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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Democracy feeds Turkey to fascism

By Louis Odion, FNGE

From all indications, Turkey seems marooned at a dark crossroads today. A failed coup last Friday has  not only exposed the rump of military generals but also the darker side of a democracy entrusted to an intolerant hawk, Tayyip Recep Erdogan.

Since triumphing over the

City People Group honours Peace Ambassador Cornel Udofia with Entertainment Icon Award

Cornel Udofia on stage thanking God and dedicating his award to all who believed in him

By Paul Ukpabio

Entertainment Publicist and Gladiator Cornel Udofia last Sunday, was among the entertainment personalities that were singled out for honours at the annual City People Entertainment Awards, held in

Chief Dupe Jemibewon loses Mother in law



 Chief Mrs Dupe Jemibewon with husband, Gen. David Jemibewon

Multi-linguist top socialite and business woman Chief Mrs Dupe Jemibewon has lost her mother in law. Mama Emife Jemibewon passed on in her sleep on Thursday July 21st. She was the mother of General David Jemibewon, the first military administrator of the old western region, who also is Chief Mrs Dupe's Jemibewon's husband.

Mama Emife Jemibewon was a

Thursday, 21 July 2016

UAC holds Public Lecture at Airport Hotel, Lagos, Theme; "Access To Quality Justice in Nigeria."

 
L-R; Former Attorney General of Edo State, Charles Uwesuyi Edosomwan (SAN), Convener, United Action for Change, Dr. Muize Banire (SAN), Rep. AGF, Justice (Mrs.) Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, Chairman of the occasion Hon. Justice Emanuel Ayoola, Guest Speaker, Prof. Fidelis Oditah (SAN) and Discussant, Mr. Fola Arthur-Worrey,

At the 17th graduation and 36th Prize giving day ceremony of Air force Primary School, Victoria Island, Lagos

L-R: Head Teacher, Air force Primary School, Victoria Island, Mr. Etuck Henshaw, Guest Speaker, Nimisore Akano, Head, Group Education Officer,  Nuhu Gama, Rep, Commander, 107 Headquarters, Nigeria Air force camp, Squadron leader, Olugbenga Alfred and the Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Darwin Orewere




Wednesday, 20 July 2016

I dress well to match my mom’s image - Herbal slimming expert Quincy Ayodele’s daughter


Tobi Ayodele-Keeney
After bagging a Master’s degree at the University of Baltimore in USA, Tobi Ayodele-Keeney, the first daughter of top socialite and international herbal slimming expert, Quincy Ayodele, returned home to a family business which was already thriving. With no immediate definite role to play, she wormed her way into her mother’s heart, with innovations that improved the fortune of the business in Nigeria and at the global level. 

Not too long, Tobi’s revolutionary management was enough to convince her

Labour celebrates in suit against Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Discos


L-R: President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama and coordinator General Edo Civil Society, Omobude Agbo 

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, annulled the increment in electricity tariff recently announced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris in his judgment in the suit by a human rights lawyer, Mr. Toluwani Adebiyi, challenging the increment, described NERC’s action as procedurally ultra vires, irrational, irregular and illegal. In a swift reaction, labour applauded the judgment and asked NERC and DISCOs to immediately respect the ruling, describing it as a “victory for the ordinary Nigerian who had been crushed by exploitative bills.”

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/court-annuls-45-electricity-tariff-hike/

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, annulled the increment in electricity tariff recently announced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris in his judgment in the suit by a human rights lawyer, Mr. Toluwani Adebiyi, challenging the increment, described NERC’s action as procedurally ultra vires, irrational, irregular and illegal. In a swift reaction, labour applauded the judgment and asked NERC and DISCOs to immediately respect the ruling, describing it as a “victory for the ordinary Nigerian who had been crushed by exploitative bills.”

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/court-annuls-45-electricity-tariff-hike/
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, annulled the increment in electricity tariff recently announced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris in his judgment in the suit by a human rights lawyer, Mr. Toluwani Adebiyi, challenging the increment, described NERC’s action as procedurally ultra vires, irrational, irregular and illegal. In a swift reaction, labour applauded the judgment and asked NERC and DISCOs to immediately respect the ruling, describing it as a “victory for the ordinary Nigerian who had been crushed by exploitative bills.”

