Friday, 9 December 2016

ROYAL RUMBLE: If You're The Original Ooni, Go To Ife-Ife and Occupy The Throne - Ilaje Paramount Ruler Carpets Olugbo

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Says, Oba Akinruntan's accounts were full of inaccuracies and false claims
A prominent Oba in Ilaje land, His Royal Majesty Oba Afolabi Odidiomo, the Olu of Igbokoda has described the Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan as the traitor who out of greed, lust for women and inability to keep secrets, betrayed the his people instead of attributing the act of treachery to Moremi. He also described as false and misleading the claim of Oba Akinruntan that he is the legitimate Ooni of Ile-Ife
“If he is the Ooni, let him go to Ife-Ife and occupy the throne. He should go there and chase the people away”, Oba Odidiomo said. Both Oba Akinruntan and Oba Odidi occupy exalted royal seats in Ilaje. He advised traditional rulers to watch what they say adding that at the moment, the place of the Ooni in Yoruba and world history cannot be rubbished by anyone.
The intervention of Oba Odidiomo is the most profound coming from any prominent Oba in Ondo State where the Olugbo comes from. He spoke with Irohinoodua in an exclusive interview yesterday.
Oba Odidiomo said the revelations of the prowess and sacred powers of the Ugbo people to Moremi by the Olugbo was the height treachery against sacred culture and norms of the Ugbo people which eventually led to the defeat of the Ugbo.
“We must understand the dialectics of history. Moremi had a mission to liberate his people. The Olugbo out of his greed for women fell in love with her. He went ahead to reveal the secrets of his people which was the height of betrayal. In Yoruba culture, it is sacrilegious to reveal the secrets of the Oro to women, but that was exactly what the Olugbo did. He therefore betrayed his people. It was that betrayal by the Olugbo that led to the escape of a sophisticated spy who had conducted espionage on the enemies of his people. She left all the lucre and wealth she was offered by Ugbo to return to her fatherland and even painfully sacrificed her only son as promised’, the Oba said.
The raging controversy over the role of Moremi in Yoruba history snowballed into another storm: Who is the supreme Oba in Yorubaland?
Oba Odidiomo faulted the claim of the Olugbo as the ‘real Ooni” saying that his accounts were full of inaccuracies and false claims.
He said the title of the current Olugbo is “Obamakin” which negates the primacy of “Orunmakin” adding that for the Olugbo to bear the title “Osangangan” shows that the title came after the original accolade of “kutukutu” which indicated the earliest of royal tradition. He said since the Olugbo admitted that there were 13 automous Kingdoms at Ile-Ife at the time, it was wrong for the Olugbo to lay claim to being the paramout ruler when at the time there was no supreme community at Ife.
He said the argument of the Olugbo was partly informed by his lack of understanding of the fact that there were two epochs in Ife history, being Ife Odeaye and Ife Ooye. He said Olugbo seems to be referring to a period before the title Ooni was adopted at Ile Ife.
Oba Odidi, the paramount ruler and prescribed authority of Igbokoda Ilaje Kingdom declared that it was the Olugbo, who was a traitor and not Moremi.
The Olugbo had earlier carpeted the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, for honouring Moremi Ajasoro as a heroine and subsequently declared that he was the original head of the early Ife Kingdom before the arrival of Oduduwa and therefore, the rightful owner of the Ooni title.
Oba Ogunwusi recently built a tower, described as the third highest in Africa, in memory of Moremi Ajasoro, a wife of Ooni Oranyan who sacrificed herself and her only child in exchange for freedom for her people.
Oba Odidiomo argued that it was Olugbo who actually gave out his own people by revealing the age-long tradition and secrets of his own kingdom and people to a beautiful woman, out of greed and covetousness.
According to the Igbokoda monarch, the Ugbo raid on Ile-Ife which he claimed was masterminded by the Olugbo was essentially to steal goods of Ife traders on market days so as to have things to feed on.
“The Ugbo information he gave out was a sacrilege. It was Olugbo that betrayed his people through the classified information he divulged”, he said.
Oba Odidiomo who queried Olugbo’s claim to supremacy disclosed that the original title of the real Olugbo was ‘Kutukutu’ and not ‘Osangangan’, adding that the latter was junior to the former.
“If Olugbo said that there were 13 autonomous kingdoms in Ife at the time, was Olugbo playing supervisory role over them?, he queried.
The Olu of Igbokoda observed that the Olugbo could not distinguish between Ife Oodaye and Ife Ooye.
Kutukutu Orunmakin, he argued, meant “Heaven knows the brave” while Osangangan Obamakin – king knows the brave – was a latter day king adding that Olufe was the head of Ife Oodaye and not Olugbo.
Oba Odidiomo said Igbokoda came from Mahin which is led by the most respected Royal Oba Alametu of Mahin Kingdom. He said they all came from Ora Quarters in Ile-Ife several centuries ago.

By Olatunde Adeyege

Ambode Receives US Ambassador To Nigeria, Stuart Symington

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday advocated the need for strong democratic institutions in Nigeria, saying that such was critical to economic growth and overall development.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at Lagos House in Ikeja when he received on courtesy visit the new United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, said the transformation of the country depends largely on strong institutions rather than individuals, and as such, all hands must be on deck towards achieving such.
While congratulating the American people on the success of their general elections held in the country last month, Governor Ambode said Nigeria has a lot to learn from the United States, especially in the area of strong democratic institutions.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), in a warm handshake with US Ambassador to Nigeria , Mr. Stuart Symington during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House,Ikeja, on Thursday, December 8, 2016


The Governor said: “We know that we have common grounds in terms of democratic experiences. We are very glad that the American election that took place last month was very successful and we believe strongly that in this partnership, moving forward, we believe so much has to be learnt in terms of democratic institutions that have actually succeeded in bringing out the kind of election results that we got.
“We think that more of our own democratic institutions here in Nigeria should also become stronger so that we think more about institutions rather than persons and those are the things that actually make the economy to grow and the society to thrive.”


