I attended sessions of 2 organizations that are dear to me: MICA and JCI.
Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA) holds sessions every Sunday at Crescent Schools, 1004, Victoria Island, Lagos by 10.30am, www.micanigeria.org. YesterdayÔÇÖs topic was
tagged ÔÇ£How Do You Find Mr. or Mrs. Right? Even though this topic was more targeted at the singles, but we the married ones also had a lot to learn, the reality is that as a married person, you never stop learning about marriage, itÔÇÖs a lifetime school.
Kudos to Mr. and Mrs. Alimi Titilope Hasheem Alimi who did justice to the issues discussed and Dr. Salisu for his contributions and other contributors. I took something from Dr. Salisu, he said ÔÇÿmarriage is serious businessÔÇÖ, I couldnÔÇÖt agree less. A lot of the time, we assume marriage is 2 people coming together to live happily ever after, in as much as that is the desire of intending couples, but then a lot of work have to go into the union to attain that goal as it doesnÔÇÖt come on a platter of gold. Each partner has to be willing to make it work. And for intending couples, it was emphasized that one should find out as much as possible about the other person, one shouldnÔÇÖt get married just for the sake of getting married but one is expected to get married for the right reasons. In Islam, it is said that when a person marries, then s/he has completed half of his religion, that is how much value Islam places on marriage and I know that Christianity also holds the institution of marriage in very high esteem. Hence we are not expected to toy with that institution as it is very sacred. May God be our guide always.
At Junior Chamber International (JCI), Lagos Royale, I equally had a great time. Meetings are held every last Sunday of the month by 2.30pm at Radisson Blu Anchorage, Ozumba Mbadiwe Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, www.jci.cc. It felt absolutely good to see people I hadnÔÇÖt seen in many years. One of the high points of the session was the trainings done by Cleen Foundation and ReclaimNaija, both NGO/civil society groups talked about our roles in the elections especially via social media. It was a Sunday well spent.
Now the moral of this gist is that beyond attending these organizationsÔÇÖ sessions for the main objectives that they were established (for MICA which is religious and for JCI which is for leadership & entrepreneurship), there are much more to gain, one of the important things is networking! The reality is that our network is our net worth if we grab and use the opportunity judiciously. We need to move out of our usual circles which is our home and place of work to meet more people and establish healthy relationships especially those of us that are entrepreneurs, intending entrepreneurs, business people, careers-minded individuals, leaders etc. The truth is that itÔÇÖs in these sort of gatherings we tend to meet people we wouldnÔÇÖt normally meet on the streets, and even if we meet these people on the streets, they may not necessarily grant one the audience they would willingly give you in these gatherings.
For instance, after the session at MICA, I was able to meet Dr. Salisu and Sherifah Olabisi Adedeji Shonubi who were more than willing to give free medical consultation. As a matter of fact, it was Sherifah Olabisi Adedeji Shonubi who is a nurse that approached me and said she could notice some rash on my baby and she started counseling me and then she pointed at Dr. Salisu and asked that I go meet him for further examination, Dr. Salisu in his usual receptiveness engaged me in some talks and then gave me some prescriptions, all free of charge. I may not have been able to just walk into these medical personnels’ offices to get such free medical counsel as I would have had to go through a routine, but for the opportunity MICA afforded.
Also at JCI, I met some old and new friends, whom I got business cards from. I saw one of my favourite inspirational speakers, Kola Osinowo, I also saw one of NigeriaÔÇÖs top bloggers, Oluwatosin Ajibade a.k.a Olori Supergal and many of other great people.
Networking is everything and one cannot network within the comfort of your homes except via social media but then people are wary of disclosing or divulging much via social media especially to people they hardly know. It isn’t about just attending these gatherings, but one should mingle. Also, one should be ready to have impact on others, so the relationship is mutual and some what balanced. So gatherings (be it religious or social) are great avenues in aiding networking.
Have a beautiful day my people