It is a common saying that “the apple does not fall far from the tree,” and this proverb is certainly true in the case of Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, and several of his daughters.
Pillars of Statescraft: Nation Building in a Changing World is the title of a book that was recently released by one of his daughters, Kofo Obasanjo-Blackshire. The launch took place at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs on Victoria Island in Lagos.
At the event, Obasanjo acted as the most prominent member of the panel, and he was accompanied by Professor Eghosa Osaghae, who is the Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
Obasanjo addressed the crowd while dressed in a white kaftan and provided some insights into the book.
It is important to keep in mind that Iyabo, the first daughter of the previous president and also a former senator and the former Ogun State Commissioner for Health, is also a published novelist. African President’s Daughter is the name of one of her books that she has written.
Obasanjo, for his part, has never been bashful about heaping praise on his daughters and has frequently stated that he accords equal consideration to his boys and daughters.
During a talk that the former president gave at the 14th annual lecture of the Women in Management, Business, and Public Service on March 22, 2018, in Lagos, he said, “My first kid, my daughter (Iyabo), would not take nonsense from you. You would be humiliated if you attempted it since you know better. I am their biggest supporter, and as a result, eight of my children have earned their PhDs. I have more boys than females, but more of my female students have a PhD than any of my male students.”
Obasanjo is the author of a number of publications, including My Command, Not My Will, and My Watch, amongst others.