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It’s an honour to have served under Gov. Oyetola – Ex-Commissioner, Babalola As She Bags Federal Appointment

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Immediate past Commissioner for Federal Matters in the State of Osun, Mrs Idiat Oluwayemisi Babalola, has described serving under the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as a privilege. Babalola, who recently tendered her resignation from the service of the State sequel to her appointment as Chairman, Governing Council, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, expressed gratitude to Oyetola for his immense assistance while she served under his leadership. Meanwhile, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has congratulated Babalola on her federal appointment, adding that her contributions to the development of the State were both commendable and appreciated. Oyetola also wished Babalola success in her new assignment. Her resignation from the Osun Executive Council took effect from April 20, 2021

OONI CANVASES FOR LOCALLY MADE PRODUCTS AS TITAN FARMS OPENS RICE FACTORY IN IBADAN

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has urged Nigerians to patronize locally made products, stating that such gesture is required to grow the country's economy. Ooni Ogunwusi made the call on Thursday at his Ile Oodua Palace Ile-Ife, while playing host to management of Titan Multi-business investment L.t.d.; producers of Titan Rice who were on a courtesy visit to the African foremost monarch to formally invite him as the Special Guest of Honour at the commissioning of the Titan Farms Corporate Head office and rice factory located in Ibadan slated to hold in two months time. The Ooni who is the Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, commended Titan management for their patriotism and originality, while rendering qualitative services to Nigerians. "We should commend the management of this great company and other few ones across the country for standing up to the challenges in the competitive market, it is obviou

ODUMAKIN'S WIFE, FAMILY THANK OONI OF IFE FOR FATHERLY SUPPORT

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The family of the late human rights activist and former spokesperson of the Pan-Yoruba Sociopolitical group Afenifere, Late Comrade Yinka Odumakin has expressed their gratitude to the Arole Oduduwa His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojajs II, the Ooni of Ife for the immense fatherly role played in giving the departed Yoruba defender a final honour and beffiting burial rite. In a message of appreciation signed by the deceased wife Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin and conveyed to the Ooni at his Ile Oodua, His Palace at Enuwa, Ile-Ife by family delegates on Tuesday, the family appreciated Ooni for his fatherly and royally support including immortalizing the memory of the great national and Yoruba icon by naming a road, the Ife-Moro road after him among other gestures. "The family of the Late Comrade Yinka Odumakin hereby expresses its gratitude to His Imperial Majesty, Oonirisa, Kabiyesi Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 2nd, Ooni of Ile Ife. We are grateful for the road Kabi

FACE OF OSUN PAGEANT 2021: ORGANIZERS COMMENCE FREE REGISTRATION OF CONTESTANTS

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Roland Empire Innovation USA/Nigeria and Reality Entertainment International, Organizers of the Face of Osun Beauty Pageant have announced the commencement of free registration of interested contestants for the 2021 edition of the event tagged "The Rebirth Edition". This was contained in a communique issued by the Planning Committee of the renowned annual beauty contest on Tuesday and made available to the press, announcing the take off of this Year's edition. According to the release, three lucky queens are to emerge winners under the titles Miss Osun 2021, Miss Tourism 2021 and Miss Culture 2021 with whopping prizes worth N5m, N3m and N1.5m respectively to be worn. Read the full statement below. "Roland Empire Innovation USA /Nigeria & Reality Entertainment International  Presents  Face Of Osun Pageant 2021(The Rebirth Edition). Are you Beautiful?  Are you talented? Are  you confident enough to be a Queen? Then  register for Face Of Osun Pageant 2021.

