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Iyara Development Movement celebrates 2019 ‘Iyara Day’

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Prof Ikupolati, Alh Gani Musa and Dayo Asaju, with the chief launcher at the Iyaraday '19

Iyara Development Movement (IDM) has concluded plans to celebrate another “Iyara Day” on Saturday October 19th, 2019.

The event is scheduled to hold at Iyara Town Hall Premises, Iyara, Kogi State by 10 am.

A statement dated 5th September, 2019 and jointly signed by the President of IDM, Professor Mike Ikupolati and its Director General, Mr. Funso Fayomi, revealed that the 2019 Iyara Day, celebration is the 26th in the series and it will feature cultural activities by various groups to make the event memorable.

The theme of the celebration, according to the statement, which was made available to journalists, is “Operation Quench Thirst In Iyara Water Project” and the event would be marked with fanfare such as cultural dances, displays, and celebrations.

The water project is estimated to cost N100 Million.

Prof Ikupolati, Alh Gani Musa, Dayo Asaju and Chairman, with the chairman, Dotun sulaiman at the Iyaraday ’19

It will be recalled that the fund raising for the ambitious project started during the 25th Anniversary of “Iyara Day” in September last year.

Expected at the event, which had been endorsed in the past by former president Ibrahim Babangida and Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, are the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, who is the Special Guest, while the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Hon. (Mrs.) Ramatu Tijani Aliyu is the Special Guest of Honour.

Others that will add colour to the ceremony are the Board Chairman of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and a top management consultant, Mr. Dotun Sulaiman, who will serve as the Chairman of the event and the Chairman of Nigerian Insurance Association, who is also the Vice President of the African Insurance Organization and Managing Director of NEM Insurance PLC, Mr. Tope Smart, who is the Chief Launcher.

Ikupolati and Fayomi revealed in the statement that the water project was meant to provide potable water for the people of the community and put an end to years of suffering of the residents due to unavailability of potable water in the community.

“This year’s Iyara Day has been planned to be the best in recent times.

“We are happy that we are all alive to celebrate this special day and we look forward to seeing our people trooping to the town and joining us in this celebration and fund raising ceremony.

“We use this opportunity to invite all Okun sons and daughters to this special event and we assure them that they will be glad to be part of this year’s event that promises to be full of actions, colour and tradition,” they said in the statement.

It will be recalled that In 1993, a group of young persons identified the advantages of community day celebration they witnessed in their respective areas of domicile and were motivated to replicate same in Iyara, headquarters of Ijumu LGA, Kogi State.

The celebration was the first of its kind in Okunland and it has become an avenue to unite the people of the community.

Ikupolati and Fayomi revealed in the statement that the laudable idea of “Iyara Day” is the flagship of such celebrations in Okunland and that it has become a reference point, which others have since emulated.

The duo emphasized in the statement that “Iyara Day” has become an avenue to unite the people of the community and that it is getting better by the day.

They recalled that the jubilee celebration of “Iyara Day,” which they said held in September 2018, is still being talked about by the people of the community and others, adding that this year’s celebration would be far better.

“Iyara Community will always be grateful to God for what He has done for us and we will continue to showcase those things that unite us as a people.

“We are committed to the development of Iyara Town and its people and we are proud of the dreams of the founding fathers of Iyara Community and Iyara Development Movement (IDM) will continue to do its best to move the community and it’s people forward.

“2019 “Iyara Day” will surely mark a turnaround for the community and it will also be an avenue to socialise and make better plans for the development of the community and it’s people.

“May you be honoured and celebrated as you be a part of this event and we are sure that your efforts will not be in vain as you support our humble efforts of uplifting our common heritage,” the statement read.

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PHOTO NEWS: Abuja big boy, Christian Chukwu weds in grand style

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L-R: Publisher, Persecond News, Mr. Olufemi Soneye; Chaiman, Channelkoos Media Consult Limited, Mr. James Ume; the Bridegroom and General Manager, Channelkoos Media Consult, Christian Chukwu; his bride, Dr. Rosemary Chukwu; Managing Director, The5ive Limited, Mr. Henry Coco-Bassey, and Mr. Ralph Okoro after the couple's wedding, held in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on Friday
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Queen Elizabeth Adejoh wins Miss Green and White Nigeria 2019 pageant

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Queen Elizabeth Adejoh has emerged winner of the 6th edition of the prestigious Miss Green and White Nigeria held 27th of October 2019 at the Presken Hotel & Resorts Ikeja, Lagos State Nigeria.
While Miss Lagos Adebukola Ibekwe emerged, 1st Runner up and Miss Oyo,  Oluwakemisola Bada 2nd Runner up.

The little Queens was not left out as the competition was Entertaining and Educative.
Miss Akwa Ibom, Clara Whyte Treasure emerged the winner MGWN Little Queen 2019. While Miss Anambra, Zikora Ellora Jude, came 2nd and Miss Benue, Ifeoma Marie Anekwe came 3rd.
The event also saw Mr. Lagos, Adelola Adeyemi Samuel, crowned the winner Mr Green and White Nigeria 2019.

MGWN Pageant holds every October in Nigeria as part of activities to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence, promoting peace and empowerment by bringing together the Nigerian Youths as advocates for a decent and ordered society.

This year event was themed: YOUTHS AS INSTRUMENT OF FOSTERING PEACE AND SECURITY.

