What a year.
I could wax philosophical or just tell it as it is.
Well, I’ll tell it like it is because that’s the thing to do.
What happened to the people around me?
My immediate younger sister got married in October. Thank God. Now I am the only one not yet married of all the children. No pressure. It was a fun event and to make it even better, she married the younger brother of a friend of mine making the event both a family event and a high school reunion of sorts.
To add to the joy of that, the younger sis and her husband relocated to foreign climes to settle and work. As we speak, she’s on the cusp of joining the management cadre over there as a full-fledged manager. High-flyer blood in these veins, man.
And babies. Yeah, more babies!!!!!!
Chidera and little Uyi(boy) arrived.
Chidera, in particular, landed on her mum’s birthday ( That’s some superior logistics, bruh. 😀 )
The clan’s just growing bigger.
What did I do this year?
I panicked. My government decided it was okay to fiddle with currency controls and the naira keeps falling against the dollar. Free fall city out here. I decided I had to convert all my cash investments into tangibles and went on a buying spree of assets.
Once again, family helped. Acting on family intelligence and some backup from selected members, I completed a nice little project back home. Worth it. Yet to see it but from the drone pictures so far, that is some impressive sh**.
I came close to finding love this year. Made a lot of really good friends online and different people at different times became closer than friends. For now, I am quite happy at all the lovely strangers that turned to friends and hope not to have to hurt any of you in 2017.
What did I do right this year?
I got my menial situation right. With some effort in late 2015, I was able to get a domestic assistant to handle chores at home. This really freed up time for me and allowed me better enjoy 2016. It is a refreshing feel being able to hand off things to other people. In fact, the success of this experiment is leading me to embrace delegation in other ways.
Still on the subject of delegation, I have always had lots of tiny little projects i promised to do someday but procrastination has not allowed me do anything about them. This year was a little different.
Met a guy on twitter and commissioned him to complete one of my pet projects: translating great books into the Yoruba language. I got him to help translate Sun Tzu’s Art of War into Yoruba. A refreshing read it was though other reviewers later criticized it for being literal translation with some nuances lost. I also got my TL to help with reviews. At the time of writing, I have already had one good reviewer provide more than 10 feedback comments and also have a graphic designer waiting to handle the cover. It is fun achieving stuff through people.
Let me repeat that:
IT IS GREAT FUN ACHIEVING STUFF THROUGH PEOPLE.
What was my workplace like? Sigh.
It was both good and bad. Because of prior experience and an unwillingness to disappoint, I stepped back from a role that was bespoke for me. This basically led to me having a ringside seat throughout the year to something I would really love to have being doing.
Being the samurai I am, I still ended up contributing to it even though the credit was never coming my way. As God would have, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Why?
The year ended with the role falling in my lap. Again.
This time its because the person running it has decided he was done working for us and exited the organisation. Someone had to do it and voila! Muyiwa’s right there.
Well, not exactly. I judged rightly that I would need some time to get into the flow so I don’t underwhelm after someone else had already performed that exceptionally so I allowed another team mate take over in the interim (with secret knowledge that he was also leaving the team too. Why is everyone leaving? ). So far, that has worked excellently well.
Who/What wowed me this year?
This could be a separate article on its own and will eventually be but let me make a few mentions.
Phyno’s Fada Fada must get a special mention in my yearly review. I don’t speak the Igbo language but I loved the song from the first time I heard it and having a teammate translate it for me even made it better.
What’s on the horizon?
My company’s (and the rest of the industry) is ramping up to disengage staff. There is no guarantee that anyone would not be included. However, whatever the future may hold, I am leaving it in the hands of God to help me get the best choices.
I also hope to get married in 2017 ( you never know). Whatever happens, I am determined to love a bit harder in 2017 and see where it goes.
And if possible, I want 2017 to be the year I started moving even faster ahead again. I have been waiting on a lot of things. 2017 is a chance for me to begin again.
May God grant us all our dreams.