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On Saturday 10 October 2020, Sofia Kenin lost to Iga Swiatek in the final of the 2020 French Open. Despite the defeat, Kenin made an impressive run in the competition which saw her defeat two times Grand Slam Champion Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals. The 21-year-old tennis ace made her grand entry to the tennis scene in early 2020 when she defeated Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open to capture her maiden Grand Slam. In winning the Australian Open, she became the youngest American to win a Grand Slam title since Serena Williams won the 1999 US Open. …


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To : The Board of Governors and Staff of International Tennis Hall of Fame

From: Ahmed Sule ( Alatenumo ) and MIKE SON

Contributor Class of 2021 Hall of Fame

We are compelled to write another letter to the Board of Governors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, following our earlier letter in July 2017 because we have just witnessed history repeating itself and we can’t remain silent. To recap, in February 2017, we submitted our nomination of Richard Williams and Oracene Price to the ITHOF, and we got confirmation from the Enshrinement Manager that your organization had added our nominees to the 2018 list of nominations. A few months after our nomination, the ITHOF changed the induction policy for the Contributor Category from an annual rotation to a 4-yearly cycle with the ballot capped at two individuals. …


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Author: Merlisa Lawrence Corbett

Book reviewed by Ahmed Olayinka Sule, CFA

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Hardcover: 208 pages

Ever since Serena Williams burst on the scene, several books have been written chronicling her life as a tennis player. However, there aren’t many books, which analyze Serena Williams beyond the tennis court. Merlisa Lawrence Corbett’s book titled Serena Williams differentiates itself from the pack in the sense that it one of the first books to analyze Serena from a multi-dimensional perspective.

If one is looking for a book that discusses Serena’s exploits on the tennis court, one might have to look elsewhere. But if one wants to understand and appreciate Serena’s transcending nature beyond sports, then this 208-page book is an excellent place to start. In the author’s words, “Her life is more than a sports story. “Professional athlete” is far too minuscule a title for someone whose impact on society leaps off the sports pages and into business publications, fashion magazines, and academic journals.” …


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Dear Ms Beddoes ,

Happy Valentine. Exactly a year ago, I penned a letter to the Economist Group in which I expressed my concern at the lack of black representation in your esteemed organisation. I brought to your attention the fact that of the 231 front office staff working for The Economist Group at the time, there was only one black person. On 15 February 2019, you responded to my letter stating you and your organisation think about diversity. You noted that blacks are underrepresented relative to whites and Asians. You sent me a link to statistical data on the gender, race and ethnicity of the Economist’s editorial staff (which I understand was updated following my letter). …


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Dear Sir Iain Duncan Smith,

Re: Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Happy New Year and congratulations on your appointment as the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I guess you must be discouraged with the negativity surrounding your knighthood. I understand that over 220,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Queen to withdraw your name from the honour list. I also read that Mike Smith-Clare is planning to return his MBE medal in protest at the decision to knight you. Haters gonna hate. …


submitted by:

Ahmed Sule, CFA (Alatenumo) & MIKE SON on 20 December 2019

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Why you believe this candidate to be deserving of induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame?

Richard Williams overcame the odds of Jim Crow in the South to coach Venus and Serena Williams to multiple Grand Slam glory thereby rewriting tennis history. In the process, he and Oracene Price changed how the game of women’s tennis is played and consequently inspired a generation of young black tennis players. They also facilitated the emergence of a new demographic of fans to engage with the sport which led to more followers. Oracene helped instill racial pride in her daughters and as a result of her effort .Richard …


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Dear Robert,

I have read with interest your opinion piece titled, “A Modern-day Disraeli fights to keep his nation whole”, which was published in the 14 December 2019 edition of the Financial Times. As a person of colour, I disagree with your assertion that Boris Johnson is a modern-day Disraeli; rather, I and people in my community see him as a crossbreed of Enoch Powell, the politician and comedian Bernard Manning.

In your piece, you note, “Boris Johnson has proved he is a great politician. Now he has to show he can be a great prime minister.” You also note that he has a chance to join the pantheon of politicians who shaped the nation. You also identify three interrelated challenges that the recently elected Prime Minister faces i.e. fashioning a post-Brexit National vision, saving the union from Scottish and Irish nationalism and responding to the Conservatives new base of less affluent, socially conservative, northern voters. In carrying out a comparative analysis with Benjamin Disraeli, a two-time Prime Minister, you note that Disraeli like Boris Johnson, “Sought to win round the newly enfranchised urban working class, with targeted social policies and jingoism. Disraeli’s vision was of reuniting the two nations, the rich and the poor, separating the latter from their more natural Liberal home.”


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Below are the images I took during the ATP World Tour Finals. It covers one of the round robin matches and the final, which took place on 15 November 2019 and 17 November 2019 respectively.

Happy viewing.

Ahmed Sule, CFA


by Alatenumo

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Dear Prince Williams, Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan,

Let me begin by congratulating all of you on your recent successful Royal Tour of South Africa, Malawi, Angola, Botswana and Pakistan. You are real role models, and everyone should aspire to be like you. I appreciate your kindness and concern for the most vulnerable people on earth. By way of introduction, my name is Alatenumo X and though I would not describe myself as a royalist, I must confess that I am a big fan of the British Royal family especially since Duchess Meghan and Duchess Kate married into the world’s most illustrious family. …


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by

Ahmed Olayinka Sule, CFA & Dr Margareth Rungarara-Keenan

We begin this letter by commending you for being a pioneer member of the #MeTooPay movement. As one of the 116 signatories to the campaign, you have clearly demonstrated your determination to put an end to gender pay discrimination. As women who play leadership roles in some of the UK’s biggest organisations, we hope your collective voice gains the due attention it deserves. However, in the quest for #MeTooPay, women of colour and black women, in particular, are being excluded from the conversation. …

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