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BOS @20: Bisi Olatilo Sets High Powered Committees, Promises Superlative Show



By Eric Elezuo

The Chief Executive Executive Officer, Biscom Communications, and Creator, Bisi Olatilo Show, Prince Bisi Olatilo, has inaugurated high powered committees comprising prominent professionals across different strata of human endeavours to plan and supervise the forthcoming celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ever popular Bisi Olatilo Show (BOS). The committees include Security, ICT, TV/Radio, Social Media, Welfare, Entertainment, and Event Management.

The event which held at the Exclusive Spot Hotel, located at the highbrow Ikoyi Island was attended by notable media gurus, captains of industries, top government officials and entertainment buffs.

Welcoming the attendees with a brief a citation of his biography, Prince Olatilo, reputed for his ability to flawlessly speak Nigeria’s three major languages, disclosed that the show will hold at the Balmoral Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday, November 22, 2019. Further in his speech, he acknowledged as many that has been there for him through the thorny part of broadcasting and later to stardom.

Prince Bisi Olatilo

In their various responses, guests showered encomiums on Prince Olatilo for his steadfastness, commitment and zeal in propagating the gospel of journalism ever since his days at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, and later with the Bisi Olatilo Show.

Dr Donald Duke

Responding, the former Governor of Cross River State, Dr. Donald Duke, congratulated Prince Olatilo for hitting the milestone with Bisi Olatilo Show, and sincerely encouraged him to mentor the younger ones to follow in his stead.

Also speaking, a former Commissioner for Commerce in Ogun State and former governorship aspirant, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, praised the veteran journalist, urging him to keep the good work while he trains the upcoming ones.

Dr Duke and Otunba Bimbo Ashiru

Speaker after speaker including seasoned columnist and former media aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Rueben Abati; Ambassador Toyin Lawal, Otunba Gbenga Onayiga, Ovation Editor, Michael Effiong, Jacob Akinyemi Johnson (Megadon), Oloye Mororonti Ashabi, Asoju Oba of Ikorodu land, and Gbenga Adebayo paid glowing tributes to the BOS brand.

Among members of the Security sub-committee as constituted are Commodore Ademola Ojikutu, Mr. Kunle Oyekanmi and others. Montai and Chief (Mrs.) Omeruo were on hand to head the welfare sub-committee.

Lanre Ijola and Michael Effiong

In the same vein, personalities such as Yinka Amosu, Otunba Gbenga Onoriega, Rueban Abati, Lanre Ijola, Seyi Kehinde among others formed the media (TV/Radio) sub-committee members while the likes of Shuga, Mr. Real, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Kofi, Alariwo of Africa and Lanre Obe were in the entertainment sub-committee.

In his vote of thanks, Prince Olatilo hinted that the show will also witnessed the launch of a book, BISCON Television and a fashion show, featuring the Ade Bakare brand.

The very lively event was spiced up with the performance of Legbegbe by Mr. Real, who is one of the artist billed to perform during the show proper as guest savoured light refreshment.

Cross section of dignitaries

The Bisi Olatilo Show hit the airwaves in 1999, and has remained consistent. It shows on cable television and can be watched on the go through its app.


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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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Nigerian, African Cultures, Heritage Take Centrestage at The Drum Festival in Canada




Deep rooted and rich Nigerian and African culture were all on display as the city of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada came alive as the host of the maiden edition of The Drum Festival (Ayan-Agalu) with the theme “Rejigging Yoruba Cultural Heritage: As Catalyst for National and International Unity, Progress and Development.

The cultural fiesta, which was organized by The Drum Online Media Incorporation, was well packaged and attended by the crème de la crème eminent personalities, such as government functionaries, royal fathers, political and religious leaders, cultural enthusiasts, socialites among others, from The North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, especially from Nigeria.

The maiden edition festival was celebrated uniquely with the massive turnout of tourists, from within Canada and abroad, visitors, fun seekers, journalists, and residents.

Various dance groups from Brazil, Iran, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria communities in Canada and drummers played to the admiration of culture enthusiasts. People were were fed with different kinds of local and continental foods.

In his welcome address, Publisher of the Drum Online Media Incorporation and convener of the Drum Festival (Ayan-Agalu) Festival, Prince Segun Akanni, said the prestigious event could not have come up as a better time and moment given the avalanche of social, economic, political and religious challenges plaguing Africa as a continent.

