Newsletter – Issue #161* May 2015

International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #161* May 2015
Asheville, NC. USA


Guest Editorial


Iziomoh Emmanuel (Nigeria)

Illusion is a deformation of sense, edified by proposed-messages/images or other forms of sensory nourishment. It occurs in all parts of human senses and deforms our reality because they are shared, interpreted and accepted by people. In truth, life is neither fair nor unfair but a reflection of who we are inside and our reality is largely dependent on that inner state.

All around us are many types of hidden matter, energy, forces and dimensions in action but it takes conscious effort and ability especially through meditation to feel them. Injustice within oneself is a threat to justice and liberation, as it is, the enigma called human being is nothing but a complete burst of energy without the soul. Africans (the black race); even though we have all the physical attributes of Homo-sapiens, we haven’t fully evolved as complete humans because our minds are still in it’s primitive form calibrating below 200 and at a wave-length far below zero. We are always afraid to seek the TRUTH, fail to acknowledge fear, thereby not conquering it and be deceived by forms of alteration.

Thus, the time has come for us to stop being passive and take control of our own thoughts, ideas and actions because nothing can be as powerful unless it is controlled by the self. At first, it could be difficult to choose between compliance of the status quo-ante and accommodating one’s consciousness especially with the presence of family members and friends, whose reality are sum total of their illusion as in the story of Jon Pedley, a British millionaire who gave it all away and moved to a hut in Uganda to start a charity or Yevgeny Pushenko, who handed his friends the keys to his factory to becoming a monk and do pilgrimage in Jerusalem. Many of such people are labeled as been removed from reality but they have separated their minds from the physical reality surrounding us, witnessed alternative dimensions and practical experiences.

We are made in the image and likeness of God and that gives us the authority and makes us the light of the world. We should not feel insecure in our man made laws and beliefs. “Seek ye shall find” “knock and the doors will be opened.” Silver and gold have I not but such as I have I give unto you- An ocean of diamond cannot be quantified as the air we breathe in.

What Our Students Are Saying

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It is time for me to say thank you. I owe you a great big all-encompassing thank-you for all that I have been able to become in my own life. I look back from 2005 (when I became a student of IIGL) till now with a deep sense of appreciation and awe at all that IIGL (which has been made possible with your support) has enabled me to become – who am I, why I am here and what this place (earth) is all about. IIGL transformed my mindset about what life and living is all about.

I want you to know how grateful I am to you for helping me to be able to enjoy life. IIGL made me become a positive person, even in the face of difficult times and helped me to look at the positive side. I remember the first two books I read when I became IIGL student in 2005. I read the 2 introductory books in one day! “As A Man Thinketh” brought out the positive person in me and made me understand I was my own limitation. In the book “Jonathan Livingston,” most of the gulls believed that the purpose for flying is to put food in their stomach. I used to think this way, too! I used to have this mentality that the purpose of life was to acquire formal education, get a job, make money, marry, make babies, live a life of acquiring and die some day! Just as Seagull broke his fear to fly higher and lived a meaningful life, IIGL taught me how to break my fear too. I am happy I now live a purpose-driven life!

Levels One and Two studies of the IIGL really empowered me. They provided me with ideas, tools and techniques for personal and professional success. After these levels, through my prayers and meditation as guided by the books I read, I discovered what my life purpose was. I have not deviated from that path till now. Level Three is all about goals, goal setting and self-assessment. There are no books to read; only writing assignments. In this Level, I wrote down everything I would like to do with my life. Interestingly, I have achieved some of the goals, plans, dreams and visions I wrote and presently on the path of life that I chose. Levels Four to Seven also helped to strengthen (with new tools, ideas and techniques) my faith, knowledge, goals, and vision.

After graduating from University in 2007, with a vision and dream in my mind, I returned to my town, Akure, a low-income community in Southwest Nigeria. It was a huge shock for my parents, relatives and friends to see me returning home. They all expected me to remain in the city and get a good job. Thinking of the investment they had in me, my parents felt disappointed when I informed them I wanted to do something different with my life by empowering unemployed young people. After some time I agreed with my parents and went back to the city where I got a job. However, the dream of doing something different was still in my mind and therefore my dream was very much alive. Finally, I quit the job and went back to Akure.

“Where and how could I start?” I kept asking myself. I was jobless and wanted to do something that would give jobs to unemployed young people in my town and I wanted to have a meaningful occupation myself. I tried several things that failed. In late 2008 I had an idea to start a farm where we would cultivate and sell farm products. I shared my idea with the unemployed young people in my church and 5 of them showed interest and also invited 9 of their friends. A parent, who was interested in our idea, lent 7 plots of farmland to us free of cost. We named the farm “Youth Farm Project”and 15 of us began to cultivate the land by planting maize. In the process, I realized that there is a relationship between a farming process and entrepreneurship..

This small project I started in 2008 has grown bigger today and it is now called Springboard! In 2014/2015, with support from people and organizations within and outside Nigeria, we built our own training centre and plantain chips factory. The project now has over 100 beneficiaries. To add, I have travelled to several countries of the world all because of the vision and dreams IIGL helped to birth in me! I even met with the President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama!

