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It Is A Privilege To Be Alive At 50-Otunba Tomori Williams

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Humble, amiable and principled describe Otunba Tomori Williams, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TW Construction. He recently threw a classy birthday party to celebrate his 50th birthday. In this interview, he speaks on life at 50 and what has kept him going.

Do you consider turning 50 years a privilege?

It is a great privilege considering the fact that many could not even see a whole day from the date of their conception. So, it is a privilege that will always remain indelible in my mind, and I will be grateful to God for it. So, I am very very grateful to still be alive, and I pray that the Almighty God will grant me the grace to grow older than this in Jesus name.

What is now different?

Nothing aside from the fact that it makes me feel that I am growing old. Nothing.

So you dislike the fact that you are growing old?

It crosses my mind occasionally and I reflect on the fact that I have actually turned 50 years old. So, it is something that one would have to reflect upon. It is the reason why the Bible says that it is always important to celebrate one’s age because it will call you to the point of wisdom and sober reflection, a reflection of successes, downfall, and progress in life.

What informed the lavished party you threw to celebrate your new age?

I am not a party person, I don’t celebrate. In the past, it has been my well-wishers, my staff and friends that celebrate me. Even at that, I still make sure that it doesn’t get to the level of playing music. I am not a social person; I love my privacy a lot. To answer your question, you mark this kind of event once in a lifetime. I think turning 50 years is worth celebrating. Celebration in terms of celebrating God in my life, celebrating his presence, his goodness, his faithfulness, and loving-kindness towards me because I know that it is only by his making and his power that I could have gotten to this level. So, I didn’t celebrate anything, I celebrated God and what he has done for me. That was the essence of the party.

What are you grateful to God for?

For the gift of life. There is an Italian maxim that says ‘Doms Peri Peri’ when there is life, there is hope. It is the life that gives hope to everyone. It is what a man is and what he is going to be. So, my appreciation goes to God.

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You share your birthday with some powerful Nigerians, what impacts does this have on you?

It doesn’t mean anything. My date of birth is just the day that the lord almighty assigned me to be part of the entire universe. That day is just a date shared by a lot of other people in the world.

Humility is not always synonymous with the rich, yours is an exception.

Personally, I have not changed my old habits, I am still Tomori Williams. My humility is firstly from God because you cannot form any habit of your own except it is what God has actually mapped out for you. I will also give glory to God for my mum and dad, especially my mum. She actually played a lot of role in my present upbringing. Fortunately or unfortunately, I wasn’t brought up with a silver spoon. So, the aspect of being humble actually is synonymous with my upbringing. From the start, I looked at everybody as equal. Sometimes, when I am around my staff you hardly know who the boss is. On many occasions, clients have come to the office asking that they want to see Otunba Tomori Williams; that is the grace of God. The humble part of me is as a result of God’s love and perfection of my personal self.

What tale does your life story tell, inspiration?

Inspiration, I might not say yes. This is because I didn’t have any key role model. Seriously, I never really looked up to anybody; I have never said that I want to be like anybody.

Otunba Tomori Williams

Otunba Tomori Williams

Not even Justice Anthony Akpovi of Olotu Property?

Justice Anthony Akpovi was my mentor; I will give that to him any day or time. He is another humble guy; he is now almost an old man. Nonetheless, I will attribute my humility to God’s gift. It is just the grace of God.

The real estate industry is a place you play large in, can you tell us about your contributions

What I am grateful for is helping to change the landscape and the infrastructural and housing placement within the mainland and its environs. Basically, I will sit back and give glory to God for the new Olaleye project which is still ongoing. Also, I have done some landmark repossession jobs that I will sit back and give glory to God. The Gbagada repossession project is one that will remain indelible in my mind. To God be the glory because the best is yet to come. We have a number of other projects that will completely change the landscape in the mainland and especially the coastal line.

Otunba Tomori Williams

Otunba Tomori Williams

Tell us about your style.

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My style has no serious baring in life. When I was in university, one of the essences of you reading Philosophy was reading Philosophy 101.  We had a topic called the first course. Do you know who the first course was, that is the Lord Almighty. Whatever you are is the doing of God. I have seen a lot of people that are proud and full of themselves but are still rich. It is the lord almighty that distributes these things; I am just very fortunate, very very fortunate to be counted as somebody that is at least comfortable to feed morning, afternoon and night. Humility has its own advantages and disadvantages. To me, it has really helped me, but I can’t say it is what defines what God has done for me in terms of material gains. Whatever I have today, my belief is that it is not because of any form of wisdom or any form of knowledge. It is just the grace of God.

