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Nigeria 2023: Bola Tinubu – From taxi driver to President? 

By Eniola Akinkuotu

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Posted on December 28, 2022 13:10

Bola Tinubu has been many things – an executive at Mobil, a senator, governor, kingmaker and now a Presidential hopeful. But long before fame and fortune, he was doing menial jobs in the United States in the 1970s just to get by. Can he round off the perfect dream by becoming Nigeria’s President?

Born in March 1952, the specifics of Tinubu’s ancestry, early life and primary education have remained a subject of debate for the last 22 years.

But one aspect of his life that has remained indubitable is his doggedness and determination to succeed and an ability to wriggle out of problematic situations, a quality that has always put his opponents on the back foot.

In a rare interview with The News Magazine back in 2012, Tinubu for the first time spoke about his early years and how he made his way to the United States with some friends in the 1970s and began doing menial jobs to make ends meet.

Slapped and fired

Tinubu said that while working as a driver, he was once slapped by a naval officer for charging the wrong fare.

“Another experience was when I took a guy whom I didn’t know was drunk. When I drove to his house, he pointed a gun at me instead of paying the fare. He took my

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