Thursday, 29 January 2015

Feel the fear – Yes I can: by Felix Iziomoh

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”- Roger Crawford

Challenges are an everyday part of life, Yes, I can do it is a phrase we hear all the time, and these are words that keep us going strong. A few years ago, I had to find a way to cope with financial and family issues which could have ruined my life. Before I was admitted into the University, it was a tough one for me; when I was admitted into the University, I faced other tough challenges. Often, when we face challenges in our daily lives, our stumbling blocks seem very small in comparison to what many others face. The impossible can be realised with persistence and determination, no matter the unusual. Even the most far away dream can be realised with persistence and determination. I continually review the decisions I made in past years and see that I had to believe in myself and never give up the struggle for my survival.

I strongly believe that my Yes, I can attitude really empowered me to always go for what I wanted. During my sad moments, I found strength in my ability to survive by respecting the power within me. This is the same power which is in us all. I always try to accept life's challenges as an opportunity to explore new things. With persistence and determination, you can overcome challenges. We are familiar with persistence and determination; they are the words of achieving victory. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence and determination. You may have heard the story of Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, and believe he is the stuff of which real leaders are made. Knowing his story, it is easy for us to think about this leader as someone who belongs to a particular cultural tradition, empowered by some extraordinary qualities that smooth his path towards inevitable success. His is the story of a man who has faced significant legal challenges; he fought a long legal battle over allegations of racketeering, corruption, money laundering and fraud. In December 2005, Zuma was charged with raping a 31-year old woman. On 6 April 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) dropped all charges against him. He won the election on 6 May 2009 and was sworn in as president of South Africa on 9 May 2009. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

 Some have believed in the past that leaders are marked out for leadership early in their lives, and if you are not a leader, there's little that you can do to become one. Fortunately, that is not the way we see it now and research supports this. The modern view is that through patience, persistence, determination and hard work, one can become a highly effective leader. Every organization or collection of people, from large to small, requires devoted and skilled leaders. It is said that everything rises and falls on leadership, and it is true. Every group, be it families, towns, churches, organizations and even nations, fulfils its purposes and potential based on the leadership they have shown.


The Big dreamer, Tomorrow's Leader - Somto Mbelu

Before a house is built, there must be a prototype of that particular building on paper. Were the idea has being conceived already. For one to lead effectively. One has to be able to see into the future. He has to be able to think and reason forward. When one thinks and plans towards the future. The actions and way he lives every day. Must work in connection to what he wants to become or achieve in the future. Nothing happens by chance. Some of the inventions which are in use now. Has being conceived by inventors a long time ago.
 I remember very well several years ago. Then I was a teenager, there once lived an old man. This old man had provided virtually all the answers to every question that were ever asked or brought to him. One day two young men decided to prove the old man wrong for the first time.
Somtochukwu Mbelu

They caught two birds and went straight to the old man with their hands closed tight with birds. They said old man! You have always provided answer to all questions ever asked in this village. So now, tell us these birds we got in our hands are they life birds or dead birds. The old man was astonished to hear this strange question for the first time.
The two young men had decided beforehand that if the old man answers the question by saying “the birds are dead ‘they will release the birds from their hands and let the birds fly away but if the old man on the other one says ‘the birds are alive’, they will quickly squeeze the birds in their hands to death to prove the old man wrong so either way the old man would be wrong. Even the old man knew this and decided not attempt that dreaded question. But concluded by telling them that, it all depends on them to decide whether the birds are alive or not.
You see, friends. The poorest man in the world is the man without a dream. The most frustrated man in the world is the man with dream that never become a reality. I am sure that everyone, no matter the race, culture, nationality or socio-economic status; no matter how rich or poor we are, weather we were born in the bush, village or amidst marble floors, we all dream.

 Everything depends on our decision on how we want to carry on in this life. It all depends on the big picture we see or conceive within us. If you can think it, you can do. Whatever God can do for you is what your mind has failed to think. As far as your mind can think anything it can achieve it. That is why we must strive to feel our mind with positive thoughts. Cause everything comes from within.
Dreams are a bit parts of our lives and you must do whatever it takes to make them a reality by the plans you make, the cause you take and things you do. Don’t dwell on the past mistakes: Leave yesterday behind along with its problems, worries and doubts. Realize you can’t change the past but you can start a new tomorrow. Don’t try to do everything at once take a step at a time.
Stay strong, start something new. Dream big cause there no limitation to what you can dream and achieve. So dream on and get set to lead the future.
Somtochukwu Mbelu.

