FROM LIFE IN THE STREETS TO BECOMING A LEADER AND A ROLE MODEL- ALL GOOD THINGS IN LIFE ARE POSSIBLE – WRITTEN BY OLUBOGU PETWISE

I find it difficult talking about my childhood, it was one filled with hardship and bitter phases, I never thought of creating a meaningful future.
I did not really know who I was and I still believe there are so many young people like myself out there on the street.

If I can come this far, they too can and anyone can do the same, because my road has not been an easy one.

I wouldn’t say I came from poor background but most times we found it diffict to eat and went without food for long stretches and even when
we camea food, we did not eat properly

My mother, Comfort Olubogu, was a very creative hardworking woman, shewas also very patient and sacrificed a lot.

She was willing and ready to sell her clothes to make sure we went to school;and how could I forget My loving and caring Dad, Jonas Olubogu is a trader.
I Thank God for given me the perfect parents. I come from Ideoto north, L.G.A in Imo State- Eastern Nigeria. From a family of four. Three boys & girl.

AS the first son and living a dubious life was very disheartening for my parents and siblings’, Growing up on the street entailed getting into trouble,
hanging around wih the wrong crowd and geting into all kinds of mischief. . I was among those people that believed so much in the street life, I was always that gentle boy on the street with a negative mindset. I used to find it very difficult going to church then. I saw it as multi-tasking thing to do. We were beaten before we can go to church.
Getting into trouble and had no direction and vision whatsoever, yet I never knew what manifestations were ahead for the fuure.

I still feel destiny isa funny thing.
My first chosen career then was football and my football nick name then was Petit, that was how my stage name pet wise came about.

Yet at an early age with all the distractions and wild phases, there were still seeds of passion and determination which were part of my being, my drive
and my mindset- even thuogh i often used it in the wrong way.
I was passionate about football and I gave it my best. My friends then, Ebuka Terri, Edu tente, Elochukwu, okirikor, Edu Nkoyeri to mention a few of them
now, play for international clubs, Unfortunately I dropped it for another career.
I had no regrets knowing full well that finally I have found the career of my own and was no more living in another man’s dream,
presently I derive joy in what I do.
I also enjoyed writing, I started with movie scripts and a bit of novel and poems, I started writing in high school in 2003,
my best subject in high school then was literature, so it gave me more clues what writing and filming was all about.
I was really into movies and within the short period of 7 months, I wrote,
directed and produced my first film entitled “BLOODY TWINS”. Featuring the two fast identical upcoming nollywood finest twins, Elijah and Elisha shire, then again I assisted in another epic movie entitled “KETARSHI” as an assistant director and producer, directed by a good friend of mine, Chukwu moses.
In the year 2005, I embarked on my music career, and then I was a commercial secular rapper, that is where raping in clubs and bars started.
I was with a group then called “WISE UNIT” and “WIZEMEN” gotten from my name Petwise. Alongside with Money Banks, Young G and Outwize.
I left it and joined another group called “ICONS” in the year 2011, the likes of Kskills and Graysongz, though we recorded one gospel song together,
titled BABA M, but we had a lot differences, our styles weren’t in line to what we want. Then in 2012, I decided to go on solo and I fully became a gospel singer, http://tindeck.com/users/petwyzz

I am grateful to God today because I did not abuse the gifts He gave me. If I should die today I am confident that I died for something that worth dying for. Discovering another gift of speaking is a thing joy and peace of mind. My motivational speaking career is the only thing that amazed my close friends and my immediate family members. They were contemplating how possible is that.
My speaking career took them unaware; coming from the street now going back there to change the young people is a big step in transformation. Knowing full well the life I once lived.
Today I am a testimony of a life developed into creativity, am now part of the creativity of the creator, writing, singing and speaking, This is the most amazing combination, meaning that no matter who you are , or where you are from, I can always reach you and you will always hear me. You can make a change in your life, if you really want to.
I still reminiscing the community seminar hosted by one of my mentor, Omah Michael. That’s was my first speaking engagement. I was not prepared because I only planned to anchor the program and not to be among the speakers. There is still room for growth battling for self confidence in me then. I was not in my right self that day, it was a very difficult thing for me, anybody that knew me very well will know am a very timid person. Facing people is like hell to me…

That same day, my two kid siblings were around, Chinelo and Chukwunonso, our last son Obinna was in school then.

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There is something I still found very difficult to believe, that within a short time of been a motivational life changing speaker,
I have changed and inspired a lot of lives around the world and am still doing that. I don’t believe more in repetition of prayers like every other people
do. I pray less and I act more. Each time I close my eyes to pray the first thing I always ask God is GRACE, like my guidance will always say; Grace is the fastest car in the world. I could remember the day I told my mother even if I decided to be failure in life is already late. I can’t remain there. There is this word I always register at the back of my subconscious mind that becoming great in life is very easy but becoming nobody is very hard. I always knew I had a dream that is worth dying for.
One big advice that I have learnt to use and it has been awesome personally to me is to believe totally and totally on GOD not anyone. I used to wait for
other people to do before I can, I have noticed, that the people you are waiting for are also waiting for you to be the first to do,
most of them does not have what you have.
Today, I am a founder of many organizations, Empowerment speaker, Business Advisor, social entrepreneur, community ambassador, change agent, humanitarian,
Author, Song writer and Award winning Gospel artiste, I have written so many books, managing about four life transforming organizations,
gotten a lot of international recognitions, and I have embarked on so many community young empowerment programs, still aiming to achieve more in
nearby future. Working on so many upcoming projects which I will disclose later and will always keeps my fans posted.
I am also the brainchild behind Leadership and Mind Ambassadors Awards

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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1 Response to FROM LIFE IN THE STREETS TO BECOMING A LEADER AND A ROLE MODEL- ALL GOOD THINGS IN LIFE ARE POSSIBLE – WRITTEN BY OLUBOGU PETWISE

  1. OLUBOGU IFEANYICHUKWU PETWISE says:

    Reblogged this on Olubogu Ifeanyichukwu Petwise and commented:
    Thanks boss. Grateful

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