I want to be like MKO, but not in terms of his women – Abdul-Mumuni Abiola | + Untold story of Iduroti, his missing rib…

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Mumuni Abiola meets The GDA

Abdul-Mumuni Abiola is late business mogul and winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola’s 6th son. He is equally late Martyr of Democracy; Hajia Kudirat Abiola’s last born. Mumuni has his father’s baritone voice but without the stammering. He is equally gifted with a very forceful personality you can’t ignore.
Many years ago when he finished his studies in America and returned home, a lot of people would have mistaken him for an intending Hip-Hop Musician as his American accent reverberated so much in his voice and even up till date, Mumuni still churn out heavy American ascent amidst his baritone voice which is something unique about his personality. In the follow-up years, Mumuni has grown rapidly into one of the prominent voices and faces of the yearly celebration of his parent’s memoriam. Either on June 12 during the celebration of the democracy his father, MKO Abiola symbolizes or during June 4, the remembrance of the day his darling mother, Kudirat Abiola was assassinated by goons of the brutal regime of late General Sani Abacha or July 7, the day his famous dad died in the gulag of the military junta of General Abdulsalami Abubakar while fighting to retrieve his mandate, Mumuni is a face and a voice in the various memorial services and his voice is permanently heard in the local media.
Last Saturday November 21st, during the naming ceremony of the newborn baby of Alhaji Jamiu Abiodun Abiola (Mumuni’s elder brother) your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity encounter blog Asabeafrika  ran into the 30 years old Abiola and what he shared with us was something that shows that this young CEO of Webby Designs Ltd has come off age and in a steady, responsible adulthood. For the very first time, he told us the story of Iduroti, the beautiful woman who stole his heart and changed his life. The relationship is blessed with two lovely children, Omar & Jaza.  Enjoy the excerpts


Mumuni Abiola to Asabeafrika...'Iduroti my wife has brought out the best in me'

You have prominently shown as one of the faces of the Democratic Honor given to your dad, MKO every June 12 and your mum, Kudirat Abiola every June 4. Besides that, what do you do for a living?
Right now, I manage an IT company called Webby Designs Ltd. We are into computer importation and we are also working on bringing in education unto our platform, we are going to launch an IT cum education platform very soon. I believe we can do more projects that has to do with merging this two areas of interest because I think there is more work to do in the area of merging IT and Education because they are both essential for the development of our young people and the emerging generation. I am also into contracts here and there.
What defines you; I mean what can you say is your philosophy of life?
Well, I am only 30, maybe I might not have really come up with a proper philosophy but what I will say is that I try to learn from people who are older than I do, like my elder brother Jamiu (Abiola) who is very good in business, I try to learn and I always feel there is so much knowledge to learn from him because he is very humble despite his success. Being humble alone make you to know that one man can never be an island of knowledge. So, you have to collaborate with people in order for you to be great in life. So, I think my philosophy is basically to find the possibility to be open to new ideas that rules the world.  

“There is a time for everything and I think I went through the party-freak stage when I was in America and when I got back home I was very, very glitzy in my attitude but now I have a family and you can trust my thinking would have changed. Now, I have a family to cater for, you must provide for your family because you can’t blow all the money in the club any longer because you have to give leadership at home. You have to trade the club with the home front”

Mumuni Abiola with his bundles of joy, Omar & Jaza Abiola
Mrs. Iduroti Abiola and kids, Jaza & Omar Abiola

