In a bid to nurture the leaders of tomorrow and encourage a proactive approach to career development, the annual Student Representative Council (SRC) Week Celebration at Lakeside Universite College took an enlightening turn as Ishaq Abubakar Zico Newton, Executive Director of the Mother of All Nations Foundation and Board Member for BforG Group of Companies, addressed students on the importance of self-leadership and entrepreneurship.
The event saw a transformative shift in seating arrangements, with students gathered in a circular formation rather than the conventional rows. This alteration aimed to foster more active participation and inclusivity throughout the session. Newton kickstarted the interactive dialogue by urging all participants to introduce themselves and voice the professions they aspired to pursue. The act of identifying oneself with their desired career was emphasized as a motivational tool to inspire ambition and determination.
Newton introduced a comprehensive framework for leadership development, encapsulated in the acronym “SPEED.” Each letter represented a pivotal step towards effective leadership and personal growth. “S” underscored the importance of Service, highlighting the significance of contributing positively to the community. The letter “P” emphasized the value of Process, emphasizing that leadership is a journey requiring constant refinement. “E” stood for Experience, emphasizing the importance of learning from both successes and setbacks. “E” was also attributed to Explore, encouraging students to step out of their comfort zones and embrace diverse opportunities. Finally, “D” symbolized Determination, underscoring the need for resilience and perseverance in the face of challenges.
Furthermore, Newton urged students to consider entrepreneurship as a viable path. He suggested that they leverage their position as students to cultivate and develop their own businesses. This approach would not only provide practical experience but also reduce their reliance on traditional job-seeking after graduation. King Zico envisioned university education as a platform to empower graduates to become job creators rather than job seekers.
The event featured a range of prominent speakers who echoed the sentiments of fostering leadership and entrepreneurship among the student body. Mr. Amir Malik, CEO of Classic Men Suits, shared his journey of building a successful business from the ground up. Abdul Kareem Muntawakil, a Lecturer at Lakeside University College, emphasized the significance of education in honing leadership skills. The event was skillfully chaired by Diamond Freeman Mikado.
The SRC Week Celebration succeeded in instilling a sense of purpose and self-reliance within the student attendees. The innovative seating arrangement, insightful speeches, and practical guidance on entrepreneurship all contributed to a renewed focus on leadership and career development. As the event concluded, students were left inspired and motivated to embark on their academic journey with a renewed sense of purpose and determination.
In a world where leadership and innovation are becoming increasingly crucial, the SRC Week Celebration at Lakeside university demonstrated that the seeds of a brighter future can indeed be sown within the minds of today’s youth.