By Eric Elezuo Photos: Ken Ehimen
The conference Hall of the prestigious Proteas Hotel, Ikeja, was a beehive of activities recently as A-list journalist turned publisher, Mr. Akogun Lanre Alfred, released another blockbuster book titled: The Titans: Exploits of Nigeria’s Greatest Achievers.
With the likes of broadcasting geniuses like the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State, the Publisher of Encomium Magazine and to a large extent, the Publisher of Ovation International, Chief Dele Momodu, who addressed the gathering via phone, in the house, the book presentation kicked off.
The prayers of Mrs. Kemi Akinyemi kick started the event, and ensured that everything went well, couple with the well packaged jives from Abiola Aloba, who performed the part of Master Compere.
In his remarks, Lanre Alfred paid homage to legends of the industry as well as contemporaries, stressing that he was walking in the footsteps of the likes of Dele Momodu and many others. He added that the book is centred on the achievements of the rich and mighty in the society, who “are a great inspiration to those aspiring greatness”.
He said:”It is by coming to terms with what made this great achievers achieve what they achieved that those who wish to be like them can get inspiration. The book captured the forefathers like Herbert Macauley, notable entertainers, politicians, royal fathers as well as pastors among others. I wanted to teach anybody who aspires greatness the way to greatness”.
The forum provided opportunities for as many that know the writer to say ‘one or two’ things about him, and the likes of Funsho Arogundade, Kemi Ashopon, Prince Daresh Asaju and others were readily available to issue statements that bordered on his goodness and humility while expressing the fact that the book is a trans-generational initiative.
In his speech, Mr Ayorinde echoed the need for documentation by every journalist for every journalist, saying that every journalist’s experience is an eye opener for another journalist, hence the need for documentation while Mr. Bakare described the book as a masterpiece.
In her comments, the wife of the writer, Mrs. Lara Lanre Alfred, described her husband as a ‘hard working goal-getter, who is interested in protecting his goal’.
With the official presentation of the book supervised by Steve Ayorinde, Kunle Bakare and Iyalaje of Apapa, Princess Toyin Kolade, the event wound down, opening the avenue for networking.