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When French President Emmanual Macron visited Nigeria in 2018, one person who got his attention is Kareem Warris Olamilekan, who was only 11 at the time. Kareem Warris, now 12, is the outstanding personality featured on episode 4 of First Class Material brought to you by Linda Ikeji TV and sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria. Speaking to the LITV crew about his talent, Warris said he learnt to draw "professionally" at age 9. But he's been drawing since he was "3 to 4 years old." His artistic drawings are as close to real life as possible and this endeared him to world leaders like French president Macron and the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen. He began by drawing characters on comic books like Supa Strikas and illustrations from newspapers. With time, his craft got better as he began training at Ayowole Academy of Arts. Warris' father, Kareem Mutiu said when he began drawing, he would draw on any surface he deems fit. Ayowole Academy of Arts soon discovered his craft and decided to mentor him. Mr Mutiu added that after school, Warris goes to Ayowole Academy of Arts where he hones his craft on weekends. His art instructor was so impressed that he began sharing Warris' work on Facebook and they got numerous likes and comments. Kareem Zainab, Warris' mother said she noticed her son's talent when he was 6. She observed that he saved his pocket money and used it to buy drawing pads to draw with. She added that she would throw his drawing pads away but he was never deterred and always went out to buy more drawing pads. Warris' talent has given him opportunities young people from his background can only dream of. He's been to Taiwan for an art exhibition, where he met the President. He also received an award in Taiwan for his work. Warris' mother narrated how her son's talent changed their lot. She said they were poor and all lived in one room. But after Warris sketched a portrait of the President of France, the former Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, paid Warris' parents a visit and made enquiries about the family. Ambode gave Warris' family a free house and gave them money to begin a business.


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A young boy stood out in his community by making household appliances using trash. This boy is slowly gaining attention beyond his community and he's the latest personality featured on the TV show First Class Material. The third episode of First Class Material, brought to you by Linda Ikeji TV and sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria, shines the spotlight on 12-year-old primary school student, Lucky Ekhator. Lucky, who lost his father at a very young age, began picking trash from the road to use in creating those household appliances that he noticed were lacking in his home. Speaking on why he began making things of value using waste products, Lucky said: "I start making things with waste materials because I like to imagine things and we don't have it at home. Things that bring light like generator, transformer, fridge that they use at home." He added: "I am an inventor through my imagination. I imagine that if I put two things together, like wires, nut, and plastic, it will form something." Without sophisticated tools, Lucky has managed to build household appliances such as blender, refrigerator, generator, standing fan etc. He has also built a transformer, a speed boat, a mini aeroplane, a tricycle, and more, using plastics and metal scraps. In the docuseries, Lucky explained how he invented some of his creations with trash. Justina Ekhator, Lucky's mother, a petty trader, also spoke about her son's talent. She explained that when he was still in primary 4, he began stopping by the roadside to pick scraps while returning home from school. She explained that she didn't understand it at first and will sometimes chase him out of the house to dispose of the trash. However, after a while, she decided to let him be, and she was amazed to see him use those waste materials to make a mini aeroplane and a tricycle. From that moment, she said she stopped giving him grief whenever he picks up trash. Lucky said he gets his materials from the streets. He explained that he "mostly goes to the dustbin where people used to drop their dirty waste material" and he picks them up. He added that he has a "store" where he "couple" whatever he picks up.


Linda Ikeji

If you're reading this, may God answer more than you ask of Him and give you more than you imagined. He will perfect everything that concerns His own time and His own way!. Have an amazing new week! 😘😘   #GodisGod     #blessed     #selfmade     #grateful  


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Look at her! 😍😍. But wait o, is this even allowed in fashion? 😂😂😂   #versacedrip  💧. . This one   @lauraikeji   that was not even there when I was shopping will be claiming style influencer/stylist! 🤨🙄🙄


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If I don't give it to will you take it? 😂😂🥰🥰


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Sometimes bad things happen in our lives just to put us directly on the path to some of the best things that will ever happen to us!   #noteverylossisaloss     #blessed     #imoneoftheluckyones     #mayGodanswerallyourprayers  


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Episode 2 of First Class Material features the phenomenal Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin who is reshaping female inclusiveness in Africas' IT Sector. Abisoye is the program director of Pearls Africa Youth Foundation. She has won numerous awards because of her work with girls. Through her NGO, she educates young Nigerian girls in under-served areas with technology skills that enable them to code and develop IT products. The CNN Heroes honoree revealed on First Class Material that she decided to teach girls to code because "we don't have a lot of females in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) space." Realizing that the women in STEM were just a "minority", Abisoye set out to empower more women by catching them young. A great number of girls have been positively impacted by Abisoye's work. Not only have they been empowered with important skills, but some have also been able to get meaningful employment following their training. Abisoye revealed that organizations reach out to her NGO asking for female programmers because they believe female programmers bring a different perspective from what the male programmers bring. Beneficiaries of Abisoye's training also spoke about what they've learnt from their training and how they are using the knowledge to solve real life problems. First Class Material is sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria and is brought to you by Linda Ikeji TV. The docuseries features exceptional Nigerians who are performing outstandingly locally and globally.


