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Frank To APC: Stop lying, Buhari has No Certificate

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has dismissed a fake news being circulated by the APC to portray General Muhammadu Buhari as having a West African School Certificate (WASC).
Frank who was reacting to a media report aimed at deceiving Nigerians and also swaying the Presidential Election Petition Court to rule in favour of General Buhari, urged the APC to stop spreading falsehood as “the world knows that Buhari has no Secondary school certificate anywhere”.
According to him, the report titled: “Buhari cambridge certificate verification; PDP agent disappointed” is a fake news from the pit of hell. 
The report quoting an unnamed source had claimed among other things that “As the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal kicked off few months ago, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sent a team of lawyers and other party agents to the University of Cambridge to confirm the authenticity of the West African School Certificate (WASC) of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“A Cambridge source said that the opposition party not only sent a delegation but also made a request seeking potential evidence, citing doubts about the authenticity of the President’s WASC results.
“The source said that the PDP representatives who visited Cambridge were stunned to discover that the President did write the examination, passed and were even dumbfounded when they cited the well kept records of the Cambridge University.
“The source said even the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and associates requested Cambridge provide them with a confirmation of his certificate,” the report said. 
Frank wondered why the APC could descend so low in trying to fraudulently rewrite history by claiming that Cambridge University allegedly confirmed that a self-confessed certificate-less General Buhari now has a certificate. 
He said: “It is a shame that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and  his lackeys have become so shameless to the point where they churn out blatant lies to confuse Nigerians. The question is: does Gen. Buhari have a WAEC certificate? 
“If yes, where is it? Lai Mohammed had admitted that Buhari does not have a WAEC certificate and asked Nigerians to forgive him for not knowing where his (Buhari) certificate was 53 years after leaving Secondary School.
“Nigerians can now see why the APC’s government is clueless. This so called cambridge source, who is he? What is his name? Nigerians will love to get in touch with him to ascertain the veracity of the information. 
“But I can assure Nigerians that the source will forever remain anonymous, reason being that this so called source does not exist.
“This is pure garbage being churned out by the APC’s and Buhari’s propaganda machine but glory be to God, Nigerians are not buying and will not buy the lies this time around. Instead, Nigerians are  asking that Buhari be sacked, #SACKBUHARI,” the Bayelsa-born activist said.
He said that of Justice Walter Onnoghen could be fraudulently hounded out of the Judiciary as Chief Justice of Nigeria because of his alleged lack of full asset declaration, why should General Buhari who has no record of having completed his school certificate remain as President in brazen violation of the nation’s Constitution?
He said: “Onnoghen was embarrased and forced to resign from office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) for omitting to declare all his assets, yet Lai Mohammed is asking Nigerians to forgive Buhari who has no WAEC Certificate and once lied that his certificate is with the military. 
“General Buhari is now the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, yet he cannot fish out his certificate from the military authorities.
“Notwithstanding, APC wants Nigerians to depend on an unknown and unnamed source from Cambridge to believe General Buhari has a certificate. Why go to Sokoto when you can get what you lack inside your ‘sokoto?’
“The Constitution is clear. A minimum of school certificate is required to contest for the office of President. The law is also clear on the penalty for pejury.
“I want to use this opportunity to remind the presidential electoral petition judges that Nigerians are watching and waiting to read what their judgement will be. 
“Give the right judgement by sacking Gen. Buhari because he does not have a WAEC certificate which amounts to a gross violation of the constitution and write your names in GOLD on the annals of Nigeria’s history for being men of courage and integrity who stood by the truth at a critical moment.
“Initially Gen. Buhari said the certificate was with the military. None of his course mates  in the military could testify under oath that they did submit their certificates to the military. 
“Besides, even the military itself has come out boldly to say that they are not in possession of General Buhari’s WAEC certificate.  Is this a ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ certificate that people cannot see?”
Comrade Timi Frank
Political Activist
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Xenophobia: Timi Frank Writes South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

...Demands urgent stop to killings
...Seeks Compensation for victims
...To Visit Julius Malema
...Calls on AU to Intervene

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has called on the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to urgently halt attacks against Nigerians and the wanton destruction of their property by rampaging citizens of that country.

While demanding an immediate stop to the bloodletting against innocent Nigerians, he called on the South African Government to commence the payment of adequate and commensurate compensation to the victims of the dastardly and unprovoked acts of aggression without delay.

“On behalf of Nigerians, we plead with the South African government, its youths and the enire citizens to put a stop to the wanton killing of Nigerians and destruction of their property by irate South Africans and instead fashion out ways on how Nigerians and other African countries resident in your country can live together in peace and harmony.

