Charles Ighalo Written by Charles Ighalo · 1 min read >

The value of business schools can never be over emphasized in our society today. As it has been proven that graduates from these schools tend to do better in management than graduates from regular schools. HR personnel in blue-chip Companies will rather interview applicants from business schools first before others as it is believed that they have better communication skills, greater awareness of the global market, better time management and other required qualities. History has also shown that 90% of successful blue-chip companies’ owner pass through business school.

This understanding kept ringing in my head and eventually pushed me to enroll at the prestigious Lagos Business School as an EMBA cohort. The admission process was brain tasking as I was required to write an aptitude test that must be passed excellently and take interview with top lecturers in the school. The preparation was hard, I haven’t read in fifteen years and here I am, with a goal, that requires reading for success. However, i pulled through against all odds and admission came through. Hurray!!! Am I celebrating too early? Well, keep reading.

Just like new brides looking ahead of a future of love and flowers, we resumed orientation. The goal was clear, networking and gain knowledge. I don’t think the glow lasted up to three hours into orientation as the facilitators were very truthful with the program requirements.  Class participation, attendance, presentations, and lots of writings was mentioned and trust me, we were not prepared for this. The jamboree was over, but one thing stood out; all the facilitators had either their MBA or PHD in Lagos Business School. They probably know what is good for us and obviously the school. What was I even thinking? That we will be treated like kings and queens because our course name started with executive? Hell no, it is a business school, and the idea is to groom and nurture people to be better managers.

A week after the brush up week, one of our colleagues drop out. His reason was genuine, but it sends a wrong signal to me. Was he scare of the commitment? Maybe the lecturers were too direct during orientation, and he grew cold feet? Anyways, I still have my other colleagues and vibe still positive. First class came, trust Nigerians, everybody wanted to talk, and it felt childish as certain things were mentioned in class that didn’t match the topic of discussion. But you know, participation in class comes with its reward and that’s what is it. Weeks later, another colleague dropped out, morale was affected again, however, life goes on. But our attention was drawn to a section of the clock-in clock-out document; the re-takers drop-down list, for some courses it was long and discouraging.

Enough of the scary gist, Lagos Business School is quite engaging with a curriculum that is intuitive to the cause. I will always recommend to people. My next blog will complete the story and may be at the end, we will agree together. #EMBA27.

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