By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
The Co-Founder of Women in Business, Management, and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Mrs Ibukun Awosika, has charged Nigerian youths to be fearless, stating that failure has lessons success can never teach.
She gave the charge at a workshop organised by the First Bank Plc for students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) on Friday in Ile-Ife, Osun.
Awosika said: “Your parents may have achieved much, but you are expected to achieve much more. It’s not about money but doing great and relevant things that can change your life.
She further said,”Whatever position you find yourself; be yourself and make the best out of it. Failure has lessons that success can never teach. When you fail, all you need to do is review the circumstances of your failure and continue with your journey of life.”
Awosika, who is the Chairman Board of Directors of First Bank, urged Nigerian youths to be self-reliant and be optimistic in overcoming challenges of life.
Narrating her life experiences and how she climbed the ladder of success, Awosika advised youths to be prepared to be champions in any given society they might find themselves.
She said that “the struggle of man which begins at birth is a necessity for every individual to face.
“Every human must be determined to weather the storm of life if success is desired.
“Students should think of what they can do for Nigeria, rather than wait for what Nigeria can do for them because the country is a land of opportunities, despite all odds.
“Our students should not allow the challenges of the nation to dampen their morale, rather, they should see themselves as one of those who will impact positively on the nation.”
According to her, when the society changes for the better, the outcome will result in the emergence of good leaders who will take the nation to a greater height.
The bank chairperson, business magnate, author and motivational speaker says “if every Nigerian is good, we won’t produce bad leaders” and urged the students to believe in themselves and be patriotic.
She added that “every season is different in life and you can only succeed during your own season because it has its own time.
“Ask yourselves as youths, how prepared are you to make your own impact during your season?.
“You are accountable adults at this stage. Be old enough to discipline yourselves,” she counselled.
Awosika also advised the students not to do what they wanted if left in an open-ended setting, stressing that what they did would hunt them one day.