Osinbajo: A Peep Into Workaholic Vice President’s Schedule

ByTolani Alli

“Around 6pm on a Thursday evening last year, a memo that required Professor Yemi Osinbajo to be in another country in less than 24 hours came in.

I watched as our ADC delivered the message and I was expecting some shock from him about this being so last minute.

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo

but what I observed with my camera was quite the opposite. Instead, he replied with a calm, “what time are we leaving?”

Boarding the plane, I observed the luggage officer carting boxes of briefs and files.

Curiously, I asked “who’s gonna read all these?” he laughed and replied, “e be like say you know know oga. E go finish this thing before we land.”

And he did!

Prof Yemi Osinbajo and his aide leaving office for Official Assignment

Fast forward into his speech where he dazzled and had jaws dropping just a few minutes in. You could be tempted to call it stuff of genius, but we all know it wasn’t that.

It’s simply because his preparation for days like these and successes like this didn’t begin when he got that memo.

Prof Yemi Osinbajo

It has always been his every day approach.

Life just happens. Opportunities are fleeting, & you never know when destiny comes calling. But you can be ready.

For a Vice President, it could be something that can be game changing for your country and for a photographer like me, it could be a simple shot that becomes history tomorrow. What makes the difference is how prepared one is to capture & win that moment.

While you build great habits, bear in mind that you might just be practicing for destiny -for the moment that can change your life or country. Invest in your time in those consistent moments of practice and preparedness. It works.


Tolani Alli is the official photographer of Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President

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