He was born in Isale Eko,Lagos Island,into the Fernandez family that originated from Brazil and the first European migrant to Lagos. His mother from Olumegbon family, also of Lagos Island. He attended Holy Cross primary school,near Lagos City hall, C.M.S. grammar school and St. Gregory college, Obalende, Lagos Island. Like most brilliant omo Eko of his generation, he traveled to the USA, for further studies. B.Sc.Columbia Univ. M.Sc. (Bus.Admin) New York State Univ. '72. With the help of our late sage,Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he became the first black member of the New York City Cocoa Board.This signalled the beginning of an accomplished business carrier. The omo Eko. Billionaire owns the world's biggest diamond and gold mines in Zaire, Central Africa and Turkey. He has been in diplomacy since 1996. In 1982, he served as advisor to the Angolan Government on Economic matter. He held this position for two years until his appointment as Deputy Permanent Representative of Mozambique to the United Nations in 1984. He also represented Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Angola & other countries at various times. He was acclaimed to be one of the richest Africans in the recent history. He runs an oil company called Petro Inett which obtained a 50% share with South African-based Energy Africa Limited in a deal with the state oil company for exploration rights in a 4,700 km2 area of Angola's coast in 1996. In 1992, he was appointed as Special Adviser to the President of Mozambique on International Economic Matters, a position he held for three years.He was formerly married to Aduke Fernandez, whom he divorced in July 2003 following a £ 300m divorce suit in Scotland filled on July 1, 2003 by her counsel.Lord Brodie presided over the case. He was asked by Aduke through her counsel, Charles Macnair QC, to compel Chief Fernandez to pay her a lump sum of £ 5m and an allowance of £75,000 monthly for 3 years. She died in 2013. He married Halima in 2003.Chief Fernandez is the father of Princess Antoinette Oyinkansola Fernandez, from his relationship with the current Erelu Kuti of Lagos. Chief Fernandez is the father of Abimbola Fernandez, a Nigerian model for Vivienne Westwood during Edinburgh Fashion Week. In 2009 her face was the album cover for platinum selling artist Cobra Starship's CD "Hot Mess".She also modeled for the cover of the single "Good Girls Go Bad". He died in Belgium. Chief Fernadez lived life like a king . He has one of the best yacht and private jet in the world . One of the biggest mansion in England, France and many part of the world .He never had a bicycle in Lagos while schooling, but decades later, as a billionaire, he bought his son, Koyejo, an airplane for his 16th birthday. He himself owned 6 private jets including Gulf stream G550, best in aeronautic engineering, luxury & comfort. I first got attracted to this man when Ovation did a cover of him and he took 40 pages of the magazine at that time . He was the richest man in African world , his shoes the best of snake and leopard skin like Mobutu Sese Seko his friend .He was so powerful because of his money . Everything in his mansion is made of gold . With all these money , I have never heard he has a foundation taking care of the less privilege or granting of educational scholarship to poor bright kids . Despite his high level int'l experience and exposure, he never knew nor worshiped God! He never served! He never for a moment believed in God! He never believed that his blessings came from God but through his had work. He once told an associate that, "when others are asleep, I work & when they are awake, I continue to work." He was carried away by African traditional believes. He was the Oluwo of Lagos & Olori Ogboni of the Universe. He wives were Erelu Kuti of Lagos. With his love for 9ja women & Eko, he did not have a single investment in Nigeria. No account in any bank in Nigeria. Yet, he & wives only use Nigerian passports to travel to any where throughout his lifetime. He's that patriotic. He had no Nigerian employee anywhere in the world, not to talk of omo Eko. He never donated blackboard chalk to any of the schools he attended in Nigeria. NOW, PLEASE TELL ME, WAS HE ONE OF US? WAS HE ONE OF OUR OWN? (topic of this lesson 7). Rather , the only things I know about him is his life of opulence and splendor . I can confidently say he was one of the men who redefine exotic high street fashion in modern Africa .He has SIX Private Jets. He Owns A Chateau In France, Once Occupied By Napoleon Bonaparte, The Emperor Of France. Friend Of Mobutu. Ally Of Kofi Annan. Associate Of Mandela. I Call Him The Emperor of Blinding Swagger. Terrific Swagger. He Is So Classy That Whenever He Enters A Restaurant To Eat, Everyone Else Must Leave Because He Cannot Eat With The 'Commoners'. He Takes Over Entire Restaurants For The Night To Avoid Encountering 'RiffRaff'. (Chai! Poor Man Don Suffer). Of All The Richest Nigerians I Know, None Comes Close To This Man When It Comes To The Level Of Style, 'Tooshness' & Money-Backed Aloofness. After all of these he still ran away from his gold house to lived in an hotel for months after he fell out with his wife and they later divorce. Money cannot buy true love after all.There is absolutely nothing on earth . Every little time and money you have make sure you use some for those around you who need your help . The best investment in life is to invest in human beings because when you die you will be remembered in the good book of history and those people you help will make you live forever .