I’m A Proud Indigene of Ibadan-Adesanmi Adebunmi, Convener iMentor Nigeria

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I’m A Proud Indigene of Ibadan-Adesanmi Adebunmi, Convener iMentor Nigeria

I’m A Proud Indigene of Ibadan-Adesanmi Adebunmi, Convener iMentor Nigeria

Hi Dear Reader,

We have the Convener of iMentor Nigeria, Adesanmi Adebunmi; talk to about himself and the brand.

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Introduce yourself?

I am Adesanmi Oluwabunkunmi Adebunmi, born on the 17th of January and the first child of the family of three. I am an indigene of Ibadan, from Idi-Oro Agodi, Ibadan; I had my primary education and part of my secondary education in Ibadan and furthered my university education at the London Metropolitan University where I studied Business Economics and finance. After spending about 10 years in London, I returned back to Nigeria, to start my business which I earlier started in London.

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What brought you back to the Country?

I always knew two things will bring me back home which is to create something and also to give back to my country; these are the bedrock of my passion for politics. I am a man of many parts; I am involved in Entertainment, Oil Industry, and Events and of recent politics.

Do have an intention to run for a political post?

I am a deeply spiritual person and all things I am and will be, depending on God yet I believe politics is a wide platform to reach out to people. Although it is such a shame that some of our leaders only see it as a means of widening their pockets instead of implementing developmental programs. To avoid indulging the question, Yes the desire to contest will come later on because of the passion to influence things as earlier discussed but man proposes, God disposes and whatever that is best, God will do.

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Tell us about your brand, popularly called ‘Imentor Nigeria’

iMentor is coined out of I mentor and engage Nigeria to optimize resources; iMentor Nigeria is a platform to reach out to people without necessarily through the main political stream. The brand started out in March 2017, so we will be one, this year although we aren’t planning to celebrate as the norm rather spending the time to devise more strategies to do more.

We are drawn to the fact that You chose Ibadan for your Brand, Why?

I am a proud indigene of Ibadan and I am extremely passionate about the city which is a great push to return here. I remember why planning to come back and I informed my dear wife who was my fiancée then, she obviously thought we were moving to Ibadan for some preparation and then return; it took many conversations to finally convinced her. I remembered telling her stuff about Ibadan such as Ibadan has the 1st University, one of the first Hospitals in Africa, first TV station, first skyscraper and lots of fantastic stuff.  Of course, Ibadan is going to be the beautiful and economic viable as it was and not just the city of brown roofs.

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I believe in Ibadan, I breather Ibadan even to the extent that when I die, I want to be buried in Ibadan. Ibadan will surely emerge again and yes, it is important that people should function in their societies and become relevant before the time.

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What are the projects that have been undertaken by iMentor Nigeria?

We have organized couples of programs which include Harnessing the resources within, Moulding the Future we want, The Unleashed Conference to mention but few but to be honest, I am so happy about many of our partnership programs such with Ibadan Entrepreneur Network (IEN), a sister brand; partnership with likes of Adewale Agbaje, Damola Alayade and many others. With our recent projects called REVAMP Ibadan to help people dealing with drug addiction; all to impact the people of Ibadan. iMentor Nigeria will be launching an Academy called “SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND STRATEGIC STUDIES” in partnership with an educational institute.

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With the present system of government, how do you think Youths can be involved rightly?

I will first start that Youths need to stop making excuses about the present situation of things in our country, the opportunities that we are enjoying today; our fathers fought and suffered to get them. I wouldn’t deny that there is a thick wall that youths need to break through especially with the current situation that we have more elderly ones in government but of a truth, the caliber of youths we have is somehow nothing to write about. We keep complaining about the educational system but one can decide to retrain his or herself; this is not about me schooling outside at least I had my primary and secondary education here but I remembered sitting down back then as a young boy, studying the Dictionary to learn new words. I was so inquisitive to know what is happening around the country even though I was a core-science student.

History is said to be dying as no one is writing history but what if someone writes, who will read them? To break walls require reading, reading helps to identify soft spots. If as a youth, you want to be an important figure in Nigeria, you have to stay updated. I have been privileged to sit with the likes of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Governors, Ambassadors and some great people in the country but as much I gained from them but more so, I contributed and engaged them in discussions. You cannot talk if you do not know and you can only know through reading. If as a youth, you can’t read the history of where Nigeria is and coming from, then you can’t project where it’s going. It is also not enough to say Not Too Young To Run, but about being youths that are innovative, capable and excellent.

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You mentioned about the Academy, is there any age-bracket specific?

Thank you, every business has its own target audience; we are targeting the Economically Active Demography; usually 18-60 years. The Academy is projected towards Leadership, Politics, and Government; all to raise people who will stand tall in the society. Other information will be rolled out soon.

Can you expatiate about the concept of Mentorship?

Mentoring is a fascinating concept and one can easily get carried away by it, I remembered when I used to call Barrack Obama, my mentor which obviously he doesn’t recognize me. A mentor is someone you can seat with, ask questions and feed you with best of his or her knowledge and more so walk you through life. Mentor and Mentee relationship is an accessible one, not just a distant relationship as in having a role-model. In life, career and all-round development, Mentorship is kiln.

Who are your Mentors?

Fortunately, I grew up having my father being my mentor; this is beyond the parental figure and I still look up to him in many things. I also have other mentors such as Mr. Gbenro Adegbola, who I run to in the area of business and many more. A mentor literally pours himself into another person (mentee).

What are the challenges faced so far, running iMentor Nigeria?

I have fantastic Team working with me and instead of challenges, it’s more of challenges; people have everything around them yet they want to be spoon-fed. For instance, you hear someone complaining about transport fare to attend a free event.

What are your 5years projections for iMentor Nigeria?

 

I have a vision for iMentor Nigeria, and it’s to make an impact which is never time bound. When it comes to the future, tomorrow is also a future. I believe every day is as important as the 5years plan; what’s being done today determines what next year and beyond. I committed basically to building legacy, impact and value creation. iMentor is beyond Ibadan but here is a trigger point.

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What do you do for Leisure?

I relax, watch TV; I love watching sports and I am an ardent Arsenal fan. I also enjoy having family time with my wife and kids; I am not the social type or I say boring person.

Do you have a message for the people of Ibadan?

This is what I have to say, we are at a place, where we so dispel, feeling like hopes are lost because the things we wanted are not forthcoming. A point where the older folks are worried about what will happen to their children and the other generations; the young folks also worried about what the future holds for them. This is my message, it’s time to Arise, Wake up and stand for the future! We are at a point for peaceful revolution; this is beyond getting your individual PVC, yes, it’s fine but we all need to be involved, be registered and get associated as a member of a party.

make an impact which is never time bound. When it comes to the future, tomorrow is also a future. I believe every day is as important as the 5years plan; what’s being done today determines what next year and beyond. I committed basically to building legacy, impact and value creation. iMentor is beyond Ibadan but here is a trigger point.

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What do you do for Leisure?

I relax, watch TV; I love watching sports and I am an ardent Arsenal fan. I also enjoy having family time with my wife and kids; I am not the social type or I say boring person.

Do you have a message for the people of Ibadan?

This is what I have to say, we are at a place, where we so dispel, feeling like hopes are lost because the things we wanted are not forthcoming. A point where the older folks are worried about what will happen to their children and the other generations; the young folks also worried about what the future holds for them. This is my message, it’s time to Arise, Wake up and stand for the future! We are at a point for peaceful revolution; this is beyond getting your individual PVC, yes, it’s fine but we all need to be involved, be registered and get associated as a member of a party.

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