Self-discovery, right attitude to life and sound mind no doubt are the factors that ginger human beings to succeed in life, just as sound education pushes one to a greater height. Bearing this in mind, Tomeb Foundation, an NGO established to promote issues, that will energize individuals and communities to be economically self-sustaining and environmentally friendly has constantly promoted programmes that would impact the youths positively.
Only last year, the Foundation in collaboration with its partner in progress, the oil giant, Exxon Mobil, sponsored and distributed textbooks to final year medical students of the University of Lagos. With the success of that programme, it embarked on another project that could be tagged “catch them young” this year, also in collaboration with Exxon Mobil, to fertilise the minds of school pupils on how to succeed, this time through reading, personal development and learning programme.
Recently, all roads led to Lagos State Model College, Badore in Lagos, where over 1000 students were tutored and lectured through a book written by a young scholar and 2016 Valedictorian of Dowen College, Lagos, Maryam Popoola. The book titled Insight: Nuggets of Excellence for Teenagers is a motivational book that brilliantly discerns aspects of human behaviour. The book is also a comprehensive summary of the issues affecting young people in secondary schools and contains valuable lessons on how they can achieve academic, moral and spiritual excellence.
Incidentally, Maryam is a daughter to the founders of Tomeb, Mr. Tunde and Alhaja Mojisola Popoola. “When she put this book together, we decided to ensure that it gets to the hands of thousands of people, because it is an impactful title for people in her age bracket,” Mr. Popoola told journalists.
After the book was published, Tomeb partnered with ExxonMobil to donate free copies of the book to select students in Lagos State. Badore’s Model College was the chosen school and the foundation went further to arrange for a personal development and learning programme, where eminent speakers were invited to read chapters from the book and explain them to the mass of listening students.
On that day, students of Badore Model College trooped out in thousands to drink from the fountain of knowledge of selected speakers who were billed to read out and explain chapters from the book which addressed topics such as what it takes to succeed as a teenager, important habits to cultivate, academic excellence, and the good and bad sides of social media.
Some of the speakers at event were the Country Managing Director of Accenture Nigeria, Mr. Niyi Yusuf; the Managing Consultant, Kitbenj Consulting, Mrs. Elizabeth Olofin; a Professor of Medicine at the University of Lagos, Professor (Mrs.) Fatimah Abdulkareem and a Government Relations Lead at Google, Mrs. Titi Akinsanmi.
Opening the stage, Mr. Popoola shared a snippet of his early days with the eager students. “I grew up in the village,” he recalled, “and when I was going to school, because my father was a farmer, I would go to the farm on Friday and come back on Sunday.”
But being a farm boy did not stop him from achieving his dreams. “You can become anything in life, but you must be ready to do all that is required to get to the top,” he said.
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