From paper to pragmatic politics: Where the intellectuals and good people need to integrate – Fola Daniel Adelesi.

Over the years in Nigeria and some other countries of the world, it has become extremely difficult for intellectuals and really good people to make it into the mainstream politics. When I say intellectuals I am referring to people who are sound enough to know the ‘root cause’ of problems …

​Encouraging young entrepreneurs: what the government can do differently | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

I was recently invited to a meeting of Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – West Africa (CAYE – WA) which held in Lagos, Nigeria. The meeting focused on the challenges of young entrepreneurs and seeks to identify what government can do to make it easier for young people to do …

Power is not ceded, power is taken | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Mixed reactions have been trailing the appointments or ministerial nominees of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, since the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, read the names out on the floor of the upper chamber. Chief among the reactions, as far as I …

Nigeria will be called by a new name | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Jerusalem, {Nigeria} the nations will see you victorious! All their kings will see your glory. You will be called by a new name, A name given by the Lord himself ~ Isaiah 62:2 GNT This month as we know is the month of Nigeria’s independence. This affects us greatly because …

We should be the change | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Many of us are seeking change and we are not ready to be that change that we seek. This even relates more to Nigerians who are clamouring for change from our leaders while they continue the things they are doing that brought us to where we are.   A few …

What changed while he remained dogged | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

It might be unfair to mention the doggedness of General Muhammadu Buhari, President elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who has emerged victorious in the 2015 elections without talking about the things that changed in the years of remaining dogged. By not it is no longer news that he …

A proof of doggedness | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

For many years we, motivational speakers, have talked about doggedness and for the first time in Nigeria we have fresh example to relate with. Many people have thought that our examples are mere motivations and can only happen in ideal society. But here, following the 2015 elections in Nigeria, we …

To those condemning Buhari because of Jonathan

Hello all, I am surprised that informed Nigerians will take it upon themselves to spread the kind of information they are spreading about General Muhamadu Buhari which can rarely be proven. Most of those spreading the rumour are either too young to know or remember what happened yet they passionate …

Responsible citizens beget responsible leaders | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

What we have as leaders in our countries will always reflect the kinds of people within our society. The person who is the arrow head may not necessarily be the representation of most of the people but the bitter truth is that he or she is still from within that …

Leaders that can inspire | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

There are some very sensitive responsibilities of leaders that we often leave out when we teach or make efforts to define leadership to people. We tell them about the part of influence and how a leader is expected to take initiatives but we hardly tell them that a leader has …

Only leaders with a heart | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Many leaders around the world talk about transformation and that is even the song on the lips on my own leaders at the moment. They think that they can just create some documents, have nice power points or some great TV commercials and the people will believe that they can …

How will you impact your country? | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

If we only look at what the country is not doing right and forget to mention the things we are not doing for the country, then we are being deceitful. Often times, the things the country is not doing right comes as a result of the things we could have …

What can we get right in this country? | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Just some weeks back I was privileged to anchor a forum and one of the issues that came up was why so many young people are jetting out of the country at every available opportunity. Today, while thinking about what to write, I stumbled on the Facebook post of a …

From tribal to national Independence | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Following the celebration of our independence, I think it is important to take one of the most important issues of the country, discuss how it’s ripping us apart rather than bringing us together and also see the practical way forward. Nearly all Nigerians keep making reference to how we were …

Our independence, our democracy | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Since it’s natural to be grateful for anniversaries, I am indeed grateful for the independence anniversary of Nigeria which is today. For more than fifty years now we have celebrated the first day in the month of October and each time we look back, it seems we are making very …

Emergence of the world changers 1 | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

I was recently asked to speak on the emergence of the world changers to a group of people who were getting ready to leave the four walls of a higher institution. As I thought about it and began to prepare for the meeting, something consistently rang in my mind. It …

Nigeria Immigration Service saga: the other grave issues | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

By now you would have seen several pictures and videos of the several thousands of people who wanted to write the test proposed by Nigeria Immigration Service. While I have serious concerns about the number of people who attended and the places assigned for the tests, I think the turn …

Failed Leadership: The gimmicks of rhetorics | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

It has become very important for me to spend some time of this issue of failed leadership and to dwell on it from the angle where those of us being led saw it coming but didn’t know or just chose to ignore it, and consequently, contributing to the failed leadership. …

Failed leadership: Getting caught up in fanfare | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Governance is a process and the entire process involves the governed and those that are governing. To a great extent, those governing operate, bearing in mind how the governed think, talk and react to the things they are doing. One of those processes leading to having good governance is the …

Failed Leadership: The sentiments that brought us this far │© Fola Daniel Adelesi

More than any other time in the history of Nigeria, Nigerians, in the last few years have learnt, so I hope, that religious and ethnic colouration are some of the worst factors to consider in deciding who becomes the leader of a nation. This is important to note, even for …

Failed Leadership │© Fola Daniel Adelesi

Following the recent events in Nigeria, I am compelled to write about failed leadership. This is not just about those in political offices but about all of us. It may seem glaring that those in the political offices have more direct responsibilities in what has brought us this far but …

Model for productivity | © Fola Daniel Adelesi

Do you want to grow in life? Would you like to see your activities become really productive rather than just consuming time? Have you been going around trying to figure out what to do? I am sure you want to know what some other great people have done to make …

Responsibilities refine people │© Fola Daniel Adelesi

There are so many people you may refer to as being irresponsible today but when you take a closer look at them, you will find that it’s different thing entirely. A few people don’t have to wait for others to give them responsibility before they take them up and are …

Signature of excellence │© Fola Daniel Adelesi

When I began to think about this topic a few names came to my mind because they simply have a signature of excellence. Whatever they do stands out and anything they touch can be distinguished from what other people have been doing. I also thought about one of my articles …