Beacons of Opportunity & Hope
…It’s all about Opportunities!!
Opportunity is defined as “time or set of circumstances that make/s it possible to do something”.
My life is a story of Opportunities that inspires Hope. Those Opportunities for me is the well-lit path filled with beacons of hope that guided and moulded the pleasant image I see in the mirror every morning.
Knowingly or not, exposure to those opportunities and more importantly, taking advantage of same when I did, has taken me from my native Hadejia in Jigawa State North Western Nigeria to the sophisticated meeting rooms of the United Nations in New York City and every continent around the world.
Opportunity has been first my proud father (Muhammad Adamu UNIK), a successful Headmaster who instilled in me the importance of education, dedication to one’s duties, patience, honesty, self discipline, empathy and the foundation of the strong moral disposition that helps influence every decision I make in life.
That Opportunity has been the free and competitive public education system (from it’s regular LEA neigbourhood primary schools through the university to the elite postgraduate medical levels) that helped create the Dr Nura that I am today.
Opportunity has also been that early exposure to Politics and Political movements, which made me appreciate the power of a platform when used to drive ideologies that benefit all, most especially the downtrodden.
Opportunity is all about meeting Dr Sule Lamido, who identified these characters, level of education and political awareness and resolved to nurture and expose me at a young age(34rs) to governance and power at it’s highest and most sensitive levels.
Finally, Opportunity is that recognition by presidents, prime ministers, top diplomats/politicians, intellectuals, international bussiness leaders and fellow doctors I have had the privilege to stand before and show my worth due to my instilled determination to excel at whatever career path I have taken or role I have been assigned to.
So, how did a boy from a humble beginning in Northern Nigeria where millions of disadvantaged children already have no future by the time they are 10years, able to rise to be the youngest Minister since the return of democracy in 1999, become a specialised medical professional, a peace broker at the global stage and achieved some measure of grass roots political recognition in today’s Nigeria, where such breaks are reserved for the “privileged few”??! …The answer is SIMPLE!!…
Thank God… I HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES!!!!
The thought of me knowing that without these defining ‘OPPORTUNITIES’, my future could easily have been that of poverty surviving through other means or even used as a tool for sinister plans by unpatriotic elements is the driving force behind the creation of the Unik Impact Foundation. A platform dedicated to multiply opportunities in our society, especially for the youths through support for their education, healthcare and economic empowerment. Unik Impact also provides mentorship to our young people around the core values of dedication to duty, the Importance of education, honesty, patience, self discipline and compassion through giving back to the society, including the environment. The ultimate vision of the Foundation is to nurture and direct these impressionable minds towards their individual greatness. If I can be great, everyone can equally be great and even greater in their own ways.
This Philosophy is derived from the confluence of values, experiences and influences drawn from my life’s journey that has led me to believe that the one surest way to give back, is to be that beacon of opportunities and hope like other factors were to me. That way, we hope to influence a multitude; one project at a time.
A Brand Consultant once asked me how I pictured Unik Impact Foundation in my head? ….And I answered:
“it would be a group of people reaching down and pulling up hundreds of other people up a slippery slope!”
The best way to get ahead, is to help others get ahead…