There are certain
people whose life’s stories inspire us to be the best we can. Mrs. Grace
Motolani Ogundipe, founder, Delightsome Schools, Osogbo, and Delightsome Orphanage who also owns the
upscale Delightsome Stores in Abuja, is one such
person. Mrs. filled with delight when she turned 60 recently
and celebrated the happy day with friends and family from
all over the world who stormed Ibadan, the Oyo
State capital to felicitate with a true woman of substance
and a bundle of inspiration. When we spoke to her
after the party, she was thoroughly excited and
grateful to God for all He had done in her life. She shared
with us her touching and inspiring grass to grace story.
How do you feel at 60
I feel grateful to God. Not everybody
has the opportunity of making it to 60. It’s a landmark – the end of an era and
the beginning of a new one.
Is it true what some
now say that 60 is the new 40
It all depends on how young you feel. You
can be 40 and feel 60 and you can be 60 and feel 40. It depends on who you are
and what your values are.
What have these 60
years been like for you
Life has not been a bed of roses. I
have had my fair share of struggles, penury and poverty. There are two things
that have counted in my life-my relationship with God and hard work. God has
been on my side. I started to work with the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) at
the age of 19, immediately after school. I joined the Service March 11, 1973
and I left March 13, 1981. While I worked there, I was also attending school –
the United Christian Secretarial School in Apapa, Lagos. I was studying
Secretarial Administration on a part-time basis. I finished from that school in
September 1980 which also happened to be the period in which I got married. I
got married while in school. After this, I left the NPS to join the Nigerian
Television Authority (NTA) on March 13, 1981.
Did you meet your
husband while at the NPS
Yes, I did.
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