“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give”
“In the end, we will not be remembered for the amount of cars we had, or the amount of cash we stashed in foreign accounts, rather we will be remembered for lives touched, impact in our community”
First of all, introduction:
I had a terrific service year.
From initiating a multimedia unit at Royal Grace chapel, to donating 110 educational charts to 11 schools, reaching over 400 students via inter-school quiz, debate, skill acquisition, inspiring over 2,000 students to stay in school and aspire for academic excellence across 5 local governments, initiating a scholarship scheme for 13 brilliant less-privileged students to renovating the Ife community secondary school library amongst other things, my service year was truly wonderful and memorable.
Looking back, I’m convinced I did my very best to leave Kogi better than I met it. Winning the merit award was incredible but I asked myself: should the journey end here?
The answer to that question is a radical new concept I tagged the SPECTACULAR CORPER FELLOWSHIP.
I embarked on a quest to locate smart, passionate youths who are about to commence NYSC so I could provide them with mentoring from Merit award winners like myself, practical lessons on the ART of being a SPECTACULAR CORPS MEMBER, guidance on selecting and implementing HIGH IMPACT PROJECTS, full brand support and fund raising support.
Hundreds of applications later, 60 prospective corps members were selected. Let me say this: some of the applications were downright ridiculous. For instance:
QUESTION ONE: If you meet President Buhari right now, how would you introduce yourself to him? (50 words)
“Your Essenlecy, my names are…”
“as…….. who is a full support of nigeria growth no matter”
“Am what you need to be better”
QUESTION TWO: Let’s say you have a very innovative idea that can change lives in your community and no one seems to be interested, how will you gain support? (100 words)
“I will right the government…..”
QUESTION THREE: What do you consider to be a serious issue in your community and what are you doing about it? (100 words)
And of course, quite a number of applicants were spectacular.
At the end of the introductory class (Day 1), all 60 students were given a unique 24hr challenge. All 60 attended Day 2 but only 4 of them made it through to Day 3 and all the way to Day 6.
Now, Instead of giving my assessment of the entire experience, how about theirs?
It was a wonderful experience all through but at first, I was skeptical. The training gave me the answer to why some people achieve what others do not even believe is possible! Apart from the fact that my eyes were open in many ways, I also had the opportunity of getting practical life lessons with handy materials to help launch me into the world of opportunity and breakthrough. Thanks to Sir Gbenga, my life is full and overflowing with great ideas and hope for change and exploit.
Akinsope Akinwale Dyamond
I must say the moment I joined the multimedia train, there has been a turning point in my life. A special thank you goes to My Mentor, Ogunbowale Olugbenga, for the tremendous impact you have had on my life so far. I look forward to building a more cordial and purposeful relationship with you for the rest of my life. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the SPECTACULAR CORPER FELLOWSHIP. Those 6 days of training were simply the BOMB… I feel like a LOADED GUN waiting to EXPLODE with Ideas.
“Every record breaker looked at the rules and rewrote it.
Greatness is a choice, record breaking is a lifestyle.
Excuses are useless, everything is impossible until you make it possible.
Focus is not powerful, focus is power in itself.
Publicity is not noise making but, news making. What you say about yourself is advertising, what people say about you is publicity, what people say about you is more powerful than what you say about yourself.”
The 6 days Spectacular corpers training anchored by Ogunbowale Olugbenga has sharpened my orientation about the secular and business world.
As a potential corps member that is strongly aspiring to stand out, I signed-up for a class I was never offered in school: The Spectacular Corpers Fellowship – a 6-day virtual training organized by Ogunbowale Olugbenga. On completion, the platform gave me better insights on: The art of being exceptional, Personal branding and a comprehensive overview of NYSC. Having the opportunity to learn directly from the practical experiences of past Merit Award winners has being an integral part of the effort to attain my goals. Kudos to Olugbenga and his team.
Finally, to all the prospective corps members out there, I have said it before, let me say it again:
It’s a thing of pride to adorn the facecap, white crested vest, khaki trouser and jungle boot, to be admired & called ‘Corper’, ‘Ajuwaya’, ‘Otondo’ at every street, every corner, to meet with fellow young, passionate, intelligent corpers from every nook & cranny in Nigeria, to interact with indigenes, super cool folks you never would have met in your lifetime & eat meals you never knew existed or just remotely heard about, to walk into a class, seeing tens & hundreds of eyes eager & hungry for knowledge, to take responsibility for the emergence of Nigeria’s next great leaders, to initiate meaningful, sustainable, ground breaking projects in communities in dire need, communities without water, light, classrooms, clinics, libraries, teachers & more, to be a change agent, a reformer, a transformer.
NYSC is not some 12 months of wasting away in one forgotten corner of Nigeria, it is Nigeria’s most potent weapon against ignorance, poverty, ethnic & religious bigotry. I AM OGUNBOWALE OLUGBENGA, and I was a KOGI CORPER.