|Mr. Temmie Amodu, CEO, Decor Kobo Events Ltd|
This morning when I put a call to Mr. Temmie Amodu, CEO, Décor Kobo Events Ltd on his mobile phone, he enthusiastically exclaimed “I will pick this one, I will pick this call” after a ring and went into a wild celebration of pleasantries with this blogger. He was indeed happy. His candidate just won the American presidential race. His prefered candidate, DONALD TRUMP won the November 8 American Presidential election.
Mr. Amodu who hardly picks his calls or return sms in times past, was happy to pick the receiver this morning and it showed in his voice and his entire reaction to our call to him. Yes, in April, when it was still very difficult for many to support the eerie personality called Donald Trump, Temmie Amodu vouched for the real estate billionaire turned politician. He told your Africa’s Number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog in an exclusive interview inside his Surulere, Lagos office that Donald Trump will win Hillary Clinton. And that if he wins, it will be good for Africa and Nigeria. This morning, Mr. Amodu appreciated the fact that www.asabeafrika.com and www.youtube.com/gbengadanasabe were the only medium that published his views on a Trump Presidency in April. Now, this is November, Temmie Amodu’s views have been validated by history.
We hereby bring back the full interview as conducted in April to your views. Read what the only Nigerian CEO who boldly supported DONALD TRUMP said about the new American President seven months ago. Enjoy the excerpts.
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Donald Trump is America’s next President—Temmie Amodu
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Temmie Amodu a Lagos based business man and Events Solution Management expert has added his voice to the ongoing political process in America being the first Nigerian and probably, one of the first Africans to put his voice forward for America’s Republican Candidate, Donald Trump in the coming November, 2016 elections in the USA. Temmie Amodu who runs Tsoule Events Solution Company (Lagos) and Nathaniel Kings Signatures Inc (Houston-Texas) is vying for the candidacy of real estate mogul and billionaire, Donald Trump for many reasons. In a rare encounter with your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika inside his Lagos, Nigeria office, Mr. Amodu gave his reasons why Mr. Trump is good for America this time around. Don’t crucify him yet until you read through the entire interview. Enjoy.
|Temmie Amodu...The Man who predicted Donald Trump's success|
To a large extent, you are one of the few Nigerians who have businesses in the United State of America and equally relate with that country, what is your perception about the November 2016 Presidential elections, who do you think will be the best next American leader between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump?
Well, my views for the political climate of America are simple; yes, it will be a wonderful thing to have the first female President, I think the women as our mothers deserve to have that honor of having a woman for the first time as the leader of world’s most powerful country. However, I have followed the news and I have spoken to a number of friends over there (America) and they are all turning out in droves to support Hilary Clinton. But I was thinking, and I am like ok, perhaps, it might be better if Donald Trump becomes President of America.
|Temmie Amodu to Asabeafrika...'We need a Donald Trum that will re-arrange the global political equilibrium'|
How do you mean, sir?
It might be better for Africa as a whole; I will start on a jovial note. Donald Trump enjoys having his ego massaged and that is something the African leaders are very good with, yes, they do that. But on a more serious tone, if we go back in history to understand why a Donald Trump’s presidency or his candidate or him being in the Republican party and winning in November, I think it is going to be a wonderful thing for the entire world. It will be good for Africa in particular; the issue of Nigeria, to start with, we were colonized by the British and in 1900 we became a protectorate of Britain. But before then, a fellow called George Tubman in 1800 was trading under the auspices of the Royal Niger Company, now, the British came, Otto Von Bismarck (Prime Minister of Germany) was coming but they had a rancor with Bismarck in Germany and they had to go back to the drawing board and the British claimed Nigeria as a protectorate around 1900 and Lord Lugard amalgamated us in 1914 this is where the whole story started. However, between 1900 and 1960, which is 60 years of the British Crown, there were lots of things that were done which in my opinion led to some certain misdemeanor which took place. There is a video done by Jide Odukoya on the history of Nigeria, in that video, you will understand how we got here, we were brought together to fulfill an economic need of the British. Before then, our people had their own education but they came and they were able to make us follow their own way of life. If Trump becomes the good President of America, the way it will favor us is this, Trump is not a member of the old order. He is going to disrupt the old order and bring an entirely new world order in place. He said he is going to shut down Mexico by building a wall; that he is going to make Mexico build a wall, that the Mexicans are not going to have fun, he will build a wall with tunnels under neat, he said he is going to make them pay for it; now, from what I understand, Trump is going to limit or cancel or frustrate the transfer of monies from America to Mexico. Over 24 billion Dollars exchange hands, annually, between these two countries by virtues of the Mexicans working in America and sending money home. He is going to use them to ensure that they pay for the wall because he will deny their transactions, he is going to be friends with Putin, he is getting out of Japan because he wants Japan to build a nuclear arsenal, and he is saying ‘trade with China is gone’. He believes if the trade between China and America cancels, that it will increase the jobs in America, I doubt it. They will just go somewhere else, they can be Taiwan, they can be Singapore, they can be Africa and that is why I am saying it will be a good thing for Africa. If Donald wrote in December 2015 that the Africans or Nigeria in Diaspora are going to be sent home if he comes in, that to me is a great decision because the brain drain that we have suffered as a country will come back to us. We have no light now, we have no good education, and we have no good education policy because our best brains are over there. So, if Donald Trumps can make the GOP, I strongly see him winning Hilary Clinton. It is very possible.
