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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

GOVERNOR OYETOLA FLAGS-OFF POWER PROJECTS IN IFE SOUTH

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In less than a week after commissioning a newly reconstructed 8.1km Moro-Yakoo-Ipetumodu-Asipa-Ife road project in Ife North, The Osun State Governor, His Excellency  Adegboyega Oyetola again on Tuesday 29th June, 2021 flagged-off the construction of Ile-Ife/Garage-Olode 33Kv power supply line and rehabilitation of Ifetedo/Garage-Olode 33Kv power supply line in Ife South Local Government Area of the State. The project which is in collaboration with the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) is being executed to restore light to the affected communities after over a decade old of darkness. Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Oyetola reiterated his administration's commitment to improving the socio-economic life of the citizens. According to him, the power projects occupy a central point in His administration's agenda, adding that they are to further enable the benefitting communities to contribute more to the development of the State. "As I promised during my elec

OSUN TRADITIONALISTS/MUSLIMS FACE-OFF: GOVERNMENT REACTS

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The state government of Osun has reacted to the the recent clash involving a traditional religious group and muslims in Osogbo, the State Capital which led to the unfortunate death of one person and several others injured.  The government in a delegation led by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prince Abdullah Binuyo, on an on-site assessment of the crime scene as well as a solidarity visit to the victims receiving treatment at the UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital called on the residents of the state, especially religious and ethnic groups, on the need to coexist peacefully in order to maintain the peace profile of the state. He assured the victims of the sad event which occurred at Kamorudeen Central Mosque, Oluode Aranyin in Osogbo around 2.30 pm on Sunday that government would deploy the weight of the law to  bring the perpetrators of the shameful act to justice.  “For us as a government, one of the cardinal things we preach to our citizens irrespective of their religious leaning

FACE OF OSUN PAGEANT TO HONOUR 9 DISTINGUISHED PERSONALITIES AT THE GRAND FINALE

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Nine distinguished personalities and indigenes of the State are to be awarded for their invaluable contributions to the development of the society at the Grand Finale of This Year's Face of Osun Pageant (The Rebirth Edition). The Pageant Director, Omo Oba Timi Abiri disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists in Osogbo, the State Capital. According to him, the nine outstanding individuals have emerged following a thorough evaluation and due consultations by the organizers of the renowned annual event, adding that the set of trailblazers will be awarded for their indelible sacrifices towards the development of the state in particular, the nation and humanity in general.  The nine Awardees, which also commemorate the Pageant's nine years of existence, Abiri said, will receive their special award plagues at the Coronation Night, Grand Finale of the event slated to hold on Thursday, 15 July 2021 at Abake Hall, Hotel De Treasure, Ile-Ife, Osun state by 6pm. Topping the list

WHY THE PEOPLE OF IFE NORTH ARE PARTICULARLY JOYOUS OVER GOVERNOR OYETOLA'S RECONSTRUCTION OF THE MORO-YAKOO-IPETUMODU-ASIPA-IFE ROAD

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola on Thursday commissioned the newly reconstructed Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa-Ife Road in Ife North Local Government Area of the State, a gesture that has been greeted with massive accolades on the Governor by community leaders, residents and motorists plying the road. The project, an 8.1km road which was first constructed with stone-base in 1976, 45 Years ago before Governor Oyetola's intervention is a strategic economic and infrastructural masterpiece linking four out of the seven major original communities (The Origbo Meje) that make up the entire Local Government, though now six with the defunct of Isope to Ife, the urban centre. The other two being Akinlalu and Edunabon. Speaking during the commissioning of the road, the Apetumodu of Ipetumodu, Oba Joseph Olugbenga Oloyede Latimogun I, appreciated Oyetola for the reconstruction, adding that it has addressed the plight of farmers, among its numerous implications. “We thank Governor Oyetola for this road.

