Saturday, July 7, was a remarkable day for young people in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, as Rivers born renowned statesman and leading political figure, Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs, appeared as the guest of honour at a Leaders Lounge, hosted by Sterling Toastmaster Club, Port Harcourt.
The theme for the epic event at the Leaders lounge was: “The Leadership challenge” and Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs, himself a distinguished lawyer, a business mogul, a technocrat, a politician and philanthropist, did adequate justice to the topic in his capacity as keynote speaker.
Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs was called upon to impart knowledge and wisdom into the life of those present, especially the young people and share highly inspiring experiences from his very robust life as Legal luminary, corporate mogul, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and he did not disappoint his listeners.
In his keynote address titled ‘The Leadership Challenge’, DLB, as he is fondly addressed, posited that the most important and and yet difficult of all questions that people are often faced with is: ‘What is leadership?’. According to him, this is due to the fact that there is no general consensus on what makes a leader, what constitutes the qualities of a leader, if leaders are born or made, the context of leadership and who determines the direction of leadership.
In trying to explain who a leader is He was quick to point out that his talk would dwell basically on political leadership and governance and in that light, referenced the former EFCC Chairman Mrs. Farida Waziri, who said that, ‘a leader is one who is involved in the activity of leading others’ and ‘a leader is one who fosters change and not necessarily one who holds a leadership position’.
He then stated that:
• Leadership is concerned with fostering change.
• Leadership is inherently value-based.
• All people are potential leaders.
• Leadership is a group process.
According to him, the UNDP defines governance as the exercise of economic, political and administrative authority to manage a country’s affairs at all levels. It comprises the mechanisms, processes and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligations and mediate their differences.
He further noted that good governance had three legs: economic, political and administrative.
Economic governance includes decision-making processes that affect a country’s economic activities and its relationships with other economies.
Political governance is the process of decision-making to formulate policy. Administrative governance is the system of policy implementation.
He then summarized the qualities of a leader, referencing the book: The Leadership Challenge, written by James Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner and first published in 1987, which highlights the five core practices common to all leaders, and while suggesting that though some of the aspects may thrive well in the corporate space, a good leader must necessarily:
– Model the Way: where the leader creates standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow;
– Inspire a Shared Vision: where the leader passionately believes that he can make a difference and envisions the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become, even as he enlists and inspires others to key into the vision and dreams, through his magnetism and quiet persuasion;
– Challenge the Process: where the leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo and look for innovative ways to improve the organization by experiments and risks taking, which may involve mistakes, failures and the inevitable disappointments, which eventually serve as learning opportunities.;
– Enable Others to Act: where the leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams, actively involve others and strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity, strengthen others and make each person feel capable and powerful;
– Encourage the Heart: where leaders recognize contributions that individuals make, rewards their effirts, celebrate accomplishments and make people feel like heroes.
Going further on the concept of leadership, Chief DLB said: ‘leadership is a people and value based activity, leadership is dependent on followership. Leadership is contextual because it varies across situations, cultures and societies. All situations do not, will not and cannot require the same leadership patterns, there is no one-size-fits-all leadership.
He further maintained that the problem of Nigeria is not leadership. It is rather the lack of leadership and the attitude of people being led. In his words, ‘Leadership plays a role in the advancement of every human society. It is an indicator of progress or the absence of it’.
Laying emphasis on the necessity of attaining leadership at a personal level before advancing to any other level because the foundation of leadership is to lead one’s self first, he noted that the importance of attaining personal leadership cannot be overemphasized because, however good a political leadership may be, if personal leadership is poor, political leadership will not make much difference.
At the close of his speech, he admonished his audience saying,
‘Let us be driven by our convictions and not by our fears! Let us decide to do only what is right! The time is now!!!’
The Leaders Lounge event had started with the call to order and introduction of the President, Toast Master Otobore Olumoye, by the Sergeant at arms,Toastmaster Monima Georgewill. The president in turn gave the welcome remarks and introduced the Toastmaster topic of the day and also the word of the day which was: EPITOME
The event was anchored by Toastmaster Nkwachukwu Njoku, who led the national pledge and the Toastmaster promise, introduced his team and invited each member to explain their roles.
