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Exclusive! Ooni of Ife Finds Love Again (to marry Nestoil Executive, Mariam Anako)

-Jiteola Davies
Youthful monarch and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi is giving love a chance again.
This is coming from the details of his dalliance with the Administrative Manager of NestOil, Mariam Anako who is said to have been an item with the monarch for some time.
Those in the know claimed the Ooni has done everything possible to keep the relationship secret, judging by his past experiences with Queen Zainab and Queen Silekunola.
A source hinted that the relationship had undergone its first course, with the monarch meeting with the family of his lover in February of this year.
The indication that the Ooni was trying to settle for Mariam as his new wife was strengthened with the renovation of the quarters vacated by the last queen, Naomi, with news spreading round the Palace that a new wife is coming.
The new ‘Olori’ is most likely to move into the palace by August, the source revealed. Further checks also revealed that Mariam Anako is an indigene of Kogi State but grew up in Kwara.
The Ooni after being made king married Queen Zainab Otiti, the marriage didn’t last as she left the Ife Palace.
The Ooni later married an Akure based preacher, Queen Silekunola who bore him a son.
Their marriage for unknown reasons did not also stand the test of time as the queen was ejected from the Palace.
This proposed wedding is the third and the more reason the Youthful monarch who is regarded a ladies man wants to protect at all cost.

Day Award Winning Photojournalist, Bamigbelu’s ‘The Atmosphere’ Berth In Ibadan(PHOTO)

Ademola ‘Origa’ Bamigbelu

John Olatunbosun

Alhaji Salman Yusuf

It was fanfare at the Alliance Francaise, Ibadan the day ace Nigerian sport photojournalist, Ademola Bamigbelu host media and the general public to his seven days photography exhibition tagged The Atmosphere.
Explaining the theme of the exhibition, Bamigbelu, fondly called Origa by friends and associates, the ‘Atmosphere’ is a compilation of images photographed across West Africa which tells the stories of various events captured by him.
“The cultural and traditional displays fascinate me each time I come across them at different stadiums. And the lens with me goes beyond my imagination and I never deny my mind to illuminate these visuals expressively. The reason I am showcasing the ‘Atmosphere’, he said.
Speaking further,
Bamigbelu, who has been following football matches and cultures attached to the beautiful game since the early 1980s, said the exhibition is about the fans and other characters that make the sporting atmosphere live apart from the major factors which are the players.
“Encountering dedicated fans and supporters despite finding themselves in different situations can be astonishing while working around the pitches.
“The good, the bad, and ugly attitudes are brought to the fore.
“I believe it is worthy to showcase them as a way of appreciating their undying love, keeping the momentum at all times. They are indeed the game changers!
“I have been able to capture in different poise for over 19 years through my lens and they deserve to be celebrated just like the footballers on the field of play,” added the award winning photographer.
Side attracting during the opening day of the exhibition include an encounter with an old man, Alhaji Salman Yusuf, who has been drumming in support of IICC Shooting Stars now renamed Shooting Stars Sports Club for over 40 years and also with a widely traveled football juggler who goes by the sobriquet LL Cool J who was known for his ability to recreate football skills and mannerisms of famous football players, coaches, and referees such as Taribo West, Jay- Jay Okocha, Mikel Obi, Jose Mourinho, Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, and others.
Speaking at the occasion, the director of the Alliance Francaise, Ibadan, John Akinsunmi Olatunbosun showered encomium on Bamigbelu for his initiative that brought about the exhibition saying ” to be exceptional in whatever your are doing, you must think outside the box and this is what make Bamigbelu’s work exceptional.”

SWAN Boss, Niyi Alebiosu with his members at the exhibition

US Celebrates 20 Nigerian Designers

Written by Ayanda Ayotunde
The U.S. Consulate General on the 29th of September, 2021 honored 20 emerging, mid-career Nigerian fashion designers who recently participated in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), a flagship U.S. government exchange program.

Through the virtual IVLP project titled, “Promoting Economic Growth and Trade in the Fashion Industry” the 20 participants had the unique opportunity to connect with their U.S. counterparts and enriched their knowledge of entrepreneurship, business development, and innovation in the U.S. fashion industry.

