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Sunday, April 29, 2018

THAT 15 TO 20 MILLION PER NIGHT STRIP JOINT ON THE ISLAND!




We were somewhere a few days back and then the conversation somehow and some way just came round to this strip joint in Lekki Phase 1 and then someone said authoritatively that the place makes not less than between 15 to 20 million Naira or more per night whenever they open for business! Hearing that our ears nearly blew up and our eyes nearly popped out! All of that just to watch naked bodies?

That's a colossal amount of money made from people visiting a place where you come to ogle at naked bodies! What that indirectly says is that they have an extraordinary class of clientele who are voyeurs, whose love is to see bodaciously shaped ladies scantily cladded at first or wearing next to nothing and gradually removing it all to some extraordinary jams/music recorded specially and blasted at a particular decibel to activate lust deliberately.

This particular strip joint is particularly on the top of the food chain. Their dancers are advertised as the classiest in the business. They are brought in from abroad for a period of time to come dazzle their fans to the best of their abilities. And some of these ladies, either naturally or pneumatically have some of the most awesome shapes you can imagine and all of these are deliberate because of the job at hand.

For a joint to make not less than 15 to 20million Naira per night, it must mean that patronage is excellent and that the people are paying top Naira. We are very curious to know some of these voyeurs/fans whose patronage make business thrive so good and we already have our eyes and ears open and on the ground for the exclusive expose.

The strip joint is on that popular road in Lekki and opened not too long ago, but already to make sure to keep their clientele satisfied have had to renovate again of late, adding more lights to the already wondrous ones that is all over the place. In the last few years, there has been an upsurge as many of those kinds of joints have opened all over town to satisfy the lust and curiousity of the very many who loves to stare at the naked bodies of women.

These joints come in different dimensions though, there are those opened for all comers, the seedy ones for those willing to spend their hard-earned small change to ogle and then there are the very upscale ones, that as you enter the joints alone, you already know that's it value for money. That they are thriving alone and that more and more are opening every other day, just tells you the story. Though we claim to be a very very religious and outwardly pure set in this country, but most of it is based on pretense for we also love the very outrageous lifestyle too and very deeply at that. 

HAJIA BOLA SHAGAYA'S 4TH SON-KABIR'S WEDDING TO AMINA


Couple with George Okoro

Hajia Bola Shagaya, Kabir, Amina & Mrs Toyin Saraki


Couple flanked by Mrs Osinbajo & Mrs Saraki

Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo & Mrs Toyin Saraki

Bride's mom with Hajia Shagaya & Mrs Toyin Saraki

Friday, April 27, 2018 in Abuja, the FCT was lit, as billionaire businesswoman and in-law to the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hajia Bola Shagaya hosted family and friends to her son's traditional wedding and wedding Fatiha. The night or evening before, which was a Thursday (April 26, 2018) was an exclusive dinner for the friends and family of the couple. One of those who attended both events - (dinner and traditional wedding) in Abuja was Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu's son Seyi, who was in the capital city with his family, to give his friend Kabir Shagaya the groom all the support needed. From the little information at our disposal, Seyi Tinubu was in fact one of Kabir's groomsmen.

Kabir Shagaya is one of the sons of the highly connected Hajia Bola Shagaya, while he is her 4th son, he is actually the last born between Hajia Bola Shagaya and Alhaji Shagaya, who is a transport mogul from Ilorin, in Kwara State. The last boy Tolani, who is the 5th born is a Saro.

The white wedding/wedding reception which if all the feelers we are getting is worth anything, is going to be a big humongous affair. D-date for that is Saturday, May 5, 2018 and the venue of the planned world class reception would be the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island extension, Lagos.

This whole wedding event comes up only after a few weeks of another wedding that was hosted by Hajia, when her 3rd born-Seun Shamsudeen, a budding pastor of the RCCG got married to the first daughter-Damilola of the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo. Though that particular wedding was very subdued considering the caliber of those involved, what was expected and how it went, this particular one is probably going to be much louder and a 0much grander one by all standards.

