See why Nelson Mandela is the greatest

This is a great story of humility

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46664 Concert: In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life - PerformanceBREAKFAST AT MR. MANDELA’S HOME

Have you ever wonder what make people grow in greatness and influence. I have and here is a case study of the indisputable greatness black man that ever live, Nelson Mandela.

Background: Mr. Mandela invites Peter for a breakfast meeting. At Mr. Mandela’s home, Peter gets more than simply the breakfast he has gone for. He has a deep lesson on how to treat others. He learns that people matter as people before they have any titles.

When BP, the company I was working for, transferred me from Lusaka to Cape Town, I took time to talk with my new colleagues to learn what they were working on. One of the meetings I had was with a man called Peter. He was in charge of promoting the company’s social investment in South Africa. As we introduced ourselves, we somehow came to talk about Mr Mandela…

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Punctuality Deficiency Syndrome

The concept of ‘Africa time’ is not to commend Africa as some people assume it to be. Instead, it is coined to ridicule us. I am happy that some Africans know this and have attempted to speak against it. Prominent among the voices against ‘Africa time’ include that of Ivorians. In 2007, they launched a campaign tagged, “Africa time is killing Africa – let’s fight it”. This campaign won the massive support of the then Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo.

Reading about the campaign, I knew how productivity becomes crippled in our region because languid tardiness is the norm. I was convinced beyond reasonable that I should be among the flag bearers of the war against ‘Africa time’. Since then, I have been short feeding my desire to be punctually default. I tried as much as I could to punctual.

In my estimated opinion, I have done pretty well in official engagement and religious gathering. However, I have a serious challenge when it comes to attending social functions. How? Most organizers of functions erroneously assume that everyone in Africa is plague with ‘Punctuality Deficiency Syndromes’. They schedule there functions by adding percentage error credited to ‘Africa time’ to their time

Take for illustration: Mr. Africa invited me to a birthday party. On the invitation letter, the time of the programme is 12PM prompt. In an attempt to stay loyal to me commitment, I left many ‘can’t wait tasks’ and rush down to the venue of the event. I got there around 11:55AM and was consequently disappointed when I met the well-arranged empty hall. I waited for about 45minutes and no show yet. I left in anger. I complained bitterly and became more disappointed by peoples’ response.

Here is the most annoying response, “When you are in Rome, behave like the Romans. You are in Africa so you have to behave like an African.”

Now the big questions are: what is your take on ‘Africa time’? Does it have any effect on our ways of life? How do you personal handle it?

The Book; Skyrocket Your Academic Performance

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Skyrocket Your Academic performance

This book is inspired by the desire to impact lives. The author. Abbey B. Mogaji used to be average in his academic. He had an encounter that changed his academic story. This encounter moved him from the rare end of his class to the front seat. He believed that his experience can help you change your academic story too.

The book contains a lot of advice and recommendation that will help students maximize their academic potentials. In the book, the author shared many interesting stories of people who overcame academic stagnation, how the overcame and what they do to overcome.

I can bet that this book will rewrite your academic story.

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Discard stories that spell impossibility

There are too many stories that take academic excellence out of view. When I gained admission, like most student, I came with a mindset to graduate with distinction. I heard bulk of these stories and they made my dream to be an academic highflier sick. I walked around the campus with a sickish aspiration until my cousin finally killed the dream.

I was in his hostel on a visit. He entertained me in a little way that an average student could afford. After taking the beans and ‘garri’ he gave me, we took a stroll towards the campus’s health centre. Being a final year student, he deemed it fit to orientate me – a chronic fresher.

“You cannot afford to have carry-overs; so you have to do everything possible to avoid it.” He continued, “There are a lot of callous lecturers who are expert in sabotaging student’s effort. Sure, there would be at least a highly intelligent person in your class, do everything possible to associate with him or her. It helps.” After offering me several good advices, he negligently set a goal for me. He said, “It may require that you sweat bullet, but try to score 60 in all your courses. If you do, you will make our family proud.”

I went home excitedly, drew plans and strategies that will help me achieve my brand new goal. Like he suggested, I sweated bullet before I could reach that goal. I am not sure if my friends and families were proud of me as my cousin proposed.

Do I just say those stories are completely untrue? No! They are incomplete. They are not the only stories. There are stories of students who were victimized and yet graduated with their first class. In fact, every student who graduated with a first as at a time been victimized.

What would have happened if I did not listen to my cousin? What would have happened if I refused to slim fit my goal? Do I really have the potential to reach my first goal?

I was opportune to get a second chance. This time, I came with a determination that the potential odds could not withstand. I discarded all those stories and believed the only ones that spelt possibility. I can tell; the result was desirable.

Summarily, get this into your head: victimization, tough time, and challenges are integral part of the game. Avoiding it is avoiding first class.

