Secondly, Dr. Gbadegesin, distinguishes between the concepts of wisdom, intellect, and knowledge. In essence, he describes knowledge as being "factual information without insight into their supporting reasons", intellect as the possession of knowledge with appreciation to its relevance to broader society, but lacking the skills to use them harmoniously. Based upon these definitions, it is apparent that wisdom is upheld as being the most valuable, due to its ability to apply information and facts to reckon with the common good. Wisdom is among the driving forces in African cultures as it requires both insight and commitment to the common good of the community.
The all-encompassing theme of the word omoluabi can be better recognized when the word is broken down into syllables: Omo Olu Iwa Bi, meaning "a child begotten of the chief of Iwa." Someone in possession of the traits of omoluabi is self-disciplined, with great character, and in possession of "practical wisdom" that is they are able to put their knowledge good use, by supporting their communities.