Prince Louis Omolayo Adekola is one of the 100 most Influential young Nigerians and one of the 12 African youths honoured through Egyptian President AbdelFattah El-Sisi with the Promising young people Award of the world kids forum. in this interview with CAMPUSLIFE CORRESPONDENT ADESOLA IKULAJOLU, Adekola relives how he surmounted a number of his challenges. Excerpts:
As a younger leader, what’s your mission?
My project is to offer get right of entry to to quality training for humans irrespective of age, gender, background and social fame. I maintain a bachelors’ diploma in academic control and my postgraduate awareness is on global and Comparative training. i’m the founder of the Ambassadors of Africa, an company created in 2009 with the only goal of building Africans into worldwide giants. i’m additionally the u . s . Council President of world merit Nigeria, inventive Director of Frikanah Theatre organisation and my company-Edvant side Africa, specializes in supporting universities in Africa set up and manipulate purposeful and a hit advancement centre/workplaces if you want to become 21st Century institutions indeed.
What conjures up you the most?
My concept comes from the information i have that “i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. once I conceive an idea, I make sure to spend time analysing it and know-how the solutions that such an idea could provide. i am the sort of individual who believes that problems are intended to be solved and most effective the passionate ones get to do this. So, i am stimulated by using all of the passionate people all over the world, each past and present, who’ve stepped out in their comfort zones to create real lifestyles answers in their groups and in our international as an entire.
How do you address demanding situations and what’s the most important you’ve confronted?
the largest project that i’ve ever confronted is doubting myself and my ability. when I started the business enterprise as a teenage-undergraduate pupil, I had a lot of discouragement from some of my friends or even a few older human beings, who I expected to get recommendation from. due to the reoccurrence of such discouragements, I began to assume perhaps they have been proper but i used to be blessed with an awesome network of pals and a high-quality family; folks who continuously ring a bell in me how fantastically clever i am. If I had listened to the voices of naysayers, i’d no longer be where i am these days.
You have been a few of the young most Influential Nigerians, how do you feel?
I feel extremely good truely.
I imply, getting nominated as one of the 100 maximum Influential younger Nigerians in 2017 showed to me that when you are doing something, whether or not good or horrific, people are noticing. the overpowering support I acquired at some point of the balloting method, which ranked me as fourth in the whole us of a and 2d below the non-public improvement and Academia class, confirmed to me how a great deal of effect i’ve made over time and the quantity of love that human beings have for me and my works. In 2018 again, i was ranked inside the Africa teenagers Awards as one of the one hundred maximum Influential young Africans and i felt sincerely honoured to have obtained this type of popularity.
What earned you that feat?
After being admitted to observe academic control at Adekunle Ajasin university, I struggled virtually difficult with that fact as I desired to examine enterprise management or Banking and Finance at the time. After in the end accepting my ‘destiny’, I buckled up with my studies and once I went on my first teaching exercise, my complete existence modified. i was inspired via all of the tremendous youngsters i used to be coaching, however, i used to be saddened via the terrible education device that concern college students in public faculties to harsh gaining knowledge of situations and obsolete curriculum and pedagogies. except, the level of poverty in these rural communities makes the possibilities of in addition research very narrow as well as the manner human beings like them had grew to become out in these groups. I knew I could do something positive about it; i used to be now not going to look away like many others and so I began to behave.
So how did you do it?
My profession counselling/mentorship activities, student seminars, and trainer education programmes in 2009 and 2010 gave beginning to the A-students assignment and my company, the Ambassadors of Africa. over time, this company has definitely impacted the lives of over 35,000 people in various African international locations and now has groups in over 10 nations. apart from the A-students assignment, our BrainStorm, KickStart as well as the CoLearn Hub and network Library tasks have converted the lives of people in many countries in Africa. This and greater of my volunteering works with different corporations like Enactus and global benefit earned me that reputation on the Africa youth Awards and, even though I do no longer know the individuals who had nominated me.
You had been currently offered with the aid of the Egyptian President; are you able to tell us about it?
really, it become like a dream!
i was on my table one day after I obtained a message on LinkedIn from the arena kids forum crew. now not lengthy after my discussion with the individual that had contacted me, I received an invitation to wait the inaugural Arab and African young people Platform, which turned into scheduled to maintain in Aswan, Egypt and i was excited to attend. Then, i was invited to characteristic in a documentary about youths from those two regions to exhibit the fantastic works of young people, who are developing sustainable trade. again, i was excited to be part of this amazing organization of 12. After arriving within the stunning city of Aswan and honouring several interviews, I joined the continued shots for the documentary. On the hole day of the occasion, which also marks the release of the Egyptian Chairmanship of the African Union, we had been informed that we might be receiving awards on the following day as “honourees” of the arena young people forum. We had been all taken aback and i was absolutely gobsmacked.
How do you cope amidst countless duties?
My most important strategy is quite simple – I do what I ‘have’ to do earlier than I do what I ‘want’ to do.
it is all approximately putting priorities and managing time efficaciously. any other method i have is to hold my residence, workplace, and machine smooth and orderly in order that i’m able to always switch between responsibilities without any problem. It won’t seem like much, however it really works well for me. when I don’t have numerous minutes/hours seeking out my hair brush in my residence or a record inside the workplace or a file on my machine, i get lots of factors executed. any other aspect I do is to constantly keep a high-quality mind-set, I give myself affirmations every now and then reassuring myself that ’i’m able to do it’; and then I surround myself with the proper type of people. All of these with the assist of my great teams across numerous enterprises, my colleagues at my place of work and my amazing own family, i am capable reap my set desires.