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Moomi’s Final Flight by Ademola Adedoyin



At 1:20 am this morning, the beat stopped. Moomi, Alhaja Chief Memunat Ahinke Emiloye Adedoyin, First Yeye-Oba of Okeya-Ipo, the vehicle through which I arrived this earthly terrain almost 60 years ago answered the final call. Alhamdulilahi. Mama’s age, given verifiable historical occurrences, is 99. Mama chose to go in the month of my birth, few days to my 60th birthday.

Mame lived her final days and left us the way she wanted: with abundant love, tender care and much affection from her loved ones.

The episode that resulted in Moomi’s Final exit occurred on Thursday 7th September, when, coming from the toilet, her walking stick slipped, resulting in a fall. The fall resulted in a fracture of her fibula bone, close to the ankle. A fall of that magnitude at that age comes with all grave implications. We were not in doubt that this could be a fatal one, but we were determined to give it our best shot to see how we can get moomi back in good shape.

By the following day, Moomi’s living eldest, the kind hearted soul, Alhaji Chief Abdulwahab Adeshina Madojutara Amoo Adedoyin left Lagos to take charge of the situation. Stand up for special recognition, Dr Ismail Bakare, the dutiful and hardworking medico at the Cottage Hospital, Omupo, moomi’s personal physician.

Dr Bakare was explicit in his submission that Maami needed a specialist treatment and care. And that specialist treatment, according to Dr Bakare, can adequately be provided by a certain Dr Gbadebo Ibrahim, an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Wait a moment, who is that medico? My nephew, our own son, omo Ada Oye. To Crescent Hospital, Ilorin, we proceeded. At the hospital, Grandma received treatment and reception fit only for the royalty from our own Dr Ibrahim and his team. May Allah (swt) reward their good deeds abundantly.

For six weeks, mama had a casting on her leg, while we took care of her at the Ilorin residence of her grand daughter, Mrs Kehinde Akanji,(née Adedoyin) the daughter in law of Professor and Mrs Musibau Akanji, Former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna. Only Allah (swt) can reward the kindness, love and affection extended to mama by Kayode, Kenny’s loving husband and Professor and Mrs Akanji. We cannot thank them enough.
Kehinde’s total commitment to ensuring that mama comes out of the situation is the stuff a story of love and kindness is made of. Kenny earns mama’s prayers and she shall not be denied of her well deserved rewards.

Also worthy of mention is Mama’ grandson in law and grand daughter, Major General Joseph and Olanike Omali’s demonstration of care and concern for mama’s wellness from far away Kaduna. May divine blessings continue to be their lot. The demonstration of love and concern and prayers by mama’s other grandchildren is equally remarkable. Also deserving of mention is Mama Niyi, Mama’s Caregiver. A Caregiver in the truest definition of that term, Mama Niyi took good care of Mama and she earns our love and affection for that. Rest assured that you will remain part of the Adedoyin family for ever.

From all indications, moomi just told herself that she had done enough on this terrain and she needed to take a bow. After six weeks of having her leg encased in POP, the next xray showed that all was still not well with the fracture. The option we had, according to the Specialist, was a surgery. The surgery was successfully done Saturday November 4th. Mama came out of the theater, appreciating us, praying for us and the medical team. The next xray showed that the fracture has been taken care of and mama was to spend a few more days in the hospital, before going back home to resume her normal life, even if with the aid of a walker.

When the Doctor announced that Mama had been discharged on the night of Saturday, 11th November 2023, following series of tests which came out fine, Mama enthusiastically looked forward to going back to her home, which, obviously, she had missed so much. She would be at home the following morning. She was in top form and in high spirit.

Then the following day, mama left Ilorin for Okeya-Ipo, and a new turn of events began to unfold. Throughout the almost an hour and half journey from Ilorin to Okeya-Ipo, I couldn’t get to talk to my mother. Alhaji Agba, Madojutara, told me she was sleeping. She slept all through the journey. By late afternoon, mama still had not woken up. By evening, mama was still asleep. By this time, the situation was concerning enough to seek medical intervention. With my elder brother in charge at the scene and with me co-ordinating from this end, we reached out to Dr Bakare. The Doctor instructed the nurses at Okeya-Ipo to set a drip for mama, even as I pleaded with him to go see mama immediately. The dutiful medico obliged and got to mama late into the night. His verdict: mama needed to be taken to the hospital immediately for intensive medical intervention as the situation was very grave. From that Sunday night to early this morning, when mama bade us farewell, she got the best care and attention.

