ALC Heroes and their Super Powers

You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.

Preface

The Andela Learning Community (ALC) is a network of people, technologists and tech enthusiasts across Africa dedicated to learning how to use technology to solve humanity’s problems. The ALC facilitates learning through the aid of guided mentorship from super awesome learning community ambassadors with the goal to provide an ever-growing population of aspiring technologists with the resources and environments they need to become world-class problem solvers.

2019: The year I made a LIFE

I was appointed to lead the South West II region of Nigeria. The South West II region comprises of 5 states: Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Ogun, and 87 Local Government Areas. The South West region of Nigeria vaunts about being the heart of the learning community. This is because of the admirable level of industrialization in this region. More learners was commensurate to more work. I was desperately in need of the perfect volunteers — selfless and skillful — who derive a sense of well-being and peculiar gratification in helping learners in their respective region attain the actionable KPI targets. Each of the region was also led by a state or lead facilitator who I was in frequent contact with in order to ensure the involvement of other LCAs in their respective region.

Ondo state LCAs: L-R; Ayotunde, Endurance, Olufemi, Victor and Samson posing with the volunteers cake during the volunteers hangout.

The Power of Selfless Volunteerism

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn

It is difficult to find selfless volunteers who do not take pride in their welfare but in the welfare of others. I was fortunate to work with volunteers that I can brag to the whole world about their selflessness. Because of this, I have earned myself a bragging right for FREE. Although at first it was quite challenging, I enjoyed meta learning — learning how to learn. I also acquired another super power towards success in ethical and effective leadership: wise delegation and effective communication. It is by far very important to note that in this age and time, most people listen to reply and not to understand. Because of this, being able to effectively communicate requires you to be on the lookout for pointers while communicating. Ab initio to this present moment of writing this article, I am fully persuaded that the success of ALC 4.0 wouldn’t have been possible without the self-sacrifice of the learning community ambassadors.

Attribution

Olufemi Olaniyi
Emmanuel Joseph
Sodiq Ogunyeiwa
Ani Kenechi
Luthfulahi Oseni

Just a guy who writes about life, technology and artificial intelligence. Website: tobilobaadejumo.com