CREATIVE MELODY FOR A GREAT MENTOR & PHENONMENAL LEADER MADAM CATHERINE IGHILE

Tribute to Mrs Catherine Maria Ighile (1932-2017) @ Service of Songs

#MamaGoesHome2017#

How do I document the deep feelings, psychological stream, emotional sessions and the mental-soul plate-cubicle we shared together?
How do I articulate in graphic terms the dreams we both captured, and most of which we jointly realised? How do I extrapolate the Oluku dynamics that we were still strategizing within the framework of your home call?

From the protective and tender defence of a star baby in the late 60s in Benin City, the moonlit stories in the early 70s at Okada, the warmth and motherly drive in the late 70s at Siluko to the melon-breaking logistics at night to keep the young scholar awake and reading in the early 80s at Ignobazuwa, it was a classical story of a mother eagle, preparing an eaglet for the topmost platform.

At Saint Saviour, concept turned into daylight
What a pain it was at the beginning…
Your daily domestic labour coupled with the New Market Business dramaturgy, turned you into an adorable heroine
Then came the varsity days at Ibadan in the 80s when bags of garri, rice, beans and yams slept in the belly of Edo Line Transport Service
The sweat was hot but vision and motherly love made it sweet

For me, Mama, you went back to the kitchen again in October 2014
The Dr. had returned after 28 years of sojourn in the West Internal…
Your JOY was contagious and infectious…
How can I stretch this nightmare out of the terrains of stark reality?
How can I? How can I?…
Yet, in all, I bow to you, Mother Maria
I bow to your depth of knowledge that transcends chemical education
I bow to your practical wisdom that generated hope in a thick cloud
I bow to the confidence you displayed in our elastic relationship…
Yea I celebrate those last weeks of yours that you chose to share with your Dr. Director/Orator/Rector Boy and family…
Toast to a woman who confronted tradition to stay glued to her husband even when it was an affront to comfort, reason and status
Salute to a creative entrepreneur who flourished with several business opportunities but hardly enjoyed any for the comfort of the children and the stability of her home.
Bravo to a mother who was ready to give it all…and all she truly gave to all who needed to soar through her prayerful shoulders
For you, I shall hoist the flag. For you, I stand!
Adieu, Iyenogie, Iyenomose, Iye ne gualoya
…….DR MARK OSAMA IGHILE

COUNTDOWN TO OCTOBER 8, 2016 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT…………………..

COUNTDOWN TO OCTOBER 8, 2016 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
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CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS. PART FOUR
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in few hours from now, the highly publicised strategic leadership summit for business executives, corporate and brand managers, scholars, administrators, pastors, gospel ministers, youth leaders, undergraduates and Bible College students, will hold. Just before then, kindly read this:
At the base of every tangible and effective leadership is a productive spiritual lifestyle. The expression that ‘the spiritual controls the physical’ is not a porous slang, neither is it a dry rhetoric. Rather, it is a statement of fact, indeed, it is the truth. Because there is nothing the man of God can do without the God of man, he, who must therefore speak or lead on behalf of God must receive signals from Heaven, or else, he would be basing his coaching or mentoring enterprise on a shaky platform. Leaders who rely only on what they read from books to instruct others end up being booed. Leaders who rely only on what they can see to direct others, soon slide into naked irrelevance and ultimate extinction. Leaders who stand the test of time are those who are in constant touch with the Master. The perfect example of an effective leader remains our Lord Jesus Christ. And he said:’follow me and I will make you… ‘. So, leaders who are made are those who are sensitive to His directive and direction. But perhaps more critical to this discourse is John 5.30 . Jesus said:’ I can of my own do nothing. As I hear, I judge… ‘ . In other words, no spiritual audacity, no pontificative leadership. There is therefore, a symbiotic relationship between spiritual leadership and effective prayer structure. So, the prayer that works is not the cosmetic or syndicated one. It is the one that emanates from the spirit. This amplfies the point being made by great leaders all over the world that true and lasting success in life, career and ministry is contingent on a result-oriented prayer lifestyle. Those who do not pray end up being preys in the course of destiny.
To open our eyes to the dynamics of spiritual leadership, and then lead us to pray, is Rev.Ayo Ezekiel. A man of God with an unusual revelation and insight about the potency of prayers, in all its ramifications. I knew this reverend gentleman over 20 years in the great city of Ibadan, Nigeria,. All the way from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Christian Missionary Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Communicators in Africa and Madagascar and now at the New Covenant Church, it has awesome testimonies, via the instrumentality of prayers. At Ibadan, in the the mid 1990s, we would both go out to strategic locations to pray. Two decades after, we are thanking God, we did!
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Make your way down to the Post Graduate School Lecture Theatre, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Nigeria this Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 9.00am. God will be using his choice vessels such as Professor Eghosa Osaghae, who will be delivering the keynote paper entitled : The Audacity of Leadership, Professor Sam Guobadia will be speaking on the Bold Economic Potentials of a Leader, Rev. Wale Ajayi will be articulating insights on the Force of Courage, yours sincerely will be starting it up by ministering on the Audacious Transition from Concept to Reality while Rev Ayo Ezekiel will sum it up with Spiritual Leadership/Effective Prayer Lifestyle… All within Few Hours.! The Prophet in the House is the President of of Benson Idahosa University, Bishop FEB Idahosa 11.

Countdown to Strategic Leadership Summit

CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS. PART THREE
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The phenomenon of leadership comes with its numerous demands. One of such major tags is the display of raw courage. Where this feature is lacking, the leader becomes a shadow of himself. Put simply, for others to follow with assurance, the leader must emit liquid confidence precipitated by courage. I find no better illustration of the dynamic power of courage than the graphic example given by the Lord Himself in Joshua 1. In Verses 6, 7 and 9, the Almighty kept telling Joshua to be of a good courage, to be courageous because successful leadership is nested on this quality. Even the reward for effective leadership comes with this grace. This underscores the truth that It is only those who have the lion’s heart that take the lion’s share. May God make us brave, fearless and valiant to possess our possession in Jesus Name.
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To lead us in this discussion on Saturday is a gentleman who has practised the Scripture in this sphere, more than many people. He is a Zonal Coordinator in Church of God Mission International and the Chairman of the Governing Board, Above Only Press, Revd. Wale Ajayi. The charisma he injects into his presentations is always infectious. Please pray and plan very well to be at Benson Idahosa University PG School Lecture Theatre this Saturday , and you will always thank God you came!

COUNTDOWN TO OCTOBER 8, 2016 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT.

COUNTDOWN TO OCTOBER 8 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
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CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS. PART TWO
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Every society or nation passes through one challenging moment or the other in its deveopmental phase and history. And these moments of trial come with different forms of semantic packaging, ranging from economic down-turn to famine and recession, among others. Nigeria is no exception. Our nation is currently in a complicated economic labyrinth, orchestrated and precipated by a number of factors. But then, there is hope, yea, there is a way out. There are things we can do, and must do. Instead of excusing ourselves away and embarking on a ludicrous blame game, we can settle down and apply ourselves to some BOLD ECONOMIC STRATEGIES for a sustainable life, career and ministry. The Bible makes us to know, in Genesis 26, that a similar economic context to the one we are presently experiencing in Nigeria today, was operational in the time of Isaac. Rather than bemoan his fate and leave the country, he responded to a divine prompting and instruction, and he TOOK AN AUDACIOUS STEP in righteousness, by SOWING IN THAT LAND. The result was a surplus, in a season of lack ! You, too, can be the next to testify.
We are privileged to have speak to us, for Thirty minutes, at the October 8 2016 Strategic Leadership Summit, a a God- fearing gentleman who has researh capacity and proofs in this area of economic emancipation. A human bank of financial wisdom. A facilitator of skills training programmes. As Director of Benson Idahosa University Consultancy Services, he collaborated with the World Bank, British Council, Bank of Industry, the Pan African Universiry and EnviroFly UK, among others, to deliver cutting edge and innovative programmes. I am talking about Sam Guobadia, Professor of Economics and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Benson Idahosa University. At the inauguration of the Governing and Academic Boards of Benson Idahosa School of Basic and Applied Studies, earlier in the year, the Bishop of Church of God Mission International, Bishop FEB Idahosa 11 described Professor Sam Guobadia as’ a power house of creative ideas’. He is a man you would like to meet, and establish a network with. Whether you are a corpirate/brand manager, seasoned administrator, scholar, full time pastor, gospel minister, a youth leader, church worker, undergraduate or Bible school student, God will surely add to you, via the instrumentality of the conference.
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Therefore, plan to be at the Post Graduate Lecture Theatre, Benson Idahosa University on Saturday, 8 October, 2016 at exactly 9. am. Apart from the fact that this high profile summit is FREE, because it is a ministry, powered by Strategic Partners International, there is also a special package for the first 100 participants to register at the venue. SEE YOU THERE!
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COUNTDOWN TO OCTOBER 8, 2016 LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2016
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Whether in politics, spirituality, ecomomics, and indeed, in everyday life and living, it takes the audacious, not only to make a mark, but also to enjoy overall success. In the Holy Scriptures and of course in our socio-economic and political history, we have seen that leaders who really broke through the garrisson of stagnation, frustration, and failure added audacity to their stamina and decision- making process. Even the phenomenon of faith needs audacity to give it full expression. This broad theme of the summit will be situated within our present-day Nigerian context, in forty five minutes, by someone, any leader would want to listen to.
