New Man Magazine

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Mentor Quest
Nigerian authors Olu and Kay Taiwo are challenging feminism, encouraging men to find and become mentors.

Olumide Taiwo is man enough to admit that he watches The Oprah Winfrey Show. Right now, the episode in question is the one that featured young Ryan Hreljac, the 9-year-old who was once deemed “too sensitive” by a grade school teacher then went on to raise more than $210,000 to build 50 clean water wells in Uganda. His legacy of compassion was immortalized as the people named one of those structures Ryan’s Well. “If Ryan can start his legacy before junior high school, then at age 30, I think we qualify,” Olumide says. “When people think of a legacy, they think of someone in a wheelchair looking back over their life. But look at the sports arena and see a guy like Tiger Woods whose legacy is now.”

Olumide and his twin brother, Kayode, better known as Olu and Kay, are on a fast track toward establishing their own legacies. Last year, the pair co-authored their second book The Progenitor Principle: Why You Must Leave a Legacy Behind (WinePress Publishing). The book is aimed squarely at the family and the church as a reminder of the importance of mentoring.

The concept of the “progenitor” (or forefather) and its role in mentoring is something the Taiwo brothers learned from an early age. They were born to Nigerian parents while their father, Moses, was attending Long Island University in New York. When the brothers were six, their family uprooted from New York and relocated to their parents’ homeland, Nigeria.

In a relatively short period of time, the family was assimilated back into its indigenous culture. There were the occasional blackouts and the two-mile walks to and from school in the blazing sun (the Taiwo family lived directly on the equa