Pride because as the closest person to me, his joy is my joy. My brother is the most supportive person I know. He offers me unconditional love and I'm proud to be able to make some noise about his achievements. I would make as much noise as I please and I don't care what anyone says. I feel Validated because it would indicate I've been a good inspiration to him as I know how much he looks up to me. Younger siblings look up to their older siblings and try to emulate them in more ways than one. His success surely means I've done a good job. *Pats self on the back*
When my Mum called to tell me, she was so happy. If you make my Mama happy, you're the best thing to walk this earth, in my eyes. Thank you, Tomi.
I remember his first week in Corona. I was in my final year then. Three days in, he came to my dorm crying. He hated the food and was feeling homesick. Luckily, I was Food Prefect and was able to get the kitchen staff to give him something he was more used to. My friend, Toba said to him "I've been here 6 years and I've never gotten this type of treatment." During that year, we would have a couple of disagreements. I remember telling him to kneel down in the middle of the field 'cos he did something I didn't like (I can't remember what now). A lot of my friends were surprised by that but I tried to ensure I treated him like I would treat any other junior. That's not to say if anyone did anything to him they wouldn't suffer. In fairness, the one time someone belted him he didn't even tell me 'cos he knew I would have done something stupid. Instead, he told two of my friends who sorted it out whilst I found out later.
By the end of his first term, he had gotten used to the whole system. Over the years, I've watched him mature. He's so tall now so, he has this way of commanding authority. He is an amazing athlete who's always belittling the modest laurels I earned. He's also calm like my father. (That's the trait I'm trying hardest to embody. I can't be the only one left behind). He can be annoying and condescending in the way he talks, but I'll admit he speaks a lot of sense. I have no doubt in my mind that he's going to be an amazing leader. The one piece of advice for him is to ensure he doesn't get power drunk and act the fool like his brother did a couple of times.
Time for me to pat myself on the back again. I've played a role in this by constantly nagging at him to do certain things and I'm sure he has found me very annoying in the process. Laughs!! I'm sure you know why now. It's like I'm living my life again through you and I want to make sure you're better than me in every regard possible. And you've just gone one step further.
Congratulations, Tomi. I'm so proud of you and wish you the best over the coming year. May the good Lord guide you and ensure you do the right thing at all times.