By Amara Blessing Nwosu
“Nwanne di na mba” is a popular saying among my people. Senator Babafemi Ojudu is one of the few who made me to believe this and that is why I get upset when fellow Nigerians fall for politicians and activists who use ethnicity and religion to destroy our unity while their pockets get fatter.
In my time of trial, when so many called for my head, Senator Ojudu stood up for me. He did not know me but he showed up and stood with me. When my children were forcefully taken away from me for nine months, Senator Ojudu, then a journalist, gave his all to see that I got reunited with my children. When I couldn’t send them to school, he borrowed, right in my presence, to help us.
Senator Ojudu became a mentor to me. He believed in me and gave me my first job as a newspaper columnist.
Just two weeks into writing, readers started asking for a second weekly column which Senator Ojudu gladly gave me. This would later open greater doors as I became a popular columnist with different media houses.
Senator Ojudu did not stop; he motivated me to publish my first two books. He believes in me and enjoys seeing me soar. He never gives up on me.
I remember the very day he told me a story about his mom. I was hospitalized with very high blood pressure and about to lose my life because of worry. His life is an inspiration; a man who came from nothing, fought almost all his life to get to where he is today. Education means a lot to him and I know he is eternally grateful for the Late Gani Fawehinmi for the opportunity.
I can go on and on talking about the man, Babafemi Ojudu whose simplicity remains outstanding. May you find the grace for more years of celebration.
Happy Birthday, Senator Ojudu
Amara Blessing Nwosu