An Ibadan Girl’s Guide to Lifelong Learning

I bet you have already figured out that I am definitely not an expert on this topic. Heck, I am hardly even qualified to speak on it. We both know I am almost a good five decades away from the global average life expectancy. I reckon anyone who has passed the global average is an expert (expert being defined very loosely here). Anyway, we are here. Might as well delve into this.

My first tip would be healthy curiosity. You are probably thinking “But curiosity killed the cat!” Well, true. Curiosity did kill the cat but hey, guess what, satisfaction brought it back. Yes, yes, that is indeed the lesser known end of the well-known saying.

Another tip would be to select your company. It just so happens that the kind of content that the people in your immediate mental, social and physical environment consume dictates a lot of the kind of content you consume. I bet that, as kids, we all heard the saying “Evil communication corrupts good manners” more times than we cared to hear it. Urgghh. Turns out our parents and those annoying teachers were right. The people you closely and constantly interact with can determine a lot about you. Including your approach to learning.

The final tip is to learn. Yep, to learn. On your own terms and rules. Determine the kind of knowledge that you want, your approach to learning and where you want to source the knowledge from. Pick topics and issues that genuinely interest you and not the hot topic that everyone seems to be raving about. Learn in your own time and at your own pace and in ways that make learning pleasurable.

Well, well, well. It turns out I ended up creating an actual guide. LOL. I hope you found this helpful!

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