By ‘Yomi Oyelami
When the grace of God comes upon human effort, there is no doubting the exploits that are generated. The effulgence and excellence of the exploits that the life of one of Nigeria’s youngest and brightest media generals, Oki Samson O. is generating is a proof to the abundance that the grace of God can bring out of man’s dedication to an upwardly mobile lifestyle. Results don’t lie, only fools will doubt proofs!
For Olatunji, his consistency to doing what one knows to do best; his intentionality to seeing through a planned course of action; his painstaking effort to ensuring that the best foot is put into every aspect; his eye for detail in fashion, outlook, and personal grooming; his adroit prowess to portraying the clientele the best way possible, his cerebral nature at holding meaningful and productive conversations; his commitment to the fact that hard work pays after all; and his knack for delayed gratification is simply few of the exemplary characters that have distinguished him among a generation of media personalities that are wont to play a fast one for quick gains. These same qualities he encourages and desires that the vast community of youths under his influence should embody. He goes all the way to practice what he preaches! This is the Samson Oki that I know, I have worked with, and I have come to celebrate over the years.
That Oki Samson born on the 20th April. He is the MD/CEO of McKinggs Media (a media/PR, events, communication, and branding Company) with interests in publications, advocacy, publicity, photography, event, and talent development; the Publisher of Trek Africa Newspaper, Nigeria’s towering news weekly that goes the extra mile for the news with a focus on two key thematic areas of business and governance both in-print and online and have pursued the vision ‘to become a reputable newspaper brand out of Africa’ since its inception in 2014; and also the National President, National Association of Online Security Publishers (NAOSNP) are probably well-known.
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Oki is an award-winning celebrity publicist and brand strategist that has worked over a decade with several high net-worth individuals, hugely profitable business organizations, and impact-making not-for-profit organizations. He has also over the years established himself as a brand reputed for excellence and integrity in the media world. As a freelance journalist with New Telegraph Newspaper, he distinguished himself under ‘The Megacity’ weekly column which focuses on issues around West Africa’s industrial hub and Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos.
‘Mr. Sam’ as he is fondly called by his vast followership of youths is an authority in youth advocacy and youth development. The admirable orator has successfully mobilized the youths for countless community and national initiatives. He is very popular as a voice that resonates with the youths, owing to his numerous initiatives and programmes which keeps empowering several entrepreneurs and emerging young leaders. Two of the youth-centric initiatives are C. E. O. (Creative Entrepreneurial Opportunities) which spurs graduates into skill and enterprise development and the FOTA (Face of Trek Africa) a beauty pageant which brings the spotlight on the intellectual, enterprising and beautiful young African women.
It should be noted that he is the brain behind the annual Trek Africa National Discourse, Trek Africa Real Estate Summit and Expo, and Trek Africa Entrepreneurship Conference – all of which have become veritable platforms for charting innovation for enterprise development, industry growth, and nation building. With these platforms, he has succeeded in bringing eminent personalities and leaders across Africa including Liberia, Sierra leone, Uganda, Ghana, among others and has giving awards to deserving members of the public. In fact, eight team members were in Monrovia, Liberia for one week in 2018 at the august invitation of the Government of Liberia led by His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah where they met and discussed with the Vice President of the country and the Mayor of Monrovia.
The media guru is a diehard and unrepentant follower of Nigeria’s foremost politician and former two-term Governor of Lagos State and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He was a volunteer mobilizer for the Buhari-Osinbajo presidential campaign towards the 2015 elections. While he closely watched The Jagaban of Africa on the 2015 campaign trail as a media professional, the idea for the soon-to-be-published book ‘THE ICONIC BOLA AHMED TINUBU: AN INSPIRATION TO AFRICAN YOUTHS’ was birthed. Since then, as a co-author, he has pursued and pushed for the coming to the reality of the book with dexterity.
Born to a mixed Nigeria/Sierra Leone parentage in the early 80s, he derived his passion for African leadership, enterprise, and politics while studying as an accounting student at the Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos, Nigeria. He is married to Ayomiposi with a beautiful daughter.
Roll the carpet for the one of Nigeria’s youngest and brightest media general, Oki Samson Olatunji!
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Cheers to a new beginning. Happy Beautiful Birthday Sir!
Amuwo LG Poll: Adewale’s TCG Receives Decampees, Igbo Community Endorsement, Presents Candidates
The National Secretariat of The Consolidation Group (TCG) in Amuwo Odofin LGA was charged as the group showed great readiness for the forthcoming APC primaries scheduled to hold soon.
Presenting the Councillorship aspirants, Comrade Ayodele Adewale took time to read out a brief profile about them and how they have been steadfast during the course of the struggle in the last six years.
He wasted no time in moving to pressing matters as he dwelt upon Party loyalty and commitment as a pinnacle to the successful selection process of the Councillors.
He charged them to remain focused and put the interest of the community close to their hearts when elected into office.
He reminded them that loyalty was the underlying ethics to the group and their loyalty and commitment to the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC and Amuwo Odofin LG community should be central to every activity that they pursue.
