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“Genius is one percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration’’. — Thomas Alva Edison

Being creative could be by way of inventions, or the ability of a person to use his or her brain or endowments to perform some tasks that are relatively unique. Thinkers are best positioned to be creative. You must think deeply to be successful in every human endeavour. Thoughts are translated into gains.  Several people have carved their names in gold in the area of inventions. Some did; but were never known because they lived in obscurity. Others too invented some useful items which their societies never bothered to encourage and so, lost great opportunities. Nigeria has also produced several geniuses that were, however, not followed of encouraged, to be able to tap their potentials to the fullest. The personality whose achievements are highlighted in this piece could afford to be contented with being complacent on account of originating from a relatively comfortable family of a retired Major-General in the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, aside from her being a Dentist resident in the United States. In the second instance, the story of her success is enough to gear parents and organizations with parental responsibilities into action to chart a proper course for the development of their children.

A member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Dr. Irene Apata (nee Ayoola) aka ‘Iryne Rock’ was born into the family of Christian parents who took the future of their children with utmost concern. With her mother as a choir director, Iryne grew up in the choir where she developed her vocal capabilities. Growing up in Nigeria, she garnered a love for harmonies and African beats. It was at her church, Solomon’s Porch Worship Center in Maryland USA, where she served as worship leader, that the Holy Spirit started to bless her skill for writing songs in a whole new way. Songs like Just for you, Overflow and Lord Most High were birthed and became songs of worship with the congregation. Through the unction of the Holy Spirit, Iryne wrote and produced a debut album, with 11 songs suited for every listener. The mission of this album is to create music that would draw anyone and everyone closer to God. Iryne and her spiritual support have prayed long and hard for this album. It is heavily influenced by God’s word, and it is their hope that you are blessed by it! It is highly notable that one of her mentors is Nigeria’s giant Christian musician, Panam Percy Paul.

Iryne Rock is a lover of Jesus Christ and a lover of music. She gave her life to Christ as a young child on May 12th, 1992. Growing up in a Nigerian Christian home, Iryne was introduced early on to many prolific Christian artists. Her parents were so in tune with the move of God through Christian music and she grew up listening to artists like Dion (Dimucci), Petra, Leon Patillo, Larnelle Harris, Andraé and Sandra Crouch, The 2nd Chapter of Acts, Barry McGuire, Bebe and Cece Winans, The Winans, Carman, Bryan Duncan, Michael W. Smith, Rambo McGuire, and Panam Percy Paul, just to name a few.  These different artists have inadvertently shaped Iryne’s song-writing skills. When she began to explore music on her own, she was drawn to artists like DC Talk, Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Fred Hammond, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Angelique Kidjo, Kirk Franklin, Jars of Clay and many other Christian and non-Christian musical talents, developing her diverse musical palate.


Iryne Rock is a perfect example of what young ones could do with their brains; and she deserves every encouragement that is available.  There are enormous potentials and opportunities available in Nigeria waiting to be tapped. One of the problems created by the discovery of crude oil is the neglect of Agriculture which used to be the mainstay of the economy. People abandoned the farms in millions to seek greener pastures and good living in cities and urbanized settlements. Youths too look up to thousands of Nigerians making a living in Western countries and seek to join them. If they can’t go through the legitimate process, they pursue the ambition of travelling abroad with reckless abandon. They forget that the Western nations of decades ago are no longer as vibrant as they were because they now have their own challenges that have made them tighten immigration regulations. Those living abroad will inform you that the good times are gone. There is unemployment in the Western world, just as there are homeless people, failures and criminals roaming the streets of the developed world. This is in addition to social problems that are not in tandem with the cultures of Nigeria.

Many people have great brains but don’t really put them to profitable use. A person would only be able to utilize his or talents if he or she discovers such latent gifts. Creativity derives from being creative. Please don’t wait for the government or your parents to do everything for you. As the saying goes: The floor is crowded but there is always plenty of space at the top. Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was an American inventor (also known as the Wizard of Menlo Park) whose many inventions revolutionized the world and patented 1,093 inventions. Edison, when he visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, was marvelled by the structure, was quoted as saying that: “Genius is one percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration’’. Bill Gates, an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation is a classic example. Coming back home in Nigeria, the common urge is to search for white collar jobs. In the process, endowed people fail to utilize their brains for gainful accomplishments. You too could use your brains, intellect, wisdom, and creative talents to invent. Several thousands of people have been known to excel in different areas. Large numbers of Nigerians are doing well in music, acting, arts, crafts, small and medium sized investments, barbing, sewing, tailoring and other areas. Some went into the financial services sector and used their acumen to emerge leaders. Many of them like Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Sade Adu, King Sunny Adé, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Ebenezer Obey, Lagbaja, Mo Abudu, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, and Funke Akindele have carved their names in gold. You too could join them by being committed, dedicated, and resilient to whichever goal you decide to pursue.

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