Dele Fejemirokun Unveils Autobiography

 

The Chairman, Henry Stephens Group Nigeria, Dele Fejemirokun, has unveiled his autobiography, The Making of Me – My Odyssey in Business.

The event which is taking place at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, is part of the preparations for his 70th birthday celebration.

Several dignitaries were in attendance including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Chairman of Channels Media Group, John Momoh and Professor Pat Utomi.

Buhari Praises Jonathan For Conceding Defeat In 2015

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted former President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat in the 2015 election.

He praised the former president’s insistence that no Nigerian blood was worth his political ambition, describing him as a true patriot.

President Buhari stated this in a message delivered on his behalf by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha at the presentation of the former president’s book titled ‘My Transition Hours’.

According to the President, elections should not be a declaration of war.

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The event which took place in Abuja on Tuesday had in attendance the National Chairman of the All Progress Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole.

Also at the event is former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.

Others in attendance are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who is representing President Muhammadu Buhari, former Heads of State, Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalam Abubakar, former Vice President Namadi Sambo and Former President of Sierraleone, Ernest Bai Koroma.

Others are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, General TY Danjuma, Governors of Rivers, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Cross River, Delta and Abia States, as well as the National Chairman of the PDP Uche Secondus.

Oshiomhole, Akpabio, Former Heads Of State Attend Jonathan’s Book Launch

 

The National Chairman of the All Progress Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole on Tuesday made an appearance at the formal presentation of the book ‘My Transition Hours’ by former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan.

Also at the event is former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.

Others in attendance are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who is representing President Muhammadu Buhari, former Heads of State, Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalam Abubakar, former Vice President Namadi Sambo and Former President of Sierraleone, Ernest Bai Koroma.

Others are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, General TY Danjuma, Governors of Rivers, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Cross River, Delta and Abia States, as well as the National Chairman of the PDP Uche Secondus.

Jim Ovia’s Wealth Of Experience A Compass For Young Entrepreneurs – Ambode

 

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has congratulated the founder of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, over the launch of his new book.

In a tweet on Monday after the launch of the book in Lagos, the governor said he was certain that the wealth of experience shared will serve as a compass for young entrepreneurs in the country.

He said, “I am certain that the wealth of experience shared will serve as a compass for young entrepreneurs who dare to dream and redefine the African narrative”.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was also at the book launch.


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Other dignitaries at the event include foremost chartered accountant, Akintola Willams; CEO Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh; Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa, Tony Elumelu.

Billionaire businesswoman, Folorunsho Alakija; Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Christopher Kolade; political economist, Pat Utomi, among others were also at the event.

Book Launch: Jim Ovia Has Pulled A Trigger – John Momoh

 

The Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, has praised the founder of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia, for writing his new book ‘Africa Rise And Shine’.

While addressing an audience at the launch of the book on Monday at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Expo Hall, Mr Momoh described the book as insightful, enterprising and practical.

He also said by writing the book, Mr Ovia had “pulled a trigger” which will contribute to the overall success and development of the African continent.

He said, “Very many precious people have written about doing business in Nigeria.

“Jim Ovia has written an insightful, enterprising, practical and excellent book on how he’s risen from 0 to 16 billion dollars in Africa and if Africa is the new frontier, and Nigeria is the trigger that will make that happen, Jim Ovia has pulled the trigger”.

The event was well attended by dignitaries including the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu; and Billionaire businesswoman, Folorunsho Alakija.

Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Christopher Kolade; political economist, Pat Utomi, among others were also at the event.

Pastor Adeboye, Wife Go Romantic At Book Launch

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, and his wife, Folu, got friends and family blushing and cheering as they went romantic during a book launch in honour of the pastor.

The 40–chapter book, put together by several authors contained untold stories of Pastor Adeboye’s life –  from his humble background, his education, marriage and partially, his spiritual life.

The launch on Tuesday took the Pastor by surprise as he was not aware of it.

While the event was a celebration of his life and years of spiritual leadership, it took an interesting twist when he and his wife kissed before the audience.

Present at the event were the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, captains of industry, as well as members of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Some of the dignitaries took turns to speak glowingly of the humility and strong faith of Pastor Adeboye.

