Guest blog post by my fellow nation-builder Olaboludele Simoyan (THE 8TH WONDER). Visit her website www.naijamania.com for a free e-book download.
Dear Super Eagles,
I am writing this letter to you to tell you what I have done to INSPIRE you.
Let me first of all introduce myself before I start my story. I am an EXTRAORDINARY PATRIOT. I am a middle-aged woman and my name is Olaboludele Simoyan. I am the author of the two-in-one book with titles “THE 8TH WONDER of the world – Made in NIGERIA” and “THE 8TH WONDER of the world – Made in NAIGA”. To have a better understanding of my person you can go to www.naijamania.com to see the e-copies of the books. If you want you can also download the two books for FREE and read.
Now back to my story of INSPIRATION. I have been thinking for a while (a very long while) about what I could do to INSPIRE you (the Super Eagles) so that you would be inspired to WIN the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP. I thought for many days, weeks, months and years. Since I don’t know any of you players (or Coach Keshi) personally, I had to start thinking creatively, that is thinking completely out-of-the-box.
I kept asking myself what can I do, that will INSPIRE you the Super Eagles. What can I do that will be an EXTRAORDINARY INSPIRATION? What can I do that you will most probably hear about? What can I do that will be EXTRAORDINARY? What can I do, that will stretch me? (I asked this question because I want you to stretch yourselves) What can I do that will be way out of my comfort zone? What can I do, that will INSPIRE you the Super Eagles to play as if your lives were dependent on bringing the WORLD CUP back home? What can I do to bring out the BEST in you the Super Eagles?
I thought about how to INSPIRE you for hours at a stretch. And finally I got some ideas. I knew I would get some ideas if I thought long enough about how to INSPIRE you (the Super Eagles). There is a saying that says “There is no problem that can resist the assault of sustained thinking”. This is so true! It was sustained thinking that produced the ideas that about to share with you.
I knew that if I were to INSPIRE you, I would have to set an EXAMPLE by stretching myself, getting out of my comfort zone and doing the EXTRAORDINARY. I also knew that I had to use what I had around (and within) me to get the job done. So, I used want I had which is “my feet”, “my head” and “my heart” to get the job done.
What I did was I took the simple idea of walking (and other things) and I did something EXTRAORDINARY with it. I believe that if I want you (the Super Eagles) to do the EXTRAORDINARY I must first of all set an example of doing some EXTRAORDINARY things that will inspire you.
By now you are probably wondering what are the EXTRAORDINARY THINGS this woman did O!
The first EXTRAORDINARY thing I did was I organized an EXTRAORDINARY INSPIRATIONAL VICTORY WALK just for you (my dear Super Eagles). We walked from Ketu Tipper Garage on Lagos Mainland to CMS bus stop on Lagos Island. It is a distance of about 25 kilometeres. And it took us six and a half hours to get to CMS from Ketu. This took place on Thursday the 13th of June 2013. Take off time from Ketu was 10am and we got to CMS at about 4.25pm. Part of the walk was shown on TV – Newsline on Sunday the 16th of June 2013. And an article about the Victory Walk came out in one of the Nigerian newspapers, Saturday Sun on page 66 in Hamiltonstyle column.
I am thinking, that if I a middle-aged woman (and a team of young Nigerians) can walk an EXTRAORDINARY distance of about 25km, then why can’t you young men in the Super Eagles, (and some of you are probably half my age) play EXTRAORDINARY matches in this year’s World Cup?
Anyway we did this EXTRAORDINARY VICTORY WALK to MOTIVATE, CHALLENGE and INSPIRE you (the Super Eagles) to do the EXTRAORDINARY of WINNING and bringing the 2014 WORLD CUP back home to Nigeria!
This year we have added some more things to INSPIRE you the SUPER EAGLES and Coach Keshi to BRING HOME THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP. From the 4th of April 2014 to date we have done some more things to INSPIRE you all. During this 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP I have just one job to do and that is to do everything I know how to do to INSPIRE you the SUPER EAGLES to bring home the 2014 WORLD CUP. My job is to create a DEEP HUNGER and a STRONG DESIRE in you all to play every game with a GREAT DETERMINATION to WIN the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP!
- The “I DARE BELIEVE!!!” group on Facebook (please check it up, thank you) has had four VICTORY WALKS for you SUPER EAGLES, one last year and three since the beginning of the World Cup. The Victory Walk we had on Monday the 16th of June 2014 was for your first round matches. A group of us walked from Ojota to Obanikoro in Lagos State. The Victory Walk we had on the 23rd of June is for your second round match in the World Cup. We walked from Jibowu to Yaba to Ojuelegba in Lagos State. The Victory Walk we had on the 25TH of June 2014 is for your quarter finals match. And we walked from Allen roundabout to Ikeja bus stop. We will be having another on Monday the 30th of June 2014 for your semifinals match. We will be having another Victory Walk just before your finals match on the 10th of July 2014. We are having the Victory Walks before you qualify to ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE you on. I DARE BELIEVE you will get to the finals and win the WORLD CUP! WE DARE BELIEVE it is POSSSIBLE! WE DARE BELIEVE you the SUPER EAGLES of NIGERIA will BRING HOME THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP!
