11 Jun 2016

Yoruba Actor Accused Of Impregnating 3 Ladies, Now Having Troubles With Babymama



Even a fine boy who has money is in trouble without self-discipline, not to talk of the one who 'dances' with just any woman who has money to spend on him. Funny enough, this saga isn't that straight.

Esabod observed that a babymama drama is brewing between Yoruba actor Mustapha Ololade and a big girl Seyi after she claimed he slept with her, she spent her money on him, he got her pregnant [she's 5 months pregnant now] and he's busy celebrating his new baby with another lady.

Babymama Fight: Yoruba Actor Mustapha Exposes Lady Who Started The Mess



When big girl Seyi accused Yoruba actor Mustapha Ololade of having three kids from different ladies and also impregnating and abandoning her with 5 months pregnancy, I told you guys that the saga is not as straight as she was painting it. Well, there is more to the money, s*x and pregnancy drama...

Seyi was using different names to comment against Mustapha. He finally replied her. The actor has exposed the lady making accusations to tarnish his image. It seems they had an affair that produced a son but she denied him and now using the child against him. Her name is Juwon Quadri, she is an actress.

This woman is far older than that boy. I wonder what she was thinking before opening her legs for him. This is

Men are their own enemies …



It amuses me when women are accused of being each other’s worst enemies, leaving the men folk with a ‘saintly’ gloat of sorts. But if the things I am going to point out (below) are not the worst kind of ‘enmity’ that anybody can show to one of their kind, then I will need to embark on a study of sorts to actually determine what constitutes ‘enmity’ from one to another…especially to one’s own kind!

Uche Ogbodo speaks about her personal demon





Popular actress, Uche Ogbodo, has not been as vibrant on the television screen as she used to be some years ago. Prior to now, the screen diva was in virtually all movies released till she got married and subsequently got pregnant.

#CHOBS2016: Fashola, Banky W, others spotted at Noble Igwe’s star-studded wedding (PHOTOS)




Notable personalities graced the wedding of the CEO, 360Nobs, Noble Igwe who got married toChioma Otisi on Saturday, June 11.
From captains of industries to entertainment figures, it was a display of affluence, sophistication and glamour at the wedding whose reception is taking place at the Landmark event center.

‘The last thing my father said to me was…’ – Amodu Shuaibu’s son



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Abdul-Aziz Amodu, the eldest son of the late technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amodu Shuaibu, has shared with the world, the last conversation he had with his father.

HAA: Who Is Trying To Mislead President Buhari?



Dele Momodu just wrote a piece titled - Before They Mislead President Buhari. Read below...

Let me say categorically and emphatically that our dear beloved country is dangerously haemorrhaging again and this perfidious drift must be halted urgently before we all end up in perdition. Anyone telling President Muhammadu Buhari that all is well or that his government is moving in the right direction is either lying or pretending like a rattlesnake. 

I Warned Keshi; I even wrote a letter to him – Prophet Ayodele Opens Up



It is better a Prophet did not give you any message, than for you to ignore after hearing from him...
The popular Spiritual Head of INRI Church, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, who like other Nigerians, is still sad over the death of former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has disclosed that he actually warned the soccer legend to seek the face of God after the AFCON 2013 Nations Cup.

Ooni Of Ife, His Wife & Entourage Off To UN Headquarters In New York (Pictures)



The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja ll, along with his wife, Olori Wuraola, and
his entourage, are off to the headquarters of the United Nations, in New York, United States of America on Friday, June 10, 2016…See more pictures below

10 questions you need to stop asking Muslims during Ramadan



Muslims all over the world have started their fasting during this Ramadan month and while they are expected to abstain from food and water from dawn to dusk, they still have to deal with series of questions especially from non-Muslims who are curious about Ramadan.

I REGRET DESIGNING MY BODY WITH TATTOO- KEMI AFOLABI



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Only few Nigerian celebrities are not tattoo-freak and some of those who have several designs on various parts of their bodies are wallowing in regrets and that is the case of popular actress, Kemi Afolabi.

