#The2016GratitudeSeries (It’s A Wrap): Agaruwa Mary

Hey guys,

I’m back again today oh… It has been an amazing time so far on The 2016 Gratitude Series but it cannot just end like that without me sharing my gratitude story too.. πŸ˜€


Here’s what I’m grateful/thankful for in the entire 2016:

Gratitude Story…

Okay so my name is Mary Agaruwa, I am a Pharmacist, a content creator at ShredderGang, a radical humanitarian volunteer, as well as the blog author of MyPearlPerception.

Hmmmnnn!… my gratitude story is long oh but I’ll try my best to make it a bit concise. A whole lot happened this year that I cannot actually be thankful enough for. In a nutshell, 2016 was a year of growth and many disappointments but hey, guess what? I’m super grateful every one of them.

As at this time last year, I was very excited about and fully anticipating my graduation from Pharmacy school, after 5 years of constant stress, sleepless nights, many teary moments as well as happy moments. After the final screening, it was observed that my GST result (a general studies course I had written in 200level) was missing. As a result of that, my name was taken off the list and I was told by the school admin that I had to stay back to re-take the course, which meant an automatic extra year. I tried everything I could to avert it but all to no avail. I finally accepted my fate and hopped straight into depression. The first three months in the year 2016 were not funny at all but in all of it I’m thankful because I’ve learnt a lot, gained a couple of experiences and met a lot of amazing people that I don’t think I would have, if things had gone according to my plan.

I started job hunting after a while, in order to find my hands doing something and not whiling away time doing nothing. Things became a bit tough financially as my father cut down my allowance drastically of which I really don’t blame him for…(lol, the typical african dad, some african dads would cut off, not even cut down). Thank God for that. So I kept looking for a job and everywhere I went to for an interview, I always got a NO because I was yet to obtain my license as a Pharmacist. I prayed and asked God for a job because I didn’t want to be lazing about because His word (Proverbs 10:4) already warned about it. One afternoon after one of the interviews of which as usual it was a NO, I just gave up so I stopped by at an older friend’s place to pick up something for someone so I gisted her about my NO escapades. There and then, she made a phone call to one of her other friends who had a job vacancy for a health related personnel and I got the job without stress, a very well paying job. Like it was so funny and unbelievable at the same time. I Just knew it was God.

I passed through a few heart breaking moments from people I held dear to my heart, but it made me figure out a strength I never thought I had. It didn’t make me become bitter or love people less or shut people out. For this I’m also thankful.

I’m thankful for the self-development trainings I attended this year and for the people I met who have imparted a great wealth of knowledge in me. I don’t think I would have been opportuned to attend them if I had started my internship this year. The trainings thought me a lot and helped me develop my confidence. As a result I was privileged to speak at an event towards the end this year (whoohooo!… I had always anticipated this because I always find so much joy sharing my little knowledge with people).

I’m also thankful for MyPearlPerception blog which has been an avenue to reach out to people and change lives for good. I’m particularly thankful for this gratitude series. At some point, I didn’t think I was going to keep up with the daily postings as I had a lot on my plate this December but God took absolute control. I’m also thankful for the projects I’ve been working on asides my 9-5 job, of which one became a reality yesterday (The 2017 Gratitude Journal)… Ensure to purchase yours ohh :D. I’m thankful for the rest of them, which I know would become a reality this 2017.

So to wrap up basically, I’m thankful for spiritual growth, improved saving habits, super amazing family and friends, my mentors, an amazing boss, for all those who took out time to share their gratitude story to encourage others, for our blog followers/readers and just basically everyone out there!… You all are the real MVPs and I love you guys deeply even if I may not properly express it… :* ❀ ❀

Major Lesson Learnt in the year 2016…

One major lesson I learnt this year was ensuring to grow through all I go through and just trust every process God allows me pass through because He knows what’s best for me and can never go wrong. I also learnt to be more patient, God is still working on that area of my life although I still have to put in more conscious effort.

It’s a wrap!… Cheers to the New Year!!!!

Have a splendid, fruitful and outstanding 2017… Thank you for reading God bless you all!!!!

~ Mary Agaruwa

#The2016GratitudeSeries (Day 31): Esther Sanda

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It’s the Last day in the year 2016 and the second to the last feature on The 2016 Gratitude Series (yep!.. because I must share mine too, later today..lol). Featuring today is Esther Sanda.


