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Ooni Of Ife Appoints Erelu Abiola Dosumu To Succeed H.I.D. Awolowo As Yeye Oodua

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Ooni Of Ife Appoints Erelu Abiola Dosumu To Succeed H.I.D. Awolowo As Yeye Oodua

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Royal Court of Ife under the supreme leadership of the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife has announced the appointment
the Erelu Kuti IV of Lagos, Erelu Abiola Dosumu, as the new Yeye Oodua and Queen Mother of the House of Oduduwa.

Her appointment is the sequel to the vacant state of the prestigious title since the demise of the wife to the late political sage; Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Mama H.I.D. Awolowo who was the immediate-past Yeye Oodua of the source.

It took the Royal Court of Ife this long to announce a successor because of the numerous achievements of the immediate past Yeye Oodua H.I.D Awolowo, especially in the areas of human development and capacity building, preservation of the prestigious Yoruba culture as well as sustenance of peace and tranquility across Yoruba land among others.

The choice of Erelu Abiola Dosumu is indeed a unanimous decision of the Ife Traditional Council and major stakeholders of the Oodua race, agreeing that her character, personality, and her wealth of experience as an international businesswoman, a royal ambassador, and a great icon of the African culture perfectly qualify her to step into the big shoes earlier worn by late Chief Mrs. HID Awolowo as the immediate past Yeye Oodua.

Ooni Of Ife Appoints Erelu Abiola Dosumu To Succeed H.I.D. Awolowo As Yeye Oodua
Erelu Abiola Dosumu, Yeye Oodua Ile-Ife.
Ooni Of Ife Appoints Erelu Abiola Dosumu To Succeed H.I.D. Awolowo As Yeye Oodua

In almost half-a-Century of public life, Erelu Dosumu has proven herself to be an outstanding woman of stamina, integrity, and far-reaching influence. In 1980 late Kabiyesi Adeyinka Oyekan, the Oba of Lagos, installed her as the Erelu Kuti IV of Lagos. With that appointment, she became the right-hand person of the Oba of Lagos. Since then, she has executed her charge with maturity, sagacity, courage, and commitment.  Indeed since then, the beautiful and ageless Queen mother has become an enviable cultural Face of Lagos; its traditional allure and ageless charm.

By bringing Erelu Dosumu into the Court of Oduduwa, Ooni Ogunwusi is paying tribute to the age-old tradition of the Oodua people that recognizes the power and position of significant matriarchs who had earlier dominated and still dominate the social, political, and business landscape of the Yoruba nation and the lager race globally.

Erelu Dosumu would be adding value to the Court of Oduduwa as a well-connected aristocrat who for many years has been part and parcel of the influential class of Nigerian royalty.

Even though Erelu Abiola Dosumu had during the days of the Ooni Ogunwusi’s illustrious predecessor, Ooni Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, been a welcomed and honoured presence at the Ooni’s Palace(Ile-Oodua) in Ile-Ife. Now she is going to become a more significant member of the most ancient royal court in the entire Oodua nation worldwide.

Since her accession in 1980 as Erelu Kuti IV, Abiola Dosumu has consistently followed the example of her illustrious forebear, building a business empire and creating a wide-ranging network of friends and influence in Nigeria and across the globe. Though she had never held any political office, she has become well-known as a significant member of the power elite of Nigeria. She had been married twice.  Her first husband was Major Elegbede, a hero of the Nigerian Civil War who was involved in the decision of General Yakubu Gowon’s government to create Lagos State. He died in a motor accident shortly after the war. After his death, she later married the international businessman, the late Chief Deinde Fernadez. Her social status was confirmed by Nigerian leading Juju music star, King Sunny Ade, who waxed a memorable record in her honour.

Dosumu was born in Kano on July 29, 1947, to OmoOba Adewunmi Dosumu, a Lagos prince, and his wife, Adejoke. She was educated in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom. She went into the business early and became the first Nigerian to open a shop on the highbrow Bond Street in London, United Kingdom. She had made a fortune dealing in the lucrative oil business and promoting the Yoruba traditional wear, Aso Oke, which she has sold all over the world.  

As a traditional aristocrat, she found a conspicuous place in the traditional power structure of Lagos when her uncle, Oba Adeyinka Oyekan made her the Erelu Kuti IV.  With that title, she became the leader of the Lagos women and the official Queen Regent of Lagos when the oba passes on. She is a member of the Council of Kingmakers and an official principal adviser to the Oba. She is also the head of the various women groups in Lagos as well as the leader of the powerful women’s market guilds. She also holds royal titles In Egbaland and other places. She has been honoured in many countries and also bagged honorary doctorate degree from Crescent University, Abeokuta, and Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State. She has a reputation as a shrewd businesswoman as well as a painstaking fashion pacesetter.

