I am the true daughter of the Yoruba soil. My name carries power and auction.


Ask Google. You’ll find the truth. The power I wield is enormous.

But…wait a minute, don’t ask me to tell a story or say a proverb in Yoruba. That doesn’t make me a disgrace to the founding fathers. After all, I have a beautiful name (abi se iro mo pa)

Anyway, I was asked to join this set of judges for the cultural day competition of a particular school. Life’s little ironies. Then the shocking part came.

Ife must tie gele…


Quietly I sat, as hands moved the soft material back and forth over my head.  

So for the first time in my life, (except for the indoor practical sessions) I stepped out in public, my ‘gele’ sitting gidigbam on my small head.

Biko, clap for me. It’s not a simple something. I’m looking forward to fuller ‘geles’ in the future. Maybe I will do the tying the next time.

I wish this post was just about Ife and gele.

But it isn’t…

Did I ever tell you that I was a terrible writer? Not like I can call my writings good per se but at least I’m trying. Years back, someone described  me as a melodramatic writer. No depth. Plenty grammatical nonsense. No suspence. Terrible plot.  But you know what, i’m grateful that on a certain day, I took a step.

How wonderful it is that nobody needs wait a moment before starting to improve the world- (Anna Frank)

Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can. (Athur Ashey)

The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in your life. (Arnold Bennett)

A year from now, you may wish you had started today. (Keren Lamb)

The sluggard will not plow by reason of cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest and have nothing (King Solomon

Don’t you have a saying, ‘it’s still four months until harvest? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. (Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world) 

Every great harvest comes prepared. Nobody becomes a pro by chance. Even in the fulfilment of God’s purpose, there is no place for the sluggard.

Moses took charge of a flock of sheep before the commission to take charge of the children of Israel.

David fought with a lion and wolf before he commenced his place as warrior in Israel. That man never lost a single battle in his life.

Jesus sat with the leaders of the synagogue, speaking deep things before he began his ministry.

Stop using God to propagate your fears. How can you be sleeping and turning on your bed, under the guise of waiting to hear God’s voice.

How can an aspiring writer not be writing. There are many free writing courses online, places you can put your talent to test and yet you sit waiting for the right time. Wait well, you hear.

There is a first time for everything. People don’t become good the first time. If all you do is day-dream about a celeb, you are not ready for success at all. You can’t be watching soaps 24/7 or sleeping 14 hours a day hoping to become the next Chimamanda. If you like, put Serena Williams on the wall of your bedroom, you’ll be at best an empty barrel and a nuisance, if you don’t get up and work

As God begins to open your heart to see that untapped deposit, it becomes your duty to put it through the fire of sacrifice and hardwork.

There is a time to plan and a time to act. Nobody says its wrong not to get it right the first time. Learning starts from the first trial.

Preparation is key before the actualization of God’s manifestation. Whatever area you seek to pursue, resist that enemy called average. Do not settle for less than the best. Don’t present a Cain offering to God. He wants you at the top but this cannot happen if you recoil in fear at the sight of new opportunities.

Enough of the talk talk. It’s time to do something.

Hear Paul’s words, ‘I run with purpose in every step…I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should do.’

It starts with a single step.

About the author

Ife Grace

I am a faith blogger with a passion to contribute my quota to the body of Christ. I am also the author of two books: The Reunion and Spring.



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