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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

But for God's grace, I was meant to be a nobody - Professor Zachariah Debo Adeyewa (V-C Redeemer University) at 60

Prof. Adeyewa with wife, and colleagues at Redeemer University

No doubt, Professor Zachariah Debo Adeyewa, the Vice Chancellor of Redeemer’s University Ede, Osun State, is a thorough bred academic! An embodiment of simplicity and diligence: traits he acknowledges has been endowed on him by the grace of God.

Few days ago, it was his sixtieth birthday. A big landmark in his life, but the Vice Chancellor was simply contented, sitting with his wife among his colleagues, campus students and a few family members, singing Christian hymns, playing music instruments and dancing to love songs he has been composing over the years for his darling wife. His excited wife danced along with him as they re-capped the dance steps of the earlier and present years of their married life.


Among the students, staff and principal officers of the Redeemer’s University, Professor Zachariah Debo Adeyewa is spoken of in amiable manner, in terms of character, dedication to the cause of the university, and above all, his humility.

  

In this interview with Paul Ukpabio, the Vice Chancellor opened up on issues that have bedeviled private universities in Nigeria, and the lifestyle that has made him a two-term Deputy Vice Chancellor at a public university, and Vice Chancellor of a topmost private university.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

TASTEE FRIED CHICKEN BRINGS EXCITEMENT AND GREAT TASTE TO AKOWONJO ...UNVEILS ITS STUNNING NEW LOOK

   
De Tastee Fried Chicken Limited, the owners of Tastee Fried Chicken are all set to introduce their delicious signature cuisine to the teeming population of the most populous Local Government Area in Lagos, Alimosho LGA. The Akowonjo outlet will be the very first Tastee Restaurant to showcase the Brand's exciting and contemporary new look.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Nordica Fertility Centre celebrates Endometriosis Week in Lagos



 
Lagos fertility centre popularly known as Nordica Fertility, penultimate Saturday, celebrated Endo Week with a Road Walk enlightenment campaign on endometriosis. As early as 7am, a huge crowd had gathered at City Mall in Onikan Central Lagos, the starting point for the exercise. But the walk itself was preceded by an aerobic session and a surprise rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” for Mrs Onigbanjo Jibike who has been a staunch endometriosis awareness advocate over the years.

Monday, 20 March 2017

ARIYA REPETE re-unites Sir Shina Peters and KWAM1


Ariya Repete, the Goldberg’s Roundtable on Yoruba music held recently in Lagos, was a major reunification tonic for Afro Juju maestro, Sir Shina Peters and a prominent Fuji crooner, King Wasiu Ayinde, Marshall, popular known as KWAM 1.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

GOLDBERG FUJI T’O BAM: 2016 WINNER SET TO RELEASE ALBUM

L-R: Funso Ayeni, Senior Brand Manager, Regional Mainstream Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Franco Maria Maggi, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc; Tope Ajani, winner of the 2016 Goldberg Fuji T’o Bam competition and Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc, when Tope Ajani clinched the Wura 1 title at the Fuji T'o Bam grand finale in Ibadan.

Tope Ajani, a budding Fuji musician based in Akure, Ondo State is set to release his first album after winning the 2016 edition of Goldberg Fuji T’o Bam.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

"NIWA HAS EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO NIGERIAN WATERWAYS" - SAYS MINISTER OF MINES, DR. KAYODE FAYEMI




Federal Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi last week Friday in Lagos, explained to sand miners and other users of Nigerian inland waterways that the authority to regulate activities on the waterways in Nigeria belongs to National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).

An Insider’s Guide to Canada’s Capital: A Visual Print Project created by Two Nigerian Entrepreneurs and their Multi-talented Team in Canada



Written by the Co-founders of Wingd, Zainab N-Muse & David Ebere



The intention of our company, Wingd has always been to squash negative perceptions of millennials as uncreative and unmotivated people. We launched Wingd in order to provide opportunities for people to communicate relevant content in a world where superficial information often makes the rounds. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Ogbemudia: The perils of longevity

By Louis Odion, FNGE

To secure a durable place in history, said John Kenneth Galbraith, you have to die young.
By this assertion, the late great American economist would seem to underline the paradox of early bloomers, the hyper-achievers who, on account of packing so much Alphas into their early lives, often end up being sentenced to the drudgery of spending their remaining years on earth in acute redundancy.

NiRA makes heavy presence at First Bank of Nigeria Maiden Agric Expo


First Bank of Nigeria Maiden Agric Expo on Tuesday 14th March 2017, held the maiden edition of the much talked about Agric Expo. At the event, the Special Guest of Honour, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Chief Audu Ogbeh after declaring the exhibition open, spoke on the importance of the agriculture sector, in relation to the growth of the nation. 

