Am so privileged and honoured to have the opportunity of interviewing one of the best young motivational speaker, a businessman, a great father, a lovely husband, an inspiration to many, a motivator, and a powerful minister of God. I give you Mr. Dipo Adesina.
1. Tell us a bit about your background. Where were you born?
2. How was life growing up? Life as a young man was not easy. I was far from what people would call intelligent. In fact, I would be considered dumb by most people’s standard. I failed times in elementary school, repeated the 8th grade, got kick out of school in 11th grade and barely graduated from high school. Midway through middle school, I started moving with the wrong crowd because of low self esteem and later started gang banging and living a lifestyle that was considered a nightmare to most parents. Eventually at the age of 19, my life turned around when I surrendered my life to Christ and that was the beginning of a new me. So in essence the old me died on October 13, 2005, and a new man was born that same day.
3. At what age in your life did you decide you wanted to go into motivational speaking and business? 19 years old.
4. You are into Agriculture business also. How do you cope with that and being a motivational speaker? The beautiful thing about running a business is that you have a team. I am sort of the visionary while there are people on my team that knows how to execute. I know my strengths and limitation so I find people to join our team that are stronger than me in my areas of weakness.
5. Is being a speaker a burden or a blessing or a bit of both? It’s definitely a blessing. Being able to use my voice and words to inspire others unto greatness is not something I take lightly. God has given everyone a gift to be a blessing to others and I believe that mine is motivation.
6. What challenged have you had to as a speaker? By biggest challenge would be having so much to say but not having enough time to say them and also having platforms to constantly speak. Due to the nature of my work and other businesses I rarely promote myself as a speaker. Which means unless I get a call about a speaking engagement to speak at a conference or an event I won’t be speaking. I do thank God because I do get those calls and my goal is to get to the point where I devote more time to speaking and promoting myself.
7. In your opinion, what is the most difficult part about Motivational speaking? Not being able to change people. Everyone gets motivated differently. You can have two people come to an event to hear you speak and one person’s life gets transformed as a result of what you said and the other person goes back to his old ways as if he never heard a single word you said. A scenario that hits home for me is a young man that we both got baptized together many years ago. Today he is back to smoking, drinking, clubbing and living a promiscuous life, while on the other hand by God’s Grace I chose a different path. This is a fact of life, no one has the power to change anyone, regardless of how much you try.
8. What’s the weirdest thing an audience if yours has ever told you? I don’t realty recall. However, I do remember speaking in juvenile prison one time when one of the young men who had to be around 12 years old told me his story of how he ended up in prison. He then later asked “can you help me.” That was a moment I can never forget because I knew it was beyond my power at that point to help him which almost brought tears to my eyes.
9. Your stage confident is so bold, do you get stage/ pulpit fright? Absolutely! Every time I am getting ready to get on stage I am always nerves (even though most people don’t believe me). However, the secret to my success is submitting my will to God and asking Him to speak through me anytime I am speaking. I have a saying I always say before mounting the stage and that is “Holy Spirit, Let’s Go.” With this, i now that the Spirit Of God is always with me on stage so I can’t fail. Suddenly the nerve is gone and boldness arises.
10. Which other speakers are you looking to work with or have something coming out with? Honestly, I don’t really have one. I’ve been fortunate to speak with many great man by God’s Grace but it has never been my goal to be on stage with anyone specifically. God has always opened doors for me , so where ever the opportunity arises that is where I am.
11. If you had a chance to work with one speaker in the world, who would it be? Martin Luther King Jr.Though he is no longer here but his legacy lives on. He knew how to inspire people and move people to action with words. I am a man of words, so I always respect those that can impact change with words.
12. What are your top 3 points in your note or pad that you always reflect on? All things are possible. Your words become your reality. Be careful how you think, your life is shaped by your thoughts.
13. You are married with kids, how’s it like shuffling working and family all together? I try as much to balance everything. Whenever I get home from work I devote time to do my fatherly duties. This means cleaning the house, taking care of the children, reading bed time stories to them, and occasionally my wife and I go out to the moves to get some alone time. My goal now is to work hard now so I won’t have to work hard later so I can have more time with my family. Ultimately, everything that I am doing is to ensure that my family is well taken care of, and to also make an impact around the world.
14. What advice would you give to unmotivated and non inspired people around the world. Please explain??? Discover your purpose and make it your life’s mission to accomplish it. No one was born by accident. We all have a purpose and until you discover your reason for being here on earth you will not be fulfilled in life. For me, anytime I am on stage, I know that my purpose is being fulfilled because I believe I am doing what I was born to do, inspire people unto greatness.
15. What’s next for Dipo Adesina? The biggest thing on my agenda now is AgroAngels. We have some big projects coming up that really requires my 100% commitment. Though I am based in the United States, my heart is in Nigeria. I want to make a difference and be part of the selected few that builds the nation to ensure a better future for the next generation.
We appreciate spearing us your time with us sir. We pray God continue to use you as a tool for his purpose and also plenty of blessings in your works and family.