Issue #91 * July 2009

International Institute For Global Leadershi
Issue #91 * July 2009
www.global-leadership.com
Asheville, NC. USA

Guest Editorial

When the Student is Ready…

By Davui Kosi Sepenou, Togo, West Africa

Education remains the fundamental in any sustainable development and achievement. I believe in it absolutely and I am fond of learning. I am passionate to study and I have made learning the cornerstone of my life. I make education the central feature in leading me to find opportunities to fulfill my dreams in life & to shape my destiny.

My life experiences have presented me with many challenges and obstacles in fulfilling my expectations in life. My life has been a stormy one with many setbacks and hardships. I was born  in 1973 to a poor family in a rural village in southwest Togo, West Africa. I wasn't able to start school until I was eight years old - and only then from my own initiative without the encouragement of my family. I didn't receive my high school diploma until the year 2000, when I was 27 years old. Why did it take me so long to obtain my diploma? During this period my daily struggle to survive - finding food and shelter - took priority over everything else. When my father died in 1984 we children had no choice but to help our mother in traditional agriculture for our survival, even though I was child. For this reason and for lack of school fees, it was necessary for me to drop out of school for long periods of time.

Despite all of these challenges, I never lost my hunger for learning. In 2000, after my high school diploma, I entered the University of Lomé in the department of Anthropology. It was during the political crisis in my country Togo and we couldn't finish the academic year. The next year the tuition was increased by $110 dollars which I had no possible way to pay.  Coupled with my daily struggle to survive I had to once again drop out of school.

It was one of the worst and most discouraging and frustrating times in my life but I refused to give up!  I also knew that it was useless to complain or cry about my fate because there are millions of people all over the world living in such situations.

So I started looking for other ways and means to continue my education. It was essentially through internet. I found out a training opportunity I, particularly via the internet.  In my research I discovered the University for Human Goodness in Winston Salem NC, USA (www.purposeful.org). which directed me to the International Institute For Global Leadership. In October 2005 I became active student of IIGL, as the first Togolese to enter this program. My first language is French so I had to work extra hard to improve my English in order to read the IIGL curriculum.  I am currently working on Level Five studies.

It is with IIGL's help and recommendation that I had the opportunity to travel to Austria last August 2008 for a UN sponsored training course on child protection, monitoring and rehabilitation. I was not only the only Togolese attending the program, but also the only one from French speaking Africa.

I believe that nothing is by accident. I believe that my finding IIGL is the law of attraction at work in my life. Despite my life difficulties, I never gave up. I kept nurturing vividly my desire to learn, study and to purposefully shape my destiny. The IIGL program perfectly addressed my life and personal history with all of the challenges that I faced. Through it I have learned how to successfully face life's challenges through self-awareness and staying in my heart.  I have not yet achieved my major goals but I am learning personal empowerment and making progress.  Above all, I have tools and hope which I did not have before I started these studies.

For me, IIGL has been a case of “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.”

In The News

Ugandan Students Convene First Meeting

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo, one of our students in Uganda, recently took the leadership initiative to convene a meeting of the IIGL students in Uganda on June 27th. There were six in attendance.  The purpose of the meeting was to get acquainted with each other, discuss their IIGL studies, share some of their expectations and discuss what they might do together to promote leadership training in Uganda and the opportunities offered by IIGL in particular.

As the participants considered where to go from here they decided on several goals:

· To continue to meet every two months to share their progress and support each other.

· To have a monthly meeting where experienced students could bring in interested others to learn more about IIGL.

· To have each active student to encourage at least five new persons to enroll in the IIGL program by the end of the year.  The focus would be on recruiting those who are currently acting as change agents in their communities.

· To brainstorm on projects they could do together such as working with schools to offer leadership training using the IIGL curriculum.

Other ideas were discussed such a promoting IIGL student exchange with students traveling to other countries making a point meet with IIGL students in those countries; creating an internship program; organizing and hosting a nation-wide leadership conference; fundraising for being able to implement some of these projects; giving IIGL more a visible presence at community events by creating IIGL T-Shirts, etc.

The meeting concluded with the election of a committee to continue to give guidance to the group.  We commend Noeline, who is 24 years old, in taking the leadership in organizing this meeting!  If you wish to learn more, her email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

IIGL Marketplace Online

Many of our IIGL students are very entrepreneurial, both socially with the various service projects they have developed, as well as financially with a wide array of income producing ideas that they are continually coming up with.  In an endeavor to support this entreprenueral spirit, we recently created a new web page dedicated to showcasing products and services that students have either personally created or have secured locally for resale.  The web link is: http://www. You can support students directly by buying from the IIGL Marketplace

Visit IIGL On Facebook:

A few months ago, one of our students from Kenya, Bikundo Onyari, set up a facebook page for IIGL.  This is a great way for us to network the program.  Facebook has told us that we can have the website set up with our own IIGL organizational name once we have at least 100 fans.  Currently we have 85 so we only need 15 more.  Would you be willing to go the the following link and sign up as a fan?  It would really be appreciated!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/pages/

What Our Students Are Saying

Olita (South Africa)

This course of study has been an incredible journey of getting to know who I truly am.  I consider myself to be blessed to have had this opportunity.  I am more than convinced that the world is yearning for an opportunity such as this.  I pray that we will be able to grow in numbers and strength perhaps this world could indeed be a better place.

