Lagos Times Honours Oba Elegushi For Contribution To Culture and Tradition

It was fun and encomiums galore at the prestigious LagosTimes Excellence Award 2018 as flamboyant Elegushi of Ikateland, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III was honoured for his contributions to culture and tradition in the state.

The chairman of the awards committee, Mr. Victor Ganzallo disclosed that the monarch who reigns over the scenic kingdom of Ikate in Eti-Osa Local Government was the unanimous choice of the awards committee due to his meritorious efforts to uphold local culture and revive dying traditions of the people.
While presenting the award to Oba Elegushi, Ganzallo remarked that the traditional ruler’s unparalleled commitment to Yoruba culture and tradition was made more incredible due to the extra burden placed on him as a young man occupying a seat usually reserved for hoary heads.
Such unique virtues and burning passion, he remarked, were what elevated Oba Saheed above his peers on the shortlist who had been carefully chosen as standard bearers of change and impact in Lagos State, especially in the areas of culture and tradition. Men and women whose assiduous desire to positively uplift the lives of the people has transformed them into icons and beacons of positive change worthy of emulation. 
Meanwhile, Oba Elegushi, who is fast rising in the ranks of the most impactful monarchs of this generation, was full of humility as he thanked the organizers LagosTimes for the honour bestowed on him even as he emphasized the critical role played by teachers, and especially parents, in the preservation of culture and tradition. 
“The preservation of our culture and tradition lies solely with us as parents; we must not abdicate that duty to the teachers in school. Our children are our future and the only way to preserve our culture is to teach them about it early,” he said. 
He also took the opportunity to castigate the large number of people who look down on cultural practices, dismissing them as ill-informed and lacking in critical judgment. He urged them to take their time to look closely rather than swallowing hook, line and sinker, the western propaganda against African cultural practices. 
Also at the award presentation were two of Oba Elegushi’s chiefs, the Eletu of Ikate Kingdom, Chief Babalola Elegushi and the Olisa of Ikate Kingdom, Chief Moruf Adisa Elegushi. The publisher of LagosTimes, Mr Kayode Alfred was also present at the event as well as Mrs. Eyitayo Talabi, also a member of the award team.
The LagosTimes Excellence Awards is dedicated to recognizing and appreciating people and organizations, whose efforts have directly or indirectly contributed to the growth and development of Lagos State in various fields.

Oluremi Tinubu’s Office Burgled

The National Assembly Abuja Office of Senator Oluremi Tinubu representing Lagos Central Senatorial District has been burgled with some critical items carried away.
A statement from his Legislative Aide Nifemi Aje said the incident was discovered on Wednesday as her staff resumed work. It was discovered that the unknown burglars quietly tampered with the inner office through which they accessed the office.
The CCTV was demobilised. Items removed included an HP laptop computer, Smile internet device, machine box attached to CCTV HP screen and some copies of Laws of the federation.
Traces of footsteps were discovered on the office rug. The wall cabinet was left disorganised.
According to her, a report of the incident has already been lodged at the Police Post at the National Assembly and we are assured that the investigation has commenced into the matter.
She said:””We do not know those who perpetrated the burglary or those who sponsored them.
“We are, however, waiting for the outcome of police investigation into the matter.”




Nigeria’s Private Universities Jump To 79

Private universities in Nigeria are now 79, with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval of four more.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said Wednesday that the four new universities have satisfied the criteria for establishing a university in Nigeria as provided by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

They are Greenfield University, Kaduna; Dominion University, Ibadan Oyo State; Trinity University, Ogun State and Westland University in Iwo, Osun State.

Nigeria now has 164 universities, comprising 40 federal universities, 45 state-owned universities, and 79 private universities.


Women Have Rejected Atiku, Jimi Agbaje In Lagos – Jumoke Okoya-Thomas

The Women Leader of the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas has declared that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the party’s governorship candidate in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje have been rejected by women in the state.

Speaking to newsmen on the backdrop of the 2019 General Elections on Tuesday, Okoya-Thomas added that she would not relent in her efforts of mobilising the women in the state to support the Presidential candidate of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari and its governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu.

Okoya-Thomas, who was a member of the Federal House of Representatives for three consecutive terms, told the journalists that all hands were on deck in Lagos to ensure victory for the APC in the elections.

According to her, the women in the party and the generality of the women in the state are prepared to cast their votes for the APC in the forthcoming general elections.

“We the women in Lagos State are fully prepared for the 2019 general elections. I can assure you that I have been mobilising the women with my team to ensure victory for the APC across board in the elections. The PDP candidates will lose woefully because Lagosian know the opposition party is made up of looters who destroyed our country for 16 years. We don’t want them in Lagos and Nigeria again

“Nigerians have realised that the APC has all it takes to move the country and the state forward more than it has done in the past.

“Our women are fully ready for the elections and I can tell you that no stone would be left unturned to ensure victory for the APC both at the federal level and in the state in the forthcoming general elections,” she said.

Okoya-Thomas emphasized that the APC had laudable programmes for market women, professionals, artisans, civil servants, housewives, widows, young women and others, adding that the party would not disappoint on it’s “Next Level agenda.

The Women Leader stressed that the party had been demonstrating its love for the women with its “Trader Moni’ Project, which she said is being applauded locally and internationally, and that the best was yet to come for the womenfolk under the APC.

She further said that the party would continue to give the women more representation in the government both at the state and at the federal levels, and that she would work with the state government, under the leadership of Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, to promote the cause of the women and ensure gender equality in all ramifications.

Okoya-Thomas, who commended President Buhari for his concern for the women, revealed that the party has agreed to give the women all the necessary support and protect them against all forms of all violence.

She then used the opportunity to urge the women and all Nigerians to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and cast their votes enmasse for the APC.

How Lagos Women Will Install Sanwoolu As Next Governor – Jumoke Okoya -Thomas  

An assurance has been given that the women in Lagos State would deliver the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu as the next governor of the state in the 2019 general elections.

Addressing a selected group of journalists in Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday, the Women Leader of the Lagos State chapter of the APC, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas added that the coast was clear for Mr. Sanwoolu to assume coveted office through the support of the women.

Okoya-Thomas pointed out that the women were aware that the APC had better agenda for the women and the state in general in the coming years and that the party was noted for fulfilling its promises.

The Women Leader revealed that she would not rest on her oars to ensure that Mr. Sanwoolu was given the needed support by the women, who she said constituted about 70% of the voters in the state.

According to her, this explains why women have always been more in all political rallies, especially in the state, adding that all categories of women have been fully mobilised to work for the success of the party in the state.

“We the women don’t believe in violence, but we are always there to support the party. This would not be different, and I am happy that I was given this opportunity to be the APC Women Leader in Lagos State at this material time.

“I have spoken with Mr. Sanwoolu during our several meetings and he assured me that he would run an all-inclusive, which would give more chances to the women once he wins the election.

“There is no doubt that the women have more challenges in our society, but I will use my office as the women leader to ameliorate these, which is why we have perfected strategies to ensure that women come out enmasse to vote for Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu of the APC during the governorship election of March 2, 2019,” she said.

The Women Leader reiterated that the APC was the party to beat, both at the state and at the general levels, saying that people should not be deceived by those, who come to them with empty promises.

Her words: “Lagos cannot afford to go back to Egypt. The progressives have turned the fortunes of the state around since 1999, when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu became the Governor of the Centre of Excellence.

“Later, Asiwaju Tinubu handed over to Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, who also tried his best and his achievements are for the records. “After that, the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode took over in 2015 with his people-oriented programmes.

“We are all witnesses to the achievements of Governor Ambode. I want to assure you that Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu would continue with the master plan and even do it better.

“That is why I have taken it upon myself to work with the women in the party and other women in the state because they are critical stakeholders in the whole matter.

“Women play multiple roles as wives, mothers, market women, traders, mobilisers, daughters and home keepers. So they have a lot at stake and they cannot afford to allow charlatans take over the leadership of the state.”

Okoya-Thomas revealed that a programme was underway to meet with professionals and career women, who she said could not afford to sit on the fence at this time, “when a man with a sincere heart to protect the interest of the women in person of Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu is being presented by the APC as the next Governor of Lagos State.”

