Nigerian celebrity baker Tosan Jemide celebrated his 50th birthday and the launching of his first cookbook “Sugar Icing” today Friday 6th April, 2018. He celebrated in grand style and the event had in attendance eminent members in the industry and personalities from other works of life.
Moreover, the above word “I was determined to succeed!” is an
excerpt from a lengthy remark Tosan gave during the occasion. He spoke on how he came into the country has a struggling entrepreneur, the challenges he faced and also thanked everyone for supporting his career thus far.
“I am speechless, I’m overwhelmed that in this season I have received so much love out of the little I give to you and it’s expedient too much commitment I’m overwhelmed I say thank you to everyone who has come here to celebrate with me, has you have come, God will bless you! God will always protect you and your families and I say that whatever, it is that you do you will continue to prosper.
To my father, my many uncles, aunties big and small, to my colleagues in the industry, to my friends, to my brothers and my sisters everybody here is important and very dear to my heart. I wouldn’t know who to call a dignitary, because in my walk of life each person here has played a significant role and I thank and bless you all very much.
In 2000, January of 2000 I jumped off a British airways plane landing in Lagos with two suitcases and 200 pounds in my pocket. I didn’t know what I was coming to meet, I was very confused because I hadn’t been in the country for a longtime and there was a lot of trepanation and of course there also was a lot of determination. Two suitcases had my personal belongings the other case had my work tools and 200 pounds in my pocket and my wonderful and gifted hands and that’s what I came with in the year 2000.
I was determined to succeed! I was determined to succeed! Against all odds I was having a difficulty in so many other parts of my life everything else was crumbling and it was tough”
Tosan Jemide is expected to start a project called the CBTImpact which focuses on giving back to society and mentoring Nigeria’s next generation of cake masters. He said this during a Speech “I am not retiring into oblivion; actually, I may become even busier with some of the new projects we will be embarking on over the next few months and years. The whole idea is to help the new generation of entrepreneurs and professional bakers be better at what they do by instituting a new and minimum standard for excellence in the industry.”