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Saturday, 29 April 2017

At the Commissioning of the Solonic Pilot Sheme Lights Project at Magodo, Phase 2, Lagos

Far left: Peter Ewerem, (MD, Solonic Nigeria), 3rd left Otunba Olu Adenodi Chairman, Solonic Nigeria), Hans Holtman (MD Solonic Germany, and members of the Residents' Association

Senator Dino Melaye’s new book gets ‘May 2017’ launch date



Come May 2017, Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, will be agog with excitement for the launch of Antidotes For Corruption: The Nigerian Story, a book written by Senator Dino Melaye, a frontline APC Senator in the Nigerian Senate chambers.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Elated US First Lady, Melania Trump, celebrates 47th birthday in style


*US media agog with photos of First Lady

It was a busy day for America's First Lady Melania Trump as she celebrated her 47th birthday some hours ago, attending one high profile event for top government officials after another, in Washington DC.

'Children of Our World' debuts on ABN TV Houston, USA



*Programme Producer and children-presenters, 

pay visit to FRSC Marshal in Abuja


Children of Our World a new magazine children programme made a debut on television few weeks back. The programme which is mainly recorded in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja is also presently in regular productions.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

At LIONS CLUB Tree Planting Day, Centenary President, Lion Olatundun Omoshaye enjoin members


For all Lions Club members who took part in the Club’s International Tree planting activity last Friday, it was a fun-filled exercise, sharing thoughts and duty to the various communities.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Edo rolls out red carpet for agripreneurs



Are you an agripreneur? If yes, your next call should be to the Edo State Ministry of Agriculture where officials are daily screening applicants who intend to participate in the government’s ongoing agripreneural initiative.

ARIYA REPETE: First Set of Artistes for Quarter Finals Emerge in Akure, Ibadan


(L-R: Osadare Abayomi, a Juju music artiste; Oladele Damilola, Afolabi Ibrahim, both Fuji music artistes and Ojo Abiodun, another Juju music artiste, all selected winners to the quarter finals of the ongoing Ariya Repete)
A total of nine contestants, four from Akure and five from Ibadan, have made it to the quarter final stage of the ongoing Ariya Repete, a talent hunt competition for Fuji and Juju music in the South-West. The auditions that produced the winners held in Akure and Ibadan on April 19 and 21, 2017, respectively.

Monday, 24 April 2017

RUNSEWE Commends Aviation Minister On Abuja Airport




Director-General, National Council for Arts and culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe has hinted that the formal opening of Abuja Airport within the promised time frame will rob off positively on all agencies of government saddled with national projects to fast track delivery on expectations and promises, thereby accelerating national development.


Assuring that NCAC will pursue the change in orientation and also raise the faith of ordinary Nigerians on government policy decisions, the NCAC DG commended the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Serika for keeping to the promise of reopening Abuja Airport within the time frame, nothing that the development has greatly improved and changed the perception of Nigerians and foreign observers to government assurances to deliver on dividends of democracy.


Runsewe further stated, “Senator Hadi Serika has got guts and knows his onions as a pilot and senator, noting that his positive and exemplary attitude is welcomed by all Nigerians”. 


He called on Nigerians to embrace the culture of trusting and praying for those in leadership positions and where possible become agents of change through positive contributions and showing unwavering faith and trust in government promises to turn around the economy and restore the pride of Nigeria as destination for culture and tourism.

On popular demand, we bring back memories of how Senator Dr. Isiaka Adeleke celebrated his 61st birthday at country home



Sen Adeleke and wife Nike


When Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke turned 61 last Friday 15th January 2016, the ex Governor and two term senator, thought, he will quietly mark the special day, with a few members of his family and friends.  But contrary to that simple thought, the party that later rolled in that day, turned out to be a big celebration.

Family and friends trooped into the Adeleke extensive compound at his country home at Ede in Osun state, quite early in the morning. But many did not meet the celebrant at home. With a train-like convoy,  the amiable Senator had gone out to  town, to hand over his birthday gift to the people of Osun state.

SUBSCRIBERS, VISITORS LAUD BUILDCON AT LAGOS EXHIBITION



Visitors, subscribers and real estate stakeholders have commended Buildcon Global Services Limited, a real estate company based in Lagos, for its commitment to quality and standard in the delivery of its products.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Oyo Govt. moves against boundary disputes…


Oyo State Government has called for peaceful co-existence, urging neighbouring States to be calm and cautious over boundary disputes.

Air Peace duty manager saved from airport mob


It was a show of shame when angry passengers who were disappointed due to cancellation of flight by air peace authorities, decided to man handle the airline staff yesterday, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Opeyemi Abiiba wins at Miss Hotlegs NiG 2017 Finals


*   ...As Efe and Yinka get cash rewards  

It was an exciting evening on Easter Monday at the colorfully lit Bespoke Centre in Lekki, Lagos, as contestants for the Miss Hotlegs Nigeria 2017 battled for the coveted crown.

