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OAU APPOINTS NEW DVCs

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The management of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife has announced the appointment of Professor Bola Babalola and Professor Yomi Daramola as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration respectively. This was contained in a media release on the institution's official Instagram handle @oauniversity as obtained by Ife City Blog on Sunday. According to the release, the appointment of the erudite scholars became imperative for the sustenance of the smooth Professor Ogunbodede-led Vice-Chancellorship. The statement added that their tenure takes effect from August 1st, 2021. Read the full statement: "To ensure the smooth continuity of the Ogunbodede-led administration, the Senate of the University has elected two distinguished scholars, Professor Bola Babalola and Professor Yomi Daramola to occupy the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration respectively. "They will be occupying the positions, whi

I'M COMMITTED TO REDEFINING THE ROLES OF TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - OONI OF IFE

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The Arole Oduduwa, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife has reiterated his commitment to positively shape the roles of traditional institutions in the nation's economic development. Ooni Ogunwusi stated this in a release published on his official Facebook handle @ooniadimulaife as obtained by Ife City Blog on Sunday.  The prominent monarch who had earlier in the week played  host to the South-West winners and nominees of the federal government's MSME clinic program under the office of the Vice-President who came to pay him a courtesy visit at the Ile Oodua, His Palace emphasized the important position MSMEs occupy in nation's economic system and the need for their support of which traditional institutions can play significant roles. According to Ooni who doubles as the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), MSMEs have remained a constant drivers of economic growth and development in recent times e

OLUBUNMI OTUN DONATES MECHANISED BOREHOLE TO APOLLO MARKET, ILE-IFE

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An America-based Ile-Ife indigene who is also an oil and gas tycoon, Mr Olubunmi Otun, in his philanthropic gestures recently facilitated the provision of potable water to the users of Apollo Market Stadium Area, Ile-Ife and the inhabitants of the market environment. The project, a borehole fitted with mechanical pump was commissioned on Thursday 29th July, 2021 by the Executive Chairman of Ife Central West LCDA, Honourable (Bar.) Bisi Oladosu in the presence of the Council members, staffs, market users, residents, representatives of the donor and politicians. In his remarks, Honourable Oladosu lauds the donor for the essential project of a very huge costs to his purse and of vast importance to both the market users, residents and the general public. He saluted him for giving back to his people back home while he encourages others who are well-to-do to emulate him as a matter of obligation and he prays that may Almighty God rewards him in all ramifications and in several folds.

OPINION: THE INTRIGUES OF OSUN POLITICS, FORTHCOMING CONGRESS AND 2022 ELECTIONS

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Author: Musefiu Kolawole His Excellency Adebisi Akande was Osun State Governor at the inception of the Fourth Republic. Unfortunately, there was Oyinlola gap, maybe legitimately at the first instance then crudely illegitimately but after a drawn judicial battle was so removed and so succeeded by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who served for two terms. Despite the two sides of assessment of Ogbeni era in Osun, I would rather be objective and leave his overall testimonials to the public court but I would rather make use of Lagos State as a reference point where The Jagaban BAT, laid the developmental pillars and foundation of the today 'Eko ti ko baje' so also Pa Bisi Akande did here in Osun State. Likewise, BRF, Babatunde Raji Fasola and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode just like Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola continue with the building of the Lagos and Osun State respectively. His Excellency Rauf Aregbesola did his bits and electorally succeeded by our amiable Governor Isiaq Gboyega Oyetola who is ma

OONI CELEBRATES MUSLIMS ON EID EL KABIR, EMPHASIZES PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has congratulated Muslims across the world, especially descendants of Oduduwa over the ongoing Eid-ul-Adha celebration also known as Ileya. According to a statement signed by his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare and obtained by Ife City Blog, Ooni Ogunwusi noted that lessons associated with the season must not be forgotten. I celebrate with my Muslim faithful across the nation on this special Eid day as today marks a fulfilment of the holy injunction of gathering together to celebrate the spirit of sharing, joy and jubilation. As you all fulfil the tenets of Eid Mubarak through sacrifice, I admonish you to immensely uphold in gratitude the values of showing love to one another, representing the spirit of peace and selfless compassion towards your neighbours.  May the blessings of complete obedience to Allah enfold you, your household and our nation, Nigeria. Going further, Ooni Ogun

