"I went after knowledge because of the lessons failure taught me"
Interview with Folarin Sholaja
Can we meet you?
Well, my name is Folarinwa Sorinmade Sholaja. Third from the family of four. I'm an indigene of Ogun state based in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Tell us one unique thing about you?
I'm tall, calm and fun to be with.
What things are you passionate about?
I am passionate about God. I’m passionate young people.
I’m interested in adding to others especially the young minds.im also passionate about events.I love to document events with the aid of my professional photography camera.
What changes would you like to see in the world based on your impact?
I want to see a new Nigeria. A nation I can be proud of. I strongly believe the problem with the so-called underdeveloped world is the failure to apply knowledge. We do a lot of talking and take little action. We have the best hands everywhere in the world but we don’t apply the knowledge to solve our national problems. With my impact, I want to see people do much work and less talk that way we can grow as a nation. My writings center on Leadership, education, choosing a career and focus.
Why did you choose writing as a means to express your message/passion?
I want to live forever. I’m doing this for posterity. Aside from the fact that I studied mass communication and writing is part of our skills I am of the opinion that intellectual properties can last forever. I didn’t meet Dr. Myles Munroe in his lifetime but his teaching through his books has been a tremendous impact on my life. Books can travel. My books have traveled to places I have not been in person. It will reach more places in my lifetime and long after I have gone to the land of no return. I choose writing because I have also read other authors and it allows me to rub minds with great women around the world.
Can you tell us a bit about your books (the idea behind them and why you wrote them)?
I wrote my first book titled ‘’Achieving academic excellence’’ in 2009. Prior to the time, I got admission into the university I had failed joint admission matriculation examination severally. So when I finally gained admission I was too hungry for knowledge on what to do to be the best student.I go after knowledge because of the lessons failure had taught me. The second book focuses on how I can calculate my grade point average and cumulative grade point average myself. I observe a lot of my classmates will come to me to help them calculate their grade point average (GPA) after the semester examinations. That way I realize writing a book will help more students all over on how to do it on their own without me not there. GPA/CGPA Is a self-help book, I already got a lot of calls people thanking me for such a powerful insight which have to help their academic pursuit on campus.
The third book I titled ‘’ Easy to Pass, Easy to fail’’ has to do with examination. As an undergraduate, I noticed the fear that people had when the time for examination came near. I also had the same experience too when I wrote my first paper at the Lagos State University School of Communication, Surulere. I couldn’t remember anything after getting my question paper. I chose to write this to share my experiences and how I overcame them. I write because I believe others can learn from our mistakes and avoid committing such errors in the future.
What benefits will they derive from reading your books?
Interesting! Benefit...Like I had stated earlier my writings are a part of my life experiences and I assured anyone value for their money. The university community is a new world entirely and my books take the student around the academic world, reveals the do’s and don'ts. My book gives insight on what lies ahead of you and what is expected of you.
Like I had stated earlier, my writings are a part of my life experiences and I can say that you will find treasure reading the book. The university community is a new world entirely and my books take the student around the academic world, it reveals the do’s and don'ts. My book gives insight on what lies ahead of you and what is expected of you.
Who is the target audience for the book?
To everyone interested in being the best and those interested in becoming a high flier in their academics. Basically, my concentration right now it education. And anyone who is interested in education is my target audience. In 2008, when the Lord gave me the vision, he said e-focus. Upon further questioning, the Holy Spirit said Educational focus. ThLordrd said He’s sending me to the world. So He added ‘International’ and now that makes it E-focus international.
What other things do you do (Business/career)?
I love to document events, and I'm passionate about photography. Everything I write I also teach. Meaning I’m an insightful speaker. I'm a teacher of biblical principles as inspired by God.What is your definition of a life well spent? My definition of a life well spent is a life lived for God.
What is your definition of a life well spent?
My definition of a life well spent is a life lived for God. Life is about relationship, both with man and God. Man is a relational being. I strongly believe it is not how long we live that matter but the significant contribution we make while we still have life in us. And that can only be done if the individual has a relationship with God. A purpose-driven life starts at confession, repentance, and salvation.
If there’s one thing you want to be remembered for what will that be?
To be the voice the voiceless. To an ambassador of Jesus to the world as well as an ambassador of this great country-NIGERIA. In a nutshell, I love to make my life an interesting book such you will not get bored of reading.