By Emmanuel Ajibulu
I respectfully ask Nigerians to join me in a special toast to a quintessential Wale Tinubu, as he turns 50 today, June 26, 2017. It is not every day I can seek such favours but this perfect gentleman means so much to Nigeria’s labour market as well as the petroleum industry sector.
Incidentally, the day coincided with Eid al-Fitr, a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Impressively, Wale Tinubu a desirable model for many Nigerian youths has been at the helm of Nigeria’s Oando plc, formerly Unipetrol, an integrated energy services provider, for several years with meritorious records. Tinubu is credited with leading indigenous firm Oando to the top of its class in providing services that cover upstream, energy services, gas, power and international supply and trading of refined products.
This reticent, purposeful and energetic star has consistently delivered his vision of leading Oando to become a world-class company, with a global reach, and show the world that Nigeria, and Nigerians can produce home grown companies that are able to compete favourably on the global scale.
Wale Tinubu’s enviable credentials are many and essentially indelible. He began his career with his family law firm, K. O. Tinubu and Co, where he specialized in corporate and petroleum law. In 1994, Tinubu co-founded Ocean and Oil Limited. On December 2001, they made a purchase of Italian Agip Petrol’s 60 percent stake in Agip Nigeria Plc, for $74 million.
Consequently, Wale Tinubu and his team later branded the Oando, plc having been the largest shareholder at Gaslink, an industrial gas supply company.
His significant contribution made Oando the first African company to be enlisted on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of more than three billion South African rand.
Tinubu has a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from the University Liverpool, England and a Master of Law degree (LLM) from the London School of Economics where he specialized in International Finance and Shipping. He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is a regular recipient of several honours and awards locally and internationally for his significant contributions to the growth of Nigeria’s petroleum sector.
By all account, Wale Tinubu, who has just turned 50 years today, is an instant toast of writers and tribute-payers because there is much to say in admiration of this extra-ordinary personality. Unarguably, one risks the temptation of being carried away when faced with the task of paying tribute to such a celebrated personality, perfect gentleman and a personification of excellence.
Happy birthday and congratulations on turning 50. This essentially means a fresh start; a time for looking back with gratitude at the blessings of another year. It is also a time to look forward with renewed hope for bigger blessings. May you find true bliss as you face your next milestones.