A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY MINI BOOK ON PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN:THE GRASS TO GRACE EPIC OF A LEGEND

IF Dr Jonathan can get there ………………. YOU CAN TOO

By Mike Cerutti Osagiie



'Fellow Nigerians, if I could make it, you too can make it'
 It is a true fact that it's not where you are born or whom you are born to that determines how your life will be. It’s what you do with your life that determines how your life will be.

A perfect case study is that of Nigeria’s Head of State Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, GCFR,BNER,GCON who today, 29th November 2014 will be celebrating his joyful birthday

In our usual style,   WORLD INDUSTRYLEADERS/CERUTTI MEDIA  here presents a special tribute on the man of immense grass to grace fairy tale story, and send a warning to global youths and the elders alike, that is…..IF THE   President CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO

In what is perhaps greatest ever speech till date the man who had power  and greatness bestowed on him once confessed: 'I was not born rich, and in my youth, I never imagined that I would be where I am today, but not once did I ever give up. Not once did I imagine that a child from Otuoke, a small village in the Niger Delta, will one day rise to the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I was raised by my mother and father with just enough money to meet our daily needs.

'In my early days in school, I had no shoes, no school bags. I carried my books in my hands but never despaired; no car to take me to school but I was never despaired. There were days I had only one meal but I never despaired. I walked miles and crossed rivers to school every day but I never despaired. Didn't have power, didn't have generators, studied with lanterns but I never despaired.

'In spite of these, I finished secondary school, attended the University of Port Harcourt, and now hold a doctorate degree.

'Fellow Nigerians, if I could make it, you too can make it', he said historically


No doubt, there must be great hand of favor in Dr Jonathan life story. The man who was born

On November 20, 1957, in Otueke, Bayelsa State of the Ijo (Ijaw) ethnic group and a devoted Christian, he was born and raised in Niger delta which is now Bayelsa state. He went to Christian primary and secondary schools in the area and later attended the University of Port Harcourt.

He graduated with a B.S. in zoology in 1981, an M.S. in hydro-biology and fisheries biology (1985), and a Ph.D. in zoology (1995). During his university education, he also taught at Rivers State College of Education from 1983 until 1993. He then served as an assistant director at the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, a now defunct government agency, from 1993 until 1998.

Jonathan Goodluck’s political career began when he became involved with the nascent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the late 1990s. He was elected deputy governor of Bayelsa state in 1999 under the party’s banner. He served in the position until year 2005, when he was elevated to the governorship after the incumbent was charged with corruption and impeached. In 2007 he was selected to be the vice presidential running mate of the PDP’s presidential candidate, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He and Yar’Adua were elected in April and inaugurated in May. He became vice-president of Nigeria in the year 2007 and as faith will have it, the people’s outcry made him to assume position as the Country’s commander-In-chief till date.He is happily married to Dr Dame Patience Jonathan and are both blessed with children




SOME GLOBAL BRAND WHO WERE BORN POOR LIKE JONATHAN BUT BECAME GREAT

1)      Net worth:  over $53 Billion -William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, and popularly known as chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. His family was upper middle class; his father was a prominent lawyer, his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate Bank System and the United Way. Early on in his life, Gates' parents had a law career in mind for him




2)      Most people knew Nelson Mandela as the first black president of South Africa, a man who became a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement, and one who gave up nearly 30 years of his life in prison. He remains a hero to South Africans as well as to the international community, and will continually represent the struggle for freedom. But it’s easy to forget that even legends are human. – he was born poor but through dint of hard work, struggle and faith is still regarded one of the greatest brand on earth, even in death


3)      Lakshmi Mittal Net Worth:   over $28.7 billion Billionaire Story: The CEO and founder of ArcelorMittal, Lakshmi Niwas Mittal was born on June 15, 1950 at Sadulpur, in Churu district of Rajasthan, in a poor family. Laxmi Mittal belongs to Marwari Aggarwal caste and his grandfather worked for the Tarachand Ghanshyam Das firm, one of the leading Marwari industrial firms of per-independence India. Laxmi Mittal lived with the extended family of 20 members on bare concrete floors, slept on rope beds and cooked on an open fire in the brickyard in a house built by his grandfather


4)      Roman Abramovich
Net Worth: over $18.8 billion Billionaire Story: The celebrated Chelsea boss started his multi-billion-dollar business during his army service where he sold stolen gasoline to some of the commissioned officers of his unit. Also worked as a street-trader and then as a mechanic at a local factory. But it all got going for him by 1996, at the age of 30, Abramovich had become so rich and politically well-connected that he had become close to President Boris Yeltsin, and had moved into an apartment in the Kremlin at the invitation of the Yeltsin family. In 1999, and now a tycoon, Abramovich was elected governor of Russia's remote, far eastern province of Chukotka, and has since lavished £112 million (€ 132 million) on charity to rebuild the impoverished region. 8. Mikhail Prokhorov


5)      Net worth: over $2.9 billion (as of Sept. 2013)

Oprah Winfrey is no doubt one of the world’s greatest women on earth, a top notch media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 Dubbed the "Queen of All Media she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century the greatest black philanthropist in American history and is currently North America's only black billionaire.

 She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world in 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama[and an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard.

