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Independence Day: Culture, splendor as Heritage Africa celebrates Nigeria, China

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It was double celebration of the 2018 Independence Day anniversaries of Nigeria and China by the Heritage Africa Village Square, HAvis, last Monday at the Square, which sits on massive land space on the bank of Jabi Lake in Kado area of Abuja.

 

Coincidentally, Nigeria and China both share October 1, as their respective national days. Just the way the organisers projected it would be, various aspects of Nigerian and Chinese culture began to unite in a rare expression of international solidarity, driven by the power of culture and creativity.

 

“In this period, where the debate on diversification is raging in Nigeria, no other sector stands a better chance to lead our country and continent towards achieving our goals for diversification than the culture sector. It is for this reason I am convinced that we must stop agonizing and start organizing to make culture and creativity the centre piece of national rebirth, both socially and economically. This is also the reasoning behind my admonition to the arts, culture and creativity community to quit whining and wailing over some artifacts’ looted at various times, especially in the colonial times.”

With the above statement, Moses Ayom, businessman, creativity entrepreneur and chief visioner of the Heritage Africa Village Square, HAvis, set the stage open for the double celebration which turned out to be a day of cultural splendor and brilliant creative exploration.

 

The atmosphere last Monday at the Plot 1633 Ahmadu Bello way, Kado site of the HAvis, was carnivalesque as heavy sounds of traditional drumming from troupes from Nassarawa, Enugu and Benue echoed with theatrical resonance and dexterity.

 

The five-floor Whitehouse Gallery, hosting an exhibition of over 100 paintings, sculptures and mixed media works from the collection of Nike Art Gallery was abuzz as artists, arts patrons, culture administrators, arts aficionados, among others, began to stream into the sprawling Plot 1633 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kado-venue of the Heritage Africa Village Square.

 

The pulsating atmosphere soon gave way to sombre setting on the third floor of the Gallery, where some intellectuals and guests had gathered to do justice to the theme of the celebration: Nigeria and China: A Shared Legacy of Culture and Humanity. This was where the founder of HAvis gave vent to his vision and motivation. According to him, this gathering is a manifestation of the many possibilities when a community decides to work with a common purpose to accomplish a set goal.

 

“In this case, the goal is to return creativity and culture to its rightful place in our lives. I must therefore pay tributes to the amazing men and women all over Nigeria, the continent of Africa and around the world, whose power of imagination and creativity has provided a basis for entrepreneurs to venture into the creativity and culture sector,” he said.

In the house were some Chinese nationals, including the cultural counsellor at the Chinese embassy in Abuja, Dr Li Xuda, and two visiting guests from China – Judy Huang and Margie Huang – who later disclosed that they learnt more about the China-Africa relationship than they could have harvested from a book.

Dr Li, who is also the Director of the Chinese Cultural Centre, said he was glad that the relationship between China and Nigeria is becoming more resourceful, especially through the intervention of culture workers. He offered the support of the embassy in seeing to it that there is a greater exchange of ideas, programmes and personnel between the embassy and Havis. He proposed two programmes that could be of interest to the two organs: that HAVIS could be engaged as a “Chinese Language Center”; and that the Chinese Embassy would pay a formal visit to HAvis in nearest future to explore areas of cooperation and collaboration.

 

Earlier in June, HAvishad signed a tripartite MOU with the Institute of African Studies at the Zhejiang Normal University China, to commence a Chinese-Nigeria Cultural Research Centre, and the University of Abuja. The objective is to explore how through studies of language and cultural resources, the Nigeria and China could develop closer ties, especially in the area of training and manpower development of the youths. The HAvis, it was disclosed at the event, is already supporting postgraduate programmes of some Nigerian youths in various universities in China.

 

The reflection soon yielded floor for a torrent of tributes, led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mrs. Grace Gekpe, who lauded the entrepreneurship spirit behind the project. According to her, the idea of HAvis fits perfectly into the Federal Government’s plan for the creativity sector. Gekpe, herself a theatre arts graduate, promised that government would extend support to the HAvis, and advised that a formal visitation should be organised for the head of the Ministry, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

 

Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Havis, Professor David Ker (OON), former Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University, who chaired the October 1 event, said the proposed relationship between Havis and the Chinese embassy will be of immense benefits to youths in the Nigeria creative sector.

