Wednesday, 28 November 2018



Year of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 978-978-50522-9-9
Author: Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan
Foreword: John Mahama, President of Ghana 2012-2017
Reviewer: Dr Raphael James
Page: 228 


The book is divided into 12 chapters. The author presented his ‘My Transition Hours’ ahead of his memoirs, like he wrote, just in case, someone somewhere awaits the endangered truth in a sea of lies. In his introduction he told us how he was born on the 20th of November, 1957, some moments away from Nigeria's independence in 1960. He told us his story of the circumstances of his birth, childhood and family, the "canoe building" part of his family's mainstay as a clear statement on how downtrodden they were.

He also talked about his unusual entry into Nigerian politics. How he was convinced in 1999, to join in the gubernatorial race of his state, Bayelsa, as a running mate to the Governorship candidate, DSP ALAMIEYESEIGH. He wrote about how he was sworn in as the deputy Governor, how he later served two years as Governor in Bayelsa State (2005-2007) and another two years as the Vice President of Nigeria (2007-2010) followed by the sad, untimely death of his boss, the president and how he was thrust into a political arena that he had no previous intention to participate in.

He explained to his readers that the book ‘My Transition Hours’ is not his biography. That it is a personal and very honest account of his stewardship in the heady days of the months and weeks leading to his unprecedented telephone call to General Muhammadu Buhari on the 31 of March, 2015 to concede that he won the presidential election.  The book also talked about the personal insults, unfounded negative accusations and calculated vicious attacks directed at him during his presidency and how challenging they were to him.

I like the part were the author talked about the word that most writers used in describing him, the word "clueless" and he described it as being most hilarious because it was quite thoughtless. He wrote thus: “A Nigerian president had too much clue and competence at his beck and call to be clueless. The enormous human and material resource attached to the office of president would appear too much for the "clueless" crowd to wrap their heads around. I consider it good luck and great honour to have had the kind of greats who served in my team.”

The author went ahead to write about Nigerian political stalemate, his decisions points and how the world responded to it, his last weeks in office and the fight against corruption that followed when he left office and how the new government took up the blame game against him and his team. He also wrote about his wife and wrote extensively about the change game of the new government and the presidential inauguration dinner. 


To round the book up he told us about the task of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and he pointed out also “the damaging effect allowing ourselves to be constantly programmed by a section of media establishment with vested interest and negative politics.” He also wrote about how he and his team laboured hard and broke bones to push the Freedom of Information Bill into law, and how he now realized that the ones who should use it for theirs' and the people's freedom are themselves in bondage.

In conclusion he wrote: “I must say that it is my joy that I can hold my head high in my post office life to say that under my watch, no Nigerian fled to exile because of his or her belief and not one political assassination happened under me in spite of the wild accusation that I trained "1,000 snipers".

This book is for people of all races, creeds, colours and all manner of diversities around the world.
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Sunday, 25 November 2018


Our magazine cover

1946 November 25, He was born to Malam Garba Abubakar and his second wife, Aisha Kande, in Jada village of Adamawa State, Malam Abubakar is a Fulani trader and farmer. The young Atiku at a point in time was the only child of his parents when his only sister died at a tender age. Malam Garba Abubakar later divorced Aisha Kande and he passed on in 1957, as such Aisha remarried and lived up till 1984 when she passed on. Malam prevented the young Atiku from registering to attend and obtain Western Education as such his schooling was delayed until the old man was arrested, jailed and fined. The young Atiku was eventually registered into Jada Primary School at the age of eight for his primary school education and he exhibited brilliancy. After his primary school education he moved over to for his secondary school education into Adamawa Provincial Secondary School Yola, in Nigerian independence year of 1960. 
Atiku and his mother 
1965: He graduated, fully armed with a grade three in the West African School Certificate Examination, he proceeded to the Nigerian Police College, Kaduna, he did well there and graduated as a tax officer in the Regional Ministry of Finance.