|Temmie Amodu, GDA & Dr. SK|
Nigeria & Donald Trump Presidency…
So, you believe if Donald Trump sends out the blacks, it will affect Nigeria positively?
Yes it will affect Nigeria positively because there are a lot of undocumented immigrants. What Obama has not done is going out there and poaching, a Trump presidency will involve you being deported actively. They will look for you if you don’t have papers, they will look for you and deport you back to Africa. Let’s say in a family you deport two of them that are not documented; yes they came in for holidays and they overstayed, they are there, doing some simple-simple things. They want to be citizens, they want to be normalized, they have not broken the law but when you deport them back to Africa, you are threatening the source of livelihood of the other three. At some point, some people will decide, ‘oh, I want to sell my property, I want to sell my thing, I want to come back to Africa’. The other benefits are that, the trade relationship between Africa and some other countries will perhaps be diverted to other parts of the world. There might be a war at some point that will disrupt the old order because consequently, people say if some things don’t scatter some things might not be arranged. Africa is not doing very well and it doesn’t look like it is going to change; in terms of development, in terms of infrastructure we are poor. Here now, we are running generator, there is no light, there is no fuel, and our exchange rate is down, of course not America’s fault, not the West’s fault. It is our own problem, we have not done enough. Even education is zero, it is dead. Everybody is going by the virtue of private university, private schools because our education system here has gone bad. I won’t take my children to the public school because I didn’t even go to that kind of school because the system is down. So, at the end of the day, there is going to be a movement back home, a huge amount of minds, a kind of exodus back to Africa, because when you say you are black, you can’t change your color. We are black and we have a proud black heritage. Our best brains are all domiciled in your land but if you say we should come back, well, brilliant, let’s make it happen. Let’s come back and revamp our land. This is very hard to swallow because it is going to disrupt a number of things but perhaps, for there to be a balance, a Donald Trump presidency in America is good. Everybody will come home and we will get down doing things because I believe the US Dollars will end up not being the symbol of trade anymore if you start creating such problems among people. With a Donald Trump, it is going to be pretty difficult. A Donald Trump presidency is good for Nigeria, it is good for America because he will make things change there and we here we will adjust better. I mean, if he says people shouldn’t ship cars in here for example, we might start deciding how to start building our own infrastructure, our own steel, and the engineers working there will return home.
|Temmie Amodu to the GDA...'With Donald Trump on the seat, we will be privileged to have our lost cream of brain drain back in Nigeria and Africa'|
Do you think the present American democratic system pampered Africans?
No, we are not pampered, we are suffering. But we have a lot of people over there who can change things here, that is a huge train that has been allowed to slip away and it is not balanced because they have the best of our brains with them and it is quite unfortunate because we are at the rough end of the deal; the revelations of Panama papers is quite staggering. Like it was revealed, the tax on that amount of money alone will cancel world hunger four times over. This is an analysis on CNN, the tax alone on Panama papers, on the 7 trillion dollars in the safe haven, just tax, don’t touch their money, just the tax, up to this point, will cure world hunger four times over. Somewhere, there need to be a change and that change has to come with a ripple. It has to be unsealed.
|Temmie Amodu to Asabeafrika...'Donald Trump is not a member of the old order. We need him to scatter the old stock'|
Some analysts equally believed that Trumps’ presidency could lead to a third world war; do you see it that way?
