The Publisher of Parrot Xtra Magazine/PMParrot.com, Olayinka Agboola, has sent out expressive greetings to his long-time friend and brother, Alhaji Hassan Taiwo Fatungase, former Bakers’ World, Ikeja, Lagos Director, on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary.
The birthday shoutout to Fatungase by Agboola was contained in a statement he personally signed on Monday.
Agboola, former Nigeria Coordinator for Ovation International Magazine, described Fatungase as the most selfless Nigerian he has ever encountered.
He said: “Hassan is not only selfless, he is intelligent, forward looking, hard-working, vibrant, resourceful, compassionate and above all, very God-fearing.”
The Ibadan, Oyo State-based media entrepreneur then went ahead to submit that the astute technocrat is a man who appreciates human beings and the value of friendship.
He said: “Those who attended the University of Lagos with him in those days will attest to it that ‘Fatuu’, as he used to be called then would sacrifice anything to keep a working-relationship.
“Even when he joined one of the five-star hotels in Abuja in the early 90s, it did not take long before he was promoted to become the very first African to occupy a managerial position before he joined the Bakers’ World family business in Lagos. His records are still there till today.
“While running Bakers’ World located on Allen Avenue in Ikeja, Lagos, journalists, broadcasters, creative young Nigerians and others were encouraged by him.
“The records are also there for people to verify.
“There is almost no big name in the entertainment/media industry in Nigeria today that has not directly and/or indirectly benefitted from Hassan’s large-heartedness.
“As a matter of fact, he used to settle quarrels when differences and ‘head-on-collisions’ were reported to him!”
Agboola described how the celebrant of the day has been faring since he became the Chairman of Abimbola Awoliyi Estate, Oko-Oba in Lagos, where he presently lives: “Hassan is team-player and a man who keeps improving in good-naturedness even as a semi-retired bureaucrat.
“Residents of Awoniyi Estate will tell his story better. Since he became the chairman some three years ago, living standards have since improved.
“Together with other executive members, the Estate has been winning awards as one of the best in the whole of Lagos State.
“Solar lights, good roads, fibre-optic-source of internet, faultless security architecture and enhanced sociability…and other achievements have been recorded by the Fatungase-led team.”
Agboola, who was also a pioneer staff at Thisday Newspaper, added: “Dear friends and colleagues, please join me to pray for this quintessential lover of fairness and equity.
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“May Allah continue to be with him, grant him sound health, more prosperity, divine protection and long life.
“May his wonderful family comprised of ‘Iyalaje’ Doyinsola and the children – Tomisin, Ahmed, Ibrahim and Idris, continue to enjoy divine grace too.
“Happy birthday to our Director at Parrot Xtra Media Network, many happy returns of this day, September 26.”