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Guest Speaker, Yusuf Ali Guest Speaker, Yusuf Ali

PRESENTED AT THE 3RD ANNUAL SPEECH AND PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY OF  CHRISLAND HIGH SCHOOL, ABUJA BY THE MANAGING EDITOR, NORTHERN OPERATION, THE NATION NEWSPAPERS, YUSUF ALLI

COURTESY 

In spite of the fact that I am adopting the existing protocol, I want to pay tribute to the Chairman /Founder of Chrisland Schools Limited, High Chief (Dr.) Mrs. W.A. Awosika for her resilience and uncommon commitment to the development of this country. I was once a beneficiary of the tendering love of the Awosikas when I was a staff of THE PUNCH. Their care centre, Unity Hospital in Ikeja, was my first love in Lagos between 2004 and 2008. Even when I got this invite, I said it is incumbent on me to love or honour any Awosika.

To the students, today is a unique day in your life. I was in your shoes about 41 years ago and some of your parents and guardians might have had varied experience in the last 50, 40, 30, or 20 years. It is the first journey into the world, a gateway to real life and the first step of a journey of thousand miles. Your joy of being educated must have no bound because this is one of the rare things you will witness in your sojourn on earth. None of us here witnessed how we were born and nobody will be privileged to witness his or her burial. So, every landmark you record in between these two extreme parts of life (birth and death), deserves a mention or a modest celebration.

You are lucky that you do not belong to the 10million out of school children, whose fault is not theirs, who have no access to Education. You are attending a privileged school, an elite enclave, a primus inter pares institution and one of the best learning environments in the country. Your parents are paying through their nose to offer you the best in order to launch you into this millennium age and the gate to adulthood. I congratulate your parents and guardians. I share in your glory today, I rejoice with you.

In a verse in the 10 commandments, the LORD says in EXODUS 20:12—

                      “Honour thy father and thy mother: That thy days  may be long upon the land which the Lord giveth thee.”

 

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This is no doubt a day of merriment but it is also a day of pricking your conscience. I was fascinated by the theme of the Prize-Giving Day, “PREPARE TO BE PREFERRED” , which shows that your school is a forward-looking academy. We live in a tough world, it is now the survival of the fittest. Consider these statistics from the UNPF and Population Reference Bureau:

•    The United Nations Population Fund(UNPF) says that the world population is around 7.4 billion but might be 7.5billion in 2017;

•    Over 25 percent of the world's population is less than 15 years old. The figure is 41 percent in least developed countries and 16 percent in more developed countries.

•    781 million adults over the age of 15 are estimated to be illiterate

•    496 million  out of the 781million were women according to the World’s Women 2015 report

•    The final figure for unemployment in 2015 was  estimated at 197.1 million and in 2016 about 199.4 million. An additional 1.1 million jobless will likely be added to the global tally in 2017, according to the  ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2016  (WESO).

You need to appreciate that you are moving into a world in which you need to  dream and live up to your dreams; have a strong focus;  plan every aspect of your life;  be determined; be serious-minded and  work hard.

Even God loves preparation and planning. The Earth rotates on its axis and it revolves around the Sun for 365 ¼ days. The Earth theory may look scientific but it also shows the divine touch in our life. We love Sunlight, we relish moonlight but they are products of PREPARATION.

If you do not PREPARE, you cannot BE PREFERRED. You cannot be a doctor, an engineer, a pilot, an accountant, a teacher or a pastor by sitting at home, depending on your parents for sustenance, or going to the university to earn a PASS or THIRD CLASS.  Manna does not fall from heaven again. Let your motto be: “NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING GAINED.”

We all love good meals which are produced by farmers. A farmer prepares to reap bumper harvest. He clears the farmland; he cultivates the soil; he plants seeds; he clears weeds; and he reaps good harvest. So, as you lay your bed, you shall lie on it.

Look at the story of Prophet Noah(Nuh as in Islam) in Genesis Chapter 6. If he had not prepared, he would not have saved his family and animals from a flood disaster when it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.

Better still, emulate the life of an Ant how it prepares to be prepared.  Proverbs 6: 6-11 says: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.  How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”

Also, Proverbs 22:29 says:  “Seest thou a man diligent in his business, he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.”

Luke 14:28: “ For which of you, intending to build a tower, sit down first, and count the cost, whether you have sufficient to finish it?

Galatians 6:7: “ Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Christina Desmarais identified SEVEN STEPS to success in life.

 

Step 1:  Set Goals with the Greatest Positive Impact

 

Goal expert Brian Tracy, in his book FLIGHT PLAN  advises us to identify 10 goals and identify one goal which could have the greatest positive impact. He says: “Your major definite purpose, your primary goal, and your most important destination for the next leg of your life’s journey.”

 

Step 2: Make SMART Goals for Best Results.

 

To make goals that are focused and achievable, they need to be S.M.A.R.T., an acronym that typically means:

•    Specific

•    Measurable

•    Achievable

•    Realistic

•    Time-limited

 

Step 3: Writing Goals Down Is Essential

 

 

In Henriette Anne Klauser’s book, Write it Down, Make it Happen: Knowing What You Want – And Getting It, she says that writing down your goals is the first step towards achieving them.

 

Step 4: Think of Potential Obstacles and Real Solutions.

 

Winston Churchill said, “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” Successful people fail more than unsuccessful people simply because they keep trying no matter what obstacles they come across.

 

Step 5: Focus on Goals Every day.

 

7. Scientifically Proven  Ways to Achieve Better

Success in Life.

 

(a) Increase your confidence by taking action.

 

 

(b)Demonstrate passion and perseverance for long-term goals.

 

(c) Embrace a "growth mindset.”

 

 

Lastly, I want to give the latest example of how to PREPARE TO BE PREFERRED. In his testimony, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina recently generated a piece on his son, Oluwatobi Adesina, who lived up to his dream to be a pilot. Titled, “DADDY, I WILL BE A PILOT,” Adesina regaled the nation with a moving story of a four-year old boy who later became a pilot.

The article reads in part: “One day, when he was just four years old, we were all in the living room; myself, his mom, and his sister, when he exclaimed: “Daddy, I’ll be a pilot!”

After going through the pangs of parenting, Tobi later became a pilot and flew his father, a former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

As a proud father on  a flight from Lagos to Abuja, Adesina said:” I told him(Obi),  my son was the co-pilot, and he was so very happy and excited at the news.

“That was when Tobi struck. He came out from the cockpit, and said the Captain had consented that I should be their guest throughout the flight.

I first declined. Flying in the air was tough enough, who wants to go and frighten himself to death in a cockpit?

“Daddy, come and see what you paid for. Come and see where your money went,”

 

Distinguished parents , guardians and teachers, we all owe our wards a duty to PREPARE TO BE PREFERRED.

 

THANK YOU

 

 

 

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