Dami is a dynamic individual, armed with a strong aptitude through his training as a chemical engineer and a winning attitude through his exposure to the world class leadership of House on the Rock, Dami is on a mission to empower his generation to fulfill their God-given dreams and live up to their true potential. His passion is to change the world one life at a time.amic speaker, inspirational writer, spiritual shepherd, youth leader, infopreneur and blogger.
He believes that global domination starts with personal transformation. The principles of personal transformation which he delivers in a creative and captivating oratorical style continue to empower thousands of people to find and fulfill their purpose in life.
He represents a generation that believe that you can be can empowered spiritually, relevant socially and productive economically.
In our recent interview with Dami, he shares his hope, vision and aspiration for both himself and Nigeria.
Before you got started in your business what was your vision of the future?
As a child, I didn’t really have the inkling to start any business. My parents both served as civil servants (Though they started and ran some businesses as well). They were also very intelligent, industrious, science-inclined and academically astute. So it was almost as if everyone in my home was being groomed to become an academic or “traditional professional”. By “traditional professional”, I mean “Medical Doctor”, “Lawyer”, “Engineer”, “Accountant”. However, whenever they asked me what I wanted to become, I would say “Pastor, Chief and Soldier”. Really funny. In retrospect, I realize that I wanted to help people, Influence them toward a defined goal and champion a course. That still rings true for me today. “Pastor, Chief and Soldier” were simply elementary equivalents to define my desire at that time.
How did you get started?
I stumbled into business and gradually began to find my feet. I think I can trace it back to 2007 when I had become really certain that I wouldn’t practice what I was studying in the University. I studied Chemical Engineering or as I love to say Chemical Engineering studied me. I never felt a connect. It wasn’t my calling and by my fourth year, I knew I would take a different professional path. I began to scout and search and study.
Eventually, I started seeing a certain trend in the evolution of the world’s economy and I realized that a lot of premium was being placed on information, communication and technology. So I started studying those three areas- largely via the Internet.
My first main business was buying and trading electronic currency (e-gold). I didn’t even own a computer at that time but I kept on building. Thereafter, I became an ardent reader of SuccessDigest Magazine. (God bless Dr. Sunny Obazu-Ojeagbase) and I implemented what I learned through the articles in it and the seminars they hosted. I bought resell rights to a membership site and made a bit of money. Thereafter, I set up a webhosting business with my friend who was more tech-savvy. He set up the website and did the programming while I focused on the marketing aspect. We attracted scores of customers from different parts of the country and became one of the top 20 webhosting companies in Nigeria at that time within the first 6 months.
Simultaneously, I was building my speaking business, which was growing pretty fast as well. Eventually, I started creating other products and organizing seminars and I had to let my partner run the webhosting business without my involvement. Getting started was challenging but it paid off. It’s still paying off.
What made you choose the path you now tread?
My path is still evolving. Just when I think I have it all figured out, something new comes up. I believe that God has a great plan. I’ve seen bits and pieces of it unfold but the best is yet to come. I see my life as an adventure of sorts. Through it all, some of my guiding values have been faith, freedom, flexibility and fulfillment. Almost every decision that I have had to make in life, business and ministry reflect those four elements.
Could you give us a background about yourself?
I was born in the historic city of Ibadan, South West Nigeria to a family of Seven. I spent the first ten years in Ibadan. Then, I moved to Lagos for the first two terms of Secondary School at the Federal Government College, Ijanikin before going to the school for the Gifted and Talented, Suleja Academy on Government scholarship.
I studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos and I’ve been studying the lives of successful man and women ever since. I still do that- daily.
I don’t eat a lot of food but I l really like pounded yam and egusi with bushmeat.
I think a lot and I enjoy conversations that have a good combination of wit and wisdom.
What has been the most difficult decision you’ve had to make as a person?
There have been quite a number but I guess the decision to discipline myself to continue studying a course that I knew I wasn’t going to practice is one of them.
What has been your primary motivation in life?
Honestly, my primary motivation in life has changed from time to time.
I believe that is because as one grows and gains understanding, your motivation will evolve. At this point, my ultimate desire is to please God at all times. Empowering people and leaving a legacy of love come right after that.
What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?
I do not entertain fear. Fear freezes the mind and weakens the soul. I don’t manage fear. I rebuke it! I do have concerns but I deal with them by getting understanding, seeking counsel and walking in love. Perfect love casts out all fear.
Tell us the idea behind your book?
I have two books published.
The first is “JUST DO IT!”. The second is “SEIZE THE MOMENT!”