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place,] she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue which a Yale study says broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream. By the mid-1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality


6) Another lady born poor but now great is: Ursula M. Burns who became the first black lady to become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company in July 2009. The 51-year-old Burns started her career as an engineering intern in 1980. Burns led several business teams including the office color and fax business and office network printing business. In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox, expanding her leadership to include the company's IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts. Burns ranked 10th in the Fortune list of 50 Most Powerful Women in America. Her salary package for 2008 stood at $887,500, but total compensation stood at a whopping $6,003,126. In an interview with the New York Times, she described growing up poor with "lots of Jewish immigrants, fewer Hispanics and African-Americans, but the great equalizer was poverty." Burns' mother used to run a home day care center.




6)      John Paul DeJoria, the man behind a hair-care empire and Patron Tequila, once lived in a foster home and his car.


Net worth: $4 billion (as of Sept. 2013)

Before the age of 10, DeJoria, a first generation American, sold Christmas cards and newspapers to help support his family. He was eventually sent to live in a foster home and even spent some time in a gang before joining the military.

With a $700 dollar loan, DeJoria created John Paul Mitchell Systems and sold the shampoo door-to-door while living in his car. He later started Patron Tequila, and now invests in other industries.




7)      Ralph Lauren was once a clerk at Brooks Brothers dreaming of men's ties.


Net worth: over $7.7 billion (as of Sept. 2013)

Lauren graduated high school in the Bronx, N.Y., but later dropped out of college to join the Army. It was while working as a clerk at Brooks Brothers that Lauren questioned whether men were ready for wider and brighter designs in ties. The year he decided to make his dream a reality, 1967, Lauren sold $500,000 worth of ties. He started Polo the next year.


 PART 2: 100  WISE SAYINGS OF DR JONATHAN

·        . *Our dear nation, Nigeria, has certainly come a long way and made notable progress since our first Democracy Day on May 29, 1999 when the military finally relinquished power and handed over to a democratically-elected government, marking the true beginning of a government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

·       * *We must give thanks to God, for on  my watch, we have witnessed high national economic growth rates, steady improvements and expansion of national infrastructure including airports and roads, the restoration of rail transportation, the efficient implementation of a road map for improved power supply, a revolutionary approach to agricultural production, as well as advances in education, sports, youth development, healthcare delivery, housing, water supply and other social services.

·          *Nigeria has also gained recognition as the largest economy in Africa, the most preferred investment destination in the continent and in terms of returns on investment, the fourth in the world. We are pleased that the world has noticed us



·       * Our dear country, Nigeria is facing a new challenge. A war has been unleashed on us. Extremist foreign elements, collaborating with some of our misguided citizens, are focused on an attempt to bring down our country and the democracy and freedom we cherish and celebrate today.

·        . *The despicable abduction of school girls from Chibok in Borno State has brought to the awareness of the entire world, the heartless brutality of these terrorists who want to instigate a descent into anarchy and balkanize our nation. 


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·        *There can be no doubt that what we are witnessing in Nigeria today is a manifestation of the same warped and ferocious world view that brought down the Twin Towers in New York, killed innocent persons in Boston and led to the murder of defenseless people in the Southern Russian city of Volgograd.
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·       * Terrorist activities have brought war and pains to Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These agents of evil continue to brainwash and incite ignorant young men and women to attack the innocent. We cannot allow this to continue.



*   Those who witnessed the lowering of the Union Jack and the emergence of the Green White Green flag continue to relish the memory, because that ceremony was not just about the destiny of a nation, but the future of a people; that future is here
* I call on every Nigerian to remain steadfast, because our nation is indeed making progress. I call on every Nigerian to rediscover that special spirit that enables us to triumph over every adversity as a people.
* We are working hard and making progress on many fronts. We have cleaned up our electoral process; our elections are now globally acclaimed to be free and fair. Nigeria is now on a higher pedestal regarding elections.

·        'I have come to preach love not hate, I have no political enemies to fight, I see other opponents with similar interest as friends and we have a common destiny'.
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·        'I was not born rich, and in my youth, I never imagined that I would be where I am today, but not once did I ever give up. Not once did I imagine that a child from Otuoke, a small village in the Niger Delta, will one day rise to the position of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I was raised by my mother and father with just enough money to meet our daily needs.

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·        'In my early days in school, I had no shoes, no school bags. I carried my books in my hands but never despaired; no car to take me to school but I never despaired. There were days I had only one meal but I never despaired. I walked miles and crossed rivers to school every day but I never despaired. Didn't have power, didn't have generators, studied with lanterns but I never despaired. In spite of these, I finished secondary school, attended the University of Port Harcourt, and now hold a doctorate degree.
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·        'Fellow Nigerians, if I could make it, you too can make it',

·        'My story is the story of a young Nigerian whose access to education opened up vast opportunities that enabled  him to attain great height’’

·        As I travel up and down our country, I see a nation blessed by God with rich agricultural and mineral resources and an enterprising people. I see millions of Nigerians whose potentials for greatness are constrained by the lack of basic infrastructure.

·        I see Nigerians who can make a difference in the service of their country but are disadvantaged by the lack of opportunities.

·        'My story symbolizes my dream for Nigeria. The dream that any Nigerian child from Kaura- Namoda to Duke town; from Potiskum to Nsukka, from Isale-Eko to Gboko will be able to realize his God-given potentials, unhindered by tribe or religion and unrestricted by improvised political inhibitions.

·        'My story holds out the promise of a new Nigeria. A Nigeria built on the virtues of love and respect for one another, on unity, on industry, on hard work and on good governance.


·       * I have come to say to all of you, that Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is the man you need to put Nigeria right. I have come to launch a campaign of ideas, not one of calumny. I have come to preach love, not hate. I have come to break you away from divisive tendencies of the past which have slowed our drive to true nationhood.

·        * I have no enemies to fight. You are all my friends and we share a common destiny'.


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