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



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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Femi Omolade Private Schools Marks 27th Graduation Ceremony In Grand Style



…as parents, and guardians extol the school’s virtues

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Femi Omolade Private Schools has marked the 27th graduation ceremony in grand style leaving parents, friends, and passersby in amazing surprise.

Friday, August 12, 2022, will remain memorable in the annals of the pupils and students of Femi Omolade Private Schools, Ajasa Command in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Government Area of Lagos State anchored by Mr. Makanjuola Segun.

The event held at the school premises at 25/27 Ajasa-Command Road, White House Bus Stop, was kick-started with praise and worship by Mrs. Augustina, which was witnessed by parents/guardians, among others.

Music Students display their talents.
Graduating Pupils and Students of Femi Omolade Private Schools.
Left-Right: Miss Kafilat Moyinoluwa Sulaiman and Mrs. Agunpopo Olayinka dancing at the graduation ceremony on Friday.

Rev. Mother Ajiboye during ministration and prayer urged parents to be prayerful, monitor their wards, and children, be close to their children and avoid negative statements, especially in the face of social media influence. According to her, there is a need for parents to step up efforts in inculcating the right moral values in their children, as the school cannot do it alone.

She prayed for God’s grace to nurture the children into growing up to be notable citizens in society.

Hon. Adesola E. Ajiboye, Principal of Femi Omolade Private Schools.

In his graduation speech during the event, the Principal of Femi Omolade Private Schools, Mr. Adesola E. Ajiboye, remarked that the school, established years ago, has produced many notable citizens spread across the country and in the diaspora was the best to be established in the environment and one of the top private schools established in Ajasa Command.

Mr. Ajiboye, who also displayed medals of different categories won by his pupils at various competitions (including Mathematics and sports competitions), also urged the graduating pupils, as well as college students in the schools, to aspire for the best in life, and assured that the school would do it’s best to ensure that the enviable standard set by the school’s founders is sustained.

He also commended the effort of the Lagos State government in providing a good road network linking the school to the urban places within the state.

He urged the government to provide adequate power supply, and an effective security network, among other social amenities, as factors that will enhance both private and public schools’ growth and proper development.

Igbo cultural dancers

While assuring that he would use his wealth of experience to make the schools one of the best in academic, sports, and vocational studies, Ajiboye further appealed to the government, Parents, NGOs, and well-to-do individuals to encourage Femi Omolade Private Schools pupils and students to achieve it set goals, by awarding a scholarship to indigent ones.

Speaking to BusinessEcho Magazine, Mrs. Osowo, a parent, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the management of the schools for setting a good standard of education for its pupils and students.

She said, “Since I enroll my children in Femi Omolade Private Schools. I didn’t regret bringing them to this school. “When they were brought here, everything changed for the better. Today, I am proud of my children in both learning and character. I am sure other parents will have similar testimony to share.

“I advise the school management to maintain the tempo. I will also urge parents and teachers in this school to cooperate with management to achieve its lofty goals.”

Also speaking, an alumnus of the school, who also witnessed the ceremony, commended the school management for maintaining a good standard of education since its inception.

A student of the college, Miss Kamilat Moninuola Sulaiman, who also spoke to BusinessEcho Magazine, rated the standard of education in the school very high. He commended teachers in the schools for their high dedication and urged other parents to consider bringing their wards to the school for quality education and development.

The ceremony featured students’ music department, Stepper’s dancers, Choreography, and cultural songs in Igbo, and Yoruba, the presentation of gifts to parents, pupils, and students at the college by the school’s management, display of medals won by the school at different competitions, among other things.

Enrol your students/wards into Femi Omolade Private School and Femi Omolade Private College at 25-27 Ajasa-Command Road, White-House Bus Stop Ajasa-Command and 5 Gbenga Alao Street Off YetKem Road Ajasa, Lagos State, or call 08084277215, 08064156615.

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa



BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa

…BUA built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries during President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure

…BUA is now among the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa – Rabiu

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist, and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja, to update him and thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.

Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of an N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.

BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2nd Right) having a handshake with Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group (2nd Left) while Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director, BUA Group (Left) and Niyi Adebayo, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Right) looks on during the visit of Abdul Samad Rabiu and BUA Group Management Team, to the State House in Abuja, on Friday.
BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Middle) Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group (Left), and Niyi Adebayo, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Right) during the visit of Abdul Samad Rabiu and BUA Group Management Team, to the State House in Abuja, on Friday.

According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.

In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa, especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria.”

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Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year



Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As the world marks International Youth Day, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has announced the conclusion of a vocational skills training program reaching over 350 young Nigerians in Lagos and Kano States.

