Adewale Adeyanju:A Charismatic Maritime Leader with Midas Touch

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“Good leaders keep to their promises”-Godday Odidi


After a brief interview with Comrade Adewale Adeyanju,President-General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria(MWUN) and a board member of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund(NSITF) recently, I discovered leadership tenacity where he carries all his board members in decision making of the union.

For any leader to succeed in the maritime leadership that is filled with brilliant professionals in both maritime and stevedoring, it requires good leadership system to fix it.

Comrade Adeyanju came into the leadership system when the union was highly divided and today, he has brought sanity to the system by introducing MWUN elders’ committee forum, entrepreneurial leadership diversification to reduce unemployment among its members and how to provide soft loans to support their businesses.

Comrade Adeyanju has been a serious union leader whose pedigree to build strong leadership capacity to take the maritime industry to the next level

Any person that comes to the expansive office of Comrade Adeyanju for the first time, we see the shelf of awards indicates a leader that thinks about his people creatively.

He told that he was born by a late military father who taught him on humanitarian leadership which has continued to help him sail through in the maritime industry.

Hear him: In my leadership, everybody is eminently qualified but God only positioned me to be the head of the union.

Apart from his leadership capacity, he is a great giver who wants to see happiness around everybody.MWUN is restored today because of the kind of equitable leadership demonstrated since he assumed office.

I have four wives; dockworkers, shipping, NPA and Seafarers headed by each leader which submits to me. Every good leader must carry his or her team along if he or she must succeed in life. My leadership is all about legacy not how to acquire wealth for myself and family. Contentment is the key to greatness in life.

Comrade Adeyanju is a man with good heart for humanity in Africa.


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