President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with renowned journalist and publisher, Mayowa Abiodun Akinpelu, popularly known as Mayor Akinpelu, on his 60th birthday, joining the media industry to celebrate the frontline writer.
In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari lauded Akinpelu for diligently following his passion to serve the country as a journalist.
He maintained that Akinpelu’s reporting and editing skills had truly created awareness and stirred public interest on topical issues and personalities.
According to him, the adventurous and investigative streak, which thrives in Nigerian journalism, has pushed Akinpelu up the ladders, starting out only with his writing skills and passion, and growing to become a renowned publisher.
Buhari felicitated with family members, friends and professional colleagues of the publisher, who cut his teeth working as an undercover reporter, made a name in, and popularised lifestyle and entertainment reporting in the country.
The president prayed that the almighty God would grant Akinpelu longer life, good health and greater strides in his chosen profession.
To cushion the effects of the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic, the QSE Foundation has distributed food items to widows and single mothers in Eti-Osa local government area in Lagos State.
The gesture is also geared towards promoting the state government’s effort in encouraging people to stay at home and be safe during the lockdown season.
Promoter of the foundation, Queen Sekinat Elegushi said the foundation decided to reach out to these women, so as to support the government’s effort in ensuring that people stay at home and help reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
She added that, as a foundation that is committed to the uplift of widows and single mothers’ welfare and well-being, QSE found it expedient to reach out and alleviate the suffering of the people, who are affected by the economic crisis caused by the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus.
Amidst the COVID -19 panic in the country, the Enugu State Commissioner for Health Professor Anthony Ugochukwu has been reportedly dead.
The renowned surgeon was said to have died Friday night at a leading private hospital, Memphys Hospital Enugu.
The development was confirmed by the House member representing his constituency, Oji River state Constituency in the Enugu House of Assembly Hon. Jeff Mbah.
Mbah described the late Surgeon as a Genius, Technocrat; “he is a great loss to both Enugu state and Nigeria.
“We are talking about a renowned Professor of Surgeon who has a lot to offer in turning around our health sector. Its a terrible blow.”
He disclosed that the commissioner just came back from the United States and was doing fine before the sudden relapse.
Professor Anthony Ugochukwu has been sick from his days as Provost College of Medicine.
He later recovered and concluded his work in the College.
However, shortly after he was appointed commissioner last year, the sickness returned, this time more severe.
All these while with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the commissioner has been out of circulation.
His duties were being carried out by the permanent secretary in the ministry of health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi.
He entered with a flurry—neither noiselessly nor unobtrusively. You could always tell who was behind the door and making an entrance. The doorknob turned loudly, and the door pushed with a jerk. He marched in, with a shoulder bag – which reporters in the late 80s couldn’t do without – in one hand. His well starched, white two-piece buba and sokoto brocade tailored by either Vivid Imagination or Dakova would still be a bit unrumpled as he made his way to his seat in the newsroom late in the afternoon. And as he settled in, you would notice his aso-oke loafers and cap (billionaire Chairman of Geregu Power PLC, Mr Femi Otedola, inspired the ensemble he favoured at this period as both are chummy friends).
When Lord Mayor Abiodun Akinpelu was in the newsroom of Prime People (first at Oregun in Ikeja and later Ojodu-Abiodun near Berger bus stop) and Vintage People (off Adeniyi Jones in Ikeja), the atmosphere was charged—charged in a non-threatening way. He was unsmiling and sombre, avoided small talk and irrelevancies. And it was at the companies initiated by our godfather, Mr Muyiwa Adetiba, that our paths crossed in 1988.
I was a greenhorn still serving when I got the Prime People job. And I had to redeploy to Lagos from the old Bendel State where I worked with a PR/Advertising firm owned by Mr Goodnews Etchie. (I remember how my jolly boss whose office was beside the Ekenwan campus of the University of Benin usually introduced himself adoringly: “I am Goodnews. Goodnews Etchie.”) Lord Mayor, regarded mainly as proud and unapproachable, warmed up to me and took me under his wings barely a few weeks after I joined the team – and renewed my view about not judging people from other’s conclusions.
From the late 80s through the years, the man I usually salute as the ‘Olowo Eko, omo erin j’ogun ola’* (which is a phrase in praise of Oba of Lagos that translates to a bigwig in control of the resources of Lagos), has earned his stripes meritoriously. He set himself apart and laid a foundation for what became celebrity journalism in Nigeria as he rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous and their children.
His contribution to journalism is uncelebrated mainly, and the respect he’s brought to the profession hugely ignored.