“We agree completely with what Julius Malema said and I quote: "South Africa is Nigeria and Nigeria is South Africa.” Therefore, let’s live in unity.

“May we also remind our South African brothers and sisters that Africa is one indivisible continent and that most African countries especially in West Africa and Nigeria in particular, helped South Africa to fight their subjugation under apartheid by generously supporting them financially, materially and otherwise until they attained the abolishment of racial segregation.

“It was not only the right thing to do but was done because Nigeria regards South Africans as our brothers and sisters.

“We urge South African youths to emulate the late icon, Nelson Mandela, who was always for peace and even forgave those that imprisoned him for 27 years. Mandela preached peace, love and forgiveness during his lifetime.

“We therefore encourage the youths to give peace a chance and allow Nigerians and other Africans resident in their country to live in harmony in the spirit of African oneness,” he said.

He urged the South African authorities to urgently evolve both legal and policy instruments to permanently stop this acts of belligerence and open aggression against Nigerians.

He also called on the leadership of the African Union (AU) to intervene and prevent needless hostilities between Nigeria and South Africa which may result if the prolonged attacks against Nigerians and their interests in the former apartheid enclave is not urgently halted.

“It is time for the AU to walk the talk by invoking the necessary sections of its charter to stop this orgy of degradation and dehumanization against Nigerians.

“The AU must prove its relevance by acting swiftly. They cannot afford to obfuscate by mouthing words while shying away from addressing the pogrom and genocide against innocent Nigerians legally residing in South Africa at this time.

“They must act to prevent this unprovoked aggression from snowballing into unimaginable proportions on both sides. A stitch in time would save nine at this trying moments,” he said.

Frank in a statement in Abuja further disclosed that he already had discussions with one of the leaders of opposition political parties in South Africa, Julius Malema, over the imbroglio and said that he would soon visit him to strategize on how to permanently end the hate induced violence against Nigerians in South Africa.

“It is most unfortunate that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and his ‘yahoo yahoo’ administration is clueless on how to protect Nigerians from this horrendous xenophobic onslaught against hapless citizens.

“Since they are presently busy organizing worthless press conferences, I took the initiative and spoke with Julius Malema, one of the most respected voices in South Africa, and urged him to prevail on his people to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign.

“I will be going to South Africa soon to visit Malema in order to evolve strategies and actions that would end this inhumanity being meted on innocent Nigerians by South Africans once and for all,” he said.

He pleaded with Nigerians back home to exercise restraint in the face of this grievous acts of provocation emanating from South Africa.

“If the South Africans are exhibiting madness, we must maintain our sanity by not attacking businesses owned by Nigerians here but operating under franchises owned by South Africans.

“It is unfortunate that most business outlets now suffering reprisals in the country are 100 per cent owned by Nigerians operating under franchise.

“Therefore any loss of lives or destruction of businesses in Nigeria in reaction to what is happening in South Africa would amount to double jeopardy for Nigeria,” he said.

The political activist commiserated with families that have lost loved ones in the fracas.

He also sympathized with Nigerians who have sustained injuries, lost property or businesses as a result of the attacks and urged them not to take laws into their hands but to allow justice to prevail.


Comrade Timi Frank
Political Activist
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Music: Rhyus Jones x Frankie - Go Down |@rhyusjones @realfrankie

Two Nigerian musical talents, Rhyus Jones and Frankie have joined forces to dish out a new banging song that is raving at the moment titled “ Go Down.“
We did some background check up on the two talented artistes and this is what we were able to come up with;
ONYILOKWU JONES AMEH Mononymously better known as RHYUSJONES  is a recording artist/song write cum super model. He is native of Otukpo Benue State, born on Oct 31st. RHYOUSJONES is considered to be humble, kind hearted and believe so much in love, realistic/spirituality existence.
Apart from all the above qualities, RHYOUSJONES is also good looking and exquisitely skillful with a sensational soft touch. He has a sexy baritone voice that appeals more to women and his general audience with his Neu soul/ Afro pop style of music. He is currently signed to the Next Level Records.
Going by record, the Benue born who is based in Lagos has made several special appearances and performances with the likes of 2BABA, D’ BANJ, BANKY W, PSQARE among others.
On the other hand, FRANK DANIAN also known as Frankie is from Benue state but he was born in the famous Lagos ghetto called Ajegunle (AJ city), where he got the inspiration to become a reggae dancehall music artist and became determined to create his own standard in this music field.
FRANKIE is a silky and good looking talented young man whose versatile Reggae Dancehall style of music has earned him a nickname SUPER FRANKIE by those who have seen him done his thing. FRANKIE is also signed to the Next Level Records label.
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Yahoo Politicians: Timi Frank Urges FBI, EFCC, ICPC To Go After Them

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to prevail on the nation’s anti-corruption agencies to clampdown on politicians he identified as 'Yahoo Yahoo,' most of whom are currently in the present administration.

Frank, while commending FBI and other international security agencies said the ‘Yahoo politicians’ in Nigeria are actually responsible for the breeding of internet fraudsters known as 'Yahoo Yahoo boys' in the country.

The Bayelsa-born activist cited a situation where a governor, minister or any other government appointee who was nowhere financially before they get into public office suddenly become stupendously affluent after their tenure in that office.

The political activist said untill the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the ICPC stop protecting ‘Yahoo politicians’, both in government and out of government, it will be difficult to discourage the prevalence of internet fraud being perpetrated by some young Nigerians.

Reacting to a long list of young internet fraudsters released by the FBI recently, Comrade Frank in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja said "corruption is gradually becoming a criteria to get appointment, especially under the current administration.

"The ‘Yahoo politicians’ are the role models of these ‘Yahoo Yahoo Boys.’ Those in government today are not immune. They have turned Nigeria to the capital of poverty in the world.

"The ‘Yahoo’ appointees and governors will throw elaborate parties and dinners once they assume public office because they see it as an opportunity to loot the treasury.

"When you look at the antecedent of most of the members of recently inaugurated federal cabinet, majority of them have been guests of either the EFCC or the ICPC in the past. If known criminals are accorded such privileges, then, what is the government telling the young ones?

"It is only in Nigeria that an suspect and an anti-corruption prosecutor, would later become members of the federal executive council.

"In a country where about 90% of citizens are living in abject poverty, the ‘Yahoo Yahoo politicians’ in the National Assembly have no qualms budgeting N5.5 billion to acquire choice SUVs for themselves. That most university graduates are roaming the streets jobless is a cause for concern.

"The Yahoo presidency fights corruption only on the pages of Newspapers, labels the opposition elements as thiefs while it openly and consciously protects the armed-robbers within the government.

"Even the institutions established to fight corruption have been politicised and heavily compromised. They dare not torch the ‘yahoo politicians’ in the good books of the ruling party," Frank said.

He, however, ured the FBI to help Nigeria in the fight against corruption by clamping down on the ‘Yahoo politicians’ who brazenly steal public funds and run to oversea countries like United State of America and other European countries to enjoy their booty.

He urged international security agencies like the FBI and INTERPOL to focus on Nigerian yahoo politicians and yahoo judges who award jaundiced judgements to the ‘yahoo presidency’ and the ‘yahoo politicians’ to the detriment of justice, democracy and the well-being of Nigerians.

Comrade Timi Frank
Political activist
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Nigerians To Protest Against Buhari At UN General Assembly – Timi Frank reveals

Nigerians to protest against Buhari at UN General Assembly- Frank
…Demand release of Chibok Girls, Leah Sharibu, Sowore, others
A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has revealed plans by prominent Nigerians in Diaspora to stage a massive apolitical protest against General Muhammadu Buhari at the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) slated for 17th of September, 2019.

He said the protest is aimed to demand for the release of all political prisoners under the APC’s administration, freedom for the remaining Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu, Omoyele Sowore, Sambo Dasuki and Ibrahim El Zazaky.

Other demands by organizers of proposed apolitical protest include; to put a stop on killings by Fulani herdsmen, ensure respect for the rule of law, provision of adequate security, for Nigerians, stop human rights abuses and to ensure that government stops interfering, harassing and intimidating the Nigerian judiciary.
Other objectives are to put a stop to nepotism in the country, and more importantly, to urge the United States of American to include the Chief of Army Staff and other Nigerian Service Chiefs in the Visa ban already proposed for those that aided the rigging and violence that characterized the 2019 general elections.

A statement released to newsmen by Comrade Timi Frank, in Abuja on Wednesday, said the current administration does not practice democracy and as such does not allow protest in Nigeria.
“We urge all Nigerians in diaspora to come out and protest and the UN General Assembly in New York to make General Buhari understand that Nigeria belongs to all of us. This apolitical protest is to save Nigeria from further destruction by General Buhari whose sole aim is to Islamise Nigeria.
“A protest date will be communicated later, however Nigerians in diaspora should brace up for this mother of all protests as this is an opportunity to let the world know about the plight of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“All regional groups including IPOB, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, etc, in diaspora should take part in this apolitical protest to bring to the knowledge of the world, the sufferings, human right abuses and oppression being meted out to Nigerians by Gen. Buhari.”
The statement also called on the International Community to take note that Gen. Buhari has a pending case in the Presidential Election Petition Court where the legitimacy of his mandate is being challenged and until the judgment is given by the Supreme Court of Nigeria, he should not be addressed as President but as former Military General.