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/court-annuls-45-electricity-tariff-hike/
 Activist and the Plaintiff, Barr. Toluwani Adebiyi, President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama and coordinator General Edo Civil Society Organization, Comrade Omobude Agbo
President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama and coordinator General Edo Civil Society, Omobude Agbo

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/court-annuls-45-electricity-tariff-hike/
Speaking through the chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, Labour said: “We, at the Nigeria Labour Congress, wish to state that this is a courageous judgment deserving of commendation. ‘’We also consider it victory for the ordinary Nigerian who have been crushed by exploitative bills. We urge NERC and DISCOs to obey the judgment and revert to the old rates without further delay. We demand that the NERC and DISCOs observe all the conditions precedent as contained in the sales agreement before any increase is made.’’

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/court-annuls-45-electricity-tariff-hike/
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, annulled the increment in electricity tariff recently announced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris in his judgment in the suit by a human rights lawyer, Mr. Toluwani Adebiyi, challenging the increment, described NERC’s action as procedurally ultra vires, irrational, irregular and illegal. In a swift reaction, labour applauded the judgment and asked NERC and DISCOs to immediately respect the ruling, describing it as a “victory for the ordinary Nigerian who had been crushed by exploitative bills.”

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/court-annuls-45-electricity-tariff-hike/
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, annulled the increment in electricity tariff recently announced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris in his judgment in the suit by a human rights lawyer, Mr. Toluwani Adebiyi, challenging the increment, described NERC’s action as procedurally ultra vires, irrational, irregular and illegal. In a swift reaction, labour applauded the judgment and asked NERC and DISCOs to immediately respect the ruling, describing it as a “victory for the ordinary Nigerian who had been crushed by exploitative bills.”

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/court-annuls-45-electricity-tariff-hike/

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Chinese community mourn Late Ambassador Victor Chibundu, says: “We will miss him dearly.”




The Chinese Community
By Paul Ukpabio
When former Nigerian Ambassador to China, Victor Chibundu, died on June 8, 2016, it was a sad news to his family, to Nigerians in general who knew him, and to all those he had related with across the world in his various national assignments and postings.
But also sadder it was for the Chinese people

ICT is the new hope for youth employment says Prof. Adesola Aderounmu



L-R: Lead Strategist/Group Executive Editor, DigitalSENSE Africa Ltd, Mr. Remmy Nweke, Deputy Director, Spectrum Administration, Nigeria Communications Commission, Mr. Oluwatoyin Asaju, Executive Director, Operations, DigitalSENSE Africa Ltd, Mrs. Nkemdillim Nweke, Assistant General Manager, Nigerian Communication Satellite Ltd, Ms Ibiye Membere, Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu and Team Lead, Brand and Marketing, SystemSpecs, Mr. Lanre Adelanwa


The Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of Communication Prof. Adesola Aderounmu has called on youths across the country to embrace ICT as a means of getting employment and being independent. 

Prof. Aderounmu who is also a Lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, made this known at the recently held DigitalSENSE Africa Forum held at Digital Bridge Institute, at former NITEL Training School, Cappa-Oshodi, Lagos State.

He said "I want youths to embrace

My life as Sunny Ade’s wife - Modupe Adeniyi-Adegeye

 

One would naturally expect that being married to Nigeria’s Juju music legend, King Sunny Ade, would make his wife, Chief Mrs Modupe Adeniyi-Adegeye, also a popular figure. But if she enjoys any form of popularity, it will be on account of her office as the Regional Chairperson of Lions Club International. PAUL UKPABIO met her at a Lions Club International event in Lagos, where she bagged yet another ‘appreciation award’ from the outgoing District Governor of Lions Club International District 404B-2, Dr Christine Adebajo. An expert in hospitality and hotel management turned school administrator, Mrs Adegeye is enjoying life as a top but quiet socialite and grandmother. She shares the secrets of her happy home, how she met the legendary musician, the joy of serving humanity and the peace she found in marital life.


You are a staunch Lion today, giving back to

JUSTFOOD: A tale of true enterprise based on customer satisfaction



In the Nigerian Food industry, and in neighbouring West African countries, no company has made so much impression within such a short time of operations. JustFood was established in 1989 and began operations by representing leading global brands like Taylor and Pritchitts. The Company quickly pioneered the concept of encouraging smaller entrepreneurs into the ice-cream business, which positively impacted on the growth of the ice-cream category as a whole.

Early success was based on

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Night 'Urban 96 FM' brought down Lekki Coliseum Rooftop


By Paul Ukpabio

Friday nights are special nights in Lagos. The nightlife is heavy around the city. From the neon light districts of Ikeja, Surulere, Maryland, in the mainland area, down to highbrow Lekki and Victoria Island, the nightlife bubbles like there’s no tomorrow.

Penultimate Friday was no exception as Alphavision Multimedia, operators of Urban 96 FM threw her ‘Big Switch’ party that doubled as official launch of her 96.5 Lagos dial, which kicked off operations months ago, after an initial test transmission.

The event, which took place at Lekki Coliseum Rooftop, saw Lagos fans, Music lovers, Media and Marketing Royalty celebrities hitting the roof with the ‘Feel Good Hit Music’ Radio dial.

DJ Neptune set things off with

Friday, 15 July 2016

There is no price for love says: Africa’s Fashion designer and music buff,


Mudiaga Enajemo (Mudi)

Delta state born top designer Mudiaga Clement Enajemo popularly known as Mudi, has in the last two and a half decades, blazed the trail in the fashion industry in Nigeria and across Africa. From a humble beginning Mudi has established in big cities in Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Ghana. 

When ex Ghanaian President, John Kufuor and ex Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga were in office, Mudi was their favourite clothier! A fashion style creator, Mudi's clientele in Nigeria, is a list of who is who.

Rawlings and Abacha's blood money

Rawlings

By Louis Odion, FNGE

Like a witch undergoing the last purgation at death's door, J J Rawlings' tongue dramatically came unhinged last week in a fit of abominable rant, thereby diminishing whatever remained of his moral capital as possible hero of post-colonial Africa.

He granted an exclusive interview to The Guardian published last Sunday. But by dabbling in the Nigerian affair in a manner that exposes shallow understanding of the nation's history and greed for dollars, the man once fondly called "Junior Jesus" only succeeded in giving himself away as perhaps the ultimate political Judas.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

I left Kano a married woman, now I’m back a widow -Baroness Halima Fernandez


Baroness Halima Fernandez with Late Billionaire husband

By Paul Ukpabio

When Ambassador Anthonio Oladeinde Fernandez passed on Tuesday September 1st, 2015, the news spread around the world in seconds, and many in different countries and different continents were somehow affected because Fernandez was an influential billionaire with interest in many places: Though with a big family and friends, the closest to him at that moment of transition, was his dear wife, the Baroness of Dudley, Halima Fernandez.

And it was to the Baroness that the duty of carrying out the wish of the late Baron of Dudley and one of the richest men to come out of Africa, His Excellency, Anthonio Deinde Fernandez, to be buried in the city of Belgium, fell upon.

Perhaps putting together an exotic funeral befitting of such a world class figure who had been a Permanent Representative of so many African countries including Central African Republic and was known to be a friend of world leaders “like late Nelson Mandela, George Bush Senior, Mobutu Seseseko, Gnassimgbe Eyadema and Kofi Annan” was indeed not an easy task.

The Baroness confessed that “it was a deep moment for me, having to take on the pain of my beloved husband, and at the same time, face the duty of putting together a funeral that he would have loved.”

Insider information confirmed how family members were assisted in different ways by the Baroness Halima Fernandez, to ensure that they gathered in Belgium to honour their late hero and father at a funeral service laid out at and burial that followed in the same city.

Why Belgium was chosen for the burial ceremony of course became an immediate cause of worry among family members who are said not to have been privy to the late billionaires wish and soon snowballed to a family squabble with the wife.


But apparently expectant of such a misgiving, the late billionaire Anthonio Deinde Fernandez, who was born in the late 1920s in Isale Eko and hailed from the Olumegbon Royal Family of Isale Eko had planned ahead: Said the late man’s wife, “I continually admire his innate ability to be in charge of details of everything. He was indeed a great man. A man I admired and loved deeply.”

Baroness Halima Fernandez said her

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Ooni of Ife dazzles on, presence stuns at (Unilag) Ivory Tower event

L-R: Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rahamon Bello; Chairman of the Occasion, Mr. Fola Adeola; Guest Speaker, Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, his wife, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Duro Oni

By Paul Ukpabio

As it has been in the last months since his ascension to the ancient throne of Ife, the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and his wife, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi have been making high impressions wherever they stop by in the society. 

Jazz Empress Gloria Ibru and Friends light up sleepy Festac Town

It was all fun and glam when entertainment hangout Rumours played host to the 4th edition of the GLORIA IBRU and Friends tour tagged #GIAF.

The club tour of select fun hangouts in Lagos by Gloria Ibru and her G Note band is a prelude to the album launch of the Jazz Empress who has concluded plans to make the album available to fans before the end of the year. 