 

After the tributes, the formal session rolled into action. Chairman of the Heritage Africa Governing Board, Professor Duro Oni, who presented the keynote address, traced the rise of China in the global political space with the conclusion that the giant in the Asian continent had become so influential on the world stage that it was important to understand how it has been reaching out using culture. Oni, former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, reminded that the Chinese adopted the thoughts of the ancient philosopher, Confucius to shape the other dimensions of their national life, including economic planning and international relations.

 

Oni, also founding director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Lagos, explained that there were hundreds of the Institute across the world, all having a respective dialogue with host communities to foster cooperation and interaction. He said of the scores of those institutes across Africa, two were present in Nigeria bringing to bear the unique nuggets of Chinese thought to their hosts, without creating any sense of superiority in the interaction process. The keynote speaker, also mentioned how the institute has become a veritable instrument in fostering educational exchange between Nigeria and China, as would be seen in the courses on Chinese Culture being offered at the University of Lagos.

 

One critical point, which the keynote speaker addressed had to do with the misgivings about the indebtedness of many African countries, including Nigeria to the Chinese. To  this point, the university don made the point that it was up to the leaders of Africa to engage and negotiate aid and borrowing terms, which would not plunge their countries into a debt trap. He however, stressed that countries like Nigeria and others on the African continent required massive investments in infrastructure to grow their economies.

 

This he pointed out is something the Chinese have, because they have been able to develop their technology to the point that they can now put in place infrastructure of superb quality, which would greatly boost the economies of recipient countries. He therefore admonished that in analysing the Chinese aid or borrowing model, African governments and peoples must keep an eye on the big picture and not lose sight of the benefits, if the relationship is strategically aligned to needs and priorities.

 

Soon it was time to take contribution from the members of the audience: Chief Reuben Okundaye, chairman of Nike Art Gallery, said arts and culture should be the means through which Africans relate more profitably with China and the West. He traced the role arts has been playing in the socio-political and economic development of African nations. The international artist and leading culture and women-in-art advocate, Chief Mrs. Nike Okundaye, went practical, when she appealed directly to the Cultural counsellor of the Chinese embassy to work with experts here to develop a programme around the local production of dyes, which she said has become too expensive to import, thus discouraging a lot of young people from venturing into production of adire (tie-dye) fabrics, which are however in high demands locally and internationally. If this is done, “a lot of disadvantaged women and young people will be productively engaged, and find means livelihood,” she said.

 

 

The event ended with performances by the various troupes, including Kwaghir dancers from Benue, Egon dancers from Nassarawa, Capital Voices, a chorale group from Abuja, and Arojah Royal Theatre Troupe. There was also a fashion show titled Native Stranger by The Silhouette, which showcased designs that were derived from African cultural themes.

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Nigerian art market in transformation: New directions in investment, wealth management

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his second edition of  monthly series of talks ‘Point of View’ organised by the Ben Enwonwu Foundation in collaboration with the Society of Nigerian

 

 

Artists and supported by Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre, themed ‘Raising Capital Against High Value Works of Art’ brought together a diverse line-up of artists, curators, writers, thinkers, wealth managers and policy makers.

 

 

The event, held at the Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, was informed by mounting global interest on art from the continent and a steady growth of the collectors’ base within Africa and especially in Nigeria.

 

 

“Drawing from other creative disciplines and experiences to take a broad helicopter view of the art scene in Nigeria and Africa, ‘Point of View’ aims to encourage support and funding for the visual arts through public and private sector partnership while ensuring continuing artist’s professional development and empowerment.

