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At The 8th Edition Of Rufus Okikiola Ositelu Colloquium In Lagos



By: Adeyemi Funmilayo

Members of the Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) from far and wide converged at Aladura Comprehensive High School Multipurpose Hall , Anthony Village, Lagos to celebrate the birth of a robust preacher, a prolific writer of impact a global phenomenon in person of His Holiness Dr. R.O Ositelu , The 4th primate of the church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) Wordwide.

8th edition of the RUFUS Okikiola Ositelu Colloquium was originally conceived to provide an intellectual platform to convass ideas, interrogate issues and proffer solutions to social malaise plaguing our society.

Cross session of dignitaries (1)

The major objectives of the Foundation are the promotion of democracy, freedom, human rights, justice and the rule of law in a nonpartisan manner.

To award scholarships to well -endowed but financially disadvantaged students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Nigeria, World Poverty Capital Amidst Plethora of Resources: The Panacea is the theme of the 2019 edition of the ROOF Annual Colloquium.

Cross session of dignitaries (2)

Anchored by Olayinka Omoniyi , the event had Professor Abayomi Adebayo as the guest speaker and chaired by Executive Chairman of Kosofe Local Government, Hon. Afolabi Sofola.

During the guest speaker speech he said “We can not continue to live in denial . Nigeria is a plurality society with multiple ethnicities, languages and religions , and should be run in accordance with the basic tenets of federalism. Anything to the contrary is absurd and a waste of time: and sows the seed of mutual distruct and anarchy.

Prof. Abayomi Adebayo receiving his award from His Holiness Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu

He went further to urge the political leaders to take bold step of restructuring the country into regions for healthy competition among the constituent units.

The icing on the cake of the Colloquium is the award of scholarships grant to sixteen (16) students from different tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Emmanuel Ayorinde receiving grant from the celebrant

Emphatically, the essence of the grant is to assist very brilliant students but who are financially incapable in pursuit of their education.

Immediately after the students have been awarded the celebrant cut his well designed cake and the event was rounded off the Nigeria National Anthem .

Executive Chairman of Kosofe, Hon. Afolabi Sofola receiving his award from His Holiness Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu

His Holiness Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu giving the closing prayer

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Society Lady, Chioma Ugochukwu, Celebrates Grand 50th Birthday (Photos)




By Eric Elezuo

Society lady and amiable technocrat, Mrs. Chioma Ugochukwu, rolled out the drums to host a souree in celebration of her ascension to the fifth floor. The shindig was held in the presence of friends, colleagues and well wishers did at Artisan Lounge, Victoria Island Lagos.

The grand 50th birthday dinner was characterised by a parade of class, pomp and pageantry as attendees were treated to high level of entertainment, cuisines and beverages.

The high point of the event was well penned tributes from close friends, followed by the cutting of the cake, which elicitated thunderous applause from a retinue of guests.

Among the guests who attended the event were Chairman, PWAN Group, Dr Augustine onwumere; Dr Jayne Onwumere and Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Aare Dr Dele Momodu.

Mrs. Ugochukwu is married and blessed with wonderful children.

Photos by Tunde Bolarinwa…

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Glamour, Glitz As Esama of Benin, Gabriel Igbinedion Celebrates 89th Birthday




By Eric Elezuo                    Photos: Ken Ehimen

The Esama of Benin an pioneer of the Okada Dynasty, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion CFR, CON, KSJI, has always been a censure of many eyes wherever the journey of life takes him, and his 89th birthday celebration was another opportunity for another razzmatazz.

carnival as people gather from all parts of the world to celebrate the great Esama of Benin Kingdom.

A philanthropist of no mean repute, business mogul, and politician, Chief Igbinedion left no stone unturned to ensure that this year’s celebration tagged “His Grace is sufficient for me”, sustains the carnival-like identity it has always been known for, while reflecting testimonies of his numerous achievements in life.

With wholesome lineup of activities, the birthday celebrations held in various locations including his Benin palatial home and the prestigious Archangel Gabriel Catholic Church, along Sapele Road, where the thanksgiving mass was held.