“No world leader will accept or perpetrate the kind of killings, impunity and lawlessness being meted out to Nigerians in Nigeria by General Buhari’s government which does not allow freedom of expression – one of the fundamental human rights of a citizen in any democracy.
“Finally we appeal to Nigerians in diaspora, especially those in USA to come out en-masse and join this forthcoming Save Our Soul protest. Let us show love to our brothers and sisters back home who have been caged and are not allowed to express their views freely.
“Henceforth, Nigerians in diaspora should come out en masse and protest against Gen Buhari and his lackey Yemi Osibanjo in any country they may visit as there is no peace for the wicked.
“#FreeNigeriaprotest is the beginning of rescuing Nigeria from tyranny under General Buhari,” he said.

He further called on Nigerians resident in other parts of the world and who can afford it to make their way to New York during the UNGA to join the protest as no sacrifice is too great to pay for the rescue of the country from, tyranny, wickedness and anti-democratic elements now in the saddle of governance.

Comrade Timi Frank
Political activist
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Dino melaye: Tribunal’s judgement a distraction- Timi Frank

A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has discribed the tribunal judgement sacking Dino Melaye as senator representung Kogi west as a distraction from his governorship ambition
Frank expressed optimism that Appeal Court will do justice to the case.

Reacting in a statement on Friday to the trinunal judgement sacking and ordering fresh election in Kogi west senatorial district, Timi Frank, urged Dino Melaye’s constituents to be resolute and be rest assured that the outspoken Senator truly won his election.

Frank, while commending the chairman of the panel “for standing by the truth,” added that “all efforts by the desperate All Progressives Congress to remove the best performing Senator from the red chamber will fail woefully at the Appeal Court.

“Lies may succeed for a while but the truth will surely prevail. I urge the vibrant Senator Melaye not to lose focus, believe in God of justice and surely bear in mind that all his enemies will be put to shame.”

Frank, who also called on Melaye’s constituents to stand by him and not allow “evil to prevail on their worthy representative,” said the Senator’s governorship ambition should not be threatened by the tribunal judgent which he described as ‘distraction.’
The political activist revealed that the ruling APC elements were behind the ‘miscarriage of justice’ at the tribunal on Friday, “because they are afraid that if Senator Dino Melaye finally secure the governorship ticket of the PDP, he will certainly win the election and uproot APC in Kogi state.”
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Buhari, APC Hand-over Governance To Looters - Timi Frank

Political Activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the corrupt pedigree of some personalities that now populate General Muhammadu Buhari’s new cabinet show that governance in the country has been officially and effectively handed-over to looters and manifestly corrupt individuals.

He called on Nigerians to lower their expectations for true dividends of democracy but rather should expect unprecedented and astronomical rise in the level of corruption in the country during the the short period the current administration shall remain in office.

Reacting to the inauguration of new Ministers and assignment of portfolios released on Wednesday, Frank in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, said nothing positive can come from the new Ministers because "70 to 80 per cent of them have at one time or the other been guests of the anti-corruption agencies with most of them still battling corruption charges in court."

According to Frank, "there will be more corruption in this cabinet than in any other administration in the history of Nigeria as some of the the Ministers purchased their slots and would want to recoup their investments at the detriment of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“Therefore, I urge Nigerians to brace up for more hardships as corruption and incompetence have been enthroned with corruption masters turned Ministers to run the affairs of government in Nigeria.

"Buhari told Nigerians in 2015 that he will cut his salary by 50 per cent, reduce the aircraft in the presidential fleet before he became President. He also said he would reduce the cars in the Presidential convoy.

“But Nigerians can testify that this was never done. He neither reduced his salary, aircraft in the presidential fleet nor cars in his convoy.

“With this therefore, it is clear to Nigerians that General Buhari is a product of lies who has continued to live and rule with falsehood. It is clear that Nigeria cannot move forward under this circumstances because darkness and light have nothing in common."

Reacting to General Buhari’s directive that ministers who want to see him must go through his Chief of Staff or the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Frank queried: "What is the President still doing in office? By this action, he has completely abdicated his responsibilities and declared himself unavailable and unfit to occupy the Office of President.

