Achieving your lifelong dream can take hard work and dedication. You have to be extremely focused on what you truly want in life if you want to achieve it.
David OlaLekan Kamson knows that achieving one’s dream is easier said than done.
A few years ago, he had a dream that he’s selling chicken and steak. His food was so good that a lot of people lined up to get them. It was so long that he wasn’t able to see the end.
After his dream, decided to move to London and start a food business there. He planned on selling suya. It’s a spicy meat skewer that’s quite popular in his hometown.
When he told his family about it, they thought he was going mad.
After he left Lagos in Nigeria and settled in London, he was able to work as a DJ. It took him a few years before he was able to start working on his dream.
The streets of Moston became his starting point.
He started selling his food in the area and luckily, it quickly became famous with the locals there. His business did so well that he was able to buy his own food trailer.
Unfortunately, not everyone was too happy about his success.
David’s worst nightmare came to life one morning. As he went to the Post Office, he received extremely bad news.
“The next morning I went to the Post Office and the guys in there asked me what had happened to my trailer. They told me that it had been on fire and that it had burnt to the ground.”
When he saw what happened, he cried for hours.
He felt devastated and hopeless. All his hard work turned to ashes in an instant.
A day or two before the incident, a man drove past his trailer. As he passed by, he hurled negative words towards him. David remembered the man shouting:
“Black immigrants come in Moston to do business like they own it.”
This wasn’t the first time David’s dream was challenged.
“When I started I bought a little shed from B&Q to protect me from the rain, but then a group of lads came and broke that. But I carried on, and eventually I bought a trailer. I started cooking again and it was a happy moment for people in Moston, especially with coronavirus.”
A man named Jolus Lutete heard about what happened.
He created a fundraising page for David and a lot of people have responded positively to it. In fact, in just 24 hours, he was able to receive £40,000 – translated to nearly $52,000.
David felt overwhelmed by the support he got.
For him, his only goal was to support his loved ones while taking care of his community. With everything burned down, he found himself hopeless and shattered.
His perspective in life didn’t change.
In fact, his view of Moston even got better. He’s still proud to call it his home.
“I just want to tell all the black people, don’t let one person change your life. This country is the United Kingdom. I came from Nigeria, but when I came here I became a better person. I have a daughter here and a family.”
He appreciates the gesture and he promises to do everything he can to give back.
“I am going to promise you one thing… I’m going to promise that the money from the community will serve this community back. I will make sure I provide good and better quality service and food to you people, and I will also make sure that people who cannot get much can come to me and I will feed you.”
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