Except for Seun's wedding that was very quiet by the standards of the super rich Hajia, who has always gone to any length to give her kids the best of the best weddings. Example was when Sheriff Shagaya her 1st born got married a few years back to Maryam, one of the beautiful daughters of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, that ceremony then was said to have cost both family at least about a billion Naira then, that's (1,000,000,000,000). And that was a while back, with the mother of the groom "supposedly' gifting the then newly married couple a brand spanking new Rolls Royce 'phantom". Aso Ebi for that 2010 star studded wedding then cost 100000 (One hundred thousand Naira). That wedding then was a statement and a lesson in luxury and extravagance.

So, fast forward to several years later now when things are supposed to have even improved much much better, what are we to expect?

Kabir, in his early 30s is the founder/ MD/CEO of his own business-Zippy Logistics, which we hear is an e-commerce brand that is the backbone to some of the biggest e-commerce brands in Nigeria likes of Jumia and Konga and more. The brand from all indications is doing very well. Kabir got his Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship in Manchester. He was at a time a Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola on Climate Issues and Carbon Emission.

We actually do not have much information about his bride-Amina other than the fact that she's a beautiful lady, but we would have all of that by the next report. Meanwhile, Aso Ebis have been bought and people are already going about to make it into some super stunning style that would dazzle and entral all. So Landmark, the choice venue for some of the best events and occasions this year, here we come.

We have gotten a few pictures of the Friday event and we have also added the Pre-wedding pictures of the couple too.

More pictures after the break.

Friday, April 27, 2018

DEEPER LIFE BIBLE CHURCH JOINS THE LEAGUE OF OWNERS OF MULTI-BILLION NAIRA ULTRA MODERN AUDITORIUM










THE HIGHLY POPULATED CHURCH, having in excess of 3 million worshippers around the world, OPENED HER 30000 CAPACITY AUDITORIUM, that's the capacity of a mini standard stadium on Tuesday, April 2018 to a loud applause.

If the value of a church auditorium is a sure, quick and express passage to heaven, then the "Deeper Life Bible Church" with headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos has joined the league of those who would have gotten a quick and expressway passage to that place which is the hope and ultimate aim of all believers-heaven.

The 5 billion NAIRA valued new auditorium that the church opened a few days back joins the league of such humongous edifices owned by the likes of Pastor Paul Adefarasin of HOTR that's House on the Rock cathedral in Lagos, Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Ota, Ogun State, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of the Redeem Christian Church of God-RCCG along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Pastor Dr. Chris Oyakhilome's Believers Love World Ministry that's Christ Embassy Church auditorium Oregun, Ikeja and even Dr. Olukoya's Mountain of Fire campsite along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

It has been a very patient and painstaking labor of love that began in 2005 and took 13 good years to achieve or make happen, spanning 2005 to 2018. And at the end of it all, what you now see is a multi-storeyed, eye popping edifice, that any would be proud of and want to lay claim to, boasting of all the best amenities communications and otherwise that's makes a church, any church at that world class, by any and all standards. This auditorium, would stand next to any of the type like it from any part of the world and wouldn't flinch at all..

And this is surprising as this was the same church that not too long ago, frowned on and at anything that supposedly had any description or showcase of outlandish luxury of any kind. Preferring to live a frugal life, devoid of any type of flash. No jewelries of any kind etc. Just imagine that it was only a few years ago that to have a television in your home, was considered somewhat of a sin, as it was tagged a devil's box! But now things have changed somewhat and same is now used to transmit and broadcast the church services to church members via powerful satellites costing many millions that the church have since acquired and might still be acquiring.

The Deeper Life Bible Church as a ministry began in 1973 with 15 members led by the founder Dr Williams Folorunsho Kumuyi, who 45 years after is still the General Overseer and Lead Pastor of the Church. His sojourn into ministry began while he was still a university teacher, who taught Mathematics at the University of Lagos, Akoka. From 15 members then, that little acorn as grown tremendously to become a massive oak tree of more than 3 million members across the world, having branches in nearly all the countries of the world. With a networth of value 'estimated' at above 300 billion plus, which includes all assets either physical assets or money owned by the church.

The new 30000 mini stadium like auditorium alone is worth 5 billion of this staggering value. There is still the humongous Bible College worth several billions also and so many more. The massive Gbagada HQ, which takes over from the IBTC which was the temporary HQ while Gbagada was still under construction was built by Cappa &  D'Alberto construction company.