Prepared speeches were given by Toastmaster Monima Georgewill on FAILURE IS SUCCESS and Toastmaster Otobore Olumoye on WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?
The table topics which came next was anchored by the Toastmaster Nkwachukwu Njoku who called upon members of the audience to address the topics.
The table topics handled today are:
-Leadership is a challenge that is enormous unlike any other challenge of life.
-Oprah Winfrey once said, “Excellence is the antidote to racism and sexism.
-You don’t have to be great to get started,you have to get started to be great.
-Man must put an end to war or war will put an end to man.
-Life is sweet. The purpose of life is defined by you. True or not???
The audience, including the highly cerebral and well respected legal luminary, Barr. Zubby Nwuke, did exceptionally well in addressing these table topics, which they discussed extempore.
This was then followed by the Leaders Lounge Keynote address and a special, no-holds-barred, interactive session where Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs not only discussed his humble beginnings as a child in the heart of old Port Harcourt town, but also offered very useful and illuminating insights, tips and admonitions on leadership and governance, business successes and philosophy of life and living.
The highlight of the event was when the Special Guest, Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs offered to sponsor 20 females and 10 males to be members of the Toastmasters club. The club executives were sincerely grateful and expressed their profound gratitude.
The Port Harcourt Hall of Hotel Presidential, Poŕt-Harcourt, where the event was hosted, was filled to the brim with an enthusiatic crowd of mostly young people and was attended by some distinguished guests from the corporate, academic and business circles; including; Mr. Aderemi Akeem, Dr. Ikedife Uba, Mr. Precious Tamunotonye Batubo, Mrs Oby Njoku, Mr Solomon Ikegwuru, Mr Adamu Yusuf Muhammad, Mrs May Ikpeme and Mr Tiamiyu Kehinde Akeem, amongst others.
Toastmasters club was founded by Ralph .C. Smedley in Illinois, USA. It was borne out of the desire to teach men how to speak, conduct meetings, plan programmes and work in committees. It was established on October 22, 1924 with Ralph .C. Smedley as both the President and Secretary. It has its headquarters in California, USA.
The Sterling Toastmasters club is Located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and holds her meeting in Hotel Presidential on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month. The essence of this club is to equip people with leadership and communication skills. The club encourages people to speak and communicate effectively with people in their environment.
For us young people, who witnessed the event, it was an amazing experience to encounter a man like Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, whose personality has become legendary as the epitome of a highly successful corporate mogul and yet was filled with so much humilty and exuded so much simplicity that was simply breathtaking as he mingled with everybody and told his touching life story of ‘rags to riches’ with candour, honesty and heartfelt sincerity.
It was a wonderful learning curve for us to finally come face to face with the mercurial and quintessential Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, at the Leadership Lounge, all thanks to Sterling Toast Masters Club, Port Harcourt.
~ Isosiya Benson and Salome Chiboka
CREATE THE FUTURE
Generation Now Summit is a program that was inspired by the need to explore practical and socially progressive ways for today’s youths to deal with the social dynamics of the current time and to gain competitive edge through sound value orientation, application of innate abilities and acquisition of more globally relevant skills. There is a growing concern that the realization of the desired future depends on the readiness of the youths to embrace the opportunities that abound. The summit is therefore a full pack of intellectual crux for encouraging creativity and to communicate the right types of value to the people.
The event which took place on Thursday 30th of November 2017, at The Arena Event Place, 30 Tombia Street, GRA, Port Harcourt, witnessed an impressive line-up of influential opinion leaders, field experts, moral talkers and public analysts including:
Dr Idah Peterside
Dr. Alfred Oladapo
Veteran NollyWood Artist, Hilda Dokubo
Chuma Nnoli the master of occasion
Mr. Charles O’Tudor and the esteemed Port Harcourt industrialist, youths mentor and human capacity builder, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs.