The training covered four skillsets – Solar panel installation, Graphics Design (Designs, social media, and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy, and massage), which were delivered in collaboration with Whitefield Foundation.

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year
High flyers of the vocational skills training and recipients of start-up kits from the Alliance.

The vocational skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed in accordance with the Alliance’s objective of reaching 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within 3 years. This objective, which was announced during the launch of the Alliance, is in line with their commitment to work together to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country with the associated social and economic impact.

Launched in August 2021, the Alliance is a business-driven movement of organizations passionate about working together to help young people around the country acquire the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work or create their own enterprise. Members of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria include Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, Big Bottling Company, the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, U-Connect HR Limited, and Sterling One Foundation with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International as partner organizations.

Since its inception, the Alliance has reached over 11,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial training, internship and mentoring opportunities, and job placements. Projects delivered include:

• Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, and emotional intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 reaching 590.

• Soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset for the world of work, effective communication, etc, in May and June 2022 reaching over 9,600 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun, and FCT orientation camps.

• Employability training for fresh graduates in April and June 2022, covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning resumes, developing interpersonal skills, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, etc, and reaching over 610

• Vocational skills training, covering solar panel installation, graphics design (designs, social media, and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy, and massage), in Lagos and Kano states in August 2022 reaching over 350

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year
Left-Right: Ahmed Alaga, Program Manager, Jobberman Nigeria; Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect HR Limited; Tumi Onamade, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement & Programs, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria; Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, and ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, Big Bottling Company Limited.

The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readiness-for-work training, and mentoring opportunities and are committed to contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030.

Celebrating International Youth Day and first-year anniversary of the Alliance, high-flyers of the vocational skills training were gifted start-up kits to ensure the immediate take-off of their businesses. High-flyers from the graphics design training were provided laptops, and those from the Beauty, massage, and aromatherapy training were provided make-up tool kits and massage beds while high-flyers from the installation training were awarded complete toolboxes for their vocation.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC said, “Youth is the future of our world and Nestlé is determined and committed to working with stakeholders and likeminded organizations to help young people develop their skills so they can find jobs or create their own businesses.”

“We are delighted with the progress we have made as an Alliance in the past year, reaching 11,000 youth. Yes, we are still a long way from our target, but we have built the framework and alliances that will help us deliver on our objectives. The provision of start-up kits to young people who excelled in the vocational skills training is a significant step in the right direction”.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect Human Resources Limited said, “Youths are the future of the nation. Every investment towards their employability, engagement and empowerment is very critical for the society’s good and sustainable progress”.

According to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement and Learning Manager Jobberman Nigeria, “Youth in every society have the potential to stimulate economic growth, social progress, and national development. The Alliance for Youth Nigeria is providing an ecosystem of learning where young Nigerians can upskill by acquiring 21st-century skills that will increase their chances of getting employed or becoming self-employed. The testimonials from beneficiaries will continue to motivate us to do more”.

For Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Nigeria, “Our one-year anniversary is proof that advancing decent work for youth requires unprecedented levels of collaboration between key partners. The Alliance serves as a catalyst for reducing unemployment and promoting youth independence in order to increase labour and economic productivity in Nigeria. We urge stakeholders to take collective action in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4, 8, and 9.”

In his comments, ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, The Big Bottling Company Limited, said, “Investment in young people supports the economic empowerment of the nation and world at large. The Big Bottling Company Limited, while congratulating Nigerian youths remains committed to supporting their aspirations for growth”.

In a statement on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, the Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister, Oluwakemi Areola, said, “In the next 10 years, jobs would have evolved from the traditional model we are familiar with now. It is imperative that Nigerian youth equip and upskill themselves with the necessary skills (digital and vocational) to give them an added advantage and keep them better positioned for the continuous benefit of decent work. The Ministry commends the effort and investment of the Alliance in promoting economic opportunities for young Nigerians”.

On behalf of other participants, Oluwakemi Olatunfe, who participated in the training in the Beauty category, commended the Alliance member companies for providing the unique opportunity for the training and upskilling of young Nigerians. Particularly delighted at the start-up kit awarded to her by the Alliance, she promised to fully utilize the training and the kit to start up her business, thereby adding value to herself and her family.

The International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international and national communities, raising awareness of major concerns that impact young people, particularly as related to health, education, and employment while celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

With over 13.9 million youths unemployed and millions in unstable employment and underemployed in Nigeria, young people need the right skills and experience to help them in a rapidly changing economic landscape and the Alliance for Youth Nigeria is committed to continued investment in young people for a better future.

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