The Four Pragmatic Steps

My Thoughts on Nigeria’s Next Move By Fela Bank-Olemoh (FBO)   Hi there, good to be back. I was recently invited as a guest speaker to January9Collective’s Annual Lecture 9.0; where I shared my thoughts on some pragmatic steps we could take as a nation. Thought you might enjoy reading the speech too. John Wooden…

Dominate This Year

Start Right  The story that comes to mind is that of Morolake Akinosun, who is an American athlete of Nigerian descent. At age 17 in 2011, Morolake was in her senior year in Waubonsie Valley High School in Illinois. While watching the televised World Championships for track and field, she got inspired to tweet these…

Having a First-Class Year

Welcome to 2021! Hi there, good to be back. Though 2020 threw us all some curveballs, we have a new opportunity for a fresh start this year. One of my favourite quotes is; “You don’t earn a First-Class in your Final Year.” To achieve that, you start working hard from your first year in school.…

New Beginnings!!

Start with the Right Mindset. The butterfly is a natural metaphor for describing new beginnings and while it’s truly a fascinating work of nature, this transformation is pretty gruesome deep inside the chrysalis. In fact, for a caterpillar to turn into a butterfly, it digests itself using enzymes triggered by hormones. I guess even mother…

The Art Of Self-Audit

Hi there, good to be back. In my previous articles, I shared my thoughts regarding the Education Sector. However, my next 2 articles will be focused on Self-Leadership. So, lets start with The Art Of Self-Audit. As this tough and turbulent year wraps up, it is expedient to carry out a comprehensive audit of our…

Merry Christmas!

Love is the Reason for The Season   In 2018, American singer and songwriter, Mike Love released his Christmas Solo-Album titled “Reason for the Season”. The album was a collection of traditional Christmas carols, new songs, and re-recordings of some songs by The Beach Boys – a rock band Mike co-founded in 1961.    The Reason for…

Holiday Kindness

Spread Love and Hope   It is 8 days to Christmas and 2020 is steadily winding down.   Yes, the holiday season is here; it’s that period we tend to show more kindness to people around us. Don’t we all love to seize the opportunity of this festive season to exchange gifts and presents to…

The Teacher Question: My Concluding Thoughts

(published in my column; “FBO’s Perspective” on TheCable.ng) In my maiden piece, I opined that the singular most important factor for improving the educational outcomes in any nation are the teachers.  We must acknowledge that the Teacher Challenge in Nigeria is multifaceted. In fact, the issues around Teacher Effectiveness, Quality and Development remain major concerns…

Self-Reflection

Meet with Yourself   There is a popular story of a lion cub who forgot his true identity. He was left all alone as a baby because his mother was captured by hunters just after his birth. A group of goats had pity on him and took him in to raise as one of theirs.…

Self Audit

Examine Yourself Congratulations! You’ve made it to December! 2020 has been tough, but you’re still here. That’s in itself is a feat, considering how turbulent the year has been. Some time ago, I came across the story of a little boy who went into a drug store. Reaching for a soda carton, he pulled it…