Why you shouldn't let your background put your back to the ground


Image result for images for poor environment"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and to impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." Woodrow Wilson. 

I chose that title because I have seen a whole lot of people attributes their lack of success to their underprivileged background, yet we have seen many who have risen through the artificial divide created by social stratification.

Let me try by using the concepts of Akuabata, Akuenwebe and Onye ogbe n'enye (ogbenye). These are mostly used among the Igbos of Southeast Nigeria.

"Akuabata", "Wealth's Gateway" or "wealth has come" simply implies that every family has a star, the one through whom the family is launched into greatness; the source of their riches, the proverbial golden egg. Once such persons are discovered, there is a tendency to neglect the others as unsuccessful and focus on the one through whom light did come into the family.

Now there is one problem with that belief and it is simply this; that only specific people are bestowed with the right to wealth hence, others are neglected or subjected to a lack of such wealth. Hence another concept known as "Akuenwebe" "wealth has no particular destination". This is one concept that I cherish so much.

Here is why; 

You would agree with me that wealth isn't money, just as cash isn't money. If the saying that health is wealth is anything to go by, then it suffice to say that one who is healthy is wealthy. This explains more God's intent for us when he says in the Prophecy of Jeremiah "I alone know the plans I have for you". God gives wealth and he doesn't have favorites. He goes about doing good and cannot be domiciled in one place.

To be wealthy means to have integrity, goodwill, impeccable character and other positive values. That is "Aku"  and not just "ego", 'money'. We all possess the grace of being good. Now you see, we all are Akuabatas to our world.

Again let me reiterate. God has blessed us with endless gifts and talents and it is up to us to open up ways for others to grow and be inspired to do more. Now that's being wealthy, because when we say Akuenwebe,  it goes to show that no single man or group of people have claims to wealth creation,  so you too have a share of the 'Aku', wealth.

Dear friends upon creation, you were endowed, now it's time to enrich the world. You can't be an "ogbenye", a beggar. An ogbenye means one who the community gives - a beggar. Now the problem with this is that it distorts our vision and puts us in the angle of complaints. Beggars complain and blame the system for their lack. In doing so, they allow their back to permanently keep them to the ground. They lose hope and find it difficult to ignite the wealth in them.

Never ever let your background put your back to the ground. You are the world's Akuabata!

We await your impact!


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