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Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon

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*Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon* By Mohammed Funsho Abdullahi.

I hate praise-singing or flattery because I believe they are traits and habits of sycophants. But every writer is also, by nature, a reporter; we always love to document our experiences, either good or bad. Hence, this piece is about my encounter with Seyi Tinubu, son of APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is about what stood out for me and, of course, my general impression of the young, successful businessman.
Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon
Economist and author, Tope Fasua once narrated how Asiwaju Bola Tinubu sought him out after reading some of his commentaries on the article he (Asiwaju) had written about some economic policies. My path to Seyi followed a similar pattern. I had written an article in which I observed that Seyi was doing a good job of upholding his father’s legacy of human cultivation which, for me, has been the biggest secret of Asiwaju’s humongous political network and powerbase.
Why Seyi Tinubu is not your usual silver spoon
I sent a link to the writeup to one of the closest guys around Seyi Tinubu, who also happens to be a personal friend. He obviously shared the article with Seyi and requested him to see me when next he was in Abuja. He granted his request and when, on Tuesday, my friend confirmed that he was in town, he asked me to come with him to the ‘Youth House’ to meet a man I had always admired for his breathtaking and compelling entrepreneurial success in marketing communications, a sector I also happen to have more than a passing interest.
I am, by nature, an observer rather than a researcher. Most of my writings are personal commentaries on events and people. And having observed how deeply invested Seyi Tinubu had been in his father’s campaigns for the country’s topmost job, the Presidency, I had initially planned to write about how his active involvement in the electioneering process is changing the almost established narrative of children of politicians not joining political struggles.
With captions such as “Seyi Tinubu inaugurates youth campaign office in Kano,” “Seyi Tinubu leads one million man march for Tinubu,” “Seyi Tinubu plans youth engagement forum for Tinubu,” etc dominating newspaper headlines; then you know that when the story is written about those who make Asiwaju’s victory possible, none would arguably deserve more praises and commendation than his own son. Possibly for the first time in our nation’s political history, the biological son of a politician is joining the campaign fray, jettisoning  the ‘Ajebota’ practice of having children of political candidates hide away while others work their hearts out for the victory of their parents.
But beyond what is being reported in the media, what I saw on Tuesday at The Youth House clearly validated the claims Seyi made in some of his interviews, about working hard to be his own man, and how he was determined to create his own legacy and not tie himself to his “father’s apron.” I now know that those were not just mere talks. On that Tuesday, as I saw Seyi Tinubu working his hearts out, subjecting himself to a most hectic and grueling schedule and enjoying the thrill of the struggles of life which must have made his father into the accomplished political enigma he is today; I concluded that it would be most unfair for anyone to belittle the achievements of this hardworking man simply on account of his surname.
I am sure many of us must be familiar with stories of rich kids who are totally disinterested in their own progress, not to talk of those of others, parents or not. But Seyi is one of the few exceptions, he has shown that he has a large dose of fighting spirit in him, and he is working  hard to take charge of his life, fully secure in the knowledge that he is not responsible for what happened before he was born. He must have resolved not to let the judgements of others, about whether or not his success was a consequence of his family name, get him down.
In one of his recollections of the lessons he learnt from his parents, Seyi once told a reporter: “That’s how my dad raised us to be. We were all told from day one: once you are done with school, that’s all we can give you.” But in truth, Seyi did get more than a good education from his father, the Jagaban. He learnt the secret of loyalty cultivation and the benefit of investing in people.
As every good student of business and management should know, the best investment, one which yields the greatest return, is in people. This is the skill that is hardest to cultivate, but one which represents the greatest source of strength for every powerful individual; and one whose core foundation is the exclusive focus on what matters which, to most people, is their welfare and wellbeing.
It is said that for a leader to earn the loyalty of his followers, he must be able to show that if they (the followers) are ready to die for him, he would at least also be willing to faint for them. A leader focuses not so much on what matters to him as a person, but rather on what matters to those who follows him. By showing concern about the wellbeing of his followers, a leader is able to cultivate loyalty and dedication. This is one secret Seyi Tinubu has mastered.
I visited him the same day he arrived Abuja, so the crowd of people I saw was quite expected. There were quite a number of groups waiting to see him, aside those with individual appointments. The Youth House witnessed a beehive of activities on the day in question, and Seyi was obviously looking very tired and overworked. When it was my turn to see him, he first explained why the meeting would have to be brief, almost apologizing that he was filling sick. But in spite of the ‘crazy’ schedule he had ran for the day and the telling effect it was having on his physical appearance; Seyi still remember to ask me, after we were done talking, whether “everything was fine with me.” I couldn’t believe someone that stressed out, and who still had a lot of people waiting to see him, would care to know how someone was faring at that busy moment. I was impressed!
I left The Youth House with the impression that Seyi is, indeed, an unusual silver spoon kid. While most rich kids are brash and arrogant, Seyi is courteous, polite and friendly. He also has one of the strongest work ethics I have seen in any young man of my generation. No doubt, beyond his success as a politician, I believe Jagaban has done a wonderful job in the home front as well, raising a man like Seyi who treats every man with dignity while living a life of inspiration and meaning.

