THINK CONTRIBUTION – Dr. David Oyedepo’s Charge to the Landmark University Graduating Students 

‘To the Noble Set 2017’

THINK CONTRIBUTION

I have a charge, not an address, captioned, “Think Contribution.” If you don’t want to die in frustration, think contribution. If you want to make real mark in life, think contribution. You will never be remember for what you have, you will be remembered for what you add. Think contribution. Living for survival makes a slave, live for others. Only those who live for others become leaders. Think contribution. We have about 4 million graduates walking the streets of Nigeria, looking for means of life, think contribution.

The idea of Agro-preneurship came to be because it’s one thing to get to the market and another thing to find what you are looking for. The jobs are not there. That is why from the outset, we caught this light to raise job creators, not job seekers. The cheapest way to be a job creator is to engage in Agro-preneurship, getting involved in what will remain relevant for life. No matter the development and heights anyone will scale, food will remain ever relevant.

There is not going to be any laboratory in this life that will prepare food in form of tablets to be taken and one will feel fed. Food will be relevant as long as life remains. Think of an area of your life where you will remain relevant and Agro-preneurship is one cheap way to remain relevant in your adventure in life, particularly now that the white collar job is going as the population is growing.

So much money is spent on importing food. Think solution, think contribution. Think contribution and your life will never lose meaning. If you are asked today what did the Chancellor say, “Think contribution so you don’t die in frustration.” Think relevance, get committed to adding values and you find your life continue to grow from one level of glory to another.

It’s important, having heard all the lectures, to let you have this as conclusion that you are going forth to a world that is in dire need of contributors. You are going to a world that is full of possessors but lack contributors. Think contribution, your generation will rise tomorrow to bless you. Don’t think of going back to the laps of your parents. That will be living a failed life. You have been given the best of education; now translate it to making contributions and your life will never lack meaning.

It’s important to appreciate this fact that, “The less possessive we are, the more contributive we become.” In most cases, highly possessive people are never known to be contributive. They want it all for themselves and it’s never enough, so they want more and more. I made a discovery sometimes back, that people don’t lack what they give; they only lack what they keep. Think contribution.

The young will need food, the old will need food. Even the mad people on the streets need food to stay alive. And they go hunting for food where they can get it. Until life ceases to be, food will remain forever relevant. Find a place for yourself in this open market and take responsibility so you don’t live as a liability.

The reason why we are running this Agro-preneurship programme is to give everybody a taste of agricultural practice. Whether you have B.Sc Computer Science, B. Eng Mechanical Engineering, you will still need food. No matter what you know or don’t know, you still need food. The last thing that will get off anybody’s budget is food. Clothes can get out of it, car can get out of it, and houses may not appear there but food? It remains a life-long essential. The market is for ever open. May be these two testimonies will prop-up your faith:

There was this young lady that served (NYSC) in Kaduna. She suddenly discovered that buying tomatoes in Zaria and coming to sell at Railway Station in Kaduna would give so many profit margins. She went into it. By the time she was done with NYSC, she bought herself a car. She was not looking for a job anymore; she already had an established business. It’s a wide range. You are either farming or you are marketing the farm produce among so many others. You will never lack relevance.

A young man came from the USA, who studied Mechanical Engineering and kept hunting for a job. He was also in Kaduna then. He went everywhere and couldn’t find anything. He then went back to his village to find out how much they are selling Palm oil (he was from Edo State). He came to Kaduna to find out how much it sold for. So he became a palm oil marketer. I was in Kaduna when he bought a house for himself at GRA. He got himself a bail-out from the economic downturn by getting involved in what will never lose value. Get involved.

One of our graduates here has a fish farm and from there he could sponsor himself in school. Get involved. It is full of values that will never get eroded. Get involved. I want to be part of feeding these hungry masses. Get involved. And that way, you are not a liability; you are not a burden but a blessing and an asset. Get involved. You don’t need so much, you just need a genuine interest to be a solution provider and not a concern to anybody. Get involved.

