Sunday, 17 January 2021



Popular Imo Chief Allegedly 'Resurrects' 31 Hours After Being 'Certified Dead And Kept In A Mortuary' (Videos)

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The said incident which occurred in Amiri Village of Oru-East LGA of Imo state has led to wild jubilation in the community.

 

Ifeanyi Ekeukwu

Ifeanyi Ekeukwu, a popular Imo Chief who is popularly known as Anyiego na Amiri has allegedly ''resurrected" after dying.

The man is reported to have resurrected 31 hours after being ''certified dead and kept in a mortuary."

It was alleged that Ifeanyi died on Friday January 15 and “resurrected” on Saturday January 16.

The said incident which occurred in Amiri Village of Oru-East LGA of Imo state has led to wild jubilation in the community.

Watch the video below:


https://youtu.be/nNTkNlbTlBs

 






Governor Zulum Makes Startling Claim, Says There Are White Men, Asians Others Among Boko Haram

Governor Zulum Makes Startling Claim, Says There Are White Men, Asians Others Among Boko Haram

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He therefore called on Nigerians not to see the insurgency in the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa as a northern problem but a challenge that affects everyone.

 

Babagana Zulum

Babagana Zulum

Prof Babagana Zulum, the Governor of Borno State, has revealed that there are foreign interests sponsoring the Boko Haram terrorist group to recruit children as fighters, according to The PUNCH.

He therefore called on Nigerians not to see the insurgency in the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa as a northern problem but a challenge that affects everyone.

Citing Libya and Iraq as examples of how sectional insecurity could engulf a country, he said there was a need for cooperation by all Nigerians to defeat the insurgents.

The governor spoke in Lagos on Friday at the 17th Chief Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture, themed ‘The constitutional history of Nigeria’s dysfunction: Any pathway to indivisibility and common progress?’ which was organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch, to celebrate the life and times of Fawehinmi, who died on September 5, 2009.

Zulum stated further that Borno State shares a border with Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic and that as a result of Nigeria’s porous borders, people were importing arms into the country, which is also fuelling the insurgency. “Our borders are so porous and proliferation of arms is existing there,” he added.

He said, “I’m from Borno State, and many of our children are into Boko Haram. I’m not denying the fact. But again, they are being sponsored by many people across the world. Among Boko Haram, we have white men, Asians, Africans, Muslims and Christians.”

For years, there had been reports of children being used as suicide bombers by the insurgents. In 2019, for example, the United Nations Children’s Fund revealed that the insurgents used children to carry out an attack on Konduga town in Borno State on June 18, 2019. It said the suicide bombers killed no fewer than 30 persons in the triple attack.

Meanwhile, Zulum lamented that the problem of insurgency, banditry and kidnapping across the country were as a result of high unemployment rate, poverty, poor social infrastructure, high social inequality and drug abuse, among others.

He pointed out that to address these challenges and take children off the street, it was expedient to improve on the educational system and provide job opportunities for young people, noting that the mismatch between the educational system and the labour market, which makes “some graduates unemployable”, must be addressed.

He added, “Throughout northern Nigeria, particularly Borno State, a committee is working on how to reform the Almajiri system of education. We want to streamline the non-formal and formal education sectors to avail those children basic literacy and numeracy skills so they can stand on their own. And we are not in support of street begging.

“We must stop seeing this insurgency as a problem of the north. The distance between Borno State and Lagos State is about 1,700km, but mind you if Borno State is not peaceful, other parts of the nation will never be peaceful. We have to unite and fight these insurgents. We have seen what happened in Libya, Iraq and other countries. Peace building and social cohesion are very important in strengthening the resilience of our communities.”


He also stressed the need to shun nepotism, tribalism and the idea of using religion to cause division. He said he replaced his former Head of Service, who was a fellow Muslim, with a Christian, because he prioritised competence above loyalty. He said that was the first time a Christian would occupy the position in the state.

He added, “Unless we get rid of nepotism, tribalism and exploitation of religion, we will not get it right in this country. The constitution is very clear on the need for peaceful coexistence among all of us, which is why the principle of federal character is enshrined in the constitution, but it has been abused.”





BREAKING: Ex-Minister, Martins-Kuye, Is Dead

BREAKING: Ex-Minister, Martins-Kuye, Is Dead

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The Ago-Iwoye born politician was appointed as Minister of Commerce and Industry on April 6, 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his cabinet.

 

Jubril Martins-Kuye

Jubril Martins-Kuye

Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, a former Minister of State for Finance and Minister of Commerce and Industry, is dead.

One of his children, Bolaji, confirmed this to The PUNCH on Sunday.

He said, “I can confirm to you that he passed on about 10:05 this morning. It was a painful loss to us, but, we give glory to God for the impactful life that he lived while he was alive because he touched the lives of many people.

“He died in his residence at Victoria Garden City, Lagos.

“We are about to convey his remains to his home town where he would be hopefully interred by 4 pm, according to Islamic rites.”