Oh, well, yes, there is a strong possibility for that. I think a lot of people will be more emboldened and he might be a little bit egoistic. If you tell him some things in certain kind of way, he has a nuclear hold, he could launch something. We have Jim there in North Korea and he has been terrorizing his end. Things can get very funny. But again, if some of these things don’t change, we Africans might not be liberated because they are not going to trade away their sphere of influence. They are getting wiser and our situation is getting worse. I don’t know at which generation, I don’t think our generation can experience a new order; our children can experience the desired change. So, there has to be a huge change; and Trump says we should all come back home, nobody is chasing us, we have a lot of lands here; we just come here and develop those lands, it is as simple as that.
|Hillary Clinto...Loses the steam to Donald Trump this morning|
|Temmie Amodu to Asabeafrika 'I think a Donald Trump's Presidency will lead to a value-added exodus from US to Afrika"|
If Hillary Wins…
But what if Hilary and not Trump wins the American Presidential race, what next?
Well, the structure remains, the old world order stays as it is. The politics will continue for another generation. Because if Hilary wins, they will put in a Supreme Court Judge, that is a lifestyle. Perhaps, that will also be a good thing to us as it is based more on what Obama has done. So, it doesn’t affect anything drastically but there is an opportunity for us. If our leaders tap into it, if President Buhari tap into it and not just shuns off, because right now he has started his reforms, you are sacking people, you are stopping things but we are here suffering and it is not like after all of these crises, you will say ‘Ok o, everybody, take One Million Naira as hazard allowance’ no, you wont do that. Meanwhile, in the West where the slave trade economy was unbundled, the states bought these slaves off their owners and that is why you have some huge lease of wealth right now. They bought them off their masters, it wasn’t like ‘Ok, no more slave trade, secure them free’ no, no, no, no, they paid money per head, per slave which is part of the income some western families are enjoying right now. Britain’s David Cameron has access to such old monies. But there has to be a change, there has to be a change because right now, it is not good for Africa. If it is Donald Trump’s presidency, wonderful and if Hilary wins, we just maintain the status quo.
|Temmie Amodu with Dr. Seye Kehinde, Publisher/CEO, City People Magazine|
What PMB should do for Nigerians…
With the present state of the economy, if you are to have an encounter with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Aso Rock, what will be your chief advice to them?
|Temmie Amodu, CEO, DECOR KOBO EVENTS COY with CITY PEOPLE Magazine Publisher, Dr. Seye Kehinde|
Well, I want to believe that with the mandate the Nigerian people gave to President Mohammadu Buhari and our Vice President, with the amount of trust the people gave them coupled with the believe system that we know the intention that they have, I believe they are doing their utmost best now. Perhaps Mr. President wants to get himself to the grass root a little bit more; you are trying to make a change. Some of the things that you have created for us seem to be relegating against the change you intend to make. I think the rule of law must hold, we have EFCC daily arresting these corrupt persons, it looks like a witch hunt, punishing some people…yes, nobody should be above the law.
If the rule of law works and I know
I can go to you and I know I can get justice, I think things will shape
themselves up adequately. If I can sue
my lecturer, if I can sue my school for not making me graduate in four years, I
think some people will start getting their ass right once the rule of law
works. Let it work from the top to low, from the CEO to the cleaner in the
office, from the Governor to the house clerk. We want to see some prominent
people send to jail. Let the processes of arrest and investigation end with
prosecution in the court of law. That
way people will sit tight and become more proficient with their work. I was at
the Passport office the other day,
to get your passport you have to go through a rowdy process, the man will be
shouting and people were lined up like…I mean, it is just a mess, nothing is
functioning and we the individuals that our businesses are here, we can’t just
stroll into a bank and get loan for our businesses. It is difficult because
they will tell you to go and brink properties and you will be given the loan
with killing interest rates. So, we
believe General Buhari is our
father, we believe he can help us change things and we are ready to understand
him if he can equally understand us. Even when you are solving these problems,
you should create a buffer that can suit people’s feelings and make life easy
for the ordinary man on the street.
|Temmie Amodu gives the GDA a Copy of one of his favorite Literature on America's Events Guru, Preston|
(A Video of this Interview is presently running on www.youtube.com/gbengadanasabe)