in it, because it is very difficult, but you have to compete.” “The truth is that there is no project at this club. They just plug holes as and when things happen. I would never go for a war against the club of my life. That’s why I’m staying”.
With that been said,it is obvious Lionel Messi will be staying for at least a season more under the new coaching of Ronald Koeman and his assistants but probably without his close friends Suarez and Vidal who are close to joining Juventus and Inter respectively following a squad rejuvenation as a result of the 8-2 humiliation by Bayern Munich in the UEFA champions league .
Do you think Messi’s actions are justified and following the club’s refusal to let him go, do you think Messi will still be committed to the club as he promised?
Let’s have your thoughts guys in the comment section !!!
Football (or soccer as the game is called in some parts of the world ) is a sport with a very long history . The round object has been kicked around by players for ages which can be traced to the 19th century . The game played between two teams of 11 players each has served as a doorway to a united world where all races can have the opportunity to thrill their respective fans.
Sweat drops, breath catching, tireless runs and euphoria are the components that make the sport beautiful . Every players step unto the pitch to defend the shirt they are putting on by working collectively to win the game . Talent , hard work, dedication , perseverance, teamwork and training are the skills needed to be mastered by every player .
The fans as the “12th player” on the pitch go to the stadium on every match day to reverberate their voices and provide the needed support to the players . Albeit few instances of boos from the fans whenever they want to opine their displeasure , the love for the team is still very much in their heart .
Tears of joy or sadness filling the eyes of the sweat soaked pitch warriors will explain the side on the scoreboard they belong . Irrespective of the result , each match is always a lesson to learn for the upcoming games .
Today I’m going to share yet another inspiring story with you, Team-icastemedia thrive to share stories that needs to be heard and since you’ve landed safely on this page, I hope you’ll not only be inspired but share this story with someone who needs it like I do.
Meet the grandma (Dr. Mrs. Joan Oji)
“I am a late bloomer, academically speaking. My Bachelor’s degree was at age 30 but then I was already a mother of 6.”
Despite the fact that she was a settled woman before she could pursue her higher educations, she still felt education is a necessity. One would ask that since she loved education, why that late? But here is her response to your curiosity:
“I didn’t pursue higher education immediately for obvious reasons, despite a First Class Honours at undergraduate studies.”
Now here is the part that challenged me personally as the one sharing this story with you. Despite her situation (though you might ask what situation but don’t forget she was in her husband’s house and she already had children before her undergraduates) and predicament, permit me to use that word, despite her responsibilities as a wife and mother at the same time, she still managed to graduate with a First class honours, wow! How on earth is that possible? But she did it.
Now she did something inspiring as good mother that she is, she did proceed to further her post-graduation at age 50. Like who does that? Honestly speaking I’ve always thought academic pursuit is a personal ambition but if you ask her why she did this at menopause. This would be her answer:
“I returned to personally see to my children’s education, 8 at the last count. To spur them further, I picked up a postgraduate application form 20 years after my B.Ed. The Master’s dragged for so long that I went for a Doctorate soon after. I was nearing 62 and already a Retiree when I defended my PhD Thesis in May 2019. I got ready for the March 28 graduation ceremony of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, had my gown tailor-made and waited… You know the rest of the story.”
Her reasons for sharing her story
She confessed to intentionally share her story to inspire someone. Could be you.
All of us cannot move at the same pace. What counts is arriving at our desired destination. For me, just owning and rocking this regalia every time I’m a guest speaker at a graduation event is it! “When a man says yes, his Chi concurs.”
After all effort made by the grandma to set the legacy and proven with her own story and lifestyle that delay isn’t denial and that your delay doesn’t in any way reduce your mental efficiency and your academic capability and height. The children also had no excuse but to live on the footsteps laid down by their predecessor.
“My eldest granddaughter just won a Russian Scholarship to study Medicine in Russia. Prior to this development, she was a 100 Level BSc Nursing Science student at Ebonyi State University in Nigeria. I’m beyond excited!” She concluded🎓🚀
I would like to share so much from what I learnt from the grandma’s story but I’d allow you (my reader) to have the floor. I’m sure this story, though short and precise, has inspired you. Kindly share your thought in the comment box, we’d love to know how this story has really inspired you.
Have you ever wondered while gazing up to the sky as large as it seems, why only few gets the chance to get the top? Opportunities are here and there but only few gets to be celebrated. Yes, I know you must have thought about it at least once, perhaps that’s how you landed on this page. I have many times too, so you’re not alone. Everyone living finds themselves doing something at some point in their lives to make a living for themselves. Hence, the purpose of our engagements(such as job, study, circular responsibilities, social services, an office, etc) is to get rewarded in return. In fact it is understandable that such reward for a job done has been the driving force for which life keeps moving because without those rewards, there will be nothing called job in the first place.
