(TRADE NEWSWIRE): Before I proceed to thank you all, I want to tell a brief story about the establishment of TRADE NEWSWIRE (www.tradenewswire.net), reports.
I was sick in early March 2011 and just left my former company’s hospital, Punch Newspapers after receiving treatment therein, on getting home; I decided to quickly rush down to buy something at Oshodi.
On getting to the Bus stop to catch a motorcycle popularly known as Okada, as they were still permitted by the Lagos State government to operate freely at that time, as I was about climbing the Okada, I received a message telling me categorically to go and do two things namely, it goes thus: 1, Go and establish your own media outfit 2, Go and establish it on the internet.
The messages came repeatedly, but I was wondering which kind of message is this; on getting back home, I told my wife, Queen Halimah the messages I received on my way to Oshodi.
I pointed it out to her that how could God tell me to go and establish my own media company when I am still working for a media company, as it would result into unfaithfulness to my employer, even at that, Punch will not tolerate such an act of indiscipline if they got to know I did such a thing and could made the company to sack me.
As we both finished discussing the received message in the afternoon, I went inside the bedroom to sleep for about an hour or more because I was sick, when I woke up; I saw that I had missed a call, and I phoned the person.
When the phone was picked, it happened to be from Human Resources department of my then workplace Punch and I was asked to come up right now, I said that I was not in the office that I have been sick for some days and presently at home, but was told to drop my resignation letter to the office the following day, which I did.
i never knew that it was same day God spoke to me to go and establish an Online Media that i would be asked to come and resign from my work place, as God already knew what will happen before he gave the message to me.
I resigned in March 3, 2011, I now began to understand the message I received clearly, I had no choice than to implement the messages received by establishing a MEDIA on the INTERNET on 5th of April, 2011, one month after resigning from The Punch and got it named TRADE NEWSWIRE (www.tradenewswire.net).
The reason for thanking God for TRADE NEWSWIRE’s seven years of existence is nothing other than the fact that, after being employed by Punch in Augut 2007, I was told by God that: You will work in this company for seven years’ so I already knew when I will stop working in Punch but unfortunately, my job in Punch got cut short after spending three and half years therein, half of the seven years God said I will spend, reasons best known to God Almighty.
It is that seven years that I now spend in TRADE NEWSWIRE, the reason I praised the God Almighty for TRADE NEWSWIRE’s seven years of existence.
Note: This is not written to denigrate my former work place, Punch Nigeria Limited, Punch remains an outstanding place of repute and discipline to work, I thank the company and its Management for allowing me to go through their system, I respect you, I appreciate you, I thank you and I will continue to pray for the upliftment of Punch Newspapers, PUNCH NIGERIA LIMITED WILL FOREVER BE GREAT BECAUSE THE COMPANY MADE ME WHAT I AM TODAY AND I HUMBLY APPRECIATE.
What I want us all to know is that as the usual saying goes: Arabic language- (Kadara Allahu Wakankadiri!) English meaning (What will be, will surely be; and what will not be will not be; everybody with his/her individual destiny).
To this end, I want us all to know that if anything will be successful in life, you will find hand(s) of women therein and if they choose to destroy anything, it is only God Almighty that can repeal it, aside God, forget it.
A reason why I will specially and always thank my wife Queen Halimah and my inlaws for the trust they have in me that I won’t let their daughter down during the DARK DAYS/ EARLY DAYS OF TRADE NEWSWIRE, as my wife Queen Halimah will spread her wrapper on the floor for us to sleep for months, no matrass, nothing, and she and the children endured the pain along with me, this is just to mention the least of many pressing challenges faced during this time, Alhamdullilah!!!.
I assure my inlaws of continuous care and protection of their daughter. Our highly revered Yoruba elders say: (Eni fun ni l’obirin fe pari ore) English meaning (An inlaw that handed over her daughter in marriage to a man, has done the greatest good thing in life to the man).
I thank the Queen of Relationship, Queen Lami Tumaka, a First-rate World-renowned Strategic Communications Professional and Director, Special Duties (External Relations & Technical Cooperation) of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), for her role in my life and TRADE NEWSWIRE, as she remains a God-sent angel of recue in my life during the DARK DAYS.
I thank the Queen of Maritime, Queen Hadiza Bala Usman, a Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for her continuous support for TRADE NEWSWIRE.
I WHOLEHEARTEDLY LOVE AND APPRECIATE THE THREE SUPPORTIVE QUEENS, QUEEN HALIMAH, QUEEN LAMI AND QUEEN HADIZA, I MEAN IT.
I thanks families, friends, neighbours who I cannot start to mention one after the other, I appreciate you all.
The special mention and thanks for the women tagged Queens, does not mean we do not appreciate others who supported us or that they are not worth mentioning, no!
That is not the case, but this is specifically done to gear up and motivate women to give supports where necessary to men folks be it husbands, sons or brothers because whatever women genuinely touch turns gold, and at the end of it all, the glory becomes theirs, and vice versa.
I also urge the government to please patronize Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), as it remains the fastest way to reduce poverty, don’t just patronize the big companies only and leave the small companies to suffer.
Talking from practical experience, just imagine, if the former General Manager, Public Affairs of NPA, Chief M.K Ajayi and former Head of Public Relations of NIMASA, Queen Lami Tumaka failed to patronize TRADE NEWSWIRE and no other person does, the company would have packed off and my dependents will suffer.
SO, I HUMBLY APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT TO PATRONISE MSMEs, WHICH IS THE FASTEST WAY TO FIGHT POVERTY IN THE COUNTRY AND AID DEVELOPMENT.
I EQUALLY APPEAL TO YOUNG NIGERIANS DOING BUSINESS (MSMEs), TO BE SINCERE IN WHATEVER BUSINESS THEY ARE DOING, PUT IN THEIR BEST BY DOING QUALITY JOBS , DON’T JUST DO AN AVERAGE WORK, PUT IN YOUR BEST, EVEN IF IT DOES NOT MEET UP WITH THEIR TASTE, YOUR CONTRACTEE WILL KNOW AND UNDERSTANDS THAT YOU HAVE DONE YOUR BEST WITHIN THE LIMITED RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU, THAT IS THE WAY NIGERIA CAN PROSPER.
I APPEAL TO NIGERIANS, AFRICANS AND THE WORLD TO SINCERELY LOVE ONE ANOTHER, DON’T DO EVIL TO YOUR FELLOW MANKIND, DO GOOD AND THINK GOOD ALWAYS, DO GOOD AND THINK GOOD ALWAYS, DO GOOD AND THINK GOOD ALWAYS.
THAT IS THE WAY NIGERIA CAN BE GREAT AND THE WORLD PEACEFUL, HELP THOSE IN NEED OF HELP, YOUR LITTLE HELP CAN CHANGE LIFE AND THE WORLD, THE GOOD/ BAD YOU DO TODAY WILL COME TO HUNT YOU TOMORROW.
I APPRECIATE YOU ALL, THANKS.
NIGERIA SHALL BE GREAT AND THE WORLD SHALL BE PEACEFUL
May God Guide Our Leaders Right
A Strategist/ Publisher, TRADE NEWSWIRE (www.tradenewswire.net)
A Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor