Words on Marble
Reflections on HALLMARKS OF LABOUR
I would like to seize this opportunity to commend you and Mahogany Limited, for your intensive and serious search for individuals in our society with ‘Hallmarks of Labour’, designed for not only the community at large, but, most especially, the young, up-and-coming generation.
I congratulate you for this innovative and original idea; something which I think will be of great benefit to the society in an effort to change their values.
Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo
Former Deputy D-G, World Health Organization
[WHO], HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 2
This book is a textual version of a television programme aimed at re-orienting Nigerians from a culture of crass materialism and primitive accumulation to that of respect and honour for integrity, honesty, industry and commitment to service of the society and the country as a whole. It’s an attempt to restore the old values which developed during the colonial era, and extended to at the very least, the middle of the seventies, or even to the beginning of the second Republic in 1979.
Nigeria has had great men who are worthy of emulation, whose records constitute great inspirations for the present and coming generations.
Our hope for a meaningful future lies in the number of young Nigerians who are determined to be the Lambos, Oputas and Ayidas of today’s and tomorrow. Let us pray that such young men still exist.
Legal Luminary & Reviewer, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, Volume one, featuring Professor Adeoye Lambo, Honourable Justice Chukwudifu Oputa and Mr. Allison Ayida, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 2
The personalities featured in HALLMARKS OF LABOUR [Volume one] stand like a colossus – shinning, beaconing in the sky of the Nigerian firmament. They are all eminent people among their peers nationally and in the international community…
I believe they were born great and have also achieved greatness by their own hard work.
It is therefore, for me to present this book to the complete moral rearmament and change of our society through emulating the lives of these great sons of Nigeria.
Otunba Dr. Bola Kuforiji-Olubi
Former Secretary for Commerce & Co-Chief Presenter, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 2
“A programme like this should not only be shown on Television, but developed into a household feature. it should be focused more to our youth especially as they have a wrong perception about how one can progress in life. The programme needs to be sponsored on a continuous basis”.
DR. ANTHONY OLUBUNMI OKOGIE
CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF LAGOS. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR VOLUME 0NE.
“Nigerians need to tell the rest of the world who we are and provide a clear perspective of what Nigeria truly is. we should tell our own story and this programme will help to do that for Nigeria and Nigerians”.
Rtd. Maj.-Gen. Ike Nwachukwu
Senator and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Let us continue to give praise to people who by sheer dint of integrity, courage, service above the normal call of duty; people who are selfless and have in fact given life and security to our public institutions.
Whether they like it or not, by holding firm, they have in no small way contributed to the quality of life available to the rest of us. We shall always remember them.
Mr. Fred Egbe
Legal practitioner & co-chief presenter, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 2
Congratulations for the wonderful initiative that is “HALLMARKS OF LABOUR”. It is timely, particularly in a country where values have completely decayed; where people think money should be worshiped and their sense of achievement is money oriented.
The programme is indeed for the sustenance of imperishable values that made Nigeria great in yesteryears. It enables the younger generation to know that it pays to serve one’s country diligently and to the best of one’s ability; that what are important are name and contribution; to make your country better than you met it rather than seeking self-aggrandisement by all means.
May your diligent labour bear the fruits that will restore our lost glories and take us back to the path of sanity?
Chief J.I. Akpieyi
Former MD, Warri Petrochemical & Refining Co.
Ltd. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 2
Hallmarks of Labour is a fantastic idea that Nigerians will definitely benefit from and I must say that when I look at the quality of the Nigerian which you have selected so far, I cannot help but congratulate you and I hope that you keep it up.
This is an inspiration to all of us. We do not celebrate enough, the success f our heroes. It is a magnificent programme and I hope that more volumes will come out. I believe also that there are quite a few female Nigerians who also deserve to be honoured.
Mr. Patrick Mbu, hallmarks of labour, Volume 3.
Let me say that you are embarking on serious campaign of natural regeneration and a renaissance. If you take that as your cardinal principle then you are going, over a period, to established democracy in this land.
Chairman, Union of the Niger Delta, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR , VOLUME 3
I must commend the efforts of the Author and Publishers of Hallmarks of Labour in coming out with this series. I thank them for their belief in the Nigeria dream and recording the achievements of our patriots for the present generation and for posterity.
It is important that we give necessary encomiums to our heroes whilst they are still living and not wait until they are gone. By so doing, we might be able to encourage others to follow suit.
As I wish the Author and Publishers the blessing of almighty Allah, I call on all of you here to lend your weight in order to keep the series going.
Col. Sani Bello (rtd.)
Presentation of HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 3
I am happy to note that, in this volume you have featured three of our eminent statesmen as role models. We pray that their examples as models will benefit our youth, thus transforming our nation into a God-fearing one. We commend your efforts and may god continue to guide and speed you.