The Ago-Iwoye born politician was appointed as Minister of Commerce and Industry on April 6, 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his cabinet.

The late Martins-Kuye was born on August 1942 in Ago Iwoye, Ijebu constituency of Ogun State. He studied sociology at the University of Ibadan (1965-1968) and then Economics at the Harvard University Business School, graduating in 1983. He gained qualifications as a Chartered Accountant.

Martins-Kuye was a senator in the Nigerian Third Republic.

Martins-Kuye became a member of the United Nigeria Congress Party towards the end of the Sani Abacha regime. He was a candidate on the Peoples Democratic Party platform for governor of Ogun State in 1999.

He was appointed Minister of State for Finance in June 1999 during the first term of President Olusegun Obasanjo, serving until June 2003. In July 2002, as Minister of Finance, he announced that Nigeria’s GDP had grown by 4 per cent annually by the World Bank’s estimate, the highest rate for ten years





NIN: NIMC Closes Headquarters In Abuja, Opens 20 Enrollment Centres

NIN: NIMC Closes Headquarters In Abuja, Opens 20 Enrollment Centres


In a statement on Saturday, NIMC said Isa Ali Pantami has approved the reactivation of 20 centres to make the process of national identification number easier.


 

As many Nigerians try to get their NIN, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced the closure of its headquarters in Abuja.

In a statement on Saturday, NIMC said Isa Ali Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, has approved the reactivation of 20 centres to make the process of national identification number (NIN) easier.

This, it said, would be effective from Monday, January 18, 2021.

“Members of the public, residents and visitors to the FCT wishing to enroll for the national identification number (NIN} should use any of the NIMC centers,”
 the statement read.

Large crowds have besieged NIMC centres across the country following a directive from the ministry that subscribers of telecommunications networks link their NIN to their SIM cards.

Olorunnimbe Mamora, the minister of state for health, had said the federal government may suspend the enrollment exercise to avoid further spread of the coronavirus.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had asked all telcos to disconnect the SIM cards of persons who have not integrated their national identity numbers (NIN) with their phone lines by the end of January.

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that Nigeria had 205 million active voice subscribers at the end of the third quarter of 2020.

The number of internet subscribers also grew to 151.51 million.



House Of Reps Panel Opposes School Resumption Amidst Rising COVID-19 Cases

House Of Reps Panel Opposes School Resumption Amidst Rising COVID-19 Cases

Last week, the presidential task force on COVID-19 insisted that the date for school resumption remains January 18.

 

House of Reps

The federal government’s decision to reopen schools on January 18 has been faulted by the house of representatives panel on basic education and services.

Last week, the presidential task force on COVID-19 insisted that the date for school resumption remains January 18.

The clarification was made after Adamu Adamu, minister of education, said the federal government was considering shifting the resumption date over rising COVID-19 cases.

But in a statement on Saturday, Julius Ihonvbere, chairman of the house committee, said the federal government did not consult the lawmakers before it fixed the date, adding that the cases of the disease are on the rise.

Ihonvbere said the resumption of schools should be postponed by three months.

“The committee on basic education and services, house of representatives, has received with concern the decision of the federal government to reopen schools on January 18, 2021,”
 the lawmaker said.

“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed; but now that it hovers well above 1,000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?


“They did not consult us; at least in my committee, nobody from the ministry spoke to me. I have been in Abuja. And I am not sure that they spoke to any of my members.

“They just don’t see us as part of the critical stakeholders.”

Saturday, 16 January 2021



BREAKING: Uganda's Museveni Beats Bobi Wine, Others To Win Sixth Term In Office

BREAKING: Uganda's Museveni Beats Bobi Wine, Others To Win Sixth Term In Office

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The Ugandan President beat off competition from Bobi Wine and other presidential aspirants to win a sixth term in office with 58.6 percent of the vote.

 

Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni

Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda has won his nation's presidential election.

The Ugandan President beat off competition from Bobi Wine and other presidential aspirants to win a sixth term in office with 58.6 percent of the vote, the electoral commission announced on Saturday.

The election was disputed by his main rival Bobi Wine who trailed with 34.8 percent,

“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni… elected President of the Republic of Uganda,” said election commission chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama.





Kaduna University Lecturer Who 'Sexually Harassed' Female Student Gets Severely Punished

Kaduna University Lecturer Who 'Sexually Harassed' Female Student Gets Severely Punished

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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the school, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, announced this in a statement in Kaduna on Friday.

 

The appointment of Dr. Idowu Abbas of the Geography Department at the Kaduna State University, KASU, has been terminated

His appointment was terminated over allegations of sexual harassment.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the school, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, announced this in a statement in Kaduna on Friday January 15. Ashafa also announced the promotion of 12 other lecturers of the school.

According to Ashafa, the university’s Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), investigated the alleged sexual harassment against the lecturer and the report of the investigating committee was presented at the 217th Management Meeting of the institution on Jan. 12.

He said that the management dismissed Abbas from the service of the university and directed that all students under his supervision be reassigned to a decent lecturer in the department.