1965: He became known as Atiku Abubakar, when he substituted his family’s name Kajoli to his family name Abubakar.

His first wife Titi as a young lady

1966 January 14: He left Yola for Kaduna to join the Nigerian Police College.

1966 March 17: He left the Nigerian Police College due to his poor grade in Mathematics; those were the days when Mathematics was compulsory to join the Police. He was at his best with English language and mathematics.  

On their wedding day, Titi and Atiku
1967: He attended the School of Hygiene Kano and graduated with a Diploma before he proceeded to the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University on a scholarship, where he obtained a Diploma in Law.

Outing time, Titi and Atiku

1969 June 30: He got employed by Nigeria Customs Service, as Cadet Assistant Preventive Superintendent where he worked for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service. While in the Customs in 1974 he applied for and received a loan of 31,000 naira, he used it to build his first house and rented it out, and from the proceeds, he was able to build more houses. He retired in April 1989. He served at the Idi-Iroko border, in fact it was while serving at Idi-Oroko that he met then 19 old Titilayo Albert, and they got married in December 1971 and by October 26, 1972, they had their first baby - Fatima. After Fatima came Adamu, Halima and Aminu.

Atiku with Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto

1972: He was posted to Ikeja Airport as officer in charge of Luggage

1974: He was posted to Apapa Sea Port

1974: He bought his first car a Peugeot 404 car, that had the registration number LS7194

1976: He was posted to Kano as Chief superintendent in charge of Customs Preventive Unit

Atiku  with British High Commissioner to Nigeria Paul Arkwright

1977: He was posted to Maiduguri as Customs Area Administrator

1979 January: He married his second wife Ladi Yakubu and in all they have six children: Abba, Atiku, Zainab, Ummi-Hauwa, Maryam and Rukaiyatu.

Atiku with President Muhammadu Buhari
1980: He was posted to Kaduna as an Assistant Area Administrator

1981: He moved into agriculture, acquiring 2,500 hectares of land near Yola to start a maize and cotton Sessa Derdirabe Farm.

1982 November 19: He was turbaned the Turaki of Adamawa by Adamawa's traditional ruler, Alhaji Aliyu Mustafa.

1983: He married his third wife, Princess Rukaiyatu, daughter of the late Lamido of Adamawa, Aliyu Musdafa, they have: Aisha, Hadiza, Aliyu, Asmau, Mustafa, Laila and Abdulsalam. 

Atiku with former American President Bill Clinton

1986 July 22: He married his fourth wife, Fatima Shettima, and they both have: Amina (Meena), Mohammed and two sets of twins Ahmed and Shehu, Zainab and Aisha then her last daughter Hafsat.

1986: He ventured into trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour and sugar.

1987: He was appointed the Deputy Director of Customs & Excise in charge of Enforcement & Drugs.

1989: He was elected the National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria, with Alhaji Shehu Yar'Adua as Chairman, other members were Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Babalola Borishade, Bola Tinubu, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Sabo Bakin Zuwo. Although the party like many others were not registered, two political parties were registered the Social Democratic Party and the National RC, he joined the SDP, before then he won a seat to represent his constituency at the 1989 Constituent Assembly. He owns shares in Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a partnership business with Mr. Gabrielle Volpi, an Italian businessman in Nigeria, it is a company operating within the Ports. NICOTES was later rebranded as INTELS. He is also runs a beverage manufacturing plant in Yola, as well as an animal feed factory.

Atike with Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport

1990 September 1: he announced his Gongola State gubernatorial bid. The following year Gongola State was divided into Adamawa and Taraba States – by the Federal Government. He found himself in the new Adamawa State.

1991 November: He contest and won the SDP Primaries but was soon disqualified by government from contesting the elections.

1991: He contested for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States)

1993: He contested for the Presidency, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.

Atiku with Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minster of Science and Technology

1998 December: He won the election as the governor of Adamawa State on the platform of the People's Democratic Party.

1999 January: He was picked as the vice-presidential candidate to PDP candidate Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

1999 February 27: He was voted in as the vice president in an election that gave him and Chief Obasanjo a total of 62.78 per cent of the vote.