The new honour coming from Ile-Ife which is the source and traditional headquarters of the Oduduwa people worldwide is only a confirmation of the role she has been playing for many years among African royalties. She is at home in many palaces across Nigeria.

Her new pedestal as the Yeye Oodua would afford her a greater field of play but also impose on her wider responsibilities across Oodualand and the Diaspora. due course.

In line with the ancient tradition of Ile-Ife, 3-day traditional rites to communicate with the ancestors will begin on Thursday 21st while the official installation ceremony will be held on Saturday 23rd July 2022 at the courtyard of the Ooni’s Palace (Ile-Oodua) in Ile-Ife.

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Ijebu Heritage Group Honours 9 Eminent Nigerians At Annual Award Night 

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Ijebu Heritage Group Honours 9 Eminent Nigerians At Annual Award Night 

By Moninuola Sulaiman

The Ijebu Heritage group held its annual award dinner at The Metropolitan Club Lagos to showcase its contributions to society and recognize 9 of its distinguished members for their outstanding personal achievements. 

The Chairman of Ijebu Heritage Group Otunba Olalekan Belo was ably supported by eminent dignitaries and members who graced the occasion. 

Dr. Biodun Shobanjo of Troyka Holdings who chaired the ceremony in his comments further emphasized the tremendous contributions of Ijebu Heritage Group over the years as its members continue to provide inspirational leadership in all fields of endeavour. 

The distinguished personalities celebrated at the event include Dr. Segun Ogunsanya (Appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director Airtel Africa), Prof Otunba Toyin Ashiru (Appointment as Pro-Chancellor Olabisi Onabanjo University and National Honours of OON), Otunba Bimbo Ashiru (Appointment as Chairman Odua Group of Companies), Otunba Seyi Oduntan (Appointment as Chairman Wemabod and National Honours OON), Mr. Tokunboh Talabi. (Appointment as Secretary to Ogun State Government), Mr. Dapo Okubadejo (Appointment as Commissioner For Finance & Chief Economic Adviser for Ogun State), Otunba Bimbo Ogunbanjo (National Honours OFR), Bababode Osunkoya (Appointment as Chairman Access Holding) Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora (Appointment as Hon. Minister of Science & Technology Federal Republic of Nigeria). 

Congratulations to all the Awardees and Ijebu Heritage Group. Heritage…Olu Iwa!!! 

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Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women, Girls During 16Days Of Activism Campaigns

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Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women And Girls During The 16days Of Activism Campaigns

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Top artists, rising female artists, movement leaders, and influencers join forces with Industry
Nite to fight against gender inequality, and create opportunities for marginalized talents.

On the eve of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 24th November 2022, Change.org and Industry Nite, founded by Matthew Ohio, will kickstart the 16 days of Activism Campaign to sensitize Nigerians about the issues impacting women and girls in
Nigeria and across the globe.

The two organizations are joined by the United Nations, African Development Bank, and other
impactful organizations including Invictus Africa, founded by Bukola Shonibare, Nordic Hotels, Eyowo, Sanaa Afrika, with support from influencers and creatives such as Blaqbonez, Dija, Alhanislam and goodwill messages from renowned American poets and songwriters like J Ivy, Aja Monet, and Defi.

The expression of power is the fundamental driver of violence against women and girls – this is why advocacy for gender equality is critical if we must exponentially eradicate sexual and
gender-based violence worldwide. Gender equality and gender-based violence emerged as the
largest topics of discussion and decision-maker engagement with over 9 victories in Nigeria via Change.org.

There are several petitions on the platform with a combined supporter base of 500K+ people
that address the issue of child marriage in Nigeria, and sexual harassment accounts for about
25% of all petitions started on our platform,” said Wale Ajiboye, Change.org Nigeria’s Country
Director. Hence, the need for us to take action now.