What Our Students Are Reading

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin By: Benjamin Franklin ($6.99)

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin’s death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of an autobiography ever written. Franklin’s account of his life is divided into four parts, reflecting the different periods at which he wrote them. There are actual breaks in the narrative between the first three parts, but Part Three’s narrative continues into Part Four without an authorial break.

Students In Action

International Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria (ICLD) receives government CSR Award

The International Centre for Leadership Development (ICLD) attended a breakfast meeting organized by his Excellency received an Governor of Lagos Stateaward from the Lagos State Hononorable Babatunde Fashola Government through the Ministry on March 15, 2015 in recognition of Education, “Support Our Supporting High Schools in Schools Initiative.” The event in Lagos State brings together thousands of implementations. The award was received by the Director of Organizations and Corporate Nigeria (ICLD), Felix Iziomoh (Incoming IIGL President, Graduate and Nigerian National Coordinator). Congratulations to Felix and the ICLD Team!

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2015-2016 Voting Board Elected on May 2, 2015

IIGL will be holding its Annual Meeting on Saturday May 2, 2015. Please welcome our new 2015-2016 Officers and Voting Board members!

Nominated Officers

Felix Iziomoh- President (Nigeria) – IIGL Graduate and National Coordinator

Afere Lawrence- Vice President (Nigeria) – IIGL Graduate

Kathleen Oweegon-Communications Secretary (USA) Contributor

Osayi Ujunwa Lynda – Recording Secretary (Nigeria) – Level Six Student

Charles Kabera-Treasurer (Rwanda) IIGL Graduate and National Coordinator

Nominated Board Members

Ziyad Rube (Ethiopia) – Level Five Student

Dennis Penu (Ghana) – Level Five Student and National Coordinator

Ayoade Anthony (Nigeria) – Level Six Student

Iziomoh Emmanuel (Nigeria) – Level Five Student

Aloys Hakizimana (Rwanda) – Level Four Student

Harriett Opondo (Uganda) – Level Five Student

N. Lindzee Lindholm (USA) – IIGL Graduate

Lynne Murguia (USA) – Contributor

Busani Sibindi (Zimbabwe) – Level Five Student

Meet Our New Students

We are pleased to welcome 4 new active students this month. They are from Ghana, Lesotho and Nigeria.

Agbenyo Setsofia Diana (Ghana)

I am 21 years old. I am a Christian. I am the 4th of five children of my parents. I’m a very active person and I like to sew, teach and also to read and write poetry. I dislike wet blankets and lazy people too.

I am a go getter, a hardworking and passionate person. I like to speak and engage with people, I love to debate and read as well. I dance as a form of exercise, I actually made up my own exercise routine called “Ridicule dance.” The dance is just my own weird but fun dance moves I do to work. It’s pretty fun and easy but really relaxing. I love to eat local foods like fufu and light soup. and very passionate about making education important to young people .it is with this passion that I volunteer for NGOs like The HuD Group a Christian nonprofit organization that empower hands, enlighten heads and engages hearts for global impact in leadership amongst others, as well as Passionate Africa Leadership Institute, an institution that challenges governance and government policies and also seeks to build the base for young people to partake in the governance of their countries.

I have started a social enterprise in my community called the “Challenge Project,” a nonprofit educational organization that provides an environment for young students between the ages of 14 and 20 to access the right information and skills to aid them in school work and life in general through mentoring. This project means a lot to me as it challenges my leadership skills. My dreams and goals are very much attached to this project and my other volunteering works in that I dream of a world full of a ready youth willing to challenge their environment positively.

Mantsebeng Suzan Maepe (Lesotho)

I am a 21 year old Mosotho girl born and bred in Maseru, I am a freelance writer, travel fanatic and philanthropist. I am a very vocal person, a social activist against women abuse, a peace advocate, and a child and youth activist. I love reading, and have loved it since I was barely six years old. This was unusual because in my family, there was no one who actually nurtured this love of reading, I actually cultivated it myself. I still recall the first book I fell in love with, the secret garden. From there my interest was aroused and I have never looked back ever since. Some of my favorite authors include Danielle Steele, Mary Higgins Clark, JK Rowling and Jane Austen. I am also a self- confessed magazine addict. I love reading articles and learning about how the world functions. When I was in primary school, I won my first phone through writing a letter to a magazine in the neighboring South Africa. To a young kid of 12 years, that was a huge accomplishment. Right now I am currently interested in business magazines, as I am an aspiring entrepreneur, I believe in business and that it should be a way of life. I am currently running a small business on the side, selling cosmetics products as a distributor of Avon products. My hope is that one day, I found a company that will not only create jobs for the community but also answer the pressing needs of the community. I believe in social entrepreneurship and believe it will go a long way in helping us achieve inclusive growth.

I am currently studying for my bachelor of arts in Economics at the National University of Lesotho, doing my third year.