“To subordinate ministers to the whims and caprices of his aides represent a gross abuse of office and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“This is impunity of the highest order and a criminal alienation of the states of the federation that these ministers represent. Effectively, General Buhari’s misguided order means that the CoS and SGF are the de facto presidents.”

He said that another reason why Nigerians must not take General Buhari and his corrupt cabinet serious is the fact that he is not a man of integrity.

“In 2015, while campaigning, General Buhari promised to reduce the cost of governance if elected. After his election, he appointed 36 Ministers in apparent fulfillment of the promise. Why did he appoint 43 Ministers in 2019?

We don’t need seer to know that ballooning of the cabinet would greatly increase government administrative cost and impact negatively on his ability to deliver on infrastructural development in the face of dwindling national revenue.

“Never in the history of Nigeria has any President appointed 43 Ministers. What has changed between 2015 and 2019 that led to this atrocious expansion of the cabinet?" Frank asked.

Comrade Timi Frank
Political Activist
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Music: Palo - Surrender

The song SURRENDER is by Palo.
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Meet Wyz Gee, A Multi-Talented Afro-Pop Act Everyone Should Look Out For

Wyz Gee
“Sunday Ideba Gentle” musically known as Wyz Gee is a multi-talented Nigerian songwriter, singer and performer who has grown over the years
sharpening his music craft to a top class professional level.
Wyz Gee
Born on the 1st of July 1995 Wyz Gee discovered his music skills at a very early stage of his life then decided to build a career as a musician through hardwork and zeal till the year 2010 when he started music professionally.
Wyz Gee
Being a native of Edo state, his music charity began at home, Wyz Gee grew up performing and exhibiting his music craft within his immediate boyhood environment where he was able to capture the hearts of many.
Needless to say, Wyz Gee IS talented R&B Afro-Pop singer and a rapper with keen interest in improving on the existing legacies of Afro-beat both within Africa and the world at large.
In 2017, he released a very interesting song titled “Nun Of Dem” which enjoyed massive acceptance from wide range of music overs. Also, the song rocked the airways of many major radio stations across the country.
Wyz Gee
His new single, “Omoloja” further confirmed his versatility as an artiste and the song is currently gaining good numbers of streams from major music platforms in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Wyz Gee is sure one of the most amazing talents to look out for at the moment in Nigeria’s music scene considering his past works and the fact that he is committed to doing good music back-to-back for fans delight.
Are you a lover of good music? watch out for the amazing talent named, Wyz Gee!!
Wyz Gee
Connect With Him On Social Media Handle’s Below:
Twitter & Instagram: @wyzgee
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Video: Carol Cee - Jesus Did

In this 4minute song Carol Cee neatly encapsulates everything JESUS DID for mankind. No Greater love.. No Better Redemption and So Amazing at No Cost...Only BELIEVE.  JESUS DID is an expression of huge appreciation by Songstress Carol Cee. Another Righteousman Production for Praise Affairs International.
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In today’s economically imbalanced world, there exist plights of insufficiency, hopelessness, and mirthless existence for people. Many are at a disadvantage due to lack of necessary opportunities and skill to survive.
We, at Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI), with the blessings of  His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, recognize this dearth and has since birthed a platform that will help provide succor and assistance to the uninclined members of our society.
Our social advocacy platform has been designed to alleviate the economic, cultural and environmental challenges through reducing the impact of poverty among the most vulnerable in the society for shared prosperity and exponential impact on the global society.
Recently, we organized the Hopes Alive Initiative Skills Acquisition Programme (HSAP) which fortified 100 Nigerian youths in the commercial city of Lagos, with the essential entrepreneurial skillset readily adaptable by anyone regardless of educational background or restriction by social status.
Professionals in the fields of Digital Marketing, Makeup Artistry, Event Management, Cocktail Mixology, and Artistic Crafts were brought on board to help enlighten, educate, and establish people towards the trail of self-sufficiency, economic diversity, poverty alleviation, and financial independence.
The event despite being the pilot edition of the scheme, recorded tremendous adulation from beneficiaries who acclaimed it a success and called for prolongation and continuance to the outreach programme which continues to provide hope of a better tomorrow for all.
HAI is set to kick start a beta-phase of HSAP, taking into consideration the suggestions and contributions received from participants and recipients at the acquisition programme.
We are thus ready to spread our umbrella of influence to cover other parts of Nigeria, and beyond; because it is our ultimate desire to reach every continent of the world.
HAI shall continue to champion and contribute to individual, societal, and national growth through the affectionate essence of Ooni Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwunsi and our devoted stakeholders by inputting our quota to help many realize their goals for our contribution to humanity is what drives us.

