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Herald of Legends


Learning is one of the most important aspects of human existence. More specifically is the fact that one of the greatest attribute of success stories is their openness to learning. Obviously there are so many ways through which people can learn and are actually learning ranging from reading to watching and most popularly listening.

This book is compiled in a manner that will empower and expand your drive towards becoming the best of the success picture you have being painting or have painted about yourself by bringing you to the knowledge of some great legends across the world. You shall not only be informed on their achievements but shall also be exposed to some key lessons from their lives.

It is pertinent to note that this book wasn't compiled just to celebrate and hype the personalities featured. It was designed to make you see and tap into the world of possibilities. You too can be like them and even better than the personalities you shall be reading about in this book.

Please note that the personalities outlined in this book are just but a few out of the unending list of world imparters. There is room for you up there.

Julius Ojonugwa Akubo


The information presented in this book represents the views of the author as at the time of publishing this book. The author reserves the right to update or alter his opinions to reflect any change in information. This book is for informational use only and the author does not accept liabilities whatsoever resulting from using this information. While every attempt has been made to verify the information shared in this book, the author cannot accept any responsibility for errors or inaccuracies. Any slight on people or organization is unintentional




John Davidson Rockfeller

Margrate Thatcher

Martin Luther King Jnr

Mary Slessor

Abraham Lincoln

Micheal Jordan

Folorunsho Alakija

Henry Ford

Orpah Gail Winfery

Warren Edward Buffet

Ursula Burns

Strive Masiyiwa

Mary Robinson

Jeffery Bezos

Dora Akunyili

The Wright Brothers

Pastor Enoch Adeboye

Abimbola Odukoya

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Archbishop Benson Idahosa

Samuel Moore Walton

Anita Liucia Roddick

Indra Nooyi

Richard Branson

Linda Ikeji

Bishop Desmond Tutu

Igho Sanomi

Tara Fela-Durotoye

Mark Zugerberg

Marina Silva

#1.John Davidson Rockefeller

John was born on the 8th of July 1839 to the William Rockefeller's family. Though born into a family with a "dubious" doctor as a father, John turned out a great Christian whose religious lifestyle has become a notable example to many Christian business men of the now. At age 12 (1851) John had successfully saved up to $50 which he loaned to a local farmer at a 7% interest rate payable in 1year. Little wonder why he died a billionaire. At age 16 he got his first job as a clerk and by 19 he started his first partnership with a friend. John is the founder of standard oil He is in fact regarded as the wealthiest American that has ever lived. John died on May 23rd 1937

Moral lesson: John didn't become a billionaire at age 90 or at death; he became a billionaire right from when he started living a life of purpose which in this case is in the business world. He understood what was ahead of him no matter how faint it seemed else he would never have thought of saving at little age.

What are you called to do and what steps are you taking towards that call of purpose you have received? Start taking the practical steps of faith now.

#2. Margrate Thatcher

Margaret was a prolific politician who rose from the grass root of politics to the topmost part of her political career. Margrate Hildar Roberts was born on the 13th of October 1925 at Grantham; Licolnshire. Margaret won a scholarship to the local Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, where she became head-girl. She applied to Somerville College, Oxford University, and was accepted to study chemistry in 1943. While studying at Oxford, she was elected President of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1946. She graduated from 0xford in 1947 with second class honours. After graduating, she moved to Colchester, where she worked as a research chemist for BX Plastics. In 1951 margrate got married to Denis Thatcher and their union was blessed with two twins Carol and Denis in 1953. Optimistically her political career started in 1951 when she was invited to stand as the Conservative candidate in the safe Labour seat of Dartford. "Although she lost, she impressed many in the party with her strong, articulate views". In 1959, Mrs.Thatcher was elected as a member of the parliament (MP) for the seat of Finchley. Progressively she glided through the ranks of the Conservative party to become Education minister. By 1975 Margret Thatcher had defeated Edward Heath and was elected leader of the Conservative Party. This victory automatically made her the leader of the Opposition. The Apex of Thatcher's political career came to play when she was elected Prime Minister in the Conservative landslide of 1979. Mrs. Thatcher wasted no time in introducing controversial economic policies. She believed that a strict implementation of Monetarism was necessary to overcome the economic ills of inflation and low growth, which she blamed on the previous Labour government. Although successful, Margret Thatcher was extremely strict, fierce in her beliefs and unwavering in her commitment which though productive had some negative impact on her political career. Her premiership years were later overshadowed by her controversial and dogmatic decision to stick with the poll tax. This was widely regarded as an unfair tax because everybody paid the same amount regardless of income. Opposition to the poll tax spilled over into violent protest and her popularity plumped drastically. She also became associated with policies that promoted individualism.

The "Iron Lady" as she was called was eventually pushed out as leader of the party and prime minister in 1990. Although she was bitter about her perceived betrayal, she left an unprecedented mark on the British economic and political landscape. Margrate Thatcher died on 8 April 2013 at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.

Moral Lesson

Margret Thatcher is an example of a continuous and consistent growth and if there is one basic thing to learn from Mrs. Thatcher it is the fact that just like herself we must always gun for the peak of our career and God ordained purpose. Don't be contented with temporary success. Keep growing.

Finally learn to weigh your actions, consider their implications and be sure you are ready for the results or repercussions before taking them.

