Yesterday, organisers of The New Man Writing Contest, reviewed to be the largest, free entry writing contest for students of secondary...

Yesterday, organisers of The New Man Writing Contest, reviewed to be
the largest, free entry writing contest for students of secondary
schools in Nigeria revealed via her website (www.thenewman.org.ng )
that the 2018 edition of the contest would be in honour of H.R.M, Oba
Adedokun Aroyinkeye 1, the Oragun of Ila Oragun.

PRESS STATEMENT The Crew of AWON ODO (THE YOUTHS), a youth-oriented show on Orisun 89.5FM, Ile-Ife, wishes to invite the general publi...

PRESS STATEMENT

The Crew of AWON ODO (THE YOUTHS), a youth-oriented show on Orisun
89.5FM, Ile-Ife, wishes to invite the general public to her Youth Summit scheduled to hold on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Recently, we have had so many natural disasters. A reoccurring one is the hurricanes. Hurricane irma affected Florida in the U.S.A. killin...

Recently, we have had so many natural disasters. A reoccurring one is the hurricanes.

Hurricane irma affected Florida in the U.S.A. killing more than 16 people and affected the power supply, making sure that about 2 million people lived without electricity.

A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone. It forms over tropical or subtropical waters. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that occurs in the Atlantic Ocean and north eastern Pacific Ocean. A tropical cyclone is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds , and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain.

America has been hit by 3 hurricanes recently and they include: hurricane jose, harvey and irma.

Now what causes this disaster??

Warm ocean water plus the Earth's eastward rotation.

This is the simplest answer.

Scientists have already warned that the response to the recent hurricanes shows how terrifying and unprepared the world is for the kind of extreme weather events that will become very common as the Earth gets hotter.

How can these be prevented??

Take care of nature and your environment properly.

It's more than an instruction. It is a duty.







Araromi Emmanuel Oluwatobi is a writer, blogger and poet. He is a contributor to the Kilenra.com Idea and runs the Evolve Scientia Column on NELOC Blog every Wednesday.

Walk The Talk is an Interview Series on NELOC Blog. Today, we have Mr. Sijibomi Aremu, a principal member of  BeyondThinkers, an organizatio...

Walk The Talk is an Interview Series on NELOC Blog. Today, we have Mr. Sijibomi Aremu, a principal member of  BeyondThinkers, an organization with the "Discover, Inspire and Equip" principle. Let's read his story in the next few lines, his salvation experience plus his break from purpose.

NELOC Media: Can we meet you?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: My name is Aremu Sijibomi Olumide.
I hail from Osun state. I attended Yaba college of Technology with a degree in Business administration and Management.
I'm currently serving at Loyola College in Ibadan, Oyo state where I teach Economics.

NELOC Media: Corper "shun"! What inspired BeyondThinkers?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: What inspired us to start BeyondThinkers was Matthew 25 vs 14-30.

In 2015, Some young guys came together, with a scriptural reference {Matthew 25 vs 14-30}, they have experienced people in tears because those people couldn't achieve their dreams.

We discovered that Education is gradually falling and everyone is losing value in our environment, everyone is in chase after money and fame regardless of how they get it...... Our society especially teenagers are all losing focus because of the wrong information they have, so with God's leading we established the initiative where we discover, inspire and equip teenagers and youths with great talent in Nigeria.

At first we were called Positive Thinkers. But during the registration, we discovered that an organization already had the name. So we prayed and got the name BeyondThinkers.

NELOC Media: BeyondThinkers... Inspiring. More grace.

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Amen

NELOC Media: You started in 2015, what are your achievements so far?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: A lot.

Inspiring members.

Hosting of an annual conference where we allow members to Exhibit their talents

We call it DFCC, which means Drive for Change Conference. We had the first version last which was tagged; The Giant Leap.

This gave and encouraged BeyondThinkers members to look beyond their current status and take that big step towards greatest and in attendance we had 127 people in 2016.

NELOC Media: How tough has it been in fulfilling all these?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Sincerely speaking, I don't think we have encountered a tough situation in achieving them. Everything has being working for our good. It is all about Jesus.

NELOC Media: Beyond the societal relevance, Can you tell us about BeyondThinkers?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Wow! BeyondThinkers.
We do three things...
We discover, Inspire and Equip.
Let me take it one by one.

Discover.
We at BeyondThinkers believe in the inert skill(s) that lies within every man. No man is born worthless or without skill/gift; this is the drive, the exact reason that propels us to creating value to life. We are set to search and dig out from as many youths and teens that enrich the nation.

That is one.

Inspire.
It is continuous thing. From Discover we move Inspire.