- I have also prayed for you the SUPER EAGLES and Coach Keshi in over 75 buses (since the WORLD CUP started) as I ride the buses in Lagos.
- I have also done over 75 BRING HOME THE WORLD CUP HAIRSTYLES. And we are still doing more things to INSPIRE you the SUPER EAGLES to play to WIN the WORLD CUP! I just FOCUS on the end result I desire and do the things I need to do to get the result I desire! We just FOCUS on the end result we desire and do the things we need to do to get the result we desire and that is to BRING HOME THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP!
You are probably asking – What this woman is asking us to do, is it possible? Can we do it? Can we really WIN and bring the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP 2013 back home to Nigeria? What is she trying to do? What does she aim to achieve? What is her goal?
To answer the last question first; my goal is to INSPIRE GREATNESS in you and Nigerians. As Nigerians we have gone through too much in the last number of days, months and years. Crisis, chaos and confusion have been our daily companions. Many of us have lost hope for our nation and have little or no faith for the future of Nigeria. And this needs to change if we intend to build the GREAT NEW NIGERIA of our dreams!
Please, I want you to help restore hope to our people. I want you to help restore faith for the future to Nigerian citizens. I want you to help restore our ability to help ourselves. I want you to help restore patriotism. I want you to help restore our ability to stand together in unity and agreement so that we can build the GREAT NEW NIGERIA of our dreams.
I am sure you can feel me now. I am also sure you will agree with me that football is one major thing that brings us Nigerians together in unity and agreement.
Unity is the catalyst for nation- building. Unity is strength! Unity is power! A catalyst is a person or a thing or a concept that initiates, triggers or produces change. You guys must help to bring Nigerians together through this World Cup tournament!
I want you (Super Eagles) to be a catalyst! I want you to see yourselves as catalysts! I want you (Super Eagles) to be a catalyst for positive change in Nigeria. I want you (Super Eagles) to be the catalyst that will unite Nigerians and that will help to bring out the GREATNESS in us as a nation.
I want you to be charged up and fired up from the beginning of the World Cup to the end of the World Cup! This is the tournament of your life! Like Vince Lombardi once said “Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” Just like in the game of life, to win the World Cup you must persevere! You must work hard! You must pay the price! You must be dedicated! You must trust and respect your coach Stephen Keshi! You must be resolute in your determination to win! And you must persist until you win the Cup!
You the Super Eagles must just FOCUS on the end result you desire (that is to WIN the WORLD CUP)! You must each acquire a LASER BEAM FOCUS! And do everything you know how to do to get the result you (and we Nigerians) desire which is WINNING the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP!
Jose Rizal once said “The youth is the hope of our future.” You (the Super Eagles) are young. You are part of the Nigerian youth who are the hope of our future as a nation. Our population in Nigeria is 75% below the age of 30 years. We have a youthful population. And WINNING the 2014 FIFA World Cup will definitely INSPIRE our youthful population with HOPE, FAITH and LOVE for our nation Nigeria. And the youth will be motivated and empowered to go out and do GREAT and EXTRAORDINARY THINGS for our nation Nigeria. Winning the World Cup will also have a POSITIVE and EXTRAORDINARY rippling effect on our national psyche as Nigerian citizens. Winning will give us GREAT HOPE for the future of our nation Nigeria! And that is what we need at a time such as this! We (Nigerians) need to hear GOOD NEWS from Brazil! We (Nigerians) must to hear GREAT NEWS from Brazil! And WE DARE BELIEVE we will hear GREAT NEWS from Brazil!
You (Super Eagles) must persist, persevere and perspire until you get the final VICTORY! That is what we did in order to finish the 25km VICTORY WALK and the other walks. As they say “Inspiration is ninety percent perspiration”.
As you (Super Eagles) dribble the ball to VICTORY, remember what the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history Sonia Sotomayor said. She said “I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with EXTRAORDINARY opportunities and experiences.” I would like to put what she said in the context of the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP Competition. Super Eagles you are Nigerian and African players who have been blessed with EXTRAORDINARY opportunities to play the game of your life at the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP. Seize this EXTRAORDINARY opportunity of playing at this year’s WORLD CUP and score GREAT and EXTRAORDINARY VICTORY GOALS and make us become the first African nation to win the FIFA WORLD CUP!
“Great things are done when men and mountains meet”. This is what William Blake said many years ago. Super Eagles you are “the men” the 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP is “the mountain”. And the EXTRAORDINARY and GREAT THING of WINNING the Cup and bringing it back to Nigeria is about to happen!
Super Eagles go make the EXTRAORDINARY HAPPEN!
In every match you play –
Play to WIN!
Play for the VICTORY!
Play as if your life depends on bringing the WORLD CUP back home!
Play with a never-say-die attitude!
Play with an indomitable spirit!
Play against all the odds!
Play and defy the odds!
Play with the bounce-back ability!
Play to bring back the WORLD CUP!
In a nutshell “ALL I AM SAYING IS BRING HOME THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP!”
With lots of love from an EXTRAORDINARY PATRIOT,
Olaboludele Simoyan – Coach 8TH WONDER!!!