WHEN THE MOTIVATOR NEEDS TO BE MOTIVATED

Indeed, there are times when the motivator is in low spirits and needs to be uplifted…I was in such spirits today and needed to hear some words of encouragement.

A colleague of mine was congratulating me on my recent birthday celebration. I told her of the plenty likes and comments I got on facebook, how I felt overwhelmed with love and jokingly added that what I really need now is money in my account. Continue reading

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MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS & DAUGHTERS OF GOD

To manifest is to display, show, exhibit, demonstrate, reveal, indicate, express or declare something.

Since the beginning of the world, we have had men and women who have manifested God’s wisdom, grace and power, bringing solutions to problems of humanity and bringing glory to God. Continue reading

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Negative emotions and my IELTS test experience

It was on a Monday morning. I had been preparing to take this Speaking Test for weeks and the D-day came.

Check-in time was 11:30am. I left home around 7:00am with an assumption that in about three hours I should reach my test venue. How mistaken I was! Continue reading

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Nigeria: Before We Hit Diamond

Malaysia’s 60th independence anniversary celebration last Friday (August 31, 2018) set me thinking vigorously about the future of the world’s most populous black nation, my fatherland – Nigeria. On Thursday October 1 2020, our dear nation will hit the diamond age. Will it be a time to roll out drums, dance freely, pop champagne, wine and dine?  Expectedly, there will be a special presidential address on D-Day and millions of naira will be disbursed for a rich variety of events after which everything will go back to ‘normal’. A sage once said that the best way to create the future is to invent it. We cannot continue to pray and wish that things get better without taking steps critical to progress and doing things differently.  Are there lessons we can learn from Malaysia before we turn sixty? Continue reading

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Outdoor Advertising: LASAA’s Lease of Life

 The outdoor advertising sector is undeniably a key component of Nigeria’s creative economy but fraught with challenges. Research has shown that 60 percent of the country’s total advertising market is domicilled in Lagos State. It is a sector that accounts for N58.9 billion turnover yearly and is responsible for over 100,000 people in its workforce contributing hugely to the revenue of the nation. As such, the survival of the outdoor advertising sector is a matter that cannot be trifled with. Over the years, the industry has been bedeviled with a myriad of problems, some of which have become historical despite several interventions by stakeholders. A case-in-point is the effort made by the management of the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA). Early in the year, the Agency’s management team went on a fact-finding-cum-familiarization visit to a good number of outdoor advertising firms. The mission was clear: to find out the challenges facing the industry and possible ways of resolving them. Continue reading

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LASKADA: Breaking the Jaws of Drug Abuse

The ongoing International Youth Camp (IYC), with the theme ‘Awakening Humanity in Youth and Fostering Generational Z Leaders’ organized by the Nigerian Red Cross, is targeted at combating drug abuse. The camping exercise, which started August 26 to end on September 2, is in progress at the Resettlement Camp, Igando, in Ikotun-Igando Local Council Development Area (LCDA) Lagos State. This year’s edition of the camp is somewhat timely coinciding with the national urgency to rescue our youths from the claws of drug abuse.   Continue reading

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Kofi Annan: The Question of Legacy

One weighty question serious leaders ask themselves is this – “What will be my leadership legacy?” At the end of the day, all our so-called achievements, acquisitions and awards will disappear into the dustbin of nothingness but what will continue to speak volumes about us will be the positive impact we made on the lives of people within our space and under our leadership. As endowed as Africa is, we are still unable to unleash our potential because we have a dearth of legacy-conscious leaders – leaders who would sacrifice the ultimate for the immediate. Continue reading

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MY EXPERIENCE AS A FACILITATOR AT EKO YOUTH ACADEMY 2018

Together with nine other seasoned facilitators, yours truly travelled the length and breadth of Lagos – Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence inspiring and instructing young people in the State’s five administrative divisions: Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe. A fulfilling experience, it was!

The positive feedbacks, the impact was humongous. After my presentation on Effective Communication and Public Speaking in Onikan Youth Centre, one of the assessors confessed that they were surprised at my delivery because I came across as a reserved person but that on getting to the podium, I became another person entirely. In particular, one of the assessors asked me “How did you groom yourself?” I’ve undergone a lot of trainings but I chose to speak of the tremendous impact Daystar Leadership Academy (Basic and Advanced) had on me. The assessors went on to give me positive feedbacks; that I carried along the participants, that those of them that have been reticent participated, that mine was the most engaging session. Those are the kinds of feedbacks every public speaker wants to hear.

The first phase of Eko Youth Academy (EYA 2018) is undeniably a great success. Many thanks to Governor Akinwunmi Oladapo Ambode, Mr. Agboola Dabiri, the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development and the fantastic team of coordinators, assessors and everyone who acted from behind the scenes.

God bless you Rashidat Omoshola Umar, the State Coordinator of the Eko Youth Academy. She is an epitome of true leadership.

Nothing revs me up like youth development initiatives like this!

Whatever you do, make sure you are touching lives positively and making the world a saner place.

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Ambode: Forest of A Thousand Rainbows

The ongoing Eko Youth Academy (EYA) 2018 is an incontrovertible testimony to the sheer determination of the Ambode administration to groom a new generation of young leaders who will positively change the Nigerian narrative and mesmerize the world with their talents. Continue reading

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Youth development: The ‘Itesiwaju’ Dimension

Youth development: The ‘Itesiwaju’ Dimension

We are in that time of the year that the International Youth Day (IYD) is observed. August 12, every year, is a day set aside to draw attention to the myriad of issues that affects young people across the globe. The need to create “Safe Spaces for Youth” is this year’s talking point. Continue reading

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