Students In Action

Afere Lawrence (Nigeria)

Youth Farm Project

Around the world, young people are taking laudable steps to improve their conditions and their communities. No longer are they waiting for the promises of government to tackle the persistent challenges of poverty relate issues that they face.

· In Ecuador, a group of young people called Cefocine use artistic expression to start new businesses, create alternatives to youth violence, educate a thousand children and create jobs for themselves.

· In Kenya, young boys and girls use garbage trucks owned by their soccer club to rid their streets of garbage, creating the first regular trash collection service in their community. This service has helped to create many jobs for them.

· In the Karnataka state in India, young entrepreneurs organized their own 13,000 member entrepreneurship association, Bhima Sangha, to fight for their rights as entrepreneurs and as youth

· In Argentina, young people trained as reproductive health educators have come together to organize a national network to share practices, lobby for laws that increase adolescents’ confidential access to services and ramp up HIV/AIDS education across the country.

But what about here? What steps are Nigerian youths taking in improving our conditions and especially in reducing youth unemployment and idleness? Through our youth development organization – Lifting Our Community (LOC) – and with the guidance and encouragement of IIGL, some of young people in my town, Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria, have taken charge of our destiny by creating various community improvement projects.

No sooner had we started our Computer Training Project using a donated computer and an unused storage shed, than the opportunity arose to initiate a Youth Farm Project with six plots of land which were loaned to us. We have few resources but a lot of enthusiasm and the willingness to work hard.

The aim of the Youth Farm Project is to bring together young people of diverse backgrounds to learn entrepreneurship and leadership skills through farming. We have started this project planting corn seeds on a six plots of farmland. For the past 5 weeks, each weekend, we gather on the farm to work – get our hands rough and coarse from weeding and cutting, packing and burning shrubs and planting corn seeds. At the end of the day we eat, drink and laugh together, enjoying the comraderie we have created by working together.

Recently, we were so delighted to see our corn seeds sprout so beautifully and green. One is always in high spirits to see the results of her labour! Besides, we have been so thankful for the abundant rains recently.

By the grace of God, we are looking forward to harvesting, launching and selling our fresh corn (maize) in few months time. And from there, by the grace of God, we hope to expand this farm by planting other seeds like vegetables and fruits.

Oketunji Oyewale Rotimi (Nigeria)

Greenlight Leadership Academy

Twenty Five year old Oketunji Oyewale Rotimi - known to his friends as Wale - enrolled as an IIGL student in January 2007.  He exemplifies those IIGL students who have taken these studies and found ways to extend them into their communities.  Wale strongly believes that the future of Africa is in the hands of enthusiastic young leaders such as himself.  He also knows that it takes hundreds, if not thousands of inspired youth like himself to shape the kind a future for Africa that he envisions; where poverty, disease, injustice and corruption are only found in history books.  To this end he was instrumental in creating the GreenLight Leadership Academy in Lagos, Nigeria.

GreenLight is a youth centric program that is passionate about raising a new generation of young leaders. It is committed to Liberating, Inspiring, and Equipping young Africans to be Self aware, Responsible, Skilled, Academically Excellent and to take the Lead in their various communities.  They accomplish this by offering customized youth leadership and life skills training for both high school and university students.  This includes management trainings for young and aspiring entrepreneurs, students and managers in performing and executing their goals & visions, followed by a mentorship program that offers ongoing guidance.

Being a value centered program, they have also tackled some of the bigger problems facing Nigeria, such as cyber crime and  examination malpractice in secondary schools, both of which they have offered workshops on in an effort to educate toward the elimination of these problems.

Their workshop titles have included

* Self-Discovery To Personal mastery

* The Leadership Lifestyle

* Becoming A Role Model Nigerian

* Laws of Academic Excellence

* Time, Money and Resource Management

* Goal Setting

* Effective Communication & Presentation Skills

* Overcoming Fear

For more information you can contact Wale at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text50938 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kader Diop  (Senegal), Ali Kagoné (Burkina Faso) and Roger Yomba N. (Cote d’Ivoire)

Online Leadership Training

These three individuals recently submitted a joint project proposal to the International Organization of Francophonie for online training in leadership and local and community development for the youths under 30.

