If you have been folowing me for a while you would be no stranger to Nigeria Lockley or as I like to call her sissy. She is my adopted online sister and business bestie. So you know I couldn’t do a series without having her on here to give you her insight. I could talk about her all day long but let me step aside so you could read for yourself.
Unoma : Who is Nigeria Lockley?
Nigeria : Nigeria Lockley is a child of the most High God, unapologetically walking in her passion and purpose. In the past whenever I would answer questions like this I would always rattle of a bunch of titles until I realized that being my titles are not where my identity lies. My identity is in my creator.
Unoma: In 10 words or less can you create a quote that describes you and your purpose journey?
Nigeria: Pressure is preparation for promotion.
Unoma : What is the driving force in your life?
Nigeria: Christ’s commitment to me is the driving force in my life. I all that I do is to reflect the change He made in my life and the second chance, or rather multiple chances He’s given me. I’m not one of those people who discovered their gift late or accidentally. I’ve known I wanted to write since I was a very young child, but I squandered my gift and spent a number of years just smoking weed, partying, drinking, and not living up to my potential.
Unoma : How do you balance family, faith and your passion/business?
Nigeria : Faith first, ME (this is capitalized purposely) next, family, and then everything I am passionate about. Many women sacrifice themselves for some greater cause, “motherhood”, “marriage”, or “business”, but I’ve discovered that if I’m not okay nothing else I do is going to be okay.
Unoma: What was the single most devastating experience/challenge in your life and how did you overcome it?
Nigeria: At sixteen I found out that my father had moved from his super. That was probably the most devastating experience I ever had. Before that happened my father had what I would describe as a good relationship, so I thought of the reasons I should forgive him and I forgave him. I learned to be thankful for his absence. I accepted Romans 8:28 as my verse for this situation when I came to Christ–everything that I am is because of my father’s absence not in spite of. And since I’m one of the women you selected to interview for this series that means I didn’t turn out too bad.
Unoma: How do you build confident expectations in your dark moments?
Nigeria: At this point now I do two things–I recall the dark moments that He has guided me through and when I am still feeling discouraged I turn to my best friend who is centered in Christ and only gives me about a day to mourn whatever I’m in the dark about and then it’s time to move like I know God.
Unoma: How does your understanding of the future give you hope for the present?
Nigeria: I don’t understand the future at all, so it doesn’t inform my present. Rather, my understanding of God and His ironclad promises give the hope to get through present situations that might be distressing.
Unoma: What does it look like practically for you to “turn to the cross” in your business/ministry.
Nigeria: In my business turning to the cross is me praying before I write a book, fasting before making huge decisions, and just sitting still (I know it’s hard to believe), but after I pray I just sit and listen for a response or I pray for a vision and clarity.
Unoma: What advice would you give your younger self?
NIgeria : Serve God wholeheartedly. My younger self was into so much and constantly backsliding. Ever since I turned myself over fully to God there isn’t a door He hasn’t opened for me. Could you imagine what my would be like had I submitted sooner.
Unoma: What can we look forward to from you this year? OR What are you working on?
Nigeria: This year I’m hoping to release at least two books, Berri & Delilah, and Saving Grace and some ebooks on marketing for authors.
Here’s more about Nigeria,
Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters. Join her online at http://www.NigeriaLockley.com
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