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HOW TO APPLY FOR THE 2021 UK GOVERNMENT'S CHEVENING SCHOLARDHIP

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The Federal Scholarship Board under the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja has released application guidelines for the 2021 United Kingdom Chevening Scholarship. The Board management in a release on Monday stated that the application for the scholarship which offers financial scholarship for Master's Degree studies in any UK University as well as gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional and cultural experiences is open to all eligible Nigerians.  Interested applicants, according to the release are to visit the the application page at www.chevening.org/scholarship for detailed information and then apply. The statement further noted that the application opened to candidates on 3rd of August and will close on 2nd November 12:00 GMT, 2021 and that the Board can be contacted via 09082454557 or 08075247831 or visit www.chevening.org for more information.

AJILESORO COMMENCES BATCH 2 OF AGRI-PRENEURSHIP TRAINING AND EMPOWERMENT

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The federal lawmaker representing Ife Federal Constituency, Hon. Taofeeq Abimbola Ajilesoro has  commenced the second batch of Agri-preneurship intensive training and empowerment program. Hon. Ajilesoro in a statement obtained from his media office on Monday maintained that the training in Agri-business is yet another concerted effort to emancipate constituents, boost agricultural practices and assist in the provision of alternative sources of income for the good people of Ifeland, According to him, the initiative is aimed at boosting agriculture, food production and self-wealth creation index of his constituency, adding that the programme will cover over 150 constituents across Ifeland with some other constituents from Atakunmosa west Local Government as a sequel to the previous 150 beneficiaries who were trained last August on Cocoa and Plantain production. The lawmaker upon declaring the program open via video conversation, highlighted Agri-preneurship as a goldmine waiting to be ta

OSUN APC IMBROGLIO; THE BITTER CONSEQUENCE OR ELSE THE AVERSION - Tajudeen Lawal

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I would rather address this avoidable quagmire our party have been thrown into as a progressive member of our dear party, APC, like an average member everywhere who toil tirelessly to sustain and even improve the electoral strength of the Party over and above the status quo from ward to National level. I was a Local Government Chairman for the better part of the Governorship of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who I've been an ardent disciple from the outset of the formation of Oranmiyan and I, together with my people, gave our all towards the success of our esteemed Ogbeni all through from clinching the party ticket for the First term to his final day in office in 2018 when he gloriously took his bow constitutionally. The Party is supreme and continuous while office holders serve and leave. Towards 2018, clearly and evidently I was among the Ileri Oluwa Torchbearers in Ile-ife, Ifeland and statewide and now under the banner of our dear party APC, His Excellency Isiaq Gboyega Oyetola is our

REFLECTIONS AS U.S REMEMBERS 9/11

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From left, former President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg’s partner Diana Taylor, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., stand for the national anthem during the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on Saturday, Sept. 11, in New York. PHOTO: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/POOL PHOTO VIA AP 9/11 is an event commemorating the series of sad and coordinated horrific terrorist attacks against the United States orchestrated by the al-Qaeda terrorist group leader, Osama Bin Laden on September 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks which remain the deadlist in human history involved the hijacking and crashing of four airliners at strategic locations in the States leading to the death of nearly 3,000 people and destruction of properties worth over $10 billi

SEXUAL SCANDAL: THE GOVERNING COUNCIL ACTED WRONGLY - DISMISSED OAU LECTURER, MOSOBALAJE SPEAKS OUT

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A lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr. Adebayo Mosobalaje who was dismissed on Tuesday by the University Governing Council has described his sacking as unjustifiable. In an exclusive interview with THE PUNCH on Wednesday, the lecturer faulted the judgement of the University authorities, maintaining that his dismissal was a wrong decision and vowed to appeal the case.  According to him, the Governing Council acted against the recommendations of the Joint Senate and Council Disciplinary Panel which investigated the case, adding that there was never a petition written against him by any student. “The lady in question recorded the audio in 2017 but the University started the investigation in 2018. The Centre for Gender, an organ of the University wrote the letter of complaint on behalf of the lady. So, the Centre was the complaint and members of the Centre were also invited by the University Investigative Panel as witnesses. “I

SEXUAL ASSAULT: OAU SACKS ANOTHER LECTURER

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A lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr Adebayo Mosobalaje has been dismissed by the University's Governing Council for an alleged sexual harrasment against a female student. The University's Public Relations Officer Abiodun Olanrewaju made this known in a statement on Tuesday. According to the release titled "Sexual Harrasment, OAU Dismisses Another Lecturer", the decision to sack the lecturer came up following the report of a Joint Committee of Council and Senate which investigated the case and found him guilty. The University, in the statement maintained that the judgement served on the lecturer was in line with its commitment to making OAU an institution of higher learning that would be free from all forms of harrasment and intimidation. The statement reads in part: "In its avowed determination to rid the University of any form of sexual intimidation, harassment and, or coercion, the Governing Co

