Newsletter – Issue #154* October 2014

International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #154* October 2014
Asheville, NC. USA


Guest Editorial

Giant Steps

By: Nurelegn Zelalem (Ethiopia)

I think my life started going on the right path from when I joined IIGL. The books are a real friend of mine and I asked if miracles can happen. When I finished each book I am shown one miracle. Let me tell you what did happen after I finished Giant Steps, it may motivate others. The following two miracles happened in unexpected ways.

For some years I was separated my deepest relations with my beloved family. Always when I want to plan to do something there is a chain that lags me from doing that. But when I read Giant Steps I found two topics the first one is “Dreams of Destiny” and the second “How you get what you really want.” I realize what makes me happy and what gives me pleasure in doing that. I plan if I do this my future in life will have love and taking care of family. So the first thing I did is called for family like for my father, elder sisters and to my small sister and brother. I started to feel intimate with them and started to feel my family time when I was kid. And the next time I started to transfer some cash for my father based on the topic mentioned; “Guidelines for goal setting” and then I start to practice more. Now I am in good relations with my family within this very short period of time.

The second miracle appeared is the thing which takes me to the next level of life. For a long time I was single. But I love children and I spend time with them. But I can’t get my soul mate and I feel it always and ask why? I am a good person, I have enough income to live in a marriage; I have good relations with girls but why it doesn’t happen for me? This is what I always ask myself. As I read Giant Steps I found one topic “Your Personal Compass” within this topic that says “once you have identified your values, you can delve further to uncover a hierarchy in to which they fit” and there are a list of emotional states and rank them. The moment I finished ranking and I found love is in the highest rank then I go back and try to remind “the ultimate success formula.”

By the next day I was planning to talk to the girl that I met three months before in our office trainings. Since that training she was in my mind but I never talked to her. It is through her confident participation that I was first impressed by her. In my mind there is one plan I had in the beginning of 2014, so I ask one question, if I have such a plan I must be in a relation if I am not in a relation I must create it, if I get a girl that impresses me to some extent and it ran through my mind “would I ask her out?” Then when I finished the book I started chatting with her. In a miraculous way after a four day chatting conversation on social media I asked her to a spend simple dinner together and she accepted. I drew one positive thought I say to myself “how is she attracted by me?” By the next day we had dinner talking about our personality and about some of our past times. We spent time together and continue like this and now two weeks have passed. We are in a good love mood as a couple and we each feel happy.

What I want to say about the IIGL program and about the book is: when we read there are points which impressed us so let’s practice that idea. Reading by itself doesn’t bring change it is the conversation to real life which brings change. When we read do not hesitate saying it is a simple idea rather feel proud. I hope all who are involved through IIGL will achieve a great success if we practice the principles in accordance with our real life.

What Our Students Are Saying

Oyewumi Olaoluwa Samuel (Nigeria)

What Have You Learned?

I have learned enormously at my study on Global Leadership, at the International Institute For Global Leadership (IIGL). IIGL is known as internet-based education program, which provides a curriculum in consciousness designed to prepare students to become personally empowered, consciously aware, high-integrity, and heart-centered leaders in their communities and in the world at large. This program is targeted at helping people of varied race, culture and background to discover their destiny and purpose in life, in order for them to be committed to changing the world in a positive manner. Whereby, students are empowered and developed to first discover the true identity of who they are. And having discovered who they are, they should allow this consciousness of their ‘self discovery’ to help them maximize their God-given potentials, in order to attain their desired position of greatness in life.

Sequel to the information and the lessons that I’ve received through the life changing, educational opportunity presented by the IIGL founders. Though, the program is known as a tuition free, internet-based education program. But I regard it as been given a scholarship offer in order to become a degree (BSc) holder in an International University, located at Asheville, in USA.

Thereby, arranging in sequence the lessons and vital information that I have gotten so far, since I enrolled as IIGL student in the year 2011 up-till date, which are:

I have learned how to attain perfection and freedom, through the study of the book “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull.” In the study which I’ve been educated on living beyond one’s limit and the limit set for the human race, and thus locating a new level of performance and excellence which positive thinking and right usage of the human mind can make possible. Knowing that, when one can believe with strong conviction that he can become or achieve something. The door to that experience opens automatically; this experience is known as what will reveal one’s real-self to him, which is also known as “Know Thyself” IIGL slogan. Being made to realize that, a state of perfection is attainable to human beings. In which I could state perfection as the ability to minimize one’s mistake and working on one’s skills, attitude and character, in order to be able to perform better in the assignments of life. While being able to see oneself experiencing freedom first in his or her human mind, which experience will actually lead to experiencing freedom in the physical world; Thereby living a meaningful life of positive impact on oneself first, and on other people as well.

