Martin Beck Nworah Friday, August 02, 2019 3
I have waited so long to share this story with you, my esteemed readers. I meet people who influence me in different positive ways, but this experience stands at the top for me.
When I speak to younger people and tell them to learn the virtue of simplicity, it is because I've learned same from someone whose life continues to inspire me.
Pharm. Onyeka Onyeibor is a simple man. In our society where simplicity is seen as being an attribute of the common folk, he has redefined this definition and given it a deeper meaning. Having achieved so much for himself in his professional life, he still holds out himself in the most humble and human way possible.
Let me share this story with you.
For a busy corporate executive, getting a date to meet is often a herculean task given the plethora of engagements one has to attend to. When I finally got him and gave him a copy of my new book, "Everyday Humans", he promised to read it.
I laughed it off, insisting he may not have such time. I am only grateful that he created the time to encourage and support me. For me, that was enough.
But he insisted he was going to read it.
After about one week, he sent me a summary of the stories in the book with his observations on areas that needs some attention going forward. I was blown away.
This is not the first time he would be doing this, but he has continued to shine the light where others would prefer to become demigods and become inaccessible to many young people who may need their tutelage.
When I shared the amazing work my team and I have been doing at Tales of Nigerians (TON), he promised to support it in the best way he can.
Why am I sharing this?
The month of August happens to be his birthday and a perfect month to share this story.
Whoever you are, as you climb the ladder of life, always remember those coming behind and make yourself available whenever you can. This is how the human race is nurtured and sustained through the ages.
Have a wonderful month ahead everyone!
Till we get to the Promised Land, I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.
Martin Beck Nworah