The summit which was convened by the Port Harcourt Radio personality and renowned MC/OAP, Mr. Kofi Bartels on the platform of Generation Africa, covered an array of topics that touched on potentials discovery, capacity building, mindset adjustment/reorientation, positive aspiration, value system, patriotism and public participation.
Key points of the day are:
“If you’re gonna create your future, it’s about power and there are three types of power; Positional power (temporary) Ascribed power (withdrawable) and Expertise power (power that makes you indispensable). ~ Dr. Alfred Oladapo
Everybody has something to give out; there’s a skill deposited in every man by God. Look for it and develop it, advertise it and make yourself bankable. ~ Hilda Dokubo
Every individual is a brand. Once people come in contact with you, there’s something they’re buying; either integrity or dishonesty.
~ Mr. Charles O’Tudor.”
You cannot outsource your future and the best way to predict your future is to create one now.
~ Anointed Enoh
What is the future that you have framed for yourself? ~ Frekky Essien
The climax of the event was the delivery of a lecture titled Creating the Future by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs.
The following are the salient points of the lecture which lasted for about 40 minutes:
1. We all have been created and equipped by God to succeed.
2. We want a better NIGERIA; a Nigeria that works for all of us.
3. A better Nigeria is an environment that is conducive to success.
4. Creating a better Nigeria means creating a better Environment for us to live and to operate in.
5. Youthfulness is a fluid concept referring to the state of the mind; it’s not a time of life.
6. The youths can be the engine for national development.
7. In most countries of the world, the youths are marginalized and excluded from governance.
8. No matter who you are or who you may be, you can do something to change Nigeria for the better.
9. The greatest impediments to the contributions of the youths in making Nigeria better is attitude.
10. You have to reach beyond your fears. A lot of people fear that the system is too hot; the players are too violent. But I will say to you that they are only taking advantage of your fears. Those who perpetrate violence are less than one percent of the entire population. So, about 99 percent are afraid of just one percent of the population.
11. You have to move from being the sideliner into the play-field.
12. What ought to be can never be for free; you have to work for it.
13. And to all of us, our greatest responsibility is to develop the next generation. When you build the individual you build the society.
Chief Lulu Briggs ended the highly educative lecture with an intercessory prayer to the Almighty God for Rivers State and for Nigeria.
It is noteworthy that the Generation Now Africa considered the humanist, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, worthy of an invaluable prize. The NGO therefore presented him with an award titled African Youths Champion Award in recognition of his selfless commitment to improving the lives of African youths in ways that have a lasting impact.
To God be the glory.
30th November 2017.
RIVERS ELECTION 2019: BRIGHT LADIES OF RIVERS STATE DECLARES FOR APC IN SOLIDARITY WITH CHIEF DUMO LULU-BRIGGS
A formidable women group domiciled in Rivers State has heeded the call by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs to join the APC and help her galvanise Riverians into supporting the change mantra in Rivers State.
It was on Sunday the 5th of November 2017 when the great women of substance joyously played host to the esteemed humanist Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs in Port Harcourt. The multitude of women did defy the elements and stood firm under the unfriendly sky and chanted songs of praises to usher in the man of the day.
And indeed, the very distinguished guest and his entourage arrived the venue but had to struggle through the seas of women in an attempt to make their way into the hall. While shouts and echoes of joy and praises in different tongues continued to envelope the air, many clapped, some danced as others couldn’t help but reach out to touch and have a feel of this charismatic personality best described as God’s gift to humanity and to the Rivers people in particular.
When he finally made his way into the hall and up to the high table, it was as though the arena was further ignited with songs that filled the atmosphere with joy. It’s okay to say that the Bright Ladies of Rivers State gave a king’s welcome to a man they called their very own Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs in a show of love never seen in recent time.
The women group representing all the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers State and non indigenes, turned out with over a thousand women creating an overwhelming overflow that filled two large halls and the premises. The position of every LGA coordinator who spoke at the event was clear “…we need you to be our governor come 2019” “…we need you to come and save us from the shackles of insecurity and poverty…” “we want a governor who will not give guns to our children, and that person can only be you”.
