Conversation with Oby Ezekwesili – conviction, courage and fearlessness

“Leadership is not about titles or positions; leadership is about solving problems.”

Episode 16 of Building the Future with Dotun is here. In this episode, Oby Ezekwesili answers questions from Dotun Olowoporoku. Listen and be inspired to conviction, courage and fearlessness.

Oby Ezekwesili is a force. She was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world and by The New York Times as one of the 25 Women of Impact for 2015.

She was Vice President of the World Bank (Africa Region) with responsibilities for operations in 48 countries, with a lending portfolio of about $40 billion. She also worked as the Nigerian Minister of Education and later as Minister of Solid Minerals. Oby exudes passion and strength.

We recorded this episode as a live event at the Ventures Platform in Abuja with few people in the audience.

Recording this podcast was an insight into her phenomenal mind.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Not everyone is called to politics, but every citizen is called to governance. Good entrepreneurship is a form of participating in governance.
  • Courage is an expression of inner conviction.
  • Technology has given Africa an unprecedented access to the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’. The winners are not yet determined because everyone is almost starting at the same time.
  • Leadership is not a title or position. It’s about solving problems.
  • Knowledge is at its cheapest and available to everybody. Africa can claim the 21st century.

Towards the end of the interview, I asked her what she would have been doing if she was 20 younger.

“I would probably build 20 startups” She said.

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