By Azeez Oluwole Saheed

“The end of the bitterleaf is sweetness!” This Yoruba adage, one that Azeez Oluwole Saheed fondly recalls, beautifully captures the sentiment that even in the hardest moments, there can be a delightful end awaiting, reminiscent of the surprising aftertaste of the bitterleaf.

Reflecting on his journey, Azeez Oluwole Saheed often reminisces about his challenging days at the Nigerian Defence Academy. There, every hurdle felt monumental, and the continual tests could make even the strongest waver in their self-belief. Yet, amidst this testing environment, there was an undeniable truth – the academy was an institution that forged individuals equipped with incredible intelligence, unparalleled character strength, and steadfast bravery.

For Azeez Oluwole Saheed, the academy, though gruelling, was a transformative experience. It offered not just challenges but also invaluable life lessons, sculpting a boy into a man, and bestowing upon him an undeniable resilience. This transformation, this “sweetness,” became one of the most significant takeaways from his time at the academy.

Similarly, as Azeez Oluwole Saheed reflects on the past two years, he perceives them as divinely planned phases, essential for his personal and professional growth. Despite the trials and tribulations, he views these setbacks not as setbacks but as necessary experiences to attain greatness. After all, true success is reserved for those with the fortitude and resilience to navigate life’s intricacies.

With unwavering belief, Azeez Oluwole Saheed asserts that this chapter of his life, though filled with challenges, is a divine design. It’s a refining process, preparing him and his team for the grander visions and missions ahead. While it may be disheartening to be caught up in life’s storms, Azeez holds fast to the belief that these experiences are refining him and his team for future greatness.

Drawing parallels to the Nigerian Defence Academy and the enduring bitterleaf, Azeez Oluwole Saheed is convinced that the awaited “sweetness” is on the horizon. As they march ahead, united in purpose and fortified in determination, there’s no doubt that they will overcome, reclaiming lost time and resources. It’s a moment to stay hopeful, and resolute, and eagerly anticipate the sweet success that destiny has in store.

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