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How I moved from Being Okada Man to Aeroplane Pilot- Ifeanyi Callistus

By Elizabeth Toyon

To prove that every ambition is achievable, an Air Peace Pilot, Captain Ifeanyi Callistus has revealed that he involved in Okada riding to make sure he reached his envisioned height of success.

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Callistus disclosed on his Facebook page that he wasn’t born into a wealthy family .

He explained that his parents who were not financially buoyant to provide his basic needs made sure he did not give up on his dreams.

As stated by him, he didn’t have expensive possessions, sufficient food or a beautiful surrounding while growing up.

However, he maintained that he was involved in other petty businesses but consistence and hardwork kept him going until he reached his desired goal.

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He said ” I grew up in the city of Awka Anambra state.I went to a Public Primary School.I was not born with a silver spoon.Primary School was tough.My parents always wanted my siblings and I to be focused regardless of their financial status.We went to school without the hope of having lunch.Sometimes we fetched firewood for sale to have lunch which we ate at night most times”.

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“This taught my siblings and I to be self dependent.I found it difficult to go after luxuries.During the holidays, I attended lessons but I visited my Aunt and Uncle twice .I have been chasing papers from childhood.I hawked groundnut too during the holidays to have savings for the next session”.

“For secondary school education, I joined the seminary.My uncle, Chief Obiora Ifeanyi supported my family.I am very grateful for that.During the long vacation,I sold groundnut and involved in menial jobs like bricklaying to make sure I had some money”.

” My mother used to advise me to spend the holidays with family but I refused.I always wanted to work.When I graduated from secondary school, I joined the seminary.I repeated in the second year, and after that, the seminary asked me to find my vocation elsewhere.I applied for Pre-science at Anambra State University.I wanted to study Electrical -Electronics Engineering but I ended up studying Industrial Physics”.

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” After the seminary,I was able to save some money to buy my first motor cycle.That is how I started Okada riding business.I worked during weekends.I shared the motor cycle with my brother who was also gathering funds for himself”.

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“When I rounded up with Pre-science, I gained full-time admission to the university.I continued Okada riding business even when my uncle supported me with my school fees.I still had to work to have pocket money.I became popular in school and I performed as Master of Ceremony sometimes “.

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