2018 COWLSO Conference Will Be Outstanding, Bolanle Ambode Assures

+ Okorocha, Bagudu, Others To Grace Event

Wife of Lagos State Governor and chairman of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, (COWLSO) Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Tuesday assured participants that the 18th National Women’s Conference of the Committee would be better than the previous editions.

She spoke in her office at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, while giving some insight into the level of preparation for the three-day conference, holding from Tuesday 23rd to Thursday, 25th October, at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

Mrs. Ambode said that the conference theme ‘Strengthening Our Collective Impact’, would focus on the advantages derivable when women act together, as against when they act individually.

According to her, “This theme focuses on the advantages derivable from our collective impact, compared to when we act alone. If you take a closer look at our society, women are strong willed. It is very obvious that God created and endowed us with skills, innate abilities and a hidden strength that no one can explain”.

“When we come together and collaborate, whether in government establishments, privately owned businesses, NGOs or wherever we find ourselves, we tend to achieve significant lasting social change that will be beneficial to all. We have unique powers of being able to look at problems and come up with solutions that would transform lives and make the world a better place.”

Speaking further, the Chairman of COWLSO said that the Conference would be declared open by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and declared closed by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, adding that major highlights would come up as usual, including the fun-filled gala nite on day two of the conference, where lots of mouth watering prizes would be won.

She disclosed that free transportation had been provided from the conference venue to Yaba, Ketu, Oshodi, Mile 12, Ojo, Agege, Ojodu-Berger, Iyana-Ipaja, Ikorodu and Lekki-Ajah, for the convenience of participants, on day two which is the gala nite.

Shedding light on the resource side of the conference, she listed topics for discussion to include: ‘Vulnerable but not Defenceless; ‘Hazards of Teenage Pregnancy’ and ‘Life of Purpose – Navigating Aspects of Life Successfully’, to be examined by seasoned facilitators like Dr. Veronica Ayo Iwayemi, Folashade Adetiba and Omotola Rotimi among others.

She added that one of the major highlights of the three-day conference, is the Inspirational Woman Of The Year Award, often given to a woman of impact, generally acknowledged in the society, and certificates of appreciation would also be given to individuals and organizations for their long-standing partnership and support for COWLSO.

In addition to a live-streaming of the conference according to her, non-participants could follow the programme on www.lagosonline.tv;www.facebook.com/followlasg; twitter handle- @followlasg and You Tube.com/lasgpage.


The National Women’s Conference is organized once every year by COWLSO.



Fayemi Takes Oath of Office As Ekiti Governor

Former Minister of Solid Mineral, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been sworn-in as the Ekiti state governor by Justice Ayodeji Simeon Daramola, the Chief Judge of the state.

Fayemi, was former governor of the state between 2010 and 2014, and regain the seat on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).

He defeated the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, and 33 other candidates to win the governorship election.

The 53-year-old governor is a native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State.

He was defeated by Mr Ayodele Fayose in 2014.

The new deputy governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, was first to take the oath of office.

After taking the oath of office for his second coming to finish his eight years tenure, Fayemi inspected a guard of honour mounted by the police.

Among political leaders at the inauguration of the governor were the Mr. Boss Mustapher, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna.

APC leader Bola Tinubu, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi Ojaja II, among other dignitaries attended the ceremony.

Ekiti state was created out of Ondo state on 1 October 1996 alongside five other states.

Alaafin Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III @ 80: Sustaining A People’s Culture

By Adewuyi Adegbite

Alayeluwa, Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Alaafin of Oyo will clock 80 years on October 16, 2018. The celebration of the milestone is significant in the life of the monarch because it coincides with the 47th Anniversary of his enthronement as Oyo monarch, this makes him the longest reigning monarch in the annals of the new Oyo since its evolution in 1837.

Oba Adeyemi III is an embodiment of, and a relic of one of the most powerful ruling dynasties in African history. Alaafin dynasty began as a scion of the legendary Oduduwa dynasty from Ile Ife. However, his military prowess catapulted him into an empire builder who at the peak of his glory in 18th Century ruled over a large territories covered most of the today Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Kwara, Ekiti as far as Kogi, Niger, Lagos and as far as Republic of Benin, Togo land and modern day Ghana.

