#Purposeful Living

Living Forth Greatness…

So Lizzie waited till it was a few minutes to 12am before she told me yesterday was her birthday.

*sigh* All is well

Happy Birthday Lizzie of life, may more greater years filled with laughter yeah? Amen.

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Yesterday was also my cute sister’s birthday, one of the few beautiful girls I know who does not see beauty as something to shakara about. And as much as I tried yesterday, I couldn’t upload the video I recorded in church with my other friends to wish her a happy birthday.

So here’s saying Happy Birthday in arrears Jessica, this year shall be the least you’ve ever encountered and remember Romans 8:28,-All things works for the good of those who love God, so no matter what your head is telling you now, God has kept you and you have a future and hope.


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I love you babes…

And for some reason I cant upload the video I recorded fro her on my blog. help please? Thank you.

We finally completed our 20weeks of lectures in NLS, .

Do I hear “praiiiiiise the Lord?”

Kai! How time flies. We’ll be going for externship soon and I wrote this on Bellanaija in January about Ijesha (all NLS Lagos Lawyers can relate to this) and I thought to share today.

You can check out the original article without the pictures I added on this one here- http://www.bellanaija.com/2014/01/29/frances-okoro-living-a-life-of-greatness/

And uhm, during the week, Bellanaija also published my 2nd article on their site. Please check it out here too-  


Over to Ijesha… enjoy….


We erupted in shouts of glee when the word for the year was announced by one of Nigeria’s favorite pastors.

This is our year of greatness!

We shall shine!

We shall be magnified by the lord!

Our greatness shall burst forth!

I literally got goose bumps from the thrill. How could I not? The acrobatic display of dance moves from babes around me can never be forgotten. Tweets were fired with the theme, successive Facebook statuses still read the ‘greatness memo’ almost two weeks after and statuses and personal messages were changed on BlackBerry Messenger (some have refused to change their statuses till this day).

It has been the confession on the lips of almost everyone I’ve met this year.

But I find myself struggling with the veracity of that statement. Ordinary person living a life of greatness.

It’s possible yes? Yes, but how? How can I live forth greatness in 2014? I mean, I wake up each day, go to school, see almost the same people, shake almost the same hands, engage in banter with the same people and retire for the day each night with nothing seemingly grand happening.


Can I really leave an extraordinary legacy with this supposedly bland life of mine? And just in case you think I ponder on this statement because I am small minded and not faith-filled enough – perhaps I have small aspirations? You are dead wrong about that.


I dream big dreams, I practically lust after gigantic dreams in my head each day. I only imagine that I am just voicing out the question on the minds of lots of people like me.

How do we really live forth the greatness in us? I found myself lying awake on some nights, pondering on how I can burst forth in a kaleidoscope of greater colours and on one of such nights, the answer came to mind.


One name – IJESHA.


Ijesha is one of the employees in my school whose job description is to pass the microphone for students to answer questions in class. We lovingly call him “Ijesha Pass The Mic“. It would seem that “Ijesha pass the mic” is just a lowly employee on the lowest step of the academic ladder. You know, he’s simply earning a living from his simple and seemingly lowly job, right? But no.

“Ijesha pass the mic” had almost 1500 students pooling resources together to get him a Christmas gift in 2013. Ijesha had students bringing out hard earned allowee from their pockets to put a smile on his face for Christmas.


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*That’s Ijesha with the blue shirt in the Middle*


I’d like to compare Ijesha to Mordecai the jew in the Bible. He was a “mere” gate man who had an account of his greatness recorded in the book of history of the kings of Media and Persia. What did Mordecai and Ijesha have in common? They weren’t men occupying high levels of authority; they weren’t managing directors of huge companies; they weren’t bosses with subordinates under them; heck, “Ijesha pass the mic” does just what his nickname says for a living – he passes the mic! But he was definitely someone who 1500 students thought great enough to celebrate.


That’s where the answer to living forth the greatness in us lies. It wasn’t about the job description nor about how highly placed Ijesha was; he had almost all those students celebrating him because he had touched them all in a special place. In the ordinary job he carried out from Monday-Friday, he did in an extra ordinary way.


Ijesha isn’t the only one who passes the mic in my school, he has a colleague but oh, there is a whole world of difference between them. Ijesha would never pass the mic to you when you give him a signal that you don’t know the answer. He would never knowingly do that to you, because he knows that if you fail the question, you’d be the laughing stock of almost 1500 students and ultimately get the embarrassment award for the day. If he absolutely had to give the mic to you, his smiles, when he did, gave you all the encouragement you need.

I remember when a student fainted in the auditorium, Ijesha also ran out with those that rushed her to the hospital, stayed with her till she was resuscitated and came back to class to give feedback to us all. That wasn’t part of his job description, he wasn’t under any obligation to do that, but he did it anyway. Ijesha touched and continues to touch people in the most important place there is – their hearts.