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Mr Ibu”s Death, Prophet Kingsley’s Prophetic Warning Fulfilled Again 

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Mr Ibu”s Death, Prophet Kingsley’s Prophetic Warning Fulfilled Again 

Of a truth, when God speaks, the wise listens. Again in less than 24 hours, another prophetic warning of Prophet Kingsley Aitafo concerning the movie industry has come to pass.
Mr Ibu"s Death, Prophet Kingsley's Prophetic Warning Fulfilled Again 
Among his 2024 prophetic release he stated that, Yoruba actors and actresses should be helped with prayers against strange sickness that many of them are already managing secretly so it won’t get out of hand in that year and the arrow of death be prayed against amongst the English actors and actresses.

And sadly, the movie industry has been thrown into mourning again as Mr Ibu, Nollywood veteran actor has died. The actor whose real name is John Okafor was 62.

According to multiple reports from sources close to him, the veteran comedian passed away at Evercare hospital.

Many fans have shared condolences on X, reminiscing movies the late actor has featured.

It would be recalled that popular Nollywood actor, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, who is more popularly known as Sisi Quadri, is also dead.

He passed on yesterday at the age of 44.

His death was revealed by some of his colleagues in the Yoruba movie industry.

Writing on her verified Instagram handle, actress Abiola Bayo said: “You will be greatly missed, Sisi Quadri. May your soul rest in perfect peace”.

Sis Quadri was renowned for his exceptional comedic talent and his ability to deliver cutting insults with finesse.

This trait endeared him to many movie watchers around the country

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How prophet Kingsley Aitafo Accurately Prophesied Sisi Quadri death

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How prophet Kingsley Aitafo Accurately Prophesied Sisi Quadri’s death

 

 

 

Interestingly, another prophetic warnings of Prophet Kingsley Aitafo has come to pass. During his prophetic release for 2024 he predicted that some Yoruba actors who have been managing sickness may lews to death.

 

How prophet Kingsley Aitafo Accurately Prophesied Sisi Quadri death

 

 

“Yoruba actors and actresses should be helped with prayers against strange sickness that many of them are already managing secretly so it won’t get out of hand in that year and the arrow of death be prayed against amongst the English actors and actresses”

Sadly, popular Nollywood actor, Tolani Quadri Oyebamiji, who is more popularly known as Sisi Quadri, has died.

He has passed on at the age of 44.

His death was revealed by some of his colleagues in the Yoruba movie industry.

 

Writing on her verified Instagram handle, actress Abiola Bayo said: “You will be greatly missed, Sisi Quadri. May your soul rest in perfect peace”.
Sis Quadri was renowned for his exceptional comedic talent and his ability to deliver cutting insults with finesse.

This trait endeared him to many movie watchers around the country

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Jimi Benson: X-raying An Ikorodu Boy In Parliament By Bolaji Akinmosu

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Jimi Benson: X-raying An Ikorodu Boy In Parliament

By Bolaji Akinmosu

 

 

 

From the streets of Ikorodu, where dreams often collide with adversity, a young man has risen, defying the odds and carving his name into the annals of Nigerian politics. Babajimi Adegoke Benson, a native son of this vibrant Lagos suburb, has not only broken barriers but shattered them, proving that resilience and determination can propel an ordinary boy to extraordinary heights and not just that, but being able to achieve goals in that position.