“Just Do It!” was a chapter taken from a much bigger manuscript that I had spent years writing. I kept waiting for perfect conditions to get the big book out. I needed about N2 million to get it published and printed the way I wanted. Of course, I didn’t have anything close to that in the bank at that time. So I kept hoping and waiting for miracles and big-money contracts. One of those days, I heard God tell me- “Just Do It!”
Within the next few weeks, I pulled out that chapter, added more content to it, brushed it up well and got my designer to interpret the concept I had. Within months, I had my first book out. Then, people began to buy the book at my seminars and events. Several people bought copies and sent to their friends in Europe and the United States. As we speak, the book has found its way to India, South Africa and Cameroon. The message of the book aptly captured in the title!
My second book, “SEIZE THE MOMENT!” has a similar message but it’s a lot more about making the most of your life than just simply taking action.
While “JUST DO IT!” focuses more on taking prompt action, “SEIZE THE MOMENT!” helps you to see your life as a continuum and shows you what to concentrate on at the different stages of your life. It also shows you how to deal with procrastination and eliminate the time-wasters.
I usually say “If I wasn’t the author of this book, I’d buy at least 10 copies and just give them out.” People have started their own business simply by reading and following the instructions in those two books. The feedbacks have been humbling and encouraging.
Who is your role model, and why?
Jesus Christ is my number one role model. His life and sacrifice make him the most notable figure in all of time and eternity. Studying him and learning to be like him is my life-long passion.
My parents are shinning examples of godliness, purity, integrity and selflessness.
I love and celebrate them. I feel so privileged to have been raised by them.
Thirdly, I’ve been tremendously blessed by my pastor, Paul Adefarasin. My evolution to manhood has his fingerprints all over. His character and charisma inspire me to new levels of excellence and greatness.
What is your vision for Nigeria and the next generation?
I wouldn’t want to bore you with the facts and figures that are often reeled out. I don’t want to tell tall tales of grandeur. What I believe, hope for and I’m working towards is to have a Nigeria that is a haven- a place of peace and prosperity; a place where both integrity and creativity find unfettered expression; a place where opportunities are not only seized but created to empower others and where the wealth created is not siphoned in secrecy to a select few but equitably distributed to everyone regardless of their culture, creed, class or clan.
As a businessperson what risks are you often faced with?
I think the biggest challenge in business is innovation. It’s not just about cash flow and assets. It’s about creatively crafting new products and solutions while reducing costs and keeping a satisfied and loyal customer base.
In what ways do you think Nigerian entrepreneurs can compete in a global market?
Nigerian entrepreneurs can compete globally today by leveraging INFORMATION and TECHNOLOGY. The playing field has never been this flat. Yes, there are still undulations in the business topography but the Internet makes it easy to get in the game and even get ahead of the game. My advice is that every person who runs a business today should continually explore options and opportunities online.
What’s your idea on leadership in the 21st century?
Leadership in the 21st century is what Jesus Christ taught it to be 20 centuries ago- INFLUENCE through SERVICE. Dictators and despots in government, ministries and business will soon find themselves standing alone- if they are able to stand at all.
What books have inspired you the most?
Many books have inspired me. There’s almost always a book with me- either a physical book or an eBook. The foremost is the Bible. I believe it contains all the principles of success and greatness in life and business. I recommend it to everyone.
I was also greatly inspired by “Awaken The Giant Within You!” by Tony Robbins.
I’ve also been encouraged by “JUST DO IT!” and “SEIZE THE MOMENT!” written by some guy called Damilola Oluwatoyinbo. Have you ever heard about him? LOL.
What would say are the basic elements for starting and running a successful business?
There are many basic elements.
It’s like a car. Many things have to turn and move to get a car in motion.
I’d give three here:
A clear vision of the future.Too many people start businesses without a clear description of where they are headed. If you stumbled into business, take out time to redefine your motives and vision.
A rugged mind that studies successful models and leverages pressure as a platform to promotion.
An ever growing network of advisors and customers.
How do you define success?
I’d define success as the progressive realization of God’s expectations for your life. I believe that every human being is a divine investment.
What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made, and what did you learn from them?
I’m sure I’ve made many mistakes. I’d share two:
1. Allowing fear and hesitation to delay my decisions and actions.
2. Not building a stronger and wider network of valuable relationships much earlier than now.
I won’t let those happen again.
Where do you see your company in the next 5 years?
I see DreamStream as Nigeria’s foremost Personal and Professional Development Brand online with offline expressions in Africa, Europe and America- empowering 1 million individuals to start and strengthen their businesses and organizations.
What impact do you want to make on Nigeria?
I want to raise reformers in ministry, government and business. I also desire to document my discoveries and strategies so that they can be used as leadership and ministry manuals for generations after ours.
How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as one who transformed lives and reformed communities with a heart of love, a voice of encouragement and a hand that lifts.