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FUNAABITES: “NO, NOT ANYMORE!”

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The students of the Federal University of Agiculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), yesterday took to the street to protest the negligence of the management of the institution and the government on several issues that have made life so difficult for the students. As a student of FUNAAB, I have seen and gone through a lot, which I will to talk about now. http://www.google.com.ng/search?q=funaab+image&client=ms-opera-mini&channel=new&hl=en&tbm=isch&ei=zHC3V6CDDMamjwPR2pbgDA&start=10&sa=N
In 2011, I was admitted it a home, beautiful paradise of greeness and peace, then University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB). But in 2012, the management of the University had a major change (I was present at the official handing over ceremony).

It all started with the electronic examination (E-exam) process where lots of irregularities and errors occurred. It was disheartening for me because I scored 42 and 41 in two courses I know and taught others (FST201 and STS201) and all we heard was computer error. The university Management Committee on Transportation (MANCOT) bus services was stopped for the student residing in Obantoko, Abeokuta (40% of the university student) and as time passed, those staying in camp, Isolu and gate were not enjoying the service of the buses due to inadequate number of buses to meet up the increasing number of students. Unlike before, no new bus was purchased in two years and the old ones were poorly managed.

The peace in FUNAAB disappeared as theft and armed robbery kept increasing. Student living around School Gate, Kofesu, Oluwokesi, Isolu and Camp in the Alabate area where the university is located, were robbed of their valuables, day and night, especially between september 2015 and August 2016. Yet the university management did nothing about it (are student living off camp not the school property?). In 2013, two young and promising student were killed by a reckless driver due to the management’s failure to make speed breaker on the rehabilitated Alabata road. Another lady (Late Mariam Atere) was also knocked down by a vehicle and the School Health Centre failed to attend to her until we lost her, so many other similar issues occurred, yet nothing was done.

The Green and beautiful campus which both students and staffs worshipped, celebrated, adored and took pride in are now lost to history. The well kept lawns have turned to forest to hunt snakes and rodents in raining season, and desert of burnt grasses in dry season. The class rooms now look like a deserted town hall with broken seat, bad public address system, epileptic power supply and all the seriousness are history. Transportation in FUNAAB grew worse, the unversity calendar was altered (utimate search for calendar), lecture not starting until four weeks, time-table irregularity and search, result error and delay, Senate Waver was cancelled, poor laboratory, increasing tuition fee and extortion and there is no hope ahead. Yet, they ask us to be violent free.
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Internal strike altered academic activities, from SSANU to ASU to NASU, all this has tarnished the name the founding fathers built. No wonder FUNAAB has not been in a good place from 2013 in the Webometric University Ranking where we used to be 2nd. Yet the management is doing nothing. pulse.ng/student/funaab-varsity-shuts-down-after-student-was-shot-during-violent-protest-photos-id5396908.html

On Thursday 18th of August 2016, when we could not bear all the years of suffering, we all cried out and took to the street in a peaceful protest and what we are getting is gun shot at one of us (Taiwo Abisoye), tear gas, beating, mass illegal arresting of students all these by The Nigeria Police Force, detention, unfair judgement. “Nigba ti ‘koko n se su, koseni to gbo o, odo wa n gun yan, iyen ni ariwo ba ta o” (when the pot was cooking yam, nobody heard. Now the mortal is pounding the yam and noise all around). Let those who have ears, let them hear the cry of FUNAABites saying; “no, not more”.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/punchng/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/19041644/burnt-car-100×70.jpg

I used to boast of being a FUNAABite in those days not now. I poured out my heart cry in a poetry chat “TELL OLORI OKO”. I love the school Anthem:

BEACONS OF OUR LAND
We have a vision great and clear
For the masses far and near
A school of farming, Science and Skill
To feed the land we till
Research, test and learning for wisdom, we’re yearning

Chrs: FUNAAB FUNAAB
Glory of day
Forward upward, we shall ever sail
Beacons of our father land
To success we will sail
Labouring, toiling, upward
We shall never fail

The nature’s secret we will find
As offering to mankind
We’re aiming at sound scholarship
And academic leadership
We have all needed potentials and basic essentials

Chrs: FUNAAB FUNAAB
Glory of day
Forward upward, we shall ever sail
Beacons of our father land
To success we will sail
Labouring, toiling, upward
We shall never fail
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#FUNAABSU
#TELLOLORIOKO
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#SAVEFUNAAB

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SHOBANDE MATTHEW DAMILOLA
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I WILL NEVER BE ANGRY AGAIN

I will never be angry again. Yes, nothing can be strong enough to make me angry. I have learnt.

