It wasn’t easy in my days, Dele Momodu tells Nigerian youths

The publisher of Ovation International Chief Dele Momodu has told Nigerian youths that he laboured hard to achieve success.

Born May 16, 1960, the media mogul said it was pathetic that Nigerian youths could conclude that he made a breakthrough because things were easy during his days.

Momodu, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, had his first degree in Yoruba Language in 1982 at age 22 and a Master’s degree in English Literature at age 28, despite the fact that he lost his father when he was 13.

He started out as a lecturer at the Oyo State College of Arts and Science, the same year he obtained his first degree while on National Service.

Immediately after his one-year youth service, he was appointed as the private secretary to the former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Chief Akin Omoboriowo.

In May 1988, Dele Momodu got a job at the African Concord Magazine (now defunct) as a Staff Writer.

At age 29, he became Literary Editor and within six months he was promoted to the position of News Editor of the Weekend Concord.

At 30, the brilliant Momodu became the editor of Ellen Ezekiel’s Classique, a celebrity magazine. It was gathered that he was the highest-paid editor in Nigeria at the time.

He started Ovation International at age 36 which is now one of Africa’s most popular celebrity magazines.

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But the media mogul said it was not easy after all, he tweeted, “It makes me sad when I hear people say “things were easier in your days…” It is not true. We laboured hard and did menial jobs. I was an errand boy at CSS Bookshop in Ile-Ife before becoming a village teacher and Library Assistant at the University. In between, I was jobless.”

He was also a former bread distributor for his mentor Chief Moshood Abiola, who owned “Wonderloaf”.

But his story seemed to be insufficient to convince most of those who commented on his post that things were just as hard as it is in present-day Nigeria.

A Twitter user Lola said, “Things are tougher now… Waking up 4am to prepare for work you resume by 6am no be beans.. 12hours work.. Kna so he for una time?”

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Corroborating Lola, Kelewure in his tweet said, “A stitch in time saves Nile. Don’t compare yourself to @delemomodu. Getting help during his time is quietly different from nowadays. So get up and don’t be waiting for a miracle to happen.”

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