This week, Paddy Adenuga, son of Nigerian telco and oil magnate, Mike Adenuga, shared a story of how he tried to buy Chevron Netherlands at the age of 29.
as promised.. the true story on how i tried to buy chevron netherlands when i was 29. i hope i can pass on this story and the lessons i learned to the next generation.. link below and in my bio #fortheculture https://t.co/fJ6ruWsBea
— Paddy Adenuga (@paddyadenuga84) January 29, 2018
Read it here. Asides the many lessons on grit, focus and hardwork, Paddy Adenuga's penmanship is commendable. This is one of the reactions to the story on social media.
Young people are thinking and doing. Y’all need to read Paddy Adenuga’s Chevron Netherlands bid story. Mind blown.
— Yemi (@Babygiwa) January 29, 2018
The guy's power of language though. Did you observe his writing style? Now, that's not regular. Paddy Adenuga is brilliant.
— Nedu Ekeke #LekkiMassacre (@Nedunaija) January 30, 2018
Paddy Adenuga is a business genius, you have to give him that. At 29 most billionaire kids are either racing sport cars or shopping all over the world, at best they are managing their father's company.
— REZthaPoet (@RezThapoet) January 31, 2018
That Paddy Adenuga's story is motivating. I know he doesn't walk most of our shoes but you can't deny the courage and the immense lessons.
— Olúseun Onígbíńdé (@seunonigbinde) January 30, 2018
The story was so good that people believe it should be turned into a film
Now thinking of making a bid for film rights to the enthralling Paddy Adenuga story. A thriller, shot on 3 continents, and titled ABANDEX.
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) January 30, 2018
This @paddy adenuga just wrote in papers what could have been a thrilling movie..!!
— chubuxo (@Abidouz1) January 30, 2018
Hi @paddyadenuga84 I'm a Film Director! You are a amazing screenwriter, but I am most thrilled by your story. I think It deserves an epic Biopic Film. Here's a poster to start with. Lets create magic!
— FIYIN GAMBO (@fiyin_josh) January 31, 2018
Lessons to learn
At 29 Alexis is being paid over $350,000 a week
At 29 Aubameyang is joining Arsenal for $50m+
At 29 Paddy Adenuga almost bought Chevron Netherland
At 29 Mark Zuckerberg had a networth of $34bn
To the 28 year olds out there, dont say you're too young to achieve greatness. Push.
— Retired Nigerian (@Dolarpo) January 29, 2018
Three things I picked from Paddy Adenuga’s story.
1. Network. Build business relationships. Strengthen your network. Cultivate your business relationships.
2. Pride has no place in business. Do what is best for your business/ideas. Not your ego.
3. Be knowledgeable. Research.
— Yemi (@Babygiwa) January 29, 2018
What I learnt from Paddy Adenuga's story is;life is very easy and sweet when you have money but life is not as rosy for the rich as we think
— Script is on the go (@Scriptisonthego) January 31, 2018
Paddy Adenuga Chevron's Story is such a Masterpiece of orgasmic writing:
Lessons drawn on Image Branding, Identity Assertiveness, Oil and Gas Diplomacy, Intellect Management and of course, native Nigerian Business Sense (not taught in Harvard Business School).
— Prince Gideon Olanrewaju (@LanreShaper) January 30, 2018
One thing is the story of Paddy Adenuga could ginger some poor fellas. It passed information and techniques it tells you never to give up & instead see ways you can maneuver when it seems impossible. There are lessons, a lot, even though it won't motivate many, it will wake some
— TBoy (@tobaatol) January 31, 2018
This story is amazing. So many themes to unpack here. 1. Privileged backgrounds are amenable to taking huge risks. 2. Paddy paid millions to prove he was bigger than the Adenuga name 3. He wanted to buy a shell coy but was willing to take on $300m liabilities for it https://t.co/W5LMJii0eN
— #BringBackOurGirls (@OKShorty1) January 30, 2018
He's rich so..
Paddy Adenuga‘s dad is the 2nd richest man in Nigeria. Most 29-year-olds I know did not have the kind of headstart he had on life. https://t.co/De0hewwg1j
— Chidi Okereke (@Chydee) January 30, 2018
I'd be honest, there's no way in hell a Nigerian regular Joe would have come so close to what Paddy Adenuga did with the Chevron Netherlands deal. No way in hell I say.
— Pollock (@Dude_myster) January 30, 2018
The Paddy Adenuga that almost bought Chevron, is he not related to the Oil/Tech billionaire? Some of you want to be going around and making people feel guilty for not almost buying businesses. Don't be that dude.
— Chuky Unadulterated (@ChukyUnfazed) January 30, 2018
Y’all talking about Paddy like Adenuga is not his father. Bro obviously grew up abroad.
How many 28year olds in Nigeria have rest of mind. When they being put under pressure.
They have idea, no funds.
They are graduates no jobs.
Nigeria is not an enabling environment.
— Captain Kay (@khayhova) January 30, 2018
Please stop writing motivational books if you have never tasted POVERTY.
The truth is Paddy Adenuga's story isn't has motivating as you make it sound.
Agreed, he is hardworking, smart & courageous👌
But, he may not have achieved this without his father's influence☺
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) January 31, 2018
You’re comparing me in a few years to the present Paddy Adenuga.
Lol someone that entered uni @ 13.
You must be mad.
— Alhaji Drunkard (@The_Nifemi) January 30, 2018
Paddy Adenuga been dey try acquire Chevron Netherlands at 29.
Most of the 29 year olds (and above) I know been dey practice how to dance Shaku Shaku for Keje grill last Friday 😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😭😭😭😭😭😭😢
— Nnanyi Biggie. JP, Ph.D, OON. (@BiggieMonzie) January 30, 2018
Bar choke for that Paddy Adenuga article abeg, see the part where he spoke about going for Kung-Fu lessons with his Shifu that has an actual Chinese name "Heng-Wei" not all these Shifu Femi and Sensei Ndubuisi we dey see for Naija 😩😩😩😩
— Nnanyi Biggie. JP, Ph.D, OON. (@BiggieMonzie) January 30, 2018
What was your reaction when you read Paddy Adenuga's story? Let me know in the comments section. Read this thread and other interesting topics on social media below.
Are there bookshops in Nigeria?
Last week, renowned Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie was the star guest at a global ideas event hosted by the French government called "La Nuit Des Idees" (A Night of Ideas). During the interview, a French journalist asked her if there are bookshops in Nigeria. Watch the video below for her response.
Chimamanda’s response to this French Journalist is just another way of telling her.. “How did you get an https://t.co/YlkvFZA45m, because you are sounding like an illiterate. Epic 👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/qupSbxCT7r
— Doctor YazzY (@Dr_Yazzy) January 27, 2018
The epic response attracted an applause from the audience and Nigerians on social media. And people are still talking about it.
They interviewed Chimamanda in France and asked her if there were bookshops in Nigeria.
She said "I think it reflects very poorly on French people that you have to ask me that question.”
Nothing but love for my president.
— mogwai. (@TheVunderkind) January 26, 2018
Chimamanda even tried. If it was a Tiv person that journalist wouldn't have loved the answer.
I remember when the former DG of NTA Patrick Ityohegh was asked how come he could speak English so well. He replied that he'd learnt it while on the plane on his way. Reporter went mute.
— H (@HemButs) January 27, 2018
A good journalist should have done the work to research Nigeria instead of expecting Chimamanda to do the work but this is the reality of how Nigeria is viewed in French media. https://t.co/nBNaQnDKGm
— Ronke (The Professor) Lawal (@ronkelawal) January 26, 2018
I’m yet to wrap my head around that French interviewer asking novelist Chimamanda Adichie whether there are libraries in Nigeria. I mean, how can somebody be so stupid and racist in 2018?
Adichie’s clap-back: “I think it reflects poorly on France that you asked that question.”😩 pic.twitter.com/9Dw3vmNFoH
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) January 26, 2018
— Okwute (@PeterTokx) February 2, 2018
Chimamanda is legend.
Hats off to her.
— Were (@Claire_Were) February 2, 2018
Big Brother Naija is back
Last Sunday, this year's edition of Big Brother Naija themed "double wahala" kicked off. This year's 20 housemates will be competing to win a ₦25 million cash prize and a brand new SUV. Nigerians and indeed the rest of Africa have had series of reactions to the show on social media since its premiere. Here are a few of them.
Bring back our Biggie
For some reason, the new Big Brother's voice doesn't sound "Big Brother-like", so many fans of the show are asking for a change.
— Juliet Ibrahim (@julietibrahim) January 30, 2018
— Ademide (@Herdheymhedhey) January 31, 2018
— Ifeanyi Onyeka (@JoshXclusive) January 31, 2018
The people's favourites
— Eric_blue (@Anthony64449571) January 31, 2018
Oh my days, am I the only one that thinks Ahneeka is super smart, articulate and Eloquent, but is toning it down and playing it safe?😍 😍 #BBNaija
— CHI ỌMA (@ChyJet) January 31, 2018
Bambam all the way.. She's just too intelligent #BBNaija
— Deola not diola🐐 (@Timoofe) January 31, 2018
— 👑Derick Walker👑 🇿🇦 🇳🇬 🇺🇸 (@Kingwalker01) January 31, 2018
Miracle is waste of fine boy!!! #BBNaija
— Princess J (@princessjecinta) January 31, 2018
As of this moment, thou art cancelled. I take back everything I said about u on Sunday✌
Boring us is unacceptable! #BBNaija
— lhevhhn (@neehzly) January 31, 2018
And some lies are being uncovered
Drama in the house
I said it ohhh that miracle likes ahneeka and it's coz she doesn't notice him men ehhhhhh #BBNaija
— Joan Miller (@bossbabe_911) January 31, 2018
Marvel’s “Black Panther” world premiere held on Monday night at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The theme of the premiere was African royalty and all the who’s who of artists in film and music graced the purple carpet in colourful African-inspired fashion. Check them out here.
In Nigeria, Black Panther was trending because our very own David Oyelowo failed to represent on the purple carpet.
The one time David Oyelowo could have worn a full 12 yards Agbada without blinking. Oduduwa is about to revoke his Yoruba card. pic.twitter.com/OLEnnjueiB
— Ijeoma.eth 🏳️🌈🌈 (@IjeomaOgood) January 31, 2018
mannn David Oyelowo... the one time he should have slayed in an agbada he came out here doing "dashiki daniel", im not understanding :/ https://t.co/vupARyTtTI
— so rock it. (@spicygehl) January 30, 2018
the fact that david oyelowo a NIGERIAN man pulled up in that amazon prime ass dashiki has me fr annoyed
— victor (@40sqft) January 30, 2018
nigerian twitter when they saw what david oyelowo wore to the black panther premiere pic.twitter.com/dfxw4wfstf
— themme fatale (@thatidomagirl) January 31, 2018
David Oyelowo looks like a parody. Gosh. https://t.co/dFYQDJkgCX
— xT. Rankïn' ∆ 🏁 (@AfroVII) January 30, 2018
— BellaNaija (@bellanaija) January 30, 2018
So you're telling me David Oyelowo did not use this Black Panther premier as an opportunity to dress in a proper Yoruba demon agbada?
— Cho (@weird_oo) January 30, 2018
David Oyelowo could have EASILY called up Ugo Monye to make him an agbada of destiny but no. He went on Amazon to search “African attire” and bought the first thing that showed up. #WhenYouClearlyHateNiceThings
— Damilola Oyedele (@DamiOyedele) January 30, 2018
Black Panther is schedule to be released on February 15.