MURIC commends FG on move to recruit 30,000 policemen

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has lauded the recent disclosure by the Deputy Inspector General DIG in charge of north-west zone, Maigari Dikko in Birnin Kebbi to recruit about 30,000 more into the police force.

Friday, 21 April 2017

World tourism conference 2018 holds in Nigeria

The right to host the United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference in 2018, has been given to Nigeria.
Nigeria got the go-ahead to host the 2018 big event, at the 61st meeting of African Ministers in charge of Tourism tagged UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF).

Ghost dollars, grotesque state

Suspended NIA top-shot Oke in the middle

By Louis Odion, FNGE

Like a typical Shakespearean comedy, the great dollar find in Lagos penultimate Thursday following a whistleblower's tip-off seems to have inadvertently bequeathed to the public space a slew of memorable jokes - some quite libelous.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

El-Rufai's Wife, Other dignitaries for 'MyRainbowBooks Award' in Abuja


Come April 27, 2017, MyRainbowBooks will hold the 2016 National Creative Writing Contest for Children. The award ceremony will be held for the winners and finalists at The Merit House, Maitama, Abuja.

How Obey's Music shot my business up by 400% in 1967 - Baba Ijebu

Ex-President Obasanjo Reveals How Ebenezer Obey's Music Helps Him To Work



Adire Carnival 2017 December loading...


Come December 2017, Africa's well represented cultural event, the Adire Carnival will roll out its activities. The annual event will feature among other things, exhibitions, adire materials in all colours, carnival,stage performances, choreographers, poetry, traditional (local) cuisines, dances, drums, fashion and funfair.

Boko Haram Commander ex wife arrested

Chibok girls

c15-year -old girl, Fatima Kabir believed to be the ex-wife of Boko Haram factional leader, Malam Mamman Nur, has beem arrested.


According to the Commandant of Borno Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Malam Ibrahim Abdu, the girl was arrested by the intelligence unit of the corps in company of another teenage girl, Amina Salisu in Maiduguri.

Uchechi Okere Wins at El Marino Alukimba Table Tennis Tournament


Uchechi Okere, a Teacher at Redeemer International Secondary School.has emerged winner of this year's El Marino Alukimba Table Tennis tournament which took place at El Marino Sports Club on Monday. April 17, 2017.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

RUNSEWE, NCAC DG THUMBS UP AMBODE ON LAGOS CULTURE BOARD

The Director – General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe has praised the foresight of Lagos Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for inaugurating a new board for Arts and Culture in Lagos, noting that the effort is not only timely but the right way to revive culture and show example to other states.

APC National Women Leader not new FMBN appointed Executive Director

Sunday, 16 April 2017

16 Osborne Street, Ikoyi still under security surveillance


Pix Source: The Nation newspaper Words by Paul Ukpabio

DATELINE 14TH April 2017: Mum seems to be the word at the co-joined, twin towers on 16 Osborne Street, Ikoyi, the house where the EFCC is said to have found lump sums of money running into several millions of naira, but in foreign currency.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Gov Fayose condemns continued detention of Suswan, Babangida Aliyu, Austin Okai, others


Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has decried the indiscriminate arrest and continued detention of former Governors of Benue and Niger States, Mr Gabriel Suswan and Dr Babangida Aliyu as well the National coordinator of Peoples Democratic Party National Youth Frontier (PDPNYF), Comrade Austin Usman Okai, describing their continued detention as further demonstration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government regime of vindictiveness and disrespect for the laws of Nigeria.

EMPOWERMENT DONATION: Ondo Gov test-drives grader

Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, test-driving a grader, one of the empowerment items donated by the Senator representing the Ondo Southern Senatorial District, Pastor Yele Omogunwa, to the people of the senatorial district in Ode-Irele on Thursday.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Dogara Vs el-Rufai: A-looter continua...



By Louis Odion, FNGE


Though elegant-sounding and seemingly mouthful, the word "subterfuge" actually connotes and denotes something far from noble - treachery.

It describes a bid to draw a red herring and, in the context of an argument, disrupt the opponent's stream of consciousness by smuggling a diversionary matter into the loop. 

One cannot find a better word to classify the war of pay slips that erupted in the past few days between Nasir el-Rufai, the feisty Kaduna governor, and the otherwise dour-faced House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

NiRA holds AGM 28th April


The President of Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA) Rev’d Sunday Afolayan has announced NiRA’s intention to hold its 9th Annual General Meeting in Lagos.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

#BBNaija: Television as madness - Reuben Abati

What a relief! So, the Big Brother Naija reality television programme is finally over. It ended Sunday evening with 23-year old Efe Michael Ejemba, University of Jos graduate of Economics and singer winning the N25 million + SUV at stake, with 57.6% of the votes from over 24 million voters across Africa. Warri, where Efe’s family lives, erupted in excitement. At the Multichoice viewing centre in Ikeja, Lagos, where Katung Aduwak took charge so brilliantly, there was a similar eruption of incandescent joy. I was relieved because for about 70 days, the Big Brother Naija show was a big distraction, crass capitalism at its most cynical edge, a source of unmanageable madness in homes and on the streets. Now that it is over, it is time for some honest frank talk for the attention of all stakeholders involved.

ECONOMY: Gov El-Rufai Commends Nigerian Breweries

(L-R: Zamfara State Governor and ‎Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Alh. Abdullazeez Abubakar Yari; Kaduna State Governor and Summit host, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai; Kano State Governor, Alh. Umar Ganduje; APC’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and Mr. Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser of Nigerian Breweries Plc pointing out a thing of interest to the visitors at NB's Stand during the Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit) 

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, has commended Nigerian Breweries Plc for its role in the economic development of the state stressing that the company remains the biggest tax payer in Kaduna State.

GOV. AMBODE INAUGURATES BOARD OF ARTS AND CULTURE AT LAGOS HOUSE, IKEJA

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), congratulating veteran Actress and member of the Board of Arts & Culture, Joke Silva  (left) while the Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola (right) during the inauguration of the Board at the Conference room, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Nigeria without Dangote?

Alhaji Aliko Dangote
By Louis Odion, FNGE

Listening to Alhaji Aliko Dangote speak at a colloquium held penultimate Tuesday in Lagos to mark Asiwaju's 65th birthday, one could again not help feeling the magnitude of the Nigerian tragedy inflicted by leadership deficit.

RECKITT BENCKISER Restates Commitment To Clean, Healthy Nigeria…Celebrates World Health Day With Ogun State

From Left to Right: Mr. Rahul Murgai, Managing Director, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) West Africa;  Mr. Ata Rashid Sadfar, RB’s Senior Vice President for Africa; Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Chief Olu Falomo, Chairman, Reckitt Benckiser  West Africa
Reckitt Benckiser, RB, world’s leading consumer health and hygiene Company has restated its commitment to a clean and healthy Nigeria that will boost the capacity and productivity of the citizens.

The initiative under the “Clean Healthy Naija” programme encompasses a number of steps geared towards awareness creation, education and behavioural change to achieve a cleaner and healthier Nigeria. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Gospel Music Stars dazzle Ebenezer Obey on 75th Birthday...Bola Are, Tope Alabi


Culled from Asabe AfrikaTV

How Yinka Ayefele dazzled Obasanjo's wife at Ebenezer Obey's 75th birthday bash


Culled from Asabe AfrikaTV

King Sunny Ade Performs @ OBEY's 75th birthday As Obasanjo, Osoba, Abebutu Celebrates Obey



Culled from Asabe AfrikaTV

Mega 99, Nikkr Spooner, Dele Abiodun & Tolu Obey dazzled @ Ebenezer Obey's 75th birthday



Culled from Asabe AfrikaTV

Fuji Music Stars dazzle Ebenezer Obey on 75th birthday...Obesere, Ayuba, Sefiu Alao, KWAM 2 & Salawa




Culled from Asabe AfrikaTV

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Wife of Oyo Gov donates Information Technology Building to Ajayi Crowther University



Photo shows, Right to left: The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, his wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi and their children, Abimbola and Bisola on Wednesday at the inauguration of  an Information Technology Building donated to Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo by Mrs. Ajimobi as part of activities marking her 58th birthday.

EXCITEMENT AS GOLDBERG EXCELLENCY TOUR CLIMAXES IN OYO



Photo shows Segun Dairo, Area Sales Manager, Oyo, Nigerian Breweries Plc presenting a cheque of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira to Agborako Onibata Ara, winner of the first prize at the Goldberg Excellency Tour in Oyo on Friday. With them are Muyiwa Oshinaike, chief judge (1st from left); Odunlade Adekola, MC/Host (1st from right); Sulyman Ayilara (Ajobiewe), judge (2nd from right) and Fadipe Olawole (Ojo Ijesha), judge (3rd from right)

After weeks of touring different Southwest cities including Abeokuta, Ilorin, Ikare Akoko, Ado-Ekiti and Benin, the Goldberg Excellency Tour came to an exciting climax in Oyo during its Excellent Nite last Friday.