We are blessed to have in Benin City on Saturday, October 8, 2016, a personification of audacious leadership. Respected in virtually every continent of the world, not just for what he knows, but for what he has seen, handled and communicated. Even as a young lecturer of Political Science at the University of Ibadan in the mid 1980s (when some of us just entered the University), he had started bringing down the roof through his incisive lectures and intellectual discourses and engagements. In the 1990s, he had the privilege of giving personal coaching to some African Presidents, even when such leaders were passing through tempestous moments in their countries. An intellectual colossus who received the highest academic promotion, award and recognition from several ivory towers outside Nigeria, several years before his own country decided to do the same for him.. We are talking about one of the longest serving Vice Chancellors in Nigeria today, Professor Eghosa Osaghae. Because leadership flows in his veins, because he is , on a daily basis, in the theatre/workshop of leadership, as chief executive of a thriving tertiary institution, because he is a reverend gentleman who regularly ministers to God’s people, and because the Lord Almighty has blessed him with oratory grace, participants at the summit are advised to start taking notes the moment he opens his mouth, or else, he would have completed his presentation before you start, to write!

INTRODUCING THE OCTOBER 2014 STRATEGIC MINISTERS’ SUMMIT

MENTORING AS AN INSTITUTION
BY MARK & SHARON IGHILE

Mentoring is a developmental and empowering tool which is critical to the need of our contemporary society. It can be fully understood in the context of other related concepts that embody its morphological existence such as mentor, mentee as well as the connection between mentoring and coaching.
A mentor is a wise and trusted teacher, coach or counsellor. He/she takes up the responsibility of teaching, advising or rendering help in one form or the other to a less experienced and often younger person. A mentor can be an influential senior sponsor or supporter. A mentee or protégé is a less experienced and often younger person, under the tutelage and guidance of a mentor. He/she understudies an influential senior sponsor or supporter within a defined mentoring relationship.
Mentoring interaction takes place in stages and phases. Scholars like Mentor Networknet have suggested at least four different phases critical to the process of tutelage :
The first phase is preparation for mentorship. This is the stage where the aspiring mentors are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the quality and competence expected of a mentor. The second phase is the negotiation of the mentorship relationship. Here, mentoring partners are expected to reach an agreement on the learning goals, content and process of the relationship. The third phase is the facilitation of learning, advocacy and professional networking. This stage takes longer time to complete and the success of this phase is hinged on mutual trust and respect. The fourth, which is the last phase, is the closure of the mentoring relationship. Unlike the above, this stage is short and can be both challenging and rewarding. This is where both the mentor and mentee evaluate and reflect on their learning procedures and explore how to maximize the new learning acquired.
The implication of all this is that mentoring can no longer be taken as a product of mere rhetorical existence. It has ceased to be a ceremonial occurrence in a relationship of unequal stratification. Mentoring must be scientific and organic in concept but flexible in practice. Put simply, the institution of mentoring does not have a credible alternative. The nearest to it on the reverse swift is the destitution of potential champions.
While it is widely accepted that the youths are the participants of the present and the leaders of tomorrow, there seems to be a dearth of life coaches for the emerging generation. In other words, the required inspiration from quality leadership has been put on the strain. The plague of leadership delinquency of the adult is fast encroaching on the paths of the youth. Unfortunately, the younger ones now interpret such delinquency as a leadership norm.
There is therefore the need for an institution with the aim of bridging generational gap and preparing the youth for quality leadership lifestyle.
An institution is a structure or mechanism of order governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given context. It is a phenomenon with a purpose and long- standing identity. It is an established organisation, a recognised place where practices are backed up by law for the general good of all. And this is what mentoring should be!
The institution of mentoring is an answer to a long-awaited need. Our youths are growing into a culture of syndicated lawlessness, unbridled freedom and misconceived lifestyle. In the various churches and institutions of learning, this malady is brewing in an alarming proportion. However, with God’s guidance and able leadership in the Board, the Mentoring Institute, Nigeria will make the much-anticipated difference!
Welcome to the strategic school of the moment.

