Adesanya Timilehin – 09/12 Head Boy I remember my first day at Adeola Odutola College. I was about a foot shorter and scared to walk around the corner because of the older kids. During the years at this school I have been able to conquer my fears, face my obstacles and break apparent boundaries and this has led me all to talk to you today. Talking to many young people these days, especially in areas like ours, has shown me that they all seem to lack belief. Instead of thinking to themselves that they can achieve anything they want to, they blame certain political and economic reasons for why they can’t achieve. Negative attitudes won’t get you anywhere; holding yourself back to certain limits will keep you oppressed. We are lucky that we are all being educated in a school as great as ours; our school gives us the opportunity to achieve to the highest standard. We should acknowledge more the hard work teachers do in trying to help us get those grades and reach our goals. This school has given me an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. The traditions, the values and memories are some that I can keep for life. Year 2012 students: I have a particular message for you. You may be facing a little hiccup in your education. Face your fear of what is ahead and jump over those hurdles – but also, acknowledge the great education and the opportunity our great AOC has given you.