Oladimeji Ramon

Broadcasting icon and former Nigerian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dr Christopher Kolade, shared his  life lessons at a public lecture to mark the 78th birthday of the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

The lecture, the sixth in a series, was with the title, ‘Life and living: Examining the essence of life’   was  held at the University of Lagos.

It was chaired by UNILAG Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, and attended by Adeboye’s wife, Folu.

In his lecture, Kolade, 88, said he had come to discover that life was a God-given gift and to learn its essence and put it to correct and profitable use, one must necessarily consult God.

He  said he had also realised that the most authentic source of information on living a purposeful life was the scripture, since it is a compilation of God’s thoughts and words on how to live.

The former diplomat  said,  “So, one of the things that I have learnt in my time is that I should follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, and seek answers from that which has been written in the scripture.”

He said from reading the scripture, he had gained the understanding that “the life given to us is meant for good works.”

He said one of the best ways to show gratitude to God for the gift of life was to “do good works that are visible.”

Kolade said, “Many flowers blood and fade away in deserted places, seen by no one. Those lines in Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy’ are actually a metaphor for ordinary people doing heroic things; for instance, ordinary lay people bringing up children in faith and fear of God and with best values, standards and discipline; also, village folk who contribute funds from their meagre income to finance the higher education of the child of a member of the community.

“These best-practice activities are never reported in the news or recorded in history. Like a precious stone lying dormant at the bottom of the ocean or a beautiful flower blooming deep in the forest, their work may not be seen or known, but it is nevertheless heroic. The sacrificial lives of these village folk are beautiful in the sight of the Giver of Life and will attract His special reward, even if their deeds are never given any media publicity.”

A  professor of Anatomy at UNILAG College of Medicine, Ademola Oremosu, said his 37 years of examining the human body had shown him that “without a soul there is no life.”

Also, a professor of Economics, Risikat Dauda, advised Nigerians on ethical living, recalling how her Ukrainian lecturer often said that, “If you ask a Nigerian to bring a document signed by God himself, he will bring it.”