Moomi, Ahinke Ore, Iya a Tafa, to say that I will miss you is an understatement. My prayer warrior has left us in the physical Realms, my intellectual sparing partner on so many diverse family and community isses just departed this earthly terrain, my mother and friend of 60 years has gone to meet her Maker.

So the daily Ekaale Moomi, on the phone has ended, so the days of sitting together to take up issues, to inquire about the wellbeing of each of your grand children has come to an end? And we will never sit with you again on the front grounds of your home watching and playing as we slaughter and dress the Ileya rams. I will never hear your voice again except in the dream land.

I will miss you, Moomi. You lived long and lived well. It was as if you should remain with us for eternity, but then, you warned me about the inevitability of this day. You told me it would come. You told me to take heart when it happens. As I pen these words, that piece of advice resonates in me: I am taking heart, taking solace in the fact that I tried my modest best to do what a child is expected to do for his loving mother. I know that where you are now, your prayers continue to pour on me.

O digba, Moomi Ahinke Ore, Omo Obe Lore, Sun re.

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Whiz Kid, Abdul-salam, Seeks Assistance to Prosecute M.Sc Studies in Scotland




By Eric Elezuo

Teslim Abdul-salam, a 24-year-old Nigerian, from Oyo State, has sent a save our soul message to well meaning Nigerians to come to his aid in his quest to become a Global Energy Leader and establish a Youth-led Sustainable Energy Company in Africa.

Abdul-salam made this disclosure during an exclusive chat with The Boss. He noted that he intends to extend his high flying academic sojourn with an opportunity to obtain an M.Sc degree in Energy Economics and Finance at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, the admission he had already secured.

On why he thinks he is qualified for assistance from well meaning Nigerians to pursue the Masters honours, Abdul-salam said:

“My name is Teslim Abdul-salam, a 24-year-old Petroleum Engineering graduate from the First Technical University, Ibadan, Nigeria. I graduated with a Second Class Upper and have furthered my education with masterclasses in Leadership for Young Engineers from Guardian of the Nation International (GOTNI), Abuja, and in Business Management from the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

“Additionally, I hold diplomas in French Studies and Entrepreneurship Studies from the First Technical University, Ibadan.

“Throughout my academic and professional journey, I have achieved notable accomplishments. I received the Tech-Upreneur (Entrepreneur) Ambassador award in 2020, led a team that qualified for the Hult Prize Regional Entrepreneurship Competition in Cairo in 2020, and was among the Top 100 out of 17,000 applicants in the International Breweries Foundation (IBF) Kickstart Entrepreneurship Contest in 2019.

“I possess strong skills in public speaking, data analysis, business writing, and digital marketing. Currently, I run a digital freelance business in Nigeria.

“My long-term vision is to become a Global Energy Leader and to establish a Youth-led Sustainable Energy Company in Africa. I am a passionate advocate for climate action, focusing on making clean energy accessible and affordable for underserved communities in Africa.”

His avalanche of distinguished achievements notwithstanding, Abdul-salam is unable to move closer to his dreams of becoming a better person, and contributing his quota to the making of a better Nigeria with the MSc in Energy Economics and Finance, and therefore, seek financial assistance or sponsorship.

“I have been offered conditional admission to the MSc in Energy Economics and Finance programme at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. However, I am unable to meet the financial requirements for the programme.

“I am reaching out to request assistance in obtaining a scholarship or financial support to cover the tuition and living expenses for my postgraduate programme. This opportunity is crucial for me to achieve my goal of becoming a Global Energy Leader and contributing significantly to sustainable energy solutions in Africa. Any support or guidance you can provide would be immensely appreciated,” he said.

With the importance this administration has attached to education, it will not be out of place if the likes of Abdul-salam are assisted to achieve noble objectives in science, management, finance among a host of other academic disciplines that can turn the fortunes of the nation, and reduce youth restiveness in the country.

Abdul-salam needs your assistance. Please, help!

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FG Endorses Groundbreaking Clean Cookstoves Project, Partners GreenPlinth Africa




In a landmark move towards sustainable development and environmental conservation, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Council on Climate Change has officially endorsed a revolutionary initiative aimed at addressing global climate crisis, environmental challenges and improving livelihoods across the nation.

