Hello dear readers, hope you had a swell weekend. Mine was great, thanks. After some thought, I’ve decided to add a new section to the blog: Personality Of The Week. Our POTW will be selected based on these criteria:
- He/she must have contributed to the improvement of the society through bettering people/developing talents/helping the less privileged.
- He/she must be successful in chosen career, although he /she may or may not be very financially wealthy.
- He/she must be below the age of 50(I’d thought of making this 40 but for some reasons I decided on 50). Any change in this aspect will be for a special reason.
- He/she could be of any race, but at the moment our focus will be on Africa and Nigeria in particular.
This section has been added in the hope that it will be a source of inspiration to someone out there looking to succeed in life despite all odds, and to touch lives positively.
That said, I present to you our very first Personality of the Week:
At a point in time when things became really difficult for them so much so that she had to boil and sell groundnuts to keep the family going, she noticed her son’s love for drums. According to her,” he would beat on anything he could lay his hands on, so I encouraged him by buying him musical toys. Cobhams never went to school to learn to play any instrument; I think it was just an escape route for him”. Unsurprisingly, Cobhams dropped out of University of Lagos as a 300L student of Law to face his passion fully.
Like his hero Stevie Wonder, the musician has never let his lack of sight hold him back. “It is assumed that there are many things you cannot do because you’re blind. And so for me, I had to prove that there are many things I can do because I’m blind, and there are many things I’ve done because I’m blind.”, he says. But he points out that he is not interested in working withpeople whose only drive is the potential financial reward the industry offers. According to him,”I like to work with people who want to create magic, people who want to go a little afield, go a little off the usual path.”
In his words, talent is just not enough. He advises persistence and consistency. He also believe people should strive to be themselves and not a carbon copy of the people who must have influenced them. Some great words from him: “You’ve got to have something unique, whether its your story, your voice or your lyrics, the sound of your instrument, or a combination of all these different factors. I just believe that everything depends on everything and so whenever I have an opportunity, I give it my very best shot”. Note the words I put in bold?That’s some solid advice coming from a great man to everyone looking to excel at something in life