Jars of clay: A Family Memoir of Cornelius Dipo Ajayi at 60


A biography of the author at his 60th birthday, chronicles his rise from rural life to city career and migration to America where he is striving to achieve the American dream.



I have envisioned writing Biographies for other people so, I decided to start by writing one for myself. In “Jars of Clay”, I wanted to share my life story with those who may be motivated to write their own biographies and are wondering how to go about it. I will say, just put your thoughts on paper, one paragraph at a time.

Apart from giving expression to your thoughts, biographies are like family archives so your children and grandchildren can know about how their family evolved. I hope that many would-be biography writers will find some roadmap in this attempt.

I have not climbed Mount Everest! I do not have a trademark in my name; neither have I enrolled for a PhD. But, I am a passionate devotee of God’s word in Proverbs 18:16 that says, “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” I believe in manifesting my gifts no matter where I am in the journey of life. I have in this humility, chronicled my life’s story, from very rural town-life in Iye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Western Nigeria, to rising to the position of CEO in Advertising in Lagos, and later migrating to the USA with $1000 for my family of wife, three children and me, to becoming an entrepreneur in America who is now giving back so that other people can find their own life’s vision and purpose. Please enjoy “Jars of Clay”, my story and that of my family.


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