Pastor Adeboye who clocked 75 in March 2017, received the mantle to become the General Overseer of RCCG in 1981 by the late founder, Pa Josiah akindayomi, a position which he says came to him as a shock.

From a very humble background in a little town of Ifewara, Osun State in the southwest of Nigeria he completed his primary and secondary school then moved to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka for his first degree in mathematics.

The clergyman who has been in the forefront of Pentecostal revolution, later got his master’s degree at the University of Lagos in 1970 and returned to UNILAG for his PHd programme.

Today, the redeemed Christian church has spread to about 198 nations and is still expanding the gospel of Christ through Pastor Adeboye.

Kate Henshaw Presents Book To Mrs. Imoke

Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw has presented her Pictorial autobiography titled ‘Kate Henshaw: The World of an Actress, My Story’ to the wife of the Cross River State Governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke.

Making the presentation at Mrs. Imoke’s office in Calabar, Kate disclosed that the 360-page book is her contribution to efforts aimed at supporting certain charities.

According to her, part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to charities and most especially little Miss. Kiki whom she said was born without a skull and presently on admission at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States of America.

The governor’s wife who promised to support Kate Henshaw’s course also called on the public to contribute to Kate’s humanitarian gesture by buying a copy of the book which is currently on sale in the open market.

Jonathan vows to recover stolen subsidy money

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday expressed his commitment in recovering all funds stolen by marketers from the petroleum subsidy scheme.

The president, who said this in Abuja at the launch of a Book titled; “Reforming the Un-reformable” written by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said corrupt officials and fraudsters in Nigeria would not be spared as culprits would be severely punished to serve as deterrence to others.

President Jonathan, who was represented at the event by Vice President Namadi Sambo, said the government is taking every measure to recover all stolen funds from those who defrauded the government in the Petroleum Subsidy Scheme.

He said his administration was committed to reforming all the sectors of the economy and is doing all in its power in creating jobs for the unemployed youth across the country.

“Let me assure you that my administration is not only committed to reform, we are indeed building on some of the reform measures initiated by my predecessors.

“On the governance front, we are going after those who commit various economic crimes and corrupt practices with impunity.

“As you may be aware, government is taking every legal measure to ensure that those who defraud the government in the petroleum subsidy scheme are made to pay back the stolen funds, and also are severely punished.”

President Jonathan commended Ms Okonjo-Iweala for documenting some of the important reforms embarked upon by his administration.

“On a personal note, I see this publication as an attestation of patriotism on the part of the author. As an administration, we shall always support such enterprise, for the purpose of setting the records straight.

“The central message of this important book is hope – hope that Nigeria can reform, and grow to become one of the world’s most dynamic economies.

“In the past, there was a lot of cynicism about Nigeria. Many people claimed that the political and economic institutions of this country could never be reformed.

“I commend this book for documenting some of the important reforms, which have occurred in Nigeria since our recent democratic transition.”

He congratulated the author of the book for contributing richly to the advancement of governance scholarship.

“I am aware that many people may have read about Nigeria’s debt relief from the Paris Club, about the privatisation programme, or about the establishment of the excess crude account from newspapers.

“In this book, you will find a concise, well-organised discussion of all these policy measures without the big, technical, ‘grammar’ and jargon.”

He, therefore, urged State Governors and Local Government Chairmen to avail themselves copies of the book for smooth implementation of the reform programme at the sub-national levels.

Speaking on the purpose of the book, Ms Okonjo-Iweala said the essence of the book was to engender hope in Nigerians.

She said the book was also meant for Nigeria to learn from her past experience to shape her future, saying that the book was not her biography.

Professor Paul Collier of the Oxford University, South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and the Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, who reviewed the 198-page book, all identified sound rules and effective institutions as the important pillars for sustained economic development.

Late President Yar’Adua had good intentions for Nigeria – Sambo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo on Tuesday extolled the servant leadership qualities of Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

The vice president, who spoke at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, during the launching of the book “The Servant Leader 2 – 3 Years Presidential Watershed of Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua”, said the country has lost an apostle of servant leadership as “the late President popularized the concept of servant leadership in Nigeria.”

Mr Sambo said that “it is a generally held belief that the late President Yar’Adua had wanted to genuinely and meritoriously serve the Nigerian people up till the end but his illness and eventual death cut short this avowed intention and service to the nation.”