PRESIDENT BUHARI FELICITATES WITH OBA OLAJIDE OMISORE AT 90TH BIRTHDAY

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President Muhamadu Buhari has joined the committee of friends, family and well-wishers of His Royal Highness, Oba David Olajide Omisore Omigbade I, the Olu of Ayepe-Olode in Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State to celebrate him as he clocks 90 years. President Buhari in a goodwill letter signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described the Monarch's current age as a milestone which is only attainable by grace from God. "President Muhamadu Buhari rejoices with His Royal Highness, Oba David Olajide Omisore, the Olu of Ayepe-Olode in Osun State as he clocks the princely age of 90. The President joins the monarch, his family and subjects to give glory to God for the gift of longevity, noting that such milestone is attained only through the grace of the Almighty", the message read in part. The President while extending his felicitations to the Royal formation in the state as well as the entire body of well wishers on this occasion laud

OONI URGES YOUTHS TO EMULATE BRIGHT YOUNG MINDS AS HE RECEIVES MTN CEO IN ILE-IFE

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II has urged Nigerian youths to emulate exceptional qualities of outstanding members of their generation. Ooni Ogunwusi gave the advice while playing host to the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Karl Olutokun Toriola, at The Ile Oodua, His Palace on Saturday. The monarch  who is the Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN)  described the C.E.O. as a worthy ambassador of the prestigious Yoruba heritage, adding that his good virtues should be emulated by young ones especially those building careers in different fields of life. "There is model for everything as we cannot put something on nothing. I recommend bright young minds like our own Karl Toriola to all youths, they should look up to him and learn core lessons of life particularly about growth from him. "For those who don't know, Toriola's achievements and good nature are

FACE OF OSUN 2021: ORGANIZERS ANNOUNCE VOTING DATES

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Roland Empire Innovation, USA and Reality Entertainment International, Organizers of the Face of Osun Pageant have announced tomorrow Sunday 20th of June, 2021 as the date for the  commencement of voting for contestants.  A release signed by the Pageant Director @omoobaabiri and obtained by Ife City Blog on Saturday confirmed that Voting starts on Sunday 20th of June and ends on July 4th, 2021 while the Grand Finale will hold on the 15th of July 2021 at Hotel De Treasure, Ile-Ife, Osun State. According to the release, the official banner  for the contestants and additional information are to be made available tomorrow. Fans will be able to buy votes for their favorite contestants and like their Instagram pictures which will count towards their victory in the contest.  Face of Osun Pageant is a recognized and fully registered beauty cum cultural contest of nearly a decade of existence. The Grand Finale for this Year's edition tagged "The Rebirth Edition" is expected to be

OAU ANNOUNCES RESUMPTION DATE FOR 2019/2020 RAIN SEMESTER, REITERATES STRICT COMPLIANCE WITH COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has emphasized the need for all the members of the University community to always observe the Covid-19 safety protocols as the institution resumes for the 2019/2020 Rain Semester. This was contained in a special release signed by the University Registrar, M. I Omosule and obtained by Ife City Blog on Thursday. According to the release, all students are expected to come into residence from June 19th, 2021 while lecture will start on Monday 21st, June, 2021 and it will take a hybrid form. The statement further added that all all special elective courses and large classes of more than 250 students will be taught virtually while those with lesser registered student population will have their lectures delivered in the physical mode. Omosule while wishing the students a peaceful continuation of the 2019/2020 Academic Session urged them to strictly adhere to such protocols as regular handwashing/sanitizing of hands, maintenance of social

OONI DECLARES UNN's 49TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY OPEN, CHARGES GRADUANDS TO BE PRODUCTIVE AMBASSADORS