This is a public declaration born out of my experience with people. People are insatiable, nothing you do in life can satisfy everyone at the same time. What some people like, some people hate and some people’s best is some people worst, so why should I be offended when someone disagree with you.

I started as a shy, battled, disturbed, unbold et al, boy who could not present what he knows clearly to the world due to fear of non-acceptance (people called me a coward, a fool, a weakling, and so on). And when I understood life and discovered myself, I started doing all it take to be the best, in the top and best place at the best time. I laboured so hard, read books, attended conferences, served, listened and prayed to become better. I pursued my dream passionately and focus on my goals as I aim at the very top. After a while I was getting result for my work as I continued to get better. Unlike before, I became bold, courageous and even proud of myself. But with all this…….

When the sun started shining and the rainbow getting brighter, some people started rising against me, they criticise me unfairly for the things I do right and things I do wrong. These people won’t just see anything good in the good things I do while for the bad ones, I’m treated alike. Whatever these people think is bad in their own mind (even if it’s truly good) they hold up in their mind.

The people aren’t ghosts neither are they foes, they are people I see daily, some even present themselves to be friends. They are people I love and always want to please them. People I always want to help, they are those I want to see happiness in their face always. But I always wonder…

Why is someone who knows nothing criticising a learned person who is working hard to make things work? Why will the person I helped yesterday, only with little provocation say I’m the worst thing every (say; I gave a lady #100 yesterday and I misplaced her #5 today, all she could do was to say, she will collect her money at all cost)? Why will a guy/lady who doesn’t pay attention to what he wears (dress shabbily) accuse me for dressing well in an official way (not too expensive)? Why will an outdated person accuse me for seeking helpful information? Why will a student who fail to learn public speaking or writing accuse Femi Royal for delivering a perfect speech with confidence and good diction or Wole Soyinka for his wisdom and word skill? Why should a primary school drop-out who has the same opportunity with a PhD holder accuse the later for his achievement; saying “book turns people’s head”? Why will a failure accuse a successful man (saying “awon ologbo to n silekun fole”*)? Why will the devil always fight the godly? Why? Why should I every get angry again?

Sorry, I’m not saying that I am the best and complete man, No! Infact, I am imperfect, impure, weak, shy, worst, but I am earnestly working hard to even get better. Although I have gotten several appraisal, had several achievements,learn a lot (informed), gotten really better, leading people, making names and people of high esteem crave to be with me but in my own eyes, I have done nothing yet. I’m building and aiming to get very much better. I always want to learn from people and I always see the next person as a better person who I can learn from. That is why I’m always gentle.

On Tuesday 16th August, 2016, I made this resolution that I will never get angry again when people show me their disapproval. I will never let out the angry hungry lion within me. I cannot keep grudges (I won’t have peace within myself), I can’t be angry again, never! So help me GOD!

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most do. —Dale Carnegie

*a stinkily rich man whose wealth attracts thief
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SHOBANDE MATTHEW DAMILOLA
500L AERD, FUNAAB.
Founder: FUTURE GOAL FOUNDATION
CEO: MATTYDAMMY FOODS
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TAKE CHARGE OF THE FUTURE

Date: 29th of February, 2016.
Theme: TAKING CHARGE OF THE FUTURE
Code: TC101
Topic: Before you say “I do” …

Top of the morning to you!

We come to the concluding part of our eleven-week series on TAKING CHARGE of the FUTURE today. For me, it’s been a worthy challenge. Unreserved appreciation for following through till today. Your feedbacks in form of criticisms, commendations and suggestions have kept me going. Thank you!

Many times, as human and as humane as we are, we tend to temper justice with mercy and allow our emotions take precedence over our normal reasoning without second thoughts. Sometimes, it boomerangs and we are faulted while at other times, we are singled out for praise for an action taken at our “E” hour.

We might be forgiven if we are tempted to think from the above scenarios and the topic that this only applies to people who work in the court of law and in romantic relationships. However, it cuts across all spheres of our existence as a person.

The FUTURE is made of what decisions we make today, and so the need to be very CAREFUL and WEIGH our options properly with NO bias or sentiments.

Ziad K. Ibn Abdelnour famously said, “Don’t promise when you’re happy, don’t reply when you’re angry and don’t decide when you are sad”. You end up tainting the FUTURE and staining your image as you might end up unable to ever fulfil your promise or regret ever taking some rash and drastic decisions.