IYALAJE OODUA: I'M AWARE OF MY DUTIES AND I SHALL DELIVER OPTIMALLY, TOYIN KOLADE PLEDGES

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Moses Olafare The newly installed Iyalaje of Oduduwa Race worldwide(Iyalaje Oodua) Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade, on Saturday stated that she is not unaware of the huge responsibilities and roles attached to her latest status, promising to perform optimally towards wealth recreation as well as human development. The Ilesa born business tycoon cum philanthropist who has been the global promoter of the popular Annual Aje Festival for about half a decade, gave the assurance at the ancient Ile Oodua Palace of The Ooni of Ife in Ile-Ife  before the Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, and a host of other top dignitaries including traditional rulers across Nigeria who took turns to pray for her traditionally. "Through my close relationship with the Arole Oduduwa which I hold in a very high esteem, I have always been close to the traditional institution and I am glad to state that I have learnt a lot enough to last me a lifetime. "Let me be specific

LAGOS BASED INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TYCOON, TOYIN KOLADE INSTALLED AS THE IYALAJE OODUA

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Kayode Olawuni The City of Ife was on Saturday agog in celebrations with the installation ceremony of Princess (Dr) Toyin Kolade as the Iyalaje of the Oodua Race by His Imperial Majesty, the Arole Oduduwa Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife. Aje by the Yoruba pantheon is the goddess of wealth, market profitability and economic prosperity and by her installation therefore as the Iyalaje Oodua, Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade becomes the custodian of all economic and commercial activities for the entire Oodua race, particularly as it relates to coordinating the affairs of mankind vis a vis the spirit of Aje. Until her new honour, Princess Toyin Kolade holds the title of the Iyalaje of Apapa, Lagos State and She is the Global Coordinator of the Annual AJE Festival held in the ancient City of Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba race. The three days ceremony which began on Thursday the 15th of July withnessed a series of activities featuring the performance of important

"IT IS FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT" - OONI PLEDGES AS OYETOLA, OMISORE, OYINLOLA, MONARCHS, OTHERS GATHER FOR IFE GRAND RESORT OPENING

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Moses Olafare The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Friday pledged that the multimillion naira worth Ife Grand Resort and Industrial Park, was established for youth development and capacity building. Ooni Ogunwusi who made the position known at the official opening of the facility along Ife/Ibadan expressway, Ile-Ife, explained that direct employment has been created for over one hundred youths while indirect employment opportunities have equally been created for over five hundred others. In his address through a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Ooni Ogunwusi urged stakeholders especially those in leadership capacities to create platforms capable of engaging the youths productively, to discourage them from involving in criminal acts. "Our father the Ooni is sending a strong message through Ife Grand Resort and Industrial Park to all of us here that we should engage our youths and offer them dependable mentorship. This is

IYALAJE OODUA: AMOSUN, YAHAYA BELLO EMINENT NIGERIANS CONGRATULATE TOYIN KOLADE, LAUDS OONI OVER SELECTION

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Eminent Nigerians including Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and former governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosu have sent felicitations to the business mogul, Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade, ahead of her installation as the Iyalaje of Oduduwa Race worldwide(Iyalaje Oodua) by the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife.  In a statement on Wednesday by his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare who doubles as Secretary of the Installation Planning Committee, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi had earlier 3 months ago announced the selection of Princess Kolade as the Iyalaje Oodua who will be officially installed on Saturday July 17th, 2021 at the Ile Oodua Palace of The Ooni of Ife in Ile-Ife.  In their separate congratulatory letters, the personalities who described Princess Kolade's appointment as the insertion of the right peg in the right hole, lauded the Ooni over such excellent appointment. Felicitating with th