Business sustainability through practical steps
Solomon Okpa was surprised at the turn out of his friends and well-wishers at the unveiling of his new book, Business Killers which took place last weekend at Nigeria institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos. Chairman of the event Akoko Macaulay said Okpa was his former colleague, adding, “it is an unveiling of a book by a friend. I had always told him that he would be a literary giant. When Okpa resigned from his job eleven years ago he decided to heed to my advice of putting his ideas into books for others to benefit”.
Macaulay further expressed how passionate Okpa had always been about the issues of girl-child and motherhood, which also informed the plots in his past works. “I am not surprised because he has always been very fond of his mother and would always say to me ‘my mother is my father and mother”, he said. “Today, Okpa has gone to the level of writing for everybody; the book doesn’t dwell on corporate enterprise alone, but also on the government. What he has done in Business Killers is to develop the economy and build the country.”
Princess Okolie, Dare Onaneye and Titus King treated the audience to poetry and musical rendition.
Excerpts were read from some of Okpa’s books. John Oyadougha read from The Last Word while Pastor Kennedy Ozoma read from What The Rich Does (sic) Not Know. Ozoma also said, “The most difficult thing for the rich to do is to heed to the master’s instruction of ‘go and sell all your possessions and come follow me’. Also, Tishe Kelajaiye read from Why Students Fail.
John Aboh also read an excerpt from his own book, Served. Likewise, Ola Grace who read from I Forgive You. According to her, “to forgive is to set that prisoner free and to discover that the prisoner was you”.
One of the highlights of the event was a performance by the comedian Laugh Ambassador. Also present were Bakari Owolabi, Omotosho Falarin, John Oyadougha, Adzi Koffi and Morak Akin David, who unveiled Business Killers.