The  project intitled “Réseau Collaboratif pour la formation en Ligne en Afrique francophone “ (Collaborative Network for Online training in Francophone Africa) was submitted in June 3, 2009 as a result of a partnership between enda graf (Senegal),   IFLG (Cote d’Ivoire) and LEAD Burkina (Burkina Faso). It is supposed to start in September 09 for 12 months, if approved, and includes train the trainer sessions, the utilization of a new online training platform (ACOLAD), networking, experience sharing, and face-to-face meetings in Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso. Beneficiairies include the youths under 30 from all French speaking in Africa.

For more information, go to http://www.grafdiapol.org

What Our Students Are Reading

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen Covey

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Meet Our New Students

We are very pleased to welcome five new students during the month of June. They are from  DR  Congo, Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya.

Mudila Mbinga Felicien (DR Congo)

My name is MUDILA MBINGA FELICIEN, born on 08.05.1958 in DR Congo, married to Mrs Albertine Mulue and father of 7 children including 3 boys. Carrier of an university degree in Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Lubumbashi. I had other trainings in particular in French, project management from the HCR (Office of the High Commissionner for the Refugees), in management of catastrophes (erosions and landslides, floods, traffic accidents, epidemic and civil conflicts and displaced people) organized by the World Health Organization), OCHA, UNDP and the Government of Congo. I also received training in planning with human face organized by the HCR; in staff management, material and financial data by INTERNATIONAL PRIZE HOUSE. Then, I occupied various functions as teacher, coordinator of project and social coordinator chief of clinical psychology unit.

My principal goal is To help those who suffer to be able to assume responsibility for themselves and to becoming self-sustained or responsible for solving their problems by dialogs, ideas, councils, participation job creation, and their implication so that they discover their potentialities and to maintain the good relationships with their entourage.

I dream To take part in the reduction of conflicts throughout the world and to create projects to assist most vulnerable to deal with themselves for a sustainable development and finally that they improve their living conditions. I like the study trips to live and get involve/understand what divides and there to bring solutions on the one hand and on the other hand to exchange the experiments with others to make itself much more effective in the event of mediation of a given situation.

I want to continue to be informed and trained in the field of Sociology; Anthropology, Management, social Communication, in management, Policy, Psychology, environment. For films, I like to watch the documentaries on the war, the people in difficult situation in general, the conflicts in the world and especially how one finds solutions to his/her problems.

Makanga Stephen (Tanzania)

I am Ugandan aged 25 living in Tanzania. I come from a family of four brothers and two sisters. I am an accountant with a Bachelors degree from Makerere University. I am an ambitious person with a lot of passion and zeal for whatever I do. I always strive to be the best person I can be, I strive for excellence in everything I do. My hobbies are reading books, travelling, discussing about world issues and meeting new people.

In my childhood and secondary (high school) life I didn't think of myself as a leader, but when I joined campus I realized if you want to make a change in the world today you must be a leader. Today I dedicate everyday of my life to becoming a better leader. In my University I have engaged in voluntary work, I led projects on entrepreneurship and this helped a lot in developing my leadership skills. Having finished my education and heading for the future, I am looking for any opportunity that can provide a platform for me to impact society.

Among the books I have read so far, Unlimited Power by Anthony Robins is the best. Other books include Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey,  Gifted hands by Ben Carson,  Thinking Big by Ben Carson and  How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnege

Ijalana Olubunmi (Nigeria)

I was born into a family of three children where I am the first child. Academically, I couldn’t make the choice of my field earlier due to indecision. So I went for Sciences during my college years. Now I’m looking forward to obtaining my first degree in English Language because I’ve come to realize that therein lies my yearning for vision.  Right now I work with a corporate firm in the Administrative Office. Personally I appreciate creativity in art. I am a writer, poet, a teacher/counselor and a speaker. Also I am in the decorating business. I bake cakes and I have other businesses also. Though I don’t have an outlet yet but I operate from home and the name of the company is ‘More than Rubies’. By God’s grace, I am looking forward to becoming either a lecturer in English or an ace broadcaster. I like Brian Tracy’s quotes and also books authored by T.D Jakes. A movie that I watched and left an unspeakable impact on me was the Passion of Christ.

Vivian Muthoni Muciri (Kenya)

My name is Vivian Muthoni Muciri. I was born on November 20th, 1988. I come from a family of three and I am the first born in the family. I have been certified in Information Technology and really enjoy learning more about the world of computers and computer technology.

My parents are divorced and we were raised by our mother. Being brought up by my mom I learned to appreciate and value the particular challenges and strengths of women. My mum had to struggle to make ends meet and she never gave up on us but was always there promising us a better life ahead. What kept us going was her constant reminder that on the other side of every storm was a rainbow.

People tell me that I am a natural born  leader.  Perhaps.  It seems that I have always ended up in leadership positions, both at school and in church, since my early years.

