is hosting in November, pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam
Adeyemi, speaks on the growth of his brand, AKEEM LASISI writes.
life of luxury, unlike other children of the affluent. But he certainly
experienced modest comfort at a time.
had the kind of fun that children of the middle class have. Later when
the old man became a contractor, things turned better for the family and
life turned rosier for the young Adeyemi.
another card. Old Adeyemi’s business encountered trouble and finally
collapsed. Without invitation, poverty stepped in. That is how the
proverbial mouth that used to eat beef began to run after bones.
speaker and financial teacher, that singular experience eventually
shaped everything he has become in life.
Christ — when he was still an engineering student in a polytechnic — he
got a kind of vision in which God situated him in a context where he was
teaching a group of people. This happened in the course of a prayer. He
found the idea funny initially, as he did not believe he was cut out
for teaching. But his decision to heed the signals has transformed his
life and the church that he eventually founded — although he found it
tough in the first three years of its existence.
the progress Daystar has made, he says what hinders the progress of many
people and organisations is what he calls the culture of ‘big-mannism’.
This is bossing around when one is supposed to be a leader — a leader
whose armours ought to be compassion, humility and the urge to develop
the potentialities of other people.
in our church is about grooming people. We build talents to meet
societal needs. We encourage the development of skills and the
development of excellence, all targeted towards service.
intent. Life is vanity. It is the things you invest in life that
matter. It is the capacity you build in others that counts. No man has
any intrinsic value than any other man. Nobody is more important than
any other person.”
ago when he established Daystar Leadership Academy. He is disturbed
that although the dearth of quality leadership is the bane of Africa,
the value is not included in the curriculum of regular schools. He says
the impact that the academy has made in various sectors of the economy
has been good, with amazing testimonies.
annual leadership congress the centre is holding this November. He says
the centre has assembled notable personalities to speak at the
conference themed ‘Maximising your Influence’. Among such are
entrepreneurs/managers, such as Folorunso Alakija, Bill Hybela, Julian
Kyula, Agu Irukwu, Bimbo Olashore, Mo Abudu; and Chude Jideonwo.
‘leader’ or ‘boss’ to leadership. Leadership is about influence. It is
the ability to move someone from here to there. So, we want them to
inspire new leaders, share their stories to the younger generation.”
leader is service. But he laments that true leadership is lacking in
vital spaces in Nigeria.
spent my first 10 years there — in a village called Ndayako, near Mokwa.
I would never have imagined that I would become somebody that would
pastor thousands of people and exert influence in other areas. I was
shy. I didn’t think I was a leadership material.
then that called me one day, as a teenager, and said, ‘You are a
leader’. He gave me a book. It was in the book I first found out that
everybody has the quality of a leader. The remaining part you may lack,
you cultivate along the line. The principle advanced in the book
cause to relate with people in top positions even in political offices,
it is extremely difficult to change many of them.
President is before he becomes the president. While it is practically
too late to teach someone what to do when he already has leadership
value defined in his own way, Nigeria is practically a crisis in motion.
So, it is impossible for them to listen to you. Of course, many people
in government mean well, but they are seriously resisted by the system
that has evolved over time.”