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Folorunso Abdullatif Kasumu-Olaleye bows out with The Journey of life


Chief Tunde Fanimokun (left), Kings College Old Boys Association set of 1958/1959/1960 representative, Engr. Basuyi Onabolu; former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Philip Asiodu; Alhaji Folohunsho Kasumu Olaleye (FAK) and Chairman of the luncheon, Justice Ishola Olorunnimbe during a book launch ‘The journey of Life’ in Lagos

It was a torrent of encomiums and tributes last Thursday, August 19, for Alhaji Folorunso Abdullatif Kasumu-Olaleye (FAK), as family members, friends, associates and well-wishers celebrated the chartered accountant and founder, sole partner, Folorunsho Olaleye & Co.

The event, which not only marked his 85th birthday, also coincided with the launch of his autobiography titled, The Journey of life.

Held at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos, the birthday-cum-book launch attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, including Justice Ishola Olorunnimbe, who was chairman of the launch.


Justice Olorunnimbe extolled the virtues and sterling qualities of the author, describing him as “a sportsman, simple and industrious gentleman.”

Pointing on the month of August as very remarkable in the life of FAK, Olorunnimbe said he was born on Monday, August 17; he also tied his nuptial knot on August 17, and relocated back home after his sojourn abroad the same month.

Olorunnimbe advised Nigeria youth to change their disposition towards hardwork, adding that they should be truthful and be ready to pay the price required.

Many of the guests poured encomiums on the octogenarian who had risen from a very humble beginning to become a giant.

The book encourages and mentors aspiring youth on virtues of patience and humility and also addresses the ailments bedeviling the nation.

The reviewer, T.A Olu Otunla, highlights the sections of the book with emphasis on the portrayal of the octogenarian as a man of integrity. Part one, he notes, is about the author’s childhood. The second part of the story focuses on his career, marriage and friendships and part three examines his humanitarian and religious life.

The author was praised for taking it upon himself to bring together the information, which will be useful to youths and government.

“The journey of life, FAK’s autobiography, is an instructive socio psychological study of an age that has disappeared but is longed for. It is this that makes Journey of life an interesting and recommended reading for parents and adolescent,” the reviewer says.

The author, Kasumu-Olaleye thanked those who graced the occasion, saying he hopes that readers will learn one or two things about the virtues of patience and humility.

“These two virtues are fast disappearing in the society of today. Patience is one of the most beautiful attributes one can ever have. It makes one listen, understand, forgive, forget, endure and move on,” he said.


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