Place of ResidenceLagos, NigeriaGraduation Year2007MajorBusiness ManagementCurrent OccupationSenior Facilities Manager/Nigeria Service Center Coordinator for the ChurchFamilyWife: Katie; Children: Maelyn and Monson
How has your BYU-Idaho education helped you in your life?
My education from BYU-Idaho has helped me to obtain more education to qualify to be used as a tool in the kingdom of God, to be employed in the Church workforce, and to bless my community. One valuable blessing I received from BYU-Idaho is the ability to balance my time in the midst of a very challenging busy life. While attending BYU-Idaho, I was able to balance my time effectively between my academics, playing an active role as a leader in the Student Activities Program, and serving in the Church. This experience has now translated into balancing my time well between work, family, and Church service.
My BYU-Idaho experience prepared me to be able to serve or work in any capacity without fear. It has made me a better employee, a better husband and father, and a true disciple of Jesus Christ. As I compared BYU-Idaho to other non-LDS institutions I have attended, the memory of my time at BYU-Idaho remains unbeatable. At BYU-Idaho, I was taught by inspired instructors who relied more on the inspiration of God to teach both secular and spiritual knowledge rather than on their own human wisdom.
Since graduating from BYU-Idaho, what have been your greatest personal and professional accomplishments?
Obtaining an MBA and returning to use the rich blessings obtained from BYU-Idaho to bless the Church and my people in Nigeria is one of my greatest accomplishments as a graduate of BYU-Idaho. One way I thought I could express my gratitude to the many people who selflessly contributed towards my BYU-Idaho experience is to use my experience to bless those who otherwise would not be able to attend BYU-Idaho during their lifetime.
How does being a BYU-Idaho graduate help you be a leader in your workplace?
BYU-Idaho, as Elder David A. Bednar taught, is a “disciple preparation center.” As a graduate of BYU-Idaho, I have been prepared to be a disciple of Christ not only at home and in the Church, but also in my workplace. As I departed from BYU-Idaho, among the many rich blessings I took with me was the sweet Spirit of Ricks. I have not restricted myself to feeling the Spirit of Ricks only on BYU-Idaho's campus. Because of the Spirit of Ricks that follows me in my workplace, when my employer wants anything done right, completed on time, and without costing too much money, I am prepared to serve.
How does your BYU-Idaho education help you serve in the community?
At BYU-Idaho I served as a student body vice president, Honor Code outreach director, international student representative to the Student Body Council, and president of the International Student Association. These were serious responsibilities that allowed me to build others with a simple invitation extended to others to come unto Christ through service. Because I taught, testified, and invited others while on campus, I can apply the same principle in my community to help others grow, help them to identify and feel of the spirit of God, and ultimately become true disciples of Jesus Christ.
How did your time at BYU-Idaho prepare you for service in the Church?
As a student at BYU-Idaho, I was quick to learn I can never be too busy with school or work not to hold and magnify a Church calling. I saw rich blessings come into my life during my junior year in college as I juggled the following responsibilities at the same time: 15 credit hours, student body vice president, and elders quorum president.
This experience constantly reminds me that my career, my family, and social life cannot prevent me from serving in the Church. This experience comes in handy with my heavy responsibility at work and attending to my young family—it has never been a problem serving as a first counselor in my ward bishopric. I can only attribute this blessing to my BYU-Idaho experience.
What service have you rendered in the Church since graduating?
Since graduation, I have been able to use my experience from BYU-Idaho to serve as a coordinator of Church translation for the Efik language, served as elders quorum president, ward mission leader, Sunday School president, and most recently as a first counselor in the bishopric.
How does being a BYU-Idaho graduate help you lead your family?
The valuable experience gained from attending a Church college like BYU-Idaho prepared and positioned me to lead my family in righteousness. As a student of BYU-Idaho, I remembered serving as a family home evening leader for a group of students randomly selected to be in a family home evening group. Mine was the responsibility to serve and love all the members of the group and treat them as a family. BYU-Idaho taught me the importance of family in the great plan of the Eternal God. I am grateful to have followed the invitation of the Lord to be married to one of his choicest daughters in the temple, and sealed for time and all eternity, and raise up a righteous family unto Him.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your BYU-Idaho experience and how it blesses you today?
I am grateful for the many opportunities that BYU-Idaho offered me and how it is blessing my life today. Notable among those opportunities is the blessing of meeting and marrying my eternal company while at BYU-Idaho. Another great opportunity was the blessing of doing two great internships with the Church in West Africa, and becoming the first BYU-Idaho student to intern at the United Nations headquarters in New York. All these combined are molding and shaping me to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ.