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Dignitaries Honour Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa as She Celebrates 75 Impactful Years in Style



Photos: Ken Ehimen

Wife of late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Dr. Margaret Benson Idahosa was the cynosure of all eyes at her three-day 75th Birthday celebration which took place last weekend in Benin City.

Looking elegant and charming, the celebrant, who is also the Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, started her celebration with a Praise Service which took place at the Church of God International, Faith Arena in Benin City. Some of the artistes that performed to the delight of the congregation included Freke Umoh and King David.

Archbishop Mrs. Margaret Benson Idahosa with Bishop Dr. Ransom Bello

As soon as the event was over, the celebrant hosted a dinner in her God’s own Palace Ugbor Road GRA residence in Benin City and it had DJ Salt behind the wheel of steel, dishing out tunes after tunes to entertain the guests.

(R-L) Bishop Dr. Fred Addo with Apostle Dr, Johnson Suleman

The day after, the Balm of Gilead City, Benin hosted the final of the Football Competition which was held in honour of the celebrant and the Global Office Staff won the Trophy , while Benson Idahosa University Staff emerged the runners-up while Word of Faith Schools settled for the third position.

The Archbishop Benson Idahosa family

Few hours later, all roads led to the Faith Arena, Benin City for a Praise Concert where ageless crooner, Onyeka Onwenu dazzled the congregation with her sterling performances. The Concert also had in attendance the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, Founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, Ayo Oritsejafor as well as President and Founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, among others.

Onyeka Onwenu with Archbishop Mrs. Margaret Benson Idahosa,

The three–day celebration came to a climax with a Thanksgiving service in Faith Arena and the event also witnessed the launching of a book authored by the celebrant and titled, ‘Opportunities for Increase: The Mystery Behind Your Seed.’

Archbishop Ayo Oritsejafor with Archbishop Mrs. Margaret Benson Idahosa,

While exhorting the congregation, the Bishop of Faith Arena, Bishop Feb Idahosa, who is also the son of the celebrant, said the ministry has witnessed tremendous development since the consecration of the celebrant as Archbishop about two decades.

Ruth Idahosa, Justice Mrs. Esohe Ikponmwen with Daisy Idahosa

Describing the growth of the Church  as a perfect example of a from -good -to –great-story, Bishop Idahosa said this was because the celebrant remained committed to one cause and nurtured that cause passionately.

The Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe and his wife

He therefore urged the congregation to emulate his mother by finding and remaining committed to one cause.

(Left) Rev. Alex Iduh, PRO CGMI

Notable personalities led by the First Lady of Edo State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Betcy Obaseki, celebrated with the amazon and they also included the President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude, Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Delta State, Barrister Mary Iyasere, National President of the  Ministers of God Prayer Network International, MGPNI, Bishop Bola Oyegbami,  the Iyasere of Edo State, Sam Iyasere and others.

National President PFN, Rev. Felix Omobude with Archbishop Mrs. Margaret Benson Idahosa.

Among the Bishops of the Church of God International that attended the three-day event were Bishop Curtis Fianu, Bishop Sunny Ugbah, Bishop Mattew Egwowa, Bishop Sam Imoukuede and Bishop Mattew Iregbeyen.

Dr. & Mrs. Mark Ighile

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Glamour, Fun As First Ever Alimosho Food Festival Holds in Lagos




By Eric Elezuo

The Youth Centre in the heart of Abesan Town in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, came alive penultimate Sunday, when Sunquest Discovery Limited in association with Zenith Bank, BandRus, MMS among others hosted the first ever food festival in the area.

Successful in all ramifications, stakeholders in the food sector, from all walks of life, gathered to showcase their culinary skills and technology embedded in the preparation of local and continental dishes and other edibles while calling on the local and state governments to address inflation and tackle the high cost of food materials so as to curb poverty in the country.

Speaking on the intentions behind the festival, the Chairman Sunquest Discovery Limited, the organisers of the festival, My Isiaka Lawal, said the festival was organised to give opportunities to good vendors to showcase their products as well as allow consumers to purchase food at cheaper prices against the high cost in the market.

He added that Alimosho, being the largest local government in Lagos State, was chosen because of its high population as it would afford more people the opportunity to benefit from the event.

“We understand the plight of the ordinary in trying to make a living, and also the fact that eating healthy food at affordable price will help to face the task of building the nation from all fronts.

“The cost of food as well as food shortage have become a problem in Nigeria which should be addressed by the government. While we call on the government to tackle the problem so as to make life easier for Nigerians, we have chosen this food festival to contribute our quota to alleviating the problem,” Lawal said.

He added that the festival also afforded the organizers the opportunity to test run an application which would allow food vendors to market their goods online.

On their part, stakeholders and food vendors also spoke of their expectations from both the government and organisers, citing high cost items as their major challenge.

One of the vendors, Mrs Omoluyi Esther, who deals in sales of local food commended the organizers for putting together the event.

She however, lamented the daily increase in food items, which according to her, is affecting many companies involved in food production business.

“As small scale business owners, there are challenges we are facing such as daily increases in prices of food.

“Today you buy something for N200 and tomorrow it goes up to N500. Government should try to make sure there is money in circulation and bring down prices of food stuff. In that way, they can address food scarcity,” she said.

Another vendor, Mrs Adekunle Olamide of Checkers Food said for the government to reduce poverty, ‘ it should help to reduce in prices of goods.’

“They should make sure there is stability in the economy. The instability is affecting all brands and they are finding it hard to get materials for production. When they increase prices of their goods, it’s the consumers that bear the brunt. So the government should help us stabilize Nigeria’s economy so that brands will find it easier to produce,” she urged.

A Nollywood actor, Joseph Momodu, who was the special guest at the event commended the quality of food on display at the festival.

“The kind of food you see here, you might need to order them online before you get them, but this event has offered people the opportunity to get them at their doorsteps and cheaper. The festival is of great significance to everyone,” he said.

He added: “There is hunger in the land. The government should help us subsidize food stuff to the nearest minimum to make food available. They should also control inflation especially the dollar scarcity so that the common man can do his or her business. They promised us that dollar will go down but it’s not so now. Government should do their business so that the masses can enjoy.”

While appreciating the over 22 ventures, and all the stakeholders and sponsors, who turned up for the successful test run of the first edition, the Creative Director of Sunquest Discovery, Adekoya Afeez, said the quality of food and products was commendable, promising that the subsequent editions of the festival will be bigger, and also be taken to other parts of the state so that the entire state can feel the impact of the fieata.

Adekoya also invited more stakeholders and sponsors to join hands with the company as they get ready to host another edition in no distant time.

The highlight of the event was display of acrobotics and choreographed dance steps from happy participants and distribution of various food items by sponsors including Labule Farms, which gave out lots of garri, Checkers Custard and a host of others.

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




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




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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