His grace, Dr. Anthony Olubunmi Okogie
Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Diocese, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 3.
On behalf of the people of Borno State, I once again express my gratitude and sincere appreciation to all those who have contributed to the production of “Hallmarks of Labour”, for all that you have done for the people of the state in featuring the achievements of our illustrious son alongside his equally deserving compatriots.
His Excellency Alhaji Kachalla
Executive Governor of Borno State, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 3
My interest is sharpened by the efforts of the Author, Patricia Dede Otuedon to set up this role models series. In expanding the initiative of the Television programme to a book series, you have taken a bold step to establish a fascination. I have also seen a few of the television programmes and I must say they are very interesting and enriching. I commend this wonderful initiative.
I believe this publication is a must-read for every literate Nigeria and will serve to remind us that service to our country and society is not a wasteful effort. It also draws attention to the basic facts that whatever we do will be recorded against our names.
The effort of the Author and publishers involve considerable resources in research, writing and production to achieve the book we have before us; so, I implore all of you to support and encourage them.
I also call upon corporate organizations to take up sponsoring of the television series. That way, we can be certain that this noble idea and initiative will not die.
Dr. Justus Jokotade Paul
Chairman, Paul & Paul Chemist, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 3.
“Hallmarks of Labour” is a very serious publication because it highlights some very important aspects of public service in present day Nigeria. Our youths believe that no body can make through hard work, but “Hallmarks of Labour” has shown to us that there are people who sweated through hard work to make their mark in Nigeria today.
Hardwork is hardly rewarded in Nigeria. I want to commend the initiative of the author. She has done very well and I think more of it should come. However, I must also warn her not to compromise on the standards which she has set.
Mr. Oludayo Shonuga
Captain of Industry & Past President
Lagos Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 3
I am here to recognize what is called “Quality”; quality in the right sense. I particularly want to thank the Author. With this type of publication, we can begin to show the world and younger generations of this nation, that there was once quality in the country, and this must surely return.
I congratulate you Patricia [author], Philip [Asiodu], my ‘egbon’ Michael Omolayole and Shehu [Umaru]. I wish all of you many more years of hard work and recognition.
I hope many of the younger ones in particular will read this book and see what makes the three gentlemen tick.
Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson [rtd.]
Chairman, Julius Berger Nigeria Pl, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 3
I am grateful to the organizers of “Hallmarks of Labour”. It gives the nation and younger elements the opportunity to see that people can really attain greatness and reach the pinnacle of their respective professions through Hardwork and dedication.
Emeka Okoli, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 3
The author, Patricia Otuedon is steady in her focus of showcasing role models and telling the world that they abound here in Nigeria, men and women who can rub shoulders with notable achievers in other parts of the world in all decent human endeavours – be it academic, social, political or any other work of life.
Going the extra mile, the author has added value to the credibility of the personalities featured in her books by obtaining testimonies as the strength of character of her role models from equally eminent personalities such as the Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kofi Annan; former President Shehu Shagari; former Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr. Allison Ayida and Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade.
Though not a biographical series, “Hallmarks of Labour” certainly is a testimonial of achievements.
Sir ‘Remi Omotoso
Group Managing Director
Odu’a Investment Company Limite, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 3
Hallmarks of Labour have brought to this society a new orientation to the future generation. In addition, it is an effort to prevent a great catastrophic future. Never before in our long history has mankind been confronted with such alternative of triumph or disaster.
What Hallmarks of Labour is doing is indeed astounding. We have but to continue to amplify this spirit and these methods to ensure even greater results than those, which thus far achieved.
The Hallmarks of Labour Foundation can count on me and, I am sure, on many others to support the programme in its efforts to revolutionise our thinking and our ideals. Here, indeed, is something really new in our human history.
One day, maybe long after I might have gone, I would be most pleased to hear Patricia Dede Otuedon say: “I beg leave to add, that if the following work proves of as much utility to the youth of this county, my utmost wishes will be gratified; and I shall esteem myself happy in reflecting, that, though a woman, I have had the most real of all satisfactions – that of being of some use to my country”.
Professor Adeoye Lambo. Hallmarks Volume 4.
Hallmarks of Labour must be acclaimed a worthy initiative in the development of a culture of heroship so lamentably lacking in Nigeria. A nation culture of heroship serves to inspire its youth to aspire to be like their leaders whose heroic achievements and noble qualities are recognised and honoured. Without this, the nation may become just a society of self-seeking individuals and money-grabbers; a society in which social values and worthiness are determined by money and other such mundane things.
That is, regrettably, part of the tragedy of the Nigeria nation. I make bold to say that Patricia Otuedon and the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation have presented us in Volume 3 of the series, with a choice that cannot be faulted, a choice of which any popular opinion poll will overwhelmingly, if not unanimously, approve. The novel and laudable initiative of the foundation must be insulated resolutely from the all-pervading propensity to pervert all institutions and standards, which has grown to such alarming proportions as to become a national malaise.
Professor Ben Nwabueze, SAN
Foremost Constitutional Lawyer. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR VOLUME 4.
Hallmarks of Labour are always a refreshing sight to see on television. In today’s environment where core moral values are a rarity, it warms the heart to see living role models. The fact that these men and women are actually real life Nigerians gives a ray of hope for the future.
If only a few young men and women strive to emulate these personalities, Nigeria would be a much better place.
Investment Consultant . HALLMARKS OF LABOUR VOLUME 4.
This programme is one with a feeling, a programme with a heart; that touches every aspect of a person’s life.
I pray it will continue to make progress.
Pastor Mrs. Julie Macaulay. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR VOLUME 4.
With the publication and presentation of this forth edition, the book series “Hallmarks of Labour” has, without any doubt, come to stay, what started as a mere idea has marched through the dream process and graduated into concrete reality.
Patricia must be commended for her steadfastness, her unflinching and undiluted faith in the existence of men and women of honour and integrity who are societal role models in Nigeria.
I wish her every success as she highlights these people as inspiration to others.
Media Consultant/TV Producer. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR VOLUME 4.
In a country challenged by so many poor views of what the world should be, it is gratifying to know that there is a programme that is bringing for the Nigerian people, a proper kind of role models; a kind of people whose lives will enable us build a better society.
Dr. Pat Utomi. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR VOLUME 4.
“The programme Hallmarks of Labour is very interesting. Watching it provides some relief about Nigeria, which is depicted as a country of fraudsters. I believe the programme should be supported because it features men and women who have done Nigeria proud and given us something to boast of”.Mrs. Bola Williams, SAN. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR VOLUME 4.
“I am grateful to the organisers of Hallmarks of Labour. It gives the nation and younger elements the opportunity to see that people can really attain greatness and reach the pinnacle of their respective professions through hard work and dedication”.
- Emeka Okoli
“The author Patricia Otuedon is steadily in her focus showcasing role models and telling the world that they abound here in Nigeria, men and women who can rub shoulders with notable achievers in other parts of the world in all decent human endeavours – be it academic, social, political or any other work of life”
- Sir Remi Omotosho
“What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is (and what it could be)”
Joseph M. Dodge
“Let me say that you are embarking on a serious campaign of natural regeneration and a renaissance. If you take that as your cardinal principle then you are going, over a period, to establish democracy in this land”.
Chairman, union of the Niger Delta
“I must commend the efforts of the Author and Publishers of Hallmarks of Labour in coming out with this series. I thank them for their belief in the Nigeria dream and for recording the achievements of our patriots for the present generation and for posterity”.
- Col. Sani Bello (rtd.)
“Nigerians need to tell the rest of world who we are and provide a clear perspective of what Nigeria truly is. We should tell our own story and this programme will help to do that for Nigeria and Nigerians”.
-Rtd. Maj.-Gen. Ike Nwachukwu
Senator & Former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“One day, maybe long after I might have gone, I would be most pleased to hear Patricia Dede Otuedon say: “I beg leave to add, that if the following work proves of as much utility to the youth of this county, my utmost wishes will be gratified; and I shall esteem myself happy in reflecting, that, though a woman, I have had the most real of all satisfactions – that of being of some use to my country”.
Professor Adeoye Lambo
I congratulate you for this innovative and original idea; something which I think will be of great benefit to the society in an effort to change their values.
Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo
Former Deputy D-G, World Health Organization
For one thing, our young and aspiring generation needs role models. The young are ever hero-worshipers. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR is attempting to supply them those to emulate and imitate.
Honourable justice Chukwudifu Oputa, CFR
” permit me to renew the expression of my commendations to your Foundation for its passion and commitment to the task of nurturing leadership in our nation. I trust that your primary objective of promoting honesty, hard work and integrity in our society will be served through sustained promotion of activities such as these. I urge you to keep up the good work.”
Chief Chukwuemeka Chikelu
Former Minister of Information and National Orientation. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR , VOLUME 5.
“It is heart-warming to note that your seminal television programme ‘Hallmarks of Labour’ featuring well-reasoned choice of eminent Nigerian achievers has debut in a book form. This is a commendable effort.”
Mr. Jim Ovia, MD/CEO
Zenith International Bank Plc. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 5.
