Today is a special occasion, it is the anniversary of our book’s presentation – Daughter of a Thousand Fathers, published by myself and my dearest wife. It was a remarkable literary adventure of love, passion, sacrifice and collaboration.

Firstly, our heartfelt appreciation goes to HE Toyin Ojora-Saraki for her inspiring and thoughtful foreword, setting and creating a remarkable tone which added depth and meaning for our dear readers. We are also grateful to her husband, HE Abubakar Bukola Saraki, President of the 8th Senate, for identifying with us and our book.

We remain eternally grateful to the President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Dr. Usman Oladipo Akanbi, for his rich and insightful review. His critique of the manuscript made our work easier and better, as well as his motivation and words of encouragement during the period.

We also sincerely appreciate Dr. Emmanuel Oladesu of The Nation Newspaper and our dear father, Mr. Yusuf Yinusa Obadagbagbe who made great efforts to read and edit the book. The efforts of Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye towards making the book a better read is forever appreciated.

Special appreciation goes to Hakeem Oladimeji Lawal, Mallam Lukman Olayiwola Mustapha, Mallam Saliu Mustapha (Turaki of Ilorin), Dr. Yusuf Lawal, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad, Dr. Ridwan Apaokagi, Hajia Sa’adatu Moddibo, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Abdulkadir Attahiru Adamu Manko, Mallam Lawal O. Olohungbebe, Mallam Mohammed Brimah, Dr. Abdulmumeen Yinka Ajia, Hajia Bilikisu Oniyangi, Alh. Mufutahu Akanbi Oke, and all others who supported and identified with us.

We must thank all our friends and associates who identified with us and assisted us in one way or the other. Even though we can’t mention all, but notably were Moshood Abdulkadir, Muhammad Nura Muhammad, AbdulRasheed Akogun, Olasupo Abideen, AbdulRahman Abdullahi (Great Kay), Baba Idris, Abdulhakeem Abdulkareem (AiA), Ibrahim Kale Jimoh (Kalia), Elelu Ayoola, Abdulkareem O. Abdullateef, Basheer Luqman (Unique), Ayinke Wuraola, Aminat Babafila, and all my friends in the online media industry, you’re all loved!

Family they say is everything, we appreciate my parents and all members of our family. May the soul of Hajia Yusuf Rafat Titilayo, who departed from us after our book presentation, continue to rest in Jannah. Allahuma igfirlahu warhamhu.

Here is to many years of telling stories that impacts the world!

With love from Issa Mutolib Ayobami and Yusuf Taibat Temitope,
Authors; Daughter of a Thousand Fathers.