Former OAU Union President Convenes Leadership Conference.

Olatunji .S. Tolulope


The New Breed Network led by an Ex- President of Obafemi Awolowo University's students' union, Idowu Olanrewaju (Oladiamond), organised a leadership conference on Friday.

 The conference held at the Oduduwa Hall of the University was tagged 'Get a head start' with invited coaches and motivational speakers in attendance.

In the welcome address of the former unionist, he advised the participants to get a head start in life and engage in personal development projects without unhealthy competitions.

“The first thing is to know yourself. No matter the situation we are different from each other. You can’t compare the work done of a Ferrari with that of Benz plying the roads of Lagos, it certain that Ferrari will break down before getting to its destination. Appreciate your individual differences and knowledge” he said

“The mission of this conference is to grow and develop African role models. You cannot be a role model if you are not seen at the top, you must be a leader. Leadership is not a position that you hold, it all about adding values and impacting. We want to build you as schooled graduates, not just a graduate. You can’t bring new ideas if you cannot kill the old one” he added


Another speaker, Mrs. Crystal Chigbu of Irede foundation, as well contributed, narrating how life treated her from childhood to adulthood.

“I live in a society where woman cannot talk. The experience you gather in life is not a waste but useful in your journey in life. Life always throw different bones at you, accept it and be focused that you can subdue those bones. The experience you have a times determine your success.” She said.

In his lecture, Mr. Remi Dairo started by an idea of productivity and gave the audience some pathways in which they can exhibit their internal abilities, their passion.

He said;

"one's background does not determine one's success or failure."

“Background does not have any right to put your back on the ground, you must be focused that is when your passion will be actualized. If you like what you do, find a passion it. Your today determine you tomorrow” the Abeokuta born said

After the series of lectures, students were given platform to ask some relevant questions, which were answered afterwards.

Some student entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to advertise their businesses and engagements on campus. Some registered students who came with their business proposals and the student, whose business proposal was adjudged the best, went got a sum of a hundred thousand naira.

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