The Deeper Life Bible Church ministry is not a small fry at all by any standards one can try to judge it by, the church owns a 240 hectare massive expansion of land known as kilometer 42, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by Olowosedo village. This is where the church holds her retreats and special programmes. It is described as a private town owned by the church, with all standard amenities provided to serve those there. There are hostels, chalets etc

The new DEEPER life town when fully constructed would supply its own electricity, would have its own dedicated petrol station. The main auditorium still under construction would accommodate or better still sit conveniently 130, 000 (one hundred and thirty thousand capacity) at a go, it is what has been tagged or earmarked as the "Deeper Life Conference Center" , but you must understand that this "D. L. C. C" , is totally different from the yet another humongous edifice known as the 'International Bible Training Center' better known as the "IBTC Ayobo" , Lagos which is where the residence of the founder of the church is at.

The IBTC, Ayobo, Lagos on its own is a village like massive complex, with all the works available. It houses different chalets, the massive conference center, offices, classroom blocks etc. In fact the new student hostels there, has a total capacity of 10000, and that's not all, there are still the massive kitchen complex, a massive supermarket, a big children's church, a factory that produces- mattresses, iron beds, pillows and paints for the church use.

There is also the 2.5 billion NAIRA valued University project also ongoing at Ayobo, Lagos. All in all the Ayobo complex is estimated to be worth tens (10s) of billions of Naira. And there here are still other church properties sprinkled and spread all around Nigeria and beyond too.

For those wondering how come a church ministry is so humongously valued? The self sustaining ministry is on a sure footing financially by all standards, as the various members are happy to contribute towards her well being, through their freewill givings and offerings and payments of tithes as at when due. And it doesn't just end like that alone. Just imagine 3 million people paying their tithes alone or doing freewill offerings of all kinds! That should let you a bit into what the story is like.

The ministry also makes a large bulk of their massive revenue from ministry and ministering materials like books, magazines, pamphlets, audio and videos which comes out prolifically and periodically on weekly, monthly basis and otherwise and members make it a point of duty to purchase such and the ministry is the best for it.

At the occasion declaring the new auditorium opened on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 was none other than the Vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the person of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who himself is a pastor at the RCCG. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

AARE RAZAK AKANNI OKOYA'S QUEEN OF INESTIMABLE VALUE-CHIEF 'DR' MRS FOLASHADE NOIMAT OKOYA ADDS A YEAR








That the great Aare of Lagos loves his 2nd wife to a fault is like saying that fishes love water, or that the birds love to fly, husband and wife are inseparable and the love seems to be waxing stronger and more intimate by the day and it is very obvious for all to see and be captivated by..

But this post is not about the love between the 2 hopeless romantic, but it is more and especially about the statuesque's Folashade's birthday. The gorgeous Otun Aare Iyalaje of Ajiranland, who is also the Bewaji of Lagos and also the Yeye Oge of Epeland and the Ajisewe of Oke Ona Egbe is 41 year old today, having being born on April 25, 1977 drum rolls. What that actually mean is that the Group Managing Director of Eleganza Industrial City, who in fact has repositioned their family business fantastically to a more profitable and robust one has just begun life!

Like it is said that life begins at 40, now that Shade is 41, that actually only mean that she is just a year old in the new life and needs frontier! And she looks smashingly gorgeous all the way.

Whatever it is that the mother of 4, who has been married to the renowned businessman and philanthropist now for 19 years is doing, she should just keep it up. What we only want her to do is reveal to us, or lead us to where the river of excellence, gorgeousness and elan is flowing from or located, so we can fetch from it too or even build a house new it so as to obtain of the water's good grace too.

Chief 'Dr' Mrs Folashade Noimat Okoya nee Adeleye, like we have already said, was born 41 years ago in Lagos to Alhaji Taju and Alhaja Nimosat Adeleye. She got her National Diploma in Banking and Finance from the Lagos Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos and thereafter went to University of Lagos, where she got a degree in Sociology.

Like already reiterated above, she is a multi-titled Chief and with all the chieftaincy titles reflecting her style, elegance, panache, beauty, gorgeousness, glamour, the whole package etc. All of these things reflecting that she is a fashionista to the core. All of the titles can be loosely translated to reflect her to be  queen of glamour and beauty", which she really is.

So on this occasion of her 41st birthday we can only say to her more graceful years, in good health, beauty and peace!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! !    