Therefore in this article I’ll discuss the difference that commitment makes in the class of reward for a job-well-done. I’ll also site different instances of people and places where commitment has made a difference when it comes to getting a prize. Although everyone living for a particular something gets a reward for what they do, this is liken to the essence of life because without it there will be nothing to live for at all.
In a lighter vein, we’ll first discuss the nature of commitment. But before we do, what does commitment mean in essence? Merrian Webster defined “Commitment as the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something.” It is your devotion to a cause, purpose, dream, job, duty, an office, etc.
The special thing about commitment is that it burns you like a fire; the passion that gives satisfaction to doing a particular thing so much that you cannot but do it with all joy and with all seriousness even when it’s not convenient. You always want to do your best at that thing to the point that you barely know how to do nothing better. When it becomes all your life, even though there is room for other things like family, you still recognize your priorities and you give more time, because this is your life, this is who you are.
Another interesting thing about commitment is that you do not need motivation when you’re devoted because you believe, even when your pairs call you names like “freak” “Overzealous” “nerd” your success at what you do is enough motivation for you to keep you going but “success is not just a finish line in your endeavor, it’s a pathway”. But frankly speaking, even in your devotion to a particular cause, you’ll still encounter glitches on the way, though difficulties are only indications that you’re on the right path but if the road is too smooth then you’re probably walking into a trap.
A student devoted to studies won’t have it all rosy for him/her like it’s a vacation. Frankly speaking “it’s more difficult to learn than to teach,” my professor would say. For someone of his level of experience and expertise, I can accept without an iota of doubt that he must be sure of what he’s talking about. “This is not to scare you but to prepare you for what’s to come” he said in one of his classes at the beginning of the semester in my first year in the university.
But I’ve come to realize that your devotion to that which adds to your essence always pay off. A committed student is bound to expect good result because the yardstick about commitment is that it becomes your character. It tend to reflect every other aspect of your life.
Sadly, commitment can come with pain, that you become weak and feeble. You might even see only yourself and you’re so alone. When this happen, that is not the end but the beginning of greatness, the starting point of a new level so its normal for it to be painful at the beginning of that stage in your life. Below are some of the African icons in history whose commitment earned them the prizes they deserved.
Desmond Tutu, a renowned activist who dedicated his life to fight to see that South Africa becomes a democratic country and just society without racial division and despite violent attacks committed against the black population, he would adhere to a nonviolent line and encouraged the application of economic pressure by countries dealing with the apartheid authorities. The Anglican clergy who fought against apartheid in his country won the 1984 Nobel Price for Peace.
Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist was referred to as someone “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.” The Abeokuta born won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, he was the first black African to win a Nobel Prize in literature and also has a long history of fighting for social justice and human rights both in Nigeria and abroad.
Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat, was the secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997-2006. He was the co-recipient, along with the UN, of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace in the centennial year of the Nobel Committee. He was commended for his commitment to struggle to the spreading of the HIV virus in Africa.
John Maxwell Coetzee, a South African author who was the winner of 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was recognized for developing a style that “in guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider” The Swedish Academy commended the author as a “scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilization”. Born in Cape Town in 1940, Coetzee won the Booker Prize for 1983’s Life & Times of Michael K before. Over a decade later, he became the first author to win the prestigious British literary award twice with 1994’s Disgrace.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, The first woman freely elected as a head of state in Africa, Johnson Sirleaf took on the leadership of Liberia in 2006 at a time when it was still seeking to heal deep divisions and rebuild infrastructure following a devastating civil war. Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women”, along with her compatriot Gbowee and Yemen’s Karman.
Serge Haroche, a Moroccan-born French scientist, was a co-recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with US physicist David Wineland. The commitment of the two scientists (who worked separately) paved the way for experiments in the field of quantum physics, after showing how individual quantum particles may be observed without being destroyed. They were recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for developing “ingenious laboratory methods” that allowed them to manage, measure and control fragile quantum states.
And many more but to mention a few in history, these patriotic men and women who were rewarded for their commitment to what they do best, as a result of their consistent contributions and devotion. They got recognized and we rewarded for it and today, their names have gone into history because of their persevering patriotism and commitment to the society through their works.
Those who are not driven with passions cannot be committed, it’s difficult. Some people can’t just be committed because they found themselves in the wrong environment and field of discipline, this has happen to many and can happen to anyone who fails to quickly relate to what really drives their passion. On the quest to get established with one’s dream job in a beautiful environment with attractive salary, people sacrifice their passion for comfort and satisfaction tailored by pressure from family or/and friends around, with the aim of making them fit in to their immediate society. But the people of old times dared to chase what drove their passion that they never got tired even in old age.
No matter what you choose to do in life as a contribution to better living and a better society driven by passion, people will come to reckon with you sooner or later. Maxwell was known for brutal criticism but because he was driven with passion so that people saw through his sincerity, he was rewarded severally for it. He obviously earned it knowing fully well that it’s a difficult thing to stand alone, to stand out and be indifferent among multitude.
