"A full-dress biography of the eminence grise of Nigerian politics. Co-authors and spouses Neal-Fayemiwo and Fayemiwo (The Kingdom of Satan Exposed, 2014) have joined forces once more again to deliver to their readers the portrait of a man in step with history....The subject of this biography-businessperson-turned politician Bola Tinubu-was instrumental in Nigeria's hard-won democratic election after a decade of military rule. ...On the death of the dictatorial Gen. Sani Abacha, Tinubu returned triumphantly to serve two terms as governor of Lagos state, a cosmopolitan region with a population of the Netherlands. Managing to avoid the corruption that engulfed his party, Tinubu not only survived the governorship, he thrived against bad odds, making the region safer, better educated, and self-governing. Neal-Fayemiwo and Moshood Fayemiwo paint Tinubu as not only a canny and charismatic figure, but something of a policy wonk, one committed to a more honest andeffective form of federalism, which he achieved largely through his successful backing of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for chief executive. The book lays out as thorough and cogent a summation of the Tinubu's accomplishments as you're likely to find...The authors admit that theirs is a ceebratory and not a critical book. Oddly, they admit that Moshood Fayemiwo is a partisan but beg exception for co-author Neal-Fayemiwo because she "has no relationship with the subject." ...Still, both authors do readers a good service. Tinubu is an objectively important figure and one any student of contemporary African politics must come to grips with. For that reason alone, this biography is an important and useful book. A strong sympathetic story of a strong, sympathetic leader." May 1, 2017, Austin, TX & New York, NY USA.
"As am American wanting to learn more about ongoing politics in Africa, I found this biography to be very complex, because so much information is new to me. Tinubu's biography is written from the perspective of a documentary rather than a story. Because of the complexity, I appreciate that the authors used examples of what is going on in politics in the United States to help explain similar situation in Nigeria. Towards the end of the book is a timeline that I believe people should review before they begin the book, if they are not from Nigeria. Once, I was able to review the chain of political events as they happened, it really helped me to put Tinubu's story in better perspective. I also admire the authors for interviewing people around Tinubu, but not the man himself. They noted that they did not interview him so that it would be easier to keep their work unbiased. The Biography of Bolanle Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu by Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo and Margie Neal-Fayemiwo tells a fascinating story about a man who did not fear of the possible consequences stopping him from working towards what he believed in...There is much to learn here. This is highly recommended reading for readers who want to better understand the ongoing politics of Nigeria. This biography is especially important for people who are studying international politics and international business." April4, 2017 Reader Views, Austin, TX USA.
"Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a politician from Lagos state of Nigeria. He served as both a Senator from Lagos, prior to the military coup in 1993, then after the coup, was governor from 1999-2007. While born in Nigeria, he was college-educated in the U.S. and worked for several U.S. corporations before returning to Nigeria to work for Mobil Oil. Tinubu, also known as Asiwaju, became involved in politics in 1992 as a progressive, championing the needs of the poor in his state, pushing for increased housing, education and infrastructure. During his tenure, there were a few minor financial scandals, but nothing ever resulted from them. Asiwaju is still seen as a major progressive leader, not only in Lagos, but Nigeria and throughout the African region. While most biographies try to provide a neutral viewpoint of the susbject and their history, here, authors Moshood Fayemiwo, PhD and Margie Neal-Fayemiwo, Ed.D, are unabashedly partisan in their writing and conclusions throughout the book. This partisan view of Asiwaju won't take away the pleasure of readers who are already admirers of Tinubu. For them, it's a celebration of his life and success. For a student of history, the overview of life in Lagos and the political timeline of Asiwaju and transcripts of selected speeches will be a helpful resource...As a partisan biography, Asiwaju is a well-written book." May 23, 2017, The San Francisco Book Review, California, USA.
"Who is Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Asiwaju of Yorubaland and the Jagaban of Borgu, and why does his biography matter? Nigeria has many politicians of varying degrees of consequence, and countless political jobbers that perambulate the corridors of power in any dispensation. But the country has very few leaders in any real sense, and Bola Ahmed Tinubu (henceforth “BAT” or “Asiwaju”, not to be confused with “ASIWAJU”, the book title) is one of them. He is calculating, performance delivery-focused, decisive, and a very generous man. A biography of him therefore matters. The authors gave three reasons for writing this book: first, BAT’s pivotal role in the alliance of political parties that became the All Progressives Congress (APC) and accomplished the historic feat of defeating an incumbent president at the ballot box and bringing Muhammadu Buhari to power as President of Nigeria on his forth attempt. Second, the book is written to “celebrate” Asiwaju Tinubu’s life as a champion of democracy and, third, because Asiwaju is a strong advocate of true federalism. One important function the book accomplished early on is to shine some light on the exact circumstances of Tinubu’s birth in 1952 and his family in Lagos. BAT was the product of a liaison between his father Ahmed Tinubu, after whom he is named, and Mama Abibatu Mogaji, an independently wealthy female trader in Lagos who felt little need for a husband. Ahmed Tinubu having passed on just a few years after his son’s birth, BAT was brought up by his mother, and the tensions of a “rascally” young male child growing up under the care of a single, widowed mother are evident in Asiwaju’s early years...." May 30, 2017 This-Day Newspapers, Lagos & Abuja, NIGERIA.