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2017: The Sweet and Sour Experience

​So, it’s that time of the year again… Heelloo!!! I’m here again with my end of the year post… smiles. Hope y’all have been good?… now, lets talk about my 2017.

After moving from last year, thinking it was the most stressful… 2017 be looking at me like…

you can read my 2016 encounter here https://kemisolaagoyi1.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/2016-has-come-and-gone-cheers-to-the-new-year/

The year started with me setting up an NGO – “The Sanitary Aid Initiative – TSAI”, as a cofounder with Aunt Lola (a wonderful sister with me) and also starting up “Your Cooperate HouseKeepers ” (although Med School didn’t let the business thrive). In school, we resumed psychiatry posting; that was another whole new experience going to Federal Neuropsychiatry Hospital Yaba everyday for one month and going to pakoto opened my eyes in a new light.

Then “turn up” started all the way from January, cause my baby girl got engaged in January (so I had the opportunity to plan a surprise engagement party for the then soon-to-be-bride, who is now a MRS). January was fast, even my travel started in the first month… it was Warri all the way!

February came and 4th was a day! Me and my clan had a video shoot with Child Health Advocacy Initiave (CHAI) to stand against FGM (the feminist and activist movement must continue… LOL). The shot was lit (with Bisi, Bisola, Brammy, Borowa and Akeju! It was at a studio in Omole. Also there was the transitioning to Anaesthesia.

March was march. We rounded off 500L finally and resumed final year in medical school finally (its been a long time coming) and by then, we had our name… Syncytium ’17 (although I wanted Titans) but Syncytians are the best!

Even though I proposed to drop off a lot in 2017 and have more time for myself, I did pick up some few things like serving my home association – AMSUL – as a senator.

Then April came and it was lit! In school, senior Surgery posting swung-in in full force. I also planned a bridal shower with Lala and the sisters for our boo and was the chief brides maid for my bestie all the way in Warri. Also, it was our final year awareness… shuttling that day with BPSU in surgery was crazy. Lol, sweet memories.

May started with me going for the movie premier of slow country with Mrs Nana and Iyama. Then there was Apere concert with Gboneme and Somto courtesy – the Mrs! Surgery ended and June was here… I made my way to Abuja for the IFMSA SRT with awesome people… it was awesome! I thought, learnt, met and was inspired!

In all of this, Stephanie Ugbor (@StephieKal) had come into my life, The Press club was there – My president almost making my life “a living hell”… LOL, and FAMSA work was there too… striving hard to publish AFROMEDICA. Also the wonderful girls in my life at the moment – my mentees (Bisola, Sekinat; these two were with me in stormy days, Salamah, Iruoma, Yemisi, Ameenah and Simbiat; came into my life at the right time… and I love them all, more joining soon). This year was a year of mentorship.

July was in Medicine posting; it was long, tedious and really enlightening, but my end of posting said, “you ain’t seen nothing”! My consultant for exam was bloody… and surgery result too wasn’t smiling but God pass them all! In this month, I knew God was great and what “social wealth” was; that is, not having a dime but still being able to tour the world. By the way, TSAI (@thesanitaryaid) was soaring high and touching lives.

AUGUST! My birth month!!! It was lit! I was on my way back to Nigeria through Tanzania enroute Ethiopia from IFMSA August meeting for my birthday (I can not forget my mentees and friends countdown; it was the best I ever had #InTears). In TZ, I met a lot of new cool people, saw a lot of tribes, culture, ate a lot of new foods and had a lot of new experience. I went for the Value Female Network (VFN) Adolescent boot camp too in Osogbo with UNFPA and Co.


Then September was the month of conferences, from HACEY’s MY SALVUS launch, to FAMSA G.A. in Bayelsa, Nigeria Delta University (Where I handed over my position as the Chairperson, SCOPUB–FAMSA 2016/2017) to Abuja again for the MWAN National biennial conference… the road trips and hook ups were amazing! The accommodations on point and the foods… bliss!

October was AMSULs health week (last health week as a Medical student *winks*) and our SYNCposium, where our speakers came to let us know that, “all books and no sense makes almighty MBBS just a certificate”. The international day of the girl child came and I was proud of my girls lead by Simbiat Lawal.

Anniversaries and Conferences continued in November; MWAN Lagos 40TH Anniversary and Biennial conference (which I was on the LOC for) where I met the crème de la crème and porshe de la porshe of the medical profession in Lagos. Then there was TFL (Teenage Festival for Life) by AHI; AHI is that anchor family to me.

December was turn up – back to back; from EKIMSA, to ARD, Joys Dad Burial (a mini friend reunion), to Blood line, to MFMYCWC get-together, to every other turn ups and birthdays too (there was a lot; from Winifreds to Gbonemes and every other person).

