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Femi Adelegan, retired public administrator is President/CEO of Terrific Investments and Consulting Co. Ltd. He is the author and publisher of publications such as, Africa: The Game Changers and Dynamics of Power (2014) Nigeria’s Leading Lights of the Gospel (2013); Governance: An Insider’s Reflections on the Nigerian Polity (2009, 2012); The Press Secretary (1998); and Editor of From the Treasures of the Heart (2006). For most of the 1990s, through the turn of the millennium (1994-2000), Adelegan served as an image manager and spokesman to four successive governors of Osun State, Nigeria. He also served (2003-2010) as Chief Private Secretary/Special Adviser on Policies, Programmes and Plans Implementation to the governor of Osun State. In this encounter with Guardian Newspaper’s KABIR ALABI GARBA, Adelegan spoke about his love for writing and why issue of political governance dominates his literary engagement. This compilation by Contents Manager, Bunmi Kehinde, brings out excerpts from the Interview first published when Adelegan released a book titled: ‘Africa: The Game Changers & Dynamics of Power’ to mark his birthday four years ago. The contents are still as relevant today as they were in 2014, as Femi Adelegan prepares to release two new books into the market on TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018. The books are titled: ‘Techniques of Information Management in Governance’ and ‘Foreign Travels, Ports/Border Posts & Immigration Matters.’ They are quite different from others because the publications, described as: ‘Five Star Books’ treat some contemporary issues dealing with the present and future of Nigeria, particularly the growing generation that must be guided to grow; as well as the general citizenry that are sensitized about their responsibilities. INTERVIEW Your flair for writing has enabled you to author some books on governance. What are the motivation and the attraction? I would say that I have been privileged and lucky to have had the wonderful opportunity of serving personalities, who gave a me wide latitude to perform my official and professional functions while serving in different governments, and I was fortunate that they also trusted my inherent abilities. The bosses are, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Navy Captain Anthony Udofia (retd); Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye, (retd); Colonel Anthony Obi (retd) and Chief Bisi Akande. Working with these people provided me the opportunity to acquire a rich blend of knowledge, experience and maturity that I have continued to share with the public, thus, demystifying what governments and political actors do. I must also…

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