I enjoy a variety of books from romance novels, to action, to inspirational and motivational reading.  I like documentary movies and traveling. I enjoy traveling because it gives you first hand experience of the place you are visiting. I have been privileged to visit most places in my country and to experience the diversity and uniqueness of each community. In addition to traveling I enjoy  writing, reading, taking

photographs and browsing.

My goal in life is to become a reliable citizen in my country by working to the best of my ability to improve my living standard and being able to touch someone elses life directly or indirectly. My dreams is to run a successful business that will offer employment to the people who are jobless, being able to work with an existing organisation or create my own organisation so that I maybe able to touch the millions who are suffering by giving them hope of a bright future and showing them you don’t have to be a multibillionaire to give something back to the community. My personal intrest is not to be rich and famous but to have a comfortable life where I have more than enough for myself and family and to be able to share the rest with someone close to me and may really need it coz I believe we are all brothers and sisters and when we all smile and have a full belly the world can change to be a paradise that we all wish for.

Muyiwa Olaolu Adetula (Nigeria)
My name is Muyiwa Olaolu Adetula. I am a Nigerian. I was born 25 years ago. I am a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria’s most prestigious university. I studied building. I currently run a security device installation company - Prototype Limited www.prototypeltd.com I am interested in building an African based global brand. I dream of a world devoid of racism, poverty and inequality of the chances available for success. I’m an avid reader. My favourite books are Built To Last by Jim Collins and Titan by Ron Chernow. My goal in life is to show my God given gifts in everything I do by pouring my heart into it. I’m presently in China on business. My favourite film is The Pursuit of Happiness by Will Smith.

I was the leader of my group during my Industrial Training year in the private sector. I was also the Chairman of the Corporate Integration Committee in my final year in the University. I also received the award of “who to do business with in 5 years” in the final get together party upon graduation. I am a technology buff and received an award in May 2009 from the International Information Technology Association. I am single, I am the first born in a family of two boys. I enjoy jazz and soul music. I like challenges because I’m sure I’ll get a solution. I’m committed to global excellence because people around the world believe Nigerians to be dubious people. I am an ambassador for my country. I like to seek opportunities and partnerships that can make them happen.

I am always seeking new and better ways to do things. I’m working towards building my own personal brand. My next phase is to provide renewable energy on a large scale to people in my country even though we are one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil. Green is the future. I seek a better world where an individual will not be judged by the colour of his skin, his tribe or nationality but by the good he has to offer the world. The world at present is where it is because some leaders have sacrificed their convenience to give to others what they thought were the ideals of a better world. Let’s try to keep an open mind. Let us be flexible when dealing with other human beings and most especially- let’s respect them, their point of view and their distinctiveness.

What Our Donors Are Saying

Pierre Wittmann / Thailand and France

Painter, author, therapist - www.wisdomlight.org

At my modest level, I have always felt a need to help creating a better world for tomorrow. As the world of tomorrow will be made of the children and young people of today, I have a predilection for helping organisations involved in schools and education projects. What I like about IIGL, is that it gives the opportunity for young people in developing countries to read books that are not available in their countries, and particularly books that are at the leading edge of new researches about leadership, technology, ecology, philosophy and other world changing topics. As I am myself a passionate reader – I think that what I am today is in a large part the result of all the books I have read – I am very happy to give this opportunity to young people who also have this passion, and help them to learn, to develop and to change themselves, in order to become, in their own domains and their own countries, the leaders who will be able to change the world of tomorrow.

Thanks!

We extend a special thanks to the following 27 individuals and/or organizations from five countries who contributed to IIGL during June. Their ongoing support makes this work possible.

Deb Silver (Israel)

Edmee DiPauli (UK)

Lale Eterm (Turkey)

Roger Yomba (Cote d’Ivorie)

Margie Tice (USA/NC)

Lily Ann (USA/NC)

Deb Rosen (USA/WI)

Ron Walker (USA/VA)

David Banner (USA/NC)

Corine Wilson (USA/FL)

Andras Nevai (USA/AZ)

Marsha Clark (USA/CA)

Dina Kushnir (USA/NY)

Janis Thayer (USA/NC)

Heidi Stewart (USA/NC)

John Hornecker (USA/CA)

Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)

Marsha Shearer (USA/FL)

Gregory Burazer (USA/NC)

Jesse Syverson (USA/WA)

Randa El Sharif (USA/WI)

Anneliese Weiss (USA/FL)

Julie Loosbrock (USA/WI)

Rommy Banaszczyk (USA/AZ)

Michael Lightweaver  (USA/NC)

Wanda Gail Campbell (USA/AL)

Janae & Barry Weinhold (USA/NC)

 

Make A Difference In The World!