Foreign Affairs Minister, Khadija Ibrahim, Resigns 

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim, yesterday announced her decision to resign from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet to run for election as a member of the House of Representatives in the February 16, 2019 election.

Ibrahim, who confirmed her resignation while speaking with State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, her last appearance as a member of cabinet, said she would officially vacate the office on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Her resignation comes a month after the former Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jubril, resigned having been elected the 13th Emir of Nasarawa.

She said her decision is to enable her contest in the forthcoming election to represent Damaturu/Tarmuwa/Gujba/Gulani Federal Constituency of Yobe State.

The minister, who thanked the President for finding her worthy among Nigerians to serve the country as minister, promised to bring her experience from the Executive arm of government to contribute in strengthening the ninth National Assembly if elected as a member.

Mrs. Ibrahim had defeated her step-son, Mohammed Ibrahim, to emerge the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the election.

She scored 1,295 votes to beat her step-son Khadija Ibrahim, 52, is a wife of a former three-time governor of Yobe State, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, who is currently serving as a senator. The former governor is not seeking reelection.

Her father was the legendary northern politician, Waziri Ibrahim, a minister in the First Republic and founder of Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP) in the Second Republic.

Adenuga Adds $3.9bn, Closes Gap With Dangote In Forbes Billionaires Ranking

Globacom Chairman Mike Adenuga Jnr, with interests in oil exploration and real estate has moved up, ranking next to Aliko Dangote as Africa’s second richest man.

Forbes magazine said Adenuga’s net worth rose tremendously from $5.3 billion to $9.2 billion.

He is now just $800million away from Dangote Group President Aliko Dangote, whose wealth dipped to $10billion, from $12 billion last year.

However, Dangote retains the Africa’s richest man title for the eighth consecutive time despite.

BUA Group Chief Executive Officer Abdulsamad Rabiu featured on the list for the first time since 2015.

The merger between Rabiu’s Kalambaina Cement firm with the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, which he controlled, in December, last year, was formally consummated in Sokoto earlier this week. He now owns 97 per cent of the entity.

Kalambaina, which operates a new cement production facility, started selling cement mid-last year just as Rabiu’s OBU Cement has expanded its operations, adding a new production line.

Forbes blamed plunging stock values and weaker currencies for the shrinking in the billionaires club in Africa.

It said: “Buffeted by plunging stock prices and weaker currencies, the number of African billionaires has shrunk to just 20, down from 23 a year ago.

“Four people fell off Forbes’ annual list of the continent’s richest since last year while one returned to the ranks after a four-year absence. All but four members of the list have smaller fortunes than a year ago.”

In a per country ranking, Egypt and South Africa are tied with five billionaires each, followed by Nigeria with four and Morocco-two.

Forbes found one billionaire each in Algeria, Angola, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

*Originally published by The Nation

The New York Times Reviews Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart

The notion that streaming services afford wide audiences a chance to sample overlooked pockets of world cinema gains some support with the release of “Lionheart,” a Nigerian feature now on Netflix. For many American viewers, the film will be an introduction to Genevieve Nnaji — one of the biggest stars of the Nigerian movie industry, or Nollywood, who has more than 100 credits.

In “Lionheart,” which is also her directorial debut, Nnaji plays Adaeze, the logistics director of a family transportation business that is working to win a critical state contract. Her father, Chief Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie), publicly praises Adaeze’s abilities at the pitch meeting — then suffers an apparent (but nonfatal) heart attack on the spot. That contrivance offers a sense of the movie’s storytelling, which tends toward the earnest and the functional.

“Lionheart” is only partly a movie about how a woman takes charge of a company in a sexist society. While recuperating, Adaeze’s father unexpectedly passes over her to appoint Godswill (Nkem Owoh), his brother, as the acting head, igniting odd-couple tension and comedy between the managers. But as a clock ticks down on settling the company’s debts, with an unscrupulous competitor (Kanayo O. Kanayo) circling, Godswill’s brash, transactional style meshes well with Adaeze’s measured approach.

Along the way, “Lionheart” offers sidelong observations about the importance of preserving a family legacy; the need for comity among Nigeria’s classes and ethnic groups; and the wisdom of older generations, even when change is necessary. It is globally minded filmmaking that is also comfortingly familiar.