The celebrant Chief Sir Dr Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, accompanied by his wife, Lady Cherry Igbinedion, his son and former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion his siblings among other dignitaries arrived the Archangel Gabriel Catholic Church, to a warm reception by the members of Archangel Gabriel Catholic Church community with band parade.

The Mass was celebrated by the Catholic Archbishop of Benin Archdiocese, Most Rev Dr Augustine Akubueze, represented by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Very Rev Fr Dr Augustine Ehigie.

Because of it’s a unique nature, the Parish Priest, Rev Fr Jerome Idegbe took time to introduce the essence of the day, after which he invited all to be part of the thanksgiving Mass.

Speaking during the homily titled Uncommon Path to Peace, the Parish Priest, St Francis Catholic Church, Benin City, Rev Fr Dr Andrew Obiyan, paid glowing tribute to the Esama, with emphasis on how he built peace and empowered his community.

According to Fr Obiyan, Chief Igbinedion was a man with intimidating kind heart, whose greatness is not in the riches and wealth he has acquired, but in his unrelenting act of generosity.

Dignitaries that attended the Mass were the Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shuaibu, Senator Matthew Uroide, High Commissioners and Representatives of High Commissions so from over 15 countries including, Jamaica, South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Mauritania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, bostwana, Cameroon among others.

There was also a large turnout of traditional rulers within and outside of Nigeria led by the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, who was represented by over 20 notable traditional rulers from the south west of Nigeria.

Also the traditional rulers and title holders from the Benin Kingdom were fully represented, led by the highly revered Ilawure of Usen Kingdom, HRM Oluide II and a host of Benin Chiefs and traditional title holders.

The highpoint of the event was the thanksgiving procession by Chief Igbinedion and his immediate family members, amid soulful renditions from the Archangel Gabriel Parish choir.

Dwelling further on the theme of the day, “His Grace is sufficient for me”, the Chancellor, Catholic Archdiocese of Benin, Rev Fr Dr Mike Oyanoafoh also extolled God’s goodness on the celebrant just as the Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin, Very Rev Fr Dr Augustine Ehigie led in rendering a happy birthday song.

Responding on behalf of the House of Igbinedion, a former Governor of Edo State and son of the celebrant, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, expressed joy at the love showered on their patriarch on his birthday.

He prayed for journey mercies for all those who have come to celebrate their father

Speaking on behalf of some of the dignitaries that graced the occasion the representative of the Mauritanian High Commission in Nigeria, Mrs Stella Arhewo, and the APC governorship candidate in next year’s Edo State governorship election Hon. E.J Agbonayiwa described the celebrant as a Man who has added value to the lives of many.

Guests at the birthday thanksgiving Mass were later hosted to a lavish reception at tastefully decorated country home of the Esama of Benin Kingdom where music was supplied by a host of upcoming artists, live band, cultural troupes among others.

The colorful event was rounded off with the cutting of the 89th birthday cake of the Esama of Benin Kingdom His Excellency Chief Sir Dr Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion , done his behalf by his son, Lucky Igbinedion, his siblings and selected dignitaries.

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Sights and Sounds As Esther Ajayi’s Love of Christ Celebrates 16th Anniversary




By Eric Elezuo

The Love of Christ Generation Church (C&S) located in the highbrow Victoria Island,  was a beehive of activities penultimate Sunday as members led by their leader, Reverend Esther Abimbola Ajayi, in company of well wishers and the general public, trooped out enmasse to celebrate the church’s 16th year anniversary.

Hosted by a wholesome colour of white, faith adherents and special invitees had a swell time giving God glory for 16 unbroken Yeats of His goodness, provision and protection.

From far and wide, and all walks of life, dignitaries trooped in, in solidarity with the woman popularly called Iya Adura, to sing, worship, praise and dance before the Almighty, who made all things perfect for the church.

Among notable personalities that graced the occasion were former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Chief Dele Momodu, Sir Shina Peters and a host other very important persons.

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