By Ikenna Osuoha

Ms. May Ikokwu, Executive Director of the Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI) has advised young Nigerians to strive to emulate the character and correct attitudes of their mentors in order to become better learners.

Ikokwu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja on the occasion of World Mentoring Day.

He described mentoring as an imperative aspect of human development that was required to mold enviable characters.

“Mentoring usually involves a more knowledgeable person sharing their wisdom with someone who is less experienced.

“Mentors share their skills in the workplace, schools, places of worship, and professional organizations,” he said.

The Defender of Culture, who called on young people to avoid the temptations of materialism, said that character and integrity remain the greatest gifts.

He advised young people to always look for people with impeccable character rather than those with questionable and fraudulent character.

Ikokwu added: “Wherever one needs guidance, there are usually mentors.

“Those who are mentors generally find the position rewarding as well.”

She said that mentoring was also a great way to influence the young, urging older people to always lead a life of honor and integrity.

According to her, it is appropriate that older people, both in office and elsewhere, strive to be a good influence on younger ones.

Ikokwu identified a higher chance of graduating from school, healthier relationships with others, and better lifestyle choices as benefits of mentoring.

“Other benefits include improved self-esteem, self-confidence and behavior, lack of drug abuse, etc.,” he said.

The culture advocate warned young people to absorb the good qualities of their mentors without trying to be like them, because each person was created wonderfully and especially.

International Mentoring Day is celebrated annually on January 17.

International Mentoring Day fosters a global understanding of the mentoring movement around the world.

The day also raises awareness of the global contributions of mentoring. (NAN) (

Edited by Chidinma Agu/Ali Baba-inuwa

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