Sunday, April 25, 2021

My dad wanted me to be a mechanic - Taribo West

Former Super  Eagles defender has revealed some of his past struggles and how his father wanted him to become a road side mechanic  

“My journey to being a world-famous soccer player wasn’t easy. The war started right from my father’s house in far-away Port Harcourt, some decades ago. My father actually wanted me to be a roadside mechanic”.

With these words, former Super Eagles of Nigeria and AC Milan of Italy player, Taribo West, told his story of growing up.

Narrating the story further, he said his mum disapproved of his father’s wish that he should be a mechanic.

His words: “My mother resisted strongly. She begged and begged him to allow me have, at least, a secondary school education, but he refused.

“The struggle led me to running away from my father’s house in Port Harcourt, many years ago, at a very tender age, to Lagos, and there started my struggles”.

Taribo West spoke during an occasion to honour him with Lifetime Achievement award, by a Lagos-based media company, Our Moment Newspaper, in Lagos.

The former Super Eagles Defender was honoured alongside some Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their various fields.

Taribo West went on: “But, I thank God that all that is history now. I am the rejected stone that later became the corner stone of the house”. When asked what business he ventured into after retiring from football, he said: “After quitting football, I ventured into football academy, philanthropy and missionary work.

“I run a football academy in Lagos where we discover and train young talents for European clubs.

“I am involved in philanthropic works where we assist so many indigent students and business men and women.

“Then, I am the General Overseer of Shelter in the Storm Ministry, an end-time deliverance church in Lagos.”


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