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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

HIJAB IMBROGLIO: Prof Wole Soyinka you goofed Says University Don

A Right of Reply

By Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Professor Wole Soyinka on Sunday 26th June 2016 waded into the hijab controversy in the State of Osun. In an article titled ‘To Everything, Its Place’, the much respected Nobel Laureate descended heavily on Muslims for daring to seek approval for the use of hijab.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is fully aware of Soyinka’s

Actor Bob Manuel's daughter Elyon crowned African Queen 2016

The event was the climax of Queens College, Lagos celebration of this year's Day of The African Child on the 16th of June, 2016.

June 16 of every year is declared the Day of The African Child by the United Nations to commemorate the shooting to death of several unarmed students

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

TOURISM: Lagos to take centre stage at Toronto Int'l Film Festival

… Eight Nigerians Films To Feature In Festival

Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde (2nd left); Artiste Director, Toronto Film Festival, Mr. Cameron Bailey (left); Commissioner for Tourism, Art & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker (2nd right); and Programmer, Toronto Film Festival, Mr. Keith Shiri (right)

Lagos State Government on Monday said that the State’s tourism and entertainment potentials will take the centre stage at this year’s edition of the City to City Toronto Film Festival. Eight films produced in the State would also be selected to feature at the festival.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, his counterpart in Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, who briefed journalists alongside the Artistic Director Toronto Film Festival, Mr. Cameron Bailey, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, said the development would help project tourism potential of Lagos to the team audience at the festival.

You are wrong Says Ex Foreign Affairs Minister Prof Bolaji Akinyemi to Sec to Fed Govt

..condemns SGF crude language 

By Paul Ukpabio

Ex Foreign Affairs Minister Professor Bolaji Akinyemi is angry. Yesterday, he took on the current Secretary to the Federal Government Engr. Babachir David Lawal and told him that he is simply rude, crude and offensive. He also went further to add that, it is unbecoming of the Secretary of the Federal Government's high office of state which he Engr Lawal occupies, by virtue of the intemperate language he used recently on a convergence of elder statesmen who have paid their dues in several ways in the country through service, of which he the Professor, was the Deputy Chairman.

Monday, 27 June 2016

I ignored an oil job to be a dancer, now I travel around the world

-Zara Udofia Ejor (Producer/Theatre Performer)

When a dance instructor, singer and performer tells you that, "being artistic can be a burden," then you have to take it seriously. That is because Zara Udofia-Ejor expectedly, would know what she is talking about.

A Nollywood actor who luckily got groomed in stage performances as a teenager, and went on to work at several productions in Nigeria, and on several production tours abroad, Zara Udofia-Ejor has had to fight her own personal battles, in order to emerge  a true professional performer.

To start with, resistance came from home. Her family

Edo: Political obsequy of the godfather

Chief Tony Anenih

     By Louis Odion, FNGE

So, after all the feint and razzle-dazzle, the victory dance of Osagie Ize-Iyamu would be aborted even before it started. For the gangling matador expected to lead PDP's chariot against the foe on September 10, how ironic that the first attack came, barely 24hrs later, in form of a vicious dagger-stab in the back from within his own party.
By disclaiming the primaries that crowned Ize-Iyamu as PDP's standard-bearer in the Edo governorship contest some 80 days away, factional national chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, has effectively set the cat among the pigeons in what remains of a once formidable party.

Friday, 24 June 2016

I’m the apple of God’s eyes Says Barrister Fashionista and ex TV Gal, Grace Egbagbe

Ex- TV top gal Barrister Grace Egbagbe who is fondly called Aunty Grace, went off the social radar for about some months, and there was a great clamour for her to return. What did people miss? Of course, her grace, her unique fashion sense and her enduring style. But the former Executive Director at Nigerian Television Authority says she is more than all those nice stuff.

Lagos Dredgers lament as Federal and Lagos State government flex muscle

Engr Ade AkinsanyaLagos State Honourable Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development
By Paul Ukpabio

Like the saying goes, 'when two elephants fights, its the grass that suffers.' And so it has been in the long drawn out struggle between the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government over who is to control the inland waterways especially around Lagos State.

