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The birth of Omoluabi 2.0 in Lagos

Published by Guardian on Fri, 31 Aug 2012

A NEW book on cultural values and social transformation titled: Omoluabi 2.0: A code for transformation in 21st century Nigeria, written by Adewale Ajadi has been launched.At a colourful event held in Lagos, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi lauded the author's originality at offering fresh spectrum of ideas and ideals that would organize the nation into the transformation it sought and for generations to come.Fayemi, flanked by his wife, Bisi Fayemi; representatives of Osun State government; Ekiti State officials and other dignitaries, added that Ekiti had adopted the values inherent in Omoluabi 2.0, in its effort to change the orientation of its youths and the designs to transform its local economies.As a work that reflects on the African world view, Fayemi observed that 'it frames a system of viewing, choosing and establishing our place personally, communally, institutionally and corporately.''It starts a new African past time, building systems out of our wisdom and applying them so that we can truly modernize the African way,' he said.The author, Ajadi, told The Guardian that the book, though stemmed from Yoruba' understanding, it is not about the Yoruba but a book for everyone that wants to transform self and wants change.'The seven values in the book helps you to work on yourself and when applied to the home, you have a better family and that is the first place where leadership comes from. We have about 28 million households in Nigeria, and if all households work on themselves, we will have a better Nigeria,' he said.Ajadi is a creative consultant and leadership educator with over 20 years experience in issues that transforms human interaction at several levels.Guest speaker at the occasion, Martin Kimani added that the book is a gift to Nigeria and the continent. The Kenyan said Omoluabi 2.0 is a very important book that needs a broad readership. 'First for pointing the way, showing us the possibilities of codifying our customary approaches and, most importantly, embracing what is now the 'informal'.'This is one of the first real attempts by an African in a long while to reclaim ourselves, to really think of an African modernity rooted in the hard-won lessons and social processes in our past,' Kimani said.Book reviewers, Yahaya Mudi and Ayantade Ipadeola were unanimous that the work turns Nigerians inward, reshaping the minds to transform themselves.Participants who spoke at the event said that they would want the principles of omoluabi to be applied for social transformation, with focus in areas of service, hard work, regeneration of ethos, family system and improvement in public school system.
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