According to her, she tattooed her body out of youthful exuberance,"That was youthful exuberance. I got the tattoo before I became an actress. When I was in UNILAG, there was a woman who owned a

I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE ‘CHANGE’ APC IS PREACHING AGAIN…9ICE



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Singer, 9Ice seems to be confused with his APC political party which he is a card carrying member and has political appointment with.
The singer recently speaking with hiptv about his view on ‘Change’ is party preached about and what is now obtainable, stated that it is unclear how the change works.

CONGRATS: KING SUNNY ADE FLOATS RADIO STATION



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Yippee! King sunny Ade has just made his much awaited dream come through. The singer has nursed this project for a while and has successfully achieved it.
He is now a proud owner of a radio station named MandC FM. The Fm will be launched tomorrow, after a three weeks test run.

OUCHI: ‘SLEEPING’ WITH DOG MADE ME WHO I’AM TODAY…COSSY ORJIAKOR BRAGS



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Nollywood actress, Cossy Orjiakor, is seriously gracing various movie location these days and it seems Baba God has picked up her call as she has been very busy.
The actress is currently on set of a movie produced by Zeb Ejiro, where she is playing the role of a house maid along with Bukky wright who happens to be her boss.

ACTRESS, LOLA MAGRET ACCUSED OF SUFFERING FROM POVERTY MENTALITY



Nollywood actress, Lola Magret, is not not having it rosy with one of her fans as she was recently put in a tight corner after she was alleged to have insulted a fan who had dropped a comment on her page.
The actress had sang a song by 9ice and the fan described the song as being local which to her was

LOBATAN: NOLLYWOOD ACTRESS VOWS TO TAKE OVER HER SISTER’S HUSBAND... SEE WHY !



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There is no such thing as a perfect marriage, every marriage is faced with one challenges or the other.
Your ability to manage the excesses of your marriage determines how well that marriage would last.
One of the problems that rock some marriages is the issue of ‘the other woman’ when another woman tries to ruin your home, then only God can save you from her claws.

ANNA BANNER IN TROUBLE AFTER COMMENTING ON THE PAGE OF HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS, TARAJI PHENSON

 Anna Banner might be doing some rethink lately about her life thus far. We all know that it’s not an easy thing to be a baby mama with no sign of wedding alert coming from the baby daddy.
The ex beauty queen is not the only baby mama of flavor, and the singer made it known in an interview recently, that marriage is not in his plan.
Hollwood actress, Taraji Phenson wrote an encouraging post, saying : "ladies, just a reminder that there are better looking men out there with an extra inch than the one who’s playing games with you."
Anna simply commented, calling the quote a food and thought, and declared that she just loves the actress.
Fans obviously linked it to Flavour, and harsh comments started pouring out.
See comments below:
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TOYIN ADEWALE CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY WITH 'EKO' (PHOTOS)



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Nollywood actress, Toyin Adewale, is not just happy at her success so far but also happy for a good life and opportunity to see her kids make it as they grow.
The actress recently turned a year older and she decided to share her day with fans to show how God has taken her from one height to another.

“YOU ARE NOT WELCOME TO INDIA PEOPLE WITH DARK SKIN”



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URGENT INDIA! Few weeks ago after Congolese singer SOLO INDIEN FEAT. GENERAL ZOOZ about ANTI AFRICAN RACISM in India, ANOTHER RACIAL ATTACK IN NEW DELHI (INDIA)
A Congolese national has been attacked around Vasant Kunj, he was beaten and attacked with stones. He was taken to the hospital only to be reported dead on arrival. Name: OLIVIER MASONGA

Shocking: Fashola turned me into a criminal - Kidnapper



kidnapperInvestigation had been ongoing on the abduction of Alonge Oluwa Tumishe, a four-year-old boy in January 2013 by a five-man kidnap gang – The kidnappers were said to have demanded for a ransom of N5 million for the boy’s release after

Oyo State Gang slaughters kidnap victim after member’s arrest by police



The Oyo State Police Command said a kidnap victim, Alhaji Adamu Auta, was slaughtered by his abductors even after the victim family agreed to pay a ransom of N2.5m.

States not ready for Buhari’s national school meal project scheme …say no fund to implement scheme



The much-touted Federal Government’s national Home-Grown School Feeding Programme launched in Abuja on Thursday may suffer a setback as many state governments complain of lack of financial resources to embark on the project, investigation by Saturday PUNCH has revealed.

