Alaafin Of Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III on Saturday said the Aare Ona Kakanfo designate Otunba Gani Adams is the symbol of Yoruba Unity.
Alafin while speaking during a thank you visit of Otunba Adams to the palace said he has received over 500 letters and messages applauding him for choosing Otunba Adams for the position.
“The appointment of his predecessor Bashorun MKO Abiola was greeted with criticism and stiff opposition but Gani Adams choice was accepted by everybody both at home and abroad.
“It is a sign that he is a symbol of Yoruba unity, he must work to ensure unity and progress of the race.
“I have done my own and obviously it was overwhelmingly supported by people and I want to urge you not to leave him alone but continue to advise and pray for him”.
Aare Adams, while briefing Alaafin on the steps taken since his appointment, said he has visited prominent traditional rulers including Ooni of Ife,Oluwo of Iwo,Owa of Ijeshaland,Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Timi of Ede,Alake of Egbaland and others and they are pleased with Alaafin’s choice.
“All the traditional rulers told me that your choice is their choice and they are happy with the development, they advised me and pledged their continuous supports,” he said.
He, however, thanked the foremost monarch for considering him worthy to be the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland and promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the race.
Also market women from Ondo North Senatorial District under the aegis of Ondo Traders and Market Women Association also joined Aare Ona Kakanfo to thank Alaafin for considering their Baba Isale and son of the soil for the title.
The representatives of the market women led by its president, Chief Mrs Margaret Giwa said, “We are indeed very grateful to your imperial majesty for honouring our pride with the title and we pray for long live and good health for you sir.”
Some of the dignitaries in the entourage of the Aare Ona Kakanfo included a member of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Hon Ademola Ige, Gbobaniyi of Arigidi Akoko, Chief Femi Davies, Akogun Gani Kayode Balogun, Erelu Asa of Yorubaland, Prince Femi Odulaja,Erelu Funmi Rotiba Balogun, Comrade Wale Ojo Lanre,popular broadcaster,Dr Yemi Sonde,members of Oodua People’s Congress national coordinating council, among others.
The Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) couldn’t have asked for a better convention judging by the record attendance the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos witnessed yesterday, one would have thought the politicians were having their national convention as the nation’s Theatre stakeholders converged at the venue.
Veterans and indeed green horns in the movie industry attended the widely publicised event. The event which was hosted by A-list comedian Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st had in attendance among others, the Generalissimo of the Yoruba Race, the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Aare (Dr.) Gani Adams, Prof.Ojo Rasak, Barrister Niyi Akintola, Fred Amata, Hon. Adeleke (OGSHA), HRH Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III, The Elegushi of Ikate-Land, Security Expert Mr. Tope Agbeyo and other important dignitaries and industry stakeholders.
Dr. Tunde Adegbola also known as T. A. or Uncle T was the keynote speaker at the event. Dr. Adegbola is a Scientist, Musician, Engineer, Linguist and Culture Activist.
The opening segment, which was themed: Nigeria Movie Industry: The Journey So Far, witnessed the Unveiling of Tampan Man Of The Year had in attendance industry stars such as Omooba Dele Odule, (President of TAMPAN), Prince Jide Kosoko, Alhaji Adebayo Salami, Antar Laniyan, Veteran Filmmaker Tunde Kelani, Bolaji Amusan (Mr. Latin), Fathia Balogun, Yomi Fash Lanso (Director of Communications, TAMPAN), Adebayo Salami, Dupe Jayesinmi, Monsuru Fala, Toyin Alausa, Lanre Hassan, Yemi Solade and a host of others.
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Corps members serving in the ongoing Anambra election created a scene Saturday at the Nkpor Registration Area Centre in Idemili North Local Government by insisting they be paid their feeding allowance before setting out for the day’s business.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is responsible for the payment of allowances of ad-hoc staff participating in the election.
Arguments over the payment started early Saturday morning with the corps members, designated as presiding officers and assistant presiding officers, dramatically delaying the movement of election materials to polling units.
The corps members insisted they would not depart for the day’s job if their feeding allowances were not paid.
A corps member said that the matter was later resolved.
He added that the corps members were promised payment at their polling units.
Meanwhile, the corps members were stranded after resolving the issue as drivers who were supposed to convey them refused to show up.
At the RAC in Otolo Nnewi, corps members expressed reservations about going for the elections without security operatives in their vehicles to escort them.
The corps members’ complaints may not be unconnected to threats by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, a secessionist group, to disrupt the process.
Though delayed due to logistics, accreditation has commenced in several polling units in the state.Read More
A teenage girl has died in Vietnam after being electrocuted in her sleep by her faulty iPhone charging cable.
Le ThiXoan, 14, had reportedly rolled over onto the torn cable and had as a result been exposed to the live wire, police in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, said.
She was found unconscious by her parents and rushed to a local hospital; however, doctors were unable to revive her, pronouncing her dead shortly after.
Police found the burnt cable on her bed and believe a slight tear in the rubber casing may have revealed the live wires inside.
According to odditycentral.com, the police believe the girl had plugged her Apple device into charge and laid it on her bed like she did every night. They said tragedy likely struck as she slept and rolled onto the iPhone’s charging cable, which electrocuted her with the current.
The charging cable is being inspected but the authorities said they are yet to determine whether it was the original Apple wire or a third-party device.Read More
A MARRIED cheerleading coach has been arrested over claims she had sex with a 17-year-old student.
Katherine Ross Ridenhour, 23, is accused of romping with the male pupil on school grounds at Cox Mill High School in North Carolina.
The teacher has been charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student after cops learned of the alleged consensual relationship.
Ridenhour was the school’s junior varsity cheerleading head coach and worked as a home economics teacher.
She resigned from her post on Tuesday, Cabarrus County Schools said.
According to cops, Ridenhour and the student had “inappropriate contact” several times over the last month while at the school, Fox46 reported.
Police also said the teen was old enough to consent but Ridenhour was charged because he is a student ans she’s in a position of authority.
According to local media, Ridenhour married husband Tyler in 2015 and had only graduated from university last year.
She faces a maximum 12 month sentence on each charge if convicted.Read More
The Nigeria Police on Tuesday redeployed the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Umar Abubakar, and his deputy, Mike Okoli, as part of preparations for Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Mr. Okoli said he and the commissioner were asked to leave the state on Tuesday.
“I’m not in Anambra State right now. The commissioner of police and I were asked to step aside. We were asked to leave on Tuesday, and we left. As I speak, I am in Abuja,” Okoli said in a telephone chat with our reporter.
Pressed further to reveal who was currently in charge of police affairs in the state, Mr. Okoli said he was not in a position to know who was sent to take charge in their absence.
With a record 37 candidates in the epic gubernatorial race, Anambra State elections has been greeted with drama and intrigues, particularly in the area of security.
The incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Willie Obiano, had on Tuesday raised alarm over the withdrawal of his security aides on the orders of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ahmed Idris.
The situation generated so much controversy in the wake of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state this week.
After a report about the removal of the governor’s security was presented to the president, he immediately intervened on Wednesday with a directive that the governor’s security details be restored.
A similar intervention by the Senate after a stiff criticism by concerned Nigerians led to the Upper Chamber passing a motion urging the IGP to rescind his decision and restore the security aides of the governor before the elections.
The police deployed 26,000 personnel to Anambra for the election, with the process to be supervised by a deputy inspector general of police.
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