Interview with the student union ex-vice president


Arinola be-inspired(host): Good day my ready to be inspired audience. I am Oseni Islamiat Arinola, your regular host on Be Inspired with Arinola.

 On today’s session, we have a beautiful and amazing lady who is an all rounder. She has experience in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and humanitarian services without neglecting academics. Kindly introduce yourself ma, while introducing yourself, we would like you to tell us your school, department, level or year of graduation if graduated.

Guest: I am Abdulrasaq Kaosarah Adeyi, a recent graduate of University of Ilorin. I studied Forestry and Wildlife in University of Ilorin. I am the executive director of ABK Concept and ABK Farms.

Arinola be-inspired: What are the things you did together with academics to earn money?

Miss Abdulrasaq: I am into Agribusiness, Graphics and Printing Business.

Arinola be-inspired: What has been the challenges you have faced since you ventured into entrepreneurship?

Miss Abdulrasaq: Each of the business I do has their challenges ranging from funding, business hazard and business management with school activities.

Arinola be-inspired: You were involved in politics, Can you please tell us the positions you have held so far?

Miss Abdulrasaq: I have occupied different political positions both in University of Ilorin and National level.

 My political activities started in 2016 and I have served as the Welfare Secretary of Unilorin Forestry Students Association (UFSA)-2016/2017

General Secretary of Nigerian Society for Environmental Conservation-2016/2017

Vice President, Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students (University of Ilorin)-2017/2018

Student Union Vice President of University of Ilorin 2018/2019.

Arinola be-inspired: How were you able to balance politics, entrepreneurship with academics successfully?

 Miss Abdulrasaq: Combining academics, politics and business together is not an easy task, I had to make a lot of sacrifices.
But the major thing that helped me is my ability to manage my time and engaging in productive activities.
I made it a point of duty to schedule my activities before leaving home in the morning.
I go to classes when I have lectures, in between classes I attend to my official duty. My designs are being done majorly at midnight which is one of the sacrifice I said earlier.

Also, I have a team we work together and this makes my work easier.

Arinola be-inspired: Aside money, What are the other opportunities politics and entrepreneurship has created for you?

Miss Abdulrasaq: It has greatly aided my personal development and networks. These two things are helping me greatly now.

Arinola be-inspired:  Considering the fact that you were involved in a lot, were your academics affected at all?

Miss Abdulrasaq: No it didn’t. In fact it helped me more because I had to work harder.

Arinola be-inspired: Were your parents aware that you were involved in other things aside academics while studying? Did they give their consent?

Miss Abdulrasaq: Yes they know of every of my activities. I consult them before taking any step for guidance and prayer.

Arinola be-inspired: Have you ever volunteered for any organization?

Miss Abdulrasaq: Yes I have volunteered for numerous organizations. Some of which are Evergreen initiatives and Brain Builders International.

Arinola be-inspired: Since you started your cat fish business what are the challenges you have faced so far?

Miss Abdulrasaq: I had a major loss in 2017. I also have difficultly in expansion due to funding.

Arinola be-inspired: I saw a broadcast some time last night that you are hiring, Is the offer still available?

Miss Abdulrasaq: Yes it is. The deadline is by 20th September.

Arinola be-inspired: Do you enjoy what you do?

Miss Abdulrasaq: Yes, I derive so much joy in it.

Arinola be-inspired : What are the things you will advice students to engage in that could be of benefit to them and also earn them money?

Miss Abdulrasaq: I won’t mention any but I would say We all have a talent. Everyone should try and discover what they have passion for and plan on how to monetize it.
Equip yourself with the necessary skills in demand in this 21st century.

Arinola be-inspired: Concerning academics, entrepreneurship,politics, What are the mistakes you made or things you think you should have done better?

Miss Abdulrasaq: None, everything happened the way it has been ordained by God.
I have no regret whatsoever.

Arinola be-inspired: Any words of advice/inspirational message for students who would love to do other things aside academics while studying?

Miss Abdulrasaq: Combining academics with extracurricular activities is not easy but it is possible.
Once you plan your ways and seek for God’s guidance, everything will always work out well.

Arinola be-inspired: What is your best inspirational quote?

Miss Abdulrasaq: If you believe you can, then you can and there is no limitation to what you can achieve if you are positive about it.

Arinola be-inspired: Thanks for honoring our invite ma, we really appreciate it.

Miss Abdulrasaq: You are welcome. 

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