We will be disappointed if after your NYSC, you are hanging about doing nothing. Get committed to being an asset and not a liability (applause). Get committed to being a blessing and not a burden. Get committed to making a mark in life and I know you will. We will keep on emphasizing this University-wide programme of everybody being an agrarian citizen of our great country, because we will always need this forever.

There is nothing ignoble about earning a legitimate income but there is everything ignoble about being a beggar. Being a beggar erodes your human dignity. But we talk about the dignity of labour, Get involved.

Let me close this remark by telling my short story. Before we ever built our first house, I was concerned about the state of health of the people. The only hospital we had then was at Egbe. Most time if they say they have taken you to Egbe, it means you are dead. If you came back, it would be a surprise. Now, suddenly the hospital began to go down because the support they were receiving from the Mission of the Church from abroad stopped. And so there was a vacuum. So people died for free. And I said Lord, if I ever get blessed in my life, I will like to put a little hospital here.

So we started buying the land bit-by-bit. It is that same land that has turned to the University today (applause). Not only that, the hospital of that dream is in place today. When our former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo visited our campus here, he sat down at the Dental Theatre Room and said, “Look, treat me here” (laughter). It’s of that level of standard today. Think contribution.

You don’t need to have anything in your pocket but have a heart to be a contributor and the future will be unlimited. That is the way you make the most of your life. Remember, you will never be remembered for what you have, you will only be remembered for what you add.

To our parents, congratulations today, congratulations for ever. You will never have sorrows over any of these children. They will remain sources of joy to you and your family for ever. No matter how much height you may have scaled, they will scale higher heights than you. No matter what vehicles you may have bought for yourself, they will buy you bigger vehicles. We release them as treasures into your families and an asset to our nation. And you will live to be proud of God’s hand upon them for ever.

Young people, it’s time to work. You are living school to go and prove if you have ever learnt anything, and don’t stop learning. If you stop learning, you start dying. The world is open, go and make the most of the adventure.

Thank you and God bless you.

WRONG IS WRONG

It is very easy for a young person to be told they are wrong

But hard for an old person to be told her / she is wrong

Is it because the level of ‘wrongness’ differs in degree from serious to little – NONSENSE
Lets remember that our society today is being lead by the older / elderly people, but yet they have seem to make all the wrong decisions in the books and yet very little is said about their wrongness, and even when it’s said discipline is not applied.

I believe culture plays a more serious role in the fallacy.

Walk with God

So we claim we are walking with God.
Check again! are you still walking with him
Actually, most of us have left him, although he did not leave us (for he said lo, i’m with you always).
But some of us have let him.
How did we leave him?
1) Did you tell him about that new job
2) Did you tell him about that person you agreed to marry
3) Did you tell him about that new business you started.

In fact when last did you tell God anything ….. something that was an important decision to you.
Imagine a wife who does not or has stopped telling her husband about key personal decisions before she took them
… She bought a new car without telling him
… She bought a new house without telling him
… She then accepted a new job in another country (she picks up her bags and went for 6 months),
sincerely if you were the husband, it won’t be long before you start thinking; this lady has left me (I didn’t leave her, but she left me),
although the woman can still claim i love you and I’m still with you, but the man would fell other wise because he does not know her anymore,
she had made all the discussions herself without telling him.

This is how many people are now this God. Yes, you love him and you are still with him. But when last did you tell him something so important, are you assuming that he knows.

Love needs constant conscious communication, and if you love him, don’t leave him and if you claim you won’t leave him, then let him know you;
Tell him everything and anything.

It’s really not that the husband wants to stop you, he just wants to know
it’s really not that God wants to stop you, he just wants to know

The 3 rooms

There are many rooms in life, but 3 are uniquely outstanding

Class room (or study room)
The first is the class. This is room that creates the beginning. This is where life separates the ‘supposed’ successful from failure. This room is so important to the development of man and society at large. It serves as the certerdel of knowledge an harbor of insight. The brightest minds in history are formed here, the longest friendship can be formed here … A nation that …. This room shall be great; for knowledge is light and light shows the way.