QUICK CHAT WITH BBNAIJA 2018 HOUSEMATE-THE LADY WITH THE GORGEOUS VOICE IFU ENNADA







We met her by chance at one of the #bbnaija events and had asked to take her picture expecting some air of forming as a new star/celebrity in the making like do, but for her nothing like that at all, she's as natural as you can try to define it, very r. e. a. l. She immediately obliged and even gave her phone number for the picture to be sent to her and even said thank you afterwards! Now we believe this is the beginning of a friendship we hope would be forever. The young, good natured lady is already looking ahead and forward at the future to exploit all the opportunities that time and chance would bring her way. She is even very ready to hit the ground running towards achieving her goals at striking gold as she knows that time awaits no one.

We had a quick fire chat with the lady with the great voice that's ready made perfectly for the radio or TV thereafter. And we have thought to share. There's the likelihood that in the nearest, very nearest future at that, that the starlet known as Ifu Ennada, would be hosting either her own syndicated radio or TV program and we can't just wait for it to happen.We asked her about 12 quick fire questions on various things, check out her responses.

Enjoy!

Now that the BBNAIJA 2018 game as ended officially, what's next?

I am already working on some film and TV projects, and not just that, I am also launching my line of natural hair care products. I am already in the studio recording with Flip Tyce and since I am a keep fit addict, I am also exploiting that as I am starting a 30 days weight loss challenge project that would get all interested involved.

Were there gains for you participating in the game or reality TV show?

Most certainly there were gains! My popularity has grown through the roof, I made money and would still make and most especially my commercial value has increased far more than  before!

If there were gains, how do you hope to consolidate them, exploit the opportunities opened &  opening to you?

More after the break.

Monday, April 23, 2018

BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUTS TO BOTH INI EDO UFUOMA MCDERMOTT AT 36 & 37 YEAR OLD








2 gorgeous souls born on the same day, but one year apart and both doing very well in the same industry, that is Nollywood.. Should we call them soul sisters? That's Ini "the incredible" Edo, 36 year old and Ufuoma "the vivacious" McDermott 37 year old.

Their dates are, for Ini April 23, 19, 1982 she is Ibibio from Akwa Ibom State, in the oil rich South-South region and for Ufuoma, same April 23, but 1981 and from Delta State..

Both are award winning thespians in their own right. Ufuoma nee Ejenebor who got married 8 years ago to Steven McDermott and both have 2 kids to date.

She was a former beauty queen, was Miss Nigeria 2004 first runner up and later won Miss Earth Nigeria, she was at a point also a model, a big one at that. Apart from being an award winning thespian, the Unilag, French graduate is also a film director, she has a certificate from the New York Film Academy 2011 and also a certificate in Human Resources Management from London Business School. She has starred in several great films one of the more recent one is the Wives On Strike franchise, which has done really well in the market.

The 36 year old Ini EDO on her own as quite a bombastic resume. From Akwa Ibom State. She is the current special adviser to the Governor of the state on culture and tourism.

She has starred in over 100 films and is in fact, one of the queens of Nollywood a. She can be counted as one of the top 10 biggest in the industry. The former Glo Ambassador for a whole decade from 2006 to 2016, went to University of Uyo, where she got a Diploma in Theater Arts, she later got a B.A in English from the University of Calabar. She later got a full scholarship to study Law at the National Open University of Nigeria in 2014.

She was married for about 4 years to her former husband by name Phillip Ehigwina.

All things being equal, maybe wedding bells should ring again soon.

Happy birthday to you both! 

WHEN XERONA DUKE BECAME MRS. DERIN PHILLIPS


Gorgeous Xerona







It was a beautiful, classy, very well attended, very well organized, totally top notch wedding on all counts. Bride and groom's family both have solid pedigree on all counts.

On the side of the bride-Xerona's side, the dad, Mr. Donald Duke was a former Governor of Cross Rivers State, who served for 8 years and apparently did very well leaving behind a wondrous legacy. His wife Onari Duke is an astute businesswoman on all counts. Both are directors at UBA Group Plc. Donald Duke's dad was one of the first indigenous head of the Customs Board back in the days and that's not a little thing, just imagine that former Vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar was a deputy Controller General when he retired.