The issue took a dramatic turn few weeks back when members of the Association of Dredgers were prevented from carrying out any of their duties or business in the inland waterways. The position being a grand follow up on the letter earlier served them which informed them to desist from such activities as they remained banned from such, due to their non compliance with the payment order of charges/taxes meted out to them by the Lagos State Government. A sum which Prince Babatunde Abioye a representative of the Dredgers Association says is huge! "N10million from each of us for a year, that will be running us out of business totally.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

BUHARI, Apologies and his identical twin brother - Part2

By Bashorun J.K. Randle, OFR, FCA-    

It was with complete “sang froid” that President MuhammaduBuhari (Retired General) now the Commander-In-Chief of The Armed Forces of Nigeria faced down Prime Minister David Cameron (ex-Eton College and Oxford University) that he was not in London to collect an apology (whether or not one was on offer) regarding the slagging off of Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt” by Cameron in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Archbishop of Canterbury The Rt. Revd. Justin Welby as a witness who was sufficiently provoked to at least make an intercession.  In any case it was Julian Assange of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden who took up the gauntlet on our behalf:

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Oba Akiolu lauds new appointments as AIG Musa Kastina takes over maritime police command, appoints ASP Odutola as command PRO

Former commissioner of Police in Kogi, Kano, Oyo and Imo states, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Kastina now heads the strategic maritime police command with head quarters in Lagos as Assistant Inspector general of police. (AIG)
AIG Kastina, a graduate of management science from the University of Sokoto and fellow of

Monday, 20 June 2016

All hands on deck for IBOM FUTURE AWARDS

Coming up soon...



The CBN Cashless Card Expo was last week held at Eko Hotels and suites, bringing together people from different sectors of the economy, along with exhibitors and delegates from different parts of the country .

The opening ceremony was hosted by Wofai Samuel, a pundit for The African Oil and Gas Forum/a multi-Award winning International broadcaster, who spoke on the future of e-commerce in Nigeria and the need for all to embrace retail payment in the course of her presentation.

Other analyst at the expo included, Folashodun Shonubi,  M.D of Nigerian InterBanking Settlement, Mr Ade Ashaye, M.D Visa, Chidi Umeano, Head Services of The Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Gunther Mall, M.D Dermalog Germany and Chidinma Lawanson.
WOFAI Samuel

Abacha annulled June 12 says Kenny Martins

Gen. Sani Abacha

From Murphy Ganagana, Jos
(Culled from The Sun newspaper, Nigeria)

Chief Kenny Martins

MAVERICK politician and businessman, Chief Kenny Martins, has revealed that the late Gen. Sani Abacha was actually the person who annulled the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was widely believed to have been won by the late Basorun MKO Abiola, contrary to the general belief that it was annulled by the then president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. He also gave a rare insight into high-level conspiracies and political alignments that led to the emergence of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as civilian president in 1999. He said former military ruler, General Ibrahim Babangida, could have

NIFST celebrates 40th anniversary calls for partnership with government

From Left: Local Organising Committee, Dr (Mrs) Funmi Oladunmoye; NIFST National President, Dr ChijiokeOsuji, Lagos State Chapter Chairman, Mr Sunday M. Bamgboye and Past President, Babajide Elemo  Photo: BiodunAdeyewa

By Paul Ukpabio

The National President of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) Dr Chijioke Osuji, has called on the Federal government of Nigeria to recognise the role played by food technologists in the country and as such partner with the Institute for food security.

Osuji made this known at the 40th anniversary celebration of

Friday, 17 June 2016

I can marry a Nigerian man if I find one -Ghanaian actor Ella Mensah

Ghana born Ella Mensah is making her home country and Nigeria's Nollywood proud. She shuttles Nigeria and Ghana two West Africans countries for acting roles which she picks up very easily, and still finds time to go elsewhere outside Africa to catch her fun. Though hardworking as an actor, Ella Mensah is also known for her style and fashion. She readily shocks you with her loud colours, and you can't miss her presence where ever she is. If you ask her, she will of course readily tell you, that it is part of the show and the business...that is why it is called show-business! She reveals more in this interview with Paul Ukpabio. 

Are there similarities between Nollywood and Ghallywood?

Of course there are similarities and differences between Ghallywood and Nollywood. To start with, Nollywood shoot more movies than Ghallywood. And that can be because Nollywood has a lot more producers and marketers.

Nigerian soccer & the culture of abuse By Louis Odion, FNGE

Stephen Keshi

Physics teaches us that lightning rarely strikes the same spot twice. The depth of shock experienced by the nation last week is therefore better imagined when, within a space of 72 hours, the lightning of death did not only smite Nigeria's two most accomplished football coaches but curiously at the same location: Benin City.