15 things you may not know about Shaibu Amodu



The death of NFF Technical Director and former Super Eagles coach, Shaibu Amodu, has rocked the football world and thrown Nigerians into mourning, days after the shocking death of football legend Stephen Keshi.
As football lovers and Nigerians in general mourn the demise of Amodu, one of the country’s most successful coaches, we look at 15 things you probably may not have known about him:

URGENT INDIA: AFRICAN GIRL BEATEN BY 20 INDIANS MAN-Video



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A week after a man from Congo was beaten to death in Vasant Kunj, seven African nationals were allegedly attacked by a group of 10 men within a span of half-an-hour inside a bylane in south Delhi’s Chhatarpur. The victims — three men and four women — said the attackers hurled racial slurs at them and beat them up with iron rods, sticks, bricks and cricket bats. The incidents took place in a bylane of Rajpur Khurd village in Chhatarpur Thursday.

Shocking! Community where old women marry young ladies



Eighty-three-year old Nwanyidinma looked disconsolate as she sat in front of her thatched, mud house. There was no one to keep her company apart from her little ‘bingo’ dog and a host of chicken strolling round her premises. Occasionally, she used the horsetail in her hands to chase the dog away from the chicken. In the animal world, it would not be out of place to conclude that the animals were playing hide and seek in this peaceful environment. That, however, is not for Nwanyidinma.

Forced to ‘make love’ to wall: Bizarre, nasty newcomer ‘initiation ceremony’ among Nigerian prison inmates



As dreaded as Nigerian prisons are, if you think that admission into the ranks of inmates is free, think again. In this report, KUNLE FALAYI sheds light on some of the funny and sometimes downright nasty ‘initiation’ practices that guarantee a newcomer a ‘pass’ into the belly of the beast