WHITEMONEY, LIQUOROSE ANNOUNCED WINNERS OF THE BBNAIJA S6 ORIJIN PARTY CONTEST

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Two housemates of the Big Brother Naija Season 6, the Shine Ya Eye edition have both won the Saturday Night Orijin BBNaija Party Competition with a cash prize of N1.5 million each. Orijin brand in a release via its official verified Instagram handle on Monday maintained that the decision to reward the two housemates came up as they both topped the lists of contenders on the two platforms where the contest were held. Part of the statement reads: "You voted. We counted. We had two top contenders on  each platform. So we thought, what's better than rewarding one housemate? Rewarding two housemates. "Meet our Most Orijinal BBNaija Housemates at the #OrijinBBNaijaParty (2021). Congratulations Orijinals, you helped your faves win 1.5million Naira Each". Orijin had during the last Saturday night party hosted by the brand at the Big Brother Naija house conducted an online votes contest on their Facebook and Instagram pages wherein fans were asked to vote for the "Most O

OPINION: WHO IS THE MOST SUPREME AMONG YORUBA OBAS?

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By Wasiu Aromire Who is in search of the most supreme Yoruba oba? Again, for the umpteenth time, this trivial issue is being ludicrously raised.  Though raising this issue has become the trademark of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, whether you like it or not, it has also become a mess that the Yoruba are being forced to deal with, even when their immaculate appearance is expected at a prestigious global outing. One keeps wondering, should this be what we are dealing with at this most challenging moment in the history of the Yoruba?  In 2016, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi reiterated his commitment to peace, progress and development across Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole. Specifically, he stated his mission would be towards attaining "a more united Yoruba race and peaceful Nigeria". Laudable mission, one would want to say. Clearly, the double-edged mission is not only an area of pressing need but one such important area of need that only the seriousminded, the emotion

"END DOCTORS' STRIKE NOW" - OONI CHARGES FG AS HEALTH MINISTER INAUGURATES SOUTHWEST PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE

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Moses Olafare The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has charged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to end the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD), without further delay. Ooni Ogunwusi made the call on Thursday at the Ile Oodua his palace, Ile-Ife, during the inauguration of the South-West Traditional Leaders' Committee on Public Health Delivery, by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire. Describing the strike action as highly unfortunate, the Ooni who is the Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, noted that health workers are essential service providers who should not abandon their duty posts no matter what what. "I am aware of your relentless efforts towards ending the strike as quick as possible but Nigerians cannot wait any further. The strike action has brought a lot of hardships to Nigerians especially the poor and

IFE ANCIENT CITY HALL "ILE NLA" TAKES A FACELIFT AHEAD OF THE 2021 OLOJO FESTIVAL

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As the preparation for the 2021 edition of the World famous Olojo Festival in Ile-Ife gathers momentum, the City's ancient and historical Hall would not be spared from the array of activities being put in places to once again ensure a colourful celebrations. This is as works have commenced on the renovation of the wearing ceiling of the ancient and highly historical structure which is one of the heritage masterpieces located in the Ilé Oòduà, the Palace, a project being executed by the serving Honourable Member of the House of Representatives, representing Ife Federal Constituency, Honourable Taofeeq Abimbola Ajilesoro. The Lawmaker in a statement obtained through his Media Office on Wednesday maintained that the renovation of the building becomes imperative based on its historical relevance and in the city and the need to prepare it for the renowned Festival slated for September ending. "Having been properly intimated of the deterioration level of the Ceiling of Ife historica

AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE DAY: OONI CALLS FOR MASSIVE INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

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Moses Olafare The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II has advocated for massive investment in research and development of African Medicine.  Ooni stated this on Tuesday at a World Press Conference held at his Ile Oodua, the Palace in commemoration this Year's African Traditional Medicine Day, held on the 31st of August, every year. Addressing newsmen after a brief introduction by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, Ooni Ogunwusi who is the spiritual leader of the prestigious Yoruba race, described the African Traditional Medicine as a major inheritance of the black people which is capable of solving all medical, spiritual and other problems. The monarch who called on Nigerians particularly sons and daughters of Oduduwa to join in the promotion of the African Traditional Medicine, added that herbs and roots are of unbeatable efficacy globally. He said, "Recently, as part of my COVID 19 response, promising t