In his words “ There can be no gainsaying that the festival’s theme “Rejigging Yoruba Cultural Heritage as Catalyst for National and International Unity, Progress and Development- The Ayan-Agalu Example” is not only apt but timely given the legion of cultural erosion and neglect of core societal values that has pervaded most African countries, especially among the Yorubas’ of South West in Nigeria.”

Celebrating culture through the drums reinforces our collective desire and zeal to rejuvenate our moribund cultural heritages.

My involvement in the preservation, restoration, promotion of Africa’s and Yoruba’s Cultural Heritage and values dates back to over twenty years, an exploit which has taken me to over thirty countries of the world. Akanni said.

The occasion was also used to honour prominent Nigerians and Canadians, who have shown support for Nigeria’s culture and heritage.

Some of the awardees include Governor Ademola Nurudeen Jackson Adeleke, Executive Governor, Osun State; Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, The Elegushi of Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom, post-humous award to late Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi, Founder, DAAR Communication.

Others are Gerry Weiner, former Canadian Immigration Minister and Secretary of State of Canada, Adebo Edward Ogundoyin, Speaker, Oyo State House Of Assembly, Dele Momodu, Publisher, Ovation International Magazine, Musiliu Akinsanya Oluomo (MC), Chairman, Lagos State Parks and Garages, Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism. Dr. Oludare Akande, Chairman, Bellagio Air and founder, American Polytechnic of Nigeria, Lawal Quadri Obawole. Baada of Otta, Awori Kingdom, Ogun State and Senior United States of America’ s military officers.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau commended Prince Segun Akanni for his hard work in organizing the festival and commitment for cultural exchange. He explained that Canada is truly a multicultural nation, made stronger and more resilient by diversity.

The Yoruba race is blessed with rich and prestigious tradition. We must celebrate and showcase these cultural festivals to the world to appreciate the diversity of our unique heritage. It is an honour to celebrate this festival and pay homage to the drumming prowess and legacy of Ayangulu.

One of the daughters of the convener, Olajire Grace Akanni, told the gathering that drums should be played to children because it helps them reduce stress and makes them smarter. Drumming is physically intense for kids but it helps burn calories in 30 minutes of play and dancing to its rhythm. Also When kids learn how to play the drum, it helps them not to be bored and it is very easy to learn.

Some of the dignitaries that graced the occasion includes the representative of the Nigeria High Commissioner/Ambassador, His Excellency Adeyinka Asekun; Mr. David Toyin Apinran, The Olota of Otta Awori, Ogun State, Oba (Prof) Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlegen; Oloba Of Oba Ile, Osun State and Deputy State Chairman of Osun State Council of Obas, His Royal Majesty Oba (Dr) Adekunle Asamu Oyeyemi.

Others are Alagbara of Agbara, Ogun State, HRM Oba (Bar) Lukman Jayeola Agunbiade; Alakola of Akola Ijesa kingdom, Osun state, HRM Oba (Dr) Festus Adekunle Adeyemi; The Olojodu Of Ojoduland, Lagos State, HRM Oba (Dr) Samuel Olusegun Shobowale Benson; His Royal Majesty Oba Alagbe Adio Moroof Elegushi of Egushi Otta Awori Kingdom and His Royal Majesty, Oba Olanrewaju Ige, Alaaye of Ijesa land, Osun State, Councillor Ayo Owodunni, among others.


The festival offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the richness, beauty and diversity of African and Nigerian culture, and highlighted many contributions that Canadians of African descent have made, and continue to make , to our country in all fields of endeavour” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Ontario is proud to be home to a vibrant African and Nigerian population. This festival is an opportunity for Ontarians to celebrate the many contributions these communities have made to the cultural and economic fabric of our province. I thank The Drum Online for organising this event, and for everything you do to keep African communities connected and informed” – Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario (Premier Ministre de Ontario)

I am very pleased with your initiative to convene the inaugural Drum Festival aimed at promoting the prestigious culture of the Yorubas from Southern part of Nigeria. Cultural diplomacy is a cardinal aspect of Nigeria’s foreign policy and a very key area of focus of the Nigeria High Commission In Ottawa. To this end, we are therefore glad to confirm our support for this event – HE Adeyinka Asekun, Nigeria High Commissioner to Canada

