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Thursday, May 11, 2017

LATCH IN vs LOSS OUT

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Watu Wangu,

I have gone as far as Kenya today to bring you greetings by saying, ‘My People’ in Swahili language. Good to speak to you again on this platform. As a strategic communicator, I will want to teach you something today, do not deviate from the key messages regardless of the barrage of questions from the media. Stay on point in your discussions per time.

There is a Yoruba saying, ‘to ba n gbo gbe, gbe, gbe, to  ba gbe, eyinkule re la o gbe si’ which means, if you are not involved in communal activities, the canister can be dropped in your premises. Times are changing so fast, if you don’t latch in, you will loss out!

Latching in is a way of becoming a part of the new development in your area of business and other areas of life, for example, there was nothing like e-commerce some years ago. E-commerce came and introduced some dynamism into the way business is done. Currently, people without shops are making great sales than those located with malls. Those who latched into this new trend are feeding through social media now.

Those who lose out are people who refuse to embrace technological evolution to remain relevant in the society. A lot of people have lost customers and businesses because they have held on fast to the tenets they have learnt ages ago. Such people have become archaic and irrelevance within a short space of time.

I charge you today to revolve with time so as not to be dissolved. The most important thing to remain relevant is to be TEACHABLE!

Teachable people latch in on all opportunities while people who hold on fast to old teaching will loss out.

Have a great day.

Cheers!

Olutayo
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

THE GUEST

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Once written to your guest
Now am the guest,
Telling the previous tales,
While in your tail.

The value addition,
For my evaluation, 
Cross examination
Of all information.

The duplicates of life,
Fantasy made fantastic,
Without a rife,
Am realistic! 

Let's roll together again,
We both make gains,
Collaborating gladly,
Doing it professionally.

1/5/2017
15:27- Abu Dhabi
12:27- Lagos
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Monday, April 24, 2017

OFFICER vs OFFICE

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Hi,

It has been a while that I came this way. Thank God for keeping us till day. I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration- the holiday afforded me the opportunity to visit different families I have not seen in recent times.  It was a fulfilling experience.

As norm, I will want to start with a little story about a retired man. The man rose to become a C-Suite Executive in his hale days. He flew first class but since he retired, he became a staunch flyer of the economy class whenever he travelled. Let's discuss Officer vs Office.

An officer is someone paid to occupy an office because of his expertise and value addition to an organization. Many times, he is also enhanced through the office. He has opportunities to travel at the company's expense and attend training in ivy - league institutions. An officer could win awards and gain recognition from different quarters. There are a lot of peeks associated with being a resourceful officer.

The office is the position available to any qualified person for a certain time. Time in this context could a fixed duration for those elected and till retirement for career officer. In colloquial terms in Nigeria, "soldier go, soldier come; barracks remain". 

The use of an office could either make or mar the occupant years after. In fact, his children might partake of the good legacies, or otherwise, of their parents while in office. It is wise to make judicious use of one's office to benefit humanity in general.

What will be said about you and I when we have relinquish our various offices. The ball is in our court, let's play it right.

Have a blessed week.

Cheers!

Olutayo
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

STOP COMMITTING SYNTACTIC ERRORS IN YORUBA LANGUAGE- Folorunsho Adeniyi

(L-R) Mama Iyabo Aboaba, COO, Lork Enterprise LLP; Otunba Lekan Ajirotutu, Ace Yoruba Broadcaster; Olutayo Irantiola, Atokun, Yoruba Lakotun; Alagba Sunday Folorunsho Adeniyi, Yoruba Writer and Israel Bolaji, Public Relations Specialist at the April edition of Yoruba Lakotun held at Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi Lagos

Yorubas have been urged to stop committing syntactic errors in Yoruba language most especially with proverbs and other clichés. This was unveiled at the last edition of Yoruba Lakotun by the Guest writer, Mr. Sunday Folorunso Adeniyi, at Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos over the weekend.