When you returned from America ten years ago, you were much more like a hip-hop guy with more things flying in your head but here you are now a family man. What has changed in Mumuni Abiola?
Well, I will say I have grown up and living in Nigeria has made one see many problems and all I do everyday is try to see how I will be able to eliminate some of the challenges and bring great solutions to the problems and I think that is what defines a man. There is a time for everything and I think I went through the party-freak stage when I was in America and when I got back home I was very, very glitzy in my attitude but now I have a family and you can trust my thinking would have changed. Now, I have a family to cater for, you must provide for your family because you can’t blow all the money in the club any longer because you have to give leadership at home. You have to trade the club with the home front.  But at the same time, it is always good for people to actually make that connection that when you have a responsibility you should take it up; you shouldn’t drop your responsibilities. You should always take it up and don’t shelve your responsibility for pleasure.
What did you study in America?
I studied accounting at Washington and Jefferson University.
Was it because dad was also an accountant in his life time?
Yeah, actually I was always trying to take after dad’s foot step. I have always wanted to be like MKO Abiola regardless of the fact that he is my dad. I still want to be like him. He was a great man.

Mumuni Abiola in his younger days

Mumuni...a happy dad showing love to son, Omar Abiola

Do you want to be like him in the area of women as well?
Well, I can tell you that it is in my DNA because I noticed that I have appreciation for women but right now we are in 2015 and we cannot afford to live like my dad in that regard because if you do, you might find yourself under a heavy financial burden. I am alone for my family now and if I try to do that I will possibly go crazy. I try to emulate my father in every other thing but I cannot go near the women thing (Laughter) if it is the money thing, I will probably work hard like him and become rich.
A lot of people said you look so much like your father and you equally have his charisma, do you have the intention of going into politics like he did?
Well, hopefully, but I want to go into politics in a way that I will be able to harness ideas that will better the society. In a way that even if I am not in politics my opinions and orientation can always reverberate and drive solution in every corner of discourse. I will also like to learn it before I earn it so that when I get in there, I will now be able to act on what I have learnt. You have to learnt the rope from those that are in it because politics is a world on its own and it is something you have to be ethical about because you are not just going to represent yourself in the long run but you are going to represent your constituency and that is why you must play it in a way that when you leave the stage you will be able to sleep peacefully at night.

“The most important thing is that I have a family whose name looms large around the world and that name has been used to achieve so many good things in the democratic process of my country; that sounds to me like an achievement than regret”. 

Mumuni Abiola with the GDA, then

What do you regret about your family, I mean the MKO Abiola’s family?
No, regret is not the right word. The reality of the sacrifice my family made for democracy is something I cannot control and I don’t cry over what I cannot control. The most important thing is that I have a family whose name looms large around the world and that name has been used to achieve so many good things in the democratic process of my country; that sounds to me like an achievement than regret.  My brothers and sisters are doing well in their various endeavors and from here we can take it up. I am fulfilled in so many ways.
Do you have a role model?
My role model is MKO Abiola.

“The good thing about Iduroti is that Iduroti was different. She encouraged me to be better than I was when I came across her.  Before I met Iduroti, I felt there was something empty about me, when they say ‘behind every successful man is a woman, I couldn’t comprehend’ but Iduroti gave a meaning to that saying in my life”.

Mumuni...a happy dad with his daughter Jaza Abiola

You mean your dad is your role model, why?
Yeah, my father is my first mentor and role model. After him I have been able to find so many other people who I admire their sense of leadership and ability to change things like my father, someone like the Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola is a very, very important person in my life. If you talk about someone like Lagos State Speaker, Honorable Obasa, Honorable Osninowo, even Honorable Adeyemi Ikuforiji when he was in office, he was quite a good man and the likes of Chief Wale Babalakin, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, there are just so many people that I will want to model myself after them because I feel they are doing the right thing and society is bound to honor them.
You are a good dresser, what informs your dress sense?
I think you know my father, he was a very flashy dresser; I am not different. It is good when a son is taking after his father in some certain areas of life like good dress sense.

