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ENCOURAGING CREATIVITY: THE NIGERIAN YOUTH WHO IS TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM

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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…

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