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Applied Knowledge is Power

A paper presented at the “Town and Gown” Series at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, Nigeria.

Knowledge is power. So goes the popular maxim, which has been severally explored and tweaked in various ways that sometimes we fail to fully deconstruct its essence and practically explore the functional relationship between knowledge and power. While knowledge, on the one hand, is nearly impossible to quantify, its effect on human life is totally verifiable and measurable.

On the other hand, power is quantifiable but its effect is sometimes very hard to measure. Though power can mean different things, we are limited in this discourse to the framework of power as professional competence and the capacity to effect change in any area of human endeavor. It is the marriage of knowledge and power that forms the theoretical basis of my offerings in these thoughts.

In restating the premise of my thesis that knowledge is power, I consider Steve Fuller’s conceptualization of knowledge as “positional good” to be profound enough to terminate this thought. This is in the sense that knowledge expands or extends “the knowers possibilities for actions by contracting the possible actions of other”. If I know what you know, then you have no advantage over me, except in the case where we also have to measure the application of such knowledge. But if I know what you do not know, then I am elevated in advantage. So, yes. Knowledge does confer on one extended possibility for actions that sets one at advantage over others.[1]

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You know we sometimes underestimate the power of seeking God first before taking any major action. We sometimes study the outlook of things, particularly the socio-economic environment, then jump into action. The latter has its place, but there remains a high chance of grievous mistakes that take time to correct. However, I have rarely seen people who commit their ways to God making mistakes. Tosin’s testimony below is a worthy encouragement in this regard and I can relate to this having walked that road severally. You should read below, in his own word’s, how he landed his current position.

This is my testimony in full on how I got a miracle job at Cadbury Nigeria Plc even before my youth service.

After my much awaited convocation in July 2010, I made up my mind not to stay idle till November; when my call up letter was scheduled to be distributed. A couple of places and things that could engage me dutifully paced through my mind; I took out time to seek God’s face on what exactly He would have me do and He replied me. I became convinced deep in my heart that my place was in Cadbury Nigeria Plc.
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