Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Finding Reality: The Journey through Fundamentalist Christianity, Schizophrenia, and Self-Actualization - Stephen Mufutau Awoyemi

I remember vaguely that she was lying on the bed reading a book with many pages. She seemed to be concentrating. I asked her, “Aunty what is this book you are reading”? She replied “the Bible”. “What is the Bible”? I asked. It is “God’s word” she responded. I must have been 8 or 9 years old at the time. That was my first conscious encounter with religion. 

All previous encounters had been passive, unconscious, and insignificant. I took personal interest in this Bible and began to read it. I was deeply fascinated as I found a new transcendent consciousness which I never really experienced before. However, I was soon to abandon this new found interest being a child. I picked it up again at the age of 12 when my foster parents began to couple their attendance at an orthodox church (Catholic) with a Pentecostal church. A new wave of Pentecostalism was sweeping Nigeria, gaining a critical mass since the late 1970s through the early 1980s. In the year 1989, I became a born again Christian, a brand of Christianity that grew in power and numbers like wild fire in the dry season in Nigeria. Having a simple and sincere disposition I followed the teachings of this religion.

 When I attained puberty I struggled with sexual desire, feelings of guilt, and self-repression. My impression was that the human was vile and corruptible, as was reinforced by repeated sermons. I pursued morality without a basic awareness of what is, but to please God in order to get a reward, which was immediate blessings and ultimately heaven, and to avoid punishments or curses, with the worst being eternal damnation in hell. As I began to grow older, approaching adolescence, I sought for my own personal experience of the stories I read about in the Bible. Miracles of the age to come, the supernatural, and eschatology became obsessions. I knew that I had no experiential knowledge of these things. I wanted evidence to validate my dogmatic reality--a reality that was capricious and based on only what I had read and heard from humans like myself. I had to. I had no alternative. It was the only worldview I had and it was becoming unstable and troubled with doubt. But how could I doubt it? How dare I reject my worldview? Instead, I looked for evidence to support and reinforce it more. 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Channels Television's Chairman in a photo with Linus Okorie; Talks Collaboration for Emerging Leaders Conference 2015

Over the last weekend, our president in a meeting with the Chairman of Channels Television, sealed the partnership deal to bring this year's Emerging Leaders Conference to millions of Nigerians.


The conference is slated for November, 6-7, 2015.
This year, 3000 young emerging leaders from all states of Nigeria and across all sectors of the economy will be attending.
Our president, Linus Okorie used the opportunity to thank Mr. John Momoh, for inspiring and grooming young leaders of which he is one especially for consistently providing platforms for young people to express themselves and achieve their goals.

Do not miss out, if you are one.
Our conference new website is at www.emergingleadersconference.com and in a few days, you can register for the conference there.
Get ready!!!

Friday, 14 August 2015

GOTNI launches weekly buzz videos - This Week at GOTNI, Episode 1-3

We started bringing you scoops from our daily leadership activities from GOTNI, while also intimating you and keeping you abreast of trends. Today, we published the 3rd episode but have compiled the 3 part video for 3 weeks to you.

Watch them all: Today's episode
Last week's episode
and the very first week's episode is here

Do watch and let us know what you think, at the comments section. To reach us via email, info@gotni.org. Have a beautiful weekend!

~TGIF

Youth Civic Engagement: Theme for International Youth Day Celebration by Ministry of Youth Development: Photos Speak












Wednesday, 29 July 2015

REJOINDER: BUHARI TAKING CREDIT FOR JONATHAN’S ACHIEVEMENTS – REP BY POINT BLANK NEWS


GOTNI’s president, Linus Okorie have been inundated with phone calls and social media messages concerning the news “Buhari taking credit for Jonathan’s achievements” made originally by Hon. Linus Abba Okorie, a House of Representative member who represents Ohazara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency of Ebonyi state published by Premium Times today. This same news is attributed to Linus Okorie, of GOTNI via picture credit by Point Blank News as reported by Jackson Ude.


Point blank news publishing this news with the picture of Linus Okorie, Founder of Guardians of the Nation International and not that of the House of Representative calls for serious concern. Linus Okorie has been committed to grooming the next generation of leaders through his 21-year old leadership development cause. He is not in any way an Honourable member or ever been in any political position.

Linus Okorie, whose picture appears in the news did not make any such statements and dissociates from the publication by Point blank news today, July 29, 2015 http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/exclusive/buhari-taking-credit-for-jonathans-achievements-rep/ .

Linus Okorie
By GOTNI, Corporate Communications/Media Relations
cbmr@gotni.org




The League of African Development Students (LEADS Africa) Awards Africa's Patriotic Personality Award on Linus Okorie



The League of Africa Development Students (LEADS), the umbrella body for all democratic Students Unions in Africa confers on Linus Okorie the LEADS -Africa's Patriotic Personality Award. The ceremony took place on  on Friday, July 17, 2015 in Abuja.

They applauded him as an erudite and proven authority in Africa's Leadership Development space per excellence, relentless Apostle of Africa's Quest for Youth Development of International Repute, Managing Consultant of the New Vision Consults and a distinguished Corporate Business Leader and a renown veteran Students' Union,  Associate member of the International Third World Leadership Association - Bahamas, Faculty member of the Pan-African University, a cerebral commenter of topical issues of national and global importance on live events and via various media platforms and an outstanding Nation Builder per excellence!

Linus Okorie joins the likes of Colonel Sani Bello,  Dr. Christopher Kolade, Prof. Clement K. Dzidonu, Hon. Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Mr. Atedo N.A Peterside, Prof. E.E Ehile, H.E Prince Bola Ajibola and Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe, to become a recipient.

The activities of the LEADS is sure commendable and open for support as being a formidable student union body across Africa.

An award well deserved!
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

HOW EMERGING LEADERS SHOULD PLAN FOR TOMORROW


The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, “Wrong jungle! – Steven R. Covey

Wise people have always known how to study the seasons and make necessary plans either for sowing or harvest. Many have argued that the challenge most African countries face is that of Leadership, without any argument, it has become obvious that the ills we experience are symptoms of leadership challenge. 

To take a cue from leaders who could foresee and plan for their citizens, would give insight into how leaders of today should plan for their future. Ancient history has the story of a king in Egypt – Pharaoh, who had a strange dream, which was eventually interpreted by one Joseph to be seven years of plenty and following is another seven years of famine. Joseph was eventually going to create a plan, not to avert the aforementioned period of draught but to manage and cater for a country whose citizens as at then were acclaimed to be the second of the two great civilizations in existence. 

Geographically, Egypt is mostly desert except for the Nile River. The Nile is the greatest river in the world, and if it didn’t flow through Egypt the country would be just sand. In ancient times only 3% of Egypt was inhabitable, arable land. Question here is how would 3% arable land be harnessed to cater for this nation for 7 years of famine? Here is how Joseph, who eventually became second-in-command in the entire realm, mapped out a strategy to ensure storage of grains for the period of plenty to provide relief when the great famine came. He advised that the fifth part of all the grain harvests stored for the next seven years, so that when the famine struck, Egypt would have food sufficient to sustain itself.