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Muhammad Abdullahi Gema, a law graduate is passionate about social work and activism .His energy was ignited into the direction when he volunteered with +256 youth platform Uganda. Currently serving as the Secretary General of Kaduna Youth and Community Development Volunteers (KAYCDEV), SDG Kaduna state coordinator YOUTHINK CENTER, the Nortwest Zonal Coordinator, Nigeria Project Manager at Becky Cares Foundation
- Reproductive health Uganda
- Restless foundation UK
- Balloon ventures UK
- Head the Technical committee with Icreate Africa
- One project Africa
- Aid foundation.
- Participated at the SDG16 challenge 2020 CIVIC Acts focal person project ( Accountability Lab Nigeria 2020-2021)
Meet CreatePreneurAfrica’s driving social worker and activist Muhammad Abdullahi Gema
TELL US WHAT DRIVES YOU? WHAT IS YOUR TRUE PASSION?
I was driven into being a social worker and activism by a mentor and a friend. He studied public health and was passionate about the environment…At that point in time. I don’t really know what I really wanted but maybe I was about to identify that when he met me at a swimming pool and introduced his organization ...+256 youth platform Uganda,
Unfortunately, I wasn’t interested until a year had passed …….. I looked at complementary cards given to me by lots of people without me getting back to them…… and saw his, and I placed a call to him to give it a trial. My true passion was all about research, reading, and just getting done with school and get a job, probably become a lawyer and move on with life but because I’m always curious about new things ………
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PASSION AND HOW OLD WERE YOU?
Passion isn’t something that falls into our laps when we ask for it from the universe. It takes a little more work. Finding my passion was a journey actually. Along with this journey, I discovered different strengths, weaknesses, and interests.#MusicSecretsExposed
It all starts with a decision to go through the process of finding it. Within the last 8 years, I’ve discovered talents that I never knew existed. Being a social worker, an activist and a community developer was something I never desired at that time. I was 20years old!
I don’t have one of those stories that say, “Ever since I was born, I wanted to be a (fill in the blank)”. It wasn’t me. As far as I knew, I was multi-passionate. I always knew that there was something that I needed to express but I didn’t know exactly what that thing was …..so I simply allowed my heart to try everything it desired.
In primary school, I remember being a soccer player. I even play for school, when I didn’t know how to play that well. Once I got to high school, I always want to become an engineer and decided to join science class in college because I actually loved it and was good at it.
Towards ending secondary school I lost passion, for everything ……and lost. After that, I had an interest to study Geography and along the line, I lost interest and picked up studying Law. This was before I knew what social work was.
But once I took that first step into studying law — it eventually led me into Social worker and Activist. Since I took that leap, now I’m able to dream bigger because I discovered something interesting. And who knows — maybe in a few years, I will find something else that fits me.
But at least for now, I know in my heart that this is what I’m supposed to be doing and I am on the right path. I tried everything my curiosities desired. I believed that I was capable of doing anything. If there was an interest, I pursued it. When I realized I sucked or didn’t really like it — I moved on to the next thing. This isn’t to say that I didn’t give my all with everything I participated in — because I did. But I always remained real with myself and my capabilities. I wanted whatever I tried to be a natural talent for me because I knew that was the only way that I’d be able to do it for the rest of my life.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PASSION APPEALS TO YOU THE MOST?
I’m always passionate about helping others. I’ve always been someone who’s looked after others and wanted to help people, rather than just helping myself. Realizing how passionate I am about life-changing and promoting Human Rights made becoming a social worker the perfect job for me because it’s all about dealing with people on daily basis, solving their problems, and changing narratives.
I love it when most especially i found myself in remote areas, where people are already helpless and finally i found myself reaching out gives me more joy and appeal.
WHAT DROVE YOU TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR PASSIONS?
For years, I worked to dedicate and train myself to become an accomplished volunteer in social working/activism in policymaking. I worked to translate my success as a volunteer into something more. I create a plan that enables me the greatest degree of success.
I let my passion be the fuel that propels me through the plan I established. My passion is what’s driving me forward and paving the way for my success. You have to ask yourself: What’s my driving force? My passion for Social work was the fuel that drove me toward success.
Maintaining activism through volunteering and out-of-the-box experience helped me develop my dreams and make them a reality. I asked myself how can I shape my passion to make a positive impact on people’s lives? It might not immediately translate into making a difference, but with some tweaks, I was able to change other people’s lives.
As I develop my own passion to create my own business, I was making a difference in my own life and the lives of others by creating jobs and other opportunities for them. My passion for social worker/Enterprise and love for activism turned into a business that keeps people of all ages informed.
As my passion evolved into that business, I continued to make a difference in my life and others’ lives by helping them create business opportunities for themselves.
WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU WERE PAID FOR YOUR PASSION?
I was first paid in 2016, as a facilitator in Uganda.
WHAT KEPT YOU GOING WHEN YOU THOUGHT ABOUT GIVING UP?
Whenever i remember one day I’m going to get married, have a family wakes me up from the slumber of giving up. What do I want the world to remember? What track am I willing to leave back for my family?
The above keeps me going coupled with I’m passionate about what I’m doing but it has never been easy.
If I could do one thing to transform my life, I always recommend to myself to find something I am passionate about and do it for a living. Learning how to find a passion may not be as easy as it sounds, but it’s well worth the effort.
What motivates you?
Meeting deadlines, targets, or goals -mentoring and coaching others -learning new things,coming up with creative ideas to improve something, or make something new analyzing complex data in order to draw clear and simple conclusions -working well as part of a team, leading a team to success, completing a difficult project, and seeing it through to the end -spotting flaws and errors so as to make sure the end result of a project is as good as possible -finding a way to solve a problem or overcome a challenge I feel motivated by meeting set targets within deadlines, as it gives me a sense of accomplishment and it’s something that I can look back on and say “I achieved that”.
I’m also motivated by visible results – for example, when I wrote an article for African Climate reporters, I got a sense of accomplishment from knowing that thousands of people would read it. Some more motivations are me being a man but dealing with Sexual and Reproductive health issues and yet women and girls feel free to share their stories with me in a country where most are conservatives. It gives me joy that I’m changing the narrative.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO DOUBTED YOU?
I always tell people, when you have a dream, you will have doubters. It’s right up there with death and taxes — probably because nobody has to pay taxes or die for doubting. These gleeful killjoys shoot us down before we take off. They say “you can’t” when we thought we can. They make us hesitant when we were sure, silly when we were smart. External doubt feeds self-doubt; the number one dream-killer as shown in studies. Life and success aren’t about what happens to you, it’s about how you perceive and respond to what happens to you. And doubters happen. They happen fast and hard on your unsuspecting dream. Be ready for them. Better yet, benefit from them. Because, as unthinkable as that sounds, you can. Doubters make the best motivation, one should always thank his doubters for the motivation. They always remain the driving force behind our legendary work ethics.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING CREATIVES WHO LOOK UP TO YOU?
Whether this is the year you quit your day job and launch your passion dream company or you’ve just started exploring what your passion might be, there’s no hard and fast path to success. There’s no single definition of “success,” either! We’re sharing advice from the wildly talented makers who know this best. Just do your thing and give your best. It can be so easy to get caught up in what others are doing or compare yourself to who’s doing things bigger or better. But I find when I focus on challenging myself and trying new things, then I feel satisfied with my work and I don’t worry about comparisons as much. Life is not a competition likewise happiness either.
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