Here’s what she’s grateful/thankful for:

Gratitude Story…

“In situations where things do not result the way you wanted it or the way you planned it, it takes a deep thinking heart to look around and still be grateful.

I am Esther Sanda by the way, I am an aspiring Lawyer and the Founder of AfriBeauty Hub. IΒ am grateful to God to be alive to write the things am grateful for.
First am grateful to God to have been able to celebrate my 25th birthday earlier in June this year, many wished to have lived to that age but one way or the other, their lives were cut short and I see it as a privileged Grace, I have not done anything special to deserve the mercy.
Secondly, am grateful to God that I finished my tenor as the Law Student Society President in peace and the faculty even deemed it fit I continue when no one picked the form again. If had been a failure, would not have even been allowed to finish the last phase to mention of starting another.
Thirdly, am grateful for the award I won this year as the “Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the year” I’m humbled that I was nominated and then won. AΒ very popular person was also nominated on the same category with me but still I won.”
Major Lesson Learnt in the year 2016…
“The major lesson learnt is that in every failure lies the capacity to be better.Β I am confident about 2017 and all the lessons I have learnt from my failure this year will make 2017 a year of Breaking-forth for me in my business, in Jesus name. Amen!
Thanks a lot and Happy New Year in advance to you all. “
~ Esther Sanda
Thank you Esther, Happy New Year in advance to you too… Have a Super amazing year ahead!

#The2016GratitudeSeries (Day 30): Adejare Morakinyo

Hello people!

We can’t keep calm!!!!!.. This is the last Friday in the year 2016 and we have just a day left in the year 2016… 2017 is about to go live!!!… Who’s readyyyy??? (Lemme see your hands go up…lol)

Okay so sharing with us today being the 30th day of the Gratitude Series is Adejare Morakinyo.Β 


Here’s what he’s grateful/thankful for:

Gratitude Story…

“Hello everybody,

My name is Adejare Morakinyo, I am a Pharmacist as well as a Graphics designer.

Uhmmm… This year has been filled with ups and downs basically but in the midst of it all, when all seemed lost just at the last minute, God always just showed forth His hands. I’ve been in many sticky situations this year, where I would think I had reached the dead end, like no way out and every time a way just pops up for me at the last minute. It has just been amazing, I’m super grateful to God for all of it. I thank God for my family, I thank God for health, My mum fell really sick this year, she had several incidences of high blood pressure but God kept her and right now she’s really really fit and very healthy of which I was initially skeptical about that when the illness started. I’m very grateful for that.

I’m also very grateful for the kind of people I met this year. I’ve met so many people and I’ve learnt so much from them, as they have imparted so much knowledge into my life and I really appreciate that because there are some things you cannot find in books. It’s just grace if you get to meet the right set of people and they just let you in on all the itsy-bitsy secrets that just help you in one way or the other.

I thank God for friends and basically everyone close to me, I thank God that I didn’t lose anyone of them this year, everyone is alive and in good health and I thank a God in advance that we would all see 2017 together in good health.”

Major Lesson Learnt in the year 2016…

“Basically, what I’ve learnt this year is patience and the fact that it’s actually okay not to know everything at once but as long as we keep trying, everything would eventually sort itself out. This I have experienced. There may be times when everything seems hopeless, like no way out or no idea on how to go about things but a little prayer and praise does the magic. Those things eventually get sorted out.Β 

I have also learnt to value people and hold them in high esteem, build bridges, burn bridges and as long as you believe in what your doing, things would always work out for your good. Thank you and I wish you all a prosperous New Year in advance.”

~ Adejare MorakinyoΒ 

We wish you the same Morakinyo. Thanks a lot for sharing, God bless you! ❀

#The2016GratitudeSeries (Day 29): Kola-Ojo Omotade

Hey guys!

It’s the 29th day of The 2016 Gratitude Series, meaning we are less than three days away from the amazing year 2017. Whoohooo!!!.. Sharing with us today is Kola-Ojo Omotade.


