After moving to the USA at 14 due to my Father’s illness, I often sought out an outlet to deal with my pain; which I found in music production, and later in soccer. Thanks to much easier access to the internet, MySpace, and Youtube, I discovered a dope Nigerian producer in the UK by the name of Maleek Berry. For a long period of time I paid attention to his work as a producer, being a music fiend myself. Years later, it’s inspiring to see him come to light as an artist who is making major waves in the music industry with his unique melodic sound, and incredible songwriting skills.
As a Nigerian growing up in Northern Nigeria as well, we share very similar passions; specifically that innate calling of Purpose as “The Bridge” between our two worlds; mine being Nigeria and the USA. This has been the single driving force in the creation of this brand you know today as “Dreams•N•Ambition™”, which I left a Banking job and professional soccer career to pursue in 2010.
7 YEARS LATER
Prior to today (August 5, 2017), I’ve never known Maleek’s story personally. This clip was sent to me by a mutual acquaintance in the UK, Cass, who I met a couple months ago at my very first independent Dreams•N•Ambition™ event over BET Weekend in Los Angeles. My goal was to meet other like minded Africans in the diaspora who shared my deep calling of Purpose, and a desire to bridge our African worlds; especially as our culture begins taking a commercial stage in entertainment, specifically in the USA.
Listening to Maleek’s story, and thinking about my journey with this brand Dreams•N•Ambition™, the parallels in our stories are there. But more inspiring is that as I listened to his story, my journey made sense. All the pieces to a puzzle that I struggled to put together for the last 7 years, and have been criticized for by family and friends, are now painting a clearer picture because I began taking huge leaps of faith.
My journey over the last 7 years pursuing this vision that no one else saw but myself has taken me from raising a $1million dollars in a short lived Real Estate career, buying my parents a dream home, and not long after…. finding myself homeless, depressed and in jail all within the last 2 years. Before turning myself in, I made a promise to only pursue my truth, which was part of the vision I received for Dreams•N•Ambition™ back in 2010, and to take on only the opportunities that fulfilled the purpose of bridging my two worlds in any industry I found myself. One of those goals was to use the biggest African commodity (Entertainment) as the bridge to a bigger vision. Bringing more African entertainers and collaborations to America would shed more light on our amazing culture, entertainment and the untapped potential of our continent; Maleek Berry was the first of those artists. Along with some partners, we began a brand called “AfroLituation” in 2016, which has since brought a couple of artists such as Maleek to Los Angeles.
This morning, I woke up feeling depressed. Over the last few months I began a simple daily prayer to thank God for a Life and Purpose, and I’ve since gotten daily reminders in often little ways to keep on the path of seeking truth, and Purpose; today’s reminder is Maleek’s story. Our paths haven’t yet crossed personally, yet we share an upbringing in Northern Nigeria, immigration to western countries, similar passions, and a Vision that has become an obsession.
Sharing this story motivated this post, a reminder to share my story as well. But even more, it’s reaffirming that the dreams, goals, visions and people in your life aren’t an accident. Everything that has brought me this far is a part of the journey to completing the Purpose of my existence; one I believe is to bridge my two worlds between the USA and Nigeria. Sure enough, the two words that have kept me going in finding my truth are my Dreams•N•Ambition™