DIAMOND JUBILEE: OAU HOLDS 5 DAYS CULTURE FIESTA

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Kayode Olawuni As part of the commemorative activities marking the 60 years anniversary of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the institution through its Institute of Cultural Studies(ICS) is holding a 5 Days Cultural Fiesta. The event, scheduled to hold between Monday 30th of August and Friday 3rd of September, 2021 at the institution's Motion Ground is programmed to feature an array of cultural and entertainment shows including the Asa Oòduà Trade Fair, Adire Oòduà Fashion Show, Daily Musical & Drama Shows, Egungun Parade, Local Food Degustation among other side attractions. The Cultural Fiesta is no doubt in fulfilment of part of the core mandate of the ICS-OAU, also refered to as 'Ile Irunmole' (House of the Gods) as inherited from its predecessor, Institute of African Studies(IAS) which   is the preservation of the African Cultural heritage. The institution whose motto is "For Learning and Culture" had over the last couple of months witnessed series

MEDIA BIGWIG DELE MOMODU BAGS NEW CHIEFTAINCY TITLE

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Veteran columnist and publisher, Ovation Magazine, Chief Ayobami Dele Momodu has been confered with a new chieftancy title of Aare Tayese of Iwoland alongside his wife as Yeye Aare Tayese of the same town by His Imperial Majesty, the Oluwo of Iwoland Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi Ilufemiloye Telu I. In a letter addressed to the duo, dated 27th August, 2021, the Oluwo who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers stated that Chief Momodu's invaluable contributions to the promotion of the Yoruba culture and tradition as well as ensuring the sustenance of good gnervnance through his media craft made him to be considered for the honorary title. "Having contributed immensely to the promotion of Yoruba culture and tradition, and your mental beneficence through national and international media, in ensuring that quality governance are delivered, my throne(Oluwo In Council), considered you worthy and most suitable for the Honorary Chieftancy title o

ALLEGED ANTI-BUHARI INTERVIEW: WE ONLY INVITED OLAWUNMI FOR ASSISTANCE - DHQ, DEBUNKS ARREST ORDER

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The Defence Headquarters on Saturday in a statement debunked the reports that its Defence Intelligence Agency declared a former Naval Commander, Commodore Kunle Olawunmi(Rtd) wanted over alleged anti-buhari comments in an interview on Channels TV.  The Director, Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Sawyer in the statement maintained that the Ex Senior Military Officer was only invited through a text message to seek for his contributions in the intelligence needed to fight the age-long insurgency war in the country, adding that a detailed release on the matter would soon be published. The statement reads in part: "Please gentlemen of the press. There is a Sahara Reporters online news that The DIA has ordered for the arrest of Cdre Olawunmi(Rtd). This is false, not true. "You recall Olawunmi said he has privileged to lots of information during his media interview on Channels. "He was only invited through text message to come over as a retired military Officer to she

CELEBRITY GISTS: OLO OMIDAN BATA UNVEILS HER NEW BRAND NAME "BISOLA OMOGE BATA"

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Ayoola Ibukun Bisola, Nigeria's first female "Bata" drummer, a sensational cultural performer, singer and songwriter early this week took to her Instagram page @bisola_omoge_bata to unveil her new stage name "Bisola Omoge Bata". The young energetic, charming and multitalented African entertainer who has been featured in numerous great performances both locally and internationally including countries like Ethiopia, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Turkey among others decsribed the shift as a new beginning. Bisola in the post explained that the decision is in a move to enable her focus more on and promote her unique brand, BISOLA OMOGE BATA, The Bata Queen, which she said is equally set to be under a new management.   "To every end there is a new beginning. It is with pleasure and excitement that I unveil the" Bisola Omoge Bata Brand". Sadly, I shall be dropping the name (Oloomidan Bata) to embrace and promote my unique brand "BISOLA OMOGE BATA"

SPEAKER OWOEYE AN EXPERIENCED LEGISLATOR, SAYS OMISORE AS HE CELEBRATES HIM ON 49TH BIRTHDAY

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A national Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC and former Osun State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore has felicitated with the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Timothy Owoeye on the occasion of his 49th birthday. In a congratulatory message issued from his media office on Tuesday, the Apesin of the Source expressed his joy for the Honourable Speaker, describing him as one of the most experienced legislators in the nation.  Senator Omisore in the message further commended Owoeye's leadership as that founded upon a high level of maturity and wisdom which according to him has been greatly instrumental to the smooth administration of the State legislature under him which he said is particularly evident in the harmonious relationship between the parliament and other arms of Government in the state among other success records. He concluded his greetings by wishing him a long, fulfilled and peaceful life.