Here’s what Tade is grateful/thankful for:

Gratitude Story…

“Hello everyone,

My name is Omotade Kola-Ojo. I am a serial entrepreneur (majorly catering). I am grateful to God for the year 2016, most especially for the gift of life, good health, family and great friends. The first half of the year was just okay. I was anticipating the second half with so much hope and faith and guess what? It was greatttttt!… lol. I am more grateful for the month of December 2016. God has shown his works in my life. When preachers say be patient and have faith, your miracles can come even on the last day of the year, it is so true. God made me tick yes to some of my 2016 prayer requests. I know/believe the rest will come at the right time. In short, year 2016, has been full of thanksgiving in my family because we have experienced how great God is. The enemies have tried but they did not succeed and will never succeed.”

Major Lesson Learnt in the year 2016…

“Major lesson learnt this year was being patient with God, exercising faith and basically just enjoying my life… lol. Thank you and I wish you all a prosperous New Year in advance.”

~ Kola-Ojo Omotade

We wish you the same Tade. Thanks for sharing, God bless you!.. ❀

#The2016GratitudeSeries (Day 28): Oyebode Stephen

Hey guys!

Whoop! Whoop!… It’s the 28th day of the series and sharing with us today is Oyebode Stephen.


Here’s what he’s grateful/thankful for:

Gratitude Story…

“Hi everyone,

I am Oyebode Oluwadamilare Stephen and I am aΒ Pharmacist. I have a whole lot to be grateful for this year.

So, this year started in the most interesting way possible because it was the first year I didn’t do my crossover in church. It was also the first year I didn’t have a New Year resolution. I started on a blank slate with no goals or purpose or ideas of how the year is going to be for me. In truth, it was a bumpy year with lots of funny, emotional and sometimes sad news; yet, there were some really massive highlights for me.

So my gratitude story will contain the main highlights of my 2016 in retrospect. First is the fact that I am still breathing. The gift of life is actually a gift of hope in disguise and every second is another chance to see God through the eyes of faith. In 2016, I graduated from the unique tales of faculty of Pharmacy (UNILAG) Chai*, only my UNILAG peeps will understand the gravity and enormity of that statement. Then God decided to toast my already buttered bread by granting me Internship in my choice place without any hassle. Sometimes, God makes me think I’m the only person in the world. He further helped my friends secure theirs too, which is a complete testimony for me because it’s a complete story when your loved ones are in it. When I first started my internship, I thought it was going to be a struggle but alas, it’s gradually becoming my best experience since I started this pharmacy journey.

In a year I started without goals, I got clarity concerning an idea of a tech start-up, I met people with like minds, we formed a team and by His grace, we are launching early next year. I could say that this is the best thing that happened to me in this year. I’m particularly grateful for the team, the resources, the programmers turned friends, the sleepless nights of brooding and iterating ideas, brainstorming with my newest roommate who happens to be a partner, the list goes on. It was as if God just planned my year for me, seeing that I didn’t have any plans myself. This start-up is definitely Gods own idea and I’m confident that He will see it through. I’m also grateful for the potential investors and partners God brought my way. The journey has been thrilling.

I’m incredibly grateful for my family. Nuclear and extended alike. In fact, permit me to say they are the best family one could ever ask for. Just the other day, they all jollied for me during my graduation ceremony. They are very busy people yet, they paused all they had just for me. I feel loved. Thank you all for all the support. May God bless you incredibly.

Lastly, I’m really grateful for sound health. I can’t take that for granted. It’s starting to look like its my right but I know its just God’s faithfulness. As a pharmacist, even though I’m one of the few not doing locum pharmacy practice, I still meet tones of people everyday with one health anomaly or the other. It makes me think back on Gods graciousness everyday.”


Major Lesson Learnt in the year 2016…

“A major lesson learnt this year was β€œhow to completely trust God even when things didn’t make sense to me yet”. He is ever faithful. That trust is my watchword for 2017.”

“Wait a minute… to complete my gratitude story without mentioning Mary Agaruwa is going to be my biggest blunder in 2016. She is an amazing personality who has helped me through so many situations, which she herself knows nothing about. I want to grow up again with her as my bestie. The award for my biggest human motivation goes to her. I pray that God continues to give her the wisdom and courage to do all that she does for humanity in her *little (who am I kidding) BIG way. Thanks to all my family and friends. God bless you and thank you all for reading #My2016GratitudeStory. May I read yours and mine in 2017, Amen!”

~ Oyebode Stephen

Awwww… (I’m shy…lool). I’m glad that I’ve been able to help in my little way. I truly appreciate πŸ™‚ . Thanks a lot for sharing Stephen, God bless you!