I recall the story of Joseph in the bible, who knew no one, no network of friends or notable people in high ranks or position to take him to the palace or refer him to the king to take a notable position in the palace. He was just an ordinary person whom God chooses to raise to an extraordinary being. From a prisoner, he became the prime minister of a whole nation in less than 48 hours. His story has remained the most intriguing story of all time to me.
Looking at the picture I'm sharing, I recall in the beginning of the year 2013, no one knew who Lupita Nyong'o was but at the end of 2013, her fame started going round the globe, and in January of 2014, she became a household name.
What beats me most is that in the picture displayed, there are Veteran actors and notable ones too, like renowned Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Idris Elba, etc, but the moment you set your eyes on the picture, the one person that pops out is Lupita Nyong'o in her very dark "unbleached" and proud skin, also in her "un-changed" name and identity. (By the way, that's the purpose behind the shoot, to announce Ms Nyong'o as the latest, hottest actor in Hollywood.)
Reading her story, the one thing she did was to go to Yale University and the rest is history as we can see. In life you have to take a bold step and let God meet you half way and take you through the rest of the journey.
In order to be relevant in your world, you have to find your art/gift or goal/vision, and learn to harness it, until your gift brings you before great men. The bible says, "see a man diligent in his ways, he shall stand before great men", so I know it works.
Know this, you can be the next Lupita Nyong'o in your generation. So do not give up on your dream. Pat yourself each time you feel drained or losing the grips of hope, and speak life to yourself that you are next in line for a turnaround. God honors faith, and faith without works is dead. So put your faith to work and let God complete the journey for you.