On the groom's side, that's is Derin's aka DJ Caise's side, his mom is the first daughter of one of the richest Africa's to have ever lived. A man of great status and stature, ambassador plenipotentiary for many countries, not the country of his birth. A man of awesome and unbelievable wealth, well steeped in the tradition and culture of Nigeria, one of highest ranked member of the Ogboni, in the person of the late Chief Antonio Deinde Fernandez. DERIN's mom was a former member of the cabinet/administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Derin also known or better known as DJ Caise, is one of the top 10 most popular deejays in Nigeria. XERONA is one of the 2 extremely beautiful daughters of the Dukes.

The massive traditional wedding had held in Calabar, Cross Rivers a forth night ago and it was huge on all counts. Either by the magnitude of the guest list etc or otherwise. It had many of the who-is-who across the country in attendance. It was an occasion well steeped in the tradition and culture of the south-south, Donald Duke being Efik and Quas, Onari Duke being Kalabari and then the Phillips are Yorubas. Dj Caise's mother is from Lagos and we all know very well that Eko is always for show.

So it was a beautiful intermingling of beautiful cultures, tradition and it was quite colorful too and full of drama. We have thought to collage 3 sets of pictures together to get this story across. You have a few of the white wedding pictures, which took place just this last Saturday at the Federal Palace Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was very well attended as a matter of fact. We have the Dubai cord of 3 strands ceremony pictures and then, we have more of the super colorful traditional wedding in Calabar, that had the crème of the society in attendance. Imagine that the Emir of  Kano was there with the Obong of Calabar. Aliko Dangote and his fellow Kano brother, Abdulsamad Isiyaku Rabiu of BUA also came and sat near each other. Impressive style king John Obayuwana was also in attendance as he and Donald Duke are adherents of the Grail Message, in fact high ranking members.

The cord of 3 strands ceremony is a symbol of the sacred union created on the wedding day. It depicts God's sacred union in marriage. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves and a cord of 3 strands is not quickly broken Ecclesiasttes 4:12

Xerona as was expected was like a fairy princess, looking extremely gorgeous and mind-blowingly beautiful in her resplendent wedding dress by Andrea Iyamah. The event was so fun, that the father of the bride a music lover to the core at a point joined the Shuga Band to drop some songs to the delight of all.

Wedding was organized by Ibidun Ighodalo of Elizabeth R, who is acknowledged as one of the top 3 best and biggest in EVENTS managers in Nigeria.

More after the break.

CHEF BENEDICT IS BRINGING HIS ITALIAN ART TO THE 2018 GTBank FOOD AND DRINK FAIR



Popular Nigerian Chef Benedict Okuzu will facilitate a Masterclass at the 2018 GTBank Food and Drink Fair where he will treat attendees to classic Italian culinary experiences.

A custodian of Italian cuisine, Chef Benedict is an alumni of two prestigious Italian institutions: le Cordon Bleu Firenze (Scuolad’arte Culinaria Italiana), and Carpigiani Gelato University, Bologna.

Having grown up in the ancient city of Florence, Chef Benedict’s career as a Chef began in 2013. Since then, he has built a reputation for his extensive knowledge of Italian cuisine and ability to replicate and elevate classic Italian dishes using produce from local farmers.

To attend Chef Benedict’s Masterclass at the GTBank Food and Drink Fair, which holds on Tuesday, May 1st, click here to register... 

WHERE IS NIGERIA'S NUMBER 1 "HEADMASTER" ?



There's the joke in town amongst close knit circuit about "having lips like that of" KW", who is acclaimed or said to be the "master of the heading game", hence the title of "THE Headmaster", so good is he that it is said he would or could win an Olympic medal, anything above gold, maybe platinum with diamonds for his unbelievable prowess.

According to the gist KW's head game or expertise at doing the lap of honor is probably next to none. The only other contender might just be a lady, legendary for her love for munching carpets, that particular one is in the creative industry and has since gone very very clandestine after being outted once before, which raised plenty hoopla & even threats!

