I Never had a University Degree But I’m One Of The Richest Women Today – Mrs Folorunsho Alakija

I Never had a University Degree But I’m One Of The Richest Women Today – Mrs Folorunsho Alakija

CEO of  Famfa Oil, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija while speaking to the students of the University of Lagos during the 2014 UN International Youths Day in Lagos advised the students to be focused and work hard towards what ever they feel they want in life as she didn’t  have a University degree but today, is one of the richest women in the world.

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Find Mrs Folorunsho ‘s full speech below.

“I come from Ikorodu, Lagos state. I am married to a dashing young lawyer of 70 years of age and we have four grown up gentlemen and grandchildren. It has not been a rag to riches fairytale. It has not been an overnight phenomenon like some cases which you find here and there all over the world. For as long as I can remember, I had always wanted my own business. Hard work…am trying to tell you how I got to where I am if you want those billions. Hard work, diligence, persistence…days where you nearly gave up but I chose not to give up.” Continue…

It would have been easy to compromise but I chose not to and I stayed focus. I could have stayed a secretary as my father desired according to his plan for me but I had bigger aspirations. I dreamt big. God strengthened me and gave me wisdom. I had a passion and burning desire to succeed. Being a secretary, a banker, a fashion icon, a cooperate promoter and printer, a real estate owner, an oil magnate, that I can assure you was no easy feat. Firm belief that what is worth doing is what doing well or not doing at all. I took charge of my life with the tools I have shared with you. I chose to become born again at the age of 40. I chose to make a covenant with God that if he would bless me I would work for him all the days of my life. I chose to hold on to the cross and look up to him every step of the way. Today additional accomplishment includes a wife of almost 40 years, a mother, grandmother, ministry, counseling, outreach, NGO Rose of Sharon Foundation for widows and Author, writer, author of several inspirational books. All I say to the glory of God. So I am 63 and I am not yet done. So what is your excuse? I never went to a University and I am proud to say so because I don’t think I have done too badly. You do not have to have a University education to be able to make it so count yourselves privileged to have that education as part of the feather in your cap” she said.

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Ain’t seen nothing yet! Pastor Adeboye tells critics.

PASTOR ADEBOYE

DESPITE rave criticisms that greeted the planned construction of a three kilo-meter auditorium at the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the General Overseer of the church Sunday disclosed that the said auditorium and several other developments in the church are but a child’s play.

Speaking during a special prayer programme organised for RCCG Region 1 for youths and newly ordained ministers in the church at the church headquarters in Ebute Metta Lagos, the former mathematics lecturer said the church is founded on God’s covenant, and therefore its current growth cannot be comprehended by human wisdom.

Giving hint of changes to expect in the church, he said: “A day is coming in my lifetime when the ordination of mini-sters will be divided into three sessions, morning, afternoon and evening sessions and more than 25,000 persons will be ordained in each of the sessions. You can say the dreamer has come again, but I know my dreams always turn to true”.

Continuing, Daddy G.O. said: “RCCG was not built on human wisdom or ability. The last time I was at Malaysia we had but a house fellowship; but today there are 45 parishes of the church. One bishop said they should give him five years and he would leave RCCG far behind; I smiled and I said he will soon discover the differ-ence between human wisdom anddivine assistance because we have God on our side”.

Admonishing Nigerian youths, Pastor Adeboye said they must not to be carried away by materialism and new generation churches, stressing that RCCG is founded on the foundation of God.

He prayed that the youths will have a glorious future but they should shun sin, and engage in evangelism and in return God will bless them.

In his words: “Youths in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, don’t be dazzled by the new age generation churches, this is the church founded on the foundation of the Most High God. Redeemed youths do not be bothered about those who are going around with diverse miracles and gymn-astics.

“You will have a glorious tomorrow and I will use part of it before I go even after I have gone the real glory of RCCG will be revealed. It is where I stop that you will begin. You cannot dwell in sin because He is a holy God and if you want goodness and mercy to follow you all the days of your life, you better be holy. You cannot afford to follow the world and still expect God to be your support-er,” he said.

According to him, “people said all manner of things about me when we began, called me a bush boy, old fashioned and all sorts of things. The modern ones, they rose like a balloon but the balloon punctured but I told them that the God I serve is conservative; the same yesterday, today and forever. If you abide under His everlast-ing arm, He will guide you forever.”

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SUCCESS HABITS: Rev Sam Adeyemi.

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Success is the achievement of God’s set goals for your life.

Habits are those things we do consistently and almost without thinking. Though we do not decide our destiny directly, we decide on our habits. Our habits determine our character and our character determines our destiny. We can therefore say that godly habits bring about success.

Note that if you do something consistently for 21 days, it becomes a habit. If you have a bad habit, the best way to overcome it is to override it with a good habit.

Every human being has different habits that shape their characters differently. But to be a successful person, there are certain habits you need to develop. Without them success will only be a mirage.

I want to share some of these habits with you.

Meditation: Meditation means to roll over in thought. When you meditate, you align all your senses to focuse on a particular thing, which could be an idea or a word or even a picture. If you are too busy to think, then you are too busy to succeed. Set aside a time, daily or at least weekly, that you will meditate on the word of God.

