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LKC 15: Redefining purpose - Dami Busari's NYSC experience (Part 3)

We hope you have enjoyed following Dami's story so far - find Part 1 here and Part 2 is here.

Read on as this incredible and inspiring experience of the NYSC year unfolds....

Dami's NYSC experience (Part 3)

And then God began to speak to me and show me answers that I wasn't yet ready to accept. So the first interesting thing that happened when I knew God was trying to get through to me was that I saw a movie. It was an American movie about a teacher who was in the community and dealing with children and teens. In that community, people loved him and respected him because of the impact he had and the change he brought to the community.

Interestingly, before my media career began to blossom, so to speak, or before I began to "blow", I realised that God had called me to teens and to young people. I had began to take up speaking opportunities and to mentor teens and young people. I knew it was a core part of my existence on earth . However, somewhere along the line in pursuing my media career, I had sort of pushed that somewhere and I didn't really focus on it any longer. It was now just something I had done in the past and I wasn't taking it as seriously anymore. I was more focused on building my career, getting all the accolades and awards. So when I saw the movie about the teacher, it pulled at my heart strings. It reminded me of the testimonials I had had in the past from people that had attended the programme I organised and the testimonies of changed lives. It reminded me of why I was a mentor to teens in the first place.

So I began to question my motives for wanting to be in a media house at all cost to continue to build my career. As far as I was concerned teaching for one year and then job-hunting afterwards meant I had veered from the path. How was that going to look? Career growth. Career progression. It wasn't going to be good. Those were my thoughts. I remember there was just ONE friend that had spoken to me in that time and had said "Dami, how about if you look at it this way, God is giving you a chance to be a mentor and a model to young girls for a year. There will be changes in their lives because they encountered you. Why not take up the teaching job?".