But our subject matter, our main focus in this case, this time around is a  "male man" (pun intended". He is an exercise freak, not young but he still looks young, buff and yummy, sports loving, with buff body, big lips, bespectacled and loves to impress with the accent. He was once married to a good woman, whom he sent packing at a time, ex-madam a dear lady and good woman has gone on to dedicate herself and service to her God and not much has been heard of her afterwards. But it seems like since she left, our dude has fallen and bad times since then. It has been decline and downhill ride for him ever since. Maybe he needs to go beg madam, because it is really bad! After the fallout with real madam, he did get into another relationship again, which also went thw way of the first one, with the lady running  "kabakaba  like it is said on the streets, a girlfriend that came in also picked race after only a short while.

More after the break.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

LAGOS HONOURS GANI FAWEHINMI, UNVEILS NEW 44-FEET STATUE IN OJOTA

…Family Endorse Ambode For Second Term, Says Edifice Befitting Of Gani’s Legacies

…NLC, NCP, Falana, Odumakin, Others Eulogise Late Activist, Laud LASG

…Gani Remains A Hero, Role Model, Says Governor.







Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday unveiled a new statue of the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi at the ‘Liberty Park’, in Ojota, saying that the 44-feet edifice symbolises the phenomenon that the rights activist represented in his life time.

The unveiling of the statue, in commemoration of the 80th posthumous birthday of the late icon, the Governor said, was an affirmation of his administration’s commitment to celebrate personalities whose action have helped to define the fortune and spirit of Lagos State positively over the years.

Eulogizing the relevance of the personal sacrifices made by Chief Gani Fawehinmi in leading the struggle for attainment of human rights and dignity especially during the military regimes which dehumanized many Nigerians, Governor Ambode said the late human rights activist would continue to remain a hero and role model for many till date.

“We celebrate the invaluable contribution and personal sacrifices of Chief Gani Fawehinmi in the campaign for human rights and dignity, especially in Lagos State where he spent the greater part of his life.

“Chief Gani Fawehinmi loomed large in the minds of the people, especially the underprivileged and vulnerable masses for whom he was ready to lay down his life. In the hallowed corridors of the Law Courts where he fought many battles, he was revered as a titan. Also his acts of philanthropy were borderless. He remains a hero and role model to many till date,” Governor Ambode said.

The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, also seized the occasion to reiterate the commitment of his administration towards advancing human rights and upholding of social justice at all time, adding that his administration would continue to draw inspiration from Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s struggles and ideals in its quest to make life meaningful for Lagosians.



“Although Chief Gani Fawehinmi is no longer in our midst; like all great men, he lives on in our hearts and memories. We will continue to keep his ideals alive and pass it on to the next generation. He will continue to inspire us as we forge ahead with the missing of building a better society. This monument stands as a testimony of his strength and courage.

Responding on behalf of the family, the son of the late activist, Mohammed Fawehinmi thanked the State Government and Governor Ambode, saying that apart from being a befitting representation to the legacies of their patriarch, the Statue would place their father’s name on the global map.

“I am totally overwhelmed. I want to say a big thank you to Lagos State Government and another very big massive thank you to Governor Ambode. In all honesty, he is the man I least expected this to come from.

“We understood when former Governor Fashola started this with a smaller statue and we were all glad that at least he remembered our mentor, our father, our leader in the human rights struggle and senior advocate of the masses. But now seeing this, I now started to say to myself that Governor Ambode has placed the name Gani Fawehinmi on a global map,” Mohammed said.

While describing Governor Ambode as a very reputable accountant and one of the most outstanding Governors in Nigeria, Mohammed said the Governor was the first in the history of Nigeria to do something such gigantic, saying that the statue would enter the Guinness Book of Records.

Mohammed, who alluded to the massive infrastructural renewal and efforts to make Lagos rank among top global cities, also announced the decision of the Fawehinmi family to endorse Governor Ambode for a second term in office to continue the good works across the State.

“We hereby endorse Governor Ambode for second term in office to continue the good works in the State,” Mohammed said.

In his goodwill message, rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana described the statue as one of the best in the country, and thanked the State Government for honouring Fawehinmi with such imposing edifice.

“The monument we are unveiling today is one of the best in the country and it has to be so. We want to thank the Lagos State Government for the investment in this edifice. We can assure you that many Nigerians or anybody who enters Lagos through this road will want to find out who is here and every day we are going to teach lessons about Gani Fawehinmi.

“We thank the Lagos State Government for rebuilding this statue. We were wondering when the former one was collapsing but we are sure this one can never collapse. It is very solid and very strong,” Falana said.