Amb. (Mrs) Juliet Geoffrey Porbeni a Nigerian, former Beauty Pageant Queen, model, multi award winning entrepreneur, Ceo of  2Side Modelling Concepts and Founder MGWN who’s vision is to promote peace and leave a positive legacy for the future generation.

The pageant gives a great platform for empowerment and create opportunities to young Nigerians to express themselves, build their self-esteem, boost their confidence, and help them actualize their God given talents by educating them on how to fit well into the society socially, economically and prepare them to become role models and proponents of peace.

The event which was anchored by one of Nigeria finest MC and  Comedia, MC MO and Co Host by Anita Shimfe Neetah, Ceo and Host of Life Chat with Neetah.

The Occasion was also Graced by Hon. Princess Folashade F.G Olabanji Oba. Apostle Dr. Helen Dania, Senior Pastor Royal Church International UK. Mrs Uche Obiora, Ceo, Gocint Fashion. Amb. Sandra Azeez, MGWN winner 2016. Chief Olayinka Okuribido, Ceo, Bido Entertainment. Nollywood Actor, Emmanuel Ilemobayo. Mr. Akintunde Akinpelu, Publisher, Prime Events Int’l Magazine. Mrs. Angela Tony Iji, GM Southern Operations- Leadership Newspaper. Mr Charles Porbeni, President, Connecting Naija Musicians.  Success Adaeze Abu-Idris Ceo, SAIL Edutainment Media/ organizer of Outstanding Women Awards. Queen Esther James, Miss Lagos State 2019.
Okafor Victor Valentine Chukwuyem, Ceo, Ovc Modelling Agency. Oti Tony. Int’l Dj Whatzapp. Super Model Avatar. Amb. Chiamaka Eustace, President, Chiamaka Da Voice Foundation. Amb. Chiamaka Divine Emeh, Amb. Happiness Daniel. Queen Adekemi Balogun and many others.

Wofai Samuel an International Media Personality lead the judge team that saw Elizabeth Adejoh the crown Queen for MGWN 2019. She was joined by Princess Mrs Blessing Eustace, MD De-United Ltd. Mr. Shegun Lawal, Ovation TV. Mrs. Lucy Nicholas Ebose, Ceo, Lunilch Global Concept. Amb. Oyindamola Oyegbola MGWN Winner 2014. Amb Connel Udofia, Ceo CMC International. Amb. Maryann Obiora MGWN Tourism Ambassador 2015.

It was more entertaining and full of love as the Green Carpet was shot down by Queen Linda Chidex an On air personality and presenter with 2Side Mobile TV.

It was an entertaining and educative event, as there where variety of music, dance, comedy performance and talk show.
It was proudly supported by NTA, Daily Trust, Vanguard, Ovation TV, Tomi (Cranberry Drinks), Tommy Walson Lightens & Events, Power Horse Energy Drinks, Snow TV, CNM, Tori ng, Life Chat with Neetah, Ozibella Foundation, Clique Photos, Prime Events Int’l Mag, HERO Mag, Famous Peoples Magazine, Joforte Kitchen, AIT, CMC, Labo Groups, Vimem Creations, Wire my Cake, QCA, EL Entert. The Witness, Prestige Magazine, The Pace News, Smile International Mag. CWAI, Asorewa Fashion, (Let’s Cloths You), Mamani Couture, IJ Foundation, Chukslyonews, MC Mo Brand, Absolute Hearts, Smile Foundation, Women on the Front Line Empowerment Initiative, Avatar Communications and Achievers Foundation.

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Oniru Throne: Abisogun family members at war over succession

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Less than 40 days after the death of a first class monarch in Lagos State, the Oniru of Iruland. His Royal Majesty, Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru, serious war has reportedly broken out in Abisogun Ruling House over his successor.
It will be recalled that the respected and powerful monarch died in late September, 2019 at the age of 82 after a brief illness.
Under the reign of the monarch, Iru land, the host of the highbrow Oniru and Victoria Island, became a mega location with investments and buildings worth hundreds of billions of naira.
We were reliably informed that a tussle has broken down over the throne with many candidates showing interest in the coveted seat.
Some of those said to have shown interest in the obaship seat included Wasiu Ogunbambi, Jamiu Adelakun and Saliu Abisogun.
Others included Hakeem Ajasa, Fabayi clan, Giwa Otto clan amongst several others.
Reliable sources informed us that lobby has started in high places as some of the candidates were said to have circulated their curriculum vitae among the kingmakers and have started talking to top officials of the Lagos State Government in-charge of chieftaincy affairs in the state.
It was gathered that the matter has torn the family apart as none of the candidates was willing to step down for another.
Our sources added that what baffled watchers of events in the area is the fact that the crisis broke out just few weeks after the death of the Oba of the town.
“It was only on Friday November 1, 2019 that we did the final burial of Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru in Eko Hotel. So it is surprising that the candidates for the throne could not even wait for some time before they start fighting over the stool.
“Were they waiting for the Oba to die? We all know that the throne is lucrative, but that does not mean that they should start fighting immediately. It is uncalled for,” said a source.
It was however, gathered the kingmakers have started necessary consultations both traditionally and officially, and that the needful would be done in due course, while those interested in the office “have been cautioned to allow the people in-charge due their work so that Iru land would have the right traditional ruler at the right time.”
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