Abandoned by Children: pathetic stories of senior citizens living as beggars



On Monday, May 23, 2016, a heavy rainfall in Lagos lasted about six hours. But while every man and woman, child and even animal ran for cover, 66-year-old Abiodun Adekunbi sat quietly on the median demarcating the road around the popular Ijaye Bus Stop in the Ijaye-Ojokoro area of the state.
Sitting alone and motionless without making any effort to dash for cover drew the curiosity of many residents who saw her from afar as few people ran to her to urge her to seek shelter.
But the elderly woman simply looked glumly on as she hugged herself. All entreaties by traders and passersby to encourage her to leave the rain fell on deaf ears.
By the time the rain stopped, residents of the area had called officials of the Kick Against Indiscipline, who came to the scene to help the woman.
Suggestions were made to give her food to restore her strength as she looked famished and tired. An official of Kick Against Indiscipline, Mr. Olusanya Temitope, bought a plate of rice and a bottle of soft drink for her, which Adekunbi accepted and promptly ate.
After the food, it became clear that she was an educated woman and one of our correspondents, who was at the scene decided to dig into her life and where she came from.
The elderly woman, who could clearly speak good English, told our correspondent in the earshot of shocked sympathisers who had gathered around her, that she had been sleeping on the street for months with the hope of locating her only surviving daughter whose whereabouts she did not know.
No one could have taken a look at Adekunbi and say she was once a respectable senior nurse at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos. But that is exactly the case.
She said her dream was to spend her retirement from the active service of the LUTH in leisure activities such as watching television, reading inspirational books and engaging in civic and religious programmes with her husband.
 “I dreamt of seeing my grand-children and assisting in nurturing them. I love children a lot. I would have loved to help in taking care of my grandchildren,” she said.
But 22 years after 66-year-old Adekunbi, a native of Iyin Ekiti in Ekiti State retired form LUTH, all she became was a homeless woman living off the street.
 “My love for children was why I chose to become a nurse – a profession I loved so much until I retired as a Senior Nursing Sister from LUTH in 1994,” the elderly woman said.
With sad eyes, that seemed to have seen a lot of crying, Adekunbi said all she had worked for and acquired in her many years of active service at LUTH had perished in her presence.
She said, “Neither my family members nor my daughter has bothered to look after me in my state of helplessness.
 “I am from Iyin Ekiti in Ekiti State. I had four children – three girls and one boy. Unfortunately, I lost the first three. The last one, Omolola, got married a few years ago. But I don’t know her whereabouts now. She only came to take me to her house in Agege immediately after she got married where I spent a few days with her, but I can’t locate the place again. I don’t know her telephone number and she has not called me.”
Asked if she could recognise the only surviving daughter if she saw her, she said, “Why not? Why won’t I be able to recognise my own daughter?”
There were initial doubts about her sanity when she was rescued but it became clear when she began to tell her life’s story that she was sane and lucid.
Adekunbi, who was shivering as a result of the heavy rain that had drenched her that day, vividly recalled the address of her former house. According to her, she left the house and started wandering the streets when she could no longer lay her hands on any food to eat let alone pay her rent.
She said, “I used to live in a one-roomed apartment at 5, Olatunji Aregbe Street, Ijegun, Lagos State. My landlord’s name is Mr. Olatunji. But paying rent is no longer possible for me. I have not even eaten anything for the past three days.”
Her explanation on how she had been surviving since she retired from LUTH drew out tears from sympathisers when she said that she had lost contact with one Mr. Atta, the man who she claimed was giving her information on her pension.
She said, “Immediately after we retired, we were informed that we would be collecting our pension in Abuja, but I lost contact with Mr. Atta, who was helping me with information and sometimes assisted me to collect the money. I have not been able to locate him for some years now.
“I also lost my two ATM cards and diary on the day my third child, Omolara, died, and I could not contact anyone as regards my pension. Since then, my life has turned from bad to worse.”
Adekunbi alleged that her late Edo State-born husband, Augustine, sold the only plot of land she owned which she hoped to build a modest house on after retirement from LUTH, to his mistress.
“This is not the kind of life I planned to live in retirement. I could not imagine that my husband could sell my land on Debora Olayinka Street, Igando, to his mistress. He died not long after he sold my land,” the retired senior nursing sister said.
For Adekunbi, all her life’s belongings are few scanty items she carried in a black polythene bag.
In the polythene bag were a pair of bathroom sleepers, a hand bag, bra and a wrist watch.
When one of our correspondents visited LUTH on May 24, 2016 to confirm if Adekunbi actually retired from the hospital, officials at the public relations unit of the hospital, said the spokesperson, who they claimed was the only person that could confirm the issue, was not around.
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The officials, however, asked the correspondent to officially apply for the information being sought with the promise to get the information across to him when the hospital’s spokesperson was back.
But as of the time of filing this report, the hospital had yet to either deny or confirm that Adekunbi retired from the hospital.
Stories like that of Adekunbi raise a lot of questions about the care of the elderly and social services generally in the country.
Just last week, Saturday PUNCH reported the case of 62-year-old landlord, Alhaji Owolabi Jibril, in Ogba area of Lagos, who has been living in squalor and forced to beg for alms on the side of the road, saying he had been abandoned and forgotten by his children.
Family support for the elderly in Nigeria still remains a big issue considering the fact that there is no robust social scheme for the care of senior citizens in the country.
According to the United Nations Population Fund, around 2.8 per cent of the 403 million people living in West and Central Africa are made up of elderly people aged 65 and upwards. That is about 11.3 million elderly people who have to depend on traditional family care.
