By Mutiat Mustapha.
As every journey has a beginning, so also does my journey as one of Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi’s mentees. I had just finished reading his book – Sweet Sixteen – few days before, when I started seeing the hashtag “Mentorship Series with Bolaji Abdullahi” (#MSWithBolajiAbdullahi).
I had missed the registration window but was lucky to join the virtual opening ceremony on Zoom which held on August 12, 2020. Afterwards, all attendees were giving tasks to complete. Armed with the conclusion that the tasks were meant for the “registered” mentees only, I discarded the thought of putting in my submission but later did at the last minute.
A couple of weeks later, I got an unexpected mail: I had been selected! That mail signified the start of what is to be a lifetime experience, and events in the next few weeks happened in a flash, all twelve (12) of the selected mentees – were formally introduced to our chief mentor, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi. Subsequently we were asked to fill a mentoring template following which we were assigned and introduced to our primary mentors – Ngozi Njemanze, Olu Onemola, and Fahad Garba Aliyu.
The group of mentees comprised of twelve (12) young individuals from all walks of life, and with different backgrounds and upbringing. Amongst us, we have: a budding librarian, information scientist, a quality control manager/microbiologist, an engineer, young leaders, an entrepreneur, a sports editor, a law student, a counselor, an innovator, a human resources consultant, a law blogger, and an aspiring author.
Promises: Following the laid down plan, the coming weeks promise to be filled with learning, unlearning, and relearning – learning new things and ideas, unlearning non-functional ones, and relearning new and improved ways of going about things to give better results. Part of the topics that will be discused include in the weeks to come include: leadership, financial literacy, discipline, skills (computer and interpersonal), politics, public policy, economy, among others
Expectations: Some of my expectations have been met within the few weeks of the launch of the programme, so I won’t be exaggerating if I say I will be getting more than I requested for. To make it easier, all mentees have direct access to the chief mentor and all three primary mentors to aid free flow of communication.
In conclusion, I entered the programme with an open mind and a listening ear, ready to take in and process the load of vital information that will be dished out during the course of the programme, and to say I am excited would be the understatement of the year!