He’s done more for celebrity journalism in our generation and takes the lead in that sector, introducing high society interviews and columns in the late 80s – and set in motion the birth of second-generation soft-sell magazines.
At Prime People, the major thrust of the general interest journal was unusual, strange stories. And for years, it was its principal attraction until Lord Mayor – a prison official who cut his teeth reporting about high profile inmates at Kirikiri Prisons for one of the newspapers in The Guardian stable – joined. And he soon introduced interviews, stories and columns cataloguing the lives of men of means and substance and their children. There was Silverspoons, one of his columns among many, profiling high society.
And major events, weddings and birthdays, soon became a regular feature of Prime People. His reports of the events were unusual, refreshingly different as he catalogued the programme in detail, sat readers in the front row, listed some of the attendees and interviewed the celebrators. This method which has now become a standard for serious event coverage was novel then.
Soon after, he anchored a society page labelled ‘People, Places and Parties,’ recording the activities of blue-chip companies and persons of substance weekly, from product launches to club openings, birthdays to thanksgiving.
By 1990, he was ready to tread another path – a different magazine with broad appeal. And with his friends, Femi Akintunde-Johnson and I, the idea was nurtured. For months, he breathed and lived the dream, meeting different investors. At this time, I had moved to Classique magazine on 3, Allen Avenue in Ikeja, and he visited regularly. And on one occasion, he mentioned the dream to my boss, Mrs Mofe-Damijo, popularly called MEE (May Ellen Ezekiel). MEE introduced him to Mr Tayo Adesanya, who immediately fell in love with the idea and Lord Mayor.
And in July 1991, Fame Weekly was born. It became the flagship of soft-sell journals and planted hope in younger people that they could dream big and aim high. Fame was a big deal in the early 90s, shaping and dictating where society and entertainment journalism was headed. And with N3 million investment then, it soared heavenwards as determination to succeed mixed with hard work.
Lord Mayor’s solo effort, Global Excellence magazine, followed in September 1999. And it took a fair share of the market, adding a few annual events – Couple’s Night and Excellence Awards – as brand extensions.
Now, let us move to the man:
He cut a picture of someone you should respect. His no-nonsense persona was easily discernible – and you couldn’t but recognize that he’s pushed by a vision to rise above the image of your regular journalist. And from his comportment and choice of words and cadence of his conversation, you knew he wanted extra.
Heirs and crown princes he mingled with and interviewed readily embraced Baba Bose. He became more than a journalist, but a friend they treated as an ally. His ways and manners, confidence and sure-footedness were endearing.
Even in those days of humble beginnings, when we trekked hundreds of metres to bus stops and jumped from taxis to kabukabu, he could be described as a ‘gbajumo’ (a respectable gentleman that is famous and adored). He was friends with the day’s leading designers and clothiers, rubbing shoulders with Uncle Tex Egbedi of Texen, Mr Godwin Mekwuye of Vivid Imagination and David Kolawole Vaughn (Dakova). He didn’t cut corners in matters of clothes and enjoyment.
In the early days of Fame Weekly, his crisp and starched white brocade traditional attire changed to more elegant suits and agbada. And over the years, he has increased his strict rotation of ensembles to last one full month to a few more months, discarding pieces as he acquired new ones.
Today, he has abandoned his more flamboyant taste in fashion, opting for more subdued garbs befitting a grandfather.
The lover of good cars, the original B’a gboro (a nickname by Basorun Dele Momodu about his deft socializing and man about town nature), has aged well. He has mellowed and become less confrontational.
Ladies and gentlemen, as the Olowo Eko, omo Erin j’ogun ola steps into the sexagenarian club, here are 60 gbosas for the Lord Mayor. A se yi, s’a m’odun. Igba odun, odun kan! (More prosperous decades in good health)…
April 4, 2020
*The amiable Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas (of blessed memory) who was a fixture of high society events when we were younger reporters popularized the phrase. And his introduction of bigwigs at these soirees or shindigs was always laced with high praises.
Whenever the Asoju Oba of Lagos introduced the then Oba of Lagos, King Adeyinka Oyekan (who reigned from 1965 – 2003), he went into beautiful eulogies which he wrapped up with, Olowo Eko, omo erin j’ogun ola.
Idris Elba tested positive for Covid-19 last month but is now showing no further symptoms of the virus. He has revealed that he has now passed quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19, but says he and his wife Sabrina Dhowre lba are stranded as they’re unable to catch a flight home
Last month, the couple entered self-quarantine after contracting coronavirus, but the actor has said they are now both “asymptomatic”.