“According to the report, Abbas confessed in his testimony to have touched and hugged a female student he was supervising her project from behind against her will, when she went to his office to discuss her project.

His testimonies also revealed other nasty and randy misbehaviour he exhibited to the student.

This gross misconduct violated Section 8.7 Paragraph (f) of the Administrative and Academic Regulations in Kaduna State University.

The regulations state that ‘victimization/harassment of student through examination mark is punishable by dismissal and/or termination of appointment,” he said

The deputy Vice-Chancellor described Abbas’ earlier resignation as “null and void.”




Shocker! Multi-Millionaire Businessman, Donald Tober Jumps To His Death From His $10 Million Apartment

Shocker! Multi-Millionaire Businessman, Donald Tober Jumps To His Death From His $10 Million Apartment

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Donald Tober, CEO and co-owner of the New York-based 1,400-employee Sugar Foods, leapt to his death just after 5 a.m. Friday.

 

Donald Tober

Donald Tober, a very wealthy, 89-year-old artificial sweetener magnate, has died.

The businessman who made Sweet’N Low a household name committed suicide by jumping from his Park Avenue apartment building, law enforcement sources told The Post.

Donald Tober, CEO and co-owner of the New York-based 1,400-employee Sugar Foods, leapt to his death just after 5 a.m. Friday, and was found in the courtyard of the luxury Upper East Side building between 65th and 66th streets, the sources said.

He was struggling with Parkinson’s disease, the sources said.

At the helm of Sugar Foods, Tober turned the company’s flagship product, Sweet’N Low, and its ubiquitous little pink packets, into a mainstay on kitchen counters and restaurant tables across the country, along with Sugar in the Raw and N’Joy nondairy creamer.

“Basically, we’re concerned with everything that surrounds the coffee cup,” 
Tober told Restaurant News in 1995. “We’re tightly focused.”

By the mid-’90s, some 80 percent of foodservice establishments used Sweet’N Low; the sweetener also commanded more than 80 percent of the sugar substitute market, Restaurant News reported.

“Donald IS Sweet’N Low,” the president of Sugar Foods, Steve Odell told the magazine.

Medical Examiner's office personnel remove Tober's body from 620 Park Ave. in Manhattan on Jan. 15, 2021.

“Don’s had as much to do with building Sweet’N Low into a household name as anyone ever has with a product. Every packet of Sweet’N Low sold today can be traced back to a single sales call that he probably made or at least had a part in.”

Odell told The Post he was Tober’s business partner for 51 years.

“He was bigger than life,”
 Odell said. “He made everybody feel special — everybody. He’s an icon and he’ll always be.”

Tober was fighting a “devastating” disease, “especially for someone as active as he was,” Odell added.

Still, the suicide was a shock.

“I talked to him yesterday and certainly, no. There was no indication whatsoever.”


A Harvard Law School grad, Tober was a former chairman at The Culinary Institute of America and a founder of City Meals-on-Wheels.

He was the husband of Barbara Tober, who worked for three decades as editor-in-chief of Brides magazine and was a former trustees board chair at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan. The couple lived on the building’s 11th floor.

While it stopped distributing Sweet’n Low fifteen years ago, Tober’s company currently manufactures a range of sweeteners and other products for supermarkets and foodservice industries under the N’Joy and Blue Diamond lines.

“He was much more than just one product,”
 Odell said. “A thousand people a second use our products.”

He added, “Donald left us with eight words, and we live them every day. The first two words are ‘Be prepared.’ The second are ‘Show up.’ The third two words are ‘On time.’ And the last two are ‘Follow through.’

“He did that every day, all day, through his career.”

***

Source: NY Post





Photos Of Conjoined Twins Who Were Separated At The University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (Photos)

Photos Of Conjoined Twins Who Were Separated At The University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (Photos)

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The babies were separated by a 66-member all Nigerian team of paediatric surgeons, paediatricians, paediatric cardiologist, anaesthetists, and more.


 

Conjoined twins 

In what will come across as a really exciting development, some conjoined twins have been separated at the University of Ilorin Teaching hospital.

The twins were separated were successfully separated by a team of medical experts on Thursday, January 14.

The babies were separated by a 66-member all Nigerian team of paediatric surgeons, paediatricians, paediatric cardiologist, anaesthetists, cardiothoracic surgeon, nurses, pharmacists, behavioral scientists and many more.  

The team was led by Paediatric surgeon, Prof Lukman Abdul-Rahman who is pictured above carrying the babies.




Why I Started Acting Like A Woman – Instagram Comedian, Zicsaloma Reveals

Why I Started Acting Like A Woman – Instagram Comedian, Zicsaloma Reveals

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He has a following of 223,000 followers on Instagram.


 

Aloma Isaac

Aloma Isaac

Aloma Isaac, the Nigerian Instagram comedian who is popularly known as Zicsaloma, is an online comedian.