 

 

The conference was opened by Charles Courdent, on behalf of Alliance Française Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre. He welcomed the guests and commended the foundation for their good work. This was followed by remarks by Oliver Enwonwu, Director, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. Next was a thought-provoking presentation on the ‘Nigerian Art Market in Transformation: New Directions in Lending, Investment and Wealth

 

 

Management’ delivered by Bola Asiru, Co-Founder, Red Door Gallery. It centred on opportunities within the growing art sector in Nigeria, as well as Nigerian art as an alternative asset class. The evening continued with another stimulating presentation on ‘Data Driven Valuation: Improving Analysis, Financial Decisions and Investment Opportunities in the Nigerian Art Market’ by Tayo Fagbule, Chairman, Editorial Board at BusinessDay. His presentation focused on the role of data in building and sustaining the domestic and international markets for Nigerian art. 

 

 

The highlight of the event was the panel discussion ‘Panel Discussion: Challenges, Risks and Regulatory Frameworks’. The panel comprised of: Ephraim Ajibola, who represented Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi, SAN, Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP; Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon, Founder, Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Foundation (OYASAF); Kavita Chellaram, Chief Executive Officer, Arthouse Contemporary Limited; John Opubor, Managing Partner, Coronation Capital; and Dapo Adeniyi, who moderated the panel.

 

 

The event was concluded by a vote of thanks by Oliver Enwonwu, Executive Director, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation, who thanked guests, partners and The Ben Enwonwu Foundation team for making this edition a success.

 

 

Amongst invited guests were: Neil Coventry, Nigerian Representative, Modern & Contemporary African Art, Bonhams, Ifeoma Ewuzie, MD, AB Artworld, Professors John Pepper and Ebun Clark, Jerome Elaiho, Victor Ehikhamenor, Ayo Akinwande, Rom Isichei, Nengi Omuku, Tony Nsofor, Sam Ebohon, Edosa Ogiugo, Uche Joel Chima, Norbert Okopu, Tega Akpokena and Ngozi Schommers.

 

 

“Sponsors and partners who contributed to the great success of this edition are Jackson Etti & Edu, Lagos Paris Art, Hundids, Connect Nigeria, The Sole Adventurer, OnoBello, Red Door Gallery, Mydrim Gallery, Wildflower PR, Artyrama, and Omenka,” Enwonwu said.

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Breaking boundaries of knowledge through curiosity

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Book Title: In the Curious City

Author: Stephen Erutor-Pat

Pagination: 72

Publisher: CoachInFocus Resource Planet

Year of publication: 2016

Reviewer: Tony Okuyeme 

 

 

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he greatest invention in the world”, notes American inventor and businessman, Thomas Edison, “is the mind of a child and every mind is born with the instinct of curiosity.”

Also, renowned German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, notes that “Curiosity has its own reason for existing. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

This is the focus of book written by Stephen Erutor-Pat and curiously titled In the Curious City. This 72-page book published under the Motivated & Driven Series, the author notes, “is a summer when every young mind should explore the world”, stressing that …“In the Curious City… wisdom begins in Wonder.”

 

 

He however added that “Answers only change the world when the right questions are asked.” Divided into six chapters with an introduction, this ‘larger than its frame’ work is a must read for anyone eager to explore or question everything for the advancement of knowledge and discovery.

In the introduction, the author presents his thoughts, and tells of the inspiring power of a girl who is trapped in her father’s house, situated in the middle of a thick forest and was firmly secured every night with a heavy stone, such that no one could neither come in nor go out. But curious leads her to know new things, to meet great people, and opened her to exciting world of opportunities.

 

 

Chapter one titled “The Curious Cat”, the author provides different definitions of ‘Curiosity. Quoting from Wikipedia, he states: “Curiosity is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species…”

 

 

On his part, he defines curiosity as “the quest for new ideas and information, a strong desire to question things until understood. It is a hunger to explore and delight in discovery.” According to him, “when we are curious, we approach the world with a child-like habit of poking and prodding and asking questions. We are attracted to new experiences. Rather than pursuing an agenda or a desired set of answers, we follow our question where they lead.

“And the exciting thing is that you do not need all the answers at once, you just need to get one answer after another, satisfy one curiosity after another and you are well on your way to fascinating discoveries.”

