1000 books have found their way into the hands of the girls. You can read all about my first Nigerian tour and meet the first set of girls here.
On the 7th of March, I published a book as the first part of a passion project. The Book is “A Letter to My Daughters” and this page is the chronicle of all the stages and steps in this journey. Enjoy!
Launching the Vision
1000 books. 1000 young African women given the motivation to succeed. This was the vision and it started officially with a small gathering of supporters on the 3rd of September 2017. Their kind donations and book purchases helped with some of the expenses of this venture. I have set up a page for supporters and partners. Click here to visit. www.doyin.co.uk/letter
You start out with the sole aim of making your world a better place and, at the end, you find the greatest beneficiary is you….
This is the summation of the just concluded ALTMD (A Letter To my Daughters) tour.
How it all began…
When the book was published in March of this year, 2017, I was shocked at it’s success. Hundreds of copies were sold in the first 48hours of me publishing the book on Amazon . Many times I wondered who was actually buying this book! Amidst the questions, I remembered a pledge I had made to God at the beginning of the year – “When I get to heaven, people I have never met will run to me, give me a hug and say “because of the way you lived your life I made it here”…” This was what had informed my choice of making Amazon my publishers and selling on this platform. I was keen to ensure that the book reached places and people I could never meet.
One day, I was reflecting on God’s blessings and reading through the many comments telling me just how much wisdom they had gained from the book and how transformational it would be for any young person. It was then I heard an instruction in my heart to give 1000 copies of the book to 1000 young ladies in Nigeria. After all, this year I had committed myself to doing my bit to navigating the chasm between innovation and sustenance in third world countries.
Getting to work…
Even now I remember my social media guru admonishing me to promote the book before the project. Well, I guess stepping back a bit helped me to plan and put together a tour – a tour I will be eternally grateful to God for.
Supporters and partners…
I contacted organisations that worked with young girls in Nigeria and asked them to send proposals to me. I felt that the decision to work with existing organisations would allow me have continuity and produce more materials for them if needed. After a lot of scrutinizing, praying and dialogue, the organisations I selected were as follows:
1. God’s Girls Club in Lagos
2. Operation Back to school in Nembe, Bayelsa.
4. Ilesha Grammar School (Organised by God’s Grace Foundation)
5. NYSC, Ibadan North
7. In Akute ‘The Father’s House”
Making it a reality…
The tour started with God’s Girls club on 16th September and finished with Akute on 1st October. Talk about coincidences! Nigeria’s Independence Day is 1st October and I saw this as a sign that freedom had come to the girls that were present in every location of this tour. I chose to see each of the girls in Akute as standing in the gap for her sisters in the different parts of Nigeria. I pronounced blessings, strength and courage to stand up as the GIRL CHILD IN A BROKEN WORLD!
Since the tour ended, I have received numerous reports from the organisers. Many have requested follow up sessions as I had envisaged and, as I compile their individual reports. My task at the moment is to ensure that the finances and time invested was not in vain by compiling reports and suggested ‘next steps for the organisations.
Final thoughts and next steps…
At this point, I will like to thank every single person who prayed, contributed and cheered me on before, during and after the tour. I pray you an abundance of God’s blessings and more than that, I pray you have the courage and provision to answer the needs that plague your heart.
With all of us doing our part, our world will change for good. Stay blessed and focused.
p.s./I kept a diary…
I kept a diary of my time in Nigeria. At the time, I shared it with only close friends and prayer partners but I would like to share it with you. Enjoy reading my thoughts, my revelations; the highs and lows as I journeyed. And of course, enjoy the pictures! Don’t forget to let me know (in the comments) what location inspired you most!
If any of this resonates with you, you can get involved; simply visit www.doyin.co.uk/letter to donate or drop me a line.