Well known for his female characters and funny facial expressions, he has a following of 223,000 followers on Instagram. He talks to TOLUWALOPE KAREEM about his life as a social media celebrity

How did your journey into comedy start?

It started in 2017 after my exit from The Voice Nigeria (singing reality competition). It was something I did not plan to do. I did not even know I had the ability to make people laugh. I just saw one of my mum’s church hats and decided to try it on. As soon as I wore it, I got into character and started recording. I decided to share the video on Facebook and it got people laughing and asking for more. Since then, I have not stopped.

What are the challenges you have faced?

One of the major challenges I have faced is getting recognition. There was a small audience that enjoyed and anticipated my skits but I needed to reach out to a larger audience. I did not have enough money to pay blogs to post my videos and get more awareness. So, I would say growing my fan base was a major challenge.

Have you ever been a victim of online bullying?

Yes, I have but it was not really serious. I understood how the Internet worked before putting myself out there so I did not let people’s words or threats disturb me.

How were you able to grow your followership to over 200,000?

I have been able to build my followers through persistence and strategy. There was a period I was stuck with about 20,000 followers for more than a year. I started researching and strategising on how to grow my followers online. Today, I have close to a million followers on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Tiktok.

Which of your videos brought you fame?

I actually cannot point to a particular video that brought me fame. I became active on Tiktok during the COVID-19 lockdown. All of a sudden, I started having many trending videos at the same time on Tiktok. Many blogs on Facebook and Instagram also shared my videos simultaneously. However, some of my early most successful videos were the ones where I showed how African parents prepared their kids for school, types of Immigration officers, types of nurses, and the different types of women in church.

How would you describe your childhood?

My childhood was that of an average Nigerian child. I was born in a military barracks in Kaduna State. I come from an average family, where we could comfortably meet our basic needs such as food and shelter. My dad is a retired soldier and my mum worked as a secretary. They never failed to buy Christmas clothes and meet my essential needs.

What efforts do you put into performing your skits?

Making a skit where one plays different characters is not easy. Firstly, I have to brainstorm and write scripts for my videos. There are times I would have to do the shoot myself and also edit the videos. This is in addition to playing multiple roles, which is very taxing because one would have to change costumes. There are times one would forget some parts of a character’s dialogue and only realise the error while editing the video. One would be left with no choice but to get dressed again to reenact the scene and include the lines one forgot. Getting one’s costumes and locations for some particular skits could also be very taxing. For instance, one could need a shop to shoot a skit. One would meet different shop owners. Some could decline, some could ask you to pay, and some would gladly allow you.

 

Have any of your skits got you into trouble?

No, none of my skits has put me in trouble.

Beyond being a comedian on social media, what other activities are you involved in?

I am a singer. I was well into music before I knew I was even a comedian. I am also a writer. I write prose, drama and poetry.

How lucrative has social media been for you?

Yes, I have. I started off not knowing people could make money from social media. I took my comedy career more seriously because I felt fulfilled seeing people genuinely laugh at my materials. As I grew bigger on social media, I started getting some really good offers that paid fairly well and really took my time. I had to quit my regular job to face comedy squarely. I have never regretted quitting my regular. Brand influencing is indeed lucrative.

What kind of doors has your presence on social media opened for you?

I have met several people I never imagined I would meet within a short time. I have worked with some top celebrities I watched while growing up. Social media presence has attracted favours from strangers. I get gifts at regular intervals from people who follow my journey. It has also opened international doors. I can keep going on.

What are some of the funny requests you’ve got from women?

There have been so many of them. I often get requests such as, “Can you come to my house”? “Can I live with you”?

Negative comments seem to be inevitable on social media. How do you handle them?

I simply ignore negative comments. I would not say they don’t get to me but over time, I have trained myself not to be discouraged or affected by negative comments. I understand that people are different and I cannot please everyone. I concentrate more on positive comments. That is what keeps me going.

Do you wish you were as popular in real life as you are on social media?

I do not think so. I actually want to be like every other person out there so I consider being popular in real life as a great limitation. I am the kind of person who wants to sneak into a place and out without being noticed. I can remember entering a pepper soup joint one day and I was recognised by the host for the night. I was the topic of the night and there was nothing he did not say. So, on the contrary, I often wish I am not popular on social media.

Where do you get ideas for your skits?

I get ideas from the things that happen every day. They include things I have experienced, other people’s experiences, spontaneous imaginations and sometimes, ideas from friends and fans.

What inspired the female characters you use in your skits?

I have been around females a lot. I have been in choirs where there were more females than males. I was in the English department where there were 90 per cent females. Besides, I lived with my mum and younger sister. My mum’s old church cloths also ‘encouraged’ the female characters. I did not start (making skits) with emphasis on female characters. But I noticed that anytime I played a female character, the audience enjoyed it more. That naturally made me to tilt more towards playing female roles.

What distinguishes you from other online comedians?

