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The Pitiable Lesson Entrepreneurs Must Learn From Olusoji Fasuba's Story

It is sad to observe how successful athletes who have spent part of their formative years serving their fatherland are suffering for lack of incentive and absence of retirement benefits for .
This young gentleman (above) is Olusoji Fasuba, a former Nigerian 100 metres sprinter who served the country with distinction between 2003 and 2010. He is the current African 100 metres record holder with a speed of 9.85 seconds
Soji was a member of the Nigerian bronze medal winning team in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2004
Olympic Games and that same year he won the 100 metres race in the African Championships. Also, Soji won the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games behind Asafa Powell and was the indoor world champion over 60 metres in 2008, becoming the first African to complete the feat.
In 2006, Soji established a new African record of 9.85 seconds at the Doha Grand Prix, breaking Frankie Fredericks’ old record of 9.86 seconds from 1996. His run was remarkable as he is almost a foot shorter than many other sprinters and is thought to have one of the fastest footspeeds in athletics
In 2010, however, Fasuba’s sprinting career came to an end like that of every sporting athlete’s does. Sadly, Nigeria did not have any retirement plans for him as is the case with many of our athletes. Faced with the need to keep body and soul together, Soji decided to relocate to the UK and join the Royal Navy to enable him look after his family.
Soji joined the Royal Navy applying through the careers office in Oxford and embarked on a career as logistician rating. Now a fully qualified logistician, Fasuba now serves on the Royal Navy Flagship HMS Bulwark
It is unfortunate that Nigeria do not have proper retirement plans for its sportsmen and women who serve the country with honour and distinction. Sadly, upon retirement, such athletes have to find a way to reintegrate themselves into mainstream society in their own way. Some might be lucky to be called up as TV Sports analysts, others ambassadors.
Whichever way you tend to look at it, Olusoji Fasuba’s case is not different from what is happening in the civil service today. Workers spend 30 – 45 years of their lives serving the country and spend additional 2 – 5 years carrying placards begging for release of their pension and gratuities.
It shouldn’t end on such note. You can make a difference. This is why we keep encouraging serious entrepreneurs not to wait on government or what the country can do for them. Why not start building your own dream in earnest today?
This is a guest post by Ayo Akinfe

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.


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