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Sow a Seed – A Professor’s testimony

Sow a Seed – A Professor’s testimony

‘Lanre Fatokun


A finance commissioner from a neighbouring state was invited make a presentation. 3rd March 2012. He came 2 hours late! Terrible!

He started speaking and he spoke very well, far beyond what one would espect from his heavily accented English!

Afterwards, a professor came forward to speak about the Honourable Commissioner.

“The commissioner was my student, he finished with a First Class Honours, at the top of his Accounting class.

“After graduation, I met him one day and asked how far with his professional exams (ICAN). He said he had no job and hence no money for the exams.

“I invited him to my office and summarily paid for his exams. He passed at a go, as expected. That was in the 1990s.

“In 2008, I met him in Lagos. He was elated and invited me to Sheraton Hotels and Towers for a night out, but I couldn’t make it.

“The next day, he came to look for me again, and asked why I dint show up! I made some excuses and he asked if I could not remember that I was the one who paid for his ICAN exams!

“I told him I could not remember!

“He then told how that seed I sowed had impacted his life . . .!

“To show appreciation, he placed me on a salary of N50,000 per month (N600, 000 = USD3,750). That was 2008.

“Today in 2012, he has not defaulted!

The commissioner was embarassed, the audience was shouting, the headache that wanted to hold me down disappeared, and my heart shouted to my head, “It works! It works!!”

That means the myriad of unemployed friends and family are fertile grounds to sow into!

Stories like this, we used to read about in the old Pacesetter Series, and the African Writers Series!

But today, it was no fairy tale, no fiction. Prof Ashaolu is real, the Honourable Commissioner too is real!

One quote readily comes to mind: “In the morning sow your see,d and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good!”

But by all means, sow a seed!




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  1. There always a seed time and harvest time,we need to always seize the priviledge to sow seed and not close our eyes to such opportunities when they come.
    God will surely help us.

  2. Great lesson learnt. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not seize.

  3. I love this piece. Well done…

  4. am a living witness to this story…but is not what am to share now. I want everyone to always remember to show appreciation (mustn’t be big, just show an appreciation)

  5. This mind blowing and provoking also

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