Meet the Author
Michael Taiwo, PhD
Michael Taiwo was born and raised in a town in the middle of nowhere in Nigeria. He considers himself low maintenance probably because he was raised on less than 50 cents a day. As a child, he would walk a mile to the town’s public library because there were orange, mango and cashew trees behind the library and he was welcome to them. He would have as many fruits as his stomach could hold, and then go into the library to enjoy yet another free item: books.
Once inside this world of books, he would question dead men. He would ask Plato the meaning of Justice; ask Aristotle about Ethics; ask Newton about Mechanics; Lincoln about Governance; Ford about Industry and on and on. He found it surprising that they, in their humanity, answered him. He would leave the library – or sanctuary, as he called it – with his belly a little emptier but his head a little fuller. In many ways, his visits to the library shaped his worldview. He came to agree with Sir Henry David Thoreau’s sentiment that “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
Determined to turn around his unfortunate start, he tested out of high school at 11th grade and secured scholarship to attend the most competitive college in Nigeria – the Obafemi Awolowo University. He finished his Chemical Engineering bachelors there with First-Class honors and flew halfway around the world to Fayetteville, Arkansas to study how best to extract energy, via hydraulic fracturing, with minimal impact to the environment. His work led to his employment with one of the world’s biggest energy companies.
In his free time, he mentors and coaches a growing number of students – from high school to grad school – from all over the globe, gives speeches and judges science fairs. Now that’s a lot for free time. He is passionate about making people become better version of themselves.
He lives in New Orleans with his wife and three kids. When he is not making engineering decisions for a major energy company, he is teaching math to his two daughters at the kitchen table.
Excerpts from Dream:
Your dreams will always exist side by side with your fears.
Both are products of your rich imagination. And only you
have the power to make one or the other a reality.
To have life, to have liberty, to have happiness…you must feed your dreams and starve your fears. What will prevent you from living the life you want is not a lack of money, or lack of time, or lack of talent. What will prevent you from living the life you want is a lack of belief in your dreams. You must believe your dreams to make them real.