Students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, were thrown into an ecstatic moment when the Action Democratic Party (ADP) candidate in Ekiti state forthcoming governorship election, Otunba Segun Adewale stormed the prestigious institution.
The jubilant students who relished the presence of the successful entrepreneur, sang varying rhymes to ushered Adewale, who was at the institution for a seminar on entrepreneurship workshop.
Adewale, CEO of Aeroland Group, a conglomerate of air-ticketing, travel consultation outfits, real estate, among other business interests, who arrived OAU with hordes of aides and associates, had a field day embracing the outpour of love and support thrown at him by the students who ignored the scorching sunlight to receive him in their midst.
Presenting his paper as the lead speaker at the event organised by the Federation of Ekiti Student’s Union, OAU Chapter, Adewale dazzled students of OAU with his oratory prowess as he engaged the fully packed hall on a topic “Focus On Entrepreneurship Opportunities By Youths As Panacea To Nigeria’s Future Progress And Prosperity”
Adewale impressed on his audience that many global leaders excelled in their choosing careers due to additional education in entrepreneurship, citing Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Chief Innocent of Innoson Motors, Mike Adenuga of Glomobile, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Mack Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jack Ma of Alibaba and host of others.
In an emotional tone, Adewale shared the story of how he rose from nothing to something, noting that entrepreneurship provided him the opportunity to exit from ravaging poverty and recorded the success he enjoys today.
Adewale who holds a Master Degree from the University of Ibadan, recalled how despite his qualification engaged in menial jobs, such as driving Kabukabu (commercial taxi service) in Lagos for ends meet, encouraged the students to considers exploring entrepreneurship for their advancement.
The Ipoti-Ekiti born aviation guru admonished the students to take their education very serious, noting that it is a stepping stone to achieving greatness in life but cautioned them (students) that the world has changed from paper certification to entrepreneurship world.
Adewale encouraged the students not see it (entrepreneurship) as a challenge and undergo various training in entrepreneurship after their degrees, expressing optimisms that many of the students in the hall will soon replace the present crops of billionaire around the world.
“The world is clearly drifting away from the dependence on certification but what actually you could offer (that is entrepreneurship),” he said, adding that “This is obvious with the amount of graduates our university produced yearly.”
“So, you should strive to develop an entrepreneurship skill outside your academic developments in order to be able to compete in this evolving society. It worked for me and I’m confident that here in this hall, are the next crop of billionaires.”
Highlights of the event was the presentation of an artistic drawing of Adewale’s image by the students, which drew a thunderous screaming of OSAPraPra– a nickname which he is popularly known for.