It happened in the middle of the year, 2019, when I got a call from my friend Doubra, explaining to me with excitement about the interest of an organization in designing and developing a website for its activities. After several discussions with my friend, he gave my contact information to his boss at the time, known as “madam Rita” (head of media unit), at Christ Mercy Land’s “Aka” Arena of Solutions and Power. She reached out to me, and we had a negotiation on the price she was to pay for the job. We negotiated and came to an agreement, and I was satisfied with the negotiation.
The organization, a church to be precise, is identified by the acronym “GSM,” or “Global Success Ministries,” and was founded by Dr. Chima Okeke, one of the most popular and influential pastors around the world. One day after returning from school, I got a call from the general overseer of the church, Dr. Chima Okeke, requesting how long it would take to get the job done to his specifications. Two days later, I got a WhatsApp message from my friend after all efforts to reach him for a while failed.
The message read: “Prepare, we are going to Lagos to meet with the founder of Global Success Ministries at his residence at Festac in Lagos, Nigeria.” That was the third or fourth professional project I would work on outside my location; I discussed it with my brother, who later informed my mother that I would be going to Lagos. I got messages from my aunt and mom that I should be careful, and I prayed. Being a determined young boy, I took the risk and left for Lagos. We got to Lagos very late that night due to heavy traffic on the streets of Lagos. How crowded Lagos is! We then entered one estate at Festac Amuwo-Odofin.
We got to the church, and we were both welcomed warmly by the pastor and then taken to the hotel reserved for us. My friend and I took a quick shower and rested well. In the morning, we went back to the church to have a conversation with the man of God, Dr. Chima Okeke. After the discussion, he asked us to conclude with the media head, who happened to be a graphics designer, Pastor Gideon. We were able to seal the deal and analyze the time it would take to conclude the project.
We returned to Delta State the next day, since our final exam was around the corner. So, I had to upgrade my laptop at the time, which I fondly called “my sweet HP 250,” which I collected from my cousin with half payment. After receiving the payment from GSM, I was able to pay him off. I got an Apple laptop for myself, paid in full and in good condition. That was how I was able to purchase my first ever Apple laptop (a Macbook Pro).
The main story of the Apple system may be published on Storyteller someday.
You need to have a friend like Doubra. God bless you big time, bro.