Self, Myself & Belonging| Akaa Fele

I am Aondoakaa Fele aka Akaafele, a Japanese Nigerian, Or mbasombo from Ikpayongo, Gwer East local government area of Benue state to be precise. I consider myself a creative, a realist and community builder.

1) How did your life change once you realised your life’s purpose and what impact did this have on your loved ones? Once realising what I believe is my life’s purpose, everything me became more intentional towards my central motivational aim, which I consider being my purpose. My decisions are guided, my behaviour has been better influenced with a clearer sense of meaningful direction and goals shaped towards it. I can’t really tell the impact I have on others. But for sure, as an open book, anyone that taps into my light and my energy will hopefully shine, feeling better.I can’t really tell the impact I have on others. But for sure, as an open book, anyone that taps into my light and my energy will hopefully shine, feeling better.

2) What has been the proudest moment of your life so far? Finding myself! Because, everything makes sense now!Finding myself! Because, everything makes sense now!

3) What does the word FREEDOM mean to you? Freedom to me means living. To live! When you feel whole and content.Freedom to me means living. To live! When you feel whole and content.

4) What is the power of your story? The power of my sharing is my proudest moment as to me, it goes hand-in-hand with what I consider my life’s purpose. It provides me with ‘self, myself and belonging’ which contributes greatly to everything that I do, challenges that I have faced and overcome, which in turn informed me of my progress and growth. I have moments to look back, smile and carry on moving/living towards achieving my purpose. Mind you, my purpose like I said, is my central motivating aim. It is there, it’s like heaven, so I live in my world to get there, now that I have an idea.

5) What advice would you like to give to a reader who is struggling with their identity? If you’re having identity issues, let’s end it today! Take a breather at this moment (Yes, do it with your eyes closed!). Call on your name and ask yourself, “Who am I?” Do your parents have different cultural backgrounds? Reflect on both sides to understand the side (maternal or paternal) a child culturally belongs to. In most cases, the child usually belongs to the paternal side regardless of the place of birth. If you don’t have one of your parents, then ask yourself “What is my understanding? How connected or how do I feel related to the culture of that parent?” If you don’t have either parents ask yourself “Knowing the place I live as where I feel belonged, am I really accepted here? Do I truly feel free of my belonging? How am I perceived where I feel belonged?” Yes/No? What are your answers? If negative for the last question then where ideally would you like to relate to culturally? It could be where your mum or dad are from. Got it? I hope we are cool?

Now accept! (Yes, we do accept a lot of shit but life happens) Make a move. Take action, claim your space and make your belonging a reality, there’s nothing to lose. Without trying you might continue living in doubt and one day end up with regrets.


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