What is Purpose?
I was an introvert who had an aversion for teaching and anything that related to dealing with people, I hated teaching not because it is not good but for the fact that government and even employers do not appreciate and reward their services. The way my elder brothers who were working as a teacher in some private schools complained then made me believe that teaching is not good enough because it is not appreciated in society.
Fast forward to 2016 when I gained admission to the Polytechnic, Ibadan to study Computer Science but before I was offered the admission, I had a revelation where I saw myself in the Polytechnic, Ibadan in the midst of students queuing for registration. After so many years at home I cried to God why it had to be Polytechnic and not the University of my choice, I had processed both FUTA and OAU but all to no avail even though I met the admission requirements not knowing that it was for a purpose. With the help of my Uncle who encouraged me, I reluctantly accepted the admission and that was how it all started!
On my first day in class, the Lecturer asked the class a simple question which was What is Library? Students gave diverse definitions and I also defined the library as a place where intellectual properties are kept for accessing purpose, it was that Intellectual properties that made the lecturer ask my name and ever since then, I was very popular in our entire department.
After a couple of weeks in school, I secured an apartment off-campus and I was looking for a fellowship to join, meanwhile, I planned to join Redeem Christian Fellowship (RCF) but one fateful night, my roommate was going to a bible study then I decided to follow him even when he didn’t invite me. On getting there, boooom! It was Deeper Life Campus Fellowship (DLCF), the last fellowship on my list. I had never for once imagined myself attending the church because of how people castigate them for their belief and modus-operandi but guess what? I became a regular member and my spiritual life was very deeper and stronger, I joined the choir department because I was a chorister from home. It was time to ordain new executive and I was ordained as the Academic Coordinator, something that I had a hatred for? Yeah! That was how my purpose found me. For the first time in my life, I prayed to God to help me to fulfill the mandate that was being given to me, I began to do research about the past Academic coordinators in the fellowship, and after I came out of that exhaustive study, I got an insight as to what the post was all about and God really helped.
Purpose found me even when I was running away from it but that around, I was left with no other choice than to do it. I began to teach people(ND and HND students) both in church and on campus, I organized night classes for people all for free and I was happy because it gives me joy and happiness, sounds like a miracle right? Yeah! Before I knew what was happening, people had started calling me names like Pastor, Professor, Faithful John, e.t.c. These names started following me everywhere I go hitherto, anywhere I go even without saying or doing anything, people are quick to call me those names. I taught a series of courses like Mathematics, computer programming, seminars and word of God and up till now, I have this insatiable appetite to impart lives with everything I have and know. One of the HND brothers that I taught FORTRAN programming language worked up to me one day and said Bro Seyi, Thank you so much, I got 77, I was so happy he understood what I taught him and this has created a hunger for more in me.
In the meantime, I started organizing morning devotion with my roommates and friends, and I would teach them the word of God, the rules of Life and we would pray together. It got to a time when I would do the house chores, cook for everyone and ensure everything was in good order. I settled so many conflicts because I detest a place where there is no peace, sometimes I was referred to like their school father because of my generosity towards people around me.
In conclusion, I hated teaching and anything that has to do with Polytechnic due to how people talk about the discrimination between HND and B.SC but to the glory of God and shame of the devil, I found my purpose in the Polytechnic, Ibadan. Today, people seek counsel from me and I counsel the teenagers in my church and around me and yeah! I still have imposter-syndrome when it comes to teaching but I do well each time I teach and counsel people.