You can make a lasting difference now by investing in the future of young heart-centered leaders throughout the world who will soon be making critical decisions that will determine the future of humanity and the planet. How? By becoming an active partner in this work with your financial contribution. We are supported by people like you; people who believe that it's more important to light a candle, however small, than to curse the darkness. We welcome contributions in any amount, however small, because this isn't just about money. It's also about energy and connection.

Checks on US banks, payable to the International Institute For Global Leadership, can be mailed to PO Box 18909, Asheville, NC. 28814. Contributions may also be made by credit card. Contributions are tax deductible under the 501(c)3 tax codes of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

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Student Progress

We had 20 students from 11 countries complete a total of 29 books in May. These students were from Cameroon, DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria,  Togo, USA, Venezuela., Zimbabwe

English Speaking Program

Rwamatwara Egide (Congo)

· Goal Mapping

Paa Kwesi Inkumsah (Ghana)

· Natural Capitalism

Vivian Muciri (Kenya)

· Jonathan Livingston Seagull

· As A Man Thinketh

Angie Gichimu (Kenya)

· PsychoCybernetics

Francis Abayomi (Nigeria)

· Leadership For Dummies

Joseph Philip Abue (Nigeria)

· Goal Mapping

Adetula Muyiwa Olaolu (Nigeria)

· Jonathan Livingston Seagull

· As A Man Thinketh

Ijalana Olubunmi (Nigeria)

· Jonathan Livingston Seagull

· As A Man Thinketh

Solomon O'chucks Nwokoro (Nigeria)

· Full Steam Ahead

· Confessions of An Economic Hit Man

· Developing The Leaders Around You

Olita Talent Nyathi (South Africa)

· Daughters of Abraham

Stephen Makanga (Tanzania)

· Jonathan Livingston Seagull

· As A Man Thinketh

Immaculate Vivien Bisanda (Uganda)

· Success Through Positive Mental Attitude

Rosette Mutesi (Uganda)

· The New Dynamics Of Winning

Spanish Speaking Program

Milagros Rodriguez (Venezuela)

· Real Magic

Maria Pernil  (Venezuela)

· Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Candelaria Brun (Venezuela)

· Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Graduates

The following students completed one level of study during June

Joseph Philip Abue (Nigeria)

Level Two

Paa Kwesi Inkumsah (Ghana)

Level Four

Statistical Report

New Enrollments

7        enrolled in June

49      enrolled in 2009

Book Assessments

24      in June

178    in 2009

Books Shipped

5        in June

182    in 2009

Cost of books

$110.58   in June

$3,296.46  in 2009


International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #90 * June 2009
www.global-leadership.com
Asheville, NC. USA

Guest Editorial

Attitude Is Everything!

By Noeline K Mulongo  (Uganda)

There is very little difference in people but that little difference makes a big difference. That difference is attitude.”It is the librarian of our past, the speaker of our present and the prophet of our future” John C Maxwell

I come from a very humble family background and grew up feeling like a second best citizen despite all the gifts and potential in me. I had always quaked at the slightest possibility of being put in the spot light. I have always enjoyed being in the shadows of others while taking a back seat. I often came across as a very shy and reserved person though I am an extrovert by nature. My environment and experiences had shaped me into an introvert.

For a long time I felt like a bird trapped in a cage. I continually dared to look beyond my horizons and the limitations of my attitudes. I dared to dream of the day I would be free to fly without any strings attached or boundaries preset for me. I was often discouraged and scorned for wasting time while day dreaming. I was told I did not have the ability to be what I was created to be, indeed a shame!

My search soon led me to the IIGL website and I quickly took up the opportunity. I read each book with keen interest and anticipation. The more I discovered the more I searched for more. I was continually being challenged to reach for more but still battled with the fear of stepping out just in case it did not work out well. After a couple of books, I gathered the courage and stepped out of the self-created cage where I had lived much of my life. I begun to exercise my wings and dared to look the future directly in the eye. I revived my dreams and began to fan them into living flames that fuel my passion and determination.

As a result, my life has taken a dramatic turn. The knowledge I have gained has been a stepping stone to where I am today; my attitude has drastically changed and I am a whole new person. I walk with my head high; I spread my wings and fly. There is no limit to what I can become. My horizons are far and wide, the sky is blue and promising. I am reaching for my high places and fulfilling my life mission.  Here is a poem I wrote which expresses how I now feel.

I am a star in the sky

Lighting up the world

Growing brighter by the day

Glowing stronger through the nights

I reach for my high places

There is no turning back

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. View future challenges as the sunrise of a bright new opportunity not the sunset. As the answers always lie in the question, so the opportunities of life lie directly in our problems yet our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective. Then and only then shall we see mole hills instead of mountains and turn our impossibilities into possibilities.