Leaked Audio Tape: Amaechi Didn’t Insult Buhari – Soyinka

Nigerian Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that nowhere on the audio clips leaked which featured Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, speaking about President Buhari, did he hear any insult.

The leaked audio clips which were released by an aide of PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has dominated the national discussion in recent times and most outlets reporting on the story have insinuated that Amaechi somehow insulted the President.

Soyinka, who was speaking at the event tagged, ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’, said that it was erroneous for anyone to see what was said as an insult and that the media needs to stop misleading the Nigerian people.

“Just two or three days ago, I read an item where a minister was supposed to have insulted the President and it was carried in some media and I checked the statement and of course there was a video and so on and I looked through it, I read the text again and again and I said I have to relearn the English language because I didn’t see where the insults were.

“So sometimes, print media feels compelled to compete with the electronic  media and this is a great mistake because there is a reputation, there is an expectation and you should not be embarrassed to show yourself superior to a medium which is accessible to the lowest, the very dregs of society.” he said.

So sometimes, print media feels compelled to compete with the electronic  media and this is a great mistake because there is a reputation, there is an expectation and you should not be embarrassed to show yourself superior to a medium which is accessible to the lowest, the very dregs of society.” he said.

In the infamous clip, Amaechi was purported to have said: “The President is not listening to anybody. He doesn’t care. You can write anything you want. The President doesn’t care. Does he read?”

In other parts of the audio, Amaechi could be heard warning that what he was saying was not to be printed.

“These are not things you publish ooo. If you publish them, you will never sit with me any day.

“Three years of Buhari oo, everybody is crying, crying…pressmen are crying, farmers are crying, workers are crying, politicians are crying, students are crying, three years oo!

“The rate of poverty is very high. The people are hungry. Nigeria will divide!”

Amaechi also spoke of his utter lack of faith in the potential of the country and that nothing could change.

“This country can never change, I swear. The only way this country can change is in a situation where everybody is killed.

“This country is going nowhere. When Magnus (Abe) was secretary to the Rivers State Government, I told him that this country is hopeless and helpless and he told me, ‘Oga, stop it’. This cannot be coming from a governor.

“But two months in Abuja, Magnus came to meet me and said, I agree with you; this country is hopeless and helpless. All they do in Abuja is to share money.”

Lagos APC Campaign Flag-off Tragedy A Show of Shame – Bode George

Former Deputy National Chairman, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has described the skirmish that occurred at the Lagos All Progressives Congress, APC, campaign flag-off as a show of shame.

George, who spoke on Wednesday at the PDP’s reconciliation and stakeholders meeting that had former Minister of Transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope; former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe; Dr. Remi Akintoye, among others in attendance.

“We all witnessed the show of shame on Tuesday when the APC goons murdered five people at their so called flag off which turned into killing field. Amid the blood bath, Emmanuel Oladesu, the Political Editor of The Nation Newspaper was hit by a stray bullet, the Correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria, Buhari was openly disposed beaten up. A Correspondent of the Telegraph Newspaper was equally robbed. Hundreds of people were injured.

“Surely we can’t continue with this madness. We need a real, progressive fundamental change. This is where we stand today. Lagosians deserve better than this arbitrary, undisciplined, aberrational cabal holding down our people. They must be voted out.

“That is our focus. That is our mission. That is our collective fight and devotion. Our party has now come out on a mission of rescue and salvage. Lagos must be redeemed and unchained from the manacles of APC,” he said.

On the rift in their fold, George said it was a fiction apparently masterminded by the APC, saying the PDP bond is currently strong.

“Contrary to the misleading opinion in some sections of the media, our party is not disrupted by any infighting. We are woven in a united vision, summed up in a thoughtful unanimity of purpose.

“We are now one, indivisible family. There is no rancour in our midst. There is no bitterness or hatred. We are no longer contesting anything with ourselves. Jimmy Agbaje is our unifying gubernatorial candidate. We support him wholeheartedly and with total commitment.

“Today our bonds are stronger. Our ideals and visions are more united, sharpened by the need to liberate our state from the present internal colonization by a greedy, monumentally selfish few,” stated.