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If you Think Life does not Offer People Second Chance, think Maada Bio!

By Alpha Zakir Naik (18/04/18)

President Julius Maada Bio left power under controversial circumstances and moved away to seek greener pastures.

After several years, he came back, ran for the SLPP flagbearer position and lost to Solomon Berewa. He did not despair. He soldiered on, like a gallant soldier.

Against 20 or more personalities, Bio fought his way up to lead the SLPP to the 2012 elections. But he lost the national elections to Ernest Koroma.

Many people wrote him off, including me that he lacks the gravitas and ability to win national elections. We were wrong. Damn wrong! And today, he is the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces. Wow.

What a story! What a remarkable turnaround of events. Bio’s story is symptomatic of Sierra Leone. A country that has faced many challenges: civil war, Ebola, mudslide, hajjgate and so on. As ever, we remained resilient and come out stronger than before.

If you think that life is unfair to you and you’ve got no chance to make it, think Bio. If many people - including those around you - think that you’re unfit for a certain position, think Bio.

People will always say bad things about you. They’ll bring you down. Make you feel not worthy of purpose. Question your ability. And even challenge your existence.

Draw inspiration from Bio - a man who has been vilified, demonized, written off and in some cases scapegoated for all the sins this country has committed.

Your own second chance might be on the way. Don’t listen to the noise of the crowd. Believe in your ability to make it. And in this moment, you can look through the story of a leader whose rise to the top may be akin to the struggles you’re going through. That’s life. And that’s Maada Bio for me.


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