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THEOPHILUS BAMIGBOYE: THE RISING ICON @ SIXTY-SEVEN “When you win in politics, you hear from everyone. ‘’When you lose, you hear from your friends.” – Richard Nixon It was Richard Nixon, one-time American President who once rightly posited that: “When you win in politics, you hear from everyone. ‘’When you lose, you hear from your friends.” The consideration here is not whether the subject of this write- up; Chief Theophilus Oladapo Bamigboye, has lost or won in life. Far from that. It simply has to do with recognition that often accompanies good conduct and performance. Theodore Roosevelt, another American President also had cause to submit that: “It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who shows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best hours in the end the triumphs of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” For the Omu-Aran Community in Kwara State, the achievements of Rtd. Colonel Theophilus Oladapo Bamigboye are worth celebrating. The community, in recognition of the contributions of Colonel Bamigboye, one of its illustrious sons, to the development of Omu-Aran, on Saturday November 29, 2003 conferred on the retired military officer the chieftaincy title of Jagunmolu of Omu-Aran – which literally translates into – one who fights to conquer. I am not a lover of the acquisition of chieftaincy titles. Neither do I cherish the award of honorary doctorate degrees which has been so cheapened that anybody can obtain Doctorate Degree even at the markets. I would wish the government legislates against the acquisition of these degrees. I am here concerned with the recognition of certain values and efforts of an individual whose contributions to the development of mankind have rubbed off positively on innumerable people. I came to know Colonel Theophilus Oladapo Bamigboye closely on…

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