 

 

In this 21st century…, Africa, he says, is in dire need of deep thinkers, people who will go after knowledge with a club, stressing that “power goes to the continent or country that has greater knowledge. This is also true of individuals. This is why countries like America, Japan, China, India, the UK, and so many others are powerful.”    

 

 

Chapter two, as the title suggests, focuses on “What Curiosity Does To You”.  According to the author, curiosity promotes intelligence, awakens the mind to new ideas, perspectives, as well as makes one more positive among other things. 

 

 

In Chapter three, the author urges the reader “Explore: Question Everything”, and never quit until you have satisfied your curiosity.  In this chapter, the author also writes on the power of observation, highlighting the contributions the contributions of the Wright Brothers, Isaac Newton to science and knowledge.

 

Chapter four is titled “Discovering Your Spark; Burn Up Some Curiosity”. Here he opens with a quotes by James Stephens and Dorothy Parker, which states respectively that: “Curiosity will conquer far more than bravery will”; and that “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

 

 

He however notes that you must believe in yourself, stressing that “until you are successful inside, you cannot be successful on the outside. And that is why wealth is not defined by what a man has physically but by the quality of his thoughts. This is why this book is written, to help you see yourself and the world differently.

 

 

In this chapter, the author also offers insight into how to develop a questioning mind. These include acknowledge that you don’t know; seek to clarify thoughts; learn how to listen; and mingle with those who know more than you.

 

 

“The Lead of Curiosity: What Education Really Is” is the title of chapter five, while the “Epilogue: Impression is never the goal is the focus of chapter six. How to develop your curiosity; replace fear of the unknown with curiosity; write, put your thoughts and ideas on paper; be tolerant and admit when you are wrong; become an expert in something; learn to learn and do; and don’t take things for granted are some the areas the ways to develop your curiosity, according to the author.

 

 

How the author has managed to say so much in this small book is no doubt, ‘curious’.  This is a compelling and inspiring book.

Stephen Erutor-Pat is the founder and president of SoarSTARS Club, an NGO with a mission to bring out the best in every young star.

 

 

He is a passionate motivational speaker, a writer and a strong believer in the Great New Nigeria. He strongly believes in change and that Nigeria will lead the world if her youths (her future) can but rise up, sharpen their skills, develop their talents and pursue knowledge with a club.

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Culture, creativity as Janggu Drums workshop ends in Ajegunle

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t was an entertaining and inspiring showcase of culture and creativity, particularly how traditional drums as a musical instrument can celebrate and unify cultures, as Janggu Drum Training Graduation Ceremony took centre stage at the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Secretariat, Lagos.

 

The Janggu drum is the most representative drum in traditional Korean music. It consists of an hourglass-shaped body with two heads made from animal skin.

 

 

The atmosphere was convivial, as guests, including parents and guardians of graduating drummers, artistes and students waited anxiously for the performances.

 

 

And when the performances started, the audience was literally transported to South Korea and back to Nigeria in a potpourri of drums ensemble and colourful costumes depicting both cultures – South Korea and Nigeria.

 

 

The event is culmination of the Ajegunle axis of the Janngu drums training workshop series initiated and facilitated by notable Nigerian drummer and choreographer, Mr. Isioma Williams, in collaboration with South Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria.

The workshop was earlier held in Orile Iganmu and Barija areas of Lagos, respectively.

 

 

In his opening remark, Mr. Williams explained the idea behind the workshop and how Janggu drums are taught.

According to him, he was inspired by his encounter with this traditional Korean hourglass-shaped drum, in 2013 when he participated in the cultural exchange initiative at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, and upon his return to Nigeria, he decided to share the knowledge with others, giving cultural values both ways.

 

 

“This is not just to promote another culture but to understand some of the values attached to some of these traditional drums,’’ he said.

He added, “Drums are therapeutic and you benefit both ways either as the one drumming or the one listening to it.”

