As we draw the curtain …

After lunch, we had a session with Ogechi Adeola, a faculty member of LBS. She took ‘Introduction to marketing and sales’. Her session was engaging and enjoyable for us and her. We didn’t know at that time that Ogechi got out of her sickbed just to give the session – we heard this from Franca Ovadje. As I write this, the words of Jesus Christ comes to mind

When you fast (from food rest or pain), do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,  so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’

How many times have we tried to justify not meeting up to our responsibilities with silly excuses. In those moments, we assuage our conscience by thinking that we are not indispensable. We forget that though we may be dispensable, we are necessary for things to work out well.

3 participants used the marketing session to showcase their products. Bolaji Junaid talked about his customised Jotters and notebooks. Ajibola Ifeoluwa Ruth showed us her ‘ankara covered button jewellery. Thank you Ruth for those practical classes on ‘button jewellery’ you gave to {some of} us for free despite our tight schedule. Uwadia Emmanuel Amaka – the first and only male ‘Amaka’ that I know – also talked about his setup of high calibre teachers to provide private lessons for interested students.

The last session and the best by my criteria of ‘funny and practical’ was with Tunji Adegbesan on ‘Business Strategy’. I find it hard to summarise all that he said because to attempt to do so is to say all and to say all is to do all. Ensure you be in his class next ViMP, if you haven’t passed the age and level, to get the message. But I shall not leave you without repeating that wealth is not created but allocated and that effective strategy is creating maximal value at minimal cost.

We didn’t want the session to end {at least I didn’t} but it eventually did well after 5.30pm. As on the day before, we took the bus ride back ho.. was I going to say home? We took the bus the ride back to the resort and there after dinner, a second phase began. We had to get our case ‘Nigeria – opportunity in crisis?’ presentation in tiptop shape for tomorrow and to prepare the Butler Lumber case. The division of labour principle, thank you Adam Smith, was called into play in my group. We got Chika Faith to quit talking and take charge of typing the points while we read through the latter case. When we were ready to discuss the case, Emmanuel Iruobe was ready to use the typed points to prepare the presentation. I don’t know how the other groups fared that night. I do know that as it was yesterday and will be the next day, our group was the first to finish group discussions and our presentation was … Let’s wait till tomorrow to finish that sentence.

And the evening came, and the morning came – the second and most hectic day!


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