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, with US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington and US Consul General in Lagos, Mr. John Bray during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Lagos House,Ikeja, on Thursday, December 8, 2016.
The Governor, who also congratulated the envoy on his new posting to Nigeria, pledged the commitment of the State Government to continually protect the business interests of Americans and others in the State.
He particularly expressed readiness to partner with American firms in scaling up the transport system and the health sector in the State, among other areas.
He added that in the last 18 months, the State Government has committed huge resources and efforts to security of the people, assuring that the government would continually give greater attention to the safety and welfare of residents, including American investors.
He said: “Lagos is a beautiful home to American Embassy. We known that a lot of Americans reside in Lagos and we have tried as much as possible to create an enabling environment for investors in the State and also protect all citizens and residents.
“We are very strong on judicial and security sector reforms and we have maintained in the last 18 months, a peaceful environment in Lagos and we have continued to ensure also that Lagos is safe.”
Earlier, the Ambassador said his visit to Governor Ambode was to listen and learn with the aim of planning ways to work with the State Government and the people of Nigeria so that in the future, the children of Nigeria and the children of United States have to gather for a better world forged by the partnership.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Bride of The Moment, Joke Saro Looks Stunning In Pink HOH Sagoe Lace Outfit, Complemented With Coral and Diamond Jewelry

LAST Sunday, 4 December, 2016, the Lagos Social Establishment, literally stood still, as the families of Saro and Are played host to a galaxy of personalities, who gathered to witness the wedding ceremony of their children. The ceremony involved Adejoke and Olayiwola.

The wedding, which was classy and aristocratic, in all ramification, took place at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The bride, Adejoke is the daughter of Alhaji Umar Ayinla Saro, OFR, CON, the Ilorin-born, Lagos-based born billionaire and industrialist, and his beautiful wife Alhaja Afsat Saro, a celebrated matriarch of the Lagos Social Establishment. She is a graduate of Finance from the University of Portsmouth, England. 
Joke, who is the one of the most stylish young ladies in Nigeria, adorned the best of outfits, for the occasion. Prominent among some of the world class designers, who featured in her wedding trousseau are Manolo Blahnik, Rene Caovilla, De Beers Diamonds, among others.   
Multiple-award winning Make-up Queen, Banke Meshida-Lawal of BM Pro, handled the bridal make-up, while Tasalahq did the hair.

For her second outing, the bride opted for a pink HOH sequin lace and mbelished aso-one outfit. This was complemented with a coral and diamond jewelry





EXCLUSIVE PICTURES; Lagos Stands Still As Billionaire, Umar Saro's Daughter, Joke Weds...Her Aristocratic, Eye-popping Wedding Trousseau -Part One

LAST Sunday, 4 December, 2016, the Lagos Social Establishment, literally stood still, as the families of Saro and Are played host to a galaxy of personalities, who gathered to witness the wedding ceremony of their children. The ceremony involved Adejoke and Olayiwola.
The wedding, which was classy and aristocratic, in all ramification, took place at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The bride, Adejoke is the daughter of Alhaji Umar Ayinla Saro, OFR, CON, the Ilorin-born, Lagos-based born billionaire and industrialist, and his beautiful wife Alhaja Afsat Saro, a celebrated matriarch of the Lagos Social Establishment. She is a graduate of Finance from the University of Portsmouth, England. 
 
Joke, who is the one of the most stylish young ladies in Nigeria, adorned the best of outfits, for the occasion. Prominent among some of the world class designers, who featured in her wedding trousseau are Manolo Blahnik, Rene Caovilla, De Beers Diamonds, among others.   

Multiple-award winning Make-up Queen, Banke Meshida-Lawal of BM Pro, handled the bridal make-up, while Tasalahq did the hair. 

Picture Credit: BANKE MESHIDA-LAWAL
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Former Minister, Demola Seriki and Wosilat Okoya's Daughter, Farida Kah-Lo, Nominated For Grammy Award

img_3739Faridah Demola Seriki (aka Kah-Lo), a rising international artiste and daughter of former Minister of Defence and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Chief Demola Seriki has been nominated for the prestigious Grammy Award.
Kay-Lo is the daughter of Wosilat Seriki, the only sister of billionaire industrialist, Chief Rasaq Akanni Okoya, the Eleganza chairman and the Are of Lagos
Kah-Lo, an alumna of Hofstra Journalism in the United States of America, was nominated for Best Dance Recording “Rinse & Repeat” – Riton Featuring Kah-Lo.
Billboard.com had on Tuesday released the 2017 Grammy nominations for the Awards Ceremony which would hold on February 12, 2017 and would be aired live on CBS.
Wizkid has also grabbed a nomination at the 59th Grammys courtesy of Drake‘s 2016 album, Views which was nominated for Best Album.
The award is given to the main artist, the featured artiste(s), the producer, the engineer and/or mixer and the mastering engineer. Wizkid has credit as both producer and featured artist on Views.
The singer also co-produced and featured in the song “One Dance” in the album.