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UI Alumni Global Network Honours Shade Okoya with Inspiring Executive Woman of the Year Award

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By Eric Elezuo

Wife of the Chief Razaq Akanni Okoya, Chairman of Eleganza Group, Chief (Mrs) Folashade Okoya, has added another feather to her cap of honours with the reception of the Inspiring Executive Woman of the Year award conferred on her by the Alumni Global Network of the University of Ibadan at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London.

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido, Chief Razaq Okoya, Mrs Sade Okoya, others in cheerful mood

The award, which was in commemoration of the institutions 70th year anniversary, recognised Mrs. Okoya’s  positive impacts on educational development, youth empowerment as well as her strides for good governance on socio-economic development and innovation per excellence.

Chief and Chief (Mrs) Razaq Okoya

Flanked by her husband, Chief Okoya and her four lovely children, beautiful and radiantly clad Shade was all smiles as the honours were bestowed on her by the university authorities in full view of the Emir of Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi among other notable dignitaries.

Chief (Mrs.) Okoya is the Deputy Managing Director of Eleganza Group of Companies.

Mrs. Okoya being robed

The UI Alumni Global Network was conceived to assist the University of Ibadan to achieve the founder’s objectives and maintain the level of academic excellence consonant with the great premier university. It is more importantly, a platform through which every alumnus across the world can collectively make positive impacts to the institution.

The awardee, family and well wishers

The Network is saddled with the responsibility of encouraging research, improving technology and infrastructural development of the university through Cancer research, computerization of some academic departments, provision of solar energy to generate electricity and water supply on campus, refurbishment of the departments, hall of residences among others.

Sade with her children

The University of Ibadan was established in 1948. It is the very first University in Nigeria, and is credited for producing veritable members of the public, who have held and still hold high profile positions in the country and across the world today.

Stepping out in glory

The event was also a gathering of the notable politicians, gurus in international diplomacy and many more. Some of them include the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido, Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, MD/CEO of First Bank, Mr. Adesola Adedutan, former Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, Mr. Walter Carrington, Nigeria Ambassador to United Kingdom, Amb. George Oguntade, Nigeria Ambassdor to the Vatican, George Umo; Deputy Ambassador to Germany, Mobolaji Ogundero; Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Barau Jibrin among others.

Photo credit: Coucou Fotoz Int.

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Buhari, Osinbajo, Dantata, Sultan, Ooni, Govs, Others Headline Oluwo’s Book Launch

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Arrangements are in top gear to mark the 7th year coronation anniversary of the Natural Paramount Ruler of Iwoland, HIM Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi next Monday 16th January,2023.

The event scheduled to hold at Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos will witness the unveiling of his book “Code of Kings”written to register a pathway for the black race in the traditional institution. Nigerians from all walks of life will grace the occasion.

The Chief Executive Officer of Peculiar Ultimate Concern Limited, Engr. Abel Lanre Adeleke is the chairman of the event while Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman of Sifax Group is the Chief Launcher.

A statement released by Oluwo through his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, further revealed other dignitaries expected at the occasion ” President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammed Buhari, his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Kano born business mogul, Aminu Dantata, , , Sultan of Sokoto, AlhajiSa’adu Abubakar, Ooni of Ife , HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Dapp Abiodun of Ogun State, Governor Abiodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State, former Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and few other Governors from Northern part of Nigeria are to grace the event”

Notable Royal Fathers, serving federal and state legislators, captains of industries, friends of Oluwo from Canada, United Kingdom, leading entrepreneurs, academic professors and doctors, veteran journalists etc are billed to attend the August event.

The book will form part of Oluwo contribution,to learning,knowledge and history with the strong hope, that the it will correct some distortions in our rich history and liberate Nigerian youth from mental slavery.

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The Colourful Birthday, Empowerment Programme of Prophetess Olufunmi Lucas in Lagos

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Amiable Prophetess Olufunmi Lucas showed how compassionate she really is when she decided to splash cash on widows and the needy as part of her birthday celebrations.

The event which was held in Ilara, Epe in Lagos State was attended by many family members and friends of the ever graceful lady.

The day began with a thanksgiving session of prayers and praises which was followed by the opening of Mountain of Miracles Prayer Ground.

Then it was time for her to put smiles on many faces with donations to many widows and less privileged members of society.

In a short speech, Prophetess Lucas who was supported by her darling husband said the philanthropic exercise is a continuous process and that N14.11 million has been earmarked for touching lives.

Guests at the event included: Lagos Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya , HRM Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo & Olori Bolanle , Olori Sekinat Elegushi, Olori Mariam Ogunwusi, Tope Alabi, Caroline Adeneye, Fathia Balogun, Ademola Muyiwa, Ronke Oshodi Oke and others.

Entertainment at the event achored by Woli Agba and Bashorun Gboyega Lawal was provided by Yinka Ayefele and his band.

Pic by @koyaadegbite

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The Splendid Nuptial Ceremony Between Commentator Par Excellence, JJ Omojuwa and Demilade Odu in Lagos

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By Eric Elezuo

Blogger, and political and social commentator, Japheth Omojuwa, popularly known as JJ Omojuwa, was on Saturday September 24, 2022 launched into the space, where it is written that there is a tide in time, which must sweep the qualified. Here, in the life of the popular blogger, the life came when the obvious becomes reality.

Before  a mammoth crowd of friends, family members and we’ll wishers from all walks of life, the celebrated content creator, stylishly converted his beautiful fiancee, Demilade Odu, to an outstanding bride.

The event, which was held at Harbour Point Victoria Island, Lagos, was a roll call of the who’s who in Nigeria’s political , media and traditional lexicon.

A week earlier, the happy couple had celebrated a colourful traditional engagement ceremony in the fountain of knowledge state, Ekiti.

Filled to capacity, the Harbour Point venue boasted of top notch personalities including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; the first female Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Ibukun Awosika; business tycoon and member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi, and actresses Kate Henshaw and Efe Irele.

Other notable guests at the event were rapper, Remilekun Safaru, aka Reminisce; and ace comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, aka Ali Baba.

With the special presence of Timi Dakolo, whose lovely voice serenaded the atmosphere, the occasion witnessed no dull moment as both guests and couple had a swell time on the dance floor.

While the guests savoured the ceaseless flow of continental and local delicacies, in addition to choice beverages, the likes of Akinmayokun Awodumila, aka May D, and Laolu Gbenjo continued to ensure that the hall exided an ambience of solid tunes.

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