In her speech, the President of the group Mrs Christy Ortens-Ofor declared that “the Wike administration is a failure to the women of Rivers State, that the administration has underplayed the importance of education, leaving no job opportunity and denying Rivers people adequate security and peace. She described Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as a lover of peace, and a friend to the youths, the women and to the elderly.
Responding, DLB, said thus; “indeed, the tenacity, the courage and the fearlessness displayed by the Bright Ladies is a clear indication that women are prepared to do what men may not be able to do. “You have given me reasons to believe that you have the capacity to bring about the desired change to our dear Rivers State; but if truly you want me to run for governorship and win, then you all must be willing to join the APC and work towards a Rivers State that is united first under God Almighty, second, under the party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and finally, under one leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi”. He then called on the women to officially register with the All Progressives Congress and promised to personally facilitate the official processes of registration.
On behalf of the leader of the APC Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs made a cash donation to the ladies and appreciated them further with food items. He noted that APC recognises the effort of women and is ever ready to show appreciation, hence the donations. He further encouraged the women to go back to their various wards, identify with party leaders and inform others, especially the undecided, of the need to join the All Progressives Congress (APC)” while assuring them of adequate women representation in all party activities and in the expected APC regime.
7th November 2017
As long as the earth remains… Seed time and harvest will never cease. (Gen. 8:22)
“With heart full of Thanksgiving, the grand harvester of the great day sits in the Holy Temple before the Supreme Being.”
What is life without God, what meanings are there in the struggles of man without God? God is all in all to us and Chief Lulu-Briggs can’t get tired of expressing God’s wonders and grace.
In keeping faith with the tradition and legacy of his father (High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs) Chief DLB responded to the divine call which required him to stand in God’s holy temple as the grand harvester of the 2017 annual Harvest Thanksgiving tagged Harvest of Faith at the St. Cyprian’s Anglican Church, 37 Hospital Road Port Harcourt. Standing on his passionately held principle of ‘God first before all other things’, Chief Lulu-Briggs dwelled together in peace and harmony with other God’s elect including His. Excellency, Fmr. Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Chief Gabriel T. G. Toby before embarking on other businesses of the day.
As typical of this compassionate and humble child of the Most High God, his message of the day was that of love. In a very short speech, he enjoined all Christians to acknowledge the fact that harvest also symbolizes winning souls for Christ. He then stated that love is the most veritable tool for converting men to godliness. It is therefore a spiritual obligation for Christians to express love to all persons irrespective of their economic disparities and social classes. He described the invitation as a rare privilege and a great honor that comes with great blessings.
Indeed, it was a day full of Thanksgiving and blessings for all.
All glory to the Most High God.
TECHNOLOGY IS THE WAY TO GO; ICT IS THE OIL OF THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY – Chief (Barr) Dumo Lulu-Briggs
At the Port Harcourt Digital Skills Training program organized by Dumo Lulu-Briggs Youth Foundation (DYF23) in conjunction with Google
Hurrying from the land of Queen Elizabeth (the United Kingdom) to honor the young Riverians who converged at The Arena in Port Harcourt on the last day of the digital skills acquisition program, his bird touched down at a Lagos Airport, then at the Port Harcourt International Airport, and quickly after the night’s rest, he broke into a sprint at the given chance to coalesce with the young people at the Digital Training ground.
He didn’t prepare any speech; there was no need and time for that. He is already well educated and equipped on the matter; Industrial advancement is his trade and passion, plus, he has the oratorical advantage, and so he took the rostrum right away and said thus:
“My name is Dumo Lulu Briggs. I feel excited today, and my excitement is that Rivers state is getting prepared to take the lead in this country.
