Group photograph: L-R; Prof Edwin Nwobodo, Hon Oseloka Obaze, Rev. Fr. Anthony Ibegbunam (Editor in Chief of Christian Outlook), Rev. Fr. Henry Ejima (YADI), Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nwakasi, Peter Obi, (Former Governor of Anambra State); Rev. Fr. Jude Chetanna Chukwuneke, Prof Ben Odoh (SSG of Ebonyi State), Dr. Joseph Ugboaja (DCMD of NAUTH), Rev. Fr. Prof Obi Oguejiofor (Director School of General Studies, UNIZIK) and 2nd right is Prof Chinyere Stella Okunna (Dean of Social Sciences, Unizik)
The Catholic final year students of St. Camillus De Lellis Chaplaincy, Okofia, Nnewi called, “De Peridots” have attracted dignitaries across the state to her 3rd edition of Pilot Seminar, having the likes of the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi as guest speaker; the Secretary of Ebonyi State Government, Prof Ben Odoh, Prof. Edwin Nwobodo, Prof. Stella Okunna, Hon. Oseloka Obaze, the Deputy Chief Medical Director of Nnewi Teaching Hospital, Dr. Joseph Ugboja and many other in attendance.
De Peridots which is in collaboration with the Youth Alive Development Initiatives (YADI) started their event earlier with a visit to Obudu Cattle Ranch, Cross River State and held her Pilot 3 Seminar on 6th May, 2017 which was well attended by students and other dignitaries. Mentorship session and talent cum youth entrepreneurship enterprise and show made the event very lively.
In his welcome speech, the Chaplain of St. Camillus De Lellis Chaplaincy, Okofia, Nnewi, Rev. Fr. Chetanna Jude Chukwuneke, said that the Pilot 3 was basically about getting mentor figures to bridge the gap and supply what is lacking in leadership, education, entrepreneurship through mentorship. He said that the year 2013 when he became the Chaplain, kick off the maiden edition.
'It wasn't called Pilot then but was the Catholic Finalist of that year (De Pathfinders) in collaboration with YADI. The maiden edition featured Prof Emeka Ezeonu and Prof. Pat Utomi. These men have in no small way contributed to the development f this great nation of ours while maintaining the impeccability of character in the discharge of their duties' He added
The prowess of Peter Obi was demonstrated when he mounted the stage to give a presentation on “Youths re- invent yourself” He explained to the students that there were no shortcuts to success and that every corrupt indices leads to failure and loss of professionalism and entrepreneurship. Using the stories of the world's greatest men in the likes of Steve Hawkins, Bill Gate, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and many others, he explained to the students the essence of hardwork and remaining focused in their goals and objectives.
Using his own success story on how he saved during his university days, he explained to them the importance of doing business and savings. He told them that his wealth was as a result of doing business and personal savings. He told them that Nigeria's economy which is under the “MINT economy” is the weakest because it lacks savings. Peter Obi explained to the students the need to achieve consistency in business. He explained to them the essence of consistency using a groundnut seller who he has been patronizing in Lagos for about 10 years because of the consistent taste of the groundnut. He added that determination was one of the major secrets to every business' success.
'The only thing that can stop you is if you stop yourself. Whatever you make up your mind to do, focus on it. Every politician must have a sense of care. We need people of conscience to be in government' he concluded
On the other sides, Prof Odoh hinged his topic on 'Life and the Race for Survival'. He listed philosophy, attitude, activity, and result as principles guiding every life journey. He charged them to pursue positive goals and objectives that will add value to their lives. He encouraged them to seek knowledge out of their primary area of training adding 'No boundary, no barrier'.
He told them to change their perception towards life. He said that it was an age of entrepreneurship and that they should see opportunity in every challenge and they should forget their past and forge ahead. He told them that life is a race and that it is either you are a hunter or the hunted.
He told them that they should challenge the status quo and they should choose success. Using the story of Ants and how they survived, he told them to build confidence and to be always be hardworking in whatever they do.
It was really an interactive session as questions were entertained and answered by the speakers. Notwithstanding, Prof Edwin Nwobodo showed his bravery as he moderated the session for youth enterprise where talented students with entrepreneurship skills showed what they have. We have such entrepreneur groups like Lynda Fashion group, Golch group and designs, Eden entertainment, Immaculata group, Afronaut group and many more.