Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Imagine a roomful of pretty , gorgeously dressed people in an atmosphere of pure joy.Everyone is clad in Green raising high the Nigerian national flag and displaying sheer patriotism. I believe patriotism should go beyond being beautifully dressed in the Nigerian colors with the tag:’ I love Nigeria’. Its more than that, its an attitude, a lifestyle, a culture…At this time in our national life, our dear country not only needs individuals who will proudly fly the Nigerian national flag, our great country needs people who will paint the country ‘Green’ by contributing their crops (ideas, skills, resources to the green land.
Green epitomizes growth, freshness, rebirth, harvest and fulfillment of dreams. For any revolution to take place it emerges from someone who is totally sold out to an idea i.e. a monomaniac with a mission. Our revolution is encapsulated in our ability to project our ‘G.R.E.E.Ness’.What does G.R.E.E.N mean in this context?

Orison F marden once made a sagacious statement: ‘The golden opportunity you are seeking is in you, not in your environment , its not in luck or chance, or the help of others , it is in you, yourself alone’. The possibility of creating our desired future is not outside of us, it’s already within us. Your gift is your gift to humanity, unwrap it and present it as a present to your society. This country needs your natural endowments and your skills never fail to unlock it and make it blossom.Gani Fawenhimi, Obafemi Awolowo,Sunny Ojeagbase, Guy Murray Bruce, Betty Irabor, Kanu Nwankwo, are all Nigerian brands who are using their giftedness to impact their nation and their generation.Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in an episode ‘Meet the Most Famous People in the World‘. A montage of photos and a video clip (from the movie ‘Bursting Out’) featuring Genevieve was shown as her various career highlights were mentioned. Gene who was referred to as the “Julia Roberts of Africa” on the show was chosen due to her wide appeal across the African continent and all over the world. Genevieve is contributing her gift to helping carve out a positive image for Nigeria.Its your responsibility to find our place, take charge of the space, till its gives you pace and makes you a credible face.

Greening for change is built on the platform of responsibility. Every great revolutionary stood on the platform of responsibility , embraced the virtue of initiative , and the can do attitude became their mantra. Nigeria can make the most of her national life by deciding to birth pathfinders nit fault finders.Pathfinders create solutions out of chaos, faultfinders create chaos out of solutions. Yes! Nigeria is filled with various challenges from a comatose power supply, to a crawling economy , on the flip side, its creates an avenue for us to soar if we take responsibility and take charge. Nigeria only becomes a desirable nation to live in when we stop passing the buck to the government alone and start making a difference in our own little corner. Now is the time to look for the tools to build our nation, and if we can’t find them, we create them.

Effectual implies producing the results that was intended. When you produce effective results in your area of calling, it will have a direct effect on the country’s productivity quotient. If you are a teacher, teach to the utmost of your ability, if you are a lawyer, render professional legal services without staining your intergrity.Don’t just do your work as a means to making money, see it as an opportunity to make an impression and autograph your work with excellence.

Going the extramile means doing more than is expected of you, stretching yourself to success, and living above mediocrity. Look around you today, there are certainly are a few ways by which you can go the extramile.You can put a smile on someone’s face by stretching forth your hands of kindness, You can help create solutions to that problem you’ve been complaining about. Look beyond yourself and help fight poverty, ignorance, low self esteem. Start today, Join the G.R.E.E.N REVOLUTION.

N-ation builder
When you use your gifts and take responsibility. coupled with becoming effectual in your chosen field of influence, and going the extra mile for others, you are actually a nation builder. Nation building is a joint effort not only the government's responsiiblity.You are a Nigerian for a purpose, ignore the believe that the grass is greener on the other side , its the shade of light that makes it different.
Join the G.R.E.E.N revolution, and start a national transformation campaign in your own little corner, stop cursing the darkness in Nigeria and start lighting a candle. Nigeria will suceed!Get your green on!

Kehinde Ajose is a renowned career coach, motivational speaker and syndicated columnist.He is reachable @ splendidkenny01@yahoo.com, 08024212530