The sudden death of Stephen Keshi and Shuaib Amodu is easily the worst sporting tragedy to befall Nigeria in a long time. Ironically, the latter had penned a moving tribute to the former in the condolence register opened in Benin penultimate Wednesday. Not knowing the terminal bell had begun to toll for him as well.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

When Governor Rauf Aregbesola and Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st thrilled Osun with comedy

Last Sunday,12th of June, the city of Oshogbo virtually came to a standstill, when all roads suddenly led to the venue of  LaffMattazz With Gbenga Adeyinka And Friends. The seats were sold out and on stage was the ace Comedian himself Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st, Comedian of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and the ebullient Governor of the State Of Osun, His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The sonorous laughter echoed from the beauty of

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

This year's Nigeria Media Nite Out Award plaques to be unveiled at a stylish event in the month of July

See you there

When a beauty queen met the legendary boxing champion of the world

Lawyer, Writer and famous Nigerian ex beauty queen Helen Prest Ajayi recently shared her memory of her meeting with the Late boxing champion of the world Mohammed Ali. It was a rare meeting which the late champion held dear to his heart.

                      Muhammed Ali: A Tribute

By Helen Prest Ajayi

Muhammad Ali was everything you expected him to be and then some. Meeting him in person during his hey day is a memory I will always cherish. It was truly one of those pinch me moments. I walked into the suite interrupting a very young boy bobbing up and down jabbing his fists into the air. His father looked on beaming with pride, his eyes darting back and forth between his son and Alli while the latter looked at the display with resigned politeness.

Billionaire's daughter Gloria Ibru takes over Lekki night life

For Gloria Ibru, the daughter of Billionaire Olorogun Michael Ibru, it has always been her regular thing: music and entertainment. If you ask her, she will tell you its in-built. Gloria has always been a happy personality who has always been full of fun. At a young age, she created a band and somehow kept the band going over




                                  (Nigerian Minister of External Affairs, 1985-87)

My generation by which I mean the generation which came into political and social consciousness in the 1960s was lucky in the sense that we had many real heroes, men and women from whom we drew inspiration, who made us feel that the best was within reach and that God’s mission on earth was achievable by doing good. They did not come any greater than John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah,

Monday, 13 June 2016

Sylvanus Ekhaiyeme graduates from Air School in South Africa

It was a memorable day of joy for the Ekhaiyeme family recently, when one of their sons Sylvanus Ekhaiyeme did the entire family proud as

Ali: The Nobel Prize winner we were denied

By Louis Odion, FNGE

In a way, the Hanoi ceremony of three weeks ago could be said to share a parallel with just any of the legend's own epic duels that went the distance in the rope square. As visiting President Barak Obama happily announced the lifting of a 50-year arms embargo on Vietnam, it could as well be the declaration by an overly excited umpire in shimmering tuxedo of the scorecard after a fistic explosion before a delirious crowd inside a tense coliseum.

While diplomats on both American and Vietnamese sides could

Shopping life gets better in Nigeria as BPI pays shoppers for shopping

By Paul Ukpabio

An innovative kind of supermarket where you shop once and get paid for life, has berth in Nigeria: Sounds so wonderful isn't it? But according to Mr. Sylvanus Innocent a partner in this wave making referral business, BPI is here to stay, to change the concept of shopping in Nigeria.

The whole idea,said Mr. Sylvanus Innocent, is to better the lifestyle

Monday, 6 June 2016

At MyRainbowBooks National Creative Writing Competition Award Ceremony in Abuja

Keynote Address by Hon. Minister of Education, Mallam   Adamu Adamu, represented by Mrs. Ariba, MoE

On May 26, 2016, education key-stakeholders, parents, pupils, and representatives of various schools from all over the country gathered in The Merit House, Maitama, for the award ceremony for the MyRainbowBooks 2015 National Creative Writing Competition for Children.

The well-attended event had

Buhari in the summer of sectional discontent

By Louis Odion, FNGE

 Ten years ago, yours sincerely received an unforgettable call on a certain Sunday afternoon. It was the ebullient Jimoh Ibrahim that was on the line. The youthful billionaire, though already a friend, was in a combative mood over the day's edition of this column published on the back page of Sunday Sun which I edited then.


Wadokya set to promote African culture

Wadokya is a multi-cultural organization that engages in the service of promoting/projecting the rich cultural heritage of the Africa people, (Nigeria).
The organization has positioned to discover, develop historical sites in the country, through organising, promoting cultural tourism, concept development, TV documentaries, music and movie productions.


We are not here to merely launch a book:
“He Lived For Us All” in memory of late Chief M.N. Ugochukwu. 
Rather, we are gathered to make one final effort to salvage our nation.  In 1914 it was Lord Frederick Lugard who crafted and manipulated the amalgamation of Nigeria but after a hundred years what stares us in the face and looms large on the horizon is fragmentation.

Before we proceed to the main item, we should at least recognise the link between Lt.General T.Y. Danjuma;
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