Discovery of a purpose isn't the end of it"s process to becoming valuable; there's the refining moment. Every discovered treasure in its crude form gets to be refined. In the refinement lies the extent of its beauty and attractiveness.
That's what we do at this stage.

Equip.
We don't just discover and inspire; We empower, We Equip you. It is the creation of platforms that enables people to exhibit their skills; showcasing what they have to the world. And we do this once a year #DFCC
Also, it creates a connection with professionals who have attained remarkable success in chosen fields.

That's all we do

NELOC Media: What positive impact has the NYSC had on you?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: (Plenty o)
I am the Treasurer of my CDS group. It taught me two things.
1) I must be accountable
2) I must be responsible.
And I thank God

NYSC is involved in a scheme called SAED Skills and Acquisition Entrepreneur Development. I joined the public speaking section of it, to improve myself professionally.
NYSC is fun I tell you.

NELOC Media: Do you follow the idea that NYSC should be scrapped?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: No.

But it should be Optional as for me. coupled with an increased allowance.

(#MyOpinion.)

NELOC Media: BeyondThinkers and NYSC? How have they merged.

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: It is not fun my Lady.

I and the principals of BeyondThinkers had to rugged it to keep the two running, and we don't know how we did it. It is God. I can say what we did actually, was to delegate work and duties to non-serving individuals. Then we do monitoring.

NELOC Media: Please narrate your salvation experience?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Very funny serious experience. Long story though, but I will cut it so short

I was not that academically sound back then, though I loved God and everything about Him, yet I didn't know Him.

So my dad came to see me in school that very Sunday, with a message for me, given to him by a pastor.

The message was I should always read Jeremiah 33 vs 3 and my life would change. I started it because I was desperate for that change. Friends mocked me then. Family members too.

I started a personal prayer with the scriptural verse. To the glory of God my life changed. My brain opened. My memory was able to retain things I read.. I said to myself "Oh miracle! Life is coming up". I wrote all exams once and passed! Jamb, post Jamb. I got admission.

I joined YCTCU, Yaba College of Technology Christian Union. That was where my life changed totally. Baptism of the Holy Ghost and the rest.

I give glory to God.

NELOC Media: Wow! I'm inspired!

NELOC Media: At what particular point did you find true purpose?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Young age I will say.

I found out I had this ability of speaking to convince you to do my will. So I used it as a strength. Motivating people towards their dreams. Especially the lazy ones!

NELOC Media: Have you ever thought of taking a break from purpose?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Yes I have done that before. Ask Why? Things were not working the way I wanted, so I stopped, and do you the message I got from God?.

He said since you gave up on your purpose, can I give up on you too... for where!
I jumped up back and changed strategy about life.

And I've been fine since then.

NELOC Media: Wow! I'm inspired.

NELOC Media: Based on the fact that youths are faced with a lot of distractions, what is your advice from your experience?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: They should read their books. Fix their gaze on Jesus. Finish... With that, the sky is the starting point

NELOC Media: Your parting words to all BeyondThinkers and everyone with a purpose.

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Expect the highest and best you can imagine, and work to make it so. But don't let judgment cloud the value that is already yours to live.

Know that every moment is a beautiful moment. Open yourself, humble yourself, allow yourself to embrace the beauty in whatever form it takes.

NELOC Media: Thank you for coming sir. God bless you.

There's this kid that comes to my house everyday when I was young, I personally thought she basically came to play like other kids n...

There's this kid that comes to my house everyday when I was young, I personally thought she basically came to play like other kids not knowing her parents sent her so early to come so she could eat with us.

NELOC Media: Can we meet you? Bayo Adegbite: My name is Adegbite Adebayo Samuel. I'm a 26years old graduate of Political science, Obaf...

NELOC Media: Can we meet you?

Bayo Adegbite: My name is Adegbite Adebayo Samuel. I'm a 26years old graduate of Political science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. I was born into a family of five although, my father is late, as far back as 1997

NELOC Media: Awww, so sorry about that sir.

Bayo Adegbite: It's okay sis

Bayo Adegbite: I'm a Music minister with a passion to preach Jesus all around the world with the sounds of Heaven

Bayo Adegbite: I hail from Oyo state

NELOC Media: "But my father is late, as far back as 1997..."
With this, how was growing up been for you?

Bayo Adegbite: Well, It was tough, really tough, especially for my mother who suddenly found herself a single parent. It was like the silver spoon was taken away, but nonetheless, she did everything in her power by the grace of God to give myself and my siblings quality education, good morals and taught us to love the Lord. A lot of credit goes to God through her.

