The whole world was shocked by the news of the death
of Diego Maradona. Condolences and goodwill messages poured in from various
parts of the world in solidarity with the family. At this point, the beauty of
the world of football was revealed again as factors like nationality, race or
religion didn’t matter – everyone mourned the loss of Diego Maradona.
If you read the biography of Diego Maradona, you will
get a sense of the many achievements and successes he attained. His
achievements are so numerous that you may nearly miss the fact that he
struggled with drug and alcohol addictions. Despite the challenges he faced, he
was always determined to pick himself up and he continued to strive for
excellence. Diego Maradona won’t be forgotten by the people of Argentina and
the various clubs he played for because of the countless trophies he won with
and for them. His legacy lives on.
You do not have to be a skilled footballer like Diego Maradona to leave a legacy. Leaving a legacy encompasses positively impacting the people around you, making a difference in their lives and leaving a lasting footprint.
When I was in Junior Secondary School, I could not conceive the thought of becoming a school prefect. Why? It had never happened before in the history of the school that a school prefect would be chosen from the Junior Classes. However, I was about to be shocked…
can never forget this day: We were gathered for morning assembly, and this day would
be different because the prefects for the new academic session were going to be
announced. Suddenly, my name was called, and there I was, shocked to my bones.
I couldn’t understand what was going on because I was a Junior Secondary School
student, and it was unheard of for a Junior Secondary School student to become
a school prefect.
fact that the school made that decision made me realize that the little things
I had been doing since my admission into Secondary School had an impact on both
the students and the teachers of the school. My reality helped other students to
believe that the “unthinkable” was indeed thinkable and doable. In
Senior Secondary School class 3 (SS3), I eventually became the Senior
You too can leave a legacy. According to Joan Moran, here are some tips for leaving a great legacy:
Reflect and decide what’s important in your life.
Support the people and causes important to you.
Pursue your passions because they are infectious.
Share your blessings with others.
Be a mentor to others.
At LEAD Resources, we provide mentorship and consultancy through multiple programmes such as Career Pathways, Digital Economy Emerging Manager’s Programme, Mainstream Successor Generation, etc. Regardless of your age band, financial capacity and caste, we have a programme tailored to making you a better person and leaving a lasting legacy. If interested, contact us here.
Edobor Francis is an Associate Solutions Architect of Lead Resources. He is a graduate of Accounting. He is also a Sports Enthusiast, so when he’s not working, you can find him on a football pitch.
On 15th July 2020, LEAD Resources joined YALI and NACCIMA to commemorate the World Youth Skills Day (WYSD). WYSD is designated by the United Nations to celebrate skillful youths who channel their competencies towards causes that benefit the society. By so doing, WYSD creates awareness about the value of youth skills development.
LEAD Resources commemorated WYSD by hosting a seminar themed, “The competencies the youth should develop to leverage on COVID-19 era opportunities.” The speakers at the event were Alhaji Popoola (Ogun State Coordinator, NACCIMA Youth Entrepreneurs) and Mr. Kehinde Sogunle (Chief Solutions Architect, LEAD Resources).
How to Leverage Your Skills for Growth
Alhaji Popoola was the first speaker at the event. He taught, “How to leverage your skills for growth.” He stated that he was particularly pleased that the event was commemorated at a time where many have lost hope in Nigeria. The aim of his presentation was to help the youths identify skills (often regarded as useless) and determine how to make the contribute their quota by engaging their skills.
He explained that many youths regard their skills as irrelevant for income generation. He gave an example of a friend that loves to iron who established a laundry business that is scaling. Leveraging skills for growth begins by identifying one’s skills. He suggested that youths ask themselves the following questions to identify their skills:
What can I do
What do I derive joy
What are my parents
and grandparents good at?
What skill do I
believe can make me a better person?
Next, he emphasized the principle of apprenticeship. Submitting to a mentor helps one refine a crude skill to the end that it becomes money-spilling. Everyone needs to follow successful mentors to know the ups and downs to generating income from their skills as well as what made them successful.
He gave the following tips in submitting to mentorship:
building a brand takes effort, patience and determination.
Allow your mentor to
determine the time-span of your apprenticeship.
Note the points that
your mentor makes at every opportune time.
Determine to be a
voice in your choice industry.
Avoid bad company
and societal influence.
Connect with people
of like minds.
He informed the youths that his organization, NACCIMA, pools information about relevant opportunities such as:
Training with GIZ
for the growth and commercialization of tomato and chili pepper.
Access to CBN
COVID-19 response loan (as well as multiple kinds of loans).
Aso-oke textile production
in an organization in South Africa.
