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Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list )


Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Adesiji Rabiu (MBA, CMC, PMP) authored a recently published book titled “Leading and Realizing Your Career Goals.”  I have interest in motivating people both individually or in small-groups to lead and realize their career goals.  I hold a master of business administration degree from the University of Alberta, an advanced certificate in project management from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Lagos.  I enjoy learning and reducing my ignorance.

Tell us what many people may not know about you?  
At the age of 15, while still in high school, I took matters into my own hands and changed schools myself because I was not satisfied nor did I feel challenged enough with the level of education and discipline that was being provided. I ended up in a military school where I felt the discipline I desired could be developed.

What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?  
I enjoy identifying and solving problems; I take advantage of learning opportunities and enjoy collaborating with diverse stakeholders to develop strategic and impactful solutions.

How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?
By loving others as much as I love myself and by trusting that I have been blessed with the ability to rise above any obstacle; by defining what I want for myself; by exercising patience; by being diligent; and through endurance and fortitude. I’d like to collaborate with those who have similar interests in bringing out the very best in everyone!

What would you like to be remembered for?  
Promoting literacy, diversity and inclusion; and standing for integrity, safety and respect.

How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?  
A day at a time! But, really, I don’t know what that means.

What are your favorite food, book, music and movie?
Food: Pounded yam, “stew on efo-riro” and goat meat/fish – a Nigerian delicacy!

Book: Leading and Realizing Your Career Goals” (Adesiji Rabiu); and “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)” (Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson)

Music: Rap & Gospel/worship songs

Movie: “The Negotiator” – Samuel L Jackson & Kevin Spacey / “A Beautiful Mind” – Russell Crowe

What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
Irrespective of your race, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, etc., you may have to do a little bit more than others to earn your place. Take the time to do it right, and finish strong, ethically.

Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like TD Jakes, Beyoncé, Tyler Perry, Obama, BET, etc.?
I think we can never run out of opportunities, and there are enough to go round. However, we may have to work harder for our own unique opportunities. In fact, we may have to create them, instead of waiting for someone to hand them over to us.  Generally, we may have to do a little bit more than others to earn our place. Take the time to think – be a learner, focus on being innovative, and be a teacher. Don’t wait to be acknowledged by anyone.

Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
Marvin Washington, Ph.D. [Author and Professor, Alberta, Canada]

My son, Tommy Rabiu [Student, Alberta Canada].

Should & do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?  
I think blacks in Canada (and everyone else) should support and patronize not only music and events that have meaning and promote literacy, but also businesses that encourage diversity and inclusion in their corporate culture, and in the communities where they operate.

What’s your understanding of Black History in Canada?  
As of Sunday, September 29, 2013, The Citizen and Immigration Canada website  ( displays that:  “Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.  Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.”

First, I would like Black History in Canada to not focus solely on “festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present” but should include future festivities and events as well.  I feel that including black Canadians who will chart our future can serve as a motivator for those who are currently not motivated to do something meaningful but who can be encouraged otherwise.

Secondly, the CIC website has posted photos of blacks who have been in the police force alone.  I would like to see on the home/default page a true representation in the diversity of disciplines, professions or vocations of blacks who we celebrate. I feel as though the current cic web page suggests that you have to be in the police force to be recognized.


A few words to an uninspired person:

Doing what you like best is one of the best gifts you can give yourself!  

Why are you not inspired? Take a moment to think about what you want? Write it/them down – and if you have more than one, take time to prioritize them! What obstacles do you see immediately? Write them down – and if you have more than one, take time to prioritize them.  Which of them can you handle alone? – Start doing something! Which of them do/would you need help with? Who can you identify as someone who could help? – Start engaging identified prospects.  The idea is to get you moving—you cannot afford to be stagnant!

You are enabled and empowered to act; you can reach the destination you have envisioned:  

Take the Lead—articulate your strengths, skills and preferred outcomes/goals
        Learn—be aware of the forces that may impact realizing your defined outcomes/goals. Realizing your defined and desired outcomes will involve thinking strategically and acting intelligently—making wise choices among alternatives.

Everyone must understand that developing and achieving an important goal requires and inspires patience, diligence, endurance, and fortitude—through patience and persistence, any type of obstacle, including those impacting your progress can be identified and subdued. For additional support, consider reading “Leading and Realizing Your Career Goals” available at and