When You Have Nothing to do

WhatsApp conversation between a girl and a guy…

Girl: heyy, wassup.

Guy: I am fine, been a while. How are you?

Girl: I am ok, I am just bored, nothing to do. Thot to chat you up so you could keep me occupied *big smile*

Guy: Too bad, I am not idle at the moment. Maybe I will chat you up if I ever have nothing to do. Talk later, byeee.

It is always funny to me when young adults complain of being idle or having nothing to do. I wonder how you have so much spare time on your hands. You do not need to be a workaholic to figure out that 24 hrs is really not enough time in a day.

Anyways instead of going with the norm and condemning, I will offer multiple solutions to your idleness that hopefully will be interesting to you. (If none interests you, then you need to re-evaluate your interests *straight face*)

  1. Mind map your life plans for the next 6 months – If you don’t know how to mind map, then shift this point to number 2 and make “how to mind map”  number 1.
  2. Learn a new language (foreign or local) – I assure you this is hard/interesting enough to keep your mind occupied. This is a very useful tool in today’s world. To aid your choice of language, do some research on most spoken languages, official languages, etc. If you don’t know where to go learn, better! that’s an additional task to your bored self.
  3. Go get a job! Now this is unique to those currently unemployed and students on long holidays – You do not have any business sitting at home. In the words of …unknown: “Nothing can never be better than Something”.
    So be it volunteering or not, get a job. To understand the value of volunteering,click here, it is an entire topic on its own.
  4. Set up a blog/website – From personal experience, setting up a blog or website is very exciting and these days, you do not need to be a computer guru to open one, with the help of wordpress.com, wix.com, etc you can now open your own website easily and fast. Creating content, choosing a suitable color, theme, et al would consume all of your “useless” time.

Perhaps these are not motivations enough, myself and a team of purpose driven individuals are working on the OptionC Project; we believe that there is a direct relationship between education and economic development, that is why we are on a mission to disrupt the education system and create one with a higher standard that can impact our nation long term. We would not mind having extra hands and heads!

 “The one thing I have learned is that you can’t think your way through life. The only way to figure out what to do is to do something.”


I hope this ends up interesting and enlightening for someone. If you are a Nigerian reading this, chances are you are not unfamiliar with the word ‘oversabi’, you probably have an idea what this article is going to be addressing. I hope for reading sake that you are wrong just so you can get to the end.

There is no one definite description of a person tagged oversabi, so I will try my best to do justice to the word by listing a few characteristics;

  • A person who likes to be involved with everything.
  • A person who seems to have an opinion on every matter.
  • Always getting involved even when not called upon.
  • Probably the last to leave the office/library.
  • The kind of person that makes you ask “Na your papa get the company?” Continue reading “Oversabi”

Prepare Kids For Life (The Finnish Model)

“This is what we do every day,” says Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School Principal Kari Louhivuori, “prepare kids for life.”

It was the end of term at Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, a sprawling suburb west of Helsinki, when Kari Louhivuori, a veteran teacher and the school’s principal, decided to try something extreme—by Finnish standards. One of his sixth-grade students, a Kosovo-Albanian boy, had drifted far off the learning grid, resisting his teacher’s best efforts. The school’s team of special educators—including a social worker, a nurse and a psychologist—convinced Louhivuori that laziness was not to blame. So he decided to hold the boy back a year, a measure so rare in Finland it’s practically obsolete.

Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. This 13-year-old, Besart Kabashi, received something akin to royal tutoring.

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Caution To The Wind…Complete Freedom

Mr Afolabi asks the lively and upbeat class a tricky question, “What is the difference between economic growth and development?” Suddenly the class becomes a football stadium observing one minute long silence, no one wants to speak not because they don’t know the answer (ok, most do not actually know) but because they afraid to get it wrong. Mr Afolabi then points to you sitting somewhere at the back of the class, you stand up and make up something reasonable but off point instead of staying numb. The teacher looks you in the eye and says Your brain is flooded with ignorance. (Nawa o!…I only got the answer wrong you say to yourself.) Continue reading “Caution To The Wind…Complete Freedom”

The Paradigm shift…

So graciously I had the opportunity to speak to a set of youths- more than a half a thousand youths -students of a school in South West Nigeria; it was indeed a privilege to meet with such vibrant and interesting audience; thanks to OptionC group where I co-partner; thanks to Obaro Dave!

So I thought to share a copy of what we discussed with you; the major aim is to raise a take over youth- Change sure starts with You and I- we can do this!





Objective: Reshaping Perspective and raising a take- over youth!

Background: This dispensation and generation has been overtaken by a growing youth who are clueless, confused, distracted or attempting to be focused; some are overtaken by peer pressure, joined the bandwagon or are caught up in the vicious cycle of doing or studying the ‘norms’

Many youths today are forcefully focused, most times because they don’t have a drive as to where they are headed, thus they settle for anything- less; like the saying goes; ‘stand for nothing; fall for everything’; a category of youths are easily waylaid to focus on parental choices career wise (parental influence), limited career/course option in Nigerian schools, teachers unsolicited advice, etc.

The above reasons, over 90% of the time, have led to youths studying amiss; hence leading to a high rate of unsatisfied youths, less focused youths and sometimes drop outs. Our educational sector is not left out to blame; as we indeed need to revamp the sector in other to compete globally as Nigerian Youths.

All of these and more need to be revisited to compete globally.

Who is a Take- over Youth?

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Success Has No Secrets

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

98% of world population want to be successful, less than half have made attempts to “know” something about their want, but less than 20% have made a deliberate effort to “do” something about it. For this article we would be addressing largely those who are trying to “know” something and those who have decided to “do”. This leaves us with two categories of people; the Knowers and Doers.

The knowers are largely those people with plenty of theoritical knowledge on secrets to success, these guys know so much that they could make be successful by just teaching the world how to be successful! Unfortunately all they have is knowledge with experience at zilch. If you are a knower interested in becoming successful (at what you know, lol), I have a little extra knowledge for you. Contrary to popular opinion, there are no secrets to success…say again, there are NO SECRETS to success.

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9 things I was too stupid to learn at school

Let’s face it, school years are not the best years of your life, and most of us found our rhythm well after school. So the best thing that school can instill in you – other than basic academic and social skills – is curiosity. It doesn’t matter how good you are at something, if you’re curious enough you will find a way to become great at it. But without curiosity, you’re just a number in a

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