It's Not The Mountain We Conquer But Ourselves: Further Update from TA

Exactly a year ago, I shared attached inspiring note I received via WhatsApp from a protege I have come to love so dearly.
He wrote about how he saved for his Master's programme, the sacrifices he had to go through including buying clothes at the thrift market, hiking a ride and even washing the car of the lady who gave him a ride among others.
He had completed his programme. He told me he was learning graphics designing and digital marketing. I was impressed when he said he wanted to acquire skills that will make him set up on his own. You can read previous post here
Yesterday, he beat me to it when he shared his growth and what has happened during that period. I actually planned to ask him when I saw his message. I am always excited when I see a young person who is focused and is moving in the right direction.
After his message to me last year, I gave him a job to print customized jotters for my wife's school. TA did a fantastic job and delivered on time.
I have his consent to share his discussion with me and I reproduce same here below. I have gone through his Instagram page and I'm wowed. Today, I'm unveiling his identity.
“Good evening sir, how are you and your family? I trust you're all fine sir. I realized you posted about me exactly a year ago today. So I felt I should give you a progress report, as I made some promises last year.
So I completed my training in graphics designing earlier in the year. I have done countless jobs ever since ranging from logo design, e-fliers, but majorly souvenirs. This week alone I printed for two different burial ceremonies.
For Digital Marketing, I don't think I'll ever stop learning, but I am not where I used to be last year. As for photography, I started training late March.
I have been able to register a company name with CAC. I have single handedly covered several events- in fact, I covered one last Saturday & today. Next weekend, I'll be providing both video and photography coverage for a burial ceremony in Ijebu-Ode.
I opened a page on Instagram for my photography business on July 1 you can check it out sir…

I will continually improve on all these skills.
Next phase is Outdoor Advertising. I studied Advertising and Marketing at Master's level, so I intend to erect billboards across the state-God willing. I will strive to look for grants and funds to achieve this, so I'll be giving you another progress report this time next year.
Thank you for always encouraging me. I'm very grateful sir. My regards to kiki and her mum".
Please do me a favour by following him on Instagram. If you're looking for someone to do e-flyers, customized jotters or notebooks, graphic designs, photography and video, Adegbite Timmy is your man. I recommend him highly.

Follow him on @adegbitetimmy on twitter and Instagram

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