Comrade Ayodele wished them every success as they move to the next stage of the race which is the APC Party screening and thereafter the Party primary election.
Comrade Ayodele Adewale also announced that two more members had purchased the nomination forms for the Chairmanship seat hours before the deadline on Tuesday making a total of 5 aspirants jostling for the number 1 seat.
He advised all candidates and members to continue interacting and engaging with all the old and newly registered Party members who had come aboard during the APC party registration exercise across the Local Government.
The leadership of the lgbo Speaking Community in Lagos State led by the State President General, Chief Sunday Udeh was also present at the Monday meeting with some members of his executives.
They described Comrade Ayodele Adewale as a detribalized leader whose inclusive approach benefitted all in the LG including the non indigenes in Amuwo Odofin LGA.
He appealed that all members should continue to show loyalty to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC and immediate past Council Chairman, Comrade Ayodele Adewale as they remains the only leaders and entity in Amuwo Odofin LG, Lagos State and Nigeria that associate and treat non indigenes like their family.
He also urged every member to be more committed and play an active role in furtherance of the group’s objectives and most especially, the APC Party.
Chief Sunday Udeh promised a donation of N50,000 to the group for refreshment before the next meeting as a mark of support for being a part of the highly influential and organised group, TCG.
TCG members also welcomed Mr. Okpor Emeka, the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the last 2019 House of Assembly Elections in Amuwo Odofin LGA. He arrived with some of his loyal supporters.
This visit was to intimate the APC stalwart and founder of the Consolidation Group (TCG), Comrade Ayodele Adewale of their readiness to join the Progressives.
He stated that they had given it great thought and consideration and having consulted far and wide, they had decided to use the platform of TCG to defect to the APC Party.
Mr. Okpo described APC as the only Party with a true manifesto to alleviate the status of the common man.
The defection move was facilitated by Comrade Balogun Ibrahim, one of the APC Chairmanship aspirants and a member of TCG.
Comrade Ayodele received the defected members and appreciated them for deeming it fit to add to the numbers of the APC Party.
He urged them to contribute to the success of the Party most especially during this election period.
He also promised to formally hand them over to Chief Tunde Balogun, the acting chairman of the APC in Lagos State at an appointed time.
The meeting ended with ward accreditations, where a total of 314 members were recorded to have attended the meeting.
The leader of the group, Comrade Ayodele Adewale wished all Muslim faithfuls, a happy Eid al Fitr celebrations in advance and declared that the next meeting is scheduled to hold on Monday 17th May, 2021
NAOSNP Honours Kawugana with Leadership Service Award
By Eric Elezuo
The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has honoured the immediate past Commander of the 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Brigadier General Sale Kawugana with the Association’s Service Leadership Award.
The award was presented to the Commander during the hand over ceremony at the Brigade Command by the Executive Members of the NAOSNP led by its National President, Mr. Oki Samson.
Mr Oki said the Commander deserved the award as a result of his exemplary leadership style during his short but, impactful stewardship as the Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja, Lagos.
In his acceptance speech, Brigadier General Kawugana thanked the Association for considering him for the award, and pledged to keep the flag of excellent service delivery flying wherever he finds himself serving the nation.
He also said he was impressed with the cooperation given to him by the Association during his stay, promising the friendship would continue.
He also pleaded with the Association to extend similar cooperation to new Commander.
Saraso Takes over Command of 9 Brigade As Army Redeploys Kawugana to Abuja
The new Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, Brig Gen Lader Saraso, has assumed duty.
He took over from Brig Gen Sale Kawugana, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.
The new Commander, during his handing and taking over ceremony which took place at the conference Room of the brigade recently, craved for National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) support saying that the “media is suppose to be the watchdog of the society because they are everywhere.”
He further reiterated that such support is imperative considering that the media is a necessary part of every society; hence it serves as a “check and balance” when it is practised within the purview of the law. It is a wake-up call to anybody in position of authority that there are people you are supposed to be accountable to.
“As a public servant,” he observed, “we are not an island to ourselves. Therefore, we need a formidable partnership with you. Sometimes, there may be some delays in messages and information. We may not always be as supernatural to be everywhere at the same time. But with little patience, the picture would get clearer,” Brig Gen Saraso emphasized.
However, he added that “everything we do on Internal Security whether in Lagos or elsewhere,” they are actually playing a supportive role to the Nigerian Police.
“We need the collaborative efforts of other agencies. They need us just as we need them so that we would be able to achieve some synergy.”
Brig Gen Saraso, therefore, called on the media to always draw his attention to any negative development or unpleasant situation going on so that such could be nipped in the bud before it escalates.
“You can report to meet the expectations of your organisation and we too, want to meet the expectations of Nigerians who actually entrusted us with these positions,” he added.
Earlier, the outgone Commander, Brig Gen Sale Kawugana commended members of the fourth estate of the realm for their support during his short stint at the brigade soliciting that such candid support and robust relationship be extended to the new Commander.