So, even God knows!


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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‘Stop committing syntactic errors in Yoruba language

Yorubas have been urged to stop committing syntactic errors in Yoruba language, especially with proverbs and other clichés. Mr. Sunday Adeniyi stated this at the last edition of Yoruba Lakotun, a quarterly live audience participatory programme where different creative arts are done and an interview session with a Yoruba writer. Held at Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, the show was hosted by Olutayo Irantiola. Adeniyi, author of Esin Obinrin, Owu Iya gbon and other books, who was the Guest writer at the vent, noted that ‘Yoruba sayings have been bastardised…

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LG autonomy, aberration in federation, Aregbesola insists

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday said those clamouring for autonomy for the local government areas in the country should remember that it remains an aberration that negates the principle of federalism. This was even as the governor said that the 16 years of intensive internecine war among the different groups within the Yoruba enclave was a resistance against one group lording itself over the others, and a direct effort at instituting and preserving federalism. Aregbesola, who insisted that local government councils were under absolute control of states, and that…

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Accord concondiale: The continuous search for Nigeria’s elusive unity (13)


Marilyn Ferguson once opined that achievers have an enabling attitude, realism, and a conviction that they themselves were the laboratory of innovation. Their ability to change themselves is central to their success. They have learnt to conserve their energy by minimizing the time spent in regret or complaint. Every event is a lesson to them, every person a teacher. Same can be said of these great Nigerian iconic achievers, who were themselves laboratory of innovation and change. On this note, we continue our discourse on these great Nigerian icons, Chief…

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I don’t feel old at 40 –Koffi

Koffi Idowu-Nuel, popularly called ‘Tha Guru and Beast of Comedy’ is Nigeria’s most versatile entertainer, comedian, actor, singer, playwright and producer. He’s also a great compere, having hosted big events across various sectors of the economy. Koffi recently released his memoir, ‘Beauty of the Beast: The Scars that made me a Star’ when he celebrated his 40th birthday and nine years wedding anniversary. In this interview with VANESSA OKWARA, he goes down memory lane to recount how it all started Who is Koffi? I’m born to a Togolese mum and…

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Working with Patience Ozokwor in Omugwo was fun –Ayo Adesanya

The African tradition of baby-sitting and its attendant issues have come to the fore again in Mutichoice commissioned movie, Omugwo, done in collaboration with ace producer, Kunle Afolayan. The comic movie subtly highlights all the dramas between grandmas (baby-sitter) and the nursing mother. Its essence was subliminally drafted into the scenes in roles played by the likes of Patience Ozokwor a.k.a. Mama Gee, Omowunmi Dada and others. MORENIKE ADETUNJI and FAVOUR IGBAFEN speak to lead act, Ayo Adesanyo.     How do you feel being on the movie, Omugwo? It’s…

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Ooni’s wife visits Yoruba, Arewa communities, urges peace

The Yeyeluwa  (queen) of Ife,  Wuraola Ogunwusi, has called for the return of brotherly love between the Yoruba and Arewa communities which existed before the recent communal dispute in Ile-Ife. The queen made the call when she visited the communities in Enuwa and Sabo, Ile-Ife, Osun, on Thursday to commiserate with them on the recent clash in which some persons died and properties were destroyed. At Enuwa, Wuraola was received by the committee that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, set up to look into the crisis. “Peace is…

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Afenifere commends Fayose’s policy on education

Ayodele Fayose

Afenifere, the pan Yoruba Socio-Political group yesterday took a critical look at the education in the country particularly the Southwest geo-political zone and singled out Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State for commendation. The mainstream Yoruba organization commended the governor for changing the face of education in the state. Secretary-General of the group, Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, in a statement issued in Akure, the Ondo State capital said Fayose’s feat was evident with the students from the state representing the country in an international School Debate Competition in Singapore According to…

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Tributes to Adefarati, lessons for leaders

Like an eclipse, swiftly, the years passed. And it’s striking to know that it’s exactly 10 years that we lost a political juggernaut in the person of Chief Adebayo Adefarati, former governor of Ondo State. Baba Adefarati, as I knew and addressed him, even before his ascendance to governorship of Ondo State, was appointed twice as a commissioner under the late Yoruba and Afenifere leader, Pa Michael Adekunle Ajasin. He was the state Commissioner for Works and that of Ministry of Transport between 1979 and 1983. Baba was also a…

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