Friday, 27 June 2014

"The Art of Mentorship" by Linus Okorie

 "The Art of Mentorship" was an inspiring topic which was taught by Linus Okorie- President of Guardians of the Nation International, at the Leadership Forum which held last night at the GOTNI premises.
The meeting which started by 6:30pm had over 30 change makers in attendance with the zeal to be mentored.
Mr. Okorie shared his experience with his mentors, as a learning process which was not all smooth but because he wanted to make a difference, he had to be patient and consciously make up his mind to be groomed, which according to him most people don't have the patience to do. He says that for a learning process to take place, you have to first of all UNLEARN the negative to RE-LEARN the positive.

Make it a date with us next week as it promises to be even more educative and interactive.


Hello great people of Nigerians, as we mourn the souls of the departed at the recent bomb blast at Emab plaza in Abuja, i would like to remind us that we are in a critical moment and we all need each other if we want to win this fight against terrorism.
As Guardians of this Nation, let us in one voice pray for the peace of our country, God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Monday, 2 June 2014


Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI) a non -profit organization with the sole aim of affecting the live of Nigerians positively by instilling leadership values into them.
The president and founder of Guardians of the Nation International, Linus Okorie in a closed door meeting with the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Andrew Pocock expressed gratitude to the Ambassador for an opportunity to share some of his thoughts on leadership with him.
 Mr. Pocock reiterated his gratitude as he shared his experiences during his first visit in Nigeria in 1983-1986 when Lagos was the Federal capital of Nigeria, and since then he has been to other African countries like Zimbabwe, Tanzania, to mention but a few.
Pocock who spoke to GOTNI crew, says that leadership is a simple word but has a big concept which matters in every sphere of life ranging from the family, to companies and to countries especially a country like Nigeria.
According to Pocock, Nigeria is a country of enormous potential. It is a country of great size. He stressed on the fact that Nigeria’s size and resources alone does not guarantee its stability, success or the fulfillment of its potential, he says that what Nigeria needs is a catalyst.
Mr. Pocook says leadership is not a thing for a group of selected people, but for all, particularly young people who would engage in a number of things like to base their approach to live and leadership on some foundation of core values like integrity and effort.
Andrew Pocock who is one of the keynote speakers at the forthcoming emerging leaders conference, he advised young people to put in more effort to maximize their personal potential if they want to be great and successful. On a final note, he expressed his gratitude to the president- Linus Okorie for the opportunity to be speak at the conference and to associate with GOTNI.

GOTNI President gets Endorsement from Group MD of Heritage Bank

 Linus Okorie-GOTNI President (left) and Ifie Sekibo ( MD Heritage Bank)

Guardians of the Nation International –GOTNI over the years has been known for its Leadership values and precept. GOTNI under the leadership of Linus Okorie who is the president was founded nineteen years ago and has ever since then been known for building and grooming leaders from different works of life.
The president of Guardians of the Nation International in a brief meeting with the Group Managing Director Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo stressed on the need for Nigerians to embrace good leadership and followership. According to him, the youths are eager to see a new dawn when it comes to leadership and core competences in the part of our existing leaders. 
The group MD and Chief Executive of Heritage Bank expressed his warmth at the visit by the team, concurring with the truth about the need for a change which he says is a personal effort that the individual must make. He cited countries like the United States of America where leadership is more practical than in words.
Speaking with the GOTNI crew, the MD Heritage Bank endorsed Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI) for the leadership attributes it has acquired over the years and pledged to support the organization to achieve its vision of reorienting the minds of Nigerians.
Mr. Sekibo who is a true epitome of leadership, expressed his satisfaction with the great course and encouraged Mr. Okorie to keep up the good work as it is expedient that we follow the right part in leadership.
Mr. Sekibo he is an accountant, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant (ICAN), and an Alumni of Harvard Business School amongst others. He shared with the GOTNI crew his leadership vision of achieving a higher calling even without having the resources needed for the calling. According to him, "A leader is one who is able to achieve something without the necessary apparatus readily available."
He also stated core values a leader must imbibe, such as clear service, followership, character, tenacity (staying power), and empathy.
Mr Sekibo expressed his gratitude to the president of GOTNI for appointing him as a keynote speaker at the forth coming EMERGING LEADERS CONFERENCE, he believes that the conference will bring the basics of leadership to the fore knowledge of all present.He also used the medium to  encourage young leaders, to be part of the conference.
Meanwhile, on a lighter note, Mr Sekibo thanked the president of GOTNI- Linus Okorie for the opportunity, and endorsed her new platform – THE WOMEN MENTORSHIP PROGRAAMME. 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Guardians of the Nation

Hello great people, Guardians of the Nation is Launching her Leadership Newsletter soon. Everyone is a leader and everyone is a follower, on that note, we urge and encourage you to feel free to send in your articles on Leadership, Life, ethics and values to