Celebrating Africa’s Force of Nature…Dr. Mike Adenuga Inducted into Telecoms Hall of Fame


Dr. Mike Ishola Adenuga, GCON, is a force of nature. The Champion, that’s the image that pops in the head every time he looms large in conversations and events within and outside the business world. The Globacom chairman brings brilliance and passionate intensity to entrepreneurship. A smart business magnate, Adenuga is a bold disrupter of the telecoms model. And Nigeria and Africa are the better for it.

He enables telecoms in a way no other magnate has done. His forays into the business sector are richly layered and iconic. Adenuga is known by his passionate devotion to aiding telecoms business and communication across Africa. He is a patriot whose commitment to national and economic stability are beyond doubt.

By grit, persistence and hard work, he built a great empire that employs thousands of Nigerians and Africans in highly profitable and futuristic endeavour. He cares deeply about the values that make success in Nigeria and the African continent possible — free markets, freedom, limited censure and healthy competition. This is why he is a force of nature. Yet he is modest and without scorn. This is definitely one trait that stands him out from his peers. Every hour he flips through stamina rings, adroitly and without fear. Adenuga eases through the processes, like the proverbial ageless hunter going for the kill, often with gratifying upshots.

Frequently likened to a champion and oftentimes, a business genius, the Globacom boss effortlessly depicts the image of a modern day General of Commerce. Very few men can knead the tripartite traits of genius, modesty and character into that moral and humane centaur that remains unattainable to generations of tycoons and billionaires, like Mike Adenuga. Adenuga achieves this with unequalled grace and élan. Small wonder he was named Platinum Member of the Telecoms Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry.
The billionaire businessman was given the honour at the 2016 Nigerian Telecoms Awards. His company, generally regarded as the “grandmasters of data and innovation pacesetter,” was also named the Telecoms Mobile Operator of the Year by the organisers of the event.

The awards plaques were presented to Globacom on Wednesday at its retail outlet, Gloworld, on Victoria Island, Lagos, by organisers of the award. Speaking on behalf of Adenuga and Globacom, Jituboh said the company’s chairman would continue to make business investments that would positively impact the lives of Nigerians, noting, “His philosophy is that if we do not invest in our country, nobody will do it for us. He also promised that Globacom would keep faith with its vision of being the biggest and best telecommunications network.’

This is not the best of time for former Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, who transited from obscurity to limelight like a cornstalk losing its greenness in the sudden blaze of a wildfire in harmattan. He has now disappeared from the social scene he once bestrode like a haughty knight from a recrudescent age.

And that is because of his current predicament. Prior to this time, Dudafa was a man about town, who registered his presence at every social function and high-octane party. He was unarguably well invested in socio-political connection and networks that opened doors to lucrative breaks in high places. Things however, turned awry for him when he encountered the nation’s anti-graft agency in the ongoing probe of the immediate past administration.

As you read, he is still in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), weeks after he was granted bail. Nobody has come out to help him. They are all scared! Ruling on the bail applications, Justice Idris admitted the first accused Mr. Dudafa to bail in the sum of N500 million with two sureties in like sum. The sureties shall be landed property owners within the jurisdiction of the court.

It is however, sad to note that in Dudafa’s moment of terror, his friends and associates in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have deserted him. Nobody has come out to speak in defence of Dudafa. Only his wife and children seem to be experiencing grief over the sad fate of the Patience Jonathan’s godson. These are indeed the worst of times for the Dudafas.


Death dealt the Emerhor’s family a mortal hurt. So deep is their wound that the fairest of tributes and most soothing psycho-babble cannot extinguish the pain that afflicts their hearts. Of all the aged folk in their family, the grim-reaper decided to claim the life of Ijamani Emerhor. Sadly, death, we have since come to accept, is man’s most inevitable end. But when it does happen, it leaves in its trail anguish and sorrow.

It is even worse in families where the heir apparent is the one death stings. That was the fate that befell the Oloorogun Otega Emehor, the Delta state guber aspirant and top businessman, whose handsome son, Ijamani, was brutally murdered by some unscrupulous brigands ten years ago. Apart from the fact that Ijamani was very brilliant, he was also well-loved and cherished by all. Some days back, Olorogun and his immediately family remembered their darling son, Ijamani, with special prayer session for the repose of the dead. As God will have it, the bereaved family has been blessed with a lovely set of twin boys sometime back. How time flies indeed!