Japheth Joshua Omojuwa is a Nigerian blogger, author, public speaker, socio-economic, political commentator and social media expert. A columnist with The Punch newspaper, Leadership newspaper and Naij.com, Omojuwa’s articles have appeared on CNN, ThisDay and other platforms across the continent.
Dear J. J Omojuwa,
Your abundance of compassion makes you a dear and trusted human, to me and others. Your strong sense of conviction makes you a focused leader. Your worldly appreciation makes you a joy to debate with and learn from. Your immense heart makes you a loving and thoughtful man. Your uncommon willpower sets you above the others. Your high levelheadedness inspires young and ambitious Africans. Your ability to understand the business beyond the border creates an enviable fortune for you and those who share your ingenuity. Your drive to contribute selflessly to society makes you one of the most incredible life changers and influencers of Africa’s youth – our future.
Your sacrifice to bring indelible marks on the table you belong is well written bold and big across the land of Africa, and even beyond. A rare breed and humble personality who demystifies media transformation for the benefit of all in the dictate of 21st century reality. Certainly, you are a worthy model, epitome of brilliance, elegance and resourcefulness. Your life radiates selflessness, greatness and patriotism.
Fate has not brought us for tete-a-tete engagement, but as a student of knowledge and deliberate action taker on becoming a trademark symbol in the media and branding parlance, public speaking influencer, humanitarian advocate and best selling author, I’ve learned a lot from you. Not only have you taught me from afar the originality of being a branded personality; understanding the system of how the ruling class work; embracing opportunities as net worth while networking; investing in oneself and others; but also, upholding the principle of service to God and humanity.
Even though we are yet to meet, you remain a bigger influence and a template for big picture for me. You are a conduit of excellence, portrait of hope, commitment, dedication, and symbol of wisdom, empathy, love and statesmanship. Till then, I hope we continue to stretch ourselves with new productive debates and knowledge. Excellent input of yours in ensuring Africa, especially, African Youths live above the lowlife conditioning as programmed by the West cannot be overemphasized.
You are a sample for up-and-coming media influencer, through you, I understand better that mentorship can be offered even without any physical connection — learning without permission. Over the years, I have been following your path in media industry and being carefully learning from your school of philosophical thought that believes strongly in the balance between constructivist impact and knowledge-based learning using culturally relevant pedagogy. Consciously plying your way has empowered me with the life skills and character traits necessary to succeed in media industry and beyond.
As I do tap motivation from your existence, I crafted a vision statement. My vision statement was written so big and bold in my heart. I say it every morning as a living soul. “I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me as I grow into leader, who is selflessness, patriotic, passionate and care about making world better. I am equipped with skills and knowledge, filled with curiosity and I know that even when I face challenges, I will achieve”.
Mostly what I have learned is: Depth doesn’t come with age. Fairness doesn’t get given out easily but one can adopt it as a mindset and live it oneself. Believe in yourself and give it a crack. Age nor entitlement is an excuse. And quite frankly, I’ve learned that nothing is better than believing in oneself.
If anyone could ask me, I wonder what advice would I give about a mentoring relationship we both share? I know I would unequivocally recommend it to others. I would suggest:
Like Japheth J Omojuwa, Find common ground early. Don’t be someone you are not – part of the gift you share is the gift of YOU. Be open to learning – as humbling as it might be to realize we are not perfect, let’s face it, we aren’t, and there are valuable lessons from everyone.
Omojuwa, you are an incredible man and more than a distant mentor to me. You are my friend. A lifelong friend. On the occasion of birthdate celebration, I wholeheartedly celebrate your greatness and uncommon breakthrough. I truly appreciate everything that you have done for African Youths. If there is any way that I can repay you, please let me know. I look forward to working with you in the future. Accept my heartfelt thankful wishes for your kindness and ingenuity. You are a worthy mentor! Words can neither qualify nor quantify your guidance.
Basheer Luqman Olarewaju