Board room
Hmm, this room is ‘a bad guy’. This is where the decision is made; who lives or who dies. If the wrong people are here then everyone is doom. History has revealed that this room has crashed economy and raised …… This is where you find the greedy and the selfless. This is not a room of knowledge, but of decisions.

Prayer room
This is the most powerful room, but yet the most ignored room. This room has the power to reverse the irreversible, to create the on imaginable, to do the impossible. The that has this room has life. This is not so much of a place of knowledge or intelligence as the class room, or a place of decision as the board room, this is a place of glory, a place of joy, a place revelation than intelligence, a place of wisdom than decision.

None of this rooms
There are

It was an Amazing time indeed

I have read about Helen Keller, the woman who lived being blind, deaf and dumb. I never meant anyone close to this description until I went with one of my team The Have You Eaten Foundation; to FAVID HOME for disabled children. (Thanks Laju Iren for the opportunity).

I met children; blind, deaf, lack of speech, and some with 3 in 1 most with mental disability making them incapable of expressing themselves, brought there by family members, some abandoned and brought by the police.

Although this was my second experience on an outreach like this. with the foundation. But this home moved me. Sometimes I think I have passion for humanity, until I meet some people with proven results and I realise I’m just a learner in this ‘business’ (well the young shall grow).

When we got there, to my surprise we meant everybody, seating outside waiting for us ….. With very limited resources; the founder of this home has focused on his vision (given to him by God), to help the helpless. He has consistently cared and trained children with mental and physical disability for about 20 years for free in his own home giving them academic and technical training also.

The part that really moved me, was when he took us to the building still in construction; which is being designed as a school to train the children, whether, blind, deaf, lame or physical disabled, All trainings would be on technical area (and for free).

We gave food items, money and made prayers.
But the work is not over, we are definitely going back to give some more (you can join us in this).

With very limited resources he and his family (his wife must be awesome) support these Children.
Nobody pays him, he was even smiling while taking us round ….

“If there’s something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.”

HOPE meeting

50% of the Nigerians are below the age of 18.

This generation of young people are called by society ‘THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW’

This connotes that over 80 million Nigerians today are expected to take up leadership positions in all spheres of society to build it up and uphold the legacy #FutureLeaders.

But it saddens me that these future leaders are not taught on leadership, they may most like not come close to anything called leadership or experience leadership until they become ‘the leaders’ – what an error; not teaching someone accounting and you expect him to some how miraculously account with excellence #Wash.

So I wonder, if the leaders of tomorrow are not aware of leadership, what would happen to our society tomorrow? What kind of leaders would they be? what kind of society would we have?

TEACH leadership and you inevitably create a RESPONSIBLE society.
Leadership is the most vital part of formal education. Else we give power without wisdom.

Femi Taiwo and I were so excited to meet Anjore at the international education exhibition by Knowledge station international. She is a 2014 participant of the C.I.T.Y summer leadership camp by HOPE-Helping Other People Excel. Anjore came for the summer camp and got inspire about leadership. She went to her school applied what she was taught, ran an election campaign for the position of Head girl and won.
Anjore is building her dreams, sorting quality education in becoming a better leader.
We are proud of our Alumnus; her parents are proud and also her school.

Volunteer, Donate, Participate this year
#CITYSummerLeadershipCamp.
#LeadersArise2.0
#Leadershipeducation
#H.O.P.E foundation
— with Femi Taiwo.

Taught vs thought

Not everything can be taught

Some things have to the thought of

This is the kind of thought that can only create the impossible

Because you cannot have an experience in something that has never being done

You cannot teach what has never existed

Now the mind has to unlearn the status quo in defining a new kind of status

A status of excellence, excellence that defines the law of physics ….