Autobiography of a True Omoluabi
All the Way: Serving with Conscience (published December 2015) is an autobiography of a venerable Yoruba man that answers to Prof. Segun Gbadegesin. Born December 20, 1945 at Okeho in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, Nigeria, Prof. Gbadegesin is a renowned philosopher and a veritable promoter of Yoruba customs and traditions.
All the way: Serving with Conscience introduces the reader to the life of Prof. Segun Gbadegesin and his encounters to find success in family, career, social and political activism, and numerous other calls to service to which he dutifully answered.
The careful reader will not fail to notice the essential ingredients of success that Prof. Gbadegesin embodies and which powers him to his many accomplishments chief of which is the attainment of the status of Omoluabi. “The Omoluabi is a Yoruba philosophical and cultural concept to describe a person of good character.” An Omoluabi expresses courage, hard work, humility and respect for self and others. As the reader turns page after page of the book, he will find shimmering evidences of these qualities in the life of Prof. Gbadegesin. The book therefore in this regard is not about Prof. Gbadegesin bathing himself in self-glorification but rather nudging his children as well as his community towards expressing these qualities in their own lives.
All the Way: Serving with Conscience also profiles Prof. Gbadegesin’s leadership in organizations that formed in the 1990s to fight the Nigerian Military government following the unjust annulment of the June 12, 1993 election. These organizations include the Egbe Isokan Yoruba, Washington, DC, Egbe Omo Yoruba, North America, and World Congress of Free Nigerians.
That’s right, our Egbe Omo Yoruba, North America included. It is pertinent that every member of Egbe Omo Yoruba worldwide read this interesting book to explore the early beginnings of our Egbe and in so doing learn about its dedicated leadership and committed membership in the 199Os in contrast to today’s seeming indifference.
This is a book you must read and one you must keep for posterity.