This is a brief summary of my 2017… might seem so rosy and sweet with loads of fun but 2017 was in fact; my sweetest and most sour year so far – I saw a lot, I went through hell!!! God, friends and family were my hold. This year was a year lots of outreaches and organizations works … for HACEY Health Initiative, SCOEPA, TSAI, AMSUL, VFN, 5/10 Help Foundation, The Press Club (the family that holds, thanks to AdeFemi Adeniji, my personal person this year), Safer Hands Initiative and many more and was a year of phoot shoots too…

Finally; my lessons for this year 2017

  1. Love God and be Kanye about it. God knows best.
  2. Do your bit and leave the rest to God. God answers prayers
  3. Help comes from unexpected places. You are malleable.
  4. Learn to relinquish power and it will then come back to you; you can still be relevant and be without a position.
  5. Learn to wear your scars like accessories and shine with it glamorously regardless.
  6. Keep working hard in diligence and intelligence; you don’t know who is watching, you don’t know how the reward is going to come in… that’s how you gather social wealth, which never goes bankrupt.
  7. Whatever you know or have learnt… pass it on. Mentoring is key.
  8. Whatever your hands find to do… do it well, do it diligently.
  9. Real friends and colleagues make life sweet and easier to live in… Remember, the more the merrier.
  10. Be happy for people and Support others to grow and you will always find support.

2018 is going to be great! This I know for sure… Appreciation to everyone who made my 2017 lit – Stephanie Ugbor and the MFMYC Writers Club Family, Oluwakorede, Gboneme, Aunty Lala, Aunty Lola, LA, Seriki, my roomies, my neighbours, Lizzy and Toyosi (Thank you all for believing in me), MWAN, The Press Club (Thank you for service and lessons), NiMSA female forum (I won most active person of the year 2017!), my mentors and mentees, my Oga – Roland, Jesutofunmi, Abiola Gbenga, Olujide, my classmates – SYNC ‘17 (awesomest real MVPs), my co-workers in all ways (NGOs, YCH, Ushers), The Nanas!, my family (the list goes on… please if you don’t see your name… I’m deeply sorry, time and space won’t let me… but you all ROCK! Thank you #Kisses)

I am deeply sorry for my lapses, short comings and wrong doings this year – 2018 is gonna be better!

 Join me in thanking God as we celebrate into the new year…


Yours sincerely, with much love

Oluwakemisola A. 31.12.2017

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2016 has come and gone; cheers to the New Year

I know I have been, an unfaithful end of the year/beginning of the New Year lover to my blog and readers… but please forgive me; believe me it wasn’t my fault… I am just overwhelmingly busy and choked with activities. Trust me.

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So many great people in one picture… #Greatness #StartedFromTheBottomNowWeAreHere

So a recap of my year, as usual. First, I want to thank Almighty God – My Jehovah Le Epic – for the Gift of life, good health, sanity, family, friends, helpers and awesome team members (in all ramifications). I always thought last year (2015) was the height and limit of stretch point but alas! This year made me know my threshold was 200%. LOL.

 

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With NiMSA and FAMSA Excos… Caption our faces… #LOL

 

 

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#lol… she is my sister, best ever and the other is my “iya oko”… BTW tomorrow is her Birthday #Jan1Baby

 

Let’s start from school; my year started with us resuming into 500level, it was a new ball game entirely! Community health was… different, every trip and posting was a hit, back to back, from HMPD (Mama Campbell and Co.) to MCH to PPPHC to Urban (Somolu) to rural (Pakoto) to GMP (Ijegun) and even my undergraduate project (which by the way, a lot of people were surprised I finished it at the stipulated time, as busy and unavailable as I was) and then the great psychiatry. School this year, although almost always on the road, draining and tiring… but I enjoyed myself all the way.

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So that’s Brammy my bae, haruna another bae, Sheila my roommie, borowa my Bunkie, lizzy, funmi, minkky, costly, Sam, Dammie my teamies and Ogbeni Agbaje!… this picture is full of baes!

 

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So many women leaders… so many stories… all in one piece…

 

Let’s talk about politics (also by the way I hate been referred to as a politician, please, don’t call me that.) and the different things I was involved in this year. LOL. First, I think the best that happened to me was to be appointed as the “Liaison Officer to Partners for NiMSA” (Trust me, it’s worth all the stress), my office as the Chairperson of SCOPUB – FAMSA too exposed me to one or two things I didn’t know before. Then, The Press Club Unilag – my first love ever; all my days as the Welfare Secretary, I don’t regret and even now as the VP/Editor-in-Chief, I would give my best, because when all was down, that was a family that stood by me, taught me and held me up.

