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Did I ever tell you guys my "why"?

Sigh. I will now. #Thread
It was a random tweet - made without much thought.

However, several people reached out - one of them a couple in another country.
“Hi, Ized. You don’t know me,
But I saw your tweet, about surrogacy.
I haven’t discussed with my wife yet but I think we could be interested.
Before we go on, can I have my lawyers call you if you would please drop your number and email?”
Next day, I am signing non-disclosures, being interviewed by Canadian lawyers, everything is happening at once.

One tweet, & suddenly someone is talking about having me relocate with my son for 9 months, settlements and bills, all overwhelming really.
Two days later they say, we are almost done, just running a background check on you now.

I shrugged and was like- "yeah okay" (because I had squeaky clean records).
Then just because - I decided to look up my own name..

I googled "Ized Uanikhehi"

You know what came up??!

Nothing! One page - my social media handles. That was it.
And it hit me then:

My entire life had been MEDIOCRE.
No book, no inventions, no innovation. Absolutely nothing!

Graduated top of my class & my entire Google search was one page of my social media handles??
So I was working at an okay job, "marketing manager", I wasn't doing too badly with my side gigs, my son was going to a good school.

But I was living for bills.

I can't tell you how "desperately sad" I felt. I was sad in my bones.
So I resigned. Pulled my son out of school. Dropped him off at my folks. Broke my mother's heart.

Ended the surrogacy talk.
I gave out my things, paid 2 month's rent in Lagos.

Thanks @moverick & @Abyurla (she was my first Lagos landlord 🙂)
I came to Lagos with N13,500 and a determination so fierce, you could actually touch it.

I have dreams so huge! Towers in Dubai have nothing on it

So I may never find the cure to AIDS (I am a Biochemist, you know).

I may never invent time travel. (That'd be so cool though!)
But I could write a book?
Save a life maybe?
Teach 100,000s?
Invest in others..
Leave a legacy.

Make my son proud. Somehow.

But I was NEVER again going to do mediocre.
Even if I'd fail at something, I will try... with everything I have.
That's my "Why"

It's why I immerse my self in everything I do. (No half measures). I am intense 😎

It's WHY I go above and beyond.
It's WHY I only work at places & with people I believe in.

This is what drives me - I started late & I have a lot of catching up to do. A LOT!!
It's why I use my full name on my social media handles- So you lot can learn to spell it "properly" when you need to.

I am nowhere near where I want to be,
But they will tell my story.
Years from now, when I am old and grey or long dead.

That Google search will make sense! 😁
My name is Ized Uanikhehi, I am Director of Marketing & Growth at @maxdotng and Evangelist at @DigiClanAfrica

That is my "Why"

What's yours?

What drives you?
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