He encouraged the youths to connect with organizations such as his, play their roles and benefit from the influx of information to develop their skills and/or scale their businesses.
He wrapped it up by emphasizing that in this digital era, businesses become seamless, efficient and worthwhile when digital competencies are integrated in the administration of one’s skills. He said, “If you want to work for the future, learn whatever you need to learn including AI.”
“If you want to work for the future, learn whatever you need to learn including AI.”
Alhaji Moruf Popoola, Ogun State Coordinator, NACCIMA Youth Entrepreneurs
The Competencies the Youth Should Develop to Leverage on COVID-19 Era Opportunities
After acknowledging the efforts of NACCIMA and YALI in raising skilled youths especially in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle (Chief Solutions Architect, LEAD Resources), the second speaker for the day, took the stage at the WYSD celebration.
He started out by pointing out the fact that following the outbreak of COVID-19, a new era has emerged. Due to the restricted movement of all peoples for over 90 days, it is scientifically proven that this new lifestyle has been formed. He gave examples of how convergences happen online via the use of networking tools as opposed to unnecessary physical meetings.
Therefore, he highlighted the need to develop necessary competencies to thrive in this new era. He gave the following framework for personal discovery:
He said, “There are two types of people in life: Those who live with purpose and those who don’t.” In addition to the simple steps given by the first speaker, he gave the following steps to personal discovery:
Understand why you are here.
Identify where you are going to.
Have confidence in your convictions.
Determine how to arrive there (character and competence).
He said, “Those who create their life purpose are often able to live with extraordinary energy and motivation to overcome challenges.” He gave the example of the situation the Nigerian teachers have found themselves in: the inability to teach in classrooms and get paid. He explained that teachers in this age can thrive by sharing knowledge using new age tools and techniques to leverage their skills.
“Those who create their life purpose are often able to live with extraordinary energy and motivation to overcome challenges.”
Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, Chief Solutions Architect, LEAD Resources
Purpose is an intersection of the following:
What you love doing.
What you are good at.
What the world needs.
What you can be paid
Furthermore, he taught the concept of the virtual realm. The virtual realm is the realm between the physical realm and mental realm. For example, people wrote on paper tangibly but now write on devices intangibly. The former exemplifies the physical realm while the latter exemplifies the virtual realm.
He made the audience understand that this is the new normal for the new economy, the digital economy. He gave the elements of traditional economy:
Resources, e.g. Raw materials.
Secondary, e.g. Manufacturing.
Tertiary, e.g. Real estate.
Quaternary, e.g. Education.
He also gave examples of the elements of the digital economy:
Resources, e.g. Big
Customers, e.g. IoT,
The Business and Sustainable Development Commission gave a projection that a staggering $12 trillion & 380 million new jobs will be enabled by the digital economy in 2030. Especially in Africa (the continent with the largest and youngest workforce), the youths need to develop the new age skills to create solutions, play in the Digital Economy and make Africa great.
He taught that regardless of what a person studies, he or she can find a niche in the virtual economy. He highlighted that the critical areas and business imperatives that Africans can engage among the 17 global goals:
Food & Agriculture.
Transport, Infrastructure & Logistics.
Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them.” Mr. Kehinde Sogunle explained that the problems we created in the traditional economy and physical space can only be solved in the digital economy and virtual space.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them.”
Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist
Furthermore, he encouraged the youths to choose to contribute to the global goals by leveraging technology. He explained that they will get value if they resolve to attain them.
After it was established that accelerated acquisition of knowledge and skills is required, he taught that it is wise to subscribe to the offerings of transition organizations such as LEAD Resources that help raise a new breed of competent youths that can take the world by storm.
He said, “Education + Vocational Skills + Computer Literacy are not enough to guarantee employability and entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy.” He stated that the required competencies for the digital economy are:
Business Enterprise Literacy.
“Education + Vocational Skills + Computer Literacy are not enough to guarantee employability and entrepreneurship in the Digital Economy.”
Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, Chief Solutions Architect, LEAD Resources
Access to Finance through Business Enterprise Development
Start Up School Nigeria/Scale Up Academy
Emerging Managers’ Programme
Research into Innovation
Personal Talent Management
Profiling & Management
4. Successor Generation Streaming Initiative
To learn more about these offerings, click here. He added some other relevant avenues for the youths to upskill such as:
He gave the ten jobs in highest demand in 2020 and encouraged the youths to explore and acquire skills in these areas:
Mr. Kehinde Sogunle rounded off with the parable of the sower in the Holy Bible. He encouraged the youths to have hearts that are fertile soils by choosing to develop their skills, acquire competencies and revolutionize their world, one day at a time.
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