Has it gotten to the point where people take advantage of your humility?

People will always take advantage of you. Being humble has its own side effect, but it should not form any basic criteria for people to abuse you. You can be humble and be firm; you can be humble and be decisive. I am humble but I will not let people take advantage of my humility. Humility doesn’t mean people should be excessively gentle, its two ways. People taking advantage of your being humble is something I can’t really understand. But being gentle does not make you foolish.

What is the next phase of your life?

Every year in a man’s life is a turning point. 50 is just a number, it is one of the numbers in a man’s growing years, but I strongly believe that it calls for serious sober reflection. A man must sit down, reflect on where he is coming from, where he is and where he is going. The days of taking rash decisions, being unnecessary aggressive, the days of being reckless should be over. That is the way I looked at it. 50 should be a year to reflect soberly and prayerfully decide the next steps you want to take in life.

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Prince Ajibade Ogunoye’s Hurdle

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Death is a sad occurrence, but it has a way of opening doors for people.

For Prince Ajibade Ogunoye, the death of Olateru-Olagbegi opened a big door. The death saw to his emergence as the new Olowo of Owo Kingdom.

Against all expectations, Prince Ogunoye’s emergence was peaceful, democratic and procedural.

Despite this, he still has the big challenge of unifying other contenders of the throne, as well as uniting all sons and daughters of Owo Kingdom.

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Though yet to officially ascend the throne of his forefathers, Owo Kingdom awaits the traditional rites that will fully usher in their new leader.

 

 

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Bola Tinubu: Not A God After All

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Some consider Bola Tinubu, All Progressive Congress (APC), national leader a god of a sort.

But there are those who know that despite being stupendously rich and brainy, he is just a mere mortal.

The man, who is considered by many as the brain behind the many successes of APC in the South West has been at the receiving end of criticism in the past days.

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Once highly respected among Yoruba elders, Tinubu appears to have lost loyalists in some places especially with reactions to his statement during what was supposed to be his condolence visit to the father of the slain Funke Olakunrin, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Absolving herdsmen from Olakunrin’s death, Tinubu had been quoted saying that those accusing the nomads of the deceased’s murder could not back their claims with evidence.

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Tinubu’s position on the death of the daughter of the Afenifere leader has however seen him heavily criticised by many who once respected his views on issues.

 

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Drumbeat Of War Sounding Loudly Around The Country, Ooni Tells Buhari

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has urged political leaders against blowing issues out of proportion.

Warning that the drumbeats of war is sounding loud across the country, he said that the Southwest would not want to experience any war.

Ooni, spoke at the State House, Abuja, after meeting with President Buhari. He said that he was at the State House for talks with the President on behalf of traditional rulers on how to improve the security situation.

The Ooni said: “I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. Before I came here, I discussed with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who has been there for close to 50 years and we cannot take away such a very massive experience in terms of knowing the structure of Nigeria. And also by virtue of that, Alaafin is in constant touch with Awujale, Oba Sikiru Adetona and very much; we are all on the same page.

Further, he said: “So, I’m here and I had a discussion that is very fruitful with Mr President about what we all know the security situation in the country. We made him to know that the issue at hand in the Southwest is real – the issue of insecurity.

“We live in the remote and rural areas of the southwestern part of the country, most of those bushes and those forests are being occupied by strange people and we have decided to take it upon ourselves to try as much as possible to work with the government to fish them out.

“Why I’m here again is, everybody is beating the war drum; we don’t want war; who can stand war? We want something better for our youths. Everybody is beating the drum of war; we don’t want war; Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths.

“We should better use them for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that. We told the President that and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to throw things out of proportion. We should make sure things are right. Mr. President has actually given good directives to security chiefs, especially the IG (Inspector-General); they will visit each and every traditional ruler’s palaces that are very sensitive in Southwest with immediate effect, he is going to give that directive.

“He said that everything must be done to put all security agencies to good use and work with the locals to separate the bad eggs.  We need to work very closely with them and every other security agencies in the country, we will put them to use now; it is very important to us to put them to use and work with the locals; it is very important so that we can separate the corn from the chaff.

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