The Amosun & Dangote Letters: Your books have enriched
When you’ve written a successful business book, a magnum opus titled ’50 BOARD LEADERS IN NIGERIA—Lessons in Corporate Governance and Strategy’, and a great business leader, a captain of industry like Aliko Dangote writes you a special letter, congratulating you on your 70th birthdaye birthday and saying that your “illuminating books…have greatly enriched meeting halls across Nigeria and beyond” sounds like sweet music to the ears and is a worthy birthday present.
Dangote does not stop there. He even quotes the Holy Bible, prophesying that through your literary production, hard work and “good work”, you will surely walk in “the company of kings”. And I say a Big Amen!!! Someone help me shout a big hallelujah!
Within a week, I received congratulatory letters from two eminent Nigerians. The first was a letter from Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Markets, who sent a special envoy to me. Then it was a letter from Aliko Dangote also brought to my house the next day. Coincidentally, both letters were dated July 26, 2022.
Let me start with Aliko Dangote’s letter:
“My dear Mike,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Dangote Group, I would like to congratulate you on your recent celebration of 70e. I also join the whole Awoyinfa family in giving thanks to Almighty God for a life full of unique professional achievements.
“As a pioneer in writing the Concord of the weekend from 1989 to 1999, and founding editor of The Sun Diaries (Nigeria) from 2003 to 2010, you carved out a niche for yourself in the media industry with your proven human interest approach to reporting and legendary skills in headline writing. No wonder your colleagues and mentees unanimously regard you as the leading figure in contemporary journalism in Nigeria.
“The illuminating books that you and your late friend, Dimgba Igwe, co-authored, have greatly enriched conference halls across Nigeria and beyond. The Bible in Proverbs 22:29 (Good News Translation version) says: “Show me someone who does a good job, and I’ll show you someone who is better than most and worthy of the company of kings.” This passage speaks of your innovative contributions as a devout and hardworking Christian personality.
“As you reflect on the goodness of God at your historic age of 70, we warmly wish you abundant health to sustain the legacy you have enabled through your art and unique writing style.
“Once again, on behalf of the Board of Directors and management of Dangote Group, I congratulate you.
ALIKO DANGOTE, GCON
Now, the other letter from Senator Ibikunle Amosun:
“Dear Mr. Awoyinfa,
happy 70e Birthday! I send you my warmest congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of your 70e birthday, Saturday, July 23, 2022. Congratulations!
“Allow me to take this auspicious occasion of your birthday to recognize your leaps and bounds and invaluable contributions to journalism in Nigeria. I salute you for the professionalism with which you have discharged your duties during your meritorious career in as an editor, columnist, writer, editor and publisher of several major Nigerian newspapers including Concord Press, News Agency of Nigeria and The Sun Newspapers.
“As you join the league of septuagenarians, I wish you a happy birthday, and pray that Almighty God will grant you many more years, in good health, so that the profession of journalism and our dear nation in general, may continue to benefit from your rich experience.
“Please accept my warmest congratulations and the assurances of my highest consideration.
“Very sincerely yours,
Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA
NIGHT OF NIGHTMARE NIGERIANS
For boxing and mixed martial arts fans, it was a night of double nightmares, double tragedies for Anthony Joshua and Usman Kamaru, the undefeated and now defeated UFC welterweight champion. How come two Nigerian fighters flying the nation’s flag inside the fighting ring outside our shores were defeated on the same night? I really feel for Usman Kamaru, the undefeated pound-for-pound welterweight champion who was on the verge of a unanimous decision win in the last minute of the fifth and final round but got caught in the head, stunned and floored by a blow of lightning triggered by the Jamaican. -born Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards. As for Anthony Joshua, it was the night that Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk proved he has Anthony Joshua’s number, which means he knows what to do to defeat him at all times. But this is not the end. “I am a fighter for life. Hunger never dies,” said Anthony Joshua.
Win or lose, thank you Anthony Joshua and Kamaru Usman for proudly flying the Nigerian flag and proving that they are Nigeria’s gladiator ambassadors. My prayer is that your sun will rise again. You will definitely get up!