The #GIAF show in months gone by had been to

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Night Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Senator Gbenga Obadara and Banke Obisesan became Lions



By Paul Ukpabio

All work and no play makes Jack and Jill a dull boy and girl. Taking a hint from there, the Lions Club District 404B-2 rolled out a large tush green carpet to usher in their influential guests to an evening of work, fun and party, as the outgoing District Governor, Lion Dr Christine Funke Adebajo presented her outgoing address of stewardship and excellence awards to deserving persons and organisations, that supported the club's humanitarian cause, throughout her period of service.

It was a special evening for outgoing District Governor, Lion Dr Christine Funke Adebajo whose notch for excellence is said to have seen the club through the year.


The event which took place at The Quadosh event place in Ikeja, Lagos, had an array of top socialites that graced the occasion. Amongst them were Senator Gbenga Ashafa and wife Folashade, Senator Gbenga Obadara, Lion Stella Agbogun who is also a multiple district council chairperson, Lion T.OS Adewunmi, past district governor Engr Olaitan Onalaja, Lion Princess Toyin Atobatele, Lion Deji Adebajo, Mrs Banke Obisesan and a host of other distinguish personalities. 

In her welcome address, Lion Folashade Ashafa who headed the district award night cum dinner party committee extolled the virtues of the outgoing District Governor as “The Mother Theresa of our enviable District, our own bold, brainy and beautiful First Female District Governor, a doctor par excellence and of course an exemplary leader with a touch of class."

Holiday as new opium for recession



By Louis Odion, FNGE

Who or what misled the Federal Government into announcing a wrong date for the Sallah holiday that just ended?

A rather disturbing account circulated midweek. It was whispered that the monumental embarrassment could have been saved had there not been a chasm between the Buhari people and the Sokoto sultanate. The tradition was that the Interior Ministry interacted with the Sultan as the head of the nation's Muslim community before public holiday(s) was declared in the circumstance.

Ambode calls for a holy life beyond Ramadan says Lagos will work for all



Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has urged Muslim faithful and all Lagosians to carry on with the principles of the holy month of Ramadan which are love, peace, kindness, compassion and happy co-existence.

Speaking at a special Eid el-Fitri celebration organized by the State Government to

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

US warns of likely EID EL FITR terror attack



Dolapo Badmus

A loud alarm has been sounded by the United States Consulate in Nigeria about a likely terror attack in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city. According to a statement published on the website of the US Mission, top hotels in Lagos, a regular spots for expatriates, are the likely targets of the terrorists. And these terrorists have decided to choose the celebrations days marking the EID EL FITR, to perpetuate their evil act on the citizens and the entire nation.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Success is nothing if you don't have someone to share it with

-Funmi Goka (DMD/ GM Public Affairs Nig. Agip Oil)

 

No doubt, Olufunmilayo Goka has had an exotic life. From the corridors of Ikoyi an upper class district in Lagos, where she grew up as the daughter of a Minister in the First Republic, she moved to America and Britain to further her education. On return, Funmi Goka as friends fondly call her, climbed the corporate ladder, to become the first Nigerian woman to be appointed the Deputy Managing Director and General Manager Public Affairs of Nigeria Agip Oil Company Limited, a multi-national business concern.

Funmi Goka shares her lifestyle with us

Pastor Sunday Adelaja of Embassy Of God Church Finally Opens Up



Interview by Sola Olugbemiro

Can we know you sir? 
My name is Pastor Sunday Adelaja, Founder of Embassy of the blessed Kingdom for all Nations Church in Kiev, Ukraine.

How did the Lord Minister to you to start God Embassy Church?  
I was on scholarship to the former USSR after I forgo my admission to the then university of Ife. On getting to Russia I got so disappointed because there were no churches and the whole country looked old fashion. Especially since I also had another scholarship to Columbia university in the USA. While I was murmuring and complaining a senior colleague of mine told me about God being a God of purpose. He challenged me to pray, which I did after two weeks of intense prayers, I had a three day encounter with Jesus appearing to me. He showed me leading a whole crowd of white followers in their thousands. To cut a long story short, that is what God has done over the years. By the time I was 33 years old I had build the largest evangelical church in all of Europe with 99% being while Caucasians.

As a spirit filled and anointed with the largest congregation in Ukraine can you tell us how it all started ? 

At the 2016 Offot Ukwa Association National Convention which took place at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre in Dallas USA


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