Tjak wrote ” Very few prople get the honour they deserve when they are still alive. Many get castigated, bullied, arrested and even ridicled when doing what they do. Persistance, dedication and resilience are key tools of a visionary. Nelson Mandela was in jail for 27 years, Fela Kuti was flogged and arrested severally, Gani Fawehinmi had his personl kit with him because he was arrested every time and anytime so he was always prepared. Alhaji jakande is a fantastic writer and Journalist. He was the inspiration that propelled me to start writing when i was nine.
Speaking further he said” After graduating from secondary school, i only wanted to be one thing in my life – a Journalist. I told him and he said i must shun every other thing if i really want to be in that proffession. I must not be motivated by money or material thing but be consistent”.
Adding that “For twenty years of my life i have done only one thing- media. I am not a contractor or distributor of goods. I dont jump from one office or the other looking for contracts. Even while living in the UK, i never did any other job.”
“It is not enough to bear the name of an acclaimed and respected individual who earned his strips from being consistent at what he did, you must prove yourself. You must be dogged and committed. You must create room to be despised, abused, ridiculed or castigated. You must however stick to yourself convictiins. You should set your own standard irrespective of what society thinks because eventually, the world will use your standard as an example for other to emulate”
He prayed for his @90 Dad” God bless Alhaji Lateef Jakande”.