Abimbola Olashore on Positive Values In Society

Abimbola Olashore is certainly one of the brightest  in his generation of business persons. Recently he agreed to share with me some of his ethos as a business leader which in my opinion transcends him into the realm of leadership.  I hope you enjoy his insights as much as i have. Happy Reading



  • Positive values are standards and social principles that are accepted by an individual, a family, a group, or a society. The more positive our values are, the more positive our actions will be.
  • Some positive values can be found in most cultures, while others are prevalent in some cultures more than others. Search Institute has identified six positive values that are common in almost every culture



  • The six positive values in the Developmental Assets framework fit into two categories:


  • Caring
  • Equality/social justice
  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Restraint




  • Values come from two major sources:


  • Modeling
    • When adults and kids act on their values, they model them for everyone to see
    • People notice when someone stops to help another in need
    • People see the value of someone telling the truth—even when it’s hard
  • Teaching
    • When we teach positive values, and keep teaching them over and over again, kids learn that they’re important.



·         Lack of role models harms the society

·         Reduction in our cultural values

o   Some of the traditional values in Nigeria include

§  Honesty

§  Education

§  Morality

§  Respect for elders

§  Hospitality

§  Respect for fellow citizens and family loyalty

o   While some of these values have greatly reduced some have completely disappeared



·         Extreme pessimism among leaders and their inability to effect change

o   This pessimism and ineptitude stems from the following factors

§  Lack of vision

§  Lack of respect for the governed

§  Incompetence

§  Godfatherism

§  Nepotism

§  Extreme greed

§  Dishonesty

§  Strong tendency to cheat

§  Share naked arrogance

§  Megalomania




  • Must be full of optimism


  • Daring and taking gamble


  • And must also develop the following attributes
    • Who are your role models?
    • Make good friends
    • Be optimistic
    • Develop respect for others
    • Be devoted to your cause
    • Believe In Yourself
    • Be inspired
    • Strive to achieve something positive
    • Have a vision



Barack Obama

  •  Audacity of Hope
  • Back ground
    • African American (mixed blood)
    • Born of a Kenyan father who was a Muslim
    • Partially raised by a Muslim Step father in a Muslim country
    • Eventually raised by a single mother
    • Muslim names (shared one with Saddam Husain – U.S most hated enemy)
    • Married to full blooded African American
    • This background, in itself is a disadvantage in the USA
  • But Obama overcame these perceived weaknesses an rose to be the President of the most powerful country in the world by developing the attributes mentioned above

Malala Yousufzai

  • Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in history
  • Background
    • Malala Yousafzai was born into a Muslim family of Pashtun ethnicity in July 1997
    • At the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, and her views on promoting education for girls
    • The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region
    • Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat
    • She has since been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and the Nobel Peace Prize
    • o     She is the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.
    • o      On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.
    • In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation.
    • On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father
    • Malala had since recovered and currently in school in the United Kingdom


  • Given her background and her age, she was able to achieve what she had so far out of share determination and development of the attributes mentioned above

Victor Moses

  • Is a footballer who plays for Chelsea
  • Background
    • Born in Lagos Nigeria,Moses moved to England at the age of 11, after his parents were killed in a religious riot
    • He attended Stanley Technical High School in South Norwood, during which time he was scouted playing football in the local Tandridge League
    • This was where scouts from Crystal Palace approached him, with the club’s Selhurst Park stadium just streets away from his school
    • The scouts were so impressed that he was offered a place in the Eagles’ academy, which he accepted.
    • Despite originally hailing from Nigeria Moses initially chose to represent his adopted home of England, featuring for the under-16 team, in which he won the Victory Shield in 2005, and under-17 level
    • Moses was promoted to the under-21 squad at the beginning of the 2010-2011 Premier League season and made his debut against Uzbekistan in a 2–0 win
    • He accepted a call-up in March 2011 for Nigeria’s games against Ethiopia and Kenya
    • He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where he scored two penalties in their final group stage game against Ethiopia.
    • In 2013, Victor Moses became part of the third Nigerian team to win the African Cup of Nations – Nigeria’s first continental victory since 1994
    • Moses scored two goals in a crucial game against Ethiopia to push Nigeria through to the quarter-finals of the tournament
  • Given the death of his parents that prompted him to move to England, Moses LOVE for his country enable him to overcome vengeance  and played for his country




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