Mumuni Abiola with a Friend

Is your wife Ibo or a Yoruba lady?
She is half Yoruba and half Niger-Delta
Kindly tell us her name?
Iduroti Abiola.
What a name? Iduroti?
Her father is actually from Abeokuta in Ogun State and her mum is from Asaba in Delta state.
What informed your decision to marry Iduroti?
The good thing about Iduroti is that Iduroti was different. She encouraged me to be better than I was when I came across her.  Before I met Iduroti, I felt there was something empty about me, when they say ‘behind every successful man is a woman, I couldn’t comprehend’ but Iduroti gave a meaning to that saying in my life. She is a wonderful lady, I think I am really experiencing it and I am really happy for the experience.  

Mumuni Abiola to Asabeafrika...'I want to be like dad but not in the area of harem building'

Does she cook your favorite meal?
Of course she makes egusi soup and that is the best meal for me, egusi with white rice. My wife is a good cook and I am very pleased with her.
Do you intend marrying a second wife?
No intention to do that. Like I told you earlier on, this is 2015 and I think there are so many problems that one should tackle than the issue of building a harem. Then, obviously, you know that the world is being over populated already and the economic of the world is not strong enough to solve the problem of over population, we are facing hard times and we need a population control strategy and that starts with the family. The family is the first unit of the society and what we do with the family will invariably affect society.

Mumuni's beauty, IDUROTI with Lovely kids, Omar & Jaza Abiola

Between Vladimir Putin and Barrack Obama who is your favorite world leader?
I will say that I am very weary of the United States; I am very weary of them because they are only about their interest. And I think that is very disturbing, that they go into any environment and just secure their own interest and dam whoever is in their way and I just think that the world need a check and balance system  to that kind of audacity. We need somebody who is there to check them, even Vladimir Putin himself, I don’t think any of them is in my good book but at the same time we need that check; we need somebody who can check the checker, they need to check the excesses of the United States because one of the evil of their excesses is the ISIS war, the Boko Haram and other resistant groups. These things don’t just happen over night; they are reactions to earlier actions. Who created ISIS, how did they come on board? Why are we not asking the real questions? If you say you have no regards for the opinions and ideologies of others and you have to bomb your way into other people’s spheres of influence, then you are bringing back the old philosophy that says “Might is Right”, as long as you have the bomb you can just do anything with it but what you don’t understand is that it causes a chain reaction. You killed my father, I am the son and I want to retaliate. I think the world should address these issues and my country Nigeria should also be very careful of who they allow into their borders.

The GDA with Mumuni Abiola

As a privileged youth, do you think there is prospect for the Nigerian youth?
Well, I can say I am privileged but I believe our youths are equally prospective if they chose to do things that will uplift them. I believe what the youth need to do is to look inward instead of getting out of school and say ‘I want to go look for a job’ you need to start your own company. we need to get more people starting up their own enterprises and I am presently working on something that will enable me to train some of our new graduates on how to start something new and where to access funds to do their businesses and where they need to get some information on what to do or how to go about it, they can just send it through a portal where we discuss with them and give them help or necessary support. We are working on it right now, trying very hard to tap into what I call the creative economy. There are so many creative people walking around the streets of Nigeria but no government wants to help them galvanize their talents. We can help them realize their dreams. Even those who are employed might want to have one thing doing by the side, we will teach them how to do that and they can own their own business because there is a market for everybody. So, the young people should just be a little bit patient and trust that President Muhammad Buhari and the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are moving in the right track as regard youth empowerment.

Jaza & Omar Abiola @ Study

Iduroti, Omar & Jaza Abiola

On a last note say a word to people who love your father MKO Abiola and your mother, Kudirat Abiola?
I want to say thank you very much for the support, we really appreciate it---Olorun a ma ke yin, Olorun a ma toju yin, the same way you have shown us love, the same way they will show you love too. And I just pray that God will restore peace and happiness to this country. I pray for those in the Northern Part who are losing families and loved ones to the Boko Haram insurgency, may Almighty Allah give them the fortitude to be strong again, I pray one day, soon, the Chibok Girls will be returned and the society will find peace. I pray Nigeria will find peace and unity in all spheres. 
Mumuni Abiola at the beginning of his return to Nigeria

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