Growing up, I always had an interest in writing, yet never thought of it as something I could develop into a career for myself. This is all changed in my first year of sixth form. One of my friends and fellow writer at Affinity, Moyo, mentioned to our group of friends how she applied for Affinity Magazine and got the role as a staff writer. For some reason, at that moment, I felt super motivated and decided to apply to be a writer for Affinity. Although I did apply, I didn’t tell anyone, as I wasn’t even confident that I’d get accepted so I kept everything to myself. The waiting time to hear back is around two weeks after you’ve submitted the application, and I still hadn’t heard anything after two weeks. I immediately felt deflated and tried to make myself feel better by saying things like, “I never really liked writing anyway, I just wanted to see if I’d get in”. However, in reality, I obviously wanted to get the role. Luckily enough, about a week later I received an email from Ms. Evelyn Atieno that congratulated me on getting accepted.
Being accepted as a staff writer for Affinity Magazine was a stepping stone in finding out my purpose and what I wanted to do with my future. From a young age, we’re all told to think of what we’d like to become in the future. From Years 9-12 (8th-11th grade), I was so confused with what I wanted to do with my life when it came to choosing a major for university. I went from wanting to study investment banking to criminology to psychology to public policy to international relations. I was all over the place. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with those subjects, and I actually had an interest in every single one of them, but I knew they weren’t for me.
Coming from an African household — Nigerian to be specific — I always felt that my Dad would want for me to go into the generic career that most African parents want for their children: a doctor, lawyer, accountant or an engineer. My dad was quite excited when I told him I wanted to study international relations or public policy. I was more or less trying to appeal all of my future majors at university to something that I could see my Dad being proud of. He never flat-out told me that he wanted me to go into these careers, but I had the perception that those were the only majors/careers that would allow him to be proud of me. It wasn’t until the middle of last year that I told my dad that I didn’t want to study any of those subjects at university; that I’d like to go into the communication and media field – studying either journalism, public relations or communication and media studies. My dad fully supported me, though I know for a fact if I didn’t have anything to show for my sudden change in majors, he’d be a bit skeptical. Being a Christian, I entirely believe that praying to God about my struggles and trying to find out his plan for my life is very important. This is something that I did which is why I was so confident in choosing those majors as potentials.
Affinity Magazine has provided me with a platform as a teenager to inform thousands of people with information that I deem important. I’ve been able to receive so many amazing opportunities through Affinity. One spiritual quote that resounds with me is that, “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.” There are so many opportunities that I’ve had that don’t make sense to me, as I know for a fact, I don’t have the credentials or the proper experience to be getting these opportunities.
Writing for Affinity was a stepping stone for my love for the communications and media industry, which in turn led me to apply for journalism/public relations/communication and media studies at university. I got accepted into all five of my universities in the UK and I’m currently waiting on the universities in the US. I will forever appreciate Affinity, especially Evelyn Atieno and Alex Brown, for giving me such an amazing opportunity. It’s very rare to have a platform like this for teenagers and being able to be apart of Affinity is honestly a blessing to my life.
It may seem like I have my whole life figured out — trust me, I don’t. I’m only 18 years-old about to finish the IB diploma. Every day is changing and new challenges arise, but one thing I know for sure is where I want to be in life. Though I don’t have a clue what I actually want to be, who says you need to have everything sorted out. People have this idea that if you don’t know what you want to do with your life at a certain age then it’s all over for you. Screw those type of people. The journey that you have in life is between you and no one else.
It’s been a little over a year of me writing for Affinity and I am very excited to grow as a writer as well as a person.