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Heavy Down Pour Storm Ilorin, Destroyed several Houses

Heavy Down Pour Storm Ilorin, Destroyed several Houses - community cries out, call for government assistance. Yesterday, it was a rainy experience for people within Ilorin metropolis as rain stormed the city and selectively destroyed several properties. The rainy experience was not favorable. The SATCOMMEDIA learnt that the rainstorm that occurred on Saturday night also displaced many people at Oke Ogun community, in Edun, Idiagbon community, in Emirs road, Isale-Gambari among other affected areas. Though no lives were lost in the incident. An eyewitness from the community affirmed the incident and call on government for assistance, as many people left were devastated with little or without hope of assistance from any quarters. He however, further stressed that, any assistance for non-governmental organizations would go along way in restoring the lost hope and further placed them back to normal life.

Dear Kwara Youth, When will you wake up from sleep? By Basheer Luqman Olarewaju- Unique





Certain number of youth in Kwara State are getting it absolutely right. The growth and development of the state is logically at the shoulders of the youth who are ready to take the state to the next level.

Across the corners and crevices of the state, there are youth who are stereotypical in thinking and they know nothing other than ranting on the street of social media. It is pathetic to witness how they reveal the expanse of their ignorance.

It’s about stepping up to the leadership plate when the doors to lead are flung open for you to walk through. Are you well-equipped to take up the leadership mantle and lead when the old-guard fall by the wayside? Where is your attention? What are you focused on? Where do you expend your energy? Where exactly are you going?

Against all odds, I have been advocating for good governance a long time, this is an urgent need for a new consciousness and awareness that is needed if young Kwarans are to stand a chance in leading this state towards its next era, post the so-called "hegemonic experience". By the way, welcome to this new era.

We are already into it already. Just look around and notice how Kwara youth are connecting through this mobile technology explosion. What is the essence of the networking being made though?

How big a challenge is the fact that we find ourselves moving too slowly towards building transformational young leaders. Allow me to refer to Kwara here as if it is homogenous. I understand that we have 16 Local Government Areas, and maybe it should be even more, depending on how you look at it.

Kwara’s greatest asset is not the state’s minerals- Gold, Tourmaline, Tantalite, etcetera. Neither is it the vast expanses of arable land that can feed the whole nation! Not by a long shot. Kwara’s greatest asset is her progenies, her people, and especially the young ones currently in the demographic majority — below 35 years old. These can be tomorrow’s world leaders.

The sole interpretation of this to many of us working across the state and the country at large is that we must work harder to support the development of values-based leadership skills in preparation for taking advantage of Kwara’s biggest opportunity. There is need for consolidation of the positive Socioeconomic and educational growth across the state. This requires new mindsets (and heartsets!).

It does not matter what skin-wrapping or tongue-articulating you come in; as long as your heart and soul are in Kwara and you consider Kwara home in the true sense of it, then you are Kwaran, and this message is for you. Separating yourself is always attractive and yes, seductive. There is a word for it. It’s called “strategic difference”. This means, heightening aspects of my uniqueness or difference from others to leverage on it for my advantage.

It is saddening to see a youth who cluelessly lament about today Leadership and failed to have toured more than five (5) Local Government Areas in the state; not to talk of touring 5 states in the federation. Do you even have friends across the six (6) Geo-Political zones of the country? Remember, greatness is contagious. Most of our today's leaders are friends of more than 30 years ago; they live with sincerity, commitment and loyalty.

You are generally the average of your five (5) friends; the friends you have now are tentatively the connection your children will boast of tomorrow. It is pathetic and heart aching to see youth in the state aiming to be chanting alleluia to politicians and forget personal development.

Dear Kwara youth, What do you value most in life? Is it your latest gadget, the swanky shoes, the branded clothing, the most expensive liquor that’s over-advertised as a symbol of success, the obsession with car and other consumables, or is it the legacy your whole life will be known for when your time is up?

What is within you that you know is greater than your immediate role in your social circles? We all have greatness within us. Others tap into it, and others piss it away in wasted hours of nothingness fuelled by the need to belong, or to be labelled cool, in the process wasting incredible hours in useless chatter about material rubbish that adds little if any value to the greater good of Kwara, Nigeria and the world.

Many youth still need to wake up to the fact that they are the vehicles and instruments for the change they seek in the world. Real effective change starts inside. It is an inside job.

As a young person, we need to be more self-nurturing, and also nurturing of others in our approach. If you ever laugh at someone because they are too dark/too light, the joke is on you. If you laugh at someone because they are shorter/taller than you, you are the fool. If you look down on someone because they have hair on their head that looks like a poorly kept carpet, you are the joke. If you think less of someone because they are NOT wearing an “expensive” brand, you are the dumb fool giving your money away to buy a new personality, which does not fit.

If you respect people as they are, and take them as they show up without trying to make them fit a frame you have for them, well done. Keep going. If you make a genuine effort to learn another’s language, and are interested in WHO they are, not who you would like them to be, you’re the leader Kwara needs now, and will lead tomorrow. It’s your world. Go on and lead.

Dear Kwara Youth, love the way you are, that is how your creator or whatever higher powers you believe in, intended it to be. Know who you are and embrace yourself with all your natural beauty… the wise ones say that the creator NEVER makes mistakes. He only makes masterpieces.

Dear Young Kwara, you are a masterpiece just the way you are… look in the mirror without make-up and shout: “I am gorgeous! I am beautiful! And I am smart.” Be “self-loving and respect others”. Always.

Don't rush to grow up, stay open minded to views and opinions of others. Don't be dogmatic in reasoning about political tents, saying "NO" is better as at when necessary. Your future is not solely in the hand of any Politician; you have a future that is awesome and promising.


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