The goal of the IVLP is to provide first hand knowledge about U.S. society, culture, and politics while cultivating lasting professional relationships. By introducing current and emerging leaders to their professional counterparts in U.S. communities, the IVLP creates opportunities for business, professional, and academic collaboration, and offers direct exposure to American systems and values.

In her welcoming remarks, U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo explained that the U.S. Mission created this IVLP program focused on the fashion industry to strengthen economic and commercial ties between the United States and Nigeria through sustained engagement with creative industries that are centered in Lagos.

“In the last few years, Nigeria and the United States have witnessed growing cultural ties,” Pierangelo said. “This fashion IVLP project is a fantastic example of our strategic economic outreach to Nigeria’s creative industries to further strengthen economic ties through culture and fashion.”

Journalist, Others Win 20 Brand New SUVs From MTN Nigeria

20 Nigerians have received brand new SUVs, courtesy of MTN Nigeria’s 20th Anniversary. The new car owners were awarded their gifts at an exclusive executive meet and greet media event held at the MTN Nigeria Head Office, Falomo, Ikoyi, on August 22, 2021.

Recipients of MTN 20th Anniversary Honda SUVs with Karl Toriola, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria and Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, OFR, Chairman, MTN Nigeria

The winners emerged from 10 states from different states across the country including Lagos, Abuja, Plateau, Borno, Zamfara, and others.

The Editor of The Guardian on Saturday Newspaper, Chuks Nwanne, was one of the 20 MTN customers to receive a brand new Honda HRV SUV from MTN.  Nwanne, who bought his MTN SIM while undergoing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, said he is ‘beyond grateful for this thoughtful gift from MTN.

From L-R: Ms Hafsat Lawal, Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission presenting a key to a brand new Honda SUV to Chuks Nwanne, Editor, Saturday Guardian, courtesy of MTN Nigeria’s 20th Anniversary, on Sunday, Aug 22, 2021

Another winner, Alfred Iserhienrhien, from Lagos state shared that he bought his MTN SIM on the very first day that MTN Nigeria began commercial operations in Nigeria 20 years ago. Sharing his experience, he said, “I got this SIM card in 2001 and everywhere I go, it has been going with me. I am happy about this gift; in fact, my mind is blown and on behalf of all the gifted persons I say thank you to MTN. We are all happy and grateful and will continue to dance because of this incredible gift.”

Alfred Iserhienrhien, an MTN customer since 2001 receiving the key to a brand new Honda SUV courtesy of MTN Nigeria’s 20th Anniversary, on Sunday, Aug 22, 2021 at the MTN Nigeria Headquarters, Ikoyi, Lagos

MTN Nigeria, in a show of gratitude to media professionals across the country, invited a range of media personnel across print, online, radio, television and social media platforms to reminisce, share news on the company’s plans over the next few years and celebrate its 20th anniversary in Nigeria.

MTN  Nigeria Executives with representatives from Nigeria’s leading media platforms

From L-R: Odunayo Sanya, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Frank Edoho, Popular TV host, Adekunle Adebiyi, Chief Sales and Distribution Officer, MTN Nigeria and Ugonwa Nwoye, Chief Customer Relations Officer, MTN Nigeria, at the MTN 20th Anniversary Exclusive Media Meet & Greet which held at the MTN Headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Sunday August 22, 2021.

From L-R: Karl Toriola, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Odunayo Sanya, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Recipient, MTN 20th Anniversary Honda SUV, Francis Chuks Nwanne, and ace comedian, Tunde ‘Tee A’ Adewale at the MTN 20th Anniversary Exclusive Media Meet & Greet which held at the MTN Headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Sunday August 22, 2021.

MTN Nigeria Executives at the MTN 20th Anniversary Exclusive Media Meet & Greet which held at the MTN Headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Sunday August 22, 2021.

Also in attendance were celebrities influential personalities such as Tee A, Frank Edoho and Ogbeni Dipo, who all showed up to commemorate the important milestone.

Serenading the media and other guests present at the event was popular Nigerian poet, Sage Hasson who delivered an attention-grabbing spoken word performance, detailing MTN’s journey in Nigeria over the past 20 years.

