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2 Feb, 7 tweets, 3 min read
Today makes it exactly two years since @profosinbajo and his entourage escaped a helicopter crash unscathed in Kogi state, during a flight back to Abuja last year, knowing the next day would make it a year since,
I finally got a chance to ask him what I felt and thought when it happened a year earlier.. I said, “sir, permit me to ask you this question. What gave you the courage to carry on with the campaign immediately after such a life-threatening crash?”
He said “Honestly Tolani, it was my passion for the people. I just couldn’t let them down.”

Shocked, I fell silent, staring at him with my mouth ajar! Just some days earlier, the same kind of crash had claimed the lives of my mentor, his daughter, and seven others
and I could barely hold it together. Bearing in mind that only 1% of people survive that kind of crash, I believe that it takes a rare kind of grace, courage and resilience to power through that kind of experience the way he did, and I’m truly thankful for that spirit.
Truly, God rules in the affairs of men and what he has destined for you on earth will always be yours.
On our way to work this morning, my heart welled up as I watched his ADC and SO congratulate him on the experience, thankful that they all survived that crash. He just smiled & replied, “what could have been a memorial for 12 of us & our families, God turned into victory for us.”
It was a moment worth sharing

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30 Jan
Series 2 of 2

Around 6pm on a Thursday evening last year, a memo that required @profosinbajo to be in another country in less than 24 hours came in. I watched as our ADC delivered the message and I was expecting some shock from him about this being so last minute
but what I observed with my camera was quite the opposite. Instead, he replied with a calm, “what time are we leaving?”

Boarding the plane, I observed the luggage officer carting boxes of briefs and files.
Curiously, I asked “who gonna’s read all these?” he laughed and replied, “e be like say you know know oga. E go finish this thing before we land.”

And he did!
Read 7 tweets
28 Jan
After almost a year & a half of documenting @profosinbajo, perhaps the most reinforcing lesson that I have been able to pick out is the one of building strong, healthy habits that help to guide your life.

It would be an unusual day if I didn’t walk in on him in intensive study.
Initially, it wasn’t too surprising because, after all, he is an academic, but seeing how consistent he is with it — especially during this pandemic — provoked some thoughts.
Series 1 of 2

If his example is anything to learn from, it is that successful people have a plethora of great habits that they submit to daily, regardless of inane distractions or actual genuine excuses.
Read 7 tweets
26 Jan
1. In the middle of a praise event, I got a call from a close friend and his question was “Tolani, is it true Kobe is dead?” Immediately I was like, "heck no.. it must be a joke... Kobe ke.. Kobe die? nah never that". Then, I left the event and went straight to twitter Image
and there it was.... Kobe, his daughter Gigi and 7 others had died in a helicopter crash.
2. Upon realizing it was true, Tears came down uncontrollably, I was heartbroken, devastated & just confused. He literally had just sent me a message saying he was expecting autographed copy of my books a few days earlier when he saw an image I had posted of the vp in his car.
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