In The News

IIGL Student Wins New Laptop

In our February newsletter we reported that Felix Iziomoh, from Nigeria, was the first student to complete all seven levels of the IIGL studies.  This included reading and preparing assessments on 42 books and the personal assessments and goal setting of Level Three.  The IIGL study program, which is self-paced, took Felix three and a half years.  His accomplishment caught the attention of one of our contributors who decided to reward his effort with a brand new laptop computer, which Felix has just received. The contributor indicated that this was not only given as an acknowledgement of Felix’s effort but also as an empowerment tool that he could use in creating his own business and benefiting his community.  Our congratulations once again to Felix and our gratitude to the contributor who gave the laptop.

What Our Students Are Saying

Tendai Chakupa (Zimbabwe)

Problems are meant to enhance one’s capabilities. It is only when Gold is purified that people discover how they can variably use it in life. The most important thing is to have a positive mental attitude fighting the negative mental attitude even though the process may seem very difficult. Having PMA in times of trouble gives one a look beyond the problem through to success. There is poverty in my country, everything is just in disarray but this idea helps me look beyond the current situation and hope for a better self and a better world. That can be very possible when everyone employs PMA in their lives.

One can only be happy if they choose to be happy, it is the attitude that enables a child in a disease stricken home to be happy. I am a mother and a wife, so this has come really as an important point both to my family and to the whole world for it is what comes out of a home that makes a society and what comes out of a society can be termed its culture. Happy people usually have happy mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. It is really important for any family to choose to attract happiness through a positive mental attitude even if everything is negative. It is out of happy homes and or families that wars, greedy, corruption can be eliminated.

It is through PMA that people can create better selves and eventually a better world. There is no situation in life that when looked at with a positive mind end up disappointing even when one faces death, it is important to have a PMA for this life or for the life hereafter.

Students In Action

Mabadeje Abiodun (Nigeria)

more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / www.mabadejeabiodun.vze.com

Paa Kwesi Inkumsah (Ghana)

more Info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /  http://www.jci.cc/local/ghana

What Our Students Are Reading

How To Win Friends And Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to "the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people." He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person's point of view and "arousing in the other person an eager want." You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment.

Meet Our New Students

We are very pleased to welcome five new students during the month of May. They are from the Cameroon, Nigeria & Zimbabwe.

Ntobo Valentine Ekombo (Cameroon)

I am a dynamic young guy, who after high school graduation lost my parents. Since then i have got no opportunity to further studies to the University. I have tried much by going to the internet and search for distance education thinking it will be the right way to me to obtain a degree in the university because that was my goal. But things proved to be stubborn. Now that i have found an institute like this one will go a long way to update my knowledge on leadership and global issues.

I am a protestant and will like to see a world free of terrorism, respect for human rights and others. After going through all these torment in life i will not like to see this happen to others as i will like to educate the public on the fight against social ills. I like outdoors activities,  like reading literature novel - Jean Eyre and christian books like to the fall of man. I have attended workshops here on Human Rights with civil society organisations. I am single and the fifth in the family. I had much like to peace studies and conflict resolution in the university but now i believe with the skills i will better placed

Dozie Allen Nwankodu (Nigeria)

My name is Mr. Dozie Allen Nwankodo. I am a twin. The name of my parents are Chief and Chief (Mrs.) Donatus M. Nwankodo Onyeuba, from Mbutu Ngwa in Isiala-Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State, South-East, Nigeria. I hold Bachelor's degree in Mechanical / Production Engineering from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Having completed my one year compulsory National Youth Service Corps, I started my working career as a Business Development Manager at Tosman Computers - an IT-based company located in Lagos, Nigeria. Thereafter, I resigned and established Cyclic Systems Technology.

The urge to impart knowledge and with the passion for teaching led me to combine business and teaching, which crystslised in my free lecturing programme for youths in science-based courses who wish to pursue their career to the university level. Also, my desire to continuously bringing out the best in people prompted me to start attending various leadership and self development seminars, culminating in my establishment of Docxons Communications - an organisation which specialises in the education of the 21st century leaders on self realisation and nation building, as well as celebration of lives and achievements of people, especially Africans, who in no mean feat have contributed in the extension of the frontiers of leadership and development of the continent. This vision precipated the publication of my first book and first of its kind, 'Incredible Leaders', in 2007 - a compendium that not only serve as a watchdog, but also celebrates and promotes good democratic governance and outstanding leadership through summerisation and giving of information on the strategic of the most competent, transparent, and visionary public office holders in Nigeria, baased on indibutable merit, at the end of every four-year of democratic dispensation.

As one whose major dreams and aspiration have always be to creatively and strategically champion Africa's leadership and development ascent, a new vision, African Leadership Renaissance (ALR) was given birth to in 2007. The aim of the organisation is to identify the continent's leadership and development weaknesses and strenght, using different approaches that could be leveraged on for smooth and rapid development of the people and the continent. Since its existence, the organisation has contributed meaningfully in some strategic government decisions, especially in Nigeria.

