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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

OAU HOLDS 2021 AISPI BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

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  The 2021 edition of the Africa Institute For Science Policy Innovation (AISPI) Biennial International Conference was on Tuesday held at the ICT-Driven Knowledge Park of the Africa Centre of Excellence, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. This Year's conference with the theme "Harnessing Science, Technology AND Innovation For Inclusive Development In An Uncertain Future" featured prominent keynote speakers including Dr. Tunde Alarape, a building expert and CEO, TUNRAP Nigeria Limited and Barr. (Mrs) Mabel Okereke, Senior Associate, Babalakin & Co. Legal Practitioners. Dr. Alarape while speaking on the topic "The Housing Deficit in South-Western Nigeria: Timber Modular Housing Development to the Rescue" advocated for adoption of a timber modular housing model as an alternative means of cushioning the effect of housing deficit in the country. According to him, the housing deficit in the country has reached an alarming rate and the best way to address the sit

IFE WOMEN IN POLITICS: HON. OLAYERA FELICITATES WITH HON. NIKE OMOWORARE ON HER NEW STATE APPOINTMENT

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The Ife Central Local Government Chairman Hon. Elugbaju Olayera has felicitated with Rt. Hon Nike Omoworare on her new appointment as Director-General of the state of Osun Liaison Office Abuja.   In a congratulatory message personally signed by him, Hon. Olayera thanked the State Government under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for counting Ife worthy for the new appointment. "On behalf of my family, good people of Ife central Local Government and All Progressive Congress family in Ife Central Local Government wish our sister all the best in her new office. We are sure that under your great leadership, wisdom and guidance will strive to much greater heights and achievements.  Best wishes for entering a new career field. May you overcome all the fears and reach to the highest peak of success at your new workplace. Congratulations  ma", he wrote. Hon. Nike Omoworare is a former Deputy Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly and Senior Sister to Senator Babajid

OONI CELEBRATES PRINCESS (DR.) TOYIN KOLADE ON BIRTHDAY

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The Arole Oduduwa Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has felicitated with the prominent business mogul, Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade, on the occasion of her birthday anniversary. Ooni Ogunwusi who sent his heartfelt greetings on Tuesday through a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, described Princess Kolade as an icon of a perfect African woman and motherhood. The natural traditional head of Oduduwa Race worldwide who is scheduled to install Princess Toyin as the Iyalaje Oodua, explained that the Ijesa-born woman has countless enviable human qualities that should be emulated by all. "Princess Kolade is a cool-headed cultured descendant of Oduduwa  who established herself from the ordinary status of a petty trader on the streets of Ilesa to a celebrated international entrepreneur today. "Among other virtues, Princess Kolade's nature of assisting the poor, disabled and other vulnerable members of our society through

ENIAFE CELEBRATES OSUN SUBEB CHAIRMAN, FAMUREWA ON BIRTHDAY

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The Osun State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Olaniyi Eniafe has rejoiced with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, Honourable Israel Ajibola Famurewa as he added another year. Alhaji Eniafe congratulated the Chairman for successfully completing another cycle in life while making meaningful and resounding success in all spheres of life professionally and politically and wished him many more happy and successful years in life. Honourable Famurewa doubles as the Director-General of the ILERI OLUWA, Governor Oyetola's Campaign Organization.

OONI SET TO COMMISSION URBAN RENEWAL PROJECTS, EMPHASIZES HIS COMMITMENT TO BUILDING A SMART CITY THAT IS DRIVEN BY TECHNOLOGY

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, will on Friday 16 July, 2021 lead top dignitaries including the Governor, State of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, to officially launch Ife Grand Resort & Industrial Park in Ile-Ife. In a statement signed by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare and obtained by Ife City Blog on Tuesday, the Grand Resort, located beside the tollgate on the Ife-Ibadan expressway is a brand new city of hubs driven by urban renewal initiatives of the Ooni Ogunwusi to serve as the hub for sustainable development, fountain of employment generation, radar of empowerment and satellite for branding and showcasing the cultural heritage and value of Ile-Ife the source and natural headquarters of the Oduduwa race globally. According to the press release, the huge investment is a legacy project embarked upon by Ooni Ogunwusi for urban renewal and redevelopment into the current smart city global requirements in

