Interview with Oluwatoni Adetola

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Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: Kindly introduce yourself sir

Guest: My name is Oluwatoni Odelola. I hail from Osun state. I am a graduate of Microbiology from the University of Lagos, and I am currently a student of Medicine and Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. I have four siblings.

Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: *Can you please tell us what you did aside Academics in school?

Mr . Oluwatoni : During my first undergraduate degree programme, I founded a non-profit organization for students. It was established to help students to excel in the area of academics, but running the organization extended beyond academics, just like any other non-profit. That was my major activity outside academics, and as the founder, I had to devote quality time to it. Asides that, I belonged to a group in my church, known as the Youth Against Drug Addiction Ministry, where I served as the assistant general secretary.

Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: *What is the name of the non-profit organization?

Mr . Oluwatoni : It’s known as Team 110% (one hundred and ten percent).

Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: What does your team do?


Mr . Oluwatoni: We mentor and support students to achieve their goals. We began with a focus on the academic aspect, but we have stretched beyond that, over the past few years. Team 110% provides mentors – undergraduates and graduates – for students who desire a better academic performance. We also organize several programs, such as regular tests, mock examinations, reading sessions, etc. which help to boost the students’ level of preparedness for tests and examinations.
Recently, we included tutorials to the list of programmes. The feedbacks have been really inspiring.

Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: *What are the skills you obtained in school?


Mr . Oluwatoni: We mentor and support students to achieve their goals. We began with a focus on the academic aspect, but we have stretched beyond that, over the past few years. Team 110% provides mentors – undergraduates and graduates – for students who desire a better academic performance. We also organize several programs, such as regular tests, mock examinations, reading sessions, etc. which help to boost the students’ level of preparedness for tests and examinations.
Recently, we included tutorials to the list of programmes. The feedbacks have been really inspiring.


Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: *What are the skills you would advice an undergraduate to obtained before leaving school?

Mr . Oluwatoni: I would advice students to obtain skills that can make them relevant in today’s world. They need to have problem solving skills, entrepreneurship skills, creative thinking, emotional intelligence, and several others. These are soft skills. Every student must gain proficiency in the Microsoft suite of programs such as MS Word and Excel. Students need to be able to make presentations and write academic papers.
Those who are interested in crafts should also develop and master the necessary skills.

Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: *Please share a story we can learn from


Mr . Oluwatoni : Just before I began my second undergraduate degree programme in medical school, I was in search of a job. At the beginning, it was quite difficult for me to get one, even with my class of degree. I never stopped running my non-profit organization even after graduation, and so I was pretty occupied with my organization even while searching for a job. To cut the long story short, I eventually got not one, but two good positions. The beauty of the story is that, in both cases, the impact that I had made through my organization spoke for me, amongst other things. The interviewers were particularly impressed with this. I can remember one of the interviewers stating that he was going to recommend me mainly because of what I had been doing with my non-profit organization. This was amazing for me, because until that time, very few people truly understood the importance of the organization. Only the students – who were direct beneficiaries – could appreciate what Team 110% stood for. It had been difficult getting sponsors outside the academic field because most individuals did not seem to see how the organization was creating value. Sitting in front of interviewers and listening to them express their joy that someone was doing what they would have loved to do, themselves, was simply awesome.
I love this story because there are several lessons for anyone who is in pursuit of purpose. Know your journey and stick to your path. Never get carried away with what others are achieving. Focus! There were several other things I desired to do in school, but I was never chanced to participate, because I had to sacrifice my time for my studies and my organization. I have not yet achieved as much as I aim for, but the sacrifices have begun to pay off for me, in one way or the other Students need to understand their own uniqueness and trust the process. Do not engage in activities just to create a name or to beautify your CV. Genuinely serve God and man, and you will be rewarded when the time is ripe. And for students who usually find it difficult to help others, network, or to participate in extracurricular activities, they need to understand that some doors may never open to academic certificates. We have to be well-rounded. Seek to make impact beyond the academic sphere. Utilize your talents to serve God and humanity. Be willing to work extra hard in your studies and extracurricular activities.

Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: *How are you managing your Foundation with medicine?

Mr . Oluwatoni: Interestingly, I haven’t gone far in medical school. However, in the little time that I have spent, I have been able to manage both sides by planning ahead, which involves prioritizing and delegating tasks. It also requires a higher level of self-discipline on my part.
Also, I am blessed with several leaders, and they are always willing to cover for me whenever I cannot be available. Undoubtedly, Medicine is a rigorous journey, but the grace of God has been made available for me.

Arinola Be Inspired✍🏻: *What is your best inspirational quote?

Mr . Oluwatoni : Favourite inspirational quote:

“Anyone who can really pray, has no problem at all.” (Dr D.K Olukoya).

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2 thoughts on “Interview with Oluwatoni Adetola”

  1. Ayemidun Toheeb Temitope

    Continue with the inspirational trip to the top,surely you will be there soon in shaa Allah.

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