By JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA
Mrs.Kefe Adedibu is the current President of the Rotary Club of Satellite Town. A graduate of English from Delta State University, Kefe presently runs an event management company, APHEM Solutions, in Lagos. She’s a mother who believes her home is second only to God. In this chat, Delta-born Kefe talks about her plans for her tenure as the President of the Rotary Club of Satellite for the 2011/2012 Rotary year.
I joined the Rotary Club of Satellite in 2005. My husband is a Rotarian and I think I was impressed by his commitment. I’ve always had this passion for giving- which is the core of Rotary, therefore, I didn’t find it difficult to decide on joining the club because in Rotary, you must give your time, resources, self and all to serving humanity. As a Rotarian, you’re never tired of giving.
Since then, I’ve served in various offices at the club and at district level before I eventually became the President of the Rotary Club of Satellite Town.
For my tenure which is the 2011/2012 Rotary Year, I’ve mapped out some projects. However, my major focus will be to work towards increasing the membership strength of the club, because the more people we have, the more we would be able to reach out to our community.
As part of our projects for the year, we would be sinking a bore-hole at Close 1 Junction in Satellite Town. We will also equip the library of Navy Town Secondary School, and provide chairs and books for a school in Festac Town. We also hope to provide a Lister generator for our computer literacy centre in Satellite Town. We want to work towards completing our public toilet project at Close 1 Junction.
It is important before doing anything, to embark on a feasibility study. That was exactly what we did when we wanted to decide on our projects. One of the things we observed when we went round our community, was that people were relieving themselves anywhere and messing up the environment, because there wasn’t a public toilet for them to use. That was what informed our public toilet project. We’ve started the bore-hole at Close 1 Junction already, and we hope to complete it very soon.
I want to use this opportunity to enjoin all Rotarians to recommit themselves towards putting smiles on the faces of disadvantaged children and giving hope to a hopeless generation. We should commit ourselves to the application of the 4-Way Test and even more to the tenets of service above self. We should continue to make sure we are guided by the 4-Way Test even in the management of funds entrusted in our hands for the upliftment of humanity like we’ve always done.
The theme for this Rotary Year is “Reach Within To Embrace Humanity”, and I believe every man, be you a Rotarian or not, has got a role to play in embracing humanity. Whatever we do, whether equipping schools, providing clean water, promoting education, etc., we are embracing humanity. No contribution is too small when it comes to embracing humanity. We just simply have to learn to put smiles on the faces of those who need help. God will definitely bless us for it.
After my youth service corp, I worked briefly with Inter Cellular and a few other companies later on before going to set up my own business. Part of the reasons for this was because I wasn’t satisfied with the welfare of my child who was still very young at that time. I had a help in the house, but I knew my baby was not getting the best! Hence, I felt the need to pay more attention to my family by having a more flexible job. I had to do this because I believe my home comes first in all things, and is second only to God.
I wouldn’t want to blame myself later on for neglecting my family. Also, I noticed that I had a passion for event management. I had trained before then with an established event planner. Presently, I also train and organize ushers.
I appreciate the fact that I was able to get myself trained on event management even before I decided to take it up as a source of livelihood. For this reason, I always tell people to learn to think creatively rather than depend solely on paid employment at all time. I believe you can make money from whatever creative and honest activity you set your hands to do.
If you’ve decided on something to do on your own, simply engage first in a feasibility study. Above all, you must have the passion. These days, even guys are earning a living from making women’s hair! There are a lot of things people could earn a living from in this country. However, I want to call on our government to help stabilize electricity in this country.
That is the only factor that can help promote entrepreneurship in this country. I mean, the cost of electricity is too high! People spend so much to run their businesses daily because they have to depend on power generators! It’s not helping the economy! ’