 

 

Jimi Benson: X-raying An Ikorodu Boy In Parliament By Bolaji Akinmosu

Babajimi Adegoke Benson, born on March 30, 1972, hails from Ikorodu, Lagos State. His journey is labeled by a blend of legal expertise, corporate leadership, and public service.

Jimi Benson pursued his legal education at LASU, obtaining an LLB in 1994.
He continued his legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, earning a Bachelor of Law (Honors) in 1995.
In 1999, he added to his qualifications with an LLM in Comparative International Business Law.
Jimi Benson furthered his education by pursuing an MBA in Warwick Business School (UK)

After completing his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program in 1989, he embarked on a career that took him to international platforms.
He served as a Legal Officer at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
In Nigeria, he worked as an in-house Legal Counsel at Ecobank PLC and later as Deputy Manager (Legal) at Lead Bank PLC.

Jimi Benson entered electoral politics in 2015 under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the Nigerian House of Representatives, he has held various roles:
Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Finance, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Habitat, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Delegated Legislation, Member of Committees on Works, Justice, Housing, Environment, Treaties, and Protocol. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Defence.

Jimi Benson is an honorable member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria representing the Ikorodu Federal Constituency in Lagos State. Benson was first elected into the Nigerian House of Representatives in 2015 to represent the Ikorodu Federal Constituency in Lagos State. He was re-elected for a second term in 2019 and has since been re-elected for a third term during the 2023 Nigerian general election in Nigeria. Now, the current Chairman of House Committee on Defence. As Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, he shoulders the responsibility of safeguarding Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

His terms has brought about positive changes and improvement in his constituency.

Jimi Benson’s story is one of diligence and steadfast commitment. Born and raised in the heart of Ikorodu, he witnessed firsthand the struggles faced by his community—lack of infrastructure, unemployment, and limited access to quality education. Yet, rather than succumbing to despair, Jimi channelled his energy into effecting change.

Representing the Ikorodu Federal Constituency, he has become a voice for the people, advocating for their rights, welfare, and development.
As a young leader, Jimi Benson recognizes the power of youth. He has championed initiatives aimed at empowering young Nigerians through education, skills training, and job creation. His commitment to youth development is a beacon of hope for the next generation.
Jimi Benson has worked tirelessly to improve infrastructure in Ikorodu. From road rehabilitation to healthcare facilities, he has prioritized community needs. His efforts have transformed neighborhoods, enhancing the quality of life for residents.
Within the hallowed chambers of parliament, Jimi Benson has left an indelible mark. His contributions to debates, bills, and policy discussions reflect his dedication to effective governance. Whether advocating for education reform or economic empowerment, he remains steadfast.
His journey from Ikorodu to parliament underscores his commitment to marginalized communities. He amplifies their voices, ensuring that their concerns are heard at the highest levels of government. His empathy and accessibility set him apart.
Jimi Benson’s story resonates with young Nigerians who aspire to make a difference. His rise from humble beginnings inspires hope and reinforces the belief that anyone, regardless of background, can contribute to nation-building.

With all these, it is no doubt that he fits into the moniker of Mr. Constituency projects as he has properly executed projects in the Ikorodu Constituency.
Among these projects is the iCare food bank initiative which was launched to provide relief to vulnerable groups, including the elderly and widows, by distributing food items and necessities. Also, recognizing the need for communication, he established a community radio station, IKD FM. This platform serves as a voice for the local community, disseminating information, promoting cultural events, and fostering unity. He also contributed to improving access to healthcare in his constituency by donating an 80-bed Mother and Child Hospital.
These initiatives have impacted the lives of his constituents and have contributed to the development of the community.

Hon. Babajimi Adegoke Benson’s multifaceted career, spanning legal practice, public administration, and private sector expertise, reflects his dedication to serving both his constituency and the nation at large.
His legacy is one of authentic service as he is indeed a representative of the people and such a rare parliamentarian.

Akinmosu wrote this piece from Ikorodu, Lagos State.

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