As we round off the whole series today, I leave you – the lovers, the entrepreneurs, the students, the bosses, the leaders, the role models, the preachers, the teachers, the politicians, the extortionists, the thieves, the members of the cult and fraternities, the drug lords and barons, the pirates, the cyber criminals, the pen thieves et. al – with the words of Ademola Daniels; “Be careful before you say ‘I do’, so you don’t end up asking yourself (in the FUTURE) ‘what did I do?’ ”

Ruminate on these things.

Let’s do more than this sometimes again in the future.
Sincerely, I love you.

To your success,
OKEYALE, Azeez Akorede.
Communications Coach
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PLANTAIN’s HEALTH BENEFITS

Plantain is a very important food crop. It is produced in large quantity all over the world. Plantains are widely eaten and produced in Africa with Congo leading the chart and Nigeria is one of the world largest producer of plantain. FAO (2006).
Plantains are similar to bananas but larger in size. While bananas are termed fruits, plantains are vegetables. Bananas are mostly eating raw, while plantains are usually cooked before consumption. Plantains can be eaten unripe, ripen or over-ripe. When unripe, plantains are usually green in colour, when ripen, they turn yellow. In Nigeria, for example, unripe plantains are usually used to cook plantain porridge, ripe plantains are mostly fried and used as a supplement to main dishes like rice and beans. Over-ripe plantains are used to make snacks like plantain fritters.
Plantain is rich in fiber. A diet rich in fiber can lower your cholesterol level, which may reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetics and obesity. Fiber also helps regulate blood sugar levels. Plantain is also rich in Potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral that helps the circulatory system. Potassium also plays a role in the digestive system and helps support a strong skeleton as well. Plantains are also a good source of vitamin C, A, and B6. Vitamin C helps build up your immune system and scavenge free radicals. It also promotes healthy gums, teeth and skin. Vitamin A can also be found in Plantains. In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin A plays a vital role in eye health and enhancing skin complexion. A diet lacking in vitamin A can result in difficulty seeing in the dark, dry eyes, eye infection and unhealthy skin.
Plantains are a good source of calcium. Calcium is essential for strong bones, teeth, nails and muscle. Strong bones helps prevent breaks and fractures as well as diseases, such as osteoporosis. Plantains also provide adequate levels of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorous. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac protective role as well.

Shobande Matthew Damilola
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development,
Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta
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TAKE CHARGE OF THE FUTURE

Date: 22nd of February, 2016.
Theme: TAKING CHARGE OF THE FUTURE
Code: TC101
Day Ten
Topic: Participation, the Key! (Part 2)

I suppose we had a good night rest. Thanks for reading again this morning.

Continuing from last week…

The governance of Nigeria has for long being devoid of agility and true youthful presence. It has been entrapped within a particular cycle of people who should normally pass the baton of leadership to the younger generations but for their greed aided and abetted by our negligence.

There remains an appalling dearth of indispensable youths in the many political setups across the nation and it owes more to the bigger people that influence our lives and living. Being partisan has for long been christened as worldliness by some religious quarters and for the benefit of the nation, it has to stop. Being young and active in politics has overtime been equated with “unseriousness” and “thuggery”, we have to grow beyond shortsightedness.

We can only look at the past for further evidences of what can be achieved if the present day crop of Nigerian youths draw strength from history and see the politics of Nigeria as “dirty” but a scene that can be cleaned and/or rebirth to our taste by active participation.

Any wonder when Nigeria announced her emergence and maintained her status as the pride of Africa, the helm of affairs were held by convinced youths ably backed up by the emerging generation of writers that eventually went on to shake the world – Christopher Okigbo, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka to mention a few. *The likes of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was 37 years of age, Pa Ladoke Akintola was 36, Sir Ahmadu Bello 36, Tafawa Balewa was 34, Chief Anthony Enahoro was a mere 27 years old and Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikwe, the oldest among the lot was 52 years old (Hon. Patrick Obiahagbon, 2014). These people passed the bill for independence of our great nation, took active roles in securing the independence of Nigeria and saddled upon themselves the responsibility to make Nigeria the toast of Africa.

This day, we have more opportunity to achieve more than they did. We are young. We are vibrant. We have the right information needed to make things happen right at our disposal and fingertip. We are the ones with the true vision to change Nigeria. We have a lot of years ahead of us and more so We are tenacious Nigerians, we don’t give up.

We just need that bit of right influence here and right information there to get it right. One of such is that at 30 years of age, you are eligible to contest for a legislative seat in the House of Representatives. At 35, you can vie for a place in the Senate house and at 40, you might decide to run for the Presidency. Whether this age limit should further be amended is a topic for another time but for now, we can only look forward and pinch ourselves in the palm and say “wake up, we are the leaders of tomorrow, and that tomorrow is now!”

