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Abdulwasiu Gbolahan Lawal, Portrait of an Intellectual on the Throne



When a good king reigns, the people prosper. The prosperity of a kingdom should not be measured by how well off the household of the king is, but rather by the collective prosperity of the inhabitants of the kingdom, irrespective of whether they have a blood tie to the kingdom or not. That is when a kingdom can be termed to have been prosperous.
Coming from a background that is rich, one as a decorated law enforcement officer, and also as a public administrator, the newly crowned Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Victoria Island, Lagos, Abdulwasiu Gbolahan Lawal has ascended the throne of his forebears, with one mandate he has been known for, even while as a prince of the land, to bring prosperity and growth to Iru land. Little wonder when his name was announced as the new Oniru, shouts of ‘Iru gaan gaan’, meaning, ’this is the real Iru’ rented the air from all around the palace and within the kingdom.
A peace loving gentleman, Abdulwasiu was the Aide de Camp to Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu throughout his tenure as the Executive Governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007, and carried out his assigned duty with admired candor and diligence. In spite of how tempestuous the politics that characterized the period was, his name never came up in any negative report or controversy.
Upon retirement from the force after the completion of his service to the nation, rather than return home and make politics a career, which would have happened on a platter of gold, considering his royal background and political connections, the lover of cerebral debates and intellectual stimulations opted to go back to school to further deepen his intellectual wells. He obtained an in Violence, Conflicts and Development, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, University of London in 2008. Kabiyesi Abdulwasiu Gbolahan Lawal also did a program in International Housing Finance Program and Advanced Management Program, AMP at the prestigious Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, United States in 2015. These are strong testimonials to his quest for knowledge and personal development, which are his dream for the kingdom of Iru as its ruler.
To have served as a commissioner in the cabinet of Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, who many consider as the actualizer of the dream of a modern Lagos, attests to the resourcefulness of Kabiyesi Gbolahan Lawal. He would also serve in the cabinet of Fashola’s successor, Akinwunmi Ambode and lastly in the current   cabinet of Babajide Sanwo-Olu before he was selected by the kingmakers of Iru kingdom to ascend the throne of his forebears.
With the ascension of Kabiyesi Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal to the royal Iru stool, the kingdom can only expect to benefit from his rich knowledge in public administration, industry,connections and international exposure. He has already started out on a very commendable footing with the setting up of a team with the mandate ‘LET’S GROW IRU LAND TOGETHER’ an avenue to share ideas, suggestions and concerns of the residents and families of Iru kingdom because he believes together; they can make the kingdom one of the most sustainable cities to live in.
-Victor Ganzallo

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Day Of African Child 2021: Evolving Women in Politics (EWIP) Celebrates With African Children…



On June 16, 1976, in Soweto, South Africa, about 10,000 black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language.

Hundreds of young students were shot – the most famous of them being Hector Pieterson, who died at the age of 12. More than 100 people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks and more than 1000 were injured.

This act left a big impact in Africa and, as a result, all African countries decided in 1991 to commemorate this day each year as the Day of the African Child.

The African Union leads the process and initiates the theme for each year, which all member countries adapt and celebrate in their respective countries.

Kenya has not been left behind and since 1991 the day has been celebrated by Kenyan children holding duty bearers to account by presenting memorandums that articulate their issues in line with the theme.

The Evolving Women in Politics EWIP, in Nigeria, has chosen to celebrate with the African children this year as a sign of unification with other African countries.

The general objective of the celebration of the DAC is to call attention to the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Children’s Charter.

According to the Vice President of EWIP, Hajia Raliat Anako Abdulsalam Founder of the Raliat Anako Abdulsalam Foundation (RAAF), The goal is to inspire states to accelerate efforts towards realizing all children’s rights as provided by the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children, as a contribution towards accelerating the promotion and protection of all children’s rights in Africa.

She added that this year 2021, it aims to set out the relevance of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development for children in all countries on the African continent.