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Meet Joe Osawaye, A Visionary Leader Inspiring The World From Dubai

I, like most people, am searching; for meaning, for purpose, success, happiness, love, joy and and and… Unlike most people though, I’ve come to understand that this is what is called the journey. See, we are all called for something in this world, with our many different gifts, talents, skills, we have all been put on this earth, in this lifetime, to serve a certain purpose. For me, speaking to people is one step towards realizing my own calling and I hope that by me sharing their stories, you will find yours too.
I had the privilege to sit and have a chat with a very successful businessman and talk to him about the things that got him this far. This man oozes grace. The way he talks, the way he listens, the way he beams just before he says hello, tells you that he is human 1st, before he is a leader. His name is Joseph Osawaye, goes by Joe and he is the CEO and Managing Partner at Kiza restaurant and lounge, Dubai. I used to hear people talking about Mr. Joe as “the Kiza boss” so I did a search on him and decided that I would interview him for a blog. I bumped into him one night as I was leaving Kiza, put on my most professional face and asked for an interview. He agreed. My excitement! I didn’t show him but as soon as I got in the elevator I was doing the Gwara Gwara (dance). Fast forward to the day of our meeting, I’m grateful for the lessons that came from our conversation. Read on and be inspired.
Joe was born and bred in Nigeria and he comes from a middle class, affluent family. He had a very strict dad and a very liberal mom, talk about the perfect balance. As a teenager, he was absolutely clean, one of those guys whom when you see in school uniform in the afternoon, it’s as if he didn’t even leave the house; so neat and tidy. Joe is a people’s person, intrigued by the things that make us tick, the way we think, what goes on in the mind, so he would have loved to study something in Philosophy or Psychology. But African parents want their kids to either be a doctor, an accountant, lawyer or engineer. So, at university young Joe was going to study to become a doctor, just like his sister, and make his parents happy. At his graduation, people were shocked to see that he had been studying Medical Sciences (Biochemistry), because of his character they had imagined him to be in the Arts. When the time came for him to go to the US to study Medicine, he was certain that was not what he wanted to do, so he pursued entrepreneurship instead. This is a person who naturally gravitates towards people, he knew that his calling was centered around bringing people together, and he finally got the courage to do just that.
“I like concept to reality, the intangible to tangible, because it reminds me so much of how faith works” Joe Osawaye
When I was doing my research about Joe, I didn’t find much information about him online. I asked him why this is and he told me that he likes for his work to do all the talking. He says, when people see the work, they will want to know who is behind it, then look for him. Joe comes from a business family so his introduction to business would be helping his mom out at her bakery during weekends and holidays, and later teaming up with his dad, a chartered accountant who used to import and sell cars in Nigeria. Now Joe was a young man. He’d be talking to his father, of a different generation, about the possibilities of making millions and billions. His dad would be like ‘boy chill, you wanna rob a bank with all that talk!’. This was not to discourage him, but to try and protect him from the harsh realities of business. But Joe was adamant that in order to be a man (or a woman), you have to get out of the shadow of daddy to go and discover yourself, most times. A few years later, he went to study Information Technology in the UK, worked as a Software Developer for some time then went back to Nigeria to start a Project and Facility Management Business in Telecoms, which he still does till now. That is but one of his businesses doing well in Nigeria. He also has an Oil and Gas subsea company which he co-owns with his brother. He explained to me what they do but honestly all I heard was rovs, submarine, pilot, robotics, water current and that was enough for me. One thing that stood out though, was that in deciding to go for this field, they looked for an area where the barriers of entry were extremely hard so that initially they would have to put in a lot of work, but once they met all the requirements, they would be in business for the long run. While most people are discouraged by long and demanding procedures this field requires, Joe and his brother saw this as an opportunity to eliminate too much competition, dominate and play in a certain space. Need I also mention that his brother is a Harvard graduate with a passion for business, so rest assured that he has all the necessary templates to make any business flourish. Hello… I hope you are taking notes.
Joe has stayed in different parts of the world: Canada, United States and the UK to name a few. He had been visiting Dubai since 2005 and it was in 2013 that he decided to settle in this region. When I asked him how he got to this decision, he said it’s because every time he came to Dubai he got inspired. His words were “Dubai inspires you, it makes you understand that nothing in the world is impossible, nothing! So, I wanted to be in that state of inspiration all the time”. This is something I can totally relate to, and also add that the hope and chances of you being anything you want to be are that much higher in this city. While Joe could’ve easily went into Oil and Gas or Construction, he knew that he did not understand this market, so he explored Real Estate instead, a very common play field in the UAE. This was not the best option for him as he was met by a couple of mishaps and misfortunes. While this might have been a rude awakening, it was also a blessing in disguise, because it opened the doors to Kiza. Lukman Akanbi, a high school friend of his founded Kiza Dubai. Joe liked the concept and saw an opportunity to take it to even greater heights. When he came on board, they shifted from Oud Metha to Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), a more sophisticated, business savvy and central location. This was in 2015 and they were ready to position themselves better, meet international standards and represent Africa in a way that had never been done before. But boy was this transition tough! This saw Kiza facing some dry days, almost as if the restaurant was starting from where it started from.
This is Kiza! It is beautiful! You get inside this place and you have all sorts of emotions: You are home, you want to eat, you want to dance, you just smile at drums for no reason, you make new friends, you hang out the same way you would in any part of Africa. This place is vibrant, catering for the youthful souls and the mature kin. It has been designed to create a cosmopolitan African atmosphere, with colors that radiate the African spirit and a soundtrack of Afrobeats that just ignites the rhythm in you as soon as you step in. Good times are had here. Guests can enjoy formal dining during the day through to the evening and when night time comes, the dance floor gets packed with all sorts of dance moves. The staff are smart enough to act professional, but also amicable enough to show guests a good time. Here you can learn the “Odi dance” that Kenyans bring to the dance floor, or embrace the “Shaku Shaku” that was borrowed from Nigeria. Some Zimbabwean guys would be bringing in the hype of “maClarks” or you might just find yourself in a small dancing circle initiated by South Africans who just want to “Vosho”. They usually have themed nights that attracts numbers of people. One of the events that stand out for me is the DJ Battle that was organized by The Circle Dubai. This was not just a battle of the best Reggae DJs in the UAE but a musical war between nations. The battle resulted in a tie between a Zimbabwean DJ and a Kenyan DJ because the crowd just couldn’t make up their mind, and that’s how fun it can get! Kiza easily represents a united Africa by infusing its many different cultures into one. From the atmosphere to the menu, Kiza sure does take you to the motherland. They serve dishes from most parts of the continent and I must say; the food is amazing. This is where I get to enjoy some South African Oxtail Potjie or Wors, Pap and Chakalaka. I know I’m being patriotic with the food, but I will let the pictures do the talking when it comes to the rest of the menu. I will, however, say that many of the non-African expats really get a true taste of Africa in this place, and I guess that is what caught Joe’s attention. In a country that is so multi-cultural, what could be more beautiful than representing your own?

