Finally, My 10 Years Challenge!!!!!
Yetunde Olasiyan graduated with honours in Environmental Biology from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso, Oyo state. She also proceeded to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for her Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy.
She had her first working stint as a student journalist with the Nigerian Tribune, Ibadan and NTA Ogbomoso. She later worked full-time after graduation with the defunct Nigerian Compass Newspaper as a Features/Human Angle Writer and Reporter. She wrote many beautiful pages of inspiring stories on the features desk.
She started a lifestyle blog in 2012, yetundeolasiyan.com and has since become a ghostwriter, guest blogger and content editor.
She is a contributor on the popular bellanaija.com
She was hired by the popular online site, woman.ng as a content editor
She has ghostwritten a couple of contents for fashion brands and blogs and her work has been featured across various online platforms in Nigeria.
She is the author of a fictional book “A Gift Of Dreams” which sold out at it’s first outing.
She has been invited to speak on platforms and has been featured on radio in a live programme.
Yetunde participated in a Nationwide essay competition on child labour in Nigeria tagged “The Implication Of Child Labour For The Development Of The Child” where she clinched the First Prize Position in the whole of Southwest Nigeria.
She participated in the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation Essay Competition on “The Role Of Financial Institutions In Improving Public Confidence In The Nigerian Financial System” and her essay was again adjudged as the fifth best essay throughout southwest Nigeria.
She participated in a World Bank Essay Competition on Youth Migration and got a Certificate of Participation.
She was involved in the maiden edition of the Ibadan Poetry Competition held at the Olubadan’s palace where she was a runner’s up and got a Certificate of award.
Yetunde Olasiyan has worked in the food industry as an environmental biologist monitoring HACCP compliance(hazard analysis and critical control points) as well as a microbiologist carrying out microbial tests/analysis on fruit juice to ensure that the quality conforms with normal industry regulatory standard as set by SON and NAFDAC.
She has assisted in conducting interviews alongside the editor of a major Nigerian Newspaper for topnotch Nigerian professionals and bigwigs, captains of industry as a freelance Abuja based journalist.
Presently, she works as a Registrar at the fourth apex Court in Abuja, Nigeria.
She lives in Abuja, Nigeria.
Up there is my ten years challenge. My CV confuses even me. It leaves me amazed. Like, how on Earth can someone be a microbiologist, an HACCP environmental compliance officer and still be a writer in the same breath, a speaker, blogger, author and a court registrar. I swearugad, I didn’t see any of it coming apart from the writing aspect. I’ve always known that I’d end up as a writer or journalist but blogging, speaking, court????? Nah. I don’t know how I got here honestly.
I have another career that no one even knows about except for a few people who aren’t even present in my media space. That career is the most shocking and surprising one.
The last conversation I had with my dad 24hours before his demise when he had called me up to nine times before I responded, he had quizzed me as follows
“But I’ve been calling you”
“Yes sir. I am in so so place”
*But you normally pick my call while there”
“Well, I was on the platform”
“Doing what?”, He asked
“I was .. …..”
And he laughed and laughed and laughed before saying in Yoruba
“Is that what you are doing now?”
I was embarrassed.
That’s the most shocking of all I do. The thing dey shock even me wey dey do am.
You may see me on your TV screen or youtube online in few years. Don’t open your mouth in bewilderment too much. E shock me too.
One thing I know is that I cannot be boxed into a corner. I am a woman of many parts and I appreciate all the gifts that God has embedded in me.
Ten years ago, I was in Lagos in a food industry carrying out microbial analysis. Today, I am in the wig and gown industry wearing black and white and attending to Milord as a minister in the temple of Justice.