"Your Excellency, could you please tell us what you think your responsibilities as representatives of our country are here in Manila? What do you think are the reasons for having a Nigerian embassy in the Philippines? Three of our people have been murdered in cold blood in less than six months with the embassy doing absolutely nothing! How many more Nigerians must be killed before you sit up and ask questions?"
John Igbokwe
Friday, November 16, 1995
To Charge d' Affaires a. i. Mr. Samuel Ajewole
during a meeting on the murder of Nigerian citizens;
inside the Chancery of the Embassy of Nigeria, Manila, Philippines

Antoine De Leon Contacts the Author

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA. November 25, 2013 - Author John M. O. Igbokwe announced recently that Antoine de Leon, the son abandoned in Manila, Philippines by Nigerian diplomat, Mr. Femi Akenson Rotimi, contacted him in early June 2013 through the professional network LinkedIn. Young Mr. De Leon had sent a request to Mr. Igbokwe asking to become one of his connections on the professional network. 

Initially skeptical, Mr. Igbokwe sent an email in which he sought to determine the bonafides of the requester for connection. In his message to De Leon, he had written: "Tell me about yourself. Looks like your father is an African. What country in Africa and what is your father's name?" Antoine wrote back saying, "My father is a Nigerian, Femi Akenson Rotimi and I believe that you know him very well". 

 In the ensuing exchange, Mr. Igbokwe told De Leon, "Yes, I know him. Good to see you're now a university student. Are you in communication with your father? I was told he is now an ambassador somewhere there in Asia. I hope he is helping pay for your education". 

Antione de Leon, who is now a student in the Faculty of Engineering of Adamson University in Manila wrote back and informed the author in these words, "No, I haven't seen him and we don't have communication ever since. My Mom is the one who is supporting my education. I just want to ask that (sic) is it true everything you had written about my father?" 

To which, the author advised, "Unfortunately, everything I have written about him is true. I have also written a book about what happened. The book is available at Amazon.com. You can also read more about it at the book's website: www.abrokenmission.com. Do you want to be connected to your dad, even though he made a conscious decision to abandon you and your mother? Like I said, he is now an ambassador of Nigeria to a small Asian country. I really wanted to help you and your mother, but she was deceived by him. Too bad. I am happy your mom is doing everything to support you". 

 Antoine de Leon is now a connection of Mr. Igbokwe's on the LinkedIn professional network. 

 It is very sad that a wealthy Nigerian ambassador like Mr. Rotimi continues to deny his son. In doing so, he confirms the view of another reader of A Broken Mission, who had once visited with Mr. Rotimi at his Colombo, Sri Lanka residence. This visitor later wrote to the author in these words: "This is really interesting Sir; you won't believe it but I met this Mr. Rotimi and reading the excerpts from your book, it's almost like we met him together. There just was something not right about him. A petty old man living alone, no family, not even a single family picture in his house. It's just sterile if I may use that word. He currently is an Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Colombo. Only God will help them there as he is back on Asian turf". 

John M. O. Igbokwe, MSC, CMA