Joshua Adewolu is definitely one of the youths to look out for in this generation from graduating as the best student in Mechatronics engineering from Afe Babalola University, getting a certification in Mechatronics from the Institute of Industrial Technology, Lagos. He is currently in a master’s degree program, at The New York University, in Mechatronics and Robotics. In all these, he is constantly being awarded for his exploits in The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, one of which includes being a part of the Top 100 Soul-winners in the Loveworld Nation. Here he talks about tech, soul-winning and his personal life.
Over the years you keep adding more value to your work, what makes all you do so important to you?
Well, it’s important because the essence of our being on earth is to make an impact for Jesus and make the world a much better place. That’s my driving forces. So, with the gospel and technology, I’m making this happen.
Who is your tech inspiration?
My tech inspiration I believe is from the Holy Spirit because He has a plan for the people in the tech world. I see it as my Chariot. I initially thought I was going to become a doctor like my parents and my elder brother. But then as I grew up, I found myself inclining more towards the engineering field because I was fascinated by how devices work and wanted to build stuff by myself.
My dad is also a big inspiration because he spurred me on in this field and ensured I got everything I required to be successful in the tech industry.
And also, I admire Silas Adekunle a lot and what he has been able to achieve in the field of robotics.
How do you keep yourself refreshed in your tech skills?
I keep myself refreshed by studying. I study a lot. The tech world moves really fast so updating your knowledge is very important. And with the help of the Holy Spirit, you are contacted to the right people as well.
To aspiring techs, what qualities do you advise them to develop in order to enhance their skill?
Like I said, study. It’s very important. You can learn any skill today on the internet without having to go to school. Desire, passion and commitment, that’s what you need.
How do you complete projects that appear as trying?
Well, I can say I have had to meet lots of due dates in terms of accomplishing projects. Pastor Chris has said don’t be motivated by the fear of failure but by the joy and euphoria of success. If you are motivated by fear of failing, you will make something quite alright, but it won’t be the best but if you imagine the success of the product, it will be as you imagine.
You're constantly being awarded for soul winning, what does it feel like?
Well, it is always an extra motivation to continuing serving The Lord and doing His work of soul-winning. I’m grateful to God for the opportunity to be recognized.
What are some of your Awards?
Till today, I believe my most prestigious award was being among the top 100 Cell leaders in the whole ministry in the year 2011. This was an award presented by the man of God, Pastor Chris, himself.
Other awards are Top Leaders in the Teens Ministry Category ministry wide, several Partnership Awards, Top Soul-Winner 2019 Church level, Top 100 Soul-Winners Ministry Wide in 2013 and so much more.
Some Academic awards I have received include Best Professional Graduating Engineer in Mechatronics Engineering by Nigerian Society of Engineers, Best Engineering student in 2014 and 2015 and many others.
Wow! What principles did you have to set in place to get it done?
You become easily motivated to win souls when you understand the fate of the one who is not saved. You won’t need much talk to motivate you to win souls. You will be self-motivated all the time.
What is your soul winning plan for 2020?
My plan is a ’Soul a week’ so that I would win a minimum of 52 souls in the year 2020. The week I don’t win any soul, that becomes 2 for the next week and I always ensure it doesn’t exceed this despite my very busy schedule. I can say that as at the time of this interview, it has been 7 weeks into the year and I have won 7 souls. I have all their names in a file on my tablet.
I also plan to have programs at different times in the year which I know will have much more souls won at once.
What is a typical day like for you?
On a typical day, I wake up at 6 am, pray and meditate on rhapsody for 30 minutes, go to work, after work go to class, after class go to library, after that go home usually around 11:30 pm, get or make dinner, then prepare for the next day, complete whatever task I have assigned for that day and then I go to bed.
I squeeze out time in between these activities to either preach to someone or encourage another who is already a Christian.
How do you set up your environment, so you can achieve the most?
I love to wake up early, a lot can be accomplished if you wake up early. I wish I could wake earlier than 6 am, and sometimes I do but I sleep quite late sometimes to ensure I complete the tasks for that day. Then scheduling is important. I don’t just have a mental picture of what I want to achieve that day, I write them down and I tick them off after the task has been accomplished. My phone is filled with alarms and reminders because of this.
Describe yourself in one word
Sweet (If you read my last article, you will understand, here)
Your favourite tech product is...
Well, I have many, but my favorite is majorly microcontrollers like Arduino, Raspberry pi, etc because of the many things I have been able to do with them.
Your Role model is...
Rev Dr Chris Oyakhilome D.Sc D.D
Last concert you attended
I haven’t really attended a concert in a long time so I’m not sure but I think it was an Inner-City Missions Concert, Benin City, 2018.
What’s your favourite clothing?
Lol, I’m not sure I have an item of favourite clothing, if it looks nice to me, I will wear it.
What’s your favorite football team and coach, and why?
This is quite controversial, when I started watching soccer, my favourite team was Liverpool but then because of a childhood friend, I switched to Manchester United and I liked them for a long time but then they started disappointing and I felt I won’t pay attention to soccer that much again as I used to. So I won’t say I’m a fan but I love both clubs to win.
Best coach should be Jurgen Klopp because he’s a man of great faith in God and his faith prevailed despite several years of disappointment.
What made you change your name to Joshua?
Lol, well I heard a message by Pastor Chris when I was very young that your name is your destiny, now at that time Joshua was my middle name and the other name was my first name. I decided to make Joshua the first name because the meaning resonated within me better. I knew I was a Savior and that’s where the name Jesus originates from. My other name has a very good meaning as well. And of course, the name Joshua was much simpler to pronounce and remember.
What’s your original first name?
Lol, its Idunnuoluwa.
What are your favorite meals?
Well, I have gotten to the stage in my life where there are few meals that I don’t like so choosing one meal over the other is very difficult. Honourable mentions will be pounded yam and vegetable or egusi with turkey, rice, spaghetti and so much more.
Your favorite Bible Verse is...
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own [a]purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.
A quote you love
I heard this one recently from the highly esteemed Campus Ministry Director, Pastor Chike Ume during a program that “When a man has nothing has nothing to wake up for, sleep becomes exciting” and that “Every day, God credits you with $86,400 dollars, what do you do with it”.
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