” I applaud the laudable objectives of the Hallmarks of Labour Founation, and its effort to recognise and promote the principles of hard work, honesty, integrity and justuce. these principles are more than ever needed in our nation and society to bring us back to the strengths of our cultural roots. They provide much needed encourgement to our youth, as they strive to build a better, stronger Nigeria. I am honoured to have been inducted into the ranks of illustrous Hallmarks of Labour awardees and i will do my ut,ost to continue to promote the principles and objectives for which the award was made.”
Chief Mrs. Francesca Y. Emanuel, CON, HLR
Retired First Female Federal Permanent Secretary. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 5
“May i congratulate your Foundation for this wonderful programme of honouring well-deserved personlaities in Nigeria. Africa and the Black world.”
Prof. C.P.E. Omaliko.
D-G, National Biotechnology Development Agency. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 5
“This is a great project indeed and i urge you not to relent in your efforst to work tirelessly for the development of our society and the welfare of our people.”
H.E. Chief Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu
Former Executive Governor, Abia State.
“Though the task of selecting the personalities was tasking to the Author, the package may not be a labour in vain after all. it is a thorough but cautious search for those taht are heroes and heroines in our national life. In order to reach her desired audience and as well as secure wider readership, the Author employed simple language, illustrations and pictures. these are individuals who walk tall in various endeavours in life: public service, international diplomacy, academics, healthcare, commerce and industry. in order to make the work distinct and give its own charcater, the author includes a vox populi in which she gathers oral evidences and testimonies from family members, colleagues, friends and associates about thier moral standards in the society. By the time every Nigeiran Child of this and future genrations reads and digests these works, perhaps it will precipitate the much-desired moral regenration the present society is lacking.”
Daily Times Book Review. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 5
“Without doubt a good research. I thank the author through her Foundation for doing what has been missing in this country, which is, recognizing people while they are still living. My prayer is that Hallmarks of Labour Foundation will grow from strength to strength.”
Prof. Akin Mabogunje, CON, NNOM, HLR
Administrator, Teacher and Author. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 6.
” I have watched several episodes of Hallmarks of Labour as a Television programme and it reveals that Nigeria is rich with great men and women of outstanding intellectual qualities. Hallmarks of Labour has gone further to translate what was hitherto a television documentary programme into an intellectual research document. I salute you, Patricia and I am proud that you are Deltan. What you are doing here today is in line with the aspiration of the Delta State Government to develop the people in the state, nationality and globally. These three Awardees today are people we can draw inspiration from. Hallmarks of Labour has craved out a niche for itself in the area of building up role models for the younger generation to follow and i pray that you will continue in this path.”
Prof. Amos Utuama
Deputy Governor of Delta State. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 6.
“Indeed a very remarkable job and the engine room of the Foundation is our dear Patricia Dede Otuedon-Arawore, who would not let you rest until she gets what she wants. She is a slave driver, hardworking, intelligent and very focused. We need many more of this caliber of people in Nigeria. She too should also be recognized now. i commend the Foundation for recognizing us today when we are here not waiting till we are gone. As they say, if you love me let me know it, this is what Hallmarks of Labour Foundation is doing.”
Prof. Babatunde Aliu Fafunwa, NNOM, CON, HLR
Educationist, Administrator, Community Developer, Teacher’s
Teacher and Former Minister of Education. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 6.
“I am pleased with the Hallmarks of Labour Foundation for co-operating with other people like you in the audience to be a part of the solution to our national problem. Continue the good work so that together we can get Nigeria where it ought to be. Thank you, Patricia”.
Mr. Gamaliel Onosode, OFR, HLR
A guru of Banking, Finance and Management,
and a committed Pillar of the Church. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR FOUNDATION, VOLUME 6.
“In a country where heroes are forgotten, Hallmarks of Labour has come to fill the gap. this is very inspiring. Thank you very much for a good job.”
Mrs. Francesca Emanuel, CON, HLR
First Female Federal Permanent Secretary. HALLMARKS OF LABOUR , VOLUME 6.
“The concept is most valuable. In Nigeria today, there is a dire need to profile our role models. This is a wonderful job. I wish you all the best.”
Aremo Tope Babayemi
First Operations Manager,
Musical Society of Nigeria
(MUSON), HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 6.
“We ought to know that there are people in our society who are worthy of emulation. Your work in this respect is excellent. Please bring forward those role models so that our younger generation will De-emphasis monetary gains and recognized hard work and thus make our country great”
Mrs. O. Miller
Legal Practitioner, HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 6.
“God bless you Patricia. You bring cheers to people and you have a commitment to virtues that we can learn from. Don’t be tired, you are in your prime and more prosperity will definitely come the way of Hallmarks of Labour foundation.”
Victoria Island and Ikoyi
Residents’ Association (VIIRA), HALLMARKS OF LABOUR, VOLUME 6.