By Temitope Adesomo
A total number of seven intelligent primary five pupils from Springhill Montessori School, Lotto, Mowe, Ogun state arrived the Beautiful Day Testimonial office with their school teacher to have a brief mentoring and enlightening session focusing on leadership with the Editor-in-Chief as they graduate from primary school to secondary school.
The Editor-in-Chief, Pastor Bosun Obafemi created a friendly atmosphere where the children comfortably asked questions. Before the questions, Pastor Bosun encouraged them as he accentuated on fulfillment of purpose as they graduate from primary school to secondary school. He questioned them on their career ambition; two of the students said Doctor, third said Teacher, fourth and fifth said Civil Engineer, the sixth said IT Expert then the seventh said Nurse.
Obafemi applauded them on their great ambitions but admonished them to know God first, and fear God as he made reference to the Bible verse, Proverbs 9:10; that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. The editor said that it is paramount for them to have wisdom to be a professional in all areas they have chosen and to fear God.
One of the pupils asked “how can I respect my parents”, Pastor Bosun responded with the Bible Scripture Exodus 20: 12 that admonished children to honour their father and mother so their days will be long. He went further to emphasize on obedience to parents instructions, diligence in house chores without grumbling and good academic performance as a show of commitment to parents. He explained the way of being diligent before God as study the Bible, obedience to God’s instruction and embrace godly character.
He said leadership is humility and it is leading by good example. He urged them to be good ambassadors of God, parents and school.
Responding, the pupils’ coordinator, Mr Bamidele Olanrewaju appreciated the Editor-in-Chief for an exquisite opportunity and warm reception given to them.
“You know opportunity like this doesn’t come every day, we want to appreciate. This is a point of their life that requires a next step ahead and this is very key. They should know what leadership is all about, and learn new things outside the comfort of school. As a school, we thought we take them out today as this day is memorial, today is like the eve of their graduation so we want them to have a remarkable moment which will linger in their memory. We appreciate you for having us.”
The visiting pupils include, Anabel Aboderin, Olatunji Tomiloba, Oluwole Olamide, Whiskey Julia, Daramola Goodness, Glory Olatoye, and Irene Cliffon-Idon.