But let’s get back to business. Anyone can start a company, right? That is not an issue. The question is, how do you sustain it and make sure it succeeds? Joe runs a number of companies, all of which are different in their own right and I like how he answered this question throughout our entire conversation. He spoke about how it is never really about the business, but the people. He says the role of a leader is to empower and delegate, that’s why he never employs skill but rather people with a passion, because when you are passionate about what you do, you will stop at nothing. He spoke about business being like warfare. You don’t go into business to play games. When you make a promise to customers, you need to make sure that you will die before you break that promise. Most people think that business is a joke, but it is not. For example, when you employ someone, train them well enough to equip them with the skills they need to do their job, share your vision with them so they can locate themselves in the bigger picture, so that when you delegate a task to them, their acquired skill along with their passion will allow them to soar. We spoke about why some businesses fail and he said because many people are operating with a poverty mentality and have not really counted the cost of being in business. I paid special attention when he said you need to understand delayed gratification, which is one of the biggest strengths of an entrepreneur. When you make money, put the money back in the business. There is no need to go and get all these big cars, designer clothes and bling bling just to show off. Allow the business to grow to a stage where all these things just come naturally. In order to run away from the poverty mentality, this is what he emphasizes: sonship. When you are a son of the Almighty, you don’t have to prove anything to anybody but to yourself and your maker who has trusted you with the gifts He has given you and the opportunities He brings your way. When you understand this, it makes you humble… I did say that he oozes grace, right?
“A rich man has money, but a wealthy man has time. I want to have time” Joe Osawaye
Joe was patient enough to sit through my 10,000 questions, and kind enough to share a lot of his knowledge and experience with me. I’ll try to summarize these without letting you miss out on much, but still leave you with some food for thought.

