By Leader Tijesu, Fame Alumni, Ibadan, Nigeria
“I am Leader Tijesu FAME. A girl who was drowning in the sea of poor self-image, and inferiority complex. As a secondary school girl, I was not in the category of students who are known to be smart and confident, who harness every opportunity of greatness, available academically. I was in the category of the shy and invisible, though brilliant ones. I felt withdrawn from society. Battling with poor self-esteem and an inferiority complex. I was brilliant but always held back by fear of failure and rejection when it came to raising my voice. My poor attitude toward life affected my academic performance.
Raising my hands to answer questions in class isn’t an easy thing for me. I couldn’t even muster the courage to tell my teachers I would love to represent my school in a competition. But I always had this desire to make a change. And one day, a beacon of hope came to my rescue. That’s when I met FAME. I was selected to be a participant in the FAME Global Leadership Programme, and that was the turning point of my life. As a participant I was exposed to values and skills that helped improve my poor self-image, and how I saw myself. I was taught about leadership. I met wonderful mentors who validated me and showed me how to validate myself from the inside.
The warmest memory I have is me being in the FAME classroom. I can’t forget the feeling of acceptance. FAME mentors were my greatest motivators. FAME inspired and exposed me to the values that shaped a positive attitude in my life. I was able to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. FAME developed the courage in me to let my adversity motivate me to be an amazing, resilient, mature, and exceptional lady.
As Tijesu FAME, I participated in a spelling bee competition while in school, dropped all fears of failure, and excellently won. This made me realize that outward success stems from inward success. Now, as I reflect on past moments of self-doubt and my success today.
I can’t but say thank you to mentors and heroes of FAME for benevolently impacting me among many to become the best version of myself. As Daddy FAME put it, “The best teachers show you where to look without telling you what to see.” A big thank you to the honorable volunteers of FAME for making me better than I was yesterday. God bless, FAME! God bless, Tijesu FAME!”
Leader Tijesu is an alumnus of our FAME Global Leadership Programme. After secondary school, she used the skills gained from the global leadership program to get a job as a teacher in a school. She recently gained admission into the Federal University Oye Ekiti to study economics. Be a part of this! Visit our website and see how you can partner with us or join the team today!