Prayer: People who succeed supernaturally make it a habit to pray. Hearing from God guarantees total life success. It is better to talk to God about our challenges than complain about them. Pray with faith and thanksgiving in your heart.

Responsibility: This is your ability to respond to different situations. It is not what happens to us that hurt or affect us; it is the way we choose to respond to situations. You can choose not to blame anybody or any circumstance for your present predicament and you will find yourself making decisions and taking actions that will lead you to success. Act rather than react.

Self- improvement: How you daily improve on yourself is what makes you outstanding. Take out time to listen to tapes and read. Statistics show that if you read for one hour daily in your area of specialty for 2 to 3 years, you become an authority. In 5 years you will be among the top 5%, in 10 years, you will be among the top 1%.

Positive talk: Successful people will correct the language of one who speaks negatively. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; talk life! Positive talk puts your mind to work; you will never be stranded because you will always be able to figure a way out.

The Seed principle: It is also called the law of cause and effect. The harvest of today are the results of seeds planted yesterday, there is no cause without an effect. Everyone with a seed has a guaranteed future with God. The death of a seed is the burial of a forest.

Persistence: This is the attitude of not giving up until you achieve the desired results. Persistence wears out your challenges. To persist means to continue doing something in spite of difficulty or opposition. Everybody desires to succeed but unfortunately not everybody does. Not because they cannot, but because they did not persist or persevere.

Action orientation: Nothing moves until you move it. Fear causes you to delay action but action delayed is destiny denied, destiny denied is the devil’s delight. You destiny will not be denied.

Planning: Planning is thinking ahead. When preparation meets opportunity, success is achieved. Planning helps you to solve problems up front. Planning makes you see ahead and when you see ahead, you can win ahead.

Service: You need to be passionate about what to give rather than what to get. When you are out just to get, you may fail, but when you share of yourself, you multiply. Serve others with you gifts. Even if you are not paid for it at first, continue serving and at the end of the day you will surely be rewarded.

King’s dream: Waiting with perseverance.

By T.D. Jakes, Published: August 27 at 3:02 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his "I Have a Dream" speech. AP

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his “I Have a Dream” speech. AP

 

It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since the iconic words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech echoed from the base of the Lincoln Memorial on that sweltering August day in 1963 – as a diverse crowd 250,000 strong sang in unison “We shall Overcome Someday” as they marched on the nation’s capitol in the hopes of a better America.

As a child of 6, I could scarcely comprehend the inherent meanings of the march or the prospect that civil rights would one day hold for me or my children’s children.

But even as a youngster, I knew that I had not been spared the degradation of discrimination or the shame of second class citizenship that had precipitated the protestations at North Carolina lunch counters, on freedom rides bound for Mississippi or on a Bloody Sunday on a bridge in Alabama.

Nor could I deny the images of rabid dogs, wailing billy clubs, and pressurized water hoses that met non-violence with a type of licensed force that leapt from the pages of EBONY and LIFE magazines and from my TV console any more than I could deny my own grandfather’s murder at the hands of hatred long before my birth.

For 1963 America, the ring of freedom lay silenced by vitriol and a ‘way of life’ that had been handed down like grandma’s good china from one generation to the next with no expectation of egalitarianism or reparations for its most constrained constituents – unchained yet shackled a mere 100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

America had a long way to stretch her hand from the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the enacting of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the face of moral fortitude, the 1963 America that I had been dealt, collapsed like a house of cards.

The march then was about the twin peaks of jobs and freedom.

But, freedom could not ring from the mountain tops without a breaking down of institutional ideologies that vaunted the color of a man’s skin above the content of his character. It could not yield its resonate sound without the reconstructing of an economic system that granted equal pay for equal work or a legal framework that guaranteed equal protection under its laws.

Examining the Dream through the prism of age with wisdom and experience informing my perspective, it appears that we had arrived at a point this summer where everything new seems old again.

We can certainly point to clear examples of progress as witnessed by the Inauguration of our 44th Commander in Chief and other notable examples.

In other cases however, our progress seems to have rolled back like Wal-Mart pricing. In 1963, it was Jim Crow laws. In 2013, it is the George Zimmerman verdict.

In 1965, it was the Voting Rights Act. Forty-eight years later, it’s the removal of Section 4 that brings us full circle and paves the way for a kind of voter suppression that we fought to stamp out more than five decades ago.

In such uncertain times then and now it is an unfailing hope and unwavering faith in God that has always been our sustaining force.

“… if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”                                  – Romans 8:25

In his place of expectancy, Dr. King urged us not to “overlook the urgency of the moment.” Nineteen sixty three, he proclaimed, was not an end but the beginning — it is the fine thread of continuity woven throughout the tapestry of our complex and often contradictory history.

Assuming the mantle of today, we must not overlook the “urgency of now” in our continuing struggle for justice, economic empowerment, access to housing, childcare, education, healthcare, prison reform, entrepreneurship and so on.

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington is our wake up call.

The anniversary of Dr. King’s watershed speech is a poignant reminder that the down payment on our freedom was paid in full on a sweltering August afternoon in 1963.

It is now our duty to take directed action to pass down the twin cause of jobs and freedom from one generation to the next like grandma’s good china.

Bishop T. D. Jakes serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas. He wrote this article for On Faith.