IT WILL BE AWESOME IF WE MEET YOU, SIR

My name is Anani Sunday. I’m a born again Christian by the grace of God. I’m married to Oluwatimileyin Anani (that’s my black queen). I work as an accountant in Lagos. I also have my private business aside my conventional work. I’m a writing trainer. I also train people on personal financial management. Born in Nigeria, though my parents are Togolese. I’m also a graduate of University Of Lagos. I’m an author who has written three e-books.

LOOKING AT OUR WORLD TODAY, WHERE EVERYTHING AS REGARDS KNOWLEDGE IS AT OUR FINGERTIPS, IS THERE A NEED FOR MENTORSHIP?

I’ll need to define what mentorship is before I talk about the need for mentorship. Mentorship is both a relationship and a process. It’s a relationship because it involves two or more people and a process because that relationship grows through interaction. It is a relationship where one called the mentor takes the other called the mentee goes through a process, and that process is often related to what the mentor has been successful at and the mentee learning from the mentor how to achieve much more.

For example, someone calls me her writing mentor. There is one part of her life that has to do with writing so she needs somebody that can take her though a journey. people have mentors for different reason. the need for mentorship is to get better. it is the process whereby you get better. it gives room for encouragement as well. It is important in impact making, for chastising so as to put them through what they ought to do. The needs are innumerable.

AGREED, MENTORSHIP IS NECESSARY. WHAT THEN IS THE LIMIT TO A MENTOR/MENTEE RELATIONSHIP?

Well, there ought to be limits. The mentor is somebody on his own and the mentee is another person on his own so there are limits as to what the relationship involves. Limits should be placed when the mentorship is a mixed sex relationship, particularly as to physical contact. There should be limit to what should be done. For instance, if a mentor does something wrong to achieve a goal you’re also looking up to, if what he is telling you to do is wrong in the face of the law or against your Christian faith, you should be able to put a limit to what you’re told to do. Let there be a limit to a way you have to coerce a mentee into doing what you want him to do. I think this are some of the limits that should be placed on the mentorship process.

WHILE GROWING, DID YOU HAVE A MENTOR? WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN MENTORING YOUNG ONES?

When I was growing, I’ll say I had a mentor because a mentor is one who provides a guide. Clearly. I’ll say I had a mentor and that mentor is Mr. Michael . During one of his interactions with me, he made a statement that never left Me. He said, “what a man will become is the function of his mind.” At times people may not known you’re their mentee because of distance and communication challenge.

WE ESTABLISHED EARLIER THAT MENTORSHIP IS NECESSARY, BUT WE ARE IN A JET AGE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Well, I don’t think mentoring should be tied to an age. At whatever age, mentorship is needed to take you to where you ought to be. When I was serving, a pastor, told me about mentoring. he said mentors are the men at the top guiding other to follow. even at times, you may say information is everywhere on the Internet but you don’t know how to start, continue or end, so you still need people to guide you. It is needful to say that one who has a mentor will fare better than a person without a mentor.

ARE THERE STORIES IN A MENTOR/MENTEE RELATIONSHIP? IF YES, COULD YOU CITE EXAMPLES?

There are many stories from this relationship. If you ask around you will hear many stories. If there is none I know at all, at least there is one I know of in the Bible which is the Elijah Elisha mentorship. Elisha was a young man learning the ways of Elijah and we can see from the Bible that Elisha followed Elijah to the point oh his departure. We could see that somebody was following somebody and Elisha did so much more than Elijah that is a success story Elisha lived a life that was massively successful. I myself, I’m a success because I followed the steps of somebody whose story rubbed off on me. If I didn’t have his guidance, I will have remained in my ignorance. Those two I know of is okay for me to form opinion that mentorship yields result.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR THE YOUTHS?

For this interview, I’ll say that the youths need to have a sense of self-awareness you need to be aware of yourself before you can be aware of the society. You need to answer the question of who am I , what can i do. know yourself and ask yourself what you want to achieve. look for someone who can guide you ask around who can teach you what you don’t know get people who have achieved what you want to achieve. You also have to be careful because there are some people who want to capitalize on your youthfulness. you need to do t prayerfully to. You also have to learn self motivation because there are times when there will be no one to motivate you. lastly, make sure you no God. If you don’t know God, you don’t know anybody,]. God can actually do a lot for you. Know him through Christ, the author and finisher of your faith.