1999 May 29: He was sworn in as Vice-President of Nigeria.

1999: He alongside South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, launched the South Africa Nigeria Bi-national Commission.

Atiku with Comrade Adams Oshimole APC political Party Chairman

2006: He fell out with his Boss, the then president of Nigeria, when he objected to his Boss’ bid to amend certain provisions of the constitution to take a third shot at the presidency.

2006, November 25: He announced his intention to run for president.

2006, December 20: He was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC).

Atiku with Bishop David O. Oyedepo of Winners

2011 January: He contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary, garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan's 2736.

Atiku with Senator Bola Tinubu
2012: He donated $750,000 to the National Peace Corps Association in the United States, "to fund a new initiative featuring global leaders who will discuss Peace Corps's impact." It was the largest ever individual donation in the Association's history.

Atiku with former President Goodluck Jonathan

2014 February 2: He left the People’s Democratic Party to the join All Progressives Congress, with the intent of contesting the Nigerian presidency in 2015 on the party's platform.

Atiku with Hajiya Dada, mother of late President Umaru Yar'Adua, 

2017 June: He was turbaned the Waziri of Adamawa, and his previous title of Turaki was transferred to his son Aliyu.

Atiku with former President Ibrahim Babaginda

2017 November 2: He announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he helped to form.

Atiku with former President Olusegun Obasanjo

2017 December 3: Through a Facebook Live broadcast, he announced his return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Atiku with Vice President Oluyemi Oluleke "Yemi" Osinbajo

2018 October 7: He declared his candidacy for the presidential nomination of the PDP and won the nomination at its convention, he defeated 11 other contestants and got 1,532 votes, 839 more than the runner-up, the Governor of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal.

Atiku with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero

He is the founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), the first American-style University to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.

Atiku with former Head of States, Abdulsalami Abubakar 
The entire staff and management of the CRIMMD Lagos wish him a happy birthday and our very best wishes. 

Atiku with Bar. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing

Dr Raphael James is the founder of the largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 36, 000 photos. Publisher of African Dame and The National Biographer Magazines; The National Biographer Magazine have interviewed five world Presidents. He has written 56 manuscripts and published only 23 books. He has so far donated over 30, 058 books to schools in Nigeria and Ghana since 2008, to assist in promoting reading culture. 

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018


Lawrence Lual Malong

Lawrence Lual Malong, the golden child of South Sudan, hails from Aweil in Sudan, the son of beautiful Aluel Kuol Makuach.

his Mother Aluel Kuol Makuach 

He is the grand child of Chief Malong Yor Lual and Adut Wol Ngor. 
Grandfather General Lual Diing
His mother, Aluel Kuol Makuach loved him so much as a young man while growing up that she could do anything to make him happy. She believed that Lawrence was a reincarnation of her grandfather, Chief Peter Makuach.

His Grand Mother Adut Wol Ngor

His parents showed him great love, his father, Lual Malong Yor Snr. wanted him to be the very best among his pears, but unfortunately, he died while Lawrence was still young. For the mother, life moved on as she battled to stand by his son until she too departed the earth.
On his Mother's side, his Grand Grand Father Chief Peter Makuach Amiath 1885-1962

Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr is not related by birth to the former Chief of Staff of South Sudan, General Lual Malong, it is just a coincident of names, but that notwithstanding he is a hard working young man and he keeps on moving on.

Lawrence Lual Malong Yor jr

He is the Chairman, the Chief Executive Officer and founder of South Sudan International Trade & Investment Holding, an organisation he floated ten years ago in October 2008. About 3 years before his country South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

Lawrence Lual in his Mining company

South Sudan was a very peaceful country until December 2013, after President Kiir accused his then-deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup against him and it led to a civil ethnic war, mostly between the people of Dinka, the presidents tribe and Nuer, the vice president’s tribe.