Ijesha lives forth the greatness in him by touching lives for good in his seemingly small sphere of influence and boy, everyone around him felt it. Everyone. If Ijesha was to resign from his job today, the entire student populace would miss him deeply.

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I am thinking, we’ve been on earth for some years, we’ve been working in that firm/company for some time now; most of those who chant “this is my year of greatness” are highly placed in one corporation or the other. Does the thought of you warm the hearts of others around you? Have you touched anyone’s life positively with the greatness in you? Do you think you were a positive influence in the lives of others? Do you think that if you left that place you are right now, anyone could say you were a blessing to their lives?


Everyone can live forth greatness in 2014. Maybe not by churning out new theories; maybe not by being the CEO of a multi million dollar company – true greatness doesn’t require something so grand to manifest.

We can do this by the seemingly mundane things: a thoughtful word… a kind deed… a prayer with a soul in distress… a hand outstretched to that friend you know is passing through hell… words of encouragement to someone when all they see is darkness… spurring others to be the best they can be…asking ‘how are you?’, not as a salutation but with intent to help if the answer’s not “I am fine”.

A smile that lights up their day…


I imagine that if Ijesha could do most of the above, and could be seen as great in the eyes of almost 1500 people, then so can we.


Greatness lives in each and every one of us, regardless of where ever you are and whatever you do, 2014 can indeed be your year of greatness. Simply turn around the purpose of your existence from ONLY acquiring the Gbogbo Gigs Girl status, Aldo shoes, Hermes bags, sleek smart phones, mansions in Banana Island et al to building mansions in the hearts of everyone or almost everyone you meet.


That kind of greatness never fades. That kind of greatness remains long after we are gone from this earth. Pioneer ideas can’t wash it away, more intelligent brains cannot over ride it, it subsists until the end of time. And for whenever you think that living forth greatness is impossible…For whenever you think about how to indeed make this year your year of greatness… Remember IJESHA.

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  • Reply
    April 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hahaha…oh my word! Why didn’t I think would pull a major guilt trip stunt like this?… Oya sorry now Frances *hugs*
    *covers face*
    Thank you for this humbling shout-out on here! You’ll stand before Kings and not mere men.
    *hugs to your sis, my birthday mate*.. May her path be resplendent!

    P.s; God bless Ijesha. You know my thoughts about this refreshing story..don’t you?

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      April 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      I do know your thoughts about Ijesha’s stoy. *smiles*
      and of course, you didn’t think you’d escape without your matter making it to this blog did you? lol
      amen and amen babes, thank you Lizze. *smiles and hugs*

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    April 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Thank you very much for this
    I am blessed!!!

    God bless you!

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    Ugochi Jolomi
    April 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    What a God! Our pastor taught along this line yesterday and it was quite meaningful to me, to read this here.
    Thanks for sharing Ijesha’s story with us and Happy Birthday to your friend Lizzie!

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      April 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      What can we say? God passes the message across in different ways.
      thank you Aunty Ugochi..

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    April 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Happy Birthday Lizzie Love….you are a blessing indeed. Frances dear. Thanks for a reminder on this post. God bless you

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    April 7, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Happy birthday, Lizzie! Tenderonii where hast thou been? Hope your exams r coming along nicely. Fran, nice article as alawys

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    April 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Thumbs up for Ijesha. The seemingly little things in life matter a great deal. He understands that. We hv a lesson to learn from him.

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    April 10, 2014 at 12:24 am

    A passage came to me after I finished reading it… “Let your light so shine that men will see it and glorify your father in heaven”.
    “Simply turn around the purpose of your existence from ONLY acquiring the Gbogbo Gigs Girl status, Aldo shoes, Hermes bags, sleek smart phones, mansions in Banana Island et al to building mansions in the hearts of everyone or almost everyone you meet.”… I have nothing else to say. God bless you and God who abundantly rewards his own will definitely bless Ijesha. People like that never lack because people will rise up for him. What you do matter. The little acts of kindness matter and we forget that so easily while we are busy pursuing other things. Thank you for the reminder and a big thanks to Ijesha for living the kind of life we should all aspire to live. Lol, I did say I had nothing else to say. Smh!

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      April 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      hehehhe at nothing else to say.
      the writer in you nor gree you Mayowa. lol
      you’ve said it all, and in whatever little way we can, in whatever little sphere we find ourselves, our lights can shine.

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    April 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

    #ijesha stood out !!! And that made him an Outstanding standard ! God Bless dear…

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    December 19, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I was thinking about this yesterday o…how ijesha may just be the one passing around the Mike but also has touched the life’s of SANs and judges and legal practitioners and how he can make a little request if in need and how many would come answering.
    You don’t need much to do much. If only we can learn to walk with the little

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      Frances Okoro
      December 22, 2015 at 12:26 am

      Awwww Ijesha! How is he Vicky?
      That man inspires me..glad he is inspiring you too 🙂

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