That would be my characters. I have several characters and most of them are not portrayed as wealthy, and not many comedians do that. Many people seem to relate to the social class I placed my characters. Rich people in Nigeria are not the majority, and even many people who are now wealthy came from humble backgrounds, so most people can actually relate to those characters.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

While in secondary school, there was a day I sought to take permission from my mathematics teacher to use the rest room. But, she rained insults on me in front of the class. Not because I was not supposed to take permission but because she felt I was not good at mathematics and I was ‘big for nothing’. I cried in the toilet that day endlessly because I hate being insulted in front of people.

What advice do you have for young talents?

I would advise them to work hard. Many people want to be like one but if one gives them targets, they are often too lazy to meet them. Persistence, consistency, self development and humility are the major keys to success. I often ask content creators who ask me how I grew to this point that, ‘If you stumble on your social media page, would you follow yourself’? I would leave the up-and-coming ones with that question as food for thought.

Have you ever been trolled online because of your videos?

I get trolls once in a while but even then, I ignore them. If one pays a lot of attention to trolls, one would always be trying to defend oneself. And, if one does that, that means one is oiling the machinery of trolls.

***

Source: The PUNCH




I Go To The USA Often To Perform Sacrifices For Clients – Ifa Priest, Elebuibon Speaks Up

I Go To The USA Often To Perform Sacrifices For Clients – Ifa Priest, Elebuibon Speaks Up

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Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon, a renowned cultural promoter and diviner speaks about his childhood, work and sundry issues.

 

Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon

A renowned cultural promoter and diviner, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon has talked about his life. In this interview with BOLA BAMIGBOLA, the diviner speaks about his childhood, work and sundry issues

Where and when were you born?

I was born at Oluode Aturuku Compound, Osogbo. I am a descendant of Olutimehin. Olutimehin was a co-founder of Osogbo land. My father, Pa Akinrinde Akanbi Elebuibon, was a hunter and a herbalist-diviner by profession. He had six wives of whom my mother was the youngest. My mother had three children – two boys and a girl. My immediate elder sister was an ‘abiku.’

Was there any foretelling to your parents about you and what you would eventually become before your birth?

Yes, there was. When I was about to be conceived, my mother had several miscarriages and could not conceive on time, which led to the preparation of some concoctions for her. But none of them worked for her. One day, my father decided to consult Ifa oracle, which revealed that a male child was going to be born and that he would be an Ifa priest and a cultural revivalist whose name would be known throughout the world. Ifa also said that my mother should stop using herbs. She was told to offer a sacrifice to River Osun and then fetch some water to drink. When she did all that, my mother got pregnant.

While in the womb, another divination came and my name was revealed to my parents, but this was not made known until the third day after my birth during the ‘Akosejaye’ ceremony. The then newborn baby was named Ifayemi Osundaagbonu Elebuibon.

What was your growing up experience like?

I could remember vividly that while growing up, I used to have fever. But my mother did not give me herbs; instead of that she would go to Osun River every five days to fetch water for me to drink and used it to rub my body. She would also put some drop of water right in the middle of my head. That worked like magic.

Was your birthday recorded?

No record, per se, but my mother told me I was born during the reign of a king called Timi ‘Lagunju in Ede. There was no written document to prove exactly the year I was born. Although I later made some enquiry so as to know the year Timi Lagunju assumed the throne but it did not work out. However, with the help of horoscope I was able to get my date of birth, which is July 25, 1947.

When did you start training in art and the practice of Ifa?

I started the training at age four under the tutelage of my father. One day I was able to put to practice what my father taught me when one of my friends sustained an injury and was bleeding while playing a game and people were marvelled that I could stop a bleeding with mere incantation. I also resuscitated someone that fainted with incantation. My father taught me quite a lot as a little boy. He later assigned another Ifa priest to be my master. I continued my training under my then master, Chief Faniyi Ajani, who was the Agbongbon Awo of Osogbo in his lifetime. My father passed on in February, 1957. After his death, I left my father’s house and moved into my master’s house.

Did you go to school at all?

In 1955, Chief Obafemi Awolowo introduced the Universal Free Education. That time, teachers would be moving from house to house looking for children to register in school.  One day, my father was with the head of our family, known as Oluode, discussing an issue with him. I was standing not too far off, when two people arrived on the scene. My father excused himself from the meeting to attend to them. They requested for my name from my father so as to register me for school but my father declined. He claimed that his other children that went to school never returned home. He told them I was destined to be an Ifa priest. They pleaded with my father to let me attend school in the morning and then have my Ifa training by evening, but the old man objected to the idea. All my younger brothers and sisters went to school but my father did not allow me.

 

But how come you are able to read and write?

When I moved in with my master, we lived at Oke-Popo Catholic Mission Home, Osogbo, which was the area where Mbari Mbayo Art was situated. In my master’s house, I met three boys of my age who were in school. Every evening, when they were doing their homework, I used to watch them very closely because I loved to read and write. Watching them landed me in trouble several times because my master did not want me to have anything to do with books. Anytime he saw me writing, reading or watching them, he would beat me. But I was not deterred. Whenever my master was not around, I kept watching those attending school. Also, a friend who is now based in Ghana was of help to me too because whenever he returned from school, he would teach me what they were taught. Later, a friend, Sule Raji, advised that I should do a correspondence course. He spent the money his father had sent to him to buy books on my correspondence course. All through, I kept it away from my master and I was able to complete the course.

