50th Birthday Reflection: Remembering How Fayemi, Erelu, Mojeed, Gboyega Oguntuwase, Awe Others have Affected My Life - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

50th Birthday Reflection: Remembering How Fayemi, Erelu, Mojeed, Gboyega Oguntuwase, Awe Others have Affected My Life

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By Gbenga Sodeinde

First, I give thanks to God Almighty that has counted me worthy to be alive till today.

However, It is worthy of note, the remarkable contributions of the following individuals  that have affected my life positively at one time or the other in a way that I cannot  forget in a hurry and in my journey through life as I clock the golden age today.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Her Excellency, Erelu Bisi Adeleye Fayemi,  my mother, Mrs. Margaret Adebamigbe, Alhaji Mojeed Jamiu, Her Excellency, late Mrs. Funmilayo Olayinka, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, (MOB), Chief Biodun Akin Fasae,  former Governor of old Ondo State, Evang. Bamidele Olumilua, Rtd.Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Olatunji Fagun, incumbent Catholic Bishop of Ekiti, Bishop Felix Ajakaye, Former Deputy Governor of old Ondo State, Alhaji Musa Ayeni, former  Head of Service, Olugbenga Faseluka, Former Head of Service, Olufemi Adewumi, Former Head of Service, late Olafimihan Olagunju, former Director of SSS in Ekiti State, Ade Amoo, and Hon. Barr. Paul Omotosho,Sen.Olu Adetunbi, former SSG Amb. Dare Bejide, former Deputy Governor, Chief Paul Alabi, and First Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.

The above listed highly placed personalities are special people in my life, even though I will not take time to mention their contributions to my life for professional reasons, they remain constant in my life and their impacts will forever remain unforgettable as I continue my journey of life on the world highway.

Others on my list are the immediately past People's Democratic Party  (PDP) Chairman in Ekiti State, Barrister Gboyega Oguntuwase, and immediate past All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in the State, Chief Jide Awe, Hon. Olusola Fatoba (MHR), Hon. Bamidele Faparusi, late Rt. Hon, Saliu Adeoti, my wife, Olajumoke Sodeinde, Temitope Fawehinmi,  late Funso Muraina, my very good friend Victor Ogunje, Elder Idowu Adelusi, former NULGE President, Olusegun Onaade,  Com. Sola Adigun, Segun Ajibulu, late Evangelist, Adeola Alofe, Sen. Chief Joel Omoniyi, the former NLC Chairman in Ekiti state, late Suyi Aribisala, Engr. Gbenga Omole a.K.a Ologbo, Dr. Adio Folayan, Dr. Mrs Abimbola Oni, Dr. Azees Olaniyan, Mr. Kunle Olofintuyi and Hon.Tope Olanipekun A.k.a Tugere .

The rest are former Personal Assistant to the Governor, O'seun Odewale a.k.a egg head, Mr.Mike Ayeni, former Rector, Federal Polytechnic,  Ado Ekiti Prof Olawunmi Ajaja, my former lecturer at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), late Funsho Muraina,  Prince Adejolu  Adeyemi, Bayo Aina, egbon Akin Ogunmola, my own egbon, Omotosho Okeya, former Director of Information Services and General Manager of the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State, Alhaji Deji Aiyelabowo, former  NUJ boss, late Prince Femi Adelusi, aka Omofunrae, Elder Sunday Owolabi, a.k.a Progress, my Pastor and mummy, Mrs Akudo Oke, Wole Olujobi a.k.a Igirabata, my good friend Com. Vincent Jegede, my very good friend and brother, Alhaji Yaqoub Popoola and Current Vice Chancellor Ekiti State University  Professor Eddy Olanipekun among others.

Inadequate time and space will not allow me to mention how they affected my life positively one by one, but I will mention few for record purposes because of a saying that,  it is worthy to let the people hear of the good things that some people have done to you because of posterity.