I was praying that our youths will be interested in learning because the impression everywhere all over the country is that our youths are more interested in guns and not in education. Now, your example yesterday and today has just proven them wrong. What it clearly means is that we have not bothered to invest enough in our young. We have not bothered to give them direction, and there is no greater responsibility that we have, whether you are government, whether you are in business, if you are an elite, you have no greater responsibility than to educate the next generation. And then we know that our economy is also oil dependent, but you can see that as though there’s a conspiracy; all over the world, there’s an effort to reduce dependence on oil. Very soon, even the cars that you drive will be electric. So, it tells you that technology is the way to go. ICT, Information Communication Technology is the oil of the 21st century.
I am glad that you are getting actively engaged because today, you can use it in all spheres; you can use it to socialize, use it to communicate; I mean as you do on the social media groups etc.
Most of us think that we can use ICT to just engage with our friends; just gist, (how are you? Good morning, how was your night). The world over is using ICT to make money, ICT is a business. And that is why we deemed it fit to partner with Google to come and explain to our young how to make the most of the next economy. You are going to be very active players, we expect a revolution in Rivers state, we expect to be number one, and I am glad that we are so actively engaged. We have to use education for everything; it has to be the corner stone of any development plan. And there is no better group to equip with that plan than the young people that I see here. I see all of these faces and I can tell you that Google is also very proud of you; this is the largest crowd at any Google event. The world over, this is the largest crowd at any Google event, so, it tells me that we are prepared to take positive advantage of any opportunity given to us. We are a resource people, we are highly intelligent, we just need to be motivated, and I personally will continue to invest in the youths of Rivers state.
I’ve had to set up a foundation to see how we can help our young more through mentorship. We don’t have to throw money at situations. We have to teach our people how to fish rather than give them fish and I know that all of you are eager to take on every opportunity that would come your way. I am also prepared. We are going to have another event much larger than this; I didn’t anticipate that we were going to have a crowd like this. Now that I know that there is that zeal; that desire by all of us to learn, we are going to organize very shortly, perhaps in the next two-three months, we are going to have another event like this, much bigger. And we are going to also try to see how you will not just come and learn; if there’s any other form of assistance we can give to take you slightly from point A to point B, we shall make all of those provisions.
My interest is you, I had to cut short a program I was having in the UK, because I didn’t think that I would have done you well if I didn’t try to come and encourage you and see the faces of young people that is the hope of this state; the hope of this nation. So I had to cut short my engagement and I arrived Lagos last night and I took the flight to be here today.
I thank you for allowing me to engage with you; it’s actually my honor, it’s a privilege that I will not take for granted, and I am going to very quickly drop the microphone so that you can continue to learn. The essence of this gathering is for you to be equipped with the tools that you need to succeed in this very highly competitive 21st century. My coming to speak to you is just to encourage you but I tell you that in the next two three months we shall have a bigger event, more enlightening, richer than this and I assure you that you will go back with something slightly in addition to what you’ve had between yesterday and today.
I thank you so much and I thank Google.
There are two important moments in the life of every human being: the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born. I discovered that I was born to serve people and we don’t have to wait to be elected into any position to do that service. So, be assured that this engagements shall continue until we get to a point where we know that yes Rivers State is born again in terms of education. We have lost our status in the Nigerian Economy; we have to recover that, we have to be the California of America, if we cannot, because Lagos is so far ahead of us right now; we have to at least be the Texas of Nigeria. So, we are starting a revolution to educate our people and that revolution begins with you. Thank you.”
It is unquestionable that words spoken from the heart and not from papers, bear the mark of originality and passion. May God strengthen DLB and bless Rivers people.
JOI NUNIE – SPENT ABOUT 2 HOURS UNDER THE MBIAMA RIVER AND SURVIVED A FATAL MOTOR ACCIDENT
Praise the Lord, He said you’ll walk through the waters, it will not overwhelm you…
We were coming from Bayelsa State to Port Harcourt”, but just before we took off, Nims Ogbunge, who is a Pastor said to me “NATCO (National Coordinator) you haven’t prayed. Please let’s pray.” I replied him saying, ‘why didn’t you say this earlier? The Deputy Governor is going.’ He just said “NATCO please let’s pray.” Anyway, the Deputy Governor drives off, and I’m there and Nims held onto the door and said “NATCO we just have to pray.” I said ok, let’s pray quickly; and we just prayed quickly. Thank God for that prayer.
