A lot of organizations are contributing to the society. One of those that are giving value to people in the society is Rotaract Club of Felele headed by Connect President Adebowale Oluwaferanmi Shakirulahi, a student of Mathematics, University of Ibadan. InterviewStories met with him and he talks about the club, why he joined the club and what he he has achieved with the club. He talked about his interest in Agriculture and also why he is studying Mathematics in the University.
Can we know you?
I am Adebowale Oluwaferanmi Shakirulahi, the President of Rotaract Club of Felele, Rotary International District 9125. I am also a student of Mathematics, University of Ibadan, a Red Crosser and an Agroprenuer (an entrepreneur that focus on Agriculture).
What is Rotaract about?
Rotaract is an International youth humanitarian Service Organization. It has now been elevated to Rotary Partner in service. It consists of Professionally minded individuals of age 18-30 years. Leaders who are ready to develop individuals around them, their community and the world at large.
The purpose of Rotaract is to provide the opportunity for young men and women to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in their personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities and to promote better relations amongst people worldwide through a framework of friendship.
The Goals Of Rotaract are to:
- Develop professional and leadership skills
- Emphasize respect in the right of others and to promote ethical standards and the dignifying of all useful occupations
- Provide opportunities for young people to address the needs and concerns of their communities and our world
- Promote for working in cooperation with sponsoring clubs Rotary Clubs
- Motivate young people for eventual membership in Rotary.
How did you know about Rotaract and what prompted you to join the organization?
It was through Rtn. Engr. &Mrs Famade. During the establishment of Rotary Club of Ibadan-Felele. Then, I was sponsored for a program in Abuja, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). During the Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program, I was introduced to what Rotaract and Rotary do at large.
There are something’s that the club does that attracted me to the club. I was looking forward to joining ENACTUS in my University earlier but since I have been introduced to something more similar, I decided to be part of it.
What inspired you to be the president of Rotaract Club of Felele D9125 and what are your achievements so far?
Being the President was not my decision. It was the call to Service. Reason being been that, I thought I was not well equipped to be the President not until I was nominated and voted in as the Connect President. Every Rotary Year has its theme. The Theme for this year is: Rotary Connect the World. That’s what makes me a Connect President.
The New Rotary Year started July 1st. To God be the glory, it is a wonderful call. And I’m ready to put all my possible best. I have been able to execute a project with my sponsoring club (Rotary Club of Ibadan-Felele) where the District Governor was present. We are planning for more project. Two of them will be coming up in August this year. The recent one held on August 10, 2019 where the club taught members and non members some online businesses, training of Sharwarma preparations and marketing .
What are the benefits of being a Rotaract member?
The benefits of Rotaract is beyond quantification, but I would give the nearest benefits.
- Rotaract allows youth to develop themselves Professionally, In terms of Leadership, Morally, Socially.
- It allows members to make friends wherever they find themselves.
- Importantly, it opens the door of meeting influential people that you can’t meet on a normal day. Once you can develop yourself and present yourself well to the extent that people find what they want in you, you are good to go.
- Rotaract can serve as an avenue to market your skills.
How many districts do Rotaract have in Nigeria? What are the contributions the club have made to society?
There are 4 Districts in Nigeria.
- 9125 (Southwest and North)
- 9110 (Lagos and Ogun)
- 9141 (Edo, Bayelsea, Rivers, Delta)
- 9142 (Cross River, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Imo)
Many clubs function towards the areas of focus of Rotary International, which are Peace and Conflicts prevention resolution, Disease prevention, Water Treatment, Sanitation Basic Education, Literacy Economic, Community Development, Maternal and Child Health. Every Rotary and Rotaract Club are expected to work under this area of focus.
Why study Mathematics?
It amazed me when people ask why mathematics after hearing my line of action. I will say part of my source of energy came from Mathematics. Even when I did not know I will be studying Mathematics at the University at High School. Mathematics entails more than just the arithmetic seen by people. Mathematics model your thinking. And I believe through mathematics, I can study whatever I want to study again and become who I want to be. It’s just the beginning.
Why focus on Agriculture as an Entrepreneur?
It was something I am always eager to do when I was young and even now. With the help of my mentor Mr. U.K Gbadamosi, I have been able to deal well in Turkey Farming.
Tell us your experience as an entrepreneur?
I have been able to use the little knowledge and resources I have gathered to build myself. I do my farming every time I am around. Most time when I’m not around, my younger brother takes care of it and my mother.
How were you able to raise capital for the business?
I started very small with little capital. But at subsequent time, my mother helps me with funds when needed. But I use my spare money most time.
Do you have a mentor and why?
Very well, I do. Mentorship gives guidelines. It channels your experience. It saves the time of wandering around in acquiring knowledge and experience.
Your first experience selling your products as an entrepreneur?
I had already set a price for my sales. But because of the conditions of the market and customers, I had to bring down my price. It was funny.
I am moving on in serving humanity. In this service, I render my leadership skill. I hope to continue in that even at my faculty level, University of Ibadan. I hope I’m given the chance to execute what I have to deliver. But for the future, may Almighty God lead my way.
How can people get across to you?
I am very approachable. People can contact me on Whatsapp 08074549841
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