Timing: Business is about timing. You can have the best business but at the wrong time, you will fail. Changing Kiza’s location from Oud Metha to DIFC meant they had to lose some clients who were not willing to move with them, those who thought Kiza’s new look might just be too posh for them. They had also positioned Kiza to be a meeting place for those who want to do business between the UAE and Africa. Nigerian businessmen used to visit Kiza a lot but when Nigeria faced a huge devaluation of currency and the fall in oil prices, business was bad over there, thus slashing off another slice of Kiza’s target market. This was a tough 2 years for them but as a business person, the attitude and efforts you keep during such times will determine the success or detriment of your business. So young people, regardless of how good you are in whatever you do, remember that it is not about you, it is about the market. Who wants what you are selling? Who is willing to pay for it? What problem are you solving? And if you are not solving a problem, you are not in business. When you can understand this, you will know what to do with your time. A very fresh tip that I got was this: no business lasts forever, so when you start a business, think of an exit strategy. You might be running a very successful firm but what if you get old and weary, and nobody has the the interest to carry that business forward, it will die. The death of it might also happen while you are working it, so knowing when to leave will save you a lot of loss.
“To quit and to quit while you are ahead are 2 different things”. I heard this in a movie.

Put everything on paper. We touched on the subject of going into business with family/friends. While this might not always be the best practice, Joe reckons it does not have to be an issue for as long as everyone understands the rules of engagement. When we are chilling and having drinks, that is friendship. But business is business, and everyone has to put on a business cap when we step into the boardroom, hence it is important to document every single thing. Now, some people may see this as lack of trust, but to Joe, that contract is proof of trust, which says ‘hey, a lot can happen, but should that be the case, here is a piece of paper that will stand in court when we have forgotten what we verbally spoke about’. Go into business with people who are mature enough to understand this. Establish the rules of engagement from the beginning, so that everybody is on the same page and knows what they are in for, from the beginning.
“The respect for friendship is documenting things”. Joe Osawaye

Dining area
Expect to go crazy. Joe recalls the days when Kiza wasn’t doing so well and the place would be so empty. He would walk up to the DJ booth, look at the empty seats and instruct the DJ, “the place is full and the guests want to hear the music, play like the place is full” he’d say. The DJ would give him the ‘this guy is crazy’ kinda look and do as he’s told. Sometimes the DJ could not help but laugh and tell him that everything would be OK, encourage him that with time guests will come. But every now and then Joe would randomly give out instructions to his staff, “there is a queue of people waiting to get into Kiza, serve them well” meanwhile that was only happening in his head – this is faith at work. I was in stitches from laughter, and he says he used to laugh at the situation the same way I was because he knew exactly what was going on in these guys’ minds. But even better than that, he knew that it was up to him to see the vision, bring it to life with his imagination 1st and now look, a few years later, Kiza is one of the best places to dine and have fun in the whole of Dubai.
Read… Knowledge truly is power, but only when applied, and you would be amazed at how reading can sharpen your mind and propel you in the right direction. Joe says he reads a lot, of everything. Three of the books he’s read recently are Flashes Of Thought by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The Secret Of Living Is Giving by Birdie Yager. He says he reads his books over and over again as repetition is the key to learning. This is a man who had studied and read a lot over the years, but his favorite book of all time is the Bible, a manual of life he calls it, that he says offers principles that can be applied to life, business and basically everything. While there are a lot of books that one can use as a point of reference, this is the one he studies, and with faith, applies its lessons to his everyday life.
“…Pay attention to detail. When you are organized, you are more productive and you don’t lose a lot of money” Joe Osawaye
Balancing family life and work. According to Joe, as an entrepreneur you get two choices: to be an entrepreneur or to get a 9-5. When you go into business, you have to understand the demands of an entrepreneur, that there is no ‘closing time’, you close when you have finished what you have to and understand how that can afford you the chance to support your family in a way that a regular job can’t. Entrepreneurship will cause you to appreciate and embrace the little time you have to spend with your family, and when done right, the family will see and understand why you cannot always be around. One always has to be mindful of the choices he makes. For Joe, family is so important.

I am so thankful for the short time I spent with Joe. I went into this meeting with my boss game on, thinking I’m a boss going  to meet another boss. But I met a leader, not a boss. The amount of laughter we shared was supernumerary! Joe welcomed me with such humility and generosity. If there is one thing I took from this, it is the fact that you have to be grounded and principled to run any business, or even to keep a job and that success is available to the man or woman who is will not rest until they make it. A big shout out to Joe for making time for me. A big shout out to Kiza for providing the photos. A big shout out to you for reading this. Now go and get your life! I will close with one of the quotes that Joe applies to his way of doing things:
“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” from the Dubai Expo 2020 theme.
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