My 2006 Birthday Gifts…

Birthday Boy! Oops, Man!

Today, I add another year to my days on this planet 😉 Its been almost three decades around here, and today offers a unique opportunity to count the blessings, consider the journey ahead and more. I have decided to do two things in honour of this new year, which will be a very fast one for me because of many additions that will come into my life in the next few months. You can ask me for more details later 🙂

One: At 5pm, in a city outside where I live, I will be hosting a few friends and some very senior colleagues. Two: My request to them will be the same to everyone who’s possibly outside this city, at least today: please don’t buy me a personal gift. Instead of buying me a personal gift (and I do appreciate the thought), please contribute to the vision of a few young men and women that I had the rare privilege of mentoring over the last year.

The Peer eNeRGy Class of 2005 has put together the 2006 edition of Peer eNeRGy, and they expect between 50 participants at the event. Each participant is expected to pay a participation fee of 6,000 but my request is that you (yes, you) sponsor one or two people to attend the event. A few people (most of who saw the New Dawn with Funmi Iyanda show of July 26 where I spoke about future worth) have called or sent messages to ask about how they could be sponsored to benefit from the seminar where ‘Gbenga Sesan (sounds good to call or write my own name :), Deolu Akinyemi and Niyi Adesanya will be joining hands to mentor, empower and guide these 50 young people on the 4th and 5th of August.

Please feel free to discuss with ‘Gbenga Adeyemo (, 0805 747 05 62) about how you can sponsor young people to enable them attend this packed seminar. I am sure he will be glad to discuss details with you, and may I thank you in advance for your kindness. I will request that a final report be produced for the event, and will post the same on this blog so you can see how your investment helped change the future worth of 50 young people. It’s my birthday today, and I ask that intended gifts (and eCards) be converted into mentorship opportunities for 50 young Nigerians who will go ahead to produce an amazing ripple effect across Nigeria… I see a New Nigeria!

What Are You Doing On August 4 and 5, 2006?

Meet the future...

Peer eNeRGy Class of 2005 presents Peer eNeRGy 2006!

Peer eNeRGy is the pronunciation of the acronym, PNRG, which stands for Personal Development, Nation Building, Regional Cooperation and Global Participation. It is sad to note that, today, many young people move on in life as “still births” – dead on delivery, unable to cope with the expectations of the New Economy, and as green horns joining the mass labour market at the mercy of employers. Striving at the base of the pyramid, much of today’s youth stand the risk of being frustrated after years of training within the four walls of our tertiary institutions… but it should not be so! True, dynamic global precedence is not in conformity with the present level of preparation young Nigerians are exposed to. We need to take the bull by the horns and carve a path for ourselves within our chosen career sphere.

The Peer eNeRGy Class of 2005 invites you to join the team of 50 young people who will participate in this year’s edition of the intellectual and action-laden feast! With objectives that will help connect you with an enviable life, this year’s Peer eNeRGy sessions will be facilitated by Deolu Akinyemi (, ‘Gbenga Sesan ( and Niyi Adesanya (!

Peer eNeRGy 2006‘s objectives include:

  • Preparing youth for personal, national and international leadership challenges – and creating awareness for the new leadership paradigm;
  • Discussing the incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in everyday activities in meeting personal, national, regional and international needs;
  • Encouraging the self-simulation, even in the face of limitations, of a conducive environment that encourages youth empowerment and development;
  • Activating the interest of young people to engage the new factors of production – knowledge and technology – for Nigeria and Africa;
  • Securing the future of Nigeria through appropriate and strategic positioning within the sphere of the individual’s competencies;
  • Creating an environment for mutual engagement towards sustainable action; and
  • X-raying international meetings – opportunities, challenges and required preparation – and their role in the move from personal development to global relevance.

At the end of the 2-day seminar, participants will meet with two of Nigeria’s best in the area of mentorship, while also enjoying continued personal development communication with the facilitators. Event details follow:

Date: 4th – 5th August, 2006
Venue: Lagos Travel Inn, Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos
Time: 0900 daily
Requirements: 300-word essay on “A New Nigeria” and =N= 6,000 participation fee
Additional Informtion: ‘Gbenga Adeyemo, 0805 747 05 62

Sgd: Peer eNeRGy Class of 2005



re·pent1 (r-pnt)
[v. re·pent·ed, re·pent·ing, re·pents]
Greek root word: metaneo (also in English, metamorphosis)

1. To go through a radical change, like caterpillar to butterfly … or frog to prince

2. To turn about (illustrate by walking one direction and turning 180o about)

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