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Memories: My Encounter With American Singer, John Legend In Ibadan -Ayotunde Ayanda



It was a sunny Sunday afternoon ( I can’t remember the exact month) in 2007. I was in church, dozing off while feeling the coolness of the air conditioner and not really paying attention to the boring sermon from the Pastor when my Nokia 3310 gave a notification that I had a  message. Was it an alert ? Did I set any appointment?  I don’t usually have appointment on Sundays.

I was fiddling with my phone while battling with the thought of reading the message after the sermon. I was jolted back into reality when I unlocked the screen and realised the sender was a colleague, Akeem Azeez (the present Personal Assistant to the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde) he only gets in touch whenever there was an emergency.

As usual, the text was simple and was more of an order than an invite…’join us for an afternoon session with John Legend at 2pm. Venue, the University College Hospital’.

I had a million thoughts flushed over me. What is John Legend doing in Ibadan? Or is there another John Legend? Abi he wanted to say John Fashanu?

I was convinced it wasn’t the same John Legend, that American singer and a protege of Kanye West that was taking the entertainment world by storm with songs like ‘Cold Outside’, ‘Ordinary People’, ‘All Of Me’.

But as a journalist, either it was John Fashanu or John Legend, both of them were newsworthy.

I rushed out of the church, flagged a bike and headed to the University College Hospita, Ibadanl.

I was disappointed when I got to UCH and a young nurse told me they just left. I fired a question at her ‘you mean John Legend was here?’. From the expression on her face you could tell she didn’t know who John Legend was. Her response was, some people came here to dedicate the Children’s ward and they just left.

I rushed out again and was wondering what my next line of action should be, when another text message entered my phone…’you know Aunty Lanre’s house at Jericho? It’s called Ajitoni’s Court. Meet us there’.

I didn’t know if I was running or flying, I flagged another bike and told the rider, ‘get me there in 5 minutes and take 200 Naira’. That simply did the magic! We got there in exactly 7 minutes.

As I entered the compound I sighted a slightly bow-legged, fair skinned guy talking to some people. I was still trying to get familiar with the atmosphere when someone grabbed my elbow and said ‘lets go and meet him’.

I was trying to protest, asking ‘is this John Legend? Does he have a bow-leg?’ when he looked back and smiled,  and instantly the recognition dawned on me and I remembered seeing that cherubim face on the jacket of the Get Lifted album. We pumped fist and I made to hug him but drew back when I saw a towering image standing behind him, obviously his bodyguard. He made a signal I couldn’t understand. We sat down and after some minutes of trying to get familiar with his accent, we started a conversation with the first question from Alhaji Akeeb Alarape, the Sun Newspaper correspondent who is now a farmer in Iwo, Osun State.

He told us Tayo, one of the daughters of Chief Mrs Lanre Otiti, a very respected woman, an Ibadan chief who practised nursing for many years in the United States was his friend. In fact he called her his manager.

He explained that he was in Nigeria with his team for the Thisday Newspapers Festival when Tayo told him her mother would like him to come and dedicate a Children’s Ward in Ibadan. He said he was amused, he loves children and would like to give his support to anything that has to do with children all over the world, particularly in Africa.

I told him the acceptance his music enjoys in Nigeria, and he was thrilled when I sang the first verse of his ‘Ordinary People’ track.

He said he was aware of the impact his song was having on the youths and he confirmed his plan was to sing and stage carnivals where he wants to preach love, unity, support and also speak against drug abuse, violence and other vices known among the youths.

He was of the opinion that the Nigerian entertainment industry was doing good and he predicted a boom in the next 5 years (and he was right!).

When I asked if he listens to Nigerian songs, he said he listened to Fela and some other African musicians.

We had a lengthy discussion and he promised to get back to me by email (which he must have obviously forgotten) and he left with his team as they were to perform that night at the awards in Lagos.

He made a good impression on me, I didn’t try to get in touch after then, but funnily I still love his songs and followed him on instagram. Maybe one day I would be bold to post the picture we had and refresh his memory…one day, maybe or maybe not.