According to Adeniyi, the author of Esin Obinrin, Owu Iya gbon and other books, ‘Yoruba sayings have been bastardized by many people and this alteration affect the meaning of either the proverb or the cliché. Infact, many times, the meaning is lost because of the inappropriate word used. These sayings have become engrained in our daily lives that people do not know the actual saying anymore.’

He explained that ‘some of these proverbs that have historical background while others are phonological. The infiltration of foreign languages into Yoruba culture is also one of the factors responsible for this syntactic errors. Yoruba writers are charged to be versed in the culture and language in order to correct these syntactic errors for posterity.’

Another Special Guest at the edition, Otunba Lekan Ajirotutu, a Yoruba broadcaster and lecturer, said, ‘there are a lot of people who do not understand Yoruba language and culture. This has affect the quality of broadcast in the language and it has also impacted negatively on the movie industry also. He admonished users of the language to read and write widely in Yoruba language so that the masses can be well educated in the language.’

In his comment, Israel Bolaji, a Lagos-Based Public Relations Professional, added that the movie industry need to portray the culture in positive life so as not to scare people off the culture. He said, ‘the didactic lessons of the culture should be portrayed more to the outside world than the inimical acts. The world is desirous of seeing noble contents from the Yorubas and we must produce great contents that will attract patronage by those in the diaspora.’


The event drew cultural enthusiasts from corporate and social Nigeria in attendance. 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CELEBRATING THE DOGGEDNESS OF SOLA OGUNBODE AT 60


Orogun, is one of the sprawling neighborhoods of the University of Ibadan, this community is a mixed of the academia, civil servants, corporate world, business tycoons from all the popular markets in Ibadan and some political bigwigs. Around 1993, some American vehicles such as Ford, Chevrolet were seen plying the streets. These unique vehicles attracted all the aspiring boys in the community but none had the courage to approach the owner of these cars. The moment of revelation, for me, was when I went on a walk with my Dad and he identified the man who I do see behind the steering wheels as his brother from the same country home, Okeho, Oyo State. Those were my early contact with Uncle Sola Ogunbode.

This valiant Okeho man is really an unsung democratic hero having been a part of the political struggle for the liberation of the country from the hands of the military junta. From his activity in the formation of NADECO, to the Egbe Omo Yoruba in the United States, he has been a force to reckon with as a young man who is leading a social cause for the advancement of his country. He is humility personified because he does not put on the toga of his sophistication as an influential person on both the African and American continents.

In the early days of the return of democratic governance to Oyo State, Uncle Sola played a prominent role in the early days of democracy rule in Oyo State. He was on the board of the Oyo State Water Corporation during the tenure of late Alh. Lam Adesina. However, his desire for impactful leadership was short-lived as a result of the crisis in the state chapter of the Alliance for Democracy. As believed, all those who were expelled from the party led to the undoing of AD in Oyo State. He moved on to become the Deputy Gubernatorial candidate for Labour Party in 2007, the election that led to the emergence of Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala as the State Governor.

A wholehearted Oyo man who sees himself as a man from Oyo State and not from a section of the state. I have a dream that very soon a man from Oke-Ogun in Oyo North will govern Oyo State and bring the state to her rightful position as it happened in the days when Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo led the Western Region and Chief James Ajibola Ige led the Old Oyo State comprising of the present Oyo and Osun States.

Uncle Sola’s story is an encouragement to timid generation of today that cannot stand for anything; he believed that it was pointless giving in to injustice because we assume it has already become endemic in our national life. We need to have the candor to stand the desired change that we desire to see in our time.

As we are halfway into 2019 elections, I see a bright future if the people of Oyo North typically called Oke-Ogun, the food basket of Oyo State, will come together to fight a noble cause of leading Oyo State to greater heights. We cannot continue to be contented with being the Deputy Governor or Secretary to the State Government. Our unity will take us closer to our emancipation.

Happy Diamond Anniversary to a big Uncle, a role model, another quality product from Okeho, a frontline leader in Oyo State and Nigeria. 


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