An achiever who would not blow his own trumpet but would rather want his achievements to speak for him, while helping to inspire the younger generations to greatness in their chosen professions, Ambassador Abayomi Mumuni is a testament to the fact that hard work and integrity give genuine success to whoever can imbibe them.
A positively strong-willed person and a dogged fighter, his resilience and constant dream of being successful moulded him into what he is today. Today, his success story is an eloquent proof that hard work pays, a fact the youths of today need to learn.
Amb. Mumuni had a very rough background. From a tender age, he wasn’t privileged to live with his mother, and though he lived with his father, he had limited access to the latter, which exposed him to many challenges on the home front.
When his future seemed uncertain to him, he left his father’s house and had to work during every long vacation to finance his schooling. When companies stopped engaging students on vacation jobs, he engaged in hard labour holiday jobs. Thereafter, he ventured into importing cloths into the country from India.
Undoubtedly, he is a pride to Nigeria and he has distinguished himself through principles of honesty and determination, as a business man and as the author of two internationally recognized books: “Global Terrorism & Its Effects on Humanity” and “Demand by Terror”. Presently, he is working on his third book, titled “Women in Black “, to be released on September 11, 2018 to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The amiable ambassador spoke on some societal challenges. Hear him: “The educational system is not working here. Besides, our youth are seriously handicapped. There is need for them to be educated on how to start small. Those who have wealthy parents need to turn their eyes away from the wealth of their parents to succeed on their own, and for those whose parents are not wealthy, they don’t need to go abroad before they survive. They only need ideas as well as determination.”
He continued: “What we see today is the foundation our ancestors have laid down. But if care is not taken, our youths will miss it because our fathers are using our time with theirs. When will the youths take their rightful position in government? This is why the youths travel abroad for greener pastures.
“For a fact, Africans are not terrorists because it is a taboo in our culture for someone to blow him or herself up, but this is what we are seeing today, which is very sad. Our youths need to be reoriented so that they can focus on positive goals for their future”.
Amb. Mumuni’s pursuit of academic excellence has earned him a number of prestigious academic laurels, which include: Advanced Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Obafemi Awolowo University; a Professional Certificate in Conflict Analysis from the United States Institute of Peace, Washington; a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Nnamdi Azikwe University; a Certificate in International Criminal Justice and Administration at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; a Post Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and Terrorism Profiling from the Henley-Putrian University, USA; and an Advanced Diploma in Forensic Science and a Masters degree from the Nigerian Institute of Security, United Kingdom, just to mention but a few.
A mediator and counsellor who is currently undergoing his doctoral degree program, Amb. Mumuni is the Chief Executive Officer of The Global Group, with subsidiaries such as Moon Property and Construction (UK) Ltd and Wall Street Global FFZ, LLE (UAE). He is also a Director at African Alliance Plc., a leading Nigerian insurance company known for its core values of prompt responsiveness, quality service, trustworthiness, transparency, reliability and fiscal resilience.
Guided by its mission statement of improving the quality of life, African Alliance has continued to sustain its corporate activities over the years, despite numerous challenges facing businesses in Nigeria. Today, it is an industry leader in providing a wide range of insurance services to individuals and corporate bodies. It is noteworthy that it now has a platform where registered policy holders can assess their premium account positions online.
On the political terrain, Amb. Mumuni was the Presidential aspirant under the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP) in 2003. He was also the Senatorial candidate for the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), Lagos Central Senatorial District in 2003 and 2007, in addition to being the Lagos State Governorship candidate for the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011.
Earlier between 1999 and 2005, Abayomi Mumuni served the Taraba State Government as a Special Adviser on Economic and Foreign Matters without pay.
In 2015, he suspended his intention to contest the Lagos State Governorship election following the merger between his then party, CPC and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to form a new political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which eventually won the Presidential election with Muhammadu Buhari as its flag bearer.
Mumuni, the Aare Jagunmade 1 of Lagos was born into the noble family of Mumuni of Ita Akose, Lagos Island, Lagos on April 6, 1965 by Tahal Mumuni and Oluremi Mumuni. Mumuni’s father, a ranking Lagos nobleman and contemporary of the late traditional monarch of Lagos, Oba Adeyinka Oyekan 11, was regarded as a top-of-the-class indigenous road construction contractor whose firm constructed some of the major roads within the Lagos metropolis, including the famous Western Avenue, Surulere, now known as Funsho Williams Avenue.
– Rasheed Abubakar is a journalist and the author of “Hijab and the Nigerian Press”. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @rawshield123