BUHARI, OONI OF IFE, OBASANJO AND OBA OF BENIN AT THE CORONATION OF THE NEW OLU OF WARRI, READ WHAT THEY TOLD HIM

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Moses Olafare(Ooni's Palace) The new Olu, Ogiame Atuwatse III, was crowned as the 21st Olu of Warri on Saturday at Ode-Itsekiri, ancestral home of the Itsekiri. Having been called upon to speak on behalf of all the Nigerian traditional rulers in his capacity as the natural head of Oduduwa Race worldwide and Co-chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NYCN) to bless the new Olu of Warri and welcome him into the fold, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, described the event as a red-letter day in the Itsekiri Kingdom and in the Oduduwa nation at large. "The entire Oduduwa Race was elated about your emergence as the Olu of Warri. We are indeed happy and excited with this development.  We the traditional rulers in Nigeria are all very delighted to welcome you on board as one of our brother kings. “You can feel the energy in the air in Itsekiri Kingdom, you are loved by your people. I want to appeal to you, you are the father of the entire It

TORO VILLAGE KILLING: OONI'S PALACE CONDEMNS ACT, SAYS INCIDENT NOT A COMMUNAL CLASH

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The palace of the Ooni of Ife has condemned the gruesome killing of about five persons in Toro Village on Friday by yet to be identified assailants. The Palace in a statement signed by its Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare as obtained by Ife City Blog on Saturday described the incident as unfortunate and a sheer criminal act, noting that the perpetrators will not escape justice. The Osun State Police Command had earlier in a statement by its spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola confirmed the incident, stating that investigations were ongoing to unravel and apprehend the culprits. "The palace of the Ooni of Ife on Friday morning received with great concern, news of the reported killing of some persons numbering about five at Toro village, Ile-Ife. "Aside from condemning the unfortunate incident in strong terms, the Palace of the Ooni immediately reported the case to appropriate security authorities, who swung into action immediately", the statement read

RRCC RELEASES TIMELINE FOR THE 2021 OLOJO FESTIVAL RAPID CHESS TOURNAMENT

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Kayode Olawuni The Raia Rooks Chess Club(RRCC) has released timeline for the 2021 edition of its annual Olojo Festival Rapid Chess Tournament. In a release signed by the Founder and CEO of the prestigious sports society, Hon. Adebisi Awope and obtained by Ife City Blog on Saturday, this Year's tournament, the third of its kind will hold between Wednesday the 15th and Thursday the 16th of September, 2021 at the Ife Grand Resorts and Industrial Park, Ife/Ibadan Road, Ile-Ife, Osun State. According the statement, the season 3 edition of the tournament, with the theme, "Give Kids The World: Teach Them How To Play Chess And You Have Given Them The Ability To Make Important Life Decisions" is projected to be held in a more grand style just as it has secured the official approval and incorporation into the Pre-Olojo Festival Programmes by His Imperial Majesty, the Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife. The statement further added that

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: OONI SALUTES THE YOUTHS, CELEBRATES THEM WITH A VOLUNTEERING WEEK

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II,  has reaffirmed his commitment to youth development in the country. The prominent monarch who doubles as the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) made this known in a special release on the occasion of this Year's International Youth Day on Thursday. Ooni Ogunwusi who described the Youth as an embodiment of the nation's and by extension African's strength further reassured the younger generation of his unflinching support for their innovations, which in his words represent hope for the nations. Ooni further disclosed that this Year's edition of the Youths day will be celebrated in a special way as one of the Youth initiatives of His Imperial Majesty, the Royal African Young Leadership Forum (RAYLF) has dedicated a week long Volunteering session to be anchored on the theme, "Give Another, Pay it Forward" which will hold from the 19t

OONI CELEBRATES ALAPOMU AT 58

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has felicitated with the Alapomu of Apomu Kingdom, HRM, Oba Kayode Adenekan Afolabi, over His 58th birthday celebration. In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare as obtained by Ife City Blog on Thursday, Ooni Ogunwusi who described Oba Adenekan as a noble descendant of the prestigious Giesi ruling House in Ife, added that he (Oba Adenekan) has been a change maker in Apomu Kingdom and in the committee of Oodua traditional rulers globally. "Kabiyesi, you have started very well in ancient Kingdom of Apomu and Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula is so proud as a father to see the changes your reign is beginning to bring the ancient town in particular and Oodua Race in general. "Back home here in Ile-Ife, the Giesi Ruling House of Agbedegbede your ancestral compound which you share with Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, your giant strides are seen and the entir