Billionaire businessman, Tunde Ayeni, who was the former chairman of the rested financial institution, Skye Bank, for some time now has been battling rough times.
He’s had a few unpleasant encounters with the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in recent times. Ayeni has been picked up a few times over different fraud allegations.
He spent some few days in the custody of the agency last time he was picked up.
Meanwhile, various reasons have been adduced to his ordeal from different quarters. While some are of the opinion the lawyer cum businessman is basically reaping what he has sown, others are alleging witch-hunting from some powerful politicians in the south-west.
Recently, Ayeni was sighted at the thanksgiving service of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, after the general elections at Ikenne.
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This singular gesture, some people are of the view is a move by Ayeni to atone whatever his sins might be before some powerful south-west politicians who are allegedly behind his travails.
It is on record Tunde mixed freely with PDP folks and not people in the circle of APC while PDP lasted in power.
Dapo Abiodun’s ‘12 temple’ attracts concern
The philosophy that change is an inevitable occurrence in anything aptly applies to what the situation around the man, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who just occupied Oke-Mosan government house in Ogun State as the number one indigene of the state. Until his involvement in the governorship race became more pronounced and intense, Dapo would readily come to mind as a business man who specializes in oil deals.
As a business man, only cynics would doubt his ability to turn things around for good as the facts is there staring anyone in the face. However, Dapo may have had his glittering business profile bruised slightly as one of his business concerns seems to be proving the governor cannot always get it right as far as business is concerned. Many will still remember how the boss of Heyden Oil staged mother of all gigs some two years ago when he tuned 57 years. It was practically a shutdown celebrating the anniversary as all trappings of affluence and riches were deployed in no small measure to make a lingering statement. The party which had Tee A as the compeer had governors, former governors and captains of industry in attendance.
Choice champagne, exotic cognac and fine wine flowed freely as well canapes and good food. There was no dull moment as the DJ jammed all through. Venue of event at Ikoyi was so packed that guests flowed to the swimming pool area.
It was actually a two celebration packed in one event. Aside of the birthday celebration, Prince Dapo also declared open a new lounge meant for high society, 12 Temple.
With the founder’s class and influence, especially the monumental way it was commissioned, many predicted great times ahead for the hospitality business, but contrary to that, the situation has been the opposite as loud quietness that replaced supposed beehive of activities have made some to wonder if Dapo had not made a wrong move by setting up the lounge that cost a fortune. Meanwhile, while some are of the view that it’s only a matter of time the lounge will seize to exist, others feel this is the time the facility will thrive as the influence of the proprietor as a governor might have a positive effect in the whole calculation.
Gbenga Daniel reclaims mouthwatering property
These are certainly great times for two-term former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as he took back the possession of his yet to be completed hotel building eight years after it was taken over by the recently concluded administration led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun. The former governor was said to have betrayed emotions as he resulted to tears when he visited the site recently. In what the Daniel camp alleged was a witch hunt taken to extremes over political differences, Amosun refused all entreaties by major stakeholders to release the hotel.
Despite some court orders in Daniel’s favour, Amosun remained obstinate as the Certificate of Occupancy on the land was revoked and not returned for several years. There was even talk of moves to take over the structure and convert it to a state utility.
However, while the engineer turned politician is happy to be alive to repossess his possession courtesy of the newly inaugurated governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, he’s saddened at the level of rot the property has recorded even as lots of expensive fittings have been looted due to the negligence of the government that placed a seal on it.
Great expectations as John Abebe sets for mum’s burial
Following news of John Abebe’s mother’s burial that filtered in, the high society is agog and its dweller ready to storm Edo State to identify with their own as he bids his late mother farewell in a manner it was learnt will be grand. Madam Theresa Omosebhoa Abebe who passed away in December last year at the ripe age of 89 will be buried in matter of weeks.
Mrs. Abebe was the wife of Dr. Christopher Abebe, the first Nigerian Chairman/Managing Director of United African Company, UAC, and Chairman, Nigerian Breweries Limited. She was a kind and compassionate wife and mother who inculcated the values of hard work, dedication, and humility into her children from an early age. Her home education was the platform that John and his siblings used to launch themselves into successful careers.