Ruminate on these things.

To your success,
OKEYALE, Azeez Akorede.
Communications Coach
08188596128
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@okeyaleazeez

TAKE CHARGE OF THE FUTURE

Date: 15th of February, 2016.
Theme: TAKING CHARGE OF THE FUTURE
Code: TC101
Day Nine
Topic: Participation, the Key!

Good morning.
Your birthday wishes are still fresh in my head. With a grateful heart, I say with every sense of emotion the word carries – THANK YOU!

However, we have straight words today!

What is known is that the FUTURE, the prosperity and the progress of any nation is vested in the powers and strength of her youths, but more obscure is the fact that the negligence to use these powers will make for stagnation of the nation in question. It is better then to say that the FUTURE, the prosperity of any nation lies in the powers of her youths and the willingness of these youths to exercise the powers inherent in them.

It is quite disheartening and unfortunate that for all the abundance of the human capacity of our nation, we are still constantly dubbed a “developing nation”.

And one of the causes?

Disinterest of the populace – with youthful ages having the larger chunk of representation.

Whether as youths of Nigeria, we have what it takes to grab the bull by the horn and take charge of our destinies is no debate. It is how often we try and how ready we are to channel our tenacity in the right direction that’s up for examination.

We’ve stayed too idle for too long. We have too much preoccupied our minds with nonessentials happening in places far away from motherland. We now “cherish” our FUTURE so much that we do NOT want to sacrifice anything for that FUTURE.

Irony, you say?

We tend to forget that there can be no “glorious” FUTURE if there is no glorious country. We fail to remember no world-class industry will thrive in a war-torn country. That the distinctions and degrees could end up a waste in the face of unemployment and unfavorable policies for entrepreneurs if you still believe politics is a “dirty” game and you allow through abstention the septuangenerian and octogenarian stalwarts and juggernauts to keep on dragging our politics in the mire.

Freedom is never given freely by the oppressor goes an adage. It is never going to come on a plate. The road will never be all tarred. Nothing comes easy. It is until we decide as the youths of our dear nation to follow the trends in our politics, engage in politicking, and give ourselves a voice that can’t be suppressed in the decision-making processes that the age-old monster cum moniker stuck to our back – like the shell to a snail – “Leaders of a tomorrow that never comes” will become a distant quote.

Ruminate on these things.

To your success,
OKEYALE, Azeez Akorede.
Communications Coach
08188596128
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@okeyaleazeez

TAKE CHARGE OF THE FUTURE

Date: 8th of February, 2016.
Theme: TAKING CHARGE OF THE FUTURE
Code: TC101
Day Eight
Topic: Change that MINDSET (Part 2)

Wonderful morning to you!
Whisper it, it’s my birthday on Sunday, 14th of February!

That aside, picking up from where we stopped a week ago urging everyone who wants to be a major stakeholder in the FUTURE envisioned to have a MINDSHIFT and Be BALANCED, we take off from there today.

Not everyone will go to school, doesn’t mean they are less intelligent than any other person. It probably means they discovered in time that there are other MEANS to an END, and they decided to choose of one of those MEANS. They could even reach the END faster if their vocation grants them such speed. So, kudos to them. No disrespect!

In the same vein, not everyone in school will finish strong, that’s life. It is uneven, sometimes unfair. It doesn’t mean the rest are less human. We all have our peculiarities, it only means that according to the standards the institution(s) require(s), the distinction students came out tops. The rest have their areas of competitive advantage too, only they have not come to discover it or blatantly ignored it in favour of EDUCATION.

Until we begin to initiate a mindshift from these little things society has made to pervade our minds and cloud our natural reasoning, we might never indeed TAKE CHARGE of that FUTURE that looms large upon us.

On a final note, discover the D in you. Know where your Distinction and Deficiency lie, such that you do not end up fetching in a basket, and getting a “BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME” because there might never really be an extra time.

Think of yourself highly. Do not be defeated.
Kudos and continual excellence to the versed Distinction students and
Bright and Rewarding FUTURE to the discerning Deficient students.

Ruminate on these things.

To your success,
OKEYALE, Azeez Akorede
Communications Coach
08188596128
7F3ED690
@okeyaleazeez

PS: Send my cakes, it’s 14th of February.

TAKE CHARGE OF THE FUTURE

TAKE CHARGE 101 with OKEYALE

Date: 1st of February, 2016.
Theme: TAKING CHARGE OF THE FUTURE
Code: TC101
Topic: Change that MINDSET

Happy New Month to you!

