My Platform 9.0 notes…ENTERPRISE & GOVERNANCE

It was a pretty wet day, I had to get to billings way wet, ok..a little bit wet. You know how it feels when going for an intellectual hangout? You want to be physically altogether so that your mind can “rock”. When I got my seat, Annand was already speaking so I didn’t get to hear pastor poju’s lecture. So i just reproduced his welcome address on the platform booklet…


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*Enjoy reading and stay motivated!

‘Poju oyemade: “the age of value oriented intellectuals”

He is the senior pastor and founder of covenant Christian Centre, a faith and word-based kingdom community. He is the visionary behind The Platform. You can see him weekdays @6:30am on Silverbird Television.

The new order in the world I gradually giving birth to an era of value oriented individuals. When we speak of value-oriented intellectuals, we mean those who seek to use their intellectual prowess to establish certain values in our society.

They have used their intelligence to succeed to a high degree in the world of commerce and in their careers but somewhere deep on the inside, they aren’t fulfilled with all the material things they that surround them.

They seek to break out of the trap of materialism and aspire to the greater values such as social justice, creation of opportunities for the less privileged and other virtues that their moral conscience dictates. In this they have found a greater task.

The solutions to such social problems require a deeper level of thought that that which is required in acquiring personal wealth through trade. It s this clarion call in the souls of men we try to answer in this edition of The Platform 9.0.

My friend Annand Giridharadas who is a columnist for The New York Times wrote an article that captures this thought, “Real change requires real politics”. Somewhere in that article, a definition of the purpose of a new generation emerges.

Welcome to The Platform 9.0. God bless you.



Annand Giridharadas – “How India turned around: an insider outsider account”

Anand Giridharadas an Indian-American, is a columnist for the New York times and its global edition-the International Herald Tribune. He reported for four years on India’s transformation, Bollywood, corporate takeovers, terrorism, outsourcing, poverty and democracy  He is among the newspapers youngest columnists to date. He is @annandwrites on twitter



My notes

How India was:

  • A country in which so much potentials amounted to so little
  • Dreams never got to travel their distance

India’s revolution showed itself unlike the revolutions in the middle-east to be one of the self-that they are the makers of their own destiny.

Considering that our culture in most of the third world revolves around togetherness, family, the whole, India became plagued by the very thing that ran its culture for centuries because it ended up stifling the creativities of a large and enormous part of the population from women, poor, certain families, weak communities etc

Another strong issue was that of destiny. How do we view destiny?

  1. Many believed that destiny was something that flowed to the individual rather than something that flowed from the individual
  2. Then the idea that you inherit your destiny to the fact that you create your destiny

The revolution was about taking destiny in your hands, becoming makers of your own destiny; that you could not be an effective part of the whole if you are not a ‘whole’ yourself. Since here the individual is not just about himself, we can use it to our individual by effecting change by becoming whole and then propagating the same through our close-knit societies.

The revolution of the self reveals itself in young entrepreneurs and change agents gunning for and accessing financial independence, giving themselves a voice and acting as motivations to others. The motto? Being good, being rich.

In summary, we put the collective (family, village, clan, community etc) first in this part of the world; therefore in putting the collective first, you have to be a strong individual first. This is the new independence.

In relation to Nigeria, 1960 was our nation’s independence, being a strong self, freedom of the individual is the new independence!



Prof. Yemi Osibajo- “The value systems upon which successful enterprises are built”

He became Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos state in 1999. Prior to that, he was professor of law and head of department of public law at the University of Lagos. He also served as special advisor to the Attorney-General of the federation and Minister of Justice (1988-1991)


My notes

No nation ever became successful through mineral resources.

Democratic Republic of Congo is by natural resources about the richest nation in the world but it is in reality the 2nd poorest nation on the earth in spite of its enormous resources meanwhile Cape Verde which is a small country still in Africa and virtually with no natural resources has a highly performing economy.

There are basic principles of success… “We shouldn’t get so unique in our thinking to imagine that we can be successful without subscribing to time-tested truths”


1). Self or Organisational discipline

There must be a religious sense of discipline; it is important that there is a culture of discipline

Our work ethic in Nigeria is terrible and smacks of high indiscipline.

“Chinese workers are six times more effective that Nigerian workers” – Okonjo Iweala

There is no escaping self-discipline-there must be a rigorous culture of practice.

Culture is a wonderful instrument for self affirmation. We must develop the culture of saving, frugality etc

2). Integrity

Integrity is vital. It is the foundation for true success.

It is not a moral platitude, not preachment but it is the only way to go!

What plagues us in our country is a *moral failure of leadership

“Anytime we look away from corruption, we hurt unborn generations”

3). Merit

People should be placed in positions based on their capabilities and ability to perform given functions.

When we fall sick for example, we always look for the best doctor not necessarily the one that is from our village or family.

Any rule that says that people will be appointed into positions of authority/responsibility based on where they are from, shows that we do not take ourselves seriously.

These values are not things we do not already know, they are not difficult to understand.

They can be learned – they should be learned.

“The future doesn’t belong to talent but on character”



Luis Araujo: “Colombia, the turn of a country”

He was born in the world heritage city of Cartagena, Colombia on December 24, 1979. He was one of those individuals who witnessed firsthand revolutionary changes in the Colombian government and took part in the governments that  introduced them. In 2001, Araujo worked as legal counsel to the president and from 2003-2005 as the president’s liaison to the American congress. He is currently CEO of the Cartagena tourism board, a public-private non-profit corporation.


My notes

 “Change is difficult”

You cannot trust terrorists-you cannot trust them

Many youths were told to leave Colombia and about 4million left but we stayed, a lot of us stayed to save our country.

