Famous Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o definitely knew what she meant when one of her famous statements uttered a few years ago suddenly became a bedrock for inspiration to many lives.
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” said the Academy Award winner.
The above quote clearly defines the groundbreaking hallmark of success set by 17-year-old teenage wonderkid Victory Yinka-Banjo, who recently was offered more than $5 million dollars’ worth of scholarship money for an undergraduate program of study, according to admission documents and estimates of financial aid awards.
The exceptionally gifted young lady who is a product of House On The Rock, a vibrant, multi-ethnic church in Nigeria led by Pastor Adefarasin and the graceful child of Chika Yinka-Banjo, a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos, and Adeyinka Banjo, a private sector procurement and supply chain executive, has consistently proven over the years that no challenge in the world is insurmountable.
Victory hit the spotlight on the National level when she recorded 9 A1’s in all her WASSCE Subjects, and also had A stars in all her Cambridge results. Significantly, she was declared the World Best Candidate in English as a Second Language (Speaking Component) by the University of Cambridge International Examination (CIE) and also made the list of top 5 best candidates locally and globally in other examinations such as UTME, IELTS, SAT.
The ex- Princeton College student who turned 17 in December 2020 has now brought the world to a standstill after her impressive achievement caught the eye of prestigious universities from top countries of the world. The young academic guru was given potential full scholarships from the Ivy League schools, Yale College, Princeton University, Harvard College, and Brown University. Other notable US scholarship offers included those from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia.
In Canada, her incredible feat was not ignored as Victory was offered the Lester B. Pearson scholarship from the University of Toronto and the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow (KMILOT) scholarship from the University of British Columbia.
Currently an ambassador of Technovation Student where she emerged top as the African Regional Winners (Best Team in Africa)- Technovation Girls’ Mobile App Building in 2019, her inspiring story and dedication for the the things of God serves as a quick reminder for many to never quit on their dreams.
Her latest achievement did not go unnoticed from Pastor Ifeanyi Adefarasin, wife to the lead pastor of “House On The Rock” who shared her excitement via Instagram while admonishing the young heroine who has over the years delivered top notch spoken words at the Host Pastor birthday ceremony. “Wow! Wow! Wow! The world may be surprised but we at House on The Rock, have never doubted the special go-getter that you are,” wrote Pastor Ifeanyi.
You might be wondering what lessons can be learned that will be beneficial to you from Victory Yinka-Banjo achievements? Hey! Take a deep breath and relax! You’re never too old to achieve your dreams.
Below are the top 3 lessons you can take note of from the one time winner of Gold Award- Queens’ Commonwealth Essay Competition.
Learn to Dream Big
Dreaming big shouldn’t be too hard for you to practice. Small minds do not have the capacity to try new adventures, the quicker you realize that you have the ability to imagine, project, and achieve your dreams the better for you.
Dreaming big helps to reinvigorate your level of self-esteem, self-confidence which in turn changes the quality of your thinking for a better life.
Success Has No Shortcuts
Another important lesson to learn is the fact that success takes time. There are no shortcuts to achieving greatness. In fact, they usually lead to disappointments rather than the intended results that have been thought about.
The moment you realize that achieving your dreams involves a divine process that cannot be skipped, the bigger odds of you getting closer to the positive results that have been programmed for you.
You Can Try Again
How many times have you failed? Do you remember the number of times you’ve given up? How many of your plans backfired in a dramatic way? What about people who never gave you a chance, do you intend to confirm their thoughts now?
Then you have to Try Again!!!
You’re never too old or out of time to try new dreams, ideas, legitimate tricks that can bring you closer to your ultimate goals. No expiration date exist for the number of times you can rise up from failed plans or projects.
Like the scriptures revealed in Proverbs 24:16 – “For though a righteous man may fall seven times, he still gets up; but the wicked stumble in bad times.” (Berean Study Bible). This signifies that there is hope for new beginnings when you decide to keep trying even in the darkest of times. When asked about her advice to other girls in a recent interview, Victory responded emphatically, “We rule the world. Own that!”
Irrespective of your gender, race, belief or past mistakes, take a cue from her short and simple, You can rule the world as well, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
“Cheers To A New Chapter”
Victor Emmanuel Onuh is my name.
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