Remembering Yar’Adua’s inaugural speech when he was sworn-in as President in 2007, Mr Sambo quoted the late president as saying “I will serve with the fear of God, I will serve with humility and I will be a servant leader.”

He recalled the policy principles of Late President Yar’Adua who declared war on the non performing energy sector, noting that “his 7-Point Agenda was coherent and many felt that when that was faithfully implemented, would be the answer to the myriad of problems plaguing the nation and that it will remove the nation from the incessant quagmire of darkness into light.”

Mr Sambo also noted that as a servant leader, “President Yar’Adua was loving and compassionate as he has expressed love for all Nigerians and showed genuine affection for all without discrimination or bias.

“He listened to the people of Nigeria and in so many cases, reversed certain key government decision, he was problem solver who demonstrated empathy for the people he was called to serve, he had served Nigeria faithfully until his untimely end”, the vice president said.

While restating the commitment of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to follow the path of transforming the country, Mr Sambo urged Nigerians to support the programmes of the administration as “President Jonathan is honest, patriotic, transparent and fair and would faithfully implement the programmes that would make the country one of the twenty most developed nations by the year 20:2020”.

Eminent Nigerians extol Osoba’s virtues at book launch

Eminent Nigerians gathered at the Shell Hall, Muson on Thursday to celebrate with the former Managing Director of the Daily Times of Nigeria and former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, on the occasion of his 70th birthday and presentation of his biography.

The biography title Osoba: The Newspapers Years, was written by two journalists, Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe

Former Military Head of states, Ibrahim Babangida described the veteran journalist as one who would “always attempt the extraordinary to break new ground to stand him out in a profession that he loved so much.”

The Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun described Mr Osoba as an accomplished journalist and administrator.

The governor said that Mr Osoba’s life had motivated aspiring and practising journalists and politicians.
‘‘Chief Osoba is a reference point when we say Ogun State indigenes are exemplary in various disciplines. There is no better honour for him than committing his exploits as a journalist into indelible print.
Having served as a two-term governor of Ogun, he remains active in the development of the state and the country.”

The Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, said that Mr Osoba is a mentor of reporters.

Mr Uduaghan said, “We are not just celebrating Osoba here today. We are also celebrating journalism. I am here today because I believe in the concept of mentoring. I want to appeal to everybody here to go back to the tradition of mentoring.

“Osoba was mentored by Alhaji Babatunde Jose, and he in turn mentored a lot of other people. It would be a great thing if other journalists practise mentoring.”

The book reviewer and Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television, John Momoh, said the 396-page book painted Osoba’s excellence and the intrigues of the “golden era of journalism.”

He added that the 22 personalities interviewed in the book to tell the story of Osoba’s years as a journalist made the book a unique compilation.

“The book is unarguably the best book ever written about Osoba yet. But perhaps, the authors could have spoken to a couple of people who are not really his fans,” Mr Momoh said

President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Inter-party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi, described Mr Osoba as “a friendly member of the opposition” and a man who was worthy of celebration.

The gathering honoured the memory of people whom the former Daily Times of Nigeria managing director said affected his life. The dignitaries stood up and held a minute silence in honour of Late Chief Alex Ibru, Mr. Peter Ajayi, Prof. Femi Sonaike and Alhaji Babatunde Jose.

Mr Osoba said, “During my years as a journalist, it was the reporter in me that kept driving me to do the job as best as I could.

“But there are a lot of people alive today who were better journalists than I was; People like Chief Lateef Jakande and Mr. Sam Amuka, publisher of Vanguard. They all deserve to be honoured as well.”

He said other persons that had positive impact on his career included Generals Emmanual Abisoye, Abdulsalaam Abubakar, Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Bola Tinubu.

One of the authors of the book, Mr Awoyinfa said the book was borne out of the desire to preserve the legacy of a great generation of journalists.

“The book is not just about Osoba. It is equally the biography of those individuals mentioned in it,” he said.

The event attracted other dignitaries from across the country and beyond among whom are Ernest Shonekan, Emeka Anyaoku, Bolaji Akinyemi; Minister of Information, Labaran Maku; former Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Ajibola Ogunshola; and Oba Otudeko.