Action Point: Get your advice from people you desire their success. If you desire to graduate with first class, do not gather your advice from people who are graduated with pass.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IS FEASIBLE TO ALL STUDENTS

 

I was rushing to catch up a meeting in the campus of the universities in Nigeria. I was walking closely behind three students. Their conversation suggested that they were in the same level and department. Their subject of discussion caught my interest; I thought within me that there is something to learn from these boys’ discussion. Then I slowed down and walk in the same pace as they were doing.

The first boy, dressed in white t-shirt and a blue jeans said to his friends, “Those who graduate with first class are destined to do exactly that. No matter how much people like us try, none of us can make it to first class.” The second boy was like, “What of if I double up my effort?” “You cannot make it.” the first boy insisted. I wished I could zip my mouth and listened but I just couldn’t.

“How in God’s name do you know that this young man is not destined to graduate with first class?” I interrupted. Looking at my face like you will do when a complete stranger bump into your discussion, the boy said, “I am judging him from his previous academic record.” If you ask me, that is the worst thing to do: to judge someone with his past. I went on to explain to these boys, “What is constant in life is change. Human intelligence, ability, and agility are not fixed. They change on a daily basis.”

Like the first boy in the story, most students have internalized the erroneous notion that academic excellence is feasible for only selected few – and that they couldn’t make it on the list of this precious few. Despite the fact that this notion is untrue, it will be true for anyone who believes it with conviction.

Here is the gimmick: Human beings by nature detest putting their witty effort or attempt to waste their time and resource on things that are unachievable. It has little or no effect when it appears unachievable to other but not you. But trust me, you won’t like to put your effort if it appears unachievable to you; even if it is obvious that it is achievable. The implication therefore is that students who incapacitate themselves with this erroneous belief will not hesitate to withhold the efforts required to produce academic excellence.

Therefore, I urge you to discard all the counterproductive believes that disqualifies you for academic success; discard also the people who reinforce these believes in you.

Academic excellence is at the finger tip every student; it only requires a copious effort to achieve it. It is noteworthy is that this copious effort is always something you can afford. Be willing to put in this effort and academic excellence becomes yours.

Discard all the stories that spell impossible

 

There are too many stories that take academic excellence out of view. When I gained admission, like most energetic freshmen, I came with a mindset to graduate with distinction. I heard bulk of these stories and they made my dream to be an academic highflier sick. I walked around the campus with a sickish aspiration until my cousin finally killed the dream.

I was in his hostel to visit him. He entertained me in a little way that an average student could afford. After taking the beans and ‘garri’ he gave me, we took a stroll towards the campus’s health centre. Being a final year student, he deemed it fit to orientate me – a chronic freshman.

“You cannot afford to have carry-over; so you have to do everything possible to avoid it.” He continued, “There are a lot of callous lecturers who are expert in sabotaging student’s effort. Sure there would be at least a highly intelligent person in your class, do everything possible to associate with him or her.” After offering me several good advices, he negligently set a goal for me. He said, “It may require that you sweat bullet, but try to score 60 in all your courses. If you do, you will make our family proud.”

I went home excitedly, drew plans and strategies that will help me achieve my brand new goal. Like he suggested, I sweated bullet before I could reach that goal. What would have happened if I did not listen to my cousin? What would have happened if I refused to slim fit my goal?

Do I just say those stories are completely untrue? No! They are incomplete. They are not the only stories. There are stories of students who were victimized and yet graduated with their desire grade. At least, I knew a student who was victimized because her lecture wanted what is in between her thigh at all course. She took up the case and got justice. I also know hundreds of students who make first class despite these daring odds.

I was opportune to get a second chance. This time, I came with a determination that the potential odds could not withstand. I discarded all those stories and believed the only ones that spelt possibility. I can tell; the result was desirable.

 

Action point: Get your advices from people you desire their success. If you desire to graduate with first call, don’t gather your advice from people who are graduated with pass.

The importance of your first CGPA

He is a friend. He was admitted into a state university that will remain unnamed. He did not particularly like the school. He never relented as he continued to seek admission from another federal university. In the process, he missed classes, assignments, test and many deadlines. It was barely three weeks to his first semester exam when he found out that he could not make it to his desired school.

Like most students in his shoe will do, he fell back to admission that he had been lackadaisical about. He employed fire brigade approach; he worked off his finger. His hard work and intellectual ability was unable to rescue him from carry-over. While narrating his experience, he said, “That was my poorest grade ever and I vowed that it will be forever.”

Jude wrote first class in the second semester and beyond – till the end of his days as an undergraduate. But it is painful and dishearten that his CGPA never made it to first class because of his first ugly grade. Here is a practical illustration.

His first semester grade point was 2.46(pass); the second is 4.54(first class). His cumulative for second semester became 3.5(Second class lower). In the second year, he wrote 4.5 in my first semester 200l, my cumulative for that semester will be (2.46+3.5+4.67)/3 which is equal to 3.54.

