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by rawmaterial, Nigeria Apr 1, 2010
Human Rights , Environment , Education   Poetry


We are each endowed with immense potentials.
Events, occurrences and achievements
Through history have continued
To amplify and corroborate this assertion.
For each and every one of us
Our possibilities are limitless.
All through history men who lived their passion,
Have left their mark on the sands of time
But in all men who excelled,
Have acted on their natural inclination,
Had acted on their natural propensity.
Whether we become victims of our circumstances
Or masters of circumstances is entirely our doing
We are each born into an environment,
It shapes us; it creates direction for us,
But whether we succeed or fail in life,
Depends on whether we have left,
Our destiny in the hands of our circumstance,
Or whether we took our destiny in our hands,
Cause our perception, our beliefs, our thoughts,
Beyond any other factors determine
Whether we would do anything at all
What we would try to do
How we would try to do it
And the spirit with which we would put to do it
Ultimately, the difference between
Success and failure is mind set
The difference between great men and ordinary men
Is depended on the spirit with which we have lived our lives,
In the end what we become is our doing.



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Adebayo is the president of Campaign Against Ignorance & Illiteracy (CAII) a Lagos-based NGO devoted to developing ideas on how to promote democracy, good governance and popular participation in public affairs in Nigeria. He was the vice speaker of the Student World Assembly 2007-2008 and spearheaded the organisation's campaign on ending human trafficking world wide especially in the West African sub-region, he in 2007 wrote an essay that was one of the finalist essay for the World Youth Movement for Democracy (WYMD) world essay competition on democracy, he in his essay detailed his experiences as an election observer on what transpired during the 15th April, 2007 general elections in Nigeria. He is the immediate past PRO of the Human Rights Information Network (HURINET) Nigeria 2007-2009 a network of about 100 right based organisations, since 2003 he has been a parliamentarian on PATITO’S GANG, a current affairs television program in Nigeria shown by six television stations hosted by Professor Pat Utomi. Adebayo was the PRO of the National conscience Party (NCP) Mainland, Local Government, Lagos state, Nigeria from 2003-2005 the party under which platform he had earlier in 2003 contested for the position of councilor, an experience which he describes as a participatory research work on the inner workings of political parties and the peculiar nature of Nigerian politics. He was the chairman of the Corpers’ Welfare Association in Geidam, Yobe state while on National youth service in 2002 and was the social- director of the Student Union Government at Kwara State Polytechnic 1999-2001, Ilorin, he is a facilitator and resource person to a number of NGOs

The koko of the matter
Adanna Chigbo | Apr 5th, 2012
My fellow Nigerian, it is with great joy that I read your poem. I am of the thinking that regardless of how dire the circumstances one finds himself, it is up to them to make the best of it. Look at Elle Johnson Sirleaf. Look at people you know in your own life who have done the little they can to make a significant difference: to stand out. It is true that sometimes life seems not fair. It is true that sometimes others take what should rightfully belong to us but it is also true that we, in the end, still hold the key to out survival regardless of the circumstances. It is what we make of ourselves and our circumstances that truly define who we'll become. I couldn't have written this any other way. Well done.

Ikram Ullah | Apr 11th, 2012
Nice write up

Thank you people...
Adebayo Waidi Gbenro | Apr 12th, 2012
I thank you all for you comments,they have served as an encouragement to me.

makumbi shafic | Apr 1st, 2012
Thank you very much mr Adebayor you have really changed my life and my perception of circumstances. Just like Rosemarie Rizzo parse theory of Human becoming

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