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Name Dropper! Why Oil Magnate, Aare Bashiru Fakorede  Drops VP, Yemi Osinbajo’s Name to Get Things Done in the Oil Sector?

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Name Dropper! Why Oil Magnate, Aare Bashiru Fakorede  Drops VP, Yemi Osinbajo’s Name to Get Things Done in the Oil Sector?

Name Dropper! Why Oil Magnate, Aare Bashiru Fakorede  Drops VP, Yemi Osinbajo’s Name to Get Things Done in the Oil Sector?
April 21
12:17 2019

 In Nigeria and everywhere else, status speaks for itself. Likewise, it is proven that the best way to convey status is by talking, not just talking, but talking big regardless of who is listening. This is an art form that Aare Bashiru Fakorede, the CEO/Founder of Bash Distinct Oil and Stillwaters Filling Station, the popular OandO outlet at Lekki 4th Roundabout, has mastered.

Perhaps because he is a newbie in the moneyed class, the businessman who has made pretty good in the oil and gas sector is always desperate to show he ‘belongs’.

The result has been an epidemic of name-dropping. Modesty takes a back seat when he starts reeling out the names of the powerful and influential people that he knows to impress his mostly fawning listeners. Without much to write home in terms of presence or charisma, Bash, as many call him, announces his status by, particularly, casually dropping the name of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

His associates say he has penetrated many otherwise impervious circles by flaunting his presumed closeness to the Vice President. His only ‘relationship’ with the VP, it was gathered, is that a relative of his, Basirat, is an aide of Osinbajo. And if reports are anything to go by, he seems committed to milking all the juice in this ‘relationship’.

On the flipside, he has been dropping the name at important places and doors are opening. He is said to be the brain behind the new, ultra-modern Enyo mega station recently opened at the 4th roundabout in Lekki where the Stillwater station used to be. This mega station, formerly Oando, is now being positioned as one of the best service stations in Nigeria.

It opens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with other services to delight its customers including the Enyo Relax and Confectionery Store, the car maintenance service called VEHICON, Superior Liquefied Gas (SL-Gas) amongst other offerings. Because he has been in that axis since he delved into the petroleum business, Bashy is quite popular among the Lagos in-crowd and he never shies from letting you know who he knows.

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