Meet Wonuola Olawale

Its all about human sustainability and energy.
Meet Wonuola Olawale, the brain behind wonu-ideas.

Who she is: She is a social energy entrepreneur. She’s an advocate of gender equity and not equality. An avid supporter of non-stereotypes and a lifestyle of excellence. But had a fail score in mathematics :).

Why she is: She loves God and his people. Plus she blogs to “idea” young minds i.e. inspire.develop.employ.activate.

How she is: She enjoys reading, smiling and meeting people.

What she is: She was the Business Intelligence Director/Initiator, now Board Chairperson of her own company, Sixters Energy. She also worked as a Project Manager for RootHub, a fast growing entrepreneurial hub community while she served as a Research Personnel with the University of Uyo in service to her country Nigeria. She has had several international experiences including working with Chevron, interfacing with Shell, and worked on international energy projects across the globe including Energy Systems Management in Nigeria, CCS- carbon capture and sequestration in the United Kingdom, Systems Analysis and Appraisal in Iran, Flow Assurance in China and Enhanced Oil Recovery projects in the United States.

She is who you want to talk to in developing lasting solutions for you in the field of energy and human sustainability.

You can reach Wonuola on opeoluwa@wonu-ideas.com or fill the form below for expert advice and energy project management.

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The elephant in the room

I don’t expect fair or most sophisticated answers. Just want to have something to gist about. You think I don’t feel that way sometimes? Trust me, I do. Just feel like telling you something random I’m pondering about. We might learn one or two things about sustaining human life, who knows?

after Annamarie Ibrahim

So there’s an elephant in the room. Who’s going to scare the elephant out or push it out of the room? Does it need to be pushed? What should be done? Laugh about how colourful it is? Or what?

Please send in your comments, would love to hear from you.

Your friend online,

Wonuola

Ofofo

I know you will want to check this out. If you want news, you know where to go na…or gist and gossips, not here too biko. 

But if you are looking for ideas that will inspire.develop.employ.activate you, you’re in the right place.

So welcome to the i.d.e.a. Wonuolawale brand page.

When you begin to see further…

The Joseph dream usually causes inconvenience even to yourself sometimes. Many say the wise thing should be to keep your dreams to yourself and have a peaceful life. Of course, I used to want to think so until I realised two things.

1. How would they know when it comes to pass or even get to do the exact things that would get you there regardless of the hate and envy?

2. You don’t just have dreams, they have you too. Let me sorta explain this to you in a way I can. Imagine you had a mum, somehow you think you have to have her as a mum, but she (if she’s good mum of course), thinks more importantly of having you as her child. 

That reminds me, Happy Mothers’ Day. May God bless all the great mums who continually sacrifice everything to make our dreams come true. (And if you’re reading this mum, I love you so much and pray that God will continually show you his kindness and love far beyond your thinking :))

So yes, back to our gist, good dreams have you once you have them. They begin to keep you awake. Those are the first symptoms. You might even end up in some funny looking pit with your brothers, your colleagues, your so-called Christian brothers or even partners contemplating your death methods and stripping you off your colourful attire, your pride, your attachments to family, your sense of identity and whatever you thought was valuable to you. But you see? There’s a spirit behind good dreams, that infinite source who gives them. That spirit that has all things working together for good to them that love Him who sent the spirit and are called according to purpose usually through a dream or vision. Ask Paul, he’ll tell you how his vision had him and turned him away from the very people he had steadfastly believed and followed for the most of his life, whom he killed for and suddenly was killed for his one single vision or encounter. That’s of course some interesting angle about visions having a hold on you and then you’ll somehow know for certain where you are going. It will cause you to reject some people no matter how good they seem-the Portiphar’s wife. They are spouses of important personalities, just not yours anyways. They are the powerful and mighty promising you heaven and earth. They are sometimes called “maga” or “sugar mummy or daddy” to some who have forgotten their dreams. They are the devils asking you to bow in return for kingdoms and fame. But you know what? The reply is still the same, “how will I do this and offend the God who gave me a dream?”. “I serve only God and no other god”. “Thou shall worship only the Lord thy God”.

And trust me, it doesn’t pay off instantly. In fact, you just might be heading straight to the prison, or be hungrier for it or running for your dear life or just something not rewarding you instantly for your integrity. It’s okay. Your dream still hasn’t changed. It has you and you have it. It will translate to you understanding and even interpreting relevant dreams, it usually leads to other dreams or visions birthed in others, like John’s revelational knowledge confirmed with heavens opening to confirm Jesus’ sonship or Paul being led to other Christians to whom it has been revealed beforehand the kind of intention God was working out. It may seem like forever or even seventeen years but dreams don’t fade as long you have them and let them have you too.