Sage Hasson, Nigeria’s Premier Spoken Word Poet Performing at the MTN 20th Anniversary Exclusive Media Meet & Greet which held at the MTN Headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Sunday August 22, 2021.

‘What I Learnt From MKO Abiola’-RMD

Written by Ayanda Ayotunde

 

On this week’s episode of #WithChude was all about acting mogul and Nollywood legend Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD. The legendary actor, writer, producer and lawyer discussed different aspects of his journey to fame, including; how he has dealt with slanderous remarks, turning 60 and transitions between Journalism, Politics, Law and Nollywood. 

  

Starting out as a simple Warri boy who came to Lagos to hustle, Richard Mofe-Damijo wasn’t one to give up on his dreams. The talented actor revealed that despite being a big dreamer, he never anticipated all he has achieved in the past few decades.  

  

“I didn’t see all of it. All I said to my mom, standing before her as she was crying was, ‘Mama, don’t worry. You go see me for television.’ I knew I wanted to be in that box. That’s all I wanted”, he said.  

  

Richard Mofe-Damijo got more than what he wanted as he has somehow been in the headlines since 1989 when people peddled tales about him being a gold digger. The accusations began when he began dating the late Mrs. May Ellen Ezekiel Mofe-Damijo, who was older than him and at the peak of her career as a journalist at the time.  

  

RMD did not allow these challenges to get to him. In his words, “they have not given birth to the man that will make me feel inferior in this world.” Though it was not a walk in the park, as the remarks intensified before their wedding, he, however, disclosed that he was held up by the words of a prominent businessman, late M.K.O. Abiola, who stood as a support system for him through these times.  

  

“He said to me, ‘it is better that they wake in the morning, they are searching the papers to see what else you have done. Don’t be one of those who would go and search the paper to see what others are doing. So, make sure you give them stuff to think about every day,” he disclosed.  

  

The veteran further unveiled the different parts of his career journey, discussing his journeys into Journalism, Film, Law and politics, with each stint being marked by such excellence and eminence that have left many envious.  

  

Despite serving in these enormous capacities, RMD seamlessly transitioned to Nollywood and continued dominating the screens like he had never left. Speaking on this transition, he said, “It was an attitudinal thing. I didn’t leave Delta State to come back with a chip on my shoulder. It was like it was done, dusted and that was it. And I transitioned into what I love to do without asking for handouts, without asking for any special treatment or anything.”  

  

Despite his impressive 37-year career across multiple industries, RMD continues to remain humble. According to him, “I am just a simple warri boy that came to Lagos and found some fame and I am grateful for it.” 

  

As he celebrates his 60th birthday, Richard Mofe-Damijo keeps fascinating many as he effortlessly maintains relevance in the box he always dreamed of.  

  

Lagos Agog For Polo Boss, John Obayuwana At 72

It was an assembly of the who-is-who in Lagos some days ago when the dandy boss of Polo Nigeria, John Obayuwana clocked 72.

The man of style whose store sells the best in luxury wristwatches and men’s fashion marked his birthday at a private location in Lagos with a handful of friends in attendance.

At the control of the party is Polo underboss, Jennifer Obayuwana who took charge of the music, food and drinks.

The party was a 3-hour voyage of endless fun, networking and merriment.

The High-Flyer: Media Mogul Nduka Obaigbena In $2M Jet Acquisition Tale

The flamboyant boss of Thisday Newspaper, Nduka Obaigbena is said to have joined the list of jet owners.

The man of means whose Arise TV has snatched the reins in that aspect of broadcasting with the series of dignitary interviews, analysis and top news is said to have taken the delivery of the airplane some days ago.

Sources claimed the machine is from an engineering company in Germany and put the cost at almost 2 million dollars.

Known for his flamboyant lifestyle, the ‘Duke’ as he is popularly known is said to have taken the acquisition to ease his journey in and out of Nigeria. He is said to be one of the most travelled  journalists in Africa.

A source hinted that the media guru wanted to make no noise of the acquisition but the news spilled out after he reached out to a pilot-friend who was saddled with the role of employing a young, brilliant pilot for the airplane.