In a country where heroes are so quickly forgotten, Hallmarks of Labour Book Series has come to fill the gap by documenting for posterity the lives and works of Nigeria’s contemporary role models for the benefit of this and future generations.
Volume 6, dedicated to the good people of Lagos State, presents three eminent role models, who in their various spheres have invested their lives to the development of our fatherland. they are:
- Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, (Rtd.) HLR- First Military Administrator and Governor of Lagos State 1966- 1975, and one of the only two retired Military Governors to be absolved of any blemish by the Federal Assets Investigative Pane.
- Alhaji Babatunde Jose, OFR, HLR- Doyen of Nigerian journalism and former Managing Director of the Daily Times of Nigeria.
- Mrs. Francesca Emanuel, CON, HLR- First female Federal Permanent Secretary, accomplished artiste and poet.
Their stories are inspiring and enriching……
“To the good people of Lagos,greatly fortunate to have been blessed with these three eminent personalities.
To Lagos State, Eko Akete (Ilu Ogbon), Centre of Excellence where great opportunities abound and where many including myself, have thrived.
Long live Lagos State!
“Eko oni baje o!“
1. Brig. Gen. Mobolaji Jonhson (Rtd.), HLR
2. Alhaji Babatunde Jose, OFR, HLR
3. Mrs. Francesca Emanuel, CON, HLR
By Mrs. Patricia Otuedon-Arawore
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Reflection on HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, Volume 6
[Featuring Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (Rtd.), Alhaji Dr.
Ishmael Babatunde Jose and Mrs. Francesca Yetunde Emanuel]
As I look at these past thirteen years, it occurred to me that the
Hallmarks of Labour Foundation has done quite well, particularly in
our quest to re-orientate Nigerians from a culture of crass
materialism and primitive wealth acquisition, to that of honesty,
integrity and commitment to service of our community and the nation in
general. To this end, we have identified twenty-seven great men and
women who are worthy of emulation and whose records constitute a great
inspiration for future generations. In other words, we have been able
to give our younger generation, an opportunity to make a choice on
which way to go as we continue to provide them with worthy
inspiration. Today’s role models are typical examples of these men and
I congratulate all three of them; they are indeed worthy ambassadors
for Nigeria and Africa, and I have no doubt that the people of Lagos
State are indeed proud to be blessed with all three of them within
this same generation.
I urge you to support the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation by buying the
books and donating them to libraries, schools and loved ones. By so
doing, you will guarantee the continuity of this noble project.
Professor Emeritus Umaru Shehu, OFR, HLR
Our nation’s youths face a very tough challenge of believing that they
have a future in the light of the difficulties they face in today’s
society, but reading about the lives of fellow Nigerians who rose
above the challenges they faced before becoming huge successes will
help inspire them to rise above the difficulties in their own lives.
Writing this book helps capture in posterity an important part of our
nation’s history and for this, Nigerians are indebted to Patricia
Otuedon-Arawore for ensuring that these accounts are never lost. I
recommend that everyone gets a copy of this book, buy copies for their
friends and budding youths in their lives. I believe that they would
find the book an inspirational and useful guide as they navigate their
way through life’s journey.
H.E. Princess Adebisi Sosan,
Deputy Governor of Lagos State
The heroes and heroine of the day deserve the honour bestowed on them
and I salute the brains behind the Hallmarks of Labour for bringing
these three personalities together in one book. This initiative must
have been inspired by God.
H.E. Mrs. Abimbola Fashola,
First Lady of Lagos State
I want to thank Patricia Otuedon-Arawore especially and the Hallmarks
of Labour Foundation for giving fulfilment to hard work; and for
making us realize that our labour is not in vain and thus inspiring
others to do more. God bless you, Patricia.
Brig.-Gen. Mobolaji Johnson [Rtd.]
We congratulate the Author and the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation on
the consistency and sustainability with which they have presented us
in Volumes 1-6 as role models. We would do what we can now and in the
future to continue to assist their efforts.
Mrs. Francesca Yetunde Emanuel
In the twilight of my existence on this planet, I am humbled and
honoured to be asked to chair this ceremony. I was pleasantly
surprised that three important personalities were involved –
personalities indeed that I have known for many years, all of them
people of integrity – whose pedigrees leave no one in doubt as to
their standing in the community. It will be superfluous for me to say
anything more about them. The aims and objectives of the Foundation as
set out under The Preface to this volume are noteworthy. Once again,
Patricia keep up the noble efforts you are making, knowing that all of
us are behind you.
Mr. Akintola Williams, CFR, CBE
It is an understatement to say that I am happy to be here today. This
occasion is to celebrate three eminent Lagosians; and knowing the
wonderful things they have made of our dear State, it is an occasion
indeed for cheer. In fact, these personalities have really laboured to
make all of us proud. Even though one of them is dead, he continues to
live in our hearts because of his great deeds. The other two are still
very much around with us, but such are their mighty deeds that they
have already become living legends in their respective callings. I
profusely thank Mrs. Pat. Otuedon-Arawore, and her Hallmarks of Labour
team, for doing us this rare honour of celebrating these three great
personalities from Lagos State and chronicling their lives in one
book. We are indeed very grateful.
H.E. Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu,
Asiwaju of Lagos