Name: Stephen Alechenu
Birthday: January 6, 1972
Education: General Degree
Occupation: Civil Servant (Media Personnel)
Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
I envision a world where leaders are accountable to the people and see their positions as responsibilities and not a place to become lords and tyrants. My vision of a world that works for everyone is a place where leaders are people of their words, men and women of integrity and pacesetters. For me a world where everyone is equal and discrimination is eradicated to the barest minimum, if not completely. My vision for the said world is lofty, beautiful and excellent.
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
What I see as the most pressing problems facing the world today are lack of good leadership and followership. There could be others, but I know that when the head is alright, the rest of the body would vice versa. The perennial leadership vacuum prevalent in most parts of the world, especially in Africa and the many third world countries has given birth to a retinue of other ugly situations; corruption of the highest order, poverty, marginalization of minority groups, wars, horrific problems of instability, gender inequality, religious intolerance, economic chaos, politicizing of everything etc. It is disheartening to know that some of us still in this era think that leadership is a position of authority to lord over others and not a responsibility and an opportunity to serve. If the is poor, how do you raise another crop of leaders from the followers? That will be impossible. Thus genuine followership is of the essence. Another pressing problem is high level illiteracy common in many parts of the world. A positively informed world is ultimately the best place to be.
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
We need leadership education at all levels: as individuals, a family, groups, a nation and a race. Meaning we need to receive training to become leaders that can address our present circumstances. Institutions like IIGL should be in most parts of the world so as to equip people for the responsibility of leadership. This must be a school for everyone because before a man would lead others, he must first lead himself. The most critical requirement for leadership is trust. We must be trained to lead in such a manner that the followers who are leaders by right and training would trust the already existing team of leaders. I am convinced about one thing and its true- that you cannot lead anyone without his or her consent. Thus before one gives his or her consent, he or she must trust you. The earth allover needs formal education just as she needs oxygen. All governments must educate all her citizens. It is always easy to leader informed people.
I am Stephen Alechenu ABA; friends call me “Lech” (an extract from my middle name). I am the first in the family and an only child from both parents (my parents are divorced). The rest of the children from my parents are my half brothers or sisters. I am 5feet 4inches and dark in complexion, with an excellent social skill. I possess strong organizational, analytical and the ability to multi task. I have a first rate research aptitude. I love reading, writing and travelling a lot. I cherish making new good friends regardless of backgrounds. At my leisure time, I meet with old friends to rub minds. I cook excellently well. I like doing most of the home chores except ironing my clothes myself. I am a good communicator.
I a writer. I have published a collection of poems “Live to Laugh Another Day.” Other unpublished works, include: The Cry of Destiny; The Memoir of an Unborn Child; The Mosaic of Solitude; and Odaji: Symphony of The Sage.. I desire to become a famed author in the soon. I belong to the Association of Nigerian Authors and Purple Silver Art. They are both literary groups. I founded Literati Dynasty-a literary group established to provide a creative platform for artists. At Literati Dynasty, we believe that creativity is a veritable tool for social, economic, cultural and political transformation.
I love watching movies. Most especially when it has political and moral messages. My best movies so far yet are “Avatar” by James Cameron and the “24” series starring Kiefer Sutherland. My best book yet is the Holy Bible. The theme of leadership is highly exemplified in the Bible. As a boy, I had always wanted to be king David who never lost a war. But as I grew older, I discovered that the best of them all was Jesus Christ. A great leader. He was the first to tell us that leadership was a responsibility and service. I like reading Robert Ludlum, Dan Brown and Chinua Achebe.
I have participated in various projects and had had experiences as a leader. During the Workshop for Media Groups on Conflict Reporting and Good Governance Advocacy organized by United Nations Development Program/ Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution, I was made a team leader of a group of seven (7) persons. It was primarily training for journalists. We were trained on report conflict matters. I did a presentation on behalf of the group. I was group leader in Benue Youth Summit.
When I was in the university, I was the Public Relations Officer of my departmental association, The National Association of Students of English Language and Literature (NASELL) University of Maiduguri Chapter. After the end of my tenure, I was elected as President of the same association. The rest of the executives and I took my students on excursions to other universities namely; Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Bayero University Kano and the famous University of Jos in Plateau state. As leaders, we found it necessary to create the enabling environment for our students to share academic and social experiences. I have been to many states and lived in the major cities of Nigeria; Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Maiduguri but to mention a few. Presently I live at Makurdi, the capital of my state of origin; Benue. It is a small and quiet city. It’s my heart’s desire to work for an international organization(s) that would afford me the opportunity to travel the world.
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