Did your master ever find out you could read and write?

He later got to know I could read and write. There was a man called Gabriel Odunade that used to write letters for my master. He was a tailor. He later relocated to a village near Ile-Ife and my master had several letters written to him from Ghana by one of his friends. At a point, my master became confused and was looking for another person that could read and write. Someone just mentioned my name to him. He then summoned me and asked if I could help him read letters. I said yes and he brought out the letters. I read and I assisted him to write replies to the letters. When his friend who was based in Ghana came home and requested to know who had been helping my master to reply his letters, he was told it was me. He was pleased and commended me. He gave me some good money that day. He said I was a better letter writer than the man that had previously assisted my master to write.

What was the reaction of your master when he knew you could read and write?

He didn’t say anything. I practically became the letter writer for the compound. I used to help people to record birth dates and write letters.

How long does it take one to learn Ifa?

My Ifa training spanned 10 years and six months. It may be more than that depending on how fast you can learn. The learning is continuous. But you can learn the basics in 10 years.

What did you do after your training?

February 1962 was the year when the Mbari Mbayo Cultural Centre was established by Prof. Ulli Bier, Ginas Nwoku, Wole Soyinka, Duro Ladipo and others. Ulli was a professor at the University of Ibadan in the Department of Extramural, but he did not like the atmosphere of urban centre; he preferred living in a rural area so as to know more about the indigenous setting. He left Ibadan and lived at Ilobu for a while before moving to Ede. From Ede, he came to Osogbo where he settled down. He used to attend all traditional festivals, where he would take pictures, ask questions for further research. We had all-night sessions chanting Ifa at the king’s family house. One day, the trio of Ulli Beier, Prof. Armstrong of the Institute of African Studies and Duro Ladipo attended the event. A friend of mine, who was my age-mate, and I both performed so excellently well, chanting Ifa poetry along with our seniors. Ulli Beier was so impressed and loved our performance.

Was that where you got your first international connection?

Yes, that was the turning point in my life. Ulli told Duro Ladipo that I must work with them. Duro told me that the white man said that I must work with them. Before then, each time I told people I was going to see Ulli Beier people believed I was going there to learn the art of magic. That year, Duro performed Obakoso and was emitting fire from his mouth on the stage. That made people to believe that going to work with Duro and others, I would become a magician and abandon my Ifa study. Whereas, what I was doing with Ulli and Duro was just assisting them to get poems relevant to their plays. They wanted to know the traditional songs that would go along with each scene in their plays.

What was it like working with Ulli Beier and Wole Soyinka?

I was working with Ulli to gather information. I was providing all the information he needed in both his journals and articles. At times, he would give me money to travel down to Otan to see Baba Sango and ask him about the deity. My international exposure started from that point. In 1967, I completed my Ifa study and gained freedom from my master. It pleased him to release me. When I had my freedom, Ulli was no longer around, as he used to, because he stayed in Osogbo for close to 15 years without travelling back home. I had an opportunity to continue with Duro Ladipo and we started travelling overseas for performances.

What was your first foreign trip like and where did you travel to?

We went to Festival Mundia in France in the year 1973. In 1975, we travelled to Sao Paolo in Brazil, also Bahia in same Brazil. We spent three months there. Later we moved to the United States of America, we spent another three months there also. With Ned Howard, who was our producer, we staged Obakoso in some parts of North America. We also went to Zurich and Yugoslavia.

How many countries have you travelled to so far?

They are many. I can’t begin to count them but I go to the US very often. I have been to many states in the country.

What takes you to the US so often?

I go there to lecture on African culture and philosophy. I also do consultation and perform sacrifices for those who want to. In one word, I do spiritual works.

Do you go to universities to teach students also?

Yes, I taught at San Francisco State University, United States of America. A Professor of Dance from Black Study       Department and others were on a tour of Africa and they came to Nigeria. The visit coincided with our weekly drama presentation, titled, ‘Ifa Olokun, Asorodayo’ on the television in Oyo State. The professor went to the University of Ibadan and told them he wanted to see a diviner and he was directed to me. He met me in my father’s compound where I used to live in 1980, and invited me to teach in the San Francisco University for one year. Every now and then, I go to several other universities to teach.

It appears people outside Nigeria appreciate Yoruba culture and traditions better than the Yoruba themselves. Why do you think this is so?

It is because we have been brainwashed. Modernisation, civilisation and religious beliefs have made us forsake and abandon our culture and tradition. People no longer want to give their children Yoruba names; they prefer Arabic and Greek names. We have lost our identity.

But beyond being brainwashed, there are obvious things that traditionalists do that people see and get scared. Do you think that has contributed to the loss of interest?