By reading, “As a Man Thinketh,” I was made to realize that every human being is actually a product of their thought(s). And as a result of this lesson and information, I’ve given more attention to my thought-pattern than ever before now. Human beings are designed by the thoughts he or she harbors in his or her heart, because the human faculty has higher tendencies to get inclined towards the direction of his thought, while his or her life-experiences will follow suit. As designed by the deity, human beings cannot live better than his thought-pattern.

What Our Students Are Reading

The God Code

By: Gregg Braden ($11.45)

A coded message has been found within the molecules of life, deep within the DNA in each cell of our bodies. In this book what we once believed of our past is about to change. Through a remarkable discovery linking Biblical alphabets to our genetic code, the ‘language of life’ may now be read as the ancient letters of a timeless message. This message is the same in each cell of every man, woman, and child, past and present. During his extensive 12-year study of the most sacred and honored traditions of humankind he has discovered tangible and unprecedented evidence that we are all part of a greater existence. Are you overworked and overstressed? Are you doing your best but finding professional success and personal fulfillment frustratingly difficult to attain?

Students In Action

IIGL Treasurer Earns Master’s Degree

IIGL National Coordinator, Board Treasurer and Graduate, Charles Kabera (Rwanda) reported that he has earned his Master’s Degree in International Economic and Business Law from the name is Kigali Independent University. You can visit it’s website at”> He also is the Head of the Enforcement Division for the Rwanda Revenue Authority. Congratulations Charles on your new degree!

Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation

Imagination Foundation
A Vision for Kids and Communities in the 21st Century
We imagine a world where creativity and entrepreneurship are core social values nurtured in schools, homes and communities everywhere, where all children are taught to be creative thinkers and doers, and encouraged to make their very best ideas happen.

The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.
We were born out of the overwhelming global success of the short film, “Caine’s Arcade.” The film launched a movement to celebrate the natural creative talents of every child, and the Imagination Foundation was created to grow and sustain this movement.


An Important Message from the IIGL Board of Directors

Thank you so much for the positive support that IIGL receives from you on an ongoing basis. We are in serious need of additional support from you now.

In the past few years, our budget has decreased considerably as donations have diminished. Since its beginning in 2002, the highest annual budget was about $80,000. In 2014, the total budget was $52,000. We are serving more students with less funding, so this has become a crucial issue. The impact that IIGL has had around the world speaks for itself, but it must also speak to the funding we so desperately need.

One of the principles we teach is the importance of setting intentions and goals. The IIGL Board has set a goal of increasing the number of individual donors we have by the end of 2014. This is necessary to keep our non-profit tax status, as well as to increase our funds. In 2013, we had 40 individual contributors but, in 2014, only 25 people have contributed so far. Our goal is to have 80 individual contributors before the end of this year.

We respectfully ask that you give back to IIGL by helping us reach our goal. Ask one or two friends or family members to make a contribution of any size to IIGL by December 31, 2014. Most of our individual donations range from $11 – $220. Every little bit makes a difference in so many ways! For example, sending one book to Africa via costs $22 including shipping.

Donations can be made by credit or debit card via  (click DONATE to reach the webpage) on our website: Checks (from US banks only) made out to IIGL can be mailed to:

Deb Rosen/IIGL

11537 N. Lake Shore Drive

Mequon, WI 53092, USA

You can refer potential contributors to the”>IIGL website for additional information and for testimonials from those whom we serve.

For those of you who do contribute monthly, THANK YOU! We need to continually receive your donations as well. If you have any questions, please contact Deb directly at”>

Meet Our New Students

We are pleased to welcome 3 new active students this month. They are from Ghana and Nigeria.

Nana Adjoa Sifa Amponsah Sifa (Ghana)

It was a Monday morning when Mr Adams, our class six teacher entered, we all stood to respond to his greeting as was the culture. Lessons began as usual. “A doctor, Engineer, lawyer were the chorus answers to his question, What is your dream job? As he walked towards me, he asked what about you Nana? An air hostess. Air hostess? He reiterated. Did I even know the job of an air hostess? No, I had only seen a picture of an air hostess in a book my grandfather bought for me and I felt I wanted to be like her because she was fashionable and classy.

As a child who didn’t get the opportunities my friends in the cities had, I made up my mind not to let the next generation be victims of circumstances, so I decided to come up with an initiative called the ‘pupils world’ with the aim of bridging the wide gap between rural and urban education which is currently running successfully with the help of my able team under my umbrella organisation DIF. Due to this project, I travel to many villages and this has helped me to know the basic need of human, food which is mostly produced from the farm. But the question is how do we provide this need when we all want white collar jobs.

One afternoon, I stood and watched foodstuffs being off loaded from a Kumasi (city)van in Nerebehi village where we went to do feasibility study on my project. The answer to my “why” brought childhood memories where most of my mates and I wanted nothing to do with the plagues of farming.