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...and did I mention that in 2009 I launched a t.shirt line called I-tees (inspirational t-shirts) by Linda Ikeji where I inscribed inspirational quotes on the t.shirts. I printed 200 of those tops then. Gave out some. Sold some. My hope was to eventually print thousands of the tops so people can walk around with positive words for them and others to read. But I was never able to raise enough money at the time to print that was that! Lol. . I'm thinking that maybe I should bring them back now that I can afford to? 🤔 . I tried my hands on so many things, so it's okay if people call you Jack of all trade. Eventually, God will bless one if not all the works of your hands! . And yes, I truly believe that good things come to good people, eventually! ❤


Linda Ikeji

In 2010, I released a book titled It Takes You! A book on Inspiration. There was no social media then so I wasn't doing this for clout. I really wanted to inspire people to continue to pursue their dreams as I was mine, despite how difficult it was. . . At that time, I had given up on a number of ventures I'd embarked on including the magazine, Catwalk with Linda, the model competition, and my marketing company. I was still struggling with my modeling agency, Style Night and the events company. . I was a broke CEO with many years of struggling (13 years at this time), with so many broken dreams, but not a broken spirit. I was determined to be successful and every encouraging word I told myself during those moments when I was alone, close to tears, crying, feeling like a failure, nearly broken, I put those words down. I would later put those encouraging words in a book hoping that others struggling like myself would read and be encouraged to continue to fight and never loose hope. . After the book was launched, I lost my office because I could no longer afford the rent. I moved by business back home and continued to run it from there. Just imagine losing an office you've had for 7 years. When you thought you would be progressing after years of hard work, you find yourself going backwards. But what I didn't know at the time was that God was preparing me for something greater. . I moved my business back home in June 2010 and by October 2010, companies started calling me about advertising on my blog. (I'd been blogging for 4 years at this point). A year later, I was worth about N4million. To think a year prior, I couldn't afford N300k a year rent. . . God sees and He knows. And when He's ready for you to stop struggling, He will prove to the world that He's on your side! The key is never to give up on yourself or on God! I wish you all the best! Massive hugs! .


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Every single year, from 2004 until 2010, I organized a fashion show called Style Night. I started from Fantasy land in Ikoyi (I was 24), 11.45 night club in Ikoyi, Moods bar in Surulere, Golden Gates in Ikoyi etc. . . For 7 straight years, I did Style Night, no matter how difficult it was to pull it off and it was crazy difficult. To get sponsors, I would go on the road for 3 dedicated months, mostly by myself. I would go from one company to the other with proposals and photos from the previous edition. Sometimes I didn't get past the reception, sometimes I was lucky to meet marketing managers or owners of the company. The highest sponsorship I ever got was N500k, I got a few N200k, N100k and products. By the time I put all that money together, it was enough to pay the models, venue, music, food etc but never much left for me after the event. But I was grateful that I was always able to pull off the show every year. . For three straight months, I would wake up very early and hit the road before 8 am. I always had a list of companies to go...some of them I went to several times until I met someone who would either tell me yes or no, or I'd been left at the reception several times, I knew I was wasting my time. . For me to get 3 or 4 sponsors for Style Night, it meant I had asked at least 15 companies. I remember those lonely, desperate drives around Lagos, going from one company to the other, begging God to please let them give me positive feedback. 90% of the time, it wasn't. But I never lost faith or gave up. . I was preparing for Style Night in 2011 when I realized I was making more money blogging than anything else I'd ever done until that point. So I cancelled style night and dedicated all my time and energy on blogging. . . To be honest, if anybody had told me then, when I would walk away from a company with tears in my frustrated, that I would spend over N100m on a car 8 years later, I would have laughed hysterically and asked what planet. God watches and sees your struggles. He sees your dedication and determination and when He's ready to show up, He will use you to prove to the world that He's God. Keep working hard and never give up! 😘😘


Linda Ikeji

From 2006 to 2009, I published 5 editions of FM&B (Fashion, Modeling & Beauty) magazine. I gave it up in 2009 after a series of unfortunate incidents including being arrested for owing a community bank N190k 😭😭 which I borrowed to add to the money I had to print the magazine and vendors taking your magazine and not paying you a dime. . . I did an official launch of the magazine in 2006 at Golden Gates restaurant in Ikoyi. I was 26 and was so hopeful. I was sure this was the venture that would change my life! Lol. Because of my love for writing, I opened my blog a few months after I launched my magazine and never imagined that platform which took me less than 5mins to open would be it and not other things I'd dedicated my time, put my blood, sweat and money into. . When you swipe, the last photo is the magazine I never got published. The 6th edition. Even after being arrested for owing money, I was still determined to continue. But the printer I gave money to print the magazine disappeared with my money! 😭😭. I should have known better because he charged me way less than others did. I was so happy, not knowing he had no intentions of printing the magazine. Lol. Anyway, after that experience, I was done. That was the end of FM&B. But it wasn't the end of my dreams! I continued to struggle. . . 6 years later, I would buy a N500million home in one of the choicest areas in Lagos. And I paid cash! 😉. Trust me when I say God is seeing your struggles and if you never give up, He will show up and uplift you in ways you never thought possible! . It's okay to give up on SOME dreams. Just don't give up on YOUR dream. There's a difference! Kisses!


Linda Ikeji

In September 2007, I shot the first episode of my modeling TV show called Catwalk With Linda. It was shot at Philip Trimnell studios and cost me a lot of money back then. I took the edited show to several companies begging for sponsorship so I could continue filming but nobody answered It's crazy! I spent five months on the road, going from one company to the other with my pilot copy. Half the time, I didn't make it past the reception. Choi! Sigh! But God was watching and He had his plans. Four years later, I became a millionaire! . . As you continue to strive and not give up no matter how hard it gets, God is watching and when it's time, He will bless you beyond your wildest imaginations. ❤


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