On our way back, Alabo Graham Douglas called me and we spoke on the phone. Alabo was the last person I spoke with, and I dosed off.All of a sudden, I heard a screech grrrrh gbosa!!! I said Jesus! Jesus!! Jesus!!! Jesus!!!! Then I didn’t hear anything again. I raised my head up; we were going down into the Mbiama River. I couldn’t say anything. You know accidents happen so quickly there’s no time to repent. And I want to say that it’s by Grace, it’s not because at that time I was ready for all of this. The next thing we went into the River. He says, He uses the foolish things to confound the wise. Guess what I did, I held my nostrils, I didn’t know how long I was going to be there in the river, anyway all I can remember was gurn! gurn!! and I passed out.
Anyway, somehow I saw myself get to a place that looked like an arrival point but there were no buildings, and I said ‘Ah! Am I dead? Maybe am dead o!’ and then I saw myself again inside the river, I didn’t know it was a river, I thought it was like a gutter that I was in, and then I started feeling peace. I’m telling you angels are real. I didn’t see them but I felt peace, I felt peace, and all of a sudden something pulled me out into the river and there was light. So I can boldly say, ‘I have seen the light, the light of God, I have seen the light o amen, amen!’
Now, my people say when I fell into that river, after like 15 minutes they didn’t see the bubbles again. The Deputy Governor and all those from Bayelsa came back, and were now trying to locate the car but they didn’t find the car. One of our security people went to the other side of the river and was talking to the boys and they said, “Ah, Those people! Their body go float for night, make we wait for their corpse.” It’s now one hour, everybody’s crying, some people came from Port Harcourt, “Joi is dead and Ah!” I’m telling you, as I am standing right here now the car is under the river.
Somehow for me I saw bundles of snakes, but there was light around me they didn’t come close to me, they all swam. I was still saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I don’t know if I was talking or if it was my mind, but I was still saying Jesus!!! He said “he that calls on the name of the Lord shall be delivered, he that calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” I still remember saying that. Then I came up the water. They say if you come up two, three times you won’t drown or so, after that you’ll drown. I didn’t know that, but when I came up the water the first time I saw the world, then I was going down again, but that light came under my feet and began to push me up again.
Now these young boys by the river side, said when they saw me, they knew that person has survived, as no one had survived the Mbiama River, but this time the water, the waves were moving and then they jumped in and rescued me. When the boys jumped into the river, I looked at them and said, ‘these boys who are they?’ I thought I was dreaming, then I entered their canoe. See how God handles you… the journey to the shore was like 18 hours, they (the boys) kept saying “madam strong your mind well well! Strong your mind, you no go die!”
Now, I was bleeding from my nose, there was broken limbs, they carried me, they tried to put me in an helicopter, we didn’t find a way into Agip. Nims Ogbunge was calling and said Ah! They said go to Agip the helicopter is waiting; then they said Mutu Simonum is now waiting, he flew to the international airport. Mutu they said he was waiting, he kept calling and calling. I heard them discussing with Mutu Simonum. I heard them say… he was screaming “where is she? Come, we’re at the airport, forget Agip just come.
Jehovah didn’t want me to be on that flight, because we didn’t understand that if you’re distressed you shouldn’t really board a plane. God just took over. Anyway the driver didn’t know the way to the international airport so they said ok, just drive straight to Shell; and to God be the glory here I am today. I just want to say Thank You. That, if He (God) can bring me out from that situation, there’s no situation He can’t bring you from.
So, I just wanna thank God for it, and I want to encourage everyone that it’s only by Grace. It’s by Grace that we’re born again, and for Francesca and I, we’ve been going around testifying; all over Nigeria we’ve gone to testify together. And I want to say that it’s Grace. The testimony here is not because we survived, the testimony is that we are now born again Christians, and Heaven will rejoice because we are born again. Thank you very much.