Action point: Start early! It gives you an unfair advantage; it will save you from unnecessary hard work;

Let’s give informal education a trail

 

There are two broad means of acquiring education. They are formal and informal education. For donkey’s years now, Nigeria has prioritized the bastardized version of formal education. And it has not been producing our desired outcome. We have place outrageous value on certification and it self-evident that it is not working.

I read recently that Yinka Quadri – a veteran Yoruba actor, movie star who has appeared in more than a thousand movies, went back to school to study theater art, a career that he had gotten to the mountaintop. For what? I amused. Yinka is already an authority in the field; he was supposed to be employed as a facilitator and not a student. But because we are uninterested in the skills but the paper certification, he was admitted as student.

There are practical examples of how ‘outside school education’ has delivered the type of result we wanted. Bill Gate case makes a telling example. Bill Gate was a student in Harvard when he conceive the idea that later became the most magnificent IT firm in the world. He realized that what is been taught in the four walls of the classroom was not only incompetent to help him achieve his dream, it was also a distraction and waste of time. He took a leave of absence to give his dream a trial. His dream worked out and he never resumed his leave of absence.

Today, Bill Gates is considered as one of the greatest revolutionist of our time. His contribution to world of technology has changed the face of education in the world. Yet this man never had a university degree. The same is true for Steve Jobs, the brain behind Apple Inc. He left Stanford to acquire knowledge from an informal setting. Without a college degree, he shook the world of technology to its root. Mark Zugerberg, the Mandela of social media dropped out voluntarily to informally learn, master and work at his dream. And today, his brainchild – Facebook – has provided jobs for many hopeless graduates, yet he is not a graduate.

It is on this note that I encourage my fellow Nigerians who desire to contribute his or her quota to make this nation a better and safer place to live to join the campaign to ‘importalize’ informal education.

HATRED DOES MORE HARM THAN GOOD

Hatred is a deep and emotional extreme dislike that can be directed against individuals, entities, object or idea. It all start from our inner being. Our mind housed hatred. It is more of our thought than our action but trust me evil intention can be as serious as evil action.
Hatred has a whole lot of problem in the world, but has not solved one yet. It wreaks havoc on relationship, breaks up families, and even take away innocent lives. Statistics shows that 80% of the evil deed that exist in the world today stems up from hatred. Mention it. Murder happen in the absent of love. When love is absent hatred takes over. It is almost impossible to rape someone we love. Is that confusing? Love differs from lust. Love is not equal to infatuation.
The ten laws of Moses was summarized in two by Jesus Christ. And the two are based primarily on love – the opposite of hatred. God is love and anyone who desire to relate with must have not only the capacity to love but maximize this capacity.
Apart from being the source of evil, and jeopardize our relationship with our maker. hatred is like an acid that does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. It is a burden. In fact, it causes mind ulcer. With hatred, thought of revenge and destruction can cloud our mind. Whereas, The mind the bottled with these thoughts hardly – or occasionally – know peace. Because peace and hatred are cat and rat. Tell me the essence of living in the absent of peace and rest?
There is no escape route to hatred in the bible. The story of a young man called Sola illustrates this better. Sola was tired of his marriage, he went to his pastor to complain. These were their conversation.
Sola: My home has turned to a mini hell. In fact, I hate my wife with passion.
Pastor: But God commanded us to love wife.
Sola: She is not my wife. As a matter fact, we don’t sleep in the same room
Pastor: The bible said love your neighbour.
Sola: She is not my neighbour. Should a tell you the truth? She is my enemy
Pastor: Forget not, God said, love your enemy.
As you can see, the bible left no stone unturned and gave no license to hate. Hatred is evil and every evil is from devil. The only thing the bible permit you to hate is SIN. When I said sin, I mean sin and not SINNER.
Beware life is too short, too precious to be eaten up by hatred.

Learning to unlearn and relearn

The most important part of human making use to learn is our MIND. In our mind, I believe, knowledge is organized and structured in a network of related concepts. Zull said new knowledge must connect to, or build upon a framework of the existing knowledge. Learning involves building mental models consisting of new and existing information. The richer the links between new and existing information, the deeper the knowledge and the more readily it can be retrieved and applied in new situations.
As established above, if existing knowledge serves as a foundation for new learning, then it is important that the existing misconceptions, preconception and naïve conceptions are acknowledged and correct during learning process. I believe that is why Thomas Jefferson said “He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehood and error”.
I believe you will agree with me that there are some lessons we have learnt and knowledge we have acquired that we really need to unlearn before we start new learning. The alarming one is telling lies. Though I can’t really pinpoint it origin, but it a eaten up our system. In fact, many see it as an abnormal act not to tell lies. One acquaintance of my equate lying with wisdom.
And there are some values and knowledge that is part of us before but nowhere to be found now. Take for instance, when I was growing up, my mummy taught me to pray each time I want do any sensitive thing like when I want to eat, travel, sleep and when I wake up. But now, I can remember leaving for my daily activity without a word of prayer.
All these make it important for us to learn how to unlearn the counter human development knowledge in our disposal and relearn the good virtues we have lost or those outside our reach.