Under the auspices of GREENPLINTH AFRICA LIMITED, in collaboration with strategic partners, an ambitious Article 6.4 project has been launched to distribute 80 million clean cookstoves free of charge to households throughout Nigeria.

This initiative, the largest single clean cooking systems project in the world, marks a significant step forward in combatting the adverse health and environmental impacts associated with traditional cooking methods, such as indoor air pollution and deforestation.

The provision of clean cookstoves is set to transform the lives of millions of Nigerians, particularly women and children, who are disproportionately affected by the harmful effects of traditional cooking practices. The adoption of clean and efficient cookstoves by households will lead to improved indoor air quality, reduce respiratory illnesses, and largely contribute to mitigating climate change through lower carbon emissions.

In a statement by Dr. Olawale Akinwumi, president and CEO of GREENPLINTH AFRICA LIMITED, the Director General of the National Council on Climate Change, Dr. Salisu Dahiru recently issued a formal Letter of Endorsement (LoE) for the Improved And Efficient Cooking Energy Solution For Nigeria – a Programmatic Article 6.4 Project.

Dr. Dahiru, who is also the Designated National Authority (DNA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Point in Nigeria averred that the project would result in greenhouse gas emission reduction and more importantly lead to sustainable forest development and job creation in Nigeria.

According to him, besides reduction in domestic emissions, the project will decrease upper respiratory infections, thereby leading to improved health conditions; and equally enhance the nation in achieving sustainable development and the goals of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Speaking on the importance of the project, Dr. Victor Fodeke, vice president and GMD of Greenplinth Africa Limited stated that the initiative will particularly benefits vulnerable communities, women, and children, who bear the brunt of health issues linked to traditional cooking practices. “Nigerians will experience tangible benefits while collectively contributing to global efforts in combating climate change”, he said.

Dr. Fodeke, a former Technical Adviser on Climate Change to the African Union (AU), declared that in addition to the deployment of clean cookstoves, the project includes an ambitious afforestation campaign, with plans to plant a staggering 4 billion economic trees across the nation. This initiative not only aims to combat deforestation but also to promote sustainable land management practices, enhance biodiversity, and create economic opportunities for communities across Nigeria – stimulating economic growth by creating new avenues for employment and income generation.

“The Article 6.4 Clean Cookstoves Project will be a foreign exchange earner for the Nigerian economy. This is first time anywhere in the world that efficient clean cookstoves project of this magnitude is being launched to be fully funded for every household, and 100% financed by Carbon Credits.

“Our PANDA Cookstove is also the first clean cookstove in the world to be launched with the co-benefit of Innovative Tree Planting and Nurturing to eliminate or reduce Poverty, Hunger, and Diseases,” he concluded.

The Federal Government’s endorsement of this groundbreaking Article 6.4 initiative underscores its commitment to fostering sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and the well-being of its citizens.

The Improved and Efficient Cooking Energy Solution for Nigeria is a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Global Climate Action Portal (GCAP) registered Initiative.

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Court Denies Binance Executive Tigran Gambaryan Bail




Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja, on Friday, refused to grant bail to an executive of Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan.

Justice Nwite held that Gambaryan is likely to jump bail if granted to him.

The company and its executive were arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering before Emeka Nwite, judge of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Moving an application, Counsel to the Defendant, Mark Mordi, argued that the court had the power to grant bail to the defendant and impose conditions to ensure his presence in court.

The prosecution counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, however opposed the bail application, stating that the defendant is a flight risk.

He stated that the defendant attempted to obtain a new passport, which he claimed was stolen, and this is a suspicious act given the proximity to his colleague’s escape from custody.

He added that the court cannot risk granting Gambaryan bail, especially as he is not attached to any community in Nigeria.

“The fact that the passport of the defendant is with the complainant does not guarantee that he will remain in Nigeria because the defendant is not only an American citizen but also an Armenian citizen by birth.

He urged the court to refuse the application and instead remand him in EFCC custody to ensure his safety and prevent potential flight risk.

Delivering ruling, the judge said several factors including the nature of offence and its severity must be considered when trying to decide whether or not bail should be granted to the defendant applicant.

Justice Nwite agreed with the depositions made by prosecution and was of the view that the applicant will jump bail if bail is granted to him.

He subsequently ordered that the trial be given an accelerated hearing.

After the ruling, the EFCC called its first witness, a staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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