My 10 Years Lagos Challenge – Sylvanus Obasi

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This month of March is exactly 10 years that I stepped my feet into Lagos land. Precisely in March 2009, I came to Lagos to do my one year Industrial Training (IT) after finishing my Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Dec 2008 at the Enugu state Polytechnics called, Institute of Management and Technology (IMT).

I did my I.T at African Alliance Insurance Plc, Ilupeju Branch as Sales Rep directly under Mr E. U Ossai as my Agency Manager. After the I.T duration, I decided to continue my HND here in Lagos. Hence, I got admission into Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago – Iwoye, Ogun State, and studied at its Ojudu Annex under Speedway Education Consults.

Graduated in 2012 with Upper Credit in Mass Communication, I got my first media job at Kings Communications Ltd at Surulere, Lagos, publishers of a maritime industry newspaper called ‘MMS Plus Weekly’. I was the Head of Editorial of MMS between June 2012 to February 2013 (9 months) before I tendered my resignation.

In March 2013, I joined a media colleague, James Shodiya to produce and present ‘PORTBIZNESS’ a 30 minutes weekly live Radio Program. In January 2014, I got a contract job from Mr Fred Ajuzie, the Apapa Chapter Chairman of NAGAFF to be the Managing Editor of his bi – weekly Newspaper called PORT EVIDENCE. I brought onboard my colleague and partner, James Shodiya, and we both spearheaded the publication of PORT EVIDENCE while also co-producing and presenting PORTBIZNESS together on Radio One, 103.5 Fm.

Surprisingly, precisely on Wed May 21 2014, after our Radio Programme, James told me we would have a meeting. During the meeting, he reminded me that PORTBIZNESS was his brand before he called me in to partner him. So he told me to leave his PORTBIZNESS for him. In a gentleman’s understanding, I exited my partnership with James on PORTBIZNESS.

Three days later, precisely on Saturday May 24, 2014, I went On-Air for my own Radio Program, MARITIME PLATFORM on the same Radio One: 103.5 Fm and the then President of Nigerian Association of Master Mariners, Capt Ade Olopoieyan was my first Radio Guest. So Trading Under the Business name, Platforms Communications Concept, MARITIME PLATFORM became our flagship brand/Programme.

As James was anchoring PORTBIZNESS on Wednesdays, I was anchoring MARITIME PLATFORM on Saturday evenings, and both of us were still handling PORT EVIDENCE Newspaper job for Ajuzie until June 2014 when I decided to reign and hand over the management of PORT EVIDENCE to James in order to give undivided attention to MARITIME PLATFORM my young brand.

A year after, Platforms Communications birthed Platform Reporters Online News as our second brand. To mark our 1st Anniversary, in September 10, 2015, we organised MARITIME PLATFORM NATIONAL DISCOURSE. At the occasion, we inducted a 30 man Panel of Maritime Analysts (PMA).

To mark our 2nd Anniversary, Platforms Communications on May 27 2016 birthed a twin brands: ‘A Day With Nigeria Maritime Students’ & ‘Face Of Maritime International’ (FOMI). Since then, both brands have remained a yearly events in the Nigerian maritime industry. In Feb 2017, Platforms unveiled Girls-Go-To-Sea Campaign (GGOTSEC) as the official pet-project of Face Of Maritime International. And to mark our 3rd Anniversary, GGOTSEC was officially Launched and flagged off on June 6, 2017 at Osborne School Complex Ikoyi Lagos.

After the 3rd Edition of ‘A Day With Nigeria Maritime Students’ in May 2018, by July 2018, Platforms Communications birthed Platform Press, a digital multi-printing company as her fifth babe brand.

This year, the 4th edition of ‘A Day With Nigeria Maritime Students’ coincides with the 5th Anniversary of Platforms Communications. Join us on May 27 2019 at Ace-Olivia Hall, Onikan Lagos as I mark my 10 years Lagos Challenge, and celebrate Platforms Communications @5 while hosting 4th Annual Maritime Students & Youth Conference tagged, A DAY WITH NIGERIA MARITIME STUDENTS 2019. Is a triple celebrations for me.

In this my 10 years Lagos Challenge, I give all glory to the Almighty God whose able hand holds me firm from inception till now. I also thank Mr Ifeanyi Anunta, who provided free shelter for me for one year and 7 months in his residence before i could find my feet and secured my own apartment. When I came to stay with Bro Ifeanyi then, he was a bachelor and tenant, now he is a proud father of four boys and lives comfortably in his own house. Br, God’s abundant blessings will continue to abound in your life.

My thanks also go to my Agency Manager during my I.T days in Africa Alliance Insurance, Mr Emmanuel Ossai. He trained, tutored and motivated us on how to achieve Personal and Business success. Drawing from Brian Tracy’s Motivational books, such as ‘EAT THAT FROG’, ‘GOALS’, ‘CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE’, and John C. Maxwell’s ‘TALENT IS NOT ENOUGH’, Mr Ossai could make you believe that you are the next millionaire in the waiting as an Insurance sales man. I must admit that the impact of those motivational trainings and talks was instrumental to my dogged approach in my maritime venture/career.

Also worthy of mention here is Capt Ade Olopoieyan, the first guest I had on my Radio program. And Engr Sambo, Muazu, the Lagos Area Manager of NIWA who was the first government agency head to place jingle on Maritime Platform. Although the money wasn’t much but it was a huge morale booster to me at that crucial early time.

Not forgetting the likes of Otunba Kunle Folarin, Hon Dr Chris Asoluka, and Engr Greg Ogbeifun, these veteran trio hardly say no to me whenever I call on them to deliver Papers or play a key role at any of my events, not because I have any honorarium to pay, but because they strongly believe in our dream of building capacity for the youth and future leaders of the industry, and whenever they attend such occasions, they always find it worthwhile.

There are a whole lot of other Individuals and corporate companies, as well as some agency heads in the maritime industry whom I cannot mention here but will be officially honoured during the Platforms @5 Anniversary event.

My 10 years Lagos Challenge has been a rough one, but filled with moments of joys, fulfillment, and hope for a better future. As I look forward to the next 10 years challenge God’s willing, i can only believe it can always get better for where there is will, there is hope.
#my10yearslagoschallenge #platforms@5.

Sylvanus Obasi
CEO, Platforms Communications.


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