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Please join us in wishing Dr. Mike Adenuga a very happy 61st birthday, by posting your birthday greetings to him here in the comments!

Greetings from Well Wishers
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Former Lagos state governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has also described the Globacom Chairman as a man of exceptional performance and business ability. According to Tinubu, the likes of Adenuga are rare not just in Nigeria but in Africa and the world over. “His business exploits, acumen and strategic investments in the world of telcoms, oil and gas and philanthropy, stand him out among the crowd as an exceptionally talented individual”, Tinubu said.

In a press statement released in Lagos on Sunday, Tinubu said Adenuga was still ‘Glo-ing’ at 60 as he continues to make good for himself and for his country. “Adenuga has not only helped to deepen the telecoms sector in our country, he also continues to add value to the lives of millions of Nigerians. Despite our all too glaring challenges, he has continued to empower millions of our compatriots and place Nigeria on the global telecom map”. Tinubu said, with more patriotic Nigerians like Adenuga, who are selfless and consummate about empowering others, Nigeria will be an advanced and better society. He prayed that Almighty God grant him more years of health, wealth and wisdom. “May God continuously grant you good health; and may you continue on that path of excellent businesses orientation and bold innovations that have marked you out”.
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Shorinola Bose
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Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Tanko Emmanuel Daji
SIR,today you are a year older,wiser,greater,higher and better in your life & various fields of endeavour and achievements.An ICON,RARE GEM,TRAILBRAZER indeed!Congratulations and Happy Birthday to you.Wishing you every best moments of lifetime,good health,long life and GOD'S Divine protection.
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Oluwagbotemi Ayorinde
May every path be smooth for you, May every corner bring you happy surprises, May every day put a smile on your face, May every friend bring you price and joy, May you get whatever you always wished for, And may you never forget ME! :) I wish you a very Happy Birthday.
May 02, 2013
Post By: General Ibrahim Babangida
Mike, truly you epitomize hard-work, perseverance, doggedness, humility, diligence and patriotism. The fact that you treasure the virtue of true friendship and loyalty to any cause you believe in gives you the cutting edge. I am eternally grateful for all the troubles you had to go through because of me in the hands of a regime that tried to derail our friendship and relationship.

Even when you came under severe pressure by that same regime which I helped to nurture, to blackmail me in order to hang me, you remained eternally loyal and steadfast. Only a businessman of character, sound upbringing and virtue could choose friendship instead of his economic empire. Only a man of delectable poise, with an open mind and fear of God would choose to sustain an age-long relationship instead of sacrificing same at the altar of avarice, greed and economic interest.

Such tribulations are prices we have to pay for true friendship. Your ability to remain focused in the face of pressure coupled with your capacity to identify and nurture talents is the reason why you are MIKE ADENUGA. There can never be another Mike Adenuga of your orientation.”
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Orji Kalu
Kalu, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, described Adenuga as “one of the few courageous Nigerians with resilient spirit despite the numerous odds facing businesses in Nigeria.

Kalu said, “Our great Otunba has shown that with forthrightness and the never-say-die-Nigerian spirit, it is possible to achieve what many regard as the impossible.”
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Abdullah- Bakari
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Chief Fassy Adetokunboh Yusuf
ON Monday, April 29, one of the legends of our time will clock 60 years. Expectedly, the media, especially the print will be agog with congratulatory messages to celebrate this unique Nigerian who has made a success of his socio-economic endeavours. Otunba Mike Ishola Adeniyi Adenuga (Jr.) has become a business colossus and the barometer for benchmarking the country’s economic and philanthropic landscape, and indeed, those of the West African sub-region.

A cerebral business mogul, Otunba Mike Adenuga’s entry into the economic arena became noticeable in the 1980’s and in quick succession he founded and nurtured Devcom Merchant Bank Limited, Equitorial Trust Bank Limited and Conoil Limited to enviable heights. The advent of the Global System for Mobile Communications (hitherto known as Groupe Special Mobile) in Nigeria saw the enigmatic Mike Adenuga (Jr.) floating what, to date, is the only indigenous and private telecommunications company, Globacom Limited to challenge the earlier three entrants - Zain (now Airtel), MTN, and NITEL. Ever since, the industry has never been the same as Globacom brought with it innovation, patriotism, and zeal yet to be matched by any other telecommunications company.

The auspicious event of Adenuga’s diamond birthday is a consequential and monumental moment to celebrate success, resilience, excellence, generosity and kindness, humility, optimism, patriotism, corporate social responsibility, and many more as exemplified and personified by this thoroughbred Ijebu.

How do we define or determine success? To paraphrase Bessie Stanley, to achieve success is to live well, to gain the respect of those around us, to fill our niche and accomplish our task, to leave the world better than it was met, to look for the best in others and give them the best one could, for one’s life to be an inspiration to others, and for one’s memory to be a benediction. The cumulation of all these points to the fact that Adenuga (Jr.) is a success story in every material sense.

A resilient entrepreneur, his achievement in life has been built on concrete personal achievement and damning the challenges of failure. No doubt, business has not been a bed of roses. He once made an attempt to acquire the moribund and defunct NITEL, but for some inexplicable reasons, this did not materialize. Re-strategizing, he launched Globacom, which introduced what was then said to be impossibility, the Per Second billing regime that has now become the vogue in the mobile telecommunications community.