ILE-IFE IN THE HAND OF BANDITS

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Unprovoked Attack Of Chief Shina Omodunbi On 10th April, 2021 - My Account By Niyi Murele I was on my way to the palace to catch up with other delegates on our way to attend a business meeting  towards the official launch of Ife Heritage Investment Company Ltd. Driving through Iremo and getting  to front of Latale compound l noticed pockets of crowds with surprising looks. I knew something had  happened. While still on the road, everything became chaotic with youths carrying all manners of  weapons in their hands many of them on bikes and some on their legs. Residents took to their heels and  many took cover for their lives. By the time my driver and l will get to the palace area, they have  barricaded the road to palace from Okerewe roundabout and crowds have gathered in front of the palace  gate. All traffics were forced to turn back by this rampaging mobs with all kinds of weapons in their  hands. I got out of my car to ask the guy heading the barricade why the barricade.  The

THE OONI'S SPEECH AT MORO DURING YINKA ODUMAKIN'S BURIAL SERVICE DELIVERED BY SOOKO KEMADE ELUGBAJU ON SATURDAY 24TH APRIL, 2021

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Emotions flew freely in Moro on Saturday at the funeral of the late human rights activist and former spokesperson of the Pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group Afenifere, Late Comrade Yinka Odumakin. Amidst several other outpourings from different corners eulogizing the late Yoruba and national Hero was a speech by Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II as delivered by Sooko Kemade Elugbaju. Find the speech below: "While some have chosen to mourn your demise, the exalted throne of Oduduwa has opted to celebrate you my dear Peter Olayinka Odumakin.  In death, as in life, you remain an unforgettable national personality who is so dear to us. Attestation of this consists in the heavy outpouring of grief across the nation at your sudden departure.  But for us in IFE kingdom , your birthplace and ancestral your home, we will rather celebrate an icon graciously given to us by Olodumare. You are not dead because you can not be dead in our hearts. You were n

Nigerian Man Faces 30-Yrs Jail Term In US Prison Over Fraud Allegedly Committed By Lagos Somolu Council Boss

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A Nigerian is on the verge of being jailed in the United States over crimes committed by a supposed local government chairman back home. Yusuf Owolabi Abdul, a Nigerian resident in Canada, extradited from Germany to the United States, will be presented on Monday in New York before Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang over crimes committed by Somolu LGA boss in Lagos State. Carved out from the former Mushin District Council as a direct result of the traditional rulers and upper class in 1976, Somolu is among 20 LGAs in Nigeria’s commercial capital. And fresh facts have emerged how Hon. Abdul Hamed Salawu engaged in criminal activities before and after his emergence as chairman in 2017. Salawu Dullar who spent over a decade in the U.S and Canada is said to be the head of a notorious cartel defrauding Americans and other nationals. “I travelled abroad and in 2008, I returned to Nigeria and that’s when the journey into politics began,” the chairman was quoted to have said in an interview. Whil

ALLEGED N650M FRAUD: OMISORE FIRES BACK, BILLS SAHARA REPORTERS N250M AS DAMAGES

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A former Deputy Governor of Osun State and Two Terms Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Iyiola Omisore has reacted to a publication by the Sahara Reporters dated 19th April, 2021 alleging that the former Senator alongside a firm, Cartil Construction Nigeria Limited were involved in the mismanagement of a sum of N650 million allegedly meant for the execution of an 8.2Km Ife-Ifewara road project in 2010. The New York based online news agency had in the said publication alleged that the former Senator got N151 million of the road project fund billed for N650 million from the National Assembly as his constituency project and purportedly shared same with the alleged firm without executing the project.  The former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation in a letter signed by his lawyer Gboyega Oyewole(SAN) dated 21st April, 2021 addressed to the Sahara Reporter's Publisher and made available to the press however described the allegation as false, basel

TRAGEDY HITS OAU AS STUDENT DIED OF SELF-POISONING, ONE OTHER IN COMA

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Report reaching us at this hour has it that two students of Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) Ile-Ife, have allegedly committed suicide by drinking what is said to be sniper, a very deadly substance with one of them already confirmed dead while the other is still battling with his dear life. The deceased student identified as Adedeji Emmanuel, a 200 level student of the Department of Management and Accounting was reportedly found dead after drinking the poisonous content while the other student whose identity could not be ascertained as of press time is in a very critical condition and currently receiving treatment at the University's Teaching Hospital Complex, the OAUTHC. When interrogated, mates of the deceased student, Adedeji maintained that circumstances that could  have led to such action is unknown to them as he showed no signs of depression and is actively involved in social activities.  Reports of students in Nigerian tertiary institutions committing suicide has in recent