 

 

The graduation ceremony provided the platform for the Janggu workshop participants – among them, professional dancers   – to showcase their skills after weeks-long rigorous training during the workshop. They showed, characteristic finesse, how the Janngu drum can also be adapted to various Nigerian music, including Afro-pop, rap, Fuji, and folksongs.

 

 

The children performance featured six boys namely Taiye Oyeleke, Daniel Adesuyi, Goodluck Atela, Emmanuel Sobemi, Jamiu Adio and Mohammed Ganiu.

Highlights of the event was the presentation of special awards to some of the participants for their outstanding performances and in recognition of the efforts during the Janggu drum training workshop. The commendation award was given to Mabel Chuks Okonkwo while the Excellence Award was presented to Nwaneri Barnabas.

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Soyinka salutes Keith Richards for writing Never Quite The Insider

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obel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has commended the candour, courage and confidence displayed by Chief Keith Richards in his latest book, Never Quite the Insider: A Nigerian Memoir”.

 

 

Soyinka who reviewed the book at its public presentation at the Terra Kulture in Lagos on Thursday, described the book as a “Memoir of a Ghetto Blaster”, noting that the book remains a big insight on profiling the psychology of corporate Nigeria.

 

 

“Nothing surprises me in the book, but what surprises me is candour and courage of the author, in putting together what look like a manual for both expatriates and locals, on how to navigate the testy waters of managing business,” Soyinka told an appreciative audience made of business, media and literary/arts community.

 

 

Kadaria Ahmed, Nigerian journalist, media entrepreneur, and television host who anchored the programme, maintained that the book is a thriller as the author gave a frank, unprecedented, look into corporate Nigeria and the world of expatriates.

In his remarks, the author affirmed that the 287 page book “explains a little of my coming here, my love affairs with Nigeria”, and management practice in corporate Nigeria.

 

 

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Audio-visual heritage materials as important sources of history

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he use of audio-visual heritage materials as important sources of history was the kernel of discourse at a Roundtable organised by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) held recently at the Amphi Theatre of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, in commemoration of FESTAC’77 @ 41. 

 

 

Titled Remembering FESTAC’77 @ 41: Utilizing The Audio-Visual Heritage Materials as Important Sources of History, the Roundtable brought together scholars, culture administrators, stakeholders in the arts and culture sector, critics, management and staff of CBAAC, as well as students of OAU.

 

 

The Acting Director-General of CBAAC, Mrs Ndidi Aimienwauu, in her address, noted the unique role which the CBAAC has continued to play in intensifying effort in preserving, promoting, propagating and enhancing global understanding and appreciation of the contribution of the Black race to global ideals through audio and visual heritage preservation.

 

 

She added that FESTAC’77 remains one of the most celebrated festivals held to showcase Black and African Cultures in its finest traditions, and an unqualified success story. 

 

 

“FESTAC’77 as some of us would have known, remains one of the most celebrated and deliberately orchestrated festivals held to showcase Black and African Cultures in its finest traditions. Expectedly, it attracted participants from 59 Black and African Countries and Communities and turned out to be the greatest assemblage of peoples of Black and African descent gathered together for the celebration of their cultural heritage. Though critics may have out of ignorance, unfortunately expressed reservations about the festival, yet it is still widely believed that FESTAC’77 remains an unqualified success story. Apart from rekindling interest in Black and African Cultures and asserting its equality with other cultures of the world, it more importantly brought global attention to the invaluable contributions of the Black race to the pool of universal knowledge. It is interesting to note that the establishment of CBAAC is a response to the need to reinforce and sustain the gains of FESTAC’77. “Therefore, the theme of this Roundtable: Remembering Festac’77 @ 41: Utilizing the Audio-visual Heritage Materials as Important Sources of History, is carefully crafted to bring to light the pivotal role of audio –visual in the preservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage of the African race,” she said. 

 

 

The CBAAC DG added that “the audio and visual – which includes the television, radio, cinema, films, etc., are the most ubiquitous, inescapable technological mediums use in the documentation, reconstruction and projection of the historical and cultural heritage of a people, man ever invented. Reason being that of the major phenomena which directly contribute to the dynamic process of basic changes in modern societies, it is an undisputable fact that the role of the audio-visual in the documentation and propagation of African cultures is all-pervading.

