Lessons from my mentors – Mrs Ibunkun Awosika

Hey hey heeeey…

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What’s popping people? Haha, can you feel my excitement?

Anyway, I’d not bore you with a long intro today. Let me just gist you about this awesome woman I’ve admired from afar for a long time.

Mrs Ibunkun Awosika is a certified God lover. You know how people get scared that positions and fame might get into Christian’s head?

Well, this woman starts and finishes all her presentations with the God-factor, whether you believe in Him or not.

My first ‘encounter’ with her was when she spoke at the Excellence in Leadership Conference in Daystar. I was at school at the time but got the messages from one of my sisters. And to be honest, I can’t count how many times I have listened to that message.

It was on Entrepreneurship, but she talked about many other things. I get revved every time I listen to it. (I should listen to it soon sef, it’s been a while.)

Since this first encounter, I’ve seen her at many other places (not physically though) and her words are always one to hold dear. Immediately she started speaking in the message I have on my phone- she introduced God.

“Don’t clap for me o, keep clapping for God. The one who called me and put me on the pinnacle of the earth. My Lord, My maker…”

That’s how she introduced herself. Hehe. (People often forget she’s a Pastor.)

She talked about how she was a Muslim and got to know God in her early twenties, before she got married. She also started a Furniture Company pretty young because she had worked at another one with lower standards, so, she decided to start hers. Mrs Ibunkun calls herself a carpenter.

She encourages people to follow what God has laid in their hearts to do and be unashamed about it. A lady working in the furniture industry is seen as ‘misplaced’, because she should be doing something more feminine. But my mama didn’t care o. Lol.

She ALWAYS talks about INTEGRITY as the ingredient that will take you far and above. I’ve listened to that message so well that I’m downloading all this from my head.

In the furniture Industry in Nigeria, they apparently do a lot of bribing to ship things and get things done. But when she began her Company, she declared that her partner was God and anything that does not glorify Him will not be done. No matter how painful it was.

A lot of other Furtinure makers got ‘ahead’ of her because they payed their way through, but she stuck to her God and His Word. She even said everyone at the Company already knows. So if a staff is asked to pay for something they ought not to pay for in order to get a favour, the Staff will let the people know that they don’t do that in the Chair Centre.

The story in my head is long, but one thing I’ve learned from her is this- I will choose to do the right thing, no matter who is doing the wrong thing. It might pain me that people are bribing and getting ahead, but it’s not how fast, but how well.

Mrs Ibunkun sits on many boards and she didn’t struggle for the positions. Her message was that the Companies were looking for people who had stuck to their game for a long time and had honest personalities. And somehow, they always knocked at her door to ask her to become a Board Member of their Company.

She’s currently the first Female Chairman of First Bank and trust me, First Bank is an OLD bank.

What got her there?

Integrity and trust in God.

See, you might be doing the ‘small things’ now and it’s like no one is even saying Thank You. But remember who you are working for and know that even though people may not notice, He does. He sees every 1, 2 and 5 talent He has given you and how you’re working with it to glorify Him.

 

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favour, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3: 22- 24

Don’t sell your soul because things are harsh. Stay true to yourself and to God.

You never know- a Bank might need a honest Carpenter to Chair their board…and they might come knocking at your door.

Resolve to keep your integrity.


 

Have a fantastic time ahead.

Love always,

Mobolaji.

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