Colors: Purple Color

Our paths crossed in 2014. I was about to set up TheCable online newspaper. The biggest challenge was getting a good editor to take charge. Having practised journalism for over two decades, I wanted to take the back seat and concentrate my energies on other businesses. But unable to get a suitable candidate, I began to panic. I virtually gave up. Then the application of ‘Fisayo Soyombo arrived. He performed excellently well in the written test — and even better at the interview. Surprisingly, he gave up a bigger salary to accept our offer. According to him, he wanted to be part of TheCable dream. Putting dream above money? In Nigeria? I told myself: this guy will go far in life.

He is loved by many and respected among his ilk like he is fondly called, ‘African Prince’ by his friends simply because he is truly a prince of royal parentage and halts a princely heart.

Lanre Alfred is a Nigerian celebrity journalism practitioner, businessman author and publisher of The Capital, and owner of Old English Superstores, a department store in Lagos, Nigeria. In his tribute to celebrate Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State whose birthday is tied to Nigeria’s Democracy Day, Lanre Alfred described him as ‘The Special One’ with beautiful words.