Nwaeze Daniel (Nigeria)

I come from a ghetto like area always prone to youthful exuberance, cultism, gangsters and cultism in Nigeria; didn’t attend the best of primary and secondary schools (my school was literally likened to a pig farm but thanks a new government who rehabilitated it years after I had graduated). As one would expect, I should be a gangster or perhaps a dullard but the reverse is the case. I was raised by a passionate single mother in a ghetto area but my determination helped me scale through the vices of the ghetto and is taking me places. This in turn transformed me into a role model/mentor for others who hope to scale through the vices in violence prone areas.

All through the time, I developed passion for development and values which helped me scale through the vices in the ghetto. With substantial financial support I proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to study Political Science.

Currently doing my youth service in the central region of Nigeria (Kogi state) doing my National Youth Service and my passion carried on as I visit local suburb communities inspiring youths and educating other community members (adults and children too). In the past seven months, I have reached hundreds of youths individually and hundreds more in group projects/outreaches.

My dream is to someday be a diplomat/ambassador for my country at the United Nations. This I have nurtured since my early childhood and thus led me to work on voluntary ambassadorial role on campus for Dell (Dell Social Innovation Challenge), Nokia and currently for A World at School (AWAS). As a lover of the global community, I partook in global projects as the Global Enterprise Experience and local one as project director, team leader etc working in teams that had internationals and locals.

A one sentence definition of me is: Diplomatically passionate and creatively excellent.

Olalekan Olatunbosun O. (Nigeria)

Everything has seemed mysterious to me from childhood. My imaginations are often beyond my comprehension, I found my self asking mental provoking questions that I end up going to bed just to get rid of it. Some of these questions are; no pillar holds the sky, yet it never fall. Why is everyone not happy and rich equally? Is there any thing special in living? Why will the wicked live as princes and the meek as slaves?

In my adventure, I stumbled upon on a mystical thing which can be called a fact, happening or situation. The mind-blowing thing I learned about was Fate. At age twelve, I learnt about fate from an elder and never know what it meant until age fifteen. I ended up understanding fate as “the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed; the decreed cause of events; time.”

A budding motivational speaker and writing, idea innovator, freelancer, orator and blogger. One who is poised to touch lives and bent on remaining a generation to this generator. I aimed at inspiring, educating, informing, transforming and motivating others. I deemed it fit to start what God as ordain me to by starting seminars, printing tracts and recording audio messages to educate others. I make my writings go viral on social networks as part of fulfilling my heavenly ordained work.

I founded “De Intellectual Souls,” a non-profit, non-religion, non-tribal and non-ethical society set to help youth discover and utilize their potentials, help them grow to become what they intended to. Also, the C.E.O at The Exceptional Minds, a team of teenager author and orator. Also found an online school, Tunbosun School of Self Discovery (TUNSOSED). The general secretary at Youths and Singles Fellowship (YOSICAF). An active member of Global Teen Leaders (GTL) and a pioneer at Ojokoro Mentors Group (OMG).

My goals are to be a change to the universe, school the unschooled, help the poor and lead my people right.

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Visionary Leadership

Student Progress

We had 15 students from 8 countries complete a total of 31 books in April. These students were from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, and Uganda.

Akouyu Alphonse Akohleng Chefor (Cameroon)

* Keys to Success

* Psycho-Cybernetics

* Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude

Diana Setsofia Agbenyo (Ghana)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Mantsebeng Suzan Maepe (Lesotho)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Ann Perez Omenye (Kenya)

* Seven Habits of Highly Successful People

Nwaeze Daniel (Nigeria)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Anene Chikwado Emmanuel (Nigeria)

* Giant Steps

* The New Dynamics of Winning

Iziomoh Emmanuel (Nigeria)

* Fifteen Minutes

* Hidden Messages in Water

* Journeys out of the Body

* Vital Factors

* White Mask, Black Skin

Okpe Emmanuel (Nigeria)

* Leadership for Dummies

* Maximum Achievement

* Unlimited Power

Ocheja Linus Lawrence (Nigeria) .
* The Law of Attraction

Ola Makinde (Nigeria)

* Random Reminiscences Men and Events

* Theodore Roosefelt: An Autobiography

* The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Ude Nkechika (Nigeria)

* Psycho-Cybernetics

Olalekan Olatunbosun O. (Nigeria)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

* Psycho-Cybernetics

Hakizimana Tuyishime Roger (Rwanda)

* Psycho-Cybernetics

Dakou Kofi Agbesi (Togo)

* Leadership for Dummies

Noeline Kirabo (Uganda)

* The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success


Vivian Muciri (Kenya) completed Level Three

Anene Chikwado Emmanuel (Nigeria) completed Level One

Iziomoh Emmanuel (Nigeria) completed Level Five

Ocheja Linus Lawrence (Nigeria) completed Level Two


New Enrollments
3 enrolled in April
17 enrolled in 2015

Book Assessments
31 in April
79 in 2015

Books Shipped
21 in April

64 in 2015

Cost of Books
$417.40 April
$1,304.18 in 2015

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.

Deb Silver (Israel)

Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)

Corine Wilson (USA/FL)

Lily Ann (USA/GA)

John Hornecker (USA/NC)

Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)

Janis Thayer (USA/NC)

David Banner (USA/WI)

Julie Loosbrock (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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