His Mining trucks 
Lawrence is into mining and owns a company which is fully registered and involved in the mining of gold and diamonds, among other minerals. He is said to own 5 mineral refineries, two in Kapoeta, South Sudan, another two in Western Uganda and one in Kenya. He loves flashy suits and he is a good dresser.
Lawrence showcase his Anyakdit culture

Lawrence Lual with First Lady of Namibia, the wife of President Dr. Hage Geingob
People who don’t understand his ways, describes him as being controversial, which is the norm in all society, once people don’t know details about a personality, they label him or her with negative emblems.
His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayerdit and Lawrence Lual 

Lawrence Lual with World no One richest family JP Morgan family in Israel

Recently he posted a video on his Facebook wall lying on a bed covered with $1 million made up of $100 bills and after since thousands of people called him names without making efforts to find out how he made his money.

                              The ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Presidential Affair Robert Bebele. young Billionaire Mr Proper Ladislas Agbesi and Lawrence Lual Jr

Lawrence Lual Jr and Kissimayo

Smart boy for life with Hollywood actor Mr Chuck Norris
Working on his story, I wondered how many of those people had an idea that some 10 years ago he was battling to make his mining company stand firm and he had attracted investors from countries like China and the United States. How come people never noticed him then to call him names and spoil his image out of jealousy like we see today? 

Lawrence was at the Nelson Mandela House laying the flower

Lawrence is a self-made billionaire, who is less than 30 years and is doing all he can to restore better life to his people, the people of South Sudan. As an African Businessman, people may not like his Public relations strategy which involves him advertising himself to attract investors to his country. 

Some people also complained that he flew first class in his business trips abroad without realising that most of those trips were sponsored by his foreign investors so as to attract more business men of high repute, for his country.

Lawrence in military camp with Kings Lions of Africa South Sudan Army (S.P.L.A)
Interestingly the Young Tycoon, has been working to attract investment to South Sudan since 2011 and has travelled to countries including Brazil, India, the United States, Bangladesh, China and Kenya, while so many of these business partners have shown interest the war situation is keeping them away while, they observe the situation with keen interest.

Mr Mark Cutifani the Global Anglo American C E O with Lawrence 
He is very optimistic that it is just but a matter of time, and South Sudan will take its rightful position in the League of Nations. He has made several donations to organisations and homes within his country, South Sudan and Kenya for the benefit of mankind and posterity for humanity.

Lawrence Lual, Mr Mpho Makwana the President of South Africa CHAMBR OF MINES and Mr Bheki Sibiy the C E O South Africa CHAMBER OF MINES

Lawrence with with FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Cuba
He is a self-professed “diehard” fan of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.

Kgosi Patrice Motsepe of South Africa with Lawrence Lual Malong Yor JR
The Young Tycoon as he is popularly called, has vowed that he will never be happy until all South Sudanese are enjoying peace and harmony in their country. He strongly believes in peace, stability, love and unity for humanity, he believes that employment and infrastructural development, love and peace are the main needs for all South Sudan people.
John Bolton , the National Security Adviser to US President Donald Trump with Lawrence 
He is the founder and CEO of the SSITI, with more than 10 years’ experience in the petroleum and oil industry, he has the best skills in the oil business.

The Tycoon having fun on a camel 

He believes in His Creator and will not hesitate to tell you how His creator helped plan his life and made him who he is today. A great son of Africa.

Lawrence Lual Malong Yor Jr

The Blogger, Dr. Raphael James is the Director General of Center For Research CRIMMD, Lagos, a researcher, founder of the largest Photo Museum of Nigeria History with over 36, 000 photos. Publisher of African Dame and The National Biographer Magazines; author of 21 published books and 56 unpublished books. Donated over 29, 000 books to institutions and libraries since 2008. Runs a FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY, runs a Free Skill Acquisition Center for Women, which have trained over 4000 women free since 2016. He has received a total of 110 awards as at October ending 2018. He is the patron of 11 organisations.  

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