Finishers Initiative for Social Transformation (FIST), a social branch of Finishing church, launched a book, “40 Life Lessons at 40”, written by Frederick Adetiba.
The book presentation took place on Saturday as part of the second edition of FIST’s Faith and Governance program in Abuja.
On the theme “Personal Transformation: An Imperative for National Renaissance”, the host said he promotes the values of a new Nigeria which is “our collective responsibility”.
The nonprofit said it hopes to raise exceptional and responsible citizens who will have a positive impact on their society, among others.
In his speech, Mr. Adetiba, the executive director of FIST, said that since the advent of the Fourth Republic, the quality of governance has more or less deteriorated.
The threat has brought the country to its current deplorable state which is evident in everything we see around us, he said, adding that “at the root of all these social ills is poor governance and that’s what we’re grappling with. with now.
Looking at our trajectories over the years, Mr. Adetiba noted, it’s no surprise that we are where we are today. “A nation does not collapse overnight. It is an accumulation of decisions taken daily, including policies.
He added that a nation cannot develop beyond the quality of the values and principles to which its people subscribe. “In other words, we have to start accepting responsibility for the way things are going.”
Book reviewer Soji Adeniyi said the 176-page book is not a regular publication. He said the quality is international level.
In the words of the author, the book is a compilation that is intended to be a tool and a testimony of personal transformation.
Mr. Adeniyi said some of the testimonies changed his life after reading the book. He said the author described practical examples that will help readers resonate with their life experiences.
He praised the author for the style and fluidity of the presentation of the book, “which is done in plain language”.
Mr Adeniyi urged readers to pay attention to the details of the book, saying it is a beautiful book, even in print.
“It is also a reference book because it becomes an evaluation manual and you have to constantly ask yourself what I am learning.
Additionally, lead presenter Sam Amadi said his presentation focused on classics from personal development to group transformation.
According to Mr. Amadi, it is the personal development of individuals that influences a group transformation.
This, he said, can be achieved through focus and commitment to priorities as well as support for accountability.
Mr Amadi added that Nigerians cannot achieve the desired change through prayers and elect leaders. He said it must be a deliberate effort and get the right people for the right jobs.
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