those who rise above these seemingly insurmountable adversities, rewrite
their own stories, and also inspire others.
This was the singular aim of Union Bank’s #Unstoppable competition: to
tell victory stories and inspire others to greatness. After sponsoring
Team Nigeria to the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio – where the team went
on to break records despite several limitations – Union Bank decided to
get every day Nigerians to tell their stories of how they surmounted
adversities in their lives.
With over a thousand entries for the #Unstoppable competition which ran on social media platforms,
five persons were adjudged winners of the competitions and awarded a cash prize of N100, 000 each.
Winners of the competition tell us how it feels to emerge victorious in
the #Unstoppable competition and the effect of their story on others.
Okoro Emuejevoke: Despite being wheelchair bound for most of her
life, Okoro has found a reason to smile and push harder each day.
Speaking on the competition, Okoro said;
“I am excited! I like the platform. I’m very happy.”
“People will see life differently and I think more people will be
encouraged. And people have been sending me messages and they are like
‘God! I was inspired. I was inspired.’ I think Union Bank has given a
lot of people a new meaning.”
Uchendu Rebecca Chinyere: Uchendu’s story is in a way different
from Okoro’s but it still reflects the #Unstoppable spirit and the
strength to bounce back stronger.
“It’s like I’m just waking up from a dream. It is really nice and I’m so
excited about it,” says Uchendu, who graduated with a 5.0 CGPA despite a
horrible accident that left her in a neck cast during her final year
“I didn’t see my story as something that would go that far but along the
line I saw that it touched a lot of people and people were able to see
themselves being able to take paths that they might have thought
impossible. And also see themselves as able to achieve whatever they
want to achieve regardless of what live throws at them. It also
motivated me to realize that: Okay, I was able to also inspire a lot of
people to go and be the best of what they can do no matter what they go
Adebayo Nafisat Oluwatoyin: Adebayo’s story is as humbling as it
is inspiring. Without any sort of financial help from anyone, Adebayo
knew that she had to work hard to help her poor mother, her younger
sibling and also put herself through school. And so the recent graduate
of Accounting started selling noodles and egg during the long vacation
to make ends meet.
“I actually feel very grateful,” Adebayo says of her recent winning in the #Unstoppable competition.
“I was able to inspire lot of peopleand touch some people’s heart. I’ve
actually changed some people’s story too. There are people like me who
are financially down but with my story they can start something.”
Ayodeji Osowobi: While Ayodeji’s story is shocking, it is also an
example of triumph amidst difficulties. Building on a horrible
experience, Ayo founded Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), a
youth-focused Non-Governmental Organisation that supports rape victims
and continues to work in order to change the community’s perception
towards sexual violence and abuse.
A rape victim herself, Ayo has become a champion of other rape survivors.
Alao Ifelomo Andrew: Alao, another winner in the #Unstoppable
competition, is a community leader who uses football to inspire and
guide young people – even at a personal loss.
Alao says that winning the competition is “a great feeling it is…just want to be unstoppable in going up the ladder of success
“My story will definitely serve as a source of encouragement that
nothing can stop you from achieving successful it only warrants
determination and courage to become unstoppable.”
That, essentially, is the spirit of #Unstoppable – the determination to
overcome above adversities, to step up and take their destiny in their