We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Okwena and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks is oftentimes daunting. But I like to think about risk in the context of conviction and reward. When I’m convinced about a plan of action and it’s potential benefits, I go all in in-spite of the fear of failure.
I cannot think of any major achievement in my life and career that didn’t require taking risks.It is always worth it in the end.
Immigrating from Nigeria to the U.S was the biggest risk I have taken. It turned out to be a life altering decision for me. Leaving behind everything I had ever known, family, friends, career, culture, climate, etc., to a place where everything was different, was challenging. It was like starting all over again from scratch. I had to, for example, learn to ride the train, figure out how to use gps, and even take up menial jobs. But my determination to succeed propelled me forward, along with family support.
My career as an attorney is another great example. After dropping out of college twice, I took a bet on myself to go to law school. Today, I am the managing attorney of a thriving family immigration law firm based in Aurora, Colorado, but serving all states.
Establishing my practice, especially as a solo practitioner, amounted to going against the grain. I was still fresh off the boat, and most people in my shoes would rather get a 9-5 job that guaranteed a steady income. But I knew that establishing my own practice would help me make the most impact, afford me a better work-life balance, and keep me in control my own destiny and legacy.
Taking risks is where I thrive, and I am thankful that some of my biggest blessings have come as a result of it.
What should our readers know about your business?
My Immigration firm is a bouquet practice that caters to Immigrants and their families, helping them navigate the complex and ever-changing sphere of U.S. immigration laws.
There are a few aspects that set Okwena Immigration LLC apart from other firms. Everyone that sets foot through our doors is given a sense of hope! We also take a very personalized approach to each case. Our office is inviting, community oriented, and we treat our clients like family. There are several other things that set us apart but you will have to come and visit! We are excited for the future as we have big plans in the works.
As soon as we opened our doors on January 1, 2020 we immediately faced challenges. It was difficult to hit the ground running because right after we opened up for business, the covid-19 pandemic shut down the world. We then had to shift and go virtual from our home office. We leaned on our enduring passion, determination and perseverance to keep pushing forward and continue to build the firm. Thankfully, we were able to elevate the practice even more as soon as restrictions were lifted. We then signed a commercial lease for our own office space and we are continuing to thrive. Having patience, setting goals, and being organized was helpful in getting us through those initial hard times.
We will continue to learn as we grow and remain open and fluid to change. The covid-19 pandemic taught us to literally go with the flow as you never truly know what’s next. Our faith also carried the firm through some challenging years and we have many success stories & testimonials to show for it.
Striving for excellence as we serve our surrounding communities is our primary mantra. We absolutely cannot wait for what’s next because we know it will be monumental!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Where do I start? There are so many amazing areas and activities to do in beautiful Colorado!
We would first venture out west to several areas such as: Red Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park and Breckenridge depending on the time of year. Skiing, sledding or snowmobiling are always fun activities! Also, visiting one of many hot springs could also be on the agenda.
Headed back east away from the mountains, we would go straight to Union Station downtown Denver. There we would grab a nice meal there. After that, a nice afternoon ride on the 16th street mall shuttle to enjoy some site seeing and shopping would also be fun. Seeing a Broncos, Av’s or Nuggets game would also be icing on the cake. I am a fan of museums so while downtown we would visit a few!
We would then end the trip by venturing south to Colorado Springs. There is lots to do and there are some beautiful hikes that we could partake in!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Dedicated to my Wife: Deidra Okwena
Facebook: @Okwena Immigration
Office location by appointment (Can book on our website): 1450 S Havana St #336 Aurora, CO 80012