In as much as I will not like to mention how some eminent personalities whose names I have mentioned earlier have affected my life, I cannot but mention 
Alhaji Mojeed Jamiu, my former Editor at Daily Independent newspaper, another wonderful person in my life, he paid me salary for almost eight months when I was being frustrated in the media outfit. When I had to resign from my job, he first paid me salary for three months then,  and he later got me another job in the Leadership newspapers as the correspondent for both Ondo and Ekiti States and kept paying the salary for another five months while he did not stop until I told him to stop the payment as the Leadership had started paying my salary.

Barrister Oguntuwase is another wonderful personality, a politician in Ekiti State that I can never forget in my life. Despite the fact that some of my stories then were not in tandem with the philosophy of the government produced by his party, as the then commissioner for information during the first tenure of Governor Ayo Fayose, Barrister Oguntuwase did everything possible to show me love, care and tremendous concern, when excessive work took its toll on my health and had to be  rushed to hospital in the State when I fainted.

Barrister Oguntuwase came to check on me in the hospital at least twice to see that I was given good attention and medications until I got discharged. After that and up till now, the kind hearted legal practitioner and politician  he remained my very good friend that exhibits his love for me without hiding it. 

Elder Adelusi, Fayose's CPS is another wonderful creature who loves me and my family dearly without prejudice. He is a real man of God who has shown it in many ways to me and my family. May God reward him and may he continue to be blessed both spiritually and physically.

Miss Fawehinmi,  a wonderful sister is another creature who would not stop to amaze me with the way she used to show me love  and  my family in particular. Fresh in mind there was a particular time when things were very bad and rose to our rescue by  connecting me with some powerful people in the country to make some great and wonderful things to happen in my life, I will remain grateful to you and your family.

Perhaps I might not be alive till today were it not for God and the following people who contributed to my life in their own little ways by coming to my rescue when I fell ill and hospitalised as  and life was hanging in the balance. Hon. Fatoba (MHR), Hon Faparusi, Former HOS Barr. Faseluka, Chief jide Awe, Paul Omotosho, and my good brother, Gbenga Pius. These particular people have shown love to me and my family on many occasions. May God reward you all. 

Oga Akin Fasae is a merciful man, my family will never forget when you rescued the life of one of my children when he was to undergo an operation some years back.

Com. Onaade, and late Comrade Aribisala are very nice leaders that I enjoyed then as labour leaders.  Just as Oga Fasae, Dr. Folayan, Olaniyan, Ologbo, Hon Bode Agbeleye, Tugere and Chief Omoniyi are fantastic human beings I that I also enjoyed their harmonious professional relationship  when they were Local Government Chairmen.

I can not forget to appreciate my very good friend, Ekiti TUC Chairman, Com. Adigun may God continue to enlarge your coast, my good friend, former ASUSS Chairman in Ekiti Com.Tope Ajibola I thank God for the day we met, and former FIDA Chairperson in Ekiti Mrs Olufunke Anoma, I appreciate you.

Bro Ogundele, Elder Owolabi Progress are my childhood and  true friends till today and I thank you so much. I cannot forget their impacts in my life. I also remember my very good friend, Yemi Akintomide, I still remember our fishing together in both Ondo and Ekiti states, particularly the Akure, Ado, Owo and Efon episode in those days. Togun Tunde is another childhood best friend I have and needs mentioning. Even though we usually quarrel on little things, I can not forget the relationship we shared in our childhood days and during our struggling days.

Oga Mike Ayeni, Alhaji Aiyelabowo, late Muraina, egbon Adeyemi, egbon Ogunmola, bro Remi Koleoso, Prince Ade Adeyemi,  and Igirabata, I thank you all for your professional and moral supports.  My good brother Wasiu Owolewatise , I appreciate you.

My beautiful and loving wife, you are an uncommon and considerate. I appreciate you and thank you for accommodating my excesses and for loving me in spite if my inadequacies. You have been a mother, a sister, my best friend and lover. May God continue to bless you and answer your prayers.

For many others who have contributed positively to my life that I cannot mention here, I thank you so much and, I appreciate you all.