Increasingly, more elderly people are becoming vulnerable to the point of being homeless when such family care does not materialise.
Nigeria’s Global AgeWatch report card is instructive on the terrible plight of the elderly in the country.
With 8.2 million people aged over 60, the report says Nigeria has only five per cent of people over 65 receiving a pension. On top of this, it states that only a fraction of people aged 65 and above have relatives or friends they can count on when in trouble.
Unfortunately, for such elderly people, hunger and search for survival turn them to beggars and homeless people like Adekunbi.
She is currently in custody of the state government as our correspondent who spoke with her, monitored her case to the point when she was transferred to the custody of the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
There are many cases like that of this old nurse.
Last week, a Twitter user shared the photographs of a woman, who had lived under a trader’s table on the street for days at the Iyana Ipaja bus terminus in Lagos, as her relations who were notified of her plight allegedly refused to show up until two weeks after when our correspondent was told she had finally been taken away by some unidentified individuals.
Noticeably, every major city in Nigeria, has so many of such elderly people milling around bus terminal, abandoned and forgotten by family members.
Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has an abundance of such cases.
Among the crowd of beggars milling around Iwo Road in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on a sunny Thursday afternoon, nothing stood Mama Abeni out.  Like every other individual begging for alms at the bus terminus that day, anybody that passed by was a potential source of meal for her.
Her gaunt frame and hollow eyes socket were the telltale signs of a hard life. And truly, life has been hard for Mama Abeni. This much became clear when one of our correspondents approached her to tell her story.
She is popularly known as Mama Abeni among the regulars in the area and she requested she be referred to as that.
Mama Abeni agreed to talk only after assurance that she would “get something” from one of our correspondents.
She could not say what her age exactly is but looked like she could be in her mid-60s.
Mama Abeni explained that she came to Ibadan from Bida, Niger State, where she had lived with her husband, now late, for 40 years.
“My two adult children left Bida five years ago before their father’s death. After my husband’s death, I was alone despite being old and not able to do much for a living.
“They never returned to take care of me. Their father died three years ago and they were contacted. They came for the burial and left two days after, promising to come back and resettle me in Osogbo but that was the last time I saw them.
“I was selling kolanut but I no longer have the strength to go on. I was told that my children live in Ibadan. With no help from neighbours, I decided to come here to look for them through one of our relatives,” she said.
“Six months ago, I got to a house where I was told my daughter lived in. Nobody could tell me where she moved to. Here I am now, begging for what to eat under the bridge. I don’t know if my children are even alive because if they are, they would have visited me in Bida.”
Abeni told our correspondent that she slept in mosques and churches and bathed in a stream.
“I came here with nothing but I am trying to gather enough money through alms so that I can rent a room. If I decide to return to Bida, which family do I know there? If I go to Osogbo, our hometown, what would I do there? I have been sleeping in mosques and churches and I bathe sometimes in a stream around here early in the morning.”
Asked if she had not met any of her relatives while begging, Abeni said it was almost impossible because she had lost touch with many of them while living in Bida.
For every old man or woman, who is found begging for food or money to eat on any street, there is a family somewhere.
The streets of Ibadan are today flooded with beggars from virtually every part of the country.
Pathetically, among them are old women who said they had to beg to fend for themselves because their children abandoned them. They are mostly found in Mokola roundabouts and under the bridge in Iwo Road, running after every vehicle. Sometimes, they risk being crushed by vehicles. In their desperation to get money from their target, they even embarrass them by refusing to leave the side of the windows.
Gerontologist and lecturer of Sociology at the Lagos State University, Dr. Olanrewaju Ajiboye, explained that the increasing number of elderly people becoming beggars in the country is a danger sign for the society.
He said, “It shows the degenerative level of our cultural value. Elderly people were seen in those days in the African traditional society as the intermediary between the living and those who have passed. They were also seen as the repository of knowledge the society tapped from. Those who survive to reach such advanced ages used to be valued and respected. No decisions were taken without consulting them. Sometimes, their words were like laws. That was why the society, even outside their immediate families made it a responsibility to take care of them.
“But today, a lot has changed. Even though a lot more people reach advanced age now as a result of advancement in technology and medical science, yet the society value the elderly lesser and lesser.
“However, there is the issue of how well parents too train their children. If you happen to meet some of the children of some of those elderly people, they would have their story to tell also. There is what you call the principle of reciprocity. If you give your children sound education and good to them, their is the tendency that they will look after you when you become old.  But no matter what, it is always a bad thing to abandon one’s parents.”
Dr. Ajiboye said the government has also disappointed elderly people in the country as a result of lack of comprehensive social services for them.
According to him, pension, which is sometimes referred to as a form of social security is “mere paperwork” in the country.
The don said, “What is the percentage of people who have worked in the formal sector of the economy? They are just around five per cent, which is very insignificant. What about those who worked in the informal sector?
“It is unfortunate that when people become frail and are not able to work in Nigeria, the government has no provision for them. To make matters worse, I can say with certainty that there is no geriatric doctor or nurse in Nigeria. This is to show how seriously the government takes the issue of the elderly in the country.”