Heritage Bank celebrate International Women’s Day with activities


For Heritage Bank, one of Nigeria’s 21st century innovative banks, it was one of the crowning activities of the week-long celebration of the International Women’s Week, when last Saturday, management and staff of the organization, took time off to exercise the body with aerobic dance. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Amosun, Obasanjo commend Nigerian Breweries On Backward Integration

L-R: Chief Kola Jamodu, Chairman, Nigerian Breweries; Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Executive Governor, Ogun State  and Chief Abraham Akanle, representative of former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the commissioning of  the upgraded  Ota brewery recently

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo have commended the backward integration policy of Nigerian Breweries.

Lagos: The environment challenge · 27,500 jobs are underway as sanitary inspectors with pensionable career prospects



Lagos State Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

By Louis Odion 

At the inauguration of Professor Pat Utomi, desert-conquering Newton Jibunoh; ace musicians Lagbaja, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM 1) and this writer as Lagos State Ambassadors of Environment in 2009 at a solemn ceremony at the Government House, then Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN was specific in his expectation.

Full text of Ijaw Leader and Statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark's tribute to Late BRIG-GEN S. O. OGBEMUDIA

Chief Edwin Clark
TO MY BOSSOM FRIEND AND MENTOR, THE ARCHITECT OF NEW MIDWEST STATE, NOW DELTA AND EDO STATES –
HIS EXCELLENCY, BRIG-GEN. DR. SAMUEL OSAIGBOVO OGBEMUDIA

The passing on of His Excellency, Brig.-Gen Dr. Samuel OsaigbovoOgbemudia on 9th March, 2017, came to me as a rude shock. This is because only two days before his demise, I had spoken to his eldest daughter Mrs. Dele George and I informed her that I will be going to visit her father now that I am in Lagos. Little did I know that this plan will not materialize as my bosom friend and mentor will go to rest with the Lord; true meaning of “Man propose, God disposes.”

Monday, 13 March 2017

President Buhari resumes work




For the love of the country, President Mohammed Buhari is said to have resumed work today. Buhari who returned to the country last Friday, spent the weekend resting and adjusting to the settings of aso rock, the presidential enclave. 

OBJ's missing guests

By Louis Odion, FNGE

It was inevitable that a deluge of stirring tributes and a contagion of saccharin smiles would pervade the unveiling last weekend of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo's latest monument, the Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, to mark his "estimated" 80th birthday.

Fellow Countrymen, Corruption deserves to be put to death




A Book Review

Title:             Antidotes for Corruption: the Nigeria story
Pagination:
Author:        Senator Dino Melaye.
Publisher:    AfricAgenda Limited, Abuja, Nigeria.

Reviewer:    Babatunde Faniyan



“In the Beginning, God created the heaven and the earth . . .

. . . And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth . . .

. . . And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good”

- The Holy Bible; Genesis 1:1-31.But this Very Good setting by God was soon polluted by Man.

Friday, 10 March 2017

At the glamorous wedding between the families of Clinton Peters and Dr David Abia-Okon in Lagos



High society gathered for one of its own two weeks ago as the families of Clinton Peters and Dr David Abia Okon gave out their children in a solemnization of Holy Matrimony in Lagos.


The wedding between Linda Ekaete Abia Okon and Oge Temitope Peters attracted the cream de la crème of society. While the church ceremonies took place at All Saints Anglican Church, Ikosi–Ketu, Lagos, the wedding reception took place at Lekki Coliseum, phase one, Lekki, where guests were entertained along with the frills and trills of high society event.

Finally President Buhari returns to Nigeria!


Jubilation took over Kaduna airport this morning as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria returned to Nigeria from London , after about two months holiday in the United Kingdom. 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Christian Pilgrims’ Commission expands with new offices

Rev. Tor Uja


ABUJA: The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) has come up with new offices, to add to the earlier six that was on ground in the six zonal areas of the country. 

According to a News Agency of Nigeria report, Mr Celestine Ogugua, Head Media at  The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that Rev. Tor Uja, Executive Secretary of NCPC, created the offices to bring pilgrimage closer and make it accessible to the people.

The newly created metropolitan offices are: Abuja, Asaba, Gombe, Kano, Lagos, Awka, Port Harcourt and Sokoto.

He said that the commission had moved its South West Zonal office from Lagos to Ibadan, South South from Yenagoa to Uyo and North Central Zonal office moved from Gwagwalada to Makurdi.

Zonal Metropolitan Heads that would coordinate the activities of the newly created Metropolitan offices, have also been appointed.

Fashola's Love Letter

Babatunde Raji Fashola



By Louis Odion

From Ibadan Monday came a report that should comfort long-suffering energy consumers in Nigeria. While addressing the 12th edition of the monthly meeting of stakeholders in the power sector, 3-in-1 minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, spoke to the heart of the big moral question DISCOs (distribution companies) have been unable to answer. 

Just how fair is it for consumers to pay for services not rendered?
The extortionate strategy is simple: estimated billing system. In order word, whether electricity is supplied or not, you are made to pay a fixed rate, failing which you are summarily disconnected.