We told ourselves that we had a role to play and not allow 45million people to be run over by 20,000 drug barons/guerillas.

The present president succeeded with a few qualities…

  • v  His moral was work, work, work
  • v  He established dialogue-gave the people information
  • v  Leaders must dedicate 80% of their time to communication and 80% of that time is listening.
  • v  Leaders must not confuse dialogue with monologue
  • v  Accountability: taking responsibility for your actions

Result is…

  • Popularity
  • Sustainable policies
  • Public + private leadership (government & citizen trust)

Nigerians: play your role, take part & fix Nigeria



Tonye Cole: “I am a Nigerian created for impact”

He is an executive director at Sahara Group, he is responsible for the new ventures and business development as well as enforcing corporate ethics and compliance. He also spearheads the group’s upstream exploration and production activities in West Africa. Sahara has grown by leverage into business interests like real estate, oil & gas, upstream, midstream and downstream, bunkering, engineering services etc.

My notes

Who is a Nigerian?

By Stereotype: lawless, dishonest, corrupt, etc

By History:
  • Skilled artisan
  • Traveler
  • Warrior
  • Civilization
  • Instinct

Ps 139: 13-18

What can I do?

Last 25years

  • Migration of the talented
  • Corruption
  • Best/worst of military
  • Discovered skill-athletes and musicians
  • Excellence across the world

…but all of this was taking us to preparation

We are in our jubilee already

2015 will be 40years after the Gowon coup, the first coup in Nigeria

Expatriates must come to Nigeria but it should now be on our terms

Nigeria: of the black race,

  1. No black nation is as widely spread
  2. We have the highest number of graduates
  3. Nigerian students abroad are consistently in the top 10
  4. Nowhere in the world where you wouldn’t see Nigeria-igbos have taken over the sub-Sahara market
  5. No black nation exports musicians & actors like Nigeria
  6. Plays in foreign politics
  7. No black nation exports business like us


What am I called to be?

What is my area of calling?

Will I be able to influence Nigeria and Nigerians?


Our naija

Heal it

Fix it

Love it!



Obinna Abajue – “Competing in a difficult environment”


He is currently head of personal and business banking for Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. However, he was formerly the acting CEO of Stanbic

 IBTC Pensions Managers ltd, Nigeria’s largest pension fund administrator. He was responsible for overseeing the retirement benefit administration and management of over N300billion naira in assets on behalf of over 700,000 contributors and close to 20,000 retirees. He is also a chartered accountant, chartered banker and chartered stockbroker.



My notes

Enterprise implies “achievement of objectives”

A society is built by establishing and re-affirming truth

A people without direction end up nowhere

…more importantly, knowledge is a gift that we share


  • It’s not the environment that matters, it’s you. Everyday people are doing great things where they were thought impossible
  • Know yourself not change yourself. What are you trying to achieve? Why does it matter to you? It is what matters to you that you are prepared to commit resources to. It is the repeated execution of common-sense
  • See the end. What exactly does success look like? You define it? Define your success – you are wealthy when you say you are. Legacy-the other side of success. If it so good, it tough to differentiate then. The failure of leadership is the failure to leave successors.
  • Be patient. It’s a long game – if it will outlive you. Incredible political acumen. While you wait,

Become the best you, you can be

There are no short-cut



Leke Alder- “Keep Standing”

He is the founder and principal of Alder consulting, an ideas and branding corporation with offices in Lagos and London. He is credited with introducing branding as a discipline in Nigeria and has consulted on policy, politics and business at the highest level. Author of several business books, he is the host of Minding your Business with Leke Alder on Inspiration FM 92.3


My notes

Life always seems to conscript us into teams we never subscribed to

Most of us are either amputated from birth, by birth or by life

Those who refuse to run on one leg soon find they have no leg at all

The future, great things always start on one leg

A dream is never ashamed

Don’t accept a chair from life; if the motive is suspect, you should and must reject life’s hospitality

Life’s afflictions are celestial gymnasiums

Always know that there is a cloud of incredible, invisible witnesses cheering you on

“Fight until you defeat life with your determination”

No matter what, keep standing!



Ibukun Awosika – “Principle for building a successful business in an emerging market”

She is the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre, Sokoa Chair Centre ltd and TCC security systems which are manufacturers and marketers of office furniture, office seating and banking security systems in Nigeria and the West African market. A fellow of the Aspen global leadership network and multiple award-winning entrepreneur; she has founded and supports many no-profit institutions.

My notes

“All the banks in Nigeria employ just 70, 000 people”

“6 out of every 10 Nigerians is out of a job”

You cannot wait forever for leadership to define your change for you

There is a big spasm between what we are producing as graduates and what the market needs

Everything that government doesn’t do, yet its supposed to do, creates an opportunity

Business in Nigeria has become a biz-social issue

Banks have the responsibility to create the next generation of customers

it is not a sustainable system for banks to get value and not give value to creating the next generation of customers

…somebody helped me when it was necessary…

How do you create business? SKILLS.KNOWLEDGE.RESOURCES

In Nigeria we are suffering from system-failure; a vicious cycle of actions and inactions by leadership

Foreign organizations have discovered that engaging the public sector in Nigeria is unproductive so they are now in their developmental efforts engaging the private sector that are geared towards social-change.

For the elite, “it is in our own enlightened self-interest to do this quickly”.

The difficulty of the Nigerian environment is the abundance of the opportunity…

We do not need to re-invent the wheel we just copy a good system and make it work here

Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t have

Our educational system is now creating problems for us

Create value on your own terms in your area of strength.

Thanks, you all…do well to check


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