BREAKING: Super Eagles coach Amodu Shuaibu is Dead



The mystery of life is getting clearer by the day, you can be all ok yesterday and be dead today. You don't know what tomorrow holds for you. We should all continue to try our best to live right.

Just about 24 hours after he signed the death condolence register of Stephen Keshi, super eagles technical coach, Amodu Shaibu has died. He was 58. The NFF has confirmed his death. How sad!

Drowned UNILAG Ladies Buried Amidst Tears



But we do not want you to be uninformed brothers about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. Therefore, mourn not, cry not, grieve not; but rather give thanks to God for the life lived,” these were the soothing words of Pastor Biodun Alimi, the officiating minister during the funeral for Adesola Olubola Ogunmefun and Funmilayo Odusina, the two students of the University of Lagos who drowned at the Elegushi beach earlier this week.

Despite the advice from the man of God, family members and friends of the two young women could not hold back their tears, as they wept bitterly while paying their last respect.

Their remains were retrieved from the Lagos General Hospital, Marina, Lagos and moved to the Private Vaults Garden, a section of the Ikoyi Cemetry in Lagos. It was a solemn environment as deafening silence enveloped the entire area. And the people, all wearing mournful faces, started arriving in groups of two and more as the mourners found their way to the already set grave.

According to The Nation, as the lone voice of the officiating minister boomed out, it reverberated far and struck an emotional button in the families of the deceased, as they broke down in tears.

At exactly 12pm, the remains of the two were simultaneously committed to mother earth with their graves not far apart from each other. Their friends, all wearing yellow T-shirts that had the pictures of Adesola and Funmi boldly plastered on it, wore long faces as they tried to cope with their loss.

The deceased were nevertheless showered with numerous encomiums and tribute as their lives and times were recounted. According to Sunmibola Ogunmefun: Shola, my consolation is 1 Thessalonica, verse 13 and 18. Very simplistic, you have never been the kind to take things too seriously and your smile is always from ear…(I use ‘is’ because I know you are still smiling). Keeping malice with you was futile; you would always find way to break the ice and even now you won’t let me be angry at you. I guess you would have to scrub the gas cooker myself now, you promised you were going to do it this week.’

‘You are in the right place, not a single house chore; all you have got to do is sing your heart out, chill in your mansion, enjoy the feel of gold under you feet and keep smiling Shokuro (my talkative sister); I know you don’t understand why we are sad, I can imagine you staring at us as though we were are silly,’ she said.

Shortly before their remains were interred, families, colleagues and friends of Adesola Olubola Ogunmefun and Funmilayo Odusina mustered strengths to pay tributes to the two. In her brief tribute, Adesola’s younger sister,nsaid: ‘Adesolami, I really don’t know what to say. Can I ever survive without you? I miss you; miss the fact that no one will be beating my breast. RIP baby.

Aikulola Olu, a friend, said: “I kept hoping I would wake up on Tuesday morning and find out was just like a very bad dream. You would be back to hounding me on my personal life as usual. Unfortunately, this seems to be the reality. I choose to believe God has a reason. I most definitely won’t forget you and I will try to loosen up and live life to the fullest like you advised me constantly.”

Another friend, Lanre Akinwale, said he found it incomprehensible to admit the reality of their death, saying, “each time I have to contend with the reality of your death, what comes to my mind is your smile. When we met at a ceremony in Ikeja on Saturday, 4th of June, you were full of joy, happiness and enthusiasm. We dined and danced together. While you were leaving the venue in the company of a senior colleague, you waved your hand; I thought you meant to say bye, but I never thought you were actually bidding me farewell.”

Also paying their tribute, members of staff of the Ministry of Education, Ogun State, where she worked as the Personal Assistant to the Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, described Adesola as a wonderful intellect of matchless courage.

In a statement, they said: “Adesola Ogunmefun strived hard to make sure that all our Model Schools are on point; she didn’t relent in her effort until she lost her life. She was extremely dedicated to her duty and was loyal to her Principal. We will miss your perpetual smile, the winkle in your dark brown eyes that would be the envy of any man.”

It will be recalled that the Post-Graduate Students of the University of Lagos, Funmi, 24 and Adesola 27 died last Sunday while celebrating the birthday of a friend a Elugushi Beach, Lagos.

