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First Ladies, Women of Substance Celebrate Legacy of Building Women at 2019 WILS



The intimidating crowd that surged into the convention center of the Eko Hotel and Suites Tuesday to celebrate the 2019 edition of Handmaidens Women in Leadership Series with the theme, Leading Women Building Legacies, was a testimony of how far women have launched into the world of business, grabbing with both hands what were hitherto reserved for men.

The Summit was aimed at drawing attention to the crisis in leadership in Nigeria and causing the nation’s deepest thinkers and most innovative minds to come up with solutions to various problems. Also, it motivated women who wants to build a great career in life. The event brought together leading minds in career building and women empowerment.

Anchoring the programme, Mrs. Morin Desalu appreciated the presence of special and notable dignitaries who throng the venue including wives of governors, captains of industries, entertainment bigwigs and many more. She heaped encomiums on the Chief host, Pastor Siju Iluyomade, for her vision.

Pastor Siju Iluyomade

Kicking off with splendid praise and worship session, which was supervised by the Voices of Zion, the event nosedived into the recitation of the two stanzas of the national anthem. The rendition was a beauty to listen to as almost every soul in the hall participated, singing with fresh and renewed patriotism. It reestablished the blind faith with which women are known to approach any issue.

First Lady of Edo State, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, set the ball rolling as she delivered a highly motivating address.

In her speech, she encouraged Nigerians, especially women, to put in their best in developing country, prophesying that “soon, foreigners will be rushing to Nigeria the same way Nigerians are rushing to other countries”, adding that ‘it will happen in our time’.

Also contributing, the First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, encouraged the women on the need to be self-reliant and strive to academically and otherwise develop and invest in themselves through reading among other things.

She said: “I learnt everything I know, especially during childbirth and afterwards from reading books.”

She told women to make reading a habit, and endeavour to be a total mother.

In her short speech, the wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Salamatu Gbajabiamila, highlighted that “women and anything about women is my passion”.

At this stage, the hall was enlivened with the sonorous voice of Enitan Adaba, who led all through a session of high worship. The session gave way to the inspirational speech of Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos State.

Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, who brought glad tidings from the state governor on his 54th birthday, highlighted that Lagos is committed to the welfare of the citizens, especially women.

With the representative of the first families of represented states done with their speeches, Pastor Iluyomade heartily delivered a welcome message where she cautioned that “greed can bring your legacy down” drawing inference from Proverbs 31 in the same was she preached gender equality.

She also recognized women of Valor who have made a difference in their chosen fields such as the first female Managing Director of Cadbury, Mrs. Oyeyimika Adeboye; Dean of Lagos Business School, Mrs. Enase Okonedo; Lawyer and CEO of Terra Kulture and theatre enthusiast, Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters among others

The highlight of the event was the keynote address delivered by a seasoned Chicago based Oncologist, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunmilayo Olapade.

Olapade, among many of her admonitions, lashed out at the government of Nigeria for not providing the required amenities and enabling environment for doctors to perform optimally.

She also charged the First Ladies to take up the banner of ensuring that drugs are made available in various hospitals to make it easy for patients to get at affordable price.

The event was a mixture of keynotes, unconference sessions, panels, and more to bring a rich set of content driven by a diverse audience.

The address was followed by the presentation of Born to Aspire awards to three deserving women, and they are veteran actress, Joke Sylva, Osayi Alile and Morin Desalu. The chief host, Pastor Iluyomade was also presented with the Original Born to Aspire award.

The event was rounded off with a panel session. The panel comprising 12 successful professionals and anchored by Osayi Alile, CEO, Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation, deliberated on How to Build Legacies to Last.

The meat of the discussion centered on how women can overcome various challenges that limit their developmental strides.

Pastor Siju Iluyomade ended the discussion with a quote:

“There are various categories of people in this world, there are those who make things happen, there are those who watch things happen, there are some who wonder how things happen, while there are some who don’t know that anything have happened at all, so which one are you” she asked rhetorically.”

The members of the panel include Bolanle Austen-Peters, TY Bello, Mrs (Dr) Olufunmilayo Olapade, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Prof. Sade Ogunsola, Prof. Enase Okonedo, Funke Bucknor Obruthe, Cecilia Akintomide, Kofo Akinkugbe, Dorathy Atoke, and Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro.

Mrs. Titilayo Akinsanya rounded the event off with a closing prayer to thank God for the success of the 2019 series.

Other dignitaries that attended the event included Honourable Duke, Mrs Bolaji Momodu,  Mrs Quincy Akindele and a host of others.



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Gladys Moyosore Adetunji Joins Octogenarian Club in Style




By Eric Elezuo

The octogenarian club is one decade above the Bible prescribed three scores and ten age, and it is a thing of utmost joy and grace to hit the 80th year.

For Madam Gladys Moyosore Adetunji, the feeling was exceptional as she was ushered into the octogenarian elite group with pomp and pageantry, and with plenty to drink, eat and take home.

Friends, family members and colleagues from all walks of life left nothing to chance as they gathered in solidarity to give the mama, as she is fondly called, the celebration of her life.

Born on March 15, 1943 to Gabriel Oyebanji Fatoye of Ile Osa-Oke Egan Gbongan and Adebomi Fatoye (Nee Fadele) from Ode Omu I Osun State, Mrs Gladys Moyosore Adetunji began her early education at St Luke’s Primary School Gbongan before proceeding to St Patrick’s Catholic Secondary School, also in Gbongan.

After her secondary educational, she was admitted into the Queen of Apostles Catholic Teachers training College, Oluyoro, Ibadan, to sharpen his teaching skills.

Thereafter, she was employed as a teacher at St Matthew Catholic School Oloba Gbongan, was later transferred to St Matthews Catholic School Ode-Omu and much later to St Martins Catholic School Gbongan.


However, in search of the proverbial greener pastures, she travelled to the United Kingdom in July 1967 to acquire more academic tutelage, and so attended the School of Science and Technology, Notting Hill Gate on arrival, and followed it up with attendance at the London & North-western Polytechnic, Camden Town, London.

Mrs Adetunji has an array of experience, having worked into establishments, especially in the UK

Some of the places where he once plied his trade include Metropolitan Police, Harrods, Selfridges, London Transport on Baker Street, and Greater London Council Harrow Road, London

After a meritorious service to the government and people of the United Kingdom, spanning years, she returned to Nigeria and worked in the following top executive positions:

1.Executive officer at the Federal Ministry of Finance Accountant General’s office in Lagos.

2, Federal Ministry of Agriculture – Department of Forestry Ibadan as executive Account officer

3. Federal Ministry of Agriculture – Monitoring Unit

4. Federal Agric Coordinating Unit – FACU

5. The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Moor Plantation Ibadan.

6. Federal Ministry of Economic Development

7. Federal Pay Office Ibadan as Assistant Federal Pay officer

8. Federal Pay Office Abeokuta as Federal Pay Officer

9. Federal Ministry of Communication Abuja where she retired as Assistant Director in 2003.

From testimonies and eulogies from loved ones including family members, friends and career colleagues, Mrs Adetunji is no doubt a workaholic and excellent go-getter, who saw all that needed to be seen and conquered.

She is blessed with a lot children a grandchildren, whom she dot a great deal.

We wish you the best of 80th birthday celebration, mama.

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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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