I agreed that there are a lot of deliberate scary things that were introduced to our culture in order to scare people away. People are scared because they don’t have the full knowledge and understanding of their culture. Our Nollywood is not helping matters too.

Do you think the fear of traditionalists by a lot of people is justified?

People don’t need to be afraid. They should seek knowledge. We will be ready to assist them.

Is any of your children following in your footsteps as an Ifa priest?

I am happy with the situation now regarding my children. I am not sure of what will happen after my departure. All my children are on the right track. I have nothing to be scared of because they studied and practice Ifa too. Just like me, my children are travelling around the globe, propagating Ifa. Those that are married have not forsaken Ifa. I didn’t see the four corners of classrooms for the fear that I would abandon Ifa. But I don’t have fear my children will abandon the religion for other things in future. They have both Western Education and are all versed in Ifa.

How does the traditionalists’ community deal with the bad eggs in their fold?

It is better not to listen to them (bad eggs). Rather, do the right thing by following your beliefs. Study, learn and be familiar with your culture and tradition. All that people say about cutting of the head of a dead king, taking his heart and giving it to a new Oba to eat as part of the coronation rites, are all lies; such are not done. There is no religion that accepts human sacrifices. The act has been abolished. Those bad eggs have been engaging in barbaric acts to discredit traditional African religion. Mind you, there are evildoers in other religions too.

You are a poet, a dramatist and a diviner. Which of these do you like and enjoy the most?

I like and enjoy all of them equally. It is difficult to choose one because they are interwoven.

How many books have you written?

Between 10 to 11, so far.

What has the patronage been like?

There have been problems in terms of publications here in Nigeria. In the 1970s, the publishers used to beg us then to give them manuscripts. Onibonoje (publishers) as of then, he would come to me for manuscripts.  Nowadays publishers are only interested in subjects that will bring in good money. They have no interest in cultural studies.

How has been the patronage of your books internationally?

It has been very impressive. At Saint Francisco, I used to have about 20 to 23 students in my class. All the topics taught and questions asked prompted me to write a book titled ‘Meaning of Sacrifice’. The books are better received outside the country than they are in Nigeria.

How do you relax?

Each time I plan to relax, the plan fails. But later, one of my foreign friends advised me to take pleasure with work. I preferred being outside the country to relax.

Do you regularly get people coming to learn the act and study of Ifa both in Nigeria and abroad?

Yes, we do. Presently I have two people who came from outside the country to learn. We have many people from Nigeria too.

Where do you see Ifa in the next 30 years, when you consider the fact that many people do not show interest?

It is very hard for this religion to die. It has sustenance and the only sustenance the traditional religion has is its healing power. That is its uniqueness. My only fear is that those trying to study Ifa now are not ready to pass through the numerous tests needed to have an in-depth knowledge of it. They are not ready to suffer like we did while acquiring this knowledge. Ifa will put to test the totality of a man. Your honesty and discipline will be put to test while studying Ifa.

Is it possible to be a good Christian or Muslim and still learn Ifa?

Yes, if you can follow the rules involved. In other discipline, it is not compulsory you should have good heart. But in Ifa, you must possess good heart to learn and practice it.

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Source: The PUNCH





Revealed! See When Donald Trump Is Planning To Leave Office Ahead Of Biden's Inauguration

Revealed! See When Donald Trump Is Planning To Leave Office Ahead Of Biden's Inauguration

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Trump had previously announced he would not attend his successor’s inauguration at the United States Capitol, breaking decades of tradition.

 

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It has been revealed that President Donald trump plans to leave Washington on Wednesday morning before Joe Biden is sworn in.

A senior administration official revealed this told Reuters on Friday.

Vice President Mike Pence will attend in Trump’s place.

Trump had previously announced he would not attend his successor’s inauguration at the United States Capitol, breaking decades of tradition.

This is as Pence called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to congratulate her Thursday, more than two months after she and President-elect Biden won the November election and just five days before the new Democratic administration takes office.

Trump will be sent off with a departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.

Officials are considering an elaborate event that would have the feel of a state visit, with a red carpet, colour guard, military band and 21-gun salute all being discussed.

Trump would then fly on to Palm Beach, Florida, to begin his post-presidency at his Mar-a-Lago Club, the source told Reuters.

Trump will be the first president to skip his successor’s inauguration since President Andrew Johnson refused to attend Ulysses Grant’s swearing-in  in 1869.

Trump also broke another tradition by not officially conceding the election to Biden, becoming the first not to offer a concession since the presidential tradition began in 1896.

The president has not reached out to Biden or invited him to the White House for a meeting prior to his swearing-in as many others have in recent history.

Trump will leave Washington after spending months making baseless allegations of voter fraud in an attempt to delegitimise Biden’s presidency and two weeks after he incited a violent insurrection, with his supporters storming the US Capitol building in an attempt to halt the peaceful transition of power.

Trump is expected to remain in Florida with a small group of aides as he mulls his future.

Some White House advisers have been urging the Republican president to host Biden for a White House meeting ahead of Inauguration Day, but there has been no sign Trump is willing to do that, an administration official said.