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Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has charged the graduating students of the University of Nigeria(UNN) Nsuka to go into the world as good ambassadors and add great values to the society by proudly making use of the knowledge impacted on them by the university.  The African foremost monarch who doubles as Chancellor of the prestigious university made this admonition in his opening speech on Saturday while he was declaring The 49th Convocation Ceremony of The University of Nigeria Nsuka open.  "We have come to confer the degrees of this institution on you and I challenge you all to be good ambassadors in any endeavor you may be in the world.  You always rise and contribute to the development of our society and humanity in general as we now live in the era of knowledge-based economies and our country is looking up to our graduates like you to enable us compete favourably in the global stage." Ooni said.  The Co-chairman, National Council of T

JUNE 12 : IFE ELDERS URGE INHABITANTS TO MAINTAIN PEACE

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A high-ranking group of elders in Ile-Ife have sent strong warning to inhabitants of the ancient city to maintain peace as June 12 remembrance is to be celebrated. The Elders made this known in a statement following a peace meeting led by High Chief Adekola Adeyeye, Lowa of Ife and Oba Idowu Adediwura, Obalufe of Ife with the security agencies in Ifeland on Friday as reported by McDonald Oladipo of The SOURCE Newspaper. The meeting held at Ooni of Ife's Palace also had in attendance Chief Ezekiel Onyejekwe, Eze Ndigbo, and Alhaji Isiaka Lawal, Seriki Hausawa, Ife Development Board and Ife Action Council. "A lot have been heard that June 12 will be bloody and many are ready to vandalise private and government properties. "To this end, we don't want untold things to happen to anybody. We implore parents to warm their children not to cause crisis because security agencies are more than prepared to deal decisively with anybody that wants to destroy the peace we are enjoyi

OAU SET TO HONOUR 60 DISTINGUISHED INDIVIDUALS AT HER DIAMOND JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY

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Kayode Olawuni, Ife (L-R), The University Registrar, Mrs. M.I Omosule, The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Oscar Owelle Udoji, The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede and the Representative of the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.  As part of the activities marking its Diamond Jubilee Anniversary celebrations, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has concluded plans to honour 60 distinguished Alumni and outstanding members of the society who have made the institution proud and contributed to its advancement over the last six decades. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede disclosed this while addressing journalists at a World Press Conference organized by the institution to usher in commemorative programmes and the official launching of its 60th Anniversary logo held at the Institution's Faculty of Technology main conference hall on Tuesday 8th June, 2021. "Over sixty years of its exis

IGANGAN ATTACK: OONI FAULTS THE NATION'S SECURITY INTELLIGENCE, CALLS FOR ROBUST MEASURES AGAINST A REOCCURRENCE

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has condemned the recent midnight attack in Igangan town, Oyo State by some suspected criminal herdsmen, during which many lives and properties were lost.  This was contained in a press statement released on Monday by the Director of Media and Public Affairs, Ooni's Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare.  Ooni Ogunwusi blamed the successful perpetration of the invasion on negligent management of security intelligence, describing the attack as devilish and provocative, adding that such dastardly acts if allowed to continue unabated will ruin the unity and prosperity of Nigeria. "So worrisome is that there was a tipoff recently by  Oyo State Chairman of Amotekun Security Corps, Gen. Ajibola Togun(rtd) recently, raising the alarm that some foreign Fulani herdsmen and bandits of Tuareg extraction have perfected plans to invade communities in South-West.  "Such an attack in which victims credibly traced some per

IFA REMAINS THE SACRED VOICE OF OLODUMARE, SAYS OONI OF IFE AS THE 2021 WORLD IFA FESTIVAL HOLDS IN THE ANCIENT CITY

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Kayode Olawuni, Ife Ifa Festival is one of the most pominent traditional festivals celebrated annually in the ancient City of Ife(Ile-Ife), the cradle and spiritual headquarters of the entire Yoruba race, one of the largest ethnic groups in the African Continent, with dominance in South-West Nigeria.  The festival is of a particular relevance to the ancient City as it signifies a home coming for all Ifa adherents globally in form of religious tourism and annual holly pilgrimage. This year's edition of the Festival is not in anyway an exception as the City once again welcomed thousands of Ifa worshippers from around the world to Oke Itase, the seat of the World Ifa Temple. The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has at this year's celebration reiterated the sacredness of the Ifa voice to mankind on challenging matters facing them in their daily living. According to the foremost traditional ruler and Co-Chairman of