Having in mind that the future of any society greatly lies on the youths who constitute a larger percentage of human population, the NewMindsets, an organisation tailored to bring out the best of innate talents in youths through motivational talk-shows and tevevision programmes was established by me in 2008. The organisation is also involved i social work like visiting and education of children in destitute homes, as well as prison inmates in Nigeria. Through the same vision, some social miscreants in Nigeria, especially Abia State have been reintegrated back into the society, while the organisation has equally assisted most of them on skill aquisition training for self reliance.

I enjoy reading motivational books, autobiographies, biographies, and watching inspirational and discovery movies.

Although I have not tavelled outside my country, I am making plans to travelled to at least three countries in sub-saharan Africa before the end of the year, 2009.

Oluwaeyifunmi Adebisi (Nigeria)

I am a 22 years old young lady, a Nigerian from the Western Region. I have a B. Sc degree in Political Science. Studying political Science has been one of the most interesting and challenging goals in my life. There was threat of not excelling so I had to work against the tides to ensure I excel.

I have four passions in life.

GOD: My life is centered on God, he is the Supreme Being and makes all things on earth possibly even in the lives of man. I believe he created me for a purpose and the best I can do is work on that purpose.

MYSELF: Am passionate about myself. I want to make the best of me. I want to ensure I achieve my goals and make impact, while living on purpose. At my graveside, I want this to be inscribed- LIVED ON PURPOSE AND MADE IMPACT.

NIGERIA: I believe in the future of this nation even if it seems the nation is in a mess now. I see the nation as the acorn seed that has the oak tree in it. It needs nourishment from us all to nurture it to grow. My passion for Nigeria made me start up a project BETTER INDIVIDUALS FOR A BETTER SOCIETY (BIBS). Its main thrust is personal development and anti corruption in young people in the secondary schools.

Lastly, am passionate about Junior Chamber International (JCI) It is a voluntary organization, a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneur. The summary of its objective is for world peace and making positive impact. It helps create a sense of social responsibility in young people.

I want to be a management consultant with specialty in business growth and development, six sigma and NLP for personal and organizational effectiveness. Presently, am a Trainer with special focus on personal development, leadership, entrepreneurship and nation building and am assisting a friend in managing a consulting firm.

My goals in life is that I will be able to help people draw out greatness from within themselves, find and actualize purpose. I will like to own a management consulting firm with global clientage while providing quality business solutions to them for business growth.

Travels: I will like to travel around the world on business. But for pleasure I will like to go to Disneyland and the Caribbean Islands

Favorite books & movies: I don’t have a favorite book because all I have read have impacted me so much. But I like The world is Flat by Friedman Thomas. I was an eye opener to the global world. Favorite authors are John Maxwell and Stephen Covey, am reading the 8th Habit now. I am taking special studies on business growth for my career

Chinonso F. Ubani-Ukoma (Nigeria)

I could spend the whole day writing about myself, but I will manage to say as much. I started my High school as a science student, then joined Andrews University for Bachelors in Religious Studies as Major and Biology as Minor, then thereafter I joined the Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus for my Masters in International Relations- I would say that it was in EMU that I had real opportunity to express my interest in Humanitarian works and my reservations about the situations in third world countries. Prior to this time, I had always been dismayed about the level of poverty that exist in my State, as well as the kind of government we had and still partially have (Military-rule era and today’s democratic era). I always thought particularly on the issue of poverty that there is no reason why an average man would not be able to afford at least two square meals a day - this thought challenged me to get more involved in activities that could help elevate as many as possible from this poor state, so I started joining youth organizations in my church like AYM who in their little ways found a means to support the less privileged and poor in the society. My dream then and still, is to be in a position where I could speak for the poor as well as support them, join humanitarian works, contribute in conflict resolutions, and speak out against bad governance. This led me as one of the steps to achieving these goals, to choose to study International Relations. It was during this course that I had the privilege to learn more about different states and systems of government, how they fare, poverty issues, conflict resolution and so on. Then I got the privilege to participate in the Institute for Humane Studies Summer seminars (Poverty and prosperity, Liberty and Sustainability respectively) - this association more or less opened the doors to achieving my goals because I met like minded people and today we have come to organize ourselves into groups that work for the people in our little ways like Africa Unite. I also wrote on the Cyprus conflict in one of my MA articles which was read by some of the members of the conflict resolution team on Cyprus conflict. I love reading, writing and discussing. I am happily married with a daughter. My goal in life is to impact on people, help the less privileged and support initiatives on the Developing Africa.

Joseph Ngonidzashe Zvoushoma (Zimbabwe)

I am a 21 year old vibrant young man, I did both my primary and high school education in Harare. During my early days of high school I always wanted to be a Chartered Accountant, this was as a result of my father who was in the accounting field and I was always a good accounting student during that time, however later on in 2006 there was a change of fate when I enrolled for my undergraduate, I switched from Accounting to Business Studies majoring in Finance & Banking. As far as I can remember I never used to be a sporting person, only that I liked watching tennis matches only until have i started playing squash and table tennis.