‘I want people to settle our fight, but…’ K1’s Lead Drummer,Ayanlowo Gives Condition For Reconciliation




-Ayotunde Ayanda


K1’s lead talking drummer, Ayankunle Ayanlowo has listed the condition for him to reconcile with his boss, Wasiu Ayinde, the Mayegun of Yorubaland.


At his home in Felele, Ibadan in a private chat, the drummer in his request stated ‘I want them to settle our fight. I want them to call us together, he(Wasiu) should be God-fearing and state his part, while I should also be present to speak my mind. The elders should step in but God knows, I will never go back to him’.


When asked why he vowed never to go back, Ayanlowo replied, ‘he is vindictive, he never forgives and I’ve placed everything in the hands of God. I can never go back to the band”.


The lead drummer while confirming that some cleric leaders and traditional rulers have waded into the matter also said ‘part of my condition is that at any location they pick for the peace-meeting, if anything happens to me, I would hold the people that call for the meeting responsible and they’ve assured me nothing of sort would happen”.


He hinged his fears on the attack at his Felele, Ibadan home where his windows was shattered by people he believed to be loyalists of his boss.


‘I’ve worked with him for 32 years and now I want to be on my own, I’ve tried! They should just leave me in peace’, he begged.


Ayankunle had accused Wasiu  of providing a poor welfare package for his band members, which KWAM 1 has since denied and this has generated a lot of issues that called for the intervention of top monarch, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Sefiu Adeyeri who claimed to have instructed Ayankunle to stop posting videos or granting interviews.

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Multiple Fraud Rocks Eko Electricity (CLO Indicted)




The Eko Electricity Distribution PLC, EKEDP is being hit by some huge corruption scandals.


The company according to a report monitored on Streetjournal Magazine has been facing issues of inadequacies and the absence of optimal service provision with customers groaning under the yoke of inefficiency and struggles.


The report stated that the company is faced with a significant level of corruption which involves top officials. The racket running in the company is linked with payment of ghost workers milking the company of millions of Naira.


Sources within the organisation that revealed this hinged the amount at about 300 million Naira while fingering EKEDP’s Chief Legal Officer, Wola Joseph as the head of the cartel.


Wola who has worked with the company as the Head of Human Resources before becoming the CLO has been alleged of multiple illegalities.


The lady was said to have been using her influence and relationship with some Board members to get away with many things.


The company’s Managing Director, Tinuade Sanda is said to have been helpless in the situation.


Wola is alleged to have been paying staff members who were sacked from the company and she also recommend and inflates salaries beyond the original payment scale of the company.


Her matter which has been reported to the National Union of Electricity Employee is under investigation.

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Style Meets Class At Billionaire, Tunde Ayeni’s Daughter Wedding Introduction




Placing all the odds that hounded his life recently in a paternity scandal behind, billionaire, Tunde Ayeni staged a superlative wedding introduction for his daughter some days ago.

It was an assembly of the rich and the super rich  who witnessed the wedding introduction of Bolaji, the pretty daughter of billionaire, Tunde Ayeni on Saturday, December 2, 2023.


The 15A Herbert Macaulay crescent, GRA, Ikeja home of the billionaire who headed the defunct Skye Bank wore a colourful look, as the lord of the home, his wife and all their kids in a themed act displayed their rarest form of hospitality and embraced the full Yoruba culture in heralding the first stage of matrimony as they welcomed friends into their home.


As expected, the guest list was grand! Ayeni’s friends did not disappoint, they came in their intimidating numbers.

Former NDDC boss, Timi Alaibe, former Attorney-General, Bayo Ojo, former Governor of Western Region, General David Jemibewon, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Mogaji Wole Arisekola, Femi Falana, Chike Obi, Jide Omokore, Dakuku Peterside, Segun Awolowo, Orile of Ile-Ogbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao, Senator Idris Umar, Yomi Awoniyi and many other dignitaries were spotted at the ceremony.


The Ayenis while expressing their appreciation after the event in a statement said ‘this auspicious occasion marks a significant milestone in our lives, and we are excited to share this momentous event with our dear friends and respected guests’.



Credit;  Streetjournal Magazine





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