On the heels of the conversation of the growing list of young professionals who are said to have expressed interest to run for the office of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the Central Senatorial District, is a story from a very close associate of one of the aspirants, Kammonke Abam, about how he lost an entire manuscript of a biographical work he was doing on Donald Duke in the twilight of his administration.

Our source told us how that fateful night, in 2006, Kammonke had come back from a meeting in Perigrino Hall in the Governor’s Lodge, Calabar and was having dinner when armed bandits stormed his house taking advantage of the deafening sound from the torrential rain that night, combined with the noise from a standby generator. The bandits swept away all the phones and laptops including the one that has the manuscript. The double tragedy was that the flash drive he backed up the work was in the same lap top bag the bandits took. So he lost the laptop and the flash drive in one fell swoop. He felt like he lost a part of his world. He learnt thereafter never to keep his back up storage devices in his laptop bag again.

He tried to pick up the bits and pieces of the story thereafter but has not quite been able to get back his groove. Our source said, however, that Kammonke is determined to tell the inspiring story of the governorship of the enigmatic Governor Duke someday.

Our source also shared with us how learning from his mistakes, Kammonke ensured that he backed up in multi-devices, a print documentation of the Sen. Liyel Imoke’s governorship years. He said the work is titled, “Taking Governance to those Who Need it the Most” based on Imoke’s familiar refrain.

Kammonke who is the CEO of Profiles & Biographies, a firm that specializes in biographical and supplemental information management, is said to be one of the top contenders for the Cross River Central Senatorial seat in the forthcoming general elections.

He is a serial publisher with titles like The Mandate newspaper, a weekly newspaper he published in the year 2000, and Splendour, a monthly lifestyle magazine he published in 2005 in his stable. His firm publishes the annual “Contemporary Who’s Who in Cross River State”, and is currently in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Orientation, Hit FM, the Calabar Chamber of Commerce, and Tecil Integrated Services Limited to produce the first real time state-wide business directory, the “Cross River Business Directory”.

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