Monday, 13 July 2015

MKO Abiola’s son, Jamiu writes book on dad | Says “It is the best intellectual offer from a very close quarter”

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Abdul Jamiu Abiodun Abiola...The Only MKO Abiola's son who wrote book on Dad

17 years after his demise on July 7, 1998, late business mogul turned politician Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola’s grass to grace story has been documented in a book by his 5th son, Alhaji Abdul Jamiu Abiodun Abiola. The book titled “MKO Abiola: The President that never ruled” is the first literary account of the winner of the June 12 Presidential election from a very close family member on life and times of the Egba born politician.

MKO Abiola: The President that never ruled has two editions; the Arabic edition and the English edition. However, the Arabic Edition which is published by top Middle East Publishers, Arab Scientific Publishers Incorporated was released into the Arab market on July 7, 2015 across major Arab countries like Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Jamiu Abiodun Abiola

Asabeafrika is the first blog to have an access to the Arab version of the book which is already making waves on book shelves in the aforementioned Arab countries
Jamiu Abiola who speaks 12 International Languages is expected to release the English edition by late July or early August and set to organize the launching program to coincide with Dad’s posthumous birthday on August 24th. Jamiu who holds a traditional title (Shetima Rasheed) from the Borno Emirate is Late Chief MKO Abiola’s 5th son and late martyr of Democracy Alhaja Kudirat Abiola’s second son. He is married to Khadija, fourth child of Nigeria’s second indigenous Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Kam Salem of blessed memory and they both have four issues (Two boys and two girls)

Jamiu Abiola's first book, The Prisoner of Hope

Speaking to Asabeafrika inside his Opebi, Ikeja-Lagos South West Nigeria home last Thursday morning, Jamiu who just returned from his publishers in Cairo said the interest to write a book on his father was the biggest intention that ever crossed his mind in the last 17 years of losing his dad to the Nigerian political crisis. “Having stayed close to him, having moved with him on several political outings during his last days on earth, there were things dad shared with me that he was never opportune to share with anyone else which I feel needed to be shared at this point in the history of our dear nation.  I think it was not a coincidence for him to have shared those things with me and I feel he wants me to say make them public some day no matter what. Dad was a very interesting man, to a large extent he saw many things, he did many things for both the extra-ordinary and average Nigerian, he was the first man to truly rise from grass to grace and if you read my own account, you will understand better his story of grass to grace. He was the real authentic billionaire who made his breakthrough out of sheer optimism. For me, it is the biggest sacrifice a son can ever make for his father”

Abdul Jamiu Abiodun Abiola...The Only MKO Abiola's son who wrote book on Dad

Jamiu Abiola's Second Book, Realistic Hope

Jamiu who has written two books earlier “The Prisoner of Conscience” and “Realistic Hope” which were equally published in both Arabic and English said his third book “MKO: The President that never ruled” is the biggest intellectual exercise he ever engaged in as the work is a compendium of activities that lead to the unique birth, growth, success and death of his legendary father “I have a feeling that a lot of things revealed in this book have never been in the public domain before and they will equally raise a lot of sentiment but I think above all, it is much more reasonable to push them out in black and white than burry them all in one full swing of emotional trauma”

Front Cover of the Arab edition of Jamiu Abiola's New Book on Dad, MKO

On what he intend to do with the 3 books which were published within a year, Jamiu opined that he might be launching all the three in one day as work is put in top gear to ensure that copies of the English Version of “MKO Abiola: The President that never ruled” is out in 3 weeks time”
Jamiu Abiola is a United States of America trained social scientist with business interest in oil and gas, publishing and real estate.

Back Cover of Jamiu Abiola's New Book on Dad

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