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A Turning Point for me…

October 31, 2005 By: gbengasesan Category: Uncategorized

The car, back on its 4 feet...

When I was invited to speak at the Turning Point session holding at the Oduduwa Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo University, I thought it was a great honour — and it is! But as the days would go by, the motivational “interlude” I was to speak at was transformed into a major part of the program, when Victor Oladokun (and he needs no introduction) asked that I should join the distinguished panel — which included Prof. Kunle Kehinde (my lecturer, final year supervisor, and OAU’s present Deputy Vice Chancellor) and Mrs. Ify Emmanuel (of the Ipfy Music and Wisdom for Singles fame).

I went back for the laptop, and other important items...

The 28th of October was going to be a busy day for me, and I set out with a great plan of how to combine the numerous tasks without keeping anyone off. After the Turning Point session, I was to be at my office’s annual awards’ dinner — and then proceed to the Strategy Meeting (to plan for the next financial year). But that was changed by an accident…

The car on its way to a temporary home...

A few minutes from Ife, the car grew a mind of its own, and my very good friend tried his best to get the car back on the road… a loud noise, and for a moment that seemed to last for just one second, the car went off the road, somersaulted a few times (my mind told me 4, but others said 3) and lay on a side in the ditch between the two lanes of the expansive road. I asked if everyone was okay and found my way out of the car… and out came Edward, Sade and Deolu. We came out and checked to see if everyone was OK. It was a funny experience when some policemen stopped to ask why we were taking pictures — only to be told that we were getting shots of the car we were driving a few minutes ago. Well, the doctors have since confirmed that we can continue living out the dream of the New Nigeria ;-)

I'm glal it flew out...

After getting the car to its temporary home (before repairs, which commenced today) and dealing with the issue of corrupt policemen and a greedy bus owner who wanted to milk my purse dry, we proceeded to the Turning Point session where I was already introduced (as seen on the VCD, which I checked yesternight). Appreciative of God’s intervention, I agreed the more with the theme of the session, “Turning Point”. It was indeed a turning point, and as I sat there between the two other panelists and answered questions from Victor Oladokun, I could only think of God sparing my life so I can complete the assignment I have here on earth…

How did the bumper get inside?

This turning point in my life speaks of my appreciation to God for his mercies, and of my renewed zeal to do all I can to make the world a better place. I owe Nigeria, Africa and the world a lot… and I’m glad that I’m still here to offer my services. I see a New Nigeria emerging… and believe that I have been spared to continue with the task of connecting individuals, people-groups, organisations, communities, nations, regions and other speaces with the powerful possibilities that ICTs can contribute to their development. Its a turning point, for the next phase of the work… ;-)