By Josiah Egedegbe
Seven professionals carefully selected on Thursday stormed the Delta state campus of the Deeper Life High School situated in Opete, Udu local government area of Delta state.
The professionals were drawn from Law, medicine, engineering, journalism, banking and a presenter from Crown FM in Warri, the business hub of Delta state.
The professionals include Barrister Stephen Igheghe, the chief inspector of education in Udu local government area; Dr. Owhode Ashaka, medical director of Ashaka clinic in Udu; Austin Oyibode, Editor-in-Chief of Emeraldng.com, online media; Stephen Oluwaniyi from Ecobank; Chimaobi Joseph, head of news and sports, Crown FM; Engr. Siloko Jonas, chemical engineer from NNPC.
The event was a career talk with students of the school who were adorned in different professional uniforms to indicate the career they have already chosen as they progress in their studies.
It was a special event where the students were grilled on various professions they could fix themselves into and make a living for themselves in the near future and contribute to building the Nigerian society.
Specifically, the students were adorned in engineering wears, medical doctor wears with stethoscopes, those interested in studying law were attired in gowns and wigs, those interested in becoming pilots wore uniforms of pilots, those keen on becoming footballers were also adorned in football jerseys indicating their willingness to become footballers as their future careers.
Those who are interested in journalism, accountancy and business managers, army, navy and others were also identified in the large hall where the career talk was held.
It was an eye opening session for the over 300 students as the resource persons spoke extensively on the various careers that students could go into and make a great future for themselves, their families and contribute to the growth of the Nigerian society.
Media expert and editor of Emeraldng.com, Austin Oyibode, took the students on the strength and role of journalism in the digital age. He dwelt on the impact of journalism in society and how society could be built and developed by the special investigative articles being done by media people.
He told the students that there is a paradigm shift from the traditional media to digital media, insisting that most newspapers have laid off staff as the digital journalism has overtaken traditional media practice of newspaper publishing.
He said in the nearest future, newspapers will fade out giving way to online journalism in Nigeria, even as he said that the possession of android phones and other technological devices is gradually reducing the patronage of mainstream newspapers in Nigeria.
He said without journalism, society cannot survive adding that governments all over the world are not willing to expose their ills to society but with the prying eyes of journalists, governments have no option but to submit to the need for accountability to the citizens of their countries.
He added that journalists have helped build societies, exposed rots in governments, lifted people from grass to grace and transform nations and societies, noting that for society too move forward, the place of journalism cannot be overemphasized.
The medical doctor, Ashaka, Engineer Siloko, and Mr. Olowaniyi gave various insights into their different fields where the students could choose away from parental influence and imposed decisions.
Questions were raised and answers that are applicable to the questions were given. It was an exciting moment with the young minds, some of whom may not understand some of the issues discussed because of their tender age.
The Delta state overseer of Deeper life Bible church, Pastor Pious Idume, told the students that they should maintain good attitude as having dreams alone without the attitude that could lead to its actualization, the dreams may perish with the dreamer.
Principal of the school, Peter Osiki Monday, other staff, academic and non-academic, were present in the hall who also participated in all the sessions of the career talk.