The third AUN Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) took off on September 7 with social media activist Japheth Omojuwa as guest speaker.
He reminded the select students enrolled in ELA Stream Three that they have an influence on their peers and others around them.
The public affairs commentator urged the students to be cautious in how they use the social media. “You have to live up to the expectation…The time to take responsibility is not in the future because the future would never ever come.”
Stressing the need for students to be conscious of their actions, especially regarding the information and photographs they post and share on various media platforms, Mr. Omojuwa, a renowned commentator on diverse issues, maintained that they must take control. “It is not enough to know, you must be aware of what you know…. There are certain things we don’t have control over.”
Becoming philosophical, Mr. Omojuwa argued recklessness can eventually come back to haunt them in later years. “Life is not about what you are looking at; it’s about what you see…. I am talking about the use of your mind. You must start questioning yourself: What do you really know? And what is your place in what you know? When do you use the social media? Be intentional about it.”
On living a fruitful life, the famous blogger said it is not about the material acquisition. “Don’t be that person because you will never be satisfied. Even if you win, it is still a rat race.”
He urged them to live their lives focused on daily improvement. “The race against your yesterday is the only race… a race against your own mediocrity…. you never have a better yesterday.”
He urged them to create value not just for themselves. As students who are already thinking of having the responsibility to lead after graduating from college, he said they should do so for the greater African society. Commitment as an attribute then becomes indispensable. “The world has left us behind. We have to multiply prosperity… Whatever it is, succeeding at a level the world will pay attention to us requires everyday commitment.”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa