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MY MENTOR AND I

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MY MENTOR AND I

By Clarence Arute

In 2010 or so, I read his book, “Costly Mistakes That Wreck A Glorious Destiny”. And immediately, I fell in love with the book and I longed to be associated with him.

MmyThat year, I had no connection with him. Though, I kept seeing him around as he is a Son to my Pastor then (Pastor Segun Adeniyi).

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Those years, whenever he comes to visit his Father, I’ll be admiring him and longing to be associated with him; at least, to get into his circle and become an Author too.

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Somehow, I was favored and I got enrolled in one Computer School by a total Stranger as Admission into the University was frustrating itself🙄.

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While going to the Computer School every evening, Papa will take the same route. (Offline, I’m somewhat shy and reserved. I dont know how to approach people or begin friendship); I’ll just be looking at him.

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Fast forward to the year 2017, “Anita the Jagaban!” introduced me to Papa’s monthly program for Singles and married.

It’s an offline event which is usually fun and very educating. Through him, I became conscious of the “Relationship and Marriage Talks”🤦.

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“Anita the Jagaban” is my Big Sister: my supposed Twin Sister who came before me. I call her, “Jagaban” because she can penetrate anything!

She’s super friendly and a good “conversation/friendship Beginner!” Sometimes, I ask her how she does such thing.

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In 2018, Papa organized his yearly conference for Singles and Married and I was a Volunteer! “I’ve gotten access through Anita!”

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In 2019, I became closer to Papa than Anita to the point that, before Papa will call Anita once, he would have called me five times!😆(Pepper Anita gan!)

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In 2019, Papa and I closed many publishing deals; especially Editorial Services! At this point, I have lost count of the number of manuscripts I have worked on, through Papa.

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Through Papa’s connection, I have worked with Clients who in the real sense, I am not qualified to “tangle with. Through him, I have worked with Clients I do not know and I have made thousands of Naira, again and AGAIN!

What’s my point?

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Dear Friend, any height or position you admire in life is attainable if you do not lose sight on what you call “dreams and visions” . In June 2020, I officially became Papa’s Virtual Assistant😎. I’m sure you know what this means, right?

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Imagine, in 2010; I prayed, wished, hoped and longed to be in his circle. I desired to be associated with him and do what he does and yeah! In 2020, I became his Virtual Assistant.

Hear me Friends, if you can dream it, you will definitely become it! I tell you, there is no Devil anywhere stopping you, except the Devil called “Your Mind!” If your mind can’t stop you, nothing on earth is qualified to stop you!

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Understand that, I am not here to excite you or to make you scream so loud; I simply want to tell you that, the life you will live in five to ten years-time, is greatly dependent on what your mind is currently processing.

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On one Thursday evening, I checked my Bank Account and I was asking myself, when will I hit the “XYZ Figure”? When will my Bank Account hit this Figure?

Remember, that was on a Thursday evening. I had that thought until I slept off. And on Friday of that same week, I got some publishing deals and when I checked my Account Balance on Friday evening, I had #4,000 away from the figure that crossed my mind on Thursday Evening; I screamed!

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See Friend, until your Mind get there first, your hand will never handle it! Understand that, this is not some sort of motivational talks. I’m simply showing you a simple rule that guide a successful living and I’m using my experience as a case study.

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Friends, if you don’t see it; like, picture it first in your mind, you will never own it! And Yes! It is not enough to think big or have big pictures of what you want to become. You must work to become all of what you have pictured in your mind. Big picture without work is Foolishness!

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If you don’t work to become what you have pictured in your mind, you will die, dreaming. While you dream big and think big, get your hands busy with something.

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Understand that, the People we call Great, Bosses and Influencers today are Men and Women who are committed to the things they once called “DREAMS AND VISIONS”.

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May you not wake up one morning to realize you are 60 and you still jump from one Keke Napep to the other, without having any profitable asset or legacy.

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May you not wake up one morning to realize you squandered your youthful days and you wasted all of the opportunities and possibilities you currently have.

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In old age, may you not hawk bread or push wheel barrow to feed! May you fulfill the number of your days on earth! But Friends, don’t just say a loud Amen to those prayers; now is the time to work out the future you desire! Now is the Future! Work it out!




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APPOINTMENT OF WTO CHIEF IN DOUBT AFTER KEY MEETING CANCELLED

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APPOINTMENT OF WTO CHIEF IN DOUBT AFTER KEY MEETING CANCELLED

• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES LIFTS VISA RESTRICTION ON NIGERIANS, SAYS GOVERNMENT

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UNITES ARAB EMIRATES LIFTS VISA RESTRICTION ON NIGERIANS, SAYS GOVERNMENT

BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to resume visa issuance to Nigerians, the government has said.

Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation, announced this via his Twitter handle on Wednesday.

He disclosed that the move was to allow Emirates Airlines resume operations in Nigeria

He said, “UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, consequently decision has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria.

“Commencement of the Visa issuance is condition precedent. Please bear with this unusual situation. Many thanks.”

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UK RETURNS $100,000 CONFISCATED FROM DUPED NIGERIAN BUSINESSMAN

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UK RETURNS $100,000 CONFISCATED FROM DUPED NIGERIAN BUSINESSMAN

Mr Danu had protested the seizure of the money saying it was his legitimate earning and that he declared it with customs.

The United Kingdom has returned the sum of $100,000 confiscated by airport security from Nigerian businessman, Nasiru Danu, after a court gave judgment in his favour in a confiscation suit.

Court documents and banking details seen by this newspaper showed that the money was paid with interest that accrued in the last one year as ordered by a magistrate court on September 7.

Mr Danu was intercepted by officials of the United Kingdom Border Force and Immigration officials on arrival at the London airport on September 13, 2019 after his then newly-acquired Maltese passport with which he travelled there turned out to be fake.

The businessman, PREMIUM TIMES gathered, was duped of $35,000 by a ‘travel agency’ which offered to help him obtain a Maltese passport. Unknown to him the passport delivered to him by the agency was fake.

On returning to Nigeria, Mr Danu petitioned the State Security Service (SSS) over the passport fraud and his resultant arrest and deportation from the UK.

The SSS later referred the case to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which is now pressing charges against one Rabbi Okpara.

PREMIUM TIMES had in December reported how Ms Okpara was docked by the EFCC before an FCT High Court for allegedly defrauding Mr Danu and other unsuspecting Nigerians.

Ms Okpara is the owner of Green Valley Concept Limited, a purported travel agency.

EFCC investigators said Ms Okpara used her travel agency to lure unsuspecting members of the public to buy into a sham travel/residency arrangement in Malta.

The EFCC said Ms Okpara in her statement to the agency admitted to liaising with a third party, one Mr Ugbaja, in obtaining these fake travel document for her clients.

Count one of the charges reads: “That you Rabbi Okpara and Jude Ugbaja(at large) sometime in August 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court conspired between yourselves to do an illegal act, to wit; causing to be used as genuine forged documents, thereby committed an offence contrary to section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP, MI7 laws of Federation Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under the same act.”

Count two reads: “That you Rabbi Okpara, Jude Ugbaja ( at large), Green Valley Concept Ltd and Palmary Travels and Tours Ltd, sometimes in August 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court forged a maltase passport with the name Nasiru Haladu Danu with number 9647443 dated 27 April/AVR 2018 with intent that it be used as genuine; thereby committed an offence contrary to 320(a) of the Penal Code, Law of the Federation 1990 and punishable under section 322 of the same law.”

Seized cash returned

Aside deporting Mr Danu to Nigeria on his arrest at the airport in September, the UK authorities also took possession of $100,000 found on the businessman.

The businessman had protested the seizure of the money saying it was his legitimate earning and that he declared it appropriately with customs authorities in Nigeria before travelling with it to the UK.

Mr Danu also explained that he travelled with that amount of cash because his credit card had failed him repeatedly, leaving him stranded on a number of occasions.

But despite his explanations, the UK authorities seized the cash and approached a court for confiscation hearing.

However, the legal team for Mr Danu challenged the UK Border agency’s move to permanently confiscate the money. They succeeded.

“The court found that the security officials were wrong to seize the money as the money was from legitimate income which was not intended for an unlawful purpose and should therefore be returned to the owners,” said Mr Danu’s lawyer, Femi Joshua.

Mr Danu’s Nigerian Bank account was credited with the money with interest in two tranches of $50,471 on September 23, according to documents seen by PREMIUM TIMES.

When contacted Tuesday, Mr Danu said he was pleased that the court noted that he was a victim of crime by a syndicate which swindled him and sold him a fake passport.

“The court saw that I am a legitimate and honest businessman and that the cash found on me were legitimately earned and properly declared,” Mr Danu said.

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