One of the prominent faces at Ikoyi Lions Club, Soledotun Titilope Abdulkarim-Yusuf, a town planner, was a year older on July 5, 2022.
So full of life and energy, the amiable woman is all thankful to God for sparing her life to witness another birthday in good health.
She spoke to thelaurel.com.ng recently:
What is life like as an executive of Lions Club?
Life as an executive in Lions Club has been awesome. When you serve humanity you re fulfilled. I enjoy it, I love working for humanity, and I love service. And it is only when you are in the executive that you will be able to do more. You are able to impact more. Being a member of Lions executive make you to learn more because you have to be active in all areas.
What inspired you to join the club?
The inspiration comes from the fact that I’m called to serve and when my husband introduce me to the club in 2007, he told me what the club was all about and I didn’t hesitate before thinking of joining.
When you are kind, you show kindness to your fellow human beings and those that are in need and you will be spur to do more. It’s a way of joining the largest humanitarian organisation in the world. It’s a big privilege for me; it’s an inspiration for me that I’m a member of Lions Club.
We have opportunity to serve humanity through focus areas, ‘the hunger, diabetes, paediatric cancer, environment and feeding the hungry’, among other areas.
Tell us about some memorable moments in your life and career?
One of the memorable moments was when I got married to the love of my life, which was in December 1999. When I had my first son in 2000, it was an awesome experience. Another one, when I join the civil service and the day I became a registered town planner in 2016.
It was really a herculean task because I had to go back for my Masters degree at the Lagos State University after my first degree in urban and regional planning because that was the process of becoming a registered town planner.
In fact, the day I was inducted in Abuja in 2016, I was really happy that I’m a registered town planner.
Who or what do you consider as the greatest influence in your life?
Before I got married, my mother was the greatest influence in my life. She’s still a great influence but presently, my husband, Mr. Abdulkartim Yusuf, is the greatest influence in my life.
What lessons have you learnt about life?
I have learnt so many lessons. What I learnt about life and I’m really happy about, is the fear of God. When you fear God, every other things come after that. I learnt to fear God and not man. I have learnt to be patient. I used to be very angry and I prayed to God to give me the ability to be able to control my anger and I am okay with that now. I’m a very hot person if you step on my toes, I give it back to you immediately, but leadership has taught me to be calm in all situations. I’m calm down now unlike before. I have learnt to be kind to yourself, to your neighbours and to the people who are in need.
I have learnt that whatever is yours will always be yours. Sometimes, we don’t have to struggle too hard, if we want something and God does not want that thing for us, we pray to have it not knowing it’s not the best for us. Almighty Allah is the master planner. I have learnt that we should always be patient when you ask for a particular thing. That particular thing you are asking for may not be the best for you.