Yeni Stories

Oak in the Acorn

Did you notice two “children” who were always roaming the frontage of Civil Engineering departmental office, FUTA in early 2010, on Fridays. You probably didn’t notice because the children weren’t that consequential as at then. Their Saturdays to Thursdays were for intense study and Fridays were for fasting and “claiming of the land”

Joel and I were the children and such were the routine we carried out during our Pre-degree Science Programme in Nigeria’s best University of Technology (FUTA). It was crazy and quite funny looking back now.

I’d put in to study Civil Engineering and Metallurgy and Material Engineering while Joel had by chance chosen Mining Engineering and Civil Engineering in that order. But we were hoping that we’ll be Civil Engineering undergraduates later in the year. We ticked PDS, UTME and Post-UTME boxes without much stress and got admitted later in 2010, Joel into Mining Engineering while I was offered Civil Engineering. Sad that we got separated, but still we moved.

Fast forward to 2020

Joel is a Medical Doctor and I’m a Construction Project Manager with PMP waiting to attain the P.Eng status soon. On the journey to earn my Bachelor of Engineering Degree I’ve earned professional photography skills among other things.

Sometimes time is the revealer of our latent talents and what we’re really meant to do. I didn’t see Medical Doctor part coming also but it’s a seed in time. Time reveals the oak in the acorn if men can commit to the assignment of cultivation.

Alexander Pope rightly put it to “Act well your part, (for) there all the honour lies”. Thus far has the path of resilience lead us. We look forward to blazing several trails in our paths even as we brace up to take the next ten years with all we have.

About the author

Yeni Manuel

Ayeni Emmanuel Olaoluwa; Yeni Manuel for short is a young and agile man with the vision to "light up your light". He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Nigeria's foremost University of Technology; The Federal University of Technology, Akure. He has passion for writing and a legendary penchant for human development. He loves reading, travelling, researching, counselling and taking time to talk people to life. He's a practising graduate engineer and certified PMP and he enjoys it.


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