by Victor Gotevbe

Folashade Obanla, 23, is a graduate of Business Administration from Nasarawa State University.  She is not relenting in giving back to the society. She is doing great things in Nasarawa State. This weekend, she shares how her passion gave birth to constructive influence.

I majored in Business Administration from Nasarawa State University. I had my primary school education in Ibadan and later moved  on to the North with my family where I had my secondary school education before proceeding to the University.

After my national youth service, I could not get any job anywhere and I told myself I was too young to be jobless.  So, it only reminded me of my passion as during my University days I was passionate  about education and  business success.

So I spent time to talk about these issues that I believe are of national interest. Eventually, I engaged some of my friends who are both graduates and undergraduates to establish  TEENPRENEURS Club, a non-governmental organization purposed to teach students financial literacy and how to start their own businesses.

This is tied to the fact that in the high and tertiary institutions, nobody teaches you how to be financially literate or how to succeed economically after school.

This further inspired me to  think creativity because being  idle was not an option. So, I decided to write a book on business for youths, titled “Over hundred Business Opportunities in Nigeria, how to start up and standout”. With the book, I educated several  youths on how and why they should start their business.

That wasn’t just what I wanted, the teenagers were in my heart. I want to teach them about life and  success.

Last year, I met an 18 year -old Senior Secondary (SS) 3 student and I asked him what course he would like to study in the university. He replied,“ For now, I don’t know. I am still thinking”. This greatly challenged my mind as I thought it was quite weird that an 18 year-old did not know what career he wants to pursue.

Hence, I saw an opportunity in this individual’s educational impairment and this led me to initiate my education and career advice sessions.

There are too many high school students who do not carry out any career planning exercise before entering the university, and have suffered academic failure as result of this; they chose the wrong courses. The burning question that confronts me  was ‘Why do students fail examinations?’

As a child, I had always wanted to be a gynaecologist, so I joined the Science class at SS1 but I did not do well.  I loved Chemistry and Physics but I could not explain why I failed them. I needed someone to guide and counsel me but all the people that advised me all said  ‘Shade, you are not fit to be a science student’.

I have come to realize that there are reasons students fail examinations and only few students know this.

Before going for my National Youth Service, I tutored in a primary school and I had parents  coming to appreciate me for their kids’ success. While teaching I discovered that the academic results of a student depends on interplay of some factors.

These factors include the student’s Intelligent Quotient (IQ), mental concentration, reading habit and method of study.  Also, there are opportunities like scholarships, talent and essay competitions in and outside the country that so many students, most especially students in the North are not aware of.

I thought it good to start a one on one programme: “Education and Career advice for Teenagers”, helping high school teens acheive their personal ambitions through exposing them to make good choices of academic and career quest.

Fortunately for me this time, schools appreciated me and wanted me to come teach their students.  My one on one programme provides high school teens with: (1)reasons students fail and how to pass any examination (2) Thorough assessment of the teenagers’ careers and study interests, personal strengths and weaknesses and their academic potential (3) up to date information about scholarships and Admission requirements.

Until students grasp their purpose for being in school, understand  that the goal of education is to achieve the ability to apply their knowledge in creative ways and identify that they need to work hard to achieve success, there will continue to be mass failure in NECO and WAEC.

I am grateful to God that I am affecting my generation and giving out what I have long desired. Meeting with different kinds of students with problems, I get excited that my  little pieces of advice are working solutions.

Against All Odds…

Finance is a challenge because I do free talks and spend a fortune to mobilize myself from one school to another. But my  passion to impact lives is helping me move, I advise all young Nigerians to find solutions and opportunity in every problem.

By so doing you get recognised and treasured by the society, and you attract divine blessings. If just 50 percent of Nigerian youth start a new business and render services to the community, and stop waiting for white collar jobs after graduation it will amount to thousands of engine pumping life into the economy.

This at least is better than risking our economic future and having young talented, gifted and ambitious people just watching TV and being unproductive. If I can start my business at age  18, then you can.


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