My name is Uremgba Peace Adaugo and I am 16 years old. I attended Federal Government College Port Harcourt, where I was selected to be part of the Junior Achievement Company Program in SS2. I was also elected to be the Production Manager of the company. Our company (QUI Company) came third at the Rivers State Regional Company of the Year Competition in 2015. After the initial disappointment of not coming first so as to proceed to the national competition in Lagos, I was delighted to be among the 50 girls nationwide selected to participate in the 2016 edition of the Leadership Empowerment Achievement and Development (LEAD) Camp for outstanding female officers of the Company Program. During the LEAD camp I learnt how to dream, discover and believe in myself. I also learnt that my background has nothing to do with my dreams and aspirations, but that through hard work, determination and optimism I can achieve my dreams.
When I came home after the camp my attitude towards life and challenges changed positively, I also developed more faith in God because my being part of LEAD camp is a miracle.
In January 2017, JAN took us to Union Bank headquarters in Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt, where we met our mentors from the bank’s women’s network, WEHub. During the session, I was very open with my mentor, and we were taught how to comport ourselves well, pursue our dreams without being distracted. The mentors emphasized the fact that sex is overrated in our society and that we should not allow ourselves to be carried away, that we should say no to it and remain focused on achieving our goals in life.
I was assigned to Mrs. Rosemary Etim (as my mentor) and in the course of our interaction, I told her my fears. I told her that I was afraid that I won’t make my SSCE and JAMB, and that I didn’t have a bright future ahead because I come from a family of 8 (I am number 5) and my father had been out of work for over four years. The burden for caring for all of us fell on my mother, whose income as a teacher was barely enough to cover our basic needs, much less a university education. I told her my dream is to be a medical doctor but my reality seems to say otherwise.
Mrs. Rosemary (Regional Manager, Union Bank) the woman with a golden heart then struck a deal with me — if I passed all my SSCE papers in one sitting and obtained a high JAMB score, she would pay my 100 level school fees. That promise became a turning point and driving force in my life. To the glory of God I made my SSCE in one sitting (8B`s and 1A) and also passed my JAMB and Aptitude test with flying colors! She generously kept her promise by paying for my acceptance fee, school fees and allowance. She literally adopted me as her daughter and encouraged me to always make her proud in school. I am super motivated. I am currently a 100level medical student at Abia State University Uturu.
Thanks to JAN for giving me the platform and opportunity, thank you Union Bank for the LEAD camp project and God bless Mrs Rosemary for inspiring me.
Uremgba Peace Adaugo
JAN Alumni/100Level Medical student ABSU