2023: A Year of Global Influence

End-of-the-year review

The Purple Writer
4 min readJan 1, 2024
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4:13 PM

It’s Christmas Eve!

It’s almost unbelievable how swiftly we’re approaching the end of 2023. I can still vividly recall August 2022. This year has been a whirlwind, hasn’t it?

I’m sure you share the same sentiment. Reflecting on my year doesn’t require much, as I’ve been sharing my journey with you, my dear friends, since the beginning of 2023.

This has made it remarkably easy to track every positive moment in my life and express the gratitude I owe to God.

You can revisit my quarterly journey below.

Hence, I will begin where I left off.

October

The details of October might be a bit hazy now, but certain moments stand out distinctly. One highlight was the privilege of speaking at a TEDx event. It’s now safe to call me a TEDx speaker.

The experience was both humbling and nerve-wracking. Beyond the peak moment of delivering a 19-minute talk on the digital economy and our collective role in it, I relished the networking opportunities at the event, especially reconnecting with friends from primary school whom I unexpectedly ran into there.

Despite the stage nerves, I’m deeply grateful to God for helping me deliver that talk. Becoming a TEDx speaker wasn’t in my 2023 plans, but sometimes God creates scenarios to shift the focus away from us for His glory.

November

November seems more elusive in memory, perhaps due to fewer standout moments, though I consider the entire year a win. A notable event was attending the wedding of a close colleague and friend. It was a poignant reminder of my transition into adulthood—friends marrying and starting families.

This phase of life, where childhood seems like a distant memory and life speeds by, is striking. Yet, I often reassure myself, “At 24, there’s plenty of time to shape your future.” Whether this is self-comfort or delusion, one thing is certain: I'll be alright in the end.

December

The month kicked off with my church’s annual event, Shiloh 2023. It’s a time I eagerly anticipate for spiritual renewal and guidance for the coming year. While I couldn’t participate as fully as I wished, thankfully, YouTube replays helped me connect and receive clear direction from God for the upcoming year.

My sister-friend also got married. It was a scintillating and fun wedding. I looked so beautiful, if I say so myself. I tried eyelash extensions for the first time, and I have a question for the pros in the house: How are you guys comfortable with them? It felt like Umbrella on top of my eyes. I don’t think it’s something I will be using too often.

Anyway, I slayed the look and took many pictures and videos. I was happy for my girl. And again, the reality dawns: I’m really in that stage of my life, attending the celebratory events of my friends. I have prayed and dreamed of this moment. I’m so grateful to God.

While still in the euphoria of my friend’s wedding, I got another exciting news: my acceptance into the Global Youth Programme for Their World as a Global Youth Ambassador, promoting financial and digital education in Nigeria.

Theirworld is a global children’s charity dedicated to ending the global education crisis and unleashing the potential of future generations.

We bring together our diverse network of youth, social entrepreneurs, campaigners, businesses and researchers to ensure all young people have the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future.

We deliver life-changing projects and run hard-hitting campaigns to unlock big change.

This acceptance, following rejections from three global institutions earlier in the year, felt like a divine affirmation, especially after attending the Shiloh impartation service. It felt like the fulfilment of God’s promise of a year of global influence for me.

Alexa, play me ‘You Get the Glory’ by JJ Hariston and Youthful Praise.

And to top it all, my TEDx talk was recently published by TED. Initially, I was apprehensive about its acceptance due to its length exceeding the typical 18-minute limit. But God made it happen—my first YouTube feature, courtesy of a global platform like TED.

Alexa, play ‘See what the Lord has done’ by Nathaniel Bassey.

As 2023 wraps up, I harbour no regrets and eagerly anticipate the wonders 2024 holds.

My 2023 review in motion pictures (for imaginative readers)

  1. Q4: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C1ha6I7I-MS/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
  2. Q3: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cx1WRHBo0dD/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
  3. Q2: *I couldn't find it (but I know it’s somewhere on the gram)
  4. Q1: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cqfy-HQIz81/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

Come and see the works of God. He is awesome in His deeds towards the children of men.

Psalms 66:5 (AMP)

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