John Abebe is the first Nigerian in deep offshore oil exploration. He successfully brought British Petroleum and Statoil into the Nigerian oil scene in 1991. He is a distinguished Alumni award winner of the University of Lagos and the first and only African and Nigerian to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement award of the International Cricket Council.
The late Madam Theresa Abebe was the mother of Stella Obasanjo, the late former first lady who died from surgery complications about one month to her 60th birthday anniversary.
Fifi Ejindu missing in action
Although she’s in her fifties but this society lady cum business woman is so blessed that nothing suggests she’s getting advanced in age.
Until a few years ago, she used to be very popular on the social scene. For reasons best known to her, she took a backseat. A former close friend of Nkiru Anumudu, the duo fell out many years ago and have yet to reconcile despite concerted efforts to ensure the same.
Despite relocating to Abuja several years ago and maintaining a steady presence on the social scene in Lagos, her absence at functions hosted by her ilk in recent times has not gone unnoticed.
Dipo Diya rolls out drum at 75
Lt. General Oladipupo Diya recently added another year to clock 75. With a lot of achievements to show for his earthly sojourn and the miraculous way he escaped death some years back, the Odogbolu, Ogun State-born decided to go all out to celebrate. A lot of eminent Nigerians stormed Lagos, penultimate weekend to felicitate and show gratitude to God on behalf of the birthday boy. Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, led array of important personalities to grace the occasion.
Lieutenant General Oladipo Diya was born on April 3, 1944 to the late High Chief Michael Oyetola Diya and late Chief (Mrs.) Racheal Tanimowo Diya. He was enrolled in Yaba Methodist School in January 1949 for his primary education and completed it in 1956.
He moved to Odogbolu Grammar School where he finished 1962. He started his military career in 1963 when he was admitted to Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA), Kaduna. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in March 1967. He thereafter rose to different positions in the Army. He was appointed Military Governor of Ogun State in January, 1984. In August 1985, he became a member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) and was appointed Commandant, National War College.
In 1993, he became Chief of Defense Staff, and the same year, he was appointed the Chief of General Staff and Vice-Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council (PRC) that is Military Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
General Diya took time off to study Law at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Ahmadu Bello Univerity, Zaira respectively. In 1996, General Diya obtained a Doctorate Degree in Law (Honoris Causa) from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
Florence Ajimobi clocks 60
Although the out-going governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi failed to secure a place at the red chambers of the National Assembly at the just concluded elections, that did not stop the first family of Oyo from basking in the euphoria that their matriarch recently added another year to clock milestone age of 60.
The outgoing First Lady of Oyo State, Florence Ajimobi recently turned 60. Making the day a memorable one, a classy and glamourous thanksgiving service was held in honour of the birthday girl.
On hand to rejoice with Oyo’s first family were the Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; Wife of Ekiti State governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; her Imo State counterpart, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha; Wife of Ogun State Governor-elect, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun; and Wife of the immediate past governor of Osun State, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola, among other dignitaries
Ebenezer Onyeagwu turns new bride
Zenith Bank no doubt has been the centre of attraction in the last few days. That is because there’s been a change in the leadership of the top financial institution.
Following elapse of tenure of Peter Amangbo as the point man, Ebenezer Onyeagwu has become the toast following his appointment as the new Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith bank. Ebenezer’s appointment as the new head is out of adherence to the bank’s tradition and succession strategy of grooming leaders from within. Ebenezer Onyeagwu is a vastly experienced banker and financial expert, trained in reputable institutions of learning in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and United States of America.
Onyeagwu is an Accounting graduate from Auchi Polytechnic. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 during his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) days and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) in 2003.
He has almost three decades experience in the banking industry in Nigeria. He joined Zenith Bank Plc in 2002 as a Senior Manager, in the Internal Control and Audit Group of the bank. His professionalism, competence, integrity and commitment to the set objectives of the bank saw him rise swiftly between 2003 and 2005, first, as Assistant General Manager, then Deputy General Manager, and eventually as General Manager of the bank. He was named Executive Director of the bank in 2013.
