Olubukola Idehen

Olubukola Idehen

Funmi Odunlade

Funmi Odunlade

Editor’s note: In this piece, the duo of Idehen Bukola and Odunlade Funmi delves into the noiseless market of adoption, pointing to us some exemplary figures who rose from the pain of a disconnected babyhood to become reference points of excellence to generations. Enjoy…



Obstacles! They come in different shapes and sizes – different strokes for different folks. Yours is different from mine and mine isn’t similar to yours. Whatever they are, they have one thing in common. No, two! The second is like the first. They prevent maximization of potentials and propel one towards mediocrity. But then, how do you steer your way through life when fate yanks you off your very first identity? What is the fate of adopted children? What options does life offer them? What chances do they have? Let’s see…

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela:The heroic anti-apartheid leader who was once the president of South Africa, was an adopted child. Though he was initially raised by his parent, but lost his father when he was barely 7years old and was formally adopted by Chief Jongintaba. The adopted child of 1925 grew up, not only to become a global phenomenon, but also to stand in the gap in rescuing his nation from the abysmal claws of imperialism.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx: Born as Eric Marlon Bishop, Jamie Foxx was adopted at age seven (7) by his mother’s adoptive parents, after his mother divorced his father. His grandmother had a significant influence on his life, encouraging Jamie in his music, studies and sports. In only about 25 years in the entertainment industry, he’s added to his name several nominations and awards, including Grammy, Academy and BET Awards. Today, the history of American entertainment is incomplete without Jamie’s name etched boldly across its pages.

Faith Hill

Faith Hill:Born Audrey Faith Perry, she was adopted when she was barely one week old. With just 22 years in the entertainment industry, Hill has won five Grammy Awards and several other awards. Today, she’s regularly named as one of America’s most powerful women.

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan: Born in 1968 and adopted as an infant, Sarah didn’t find out she was adopted until she was nine. According to her, adoption wasn’t a big deal. Even if Canada and the rest of the world will not remember Sarah McLachlan for clinching several laurels (including three Grammy Awards), Sarah will be remembered for her philanthropy and charity, especially for providing music education for inner city children.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs:The Apple Computers co-founder was born in San Francisco in 1955 to un-wed couple who put him up for adoption as an infant. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, in whose house garage he started Apple Computers Inc. with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976. By the time of his death in 2011, Steve Jobs had become an unstoppable force in the computer world, especially with revolutionary inventions like iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, etc.

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas:Taking a glance at Dave’s business success, one would be tempted to think that the founder of “Wendy’s Fast Food” had a smooth childhood. He was adopted by Rex and Auleva Thomas at 6weeks old. To further compound Dave’s case, his adoptive mother died when he was 5years old.

How about the likes of Frances McDormand, Scott Hamilton, Deborah Perry, and Ray Liotta?These are models of excellence who wouldn’t allow detachment from their original parents hinder them from shaping the modern world.

Theodore Roosevelt said “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” If you can do what you can with what you have, you can be what who you want regardless of who you have. These icons have proved that that which you can become is not at all limited because you were adopted.

So, what were we saying about obstacles? Can we still call adoption an insurmountable obstacle? I don’t think so. Adoption is never an excuse for taking an endless stroll along the streets of mediocrity.

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  • Nice one here, Keep the pen dancing to the tune of your mind. Thumbs up

  • KOLA' Johnson

    This is really inspiring. A well researched work of excellence. I will not but mention that adoption is a case of making excuses for not doing or being who we ought to be. We often make the excuse of ‘had is been I had my desired course, I would have done better’ but the truth is, not fulfilling ur goal because you are not where u want is a mare excuse. However, the good news is that, wherever u are,however down casted or failed u might seem, it is never too late to start all over, just be deliberate about life. Thumbs up for Funmi and Bukola. That’s a lesson for us to learn from. Thank you.

  • Circumstances or whatever it is is nt enough to pull us down. Though challenges might arise but our positive reaction matters alot
    Better is the end of a thing than the begining

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