President of EWIP, Hajia Fatima Bello, CEO of Jumrash Aso Oke, added that this year’s celebration of the DAC provides a platform to reflect on the African continent’s flagship development agenda – Agenda 2063, the Committee’s Agenda 2040, and how they apply to children in Africa today.


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Teemark Limited has been fully rebranded under the new management and leadership of Mrs. Taiwo Funmilola Adenike the unassuming educational guidance and counseling professional and one of the leading prolific writers, bestselling authors and speakers in conferences and seminars around the world.

She became the MD/CEO of Teemark Limited after the demise of the founding chairman, Dr. Taiwo Adebayo Ayodeji who is a renowned digitalized marketing communication and brand development management consultant in the foray of Africa and Europe.

From the onset, Mrs. Taiwo Funmilola Adenike started the company Teemark Limited, with her goal-getter husband Late Dr. Taiwo Ayodeji in March 1997. And, she has been an instrument to the growth and development of the organization over the years.

Information available revealed that Teemark Limited is an all-round marketing communications consultancy hub with a strong passion for pinpointing and cultivating strategic business prototypes to help their esteemed clients’ target, attract and retain sustainable businesses through the various communications briefs/projects they execute on their behalf.

The vision of the organization is to be the ideal marketing communications, advertising management, events, entertainment and branding solutions provider firm in Nigeria and beyond.

The rebranded company that has taken the business to the next level specializes in the new wave of digital advertising using diverse technological base channels to create strategic awareness for brands and healthy growth in an era of business uncertainties.

Believe it or not, the outstanding mission is to continually add value to their clients’ personalities and businesses in the short and long term whilst making every client’s project they handle a memorable one by bringing dreams to life.

The niche offering of the marketing specialists and communication arm of Teemark Limited involves advertising, branding, event management, brand activation, large format printing, media relations, content development, public relation, general printing and publications.

Teemark Limited resource team includes; seasoned professionals in the art and marketing of ideas generation for brand growth and clients memorable experiences. Other attributes include diagnosis of brand challenges, marketing research based on terms and conditions and partnership relationship in building client/consumer community.


According to Mrs. Taiwo Funmilola Adenike, the Managing Director/CEO, she said: “We are fond of doing what is right no matter what to deliver great services to our clients and with updated ideas to help brands remained competitive in the market place.”We are a highly creative advertising and marketing agency you can trust in this part of the world.”

She further emphasized that the company approaches all projects with one thing in mind ‘Creating a target experience for returns on capital employed (ROCE)’.

The talk of the town headquarters of Teemark Limited, a business solution provider, is strategically located at 8, Agboola Aina Street, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja Lagos.

Other companies and publications affiliated to Teemark Limited Group are Great Steps; general printing firm, Peniel Oat Book House; publishing company and Teemark Travels & Tours in Nigeria and Kenya.

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Prominent Businessman and Politician Abisoye Fagade Loses Mum



Abisoye Fagade, prominent businessman, PR guru and new age politician, is bereaved.

His mother, Deaconess Comfort Omoladun Fagade, died on Sunday, June 13, 2021, after a brief Illness.

She was aged 78.

Fagade, the CEO of Sodium Group and convener of Oyo Si Ma Dun, OSMD Network Summit, took to his social media handles to mourn his mother.

According to him, “Goodnight Mummy. You were a mother indeed, an Abiyamo tooto. You were my teacher, my prayer champion and my intercessor. You were so beautiful in and out. Thank you for everything. Adieu, Mummy mi.”

A devoted Christian and doting mother, Deaconess Fagade trained as a teacher, where she distinguished herself as a professional with selfless focus and instinctive humanitarian mission.

Upon her retirement from the teaching service as an headmistress, Deaconess Fagade devoted the rest of her life to the service of God, the church, her family and humanity.

A native of Ibadan, Oyo State, she was widowed after the death of her husband, Pa David Oladokun Fagade, in August 2005,

Deaconess Fagade is survived by six children and many grandchildren.

Her burial ceremony has been slated to hold on August 5 and 6, 2021, in Ibadan.

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