At the inauguration of the office of the Wife of Oyo governor gutted by fire in 2016

L-R  Wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli and the Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade

Gov Emmanuel Udom awards scholarship to A/Ibom best student in 2016 WASSCE

Master Ukeme Ikot in the middle  with his parents Mr and Mrs Etim Ikot, displaying a cheque of N400, 000  from Nigerian Christian Institute



By Kaz Ib

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has approved the award of tertiary education scholarship to Master Ukeme Ikot, who emerged as the best candidate from Akwa Ibom in the May/June 2016 West  African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

No Divided House. We remain one and the same – Says FADAN


The Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria, (FADAN), has dispelled rumours that there is division in the body. FADAN recently in a press statement referred to as baseless and false, such suggested report in a section of the local press.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

NEWLY COMMISSIONED ABORU-ABESAN LINK BRIDGE GLOWS AT NIGHT


In line with his plan to positively change the landscape and aesthetics of all parts of Lagos State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has continued to evidentially demonstrate his commitment to transform and even regenerate the nooks and crannies of the State.

I dropped out, 4 years into study of medicine, when dad died

-Hon Gabriel Igboko (Abia State Com. for Environment And Solid Minerals Dev)

Hon. Commissioner Gabe Igboko with wife
As a growing youth in the South Eastern part of Nigeria, some years before Nigeria attained Independence, life for young Gabe Igboko was rosy. He recalls pleasant memories of joyful moments and with twilight cherished recollections, he tells you, “I must say I was a privileged child, I was very highly privileged to have had my kind of parents.”

Monday, 3 April 2017

LAI MUHAMMED, KALU, IZAMOJE, others for TIMELINENG Social Media Advocacy Lecture

Nigeria's minister of information, culture and tourism, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, will be leading other dignitaries to the inaugural lecture being put together by a top online media outfit, www.timelineng.com, billed to hold on Tuesday 18th, April 2017 at Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos.

AFRICA IS ON THE MARCH AS MARCH SLIPPED BY - By Bashorun J.K. Randle, OFR, FCA


Donald J. Trump is full of surprises.  He is an amazing guy.  He has an incredible way of dealing with his detractors, critics, opponents and sworn enemies.

We shall come back to that later.

For now, let us just focus on the allegation that he has no time for Africa and his pre-occupation is with Britain, Europe, Russia, Israel, China and North Korea.  He was sufficiently provoked to declare on Fox News:

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Fashola bags Minister of the Year Award *delivers inspiring speech

Fashola
Hon. Minister of Power,Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, today bagged the Minister of the Year Award at a robustly attended 20th City People Award for Excellence at the Airport Hotel, Lagos.

Okpekpe Race: Obaseki fills VIP participation form, set to run for orphanage

From Left, Mike Itemagbor and Governor Obaseki of Edo State after the Governor signed his registration for the Okpekpe Race

Come May 13, Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has declared his intention to run for an orphanage during the 5th Edition of the 10km Okpekpe Road Race.

NITDA DG Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami gets Fellowship of BCS




The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been conferred with the Fellowship of British Computer Society (BCS), the leading professional body of IT experts globally.

FASHOLA Chairs 7th Steering Committee Meeting On The Abidjan– Lagos Corridor Highway Development Programme In Lome, Togolese Republic


 Hon. Minister of Power, Works & Housing and the Chairman of Steering Committee, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (2nd right), Hon. Minister of Infrastructure & Transport, Togolese Republic , Mr Ninsao Gnofam(right), Commissioner for Infrastructure, ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Antoinette Weeks (2nd left) and Minister of Infrastructure, Republic of Ghana, Hon. Kwasi Anwako Attah (left) at the EcoBank Transnational Inc (ETI) venue

Saturday, 1 April 2017

GOVS. AMBODE, AREGBESOLA, AMOSUN, AJIMOBI, OTHER DIGNITARIES AT DINNER IN HONOUR OF ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU 65TH BIRTHDAY AT THE LAGOS HOUSE

L-R: Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi; his wife, Florence; wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Funmilayo Amosun; her husband, Governor Ibikunle Amosun; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; the celebrant & APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; his wife, Senator Oluremi; wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Sherifat; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Otunba Femi Pedro and his wife, Justice Jumoke Pedro

Asiwaju @ 65: To fight is to live


By Louis Odion, FNGE


He who has not discovered what he/she can die for is not fit to live.
           - Martin Luther-King

The organizers probably only intended an entertainment for charity. But, beyond raising cash for the needy, the brainchild of the novelty duel would, at the end, find they have also helped fashion an enduring allegory for what often animates enlightened conversations in Nigeria today: the Tinubu role in the nation's riveting political narrative in the last two decades.

O’NATURALS BEAUTY SALON RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE



 L-R: Christian Nyassa, General Manager, Professional Products Division, L’Oreal, Sub-Saharan Africa; Omozo Ehigie, CEO/Co-Founder, O’Naturals Beauty Nigeria Limited, Lagos and Ugo Igbokwe, MD/CEO, Make Me Beauty Salons


O’Naturals Beauty, the parent company of O’Naturals Natural Hair Salon and O’Naturals Bride, has been recognized for professionalism and excellence in the natural hair styling industry. 
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