Monday, July 11, 2016

Episode 038 - Roger Okewole

My sister got married in July of 2015. The rehearsal dinner was a chance to meet "the other side." Often times there's a bit of trepidation when one family meets another. I don't know why it is, but it's very easy to approach the situation with an "us" and "them" mentality.

Almost immediately after meeting the Okewoles, I knew this was different. There was no "us." There was no "them." There was only family. 

After chatting with the eldest of the Okewole siblings (as the eldest of the Placencia siblings, it was only natural we connected), I knew he was someone with whom I would want to continue to converse.

There are so many adjectives that describe Roger Okewole and his story: Inspiring, Motivating, and Encouraging are some of the first ones that spring to mind. He's a man who has walked through the darkness (AKA had his nuts kicked) and came out the other side stronger. Born in Scotland, raised in Nigeria, and currently living in - wait for it - New Jersey, Roger's story is one that you won't soon forget and the lessons he's learned are ones we can - and should - all carry with us.

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