NELOC Media: Inspiring! Your mum is indeed a strong woman. I thank God for His grace upon her life.

Bayo Adegbite: Yeah, God be praised.

NELOC Media: What inspired Aninilematanile?

Bayo Adegbite: After completing my  undergraduate studies, I had been trusting God for an unusual grace to compose songs that will bless many around the world. I just want to be a vessel unto honour. One day, as I was heading back home from work, I started singing in the spirit (singing in tongues), a melody then struck my heart, I couldn't stop singing it, but it was still in tongues, so I asked God to help put words of understanding to fit into the melody, and not long after, I remembered a beautiful name of God I got to know in one of rehearsals in the fellowship meeting (RCFOAU) in the university. Aninilematannile! Meaning The Inexhaustible God, The One who is All-Sufficient. That was it! A new song had arrived!!!

NELOC Media: Wow! Interesting

When did you start music?

Bayo Adegbite: I have been involved in music since childhood, in fact every member of family sings really well, but started 2015 professionally when I released my debut single.

NELOC Media: Wow! That's great.

Bayo Adegbite: Yeah😊

NELOC Media: As a gospel artiste, please narrate your salvation experience?

Bayo Adegbite: I got saved through a friend way back 2007. He just showed me love and then I saw how things were working out for him, so I decided to give God chance, but now I know He gave me chance! No regrets!

Bayo Adegbite: A chance*

NELOC Media: Wow!

Who are your music mentors? Your role models in this field?

Bayo Adegbite: My music mentor is my Mother, Mrs Adegbite Stella Olayide, she taught me how to stay on key by dragging me to weekly services to lead the praise and worship lol and Role models are Don Moen, Wale Adenuga and Nathaniel Bassey.

NELOC Media: God, Music and Man... What do you think is the bond?

Bayo Adegbite: God is the originator of music and also the creator of man. The bond here is that, music is one of the most potent weapon in the hands of men to establish and advance the kingdom of God on earth.

NELOC Media: Wow!
Recently Tasha Hobbs collaborated with Nicki Minaj. What do you think of gospel artistes collaborating with secular ones?

Bayo Adegbite: I'm not one to judge, but if i could just lend my voice. My stand is that Whatever is Gospel is too precious to be meddled with the secular world. There's a distinct line between we do in the kingdom and what goes on in the secular. We preach Christ, they preach self, so when we involve the secular guys in collaboration, in my opinion I think there's a loss of sense of identity.

NELOC Media: Wow! What's the future of gospel music in Nigeria?

Bayo Adegbite: Beyond words can say or describe!!! There's an army rising in this country. God is raising music ministers after His heart

NELOC Media: And I'm one of them! (smiles)

Bayo Adegbite: Oh yes!

Bayo Adegbite: Music ministers are churning out great songs. And believe soonest, our songs will change the course of this country, Africa, and the world at large  for good.

NELOC Media: Amen!

How do you balance your music with other obligations-- career, etc?

Bayo Adegbite: It's not easy but I'll just say you'll always find time for whatever you love or love doing. So with God's help I try to prioritise well

NELOC Media: What is your greatest challenge as a musician?

Bayo Adegbite: I don't know how best to answer this but, I put a lot of good pressure on myself and the good pressure is to better the person I was yesterday by improving today, but Jesus is up to the task through me

Let me just say, staying positive and motivated in midst of discouragements is my greatest challenge.

NELOC Media: You started in 2015? Wow! That's great.

What are your achievements so far?

Bayo Adegbite: I believe my greatest achievements is how the songs God has given has touched the lives of people. Recently someone told how she got baptised in the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in tongues while singing one of the songs God gave me. That for me is a great achievement!

NELOC Media: Wow! I love this testimony. That should be the testimony of all gospel singers.

NELOC Media: Where do you see yourself in next five years?

Bayo Adegbite: Next five years! Well I believe by then by the special grace of God, I would have joined of frontiers in the gospel music ministry in Nigeria and the world at large to keep advancing the kingdom of God through music

NELOC Media: Hmm. What would you love to say to your supporters and to inspire other musicians?

Bayo Adegbite: To all those who have supported me so far, I want to say a big thank you. I'm immensely grateful. I also humbly ask that you keep praying for me like you've always done. May God keep us all in Jesus name. I love you all.

To my fellow music ministers, we must keep pushing for excellence and trust God for every step we intend take. let's keep raising the banner of Christ, drawing men solely to Him.

NELOC Media: Thank you for your time sir.
I love your story, and I'm sure our readers are inspired by this.
From NELOC Media, we say, "thank you"🙂

Bayo Adegbite: My pleasure NELOC media.