Several factors were adduced for the prosperity of Oyo Empire. First and foremost, is the location of the empire in the Savannah grassland which made land cultivation easy. Consequently, through agriculture, there was abundant supply of food and agricultural product for domestic consumption and for export. Two, the empire was located along the Trans Saharan Trade route from North Africa through Hausa land to Oyo. Through the route and trade Oyo was able to transact business with North Africans and most especially people of Northern Nigeria through which oriental goods, horses, fire arm, etc were exported to Oyo. Also, Oyo was able to export her agricultural products, works of arts, etc through which she earned foreign exchange. More importantly large territories of Oyo afforded her to be buoyant economically because of the tributes accruing to the empire. Among other factors are able leaders, military organization of the empire which was based on call up system.

However, the empire like her predecessors in West Africa like Ghana, Mali, Songhai, etc began to witness vicissitudes as from the turn of 18th Century. One of the major factors was the weakness in the constitution of the empire which some over ambitious functionaries of government or revolutionaries among functionaries of government employed to their own advantage by enthroning weakling Alaafins on the throne of Oyo. Secondly, is the rise of over ambitious functionaries of government who challenged the authority of Alaafin and even declared their independence from the empire. Beside, vassal states declared their independence from the empire. Furthermore, many Alaafin misused their consenting authority over satellite towns by appointing unpopular monarchs in some towns which led to fall of those towns and erosion of supporting base of the empire. Last but not the least is the rise of Ilorin to challenge the authority of the empire. The Fulani monarch of Ilorin with active support of the majority Yoruba/Oyo who cherished their independent status combined to defend their independence and later succeeded in sacking Oyo Ile, the capital of the empire around 1835. This episode led to the decline of the power of Alaafin and the movement of the throne and capital of the empire to the present day Oyo by Atiba who became Alaafin in 1836.

However, like other empires that remained only in name, Old Oyo heritage has been preserved through various means. This includes Oyo State of Nigeria which is culturally and linguistically Oyo Yoruba speaking group and with Alaafin as the symbol of authority, Oyo town, the citadel of culture and Yoruba civilization authority. Others are Oyo Yoruba language the medium of communication in South West Nigeria and beyond, Alaafin’s palace in Oyo, various traditional festivals, religious practices, costumes and dress, facialography, Oriki/Orile, etc. Remarkably, any reigning Alaafin is the custodian of the aforementioned. How far he is able to preserve them makes his reign remarkable or otherwise. This function Alaafin Adeyemi III has performed creditably well in words and action, posterity will be generous with him for this.

Adewuyi Adegbite


Buhari Salutes Alaafin of Oyo At 80

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, on his 80th birthday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, issued the president’s congratulatory message in Abuja on Monday.

Mr Buhari joined the Council of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State, traditional council, family and friends of the Alaafin of Oyo, who is heir to the historic Oyo Empire, in celebrating the landmark age.

The president expressed belief that the Oyo monarch’s 48 years on the throne of his fathers had been most remarkable for the entire dynasty.

According to him, this is illustrated by Alaafin’s contributions to the educational, social and cultural development of the people, both at home and abroad.

Mr Buhari extolled the Alaafin of Oyo’s courage in upholding the values of integrity, hard work and search for knowledge, which had been the hallmark of the great Oyo Empire.

He also commended him for regular counsel to governments, institutions and families.

The president prayed that the almighty God would grant the royal father longer life, good health and more wisdom to sustain the legacies of his fathers.


I’m After A Peaceful Country – Bishop Oyedepo

The Founder of Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has explained the reason for his presence at the reconciliation meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his erstwhile deputy, ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2019 election.

Speaking in a sermon on Sunday at the headquarters of the church in Ota, Ogun State, Oyedepo said his sole aim is for a peaceful country.

Oyedepo, who was one of the clergies present in Abeokuta, when former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar, his ex-deputy, who is also the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reconciled their political differences, said that he was invited to mediate between both leaders and nothing more. His words: “Never be left in any doubt, I have never belonged to any political party and I will never belong to any. “There is no political party where members of Winners are not. Our goal is to secure the future of Nigeria.

We must talk about this and we have to appeal to people’s reasoning. We don’t want to see a war in Nigeria. “I am called a peacemaker and I have done that at all levels in this country. I am anointed to be a mediator because the price of peace is cheaper than the cost of war. That is my involvement. I am invited and I don’t go anywhere I’m not called. You need me to come, people in every party including the party in power, have been involved in such, it’s not theory.”