Mandela served jail term form 27years for fighting against apartheid in south Africa, but his suffering was not in vain as he was able lay a Democratic foundation for his people, no wonder his was worshipped.
Things will not always be rosy, you might experience rejection, but as far you enjoy what you do, you understand why you do what you do, then don’t stop because you’ll soon be a model that others will come to follow. Imagine the contribution of people like Serge Haroche, his breakthrough in Quantum Physics opened door to advance technology. That’s a model.
You can be one too as long as you can find that which drives your passion and do it tirelessly, is it a new invention that no one believes in? or a contribution to art, is it science or entrepreneur. Whatever you find yourself doing without getting tired of it, whether or not you’re paid for it, do it with all diligence. Many research work became a success because of committed scholars. Remember success is not just the finish line, it’s your pathway. So don’t stop, move forward, there no limit to what you can achieve. Thank you for reading!👍🏻
Please don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comment box, you can make your contributions too. It’ll be an honour💞💞
Burna releases his new album Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu Rex, known professionally as Burna Boy, today released his anticipated studio album to the delight of the awaiting fans who wasted no time in getting the album from all digital platforms making the work to earn a staggering 5 million+ downloads from audiomack only within 30 mins of release.
The Nigerian singer-songwriter’s fifth album is out this Friday (Aug. 14) and features Stormzy and Coldplay’s Chris Martin among the 15-song tracklist. The collection follows last year’s Grammy-nominated African Giant. “Twice As Tall” is executive-produced by Diddy, Bosede Ogulu, and Burna Boy. The record includes recent single Wonderful, while production includes contributions from Nigeria’s Spaceship Collective, Mike Dean, Telz, Timbaland, Jae5, and more.
Since the release, there has been positive response from a list artistes both on the local scene and diaspora such as Jaywon , Diddy, Black coffee and so on despite Burns’s failure to deliver the studio work in July as he promised at first which was also the case with Whizkid and Davido who also reintrated their decision of releasing their respective albums last month .
Mostly recorded in Lagos during lockdown, the record is described in a press release as “a beautiful mélange of sounds… a pure, unapologetic African body of work that boasts of a global contemporary sound that is for everyone.” The intro to the album is a voice of a grown man who was advising his son (Burna) on the perserverance and sacrifice needed to reach the ‘legend’ status . This was served with an animated visual which explains Burna’s meteoric rise into “greatness” and the behind the scenes hardwork which serve as key to his success .
Burna Boy rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing ‘Like to Party’, the lead single from his debut album. He later signed with the US’ Bad Habit/Atlantic Records and Warner Music Group globally. ‘African Giant’ would later amass positive review globally, win the ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2019 AFRIMA, and get nominated for ‘Best World Music Album’ at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. With the new height of Burna now twice as tall , it is safe to say Africans are now well represented on the music map in the global music scene and the Grammy award won’t be far fetched in the coming years .
Tade looked at the computer screen for the ten thousandth time in six minutes. He had silver round glasses balanced on his nose, and a skin colour two shades darker than charcoal. Ignoring the do not touch sign on the computer, he pulled the monitor closer to his face, and read the single line of text again. It was an email from Jacques Academy.
“Congratulations! You have been accepted to journey with us on this professional journey.” He muttered to himself, fingering each word as he read. He scrolled upwards to confirm that it was truly addressed to him.
He had been accepted to intern with Jacques Academy as a writer. This position had been applied for by over sixty thousand professional writers, and the school picked only a hundred each year. It was the third most difficult organization to intern, while Google and Microsoft topped the table as first and second respectively. Yet, Tade had been chosen as the seventy sixth student.
Tade had been chosen to intern, even though he had been writing the acceptance essay for only two years.
“The third year will be different,” Tade had proclaimed to his parents, after they tried to force him to thwart his plans for the internship, and pursue a ‘more realistic’ goal. His parents wanted him to carry on with the family business, and keep the sewing materials shop running even after they died, but Tade was defiant. He pleaded for one more chance. The final chance. The third try. Maybe three is truly a charm. Who knows?
One thing that was more sure than three being a charm, was that Tade always took his chances, even when the chances neared zero. He was always the optimistic one, looking beyond barriers, and seeing beyond dark clouds. Eight years ago, he became an intern with the Jacques Academy, and today, he received his most prestigious award by being the second Nigerian to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, for redefining the literature world of Nigeria, and Africa as a whole.
He chose to take his chances, refusing to settle, just like Barack Obama, did. He took his chances, and so could you, because as it was to Tade, so it could be to you too.
Three might not be your lucky charm. Maybe it’s sixteen. Take your chance. Don’t give up yet.
Life is a road, cracked open like an egg. Seize it. Fry it. Eat it. It’d be one monster omelette.
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