OPC warns over eviction threat to Yorubas, raises alarm over plot to gag media

The Oodua People’s Congress, (OPC) has called on leaders and stakeholders in the Southern part of the country to caution the Niger Delta Agitators (NDA), over threat of eviction of Yorubas resident in the region, warning that the backlash of such move may not be palatable. A group, the Niger Delta Agitators was widely reported in the media earlier in the week to have threatened to evict Yorubas from the Niger Delta region. Calling for caution over the threat, the OPC in a statement issued at the weekend with a strong tone of condemnation, submitted that such threat “could…

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The yoruba candlelight glows

Genuine patriots often wonder why our rulers travel the world and encounter awesome civilization and order but fail abjectly to emulate the rudimentary thoughts and ideas that wrought such impressive human accomplishments, much less replicate them in tangible forms here at home. No one has as yet proffered a cogent explanation. To wake up and breakfast in Enugu and proceed to lunch with the Alaafin of Oyo and round it off with an evening homage to the Etsu Nupe is a stunning privilege. And to trek a marathon with the…

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Furore over WAEC’s new examination diet

DISAGREEMENT Less than one week that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) unfolded plans to introduce a new diet for external candidates, key stakeholders have faulted the move, kicking that it would not see the light of the day   While Nigerian students and their parents are yet to recover from the confusion generated by this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), last week, introduced a new diet in its examinations, which has continued to generate debate among stakeholders. With the new diet,…

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Opelope Anointing changed my real name –Evang. Dunni Olanrewaju

The name, Dunni Olanrewaju, may not ring a bell but when one mentions Opelope Anointing, a lot of people readily know who she is. The gospel songstress and founder of Christ Apostolic Church, Opelope Anointing Praise Centre, whose hit track brought to limelight in 2000, speaks to ESTHER BAKARE about the challenges she faced before heeding the call of God, the gospel music industry and sundry issues Can we meet you? My name is Evangelist (Dr) Dunni Olanrewaju, popularly known as Opelope Anointing. I am a gospel musician and founder…

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Fixing of hair is not normal –Yemi Alade

Sultry songstress, Yemi Alade, has travelled round the world, performing and sharing the stage with top international superstars, such as Mary J. Blige, Shina Peters, M.I, Wizkid, Waje and lots of others. She also headlined the Super Diva’s Nite at the 2013 Calabar Festival, and opened the 2013 Headies Awards, popularly referred to as ‘Nigeria’s Grammy Awards’. In 2014, Alade teamed up with award-winning cinematographer, Clarence Peters, to create a music video for her popular single, ‘Johnny’, which now has over 30 million views on YouTube. ABIOLA ALABA PETERS engages…

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Dashing in cropped Agbada for Easter

There seems to be a paradigm shift in what men in Nigeria wear these days to special events; from black tie to traditional outfits. Now, Agbada, the Yoruba flowing wide sleeved robe, usually decorated with embroidery, is fast becoming a trend. Stylish men have taken the Agbada trend to a whole new level as the proudly showcase their African heritage in different styles of Abgada ranging from the free flowing to what is referred to as the cropped Agbada. Different designers now have their own pattern of making Agbada to…

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Ooni’s wife calls for peace, unity

Wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Zainab Ogunwusi, has expressed her absolute belief in the peace and unity of Yoruba land and the entire nation of Nigeria. She made the call recently during her visit to the Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in the Sabo area of Ile-Ife in Osun State. The Ooni’s wife also condoled with members of the Hausa community who lost their loved ones and properties during the recent clash between the Yoruba and Hausa in Ile-Ife. Speaking during the visit, Ogunwusi, who lauded the…

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Night with performance poets in Abuja

It was a rich potpourri of spoken work performances as U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington hosted a “Night With Performance Poets”, in Abuja, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Each year, April is recognised as National Poetry Month in the United States. Titled, “Naija: Life, Love, and the Hustle”, 10 distinguished performance poets and three dance groups entertained an audience from Abuja’s literary, artistic, and diplomatic communities. The performances spoke to the challenges and dreams of people everywhere, telling stories of hope and despair, heartache and humour. In his remark,…

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Cherry: The African star apple

The African star apple, locally called Cherry, is in full bloom. You can see the fruits on sale along the highways and roadsides all over the country, especially in the Southern part of Nigeria. Cherry, botanically called ‘Chrysophyllum albidum’, belongs to the family of ‘sapoteacea’. It is a tropical fruit mainly distributed in the low land rain forest zones and frequently found in villages. It is popularly called ‘Udara’ in Igbo, ‘Agbalumo’ in Yoruba, and ‘Otien’ in Edo. The arrangement of the seeds are in form of asterisks and the…

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‘Amnesty’s allegation against army informed by sentiment’

President of the National Committee of Yoruba Youth (NCYY), Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi, believes that Nigerians are indebted to the nation’s military for the huge sacrifice it has made in ensuring the return of peace in the insurgency ravaged North-East. Wale Elegbede reports You recently led a team to a meeting with the Yoruba community in Maiduguri, Borno State, can you relate your first hand assessment of the security situation in that area? Let me first state that our trip to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, was on the invitation of…

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