IFE ICONS: EXPLORING THE MARKS OF A YOUNG AFRICAN PRINCE, TIMMY ABIRI ROLAND

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It is no gainsaying the fact that Ife is indeed great. Great for not just its historical, cultural and tourism significance world over or only great as the cradle of one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa and beyond, the Yoruba race. Ife is notably more great for the vast eminent men and women that have been produced in the ancient and renowned African city. A vast number of these outstanding personalities are however under-celebrated. As part of one our mission however at Ife City Blog to showcasing and recognizing these living legends, the trailblazers and amazing men and women making Ife and by extension the Yoruba race and Nigeria in general proud in their various chosen fields, we are glad to unveil a big fish that our net has caught in this special post featuring a prince of the source and true son of the soil, Prince Timmy Abiri Roland. Timmy Abiri was born 3 decades ago to the family of Late Prince Engr Oluwasegun Roland Abiri(JP) and Deaconess Juli F Abiri in Ile-Ife,

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEWLY INSTALLED ERELU OF IFETEDO KINGDOM, CHIEF (MRS) OLAJUMOKE ADEBOLA AWODEYI

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Today Saturday 17th of April, 2021 was a memorable day for the people of Ifetedo Kingdom, the entire Ifeland and Yoruba race in general as Chief (Mrs) Olajumoke Adebola Awodeyi was installed as the Erelu of the Kingdom by His Royal Majesty Oba Akinola Oyetade Akinrera Latiiri I, the Olubosin of Ifetedo Kingdom and Paramount Ruler of Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State. At the epoch-making and historical event were dignitaries and top government  officials including Mr. Motoyese Ogundiji (Ife South Council Manager), Alhaji Musedik Gbenga Ojuade (IPU National President), High Chief Olaleye Fayemi (The new Osi of Ifetedo Kingdom), Alhaji Azeez Aleshbaba Alesinloye, (Ife South LGEA Secretary) among others. The Arole Oduduwa, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife alongside other prominent traditional rulers including the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II, the Osemawe and Paramount Ruler of Ondo Kingdom

"HELP US BRING OUR PEOPLE BACK HOME" - SAYS OONI OF IFE AS HE RECEIVES NIGERIA'S AMBASSADOR DESIGNATE TO JAMAICA AT THE ILE OODUA, HIS PALACE

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has appealed to the Nigeria's Ambassador Designate to Jamaica, Belize, Haiti and Dominica Republic, Dr. Maureen Taamuno, to help reunite those of black descent scattered across the Caribbean with their kinsmen in Nigeria. Ooni Ogunwusi who is the co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, made the call on Thursday, why playing host to Dr. Maureen at his Ile Oodua Palace in Ile-Ife. The Ooni explained that Nigerians, particularly the Yoruba race have a lot in common with those in the Caribbean, as most of them were transported to that part of the world during the days of slavery after which they naturalized to become citizens of those countries. "Our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean need us so much just as we need need them too. Wanting them back does not necessarily mean they should leave the Caribbean and start living with us permanently but there are lots of what

NEMA, OSEMA Donate Relief Materials To The 2020 Odo Ogbe Market(Oja Tun-Tun), Ile-Ife, Osun State Fire Victims

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Segilola Babalola The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in charge of Ekiti, Ondo and Osun State in collaboration with the Osun State Emergency Management Agency, OSEMA have  donated relief materials to the victims of the fire outbreak at Odo Ogbe market in Ile-Ife,  State of Osun, South-West, Nigeria. Speaking through its representative at the presentation ceremony in Ile-Ife on Thursday, Mr. Simisaye Azeez, the Federal Government through NEMA expressed  concern over the huge  losses  that  occasioned  the unfortunate  Odo-Ogbe main market fire disasters in 2020. NEMA maintained that the urgent need  to cushion the effects of the inferno on the part of the shop owners  informed its intervention to donate the relief materials valued at several millions of naira.  Mr Azeez on behalf of the Federal government  consequently donated items like  roofing sheets, nails, cements and planks among others  to the affected traders in the  market. In her welcome address, the Council Ma

