By Florence Amagiya
Princes master their feelings by fulfilling their duties to humanity while others in silence bow down and accept destiny that oppresses them.
But for Professor Sylvester Monye who is from a humble home, he has learnt to take his destiny into his hand despite his tough beginning. As the tenth child in a family of eleven, the young Sylvester knows too well the inherent challenges that lie ahead of him.
He is the teenager whose near Spartan upbringing only helped to shape his future. Hence, he left nothing to chance in pursuit of Western education. Today, he is a renowned Professor in international business. Despite these accomplishments, the erudite scholar would not want to flaunt this.
For him, humility remains his slogan. In this edition, the story of Professor Monye is akin to a man who rose from zero to hero and who wants to take Deltans to greater heights. Read on…
Young Sylvester Monye cut his educational tooth at the All Saints Primary School, Onicha-Ugbo in Aniocha North Local Government area of Delta state. Upon completion, he proceded to Saint Pius Xth Grammar School in his village, Onicha-Ugbo. While in Secondary School, Sylvester demonstrated an uncommon intelligence and exhibited an exemplary character that marked him out in the crowd.
He came out with flying colours at his West Africa School Certificate Examination (WASCE). His studious disposition earned him an unsolicited scholarship from his elder siblings to study in the United Kingdom.
Sylvester’s knack for education left him with two master degrees. First, he bagged an M.Sc degree in Marketing Management before he proceeded to acquire an MBA in Management with effortless ease. Not done yet, the erudite Sylvester saw the need to attain the zenith of his chosen career. Hence, he proceeded to read and obtain a PhD in International Business. All these he accomplished in record time.
At the peak of his educational pursuit, he ventured into the academic world because he wanted to impact positively on the lives of youngsters. He stepped up his game by picking up another teaching job at South Bank University in London.
Sylvester Monye rose through the ranks and was subsequently appointed Professor of International Business in 1999 at the University of Applied Science, Bremen in Germany.
Prof Monye, not as wealthy as one would have imagined. But he’s ready to share the little he has when he sees one in need. A man of his words, Monye is peace personified, a giver by nature and also a contented man who doesn’t believe that stealing public funds for his personal use can ever make him rich. He believes in matching responsibility with accountability.
He is a strong believer, who prefers to empower and invest in lives through knowledge, like he had always done in the past and he would do in the future if given the opportunity. He established a “Knowledge Centre” -The Africa Institute for Public Policy at Onicha-Ugbo in Delta State. The centre is an institute established with a focus on the promotion of the development of knowledge as a key source of empowerment for the youth and less privileged ones in the country.
Through his foundation (Sylvester Monye Foundation), he has helped the less privileged children and youths in schools. He has equipped schools with learning facilities by providing laptops and computers.
Professor Monye has also assisted school leavers in Onicha- Ugbo and beyond to gain employment and be self-employed. He is not a man who would want to blow his trumpet. He is a quiet performer and silent achiever.
He is married to a practising medical doctor. The marriage is blessed with children.