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THE ROLE MODEL SERIES – THE YOUNG NIGERIAN HIGH-FLYER WHO BECAME A PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER AT AGE 27 YEARS; & DEPUTY CEO OF A MULTINATIONAL AT AGE 30 — SECRETS OF SUCCESSES –

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Terrific Headlines is an arm of Terrific Investments & Consulting  — Reliable, Efficient, Proactive, Effective & Very Professional ‘’I think our job as parents is to give our kids roots to grow and wings to fly.’’ — Deborah Norville ‘’The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.’’ — Gilbert K. Chesterton ‘’Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you’’ — Jackson Brown Jr. THE EARLY NATIONALISTS AS ROLE MODELS: Those leaders of pre-independence Nigeria knew what they wanted and prepared very hard to locate themselves in strategic positions. History records them as having done well. They found their mission relatively easy to accomplish because they were very prepared psychologically, emotionally and educationally. Then, they moved further by pursuing their various goals with dedication and huge commitment. This piece is written to encourage our youths who surely require ROLE MODELLING at critical stages of their lives. Stepping into the shoes of geniuses and highly successful people commands and demands extra efforts. The present generation of young Nigerians is increasingly getting restive about political ambitions. These emerging leaders, usually referred to as: ‘’leaders of tomorrow’’ are in every sub-sector of our national life – family businesses, places of worship, and even in politics, a vocation that has lately been afflicted by effects of feverish struggles and ambition to replace incumbents. To succeed and make remarkable impressions, the personality being groomed must be prepared for the envisaged assignment. Failure to plan and understand the intricacies of the society and particularly organizations to be led, accounts for colossal failures. Obafemi Awolowo in one of his publications stated that: “I will, more than ever before, subject myself to severe self- discipline. ‘’Only men who are masters of themselves become easily masters of others. ‘’Therefore, my thoughts, my tongue, and my actions shall be brought under strict control always.”  He went further in his autobiography to assert that: “Those who desire to reach, and keep their places at the top in any calling, must be prepared to do so the hard way.”On his part, Nnamdi Azikiwe in his speech at his inauguration as Governor-General of Nigeria on 1st October, 1960 stated that:  ‘’I hereby pledge solemnly to render faithful and loyal service to my country. As in the past, I shall not have…

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