“I can remember when I was in primary school, I would go and buy cartons of sweets and I would start selling them just to make money. I was so interested in business,even at that time”- Alhaji Aliko Dangote

Dear Young Friend,

I had to begin with the quote above to make an emphatic statement that:

“All things great had a small beginning once upon a time.”

That I call you young does not mean that I believe that your age is a defining factor. It means that I identify with your potentials and the rich treasure that lies within you.

I am not going to bore you with a lecture because I don’t plan to take over the job of your teachers in school as I am sure they are doing an awesome job. As you advance in age and in learning, you would become familiar with words like job, work, career, livelihood and so on.

Most of the celebrities you have come to admire and are slowly patterning your life after are entrepreneurs of some sort. I’d leave the sermon of the definition of entrepreneurship for another day as I am certain you would start yawning by the time I get to the middle of my ‘message’.

I believe you could fancy being an entrepreneur as it’s the new trendy. I thought I’d share a few habits you could start imbibing .

1) PRACTICE: Being famous and successful comes at a price. It requires practice and more practice. Never be tired of practising. This includes but is not limited to your assignments, class works and especially the things you are good at. (Not the negative ones mum complains about o)

2) RAISE YOUR HAND: I am sure you know that no man is an island. Don’t be afraid to ask questions especially when you don’t understand.

No one was ever admitted in the hospital because they asked questions. It is your right to know!

3) GROW: Don’t just ‘mouth’ your growth, show it! The true mark of your growth is the increased level with which your parents can trust you with stuff.ย They won’t be with you forever and there is a REAL life outside them.

Embrace responsibilities and seize every opportunity to prove that you can be trusted. Thank me later for this one.

BONUS>>DAY DREAM: No! Not about that fine boy in B class but rather about your school work. What would you like to become when you grow up? When last did you find out more about mum’s baking since you noticed you loved cakes especially the vanilla flavored ones?

I know you also love to rock designers like Calvin Klien and Louis Vuitton but what I don’t know is if you have bothered to find out more about them in your spare time.

Let’s make a deal okay? Before you begin those marathon whatsapp chats with Bisi and co, can you commit to finding out about one great person you hear on TV daily? Thank God for Google and Wikipedia, you have no excuse.

One secret of great people is that they find out about other great people. Are you great? Then find out about other people of your kind.

A strong believer in your potential

Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚


  • kristin chigs

    Great write up… I feel inspired. Tanx kizito

    • Okorowu kizito

      Many thanks Kristin . The pleasure is mine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Bukola

    You know what made me to read this article? My passion for teens. However, something touched me that seemed like I’ve never known and that is having to read about those designers they love or admire. This is a good write up and I love your language which is teen tailored..

  • Okorowu kizito

    Thank you so much Bukola for your valuable feedback. I hope more teens get to read this .