Flood: Lekki, Ajah, Victoria Island, Ibeju Lekki residents lament

Business activities on the Lekki axis, Lagos’ most sought for residential area was, at the weekend, paralysed following torrential rains that almost submerged the axis. Muritala Ayinla takes a look at the experiences of the residents, businesses and government’s plans to tackle the unprecedented flooding in the axis For many residents, workers and business owners in the Lekki axis, the recent downpour and the attendant flooding were an eye opener and a clear indication of the proverbial saying that “not all that glitters is gold.” While many have not only…

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EFCC, humongous money ‘discoveries’ and circus shows

The farcical story that National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Nigeria’s external secret Police, has claimed ownership of the large hill of $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million heretic is total hogwash, bunkun and balderdash. Let this government and its minions credit Nigerians with some modicum of sense and capacity to reason, even with their valiant attempts to cow, browbeat and intimidate all opposition elements and critical voices in their so-called corruption war. At least, not even the terror halo cast on our individual and collective psyche has dulled our analytical minds.…

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DONALD DUKE’S DAUGHTER: I PICKED SAX BECAUSE OF MY DAD

Xerona Duke, the heiress of former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, is both an entertainment lawyer and an Afro-beat exponent. It runs in the blood, plays saxophone and mum sings and plays the piano. The young lady will be performing live with her dad at the Runway Jazz concert in commemoration of Lagos at 50 set to be held on April 30 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. She speaks with LANRE ODUKOYA.     Have you ever been to any music school? Yes, I…

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Abandoned N449m: Suspect in EFCC custody, threatens to reveal owner if…

Bid by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unmask the owners of the abandoned N449, 000,860 which was abandoned in a shop in Lagos, may have started yielding dividends as a suspect, believed to be Bureau De Change (BDC) operator and who is in the know of the abandoned money has threatened to ‘reveal the real identity’ of the owners of the money. The suspect, who is alleged to be a BDC operator, also debunked media reports that the recovered money had been stashed in the shop for…

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House prices fall 28% in Lagos, 58% in Abuja

House prices have continued to nosedive in some locations in Lagos and Abuja despite efforts to revamp the economy by the Federal Government. According to findings by New Telegraph, house prices in Agege, Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos have fallen by 8.6 per cent, 28.6 per cent and nine per cent respectively due to low purchasing power of home seekers and general recession in the economy. Also, five-bedroom houses in Jabi, Abuja, have nose-dived by 58 per cent in first quarter of 2017. Besides, rental values in these locations also fell…

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Gidi Culture Festival: Eko Atlantic to host Diplo, other African artists

Eko Atlantic, Nigeria’s premium rising smart city situated on the shores of Victoria Island, has announced its partnership with Eclipse Live Africa, organisers of Gidi Culture Festival, to host the 4th edition of the festival. While expressing his delight about the partnership, Vice Chairman of South Energyx Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of the Chagoury Group, Mr. Ronald Chagoury Jr, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Eclipse Live Africa in welcoming the world to Eko Atlantic for Gidi Fest2017. Thiseventhasbecomeoneof themost talked about Music events in West Africa. We are…

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PENGASSAN pickets GE over non-payment of salary

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) yesterday picketed the General Electric over non-payment of salaries to some workers of ARCO Group – its servicing company. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PENGASSAN blocked the entrance to General Electric office on Victoria Island, Lagos, from 6a.m. Mr Abel Agarin, the PENGASSAN Lagos Zonal Chairman, who led the protesters, said that General Electric failed to properly settle the workers in 2016. Agarin said that PENGASSAN decided to picket the company because it failed to honour…

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So, even God knows!

BOLA BOLAWOLE TREASURES

Last week’s “The havoc of namechange” was a revelation to many people. Akin, a friend who now lives in the United States, said he never knew me as anything other than Bola Bolawole. And thanks, my brother and friend, Tunji Bakare, for the correction. “Oje” in Yoruba has to do with “Egungun”, that is, masquerades, and not drummers as erroneously interpreted here last week. “Ayan” is for the drummers while “Oje” is for the masquerades. I should have known that because I have many Ayans as friends, such as Ayanbadejo,…

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Macgregor canal begs for attention

Driving downward the 11.8km-long Third Mainland Bridge, reputed to be the longest in West Africa, the first port of call on the island is Obalende. Obalende opens up into Ikoyi, Falomo, Bourdillon, Victoria Island and Lekki, places believed to be highbrow areas in the Lagos megacity. Under the bridge is the MacGregor canal dug by Sir William MacGregor, the governor of Lagos colony (1899 – 1904). The medical doctor, in his effort to combat the prevalent malaria in the region, constructed the canal to drain the swamps. This canal used…

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