While consoling the bereaved families, the officiating minister, who spoke on the transiency of, said the bereaved must be grateful for the fact that the dead knew God before their demise, saying that a life without Jesus was a waste. He said death was an inevitable phenomenon for all and sundry and urged people to make positive impacts on others and leave indelible mark as they go about their daily lives. According to him, though their time on earth was short, they made their marks in the lives family members, friends and colleagues.

TB Joshua's Collapsed Church Crisis: Hotel Owners Cry Out... We Are Losing Money



Hoteliers in Ikotun area of Lagos State are currently bemoaning their loss due to low occupancy rate in most of the hotels. According the hoteliers, since the Synagogue Church of All Nations accident and the consequent disagreement with the Lagos government, the hotels have lost over N3.9billion revenue.

Speaking to journalists, hoteliers under the aegis of Pilgrims Hostels Association of Nigeria, said the total number of bed spaces of different categories for all the hotels in the Ikotun area stands at about 3,500.
Before the accident, the hotels had 100 percent occupancy rate in three days of every week due to the programmes in the church. Sadly, at the moment, the occupancy rates currently fluctuate between 10 per cent and zero all week long.

According to them, what this meant was that in these three days, instead of having their normal 3500 bed spaces sold, they could only boast of 350 rooms occupied.

Speaking further on the issue, one of the hoteliers, Chief Jerry Omoridion said, “We have been crying for a long time and the government does not seem to understand our plights. It is a serious issue for us because our means of sustenance is currently being wiped out. Before the unfortunate incident at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, cumulatively, we have a total of about 3500 hotel bed spaces. I am not adding some of these hotels there were in the process on coming on board but had to stop since the accident.

“The hotels have different categories of rooms, but for you people to understand the enormity of our lost, let me peg the room rates at just N5,000, that is the cheapest room rate in any decent hotel in Ikotun. Before the accident, we were having 100 per cent occupancy rate on at least three days in a week, this may sound unbelievable. You are members of the press, go round and do your investigations. But now, the occupancy rate in these three days is less than 10 per cent. Many of my colleagues have reduced their staff to the barest minimum; some of us are doing the jobs we used to employ and pay workers to do, since we can’t afford to employ now due to bad business climate.

“With a 10 per cent occupancy rate only about 350 rooms are sold by our members every night. Many had zero occupancy severally. What it means is that 3150 empty rooms, at N5,000 minimum per night, we are losing about N15,750000 per night. In a month the lost is put at N189,000000. If the figure is multiplied by 21 months, you have a whooping N3,969,000,000 as lost of revenue. This is just a conservative estimate. Think about the multiplier effect on the economy of the area. You can understand why we are shouting loudly. I am just talking about three days that we were sure of patronage.”

Asked what he was expecting the government to do since the case was already in court, Omorodion cuts in: “Look, this is a tourist destination. No area in Nigeria has a steady inflow of inbound tourists like Ikotun in Lagos. Go and do your research. Let me digress, I want you to go to the airport cab operators find out how this has affected their business.

“We insist that the government should understand that being a destination, all over the world, when there is accident, they should put in machineries to get to the root of the accident, take punitive action where necessarily without portraying the destination as unsafe and also overtly discouraging people from visiting there. Like the stampede in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015, more than 2000 pilgrims lost their lives. The country, knowing the importance of religious tourists, took necessary steps and quietly moved ahead. The Synagogue accident happened on September 12, 2014, since then we have been deprived of our livelihood due to the hostile signals from the government.

“As a country, we should be able to learn from those that know better than us. Let us borrow a leaf from other countries and learn how they manage crisis at a tourist destination. They manage in a way that ensures the safety of the lives and properties of tourists without harming the destination. What can of business do they expect us to go into?”

He explained that the figure he gave was just from the hospitality industry, by the time other ancillary business in Ikotun that depend on tourists add up their figures, the lost would be much more than this.

Omorodion called on the government to take a second look at the current impasse as regards the Synagogue Church and create better atmosphere for tourism to grow.

Ikotun, a Lagos suburb, is the host community to the Synagogue Church of All Nations. The community has become a tourist destination to many local and inbound tourists.

Christians come from all over the world to worship at the church with about two million local and inbound tourists visiting annually, before the unfortunate incident.
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