Lifestyle coach, Olusola bags two honorary doctorates
Africa’s foremost life coach and behavioural change psychologist, Lanre Olusola (aka The Catalyst), was at the weekend conferred with two honorary PhDs in Behavioural Change from Escae Benin University and Myles Leadership University in recognition of his record of excellent performance in service to humanity.
Presented with the awards in Lagos, Olusola first bagged an honorary doctoral degree in Behavioral Change from Escae Benin University with a double celebration before he was surprised with a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the Myles Leadership University.
Also, Business Coach and Strategist, Lukman Akanbi (aka The Switch), was conferred with an honorary degree in philosophy.
Vice Chancellor of Escae University, Dr. Theodore Mehobah (represented by Registrar of the institution, Dr. Mathew Mario), said the PhD was due to Olusola’s immense contributions to the human capital and capacity development industry.
He said: “He revolutionised the coaching industry in Africa with the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA), having spent over two decades building great businesses and leaders in different sectors of the economy in the world. He is a trailblazer who has revolutionised the coaching industry in Africa.”
The Chief Catalyst at OLCA, Lanre Olusola, has garnered 20 years of coaching experience with expansive studies in the fields of Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Performance Improvement Management, Human Cognitive-Behavioural Psychology, Meta Medicine, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Matrix Reimprinting and more.
Olusola also serves as an executive director at EbonyLife Media and is a Board of Trustee member at the International Coach Federation (ICF) Nigeria.
He is the creator of the ESP and VSP 5-star performance models, which have been used globally, one of the many beneficiaries being Stanford University’s Affiliate Faculty, the Institute for Venture Design. He is the founder of the Life Coaches Association of Nigeria (LCAN) and a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.
Olusola appreciated Escae Benin University and Myles Leadership University for the double honour. Speaking on his journey about life and impact, he described it as a secret of transcendence, helping people fulfill their dreams, achieve their goals and aspirations, which is the highest need of humanity.
He said: “The most successful businesses and entrepreneurs are the people that have identified problems, needs, people’s pain that they are solving. That is the concept of impact; waking up everyday and adding value to humanity. That is your identity. Impact is what will give you fulfillment and satisfaction and help you build wealth, good name, credibility, a great brand and phenomenal reputation. It is what we should be living for.
“I was called and commissioned into life coaching. I was running 14 business expressions about 20 years ago. I was in a room praying and God told me, ‘this is the reason I created you. I need you to go out there and transform lives and minds’. I didn’t strive. I didn’t think about it. I didn’t know what it meant about 20 years ago. There was nothing like coaching industry. So, I was simply obeying. The rest is history.”
Speaking on his vision for Nigeria, he said Nigeria is seen at the centre of positivity and centre stage of impact across the world, where the country sits next to great countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom and Dubai.
He said: “We, as Africans, have always been at the epicentre of civilisation, impact and engineering, architecture, astronomy, astrology, medicine, science, and we need to find our epicentre. We need to get back to who we were and who we are. And that’s the Nigeria that I see. Nigerians have a great legacy out there and they also have a negative legacy out there. I see a country where our great legacy is what the world is hearing about, and they want to come to Nigeria to find out the place that produces these people.”
Those in attendance include the CEO of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu; MD/CEO at Eterna Oil and Gas Plc, Mahmud Tukur; renowned creative artist and photographer, T.Y. Bello; CEO of Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation, Osayi Alile; Executive Chairman of Argentil Capital Partners, Adekunle Adedeji; Principal Consultant, Charles O’Tudor; President of the Life Coaches Association of Nigeria (LCAN), Enahoro Okhae; and President of International Coach Federation (ICF), Sochi Ilomechina.