"JULY 10, OAU's ANTI-CULTISM DAY" - Aransi

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Kayode Olawuni July 10, a day commemorating the sad event of July 10, 1999 involving the killing of five students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in a cult attack has been described as the institution's anti-cultism day. The Dean of the Students Affairs of the University, Prof. I.O. Aransi made this assertion while addressing students in a symposium organized by the Great Ife Students' Union Action Committee as part of the activities marking the remembrance of the five students who were murdered in cold blood on that fateful day namely George Akinyemi Iwilade, popularly known as Afrika who was a 400L Law Student and the then Secretary-General of the Students' Union; Eviano Ekelemu, a 400L Medicine Student; Yemi Ajiteru, an Extra Year Student; Babatunde Oke and Efe Ekede, a Student of Psychology. According to Prof. Aransi, the University remains uncompromising on its zero- tolerance for cultism and urged the students to cooperate with the management in ensuring th

DIGNITARIES GRACED OBA OLAJIDE OMISORE'S 90TH BIRTHDAY (PHOTOS)

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Kayode Olawuni, Ife It was indeed a great moment at the Ife Grand Resorts and Leisure, Ile-Ife on Wednesday 7th of July as dignitaries, top government functionaries, friends, family as well as well-wishers from various walks of life stormed the city of Ile-Ife to felicitate with His Royal Highness, Oba David Olajide Omisore, Omigbade I, the Olu of Ayepe-Olode in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State on his 90th Birthday celebrations. In addition to celebrating the great privilege of attaining the milestone of a nonagenarian, the day was more of commemorating the exemplary lifestyle and invaluable contributions of Oba Olajide Omisore to communal, state and national development. The royally reception held at the Ife Grand Resorts & Leisure, Ile-Ife had in attendance high profile personalities including the Osun State Governor His Excellency, Adegboyega Oyetola, the Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ekiti State Governor and Chairman, Nigeria's Governors F

STUDENTS ACTIVISTS URGED TO EMULATE THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD AS OAU INAUGURATES STUDENTS' ELECTORAL BODIES

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In fulfilment of his promise to fully reinstate all organs of students’ unionism in OAU, the Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede-led administration has inaugurated Students’ Electoral Commission and Students Electoral Petition Commission. Speaking on behalf of the University management, the Dean of Students Affairs, Professor Isiaka Aransi, stated that OAU students activists should emulate their counterparts in developed world where student leaders engage management in dialogue in order to meet the academic and welfare needs of fellow students. This, according to him, is done through the unions investment drives, provision of scholarships, work and study programmes, among others. Professor Aransi advised the students not to be confrontational and aluta-focused in their approach. Rather, they should employ constructive engagement and dialogue to resolve issues with the management. Restating his avowed commitment and pragmatic demonstration of his administration’s determination to fully reins

PRINCESS (Dr) TOYIN KOLADE, IYALAJE OF OODUA RACE: Greatness of a Personality, Sacredness of a Chieftaincy - Moses Olafare

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It is no longer news that the Ijesa-born international business woman, Princess (Dr) Toyin Kolade is the Iyalaje of Oodua Race, as plans are on the top gear for the official installation ceremony slated to hold on Saturday 17th July 2021 at the Ile Oodua Palace Of The Ooni Of Ife in Ile-Ife which is the cradle of mankind and traditional headquarters of the entire Oduduwa Race worldwide.  AJE, mother of Edagiiri, Ele and Ere is being worshiped and celebrated daily as the deity of wealth and profitability of trade. She was the first Apate Oja (market trader) and was among the 401 Irunmoles (gods and goddesses) like Oduduwa, Oranfe, Obatala, Orunmila, Ogun, Osun, Olokun and the rest seconded by the Almighty Olodumare (God) to the earth to pioneer the first dynasty of mankind known as Ife Oodaye. AJE as the first world's trader and custodian of markets pioneered commercial activities at the first marketplace then known as Oja Ejigbomekun which is today called Oja Ife in Ile-Ife, where

OAU @60: THAT GREAT IFE MAY REMAIN GREAT! THE ROLE OF ALUMNI AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR

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Sheyi Babaeko The prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Ile - Ife, otherwise known as The Oba Awon University celebrated her sixth decade of advancing the frontiers of knowledge locally and internationally on the 8th of June, 2021. It is fitting therefore to join the ever conscious Great Ife students, the entire staff and management team and of course the Great Ife Alumni worldwide to celebrate this great feat of academic excellence.  However, considering the foundational ethos upon which Ile-Ife is built, that is, "omode gbon, agba gbon lase da Ile- Ife". It is on this basis that I am calling and appealing to the entire alumni, friends of the alumni and the corporate organizations across the globe to mobilize grants from the government, the international community, corporate organizations and alumni worldwide. The recent events of ranking locally and globally have made this call imperative for our collective responsibility to give back to our Alma Mater so that the death of