Shadrach Titus Adelegan, one of Nigeria’s astute politicians of the First Republic, and an outstanding educationist and community leader is one of the few Nigerians who have contributed in great and concrete terms to the development of humanity.
The whole of my life revolves around my motto: AUDERE et PATI, which translates into dare and endure. It was
fashionable in the olden days to fathom school motto from Latin. There is a lot in motto that serves as an inspiration
for charting the course of the lives of people in the journies through Planet Earth. I also adopted this as the dictum for Ipetu Ijesha Grammar School that I founded and labored very hard to build for 15 years. This was partly borne out of the fact that I graduated in Latin,History and English. Latin was my best subject and so it was really part of me. Every time we had the Founder’s Day or valedictory ceremonies, I used to explain the meaning of
the motto and doggedness in the pursuit of their ambitions to my students.
This greatly helped them to be what they became in life. Anyone that applies the motto in the pursuit of his/her endeavours would surely record success. Audere means daring – meaning to dare and dare is conjugated from the word audacity. Daring does not mean stupidity but to stand to do something as in the song: ‘Dare to be a Daniel Dare to stand-alone Dare to have a purpose firm Dare to make it known.
That is the type of daring. It is like the Yoruba adage which says – ‘Eni to ba fe je eyin inu apata, ko gbodo wo enu aake: “whoever plans to eat honey from the rock would not heed the damage to the axe”. This could be further explained with a song of praise:
Father hear the prayer we offer
Not for ease that prayer shall be
But for strength that we may
Always live our lives courageously
Not for ever by still waters
Do we ask our way to be
But we strike the living water
From the rocks along our ways
Roads in those days were always crooked and so, longer that what we have this age. During construction works, mountains, rocks and valleys were avoided and so the roads bent a lot. But nowadays, when engineers come across rocks along the road they are constructing, they are not dejected. They utilize their skills and facilities to remove the hinderance. They are happy because they could get materials to use in the rock to be broken. They therefore broke through the rock rather than avoid the obstacles. I taught my students that hard work, prayers and a bit of luck would always shift mountains on their paths in life.