According to UNWomen, The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual
campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
against Women, and runs through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Led
by civil society, the campaign is supported by the United Nations through the Secretary
General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women initiative. This year, the UN marks 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

“We are thrilled to be working together on the 16 Days of Activism initiative,” says Matthew
Ohio, Founder of Industry Nite. “Industry Nite has helped many upcoming and successful female artists, including Tiwa Savage and Ayra Starr, over the last 13 years. This month’s show features incredible female talents in music, dance, and spoken word – these creatives will speak on behalf of our women and girls – with the aim of raising awareness”

Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women And Girls During The 16days Of Activism Campaigns

Know More About Change.org: Change.org is the world’s largest and fastest-growing platform for social change, where its users can start, sign and share petitions on issues that matter to them. More than 450 million
people use Change.org in around 196 countries. Launched in Nigeria in August 2021,
Change.org currently has about 3 million users in the country and has successfully piloted its
movement accelerator, She Creates Change and We Create Change, which is an incubator for
civil society leaders who collectively use their voices for change.

Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create
the change they want to see. Visit www.change.org.

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“The Candidates” 

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The Candidates

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As political parties and their respective Presidential candidates vie to lead Nigeria’s next administration by winning the 2023 Election, ‘The Candidates’ presidential town hall series, an original Daria Media Concept, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, NTA, and YouTube, launched on the 17th of November, 2022 going out live on NTA, FRCN, Radio Now, DSTV, Silverbird, Youtube, Facebook and more.

So far, The Candidates, a two-hour live televised town hall meeting series, of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the six leading political parties, featured:

Prince Adewole Adebayo and running mate, Alh. Yusuf Buhari, of the Social Democratic Party on the 17th November, 2022

Mr. Omoyele Stephen Sowore and running mate, Barrister Haruna Garba Magashi, of the African Action Congress Party on the 18th of November, 2022

Sen. Rabiu Musa Nwankwaso and running mate, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, of the New Nigeria Peoples Party on the 19th of November, 2022

Mr. Peter Obi (CON) and running mate, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, of the Labour Party on the 21st of November 2022

Today, joining this esteemed lineup of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates on The Candidates Presidential Town Hall Series is presidential hopeful Abdul-Lateef Kolawole Abiola and running mate Haro Haruna Zego of the Peoples Redemption Party.

Due to unavoidable conflicts Alh. Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa of the People’s Democratic Party, will not be participating in The Candidates Presidential Town Hall Series.

The final town hall tomorrow will feature Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima of the All Progressives Congress Party.

Kole Shettima, the Africa Director of the MacArthur Foundation says “the foundation is privileged to support an opportunity for Nigerians to interact with the leading Presidential candidates in the 2023 general elections.”

The Candidates
Kadaria Ahmed, TV Host.

Kadaria Ahmed, a leading Nigerian broadcaster and journalist, is moderating each town hall. She has been moderating Presidential Debates and town halls since the 2011 elections. ‘The Candidates’ this year is produced by Obi Asika, Ceo Cabal Ent who has produced several major live events, festivals, tv shows, reality formats and has been at the forefront of media production for decades. He and his team will seek to bring that quality to The Candidates.

Obi Asika, CEO of Cabal Entertainment and Executive Producer of The Candidates says, “ I am hugely excited to be working with Kadaria Ahmed, one of Nigeria’s most distinguished journalists and broadcasters with a long and impressive track record in print, tv, and radio. We are delivering a town hall series that is making all Nigerians proud regardless of which candidate they support as we enable the best possible platform for all the leading candidates to come and share their best plans for Nigeria with Nigerians.”

The Candidates is a live streaming and live broadcast production, providing a unique platform for direct interaction between the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates of the leading political parties in Nigeria and her citizens. In the Candidates Presidential Townhall series, we are delivering six presidential town halls and 7 pundit shows with leading national commentators hosting these conversations before each town hall. Each edition of the series also has 6 remote locations in Nigerian universities with live interactive audiences in Maiduguri, Enugu, Bayelsa, Kano & Abuja who are part of the live town hall series.

There is an audience of 100 people for each town hall, including CSOs and the Diplomatic Corps, it is an opportunity for Nigerians to hear directly from the aspirants and to ask them questions on governance and nation-building. The Candidates have partnered with Zikoko Citizen to distill the conversation for the young, social media-engaged audience, and with Africa Fact Check to ensure accuracy and accountability.

The “Candidates” is broadcast across Nigeria on all platforms: live on NTA, over 30 FRCN radio stations, and other partner TV stations, as well as streamed online on YouTube and social media platforms to enable Nigerians in the diaspora to participate.

For more information, go to @TheDariaMedia on Twitter and Facebook, @dariamediang on Instagram, and @NTAnewsnow

For further details regarding attendance, please contact Kamri Apollo (Kamri.Apollo@daria.media 08095219463) and Bimbola Amao (bimbola.amao@daria.media 08060997556).

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