Africa’s richest woman and Chief Executive of Rose of Sharon Foundation, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, has described the current economic downturn, which has formed major discourse in public fora, as the price that Nigerians need to pay to get the desired change.
Mrs Alakija said this on Thursday at the 2016 Excellence in Leadership Conference organised by Daystar Christian Centre.
Alakija, who was a guest speaker at the event, which had as if there ‘maximize your influence, said apart from Nigerians looking unto God for help, they should also go back to the basics because the nation has done things outside the way of God and everyone is paying the price.
“Everyone has to pay the price because it is a learning process of the ills that have taken place in the country, we have been too docile as a people, we allow people to get away with a lot of evils that they are doing, they should pay the price for what they have done, everyone is bearing the brunt now, we need to learn from our past mistakes. Some of the things we are doing wrong are not cutting our coat according to our sizes,” she said.
She also advised Nigerians on the need to plan for the future of the children because a nation that fails to plan, plans to fail.
She said it takes time for change to take place adding that Nigerians are not exercising enough patience with the present administration and are expecting it to perform magic.
When asked her view on the possibility if Nigeria having a female president, Alakija said Nigerians should wait for the outcome of the American polls and then take a cue from there but added that there is nothing wrong in having a female president saying after all God did not condemn it in the Bible saying it is about being patient and hardworking.
She said whatever passion God has given to a woman should not just end in the kitchen or the ‘other room’ and she urged Nigerians to change their mindset on the role of women and until then will the country see a female president.
“I see no reason why women should always be deputy governors and not governors. I am not interested in politics but if God calls me to do something for Him in government I can’t ignore His call I have to honour Him,” she said.
Earlier at the opening of the three-day conference, the keynote speaker, Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, said to achieve excellence in leadership there should be efficient time management, self-management, task and resource management.
He told participants that it is the outcome of how well that is done that determines how far an individual will go in life adding that there is need for people to set boundaries around their lives so as to realise their purpose for life.
“The Bible says all things are lawful for me but not all things are expedient, efficient self-management is what determines one’s efficiency in life.
“Everyone is going to be responsible for the outcome of his life. Self-discipline is a vital key in actualising one’s leadership potential, it is the extra ordinary discipline that makes one to be extra ordinary, time is the most treasured asset that can add value to a life,” he said.
On efficient resource management the cleric said this is important in order to avoid financial embarrassment stressing that as long as individuals engage in those rules, they will continue to maintain relevance in their field of pursuit.