yusuf olalekan From Cradle to Maturity 27-Sep-2020


Most parents all over the world usually long for their children to grow up into well-mannered individuals and give the proper respect to Other people. This is why character development is an important part in their studies, because success in life does not always rely on academic achievement rather, moral upbringing is going to be a useful tool to them as they engage and interact with other people in society. This argument was succinctly put in a quote credited to David O. Mckay Thus,

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character: ”

Sadly, we live in a society without role models, where millions of students are taught the wrong values or no values at all. This culture of callousness has led to a staggering achievement gap, moral decadence, cultism and crime, school violence, teenage pregnancy, and drug and alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, moral values such as honesty, ethics, sacrifice, trustworthiness are being relegated to the background.

Fortunately, this book is emerging at the right time to right the wrong and provide the missing link. The author painstakingly regrets the gradual destruction of society and proffer solutions to curb the menace. All through in this book, the author has juxtaposed the relationship between academic performance and moral excellence and analysed the benefits of traits as honesty, integrity, friendship, perseverance, to mention but a few. The book serves satisfactorily the purpose of guidance and information and can be regarded as students’ companion.

Albeit the book is written specifically to address the students of higher learning but its benefit to the working class with ambition to assume leadership responsibility cannot be over emphasized. The depth of discussion of various philosophers and copious quotations facilitates better understanding of the subject and helps to open new horizon for further reading. The systemic and logical progression of the author's argument from tutelage to leadership role makes the book interesting to read.

The book consists of fourteen chapters, each dealing with specific aspect of subject matter, and attempt has been made to cover a reasonably wide spread of subject matter in a professionally and logical manner. Chapter one deliberates on self discovery and the need to obey natural instinct in choosing career or course of study in order to have sound foundation.

Chapter two discusses adaptation to change and benefit inherent in keeping eyes on the ball, and how one should avoid regrets and crying over split milk. Chapter three encourages one not to be sad and to always have a positive perspective about life, one should view any challenge as a stepping stone to a greater height. Chapter four teaches how to set reasonable goals in life and to always have a plan. because failure to plan is tantamount to planning to fail.

Chapter five highlights how one’s potentials could be explored for self development and the need to prioritize one's pursuit and have a differentiator to strive above normal.

Chapter six is a poetic chapter on friendship, it X'rays conditional and unconditional' friendship, an illustration of show me your friend to enable me tell who you are.

Chapter seven reveals the secret key to success and mistakes to avoid to be successful in life and answers a rhetoric question of ”is time actually money?” Chapter eight is about setting a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound) objective and analysis of goal triangle. Chapter nine advances discussion on why learning should be continuous from cradle to grave. ‘

Chapter ten warns on the repercussion of being arrogant as no one is indispensable and pride goes before a fall. Chapter eleven elaborates the composition of education as being academic, morals, attitude and characters.

Chapter twelve answers the question of what is next after exiting the four walls of the campus of academic citadel that is, after graduating from the world of fantasy to the world of reality.

Chapter thirteen epitomizes character traits and the benefits of Ingenuity, creativity, intuitive, wisdom and intelligence. Chapter fourteen unveils the evil of drug abuse, alcoholism, cultism and the danger associated with youthful exuberance, high crime rate and promiscuity.

As you look forward to exploring new knowledge from another perspective through this book, I will crave your indulgence to always remember this popular anonymous quote “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. ”

Engr. Usman Kayode Fasasi MNSE, R. COREN, ASQCQE, CMQ/OE, ' Assurance/Control Manager; Lagos.


The main aim of this book is to equip you with necessary intellectual armament to defeat All the possible hindrances and obstacles

Alone your road to success. Happy learning!

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