ADEGBULU, YOU MUST WRITE AN ARTICLE; FULL STOP!
As a starter, I would like to place it on record that I wasn’t particularly focused during my early years at the famous Government College Ibadan (GCI), Nigeria. At that period, I was always in trouble, and in the bad books of most senior boys. I wouldn’t blame them much though!
Today, I will narrate how I accidentally became a writer, through the instrumentality of yet another senior boy of our school.
One day, I was billed to serve three different punishments from three no nonsense senior boys after classes. Of course, I was very scared, and my mind was in turmoil throughout the lecture period. And as I was going back to my room in the scorching African sun after school, trying to figure out what might eventually become of me; a junior boy called me aside, and said another senior boy wanted to see me urgently. At that point, I became really worried and sorry for myself, for I thought I was about to add yet another punishment to my cache for the day.
Anyway, I went to see the aforementioned senior boy, who asked me point blank to submit an article to him within forty-eight hours, for inclusion in the next edition of our school magazine; ‘The Rock’! He was its editor in Chief! Honestly, I couldn’t understand why any sane person could ask me to do such a noble thing then, so, I begged him to spare me the ordeal and shame that could arise from obeying him. He just looked at me intently, and said, ‘Adegbulu, you must write an article, FULL STOP’! Straightaway, I knew I had lost the battle, and I started to cry!
But, I quickly gathered myself together, rushed to the school library, plagiarized an article, and submitted it to him within the deadline he gave me. Its title was ‘Don’t Make Jest of Me’. The senior boy looked at my article closely, then looked at me and said ‘Adegbulu, GCI boys don’t use words like ‘jest’ while classier ones like mock, tease, ridicule, make fun of, poke fun at, or laugh at’, etc., are available. In the end, he chose ‘make fun of’, and the title of my article became ‘Don’t Make Fun of Me’! He also fine- tuned it to look more GCI-like. Finally, he dismissed me, and said ‘Adegbulu, thanks for your article, well done’! Imagine a very senior and classy boy commending someone like me!
The magazine soon came out, and you can imagine how happy I was, when I saw my article with my full identity, ‘Adedayo Adegbulu 2C’, written under it. Some students praised me, while others could just not grasp how such a fine product could emanate from me. And a few weeks afterwards, we went home on holidays, only to realize that my parents had already seen my article, and shown it to loads and loads of people far and wide. I became an instant celebrity, and I felt really cool with myself!
Before long, I found out that I was always writing, and I couldn’t stop! Today, many years after the gentle but, firm push from the aforementioned senior boy, I have written over 500 published articles (Medical and Christian), apart from books, theses, lecture materials, proposals, poems, orations, speeches, etc. I am also the Editor in chief of an electronic magazine, Mind of Christ E-Zine, which can be accessed via www.mindofchrist.org.uk/. Last but not the least, my materials are being read in over one hundred and nineteen (119) countries, in all the continents of the world as at the last count. I give God all the glory!
Friends, God can also help you unearth your hidden potentials today, and make it hugely exceptional. He did for me and countless of others globally; He can do it for you too, if you ask Him (Matthew 7:7). Please ask Him today, and do so fast!
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me to honour a worthy, unassuming, calm, focused, distinguished Nigerian; an Economist of the finest order, a dogged goal getter; Kole Abe. My Teur (Teacher), I thank you for nudging me into a terrain that has now universalized me; far beyond what my Medical career has done for me. My God will surely reward you richly, day after day, in Jesus name. Amen.
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu (Dr Stoney)
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker