Welcome to a new year full of possibilities, opportunities, magic & adventure. Sincerely, I am so glad that you are reading this right now because it shows us how much you love INSPIRATION.
The year started on a rather rough note for me, but I thank God. A little storm intentionally scheduled its unwarranted visit to my abode, toppling, and disorganizing the first beautiful days of the year. Well, in all things, I have learned to always give thanks to The Almighty God.
This month’s edition of INSPIRE is a special one, in that it ushers in the year 2021. A year that we all have anticipated, planned for, and dreamt of. It is finally here. Aren’t you excited already?
Omolere. T is a phenomenon. While I was preparing for this interview, I took some time out to interact with him (Like is my culture, a ritual, with all my interviews), at least to know him beyond social media, and I enjoyed his person, his reception. He accommodated me, with a form of rare understanding. And in this interview, you will get the opportunity to also meet him and enjoy his exciting person.
As a writer, one who lives on the energy of learning, we face rejections all the time. I approach many registered nurses, to seek for their time, but many reject me, for what ever reasons that they give, and these rejections are exciting, I must tell you, because I snatch pure energy and undiluted inspiration from them.
I can’t wait to let you meet our guest for this month.
Come on, let’s dive all in…
A Brief About
Tobi Omolere is a registered public health nurse with a passion for occupational psychology and the health of people living with disabilities. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
He is the founder and coordinator of “Nursing Conception Initiative (NCI),” an organization with a sole vision and duty of promoting the public profile of our benevolent nursing profession. Asides from being the coordinator, he serves at NCI as a content creator (you can know more about NCI by visiting the website or our handles on Instagram/Twitter @nursing_ci).
He is an author with three books to his credit (Chronicle of Realities, Rhapsody of Humour and
He is the CEO of OAUEVENTS, an event planning and promotion firm which he recently acquired from the founder and former CEO (David Adesina). He is a political enthusiast and a former leader at NUNSA National where he chaired the planning committee for Enugu 2017 National Convention. He also served the defunct Joint amalgamation/unification committee of NUNSA and NANSNM as her secretary.
He has held several other offices in the past with laudable innovations and achievements but he considers “being a nurse” the greatest of all achievements.
Catch him on Twitter or Instagram. You can also grab copies of his books here.
Can we meet you?
I am Tobi Omolere, a registered nurse, a content creator, a writer. I’m the last child of three and the second nurse in my nuclear family.
Tell us a bit about how you found yourself in the world of Nursing.
My journey into nursing is a little long story. I’d like to summarize it. The original documentation of it can be found in my book “Chronicle of Realities” I dedicated extra pages to it.
I wanted to be a civil engineer, I was in the engineering class in secondary school and had even written UTME with Civil engineering as my first and second choices. Nursing came into the picture a few weeks before I was given admission at OAU. Any detail longer than this will be longer than the entire interview.
You have written some books, tell us about the process and the lessons you have learned.
I’m a storyteller as much as most of my write-ups are not novels. I like to pour myself out entirely when I write and I think that’s what helps me to write more.
The difficult part of writing is not just starting. It is the continuation, the consistency. Anytime I write a book, I get completely drained and I don’t put pen on paper to put down personal contents for a short period.
For the books I’ve written, I knew the beginning and the end of it before I put pen on paper. For example, when I was writing “Chronicle of Realities” (which was a documentation of my political experience during student activism).
I divided the content in my mind into chapters even before writing and wrote each chapter as if I had to write each independently while I connected each chapter with the other. I never knew it would be that difficult but I was determined to pull it off.
I gave myself deadlines, I also worked with people who helped me and encouraged me. My publications taught me many lessons but the most important is to be open-minded. I never knew I could do many things I’ve done until I did them and even after doing them when I look back, it is still unbelievable.
Your award (The Nursing Excellence Award; category Nursing Innovator of the year), how do you feel about it?
I feel flattered. I feel very flattered. The word innovation carries weight and Fellow Nurses Africa is one of the biggest nursing organizations in the country regardless of individual familiarization with her. The nominees are big people. People I look up to. My role model, my mentor, etc. If I tell you I’m not flattered, I’d be lying.
What are your hobbies?
Taking long walks, listening to music, hanging out with friends, Random conversations with my father, and playing video games. I enjoy traveling a lot. I’ve visited 30 Nigerian states.
Do you have a mentor in The Nursing Profession? Who is the person and how did you get to choose the person?
My mentor is the only nurse that was nominated as the private nurse of the year. Akintunde Nifemi Adeyemo. I chose him when I was in my 100 level while studying for my nursing degree.
My nursing journey won’t be complete without him and he’s always guiding me. He’s been so busy lately but I’d have to do what mentees do – be patient.
I chose him then because, in almost every way, he was who I wanted to be. He has really done a lot for me since then.
I also cannot talk about mentorship without mentioning my immediate elder sister, Ife Omolere. She’s a nurse and my senior colleague. She guides me every second and ensures that I don’t make mistakes that she’s made or that aware of. She’s the closest person to me on earth.
Most times, we can’t see far unless we stand on the shoulders of giants
What should the nursing community nationally and internationally expect from you in the coming years?
I’m just trying to be a consistent person. Especially with my organization – Nursing Conception Initiative (NCI). The nursing community should expect excellence of course. That’s what consistency breeds.
If you did not study nursing, what other career paths would you have taken?
If I didn’t study nursing, I’d probably be a civil engineer or possibly a political analyst, brand strategist.
What do you think about the Corona Virus vaccine? Will you take it if it were made available to you?
The same thoughts I have towards other vaccines that we administer in the hospital is the thought I have towards the covid-19 vaccine. I hate to subject my busy brain to the stress of conspiracy theories and other associated assumptions.
Are you enjoying the nursing profession?
Yes I’m enjoying nursing.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself thriving well in a niche I’ve successfully carved out for myself. Helping younger generations discover themselves and helping the general public towards living a healthy life.
What books are you reading this year?
I’ve not made a list. I still have carryovers from my last years reading list. I know that I will have to study autobiographies, financial books, and any book written by a Nigerian nurse this year.
Tell us a bit about a typical day in your life.
My days are never typical. I personally hate routines. That’s why I’m always sceptical about taking regular clinical jobs. My daily schedule depends on tasks ahead of me, clients I have to attend to and businesses I have to execute
Other nurses out there want to be inspired, tell them something to inspire them.
Dear Nurse. Please do this little exercise. Close your eyes, imagine the possibility of a world without nurses. Please make sure you do it. Close your eyes.
What is left of a world without nurses? That’s how important you are as a nurse you just have to understand that first. Thank you.
I have a thousand more questions to ask our guest. I always have questions to ask.
If you are not satisfied – if you want to know more about this budding icon, why not follow his social media pages, and try to find out more about him.
Connect with him, collaborate if you have an idea that you feel will be brought to life with his input – his experience, passion, and exposure.
Check out the maiden interview on ‘INSPIRE’ here, and the second one. Each session on INSPIRE leaves me with the ‘AWE’ feeling, a kind of feeling I can’t describe.
The interviews on INSPIRE are designed to inspire registered nurses to do more, especially registered nurses who are from Africa.
In the next session, we will host another unique guest, keep in touch. We just want to inspire you to do more, to bring out the best in you.
Catch you next month, we remain the team ever ready to inspire you…to do more…