According to Rick Pitino, ‘excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer,’ while Booker T. Washington, said that ‘excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. Adenuga (Jr.) is a man of rare and consummate excellence. He does not belong to the wasted or wasting generation. Rather, he dazzles us with his virtue and outstanding qualities, and above all, his commitment to achieve the best for his race.

Talking about his generosity reminds one of the quotation from Albert Pike that, ‘what we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; and what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.’ Equally true is the fact that ‘those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.’ These two statements exemplify the spirit of Adenuga (Jr.). He has done much for Nigeria and Africa. He has also brought fame, honour and prestige to the black race.

A leader among men, he has always avoided putting himself above others. To some, he is elusive or evasive, but those who know him attest to his uncommon humility and shyness. Humility, according to George Arliss ‘is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.’ The transformation of Adenuga (Jr.) to one of the richest men of our time can surely not have been achieved without a good dose of humility.

It is no gainsaying that ‘no pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit (Helen Keller).’ The achievements of Adenuga (Jr.) have been built on optimism - seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. His life is telling us that we can conquer our nightmares because of our dreams, and that there are possibilities in impossibilities. Indeed, it is possible to operate from a higher level of consciousness if and when we identify the opportunities in any good, bad and ugly environment. The dream in us will die if we are pessimistic.

A patriot of no mean order, his business empire attests to his commitment to and belief in the country. Directly and indirectly employing over 500,000 workers, he is a major stakeholder in the Nigerian project. The queuing into the philosophy of corporate social responsibility has been a great uniqueness of Mike Adenuga (Jr.). Every part of the country has benefitted from his tremendous spirit of giving to charity, sports, culture, education and many more.

Recently, he was conferred with the second highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON). He is the greatest ambassador of Ijebuland in the socio-economic sphere and an indefatigable Pillar of sports and youth development in Nigeria. Adenuga (Jr.) is an indomitable employer of labour and the economic generalissimo of our time.

On a personal level, after the Awujale of Ijebuland appointed me the Coordinator of the centuries’ old annual Ojude-Oba of Ijebuland some seven years ago, the involvement of his company, Globacom has changed the face of the festival. The festival, through the instrumentality of Adenuga (Jr.) has become a global event playing host to millions of people annually including Presidents, Governors, National and State legislators, diplomats and foreign tourists. He is undoubtedly, the foremost benefactor of our Ijebu’s cultural heritage - the Annual Ojude Oba Festival.

In conclusion, the diamond jubilee of the Otunba Apesin of Ijebuland, Mike Adenuga (Jr.), is indeed, a unique opportunity to salute his selfless and unwavering commitment to humanity and astonishing accomplishments in life. May his Diamond Jubilee usher in more grace to his glory as he continues to further manifest his destined greatness.

Happy Birthday to a quintessential and an amazing son of Ijebuland. May his mega vision, far-reaching mission and journey of purposive and selfless service to humanity continue to magnify.

•Chief Fassy Adetokunboh Yusuf, the Baagbimo of Ijebuland, lawyer, media scholar and management consultant, is former Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Culture.
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Wolo Lewis
Happy Birthday Dr M. Adenuga, As you have entered the new year of your reputable year, may the blessings of God through Jesus Christ Glo over you and your family.. Amen!! Happy Birthday!!!
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Zemo Anthony
Happy Birthday to you, I Wish you God protection, God Blessing and God Favor upon your life and the life of your family members. May God continue to keep you, and protect you from your going out and your coming in. Have a lovely and a Successful Birthday. llnp.
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Greg Billonaire De Sower
Here is wishing you a happy birthday.
May God satisfy you with length of blissful years ahead IJN. To the dreams of your heart, to the prayers on your lips, to every expectations and all you hope for & to the beautiful future ahead of you, I wish you supernatural accomplishment & divine favour always. Have fun & enjoy your day!

From Greg Billionaire De Sower.
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Sulaimon Ajiroba
Happy Birthday and Many Happy returns of the day in Success & Long Life In all your endevours
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Chike Ezeh
Happy birthday sir..may God continue to bless and keep you
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Segun Esan Timothy
60...70...80...90...100...Keep counting, Dr. Mike Adenuga, our amiable and invaluable Guru! Happy birthday, sir.
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Deola Omokeye
As your day is so shall your strength be,may you live long to enjoy the fruits of your labour,you are a truly an enigma with a giant strides at all facets of life,many happy returns to you at 60th.
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Meleki Michael Olusegun
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Agha Agha Mba
T o one of the men I admire for uplifting our dear nation. I say,'' Happy Birthday to you'', sir.
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Femi Olaiya
You have bestrode our national business life like a colossus, you are an enigma, your business management practices have produced results that otherwise would have been thought unimaginable by most business management professors. No wonder they call you the bull! Happy birthday Dr Mike, and many happy returns!
Apr 30, 2013
Post By: Chinemerem Felix Michael
Sir, you add so much to other’s life in your own way to do everything, that’s why you’re wished every single good thing in your birthday, a new beginning.
You are really an unique personality, Everyone’s inspired by you. May you have many more years of happiness and success ahead. May you achieve everything that you wish for.Have an unforgettable day!
Apr 29, 2013
Post By: Titiloye Oyebanji
Happy birthday to a telecommunication giant who God had ordained to liberate Nigerians and all continents from telecom oppression and man-made inequality. Except you clock 200 years, you are going nowhere. Congratulations sir>
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