In a Twitter update posted on Tuesday night, he explained:
We’re both doing OK, still asymptomatic, and we’ve passed the quarantine period. However, we’re a little bit stuck in limbo. We can’t get a flight back home so we just have to sit still for a little bit. But other than that, we’re OK, and we’re so thankful for that. I think the worst of it has probably passed. It’s weird because I never sit still. I never sit still, and Sabrina never sits still either. I think she’s finding it harder, she’s getting cabin fever, but we’re both good mentally, just trying to stay optimistic. I hope you guys are too, man. Keeping yourselves sane and not getting too worried and too panicked. Take it from me, man. I thought I was definitely going to see the worst of [coronavirus] as an asthmatic, but thankfully I came through, and you can too. And to everyone that’s going through hard times financially right now, man, you know, just bear up. This is going to be a tough time for everyone, but try and keep your head up, basically. Alright?
Idris has shared a number of video updates on social media with his followers throughout the Quarantine period. He also shared a song he’d written about the time he and Sabrina had spent in quarantine.
Hey! see who is 60 today. It is no other than ‘Olowobusoso’ (literally meaning a man who has money in abundance) himself; the one everyone refers to as Lord Mayor. Yes, Mayor Abiodun Akinpelu has officially joined the elder’ s council. He did not only joined, he joined majestically. It can never be in doubt that it has been 60 years of incredible style and adorable goodness. A lover of good life whom you can never fault when it comes to looking good. Mayor, loves the luxury of life; wonders on wheel, fashionable clothes, designer wrist watches and of course good shoes. One other thing you can miss out, is his unique perfume that announces the presence of Mayor at any given time. Many people believe hubnubbing with the high and mighty tilted his life towards living good, but Mayor has always had it good because he came from a very rich home Although, I started out at the defunct Today’s Choice Magazine as a ‘wanna be’ journalist, however, it was when my path crossed with Lord Mayor that journalism started proper for me. Mayor, is not only a boss, but a mentor worthy of tailing on the rail of glory. I rode on his back and became famous with the popular sobriquet ‘omo mayor’ . The name Mayor opened many doors for me; it was the key I needed to navigate through the society when the stairs of journalism was hard to climb unlike now that it has become an all comers affair. When I joined Global Excellence Magazine in the year 2000, a year after he established it, it was not that popular but anywhere I went or anybody that I met, the name of the big boss was the substantial introduction i needed . And like magic, many top players in the society took me in without a fuss Mayor loves his job so much that you’ll strive so much to please him by going extra mile. He hardly smile. He had no time for trivialities. Whenever he does you’ll thank your stars, not just for that day but the whole of the week. ‘Boda Issy’ like your bossom friend Akanni Olanrewaju Mohhamed calls you, you have done extremely well in shaping us all that passed through your school and we are proud today that you have been a worthy boss. I am saying this with all honesty; you were my boss yesterday, you are my boss today and forever you’ll remain my boss till I sign out from the fourth planet. Now , like shakespher said in one of its numerous quotes ‘With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come’ Happy birthday sir.
A 55-year-old man, who was admitted to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, has died of complications from COVID-19.
The newspaper quoted a source as saying the patient died on Friday morning. The deceased reportedly had underlying health issues. He was said to have been hypertensive and diabetic. He reportedly arrived LUTH emergency unit on Thursday night complaining of “malaise, tremors, and fever” and was also diagnosed with acute chronic kidney disease and sepsis. He was reportedly sent to the “spillover unit” of the hospital because of the unavailability of bed space. But when he developed complications, a junior doctor at the accident & emergency unit was said to have reviewed his case and notified the senior registrar of his suspicion. According to the source, the patient did not disclose his travel history to Holland and died “a few hours” after he was admitted. The hospital was said to have discovered that the patient had COVID-19 when a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was conducted on his blood posthumously. “Fingerprint antibody test was done on him, confirming his COVID-19 infection,” the source was quoted to have said. “The man did not give his travel history or the fact that he had contact with someone who had travelled overseas. “He told the doctors that he had no history of coughs, sore throat, joint pains or diarrhea. After the Senior Registrar reviewed his case and confronted him with their findings, the man revealed the true story about his travels and his fear that he might have contracted COVID-19 and died shortly afterward.
“He confessed that he had been coughing and that he had returned from Holland two weeks ago, where he had gone for follow-up treatment after a renal transplant he also had there. “When confronted after the man’s death, his family members said they withheld the information about his likely COVID-19 infection because they were afraid that LUTH would reject him if they disclosed his true state.” The state coronavirus emergency workers have reportedly taken the remains of the deceased away.
The Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Senator Teslim Folarin has urged the Executive Governor of the Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde to allow his deputy, Engr. Remi Olaniyan lead the fight against coronavirus.
According to Oyo Insight, Folarin made the call to the governor on Friday during a live call-in program on Fresh FM.
Folarin said he has nothing against the former Chief Medical Director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge holding forte as the head of the Oyo State Special Task Force On COVID-19 while the Governor recovers from Coronavirus because he is a “thoroughbred professional who is competent.”
He, however, noted this is a period of great uncertainty and the people of the state need a political figure who is physically in charge to give them hope.
In his words, “This is a period of great uncertainty that requires both the health sector professionals and importantly the political leadership to give people hope. I wonder where the deputy governor is. Where is he? Have you been seeing him? Why can’t he deputize now?
“As far as Oyo state and Nigeria at large is concerned, this is currently the biggest task for government. Seyi Makinde leading by teleconferencing isn’t enough. People want to see somebody who is in charge physically.
“What is the problem with the culture of rendering deputies irrelevant and redundant. Let the deputy governor come out now and play the role he was constitutionally elected to fill.
“All around the world, when government address Coronavirus issues; for instance in America, when Doctor Fauci (head of American center for infectious diseases) speaks, you see President Trump Standing beside him along with the Vice President. That is what it takes around the world. It is symbolic to reassure the public, why must Makinde recover before his deputy can function?” The senator said.
When questioned about the effect a total lockdown will have on the life of poor Nigerians, the former gubernatorial candidate of the PDP said, “Look, people will not die of hunger. For now, staying alive is all that matters. You must first be alive before you talk about what to eat.”
Former director-general of the Nigeria Law School Dr Kole Abayomi has died in the United Kingdom (UK) after contracting coronavirus.
Abayomi died on Thursday, April 3, a statement by the secretary of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN), Seyi Sowemimo, SAN, disclosed.
“The BOSAN Secretariat wishes to announce the death of Dr Koleade A. Abayomi SAN, OON, who died in the early hours of today, 2nd of April, 2020 in London,” Sowemimo said.
“We deeply mourn the sad loss of our departed colleague and pray that the Almighty God grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
Abayomi was born on the 20th of August, 1940. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1966 and admitted to the Inner Bar in 2005. He taught at the Nigerian Law School and rose to the position of Director-General in November 2004.
“He retired in 2005 and went into private practice and consultancy in Lagos until his death. He’s survived by his wife, children and great-grandchildren,” Sowemimo said.
One of his colleagues Dele Adesina SAN said Abayomi held the ideals, values and virtues of the Legal Profession exceedingly high.
“Dr Kole Abayomi SAN built his reputation on what was all the way positive such as proud parentage, sound legal education, high standard of legal practice, elegance, decorum and self-confidence. These qualities will remain indelible in our hearts,” Adesina said in a separate statement.
The statement reads:
“The BOSAN Secretariat wishes to announce the death of Dr. Koleade A. Abayomi SAN, OON, who died in the early hours of today, 2nd of April, 2020 in London.
“We deeply mourn the sad loss of our departed colleague and pray that the Almighty God grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”
According to the Statement, Dr. Koleade Abayomi SAN was born on the 20th of August, 1940 (79+ years old), called to the Nigerian Bar in 1966, admitted to the Inner Bar in 2005 . He taught at the Nigerian Law School and rose to the position of Director General. He retired in 2005 and went into private practice and consultancy in Lagos until his death .
He’s survived by his wife, children and great grandchildren.
Further information will be communicated in due course.
“May the soul of Dr. Koleade Abayomi SAN and the souls of other faithful departed rest in peace. Amen” the statement concludes
The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is the best coronavirus drug currently available, according to an international poll of thousands of doctors.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, of 6,200 physicians surveyed from 30 countries, the majority (37 per cent) said it was the ‘most effective therapy’ for the virus.
But the World Health Organization, WHO, claims that ‘there is no evidence’ that any medicine ‘can prevent or cure the disease’.
With a spiralling crisis and no cure in sight, doctors in Europe, the US and China have been given licence to prescribe the promising drug to COVID-19 patients.
But the UK has prevented clinicians from dishing out hydroxychloroquine – a form of chloroquine – until clinical trials are completed.
Chloroquine (CQ), branded as Aralen, and counterpart hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), known as Plaquenil, are well-established medicines.
They are also prescribed on the NHS to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and have been used since the 1940s.
The latest poll, conducted by Sermo – a ‘virtual lounge’ for doctors, found the tablets were most widely used for COVID-19 in Spain, where 72 per cent of physicians said they had prescribed them.