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me with The Press Club UNILAG fam… #TPC on tour in UI and to OAU

 

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Old picture but new caption and recent Campaign…

 

MWAN!!! This year had drama… but in all, it was fun!!! I ate, I lounged, I dinned with the la crème de la crème and the porsche de la porsche (if there is anything like that… LOL) of Nigeria’s very own medical women. Shout out to Dr Abiola, Dr Oyalowo and my ever loving Dr Oludare.

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Dr. Yetunde Ayo-Oyalowo and Dr. Yetunde Oludare… both of them are a source of inspiration to me…
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Yeah… that’s me, at the same event… looking all stressed up #coversFace, no time for facebeat sef #unlook

Now events; which was the highlights of the year… everything was a hit! Back to back! From the SCOPI Outreach program (shoutout to the team and SCOPI-D, Ojo Roland – Surest bae of 2016), to IPAS FBO SHRH Training (Shout out to Mr Edosa, his team, and the entire NiMSA crew – Sam, Haruna, Hamzy also costly and funmi… ), to SCOPI National Conference, to the 5th Ngozi Agbo Media Lecture, to MWAN AGSM, to NiMSA FIS even to church programs and friends’ weddings … I Bless God for the amazing success  of all and all the team members I had… y’all are the best!

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so much life! like when you see me… #kisses
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Beautiful people! so much smile… #smiles #memories

Moving onto travels. This year my travelling was limited but the year started with ABJ (which I think was my best so far, the luxury was on point…), then different conference trips to Accra (was a road trip #MyWestAfricaTour and was #ThaBomb!) and Teshie, Ghana (where I presented and met some really cool people), then there was Ogbomosho (LAUTECH), also Babcock, Ilisan (the experience there was… hilarious in a cute new way, #DatsAll. LOL), then the UI and OAU tour one weekend with my TPC family (was fun, sporadic and crazy!), then I got banned from travelling for the rest of the year, so I missed Zaria, Sagamu and Burkina Faso… #sad.

 

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me fooling myself… #LOL

 

 

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Happy People!!! Different expressions #LOL

 

Things I learnt from the year;

  1. Help comes from unexpected places and people, and undiluted strength and comfort only comes from GOD Almighty.
  2. Don’t base your happiness, functionality or productivity on people; people fail, people disappoint, people discourage, people push you down, people backbite, people desert you, people do all sort of crazy things (lol… #Memories…) but only GOD and your family would not. Trust me. Trust God.
  3. Live your life, do whatever makes you happy and fulfilled, don’t think of negativity of what people will say, do or are saying or doing… either ways #WhoDeyEpp?… ‘cause at the end of the day, it’s “your” life and “only you” and “you alone” would give account for it.
  4. Brace Up, Do Your Thing, today may look gloomy and tedious with setbacks but your reward is on its way! Just be strong and believe.
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3 strong women… although Bisola doesn’t like this… but she loves me… I love you too! #kisses

 

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Ms. Megbope spoke to my soul… one of the realest convo I had this year… God bless you wherever you are Ma. #Inspiration

 

Okay, finally let’s talk about parties I enjoyed for the year, I think apart from weddings, the best was my baby’s (OgheneNyerhovwo) birthday and then the various dinners… #DatsAll… This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning some other great people to me in 2016, in person of, Dr Esiet and AHI team, Dr Odeyemi, Mr Ogunronbi, all the UNFPA Lagos Team, My two sisters (Bisi and Pelumi, they are savers!), NiMSA FIS LOC (I LOVE YOU ALL!!!), FAMSA and NiMSA peeps (y’all are the real MVP #kisses), my epic roommates (the 534 crew… y’all loved me and took me as I am… I love you all!!!) And my awesome friends… you all know yourselves… y’all were my hold, I love you… #InTears

 

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yeah, that’s me rocking the NiMSA shirt, my roommie Pst Faith and Stanley at SCOPI Outreach…

 

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My project poster presentation… Oya learn small… #SHR #FemaleAdvocate

 

On a final note; I was deserted, stretched, embittered, taken for granted, tried new things, learnt new things, went to new places, meet new people… I cried, went hungry, sick and almost severely depressed or manic… but God was epic in his compensations to me and he saw me through it all.

 

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I so love this picture! Happy New Year Guys…

 

So brethren, sit up, look straight, tidy your crown, hold up your glass… as we gallantly step into the New Year with grand style. Cheers! to the New Year people.

God bless you and the works of your hands.

 

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you must have seen this before… that was in Ghana… #smiles

 

 

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Birthday Selfie in front of 534… #KISSES

 

OLUWAKEMISOLA A. … I Luurrhhh y’all!!! happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!