“You may have a D in school, it doesn’t really matter much, but you cannot afford to have a D in life, that does matter so much” – Anonymous

The letter D of the English alphabet connotes a lot of things. The context with which it is used however determines its eventual meaning. To be clear, the D in the quote above stands for deficiency other than distinction. For many of us, our major undoing has been our inability to discern between the MEANS and the END, a FACTORY and a MARKET.

The school is a MEANS, the END is a good FUTURE. The school is a FACTORY, the MARKET is life.

There’s an unfortunate widespread belief in this part of the world that acquiring formal education is the ONLY means to an END – that FUTURE we dream of, or is the most important MEANS in achieving that END. We fail to embrace the FACT that formal education as it were is just one of the many MEANS to an END and not the END itself.

It is however pathetic that several people while investing much of their youthful ages and invaluable TIME in making their studentship count neglect the development of other relevant phases of their existence and humanity for the sake of distinction. Such people on exposure to the heat and vicissitudes of life find out a little too late they barely can withstand and cannot even adapt because not only are they spent, they are archaic and ill-equipped.

So, getting a distinction in school does not in any way guarantee unparalleled excellence in any venture, likewise a third-class degree does not infer a third-class parenting skill for anybody. They are two different things. School and Life.

This is to take nothing away from scholastic excellence and academic ingenuity, neither is it to encourage indolence and continued mediocrity of academics in the academia. It is however a strong call for the society at large to have a mindshift from gauging the intelligence and mental capacity of individuals with their academic performances while hammering the unarguable truth there are millions of people whose lives are testament to the fact that one can combine exceptionally high academic standards with relevance in the public sphere.

If indeed like Bill Gates, we have SEEN THE FUTURE, we want to stand in that FUTURE and wait for others to join us, we need a mindshift and we need to be BALANCED!

Ruminate on these things.

To your success,
OKEYALE, Azeez Akorede.
Communications Coach
08188596128
7F3ED690
@okeyaleazeez

TAKE CHARGE OF THE FUTURE

Date: 25th of January, 2016.
Theme: TAKING CHARGE OF THE FUTURE
Code: TC101
Day Six
Topic: Are you MAD with TIME? (Part 3)

Top of the morning to you!

As we put paid to the series on MAKING A DIFFERENCE with your TIME today, a fallacy of hasty conclusion would have been committed if these two injunctions are overlooked. It is also important to highlight however that the 5 charges aren’t the only ways we can be MAD with TIME, they are just part of a select few that have been proven to work.

The first charge for this new day is:
● Read books

In an ever-evolving world constantly dubbed the “information age”, isn’t it appalling the average Nigerian doesn’t seem to bat an eyelid when the opportunity to accrue such information of relevance is presented even at no cost?

This is unpleasantly amazing! It is an obvious state of deviation and aberration from normalcy. It has to be corrected. If indeed you have your sights set on the FUTURE, refuse to be a patient of the above syndrome and join several other goal-oriented people to chase knowledge and information.

How quick “Readers are Leaders” have become a cliche doesn’t really do justice to the depth of meaning the statement conveys. The needed information for any individual to trigger a desired change is locked up somewhere in the pages of some book. Little wonder people who set their sights high have a target of number of books to read in a particular year.

It helps, you can start it too!

What if you decide to complete a book every quarter of a year, and you dedicate 30 minutes of your time to read chapters daily. At the end of two years even with a string budget of time, you would have completed eight books. Not bad for a starter. You will definitely be better for it, in knowledge, conversation or writing.

And the other charge is:

● Teach others what you know

Ever wanted to retain what you’ve just read in a book or learnt in a visual? Then teach somebody. It is termed learning by teaching. It sticks faster than having to pick up that book again to read. Imbibe the habit of speaking to the very next person around about what you learnt recently. Never mind whether the person is in a position to understand at the moment or not. Put at the back of your mind that information shared with the person today could be a vital turning point tomorrow. Use your knowledge to serve others. Savour every moment.

So just pour, pour and pour.

On a final note. TIME lost can never be recouped. To know the value of 1 second, ask Iker Casillas who arrives late to keep out Lionel Messi’s free kick. To know the value of 1 minute, ask the ambulance driver who gets held up by the traffic light. To know the value of 1 year, ask a student who failed his final exams due to lack of preparation.

Maximize your time while you may doing something profitable for the good of yourself and benefit of mankind. Stay true to yourself, making a difference and attaining the FUTURE isn’t going to be that far away.

“No work is insignificant. All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Ruminate on these things.

To your success,
OKEYALE, Azeez Akorede.
Communications Coach
08188596128
@okeyaleazeez