I am indeed proud of the organizer and his team for this noble and legendary initiative aimed at revamping our indigenous tradition and culture from a state of near oblivion to a realm of global pedestal of fame, relevance, and glory – Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State 

The Drum Festival has its root in the kingdom of Ife, South Western Nigeria and is a symbolic presentation of our culture, particularly in relation to our social live, religion, monarchy and other core aspects of our existence. I hereby congratulate my son, who is the convener of this initiative, Prince Segun Akanni and his team for their efforts in celebrating the prestigious Yoruba and indeed African culture – Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife

The Yoruba race is undoubtedly one of the most endowed races replete with rich and prestigious tradition and culture in the world today – The Mayor Of Brampton, Patrick Brown

I congratulate and felicitate with you for celebrating African, especially Yoruba culture and tradition, by organising the maiden The Drum Festival (Ayan-Agulu Festival) in Ontario, Canada – Aare Dele Momodu, Chairman Ovation Media Group

As a passionate Nigerian Canadian and a passionate advocate for the preservation and promotion of our cultural heritage. I commend the organiser, The Drum Online Media, for their unwavering commitment to the recognition and promotion of Africa and Nigeria’s cultural heritage on both national and global platforms – Ayo Owodunmi, Kitchener City Councillor, Ward 5

More Felicitaions

Oba (Prof) Adekunle Adeogun Okunoye, Eburu of Iba, Osun State and guest speaker in his paper presentation on the theme of the festival said “reinventing the art of drumming may mean the revival of the profession in Yoruba society, the enhancement of the dignity of the practitioners, and the documentation of the drumming tradition in films for future scholarly studies.

The Olota of Otta, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Prof Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege, commended the organizer for showcasing Africa’s cultural products. I really admired how you have organized yourself, your resilience, and your untiring efforts to deliver this noble project.

Former Canadian Minister of Immigration and Secretary of State of Canada, Hon. Gerry Weiner said he hopes this cultural convergence would further reinforce and solidify the cultural relationship between Nigeria and Canada while also ensuring that both countries maintain and sustain the solidarity that the festival has the potential of establishing.

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Greg Uanseru Marks 65th Birthday With Thanksgiving, First-Rate Party




The amiable President/ President, CEO of GCA Energy Limited, Mr Greg Uanseru was filled with immense joy when he turned 65 during the week.

The ebullient gentleman known for his understated elegance and class began the day with a Thanksgiving service at the Catholic Church of the Presentation, GRA, Ikeja.

Accompanied by his wives Emma and Betty, and two of his children, Mr Uanseru was chauffeur-driven to the ceremony in a gleaming Rolls Royce Cullinan.

Adorning his trademark white attire, he exchanged pleasantries with friends and family members before heading to the front row.

The service itself was lively. Excellent songs and hymns spiced with a session of prayers.

In his sermon, Rev. Father Panachy Ogbede described Mr Uanseru as a humble person who grew up from very humble beginnings and never forgot his roots.

He said the celebrant was a passionate philanthropist, who has touched many lives with his wealth.

The preacher advised the celebrant to now focus the rest of his life on building a legacy and working at making heaven.

Thereafter, the celebrant, family and friends were invited for the Thanksgiving dance after which they were showered with prayers and holy water.

That over, the celebration train moved to his lovely home in Ikeja, GRA, where the poolside had been creatively transformed by FlowerPlus Events to a lovely party venue.

With DJ Bola Giwa of Freshwaves and a band dishing out a medley of good songs, Bonix Drinks serving classy drinks, an assortment of meals and grills flowing freely, the party was topnotch.

Guests included Mr Peter Obi and wife, Hajia Abah Folawiyo, Chief Lee Ikpea, Osagie Okunbor Former Governor James Ibori, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, Senator Sanusi Daggash, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Sam Iwuajoku, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Timi Alaibe, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Segun Awolowo, Kunle Coker, Kunle Makinde, Seinne Rasaq Lawal, Chike Chikeluba,Kingsley Okunbo, Anselm Tabansi, Chike Ogeah, Lulu Onobaifo, Henry Imasekha, Magnus Onyibe, Segun Adesanya, Nkiru Anumudu, Ruth Osime, MO Abudu, Ikenna Oranye, Lanre and Ade Ogunlesi, Tokunbo Ogunbanjo, Adeboya Adesola, Ovation Editor, Michael Effiong and many others

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