Advertising communications qualified and Chairman Troyka Holdings, Dr. Biodun Shobanjo, has stated that success in small business is not ‘rocket science’ but conscious, unwavering perseverance and serious hardwork.
Talking at the public presentation of the ebook: The will to get: The tale of Biodun Shobanjo, composed by Dotun Adekanbi, which held in Lagos final 7 days, he disclosed that with sheer doggedness, will electric power to be successful and excellence as watchword, the sky would not be the limit but the commencing.
Obtaining missing his father, who labored at Nigerian Railways Corporation, at the tender age of 15, Shobanjo was remaining with small or no option than to fend for himself, his mother and a few siblings.
Sharing secrets of his success, he stated, “I uncovered that these who do not observe this profession extremely properly, who operate the business enterprise as a ‘typical’ Nigerian organization could not be in a position to go the rigorous check.”
In accordance to him, he located out that multinational organisations do not have to like your encounter. “I observed that in this variety of global negotiation, multinationals had been on the lookout for folks they could rely on. I located that there have been minimum amount appropriate requirements to them in terms of professionalism, framework and even physical presence.”
He mentioned, “once you are able to acquire their have confidence in, they will open up to you and make you experience cozy.”
Concerning leadership, he encouraged that “a chief have to be daring and simply cannot be witnessed to abdicate obligation. He or she need to manifestly guide from the entrance, if the boat is sinking, a chief does not preserve peaceful and pass the buck. A chief should be daring, ought to very own up to his choices and does not have to have to sacrifice himself just so he is perceived as a ‘nice’ leader. A chief ought to obviously define duties and be very crystal clear and particular about the parameters for measuring effects.”
He said, “when things are not likely proper, check with your self, as a chief, what assistance or support are you supplying? In no way choose success for granted, constantly acquire gain of whichever you have. Generally just take into thing to consider just about every piece of facts in your transient. In every organisation, there will generally be politicking. What matters is what you do to rise earlier mentioned it and display your potential.”
Shobanjo stated he was in a position to reach all that was chronicled in the book, not just for the reason that of hardwork and diligence he was lucky to have interacted with future helpers, who considered in his desire. In distinct, he recommended his lover of over 40 several years, Mr. Jimi Awosika, whom he explained as the ‘last person standing’ in the league of the co-founders of the organization that has grown to become Troyka Holdings, a primary player in corporate Nigeria.
He also urged youths not to give up on their goals, incorporating that with the important entrepreneurial attitude, they can reach the unimaginable.
He described that with right steering and support, the younger individuals of Nigeria have a whole lot to lead, stressing, “I consider that younger folks will obtain nuggets in The Will To Gain: The Tale of Biodun Shobanjo that will serve as motivation for them to go out there and do issues for them selves for me, that is the thrust of the total point. People who have labored with me and have equally come to be effective in their very own legal rights are favourable evidence that people today can do miracles for themselves.”
The biography is 542 web pages with 14 chapters. The ahead was penned by pro-chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo College, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi.
In accordance to the celebrated columnist, Ray Ekpu, who reviewed the guide, Shobanjo is a ‘cat with nine lives’. He claimed, “during the time he was the president of Association of Promotion Practitioners in Nigeria (AAPN), I was the president of Newspapers Proprietors Affiliation of Nigeria (NPAN). One concern that was normally a bone of rivalry involving the two organisations is debt owned to media homeowners by AAPN associates. This has brought on serious friction concerning the two organisations for a long time. I proposed two mischievous approaches to fixing the problem—that media owners should really go direct to advertisers and ask for their revenue, two-that the moment an company defaults on its payment terms, the media concerned need to inquire for interest to be paid at the common bank level — Shobanjo disagreed with the two proposals. He preferred certain trading terms.”
Looking at the biography, Ekpu explained there is a huge dose of what communicators phone impressionistic reporting. “I like the deep contextualisation of incidents and happenings, which provides ample flesh to the bones of the story. The book is published with candor and conviction, with Shobanjo’s power and weaknesses x-rayed. This can make the tale a plausible human story. A lot of authorised biographies set out to eulogise the topics without corresponding authentication of statements place forward. This e-book does not belong in that classification. It is simple to inform a great story if there is a great tale to explain to.”
The author of the biography, an award-profitable organization journalist and completed community relations practitioner, Adekanbi, reported, “I was inspired to compose this ebook simply because I observed Shobanjo’s persona and experienced accomplishments very intriguing, specifically since he evokes diverse passions in players in his field. My perseverance to unravel the myths that encompass him prompted my proposal to create The Will to gain, the tale of Biodun Shobanjo. His willingness to share his skilled worldview with youthful practitioners and people in search of expertise is what is now becoming offered to the general public.”
The Publisher/CEO Havilah Nigeria Retailers Ltd, Mr. Lanre Adesuyi, in his speech, claimed the ebook is a celebration of kind. “It is a celebration of Dotun as a gifted writer who has compensated his dues from journalism to advertising and marketing, community relations and now, as a published biographer. The book is also a celebration of Shobanjo, not just for his life of accomplishments in his subject but also for agreeing to convey to his tale for posterity and particularly for offering a seemingly ‘no-name’ writer a opportunity to do justice to preserving his legacy. As a publishing house, Havilah Books is happy to be involved with the risk-free shipping of this little one.”
On his aspect, Ogunbiyi, a celebrated communications pro and previous member of The Guardian’s editorial board, mentioned, “the biography is a useful, very well-investigated and finely well balanced reserve, one particular that has been composed with candour and conviction. It is an significant addition to the escalating system of biographies of key Nigerian corporate figures and justifies to be widely examine. I have no question that it will come across its way into our Business educational facilities and schools as an significant source.”
A person who had labored in Troyka Holdings for 6 many years wrote it.
Dignitaries at the occasion involve, the chief launcher, Chief Oladele Fajemirokun Pastor Tunde Bakare, Dr. Ogunbiyi Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof Eyitope Ogunbodede Sen. Ben Obi, Mr. Steve Omojafor and representatives of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona.