The Jamiu Abiola Exclusive Part 2: My Secret Memoir on MKO’s Death –Jamiu Abiola + How he became the first West African author to write a novel in Arabic

Abdul Jamiu Abiodun Abiola….Above is his father, MKO’s portrait.

 In this concluding part of our
exclusive encounter with Abdul Jamiu
Abiodun Abiola
the  5th
son of late billionaire business mogul and symbol of Nigerian democracy,
Bashorun MKO Abiola, we unveiled the secret of Jamiu’s intellectual prowess at
writing fascinating books that reflects globally inclined challenges but from
an Arab literature perspective. Described in the Arab media as the first West
African to write a novel in Arabic language, Jamiu has made a mark with two great pieces—Realistic Hope and The
Prisoner of Conscience.

Jamiu is already on his third work “Going against
the odds” which is not just going to be his first reality book but also the
first known literature that will unveil the real politics of his legendary
father’s story from birth to death. Enjoy the excerpts on your Africa’s number
1 Celebrity encounter blog asabeafrika.
Enjoy!

Abdul Jamiu Abiola with Ugandan President Yoweri Musoveni and his elder brother Lekan during a recent visit to Kampala
2 books in 6months
Haven
officially released his first book Realistic Hope to the Nigerian
market in February, Jamiu is ready with the second one, The Prisoner of Conscience;  how well has he found the energy to reach out
with two works within such a such period? “Well, I believe in the English
saying that says “Make haste when the sun rise” we are writing and we are doing
our best for the good purpose of posterity and for the development of
literature on a better level. Having said that, I am equally using this
opportunity to tell you that are already on the third project; my third book is
coming out in few months time which is going to be very, very political indeed.
I am going to now launch the three books together”.

I am very, very happy about that; it is actually history in the making. Apart from that, there is the biggest newspaper in Dubai, it is called ALBAYAN where a full report was done on me, they actually displayed my book and they put it among the top ten Arabic literature making waves in the Middle East and for me that is really amazing. You know a lot of people are wondering in that part of the world that this Nigerian man is writing in our language so fluently with all our proverbs, I think that is actually good for us because when people think about Nigerians they still see Nigerians in a different way.”

Behold: the real MKO Abiola book
 Jamiu told us more about his third and first
reality book “That one is going to be very political in the sense that this initial
two (Realistic
Hope
& Prisoner of Conscience) is about different psychological issues
in Egypt, America and Lebanon.  It is
much about humanities but my next book is going to be about Nigeria, it is
about my dad and it is going to be a very, very important book and it is going
to be very, very interesting for a lot of people and that one I am going to
definitely launch it alongside the initial two I have written. All the books I have
written are fiction, completely fiction. But of course they have a lot of
realistic facts because there are a lot of facts in the Lebanese Civil war,
American system, American Government policies and if you read a book like Prisoner
of Conscience
, it is like you are going through historical
documentations. So, at the end of the day there are a lot of facts embedded in
the fiction that is all made up by me. But my third book that I am working on
right now is about the politics of Nigeria using my father as a case study. The
story line will look at him from when he was born till his death. That one is
going to be a factual book but it is also fiction as well in the sense that it
is going to be in the form of a novel”. “The title of the book is going to be Going Against the Odds because that is what my father did, he went against the odds
and he took on the most powerful military establishment in the whole of West
Africa; maybe even in Africa if we remove South Africa. So, dad went against
the odds”.
Jamiu Abiola with his children
My book will say everything about the
politics of MKO’s death
 Asabefrika asked the young author to reveal what will be making his own
book different since the topic MKO seems to have been exhausted by some
analysts and book makers “Well, what is going to be unique with my book about
my dad is that it is going to be a novel and it is going to be something that
anybody in this world can read and can identify with and it is equally going to
be something from the inside, from the grapevine.  I mean what Nigerians know about the
struggles of my dad is maybe 45%, they will know everything.  I am not only sure, I am certain. I am
confident and I am very, very positive” So, will Jamiu’s book on dad be
controversial? “It cannot be controversial but at the same time, you know, the
truth has to be told and people will understand and they will equally
appreciate the value of truth”.
Jamiu, G D A with Azzydeen near Kudirat, Jamiu’s heroine mother’s grave
How much does Jamiu know about MKO?
This is how he answered the aforementioned question “I can’t
say I know everything about my dad because nobody can say he knows everything
about anybody. Even you, you don’t know many things about yourself. Everyday we
always learn new things but what I know is enough and that information is going
to be shared because it is good for people to know the fact and they will”.
Abdul Jamiu Abiola with the G D A during the chat
Mr. Diversity of language
When we asked Jamiu to narrate the toughest of his
two books, his response did more to show how diverse Jamiu’s power with
language is; hear him “All of them were very easy for me to be honest with you
because like you know I speak a lot of languages (speaks 12 international
languages) and I read in diverse languages, so I have so much information in
German, in Spanish, in French, in Swahili, in Arabic etc. so the words are
there, all I have to do is to just fantasize a little bit and they start coming
out. So, they were not challenging”.
Abdul Jamiu Abiodun Abiola
I will become a minister at God’s
time
One thing
that has always puzzled fans of the 5th son of the late politician
whose image looms large till date on the sands of time is the fact that Jamiu
speaks 12 international languages yet the government of the day had not deem it
fit to appoint him a minister of foreign affairs even if to just honor the
memory of his dad who is largely seen to have sacrificed his life for the
present democratic reign in Nigeria. But this is how Jamiu sees the whole
thing “You know everything in life is about God’s time and you can not be born
ahead of your season. I mean a person is born at a certain time; if it is not
your time to be born you will not be born. People that are there now in
position of authority, it was just their own time; some of them have been over
qualified for so many years until one day when somebody decided that it was
their time. So, everything is done by God but through man. So, I think when
God’s time come whatever supposed to come my way will definitely come”.
Jamiu Abiodun Abiola….’I will become a minister in God’s time’
Meet the 1st West African
to write a novel in Arabic
So, how does
Jamiu feel with the nomenclature of First West African to write a novel in
Arabic? “I am very, very happy about that; it is actually history in the
making. Apart from that, there is the biggest newspaper in Dubai, it is called ALBAYAN
where a full report was done on me, they actually displayed my book and they
put it among the top ten Arabic literature making waves in the Middle East and
for me that is really amazing. You know a lot of people are wondering in that
part of the world that this Nigerian man is writing in our language so fluently
with all our proverbs, I think that is actually good for us because when people
think about Nigerians they still see Nigerians in a different way. What they
hear about Nigeria nowadays is Boko Haram or Chibok and if it is not Chibok
they will hear something like Ebola but right now it is good at
least, that a Nigerian is the first West African, the first black to write a
book in Arabic.
Why I am not launching books now
On why he
has decided to launch the 2 books when the third is out, Jamiu defended his
decision “I want to launch the three together because a lot of people when they
write, they think about making money and making more money, so they want to
launch the book and make people buy on the spot. The motivating factor to me is
not about just grabbing money and running to rest. The most important thing is
that if you have a good product you don’t have to scream about it, people will
find a gateway to it. But in term of honoring my dad I decided that this third
book that I am going to write which is about him, I am going to actually launch
it so that people can know immediately that this book is on the market. Because
that one is not a normal book to me it is actually a mission that I believe
that God wants me to do and I believe that he, my dad is going to be happy
wherever he is that I did this for him”.
Azzydeen Abiola, Jamiu Abiola & G D A
Writing: An easy pastime
We asked how
Jamiu
cope with his oil business (He runs few petrol stations for the NNPC) vis-à-vis
being an author “It is actually easy because everybody has his own time; at
work I have managers who run things for me. I oversee their activities. So, the
most important thing for me is that I can at least squeeze four to five hours
daily of my time and in those four to five hours, I can actually write three
pages and if I do that daily for like a period of three months, then I will
have two hundred and seventy pages and that means the book is almost ready. So,
everything in life is about priority; the biggest reason why a lot of people
don’t get things done in life is that they don’t actually prioritize their
actions. What I am doing is easy even a child that is eighteen or seventeen can
do what I am doing; you just need to prioritize your action, simple”.
Alhaji Abdul Jamiu Abiola with children
On the way to Hollywood
In a Press review
in Vanguard
Newspaper
a leading Nigerian newspaper, Jamiu’s first book Realistic
Hope
which was recently translated into French language was recommended for movie
makers to make a movie out of it; is Jamiu also looking into such
proposition? “Yes, definitely a lot of people have been coming to meet me even
in the Arab world. Some people even want me to come over to the United Arab
emirate in the next couple of weeks so that they can talk about how to convert
both of my books into a movie.  I am
actually thinking about it. I am not going to jump into the offer first, I just
want to see how things goes because in life it is always good to take your time
because if you make decision in a haste, you might live to regret it because
most of these movie producers when they actually change the book into a movie
they might actually even change the content and the message you want to give
out is lost. So, I want to be first convinced that what they are proposing is
going to keep the important message of the book intact. That is my ultimate
passion”.
An overview of his living room

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