Trump, the only president in US history to be impeached twice, is planning to issue more pardons before leaving.

Sources say he has been considering the unprecedented option of pardoning himself.

Pence, for his part, did speak with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday, the Associated Press reports, citing two people familiar with the conversation.

It’s the first known contact between the elected members of the outgoing and incoming administrations.

One of the people familiar with the Thursday afternoon conversation described it as a “good call,” with Pence congratulating his successor and offering assistance. They spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private conversation.

Meanwhile,  security has been ramped up at the Capitol with thousands of armed National Guards personnel on duty to foil any plot to disrupt the transition by Trump’s loyalists.


Sunday, 10 January 2021



Davido’s Female Signee, Liya Spotted Among Those Arrested At Lagos Club




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Budding Nigerian singer, Liya was reportedly spotted among the club goers, who were arrested in Lagos for flouting covid-19 guidelines.


According to reports, police officers raided several clubs situated in the Surulere and Victoria Island axis of Lagos state on Friday and Saturday.

Not less than 237 suspects were apprehended for violating the federal government 12am to 4am curfew imposed to curtail the coronavirus spread.

The Lagos police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the arrests, said that the Commissioner of police, Hammed Odumosu personally led his team on the midnight raid.

Photos circulating on social media revealed that Liya, the first female artiste signed to Davido’s record label, was among the club goers arrested.

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Saturday, 9 January 2021



BREAKING: Seven Feared Dead As Amotekun, Herdsmen Clash In Oyo

BREAKING: Seven Feared Dead As Amotekun, Herdsmen Clash In Oyo

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The clash was said to have started at Okebi village on Saturday morning but the cause of the clash could not be immediately ascertained at the time of filing this report.

 

According to a report by The PUNCH, the men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency popularly known as Operation Amotekun and some Fulani have reportedly engaged in a clash at Aiyete in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.

The clash was said to have started at Okebi village on Saturday morning but the cause of the clash could not be immediately ascertained at the time of filing this report.

A man, Saliu, who claimed to be a resident of the area told our correspondent that seven persons had been killed.

He added that about seven houses were also razed.

Saliu said, “Alhaji Usman Okebi and his two sons were killed. We don’t know what caused the fight. Some persons were shot and injured.

“The number of people killed has increased to seven. Those who were shot and ran away later died in the bush.”

Another source said the clash was between the Amotekun corps and Bororo people. He said some persons were killed but could not say which suffered heavier casualties.

The Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd), when contacted said he was on his way to the place to ascertain what happened.

He said, “I heard the same thing and I am on my way there now.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, when contacted by our correspondent said the DPO at Aiyete Police Division had moved to the community to assess the situation.





Unbelievable! Man Storms Funeral And Tries To Have S*x With Dead Woman's Corpse In Front Of Her Family

Unbelievable! Man Storms Funeral And Tries To Have S*x With Dead Woman's Corpse In Front Of Her Family

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Big Sipiliano turned up to Melisa Mazhindu’s funeral a little after 1am on January 2 with an accomplice, who later prevented family members from intervening in the ghoulish assault.


 

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Big Sipiliano

In what will come across as a really unbelievable development, a woman’s funeral has recently turned into a bizarre sex show.

The funeral turned bizarre after a man leaped on top of the dead body and attempted to have sex with it.

Big Sipiliano, a 49-year-old man from Epworth in Zimbabwe, turned up to Melisa Mazhindu’s funeral a little after 1am on January 2 with an accomplice, who later prevented family members from intervening in the ghoulish assault.

Both of them were reportedly drunk.

Sipiliano entered the bedroom where the body of Melisa Mazhindu had been laid out and – while his companion blocked the doorway – jumped onto Melisa's corpse and started thrusting up and down in front of the deceased woman's shocked family.

Sipiliano, known locally as “Bigman” reportedly told Melisa’s bereaved mother Phillipa that he had wanted to sleep with her 20-year-old daughter for a long time.

He told the mourners that he loved Melisa and felt sad that she died before they had sexual intercourse.

The man has been arrested

Phillipa Mazhindu told reporters “He said that even if she was dead, there would be nothing wrong with him fulfilling his desires."

She explained: “He proceeded to uncover the corpse, which was lying in the room, slept on top of it, and made up and down movements simulating sex whilst his friend blocked us from interfering.”

Mrs Mazhindu, 47, went on to say that she believed there could be a magical motive behind the bizarre attack.

She said: “How will I manage to live with this kind of trauma? I suspect these men had a ritual intention because when Bigman was searched by neighbours who came to my rescue, they discovered a dead rat, red cloth, and a plant root in his pockets.”

Melisa's family tried in vain to drag him off and had to call some of the other mourners to help before “Bigman” and his accomplice could finally be ejected from the funeral.

Big Sipiliano and his accomplice have bother been remanded in custody until 8th February on charges of indecent assault and defiling a dead body, according to local reports.

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Source: Daily Star UK




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