Some people wonder why I often invite people to go along with me when I am invited for a radio programme or interview.
First, I always want to help provide ACCESS to such a persons (most of them are my mentees and few of my friends or whosoever I felt led to invite).
I have come to realise in life that some people will (may) never be able to get ACCESS to some places or persons without the introduction of another person who has ACCESS to such places or persons.
ACCESS IS KEY!
In 1977, the Chinese government celebrated its National day.
Prior to that time, it extended an invitation to George H. Bush. This was before he became president.
George Bush assembled a twenty-three-person delegation to accompany him.
Along in that delegation was his old time friend, Hugh Liedtke who was the chairman of Pennzoil.
Hugh desired to drill oil in China but had NO ACCESS.
It will be difficult to go into China and have a talk with the government.
While there, George arranged meeting with the Chinese government in line with his friend’s desire.
Four months after, as a result of that trip, and ACCESS to China, China government sent a delegation to US to have a talk with the White House Officials and the State Department.
Few months after, the Chinese government invited four American companies to China to discuss exploration and development of offshore oil reserves.
Pennzoil became the first oil company to drill oil in China.
That’s what ACCESS can do.
One thing that can make your desires and reams come true is ACCESS.
Access to significant mentors.
Access to significant resources.
Access to significant places.
Access to significant information. information.
Access to insights.
Access to significant events.
Access to significant people.
George H. Bush was the ACCESS tool that Hugh Liedtke needed.
George Bush had a very good relationship with the Chinese government and that paved the way for his friend.
My entry into Raypower/AIT Jos was made possible by HASSAN JOHN.
The first time I ever had ACCESS into a radio studio was made possible by Hassan John.
And the first time, I ever gave ACCESS to anyone into a radio studio to be interviewed was made possible by Hassan John.
The first time I ever presented a radio programme was made possible by Hassan John.
I know you may not be able to remember when you gave me ACCESS to air the programme “Benjamin Kwashi Show” when he was not around and you were not around. You trusted me to handle it.
The first time I ever did a studio recording was made possible by Hassan John right in his home studio then in Rock Haven, Jos.
Hassan John gave me ACCESS to some things that would have taken me more years to access.
Maybe one day he will give me ACCESS to CNN (He is a CNN correspondent. But just joking on that sha).
On this day, sir, I honour you.
Any day my story is written, you already have a part in that story.
I always love your simplicity and respect for everyone.
You value young people so much.
I remembered the day a young lady who was just a tailor told me she desired to be a radio presenter.
I told her to send you an sms. She did. Before you know it, you replied her and told her to record her voice and send it to you. She did.
She brought the recording and you led her on to start RADIO MARKET on Raypowr 90.5FM Jos years back.
I remembered the graduate selling MOINMOIN that I told you about…You allowed me to bring him and his partner who was a Bible School student to the studio to be interviewed.
There are others too.
Your sincere desire is to help others become who they are supposed to be.
I remember your days with the programme BUSINESS FOUNDATION on Peace 90.5FM Jos. Folks can forget that programme easily.
I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR!
Your fans and mentees call you ‘Uncle H’.
Uncle H (this is the first time I am calling you that), have a great day sir.
I really looked forward to seeing you at the last #DinnerWithMentors but because assignment, you couldn’t make it. I looked forward to seeing you in the next one coming up December 17 2017.
If you know him or not, help me appreciate this great man.
He has given ACCESS to MANY people.