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…
- Love God and be Kanye about it. God knows best.
- Do your bit and leave the rest to God. God answers prayers
- Help comes from unexpected places. You are malleable.
- Learn to relinquish power and it will then come back to you; you can still be relevant and be without a position.
- Learn to wear your scars like accessories and shine with it glamorously regardless.
- 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.
- Whatever you know or have learnt… pass it on. Mentoring is key.
- Whatever your hands find to do… do it well, do it diligently.
- Real friends and colleagues make life sweet and easier to live in… Remember, the more the merrier.
- 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!
Oluwakemisola A. 31.12.2017