#3. Martin Luther King Jnr

He was born on the 15th of January 1929 at Atlanta Georgia as the second born of Reverend Martin Luther King Sr and Alberta Williams King. Martin Luther king Jnr began his education at yonge street elementary school Atlanta Georgia. He was later moved to David. T Howard Elementary School. He also attended Booker T Washington high school and because of his high score in the college entrance examinations he went to Morehouse College without a formal graduation from Booker T Washington high school. In 1948 he graduated from Morehouse College with a B.A. in sociology. He now then enrolled in Crozer theological seminary in Chester Pennsylvania he was awarded a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the university in 1951. He now began his doctoral study in systematic theology in 1951 and ended in 1955.

He married the former correter scott younger daughter Alabama on June18 1953. Dr Martin Luther king Junior entered ministry and was ordained in 1948 at the age of 19. He was a pivotal figure in the civil right movement and was elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association. He was arrested thirty times for his participation in civil right activities. He was a member of several national and local institutions and agencies board of directors. He received so many awards for his leadership in the civil right movement. The movements and marches he led brought about a significant change in the American life. He was a committed and charismatic leader who inspired so many people round the world. His concept of “somebodiness” gave black people and the poor a new sense of self worth and dignity. He was a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Daughter Martin Luther king Jnr was short dead on the 4th of April 1968 by James Earl Ray who was layers arrested and sentenced to ninety nine years at the Tennessee state penitentiary. Till date Martin Luther king Junior remain a great and celebrated legend in America and the world at large.

Moral lessons

The great Martin Luther king Junior forever remains an icon of all time and I want us to learn the following from his life.

1. Always stand for the truth no matter what and even be ready to pay the ultimate price for standing for the truth. It’s capable of making you like Dr King.

2. Violence isn't the best way for solving any problem whatsoever. Make your point plain and clear in a consistent manner and your message will soon become clear to all opponents.

There are still some other things to learn from the life of this great icon but that will be some other time.

#4.Mary Slessor

Mary was a very pragmatic and Iconic missionary who left an indelible foot print on the entire Nigeria as a country and Calabar land in particular. Mary Slessor was born on the 2nd day of December 1848 to a poor working class parent in Gilcomston, Aberdeen,

Scotland. Mary worked hard to sustain herself despite the prevailing issues of poverty in her family. Her Dad was an alcoholic who later died of pneumonia leaving her and her two sisters with their mum. At age 11 Mary Slessor had so adapted to taking responsibility that she was working and schooling on a shift. She spent half of her day at the school and the other half at the Baxter Brothers' Mill. Mary was so hard working that at age 14 she had become a skilled jute worker and was working from 6am to 6pm daily with just a little time for her meals. Later Mary's interest and love for God drove her into missions which eventually made her applied to the United Presbyterian Church's Foreign Mission Board. She was then posted to West Africa, Calabar Nigeria to be précised. In her stay as a missionary she really showed love and efficiency in the aspect of catering for children with more emphasis on twins that were seen as unfit for the society where she was posted to serve God. (The Efik Land) Though faced with so many challenges both external and internal including the malaria attacks she had, the language barriers she encountered amongst so many others, she was unwaveringly focused on her assignment. She saved hundreds of twins who were thrown away in calabashes in the bushes. This the natives did with the believe that one of the twins had the father to be an Evil spirit and since they couldn't tell which of the twins it was that the evil spirit as a father, they rather threw both of the twins away. Mary in her so many impactful activities and spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ was a driving force behind the establishment of the Hope Waddell Training Institute in Calabar , which provided practical vocational training to Efiks.

In August 1888 she traveled to Okoyong where she learned how to communicate in Efik. Although other male missionaries were killed in Okoyong, her methodology was entirely more intriguing to the people as she spent 15 years in Okoyong. Mary Slessor fought vehemently and ended the killing of infant twins as was the num there. In 1892, Slessor became vice-consul in Okoyong, presiding over the native court. By 1905 she was named vice-president of Ikot Obong native court and in 1913 she was awarded the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Mary Slessor had issues with her health in her later years but remained in Calabar, where she finally died in 1915 after a great life of sacrifice and impart.

Moral Lessons

1. Your background is not enough excuse for your back to be put on the ground. Always fight for your dreams irrespective of any prevailing challenges. Device any method possible to see your dreams come through (Half day at school half day at work as in the case of Mary)

2. Live a life of sacrifice to God and humanity. Your legacy is your pride even after death.

3. Make God your priority in life and life will be full of value.

#5. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born on the 12th of February, 1809 at Kentucky. This humble background man was the 16th president of the United States of America. Aside from being born to a humble background Lincoln lost his mother at the age of 9 years so he definitely didn't have "cool" childhood. This great champion didn't even have a comprehensive formal education as the only one he had was for about 18 months at the age of 18 years. It was believed that he tutored himself into becoming a lawyer and was admitted to the bar in 1837. At age 22 he had started fending for himself as he engaged in jobs that could sustain him. Abraham Lincoln got married at age 33 to Mary Todd a much more literate lady than he was. Their union was blessed with four kids but only one survived childhood. His political career was believed to have started at age 23 in the year 1832 when he contested for the General Assembly as a member of the Whig party. He was great a lawyer who opposed the activities of slavery vehemently even with little formal education. Lincoln and his partners were said to have appeared before the Illinois state supreme court for more than 400 times having being involved in more than 5100 cases in Illinois alone in a 23years practice.

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