OSUN EDUCATION: GOVERNOR OYETOLA APPROVES ANOTHER POLICY REVERSAL

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The Osun State Governor, Alhaji Isiak Gboyega Oyetola has approved the return of the Teachers' Establishment and Pensions Office (TEPO) to its original name of Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM). This reversal was made public in a statement signed by the Coordinating Director of the State Ministry of Education, Mrs. C.K Olaniyan and this according to her becomes operational with immediate effect. "PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT In continuation of the Policy and Institutional Reform on-going in the Education Sector of the State, His Excellency Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, the Govenor of the State of Osun has approved that Teachers Establishment and Pensions Office (TEPO) reverts to its constitutional and Original Name of Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) and the reversion takes immediate effect.  Thank You.  Mrs C.K. Olaniyan  Coordinating Director", the statement read.

OONI-IN-COUNCIL APPROVES PRINCE ELUDOJA ELUGBEMI FOR THE THRONE OF OBALAAYE OF IRAYE-IFE AS HE ENTERS 7 DAYS ILOFI FOR TRADITIONAL RITES

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The Ooni-In-Council under the leadership of the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife has approved the selection of Prince Eludoja Temitope Elugbemi as the new Obalaaye of Iraye in Ile-Ife. A release signed by the Director of Media and Public Affairs, Ooni of Ife's Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare on Monday confirmed the approval. This according to the statement followed the nomination and a request for approval by the kingmakers of Iraye-Ife to fill the vacant stool of the Obalaaye. "Sequel to the nomination and request for approval by the kingmakers of iraye-ife to fill the vacant stool of the Obalaaye, the Ooni-in- Council under the leadership of the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife has approved the selection of Prince Eludoja Temitope Elugbemi as the new Obalaaye of Iraye in Ile-Ife. "Prince Eludoja Elugbemi is a  South African based Ife born Travel and Tourism consultant,

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: OAUTHC RECRUITMENT EXERCISE

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The Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex has announced the postponement of the interview for its job applicants earlier scheduled to hold between Monday, 31st May and Friday 4th June, 2021. In a statement signed by the Complex Director of Administration, S.O. Fawole on behalf of the Chief Medical Director, the exercise will now hold between Monday, 7th June and Friday, 11th June, 2021. The full statement read: "POSTPONEMENT OF RECRUITMENT EXERCISE AT OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITALS COMPLEX, ILE-IFE This is to inform all applicants who have applied for the various advertised posts, which appeared in THE PUNCH and THE GUARDIAN Newspapers of Monday, 19th October, 2020 that the interview earlier scheduled between Monday, 31st May and Friday 4th June, 2021, has been rescheduled to hold between Monday, 7th June and Friday, 11th June, 2021. Applicants are advised to log on to www.oauthc.com for Computer Based Test (CBT) registration. Registration commences a

YOUTH INTERVENTIONS, CORNERSTONE OF OUR NEW WORLD, REALITY OF OUR PRESENT AND THE BENCHMARK OF OUR FUTURE - OONI OF IFE

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(L-R)House of Representatives Member representing Ife Federal Constituency, Hon. Taofeek Abimbola Ajilesoro, The Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and some Awardees with His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife and Founder of the RAYLF. The Olofin Adimula Jingbinni bi Ate Akun Arole Oduduwa, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Akande Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife has emphasized that the collective development of Africa as a continet depends on its younger generations. Ooni stated this in an address at this Year's second edition of the Royal African Young Leadership Forum(RAYLF) Awards, an initiative by His Imperial Majesty where a hundred outstanding youths drawn from their different areas of endeavours across African continent are Awarded annually for their excellence in their chosen fields held at the Legendary Oduduwa Hall of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria on Saturday 29th May, 2021.