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MENTORING INSTITUTE, NIGERIA

BOARD OF THE INSTITUTE
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Mark Ighile, Tominiyi Oni, Dare Ajayi, Femi Obaweya, Helen Adejare, Jackson Odigie, Wole Owolabi, Joseph Oshishoya, Sam Akpeji, Aderemi Tomori, Roland Peters, Ige Bello, Enobhayisobo Daniel, Kolade Ajayi, Okiekie Aigbe, Joseph Abraham, Adewale Aderibigbe and Sharon Ighile
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STRATEGIC COUNCIL
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Felix Ohiwerei, E. A. Odeyemi, Femi Emmanuel, F. E.B. Idahosa, Mathew Adedeji, Bimpe Filani, Tope Popoola, Gbenga Akosile, Ola Oladejo, Josiah Bolarinwa, Tunde Oduwole,Joel Oke, Ademola Dasylva, Francis Egbokhare, Foluso Ade Ojo, John Akinbobola, Ademola Richards, Kole Aiyejusunle, Sotar Aiyowie, Kehinde Akinade, Adekola Atanda, Isaiah Jayeoba, Stephen Opayemi (USA), Emannuel Kanu (UK), Mike Ethapemi and Paul Chukwuemeka
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PIONEER FELOWS OF THE INSTITUTE
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Lawrence Kolawole, Victor Amosun, Kunle Ogunyemi, E.L.Adebayo, Abiodun Fijabi, Yinka lanihun, Michael Prosper, Moses Gbenu , Moji Oje, Ayo Ezekiel, Samuel Momodu, James Akintayo, Debo Odewumi, Olusola Ajagbe, Lekan Obademi, Isaac Awotanm, Sheriff Folarin, Stephen Dauda, Oghali Alakija, Ebenezer Adekotujo, Lekan Adeyemi. Odunayo Arogundade, Emmanuel Ifeduba, G.G. Daramola, Emmanuel Adepoju and Ademola Adedeji.
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PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS
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Lawrence Essien, Kenneth Nzefili, Yomi Davies-Olasupo, Esosa Ogedengbe, Evelyn Bamidele, Dare Folarin, John Iwuh, Rantimi Julius-Adeoye, Toyin Malik and Moses Abraham-Lawani.
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PIONEER FACULTY MEMBERS
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Emmanue Unuabonahi, Eunice Uwadinma-Idemudia, Aemere Ogunlaja, Joseph Aderogbin, Solomon Iguanre, Gabriel Akinlade-Daniel, Francis Ogedengbe, Joy Ocholi, Kayode Salako Samson, Chiedu Enebeli, Odunayo Opeyemi, Yomi Ogunfeitimi, Vincent Robbinson, Meshack Edevo, Nike Soyinka, Christian Raji, ThankGod Ocheho, Leke Oluwalogbon, Joseph Bolarinwa, Daniel Olowokere, Wale Faulkner, Joshua Adejare, Olumide Akinola, Tolu Haastrup, Daniel Owo, Simmy Famutimi, Philip Olabisi, Segun Aluya, Adejimi Folasade, Tolulope Bada, Flourish Adedayo, Treasure Etuk,Opeloyemi Adesina, Lola Popmen, Ezekiel Ayodele, Ifeoluwa Egbeyemi, Mary Etti, Flora Dairo, Sarah Yusuf, Seun Ige and Victoria Ojerinde
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