- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is not relenting in his support for young Nigerians and their businesses
- Osinbajo has been an advocate of Made-in-Nigeria products and a big supporter of small businesses
- The story of a young shoemaker who tweeted at the VP and got to meet with him proves that Osinbajo is a genuine supporter of MSMEs
A Nigerian youth and shoemaker, known as OJ Best on Twitter, has praised the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, for being supportive of Nigerian start-ups and generally the youth.
OJ Best some few months ago had requested via a tweet to present a gift of his own made footwear to the vice president.
In response to the tweet, Professor Osinbajo, sent his aides to visit the young entrepreneur exploring how to support the young shoemaker and his Made in Nigeria products.
Osinbajo later invited the young Nigerian entrepreneur to Aso Rock presidential villa where OJ Best decided to take his measurements for some footwear.
In his testimony afterward, an excited OJ Best tweeted:
“I really cannot contain my joy in expressing this.. this is a dream I never thought would happen.”
He further described President Muhammadu Buhari’s deputy as a friend to the MSMEs.
“I really can not contain my joy in expressing this.. this is a dream I never thought would happen. Words have failed me and I may not use the appropriate words but I really want to thank His Excellency for his patronage and support for OJ Best footwear.
“I was in the office of the vice present to take measurements of his feet and later returned to make delivery of the order. Never have I seen a man as humble, simple, and ready to support like His Excellency. He is highly friendly and jovial and this made my communication with him easy.
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“My initial tweet was to gift a pair of my product and meet him in person, this has been fulfilled I am greatly happy to see that His Excellency uses my product with joy and satisfaction... Once again thank you so much for your patronage Professor Osinbajo. I am most grateful.”
OJ Best visited the vice president on Monday, March 22 to present the sandals, and on Saturday, March 27, photos of Professor Osinbajo wearing the sandals surfaced on social media.
Presidential aides who facilitated the connection and support OJ Best besides members of the vice president's media team included Dr. Ebi Awosika, the senior technical assistant on community engagements, and Mr. Tola Adekunle Johnson, the presidential assistant on MSMEs.
Recall that VP Osinbajo was recently described as a Nigerian who not only teaches and advocates the virtues of leadership but demonstrates true leadership in practice.
This view was expressed by Redeemer’s International Leadership Academy, RILA, which honoured Osinbajo as a Living Legend.
Legit.ng gathered that RILA also honoured a few other pastors at the event, all of whom are pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, under which the institute operates.
Meanwhile, Osinbajo's recent virtual meeting with the Microsoft Corporation team led by its president, Mr. Brad Smith on Friday, January 8 generated excitement among young Nigerians on Twitter.
Legit.ng gathered the tech giant committed to partnering with the federal government in its Economic Sustainability Plan prompting massive reactions among young people in the country.
Oluwatobi Bolashodun is a Legit.ng journalist with six years of working experience in the media industry. She graduated from Babcock University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication. Oluwatobi is a Current Affairs Editor, mostly writing on political, educational, and business topics. She uses her team spirit to encourage others to work hard.