Olugbodi Urges Graduates to Focus on Innovation, Creativity

Mary Nnah
The Managing Director of Background Check International, BCI, Mr Kola Olugbodi has urged Nigerian graduates to utilize the untapped potential for innovation within the country’s borders.

Olugbodi who bemoaned the economic situation of the country said that within the challenges lie an opportunity for innovation.

Olugbodi who delivered the Convocation lecture of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo State said graduates should adopt economic difficulties as platforms for creativity. He advocated a mindset shift that transforms adversity into a catalyst for transformational change.

He shared his life experiences to the amazement of the audience saying, “a can-do spirit” should be the focus of the graduates. He said he never allowed his disability to affect him in any way as he derived a sense of satisfaction in accomplishing tasks himself which overshadowed his challenges. According to him, “When life gives you lemons, make a lemonade out of it. You are whatever you make out of life’s challenges.”

Olugbodi enthused that despite the disability of his leg he devised a method to drive a car as he developed a positive mindset beyond his limitations.

He urged the graduates to be persistent in all their pursuits despite challenges and failures in life. He challenges the graduates never to accept anything in the negative but to remain dogged in life.

He asserted that graduates should brace against all odds to succeed in life.

Olugbodi spoke in an exemplary and experiential way to his audience which included the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Dr Adesimbo Kiladejo, Former Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and several other dignitaries.

 He counselled them on not accepting rejection as the norm in their pursuits. In his words,  ” Pioneering the background Check Industry in Nigeria was greeted with scepticism and discouragement but he weathered the storm with his positive mindset. Background Check International, BCI now operates beyond the shores of Nigeria.

He further advised the Medical graduates to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset within the healthcare sector. He added that establishing medical start-ups, exploring telemedicine solutions and collaborating on innovative healthcare technologies can create new avenues for success. He further urged the young graduates to embrace entrepreneurship to contribute to the vital role in shaping the future of healthcare in Nigeria.

Olugbodi further advocated a network of like-minded individuals both within the medical field and other disciplines to foster collaboration and idea sharing.
He further advised the graduates to equip themselves with digital skills, explore health tech solutions, and leverage advancements like artificial intelligence and data analytics to enhance patient care.

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