“The way I was living wasn’t the way.”- Kayode Enwerem
Welcome back Story Tellers! Today’s main character is Kayode Enwerem(@kayodeenwerem).
Growing up, Kayode lived a life that most would envy. He had a loving family, a bevy of friends, and could always be seen wearing the latest fashion of his native Nigeria. At the age of 14, all of that changed when Kayode and his family moved to Hyattsville, Maryland. He and his family had to start from the beginning, rebuilding their lives.
Adjusting to a new culture was hard for Kayode and he quickly went from being popular at school to having no friends. Enduring the mocking of his peers, Kayode sought comfort in music. It was through music that Kayode was able to express himself and find his voice. Truly believing that the lyrics of his favorite rappers were representing the life they were leading, Kayode sought to emulate his role models. He began trying to live a life his favorite rappers spoke about and soon made friends with the wrong crowd.
After a life changing experience in 2008, Kayode made a vow to God that if he were given a second chance he would use his talent to glorify God. He wanted to create music with a positive message, giving listeners an alternative that he did not have and influencing them to do the right thing. God answered his prayers and he has kept his promise.
In 2009, Kayode founded N.Y.T. Enterprises. He released his debut music project, Two Worlds Collide, in 2011. Knowing the power of music’s influence on the youth, Kayode hopes to use his testimony to show others that regardless of what you go through or what people think of you; you can achieve your dreams.
In 2017, Kayode wrote “Mind Games – Overcoming your Strongholds.” This powerful book was written to set you free from obstacles holding you back on your way to freedom, prosperity, true transformation and peace.
I had a great time catching up with Kayode and we covered a lot, including:
- The impact peer pressure has on our decision making
- Turning his life over to God
- Utilizing his talents to bring glory to God
- Turning to music to uplift others
- Times of adversity reveals who your true friends are
- Actions speak louder than words
- Most battles begin in your mind
- You can overcome your struggles, there is always hope
- And much more…
THEY SAID IT BEST
“One day I just had enough.
“A lot of the things I was saying on stage I wasn’t really living.
“I’m helpless and I really need you.
“I was repeating a lot of the same mistakes.
Adversity will reveal who your true friends are.
Don’t make life changing decisions based on the friends you have today.
Your actions have to match your words.
Utilize your gifts to uplift those around you.
No matter what you’re going through, there is always hope.
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Mind games- Overcoming your Strongholds, by Kayode Enwerem
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