Of course, not everyone dreams. It’s simple, a river not connected to the source can never be called a river. Neither can a leaf remain nourished except attached to its plant nor the plant except to its roots. What I’m saying is, there’s usually a connection or relationship between the dream source or the dream giver to keep a dream alive and that’s when you know where you are going!

Your friend and leadservant-in-training,

Wonuola

See you next time. I hope you have a dream that has you too 🙂

References: The Bible, my dream to inspire.develop.employ.acticate young minds, my experiences and relationships with the wonderful people God continues to bring my way.

Don’t expect a change

For some years now, a lot of us have always had a pessimistic attitude to things in Nigeria, and maybe Africa too (some still do to a degree, even myself sometimes) but sometimes we just kinda know deep down that things can still change.

(See some comments from some very important people. One said and I paraphrase, “The average Asian (Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian) is respected anywhere he goes in the world because Japan and China are getting things right (India has improved slightly too). The average fair-skinned person of European descent, for instance, is respected world-over because the western countries are blazing the trail. The average Latino still has some respect because countries like Argentina, Dominican Republic and maybe Brazil are not doing so badly. However, the average African is virtually disrespected almost everywhere because big countries like Nigeria, Congo DR, Sudan and Ethiopia are doing mostly terribly. Western people, for instance, who are tired of the US can emigrate to Ireland, Scotland, the UK or Australia and live well. People of Japanese and Chinese origin in the US can go back to China, Japan and South Korea and still have a good quality of life. Latinos can go back to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and not do badly. I honestly do not think an African American or British person of African origin would have the same quality of life if they move back to Africa.

Another one said but expressed loosely with my comments in italics, “…this African poverty stuff is bigger than we think. There’s a lot of factors involved. ‘Most people with melanin-coating or extremely exposed to the UV light close to the equator’ (these are my words though for what people term black as I do not agree with the colour classification of humans, story for another day), generally whether “akata”, aborigines, black Indians, Africans, even Latinos by default we have a similar pattern of thinking which is to be simple and relationship-based. All these have their pros and cons, but I feel those of us that have been able to break away from that simple lifestyle is only by the grace of God.

(Of course, I have no interest in reducing our cultural values to the bare and as much as I think we can harness the strengths of our simple and relationship-based attitude to life, we must incorporate carefully the culture of excellence and embrace true values and principles that can keep us socially responsible)

So, for me, I don’t expect a change really but on the average, a difference!

A difference in the average poverty level

A difference in the average level of underemployment and “unemployability”

A difference in the average level of thinking

A difference in the average level of proficiency

A difference in the average level of productivity

A difference in the average level of quality

A difference in the average level of responsibility

That’s what PQR (a.k.a. #90Bill) is all about.

Expect a difference. It is your right to be Productive in Quality, take Responsibility

*PQR*

#90Bill

Your friend and leadservant-in-training, Wonuola.

Welcome Titilayo

My commentary: 

Quite a shame! The mentality of needing alms and reproduction that bedevils the average African mind (mind the word emphasis on average still with no intention to dissent the African race). You’d expect intelligent questions such as how long did it take you to learn? What more would you like to learn? We’d like to observe your vitals n train you better in return for probably a new skill or learning interest or a communal service or international networks… But oops! That’s not it! “Pls give us alms (undeserved wage return for no service rendered)”- we’ve chosen to be perpetual victims in life, we are as darkened in brain capacity as our outer skin probably. “Marry us”- that might redeem our race though we have nothing to offer, all we are interested in is sex, there’s really nothing more, is there? Or is there? Oh! What more in life? If not get a daily wage, reproduce your nothingness of a kind and have nothing to give to life? Of course, she’s only speaking our language out of curiosity n sheer intelligence show-off or laziness or boredom or whatever unproductive, that’s what these fair-skinned people do, curious, ever-invasive, probably set up a school that teaches any language n make a lot of money even from the indegenes who won’t take anything they own seriously even when it is obviously taken from them, colonize more people, break down any barrier in communication, reach out to more people over the world, have Googlee translation, or even more. But who cares? That’s how they are, and that’s how we probably should remain. It’s the dark-skinned way of life most times, we blame the melanin for distorting our thinking process even though it was meant to keep us safe from UV exposure from the sun and add increased survival in our equatorial regions and highest thrive rate in anyplace in the world, but yeah, we didn’t like to show our dark spots around the world. It sure must be a shame to display even though it is probably one of the most beautiful gifts to mankind. We just think differently, mostly not positive. So yeah, welcome to the dark world Titilayo.