In 2008, I was one of the 10 students from the University of Zimbabwe (a University of +10,000 students) who attended a Transparency Leadership Seminar that was hosted by Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) an affiliate of Transparency International, and awarded certificates of the transparent leaders of tomorrow. My dream is to become a leader in Africa’s Financial Solutions and would want to see an African renaissance in my generation. My dream aims at impacting not only Africa but the whole world, i believe in empires that run from generation to generation. My aim is to become a Chartered Financial Analyst by the age of 27, and do an Msc in Finance and Investments before the age of 30. I have networked with people in Tunisia, South Africa, United Kingdom and Botswana in preparation of being a Global Financial Leader.

I have read quite a number of books as Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, Purpose Driven life by Rick Warren and my favorite ever The Runaway Jury by John Grisham. Currently I am studying an Honors Degree in Finance and Banking with the University of Zimbabwe and will be graduating in the year 2010. I am currently on vacation and working as an attaché student with a local bank. My short-term goal is to get into Investment Banking just after graduating and amass as much as possible experience before I get to the age of 30, later on I would want to engage in Financial Consultancy, where I would be involved in managing projects and consulting in areas of investments. On a broader perspective I would want to start a non-profit organization responsible for engaging in Global Poverty Reduction and Alleviation specifically targeting the widows, the aged and children through financial empowerment and impacting them with the most needed knowledge and wisdom. To sum it all, I always give thanks to my parents and my little brother who have been with me always in good and trying times, giving me spiritual and physical support. I am a firm believer in a world that will ultimately unite for the betterment of every individual, I have faith in the leaders of the coming generation, a generation that will produce honest and responsible leaders a generation of leaders I will be part of. “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves”- Ray Kroc

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We extend a special thanks to the following 29 individuals and/or organizations from eight countries who contributed to IIGL during April. Their ongoing support makes this work possible.

Deb Silver (Israel)

Edmee DiPauli (UK)

Julian Murphy (UK)

Lale Eterm (Turkey)

Roger Yomba (Cote d’Ivorie)

Elisabeth Tepper (Venezuela)

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Deb Rosen (USA/WI)

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Marsha Clark (USA/CA)

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Student Progress

We had 20 students from 11 countries complete a total of 29 books in May. These students were from Cameroon, DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria,  Togo, USA, Venezuela., Zimbabwe

English Speaking Program

Valentine Ekombo Ntobo (Cameroon)

* Jonathan Livingston Seagul

* As A Man Thinketh

Sammy Jacobs Abbey (Ghana)

* Nine Steps To Financial Freedom

* Conversations With God

Erick Omari (Kenya)

* How To Win Friends & Influence People

Paul Adedayo  (Nigeria)

* Leadership For Dummies

Mabadeje Abiodun (Nigeria)

* Unlimited Power

* Power Of Intention

Dozie Allen Nwankodu (Nigeria)

* Jonathan Livingston Seagul

* As A Man Thinketh

Sunday Abidemi Obarinu (Nigeria)

* The Winning Attitude

Oluwaeyifunmi Adebisi (Nigeria)

* Jonathan Livingston Seagul

* As A Man Thinketh

Chinonso F. Ubani-Ukoma (Nigeria)

* Jonathan Livingston Seagul

* As A Man Thinketh

Davui Kosi Sepenou (Togo)

* The Leadership Challenge

Lisa Kiebzak (USA)

* Goal Setting 101

Joseph Ngonidzashe Zvoushoma (Zimbabwe)

* Jonathan Livingston Seagul

* As A Man Thinketh

Spanish Speaking Program

Flor Marina Solorzano (Venezuela)

* Unconditional Life

Flor Marina Solorzano (Venezuela)

* As a Man Thinketh…

Josefa Vera (Venezuela)

* As a Man Thinketh…

French Speaking Program

Freddy Mudila (DR Congo)
* Jonathan Livingstone le Goéland

Patricia Koffi B. (Cote d’Ivoire)

· Les Dix Secrets du Succès et de la Paix Intérieure

· Plus de Charisme dans votre vie

François Nanou (Cote d’Ivoire)

* Le Pouvoir de l’Intention

Moussa Mounkeila (Niger)

*La Psychologie de la créativité

Emmanuel Kayembe (DR Congo)
* Leadership 101

* Attitude d’un gagnant

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Statistical Report

New Enrollments

7          enrolled in May

42        enrolled in 2009

Book Assessments

27        in May

154      in 2009

Books Shipped

66        in May

177      in 2009

Cost of books

$1284.88   in May

$3,185.88  in 2009

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