All Posts By David Ogunshola

To lift families out of poverty, don’t give them money; teach their children to code.

In May 2020, the Federal Government of Nigeria stated that it was spending 9.24 Billion Naira (over $23.8 million) in one state of Nigeria in its attempt to lift families out of poverty. What the government does is share money to families under a scheme called Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT). This money is transferred to…

Problems looking for solutions: illegal oil refining & the soot pandemic in Port Harcourt city

On 26th April 2018, CNN published an article on their news website titled “Port Harcourt: why is this Nigerian city covered in a strange black soot?” The city which used to be called “The Garden City” now had a cloud of black soot everywhere that was becoming a major cause of concern for both residents,…

Problems looking for solutions: Waste Management & Land Pollution

The Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated yearly in Nigeria is between 16.8 – 25.3 million tons. Nigeria’s population according to the World Bank is about 206 million people and with this number, it is estimated that every individual produces about 0.1 tons of solid waste yearly. The government of Akwa Ibom State on their official…

Surviving A Business Failure or Career Loss

In 2014 I co-founded a business with a loan of N500,000 gotten from a family member. We paid back the loan within 6 months, and over the next 3 years, the business had expanded with physical offices in 12 states of Nigeria and about 45 direct employees plus dozens of indirect workers. Business was good….

Activism and Aluta won’t change Nigeria, but Strategy will.

Hopes Dashed When the ENDSARS protests began in late 2020, many young Nigerians thought this was it. We believed this was our opportunity to finally bring about the much-desired change that Nigeria needs. “Finally, the youth have come together with one voice and this old-cargo generation of manipulative and corrupt politicians who are not willing…

Doing Missions in the Digital Age (Video)

Technology has changed the way we do everything in the world today. This is not different for the missionary enterprise. In what ways do the digital advancements our generation is experiencing create new opportunities for the advancement of the Gospel. A few thoughts have been shared in this video.

How to Discover and Pursue your Purpose – Part 1

What is my purpose on earth? Why am I here? What was I born or created to do? Is my life making any sense? Is this the right step for me to take now? If you have found yourself asking any of these questions, then you are at the right place.  You are not alone….

My Missionary Chronicles: Ogoja Refugee Settlements

In 2019, I accidentally got to meet a few Cameroonian refugees on transit, fleeing their country in search of safety. This has become a journey of more than one year now. Let me give you a speed ride of this journey.

Created to die – a parable of chickens and purpose

I remember a story my father used to tell to illustrate a life of purpose. A man bought two chickens, fed them and took care of them. His goal was that by Christmas that year, they would be grown enough and would be slaughtered as Christmas chicken. Every day he fed them, he was picturing…

Maybe we needed to be slowed down.

This evening while playing badminton with my wife at home, we sat on the balcony and watched others play, as we talked, she reminded me that this was the third day in a row we have played. Very unusual. But she loved it. The typical us are always busy – and what keeps us busy…