 

 

“Therefore, it is important that we utilize this dynamic and powerful technological media instrument in documenting, reconstructing and communicating Africa’s cultural and historical experiences for the benefit of the future generations of Africans and the African Diaspora. It is in the light of this that this Roundtable programme is being organised.”

 

 

According to her, the Centre has an Archival and Audio-Visual units that houses all audio-visual materials including films, Music of renowned artiste and legends that participated in the historical festival, etc. “These materials which emanated from Festac’77, are preserved not just for research purposes but also to further understanding and appreciation of the importance of Festac’77 in African cultural renaissance.”

 

 

Associate Professor of Mass Media, Theatre and Communication Studies, Department of English and Communication Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, Osakue Stevenson Omoera, in his paper, titled “Benin Video-Films as Archival Sources of History Introduction”, examined how Benn video films could serve as archival sources of history in Nigeria. He used some historical Benin films to underpin his argument and highlighted the cultural capital as well as economic possibilities of paying close attention to that aspect of Nigeria’s cultural heritage. 

 

 

“To do this, a well thought through plan of community screening of Benin language films in Benin and environs should be set in motion to apprise the Benin people of today of their history with to view to making them learn veritable cultural values such as lineage greetings, proverbs and language. Technology should be deployed to archive and preserve these films as social dairies for generations of Benin, Nigerians yet unborn and for the present and future scholars of Benin culture, art and history and Nigerian Studies.”

 

 

Dr. Anthony Onwuma, in his paper, spoke on “Reversing the Challenges of Afro-Pessimism through Audio-Visual Preservation of Black and African Cultural Heritage: The CBAAC Example”.

 

 

Highlights of the event include a short clips of FESTAC’77 performance by CBAAC Audio Visual Section, and cultural/musical  performances by FESTAC’77 veteran, Mr. Wole Alade  backed by the Music Department, O. A. U, Ife.

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Naira Marley’s card fraud trial adjourned

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has just adjourned the alleged card fraud trial of musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, who is facing card fraud charges.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the decision so as to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo and Fashola’s counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) to respond to two motions.

The court is yet to fix a date for trial proper, but has asked Fashola’s counsel to move his motion.

The proceedings are ongoing.

Fashola, popular for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and “Soapy” tracks, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.

His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, who is said to still be at large.

The defendant was arraigned on May 20 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but pleaded not guilty.

He secured N2 million bail with two sureties in the like sum, following an application by his counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo, (SAN).

The trial was scheduled for Monday, but the court did not sit.

According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on different dates including November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10,

Fashola and his accomplices allegedly conspired to use different ATM Cards to defraud their victims.

Fashola was said to have possessed these counterfeit credit cards, belonging to different cardholders, with intent to defraud, and which also constituted theft.

The offences contravene the provisions of Section 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.

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Naira Marley’s card fraud trial adjourned

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has just adjourned the alleged card fraud trial of musician, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, who is facing card fraud charges.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo made the decision so as to allow the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo and Fashola’s counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) to respond to two motions.

The court is yet to fix a date for trial proper, but has asked Fashola’s counsel to move his motion.

The proceedings are ongoing.

Fashola, popular for his “Am I a Yahoo Boy” and “Soapy” tracks, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud.

His co-defendant is one Yad Isril, who is said to still be at large.

The defendant was arraigned on May 20 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but pleaded not guilty.

He secured N2 million bail with two sureties in the like sum, following an application by his counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo, (SAN).

The trial was scheduled for Monday, but the court did not sit.

According to the charge, the defendant committed the offences on different dates including November 26, 2018, December 11, 2018, and May 10,

Fashola and his accomplices allegedly conspired to use different ATM Cards to defraud their victims.

Fashola was said to have possessed these counterfeit credit cards, belonging to different cardholders, with intent to defraud, and which also constituted theft.

The offences contravene the provisions of Section 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1}, 33, 33(9) Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.

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Zlatan to headline first concert tagged ‘Zlatan Live’ in Lagos

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By Adedayo Odulaja

Zlatan Ibile is set to headline his first concert in Lagos themed Zlatan Live at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on December 18th and tickets are already on sale on Nairabox

This is going to be Zlatan’s first official concert as a headliner in the city of Lagos and it promises to be a very exciting event, with assurances from him to excite his fans and audience with his energetic Zanku moves, music collaborations and other exciting activities planned out to give fans utmost entertainment, ultimate fun and a night to remember for a long time.

The artiste has had an amazing year and it is only right to crown it all with a concert for his huge and loyal fan base.

Born Temidayo Raphael Omoniyi, Zlatan Ibile is a multitalented Nigerian performing artiste who is not only an indigenous rapper, singer and songwriter but also a great dancer that originated one of the biggest dances in Africa; ZANKU.

The creator of the well-known slang, ‘Kapaichumarimarichopaco,’ Zlatan Ibile launched his talent and started making his mark on the music industry in 2017. He is without doubt the most-desired street sensation and a great influence in the music industry as his talent and exclusive sounds have propelled him to the top, helping him gain recognition home and abroad.

His songs – singles and collaborations – continue to top various charts, with close 3 million active followers across his social media networks.

Achievas Entertainment, one of the biggest show promoters in Nigeria with a history of delivering the best events & experience will be promoting the event in collaboration with Zlatan’s Alleluyah Boyz Entertainment and music lovers are assured of a one-of-a-kind experience with maximum entertainment and assured security at every point during the event.

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Zlatan to headline first concert tagged ‘Zlatan Live’ in Lagos

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Zlatan to headline first concert tagged ‘Zlatan Live’ in Lagos

By Adedayo Odulaja

Zlatan Ibile is set to headline his first concert in Lagos themed Zlatan Live at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos on December 18th and tickets are already on sale on Nairabox

This is going to be Zlatan’s first official concert as a headliner in the city of Lagos and it promises to be a very exciting event, with assurances from him to excite his fans and audience with his energetic Zanku moves, music collaborations and other exciting activities planned out to give fans utmost entertainment, ultimate fun and a night to remember for a long time.

The artiste has had an amazing year and it is only right to crown it all with a concert for his huge and loyal fan base.

Born Temidayo Raphael Omoniyi, Zlatan Ibile is a multitalented Nigerian performing artiste who is not only an indigenous rapper, singer and songwriter but also a great dancer that originated one of the biggest dances in Africa; ZANKU.

The creator of the well-known slang, ‘Kapaichumarimarichopaco,’ Zlatan Ibile launched his talent and started making his mark on the music industry in 2017. He is without doubt the most-desired street sensation and a great influence in the music industry as his talent and exclusive sounds have propelled him to the top, helping him gain recognition home and abroad.

His songs – singles and collaborations – continue to top various charts, with close 3 million active followers across his social media networks.

Achievas Entertainment, one of the biggest show promoters in Nigeria with a history of delivering the best events & experience will be promoting the event in collaboration with Zlatan’s Alleluyah Boyz Entertainment and music lovers are assured of a one-of-a-kind experience with maximum entertainment and assured security at every point during the event.

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Actress, Funke Adesiyan, becomes Aisha Buhari’s aide

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Actress, Funke Adesiyan, becomes Aisha Buhari’s aide

Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan, has emerged one of the political aides of Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

The actress was appointed the Personal Assistant to the First Lady on Domestic and Social events alongside five other appointees.

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Adesiyan’s appointment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

She is expected to resume duties immediately at the office of the First Lady, which became effective after the return of Aisha Buhari from London.

The ‘Obinrin Ale’ star joined active politics when she emerged as the Southwest coordinator for Mallam Shekarau’s presidential campaign in 2011.

She was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party where she contested for a seat at the Oyo State House of Assembly until 2018 when she defected to the APC.

Adesiyan honed her acting skills under the tutelage of actor, director, and producer, Saidi Balogun. She also featured in his three-cast film, ‘Eti Keta’.

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