ISD APPOINTS NIGERIAN AMBASSADOR SPECIAL ATTACHE FOR AFRICA

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Amb. (Dr) Sowemimo Abiodun, FIMC, CMC, ICMI The International Society of Diplomats(ISD) has appointed a Nigerian, Ambassador Sowemimo Abiodun Alex as the Special Attache of the Society's Innovation, Internet and Technical Committee for Africa. This was contained in a letter addressed to the distinguished, internationally acclaimed Nigerian Digital Innovator, Diplomat and Business Tycoon, Dated 12th of April, 2021, confirming his appointment into the respected position by the Global Emisory Council of the Society.  Prior to his latest appointment, Ambassador Sowemimo currently presides the Africa Chamber of Innovation, Internet Governance and Digital Inclusion(IGDI). An 'Omo Yoruba Atata' and a true son of the soil, Ambassador Sowemimo is a young promising Nigerian who has distinguished himself through a number of innovative enterprises and diplomatic archiements. He is the Founder and CEO, iNet Telecommunications, CapitalMetriQ Swift Bank and InfoMetriQ Data Network and

OSUN LAWMAKER HAILS PRESIDENT BUHARI'S INVOLVEMENT OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN ADDRESSING NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES

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The Honourable Member representing Ife East State Constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Olajide Adeyeye Martins has lauded the President Buhari led administration for valuing the inputs of the traditional rulers in tackling the security challenges currently facing the country, describing it as a wise move. Honourable Adeyeye stated this on Wednesday while featuring on "Oro Tonlo", a weekly Current Affairs programme on Orisun 89.5FM, Oke Itase Ile-Ife, Osun State. According to him, internal security is better managed with the advise and contributions of the traditional  rulers as the closest institutions to the people. He expressed worry over the spate of insecurity in the country which he said calls for holistic and inclusive measures of which the engagement of native institutions is a key one. "The move by the Federal Government under President Muhamadu Buhari to engage traditional rulers in addressing the insecurity situations in the country is a w

OONI'S PALACE UNVEILS THE NEW IYALAJE OODUA

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Princess (Dr.) Toying Kolade Palace of the Ooni of Ife(Ile Oodua) in Ile-Ife has announced the decision of the Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, to confer the prestigious chieftaincy title; THE IYALAJE OODUA on the Global Coordinator of the Annual AJE Festival & Lagos based international business tycoon cum philanthropist, Princess(Dr)Oluwatoyin Kolade  The announcement was expressed in a statement by Comrade Moses Olafare, Director of Media & Public Affairs, Ooni's Palace which he made available to journalists on Wednesday.  Princess Kolade's profile as a benevolent and successful major player in the Nigeria private business sector who started as a petty trader in her home town of Ilesa in the State of Osun about 35 years ago, her involvement in the promotion of the rich Yoruba cultural values, her countless humanitarian services, her virtuous character of a disciplined family woman and her unfaulted respect for the r

OONI MOURNS LATE OLU OF WARRI, LAUDS ITSEKIRI PEOPLE OVER PEACEFUL SELECTION OF PRINCE TSOLA EMIKO

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Ooni of Ife(Left) with the Late Olu of Warri The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has condoled with the Itsekiri sons and daughters worldwide over the passage of the immediate past Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli. In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, the Ooni prayed for the soul of late Olu Ikenwoli who he described as a natural traditional ruler who meant well for his people and a great descendant of Oduduwa who in his 5 years as Olu of Warri contributed immensely to the upliftment of the agelong relationship of the Itsekiri and Yoruba nations. "Ogiame Ikenwoli was a fantastic leader and highly respected member of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN), so passionate about harmonious coexistence among the nations of the lager Oduduwa race worldwide, Yoruba, Edo and Itsekiri nations in particular. We related very closely, we exchanged royal visits, we agre

