VOLUNTEERS TUESDAY: MEET RAFIU LAWAL

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Tell us about yourself

 My name is Rafiu Adeniran Lawal. I am a passionate peace advocate, a teacher, researcher and a project manager with over five years of progressively responsible experience on youth, peace and security. 

What are you most passionate about?

 I have strong passion for Learning, Teaching, Peacebuilding, Politics and Family.

What is your guiding philosophy? 

 In my little time on earth, I have learnt that if you want to do something, you must first figure out how to do it and then do it. You must believe and possess a level of fearlessness to take on something. If you are considering the ramifications, you will never do anything. There is no harm in trying but it is a crime not to. Idleness is a TERMINAL disease.

 

Do you have specific likes and dislikes? If yes, tell us. 

I dislike people who cheat and give excuses for tasks not carried out. I humbly detest procrastination. I like to associate myself with people who are trustworthy and diligent in their work. I strive everyday for new knowledge and also taking on new challenges.
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What are your career goals and life ambitions?

 My dream is to reach the peak of my career as the Chief Executive of the biggest international humanitarian organization in the world and also become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

What inspires you?

 For me, waking up every day and hearing and seeing thousands of people including children, women and youths losing their lives and others living in constant fear and poverty, gives me the impression that a lot more needs to be done and that I must help facilitate that social change.

How did you learn about OAC and reason(s) for joining?

I discovered the existence of OAC while I was surfing the internet for nongovernmental organizations operating in Nigeria that I can volunteer with back then in 2016. I reached out to the founder and I was amazed with the way she shared OAC stories and the level of impact and felt I must be part of the family.

How has been the experience so far?

 It has been AWESOME..

Please share with us your best moments in OAC.

 Every moment with OAC is something like treasure. For a couple of times that I have been part of programmes in Ibadan and Lagos, there is always something to learn and take home for personal and professional development.

What do you think of OAC in the universe? 

 If I have the opportunity to choose again, surely OAC will come top.
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Parting Words

Do the best you can within your allotted time on earth. Volunteering is life. 

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