Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun Mentoring on the value of attitudes

‘Festina Lente’, Meaning ‘Make Haste Slowly’.-Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun.

Asiwaju Reuben Olorunfunmi Basorun holds his first degree in Business Administration from University of Lagos and a certificate in Advance management from the Administrative Staff College, Henley-on-Thames, England.

An accomplished professional Funmi is  an Associate of Chartered Institute of Bankers since 1967; An Associate of The Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, London since 1968; A Fellow Chartered Institute of Bankers, London since 1977; An Associate Member British Institute of Management(BIM) since 1977 and Member, Nigerian Institute of Management- Chartered (NIM) since 1987. He completed his Law Degree in 1992 at the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar and enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria on December 15, 1993. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

A distinguished banker, Olorunfunmi joined the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as one of the pioneer staff on January 5, 1959 as a clerk, served the bank at different levels and rose through the ranks to retire as Deputy Director, Domestic Operations Department on September 30, 1979.

A prolific writer, Funmi has many publications to his credit. Some of the publications includes: Co-operative Societies and Food production In Lagos State (1975); Integrated Rural Development In Lagos State of Nigeria (1978); Nigeria of Our Dream (1986); Legal control of Community Banks In Nigeria (1992); Life On The Service Lane- Autobiography of Reuben Olorunfunmi Basorun- in 2008 to mark his 70th Birthday and Nigeria of My Dream in 2013 to mark his 75th Birthday.

In the political arena, Funmi was appointed the Secretary to the First Civilian Administration of Lagos State, by the Governor, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande on October 1, 1979 where he served the state diligently till September 30, 1983.

In the current political dispensation, Funmi was the pioneer State Chariman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State between 1998 and 1999; Chairman, State Caucus of PDP from 1998 to 1999; Member, State Caucus of PDP from 1999to 2002; Chairman, Information and Strategy Committee of Lagos State PDP in 2002; he was a governorship aspirant of Lagos State PDP in 2002. He was a Lagos State Delegate to the National Political reform Conference held in 2005 in Abuja.

On June 12, 2007, Asiwaju joined the then Action Congress (AC) which later became Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now All Progressive Congress (APC) where he is now a member of Governor’s Advisory Committee (GAC), Lagos State.

Funmi practiced law at T.O.S Benson & Co. from 1993 to 2000; and started his own private practice as Olorunfunmi Basorun & Co. Paramole Chambers (Legal Practitioners) from 2001 till date.

In private business, he is Chairman and Managing Director of Romo Nigeria Limited (Manufacturers of Polythene Bags and packagings) from 1984 till date. He was a director at Igbogbo Community Bank Nigeria Limited from 1991 to 1996.

As a devoted Christian, Reuben is a member of the Ecclesiastical Council of Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria. He is the Spiritual Head of Gospel Church of Cherubim and Seraphim, OkeAyo Igbala Irapada.

Asiwaju enjoys engaging in social work, table tennis, photography, reading and writing.

Asiwaju is happily married and blessed with one Son and two daughters.

Asiwaju Olorunfumi Basorun was the guest facilitator at the BMAN conference held in Lagos Nigeria on Saturday the 24th, March 2018. These were his thoughts and advice as he shared his experiences with the boys while responding to the BMAN mentorMe! session.

How your attitudes help you become a man of significance in the society

 As a small boy, I had always believed that whatever I was doing, I must be serious and, more importantly, I must obey my parents’ instructions/guidance.

At what point in life you changed your negative attitudes

I cannot recollect if I ever perceived any issue negatively.  My approach on positivity might have been the influence of my parents, who were very strict; but as an adult, I consciously hold the attitude to be positive in whatever I find myself doing, thinking about or pursuing.

What truly helped you form a positive attitude about yourself?

I developed positive attitude more at the high school through encouragement of my English/Latin and Christian Religious Knowledge teachers, both of who used to veer outside their core subjects to talk extensively to the students on how to succeed in life. The English /Latin teacher would say at intervals ‘festina lente’, meaning ‘make haste slowly’.

How you managed to hold a positive attitude till this day

I have been able to remain focused in all my undertakings because of being deliberately positive-minded.  The first key here is ‘a belief in myself’.  The second is my attitude that the other person with whom I may be having some dealing will add value to our joint venture and that we shall succeed.  ‘Trust’ is the third key.  And the final, and major key, is ‘self-control’.

Who were the people that influenced your positive attitudes?

My parents did more than anyone else to build up positive attitude in me.  They laid the solid foundation through clear and strict directives in our parent-child daily dealings: they did it through religion, moral codes and relationship with other children of the family.  My teachers, both at the high school and tertiary institutions, did their bits in developing my positive attitudes.  As an adult, I got more inspiration that enriched my positive attitudes through interaction with people of like minds; and through exposure to reading the works of some great thinkers.


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