He became Deputy Managing Director of the bank in 2016. Onyeagwu has been on the board of Zenith Bank Ghana, Zenith Pensions Custodian Limited, Zenith Nominees Limited and African Finance Corporation (AFC) within the last six years. In AFC, he serves on the Board Risk & Investment Committee (BRIC) and Board Audit & Compliance Committee (BAAC). At Zenith Bank Ghana, he chairs the Board Credit and Governance Committees.
He brings to his job strategic thinking, inspirational leadership, energetic and entrepreneurial skills. He is married with children.
Twenty-one years after, Jay Jay and Nkechi still an item
It was a superlative wedding ceremony that became talk of the town when former Super Eagles captain, Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and his elegant wife, Nkechi, signed the dotted lines to become man and wife. Years into the wedding, unpleasant talks capable of threatening the existence of the union began to fly around concerning the wife.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain’s start, Jay Jay, didn’t give room to the seed of discord in his marriage as he held on to his wife and ensured his home remained intact.
Interestingly, the couple recently celebrated twenty-one years in marriage with two grown up children as fruit of the marriage. Jay Jay has a number of products and service endorsements at his disposal.
Tito Da.Fire features Beenieman, Wouter Kellerman on ‘One Kiss’ album
International Nigerian Afrobeat/Afro-Pop singer, Tito Da.Fire releases the star-studded ‘One Kiss’ album with a unique blend of cultural infusions from Grammy Award winners, Beenieman and world music exponent, Wouter Kellerman, laced with the soulful South African ‘Ndlovu Youth Choir’ on his latest 17 track album carefully crafted over a 3-year period and released on January 11, 2019 by Grindiin Records and distributed worldwide by Next Music South Africa.
Tito Da.Fire’s ‘One Kiss’ Album boasts of an ensemble of songs crafted by skilled musicians across continents, such as the groovy Aizbag produced Afro-Pop/Dancehall theme ‘Beauty From Africa’ featuring Beenieman, whose metaphorical description of beauty is a delight to hear and dance to while Marshall Bryant (Rodney Jerkins, Mary J.Blige, Bone Thugs, Keisha Cole), mixing skills pieced together that thumping sound.
A major highlight of the album is the world music anthem, ‘Freedom Song’, featuring Grammy Award winning Flutist, Wouter Kellerman, whose flute wraps a mellifluous vibe around the chants of Ndlovu Youth Choir and Tito Da.Fire’s melodic voice in what is growing to become the new socio-political song for global freedom movements.
Other songs which infused a smooth blend of cultures are Afro-pop vibe ‘Pop Tins’ featuring Mtv and Mobo award winning singer, 9ice.
‘One Kiss’ album is Tito Da.Fire’s most daring body of work till date as he defined his musical thrust and genre as ‘Ganta Music’, which according to him is lush blend of Afro-pop, world music, Reggae music infused with high percussive rhythms and drums from Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Tale trails Moyosoro Ogunlewe
It is no longer news that handsome and amiable son of former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Moyosore, has decided to toe his father’s footstep as a politician. What could be of interest however that is beyond what many might still be holding unto that the young man is living in the shadow of his father, observation has revealed it’s not the situation as Moyo has evidently moved far from that point to a level where he has created a face for himself in the political arena. Celeb Lounge can freely inform that M.O. as Moyo is fondly called possesses a political image that has become a brand and at the same time is fast soaring. With his father’s image playing a role but much from the cult- like followership Moyo enjoys, it will be recalled on his first outing, he gave popular and powerful Honourable Bayo Osinowo aka Pepper, a run for his money in the contest for Kosofe constituency 1 seat in the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2015.
The legal practitioner turned politician in the just concluded general elections had another shot at House of Assembly seat on the platform of PDP but unfortunately, he lost again to the candidate of APC. Meanwhile, many still view his loss at the poll as a misery based on the goodwill he has as well as how vigorously he reached out to his constituents during the campaign among other necessary preparations he made.
However, Moyo, son of prominent PDP chieftain has been under beam light of some kind to know what his next line of action would be and this in return, has brought gist circulating among those who should know, saying the flourishing lawyer is at the receiving end of overture from the ruling party in Lagos State. An offer is speculatively being dangled at him so that he doesn’t head to the tribunal as they are alleged to be jittery of what the outcome might be. Meanwhile, it was gathered the ruling party stalwart in the area is bent on keeping the area for his party so his record of firm grip of the area is not dented.
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