You know how you mEEt people and you wonder if their packaging came with extra doses of compassion… Well, I’ve met one and I’m excited to have you mEEt him… Here are excerpts from my E-terview with Mr. Jeremiah Oseni – Super amazing man who is making such a huge difference in the world. Enjoy…
Zara Obaa: Good morning Sir… Good to have you on #EverydayPeople. Thank you for your time. So, may we meet you? Who is Jeremiah Oseni?
Jeremiah Oseni: Yes of course 😊, Jeremiah Oseni is a Nigerian, Edo born a brother of 4 siblings. I am an Educationist by qualification, an Public Speaker by training and a humanitarian by calling.
Zara Obaa: Hmmm… When you say humanitarian, what’s your definition for the word?
Jeremiah Oseni: I love people, wether old or young, newly born or aged people, my heart easily goes for people no matter their tribe, status or class. I love to give to make these people happy and even though not 100% comfortable but at least *Happy*. And overtime I’ve come to discover that that’s my weak point as well, I can go to any length to make sure that one poor person’s legitimate course is achieved, even when it is to the detriment of my comfort, bank account or stomach😊.
Zara Obaa: Wow! Has being who you are had any negative effect on your relationships with your friends? I ask because ordinarily people tend to not understand people like you… Especially Loved ones.
Jeremiah Oseni: Ha! My dear, apart from my family members and some very few close friends who have gotten to know me from way back, most other persons have always had challenges believing and understanding me and this has affected some of my relationships. I get comments like these all the time, like, “When was the last time you went for a psych test? Because I think you’re not normal”, “Young people don’t do what you do, you need to build your life first before doing what you’re doing now”, “See, even this person you’re doing this thing for might not remember you tomorrow so just save your time and energy and do better things for yourself”, “Jerry see, right now you need to focus on a good career and not this Father Christmas that you’re everywhere doing like this”….. So it’s been tough maintaining steady relationships with people who don’t understand. But trust me, those who believe in me truly do and they also go to the extreme to support what I do too.
Zara Obaa: Hmm. So, now you’re leading me to ask: what is it that you do?
Jeremiah Oseni: I do what makes the next person *Happy*, *Hopeful* and a *Better Citizen*…. That is what I do through Dbegotin Educational Foundation🙏🏼😊
Zara Obaa: Dbegotin… Can you tell us what she/he is all about? 🙂
Jeremiah Oseni: Okay, Dbegotin is an organization. A nonprofit organization that is geared towards literacy Enhancement, advocacy for the Girl Child towards #EndChildMarriage and also Teacher’s Quality. It was founded in 2015 in Abuja Nigeria and ever since we have carried out programmes in Abuja and also in Gombe state with regards to our goals.
Zara Obaa: Let’s take it from the beginning… I have followed your activities for a while and I know it’s no small feat you’ve undertaken… You are young… So I’m wondering: How ‘easy’ was it for you starting out?
Jeremiah Oseni: To be honest it wasn’t hard to start. Somehow I just found myself doing it, I guess it was because the zeal was already in me for it. I didn’t struggle for one to start, what I determined in my heart was what kept playing out. And with the quality of the amazing team I have working hand in hand towards ensuring the success of each and every of our event, we just saw things happen accordingly. Now that doesn’t mean that we haven’t faced hard times during the course of our movement but we’ve always conquered all.
Like they say “nothing good just comes easy on a platter”. So it means that whatever comes on a platter is something really heated and worth it yea, so whenever we face those challenges we just say “oh this is another chicken for us, let’s go through the heat from it so that it can come out on a gold platter at the other side” and the more the heat that you go through, the better the quality of the food/results that will be produced at the end of the day.😀 And this is how we have been able to tackle some challenges in our programme executions, government registrations, reaches, etc.😊 But outside of all these, we do have a lot of fun in doing our programmes 🕺🏼💃🏼😊
Zara Obaa: 🙂🙂 About the hurdles… When tough times come, what’s your recipé for overcoming?
Jeremiah Oseni: Prayers and good counsel. Then I try not to magnify the problem, because of course I’m bigger than whatever challenge it is. So I try not to think about it too much and go about ways of overcoming the hurdles easily.
Zara Obaa: Unto Money matters… How do you get funding for your projects?
Jeremiah Oseni: So far funding has only come from friends and family members. This is because I have made it so, I’m not into this for profit or name and all of that. What we do doesn’t actually cost much, we need more hands to work than the money. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t be open to big organizations or Partnerships soon, we just want to go some extent with our own funds for now and establish things on ground before going out for grants and other.
Zara Obaa: Why the focus on the girl child? Why not children generally?
Jeremiah Oseni: Dbegotin Educational Foundation doesn’t just focus on the Girl Child, we promote literacy in its entirety, not considering gender, tribe or religion. But where we focus on the Girl Child is on the area of the #EndChildMarriage programnme which we do. And also for the advocacy programme on Girls equal enrollment in schools.
Zara Obaa: Tell us about the Spelling Bee competition that is coming up.
Jeremiah Oseni: Okay, the Spelling Bee Competition – #SBC, is a programme under our Literacy Enhancement drive which we organise annually with the aim to Inspire, Motivate and Celebrate pupils in Local Education Authority Schools. The event enrolls strictly, only pupils from LEA schools across the areas we have our presence in already and winners of this event are awarded full tuition scholarships till they leave secondary School and this year, the grand winner will also be installed and celebrated as an Area Council Chairman for one day. This we believe will spur the drive for learning and the benefits of Education to these learners.
Zara Obaa: Wow! What an amazing thing you’re doing. When and where is this going to take place?
Jeremiah Oseni: This year’s event will be taking place at Civic Innovation Lab. 50 Ademola Adetokumbo Crescent Beside H-Medix Pharmacy Stores Wuse 2, Abuja. And the Time will be 10:AM
Zara Obaa: It seems to me you do have a great team you work with… Tell us about them.
Jeremiah Oseni: Oh yes, just like I earlier said, Dbegotin Educational Foundation is where it is today because of the quality of people on ground getting things done and making things happen. We work as a team, I mean these are enthusiastic young persons who are contributing their best – some as volunteers and others tasked Executive – towards ensuring that our future is secured in the hands of well educated Nigerians. 😊
Zara Obaa: Hmmmm… So, I’m coming back to you… What inspires you?
Jeremiah Oseni: Sincerely my drive comes from children. I love them and at any point would just want to be with kids and talk with them. I may be moody now but just bring a child close by and you would have successfully made a full sunshine smile on my face. So with this been said, you should know by now that whatever makes a child frown or sick is my enemy also.
Zara Obaa: On public speaking, will you say you are a motivational speaker? What’s your specialty?
Jeremiah Oseni: Yes, I am a motivational speaker. Also I do well in Goal – Career- Guiadance and Salesmanship. And my preferred audience most times are young people. I have also had quite a lot of speaking jobs too outside of Dbegotin. This I started right from my University days.
Zara Obaa: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Jeremiah Oseni: In the next five years, I should be overseeing Dbegotin’s activities across 5 states including the FCT, already operating our Dropback-to-School Programme in 5 locations and must have directly impacted over 20,000 person and over 50,000 indirectly.
Zara Obaa: 😮 I look forward to seeing you then… What word do you have for a reader of this page who has passion for a particular cause but is ‘reluctant’ or having fears?
Jeremiah Oseni: There will never be a perfect time to do that thing. The perfect time to start pursuing that idea is now. Start small, start strong and start now.
Thank you for your time… It was a pleasure. May the Spelling Bee competition bring joy to the hearts of both participants and the audience.
Jeremiah Oseni: Amen and thank you very much, it was a full pleasure talking with you.