Okechukwu Ofili is a leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business. He runs the popular blog ofilispeaks.com and is the author of several books including the controversially brilliant “How Intelligence Kills: Our Dangerous Addiction to Respect, Religion, Intelligence and Lots More” where he argues against the status quo and pushes us to challenge the norm by thinking differently!
In addition to writing and speaking, Okechukwu is the founder/owner of okadabooks.com, a fast growing and easy-to-use mobile book reading app (MTN 2013 app of the year) for the African market.
In the professional world, Okechukwu Ofili is a full time design engineer with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Houston. However, in his alternative and more FUN world he is an artist, author and speaker. The friction ignited when his two worlds collide gives birth to the imaginative drawings and unconventional articles featured daily on his ofilispeaks.com blog site. His blog articles are known for their humor, honesty and creativity in challenging the status-quo of work, life and family. They have consistently been featured in numerous online blogs including bellanaija, ynaija and FABmagazine. The blog’s content has subsequently been utilized in the publication of 3 uniquely distinct books: How Stupidity Saved My Life, How Laziness Saved My Life and How Intelligence Kills!
In the book How Stupidity Saved My Life, Ofili utilizes his up and down educational experience as a contrasting backdrop to critically analyze the way we judge/measure intelligence in children. He argues against the school ranking system as an archaic and outdated measure of smartness, and instead believes that each child has their own unique way of learning that many parents and teachers fail to recognize. It is this belief that pushes him to speak to students at any opportunity about their unique abilities, encouraging them to ignore the negative things that others say and instead find the talent that lies deep inside of them. Ofili’s work has seen him travel across the globe addressing students and teachers about the multi-dimensionality of intelligence, utilizing his colorful sketches as an imaginary guide.
He is regarded as the artist who couldn’t draw, the speaker who couldn’t speak and the writer who couldn’t write but yet was the guy stupid enough to dream big and believe that he could draw, speak and write…authoring two books in the process, graduating top 5 most outstanding students in his engineering class and creating artworks that people actually pay for…a resounding affirmation that if you can dream big you can achieve much.
His second book How Laziness Saved My Life is a hilarious attack at the way corporations and businesses push themselves and their employees to the brink of stress. In this book he looks at how Organizations and Businesses can work more efficiently by challenging conventional businesses practices.
His latest book How Intelligence Kills is a frank analysis and look at Religion, Intelligence and Culture and the role it plays in affecting a nations success. It is filled with poignant analogies and simple comparisons to extract what makes us tick as nation!
His books level serious criticism on the way we typically do things. But simultaneously offers up practical solutions and concrete ideas on addressing the problems at a personal and societal level, but with a humorous twist…a reoccurring theme of Ofili’s writings, sketches and speeches.
“I can confidently say that meeting OFILI [you] at PROMES my first month in America has been the most defining moment in my adult life.”
Adelanwa Adesanya (University Of Houston Student)
“Your book (How Stupidity Saved My Life) is the first of its kind which I ever picked from Silverbird Bookstore Accra Ghana and read non-stop page by page until I gulped all the pages.”
Festus Obianwu (Accra, Ghana)
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