Full Text of His Message

“The spirit of faith is a daring spirit. You can see what is happening in this country today, it takes men and women of the spirit of faith to stop the devil. Wickedness won’t give up without vengeance; you can’t be killing people and pretended that you don’t know. “Nobody is qualified to lead by morality without a feeling for people’s lives.

The day of killer agents has come to an end. This year will not end before everyone involved in the killings of the innocent will be paying for it in hard currencies. “Anybody who has pity on killers is a killer. God is angry with the wicked every day. The recent holocaust in Plateau State is an assault on the moral standing of a nation.

They don’t even care anymore and people are jumping up; I have never seen such madness before. “If you must kill to rule, you won’t rule. Anybody who must kill to access power, God will deal with them, either local or state government. “Don’t mind any devil; I have never taken a dime from any candidate in my life. We have never given bribe to anybody in this ministry.” He noted further that: “I have been very close to the corridors of power, but I have never collected a dime from any of them. “Anybody who partners with killers, whatever happen to killers will happen to them.

I have never seen the destruction of this order in my life. “I know how many times I have cried because of these senseless killings going on in this country. They sent me some videos, I can’t watch it. The callousness is terrible. There is no other way to prove it that those in charge are deliberate in making it happen. You don’t have to go to school to know that. A family of nine wiped off, for what offence? “People came out and say they did the killings and they were not arrested, what a shame! They claimed responsibility for a killing and they are on the streets.

Those who killed the Deeper Life woman in Abuja have been set free. Let us come down to reasoning. I will let you know how many churches have been razed down from 2015 till date next week Sunday. “The degree of callousness is unbelievable; we are virtually back to the Stone Age. Their sympathisers will go for it.

There will be no war in Nigeria, but those who want it will go for it.”


Nigeria Hosts Maiden Diaspora Investment Summit  

More than 200 Nigerians in the Diaspora have indicated interest to participate in the maiden Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit (NDIS) slated to hold in November in Abuja.

At a joint news conference with other stakeholders in Abuja, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora said the summit aimed at encouraging Nigerians in the Diaspora to channel their funds into the formal sectors.

The three-day summit, which has as its theme: “Activating Diaspora Investments for a Diversified Economy’’ is geared towards attracting Nigerians in the Diaspora to look inward into their home country for investment.

Dabiri-Erewa said considering the current measures introduced to improve the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria and the fact that Nigeria is fast becoming a robust investment destination for smart investors necessitated the summit.

She said the NDIS vision is to contribute to raising global awareness of business opportunities for Diaspora investors and sponsors.

Justifying the benefits of the proposed summit, she said that the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) is set and hopes to achieve the ERGP’s goal of 7% GDP growth by the year 2020.

“When we look at the Nigerian Diaspora remittances, the fact that it is over 22 Billion Naira a year, which typically goes into helping their families regularly and the funds do not have lasting benefits for majority of the benefactors.

“Therefore, the Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit is providing a platform for Nigerians in the Diaspora to invest in the economic development of their country which will in turn make them and their beneficiaries to have a more sustainable means of generating income on a regular basis’’, she said.

Speaking in the same vein, The Nigerian Diaspora Alumni Network (NiDAN) Director, Dr. Badewa T. Adejugbe-Williams said the Summit is to complement the efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in attracting foreign investments into the country targeting Nigerians in the Diaspora.

Williams said the 3-day summit will identify ready and prospective investment opportunities which Diasporans can explore, with the assistance of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and other relevant authorities.

“It will establish a platform where Diaspora investors can interact with potential sponsors, partners, collaborators and the government and have direct round table deals for mutual benefits.’’

She added that it will also showcase and explore in an unprecedented manner, the vast number of government diaspora investment incentives, business investment and potential sponsorship opportunities in all the 36 States of Nigeria.

Also, the summit will explore ways to harness the unexplored skills, the capital and technical know-how of Nigerians abroad and institutional participants that are major players in the Nigerian economy as well as the Organised Private Sector; relevant government agencies and Foreign Development Partners like USAID, DFID, UNDP, World Bank and IMF.

The target sectors of the Summit include agribusiness, education, training and skills development, entertainment, hospitality and tourism, extractive industries, healthcare, Infrastructure and real estate, manufacturing, telecommunication, technology and innovations, transportation, waste management and environmental remediation.

Other stakeholders at the news conference include Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and some members of Nigerians in the Diaspora.



Bottle of French Burgundy Wine Sold For Record $558,000 At Auction

French Burgundy wine fetches sold for a record $558,000 at Sotheby auction
A rare bottle of French Burgundy has set a new world record for a single bottle of wine of any size after fetching $558,000 at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.

The bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti auctioned on Saturday is more than 17 times its original estimate of 32,000 dollars. Another bottle of the same wine fetched 496,000 dollars moments later.

Both bottles broke the previous record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold, which is a three-litre bottle of 1945 Mouton-Rothschild sold for 310,000 dollars at Sotheby’s in 2007, CNBC reported.

Despite their “heavily damp-stained, scuffed, torn, and partially missing labels,” the two bottles are “rare and wonderful,” Serena Sutcliffe, head of Sotheby’s international wine department, wrote in the lot notes.

“The best bottles are so concentrated and exotic, with seemingly everlasting power – a wine at peace with itself,” she added.

The Romanee-Conti vineyard is located in the Cote de Nuits region of Burgundy, France. The two rare bottles are one of just 600 made by the vineyard in 1945, which was the last year before the producer pulled up its older, prized vines and replaced them with younger vines in 1947, CNBC reported.

“The new world record established in today’s sale is further proof that the demand for wine and spirits of exceptional quality is at an all-time high, and that global collectors are willing to go the extra mile to acquire the rarest bottles of any kind,” Jamie Ritchie, head of Sotheby’s global wine business, told CNBC.

Earlier this month, a bottle of The Macallan 1926 whisky was sold for a world record price of about 1.1 million dollars to a private telephone bidder from Asia at an auction by Bonhams in Edinburgh, Britain.

That record remains intact even after another bottle of The Macallan whisky named The Macallan 1926 Sir Peter Blake was auctioned Saturday for 843,200 dollars, the highest price in Sotheby’s history for a single spirit as well as the top auction price for any spirit sold in North America.

Reported by Xinhua

Femi Falana Urges Presidential Aspirants To Listen To Fela’s Music

Prominent Nigerian Human Rights activist, Mr Femi Falana SAN, while speaking at the 2018 Felabration tagged “Fela @80: Overtaking Overtake”, at the Fela debates titled: “African Leadership in the Millennium” in Lagos has advised Nigerian presidential candidates seeking office in 2019 to listen to the late legendary musician, Fela’s music, to get solutions to the nation’s problems.

The renowned lawyer said that the late Fela had foreseen Nigeria’s problems and that most of Nigeria’s problems and challenges already have proferred solutions to them in Fela’s music.

Falana said:

“I want most of these presidential aspirants to listen to Fela’s music very well. That’s where they can find solutions to most of our problems.

“Our country is rich as Fela sang in his music, but our people are still hungry and poor; you must understand our society before you can lead us.”

Falana also urged young Nigerians to get organised so that the sky would be their starting point.

The legendary Fela was born on October 15, 1938, and died on August 2, 1997. He was the pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre and a human rights activist.

Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies of Cancer Complications

Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft has died at 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system.

His family made the obituary announcement in a statement on Monday through his sister Jody Allen.

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.

“Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

Allen was also owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers

He announced on October 1st that the cancer he had defeated in 2009 had returned.

“I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result,” Allen posted on Twitter.

“Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge.”

Born in Seattle, Allen attended Washington State University for two years before dropping out to co-found Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates, a friend of his from high school.

Allen, who left Microsoft in 1983, set up investment firm Vulcan Inc in 1986 to manage his multibillion-dollar portfolio.

“Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable,” Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said in a statement.

“As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world.”

Allen, who ranked 44th on Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of billionaires with a $20.5 billion fortune, was a major benefactor in Seattle, funding everything from libraries and universities to brain research.

His investments include ownership stakes in several professional sports teams, including the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.

Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives Hits Theaters

The stage adaptation of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Lola Shoneyin’s entertaining debut novel, will be in the theatres in Lagos from 28th October to 11 November 2018.

The novel focuses on the intrigues, struggles, politics of love and rivalries that characterise a typical African polygamous family.

The story follows Baba Segi and the happenings in his household, and could easily rank as one of the best books out of Nigeria.

Staged in Abeokuta four years ago with Nollywood stars such as Adesua Etomi and Joke Silva taking lead roles, features humour, live music and dance performed by a stellar cast.

The new adaptation by Sourmash Stories will be live at The Luxe@Adam&Eve on 28th October; Terr Kulture Arena 1 on 4th November and Muson Centre on 8th, 9th and 11th November. Tickets to the event are available here.