Eventually, like all man-made deities, Orji Uzor Kalu stopped resembling a ‘god’ or something like one; he is losing worth like the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat.
Yes, the rich take their pleasures sadly, after the fashion of whatever seems to be trendy. Hence it is not in habit but in novelty and the clichéd that many a billionaire often pursues and acquires vainglory and pleasure.
But what manner of vaingloriousness would drive Orji Kalu to engage in a subtle yet aggressive jostle with billionaire oil magnate, Femi Otedola, for the limelight? What shade and colouration of vanity would drive him to engage in intense competition with Otedola and Tony Elumelu for social correctness and youth appeal?
Perhaps the type that drives the proverbial old woman to channel and relive the pleasure of youth and her famished beauty in grandiose and evanescent dreams. As you read, Orji is engaged in a feral and frantic hustle to outdo the trio of Otedola, Dangote and Elumelu in the now fashionable quest for the juiciest portion of the spotlight.
Yes, weeks after a video of the Chairman of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, taking a bus trip in the city of London went viral online, former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has equally toed the same path by uploading a short video on Instagram showing him in a London public bus .
In what looked like a scripted shot, Kalu was seen to be chatting with a guy he named Chika, whom he asked that his followers should tag if they knew him. Unlike Otedola’s video, Kalu posted a video with a muted sound. While Otedola explained that he took the bus on his way to see his former teacher at Wandsworth in London; Kalu did not also say why he embarked on his journey that appeared to be an act of playing to the gallery.
Less than an hour after Otedola, who is notable for his simplicity, uploaded his video, the blogosphere went agog, as it attracts wide coverage from blogs and attendant commentaries that run for days. In Kalu’s case, he has only been able to attract 122 views more than 24 hours after uploading.
One wonders what Kalu’s intention was with his copycat exercise. Now that Kalu has found a mentor in the business mogul, Otedola, are we to expect him to follow up with another video in the same fashion Otedola boarded a Lagos popular commercial bus, Molue, from Sango to Agege? Otedola shared the video of his ride with his followers on Wednesday.
The video, which generated 92,064 views within two hours, shows him sitting in the bus as a fellow passenger standing next to him, a female, advertises a product. He saunters down, Lagos style, when he gets to his destination. Kalu may have to follow suit and take a commercial bus in Aba to know how warmly he would be received by the people whom he was reported to have fleeced of their commonwealth for which he has been standing trial he has been struggling to exculpate himself from.
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Finecoat Paints Boss, Remi Awode celebrates 55th birthday in style, empowers Church members
Chemstar Manufacturing company boss, Apostle Aderemi Emmanuel Awode, owner of Finecoat and Shield Paints, had his 55th birthday soiree last weekend, it was indeed an impressive gathering as friends, family and associate from all walks of life teemed to celebrate a manufacturing giant, a business tycoon, philanthropist par excellence and an icon of hope to many homes.
The most cherished asset of Remi Awode is not his head full of knowledge but his heart full of love, ears open to listen, and hands willing to help, reason many of his staff, friends and associates eulogized his good virtues at the birthday shindig. Many of those that graced the event took the pleasant achiever on memory lane on how he touched their lives in several ways; he’s no doubt, a good man who brings out the good in other people.
For those that feel that being kind hearted to people got them nothing but rejection and hurt, the story of Aderemi Awode is something the young ones should emulate, despite being hurt a few times, he has never allowed such instances to redefine who he truly is. He’s a lover of people whose generosity amazingly knows no colour, creed or religion. Unarguably, this act is one of the factors that led to the success story of Finecoat Paint today.
He’s a strong believer of an aphorism that, “if you are a thoughtful person who does nice things, don’t stop just because the people failed to see the goodness inside you, it’s their ejection or lack of response that is the problem, not yours. Don’t change yourself, they need to change, they need to work on themselves, keep being the wonderful you”.
The strong unapologetic honest and God fearing Awode is one of most kind-hearted people in the world, reason he doled out several millions to empower some members of Cherubim and Seraphim Movement, Divine Blessing Cathedral located at Alagbado area of Lagos where he’s a founding member. Apostle Awode does not only see it as his duty to give out of his abundance, he shares even his tank indicates reserve.
At 55, according to him, is to live his life full of praises of God who has immensely blessed and favoured him. The event was graced by Mr. Toyin Haastrup, Engr. Tunde Akintona, Mr & Mrs. Sam Ajagu, Members of the Galilee Land Development Committee of the C$S Movement Church led by Dr. Bisi Adedire, Mrs. Odeyinka, Founder Fluorescent Group of Schools, Alh. Soladoye, PRO, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Mr. & Mrs. Yemi Sonde, Sp. Apostle John Oyeku, HRH, Oba Oluwalambe Taiwo J.P., The Olojokoro of Ojokoro Land, Pastor Dayo Paseda, Deputy Managing Director, Chemstar Paints Industry (Nig.) Ltd. and many of the alumni of the University of Ibadan who have been friends since then till date.
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