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  • Writer's pictureEmmanuel Olabode

Dear Oak Community, What Do You Want For Christmas?

About five days ago, I was scrolling through my Twitter feed when I came across a tweet asking, "What do you want for Christmas?" This question had me curious, and I decided to look through the comments, and the responses I saw were alarming, to tell you the truth.

People used the opportunity to make wishes ranging from phones, laptops, holiday trips, spa treatments, cars, new apartments, rent payments, all the way to even romantic partners. However, what stuck out for me the most in the comments was the number of people who had financially-related wishes—those who needed money in one form or another.

It's that time of the year again, where we are all flooded with the theme of giving. Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you to give in the spirit of Christmas. I know your ears are full now, and it may all seem overwhelming. You may be asking questions like: What if I can't afford to give this Christmas? What if I do not have enough for myself not to talk about others? The truth is, you may not have enough right now, but you have life, and when there is life, there is hope that things can get better. So I want to admonish you to hold onto that as a consolation. Moreover, in the current state of the economy, if you have enough to meet some or most of your immediate needs, then you are doing fine. I would advise you not to put yourself under undue pressure.

The truth is, you may not have enough right now, but you have life, and when there is life, there is hope that things can get better.

Frankly, it is okay not to be able to afford gifts this season. For most of us, it has been a daunting year. We all deserve a break from certain obligations. The best gift you can give anyone right now is your love, support, attention, and value for them. Be grateful for life, for family, for friends, for work (if you still have one), for colleagues, for hope (because the future holds favourable promise for you), and much more. Be grateful for health, for peace of mind, and the little achievements. Count your blessings, and you would see that you have a lot to be thankful for. Be grateful that despite the odds, we are still standing Twice as Tall and can only be optimistic that 2021 will be A Better Time (fans of Burna Boy and Davido will surely understand this).

I know this is not our typical post on savings, financial literacy, retirement, and pensions, but Christmas is not a typical day in the year. So I want to use this medium to encourage you to relax a little and enjoy life (responsibly). Remember, only the living can save for the future. I want to encourage you to look back on how your year has been and all the little and big things that made it beautiful despite its peculiarities. Once again, count your blessings.

Now that my words are out of the way, Dear Oak Community, What do you want for Christmas? You can share with us, who knows, OAK Pensions might surprise you!



Emmanuel Olabode is a writer, actor, and filmmaker. He is the Founder/Creative Director of The OYA Company, a media and entertainment company that produces original content across digital, film, TV, radio, and social media. In 2017, he worked as a Digital Media Consultant to the Chief Press Secretary under Governor Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State. Emmanuel's writing credits include several articles for Business Day, OYA Magazine, and YNaija.


Dec 23, 2020

I wish for only a bag of rice, you can give me any Kilogram of your choosing and groundnut Oil. I have a huge family , and I also plan to cook for my neighbors and friends. It is my yearly tradition, but Covid didn't make things easy for me with suspension of work. I will be grateful if I am supported in any way to help me spread love to others.


Dec 23, 2020

Complements of the season Sir. Honestly, I am not bothered about the festive season or the enjoyment that is to accompany it. Feeding alone these days is now a luxury. All I wish for is 20, 000 naira or any financial help you can offer. Asuu strike has just been called of and I am about to enter my finals. I need this money to settle the person I borrowed money from to buy some textbooks and also to aid my transport back to school. Thank you and God bless you. 🙏


Dec 23, 2020

All I want for Christmas is an iPhone to use and shoot videos for earnings I know alot of girls out there just want to use the iPhone for some high class reasons but am different that's not what's on my mind

I just need the iPhone to upload my page both on Instagram and YouTube atleast when I used its sharp camera to make video shoots both comedy on post it on my YouTube channel I'll be earning lots of income from it.

What am grateful for is that have been able to save some cash without collecting dime from any said boyfriend just that it isn't complete to get it...God please help me out...this is my Christmas w…


Dec 23, 2020

Good day Sir,

My God will always reward you for your endless effort in putting smile on people's face. I'm here today not because of what have seen with my own eyes but because I believe that God will touch your heart as he has always been doing to bless people and he shall continue to bless oakpensions as well. I have to be sincere sir, I don't even know if I'm to thank God for the grace to see December but I'm also very ashamed of myself that I can't even be proud of having as sum of ₦10,000 or even less to make myself and my family happy in this festive period where millions of people are happy…


Dec 23, 2020

I wish for a laptop this Christmas. I'm a third year student and need this for my studies and works on architectural drawings and preparation of bills of quantities but if this is too much, I would like little cash add to the one I'm saving to get a fairly used one. I'm thankful for my life, family and Oakpensions. I'm inspired by this article

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