-Wonuola Olawale

To you,

Of course, I totally salute our intelligence with learning foreign languages and getting extremely good at speaking it after being colonised. But that’s not the point today.

And so yes, I know the *average* mindset of individuals has self-interest more than the intellectual integrity you’d expect. And that people are almost never inclined to what they can do for the system but what they stand to gain. And trust me, I expect nothing. Only having fun thinking about the interesting dynamics that explains the fundamental differences in our level of social and infrastructural development. While some said this: “If Titilayo went to VI or Lekki (not like I intend to exalt some parts of Lagos or Accra or anywhere for that matter), we probably won’t be having this conversation. Most people living in slums around the world are generally simple, uneducated and take life for granted” (emphasis on uneducated– which to me has nothing to do with the four walls of certain schools, no “beef”  intended). And someone else said; “we probably need values and standards to become benchmark again and that yeah we will get there with people like Wonuola returning home to make Nigeria great again.”

However, this is my reply: It’s not going to take “a while” cos “a while” is not what it takes to undergo a mental shift, it takes conscious efforts and realization of the  current state a man is in to attempt a change not automatic “whiles”. It will take an average Nigerian to look at that video and feel intense discomfort at the level of mediocrity displayed to “get there”.

Again, this person replied saying, “How do you expect a country with corrupt senators governors and their kids grooving with people’s money and nobody talks to understand? Private secondary universities “killing” public school coz the owners are in government circle? Until the right people are in place and how do you fight what is just when government agents are there to victimise you. How many people can stand for the truth collectively not minding  the hurt and pains?” 

Of course this is one intelligent person whom I do respect. Regardless, I do have my viewpoint and it’s this: “It won’t take people returning home to tell you what to do or speak up for you because you have chosen to be victims of your ownselves. No, that’s still the “victim” speaking” and I finally get this responses, “Really it’s true we need to get our mind focused on regenerating the mindset to be objective and to think right” and then from another person I respect a lot, “Our problems are indeed quite enormous but the solutions are so simple, straightforward and achievable. If we are to apportion blames, I will always place the blame at the doorstep of our so-called leaders. Good leadership begets good followership and vice versa. The bone of contention is that attitudinal change starts from the top and flows downwards. Another way to look at this is the terrible effect of poverty. The average Nigerian is poor and would do anything to get out of that state. We first need to solve the issue of poverty by having a responsible government that can invest directly in the people and provide an atmosphere for people to thrive.”

Yippee! One mind at a time or maybe three too…

It is your right to be Productive in Quality, take Responsibility

*PQR*

#90Bill

Your friend and leadservant-in-training, Wonuola.

Ecclesiastes 11

You maybe looking forward to that secret secret ingredient 

to success or some story about how Solomon or the sadist wrote this chapter. Well, bubbles busted!

Here is it:

Do good wherever you go. After a while, the good you do will come back to you. Invest what you have in several different things. You don’t know what bad things might happen on earth.There are some things you can be sure of. If clouds are full of rain, they will pour water on the earth. If a tree falls—to the south or to the north—then it will stay where it falls. But there are some things that you cannot be sure of. You must take a chance. If you wait for perfect weather, you will never plant your seeds. If you are afraid that every cloud will bring rain, you will never harvest your crops. You don’t know where the wind blows. And you don’t know how a baby grows in its mother’s womb. In the same way, you don’t know what God will do—and he makes everything happen. So begin planting early in the morning, and don’t stop working until evening. 
You don’t know what might make you rich. Maybe everything you do will be successful. It is good to be alive. It is nice to see the light from the sun. You should enjoy every day of your life, no matter how long you live. But remember that you will die, and you will be dead much longer than you were alive. And after you are dead, you cannot do anything. So young people, enjoy yourselves while you are young. Be happy. Do whatever your heart leads you to do. Do whatever you want, but remember that God will judge you for everything you do. Don’t let your anger control you, and don’t let your body lead you to sin. People do foolish things in the dawn of life while they are young.
Ecclesiastes 11:1‭-‬10 ERV

http://bible.com/406/ecc.11.1-10.ERV

Quotes

Sad story of being alone and lonely in the midst of multitude. Why be friends when we don’t even understand each other’s ideals, talk more of liking them?

Wonuola Olawale 

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