On our way back to Accra at about 11 pm, we witnessed a scene which was reported in the following morning’s newspapers. Apparently the young women we saw that night were arrested for transacting illegal business (Prostitution).To my amazement four of them were university graduates. Immediately I realised education alone could not do the trick as I linked it to the answer I got from the village “the youth especially the young women don’t want to farm so they go to Kumasi to make a living.”

Of course! man must survive but the how for me is the most important, so I decided to tackle the “how.”

In my search to acquire knowledge and skills to make generational impact, I came into contact with Kanthari, an organisation that provides incubator and springboard for social visionaries to transform concepts and conventions. During one of the sessions called concept transformation, I realised I could do more to bring social change in Ghana. With Ghandi’s quote in mind, I decided to be the change I want to see in the world by firstly, changing myself. I have farming experience through Saigramam and hope to get more experience through “Lend a Hand” and on Kanthari farms.

A Ghana where the young woman embraces farming as a means to sustainable livelihood is my dream.

Travelling, reading and cooking are my hobbies. I am always happy when people look at me and say, “because of you, Nana, I didn’t give up.”

Agboola Oluwatosin Janet (Nigeria)

My name is Agboola Oluwatosin Janet.I was born on 17th May 1988 into the family of Mr.& Mrs. Agboola. A native of ARA in Osun State, Egbedore Local Government. Nigeria. I am from the family of 6, three boys and three girls. In which I came out to be the first daughter.

I obtained my West African Examination Certificate in the year 2004 June at Rukpokwu International College, Port-Harcourt.Rivers State. I proceeded further to Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka Yaba Lagos in the year 2008 August; where I obtained Nigerian Certificate in Education. In the year 2013, I obtained Bsc(Ed) in Accounting from the University of Uyo.Akwa Ibom.Nigeria.

My personal interests are I love engaging on anything involving psychomotor domain, intellectual skills activities, investing in people through knowledge sharing.

My future dream is to become a University lecturer with a difference, impacting knowledge and ideas in people positively.

I long to see myself becoming a global motivational speaker in fulfillment of my life career.

I also love to own Fashion/Garment Making factory. Due to the full passion I have for this, I have acquired reasonable knowledge on garment making/fashion designing but I am still hoping to travel to Bangladesh to learn more on Fashion Designing. Through this my dream of becoming a successful businesswoman will come through.

I aspire to attain high level of self-confidence in all aspect of life and as well as fulfilling my purpose of existence.

Travelling is part of education whereby people are learned and informed about their world. I enjoy travelling not just for fun aspect of it alone but for learning and exposure. I love meeting people who are goal oriented and success minded.

I love reading motivational books and scriptural books for spiritual growth and developments. Some of the books I have read are “The Confident Woman,” “Power of Praying Mother,” “Become A Better You By Pastor Joel Osteen.” “The Battlefield Of The Mind” By Joyce Meyer.

I have also participated in few leadership conferences where I learnt basically on goal setting and its achievement. National Youth Conference tagged Understanding Your Purpose in Ekiti State (2013)During my school days I held the post of Social Directress for University Accounting Education Association 2011/2012(NUAESA).Also I was the General Secretary for Student Union Government in the University of Uyo 2013,academic directress for the Joint Christian Campus Fellowship 2007/2008 in Federal College of Education Akoka.All these wealth of experience in the leadership has really gave me some level of exposure on the qualities a leader need to possess.

Agbara Paschal (Nigeria)

I’m a young, energetic and vibrant being. My life’s vision is to help birth changed minds, and a changed people that are conscious of changing and bettering their environment/world because no nation or continent will thrive without people with the right mindsets. It’s always a great thing of joy for me when I do things that birth solutions that play catalyst roles in achieving an ameliorating world. I believe in doing than talking. I believe in solutions and not plenty emphasis on what is wrong without moving forward – solutions!

I’m a groomed Statistician (The Federal University of Technology, Akure), Alumnus, L.E.A.D Academy/Thomas Wilson Foundation (Nigeria), Alumnus, LEAP Africa (Nigeria), Alumnus, IHAV Foundation (Ghana, GEMSTONE Ambassador amongst others. All these organizations have contributed immensely to my formative years in the strive for excellence and knowledge. I believe in the fact that my skills have to be continuously honed as a strive for perfection. Getting better is a continuous and a life-long process.