On his part, National Secretary of National Conscience Party (NCP), Comrade Ayodele Akele, said the edifice was a wonderful 80th posthumous birthday gift to the family and associates of the late activist.

Akele, who spoke on behalf of the NCP, a party founded by late Fawehinmi, specially thanked the State Government and Governor Ambode, saying that the government deserved to be commended.

“I am totally flabbergasted by this wonderful edifice in honour of my icon, in honour of my mentor, late Chief Gani Fawehinmi. For me, this is a wonderful memory of late Chief Fawehinmi.

“This would be auspicious gift to the posthumous 80th birthday of our mentor and this is wonderful. For doing this to the memory of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, my humble self, National Conscience Party (NCP) and all its associates across the world say a big thank you to the Lagos State Government and particularly Governor Ambode,” Akele said.

More after the break.

UBA Celebrates Africa, Honors Staff at 2018 CEO Awards


UBA Chairman Tony Elumwlu flanked by Femi Otedola & Aliko Dangote

Mr &  Mrs Tony Elumelu & Mr & Mrs Kennedy Uzoka 




It was a fun night of glamour and electrifying excitement as Pan African financial services group, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc once again gathered together a stunning audience from Across Africa at the 2018 edition of the UBA CEO Awards.

The event which was held at Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria, was the talk of the town and trended all night as staff members, their clients and friends all let go and got totally immersed in the celebrations of the special evening.

The UBA CEO Awards remains one of the most sought after annual events in the Lagos entertainment calendar. in its 10th year since inception in 2008, the event keeps getting bigger and better.

The theme of the night, Celebrating Africa,  celebration by the pan-African Bank, of the continents rich history and culture. UBA’s foot print in 20 African countries and in London, Paris and New York allowed a culturally diverse audience which was on display at the event. The Bank was also promoting its core value of Enterprise, Excellence and Execution as staff members who had performed extra ordinarily during the year, were rewarded and celebrated throughout the evening.

The Chairman, UBA Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu, who was at the event with his lovely wife Dr Awele, said as he was interviewed on the golden carpet, that the bank chose this day to reward staff who had worked hard to ensure that the company remains a leading financial institution on the continent.

"It is a time to reward dignity, hard work, and excellence in execution, and to show our multitude of staff globally that they are very much appreciated for their contributions.’ said Elumelu.

The GMD/CEO, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, who congratulated the recipients of the various awards in different categories, charged them to continue to work hard and exhale the core values of UBA. He re -iterated that the Customer is the employer and all staff must focus on ensuring that they are given excellent services always.

He said, “Every year, it is our tradition to appreciate our people who have put in their very best and gone far and beyond the call of duty to deliver excellent services to the bank and the customers by extension. As you may well know, UBA has promoted about 47 per cent of its staff within the last twelve months, and this is something that is very rare in our industry. It is a statement about our commitment to the employees'.

Continuing, Uzoka said, “We know that when you have been rewarded, you will be motivated to do more, so I encourage you all to put in your best and remain focused on satisfying the customers, which is the reason why we are here.”

In attendance were captains of industries, media moguls, Nollywood stars, Public servants and politicians including  President of Dangote Industries, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman of Forte Oil, Femi Otedola, President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief (Mrs) Nike Akande, Former Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and wife, Angela, Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Mr.  Dele Momodu, Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, CEO, Ebony LifeTV Mo Abudu and some Nollywood stars, Richard Mofe Damijo, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Omoni Oboli.

Also present to honour UBA at the event were Former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, Wale Edun, CEO, Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Mr, Bismarck Rewane, CEO, Airtel, Segun Ogunsanya, Directors of UBA Plc, Ambassador Joe Keshi, Chief Kola Jamodu, Ambassador Adekunle Olumide, Mrs Rose Okwechime,  among many others

Great performances by A-list artists such as ‘science students’ crooner, Olamide, Flavor, Kiss Daniels, Styl Plus and Falz the bad guy as well rib-cracking comedy from Basketmouth ensured that staff and guests alike were kept off their seats as they each performed to the massive enjoyment of those present.

Ace TV Presenter, IK Osakioduwa and Ayo, were the compere of the event led the guests through a night of fun and laughter and of course lots to eat and drink.