Sometimes we feel like we have been through the worst things we can ever go through, then life takes that up as a challenge and throws something way tougher and least expected our way. That simply summarises my story.
A week after my graduation from college, on my 20th birthday my dad passed away. For me it was beyond losing a family member, I felt I had lost my dreams. Afterwards, my mother took over as the sole breadwinner of the family. Thankfully, I didn’t lose my dreams, well not completely at least. At the end of that year, I went ahead to start my ACCA exams, I feel proud to say that I finished stronger than I started, as I won awards in my final two papers, ranking top twenty globally and currently a member of the association.
In June 2017, I sat my first CFA exam with ease thanks to the Access scholarship granted to me by the CFA Institute. By the time I got to know I passed the level 1 exam, I didn’t have a mother to share the news with, I had lost her to a haemorrhage in the brain in July 2017.
Norman Cousins said ‘death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us when we live’. My drive and goal to add value to the financial and investment community still thrive, it cannot be truncated by a haemorrhage or eaten up by cancer.
Nothing has changed, my love for finance and investment remains the same, my passion for knowledge unwavering. The financial market remains absolutely fascinating, even though the closest I have gotten to it is through Bloomberg. I am a hardworking woman from Nigeria, a country currently struggling economically and politically, belonging to the economically weaker section of the nation translates into fewer opportunities to achieving my life and career goals.
In the words of Marie Curie ‘life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing at whatever cost must be attained’.
I strongly believe in myself and capabilities and I need the CFA Institute to take a bet on me by awarding me the scholarship yet again, as this will provide me with the opportunity to gain the education, professional development and inspiration needed to be a solution provider and knowledge bank willing to pay it forward.
– Oluwakemi Fasanmi
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