EASTER CELEBRATIONS: OONI OF IFE ENCOURAGES CHRISTIAN FAITHFULS TO EMULATE CHRIST BY SHOWING UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO EVERYONE AROUND THEM

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The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II has urged all Christian faithfuls to imbibe the characteristics of the reason for the season of Easter, Jesus Christ  in their day-today dealings. This is part of His goodwill message to the entire Christians Worldwide on this Year's occasion of Easter celebrations.  Ooni Ogunwusi particularly encouraged all the followers of Christ to emulate his traits by being loving and caring to everyone irrespective of religious, gender or racial differences.  The foremost traditional ruler and Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), while reflecting on the tough times experienced over the last couple of years enjoined all humans to remain hopeful and steadfast as these have been the sustaining factors so far in the struggle.  "We cannot deny that most of 2020 and 2021 have been difficult with the health and economic crisis caused by Covid-19.  "It is also

OSUN TO BEGIN RECRUITMENT OF AMOTEKUN CORPS

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The Osun State Security Network Board has announced that it will begin the recruitment exercise for new Officers into the Amotekun Corps.  In a public statement signed by the Board's Secretary, Barrister Hassan Agbelekale on Monday, he said the recruitment exercise will commence on Monday 12th of April, 2021 and it will hold from 10am-4pm daily. Read the full statement below: "Public Service Announcement RECRUITMENT INTO AMOTEKUN CORPS The State Government of Osun wishes to inform the general public that the Osun Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps will commence the recruitment of suitably qualified candidates into Amotekun Corps. All interested candidates across all 30 local governments and Area Offices of the State are to collect Free Application Forms at the Government House Annex, Oke Fia, Osogbo, from Monday 12th April, 2021 between 10am-4pm daily, and submit their forms latest by Friday, 23rd April, 2021 at the same venue. Applicants are advised to comply with

OTUNBA IYIOLA OMISORE FELICITATES WITH CHRISTIANS ON EASTER CELEBRATIONS

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The former Osun State Deputy Governor, Otunba Iyiola Omisore  has congratulated Christian faithfuls all  the over  the World on the 2021 Easter celebrations, urging everyone to imbibe the core lesson of Easter that Jesus Christ symbolises which according to him, is uncommon love. In a Goodwill message obtained from his Media office, the popular Ife born politician and humanitarian stated that the redemption of the world by the painful nailing of our lord to the cross for no offence of his is a rare love but by the Grace of Almighty God on the third day his resurrection redefined the direction of the earth and we're all saved. Consequently, it's a natural law that we're bound to love ourselves by imitating the saviour of the earth in our daily dealings for the prosperity of the world. He prayed that may the victory of Jesus Christ over death translates to an end of global pandemics and restore peace, security and prosperity to our dear Country Nigeria. Signed:: Otunba Iy

EASTER CELEBRATIONS: OSUN HOME AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER URGES ALL RELIGIOUS FAITHFULS TO EMULATE CHRIST'S SELFLESSNESS

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Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal, Osun State Commissioner For Home Affairs Osun State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal has congratulated the Christendom especially the Osun congregations on the Easter Celebrations, urging them to celebrate moderately mindful of all the cautions and safety measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. In his further remarks, Alhaji Lawal emphasized that Jesus Christ's exemplification of sacrifice by paying the supreme price is worthy of emulations by all Christians and other faith believers.  In his words, "Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price and this makes him the most lovable being in the universe everyday of the world and that sole act changed the cause of the world positively by redeeming the world". The honourable commissioner encouraged everyone to be patriotic and Christ-like by committing to nation building no matter the capacity, much or little.  As obtained from his Media Aide, Musefiu Kolawole Afolabi popularly known as