I’m an esurient reader and my choice of books vary between autobiographies, Politics, History and religious books. As for movies, I scarcely do but when I’m triggered to, I always settle for those that brings out the genius in me. I love books, prodding minds, travelling, meeting people et al. Some of the books I’ve mugged up includes; Rage for Change by the LEAP Africa team, Power, Politics and Death by Olusegun Adeniyi, A long way gone by Ishmael Beah, A long walk to freedom by Late Nelson Mandela, A reason to believe by Patrick Deval, There was a country by Chinua Achebe, Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie, Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson, Accidental Public Servant by Mallam Nasri El-Rufai, I think, therefore I play by Andrea Pirlo, The last 100 days of Abacha by Olusegun Adeniyi, The last Pope and the list continues. Few of the movies I have watched that stirred a thing within me includes; A long walk to freedom, Every child is special, The men that built America[Documentary], Three Idiots, Blood and oil Part et al.

Through my wealth of experience, I’ve gotten invites to train teens/youths. I also played a role as one of the organizers of ‘Polished Pillars’ in Akure, Nigeria. At 19, I was saddled with the responsibility of leading an organization that comprised mainly of people above 28years in my church for a year. Finally, I also engage young ones via the one-on-one approach. The responsibility wasn’t without its own challenges but I was able to surmount the pressures that arose thanks to elderly guidance. As time phased out, I got more strengthened to shoulder the cross.

I belong to a family of nine (parents inclusive) and I happen to be the last child and also the last of the male folks. I hail from the Eastern part of Nigeria that are predominantly Christians. I have travelled a few states in Nigeria and out of the country [Ghana] recently. One of my big Nigerian dreams is to celebrate my 34th birthday (2024) as the Governor of Abia State, Nigeria.

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Visionary Leadership

Student Progress

We had 15 students from 7 countries complete a total of 21 books in September. These students were from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Toga, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Ziyad Rube Abdule (Ethiopia)

* Emotional Intelligence

Moses Baffour Awuah (Ghana)

* Keys to Success

Dennis Korbla Amego Penu (Ghana)

* Conflict Analysis

* Difficult Conversations

* Interventions: A Life in War and Peace

* The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations

Nana Adjoa Sifa Amponsah Sifa (Ghana)

* As A Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Ann Perez Omenye (Kenya)

* Real Magic

Mary Oghomena Ayideji (Nigeria)

* Keys to Success

Ogbaka Iji Friday (Nigeria)

* How to Win Friends and Influence People

Osayi Ujunwa Lynda (Nigeria)

* Conscious Evolution

Agboola Janet Oluwatosin (Nigeria)

* As A Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Agbara Paschal (Nigeria)

* As A Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Paul Nwakuma Young (Nigeria)

* Leadership for Dummies

Koffi Anani Nyakpo (Togo)

* Real Magic

Juliette Engole (Uganda)

* Keys to Success

Harriet Opondo (Uganda)

* How to Raise an Indigo Child

Busani Sibindi (Zimbabwe)

* The Autobiography of Martin Luther King


Ziyad Rube Abdule (Ethiopia) completed Level Four

Ann Perez Omenye (Kenya) completed Level One

Paul Nwakuma Young (Nigeria) completed Level Two


New Enrollments

7 in September

38 enrolled in 2014

Book Assessments

21 in September

165 in 2014

Books Shipped

7 in September

91 in 2014

Cost of books

$155.61 in September

$1,843.45 in 2014

You Make It Possible

We extend a special thanks to the following individuals and/or organizations who contributed to IIGL last month. Your ongoing support makes this work possible.

The Nathan and Lily Silver Family Foundation (Canada)

Deb Silver (Israel)

Wanda Gail Campbell (USA/AL)

DM Tilley (USA/AL)

Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)

Corine Wilson (USA/FL)

Lily Ann (USA/GA)

Margie Tice (USA/HI)

Naomi Stauber (USA/ME)

John Hornecker (USA/NC)

Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)

Janis Thayer (USA/NC)

Janae & Barry Weinhold (USA/NC)

David Banner (USA/WI)

Deb Rosen (USA/WI)

Make A Difference

Dream Team 22

In January 2009 we launched a new idea which blends two previous endeavors: The Master Mind Group and the 22 Experiment. We are calling this Dream Team 22 and our goal is to have 220 people contributing $22 per month. We understand that money is energy and that to sustain and build IIGL we need a lot of people pouring their energy into this endeavor on a regular basis. We also know that not everyone can afford to commit $22 a month – especially our students, who live in countries with economies in which this amount can be equal to a weeks’ salary. So we are offering two options for those who wish to become a part of the Dream Team. One can commit to a $22 a month contribution or to spending 22 seconds each day holding the vision of IIGL becoming financially sustainable by the end of 2009.

Will you join the Dream Team and help us create an energetic foundation to support the transformational work of IIGL? You can really make a difference in the world by making a modest contribution of time or money. To make the $22 a month commitment or a one time donation, click the link below. To become a member of the Dream Team 22 by committing 22 second a day to help us hold the vision, contact Deb for details:

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