Speaking that day, the former Lagos governor rose in defense of helpless consumers by saying they have a right to resist paying for services not enjoyed. To be sure, each time the minister explains that power generation is hampered by lack of gas to power the plant, people can understand. (Of course, people can also see that BRF has grown more grey hair over sleepless nights trying to make the power plants deliver more megawatts.)

But what does not make sense to the people is when the DISCOs seek to make them pay for services not delivered. That certainly was not the promise when the nation's power assets were privatized years ago.

Such shylock arrangement, it must be said, only amounts to incentivizing the bad behaviors of the DISCOs. Once they are made to realize their revenue is tied to performance, there will be the push to sit up.

Over the years, deadlines have been set for the DISCOs by the power regulatory agency for consumers to be metered. But it is always convenient and profitable for the companies to breach same.

This writer is a victim. One has been waging a running battle with the DISCO in Edo State which will not supply a pre-paid meter to one's private residence in Benin despite repeated application. One had paid for a meter replacement to the old PHCN after the existing one got blown up by power surge.

On assumption, the Benin DISCO said they didn't have the records. So, it was convenient to begin to drop estimated bill at the gate monthly even when the cumulative energy supply for 30 days would probably not exceed 24 hours! Truth is: for our energy need, we depend largely on our own mini "power plant" of two weather-beaten generating sets with the public supply as a mere "back up". 
Not content with the extortion by "estimated bill", the Benin DISCO later expanded the terror by cooking up a "crazy bill" indicating an exponential 1,200 percent hike of the former! It took a personal call to the highest authorities in the Benin DISCO before the "crazy bill" was reluctantly reviewed a bit downward. 

Since, one has written and written, prayed, "dry-fasted", lobbied for just a pre-paid meter to be supplied, even at one's cost, without success. And we are told we cannot go out of our ways to procure one, except the one customized by the DISCO itself. So, one has had to draw more than a dose of the biblical Job's patience to endure all the shenanigans of the Benin DISCO ever since.

With Fashola's Monday declaration, one sincerely hopes the DISCOs will realize the game is finally up. We cannot be talking of efficiency in the sector if emphasis is how much return the DISCOs make on their investment without anyone asking how much value they bring to the table.
Thank you, BRF.

I’m in soap making business, to enhance women’s beauty

-Modupe Gladys Mills (Nigeria’s Famous Skin Therapist)


By Paul Ukpabio

It was middle last month, on Wednesday 16th of February 2017 precisely, when a cross section of Nigerian Fashion Designers, gathered at the NCAC Arts Gallery at The National Arts Theatre, for a seminar on Branding and Fashion Business, that was where we met Modupe Gladys Mills, a lady who has rapidly turned out to be Nigeria’s famous skin therapist and most sought after professional in that field.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Centennial celebration: Ilupeju Diamond Lions club execute tree planting project




Penultimate week, Ilupeju Diamond  Lions club executed its tree planting project, in line with protecting the environment and environmental cleaning.

The choice venue and start off point was the Ilupeju Senior High School located in Ilupeju, Lagos Mainland, Nigeria, with the Principal of the school along with the teacher in charge of Agricultural Science being involved.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Promasidor Nigeria...Promoting a Healthy Environment by Adhering to World Class Standards

The Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria, Mr Olivier Thiry, ably assisted by Mrs. Adetola Wosilat Onisarotu, a Director in Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA)  planting a tree in the premises of Promasidor

Promasidor Nigeria has reiterated that it would continue to maintain a healthy environment by keeping to standards in line with best practices.

The Head Legal and Public Relations, Promasidor Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Enahoro, made this assertion during an interview in Lagos where he stated that Promasidor has been keeping to regulations on healthy environment, and that it is very essential for businesses to adhere to environmental laws in order to thrive and also for the benefit of people living within that locality.

VCI @ 70: An old boy's declassified file

By Louis Odion, FNGE

Even as a rookie reporter with Concord Press back in 1993, I did not have to scale any big hurdle to see legal icon, Chief Gani Fewinhinmi, SAN, that very first day. Once the receptionist at his Anthony, Lagos chambers announced via the intercom that the visitor was "from Victory College Ikare", I was immediately led upstairs and ushered into his expansive office.

Ijaw Chief and Statesman Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, hosts new President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo World Wide

L-R: Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Tonye Graham Douglas; Elder State Man, Chief Edwin Clark; President General Ohaneze Ndigbo World Wide; Chief Barr. Dr. Nnia Nwodo, and Chief Emeka Ezeife,   .

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Lo, this 'Jungle Don Mature'

By Louis Odion, FNGE

It would sound a perfect ad lib to his most overly political song yet, "E be like say". With a single Instagram anti-establishment post a fortnight ago, Nigerian pop star, Innocent Idibia (aka 2Face), stampeded the nation into what some, given the timing, began to fear might finally usher our own Arab Spring.
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